Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 568 640 635
Rank change year-on-year +72 -5 +6
Contract jobs citing MCSA 233 245 211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.26% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.48% 1.41% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 158 124
England median daily rate £365 £275 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.73% -15.38% -7.28%
10th Percentile £152 £145 £140
90th Percentile £568 £500 £484
UK median daily rate £350 £278 £325
% change year-on-year +26.13% -14.62% -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 31 22
England median hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% +21.21% -41.07%
10th Percentile £15.25 £15.30 £11.03
90th Percentile £152.50 £45.43 £39.65
UK median hourly rate £25.75 £19.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +32.05% +18.18% -53.52%

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 15,772 17,418 17,347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.60% 18.55% 19.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,660 10,287 10,539
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 883 823
England median hourly rate £36.00 £24.08 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.50% -12.44% +8.65%
10th Percentile £13.75 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.38 £51.00 £51.85
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.50 £28.80
% change year-on-year +53.06% -14.93% +4.73%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +56 76 £375 +36.36% 58
South East +29 52 £375 +87.50% 44
Midlands +56 36 £388 +33.62% 18
South West -11 36 £400 +28.00% 16
West Midlands +56 29 £590 +103.45% 9
North of England +22 21 £250 +14.94% 42
North West +18 13 £250 +42.86% 20
East of England +2 9 £288 -17.86% 12
Yorkshire +16 7 £195 -35.00% 18
East Midlands +15 7 £325 +36.84% 9
North East +24 1 £250 - 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 233 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (71.67%) Windows
3 163 (69.96%) Microsoft
4 126 (54.08%) MCSE
5 103 (44.21%) Active Directory
6 99 (42.49%) Windows Server
7 96 (41.20%) VMware
8 74 (31.76%) Azure
9 73 (31.33%) ITIL
10 71 (30.47%) Office 365
11 66 (28.33%) Cisco Certification
12 65 (27.90%) CCNA
13 63 (27.04%) Cisco
13 63 (27.04%) PowerShell
14 60 (25.75%) Security Cleared
15 59 (25.32%) VMware Infrastructure
16 58 (24.89%) SCCM
16 58 (24.89%) Windows Server 2012
17 52 (22.32%) Windows 10
18 49 (21.03%) Problem-Solving
19 46 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
20 45 (19.31%) SC Cleared
21 44 (18.88%) Firewall
21 44 (18.88%) DNS
22 43 (18.45%) MCP
22 43 (18.45%) SQL
23 41 (17.60%) Hyper-V
24 40 (17.17%) Citrix
24 40 (17.17%) Linux
25 38 (16.31%) MS Exchange

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 38 (16.31%) MS Exchange
2 29 (12.45%) Confluence
3 28 (12.02%) SharePoint
4 21 (9.01%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (8.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (5.15%) Skype for Business
7 8 (3.43%) IIS
8 6 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.29%) Apache
10 3 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (1.29%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.86%) Jetty
11 2 (0.86%) Mongrel
11 2 (0.86%) nginx
11 2 (0.86%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.43%) WebLogic
Applications
1 35 (15.02%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.43%) PeopleSoft Financials
1 1 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.43%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 74 (31.76%) Azure
2 71 (30.47%) Office 365
3 27 (11.59%) AWS
4 20 (8.58%) Power Platform
5 16 (6.87%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (5.15%) Microsoft Flow
6 12 (5.15%) PowerApps
7 7 (3.00%) IaaS
8 6 (2.58%) OneDrive
8 6 (2.58%) PaaS
9 5 (2.15%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 4 (1.72%) GCP
10 4 (1.72%) SaaS
11 3 (1.29%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (1.29%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (1.29%) Google Analytics
11 3 (1.29%) Google App Engine
12 2 (0.86%) GitHub
13 1 (0.43%) Amazon EKS
13 1 (0.43%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 44 (18.88%) DNS
1 44 (18.88%) Firewall
2 36 (15.45%) DHCP
3 24 (10.30%) LAN
3 24 (10.30%) TCP/IP
4 23 (9.87%) WAN
5 14 (6.01%) SAN
6 13 (5.58%) Cisco ASA
6 13 (5.58%) Intrusion Detection
6 13 (5.58%) Skype
7 12 (5.15%) HTTP
8 11 (4.72%) NaaS
9 9 (3.86%) VPN
10 7 (3.00%) SMTP
11 6 (2.58%) IPsec
11 6 (2.58%) Network Security
11 6 (2.58%) Remote Desktop
11 6 (2.58%) Wireless
12 5 (2.15%) SSL
13 4 (1.72%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (15.02%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.58%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (4.72%) Azure SQL Database
3 11 (4.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (3.43%) Big Data
4 8 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.43%) Power BI
5 7 (3.00%) OLAP
5 7 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (2.58%) SAP BW
6 6 (2.58%) SAP Data Services
6 6 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (2.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.72%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.86%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.86%) SSDT
9 1 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.43%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 30 (12.88%) JIRA
2 15 (6.44%) GitLab
2 15 (6.44%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (1.72%) TeamCity
4 4 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.29%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.86%) Ant
6 2 (0.86%) MSI
6 2 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.86%) Travis CI
6 2 (0.86%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.43%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.43%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.43%) Hudson
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle Forms
General
1 25 (10.73%) Finance
2 15 (6.44%) Legal
3 14 (6.01%) Law
3 14 (6.01%) Public Sector
4 13 (5.58%) Banking
5 6 (2.58%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.15%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (1.72%) Retail
8 3 (1.29%) Front Office
9 2 (0.86%) Automotive
9 2 (0.86%) Back Office
9 2 (0.86%) Games
9 2 (0.86%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.43%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.43%) Military
Job Titles
1 43 (18.45%) Analyst
2 26 (11.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 26 (11.16%) Support Engineer
3 21 (9.01%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 18 (7.73%) Desktop Support
4 18 (7.73%) Support Analyst
5 17 (7.30%) DevOps Engineer
6 16 (6.87%) Infrastructure Support
7 14 (6.01%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 14 (6.01%) Desktop Engineer
7 14 (6.01%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
8 13 (5.58%) Wintel Engineer
9 12 (5.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 12 (5.15%) 3rd Line Support
10 11 (4.72%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 11 (4.72%) Service Analyst
10 11 (4.72%) Support Manager
10 11 (4.72%) Windows Engineer
11 10 (4.29%) IT Support
11 10 (4.29%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.72%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (1.29%) .NET
2 3 (1.29%) J2EE
2 3 (1.29%) REST
3 2 (0.86%) JSON
3 2 (0.86%) Servlets
4 1 (0.43%) EDI
4 1 (0.43%) HTML
4 1 (0.43%) Kafka
4 1 (0.43%) Middleware
4 1 (0.43%) Node.js
4 1 (0.43%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.43%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (13.30%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (12.45%) Management Information System
3 23 (9.87%) Data Centre
4 15 (6.44%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (3.86%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (2.15%) Client/Server
6 5 (2.15%) Replication
7 4 (1.72%) NHS
7 4 (1.72%) PKI
7 4 (1.72%) User Experience
8 3 (1.29%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.29%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.29%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.86%) Clustering
9 2 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.86%) iPad
9 2 (0.86%) iPhone
9 2 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
10 1 (0.43%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 167 (71.67%) Windows
2 99 (42.49%) Windows Server
3 58 (24.89%) Windows Server 2012
4 52 (22.32%) Windows 10
5 40 (17.17%) Linux
6 35 (15.02%) Windows 7
7 33 (14.16%) Windows Server 2003
8 27 (11.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (9.01%) Windows 8
10 14 (6.01%) Windows XP
11 11 (4.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (2.58%) Android
12 6 (2.58%) CentOS
13 5 (2.15%) Windows Vista
14 4 (1.72%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.72%) Mac OS X
14 4 (1.72%) VMS
15 3 (1.29%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.86%) Unix
17 1 (0.43%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (31.33%) ITIL
2 49 (21.03%) Problem-Solving
3 46 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (15.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 26 (11.16%) DevOps
6 25 (10.73%) Service Management
7 23 (9.87%) Migration
8 22 (9.44%) Computer Science
9 21 (9.01%) Information Security
10 19 (8.15%) Business Intelligence
11 18 (7.73%) Change Management
11 18 (7.73%) ITIL V3
11 18 (7.73%) ITSM
11 18 (7.73%) Problem Management
12 14 (6.01%) Information Security Management
12 14 (6.01%) ISMS
12 14 (6.01%) Security Management
13 13 (5.58%) Disaster Recovery
13 13 (5.58%) Patch Management
13 13 (5.58%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 63 (27.04%) PowerShell
2 43 (18.45%) SQL
3 19 (8.15%) Java
4 18 (7.73%) Python
5 14 (6.01%) Perl
6 12 (5.15%) VBScript
7 5 (2.15%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.72%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.29%) C
9 3 (1.29%) C#
10 2 (0.86%) VB
11 1 (0.43%) C++
11 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.43%) R
Qualifications
1 233 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 126 (54.08%) MCSE
3 66 (28.33%) Cisco Certification
4 65 (27.90%) CCNA
5 60 (25.75%) Security Cleared
6 45 (19.31%) SC Cleared
7 43 (18.45%) MCP
8 31 (13.30%) Degree
9 24 (10.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 20 (8.58%) MCITP
11 16 (6.87%) A+ Certification
12 15 (6.44%) RHCSA
13 13 (5.58%) RHCE
14 11 (4.72%) MCDST
15 10 (4.29%) Computer Science Degree
15 10 (4.29%) DV Cleared
16 8 (3.43%) Network+ Certification
17 7 (3.00%) CCNP
18 6 (2.58%) CISSP
18 6 (2.58%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.30%) SLA
2 4 (1.72%) QA
3 2 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.43%) GDPR
4 1 (0.43%) IFRS
4 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 103 (44.21%) Active Directory
2 59 (25.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (17.60%) Hyper-V
4 23 (9.87%) VMware ESXi
5 22 (9.44%) vSphere
6 19 (8.15%) XenApp
7 14 (6.01%) XenDesktop
8 12 (5.15%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (3.86%) PowerDNS
9 9 (3.86%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (1.72%) vCloud
10 4 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.86%) Docker
11 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.86%) Xen
12 1 (0.43%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.43%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.43%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 58 (24.89%) SCCM
2 36 (15.45%) SCOM
3 15 (6.44%) Terraform
4 14 (6.01%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (6.01%) NetBackup
4 14 (6.01%) vCenter Server
5 13 (5.58%) Ansible
5 13 (5.58%) WSUS
6 12 (5.15%) SCVMM
7 9 (3.86%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (2.58%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (2.58%) Perfmon
8 6 (2.58%) WMI
9 4 (1.72%) AirWatch
9 4 (1.72%) Failover Clustering
9 4 (1.72%) Kubernetes
9 4 (1.72%) PowerCLI
10 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (1.29%) PaperCut
10 3 (1.29%) Puppet
Vendors
1 163 (69.96%) Microsoft
2 96 (41.20%) VMware
3 63 (27.04%) Cisco
4 40 (17.17%) Citrix
5 31 (13.30%) Red Hat
6 22 (9.44%) Splunk
7 14 (6.01%) Sony
8 13 (5.58%) Adobe
8 13 (5.58%) NetApp
9 12 (5.15%) Salesforce.com
10 11 (4.72%) HP
10 11 (4.72%) Meraki
11 10 (4.29%) F5
12 9 (3.86%) Apple
13 8 (3.43%) Google
13 8 (3.43%) Polycom
14 7 (3.00%) Remedy
15 6 (2.58%) McAfee
15 6 (2.58%) Oracle
15 6 (2.58%) SAP