Period
to 7 May 2021

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 7 May 2021 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
7 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 534 517 579
Rank change year-on-year -17 +62 +42
Contract jobs citing MCSA 71 104 269
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.16% 0.22% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.74% 0.98% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 62 190
10th Percentile £148 £191 £135
25th Percentile £200 £266 £245
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £325 £400 £325
Median % change year-on-year -18.75% +23.08% -
75th Percentile £428 £488 £488
90th Percentile £513 £524 £560
UK median daily rate £350 £400 £325
% change year-on-year -12.50% +23.08% +2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 11
10th Percentile £13.50 £16.91 £15.19
25th Percentile " £17.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £15.30
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% +14.38% -22.83%
75th Percentile £20.00 £22.88 £47.25
90th Percentile £23.21 £27.80 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year -14.29% +14.38% -17.53%

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 9,542 10,642 16,442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.35% 22.71% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,173 6,862 10,337
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £565
90th Percentile £662 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £483 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +1.58% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 385 656
10th Percentile £14.69 £14.43 £12.33
25th Percentile £20.26 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £39.25 £27.50 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +42.73% -8.33% +36.36%
75th Percentile £50.21 £47.97 £47.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £38.71 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +29.03% - +36.67%

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 7 May 2021.

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 7 May 2021. 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 -28 23 £378 -5.63% 14
East of England +46 19 £174 -50.39% 8
North of England +44 11 £390 +48.57% 9
South East +33 10 £200 -50.00% 16
North West +21 6 £464 - 5
Yorkshire +36 5 £220 -2.22% 2
South West +29 5 £325 -31.58% 6
Midlands +9 2 £314 -35.64% 14
East Midlands +17 1 £303 +124.07% 8
West Midlands -10 1 £325 -35.00% 6
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 7 May 2021, 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 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (61.97%) Microsoft
3 39 (54.93%) Windows
4 37 (52.11%) Microsoft 365
5 34 (47.89%) ITIL
6 33 (46.48%) VMware
7 31 (43.66%) Active Directory
8 28 (39.44%) MCSE
8 28 (39.44%) Windows Server
9 22 (30.99%) Azure
9 22 (30.99%) VMware Infrastructure
10 21 (29.58%) Citrix
10 21 (29.58%) Cisco
11 20 (28.17%) Cisco Certification
12 17 (23.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 15 (21.13%) A+ Certification
13 15 (21.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 14 (19.72%) Windows 10
14 14 (19.72%) CCNA
15 12 (16.90%) WAN
15 12 (16.90%) MCITP
15 12 (16.90%) Security Cleared
15 12 (16.90%) ServiceNow
16 11 (15.49%) ITIL V3
16 11 (15.49%) SC Cleared
16 11 (15.49%) Problem Management
16 11 (15.49%) Incident Management
16 11 (15.49%) Wi-Fi
17 10 (14.08%) Service Management
17 10 (14.08%) LAN

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 9 (12.68%) SharePoint
2 8 (11.27%) MS Exchange
3 6 (8.45%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (8.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (4.23%) IIS
4 3 (4.23%) OpenStack
4 3 (4.23%) SAS
5 2 (2.82%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.41%) Confluence
6 1 (1.41%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.41%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (11.27%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.82%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 37 (52.11%) Microsoft 365
2 22 (30.99%) Azure
3 8 (11.27%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (8.45%) AWS
5 3 (4.23%) OneDrive
5 3 (4.23%) SaaS
6 2 (2.82%) PaaS
7 1 (1.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (1.41%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (16.90%) WAN
2 11 (15.49%) Wi-Fi
3 10 (14.08%) LAN
3 10 (14.08%) SAN
4 9 (12.68%) Firewall
5 8 (11.27%) DNS
6 7 (9.86%) DHCP
7 5 (7.04%) Internet
7 5 (7.04%) TCP/IP
8 4 (5.63%) iSCSI
9 3 (4.23%) ADSL
9 3 (4.23%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (4.23%) Intranet
9 3 (4.23%) MPLS
9 3 (4.23%) NAS
9 3 (4.23%) VLAN
10 2 (2.82%) IP Telephony
10 2 (2.82%) VPN
11 1 (1.41%) SMTP
11 1 (1.41%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.27%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.23%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (4.23%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (4.23%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.41%) JIRA
General
1 10 (14.08%) Retail
2 8 (11.27%) Social Skills
3 7 (9.86%) Finance
4 6 (8.45%) Organisational Skills
5 5 (7.04%) Back Office
6 3 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (4.23%) Banking
6 3 (4.23%) Public Sector
6 3 (4.23%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.41%) Electronics
7 1 (1.41%) International Banking
7 1 (1.41%) Local Government
7 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.41%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (22.54%) Analyst
2 13 (18.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (14.08%) Service Analyst
3 10 (14.08%) Service Desk Analyst
3 10 (14.08%) Support Engineer
4 6 (8.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (7.04%) Administrator
5 5 (7.04%) Team Leader
6 4 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (5.63%) Consultant
6 4 (5.63%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 4 (5.63%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 4 (5.63%) Systems Administrator
7 3 (4.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) Azure Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) IT Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) IT Manager
7 3 (4.23%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.82%) .NET
2 1 (1.41%) HTML
2 1 (1.41%) Web Services
2 1 (1.41%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.08%) Data Centre
2 7 (9.86%) NHS
3 4 (5.63%) Clustering
4 3 (4.23%) iPad
4 3 (4.23%) iPhone
4 3 (4.23%) Virtual Team
5 2 (2.82%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.82%) BYOD
5 2 (2.82%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.82%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.82%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.41%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.41%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.41%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.41%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (1.41%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.41%) Life Science
6 1 (1.41%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.41%) Replication
6 1 (1.41%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 39 (54.93%) Windows
2 28 (39.44%) Windows Server
3 14 (19.72%) Windows 10
4 9 (12.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (12.68%) Windows Server 2016
5 5 (7.04%) Windows 7
6 4 (5.63%) Linux
7 3 (4.23%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (4.23%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (2.82%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.41%) Android
9 1 (1.41%) Unix
9 1 (1.41%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (47.89%) ITIL
2 15 (21.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 11 (15.49%) Incident Management
3 11 (15.49%) ITIL V3
3 11 (15.49%) Problem Management
4 10 (14.08%) Service Management
5 8 (11.27%) Migration
5 8 (11.27%) Service Delivery
6 7 (9.86%) Patch Management
7 6 (8.45%) Computer Science
7 6 (8.45%) ITSM
7 6 (8.45%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (7.04%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (7.04%) Server Management
9 4 (5.63%) Business Continuity
9 4 (5.63%) Server Virtualisation
10 3 (4.23%) Capacity Planning
10 3 (4.23%) PRINCE2
10 3 (4.23%) Product Management
10 3 (4.23%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (14.08%) PowerShell
2 6 (8.45%) SQL
3 1 (1.41%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (39.44%) MCSE
3 20 (28.17%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (23.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 15 (21.13%) A+ Certification
6 14 (19.72%) CCNA
7 12 (16.90%) MCITP
7 12 (16.90%) Security Cleared
8 11 (15.49%) SC Cleared
9 10 (14.08%) MCP
10 8 (11.27%) CCNP
10 8 (11.27%) Degree
11 6 (8.45%) VCP6
12 5 (7.04%) MCDST
12 5 (7.04%) Network+ Certification
13 4 (5.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 3 (4.23%) HP AIS
14 3 (4.23%) HP ASE
14 3 (4.23%) HP MASE
14 3 (4.23%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (5.63%) SLA
3 2 (2.82%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.82%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.41%) QA
System Software
1 31 (43.66%) Active Directory
2 22 (30.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (12.68%) Hyper-V
4 7 (9.86%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (8.45%) vSphere
5 6 (8.45%) XenApp
6 5 (7.04%) Terminal Services
7 3 (4.23%) vCloud
7 3 (4.23%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (2.82%) Firmware
8 2 (2.82%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (1.41%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (1.41%) VMware Server
9 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (14.08%) SCCM
2 6 (8.45%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (8.45%) vCenter Server
3 5 (7.04%) DameWare
4 4 (5.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (4.23%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (4.23%) vMotion
5 3 (4.23%) vRealize
5 3 (4.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 2 (2.82%) Backup Exec
6 2 (2.82%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.82%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (2.82%) WSUS
7 1 (1.41%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (1.41%) Nagios
7 1 (1.41%) Nessus
7 1 (1.41%) SCOM
Vendors
1 44 (61.97%) Microsoft
2 33 (46.48%) VMware
3 21 (29.58%) Cisco
3 21 (29.58%) Citrix
4 12 (16.90%) ServiceNow
5 10 (14.08%) HP
6 9 (12.68%) Dell
7 8 (11.27%) Veeam
8 7 (9.86%) Juniper
9 5 (7.04%) NetApp
10 4 (5.63%) Brocade
10 4 (5.63%) Ivanti
11 3 (4.23%) Apple
11 3 (4.23%) Avaya
11 3 (4.23%) CheckPoint
11 3 (4.23%) IBM
12 2 (2.82%) EMC
12 2 (2.82%) Polycom
12 2 (2.82%) SolarWinds
12 2 (2.82%) Wyse