The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 May 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.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
North West / Manchester
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 101 80
Rank change year-on-year +14 -21  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 5 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.38% 0.16% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.67% 1.12% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 6
Median daily rate £400 £330 £164
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% +101.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £326 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £334 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £350 £255
% change year-on-year -10.71% +37.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £15.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £36.75 £18.00
% change year-on-year -38.72% +104.16%  

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 Manchester.

Academic & Professional Certification
Manchester
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 187 267 276
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 14.34% 14.39% 18.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 132 119
Median daily rate £413 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.85% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +9.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 18
Median hourly rate £11.00 £18.00 £15.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.88% +12.67%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in Manchester

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in Manchester over the 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in Manchester

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in Manchester

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 28 May 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
Salford - 1 £275 -
MCSA
North West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 Manchester region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) VMware
3 3 (60.00%) Apple
3 3 (60.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (60.00%) Windows
3 3 (60.00%) Office 365
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (40.00%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (40.00%) Windows 10
4 2 (40.00%) IT Strategy
4 2 (40.00%) ACSP
4 2 (40.00%) vSphere
4 2 (40.00%) SCCM
4 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (40.00%) PowerShell
4 2 (40.00%) HP AIS
4 2 (40.00%) MCSE
4 2 (40.00%) HP
4 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 2 (40.00%) Network+ Certification
5 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (20.00%) Service Management
5 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (20.00%) Document Management
5 1 (20.00%) WMI
5 1 (20.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (20.00%) Supplier Management
5 1 (20.00%) Google

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (60.00%) Office 365
2 1 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) DHCP
1 1 (20.00%) DNS
1 1 (20.00%) LAN
1 1 (20.00%) Network Security
1 1 (20.00%) VoIP
1 1 (20.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 3 (60.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) Support Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
2 2 (40.00%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
2 2 (40.00%) Technical Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Technical Support
2 2 (40.00%) Technical Support Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) 2nd/3rd Line Technical Support
3 1 (20.00%) Applications Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Wintel Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Wintel Support
3 1 (20.00%) Wintel Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 10
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (20.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) IT Strategy
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) Document Management
2 1 (20.00%) ITIL
2 1 (20.00%) Service Management
2 1 (20.00%) Supplier Management
2 1 (20.00%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (60.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 2 (40.00%) ACSP
3 2 (40.00%) HP AIS
3 2 (40.00%) MCITP
3 2 (40.00%) MCSE
3 2 (40.00%) Network+ Certification
4 1 (20.00%) CCNA
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (20.00%) DV Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) MCP
4 1 (20.00%) NCDA
4 1 (20.00%) NCIE
4 1 (20.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (20.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) VMware ESXi
1 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (40.00%) vSphere
2 1 (20.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (40.00%) SCCM
2 1 (20.00%) WMI
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) VMware
2 3 (60.00%) Apple
2 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (40.00%) HP
4 1 (20.00%) Avaya
4 1 (20.00%) Citrix
4 1 (20.00%) Google
4 1 (20.00%) iManage
4 1 (20.00%) NetApp