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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 482 441 515
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +74
Contract jobs citing MCSA 123 146 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.28% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 1.61% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 55 41
Average daily rate
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£323 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.27% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £175 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £275 £320
% change year-on-year
+25.45% -14.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 4
Average hourly rate £18.50 £16.25 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.84% +4.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £10.30 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £21.50 £20.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £14.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+32.20% -4.83%

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
11347 9077 10257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.55% 17.19% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6270 5099 5335
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £548 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 414 612
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -17.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £40.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -41 109 £300 - 86
London -10 43 £253 -32.66% 28
South East -6 27 £348 +16.00% 26
North West +5 18 £235 -21.66% 7
Hampshire -1 17 £348 - 8
City of London +26 15 £245 -33.55% 12
Manchester -2 13 £195 -25.35% 3
Scotland -12 12 £346 +38.49% 1
Surrey -1 7 £135 -55.00% 10
East of England -25 6 £170 -38.18% 7
Yorkshire - 6 £300 - 7
West Yorkshire - 6 £300 - 5
Leeds - 5 £303 - 2
Southampton - 4 £350 - 3
Cheshire +5 3 - - 3
West Midlands -22 3 £350 +169.23% 4
South West -34 3 £205 +13.88% 3
Birmingham - 3 £350 - 2
Berkshire +4 2 - -
Colchester -4 2 £169 -
Glasgow -12 2 £314 +19.52%
Essex -13 2 £169 - 3
Cambridgeshire - 2 £258 - 4
Bournemouth +2 1 - -
Bedford 0 1 £350 -
Swindon -5 1 £205 - 1
Dorset -7 1 - - 1
Wiltshire -14 1 £205 -36.92% 1
Bedfordshire -18 1 £350 -
Somerset - 1 - -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 197 (83.47%) Windows
3 162 (68.64%) Microsoft
4 135 (57.20%) MCSE
5 132 (55.93%) Active Directory
6 106 (44.92%) ITIL
7 102 (43.22%) VMware
8 82 (34.75%) MCITP
9 80 (33.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 76 (32.20%) MCP
11 67 (28.39%) MS Exchange
12 66 (27.97%) Citrix
13 58 (24.58%) Windows 7
14 53 (22.46%) MCTS
15 52 (22.03%) Cisco
16 51 (21.61%) MS Office
17 49 (20.76%) Windows Server 2003
17 49 (20.76%) VMware Infrastructure
18 45 (19.07%) MS Excel
19 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012
20 43 (18.22%) SCCM
21 42 (17.80%) Cisco Certification
21 42 (17.80%) CCNA
22 41 (17.37%) SQL
23 39 (16.53%) PowerShell
24 34 (14.41%) Exchange Server 2010
25 33 (13.98%) Windows XP
26 32 (13.56%) SQL Server
26 32 (13.56%) Degree
27 30 (12.71%) Finance

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 67 (28.39%) MS Exchange
2 34 (14.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (9.75%) SharePoint
4 18 (7.63%) Exchange Server 2007
5 16 (6.78%) IIS
6 11 (4.66%) SharePoint 2013
7 9 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2003
7 9 (3.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.69%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (1.27%) Lync
10 2 (0.85%) Site Server
11 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.42%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.42%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.42%) WorkSite
11 1 (0.42%) OpenStack
Applications
1 51 (21.61%) MS Office
2 45 (19.07%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.85%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.85%) MS Project
4 1 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.85%) assyst
1 2 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.42%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.24%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.24%) Office 365
3 9 (3.81%) IaaS
4 2 (0.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (12.71%) SAN
2 29 (12.29%) Firewall
2 29 (12.29%) DNS
3 23 (9.75%) DHCP
4 18 (7.63%) LAN
4 18 (7.63%) WAN
4 18 (7.63%) Internet
5 13 (5.51%) Wi-Fi
6 12 (5.08%) VPN
7 11 (4.66%) VoIP
8 9 (3.81%) TCP/IP
8 9 (3.81%) Network Security
9 5 (2.12%) Wireless
10 4 (1.69%) BIG-IP
10 4 (1.69%) Intranet
10 4 (1.69%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (1.69%) NetScaler
10 4 (1.69%) Extranet
10 4 (1.69%) HTTP
11 3 (1.27%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (13.56%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (5.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (5.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (4.66%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (3.81%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (2.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (2.12%) Oracle Database
9 4 (1.69%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (1.69%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (1.69%) MySQL
10 3 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.27%) DTS
10 3 (1.27%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.27%) SAP HANA
10 3 (1.27%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.42%) QlikView
11 1 (0.42%) VLDB
11 1 (0.42%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 8 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.12%) WinRunner
2 5 (2.12%) TestDirector
2 5 (2.12%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (1.69%) MSI
3 4 (1.69%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.69%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.42%) GCC
4 1 (0.42%) InstallShield
General
1 30 (12.71%) Finance
2 9 (3.81%) Banking
3 5 (2.12%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.69%) Law
5 1 (0.42%) Legal
5 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.42%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.42%) German Language
5 1 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.42%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 37 (15.68%) Analyst
2 34 (14.41%) Support Engineer
3 31 (13.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 20 (8.47%) Support Analyst
5 18 (7.63%) Desktop Support
5 18 (7.63%) Consultant
6 17 (7.20%) Wintel Engineer
7 15 (6.36%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (5.93%) 2nd Line Support
8 14 (5.93%) Administrator
9 13 (5.51%) Service Analyst
9 13 (5.51%) Service Desk Analyst
10 11 (4.66%) Server Engineer
10 11 (4.66%) IT Support
11 9 (3.81%) Desktop Engineer
11 9 (3.81%) Network Engineer
12 8 (3.39%) DBA
12 8 (3.39%) Developer
12 8 (3.39%) SQL DBA
13 7 (2.97%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.75%) XML
1 23 (9.75%) HTML
2 6 (2.54%) .NET
2 6 (2.54%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.12%) XSLT
4 4 (1.69%) WCF
4 4 (1.69%) WF
4 4 (1.69%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.85%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.42%) jQuery
6 1 (0.42%) CSS
6 1 (0.42%) Web Services
6 1 (0.42%) WAP
6 1 (0.42%) VML
6 1 (0.42%) X-Windows
6 1 (0.42%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.42%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.42%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.75%) Blackberry
2 18 (7.63%) Computer Science
3 17 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.81%) CMDB
4 9 (3.81%) Clustering
4 9 (3.81%) PKI
5 7 (2.97%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.12%) Replication
6 5 (2.12%) PDA
7 4 (1.69%) iPad
7 4 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.27%) iPhone
9 2 (0.85%) EqualLogic
9 2 (0.85%) Mathematics
9 2 (0.85%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.85%) Grid Computing
10 1 (0.42%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.42%) Handset
10 1 (0.42%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.42%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 197 (83.47%) Windows
2 80 (33.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 58 (24.58%) Windows 7
4 49 (20.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 44 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (13.98%) Windows XP
7 28 (11.86%) Linux
8 14 (5.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (5.08%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.39%) Windows Vista
10 8 (3.39%) Android
11 7 (2.97%) UNIX
12 6 (2.54%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.12%) Windows 2000
13 5 (2.12%) AIX
14 4 (1.69%) Solaris
15 3 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
16 2 (0.85%) Mac OS
17 1 (0.42%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (44.92%) ITIL
2 25 (10.59%) Disaster Recovery
3 18 (7.63%) Configuration Management
3 18 (7.63%) High Availability
4 17 (7.20%) Change Management
5 9 (3.81%) Workflow
5 9 (3.81%) Service Management
5 9 (3.81%) Migration
5 9 (3.81%) Capacity Planning
6 8 (3.39%) ITIL V3
6 8 (3.39%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (2.97%) Incident Management
7 7 (2.97%) PRINCE2
7 7 (2.97%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (2.54%) Network Management
8 6 (2.54%) CRM
9 5 (2.12%) Project Management
9 5 (2.12%) Service Delivery
9 5 (2.12%) Validation
9 5 (2.12%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (17.37%) SQL
2 39 (16.53%) PowerShell
3 19 (8.05%) VBScript
4 12 (5.08%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.54%) C#
6 5 (2.12%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.69%) Perl
7 4 (1.69%) C++
7 4 (1.69%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.27%) C
9 2 (0.85%) VB
10 1 (0.42%) PowerHouse
10 1 (0.42%) PHP
Qualifications
1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (57.20%) MCSE
3 82 (34.75%) MCITP
4 76 (32.20%) MCP
5 53 (22.46%) MCTS
6 42 (17.80%) CCNA
6 42 (17.80%) Cisco Certification
7 32 (13.56%) Degree
8 29 (12.29%) Security Cleared
9 25 (10.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 21 (8.90%) SC Cleared
11 20 (8.47%) MCDST
12 14 (5.93%) A+ Certification
13 13 (5.51%) ITIL Certification
14 11 (4.66%) CCNP
15 10 (4.24%) MOS
16 8 (3.39%) Citrix Certification
17 6 (2.54%) CCA
17 6 (2.54%) ACSA
18 5 (2.12%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (8.90%) SLA
2 7 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.54%) QA
4 4 (1.69%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 132 (55.93%) Active Directory
2 49 (20.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (9.32%) Hyper-V
4 20 (8.47%) VMware ESX
5 18 (7.63%) XenApp
6 14 (5.93%) vSphere
7 9 (3.81%) UAG
8 7 (2.97%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (2.54%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.54%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (2.12%) Xen
11 4 (1.69%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (1.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (1.27%) XenServer
12 3 (1.27%) KVM
13 2 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.85%) NFS
13 2 (0.85%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.42%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 43 (18.22%) SCCM
2 18 (7.63%) SCOM
3 8 (3.39%) Backup Exec
3 8 (3.39%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (2.97%) WSUS
5 6 (2.54%) SCOrch
6 5 (2.12%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (2.12%) Netcool
7 4 (1.69%) Data Guard
7 4 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (1.27%) ZENworks
9 2 (0.85%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.42%) XenMobile
10 1 (0.42%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.42%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.42%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 162 (68.64%) Microsoft
2 102 (43.22%) VMware
3 66 (27.97%) Citrix
4 52 (22.03%) Cisco
5 29 (12.29%) HP
6 20 (8.47%) Symantec
7 19 (8.05%) Red Hat
8 17 (7.20%) Apple
9 15 (6.36%) NetApp
10 14 (5.93%) EMC
11 12 (5.08%) IBM
11 12 (5.08%) McAfee
12 9 (3.81%) Remedy
13 8 (3.39%) Sophos
14 7 (2.97%) CheckPoint
14 7 (2.97%) Oracle
14 7 (2.97%) Dell
14 7 (2.97%) Veeam
15 6 (2.54%) Avaya
15 6 (2.54%) Veritas
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