Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 November 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
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 176 214 205
Rank change year-on-year +38 -9 -25
Contract jobs citing MCSA 28 13 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.49% 0.19% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.78% 1.01% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 6 16
North West median daily rate £313 £238 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.58% -31.65% +26.36%
10th Percentile £213 £186 £116
90th Percentile £675 £388 £438
England median daily rate £314 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -10.36% +18.64% +1.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 5
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £14.86 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.67% -54.28% +116.67%
10th Percentile £15.50 £14.43 £17.00
90th Percentile £16.50 £16.26 £76.50
England median hourly rate £22.50 £21.42 £15.50
% change year-on-year +5.07% +38.16% -

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 contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1007 1287 1693
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.60% 18.56% 19.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 573 754 939
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £211 £227 £250
90th Percentile £550 £595 £568
England median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 60 110
North West median hourly rate £38.13 £26.25 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.24% -13.99% +45.33%
10th Percentile £14.87 £12.16 £15.62
90th Percentile £53.20 £54.08 £55.23
England median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +0.75% +10.87% +21.05%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the North West over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
Cheshire +21 15 £310 +40.91% 4
Manchester +16 10 £375 +25.00% 5
Merseyside - 2 £220 -
Cumbria -3 1 - -
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (67.86%) ITIL
3 18 (64.29%) MCSE
4 13 (46.43%) Windows
5 12 (42.86%) Active Directory
5 12 (42.86%) HP
6 11 (39.29%) Microsoft
7 10 (35.71%) VMware
8 9 (32.14%) Fortinet
8 9 (32.14%) Office 365
9 8 (28.57%) Windows 7
9 8 (28.57%) SCCM
9 8 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (28.57%) Banking
9 8 (28.57%) HP UFT
9 8 (28.57%) DNS
9 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
9 8 (28.57%) DHCP
10 7 (25.00%) MCITP
11 6 (21.43%) Citrix
11 6 (21.43%) Apple
11 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (21.43%) Windows 10
11 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
12 5 (17.86%) ISEB
12 5 (17.86%) MS Exchange
12 5 (17.86%) Unix
12 5 (17.86%) Linux
12 5 (17.86%) MCP
13 4 (14.29%) C#

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (17.86%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (32.14%) Office 365
2 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (7.14%) PaaS
4 1 (3.57%) IaaS
4 1 (3.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (28.57%) DHCP
1 8 (28.57%) DNS
2 3 (10.71%) Firewall
3 2 (7.14%) Junos
3 2 (7.14%) MPLS
3 2 (7.14%) Network Security
3 2 (7.14%) SSL
3 2 (7.14%) TCP/IP
3 2 (7.14%) VLAN
3 2 (7.14%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.29%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.57%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (28.57%) HP UFT
2 4 (14.29%) JMeter
General
1 8 (28.57%) Banking
2 3 (10.71%) Finance
2 3 (10.71%) Local Government
3 2 (7.14%) Legal
3 2 (7.14%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.57%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (39.29%) Analyst
2 8 (28.57%) 3rd Line Support
2 8 (28.57%) Support Analyst
3 4 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 4 (14.29%) Infrastructure Support
3 4 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
4 3 (10.71%) 3rd Line Technical Support
4 3 (10.71%) Support Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) Technical Support
4 3 (10.71%) Technical Support Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Lead Network Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Network Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.14%) Cyberthreat
1 2 (7.14%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.57%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.57%) Life Science
2 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.57%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (46.43%) Windows
2 8 (28.57%) Windows 7
3 6 (21.43%) Windows 10
3 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
4 5 (17.86%) Linux
4 5 (17.86%) Unix
5 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (10.71%) Apple iOS
6 3 (10.71%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (10.71%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (67.86%) ITIL
2 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (14.29%) IT Strategy
3 4 (14.29%) Performance Testing
3 4 (14.29%) Service Management
3 4 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
3 4 (14.29%) Test Automation
3 4 (14.29%) Time Management
4 3 (10.71%) Network Design
5 2 (7.14%) Change Management
5 2 (7.14%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (7.14%) Load Balancing
5 2 (7.14%) Migration
5 2 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (7.14%) SIEM
5 2 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (7.14%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (3.57%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (14.29%) C#
1 4 (14.29%) Java
1 4 (14.29%) VB
1 4 (14.29%) VB.NET
1 4 (14.29%) VBScript
2 2 (7.14%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (64.29%) MCSE
3 7 (25.00%) MCITP
4 5 (17.86%) ISEB
4 5 (17.86%) MCP
5 4 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (14.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (10.71%) ACSP
6 3 (10.71%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (10.71%) CISSP
6 3 (10.71%) HP AIS
6 3 (10.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (10.71%) Network+ Certification
7 2 (7.14%) CCNA
8 1 (3.57%) CCDP
8 1 (3.57%) CCIE
8 1 (3.57%) CCNP
8 1 (3.57%) CISM
8 1 (3.57%) Degree
8 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 4 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (10.71%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (10.71%) vSphere
4 2 (7.14%) ProxySG
5 1 (3.57%) Hyper-V
5 1 (3.57%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 8 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
1 8 (28.57%) SCCM
2 3 (10.71%) NetBackup
3 2 (7.14%) WMI
Vendors
1 12 (42.86%) HP
2 11 (39.29%) Microsoft
3 10 (35.71%) VMware
4 9 (32.14%) Fortinet
5 6 (21.43%) Apple
5 6 (21.43%) Citrix
6 4 (14.29%) Oracle
7 2 (7.14%) Blue Coat
7 2 (7.14%) CheckPoint
7 2 (7.14%) Cisco
7 2 (7.14%) iManage
7 2 (7.14%) Juniper
7 2 (7.14%) Palo Alto
8 1 (3.57%) Polycom