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 2 May 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
2 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 443 465 518
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +53
Contract jobs citing MCSA 203 171 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.30% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.71% 1.54% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 106 52
Median daily rate £300 £300 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £143 £101
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £336 £288 £150
% change year-on-year
+16.95% +91.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 7 24
Median hourly rate £36.75 £15.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+145.00% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.35 £14.50 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.25 £43.46 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+122.72% +6.45%

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
11853 11084 10897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.26% 19.54% 19.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 7446 6263 6187
Median daily rate £400 £393 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £535 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 558 555
Median hourly rate £31.00 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.77% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 2 May 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 2 May 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 2 May 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 +4 154 £309 +8.33% 64
London -30 53 £281 -12.10% 20
South East -29 51 £350 +45.83% 20
Scotland +7 41 £295 -6.71% 2
Renfrewshire -9 33 £295 -13.55%
Erskine -9 33 £295 -13.55%
North West +8 16 £305 +27.74% 2
Berkshire +14 15 £350 -6.66% 3
Surrey -10 13 £350 +75.00% 5
Reading - 13 £350 - 1
West Midlands -3 9 £275 -19.70% 1
Hampshire -33 9 £413 +71.87% 8
West Sussex -12 8 £350 +20.68%
Birmingham +10 7 £275 -19.70% 1
Yorkshire +6 7 £275 +18.27% 10
East of England +4 7 £388 +19.23% 2
Redhill - 7 £350 -
Manchester -1 6 £335 +40.31% 2
City of London +21 5 £475 +72.72% 2
East Midlands +9 5 £205 -18.00% 5
Cheshire - 5 £305 -
Lancashire - 5 £175 -
Glasgow +4 4 £335 +8.94% 2
West Yorkshire +3 4 - - 6
Leeds -4 4 - - 5
Crawley - 4 £340 -
Chester - 4 £278 -
Hertfordshire +11 3 £388 +19.23% 1
Hook -1 3 £349 +2.86%
South West -8 3 - - 4

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 May 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.

1 359 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 266 (74.09%) Windows
3 251 (69.92%) Microsoft
4 209 (58.22%) VMware
5 207 (57.66%) Active Directory
6 205 (57.10%) MCSE
7 142 (39.55%) ITIL
8 140 (39.00%) Windows Server
9 138 (38.44%) VMware Infrastructure
10 136 (37.88%) Windows Server 2008
11 115 (32.03%) Windows Server 2012
12 112 (31.20%) Hyper-V
13 104 (28.97%) MS Exchange
14 102 (28.41%) Citrix
15 99 (27.58%) MS Excel
16 89 (24.79%) Windows Server 2003
17 85 (23.68%) DNS
17 85 (23.68%) SQL
18 81 (22.56%) Windows 7
19 80 (22.28%) PowerShell
20 79 (22.01%) HP
20 79 (22.01%) Cisco
21 76 (21.17%) Cisco Certification
21 76 (21.17%) DHCP
22 74 (20.61%) Security Cleared
23 73 (20.33%) vSphere
24 70 (19.50%) MCITP
25 69 (19.22%) MCP
26 67 (18.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
27 61 (16.99%) CCNA

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
1 104 (28.97%) MS Exchange
2 53 (14.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (6.96%) SharePoint
4 21 (5.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (5.01%) Exchange Server 2007
5 18 (5.01%) OpenStack
6 17 (4.74%) IIS
7 9 (2.51%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (1.11%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.56%) Apache
10 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.56%) SAS
11 1 (0.28%) CMS
11 1 (0.28%) Confluence
11 1 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.28%) Node.js
11 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.28%) Umbraco
Applications
1 99 (27.58%) MS Excel
2 49 (13.65%) MS Office
3 2 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.28%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.28%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.28%) Eikon
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 41 (11.42%) Office 365
2 29 (8.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (4.74%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (3.06%) IaaS
5 7 (1.95%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.11%) PaaS
7 3 (0.84%) SaaS
8 2 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.56%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.28%) GitHub
9 1 (0.28%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.28%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 85 (23.68%) DNS
2 76 (21.17%) DHCP
3 56 (15.60%) TCP/IP
4 54 (15.04%) SAN
5 53 (14.76%) Firewall
6 27 (7.52%) WAN
7 26 (7.24%) VPN
8 25 (6.96%) LAN
9 19 (5.29%) VLAN
10 15 (4.18%) Internet
11 10 (2.79%) Fibre Channel
11 10 (2.79%) SNMP
12 9 (2.51%) Ethernet
12 9 (2.51%) HTTP
12 9 (2.51%) IPsec
12 9 (2.51%) IPv6
12 9 (2.51%) NetScaler
12 9 (2.51%) Software-Defined Networking
12 9 (2.51%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (1.95%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (11.14%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.39%) MS Access
3 5 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.56%) SQLPlus
6 1 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.28%) GIS
6 1 (0.28%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.28%) MySQL
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.28%) Power BI
6 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 38 (10.58%) HP UFT
1 38 (10.58%) TestDirector
1 38 (10.58%) WinRunner
2 3 (0.84%) MSI
3 2 (0.56%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.56%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.56%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.28%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.28%) JIRA
4 1 (0.28%) Karma Test Runner
4 1 (0.28%) Moq
4 1 (0.28%) NSubstitute
4 1 (0.28%) NUnit
4 1 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.28%) Selenium
4 1 (0.28%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 23 (6.41%) Finance
2 12 (3.34%) Legal
2 12 (3.34%) Marketing
3 10 (2.79%) Banking
4 9 (2.51%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.95%) Local Government
5 7 (1.95%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.39%) Law
7 4 (1.11%) Retail
8 3 (0.84%) Advertising
8 3 (0.84%) Back Office
9 2 (0.56%) Automotive
9 2 (0.56%) Billing
9 2 (0.56%) Publishing
10 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.28%) Electronics
10 1 (0.28%) Games
10 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 74 (20.61%) Analyst
2 51 (14.21%) Support Engineer
3 34 (9.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 27 (7.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 26 (7.24%) Test Analyst
6 22 (6.13%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 22 (6.13%) Wintel Engineer
7 21 (5.85%) Support Analyst
7 21 (5.85%) Virtualisation Engineer
8 20 (5.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 20 (5.57%) Consultant
8 20 (5.57%) IT Engineer
9 19 (5.29%) 2nd Line Support
9 19 (5.29%) Service Analyst
10 17 (4.74%) Systems Engineer
10 17 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
11 16 (4.46%) Server Engineer
11 16 (4.46%) Service Desk Analyst
11 16 (4.46%) Wintel Support
12 15 (4.18%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.79%) CSS
2 9 (2.51%) .NET
3 8 (2.23%) XML
4 6 (1.67%) SAML
5 5 (1.39%) ELK Stack
5 5 (1.39%) Web Services
6 4 (1.11%) HTML
6 4 (1.11%) Middleware
7 2 (0.56%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.56%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.56%) WAP
7 2 (0.56%) WCF
8 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.28%) CSS3
8 1 (0.28%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.28%) HTML5
8 1 (0.28%) jQuery
8 1 (0.28%) Ninject
8 1 (0.28%) OAuth
8 1 (0.28%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 47 (13.09%) Clustering
2 35 (9.75%) Data Centre
3 33 (9.19%) PDA
4 30 (8.36%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (5.01%) Computer Science
6 17 (4.74%) Driving Licence
7 14 (3.90%) Management Information System
8 11 (3.06%) PKI
9 9 (2.51%) Blackberry
9 9 (2.51%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (1.39%) Statistics
12 4 (1.11%) Fat Client
12 4 (1.11%) Replication
12 4 (1.11%) Thin Client
13 3 (0.84%) iPad
13 3 (0.84%) Life Science
13 3 (0.84%) Mainframe
13 3 (0.84%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 266 (74.09%) Windows
2 140 (39.00%) Windows Server
3 136 (37.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 115 (32.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 89 (24.79%) Windows Server 2003
6 81 (22.56%) Windows 7
7 54 (15.04%) Linux
7 54 (15.04%) Windows XP
8 35 (9.75%) AIX
9 18 (5.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (3.34%) Windows 8
11 10 (2.79%) Unix
11 10 (2.79%) Windows 10
12 6 (1.67%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.84%) Android
13 3 (0.84%) Data ONTAP
13 3 (0.84%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.84%) Mac OS X Server
13 3 (0.84%) VMS
14 2 (0.56%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (39.55%) ITIL
2 55 (15.32%) Change Management
3 45 (12.53%) Migration
4 44 (12.26%) Software Testing
5 38 (10.58%) Test Automation
6 32 (8.91%) Test Scripting
7 21 (5.85%) ITIL V3
8 20 (5.57%) Incident Management
9 18 (5.01%) Disaster Recovery
10 17 (4.74%) Mentoring
11 16 (4.46%) Data Migration
12 15 (4.18%) Presales
13 14 (3.90%) Configuration Management
13 14 (3.90%) Information Security
13 14 (3.90%) Problem Management
14 13 (3.62%) Ethical Hacking
14 13 (3.62%) Project Management
14 13 (3.62%) Security Management
14 13 (3.62%) Service Management
15 12 (3.34%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 85 (23.68%) SQL
2 80 (22.28%) PowerShell
3 18 (5.01%) VBScript
4 17 (4.74%) VB
5 10 (2.79%) C#
6 8 (2.23%) C
7 6 (1.67%) C++
8 5 (1.39%) VBA
9 4 (1.11%) Ruby
9 4 (1.11%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.56%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.28%) Java
11 1 (0.28%) PHP
11 1 (0.28%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 359 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 205 (57.10%) MCSE
3 76 (21.17%) Cisco Certification
4 74 (20.61%) Security Cleared
5 70 (19.50%) MCITP
6 69 (19.22%) MCP
7 67 (18.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 61 (16.99%) CCNA
9 49 (13.65%) SC Cleared
10 44 (12.26%) MCTS
11 32 (8.91%) ISTQB
12 23 (6.41%) CISSP
13 22 (6.13%) Degree
14 15 (4.18%) CEH
15 14 (3.90%) Citrix Certification
16 12 (3.34%) MCSD
17 11 (3.06%) CCNP
18 10 (2.79%) DV Cleared
18 10 (2.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 8 (2.23%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.01%) PCI DSS
2 9 (2.51%) SLA
3 7 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.67%) ISO 9000
5 5 (1.39%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.56%) QA
System Software
1 207 (57.66%) Active Directory
2 138 (38.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (31.20%) Hyper-V
4 73 (20.33%) vSphere
5 48 (13.37%) VMware ESX
6 16 (4.46%) XenApp
7 10 (2.79%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (1.67%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.84%) UAG
9 3 (0.84%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.56%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.56%) NFS
10 2 (0.56%) Xen
11 1 (0.28%) Snort
11 1 (0.28%) vCloud
11 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 56 (15.60%) McAfee ePO
2 52 (14.48%) SCCM
3 38 (10.58%) HP Quality Center
4 35 (9.75%) Netcool
5 29 (8.08%) WSUS
6 23 (6.41%) Backup Exec
7 22 (6.13%) NetBackup
8 15 (4.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 13 (3.62%) SCOM
10 10 (2.79%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (2.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 9 (2.51%) Puppet
12 6 (1.67%) Windows Intune
12 6 (1.67%) WMI
13 5 (1.39%) Cisco UCCX
13 5 (1.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 4 (1.11%) BladeLogic
14 4 (1.11%) Cacti
14 4 (1.11%) Nagios
14 4 (1.11%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 251 (69.92%) Microsoft
2 209 (58.22%) VMware
3 102 (28.41%) Citrix
4 79 (22.01%) Cisco
4 79 (22.01%) HP
5 58 (16.16%) Intel Security
6 37 (10.31%) Veritas
7 28 (7.80%) Dell
8 22 (6.13%) NetApp
9 19 (5.29%) Oracle
9 19 (5.29%) Red Hat
9 19 (5.29%) Symantec
10 15 (4.18%) IBM
11 9 (2.51%) Altiris
11 9 (2.51%) Apple
12 8 (2.23%) Hitachi
12 8 (2.23%) Intel
12 8 (2.23%) Sophos
13 7 (1.95%) EMC
14 6 (1.67%) Rackspace
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