Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 21 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 80 95 109
Rank change year-on-year +15 +14 -14
Contract jobs citing MCSA 15 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.12% 0.14% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.43% 0.85% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 0 0
Cheshire median daily rate £310 - -
North West median daily rate £313 £250 £320
% change year-on-year +25.00% -21.88% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
Cheshire median hourly rate - £14.86 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -39.96% +73.68%
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £14.86 £24.75
% change year-on-year +7.67% -39.96% +65.00%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Cheshire
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 202 234 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.04% 16.02% 15.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 151 187
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25% +9.59%
10th Percentile £214 £160 £275
90th Percentile £548 £675 £650
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £400
% change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +7.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 29
Cheshire median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +21.18% -0.97%
10th Percentile £14.54 £14.43 £15.92
90th Percentile £33.00 £52.75 £27.50
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £27.50 £30.52
% change year-on-year +40.91% -9.90% +52.60%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester - 7 £280 -
Warrington - 2 £650 - 4
MCSA
North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (80.00%) ITIL
3 11 (73.33%) MCSE
4 9 (60.00%) Fortinet
5 8 (53.33%) HP UFT
5 8 (53.33%) HP
5 8 (53.33%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (46.67%) Banking
7 6 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (33.33%) SCCM
8 5 (33.33%) ISEB
8 5 (33.33%) Microsoft
8 5 (33.33%) Active Directory
8 5 (33.33%) Unix
8 5 (33.33%) Linux
8 5 (33.33%) Office 365
9 4 (26.67%) Oracle Database
9 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
9 4 (26.67%) MS Exchange
9 4 (26.67%) C#
9 4 (26.67%) Java
9 4 (26.67%) VBScript
9 4 (26.67%) VB
9 4 (26.67%) VB.NET
9 4 (26.67%) .NET
9 4 (26.67%) Oracle
9 4 (26.67%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (26.67%) Time Management
9 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 4 (26.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (6.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (33.33%) Office 365
2 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (13.33%) PaaS
4 1 (6.67%) IaaS
4 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) DHCP
1 3 (20.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (26.67%) Oracle Database
2 1 (6.67%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (53.33%) HP UFT
2 4 (26.67%) JMeter
General
1 7 (46.67%) Banking
2 3 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Analyst
1 4 (26.67%) Infrastructure Support
1 4 (26.67%) Test Analyst
2 3 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (13.33%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 2 (13.33%) Environment Support Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Office 365 Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Support Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Test Environment Support Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Azure Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Deployment Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) SCCM Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior SCCM Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
2 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Linux
1 5 (33.33%) Unix
2 3 (20.00%) Windows
2 3 (20.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (80.00%) ITIL
2 6 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing
3 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
3 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
3 4 (26.67%) Time Management
4 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (6.67%) Contract Management
5 1 (6.67%) Data Loss Prevention
5 1 (6.67%) Data Management
5 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (6.67%) IT Strategy
5 1 (6.67%) Line Management
5 1 (6.67%) Network Design
5 1 (6.67%) Open Source
5 1 (6.67%) Problem Management
5 1 (6.67%) Product Management
5 1 (6.67%) Resource Management
5 1 (6.67%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) C#
1 4 (26.67%) Java
1 4 (26.67%) VB
1 4 (26.67%) VB.NET
1 4 (26.67%) VBScript
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (73.33%) MCSE
3 5 (33.33%) ISEB
4 4 (26.67%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (20.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (20.00%) MCITP
6 1 (6.67%) CCDP
6 1 (6.67%) CCIE
6 1 (6.67%) CCNP
6 1 (6.67%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (6.67%) CISM
6 1 (6.67%) CISSP
6 1 (6.67%) Degree
6 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
System Software
1 5 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (6.67%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 8 (53.33%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (33.33%) SCCM
3 3 (20.00%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 9 (60.00%) Fortinet
2 8 (53.33%) HP
3 5 (33.33%) Microsoft
4 4 (26.67%) Oracle
5 3 (20.00%) Citrix
5 3 (20.00%) VMware
6 1 (6.67%) Cisco