Period
to 14 October 2019

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 14 October 2019 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
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 486 558 556
Rank change year-on-year +72 -2 -18
Contract jobs citing MCSA 81 76 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.22% 0.17% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.37% 1.04% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 52 53
London median daily rate £375 £250 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +19.05% -35.38%
10th Percentile £182 £160 £140
90th Percentile £539 £558 £438
England median daily rate £365 £275 £325
% change year-on-year +32.73% -15.38% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
London median hourly rate - £25.00 £11.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +117.63% -
England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -2.94% +3.03% -41.07%

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 5,929 7,300 7,378
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.97% 15.97% 16.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,953 4,746 4,875
London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £308 £275 £275
90th Percentile £699 £675 £650
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 181 160
London median hourly rate £33.18 £22.93 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.68% +22.62% -1.58%
10th Percentile £13.25 £14.00 £13.31
90th Percentile £52.70 £51.25 £47.92
England median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +44.00% -9.09% +7.84%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

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 6 months to 14 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in London

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 14 October 2019. 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 +17 19 £358 +0.70% 19
South London +57 11 £425 +14.86% 7
West London +27 3 £200 +66.67% 15
East London +19 3 - - 1
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 14 October 2019, 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 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (71.60%) Microsoft
3 53 (65.43%) Windows
4 44 (54.32%) Active Directory
5 39 (48.15%) MCSE
6 34 (41.98%) Azure
7 31 (38.27%) Office 365
8 30 (37.04%) Windows Server
9 29 (35.80%) Security Cleared
10 28 (34.57%) SC Cleared
11 24 (29.63%) ITIL
12 23 (28.40%) VMware
12 23 (28.40%) PowerShell
13 22 (27.16%) Microsoft Office
14 21 (25.93%) SharePoint
15 20 (24.69%) Python
15 20 (24.69%) SQL
15 20 (24.69%) Windows Server 2012
16 17 (20.99%) Windows 7
16 17 (20.99%) SCCM
16 17 (20.99%) Migration
17 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
17 16 (19.75%) LAN
17 16 (19.75%) WAN
17 16 (19.75%) Computer Science
17 16 (19.75%) Windows 10
18 15 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
18 15 (18.52%) Confluence
18 15 (18.52%) DNS
18 15 (18.52%) Management Information System

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 21 (25.93%) SharePoint
2 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
3 15 (18.52%) Confluence
4 6 (7.41%) Skype for Business
5 3 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (3.70%) IIS
6 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 22 (27.16%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 34 (41.98%) Azure
2 31 (38.27%) Office 365
3 12 (14.81%) Microsoft Flow
3 12 (14.81%) Power Platform
3 12 (14.81%) PowerApps
4 9 (11.11%) AWS
5 8 (9.88%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (8.64%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (8.64%) OpenShift
7 6 (7.41%) GCP
8 5 (6.17%) GitHub
9 4 (4.94%) PaaS
10 3 (3.70%) IaaS
10 3 (3.70%) OneDrive
11 1 (1.23%) Amazon EKS
11 1 (1.23%) SaaS
11 1 (1.23%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 16 (19.75%) LAN
1 16 (19.75%) WAN
2 15 (18.52%) DNS
3 14 (17.28%) DHCP
4 12 (14.81%) Intrusion Detection
5 11 (13.58%) TCP/IP
6 8 (9.88%) Firewall
7 7 (8.64%) Skype
8 6 (7.41%) HTTP
8 6 (7.41%) SAN
9 5 (6.17%) Wireless
10 4 (4.94%) VPN
11 3 (3.70%) Network Security
12 2 (2.47%) Internet
12 2 (2.47%) IP Telephony
12 2 (2.47%) SMTP
12 2 (2.47%) SNMP
13 1 (1.23%) Cisco IOS
13 1 (1.23%) Intranet
13 1 (1.23%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.47%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.47%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.23%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 13 (16.05%) JIRA
2 5 (6.17%) TeamCity
3 3 (3.70%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (2.47%) Ant
4 2 (2.47%) GitLab
4 2 (2.47%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.47%) MSI
4 2 (2.47%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (2.47%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (17.28%) Finance
2 8 (9.88%) Banking
3 4 (4.94%) Legal
4 2 (2.47%) Law
5 1 (1.23%) Front Office
5 1 (1.23%) Games
5 1 (1.23%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.23%) Public Sector
5 1 (1.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (14.81%) Desktop Support
2 11 (13.58%) Analyst
2 11 (13.58%) Support Engineer
2 11 (13.58%) Support Manager
3 10 (12.35%) DevOps Engineer
4 9 (11.11%) Applications Support
4 9 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (9.88%) Applications Manager
5 8 (9.88%) Applications Support Manager
6 6 (7.41%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (7.41%) IT Engineer
6 6 (7.41%) IT Support
6 6 (7.41%) Service Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Consultant
7 5 (6.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) IT Support Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Support Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Technical Specialist
7 5 (6.17%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.23%) Node.js
1 1 (1.23%) Software Packaging
1 1 (1.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (18.52%) Management Information System
2 10 (12.35%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (8.64%) Replication
4 5 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.94%) Client/Server
5 4 (4.94%) User Experience
5 4 (4.94%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.47%) Clustering
6 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.47%) iPad
6 2 (2.47%) iPhone
6 2 (2.47%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.23%) N-Tier
7 1 (1.23%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.23%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 53 (65.43%) Windows
2 30 (37.04%) Windows Server
3 20 (24.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (20.99%) Windows 7
5 16 (19.75%) Windows 10
6 13 (16.05%) Linux
7 9 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (9.88%) Windows 8
9 4 (4.94%) Android
10 3 (3.70%) Apple iOS
10 3 (3.70%) Mac OS
10 3 (3.70%) Mac OS X
10 3 (3.70%) VMS
10 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (2.47%) CentOS
11 2 (2.47%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.23%) Unix
12 1 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (29.63%) ITIL
2 17 (20.99%) Migration
3 16 (19.75%) Computer Science
4 15 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (16.05%) DevOps
5 13 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (14.81%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (14.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (14.81%) Patch Management
7 9 (11.11%) Infrastructure as Code
7 9 (11.11%) Service Management
8 7 (8.64%) High Availability
8 7 (8.64%) Task Automation
9 6 (7.41%) Business Continuity
9 6 (7.41%) Mobile Device Management
10 5 (6.17%) Break/Fix
10 5 (6.17%) Configuration Management
10 5 (6.17%) Fintech
10 5 (6.17%) Information Security
10 5 (6.17%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.40%) PowerShell
2 20 (24.69%) Python
2 20 (24.69%) SQL
3 12 (14.81%) Perl
4 7 (8.64%) Go
4 7 (8.64%) VBScript
5 5 (6.17%) Java
6 2 (2.47%) C
6 2 (2.47%) C#
Qualifications
1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (48.15%) MCSE
3 29 (35.80%) Security Cleared
4 28 (34.57%) SC Cleared
5 14 (17.28%) A+ Certification
6 13 (16.05%) Degree
7 10 (12.35%) MCDST
8 9 (11.11%) CCNA
8 9 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (9.88%) MCP
10 6 (7.41%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (7.41%) Network+ Certification
10 6 (7.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (3.70%) CCA
11 3 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (3.70%) MCITP
12 2 (2.47%) CCNP
12 2 (2.47%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (2.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (2.47%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.94%) QA
2 3 (3.70%) SLA
3 1 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.23%) GDPR
3 1 (1.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 44 (54.32%) Active Directory
2 12 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (12.35%) Docker
4 8 (9.88%) Hyper-V
4 8 (9.88%) XenApp
5 7 (8.64%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.47%) vCloud
6 2 (2.47%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.47%) vSphere
7 1 (1.23%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 1 (1.23%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 17 (20.99%) SCCM
2 11 (13.58%) Kubernetes
3 10 (12.35%) Terraform
4 7 (8.64%) Ansible
4 7 (8.64%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (8.64%) Puppet
5 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (7.41%) Perfmon
5 6 (7.41%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (7.41%) WMI
6 4 (4.94%) AirWatch
7 3 (3.70%) Backup Exec
8 2 (2.47%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (2.47%) SCOM
8 2 (2.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 58 (71.60%) Microsoft
2 23 (28.40%) VMware
3 14 (17.28%) Citrix
4 12 (14.81%) Salesforce.com
5 10 (12.35%) Cisco
6 6 (7.41%) Apple
7 4 (4.94%) Polycom
7 4 (4.94%) Symantec
7 4 (4.94%) TOWER Software
8 3 (3.70%) HP
8 3 (3.70%) McAfee
8 3 (3.70%) Splunk
9 2 (2.47%) Adobe
9 2 (2.47%) Red Hat
9 2 (2.47%) Remedy
9 2 (2.47%) Snow
9 2 (2.47%) Sony
10 1 (1.23%) Dell Compellent
10 1 (1.23%) ServiceNow
10 1 (1.23%) Sparx