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 6 May 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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 486 457 492
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +35
Contract jobs citing MCSA 151 157 99
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.30% 0.31% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.41% 1.59% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 97 44
Median daily rate £325 £288 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% +36.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £144 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £260 £170
% change year-on-year
+30.76% +52.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 24
Median hourly rate £25.00 £16.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.51% +6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £14.20 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.50 £42.74 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+104.16% +16.12%
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
10727 9901 9780
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.04% 19.52% 19.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 6812 5673 5670
Median daily rate £410 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.79% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £535 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 485 494
Median hourly rate £26.38 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.22% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.90 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 -17 55 £288 -10.50% 18
South East -29 50 £350 +45.83% 17
North West -7 13 £335 +40.31% 2
West Midlands -4 9 £275 -7.17% 2
Yorkshire +6 7 £275 +96.42% 8
East of England +10 6 £388 +19.23% 2
East Midlands +10 5 £250 - 4
South West -6 3 - - 5
North East - 3 £250 -
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 6 May 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.

1 277 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 184 (66.43%) Windows
3 180 (64.98%) Microsoft
4 164 (59.21%) MCSE
5 137 (49.46%) VMware
6 134 (48.38%) Active Directory
7 117 (42.24%) ITIL
8 111 (40.07%) Windows Server
9 100 (36.10%) VMware Infrastructure
10 98 (35.38%) MS Exchange
11 94 (33.94%) Windows Server 2012
12 78 (28.16%) Cisco
13 74 (26.71%) Windows Server 2008
14 72 (25.99%) Cisco Certification
15 71 (25.63%) MS Excel
16 67 (24.19%) MCP
17 64 (23.10%) DNS
18 59 (21.30%) Citrix
19 58 (20.94%) DHCP
20 57 (20.58%) HP
20 57 (20.58%) CCNA
20 57 (20.58%) Hyper-V
21 56 (20.22%) vSphere
22 55 (19.86%) PowerShell
23 53 (19.13%) Linux
24 50 (18.05%) Windows Server 2003
24 50 (18.05%) Firewall
24 50 (18.05%) Exchange Server 2010
25 47 (16.97%) MS Office
26 43 (15.52%) Migration

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 98 (35.38%) MS Exchange
2 50 (18.05%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (9.03%) SharePoint
4 19 (6.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (6.50%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (5.42%) IIS
7 10 (3.61%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.08%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.72%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.72%) SAS
11 1 (0.36%) CMS
11 1 (0.36%) Confluence
11 1 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.36%) Node.js
11 1 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 71 (25.63%) MS Excel
2 47 (16.97%) MS Office
3 2 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.36%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.36%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.36%) Eikon
2 1 (0.36%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.36%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.36%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.36%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.36%) Sage 50
2 1 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 35 (12.64%) Office 365
2 28 (10.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (6.50%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (4.33%) IaaS
5 7 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.44%) PaaS
7 3 (1.08%) SaaS
8 2 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.72%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.36%) GitHub
9 1 (0.36%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.36%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 64 (23.10%) DNS
2 58 (20.94%) DHCP
3 50 (18.05%) Firewall
4 43 (15.52%) TCP/IP
5 35 (12.64%) SAN
6 27 (9.75%) VPN
7 20 (7.22%) WAN
8 18 (6.50%) LAN
9 17 (6.14%) VLAN
10 16 (5.78%) Internet
11 10 (3.61%) Fibre Channel
11 10 (3.61%) HTTP
11 10 (3.61%) IPsec
11 10 (3.61%) IPv6
11 10 (3.61%) Software-Defined Networking
11 10 (3.61%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (3.25%) Ethernet
13 7 (2.53%) LDAP
13 7 (2.53%) NetScaler
13 7 (2.53%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.53%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.81%) MS Access
3 5 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.72%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.72%) SQLPlus
6 1 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.36%) MySQL
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.36%) Power BI
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.08%) MSI
2 2 (0.72%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.72%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.72%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.36%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.36%) JIRA
3 1 (0.36%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (0.36%) Moq
3 1 (0.36%) NSubstitute
3 1 (0.36%) NUnit
3 1 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.36%) Selenium
3 1 (0.36%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (7.58%) Finance
2 13 (4.69%) Marketing
3 11 (3.97%) Legal
4 10 (3.61%) Banking
5 8 (2.89%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.53%) Manufacturing
7 6 (2.17%) Local Government
8 5 (1.81%) Law
9 4 (1.44%) Back Office
10 3 (1.08%) Advertising
10 3 (1.08%) Retail
11 2 (0.72%) Automotive
11 2 (0.72%) Billing
11 2 (0.72%) Publishing
12 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.36%) Electronics
12 1 (0.36%) Games
12 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 50 (18.05%) Support Engineer
2 44 (15.88%) Analyst
3 28 (10.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 21 (7.58%) Support Analyst
4 21 (7.58%) Wintel Engineer
5 20 (7.22%) IT Engineer
6 18 (6.50%) 2nd Line Support
6 18 (6.50%) Service Analyst
7 17 (6.14%) Server Engineer
7 17 (6.14%) Systems Engineer
7 17 (6.14%) Windows Engineer
8 16 (5.78%) Consultant
8 16 (5.78%) Service Desk Analyst
8 16 (5.78%) Wintel Support
9 15 (5.42%) Security Specialist
10 14 (5.05%) Server Support
11 13 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 13 (4.69%) Applications Support
11 13 (4.69%) Wintel Server Engineer
12 12 (4.33%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.97%) CSS
2 9 (3.25%) .NET
3 8 (2.89%) XML
4 6 (2.17%) SAML
5 5 (1.81%) ELK Stack
5 5 (1.81%) Web Services
6 4 (1.44%) HTML
6 4 (1.44%) Middleware
7 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.72%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.72%) WAP
7 2 (0.72%) WCF
8 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.36%) CSS3
8 1 (0.36%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.36%) HTML5
8 1 (0.36%) jQuery
8 1 (0.36%) Ninject
8 1 (0.36%) OAuth
8 1 (0.36%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 31 (11.19%) Data Centre
2 20 (7.22%) Computer Science
3 17 (6.14%) Driving Licence
4 15 (5.42%) Management Information System
5 14 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (4.33%) PKI
7 10 (3.61%) Public Cloud
8 9 (3.25%) Clustering
9 8 (2.89%) Blackberry
10 5 (1.81%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (1.81%) Statistics
10 5 (1.81%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (1.44%) Fat Client
11 4 (1.44%) Replication
11 4 (1.44%) Thin Client
12 3 (1.08%) Contactless
12 3 (1.08%) Data Integration
12 3 (1.08%) iPad
12 3 (1.08%) Wiki
13 2 (0.72%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 184 (66.43%) Windows
2 111 (40.07%) Windows Server
3 94 (33.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 74 (26.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 53 (19.13%) Linux
6 50 (18.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 39 (14.08%) Windows 7
8 19 (6.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (5.05%) Windows XP
10 11 (3.97%) Windows 8
11 9 (3.25%) Unix
12 8 (2.89%) Windows 10
13 6 (2.17%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.08%) Data ONTAP
14 3 (1.08%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.08%) Mac OS X Server
14 3 (1.08%) VMS
15 2 (0.72%) Android
15 2 (0.72%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (42.24%) ITIL
2 43 (15.52%) Migration
3 22 (7.94%) ITIL V3
4 19 (6.86%) Incident Management
5 17 (6.14%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (5.78%) Data Migration
7 15 (5.42%) Change Management
7 15 (5.42%) Mentoring
8 14 (5.05%) Configuration Management
8 14 (5.05%) Information Security
8 14 (5.05%) Problem Management
9 13 (4.69%) Ethical Hacking
9 13 (4.69%) Presales
9 13 (4.69%) Project Management
9 13 (4.69%) Security Management
10 11 (3.97%) Load Balancing
10 11 (3.97%) PRINCE2
10 11 (3.97%) Service Delivery
10 11 (3.97%) Service Management
11 10 (3.61%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 55 (19.86%) PowerShell
2 34 (12.27%) SQL
3 18 (6.50%) VBScript
4 17 (6.14%) VB
5 10 (3.61%) C#
6 8 (2.89%) C
7 6 (2.17%) C++
8 5 (1.81%) VBA
9 4 (1.44%) Ruby
9 4 (1.44%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.72%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.36%) Java
11 1 (0.36%) PHP
11 1 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 277 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 164 (59.21%) MCSE
3 72 (25.99%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (24.19%) MCP
5 57 (20.58%) CCNA
6 43 (15.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 30 (10.83%) MCITP
8 27 (9.75%) Security Cleared
9 23 (8.30%) CISSP
9 23 (8.30%) Degree
10 18 (6.50%) SC Cleared
11 15 (5.42%) CEH
12 14 (5.05%) Citrix Certification
13 12 (4.33%) MCSD
14 10 (3.61%) CCNP
15 8 (2.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 7 (2.53%) BPSS Clearance
17 6 (2.17%) CCAA
17 6 (2.17%) DBS Check
18 5 (1.81%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.50%) PCI DSS
2 9 (3.25%) SLA
3 7 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (2.17%) ISO 9000
5 5 (1.81%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (1.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.72%) QA
System Software
1 134 (48.38%) Active Directory
2 100 (36.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (20.58%) Hyper-V
4 56 (20.22%) vSphere
5 15 (5.42%) XenApp
6 13 (4.69%) VMware ESX
7 10 (3.61%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.08%) UAG
9 3 (1.08%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.72%) NFS
10 2 (0.72%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.72%) Xen
11 1 (0.36%) Snort
11 1 (0.36%) vCloud
11 1 (0.36%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 42 (15.16%) SCCM
2 29 (10.47%) WSUS
3 22 (7.94%) Backup Exec
3 22 (7.94%) NetBackup
4 21 (7.58%) McAfee ePO
5 14 (5.05%) SCOM
6 9 (3.25%) Norton AntiVirus
6 9 (3.25%) Puppet
6 9 (3.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (2.17%) Windows Intune
8 5 (1.81%) Cisco UCCX
8 5 (1.81%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (1.44%) BladeLogic
9 4 (1.44%) Cacti
9 4 (1.44%) Nagios
9 4 (1.44%) SCVMM
9 4 (1.44%) WMI
10 3 (1.08%) AirWatch
10 3 (1.08%) DameWare
10 3 (1.08%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 180 (64.98%) Microsoft
2 137 (49.46%) VMware
3 78 (28.16%) Cisco
4 59 (21.30%) Citrix
5 57 (20.58%) HP
6 27 (9.75%) Dell
7 22 (7.94%) NetApp
8 21 (7.58%) Intel Security
9 20 (7.22%) Red Hat
10 19 (6.86%) Oracle
10 19 (6.86%) Symantec
11 13 (4.69%) IBM
12 8 (2.89%) Apple
12 8 (2.89%) Hitachi
12 8 (2.89%) Intel
12 8 (2.89%) Sophos
13 7 (2.53%) EMC
14 6 (2.17%) Rackspace
14 6 (2.17%) ServiceNow
15 5 (1.81%) Dell Compellent
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