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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 488 423 484
Rank change year-on-year
-65 +61
Contract jobs citing MCSA 102 80 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.20% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.02% 1.02% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 38 39
Average daily rate £198 £233 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.05% +1.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £130 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £434 £475 £382
UK excluding London average daily rate £170 £250 £213
% change year-on-year
-32.00% +17.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 12 13
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -28.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £11.10 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £21.55 £27.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -36.00%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10027 7817 9702
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.53% 18.14% 17.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5749 4178 5093
Average daily rate £375 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 436 528
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.90 £50.60 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -22 39 £325 +47.72% 22
South East +1 23 £128 -46.87% 21
South West -20 13 £150 -45.45% 6
North West -9 10 - - 9
East of England -24 9 £170 -2.85% 6
East Midlands -10 3 - - 7
West Midlands -14 2 £365 +170.37% 4
North East - 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 3
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 173 (85.64%) Windows
3 135 (66.83%) MCSE
4 128 (63.37%) Microsoft
5 111 (54.95%) Active Directory
6 105 (51.98%) ITIL
7 85 (42.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 82 (40.59%) VMware
9 71 (35.15%) Citrix
10 64 (31.68%) MCP
10 64 (31.68%) MS Exchange
11 57 (28.22%) MS Excel
12 56 (27.72%) MCITP
13 53 (26.24%) VMware Infrastructure
13 53 (26.24%) Windows Server 2003
14 52 (25.74%) MS Office
14 52 (25.74%) Cisco
15 48 (23.76%) Windows 7
16 47 (23.27%) Cisco Certification
17 42 (20.79%) SQL
18 41 (20.30%) DNS
19 39 (19.31%) CCNA
20 37 (18.32%) Exchange Server 2010
21 36 (17.82%) TCP/IP
22 35 (17.33%) Firewall
23 32 (15.84%) DHCP
23 32 (15.84%) SAN
23 32 (15.84%) Windows Server 2012
24 31 (15.35%) Exchange Server 2007
24 31 (15.35%) Windows XP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 (31.68%) MS Exchange
2 37 (18.32%) Exchange Server 2010
3 31 (15.35%) Exchange Server 2007
4 25 (12.38%) IIS
5 22 (10.89%) Exchange Server 2003
6 17 (8.42%) SharePoint
7 6 (2.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (2.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (1.98%) Lync
10 2 (0.99%) Apache
10 2 (0.99%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.99%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.50%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.50%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.50%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 57 (28.22%) MS Excel
2 52 (25.74%) MS Office
3 5 (2.48%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.99%) MS Project
5 1 (0.50%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.50%) Pro/ENGINEER
5 1 (0.50%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 1 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.99%) SaaS
2 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (20.30%) DNS
2 36 (17.82%) TCP/IP
3 35 (17.33%) Firewall
4 32 (15.84%) DHCP
4 32 (15.84%) SAN
5 22 (10.89%) LAN
6 20 (9.90%) Wireless
6 20 (9.90%) WAN
7 18 (8.91%) VoIP
8 16 (7.92%) VPN
9 11 (5.45%) NetScaler
10 10 (4.95%) Internet
11 8 (3.96%) HTTP
11 8 (3.96%) Network Security
11 8 (3.96%) VLAN
12 6 (2.97%) SSL
12 6 (2.97%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (2.48%) NAS
14 3 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
14 3 (1.49%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (13.86%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (3.96%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (2.97%) Oracle Database
4 6 (2.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.48%) Oracle Database 11g
5 5 (2.48%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.48%) MySQL
6 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 5 (2.48%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.50%) InstallShield
General
1 18 (8.91%) Finance
2 13 (6.44%) Law
3 12 (5.94%) Telecoms
4 11 (5.45%) Banking
5 8 (3.96%) Legal
6 3 (1.49%) Advertising
6 3 (1.49%) Games
7 2 (0.99%) Back Office
7 2 (0.99%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.50%) French Language
8 1 (0.50%) German Language
8 1 (0.50%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.50%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 41 (20.30%) Analyst
2 39 (19.31%) Support Engineer
3 28 (13.86%) 2nd Line Support
4 23 (11.39%) Support Analyst
4 23 (11.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 22 (10.89%) IT Support
6 18 (8.91%) Service Desk Analyst
7 17 (8.42%) Service Analyst
8 14 (6.93%) Desktop Support
9 12 (5.94%) Network Engineer
9 12 (5.94%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (4.95%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (4.46%) IT Support Engineer
12 8 (3.96%) Administrator
12 8 (3.96%) Desktop Engineer
12 8 (3.96%) Architect
12 8 (3.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 7 (3.47%) DBA
14 6 (2.97%) Technical Support
14 6 (2.97%) Help Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.48%) .NET
2 2 (0.99%) Middleware
2 2 (0.99%) ASP.NET
2 2 (0.99%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.50%) WAP
3 1 (0.50%) EDI
3 1 (0.50%) COM
3 1 (0.50%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.43%) Clustering
2 12 (5.94%) Blackberry
3 10 (4.95%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.48%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.48%) Fat Client
5 5 (2.48%) Thin Client
6 4 (1.98%) Replication
6 4 (1.98%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.98%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.98%) iPad
7 3 (1.49%) NHS
7 3 (1.49%) GIS
8 2 (0.99%) Handset
8 2 (0.99%) CMDB
8 2 (0.99%) Web 2.0
8 2 (0.99%) Taxonomies
8 2 (0.99%) Statistics
9 1 (0.50%) FMCG
9 1 (0.50%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 173 (85.64%) Windows
2 85 (42.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 53 (26.24%) Windows Server 2003
4 48 (23.76%) Windows 7
5 32 (15.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 31 (15.35%) Windows XP
7 28 (13.86%) Linux
8 12 (5.94%) Windows 8
9 8 (3.96%) UNIX
9 8 (3.96%) Windows Vista
10 6 (2.97%) Mac OS X
11 5 (2.48%) Windows 2000
12 4 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.49%) Android
13 3 (1.49%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.99%) AIX
14 2 (0.99%) Solaris
14 2 (0.99%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.99%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.50%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (51.98%) ITIL
2 21 (10.40%) Migration
3 19 (9.41%) Disaster Recovery
4 17 (8.42%) Load Balancing
5 16 (7.92%) Service Management
6 13 (6.44%) Capacity Planning
7 12 (5.94%) Incident Management
8 10 (4.95%) Performance Monitoring
9 9 (4.46%) ERP
9 9 (4.46%) Business Continuity
9 9 (4.46%) Service Delivery
10 8 (3.96%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (3.47%) Workflow
11 7 (3.47%) ITSM
12 6 (2.97%) PRINCE
12 6 (2.97%) Change Control
13 4 (1.98%) Change Management
13 4 (1.98%) Data Protection
14 3 (1.49%) Problem Management
14 3 (1.49%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (20.79%) SQL
2 14 (6.93%) PowerShell
3 6 (2.97%) VB
4 5 (2.48%) T-SQL
4 5 (2.48%) VBScript
5 4 (1.98%) C
6 3 (1.49%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.49%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.50%) Bourne shell
7 1 (0.50%) C-shell
7 1 (0.50%) Korn
7 1 (0.50%) Perl
7 1 (0.50%) PHP
7 1 (0.50%) AWK
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (66.83%) MCSE
3 64 (31.68%) MCP
4 56 (27.72%) MCITP
5 47 (23.27%) Cisco Certification
6 39 (19.31%) CCNA
7 30 (14.85%) MCTS
8 22 (10.89%) MCDST
9 20 (9.90%) CCNP
10 15 (7.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (6.44%) Degree
12 9 (4.46%) CISSP
13 7 (3.47%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (3.47%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (2.48%) Security Cleared
14 5 (2.48%) ACSP
14 5 (2.48%) JNCIP
14 5 (2.48%) JNCIE
14 5 (2.48%) ISACA
14 5 (2.48%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (14.85%) SLA
2 8 (3.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.48%) ISO 9001
4 4 (1.98%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.50%) QA
System Software
1 111 (54.95%) Active Directory
2 53 (26.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (11.88%) XenApp
4 21 (10.40%) vSphere
5 19 (9.41%) Hyper-V
6 17 (8.42%) XenDesktop
7 12 (5.94%) VMware ESX
8 8 (3.96%) Terminal Services
8 8 (3.96%) Forefront TMG
9 6 (2.97%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (2.48%) Oracle RAC
10 5 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (2.48%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (1.98%) ISA Server
11 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (1.98%) DFS Replication
12 3 (1.49%) KVM
13 2 (0.99%) Samba
13 2 (0.99%) VMware GSX
13 2 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 27 (13.37%) SCCM
2 12 (5.94%) SCOM
3 8 (3.96%) WSUS
4 5 (2.48%) Data Guard
5 3 (1.49%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.49%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.49%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.99%) ZENworks
6 2 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.99%) Veritas Storage Foundation
6 2 (0.99%) YUM
7 1 (0.50%) WMI
7 1 (0.50%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 128 (63.37%) Microsoft
2 82 (40.59%) VMware
3 71 (35.15%) Citrix
4 52 (25.74%) Cisco
5 19 (9.41%) McAfee
6 15 (7.43%) CheckPoint
7 14 (6.93%) HP
8 13 (6.44%) NetApp
9 12 (5.94%) Juniper
9 12 (5.94%) EMC
9 12 (5.94%) IBM
10 11 (5.45%) Symantec
10 11 (5.45%) Dell
11 10 (4.95%) Avaya
12 9 (4.46%) Mitel
13 8 (3.96%) Oracle
13 8 (3.96%) Apple
14 6 (2.97%) Red Hat
15 4 (1.98%) Sun
15 4 (1.98%) F5
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