The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 / South East
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 250 254 259
Rank change year-on-year +4 +5  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 4 13 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.051% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.51% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 13 11
Median daily rate £425 £400 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +28.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £350 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £450 £390
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 the South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2217 2564 2718
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.29% 27.64% 27.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1327 1581 1396
Median daily rate £409 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 137 109 110
Median hourly rate £27.38 £37.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.00% +64.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.20 £62.30 £50.44
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 the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in the South East

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in the South East

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in the South East

MCSD
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the South East 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
West Sussex +9 3 £463 +15.62%
Surrey - 1 £275 -
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 South East region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (83.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (66.67%) Web Services
3 4 (66.67%) CRM
3 4 (66.67%) Mobile App
3 4 (66.67%) DevOps
4 3 (50.00%) Matrix Organization
4 3 (50.00%) MS Excel
4 3 (50.00%) Apple iOS
4 3 (50.00%) RESTful
4 3 (50.00%) Analytics
4 3 (50.00%) Scrum
4 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (50.00%) JIRA
4 3 (50.00%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (33.33%) MCSE
6 1 (16.67%) Firewall
6 1 (16.67%) MVC
6 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
6 1 (16.67%) LAN
6 1 (16.67%) WAN
6 1 (16.67%) HTML
6 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
6 1 (16.67%) .NET
6 1 (16.67%) MS Office
6 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET
6 1 (16.67%) CSS
6 1 (16.67%) Cloud Computing

MCSD
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (16.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (16.67%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Firewall
1 1 (16.67%) LAN
1 1 (16.67%) WAN
Development Applications
1 3 (50.00%) JIRA
1 3 (50.00%) Visual Studio Team System
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Azure DevOps
1 3 (50.00%) Lead DevOps
2 1 (16.67%) Architect
2 1 (16.67%) AWS Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Azure Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Azure Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Cloud Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Cloud Solutions Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Developer
2 1 (16.67%) DevOps Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Hyper-V Architect
2 1 (16.67%) SharePoint Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (16.67%) VMware Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (66.67%) Web Services
2 3 (50.00%) RESTful
3 1 (16.67%) .NET
3 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET
3 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (16.67%) CSS
3 1 (16.67%) CSS3
3 1 (16.67%) HTML
3 1 (16.67%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 4 (66.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) CRM
1 4 (66.67%) DevOps
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Analytics
2 3 (50.00%) Matrix Organization
2 3 (50.00%) Scrum
3 1 (16.67%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (33.33%) MCSE
System Software
1 1 (16.67%) Hyper-V
1 1 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) VMware