Period
to 7 December 2019

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 December 2019 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 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 588 603 614
Rank change year-on-year +15 +11 +35
Contract jobs citing MCSA 183 283 251
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.30% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.20% 1.55% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 174 154
England median daily rate £385 £275 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -11.29% -14.48%
10th Percentile £150 £137 £140
90th Percentile £588 £575 £488
UK median daily rate £375 £275 £313
% change year-on-year +36.36% -12.00% -5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 39 18
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £21.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -23.53% +30.77%
10th Percentile £15.25 £15.28 £11.13
90th Percentile £155.00 £47.00 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £26.08 £18.25 £23.75
% change year-on-year +42.90% -23.16% +39.71%

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 15,196 18,306 17,973
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.75% 19.11% 18.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,433 10,894 11,088
England median daily rate £470 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +3.45% +2.35%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £231
90th Percentile £648 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 709 868 825
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.33% +0.48% -
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.06
% change year-on-year +32.08% +5.75% -1.73%

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 7 December 2019.

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 7 December 2019.

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 7 December 2019. 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 +78 72 £413 +37.50% 70
South East +45 40 £325 +18.18% 47
Midlands +62 25 £375 +87.50% 35
South West -18 21 £460 +5.14% 18
West Midlands +51 19 £605 +202.50% 19
North of England -10 15 £250 +42.86% 37
East of England +26 8 £288 -30.30% 17
Yorkshire +21 8 £195 +65.96% 12
East Midlands +27 6 £288 +36.90% 16
North West -6 6 £275 +57.14% 24
North East +23 1 £250 - 1
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, 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.

1 183 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 133 (72.68%) Windows
3 127 (69.40%) Microsoft
4 94 (51.37%) MCSE
5 89 (48.63%) Active Directory
6 77 (42.08%) Windows Server
7 73 (39.89%) VMware
8 72 (39.34%) Azure
9 64 (34.97%) Office 365
10 53 (28.96%) Security Cleared
11 48 (26.23%) Windows Server 2012
12 47 (25.68%) SCCM
13 44 (24.04%) MS Exchange
13 44 (24.04%) SC Cleared
14 43 (23.50%) PowerShell
15 42 (22.95%) ITIL
16 40 (21.86%) DNS
17 39 (21.31%) VMware Infrastructure
18 38 (20.77%) Cisco Certification
19 37 (20.22%) CCNA
19 37 (20.22%) Agile Software Development
20 36 (19.67%) Cisco
20 36 (19.67%) DHCP
20 36 (19.67%) SQL
21 35 (19.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 34 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
22 34 (18.58%) Migration
22 34 (18.58%) Hyper-V
22 34 (18.58%) AWS
22 34 (18.58%) DevOps

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 44 (24.04%) MS Exchange
2 33 (18.03%) SharePoint
3 26 (14.21%) Confluence
4 18 (9.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (8.74%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (3.83%) Skype for Business
7 6 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (3.28%) IIS
8 3 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.09%) Apache
9 2 (1.09%) Jetty
9 2 (1.09%) Mongrel
9 2 (1.09%) nginx
9 2 (1.09%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.09%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.55%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.55%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.55%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 72 (39.34%) Azure
2 64 (34.97%) Office 365
3 34 (18.58%) AWS
4 14 (7.65%) Power Platform
5 12 (6.56%) Microsoft Flow
5 12 (6.56%) PowerApps
6 10 (5.46%) AWS CloudFormation
6 10 (5.46%) GCP
7 9 (4.92%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (4.92%) GitHub
7 9 (4.92%) OpenShift
8 6 (3.28%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (3.28%) IaaS
8 6 (3.28%) PaaS
9 5 (2.73%) OneDrive
10 3 (1.64%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (1.64%) Google App Engine
10 3 (1.64%) SaaS
11 1 (0.55%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 40 (21.86%) DNS
2 36 (19.67%) DHCP
3 24 (13.11%) Firewall
4 23 (12.57%) SAN
5 22 (12.02%) WAN
6 21 (11.48%) LAN
7 12 (6.56%) Intrusion Detection
7 12 (6.56%) NaaS
8 11 (6.01%) Cisco ASA
8 11 (6.01%) TCP/IP
9 8 (4.37%) Skype
10 5 (2.73%) HTTP
11 4 (2.19%) SMTP
11 4 (2.19%) SSL
11 4 (2.19%) VPN
11 4 (2.19%) Wireless
12 3 (1.64%) FTP
12 3 (1.64%) IPsec
13 2 (1.09%) Intranet
13 2 (1.09%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (10.38%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.92%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (2.73%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.09%) Power BI
5 2 (1.09%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.55%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.55%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2017
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 7
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.55%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 25 (13.66%) JIRA
2 14 (7.65%) GitLab
2 14 (7.65%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.19%) Octopus Deploy
3 4 (2.19%) TeamCity
3 4 (2.19%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (1.09%) Travis CI
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Forms
General
1 19 (10.38%) Finance
2 16 (8.74%) Legal
3 14 (7.65%) Law
4 12 (6.56%) Public Sector
5 7 (3.83%) Banking
5 7 (3.83%) Telecoms
6 6 (3.28%) Retail
7 4 (2.19%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.64%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.55%) Front Office
9 1 (0.55%) Games
Job Titles
1 30 (16.39%) Analyst
2 24 (13.11%) DevOps Engineer
3 22 (12.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 21 (11.48%) Support Engineer
5 16 (8.74%) Infrastructure Support
6 15 (8.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 15 (8.20%) Support Analyst
7 14 (7.65%) Service Analyst
7 14 (7.65%) Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (7.10%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 13 (7.10%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 12 (6.56%) Desktop Support
10 11 (6.01%) Support Manager
11 10 (5.46%) Desktop Engineer
12 9 (4.92%) 3rd Line Support
12 9 (4.92%) Applications Support
12 9 (4.92%) Consultant
12 9 (4.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 9 (4.92%) Technical Support
13 8 (4.37%) Applications Support Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.19%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (1.64%) .NET
2 3 (1.64%) J2EE
3 2 (1.09%) Servlets
4 1 (0.55%) EDI
4 1 (0.55%) Kafka
4 1 (0.55%) LDAP
4 1 (0.55%) Middleware
4 1 (0.55%) REST
4 1 (0.55%) Web Services
4 1 (0.55%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (15.30%) Management Information System
2 22 (12.02%) Self-Motivation
3 17 (9.29%) Replication
4 13 (7.10%) Data Centre
5 6 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.28%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.64%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.64%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.64%) NHS
6 3 (1.64%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.64%) User Experience
7 2 (1.09%) Clustering
7 2 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.09%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.55%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.55%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.55%) PKI
8 1 (0.55%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.55%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 133 (72.68%) Windows
2 77 (42.08%) Windows Server
3 48 (26.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 33 (18.03%) Windows 10
5 26 (14.21%) Linux
5 26 (14.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (10.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 17 (9.29%) Windows 7
8 14 (7.65%) Windows 8
8 14 (7.65%) Windows XP
9 6 (3.28%) CentOS
10 4 (2.19%) Windows Vista
11 3 (1.64%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.09%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.55%) Android
13 1 (0.55%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.55%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (22.95%) ITIL
2 37 (20.22%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (19.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 34 (18.58%) DevOps
4 34 (18.58%) Migration
5 24 (13.11%) Problem-Solving
6 21 (11.48%) Computer Science
7 20 (10.93%) Disaster Recovery
8 18 (9.84%) Information Security
9 17 (9.29%) Change Management
10 16 (8.74%) Problem Management
11 14 (7.65%) Information Security Management
11 14 (7.65%) ISMS
11 14 (7.65%) Patch Management
11 14 (7.65%) Security Management
12 12 (6.56%) Customer-Centricity
12 12 (6.56%) E-Commerce
13 11 (6.01%) Service Management
14 10 (5.46%) Configuration Management
14 10 (5.46%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 43 (23.50%) PowerShell
2 36 (19.67%) SQL
3 23 (12.57%) Python
4 17 (9.29%) Java
5 13 (7.10%) Perl
6 10 (5.46%) Go
7 4 (2.19%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.19%) VBScript
8 2 (1.09%) C
9 1 (0.55%) C#
9 1 (0.55%) C++
9 1 (0.55%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 183 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 94 (51.37%) MCSE
3 53 (28.96%) Security Cleared
4 44 (24.04%) SC Cleared
5 38 (20.77%) Cisco Certification
6 37 (20.22%) CCNA
7 28 (15.30%) MCP
7 28 (15.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 20 (10.93%) MCITP
9 18 (9.84%) Degree
10 17 (9.29%) RHCSA
11 15 (8.20%) RHCE
12 9 (4.92%) CCA
12 9 (4.92%) Citrix Certification
12 9 (4.92%) Computer Science Degree
13 5 (2.73%) A+ Certification
13 5 (2.73%) CCNP
14 4 (2.19%) DV Cleared
14 4 (2.19%) Network+ Certification
14 4 (2.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.46%) SLA
2 3 (1.64%) QA
3 2 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.55%) GDPR
4 1 (0.55%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.55%) GxP
4 1 (0.55%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.55%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.55%) NCSC
System Software
1 89 (48.63%) Active Directory
2 39 (21.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (18.58%) Hyper-V
4 19 (10.38%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (7.65%) Docker
6 12 (6.56%) vSphere
6 12 (6.56%) XenApp
7 11 (6.01%) XenDesktop
8 9 (4.92%) PowerDNS
9 6 (3.28%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (1.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (1.64%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (1.09%) vCloud
11 2 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (1.09%) Xen
12 1 (0.55%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.55%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.55%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.55%) UAG
12 1 (0.55%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 47 (25.68%) SCCM
2 29 (15.85%) Terraform
3 26 (14.21%) SCOM
4 25 (13.66%) Ansible
5 14 (7.65%) Kubernetes
5 14 (7.65%) WSUS
6 13 (7.10%) NetBackup
6 13 (7.10%) Puppet
6 13 (7.10%) vCenter Server
7 11 (6.01%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (5.46%) Single Sign-On
9 9 (4.92%) Microsoft Intune
10 5 (2.73%) Backup Exec
10 5 (2.73%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (2.73%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 3 (1.64%) SCVMM
12 2 (1.09%) AirWatch
13 1 (0.55%) Failover Clustering
13 1 (0.55%) vMotion
13 1 (0.55%) vRealize
Vendors
1 127 (69.40%) Microsoft
2 73 (39.89%) VMware
3 36 (19.67%) Cisco
4 26 (14.21%) Splunk
5 25 (13.66%) Citrix
6 20 (10.93%) Red Hat
7 16 (8.74%) HP
8 14 (7.65%) Adobe
8 14 (7.65%) Sony
9 12 (6.56%) Meraki
9 12 (6.56%) Salesforce.com
10 11 (6.01%) F5
11 8 (4.37%) Remedy
12 6 (3.28%) McAfee
13 5 (2.73%) Google
13 5 (2.73%) ServiceNow
13 5 (2.73%) Veeam
14 4 (2.19%) Atlassian
14 4 (2.19%) Symantec
15 3 (1.64%) Forcepoint