Period
to 18 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 November 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 > South West
6 months to
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 189 178 193
Rank change year-on-year -11 +15 +15
Contract jobs citing MCSA 36 13 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.58% 0.23% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.88% 0.81% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 6 7
South West median daily rate £400 £475 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.79% +66.67% +29.55%
10th Percentile £250 £381 £202
90th Percentile £615 £513 £532
England median daily rate £275 £314 £350
% change year-on-year -12.35% -10.36% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 3
South West median hourly rate £47.00 - £22.00
England median hourly rate £18.25 £23.75 £21.42
% change year-on-year -23.16% +10.90% +38.16%

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 South West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,910 1,601 1,795
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 30.70% 28.49% 30.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 991 863 1,097
South West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £273 £215 £245
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £450 £428 £425
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 105 105
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £38.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.87% +40.00% -29.94%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.39 £13.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.25 £47.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £25.50
% change year-on-year -0.48% -1.49% +10.87%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the South West

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the South West

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the South West over the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the South West

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the South West

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 18 November 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
Wiltshire -2 17 £550 +15.79% 5
Bristol -5 5 £475 - 7
Gloucestershire - 5 £400 - 2
Dorset +3 3 - - 3
Cornwall - 2 £250 - 1
Somerset +1 1 - - 2
Devon - 1 £140 -
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 South West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 36 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (97.22%) Windows
3 33 (91.67%) Microsoft
3 33 (91.67%) Windows Server
4 28 (77.78%) MCSE
5 27 (75.00%) VMware
6 25 (69.44%) VMware Infrastructure
7 24 (66.67%) Cisco
8 23 (63.89%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (58.33%) CCNA
9 21 (58.33%) PowerShell
9 21 (58.33%) Data Centre
10 20 (55.56%) vCenter Server
10 20 (55.56%) Security Cleared
10 20 (55.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (47.22%) SC Cleared
12 16 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (44.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 15 (41.67%) OCA
13 15 (41.67%) Oracle Certification
13 15 (41.67%) Oracle
14 14 (38.89%) Active Directory
14 14 (38.89%) Windows Server 2012
15 12 (33.33%) PowerCLI
15 12 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
15 12 (33.33%) Confluence
15 12 (33.33%) JIRA
15 12 (33.33%) Atlassian
15 12 (33.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 12 (33.33%) SCCM

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 12 (33.33%) Confluence
2 4 (11.11%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.56%) Skype for Business
4 1 (2.78%) IIS
4 1 (2.78%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (8.33%) Amazon S3
3 3 (8.33%) GitHub
3 3 (8.33%) IaaS
4 2 (5.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (2.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (22.22%) DNS
2 6 (16.67%) DHCP
3 5 (13.89%) SAN
4 3 (8.33%) NAS
4 3 (8.33%) Network Security
5 2 (5.56%) Firewall
5 2 (5.56%) Skype
5 2 (5.56%) VSAN
6 1 (2.78%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (2.78%) DMZ
6 1 (2.78%) LAN
6 1 (2.78%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (2.78%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (5.56%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.78%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (33.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 12 (33.33%) JIRA
2 3 (8.33%) Bitbucket
2 3 (8.33%) CF BOSH
2 3 (8.33%) GitLab
General
1 4 (11.11%) Finance
1 4 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (41.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (36.11%) PowerShell Engineer
3 12 (33.33%) Automation Engineer
4 5 (13.89%) Integration Engineer
4 5 (13.89%) Wintel Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Deployment Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Infrastructure Deployment Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Senior Technician
5 3 (8.33%) Server Technician
6 2 (5.56%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Developer
6 2 (5.56%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Support Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support
7 1 (2.78%) Administrator
7 1 (2.78%) Architect
7 1 (2.78%) IT Administrator
7 1 (2.78%) Server Engineer
7 1 (2.78%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (27.78%) REST
2 3 (8.33%) Node.js
3 1 (2.78%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (58.33%) Data Centre
2 8 (22.22%) Replication
3 6 (16.67%) Hybrid Cloud
4 5 (13.89%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (11.11%) Computer Science
5 4 (11.11%) Public Cloud
6 3 (8.33%) Management Information System
6 3 (8.33%) PKI
7 2 (5.56%) RIA
8 1 (2.78%) Fat Client
8 1 (2.78%) NHS
8 1 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (2.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 35 (97.22%) Windows
2 33 (91.67%) Windows Server
3 14 (38.89%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (19.44%) Windows 10
4 7 (19.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (11.11%) Linux
6 2 (5.56%) Windows 7
7 1 (2.78%) CentOS
7 1 (2.78%) Ubuntu
7 1 (2.78%) Windows 8
7 1 (2.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (44.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 12 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
2 12 (33.33%) Reverse Engineering
3 11 (30.56%) NsoIT
4 9 (25.00%) ITIL
4 9 (25.00%) Software Engineering
5 8 (22.22%) ITIL V3
6 6 (16.67%) Configuration Management
6 6 (16.67%) Deployment Automation
6 6 (16.67%) Migration
7 4 (11.11%) Programme Management
8 3 (8.33%) ITSM
8 3 (8.33%) Password Management
8 3 (8.33%) Service Management
9 2 (5.56%) BCP
9 2 (5.56%) Business Continuity
9 2 (5.56%) Business Continuity Planning
9 2 (5.56%) Change Management
9 2 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 21 (58.33%) PowerShell
2 4 (11.11%) SQL
3 3 (8.33%) Bash Shell
3 3 (8.33%) Python
3 3 (8.33%) Ruby
4 1 (2.78%) C
4 1 (2.78%) PHP
Qualifications
1 36 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (77.78%) MCSE
3 23 (63.89%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (58.33%) CCNA
5 20 (55.56%) Security Cleared
5 20 (55.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 17 (47.22%) SC Cleared
7 15 (41.67%) OCA
7 15 (41.67%) Oracle Certification
8 6 (16.67%) DV Cleared
9 3 (8.33%) CCNP
9 3 (8.33%) MCP
10 2 (5.56%) Chartered Engineer
11 1 (2.78%) AWS Certification
11 1 (2.78%) DBS Check
11 1 (2.78%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.11%) SLA
2 1 (2.78%) PMO
System Software
1 25 (69.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (38.89%) Active Directory
3 5 (13.89%) Hyper-V
4 4 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (11.11%) vSphere
5 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (8.33%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (8.33%) VMware Server
6 2 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (2.78%) Terminal Server
7 1 (2.78%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (2.78%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (55.56%) vCenter Server
2 12 (33.33%) PowerCLI
2 12 (33.33%) SCCM
3 6 (16.67%) SCOM
4 5 (13.89%) WSUS
5 3 (8.33%) Ansible
5 3 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (8.33%) Puppet
5 3 (8.33%) SCVMM
5 3 (8.33%) Terraform
6 1 (2.78%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 33 (91.67%) Microsoft
2 27 (75.00%) VMware
3 24 (66.67%) Cisco
4 15 (41.67%) Oracle
5 12 (33.33%) Atlassian
6 3 (8.33%) SaltStack
7 1 (2.78%) Citrix
7 1 (2.78%) Fortinet
7 1 (2.78%) HP
7 1 (2.78%) Splunk
7 1 (2.78%) Wyse