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 29 April 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 382 366 390
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +24
Contract jobs citing MCSA 51 55 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.22% 0.25% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.31% 1.52% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 40 18
Average daily rate £275 £318 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.38% -9.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £145 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £427 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £285 £160
% change year-on-year
+18.42% +78.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Average hourly rate £61.25 £15.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+308.33% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.25 £15.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £96.25 £15.00 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+122.72% +6.45%
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
3900 3621 3856
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.95% 16.16% 16.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2756 2334 2594
Average daily rate £450 £413 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £244 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £560 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 87 116
Average hourly rate £18.50 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.90% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £50.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 29 April 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the London region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

MCSA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +29 5 £475 +72.72% 2
Northwood 0 1 - -
Croydon -18 1 - -
Chiswick - 1 - -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 56 (70.00%) Microsoft
3 48 (60.00%) MCSE
4 46 (57.50%) Windows
5 38 (47.50%) Active Directory
6 29 (36.25%) MS Exchange
7 28 (35.00%) Cisco
8 26 (32.50%) ITIL
9 24 (30.00%) Citrix
10 22 (27.50%) Windows Server
11 21 (26.25%) Cisco Certification
11 21 (26.25%) VMware
12 20 (25.00%) CCNA
13 19 (23.75%) Migration
14 18 (22.50%) MS Office
14 18 (22.50%) MS Excel
14 18 (22.50%) Exchange Server 2010
15 17 (21.25%) Windows 7
16 16 (20.00%) MCP
16 16 (20.00%) DNS
17 15 (18.75%) SQL
17 15 (18.75%) SQL Server
17 15 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
18 14 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
18 14 (17.50%) Firewall
19 13 (16.25%) SharePoint
19 13 (16.25%) SCCM
20 12 (15.00%) Data Migration
20 12 (15.00%) VPN
21 11 (13.75%) Dell

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 29 (36.25%) MS Exchange
2 18 (22.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (16.25%) SharePoint
4 7 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (6.25%) IIS
6 3 (3.75%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (3.75%) Skype for Business
7 2 (2.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.50%) SAS
8 1 (1.25%) CMS
8 1 (1.25%) Confluence
8 1 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (1.25%) Node.js
8 1 (1.25%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (22.50%) MS Excel
1 18 (22.50%) MS Office
2 2 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.25%) Aareon QL
2 1 (1.25%) Academy Housing
2 1 (1.25%) Eikon
2 1 (1.25%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (1.25%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (1.25%) OPENHousing
2 1 (1.25%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (1.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.75%) Office 365
2 5 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.75%) IaaS
4 2 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.50%) PaaS
5 1 (1.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.25%) GitHub
5 1 (1.25%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (20.00%) DNS
2 14 (17.50%) Firewall
3 12 (15.00%) VPN
4 11 (13.75%) SAN
4 11 (13.75%) VLAN
5 9 (11.25%) DHCP
6 8 (10.00%) TCP/IP
7 7 (8.75%) LDAP
7 7 (8.75%) NetScaler
7 7 (8.75%) SSH
8 5 (6.25%) Internet
9 4 (5.00%) LAN
10 3 (3.75%) WAN
10 3 (3.75%) Wireless
11 2 (2.50%) IP Telephony
11 2 (2.50%) Wi-Fi
12 1 (1.25%) ADSL
12 1 (1.25%) DMZ
12 1 (1.25%) MPLS
12 1 (1.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.00%) MS Access
3 3 (3.75%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.50%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.50%) SQLPlus
5 1 (1.25%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.25%) GIS
5 1 (1.25%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.25%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 2 (2.50%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.25%) CruiseControl
2 1 (1.25%) JIRA
2 1 (1.25%) Karma Test Runner
2 1 (1.25%) Moq
2 1 (1.25%) MSI
2 1 (1.25%) NSubstitute
2 1 (1.25%) NUnit
2 1 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (1.25%) Selenium
2 1 (1.25%) SpecFlow
2 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (12.50%) Finance
2 5 (6.25%) Banking
3 4 (5.00%) Marketing
4 2 (2.50%) Back Office
4 2 (2.50%) Law
4 2 (2.50%) Legal
4 2 (2.50%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.25%) Advertising
5 1 (1.25%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.25%) Publishing
5 1 (1.25%) Retail
5 1 (1.25%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 13 (16.25%) Analyst
2 11 (13.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (13.75%) Support Engineer
3 9 (11.25%) Applications Support
4 8 (10.00%) Desktop Support
4 8 (10.00%) Support Analyst
5 7 (8.75%) 2nd Line Support
5 7 (8.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 6 (7.50%) Developer
6 6 (7.50%) IT Support
6 6 (7.50%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (6.25%) Applications Engineer
7 5 (6.25%) Consultant
7 5 (6.25%) Migration Consultant
7 5 (6.25%) Office 365 Consultant
7 5 (6.25%) Service Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) SharePoint Consultant
7 5 (6.25%) Support Technician
7 5 (6.25%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.50%) SAML
2 3 (3.75%) .NET
3 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.50%) WAP
3 2 (2.50%) WCF
4 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.25%) Autofac
4 1 (1.25%) CSS
4 1 (1.25%) CSS3
4 1 (1.25%) D3.js
4 1 (1.25%) ELK Stack
4 1 (1.25%) Entity Framework
4 1 (1.25%) HTML
4 1 (1.25%) jQuery
4 1 (1.25%) MEAN Stack
4 1 (1.25%) Ninject
4 1 (1.25%) OAuth
4 1 (1.25%) SAP Basis
4 1 (1.25%) Web Services
4 1 (1.25%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Computer Science
2 7 (8.75%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.25%) Statistics
4 4 (5.00%) Blackberry
5 3 (3.75%) Data Centre
5 3 (3.75%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.50%) Clustering
6 2 (2.50%) iPhone
6 2 (2.50%) Replication
7 1 (1.25%) EPoS
7 1 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.25%) iPad
7 1 (1.25%) PDA
7 1 (1.25%) PKI
7 1 (1.25%) User Experience
7 1 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 46 (57.50%) Windows
2 22 (27.50%) Windows Server
3 17 (21.25%) Windows 7
4 15 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (12.50%) Linux
7 8 (10.00%) Windows XP
8 3 (3.75%) Data ONTAP
8 3 (3.75%) Mac OS X
8 3 (3.75%) Mac OS X Server
8 3 (3.75%) VMS
8 3 (3.75%) Windows 10
8 3 (3.75%) Windows 8
8 3 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.50%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.50%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.25%) Android
10 1 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.25%) Unix
10 1 (1.25%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (32.50%) ITIL
2 19 (23.75%) Migration
3 12 (15.00%) Data Migration
4 8 (10.00%) Change Management
5 7 (8.75%) ITIL V3
6 6 (7.50%) Identity Access Management
6 6 (7.50%) Information Security
6 6 (7.50%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (6.25%) Business Continuity
7 5 (6.25%) Business Continuity Management
7 5 (6.25%) Data Modelling
7 5 (6.25%) PRINCE2
8 4 (5.00%) Identity Management
8 4 (5.00%) Incident Management
8 4 (5.00%) Problem Management
8 4 (5.00%) Project Management
9 3 (3.75%) Configuration Management
9 3 (3.75%) Service Management
9 3 (3.75%) Ticket Management
9 3 (3.75%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.75%) SQL
2 10 (12.50%) PowerShell
3 5 (6.25%) VBA
4 4 (5.00%) C#
5 3 (3.75%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.25%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.25%) TypeScript
6 1 (1.25%) VB
6 1 (1.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 80 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (60.00%) MCSE
3 21 (26.25%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (25.00%) CCNA
5 16 (20.00%) MCP
6 9 (11.25%) Degree
7 8 (10.00%) Security Cleared
7 8 (10.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (8.75%) CISSP
8 7 (8.75%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (8.75%) SC Cleared
9 6 (7.50%) MCITP
10 5 (6.25%) MCTS
11 4 (5.00%) CCA
11 4 (5.00%) CCNP
12 3 (3.75%) CCEE
13 2 (2.50%) A+ Certification
13 2 (2.50%) CCEA
13 2 (2.50%) MOS
13 2 (2.50%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.25%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (47.50%) Active Directory
2 11 (13.75%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (13.75%) XenApp
3 9 (11.25%) Hyper-V
4 5 (6.25%) vSphere
5 4 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (3.75%) Terminal Services
6 3 (3.75%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.25%) Snort
7 1 (1.25%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (16.25%) SCCM
2 5 (6.25%) Cisco UCCX
3 4 (5.00%) Backup Exec
4 3 (3.75%) SCOM
4 3 (3.75%) WMI
5 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 2 (2.50%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (2.50%) Windows Intune
6 1 (1.25%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (1.25%) Casper Suite
6 1 (1.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (1.25%) Kibana
6 1 (1.25%) logstash
6 1 (1.25%) MOM
6 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.25%) Puppet
6 1 (1.25%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 56 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 28 (35.00%) Cisco
3 24 (30.00%) Citrix
4 21 (26.25%) VMware
5 11 (13.75%) Dell
6 8 (10.00%) Oracle
7 7 (8.75%) Symantec
8 6 (7.50%) NetApp
9 5 (6.25%) Apple
9 5 (6.25%) Bloomberg
9 5 (6.25%) Dell Compellent
9 5 (6.25%) HP
10 4 (5.00%) Reuters
11 3 (3.75%) Adobe
11 3 (3.75%) EMC
11 3 (3.75%) iManage
12 2 (2.50%) Altiris
12 2 (2.50%) AppSense
12 2 (2.50%) SAP
13 1 (1.25%) Mitel