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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 581 586 624
Rank change year-on-year +5 +38  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 8 37 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.019% 0.076% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.096% 0.35% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 26 6
Median daily rate £663 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £320 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £813 £640 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +26.66% -3.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London 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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8358 10527 9571
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.36% 21.60% 18.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5023 6658 5658
Median daily rate £435 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 444 363 482
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.56 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.92% +19.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MCSD as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -8 3 £850 +100.00% 1
East of England - 2 - - 1
South East +22 1 £475 +18.75% 2
East Midlands - 1 - -
North West - 1 - - 1
MCSD
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCSD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (89.47%) Microsoft
3 9 (47.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (47.37%) Office 365
4 7 (36.84%) SharePoint
4 7 (36.84%) MCSE
5 6 (31.58%) Windows
6 5 (26.32%) ASP.NET
6 5 (26.32%) CSS
6 5 (26.32%) HTML
6 5 (26.32%) JavaScript
6 5 (26.32%) .NET
6 5 (26.32%) MVC
6 5 (26.32%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (21.05%) PowerShell
7 4 (21.05%) Hyper-V
7 4 (21.05%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (21.05%) MCPD
7 4 (21.05%) SCCM
7 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 4 (21.05%) IaaS
7 4 (21.05%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (21.05%) DevOps
7 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 4 (21.05%) Windows Server
7 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
7 4 (21.05%) SQL
7 4 (21.05%) CRM
7 4 (21.05%) Cisco
8 3 (15.79%) WAP

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 7 (36.84%) SharePoint
2 4 (21.05%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (15.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (15.79%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (15.79%) MS Exchange
3 3 (15.79%) Skype for Business
4 2 (10.53%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (10.53%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (47.37%) Microsoft Azure
1 9 (47.37%) Office 365
2 4 (21.05%) IaaS
3 1 (5.26%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (5.26%) OneDrive
3 1 (5.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.79%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (15.79%) Firewall
1 3 (15.79%) SAN
1 3 (15.79%) Unified Communications
1 3 (15.79%) VoIP
2 1 (5.26%) Intranet
2 1 (5.26%) LAN
2 1 (5.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (15.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) JIRA
1 3 (15.79%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Aerospace
2 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 4 (21.05%) Architect
1 4 (21.05%) Consultant
2 3 (15.79%) Administrator
2 3 (15.79%) ICT Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) Lead DevOps
2 3 (15.79%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) Senior Server Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) Server Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) SharePoint Administrator
3 2 (10.53%) Azure Architect
3 2 (10.53%) Azure Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) Azure DevOps
3 2 (10.53%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (10.53%) Enterprise Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) Enterprise Technical Architect
3 2 (10.53%) SharePoint Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) SharePoint Developer
3 2 (10.53%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (26.32%) .NET
1 5 (26.32%) ASP.NET
1 5 (26.32%) ASP.NET MVC
1 5 (26.32%) CSS
1 5 (26.32%) HTML
2 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 3 (15.79%) RESTful
3 3 (15.79%) WAP
3 3 (15.79%) Web Services
4 1 (5.26%) CSS3
4 1 (5.26%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Blackberry
1 3 (15.79%) Clustering
1 3 (15.79%) Mobile App
1 3 (15.79%) Replication
1 3 (15.79%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.26%) NHS
2 1 (5.26%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (31.58%) Windows
2 4 (21.05%) Windows Server
3 3 (15.79%) Apple iOS
3 3 (15.79%) Windows 7
3 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (26.32%) MVC
2 4 (21.05%) CRM
2 4 (21.05%) DevOps
3 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (15.79%) Analytics
3 3 (15.79%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (15.79%) ERP
3 3 (15.79%) Matrix Organization
3 3 (15.79%) Proactive Monitoring
3 3 (15.79%) Scrum
3 3 (15.79%) Workflow
4 2 (10.53%) TOGAF
5 1 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (5.26%) Document Management
5 1 (5.26%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (5.26%) ITIL
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (5.26%) Portfolio Management
5 1 (5.26%) Server Building
5 1 (5.26%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (26.32%) JavaScript
2 4 (21.05%) PowerShell
2 4 (21.05%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) Bash Shell
3 1 (5.26%) Perl
3 1 (5.26%) PHP
3 1 (5.26%) Python
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (36.84%) MCSE
3 4 (21.05%) MCPD
4 3 (15.79%) CCNA
4 3 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (10.53%) Degree
5 2 (10.53%) MCP
5 2 (10.53%) MCSA
6 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (5.26%) OCP
6 1 (5.26%) Oracle Certification
System Software
1 4 (21.05%) Hyper-V
2 3 (15.79%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (10.53%) Active Directory
4 1 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) SCCM
2 3 (15.79%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (15.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (15.79%) NetBackup
2 3 (15.79%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (15.79%) SCOM
3 1 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (5.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 17 (89.47%) Microsoft
2 4 (21.05%) Cisco
3 3 (15.79%) CheckPoint
3 3 (15.79%) HP
3 3 (15.79%) NetApp
3 3 (15.79%) Sophos
3 3 (15.79%) Symantec
4 1 (5.26%) Sage
4 1 (5.26%) VMware