Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 865 829 884
Rank change year-on-year -36 +55 -17
Contract jobs citing MCSM 3 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.003% 0.003% 0.005%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.016% 0.016% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 5
UK median daily rate £650 £150 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +333.33% - -57.14%
10th Percentile £625 £146 £140
90th Percentile £675 £150 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £500
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 18,856 18,406 22,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.94% 20.26% 21.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,297 11,386 14,182
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.36% +1.81%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 854 942 836
UK median hourly rate £24.69 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.72% -7.69% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.53 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.75 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.94% -11.43% +55.56%

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 18 June 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 -44 3 £650 +333.33%
South East - 2 - -
UK excluding London - 2 - -
London -41 1 £650 +333.33%

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MCSM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for MCSM.

1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) TOGAF
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certified Architect
2 2 (66.67%) Office 365
2 2 (66.67%) Vulnerability Management
2 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (66.67%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (66.67%) Skype for Business
2 2 (66.67%) Mobile Device Management
2 2 (66.67%) Kalman Filter
2 2 (66.67%) Skype
2 2 (66.67%) OneDrive
2 2 (66.67%) Windows 10
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 2 (66.67%) Email Filtering
2 2 (66.67%) Web Filtering
2 2 (66.67%) Firewall
2 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
2 2 (66.67%) SharePoint
2 2 (66.67%) MS Exchange
2 2 (66.67%) LAN
2 2 (66.67%) WLAN
2 2 (66.67%) WAN
2 2 (66.67%) Cisco
3 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 1 (33.33%) Back Office
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum

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 2 (66.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (66.67%) SharePoint
1 2 (66.67%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (66.67%) Office 365
1 2 (66.67%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (66.67%) Firewall
1 2 (66.67%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (66.67%) LAN
1 2 (66.67%) Skype
1 2 (66.67%) WAN
1 2 (66.67%) WLAN
General
1 1 (33.33%) Back Office
1 1 (33.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Architect
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
1 3 (100.00%) Solutions Architect
2 2 (66.67%) Azure Architect
2 2 (66.67%) TOGAF Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
1 2 (66.67%) Windows 10
1 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) TOGAF
2 2 (66.67%) Email Filtering
2 2 (66.67%) Kalman Filter
2 2 (66.67%) Mobile Device Management
2 2 (66.67%) Vulnerability Management
2 2 (66.67%) Web Filtering
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) Change Management
3 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certified Architect
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Certified Master
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) Cisco