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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 489 482 494
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +12
Contract jobs citing MCSA 128 144 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.26% 0.28% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.22% 1.51% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 79 53
Median daily rate £325 £318 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% +27.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £135 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £403 £419
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £320 £220
% change year-on-year
+4.68% +45.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 19 22
Median hourly rate £31.50 £18.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.18 £13.40 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.45 £42.98 £19.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £18.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+108.33% +14.28%
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
10506 9534 9462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.58% 18.78% 19.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6649 5642 5569
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 363 479 438
Median hourly rate £27.50 £23.38 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +23.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.15 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.18 £50.00 £43.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.12 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.37% +26.94%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 +14 41 £313 -2.34% 14
South East -9 30 £350 +8.52% 18
South West +6 12 £619 +65.00% 10
East of England +16 11 £269 -17.30% 2
North East -43 10 £316 - 1
Yorkshire +1 8 £331 +89.28% 8
West Midlands -17 7 £275 -19.70% 8
North West -37 5 £315 +78.72% 7
East Midlands +7 4 £500 +150.00% 1
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 269 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 198 (73.61%) Windows
3 185 (68.77%) Microsoft
4 175 (65.06%) MCSE
5 140 (52.04%) VMware
6 133 (49.44%) Active Directory
7 120 (44.61%) Windows Server
8 108 (40.15%) ITIL
9 104 (38.66%) VMware Infrastructure
10 96 (35.69%) Windows Server 2012
11 94 (34.94%) MS Excel
12 90 (33.46%) MS Exchange
13 83 (30.86%) DNS
13 83 (30.86%) Windows Server 2008
14 78 (29.00%) DHCP
15 68 (25.28%) Citrix
16 67 (24.91%) Cisco
16 67 (24.91%) HP
17 66 (24.54%) PowerShell
17 66 (24.54%) Hyper-V
18 60 (22.30%) MS Office
19 57 (21.19%) Cisco Certification
20 55 (20.45%) MCP
21 54 (20.07%) Windows Server 2003
22 53 (19.70%) CCNA
22 53 (19.70%) vSphere
23 49 (18.22%) Exchange Server 2010
23 49 (18.22%) SAN
24 48 (17.84%) SCCM
25 47 (17.47%) Windows 7

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 90 (33.46%) MS Exchange
2 49 (18.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (9.29%) SharePoint
4 19 (7.06%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (6.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (4.83%) IIS
7 10 (3.72%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (1.86%) Skype for Business
10 4 (1.49%) IBM Notes
10 4 (1.49%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (1.12%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.74%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.74%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.74%) SAS
13 1 (0.37%) CMS
13 1 (0.37%) Confluence
13 1 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 94 (34.94%) MS Excel
2 60 (22.30%) MS Office
3 4 (1.49%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.74%) Eikon
1 2 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.37%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.37%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.37%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.37%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.37%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.37%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.37%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 34 (12.64%) Office 365
2 22 (8.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (3.72%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (3.72%) IaaS
4 4 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.49%) PaaS
5 3 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.12%) SaaS
5 3 (1.12%) SoftLayer
6 1 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.37%) GitHub
6 1 (0.37%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.37%) IBM PureFlex
6 1 (0.37%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 83 (30.86%) DNS
2 78 (29.00%) DHCP
3 49 (18.22%) SAN
4 46 (17.10%) TCP/IP
5 34 (12.64%) Firewall
6 30 (11.15%) VPN
7 18 (6.69%) Internet
7 18 (6.69%) WAN
8 16 (5.95%) LAN
9 14 (5.20%) HTTP
10 13 (4.83%) Ethernet
10 13 (4.83%) IPsec
10 13 (4.83%) IPv6
10 13 (4.83%) Software-Defined Networking
11 12 (4.46%) Fibre Channel
11 12 (4.46%) VLAN
11 12 (4.46%) Wireless
12 7 (2.60%) LDAP
12 7 (2.60%) SSH
13 6 (2.23%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (13.75%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (1.86%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.86%) MS Access
3 5 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.49%) MySQL
4 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.12%) SQLPlus
6 2 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.37%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.37%) Power BI
7 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.12%) MSI
2 2 (0.74%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.74%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.74%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.37%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.37%) JIRA
3 1 (0.37%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (0.37%) Moq
3 1 (0.37%) NSubstitute
3 1 (0.37%) NUnit
3 1 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.37%) Selenium
3 1 (0.37%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 23 (8.55%) Finance
2 15 (5.58%) Marketing
3 10 (3.72%) Banking
3 10 (3.72%) Legal
4 8 (2.97%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.60%) Back Office
5 7 (2.60%) Local Government
6 5 (1.86%) Law
6 5 (1.86%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.49%) Advertising
7 4 (1.49%) Billing
8 3 (1.12%) Retail
9 2 (0.74%) Electronics
10 1 (0.37%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.37%) Automotive
10 1 (0.37%) Games
10 1 (0.37%) Publishing
10 1 (0.37%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 55 (20.45%) Support Engineer
2 40 (14.87%) Analyst
3 23 (8.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 23 (8.55%) Wintel Engineer
4 22 (8.18%) Windows Engineer
5 21 (7.81%) Server Engineer
6 18 (6.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 17 (6.32%) Service Analyst
8 16 (5.95%) Desktop Support
9 15 (5.58%) IT Engineer
9 15 (5.58%) Service Desk Analyst
9 15 (5.58%) VMware Engineer
9 15 (5.58%) Wintel Support
10 14 (5.20%) Support Analyst
10 14 (5.20%) Systems Engineer
10 14 (5.20%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 14 (5.20%) Wintel Server Engineer
11 13 (4.83%) Architect
12 12 (4.46%) Consultant
12 12 (4.46%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.95%) XML
2 14 (5.20%) CSS
3 9 (3.35%) .NET
3 9 (3.35%) Web Services
4 8 (2.97%) REST
4 8 (2.97%) WSDL
4 8 (2.97%) XSD
5 6 (2.23%) SAML
6 4 (1.49%) HTML
7 2 (0.74%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.74%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.74%) WAP
7 2 (0.74%) WCF
8 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.37%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.37%) HTML5
8 1 (0.37%) jQuery
8 1 (0.37%) Node.js
8 1 (0.37%) OAuth
8 1 (0.37%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 35 (13.01%) Data Centre
2 23 (8.55%) Computer Science
3 16 (5.95%) Driving Licence
4 14 (5.20%) Blackberry
5 13 (4.83%) Public Cloud
6 12 (4.46%) Clustering
7 11 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
7 11 (4.09%) Management Information System
8 10 (3.72%) Private Cloud
9 9 (3.35%) PKI
10 6 (2.23%) Replication
10 6 (2.23%) Statistics
11 5 (1.86%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.86%) NHS
12 4 (1.49%) Fat Client
12 4 (1.49%) iPad
12 4 (1.49%) Thin Client
12 4 (1.49%) Wiki
13 3 (1.12%) Contactless
14 2 (0.74%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 198 (73.61%) Windows
2 120 (44.61%) Windows Server
3 96 (35.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 83 (30.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 54 (20.07%) Windows Server 2003
6 47 (17.47%) Windows 7
7 40 (14.87%) Linux
8 13 (4.83%) Windows 8
9 12 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (4.09%) Windows XP
11 9 (3.35%) Unix
12 8 (2.97%) Windows 10
13 6 (2.23%) Mac OS
13 6 (2.23%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.86%) Data ONTAP
14 5 (1.86%) Mac OS X Server
15 4 (1.49%) Apple iOS
15 4 (1.49%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.49%) VMS
16 2 (0.74%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (40.15%) ITIL
2 42 (15.61%) Migration
3 18 (6.69%) ITIL V3
3 18 (6.69%) Virtual Environments
4 15 (5.58%) Change Management
4 15 (5.58%) Disaster Recovery
5 14 (5.20%) Load Balancing
5 14 (5.20%) Mentoring
5 14 (5.20%) Presales
6 12 (4.46%) Configuration Management
6 12 (4.46%) Process Improvement
6 12 (4.46%) Workflow
7 11 (4.09%) Data Migration
7 11 (4.09%) Problem Management
7 11 (4.09%) Project Management
7 11 (4.09%) TOGAF
8 9 (3.35%) Service Delivery
8 9 (3.35%) Service Management
9 8 (2.97%) CRM
9 8 (2.97%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 66 (24.54%) PowerShell
2 43 (15.99%) SQL
3 20 (7.43%) VBScript
4 12 (4.46%) VB
5 11 (4.09%) C#
6 9 (3.35%) C
7 6 (2.23%) C++
8 5 (1.86%) Java
8 5 (1.86%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.86%) VBA
9 2 (0.74%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.37%) PHP
10 1 (0.37%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 269 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 175 (65.06%) MCSE
3 57 (21.19%) Cisco Certification
4 55 (20.45%) MCP
5 53 (19.70%) CCNA
6 46 (17.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 36 (13.38%) Security Cleared
8 34 (12.64%) MCITP
9 29 (10.78%) Degree
10 25 (9.29%) SC Cleared
11 23 (8.55%) MCSD
12 14 (5.20%) Citrix Certification
13 13 (4.83%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 9 (3.35%) CCNP
14 9 (3.35%) MCDST
15 8 (2.97%) A+ Certification
16 7 (2.60%) CCAA
16 7 (2.60%) CISSP
16 7 (2.60%) MCTS
16 7 (2.60%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.35%) SLA
2 7 (2.60%) HL7
3 5 (1.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.12%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.37%) QA
System Software
1 133 (49.44%) Active Directory
2 104 (38.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (24.54%) Hyper-V
4 53 (19.70%) vSphere
5 14 (5.20%) XenApp
6 13 (4.83%) VMware ESX
7 12 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (4.09%) Xen
9 8 (2.97%) Docker
10 6 (2.23%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (2.23%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.12%) NFS
11 3 (1.12%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.74%) Postfix
12 2 (0.74%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.37%) Firmware
13 1 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.37%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 48 (17.84%) SCCM
2 28 (10.41%) WSUS
3 23 (8.55%) Backup Exec
4 17 (6.32%) McAfee ePO
4 17 (6.32%) NetBackup
5 15 (5.58%) SCOM
5 15 (5.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 10 (3.72%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (2.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
8 6 (2.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (1.86%) WMI
10 4 (1.49%) BladeLogic
10 4 (1.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (1.49%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (1.12%) Cisco UCCX
11 3 (1.12%) DameWare
11 3 (1.12%) SCSM
12 2 (0.74%) SCDPM
12 2 (0.74%) vMotion
Vendors
1 185 (68.77%) Microsoft
2 140 (52.04%) VMware
3 68 (25.28%) Citrix
4 67 (24.91%) Cisco
4 67 (24.91%) HP
5 28 (10.41%) Dell
6 23 (8.55%) NetApp
6 23 (8.55%) Oracle
7 19 (7.06%) Symantec
8 18 (6.69%) Intel Security
9 14 (5.20%) Apple
10 13 (4.83%) IBM
10 13 (4.83%) Red Hat
11 9 (3.35%) ServiceNow
12 8 (2.97%) Hitachi
12 8 (2.97%) iManage
12 8 (2.97%) Intel
12 8 (2.97%) Reuters
13 7 (2.60%) EMC
13 7 (2.60%) Sophos
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