Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 615 629 566
Rank change year-on-year +14 -63 +94
Contract jobs citing MCSA 269 264 341
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.25% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.41% 1.23% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 183 191
UK median daily rate £315 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.08% +8.33% -2.44%
10th Percentile £140 £155 £133
90th Percentile £490 £524 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £300
% change year-on-year +6.06% +10.00% -6.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 13 39
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.83 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.02% +34.39% -1.59%
10th Percentile £11.20 £14.64 £11.95
90th Percentile £39.75 £41.10 £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £21.17 £15.50
% change year-on-year +18.12% +36.55% -3.13%

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 19090 21493 22625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.66% 19.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11700 13402 13639
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 897 851 1090
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.94% +6.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +31.58%

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 20 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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 +49 251 £314 -10.36% 61
UK excluding London +41 186 £350 +6.06% 41
London -16 81 £192 -41.08% 21
South East +15 46 £350 - 6
North of England +56 45 £325 -13.33% 14
Midlands +26 32 £425 +30.77% 9
East of England -2 32 £300 +30.43% 6
North West +38 29 £313 +25.00% 11
West Midlands +19 19 £450 +38.46% 3
Scotland -39 15 £350 +27.27% 1
East Midlands +13 13 £325 -35.00% 6
South West +9 13 £475 +66.67% 5
Yorkshire +14 10 £481 +28.33% 2
North East +45 8 £404 -21.55% 1
Wales - 3 £243 -

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 269 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 200 (74.35%) Windows
3 184 (68.40%) MCSE
4 176 (65.43%) Active Directory
5 158 (58.74%) Microsoft
6 117 (43.49%) ITIL
7 107 (39.78%) Windows Server
8 104 (38.66%) VMware
9 84 (31.23%) Office 365
10 82 (30.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 74 (27.51%) Citrix
12 71 (26.39%) MS Exchange
13 70 (26.02%) Microsoft Office
14 69 (25.65%) Windows 7
15 67 (24.91%) SCCM
16 61 (22.68%) Microsoft Azure
17 60 (22.30%) Windows Server 2008
18 59 (21.93%) MCP
19 58 (21.56%) SQL Server
20 57 (21.19%) VMware Infrastructure
21 56 (20.82%) TCP/IP
22 51 (18.96%) Cisco
23 50 (18.59%) DNS
24 49 (18.22%) Windows 10
25 47 (17.47%) DHCP
26 43 (15.99%) PowerShell
27 42 (15.61%) Cisco Certification
28 41 (15.24%) SQL
29 40 (14.87%) Finance
29 40 (14.87%) Apple

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 71 (26.39%) MS Exchange
2 34 (12.64%) SharePoint
3 29 (10.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 27 (10.04%) Skype for Business
5 15 (5.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (3.72%) IBM Notes
7 8 (2.97%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.23%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (1.86%) IIS
10 4 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (1.12%) CMS
11 3 (1.12%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.74%) WordPress
13 1 (0.37%) SAS
Applications
1 70 (26.02%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.23%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.37%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Eikon
2 2 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 84 (31.23%) Office 365
2 61 (22.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (8.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 21 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (3.35%) OneDrive
6 7 (2.60%) G Suite
6 7 (2.60%) IaaS
7 6 (2.23%) PaaS
8 3 (1.12%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.74%) SaaS
9 2 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.37%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.37%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 56 (20.82%) TCP/IP
2 50 (18.59%) DNS
3 47 (17.47%) DHCP
4 37 (13.75%) SAN
5 32 (11.90%) LAN
6 31 (11.52%) Firewall
7 30 (11.15%) Wireless
8 22 (8.18%) Skype
9 21 (7.81%) WAN
10 20 (7.43%) Internet
11 19 (7.06%) VPN
12 15 (5.58%) Ethernet
12 15 (5.58%) VLAN
13 10 (3.72%) NAS
14 9 (3.35%) Fibre Channel
15 7 (2.60%) NetScaler
15 7 (2.60%) SSL
16 6 (2.23%) iSCSI
17 5 (1.86%) Unified Communications
18 4 (1.49%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (21.56%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.60%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.86%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.74%) DB2
7 2 (0.74%) MySQL
7 2 (0.74%) OLAP
7 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.37%) HDInsight
8 1 (0.37%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.37%) Power BI
8 1 (0.37%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.37%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.97%) HP UFT
2 5 (1.86%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.49%) JMeter
4 2 (0.74%) MSI
5 1 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 40 (14.87%) Finance
2 12 (4.46%) Banking
3 10 (3.72%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.97%) Local Government
5 7 (2.60%) Advertising
6 5 (1.86%) Legal
7 3 (1.12%) Law
7 3 (1.12%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.37%) German Language
9 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.37%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 41 (15.24%) Analyst
2 33 (12.27%) Support Engineer
3 29 (10.78%) Desktop Support
4 27 (10.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 26 (9.67%) Consultant
6 25 (9.29%) 2nd Line Support
7 22 (8.18%) 3rd Line Support
8 19 (7.06%) Architect
8 19 (7.06%) Support Analyst
9 16 (5.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 16 (5.95%) Administrator
9 16 (5.95%) Desktop Engineer
9 16 (5.95%) Systems Engineer
10 14 (5.20%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
11 13 (4.83%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 12 (4.46%) Server Engineer
13 11 (4.09%) Windows Engineer
14 10 (3.72%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 10 (3.72%) IT Engineer
14 10 (3.72%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.86%) .NET
2 4 (1.49%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.74%) Web Services
4 1 (0.37%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.78%) Data Centre
2 28 (10.41%) Blackberry
3 16 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.95%) Client/Server
4 14 (5.20%) Management Information System
5 12 (4.46%) PKI
5 12 (4.46%) Replication
6 9 (3.35%) Clustering
6 9 (3.35%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.60%) Computer Science
7 7 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (2.60%) Virtual Team
8 6 (2.23%) CESG
9 5 (1.86%) EMC VNX
9 5 (1.86%) NHS
10 4 (1.49%) HP Storage
11 3 (1.12%) BYOD
11 3 (1.12%) RSA SecurID
11 3 (1.12%) Wiki
12 2 (0.74%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 200 (74.35%) Windows
2 107 (39.78%) Windows Server
3 82 (30.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 69 (25.65%) Windows 7
5 60 (22.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 49 (18.22%) Windows 10
7 31 (11.52%) Linux
8 24 (8.92%) Apple iOS
9 15 (5.58%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (5.20%) Unix
11 12 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (4.46%) Windows 8
12 10 (3.72%) Android
13 7 (2.60%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.49%) CentOS
14 4 (1.49%) Windows Phone
15 3 (1.12%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.12%) Solaris
16 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.37%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (43.49%) ITIL
2 39 (14.50%) Migration
3 27 (10.04%) Change Management
4 25 (9.29%) Time Management
5 15 (5.58%) ITIL V3
5 15 (5.58%) PRINCE2
5 15 (5.58%) Service Delivery
5 15 (5.58%) Validation
6 13 (4.83%) Service Management
7 12 (4.46%) Enterprise Architecture
8 11 (4.09%) Asset Management
9 10 (3.72%) Presales
10 9 (3.35%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (3.35%) Configuration Management
10 9 (3.35%) High Availability
10 9 (3.35%) Problem Management
10 9 (3.35%) Service Design
11 8 (2.97%) Application Packaging
11 8 (2.97%) Cybersecurity
11 8 (2.97%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 43 (15.99%) PowerShell
2 41 (15.24%) SQL
3 20 (7.43%) Java
4 12 (4.46%) VBScript
5 7 (2.60%) Python
6 5 (1.86%) C#
6 5 (1.86%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.86%) VB
7 4 (1.49%) Shell Script
7 4 (1.49%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.74%) Perl
8 2 (0.74%) Ruby
9 1 (0.37%) C
9 1 (0.37%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 269 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 184 (68.40%) MCSE
3 59 (21.93%) MCP
4 42 (15.61%) Cisco Certification
5 34 (12.64%) CCNA
6 32 (11.90%) MCITP
7 30 (11.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 27 (10.04%) Security Cleared
9 25 (9.29%) Network+ Certification
10 24 (8.92%) MCDST
11 22 (8.18%) SC Cleared
12 20 (7.43%) A+ Certification
12 20 (7.43%) Degree
13 19 (7.06%) CCNP
14 16 (5.95%) ACHDS
14 16 (5.95%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (5.95%) MCSM
15 15 (5.58%) ACDT
15 15 (5.58%) ACTC
16 14 (5.20%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (7.43%) SLA
2 12 (4.46%) PCI DSS
3 9 (3.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.37%) PMO
System Software
1 176 (65.43%) Active Directory
2 57 (21.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (11.52%) Hyper-V
4 22 (8.18%) vSphere
4 22 (8.18%) XenApp
5 18 (6.69%) Virtual Servers
5 18 (6.69%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (4.09%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (3.35%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.97%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.12%) Terminal Server
10 3 (1.12%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.74%) Firmware
11 2 (0.74%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.37%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.37%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.37%) Docker
12 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 67 (24.91%) SCCM
2 16 (5.95%) Norton AntiVirus
3 14 (5.20%) SCOM
4 12 (4.46%) Backup Exec
5 9 (3.35%) DameWare
5 9 (3.35%) NetBackup
6 8 (2.97%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (2.23%) HP Data Protector
7 6 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (1.86%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (1.86%) WSUS
9 3 (1.12%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (1.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 2 (0.74%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.74%) EdgeSight
10 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.74%) SmoothWall
10 2 (0.74%) WMI
11 1 (0.37%) MOM
Vendors
1 158 (58.74%) Microsoft
2 104 (38.66%) VMware
3 74 (27.51%) Citrix
4 51 (18.96%) Cisco
5 40 (14.87%) Apple
6 39 (14.50%) HP
7 30 (11.15%) Oracle
8 27 (10.04%) Symantec
9 19 (7.06%) Dell
10 15 (5.58%) Sophos
11 13 (4.83%) Lotus
11 13 (4.83%) Veeam
12 11 (4.09%) ServiceNow
13 10 (3.72%) Red Hat
14 9 (3.35%) CommVault
14 9 (3.35%) Fortinet
14 9 (3.35%) Google
14 9 (3.35%) IBM
14 9 (3.35%) NetApp
15 8 (2.97%) SolarWinds