Period
to 30 March 2020

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 30 March 2020 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 546 566 610
Rank change year-on-year +20 +44 +40
Contract jobs citing MCSA 132 281 259
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.32% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.62% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 190 150
Median daily rate £400 £340 £342
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -0.51% +2.01%
10th Percentile £190 £143 £156
90th Percentile £488 £576 £513
UK median daily rate £400 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +23.08% - -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 19 11
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.38% -34.89% +44.62%
10th Percentile £16.91 £14.78 £16.20
90th Percentile £27.80 £50.05 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £17.65 £20.66
% change year-on-year +4.82% -14.55% +25.18%

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 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 12,440 17,394 17,983
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.00% 19.55% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,591 10,499 10,884
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £263 £249
90th Percentile £650 £640 £638
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 563 758 815
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +27.66% -16.30%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.20 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.13 £23.50
% change year-on-year +16.18% +28.19% -14.55%

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 30 March 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 2020. 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 +125 51 £400 +3.23% 27
South East +60 36 £380 +16.92% 17
Midlands +52 17 £288 +8.49% 17
South West -16 15 £475 +11.76% 17
West Midlands +59 13 £313 +25.00% 12
North of England +31 9 £263 +5.00% 32
Yorkshire +38 4 £225 +7.78% 12
East of England +26 4 £375 -9.09% 6
East Midlands +20 4 £288 -11.54% 5
North West +18 4 - - 16
North East +9 1 £300 - 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 2020, 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.

1 132 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 100 (75.76%) Windows
3 92 (69.70%) Microsoft
4 88 (66.67%) MCSE
5 82 (62.12%) Active Directory
6 75 (56.82%) Windows Server
7 56 (42.42%) Azure
8 54 (40.91%) VMware
9 53 (40.15%) ITIL
10 47 (35.61%) PowerShell
11 45 (34.09%) Office 365
12 44 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
13 40 (30.30%) DNS
14 38 (28.79%) Security Cleared
15 37 (28.03%) DHCP
16 36 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
17 34 (25.76%) SC Cleared
17 34 (25.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 32 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
18 32 (24.24%) Hyper-V
18 32 (24.24%) MS Exchange
19 29 (21.97%) Microsoft Office
20 27 (20.45%) Migration
20 27 (20.45%) Windows 10
21 26 (19.70%) SCCM
21 26 (19.70%) MCP
22 25 (18.94%) SQL Server
23 24 (18.18%) SAN
24 22 (16.67%) SharePoint
24 22 (16.67%) Cisco

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 32 (24.24%) MS Exchange
2 22 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 13 (9.85%) IIS
4 11 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (5.30%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (5.30%) Skype for Business
6 4 (3.03%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (2.27%) Apache
7 3 (2.27%) Confluence
7 3 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (2.27%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.52%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 29 (21.97%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.55%) MS Visio
3 4 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.76%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 56 (42.42%) Azure
2 45 (34.09%) Office 365
3 19 (14.39%) AWS
4 12 (9.09%) AWS CloudFormation
5 11 (8.33%) GitHub
5 11 (8.33%) OpenShift
6 8 (6.06%) IaaS
7 6 (4.55%) GCP
7 6 (4.55%) PaaS
8 5 (3.79%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (2.27%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (1.52%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.76%) G Suite
11 1 (0.76%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.76%) SaaS
11 1 (0.76%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 40 (30.30%) DNS
2 37 (28.03%) DHCP
3 24 (18.18%) SAN
4 13 (9.85%) LAN
5 10 (7.58%) Firewall
6 7 (5.30%) Skype
7 5 (3.79%) IPv4
7 5 (3.79%) VPN
7 5 (3.79%) WAN
8 4 (3.03%) NetScaler
8 4 (3.03%) SMTP
8 4 (3.03%) TCP/IP
9 3 (2.27%) Remote Desktop
9 3 (2.27%) VPLS
10 2 (1.52%) Intranet
10 2 (1.52%) NAS
10 2 (1.52%) Network Security
10 2 (1.52%) VoIP
11 1 (0.76%) SNMP
11 1 (0.76%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (18.94%) SQL Server
2 11 (8.33%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.27%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.76%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (2.27%) JIRA
2 2 (1.52%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.52%) GitLab
2 2 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
2 2 (1.52%) TeamCity
2 2 (1.52%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.76%) CF BOSH
3 1 (0.76%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.76%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (6.82%) Finance
2 6 (4.55%) Legal
2 6 (4.55%) Public Sector
3 4 (3.03%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.27%) Banking
4 3 (2.27%) Military
4 3 (2.27%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (2.27%) Retail
5 2 (1.52%) Back Office
5 2 (1.52%) Police
5 2 (1.52%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.76%) Front Office
6 1 (0.76%) Law
Job Titles
1 15 (11.36%) Analyst
1 15 (11.36%) Support Engineer
2 13 (9.85%) DevOps Engineer
3 12 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
4 11 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 11 (8.33%) Consultant
5 10 (7.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (7.58%) Technical Support
6 9 (6.82%) Windows Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Administrator
7 8 (6.06%) AWS Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Service Analyst
7 8 (6.06%) Service Desk Analyst
7 8 (6.06%) Support Analyst
7 8 (6.06%) Wintel Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) Desktop Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) Systems Engineer
9 6 (4.55%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 6 (4.55%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.52%) Node.js
2 1 (0.76%) .NET
2 1 (0.76%) LDAP
2 1 (0.76%) REST
2 1 (0.76%) Web Services
2 1 (0.76%) XMPP
2 1 (0.76%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 21 (15.91%) Replication
2 15 (11.36%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (5.30%) Data Centre
4 7 (5.30%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.03%) HP StoreVirtual
5 4 (3.03%) Public Cloud
6 3 (2.27%) Clustering
6 3 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (2.27%) NHS
6 3 (2.27%) PKI
7 2 (1.52%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.52%) N-Tier
7 2 (1.52%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.76%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.76%) Life Science
8 1 (0.76%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.76%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.76%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 100 (75.76%) Windows
2 75 (56.82%) Windows Server
3 44 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 32 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
5 27 (20.45%) Windows 10
6 15 (11.36%) Windows Server 2016
7 13 (9.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (7.58%) Windows Server 2019
9 9 (6.82%) Windows 7
10 7 (5.30%) Linux
11 2 (1.52%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.52%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.52%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.76%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.76%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.76%) Unix
12 1 (0.76%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (40.15%) ITIL
2 27 (20.45%) Migration
3 22 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 16 (12.12%) DevOps
4 16 (12.12%) High Availability
5 14 (10.61%) Root Cause Analysis
6 12 (9.09%) Infrastructure as Code
7 11 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 11 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
7 11 (8.33%) Server Virtualisation
8 9 (6.82%) Change Management
8 9 (6.82%) Configuration Management
9 8 (6.06%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (6.06%) Mentoring
10 7 (5.30%) Data Protection
10 7 (5.30%) Matrix Organization
10 7 (5.30%) Patch Management
10 7 (5.30%) Service Delivery
10 7 (5.30%) Service Management
11 6 (4.55%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (35.61%) PowerShell
2 21 (15.91%) SQL
3 15 (11.36%) Python
4 11 (8.33%) Go
5 4 (3.03%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.52%) C
6 2 (1.52%) Ruby
7 1 (0.76%) C#
7 1 (0.76%) Java
7 1 (0.76%) Perl
7 1 (0.76%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.76%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 132 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (66.67%) MCSE
3 38 (28.79%) Security Cleared
4 34 (25.76%) SC Cleared
4 34 (25.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 26 (19.70%) MCP
6 20 (15.15%) CCNA
6 20 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (12.12%) CCA
7 16 (12.12%) Citrix Certification
8 14 (10.61%) MCITP
9 12 (9.09%) DV Cleared
10 8 (6.06%) Degree
11 7 (5.30%) CCNP
11 7 (5.30%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (3.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (3.79%) TOGAF Certification
13 4 (3.03%) MOS
14 3 (2.27%) A+ Certification
14 3 (2.27%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (13.64%) SLA
2 5 (3.79%) Government Security Classifications
3 4 (3.03%) NCSC
4 3 (2.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (2.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (1.52%) QA
6 1 (0.76%) GDPR
6 1 (0.76%) GxP
6 1 (0.76%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.76%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 82 (62.12%) Active Directory
2 36 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (24.24%) Hyper-V
4 20 (15.15%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (10.61%) Docker
6 12 (9.09%) XenApp
7 9 (6.82%) XenDesktop
8 6 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (4.55%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (3.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 5 (3.79%) UAG
10 4 (3.03%) vSphere
11 3 (2.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 2 (1.52%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (1.52%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.76%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 1 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
13 1 (0.76%) RHEV
13 1 (0.76%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 26 (19.70%) SCCM
2 18 (13.64%) Terraform
3 15 (11.36%) Ansible
3 15 (11.36%) Kubernetes
3 15 (11.36%) Puppet
4 14 (10.61%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (6.82%) WSUS
6 8 (6.06%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (4.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 5 (3.79%) vCenter Server
9 4 (3.03%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (3.03%) SCOM
10 2 (1.52%) AirWatch
10 2 (1.52%) Backup Exec
10 2 (1.52%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (1.52%) Nessus
10 2 (1.52%) NetBackup
10 2 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
11 1 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 92 (69.70%) Microsoft
2 54 (40.91%) VMware
3 22 (16.67%) Cisco
4 16 (12.12%) Citrix
4 16 (12.12%) HP
5 7 (5.30%) Remedy
6 5 (3.79%) Lumension
6 5 (3.79%) Sophos
6 5 (3.79%) Symantec
7 4 (3.03%) CheckPoint
7 4 (3.03%) Meraki
7 4 (3.03%) Splunk
8 3 (2.27%) Computacenter
8 3 (2.27%) Ivanti
8 3 (2.27%) Nimble Storage
8 3 (2.27%) NVIDIA
8 3 (2.27%) Polycom
8 3 (2.27%) Yealink
9 2 (1.52%) Carbon Black
9 2 (1.52%) SaltStack