Period
to 22 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 629 609 566
Rank change year-on-year -20 -43 +86
Contract jobs citing MCSA 248 289 334
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.27% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.34% 1.30% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 194 188
UK median daily rate £325 £325 £309
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% -1.20%
10th Percentile £140 £160 £133
90th Percentile £488 £533 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +7.69% +4.84% -0.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 14 40
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £22.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +31.34% +6.35%
10th Percentile £11.03 £14.98 £11.98
90th Percentile £39.65 £42.35 £36.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £22.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -11.36% +29.41% +7.09%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +9 232 £325 -7.87% 54
UK excluding London +10 170 £350 +7.69% 39
London -4 76 £193 -40.62% 16
South East +34 51 £350 +0.86% 13
North of England +72 42 £325 -13.33% 14
East of England -10 29 £300 +35.59% 2
Midlands +38 27 £438 +34.62% 5
North West +46 26 £313 +25.00% 8
West Midlands +27 18 £450 +38.46% 1
Scotland -26 13 £350 +27.27% 1
Yorkshire +26 9 £313 -16.67% 6
East Midlands +7 9 £338 -32.50% 4
North East +52 8 £404 -21.55%
South West -7 6 £298 -35.33% 4
Wales - 2 £110 -

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 248 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 192 (77.42%) Windows
3 175 (70.56%) Active Directory
4 166 (66.94%) MCSE
5 146 (58.87%) Microsoft
6 107 (43.15%) Windows Server
7 98 (39.52%) ITIL
7 98 (39.52%) VMware
8 77 (31.05%) Office 365
9 73 (29.44%) Windows Server 2012
10 68 (27.42%) Microsoft Office
10 68 (27.42%) MS Exchange
11 67 (27.02%) Citrix
12 66 (26.61%) Windows 7
13 61 (24.60%) SCCM
14 58 (23.39%) MCP
15 57 (22.98%) Windows Server 2008
15 57 (22.98%) Microsoft Azure
16 56 (22.58%) VMware Infrastructure
17 54 (21.77%) SQL Server
18 52 (20.97%) TCP/IP
19 46 (18.55%) DNS
19 46 (18.55%) Cisco
19 46 (18.55%) Windows 10
20 44 (17.74%) DHCP
21 41 (16.53%) Apple
22 39 (15.73%) PowerShell
23 38 (15.32%) HP
24 37 (14.92%) Finance
25 36 (14.52%) Cisco Certification

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 68 (27.42%) MS Exchange
2 33 (13.31%) SharePoint
3 28 (11.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (8.87%) Skype for Business
5 14 (5.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (4.44%) IBM Notes
7 8 (3.23%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.42%) IIS
8 6 (2.42%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.21%) CMS
10 3 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.81%) WordPress
12 1 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.40%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.40%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.40%) SAS
Applications
1 68 (27.42%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.02%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.21%) Eikon
2 2 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 77 (31.05%) Office 365
2 57 (22.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (11.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 21 (8.47%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (4.03%) IaaS
6 9 (3.63%) OneDrive
7 6 (2.42%) G Suite
8 5 (2.02%) PaaS
9 2 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.81%) SaaS
9 2 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.40%) Data Lake Analytics
10 1 (0.40%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 52 (20.97%) TCP/IP
2 46 (18.55%) DNS
3 44 (17.74%) DHCP
4 33 (13.31%) Firewall
5 32 (12.90%) SAN
6 30 (12.10%) LAN
6 30 (12.10%) Wireless
7 19 (7.66%) Internet
7 19 (7.66%) Skype
8 18 (7.26%) VPN
9 16 (6.45%) WAN
10 15 (6.05%) Ethernet
11 13 (5.24%) VLAN
12 8 (3.23%) Fibre Channel
12 8 (3.23%) NAS
13 6 (2.42%) NetScaler
13 6 (2.42%) SSL
14 5 (2.02%) iSCSI
15 4 (1.61%) Network Security
15 4 (1.61%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (21.77%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (2.42%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.21%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.81%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.40%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.40%) HDInsight
7 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.40%) MS Access
7 1 (0.40%) MySQL
7 1 (0.40%) Power BI
7 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (3.23%) HP UFT
2 6 (2.42%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.61%) JMeter
4 2 (0.81%) MSI
5 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 37 (14.92%) Finance
2 12 (4.84%) Banking
3 8 (3.23%) Local Government
4 6 (2.42%) Advertising
5 5 (2.02%) Legal
5 5 (2.02%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.21%) Law
6 3 (1.21%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 40 (16.13%) Analyst
2 30 (12.10%) Desktop Support
2 30 (12.10%) Support Engineer
3 25 (10.08%) 2nd Line Support
4 24 (9.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 22 (8.87%) Support Analyst
6 21 (8.47%) 3rd Line Support
7 19 (7.66%) Architect
8 16 (6.45%) Consultant
8 16 (6.45%) Desktop Engineer
9 14 (5.65%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
10 13 (5.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 13 (5.24%) Administrator
10 13 (5.24%) Systems Engineer
11 12 (4.84%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 12 (4.84%) Server Engineer
12 9 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (3.63%) Project Engineer
12 9 (3.63%) Technical Support
13 8 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.42%) .NET
2 4 (1.61%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.40%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.40%) Middleware
3 1 (0.40%) SAML
3 1 (0.40%) Web Services
3 1 (0.40%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (10.89%) Data Centre
2 26 (10.48%) Blackberry
3 16 (6.45%) Client/Server
4 14 (5.65%) Management Information System
5 12 (4.84%) PKI
6 10 (4.03%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (4.03%) Replication
7 9 (3.63%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (3.23%) Driving Licence
9 7 (2.82%) Clustering
10 6 (2.42%) Computer Science
10 6 (2.42%) NHS
10 6 (2.42%) Virtual Team
11 5 (2.02%) CESG
11 5 (2.02%) Enterprise Storage
12 3 (1.21%) BYOD
12 3 (1.21%) EMC VNX
12 3 (1.21%) HP Storage
12 3 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (1.21%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 192 (77.42%) Windows
2 107 (43.15%) Windows Server
3 73 (29.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 66 (26.61%) Windows 7
5 57 (22.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (18.55%) Windows 10
7 29 (11.69%) Linux
8 22 (8.87%) Apple iOS
9 17 (6.85%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (4.84%) Unix
11 11 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (4.03%) Windows XP
13 9 (3.63%) Windows 8
14 7 (2.82%) Android
15 4 (1.61%) Windows Phone
16 3 (1.21%) CentOS
16 3 (1.21%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.81%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.81%) Solaris
18 1 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (39.52%) ITIL
2 30 (12.10%) Migration
3 24 (9.68%) Change Management
4 22 (8.87%) Time Management
5 16 (6.45%) Validation
6 14 (5.65%) ITIL V3
7 13 (5.24%) PRINCE2
7 13 (5.24%) Service Management
8 12 (4.84%) Enterprise Architecture
8 12 (4.84%) Presales
8 12 (4.84%) Service Delivery
9 11 (4.44%) Configuration Management
10 10 (4.03%) Asset Management
11 9 (3.63%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (3.63%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (3.63%) Problem Management
11 9 (3.63%) Service Design
12 8 (3.23%) Business Continuity
12 8 (3.23%) Software Deployment
13 7 (2.82%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 39 (15.73%) PowerShell
2 34 (13.71%) SQL
3 20 (8.06%) Java
4 11 (4.44%) VBScript
5 8 (3.23%) Python
6 6 (2.42%) VB
7 5 (2.02%) C#
8 4 (1.61%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.61%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.81%) Perl
9 2 (0.81%) Ruby
9 2 (0.81%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.40%) C
10 1 (0.40%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 248 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 166 (66.94%) MCSE
3 58 (23.39%) MCP
4 36 (14.52%) Cisco Certification
5 32 (12.90%) MCITP
6 31 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 28 (11.29%) CCNA
8 24 (9.68%) Network+ Certification
8 24 (9.68%) Security Cleared
9 23 (9.27%) MCDST
10 19 (7.66%) SC Cleared
11 18 (7.26%) A+ Certification
12 17 (6.85%) CCNP
12 17 (6.85%) Degree
13 16 (6.45%) ACHDS
13 16 (6.45%) MCSM
14 15 (6.05%) ACDT
14 15 (6.05%) ACTC
15 14 (5.65%) DV Cleared
16 13 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.85%) SLA
2 12 (4.84%) PCI DSS
3 10 (4.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 175 (70.56%) Active Directory
2 56 (22.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (12.90%) Hyper-V
4 19 (7.66%) Virtual Servers
4 19 (7.66%) vSphere
4 19 (7.66%) XenApp
5 15 (6.05%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (4.84%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (3.23%) Terminal Services
8 7 (2.82%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.21%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.81%) ProxySG
10 2 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.40%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.40%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.40%) Docker
11 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.40%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 61 (24.60%) SCCM
2 17 (6.85%) Norton AntiVirus
3 12 (4.84%) SCOM
4 11 (4.44%) Backup Exec
5 8 (3.23%) DameWare
5 8 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (3.23%) NetBackup
6 5 (2.02%) HP Data Protector
6 5 (2.02%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (2.02%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (2.02%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (2.02%) WSUS
7 3 (1.21%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (0.81%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.81%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.81%) SmoothWall
8 2 (0.81%) WMI
9 1 (0.40%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.40%) MOM
9 1 (0.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 146 (58.87%) Microsoft
2 98 (39.52%) VMware
3 67 (27.02%) Citrix
4 46 (18.55%) Cisco
5 41 (16.53%) Apple
6 38 (15.32%) HP
7 27 (10.89%) Symantec
8 26 (10.48%) Oracle
9 17 (6.85%) Dell
10 16 (6.45%) Sophos
11 12 (4.84%) Lotus
11 12 (4.84%) Veeam
12 10 (4.03%) Red Hat
12 10 (4.03%) ServiceNow
13 9 (3.63%) Fortinet
13 9 (3.63%) Google
14 8 (3.23%) CommVault
14 8 (3.23%) IBM
14 8 (3.23%) NetApp
15 7 (2.82%) Avaya