Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 207 178 211
Rank change year-on-year -29 +33 -9
Contract jobs citing MCSA 12 14 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.21% 0.26% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.12% 1.37% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 10
North West median daily rate £425 £525 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.05% +66.67% +133.33%
10th Percentile £284 £313 £205
90th Percentile £525 £538 £448
England median daily rate £322 £325 £321
% change year-on-year -1.08% +1.25% +22.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 3
North West median hourly rate - £16.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -54.29% +86.67%
England median hourly rate £23.50 £16.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +42.42% -57.69% +143.75%

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 1,074 1,024 1,628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.44% 18.75% 21.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 625 547 859
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.41% +9.93%
10th Percentile £210 £248 £263
90th Percentile £575 £554 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 106 77
North West median hourly rate £32.82 £40.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.96% -6.98% +24.64%
10th Percentile £13.63 £12.17 £12.68
90th Percentile £67.50 £55.00 £60.15
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%

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 18 June 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 18 June 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 -24 5 £413 -21.43% 7
Lancashire - 3 £428 - 1
Cheshire -19 1 £363 -
Merseyside - 1 - - 2
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 18 June 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) Windows
3 8 (66.67%) Active Directory
3 8 (66.67%) PowerShell
3 8 (66.67%) Windows Server
4 7 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (50.00%) VMware
6 5 (41.67%) DNS
6 5 (41.67%) Microsoft
6 5 (41.67%) MCSE
6 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (33.33%) Remote Desktop
7 4 (33.33%) ITIL
8 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
8 3 (25.00%) SAN
8 3 (25.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 3 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
8 3 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (25.00%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (16.67%) Migration
9 2 (16.67%) Firewall
9 2 (16.67%) SCOM
9 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (16.67%) Change Control
9 2 (16.67%) Office 365
9 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
9 2 (16.67%) DHCP
9 2 (16.67%) TCP/IP

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 3 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) InfoPath
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (16.67%) Office 365
4 1 (8.33%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 5 (41.67%) DNS
2 4 (33.33%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (25.00%) SAN
4 2 (16.67%) DHCP
4 2 (16.67%) Firewall
4 2 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 1 (8.33%) NAS
5 1 (8.33%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (8.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (8.33%) Big Data
2 1 (8.33%) MySQL
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
Job Titles
1 2 (16.67%) Build Engineer
1 2 (16.67%) Consultant
1 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Active Directory Specialist
2 1 (8.33%) Cloud Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Cloud Infrastructure Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) DBA
2 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Security Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) IT Analyst
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Network Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Network Security Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) PowerShell Specialist
2 1 (8.33%) Security Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Senior Build Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Senior Windows Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint Administrator
2 1 (8.33%) Windows Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) .NET
1 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET
1 1 (8.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (8.33%) Data Structures
1 1 (8.33%) PKI
1 1 (8.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 8 (66.67%) Windows Server
3 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (16.67%) Linux
4 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) ITIL
2 3 (25.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 2 (16.67%) Change Control
3 2 (16.67%) Change Management
3 2 (16.67%) Migration
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (8.33%) Analytics
4 1 (8.33%) Data Migration
4 1 (8.33%) Data Transformation
4 1 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (8.33%) Information Security
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL V3
4 1 (8.33%) ITSM
4 1 (8.33%) Patch Management
4 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2
4 1 (8.33%) Privileged Access Management
4 1 (8.33%) Proactive Monitoring
4 1 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (8.33%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 2 (16.67%) Python
2 2 (16.67%) SQL
3 1 (8.33%) C#
3 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
3 1 (8.33%) VB
3 1 (8.33%) VB.NET
3 1 (8.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (41.67%) MCSE
3 2 (16.67%) MCITP
3 2 (16.67%) MCSD
4 1 (8.33%) CEH
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (8.33%) MCDST
4 1 (8.33%) MCP
4 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 8 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (8.33%) Hyper-V
4 1 (8.33%) XenApp
4 1 (8.33%) XenDesktop
4 1 (8.33%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) SCOM
2 1 (8.33%) Backup Exec
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) SCCM
2 1 (8.33%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (8.33%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) VMware
2 5 (41.67%) Microsoft
3 2 (16.67%) McAfee
4 1 (8.33%) arcserve
4 1 (8.33%) Avaya
4 1 (8.33%) Citrix
4 1 (8.33%) EMC
4 1 (8.33%) Google
4 1 (8.33%) Kaspersky
4 1 (8.33%) NetApp
4 1 (8.33%) ServiceNow
4 1 (8.33%) Veeam
4 1 (8.33%) Webroot