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 30 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 347 360 369
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +9
Contract jobs citing MCSA 59 46 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.25% 0.20% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.61% 1.23% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 27 13
Average daily rate
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£310 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £163 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £429 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £223 £250
% change year-on-year
+35.95% -11.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 5
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +54.54%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+11.66% +7.14%
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
3663 3734 3536
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.56% 15.83% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2407 2400 2158
Average daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 112 124
Average hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £15.00 £12.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £44.75 £48.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -9.52%

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 30 July 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 30 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
City of London +4 20 £336 +22.27% 9
Uxbridge - 2 £160 -
Westminster - 2 £180 -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 114 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 92 (80.70%) Windows
3 86 (75.44%) MCSE
3 86 (75.44%) Microsoft
4 64 (56.14%) VMware
5 58 (50.88%) Active Directory
6 45 (39.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 43 (37.72%) ITIL
8 38 (33.33%) Cisco
9 36 (31.58%) Linux
10 35 (30.70%) MS Office
11 34 (29.82%) SAN
12 33 (28.95%) VMware Infrastructure
13 32 (28.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 32 (28.07%) SQL Server
14 31 (27.19%) MS Exchange
15 28 (24.56%) Citrix
16 25 (21.93%) Windows Server 2008
17 24 (21.05%) Data Centre
18 23 (20.18%) Windows 8
18 23 (20.18%) Cisco Certification
18 23 (20.18%) WAN
18 23 (20.18%) LAN
19 20 (17.54%) TCP/IP
19 20 (17.54%) Windows 7
20 19 (16.67%) vSphere
20 19 (16.67%) Security Cleared
21 18 (15.79%) MCP
21 18 (15.79%) Lync
22 17 (14.91%) SharePoint

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 31 (27.19%) MS Exchange
2 18 (15.79%) Lync
3 17 (14.91%) SharePoint
4 14 (12.28%) Exchange Server 2007
5 12 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (8.77%) SharePoint 2010
7 9 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (4.39%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (3.51%) IIS
10 2 (1.75%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.88%) WorkSite
Applications
1 35 (30.70%) MS Office
2 12 (10.53%) MS Excel
3 5 (4.39%) MS Visio
4 4 (3.51%) MS Project
5 3 (2.63%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.02%) Office 365
2 3 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (29.82%) SAN
2 23 (20.18%) LAN
2 23 (20.18%) WAN
3 20 (17.54%) TCP/IP
4 17 (14.91%) Firewall
5 13 (11.40%) DNS
6 12 (10.53%) IPv4
6 12 (10.53%) VPN
7 11 (9.65%) DHCP
8 9 (7.89%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (5.26%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (4.39%) VLAN
10 5 (4.39%) Internet
11 4 (3.51%) ADSL
11 4 (3.51%) WLAN
11 4 (3.51%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (3.51%) NAS
12 2 (1.75%) Unified Communications
12 2 (1.75%) VoIP
12 2 (1.75%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (28.07%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.88%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 7 (6.14%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.88%) MSI
2 1 (0.88%) InstallShield
General
1 11 (9.65%) Finance
2 8 (7.02%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.51%) Publishing
4 3 (2.63%) Banking
4 3 (2.63%) Law
4 3 (2.63%) Legal
5 2 (1.75%) Advertising
5 2 (1.75%) Back Office
6 1 (0.88%) Front Office
6 1 (0.88%) Retail
6 1 (0.88%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (26.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 20 (17.54%) Analyst
3 11 (9.65%) Support Engineer
4 10 (8.77%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (7.89%) Support Analyst
6 8 (7.02%) Service Analyst
6 8 (7.02%) Service Desk Analyst
7 7 (6.14%) Windows Engineer
8 6 (5.26%) Administrator
9 5 (4.39%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (4.39%) DBA
9 5 (4.39%) SQL DBA
9 5 (4.39%) Server Engineer
10 4 (3.51%) Desktop Analyst
10 4 (3.51%) Linux Engineer
11 3 (2.63%) IT Support
11 3 (2.63%) Citrix Engineer
11 3 (2.63%) Field Support Engineer
11 3 (2.63%) PC Support
11 3 (2.63%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.51%) LAMP
2 3 (2.63%) .NET
3 2 (1.75%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.75%) Web Services
3 2 (1.75%) XML
4 1 (0.88%) XMPP
4 1 (0.88%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.88%) Application Packaging
4 1 (0.88%) MDX
4 1 (0.88%) Apache Thrift
Miscellaneous
1 24 (21.05%) Data Centre
2 13 (11.40%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (6.14%) Blackberry
4 4 (3.51%) Clustering
4 4 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.63%) Taxonomies
6 2 (1.75%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.88%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.88%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.88%) NHS
7 1 (0.88%) Informatics
7 1 (0.88%) IVR
7 1 (0.88%) Statistics
7 1 (0.88%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.88%) iPhone
7 1 (0.88%) HP Storage
7 1 (0.88%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 92 (80.70%) Windows
2 45 (39.47%) Windows Server 2012
3 36 (31.58%) Linux
4 25 (21.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (20.18%) Windows 8
6 20 (17.54%) Windows 7
7 11 (9.65%) Ubuntu
8 9 (7.89%) Debian
9 7 (6.14%) Windows XP
10 5 (4.39%) Mac OS X
10 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (4.39%) Android
11 4 (3.51%) Windows Phone
12 3 (2.63%) UNIX
13 2 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.75%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.88%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.88%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (37.72%) ITIL
2 12 (10.53%) Migration
3 9 (7.89%) PRINCE2
3 9 (7.89%) Server Building
4 8 (7.02%) Service Management
5 7 (6.14%) Service Delivery
5 7 (6.14%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (4.39%) Software Testing
6 5 (4.39%) Security Testing
6 5 (4.39%) Information Assurance
6 5 (4.39%) Change Control
7 4 (3.51%) Problem Management
7 4 (3.51%) Fault Management
7 4 (3.51%) Identity Management
7 4 (3.51%) Configuration Management
7 4 (3.51%) Workflow
7 4 (3.51%) Software Deployment
8 3 (2.63%) Functional Testing
8 3 (2.63%) CRM
8 3 (2.63%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 15 (13.16%) SQL
2 9 (7.89%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.51%) T-SQL
4 2 (1.75%) R
4 2 (1.75%) C#
5 1 (0.88%) Java
5 1 (0.88%) VB.NET
5 1 (0.88%) VBA
5 1 (0.88%) C
Qualifications
1 114 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (75.44%) MCSE
3 32 (28.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 23 (20.18%) Cisco Certification
5 19 (16.67%) Security Cleared
6 18 (15.79%) MCP
7 17 (14.91%) CCNA
7 17 (14.91%) MCITP
8 15 (13.16%) MCTS
9 12 (10.53%) SC Cleared
9 12 (10.53%) MCDST
10 8 (7.02%) Network+ Certification
10 8 (7.02%) A+ Certification
10 8 (7.02%) CCNP
11 7 (6.14%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (4.39%) CCA
12 5 (4.39%) Degree
13 4 (3.51%) MCSM
13 4 (3.51%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.26%) SLA
2 4 (3.51%) ISO 9001
3 3 (2.63%) QA
4 2 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.88%) COBIT
System Software
1 58 (50.88%) Active Directory
2 33 (28.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (16.67%) vSphere
4 8 (7.02%) Hyper-V
5 7 (6.14%) XenApp
5 7 (6.14%) VMware ESX
5 7 (6.14%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.75%) vCloud
6 2 (1.75%) BitLocker
6 2 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.75%) Postfix
7 1 (0.88%) XenServer
7 1 (0.88%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.88%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.88%) UAG
Systems Management
1 15 (13.16%) SCCM
2 5 (4.39%) SCOM
3 4 (3.51%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.75%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.88%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.88%) WMI
5 1 (0.88%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.88%) Casper Suite
5 1 (0.88%) vMotion
Vendors
1 86 (75.44%) Microsoft
2 64 (56.14%) VMware
3 38 (33.33%) Cisco
4 28 (24.56%) Citrix
5 10 (8.77%) IBM
6 9 (7.89%) HP
6 9 (7.89%) Dell
6 9 (7.89%) Red Hat
7 8 (7.02%) Juniper
7 8 (7.02%) Polycom
8 6 (5.26%) McAfee
9 4 (3.51%) CommVault
9 4 (3.51%) Apple
10 3 (2.63%) Avaya
10 3 (2.63%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.75%) LANDesk
11 2 (1.75%) F5
11 2 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
12 1 (0.88%) Reuters
12 1 (0.88%) Bloomberg
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