Period
to 19 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
UK > England
6 months to
19 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 665 840 833
Rank change year-on-year +175 -7 -32
Contract jobs citing MCSD 18 10 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.029% 0.011% 0.019%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.056% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 16
England median daily rate £419 £448 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.42% -8.21% +11.43%
10th Percentile £326 £316 £307
90th Percentile £537 £530 £663
UK median daily rate £419 £448 £380
% change year-on-year -6.42% +17.76% -10.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

MCSD is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,447 17,724 17,500
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.55% 19.51% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,300 10,629 10,745
England median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £230
90th Percentile £640 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 582 813 789
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCSD as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSD in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSD in England over the 6 months to 19 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the England region over the 6 months to 19 February 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Midlands +67 11 £425 -26.09% 1
East Midlands - 6 £419 - 1
West Midlands +49 5 £638 +10.87%
North of England - 4 £313 - 5
North East - 3 £313 - 3
London +128 1 £340 -22.06%
South West +20 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
South East - 1 £520 -
MCSD
UK

For the 6 months to 19 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing MCSD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (66.67%) .NET
3 10 (55.56%) C#
4 6 (33.33%) MCSE
5 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
5 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
5 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (27.78%) Azure
6 4 (22.22%) AWS
6 4 (22.22%) ITIL V3
6 4 (22.22%) vCloud
6 4 (22.22%) Blockchain
6 4 (22.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (22.22%) Artificial Intelligence
6 4 (22.22%) TOGAF
6 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
6 4 (22.22%) CISSP
6 4 (22.22%) VMware
6 4 (22.22%) HTML
6 4 (22.22%) ITIL
6 4 (22.22%) Office 365
7 3 (16.67%) PRINCE2
7 3 (16.67%) JavaScript
7 3 (16.67%) CSS
7 3 (16.67%) Robotics
7 3 (16.67%) jQuery
7 3 (16.67%) Service Design
7 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
7 3 (16.67%) HTML5
8 2 (11.11%) Content Management

MCSD
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (11.11%) CMS
1 2 (11.11%) EPiServer
1 2 (11.11%) IIS
1 2 (11.11%) Sitecore CMS
1 2 (11.11%) Umbraco
2 1 (5.56%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.56%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 5 (27.78%) Azure
2 4 (22.22%) AWS
2 4 (22.22%) Office 365
3 1 (5.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 1 (5.56%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) DHCP
1 1 (5.56%) DNS
1 1 (5.56%) HTTP
1 1 (5.56%) IPsec
1 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
1 1 (5.56%) VPN
1 1 (5.56%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (27.78%) SQL Server
2 4 (22.22%) Blockchain
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Git (software)
1 1 (5.56%) Subversion
1 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (11.11%) Public Sector
2 1 (5.56%) Military
2 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (55.56%) .NET Developer
1 10 (55.56%) Developer
2 7 (38.89%) C# .NET Developer
2 7 (38.89%) C# Developer
3 5 (27.78%) Architect
4 4 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (16.67%) Senior Architect
5 3 (16.67%) Senior Solutions Architect
6 2 (11.11%) Cloud Architect
6 2 (11.11%) Cloud Solutions Architect
6 2 (11.11%) Senior Cloud Architect
7 1 (5.56%) .NET Applications Developer
7 1 (5.56%) .NET Web Applications Developer
7 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET Web Applications Developer
7 1 (5.56%) Azure Engineer
7 1 (5.56%) C# Application Developer
7 1 (5.56%) C# VB.NET Developer
7 1 (5.56%) C# Web Application Developer
7 1 (5.56%) EPiServer Developer
7 1 (5.56%) EPiServer Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (66.67%) .NET
2 4 (22.22%) HTML
3 3 (16.67%) CSS
3 3 (16.67%) HTML5
3 3 (16.67%) jQuery
4 2 (11.11%) .NET Framework
4 2 (11.11%) ASP.NET
5 1 (5.56%) Ajax
5 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (5.56%) CSS3
5 1 (5.56%) JSON
5 1 (5.56%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (5.56%) LESS
5 1 (5.56%) React
5 1 (5.56%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (5.56%) Web Services
5 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Robotics
2 2 (11.11%) PMI
3 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.56%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (5.56%) NHS
3 1 (5.56%) Public Cloud
3 1 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Linux
2 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (22.22%) Artificial Intelligence
2 4 (22.22%) ITIL
2 4 (22.22%) ITIL V3
2 4 (22.22%) TOGAF
3 3 (16.67%) PRINCE2
3 3 (16.67%) Service Design
4 2 (11.11%) Content Management
4 2 (11.11%) Migration
4 2 (11.11%) MVC
4 2 (11.11%) Project Management
4 2 (11.11%) Scrum
4 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (5.56%) Collaborative Working
5 1 (5.56%) Network Virtualisation
5 1 (5.56%) OO
5 1 (5.56%) Security Auditing
5 1 (5.56%) Test Automation
5 1 (5.56%) Visualisation
5 1 (5.56%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 10 (55.56%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 2 (11.11%) SQL
4 1 (5.56%) C
4 1 (5.56%) C++
4 1 (5.56%) Java
4 1 (5.56%) Ruby
4 1 (5.56%) VB.NET
4 1 (5.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (33.33%) MCSE
3 4 (22.22%) CISSP
3 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
3 4 (22.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) HND
5 2 (11.11%) PMI Certification
6 1 (5.56%) CCNA
6 1 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (5.56%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (5.56%) Degree
6 1 (5.56%) DV Cleared
6 1 (5.56%) MCSA
6 1 (5.56%) MCTS
System Software
1 4 (22.22%) vCloud
2 2 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
2 4 (22.22%) VMware
3 2 (11.11%) Sitecore
4 1 (5.56%) Oracle