Period
to 24 September 2021

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 24 September 2021 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
24 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 617 449 574
Rank change year-on-year -168 +125 +66
Contract jobs citing MCSA 107 45 235
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.17% 0.17% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.89% 0.67% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 31 141
10th Percentile £183 £170 £150
25th Percentile £211 £306 £245
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £303 £463 £365
Median % change year-on-year -34.59% +26.71% +39.05%
75th Percentile £388 £538 £488
90th Percentile £540 £575 £552
UK median daily rate £300 £450 £350
% change year-on-year -33.33% +28.57% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 1 7
10th Percentile " " "
25th Percentile £13.25 " £15.25
Median hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year -46.00% +61.29% -20.51%
75th Percentile £13.75 " £16.75
90th Percentile " " £31.55
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £21.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year -36.47% +28.79% -15.38%

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 12,058 6,679 15,885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.72% 25.84% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,791 4,519 10,086
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
25th Percentile £408 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 578 217 659
10th Percentile £12.36 £15.63 £13.50
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £33.75 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.22% -15.63% +77.50%
75th Percentile £54.47 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.51 £64.50 £60.10
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%

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 24 September 2021.

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 24 September 2021. 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 -175 41 £375 -16.67% 21
North of England -65 20 £210 -60.00% 25
Yorkshire - 13 £200 - 6
East of England -37 12 £305 +1.67% 14
South West -39 11 £325 -31.58% 8
Midlands -60 11 £330 - 18
South East -88 11 £215 -40.69% 19
East Midlands - 10 £330 - 6
North West -48 5 £300 -42.86% 17
North East - 2 £281 - 2
West Midlands -64 1 - - 12
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 24 September 2021, 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.

1 107 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (63.55%) Windows
3 53 (49.53%) Microsoft
3 53 (49.53%) Microsoft 365
4 52 (48.60%) ITIL
4 52 (48.60%) MCSE
5 42 (39.25%) Active Directory
6 39 (36.45%) VMware
7 34 (31.78%) Azure
8 33 (30.84%) Citrix
9 30 (28.04%) Windows Server
10 28 (26.17%) CCNA
10 28 (26.17%) Cisco Certification
11 23 (21.50%) Wi-Fi
11 23 (21.50%) MCP
12 22 (20.56%) Cisco
13 21 (19.63%) SCCM
13 21 (19.63%) VMware Infrastructure
13 21 (19.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 20 (18.69%) Linux
14 20 (18.69%) Firewall
14 20 (18.69%) Windows 10
15 19 (17.76%) ServiceNow
15 19 (17.76%) A+ Certification
15 19 (17.76%) Incident Management
16 18 (16.82%) Problem-Solving
16 18 (16.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 16 (14.95%) Social Skills
17 16 (14.95%) Retail
17 16 (14.95%) DNS

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 14 (13.08%) MS Exchange
1 14 (13.08%) SharePoint
2 8 (7.48%) Exchange Server 2013
2 8 (7.48%) Skype for Business
3 6 (5.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.74%) IIS
5 3 (2.80%) Office Communications Server
6 2 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.93%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.93%) SAS
7 1 (0.93%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (13.08%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.80%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 53 (49.53%) Microsoft 365
2 34 (31.78%) Azure
3 12 (11.21%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (5.61%) AWS
4 6 (5.61%) SaaS
5 5 (4.67%) OneDrive
6 4 (3.74%) IaaS
7 2 (1.87%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 2 (1.87%) Datadog
7 2 (1.87%) Google Workspace
7 2 (1.87%) PaaS
8 1 (0.93%) Azure Pipelines
8 1 (0.93%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.93%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 23 (21.50%) Wi-Fi
2 20 (18.69%) Firewall
3 16 (14.95%) DNS
4 12 (11.21%) DHCP
5 9 (8.41%) SAN
5 9 (8.41%) Skype
5 9 (8.41%) TCP/IP
6 7 (6.54%) LAN
7 5 (4.67%) Cisco ASA
7 5 (4.67%) Network Security
7 5 (4.67%) VPN
7 5 (4.67%) WAN
8 4 (3.74%) Internet
8 4 (3.74%) iSCSI
8 4 (3.74%) Wireless
9 3 (2.80%) SMTP
9 3 (2.80%) Unified Communications
9 3 (2.80%) VLAN
10 2 (1.87%) IP Telephony
10 2 (1.87%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.15%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.74%) SQL Server 2016
3 4 (3.74%) SQL Server 2017
4 3 (2.80%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.87%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (4.67%) JIRA
2 2 (1.87%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.87%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.87%) Selenium
General
1 16 (14.95%) Retail
1 16 (14.95%) Social Skills
2 7 (6.54%) Finance
3 5 (4.67%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.80%) Automotive
4 3 (2.80%) Organisational Skills
4 3 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.87%) Documentation Skills
5 2 (1.87%) Public Sector
6 1 (0.93%) Back Office
6 1 (0.93%) Legal
6 1 (0.93%) Local Government
6 1 (0.93%) Marketing
6 1 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.93%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 24 (22.43%) Analyst
2 16 (14.95%) Service Analyst
2 16 (14.95%) Service Desk Analyst
3 15 (14.02%) Support Engineer
4 14 (13.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 9 (8.41%) Architect
5 9 (8.41%) Wintel Engineer
6 8 (7.48%) IT Engineer
7 7 (6.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 7 (6.54%) Senior Technician
8 5 (4.67%) Azure Engineer
8 5 (4.67%) IT Manager
8 5 (4.67%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) IT Support
9 4 (3.74%) IT Support Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) Project Engineer
9 4 (3.74%) Service Manager
10 3 (2.80%) Microsoft 365 Architect
10 3 (2.80%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.74%) Web Services
2 3 (2.80%) Middleware
2 3 (2.80%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.93%) HTML
3 1 (0.93%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.35%) Data Centre
2 7 (6.54%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.74%) Blackberry
3 4 (3.74%) iPad
3 4 (3.74%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.74%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (2.80%) iPhone
4 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Licensing
4 3 (2.80%) NHS
4 3 (2.80%) User Experience
4 3 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.87%) Clustering
5 2 (1.87%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (1.87%) Learning Management System
5 2 (1.87%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.93%) CMDB
6 1 (0.93%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.93%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (0.93%) PKI
6 1 (0.93%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 68 (63.55%) Windows
2 30 (28.04%) Windows Server
3 20 (18.69%) Linux
3 20 (18.69%) Windows 10
4 13 (12.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (10.28%) Apple iOS
6 9 (8.41%) Android
7 8 (7.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (7.48%) Windows Server 2016
8 7 (6.54%) VMS
8 7 (6.54%) Windows 7
8 7 (6.54%) Windows Server 2019
9 5 (4.67%) Mac OS
10 4 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (3.74%) Unix
11 3 (2.80%) CentOS
11 3 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.93%) HPUX
12 1 (0.93%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.93%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (48.60%) ITIL
2 19 (17.76%) Incident Management
3 18 (16.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 18 (16.82%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (9.35%) Migration
5 10 (9.35%) Service Delivery
6 9 (8.41%) ITIL V3
6 9 (8.41%) PRINCE2
7 8 (7.48%) Problem Management
8 7 (6.54%) Disaster Recovery
8 7 (6.54%) High Availability
9 6 (5.61%) Data Protection
9 6 (5.61%) Root Cause Analysis
10 5 (4.67%) Identity Management
10 5 (4.67%) Project Management
10 5 (4.67%) Virtual Environments
11 4 (3.74%) Patch Management
11 4 (3.74%) Security Patching
11 4 (3.74%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 14 (13.08%) PowerShell
2 12 (11.21%) SQL
3 2 (1.87%) C
3 2 (1.87%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.93%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 107 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (48.60%) MCSE
3 28 (26.17%) CCNA
3 28 (26.17%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (21.50%) MCP
5 21 (19.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 19 (17.76%) A+ Certification
7 11 (10.28%) Security Cleared
8 9 (8.41%) Degree
8 9 (8.41%) MCITP
8 9 (8.41%) SC Cleared
9 5 (4.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (4.67%) MCTS
10 4 (3.74%) CCNP
10 4 (3.74%) VCP6
11 3 (2.80%) CCENT
11 3 (2.80%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (2.80%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (2.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.41%) ISO 9001
1 9 (8.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 9 (8.41%) PCI DSS
2 7 (6.54%) SLA
3 1 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.93%) GDPR
3 1 (0.93%) GxP
System Software
1 42 (39.25%) Active Directory
2 21 (19.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (9.35%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (8.41%) vSphere
5 8 (7.48%) XenApp
6 7 (6.54%) Hyper-V
6 7 (6.54%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (2.80%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (1.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (1.87%) Firmware
8 2 (1.87%) NFS
8 2 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.87%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.93%) vCloud
9 1 (0.93%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 21 (19.63%) SCCM
2 10 (9.35%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (8.41%) WSUS
4 8 (7.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 8 (7.48%) vCenter Server
5 3 (2.80%) NetBackup
5 3 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (1.87%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (1.87%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.87%) Puppet
7 1 (0.93%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.93%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.93%) Nagios
7 1 (0.93%) Nessus
7 1 (0.93%) Terraform
7 1 (0.93%) vMotion
7 1 (0.93%) vRealize
Vendors
1 53 (49.53%) Microsoft
2 39 (36.45%) VMware
3 33 (30.84%) Citrix
4 22 (20.56%) Cisco
5 19 (17.76%) ServiceNow
6 11 (10.28%) Apple
7 7 (6.54%) Veeam
8 6 (5.61%) Dell
8 6 (5.61%) HP
9 4 (3.74%) Avaya
9 4 (3.74%) CheckPoint
9 4 (3.74%) EMC
9 4 (3.74%) IBM
9 4 (3.74%) Juniper
9 4 (3.74%) McAfee
10 3 (2.80%) Ivanti
10 3 (2.80%) Polycom
10 3 (2.80%) Samsung
10 3 (2.80%) Splunk
11 2 (1.87%) MobileIron