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 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)
England / London
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 421 413 435
Rank change year-on-year -8 +22  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 3 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.014% 0.023% 0.030%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.088% 0.14% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 3
Median daily rate £850 £425 £499
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -14.78%  
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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3428 3623 3617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 16.51% 16.95% 15.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2513 2323
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.49% +5.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £610 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 43 91
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.40% -24.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £14.02 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £32.00 £52.17
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 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 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

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 London region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (88.89%) Microsoft
3 6 (66.67%) Windows
4 5 (55.56%) MCSE
4 5 (55.56%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (44.44%) Office 365
5 4 (44.44%) SQL
5 4 (44.44%) SQL Server
5 4 (44.44%) Cisco
5 4 (44.44%) Windows Server
6 3 (33.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (33.33%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (33.33%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (33.33%) Proactive Monitoring
6 3 (33.33%) HP
6 3 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (33.33%) SAN
6 3 (33.33%) NetApp
6 3 (33.33%) CheckPoint
6 3 (33.33%) Symantec
6 3 (33.33%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (33.33%) Sophos
6 3 (33.33%) Blackberry
6 3 (33.33%) CCNA
6 3 (33.33%) WAP
6 3 (33.33%) ERP
6 3 (33.33%) MS Exchange
6 3 (33.33%) VoIP
6 3 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (33.33%) Firewall

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 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (33.33%) MS Exchange
1 3 (33.33%) Skype for Business
2 2 (22.22%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (55.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (44.44%) Office 365
3 3 (33.33%) IaaS
4 1 (11.11%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (33.33%) Firewall
1 3 (33.33%) SAN
1 3 (33.33%) Unified Communications
1 3 (33.33%) VoIP
2 1 (11.11%) LAN
2 1 (11.11%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) SQL Server
2 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Architect
2 3 (33.33%) ICT Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) Senior Server Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) Server Engineer
3 2 (22.22%) Azure Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Azure Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Enterprise Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) Enterprise Technical Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Technical Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Architect
4 1 (11.11%) ERP Architect
4 1 (11.11%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Blackberry
1 3 (33.33%) Clustering
1 3 (33.33%) Replication
1 3 (33.33%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 3 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
1 3 (33.33%) ERP
1 3 (33.33%) Proactive Monitoring
2 2 (22.22%) TOGAF
3 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (11.11%) CRM
3 1 (11.11%) Document Management
3 1 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (11.11%) IT Strategy
3 1 (11.11%) ITIL
3 1 (11.11%) Mobile Device Management
3 1 (11.11%) Portfolio Management
3 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
3 1 (11.11%) Service Management
3 1 (11.11%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 3 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (55.56%) MCSE
3 3 (33.33%) CCNA
3 3 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (22.22%) MCP
4 2 (22.22%) MCSA
5 1 (11.11%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (33.33%) Hyper-V
1 3 (33.33%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (11.11%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (33.33%) Failover Clustering
1 3 (33.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 3 (33.33%) NetBackup
1 3 (33.33%) Norton AntiVirus
1 3 (33.33%) SCCM
1 3 (33.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 8 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 4 (44.44%) Cisco
3 3 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 3 (33.33%) HP
3 3 (33.33%) NetApp
3 3 (33.33%) Sophos
3 3 (33.33%) Symantec
4 1 (11.11%) Sage