Period
to 6 April 2020

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 6 April 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
England > London
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 421 551 547
Rank change year-on-year +130 -4 -8
Contract jobs citing MCSA 49 75 89
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.19% 0.18% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.06% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 56 47
Median daily rate £400 £388 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +40.91% -19.12%
10th Percentile £204 £138 £146
90th Percentile £488 £594 £475
England median daily rate £400 £340 £346
% change year-on-year +17.65% -1.73% +4.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £25.00 £165.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -84.85% +768.42% -
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £23.50
% change year-on-year +14.38% -34.89% +42.42%

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 4,709 7,069 8,191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 18.64% 16.51% 17.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,079 4,507 5,316
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £304 £300 £263
90th Percentile £675 £680 £675
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 151 228
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +62.79% -23.00%
10th Percentile £20.30 £15.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £52.75 £60.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +9.38% +36.17% -18.97%

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 6 April 2020.

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 6 April 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
Central London +83 9 £325 -31.58% 7
South London +33 8 £425 +220.75% 3
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 6 April 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 London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (67.35%) Windows
3 31 (63.27%) Active Directory
3 31 (63.27%) Azure
4 30 (61.22%) Microsoft
4 30 (61.22%) Windows Server
5 27 (55.10%) MCSE
6 24 (48.98%) PowerShell
7 23 (46.94%) DHCP
8 22 (44.90%) DNS
9 21 (42.86%) Office 365
9 21 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (36.73%) SQL Server
10 18 (36.73%) SAN
11 17 (34.69%) ITIL
11 17 (34.69%) MS Exchange
11 17 (34.69%) Hyper-V
11 17 (34.69%) VMware
12 16 (32.65%) Replication
12 16 (32.65%) Security Cleared
12 16 (32.65%) Microsoft Office
13 15 (30.61%) Migration
14 14 (28.57%) SC Cleared
14 14 (28.57%) SCCM
14 14 (28.57%) AWS
14 14 (28.57%) HP
15 13 (26.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 13 (26.53%) DevOps
15 13 (26.53%) Terraform
15 13 (26.53%) Windows 10

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 17 (34.69%) MS Exchange
2 10 (20.41%) SharePoint
3 5 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (10.20%) IIS
4 2 (4.08%) Apache
4 2 (4.08%) Tomcat
5 1 (2.04%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 16 (32.65%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.08%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 31 (63.27%) Azure
2 21 (42.86%) Office 365
3 14 (28.57%) AWS
4 10 (20.41%) AWS CloudFormation
5 9 (18.37%) OpenShift
6 7 (14.29%) GitHub
7 5 (10.20%) GCP
8 3 (6.12%) IaaS
8 3 (6.12%) PaaS
9 1 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (2.04%) OneDrive
9 1 (2.04%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 23 (46.94%) DHCP
2 22 (44.90%) DNS
3 18 (36.73%) SAN
4 5 (10.20%) IPv4
4 5 (10.20%) VPN
5 3 (6.12%) Firewall
5 3 (6.12%) LAN
5 3 (6.12%) NetScaler
5 3 (6.12%) VPLS
6 2 (4.08%) Network Security
6 2 (4.08%) SMTP
7 1 (2.04%) DMZ
7 1 (2.04%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (36.73%) SQL Server
2 9 (18.37%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (4.08%) Octopus Deploy
1 2 (4.08%) TeamCity
1 2 (4.08%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 8 (16.33%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Back Office
2 2 (4.08%) Legal
3 1 (2.04%) Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Front Office
3 1 (2.04%) Police
3 1 (2.04%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 11 (22.45%) DevOps Engineer
2 6 (12.24%) Technical Support
3 5 (10.20%) AWS DevOps
3 5 (10.20%) AWS DevOps Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) AWS Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) Consultant
3 5 (10.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) Support Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) Support Officer
3 5 (10.20%) Technical Support Officer
4 4 (8.16%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (8.16%) Analyst
4 4 (8.16%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 4 (8.16%) Senior Consultant
4 4 (8.16%) Senior Infrastructure Consultant
4 4 (8.16%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (6.12%) Administrator
5 3 (6.12%) Service Analyst
5 3 (6.12%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.04%) LDAP
1 1 (2.04%) Web Services
1 1 (2.04%) XMPP
1 1 (2.04%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 16 (32.65%) Replication
2 11 (22.45%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (8.16%) HP StoreVirtual
4 4 (8.16%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.08%) N-Tier
5 2 (4.08%) Smartphone
6 1 (2.04%) Cloud Native
6 1 (2.04%) Data Centre
6 1 (2.04%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 33 (67.35%) Windows
2 30 (61.22%) Windows Server
3 21 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (26.53%) Windows 10
5 11 (22.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (18.37%) Windows Server 2019
7 5 (10.20%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (6.12%) Linux
8 3 (6.12%) Windows 7
9 1 (2.04%) Mac OS
9 1 (2.04%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (34.69%) ITIL
2 15 (30.61%) Migration
3 13 (26.53%) DevOps
4 12 (24.49%) High Availability
4 12 (24.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 10 (20.41%) Infrastructure as Code
6 9 (18.37%) Server Virtualisation
7 7 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (12.24%) Data Protection
9 5 (10.20%) Configuration Management
10 4 (8.16%) ITIL V3
10 4 (8.16%) Mentoring
10 4 (8.16%) Network Management
10 4 (8.16%) Patch Management
11 3 (6.12%) Application Virtualisation
11 3 (6.12%) Load Balancing
11 3 (6.12%) Performance Management
11 3 (6.12%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (6.12%) SDLC
11 3 (6.12%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (48.98%) PowerShell
2 12 (24.49%) SQL
3 10 (20.41%) Go
3 10 (20.41%) Python
Qualifications
1 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (55.10%) MCSE
3 16 (32.65%) Security Cleared
4 14 (28.57%) SC Cleared
5 13 (26.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 12 (24.49%) CCA
6 12 (24.49%) Citrix Certification
7 7 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (10.20%) Degree
9 4 (8.16%) MCP
10 3 (6.12%) CCNA
10 3 (6.12%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (6.12%) DV Cleared
10 3 (6.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (4.08%) MCDST
12 1 (2.04%) A+ Certification
12 1 (2.04%) MOS
12 1 (2.04%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.20%) Government Security Classifications
2 4 (8.16%) NCSC
3 3 (6.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 2 (4.08%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (63.27%) Active Directory
2 17 (34.69%) Hyper-V
3 12 (24.49%) Docker
3 12 (24.49%) VMware ESXi
3 12 (24.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (14.29%) XenApp
5 6 (12.24%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (10.20%) XenDesktop
7 3 (6.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (4.08%) vSphere
9 1 (2.04%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 14 (28.57%) SCCM
2 13 (26.53%) Terraform
3 12 (24.49%) Kubernetes
4 11 (22.45%) Ansible
5 10 (20.41%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (20.41%) Puppet
6 8 (16.33%) WSUS
7 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (8.16%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (6.12%) SCOM
10 2 (4.08%) AirWatch
10 2 (4.08%) Nessus
10 2 (4.08%) Single Sign-On
11 1 (2.04%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 30 (61.22%) Microsoft
2 17 (34.69%) VMware
3 14 (28.57%) HP
4 7 (14.29%) Citrix
5 5 (10.20%) Lumension
5 5 (10.20%) Sophos
5 5 (10.20%) Symantec
6 4 (8.16%) Cisco
7 3 (6.12%) NVIDIA
7 3 (6.12%) Splunk
8 2 (4.08%) Carbon Black
8 2 (4.08%) IBM
8 2 (4.08%) Juniper
8 2 (4.08%) Veeam
9 1 (2.04%) Bloomberg
9 1 (2.04%) Google
9 1 (2.04%) Oracle
9 1 (2.04%) Reuters
9 1 (2.04%) ShoreTel
9 1 (2.04%) Zscaler