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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 503 486 486
Rank change year-on-year -17 0  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 85 135 141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.27% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.02% 1.27% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 79 79
Median daily rate £344 £325 £318
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% +2.36%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £158 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £333 £313
% change year-on-year +1.50% +6.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 16
Median hourly rate £16.50 £31.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.61% +75.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.98 £18.18 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £46.45 £43.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8353 10611 9617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.43% 21.47% 18.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 5020 6700 5645
Median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £255 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 363 488
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +15.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.20 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MCSA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -8 31 £331 +7.72% 10
South East -7 18 £160 -54.28% 17
East of England -6 12 £400 +33.33% 7
North West +27 9 £525 +66.66% 12
North East +63 5 £400 +26.78% 2
West Midlands +13 5 £338 +22.72% 2
East Midlands -7 2 £173 -65.50% 2
Yorkshire +19 1 £313 -5.66% 5
South West -6 1 £270 -56.36% 5
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 166 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 129 (77.71%) Windows
3 115 (69.28%) Active Directory
4 104 (62.65%) Microsoft
5 87 (52.41%) MCSE
6 76 (45.78%) Windows Server
7 73 (43.98%) VMware
8 70 (42.17%) ITIL
9 55 (33.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 55 (33.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 49 (29.52%) VMware Infrastructure
11 44 (26.51%) MCP
12 43 (25.90%) SQL Server
13 40 (24.10%) Cisco
14 37 (22.29%) PowerShell
14 37 (22.29%) Office 365
15 36 (21.69%) Windows 7
16 35 (21.08%) MS Exchange
16 35 (21.08%) Microsoft Office
17 34 (20.48%) MCITP
18 32 (19.28%) SCCM
19 30 (18.07%) Change Management
20 29 (17.47%) Microsoft Azure
20 29 (17.47%) Hyper-V
21 28 (16.87%) Firewall
22 26 (15.66%) Citrix
22 26 (15.66%) Exchange Server 2010
23 25 (15.06%) DNS
24 24 (14.46%) DHCP
24 24 (14.46%) Cisco Certification

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 35 (21.08%) MS Exchange
2 26 (15.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (9.64%) SharePoint
4 14 (8.43%) Skype for Business
5 12 (7.23%) IIS
6 7 (4.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.81%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.20%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.60%) CMS
9 1 (0.60%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.60%) SAS
Applications
1 35 (21.08%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.20%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.60%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.60%) Eikon
2 1 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 37 (22.29%) Office 365
2 29 (17.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (9.04%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (5.42%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (4.82%) IaaS
6 4 (2.41%) PaaS
7 3 (1.81%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (1.20%) AWS OpsWorks
8 2 (1.20%) SaaS
9 1 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.60%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.87%) Firewall
2 25 (15.06%) DNS
3 24 (14.46%) DHCP
4 21 (12.65%) LAN
5 18 (10.84%) SAN
6 14 (8.43%) WAN
7 12 (7.23%) Skype
7 12 (7.23%) VoIP
8 11 (6.63%) TCP/IP
9 7 (4.22%) VPN
10 6 (3.61%) Wireless
11 5 (3.01%) Internet
12 3 (1.81%) Cisco IOS
12 3 (1.81%) Ethernet
12 3 (1.81%) NAS
13 2 (1.20%) iSCSI
13 2 (1.20%) NetScaler
13 2 (1.20%) Network Security
13 2 (1.20%) Remote Desktop
13 2 (1.20%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (25.90%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (5.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (2.41%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.41%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.81%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.81%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (1.20%) MySQL
6 2 (1.20%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.60%) MS Access
7 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.81%) Metasploit
2 2 (1.20%) CruiseControl
2 2 (1.20%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.20%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.20%) JIRA
2 2 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.20%) TeamCity
2 2 (1.20%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.60%) MSI
General
1 21 (12.65%) Finance
2 6 (3.61%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.41%) Banking
3 4 (2.41%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.20%) Retail
5 1 (0.60%) Advertising
5 1 (0.60%) Front Office
5 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.60%) Law
5 1 (0.60%) Legal
Job Titles
1 29 (17.47%) Analyst
2 17 (10.24%) Support Engineer
3 16 (9.64%) Architect
3 16 (9.64%) Desktop Support
3 16 (9.64%) Support Analyst
4 15 (9.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 15 (9.04%) Server Engineer
5 12 (7.23%) 3rd Line Support
5 12 (7.23%) Systems Engineer
6 11 (6.63%) Windows Engineer
7 10 (6.02%) Wintel Engineer
8 9 (5.42%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (5.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 9 (5.42%) Desktop Engineer
9 7 (4.22%) Consultant
9 7 (4.22%) Systems Architect
10 6 (3.61%) Desktop Analyst
10 6 (3.61%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 6 (3.61%) Service Desk Analyst
10 6 (3.61%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.02%) XML
2 4 (2.41%) .NET
3 3 (1.81%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.81%) XMPP
4 2 (1.20%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.20%) WCF
4 2 (1.20%) WF
5 1 (0.60%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.60%) SAML
5 1 (0.60%) WAP
5 1 (0.60%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.04%) NHS
2 14 (8.43%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.02%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (3.61%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.61%) Clustering
5 5 (3.01%) Computer Science
5 5 (3.01%) Life Science
5 5 (3.01%) PKI
6 4 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.41%) Driving Licence
6 4 (2.41%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (2.41%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.81%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.81%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.81%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.20%) Enterprise Cloud
8 2 (1.20%) EPoS
8 2 (1.20%) HP Storage
8 2 (1.20%) PDA
9 1 (0.60%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 129 (77.71%) Windows
2 76 (45.78%) Windows Server
3 55 (33.13%) Windows Server 2008
3 55 (33.13%) Windows Server 2012
4 36 (21.69%) Windows 7
5 24 (14.46%) Windows 10
5 24 (14.46%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (9.64%) Linux
7 7 (4.22%) Windows 8
8 6 (3.61%) Android
8 6 (3.61%) Apple iOS
9 4 (2.41%) Unix
9 4 (2.41%) Windows XP
10 3 (1.81%) Mac OS
10 3 (1.81%) Mac OS X
10 3 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.60%) CentOS
11 1 (0.60%) Debian
11 1 (0.60%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (42.17%) ITIL
2 30 (18.07%) Change Management
3 18 (10.84%) High Availability
4 15 (9.04%) Migration
5 12 (7.23%) ITIL V3
6 9 (5.42%) Service Delivery
7 8 (4.82%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (4.82%) Service Management
7 8 (4.82%) Validation
8 7 (4.22%) Application Packaging
8 7 (4.22%) IT Strategy
8 7 (4.22%) Server Patching
9 6 (3.61%) Configuration Management
9 6 (3.61%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (3.61%) ITSM
9 6 (3.61%) Mentoring
9 6 (3.61%) Technical Architecture
9 6 (3.61%) Virtual Environments
10 5 (3.01%) Coaching
10 5 (3.01%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 37 (22.29%) PowerShell
2 23 (13.86%) SQL
3 11 (6.63%) VBScript
4 6 (3.61%) Python
5 3 (1.81%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.81%) C#
5 3 (1.81%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.20%) C
6 2 (1.20%) Java
7 1 (0.60%) Perl
7 1 (0.60%) Ruby
7 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.60%) VB
7 1 (0.60%) X++
Qualifications
1 166 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 87 (52.41%) MCSE
3 44 (26.51%) MCP
4 34 (20.48%) MCITP
5 24 (14.46%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (13.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 21 (12.65%) CCNA
7 21 (12.65%) Security Cleared
8 19 (11.45%) SC Cleared
9 15 (9.04%) CCNP
10 11 (6.63%) Degree
11 9 (5.42%) MCTS
12 8 (4.82%) MCDST
13 7 (4.22%) A+ Certification
13 7 (4.22%) Network+ Certification
14 5 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
14 5 (3.01%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (3.01%) MCDBA
15 4 (2.41%) DBS Check
15 4 (2.41%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (8.43%) SLA
2 8 (4.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (3.01%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 115 (69.28%) Active Directory
2 49 (29.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (17.47%) Hyper-V
4 15 (9.04%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (6.02%) vSphere
6 9 (5.42%) UAG
7 8 (4.82%) XenApp
8 6 (3.61%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (3.01%) Forefront TMG
9 5 (3.01%) ISA Server
9 5 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (1.81%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.81%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (1.20%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.20%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.60%) Docker
Systems Management
1 32 (19.28%) SCCM
2 9 (5.42%) SCOM
3 5 (3.01%) Nessus
4 4 (2.41%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.81%) OVSD
6 2 (1.20%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (1.20%) DameWare
6 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.20%) PowerCLI
6 2 (1.20%) Puppet
6 2 (1.20%) SCSM
6 2 (1.20%) WMI
7 1 (0.60%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.60%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.60%) WSUS
Vendors
1 104 (62.65%) Microsoft
2 73 (43.98%) VMware
3 40 (24.10%) Cisco
4 26 (15.66%) Citrix
5 20 (12.05%) HP
6 14 (8.43%) NetApp
7 12 (7.23%) Apple
8 10 (6.02%) Symantec
9 6 (3.61%) Forcepoint
9 6 (3.61%) Oracle
10 5 (3.01%) LANDesk
10 5 (3.01%) Polycom
10 5 (3.01%) Red Hat
10 5 (3.01%) Remedy
10 5 (3.01%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.41%) Sophos
12 3 (1.81%) Computacenter
12 3 (1.81%) FireEye
13 2 (1.20%) iManage
13 2 (1.20%) Kaseya
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