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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England / South West
Rank 135 129 143
Rank change year-on-year -6 +14  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 1 11 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.039% 0.38% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 1.15% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 0
Median daily rate £269 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.26% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -5.71% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £23.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -54.28% +137.28%  

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 806 954 904
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.31% 32.87% 28.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 531 557 551
Median daily rate £400 £388 £409
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -5.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 70 28
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.37 £20.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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
Gloucestershire - 1 £269 -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
3 3 (60.00%) ITIL
3 3 (60.00%) LAN
3 3 (60.00%) WAN
3 3 (60.00%) DHCP
3 3 (60.00%) DNS
3 3 (60.00%) CCNA
3 3 (60.00%) Cisco
3 3 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (60.00%) VMware
3 3 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (40.00%) Skype for Business
4 2 (40.00%) Unified Communications
4 2 (40.00%) ITIL V3
4 2 (40.00%) PowerPivot
4 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
4 2 (40.00%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 2 (40.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (40.00%) Smartphone
4 2 (40.00%) MCPD
4 2 (40.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (40.00%) Dimensional Modelling
4 2 (40.00%) Data Protection
4 2 (40.00%) Information Security
4 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (40.00%) Retail
4 2 (40.00%) ITSM

MCSA
Top Related 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 (40.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (20.00%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (40.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (40.00%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) DHCP
1 3 (60.00%) DNS
1 3 (60.00%) LAN
1 3 (60.00%) WAN
2 2 (40.00%) ISDN
2 2 (40.00%) MPLS
2 2 (40.00%) Skype
2 2 (40.00%) Structured Cabling
2 2 (40.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (40.00%) Unified Communications
2 2 (40.00%) VoIP
2 2 (40.00%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (20.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (40.00%) Power BI
1 2 (40.00%) PowerPivot
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
1 2 (40.00%) Retail
1 2 (40.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst Developer
1 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
1 2 (40.00%) Developer
1 2 (40.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
1 2 (40.00%) Network Infrastructure Specialist
1 2 (40.00%) Network Specialist
1 2 (40.00%) Server Specialist
1 2 (40.00%) Technical Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Data Centre
1 2 (40.00%) Management Information System
1 2 (40.00%) Replication
1 2 (40.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
1 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
1 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) ITIL
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
2 2 (40.00%) Data Protection
2 2 (40.00%) Dimensional Modelling
2 2 (40.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (40.00%) ETL
2 2 (40.00%) Information Governance
2 2 (40.00%) Information Security
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL V3
2 2 (40.00%) ITSM
2 2 (40.00%) Network Architecture
2 2 (40.00%) PRINCE2
2 2 (40.00%) Project Management
2 2 (40.00%) Service Management
3 1 (20.00%) Change Management
3 1 (20.00%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
3 3 (60.00%) CCNA
3 3 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (40.00%) CCDA
4 2 (40.00%) CNA
4 2 (40.00%) CNE
4 2 (40.00%) MCDBA
4 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 2 (40.00%) MCPD
4 2 (40.00%) MCSD
4 2 (40.00%) Novell Certification
5 1 (20.00%) CCNP
5 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (20.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (20.00%) UAG
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco
2 3 (60.00%) VMware
3 2 (40.00%) Novell
4 1 (20.00%) Computacenter
4 1 (20.00%) Remedy