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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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 521 476 377
Rank change year-on-year -45 -99 +148
Contract jobs citing MCSA 65 28 25
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.16% 0.10% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.05% 0.62% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 21 16
10th Percentile £169 £215 £260
25th Percentile £203 £350 £272
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £470 £400
Median % change year-on-year +11.70% +17.50% +14.29%
75th Percentile £538 £540 £484
90th Percentile £575 £588 £538
England median daily rate £450 £325 £400
% change year-on-year +38.46% -18.75% +18.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £24.69 - -
Median hourly rate £25.09 - £25.00
75th Percentile £25.48 - -
90th Percentile - - -
England median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +14.81% -27.03% +19.35%

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 6,206 4,545 3,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.67% 16.55% 19.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,377 3,060 2,411
10th Percentile £385 £342 £313
25th Percentile £463 £425 £411
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -2.44%
75th Percentile £650 £625 £588
90th Percentile £750 £713 £650
England median daily rate £530 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +6.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 69 52
10th Percentile £21.00 £18.79 £18.50
25th Percentile £25.68 £23.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate £42.50 £36.50 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.44% +4.29% +18.64%
75th Percentile £49.84 £49.59 £47.77
90th Percentile £67.50 £58.95 £51.58
England median hourly rate £42.50 £34.47 £27.50
% change year-on-year +23.29% +25.35% -16.67%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 -14 28 £525 - 2
West London - 2 £180 - 4
East London -11 1 - -
South London - 1 £475 - 1
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 65 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 62 (95.38%) Microsoft
3 49 (75.38%) Microsoft 365
4 44 (67.69%) MCSE
5 38 (58.46%) ITIL
6 37 (56.92%) Active Directory
7 36 (55.38%) Azure
8 30 (46.15%) CCNA
8 30 (46.15%) Cisco Certification
9 29 (44.62%) Migration
10 28 (43.08%) SCCM
11 27 (41.54%) Degree
12 26 (40.00%) PowerShell
12 26 (40.00%) MCP
13 25 (38.46%) Azure Active Directory
14 23 (35.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 21 (32.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 21 (32.31%) PRINCE2
15 21 (32.31%) Windows
16 16 (24.62%) Social Skills
17 14 (21.54%) VMware
18 13 (20.00%) Cisco
19 12 (18.46%) MS Exchange
19 12 (18.46%) Finance
19 12 (18.46%) Problem Management
20 11 (16.92%) Windows Server
21 10 (15.38%) Windows 10
21 10 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
21 10 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
22 9 (13.85%) Windows Server 2008

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 (18.46%) MS Exchange
2 7 (10.77%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (10.77%) IIS
3 6 (9.23%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (3.08%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.54%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 10 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 49 (75.38%) Microsoft 365
2 36 (55.38%) Azure
3 25 (38.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (7.69%) AWS
5 4 (6.15%) IaaS
6 3 (4.62%) SaaS
7 2 (3.08%) Azure Key Vault
7 2 (3.08%) Azure Storage
7 2 (3.08%) Datadog
7 2 (3.08%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (3.08%) OneDrive
7 2 (3.08%) PaaS
7 2 (3.08%) Power Automate
7 2 (3.08%) Power Platform
7 2 (3.08%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.77%) SAN
2 6 (9.23%) Network Security
3 5 (7.69%) DNS
3 5 (7.69%) TCP/IP
3 5 (7.69%) VoIP
4 4 (6.15%) DHCP
4 4 (6.15%) Firewall
5 2 (3.08%) Skype
6 1 (1.54%) DKIM
6 1 (1.54%) DMARC
6 1 (1.54%) Intelligent Network
6 1 (1.54%) IPv4
6 1 (1.54%) LAN
6 1 (1.54%) NAS
6 1 (1.54%) SD-WAN
6 1 (1.54%) SMTP
6 1 (1.54%) Value-Added Service
6 1 (1.54%) WAN
6 1 (1.54%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.15%) SQL Server
1 4 (6.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 2 (3.08%) MongoDB
2 2 (3.08%) MySQL
2 2 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (3.08%) Power BI
2 2 (3.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (3.08%) Jenkins
1 2 (3.08%) JIRA
General
1 16 (24.62%) Social Skills
2 12 (18.46%) Finance
3 3 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.08%) Marketing
4 2 (3.08%) Retail
4 2 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.54%) Documentation Skills
5 1 (1.54%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 1 (1.54%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 28 (43.08%) Architect
2 23 (35.38%) Azure Architect
3 12 (18.46%) Analyst
4 7 (10.77%) Consultant
5 6 (9.23%) Data Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) Data Centre Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) Data Centre Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) IT Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) IT Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) IT Operations Analyst
5 6 (9.23%) Operations Analyst
6 5 (7.69%) Messaging Consultant
7 4 (6.15%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (6.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (6.15%) Support Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Windows Support Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Desktop Support
8 3 (4.62%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.08%) .NET
1 2 (3.08%) .NET Framework
1 2 (3.08%) SailPoint
2 1 (1.54%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.31%) Data Centre
2 7 (10.77%) iPhone
3 5 (7.69%) Blackberry
3 5 (7.69%) BYOD
3 5 (7.69%) iPad
3 5 (7.69%) NHS
4 4 (6.15%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.62%) Legacy Systems
6 2 (3.08%) Data Structures
6 2 (3.08%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.54%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.54%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (1.54%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 21 (32.31%) Windows
2 11 (16.92%) Windows Server
3 10 (15.38%) Windows 10
4 9 (13.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (13.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (13.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 5 (7.69%) Windows 7
6 3 (4.62%) Linux
7 2 (3.08%) Android
7 2 (3.08%) Apple iOS
7 2 (3.08%) Mac OS
7 2 (3.08%) VMS
8 1 (1.54%) CentOS
8 1 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.54%) Ubuntu
8 1 (1.54%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (58.46%) ITIL
2 29 (44.62%) Migration
3 21 (32.31%) PRINCE2
4 12 (18.46%) Problem Management
5 8 (12.31%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (10.77%) Incident Management
7 6 (9.23%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (9.23%) Power Management
7 6 (9.23%) Time Management
7 6 (9.23%) Virtual Environments
8 5 (7.69%) Agile
8 5 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
8 5 (7.69%) Enterprise Architecture
8 5 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (7.69%) Technology Roadmap
8 5 (7.69%) Waterfall
9 4 (6.15%) DevOps
9 4 (6.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 4 (6.15%) ITSM
9 4 (6.15%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 26 (40.00%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (67.69%) MCSE
3 30 (46.15%) CCNA
3 30 (46.15%) Cisco Certification
4 27 (41.54%) Degree
5 26 (40.00%) MCP
6 23 (35.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 21 (32.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 8 (12.31%) MCITP
9 6 (9.23%) CCENT
9 6 (9.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (7.69%) CCA
10 5 (7.69%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (6.15%) CISSP
12 3 (4.62%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (4.62%) TOGAF Certification
13 2 (3.08%) A+ Certification
13 2 (3.08%) HNC
13 2 (3.08%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (4.62%) GDPR
2 3 (4.62%) PCI DSS
2 3 (4.62%) SLA
3 1 (1.54%) NIST
System Software
1 37 (56.92%) Active Directory
2 10 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (10.77%) XenApp
4 6 (9.23%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (6.15%) XenDesktop
6 3 (4.62%) Hyper-V
6 3 (4.62%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (3.08%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (3.08%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 1 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (43.08%) SCCM
2 7 (10.77%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 4 (6.15%) Terraform
4 3 (4.62%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (4.62%) NetBackup
5 2 (3.08%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (3.08%) SCOM
5 2 (3.08%) SCOrch
5 2 (3.08%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (3.08%) WSUS
6 1 (1.54%) FortiGate
6 1 (1.54%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 62 (95.38%) Microsoft
2 14 (21.54%) VMware
3 13 (20.00%) Cisco
4 8 (12.31%) Citrix
5 4 (6.15%) Apple
5 4 (6.15%) HP
5 4 (6.15%) Ivanti
5 4 (6.15%) Okta
5 4 (6.15%) Zscaler
6 2 (3.08%) Commvault
6 2 (3.08%) Dell
6 2 (3.08%) Intel
6 2 (3.08%) Oracle
7 1 (1.54%) CrowdStrike
7 1 (1.54%) Fortinet
7 1 (1.54%) Lotus
7 1 (1.54%) Meraki
7 1 (1.54%) Palo Alto
7 1 (1.54%) Qualys
7 1 (1.54%) SolarWinds