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 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
UK / England
Rank 502 476 483
Rank change year-on-year -26 +7  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 81 142 120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.29% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.94% 1.39% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 73 75
Median daily rate £330 £300 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £175 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £421 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £290
% change year-on-year -5.71% +20.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 20 3
Median hourly rate £22.96 £43.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.60% +186.66%  
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 England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8637 10248 9600
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.97% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5425 6467 5553
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 373 428
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £60.00 £49.50
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 England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 England

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
South East +23 38 £330 -5.71% 11
London +9 27 £333 +33.00% 11
East of England -4 7 £255 -15.00% 3
North West +16 5 £275 -5.98% 10
Yorkshire +7 2 £400 +6.66% 5
East Midlands -6 1 £300 +46.34% 3
South West -12 1 £269 -28.26% 4
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

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 England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 170 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (79.41%) Windows
3 125 (73.53%) Active Directory
4 116 (68.24%) Microsoft
5 89 (52.35%) Windows Server
6 88 (51.76%) MCSE
7 82 (48.24%) VMware
8 72 (42.35%) ITIL
9 64 (37.65%) Windows Server 2008
10 63 (37.06%) Cisco
11 59 (34.71%) Windows Server 2012
12 58 (34.12%) VMware Infrastructure
13 52 (30.59%) MCP
14 49 (28.82%) MCITP
15 47 (27.65%) MS Exchange
16 45 (26.47%) Windows 7
17 43 (25.29%) Firewall
18 38 (22.35%) PowerShell
19 37 (21.76%) Security Cleared
19 37 (21.76%) SQL Server
20 34 (20.00%) MS Office
20 34 (20.00%) Hyper-V
21 31 (18.24%) SC Cleared
21 31 (18.24%) Office 365
22 30 (17.65%) Skype for Business
22 30 (17.65%) DHCP
22 30 (17.65%) SAN
22 30 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
23 29 (17.06%) Windows Server 2003
23 29 (17.06%) Exchange Server 2010

MCSA
Top Related 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 47 (27.65%) MS Exchange
2 30 (17.65%) Skype for Business
3 29 (17.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (11.76%) SharePoint
5 15 (8.82%) IIS
6 8 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.94%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.18%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.59%) Apache
9 1 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.59%) OpenStack
Applications
1 34 (20.00%) MS Office
2 23 (13.53%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.18%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.18%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 31 (18.24%) Office 365
2 15 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.12%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.35%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (2.35%) IaaS
4 4 (2.35%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.76%) SaaS
6 2 (1.18%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (1.18%) PaaS
7 1 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 43 (25.29%) Firewall
2 30 (17.65%) DHCP
2 30 (17.65%) SAN
3 27 (15.88%) DNS
3 27 (15.88%) Skype
4 26 (15.29%) TCP/IP
5 24 (14.12%) LAN
5 24 (14.12%) VoIP
6 14 (8.24%) Internet
7 13 (7.65%) WAN
8 12 (7.06%) Wireless
9 11 (6.47%) VPN
9 11 (6.47%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (5.88%) Ethernet
11 9 (5.29%) Cisco Nexus
12 7 (4.12%) Network Security
13 5 (2.94%) iSCSI
13 5 (2.94%) VLAN
14 4 (2.35%) Remote Desktop
14 4 (2.35%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (21.76%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
2 10 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (2.94%) MySQL
4 4 (2.35%) Big Data
4 4 (2.35%) SQL Server 2014
4 4 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.76%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.76%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.18%) Power BI
6 2 (1.18%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (2.94%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.35%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.76%) CruiseControl
3 3 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.76%) TeamCity
3 3 (1.76%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (1.18%) JIRA
4 2 (1.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.59%) MSI
General
1 26 (15.29%) Finance
2 10 (5.88%) Manufacturing
2 10 (5.88%) Retail
3 8 (4.71%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.94%) Legal
5 2 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.59%) Advertising
6 1 (0.59%) Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Law
Job Titles
1 26 (15.29%) Analyst
2 22 (12.94%) Support Engineer
3 20 (11.76%) Wintel Engineer
4 19 (11.18%) Windows Engineer
5 17 (10.00%) Architect
6 15 (8.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 15 (8.82%) Systems Engineer
7 14 (8.24%) Server Engineer
8 13 (7.65%) Support Analyst
9 11 (6.47%) Desktop Support
9 11 (6.47%) Windows Systems Engineer
10 10 (5.88%) 3rd Line Support
11 9 (5.29%) 2nd Line Support
11 9 (5.29%) Desktop Engineer
11 9 (5.29%) IT Engineer
12 8 (4.71%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 7 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 7 (4.12%) Cisco Engineer
13 7 (4.12%) Consultant
14 6 (3.53%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (11.18%) XML
2 5 (2.94%) HTML
3 3 (1.76%) .NET
3 3 (1.76%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.76%) WCF
3 3 (1.76%) WF
3 3 (1.76%) XMPP
4 2 (1.18%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.59%) LAMP
5 1 (0.59%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.82%) Management Information System
2 12 (7.06%) Data Centre
3 11 (6.47%) Blackberry
4 10 (5.88%) Client/Server
5 9 (5.29%) Computer Science
5 9 (5.29%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (4.71%) Clustering
6 8 (4.71%) NHS
7 7 (4.12%) Life Science
8 5 (2.94%) Private Cloud
9 4 (2.35%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (2.35%) Driving Licence
9 4 (2.35%) Enterprise Cloud
9 4 (2.35%) PKI
9 4 (2.35%) Replication
9 4 (2.35%) Smartphone
9 4 (2.35%) Virtual Team
10 2 (1.18%) EPoS
11 1 (0.59%) Handset
11 1 (0.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 135 (79.41%) Windows
2 89 (52.35%) Windows Server
3 64 (37.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 59 (34.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (26.47%) Windows 7
6 29 (17.06%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (10.59%) Windows 10
8 14 (8.24%) Windows 8
9 11 (6.47%) Linux
10 10 (5.88%) Apple iOS
11 6 (3.53%) Windows XP
12 5 (2.94%) Android
13 4 (2.35%) Unix
14 3 (1.76%) Mac OS X
15 2 (1.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (42.35%) ITIL
2 27 (15.88%) Change Management
3 15 (8.82%) ITIL V3
3 15 (8.82%) Validation
4 12 (7.06%) High Availability
5 9 (5.29%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (5.29%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (5.29%) Identity Management
5 9 (5.29%) Time Management
6 8 (4.71%) Configuration Management
6 8 (4.71%) Customer Requirements
6 8 (4.71%) ITSM
6 8 (4.71%) Migration
6 8 (4.71%) Network Management
6 8 (4.71%) Service Delivery
6 8 (4.71%) Technical Architecture
7 7 (4.12%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (4.12%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (4.12%) Service Management
8 6 (3.53%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (22.35%) PowerShell
2 20 (11.76%) SQL
2 20 (11.76%) VBScript
3 4 (2.35%) Bash Shell
3 4 (2.35%) C#
3 4 (2.35%) Python
4 3 (1.76%) C
5 1 (0.59%) Java
5 1 (0.59%) PHP
5 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.59%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.59%) X++
Qualifications
1 170 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (51.76%) MCSE
3 52 (30.59%) MCP
4 49 (28.82%) MCITP
5 37 (21.76%) Security Cleared
6 31 (18.24%) SC Cleared
7 30 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (15.29%) CCNA
9 21 (12.35%) CCNP
10 17 (10.00%) Degree
11 13 (7.65%) MCDST
11 13 (7.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (4.71%) ACDT
12 8 (4.71%) ACHDS
12 8 (4.71%) ACTC
12 8 (4.71%) MCDBA
12 8 (4.71%) MCSM
12 8 (4.71%) Network+ Certification
13 6 (3.53%) A+ Certification
13 6 (3.53%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.65%) SLA
2 4 (2.35%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (1.76%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.59%) GCP
System Software
1 125 (73.53%) Active Directory
2 58 (34.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (20.00%) Hyper-V
4 15 (8.82%) VMware ESX
5 10 (5.88%) UAG
5 10 (5.88%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (5.29%) vSphere
7 8 (4.71%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.94%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (2.94%) ISA Server
9 3 (1.76%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.76%) XenApp
10 1 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.59%) NFS
10 1 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.59%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (15.88%) SCCM
2 11 (6.47%) Nessus
3 6 (3.53%) Puppet
4 4 (2.35%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (1.76%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.76%) OVSD
5 3 (1.76%) SCOM
6 2 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.18%) WSUS
7 1 (0.59%) Ansible
7 1 (0.59%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 116 (68.24%) Microsoft
2 82 (48.24%) VMware
3 63 (37.06%) Cisco
4 23 (13.53%) Citrix
5 21 (12.35%) NetApp
6 15 (8.82%) Apple
6 15 (8.82%) HP
7 11 (6.47%) Forcepoint
7 11 (6.47%) LANDesk
7 11 (6.47%) SolarWinds
8 10 (5.88%) EMC
9 7 (4.12%) CheckPoint
10 5 (2.94%) Polycom
10 5 (2.94%) Remedy
11 4 (2.35%) Oracle
12 3 (1.76%) Computacenter
12 3 (1.76%) Lumension
12 3 (1.76%) Symantec
13 2 (1.18%) Sophos
13 2 (1.18%) Veeam
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