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 4 May 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
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 148 155 132
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -23
Contract jobs citing MCSA 16 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.40% 0.15% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.81% 0.72% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Median daily rate £305 £239 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.74% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £285 £150
% change year-on-year
+18.42% +90.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 5
Median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -3.22%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+104.16% +16.12%
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
882 829 639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.81% 21.22% 20.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 368 306
Median daily rate £400 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £263 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 91 81
Median hourly rate £43.00 £37.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.21% +105.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.05 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £79.00 £50.60 £34.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 4 May 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 4 May 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 -6 6 £335 +40.31% 1
Cheshire - 5 £305 -
Lancashire - 5 £175 -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (81.82%) Microsoft
3 16 (72.73%) Active Directory
3 16 (72.73%) ITIL
4 15 (68.18%) MCSE
5 14 (63.64%) MS Exchange
5 14 (63.64%) VMware
6 13 (59.09%) DHCP
7 12 (54.55%) Windows
7 12 (54.55%) Citrix
7 12 (54.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (50.00%) DNS
9 10 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (40.91%) Hyper-V
11 8 (36.36%) Office 365
11 8 (36.36%) MCITP
11 8 (36.36%) CCNA
11 8 (36.36%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (31.82%) HP
12 7 (31.82%) MS Office
12 7 (31.82%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (31.82%) Local Government
12 7 (31.82%) SCCM
12 7 (31.82%) Microsoft Azure
12 7 (31.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (31.82%) Windows Server
13 6 (27.27%) MCP
14 5 (22.73%) MS Excel
14 5 (22.73%) LAN
14 5 (22.73%) WAN

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 14 (63.64%) MS Exchange
2 4 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (9.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 7 (31.82%) MS Office
2 5 (22.73%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 8 (36.36%) Office 365
2 7 (31.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (9.09%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (9.09%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 13 (59.09%) DHCP
2 11 (50.00%) DNS
3 5 (22.73%) LAN
3 5 (22.73%) WAN
4 4 (18.18%) TCP/IP
5 3 (13.64%) VLAN
6 2 (9.09%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (9.09%) Firewall
6 2 (9.09%) iSCSI
6 2 (9.09%) SAN
7 1 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (4.55%) Wireless
General
1 7 (31.82%) Local Government
2 4 (18.18%) Finance
3 3 (13.64%) Banking
4 2 (9.09%) Law
4 2 (9.09%) Legal
4 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
5 1 (4.55%) Advertising
5 1 (4.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (18.18%) Analyst
1 4 (18.18%) Cloud Engineer
1 4 (18.18%) IT Support
1 4 (18.18%) Migration Engineer
1 4 (18.18%) Windows Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) Support Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Active Directory Support
3 2 (9.09%) Active Directory Support Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Exchange Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) IT Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) IT Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) LAN Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Messaging Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Messaging Support Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) VMware Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Clustering
2 2 (9.09%) Blackberry
2 2 (9.09%) Client/Server
2 2 (9.09%) Life Science
2 2 (9.09%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (4.55%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.55%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 12 (54.55%) Windows
1 12 (54.55%) Windows Server 2012
2 10 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (31.82%) Windows Server
3 7 (31.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (18.18%) Windows 7
5 3 (13.64%) Linux
6 2 (9.09%) Windows 10
7 1 (4.55%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (72.73%) ITIL
2 4 (18.18%) Migration
2 4 (18.18%) Performance Monitoring
3 3 (13.64%) Project Management
3 3 (13.64%) Service Delivery
4 2 (9.09%) Incident Management
4 2 (9.09%) Mentoring
4 2 (9.09%) Problem Management
4 2 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (4.55%) Configuration Management
5 1 (4.55%) CRM
5 1 (4.55%) Data Analysis
5 1 (4.55%) Network Monitoring
5 1 (4.55%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.09%) C
2 2 (9.09%) VB
2 2 (9.09%) VBScript
3 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (68.18%) MCSE
3 8 (36.36%) CCNA
3 8 (36.36%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (36.36%) MCITP
4 7 (31.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 6 (27.27%) MCP
6 2 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (4.55%) ACSA
7 1 (4.55%) ACSP
7 1 (4.55%) CCDP
7 1 (4.55%) CCIP
7 1 (4.55%) CCNP
7 1 (4.55%) IBM Certification
7 1 (4.55%) MCDST
7 1 (4.55%) MCTS
7 1 (4.55%) RHCE
7 1 (4.55%) RHCSA
7 1 (4.55%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) PCI DSS
1 2 (9.09%) QA
2 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (72.73%) Active Directory
2 9 (40.91%) Hyper-V
3 5 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (9.09%) NFS
4 2 (9.09%) vSphere
4 2 (9.09%) Xen
5 1 (4.55%) VMware ESX
5 1 (4.55%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (31.82%) SCCM
2 2 (9.09%) BladeLogic
2 2 (9.09%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (9.09%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (9.09%) WSUS
Vendors
1 18 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 14 (63.64%) VMware
3 12 (54.55%) Citrix
4 7 (31.82%) HP
5 5 (22.73%) Cisco
6 3 (13.64%) IBM
7 2 (9.09%) Apple
7 2 (9.09%) EMC
7 2 (9.09%) NetApp
7 2 (9.09%) Polycom
7 2 (9.09%) Proofpoint
7 2 (9.09%) Symantec
8 1 (4.55%) AppSense
8 1 (4.55%) Red Hat
8 1 (4.55%) SolarWinds
8 1 (4.55%) Wyse