Period
to 12 November 2019

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 12 November 2019 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 568 621 640
Rank change year-on-year +53 +19 +21
Contract jobs citing MCSA 239 285 256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.28% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.41% 1.49% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 182 148
UK median daily rate £375 £275 £319
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.36% -13.73% -1.92%
10th Percentile £170 £143 £140
90th Percentile £575 £538 £496
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £275 £350
% change year-on-year +18.18% -21.43% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 35 21
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £16.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +112.12% -26.67% +2.27%
10th Percentile £15.25 £15.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £111.50 £45.91 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £15.75 £23.75
% change year-on-year +141.27% -33.68% +7.95%

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 16,998 19,161 19,086
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.25% 18.63% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,419 11,311 11,671
UK median daily rate £464 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £221
90th Percentile £643 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 846 942 911
UK median hourly rate £35.07 £25.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.26% -4.76% +0.96%
10th Percentile £14.94 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £51.23 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.31 £28.50
% change year-on-year +38.29% -11.19% +5.56%

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019. 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 +15 206 £375 +36.36% 211
UK excluding London +26 159 £325 +18.18% 168
London +56 76 £405 +47.27% 53
South East +33 45 £361 +31.36% 60
Midlands +56 29 £388 +33.62% 26
Scotland +42 29 £338 -8.29% 2
South West -7 26 £468 +16.88% 17
West Midlands +54 22 £590 +103.45% 11
North of England -2 19 £250 +42.86% 36
North West +5 10 £250 +42.86% 17
East of England +22 9 £288 -23.33% 19
Yorkshire +6 8 £195 -29.09% 16
East Midlands +16 7 £288 +12.75% 15
Wales +33 2 £214 +55.45% 7
North East +16 1 £250 +25.00% 3

For the 6 months to 12 November 2019, IT contractor jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 239 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 169 (70.71%) Windows
3 158 (66.11%) Microsoft
4 125 (52.30%) MCSE
5 123 (51.46%) Active Directory
6 102 (42.68%) Windows Server
7 96 (40.17%) Azure
8 92 (38.49%) VMware
9 90 (37.66%) Office 365
10 78 (32.64%) Security Cleared
11 69 (28.87%) SCCM
11 69 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
12 62 (25.94%) ITIL
13 60 (25.10%) PowerShell
14 59 (24.69%) SC Cleared
15 57 (23.85%) Windows 10
16 56 (23.43%) DNS
17 54 (22.59%) SQL
17 54 (22.59%) Agile Software Development
18 52 (21.76%) Hyper-V
19 50 (20.92%) Cisco Certification
20 49 (20.50%) CCNA
20 49 (20.50%) Cisco
20 49 (20.50%) SharePoint
20 49 (20.50%) AWS
21 48 (20.08%) VMware Infrastructure
22 47 (19.67%) MS Exchange
22 47 (19.67%) Microsoft Office
23 46 (19.25%) DHCP
24 45 (18.83%) Citrix

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 49 (20.50%) SharePoint
2 47 (19.67%) MS Exchange
3 29 (12.13%) Confluence
4 19 (7.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (6.69%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (4.60%) Skype for Business
7 9 (3.77%) IIS
8 6 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.26%) Apache
9 3 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (1.26%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.84%) Jetty
10 2 (0.84%) Mongrel
10 2 (0.84%) nginx
10 2 (0.84%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 47 (19.67%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.26%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.42%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
1 1 (0.42%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 96 (40.17%) Azure
2 90 (37.66%) Office 365
3 49 (20.50%) AWS
4 23 (9.62%) GitHub
5 17 (7.11%) Power Platform
6 16 (6.69%) Azure Active Directory
7 12 (5.02%) Microsoft Flow
7 12 (5.02%) PowerApps
8 11 (4.60%) OneDrive
9 10 (4.18%) GCP
10 9 (3.77%) AWS CloudFormation
11 8 (3.35%) OpenShift
12 7 (2.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 7 (2.93%) IaaS
12 7 (2.93%) PaaS
13 4 (1.67%) SaaS
14 3 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
14 3 (1.26%) Google App Engine
15 1 (0.42%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 56 (23.43%) DNS
2 46 (19.25%) DHCP
3 31 (12.97%) Firewall
4 26 (10.88%) WAN
5 25 (10.46%) LAN
6 24 (10.04%) SAN
7 16 (6.69%) Skype
7 16 (6.69%) TCP/IP
8 12 (5.02%) Intrusion Detection
8 12 (5.02%) NaaS
9 11 (4.60%) Cisco ASA
10 9 (3.77%) HTTP
11 6 (2.51%) SMTP
11 6 (2.51%) VPN
12 5 (2.09%) SSL
13 4 (1.67%) Network Security
13 4 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (1.67%) VLAN
13 4 (1.67%) Wireless
14 3 (1.26%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (11.72%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.93%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (2.93%) Azure SQL Database
3 5 (2.09%) Power BI
3 5 (2.09%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (1.67%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.42%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.42%) Big Data
7 1 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.42%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.42%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.42%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 7
7 1 (0.42%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 40 (16.74%) JIRA
2 16 (6.69%) GitLab
2 16 (6.69%) Jenkins
3 14 (5.86%) StarTeam
4 6 (2.51%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (1.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.84%) Ant
7 2 (0.84%) MSI
7 2 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.84%) Travis CI
7 2 (0.84%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.42%) Hudson
8 1 (0.42%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
General
1 24 (10.04%) Finance
2 16 (6.69%) Legal
3 14 (5.86%) Law
4 12 (5.02%) Public Sector
5 11 (4.60%) Banking
6 8 (3.35%) Telecoms
7 7 (2.93%) Retail
8 6 (2.51%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.84%) French Language
10 2 (0.84%) German Language
10 2 (0.84%) Hindi Language
10 2 (0.84%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.84%) Japanese Language
10 2 (0.84%) Korean Language
10 2 (0.84%) Mandarin Language
10 2 (0.84%) Russian Language
10 2 (0.84%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.42%) Games
11 1 (0.42%) Military
Job Titles
1 37 (15.48%) Analyst
2 28 (11.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 24 (10.04%) DevOps Engineer
4 23 (9.62%) Support Engineer
5 17 (7.11%) Desktop Support
5 17 (7.11%) Support Analyst
6 16 (6.69%) Infrastructure Support
6 16 (6.69%) Windows Engineer
7 15 (6.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 15 (6.28%) Consultant
7 15 (6.28%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 15 (6.28%) Service Analyst
8 14 (5.86%) Service Desk Analyst
9 13 (5.44%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 13 (5.44%) Test Engineer
10 12 (5.02%) 3rd Line Support
10 12 (5.02%) Desktop Engineer
11 11 (4.60%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 11 (4.60%) Support Manager
11 11 (4.60%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.09%) LDAP
2 4 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (1.26%) .NET
3 3 (1.26%) J2EE
4 2 (0.84%) Servlets
5 1 (0.42%) EDI
5 1 (0.42%) Kafka
5 1 (0.42%) Middleware
5 1 (0.42%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 28 (11.72%) Management Information System
2 23 (9.62%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (6.69%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (6.69%) Clustering
3 16 (6.69%) Replication
4 15 (6.28%) Data Centre
5 9 (3.77%) PKI
6 7 (2.93%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.67%) NHS
8 3 (1.26%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.26%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.26%) Enterprise Storage
8 3 (1.26%) User Experience
9 2 (0.84%) EMC VMAX
9 2 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.84%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.84%) Security Operations Centre
9 2 (0.84%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 1 (0.42%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 169 (70.71%) Windows
2 102 (42.68%) Windows Server
3 69 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 57 (23.85%) Windows 10
5 43 (17.99%) Windows Server 2008
6 37 (15.48%) Linux
7 35 (14.64%) Windows Server 2003
8 31 (12.97%) Windows 7
9 28 (11.72%) Windows XP
10 17 (7.11%) Windows 8
11 14 (5.86%) AIX
12 8 (3.35%) CentOS
13 5 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.67%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.84%) Android
15 2 (0.84%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.84%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.84%) SUSE
16 1 (0.42%) Unix
16 1 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (25.94%) ITIL
2 54 (22.59%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (17.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 37 (15.48%) Migration
5 35 (14.64%) DevOps
6 34 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
7 33 (13.81%) Change Management
8 22 (9.21%) Disaster Recovery
9 20 (8.37%) Computer Science
9 20 (8.37%) Server Virtualisation
10 19 (7.95%) Service Management
11 18 (7.53%) Information Security
11 18 (7.53%) Problem Management
12 16 (6.69%) Scrum
13 15 (6.28%) ITIL V3
13 15 (6.28%) Patch Management
13 15 (6.28%) Security Management
14 14 (5.86%) Information Security Management
14 14 (5.86%) ISMS
14 14 (5.86%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 60 (25.10%) PowerShell
2 54 (22.59%) SQL
3 27 (11.30%) Python
4 19 (7.95%) Java
5 13 (5.44%) Perl
6 9 (3.77%) Go
7 7 (2.93%) VBScript
8 6 (2.51%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.67%) C
10 3 (1.26%) C#
10 3 (1.26%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.42%) C++
11 1 (0.42%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.42%) R
Qualifications
1 239 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 125 (52.30%) MCSE
3 78 (32.64%) Security Cleared
4 59 (24.69%) SC Cleared
5 50 (20.92%) Cisco Certification
6 49 (20.50%) CCNA
7 35 (14.64%) MCITP
7 35 (14.64%) MCP
8 32 (13.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 21 (8.79%) Degree
10 19 (7.95%) RHCSA
11 17 (7.11%) ISTQB
11 17 (7.11%) MCTS
11 17 (7.11%) RHCE
12 14 (5.86%) DV Cleared
13 10 (4.18%) A+ Certification
14 8 (3.35%) CCA
14 8 (3.35%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (3.35%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (2.51%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.86%) SLA
2 4 (1.67%) QA
3 3 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.42%) GDPR
4 1 (0.42%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.42%) GxP
4 1 (0.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.42%) NCSC
4 1 (0.42%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 123 (51.46%) Active Directory
2 52 (21.76%) Hyper-V
3 48 (20.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (15.48%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (7.53%) vSphere
6 15 (6.28%) XenDesktop
7 13 (5.44%) XenApp
8 12 (5.02%) Docker
9 10 (4.18%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (3.77%) PowerDNS
11 5 (2.09%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (1.67%) vCloud
12 4 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.84%) Xen
15 1 (0.42%) BitLocker
15 1 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 1 (0.42%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
15 1 (0.42%) UAG
Systems Management
1 69 (28.87%) SCCM
2 31 (12.97%) SCOM
3 27 (11.30%) Terraform
4 26 (10.88%) Ansible
5 20 (8.37%) McAfee ePO
6 16 (6.69%) WSUS
7 14 (5.86%) Netcool
8 13 (5.44%) Kubernetes
8 13 (5.44%) NetBackup
9 12 (5.02%) Puppet
9 12 (5.02%) vCenter Server
10 10 (4.18%) Opscode Chef
10 10 (4.18%) Single Sign-On
11 9 (3.77%) Microsoft Intune
12 7 (2.93%) SCVMM
13 5 (2.09%) Backup Exec
13 5 (2.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 5 (2.09%) WMI
14 3 (1.26%) Perfmon
15 2 (0.84%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 158 (66.11%) Microsoft
2 92 (38.49%) VMware
3 49 (20.50%) Cisco
4 45 (18.83%) Citrix
5 28 (11.72%) Red Hat
6 25 (10.46%) Splunk
7 21 (8.79%) McAfee
8 16 (6.69%) HP
9 15 (6.28%) Veritas
10 14 (5.86%) Adobe
10 14 (5.86%) Sony
11 13 (5.44%) Meraki
12 12 (5.02%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (4.60%) F5
14 8 (3.35%) Remedy
15 5 (2.09%) NetApp
15 5 (2.09%) ServiceNow
15 5 (2.09%) Veeam
16 4 (1.67%) Apple
16 4 (1.67%) Atlassian