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 3 months to 22 May 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
3 months to
22 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 512 462 478
Rank change year-on-year -50 +16  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 84 185 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.35% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.96% 1.60% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 111 112
Median daily rate £325 £335 £293
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.98% +14.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £213 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £450 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £348 £255
% change year-on-year -17.26% +36.27%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 14 12
Median hourly rate £16.50 £38.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.41% +115.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.24 £22.15 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £47.05 £44.66
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8757 11540 10977
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.57% 21.56% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5325 7182 6256
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +7.89% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 411 562
Median hourly rate £31.85 £32.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.00% +44.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 22 May 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 3 months to 22 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 May 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
England -12 76 £325 -7.14% 68
London +5 32 £325 +8.33% 17
South East +3 24 £300 -14.28% 16
Kent - 12 £145 - 3
City of London 0 10 £325 -31.57% 8
North West +30 9 £400 +26.98% 11
Scotland 0 6 £291 -2.10% 1
Buckinghamshire -7 5 £500 - 3
East of England +6 4 £550 +60.00% 8
Cumbria - 4 - -
West Midlands +24 3 £275 - 4
Erskine +15 3 £254 -13.98%
Manchester +14 3 £400 +21.21% 8
Renfrewshire +12 3 £254 -13.98%
Hertfordshire +2 3 £550 +60.00% 4
East Midlands -9 3 £225 -41.93% 2
Milton Keynes - 3 £500 - 3
Edinburgh - 3 £338 -
Cheshire +30 2 - - 1
West Sussex +20 2 - - 1
Berkshire +11 2 £350 -
High Wycombe +5 2 £160 -
Reading +4 2 £350 -
Warrington - 2 - -
Dover - 2 - -
Welwyn - 2 £550 -
Hampshire +17 1 £388 -6.06% 3
Cambridgeshire +6 1 - -
Guildford +5 1 - -
Cambridge +4 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 183 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 136 (74.32%) Windows
3 133 (72.68%) Active Directory
4 124 (67.76%) Microsoft
5 88 (48.09%) MCSE
6 87 (47.54%) Windows Server
7 80 (43.72%) ITIL
8 77 (42.08%) VMware
9 69 (37.70%) Windows Server 2008
10 58 (31.69%) Windows Server 2012
11 55 (30.05%) VMware Infrastructure
11 55 (30.05%) Cisco
12 51 (27.87%) MCITP
13 47 (25.68%) MS Exchange
14 45 (24.59%) Windows 7
15 44 (24.04%) SQL Server
16 42 (22.95%) MCP
16 42 (22.95%) Firewall
17 41 (22.40%) PowerShell
18 39 (21.31%) Office 365
19 36 (19.67%) Hyper-V
20 34 (18.58%) Security Cleared
20 34 (18.58%) Change Management
20 34 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
21 33 (18.03%) SQL
22 32 (17.49%) Exchange Server 2010
23 31 (16.94%) SC Cleared
24 30 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
24 30 (16.39%) DHCP
25 29 (15.85%) SAN

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 (25.68%) MS Exchange
2 32 (17.49%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (12.57%) SharePoint
4 20 (10.93%) Skype for Business
5 14 (7.65%) IIS
6 7 (3.83%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.73%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.55%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.55%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.55%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 34 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.09%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.55%) Eikon
2 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 39 (21.31%) Office 365
2 24 (13.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (4.92%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.92%) Azure Active Directory
4 8 (4.37%) IaaS
5 4 (2.19%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.09%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (1.09%) PaaS
6 2 (1.09%) SaaS
7 1 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.55%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 42 (22.95%) Firewall
2 30 (16.39%) DHCP
3 29 (15.85%) SAN
4 27 (14.75%) DNS
5 21 (11.48%) VoIP
6 19 (10.38%) LAN
7 18 (9.84%) Skype
8 16 (8.74%) WAN
9 15 (8.20%) TCP/IP
10 7 (3.83%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (3.83%) Network Security
11 6 (3.28%) Internet
11 6 (3.28%) VPN
12 5 (2.73%) Wireless
13 4 (2.19%) NAS
13 4 (2.19%) Remote Desktop
14 3 (1.64%) Cisco IOS
14 3 (1.64%) iSCSI
14 3 (1.64%) Unified Communications
14 3 (1.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (24.04%) SQL Server
2 15 (8.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (7.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.73%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.64%) MySQL
5 3 (1.64%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.64%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.09%) Big Data
6 2 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.55%) MS Access
7 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.19%) Git (software)
1 4 (2.19%) Jenkins
1 4 (2.19%) StarTeam
2 2 (1.09%) CruiseControl
2 2 (1.09%) JIRA
2 2 (1.09%) MSI
2 2 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.09%) TeamCity
2 2 (1.09%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.55%) Metasploit
General
1 19 (10.38%) Finance
2 7 (3.83%) Manufacturing
3 5 (2.73%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.19%) Banking
5 2 (1.09%) Legal
5 2 (1.09%) Retail
6 1 (0.55%) Advertising
6 1 (0.55%) Front Office
6 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (17.49%) Analyst
2 20 (10.93%) Architect
3 19 (10.38%) Support Engineer
4 18 (9.84%) Desktop Support
5 17 (9.29%) Wintel Engineer
6 16 (8.74%) Server Engineer
6 16 (8.74%) Support Analyst
7 14 (7.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 14 (7.65%) Windows Engineer
8 11 (6.01%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 10 (5.46%) 2nd Line Support
9 10 (5.46%) 3rd Line Support
9 10 (5.46%) Systems Engineer
10 9 (4.92%) Desktop Engineer
11 8 (4.37%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 8 (4.37%) Consultant
11 8 (4.37%) DBA
11 8 (4.37%) Desktop Analyst
11 8 (4.37%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 7 (3.83%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.84%) XML
2 3 (1.64%) .NET
2 3 (1.64%) HTML
2 3 (1.64%) XMPP
3 2 (1.09%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.09%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.09%) WCF
3 2 (1.09%) WF
4 1 (0.55%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.55%) SAML
4 1 (0.55%) WAP
4 1 (0.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.74%) Data Centre
2 13 (7.10%) NHS
3 12 (6.56%) Clustering
4 11 (6.01%) Video Conferencing
5 6 (3.28%) Life Science
6 5 (2.73%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.73%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.73%) Virtual Team
7 4 (2.19%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (2.19%) Driving Licence
7 4 (2.19%) Enterprise Cloud
7 4 (2.19%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.19%) PKI
8 3 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.64%) Replication
9 2 (1.09%) EPoS
9 2 (1.09%) HP Storage
9 2 (1.09%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.09%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 136 (74.32%) Windows
2 87 (47.54%) Windows Server
3 69 (37.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 58 (31.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (24.59%) Windows 7
6 30 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 23 (12.57%) Windows 10
8 12 (6.56%) Linux
9 9 (4.92%) Windows 8
9 9 (4.92%) Windows XP
10 6 (3.28%) Android
11 5 (2.73%) Apple iOS
12 4 (2.19%) AIX
13 3 (1.64%) Mac OS
13 3 (1.64%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.64%) Unix
14 1 (0.55%) CentOS
14 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (43.72%) ITIL
2 34 (18.58%) Change Management
3 17 (9.29%) High Availability
4 15 (8.20%) ITIL V3
5 10 (5.46%) Root Cause Analysis
5 10 (5.46%) Technical Architecture
6 9 (4.92%) Service Delivery
6 9 (4.92%) Validation
7 8 (4.37%) Migration
8 7 (3.83%) Configuration Management
8 7 (3.83%) Customer Requirements
8 7 (3.83%) Network Management
8 7 (3.83%) Project Management
8 7 (3.83%) Server Patching
9 6 (3.28%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (3.28%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (3.28%) ITSM
9 6 (3.28%) Service Management
10 5 (2.73%) Application Packaging
10 5 (2.73%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (22.40%) PowerShell
2 33 (18.03%) SQL
3 19 (10.38%) VBScript
4 5 (2.73%) Bash Shell
4 5 (2.73%) Python
5 2 (1.09%) C
5 2 (1.09%) C#
6 1 (0.55%) Java
6 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.55%) VB
6 1 (0.55%) X++
Qualifications
1 183 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (48.09%) MCSE
3 51 (27.87%) MCITP
4 42 (22.95%) MCP
5 34 (18.58%) Security Cleared
6 31 (16.94%) SC Cleared
7 27 (14.75%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (13.66%) CCNA
9 17 (9.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 16 (8.74%) CCNP
11 13 (7.10%) MCTS
12 12 (6.56%) Degree
13 5 (2.73%) A+ Certification
13 5 (2.73%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (2.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (2.73%) MCDBA
13 5 (2.73%) MCDST
14 4 (2.19%) DBS Check
14 4 (2.19%) ISTQB
15 3 (1.64%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.10%) SLA
2 6 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (2.19%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.19%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 133 (72.68%) Active Directory
2 55 (30.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (19.67%) Hyper-V
4 27 (14.75%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (6.01%) UAG
5 11 (6.01%) vSphere
6 5 (2.73%) Forefront TMG
6 5 (2.73%) ISA Server
7 4 (2.19%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.64%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.09%) XenApp
9 2 (1.09%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (14.75%) SCCM
2 8 (4.37%) SCOM
3 5 (2.73%) Nessus
3 5 (2.73%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (2.19%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (2.19%) Netcool
4 4 (2.19%) Puppet
5 3 (1.64%) OVSD
6 2 (1.09%) PowerCLI
6 2 (1.09%) SCSM
6 2 (1.09%) WSUS
7 1 (0.55%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.55%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.55%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.55%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.55%) WMI
Vendors
1 124 (67.76%) Microsoft
2 77 (42.08%) VMware
3 55 (30.05%) Cisco
4 23 (12.57%) Citrix
5 22 (12.02%) NetApp
6 19 (10.38%) HP
7 9 (4.92%) Apple
8 7 (3.83%) Symantec
9 6 (3.28%) Forcepoint
9 6 (3.28%) Oracle
10 5 (2.73%) CheckPoint
10 5 (2.73%) EMC
10 5 (2.73%) LANDesk
10 5 (2.73%) Polycom
10 5 (2.73%) Remedy
10 5 (2.73%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.19%) McAfee
11 4 (2.19%) Veritas
12 3 (1.64%) Computacenter
12 3 (1.64%) Dell
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