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 3 months to 28 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 West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 141 128 136
Rank change year-on-year -13 +8  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 1 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.037% 0.40% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 1.20% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 8 1
Median daily rate £270 £619 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -56.36% +65.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £335 £320
% change year-on-year -2.98% +4.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £22.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £38.75 £18.00
% change year-on-year -41.88% +115.27%  

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 West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 875 1001 855
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.96% 33.41% 27.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1194 1397 1003
Median daily rate £429 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £269 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 105 92
Median hourly rate £42.00 £32.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.23% -22.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.13 £21.00 £14.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £137.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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 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 3 months to 28 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
Wiltshire -5 1 £270 -55.00%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) SLA
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) PowerShell
1 2 (100.00%) IIS
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (50.00%) XML
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (50.00%) UAG
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Management
2 1 (50.00%) Application Performance Management
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (50.00%) Remedy
2 1 (50.00%) Project Management
2 1 (50.00%) Change Management
2 1 (50.00%) Firewall
2 1 (50.00%) VMware
2 1 (50.00%) Computacenter
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 1 (50.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (50.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (50.00%) Performance Management

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 2 (100.00%) IIS
2 1 (50.00%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) DHCP
1 1 (50.00%) DNS
1 1 (50.00%) Firewall
1 1 (50.00%) LAN
1 1 (50.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) MS Access
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Applications Support
1 1 (50.00%) Applications Support Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) .NET
1 1 (50.00%) .NET Framework
1 1 (50.00%) XML
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) Application Performance Management
2 1 (50.00%) Change Management
2 1 (50.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Management
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
2 1 (50.00%) Performance Management
2 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (50.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (100.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) CCNA
2 1 (50.00%) CCNP
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (100.00%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (50.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (50.00%) UAG
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco
1 1 (50.00%) Computacenter
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) Remedy
1 1 (50.00%) VMware