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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 468 452 496
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +44
Contract jobs citing MCSA 140 126 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.24% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.20% 1.42% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 60 35
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£323 £296 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.86% +20.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £150 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £275 £225
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 10
Average hourly rate £15.75 £17.00 £20.94
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.35% -18.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £30.20 £28.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -34.73%

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
11690 8879 9127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.49% 17.08% 17.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6593 4997 4784
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 528 382 565
Average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -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 21 November 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
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 21 November 2014.

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 21 November 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 -4 131 £319 +6.25% 82
South East +14 52 £347 +73.74% 14
London -18 36 £215 -41.89% 26
Hampshire +6 28 £347 - 1
City of London +13 16 £215 -46.25% 10
North West 0 11 £413 +53.48% 6
Surrey -4 11 £135 -37.20% 2
North East - 9 £255 - 5
Manchester -5 8 £413 +108.86% 5
Scotland -9 7 £350 +33.33% 2
Tyne and Wear - 7 £265 - 4
Berkshire +7 6 £325 +8.33% 5
Yorkshire -7 6 £311 +5.50% 6
West Yorkshire +1 5 £311 +5.50% 4
Leeds -7 5 £311 +5.50% 4
West Midlands -8 5 £290 - 5
East of England -25 4 £170 -42.85% 6
South West -38 4 £175 +16.66% 14
Southampton - 4 £350 -
Farnham - 4 - - 1
Essex -8 3 £169 - 1
Isle of Wight - 3 £350 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £300 - 3
East Midlands +3 2 £175 -
Buckinghamshire -9 2 £410 +105.00% 4
Wiltshire -17 2 £163 -50.00% 1
Cheshire - 2 £390 - 1
Swindon - 2 £163 - 1
Newbury - 2 - - 1
Birmingham - 2 - - 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 239 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 197 (82.43%) Windows
3 169 (70.71%) Microsoft
4 141 (59.00%) MCSE
5 140 (58.58%) Active Directory
6 110 (46.03%) ITIL
7 104 (43.51%) VMware
8 79 (33.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 78 (32.64%) MCITP
10 70 (29.29%) MCP
11 66 (27.62%) Citrix
12 62 (25.94%) MS Exchange
13 59 (24.69%) VMware Infrastructure
14 54 (22.59%) Windows 7
14 54 (22.59%) Cisco
15 52 (21.76%) MS Excel
16 49 (20.50%) Windows Server 2003
17 46 (19.25%) MS Office
17 46 (19.25%) Security Cleared
17 46 (19.25%) Windows Server 2012
18 45 (18.83%) PowerShell
19 43 (17.99%) MCTS
20 41 (17.15%) SQL
21 38 (15.90%) Hyper-V
22 36 (15.06%) SC Cleared
22 36 (15.06%) SQL Server
22 36 (15.06%) HP
22 36 (15.06%) SAN
23 34 (14.23%) HTML
23 34 (14.23%) XML

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 62 (25.94%) MS Exchange
2 22 (9.21%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (7.11%) Exchange Server 2007
4 16 (6.69%) SharePoint
5 14 (5.86%) IIS
6 11 (4.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (2.93%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (2.93%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (2.51%) Lync
9 4 (1.67%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (1.67%) WorkSite
10 2 (0.84%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.84%) Site Server
11 1 (0.42%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.42%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.42%) Apache
11 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 52 (21.76%) MS Excel
2 46 (19.25%) MS Office
3 1 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) assyst
1 1 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (3.35%) Office 365
3 6 (2.51%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.09%) IaaS
5 2 (0.84%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (15.06%) SAN
2 30 (12.55%) DNS
3 25 (10.46%) DHCP
4 23 (9.62%) Firewall
5 18 (7.53%) WAN
5 18 (7.53%) LAN
6 14 (5.86%) TCP/IP
7 11 (4.60%) VPN
8 10 (4.18%) Internet
9 7 (2.93%) VoIP
10 6 (2.51%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (2.51%) VLAN
10 6 (2.51%) NAS
11 5 (2.09%) Network Security
11 5 (2.09%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.67%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (1.67%) SNMP
12 4 (1.67%) Intranet
12 4 (1.67%) Wireless
12 4 (1.67%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (15.06%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (4.18%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (4.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (2.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (2.09%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.09%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.26%) DTS
6 3 (1.26%) RDBMS
6 3 (1.26%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.26%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.42%) VLDB
7 1 (0.42%) OLAP
7 1 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.42%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 12 (5.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (2.93%) WinRunner
2 7 (2.93%) TestDirector
2 7 (2.93%) QuickTest Pro
3 6 (2.51%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.42%) GCC
5 1 (0.42%) MSI
General
1 23 (9.62%) Finance
2 5 (2.09%) Banking
3 4 (1.67%) Legal
4 3 (1.26%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.84%) Law
6 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.42%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.42%) Marketing
6 1 (0.42%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.42%) German Language
Job Titles
1 47 (19.67%) Support Engineer
2 30 (12.55%) Analyst
3 28 (11.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (10.04%) Wintel Engineer
5 20 (8.37%) IT Support
5 20 (8.37%) Consultant
5 20 (8.37%) Desktop Support
6 18 (7.53%) 3rd Line Support
7 15 (6.28%) Support Analyst
8 12 (5.02%) Desktop Engineer
8 12 (5.02%) Server Engineer
9 11 (4.60%) IT Support Engineer
9 11 (4.60%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 11 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
10 10 (4.18%) Administrator
10 10 (4.18%) Service Analyst
10 10 (4.18%) Service Desk Analyst
11 8 (3.35%) Developer
11 8 (3.35%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (2.93%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (14.23%) HTML
1 34 (14.23%) XML
2 6 (2.51%) .NET
2 6 (2.51%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.09%) XSLT
4 4 (1.67%) WCF
4 4 (1.67%) WF
4 4 (1.67%) Silverlight
5 3 (1.26%) SAP Basis
6 2 (0.84%) Web Services
6 2 (0.84%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.42%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.42%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.42%) jQuery
7 1 (0.42%) VML
7 1 (0.42%) X-Windows
7 1 (0.42%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (9.21%) Blackberry
2 15 (6.28%) Clustering
3 14 (5.86%) Computer Science
3 14 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.77%) Replication
5 7 (2.93%) PDA
6 5 (2.09%) CMDB
6 5 (2.09%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.09%) PKI
7 4 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.67%) iPhone
7 4 (1.67%) iPad
8 2 (0.84%) Mathematics
8 2 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.84%) NHS
9 1 (0.42%) E-Learning
9 1 (0.42%) Grid Computing
9 1 (0.42%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.42%) Social Media
9 1 (0.42%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 197 (82.43%) Windows
2 79 (33.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 54 (22.59%) Windows 7
4 49 (20.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 46 (19.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (11.72%) Windows XP
7 19 (7.95%) Linux
8 10 (4.18%) Android
8 10 (4.18%) Windows 8
9 8 (3.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (2.93%) AIX
11 6 (2.51%) UNIX
12 5 (2.09%) Windows 2000
13 4 (1.67%) Windows Vista
14 3 (1.26%) Mac OS
14 3 (1.26%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.26%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.84%) Solaris
16 1 (0.42%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.42%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (46.03%) ITIL
2 28 (11.72%) High Availability
3 16 (6.69%) Change Management
4 12 (5.02%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (5.02%) PRINCE2
5 11 (4.60%) Service Management
6 10 (4.18%) Configuration Management
7 9 (3.77%) Validation
8 8 (3.35%) Migration
8 8 (3.35%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (3.35%) Incident Management
8 8 (3.35%) Project Management
8 8 (3.35%) Network Management
9 7 (2.93%) ITIL V3
9 7 (2.93%) Test Automation
9 7 (2.93%) Software Testing
10 6 (2.51%) Document Management
10 6 (2.51%) Service Delivery
10 6 (2.51%) Test Scripting
11 5 (2.09%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 45 (18.83%) PowerShell
2 41 (17.15%) SQL
3 29 (12.13%) VBScript
4 8 (3.35%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.51%) C#
6 5 (2.09%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.67%) C++
8 3 (1.26%) C
9 2 (0.84%) Perl
9 2 (0.84%) VB
10 1 (0.42%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 239 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 141 (59.00%) MCSE
3 78 (32.64%) MCITP
4 70 (29.29%) MCP
5 46 (19.25%) Security Cleared
6 43 (17.99%) MCTS
7 36 (15.06%) SC Cleared
8 32 (13.39%) Cisco Certification
9 31 (12.97%) CCNA
10 26 (10.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 25 (10.46%) Degree
12 17 (7.11%) MCDST
13 15 (6.28%) CCNP
14 13 (5.44%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (5.02%) A+ Certification
16 9 (3.77%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (3.35%) MOS
17 8 (3.35%) DV Cleared
18 7 (2.93%) ISTQB
19 6 (2.51%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (11.30%) SLA
2 5 (2.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (2.09%) QA
3 4 (1.67%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.84%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 140 (58.58%) Active Directory
2 59 (24.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (15.90%) Hyper-V
4 18 (7.53%) VMware ESX
5 16 (6.69%) XenApp
6 13 (5.44%) vSphere
7 7 (2.93%) UAG
7 7 (2.93%) XenDesktop
7 7 (2.93%) Xen
8 4 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.26%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (1.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.84%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (0.84%) XenServer
10 2 (0.84%) NFS
10 2 (0.84%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.84%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.42%) Samba
Systems Management
1 30 (12.55%) SCCM
2 12 (5.02%) SCOM
3 10 (4.18%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (2.93%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (2.93%) Netcool
5 6 (2.51%) Backup Exec
5 6 (2.51%) WSUS
6 4 (1.67%) SCOrch
7 3 (1.26%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.84%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.42%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.42%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.42%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.42%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 169 (70.71%) Microsoft
2 104 (43.51%) VMware
3 66 (27.62%) Citrix
4 54 (22.59%) Cisco
5 36 (15.06%) HP
6 17 (7.11%) Symantec
7 16 (6.69%) EMC
8 15 (6.28%) NetApp
8 15 (6.28%) McAfee
9 14 (5.86%) Apple
10 13 (5.44%) Red Hat
11 12 (5.02%) Dell
11 12 (5.02%) IBM
12 10 (4.18%) Reuters
13 8 (3.35%) Veritas
14 7 (2.93%) Remedy
14 7 (2.93%) Sophos
15 6 (2.51%) CheckPoint
15 6 (2.51%) SAP
15 6 (2.51%) Veeam
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