Period
to 19 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 January 2022 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
UK > England
6 months to
19 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 631 485 556
Rank change year-on-year -146 +71 +66
Contract jobs citing MCSA 131 67 168
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.20% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 0.85% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 46 108
10th Percentile £183 £147 £150
25th Percentile £224 £203 £267
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £360 £406 £383
Median % change year-on-year -11.38% +6.21% +22.40%
75th Percentile £471 £494 £488
90th Percentile £538 £566 £595
UK median daily rate £360 £406 £375
% change year-on-year -11.38% +8.33% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 8 6
10th Percentile - £14.00 £15.25
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.38 £15.50
Median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.00% -9.09% +0.92%
75th Percentile £14.75 - £17.35
90th Percentile £15.75 £15.15 £17.65
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year -10.00% -13.44% +5.03%

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 England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,290 7,912 14,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.04% 23.34% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,598 5,172 9,095
10th Percentile £313 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £521 £475 £467
Median % change year-on-year +9.63% +1.71% +3.78%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 396 564
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.16
25th Percentile £17.00 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.75% +23.08% +28.28%
75th Percentile £53.72 £52.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.99 £61.88 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £39.73 £40.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year -0.69% +21.21% +30.25%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSA in England.

Daily rate trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 19 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSA in England.

Hourly rate trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 19 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -162 43 £365 -13.10% 18
North of England -39 23 £237 -49.03% 28
East of England -38 19 £305 +75.67% 12
South West -35 18 £425 -10.53% 7
Midlands -52 14 £320 - 11
Yorkshire - 13 £200 - 8
South East -76 12 £363 +3.57% 11
North West -44 10 £370 -20.26% 18
West Midlands -48 8 £357 - 6
East Midlands - 6 £320 - 5
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 131 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 84 (64.12%) Windows
3 82 (62.60%) ITIL
4 81 (61.83%) Microsoft
5 69 (52.67%) Microsoft 365
6 58 (44.27%) MCSE
7 57 (43.51%) Active Directory
8 53 (40.46%) Azure
9 42 (32.06%) VMware
10 40 (30.53%) Citrix
11 36 (27.48%) VMware Infrastructure
12 35 (26.72%) Social Skills
13 33 (25.19%) Incident Management
14 32 (24.43%) PowerShell
14 32 (24.43%) Windows Server
15 29 (22.14%) Cisco Certification
16 26 (19.85%) DNS
16 26 (19.85%) Security Cleared
17 25 (19.08%) Retail
17 25 (19.08%) Wi-Fi
18 23 (17.56%) SCCM
18 23 (17.56%) SC Cleared
18 23 (17.56%) Cisco
18 23 (17.56%) CCNA
18 23 (17.56%) A+ Certification
18 23 (17.56%) Linux
18 23 (17.56%) ServiceNow
18 23 (17.56%) Azure Active Directory
19 21 (16.03%) Windows 10
19 21 (16.03%) Windows Server 2012

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 18 (13.74%) SharePoint
2 16 (12.21%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.11%) IIS
4 7 (5.34%) Skype for Business
5 6 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.29%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (1.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.53%) Site Server
10 1 (0.76%) CMS
10 1 (0.76%) Confluence
10 1 (0.76%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.76%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (14.50%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 69 (52.67%) Microsoft 365
2 53 (40.46%) Azure
3 23 (17.56%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (7.63%) AWS
5 6 (4.58%) Power Platform
6 2 (1.53%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 2 (1.53%) Azure Storage
6 2 (1.53%) SaaS
7 1 (0.76%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 26 (19.85%) DNS
2 25 (19.08%) Wi-Fi
3 21 (16.03%) DHCP
4 15 (11.45%) Firewall
5 13 (9.92%) Network Security
6 10 (7.63%) WAN
7 8 (6.11%) SAN
7 8 (6.11%) TCP/IP
7 8 (6.11%) VPN
8 7 (5.34%) Skype
9 6 (4.58%) NAS
9 6 (4.58%) SD-WAN
10 5 (3.82%) IPv4
10 5 (3.82%) iSCSI
11 4 (3.05%) Internet
11 4 (3.05%) LAN
11 4 (3.05%) Remote Desktop
11 4 (3.05%) VLAN
11 4 (3.05%) VoIP
12 3 (2.29%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (12.98%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (4.58%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (4.58%) Power BI
3 6 (4.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (4.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.82%) Data Lake
4 5 (3.82%) QlikView
4 5 (3.82%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (3.82%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (3.05%) Ingres
5 4 (3.05%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.53%) SQL Server 2017
7 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.76%) VLDB
Development Applications
1 10 (7.63%) JIRA
2 7 (5.34%) Git (software)
2 7 (5.34%) Jenkins
2 7 (5.34%) Selenium
3 3 (2.29%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 35 (26.72%) Social Skills
2 25 (19.08%) Retail
3 8 (6.11%) Finance
3 8 (6.11%) Public Sector
4 6 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (4.58%) Organisational Skills
5 3 (2.29%) Automotive
5 3 (2.29%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (2.29%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.76%) Documentation Skills
6 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.76%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 42 (32.06%) Analyst
2 24 (18.32%) Service Analyst
2 24 (18.32%) Service Desk Analyst
3 12 (9.16%) Architect
4 11 (8.40%) Support Engineer
5 9 (6.87%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (6.87%) IT Analyst
6 8 (6.11%) IT Manager
7 7 (5.34%) IT Support
7 7 (5.34%) Service Manager
7 7 (5.34%) Support Analyst
8 6 (4.58%) IT Engineer
8 6 (4.58%) Network Engineer
8 6 (4.58%) Wintel Engineer
9 5 (3.82%) Administrator
9 5 (3.82%) Consultant
9 5 (3.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (3.82%) IT Services Manager
9 5 (3.82%) Service Desk Manager
9 5 (3.82%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.82%) HTML
1 5 (3.82%) JSON
1 5 (3.82%) XML
2 3 (2.29%) Middleware
3 1 (0.76%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.45%) Data Centre
2 8 (6.11%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.58%) Clustering
3 6 (4.58%) Learning Management System
3 6 (4.58%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (3.82%) PKI
5 4 (3.05%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.05%) NHS
5 4 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.29%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.29%) Enterprise Storage
6 3 (2.29%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.53%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.53%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.53%) Wiki
8 1 (0.76%) BYOD
8 1 (0.76%) CMDB
8 1 (0.76%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 84 (64.12%) Windows
2 32 (24.43%) Windows Server
3 23 (17.56%) Linux
4 21 (16.03%) Windows 10
4 21 (16.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (12.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (12.21%) Windows Server 2016
6 10 (7.63%) Apple iOS
7 9 (6.87%) Mac OS
8 8 (6.11%) CentOS
9 6 (4.58%) Android
10 5 (3.82%) Windows Server 2019
11 4 (3.05%) VMS
11 4 (3.05%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (3.05%) Windows XP
12 3 (2.29%) Mac OS X
12 3 (2.29%) Windows 7
13 2 (1.53%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.76%) HPUX
14 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (62.60%) ITIL
2 33 (25.19%) Incident Management
3 19 (14.50%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (13.74%) Problem Management
5 14 (10.69%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (10.69%) Migration
5 14 (10.69%) PRINCE2
6 13 (9.92%) Service Delivery
6 13 (9.92%) Virtual Environments
7 12 (9.16%) Analytics
7 12 (9.16%) Disaster Recovery
8 9 (6.87%) DevOps
9 8 (6.11%) Cybersecurity
9 8 (6.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 7 (5.34%) Acceptance Criteria
10 7 (5.34%) Customer Requirements
10 7 (5.34%) ITIL 4
10 7 (5.34%) Mentoring
10 7 (5.34%) Task Automation
10 7 (5.34%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 32 (24.43%) PowerShell
2 12 (9.16%) SQL
3 10 (7.63%) Python
3 10 (7.63%) R
4 5 (3.82%) Java
5 1 (0.76%) Bash
5 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 131 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (44.27%) MCSE
3 29 (22.14%) Cisco Certification
4 26 (19.85%) Security Cleared
5 23 (17.56%) A+ Certification
5 23 (17.56%) CCNA
5 23 (17.56%) SC Cleared
6 20 (15.27%) MCP
7 19 (14.50%) Degree
8 17 (12.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 16 (12.21%) MCITP
10 14 (10.69%) DV Cleared
10 14 (10.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (6.11%) CCNP
11 8 (6.11%) MCTS
12 7 (5.34%) CEH
12 7 (5.34%) ISEB
12 7 (5.34%) ISTQB
13 6 (4.58%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (4.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.63%) SLA
2 5 (3.82%) Data Quality
3 4 (3.05%) ISO 9001
3 4 (3.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (3.05%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.29%) GxP
5 1 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.76%) GDPR
5 1 (0.76%) QA
System Software
1 57 (43.51%) Active Directory
2 36 (27.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (11.45%) Hyper-V
4 12 (9.16%) Virtual Servers
5 10 (7.63%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (4.58%) vSphere
6 6 (4.58%) XenApp
7 5 (3.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 5 (3.82%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (3.82%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (3.82%) XenDesktop
8 4 (3.05%) BitLocker
8 4 (3.05%) NFS
8 4 (3.05%) Terminal Services
8 4 (3.05%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (3.05%) VMware NSX
9 3 (2.29%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.76%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 23 (17.56%) SCCM
2 13 (9.92%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (6.11%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 7 (5.34%) Puppet
4 7 (5.34%) WSUS
5 6 (4.58%) Ansible
5 6 (4.58%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (3.82%) NetBackup
6 5 (3.82%) SCOM
7 4 (3.05%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (3.05%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (3.05%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.53%) Backup Exec
8 2 (1.53%) Nagios
9 1 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.76%) vMotion
9 1 (0.76%) vRealize
Vendors
1 81 (61.83%) Microsoft
2 42 (32.06%) VMware
3 40 (30.53%) Citrix
4 23 (17.56%) Cisco
4 23 (17.56%) ServiceNow
5 15 (11.45%) Apple
6 7 (5.34%) Ivanti
6 7 (5.34%) McAfee
6 7 (5.34%) Splunk
7 6 (4.58%) HP
7 6 (4.58%) MobileIron
8 5 (3.82%) Avaya
8 5 (3.82%) Dell
8 5 (3.82%) Mitel
8 5 (3.82%) Oracle
8 5 (3.82%) Polycom
8 5 (3.82%) Shavlik
8 5 (3.82%) Symantec
9 4 (3.05%) Remedy
9 4 (3.05%) Veeam