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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 476 461 482
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +21
Contract jobs citing MCSA 137 144 113
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.28% 0.29% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.31% 1.53% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 90 57
Median daily rate £350 £293 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.65% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £145 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £400 £417
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £260 £210
% change year-on-year
+34.61% +23.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £18.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+94.44% +16.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £44.66 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+104.16% +16.12%
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
10462 9425 9537
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.25% 19.14% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6545 5499 5630
Median daily rate £405 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.88% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 464 491
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 31 May 2016.

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 31 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the England region over the 3 months to 31 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
South East -37 43 £350 +34.61% 14
London +1 38 £300 -6.97% 15
South West -6 12 £600 - 3
East of England +8 9 £388 +19.23% 4
West Midlands -11 9 £275 -7.17% 1
Yorkshire +4 8 £288 +82.53% 7
North West -21 8 £315 +90.90% 3
North East - 7 £310 -
East Midlands +9 3 £388 +93.75%
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 280 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 193 (68.93%) Windows
3 190 (67.86%) Microsoft
4 170 (60.71%) MCSE
5 142 (50.71%) VMware
6 135 (48.21%) Active Directory
7 120 (42.86%) Windows Server
8 118 (42.14%) ITIL
9 104 (37.14%) VMware Infrastructure
10 96 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
11 92 (32.86%) MS Exchange
12 85 (30.36%) MS Excel
13 80 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
14 77 (27.50%) Cisco
15 74 (26.43%) DNS
15 74 (26.43%) Cisco Certification
16 70 (25.00%) DHCP
17 68 (24.29%) Citrix
17 68 (24.29%) Hyper-V
18 64 (22.86%) HP
19 63 (22.50%) MCP
20 62 (22.14%) PowerShell
21 58 (20.71%) CCNA
22 53 (18.93%) MS Office
23 52 (18.57%) Windows Server 2003
23 52 (18.57%) vSphere
24 50 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2010
25 49 (17.50%) Linux
26 48 (17.14%) Firewall
26 48 (17.14%) Migration

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 92 (32.86%) MS Exchange
2 50 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (8.93%) SharePoint
4 22 (7.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (6.79%) Exchange Server 2007
6 12 (4.29%) IIS
7 10 (3.57%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (1.43%) Skype for Business
10 3 (1.07%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.71%) Office Communications Server
11 2 (0.71%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.71%) SAS
11 2 (0.71%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.36%) CMS
12 1 (0.36%) Confluence
12 1 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.36%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 85 (30.36%) MS Excel
2 53 (18.93%) MS Office
3 3 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.36%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.36%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.36%) Eikon
2 1 (0.36%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.36%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.36%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.36%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.36%) Sage 50
2 1 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 34 (12.14%) Office 365
2 28 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (3.93%) IaaS
5 5 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.43%) PaaS
7 3 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (1.07%) SaaS
7 3 (1.07%) SoftLayer
8 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.36%) GitHub
8 1 (0.36%) Google Apps
8 1 (0.36%) IBM PureFlex
8 1 (0.36%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 74 (26.43%) DNS
2 70 (25.00%) DHCP
3 48 (17.14%) Firewall
4 47 (16.79%) SAN
5 43 (15.36%) TCP/IP
6 27 (9.64%) VPN
7 17 (6.07%) WAN
8 16 (5.71%) Internet
9 14 (5.00%) LAN
10 13 (4.64%) VLAN
11 12 (4.29%) Fibre Channel
11 12 (4.29%) HTTP
11 12 (4.29%) IPsec
11 12 (4.29%) IPv6
11 12 (4.29%) Software-Defined Networking
12 11 (3.93%) Ethernet
13 7 (2.50%) LDAP
13 7 (2.50%) SSH
13 7 (2.50%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (2.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (11.43%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.14%) Amazon RDS
2 6 (2.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.79%) MS Access
3 5 (1.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.07%) MySQL
5 3 (1.07%) SQLPlus
6 2 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.36%) Power BI
7 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.07%) MSI
2 2 (0.71%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.71%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.71%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.36%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.36%) JIRA
3 1 (0.36%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (0.36%) Moq
3 1 (0.36%) NSubstitute
3 1 (0.36%) NUnit
3 1 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.36%) Selenium
3 1 (0.36%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (7.50%) Finance
2 14 (5.00%) Marketing
3 10 (3.57%) Banking
4 9 (3.21%) Legal
5 8 (2.86%) Local Government
6 6 (2.14%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.79%) Law
8 4 (1.43%) Back Office
8 4 (1.43%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.07%) Advertising
9 3 (1.07%) Retail
10 2 (0.71%) Automotive
10 2 (0.71%) Billing
11 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.36%) Electronics
11 1 (0.36%) Games
11 1 (0.36%) Publishing
11 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (19.29%) Support Engineer
2 40 (14.29%) Analyst
3 23 (8.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 23 (8.21%) Wintel Engineer
4 20 (7.14%) Windows Engineer
5 19 (6.79%) Server Engineer
6 18 (6.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 18 (6.43%) Service Analyst
7 17 (6.07%) IT Engineer
8 16 (5.71%) Service Desk Analyst
8 16 (5.71%) Wintel Support
9 15 (5.36%) Consultant
9 15 (5.36%) Support Analyst
10 14 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
10 14 (5.00%) VMware Engineer
10 14 (5.00%) Wintel Server Engineer
11 13 (4.64%) Desktop Support
12 12 (4.29%) 2nd Line Support
12 12 (4.29%) Security Specialist
12 12 (4.29%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.36%) XML
2 13 (4.64%) CSS
3 9 (3.21%) .NET
3 9 (3.21%) Web Services
4 7 (2.50%) REST
4 7 (2.50%) WSDL
4 7 (2.50%) XSD
5 6 (2.14%) SAML
6 4 (1.43%) HTML
7 2 (0.71%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.71%) ELK Stack
7 2 (0.71%) Middleware
7 2 (0.71%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.71%) WAP
7 2 (0.71%) WCF
8 1 (0.36%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.36%) D3.js
8 1 (0.36%) Google Chart
8 1 (0.36%) Highcharts JS
8 1 (0.36%) MEAN Stack
Miscellaneous
1 33 (11.79%) Data Centre
2 22 (7.86%) Computer Science
3 16 (5.71%) Driving Licence
4 13 (4.64%) Management Information System
5 12 (4.29%) Public Cloud
6 11 (3.93%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (3.93%) Blackberry
7 10 (3.57%) Clustering
7 10 (3.57%) PKI
8 9 (3.21%) Private Cloud
9 6 (2.14%) Replication
9 6 (2.14%) Statistics
10 4 (1.43%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.43%) Fat Client
10 4 (1.43%) NHS
10 4 (1.43%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.43%) Wiki
11 3 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.07%) iPad
11 3 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 193 (68.93%) Windows
2 120 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 96 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 80 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (18.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 49 (17.50%) Linux
7 39 (13.93%) Windows 7
8 15 (5.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (4.29%) Windows 8
9 12 (4.29%) Windows XP
10 10 (3.57%) Unix
11 8 (2.86%) Windows 10
12 6 (2.14%) Ubuntu
13 5 (1.79%) Data ONTAP
13 5 (1.79%) Mac OS
13 5 (1.79%) Mac OS X Server
14 4 (1.43%) Mac OS X
14 4 (1.43%) VMS
15 2 (0.71%) Android
15 2 (0.71%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (42.14%) ITIL
2 48 (17.14%) Migration
3 20 (7.14%) ITIL V3
4 18 (6.43%) Disaster Recovery
5 17 (6.07%) Incident Management
6 16 (5.71%) Mentoring
7 14 (5.00%) Data Migration
8 13 (4.64%) Configuration Management
8 13 (4.64%) Load Balancing
8 13 (4.64%) Presales
8 13 (4.64%) Problem Management
9 12 (4.29%) Change Management
10 11 (3.93%) Process Improvement
10 11 (3.93%) Project Management
10 11 (3.93%) Workflow
11 10 (3.57%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (3.57%) Data Security
11 10 (3.57%) Ethical Hacking
11 10 (3.57%) Security Management
11 10 (3.57%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 62 (22.14%) PowerShell
2 40 (14.29%) SQL
3 20 (7.14%) VBScript
4 14 (5.00%) VB
5 10 (3.57%) C#
6 9 (3.21%) C
7 6 (2.14%) C++
8 5 (1.79%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.79%) VBA
9 2 (0.71%) Java
9 2 (0.71%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.71%) Ruby
10 1 (0.36%) PHP
10 1 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 280 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 170 (60.71%) MCSE
3 74 (26.43%) Cisco Certification
4 63 (22.50%) MCP
5 58 (20.71%) CCNA
6 43 (15.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 36 (12.86%) Security Cleared
8 34 (12.14%) MCITP
9 25 (8.93%) Degree
10 24 (8.57%) SC Cleared
11 21 (7.50%) MCSD
12 20 (7.14%) CISSP
13 13 (4.64%) Citrix Certification
14 12 (4.29%) CEH
14 12 (4.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 7 (2.50%) A+ Certification
15 7 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
15 7 (2.50%) CCNP
16 6 (2.14%) CCAA
16 6 (2.14%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (5.71%) PCI DSS
2 9 (3.21%) SLA
3 6 (2.14%) HL7
4 5 (1.79%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (1.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (1.07%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.71%) QA
System Software
1 135 (48.21%) Active Directory
2 104 (37.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (24.29%) Hyper-V
4 52 (18.57%) vSphere
5 14 (5.00%) XenApp
6 13 (4.64%) VMware ESX
7 11 (3.93%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (3.57%) Xen
9 7 (2.50%) Docker
10 5 (1.79%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.07%) NFS
11 3 (1.07%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.71%) Postfix
12 2 (0.71%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.36%) Firmware
13 1 (0.36%) UAG
13 1 (0.36%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 48 (17.14%) SCCM
2 26 (9.29%) WSUS
3 24 (8.57%) Backup Exec
4 19 (6.79%) NetBackup
5 18 (6.43%) McAfee ePO
6 14 (5.00%) SCOM
7 13 (4.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 7 (2.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 6 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (1.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (1.79%) WMI
11 4 (1.43%) BladeLogic
11 4 (1.43%) Puppet
11 4 (1.43%) Windows Intune
12 3 (1.07%) Cisco UCCX
12 3 (1.07%) DameWare
12 3 (1.07%) SCSM
12 3 (1.07%) SCVMM
13 2 (0.71%) SCDPM
13 2 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 190 (67.86%) Microsoft
2 142 (50.71%) VMware
3 77 (27.50%) Cisco
4 68 (24.29%) Citrix
5 64 (22.86%) HP
6 29 (10.36%) Dell
7 25 (8.93%) NetApp
8 20 (7.14%) Oracle
9 18 (6.43%) Intel Security
9 18 (6.43%) Symantec
10 16 (5.71%) Red Hat
11 15 (5.36%) IBM
12 12 (4.29%) Apple
13 9 (3.21%) Hitachi
13 9 (3.21%) Intel
14 8 (2.86%) EMC
14 8 (2.86%) iManage
14 8 (2.86%) ServiceNow
14 8 (2.86%) Sophos
15 7 (2.50%) Reuters
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