Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 434 543 638
Rank change year-on-year +109 +95 +22
Contract jobs citing MCSA 75 264 246
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.32% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 1.66% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 175 153
Median daily rate £450 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.46% +8.33% -7.69%
10th Percentile £243 £149 £163
90th Percentile £575 £551 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £341 £300
% change year-on-year +24.54% +13.75% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 24
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.50 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -31.96% +46.97%
10th Percentile £17.25 £15.25 £15.30
90th Percentile £24.15 £157.50 £46.53
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year +6.06% -29.79% +42.42%

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 7,565 15,929 17,509
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 25.07% 19.25% 18.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,560 9,716 10,360
Median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +5.14%
10th Percentile £300 £264 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 710 851
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +58.24% -21.55%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.45 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £61.45 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £22.93
% change year-on-year -2.78% +57.00% -23.36%

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 14 August 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
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 14 August 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
South East +141 20 £400 +6.67% 6
London +138 19 £425 +21.43% 5
South West +53 14 £475 +46.15% 11
Midlands +72 9 £600 +77.78% 7
West Midlands +53 9 £600 +11.11% 5
North of England +104 7 £525 +110.00% 13
East of England +78 5 £350 +16.67% 2
North West +76 5 £525 +110.00% 7
Yorkshire +81 2 - - 5
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 75 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 56 (74.67%) Windows
3 53 (70.67%) Microsoft
4 47 (62.67%) MCSE
5 44 (58.67%) Windows Server
6 43 (57.33%) Active Directory
7 34 (45.33%) ITIL
8 33 (44.00%) Security Cleared
9 31 (41.33%) SC Cleared
10 26 (34.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 25 (33.33%) VMware
12 22 (29.33%) MS Exchange
13 19 (25.33%) Office 365
13 19 (25.33%) VMware Infrastructure
14 17 (22.67%) Windows Server 2008
14 17 (22.67%) Hyper-V
14 17 (22.67%) Azure
14 17 (22.67%) DNS
15 16 (21.33%) Windows 10
16 15 (20.00%) DHCP
16 15 (20.00%) SQL Server
16 15 (20.00%) PowerShell
17 13 (17.33%) Skype for Business
18 12 (16.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 12 (16.00%) MCP
18 12 (16.00%) Windows Server 2016
19 11 (14.67%) Skype
19 11 (14.67%) Microsoft Office
19 11 (14.67%) Cisco Certification
19 11 (14.67%) CCNA

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 22 (29.33%) MS Exchange
2 13 (17.33%) Skype for Business
3 11 (14.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (10.67%) IIS
4 8 (10.67%) SharePoint
5 7 (9.33%) Confluence
6 6 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (2.67%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.67%) nginx
7 2 (2.67%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 11 (14.67%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 19 (25.33%) Office 365
2 17 (22.67%) Azure
3 4 (5.33%) AWS
4 3 (4.00%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (2.67%) IaaS
5 2 (2.67%) PaaS
6 1 (1.33%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.33%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.33%) Logic Apps
6 1 (1.33%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.33%) Power Platform
6 1 (1.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (22.67%) DNS
2 15 (20.00%) DHCP
3 11 (14.67%) Skype
4 10 (13.33%) SAN
5 4 (5.33%) IPv4
5 4 (5.33%) TCP/IP
6 3 (4.00%) Intranet
7 2 (2.67%) Firewall
7 2 (2.67%) LAN
7 2 (2.67%) NetScaler
7 2 (2.67%) SMTP
7 2 (2.67%) VPN
7 2 (2.67%) Wireless
8 1 (1.33%) FTP
8 1 (1.33%) ISDN
8 1 (1.33%) PBX
8 1 (1.33%) SSL
8 1 (1.33%) VoIP
8 1 (1.33%) VSAN
8 1 (1.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.00%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.67%) MySQL
4 1 (1.33%) Data Lake
4 1 (1.33%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 7 (9.33%) JIRA
2 4 (5.33%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (10.67%) Finance
2 5 (6.67%) Banking
3 4 (5.33%) Military
4 3 (4.00%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.00%) Public Sector
4 3 (4.00%) Retail
4 3 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.67%) International Banking
5 2 (2.67%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.33%) French Language
6 1 (1.33%) Front Office
6 1 (1.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (14.67%) Wintel Engineer
2 8 (10.67%) Architect
3 7 (9.33%) Analyst
3 7 (9.33%) Support Engineer
4 6 (8.00%) Support Analyst
4 6 (8.00%) Technical Support
5 5 (6.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (6.67%) Active Directory Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) Active Directory Support
5 5 (6.67%) Consultant
5 5 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) Server Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Desktop Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Desktop Support
6 4 (5.33%) Support Officer
6 4 (5.33%) Technical Architect
6 4 (5.33%) Technical Support Officer
6 4 (5.33%) Wintel Support
7 3 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.00%) Web Services
2 1 (1.33%) .NET
2 1 (1.33%) JSON
2 1 (1.33%) LDAP
2 1 (1.33%) Middleware
2 1 (1.33%) SOAP
2 1 (1.33%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.67%) Data Centre
2 8 (10.67%) Management Information System
2 8 (10.67%) PKI
3 5 (6.67%) HP StoreVirtual
4 3 (4.00%) Replication
4 3 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.67%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.67%) BYOD
5 2 (2.67%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.67%) Clustering
5 2 (2.67%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.67%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (2.67%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.67%) iPad
5 2 (2.67%) iPhone
5 2 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.67%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.67%) User Experience
6 1 (1.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 56 (74.67%) Windows
2 44 (58.67%) Windows Server
3 26 (34.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (22.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (21.33%) Windows 10
6 12 (16.00%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (8.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
9 2 (2.67%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.67%) Linux
9 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (1.33%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.33%) Unix
10 1 (1.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (45.33%) ITIL
2 9 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (12.00%) Data Protection
3 8 (10.67%) Migration
4 7 (9.33%) High Availability
4 7 (9.33%) Matrix Organization
4 7 (9.33%) Patch Management
4 7 (9.33%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (9.33%) Service Delivery
4 7 (9.33%) TOGAF
5 6 (8.00%) Change Management
5 6 (8.00%) ITSM
6 5 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (6.67%) Mentoring
6 5 (6.67%) Root Cause Analysis
6 5 (6.67%) Service Management
7 4 (5.33%) Critical Thinking
7 4 (5.33%) Mobile Device Management
7 4 (5.33%) Project Management
8 3 (4.00%) Proactive Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 15 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 7 (9.33%) SQL
3 2 (2.67%) C
4 1 (1.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 75 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (62.67%) MCSE
3 33 (44.00%) Security Cleared
4 31 (41.33%) SC Cleared
5 12 (16.00%) MCP
5 12 (16.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 11 (14.67%) CCNA
6 11 (14.67%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (13.33%) DV Cleared
8 8 (10.67%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (9.33%) TOGAF Certification
10 6 (8.00%) Degree
11 5 (6.67%) CCNP
11 5 (6.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (5.33%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (5.33%) MCITP
12 4 (5.33%) MCTS
13 3 (4.00%) CCA
14 2 (2.67%) CCSA
14 2 (2.67%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.67%) NCSC
2 7 (9.33%) SLA
3 6 (8.00%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (5.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (2.67%) QA
System Software
1 43 (57.33%) Active Directory
2 19 (25.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (22.67%) Hyper-V
4 8 (10.67%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (9.33%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (8.00%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (6.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (4.00%) UAG
8 3 (4.00%) vSphere
9 2 (2.67%) XenApp
9 2 (2.67%) XenDesktop
10 1 (1.33%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (1.33%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (1.33%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 10 (13.33%) SCCM
2 6 (8.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 6 (8.00%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (5.33%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (5.33%) vCenter Server
3 4 (5.33%) WSUS
4 3 (4.00%) SCOM
5 2 (2.67%) HAProxy
5 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.67%) Nessus
6 1 (1.33%) AirWatch
6 1 (1.33%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.33%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.33%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.33%) WMI
Vendors
1 53 (70.67%) Microsoft
2 25 (33.33%) VMware
3 11 (14.67%) Cisco
4 6 (8.00%) HP
5 5 (6.67%) Citrix
5 5 (6.67%) Remedy
6 4 (5.33%) Lumension
6 4 (5.33%) Sophos
6 4 (5.33%) Symantec
7 3 (4.00%) Computacenter
7 3 (4.00%) Polycom
7 3 (4.00%) Veeam
7 3 (4.00%) Yealink
8 2 (2.67%) 3PAR
8 2 (2.67%) Apple
8 2 (2.67%) Atlassian
8 2 (2.67%) EqualLogic
8 2 (2.67%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.67%) Splunk
9 1 (1.33%) CheckPoint