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 8 February 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.

Location
3 months to
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 467 503 465
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -38
Contract jobs citing MCSA 135 88 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.29% 0.19% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.34% 0.93% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 48 47
Average daily rate £340 £250 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% -15.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £154 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £430 £406
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £321 £225
% change year-on-year
+8.94% +42.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 6 19
Average hourly rate £35.00 £18.21 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+92.25% +30.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.00 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £23.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+42.85% +50.00%
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
10043 9505 8598
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.28% 20.26% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6289 5562 4722
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 441 397
Average hourly rate £37.00 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+85.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 8 February 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 8 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the England region over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +14 32 £288 +43.75% 31
South East +7 32 £330 +11.86% 36
Yorkshire +9 28 £400 +28.00% 4
North West -11 11 £250 - 13
East of England +10 9 £165 -2.94% 6
South West +9 9 £363 -14.98% 7
East Midlands -3 8 £221 -40.20% 5
West Midlands -10 6 - - 10
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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.

1 238 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 165 (69.33%) Windows
3 158 (66.39%) Microsoft
4 135 (56.72%) Active Directory
5 122 (51.26%) MCSE
6 118 (49.58%) VMware
7 108 (45.38%) ITIL
8 94 (39.50%) Windows Server
9 93 (39.08%) MS Exchange
10 79 (33.19%) VMware Infrastructure
11 78 (32.77%) Windows Server 2012
12 77 (32.35%) Cisco
13 73 (30.67%) Cisco Certification
14 67 (28.15%) Windows Server 2008
15 61 (25.63%) Citrix
16 58 (24.37%) DNS
17 56 (23.53%) CCNA
18 54 (22.69%) Firewall
19 53 (22.27%) MCP
20 51 (21.43%) DHCP
21 48 (20.17%) Windows 7
22 44 (18.49%) SCCM
22 44 (18.49%) MCITP
23 42 (17.65%) Hyper-V
24 41 (17.23%) vSphere
24 41 (17.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
24 41 (17.23%) MS Office
24 41 (17.23%) Windows Server 2003
25 38 (15.97%) Linux
26 37 (15.55%) MS Excel

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 93 (39.08%) MS Exchange
2 36 (15.13%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (9.24%) SharePoint
4 21 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (7.98%) Exchange Server 2007
6 18 (7.56%) IIS
7 9 (3.78%) Skype for Business
8 6 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2003
8 6 (2.52%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (1.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.42%) CMS
10 1 (0.42%) Confluence
10 1 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.42%) Node.js
10 1 (0.42%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.42%) Umbraco
Applications
1 41 (17.23%) MS Office
2 37 (15.55%) MS Excel
3 4 (1.68%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.84%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.42%) SAP CCM
2 1 (0.42%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 29 (12.18%) Office 365
2 18 (7.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.26%) IaaS
6 2 (0.84%) SaaS
7 1 (0.42%) GitHub
7 1 (0.42%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.42%) IBM PureFlex
7 1 (0.42%) PaaS
7 1 (0.42%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 58 (24.37%) DNS
2 54 (22.69%) Firewall
3 51 (21.43%) DHCP
4 36 (15.13%) TCP/IP
5 35 (14.71%) SAN
6 28 (11.76%) WAN
7 24 (10.08%) LAN
8 19 (7.98%) VPN
9 18 (7.56%) VLAN
10 13 (5.46%) Internet
11 7 (2.94%) VoIP
11 7 (2.94%) Wireless
12 6 (2.52%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (2.52%) Ethernet
12 6 (2.52%) Fibre Channel
13 5 (2.10%) iSCSI
13 5 (2.10%) NetScaler
13 5 (2.10%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (1.68%) MPLS
14 4 (1.68%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (13.03%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.94%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.84%) GIS
7 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.42%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.42%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.42%) Power BI
8 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.42%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 2 (0.84%) TeamCity
1 2 (0.84%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.42%) CruiseControl
2 1 (0.42%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.42%) JIRA
2 1 (0.42%) Karma Test Runner
2 1 (0.42%) Moq
2 1 (0.42%) MSI
2 1 (0.42%) NSubstitute
2 1 (0.42%) NUnit
2 1 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (0.42%) Selenium
2 1 (0.42%) SpecFlow
2 1 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.42%) TestDirector
2 1 (0.42%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (0.42%) WinRunner
General
1 17 (7.14%) Finance
2 16 (6.72%) Telecoms
3 13 (5.46%) Legal
4 9 (3.78%) Local Government
5 4 (1.68%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.68%) Law
6 3 (1.26%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.26%) Marketing
7 2 (0.84%) Advertising
7 2 (0.84%) Banking
7 2 (0.84%) Billing
8 1 (0.42%) Automotive
8 1 (0.42%) Back Office
8 1 (0.42%) Electronics
8 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 38 (15.97%) Analyst
2 33 (13.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 28 (11.76%) Support Engineer
4 21 (8.82%) Service Analyst
4 21 (8.82%) Service Desk Analyst
5 18 (7.56%) 2nd Line Support
5 18 (7.56%) IT Engineer
5 18 (7.56%) Windows Engineer
6 16 (6.72%) Security Specialist
7 15 (6.30%) 3rd Line Support
7 15 (6.30%) Support Analyst
7 15 (6.30%) Systems Engineer
8 13 (5.46%) 1st/2nd Line Support
9 12 (5.04%) Consultant
10 11 (4.62%) 1st Line Support
10 11 (4.62%) Server Engineer
11 10 (4.20%) VMware Engineer
11 10 (4.20%) Wintel Engineer
12 9 (3.78%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (3.78%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.10%) ELK Stack
1 5 (2.10%) Web Services
2 4 (1.68%) Middleware
3 3 (1.26%) .NET
3 3 (1.26%) SAML
4 2 (0.84%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.84%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.84%) CSS
4 2 (0.84%) CSS3
4 2 (0.84%) HTML
4 2 (0.84%) HTML5
4 2 (0.84%) WCF
5 1 (0.42%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.42%) Autofac
5 1 (0.42%) D3.js
5 1 (0.42%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.42%) Express
5 1 (0.42%) Highcharts JS
5 1 (0.42%) Kendo UI
5 1 (0.42%) Ninject
Miscellaneous
1 31 (13.03%) Data Centre
2 14 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (5.46%) Driving Licence
4 9 (3.78%) Clustering
4 9 (3.78%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.78%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (2.94%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (2.52%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.68%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.26%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.26%) Data Integration
8 3 (1.26%) Fat Client
8 3 (1.26%) PKI
8 3 (1.26%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.26%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.26%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.84%) Contactless
9 2 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (0.84%) EqualLogic
9 2 (0.84%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 165 (69.33%) Windows
2 94 (39.50%) Windows Server
3 78 (32.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 67 (28.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 48 (20.17%) Windows 7
6 41 (17.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 38 (15.97%) Linux
8 16 (6.72%) Windows XP
9 10 (4.20%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.36%) Unix
11 7 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (2.94%) Windows 10
12 4 (1.68%) Android
12 4 (1.68%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.68%) Mac OS X
12 4 (1.68%) VMS
12 4 (1.68%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.84%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.84%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.42%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (45.38%) ITIL
2 36 (15.13%) Migration
3 25 (10.50%) Incident Management
4 22 (9.24%) Disaster Recovery
5 20 (8.40%) Information Security
6 18 (7.56%) Change Management
7 17 (7.14%) PRINCE2
8 16 (6.72%) Security Management
8 16 (6.72%) Service Management
9 15 (6.30%) Configuration Management
10 14 (5.88%) ITIL V3
11 13 (5.46%) Ethical Hacking
12 11 (4.62%) Mentoring
13 10 (4.20%) Data Migration
13 10 (4.20%) Data Security
13 10 (4.20%) Network Management
14 8 (3.36%) CRM
14 8 (3.36%) Project Management
15 7 (2.94%) Computer Security
15 7 (2.94%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (13.87%) PowerShell
1 33 (13.87%) SQL
2 5 (2.10%) T-SQL
2 5 (2.10%) VB
3 4 (1.68%) Ruby
4 3 (1.26%) VBScript
5 2 (0.84%) C
5 2 (0.84%) C#
5 2 (0.84%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.42%) TypeScript
6 1 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 238 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 122 (51.26%) MCSE
3 73 (30.67%) Cisco Certification
4 56 (23.53%) CCNA
5 53 (22.27%) MCP
6 44 (18.49%) MCITP
7 41 (17.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 21 (8.82%) CCNP
8 21 (8.82%) CISSP
9 18 (7.56%) Security Cleared
10 16 (6.72%) CEH
10 16 (6.72%) MCTS
11 15 (6.30%) Degree
11 15 (6.30%) SC Cleared
12 10 (4.20%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (3.78%) DBS Check
13 9 (3.78%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (2.94%) VCP5
15 6 (2.52%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.56%) PCI DSS
2 12 (5.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (3.78%) SLA
4 6 (2.52%) ISO 9000
5 5 (2.10%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (1.26%) FedRAMP
7 2 (0.84%) QA
8 1 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 135 (56.72%) Active Directory
2 79 (33.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (17.65%) Hyper-V
4 41 (17.23%) vSphere
5 14 (5.88%) XenApp
6 12 (5.04%) VMware ESX
7 9 (3.78%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (2.52%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (1.68%) UAG
10 3 (1.26%) Terminal Server
10 3 (1.26%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.84%) NFS
11 2 (0.84%) Xen
11 2 (0.84%) XenServer
12 1 (0.42%) KVM
12 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.42%) Snort
12 1 (0.42%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 44 (18.49%) SCCM
2 22 (9.24%) WSUS
3 17 (7.14%) Backup Exec
3 17 (7.14%) SCOM
4 13 (5.46%) NetBackup
5 12 (5.04%) McAfee ePO
6 9 (3.78%) Norton AntiVirus
7 8 (3.36%) Puppet
8 5 (2.10%) Nagios
9 4 (1.68%) Cacti
9 4 (1.68%) SCVMM
9 4 (1.68%) Windows Intune
10 3 (1.26%) AirWatch
10 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 2 (0.84%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 2 (0.84%) WMI
12 1 (0.42%) CiscoWorks
12 1 (0.42%) DameWare
12 1 (0.42%) MOM
Vendors
1 158 (66.39%) Microsoft
2 118 (49.58%) VMware
3 77 (32.35%) Cisco
4 61 (25.63%) Citrix
5 37 (15.55%) HP
6 18 (7.56%) Intel Security
6 18 (7.56%) NetApp
6 18 (7.56%) Symantec
7 15 (6.30%) Dell
8 14 (5.88%) Oracle
9 10 (4.20%) Red Hat
9 10 (4.20%) Sophos
10 9 (3.78%) IBM
11 8 (3.36%) Rackspace
12 7 (2.94%) Intel
13 6 (2.52%) Apple
13 6 (2.52%) EMC
14 5 (2.10%) Hitachi
15 4 (1.68%) CheckPoint
15 4 (1.68%) RightScale
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