Period
to 12 December 2018

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 12 December 2018 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 190 178 213
Rank change year-on-year -12 +35 +14
Contract jobs citing MCSA 30 24 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.50% 0.42% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.66% 2.41% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 21 5
North West median daily rate £175 £308 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -43.09% +23.00% -33.33%
10th Percentile £127 £213 £183
90th Percentile £273 £675 £388
England median daily rate £275 £308 £363
% change year-on-year -10.57% -15.17% +20.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 4
North West median hourly rate £21.11 - £15.43
10th Percentile £19.00 - £14.43
90th Percentile £31.86 - £16.50
England median hourly rate £16.50 £20.66 £16.25
% change year-on-year -20.12% +27.11% +4.84%

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 1,128 995 1,186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.76% 17.50% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 665 574 710
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £213 £213
90th Percentile £600 £555 £613
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 79 54
North West median hourly rate £29.50 £40.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.25% +60.00% -17.14%
10th Percentile £15.48 £13.64 £12.49
90th Percentile £52.40 £55.00 £53.35
England median hourly rate £25.06 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +0.24% -1.96% +5.74%

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 12 December 2018.

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 12 December 2018. 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
Manchester 0 21 £175 -36.36% 6
Merseyside -2 4 £169 -23.30%
Cheshire -14 2 £350 +12.90% 1
Lancashire - 2 £250 -
Cumbria - 1 £225 -
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 2018, 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (90.00%) MCSE
3 26 (86.67%) ITIL
4 25 (83.33%) Windows
5 24 (80.00%) Microsoft
6 23 (76.67%) Active Directory
7 21 (70.00%) VMware
7 21 (70.00%) PowerShell
8 14 (46.67%) DNS
9 13 (43.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 12 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
10 12 (40.00%) Change Control
10 12 (40.00%) Management Information System
11 11 (36.67%) Migration
11 11 (36.67%) Degree
12 10 (33.33%) Google
12 10 (33.33%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (30.00%) Informatics
13 9 (30.00%) MCP
14 7 (23.33%) SLA
15 6 (20.00%) VPN
15 6 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
15 6 (20.00%) Office 365
15 6 (20.00%) Hyper-V
15 6 (20.00%) Windows 7
16 5 (16.67%) SCCM
16 5 (16.67%) MCTS
16 5 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
16 5 (16.67%) MS Exchange

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 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 2 (6.67%) Skype for Business
3 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (3.33%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (33.33%) Google Cloud Platform
3 6 (20.00%) Office 365
4 1 (3.33%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 14 (46.67%) DNS
2 6 (20.00%) VPN
3 4 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 4 (13.33%) Wireless
4 3 (10.00%) Firewall
5 2 (6.67%) DHCP
5 2 (6.67%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (6.67%) Skype
6 1 (3.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Cucumber
1 1 (3.33%) HP UFT
1 1 (3.33%) Jenkins
1 1 (3.33%) JMeter
1 1 (3.33%) Selenium
General
1 2 (6.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.33%) Banking
2 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (33.33%) Technical Engineer
2 7 (23.33%) Support Engineer
3 5 (16.67%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support
4 4 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (13.33%) IT Support
5 3 (10.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) IT Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 1 (3.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Server Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Server Support Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (40.00%) Management Information System
2 4 (13.33%) Driving Licence
3 2 (6.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.33%) Client/Server
4 1 (3.33%) Replication
4 1 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 25 (83.33%) Windows
2 13 (43.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (20.00%) Windows 7
4 4 (13.33%) Windows XP
5 2 (6.67%) Windows 10
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.33%) Data ONTAP
6 1 (3.33%) Linux
6 1 (3.33%) Unix
6 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (86.67%) ITIL
2 12 (40.00%) Change Control
3 11 (36.67%) Migration
4 9 (30.00%) Informatics
5 6 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (13.33%) Change Management
6 4 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 4 (13.33%) ITSM
6 4 (13.33%) PRINCE2
7 3 (10.00%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (6.67%) Coaching
8 2 (6.67%) Incident Management
8 2 (6.67%) ITIL V3
9 1 (3.33%) Performance Testing
9 1 (3.33%) Problem Management
9 1 (3.33%) Server Patching
9 1 (3.33%) System Integration Testing
9 1 (3.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (70.00%) PowerShell
2 5 (16.67%) VB
3 1 (3.33%) C#
3 1 (3.33%) Java
3 1 (3.33%) VB.NET
3 1 (3.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (90.00%) MCSE
3 12 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 11 (36.67%) Degree
5 9 (30.00%) MCP
6 5 (16.67%) MCTS
7 4 (13.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (10.00%) MCITP
9 2 (6.67%) MCDST
9 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
9 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
10 1 (3.33%) ISEB
10 1 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (3.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (76.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (20.00%) Hyper-V
3 5 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (16.67%) SCCM
2 2 (6.67%) SCOM
3 1 (3.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (3.33%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 24 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 21 (70.00%) VMware
3 10 (33.33%) Google
4 5 (16.67%) Citrix
5 4 (13.33%) Altiris
6 3 (10.00%) Cisco
6 3 (10.00%) Veeam
7 2 (6.67%) BMC
7 2 (6.67%) Juniper
7 2 (6.67%) Micro Focus
7 2 (6.67%) ServiceNow
8 1 (3.33%) Avaya
8 1 (3.33%) Fortinet
8 1 (3.33%) HP
8 1 (3.33%) IronPort
8 1 (3.33%) NetApp
8 1 (3.33%) Nimble Storage
8 1 (3.33%) Oracle