The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the England region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 466 436 478
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +42
Contract jobs citing MCSA 98 112 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.20% 0.24% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.35% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 37 38
Average daily rate
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£225 £250 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £200 £122
10% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £400 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £288
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 5
Average hourly rate £15.75 £12.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.00% -19.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £11.00 £15.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £23.21 £17.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £14.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.67%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9226 8293 9031
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.69% 17.85% 17.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5276 4515 4758
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 455 561
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.27 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-10.71% -4.54%
MCSA
UK

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 24 July 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
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 24 July 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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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 +4 44 £325 +4.00% 28
South East -7 24 £220 -7.46% 22
East of England -23 10 £173 -34.28% 7
North West -6 8 £175 -22.56% 6
Yorkshire +6 4 £313 +25.00% 7
East Midlands +5 3 £625 - 3
South West -28 3 £313 - 6
West Midlands -17 1 - - 3
MCSA
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MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 197 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 161 (81.73%) Windows
3 128 (64.97%) Microsoft
4 127 (64.47%) MCSE
5 112 (56.85%) Active Directory
6 97 (49.24%) ITIL
7 80 (40.61%) Citrix
8 77 (39.09%) VMware
9 74 (37.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 72 (36.55%) MCP
11 71 (36.04%) MS Exchange
12 51 (25.89%) MCITP
13 49 (24.87%) MS Office
14 48 (24.37%) Cisco
14 48 (24.37%) Cisco Certification
15 46 (23.35%) MS Excel
16 44 (22.34%) MCTS
16 44 (22.34%) Windows Server 2012
17 43 (21.83%) SCCM
17 43 (21.83%) CCNA
18 41 (20.81%) Windows Server 2003
19 40 (20.30%) Windows 7
20 39 (19.80%) Exchange Server 2010
21 38 (19.29%) VMware Infrastructure
22 35 (17.77%) Firewall
22 35 (17.77%) SLA
23 33 (16.75%) SQL
24 31 (15.74%) Linux
25 30 (15.23%) DNS
26 26 (13.20%) SAN

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 71 (36.04%) MS Exchange
2 39 (19.80%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (10.66%) Exchange Server 2007
4 19 (9.64%) SharePoint
5 13 (6.60%) IIS
6 12 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (5.58%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (5.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (2.03%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (1.02%) Lync
11 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.51%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.51%) Site Server
Applications
1 49 (24.87%) MS Office
2 46 (23.35%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.02%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.02%) MS Project
4 1 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.51%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.51%) Magento
2 1 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.51%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (5.08%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.57%) Office 365
3 9 (4.57%) IaaS
4 1 (0.51%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (17.77%) Firewall
2 30 (15.23%) DNS
3 26 (13.20%) SAN
4 24 (12.18%) DHCP
5 22 (11.17%) LAN
6 21 (10.66%) WAN
7 18 (9.14%) VoIP
8 17 (8.63%) VPN
9 16 (8.12%) Internet
10 14 (7.11%) Wireless
11 13 (6.60%) TCP/IP
12 12 (6.09%) Wi-Fi
13 11 (5.58%) NetScaler
14 8 (4.06%) Network Security
15 5 (2.54%) NAS
16 4 (2.03%) HTTP
16 4 (2.03%) MPLS
16 4 (2.03%) Cisco IOS
16 4 (2.03%) Cisco ASA
17 3 (1.52%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.57%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.57%) Amazon RDS
4 8 (4.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (4.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.54%) Oracle Database
6 4 (2.03%) MySQL
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.02%) DTS
8 2 (1.02%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.02%) SAP HANA
8 2 (1.02%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.51%) QlikView
9 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.51%) VLDB
Development Applications
1 4 (2.03%) MSI
1 4 (2.03%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.51%) InstallShield
General
1 21 (10.66%) Finance
2 7 (3.55%) Banking
3 6 (3.05%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.54%) Law
5 2 (1.02%) Legal
6 1 (0.51%) German Language
6 1 (0.51%) Back Office
6 1 (0.51%) Advertising
6 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 39 (19.80%) Support Engineer
2 37 (18.78%) Analyst
3 26 (13.20%) 2nd Line Support
4 24 (12.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 20 (10.15%) Support Analyst
6 19 (9.64%) Service Analyst
6 19 (9.64%) Service Desk Analyst
7 18 (9.14%) 3rd Line Support
8 15 (7.61%) IT Support
9 13 (6.60%) Consultant
10 11 (5.58%) Administrator
10 11 (5.58%) Desktop Support
11 10 (5.08%) IT Support Engineer
12 9 (4.57%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (4.57%) Desktop Engineer
12 9 (4.57%) Network Engineer
13 7 (3.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 7 (3.55%) SQL DBA
13 7 (3.55%) Network Support
13 7 (3.55%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.02%) .NET
1 2 (1.02%) ASP.NET
1 2 (1.02%) Application Packaging
2 1 (0.51%) jQuery
2 1 (0.51%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.51%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.51%) CSS
2 1 (0.51%) Web Services
2 1 (0.51%) XML
2 1 (0.51%) XSLT
2 1 (0.51%) HTML
2 1 (0.51%) VML
2 1 (0.51%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (9.14%) Blackberry
2 14 (7.11%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.57%) PKI
4 6 (3.05%) Thin Client
4 6 (3.05%) Fat Client
5 5 (2.54%) Clustering
5 5 (2.54%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.03%) Smartphone
6 4 (2.03%) iPad
7 3 (1.52%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.52%) CMDB
7 3 (1.52%) Replication
8 2 (1.02%) Grid Computing
8 2 (1.02%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.02%) Statistics
8 2 (1.02%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.51%) Kindle
9 1 (0.51%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.51%) Social Media
9 1 (0.51%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 161 (81.73%) Windows
2 74 (37.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 44 (22.34%) Windows Server 2012
4 41 (20.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (20.30%) Windows 7
6 31 (15.74%) Linux
7 25 (12.69%) Windows XP
8 14 (7.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (5.58%) Windows Vista
10 9 (4.57%) UNIX
11 7 (3.55%) Windows 8
12 6 (3.05%) Android
13 5 (2.54%) Mac OS X
14 4 (2.03%) Solaris
15 2 (1.02%) Windows 2000
15 2 (1.02%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.51%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (49.24%) ITIL
2 21 (10.66%) Disaster Recovery
3 13 (6.60%) Configuration Management
4 12 (6.09%) Service Management
4 12 (6.09%) Incident Management
5 10 (5.08%) Capacity Planning
6 9 (4.57%) Service Delivery
6 9 (4.57%) Change Management
6 9 (4.57%) Migration
7 7 (3.55%) Performance Tuning
7 7 (3.55%) PRINCE2
7 7 (3.55%) Business Continuity
7 7 (3.55%) ITSM
8 6 (3.05%) Change Control
8 6 (3.05%) ITIL V3
9 5 (2.54%) Problem Management
9 5 (2.54%) ERP
9 5 (2.54%) Workflow
10 4 (2.03%) Risk Management
10 4 (2.03%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 33 (16.75%) SQL
2 16 (8.12%) PowerShell
3 7 (3.55%) T-SQL
4 4 (2.03%) Perl
5 3 (1.52%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.52%) VB
6 2 (1.02%) C
6 2 (1.02%) C#
6 2 (1.02%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.51%) PowerHouse
7 1 (0.51%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.51%) PHP
7 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 197 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 127 (64.47%) MCSE
3 72 (36.55%) MCP
4 51 (25.89%) MCITP
5 48 (24.37%) Cisco Certification
6 44 (22.34%) MCTS
7 43 (21.83%) CCNA
8 22 (11.17%) MCDST
9 21 (10.66%) Degree
10 15 (7.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (5.58%) CCNP
12 10 (5.08%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (4.57%) A+ Certification
13 9 (4.57%) Citrix Certification
14 7 (3.55%) CCA
14 7 (3.55%) JNCIP
14 7 (3.55%) MOS
14 7 (3.55%) CCSA
15 6 (3.05%) Security Cleared
16 5 (2.54%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (17.77%) SLA
2 7 (3.55%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.52%) QA
5 2 (1.02%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 112 (56.85%) Active Directory
2 38 (19.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (10.15%) XenApp
4 13 (6.60%) Hyper-V
5 10 (5.08%) UAG
6 8 (4.06%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (4.06%) XenDesktop
6 8 (4.06%) vSphere
7 7 (3.55%) VMware ESX
8 6 (3.05%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (2.03%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (1.52%) XenServer
10 3 (1.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (1.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (1.52%) Xen
10 3 (1.52%) KVM
11 2 (1.02%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.02%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.51%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.51%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 43 (21.83%) SCCM
2 16 (8.12%) SCOM
3 4 (2.03%) Backup Exec
3 4 (2.03%) SCOrch
3 4 (2.03%) Data Guard
4 3 (1.52%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (1.52%) ZENworks
5 2 (1.02%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (1.02%) WSUS
6 1 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.51%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.51%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.51%) WMI
6 1 (0.51%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.51%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.51%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 128 (64.97%) Microsoft
2 80 (40.61%) Citrix
3 77 (39.09%) VMware
4 48 (24.37%) Cisco
5 21 (10.66%) Symantec
6 18 (9.14%) Red Hat
7 15 (7.61%) CheckPoint
8 14 (7.11%) HP
9 12 (6.09%) EMC
9 12 (6.09%) McAfee
10 11 (5.58%) Apple
11 10 (5.08%) Mitel
12 9 (4.57%) Avaya
12 9 (4.57%) IBM
12 9 (4.57%) Remedy
13 8 (4.06%) Juniper
13 8 (4.06%) NetApp
13 8 (4.06%) Sophos
14 7 (3.55%) Veeam
14 7 (3.55%) Oracle
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