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 21 August 2014 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 121 127 136
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +9
Contract jobs citing MCSA 11 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.35% 0.21% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.84% 1.20% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
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£175 £300 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-41.66% +36.36%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £328
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -16.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -19.35%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.25 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+18.96% -6.45%
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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
597 500 637
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.77% 17.43% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 234 319
Average daily rate £340 £325 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -8.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 52 55
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £18.72
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +33.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £37.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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
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
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 21 August 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -5 7 £175 -46.15% 2
Cheshire +5 3 - -
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, 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 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (93.75%) Windows
3 14 (87.50%) MCP
3 14 (87.50%) Active Directory
4 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
4 12 (75.00%) VMware
5 10 (62.50%) ITIL
5 10 (62.50%) MCSE
5 10 (62.50%) MCTS
6 9 (56.25%) MCITP
7 7 (43.75%) MS Exchange
7 7 (43.75%) Citrix
8 6 (37.50%) Windows XP
8 6 (37.50%) SAN
8 6 (37.50%) VMware Infrastructure
8 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (37.50%) Hyper-V
8 6 (37.50%) Windows 7
9 5 (31.25%) SQL
9 5 (31.25%) MS Office
9 5 (31.25%) MS Excel
9 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (31.25%) Symantec
10 4 (25.00%) VPN
10 4 (25.00%) SLA
10 4 (25.00%) Sophos
10 4 (25.00%) Wireless
10 4 (25.00%) Smartphone
10 4 (25.00%) SCCM
10 4 (25.00%) SCOM

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, 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 7 (43.75%) MS Exchange
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2003
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 5 (31.25%) MS Office
1 5 (31.25%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (37.50%) SAN
2 4 (25.00%) VPN
2 4 (25.00%) Wireless
3 3 (18.75%) LAN
3 3 (18.75%) WAN
4 1 (6.25%) DHCP
4 1 (6.25%) TCP/IP
4 1 (6.25%) DNS
4 1 (6.25%) Intranet
4 1 (6.25%) Firewall
4 1 (6.25%) VLAN
4 1 (6.25%) Wireshark
4 1 (6.25%) Cisco ASA
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) 2nd Line Support
2 6 (37.50%) Analyst
3 5 (31.25%) Support Analyst
3 5 (31.25%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (25.00%) Service Analyst
4 4 (25.00%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (18.75%) Consultant
5 3 (18.75%) Support Consultant
5 3 (18.75%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (12.50%) Support Engineer
7 1 (6.25%) Desktop Support
7 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 1 (6.25%) 1st Line Support
7 1 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (6.25%) Administrator
7 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (6.25%) Network Administrator
7 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Smartphone
1 4 (25.00%) iPad
2 1 (6.25%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 15 (93.75%) Windows
2 6 (37.50%) Windows XP
2 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (37.50%) Windows 7
3 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (6.25%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) ITIL
2 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
3 1 (6.25%) Problem Management
3 1 (6.25%) Performance Management
3 1 (6.25%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (87.50%) MCP
3 10 (62.50%) MCSE
3 10 (62.50%) MCTS
4 9 (56.25%) MCITP
5 3 (18.75%) CCNA
5 3 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (12.50%) CCA
6 2 (12.50%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 6 (37.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (37.50%) Hyper-V
3 1 (6.25%) XenApp
3 1 (6.25%) vSphere
3 1 (6.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 4 (25.00%) SCCM
1 4 (25.00%) SCOM
2 3 (18.75%) Backup Exec
3 1 (6.25%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (6.25%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
1 12 (75.00%) VMware
2 7 (43.75%) Citrix
3 5 (31.25%) Symantec
4 4 (25.00%) Sophos
5 3 (18.75%) Cisco
6 2 (12.50%) McAfee
6 2 (12.50%) Veeam
7 1 (6.25%) SolarWinds
7 1 (6.25%) Spiceworks
7 1 (6.25%) NetApp
7 1 (6.25%) IBM
7 1 (6.25%) Dell