Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 405 418 538
Rank change year-on-year +13 +120 +25
Contract jobs citing MCSA 22 42 76
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.10% 0.17% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.55% 0.90% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 33 56
10th Percentile £225 £201 £138
25th Percentile £303 £306 £158
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £410 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +36.36%
75th Percentile £522 £450 £528
90th Percentile £543 £488 £588
England median daily rate £363 £400 £343
% change year-on-year -9.38% +16.79% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £25.00 -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year -14.29% +14.38% -25.93%

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 3,965 4,683 7,024
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 18.31% 19.09% 16.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,718 3,236 4,649
10th Percentile £325 £300 £300
25th Percentile £425 £400 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £600 £600 £600
90th Percentile £688 £675 £688
England median daily rate £480 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +1.05% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 68 117
10th Percentile £19.11 £18.70 £12.80
25th Percentile £26.65 £23.44 £18.14
Median hourly rate £36.50 £43.00 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year -15.12% +48.28% +45.00%
75th Percentile £50.00 £50.31 £46.37
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.23 £53.75
England median hourly rate £39.92 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +45.15% - +27.91%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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
Central London +55 6 £445 +36.92% 5
West London - 1 £200 - 2
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (77.27%) Active Directory
2 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
3 15 (68.18%) Microsoft 365
4 12 (54.55%) Azure
5 11 (50.00%) MCSE
5 11 (50.00%) Windows
6 10 (45.45%) ITIL
7 9 (40.91%) VMware
7 9 (40.91%) Windows Server
8 7 (31.82%) SCCM
8 7 (31.82%) LAN
8 7 (31.82%) WAN
9 6 (27.27%) Migration
9 6 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
9 6 (27.27%) Patch Management
9 6 (27.27%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (22.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 5 (22.73%) PowerShell
10 5 (22.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 5 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Intune
10 5 (22.73%) Finance
10 5 (22.73%) HP
10 5 (22.73%) Dell
10 5 (22.73%) SharePoint
11 4 (18.18%) Citrix
11 4 (18.18%) Firewall
11 4 (18.18%) Skype for Business
11 4 (18.18%) MCITP

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 5 (22.73%) SharePoint
2 4 (18.18%) Skype for Business
3 3 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (13.64%) MS Exchange
4 2 (9.09%) OpenStack
4 2 (9.09%) SAS
5 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (4.55%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 15 (68.18%) Microsoft 365
2 12 (54.55%) Azure
3 6 (27.27%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (13.64%) AWS
4 3 (13.64%) OneDrive
5 2 (9.09%) SaaS
6 1 (4.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (4.55%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 7 (31.82%) LAN
1 7 (31.82%) WAN
2 4 (18.18%) Firewall
3 3 (13.64%) Intranet
3 3 (13.64%) Skype
4 2 (9.09%) DHCP
4 2 (9.09%) DNS
4 2 (9.09%) Internet
4 2 (9.09%) IP Telephony
4 2 (9.09%) iSCSI
4 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
4 2 (9.09%) VPN
5 1 (4.55%) DMZ
5 1 (4.55%) ISDN
5 1 (4.55%) Network Security
5 1 (4.55%) PBX
5 1 (4.55%) SAN
5 1 (4.55%) SMTP
5 1 (4.55%) VoIP
5 1 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (22.73%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Electronics
3 1 (4.55%) International Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.55%) Marketing
3 1 (4.55%) Public Sector
3 1 (4.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (22.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (18.18%) Administrator
2 4 (18.18%) Systems Administrator
3 3 (13.64%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (9.09%) Azure Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Cloud Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Consultant
4 2 (9.09%) IT Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Messaging Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Office 365 Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Architect
5 1 (4.55%) Azure Specialist
5 1 (4.55%) Cloud Specialist
5 1 (4.55%) IT Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.09%) .NET
2 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.09%) Blackberry
1 2 (9.09%) BYOD
1 2 (9.09%) Clustering
1 2 (9.09%) iPad
1 2 (9.09%) iPhone
1 2 (9.09%) Management Information System
1 2 (9.09%) Mobile App
1 2 (9.09%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) Handset
2 1 (4.55%) IVR
2 1 (4.55%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 11 (50.00%) Windows
2 9 (40.91%) Windows Server
3 3 (13.64%) Windows 10
3 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2016
4 2 (9.09%) Mac OS
5 1 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) ITIL
2 6 (27.27%) Migration
2 6 (27.27%) Patch Management
3 5 (22.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 4 (18.18%) Computer Science
4 4 (18.18%) Problem Management
5 3 (13.64%) ITIL V3
6 2 (9.09%) Architecture Roadmap
6 2 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (9.09%) IT Strategy
6 2 (9.09%) ITSM
6 2 (9.09%) Microservices
6 2 (9.09%) Mobile Device Management
6 2 (9.09%) Product Management
6 2 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (9.09%) Server Virtualisation
6 2 (9.09%) Service Management
6 2 (9.09%) Storage Management
7 1 (4.55%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (22.73%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.09%) SQL
3 1 (4.55%) Bash Shell
3 1 (4.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (50.00%) MCSE
3 4 (18.18%) MCITP
4 3 (13.64%) MCP
4 3 (13.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (9.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (9.09%) MOS
5 2 (9.09%) VCP6
6 1 (4.55%) CCNA
6 1 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (4.55%) CISSP
6 1 (4.55%) DBS Check
6 1 (4.55%) Degree
6 1 (4.55%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (22.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (77.27%) Active Directory
2 6 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 3 (13.64%) vSphere
5 2 (9.09%) vCloud
5 2 (9.09%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 7 (31.82%) SCCM
2 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (18.18%) vCenter Server
4 2 (9.09%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (9.09%) vMotion
4 2 (9.09%) vRealize
4 2 (9.09%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 1 (4.55%) EMC VPLEX
5 1 (4.55%) SCOM
5 1 (4.55%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (4.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 9 (40.91%) VMware
3 5 (22.73%) Dell
3 5 (22.73%) HP
4 4 (18.18%) Citrix
5 3 (13.64%) SolarWinds
6 2 (9.09%) Apple
6 2 (9.09%) Avaya
6 2 (9.09%) Cisco
6 2 (9.09%) IBM
6 2 (9.09%) Polycom
6 2 (9.09%) Wyse
7 1 (4.55%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (4.55%) CheckPoint
7 1 (4.55%) EMC
7 1 (4.55%) Fortinet
7 1 (4.55%) Lotus
7 1 (4.55%) Mitel
7 1 (4.55%) NetApp
7 1 (4.55%) SAP