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 29 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.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 519 471 467
Rank change year-on-year -48 -4  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 86 178 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.33% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 1.59% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 96 95
Median daily rate £328 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.16% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £175 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £350 £300
% change year-on-year -6.42% +16.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 5
Median hourly rate £22.52 £39.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.25% +160.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £15.75 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £64.50 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £39.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -42.25% +164.40%  

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 9390 11207 10727
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.76% 20.82% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5997 7009 6081
Median daily rate £420 £405 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 409 493
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.51 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.83% +62.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.40 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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 29 March 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
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 29 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
England -8 85 £330 +10.00% 55
South East +13 38 £330 -5.71% 15
London +13 29 £333 +33.00% 13
Kent - 16 £266 -
Buckinghamshire +1 11 £350 +20.68% 2
Hampshire +17 10 £325 -21.21% 4
Milton Keynes +6 9 £350 +20.68% 2
City of London 0 9 £333 -11.33% 6
North West +21 7 £275 -5.98% 9
Hook +15 7 £310 -
East of England -2 7 £255 -15.00% 3
Cumbria - 4 - -
Maidstone - 4 £176 -
Cheshire +24 2 - - 1
High Wycombe +3 2 - -
Hertfordshire -2 2 - - 1
Essex -6 2 £135 -
Warrington - 2 - -
Watford - 2 - -
Manchester +14 1 £275 -17.91% 5
Yorkshire +12 1 £400 +6.66% 7
West Midlands +8 1 - - 3
Cambridge +7 1 - -
Guildford +4 1 - - 1
South Yorkshire +3 1 £400 -
Cambridgeshire +1 1 - - 1
Northampton 0 1 £300 +46.34%
Scotland 0 1 £325 +6.55% 2
Northamptonshire -3 1 £300 +46.34% 1
East Midlands -8 1 £300 +46.34% 2

For the 6 months to 29 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 with a requirement for MCSA.

1 185 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 146 (78.92%) Windows
3 135 (72.97%) Active Directory
4 128 (69.19%) Microsoft
5 99 (53.51%) MCSE
6 93 (50.27%) Windows Server
7 86 (46.49%) VMware
8 75 (40.54%) ITIL
9 72 (38.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 65 (35.14%) Windows Server 2012
11 64 (34.59%) Cisco
12 60 (32.43%) VMware Infrastructure
13 57 (30.81%) MCITP
14 54 (29.19%) MS Exchange
15 51 (27.57%) MCP
16 49 (26.49%) Windows 7
17 47 (25.41%) Firewall
18 42 (22.70%) SQL Server
19 39 (21.08%) Security Cleared
20 38 (20.54%) PowerShell
20 38 (20.54%) Hyper-V
20 38 (20.54%) MS Office
21 37 (20.00%) Office 365
22 36 (19.46%) Windows Server 2003
23 34 (18.38%) Change Management
23 34 (18.38%) Exchange Server 2010
23 34 (18.38%) SC Cleared
24 33 (17.84%) SAN
25 32 (17.30%) DHCP
26 29 (15.68%) DNS

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 54 (29.19%) MS Exchange
2 34 (18.38%) Exchange Server 2010
3 29 (15.68%) Skype for Business
4 24 (12.97%) SharePoint
5 14 (7.57%) IIS
6 8 (4.32%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.54%) Apache
8 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.54%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.54%) OpenStack
Applications
1 38 (20.54%) MS Office
2 24 (12.97%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.08%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.08%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 37 (20.00%) Office 365
2 15 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.78%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.16%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (2.16%) IaaS
4 4 (2.16%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.62%) SaaS
6 2 (1.08%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (1.08%) PaaS
7 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.54%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 47 (25.41%) Firewall
2 33 (17.84%) SAN
3 32 (17.30%) DHCP
4 29 (15.68%) DNS
5 26 (14.05%) Skype
6 23 (12.43%) LAN
6 23 (12.43%) VoIP
7 22 (11.89%) TCP/IP
8 17 (9.19%) WAN
9 12 (6.49%) Internet
10 10 (5.41%) VPN
10 10 (5.41%) Wireless
11 9 (4.86%) Cisco Nexus
11 9 (4.86%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (4.32%) Ethernet
13 7 (3.78%) Network Security
14 5 (2.70%) Unified Communications
14 5 (2.70%) VLAN
15 4 (2.16%) NAS
15 4 (2.16%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (22.70%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.49%) SQL Server 2008
2 12 (6.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (2.70%) MySQL
3 5 (2.70%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.16%) Big Data
4 4 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.08%) Power BI
6 2 (1.08%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (3.24%) StarTeam
2 5 (2.70%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.16%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.62%) CruiseControl
4 3 (1.62%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.62%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.62%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (1.08%) JIRA
5 2 (1.08%) MSI
5 2 (1.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 27 (14.59%) Finance
2 11 (5.95%) Manufacturing
3 9 (4.86%) Retail
4 7 (3.78%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.70%) Legal
6 2 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.54%) Advertising
7 1 (0.54%) Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Law
Job Titles
1 33 (17.84%) Analyst
2 23 (12.43%) Support Engineer
3 21 (11.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 21 (11.35%) Windows Engineer
4 20 (10.81%) Wintel Engineer
5 18 (9.73%) Architect
6 16 (8.65%) Server Engineer
7 15 (8.11%) Systems Engineer
8 13 (7.03%) Support Analyst
9 11 (5.95%) Desktop Support
9 11 (5.95%) Windows Systems Engineer
10 10 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support
10 10 (5.41%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
10 10 (5.41%) IT Engineer
11 8 (4.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 7 (3.78%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 7 (3.78%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 7 (3.78%) IT Analyst
12 7 (3.78%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.27%) XML
2 5 (2.70%) HTML
3 3 (1.62%) .NET
3 3 (1.62%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.62%) WCF
3 3 (1.62%) WF
3 3 (1.62%) XMPP
4 2 (1.08%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.54%) LAMP
5 1 (0.54%) WAP
5 1 (0.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.11%) Clustering
2 13 (7.03%) Data Centre
3 12 (6.49%) Management Information System
4 10 (5.41%) NHS
4 10 (5.41%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (4.86%) Blackberry
5 9 (4.86%) Computer Science
6 8 (4.32%) Client/Server
6 8 (4.32%) Life Science
7 5 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.70%) Private Cloud
8 4 (2.16%) Driving Licence
8 4 (2.16%) Enterprise Cloud
8 4 (2.16%) PKI
8 4 (2.16%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.62%) Replication
9 3 (1.62%) Smartphone
10 2 (1.08%) EPoS
11 1 (0.54%) Handset
11 1 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 146 (78.92%) Windows
2 93 (50.27%) Windows Server
3 72 (38.92%) Windows Server 2008
4 65 (35.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (26.49%) Windows 7
6 36 (19.46%) Windows Server 2003
7 24 (12.97%) Windows 10
8 13 (7.03%) Linux
8 13 (7.03%) Windows 8
9 11 (5.95%) Windows XP
10 8 (4.32%) Apple iOS
11 6 (3.24%) AIX
12 5 (2.70%) Android
13 3 (1.62%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.62%) Unix
14 2 (1.08%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.54%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (40.54%) ITIL
2 34 (18.38%) Change Management
3 15 (8.11%) High Availability
4 14 (7.57%) ITIL V3
5 13 (7.03%) Validation
6 9 (4.86%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (4.86%) Migration
6 9 (4.86%) Service Delivery
6 9 (4.86%) Technical Architecture
7 8 (4.32%) Configuration Management
7 8 (4.32%) Customer Requirements
7 8 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (4.32%) Network Management
7 8 (4.32%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (3.78%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (3.78%) Identity Management
8 7 (3.78%) ITSM
8 7 (3.78%) Time Management
9 6 (3.24%) Service Management
9 6 (3.24%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 38 (20.54%) PowerShell
2 28 (15.14%) SQL
3 21 (11.35%) VBScript
4 4 (2.16%) Bash Shell
4 4 (2.16%) C#
4 4 (2.16%) Python
5 2 (1.08%) C
6 1 (0.54%) PHP
6 1 (0.54%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.54%) X++
Qualifications
1 185 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (53.51%) MCSE
3 57 (30.81%) MCITP
4 51 (27.57%) MCP
5 39 (21.08%) Security Cleared
6 34 (18.38%) SC Cleared
7 29 (15.68%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (13.51%) CCNA
9 21 (11.35%) CCNP
10 16 (8.65%) Degree
11 13 (7.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (6.49%) MCTS
13 11 (5.95%) MCDST
14 8 (4.32%) MCDBA
15 6 (3.24%) ACDT
15 6 (3.24%) ACHDS
15 6 (3.24%) ACTC
15 6 (3.24%) ISTQB
15 6 (3.24%) MCSM
15 6 (3.24%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.03%) SLA
2 4 (2.16%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.54%) GCP
System Software
1 135 (72.97%) Active Directory
2 60 (32.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (20.54%) Hyper-V
4 15 (8.11%) VMware ESX
5 11 (5.95%) UAG
5 11 (5.95%) vSphere
6 8 (4.32%) Virtual Servers
6 8 (4.32%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (2.70%) Forefront TMG
7 5 (2.70%) ISA Server
8 3 (1.62%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.62%) XenApp
9 2 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.54%) NFS
10 1 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.54%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (15.68%) SCCM
2 11 (5.95%) Nessus
3 6 (3.24%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (3.24%) Netcool
3 6 (3.24%) Puppet
4 4 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (2.16%) SCOM
4 4 (2.16%) WSUS
5 3 (1.62%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.62%) OVSD
6 2 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.08%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.54%) Ansible
7 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.54%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 128 (69.19%) Microsoft
2 86 (46.49%) VMware
3 64 (34.59%) Cisco
4 28 (15.14%) Citrix
5 23 (12.43%) NetApp
6 18 (9.73%) HP
7 13 (7.03%) Apple
8 11 (5.95%) Forcepoint
8 11 (5.95%) LANDesk
8 11 (5.95%) SolarWinds
9 10 (5.41%) EMC
10 7 (3.78%) CheckPoint
11 6 (3.24%) Intel Security
11 6 (3.24%) Polycom
11 6 (3.24%) Veritas
12 5 (2.70%) Remedy
13 4 (2.16%) Veeam
14 3 (1.62%) Computacenter
14 3 (1.62%) Lumension
14 3 (1.62%) Symantec
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