Period
to 27 September 2021

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 27 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
England > London
6 months to
27 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 521 335 496
Rank change year-on-year -186 +161 +75
Contract jobs citing MCSA 41 15 77
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.12% 0.11% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.79% 0.53% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 11 49
10th Percentile £214 £306 £178
25th Percentile £245 £334 £258
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £450 £375
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +20.00% +35.14%
75th Percentile £540 £538 £495
90th Percentile £588 £575 £541
England median daily rate £303 £469 £350
% change year-on-year -35.47% +33.93% +40.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
Median hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 -
Median % change year-on-year -46.00% - -
England median hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -46.00% +61.29% -30.90%

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 5,202 2,813 6,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.31% 21.32% 15.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,488 1,971 4,195
10th Percentile £350 £313 £310
25th Percentile £435 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £505
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% -0.99% +1.00%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £663 £700
England median daily rate £500 £481 £475
% change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 36 96
10th Percentile £14.62 £15.97 £12.13
25th Percentile £20.68 £19.99 £18.70
Median hourly rate £36.25 £35.25 £28.25
Median % change year-on-year +2.84% +24.78% +36.14%
75th Percentile £49.90 £45.38 £49.06
90th Percentile £61.93 £47.83 £52.50
England median hourly rate £34.75 £32.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.59% -20.00% +74.44%

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 27 September 2021.

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 27 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
East London - 4 £220 - 2
Central London -52 3 £190 -63.81% 3
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (65.85%) Microsoft
3 23 (56.10%) Microsoft 365
4 21 (51.22%) Windows
5 20 (48.78%) MCSE
5 20 (48.78%) ITIL
6 18 (43.90%) Azure
7 14 (34.15%) Active Directory
8 13 (31.71%) VMware
9 12 (29.27%) SharePoint
10 11 (26.83%) Microsoft Office
10 11 (26.83%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (24.39%) Firewall
11 10 (24.39%) Cisco
11 10 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
12 9 (21.95%) PowerShell
12 9 (21.95%) Windows 10
12 9 (21.95%) Windows Server
12 9 (21.95%) SCCM
12 9 (21.95%) Social Skills
13 8 (19.51%) DNS
13 8 (19.51%) CCNA
13 8 (19.51%) Citrix
13 8 (19.51%) Cisco Certification
13 8 (19.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 8 (19.51%) Apple iOS
14 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Intune
14 7 (17.07%) Azure Active Directory
14 7 (17.07%) Data Centre
14 7 (17.07%) MS Exchange

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 12 (29.27%) SharePoint
2 7 (17.07%) MS Exchange
3 5 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (7.32%) Skype for Business
5 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.44%) IIS
5 1 (2.44%) OpenStack
5 1 (2.44%) SAS
Applications
1 11 (26.83%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.32%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (56.10%) Microsoft 365
2 18 (43.90%) Azure
3 7 (17.07%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (12.20%) AWS
4 5 (12.20%) OneDrive
4 5 (12.20%) SaaS
5 4 (9.76%) IaaS
6 2 (4.88%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 2 (4.88%) Datadog
6 2 (4.88%) Google Workspace
6 2 (4.88%) PaaS
7 1 (2.44%) Azure Pipelines
Communications & Networking
1 11 (26.83%) Wi-Fi
2 10 (24.39%) Firewall
3 8 (19.51%) DNS
4 5 (12.20%) DHCP
5 4 (9.76%) Skype
5 4 (9.76%) TCP/IP
6 3 (7.32%) iSCSI
6 3 (7.32%) Network Security
6 3 (7.32%) SAN
6 3 (7.32%) SMTP
6 3 (7.32%) Unified Communications
6 3 (7.32%) VLAN
6 3 (7.32%) VPN
7 2 (4.88%) Internet
8 1 (2.44%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (2.44%) IPv4
8 1 (2.44%) LAN
8 1 (2.44%) NAS
8 1 (2.44%) WAN
8 1 (2.44%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.32%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (4.88%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2016
General
1 9 (21.95%) Social Skills
2 5 (12.20%) Retail
3 4 (9.76%) Finance
4 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.44%) Documentation Skills
5 1 (2.44%) Legal
5 1 (2.44%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 7 (17.07%) Analyst
1 7 (17.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (14.63%) Architect
2 6 (14.63%) Support Engineer
3 5 (12.20%) Azure Engineer
3 5 (12.20%) Service Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (9.76%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (9.76%) IT Manager
4 4 (9.76%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Cloud Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) IT Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Microsoft 365 Architect
5 3 (7.32%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.88%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) Data Centre Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) IT Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Microsoft 365 Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.76%) Web Services
2 3 (7.32%) Software Packaging
3 1 (2.44%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.07%) Data Centre
2 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Licensing
2 3 (7.32%) NHS
2 3 (7.32%) User Experience
3 2 (4.88%) Clustering
3 2 (4.88%) iPad
4 1 (2.44%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.44%) BYOD
4 1 (2.44%) iPhone
4 1 (2.44%) Learning Management System
4 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.44%) PKI
4 1 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.44%) Video\Live Streaming
4 1 (2.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 21 (51.22%) Windows
2 9 (21.95%) Windows 10
2 9 (21.95%) Windows Server
3 8 (19.51%) Apple iOS
4 7 (17.07%) Linux
5 6 (14.63%) Android
5 6 (14.63%) Windows 7
6 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (7.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (7.32%) Unix
7 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (2.44%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (48.78%) ITIL
2 8 (19.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 7 (17.07%) Incident Management
3 7 (17.07%) Service Delivery
4 6 (14.63%) ITIL V3
5 5 (12.20%) Identity Management
5 5 (12.20%) Problem Management
6 4 (9.76%) Migration
6 4 (9.76%) Service Design
7 3 (7.32%) Analytics
7 3 (7.32%) Business Case
7 3 (7.32%) Cybersecurity
7 3 (7.32%) Data Protection
7 3 (7.32%) Disk Encryption
7 3 (7.32%) PRINCE2
7 3 (7.32%) Programme Governance
7 3 (7.32%) Project Delivery
7 3 (7.32%) Project Management
7 3 (7.32%) Software Licensing
7 3 (7.32%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.95%) PowerShell
2 7 (17.07%) SQL
3 2 (4.88%) C
3 2 (4.88%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (48.78%) MCSE
3 8 (19.51%) CCNA
3 8 (19.51%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (17.07%) MCP
5 6 (14.63%) A+ Certification
6 5 (12.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (9.76%) Degree
7 4 (9.76%) MCITP
8 3 (7.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (4.88%) CCENT
9 2 (4.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Certified Master
9 2 (4.88%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (4.88%) SC Cleared
9 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
10 1 (2.44%) HPE ATP
10 1 (2.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (2.44%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (34.15%) Active Directory
2 10 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (9.76%) Hyper-V
3 4 (9.76%) Virtual Desktop
3 4 (9.76%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (4.88%) vSphere
4 2 (4.88%) XenApp
5 1 (2.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (2.44%) NFS
5 1 (2.44%) vCloud
5 1 (2.44%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (2.44%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (2.44%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (21.95%) SCCM
2 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (12.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 3 (7.32%) vCenter Server
5 1 (2.44%) Backup Exec
5 1 (2.44%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (2.44%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (2.44%) NetBackup
5 1 (2.44%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (2.44%) Terraform
5 1 (2.44%) vMotion
5 1 (2.44%) vRealize
Vendors
1 27 (65.85%) Microsoft
2 13 (31.71%) VMware
3 10 (24.39%) Cisco
4 8 (19.51%) Citrix
5 6 (14.63%) ServiceNow
6 5 (12.20%) HP
7 4 (9.76%) Apple
8 3 (7.32%) Splunk
9 2 (4.88%) Avaya
9 2 (4.88%) CheckPoint
9 2 (4.88%) EMC
9 2 (4.88%) Google
9 2 (4.88%) McAfee
10 1 (2.44%) Dell
10 1 (2.44%) IBM
10 1 (2.44%) Intel
10 1 (2.44%) Ivanti
10 1 (2.44%) Mitel
10 1 (2.44%) Polycom
10 1 (2.44%) Symantec