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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 468 434 451
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +17
Contract jobs citing MCSA 89 105 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.19% 0.24% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.95% 1.26% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 49 32
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£250 £325 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% +44.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £137 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £429 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £250 £250
% change year-on-year
+29.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 20 13
Average hourly rate £18.21 £14.50 £12.69
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.55% +14.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.90 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £25.00 £22.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £14.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% +12.00%
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
9340 8325 7316
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.11% 18.93% 18.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 5504 4589 3894
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 420 375 511
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.04 £41.20 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 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
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 30 January 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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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 -25 29 £215 -38.57% 21
South East +8 27 £320 -1.53% 21
North East -4 11 £242 -39.43% 1
West Midlands +2 5 £290 -27.50% 5
South West -23 4 £426 +221.80% 10
East of England 0 3 £170 -41.88% 3
Yorkshire -13 3 £313 +31.57% 9
North West -14 3 £390 - 5
East Midlands +13 2 £370 - 2
Midlands - - - -
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 212 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 172 (81.13%) Windows
3 150 (70.75%) Microsoft
4 138 (65.09%) Active Directory
5 125 (58.96%) MCSE
6 94 (44.34%) ITIL
7 84 (39.62%) VMware
8 69 (32.55%) MCITP
9 64 (30.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 55 (25.94%) MS Exchange
11 53 (25.00%) MS Excel
12 52 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
13 50 (23.58%) Cisco
14 48 (22.64%) Windows Server 2012
15 47 (22.17%) PowerShell
15 47 (22.17%) Windows 7
16 45 (21.23%) MCP
16 45 (21.23%) Citrix
17 43 (20.28%) Security Cleared
18 41 (19.34%) Windows Server 2003
19 40 (18.87%) MS Office
20 39 (18.40%) HTML
21 38 (17.92%) HP
22 35 (16.51%) XML
23 34 (16.04%) SC Cleared
24 32 (15.09%) VBScript
25 31 (14.62%) DNS
26 30 (14.15%) Cisco Certification
26 30 (14.15%) Hyper-V
26 30 (14.15%) High Availability

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 55 (25.94%) MS Exchange
2 18 (8.49%) IIS
3 17 (8.02%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2007
5 15 (7.08%) Lync
6 14 (6.60%) SharePoint
7 12 (5.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 9 (4.25%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (2.36%) Office Communications Server
10 4 (1.89%) WorkSite
10 4 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.47%) Apache
12 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.47%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.47%) Site Server
Applications
1 53 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 40 (18.87%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.47%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.83%) Office 365
2 5 (2.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.42%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.42%) IaaS
5 2 (0.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (14.62%) DNS
2 27 (12.74%) DHCP
3 25 (11.79%) SAN
4 18 (8.49%) WAN
5 17 (8.02%) LAN
6 16 (7.55%) TCP/IP
7 15 (7.08%) Firewall
8 10 (4.72%) VoIP
9 8 (3.77%) VPN
10 7 (3.30%) VLAN
10 7 (3.30%) NetScaler
10 7 (3.30%) Internet
11 6 (2.83%) Network Security
12 5 (2.36%) NAS
13 4 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (1.89%) Intranet
13 4 (1.89%) Extranet
13 4 (1.89%) PBX
14 3 (1.42%) Ethernet
14 3 (1.42%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (11.32%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (3.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 12 (5.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.36%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.94%) WinRunner
4 2 (0.94%) TestDirector
4 2 (0.94%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (0.47%) MSI
General
1 21 (9.91%) Finance
2 8 (3.77%) Legal
3 4 (1.89%) Banking
3 4 (1.89%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.94%) Law
5 1 (0.47%) Marketing
5 1 (0.47%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.47%) Front Office
5 1 (0.47%) Back Office
5 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.47%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 46 (21.70%) Support Engineer
2 27 (12.74%) Wintel Engineer
3 25 (11.79%) Analyst
3 25 (11.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 21 (9.91%) Desktop Support
5 18 (8.49%) Consultant
6 14 (6.60%) IT Support
7 13 (6.13%) Support Analyst
7 13 (6.13%) Desktop Engineer
8 12 (5.66%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 11 (5.19%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (4.72%) 2nd Line Support
11 8 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
11 8 (3.77%) IT Support Engineer
11 8 (3.77%) Server Engineer
11 8 (3.77%) Service Analyst
12 7 (3.30%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (3.30%) Architect
12 7 (3.30%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 7 (3.30%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (18.40%) HTML
2 35 (16.51%) XML
3 8 (3.77%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.77%) .NET
4 4 (1.89%) JSP
4 4 (1.89%) XSLT
4 4 (1.89%) WCF
4 4 (1.89%) WF
4 4 (1.89%) Silverlight
5 3 (1.42%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.47%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.47%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.47%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.91%) Blackberry
2 12 (5.66%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.77%) Clustering
5 6 (2.83%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.36%) Replication
7 4 (1.89%) iPhone
7 4 (1.89%) iPad
8 3 (1.42%) PDA
8 3 (1.42%) CMDB
8 3 (1.42%) NHS
8 3 (1.42%) PKI
9 2 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.47%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.47%) Life Science
10 1 (0.47%) Kindle
10 1 (0.47%) EqualLogic
10 1 (0.47%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.47%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 172 (81.13%) Windows
2 64 (30.19%) Windows Server 2008
3 48 (22.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 47 (22.17%) Windows 7
5 41 (19.34%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (8.49%) Windows XP
7 17 (8.02%) Linux
8 10 (4.72%) Android
9 8 (3.77%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.83%) UNIX
11 4 (1.89%) Windows 2000
11 4 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.94%) AIX
13 2 (0.94%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.47%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.47%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.47%) Solaris
14 1 (0.47%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (44.34%) ITIL
2 30 (14.15%) High Availability
3 11 (5.19%) PRINCE2
4 10 (4.72%) Change Management
5 8 (3.77%) Service Management
5 8 (3.77%) Validation
6 7 (3.30%) Project Management
6 7 (3.30%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (3.30%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (2.83%) Asset Management
7 6 (2.83%) Business Continuity
7 6 (2.83%) Configuration Management
7 6 (2.83%) Network Management
8 5 (2.36%) Capacity Planning
8 5 (2.36%) B2B
8 5 (2.36%) Migration
8 5 (2.36%) Document Management
9 4 (1.89%) Network Design
9 4 (1.89%) Service Delivery
9 4 (1.89%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 47 (22.17%) PowerShell
2 32 (15.09%) VBScript
3 25 (11.79%) SQL
4 8 (3.77%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.36%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.89%) C#
6 4 (1.89%) C++
7 3 (1.42%) C
8 2 (0.94%) VB
9 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.47%) Perl
Qualifications
1 212 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 125 (58.96%) MCSE
3 69 (32.55%) MCITP
4 45 (21.23%) MCP
5 43 (20.28%) Security Cleared
6 34 (16.04%) SC Cleared
7 30 (14.15%) Cisco Certification
8 29 (13.68%) CCNA
8 29 (13.68%) MCTS
9 24 (11.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 20 (9.43%) Degree
11 16 (7.55%) MCDST
12 14 (6.60%) CCNP
13 11 (5.19%) Citrix Certification
14 9 (4.25%) A+ Certification
14 9 (4.25%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (3.30%) DV Cleared
15 7 (3.30%) CCA
15 7 (3.30%) CCDP
16 6 (2.83%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (11.79%) SLA
2 5 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.42%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.94%) QA
5 1 (0.47%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 138 (65.09%) Active Directory
2 52 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (14.15%) Hyper-V
4 14 (6.60%) XenApp
5 12 (5.66%) vSphere
6 11 (5.19%) VMware ESX
7 7 (3.30%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.83%) Xen
9 5 (2.36%) UAG
9 5 (2.36%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (1.42%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.42%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.94%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.94%) NFS
11 2 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.94%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.47%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.47%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 25 (11.79%) SCCM
2 8 (3.77%) SCOM
3 5 (2.36%) WSUS
4 4 (1.89%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.42%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.94%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.47%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.47%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.47%) Netcool
Vendors
1 150 (70.75%) Microsoft
2 84 (39.62%) VMware
3 50 (23.58%) Cisco
4 45 (21.23%) Citrix
5 38 (17.92%) HP
6 13 (6.13%) NetApp
7 12 (5.66%) Dell
8 11 (5.19%) EMC
9 10 (4.72%) IBM
9 10 (4.72%) Avaya
10 9 (4.25%) Apple
10 9 (4.25%) McAfee
10 9 (4.25%) Reuters
11 8 (3.77%) Altiris
11 8 (3.77%) Red Hat
11 8 (3.77%) Symantec
12 6 (2.83%) Juniper
13 5 (2.36%) Sonus
13 5 (2.36%) SolarWinds
13 5 (2.36%) FactSet
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