Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 616 618 638
Rank change year-on-year +2 +20 -45
Contract jobs citing MCSA 257 232 246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.25% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.47% 1.35% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 139 162
England median daily rate £275 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.38% -7.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £145 £140 £160
90th Percentile £488 £488 £533
UK median daily rate £275 £325 £325
% change year-on-year -15.38% - +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 19 11
England median hourly rate £16.75 £16.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.52% -41.07% +80.65%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.00 £14.43
90th Percentile £45.09 £39.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £16.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year +1.52% -53.52% +111.94%

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 17,522 17,197 20,655
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.58% 18.84% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,387 10,472 12,882
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
10th Percentile £250 £240 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 811 743
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.87 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.94% +5.35% +13.33%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.97
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +19.57%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -3 79 £233 +13.41% 28
South East -9 48 £275 -21.43% 29
North of England -19 48 £200 -38.46% 41
South West +7 33 £388 +30.25% 14
East of England 0 30 £375 +11.94% 16
North West -19 25 £175 -44.00% 25
Yorkshire -1 20 £288 -8.00% 11
Midlands -34 16 £290 -31.76% 12
East Midlands -1 8 £175 -48.15% 5
West Midlands -27 8 £290 -35.56% 7
North East -3 3 £200 -50.50% 5
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 257 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 204 (79.38%) Windows
3 192 (74.71%) Microsoft
4 149 (57.98%) MCSE
5 148 (57.59%) Active Directory
6 132 (51.36%) ITIL
7 101 (39.30%) VMware
8 91 (35.41%) Office 365
9 89 (34.63%) Windows 7
9 89 (34.63%) Windows Server
10 78 (30.35%) SCCM
11 73 (28.40%) Windows Server 2012
11 73 (28.40%) Microsoft Office
12 66 (25.68%) VMware Infrastructure
13 64 (24.90%) PowerShell
13 64 (24.90%) Microsoft Azure
14 59 (22.96%) Windows 10
15 58 (22.57%) Cisco
16 56 (21.79%) MCP
17 54 (21.01%) Citrix
18 49 (19.07%) Cisco Certification
19 48 (18.68%) DNS
20 45 (17.51%) Windows Server 2008
21 43 (16.73%) Data Centre
21 43 (16.73%) Problem-Solving
22 41 (15.95%) SLA
22 41 (15.95%) CCNA
23 40 (15.56%) DHCP
24 39 (15.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 38 (14.79%) Change Management

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 36 (14.01%) MS Exchange
2 23 (8.95%) SharePoint
3 14 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (3.50%) Confluence
4 9 (3.50%) Skype for Business
5 8 (3.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (1.95%) IIS
8 3 (1.17%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.78%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 73 (28.40%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.17%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.78%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 91 (35.41%) Office 365
2 64 (24.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (7.78%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (7.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (3.50%) IaaS
6 7 (2.72%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (1.56%) Dynamics 365
7 4 (1.56%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.17%) Amazon S3
8 3 (1.17%) GitHub
9 2 (0.78%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.78%) SaaS
10 1 (0.39%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.39%) G Suite
10 1 (0.39%) iTunes
10 1 (0.39%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.39%) PaaS
10 1 (0.39%) Slack
10 1 (0.39%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 48 (18.68%) DNS
2 40 (15.56%) DHCP
3 35 (13.62%) TCP/IP
4 32 (12.45%) VPN
5 31 (12.06%) Firewall
6 30 (11.67%) Internet
6 30 (11.67%) LAN
7 29 (11.28%) WAN
8 17 (6.61%) SAN
9 16 (6.23%) VoIP
10 13 (5.06%) Wireless
11 11 (4.28%) Skype
12 10 (3.89%) Cisco IOS
13 9 (3.50%) WebEx
14 8 (3.11%) Network Security
15 6 (2.33%) ADSL
15 6 (2.33%) VLAN
16 5 (1.95%) NetScaler
16 5 (1.95%) Remote Desktop
17 4 (1.56%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.73%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.72%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.78%) MySQL
5 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.78%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.39%) Big Data
6 1 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.39%) HDInsight
6 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.39%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.39%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.39%) VLDB
Development Applications
1 12 (4.67%) JIRA
2 10 (3.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (1.17%) Bitbucket
3 3 (1.17%) CF BOSH
3 3 (1.17%) GitLab
4 2 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.39%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.39%) GCC
5 1 (0.39%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.39%) JMeter
5 1 (0.39%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.39%) MSI
5 1 (0.39%) Selenium
General
1 23 (8.95%) Finance
2 10 (3.89%) Manufacturing
3 9 (3.50%) Retail
4 8 (3.11%) Marketing
5 7 (2.72%) Spanish Language
5 7 (2.72%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.33%) Automotive
6 6 (2.33%) Banking
7 3 (1.17%) Advertising
8 2 (0.78%) Back Office
8 2 (0.78%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.39%) Electronics
9 1 (0.39%) Front Office
9 1 (0.39%) International Banking
9 1 (0.39%) Law
Job Titles
1 56 (21.79%) Analyst
2 34 (13.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 28 (10.89%) IT Support
3 28 (10.89%) Support Engineer
4 26 (10.12%) Service Analyst
4 26 (10.12%) Service Desk Analyst
5 22 (8.56%) 2nd Line Support
6 18 (7.00%) Desktop Support
7 17 (6.61%) Support Analyst
8 14 (5.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 13 (5.06%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 11 (4.28%) IT Engineer
11 10 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (3.89%) Automation Engineer
11 10 (3.89%) Desktop Analyst
11 10 (3.89%) IT Analyst
11 10 (3.89%) PowerShell Engineer
12 9 (3.50%) Server Engineer
12 9 (3.50%) Service Desk Engineer
12 9 (3.50%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.11%) REST
2 3 (1.17%) Node.js
3 2 (0.78%) .NET
3 2 (0.78%) Middleware
4 1 (0.39%) HTML
4 1 (0.39%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.39%) RESTful
4 1 (0.39%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (16.73%) Data Centre
2 21 (8.17%) Video Conferencing
3 18 (7.00%) Management Information System
4 16 (6.23%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (5.06%) Blackberry
6 12 (4.67%) Computer Science
7 11 (4.28%) iPhone
8 9 (3.50%) Client/Server
8 9 (3.50%) Driving Licence
8 9 (3.50%) iPad
8 9 (3.50%) Replication
9 7 (2.72%) PKI
9 7 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (2.72%) Smartphone
10 6 (2.33%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (2.33%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.95%) Clustering
12 4 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (1.56%) NHS
12 4 (1.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 204 (79.38%) Windows
2 89 (34.63%) Windows 7
2 89 (34.63%) Windows Server
3 73 (28.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 59 (22.96%) Windows 10
5 45 (17.51%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (8.95%) Linux
6 23 (8.95%) Windows XP
7 15 (5.84%) Unix
8 14 (5.45%) Mac OS X
9 11 (4.28%) Windows 2000
9 11 (4.28%) Windows Vista
10 8 (3.11%) Android
11 5 (1.95%) Apple iOS
11 5 (1.95%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.56%) CentOS
12 4 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.17%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.78%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (51.36%) ITIL
2 43 (16.73%) Problem-Solving
3 39 (15.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 38 (14.79%) Change Management
4 38 (14.79%) Migration
5 37 (14.40%) ITIL V3
6 20 (7.78%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (5.84%) Incident Management
7 15 (5.84%) PRINCE2
8 14 (5.45%) ITSM
9 13 (5.06%) Service Management
10 12 (4.67%) Root Cause Analysis
11 11 (4.28%) Decision-Making
11 11 (4.28%) Disaster Recovery
12 10 (3.89%) Analytics
12 10 (3.89%) Change Control
13 9 (3.50%) Configuration Management
13 9 (3.50%) Continuous Improvement
13 9 (3.50%) NsoIT
13 9 (3.50%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 64 (24.90%) PowerShell
2 25 (9.73%) SQL
3 11 (4.28%) VB
4 6 (2.33%) Python
5 5 (1.95%) VBScript
6 4 (1.56%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.17%) Java
7 3 (1.17%) Ruby
8 2 (0.78%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.39%) C
9 1 (0.39%) C#
9 1 (0.39%) Korn
9 1 (0.39%) Perl
9 1 (0.39%) PHP
9 1 (0.39%) R
9 1 (0.39%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 257 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 149 (57.98%) MCSE
3 56 (21.79%) MCP
4 49 (19.07%) Cisco Certification
5 41 (15.95%) CCNA
6 35 (13.62%) Security Cleared
6 35 (13.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 26 (10.12%) Degree
8 25 (9.73%) SC Cleared
9 18 (7.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 17 (6.61%) A+ Certification
10 17 (6.61%) DV Cleared
11 15 (5.84%) MCITP
12 13 (5.06%) Oracle Certification
13 12 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (4.67%) OCA
14 11 (4.28%) HNC
14 11 (4.28%) MCTS
15 10 (3.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 9 (3.50%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (15.95%) SLA
2 13 (5.06%) QA
3 4 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.39%) GDPR
System Software
1 148 (57.59%) Active Directory
2 66 (25.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (14.40%) Hyper-V
4 16 (6.23%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (5.84%) vSphere
6 10 (3.89%) XenApp
6 10 (3.89%) XenDesktop
7 8 (3.11%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (2.33%) BitLocker
8 6 (2.33%) Terminal Services
9 5 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (1.56%) XenServer
11 3 (1.17%) Firmware
11 3 (1.17%) Forefront TMG
11 3 (1.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (1.17%) Terminal Server
11 3 (1.17%) UAG
11 3 (1.17%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.78%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 78 (30.35%) SCCM
2 23 (8.95%) WSUS
3 17 (6.61%) vCenter Server
4 13 (5.06%) SCOM
5 9 (3.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 9 (3.50%) PowerCLI
6 6 (2.33%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (1.95%) AirWatch
7 5 (1.95%) HP Data Protector
7 5 (1.95%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (1.95%) SCVMM
8 4 (1.56%) Backup Exec
8 4 (1.56%) CASB
8 4 (1.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 4 (1.56%) NetBackup
9 3 (1.17%) Ansible
9 3 (1.17%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (1.17%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (1.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 192 (74.71%) Microsoft
2 101 (39.30%) VMware
3 58 (22.57%) Cisco
4 54 (21.01%) Citrix
5 26 (10.12%) McAfee
6 25 (9.73%) Apple
7 17 (6.61%) Oracle
8 15 (5.84%) HP
9 14 (5.45%) ServiceNow
10 10 (3.89%) Avaya
10 10 (3.89%) Google
10 10 (3.89%) NetApp
11 9 (3.50%) Altiris
11 9 (3.50%) Atlassian
12 8 (3.11%) Dell
12 8 (3.11%) Remedy
12 8 (3.11%) Symantec
13 7 (2.72%) EMC
13 7 (2.72%) Polycom
13 7 (2.72%) Veeam