Period
to 16 February 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 16 February 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
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 560 595 590
Rank change year-on-year +35 -5 +56
Contract jobs citing MCSA 141 265 285
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.29% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.51% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 160 176
England median daily rate £380 £345 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.14% +10.40% -8.09%
10th Percentile £176 £142 £140
90th Percentile £538 £600 £494
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £313
% change year-on-year +15.38% +4.00% -5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 31 11
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% -34.00% +53.85%
10th Percentile £16.86 £15.19 £11.00
90th Percentile £33.80 £47.50 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £33.50 £18.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year +83.56% -27.00% +51.52%

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 13,270 17,558 17,608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.54% 19.48% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,206 10,512 10,793
England median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £230
90th Percentile £647 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 809 798
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.48 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.76
% change year-on-year +16.67% +16.46% -6.33%

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 16 February 2020.

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 16 February 2020.

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 16 February 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
London +116 60 £425 +6.25% 41
South East +61 34 £349 +16.25% 41
Midlands +54 19 £288 +40.24% 29
West Midlands +53 12 £303 +51.25% 18
South West -7 12 £483 +1.58% 22
North of England +9 11 £275 +37.50% 32
East Midlands +33 7 £288 +36.90% 10
Yorkshire +35 6 £225 +14.65% 10
East of England +18 4 £350 -15.15% 17
North West +16 3 £300 +71.43% 16
North East +16 2 £275 -8.33% 6
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 16 February 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.

1 141 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 103 (73.05%) Windows
3 98 (69.50%) Microsoft
4 86 (60.99%) MCSE
5 79 (56.03%) Active Directory
6 66 (46.81%) Azure
6 66 (46.81%) Windows Server
7 55 (39.01%) VMware
8 53 (37.59%) Office 365
9 46 (32.62%) PowerShell
10 44 (31.21%) ITIL
11 42 (29.79%) DNS
12 41 (29.08%) Windows Server 2012
13 37 (26.24%) DHCP
14 33 (23.40%) Windows Server 2008
14 33 (23.40%) Security Cleared
15 32 (22.70%) VMware Infrastructure
15 32 (22.70%) SCCM
16 31 (21.99%) Migration
16 31 (21.99%) MS Exchange
17 30 (21.28%) Microsoft Office
18 28 (19.86%) SQL
19 27 (19.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 27 (19.15%) Hyper-V
19 27 (19.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 27 (19.15%) DevOps
20 26 (18.44%) SC Cleared
20 26 (18.44%) Cisco
21 25 (17.73%) Windows 10
21 25 (17.73%) Terraform

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 31 (21.99%) MS Exchange
2 24 (17.02%) SharePoint
3 11 (7.80%) Confluence
4 9 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (5.67%) IIS
6 6 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (2.84%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (2.13%) Apache
8 3 (2.13%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.42%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.71%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.71%) WebLogic
Applications
1 30 (21.28%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.26%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.71%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.71%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 66 (46.81%) Azure
2 53 (37.59%) Office 365
3 24 (17.02%) AWS
4 13 (9.22%) AWS CloudFormation
4 13 (9.22%) GitHub
5 12 (8.51%) IaaS
5 12 (8.51%) OpenShift
6 9 (6.38%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (6.38%) PaaS
7 7 (4.96%) GCP
8 5 (3.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Flow
8 5 (3.55%) Power Platform
8 5 (3.55%) PowerApps
9 4 (2.84%) SaaS
10 2 (1.42%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.71%) G Suite
11 1 (0.71%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.71%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 42 (29.79%) DNS
2 37 (26.24%) DHCP
3 24 (17.02%) SAN
4 17 (12.06%) LAN
5 15 (10.64%) Firewall
5 15 (10.64%) WAN
6 5 (3.55%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (3.55%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (3.55%) NaaS
6 5 (3.55%) VPN
7 4 (2.84%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.13%) NAS
8 3 (2.13%) NetScaler
8 3 (2.13%) Network Security
8 3 (2.13%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (1.42%) IPv4
9 2 (1.42%) Skype
9 2 (1.42%) SMTP
9 2 (1.42%) VoIP
9 2 (1.42%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (14.89%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.51%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (3.55%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.71%) MySQL
5 1 (0.71%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.71%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2017
5 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 10 (7.09%) JIRA
2 6 (4.26%) GitLab
3 4 (2.84%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.84%) Octopus Deploy
3 4 (2.84%) TeamCity
3 4 (2.84%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (1.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.42%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.71%) CF BOSH
5 1 (0.71%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (12.06%) Finance
2 10 (7.09%) Legal
3 8 (5.67%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.96%) Retail
4 7 (4.96%) Telecoms
5 6 (4.26%) Banking
6 5 (3.55%) Law
7 3 (2.13%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.42%) Back Office
8 2 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.42%) Police
9 1 (0.71%) Games
Job Titles
1 19 (13.48%) DevOps Engineer
2 18 (12.77%) Analyst
3 17 (12.06%) Support Engineer
4 14 (9.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (7.80%) Administrator
5 11 (7.80%) Service Analyst
5 11 (7.80%) Service Desk Analyst
6 9 (6.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 9 (6.38%) AWS Engineer
6 9 (6.38%) Consultant
6 9 (6.38%) Technical Support
6 9 (6.38%) Windows Engineer
7 8 (5.67%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (5.67%) Desktop Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) AWS DevOps
8 7 (4.96%) AWS DevOps Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) Desktop Support
8 7 (4.96%) Infrastructure Support
8 7 (4.96%) Support Analyst
9 6 (4.26%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.42%) Node.js
2 1 (0.71%) .NET
2 1 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.71%) Kafka
2 1 (0.71%) LDAP
2 1 (0.71%) Middleware
2 1 (0.71%) REST
2 1 (0.71%) Web Services
2 1 (0.71%) XMPP
2 1 (0.71%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 23 (16.31%) Replication
2 14 (9.93%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (7.80%) Management Information System
4 10 (7.09%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.84%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.84%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.42%) Clustering
6 2 (1.42%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.42%) NHS
6 2 (1.42%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.71%) HP StoreVirtual
7 1 (0.71%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.71%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.71%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.71%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 103 (73.05%) Windows
2 66 (46.81%) Windows Server
3 41 (29.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 33 (23.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 25 (17.73%) Windows 10
6 20 (14.18%) Linux
7 16 (11.35%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (8.51%) Windows 7
9 6 (4.26%) Windows XP
10 5 (3.55%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.13%) CentOS
12 2 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.71%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.71%) Unix
13 1 (0.71%) VMS
13 1 (0.71%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (31.21%) ITIL
2 31 (21.99%) Migration
3 27 (19.15%) DevOps
3 27 (19.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 19 (13.48%) Problem-Solving
5 16 (11.35%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
6 14 (9.93%) High Availability
6 14 (9.93%) Root Cause Analysis
7 13 (9.22%) Infrastructure as Code
8 11 (7.80%) Server Virtualisation
9 10 (7.09%) Change Management
9 10 (7.09%) Computer Science
9 10 (7.09%) Configuration Management
10 9 (6.38%) ITIL V3
10 9 (6.38%) Service Management
11 8 (5.67%) Patch Management
11 8 (5.67%) Problem Management
12 7 (4.96%) Incident Management
12 7 (4.96%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 46 (32.62%) PowerShell
2 28 (19.86%) SQL
3 22 (15.60%) Python
4 12 (8.51%) Go
5 7 (4.96%) Perl
6 6 (4.26%) Bash Shell
7 5 (3.55%) Java
8 2 (1.42%) C#
8 2 (1.42%) Ruby
9 1 (0.71%) C
9 1 (0.71%) C++
9 1 (0.71%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.71%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.71%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.71%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 141 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (60.99%) MCSE
3 33 (23.40%) Security Cleared
4 27 (19.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 26 (18.44%) SC Cleared
6 22 (15.60%) CCNA
6 22 (15.60%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (14.89%) MCP
8 19 (13.48%) MCITP
9 15 (10.64%) CCA
9 15 (10.64%) Citrix Certification
10 11 (7.80%) Degree
11 9 (6.38%) RHCSA
12 5 (3.55%) DV Cleared
12 5 (3.55%) RHCE
13 4 (2.84%) A+ Certification
13 4 (2.84%) MOS
14 3 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (2.13%) MCTS
14 3 (2.13%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.22%) SLA
2 3 (2.13%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.42%) Government Security Classifications
3 2 (1.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.71%) GDPR
4 1 (0.71%) GxP
4 1 (0.71%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.71%) NCSC
4 1 (0.71%) QA
4 1 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.71%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 79 (56.03%) Active Directory
2 32 (22.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (19.15%) Hyper-V
4 18 (12.77%) VMware ESXi
5 17 (12.06%) Docker
6 13 (9.22%) XenApp
7 12 (8.51%) XenDesktop
8 7 (4.96%) vSphere
9 4 (2.84%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (1.42%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (1.42%) ISA Server
10 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.42%) UAG
10 2 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.71%) PowerDNS
11 1 (0.71%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.71%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 32 (22.70%) SCCM
2 25 (17.73%) Terraform
3 20 (14.18%) Ansible
4 18 (12.77%) Kubernetes
5 16 (11.35%) Puppet
6 15 (10.64%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (8.51%) WSUS
8 11 (7.80%) SCOM
9 7 (4.96%) vCenter Server
10 6 (4.26%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (3.55%) Backup Exec
12 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 4 (2.84%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (2.13%) NetBackup
14 2 (1.42%) AirWatch
14 2 (1.42%) Failover Clustering
14 2 (1.42%) Nessus
15 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
15 1 (0.71%) vMotion
15 1 (0.71%) vRealize
Vendors
1 98 (69.50%) Microsoft
2 55 (39.01%) VMware
3 26 (18.44%) Cisco
4 19 (13.48%) Citrix
5 12 (8.51%) HP
6 11 (7.80%) Splunk
7 9 (6.38%) Red Hat
8 8 (5.67%) Meraki
9 7 (4.96%) Remedy
10 5 (3.55%) Adobe
10 5 (3.55%) F5
10 5 (3.55%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (3.55%) ServiceNow
10 5 (3.55%) Sony
10 5 (3.55%) Symantec
11 4 (2.84%) CheckPoint
11 4 (2.84%) Ivanti
11 4 (2.84%) Nimble Storage
12 3 (2.13%) Atlassian
12 3 (2.13%) Oracle