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 October 2014 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 475 426 485
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +59
Contract jobs citing MCSA 109 129 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.21% 0.27% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.57% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 47 40
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £171 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £346 £275 £320
% change year-on-year
+25.90% -14.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 4
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.00 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £22.00 £20.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £14.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+32.20% -4.83%
MCSA
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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
10293 8217 9360
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.51% 17.31% 18.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5746 4698 4947
Average daily rate £395 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 361 547
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £23.79
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -20.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -28.00%

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 October 2014.

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 October 2014.

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 October 2014. 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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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 -17 42 £275 -26.66% 23
South East +2 28 £348 +16.00% 25
North West +3 18 £235 -21.66% 7
East of England -33 6 £170 -40.86% 7
Yorkshire - 6 £300 - 5
West Midlands -22 3 £350 +169.23%
South West -33 3 £205 +13.88% 5
East Midlands - - - - 2
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, 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.

1 208 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 172 (82.69%) Windows
3 144 (69.23%) Microsoft
4 124 (59.62%) MCSE
5 123 (59.13%) Active Directory
6 96 (46.15%) ITIL
7 91 (43.75%) VMware
8 71 (34.13%) MCP
9 70 (33.65%) MCITP
9 70 (33.65%) Windows Server 2008
10 64 (30.77%) MS Exchange
11 57 (27.40%) Citrix
12 48 (23.08%) MS Office
13 46 (22.12%) VMware Infrastructure
13 46 (22.12%) Windows 7
14 45 (21.63%) MCTS
14 45 (21.63%) Cisco
15 44 (21.15%) Windows Server 2003
16 40 (19.23%) Windows Server 2012
17 38 (18.27%) MS Excel
18 37 (17.79%) CCNA
18 37 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
19 36 (17.31%) SCCM
20 34 (16.35%) PowerShell
21 33 (15.87%) SQL
22 32 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
23 30 (14.42%) SQL Server
24 28 (13.46%) Linux
24 28 (13.46%) DNS
24 28 (13.46%) SAN

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, 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 64 (30.77%) MS Exchange
2 32 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (10.58%) SharePoint
4 18 (8.65%) Exchange Server 2007
5 15 (7.21%) IIS
6 11 (5.29%) SharePoint 2013
7 9 (4.33%) Exchange Server 2003
7 9 (4.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.92%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (1.92%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.44%) Lync
10 2 (0.96%) Site Server
10 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.48%) WorkSite
11 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.48%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.48%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 48 (23.08%) MS Office
2 38 (18.27%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.96%) MS Project
3 2 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.96%) assyst
1 2 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.48%) Magento
2 1 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.81%) Office 365
2 10 (4.81%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.33%) IaaS
4 2 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (13.46%) DNS
1 28 (13.46%) SAN
2 24 (11.54%) Firewall
3 23 (11.06%) DHCP
4 18 (8.65%) Internet
5 17 (8.17%) WAN
6 16 (7.69%) LAN
7 13 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
8 11 (5.29%) VPN
9 9 (4.33%) Network Security
9 9 (4.33%) TCP/IP
9 9 (4.33%) VoIP
10 4 (1.92%) HTTP
10 4 (1.92%) Extranet
10 4 (1.92%) Intranet
10 4 (1.92%) Wireless
10 4 (1.92%) BIG-IP
10 4 (1.92%) NetScaler
10 4 (1.92%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (1.44%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (14.42%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.73%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (5.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (5.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (4.81%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (4.33%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (3.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.40%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (1.92%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (1.92%) Oracle Database
8 4 (1.92%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (1.44%) Relational Database
9 3 (1.44%) SAP HANA
9 3 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.44%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.44%) DTS
9 3 (1.44%) MySQL
10 1 (0.48%) QlikView
10 1 (0.48%) VLDB
10 1 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (1.92%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (1.92%) MSI
3 1 (0.48%) InstallShield
General
1 26 (12.50%) Finance
2 7 (3.37%) Banking
3 4 (1.92%) Telecoms
3 4 (1.92%) Law
4 1 (0.48%) Dutch Language
4 1 (0.48%) German Language
4 1 (0.48%) Legal
4 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (15.87%) Support Engineer
2 30 (14.42%) Analyst
3 27 (12.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 18 (8.65%) Consultant
4 18 (8.65%) Support Analyst
5 15 (7.21%) 3rd Line Support
5 15 (7.21%) Desktop Support
6 13 (6.25%) Wintel Engineer
6 13 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
7 12 (5.77%) Administrator
8 11 (5.29%) IT Support
8 11 (5.29%) Service Analyst
8 11 (5.29%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (4.33%) Desktop Engineer
9 9 (4.33%) Server Engineer
9 9 (4.33%) Network Engineer
10 8 (3.85%) Developer
11 7 (3.37%) SQL DBA
11 7 (3.37%) Network Support
11 7 (3.37%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (9.13%) HTML
1 19 (9.13%) XML
2 6 (2.88%) ASP.NET
2 6 (2.88%) .NET
3 5 (2.40%) XSLT
4 4 (1.92%) WCF
4 4 (1.92%) WF
4 4 (1.92%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.96%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.48%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.48%) jQuery
6 1 (0.48%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.48%) VML
6 1 (0.48%) WAP
6 1 (0.48%) CSS
6 1 (0.48%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.58%) Blackberry
2 17 (8.17%) Computer Science
3 16 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.33%) PKI
5 7 (3.37%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.40%) Replication
7 4 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.44%) iPhone
8 3 (1.44%) CMDB
8 3 (1.44%) iPad
9 2 (0.96%) Grid Computing
9 2 (0.96%) Mathematics
9 2 (0.96%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.96%) EqualLogic
10 1 (0.48%) Social Media
10 1 (0.48%) FMCG
10 1 (0.48%) CCTV
10 1 (0.48%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.48%) Life Science
10 1 (0.48%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 172 (82.69%) Windows
2 70 (33.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 46 (22.12%) Windows 7
4 44 (21.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (19.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (13.46%) Linux
7 24 (11.54%) Windows XP
8 14 (6.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (4.81%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.85%) Windows Vista
10 8 (3.85%) Android
11 7 (3.37%) UNIX
12 6 (2.88%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.40%) Windows 2000
14 4 (1.92%) Solaris
15 3 (1.44%) Windows Mobile
16 2 (0.96%) Mac OS
17 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (46.15%) ITIL
2 19 (9.13%) Disaster Recovery
3 14 (6.73%) High Availability
4 12 (5.77%) Configuration Management
5 9 (4.33%) Workflow
5 9 (4.33%) Migration
6 8 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (3.85%) ITIL V3
6 8 (3.85%) Capacity Planning
7 7 (3.37%) Service Management
7 7 (3.37%) PRINCE2
8 6 (2.88%) CRM
8 6 (2.88%) Change Management
8 6 (2.88%) Network Management
8 6 (2.88%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (2.88%) Incident Management
9 5 (2.40%) Mentoring
9 5 (2.40%) Document Management
9 5 (2.40%) Service Delivery
9 5 (2.40%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (16.35%) PowerShell
2 33 (15.87%) SQL
3 15 (7.21%) VBScript
4 12 (5.77%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.88%) C#
6 5 (2.40%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.92%) Perl
7 4 (1.92%) C++
7 4 (1.92%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.44%) C
9 2 (0.96%) VB
10 1 (0.48%) PowerHouse
10 1 (0.48%) PHP
Qualifications
1 208 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 124 (59.62%) MCSE
3 71 (34.13%) MCP
4 70 (33.65%) MCITP
5 45 (21.63%) MCTS
6 37 (17.79%) CCNA
6 37 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (13.46%) Degree
8 22 (10.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 20 (9.62%) MCDST
9 20 (9.62%) Security Cleared
10 14 (6.73%) A+ Certification
11 12 (5.77%) SC Cleared
12 11 (5.29%) CCNP
12 11 (5.29%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (4.33%) MOS
14 8 (3.85%) Citrix Certification
15 6 (2.88%) CCA
15 6 (2.88%) ACSA
16 5 (2.40%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.13%) SLA
2 7 (3.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.40%) QA
4 4 (1.92%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.48%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 123 (59.13%) Active Directory
2 46 (22.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (8.17%) XenApp
4 16 (7.69%) Hyper-V
5 14 (6.73%) VMware ESX
6 11 (5.29%) vSphere
7 9 (4.33%) UAG
8 7 (3.37%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (2.40%) Xen
9 5 (2.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (1.92%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (1.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 4 (1.92%) XenDesktop
11 3 (1.44%) XenServer
11 3 (1.44%) KVM
11 3 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.96%) NFS
12 2 (0.96%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.48%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.48%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 36 (17.31%) SCCM
2 14 (6.73%) SCOM
3 8 (3.85%) Backup Exec
4 6 (2.88%) SCOrch
4 6 (2.88%) WSUS
5 4 (1.92%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.92%) Data Guard
6 3 (1.44%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.44%) ZENworks
7 2 (0.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.48%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.48%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.48%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.48%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 144 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 91 (43.75%) VMware
3 57 (27.40%) Citrix
4 45 (21.63%) Cisco
5 24 (11.54%) HP
6 19 (9.13%) Symantec
6 19 (9.13%) Red Hat
7 16 (7.69%) Apple
8 14 (6.73%) EMC
9 13 (6.25%) NetApp
10 12 (5.77%) IBM
11 9 (4.33%) Remedy
12 8 (3.85%) Sophos
13 7 (3.37%) Veeam
13 7 (3.37%) Dell
14 6 (2.88%) Oracle
14 6 (2.88%) Avaya
14 6 (2.88%) McAfee
14 6 (2.88%) CheckPoint
15 5 (2.40%) F5
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