Period
to 10 August 2020

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 10 August 2020 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 454 567 627
Rank change year-on-year +113 +60 +40
Contract jobs citing MCSA 96 293 275
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.32% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 1.67% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 194 174
Median daily rate £425 £338 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.93% +12.50% -7.69%
10th Percentile £250 £158 £161
90th Percentile £575 £550 £512
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £345 £300
% change year-on-year +23.19% +15.00% -14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 26
Median hourly rate £18.50 £30.75 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.84% +44.71% +28.79%
10th Percentile £14.38 £15.25 £15.30
90th Percentile £22.88 £170.25 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £30.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -43.09% +80.88% -12.82%

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 8,707 17,525 19,361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.87% 19.10% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,203 10,651 11,470
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £641 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 848 942
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.10% +55.43% -23.13%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.65 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.88 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +53.19% -24.19%

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 10 August 2020.

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 10 August 2020. 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 +110 76 £414 +27.31% 43
UK excluding London +108 76 £425 +23.19% 41
South East +134 24 £400 +6.67% 6
London +148 19 £425 +30.77% 6
Scotland +85 19 £425 +21.43% 1
South West +51 11 £475 +46.15% 10
North of England +102 8 £500 +100.00% 8
Midlands +62 8 £600 +73.29% 10
West Midlands +53 8 £600 +11.11% 7
East of England +78 5 £350 +16.67% 3
North West +69 5 £525 +110.00% 4
Work from Home -16 3 £525 +38.16% 2
Yorkshire +80 2 - - 3
Wales +43 1 £175 -18.13% 3
North East +38 1 £300 +66.67% 1

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 96 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 75 (78.13%) Microsoft
3 60 (62.50%) Active Directory
4 59 (61.46%) Windows
5 54 (56.25%) ITIL
6 51 (53.13%) MCSE
7 44 (45.83%) Windows Server
8 38 (39.58%) Office 365
9 33 (34.38%) Security Cleared
10 32 (33.33%) Azure
11 30 (31.25%) PowerShell
12 28 (29.17%) SCCM
12 28 (29.17%) VMware
13 27 (28.13%) SC Cleared
14 24 (25.00%) SharePoint
15 23 (23.96%) Windows Server 2012
15 23 (23.96%) Analytical Skills
16 22 (22.92%) MS Exchange
16 22 (22.92%) VMware Infrastructure
17 21 (21.88%) Change Management
17 21 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2013
18 18 (18.75%) Windows 10
19 17 (17.71%) OneDrive
19 17 (17.71%) Critical Thinking
19 17 (17.71%) Power Platform
19 17 (17.71%) Windows Server 2008
19 17 (17.71%) Hyper-V
20 16 (16.67%) Configuration Management
20 16 (16.67%) IBM Domino
20 16 (16.67%) MCP

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 24 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 22 (22.92%) MS Exchange
3 21 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (16.67%) IBM Domino
5 15 (15.63%) IBM Notes
6 11 (11.46%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (11.46%) Skype for Business
7 8 (8.33%) IIS
8 5 (5.21%) Confluence
9 2 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (2.08%) nginx
9 2 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (1.04%) Apache
10 1 (1.04%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (11.46%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 38 (39.58%) Office 365
2 32 (33.33%) Azure
3 17 (17.71%) OneDrive
3 17 (17.71%) Power Platform
4 16 (16.67%) Azure Active Directory
4 16 (16.67%) PowerApps
5 4 (4.17%) AWS
6 3 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (2.08%) IaaS
7 2 (2.08%) PaaS
8 1 (1.04%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.04%) G Suite
8 1 (1.04%) Logic Apps
8 1 (1.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (15.63%) DNS
2 13 (13.54%) DHCP
3 9 (9.38%) Skype
4 8 (8.33%) SAN
5 4 (4.17%) IPv4
5 4 (4.17%) TCP/IP
6 3 (3.13%) Intranet
6 3 (3.13%) LAN
7 2 (2.08%) Firewall
7 2 (2.08%) NetScaler
7 2 (2.08%) SMTP
7 2 (2.08%) VPN
7 2 (2.08%) WAN
7 2 (2.08%) Wireless
8 1 (1.04%) FTP
8 1 (1.04%) PBX
8 1 (1.04%) SNMP
8 1 (1.04%) VoIP
8 1 (1.04%) VPLS
8 1 (1.04%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (13.54%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.13%) MySQL
3 2 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.04%) Data Lake
4 1 (1.04%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 5 (5.21%) JIRA
2 2 (2.08%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.04%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (9.38%) Finance
2 6 (6.25%) Public Sector
3 5 (5.21%) Banking
4 4 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.17%) Retail
4 4 (4.17%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.13%) Military
6 2 (2.08%) International Banking
6 2 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.04%) Electronics
7 1 (1.04%) French Language
7 1 (1.04%) Front Office
7 1 (1.04%) Legal
7 1 (1.04%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 15 (15.63%) Administrator
1 15 (15.63%) Exchange Administrator
2 13 (13.54%) Office 365 Administrator
3 11 (11.46%) Wintel Engineer
4 9 (9.38%) Analyst
4 9 (9.38%) Support Engineer
5 8 (8.33%) Support Analyst
6 7 (7.29%) Architect
7 6 (6.25%) IT Support
7 6 (6.25%) Server Engineer
7 6 (6.25%) Technical Support
7 6 (6.25%) Windows Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (5.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (5.21%) Active Directory Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) Active Directory Support
8 5 (5.21%) Exchange Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.13%) Web Services
2 1 (1.04%) .NET
2 1 (1.04%) JSON
2 1 (1.04%) LDAP
2 1 (1.04%) Middleware
2 1 (1.04%) SOAP
2 1 (1.04%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 23 (23.96%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (9.38%) Management Information System
3 7 (7.29%) Data Centre
4 6 (6.25%) PKI
5 5 (5.21%) HP StoreVirtual
6 2 (2.08%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.08%) BYOD
6 2 (2.08%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.08%) Clustering
6 2 (2.08%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.08%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (2.08%) Fat Client
6 2 (2.08%) Freedom of Information
6 2 (2.08%) iPad
6 2 (2.08%) iPhone
6 2 (2.08%) Replication
6 2 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.08%) Thin Client
6 2 (2.08%) User Experience
6 2 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 59 (61.46%) Windows
2 44 (45.83%) Windows Server
3 23 (23.96%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (18.75%) Windows 10
5 17 (17.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (3.13%) Linux
8 3 (3.13%) Windows 7
9 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.08%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (1.04%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.04%) Unix
10 1 (1.04%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.04%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (56.25%) ITIL
2 21 (21.88%) Change Management
3 17 (17.71%) Critical Thinking
4 16 (16.67%) Configuration Management
5 14 (14.58%) Analytical Thinking
5 14 (14.58%) Release Management
6 10 (10.42%) ITSM
6 10 (10.42%) Migration
6 10 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
6 10 (10.42%) Time Management
7 8 (8.33%) Data Protection
7 8 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (8.33%) Service Delivery
8 7 (7.29%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (7.29%) High Availability
8 7 (7.29%) Matrix Organization
8 7 (7.29%) Patch Management
8 7 (7.29%) TOGAF
9 6 (6.25%) Change Control
9 6 (6.25%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 30 (31.25%) PowerShell
2 6 (6.25%) SQL
3 2 (2.08%) C
4 1 (1.04%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.04%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 96 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (53.13%) MCSE
3 33 (34.38%) Security Cleared
4 27 (28.13%) SC Cleared
5 16 (16.67%) MCP
6 11 (11.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 10 (10.42%) CCNA
7 10 (10.42%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (9.38%) DV Cleared
9 8 (8.33%) Degree
9 8 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (7.29%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (7.29%) MCITP
10 7 (7.29%) TOGAF Certification
11 6 (6.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (5.21%) CCNP
13 4 (4.17%) A+ Certification
13 4 (4.17%) MCTS
14 3 (3.13%) Citrix Certification
15 2 (2.08%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.42%) SLA
2 8 (8.33%) NCSC
3 6 (6.25%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (4.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (3.13%) PCI DSS
5 3 (3.13%) QA
System Software
1 60 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 22 (22.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (17.71%) Hyper-V
4 8 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (7.29%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (5.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (3.13%) UAG
8 3 (3.13%) vSphere
9 2 (2.08%) XenApp
9 2 (2.08%) XenDesktop
10 1 (1.04%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (1.04%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.04%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (1.04%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 28 (29.17%) SCCM
2 6 (6.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 6 (6.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (4.17%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (4.17%) vCenter Server
3 4 (4.17%) WSUS
4 3 (3.13%) SCOM
5 2 (2.08%) HAProxy
5 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.04%) AirWatch
6 1 (1.04%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.04%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.04%) Nessus
6 1 (1.04%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.04%) Puppet
6 1 (1.04%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 1 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.04%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.04%) WMI
Vendors
1 75 (78.13%) Microsoft
2 28 (29.17%) VMware
3 16 (16.67%) IBM
4 12 (12.50%) Cisco
5 6 (6.25%) HP
6 5 (5.21%) Citrix
6 5 (5.21%) Remedy
7 4 (4.17%) CheckPoint
7 4 (4.17%) Lumension
7 4 (4.17%) Sophos
7 4 (4.17%) Symantec
8 3 (3.13%) Computacenter
8 3 (3.13%) Polycom
8 3 (3.13%) Yealink
9 2 (2.08%) 3PAR
9 2 (2.08%) Apple
9 2 (2.08%) EqualLogic
9 2 (2.08%) SolarWinds
9 2 (2.08%) Splunk
9 2 (2.08%) Veeam