The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 482 455 480
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +25
Contract jobs citing MCSA 114 96 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.20% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.09% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 44 48
Average daily rate £213 £245 £236
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.26% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £101 £132 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £468 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £170 £240 £213
% change year-on-year
-29.16% +12.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 13 14
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -26.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £11.20 £13.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £24.80 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £12.25 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+22.44% -34.66%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10937 8810 10503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.45% 18.17% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6204 4687 5415
Average daily rate £375 £370 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -5.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 474 578
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £51.50 £45.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%

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 23 April 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
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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -27 103 £198 -19.38% 35
London -16 39 £325 +30.00% 6
South East -2 23 £128 -46.87% 11
City of London -7 13 £230 -51.57% 2
South West -13 13 £150 -47.36% 3
North West -16 10 - - 5
East of England -35 9 £170 -2.15% 3
Berkshire - 9 £100 - 3
Manchester -1 8 - - 5
Somerset -14 7 £150 -
Bath - 7 £150 -
Essex -11 6 £170 -2.15% 1
Colchester - 5 £170 -
Scotland -5 4 £335 +91.42%
Buckinghamshire - 4 £244 -
West Sussex - 4 - - 2
Surrey -10 3 £128 -51.88% 2
East Midlands -12 3 - - 4
Cambridgeshire -15 3 - - 1
West Midlands -18 3 £365 +170.37%
Reading - 3 £200 -
Nottinghamshire - 3 - -
Crawley - 3 - -
Peterborough - 3 - -
Cardiff -17 2 £250 -28.57%
South Wales -21 2 £250 -28.57%
Bristol -22 2 £100 - 1
Wales -23 2 £250 -28.57%
Oxfordshire - 2 £375 - 2
Gloucestershire - 2 £293 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 217 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 188 (86.64%) Windows
3 146 (67.28%) MCSE
4 140 (64.52%) Microsoft
5 116 (53.46%) Active Directory
6 108 (49.77%) ITIL
7 96 (44.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 95 (43.78%) VMware
9 76 (35.02%) Citrix
10 70 (32.26%) MS Exchange
11 65 (29.95%) MCP
12 64 (29.49%) MCITP
13 61 (28.11%) Windows Server 2003
14 60 (27.65%) MS Excel
14 60 (27.65%) VMware Infrastructure
15 59 (27.19%) Windows 7
16 57 (26.27%) Cisco
17 54 (24.88%) MS Office
18 48 (22.12%) SQL
18 48 (22.12%) Cisco Certification
19 42 (19.35%) DNS
20 40 (18.43%) CCNA
20 40 (18.43%) Exchange Server 2010
21 39 (17.97%) SAN
22 37 (17.05%) Firewall
23 36 (16.59%) Windows XP
24 35 (16.13%) TCP/IP
24 35 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
25 33 (15.21%) MCTS
25 33 (15.21%) DHCP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 70 (32.26%) MS Exchange
2 40 (18.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 31 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2007
4 26 (11.98%) IIS
5 22 (10.14%) Exchange Server 2003
6 18 (8.29%) SharePoint
7 6 (2.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (2.30%) Lync
9 2 (0.92%) Apache
9 2 (0.92%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2000
9 2 (0.92%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.46%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.46%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.46%) Lotus Domino
10 1 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 60 (27.65%) MS Excel
2 54 (24.88%) MS Office
3 5 (2.30%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.92%) MS Project
5 1 (0.46%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.46%) Pro/ENGINEER
5 1 (0.46%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.92%) Office 365
1 2 (0.92%) SaaS
2 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 42 (19.35%) DNS
2 39 (17.97%) SAN
3 37 (17.05%) Firewall
4 35 (16.13%) TCP/IP
5 33 (15.21%) DHCP
6 25 (11.52%) LAN
7 23 (10.60%) Wireless
8 22 (10.14%) WAN
9 20 (9.22%) VoIP
10 17 (7.83%) VPN
11 11 (5.07%) NetScaler
12 10 (4.61%) Internet
12 10 (4.61%) VLAN
13 8 (3.69%) HTTP
13 8 (3.69%) Network Security
14 6 (2.76%) SSL
14 6 (2.76%) Cisco ASA
15 5 (2.30%) NAS
16 3 (1.38%) Fibre Channel
16 3 (1.38%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (12.90%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (3.69%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (2.76%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.30%) Oracle Database 11g
5 5 (2.30%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.30%) MySQL
6 3 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.46%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 5 (2.30%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.38%) WinRunner
2 3 (1.38%) TestDirector
2 3 (1.38%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (0.92%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.46%) Wise Package Studio
4 1 (0.46%) MSI
General
1 19 (8.76%) Finance
2 13 (5.99%) Law
2 13 (5.99%) Telecoms
2 13 (5.99%) Banking
3 8 (3.69%) Legal
4 3 (1.38%) Games
5 2 (0.92%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.92%) Advertising
5 2 (0.92%) Back Office
6 1 (0.46%) French Language
6 1 (0.46%) German Language
6 1 (0.46%) Italian Language
6 1 (0.46%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 47 (21.66%) Analyst
2 41 (18.89%) Support Engineer
3 30 (13.82%) 2nd Line Support
4 26 (11.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 24 (11.06%) Support Analyst
6 22 (10.14%) IT Support
7 18 (8.29%) Service Desk Analyst
8 17 (7.83%) Service Analyst
9 14 (6.45%) Desktop Support
10 12 (5.53%) Network Engineer
10 12 (5.53%) 3rd Line Support
10 12 (5.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 11 (5.07%) Administrator
12 9 (4.15%) IT Support Engineer
13 8 (3.69%) Desktop Engineer
13 8 (3.69%) Server Engineer
13 8 (3.69%) Architect
13 8 (3.69%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 7 (3.23%) DBA
14 7 (3.23%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.30%) .NET
2 3 (1.38%) Application Packaging
3 2 (0.92%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.92%) Middleware
4 1 (0.46%) WAP
4 1 (0.46%) EDI
4 1 (0.46%) COM
4 1 (0.46%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (8.29%) Clustering
2 13 (5.99%) Blackberry
3 11 (5.07%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.30%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.30%) Fat Client
5 5 (2.30%) Thin Client
6 4 (1.84%) Replication
6 4 (1.84%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.84%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.84%) iPad
7 3 (1.38%) PDA
7 3 (1.38%) NHS
7 3 (1.38%) GIS
7 3 (1.38%) VLE
8 2 (0.92%) Handset
8 2 (0.92%) Taxonomies
8 2 (0.92%) CMDB
8 2 (0.92%) Statistics
8 2 (0.92%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 188 (86.64%) Windows
2 96 (44.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 61 (28.11%) Windows Server 2003
4 59 (27.19%) Windows 7
5 36 (16.59%) Windows XP
6 35 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 29 (13.36%) Linux
8 13 (5.99%) Windows 8
9 8 (3.69%) UNIX
9 8 (3.69%) Windows Vista
10 6 (2.76%) Mac OS X
11 5 (2.30%) AIX
11 5 (2.30%) Windows 2000
12 4 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.38%) Android
13 3 (1.38%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.92%) Solaris
14 2 (0.92%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.92%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.46%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (49.77%) ITIL
2 23 (10.60%) Migration
3 21 (9.68%) Disaster Recovery
4 17 (7.83%) Load Balancing
5 16 (7.37%) Service Management
6 13 (5.99%) Incident Management
6 13 (5.99%) Capacity Planning
7 12 (5.53%) Service Delivery
8 11 (5.07%) Performance Monitoring
9 9 (4.15%) ERP
9 9 (4.15%) Business Continuity
10 8 (3.69%) Change Management
10 8 (3.69%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (3.23%) Workflow
11 7 (3.23%) ITSM
12 6 (2.76%) PRINCE
12 6 (2.76%) Change Control
13 5 (2.30%) Data Protection
14 4 (1.84%) Problem Management
15 3 (1.38%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 48 (22.12%) SQL
2 17 (7.83%) PowerShell
3 7 (3.23%) VB
4 6 (2.76%) T-SQL
5 5 (2.30%) VBScript
6 4 (1.84%) C
7 3 (1.38%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.38%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.46%) Bourne shell
8 1 (0.46%) C-shell
8 1 (0.46%) Korn
8 1 (0.46%) Perl
8 1 (0.46%) PHP
8 1 (0.46%) AWK
Qualifications
1 217 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 146 (67.28%) MCSE
3 65 (29.95%) MCP
4 64 (29.49%) MCITP
5 48 (22.12%) Cisco Certification
6 40 (18.43%) CCNA
7 33 (15.21%) MCTS
8 22 (10.14%) MCDST
9 20 (9.22%) CCNP
10 18 (8.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (5.99%) Degree
12 10 (4.61%) Security Cleared
13 9 (4.15%) CISSP
14 8 (3.69%) Citrix Certification
15 7 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
16 5 (2.30%) ISACA
16 5 (2.30%) ACSP
16 5 (2.30%) CCSE
16 5 (2.30%) JNCIP
16 5 (2.30%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (14.29%) SLA
2 8 (3.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.30%) ISO 9001
4 4 (1.84%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.92%) QA
System Software
1 116 (53.46%) Active Directory
2 60 (27.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (11.98%) XenApp
4 25 (11.52%) vSphere
5 22 (10.14%) Hyper-V
6 19 (8.76%) XenDesktop
7 17 (7.83%) VMware ESX
8 10 (4.61%) Forefront TMG
9 8 (3.69%) Terminal Services
10 7 (3.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 7 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (2.76%) VMware Workstation
11 6 (2.76%) VMware ESXi
12 5 (2.30%) Oracle RAC
13 4 (1.84%) ISA Server
13 4 (1.84%) DFS Replication
14 3 (1.38%) KVM
15 2 (0.92%) Samba
15 2 (0.92%) VMware GSX
15 2 (0.92%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 30 (13.82%) SCCM
2 14 (6.45%) SCOM
3 8 (3.69%) WSUS
4 6 (2.76%) Backup Exec
4 6 (2.76%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (2.76%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (2.30%) Data Guard
6 3 (1.38%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (1.38%) Netcool
6 3 (1.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.92%) ZENworks
7 2 (0.92%) Veritas Storage Foundation
7 2 (0.92%) YUM
8 1 (0.46%) WMI
8 1 (0.46%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.46%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 140 (64.52%) Microsoft
2 95 (43.78%) VMware
3 76 (35.02%) Citrix
4 57 (26.27%) Cisco
5 22 (10.14%) McAfee
6 16 (7.37%) HP
7 15 (6.91%) NetApp
7 15 (6.91%) CheckPoint
8 14 (6.45%) Symantec
8 14 (6.45%) Dell
9 12 (5.53%) EMC
9 12 (5.53%) Juniper
9 12 (5.53%) IBM
10 10 (4.61%) Avaya
10 10 (4.61%) Mitel
11 9 (4.15%) Apple
12 8 (3.69%) Oracle
13 6 (2.76%) Red Hat
14 5 (2.30%) Veritas
15 4 (1.84%) AppSense
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