The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 35 42
Rank change year-on-year -1 +7  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 6 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 1.67% 0.31% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.11% 2.86% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £138 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £333 £313
% change year-on-year +1.50% +6.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £35.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.64%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

MCSA is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 54 35 53
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 15.04% 10.80% 14.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 16 37
Median daily rate £429 £350 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.50% -10.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £326 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 6
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing MCSA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in Bedfordshire

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSA in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in Bedfordshire

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA in Bedfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in Bedfordshire

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 23 June 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
Luton - 5 - -
Bedford - 1 £138 - 1
MCSA
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (85.71%) SQL Server
2 6 (85.71%) MCSE
3 5 (71.43%) Citrix
3 5 (71.43%) Migration
3 5 (71.43%) Enterprise Architecture
3 5 (71.43%) PCI DSS
3 5 (71.43%) XenApp
4 4 (57.14%) Windows
5 3 (42.86%) Active Directory
5 3 (42.86%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (42.86%) Application Packaging
5 3 (42.86%) SCCM
5 3 (42.86%) VMware
5 3 (42.86%) Data Centre
5 3 (42.86%) Programme Governance
5 3 (42.86%) Remediation Plan
6 2 (28.57%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (28.57%) Business Continuity
6 2 (28.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (28.57%) Skype
6 2 (28.57%) NetScaler
6 2 (28.57%) Business Transformation
6 2 (28.57%) High Availability
6 2 (28.57%) VCAP
6 2 (28.57%) Skype for Business
6 2 (28.57%) CMMI
6 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (28.57%) CCA

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 2 (28.57%) MS Exchange
1 2 (28.57%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (14.29%) PaaS
1 1 (14.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) NetScaler
1 2 (28.57%) Skype
2 1 (14.29%) DNS
2 1 (14.29%) LAN
2 1 (14.29%) WAN
2 1 (14.29%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (85.71%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Applications Specialist
1 3 (42.86%) Migration Specialist
2 2 (28.57%) Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Network Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Switch Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Data Centre
2 1 (14.29%) Driving Licence
2 1 (14.29%) NHS
2 1 (14.29%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Linux
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Server
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Enterprise Architecture
1 5 (71.43%) Migration
2 3 (42.86%) Application Packaging
2 3 (42.86%) Programme Governance
2 3 (42.86%) Remediation Plan
3 2 (28.57%) Business Continuity
3 2 (28.57%) Business Transformation
3 2 (28.57%) CMMI
3 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (28.57%) High Availability
3 2 (28.57%) ITIL
4 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL V2
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL V3
4 1 (14.29%) ITSM
4 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
4 1 (14.29%) Service Design
4 1 (14.29%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (85.71%) MCSE
3 2 (28.57%) CCA
3 2 (28.57%) CCNP
3 2 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (28.57%) Citrix Certification
3 2 (28.57%) MCP
3 2 (28.57%) VCAP
3 2 (28.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (14.29%) CCIP
4 1 (14.29%) CCNA
4 1 (14.29%) CCSP
4 1 (14.29%) Degree
4 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (71.43%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (71.43%) XenApp
2 3 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 3 (42.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (28.57%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (14.29%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 3 (42.86%) SCCM
2 1 (14.29%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (14.29%) DameWare
Vendors
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (71.43%) Citrix
3 3 (42.86%) VMware
4 2 (28.57%) Cisco
5 1 (14.29%) Symantec