The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCSD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 March 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)
England / London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 396 416 411
Rank change year-on-year +20 -5  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 6 10 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.031% 0.045% 0.005%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.26% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 0
Median daily rate £525 £425 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.52% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £340
% change year-on-year -1.76% +25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £49.50

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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3355 3870 3617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.21% 17.35% 16.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2274 2732 2371
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £601 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 49 88
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in London

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSD in London over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in London

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in London

MCSD
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the London region over the 3 months to 28 March 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
City of London -8 2 £525 +23.52%
MCSD
England

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 London region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (83.33%) Microsoft
3 8 (66.67%) Windows
4 7 (58.33%) MCSE
4 7 (58.33%) SQL Server
4 7 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (50.00%) SQL
6 5 (41.67%) CCNA
6 5 (41.67%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (41.67%) Office 365
6 5 (41.67%) PowerShell
6 5 (41.67%) Windows Server
7 4 (33.33%) SCCM
7 4 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (33.33%) IaaS
7 4 (33.33%) SAN
7 4 (33.33%) Cisco
8 3 (25.00%) WAP
8 3 (25.00%) VoIP
8 3 (25.00%) ERP
8 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
8 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
8 3 (25.00%) HP
8 3 (25.00%) C#
8 3 (25.00%) NetApp
8 3 (25.00%) CheckPoint
8 3 (25.00%) Symantec
8 3 (25.00%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (25.00%) Sophos
8 3 (25.00%) Blackberry

MCSD
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 3 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 3 (25.00%) Skype for Business
2 2 (16.67%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (41.67%) Office 365
3 4 (33.33%) IaaS
4 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (8.33%) OneDrive
4 1 (8.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (33.33%) SAN
2 3 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (25.00%) Firewall
2 3 (25.00%) Unified Communications
2 3 (25.00%) VoIP
3 1 (8.33%) DMZ
3 1 (8.33%) LAN
3 1 (8.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (58.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 2 (16.67%) Moq
1 2 (16.67%) NUnit
1 2 (16.67%) Selenium
1 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (25.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Azure Consultant
2 3 (25.00%) Consultant
2 3 (25.00%) ICT Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Senior Server Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Server Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Azure Architect
3 2 (16.67%) C# .NET Developer
3 2 (16.67%) C# Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Enterprise Consultant
3 2 (16.67%) Enterprise Technical Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) WAP
2 2 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
2 2 (16.67%) AngularJS
2 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET
2 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (16.67%) Entity Framework
2 2 (16.67%) jQuery
2 2 (16.67%) Unity DI Container
3 1 (8.33%) OAuth
3 1 (8.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Blackberry
1 3 (25.00%) Clustering
1 3 (25.00%) Replication
1 3 (25.00%) Video Conferencing
2 2 (16.67%) Data Centre
3 1 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (8.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server
3 3 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 3 (25.00%) ERP
1 3 (25.00%) TOGAF
2 2 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (16.67%) Dependency Injection
2 2 (16.67%) ITIL
2 2 (16.67%) MVC
2 2 (16.67%) OO
2 2 (16.67%) OOD
2 2 (16.67%) TDD
2 2 (16.67%) Workflow
3 1 (8.33%) CRM
3 1 (8.33%) Document Management
3 1 (8.33%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (8.33%) Metadata Management
3 1 (8.33%) Mobile Device Management
3 1 (8.33%) Operations Management
3 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2
3 1 (8.33%) Service Management
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 6 (50.00%) SQL
2 5 (41.67%) PowerShell
3 3 (25.00%) C#
4 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (58.33%) MCSE
3 5 (41.67%) CCNA
3 5 (41.67%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (25.00%) Degree
4 3 (25.00%) MCTS
5 2 (16.67%) MCAD
5 2 (16.67%) MCP
5 2 (16.67%) MCSA
6 1 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (8.33%) PMI Certification
6 1 (8.33%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (25.00%) Hyper-V
1 3 (25.00%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) SCCM
2 3 (25.00%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (25.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (25.00%) NetBackup
2 3 (25.00%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (25.00%) SCOM
3 1 (8.33%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 10 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (33.33%) Cisco
3 3 (25.00%) CheckPoint
3 3 (25.00%) HP
3 3 (25.00%) NetApp
3 3 (25.00%) Sophos
3 3 (25.00%) Symantec
4 2 (16.67%) Citrix
5 1 (8.33%) CA
5 1 (8.33%) Sage