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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 476 482 512
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +30
Contract jobs citing MCSA 173 153 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.28% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.46% 1.47% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 90 64
Median daily rate £325 £320 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +28.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £135 £131
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £320 £220
% change year-on-year
+4.68% +45.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 24
Median hourly rate £37.50 £18.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+108.33% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.83 £13.35 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.80 £43.22 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £18.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+108.33% +14.28%

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
11810 10424 10566
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.88% 18.90% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7387 6098 6103
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 538 495
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.23 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.62% +27.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £50.00 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £24.12 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+18.67% +23.69%

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 -17 129 £325 +2.36% 66
Scotland +23 42 £323 -21.81% 3
London -4 41 £313 -2.34% 14
South East -11 30 £350 +8.52% 18
Erskine -12 30 £320 -22.42%
Renfrewshire -13 30 £320 -22.42%
South West +9 12 £619 +65.00% 9
East of England +17 11 £269 -17.30% 2
Berkshire 0 11 £350 +21.73% 4
North East -46 10 £316 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -51 10 £316 - 2
Tyne and Wear -53 10 £316 - 2
Yorkshire +3 9 £375 +114.28% 7
West Midlands -18 7 £275 -19.70% 8
Glasgow - 6 £330 - 3
Hertfordshire +19 5 £269 -17.30% 1
South Yorkshire +3 5 £375 +167.85%
Birmingham -3 5 £275 -30.59% 5
West Sussex -9 5 £375 +70.45% 1
North West -32 5 £315 +78.72% 5
Wiltshire - 5 £600 - 1
Reading - 5 £338 - 1
Cambridgeshire +21 4 - - 1
Cambridge +19 4 - - 1
West Yorkshire 0 4 - - 6
East Midlands -1 4 £500 +150.00% 1
Leeds -2 4 - - 3
Surrey -13 4 £350 +12.90% 6
City of London +26 3 £450 +73.07% 2
Hampshire +1 3 £360 +11.62% 3

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 351 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 278 (79.20%) Windows
3 261 (74.36%) Microsoft
4 218 (62.11%) MCSE
5 203 (57.83%) VMware
6 201 (57.26%) Active Directory
7 148 (42.17%) Windows Server
8 145 (41.31%) Windows Server 2008
9 139 (39.60%) VMware Infrastructure
10 136 (38.75%) ITIL
11 126 (35.90%) MS Excel
12 125 (35.61%) Windows Server 2012
13 118 (33.62%) Hyper-V
14 104 (29.63%) Citrix
15 103 (29.34%) DNS
16 98 (27.92%) DHCP
17 97 (27.64%) SQL
17 97 (27.64%) PowerShell
18 95 (27.07%) HP
19 92 (26.21%) MS Exchange
20 91 (25.93%) Windows Server 2003
21 87 (24.79%) Security Cleared
22 86 (24.50%) Windows 7
23 72 (20.51%) vSphere
24 70 (19.94%) MCITP
25 69 (19.66%) SAN
26 68 (19.37%) Cisco
27 67 (19.09%) MS Office
27 67 (19.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
28 62 (17.66%) Cisco Certification

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 92 (26.21%) MS Exchange
2 50 (14.25%) Exchange Server 2010
3 31 (8.83%) SharePoint
4 20 (5.70%) OpenStack
5 19 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2013
6 18 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (3.99%) IIS
8 10 (2.85%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (1.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (1.42%) Skype for Business
11 4 (1.14%) IBM Notes
11 4 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.85%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.57%) SAS
14 1 (0.28%) Apache
14 1 (0.28%) CMS
14 1 (0.28%) Confluence
14 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
14 1 (0.28%) Umbraco
Applications
1 126 (35.90%) MS Excel
2 67 (19.09%) MS Office
3 4 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.57%) Eikon
1 2 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.28%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.28%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.28%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.28%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.28%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.28%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.28%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 41 (11.68%) Office 365
2 23 (6.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.85%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (2.85%) IaaS
4 4 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.14%) PaaS
5 3 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.85%) SaaS
5 3 (0.85%) SoftLayer
6 2 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.28%) GitHub
7 1 (0.28%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.28%) IBM PureFlex
7 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 103 (29.34%) DNS
2 98 (27.92%) DHCP
3 69 (19.66%) SAN
4 58 (16.52%) TCP/IP
5 37 (10.54%) Firewall
6 31 (8.83%) VPN
7 21 (5.98%) WAN
8 18 (5.13%) Internet
8 18 (5.13%) LAN
9 15 (4.27%) HTTP
9 15 (4.27%) SNMP
10 13 (3.70%) Ethernet
10 13 (3.70%) IPsec
10 13 (3.70%) IPv6
10 13 (3.70%) Software-Defined Networking
10 13 (3.70%) SSL
10 13 (3.70%) Wireless
11 12 (3.42%) Fibre Channel
11 12 (3.42%) VLAN
12 7 (1.99%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (16.52%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (1.71%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (1.42%) MS Access
5 4 (1.14%) MySQL
6 3 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.85%) SQLPlus
7 2 (0.57%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.57%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.28%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.28%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 30 (8.55%) HP UFT
1 30 (8.55%) TestDirector
1 30 (8.55%) WinRunner
2 5 (1.42%) StarTeam
3 3 (0.85%) MSI
4 2 (0.57%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.57%) InstallShield
4 2 (0.57%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.28%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.28%) JIRA
5 1 (0.28%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (0.28%) Moq
5 1 (0.28%) NSubstitute
5 1 (0.28%) NUnit
5 1 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.28%) Selenium
5 1 (0.28%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 24 (6.84%) Finance
2 15 (4.27%) Marketing
3 10 (2.85%) Banking
3 10 (2.85%) Legal
4 9 (2.56%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.99%) Back Office
5 7 (1.99%) Local Government
6 5 (1.42%) Advertising
6 5 (1.42%) Law
6 5 (1.42%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.14%) Billing
7 4 (1.14%) Retail
8 2 (0.57%) Electronics
9 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.28%) Automotive
9 1 (0.28%) Games
9 1 (0.28%) Publishing
9 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 69 (19.66%) Analyst
2 59 (16.81%) Support Engineer
3 30 (8.55%) Virtualisation Engineer
4 28 (7.98%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 26 (7.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 25 (7.12%) Test Analyst
6 25 (7.12%) Wintel Engineer
7 22 (6.27%) Windows Engineer
8 21 (5.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 21 (5.98%) Server Engineer
9 20 (5.70%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
10 19 (5.41%) Service Analyst
11 17 (4.84%) VMware Engineer
12 16 (4.56%) Desktop Support
12 16 (4.56%) Service Desk Analyst
13 15 (4.27%) IT Engineer
13 15 (4.27%) Wintel Support
14 14 (3.99%) Support Analyst
14 14 (3.99%) Systems Engineer
14 14 (3.99%) Wintel Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (4.56%) XML
2 14 (3.99%) CSS
3 9 (2.56%) .NET
3 9 (2.56%) Web Services
4 8 (2.28%) REST
4 8 (2.28%) WSDL
4 8 (2.28%) XSD
5 6 (1.71%) SAML
6 4 (1.14%) HTML
7 2 (0.57%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.57%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.57%) WAP
7 2 (0.57%) WCF
8 1 (0.28%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.28%) Autofac
8 1 (0.28%) CSS3
8 1 (0.28%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.28%) Ninject
8 1 (0.28%) Node.js
8 1 (0.28%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 47 (13.39%) Clustering
2 35 (9.97%) Data Centre
3 27 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (7.69%) PDA
4 23 (6.55%) Computer Science
5 16 (4.56%) Driving Licence
6 14 (3.99%) Blackberry
7 13 (3.70%) Public Cloud
8 11 (3.13%) Management Information System
9 10 (2.85%) Private Cloud
10 9 (2.56%) PKI
11 6 (1.71%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.71%) Replication
11 6 (1.71%) Statistics
12 5 (1.42%) NHS
13 4 (1.14%) Fat Client
13 4 (1.14%) iPad
13 4 (1.14%) Thin Client
13 4 (1.14%) Wiki
14 3 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 278 (79.20%) Windows
2 148 (42.17%) Windows Server
3 145 (41.31%) Windows Server 2008
4 125 (35.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 91 (25.93%) Windows Server 2003
6 86 (24.50%) Windows 7
7 49 (13.96%) Windows XP
8 41 (11.68%) Linux
9 33 (9.40%) AIX
10 15 (4.27%) Windows 10
11 13 (3.70%) Windows 8
12 12 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (2.85%) Unix
14 6 (1.71%) Mac OS
14 6 (1.71%) Ubuntu
15 5 (1.42%) Data ONTAP
15 5 (1.42%) Mac OS X Server
16 4 (1.14%) Apple iOS
16 4 (1.14%) Mac OS X
16 4 (1.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (38.75%) ITIL
2 52 (14.81%) Change Management
3 42 (11.97%) Migration
3 42 (11.97%) Software Testing
4 30 (8.55%) Test Automation
4 30 (8.55%) Test Scripting
5 18 (5.13%) ITIL V3
5 18 (5.13%) Virtual Environments
6 17 (4.84%) Mentoring
7 16 (4.56%) Disaster Recovery
8 15 (4.27%) Load Balancing
8 15 (4.27%) Risk Management
9 14 (3.99%) Conflict Management
9 14 (3.99%) Presales
10 13 (3.70%) Configuration Management
10 13 (3.70%) Unit Testing
11 12 (3.42%) Process Improvement
11 12 (3.42%) Workflow
12 11 (3.13%) Data Migration
12 11 (3.13%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (27.64%) PowerShell
1 97 (27.64%) SQL
2 20 (5.70%) VBScript
3 12 (3.42%) C#
3 12 (3.42%) VB
4 9 (2.56%) C
5 6 (1.71%) C++
6 5 (1.42%) Java
6 5 (1.42%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.42%) VBA
7 2 (0.57%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.28%) PHP
8 1 (0.28%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 351 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 218 (62.11%) MCSE
3 87 (24.79%) Security Cleared
4 70 (19.94%) MCITP
5 67 (19.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 62 (17.66%) Cisco Certification
7 59 (16.81%) SC Cleared
8 58 (16.52%) CCNA
8 58 (16.52%) MCP
9 42 (11.97%) MCTS
10 32 (9.12%) ISTQB
11 30 (8.55%) Degree
12 24 (6.84%) MCSD
13 15 (4.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 14 (3.99%) Citrix Certification
15 10 (2.85%) DV Cleared
16 9 (2.56%) CCNP
16 9 (2.56%) MCDST
17 8 (2.28%) A+ Certification
18 7 (1.99%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.56%) SLA
2 7 (1.99%) HL7
3 5 (1.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.28%) QA
System Software
1 201 (57.26%) Active Directory
2 139 (39.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (33.62%) Hyper-V
4 72 (20.51%) vSphere
5 41 (11.68%) VMware ESX
6 14 (3.99%) XenApp
7 12 (3.42%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (3.13%) Xen
9 8 (2.28%) Docker
10 6 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.85%) NFS
11 3 (0.85%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.85%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.57%) Postfix
13 1 (0.28%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.28%) Firmware
13 1 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 61 (17.38%) SCCM
2 50 (14.25%) McAfee ePO
3 33 (9.40%) Netcool
4 30 (8.55%) HP Quality Center
5 28 (7.98%) WSUS
6 25 (7.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 24 (6.84%) Backup Exec
8 17 (4.84%) NetBackup
9 16 (4.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 15 (4.27%) SCOM
11 10 (2.85%) Microsoft Intune
12 7 (1.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 6 (1.71%) Microsoft Clustering
13 6 (1.71%) WMI
14 5 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
15 4 (1.14%) BladeLogic
15 4 (1.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 3 (0.85%) Cisco UCCX
16 3 (0.85%) DameWare
16 3 (0.85%) SCSM
Vendors
1 261 (74.36%) Microsoft
2 203 (57.83%) VMware
3 104 (29.63%) Citrix
4 95 (27.07%) HP
5 68 (19.37%) Cisco
6 52 (14.81%) Intel Security
7 35 (9.97%) Veritas
8 28 (7.98%) Dell
9 23 (6.55%) NetApp
9 23 (6.55%) Oracle
10 20 (5.70%) Symantec
11 14 (3.99%) Altiris
11 14 (3.99%) Apple
11 14 (3.99%) IBM
12 13 (3.70%) Red Hat
13 9 (2.56%) ServiceNow
14 8 (2.28%) Hitachi
14 8 (2.28%) iManage
14 8 (2.28%) Intel
14 8 (2.28%) Reuters
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