Period
to 22 January 2022

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 January 2022 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 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 672 520 572
Rank change year-on-year -152 +52 +55
Contract jobs citing MCSA 149 73 196
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.17% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.90% 0.77% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 51 119
10th Percentile £185 £148 £158
25th Percentile £206 £206 £269
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £360 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year -10.00% +6.67% +25.00%
75th Percentile £471 £496 £488
90th Percentile £538 £556 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £354 £350 £336
% change year-on-year +1.00% +4.09% +22.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 8 11
10th Percentile - £14.00 £15.25
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.38 £16.25
Median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.00% -14.29% +8.02%
75th Percentile £15.25 - £43.63
90th Percentile £15.75 £15.15 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% -14.29% +11.11%

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 16,553 9,532 15,514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.08% 22.84% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,814 6,291 9,992
10th Percentile £313 £278 £256
25th Percentile £415 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £560
90th Percentile £700 £650 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £481 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +6.83% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 648 503 654
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.71 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.73 £40.00 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -0.69% +23.08% +24.01%
75th Percentile £54.00 £53.75 £49.42
90th Percentile £65.82 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £37.91 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.04% +26.38% +13.21%

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 January 2022.

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 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 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -123 132 £360 -7.69% 81
UK excluding London -60 97 £354 +1.00% 72
London -151 45 £365 -13.10% 17
North of England -42 22 £281 -39.49% 27
Work from Home -140 21 £360 +19.01% 9
East of England -42 18 £305 +75.67% 12
South West -42 18 £425 -10.53% 6
Midlands -46 14 £320 +5.79% 7
Yorkshire - 13 £200 - 8
South East -67 12 £363 +39.42% 12
North West -38 9 £370 -20.26% 16
Scotland -39 8 £200 +1.27% 5
West Midlands -42 8 £357 - 4
East Midlands -27 6 £320 +5.79% 3
Wales - 5 £427 -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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.

1 149 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 96 (64.43%) Windows
3 92 (61.74%) Microsoft
4 84 (56.38%) ITIL
5 71 (47.65%) Microsoft 365
6 70 (46.98%) MCSE
7 57 (38.26%) Active Directory
8 56 (37.58%) Azure
9 49 (32.89%) VMware
10 43 (28.86%) VMware Infrastructure
11 39 (26.17%) Citrix
12 37 (24.83%) Windows Server
13 36 (24.16%) Social Skills
13 36 (24.16%) Cisco Certification
14 33 (22.15%) Incident Management
15 32 (21.48%) DNS
15 32 (21.48%) PowerShell
15 32 (21.48%) Security Cleared
16 31 (20.81%) Problem-Solving
17 30 (20.13%) CCNA
17 30 (20.13%) Linux
18 29 (19.46%) MCP
19 28 (18.79%) SC Cleared
20 26 (17.45%) DHCP
21 24 (16.11%) Cisco
21 24 (16.11%) Wi-Fi
21 24 (16.11%) SCCM
21 24 (16.11%) Retail
21 24 (16.11%) Azure Active Directory
22 22 (14.77%) 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 21 (14.09%) MS Exchange
2 18 (12.08%) SharePoint
3 8 (5.37%) IIS
4 7 (4.70%) Skype for Business
5 6 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.01%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.34%) Site Server
10 1 (0.67%) CMS
10 1 (0.67%) Confluence
10 1 (0.67%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.67%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (12.75%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 71 (47.65%) Microsoft 365
2 56 (37.58%) Azure
3 24 (16.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (8.72%) AWS
5 6 (4.03%) Power Platform
6 4 (2.68%) SaaS
7 2 (1.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 2 (1.34%) Azure Storage
7 2 (1.34%) Nutanix
8 1 (0.67%) GCP
8 1 (0.67%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 32 (21.48%) DNS
2 26 (17.45%) DHCP
3 24 (16.11%) Wi-Fi
4 20 (13.42%) Firewall
5 14 (9.40%) TCP/IP
6 13 (8.72%) Network Security
7 11 (7.38%) WAN
8 9 (6.04%) SAN
9 8 (5.37%) VPN
10 7 (4.70%) NAS
10 7 (4.70%) Skype
11 6 (4.03%) SD-WAN
12 5 (3.36%) IPv4
12 5 (3.36%) iSCSI
12 5 (3.36%) LAN
12 5 (3.36%) VoIP
13 4 (2.68%) Internet
13 4 (2.68%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (2.68%) VLAN
14 3 (2.01%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.77%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (4.03%) Power BI
3 6 (4.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (4.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.36%) Data Lake
4 5 (3.36%) QlikView
4 5 (3.36%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.68%) Ingres
5 4 (2.68%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.34%) SQL Server 2017
7 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.67%) VLDB
Development Applications
1 10 (6.71%) JIRA
2 7 (4.70%) Git (software)
2 7 (4.70%) Jenkins
2 7 (4.70%) Selenium
3 3 (2.01%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 36 (24.16%) Social Skills
2 24 (16.11%) Retail
3 9 (6.04%) Finance
3 9 (6.04%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.03%) Organisational Skills
6 3 (2.01%) Automotive
6 3 (2.01%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (2.01%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.34%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (1.34%) French Language
7 2 (1.34%) German Language
7 2 (1.34%) Russian Language
7 2 (1.34%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.67%) Local Government
8 1 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 43 (28.86%) Analyst
2 23 (15.44%) Service Analyst
2 23 (15.44%) Service Desk Analyst
3 17 (11.41%) Support Engineer
4 15 (10.07%) Architect
4 15 (10.07%) IT Support
5 11 (7.38%) IT Analyst
5 11 (7.38%) IT Engineer
6 10 (6.71%) 2nd Line Support
7 9 (6.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (6.04%) Support Analyst
8 8 (5.37%) IT Manager
8 8 (5.37%) Service Manager
9 7 (4.70%) Consultant
9 7 (4.70%) IT Support Engineer
9 7 (4.70%) Wintel Engineer
10 6 (4.03%) IT Support Analyst
10 6 (4.03%) Network Engineer
11 5 (3.36%) Administrator
11 5 (3.36%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.36%) HTML
1 5 (3.36%) JSON
1 5 (3.36%) XML
2 3 (2.01%) Middleware
3 1 (0.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.07%) Data Centre
1 15 (10.07%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.03%) Clustering
2 6 (4.03%) Learning Management System
2 6 (4.03%) Linux Command Line
3 5 (3.36%) PKI
4 4 (2.68%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.68%) NHS
4 4 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.01%) Blackberry
5 3 (2.01%) Enterprise Storage
5 3 (2.01%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.34%) BYOD
6 2 (1.34%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.34%) Legacy Systems
6 2 (1.34%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.34%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.34%) Wiki
7 1 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.67%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 96 (64.43%) Windows
2 37 (24.83%) Windows Server
3 30 (20.13%) Linux
4 22 (14.77%) Windows 10
5 21 (14.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (11.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (10.74%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (6.71%) Apple iOS
8 10 (6.71%) Mac OS
8 10 (6.71%) VMS
9 8 (5.37%) CentOS
10 6 (4.03%) Android
11 5 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (3.36%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (2.01%) Mac OS X
12 3 (2.01%) Windows 2000
12 3 (2.01%) Windows 7
12 3 (2.01%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.67%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.67%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (56.38%) ITIL
2 33 (22.15%) Incident Management
3 31 (20.81%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (12.08%) Problem Management
5 16 (10.74%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (10.07%) Migration
6 15 (10.07%) Service Delivery
7 14 (9.40%) PRINCE2
8 13 (8.72%) Disaster Recovery
8 13 (8.72%) High Availability
8 13 (8.72%) Virtual Environments
9 12 (8.05%) Analytics
9 12 (8.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 10 (6.71%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (6.04%) DevOps
11 9 (6.04%) Test Automation
11 9 (6.04%) Waterfall
12 8 (5.37%) Business Intelligence
13 7 (4.70%) ITSM
13 7 (4.70%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (21.48%) PowerShell
2 18 (12.08%) SQL
3 10 (6.71%) Python
3 10 (6.71%) R
4 5 (3.36%) Java
5 1 (0.67%) Bash
5 1 (0.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 149 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 70 (46.98%) MCSE
3 36 (24.16%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (21.48%) Security Cleared
5 30 (20.13%) CCNA
6 29 (19.46%) MCP
7 28 (18.79%) SC Cleared
8 22 (14.77%) A+ Certification
9 19 (12.75%) Degree
10 17 (11.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (10.74%) MCITP
12 15 (10.07%) DV Cleared
13 14 (9.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (5.37%) CCNP
14 8 (5.37%) MCTS
15 7 (4.70%) CEH
15 7 (4.70%) CISSP
15 7 (4.70%) ISEB
15 7 (4.70%) ISTQB
16 6 (4.03%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 12 (8.05%) PCI DSS
2 10 (6.71%) ISO 9001
2 10 (6.71%) SLA
3 5 (3.36%) Data Quality
4 3 (2.01%) GxP
5 2 (1.34%) GDPR
6 1 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.67%) QA
System Software
1 57 (38.26%) Active Directory
2 43 (28.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (10.07%) Hyper-V
4 12 (8.05%) Virtual Servers
5 10 (6.71%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (5.37%) VMware Workstation
7 7 (4.70%) vSphere
8 6 (4.03%) XenApp
9 5 (3.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 5 (3.36%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (3.36%) NFS
9 5 (3.36%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (3.36%) XenDesktop
10 4 (2.68%) BitLocker
10 4 (2.68%) Terminal Services
10 4 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (2.68%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.67%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 24 (16.11%) SCCM
2 13 (8.72%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (8.05%) WSUS
4 10 (6.71%) NetBackup
5 9 (6.04%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 9 (6.04%) Norton AntiVirus
6 7 (4.70%) Backup Exec
6 7 (4.70%) Puppet
7 6 (4.03%) Ansible
7 6 (4.03%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (3.36%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (3.36%) SCOM
8 5 (3.36%) vCenter Server
9 4 (2.68%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (1.34%) Nagios
11 1 (0.67%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (0.67%) vMotion
11 1 (0.67%) vRealize
Vendors
1 92 (61.74%) Microsoft
2 49 (32.89%) VMware
3 39 (26.17%) Citrix
4 24 (16.11%) Cisco
5 22 (14.77%) ServiceNow
6 17 (11.41%) Apple
7 12 (8.05%) McAfee
7 12 (8.05%) Splunk
8 10 (6.71%) Symantec
9 7 (4.70%) HP
9 7 (4.70%) Ivanti
10 6 (4.03%) MobileIron
10 6 (4.03%) Oracle
10 6 (4.03%) SolarWinds
11 5 (3.36%) Avaya
11 5 (3.36%) Dell
11 5 (3.36%) EMC
11 5 (3.36%) Mitel
11 5 (3.36%) Polycom
11 5 (3.36%) Shavlik