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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 146 137 123
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -14
Contract jobs citing MCSA 10 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.26% 0.064% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.36% 0.32% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Average daily rate £250 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £225
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +44.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Average hourly rate £35.00 - £13.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+42.85% +50.00%
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 North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
733 631 551
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.28% 20.04% 20.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 322 235
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 51 66
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.33% +43.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £12.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £52.00 £36.44
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

MCSA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
Cheshire - 5 £250 - 6
Lancashire - 3 - -
Manchester -17 1 - - 4
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (80.95%) Microsoft
3 16 (76.19%) Active Directory
3 16 (76.19%) ITIL
4 14 (66.67%) VMware
5 13 (61.90%) Citrix
6 12 (57.14%) MS Exchange
6 12 (57.14%) MCITP
7 11 (52.38%) Windows
7 11 (52.38%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (52.38%) CCNA
7 11 (52.38%) DHCP
8 10 (47.62%) DNS
8 10 (47.62%) MCSE
8 10 (47.62%) Configuration Management
8 10 (47.62%) SCCM
9 9 (42.86%) Hyper-V
9 9 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (38.10%) Office 365
10 8 (38.10%) HP
11 7 (33.33%) Cisco
11 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
11 7 (33.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (33.33%) Local Government
12 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (28.57%) WAN
13 5 (23.81%) MCP
13 5 (23.81%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (23.81%) VMware Infrastructure
14 4 (19.05%) Incident Management

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 12 (57.14%) MS Exchange
2 2 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (19.05%) MS Office
2 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 8 (38.10%) Office 365
2 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (52.38%) DHCP
2 10 (47.62%) DNS
3 6 (28.57%) WAN
4 3 (14.29%) DMZ
4 3 (14.29%) LAN
4 3 (14.29%) TCP/IP
4 3 (14.29%) VLAN
5 2 (9.52%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (9.52%) Firewall
5 2 (9.52%) iSCSI
6 1 (4.76%) SAN
General
1 7 (33.33%) Local Government
2 1 (4.76%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 4 (19.05%) Cloud Engineer
1 4 (19.05%) IT Engineer
1 4 (19.05%) Migration Engineer
1 4 (19.05%) VMware Engineer
1 4 (19.05%) Windows Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) IT Support
3 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Active Directory Support
3 2 (9.52%) Active Directory Support Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Exchange Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Exchange Support
3 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) IT Support Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) LAN Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) LAN/WAN Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Network Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Network Security Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Security Manager
3 2 (9.52%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Client/Server
1 2 (9.52%) Fat Client
1 2 (9.52%) Thin Client
2 1 (4.76%) Clustering
2 1 (4.76%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.76%) Life Science
2 1 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (4.76%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 11 (52.38%) Windows
2 9 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (23.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (19.05%) Windows Server
6 3 (14.29%) Android
6 3 (14.29%) Linux
6 3 (14.29%) Windows 7
6 3 (14.29%) Windows XP
7 2 (9.52%) Windows 10
8 1 (4.76%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (76.19%) ITIL
2 10 (47.62%) Configuration Management
3 4 (19.05%) Incident Management
3 4 (19.05%) Migration
4 3 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 3 (14.29%) PRINCE2
4 3 (14.29%) Project Management
5 2 (9.52%) E-Procurement
5 2 (9.52%) ITIL V3
5 2 (9.52%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (9.52%) Service Management
6 1 (4.76%) CRM
6 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
6 1 (4.76%) People Management
6 1 (4.76%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (4.76%) Server Building
6 1 (4.76%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 3 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.52%) C
2 2 (9.52%) SQL
3 1 (4.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (57.14%) MCITP
3 11 (52.38%) CCNA
3 11 (52.38%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (47.62%) MCSE
5 7 (33.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 5 (23.81%) MCP
7 4 (19.05%) CCNP
8 3 (14.29%) ACSA
8 3 (14.29%) ACSP
8 3 (14.29%) CCDP
8 3 (14.29%) CCIP
8 3 (14.29%) IBM Certification
8 3 (14.29%) MCDST
8 3 (14.29%) MCTS
8 3 (14.29%) RHCE
8 3 (14.29%) RHCSA
8 3 (14.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
9 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (9.52%) PCI DSS
3 1 (4.76%) QA
System Software
1 16 (76.19%) Active Directory
2 9 (42.86%) Hyper-V
3 5 (23.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (9.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (9.52%) NFS
4 2 (9.52%) vSphere
4 2 (9.52%) Xen
5 1 (4.76%) XenApp
5 1 (4.76%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (47.62%) SCCM
2 1 (4.76%) SCOM
2 1 (4.76%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (80.95%) Microsoft
2 14 (66.67%) VMware
3 13 (61.90%) Citrix
4 8 (38.10%) HP
5 7 (33.33%) Cisco
6 4 (19.05%) Apple
7 3 (14.29%) Avaya
7 3 (14.29%) EMC
7 3 (14.29%) IBM
7 3 (14.29%) Red Hat
7 3 (14.29%) SolarWinds
8 2 (9.52%) NetApp
9 1 (4.76%) 3PAR
9 1 (4.76%) Altiris
9 1 (4.76%) AppSense
9 1 (4.76%) Polycom
9 1 (4.76%) Rackspace
9 1 (4.76%) Symantec