The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 134 113
Rank change year-on-year +18 -21  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 5 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.24% 0.23% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.16% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 3
Median daily rate £338 £275 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.72% -19.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £275 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £335 £320
% change year-on-year -2.98% +4.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £12.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -39.94% +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 advertised in the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 398 604 448
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.25% 19.92% 19.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 340 277
Median daily rate £413 £380 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +10.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 32
Median hourly rate £16.75 £18.28 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.34% -36.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.95 £39.00 £44.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSA in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in the West Midlands

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSA in the West Midlands

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA in the West Midlands

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 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
Coventry - 2 £400 - 1
Shropshire - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £325 -
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 5 (100.00%) Windows
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
3 3 (60.00%) PowerShell
3 3 (60.00%) Linux
3 3 (60.00%) Mentoring
4 2 (40.00%) Coaching
4 2 (40.00%) Continuous Delivery
4 2 (40.00%) Data Centre
4 2 (40.00%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (40.00%) IaaS
4 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
4 2 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (40.00%) PaaS
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Server
4 2 (40.00%) DevOps
4 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (40.00%) ITIL
4 2 (40.00%) SCOM
4 2 (40.00%) Kanban
4 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (40.00%) Release Management
4 2 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (40.00%) Scrum
4 2 (40.00%) VMware
4 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (20.00%) Strategic Planning

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (40.00%) IaaS
1 2 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (40.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) DHCP
1 1 (20.00%) DNS
1 1 (20.00%) NAS
1 1 (20.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory Engineer
1 2 (40.00%) Azure Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Applications Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Server Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Storage Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) .NET
1 1 (20.00%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (20.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
2 3 (60.00%) Linux
3 2 (40.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Mentoring
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) Coaching
2 2 (40.00%) Continuous Delivery
2 2 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (40.00%) DevOps
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL
2 2 (40.00%) Kanban
2 2 (40.00%) Release Management
2 2 (40.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (40.00%) Scrum
3 1 (20.00%) Change Management
3 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (20.00%) Network Management
3 1 (20.00%) Open Source
3 1 (20.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (20.00%) SFIA
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (20.00%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (20.00%) Bash Shell
2 1 (20.00%) C#
2 1 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) T-SQL
2 1 (20.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
3 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (20.00%) MCITP
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Certified Master
3 1 (20.00%) NCDA
3 1 (20.00%) NCIE
3 1 (20.00%) NCSA
3 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
2 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (20.00%) Docker
3 1 (20.00%) UAG
Systems Management
1 2 (40.00%) SCOM
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 1 (20.00%) SCCM
2 1 (20.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (40.00%) VMware
3 1 (20.00%) NetApp