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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 440 482 458
Rank change year-on-year
+42 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSA 176 112 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.21% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.64% 1.08% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 55 45
Average daily rate
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£300 £225 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £103 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £429 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £273 £170 £240
% change year-on-year
+60.29% -29.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 23 13
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.45% +19.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £13.08 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.74 £20.00 £23.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+16.12% +29.16%

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
10729 10413 8488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.22% 19.36% 18.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6059 5947 4531
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 523 529 455
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 +42 158 £285 +35.71% 92
South East +32 67 £240 +46.56% 29
London +12 60 £320 -17.94% 21
Hampshire - 41 £240 - 4
City of London +26 20 £331 +47.22% 5
Scotland +10 14 £308 -18.65% 2
Surrey +17 12 £200 +56.86% 9
South West +9 9 - - 10
Croydon +3 8 £350 -15.40%
North West -17 8 £239 - 7
Glasgow +3 6 £308 +127.77% 1
Berkshire -8 6 £375 +275.00% 9
Manchester -17 6 £239 - 4
Southampton - 6 £250 - 2
Hook - 6 £339 -
East of England +4 5 £325 +91.17% 8
Erskine +2 5 £347 -8.07%
Renfrewshire +1 5 £347 -8.07%
Buckinghamshire -1 5 £400 +64.10% 6
Dorset - 5 - - 2
Slough - 4 £343 - 1
Guildford - 4 £311 -
Yorkshire - 4 £140 - 3
East Midlands -12 3 £250 - 3
South Yorkshire - 3 £120 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £325 - 3
Rickmansworth - 3 £325 -
Egham - 3 £140 - 1
Camberley -5 2 £260 +103.92%
West Midlands -13 2 £296 - 9

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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.

1 286 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 216 (75.52%) Windows
3 205 (71.68%) Microsoft
4 168 (58.74%) Active Directory
5 166 (58.04%) MCSE
6 117 (40.91%) ITIL
7 116 (40.56%) VMware
8 102 (35.66%) MCITP
9 94 (32.87%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (26.92%) Security Cleared
10 77 (26.92%) Citrix
11 75 (26.22%) MS Exchange
11 75 (26.22%) Windows 7
12 69 (24.13%) SC Cleared
13 65 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
14 60 (20.98%) Windows Server 2012
15 58 (20.28%) SQL
16 55 (19.23%) Hyper-V
17 52 (18.18%) MCTS
18 51 (17.83%) MS Office
19 49 (17.13%) Cisco Certification
20 47 (16.43%) CCNA
20 47 (16.43%) PowerShell
21 46 (16.08%) LAN
21 46 (16.08%) Windows Server 2003
22 45 (15.73%) Cisco
23 44 (15.38%) DNS
23 44 (15.38%) MS Excel
24 41 (14.34%) Windows XP
24 41 (14.34%) MCP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 75 (26.22%) MS Exchange
2 30 (10.49%) SharePoint
2 30 (10.49%) Lync
3 26 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (7.69%) IIS
5 19 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (3.50%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (2.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (2.10%) Office Communications Server
11 5 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.70%) Apache
13 1 (0.35%) WorkSite
Applications
1 51 (17.83%) MS Office
2 44 (15.38%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.40%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (5.94%) Office 365
2 8 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.45%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.10%) IaaS
4 6 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.70%) SaaS
6 1 (0.35%) PaaS
6 1 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 46 (16.08%) LAN
2 44 (15.38%) DNS
3 34 (11.89%) SAN
4 33 (11.54%) DHCP
5 32 (11.19%) TCP/IP
6 30 (10.49%) WAN
7 18 (6.29%) VPN
8 17 (5.94%) Firewall
9 15 (5.24%) VoIP
10 12 (4.20%) Internet
11 8 (2.80%) Cisco IOS
12 7 (2.45%) NAS
12 7 (2.45%) NetScaler
13 5 (1.75%) Cisco Nexus
13 5 (1.75%) VLAN
13 5 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (1.75%) PBX
14 4 (1.40%) OSPF
14 4 (1.40%) SNMP
14 4 (1.40%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (14.34%) SQL Server
2 16 (5.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (3.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (3.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (2.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (2.10%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.75%) OLAP Cube
6 5 (1.75%) OLAP
7 2 (0.70%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.35%) MySQL
8 1 (0.35%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 21 (7.34%) WinRunner
1 21 (7.34%) TestDirector
1 21 (7.34%) QuickTest Pro
2 12 (4.20%) Visual Studio
2 12 (4.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.35%) Ant
3 1 (0.35%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.35%) ClearQuest
3 1 (0.35%) MSI
3 1 (0.35%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.35%) StarTeam
General
1 19 (6.64%) Finance
2 10 (3.50%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.75%) Retail
3 5 (1.75%) Legal
4 3 (1.05%) Back Office
4 3 (1.05%) Banking
4 3 (1.05%) Local Government
4 3 (1.05%) Japanese Language
5 2 (0.70%) Law
5 2 (0.70%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.35%) Advertising
6 1 (0.35%) Games
6 1 (0.35%) Front Office
6 1 (0.35%) Marketing
6 1 (0.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 53 (18.53%) Support Engineer
2 47 (16.43%) Analyst
3 46 (16.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 37 (12.94%) Wintel Engineer
5 21 (7.34%) Support Analyst
6 18 (6.29%) Consultant
7 16 (5.59%) Desktop Support
7 16 (5.59%) 3rd Line Support
7 16 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
8 15 (5.24%) Network Engineer
9 13 (4.55%) Test Engineer
10 11 (3.85%) Service Desk Analyst
10 11 (3.85%) Service Analyst
10 11 (3.85%) Network Support
11 10 (3.50%) IT Support
12 9 (3.15%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (3.15%) Network Support Engineer
12 9 (3.15%) Desktop Engineer
12 9 (3.15%) Field Engineer
12 9 (3.15%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (12.24%) HTML
2 33 (11.54%) XML
3 6 (2.10%) .NET
4 5 (1.75%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.40%) JSP
5 4 (1.40%) LAMP
6 3 (1.05%) Application Packaging
7 2 (0.70%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.70%) Web Services
8 1 (0.35%) XMPP
8 1 (0.35%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.35%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 34 (11.89%) Clustering
2 22 (7.69%) PDA
3 20 (6.99%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (5.24%) Blackberry
5 12 (4.20%) Computer Science
6 8 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (1.75%) PKI
8 4 (1.40%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.05%) Taxonomies
10 2 (0.70%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.70%) NHS
10 2 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.70%) BYOD
10 2 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.35%) Life Science
11 1 (0.35%) CMDB
11 1 (0.35%) E-Learning
11 1 (0.35%) IVR
11 1 (0.35%) Device Driver
11 1 (0.35%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 216 (75.52%) Windows
2 94 (32.87%) Windows Server 2008
3 75 (26.22%) Windows 7
4 60 (20.98%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (16.08%) Windows Server 2003
6 41 (14.34%) Linux
6 41 (14.34%) Windows XP
7 21 (7.34%) AIX
8 17 (5.94%) Windows 8
9 9 (3.15%) UNIX
10 8 (2.80%) Debian
11 7 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (2.45%) Android
12 4 (1.40%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.70%) BlackBerry OS
13 2 (0.70%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.70%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.70%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (40.91%) ITIL
2 32 (11.19%) Change Management
3 31 (10.84%) High Availability
4 21 (7.34%) Software Testing
4 21 (7.34%) Test Automation
5 19 (6.64%) ITIL V3
5 19 (6.64%) Test Scripting
6 17 (5.94%) Migration
7 15 (5.24%) Network Design
8 12 (4.20%) Configuration Management
9 11 (3.85%) PRINCE2
9 11 (3.85%) Validation
10 9 (3.15%) Service Management
10 9 (3.15%) CRM
10 9 (3.15%) Problem Management
10 9 (3.15%) Incident Management
11 8 (2.80%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (2.80%) B2B
11 8 (2.80%) Disaster Recovery
12 7 (2.45%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 58 (20.28%) SQL
2 47 (16.43%) PowerShell
3 32 (11.19%) VBScript
4 4 (1.40%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.70%) C#
5 2 (0.70%) VB
5 2 (0.70%) R
5 2 (0.70%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.35%) VBA
6 1 (0.35%) Tcl
6 1 (0.35%) Java
6 1 (0.35%) C
Qualifications
1 286 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 166 (58.04%) MCSE
3 102 (35.66%) MCITP
4 77 (26.92%) Security Cleared
5 69 (24.13%) SC Cleared
6 52 (18.18%) MCTS
7 49 (17.13%) Cisco Certification
8 47 (16.43%) CCNA
9 41 (14.34%) MCP
10 27 (9.44%) A+ Certification
11 25 (8.74%) Network+ Certification
11 25 (8.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 23 (8.04%) CCNP
13 22 (7.69%) Degree
14 18 (6.29%) ISTQB
15 12 (4.20%) Citrix Certification
16 9 (3.15%) CCA
16 9 (3.15%) MCDST
16 9 (3.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 6 (2.10%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (12.24%) SLA
2 5 (1.75%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.05%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.35%) COBIT
4 1 (0.35%) QA
System Software
1 168 (58.74%) Active Directory
2 65 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (19.23%) Hyper-V
4 30 (10.49%) VMware ESX
5 16 (5.59%) XenApp
6 14 (4.90%) vSphere
7 10 (3.50%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (2.45%) Terminal Services
9 6 (2.10%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.10%) UAG
9 6 (2.10%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.70%) vCloud
10 2 (0.70%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.70%) Samba
11 1 (0.35%) Xen
11 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.35%) XenServer
11 1 (0.35%) NFS
Systems Management
1 37 (12.94%) SCCM
2 21 (7.34%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (7.34%) McAfee ePO
3 19 (6.64%) Netcool
4 11 (3.85%) SCOM
5 3 (1.05%) Tivoli
5 3 (1.05%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.05%) WMI
6 1 (0.35%) WSUS
6 1 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.35%) Puppet
6 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.35%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.35%) Casper Suite
6 1 (0.35%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 205 (71.68%) Microsoft
2 116 (40.56%) VMware
3 77 (26.92%) Citrix
4 45 (15.73%) Cisco
5 32 (11.19%) HP
6 26 (9.09%) McAfee
7 21 (7.34%) Veritas
8 13 (4.55%) Red Hat
9 11 (3.85%) IBM
10 9 (3.15%) Avaya
11 8 (2.80%) Juniper
12 6 (2.10%) Oracle
12 6 (2.10%) Symantec
12 6 (2.10%) Sonus
13 5 (1.75%) Dell
14 4 (1.40%) NetApp
14 4 (1.40%) Remedy
14 4 (1.40%) Brocade
14 4 (1.40%) SolarWinds
14 4 (1.40%) Spiceworks
West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £20 - £25 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Reigate
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £473.00 per day
Posted: 22 days ago