Period
to 19 September 2021

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 19 September 2021 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
19 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 663 452 591
Rank change year-on-year -211 +139 +71
Contract jobs citing MCSA 133 66 270
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.22% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 0.87% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 48 160
10th Percentile £175 £181 £157
25th Percentile £200 £348 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £300 £438 £350
Median % change year-on-year -31.43% +25.00% +27.27%
75th Percentile £419 £491 £479
90th Percentile £565 £575 £552
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £425 £345
% change year-on-year -35.29% +23.19% +25.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 2 11
10th Percentile " £17.13 "
25th Percentile £13.25 £18.44 £15.25
Median hourly rate £13.50 £21.25 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -36.47% +28.79% -17.50%
75th Percentile £13.75 £23.44 £45.38
90th Percentile £16.88 £24.38 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -22.86% +6.06% -

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 14,616 7,564 17,325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.63% 25.59% 19.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,475 5,063 10,942
10th Percentile £313 £293 £263
25th Percentile £408 £390 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.10% +3.39%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £677 £645 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £451 £440
% change year-on-year +5.32% +2.50% +6.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 676 279 770
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.93 £13.75
25th Percentile £16.25 £21.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £32.00 £39.18
Median % change year-on-year +3.13% -18.32% +73.57%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £49.90
90th Percentile £65.52 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £31.39 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.94% -21.53% +73.91%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSA.

Daily rate trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 19 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSA.

Hourly rate trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 16 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 19 September 2021. 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 -172 106 £300 -35.14% 84
UK excluding London -107 81 £275 -35.29% 74
London -168 41 £375 -14.29% 16
Work from Home -228 29 £343 -30.63% 11
North of England -59 20 £210 -60.00% 15
Scotland -73 15 £220 -48.24% 4
Yorkshire - 13 £200 - 3
East of England -33 12 - - 12
South West -35 11 £325 -31.58% 8
South East -78 11 £215 -40.69% 15
Midlands -69 10 £340 -51.43% 18
East Midlands - 9 £340 - 7
North West -52 5 £300 -42.86% 11
Wales -19 2 £256 +46.43% 1
North East - 2 £281 - 1
West Midlands -65 1 - - 11

For the 6 months to 19 September 2021, 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.

1 133 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 90 (67.67%) Windows
3 73 (54.89%) MCSE
4 71 (53.38%) Microsoft
5 59 (44.36%) Microsoft 365
6 55 (41.35%) ITIL
7 54 (40.60%) VMware
8 49 (36.84%) Active Directory
9 41 (30.83%) Windows Server
10 38 (28.57%) Azure
11 35 (26.32%) Citrix
12 34 (25.56%) CCNA
12 34 (25.56%) Cisco Certification
13 31 (23.31%) SCCM
14 29 (21.80%) VMware Infrastructure
15 28 (21.05%) MCP
16 26 (19.55%) Linux
17 25 (18.80%) DNS
17 25 (18.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 24 (18.05%) Problem-Solving
18 24 (18.05%) Cisco
18 24 (18.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 23 (17.29%) Wi-Fi
20 22 (16.54%) Windows 10
21 21 (15.79%) Social Skills
21 21 (15.79%) Firewall
21 21 (15.79%) DHCP
21 21 (15.79%) PowerShell
22 19 (14.29%) Incident Management
22 19 (14.29%) A+ 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 17 (12.78%) SharePoint
2 14 (10.53%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.02%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (6.02%) Skype for Business
4 6 (4.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.01%) IIS
6 3 (2.26%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.75%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.75%) SAS
8 1 (0.75%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (11.28%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.26%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 59 (44.36%) Microsoft 365
2 38 (28.57%) Azure
3 13 (9.77%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (4.51%) IaaS
4 6 (4.51%) OneDrive
4 6 (4.51%) SaaS
5 5 (3.76%) AWS
6 4 (3.01%) PaaS
7 2 (1.50%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 2 (1.50%) Datadog
7 2 (1.50%) Google Workspace
8 1 (0.75%) Azure Pipelines
8 1 (0.75%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.75%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 25 (18.80%) DNS
2 23 (17.29%) Wi-Fi
3 21 (15.79%) DHCP
3 21 (15.79%) Firewall
4 13 (9.77%) SAN
5 10 (7.52%) TCP/IP
6 9 (6.77%) Skype
7 8 (6.02%) LAN
8 6 (4.51%) Network Security
8 6 (4.51%) WAN
9 5 (3.76%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (3.76%) Internet
9 5 (3.76%) VPN
10 4 (3.01%) iSCSI
10 4 (3.01%) VLAN
10 4 (3.01%) Wireless
11 3 (2.26%) Intranet
11 3 (2.26%) IP Telephony
11 3 (2.26%) SMTP
11 3 (2.26%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.02%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.01%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.01%) SQL Server 2017
3 3 (2.26%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.26%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (1.50%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (3.76%) JIRA
2 2 (1.50%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.50%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.50%) Selenium
General
1 21 (15.79%) Social Skills
2 16 (12.03%) Retail
3 9 (6.77%) Finance
4 6 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.76%) German Language
6 4 (3.01%) French Language
6 4 (3.01%) Organisational Skills
6 4 (3.01%) Russian Language
6 4 (3.01%) Spanish Language
6 4 (3.01%) Telecoms
7 3 (2.26%) Presentation Skills
8 2 (1.50%) Automotive
8 2 (1.50%) Back Office
8 2 (1.50%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (1.50%) Public Sector
9 1 (0.75%) Legal
9 1 (0.75%) Local Government
9 1 (0.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (19.55%) Analyst
2 21 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 19 (14.29%) Support Engineer
4 16 (12.03%) Service Analyst
4 16 (12.03%) Service Desk Analyst
5 12 (9.02%) IT Engineer
6 10 (7.52%) IT Support
7 9 (6.77%) Architect
7 9 (6.77%) Senior Technician
7 9 (6.77%) Wintel Engineer
8 8 (6.02%) Azure Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) IT Support Engineer
10 6 (4.51%) Build Engineer
10 6 (4.51%) Cloud Engineer
11 5 (3.76%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (3.76%) IT Analyst
11 5 (3.76%) IT Manager
11 5 (3.76%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.01%) Web Services
2 3 (2.26%) Software Packaging
3 2 (1.50%) Middleware
4 1 (0.75%) HTML
4 1 (0.75%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.28%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.77%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (4.51%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (3.01%) Blackberry
4 4 (3.01%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (3.01%) iPad
4 4 (3.01%) Replication
4 4 (3.01%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (2.26%) iPhone
5 3 (2.26%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.26%) Microsoft Licensing
5 3 (2.26%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.26%) NHS
5 3 (2.26%) User Experience
6 2 (1.50%) Clustering
6 2 (1.50%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (1.50%) Learning Management System
6 2 (1.50%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.50%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.75%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 90 (67.67%) Windows
2 41 (30.83%) Windows Server
3 26 (19.55%) Linux
4 22 (16.54%) Windows 10
5 14 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (9.02%) Apple iOS
7 11 (8.27%) VMS
8 10 (7.52%) Android
9 9 (6.77%) Windows 7
10 8 (6.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (6.02%) Windows Server 2016
10 8 (6.02%) Windows Server 2019
11 6 (4.51%) Mac OS
12 4 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (3.01%) Unix
13 3 (2.26%) CentOS
13 3 (2.26%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (1.50%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.75%) HPUX
15 1 (0.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (41.35%) ITIL
2 25 (18.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 24 (18.05%) Problem-Solving
4 19 (14.29%) Incident Management
5 15 (11.28%) Service Delivery
6 13 (9.77%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (7.52%) Migration
8 8 (6.02%) ITIL V3
8 8 (6.02%) PRINCE2
9 7 (5.26%) High Availability
9 7 (5.26%) Problem Management
9 7 (5.26%) Project Management
10 6 (4.51%) Data Protection
10 6 (4.51%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (4.51%) Virtual Environments
11 5 (3.76%) Case Management
11 5 (3.76%) Cybersecurity
11 5 (3.76%) DevOps
11 5 (3.76%) Mentoring
11 5 (3.76%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 21 (15.79%) PowerShell
2 15 (11.28%) SQL
3 2 (1.50%) C
3 2 (1.50%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 133 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 73 (54.89%) MCSE
3 34 (25.56%) CCNA
3 34 (25.56%) Cisco Certification
4 28 (21.05%) MCP
5 24 (18.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 19 (14.29%) A+ Certification
7 15 (11.28%) Security Cleared
8 14 (10.53%) MCITP
9 11 (8.27%) Degree
10 10 (7.52%) SC Cleared
11 6 (4.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (4.51%) VCP6
12 5 (3.76%) DV Cleared
12 5 (3.76%) MCTS
13 4 (3.01%) CCNP
14 3 (2.26%) CCENT
14 3 (2.26%) Computer Science Degree
14 3 (2.26%) MOS
14 3 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.77%) ISO 9001
1 13 (9.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 13 (9.77%) PCI DSS
2 8 (6.02%) SLA
3 1 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.75%) GDPR
System Software
1 49 (36.84%) Active Directory
2 29 (21.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (9.77%) VMware ESXi
4 10 (7.52%) vSphere
5 9 (6.77%) Hyper-V
6 8 (6.02%) XenApp
7 7 (5.26%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (4.51%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (2.26%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.26%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (1.50%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (1.50%) Firmware
10 2 (1.50%) NFS
10 2 (1.50%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (1.50%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.75%) vCloud
11 1 (0.75%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 31 (23.31%) SCCM
2 14 (10.53%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (8.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 11 (8.27%) vCenter Server
4 9 (6.77%) WSUS
5 4 (3.01%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (2.26%) NetBackup
6 3 (2.26%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.26%) Terraform
7 2 (1.50%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.50%) Puppet
8 1 (0.75%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.75%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.75%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.75%) Nagios
8 1 (0.75%) Nessus
8 1 (0.75%) vMotion
8 1 (0.75%) vRealize
Vendors
1 71 (53.38%) Microsoft
2 54 (40.60%) VMware
3 35 (26.32%) Citrix
4 24 (18.05%) Cisco
5 19 (14.29%) ServiceNow
6 13 (9.77%) Apple
7 10 (7.52%) Dell
7 10 (7.52%) HP
8 7 (5.26%) Veeam
9 6 (4.51%) Avaya
9 6 (4.51%) Intel
9 6 (4.51%) NetApp
10 5 (3.76%) McAfee
10 5 (3.76%) Polycom
11 4 (3.01%) Altiris
11 4 (3.01%) CheckPoint
11 4 (3.01%) EMC
11 4 (3.01%) IBM
11 4 (3.01%) Juniper
11 4 (3.01%) Lumension