The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCPD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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 Professional Developer (MCPD)
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 605 642 638
Rank change year-on-year +37 -4  
Contract jobs citing MCPD 5 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.011% 0.017% 0.013%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.055% 0.076% 0.067%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 8 6
Median daily rate - £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.55%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £388 £450
% change year-on-year - -13.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

MCPD 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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9020 11793 10440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.90% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5388 7367 6105
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 489 454 537
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.25 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.04% +16.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.56 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +15.78% +18.15%  

MCPD
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCPD in the UK

MCPD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCPD in the UK

MCPD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCPD in the UK

MCPD
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCPD within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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
England +33 5 - - 5
East of England - 2 - -
North West - 2 - - 1
South West - 1 - - 1
Cambridge - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCPD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCPD.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (88.89%) .NET
3 6 (66.67%) Microsoft
4 5 (55.56%) SharePoint
4 5 (55.56%) ASP.NET
4 5 (55.56%) Windows
4 5 (55.56%) Office 365
4 5 (55.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 4 (44.44%) MCSD
5 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (44.44%) CSS
5 4 (44.44%) HTML
5 4 (44.44%) JavaScript
5 4 (44.44%) MVC
6 3 (33.33%) Scrum
6 3 (33.33%) Internet
6 3 (33.33%) JMS
6 3 (33.33%) C#
6 3 (33.33%) Java
6 3 (33.33%) Oracle
6 3 (33.33%) Linux
6 3 (33.33%) NoSQL
6 3 (33.33%) Oracle Database
6 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (33.33%) TDD
6 3 (33.33%) JIRA
6 3 (33.33%) WCF
6 3 (33.33%) Atlassian

MCPD
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (55.56%) SharePoint
1 5 (55.56%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (11.11%) IIS
2 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Foundation
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (55.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (33.33%) AMQP
1 3 (33.33%) Internet
2 1 (11.11%) Intranet
2 1 (11.11%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) Hadoop
1 3 (33.33%) NoSQL
1 3 (33.33%) Oracle Database
2 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (33.33%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Developer
2 3 (33.33%) C# Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Administrator
3 2 (22.22%) Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) SharePoint Administrator
3 2 (22.22%) SharePoint Consultant
4 1 (11.11%) Architect
4 1 (11.11%) Designer
4 1 (11.11%) Field Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Field Support Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) IT Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) IT Support
4 1 (11.11%) IT Support Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Office 365 Developer
4 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Architect
4 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Designer
4 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (88.89%) .NET
2 5 (55.56%) ASP.NET
3 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 4 (44.44%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 4 (44.44%) CSS
3 4 (44.44%) HTML
4 3 (33.33%) JMS
4 3 (33.33%) WCF
5 1 (11.11%) Web Services
5 1 (11.11%) XML
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) Windows
2 3 (33.33%) Linux
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) MVC
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Scrum
2 3 (33.33%) TDD
3 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) JavaScript
2 3 (33.33%) C#
2 3 (33.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (44.44%) MCSD
3 3 (33.33%) DV Cleared
3 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 1 (11.11%) MCITP
4 1 (11.11%) MCSA
4 1 (11.11%) MCSE
4 1 (11.11%) MCTS
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (33.33%) Atlassian
2 3 (33.33%) Oracle