The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 158 160 189
Rank change year-on-year +2 +29  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 6 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.18% 0.089% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 0.53% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 9
Median daily rate £340 £450 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.44% +73.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £258 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £490 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £335 £320
% change year-on-year -2.98% +4.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -39.94% +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 the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 476 565 762
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.41% 16.68% 13.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 319 419 568
Median daily rate £475 £475 £441
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £295 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 18
Median hourly rate £18.70 £20.89 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.49% -14.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.75 £16.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.20 £93.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the City of London

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 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 City of London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (80.00%) Windows
3 10 (66.67%) Active Directory
4 9 (60.00%) Finance
5 8 (53.33%) Microsoft
6 7 (46.67%) Windows 7
7 5 (33.33%) MCSE
7 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
8 4 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (26.67%) VMware
8 4 (26.67%) SCCM
8 4 (26.67%) Android
9 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (20.00%) Hyper-V
9 3 (20.00%) vSphere
9 3 (20.00%) Data Security
9 3 (20.00%) Symantec
9 3 (20.00%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (20.00%) SharePoint
9 3 (20.00%) LAN
9 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
9 3 (20.00%) SLA
9 3 (20.00%) Cisco
9 3 (20.00%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (20.00%) Office 365
10 2 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
10 2 (13.33%) ITIL
10 2 (13.33%) MCP
10 2 (13.33%) Blackberry

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 3 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (6.67%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (6.67%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 3 (20.00%) Office 365
2 2 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (6.67%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) LAN
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco IOS
2 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
2 2 (13.33%) Wireless
3 1 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (6.67%) PBX
3 1 (6.67%) Skype
3 1 (6.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) Azure SQL Database
1 1 (6.67%) MySQL
General
1 9 (60.00%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Advertising
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Analyst
1 4 (26.67%) Desktop Support
1 4 (26.67%) Support Analyst
2 3 (20.00%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Desktop Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
4 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Blackberry Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Deskside Support
4 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Systems Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) XMPP
2 1 (6.67%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Blackberry
2 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
2 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Storage
2 1 (6.67%) Fintech
2 1 (6.67%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (6.67%) NHS
2 1 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 12 (80.00%) Windows
2 7 (46.67%) Windows 7
3 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
4 4 (26.67%) Android
4 4 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
6 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
6 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (20.00%) Data Security
2 2 (13.33%) Asset Management
2 2 (13.33%) ITIL
3 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (6.67%) Change Management
3 1 (6.67%) Coaching
3 1 (6.67%) High Availability
3 1 (6.67%) Identity Management
3 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
3 1 (6.67%) Mentoring
3 1 (6.67%) Mobile Device Management
3 1 (6.67%) Presales
3 1 (6.67%) Problem Management
3 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (33.33%) MCSE
3 2 (13.33%) MCITP
3 2 (13.33%) MCP
4 1 (6.67%) CCNA
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (20.00%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (20.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) SCCM
2 3 (20.00%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 8 (53.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (26.67%) VMware
3 3 (20.00%) Cisco
3 3 (20.00%) Symantec
4 1 (6.67%) Bloomberg
4 1 (6.67%) NICE Systems
4 1 (6.67%) Webroot