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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 478 458 499
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +41
Contract jobs citing MCSA 134 129 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.25% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.15% 1.45% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 59 32
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£324 £300 £248
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.91% +21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £175 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £390 £347
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £219
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +25.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 15 9
Average hourly rate £15.75 £17.00 £19.37
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.35% -12.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £30.60 £25.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £15.50 £20.94
% change year-on-year
+19.35% -25.96%

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
11665 8921 9783
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.11% 17.04% 18.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 6641 5109 5094
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £538 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 400 570
Average hourly rate £19.13 £18.37 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.13% -18.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -21.39%

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 31 October 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 31 October 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 31 October 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 -25 126 £324 +7.91% 74
South East +11 52 £347 +20.86% 16
London -15 39 £280 -24.32% 28
Hampshire +6 32 £348 -
City of London +21 16 £215 -36.29% 9
Surrey -1 11 £135 -53.04% 2
North West -6 11 £413 +53.48% 2
Yorkshire +2 8 £305 -1.61% 6
West Yorkshire -3 8 £305 -1.61% 6
Leeds -5 7 £308 +4.23% 4
Manchester -5 7 £413 +108.86% 1
Berkshire +7 5 £325 +8.33% 5
Scotland -4 5 £290 +34.88% 3
North East - 5 £277 - 1
East of England -33 4 £170 -42.85% 6
Farnham - 4 - -
Southampton - 4 £350 -
West Midlands -7 3 £350 +112.12% 8
Tyne and Wear - 3 £300 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £300 - 1
Birmingham - 3 £350 - 4
Wiltshire -13 2 £163 -50.00%
Essex -16 2 £169 - 2
South West -30 2 £163 -9.72% 6
Buckinghamshire - 2 £410 - 3
Newbury - 2 - - 1
Cheshire - 2 £390 - 1
Swindon - 2 £163 -
Reading +12 1 £325 - 3
Nottinghamshire +8 1 £175 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 October 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.

1 245 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 204 (83.27%) Windows
3 175 (71.43%) Microsoft
4 144 (58.78%) Active Directory
5 135 (55.10%) MCSE
6 118 (48.16%) ITIL
7 106 (43.27%) VMware
8 79 (32.24%) MCITP
9 77 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 74 (30.20%) MCP
11 67 (27.35%) Citrix
12 62 (25.31%) MS Exchange
13 60 (24.49%) Windows 7
14 54 (22.04%) VMware Infrastructure
15 52 (21.22%) Cisco
16 51 (20.82%) Windows Server 2003
17 50 (20.41%) PowerShell
18 49 (20.00%) MS Excel
19 48 (19.59%) Windows Server 2012
20 44 (17.96%) MCTS
20 44 (17.96%) MS Office
21 43 (17.55%) Security Cleared
22 41 (16.73%) SCCM
23 39 (15.92%) SQL
24 37 (15.10%) CCNA
24 37 (15.10%) Cisco Certification
25 34 (13.88%) HP
25 34 (13.88%) HTML
25 34 (13.88%) XML
26 33 (13.47%) SQL Server

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 62 (25.31%) MS Exchange
2 27 (11.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (9.39%) SharePoint
4 19 (7.76%) IIS
5 18 (7.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (5.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 11 (4.49%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (1.63%) Lync
10 4 (1.63%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (1.63%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.82%) Site Server
12 1 (0.41%) Commerce Server
12 1 (0.41%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.41%) Apache
12 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.41%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 49 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 44 (17.96%) MS Office
3 1 (0.41%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.82%) assyst
1 2 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.41%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.08%) Office 365
3 9 (3.67%) IaaS
4 2 (0.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (13.47%) DNS
1 33 (13.47%) SAN
2 30 (12.24%) DHCP
3 28 (11.43%) Firewall
4 18 (7.35%) WAN
5 17 (6.94%) LAN
6 14 (5.71%) Internet
7 13 (5.31%) TCP/IP
8 11 (4.49%) Wi-Fi
9 10 (4.08%) VPN
10 7 (2.86%) VoIP
10 7 (2.86%) NAS
11 6 (2.45%) VLAN
12 5 (2.04%) Network Security
12 5 (2.04%) NetScaler
13 4 (1.63%) SNMP
13 4 (1.63%) Intranet
13 4 (1.63%) Wireless
13 4 (1.63%) Extranet
13 4 (1.63%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (13.47%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (4.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (3.67%) Amazon RDS
5 7 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.22%) DTS
7 3 (1.22%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.22%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.22%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.41%) VLDB
8 1 (0.41%) OLAP
8 1 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.41%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 8 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.04%) WinRunner
2 5 (2.04%) TestDirector
2 5 (2.04%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (2.04%) MSI
3 4 (1.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.82%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.41%) GCC
General
1 28 (11.43%) Finance
2 5 (2.04%) Banking
3 4 (1.63%) Law
3 4 (1.63%) Legal
4 3 (1.22%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.41%) Marketing
5 1 (0.41%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.41%) German Language
5 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 39 (15.92%) Support Engineer
2 34 (13.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 32 (13.06%) Analyst
4 24 (9.80%) Wintel Engineer
5 21 (8.57%) Consultant
6 19 (7.76%) Desktop Support
7 17 (6.94%) Support Analyst
8 16 (6.53%) 3rd Line Support
9 14 (5.71%) IT Support
10 12 (4.90%) 2nd Line Support
10 12 (4.90%) Desktop Engineer
10 12 (4.90%) Server Engineer
11 10 (4.08%) Service Desk Analyst
11 10 (4.08%) Service Analyst
12 8 (3.27%) Administrator
12 8 (3.27%) Developer
12 8 (3.27%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 7 (2.86%) 1st Line Support
13 7 (2.86%) Senior Consultant
13 7 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (13.88%) HTML
1 34 (13.88%) XML
2 6 (2.45%) .NET
2 6 (2.45%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.04%) XSLT
4 4 (1.63%) WCF
4 4 (1.63%) WF
4 4 (1.63%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.82%) Application Packaging
5 2 (0.82%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.41%) jQuery
6 1 (0.41%) VML
6 1 (0.41%) X-Windows
6 1 (0.41%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.41%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.41%) CSS
6 1 (0.41%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (10.20%) Blackberry
2 15 (6.12%) Computer Science
2 15 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (3.67%) CMDB
3 9 (3.67%) Replication
3 9 (3.67%) Clustering
3 9 (3.67%) PKI
4 6 (2.45%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.04%) PDA
6 4 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (1.63%) iPhone
6 4 (1.63%) iPad
7 2 (0.82%) Mathematics
7 2 (0.82%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.41%) Social Media
8 1 (0.41%) Grid Computing
8 1 (0.41%) Life Science
8 1 (0.41%) CCTV
8 1 (0.41%) SCADA
8 1 (0.41%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 204 (83.27%) Windows
2 77 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
3 60 (24.49%) Windows 7
4 51 (20.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 48 (19.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (11.02%) Windows XP
7 25 (10.20%) Linux
8 15 (6.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (4.08%) Windows 8
10 9 (3.67%) Android
11 6 (2.45%) UNIX
12 5 (2.04%) Windows 2000
12 5 (2.04%) AIX
12 5 (2.04%) Solaris
12 5 (2.04%) Mac OS X
13 4 (1.63%) Windows Vista
14 3 (1.22%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.82%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (48.16%) ITIL
2 29 (11.84%) High Availability
3 20 (8.16%) Change Management
4 18 (7.35%) Configuration Management
5 15 (6.12%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (5.71%) Service Management
7 12 (4.90%) PRINCE2
8 10 (4.08%) ITIL V3
9 9 (3.67%) Validation
10 8 (3.27%) Migration
10 8 (3.27%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (3.27%) Risk Management
10 8 (3.27%) Network Management
11 7 (2.86%) Incident Management
12 6 (2.45%) Document Management
12 6 (2.45%) Service Delivery
12 6 (2.45%) CRM
12 6 (2.45%) Project Management
13 5 (2.04%) Cyber Security
13 5 (2.04%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 50 (20.41%) PowerShell
2 39 (15.92%) SQL
3 29 (11.84%) VBScript
4 8 (3.27%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.45%) C#
6 5 (2.04%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.04%) Perl
7 4 (1.63%) C++
8 3 (1.22%) C
9 2 (0.82%) VB
10 1 (0.41%) PHP
10 1 (0.41%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 245 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (55.10%) MCSE
3 79 (32.24%) MCITP
4 74 (30.20%) MCP
5 44 (17.96%) MCTS
6 43 (17.55%) Security Cleared
7 37 (15.10%) CCNA
7 37 (15.10%) Cisco Certification
8 33 (13.47%) SC Cleared
9 28 (11.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 26 (10.61%) Degree
11 17 (6.94%) MCDST
12 14 (5.71%) A+ Certification
12 14 (5.71%) CCNP
13 12 (4.90%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (4.08%) MOS
14 10 (4.08%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (3.27%) DV Cleared
16 7 (2.86%) CCA
17 5 (2.04%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (11.02%) SLA
2 5 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (2.04%) QA
3 4 (1.63%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 144 (58.78%) Active Directory
2 54 (22.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (11.02%) Hyper-V
4 17 (6.94%) XenApp
4 17 (6.94%) VMware ESX
5 13 (5.31%) vSphere
6 11 (4.49%) UAG
7 8 (3.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (2.86%) Xen
8 7 (2.86%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.45%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (1.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (1.22%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.82%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.82%) NFS
11 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.82%) XenServer
11 2 (0.82%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.41%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.41%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 41 (16.73%) SCCM
2 16 (6.53%) SCOM
3 8 (3.27%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (2.86%) SCOrch
4 7 (2.86%) WSUS
5 6 (2.45%) Backup Exec
6 5 (2.04%) Netcool
6 5 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (1.22%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.82%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.41%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.41%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.41%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.41%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.41%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 175 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 106 (43.27%) VMware
3 67 (27.35%) Citrix
4 52 (21.22%) Cisco
5 34 (13.88%) HP
6 20 (8.16%) Red Hat
7 17 (6.94%) Symantec
7 17 (6.94%) EMC
8 15 (6.12%) NetApp
8 15 (6.12%) Apple
9 14 (5.71%) McAfee
10 12 (4.90%) IBM
11 10 (4.08%) Dell
11 10 (4.08%) Reuters
12 9 (3.67%) Remedy
13 8 (3.27%) Sophos
14 7 (2.86%) Veeam
15 6 (2.45%) CheckPoint
15 6 (2.45%) Veritas
16 5 (2.04%) Avaya
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