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 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 456 458 462
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +4
Contract jobs citing MCSA 123 105 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.25% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 1.25% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 52 29
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£311 £325 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.23% +44.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £122
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £420 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £238 £225
% change year-on-year
+35.78% +5.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 19 15
Average hourly rate £16.00 £14.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.80 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £30.20 £26.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £14.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year
+11.75% -22.39%
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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 8430 7981
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.59% 18.00% 18.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 6019 4789 4217
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 355 559
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 29 December 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
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 December 2014.

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 29 December 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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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 +8 48 £323 +29.00% 24
London -9 31 £215 -41.89% 19
North East -16 13 £255 -36.37% 5
Yorkshire -15 7 £313 +5.93% 4
West Midlands -2 6 £290 - 6
North West -4 5 £390 +20.00% 4
South West -34 5 £175 +16.66% 6
East of England -14 4 £285 -4.60% 5
East Midlands +9 3 £273 - 4
Midlands - - - -
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MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 December 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.

1 229 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 186 (81.22%) Windows
3 159 (69.43%) Microsoft
4 146 (63.76%) Active Directory
5 134 (58.52%) MCSE
6 105 (45.85%) ITIL
7 97 (42.36%) VMware
8 76 (33.19%) MCITP
9 68 (29.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 61 (26.64%) MS Exchange
11 59 (25.76%) VMware Infrastructure
12 58 (25.33%) Citrix
13 57 (24.89%) MCP
14 55 (24.02%) Cisco
15 54 (23.58%) MS Excel
16 47 (20.52%) Windows 7
16 47 (20.52%) Windows Server 2012
17 46 (20.09%) PowerShell
18 44 (19.21%) Security Cleared
19 42 (18.34%) MS Office
19 42 (18.34%) Windows Server 2003
20 36 (15.72%) HP
20 36 (15.72%) HTML
20 36 (15.72%) MCTS
21 35 (15.28%) XML
22 34 (14.85%) DNS
22 34 (14.85%) SAN
22 34 (14.85%) Hyper-V
23 33 (14.41%) SC Cleared
23 33 (14.41%) Cisco Certification

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 61 (26.64%) MS Exchange
2 20 (8.73%) Exchange Server 2007
3 18 (7.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (6.99%) IIS
5 15 (6.55%) SharePoint
6 12 (5.24%) Lync
7 8 (3.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 8 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (1.75%) WorkSite
9 4 (1.75%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.87%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.44%) Site Server
11 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.44%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.44%) Apache
11 1 (0.44%) Tomcat
Applications
1 54 (23.58%) MS Excel
2 42 (18.34%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) assyst
1 1 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.06%) Microsoft Azure
1 7 (3.06%) Office 365
2 5 (2.18%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.75%) IaaS
3 4 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.31%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (14.85%) DNS
1 34 (14.85%) SAN
2 29 (12.66%) DHCP
3 21 (9.17%) Firewall
4 20 (8.73%) WAN
5 19 (8.30%) LAN
6 18 (7.86%) TCP/IP
7 9 (3.93%) VPN
7 9 (3.93%) Internet
8 8 (3.49%) VoIP
8 8 (3.49%) NetScaler
9 7 (3.06%) VLAN
10 6 (2.62%) NAS
11 5 (2.18%) Network Security
11 5 (2.18%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (2.18%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (2.18%) Wireless
12 4 (1.75%) Extranet
12 4 (1.75%) SNMP
12 4 (1.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (12.66%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (4.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (3.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (2.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (2.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (2.18%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (1.31%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.31%) DTS
8 3 (1.31%) RDBMS
8 3 (1.31%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 12 (5.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.18%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.44%) WinRunner
4 1 (0.44%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.44%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (0.44%) MSI
General
1 23 (10.04%) Finance
2 5 (2.18%) Legal
2 5 (2.18%) Banking
3 3 (1.31%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.87%) Law
5 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.44%) Local Government
5 1 (0.44%) Marketing
5 1 (0.44%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 50 (21.83%) Support Engineer
2 27 (11.79%) Wintel Engineer
3 26 (11.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 25 (10.92%) Analyst
5 23 (10.04%) Desktop Support
6 21 (9.17%) Consultant
7 18 (7.86%) 3rd Line Support
8 16 (6.99%) IT Support
9 14 (6.11%) Support Analyst
9 14 (6.11%) Desktop Engineer
10 13 (5.68%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 12 (5.24%) Server Engineer
11 12 (5.24%) 2nd Line Support
12 10 (4.37%) IT Support Engineer
13 9 (3.93%) Service Desk Analyst
13 9 (3.93%) Service Analyst
13 9 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 8 (3.49%) Administrator
15 7 (3.06%) Network Engineer
15 7 (3.06%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (15.72%) HTML
2 35 (15.28%) XML
3 5 (2.18%) .NET
3 5 (2.18%) ASP.NET
4 4 (1.75%) XSLT
4 4 (1.75%) WCF
4 4 (1.75%) WF
4 4 (1.75%) Silverlight
5 3 (1.31%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.44%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.44%) JSP
6 1 (0.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.86%) Blackberry
2 13 (5.68%) Computer Science
3 8 (3.49%) Clustering
3 8 (3.49%) Replication
3 8 (3.49%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.62%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.18%) CMDB
6 4 (1.75%) iPhone
6 4 (1.75%) PKI
6 4 (1.75%) iPad
7 3 (1.31%) NHS
7 3 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.87%) PDA
8 2 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.44%) Kindle
9 1 (0.44%) CCTV
9 1 (0.44%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.44%) Grid Computing
9 1 (0.44%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.44%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 186 (81.22%) Windows
2 68 (29.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 47 (20.52%) Windows 7
3 47 (20.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 42 (18.34%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (7.86%) Windows XP
5 18 (7.86%) Linux
6 10 (4.37%) Android
7 7 (3.06%) UNIX
8 6 (2.62%) Windows 8
9 5 (2.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (2.18%) Windows 2000
10 4 (1.75%) Mac OS
11 3 (1.31%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.44%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.44%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.44%) AIX
12 1 (0.44%) Solaris
12 1 (0.44%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (45.85%) ITIL
2 30 (13.10%) High Availability
3 10 (4.37%) PRINCE2
3 10 (4.37%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (3.93%) Configuration Management
4 9 (3.93%) Service Management
4 9 (3.93%) Validation
5 8 (3.49%) Migration
5 8 (3.49%) Change Management
5 8 (3.49%) Capacity Planning
5 8 (3.49%) Network Management
6 7 (3.06%) Project Management
6 7 (3.06%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (2.18%) Document Management
7 5 (2.18%) Incident Management
7 5 (2.18%) Service Delivery
7 5 (2.18%) ITIL V3
8 4 (1.75%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (1.75%) Performance Management
8 4 (1.75%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 46 (20.09%) PowerShell
2 32 (13.97%) VBScript
3 31 (13.54%) SQL
4 7 (3.06%) T-SQL
5 5 (2.18%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.75%) C#
6 4 (1.75%) C++
7 3 (1.31%) C
8 2 (0.87%) VB
9 1 (0.44%) Perl
9 1 (0.44%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 229 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 134 (58.52%) MCSE
3 76 (33.19%) MCITP
4 57 (24.89%) MCP
5 44 (19.21%) Security Cleared
6 36 (15.72%) MCTS
7 33 (14.41%) SC Cleared
7 33 (14.41%) Cisco Certification
8 32 (13.97%) CCNA
9 26 (11.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 21 (9.17%) Degree
11 16 (6.99%) MCDST
11 16 (6.99%) CCNP
12 12 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (4.37%) A+ Certification
13 10 (4.37%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (3.49%) DV Cleared
14 8 (3.49%) CCA
15 7 (3.06%) CCDP
16 6 (2.62%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (11.79%) SLA
2 5 (2.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (2.18%) QA
3 3 (1.31%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 146 (63.76%) Active Directory
2 59 (25.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (14.85%) Hyper-V
4 15 (6.55%) XenApp
5 12 (5.24%) vSphere
6 10 (4.37%) VMware ESX
7 8 (3.49%) Xen
7 8 (3.49%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.62%) UAG
9 5 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.31%) NFS
10 3 (1.31%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.31%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.87%) XenServer
11 2 (0.87%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.87%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.44%) Samba
Systems Management
1 29 (12.66%) SCCM
2 11 (4.80%) SCOM
3 6 (2.62%) Backup Exec
4 5 (2.18%) WSUS
5 3 (1.31%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.31%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.87%) XenMobile
6 2 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.87%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.44%) Netcool
7 1 (0.44%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.44%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.44%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 159 (69.43%) Microsoft
2 97 (42.36%) VMware
3 58 (25.33%) Citrix
4 55 (24.02%) Cisco
5 36 (15.72%) HP
6 18 (7.86%) NetApp
7 16 (6.99%) Symantec
8 13 (5.68%) EMC
9 12 (5.24%) Dell
9 12 (5.24%) IBM
10 10 (4.37%) Red Hat
10 10 (4.37%) Apple
10 10 (4.37%) McAfee
11 8 (3.49%) Reuters
12 7 (3.06%) Altiris
12 7 (3.06%) Avaya
13 6 (2.62%) SAP
13 6 (2.62%) SolarWinds
14 5 (2.18%) Veeam
14 5 (2.18%) FactSet
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