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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 432 474 438
Rank change year-on-year
+42 -36
Contract jobs citing MCSA 165 96 118
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.32% 0.19% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.68% 1.04% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 57 38
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£310 £220 £262
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.90% -15.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £163 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £385 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £223 £250
% change year-on-year
+28.08% -11.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 10
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.55 £13.15 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £20.00 £23.21
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+11.66% +7.14%
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
9843 9224 8269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.10% 18.69% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5948 5255 4491
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 402 454
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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
London +15 60 £310 +29.16% 29
South East +4 35 £348 +58.18% 27
North West -4 32 £176 +0.71% 7
East of England +1 11 £325 +88.40% 7
South West -2 9 £375 +20.00% 3
West Midlands +8 6 £450 - 3
Yorkshire -22 5 £175 -44.00% 2
East Midlands +1 4 - - 1
North East - 2 - -
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 317 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 240 (75.71%) Windows
3 234 (73.82%) Microsoft
4 188 (59.31%) MCSE
5 180 (56.78%) Active Directory
6 152 (47.95%) ITIL
7 137 (43.22%) VMware
8 95 (29.97%) MCITP
9 83 (26.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 83 (26.18%) Windows Server 2012
10 79 (24.92%) VMware Infrastructure
11 75 (23.66%) Windows 7
11 75 (23.66%) Citrix
12 70 (22.08%) MS Exchange
13 69 (21.77%) Cisco
14 65 (20.50%) MS Office
14 65 (20.50%) Cisco Certification
15 64 (20.19%) SQL Server
15 64 (20.19%) Security Cleared
16 61 (19.24%) LAN
17 60 (18.93%) Linux
17 60 (18.93%) SAN
18 58 (18.30%) CCNA
19 56 (17.67%) MCP
20 55 (17.35%) SCCM
21 51 (16.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 49 (15.46%) SC Cleared
22 49 (15.46%) PowerShell
22 49 (15.46%) DNS
23 46 (14.51%) TCP/IP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 70 (22.08%) MS Exchange
2 38 (11.99%) SharePoint
3 37 (11.67%) Lync
4 30 (9.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (6.94%) Exchange Server 2007
6 16 (5.05%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (4.42%) IIS
8 13 (4.10%) SharePoint 2010
9 12 (3.79%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (2.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.95%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.63%) TPMS
14 1 (0.32%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.32%) WorkSite
Applications
1 65 (20.50%) MS Office
2 46 (14.51%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.58%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.26%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.63%) SAP CCM
1 2 (0.63%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.32%) Eikon
2 1 (0.32%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 22 (6.94%) Office 365
2 9 (2.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.58%) IaaS
5 1 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.32%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (19.24%) LAN
2 60 (18.93%) SAN
3 49 (15.46%) DNS
4 46 (14.51%) TCP/IP
5 45 (14.20%) WAN
6 41 (12.93%) DHCP
7 31 (9.78%) Firewall
8 26 (8.20%) VPN
9 15 (4.73%) VoIP
9 15 (4.73%) Internet
10 14 (4.42%) VLAN
11 13 (4.10%) IPv4
12 11 (3.47%) Cisco ASA
13 10 (3.15%) Cisco IOS
14 9 (2.84%) NAS
15 6 (1.89%) Unified Communications
15 6 (1.89%) Fibre Channel
15 6 (1.89%) iSCSI
16 5 (1.58%) Cisco Nexus
16 5 (1.58%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (20.19%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (3.47%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (3.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (2.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (2.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.58%) OLAP
7 5 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.58%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (0.63%) MySQL
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.32%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.32%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.32%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 7 (2.21%) Visual Studio
1 7 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (1.58%) Ant
3 2 (0.63%) StarTeam
3 2 (0.63%) MSI
3 2 (0.63%) ClearCase
3 2 (0.63%) WinRunner
3 2 (0.63%) TestDirector
3 2 (0.63%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.32%) ClearQuest
4 1 (0.32%) InstallShield
General
1 21 (6.62%) Finance
2 13 (4.10%) Telecoms
2 13 (4.10%) Retail
3 4 (1.26%) Publishing
3 4 (1.26%) Banking
3 4 (1.26%) Legal
4 3 (0.95%) Law
4 3 (0.95%) Advertising
4 3 (0.95%) Local Government
4 3 (0.95%) Japanese Language
5 2 (0.63%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.63%) Back Office
5 2 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.32%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.32%) Front Office
6 1 (0.32%) Marketing
6 1 (0.32%) Billing
6 1 (0.32%) Games
Job Titles
1 58 (18.30%) Analyst
2 57 (17.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 49 (15.46%) Support Engineer
4 32 (10.09%) Support Analyst
5 28 (8.83%) Wintel Engineer
6 22 (6.94%) 3rd Line Support
7 19 (5.99%) Consultant
8 17 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
9 15 (4.73%) Service Analyst
9 15 (4.73%) Network Engineer
9 15 (4.73%) Service Desk Analyst
10 12 (3.79%) Network Support
11 11 (3.47%) Field Support Engineer
11 11 (3.47%) Field Engineer
11 11 (3.47%) Field Service Engineer
11 11 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 11 (3.47%) PC Support
11 11 (3.47%) Server Engineer
12 10 (3.15%) Administrator
13 9 (2.84%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (9.15%) XML
2 27 (8.52%) HTML
3 4 (1.26%) .NET
3 4 (1.26%) LAMP
3 4 (1.26%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.63%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.63%) Web Services
5 1 (0.32%) XMPP
5 1 (0.32%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.32%) MDX
5 1 (0.32%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.32%) Apache Thrift
Miscellaneous
1 41 (12.93%) Data Centre
2 20 (6.31%) Blackberry
3 18 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (5.05%) Clustering
4 16 (5.05%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (2.52%) Computer Science
5 8 (2.52%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.26%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.26%) PKI
7 3 (0.95%) Taxonomies
7 3 (0.95%) NHS
7 3 (0.95%) Replication
8 2 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (0.63%) HP Storage
8 2 (0.63%) PDA
8 2 (0.63%) Life Science
8 2 (0.63%) CMDB
8 2 (0.63%) iPhone
9 1 (0.32%) iPad
9 1 (0.32%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 240 (75.71%) Windows
2 83 (26.18%) Windows Server 2008
2 83 (26.18%) Windows Server 2012
3 75 (23.66%) Windows 7
4 60 (18.93%) Linux
5 38 (11.99%) Windows 8
6 34 (10.73%) Windows XP
7 29 (9.15%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (4.10%) Mac OS X
9 12 (3.79%) UNIX
10 11 (3.47%) Ubuntu
11 9 (2.84%) Debian
12 8 (2.52%) Android
13 7 (2.21%) Windows Vista
14 6 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (1.26%) Apple iOS
15 4 (1.26%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.63%) BlackBerry OS
16 2 (0.63%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (47.95%) ITIL
2 36 (11.36%) Migration
3 30 (9.46%) High Availability
4 19 (5.99%) ITIL V3
4 19 (5.99%) Service Management
5 17 (5.36%) Problem Management
6 16 (5.05%) PRINCE2
7 15 (4.73%) Configuration Management
7 15 (4.73%) Service Delivery
7 15 (4.73%) Server Building
8 14 (4.42%) Disaster Recovery
8 14 (4.42%) Incident Management
9 13 (4.10%) Network Design
9 13 (4.10%) Change Management
10 12 (3.79%) Software Deployment
11 10 (3.15%) Kalman Filter
11 10 (3.15%) CRM
12 9 (2.84%) Validation
13 8 (2.52%) Information Security
13 8 (2.52%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 49 (15.46%) PowerShell
2 45 (14.20%) SQL
3 31 (9.78%) VBScript
4 5 (1.58%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.26%) C
6 3 (0.95%) C#
6 3 (0.95%) VB
7 2 (0.63%) Java
7 2 (0.63%) R
8 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.32%) VBA
8 1 (0.32%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 317 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 188 (59.31%) MCSE
3 95 (29.97%) MCITP
4 65 (20.50%) Cisco Certification
5 64 (20.19%) Security Cleared
6 58 (18.30%) CCNA
7 56 (17.67%) MCP
8 51 (16.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 49 (15.46%) SC Cleared
10 42 (13.25%) MCTS
11 32 (10.09%) CCNP
12 31 (9.78%) A+ Certification
13 27 (8.52%) Network+ Certification
14 23 (7.26%) Degree
15 16 (5.05%) MCDST
16 15 (4.73%) Citrix Certification
16 15 (4.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 9 (2.84%) CCA
18 7 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
19 6 (1.89%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (11.67%) SLA
2 4 (1.26%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.26%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.95%) QA
3 3 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.32%) COBIT
System Software
1 180 (56.78%) Active Directory
2 79 (24.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (11.67%) Hyper-V
4 34 (10.73%) vSphere
5 21 (6.62%) XenApp
6 14 (4.42%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (4.42%) VMware ESX
7 7 (2.21%) XenDesktop
8 6 (1.89%) XenServer
9 4 (1.26%) UAG
9 4 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.95%) Xen
10 3 (0.95%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.95%) NFS
11 2 (0.63%) vCloud
11 2 (0.63%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.63%) Samba
11 2 (0.63%) Postfix
12 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 55 (17.35%) SCCM
2 23 (7.26%) SCOM
3 8 (2.52%) Backup Exec
4 6 (1.89%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (1.89%) WSUS
5 3 (0.95%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.63%) Nagios
6 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.63%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.63%) CA Spectrum
7 1 (0.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.32%) Casper Suite
7 1 (0.32%) vMotion
7 1 (0.32%) Puppet
7 1 (0.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.32%) WMI
7 1 (0.32%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 234 (73.82%) Microsoft
2 137 (43.22%) VMware
3 75 (23.66%) Citrix
4 69 (21.77%) Cisco
5 33 (10.41%) HP
6 16 (5.05%) McAfee
7 15 (4.73%) Symantec
7 15 (4.73%) IBM
8 13 (4.10%) Dell
8 13 (4.10%) Red Hat
9 9 (2.84%) Juniper
10 8 (2.52%) Avaya
10 8 (2.52%) Polycom
11 7 (2.21%) Oracle
11 7 (2.21%) Apple
12 6 (1.89%) Sophos
12 6 (1.89%) Altiris
12 6 (1.89%) 3PAR
13 5 (1.58%) ServiceNow
14 4 (1.26%) AppSense
Horsham, West Sussex
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £30,000 to £38,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leatherhead
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £18.73 per hour + milage
Posted: 24 days ago