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 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
UK
Rank 587 594 577
Rank change year-on-year +7 -17  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 12 34 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.027% 0.064% 0.084%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.31% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 28 29
Median daily rate £450 £425 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £350 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £658 £650 £552
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £340
% change year-on-year -1.76% +25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £49.50
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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

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 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in the UK

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in the UK

MCSD
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 MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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
England +16 11 £475 +11.76% 3
London +14 6 £525 +23.52% 1
South East +9 4 £425 +6.25%
Crawley - 3 £463 -
West Sussex - 3 £463 -
City of London +8 2 £525 +23.52%
West Midlands +12 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 £275 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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 with a requirement for MCSD.

1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (90.00%) Microsoft
3 13 (43.33%) SQL Server
3 13 (43.33%) MCSE
3 13 (43.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (40.00%) SQL
4 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (33.33%) .NET
5 10 (33.33%) MS Excel
6 9 (30.00%) C#
6 9 (30.00%) Windows
6 9 (30.00%) Degree
7 8 (26.67%) Office 365
7 8 (26.67%) SharePoint
7 8 (26.67%) JavaScript
7 8 (26.67%) ASP.NET
7 8 (26.67%) MVC
8 7 (23.33%) Finance
8 7 (23.33%) MCTS
8 7 (23.33%) MCAD
8 7 (23.33%) CCNA
8 7 (23.33%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (23.33%) ASP.NET MVC
8 7 (23.33%) PowerShell
9 6 (20.00%) jQuery
9 6 (20.00%) IaaS
9 6 (20.00%) Windows Server
10 5 (16.67%) Unity DI Container
10 5 (16.67%) Relational Database
10 5 (16.67%) Analytics

MCSD
Top Related 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 (26.67%) SharePoint
2 3 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (10.00%) SharePoint 2013
2 3 (10.00%) Skype for Business
3 2 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (6.67%) CMS
3 2 (6.67%) SAS
3 2 (6.67%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (6.67%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (6.67%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 13 (43.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (26.67%) Office 365
3 6 (20.00%) IaaS
4 2 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (6.67%) PaaS
5 1 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (3.33%) OneDrive
5 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.67%) Firewall
2 4 (13.33%) SAN
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
3 3 (10.00%) Unified Communications
3 3 (10.00%) VoIP
4 2 (6.67%) LAN
4 2 (6.67%) WAN
5 1 (3.33%) DMZ
5 1 (3.33%) IP Telephony
5 1 (3.33%) NetScaler
5 1 (3.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (43.33%) SQL Server
2 5 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 4 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (13.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (6.67%) MS Access
5 2 (6.67%) Power BI
5 2 (6.67%) PowerPivot
6 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 5 (16.67%) Moq
1 5 (16.67%) NUnit
1 5 (16.67%) Selenium
1 5 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (10.00%) JIRA
2 3 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (23.33%) Finance
2 2 (6.67%) Marketing
2 2 (6.67%) Retail
3 1 (3.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 11 (36.67%) Developer
2 8 (26.67%) Architect
3 5 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 5 (16.67%) C# .NET Developer
3 5 (16.67%) C# Developer
4 4 (13.33%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (10.00%) Azure Architect
5 3 (10.00%) Azure Consultant
5 3 (10.00%) Azure DevOps
5 3 (10.00%) Consultant
5 3 (10.00%) Enterprise Architect
5 3 (10.00%) ICT Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Lead DevOps
5 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Developer
5 3 (10.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Senior Server Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Server Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (33.33%) .NET
2 8 (26.67%) ASP.NET
3 7 (23.33%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (20.00%) jQuery
5 5 (16.67%) .NET Framework
5 5 (16.67%) AngularJS
5 5 (16.67%) Entity Framework
5 5 (16.67%) Unity DI Container
6 4 (13.33%) Web Services
7 3 (10.00%) CSS
7 3 (10.00%) HTML
7 3 (10.00%) RESTful
7 3 (10.00%) WAP
8 2 (6.67%) COM+
9 1 (3.33%) Ajax
9 1 (3.33%) LINQ
9 1 (3.33%) OAuth
9 1 (3.33%) SAML
9 1 (3.33%) WPF
9 1 (3.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Mobile App
2 3 (10.00%) Blackberry
2 3 (10.00%) Clustering
2 3 (10.00%) Replication
2 3 (10.00%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.33%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (3.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 9 (30.00%) Windows
2 6 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 4 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (10.00%) Apple iOS
4 3 (10.00%) Windows 7
5 1 (3.33%) Linux
5 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (26.67%) MVC
3 5 (16.67%) Analytics
3 5 (16.67%) CRM
3 5 (16.67%) Dependency Injection
3 5 (16.67%) ITIL
3 5 (16.67%) OO
3 5 (16.67%) OOD
3 5 (16.67%) TDD
3 5 (16.67%) TOGAF
4 4 (13.33%) DevOps
5 3 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (10.00%) ERP
5 3 (10.00%) Matrix Organization
5 3 (10.00%) PRINCE2
5 3 (10.00%) Scrum
5 3 (10.00%) Service Management
6 2 (6.67%) ITSM
6 2 (6.67%) Migration
6 2 (6.67%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 12 (40.00%) SQL
2 9 (30.00%) C#
3 8 (26.67%) JavaScript
4 7 (23.33%) PowerShell
5 2 (6.67%) C++
5 2 (6.67%) VBA
6 1 (3.33%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (43.33%) MCSE
3 9 (30.00%) Degree
4 7 (23.33%) CCNA
4 7 (23.33%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (23.33%) MCAD
4 7 (23.33%) MCTS
5 4 (13.33%) MCSA
6 3 (10.00%) MCPD
7 2 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (6.67%) MCDBA
7 2 (6.67%) MCITP
7 2 (6.67%) MCP
7 2 (6.67%) PMI Certification
7 2 (6.67%) PMP
8 1 (3.33%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (16.67%) QA
2 1 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (16.67%) Hyper-V
2 4 (13.33%) Active Directory
3 3 (10.00%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (3.33%) XenDesktop
5 1 (3.33%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (13.33%) SCCM
2 3 (10.00%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (10.00%) NetBackup
2 3 (10.00%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (10.00%) SCOM
3 1 (3.33%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 27 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (16.67%) Cisco
3 4 (13.33%) CheckPoint
3 4 (13.33%) Citrix
4 3 (10.00%) HP
4 3 (10.00%) NetApp
4 3 (10.00%) Sophos
4 3 (10.00%) Symantec
5 2 (6.67%) Alterian
5 2 (6.67%) Sitecore
5 2 (6.67%) VMware
6 1 (3.33%) Avaya
6 1 (3.33%) CA
6 1 (3.33%) Dell
6 1 (3.33%) Extreme Networks
6 1 (3.33%) Red Hat
6 1 (3.33%) Sage
6 1 (3.33%) SAP