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 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 506 463 484
Rank change year-on-year -43 +21  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 96 181 155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.34% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.55% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 105 91
Median daily rate £331 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.92% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £180 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £333 £313
% change year-on-year +1.50% +6.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 16
Median hourly rate £16.50 £37.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.00% +108.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £20.83 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £44.80 £43.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

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 9015 11714 10685
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.26% 21.77% 19.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5392 7313 6190
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 442 560
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.55 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.08 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

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 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 June 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 -17 85 £344 +5.76% 64
London -8 31 £331 +7.72% 10
South East -7 18 £160 -54.28% 17
East of England -6 12 £400 +33.33% 3
Kent +7 10 £145 +31.81% 4
North West +27 9 £525 +66.66% 13
Scotland +3 8 £258 -16.26% 4
Manchester +16 6 £525 +50.00% 9
City of London +1 6 £340 -24.44% 3
Bedfordshire -1 6 £138 - 1
Tyne and Wear +74 5 £400 +26.78% 3
North East +63 5 £400 +26.78% 3
West Midlands +13 5 £338 +22.72% 3
Luton - 5 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne +73 4 £411 +30.19% 2
Renfrewshire +24 3 £254 -13.98%
Erskine +20 3 £254 -13.98%
Hertfordshire -6 3 £550 +83.33%
Edinburgh +17 2 £350 +42.85% 2
West Sussex +11 2 - - 2
Hampshire +10 2 - - 2
Berkshire +9 2 £350 - 3
Reading +9 2 £350 - 2
Glasgow +3 2 - - 2
East Midlands -7 2 £173 -65.50% 2
Coventry - 2 £400 - 1
Essex - 2 £269 -
Welwyn - 2 £550 -
Dover - 2 - -
Cumbria - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 178 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (75.84%) Windows
3 123 (69.10%) Active Directory
4 110 (61.80%) Microsoft
5 92 (51.69%) MCSE
6 76 (42.70%) Windows Server
7 75 (42.13%) VMware
8 73 (41.01%) ITIL
9 59 (33.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 59 (33.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 51 (28.65%) VMware Infrastructure
11 47 (26.40%) SQL Server
12 44 (24.72%) MCP
13 42 (23.60%) Cisco
13 42 (23.60%) Office 365
14 41 (23.03%) Microsoft Office
14 41 (23.03%) MCITP
15 40 (22.47%) Windows 7
16 37 (20.79%) PowerShell
17 35 (19.66%) Change Management
17 35 (19.66%) MS Exchange
18 33 (18.54%) SCCM
19 32 (17.98%) Hyper-V
20 31 (17.42%) Firewall
21 30 (16.85%) Citrix
21 30 (16.85%) SQL
22 29 (16.29%) Microsoft Azure
23 28 (15.73%) Windows Server 2003
24 27 (15.17%) Windows 10
25 26 (14.61%) Exchange Server 2010

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 35 (19.66%) MS Exchange
2 26 (14.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (10.67%) SharePoint
4 14 (7.87%) Skype for Business
5 12 (6.74%) IIS
6 7 (3.93%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.12%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.56%) CMS
9 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.56%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.56%) SAS
Applications
1 41 (23.03%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.12%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.56%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.56%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.56%) Eikon
2 1 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 42 (23.60%) Office 365
2 29 (16.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (8.43%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (5.06%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (4.49%) IaaS
6 4 (2.25%) PaaS
7 3 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (1.12%) AWS OpsWorks
8 2 (1.12%) SaaS
9 1 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.56%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 31 (17.42%) Firewall
2 25 (14.04%) DNS
3 24 (13.48%) DHCP
4 22 (12.36%) LAN
5 20 (11.24%) SAN
6 15 (8.43%) WAN
7 13 (7.30%) VoIP
8 12 (6.74%) Skype
9 11 (6.18%) TCP/IP
10 9 (5.06%) VPN
11 6 (3.37%) Wireless
12 5 (2.81%) Internet
13 3 (1.69%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (1.69%) Ethernet
13 3 (1.69%) NAS
14 2 (1.12%) Cisco ASA
14 2 (1.12%) iSCSI
14 2 (1.12%) NetScaler
14 2 (1.12%) Network Security
14 2 (1.12%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (26.40%) SQL Server
2 15 (8.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (7.30%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (2.25%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.25%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.69%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.69%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.69%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (1.12%) MySQL
7 1 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.56%) MS Access
7 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.69%) Metasploit
1 3 (1.69%) StarTeam
2 2 (1.12%) CruiseControl
2 2 (1.12%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.12%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.12%) JIRA
2 2 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.12%) TeamCity
2 2 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.56%) MSI
General
1 21 (11.80%) Finance
2 6 (3.37%) Manufacturing
2 6 (3.37%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.25%) Banking
4 2 (1.12%) Retail
5 1 (0.56%) Advertising
5 1 (0.56%) Front Office
5 1 (0.56%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.56%) Law
5 1 (0.56%) Legal
Job Titles
1 33 (18.54%) Analyst
2 17 (9.55%) Desktop Support
2 17 (9.55%) Support Engineer
3 16 (8.99%) Architect
3 16 (8.99%) Support Analyst
4 15 (8.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 15 (8.43%) Server Engineer
5 13 (7.30%) 3rd Line Support
5 13 (7.30%) Systems Engineer
6 12 (6.74%) Windows Engineer
7 10 (5.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (5.62%) Wintel Engineer
8 9 (5.06%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (5.06%) Desktop Engineer
9 8 (4.49%) DBA
10 7 (3.93%) Consultant
10 7 (3.93%) Service Analyst
10 7 (3.93%) Service Desk Analyst
10 7 (3.93%) SQL DBA
10 7 (3.93%) Systems Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.62%) XML
2 4 (2.25%) .NET
3 3 (1.69%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.69%) XMPP
4 2 (1.12%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.12%) WCF
4 2 (1.12%) WF
5 1 (0.56%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.56%) SAML
5 1 (0.56%) WAP
5 1 (0.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.55%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.43%) NHS
3 11 (6.18%) Video Conferencing
4 9 (5.06%) Clustering
5 7 (3.93%) Computer Science
6 6 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (3.37%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.81%) Life Science
7 5 (2.81%) PKI
8 4 (2.25%) Driving Licence
8 4 (2.25%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (2.25%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.25%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.69%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (1.12%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (1.12%) EPoS
10 2 (1.12%) HP Storage
10 2 (1.12%) PDA
11 1 (0.56%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 135 (75.84%) Windows
2 76 (42.70%) Windows Server
3 59 (33.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 59 (33.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 40 (22.47%) Windows 7
5 28 (15.73%) Windows Server 2003
6 27 (15.17%) Windows 10
7 18 (10.11%) Linux
8 8 (4.49%) Windows 8
9 7 (3.93%) Windows XP
10 6 (3.37%) Android
10 6 (3.37%) Apple iOS
10 6 (3.37%) Unix
11 5 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.69%) AIX
12 3 (1.69%) CentOS
12 3 (1.69%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.69%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.56%) Debian
13 1 (0.56%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (41.01%) ITIL
2 35 (19.66%) Change Management
3 18 (10.11%) High Availability
4 15 (8.43%) Migration
5 12 (6.74%) ITIL V3
6 9 (5.06%) Service Delivery
6 9 (5.06%) Service Management
7 8 (4.49%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (4.49%) Validation
8 7 (3.93%) Application Packaging
8 7 (3.93%) Incident Management
8 7 (3.93%) IT Strategy
8 7 (3.93%) Server Patching
9 6 (3.37%) Configuration Management
9 6 (3.37%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (3.37%) ITSM
9 6 (3.37%) Mentoring
9 6 (3.37%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (3.37%) Technical Architecture
9 6 (3.37%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 37 (20.79%) PowerShell
2 30 (16.85%) SQL
3 11 (6.18%) VBScript
4 6 (3.37%) Python
5 3 (1.69%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.69%) C#
5 3 (1.69%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.69%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.12%) C
6 2 (1.12%) Java
7 1 (0.56%) Perl
7 1 (0.56%) Ruby
7 1 (0.56%) VB
7 1 (0.56%) X++
Qualifications
1 178 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 92 (51.69%) MCSE
3 44 (24.72%) MCP
4 41 (23.03%) MCITP
5 26 (14.61%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (13.48%) Security Cleared
6 24 (13.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 23 (12.92%) CCNA
8 22 (12.36%) SC Cleared
9 17 (9.55%) CCNP
10 13 (7.30%) MCTS
11 12 (6.74%) Degree
12 8 (4.49%) MCDST
13 7 (3.93%) A+ Certification
13 7 (3.93%) Network+ Certification
14 5 (2.81%) Computer Science Degree
14 5 (2.81%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (2.81%) MCDBA
15 4 (2.25%) Citrix Certification
15 4 (2.25%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.87%) SLA
2 10 (5.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.81%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.69%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 123 (69.10%) Active Directory
2 51 (28.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (17.98%) Hyper-V
4 20 (11.24%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (6.74%) vSphere
6 9 (5.06%) UAG
7 8 (4.49%) XenApp
8 6 (3.37%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (2.81%) Forefront TMG
9 5 (2.81%) ISA Server
9 5 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (1.69%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (1.12%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.12%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 33 (18.54%) SCCM
2 9 (5.06%) SCOM
3 5 (2.81%) Nessus
4 4 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (2.25%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (2.25%) WSUS
5 3 (1.69%) Netcool
5 3 (1.69%) OVSD
6 2 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (1.12%) DameWare
6 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.12%) PowerCLI
6 2 (1.12%) Puppet
6 2 (1.12%) SCSM
6 2 (1.12%) WMI
7 1 (0.56%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.56%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 110 (61.80%) Microsoft
2 75 (42.13%) VMware
3 42 (23.60%) Cisco
4 30 (16.85%) Citrix
5 22 (12.36%) HP
6 14 (7.87%) NetApp
7 12 (6.74%) Apple
8 10 (5.62%) Symantec
9 7 (3.93%) Oracle
9 7 (3.93%) Red Hat
10 6 (3.37%) Forcepoint
11 5 (2.81%) LANDesk
11 5 (2.81%) McAfee
11 5 (2.81%) Polycom
11 5 (2.81%) Remedy
11 5 (2.81%) SolarWinds
11 5 (2.81%) Sophos
12 4 (2.25%) Avaya
13 3 (1.69%) Computacenter
13 3 (1.69%) Veritas
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