Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 171 198 188
Rank change year-on-year +27 -10 +6
Contract jobs citing MCSA 40 4 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.68% 0.074% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.37% 0.24% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 2 13
South West median daily rate £313 £298 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.04% -40.50% +163.16%
10th Percentile £250 £262 £218
90th Percentile £625 £321 £655
England median daily rate £275 £319 £358
% change year-on-year -13.73% -10.84% +13.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
South West median hourly rate £41.53 - £22.00
10th Percentile £30.50 - £21.00
90th Percentile £47.00 - £38.60
England median hourly rate £19.50 £16.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.18% -34.00% +51.52%

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 1,690 1,635 1,810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 28.91% 30.21% 31.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 851 902 1,079
South West median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +2.24%
10th Percentile £258 £225 £255
90th Percentile £575 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £419
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.49% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 119 99
South West median hourly rate £41.83 £40.00 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.56% +19.40% -17.28%
10th Percentile £17.50 £16.68 £19.95
90th Percentile £48.75 £53.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -12.73% +7.84% +13.33%

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 24 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the South West over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 24 September 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 -1 13 £550 +103.70% 1
Cornwall - 6 £250 -
Bristol - 5 £450 - 4
Gloucestershire - 4 £475 - 2
Dorset +2 3 - - 5
Somerset +4 1 - - 1
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 40 (100.00%) Windows
1 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (92.50%) Microsoft
3 36 (90.00%) Windows Server
4 25 (62.50%) VMware
5 24 (60.00%) Data Centre
6 23 (57.50%) VMware Infrastructure
7 21 (52.50%) Cisco
8 20 (50.00%) MCSE
8 20 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (50.00%) SCCM
9 19 (47.50%) PowerShell
10 18 (45.00%) CCNA
11 17 (42.50%) ITIL
11 17 (42.50%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (40.00%) Security Cleared
12 16 (40.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 16 (40.00%) vCenter Server
13 15 (37.50%) ITIL V3
14 14 (35.00%) SC Cleared
15 12 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
15 12 (30.00%) Windows 7
15 12 (30.00%) Oracle
15 12 (30.00%) OCA
15 12 (30.00%) Oracle Certification
15 12 (30.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 11 (27.50%) Active Directory
17 10 (25.00%) Configuration Management
17 10 (25.00%) Windows 10

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 9 (22.50%) Confluence
1 9 (22.50%) MS Exchange
2 5 (12.50%) Skype for Business
3 4 (10.00%) SharePoint
4 2 (5.00%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.50%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (22.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (10.00%) Office 365
3 3 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (7.50%) Amazon S3
3 3 (7.50%) GitHub
3 3 (7.50%) IaaS
4 2 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (2.50%) OneDrive
5 1 (2.50%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (15.00%) Firewall
2 5 (12.50%) DNS
2 5 (12.50%) Skype
3 4 (10.00%) SAN
4 3 (7.50%) NAS
4 3 (7.50%) Network Security
4 3 (7.50%) VoIP
5 2 (5.00%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (5.00%) DHCP
5 2 (5.00%) DMZ
5 2 (5.00%) LAN
5 2 (5.00%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.50%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (2.50%) MySQL
2 1 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (22.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 9 (22.50%) JIRA
2 3 (7.50%) Bitbucket
2 3 (7.50%) CF BOSH
2 3 (7.50%) GitLab
General
1 4 (10.00%) Finance
1 4 (10.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (27.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (25.00%) Automation Engineer
2 10 (25.00%) PowerShell Engineer
3 8 (20.00%) Senior Technician
3 8 (20.00%) Server Technician
4 4 (10.00%) Integration Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Analyst
5 3 (7.50%) Exchange Technician
5 3 (7.50%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Deployment Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Deployment Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Server Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Support Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) IT Administrator
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Server Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Service Desk Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Service Desk Technician
7 1 (2.50%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (20.00%) REST
2 3 (7.50%) Node.js
3 1 (2.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (60.00%) Data Centre
2 7 (17.50%) Replication
3 6 (15.00%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (15.00%) Management Information System
4 5 (12.50%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (7.50%) PKI
5 3 (7.50%) Public Cloud
6 2 (5.00%) Computer Science
6 2 (5.00%) RIA
7 1 (2.50%) Fat Client
7 1 (2.50%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 40 (100.00%) Windows
2 36 (90.00%) Windows Server
3 17 (42.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 12 (30.00%) Windows 7
4 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (25.00%) Windows 10
6 7 (17.50%) Linux
7 3 (7.50%) AIX
7 3 (7.50%) Solaris
7 3 (7.50%) Unix
7 3 (7.50%) Windows XP
8 1 (2.50%) CentOS
8 1 (2.50%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (42.50%) ITIL
2 15 (37.50%) ITIL V3
3 12 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (30.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 10 (25.00%) Configuration Management
5 9 (22.50%) NsoIT
5 9 (22.50%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (22.50%) Reverse Engineering
6 7 (17.50%) Software Engineering
7 6 (15.00%) Migration
8 5 (12.50%) Availability Management
8 5 (12.50%) BCP
8 5 (12.50%) Business Continuity
8 5 (12.50%) Business Continuity Planning
8 5 (12.50%) Change Management
8 5 (12.50%) Incident Management
9 4 (10.00%) Deployment Automation
9 4 (10.00%) Programme Management
10 3 (7.50%) Password Management
10 3 (7.50%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 19 (47.50%) PowerShell
2 5 (12.50%) SQL
3 3 (7.50%) Bash Shell
3 3 (7.50%) Python
3 3 (7.50%) Ruby
4 1 (2.50%) C
4 1 (2.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (50.00%) MCSE
3 18 (45.00%) CCNA
4 16 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 16 (40.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 14 (35.00%) SC Cleared
6 12 (30.00%) OCA
6 12 (30.00%) Oracle Certification
7 4 (10.00%) CCNP
7 4 (10.00%) DV Cleared
7 4 (10.00%) MCP
8 1 (2.50%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.50%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (57.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (27.50%) Active Directory
3 6 (15.00%) Hyper-V
4 4 (10.00%) vSphere
5 3 (7.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (7.50%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (7.50%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (7.50%) VMware Server
6 1 (2.50%) Terminal Server
6 1 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (50.00%) SCCM
2 16 (40.00%) vCenter Server
3 9 (22.50%) PowerCLI
4 7 (17.50%) SCOM
5 6 (15.00%) WSUS
6 3 (7.50%) Ansible
6 3 (7.50%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (7.50%) Puppet
6 3 (7.50%) SCSM
6 3 (7.50%) Terraform
7 2 (5.00%) FortiGate
8 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (2.50%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 37 (92.50%) Microsoft
2 25 (62.50%) VMware
3 21 (52.50%) Cisco
4 12 (30.00%) Oracle
5 9 (22.50%) Atlassian
6 3 (7.50%) SaltStack
7 2 (5.00%) Fortinet
7 2 (5.00%) Splunk
8 1 (2.50%) Wyse