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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England / London
Rank 379 389 370
Rank change year-on-year +10 -19  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 27 47 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.14% 0.21% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.81% 1.22% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 30 35
Median daily rate £333 £250 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.00% -3.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £160 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £353 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -6.42% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £61.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +308.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.96 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -34.40% +133.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3315 3865 3572
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.22% 17.46% 16.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2728 2349
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £603 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 49 88
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing MCSA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSA in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in London over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSA in London.

Contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London +7 9 £333 -11.33% 5
Romford - 1 £145 -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (75.41%) Windows
3 40 (65.57%) Microsoft
4 39 (63.93%) Active Directory
5 36 (59.02%) MCSE
6 25 (40.98%) Windows Server
7 23 (37.70%) MCP
8 20 (32.79%) Cisco
8 20 (32.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 18 (29.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (29.51%) MS Office
10 17 (27.87%) SCCM
11 16 (26.23%) Office 365
11 16 (26.23%) MS Exchange
12 15 (24.59%) VMware
13 14 (22.95%) TCP/IP
13 14 (22.95%) Windows 7
14 13 (21.31%) ITIL
15 12 (19.67%) Hyper-V
16 11 (18.03%) Internet
16 11 (18.03%) Firewall
17 10 (16.39%) Management Information System
17 10 (16.39%) MCDST
18 9 (14.75%) MCITP
18 9 (14.75%) Windows 8
18 9 (14.75%) Wireless
18 9 (14.75%) Finance
18 9 (14.75%) Change Management
18 9 (14.75%) Citrix
18 9 (14.75%) Cisco Certification

MCSA
Top Related 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 16 (26.23%) MS Exchange
2 8 (13.11%) Skype for Business
3 6 (9.84%) SharePoint
4 5 (8.20%) IIS
5 4 (6.56%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (4.92%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (1.64%) Apache
7 1 (1.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.64%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.64%) OpenStack
Applications
1 18 (29.51%) MS Office
2 9 (14.75%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (26.23%) Office 365
2 8 (13.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (6.56%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (6.56%) OneDrive
4 2 (3.28%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (3.28%) AWS OpsWorks
4 2 (3.28%) IaaS
4 2 (3.28%) SaaS
5 1 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.64%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (22.95%) TCP/IP
2 11 (18.03%) Firewall
2 11 (18.03%) Internet
3 9 (14.75%) DHCP
3 9 (14.75%) LAN
3 9 (14.75%) Wireless
4 7 (11.48%) DNS
4 7 (11.48%) Ethernet
4 7 (11.48%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (9.84%) SAN
6 5 (8.20%) Cisco Nexus
6 5 (8.20%) Network Security
6 5 (8.20%) Skype
7 3 (4.92%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (4.92%) Cisco IOS
7 3 (4.92%) VoIP
7 3 (4.92%) VPN
8 2 (3.28%) iSCSI
8 2 (3.28%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (1.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (14.75%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (4.92%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.28%) MySQL
4 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (4.92%) CruiseControl
1 3 (4.92%) Git (software)
1 3 (4.92%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (4.92%) TeamCity
1 3 (4.92%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (3.28%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.64%) MSI
General
1 9 (14.75%) Finance
2 8 (13.11%) Retail
3 2 (3.28%) Legal
4 1 (1.64%) Advertising
4 1 (1.64%) Law
Job Titles
1 11 (18.03%) Support Engineer
2 9 (14.75%) Architect
2 9 (14.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (13.11%) Desktop Support
4 6 (9.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 6 (9.84%) Analyst
4 6 (9.84%) Desktop Engineer
4 6 (9.84%) Infrastructure Architect
4 6 (9.84%) Support Analyst
5 5 (8.20%) IT Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (6.56%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (6.56%) Cisco Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Desktop Analyst
6 4 (6.56%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 4 (6.56%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Microsoft Trainer
6 4 (6.56%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Trainer
7 3 (4.92%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.92%) .NET
1 3 (4.92%) ASP.NET
1 3 (4.92%) WCF
1 3 (4.92%) WF
1 3 (4.92%) XMPP
2 2 (3.28%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.64%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.39%) Management Information System
2 8 (13.11%) Blackberry
3 7 (11.48%) Client/Server
4 5 (8.20%) Clustering
5 3 (4.92%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.28%) Driving Licence
6 2 (3.28%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (3.28%) EPoS
6 2 (3.28%) PKI
6 2 (3.28%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.64%) HP Storage
7 1 (1.64%) NHS
7 1 (1.64%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.64%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.64%) Replication
7 1 (1.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 46 (75.41%) Windows
2 25 (40.98%) Windows Server
3 20 (32.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (29.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (22.95%) Windows 7
6 9 (14.75%) Windows 8
7 7 (11.48%) Apple iOS
8 6 (9.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (8.20%) Linux
10 4 (6.56%) Android
10 4 (6.56%) Windows 10
11 1 (1.64%) Unix
11 1 (1.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (21.31%) ITIL
2 9 (14.75%) Change Management
3 8 (13.11%) Identity Management
3 8 (13.11%) Network Management
3 8 (13.11%) Time Management
4 7 (11.48%) Validation
5 6 (9.84%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (8.20%) Migration
6 5 (8.20%) Network Security Management
6 5 (8.20%) Security Management
7 4 (6.56%) Configuration Management
7 4 (6.56%) Content Management
7 4 (6.56%) ITIL V3
7 4 (6.56%) Technical Architecture
8 3 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (4.92%) CRM
8 3 (4.92%) Data Security
8 3 (4.92%) Database Mirroring
8 3 (4.92%) Operations Management
8 3 (4.92%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (13.11%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.84%) SQL
3 4 (6.56%) C#
4 2 (3.28%) Bash Shell
4 2 (3.28%) C
4 2 (3.28%) Python
5 1 (1.64%) PHP
5 1 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (59.02%) MCSE
3 23 (37.70%) MCP
4 10 (16.39%) MCDST
5 9 (14.75%) CCNA
5 9 (14.75%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (14.75%) MCITP
6 8 (13.11%) Degree
6 8 (13.11%) Security Cleared
7 7 (11.48%) ACDT
7 7 (11.48%) ACHDS
7 7 (11.48%) ACTC
7 7 (11.48%) MCSM
7 7 (11.48%) Network+ Certification
8 6 (9.84%) SC Cleared
9 5 (8.20%) CCNP
9 5 (8.20%) MCTS
10 4 (6.56%) HND
10 4 (6.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (4.92%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.20%) SLA
2 4 (6.56%) Government Security Classifications
3 2 (3.28%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.64%) GCP
System Software
1 39 (63.93%) Active Directory
2 12 (19.67%) Hyper-V
3 7 (11.48%) Virtual Servers
4 6 (9.84%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (8.20%) vSphere
6 3 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (3.28%) UAG
8 1 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.64%) NFS
8 1 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (1.64%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (27.87%) SCCM
2 4 (6.56%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (6.56%) Puppet
3 3 (4.92%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (3.28%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (3.28%) SCOM
5 1 (1.64%) Ansible
5 1 (1.64%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 40 (65.57%) Microsoft
2 20 (32.79%) Cisco
3 15 (24.59%) VMware
4 9 (14.75%) Citrix
5 8 (13.11%) Apple
6 5 (8.20%) CheckPoint
6 5 (8.20%) Forcepoint
7 4 (6.56%) EMC
8 3 (4.92%) HP
8 3 (4.92%) Lumension
8 3 (4.92%) Symantec
9 2 (3.28%) NetApp
9 2 (3.28%) Sophos
10 1 (1.64%) Bloomberg
10 1 (1.64%) Dell
10 1 (1.64%) Juniper
10 1 (1.64%) Lotus
10 1 (1.64%) Oracle
10 1 (1.64%) Remedy
10 1 (1.64%) Reuters