The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 June 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
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 65 -
Rank change year-on-year +13 -  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 2 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.35% 0.59% -
As % of the Qualifications category 1.33% 1.79% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 0
Median daily rate £350 £338 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £335 £320
% change year-on-year +0.74% +4.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

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 Reading.

Academic & Professional Certification
Reading
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 150 280 237
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 25.91% 32.79% 27.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 163 106
Median daily rate £450 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +1.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £235 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 23
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 Reading

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in Reading

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in Reading

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 Reading region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) ITIL
2 3 (75.00%) MCSE
2 3 (75.00%) Video Conferencing
2 3 (75.00%) Apple
3 2 (50.00%) JIRA
3 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (50.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (50.00%) VPN
3 2 (50.00%) A+ Certification
3 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco
4 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
4 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
4 1 (25.00%) MCP
4 1 (25.00%) SQL
4 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
4 1 (25.00%) VMware
4 1 (25.00%) IP Telephony
4 1 (25.00%) Service Delivery
4 1 (25.00%) Firewall
4 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (25.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) VPN
2 1 (25.00%) Firewall
2 1 (25.00%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) JIRA
General
1 2 (50.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Support Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (25.00%) Administrator
2 1 (25.00%) Help Desk Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Help Desk Support
2 1 (25.00%) Mac Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Service Desk Support
2 1 (25.00%) Service Desk Technician
2 1 (25.00%) Support Technician
2 1 (25.00%) Systems Administrator
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 3 (75.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) ITIL
2 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 1 (25.00%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCSE
3 2 (50.00%) A+ Certification
3 2 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (25.00%) MCP
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) AirWatch
1 1 (25.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (75.00%) Apple
3 1 (25.00%) Cisco
3 1 (25.00%) Palo Alto
3 1 (25.00%) VMware