Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 861 871 902
Rank change year-on-year +10 +31 -
Contract jobs citing MCSM 17 21 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.020% 0.002%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.092% 0.094% 0.009%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 17 2
UK median daily rate £150 £150 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -53.85% -
10th Percentile £134 £130 £305
90th Percentile £193 £314 £345
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 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 18486 22349 22280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.61% 21.03% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11289 13874 13354
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 850 1087
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.74 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.83% +12.60% +21.79%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 20 October 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 +43 17 £150 -
London +14 17 £150 -

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 17 (100.00%) Java
1 17 (100.00%) Oracle
1 17 (100.00%) MCSE
1 17 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 17 (100.00%) Citrix
1 17 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 17 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 17 (100.00%) Internet
1 17 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 17 (100.00%) Wireless
1 17 (100.00%) Finance
1 17 (100.00%) Apple iOS
2 16 (94.12%) Virtual Servers
2 16 (94.12%) ACHDS
2 16 (94.12%) MCDST
2 16 (94.12%) Time Management
2 16 (94.12%) Windows 7
2 16 (94.12%) Validation
2 16 (94.12%) Network+ Certification
2 16 (94.12%) Change Management
2 16 (94.12%) Apple
2 16 (94.12%) Ethernet
2 16 (94.12%) MCSA
2 16 (94.12%) Client/Server
2 16 (94.12%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (94.12%) MCP
2 16 (94.12%) Windows
3 15 (88.24%) ACDT
3 15 (88.24%) ACTC
4 12 (70.59%) IBM Notes

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 12 (70.59%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 16 (94.12%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 17 (100.00%) Internet
1 17 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 17 (100.00%) Wireless
2 16 (94.12%) Ethernet
3 12 (70.59%) LAN
General
1 17 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (64.71%) Desktop Support
2 5 (29.41%) 2nd Line Support
2 5 (29.41%) 3rd Line Support
2 5 (29.41%) Desktop Engineer
2 5 (29.41%) Desktop Technician
2 5 (29.41%) Systems Engineer
3 4 (23.53%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 4 (23.53%) Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) Support Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Desktop Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 17 (100.00%) Blackberry
2 16 (94.12%) Client/Server
3 7 (41.18%) Management Information System
4 5 (29.41%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 17 (100.00%) Apple iOS
2 16 (94.12%) Windows
2 16 (94.12%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (94.12%) Change Management
1 16 (94.12%) Time Management
1 16 (94.12%) Validation
2 5 (29.41%) Identity Management
3 2 (11.76%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (100.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 17 (100.00%) MCSE
1 17 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (94.12%) ACHDS
2 16 (94.12%) MCDST
2 16 (94.12%) MCP
2 16 (94.12%) MCSA
2 16 (94.12%) Network+ Certification
3 15 (88.24%) ACDT
3 15 (88.24%) ACTC
4 11 (64.71%) A+ Certification
5 4 (23.53%) Degree
System Software
1 17 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 16 (94.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 17 (100.00%) Citrix
1 17 (100.00%) Oracle
2 16 (94.12%) Apple
3 12 (70.59%) Lotus
4 3 (17.65%) ServiceNow
5 1 (5.88%) Microsoft