The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 27 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 143 130 112
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -18
Contract jobs citing MCSA 14 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.38% 0.16% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.89% 0.83% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 0 3
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£165 - £226
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £200 £226
% change year-on-year
+27.50% -11.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 0
Average hourly rate £18.75 £15.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+16.12% +29.16%
MCSA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
739 599 458
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.85% 19.50% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 305 195
Average daily rate £386 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.35% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £575 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 71 36
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.50 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCSA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

MCSA Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +2 10 £164 - 9
Lancashire - 2 £205 -
Merseyside - 2 - - 1
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MCSA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA.

1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
3 11 (73.33%) Windows
4 10 (66.67%) ITIL
5 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
6 8 (53.33%) Citrix
6 8 (53.33%) MCSE
6 8 (53.33%) MCITP
7 7 (46.67%) MS Office
7 7 (46.67%) VMware
8 6 (40.00%) SLA
8 6 (40.00%) MCP
8 6 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 4 (26.67%) CCNA
9 4 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (26.67%) SAN
9 4 (26.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (26.67%) Hyper-V
9 4 (26.67%) Windows 7
9 4 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (26.67%) MCTS
9 4 (26.67%) Problem Management
10 3 (20.00%) SCCM
10 3 (20.00%) Incident Management
10 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
10 3 (20.00%) Windows 8
10 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (20.00%) DNS
10 3 (20.00%) SQL
10 3 (20.00%) MS Excel

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MCSA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (13.33%) TPMS
2 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (6.67%) Lync
3 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 7 (46.67%) MS Office
2 3 (20.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) SAN
2 3 (20.00%) DNS
3 2 (13.33%) LAN
3 2 (13.33%) VoIP
3 2 (13.33%) WAN
3 2 (13.33%) DHCP
4 1 (6.67%) TCP/IP
4 1 (6.67%) Firewall
4 1 (6.67%) VLAN
4 1 (6.67%) iSCSI
4 1 (6.67%) NAS
4 1 (6.67%) Fibre Channel
4 1 (6.67%) OpenScape
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) Analyst
1 5 (33.33%) Support Analyst
1 5 (33.33%) Support Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (13.33%) Field Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Technical Support Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Desktop Support
3 2 (13.33%) 1st Line Support
3 2 (13.33%) Technical Support
3 2 (13.33%) Field Service Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Field Support Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) PC Support
3 2 (13.33%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Project Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Applications Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Server Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Network Support
4 1 (6.67%) Desktop Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Help Desk Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Blackberry
2 1 (6.67%) Handset
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 11 (73.33%) Windows
2 4 (26.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (26.67%) Windows 7
3 3 (20.00%) Windows XP
3 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (20.00%) Windows 8
3 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (13.33%) Android
4 2 (13.33%) Apple iOS
4 2 (13.33%) BlackBerry OS
5 1 (6.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (66.67%) ITIL
2 4 (26.67%) Problem Management
3 3 (20.00%) Incident Management
3 3 (20.00%) Service Management
4 2 (13.33%) Change Management
4 2 (13.33%) Migration
5 1 (6.67%) Asset Management
5 1 (6.67%) TOGAF
5 1 (6.67%) Project Planning
5 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2
5 1 (6.67%) Software Deployment
5 1 (6.67%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (6.67%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) SQL
1 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (6.67%) C
2 1 (6.67%) VBScript
2 1 (6.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (53.33%) MCSE
2 8 (53.33%) MCITP
3 6 (40.00%) MCP
4 4 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (26.67%) CCNA
4 4 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (26.67%) MCTS
5 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
5 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
5 2 (13.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (13.33%) CCA
5 2 (13.33%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (13.33%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (6.67%) CCNP
6 1 (6.67%) Degree
6 1 (6.67%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (40.00%) SLA
2 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (26.67%) Hyper-V
4 2 (13.33%) XenApp
4 2 (13.33%) XenDesktop
5 1 (6.67%) vSphere
5 1 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (6.67%) Xen
5 1 (6.67%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (20.00%) SCCM
2 2 (13.33%) SCOM
2 2 (13.33%) Backup Exec
3 1 (6.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 8 (53.33%) Citrix
3 7 (46.67%) VMware
4 3 (20.00%) Sophos
5 2 (13.33%) NetApp
5 2 (13.33%) Symantec
5 2 (13.33%) McAfee
5 2 (13.33%) Cisco
6 1 (6.67%) IBM
6 1 (6.67%) HP
6 1 (6.67%) Siemens
6 1 (6.67%) MobileIron
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