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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
Rank 509 468 506
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +38
Contract jobs citing MCSA 92 169 117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.33% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.97% 1.55% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 88 65
Median daily rate £340 £316 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £174 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £422 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £321
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +8.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 22 6
Median hourly rate £17.00 £35.00 £15.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.42% +122.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.19 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £60.00 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £39.00 £20.71
% change year-on-year
-56.41% +88.36%

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
9480 10888 10560
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.84% 21.27% 20.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 6106 6780 6048
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £386 £380
% change year-on-year
+3.76% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 445 426 485
Median hourly rate £30.00 £39.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.05% +79.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £42.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-28.57% +86.66%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 February 2017.

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 27 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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
England -34 90 £340 +4.61% 72
South East +33 45 £330 - 12
London +10 30 £400 +60.00% 25
Hampshire +21 17 £328 - 3
Hook +11 13 £320 -
Kent - 12 £325 - 1
Buckinghamshire 0 9 £350 +20.68% 1
East of England -6 9 £375 +63.04% 4
Milton Keynes +8 8 £350 +20.68%
City of London +2 7 £340 -9.33% 5
Reading +15 3 £185 -47.14%
Cambridge +10 3 £400 -
Berkshire +8 3 £185 -47.14% 1
Cambridgeshire +3 3 £400 -
Maidstone - 3 £207 -
Yorkshire +2 2 £400 -2.43% 8
Surrey 0 2 £325 -7.14% 5
Essex -4 2 £135 - 1
Scotland -7 2 £175 -42.85%
Hertfordshire -9 2 - - 2
West Sussex -9 2 - -
Watford - 2 - - 1
Sheffield - 2 £400 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £400 -
North West +5 1 - - 12
High Wycombe +2 1 - - 1
Glasgow 0 1 £175 -43.77%
Guildford -1 1 - - 1
East Midlands -6 1 - - 3
South West -9 1 £269 -25.79% 4

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 with a requirement for MCSA.

1 215 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 179 (83.26%) Windows
3 163 (75.81%) Active Directory
4 157 (73.02%) Microsoft
5 132 (61.40%) MCSE
6 112 (52.09%) Windows Server
7 95 (44.19%) VMware
8 89 (41.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 82 (38.14%) ITIL
10 81 (37.67%) Windows Server 2008
11 70 (32.56%) VMware Infrastructure
12 66 (30.70%) MCITP
12 66 (30.70%) Windows 7
13 63 (29.30%) Cisco
14 53 (24.65%) MCP
15 52 (24.19%) Change Management
16 51 (23.72%) SQL Server
16 51 (23.72%) Office 365
17 50 (23.26%) MS Office
17 50 (23.26%) MS Exchange
18 49 (22.79%) Firewall
18 49 (22.79%) Security Cleared
19 45 (20.93%) Hyper-V
19 45 (20.93%) Windows Server 2003
20 41 (19.07%) DNS
20 41 (19.07%) DHCP
20 41 (19.07%) PowerShell
21 40 (18.60%) MS Excel
22 38 (17.67%) SQL
22 38 (17.67%) Clustering

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills 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 50 (23.26%) MS Exchange
2 34 (15.81%) SharePoint
3 31 (14.42%) Exchange Server 2010
3 31 (14.42%) IIS
3 31 (14.42%) Skype for Business
4 9 (4.19%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (2.33%) Apache
5 5 (2.33%) IBM Notes
6 4 (1.86%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.40%) Jetty
7 3 (1.40%) Mongrel
7 3 (1.40%) nginx
7 3 (1.40%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.40%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.93%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 50 (23.26%) MS Office
2 40 (18.60%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.93%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.47%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (5.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.93%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 51 (23.72%) Office 365
2 20 (9.30%) SaaS
3 19 (8.84%) IaaS
4 18 (8.37%) Microsoft Azure
5 17 (7.91%) PaaS
6 13 (6.05%) HP Helion
7 11 (5.12%) Amazon AWS
8 4 (1.86%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (1.86%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (1.86%) OneDrive
9 3 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (1.40%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.93%) AWS OpsWorks
10 2 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.93%) Yammer
11 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 49 (22.79%) Firewall
2 41 (19.07%) DHCP
2 41 (19.07%) DNS
3 32 (14.88%) TCP/IP
4 30 (13.95%) SAN
5 27 (12.56%) Skype
6 25 (11.63%) LAN
7 23 (10.70%) VoIP
8 21 (9.77%) Internet
9 17 (7.91%) WAN
10 16 (7.44%) Wireless
11 15 (6.98%) VPN
12 14 (6.51%) Ethernet
13 12 (5.58%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (4.19%) Cisco Nexus
15 6 (2.79%) Cisco ASA
15 6 (2.79%) Network Security
15 6 (2.79%) Unified Communications
16 5 (2.33%) FTP
16 5 (2.33%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (23.72%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (3.72%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.79%) SQL Server 2014
4 6 (2.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.33%) MySQL
5 5 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.86%) Big Data
7 3 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.93%) Power BI
8 2 (0.93%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 14 (6.51%) StarTeam
2 7 (3.26%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.33%) CruiseControl
3 5 (2.33%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.33%) TeamCity
3 5 (2.33%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.40%) JIRA
4 3 (1.40%) Travis CI
5 2 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.47%) MSI
General
1 36 (16.74%) Finance
2 9 (4.19%) Manufacturing
2 9 (4.19%) Retail
3 8 (3.72%) Legal
3 8 (3.72%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.93%) Banking
4 2 (0.93%) Marketing
4 2 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.47%) Advertising
5 1 (0.47%) Back Office
5 1 (0.47%) Games
5 1 (0.47%) Law
Job Titles
1 32 (14.88%) Analyst
2 25 (11.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 23 (10.70%) Support Engineer
4 21 (9.77%) Windows Engineer
4 21 (9.77%) Wintel Engineer
5 17 (7.91%) Architect
6 15 (6.98%) Systems Engineer
7 14 (6.51%) Desktop Support
7 14 (6.51%) Server Engineer
8 13 (6.05%) IT Engineer
9 12 (5.58%) Support Analyst
9 12 (5.58%) Windows Systems Engineer
10 11 (5.12%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (5.12%) Consultant
11 10 (4.65%) Test Analyst
12 9 (4.19%) Cisco Engineer
13 8 (3.72%) Desktop Engineer
13 8 (3.72%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 8 (3.72%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 7 (3.26%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.84%) XML
2 8 (3.72%) .NET
3 5 (2.33%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.33%) HTML
3 5 (2.33%) WCF
3 5 (2.33%) WF
4 3 (1.40%) J2EE
4 3 (1.40%) Servlets
5 2 (0.93%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.93%) LAMP
5 2 (0.93%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 38 (17.67%) Clustering
2 25 (11.63%) Management Information System
3 16 (7.44%) Data Centre
4 15 (6.98%) Blackberry
5 14 (6.51%) Client/Server
6 10 (4.65%) Computer Science
7 8 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (3.26%) NHS
8 7 (3.26%) Video Conferencing
9 6 (2.79%) Private Cloud
10 5 (2.33%) Life Science
11 4 (1.86%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.86%) Enterprise Cloud
11 4 (1.86%) PKI
11 4 (1.86%) Replication
11 4 (1.86%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.86%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.93%) Fintech
13 1 (0.47%) Cyber Attack
13 1 (0.47%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 179 (83.26%) Windows
2 112 (52.09%) Windows Server
3 89 (41.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 81 (37.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 66 (30.70%) Windows 7
6 45 (20.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 30 (13.95%) Linux
8 29 (13.49%) Windows 10
9 26 (12.09%) Windows XP
10 14 (6.51%) AIX
10 14 (6.51%) Apple iOS
10 14 (6.51%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.86%) Android
11 4 (1.86%) Unix
12 3 (1.40%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.93%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.47%) CentOS
14 1 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (38.14%) ITIL
2 52 (24.19%) Change Management
3 20 (9.30%) DevOps
4 19 (8.84%) Validation
5 18 (8.37%) PRINCE2
6 14 (6.51%) Configuration Management
6 14 (6.51%) Open Source
6 14 (6.51%) Server Virtualisation
6 14 (6.51%) Software Testing
6 14 (6.51%) TOGAF
7 13 (6.05%) ITIL V3
7 13 (6.05%) Problem Management
7 13 (6.05%) Time Management
8 12 (5.58%) Agile Software Development
8 12 (5.58%) CRM
8 12 (5.58%) Identity Management
8 12 (5.58%) Test Scripting
9 11 (5.12%) Smoke Testing
10 10 (4.65%) High Availability
10 10 (4.65%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (19.07%) PowerShell
2 38 (17.67%) SQL
3 20 (9.30%) VBScript
4 7 (3.26%) Java
5 6 (2.79%) C#
5 6 (2.79%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.86%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.86%) C
6 4 (1.86%) Python
7 2 (0.93%) PHP
8 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.47%) X++
Qualifications
1 215 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 132 (61.40%) MCSE
3 66 (30.70%) MCITP
4 53 (24.65%) MCP
5 49 (22.79%) Security Cleared
6 36 (16.74%) SC Cleared
7 30 (13.95%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (12.09%) CCNA
9 23 (10.70%) Degree
9 23 (10.70%) ITIL Certification
9 23 (10.70%) MCTS
10 22 (10.23%) CCNP
11 19 (8.84%) MCDST
12 14 (6.51%) ISTQB
13 12 (5.58%) ACDT
13 12 (5.58%) ACHDS
13 12 (5.58%) ACTC
13 12 (5.58%) MCSM
13 12 (5.58%) Network+ Certification
14 9 (4.19%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.98%) SLA
2 6 (2.79%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (2.33%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (1.86%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.47%) GCP
System Software
1 163 (75.81%) Active Directory
2 70 (32.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (20.93%) Hyper-V
4 25 (11.63%) vSphere
5 21 (9.77%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (6.98%) Virtual Servers
6 15 (6.98%) VMware ESX
7 10 (4.65%) UAG
8 5 (2.33%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (2.33%) ISA Server
9 3 (1.40%) Xen
10 2 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.93%) XenApp
11 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.47%) NFS
11 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (12.09%) SCCM
2 14 (6.51%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (6.51%) Netcool
3 12 (5.58%) Nessus
4 10 (4.65%) Puppet
5 5 (2.33%) WSUS
6 4 (1.86%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (1.86%) SCOM
7 3 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.93%) SnapMirror
9 1 (0.47%) Ansible
9 1 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 157 (73.02%) Microsoft
2 95 (44.19%) VMware
3 63 (29.30%) Cisco
4 36 (16.74%) Citrix
5 21 (9.77%) NetApp
6 19 (8.84%) Apple
7 15 (6.98%) Intel Security
8 14 (6.51%) Forcepoint
8 14 (6.51%) Veritas
9 12 (5.58%) LANDesk
9 12 (5.58%) SolarWinds
10 11 (5.12%) HP
11 8 (3.72%) EMC
12 7 (3.26%) CheckPoint
12 7 (3.26%) Oracle
13 5 (2.33%) Lotus
13 5 (2.33%) Remedy
13 5 (2.33%) Sophos
14 4 (1.86%) Veeam
15 3 (1.40%) Lumension
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Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 2 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
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Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
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Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Whiteley, Hampshire, UK
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