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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 461 513 430
Rank change year-on-year
+52 -83
Contract jobs citing MCSA 173 97 157
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.17% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.56% 0.92% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 62 49
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£300 £284 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% +3.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £170 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £361 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £303 £275
% change year-on-year
-10.74% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 17 11
Average hourly rate £18.50 £15.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.46% -7.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.80 £21.05 £23.21
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.36
% change year-on-year
- -4.41%

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
11059 10517 9039
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.92% 18.83% 17.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 6665 5953 4982
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 450 469
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -0.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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 +63 157 £300 +30.43% 81
London +42 68 £320 +39.13% 31
South East -14 31 £290 +2.20% 18
North West -21 23 £348 +98.57% 8
City of London +22 20 £325 +80.55% 11
Manchester -13 13 £200 +14.28% 3
South West +2 10 £178 -13.41% 7
Scotland -9 10 £338 -2.87% 4
Lancashire - 10 £375 -
Hampshire -2 8 £380 +9.19%
Blackpool - 8 £375 -
East of England +7 7 £188 +10.29% 7
West Midlands +14 6 £450 +28.57% 2
Wiltshire +8 5 £135 -34.14%
Berkshire +2 5 £163 - 4
Surrey 0 5 £350 - 8
East Midlands -7 5 - - 3
Nottinghamshire -7 5 - -
Buckinghamshire - 5 £350 - 1
Oxfordshire - 4 £140 -
Lanarkshire - 4 - -
Birmingham +6 3 £450 +28.57% 2
Erskine +6 3 £425 +22.30%
Hook +4 3 £260 -25.50%
Renfrewshire +3 3 £425 +22.30%
Yorkshire -32 3 £108 -63.22% 2
North East - 3 - - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 - - 1
Salisbury - 3 £135 -
Tyne and Wear - 3 - - 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 335 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 258 (77.01%) Windows
3 243 (72.54%) Microsoft
4 196 (58.51%) MCSE
5 180 (53.73%) Active Directory
6 156 (46.57%) ITIL
7 148 (44.18%) VMware
8 112 (33.43%) MCITP
9 92 (27.46%) Windows Server 2008
10 90 (26.87%) VMware Infrastructure
11 89 (26.57%) Windows Server 2012
12 80 (23.88%) Windows 7
12 80 (23.88%) Cisco
12 80 (23.88%) Cisco Certification
13 76 (22.69%) Citrix
14 71 (21.19%) CCNA
15 70 (20.90%) SQL Server
16 69 (20.60%) MS Exchange
17 64 (19.10%) SAN
18 63 (18.81%) MCP
18 63 (18.81%) MS Office
19 62 (18.51%) Security Cleared
20 61 (18.21%) SCCM
21 59 (17.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 58 (17.31%) Linux
22 58 (17.31%) SQL
23 57 (17.01%) DNS
24 56 (16.72%) LAN
25 54 (16.12%) PowerShell
26 53 (15.82%) MCTS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 69 (20.60%) MS Exchange
2 39 (11.64%) SharePoint
3 38 (11.34%) Lync
4 32 (9.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (7.16%) Exchange Server 2007
6 19 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (4.48%) SharePoint 2010
8 13 (3.88%) IIS
9 12 (3.58%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (1.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.90%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.60%) TPMS
14 1 (0.30%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.30%) WorkSite
Applications
1 63 (18.81%) MS Office
2 52 (15.52%) MS Excel
3 6 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.49%) MS Visio
5 4 (1.19%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.90%) SAP CCM
1 3 (0.90%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.30%) Eikon
2 1 (0.30%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.30%) Tesseract
2 1 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.27%) Office 365
2 9 (2.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.90%) IaaS
5 1 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.30%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 64 (19.10%) SAN
2 57 (17.01%) DNS
3 56 (16.72%) LAN
4 48 (14.33%) DHCP
5 47 (14.03%) TCP/IP
6 46 (13.73%) WAN
7 39 (11.64%) Firewall
8 23 (6.87%) VPN
9 18 (5.37%) VLAN
10 14 (4.18%) IPv4
10 14 (4.18%) VoIP
11 13 (3.88%) Internet
11 13 (3.88%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (2.39%) NAS
12 8 (2.39%) iSCSI
12 8 (2.39%) Cisco IOS
13 7 (2.09%) Fibre Channel
13 7 (2.09%) Cisco Nexus
14 6 (1.79%) Unified Communications
14 6 (1.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (20.90%) SQL Server
2 24 (7.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (4.18%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (3.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 12 (3.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (2.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.19%) OLAP
7 4 (1.19%) OLAP Cube
8 3 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.60%) MySQL
9 2 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.30%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.30%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (2.09%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.19%) Ant
4 3 (0.90%) WinRunner
4 3 (0.90%) TestDirector
4 3 (0.90%) HP UFT
5 2 (0.60%) ClearCase
5 2 (0.60%) MSI
5 2 (0.60%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.30%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.30%) ClearQuest
General
1 22 (6.57%) Finance
2 11 (3.28%) Retail
2 11 (3.28%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.49%) Legal
4 4 (1.19%) Advertising
4 4 (1.19%) Publishing
4 4 (1.19%) Law
5 3 (0.90%) Local Government
6 2 (0.60%) Japanese Language
6 2 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.60%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.60%) Banking
6 2 (0.60%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.30%) Back Office
7 1 (0.30%) Marketing
7 1 (0.30%) Billing
Job Titles
1 55 (16.42%) Analyst
2 54 (16.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 52 (15.52%) Support Engineer
4 29 (8.66%) Support Analyst
5 28 (8.36%) 3rd Line Support
6 24 (7.16%) 2nd Line Support
6 24 (7.16%) Wintel Engineer
7 23 (6.87%) Consultant
8 17 (5.07%) DBA
9 16 (4.78%) Service Analyst
9 16 (4.78%) Service Desk Analyst
9 16 (4.78%) SQL DBA
10 14 (4.18%) Network Engineer
11 13 (3.88%) Server Engineer
12 11 (3.28%) Network Support
12 11 (3.28%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 11 (3.28%) Administrator
13 10 (2.99%) Field Engineer
13 10 (2.99%) Field Service Engineer
13 10 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (7.46%) XML
2 23 (6.87%) HTML
3 4 (1.19%) .NET
3 4 (1.19%) LAMP
4 2 (0.60%) Web Services
4 2 (0.60%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.60%) MDX
5 1 (0.30%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.30%) Apache Thrift
5 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.30%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.30%) XMPP
5 1 (0.30%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 38 (11.34%) Data Centre
2 20 (5.97%) Clustering
3 17 (5.07%) Blackberry
4 15 (4.48%) Video Conferencing
4 15 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (2.69%) Computer Science
6 8 (2.39%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.79%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.19%) NHS
8 4 (1.19%) Replication
8 4 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (0.90%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.90%) HP Storage
9 3 (0.90%) PDA
9 3 (0.90%) Taxonomies
9 3 (0.90%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.60%) PKI
10 2 (0.60%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.60%) Life Science
10 2 (0.60%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 258 (77.01%) Windows
2 92 (27.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 89 (26.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 80 (23.88%) Windows 7
5 58 (17.31%) Linux
6 42 (12.54%) Windows Server 2003
7 39 (11.64%) Windows XP
8 38 (11.34%) Windows 8
9 14 (4.18%) Mac OS X
10 13 (3.88%) UNIX
11 12 (3.58%) Ubuntu
12 9 (2.69%) Windows Vista
13 8 (2.39%) Android
14 7 (2.09%) Debian
15 5 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
16 4 (1.19%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.90%) AIX
18 2 (0.60%) HPUX
18 2 (0.60%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (46.57%) ITIL
2 44 (13.13%) Migration
3 27 (8.06%) Service Management
4 25 (7.46%) High Availability
5 18 (5.37%) Incident Management
5 18 (5.37%) Problem Management
6 16 (4.78%) Service Delivery
6 16 (4.78%) PRINCE2
7 15 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
7 15 (4.48%) ITIL V3
7 15 (4.48%) Server Building
8 14 (4.18%) Software Deployment
8 14 (4.18%) Change Management
9 12 (3.58%) Configuration Management
10 11 (3.28%) Network Design
10 11 (3.28%) Performance Tuning
11 9 (2.69%) Change Control
11 9 (2.69%) Software Testing
11 9 (2.69%) Validation
12 8 (2.39%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 58 (17.31%) SQL
2 54 (16.12%) PowerShell
3 26 (7.76%) VBScript
4 10 (2.99%) T-SQL
5 5 (1.49%) C
6 3 (0.90%) VB
7 2 (0.60%) C#
7 2 (0.60%) Java
7 2 (0.60%) R
8 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 335 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 196 (58.51%) MCSE
3 112 (33.43%) MCITP
4 80 (23.88%) Cisco Certification
5 71 (21.19%) CCNA
6 63 (18.81%) MCP
7 62 (18.51%) Security Cleared
8 59 (17.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 53 (15.82%) MCTS
10 45 (13.43%) SC Cleared
11 35 (10.45%) CCNP
12 32 (9.55%) A+ Certification
13 28 (8.36%) Network+ Certification
14 22 (6.57%) Degree
15 15 (4.48%) Citrix Certification
15 15 (4.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 14 (4.18%) MCDST
17 9 (2.69%) CCA
18 7 (2.09%) ITIL Certification
18 7 (2.09%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (10.15%) SLA
2 5 (1.49%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.19%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.90%) QA
5 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 180 (53.73%) Active Directory
2 90 (26.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (11.94%) vSphere
4 39 (11.64%) Hyper-V
5 21 (6.27%) XenApp
6 14 (4.18%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (3.58%) VMware ESX
8 9 (2.69%) XenDesktop
9 7 (2.09%) XenServer
10 5 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (1.19%) Xen
11 4 (1.19%) NFS
12 3 (0.90%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.90%) UAG
13 2 (0.60%) vCloud
13 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.60%) Samba
13 2 (0.60%) Postfix
14 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 61 (18.21%) SCCM
2 25 (7.46%) SCOM
3 17 (5.07%) Backup Exec
4 11 (3.28%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (2.09%) WSUS
6 6 (1.79%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.90%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.90%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.90%) Nagios
7 3 (0.90%) CA Spectrum
7 3 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.60%) vMotion
8 2 (0.60%) Netcool
8 2 (0.60%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.30%) CiscoWorks
9 1 (0.30%) Puppet
9 1 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.30%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 243 (72.54%) Microsoft
2 148 (44.18%) VMware
3 80 (23.88%) Cisco
4 76 (22.69%) Citrix
5 39 (11.64%) HP
6 24 (7.16%) Symantec
7 21 (6.27%) McAfee
8 14 (4.18%) Dell
9 13 (3.88%) IBM
9 13 (3.88%) Juniper
10 11 (3.28%) Red Hat
10 11 (3.28%) Apple
11 9 (2.69%) CheckPoint
11 9 (2.69%) Oracle
12 8 (2.39%) Sophos
12 8 (2.39%) Altiris
12 8 (2.39%) Polycom
13 7 (2.09%) 3PAR
14 6 (1.79%) AppSense
14 6 (1.79%) Avaya
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