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 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 453 452 468
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +16
Contract jobs citing MCSA 125 105 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.22% 1.16% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 50 34
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£309 £325 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +44.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £139 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £427 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £273 £250
% change year-on-year
+17.43% +9.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 19 14
Average hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £14.35
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +4.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.80 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £26.20 £24.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £14.50 £12.69
% change year-on-year
+58.62% +14.26%

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
10222 9072 7897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.15% 18.62% 17.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 5961 4943 4163
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 428 558
Average hourly rate £19.45 £18.70 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -18.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -23.91%

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 January 2015.

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 23 January 2015.

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 23 January 2015. 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 -23 102 £255 -21.69% 79
London -12 32 £215 -40.68% 29
South East -6 31 £321 +22.38% 18
Scotland +8 18 £348 -4.07% 3
Hampshire -5 18 £323 - 8
North East +1 13 £255 -36.37% 1
City of London -1 8 £215 -42.66% 8
West Sussex - 8 £220 -
Yorkshire -12 7 £313 +25.00% 6
West Yorkshire +3 6 £313 +5.93% 5
Leeds -8 6 £313 +5.93% 4
West Midlands 0 5 £290 -27.50% 6
Tyne and Wear - 5 £230 - 1
Crawley - 5 - -
Glasgow -2 4 £308 -15.17%
South West -25 4 £426 +221.80% 7
Southampton - 4 £120 - 1
East of England +8 3 £170 -41.88% 5
Essex +4 3 £170 +6.25%
North West -5 3 £390 +20.00% 4
East Midlands +9 2 £370 - 2
Berkshire +2 2 - - 5
Manchester -4 2 - -
Cheshire +7 1 £390 - 3
South Yorkshire +1 1 - - 1
Birmingham 0 1 - - 3
Nottingham -5 1 £370 -
Plymouth -5 1 £175 +40.00%
Nottinghamshire -5 1 £370 -
Shropshire -8 1 - -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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.

1 247 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 203 (82.19%) Windows
3 177 (71.66%) Microsoft
4 153 (61.94%) Active Directory
5 144 (58.30%) MCSE
6 108 (43.72%) ITIL
7 102 (41.30%) VMware
8 95 (38.46%) MCITP
9 83 (33.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 65 (26.32%) Security Cleared
11 61 (24.70%) Windows 7
12 60 (24.29%) VMware Infrastructure
13 59 (23.89%) MS Exchange
13 59 (23.89%) Citrix
14 57 (23.08%) MS Excel
14 57 (23.08%) PowerShell
15 56 (22.67%) SC Cleared
16 54 (21.86%) Windows Server 2003
17 53 (21.46%) Windows Server 2012
18 50 (20.24%) Cisco
19 47 (19.03%) MCP
20 46 (18.62%) Hyper-V
21 45 (18.22%) HTML
22 44 (17.81%) MCTS
23 43 (17.41%) HP
24 42 (17.00%) MS Office
25 41 (16.60%) XML
26 39 (15.79%) SQL
27 38 (15.38%) VBScript
28 36 (14.57%) High Availability

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 59 (23.89%) MS Exchange
2 21 (8.50%) IIS
3 19 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (7.29%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (6.07%) Lync
5 15 (6.07%) SharePoint
6 11 (4.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 9 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (2.02%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (1.62%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (1.62%) WorkSite
10 3 (1.21%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.21%) Apache
11 1 (0.40%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.40%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.40%) Site Server
Applications
1 57 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 42 (17.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.40%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.43%) Office 365
2 5 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.62%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.21%) IaaS
4 3 (1.21%) SaaS
4 3 (1.21%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (13.36%) DNS
2 30 (12.15%) SAN
3 28 (11.34%) DHCP
4 21 (8.50%) LAN
4 21 (8.50%) WAN
5 17 (6.88%) Firewall
5 17 (6.88%) TCP/IP
6 10 (4.05%) VoIP
7 9 (3.64%) NetScaler
8 7 (2.83%) VLAN
8 7 (2.83%) VPN
8 7 (2.83%) Internet
9 6 (2.43%) Network Security
10 5 (2.02%) NAS
10 5 (2.02%) SNMP
11 4 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (1.62%) Extranet
11 4 (1.62%) Intranet
11 4 (1.62%) PBX
12 3 (1.21%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (3.24%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (2.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (2.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.81%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.40%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.40%) DTS
9 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (5.26%) WinRunner
1 13 (5.26%) TestDirector
1 13 (5.26%) QuickTest Pro
2 12 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.02%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.40%) GCC
5 1 (0.40%) MSI
General
1 21 (8.50%) Finance
2 8 (3.24%) Legal
3 4 (1.62%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.21%) Banking
5 2 (0.81%) Law
5 2 (0.81%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.40%) Marketing
6 1 (0.40%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.40%) Local Government
6 1 (0.40%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.40%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 49 (19.84%) Support Engineer
2 36 (14.57%) Wintel Engineer
3 30 (12.15%) Analyst
4 28 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 23 (9.31%) Desktop Support
6 19 (7.69%) Consultant
7 15 (6.07%) Desktop Engineer
8 14 (5.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 14 (5.67%) IT Support
9 13 (5.26%) Support Analyst
10 12 (4.86%) 3rd Line Support
11 11 (4.45%) Server Engineer
12 10 (4.05%) 2nd Line Support
13 8 (3.24%) Service Analyst
13 8 (3.24%) IT Support Engineer
13 8 (3.24%) Service Desk Analyst
14 7 (2.83%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 7 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 7 (2.83%) Test Engineer
14 7 (2.83%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (18.22%) HTML
2 41 (16.60%) XML
3 8 (3.24%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.24%) .NET
4 4 (1.62%) JSP
4 4 (1.62%) XSLT
4 4 (1.62%) WCF
4 4 (1.62%) WF
4 4 (1.62%) Silverlight
5 3 (1.21%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.40%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.40%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.40%) Web Services
6 1 (0.40%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.91%) Clustering
2 20 (8.10%) Blackberry
3 15 (6.07%) Computer Science
3 15 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (5.67%) PDA
5 6 (2.43%) Replication
6 5 (2.02%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.62%) CMDB
7 4 (1.62%) iPhone
7 4 (1.62%) iPad
8 3 (1.21%) PKI
8 3 (1.21%) NHS
9 2 (0.81%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.40%) Kindle
10 1 (0.40%) EqualLogic
10 1 (0.40%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.40%) Life Science
10 1 (0.40%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.40%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 203 (82.19%) Windows
2 83 (33.60%) Windows Server 2008
3 61 (24.70%) Windows 7
4 54 (21.86%) Windows Server 2003
5 53 (21.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (12.15%) Windows XP
7 19 (7.69%) Linux
8 13 (5.26%) AIX
9 10 (4.05%) Android
9 10 (4.05%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.43%) UNIX
11 4 (1.62%) Windows 2000
11 4 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.21%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.81%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.40%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.40%) Solaris
14 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (43.72%) ITIL
2 36 (14.57%) High Availability
3 23 (9.31%) Change Management
4 13 (5.26%) Software Testing
4 13 (5.26%) Test Scripting
4 13 (5.26%) Test Automation
4 13 (5.26%) Validation
5 12 (4.86%) PRINCE2
6 9 (3.64%) Service Management
7 8 (3.24%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (3.24%) Project Management
7 8 (3.24%) Network Management
8 7 (2.83%) Configuration Management
8 7 (2.83%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (2.83%) Migration
9 6 (2.43%) Asset Management
9 6 (2.43%) Business Continuity
9 6 (2.43%) Load Balancing
9 6 (2.43%) Capacity Planning
10 5 (2.02%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (23.08%) PowerShell
2 39 (15.79%) SQL
3 38 (15.38%) VBScript
4 8 (3.24%) JavaScript
5 6 (2.43%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.62%) C#
6 4 (1.62%) C++
7 3 (1.21%) C
8 2 (0.81%) VB
9 1 (0.40%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.40%) Perl
Qualifications
1 247 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 144 (58.30%) MCSE
3 95 (38.46%) MCITP
4 65 (26.32%) Security Cleared
5 56 (22.67%) SC Cleared
6 47 (19.03%) MCP
7 44 (17.81%) MCTS
8 33 (13.36%) Cisco Certification
9 32 (12.96%) CCNA
10 28 (11.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 23 (9.31%) Degree
12 16 (6.48%) CCNP
12 16 (6.48%) MCDST
13 12 (4.86%) Citrix Certification
14 11 (4.45%) ISTQB
15 10 (4.05%) ITIL Certification
16 9 (3.64%) A+ Certification
17 8 (3.24%) CCA
18 7 (2.83%) DV Cleared
18 7 (2.83%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (10.53%) SLA
2 5 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.21%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.21%) QA
4 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 153 (61.94%) Active Directory
2 60 (24.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (18.62%) Hyper-V
4 22 (8.91%) VMware ESX
5 15 (6.07%) vSphere
6 14 (5.67%) XenApp
7 7 (2.83%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.43%) Xen
9 5 (2.02%) UAG
9 5 (2.02%) Terminal Services
9 5 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (1.21%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.81%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.81%) NFS
11 2 (0.81%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.81%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.40%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 28 (11.34%) SCCM
2 15 (6.07%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
4 12 (4.86%) Netcool
5 9 (3.64%) SCOM
6 6 (2.43%) WSUS
7 4 (1.62%) Backup Exec
8 3 (1.21%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.81%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.81%) WMI
10 1 (0.40%) XenMobile
10 1 (0.40%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 177 (71.66%) Microsoft
2 102 (41.30%) VMware
3 59 (23.89%) Citrix
4 50 (20.24%) Cisco
5 43 (17.41%) HP
6 20 (8.10%) McAfee
7 14 (5.67%) NetApp
8 13 (5.26%) Veritas
8 13 (5.26%) Dell
9 12 (4.86%) IBM
10 11 (4.45%) EMC
11 10 (4.05%) Apple
12 9 (3.64%) Avaya
13 8 (3.24%) Altiris
13 8 (3.24%) Red Hat
13 8 (3.24%) Reuters
13 8 (3.24%) Symantec
14 6 (2.43%) Juniper
14 6 (2.43%) Remedy
15 5 (2.02%) Sonus
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