The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England / North West
Rank 129 154 139
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -15
Contract jobs citing MCSA 2 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.078% 0.15% 0.095%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.43% 0.81% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Median daily rate - - £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
-1.78% +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Median hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.28% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £35.00 £16.41
% change year-on-year
-53.57% +113.28%

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

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
466 740 635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.20% 19.10% 20.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 399 328
Median daily rate £425 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 32 52
Median hourly rate £25.75 £35.00 £19.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.42% +79.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £17.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.50 £48.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £40.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-29.62% +105.12%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017. 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 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
Cumbria - 2 - -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 10 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (90.00%) MCSE
2 9 (90.00%) Windows
3 8 (80.00%) VMware
3 8 (80.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (70.00%) Windows 7
4 7 (70.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (70.00%) Windows Server
5 6 (60.00%) ITIL
5 6 (60.00%) HP
6 5 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (40.00%) CCNA
7 4 (40.00%) Cisco
7 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
7 4 (40.00%) vSphere
8 3 (30.00%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
8 3 (30.00%) SCCM
8 3 (30.00%) SCOM
8 3 (30.00%) Windows 10
8 3 (30.00%) Firewall
8 3 (30.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (30.00%) DHCP
8 3 (30.00%) MS Office
8 3 (30.00%) VPN
8 3 (30.00%) DNS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (30.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (10.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MS Office
2 2 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (20.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (20.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (10.00%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (10.00%) IBM Cloud
1 1 (10.00%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 3 (30.00%) DHCP
1 3 (30.00%) DNS
1 3 (30.00%) Firewall
1 3 (30.00%) VPN
2 2 (20.00%) LAN
2 2 (20.00%) SAN
2 2 (20.00%) WAN
3 1 (10.00%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (10.00%) iSCSI
3 1 (10.00%) MPLS
3 1 (10.00%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (20.00%) Manufacturing
2 1 (10.00%) Back Office
2 1 (10.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (30.00%) IT Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (20.00%) IT Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) Service Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Support Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Support Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) Wintel Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) IT Support Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) SAN Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Desktop Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Desktop Support
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Windows Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Life Science
1 2 (20.00%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (10.00%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 9 (90.00%) Windows
2 8 (80.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (70.00%) Windows 7
3 7 (70.00%) Windows Server
3 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (30.00%) Windows 10
6 2 (20.00%) Linux
7 1 (10.00%) Apple iOS
7 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
7 1 (10.00%) Windows Vista
7 1 (10.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (60.00%) ITIL
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Management
2 2 (20.00%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (10.00%) Change Management
3 1 (10.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (20.00%) C
2 2 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (90.00%) MCSE
3 4 (40.00%) CCNA
3 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (30.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (20.00%) MCP
6 1 (10.00%) MCITP
6 1 (10.00%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) PCI DSS
1 1 (10.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (70.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (40.00%) vSphere
4 2 (20.00%) Hyper-V
4 2 (20.00%) VMware ESX
5 1 (10.00%) NFS
5 1 (10.00%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (10.00%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (10.00%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) SCCM
1 3 (30.00%) SCOM
2 2 (20.00%) Backup Exec
2 2 (20.00%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (80.00%) VMware
3 6 (60.00%) HP
4 4 (40.00%) Cisco
5 3 (30.00%) Citrix
6 2 (20.00%) Canon
6 2 (20.00%) Dell
6 2 (20.00%) Intel Security
6 2 (20.00%) Polycom
6 2 (20.00%) Symantec
7 1 (10.00%) Apple
7 1 (10.00%) Avaya
7 1 (10.00%) IBM
7 1 (10.00%) Juniper
7 1 (10.00%) NetApp