Period
to 22 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 January 2022 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
England > London
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 530 379 450
Rank change year-on-year -151 +71 +109
Contract jobs citing MCSA 45 22 65
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.12% 0.12% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.81% 0.65% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 17 54
10th Percentile £185 £225 £193
25th Percentile £193 £300 £284
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £365 £420 £406
Median % change year-on-year -13.10% +3.38% +1.56%
75th Percentile £534 £463 £475
90th Percentile £541 £564 £546
England median daily rate £360 £390 £383
% change year-on-year -7.69% +1.96% +22.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £13.25 - -
Median hourly rate £13.50 - -
75th Percentile £13.75 - -
90th Percentile - - -
England median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% -9.09% +3.29%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 5,584 3,366 5,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.03% 19.06% 18.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,704 2,385 3,851
10th Percentile £360 £313 £300
25th Percentile £450 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £588 £600
90th Percentile £738 £672 £688
England median daily rate £525 £475 £466
% change year-on-year +10.53% +1.99% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 48 84
10th Percentile £18.00 £17.09 £18.15
25th Percentile £27.13 £25.16 £21.83
Median hourly rate £44.50 £35.75 £36.70
Median % change year-on-year +24.48% -2.59% +63.99%
75th Percentile £49.25 £54.25 £51.50
90th Percentile £60.15 £60.00 £52.85
England median hourly rate £38.79 £40.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -3.03% +23.08% +28.28%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSA in London.

Daily rate trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSA in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSA in London.

Hourly rate trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the London region over the 6 months to 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
Central London -48 9 £525 +40.00% 3
West London -21 4 £196 -1.88% 2
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (73.33%) Microsoft
3 28 (62.22%) ITIL
4 26 (57.78%) Microsoft 365
5 25 (55.56%) Windows
6 23 (51.11%) MCSE
7 17 (37.78%) VMware
8 16 (35.56%) Active Directory
9 15 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
9 15 (33.33%) Azure
10 13 (28.89%) SCCM
11 12 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
11 12 (26.67%) CCNA
11 12 (26.67%) Social Skills
12 11 (24.44%) Citrix
12 11 (24.44%) Windows Server
13 10 (22.22%) Data Centre
13 10 (22.22%) DNS
13 10 (22.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 9 (20.00%) Incident Management
14 9 (20.00%) Degree
14 9 (20.00%) MS Exchange
14 9 (20.00%) MCP
14 9 (20.00%) Virtual Environments
14 9 (20.00%) Windows Server 2016
15 8 (17.78%) Windows 10
15 8 (17.78%) Network Security
15 8 (17.78%) SharePoint
15 8 (17.78%) Cisco
15 8 (17.78%) Problem Management

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 9 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 8 (17.78%) SharePoint
3 5 (11.11%) IIS
4 4 (8.89%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (8.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (8.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (4.44%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (4.44%) Site Server
6 2 (4.44%) Skype for Business
7 1 (2.22%) CMS
7 1 (2.22%) OpenStack
7 1 (2.22%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (57.78%) Microsoft 365
2 15 (33.33%) Azure
3 6 (13.33%) AWS
3 6 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (6.67%) SaaS
5 2 (4.44%) Power Platform
6 1 (2.22%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 10 (22.22%) DNS
2 8 (17.78%) Network Security
3 7 (15.56%) DHCP
4 6 (13.33%) Firewall
4 6 (13.33%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (8.89%) IPv4
5 4 (8.89%) iSCSI
5 4 (8.89%) TCP/IP
6 3 (6.67%) NAS
6 3 (6.67%) SAN
6 3 (6.67%) VLAN
6 3 (6.67%) VoIP
7 2 (4.44%) Skype
8 1 (2.22%) LAN
8 1 (2.22%) WAN
8 1 (2.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (4.44%) Power BI
4 1 (2.22%) Data Lake
4 1 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.22%) Ingres
4 1 (2.22%) QlikView
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
General
1 12 (26.67%) Social Skills
2 5 (11.11%) Finance
2 5 (11.11%) Retail
3 3 (6.67%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.44%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
Job Titles
1 14 (31.11%) Analyst
2 9 (20.00%) Architect
3 8 (17.78%) Support Engineer
4 6 (13.33%) IT Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) IT Engineer
5 5 (11.11%) IT Manager
5 5 (11.11%) Service Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Support Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 4 (8.89%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (8.89%) Azure Architect
6 4 (8.89%) Data Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) Data Centre Engineer
6 4 (8.89%) Desktop Support
6 4 (8.89%) IT Operations Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) IT Support
6 4 (8.89%) Operations Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) Wintel Engineer
6 4 (8.89%) Wintel Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) HTML
1 1 (2.22%) JSON
1 1 (2.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 4 (8.89%) NHS
3 3 (6.67%) Learning Management System
3 3 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (6.67%) Virtual Team
4 2 (4.44%) Clustering
4 2 (4.44%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.22%) iPhone
5 1 (2.22%) Legacy Systems
5 1 (2.22%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 25 (55.56%) Windows
2 11 (24.44%) Windows Server
3 9 (20.00%) Windows Server 2016
4 8 (17.78%) Windows 10
5 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (8.89%) Linux
7 3 (6.67%) Android
7 3 (6.67%) Apple iOS
7 3 (6.67%) Mac OS
7 3 (6.67%) Mac OS X
7 3 (6.67%) Windows 7
8 1 (2.22%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (62.22%) ITIL
2 9 (20.00%) Incident Management
2 9 (20.00%) Virtual Environments
3 8 (17.78%) Problem Management
4 7 (15.56%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (13.33%) Migration
5 6 (13.33%) Service Delivery
6 5 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (11.11%) Patch Management
7 4 (8.89%) ITIL V3
7 4 (8.89%) Power Management
7 4 (8.89%) PRINCE2
7 4 (8.89%) Service Design
7 4 (8.89%) Time Management
8 3 (6.67%) Application Virtualisation
8 3 (6.67%) Computer Science
8 3 (6.67%) Network Load Balancing
8 3 (6.67%) Performance Improvement
8 3 (6.67%) Personalization
8 3 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 7 (15.56%) PowerShell
2 3 (6.67%) SQL
3 1 (2.22%) Java
3 1 (2.22%) Python
3 1 (2.22%) R
Qualifications
1 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (51.11%) MCSE
3 12 (26.67%) CCNA
3 12 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (22.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (20.00%) Degree
5 9 (20.00%) MCP
6 8 (17.78%) MCITP
7 7 (15.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 5 (11.11%) A+ Certification
8 5 (11.11%) CCA
8 5 (11.11%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (8.89%) CCENT
9 4 (8.89%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (8.89%) MCTS
9 4 (8.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (6.67%) ACSP
10 3 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) GxP
2 1 (2.22%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.22%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (35.56%) Active Directory
2 15 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (15.56%) Virtual Servers
4 6 (13.33%) Hyper-V
5 4 (8.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 4 (8.89%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (8.89%) vSphere
5 4 (8.89%) XenApp
5 4 (8.89%) XenDesktop
6 3 (6.67%) NFS
6 3 (6.67%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (2.22%) vCloud
7 1 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (2.22%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (28.89%) SCCM
2 4 (8.89%) NetBackup
3 3 (6.67%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (4.44%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 2 (4.44%) Backup Exec
4 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (4.44%) Nagios
4 2 (4.44%) SCOM
5 1 (2.22%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (2.22%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (2.22%) vCenter Server
5 1 (2.22%) vMotion
5 1 (2.22%) vRealize
Vendors
1 33 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 17 (37.78%) VMware
3 11 (24.44%) Citrix
4 8 (17.78%) Cisco
5 6 (13.33%) McAfee
6 5 (11.11%) Apple
6 5 (11.11%) HP
6 5 (11.11%) ServiceNow
7 4 (8.89%) Ivanti
7 4 (8.89%) Shavlik
8 3 (6.67%) Avaya
8 3 (6.67%) EMC
8 3 (6.67%) Polycom
8 3 (6.67%) Symantec
9 2 (4.44%) Mitel
9 2 (4.44%) MobileIron
9 2 (4.44%) Veeam
10 1 (2.22%) Meraki
10 1 (2.22%) Okta
10 1 (2.22%) Zscaler