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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 503 436 510
Rank change year-on-year
-67 +74
Contract jobs citing MCSA 98 139 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.26% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.94% 1.48% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 43 37
Average daily rate
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£278 £290 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.31% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £180 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £400 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £328
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -16.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 5
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £11.40 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £23.21 £16.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -6.45%

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
10416 9394 10251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.80% 17.66% 17.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5899 5140 5257
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 491 640
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.85 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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
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 20 August 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 -62 89 £230 -23.33% 80
London -6 36 £230 -35.43% 22
South East -1 20 £220 -26.66% 31
North West -2 11 £175 -41.66% 2
Scotland -18 8 £347 +52.74% 2
East of England -24 8 £170 -38.18% 6
West Sussex +8 7 £220 -
Manchester -4 7 £175 -46.15% 2
Hampshire -11 7 £350 +20.68% 9
West Yorkshire - 7 £295 - 2
Yorkshire - 7 £295 - 3
Leeds - 6 £300 - 1
City of London +19 5 £318 -5.92% 6
East Midlands +11 3 £625 - 12
Cheshire +3 3 - -
Brighton -2 3 - -
East Sussex -3 3 - -
Bedford -5 3 £200 -20.00%
Bedfordshire -19 3 £200 -23.80% 1
Nottingham +14 2 - - 1
Nottinghamshire +9 2 - - 1
Gatwick -2 2 £280 -
Surrey -3 2 - - 5
South West -35 2 - - 3
Cambridge - 2 £118 - 2
Southampton - 2 £120 - 2
Cambridgeshire - 2 £118 - 4
Berkshire +5 1 - - 6
Dorset +2 1 - -
Birmingham +1 1 £350 - 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 226 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 188 (83.19%) Windows
3 151 (66.81%) Microsoft
4 138 (61.06%) MCSE
5 124 (54.87%) Active Directory
6 107 (47.35%) ITIL
7 97 (42.92%) VMware
8 89 (39.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 78 (34.51%) Citrix
10 76 (33.63%) MCP
11 71 (31.42%) MS Exchange
12 70 (30.97%) MCITP
13 55 (24.34%) MCTS
14 53 (23.45%) Cisco
15 52 (23.01%) Windows 7
16 51 (22.57%) Cisco Certification
16 51 (22.57%) Windows Server 2003
17 47 (20.80%) VMware Infrastructure
18 46 (20.35%) CCNA
18 46 (20.35%) MS Excel
19 45 (19.91%) MS Office
19 45 (19.91%) SCCM
19 45 (19.91%) Windows Server 2012
20 42 (18.58%) SQL
21 40 (17.70%) Exchange Server 2010
22 38 (16.81%) Firewall
23 37 (16.37%) SAN
24 35 (15.49%) Windows XP
25 34 (15.04%) DNS
26 29 (12.83%) SQL Server

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (31.42%) MS Exchange
2 40 (17.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (10.18%) Exchange Server 2007
4 19 (8.41%) SharePoint
5 16 (7.08%) IIS
6 11 (4.87%) Exchange Server 2003
6 11 (4.87%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (4.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.77%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (0.88%) Lync
10 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.44%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.44%) Site Server
Applications
1 46 (20.35%) MS Excel
2 45 (19.91%) MS Office
3 2 (0.88%) MS Project
3 2 (0.88%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.44%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.88%) assyst
1 2 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.44%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (3.98%) Office 365
3 9 (3.98%) IaaS
4 1 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (16.81%) Firewall
2 37 (16.37%) SAN
3 34 (15.04%) DNS
4 26 (11.50%) DHCP
5 19 (8.41%) VoIP
6 18 (7.96%) LAN
6 18 (7.96%) WAN
7 16 (7.08%) VPN
7 16 (7.08%) Internet
8 14 (6.19%) TCP/IP
9 13 (5.75%) Wi-Fi
10 11 (4.87%) Wireless
11 8 (3.54%) Network Security
11 8 (3.54%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.77%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (1.77%) Cisco IOS
12 4 (1.77%) VLAN
12 4 (1.77%) MPLS
12 4 (1.77%) HTTP
13 3 (1.33%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (12.83%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.75%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (4.87%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (4.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (4.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (3.98%) Amazon RDS
6 6 (2.65%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (2.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.21%) Oracle Database
8 4 (1.77%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (1.77%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (1.77%) MySQL
9 3 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.33%) DTS
9 3 (1.33%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.33%) SAP HANA
9 3 (1.33%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.44%) QlikView
10 1 (0.44%) VLDB
10 1 (0.44%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 7 (3.10%) WinRunner
1 7 (3.10%) TestDirector
1 7 (3.10%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (2.21%) MSI
3 4 (1.77%) Visual Studio
4 3 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.88%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.44%) Wise Package Studio
6 1 (0.44%) GCC
6 1 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 26 (11.50%) Finance
2 8 (3.54%) Banking
3 5 (2.21%) Law
3 5 (2.21%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.44%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.44%) Legal
4 1 (0.44%) Advertising
4 1 (0.44%) German Language
Job Titles
1 43 (19.03%) Analyst
2 34 (15.04%) Support Engineer
3 28 (12.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (9.73%) 2nd Line Support
4 22 (9.73%) Support Analyst
5 19 (8.41%) Service Analyst
5 19 (8.41%) Service Desk Analyst
6 17 (7.52%) 3rd Line Support
7 14 (6.19%) Consultant
7 14 (6.19%) IT Support
8 13 (5.75%) Desktop Support
8 13 (5.75%) Administrator
9 10 (4.42%) Network Engineer
10 9 (3.98%) IT Support Engineer
11 8 (3.54%) Server Engineer
11 8 (3.54%) Architect
11 8 (3.54%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (3.10%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (3.10%) DBA
12 7 (3.10%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.42%) HTML
1 10 (4.42%) XML
2 3 (1.33%) .NET
2 3 (1.33%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.88%) XSLT
3 2 (0.88%) Application Packaging
4 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.44%) WCF
4 1 (0.44%) WF
4 1 (0.44%) Silverlight
4 1 (0.44%) jQuery
4 1 (0.44%) WAP
4 1 (0.44%) VML
4 1 (0.44%) X-Windows
4 1 (0.44%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.44%) CSS
4 1 (0.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.96%) Blackberry
2 17 (7.52%) Computer Science
3 10 (4.42%) Clustering
4 9 (3.98%) PKI
5 8 (3.54%) CMDB
6 7 (3.10%) PDA
6 7 (3.10%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.77%) Replication
7 4 (1.77%) Smartphone
7 4 (1.77%) iPad
8 3 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.88%) EqualLogic
9 2 (0.88%) Statistics
9 2 (0.88%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.88%) Grid Computing
10 1 (0.44%) Handset
10 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.44%) NHS
10 1 (0.44%) Firmware
10 1 (0.44%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 188 (83.19%) Windows
2 89 (39.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 52 (23.01%) Windows 7
4 51 (22.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 45 (19.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 35 (15.49%) Windows XP
7 27 (11.95%) Linux
8 14 (6.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (4.42%) Windows 8
9 10 (4.42%) Windows Vista
10 7 (3.10%) AIX
10 7 (3.10%) UNIX
11 6 (2.65%) Android
12 5 (2.21%) Mac OS X
12 5 (2.21%) Windows 2000
13 4 (1.77%) Solaris
14 2 (0.88%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (47.35%) ITIL
2 28 (12.39%) Disaster Recovery
3 22 (9.73%) Change Management
4 18 (7.96%) Configuration Management
5 14 (6.19%) Service Management
5 14 (6.19%) Incident Management
6 11 (4.87%) Migration
7 9 (3.98%) Capacity Planning
8 8 (3.54%) High Availability
8 8 (3.54%) PRINCE2
9 7 (3.10%) Service Delivery
9 7 (3.10%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (3.10%) ITIL V3
9 7 (3.10%) Software Testing
9 7 (3.10%) Test Automation
9 7 (3.10%) Problem Management
10 6 (2.65%) Test Scripting
10 6 (2.65%) Change Control
10 6 (2.65%) ITSM
10 6 (2.65%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 42 (18.58%) SQL
2 25 (11.06%) PowerShell
3 9 (3.98%) T-SQL
3 9 (3.98%) VBScript
4 4 (1.77%) Perl
5 3 (1.33%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.33%) C#
6 2 (0.88%) C
6 2 (0.88%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.44%) C++
7 1 (0.44%) VB
7 1 (0.44%) PowerHouse
7 1 (0.44%) PHP
Qualifications
1 226 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 138 (61.06%) MCSE
3 76 (33.63%) MCP
4 70 (30.97%) MCITP
5 55 (24.34%) MCTS
6 51 (22.57%) Cisco Certification
7 46 (20.35%) CCNA
8 26 (11.50%) Degree
9 25 (11.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 21 (9.29%) Security Cleared
11 19 (8.41%) MCDST
12 15 (6.64%) SC Cleared
13 13 (5.75%) CCNP
14 11 (4.87%) A+ Certification
15 10 (4.42%) CISSP
16 9 (3.98%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (3.54%) CCA
17 8 (3.54%) ITIL Certification
17 8 (3.54%) MOS
18 7 (3.10%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (11.95%) SLA
2 7 (3.10%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.21%) QA
4 2 (0.88%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 124 (54.87%) Active Directory
2 47 (20.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (8.85%) VMware ESX
4 19 (8.41%) Hyper-V
5 18 (7.96%) XenApp
6 14 (6.19%) vSphere
7 10 (4.42%) UAG
8 7 (3.10%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (3.10%) XenDesktop
8 7 (3.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (1.77%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (1.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (1.33%) XenServer
10 3 (1.33%) Xen
10 3 (1.33%) KVM
11 2 (0.88%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.88%) NFS
11 2 (0.88%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.88%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.44%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 45 (19.91%) SCCM
2 20 (8.85%) SCOM
3 9 (3.98%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (3.10%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (3.10%) Netcool
5 6 (2.65%) Backup Exec
6 5 (2.21%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (1.77%) Data Guard
7 4 (1.77%) WSUS
7 4 (1.77%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.33%) ZENworks
9 2 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.88%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.44%) WhatsUp Gold
10 1 (0.44%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.44%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.44%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.44%) WMI
10 1 (0.44%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 151 (66.81%) Microsoft
2 97 (42.92%) VMware
3 78 (34.51%) Citrix
4 53 (23.45%) Cisco
5 24 (10.62%) HP
5 24 (10.62%) Symantec
6 20 (8.85%) McAfee
7 18 (7.96%) Red Hat
8 16 (7.08%) NetApp
9 15 (6.64%) CheckPoint
10 12 (5.31%) Apple
10 12 (5.31%) EMC
11 9 (3.98%) IBM
11 9 (3.98%) Remedy
11 9 (3.98%) Mitel
11 9 (3.98%) Veeam
12 8 (3.54%) Veritas
12 8 (3.54%) Sophos
12 8 (3.54%) Juniper
13 7 (3.10%) Oracle
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