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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 142 156 118
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -38
Contract jobs citing MCSA 8 15 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.23% 0.34% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 1.72% 2.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 8
Median daily rate £238 £375 £235
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.66% +59.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £375 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £415 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £280 £338
% change year-on-year
+23.03% -17.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Median hourly rate £14.86 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.58% +13.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+14.70% -8.10%
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
617 871 635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.63% 19.46% 19.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 508 342
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 61 59
Median hourly rate £26.50 £35.98 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.33% +59.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +19.37%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram 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 25 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Manchester -7 4 £225 -43.75% 7
Cheshire +12 2 - - 3
Lancashire +18 1 - - 1
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, 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 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (92.31%) Active Directory
3 11 (84.62%) Windows
3 11 (84.62%) MCSE
4 9 (69.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (69.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (61.54%) ITIL
5 8 (61.54%) VMware
6 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (53.85%) Windows Server
7 6 (46.15%) SCCM
7 6 (46.15%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (46.15%) MS Exchange
7 6 (46.15%) DHCP
7 6 (46.15%) HP
7 6 (46.15%) CCNA
7 6 (46.15%) DNS
8 5 (38.46%) VMware Infrastructure
8 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
8 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
8 5 (38.46%) vSphere
9 4 (30.77%) Hyper-V
9 4 (30.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (30.77%) Citrix
9 4 (30.77%) Linux
10 3 (23.08%) C
10 3 (23.08%) SQL
10 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
10 3 (23.08%) MS Excel

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 6 (46.15%) MS Exchange
2 2 (15.38%) SharePoint
2 2 (15.38%) Skype for Business
3 1 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (7.69%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 2 (15.38%) MS Office
2 2 (15.38%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (15.38%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (15.38%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (15.38%) IBM Cloud
2 2 (15.38%) Office 365
2 2 (15.38%) SoftLayer
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (46.15%) DHCP
1 6 (46.15%) DNS
2 3 (23.08%) VPN
3 2 (15.38%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (15.38%) iSCSI
3 2 (15.38%) LAN
3 2 (15.38%) SAN
3 2 (15.38%) VLAN
3 2 (15.38%) WAN
4 1 (7.69%) DMZ
4 1 (7.69%) Firewall
4 1 (7.69%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (15.38%) Local Government
2 1 (7.69%) Back Office
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
2 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) IT Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) Wintel Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) ICT Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) ICT Support
3 2 (15.38%) ICT Support Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Support
3 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Infrastructure Support Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Support Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Client/Server
2 1 (7.69%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 11 (84.62%) Windows
2 9 (69.23%) Windows Server 2008
2 9 (69.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (53.85%) Windows Server
3 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
5 4 (30.77%) Linux
6 1 (7.69%) Windows 10
6 1 (7.69%) Windows 8
6 1 (7.69%) Windows Vista
6 1 (7.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) ITIL
2 2 (15.38%) Change Management
2 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Management
2 2 (15.38%) Problem Management
2 2 (15.38%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (7.69%) Configuration Management
3 1 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (7.69%) High Availability
3 1 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (7.69%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
2 3 (23.08%) C
2 3 (23.08%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (84.62%) MCSE
3 6 (46.15%) CCNA
3 6 (46.15%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (30.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (23.08%) MCITP
6 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (15.38%) MCTS
7 1 (7.69%) CCNP
7 1 (7.69%) CNE
7 1 (7.69%) MCP
7 1 (7.69%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (7.69%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) PCI DSS
2 1 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (92.31%) Active Directory
2 5 (38.46%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (38.46%) vSphere
3 4 (30.77%) Hyper-V
4 2 (15.38%) NFS
4 2 (15.38%) VMware ESX
4 2 (15.38%) Xen
4 2 (15.38%) XenApp
5 1 (7.69%) Firmware
5 1 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (7.69%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (46.15%) SCCM
2 3 (23.08%) SCOM
3 2 (15.38%) Backup Exec
3 2 (15.38%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (7.69%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (61.54%) VMware
3 6 (46.15%) HP
4 4 (30.77%) Citrix
5 3 (23.08%) Cisco
6 2 (15.38%) Canon
6 2 (15.38%) Dell
6 2 (15.38%) IBM
6 2 (15.38%) Intel Security
6 2 (15.38%) NetApp
6 2 (15.38%) Symantec
7 1 (7.69%) AppSense
7 1 (7.69%) Avaya
7 1 (7.69%) Juniper
7 1 (7.69%) Novell