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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England / North West
Rank 126 141 150
Rank change year-on-year +15 +9  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 5 17 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.19% 0.44% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.02% 2.12% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 1
Median daily rate £275 £293 £165
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.98% +77.27%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -5.71% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
Median hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.28% +133.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.96 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -34.40% +133.33%  

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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 492 801 727
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.92% 20.87% 20.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 397 335
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 50 67
Median hourly rate £42.24 £40.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.59% -19.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 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
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +22 1 - - 2
Manchester +9 1 £275 -17.91% 5
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 7 (87.50%) MCSE
2 7 (87.50%) VMware
2 7 (87.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 6 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (75.00%) ITIL
3 6 (75.00%) Windows
3 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (75.00%) Windows Server
4 5 (62.50%) Firewall
4 5 (62.50%) Manufacturing
4 5 (62.50%) HP
4 5 (62.50%) Citrix
4 5 (62.50%) Cisco
4 5 (62.50%) MCP
4 5 (62.50%) MS Exchange
4 5 (62.50%) MS Office
4 5 (62.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (62.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (62.50%) Windows 10
4 5 (62.50%) Life Science
4 5 (62.50%) Polycom
4 5 (62.50%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (25.00%) MCITP
5 2 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (25.00%) DHCP
5 2 (25.00%) DNS
5 2 (25.00%) CCNA

MCSA
Top Related 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 (62.50%) Exchange Server 2010
1 5 (62.50%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (62.50%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (62.50%) Firewall
2 2 (25.00%) DHCP
2 2 (25.00%) DNS
3 1 (12.50%) LAN
3 1 (12.50%) Network Security
3 1 (12.50%) VoIP
3 1 (12.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (62.50%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Analyst
2 5 (62.50%) IT Analyst
2 5 (62.50%) Service Analyst
2 5 (62.50%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (37.50%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
4 1 (12.50%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Consultant
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Support Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Wintel Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (62.50%) Life Science
1 5 (62.50%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (12.50%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 6 (75.00%) Windows
1 6 (75.00%) Windows 7
1 6 (75.00%) Windows Server
1 6 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (62.50%) Windows 10
2 5 (62.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (12.50%) Apple iOS
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (12.50%) Document Management
2 1 (12.50%) Migration
2 1 (12.50%) PRINCE
2 1 (12.50%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
1 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (87.50%) MCSE
3 5 (62.50%) MCP
4 2 (25.00%) CCNA
4 2 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (25.00%) MCITP
5 1 (12.50%) DV Cleared
5 1 (12.50%) NCDA
5 1 (12.50%) NCIE
5 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 1 (12.50%) VCAP
5 1 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
1 7 (87.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 7 (87.50%) VMware
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (62.50%) Cisco
3 5 (62.50%) Citrix
3 5 (62.50%) HP
3 5 (62.50%) Polycom
4 1 (12.50%) Apple
4 1 (12.50%) Avaya
4 1 (12.50%) NetApp
Warrington, Cheshire
Michael Bailey Associates
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Posted: 3 days ago