Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 563 508 588
Rank change year-on-year -55 +80 +36
Contract jobs citing MCSA 82 147 293
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.26% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.73% 1.17% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 92 198
10th Percentile £147 £191 £139
25th Percentile £200 £298 £231
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £400 £325
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% +23.08% +1.56%
75th Percentile £431 £455 £488
90th Percentile £525 £511 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £400 £325
% change year-on-year -18.75% +23.08% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 16
10th Percentile £14.10 £15.88 £14.17
25th Percentile " £16.83 £15.27
Median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £15.30
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% +14.38% -19.47%
75th Percentile £20.00 £20.56 £44.95
90th Percentile £23.21 £25.70 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year -14.29% +14.38% -25.93%

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 11,250 12,599 18,511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.97% 22.42% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,387 8,070 11,573
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £369 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £572 £560
90th Percentile £650 £650 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +6.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 564 505 778
10th Percentile £14.70 £14.60 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.00 £17.55 £16.76
Median hourly rate £39.92 £30.00 £29.95
Median % change year-on-year +33.05% +0.17% +33.11%
75th Percentile £51.56 £49.00 £47.07
90th Percentile £63.75 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.55 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +46.21% -9.09% +17.02%

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 22 April 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 14 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 April 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 +2 68 £325 -18.75% 73
UK excluding London +38 48 £325 -18.75% 64
Work from Home -236 24 £325 -23.53% 10
London -13 22 £380 -5.00% 16
East of England +45 19 £174 -53.70% 8
South East +36 10 £200 -50.00% 10
North of England +62 9 £432 +64.57% 15
North West +32 6 £464 - 5
South West +34 5 £325 -31.58% 8
Yorkshire +39 3 £380 +68.89% 7
Scotland -23 3 £350 -17.65% 4
Midlands +14 2 £314 -33.95% 16
East Midlands +22 1 £303 +43.20% 6
West Midlands +15 1 £325 -35.00% 10

For the 6 months to 22 April 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 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (63.41%) Microsoft
3 45 (54.88%) Windows
4 40 (48.78%) ITIL
5 39 (47.56%) MCSE
6 38 (46.34%) Microsoft 365
7 36 (43.90%) VMware
8 33 (40.24%) Active Directory
9 29 (35.37%) Windows Server
10 25 (30.49%) Cisco
10 25 (30.49%) Cisco Certification
11 24 (29.27%) VMware Infrastructure
12 23 (28.05%) Azure
12 23 (28.05%) Citrix
13 21 (25.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 18 (21.95%) CCNA
14 18 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 15 (18.29%) A+ Certification
16 14 (17.07%) SAN
16 14 (17.07%) WAN
16 14 (17.07%) MCITP
16 14 (17.07%) Windows 10
17 13 (15.85%) Data Centre
17 13 (15.85%) HP
18 12 (14.63%) LAN
18 12 (14.63%) SCCM
18 12 (14.63%) Security Cleared
18 12 (14.63%) ITIL V3
18 12 (14.63%) ServiceNow
19 11 (13.41%) SC Cleared

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 11 (13.41%) MS Exchange
2 9 (10.98%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (10.98%) Exchange Server 2013
2 9 (10.98%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.66%) IIS
3 3 (3.66%) OpenStack
3 3 (3.66%) SAS
4 2 (2.44%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.22%) Confluence
5 1 (1.22%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (13.41%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (2.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 38 (46.34%) Microsoft 365
2 23 (28.05%) Azure
3 9 (10.98%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (7.32%) AWS
5 4 (4.88%) OneDrive
6 3 (3.66%) SaaS
7 2 (2.44%) PaaS
8 1 (1.22%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (1.22%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (17.07%) SAN
1 14 (17.07%) WAN
2 12 (14.63%) LAN
3 11 (13.41%) Firewall
3 11 (13.41%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (8.54%) Internet
5 6 (7.32%) DHCP
5 6 (7.32%) DNS
6 5 (6.10%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (6.10%) TCP/IP
7 4 (4.88%) Intranet
8 3 (3.66%) ADSL
8 3 (3.66%) IP Telephony
8 3 (3.66%) iSCSI
8 3 (3.66%) MPLS
8 3 (3.66%) NAS
9 2 (2.44%) Cisco Firepower
9 2 (2.44%) Network Security
9 2 (2.44%) VLAN
9 2 (2.44%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (13.41%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.32%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (7.32%) SQL Server 2014
2 6 (7.32%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.22%) JIRA
General
1 10 (12.20%) Retail
2 8 (9.76%) Finance
3 7 (8.54%) Back Office
4 6 (7.32%) Public Sector
5 3 (3.66%) Banking
5 3 (3.66%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.22%) Electronics
6 1 (1.22%) International Banking
6 1 (1.22%) Local Government
6 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.22%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (19.51%) Analyst
1 16 (19.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (12.20%) Service Analyst
2 10 (12.20%) Service Desk Analyst
3 9 (10.98%) Support Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) Administrator
5 5 (6.10%) Consultant
5 5 (6.10%) Systems Administrator
5 5 (6.10%) Team Leader
6 4 (4.88%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (4.88%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 4 (4.88%) IT Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 3 (3.66%) 1st Line Support
7 3 (3.66%) Azure Engineer
7 3 (3.66%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (3.66%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.44%) .NET
2 1 (1.22%) HTML
2 1 (1.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (15.85%) Data Centre
2 7 (8.54%) NHS
2 7 (8.54%) Organisational Skills
3 3 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.66%) Clustering
3 3 (3.66%) iPad
3 3 (3.66%) iPhone
3 3 (3.66%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.66%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (3.66%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.44%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.44%) BYOD
4 2 (2.44%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.44%) Replication
5 1 (1.22%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.22%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.22%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 45 (54.88%) Windows
2 29 (35.37%) Windows Server
3 14 (17.07%) Windows 10
4 8 (9.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (9.76%) Windows Server 2016
5 6 (7.32%) Linux
5 6 (7.32%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.66%) Mac OS
6 3 (3.66%) Unix
7 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (1.22%) Android
8 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (48.78%) ITIL
2 18 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 12 (14.63%) ITIL V3
4 11 (13.41%) Incident Management
4 11 (13.41%) Problem Management
4 11 (13.41%) Service Management
5 9 (10.98%) Migration
6 8 (9.76%) Computer Science
7 7 (8.54%) ITSM
7 7 (8.54%) Patch Management
7 7 (8.54%) Service Delivery
8 6 (7.32%) Root Cause Analysis
9 5 (6.10%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (6.10%) Project Management
9 5 (6.10%) Server Management
10 4 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (4.88%) Business Continuity
10 4 (4.88%) Mentoring
10 4 (4.88%) Problem-Solving
10 4 (4.88%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.98%) PowerShell
1 9 (10.98%) SQL
Qualifications
1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (47.56%) MCSE
3 25 (30.49%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (25.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 18 (21.95%) CCNA
6 15 (18.29%) A+ Certification
7 14 (17.07%) MCITP
8 12 (14.63%) Security Cleared
9 11 (13.41%) MCP
9 11 (13.41%) SC Cleared
10 10 (12.20%) CCNP
11 9 (10.98%) Degree
12 8 (9.76%) VCP6
13 6 (7.32%) HP AIS
13 6 (7.32%) HP ASE
13 6 (7.32%) HP MASE
13 6 (7.32%) JNCIS
13 6 (7.32%) NCIE
14 5 (6.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (6.10%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.66%) SLA
3 2 (2.44%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.44%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.44%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.22%) QA
System Software
1 33 (40.24%) Active Directory
2 24 (29.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (12.20%) Hyper-V
4 6 (7.32%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (7.32%) vSphere
4 6 (7.32%) XenApp
5 5 (6.10%) Terminal Services
6 4 (4.88%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (3.66%) vCloud
7 3 (3.66%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (2.44%) Firmware
8 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.22%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (1.22%) VMware Server
9 1 (1.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (14.63%) SCCM
2 7 (8.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 7 (8.54%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (7.32%) vCenter Server
4 5 (6.10%) DameWare
5 3 (3.66%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (3.66%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (3.66%) vMotion
5 3 (3.66%) vRealize
5 3 (3.66%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 2 (2.44%) Backup Exec
6 2 (2.44%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.44%) SCOM
6 2 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (2.44%) WSUS
7 1 (1.22%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (1.22%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (1.22%) Nagios
7 1 (1.22%) Nessus
Vendors
1 52 (63.41%) Microsoft
2 36 (43.90%) VMware
3 25 (30.49%) Cisco
4 23 (28.05%) Citrix
5 13 (15.85%) HP
6 12 (14.63%) ServiceNow
7 11 (13.41%) Juniper
8 9 (10.98%) Dell
9 8 (9.76%) NetApp
9 8 (9.76%) Veeam
10 7 (8.54%) Brocade
11 4 (4.88%) Apple
11 4 (4.88%) Ivanti
11 4 (4.88%) Polycom
12 3 (3.66%) Avaya
12 3 (3.66%) CheckPoint
12 3 (3.66%) IBM
12 3 (3.66%) Wyse
13 2 (2.44%) SolarWinds
14 1 (1.22%) Aruba