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 17 September 2014 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 484 424 506
Rank change year-on-year
-60 +82
Contract jobs citing MCSA 112 159 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.30% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.03% 1.74% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 56 43
Average daily rate
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£324 £275 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.72% -14.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £178 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £400 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+25.45% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 5
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +9.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.33 £10.30 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.45 £23.21 £20.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +9.67%

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
10885 9139 10303
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.21% 17.33% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6053 5094 5334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 457 436 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.76 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 17 September 2014.

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 17 September 2014.

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 17 September 2014. 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 -59 100 £285 -0.86% 89
London -14 42 £275 -24.13% 30
South East -5 22 £348 +16.00% 25
North West +7 16 £235 -21.66% 11
City of London +16 13 £245 -27.40% 13
Hampshire +6 13 £350 - 8
Manchester +1 11 £195 -25.35% 8
Scotland -17 10 £347 +52.74% 3
East of England -33 6 £170 -38.18% 3
Yorkshire - 6 £300 - 6
West Yorkshire - 6 £300 - 2
Leeds - 5 £303 - 1
West Sussex +1 4 £220 -
Southampton - 4 £350 - 1
Cheshire +6 3 - - 2
Surrey -6 3 £135 -55.00% 8
South West -25 3 £205 -36.92% 6
Berkshire +9 2 - - 2
East Midlands +7 2 £625 - 4
Birmingham -2 2 £350 - 1
Colchester -7 2 £169 -
Essex -14 2 £169 - 1
West Midlands -22 2 £350 +169.23% 2
Nottingham +14 1 - -
Nottinghamshire +13 1 - -
Bournemouth +5 1 - - 1
Horsham +1 1 £203 -
Bedford -2 1 £350 +40.00%
Swindon -4 1 £205 - 1
Dorset -4 1 - - 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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.

1 231 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (82.25%) Windows
3 159 (68.83%) Microsoft
4 137 (59.31%) MCSE
5 127 (54.98%) Active Directory
6 107 (46.32%) ITIL
7 97 (41.99%) VMware
8 82 (35.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 77 (33.33%) MCP
10 76 (32.90%) MCITP
11 71 (30.74%) MS Exchange
12 65 (28.14%) Citrix
13 58 (25.11%) Windows 7
14 57 (24.68%) MCTS
15 52 (22.51%) Cisco
16 50 (21.65%) MS Office
17 48 (20.78%) Cisco Certification
17 48 (20.78%) Windows Server 2003
17 48 (20.78%) VMware Infrastructure
18 47 (20.35%) Windows Server 2012
18 47 (20.35%) MS Excel
19 46 (19.91%) CCNA
20 42 (18.18%) SCCM
21 41 (17.75%) SQL
22 38 (16.45%) Exchange Server 2010
23 33 (14.29%) PowerShell
23 33 (14.29%) SQL Server
23 33 (14.29%) Windows XP
24 31 (13.42%) Firewall
24 31 (13.42%) Degree

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 (30.74%) MS Exchange
2 38 (16.45%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (9.52%) SharePoint
4 19 (8.23%) Exchange Server 2007
5 16 (6.93%) IIS
6 11 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2003
6 11 (4.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 9 (3.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.73%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (1.73%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (1.73%) Lync
9 2 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.87%) Site Server
10 1 (0.43%) Commerce Server
10 1 (0.43%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.43%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 50 (21.65%) MS Office
2 47 (20.35%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.87%) MS Project
3 2 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.43%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.87%) assyst
1 2 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.43%) Magento
2 1 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (3.90%) Office 365
3 9 (3.90%) IaaS
4 2 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (13.42%) Firewall
2 30 (12.99%) SAN
3 28 (12.12%) DNS
4 22 (9.52%) DHCP
5 18 (7.79%) WAN
6 17 (7.36%) LAN
6 17 (7.36%) Internet
7 16 (6.93%) VPN
7 16 (6.93%) VoIP
8 13 (5.63%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (4.76%) Network Security
10 9 (3.90%) TCP/IP
11 8 (3.46%) Wireless
12 5 (2.16%) Intranet
13 4 (1.73%) BIG-IP
13 4 (1.73%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (1.73%) Cisco IOS
13 4 (1.73%) HTTP
13 4 (1.73%) Extranet
14 3 (1.30%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (5.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (5.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (3.90%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (2.60%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (2.16%) Oracle Database
9 4 (1.73%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (1.73%) MySQL
9 4 (1.73%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.30%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.30%) DTS
10 3 (1.30%) SAP HANA
10 3 (1.30%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.43%) VLDB
11 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.16%) WinRunner
2 5 (2.16%) TestDirector
2 5 (2.16%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (1.73%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (1.73%) MSI
4 1 (0.43%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.43%) GCC
General
1 30 (12.99%) Finance
2 10 (4.33%) Banking
3 8 (3.46%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.16%) Law
5 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.43%) Legal
5 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.43%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.43%) German Language
Job Titles
1 41 (17.75%) Analyst
2 32 (13.85%) Support Engineer
3 29 (12.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 23 (9.96%) Support Analyst
5 18 (7.79%) Desktop Support
5 18 (7.79%) 2nd Line Support
6 17 (7.36%) Service Analyst
6 17 (7.36%) Consultant
6 17 (7.36%) Service Desk Analyst
7 16 (6.93%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (6.06%) IT Support
9 13 (5.63%) Administrator
10 11 (4.76%) Wintel Engineer
11 9 (3.90%) Network Engineer
12 8 (3.46%) Developer
12 8 (3.46%) DBA
12 8 (3.46%) 1st Line Support
12 8 (3.46%) Desktop Engineer
12 8 (3.46%) SQL DBA
13 7 (3.03%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.79%) HTML
1 18 (7.79%) XML
2 6 (2.60%) ASP.NET
2 6 (2.60%) .NET
3 5 (2.16%) XSLT
4 4 (1.73%) WCF
4 4 (1.73%) WF
4 4 (1.73%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.87%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.43%) X-Windows
6 1 (0.43%) WAP
6 1 (0.43%) VML
6 1 (0.43%) CSS
6 1 (0.43%) Web Services
6 1 (0.43%) jQuery
6 1 (0.43%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.43%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.96%) Blackberry
2 21 (9.09%) Computer Science
3 18 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.90%) CMDB
4 9 (3.90%) PKI
5 8 (3.46%) Clustering
6 7 (3.03%) Management Information System
6 7 (3.03%) iPad
7 5 (2.16%) Replication
7 5 (2.16%) PDA
8 4 (1.73%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.73%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.30%) iPhone
10 2 (0.87%) Taxonomies
10 2 (0.87%) Mathematics
10 2 (0.87%) EqualLogic
10 2 (0.87%) Grid Computing
11 1 (0.43%) Handset
11 1 (0.43%) NHS
11 1 (0.43%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 190 (82.25%) Windows
2 82 (35.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 58 (25.11%) Windows 7
4 48 (20.78%) Windows Server 2003
5 47 (20.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (14.29%) Windows XP
7 28 (12.12%) Linux
8 14 (6.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (4.33%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.46%) Windows Vista
10 8 (3.46%) Android
11 7 (3.03%) UNIX
12 5 (2.16%) Mac OS X
12 5 (2.16%) AIX
13 4 (1.73%) Solaris
13 4 (1.73%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.30%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.87%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.43%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (46.32%) ITIL
2 26 (11.26%) Disaster Recovery
3 18 (7.79%) Configuration Management
4 17 (7.36%) Change Management
5 13 (5.63%) High Availability
6 11 (4.76%) Service Management
7 10 (4.33%) Migration
8 9 (3.90%) Workflow
8 9 (3.90%) Capacity Planning
8 9 (3.90%) Incident Management
9 8 (3.46%) ITIL V3
9 8 (3.46%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (3.03%) PRINCE2
10 7 (3.03%) Performance Tuning
11 6 (2.60%) Network Management
11 6 (2.60%) CRM
12 5 (2.16%) Validation
12 5 (2.16%) Document Management
12 5 (2.16%) Change Control
12 5 (2.16%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 41 (17.75%) SQL
2 33 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 14 (6.06%) VBScript
4 12 (5.19%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.60%) C#
6 5 (2.16%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.73%) Bash Shell
7 4 (1.73%) Perl
7 4 (1.73%) C++
8 3 (1.30%) C
9 1 (0.43%) PowerHouse
9 1 (0.43%) VB
9 1 (0.43%) PHP
Qualifications
1 231 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 137 (59.31%) MCSE
3 77 (33.33%) MCP
4 76 (32.90%) MCITP
5 57 (24.68%) MCTS
6 48 (20.78%) Cisco Certification
7 46 (19.91%) CCNA
8 31 (13.42%) Degree
9 26 (11.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 24 (10.39%) Security Cleared
11 20 (8.66%) MCDST
12 17 (7.36%) SC Cleared
13 14 (6.06%) A+ Certification
14 13 (5.63%) CCNP
15 12 (5.19%) ITIL Certification
16 10 (4.33%) MOS
17 8 (3.46%) Citrix Certification
18 7 (3.03%) CCA
18 7 (3.03%) CISSP
19 6 (2.60%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (9.96%) SLA
2 7 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.60%) QA
3 6 (2.60%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.87%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 127 (54.98%) Active Directory
2 48 (20.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (9.09%) VMware ESX
3 21 (9.09%) Hyper-V
4 17 (7.36%) XenApp
5 14 (6.06%) vSphere
6 10 (4.33%) UAG
7 7 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (2.16%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.73%) Xen
9 4 (1.73%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (1.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (1.73%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.30%) XenServer
10 3 (1.30%) KVM
11 2 (0.87%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.87%) NFS
12 1 (0.43%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.43%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 42 (18.18%) SCCM
2 19 (8.23%) SCOM
3 7 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (2.60%) WSUS
4 6 (2.60%) SCOrch
5 5 (2.16%) Backup Exec
5 5 (2.16%) Netcool
5 5 (2.16%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (1.73%) Data Guard
6 4 (1.73%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.30%) ZENworks
8 2 (0.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.43%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.43%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.43%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.43%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 159 (68.83%) Microsoft
2 97 (41.99%) VMware
3 65 (28.14%) Citrix
4 52 (22.51%) Cisco
5 26 (11.26%) HP
6 21 (9.09%) Symantec
7 19 (8.23%) Red Hat
8 16 (6.93%) NetApp
9 15 (6.49%) Apple
10 14 (6.06%) EMC
11 13 (5.63%) McAfee
12 11 (4.76%) IBM
13 9 (3.90%) Remedy
13 9 (3.90%) CheckPoint
14 8 (3.46%) Sophos
15 7 (3.03%) Dell
15 7 (3.03%) Oracle
15 7 (3.03%) Veeam
16 6 (2.60%) Avaya
16 6 (2.60%) Veritas
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