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 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 503 474 521
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +47
Contract jobs citing MCSA 159 178 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.31% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.39% 1.62% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 97 72
Median daily rate £325 £320 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +21.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £135 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £321 £320 £225
% change year-on-year
+0.31% +42.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 23 16
Median hourly rate £28.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.69% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.83 £13.60 £13.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £30.50 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £16.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+67.16% +11.66%

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
11467 10977 10650
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.29% 19.22% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 7165 6577 6018
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
- +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 545 472
Median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £51.17 £44.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £24.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+22.91% +26.31%

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 29 July 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
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 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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 -34 130 £330 +3.12% 86
London -19 41 £325 +4.83% 34
Scotland +25 28 £275 -31.25% 4
South West +4 18 £600 +60.00% 9
West Midlands -13 17 £363 -19.44% 2
Renfrewshire -6 16 £284 -31.15%
South East -10 16 £347 -0.28% 19
Erskine -10 16 £284 -31.15%
East of England +18 11 £221 -35.63% 2
Yorkshire +5 10 £375 +114.28% 5
Birmingham -5 9 £400 -11.11%
Berkshire +5 7 £350 +100.00% 4
South Yorkshire -6 7 £375 +255.46%
North West -26 7 £273 +54.60% 11
North East -33 7 £321 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -37 7 £321 -
Tyne and Wear -38 7 £321 -
Hertfordshire +20 6 £221 -31.92% 2
Wiltshire +3 5 £600 +20.00% 2
Herefordshire - 5 £300 -
Rotherham - 5 £375 -
City of London +31 4 £210 -37.54% 4
Bristol +7 4 £420 +154.54% 2
Hook +1 4 £356 +10.31% 2
Hampshire -7 4 £356 +2.22% 5
Manchester -18 4 £325 +140.74% 4
Hereford - 4 £313 -
Cambridge +18 3 - -
Cambridgeshire +17 3 - -
Leeds +6 3 - - 3

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 360 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 285 (79.17%) Windows
3 264 (73.33%) Microsoft
4 219 (60.83%) MCSE
5 198 (55.00%) VMware
6 188 (52.22%) Active Directory
7 148 (41.11%) Windows Server
8 138 (38.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 137 (38.06%) ITIL
10 126 (35.00%) Windows Server 2012
11 124 (34.44%) MS Excel
12 118 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
13 109 (30.28%) Citrix
14 103 (28.61%) Security Cleared
14 103 (28.61%) Hyper-V
15 96 (26.67%) DNS
16 95 (26.39%) PowerShell
17 92 (25.56%) Windows 7
18 89 (24.72%) DHCP
19 87 (24.17%) SQL
19 87 (24.17%) HP
20 85 (23.61%) MS Exchange
21 82 (22.78%) Windows Server 2003
22 76 (21.11%) Cisco
23 71 (19.72%) MS Office
24 70 (19.44%) SQL Server
24 70 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
24 70 (19.44%) SC Cleared
25 69 (19.17%) MCITP
25 69 (19.17%) SAN

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 85 (23.61%) MS Exchange
2 43 (11.94%) SharePoint
3 42 (11.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (4.17%) OpenStack
5 14 (3.89%) IIS
6 12 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (3.33%) Skype for Business
7 11 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (2.78%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (2.78%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (1.94%) IBM Notes
10 6 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (1.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.83%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.56%) Apache
13 2 (0.56%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.56%) SAS
14 1 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 1 (0.28%) Confluence
Applications
1 124 (34.44%) MS Excel
2 71 (19.72%) MS Office
3 4 (1.11%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (1.11%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.56%) Eikon
2 1 (0.28%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.28%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.28%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.28%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.28%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.28%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.28%) Sage 50
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 43 (11.94%) Office 365
2 23 (6.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (3.61%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (2.50%) IaaS
5 4 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (1.11%) SoftLayer
6 3 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.83%) PaaS
6 3 (0.83%) SaaS
7 1 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.28%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.28%) IBM PureFlex
7 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 96 (26.67%) DNS
2 89 (24.72%) DHCP
3 69 (19.17%) SAN
4 65 (18.06%) TCP/IP
5 44 (12.22%) Firewall
6 35 (9.72%) WAN
7 31 (8.61%) VPN
8 29 (8.06%) LAN
9 21 (5.83%) Internet
10 19 (5.28%) SNMP
11 18 (5.00%) SSL
12 16 (4.44%) Wireless
13 15 (4.17%) HTTP
14 14 (3.89%) Ethernet
15 13 (3.61%) IPsec
15 13 (3.61%) IPv6
15 13 (3.61%) Software-Defined Networking
16 10 (2.78%) Cisco ASA
16 10 (2.78%) Fibre Channel
16 10 (2.78%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (19.44%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (3.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (1.39%) MS Access
6 5 (1.39%) MySQL
7 4 (1.11%) SQLPlus
8 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.28%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.28%) OLAP
9 1 (0.28%) OLTP
9 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 23 (6.39%) HP UFT
1 23 (6.39%) TestDirector
1 23 (6.39%) WinRunner
2 7 (1.94%) StarTeam
3 4 (1.11%) MSI
4 2 (0.56%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.56%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.28%) Ant
5 1 (0.28%) AppScan
5 1 (0.28%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.28%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.28%) JIRA
5 1 (0.28%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (0.28%) JUnit
5 1 (0.28%) Liquibase
5 1 (0.28%) Maven
5 1 (0.28%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.28%) tSQLt
General
1 27 (7.50%) Finance
2 14 (3.89%) Marketing
3 11 (3.06%) Banking
3 11 (3.06%) Legal
4 10 (2.78%) Back Office
5 8 (2.22%) Advertising
5 8 (2.22%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.94%) Law
6 7 (1.94%) Local Government
7 5 (1.39%) Billing
8 4 (1.11%) Retail
8 4 (1.11%) Telecoms
9 3 (0.83%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.56%) Military
11 1 (0.28%) Automotive
11 1 (0.28%) Electronics
11 1 (0.28%) Games
11 1 (0.28%) Publishing
11 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 69 (19.17%) Analyst
2 58 (16.11%) Support Engineer
3 35 (9.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 25 (6.94%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 25 (6.94%) Wintel Engineer
5 23 (6.39%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 23 (6.39%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 22 (6.11%) Test Analyst
7 20 (5.56%) Windows Engineer
8 18 (5.00%) Desktop Support
8 18 (5.00%) Server Engineer
8 18 (5.00%) Service Analyst
8 18 (5.00%) Support Analyst
9 17 (4.72%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
10 15 (4.17%) Architect
10 15 (4.17%) Service Desk Analyst
10 15 (4.17%) VMware Engineer
11 14 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (3.89%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (4.72%) XML
2 13 (3.61%) CSS
3 8 (2.22%) .NET
3 8 (2.22%) REST
3 8 (2.22%) Web Services
3 8 (2.22%) WSDL
3 8 (2.22%) XSD
4 6 (1.67%) SAML
5 4 (1.11%) HTML
6 2 (0.56%) Software Packaging
6 2 (0.56%) WAP
7 1 (0.28%) Classic ASP
7 1 (0.28%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 42 (11.67%) Clustering
2 40 (11.11%) Data Centre
3 24 (6.67%) Computer Science
4 20 (5.56%) PDA
5 16 (4.44%) Blackberry
6 15 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
7 14 (3.89%) Management Information System
7 14 (3.89%) Private Cloud
8 13 (3.61%) Driving Licence
8 13 (3.61%) Public Cloud
9 11 (3.06%) Client/Server
10 9 (2.50%) PKI
11 6 (1.67%) NHS
11 6 (1.67%) Replication
11 6 (1.67%) Statistics
12 5 (1.39%) Wiki
13 4 (1.11%) Fat Client
13 4 (1.11%) iPad
13 4 (1.11%) Thin Client
14 3 (0.83%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 285 (79.17%) Windows
2 148 (41.11%) Windows Server
3 138 (38.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 126 (35.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 92 (25.56%) Windows 7
6 82 (22.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 49 (13.61%) Linux
8 44 (12.22%) Windows XP
9 28 (7.78%) AIX
10 25 (6.94%) Windows 8
11 19 (5.28%) Windows 10
12 15 (4.17%) Ubuntu
13 12 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (2.78%) Unix
15 7 (1.94%) Apple iOS
16 6 (1.67%) Mac OS
17 5 (1.39%) Data ONTAP
17 5 (1.39%) Mac OS X Server
17 5 (1.39%) VMS
18 3 (0.83%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (38.06%) ITIL
2 52 (14.44%) Change Management
3 37 (10.28%) Software Testing
4 34 (9.44%) Migration
5 25 (6.94%) Smoke Testing
5 25 (6.94%) Test Scripting
6 23 (6.39%) Test Automation
7 19 (5.28%) ITIL V3
7 19 (5.28%) Mentoring
8 16 (4.44%) Unit Testing
9 15 (4.17%) Load Balancing
10 14 (3.89%) Configuration Management
10 14 (3.89%) Presales
11 13 (3.61%) Project Management
11 13 (3.61%) Service Management
12 12 (3.33%) Problem Management
12 12 (3.33%) Process Improvement
12 12 (3.33%) Workflow
13 11 (3.06%) Risk Management
13 11 (3.06%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 95 (26.39%) PowerShell
2 87 (24.17%) SQL
3 22 (6.11%) VBScript
4 14 (3.89%) VB
5 13 (3.61%) C#
6 11 (3.06%) C
7 9 (2.50%) Java
8 7 (1.94%) T-SQL
9 6 (1.67%) C++
10 5 (1.39%) VBA
11 2 (0.56%) PHP
12 1 (0.28%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 360 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 219 (60.83%) MCSE
3 103 (28.61%) Security Cleared
4 70 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
4 70 (19.44%) SC Cleared
5 69 (19.17%) MCITP
6 64 (17.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 61 (16.94%) MCP
8 57 (15.83%) CCNA
9 39 (10.83%) MCTS
10 32 (8.89%) Degree
11 28 (7.78%) ISTQB
12 23 (6.39%) MCSD
13 20 (5.56%) CCNP
14 19 (5.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 17 (4.72%) A+ Certification
16 16 (4.44%) DV Cleared
17 15 (4.17%) Network+ Certification
18 14 (3.89%) Citrix Certification
19 12 (3.33%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.06%) SLA
2 7 (1.94%) HL7
3 4 (1.11%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) QA
System Software
1 188 (52.22%) Active Directory
2 118 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (28.61%) Hyper-V
4 63 (17.50%) vSphere
5 26 (7.22%) VMware ESX
6 20 (5.56%) XenApp
7 12 (3.33%) Xen
8 10 (2.78%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (2.50%) Docker
10 7 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (1.67%) XenDesktop
12 4 (1.11%) NFS
12 4 (1.11%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.56%) Postfix
15 1 (0.28%) DFS Replication
15 1 (0.28%) Firmware
15 1 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
15 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 63 (17.50%) SCCM
2 40 (11.11%) McAfee ePO
3 33 (9.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 28 (7.78%) Netcool
5 24 (6.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 23 (6.39%) HP Quality Center
7 21 (5.83%) Backup Exec
8 19 (5.28%) WSUS
9 16 (4.44%) NetBackup
10 12 (3.33%) SCOM
11 10 (2.78%) Microsoft Intune
12 9 (2.50%) WMI
13 6 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
14 5 (1.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 4 (1.11%) BladeLogic
15 4 (1.11%) DameWare
15 4 (1.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 4 (1.11%) Norton AntiVirus
16 3 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
16 3 (0.83%) SCSM
Vendors
1 264 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 198 (55.00%) VMware
3 109 (30.28%) Citrix
4 87 (24.17%) HP
5 76 (21.11%) Cisco
6 45 (12.50%) Intel Security
7 30 (8.33%) Veritas
8 24 (6.67%) Dell
9 23 (6.39%) Oracle
9 23 (6.39%) Symantec
10 21 (5.83%) Altiris
10 21 (5.83%) Apple
11 15 (4.17%) NetApp
12 13 (3.61%) Red Hat
13 12 (3.33%) IBM
14 11 (3.06%) iManage
14 11 (3.06%) Juniper
15 9 (2.50%) Reuters
16 8 (2.22%) ServiceNow
17 7 (1.94%) Lotus
Reading, Berkshire
Bankside Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £13 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £373 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
LA International
Rate: 380
Posted: 6 days ago