Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 187 174 193
Rank change year-on-year -13 +19 +6
Contract jobs citing MCSA 35 19 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.55% 0.36% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.71% 1.33% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 6
South West median daily rate £483 £475 £237
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.58% +100.63% +15.49%
10th Percentile £124 £363 £178
90th Percentile £700 £513 £299
England median daily rate £300 £313 £351
% change year-on-year -4.00% -10.84% +16.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
South West median hourly rate £44.27 - -
England median hourly rate £16.20 £25.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -35.20% +56.25% -5.88%

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 2,042 1,430 1,644
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 32.02% 27.16% 30.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,122 771 1,037
South West median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
10th Percentile £300 £215 £223
90th Percentile £588 £600 £563
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 83 131
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% -8.50%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.38 £14.10
90th Percentile £51.51 £48.60 £47.50
England median hourly rate £27.96 £23.38 £25.50
% change year-on-year +19.61% -8.33% -0.62%

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 -23 18 £550 +15.79% 5
Gloucestershire - 9 £250 -
Dorset +5 3 - - 3
Bristol -13 3 £475 - 5
Devon -6 1 £140 - 3
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (88.57%) Microsoft
3 30 (85.71%) Windows
4 26 (74.29%) Windows Server
5 25 (71.43%) MCSE
6 24 (68.57%) VMware
7 22 (62.86%) VMware Infrastructure
8 20 (57.14%) Security Cleared
8 20 (57.14%) Cisco
9 18 (51.43%) PowerShell
10 17 (48.57%) SC Cleared
11 16 (45.71%) Cisco Certification
11 16 (45.71%) CCNA
11 16 (45.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (45.71%) vCenter Server
11 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
12 15 (42.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 15 (42.86%) Active Directory
13 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (37.14%) Problem-Solving
15 12 (34.29%) OCA
15 12 (34.29%) Oracle Certification
15 12 (34.29%) Oracle
15 12 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
16 11 (31.43%) Reverse Engineering
16 11 (31.43%) DNS
16 11 (31.43%) PowerCLI
17 10 (28.57%) JIRA
17 10 (28.57%) Atlassian
17 10 (28.57%) Atlassian Bamboo

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 10 (28.57%) Confluence
2 3 (8.57%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.71%) Skype for Business
4 1 (2.86%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (11.43%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (8.57%) Amazon S3
3 3 (8.57%) GitHub
3 3 (8.57%) IaaS
4 2 (5.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (2.86%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (31.43%) DNS
2 7 (20.00%) DHCP
3 5 (14.29%) SAN
4 3 (8.57%) Firewall
4 3 (8.57%) NAS
5 2 (5.71%) Skype
5 2 (5.71%) VSAN
6 1 (2.86%) LAN
6 1 (2.86%) Network Security
6 1 (2.86%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (2.86%) SSL
6 1 (2.86%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (5.71%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.86%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (28.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 10 (28.57%) JIRA
2 3 (8.57%) Bitbucket
2 3 (8.57%) CF BOSH
2 3 (8.57%) GitLab
General
1 2 (5.71%) Finance
1 2 (5.71%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (40.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (28.57%) PowerShell Engineer
3 9 (25.71%) Automation Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Architect
5 4 (11.43%) Administrator
5 4 (11.43%) Integration Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Solutions Architect
5 4 (11.43%) Systems Administrator
5 4 (11.43%) Wintel Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Deployment Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Infrastructure Deployment Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Developer
7 2 (5.71%) IT Support
7 2 (5.71%) IT Support Technician
7 2 (5.71%) IT Technician
7 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Support Technician
7 2 (5.71%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) AWS Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (22.86%) REST
2 3 (8.57%) Node.js
3 1 (2.86%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
2 7 (20.00%) Replication
3 5 (14.29%) Management Information System
3 5 (14.29%) PKI
4 4 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (11.43%) Fat Client
4 4 (11.43%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (11.43%) Public Cloud
4 4 (11.43%) Thin Client
4 4 (11.43%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.86%) NHS
5 1 (2.86%) RIA
5 1 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 30 (85.71%) Windows
2 26 (74.29%) Windows Server
3 12 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (25.71%) Windows 10
5 7 (20.00%) Linux
6 6 (17.14%) Windows 7
6 6 (17.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (11.43%) CentOS
7 4 (11.43%) Ubuntu
8 1 (2.86%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.86%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (42.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (37.14%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (31.43%) Reverse Engineering
5 8 (22.86%) NsoIT
6 7 (20.00%) Computer Science
6 7 (20.00%) Deployment Automation
7 6 (17.14%) Software Engineering
8 5 (14.29%) Migration
9 4 (11.43%) Configuration Management
9 4 (11.43%) ITIL
9 4 (11.43%) ITIL V3
10 3 (8.57%) GAP Analysis
10 3 (8.57%) ITSM
10 3 (8.57%) Password Management
10 3 (8.57%) Service Management
10 3 (8.57%) Test Strategy
11 2 (5.71%) Continuous Improvement
11 2 (5.71%) DevOps
11 2 (5.71%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (51.43%) PowerShell
2 4 (11.43%) C
3 3 (8.57%) Bash Shell
3 3 (8.57%) Python
3 3 (8.57%) Ruby
3 3 (8.57%) SQL
4 1 (2.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (71.43%) MCSE
3 20 (57.14%) Security Cleared
4 17 (48.57%) SC Cleared
5 16 (45.71%) CCNA
5 16 (45.71%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (45.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 12 (34.29%) OCA
6 12 (34.29%) Oracle Certification
7 6 (17.14%) DV Cleared
8 3 (8.57%) MCP
9 2 (5.71%) Chartered Engineer
9 2 (5.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (5.71%) Degree
10 1 (2.86%) AWS Certification
10 1 (2.86%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.71%) SLA
2 1 (2.86%) PMO
System Software
1 22 (62.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (42.86%) Active Directory
3 6 (17.14%) Hyper-V
4 5 (14.29%) vSphere
5 4 (11.43%) Terminal Server
6 3 (8.57%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (5.71%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (2.86%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (2.86%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (2.86%) VMware Server
8 1 (2.86%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (45.71%) vCenter Server
2 11 (31.43%) PowerCLI
3 6 (17.14%) SCCM
4 5 (14.29%) WSUS
5 4 (11.43%) SCOM
6 3 (8.57%) Ansible
6 3 (8.57%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (8.57%) Puppet
6 3 (8.57%) SCVMM
6 3 (8.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 31 (88.57%) Microsoft
2 24 (68.57%) VMware
3 20 (57.14%) Cisco
4 12 (34.29%) Oracle
5 10 (28.57%) Atlassian
6 4 (11.43%) Wyse
7 3 (8.57%) SaltStack
8 1 (2.86%) Citrix
8 1 (2.86%) HP