The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCSD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 602 608 629
Rank change year-on-year +6 +21  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 8 46 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.085% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.088% 0.39% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 31 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 £315 £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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9042 11823 10443
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.19% 21.90% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5400 7392 6106
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 £241
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 490 454 538
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +17.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in the UK

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSD over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in the UK

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in the UK

MCSD
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 27 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 -8 8 £663 +55.88% 5
London 0 3 £850 +70.00% 1
East of England - 2 - - 1
South East +7 1 £475 +18.75% 2
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -
Derby - 1 - -
Staines - 1 £475 - 1
Derbyshire - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 £475 - 1
East Midlands - 1 - -
North West - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 27 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 with a requirement for MCSD.

1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (90.00%) Microsoft
3 10 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (50.00%) Office 365
4 8 (40.00%) SharePoint
4 8 (40.00%) MCSE
5 6 (30.00%) Windows
6 5 (25.00%) ASP.NET
6 5 (25.00%) CSS
6 5 (25.00%) HTML
6 5 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 5 (25.00%) .NET
6 5 (25.00%) MVC
6 5 (25.00%) IaaS
6 5 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (20.00%) DevOps
7 4 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 4 (20.00%) PowerShell
7 4 (20.00%) Hyper-V
7 4 (20.00%) SCCM
7 4 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (20.00%) MCPD
7 4 (20.00%) CRM
7 4 (20.00%) Cisco
7 4 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (20.00%) SQL Server
7 4 (20.00%) SQL
7 4 (20.00%) CCNA
7 4 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5

MCSD
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 8 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 5 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (15.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (15.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (15.00%) MS Exchange
3 3 (15.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (15.00%) Skype for Business
4 2 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (50.00%) Office 365
2 5 (25.00%) IaaS
3 2 (10.00%) PaaS
4 1 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (5.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (15.00%) Firewall
1 3 (15.00%) SAN
1 3 (15.00%) Unified Communications
1 3 (15.00%) VoIP
2 1 (5.00%) Intranet
2 1 (5.00%) LAN
2 1 (5.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (15.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) JIRA
1 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (5.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Aerospace
2 1 (5.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Architect
2 4 (20.00%) Consultant
3 3 (15.00%) Administrator
3 3 (15.00%) ICT Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Lead DevOps
3 3 (15.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Senior Server Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Server Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) SharePoint Administrator
3 3 (15.00%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (10.00%) Azure Architect
4 2 (10.00%) Azure Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) Azure DevOps
4 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Architect
4 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Technical Architect
4 2 (10.00%) SharePoint Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) .NET
1 5 (25.00%) ASP.NET
1 5 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 5 (25.00%) CSS
1 5 (25.00%) HTML
2 4 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 4 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 3 (15.00%) RESTful
3 3 (15.00%) WAP
3 3 (15.00%) Web Services
4 1 (5.00%) CSS3
4 1 (5.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Blackberry
1 3 (15.00%) Clustering
1 3 (15.00%) Mobile App
1 3 (15.00%) Replication
1 3 (15.00%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.00%) NHS
2 1 (5.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (30.00%) Windows
2 4 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 3 (15.00%) Apple iOS
3 3 (15.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (25.00%) MVC
2 4 (20.00%) CRM
2 4 (20.00%) DevOps
3 3 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (15.00%) Analytics
3 3 (15.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (15.00%) ERP
3 3 (15.00%) Matrix Organization
3 3 (15.00%) Proactive Monitoring
3 3 (15.00%) Scrum
3 3 (15.00%) TOGAF
3 3 (15.00%) Workflow
4 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 2 (10.00%) ITIL
5 1 (5.00%) Document Management
5 1 (5.00%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (5.00%) Portfolio Management
5 1 (5.00%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.00%) Server Building
5 1 (5.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 4 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (5.00%) Bash Shell
3 1 (5.00%) Perl
3 1 (5.00%) PHP
3 1 (5.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (40.00%) MCSE
3 4 (20.00%) CCNA
3 4 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (20.00%) MCPD
4 2 (10.00%) Degree
4 2 (10.00%) MCP
4 2 (10.00%) MCSA
5 1 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (5.00%) MCTS
5 1 (5.00%) OCP
5 1 (5.00%) Oracle Certification
5 1 (5.00%) PMI Certification
5 1 (5.00%) PMP
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (15.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (15.00%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (20.00%) SCCM
2 3 (15.00%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (15.00%) NetBackup
2 3 (15.00%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (15.00%) SCOM
3 1 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (5.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (20.00%) Cisco
3 3 (15.00%) CheckPoint
3 3 (15.00%) HP
3 3 (15.00%) NetApp
3 3 (15.00%) Sophos
3 3 (15.00%) Symantec
4 1 (5.00%) Citrix
4 1 (5.00%) Sage
4 1 (5.00%) VMware