Period
to 19 August 2017

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 August 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
6 months to
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 850 898 879
Rank change year-on-year +48 -19 -21
Contract jobs citing MCSM 8 11 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.008% 0.010% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.043% 0.048% 0.023%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 5
UK median daily rate £158 £150 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.17% -57.14% -15.41%
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 £300
% change year-on-year - +66.67% -
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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18606 22936 21916
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.14% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 11279 14317 12859
UK median daily rate £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.75% +1.43% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 948 813 1075
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.18% +22.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.75
90th Percentile £51.19 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £28.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +10.71% +16.67% +20.00%

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 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 6 months to 19 August 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
England +51 8 £158 +5.17%
London +28 8 £158 +5.17%

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 8 (100.00%) Java
1 8 (100.00%) Oracle
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
1 8 (100.00%) MCP
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
1 8 (100.00%) MCSE
1 8 (100.00%) MCSA
1 8 (100.00%) Client/Server
1 8 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 8 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 8 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 8 (100.00%) Citrix
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (100.00%) Apple
1 8 (100.00%) Internet
1 8 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 8 (100.00%) Change Management
1 8 (100.00%) Wireless
1 8 (100.00%) Finance
1 8 (100.00%) Validation
1 8 (100.00%) Network+ Certification
1 8 (100.00%) ACTC
1 8 (100.00%) ACHDS
1 8 (100.00%) ACDT
1 8 (100.00%) MCDST
1 8 (100.00%) Time Management
1 8 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 8 (100.00%) Apple iOS
1 8 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
2 7 (87.50%) A+ Certification

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 7 (87.50%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 8 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 8 (100.00%) Internet
1 8 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 8 (100.00%) Wireless
2 5 (62.50%) LAN
General
1 8 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (62.50%) Desktop Support
2 4 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) Support Analyst
3 3 (37.50%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 3 (37.50%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (25.00%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Desktop Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (25.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Desktop Technician
4 2 (25.00%) Financial Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 8 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 8 (100.00%) Client/Server
2 2 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (25.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (100.00%) Apple iOS
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
1 8 (100.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Change Management
1 8 (100.00%) Time Management
1 8 (100.00%) Validation
2 2 (25.00%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (100.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) ACDT
1 8 (100.00%) ACHDS
1 8 (100.00%) ACTC
1 8 (100.00%) MCDST
1 8 (100.00%) MCP
1 8 (100.00%) MCSA
1 8 (100.00%) MCSE
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (100.00%) Network+ Certification
2 7 (87.50%) A+ Certification
3 3 (37.50%) Degree
System Software
1 8 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 8 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
Vendors
1 8 (100.00%) Apple
1 8 (100.00%) Citrix
1 8 (100.00%) Oracle
2 7 (87.50%) Lotus