The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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
England > South East
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 232 233 221
Rank change year-on-year +1 -12  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 16 31 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.21% 0.35% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.86% 1.24% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 19 21
South East median daily rate £205 £350 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -41.42% +8.52%  
10th Percentile £150 £253 £135
90th Percentile £345 £423 £400
England median daily rate £344 £325 £314
% change year-on-year +5.76% +3.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 11
South East median hourly rate £22.52 £43.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.62% +138.88%  
10th Percentile £15.75 £24.96 £14.25
90th Percentile £33.45 £45.70 £23.75
England median hourly rate £16.50 £28.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -41.07% +55.55%  

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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1859 2491 2354
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 24.07% 27.96% 24.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 2492 3304 3000
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +2.56%  
10th Percentile £260 £269 £258
90th Percentile £538 £538 £520
England median daily rate £438 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +9.37% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 308 213 300
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £40.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.00% +85.61%  
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £13.95
90th Percentile £57.50 £58.75 £47.26
England median hourly rate £32.50 £27.80 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.90% +23.55%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the South East

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the South East

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the South East over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the South East

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the South East

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the South East over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSA in the South East

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the South East region over the 3 months to 29 June 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
Kent +2 7 £145 +31.81% 5
West Sussex +16 3 - - 1
Berkshire +9 2 £350 - 3
Hampshire +3 2 - - 2
Oxfordshire -8 1 £250 -24.52% 1
Buckinghamshire -15 1 £160 - 1
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 South East region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (92.59%) Active Directory
3 39 (72.22%) Windows
4 32 (59.26%) Microsoft
5 31 (57.41%) ITIL
5 31 (57.41%) VMware
6 30 (55.56%) Windows Server
7 28 (51.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 24 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
9 22 (40.74%) Change Management
10 21 (38.89%) MCSE
11 19 (35.19%) Cisco
11 19 (35.19%) MCITP
12 18 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
13 17 (31.48%) Firewall
13 17 (31.48%) MS Exchange
14 16 (29.63%) Windows Server 2003
15 15 (27.78%) PowerShell
15 15 (27.78%) Security Cleared
16 14 (25.93%) SC Cleared
16 14 (25.93%) MCP
16 14 (25.93%) SQL Server
17 13 (24.07%) Hyper-V
18 12 (22.22%) High Availability
19 11 (20.37%) Exchange Server 2010
20 10 (18.52%) NetApp
20 10 (18.52%) NHS
21 9 (16.67%) SAN
21 9 (16.67%) VBScript
21 9 (16.67%) XML

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 17 (31.48%) MS Exchange
2 11 (20.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (14.81%) Skype for Business
4 6 (11.11%) IIS
5 5 (9.26%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 8 (14.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.85%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 7 (12.96%) Office 365
2 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (7.41%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 17 (31.48%) Firewall
2 9 (16.67%) DNS
2 9 (16.67%) SAN
2 9 (16.67%) Skype
3 8 (14.81%) DHCP
3 8 (14.81%) VoIP
4 7 (12.96%) LAN
4 7 (12.96%) WAN
5 2 (3.70%) VPN
6 1 (1.85%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.85%) IPv4
6 1 (1.85%) Network Security
6 1 (1.85%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.85%) VLAN
6 1 (1.85%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (25.93%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.85%) MySQL
General
1 4 (7.41%) Finance
2 1 (1.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (18.52%) Server Engineer
1 10 (18.52%) Wintel Engineer
2 9 (16.67%) Analyst
3 7 (12.96%) Architect
3 7 (12.96%) Support Engineer
3 7 (12.96%) Systems Architect
3 7 (12.96%) Windows Engineer
4 6 (11.11%) Active Directory Architect
5 5 (9.26%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (9.26%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (9.26%) Support Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Active Directory Technician
6 4 (7.41%) Server Technician
6 4 (7.41%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Windows Systems Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Wintel Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Active Directory Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Wintel Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (16.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (18.52%) NHS
2 3 (5.56%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.85%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (1.85%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 39 (72.22%) Windows
2 30 (55.56%) Windows Server
3 28 (51.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 18 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (29.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (16.67%) Windows 7
7 4 (7.41%) Windows 10
7 4 (7.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (57.41%) ITIL
2 22 (40.74%) Change Management
3 12 (22.22%) High Availability
4 7 (12.96%) Service Delivery
5 6 (11.11%) Technical Architecture
6 4 (7.41%) Customer Requirements
6 4 (7.41%) IT Strategy
6 4 (7.41%) Programme Management
6 4 (7.41%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (7.41%) Server Patching
6 4 (7.41%) Service Management
6 4 (7.41%) Validation
7 3 (5.56%) Incident Management
7 3 (5.56%) ITIL V3
7 3 (5.56%) ITSM
7 3 (5.56%) Virtual Environments
7 3 (5.56%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 1 (1.85%) Application Packaging
8 1 (1.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 1 (1.85%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 15 (27.78%) PowerShell
2 9 (16.67%) VBScript
3 6 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (38.89%) MCSE
3 19 (35.19%) MCITP
4 15 (27.78%) Security Cleared
5 14 (25.93%) MCP
5 14 (25.93%) SC Cleared
6 8 (14.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 7 (12.96%) CCNA
7 7 (12.96%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (12.96%) Degree
8 6 (11.11%) CCNP
9 3 (5.56%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (5.56%) DV Cleared
9 3 (5.56%) MCDBA
9 3 (5.56%) MCTS
10 1 (1.85%) CCAA
10 1 (1.85%) CCENT
10 1 (1.85%) DBS Check
10 1 (1.85%) MCPD
10 1 (1.85%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.41%) SLA
2 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (1.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 50 (92.59%) Active Directory
2 24 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (24.07%) Hyper-V
4 9 (16.67%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (9.26%) Forefront TMG
5 5 (9.26%) ISA Server
5 5 (9.26%) UAG
6 3 (5.56%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (1.85%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (7.41%) Nessus
2 3 (5.56%) OVSD
2 3 (5.56%) SCCM
3 1 (1.85%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.85%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 32 (59.26%) Microsoft
2 31 (57.41%) VMware
3 19 (35.19%) Cisco
4 10 (18.52%) NetApp
5 6 (11.11%) Forcepoint
6 4 (7.41%) Citrix
6 4 (7.41%) LANDesk
6 4 (7.41%) SolarWinds
7 3 (5.56%) HP
7 3 (5.56%) Kaseya
7 3 (5.56%) Remedy
8 2 (3.70%) Computacenter
9 1 (1.85%) Apple
9 1 (1.85%) McAfee
9 1 (1.85%) Oracle
9 1 (1.85%) Palo Alto
9 1 (1.85%) ServiceNow
9 1 (1.85%) Symantec