Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 859 849 885
Rank change year-on-year -10 +36 -47
Contract jobs citing MCSD 25 50 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.024% 0.047% 0.017%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.23% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 31 8
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +16.13% +3.33%
10th Percentile £281 £313 £277
90th Percentile £588 £584 £502
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +23.53% +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK 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 contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19244 21771 22307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.65% 19.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11791 13581 13444
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £245
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 908 863 1078
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSD as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 12 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
UK excluding London +22 19 £525 +23.53% 3
England -11 18 £525 +12.00% 4
Scotland -3 7 £380 +16.92%
London -45 6 £425 -21.30% 1
North of England +67 4 £575 +64.29% 2
Midlands +24 3 - -
South East +3 3 £550 +29.41% 1
West Midlands +27 2 - -
Yorkshire +23 2 £575 +35.29% 1
North West +13 2 £263 -25.00% 1
East of England - 2 £500 -
East Midlands -4 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (88.00%) Microsoft
3 14 (56.00%) .NET
3 14 (56.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (52.00%) Degree
5 12 (48.00%) C#
6 11 (44.00%) MVC
7 10 (40.00%) ASP.NET
7 10 (40.00%) IaaS
8 9 (36.00%) ASP.NET MVC
8 9 (36.00%) MCSE
8 9 (36.00%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (32.00%) SQL Server
10 7 (28.00%) JavaScript
10 7 (28.00%) TDD
10 7 (28.00%) PaaS
11 6 (24.00%) REST
11 6 (24.00%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (24.00%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (24.00%) SQL
11 6 (24.00%) CRM
11 6 (24.00%) SharePoint
11 6 (24.00%) N-Tier
11 6 (24.00%) SOA
12 5 (20.00%) HTML
12 5 (20.00%) CSS
12 5 (20.00%) Web Services
12 5 (20.00%) PowerShell
12 5 (20.00%) QA

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 6 (24.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (12.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 3 (12.00%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (8.00%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (8.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (4.00%) Apache
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.00%) IIS
4 1 (4.00%) MS Exchange
4 1 (4.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) InfoPath
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (56.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (40.00%) IaaS
3 7 (28.00%) PaaS
4 5 (20.00%) Office 365
5 4 (16.00%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (8.00%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.00%) CTI
2 1 (4.00%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (4.00%) Firewall
2 1 (4.00%) Intranet
2 1 (4.00%) SAN
2 1 (4.00%) Unified Communications
2 1 (4.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (32.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (12.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (8.00%) Redis
3 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (4.00%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 6 (24.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (16.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (8.00%) Jenkins
3 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (16.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Banking
2 2 (8.00%) Dutch Language
2 2 (8.00%) French Language
2 2 (8.00%) German Language
2 2 (8.00%) Spanish Language
3 1 (4.00%) Aerospace
3 1 (4.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 5 (20.00%) Consultant
1 5 (20.00%) Developer
2 4 (16.00%) Architect
2 4 (16.00%) Azure Consultant
2 4 (16.00%) Development Engineer
2 4 (16.00%) Senior Development Engineer
2 4 (16.00%) Senior Software Development Engineer
2 4 (16.00%) Senior Software Engineer
2 4 (16.00%) Software Development Engineer
2 4 (16.00%) Software Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) .NET Developer
3 3 (12.00%) Senior Consultant
4 2 (8.00%) Azure DevOps
4 2 (8.00%) Cloud Consultant
4 2 (8.00%) Data Architect
4 2 (8.00%) DevOps Consultant
4 2 (8.00%) Information Architect
4 2 (8.00%) UI Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Administrator
5 1 (4.00%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (56.00%) .NET
2 10 (40.00%) ASP.NET
3 9 (36.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (24.00%) ASP.NET Web API
4 6 (24.00%) REST
5 5 (20.00%) CSS
5 5 (20.00%) HTML
5 5 (20.00%) Web Services
6 4 (16.00%) .NET Core
6 4 (16.00%) .NET Framework
6 4 (16.00%) Entity Framework
6 4 (16.00%) JSON
6 4 (16.00%) SignalR
6 4 (16.00%) SOAP
6 4 (16.00%) WCF
7 3 (12.00%) AngularJS
7 3 (12.00%) RESTful
7 3 (12.00%) XML
8 2 (8.00%) WSDL
8 2 (8.00%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) N-Tier
2 3 (12.00%) Computer Science
3 2 (8.00%) Algorithms
3 2 (8.00%) Blog
3 2 (8.00%) Clustering
3 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (8.00%) User Experience
4 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.00%) Blackberry
4 1 (4.00%) Public Cloud
4 1 (4.00%) Replication
4 1 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Windows
2 3 (12.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.00%) CentOS
3 1 (4.00%) Linux
3 1 (4.00%) SUSE
3 1 (4.00%) Ubuntu
3 1 (4.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (44.00%) MVC
2 9 (36.00%) Continuous Integration
3 8 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (28.00%) TDD
5 6 (24.00%) CRM
5 6 (24.00%) SOA
6 5 (20.00%) TOGAF
7 4 (16.00%) Multithreading
7 4 (16.00%) OOA/OOD
7 4 (16.00%) OOD
7 4 (16.00%) OOP
7 4 (16.00%) Scrum
7 4 (16.00%) Software Engineering
7 4 (16.00%) Test Automation
7 4 (16.00%) Unit Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Use Case
7 4 (16.00%) Workflow
8 3 (12.00%) Data Management
8 3 (12.00%) DevOps
9 2 (8.00%) Logical Data Model
Programming Languages
1 12 (48.00%) C#
2 7 (28.00%) JavaScript
3 6 (24.00%) SQL
4 5 (20.00%) PowerShell
5 2 (8.00%) ES6
5 2 (8.00%) Java
5 2 (8.00%) TypeScript
5 2 (8.00%) XPath
6 1 (4.00%) VBA
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (52.00%) Degree
3 9 (36.00%) MCSE
4 3 (12.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (12.00%) MCAD
4 3 (12.00%) MCP
4 3 (12.00%) MCPD
4 3 (12.00%) MCTS
5 1 (4.00%) CCNA
5 1 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (4.00%) ISEB
5 1 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (4.00%) MCDBA
5 1 (4.00%) OCP
5 1 (4.00%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (16.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) Failover Clustering
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 1 (4.00%) NetBackup
1 1 (4.00%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (4.00%) SCCM
1 1 (4.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 22 (88.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.00%) Avaya
2 2 (8.00%) IBM
2 2 (8.00%) Oracle
2 2 (8.00%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (8.00%) VMware
3 1 (4.00%) CheckPoint
3 1 (4.00%) Cisco
3 1 (4.00%) HP
3 1 (4.00%) NetApp
3 1 (4.00%) Nintex
3 1 (4.00%) Sophos
3 1 (4.00%) Symantec