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 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
Rank 528 467 469
Rank change year-on-year -61 +2  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 81 178 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.33% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.87% 1.60% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 97 94
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 £178 £175 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -6.42% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 4
Median hourly rate £22.96 £35.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.40% +133.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £16.00 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £60.00 £34.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.96 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -34.40% +133.33%  

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 9304 11097 10684
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.85% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5917 6921 6076
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £251 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 446 405 487
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £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 26 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 26 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 -23 80 £330 +10.00% 49
South East +19 37 £330 -5.71% 11
London +10 27 £333 +33.00% 11
Kent - 13 £325 -
Buckinghamshire -3 11 £350 +20.68% 2
Hampshire +14 10 £325 -21.21% 3
City of London +7 9 £333 -11.33% 5
Milton Keynes +6 9 £350 +20.68% 2
Hook +13 7 £310 -
East of England -2 7 £255 -15.00% 3
North West +17 5 £275 -5.98% 10
Cumbria - 3 - -
Maidstone - 3 £207 -
Berkshire +16 2 £180 -48.57% 1
Yorkshire +11 2 £400 +6.66% 5
Reading +9 2 £180 -48.57%
High Wycombe +3 2 - -
Hertfordshire +2 2 - - 1
South Yorkshire -1 2 £400 -
Essex -5 2 £135 -
Sheffield - 2 £400 -
Watford - 2 - -
Cheshire +26 1 - - 2
Manchester +11 1 £275 -17.91% 5
Cambridgeshire +6 1 - -
Guildford +4 1 - - 1
Cambridge +4 1 - -
Northampton -2 1 £300 +46.34% 1
East Midlands -2 1 £300 +46.34% 3
Surrey -3 1 - - 5

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 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.

1 180 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 142 (78.89%) Windows
3 128 (71.11%) Active Directory
4 124 (68.89%) Microsoft
5 97 (53.89%) MCSE
6 90 (50.00%) Windows Server
7 84 (46.67%) VMware
8 71 (39.44%) ITIL
9 69 (38.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 64 (35.56%) Windows Server 2012
10 64 (35.56%) Cisco
11 58 (32.22%) VMware Infrastructure
12 55 (30.56%) MCITP
13 52 (28.89%) MS Exchange
14 51 (28.33%) MCP
15 49 (27.22%) Windows 7
16 46 (25.56%) Firewall
17 42 (23.33%) SQL Server
18 39 (21.67%) Security Cleared
19 38 (21.11%) PowerShell
19 38 (21.11%) MS Office
20 37 (20.56%) Hyper-V
20 37 (20.56%) Office 365
21 35 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
22 34 (18.89%) SC Cleared
23 33 (18.33%) Exchange Server 2010
24 32 (17.78%) SAN
25 31 (17.22%) Change Management
26 30 (16.67%) DHCP
26 30 (16.67%) Skype for Business

MCSA
Top Related 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 52 (28.89%) MS Exchange
2 33 (18.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 30 (16.67%) Skype for Business
4 24 (13.33%) SharePoint
5 14 (7.78%) IIS
6 8 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.78%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.56%) Apache
8 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.56%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 38 (21.11%) MS Office
2 23 (12.78%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.11%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.56%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.11%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 37 (20.56%) Office 365
2 15 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.89%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.22%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (2.22%) IaaS
4 4 (2.22%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.67%) SaaS
6 2 (1.11%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (1.11%) PaaS
7 1 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 46 (25.56%) Firewall
2 32 (17.78%) SAN
3 30 (16.67%) DHCP
4 27 (15.00%) DNS
4 27 (15.00%) Skype
5 24 (13.33%) LAN
5 24 (13.33%) TCP/IP
5 24 (13.33%) VoIP
6 17 (9.44%) WAN
7 13 (7.22%) Internet
8 11 (6.11%) Wi-Fi
8 11 (6.11%) Wireless
9 10 (5.56%) VPN
10 9 (5.00%) Cisco Nexus
10 9 (5.00%) Ethernet
11 7 (3.89%) Network Security
12 6 (3.33%) Unified Communications
13 4 (2.22%) iSCSI
13 4 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (2.22%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (23.33%) SQL Server
2 13 (7.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (3.33%) SQL Server 2014
4 6 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.78%) MySQL
5 5 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (2.22%) Big Data
6 4 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.11%) Power BI
8 2 (1.11%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (3.33%) StarTeam
2 5 (2.78%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.22%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.67%) CruiseControl
4 3 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.67%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (1.11%) JIRA
5 2 (1.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.56%) MSI
General
1 25 (13.89%) Finance
2 10 (5.56%) Manufacturing
2 10 (5.56%) Retail
3 8 (4.44%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.78%) Legal
5 2 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.56%) Advertising
6 1 (0.56%) Banking
6 1 (0.56%) Law
Job Titles
1 32 (17.78%) Analyst
2 22 (12.22%) Support Engineer
3 20 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
3 20 (11.11%) Wintel Engineer
4 19 (10.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 17 (9.44%) Architect
6 15 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
7 14 (7.78%) Server Engineer
8 13 (7.22%) Support Analyst
9 11 (6.11%) Desktop Support
9 11 (6.11%) Windows Systems Engineer
10 10 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
10 10 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (5.56%) IT Engineer
11 9 (5.00%) Desktop Engineer
12 8 (4.44%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 7 (3.89%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 7 (3.89%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 7 (3.89%) Cisco Engineer
13 7 (3.89%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.56%) XML
2 5 (2.78%) HTML
3 3 (1.67%) .NET
3 3 (1.67%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.67%) WCF
3 3 (1.67%) WF
3 3 (1.67%) XMPP
4 2 (1.11%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.56%) LAMP
5 1 (0.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.78%) Clustering
1 14 (7.78%) Management Information System
2 13 (7.22%) Data Centre
3 10 (5.56%) Blackberry
4 9 (5.00%) Client/Server
4 9 (5.00%) Computer Science
4 9 (5.00%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (4.44%) NHS
6 7 (3.89%) Life Science
7 5 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.78%) Private Cloud
8 4 (2.22%) Driving Licence
8 4 (2.22%) Enterprise Cloud
8 4 (2.22%) PKI
8 4 (2.22%) Replication
8 4 (2.22%) Smartphone
8 4 (2.22%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.11%) EPoS
10 1 (0.56%) Handset
10 1 (0.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 142 (78.89%) Windows
2 90 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 69 (38.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (35.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (27.22%) Windows 7
6 35 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
7 22 (12.22%) Windows 10
8 14 (7.78%) Windows 8
9 13 (7.22%) Linux
10 11 (6.11%) Windows XP
11 9 (5.00%) Apple iOS
12 6 (3.33%) AIX
13 5 (2.78%) Android
14 3 (1.67%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.67%) Unix
15 2 (1.11%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.56%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (39.44%) ITIL
2 31 (17.22%) Change Management
3 15 (8.33%) ITIL V3
4 14 (7.78%) Validation
5 12 (6.67%) High Availability
6 9 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (4.44%) Configuration Management
7 8 (4.44%) Customer Requirements
7 8 (4.44%) Identity Management
7 8 (4.44%) ITSM
7 8 (4.44%) Migration
7 8 (4.44%) Network Management
7 8 (4.44%) Service Delivery
7 8 (4.44%) Technical Architecture
7 8 (4.44%) Time Management
8 7 (3.89%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (3.89%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (3.89%) Service Management
9 6 (3.33%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (21.11%) PowerShell
2 29 (16.11%) SQL
3 20 (11.11%) VBScript
4 4 (2.22%) Bash Shell
4 4 (2.22%) C#
4 4 (2.22%) Python
5 2 (1.11%) C
6 1 (0.56%) PHP
6 1 (0.56%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.56%) X++
Qualifications
1 180 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 97 (53.89%) MCSE
3 55 (30.56%) MCITP
4 51 (28.33%) MCP
5 39 (21.67%) Security Cleared
6 34 (18.89%) SC Cleared
7 29 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (13.89%) CCNA
9 21 (11.67%) CCNP
10 15 (8.33%) Degree
11 13 (7.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (6.67%) MCDST
12 12 (6.67%) MCTS
13 8 (4.44%) MCDBA
14 7 (3.89%) ACDT
14 7 (3.89%) ACHDS
14 7 (3.89%) ACTC
14 7 (3.89%) MCSM
14 7 (3.89%) Network+ Certification
15 6 (3.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.22%) SLA
2 4 (2.22%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (1.67%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.56%) GCP
System Software
1 128 (71.11%) Active Directory
2 58 (32.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (20.56%) Hyper-V
4 15 (8.33%) VMware ESX
5 11 (6.11%) vSphere
6 10 (5.56%) UAG
7 8 (4.44%) Virtual Servers
7 8 (4.44%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.78%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (2.78%) ISA Server
9 3 (1.67%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.67%) XenApp
10 1 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.56%) NFS
10 1 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 27 (15.00%) SCCM
2 11 (6.11%) Nessus
3 6 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (3.33%) Netcool
3 6 (3.33%) Puppet
4 4 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.67%) OVSD
5 3 (1.67%) SCOM
5 3 (1.67%) WSUS
6 2 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.11%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.56%) Ansible
7 1 (0.56%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 124 (68.89%) Microsoft
2 84 (46.67%) VMware
3 64 (35.56%) Cisco
4 28 (15.56%) Citrix
5 23 (12.78%) NetApp
6 17 (9.44%) HP
7 14 (7.78%) Apple
8 11 (6.11%) Forcepoint
8 11 (6.11%) LANDesk
8 11 (6.11%) SolarWinds
9 10 (5.56%) EMC
10 7 (3.89%) CheckPoint
11 6 (3.33%) Intel Security
11 6 (3.33%) Veritas
12 5 (2.78%) Polycom
12 5 (2.78%) Remedy
13 4 (2.22%) Veeam
14 3 (1.67%) Avaya
14 3 (1.67%) Lumension
14 3 (1.67%) Symantec
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