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 July 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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 469 446 486
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +40
Contract jobs citing MCSA 111 123 101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.24% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 1.36% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 39 41
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£275 £251 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.78% -13.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £200 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £404 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 7
Average hourly rate £15.75 £12.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.00% -19.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £11.00 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £23.21 £17.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £14.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -8.19%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10255 9068 9807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.05% 17.79% 16.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5789 4879 5054
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 501 610
Average hourly rate £18.97 £21.87 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.26% +1.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%

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 July 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 July 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 -29 97 £228 -9.00% 77
London -1 43 £325 +4.00% 27
South East 0 24 £220 -7.46% 23
Scotland -8 14 £348 +26.36% 5
West Sussex +9 12 £220 -
East of England -22 10 £173 -34.28% 7
City of London +23 9 £275 -31.25% 6
North West -6 8 £175 -22.56% 5
Manchester +3 5 £175 -46.15% 2
Yorkshire +8 4 £313 +25.00% 6
West Yorkshire +3 4 £313 +25.00% 5
Bedford -2 4 £185 -26.00% 1
Bedfordshire -19 4 £185 -29.52% 3
Leeds - 4 £313 - 2
Cheshire +5 3 - - 2
East Midlands +5 3 £625 - 3
Brighton +2 3 - -
Glasgow 0 3 £175 -36.36% 2
East Sussex -1 3 - -
Surrey -4 3 - - 5
South West -30 3 £313 - 6
Hertfordshire +3 2 £285 - 1
Gatwick +1 2 £280 -
Buckinghamshire -6 2 £275 -35.29% 1
Essex -8 2 £244 -
Hampshire -18 2 £185 -9.75% 7
Cambridgeshire - 2 £118 - 4
Berkshire - 2 - - 7
Reading - 2 - - 1
Cambridge - 2 £118 - 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 225 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (84.44%) Windows
3 148 (65.78%) Microsoft
4 138 (61.33%) MCSE
5 123 (54.67%) Active Directory
6 106 (47.11%) ITIL
7 91 (40.44%) VMware
8 90 (40.00%) Citrix
9 88 (39.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (34.22%) MCP
11 75 (33.33%) MS Exchange
12 64 (28.44%) MCITP
13 56 (24.89%) Cisco
14 55 (24.44%) Windows 7
15 53 (23.56%) Cisco Certification
16 51 (22.67%) MS Office
16 51 (22.67%) MCTS
17 50 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
18 49 (21.78%) MS Excel
19 48 (21.33%) CCNA
19 48 (21.33%) SCCM
20 47 (20.89%) Windows Server 2012
21 43 (19.11%) VMware Infrastructure
22 42 (18.67%) SQL
23 41 (18.22%) Firewall
23 41 (18.22%) Exchange Server 2010
24 35 (15.56%) Windows XP
24 35 (15.56%) SLA
25 33 (14.67%) DNS
26 31 (13.78%) Linux

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 75 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 41 (18.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (9.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 19 (8.44%) SharePoint
5 14 (6.22%) IIS
6 12 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (4.89%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (4.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.78%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2000
9 3 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.89%) Lync
11 1 (0.44%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.44%) Site Server
Applications
1 51 (22.67%) MS Office
2 49 (21.78%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.89%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.89%) MS Project
4 1 (0.44%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.44%) Magento
2 1 (0.44%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.44%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.00%) Office 365
3 9 (4.00%) IaaS
4 1 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (18.22%) Firewall
2 33 (14.67%) DNS
3 30 (13.33%) SAN
4 25 (11.11%) DHCP
5 23 (10.22%) LAN
5 23 (10.22%) WAN
6 19 (8.44%) VoIP
7 18 (8.00%) VPN
8 17 (7.56%) Internet
9 15 (6.67%) Wireless
10 13 (5.78%) TCP/IP
11 12 (5.33%) Wi-Fi
12 11 (4.89%) NetScaler
13 8 (3.56%) Network Security
14 5 (2.22%) NAS
15 4 (1.78%) Cisco ASA
15 4 (1.78%) Cisco IOS
15 4 (1.78%) MPLS
15 4 (1.78%) HTTP
16 3 (1.33%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (4.89%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (4.00%) Amazon RDS
5 8 (3.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (3.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (2.22%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (1.78%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (1.78%) MySQL
8 3 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (1.33%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.89%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.89%) DTS
9 2 (0.89%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.89%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.44%) VLDB
10 1 (0.44%) OLAP
10 1 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (3.11%) WinRunner
1 7 (3.11%) TestDirector
1 7 (3.11%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (2.22%) MSI
3 4 (1.78%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.89%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.44%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 25 (11.11%) Finance
2 9 (4.00%) Banking
3 7 (3.11%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.22%) Law
5 3 (1.33%) Legal
6 2 (0.89%) Advertising
7 1 (0.44%) German Language
7 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.44%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 45 (20.00%) Analyst
2 39 (17.33%) Support Engineer
3 28 (12.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 27 (12.00%) 2nd Line Support
5 22 (9.78%) Support Analyst
6 19 (8.44%) Service Analyst
6 19 (8.44%) Service Desk Analyst
7 18 (8.00%) 3rd Line Support
8 16 (7.11%) IT Support
9 13 (5.78%) Administrator
9 13 (5.78%) Consultant
10 12 (5.33%) Desktop Support
11 10 (4.44%) IT Support Engineer
11 10 (4.44%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (4.00%) SQL DBA
12 9 (4.00%) Network Engineer
12 9 (4.00%) DBA
13 8 (3.56%) Desktop Engineer
14 7 (3.11%) Technical Analyst
14 7 (3.11%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.78%) HTML
1 4 (1.78%) XML
1 4 (1.78%) Application Packaging
2 2 (0.89%) .NET
2 2 (0.89%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.44%) CSS
3 1 (0.44%) Web Services
3 1 (0.44%) XSLT
3 1 (0.44%) WAP
3 1 (0.44%) VML
3 1 (0.44%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.44%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.44%) Blackberry
2 15 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 14 (6.22%) Clustering
4 10 (4.44%) PKI
5 7 (3.11%) PDA
5 7 (3.11%) CMDB
6 6 (2.67%) Fat Client
6 6 (2.67%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.22%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.78%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.78%) iPad
9 3 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.33%) Replication
10 2 (0.89%) Grid Computing
10 2 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.89%) Statistics
10 2 (0.89%) Taxonomies
11 1 (0.44%) SCADA
11 1 (0.44%) Mathematics
11 1 (0.44%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 190 (84.44%) Windows
2 88 (39.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 55 (24.44%) Windows 7
4 50 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 47 (20.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 35 (15.56%) Windows XP
7 31 (13.78%) Linux
8 14 (6.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (4.89%) Windows Vista
10 9 (4.00%) UNIX
11 8 (3.56%) Windows 8
12 7 (3.11%) AIX
13 6 (2.67%) Android
14 5 (2.22%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.78%) Solaris
16 2 (0.89%) Windows 2000
16 2 (0.89%) Mac OS
17 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
17 1 (0.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (47.11%) ITIL
2 28 (12.44%) Disaster Recovery
3 23 (10.22%) Change Management
4 17 (7.56%) Configuration Management
5 14 (6.22%) Incident Management
6 13 (5.78%) Service Management
7 10 (4.44%) Service Delivery
7 10 (4.44%) Capacity Planning
8 9 (4.00%) Migration
9 8 (3.56%) Business Continuity
9 8 (3.56%) ITIL V3
9 8 (3.56%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (3.11%) Test Automation
10 7 (3.11%) Software Testing
10 7 (3.11%) ITSM
10 7 (3.11%) PRINCE2
11 6 (2.67%) Test Scripting
11 6 (2.67%) Problem Management
11 6 (2.67%) Change Control
12 5 (2.22%) Cyber Security
Programming Languages
1 42 (18.67%) SQL
2 21 (9.33%) PowerShell
3 8 (3.56%) T-SQL
4 4 (1.78%) VBScript
4 4 (1.78%) VB
4 4 (1.78%) Perl
5 3 (1.33%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.89%) C
6 2 (0.89%) C#
6 2 (0.89%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.44%) PowerHouse
7 1 (0.44%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.44%) PHP
Qualifications
1 225 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 138 (61.33%) MCSE
3 77 (34.22%) MCP
4 64 (28.44%) MCITP
5 53 (23.56%) Cisco Certification
6 51 (22.67%) MCTS
7 48 (21.33%) CCNA
8 25 (11.11%) Degree
9 23 (10.22%) MCDST
10 18 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (7.11%) Security Cleared
12 11 (4.89%) CCNP
13 10 (4.44%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (4.44%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (4.44%) SC Cleared
14 9 (4.00%) CISSP
14 9 (4.00%) A+ Certification
15 8 (3.56%) CCA
16 7 (3.11%) JNCIP
16 7 (3.11%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (15.56%) SLA
2 7 (3.11%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.78%) QA
5 2 (0.89%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 123 (54.67%) Active Directory
2 43 (19.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (9.78%) XenApp
4 20 (8.89%) Hyper-V
5 16 (7.11%) VMware ESX
6 12 (5.33%) vSphere
7 10 (4.44%) UAG
7 10 (4.44%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (4.44%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.67%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (2.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (1.78%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (1.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 3 (1.33%) XenServer
11 3 (1.33%) Xen
11 3 (1.33%) KVM
12 2 (0.89%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.89%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.89%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.89%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 48 (21.33%) SCCM
2 18 (8.00%) SCOM
3 8 (3.56%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (3.11%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (3.11%) Netcool
5 5 (2.22%) Backup Exec
6 4 (1.78%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.78%) Data Guard
6 4 (1.78%) SCOrch
7 3 (1.33%) ZENworks
8 2 (0.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.89%) WSUS
8 2 (0.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.44%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.44%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.44%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.44%) WMI
9 1 (0.44%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.44%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 148 (65.78%) Microsoft
2 91 (40.44%) VMware
3 90 (40.00%) Citrix
4 56 (24.89%) Cisco
5 22 (9.78%) Symantec
6 19 (8.44%) McAfee
6 19 (8.44%) HP
7 18 (8.00%) Red Hat
8 15 (6.67%) CheckPoint
9 13 (5.78%) Apple
10 12 (5.33%) EMC
11 11 (4.89%) Mitel
12 10 (4.44%) NetApp
13 9 (4.00%) Avaya
13 9 (4.00%) IBM
13 9 (4.00%) Remedy
14 8 (3.56%) Sophos
14 8 (3.56%) Juniper
14 8 (3.56%) Veritas
15 7 (3.11%) Veeam
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