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 3 December 2016 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.

3 months to
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 497 485 489
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +4
Contract jobs citing MCSA 123 173 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.31% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 1.52% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 101 88
Median daily rate £325 £300 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £135 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £425 £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £310 £323
% change year-on-year
+11.29% -3.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 16
Median hourly rate £16.25 £15.50 £16.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.90 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £35.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £15.50 £16.41
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -5.54%

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
10143 11402 12009
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.51% 20.60% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 6394 6881 6800
Median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.57% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 558 563
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.83 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.49% +53.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- +44.73%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 3 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 3 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -5 99 £350 +22.80% 59
London -4 38 £218 -17.92% 13
Scotland -3 25 £275 -9.83%
North East -13 21 £515 - 2
South East +17 20 £350 - 21
Renfrewshire -12 17 £275 -10.20%
Erskine -12 17 £275 -10.20%
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 17 £515 - 1
Tyne and Wear -23 17 £515 - 1
Glasgow +4 7 £198 -38.03%
Kent - 7 £350 - 1
West Midlands -4 6 £275 - 2
East of England +10 5 £388 +10.71% 3
North West +2 5 £300 -25.00% 8
Teddington - 5 - -
Hampshire +25 4 £340 -14.19% 3
South West +11 4 £185 -19.12% 3
City of London -4 4 £160 -53.28% 2
Surrey +18 3 - - 6
Manchester +1 3 £300 -25.00% 5
East Midlands -4 3 - - 2
Shropshire - 3 £275 -
Canary Wharf - 3 £160 -
Telford - 3 £275 -
Hook - 3 £340 -
Milton Keynes +15 2 £438 +21.52%
Buckinghamshire +12 2 £438 +21.52%
Devon +8 2 £185 -22.10% 1
Reading +4 2 - - 2
Berkshire 0 2 - - 7

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 260 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 206 (79.23%) Windows
3 192 (73.85%) Microsoft
4 175 (67.31%) MCSE
5 160 (61.54%) Active Directory
6 113 (43.46%) Windows Server
7 108 (41.54%) Windows Server 2012
8 106 (40.77%) VMware
9 89 (34.23%) Windows Server 2008
10 87 (33.46%) ITIL
11 84 (32.31%) Windows 7
12 76 (29.23%) Citrix
13 74 (28.46%) Security Cleared
14 70 (26.92%) SQL Server
15 67 (25.77%) Cisco
16 64 (24.62%) MS Excel
17 63 (24.23%) MS Office
17 63 (24.23%) MCITP
18 61 (23.46%) Windows Server 2003
19 60 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
20 58 (22.31%) Change Management
21 56 (21.54%) Office 365
22 55 (21.15%) MCP
23 54 (20.77%) SQL
23 54 (20.77%) MS Exchange
24 50 (19.23%) SC Cleared
25 49 (18.85%) SharePoint
25 49 (18.85%) TCP/IP
26 47 (18.08%) DHCP
26 47 (18.08%) Firewall

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 54 (20.77%) MS Exchange
2 49 (18.85%) SharePoint
3 22 (8.46%) Skype for Business
4 20 (7.69%) IIS
5 18 (6.92%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (4.62%) IBM Notes
7 8 (3.08%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (2.31%) Apache
9 6 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (1.54%) WebSphere
11 3 (1.15%) Jetty
11 3 (1.15%) Mongrel
11 3 (1.15%) nginx
11 3 (1.15%) OpenStack
11 3 (1.15%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.38%) Confluence
Applications
1 64 (24.62%) MS Excel
2 63 (24.23%) MS Office
3 5 (1.92%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.54%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.38%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 56 (21.54%) Office 365
2 20 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (7.31%) SaaS
4 15 (5.77%) IaaS
4 15 (5.77%) PaaS
5 14 (5.38%) Amazon AWS
6 13 (5.00%) HP Helion
7 4 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (1.54%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.15%) Google App Engine
9 2 (0.77%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.77%) Yammer
10 1 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.38%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 49 (18.85%) TCP/IP
2 47 (18.08%) DHCP
2 47 (18.08%) Firewall
3 46 (17.69%) DNS
4 32 (12.31%) Internet
4 32 (12.31%) LAN
4 32 (12.31%) SAN
5 30 (11.54%) WAN
6 24 (9.23%) Wireless
7 22 (8.46%) Ethernet
8 16 (6.15%) Cisco ASA
9 15 (5.77%) VPN
10 14 (5.38%) Cisco Nexus
11 12 (4.62%) Network Security
12 11 (4.23%) Skype
12 11 (4.23%) SSL
12 11 (4.23%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (3.46%) IPv4
13 9 (3.46%) SNMP
14 8 (3.08%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (26.92%) SQL Server
2 16 (6.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 16 (6.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (5.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 14 (5.38%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (4.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (2.31%) MySQL
6 6 (2.31%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (1.92%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.77%) Big Data
8 2 (0.77%) Power BI
8 2 (0.77%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.77%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.38%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.38%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 21 (8.08%) StarTeam
2 4 (1.54%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.15%) CruiseControl
3 3 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.15%) TeamCity
3 3 (1.15%) Travis CI
3 3 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.77%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.77%) JIRA
4 2 (0.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.38%) AppScan
5 1 (0.38%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.38%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (0.38%) Liquibase
5 1 (0.38%) MSI
5 1 (0.38%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.38%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.38%) tSQLt
5 1 (0.38%) WinRunner
General
1 38 (14.62%) Finance
2 9 (3.46%) Legal
2 9 (3.46%) Retail
3 8 (3.08%) Advertising
3 8 (3.08%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.31%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.54%) Back Office
5 4 (1.54%) Law
6 3 (1.15%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.15%) Banking
6 3 (1.15%) Billing
7 2 (0.77%) Local Government
7 2 (0.77%) Marketing
7 2 (0.77%) Military
7 2 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.38%) Games
Job Titles
1 40 (15.38%) Analyst
2 39 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 31 (11.92%) Support Engineer
4 22 (8.46%) Architect
4 22 (8.46%) Desktop Support
5 17 (6.54%) Windows Engineer
6 16 (6.15%) Infrastructure Architect
6 16 (6.15%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 16 (6.15%) Test Analyst
7 15 (5.77%) IT Engineer
7 15 (5.77%) Support Analyst
8 13 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
8 13 (5.00%) Desktop Engineer
9 11 (4.23%) Developer
10 10 (3.85%) Cisco Engineer
10 10 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (3.85%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 10 (3.85%) Systems Engineer
10 10 (3.85%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.69%) .NET
2 3 (1.15%) ASP.NET
2 3 (1.15%) HTML
2 3 (1.15%) J2EE
2 3 (1.15%) LAMP
2 3 (1.15%) Servlets
2 3 (1.15%) WCF
2 3 (1.15%) WF
2 3 (1.15%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (16.54%) Clustering
2 31 (11.92%) Data Centre
3 29 (11.15%) Management Information System
4 23 (8.85%) Blackberry
5 21 (8.08%) Client/Server
6 12 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (3.85%) Private Cloud
8 9 (3.46%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.54%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.54%) Life Science
9 4 (1.54%) Replication
9 4 (1.54%) Smartphone
9 4 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.15%) CESG
10 3 (1.15%) NHS
10 3 (1.15%) Wiki
11 2 (0.77%) BYOD
11 2 (0.77%) Cryptography
11 2 (0.77%) Fintech
12 1 (0.38%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 206 (79.23%) Windows
2 113 (43.46%) Windows Server
3 108 (41.54%) Windows Server 2012
4 89 (34.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 84 (32.31%) Windows 7
6 61 (23.46%) Windows Server 2003
7 40 (15.38%) Linux
8 38 (14.62%) Windows 10
8 38 (14.62%) Windows XP
9 25 (9.62%) Windows 8
10 22 (8.46%) AIX
11 19 (7.31%) Apple iOS
12 9 (3.46%) Ubuntu
13 6 (2.31%) Unix
14 4 (1.54%) Solaris
15 3 (1.15%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.15%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.77%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.77%) VMS
17 1 (0.38%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (33.46%) ITIL
2 58 (22.31%) Change Management
3 23 (8.85%) Software Testing
4 21 (8.08%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (7.69%) Server Virtualisation
5 20 (7.69%) Validation
6 19 (7.31%) DevOps
6 19 (7.31%) PRINCE2
6 19 (7.31%) Test Scripting
6 19 (7.31%) Time Management
7 18 (6.92%) Smoke Testing
8 17 (6.54%) Business Intelligence
9 16 (6.15%) Identity Management
10 15 (5.77%) TOGAF
11 14 (5.38%) Migration
11 14 (5.38%) Network Management
11 14 (5.38%) Open Source
11 14 (5.38%) Security Management
11 14 (5.38%) Service Delivery
12 13 (5.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 54 (20.77%) SQL
2 37 (14.23%) PowerShell
3 16 (6.15%) Java
4 12 (4.62%) C#
5 7 (2.69%) VBScript
6 6 (2.31%) Shell Script
7 4 (1.54%) C
7 4 (1.54%) PHP
7 4 (1.54%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.77%) VB
9 1 (0.38%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 260 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 175 (67.31%) MCSE
3 74 (28.46%) Security Cleared
4 63 (24.23%) MCITP
5 55 (21.15%) MCP
6 50 (19.23%) SC Cleared
7 41 (15.77%) Cisco Certification
8 36 (13.85%) MCTS
9 31 (11.92%) Degree
10 29 (11.15%) CCNA
10 29 (11.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (10.38%) Network+ Certification
12 25 (9.62%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (9.23%) CCNP
13 24 (9.23%) MCDST
14 23 (8.85%) ISTQB
15 22 (8.46%) A+ Certification
16 20 (7.69%) MCSM
17 19 (7.31%) ACDT
17 19 (7.31%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.77%) SLA
2 9 (3.46%) Government Security Classifications
3 7 (2.69%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.15%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.38%) GCP
System Software
1 160 (61.54%) Active Directory
2 60 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (18.08%) Hyper-V
4 38 (14.62%) vSphere
5 22 (8.46%) Virtual Servers
6 21 (8.08%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (5.77%) XenApp
8 6 (2.31%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.54%) Xen
10 3 (1.15%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.77%) NFS
12 1 (0.38%) Docker
12 1 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 37 (14.23%) SCCM
2 24 (9.23%) McAfee ePO
3 22 (8.46%) Netcool
4 12 (4.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 12 (4.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 11 (4.23%) PowerCLI
6 10 (3.85%) SCOM
7 8 (3.08%) Nessus
8 7 (2.69%) Puppet
8 7 (2.69%) WSUS
9 6 (2.31%) Backup Exec
10 5 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
11 4 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (1.54%) NetBackup
11 4 (1.54%) WMI
12 3 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
13 2 (0.77%) SnapMirror
14 1 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
14 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 1 (0.38%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 192 (73.85%) Microsoft
2 106 (40.77%) VMware
3 76 (29.23%) Citrix
4 67 (25.77%) Cisco
5 30 (11.54%) Intel Security
6 27 (10.38%) Apple
6 27 (10.38%) HP
7 22 (8.46%) Veritas
8 16 (6.15%) CheckPoint
8 16 (6.15%) Oracle
9 13 (5.00%) Juniper
10 12 (4.62%) Altiris
10 12 (4.62%) Lotus
11 11 (4.23%) Symantec
12 9 (3.46%) Forcepoint
12 9 (3.46%) NetApp
13 8 (3.08%) Dell
13 8 (3.08%) LANDesk
13 8 (3.08%) Sophos
14 7 (2.69%) EMC
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