Period
to 17 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 579 632 614
Rank change year-on-year +53 -18 +12
Contract jobs citing MCSA 260 202 239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.49% 1.11% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 144 144
England median daily rate £308 £353 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.83% +13.79% -0.80%
10th Percentile £140 £160 £128
90th Percentile £488 £533 £446
UK median daily rate £313 £350 £315
% change year-on-year -10.71% +11.11% -2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 32
England median hourly rate £25.00 £16.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.25% -5.88% +4.91%
10th Percentile £11.04 £13.31 £11.40
90th Percentile £39.75 £17.25 £45.40
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £16.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +51.52% -10.81% +12.74%

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 17,476 18,277 19,945
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.92% 20.21% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,707 11,425 12,192
England median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £230 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 772 788 935
England median hourly rate £23.44 £25.50 £25.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.09% -0.62% +35.05%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.06 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.80 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +42.11%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 -14 83 £190 -50.16% 54
South East -6 65 £350 - 32
North of England +44 34 £313 -21.88% 27
East of England -8 30 £300 -12.73% 13
Midlands +22 28 £450 +48.76% 18
North West +34 27 £319 +34.21% 18
South West +15 19 £475 +100.63% 16
East Midlands +13 14 £248 - 9
West Midlands +7 14 £475 +57.02% 9
Yorkshire +21 8 £650 +73.33% 7
North East +32 1 £404 -21.55% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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.

1 260 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 193 (74.23%) Windows
3 183 (70.38%) MCSE
4 179 (68.85%) Active Directory
5 154 (59.23%) Microsoft
6 116 (44.62%) ITIL
7 108 (41.54%) Windows Server
8 105 (40.38%) VMware
9 81 (31.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 73 (28.08%) Office 365
11 70 (26.92%) Citrix
12 69 (26.54%) Windows 7
13 65 (25.00%) MCP
14 63 (24.23%) MS Exchange
15 62 (23.85%) Microsoft Office
15 62 (23.85%) Windows Server 2008
16 57 (21.92%) TCP/IP
17 55 (21.15%) Microsoft Azure
18 54 (20.77%) DNS
19 53 (20.38%) SQL Server
20 51 (19.62%) SCCM
21 50 (19.23%) VMware Infrastructure
22 48 (18.46%) DHCP
23 45 (17.31%) MCITP
24 44 (16.92%) SQL
25 41 (15.77%) PowerShell
26 39 (15.00%) HP
26 39 (15.00%) Windows 10
27 38 (14.62%) Apple
28 37 (14.23%) Cisco

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 63 (24.23%) MS Exchange
2 34 (13.08%) SharePoint
3 18 (6.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (6.92%) Skype for Business
4 9 (3.46%) IBM Notes
4 9 (3.46%) IIS
5 8 (3.08%) SharePoint 2013
6 7 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (2.31%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.77%) CMS
9 2 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 62 (23.85%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.54%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.54%) Eikon
2 1 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 73 (28.08%) Office 365
2 55 (21.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (8.85%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (3.46%) OneDrive
6 5 (1.92%) IaaS
7 4 (1.54%) G Suite
7 4 (1.54%) PaaS
7 4 (1.54%) SaaS
8 2 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.38%) Data Lake Analytics
9 1 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.38%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 57 (21.92%) TCP/IP
2 54 (20.77%) DNS
3 48 (18.46%) DHCP
4 34 (13.08%) LAN
4 34 (13.08%) SAN
5 27 (10.38%) Firewall
6 25 (9.62%) Wireless
7 24 (9.23%) Internet
8 23 (8.85%) WAN
9 19 (7.31%) VPN
10 15 (5.77%) Ethernet
10 15 (5.77%) NAS
11 11 (4.23%) Skype
11 11 (4.23%) VLAN
12 10 (3.85%) iSCSI
13 9 (3.46%) Fibre Channel
14 6 (2.31%) SSL
14 6 (2.31%) VoIP
15 5 (1.92%) NetScaler
15 5 (1.92%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (20.38%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (3.46%) SQL Server 2016
3 8 (3.08%) Oracle Database
4 7 (2.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (2.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.92%) OLAP
6 4 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.77%) DB2
8 2 (0.77%) Power BI
8 2 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.38%) Data Lake
9 1 (0.38%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.38%) MySQL
9 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.69%) HP UFT
2 4 (1.54%) JMeter
3 3 (1.15%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.77%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.77%) MSI
General
1 37 (14.23%) Finance
2 12 (4.62%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.23%) Banking
4 9 (3.46%) Advertising
5 8 (3.08%) Local Government
6 4 (1.54%) Legal
7 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.77%) German Language
8 2 (0.77%) Law
8 2 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.38%) Billing
9 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.38%) Marketing
9 1 (0.38%) Publishing
9 1 (0.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (13.85%) Analyst
2 32 (12.31%) Support Engineer
3 29 (11.15%) Consultant
4 28 (10.77%) Desktop Support
5 27 (10.38%) Windows Engineer
6 22 (8.46%) 2nd Line Support
7 21 (8.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 19 (7.31%) 3rd Line Support
9 15 (5.77%) Administrator
9 15 (5.77%) Desktop Engineer
9 15 (5.77%) Support Analyst
9 15 (5.77%) Systems Engineer
10 14 (5.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 14 (5.38%) Architect
11 11 (4.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 11 (4.23%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
12 10 (3.85%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 10 (3.85%) Server Engineer
13 9 (3.46%) Office 365 Consultant
14 8 (3.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.54%) .NET
2 2 (0.77%) Web Services
3 1 (0.38%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 27 (10.38%) Data Centre
2 26 (10.00%) Blackberry
3 22 (8.46%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (5.77%) Client/Server
5 14 (5.38%) Management Information System
6 12 (4.62%) Replication
7 11 (4.23%) Clustering
8 9 (3.46%) PKI
9 7 (2.69%) Computer Science
10 6 (2.31%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (1.92%) Driving Licence
11 5 (1.92%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.92%) NHS
11 5 (1.92%) Virtual Team
12 3 (1.15%) CESG
12 3 (1.15%) Wiki
13 2 (0.77%) CMDB
13 2 (0.77%) Fat Client
13 2 (0.77%) iPhone
13 2 (0.77%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 193 (74.23%) Windows
2 108 (41.54%) Windows Server
3 81 (31.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 69 (26.54%) Windows 7
5 62 (23.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (15.00%) Windows 10
7 33 (12.69%) Windows Server 2003
8 24 (9.23%) Linux
9 23 (8.85%) Apple iOS
10 12 (4.62%) Unix
11 10 (3.85%) Windows 8
12 8 (3.08%) Android
12 8 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (1.92%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.54%) Windows Phone
15 3 (1.15%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.15%) Mac OS X
15 3 (1.15%) Solaris
16 1 (0.38%) VMS
16 1 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (44.62%) ITIL
2 29 (11.15%) Migration
3 25 (9.62%) Change Management
4 23 (8.85%) Time Management
5 14 (5.38%) PRINCE2
5 14 (5.38%) Validation
6 12 (4.62%) Asset Management
6 12 (4.62%) Service Management
7 11 (4.23%) Problem Management
8 10 (3.85%) Presales
9 9 (3.46%) Business Continuity
9 9 (3.46%) Business Intelligence
9 9 (3.46%) Change Control
9 9 (3.46%) Service Delivery
10 8 (3.08%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (3.08%) ITIL V3
10 8 (3.08%) Service Design
10 8 (3.08%) Software Deployment
11 7 (2.69%) Cybersecurity
11 7 (2.69%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 44 (16.92%) SQL
2 41 (15.77%) PowerShell
3 20 (7.69%) Java
4 14 (5.38%) VBScript
5 7 (2.69%) Python
5 7 (2.69%) T-SQL
6 6 (2.31%) Shell Script
7 4 (1.54%) C#
7 4 (1.54%) VB
7 4 (1.54%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.77%) Ruby
9 1 (0.38%) C
9 1 (0.38%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 1 (0.38%) Perl
9 1 (0.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 260 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 183 (70.38%) MCSE
3 65 (25.00%) MCP
4 45 (17.31%) MCITP
5 36 (13.85%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (13.08%) CCNA
7 27 (10.38%) Degree
8 25 (9.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 22 (8.46%) MCDST
10 21 (8.08%) Security Cleared
11 17 (6.54%) A+ Certification
11 17 (6.54%) CCNP
11 17 (6.54%) ITIL Certification
11 17 (6.54%) Network+ Certification
12 16 (6.15%) SC Cleared
13 15 (5.77%) ACHDS
13 15 (5.77%) DV Cleared
13 15 (5.77%) MCSM
14 14 (5.38%) ACDT
14 14 (5.38%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.54%) SLA
2 7 (2.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.69%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.77%) Government Security Classifications
3 2 (0.77%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (0.77%) PMO
System Software
1 179 (68.85%) Active Directory
2 50 (19.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (11.54%) Hyper-V
4 19 (7.31%) vSphere
5 17 (6.54%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (6.15%) Virtual Servers
6 16 (6.15%) XenApp
7 10 (3.85%) Terminal Services
8 7 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (2.31%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (2.31%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.92%) VMware Workstation
11 3 (1.15%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.77%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.77%) Firmware
12 2 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.77%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.38%) Docker
13 1 (0.38%) KVM
13 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 51 (19.62%) SCCM
2 16 (6.15%) Norton AntiVirus
3 14 (5.38%) Nessus
4 12 (4.62%) SCOM
5 11 (4.23%) Microsoft Clustering
5 11 (4.23%) NetBackup
6 10 (3.85%) Backup Exec
7 9 (3.46%) DameWare
7 9 (3.46%) HP Data Protector
8 7 (2.69%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (2.69%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 2 (0.77%) EdgeSight
11 2 (0.77%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.77%) WSUS
12 1 (0.38%) AirWatch
12 1 (0.38%) Kubernetes
12 1 (0.38%) MOM
12 1 (0.38%) OVSD
Vendors
1 154 (59.23%) Microsoft
2 105 (40.38%) VMware
3 70 (26.92%) Citrix
4 39 (15.00%) HP
5 38 (14.62%) Apple
6 37 (14.23%) Cisco
7 30 (11.54%) Oracle
8 27 (10.38%) SolarWinds
9 20 (7.69%) Ivanti
9 20 (7.69%) Symantec
10 18 (6.92%) Dell
11 13 (5.00%) CommVault
11 13 (5.00%) IBM
12 11 (4.23%) NetApp
13 10 (3.85%) 3PAR
14 9 (3.46%) Avaya
14 9 (3.46%) Bloomberg
14 9 (3.46%) FactSet
14 9 (3.46%) Lotus
14 9 (3.46%) Reuters