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 20 August 2014 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 490 428 469
Rank change year-on-year
-62 +41
Contract jobs citing MCSA 89 124 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.26% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.96% 1.45% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 37 36
Average daily rate
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£230 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £190 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £400 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £328
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -16.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 4
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £11.40 £15.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £23.21 £16.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -6.45%
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
9289 8569 9473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.55% 17.65% 17.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 5318 4747 4955
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 448 588
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.31% -6.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.18 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 -6 36 £230 -35.43% 22
South East -1 20 £220 -26.66% 31
North West -2 11 £175 -41.66% 2
East of England -24 8 £170 -38.18% 6
Yorkshire - 7 £295 - 3
East Midlands +11 3 £625 - 12
South West -35 2 - - 3
West Midlands -17 1 £350 +169.23% 5
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UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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
2 164 (81.19%) Windows
3 134 (66.34%) Microsoft
4 127 (62.87%) MCSE
5 117 (57.92%) Active Directory
6 100 (49.50%) ITIL
7 83 (41.09%) VMware
8 76 (37.62%) Windows Server 2008
9 73 (36.14%) MCP
10 68 (33.66%) MS Exchange
10 68 (33.66%) Citrix
11 57 (28.22%) MCITP
12 48 (23.76%) MCTS
13 46 (22.77%) Cisco Certification
14 45 (22.28%) Cisco
15 44 (21.78%) MS Office
16 42 (20.79%) MS Excel
16 42 (20.79%) Windows Server 2003
17 41 (20.30%) CCNA
17 41 (20.30%) VMware Infrastructure
17 41 (20.30%) Windows Server 2012
18 39 (19.31%) SCCM
19 38 (18.81%) Windows 7
19 38 (18.81%) Exchange Server 2010
20 35 (17.33%) SQL
21 32 (15.84%) Firewall
21 32 (15.84%) DNS
21 32 (15.84%) SAN
22 28 (13.86%) SQL Server
23 27 (13.37%) Linux

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 68 (33.66%) MS Exchange
2 38 (18.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (11.39%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (8.91%) SharePoint
5 15 (7.43%) IIS
6 11 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2003
6 11 (5.45%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (4.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.98%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.99%) Lync
11 1 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.50%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.50%) Site Server
Applications
1 44 (21.78%) MS Office
2 42 (20.79%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.99%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.99%) MS Project
4 1 (0.50%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.99%) assyst
1 2 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.50%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.50%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.95%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.46%) Office 365
3 9 (4.46%) IaaS
4 1 (0.50%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (15.84%) DNS
1 32 (15.84%) SAN
1 32 (15.84%) Firewall
2 25 (12.38%) DHCP
3 18 (8.91%) VoIP
4 17 (8.42%) LAN
5 16 (7.92%) WAN
5 16 (7.92%) Internet
6 15 (7.43%) VPN
7 14 (6.93%) TCP/IP
8 13 (6.44%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (5.45%) Wireless
10 8 (3.96%) Network Security
10 8 (3.96%) NetScaler
11 4 (1.98%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (1.98%) Cisco IOS
11 4 (1.98%) VLAN
11 4 (1.98%) MPLS
11 4 (1.98%) HTTP
12 3 (1.49%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (13.86%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (5.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (4.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (4.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (4.46%) Amazon RDS
6 6 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (2.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.48%) Oracle Database
8 4 (1.98%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (1.98%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (1.98%) MySQL
9 3 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.49%) DTS
9 3 (1.49%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.49%) SAP HANA
9 3 (1.49%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.50%) QlikView
10 1 (0.50%) VLDB
10 1 (0.50%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 4 (1.98%) Visual Studio
1 4 (1.98%) MSI
2 3 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.50%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 23 (11.39%) Finance
2 6 (2.97%) Banking
3 5 (2.48%) Law
4 4 (1.98%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.50%) German Language
5 1 (0.50%) Legal
5 1 (0.50%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 36 (17.82%) Analyst
2 34 (16.83%) Support Engineer
3 24 (11.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (10.89%) 2nd Line Support
5 21 (10.40%) Support Analyst
6 19 (9.41%) Service Analyst
6 19 (9.41%) Service Desk Analyst
7 17 (8.42%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (6.93%) Consultant
8 14 (6.93%) IT Support
9 11 (5.45%) Desktop Support
9 11 (5.45%) Administrator
10 10 (4.95%) Network Engineer
11 9 (4.46%) IT Support Engineer
12 8 (3.96%) Architect
12 8 (3.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 7 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 7 (3.47%) DBA
13 7 (3.47%) 1st Line Support
13 7 (3.47%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.47%) XML
1 7 (3.47%) HTML
2 3 (1.49%) .NET
2 3 (1.49%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.99%) XSLT
4 1 (0.50%) WAP
4 1 (0.50%) VML
4 1 (0.50%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.50%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.50%) WCF
4 1 (0.50%) WF
4 1 (0.50%) Silverlight
4 1 (0.50%) jQuery
4 1 (0.50%) CSS
4 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.42%) Blackberry
2 16 (7.92%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.46%) PKI
4 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.98%) Replication
5 4 (1.98%) Smartphone
5 4 (1.98%) iPad
6 3 (1.49%) CMDB
6 3 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.99%) Statistics
7 2 (0.99%) Taxonomies
7 2 (0.99%) Grid Computing
7 2 (0.99%) Clustering
7 2 (0.99%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.50%) Social Media
8 1 (0.50%) Kindle
8 1 (0.50%) Handset
8 1 (0.50%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.50%) NHS
8 1 (0.50%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 164 (81.19%) Windows
2 76 (37.62%) Windows Server 2008
3 42 (20.79%) Windows Server 2003
4 41 (20.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 38 (18.81%) Windows 7
6 27 (13.37%) Linux
7 25 (12.38%) Windows XP
8 14 (6.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (4.95%) Windows Vista
10 8 (3.96%) Windows 8
11 7 (3.47%) UNIX
12 6 (2.97%) Android
13 5 (2.48%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.48%) Windows 2000
14 4 (1.98%) Solaris
15 2 (0.99%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (49.50%) ITIL
2 23 (11.39%) Disaster Recovery
3 13 (6.44%) Configuration Management
3 13 (6.44%) Incident Management
4 12 (5.94%) Service Management
5 11 (5.45%) Migration
6 9 (4.46%) Capacity Planning
7 8 (3.96%) Change Management
7 8 (3.96%) PRINCE2
8 7 (3.47%) ITIL V3
8 7 (3.47%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (2.97%) Change Control
9 6 (2.97%) Problem Management
9 6 (2.97%) Workflow
9 6 (2.97%) Service Delivery
9 6 (2.97%) ITSM
10 5 (2.48%) ERP
10 5 (2.48%) Network Management
10 5 (2.48%) High Availability
10 5 (2.48%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 35 (17.33%) SQL
2 20 (9.90%) PowerShell
3 9 (4.46%) T-SQL
4 6 (2.97%) VBScript
5 4 (1.98%) Perl
6 3 (1.49%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.49%) C#
7 2 (0.99%) C
7 2 (0.99%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.50%) C++
8 1 (0.50%) VB
8 1 (0.50%) PowerHouse
8 1 (0.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 127 (62.87%) MCSE
3 73 (36.14%) MCP
4 57 (28.22%) MCITP
5 48 (23.76%) MCTS
6 46 (22.77%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (20.30%) CCNA
8 22 (10.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 22 (10.89%) Degree
9 19 (9.41%) MCDST
10 13 (6.44%) CCNP
11 11 (5.45%) A+ Certification
11 11 (5.45%) Security Cleared
12 8 (3.96%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (3.47%) CCA
13 7 (3.47%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (3.47%) JNCIP
13 7 (3.47%) CCSA
13 7 (3.47%) MOS
14 6 (2.97%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (13.37%) SLA
2 7 (3.47%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.98%) QA
5 2 (0.99%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 117 (57.92%) Active Directory
2 41 (20.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (7.92%) XenApp
4 11 (5.45%) Hyper-V
4 11 (5.45%) VMware ESX
5 10 (4.95%) vSphere
5 10 (4.95%) UAG
6 7 (3.47%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (2.48%) XenDesktop
8 4 (1.98%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (1.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (1.49%) Xen
9 3 (1.49%) KVM
9 3 (1.49%) XenServer
10 2 (0.99%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.99%) NFS
11 1 (0.50%) NLBS
11 1 (0.50%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 39 (19.31%) SCCM
2 17 (8.42%) SCOM
3 5 (2.48%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.98%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (1.98%) Data Guard
4 4 (1.98%) SCOrch
5 3 (1.49%) ZENworks
5 3 (1.49%) WSUS
6 2 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.99%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.50%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.50%) WhatsUp Gold
7 1 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.50%) WMI
7 1 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.50%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 134 (66.34%) Microsoft
2 83 (41.09%) VMware
3 68 (33.66%) Citrix
4 45 (22.28%) Cisco
5 23 (11.39%) Symantec
6 19 (9.41%) HP
7 18 (8.91%) Red Hat
8 15 (7.43%) CheckPoint
9 14 (6.93%) NetApp
10 13 (6.44%) McAfee
11 12 (5.94%) EMC
12 11 (5.45%) Apple
13 9 (4.46%) Remedy
13 9 (4.46%) Veeam
13 9 (4.46%) IBM
14 8 (3.96%) Juniper
14 8 (3.96%) Mitel
14 8 (3.96%) Sophos
15 7 (3.47%) Oracle
16 6 (2.97%) Dell
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