The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 451 503 450
Rank change year-on-year
+52 -53
Contract jobs citing MCSA 179 111 128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.20% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.65% 1.07% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 71 40
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£300 £230 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -16.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £165 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £400 £402
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £223 £251
% change year-on-year
+35.95% -11.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 16 10
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.15 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £20.00 £23.21
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10820 10399 9085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.00% 19.00% 17.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 6473 5837 4876
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 455 501
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.31% -9.52%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSA within the UK.

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 3 August 2015.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSA within the UK.

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCSA
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 3 August 2015.

MCSA Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MCSA
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 3 August 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
England +55 163 £310 +40.90% 82
London +2 60 £300 +30.43% 33
South East -4 36 £349 +58.40% 24
North West +4 31 £176 +0.71% 9
City of London -3 20 £350 +27.27% 9
Manchester +3 19 £135 -22.85% 3
Hampshire +4 11 £348 +88.10% 3
Lancashire - 11 £375 -
Surrey +4 10 £288 - 9
East of England +3 10 £325 +88.40% 7
South West +5 9 £375 +20.00% 3
Blackpool - 7 £375 -
Berkshire +4 6 £175 - 3
Scotland -11 6 £400 +15.10% 1
West Midlands +9 5 £450 - 2
Yorkshire -19 5 £175 -44.00% 3
Staines - 5 - -
Slough - 5 - - 1
Hook - 5 £323 -
Dorset -1 4 £375 - 2
East Midlands -6 4 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -9 4 - -
Erskine +7 3 £425 +22.30%
Renfrewshire +2 3 £425 +22.30%
Cambridgeshire -6 3 £363 +208.51% 1
Buckinghamshire -8 3 £400 +45.45% 4
West Yorkshire -23 3 £175 -44.00% 3
Weymouth - 3 £375 -
Birmingham - 3 £450 -
Suffolk - 3 £338 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 352 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 269 (76.42%) Windows
3 257 (73.01%) Microsoft
4 205 (58.24%) MCSE
5 195 (55.40%) Active Directory
6 166 (47.16%) ITIL
7 153 (43.47%) VMware
8 114 (32.39%) MCITP
9 94 (26.70%) Windows Server 2008
10 89 (25.28%) VMware Infrastructure
11 86 (24.43%) Windows 7
11 86 (24.43%) Windows Server 2012
12 85 (24.15%) Citrix
13 74 (21.02%) Security Cleared
14 72 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
15 71 (20.17%) MS Exchange
15 71 (20.17%) Cisco
16 70 (19.89%) SQL Server
17 68 (19.32%) MS Office
18 65 (18.47%) CCNA
19 64 (18.18%) LAN
20 63 (17.90%) MCP
20 63 (17.90%) SAN
21 62 (17.61%) SCCM
22 61 (17.33%) Linux
23 59 (16.76%) SQL
24 58 (16.48%) SC Cleared
25 57 (16.19%) PowerShell
26 54 (15.34%) MCTS
26 54 (15.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 71 (20.17%) MS Exchange
2 40 (11.36%) SharePoint
3 37 (10.51%) Lync
4 30 (8.52%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 16 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (3.98%) SharePoint 2010
7 14 (3.98%) IIS
8 13 (3.69%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (1.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.85%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.57%) TPMS
13 1 (0.28%) Lotus Domino
13 1 (0.28%) WorkSite
Applications
1 68 (19.32%) MS Office
2 51 (14.49%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.42%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.57%) SAP CCM
1 2 (0.57%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.28%) Eikon
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.28%) Tesseract
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 22 (6.25%) Office 365
2 10 (2.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.70%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.42%) IaaS
5 1 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.28%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 64 (18.18%) LAN
2 63 (17.90%) SAN
3 52 (14.77%) DNS
4 49 (13.92%) WAN
5 45 (12.78%) TCP/IP
6 43 (12.22%) DHCP
7 33 (9.38%) Firewall
8 26 (7.39%) VPN
9 15 (4.26%) VoIP
10 14 (3.98%) Internet
10 14 (3.98%) VLAN
11 13 (3.69%) IPv4
12 11 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
13 10 (2.84%) Cisco IOS
14 9 (2.56%) NAS
15 7 (1.99%) Cisco Nexus
16 6 (1.70%) Unified Communications
16 6 (1.70%) Fibre Channel
16 6 (1.70%) iSCSI
17 5 (1.42%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (19.89%) SQL Server
2 22 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (4.83%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (1.42%) OLAP
8 5 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (1.42%) OLAP Cube
9 2 (0.57%) MySQL
10 1 (0.28%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.28%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.28%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.28%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 8 (2.27%) WinRunner
1 8 (2.27%) TestDirector
1 8 (2.27%) HP UFT
2 7 (1.99%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.42%) Ant
4 2 (0.57%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.57%) ClearCase
4 2 (0.57%) MSI
5 1 (0.28%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.28%) ClearQuest
General
1 22 (6.25%) Finance
2 13 (3.69%) Retail
3 12 (3.41%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.14%) Legal
4 4 (1.14%) Advertising
4 4 (1.14%) Publishing
5 3 (0.85%) Banking
5 3 (0.85%) Local Government
5 3 (0.85%) Japanese Language
5 3 (0.85%) Law
6 2 (0.57%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.57%) Back Office
6 2 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.28%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.28%) Marketing
7 1 (0.28%) Billing
Job Titles
1 62 (17.61%) Analyst
2 57 (16.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 53 (15.06%) Support Engineer
4 35 (9.94%) Wintel Engineer
5 33 (9.38%) Support Analyst
6 24 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support
7 23 (6.53%) Consultant
8 22 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
9 17 (4.83%) Service Desk Analyst
9 17 (4.83%) Service Analyst
10 15 (4.26%) Network Engineer
11 13 (3.69%) Administrator
12 12 (3.41%) DBA
12 12 (3.41%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 12 (3.41%) Server Engineer
12 12 (3.41%) Network Support
13 11 (3.13%) Field Support Engineer
13 11 (3.13%) PC Support
13 11 (3.13%) Field Service Engineer
13 11 (3.13%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (9.38%) XML
2 31 (8.81%) HTML
3 4 (1.14%) .NET
3 4 (1.14%) LAMP
3 4 (1.14%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.57%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.57%) Web Services
5 1 (0.28%) XMPP
5 1 (0.28%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.28%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.28%) MDX
5 1 (0.28%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.28%) Apache Thrift
Miscellaneous
1 41 (11.65%) Data Centre
2 26 (7.39%) Clustering
3 21 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (5.40%) Blackberry
5 16 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
6 11 (3.13%) Computer Science
7 8 (2.27%) PDA
8 7 (1.99%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.14%) Mainframe
9 4 (1.14%) Replication
9 4 (1.14%) PKI
10 3 (0.85%) Taxonomies
10 3 (0.85%) NHS
10 3 (0.85%) HP Storage
11 2 (0.57%) Life Science
11 2 (0.57%) CMDB
11 2 (0.57%) iPhone
11 2 (0.57%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.57%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.57%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 269 (76.42%) Windows
2 94 (26.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 86 (24.43%) Windows 7
3 86 (24.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 61 (17.33%) Linux
5 43 (12.22%) Windows XP
6 41 (11.65%) Windows 8
7 39 (11.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (3.69%) UNIX
8 13 (3.69%) Mac OS X
9 11 (3.13%) Ubuntu
10 9 (2.56%) Debian
11 8 (2.27%) Android
11 8 (2.27%) AIX
12 7 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (1.70%) Windows Vista
14 4 (1.14%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.14%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.57%) BlackBerry OS
15 2 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 166 (47.16%) ITIL
2 42 (11.93%) Migration
3 33 (9.38%) High Availability
4 24 (6.82%) Service Management
5 20 (5.68%) ITIL V3
6 19 (5.40%) Change Management
6 19 (5.40%) Problem Management
7 17 (4.83%) Service Delivery
8 16 (4.55%) PRINCE2
8 16 (4.55%) Incident Management
8 16 (4.55%) Server Building
9 15 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
9 15 (4.26%) Configuration Management
10 13 (3.69%) Network Design
10 13 (3.69%) Software Testing
11 12 (3.41%) Software Deployment
12 11 (3.13%) Validation
12 11 (3.13%) CRM
13 10 (2.84%) Kalman Filter
14 9 (2.56%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 59 (16.76%) SQL
2 57 (16.19%) PowerShell
3 34 (9.66%) VBScript
4 9 (2.56%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.14%) C
6 3 (0.85%) C#
6 3 (0.85%) VB
7 2 (0.57%) Java
7 2 (0.57%) R
8 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.28%) VBA
8 1 (0.28%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 352 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 205 (58.24%) MCSE
3 114 (32.39%) MCITP
4 74 (21.02%) Security Cleared
5 72 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
6 65 (18.47%) CCNA
7 63 (17.90%) MCP
8 58 (16.48%) SC Cleared
9 54 (15.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 54 (15.34%) MCTS
10 35 (9.94%) CCNP
11 33 (9.38%) A+ Certification
12 29 (8.24%) Network+ Certification
13 25 (7.10%) Degree
14 17 (4.83%) Citrix Certification
15 16 (4.55%) MCDST
15 16 (4.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 11 (3.13%) CCA
17 8 (2.27%) ISTQB
18 7 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (11.36%) SLA
2 4 (1.14%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.14%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.85%) QA
3 3 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) COBIT
4 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 195 (55.40%) Active Directory
2 89 (25.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (13.07%) Hyper-V
4 35 (9.94%) vSphere
5 22 (6.25%) XenApp
6 18 (5.11%) VMware ESX
7 13 (3.69%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (1.99%) XenDesktop
9 6 (1.70%) XenServer
10 5 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (1.14%) Terminal Services
11 4 (1.14%) UAG
12 3 (0.85%) Xen
12 3 (0.85%) NFS
13 2 (0.57%) Postfix
13 2 (0.57%) Samba
13 2 (0.57%) vCloud
13 2 (0.57%) BitLocker
14 1 (0.28%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 62 (17.61%) SCCM
2 25 (7.10%) SCOM
3 12 (3.41%) Backup Exec
4 11 (3.13%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (1.99%) Netcool
7 6 (1.70%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (1.70%) WSUS
8 3 (0.85%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.57%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.57%) Nagios
9 2 (0.57%) CA Spectrum
9 2 (0.57%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.28%) Casper Suite
10 1 (0.28%) vMotion
10 1 (0.28%) Puppet
10 1 (0.28%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.28%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 257 (73.01%) Microsoft
2 153 (43.47%) VMware
3 85 (24.15%) Citrix
4 71 (20.17%) Cisco
5 37 (10.51%) HP
6 24 (6.82%) McAfee
7 18 (5.11%) Symantec
8 16 (4.55%) IBM
9 15 (4.26%) Red Hat
10 14 (3.98%) Dell
11 10 (2.84%) Juniper
12 8 (2.27%) Oracle
12 8 (2.27%) Apple
12 8 (2.27%) Veritas
13 7 (1.99%) Sophos
13 7 (1.99%) Avaya
13 7 (1.99%) Polycom
14 6 (1.70%) 3PAR
14 6 (1.70%) Altiris
14 6 (1.70%) CheckPoint
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Posted: 13 hours ago
Liverpool
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Rate: £35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 22 hours ago
Horsham, West Sussex
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £30,000 to £38,000 per annum
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Buckinghamshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market rate
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Leatherhead
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Rate: £18.73 per hour + milage
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