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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 499 503 523
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +20
Contract jobs citing MCSA 125 133 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.25% 0.25% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.23% 1.28% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 76 65
Median daily rate £375 £308 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.95% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £139 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £500 £392
UK excluding London median daily rate £337 £288 £338
% change year-on-year
+17.21% -14.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 16
Median hourly rate £14.86 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.93% -11.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -12.82%
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
10145 10430 10379
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.45% 19.77% 19.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 6286 6337 5807
Median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £258 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 487 431
Median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.71 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 29 September 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
London -19 45 £400 +21.21% 17
North East -6 19 £515 - 2
West Midlands -17 18 £365 -18.88% 3
South East +14 14 £358 +24.60% 10
South West +9 9 £262 +37.76% 4
East of England +11 8 £230 +37.31% 4
North West +2 8 £238 -36.66% 8
Yorkshire +13 6 £375 +245.65% 6
East Midlands -11 1 - - 7
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 September 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.

1 257 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (73.93%) Windows
3 181 (70.43%) Microsoft
4 157 (61.09%) MCSE
5 147 (57.20%) Active Directory
6 122 (47.47%) Windows Server
7 119 (46.30%) VMware
8 107 (41.63%) ITIL
9 100 (38.91%) Windows Server 2012
10 83 (32.30%) MS Excel
11 82 (31.91%) Windows Server 2008
12 81 (31.52%) VMware Infrastructure
13 78 (30.35%) DNS
14 77 (29.96%) DHCP
15 75 (29.18%) Citrix
16 72 (28.02%) Security Cleared
17 71 (27.63%) SQL Server
18 64 (24.90%) MS Exchange
19 58 (22.57%) Cisco
20 57 (22.18%) PowerShell
21 53 (20.62%) MCP
21 53 (20.62%) MS Office
22 52 (20.23%) Windows 7
23 51 (19.84%) Hyper-V
23 51 (19.84%) vSphere
24 49 (19.07%) SC Cleared
24 49 (19.07%) SAN
25 48 (18.68%) SQL
25 48 (18.68%) Linux
26 45 (17.51%) HP

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 64 (24.90%) MS Exchange
2 33 (12.84%) SharePoint
3 28 (10.89%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (10.89%) IIS
4 13 (5.06%) IBM Notes
4 13 (5.06%) Skype for Business
5 10 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.89%) SharePoint 2010
5 10 (3.89%) SharePoint 2013
6 8 (3.11%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2003
8 6 (2.33%) WebSphere
9 5 (1.95%) Apache
10 4 (1.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (1.56%) OpenStack
11 3 (1.17%) Jetty
11 3 (1.17%) Mongrel
11 3 (1.17%) nginx
11 3 (1.17%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.78%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 83 (32.30%) MS Excel
2 53 (20.62%) MS Office
3 7 (2.72%) MS Visio
4 6 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (3.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.39%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.39%) Eikon
2 1 (0.39%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.39%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.39%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.39%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (15.18%) Office 365
2 27 (10.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (7.78%) IaaS
4 18 (7.00%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (7.00%) SaaS
5 15 (5.84%) PaaS
6 13 (5.06%) HP Helion
7 5 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.17%) Google App Engine
8 3 (1.17%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.78%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (0.78%) SoftLayer
9 2 (0.78%) Yammer
10 1 (0.39%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 78 (30.35%) DNS
2 77 (29.96%) DHCP
3 49 (19.07%) SAN
4 44 (17.12%) Firewall
5 43 (16.73%) TCP/IP
6 35 (13.62%) Internet
7 29 (11.28%) WAN
8 27 (10.51%) LAN
9 19 (7.39%) VPN
9 19 (7.39%) Wireless
10 18 (7.00%) Ethernet
11 14 (5.45%) Cisco ASA
12 13 (5.06%) Network Security
13 12 (4.67%) Cisco Nexus
13 12 (4.67%) HTTP
14 11 (4.28%) IPsec
15 9 (3.50%) IPv4
16 8 (3.11%) IPv6
16 8 (3.11%) NetScaler
16 8 (3.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (27.63%) SQL Server
2 16 (6.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (5.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (4.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (4.28%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (3.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (2.33%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (1.95%) MySQL
10 4 (1.56%) SQLPlus
11 3 (1.17%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
13 1 (0.39%) Crystal Reports
13 1 (0.39%) Data Mining
13 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
13 1 (0.39%) OLAP
13 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
13 1 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (1.56%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.17%) Travis CI
3 2 (0.78%) CruiseControl
3 2 (0.78%) JIRA
3 2 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.78%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.39%) Ant
4 1 (0.39%) AppScan
4 1 (0.39%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.39%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (0.39%) JUnit
4 1 (0.39%) Liquibase
4 1 (0.39%) Maven
4 1 (0.39%) MSI
4 1 (0.39%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.39%) StarTeam
4 1 (0.39%) tSQLt
General
1 31 (12.06%) Finance
2 12 (4.67%) Legal
3 10 (3.89%) Marketing
4 9 (3.50%) Advertising
5 8 (3.11%) Back Office
6 5 (1.95%) Banking
6 5 (1.95%) Billing
6 5 (1.95%) Law
6 5 (1.95%) Local Government
6 5 (1.95%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.56%) Aerospace
8 3 (1.17%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.17%) Retail
9 2 (0.78%) Military
10 1 (0.39%) Electronics
10 1 (0.39%) Games
Job Titles
1 42 (16.34%) Support Engineer
2 35 (13.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 27 (10.51%) Architect
4 24 (9.34%) Infrastructure Architect
5 23 (8.95%) Analyst
6 17 (6.61%) Windows Engineer
6 17 (6.61%) Wintel Engineer
7 16 (6.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 16 (6.23%) Desktop Support
8 14 (5.45%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 14 (5.45%) Server Engineer
9 13 (5.06%) IT Engineer
10 12 (4.67%) 3rd Line Support
11 11 (4.28%) VMware Engineer
12 10 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 10 (3.89%) Team Leader
13 9 (3.50%) Administrator
13 9 (3.50%) Desktop Engineer
13 9 (3.50%) Support Analyst
13 9 (3.50%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.67%) XML
2 8 (3.11%) CSS
2 8 (3.11%) REST
2 8 (3.11%) Web Services
2 8 (3.11%) WSDL
2 8 (3.11%) XSD
3 7 (2.72%) .NET
4 3 (1.17%) HTML
4 3 (1.17%) J2EE
4 3 (1.17%) Servlets
5 2 (0.78%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.78%) LAMP
5 2 (0.78%) WAP
5 2 (0.78%) WCF
5 2 (0.78%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 37 (14.40%) Data Centre
2 27 (10.51%) Clustering
3 22 (8.56%) Management Information System
4 20 (7.78%) Blackberry
5 17 (6.61%) Client/Server
6 16 (6.23%) Private Cloud
7 14 (5.45%) Computer Science
8 8 (3.11%) Public Cloud
9 7 (2.72%) NHS
9 7 (2.72%) Wiki
10 6 (2.33%) PKI
10 6 (2.33%) Replication
11 4 (1.56%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.56%) Fintech
12 3 (1.17%) CESG
13 2 (0.78%) Analytical Skills
13 2 (0.78%) BYOD
13 2 (0.78%) Cryptography
13 2 (0.78%) Digital Media
13 2 (0.78%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 190 (73.93%) Windows
2 122 (47.47%) Windows Server
3 100 (38.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 82 (31.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (20.23%) Windows 7
6 48 (18.68%) Linux
7 43 (16.73%) Windows Server 2003
8 19 (7.39%) Windows 8
9 15 (5.84%) Apple iOS
10 12 (4.67%) Windows 10
11 10 (3.89%) Ubuntu
12 8 (3.11%) Unix
13 7 (2.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (2.33%) Mac OS
15 5 (1.95%) Windows XP
16 4 (1.56%) Solaris
16 4 (1.56%) VMS
17 3 (1.17%) Data ONTAP
17 3 (1.17%) Mac OS X Server
17 3 (1.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (41.63%) ITIL
2 36 (14.01%) Change Management
3 24 (9.34%) Migration
3 24 (9.34%) TOGAF
4 23 (8.95%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (7.78%) PRINCE2
6 18 (7.00%) DevOps
7 17 (6.61%) Problem Management
7 17 (6.61%) Validation
8 15 (5.84%) Time Management
9 14 (5.45%) Business Intelligence
9 14 (5.45%) Configuration Management
9 14 (5.45%) ITIL V3
9 14 (5.45%) Open Source
9 14 (5.45%) Virtual Environments
10 13 (5.06%) CRM
10 13 (5.06%) Network Management
10 13 (5.06%) Security Management
11 12 (4.67%) Identity Management
12 11 (4.28%) Network Security Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (22.18%) PowerShell
2 48 (18.68%) SQL
3 19 (7.39%) Java
4 13 (5.06%) C#
5 11 (4.28%) VBScript
6 7 (2.72%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.95%) C
8 4 (1.56%) PHP
8 4 (1.56%) VB
9 2 (0.78%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.78%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.39%) C++
10 1 (0.39%) VBA
Qualifications
1 257 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 157 (61.09%) MCSE
3 72 (28.02%) Security Cleared
4 53 (20.62%) MCP
5 49 (19.07%) SC Cleared
6 44 (17.12%) Cisco Certification
7 39 (15.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 37 (14.40%) MCITP
9 34 (13.23%) Degree
10 31 (12.06%) CCNA
11 25 (9.73%) ITIL Certification
12 23 (8.95%) A+ Certification
13 21 (8.17%) Network+ Certification
14 20 (7.78%) CCNP
15 18 (7.00%) MCDST
15 18 (7.00%) MCSD
15 18 (7.00%) MCSM
16 16 (6.23%) ACDT
16 16 (6.23%) ACHDS
16 16 (6.23%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.50%) Government Security Classifications
2 8 (3.11%) SLA
3 7 (2.72%) HL7
4 6 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (1.56%) PCI DSS
6 3 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 147 (57.20%) Active Directory
2 81 (31.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (19.84%) Hyper-V
3 51 (19.84%) vSphere
4 21 (8.17%) VMware ESXi
4 21 (8.17%) XenApp
5 19 (7.39%) Virtual Servers
6 13 (5.06%) Xen
7 9 (3.50%) Docker
8 7 (2.72%) XenDesktop
9 5 (1.95%) VMware ESX
10 4 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.78%) NFS
11 2 (0.78%) Postfix
11 2 (0.78%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.39%) Firmware
12 1 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 41 (15.95%) SCCM
2 16 (6.23%) SCOM
3 15 (5.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 14 (5.45%) WSUS
5 12 (4.67%) Backup Exec
5 12 (4.67%) PowerCLI
6 10 (3.89%) Microsoft Intune
6 10 (3.89%) NetBackup
7 9 (3.50%) McAfee ePO
8 8 (3.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 8 (3.11%) WMI
9 5 (1.95%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 5 (1.95%) Puppet
10 3 (1.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (1.17%) SCSM
11 2 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
11 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.78%) SCDPM
11 2 (0.78%) vMotion
Vendors
1 181 (70.43%) Microsoft
2 119 (46.30%) VMware
3 75 (29.18%) Citrix
4 58 (22.57%) Cisco
5 45 (17.51%) HP
6 21 (8.17%) Apple
7 19 (7.39%) Oracle
8 16 (6.23%) Dell
9 15 (5.84%) Intel Security
10 14 (5.45%) CheckPoint
10 14 (5.45%) Symantec
11 13 (5.06%) Lotus
12 11 (4.28%) iManage
12 11 (4.28%) Juniper
13 9 (3.50%) NetApp
14 8 (3.11%) Altiris
15 7 (2.72%) Red Hat
16 5 (1.95%) 3PAR
16 5 (1.95%) Reuters
16 5 (1.95%) Sophos
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Plan-net
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Posted: 5 days ago
London
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Rate: £300 - £500 per day
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