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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 498 501 528
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +27
Contract jobs citing MCSA 152 169 118
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.29% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.40% 1.49% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 92 77
Median daily rate £351 £296 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.31% -2.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £143 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £460 £380
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £280 £338
% change year-on-year
+23.03% -17.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 21 16
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.70% +9.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.86 £13.50 £12.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £35.00 £21.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+14.70% -8.10%

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
10894 11305 11428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.59% 19.50% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6733 6816 6331
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 379 535 482
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.96 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.00 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +19.37%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 +11 125 £375 +26.05% 71
London -21 43 £402 +29.51% 18
Scotland +25 27 £275 -7.56% 1
West Midlands -5 18 £400 -11.11% 4
North East -9 18 £519 - 2
Erskine -13 17 £275 -18.51%
Renfrewshire -13 17 £275 -18.51%
Newcastle upon Tyne -15 16 £519 - 2
Tyne and Wear -15 16 £519 - 2
South East +15 15 £355 +23.47% 13
Birmingham +3 10 £400 -11.11% 1
South West +12 9 £285 +60.56% 7
North West +14 8 £238 -36.66% 11
East of England +12 8 £230 +31.42% 5
Yorkshire +15 7 £375 +245.65% 4
Hampshire +10 7 £353 -16.07% 3
South Yorkshire +6 7 £375 +255.46% 2
Hertfordshire +5 7 £230 +43.75% 2
Hook 0 6 £353 +35.57%
Canary Wharf - 6 £160 -
City of London +2 5 £402 +8.51% 3
Croydon -10 5 £475 -7.09%
Rotherham - 5 £375 -
Herefordshire - 5 £300 -
Berkshire +9 4 £425 +153.73% 2
Bristol +3 4 £239 +34.36%
Manchester -7 4 £225 -43.75% 7
Bellshill - 4 £160 -
Hereford - 4 £313 -
North Lanarkshire - 4 £160 -

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 324 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 254 (78.40%) Windows
3 243 (75.00%) Microsoft
4 190 (58.64%) Active Directory
5 188 (58.02%) MCSE
6 160 (49.38%) VMware
7 147 (45.37%) Windows Server
8 127 (39.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 126 (38.89%) ITIL
10 121 (37.35%) Windows Server 2008
11 111 (34.26%) MS Excel
12 110 (33.95%) Security Cleared
13 101 (31.17%) VMware Infrastructure
14 97 (29.94%) Citrix
15 88 (27.16%) DNS
15 88 (27.16%) SQL Server
16 87 (26.85%) DHCP
17 85 (26.23%) PowerShell
18 84 (25.93%) Windows 7
18 84 (25.93%) SQL
19 83 (25.62%) Hyper-V
20 76 (23.46%) SC Cleared
21 68 (20.99%) HP
22 67 (20.68%) Windows Server 2003
23 66 (20.37%) MS Office
23 66 (20.37%) MS Exchange
24 65 (20.06%) MCITP
25 63 (19.44%) vSphere
26 60 (18.52%) SAN
26 60 (18.52%) Cisco

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 66 (20.37%) MS Exchange
2 50 (15.43%) SharePoint
3 28 (8.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (8.64%) IIS
4 15 (4.63%) OpenStack
5 13 (4.01%) Skype for Business
6 12 (3.70%) IBM Notes
7 10 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2013
7 10 (3.09%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (3.09%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2003
10 6 (1.85%) WebSphere
11 5 (1.54%) Apache
12 4 (1.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.93%) Jetty
13 3 (0.93%) Mongrel
13 3 (0.93%) nginx
13 3 (0.93%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.62%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 111 (34.26%) MS Excel
2 66 (20.37%) MS Office
3 7 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.31%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.31%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.31%) Eikon
2 1 (0.31%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.31%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.31%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.31%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 57 (17.59%) Office 365
2 27 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (6.17%) IaaS
4 18 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (5.56%) SaaS
5 15 (4.63%) PaaS
6 13 (4.01%) HP Helion
7 5 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.93%) Google App Engine
8 3 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.62%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.62%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (0.62%) SoftLayer
9 2 (0.62%) Yammer
10 1 (0.31%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 88 (27.16%) DNS
2 87 (26.85%) DHCP
3 60 (18.52%) SAN
4 54 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 44 (13.58%) Firewall
6 35 (10.80%) Internet
7 29 (8.95%) WAN
8 25 (7.72%) LAN
9 22 (6.79%) SSL
10 19 (5.86%) SNMP
10 19 (5.86%) VPN
10 19 (5.86%) Wireless
11 17 (5.25%) Ethernet
12 14 (4.32%) Cisco ASA
12 14 (4.32%) Network Security
13 13 (4.01%) HTTP
14 12 (3.70%) Cisco Nexus
15 11 (3.40%) IPsec
16 9 (2.78%) IPv4
17 8 (2.47%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (27.16%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (4.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 12 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (3.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 8 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (1.85%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (1.54%) MySQL
10 4 (1.23%) SQLPlus
11 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.62%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
13 1 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
13 1 (0.31%) Data Mining
13 1 (0.31%) OLAP
13 1 (0.31%) OLTP
13 1 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
13 1 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 14 (4.32%) StarTeam
2 9 (2.78%) HP UFT
2 9 (2.78%) TestDirector
2 9 (2.78%) WinRunner
3 4 (1.23%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.93%) Travis CI
5 2 (0.62%) CruiseControl
5 2 (0.62%) JIRA
5 2 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.62%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.31%) Ant
6 1 (0.31%) AppScan
6 1 (0.31%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.31%) JUnit
6 1 (0.31%) Liquibase
6 1 (0.31%) Maven
6 1 (0.31%) MSI
6 1 (0.31%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.31%) tSQLt
General
1 30 (9.26%) Finance
2 12 (3.70%) Legal
3 10 (3.09%) Marketing
4 9 (2.78%) Advertising
5 8 (2.47%) Back Office
6 5 (1.54%) Banking
6 5 (1.54%) Billing
6 5 (1.54%) Law
6 5 (1.54%) Local Government
7 4 (1.23%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.23%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.93%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.62%) Military
9 2 (0.62%) Retail
10 1 (0.31%) Electronics
10 1 (0.31%) Games
Job Titles
1 45 (13.89%) Support Engineer
2 41 (12.65%) Analyst
3 38 (11.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 27 (8.33%) Architect
5 24 (7.41%) Infrastructure Architect
6 22 (6.79%) Wintel Engineer
7 20 (6.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 19 (5.86%) Virtualisation Engineer
9 17 (5.25%) Desktop Support
9 17 (5.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 17 (5.25%) Windows Engineer
10 16 (4.94%) Test Analyst
11 14 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (4.32%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 14 (4.32%) Server Engineer
12 13 (4.01%) IT Engineer
12 13 (4.01%) VMware Engineer
13 11 (3.40%) 2nd Line Support
13 11 (3.40%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
14 10 (3.09%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.70%) XML
2 8 (2.47%) CSS
2 8 (2.47%) REST
2 8 (2.47%) Web Services
2 8 (2.47%) WSDL
2 8 (2.47%) XSD
3 7 (2.16%) .NET
4 3 (0.93%) HTML
4 3 (0.93%) J2EE
4 3 (0.93%) Servlets
5 2 (0.62%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.62%) LAMP
5 2 (0.62%) WAP
5 2 (0.62%) WCF
5 2 (0.62%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 49 (15.12%) Clustering
2 35 (10.80%) Data Centre
3 21 (6.48%) Management Information System
4 18 (5.56%) Blackberry
5 16 (4.94%) Client/Server
5 16 (4.94%) Private Cloud
6 14 (4.32%) Computer Science
7 11 (3.40%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (2.47%) PDA
8 8 (2.47%) Public Cloud
9 7 (2.16%) NHS
9 7 (2.16%) Wiki
10 6 (1.85%) PKI
11 5 (1.54%) Replication
12 4 (1.23%) Driving Licence
12 4 (1.23%) Fintech
13 3 (0.93%) CESG
14 2 (0.62%) Cryptography
14 2 (0.62%) Digital Media
14 2 (0.62%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 254 (78.40%) Windows
2 147 (45.37%) Windows Server
3 127 (39.20%) Windows Server 2012
4 121 (37.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 84 (25.93%) Windows 7
6 67 (20.68%) Windows Server 2003
7 48 (14.81%) Linux
8 33 (10.19%) Windows XP
9 26 (8.02%) Windows 10
10 22 (6.79%) AIX
11 20 (6.17%) Windows 8
12 13 (4.01%) Apple iOS
13 10 (3.09%) Ubuntu
14 7 (2.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (2.16%) Unix
15 6 (1.85%) Mac OS
16 4 (1.23%) Solaris
16 4 (1.23%) VMS
17 3 (0.93%) Mac OS X Server
17 3 (0.93%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (38.89%) ITIL
2 59 (18.21%) Change Management
3 26 (8.02%) Migration
3 26 (8.02%) Software Testing
4 24 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (7.41%) TOGAF
5 20 (6.17%) Smoke Testing
5 20 (6.17%) Test Scripting
6 19 (5.86%) PRINCE2
7 18 (5.56%) DevOps
8 17 (5.25%) Problem Management
8 17 (5.25%) Unit Testing
9 15 (4.63%) Validation
10 14 (4.32%) Business Intelligence
10 14 (4.32%) Configuration Management
10 14 (4.32%) Open Source
10 14 (4.32%) Server Virtualisation
10 14 (4.32%) Virtual Environments
11 13 (4.01%) ITIL V3
11 13 (4.01%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (26.23%) PowerShell
2 84 (25.93%) SQL
3 18 (5.56%) Java
4 13 (4.01%) C#
5 11 (3.40%) VBScript
6 7 (2.16%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.54%) C
7 5 (1.54%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.23%) PHP
8 4 (1.23%) VB
9 2 (0.62%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.31%) C++
10 1 (0.31%) VBA
Qualifications
1 324 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 188 (58.02%) MCSE
3 110 (33.95%) Security Cleared
4 76 (23.46%) SC Cleared
5 65 (20.06%) MCITP
6 58 (17.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 52 (16.05%) MCP
8 47 (14.51%) Cisco Certification
9 38 (11.73%) MCTS
10 34 (10.49%) CCNA
11 33 (10.19%) Degree
12 26 (8.02%) A+ Certification
13 25 (7.72%) ITIL Certification
14 23 (7.10%) ISTQB
14 23 (7.10%) Network+ Certification
15 20 (6.17%) CCNP
16 18 (5.56%) MCSD
17 16 (4.94%) MCDST
17 16 (4.94%) MCSM
18 14 (4.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.09%) SLA
2 9 (2.78%) Government Security Classifications
3 7 (2.16%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (2.16%) HL7
4 5 (1.54%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 190 (58.64%) Active Directory
2 101 (31.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (25.62%) Hyper-V
4 63 (19.44%) vSphere
5 21 (6.48%) VMware ESXi
5 21 (6.48%) XenApp
6 16 (4.94%) Virtual Servers
7 13 (4.01%) VMware ESX
7 13 (4.01%) Xen
8 9 (2.78%) Docker
9 7 (2.16%) XenDesktop
10 4 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.62%) NFS
11 2 (0.62%) Postfix
11 2 (0.62%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.31%) Firmware
12 1 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 59 (18.21%) SCCM
2 40 (12.35%) PowerCLI
3 30 (9.26%) McAfee ePO
3 30 (9.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 23 (7.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 22 (6.79%) Netcool
6 17 (5.25%) Backup Exec
7 16 (4.94%) SCOM
8 13 (4.01%) WSUS
9 10 (3.09%) Microsoft Intune
9 10 (3.09%) NetBackup
10 9 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (2.47%) WMI
12 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 5 (1.54%) Puppet
13 4 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
14 3 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 3 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
14 3 (0.93%) SCSM
15 2 (0.62%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 243 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 160 (49.38%) VMware
3 97 (29.94%) Citrix
4 68 (20.99%) HP
5 60 (18.52%) Cisco
6 36 (11.11%) Intel Security
7 23 (7.10%) Altiris
7 23 (7.10%) Apple
7 23 (7.10%) Veritas
8 19 (5.86%) Symantec
9 18 (5.56%) Oracle
10 16 (4.94%) Dell
11 14 (4.32%) CheckPoint
12 12 (3.70%) Juniper
12 12 (3.70%) Lotus
13 11 (3.40%) iManage
14 9 (2.78%) NetApp
15 7 (2.16%) Red Hat
15 7 (2.16%) Sophos
16 5 (1.54%) Reuters
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