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 16 January 2017 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
Rank 491 475 473
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -2
Contract jobs citing MCSA 101 150 126
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.30% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.11% 1.43% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 88 77
Median daily rate £350 £330 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £146 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £425 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £350 £323
% change year-on-year
-1.78% +8.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 17 11
Median hourly rate £16.25 £35.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-53.57% +118.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.69 £13.10 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.25 £60.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £35.00 £16.21
% change year-on-year
-53.57% +115.98%

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
9075 10492 10447
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.28% 21.03% 20.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5756 6366 6141
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 499 502
Median hourly rate £29.00 £35.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.14% +94.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £53.91 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £39.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-27.82% +110.81%

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 16 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 16 January 2017. 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 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 -13 91 £350 +6.06% 50
South East +23 38 £350 +2.94% 11
London -2 31 £375 +36.36% 13
Milton Keynes +14 10 £363 +25.00% 1
Buckinghamshire +10 10 £363 +25.00% 1
Scotland +8 10 £255 -24.44%
Hampshire +23 9 £330 -8.96% 1
East of England +2 8 £381 +131.06% 4
Hook - 8 £330 -
Kent - 8 £350 - 4
Glasgow +10 5 £193 -44.00%
City of London -6 5 £350 -22.22% 6
Surrey +13 4 £325 -1.51% 4
Erskine +11 4 £273 -19.85%
Renfrewshire +11 4 £273 -19.85%
South West +19 3 £185 -35.08% 1
Reading +10 3 £185 -47.14%
West Sussex +4 3 - - 1
East Midlands +4 3 - - 2
Cambridgeshire 0 3 £400 - 1
Berkshire -1 3 £185 -50.89%
Cambridge -3 3 £400 - 1
North West +17 2 - - 11
Bristol +5 2 - -
Nottinghamshire +4 2 - -
South Yorkshire -6 2 £400 -
West Midlands -8 2 £258 - 1
Yorkshire -17 2 £400 +2.56% 6
North East -19 2 - -
Suffolk - 2 £350 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 January 2017, 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.

1 233 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 180 (77.25%) Windows
3 176 (75.54%) Microsoft
4 163 (69.96%) Active Directory
5 142 (60.94%) MCSE
6 112 (48.07%) Windows Server
7 99 (42.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 94 (40.34%) VMware
9 79 (33.91%) Windows Server 2008
10 78 (33.48%) ITIL
11 69 (29.61%) Windows 7
12 67 (28.76%) Cisco
13 64 (27.47%) Security Cleared
14 63 (27.04%) VMware Infrastructure
15 61 (26.18%) MCITP
16 55 (23.61%) MCP
16 55 (23.61%) MS Exchange
17 53 (22.75%) SQL Server
17 53 (22.75%) Firewall
17 53 (22.75%) Office 365
18 52 (22.32%) Change Management
18 52 (22.32%) Windows Server 2003
19 51 (21.89%) MS Excel
20 49 (21.03%) DNS
20 49 (21.03%) MS Office
21 48 (20.60%) DHCP
21 48 (20.60%) Citrix
22 47 (20.17%) SC Cleared
23 45 (19.31%) SQL
24 43 (18.45%) Hyper-V

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 55 (23.61%) MS Exchange
2 37 (15.88%) SharePoint
3 26 (11.16%) IIS
4 22 (9.44%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (9.44%) Skype for Business
5 9 (3.86%) IBM Notes
6 8 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.15%) Apache
8 3 (1.29%) Jetty
8 3 (1.29%) Mongrel
8 3 (1.29%) nginx
8 3 (1.29%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.29%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.29%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.86%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.43%) Confluence
Applications
1 51 (21.89%) MS Excel
2 49 (21.03%) MS Office
3 4 (1.72%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (4.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 53 (22.75%) Office 365
2 21 (9.01%) SaaS
3 20 (8.58%) Microsoft Azure
4 17 (7.30%) IaaS
4 17 (7.30%) PaaS
5 15 (6.44%) Amazon AWS
6 13 (5.58%) HP Helion
7 4 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (1.72%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (1.72%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.29%) Google App Engine
9 2 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.86%) Yammer
10 1 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.43%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.43%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 53 (22.75%) Firewall
2 49 (21.03%) DNS
3 48 (20.60%) DHCP
4 39 (16.74%) TCP/IP
5 31 (13.30%) Internet
6 29 (12.45%) SAN
7 25 (10.73%) LAN
8 20 (8.58%) Cisco Nexus
9 19 (8.15%) Skype
9 19 (8.15%) WAN
10 18 (7.73%) Ethernet
10 18 (7.73%) Wireless
11 17 (7.30%) Network Security
12 15 (6.44%) VPN
13 12 (5.15%) VoIP
14 11 (4.72%) Wi-Fi
15 8 (3.43%) Cisco ASA
16 7 (3.00%) iSCSI
16 7 (3.00%) Unified Communications
17 6 (2.58%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (22.75%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (5.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (4.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (3.43%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (3.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (3.00%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (1.72%) Big Data
8 4 (1.72%) MySQL
9 2 (0.86%) Power BI
9 2 (0.86%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.43%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.43%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.43%) OLAP
10 1 (0.43%) OLTP
10 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (6.44%) StarTeam
2 6 (2.58%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.72%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.72%) JIRA
4 3 (1.29%) CruiseControl
4 3 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.29%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.29%) Travis CI
4 3 (1.29%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.86%) MSI
5 2 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.43%) Ant
6 1 (0.43%) AppScan
6 1 (0.43%) JIRA Agile
6 1 (0.43%) JUnit
6 1 (0.43%) Liquibase
6 1 (0.43%) Maven
6 1 (0.43%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.43%) tSQLt
General
1 38 (16.31%) Finance
2 9 (3.86%) Retail
3 8 (3.43%) Legal
4 7 (3.00%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.00%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.72%) Advertising
6 2 (0.86%) Marketing
6 2 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.43%) Back Office
7 1 (0.43%) Banking
7 1 (0.43%) Games
7 1 (0.43%) Law
7 1 (0.43%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 31 (13.30%) Analyst
2 29 (12.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 27 (11.59%) Support Engineer
4 25 (10.73%) Architect
5 19 (8.15%) Windows Engineer
6 18 (7.73%) Desktop Support
7 17 (7.30%) Infrastructure Architect
8 16 (6.87%) Wintel Engineer
9 14 (6.01%) 2nd Line Support
9 14 (6.01%) Systems Engineer
10 13 (5.58%) IT Engineer
11 12 (5.15%) Support Analyst
12 11 (4.72%) 3rd Line Support
12 11 (4.72%) Desktop Engineer
12 11 (4.72%) Test Analyst
12 11 (4.72%) Windows Systems Engineer
13 10 (4.29%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 10 (4.29%) Server Engineer
13 10 (4.29%) Team Leader
14 9 (3.86%) Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.29%) XML
2 6 (2.58%) .NET
3 5 (2.15%) HTML
4 3 (1.29%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.29%) J2EE
4 3 (1.29%) Servlets
4 3 (1.29%) WCF
4 3 (1.29%) WF
5 2 (0.86%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (15.45%) Clustering
2 29 (12.45%) Management Information System
3 22 (9.44%) Data Centre
4 19 (8.15%) Blackberry
4 19 (8.15%) Client/Server
5 8 (3.43%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (3.43%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.43%) Private Cloud
6 6 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (2.15%) Driving Licence
7 5 (2.15%) Replication
8 4 (1.72%) Life Science
8 4 (1.72%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.29%) Wiki
10 2 (0.86%) Cryptography
10 2 (0.86%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (0.86%) Fintech
10 2 (0.86%) NHS
10 2 (0.86%) PKI
10 2 (0.86%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 180 (77.25%) Windows
2 112 (48.07%) Windows Server
3 99 (42.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 79 (33.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 69 (29.61%) Windows 7
6 52 (22.32%) Windows Server 2003
7 35 (15.02%) Linux
8 31 (13.30%) Windows 10
9 28 (12.02%) Windows XP
10 16 (6.87%) Apple iOS
10 16 (6.87%) Windows 8
11 15 (6.44%) AIX
12 5 (2.15%) Unix
13 4 (1.72%) Solaris
14 2 (0.86%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.86%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.86%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.43%) Android
15 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (33.48%) ITIL
2 52 (22.32%) Change Management
3 26 (11.16%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (9.01%) Validation
5 20 (8.58%) DevOps
6 19 (8.15%) Network Management
6 19 (8.15%) PRINCE2
6 19 (8.15%) Security Management
7 17 (7.30%) Time Management
8 16 (6.87%) Identity Management
8 16 (6.87%) Network Security Management
9 15 (6.44%) Server Virtualisation
9 15 (6.44%) Software Testing
10 14 (6.01%) Content Management
10 14 (6.01%) Migration
10 14 (6.01%) Open Source
10 14 (6.01%) Technical Architecture
10 14 (6.01%) TOGAF
11 13 (5.58%) Configuration Management
11 13 (5.58%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 45 (19.31%) SQL
2 35 (15.02%) PowerShell
3 13 (5.58%) Java
3 13 (5.58%) VBScript
4 8 (3.43%) C#
5 6 (2.58%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.72%) C
7 3 (1.29%) PHP
8 2 (0.86%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.86%) Python
9 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.43%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 233 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 142 (60.94%) MCSE
3 64 (27.47%) Security Cleared
4 61 (26.18%) MCITP
5 55 (23.61%) MCP
6 47 (20.17%) SC Cleared
7 36 (15.45%) Cisco Certification
8 31 (13.30%) CCNA
9 26 (11.16%) Degree
10 24 (10.30%) MCTS
11 23 (9.87%) CCNP
11 23 (9.87%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (9.01%) MCDST
13 20 (8.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 19 (8.15%) Network+ Certification
15 18 (7.73%) A+ Certification
16 16 (6.87%) ACDT
16 16 (6.87%) ACHDS
16 16 (6.87%) ACTC
16 16 (6.87%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.73%) SLA
2 13 (5.58%) Government Security Classifications
3 7 (3.00%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.29%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.43%) GCP
System Software
1 163 (69.96%) Active Directory
2 63 (27.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (18.45%) Hyper-V
4 28 (12.02%) vSphere
5 20 (8.58%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (8.15%) Virtual Servers
7 8 (3.43%) XenApp
8 7 (3.00%) UAG
8 7 (3.00%) VMware ESX
9 5 (2.15%) Forefront TMG
9 5 (2.15%) ISA Server
10 4 (1.72%) Xen
11 2 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.86%) NFS
11 2 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.43%) Docker
12 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (11.59%) SCCM
2 17 (7.30%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (6.44%) Netcool
4 12 (5.15%) Nessus
5 8 (3.43%) Puppet
5 8 (3.43%) SCOM
6 7 (3.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 7 (3.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (2.15%) WSUS
8 4 (1.72%) Backup Exec
8 4 (1.72%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (1.29%) PowerCLI
10 2 (0.86%) SnapMirror
11 1 (0.43%) Ansible
11 1 (0.43%) logstash
11 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 1 (0.43%) SCDPM
11 1 (0.43%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 176 (75.54%) Microsoft
2 94 (40.34%) VMware
3 67 (28.76%) Cisco
4 48 (20.60%) Citrix
5 24 (10.30%) Apple
6 22 (9.44%) Intel Security
7 20 (8.58%) HP
8 18 (7.73%) CheckPoint
9 15 (6.44%) Forcepoint
9 15 (6.44%) NetApp
9 15 (6.44%) Veritas
10 11 (4.72%) LANDesk
10 11 (4.72%) Oracle
10 11 (4.72%) SolarWinds
11 9 (3.86%) Lotus
12 8 (3.43%) EMC
12 8 (3.43%) Sophos
13 7 (3.00%) Altiris
14 6 (2.58%) Dell
15 5 (2.15%) Symantec
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