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 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 451 483 452
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -31
Contract jobs citing MCSA 162 109 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.21% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.55% 1.07% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 63 39
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£320 £250 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £142 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £424 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £220 £226
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -2.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 22 13
Average hourly rate £18.00 £15.75 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £13.05 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £20.00 £25.04
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +12.50%

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
10437 10204 8844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.69% 19.28% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6117 5810 4731
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 464 498
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.94 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 +19 151 £318 +33.68% 77
London -7 51 £320 -5.18% 24
South East -7 39 £323 +46.59% 21
North West +12 28 £190 - 13
Manchester - 18 £135 - 7
Surrey +3 13 £310 +143.13% 6
City of London -4 13 £323 +43.33% 4
Hampshire +13 12 £323 +29.00% 6
East of England +5 11 £325 +88.40% 8
South West -1 10 £375 +20.00% 3
Lancashire - 9 £375 -
Staines - 7 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +2 5 £400 +45.45% 4
Hook - 5 £323 -
Blackpool - 5 £375 -
Berkshire +13 4 £163 -18.75% 3
Scotland +1 4 £413 -2.07% 2
West Midlands +1 4 £343 - 3
Yorkshire -18 4 £175 -39.13% 2
Dorset - 4 £375 - 1
Renfrewshire - 4 £413 -
Erskine - 4 £413 -
Cambridgeshire 0 3 £363 +202.08% 3
Croydon -8 3 £350 -15.40%
Hertfordshire -10 3 £325 +14.03% 1
Birmingham - 3 £396 -
Weymouth - 3 £375 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £400 - 3
Rickmansworth - 3 £325 -
Slough - 3 £150 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 324 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 245 (75.62%) Windows
3 240 (74.07%) Microsoft
4 184 (56.79%) MCSE
5 181 (55.86%) Active Directory
6 148 (45.68%) ITIL
7 136 (41.98%) VMware
8 116 (35.80%) MCITP
9 90 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 89 (27.47%) Windows 7
11 81 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 81 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 77 (23.77%) Citrix
13 73 (22.53%) Windows Server 2012
14 70 (21.60%) SC Cleared
15 69 (21.30%) MS Exchange
16 63 (19.44%) MS Office
17 60 (18.52%) SQL
18 59 (18.21%) Cisco Certification
19 57 (17.59%) SQL Server
20 55 (16.98%) MCP
20 55 (16.98%) CCNA
20 55 (16.98%) PowerShell
21 54 (16.67%) SCCM
22 53 (16.36%) LAN
22 53 (16.36%) Linux
23 52 (16.05%) Cisco
24 48 (14.81%) SAN
24 48 (14.81%) MCTS
25 47 (14.51%) Hyper-V

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 69 (21.30%) MS Exchange
2 37 (11.42%) SharePoint
3 35 (10.80%) Lync
4 28 (8.64%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2007
6 16 (4.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (4.63%) IIS
8 13 (4.01%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (3.40%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (1.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (1.54%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.62%) TPMS
13 1 (0.31%) Lotus Domino
13 1 (0.31%) Apache
13 1 (0.31%) WorkSite
Applications
1 63 (19.44%) MS Office
2 45 (13.89%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.54%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.23%) MS Project
5 3 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.31%) Tesseract
1 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.31%) SAP CCM
1 1 (0.31%) SAP Business One
1 1 (0.31%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.31%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 20 (6.17%) Office 365
2 10 (3.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.54%) IaaS
5 1 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.31%) SaaS
5 1 (0.31%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 53 (16.36%) LAN
2 48 (14.81%) SAN
3 43 (13.27%) DNS
4 38 (11.73%) TCP/IP
5 36 (11.11%) WAN
6 34 (10.49%) DHCP
7 23 (7.10%) Firewall
8 22 (6.79%) VPN
9 16 (4.94%) VoIP
10 13 (4.01%) Internet
11 9 (2.78%) Cisco IOS
11 9 (2.78%) NAS
12 7 (2.16%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (2.16%) VLAN
13 6 (1.85%) IPv4
14 5 (1.54%) Network Security
14 5 (1.54%) Cisco Nexus
14 5 (1.54%) Unified Communications
15 4 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (1.23%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (17.59%) SQL Server
2 20 (6.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (4.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.85%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (1.54%) OLAP
7 5 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.54%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (0.62%) MySQL
8 2 (0.62%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.31%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (4.01%) WinRunner
1 13 (4.01%) TestDirector
1 13 (4.01%) HP UFT
2 7 (2.16%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.93%) Ant
4 2 (0.62%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.62%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.31%) ClearQuest
5 1 (0.31%) MSI
5 1 (0.31%) InstallShield
General
1 18 (5.56%) Finance
2 14 (4.32%) Telecoms
3 10 (3.09%) Retail
4 5 (1.54%) Legal
5 4 (1.23%) Banking
6 3 (0.93%) Local Government
6 3 (0.93%) Japanese Language
6 3 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.93%) Advertising
6 3 (0.93%) Back Office
7 2 (0.62%) Law
7 2 (0.62%) Publishing
8 1 (0.31%) Games
8 1 (0.31%) Front Office
8 1 (0.31%) Marketing
8 1 (0.31%) Billing
Job Titles
1 54 (16.67%) Analyst
2 53 (16.36%) Support Engineer
2 53 (16.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 40 (12.35%) Wintel Engineer
4 26 (8.02%) Support Analyst
5 23 (7.10%) Consultant
6 19 (5.86%) 3rd Line Support
7 17 (5.25%) 2nd Line Support
8 15 (4.63%) Network Engineer
9 14 (4.32%) Service Analyst
9 14 (4.32%) Service Desk Analyst
10 12 (3.70%) Field Engineer
10 12 (3.70%) Desktop Support
10 12 (3.70%) Network Support
10 12 (3.70%) Field Support Engineer
11 11 (3.40%) PC Support
11 11 (3.40%) Field Service Engineer
12 10 (3.09%) Administrator
12 10 (3.09%) Test Engineer
13 9 (2.78%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (10.49%) HTML
1 34 (10.49%) XML
2 4 (1.23%) LAMP
2 4 (1.23%) .NET
3 3 (0.93%) ASP.NET
3 3 (0.93%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.62%) JSP
5 1 (0.31%) Web Services
5 1 (0.31%) XMPP
5 1 (0.31%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.31%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.31%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 32 (9.88%) Data Centre
2 28 (8.64%) Clustering
3 22 (6.79%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (5.25%) Blackberry
5 14 (4.32%) Video Conferencing
6 13 (4.01%) PDA
6 13 (4.01%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.85%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.23%) PKI
9 3 (0.93%) HP Storage
9 3 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.93%) Taxonomies
10 2 (0.62%) Life Science
10 2 (0.62%) CMDB
10 2 (0.62%) Device Driver
10 2 (0.62%) NHS
10 2 (0.62%) Replication
10 2 (0.62%) iPhone
10 2 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
11 1 (0.31%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 245 (75.62%) Windows
2 90 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 89 (27.47%) Windows 7
4 73 (22.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 53 (16.36%) Linux
6 47 (14.51%) Windows XP
7 38 (11.73%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (9.88%) Windows 8
9 13 (4.01%) AIX
10 12 (3.70%) UNIX
11 11 (3.40%) Mac OS X
12 9 (2.78%) Debian
13 7 (2.16%) Android
14 6 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 5 (1.54%) Ubuntu
16 4 (1.23%) Windows Vista
16 4 (1.23%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.62%) BlackBerry OS
17 2 (0.62%) Windows Phone
17 2 (0.62%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (45.68%) ITIL
2 39 (12.04%) Migration
3 34 (10.49%) High Availability
4 27 (8.33%) Change Management
5 21 (6.48%) Service Management
6 19 (5.86%) Problem Management
6 19 (5.86%) ITIL V3
7 17 (5.25%) Software Testing
8 16 (4.94%) Incident Management
8 16 (4.94%) Server Building
9 14 (4.32%) Validation
9 14 (4.32%) Configuration Management
10 13 (4.01%) PRINCE2
10 13 (4.01%) Network Design
10 13 (4.01%) Test Automation
11 11 (3.40%) Software Deployment
11 11 (3.40%) Test Scripting
11 11 (3.40%) CRM
12 10 (3.09%) Service Delivery
12 10 (3.09%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 60 (18.52%) SQL
2 55 (16.98%) PowerShell
3 35 (10.80%) VBScript
4 7 (2.16%) T-SQL
5 2 (0.62%) R
5 2 (0.62%) VB
5 2 (0.62%) C#
5 2 (0.62%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.31%) C
6 1 (0.31%) Java
6 1 (0.31%) VBA
6 1 (0.31%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 324 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 184 (56.79%) MCSE
3 116 (35.80%) MCITP
4 81 (25.00%) Security Cleared
5 70 (21.60%) SC Cleared
6 59 (18.21%) Cisco Certification
7 55 (16.98%) MCP
7 55 (16.98%) CCNA
8 48 (14.81%) MCTS
9 39 (12.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 31 (9.57%) A+ Certification
11 28 (8.64%) CCNP
11 28 (8.64%) Network+ Certification
12 26 (8.02%) Degree
13 16 (4.94%) Citrix Certification
14 13 (4.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 12 (3.70%) ISTQB
16 11 (3.40%) MCDST
16 11 (3.40%) CCA
17 5 (1.54%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (11.11%) SLA
2 4 (1.23%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.62%) QA
4 2 (0.62%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.31%) COBIT
System Software
1 181 (55.86%) Active Directory
2 81 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (14.51%) Hyper-V
4 24 (7.41%) VMware ESX
5 19 (5.86%) XenApp
5 19 (5.86%) vSphere
6 12 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.85%) XenServer
7 6 (1.85%) XenDesktop
8 5 (1.54%) Terminal Services
8 5 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.93%) UAG
10 2 (0.62%) vCloud
10 2 (0.62%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.62%) Postfix
10 2 (0.62%) Samba
11 1 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 54 (16.67%) SCCM
2 21 (6.48%) SCOM
3 15 (4.63%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (4.01%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (3.40%) Netcool
6 10 (3.09%) Backup Exec
7 5 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.93%) WSUS
9 2 (0.62%) WMI
9 2 (0.62%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.31%) Puppet
10 1 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.31%) CA Spectrum
10 1 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.31%) Casper Suite
10 1 (0.31%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.31%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.31%) Nagios
Vendors
1 240 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 136 (41.98%) VMware
3 77 (23.77%) Citrix
4 52 (16.05%) Cisco
5 34 (10.49%) HP
6 26 (8.02%) McAfee
7 17 (5.25%) Symantec
8 14 (4.32%) Red Hat
8 14 (4.32%) IBM
9 13 (4.01%) Veritas
10 11 (3.40%) Dell
11 9 (2.78%) Avaya
12 8 (2.47%) Juniper
13 7 (2.16%) Oracle
13 7 (2.16%) Sophos
14 6 (1.85%) Altiris
14 6 (1.85%) Polycom
14 6 (1.85%) 3PAR
15 4 (1.23%) ServiceNow
15 4 (1.23%) Apple
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