Period
to 22 August 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 August 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
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 657 577 553
Rank change year-on-year -80 -24 +92
Contract jobs citing MCSA 202 340 351
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.31% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 1.49% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 216 206
UK median daily rate £325 £328 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.76% +9.17% +20.00%
10th Percentile £140 £180 £136
90th Percentile £479 £475 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £335 £260
% change year-on-year +4.48% +28.85% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 24 35
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £31.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.62% +75.00% +16.13%
10th Percentile £12.64 £16.33 £13.60
90th Percentile £32.57 £45.55 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £31.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -38.10% +75.00% +16.13%

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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18452 22862 22061
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.25% 21.11% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 11165 14257 12950
UK median daily rate £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +1.39% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £241 £230
90th Percentile £598 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 932 810 1089
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.18% +22.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.09 £12.25 £11.70
90th Percentile £50.60 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £27.80 £24.12
% change year-on-year +11.51% +15.26% +20.60%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 22 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 22 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 6 months to 22 August 2017. 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
England -23 186 £325 -7.14% 70
UK excluding London -41 132 £350 +4.48% 50
London -4 67 £300 -6.25% 22
South East +8 45 £350 - 16
North of England +43 33 £388 +15.67% 17
East of England -9 23 £400 +73.91% 3
North West +39 21 £313 -0.79% 11
Midlands +6 13 £325 -18.75% 6
Scotland -26 13 £325 +18.18% 1
North East +53 8 £404 +28.05% 1
West Midlands +21 8 £388 -3.13% 4
East Midlands -12 5 £300 -40.00% 2
Yorkshire +22 4 £313 -16.67% 5
South West -17 4 £298 -40.50% 6
Wales - 1 £110 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 with a requirement for MCSA.

1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 149 (73.76%) Windows
3 135 (66.83%) Active Directory
4 131 (64.85%) MCSE
5 127 (62.87%) Microsoft
6 84 (41.58%) VMware
7 77 (38.12%) ITIL
8 76 (37.62%) Windows Server
9 60 (29.70%) Windows Server 2012
10 59 (29.21%) Office 365
11 58 (28.71%) Microsoft Office
12 56 (27.72%) MCP
13 52 (25.74%) VMware Infrastructure
14 50 (24.75%) SCCM
14 50 (24.75%) Citrix
15 47 (23.27%) MS Exchange
16 46 (22.77%) SQL Server
17 45 (22.28%) Windows 7
18 44 (21.78%) Cisco
19 43 (21.29%) Windows Server 2008
20 40 (19.80%) Windows 10
21 39 (19.31%) Microsoft Azure
21 39 (19.31%) HP
22 37 (18.32%) MCITP
23 36 (17.82%) Change Management
24 35 (17.33%) Cisco Certification
25 32 (15.84%) Finance
26 31 (15.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 31 (15.35%) SQL
26 31 (15.35%) Hyper-V

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 47 (23.27%) MS Exchange
2 27 (13.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (10.89%) SharePoint
4 11 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (5.45%) Skype for Business
5 8 (3.96%) IBM Notes
6 4 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (1.98%) IIS
7 2 (0.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.99%) WordPress
8 1 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.50%) CMS
8 1 (0.50%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.50%) SAS
8 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 58 (28.71%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.97%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.50%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.99%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 59 (29.21%) Office 365
2 39 (19.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (10.89%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (6.44%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (3.96%) IaaS
6 4 (1.98%) G Suite
7 2 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.99%) PaaS
7 2 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.50%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 30 (14.85%) TCP/IP
2 27 (13.37%) DHCP
3 25 (12.38%) DNS
3 25 (12.38%) Firewall
4 22 (10.89%) SAN
5 21 (10.40%) Wireless
6 18 (8.91%) LAN
7 13 (6.44%) VPN
8 11 (5.45%) Skype
9 10 (4.95%) Ethernet
9 10 (4.95%) Internet
10 9 (4.46%) WAN
11 8 (3.96%) VLAN
12 6 (2.97%) NAS
13 5 (2.48%) SSL
14 4 (1.98%) NetScaler
14 4 (1.98%) SMS
15 3 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
15 3 (1.49%) SMTP
15 3 (1.49%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (22.77%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (2.48%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.49%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.99%) MySQL
9 1 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.50%) MS Access
9 1 (0.50%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (1.98%) HP UFT
2 3 (1.49%) Metasploit
2 3 (1.49%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.50%) MSI
3 1 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 32 (15.84%) Finance
2 7 (3.47%) Banking
3 6 (2.97%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.48%) Local Government
4 5 (2.48%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.49%) Legal
6 2 (0.99%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.99%) Retail
7 1 (0.50%) Advertising
7 1 (0.50%) Front Office
7 1 (0.50%) Law
7 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 37 (18.32%) Analyst
2 29 (14.36%) Desktop Support
3 25 (12.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 21 (10.40%) Support Engineer
5 20 (9.90%) Support Analyst
6 19 (9.41%) Architect
7 17 (8.42%) 3rd Line Support
8 15 (7.43%) Desktop Engineer
9 14 (6.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 12 (5.94%) 2nd Line Support
11 10 (4.95%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
11 10 (4.95%) Systems Engineer
12 9 (4.46%) Server Engineer
12 9 (4.46%) Windows Engineer
13 8 (3.96%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 8 (3.96%) Administrator
13 8 (3.96%) Consultant
14 7 (3.47%) Project Engineer
14 7 (3.47%) Service Analyst
14 7 (3.47%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.98%) 802.1X
2 2 (0.99%) .NET
2 2 (0.99%) Web Services
3 1 (0.50%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.50%) SAML
3 1 (0.50%) WAP
3 1 (0.50%) XML
3 1 (0.50%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.89%) Data Centre
2 13 (6.44%) Blackberry
2 13 (6.44%) Video Conferencing
3 11 (5.45%) Management Information System
4 10 (4.95%) Client/Server
4 10 (4.95%) NHS
5 7 (3.47%) Driving Licence
6 6 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (2.97%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.97%) Enterprise Storage
7 5 (2.48%) HP Storage
7 5 (2.48%) Life Science
7 5 (2.48%) PKI
7 5 (2.48%) Replication
8 4 (1.98%) CESG
8 4 (1.98%) Clustering
9 3 (1.49%) BYOD
9 3 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.99%) Cyberthreat
10 2 (0.99%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 149 (73.76%) Windows
2 76 (37.62%) Windows Server
3 60 (29.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (22.28%) Windows 7
5 43 (21.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (19.80%) Windows 10
7 23 (11.39%) Windows Server 2003
8 19 (9.41%) Linux
9 12 (5.94%) Apple iOS
9 12 (5.94%) Windows XP
10 9 (4.46%) Unix
10 9 (4.46%) Windows 8
11 8 (3.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.98%) Android
12 4 (1.98%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.49%) AIX
13 3 (1.49%) CentOS
13 3 (1.49%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.99%) Solaris
14 2 (0.99%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (38.12%) ITIL
2 36 (17.82%) Change Management
3 28 (13.86%) Migration
4 15 (7.43%) High Availability
5 14 (6.93%) Service Management
5 14 (6.93%) Time Management
6 13 (6.44%) ITIL V3
7 12 (5.94%) Service Delivery
8 11 (5.45%) Validation
9 10 (4.95%) Enterprise Architecture
10 9 (4.46%) Application Packaging
10 9 (4.46%) ITSM
10 9 (4.46%) PRINCE2
11 7 (3.47%) Business Continuity
11 7 (3.47%) IT Strategy
11 7 (3.47%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (2.97%) Cybersecurity
12 6 (2.97%) Infrastructure Management
12 6 (2.97%) Programme Governance
12 6 (2.97%) Remediation Plan
Programming Languages
1 31 (15.35%) SQL
2 23 (11.39%) PowerShell
3 10 (4.95%) Java
4 5 (2.48%) Python
5 4 (1.98%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.49%) VBScript
7 2 (0.99%) Perl
7 2 (0.99%) Ruby
7 2 (0.99%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.99%) VB
8 1 (0.50%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.50%) C
8 1 (0.50%) C#
8 1 (0.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 131 (64.85%) MCSE
3 56 (27.72%) MCP
4 37 (18.32%) MCITP
5 35 (17.33%) Cisco Certification
6 31 (15.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 29 (14.36%) CCNA
8 17 (8.42%) Degree
8 17 (8.42%) Network+ Certification
9 16 (7.92%) MCDST
9 16 (7.92%) SC Cleared
9 16 (7.92%) Security Cleared
10 14 (6.93%) A+ Certification
10 14 (6.93%) CCNP
10 14 (6.93%) MCTS
11 10 (4.95%) ACDT
11 10 (4.95%) ACHDS
11 10 (4.95%) ACTC
11 10 (4.95%) MCSM
12 9 (4.46%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (7.92%) SLA
2 11 (5.45%) PCI DSS
3 10 (4.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.49%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 135 (66.83%) Active Directory
2 52 (25.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (15.35%) Hyper-V
4 20 (9.90%) vSphere
5 16 (7.92%) XenApp
6 13 (6.44%) Virtual Servers
7 10 (4.95%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (4.46%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.98%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (1.98%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.99%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.99%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.50%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.50%) Docker
12 1 (0.50%) UAG
Systems Management
1 50 (24.75%) SCCM
2 9 (4.46%) SCOM
3 6 (2.97%) Backup Exec
3 6 (2.97%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (2.48%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (1.98%) WSUS
6 3 (1.49%) DameWare
6 3 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (1.49%) Netcool
6 3 (1.49%) OVSD
7 2 (0.99%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.99%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (0.99%) PowerCLI
7 2 (0.99%) SCSM
7 2 (0.99%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.99%) WMI
8 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.50%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 127 (62.87%) Microsoft
2 84 (41.58%) VMware
3 50 (24.75%) Citrix
4 44 (21.78%) Cisco
5 39 (19.31%) HP
6 22 (10.89%) Apple
7 19 (9.41%) Oracle
8 13 (6.44%) Sophos
9 12 (5.94%) Symantec
10 11 (5.45%) Veeam
11 10 (4.95%) Dell
12 8 (3.96%) Lotus
13 7 (3.47%) Google
13 7 (3.47%) McAfee
13 7 (3.47%) Red Hat
14 6 (2.97%) Juniper
15 5 (2.48%) NetApp
15 5 (2.48%) Polycom
15 5 (2.48%) ServiceNow
15 5 (2.48%) Veritas