The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 28 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 158 183 199
Rank change year-on-year
+25 +16
Contract jobs citing MCSA 5 19 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.14% 0.35% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 2.31% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 17 9
Average daily rate £475 £275 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+72.72% +19.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £138 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £400 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £285 £160
% change year-on-year
+18.85% +78.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £16.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year
+122.72% +8.19%
MCSA
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
507 824 1144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.62% 15.14% 18.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 613 807
Average daily rate £450 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £201 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 15 16
Average hourly rate £21.78 £20.88 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.33% -5.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £15.08 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.00 £32.40 £39.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSA across the City of London region.

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the City of London region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the City of London region.

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MCSA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA.

1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
3 8 (80.00%) Windows
4 7 (70.00%) MCSE
4 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
5 6 (60.00%) ITIL
6 4 (40.00%) MS Office
6 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
6 4 (40.00%) Internet
6 4 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (40.00%) Windows Server
7 3 (30.00%) Office 365
7 3 (30.00%) MCTS
7 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
7 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (30.00%) VMware
7 3 (30.00%) Citrix
7 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (30.00%) DNS
7 3 (30.00%) Cisco
7 3 (30.00%) C#
8 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
8 2 (20.00%) IIS
8 2 (20.00%) MCP
8 2 (20.00%) MS Excel
8 2 (20.00%) TCP/IP
8 2 (20.00%) VPN
8 2 (20.00%) CCNP
8 2 (20.00%) CCNA
8 2 (20.00%) WAP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MCSA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (20.00%) IIS
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (40.00%) MS Office
2 2 (20.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (10.00%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (30.00%) Office 365
2 1 (10.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (40.00%) Internet
2 3 (30.00%) DNS
3 2 (20.00%) SAN
3 2 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 2 (20.00%) VPN
4 1 (10.00%) DHCP
4 1 (10.00%) DMZ
4 1 (10.00%) Ethernet
4 1 (10.00%) Firewall
4 1 (10.00%) LAN
4 1 (10.00%) LDAP
4 1 (10.00%) NetScaler
4 1 (10.00%) Skype
4 1 (10.00%) SNMP
4 1 (10.00%) SSH
4 1 (10.00%) VoIP
4 1 (10.00%) WAN
4 1 (10.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (10.00%) GIS
2 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) CruiseControl
1 1 (10.00%) MSI
1 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (10.00%) TeamCity
1 1 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Senior Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Senior Support Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Support Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Applications Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Citrix Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Citrix Systems Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Installations Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Mac Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Rollout Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Infrastructure Support Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Windows Rollout Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) WAP
2 1 (10.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (10.00%) SAML
2 1 (10.00%) WCF
2 1 (10.00%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (10.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (10.00%) Clustering
2 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (10.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (80.00%) Windows
2 4 (40.00%) Windows Server
3 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (20.00%) Windows 10
4 2 (20.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (10.00%) Android
5 1 (10.00%) Apple iOS
5 1 (10.00%) Linux
5 1 (10.00%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (60.00%) ITIL
2 2 (20.00%) Change Control
2 2 (20.00%) Change Management
2 2 (20.00%) Migration
2 2 (20.00%) Network Management
2 2 (20.00%) TOGAF
3 1 (10.00%) Application Virtualisation
3 1 (10.00%) Business Continuity
3 1 (10.00%) Business Continuity Management
3 1 (10.00%) Database Mirroring
3 1 (10.00%) Desktop Virtualisation
3 1 (10.00%) Identity Access Management
3 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
3 1 (10.00%) Information Security
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL V3
3 1 (10.00%) Portfolio Management
3 1 (10.00%) Server Virtualisation
3 1 (10.00%) Software Deployment
3 1 (10.00%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) C#
1 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (70.00%) MCSE
3 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (30.00%) MCTS
4 2 (20.00%) CCEE
4 2 (20.00%) CCNA
4 2 (20.00%) CCNP
4 2 (20.00%) Citrix Certification
4 2 (20.00%) MCITP
4 2 (20.00%) MCP
5 1 (10.00%) CCA
5 1 (10.00%) CCEA
5 1 (10.00%) CISSP
5 1 (10.00%) MCDBA
5 1 (10.00%) MCDST
5 1 (10.00%) MOS
System Software
1 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (20.00%) XenApp
3 1 (10.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (10.00%) Terminal Services
3 1 (10.00%) VMware ESX
3 1 (10.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (20.00%) SCCM
1 2 (20.00%) Windows Intune
2 1 (10.00%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Cisco
2 3 (30.00%) Citrix
2 3 (30.00%) VMware
3 2 (20.00%) Dell
4 1 (10.00%) Adobe
4 1 (10.00%) Altiris
4 1 (10.00%) Apple
4 1 (10.00%) AppSense
4 1 (10.00%) HP
4 1 (10.00%) Mitel
4 1 (10.00%) Oracle
4 1 (10.00%) Remedy