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 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 448 468 454
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -14
Contract jobs citing MCSA 149 127 100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.24% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.47% 1.23% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 71 42
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£300 £250 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £128 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £424 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £210 £225
% change year-on-year
+23.80% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 25 14
Average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% +24.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.90 £20.00 £23.10
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
10111 10309 8643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.96% 19.47% 18.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 5816 6000 4631
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 501 532 472
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.00% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.36 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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 29 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 29 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 29 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 +1 137 £300 +33.33% 94
South East +23 57 £260 +18.18% 24
London -5 44 £336 -10.33% 15
Hampshire +34 35 £240 -4.00% 9
City of London +13 14 £323 +43.33% 3
North West -9 13 £184 - 14
Surrey +20 11 £225 +76.47% 4
South West +13 9 - - 13
Manchester 0 9 £163 - 11
Hook - 8 £331 -
East of England +1 7 £325 +91.17% 8
Scotland -4 6 £335 -11.37% 3
Croydon -4 6 £350 -15.40%
Buckinghamshire +4 5 £400 +60.00% 6
Berkshire 0 5 £343 +242.50% 3
Slough - 5 £343 -
Southampton - 4 £250 - 1
Dorset - 4 - - 2
Erskine +2 3 £345 -8.73%
Renfrewshire +1 3 £345 -8.73%
Hertfordshire -10 3 £325 -18.75%
Yorkshire -17 3 £158 - 6
Milton Keynes - 3 £400 - 4
Staines - 3 - -
Rickmansworth - 3 £325 -
East Midlands 0 2 £200 - 7
Camberley -6 2 £260 +103.92%
West Midlands -9 2 £296 - 5
Merseyside - 2 - - 1
Lancashire - 2 £205 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 275 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 202 (73.45%) Microsoft
3 201 (73.09%) Windows
4 162 (58.91%) Active Directory
5 152 (55.27%) MCSE
6 126 (45.82%) ITIL
7 111 (40.36%) VMware
8 105 (38.18%) MCITP
9 79 (28.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (28.00%) Security Cleared
11 74 (26.91%) Windows 7
12 71 (25.82%) SC Cleared
12 71 (25.82%) Citrix
13 66 (24.00%) MS Exchange
14 65 (23.64%) VMware Infrastructure
15 52 (18.91%) MS Office
16 50 (18.18%) SQL
16 50 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
16 50 (18.18%) PowerShell
16 50 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
17 49 (17.82%) MCTS
17 49 (17.82%) CCNA
18 47 (17.09%) Hyper-V
19 45 (16.36%) LAN
20 43 (15.64%) Linux
21 42 (15.27%) SQL Server
22 40 (14.55%) MCP
22 40 (14.55%) Cisco
23 38 (13.82%) HTML
23 38 (13.82%) SCCM

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 66 (24.00%) MS Exchange
2 28 (10.18%) SharePoint
3 25 (9.09%) Lync
4 24 (8.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (7.27%) IIS
6 15 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (5.09%) Exchange Server 2013
8 11 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
9 10 (3.64%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (2.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (2.18%) Office Communications Server
12 5 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.73%) TPMS
13 2 (0.73%) Apache
14 1 (0.36%) WorkSite
Applications
1 52 (18.91%) MS Office
2 36 (13.09%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.82%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.45%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 18 (6.55%) Office 365
2 9 (3.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (2.91%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (2.55%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (2.18%) IaaS
6 2 (0.73%) SaaS
7 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.36%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (16.36%) LAN
2 37 (13.45%) DNS
3 34 (12.36%) SAN
4 31 (11.27%) TCP/IP
5 30 (10.91%) WAN
6 27 (9.82%) DHCP
7 17 (6.18%) VPN
8 16 (5.82%) Firewall
9 15 (5.45%) VoIP
10 13 (4.73%) Internet
11 8 (2.91%) Cisco IOS
12 7 (2.55%) NetScaler
12 7 (2.55%) NAS
13 5 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (1.82%) PBX
13 5 (1.82%) Cisco Nexus
13 5 (1.82%) VLAN
14 4 (1.45%) Network Security
14 4 (1.45%) Fibre Channel
14 4 (1.45%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (15.27%) SQL Server
2 16 (5.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (3.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (2.18%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (1.82%) OLAP
8 5 (1.82%) OLAP Cube
9 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.73%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.36%) MySQL
10 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 16 (5.82%) WinRunner
1 16 (5.82%) TestDirector
1 16 (5.82%) QuickTest Pro
2 8 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (2.91%) Visual Studio
3 2 (0.73%) Ant
4 1 (0.36%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.36%) ClearQuest
4 1 (0.36%) MSI
4 1 (0.36%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.36%) StarTeam
General
1 17 (6.18%) Finance
2 10 (3.64%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.18%) Retail
4 5 (1.82%) Legal
5 3 (1.09%) Back Office
5 3 (1.09%) Banking
5 3 (1.09%) Japanese Language
6 2 (0.73%) Local Government
6 2 (0.73%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.73%) Advertising
6 2 (0.73%) Law
7 1 (0.36%) Front Office
7 1 (0.36%) Games
7 1 (0.36%) Billing
7 1 (0.36%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 47 (17.09%) Analyst
2 46 (16.73%) Support Engineer
3 45 (16.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 42 (15.27%) Wintel Engineer
5 21 (7.64%) Support Analyst
6 18 (6.55%) Consultant
7 17 (6.18%) 3rd Line Support
8 16 (5.82%) 2nd Line Support
9 14 (5.09%) Network Engineer
10 12 (4.36%) Desktop Support
10 12 (4.36%) Network Support
11 11 (4.00%) Service Desk Analyst
11 11 (4.00%) Service Analyst
12 10 (3.64%) Field Engineer
13 9 (3.27%) Network Support Engineer
13 9 (3.27%) Test Engineer
13 9 (3.27%) Field Support Engineer
14 8 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 8 (2.91%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
14 8 (2.91%) PC Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (13.82%) HTML
2 36 (13.09%) XML
3 6 (2.18%) .NET
4 5 (1.82%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.45%) JSP
5 4 (1.45%) LAMP
6 3 (1.09%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.36%) Web Services
7 1 (0.36%) X-Windows
7 1 (0.36%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.36%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.82%) Clustering
2 22 (8.00%) Data Centre
3 19 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (5.82%) PDA
5 14 (5.09%) Blackberry
6 13 (4.73%) Computer Science
7 9 (3.27%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (1.82%) PKI
9 3 (1.09%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.09%) Taxonomies
10 2 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.73%) BYOD
10 2 (0.73%) NHS
10 2 (0.73%) Mainframe
11 1 (0.36%) Replication
11 1 (0.36%) IVR
11 1 (0.36%) Device Driver
11 1 (0.36%) Handset
11 1 (0.36%) Data Structures
11 1 (0.36%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 201 (73.09%) Windows
2 79 (28.73%) Windows Server 2008
3 74 (26.91%) Windows 7
4 50 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 43 (15.64%) Linux
6 37 (13.45%) Windows XP
6 37 (13.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (7.27%) Windows 8
8 16 (5.82%) AIX
9 9 (3.27%) Debian
10 8 (2.91%) UNIX
11 7 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (2.18%) Android
13 4 (1.45%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.45%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.73%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.73%) BlackBerry OS
15 1 (0.36%) Solaris
15 1 (0.36%) VMS
15 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (45.82%) ITIL
2 37 (13.45%) High Availability
3 28 (10.18%) Change Management
4 22 (8.00%) Migration
5 19 (6.91%) ITIL V3
6 18 (6.55%) Software Testing
7 16 (5.82%) Test Automation
8 14 (5.09%) Test Scripting
8 14 (5.09%) Network Design
9 13 (4.73%) Validation
9 13 (4.73%) Problem Management
10 12 (4.36%) Service Management
11 11 (4.00%) CRM
11 11 (4.00%) Incident Management
12 10 (3.64%) PRINCE2
12 10 (3.64%) Configuration Management
13 9 (3.27%) Business Intelligence
14 8 (2.91%) Server Building
14 8 (2.91%) B2B
15 7 (2.55%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 50 (18.18%) SQL
1 50 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 35 (12.73%) VBScript
3 4 (1.45%) JavaScript
3 4 (1.45%) T-SQL
4 2 (0.73%) R
4 2 (0.73%) VB
4 2 (0.73%) C
4 2 (0.73%) C#
5 1 (0.36%) Java
5 1 (0.36%) VBA
5 1 (0.36%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 275 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 152 (55.27%) MCSE
3 105 (38.18%) MCITP
4 77 (28.00%) Security Cleared
5 71 (25.82%) SC Cleared
6 50 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
7 49 (17.82%) MCTS
7 49 (17.82%) CCNA
8 40 (14.55%) MCP
9 29 (10.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 26 (9.45%) A+ Certification
11 24 (8.73%) Network+ Certification
12 22 (8.00%) CCNP
12 22 (8.00%) Degree
13 16 (5.82%) Citrix Certification
14 15 (5.45%) ISTQB
15 12 (4.36%) CCA
16 10 (3.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 7 (2.55%) MCDST
18 4 (1.45%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (12.00%) SLA
2 4 (1.45%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.36%) COBIT
System Software
1 162 (58.91%) Active Directory
2 65 (23.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (17.09%) Hyper-V
4 26 (9.45%) VMware ESX
5 17 (6.18%) XenApp
6 14 (5.09%) vSphere
7 10 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (2.55%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.18%) UAG
9 6 (2.18%) Terminal Services
9 6 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.73%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.73%) vCloud
10 2 (0.73%) Samba
11 1 (0.36%) NFS
11 1 (0.36%) XenServer
11 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 38 (13.82%) SCCM
2 16 (5.82%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (5.82%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (5.45%) SCOM
4 14 (5.09%) Netcool
5 6 (2.18%) Backup Exec
6 3 (1.09%) WMI
7 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.36%) Casper Suite
7 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.36%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.36%) Puppet
7 1 (0.36%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 202 (73.45%) Microsoft
2 111 (40.36%) VMware
3 71 (25.82%) Citrix
4 40 (14.55%) Cisco
5 33 (12.00%) HP
6 24 (8.73%) McAfee
7 16 (5.82%) Veritas
8 14 (5.09%) Red Hat
9 12 (4.36%) IBM
10 9 (3.27%) Avaya
11 7 (2.55%) Juniper
11 7 (2.55%) Symantec
12 6 (2.18%) Sonus
13 5 (1.82%) Oracle
13 5 (1.82%) Dell
13 5 (1.82%) Sophos
14 4 (1.45%) Spiceworks
14 4 (1.45%) Remedy
15 3 (1.09%) Altiris
15 3 (1.09%) Mitel
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Posted: 21 hours ago
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Rate: £300 - £400 per month
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Manchester, Lancashire
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Rate: £100 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Head Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Posted: 3 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
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Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Rate: £280 - £290 per day
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Milton Keynes
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Rate: £400.00 per day
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