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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 441 478 460
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -18
Contract jobs citing MCSA 141 98 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.28% 0.19% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.44% 0.98% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 42 39
Average daily rate
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£260 £188 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.66% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £100 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £434 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £170 £250
% change year-on-year
+69.11% -32.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 20 12
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.69 £11.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.46 £20.00 £21.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +25.00%
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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
9759 10051 8023
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.28% 19.56% 18.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5581 5743 4289
Average daily rate £395 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £531 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 504 464
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -21.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.90 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 17 April 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
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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 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
South East +27 66 £240 +88.23% 24
London +18 51 £288 -17.85% 33
South West -1 9 - - 8
Yorkshire - 5 £233 - 3
North West -21 4 £165 - 4
East of England +13 3 £325 +91.17% 1
East Midlands +4 2 £300 - 1
West Midlands -16 1 £343 -6.16% 10
North East - - - - 2
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MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 251 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 186 (74.10%) Windows
3 172 (68.53%) Microsoft
4 154 (61.35%) Active Directory
5 148 (58.96%) MCSE
6 113 (45.02%) ITIL
7 98 (39.04%) VMware
8 83 (33.07%) Windows Server 2008
9 75 (29.88%) MS Exchange
10 72 (28.69%) MCITP
11 60 (23.90%) Citrix
12 59 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
13 57 (22.71%) VMware Infrastructure
13 57 (22.71%) Windows 7
14 51 (20.32%) Cisco
14 51 (20.32%) Security Cleared
15 49 (19.52%) MS Excel
16 47 (18.73%) Cisco Certification
17 46 (18.33%) SC Cleared
18 45 (17.93%) CCNA
19 43 (17.13%) DNS
19 43 (17.13%) LAN
19 43 (17.13%) MS Office
20 42 (16.73%) PowerShell
21 41 (16.33%) MCP
22 40 (15.94%) Hyper-V
23 39 (15.54%) SQL
24 36 (14.34%) SQL Server
25 35 (13.94%) DHCP
25 35 (13.94%) SLA

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 75 (29.88%) MS Exchange
2 29 (11.55%) SharePoint
3 27 (10.76%) Lync
3 27 (10.76%) Exchange Server 2010
4 23 (9.16%) IIS
4 23 (9.16%) Exchange Server 2007
5 14 (5.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (4.38%) SharePoint 2013
6 11 (4.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 9 (3.59%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (2.39%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.20%) WorkSite
11 1 (0.40%) Apache
11 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
Applications
1 49 (19.52%) MS Excel
2 43 (17.13%) MS Office
3 4 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 14 (5.58%) Office 365
2 7 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.39%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (2.39%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.99%) IaaS
5 1 (0.40%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (17.13%) LAN
1 43 (17.13%) DNS
2 35 (13.94%) DHCP
2 35 (13.94%) SAN
3 30 (11.95%) TCP/IP
4 27 (10.76%) WAN
5 19 (7.57%) VPN
6 18 (7.17%) Firewall
7 13 (5.18%) VoIP
8 12 (4.78%) Internet
9 9 (3.59%) NAS
10 8 (3.19%) VLAN
11 7 (2.79%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (2.39%) NetScaler
13 5 (1.99%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (1.99%) PBX
14 4 (1.59%) Fibre Channel
14 4 (1.59%) Cisco Nexus
14 4 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
15 3 (1.20%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (14.34%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (4.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (3.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (2.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (2.39%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.99%) OLAP Cube
7 5 (1.99%) OLAP
8 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.40%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.40%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (4.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (4.38%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.20%) WinRunner
3 3 (1.20%) TestDirector
3 3 (1.20%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (0.40%) ClearQuest
4 1 (0.40%) MSI
4 1 (0.40%) StarTeam
4 1 (0.40%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.40%) Ant
General
1 19 (7.57%) Finance
2 8 (3.19%) Telecoms
3 7 (2.79%) Legal
4 4 (1.59%) Retail
5 3 (1.20%) Local Government
5 3 (1.20%) Japanese Language
5 3 (1.20%) Banking
6 2 (0.80%) Back Office
7 1 (0.40%) Front Office
7 1 (0.40%) Law
7 1 (0.40%) Advertising
7 1 (0.40%) Games
7 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 57 (22.71%) Support Engineer
2 44 (17.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 35 (13.94%) Analyst
4 25 (9.96%) Wintel Engineer
5 17 (6.77%) Desktop Support
5 17 (6.77%) 3rd Line Support
6 16 (6.37%) Consultant
6 16 (6.37%) Network Engineer
7 15 (5.98%) Support Analyst
8 13 (5.18%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (5.18%) Desktop Engineer
9 12 (4.78%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 12 (4.78%) Network Support
10 11 (4.38%) Service Desk Analyst
10 11 (4.38%) Service Analyst
10 11 (4.38%) IT Support
11 10 (3.98%) Network Support Engineer
12 8 (3.19%) Field Engineer
13 7 (2.79%) Citrix Engineer
13 7 (2.79%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (12.75%) HTML
2 30 (11.95%) XML
3 5 (1.99%) .NET
3 5 (1.99%) ASP.NET
4 4 (1.59%) JSP
4 4 (1.59%) LAMP
5 3 (1.20%) Application Packaging
6 2 (0.80%) SAP Basis
6 2 (0.80%) Web Services
7 1 (0.40%) XMPP
7 1 (0.40%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 19 (7.57%) Blackberry
2 14 (5.58%) Clustering
2 14 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (2.79%) Computer Science
4 6 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (1.99%) PKI
6 4 (1.59%) PDA
6 4 (1.59%) Replication
6 4 (1.59%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.20%) Taxonomies
8 2 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.80%) BYOD
8 2 (0.80%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.80%) NHS
8 2 (0.80%) CMDB
9 1 (0.40%) Statistics
9 1 (0.40%) iPhone
9 1 (0.40%) Kindle
9 1 (0.40%) Mobile Computing
9 1 (0.40%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 186 (74.10%) Windows
2 83 (33.07%) Windows Server 2008
3 59 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
4 57 (22.71%) Windows 7
5 33 (13.15%) Windows Server 2003
6 31 (12.35%) Linux
7 17 (6.77%) Windows XP
8 16 (6.37%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.79%) UNIX
9 7 (2.79%) Android
10 6 (2.39%) Debian
11 4 (1.59%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.20%) AIX
13 2 (0.80%) Solaris
13 2 (0.80%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.80%) BlackBerry OS
13 2 (0.80%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.40%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (45.02%) ITIL
2 29 (11.55%) High Availability
3 19 (7.57%) ITIL V3
4 16 (6.37%) Network Design
5 15 (5.98%) Change Management
6 14 (5.58%) PRINCE2
7 13 (5.18%) Migration
8 12 (4.78%) Configuration Management
9 9 (3.59%) Service Management
10 8 (3.19%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (3.19%) CRM
10 8 (3.19%) B2B
10 8 (3.19%) Incident Management
10 8 (3.19%) Problem Management
11 7 (2.79%) Business Intelligence
12 6 (2.39%) Scrum
12 6 (2.39%) Business Continuity
12 6 (2.39%) Agile Software Development
12 6 (2.39%) Asset Management
12 6 (2.39%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 42 (16.73%) PowerShell
2 39 (15.54%) SQL
3 30 (11.95%) VBScript
4 4 (1.59%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.20%) VB
6 2 (0.80%) C
6 2 (0.80%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.80%) R
7 1 (0.40%) C#
7 1 (0.40%) Perl
7 1 (0.40%) VBA
7 1 (0.40%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 251 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 148 (58.96%) MCSE
3 72 (28.69%) MCITP
4 51 (20.32%) Security Cleared
5 47 (18.73%) Cisco Certification
6 46 (18.33%) SC Cleared
7 45 (17.93%) CCNA
8 41 (16.33%) MCP
9 34 (13.55%) MCTS
10 28 (11.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (10.76%) A+ Certification
12 25 (9.96%) Network+ Certification
13 23 (9.16%) CCNP
14 19 (7.57%) Degree
15 12 (4.78%) Citrix Certification
16 10 (3.98%) MCDST
17 9 (3.59%) CCA
18 8 (3.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 4 (1.59%) CCEA
19 4 (1.59%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (13.94%) SLA
2 4 (1.59%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.20%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.40%) COBIT
4 1 (0.40%) QA
System Software
1 154 (61.35%) Active Directory
2 57 (22.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (15.94%) Hyper-V
4 17 (6.77%) XenApp
5 12 (4.78%) vSphere
5 12 (4.78%) VMware ESX
6 10 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (2.79%) UAG
7 7 (2.79%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (1.59%) Xen
9 4 (1.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (1.59%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.20%) Samba
11 2 (0.80%) vCloud
12 1 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.40%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.40%) NFS
12 1 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 34 (13.55%) SCCM
2 11 (4.38%) SCOM
3 3 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.80%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.80%) Netcool
4 2 (0.80%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.80%) WSUS
5 1 (0.40%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.40%) WMI
5 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.40%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.40%) XenMobile
5 1 (0.40%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 172 (68.53%) Microsoft
2 98 (39.04%) VMware
3 60 (23.90%) Citrix
4 51 (20.32%) Cisco
5 31 (12.35%) HP
6 12 (4.78%) Red Hat
7 11 (4.38%) McAfee
8 9 (3.59%) Avaya
9 8 (3.19%) Juniper
9 8 (3.19%) NetApp
9 8 (3.19%) Dell
9 8 (3.19%) Symantec
10 7 (2.79%) Reuters
10 7 (2.79%) EMC
11 6 (2.39%) CommVault
11 6 (2.39%) Sonus
12 5 (1.99%) IBM
12 5 (1.99%) Altiris
13 4 (1.59%) Brocade
13 4 (1.59%) Lumension
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