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 3 months to 22 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 Master (MCSM)
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 613 640 640
Rank change year-on-year +27 0  
Contract jobs citing MCSM 2 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% 0.009% 0.005%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.022% 0.043% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 3
Median daily rate £150 £150 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -57.14%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9047 11737 10662
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.77% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5405 7313 6195
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 £240
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 500 438 557
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 £13.48 £12.57 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.75 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.24% +23.34%  

MCSM
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSM as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 2 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 3 months to 22 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 +44 2 £150 -
London +13 2 £150 +3.44%

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, 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 3 (100.00%) MCSE
1 3 (100.00%) MCSA
1 3 (100.00%) Client/Server
1 3 (100.00%) LAN
1 3 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 3 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) Citrix
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (100.00%) MCP
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Apple
1 3 (100.00%) Internet
1 3 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 3 (100.00%) Change Management
1 3 (100.00%) Wireless
1 3 (100.00%) Validation
1 3 (100.00%) Network+ Certification
1 3 (100.00%) ACTC
1 3 (100.00%) ACHDS
1 3 (100.00%) ACDT
1 3 (100.00%) MCDST
1 3 (100.00%) Time Management
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 3 (100.00%) Apple iOS
1 3 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
2 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) Java
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle

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%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 3 (100.00%) Internet
1 3 (100.00%) LAN
1 3 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (100.00%) Wireless
2 1 (33.33%) Wi-Fi
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Desktop Support
2 2 (66.67%) Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Desktop Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Financial Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Support Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (33.33%) Desktop Technician
3 1 (33.33%) Systems Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 3 (100.00%) Client/Server
2 1 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 1 (33.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Apple iOS
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Change Management
1 3 (100.00%) Time Management
1 3 (100.00%) Validation
2 1 (33.33%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) ACDT
1 3 (100.00%) ACHDS
1 3 (100.00%) ACTC
1 3 (100.00%) MCDST
1 3 (100.00%) MCP
1 3 (100.00%) MCSA
1 3 (100.00%) MCSE
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) Network+ Certification
2 2 (66.67%) A+ Certification
System Software
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Apple
1 3 (100.00%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) Lotus
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle