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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
London / City of London
Rank 144 152 170
Rank change year-on-year +8 +18  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 9 6 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.30% 0.18% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.09% 1.24% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 16
Median daily rate £333 £375 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.33% +8.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £225 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £495 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £290
% change year-on-year -5.71% +20.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.96 £39.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -41.12% +164.40%  

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 430 482 845
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.18% 14.63% 16.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 345 627
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.66% -9.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.96 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the City of London over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSA in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the City of London

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (76.92%) Active Directory
3 9 (69.23%) Windows
4 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
5 7 (53.85%) MCSE
6 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (46.15%) Windows Server
7 5 (38.46%) SCCM
7 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
7 5 (38.46%) Finance
7 5 (38.46%) VMware
8 4 (30.77%) ITIL
8 4 (30.77%) MCP
8 4 (30.77%) TCP/IP
9 3 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (23.08%) SharePoint
9 3 (23.08%) Cisco
9 3 (23.08%) Data Security
9 3 (23.08%) vSphere
9 3 (23.08%) Android
9 3 (23.08%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (23.08%) Hyper-V
10 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
10 2 (15.38%) Computer Science
10 2 (15.38%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (15.38%) PowerShell
10 2 (15.38%) XMPP
10 2 (15.38%) MCITP

MCSA
Top Related 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 (23.08%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) Apache
2 1 (7.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (7.69%) OpenStack
2 1 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (7.69%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 2 (15.38%) MS Office
2 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (7.69%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (7.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (30.77%) TCP/IP
2 2 (15.38%) Cisco IOS
2 2 (15.38%) DHCP
2 2 (15.38%) DNS
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (7.69%) Firewall
3 1 (7.69%) FTP
3 1 (7.69%) LAN
3 1 (7.69%) PBX
3 1 (7.69%) Skype
3 1 (7.69%) SSH
3 1 (7.69%) VoIP
3 1 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MSI
General
1 5 (38.46%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Advertising
2 1 (7.69%) Law
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Analyst
1 4 (30.77%) Support Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Desktop Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Desktop Support
2 3 (23.08%) Desktop Support Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Systems Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (7.69%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 1 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (7.69%) Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Azure Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Blackberry Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Systems Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) XMPP
2 1 (7.69%) 802.1X
2 1 (7.69%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Computer Science
2 1 (7.69%) Blackberry
2 1 (7.69%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.69%) NHS
2 1 (7.69%) Private Cloud
2 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (69.23%) Windows
2 6 (46.15%) Windows Server
2 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
3 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (23.08%) Android
4 3 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (15.38%) Linux
6 1 (7.69%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (30.77%) ITIL
2 3 (23.08%) Data Security
3 1 (7.69%) Application Packaging
3 1 (7.69%) Asset Management
3 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (7.69%) Change Management
3 1 (7.69%) Identity Management
3 1 (7.69%) ITSM
3 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
3 1 (7.69%) Migration
3 1 (7.69%) Mobile Device Management
3 1 (7.69%) Operations Management
3 1 (7.69%) Patch Management
3 1 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (7.69%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 1 (7.69%) PHP
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (53.85%) MCSE
3 4 (30.77%) MCP
4 2 (15.38%) Degree
4 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (15.38%) MCITP
5 1 (7.69%) CCNA
5 1 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (7.69%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (76.92%) Active Directory
2 3 (23.08%) Hyper-V
2 3 (23.08%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (23.08%) vSphere
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (38.46%) SCCM
2 2 (15.38%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (7.69%) Puppet
Vendors
1 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 5 (38.46%) VMware
3 3 (23.08%) Cisco
4 2 (15.38%) Symantec
5 1 (7.69%) Apple
5 1 (7.69%) NICE Systems