Period
to 21 July 2018

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 21 July 2018 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 615 661 598
Rank change year-on-year +46 -63 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSA 256 172 281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.19% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.43% 0.99% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 97 162
England median daily rate £300 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% - +8.33%
10th Percentile £163 £148 £180
90th Percentile £513 £493 £475
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £313
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.00% +2.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 25 25
England median hourly rate £24.25 £16.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.97% -41.07% +75.00%
10th Percentile £15.30 £12.05 £13.42
90th Percentile £47.00 £29.92 £91.00
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £16.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year +28.79% -53.52% +121.88%

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 17,870 17,452 21,703
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.80% 19.75% 21.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,588 10,703 13,729
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.46% +0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 879 881 722
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.25% +7.51% +21.96%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%

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 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 2018. 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 -25 83 £278 -14.62% 33
South East +6 70 £323 +4.27% 23
South West +34 34 £338 +25.00% 8
East of England +7 28 £315 +17.21% 11
North of England -19 22 £300 -25.00% 28
Midlands -2 18 £290 -14.07% 14
North West -15 12 £265 -3.64% 9
East Midlands +12 10 £300 +14.29% 9
Yorkshire -10 8 £300 -4.00% 15
West Midlands -27 8 £290 -25.16% 5
North East -9 2 - - 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, 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.

1 256 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 196 (76.56%) Windows
3 176 (68.75%) Microsoft
4 161 (62.89%) Active Directory
5 158 (61.72%) MCSE
6 117 (45.70%) Windows Server
7 115 (44.92%) ITIL
8 104 (40.63%) VMware
9 81 (31.64%) SCCM
10 75 (29.30%) Windows Server 2012
11 72 (28.13%) Windows 7
12 69 (26.95%) MCP
13 68 (26.56%) Office 365
14 59 (23.05%) Microsoft Office
15 57 (22.27%) VMware Infrastructure
16 52 (20.31%) Microsoft Azure
16 52 (20.31%) PowerShell
16 52 (20.31%) Citrix
17 51 (19.92%) Windows Server 2008
18 50 (19.53%) Cisco
19 47 (18.36%) Firewall
19 47 (18.36%) Hyper-V
20 46 (17.97%) DNS
21 43 (16.80%) SLA
22 40 (15.63%) MCITP
22 40 (15.63%) Windows 10
23 39 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
23 39 (15.23%) DHCP
23 39 (15.23%) Cisco Certification
24 38 (14.84%) ITIL V3

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 37 (14.45%) MS Exchange
2 24 (9.38%) SharePoint
3 19 (7.42%) Skype for Business
4 12 (4.69%) IIS
5 11 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.78%) Confluence
8 2 (0.78%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.39%) Apache
9 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.39%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.39%) JBoss
9 1 (0.39%) nginx
9 1 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 59 (23.05%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.56%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.78%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.39%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.78%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.78%) Workfront
3 1 (0.39%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.39%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 68 (26.56%) Office 365
2 52 (20.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (4.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (1.56%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.78%) IaaS
6 2 (0.78%) Yammer
7 1 (0.39%) Datadog
7 1 (0.39%) G Suite
7 1 (0.39%) PaaS
7 1 (0.39%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 47 (18.36%) Firewall
2 46 (17.97%) DNS
3 39 (15.23%) DHCP
4 32 (12.50%) TCP/IP
5 29 (11.33%) LAN
6 25 (9.77%) Internet
7 24 (9.38%) VPN
8 22 (8.59%) WAN
9 18 (7.03%) SAN
10 17 (6.64%) Skype
11 12 (4.69%) Wireless
12 10 (3.91%) VoIP
13 8 (3.13%) DMZ
14 7 (2.73%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (2.73%) Network Security
15 6 (2.34%) Remote Desktop
15 6 (2.34%) VLAN
16 4 (1.56%) SSL
17 3 (1.17%) IP Telephony
17 3 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (9.38%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (2.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (1.95%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.56%) MySQL
4 4 (1.56%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (0.78%) OLAP
6 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.78%) Power BI
6 2 (0.78%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.78%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.39%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.39%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (1.56%) GCC
1 4 (1.56%) JIRA
2 2 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.78%) HP UFT
2 2 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.78%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.39%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.39%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.39%) JMeter
3 1 (0.39%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.39%) MSI
3 1 (0.39%) Selenium
3 1 (0.39%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.39%) WinRunner
General
1 26 (10.16%) Finance
2 15 (5.86%) Retail
3 13 (5.08%) Marketing
4 9 (3.52%) Banking
4 9 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.73%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.95%) Advertising
7 4 (1.56%) Automotive
8 3 (1.17%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.78%) Back Office
9 2 (0.78%) Law
9 2 (0.78%) Legal
10 1 (0.39%) Billing
10 1 (0.39%) Front Office
10 1 (0.39%) International Banking
10 1 (0.39%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 46 (17.97%) Analyst
2 25 (9.77%) Support Engineer
2 25 (9.77%) Windows Engineer
3 21 (8.20%) Desktop Support
4 20 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 19 (7.42%) Service Analyst
5 19 (7.42%) Service Desk Analyst
6 16 (6.25%) IT Support
7 15 (5.86%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 15 (5.86%) 3rd Line Support
8 13 (5.08%) Support Analyst
9 12 (4.69%) Architect
9 12 (4.69%) Server Engineer
10 11 (4.30%) Technical Support
11 10 (3.91%) Consultant
12 9 (3.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (3.52%) Desktop Analyst
12 9 (3.52%) IT Manager
12 9 (3.52%) Wintel Engineer
13 8 (3.13%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.95%) Software Packaging
2 4 (1.56%) .NET
3 3 (1.17%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.78%) REST
5 1 (0.39%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.39%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.39%) SAML
5 1 (0.39%) WCF
5 1 (0.39%) WF
5 1 (0.39%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (14.45%) Data Centre
2 23 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (3.91%) Client/Server
3 10 (3.91%) PKI
3 10 (3.91%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (3.91%) Video Conferencing
4 9 (3.52%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.73%) Driving Licence
6 6 (2.34%) Clustering
6 6 (2.34%) NHS
7 5 (1.95%) Blackberry
7 5 (1.95%) Replication
8 3 (1.17%) Fat Client
8 3 (1.17%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.17%) iPhone
8 3 (1.17%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.17%) Thin Client
8 3 (1.17%) Wiki
9 2 (0.78%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 196 (76.56%) Windows
2 117 (45.70%) Windows Server
3 75 (29.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 72 (28.13%) Windows 7
5 51 (19.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (15.63%) Windows 10
7 27 (10.55%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (8.20%) Linux
9 19 (7.42%) Windows XP
10 12 (4.69%) Unix
11 5 (1.95%) Android
12 4 (1.56%) AIX
12 4 (1.56%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.56%) Windows 2000
12 4 (1.56%) Windows 8
12 4 (1.56%) Windows Vista
13 3 (1.17%) CentOS
13 3 (1.17%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.17%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (44.92%) ITIL
2 39 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
3 38 (14.84%) ITIL V3
4 37 (14.45%) Migration
5 32 (12.50%) Change Management
6 17 (6.64%) Validation
7 16 (6.25%) Incident Management
8 13 (5.08%) PRINCE2
9 12 (4.69%) Software Deployment
10 10 (3.91%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (3.52%) Configuration Management
11 9 (3.52%) Performance Management
11 9 (3.52%) Project Management
11 9 (3.52%) Service Management
12 8 (3.13%) Decision-Making
12 8 (3.13%) ITSM
12 8 (3.13%) Problem Management
12 8 (3.13%) Service Delivery
13 7 (2.73%) Asset Management
13 7 (2.73%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 52 (20.31%) PowerShell
2 34 (13.28%) SQL
3 13 (5.08%) Shell Script
4 9 (3.52%) VB
5 7 (2.73%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.95%) VBScript
7 4 (1.56%) C#
8 2 (0.78%) Python
8 2 (0.78%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.39%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.39%) C
9 1 (0.39%) Java
9 1 (0.39%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.39%) Korn
9 1 (0.39%) Perl
9 1 (0.39%) VBA
Qualifications
1 256 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 158 (61.72%) MCSE
3 69 (26.95%) MCP
4 40 (15.63%) MCITP
5 39 (15.23%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (14.06%) Security Cleared
7 34 (13.28%) CCNA
8 29 (11.33%) SC Cleared
9 23 (8.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 16 (6.25%) A+ Certification
10 16 (6.25%) MCTS
11 14 (5.47%) DV Cleared
12 13 (5.08%) CCNP
13 10 (3.91%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (3.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 9 (3.52%) Degree
15 8 (3.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 6 (2.34%) DBS Check
16 6 (2.34%) MCSD
17 5 (1.95%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (16.80%) SLA
2 12 (4.69%) QA
3 3 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.17%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.78%) PMO
5 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.39%) GDPR
System Software
1 161 (62.89%) Active Directory
2 57 (22.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (18.36%) Hyper-V
4 18 (7.03%) vSphere
5 13 (5.08%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (4.30%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (4.30%) XenApp
7 5 (1.95%) BitLocker
7 5 (1.95%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.56%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.17%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (1.17%) ISA Server
9 3 (1.17%) UAG
9 3 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.78%) Firmware
10 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.78%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.39%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 81 (31.64%) SCCM
2 26 (10.16%) WSUS
3 14 (5.47%) Nessus
3 14 (5.47%) SCOM
4 10 (3.91%) Microsoft Clustering
5 8 (3.13%) Backup Exec
5 8 (3.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (2.73%) EMC NetWorker
7 6 (2.34%) FortiGate
7 6 (2.34%) HP Data Protector
8 5 (1.95%) vCenter Server
9 3 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (1.17%) SCSM
9 3 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.78%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.78%) DameWare
10 2 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.78%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.78%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 176 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 104 (40.63%) VMware
3 52 (20.31%) Citrix
4 50 (19.53%) Cisco
5 23 (8.98%) McAfee
6 20 (7.81%) SolarWinds
7 19 (7.42%) HP
7 19 (7.42%) Ivanti
7 19 (7.42%) Shavlik
8 13 (5.08%) NetApp
9 12 (4.69%) Dell
9 12 (4.69%) Remedy
9 12 (4.69%) ServiceNow
10 11 (4.30%) EMC
11 10 (3.91%) Veeam
12 9 (3.52%) Apple
13 8 (3.13%) Avaya
13 8 (3.13%) Fortinet
14 7 (2.73%) Altiris
14 7 (2.73%) Symantec