The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 April 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
England / East of England
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 115 117 131
Rank change year-on-year +2 +14  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 7 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.33% 0.30% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.56% 1.65% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 2
Median daily rate £550 £344 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.00% +5.76%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £305 £336 £285
% change year-on-year -9.29% +17.98%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £57.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +35.29%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £36.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -37.44% +118.18%  

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 East of England.

Academic & Professional Certification
East of England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 448 485 490
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 20.99% 18.47% 17.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 257 237
Median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 28 64
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.64% +88.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £10.00 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £57.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £32.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.61% +44.44%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the East of England

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the East of England over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the East of England

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the East of England

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the East of England region over the 3 months to 23 April 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
Hertfordshire +1 4 £550 +60.00% 4
Essex -9 2 £135 -
Cambridgeshire +4 1 - -
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 East of England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (93.75%) Microsoft
3 14 (87.50%) Windows
4 9 (56.25%) MCSE
5 7 (43.75%) Active Directory
6 6 (37.50%) CCNA
6 6 (37.50%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (31.25%) PowerShell
7 5 (31.25%) Windows 7
7 5 (31.25%) SQL
7 5 (31.25%) ITIL
7 5 (31.25%) Windows Server
8 4 (25.00%) Windows 10
8 4 (25.00%) Linux
8 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
8 4 (25.00%) LAN
8 4 (25.00%) CCNP
8 4 (25.00%) Cisco
8 4 (25.00%) TCP/IP
8 4 (25.00%) DNS
8 4 (25.00%) Manufacturing
8 4 (25.00%) VMware
8 4 (25.00%) Citrix
8 4 (25.00%) Project Management
8 4 (25.00%) Office 365
8 4 (25.00%) Degree
9 3 (18.75%) Application Packaging
9 3 (18.75%) Computer Science

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (18.75%) MS Exchange
1 3 (18.75%) SharePoint
2 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (6.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (25.00%) Office 365
2 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (6.25%) PaaS
3 1 (6.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) DNS
1 4 (25.00%) LAN
1 4 (25.00%) TCP/IP
2 3 (18.75%) DHCP
2 3 (18.75%) SAN
3 2 (12.50%) Ethernet
3 2 (12.50%) Firewall
3 2 (12.50%) iSCSI
3 2 (12.50%) NAS
3 2 (12.50%) Unified Communications
3 2 (12.50%) VLAN
3 2 (12.50%) VoIP
3 2 (12.50%) WAN
3 2 (12.50%) Wireless
3 2 (12.50%) WLAN
4 1 (6.25%) VPN
4 1 (6.25%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (12.50%) MySQL
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (25.00%) Manufacturing
2 3 (18.75%) Finance
3 2 (12.50%) Legal
3 2 (12.50%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
4 1 (6.25%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Architect
3 2 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) SCCM Architect
3 2 (12.50%) Senior Cisco Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Senior Windows Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Service Desk Manager
3 2 (12.50%) Service Manager
3 2 (12.50%) Support Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Windows Support Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Cloud Consultant
4 1 (6.25%) Cloud Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Cloud Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Technical Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Wintel Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
2 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) Driving Licence
2 2 (12.50%) Life Science
2 2 (12.50%) Smartphone
2 2 (12.50%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (6.25%) Clustering
3 1 (6.25%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 14 (87.50%) Windows
2 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (31.25%) Windows 7
3 5 (31.25%) Windows Server
4 4 (25.00%) Linux
4 4 (25.00%) Windows 10
5 3 (18.75%) Mac OS X
5 3 (18.75%) Windows 8
6 2 (12.50%) Mac OS
6 2 (12.50%) Unix
6 2 (12.50%) Windows XP
7 1 (6.25%) Android
7 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (31.25%) ITIL
2 4 (25.00%) Project Management
3 3 (18.75%) Application Packaging
4 2 (12.50%) Budgeting and Forecasting
4 2 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (12.50%) IT Governance
4 2 (12.50%) Network Architecture
4 2 (12.50%) Patch Management
4 2 (12.50%) Performance Management
4 2 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 2 (12.50%) Risk Management
4 2 (12.50%) Software Deployment
4 2 (12.50%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (6.25%) Converged Infrastructure
5 1 (6.25%) Data Centre Operations
5 1 (6.25%) Database Mirroring
5 1 (6.25%) ITIL V3
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (6.25%) Security Patching
5 1 (6.25%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) PowerShell
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
2 1 (6.25%) X++
Qualifications
1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (56.25%) MCSE
3 6 (37.50%) CCNA
3 6 (37.50%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (25.00%) CCNP
4 4 (25.00%) Degree
5 3 (18.75%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (12.50%) A+ Certification
6 2 (12.50%) MCITP
6 2 (12.50%) MCP
6 2 (12.50%) MCTS
6 2 (12.50%) MOS
6 2 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (6.25%) CCIP
7 1 (6.25%) CCSP
7 1 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 3 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (12.50%) XenApp
4 1 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 1 (6.25%) VMware ESX
4 1 (6.25%) vSphere
4 1 (6.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) SCCM
2 2 (12.50%) SCOM
2 2 (12.50%) SCSM
Vendors
1 15 (93.75%) Microsoft
2 4 (25.00%) Cisco
2 4 (25.00%) Citrix
2 4 (25.00%) VMware
3 3 (18.75%) HP
4 2 (12.50%) CheckPoint
4 2 (12.50%) Oracle
5 1 (6.25%) Adobe
5 1 (6.25%) Apple
5 1 (6.25%) EMC