The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 427 496 431
Rank change year-on-year
+69 -65
Contract jobs citing MCSA 161 87 138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.30% 0.17% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.57% 0.91% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 52 42
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£300 £230 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -22.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £166 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £350 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 9
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £13.50 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £20.00 £23.21
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £18.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-8.10% +19.35%
MCSA
UK

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

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10232 9560 8563
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.03% 18.68% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6236 5510 4762
Average daily rate £400 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £528 £544
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 490 402 444
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.36 £12.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.00 £44.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in England

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the England region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCSA
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the England region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

MCSA Hourly Rate Histogram in England

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the England region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +27 69 £320 +39.13% 32
South East -9 32 £290 +31.81% 19
North West -14 24 £265 +51.42% 11
South West +7 11 £190 -7.31% 5
East of England +6 7 £188 +10.29% 7
West Midlands +10 6 £450 +28.57% 1
East Midlands -2 5 - - 4
Yorkshire -32 3 £108 -63.22% 1
North East - 3 - - 1
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 305 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 234 (76.72%) Windows
3 225 (73.77%) Microsoft
4 177 (58.03%) MCSE
5 167 (54.75%) Active Directory
6 142 (46.56%) ITIL
7 130 (42.62%) VMware
8 100 (32.79%) MCITP
9 84 (27.54%) Windows Server 2012
10 79 (25.90%) Windows Server 2008
11 76 (24.92%) VMware Infrastructure
12 74 (24.26%) Cisco
13 70 (22.95%) Cisco Certification
14 68 (22.30%) Citrix
14 68 (22.30%) Windows 7
15 67 (21.97%) MS Exchange
16 64 (20.98%) SQL Server
17 61 (20.00%) CCNA
17 61 (20.00%) SAN
18 60 (19.67%) MS Office
19 57 (18.69%) MCP
19 57 (18.69%) Security Cleared
20 56 (18.36%) Linux
21 55 (18.03%) LAN
22 54 (17.70%) SCCM
23 53 (17.38%) DNS
24 52 (17.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 48 (15.74%) SQL
25 48 (15.74%) PowerShell
26 47 (15.41%) TCP/IP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 67 (21.97%) MS Exchange
2 38 (12.46%) Lync
3 37 (12.13%) SharePoint
4 32 (10.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (7.87%) Exchange Server 2007
6 19 (6.23%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (4.59%) SharePoint 2010
8 13 (4.26%) IIS
9 11 (3.61%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (1.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.98%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.66%) TPMS
13 1 (0.33%) Lotus Domino
13 1 (0.33%) WorkSite
Applications
1 60 (19.67%) MS Office
2 47 (15.41%) MS Excel
3 6 (1.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.64%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.31%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.98%) SAP CCM
1 3 (0.98%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.33%) Eikon
2 1 (0.33%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 20 (6.56%) Office 365
2 7 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.31%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.98%) IaaS
5 1 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (20.00%) SAN
2 55 (18.03%) LAN
3 53 (17.38%) DNS
4 47 (15.41%) TCP/IP
5 45 (14.75%) DHCP
6 44 (14.43%) WAN
7 39 (12.79%) Firewall
8 22 (7.21%) VPN
9 17 (5.57%) VLAN
10 14 (4.59%) IPv4
10 14 (4.59%) VoIP
11 13 (4.26%) Internet
11 13 (4.26%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (2.62%) NAS
12 8 (2.62%) Cisco IOS
13 7 (2.30%) iSCSI
13 7 (2.30%) Cisco Nexus
14 6 (1.97%) Unified Communications
14 6 (1.97%) Fibre Channel
14 6 (1.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (20.98%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (3.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (2.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (2.95%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (2.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.31%) OLAP
7 4 (1.31%) OLAP Cube
8 3 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.66%) MySQL
9 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.33%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 7 (2.30%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.31%) Ant
4 2 (0.66%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.66%) ClearCase
4 2 (0.66%) MSI
5 1 (0.33%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.33%) ClearQuest
General
1 20 (6.56%) Finance
2 11 (3.61%) Telecoms
2 11 (3.61%) Retail
3 5 (1.64%) Legal
4 4 (1.31%) Law
4 4 (1.31%) Publishing
5 3 (0.98%) Local Government
5 3 (0.98%) Advertising
6 2 (0.66%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.66%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.66%) Japanese Language
6 2 (0.66%) Banking
7 1 (0.33%) Billing
7 1 (0.33%) Marketing
7 1 (0.33%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 53 (17.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 49 (16.07%) Analyst
3 45 (14.75%) Support Engineer
4 27 (8.85%) Support Analyst
5 26 (8.52%) 3rd Line Support
6 23 (7.54%) Wintel Engineer
7 21 (6.89%) Consultant
8 16 (5.25%) 2nd Line Support
9 14 (4.59%) Service Analyst
9 14 (4.59%) Network Engineer
9 14 (4.59%) Service Desk Analyst
10 12 (3.93%) Server Engineer
10 12 (3.93%) SQL DBA
10 12 (3.93%) DBA
11 11 (3.61%) Network Support
12 10 (3.28%) Field Support Engineer
12 10 (3.28%) Field Engineer
12 10 (3.28%) Field Service Engineer
12 10 (3.28%) PC Support
13 9 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (7.87%) XML
2 22 (7.21%) HTML
3 4 (1.31%) .NET
3 4 (1.31%) LAMP
4 2 (0.66%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.66%) MDX
4 2 (0.66%) Web Services
5 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.33%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.33%) Apache Thrift
5 1 (0.33%) XMPP
5 1 (0.33%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 38 (12.46%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.57%) Blackberry
3 15 (4.92%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (4.59%) Clustering
5 12 (3.93%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (2.62%) Management Information System
6 8 (2.62%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.31%) NHS
7 4 (1.31%) Replication
7 4 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (0.98%) Private Cloud
8 3 (0.98%) Mainframe
8 3 (0.98%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.66%) PKI
9 2 (0.66%) Life Science
9 2 (0.66%) CMDB
9 2 (0.66%) iPhone
9 2 (0.66%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.66%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.66%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 234 (76.72%) Windows
2 84 (27.54%) Windows Server 2012
3 79 (25.90%) Windows Server 2008
4 68 (22.30%) Windows 7
5 56 (18.36%) Linux
6 35 (11.48%) Windows 8
7 32 (10.49%) Windows XP
8 30 (9.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (4.59%) Mac OS X
10 12 (3.93%) Ubuntu
10 12 (3.93%) UNIX
11 9 (2.95%) Windows Vista
12 8 (2.62%) Android
13 7 (2.30%) Debian
14 4 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.31%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.31%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.66%) BlackBerry OS
15 2 (0.66%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.66%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (46.56%) ITIL
2 34 (11.15%) Migration
3 25 (8.20%) High Availability
4 21 (6.89%) Service Management
5 16 (5.25%) Service Delivery
5 16 (5.25%) PRINCE2
5 16 (5.25%) Incident Management
5 16 (5.25%) Problem Management
6 14 (4.59%) Software Deployment
6 14 (4.59%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (4.59%) ITIL V3
6 14 (4.59%) Server Building
7 12 (3.93%) Configuration Management
8 11 (3.61%) Change Management
8 11 (3.61%) Network Design
9 9 (2.95%) Change Control
9 9 (2.95%) Validation
10 8 (2.62%) Performance Tuning
10 8 (2.62%) Kalman Filter
11 7 (2.30%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 48 (15.74%) SQL
1 48 (15.74%) PowerShell
2 26 (8.52%) VBScript
3 7 (2.30%) T-SQL
4 4 (1.31%) C
5 3 (0.98%) VB
6 2 (0.66%) C#
6 2 (0.66%) Java
6 2 (0.66%) R
7 1 (0.33%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 305 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 177 (58.03%) MCSE
3 100 (32.79%) MCITP
4 70 (22.95%) Cisco Certification
5 61 (20.00%) CCNA
6 57 (18.69%) MCP
6 57 (18.69%) Security Cleared
7 52 (17.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 44 (14.43%) MCTS
9 41 (13.44%) SC Cleared
10 34 (11.15%) CCNP
11 27 (8.85%) A+ Certification
12 23 (7.54%) Network+ Certification
13 21 (6.89%) Degree
14 14 (4.59%) MCDST
14 14 (4.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 13 (4.26%) Citrix Certification
16 7 (2.30%) ITIL Certification
16 7 (2.30%) CCA
16 7 (2.30%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (10.16%) SLA
2 4 (1.31%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.31%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.98%) QA
4 2 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 167 (54.75%) Active Directory
2 76 (24.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (12.46%) vSphere
4 33 (10.82%) Hyper-V
5 20 (6.56%) XenApp
6 14 (4.59%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (2.95%) XenDesktop
7 9 (2.95%) VMware ESX
8 7 (2.30%) XenServer
9 4 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.98%) Xen
10 3 (0.98%) NFS
10 3 (0.98%) UAG
11 2 (0.66%) vCloud
11 2 (0.66%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.66%) Postfix
11 2 (0.66%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.66%) Samba
12 1 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 54 (17.70%) SCCM
2 23 (7.54%) SCOM
3 10 (3.28%) Backup Exec
4 7 (2.30%) Norton AntiVirus
4 7 (2.30%) WSUS
5 4 (1.31%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.98%) NetBackup
6 3 (0.98%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.98%) Nagios
6 3 (0.98%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (0.66%) vMotion
7 2 (0.66%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.33%) CiscoWorks
8 1 (0.33%) Puppet
8 1 (0.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.33%) ARCserve
8 1 (0.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.33%) WMI
8 1 (0.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 225 (73.77%) Microsoft
2 130 (42.62%) VMware
3 74 (24.26%) Cisco
4 68 (22.30%) Citrix
5 36 (11.80%) HP
6 17 (5.57%) Symantec
7 15 (4.92%) McAfee
8 13 (4.26%) Dell
9 12 (3.93%) IBM
9 12 (3.93%) Juniper
10 9 (2.95%) Red Hat
10 9 (2.95%) CheckPoint
11 8 (2.62%) Altiris
11 8 (2.62%) Oracle
11 8 (2.62%) Polycom
12 7 (2.30%) 3PAR
12 7 (2.30%) Apple
13 6 (1.97%) Sophos
13 6 (1.97%) AppSense
13 6 (1.97%) Avaya
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