Period
to 19 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCSM qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 January 2018 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 Master (MCSM)
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 836 836 866
Rank change year-on-year 0 +30 -
Contract jobs citing MCSM 19 17 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.019% 0.018% 0.001%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.086% 0.005%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 14 1
UK median daily rate £155 £138 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.91% -54.17% -
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

MCSM 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 18,944 19,801 22,099
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.90% 20.43% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,627 12,408 13,368
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £248 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 831 872 1,037
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £25.69 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.39% -6.59% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

MCSM
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSM in the UK

MCSM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSM in the UK

MCSM
Top 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK over the 6 months to 19 January 2018. 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
England -1 19 £155 +12.91%
London -34 17 £155 +12.91%
UK excluding London - 2 - -
South East - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MCSM 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 MCSM.

1 19 (100.00%) MCSE
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (94.74%) Active Directory
3 17 (89.47%) Windows
4 16 (84.21%) Java
4 16 (84.21%) Oracle
4 16 (84.21%) TCP/IP
4 16 (84.21%) Citrix
4 16 (84.21%) Internet
4 16 (84.21%) Blackberry
4 16 (84.21%) Wireless
4 16 (84.21%) Finance
4 16 (84.21%) Apple iOS
5 15 (78.95%) ACHDS
5 15 (78.95%) Time Management
5 15 (78.95%) Windows 7
5 15 (78.95%) Validation
5 15 (78.95%) Network+ Certification
5 15 (78.95%) Change Management
5 15 (78.95%) MCDST
5 15 (78.95%) Apple
5 15 (78.95%) Ethernet
5 15 (78.95%) Client/Server
5 15 (78.95%) Microsoft Office
5 15 (78.95%) MCP
5 15 (78.95%) MCSA
5 15 (78.95%) Virtual Servers
6 14 (73.68%) ACTC
6 14 (73.68%) ACDT
7 13 (68.42%) LAN

MCSM
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 10 (52.63%) IBM Notes
2 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) SharePoint
2 2 (10.53%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (10.53%) Office 365
2 2 (10.53%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (84.21%) Internet
1 16 (84.21%) TCP/IP
1 16 (84.21%) Wireless
2 15 (78.95%) Ethernet
3 13 (68.42%) LAN
4 2 (10.53%) Firewall
4 2 (10.53%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (10.53%) Skype
4 2 (10.53%) WAN
4 2 (10.53%) WLAN
General
1 16 (84.21%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (52.63%) Desktop Support
2 6 (31.58%) Systems Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (26.32%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (26.32%) Desktop Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Desktop Technician
4 4 (21.05%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
5 3 (15.79%) Analyst
5 3 (15.79%) Support Analyst
6 2 (10.53%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (10.53%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (10.53%) Architect
6 2 (10.53%) Azure Architect
6 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
6 2 (10.53%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (10.53%) TOGAF Architect
7 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
7 1 (5.26%) Desktop Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Desktop Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 16 (84.21%) Blackberry
2 15 (78.95%) Client/Server
3 7 (36.84%) Management Information System
4 5 (26.32%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 17 (89.47%) Windows
2 16 (84.21%) Apple iOS
3 15 (78.95%) Windows 7
4 2 (10.53%) Windows 10
4 2 (10.53%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (78.95%) Change Management
1 15 (78.95%) Time Management
1 15 (78.95%) Validation
2 5 (26.32%) Identity Management
3 2 (10.53%) Asset Management
3 2 (10.53%) Email Filtering
3 2 (10.53%) Kalman Filter
3 2 (10.53%) Mobile Device Management
3 2 (10.53%) TOGAF
3 2 (10.53%) Vulnerability Management
3 2 (10.53%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 16 (84.21%) Java
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) MCSE
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (78.95%) ACHDS
2 15 (78.95%) MCDST
2 15 (78.95%) MCP
2 15 (78.95%) MCSA
2 15 (78.95%) Network+ Certification
3 14 (73.68%) ACDT
3 14 (73.68%) ACTC
4 9 (47.37%) A+ Certification
5 4 (21.05%) Degree
6 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Certified Architect
7 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Certified Master
System Software
1 18 (94.74%) Active Directory
2 15 (78.95%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (5.26%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) SCCM
1 1 (5.26%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 16 (84.21%) Citrix
1 16 (84.21%) Oracle
2 15 (78.95%) Apple
3 10 (52.63%) Lotus
4 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
5 3 (15.79%) ServiceNow
6 2 (10.53%) Cisco
7 1 (5.26%) VMware