Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
UK > England
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 606 655 599
Rank change year-on-year +49 -56 +29
Contract jobs citing MCSA 251 222 276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.23% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.42% 1.12% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 150 157
England median daily rate £314 £350 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.36% +18.64% +1.72%
10th Percentile £140 £150 £128
90th Percentile £493 £533 £461
UK median daily rate £315 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -3.08% +8.33% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 35
England median hourly rate £23.75 £20.83 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.02% +34.39% -
10th Percentile £11.13 £14.43 £11.85
90th Percentile £39.75 £38.50 £37.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.83 £15.50
% change year-on-year +20.02% +34.39% -1.59%

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 17652 19773 20752
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.77% 20.47% 19.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 10847 12342 12638
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £592 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 821 763 1004
England median hourly rate £25.12 £26.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.38% +8.33% +26.32%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.77 £49.19
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -0.94% +6.00% +31.58%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 20 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 November 2017. 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
Job
Vacancies
London -16 81 £192 -41.08% 21
South East +15 46 £350 - 6
North of England +56 45 £325 -13.33% 14
Midlands +26 32 £425 +30.77% 9
East of England -2 32 £300 +30.43% 6
North West +38 29 £313 +25.00% 11
West Midlands +19 19 £450 +38.46% 3
East Midlands +13 13 £325 -35.00% 6
South West +9 13 £475 +66.67% 5
Yorkshire +14 10 £481 +28.33% 2
North East +45 8 £404 -21.55% 1
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 251 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 183 (72.91%) Windows
3 172 (68.53%) MCSE
4 162 (64.54%) Active Directory
5 148 (58.96%) Microsoft
6 105 (41.83%) ITIL
7 98 (39.04%) Windows Server
8 91 (36.25%) VMware
9 77 (30.68%) Office 365
10 74 (29.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 70 (27.89%) Citrix
12 67 (26.69%) Microsoft Office
13 65 (25.90%) MS Exchange
14 62 (24.70%) Windows 7
15 60 (23.90%) SCCM
16 59 (23.51%) Microsoft Azure
17 58 (23.11%) Windows Server 2008
18 57 (22.71%) MCP
19 56 (22.31%) SQL Server
20 54 (21.51%) TCP/IP
21 50 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
22 49 (19.52%) DNS
23 47 (18.73%) Cisco
24 46 (18.33%) DHCP
24 46 (18.33%) Windows 10
25 39 (15.54%) Finance
26 38 (15.14%) Migration
26 38 (15.14%) Apple
26 38 (15.14%) Cisco Certification
27 36 (14.34%) HP

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 65 (25.90%) MS Exchange
2 33 (13.15%) SharePoint
3 25 (9.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (7.57%) Skype for Business
5 15 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (3.98%) IBM Notes
7 8 (3.19%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.39%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (1.99%) IIS
10 4 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (1.20%) CMS
12 2 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.80%) WordPress
13 1 (0.40%) SAS
Applications
1 67 (26.69%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.39%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (1.20%) Eikon
2 2 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 77 (30.68%) Office 365
2 59 (23.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (9.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 20 (7.97%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (3.59%) OneDrive
6 7 (2.79%) G Suite
6 7 (2.79%) IaaS
7 6 (2.39%) PaaS
8 2 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.80%) SaaS
8 2 (0.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.40%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 54 (21.51%) TCP/IP
2 49 (19.52%) DNS
3 46 (18.33%) DHCP
4 30 (11.95%) LAN
5 28 (11.16%) SAN
6 27 (10.76%) Firewall
6 27 (10.76%) Wireless
7 20 (7.97%) Internet
8 19 (7.57%) WAN
9 16 (6.37%) VPN
10 15 (5.98%) Ethernet
10 15 (5.98%) VLAN
11 14 (5.58%) Skype
12 10 (3.98%) NAS
13 9 (3.59%) Fibre Channel
14 7 (2.79%) NetScaler
14 7 (2.79%) SSL
15 6 (2.39%) iSCSI
16 4 (1.59%) Network Security
16 4 (1.59%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (22.31%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.79%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.99%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.80%) DB2
7 2 (0.80%) OLAP
7 2 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.40%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.40%) HDInsight
8 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.40%) MySQL
8 1 (0.40%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 8 (3.19%) HP UFT
2 5 (1.99%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.59%) JMeter
4 2 (0.80%) MSI
5 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 39 (15.54%) Finance
2 12 (4.78%) Banking
3 8 (3.19%) Local Government
3 8 (3.19%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.79%) Advertising
5 5 (1.99%) Legal
6 3 (1.20%) Law
6 3 (1.20%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.80%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.40%) German Language
8 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 33 (13.15%) Analyst
2 32 (12.75%) Support Engineer
3 27 (10.76%) Desktop Support
3 27 (10.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 26 (10.36%) Consultant
5 23 (9.16%) 2nd Line Support
6 21 (8.37%) 3rd Line Support
7 19 (7.57%) Architect
8 17 (6.77%) Support Analyst
9 16 (6.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 16 (6.37%) Administrator
10 15 (5.98%) Desktop Engineer
11 14 (5.58%) Systems Engineer
12 13 (5.18%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
13 12 (4.78%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 12 (4.78%) Server Engineer
14 10 (3.98%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 10 (3.98%) Windows Engineer
15 9 (3.59%) Office 365 Consultant
15 9 (3.59%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.99%) .NET
2 4 (1.59%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.80%) Web Services
4 1 (0.40%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 26 (10.36%) Data Centre
2 25 (9.96%) Blackberry
3 16 (6.37%) Client/Server
4 14 (5.58%) Management Information System
5 13 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (4.78%) PKI
7 11 (4.38%) Replication
8 8 (3.19%) Clustering
8 8 (3.19%) Driving Licence
9 6 (2.39%) CESG
9 6 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (1.99%) Computer Science
10 5 (1.99%) NHS
10 5 (1.99%) Virtual Team
11 4 (1.59%) HP Storage
12 3 (1.20%) BYOD
12 3 (1.20%) RSA SecurID
12 3 (1.20%) Wiki
13 2 (0.80%) CMDB
13 2 (0.80%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 183 (72.91%) Windows
2 98 (39.04%) Windows Server
3 74 (29.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 62 (24.70%) Windows 7
5 58 (23.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (18.33%) Windows 10
7 28 (11.16%) Linux
8 24 (9.56%) Apple iOS
9 14 (5.58%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (4.78%) Unix
11 10 (3.98%) Android
12 9 (3.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (3.59%) Windows 8
13 6 (2.39%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.59%) Windows Phone
15 3 (1.20%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.20%) Solaris
16 2 (0.80%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.40%) Debian
17 1 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (41.83%) ITIL
2 38 (15.14%) Migration
3 25 (9.96%) Time Management
4 24 (9.56%) Change Management
5 15 (5.98%) Validation
6 14 (5.58%) PRINCE2
7 12 (4.78%) Enterprise Architecture
7 12 (4.78%) Service Management
8 11 (4.38%) Asset Management
9 10 (3.98%) Presales
10 9 (3.59%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (3.59%) Configuration Management
10 9 (3.59%) High Availability
10 9 (3.59%) ITIL V3
10 9 (3.59%) Problem Management
10 9 (3.59%) Service Design
11 8 (3.19%) Application Packaging
11 8 (3.19%) Business Continuity
11 8 (3.19%) Cybersecurity
11 8 (3.19%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 36 (14.34%) SQL
2 35 (13.94%) PowerShell
3 20 (7.97%) Java
4 12 (4.78%) VBScript
5 7 (2.79%) Python
6 5 (1.99%) C#
7 4 (1.59%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.59%) VB
7 4 (1.59%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.80%) Perl
8 2 (0.80%) Ruby
8 2 (0.80%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.40%) C
9 1 (0.40%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 251 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 172 (68.53%) MCSE
3 57 (22.71%) MCP
4 38 (15.14%) Cisco Certification
5 30 (11.95%) CCNA
6 29 (11.55%) MCITP
7 26 (10.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 25 (9.96%) Security Cleared
9 24 (9.56%) MCDST
10 23 (9.16%) Network+ Certification
11 20 (7.97%) Degree
11 20 (7.97%) SC Cleared
12 18 (7.17%) A+ Certification
13 17 (6.77%) CCNP
14 16 (6.37%) ACHDS
14 16 (6.37%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (6.37%) MCSM
15 15 (5.98%) ACDT
15 15 (5.98%) ACTC
16 14 (5.58%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.77%) SLA
2 12 (4.78%) PCI DSS
3 7 (2.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.40%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.40%) PMO
System Software
1 162 (64.54%) Active Directory
2 50 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (11.16%) Hyper-V
4 22 (8.76%) XenApp
5 19 (7.57%) vSphere
6 18 (7.17%) Virtual Servers
7 11 (4.38%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (4.38%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (3.59%) Terminal Services
9 6 (2.39%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.20%) Terminal Server
10 3 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.20%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.80%) Firmware
11 2 (0.80%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.40%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.40%) Docker
12 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 60 (23.90%) SCCM
2 13 (5.18%) Norton AntiVirus
3 9 (3.59%) Backup Exec
3 9 (3.59%) DameWare
3 9 (3.59%) SCOM
4 8 (3.19%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (3.19%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (3.19%) NetBackup
5 6 (2.39%) HP Data Protector
5 6 (2.39%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (1.59%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (1.20%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.80%) EdgeSight
8 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.80%) SmoothWall
8 2 (0.80%) WMI
8 2 (0.80%) WSUS
9 1 (0.40%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.40%) MOM
Vendors
1 148 (58.96%) Microsoft
2 91 (36.25%) VMware
3 70 (27.89%) Citrix
4 47 (18.73%) Cisco
5 38 (15.14%) Apple
6 36 (14.34%) HP
7 29 (11.55%) Oracle
8 21 (8.37%) Symantec
9 17 (6.77%) Dell
10 12 (4.78%) Sophos
11 10 (3.98%) Lotus
11 10 (3.98%) Veeam
12 9 (3.59%) CommVault
12 9 (3.59%) Fortinet
12 9 (3.59%) IBM
12 9 (3.59%) NetApp
13 8 (3.19%) 3PAR
13 8 (3.19%) Red Hat
13 8 (3.19%) ServiceNow
13 8 (3.19%) SolarWinds