Period
to 22 January 2018

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 January 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
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 613 634 566
Rank change year-on-year +21 -68 +64
Contract jobs citing MCSA 278 226 326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.24% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.48% 1.16% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 165 191
UK median daily rate £313 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.71% +7.69% +0.78%
10th Percentile £140 £160 £135
90th Percentile £489 £533 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 37
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £16.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.30% -10.81% +14.16%
10th Percentile £11.06 £13.98 £12.15
90th Percentile £39.75 £19.45 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.63 £16.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +55.30% -10.81% -1.33%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18,840 19,485 21,989
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.91% 20.44% 20.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,564 12,218 13,303
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 868 1,044
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.94 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.61% -5.68% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.27 £50.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -4.85% -3.57% +43.59%

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 January 2018.

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 January 2018.

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 January 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
England +59 260 £310 -12.12% 162
UK excluding London +58 196 £350 - 117
London -29 81 £190 -49.33% 49
South East -10 66 £350 - 36
North of England +37 34 £319 -20.31% 24
East of England -4 30 £300 -21.31% 15
Midlands +16 28 £450 +48.76% 20
North West +21 27 £325 +36.84% 18
South West +20 20 £475 +102.13% 17
West Midlands +14 14 £475 +57.02% 11
East Midlands +10 14 £248 - 9
Scotland -33 13 £258 -6.36% 2
Yorkshire +14 8 £650 +73.33% 4
Wales - 5 £375 -
North East +32 1 £404 -21.55% 2

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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.

1 278 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 212 (76.26%) Windows
3 199 (71.58%) MCSE
4 193 (69.42%) Active Directory
5 167 (60.07%) Microsoft
6 124 (44.60%) ITIL
7 122 (43.88%) Windows Server
8 119 (42.81%) VMware
9 91 (32.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 80 (28.78%) Office 365
11 75 (26.98%) Windows 7
12 74 (26.62%) Citrix
13 68 (24.46%) MCP
14 67 (24.10%) MS Exchange
15 63 (22.66%) Windows Server 2008
16 61 (21.94%) TCP/IP
17 60 (21.58%) Microsoft Office
17 60 (21.58%) Microsoft Azure
18 59 (21.22%) SCCM
19 57 (20.50%) DNS
20 55 (19.78%) SQL Server
20 55 (19.78%) VMware Infrastructure
21 52 (18.71%) PowerShell
22 50 (17.99%) SQL
22 50 (17.99%) DHCP
23 49 (17.63%) MCITP
24 43 (15.47%) SAN
25 42 (15.11%) HP
25 42 (15.11%) Windows 10
26 41 (14.75%) Cisco

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 67 (24.10%) MS Exchange
2 37 (13.31%) SharePoint
3 27 (9.71%) Skype for Business
4 20 (7.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (3.60%) IIS
6 9 (3.24%) IBM Notes
7 8 (2.88%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (2.16%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.08%) IBM Domino
11 2 (0.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.72%) CMS
11 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 60 (21.58%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.44%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.44%) Eikon
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 80 (28.78%) Office 365
2 60 (21.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (8.63%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (5.04%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (3.24%) OneDrive
6 4 (1.44%) G Suite
6 4 (1.44%) IaaS
6 4 (1.44%) PaaS
6 4 (1.44%) SaaS
7 3 (1.08%) Mimecast
8 2 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.36%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.36%) Data Lake Analytics
9 1 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.36%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 61 (21.94%) TCP/IP
2 57 (20.50%) DNS
3 50 (17.99%) DHCP
4 43 (15.47%) SAN
5 36 (12.95%) LAN
6 29 (10.43%) Firewall
7 26 (9.35%) Wireless
8 25 (8.99%) Internet
8 25 (8.99%) WAN
9 19 (6.83%) Skype
10 17 (6.12%) NAS
10 17 (6.12%) VPN
11 15 (5.40%) Ethernet
12 12 (4.32%) iSCSI
13 11 (3.96%) VLAN
14 10 (3.60%) Fibre Channel
15 7 (2.52%) VoIP
16 5 (1.80%) Network Security
16 5 (1.80%) SSL
16 5 (1.80%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (19.78%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (3.24%) SQL Server 2016
3 8 (2.88%) Oracle Database
4 7 (2.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (2.16%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.80%) OLAP
7 4 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (1.08%) MySQL
8 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.72%) DB2
9 2 (0.72%) Power BI
9 2 (0.72%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.72%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.36%) Data Lake
10 1 (0.36%) HDInsight
10 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 6 (2.16%) HP UFT
2 4 (1.44%) JMeter
3 3 (1.08%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.72%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.72%) MSI
General
1 36 (12.95%) Finance
2 11 (3.96%) Banking
2 11 (3.96%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.24%) Advertising
4 8 (2.88%) Local Government
5 4 (1.44%) Legal
6 3 (1.08%) Law
6 3 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.72%) German Language
7 2 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.36%) Billing
8 1 (0.36%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.36%) Marketing
8 1 (0.36%) Publishing
8 1 (0.36%) Retail
Job Titles
1 42 (15.11%) Analyst
2 31 (11.15%) Support Engineer
3 30 (10.79%) Windows Engineer
4 29 (10.43%) Consultant
5 27 (9.71%) Desktop Support
6 25 (8.99%) 2nd Line Support
7 22 (7.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 18 (6.47%) 3rd Line Support
8 18 (6.47%) Systems Engineer
9 16 (5.76%) Desktop Engineer
9 16 (5.76%) Support Analyst
10 14 (5.04%) Administrator
11 13 (4.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 13 (4.68%) Architect
12 12 (4.32%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 11 (3.96%) IT Support
14 10 (3.60%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
14 10 (3.60%) Server Engineer
15 9 (3.24%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 9 (3.24%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.44%) .NET
2 2 (0.72%) LDAP
3 1 (0.36%) Middleware
3 1 (0.36%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.43%) Blackberry
2 28 (10.07%) Data Centre
3 25 (8.99%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (5.40%) Client/Server
4 15 (5.40%) Management Information System
5 14 (5.04%) Clustering
5 14 (5.04%) Replication
6 9 (3.24%) PKI
7 6 (2.16%) Computer Science
7 6 (2.16%) Virtual Team
8 5 (1.80%) Driving Licence
8 5 (1.80%) EMC VNX
8 5 (1.80%) Mobile App
8 5 (1.80%) NHS
8 5 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.08%) CESG
9 3 (1.08%) Wiki
10 2 (0.72%) CMDB
10 2 (0.72%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.72%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 212 (76.26%) Windows
2 122 (43.88%) Windows Server
3 91 (32.73%) Windows Server 2012
4 75 (26.98%) Windows 7
5 63 (22.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 42 (15.11%) Windows 10
7 34 (12.23%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (8.99%) Linux
9 23 (8.27%) Apple iOS
10 11 (3.96%) Unix
10 11 (3.96%) Windows 8
11 10 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (2.88%) Android
13 4 (1.44%) Windows XP
14 3 (1.08%) Mac OS
14 3 (1.08%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.08%) Solaris
14 3 (1.08%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.72%) CentOS
16 1 (0.36%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (44.60%) ITIL
2 30 (10.79%) Migration
3 25 (8.99%) Change Management
4 23 (8.27%) Time Management
5 15 (5.40%) Service Delivery
6 14 (5.04%) PRINCE2
6 14 (5.04%) Validation
7 12 (4.32%) ITIL V3
7 12 (4.32%) Problem Management
8 11 (3.96%) Asset Management
8 11 (3.96%) Service Management
9 10 (3.60%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (3.60%) Business Continuity
10 9 (3.24%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (3.24%) Change Control
10 9 (3.24%) Presales
11 8 (2.88%) Identity Management
11 8 (2.88%) Service Design
11 8 (2.88%) Software Deployment
12 7 (2.52%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 52 (18.71%) PowerShell
2 50 (17.99%) SQL
3 20 (7.19%) Java
4 15 (5.40%) VBScript
5 9 (3.24%) T-SQL
6 6 (2.16%) Python
6 6 (2.16%) Shell Script
7 4 (1.44%) C#
7 4 (1.44%) VB
7 4 (1.44%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.36%) C
8 1 (0.36%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.36%) Ruby
8 1 (0.36%) VBA
Qualifications
1 278 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 199 (71.58%) MCSE
3 68 (24.46%) MCP
4 49 (17.63%) MCITP
5 38 (13.67%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (12.95%) CCNA
7 28 (10.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 26 (9.35%) Degree
9 25 (8.99%) Security Cleared
10 22 (7.91%) MCDST
11 20 (7.19%) SC Cleared
12 19 (6.83%) A+ Certification
12 19 (6.83%) Network+ Certification
13 17 (6.12%) CCNP
13 17 (6.12%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (5.40%) ACHDS
14 15 (5.40%) DV Cleared
14 15 (5.40%) MCSM
15 14 (5.04%) ACDT
15 14 (5.04%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (6.83%) SLA
2 7 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.52%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.72%) Government Security Classifications
3 2 (0.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (0.72%) PMO
System Software
1 193 (69.42%) Active Directory
2 55 (19.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (12.23%) Hyper-V
4 23 (8.27%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (7.19%) vSphere
6 16 (5.76%) Virtual Servers
6 16 (5.76%) XenApp
7 11 (3.96%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.88%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (2.88%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.16%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
11 3 (1.08%) DFS Replication
11 3 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.08%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.72%) Firmware
12 2 (0.72%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.36%) KVM
13 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 59 (21.22%) SCCM
2 20 (7.19%) Norton AntiVirus
3 18 (6.47%) SCOM
4 15 (5.40%) Nessus
5 14 (5.04%) Backup Exec
6 13 (4.68%) NetBackup
7 12 (4.32%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (3.60%) HP Data Protector
9 9 (3.24%) DameWare
10 8 (2.88%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (2.52%) HP Quality Center
12 5 (1.80%) McAfee ePO
13 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 3 (1.08%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 3 (1.08%) WSUS
14 2 (0.72%) Cisco Prime
14 2 (0.72%) EdgeSight
14 2 (0.72%) vCenter Server
15 1 (0.36%) MOM
15 1 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 167 (60.07%) Microsoft
2 119 (42.81%) VMware
3 74 (26.62%) Citrix
4 42 (15.11%) HP
5 41 (14.75%) Cisco
6 40 (14.39%) Apple
7 32 (11.51%) Oracle
8 30 (10.79%) SolarWinds
9 27 (9.71%) Symantec
10 22 (7.91%) Ivanti
11 20 (7.19%) Dell
12 14 (5.04%) CommVault
13 13 (4.68%) IBM
14 12 (4.32%) Lotus
14 12 (4.32%) NetApp
15 11 (3.96%) 3PAR
15 11 (3.96%) Veritas
16 9 (3.24%) EMC
16 9 (3.24%) EqualLogic
16 9 (3.24%) FactSet