The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 353 370 339
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -31
Contract jobs citing MCSA 49 34 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.23% 0.15% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 0.91% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 11 26
Average daily rate
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£260 £325 £215
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +51.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £160 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £170 £275
% change year-on-year
+70.58% -38.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 5
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +17.64%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £15.00 £11.00
% change year-on-year
-1.66% +36.36%
MCSA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3542 3729 3229
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.57% 16.64% 15.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2314 2413 1979
Average daily rate £413 £420 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.78% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 104 102
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £25.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -12.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSA across the London region.

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in London

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the London region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the London region.

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the London region over the 3 months to 27 March 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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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
City of London +17 19 £345 +50.00% 7
Croydon - 5 £350 -
Feltham - - - -
Hounslow - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
Twickenham - - - -
Uxbridge - - - - 1
Hammersmith - - - -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 80 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (83.75%) Windows
3 61 (76.25%) MCSE
4 59 (73.75%) Microsoft
5 50 (62.50%) Active Directory
6 44 (55.00%) VMware
7 29 (36.25%) VMware Infrastructure
8 27 (33.75%) Cisco
9 26 (32.50%) MS Exchange
9 26 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 25 (31.25%) ITIL
10 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 24 (30.00%) Citrix
11 24 (30.00%) Windows 7
12 20 (25.00%) MS Office
13 19 (23.75%) MCP
14 18 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
15 17 (21.25%) CCNA
15 17 (21.25%) SAN
15 17 (21.25%) MCITP
16 16 (20.00%) Hyper-V
16 16 (20.00%) MS Excel
16 16 (20.00%) Linux
17 14 (17.50%) Citrix Certification
17 14 (17.50%) Blackberry
17 14 (17.50%) XenApp
17 14 (17.50%) SCCM
17 14 (17.50%) Exchange Server 2010
17 14 (17.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 13 (16.25%) MCTS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 26 (32.50%) MS Exchange
2 14 (17.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (16.25%) SharePoint
4 9 (11.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (11.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (8.75%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (8.75%) IIS
7 5 (6.25%) Lync
7 5 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 20 (25.00%) MS Office
2 16 (20.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.25%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.25%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.75%) Office 365
2 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (21.25%) SAN
2 10 (12.50%) VPN
3 9 (11.25%) DNS
3 9 (11.25%) LAN
3 9 (11.25%) WAN
3 9 (11.25%) Firewall
3 9 (11.25%) TCP/IP
4 7 (8.75%) DHCP
5 6 (7.50%) NetScaler
6 5 (6.25%) Cisco IOS
6 5 (6.25%) Internet
7 4 (5.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (5.00%) NAS
8 3 (3.75%) Wireless
8 3 (3.75%) VLAN
8 3 (3.75%) PBX
9 2 (2.50%) Network Security
10 1 (1.25%) IP Telephony
10 1 (1.25%) Ethernet
10 1 (1.25%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.75%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.25%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.25%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (15.00%) Finance
2 4 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.75%) Legal
3 3 (3.75%) Banking
4 2 (2.50%) Marketing
4 2 (2.50%) Back Office
5 1 (1.25%) Front Office
5 1 (1.25%) Law
5 1 (1.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 20 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 12 (15.00%) Analyst
2 12 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (12.50%) Desktop Support
4 8 (10.00%) Citrix Engineer
5 7 (8.75%) Support Analyst
5 7 (8.75%) 3rd Line Support
5 7 (8.75%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (7.50%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 6 (7.50%) Desktop Engineer
7 5 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Service Analyst
8 4 (5.00%) SQL DBA
8 4 (5.00%) DBA
9 3 (3.75%) Field Service Engineer
9 3 (3.75%) Consultant
9 3 (3.75%) IT Support Engineer
9 3 (3.75%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Field Engineer
9 3 (3.75%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.00%) .NET
1 4 (5.00%) ASP.NET
1 4 (5.00%) LAMP
2 3 (3.75%) HTML
2 3 (3.75%) JSP
3 2 (2.50%) XML
4 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (17.50%) Blackberry
2 6 (7.50%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (5.00%) Computer Science
3 4 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.75%) Taxonomies
5 2 (2.50%) CMDB
5 2 (2.50%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.25%) Device Driver
6 1 (1.25%) Clustering
6 1 (1.25%) E-Learning
6 1 (1.25%) PDA
6 1 (1.25%) Statistics
6 1 (1.25%) iPhone
6 1 (1.25%) iPad
6 1 (1.25%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 67 (83.75%) Windows
2 26 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (30.00%) Windows 7
5 16 (20.00%) Linux
6 10 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (11.25%) Windows XP
8 7 (8.75%) Windows 8
9 6 (7.50%) Debian
10 3 (3.75%) UNIX
10 3 (3.75%) Android
11 2 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (1.25%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (1.25%) Windows Vista
12 1 (1.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (31.25%) ITIL
2 6 (7.50%) Service Management
2 6 (7.50%) Change Management
3 5 (6.25%) PRINCE2
3 5 (6.25%) Asset Management
4 4 (5.00%) Configuration Management
4 4 (5.00%) Migration
4 4 (5.00%) Fault Management
5 3 (3.75%) Business Continuity
5 3 (3.75%) Risk Management
5 3 (3.75%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (3.75%) Problem Management
5 3 (3.75%) Incident Management
6 2 (2.50%) Knowledge Management
6 2 (2.50%) Network Management
6 2 (2.50%) Service Delivery
6 2 (2.50%) Coaching
7 1 (1.25%) Database Theory
7 1 (1.25%) Relational Database Theory
7 1 (1.25%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.00%) SQL
2 5 (6.25%) PowerShell
3 3 (3.75%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.50%) T-SQL
4 2 (2.50%) R
5 1 (1.25%) C#
5 1 (1.25%) VBA
5 1 (1.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 80 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (76.25%) MCSE
3 19 (23.75%) MCP
4 18 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (21.25%) CCNA
5 17 (21.25%) MCITP
6 14 (17.50%) Citrix Certification
6 14 (17.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (16.25%) MCTS
8 10 (12.50%) CCA
9 9 (11.25%) SC Cleared
9 9 (11.25%) Security Cleared
10 7 (8.75%) Degree
11 6 (7.50%) MCDST
12 5 (6.25%) CCEA
13 4 (5.00%) A+ Certification
13 4 (5.00%) Network+ Certification
13 4 (5.00%) CCEE
14 3 (3.75%) MOS
15 2 (2.50%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (16.25%) SLA
2 2 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.25%) COBIT
3 1 (1.25%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.25%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 50 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 29 (36.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (20.00%) Hyper-V
4 14 (17.50%) XenApp
5 5 (6.25%) XenDesktop
6 4 (5.00%) VMware ESX
6 4 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (3.75%) Xen
7 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (3.75%) vSphere
8 2 (2.50%) vCloud
9 1 (1.25%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.25%) UAG
Systems Management
1 14 (17.50%) SCCM
2 5 (6.25%) SCOM
3 1 (1.25%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.25%) XenMobile
3 1 (1.25%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.25%) WMI
Vendors
1 59 (73.75%) Microsoft
2 44 (55.00%) VMware
3 27 (33.75%) Cisco
4 24 (30.00%) Citrix
5 11 (13.75%) HP
6 7 (8.75%) Red Hat
6 7 (8.75%) Altiris
7 6 (7.50%) Symantec
8 5 (6.25%) Juniper
8 5 (6.25%) Dell
8 5 (6.25%) EMC
8 5 (6.25%) NetApp
9 4 (5.00%) Reuters
10 3 (3.75%) IBM
10 3 (3.75%) Wyse
10 3 (3.75%) Spiceworks
10 3 (3.75%) FactSet
11 2 (2.50%) Polycom
11 2 (2.50%) Remedy
11 2 (2.50%) McAfee
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