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 April 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 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 148 124 114
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -10
Contract jobs citing MCSA 5 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.29% 0.083%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.62% 1.48% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 1
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£239 - £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £160 £240
% change year-on-year
+78.12% -33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.25 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+8.19% +27.08%
MCSA
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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
810 609 451
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.89% 19.86% 18.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 297 196
Average daily rate £388 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £210 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 83 35
Average hourly rate £38.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+113.88% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.30 £12.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £37.06 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 April 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
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 April 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 -13 3 £239 - 3
Merseyside - 2 - -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 8 (100.00%) Windows
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (75.00%) MCSE
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
3 4 (50.00%) Windows 8
4 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
4 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
4 3 (37.50%) Citrix
4 3 (37.50%) DNS
4 3 (37.50%) SLA
4 3 (37.50%) MS Office
5 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
5 2 (25.00%) DHCP
5 2 (25.00%) Blackberry
5 2 (25.00%) VMware
5 2 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (25.00%) SCCM
5 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (25.00%) Android
5 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (25.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (25.00%) BlackBerry OS
6 1 (12.50%) Software Deployment
6 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (12.50%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (12.50%) MobileIron
6 1 (12.50%) Software Asset Management

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (12.50%) Lync
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 3 (37.50%) MS Office
2 1 (12.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) DNS
2 2 (25.00%) DHCP
3 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
3 1 (12.50%) VoIP
3 1 (12.50%) SAN
3 1 (12.50%) Firewall
3 1 (12.50%) VLAN
3 1 (12.50%) iSCSI
3 1 (12.50%) NAS
3 1 (12.50%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (12.50%) OpenScape
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MSI
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Analyst
1 3 (37.50%) Support Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Technical Support
2 2 (25.00%) Technical Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Technical Support Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Desktop Support
3 1 (12.50%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Project Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Applications Support Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Server Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Desktop Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Applications Packager
3 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Applications Support
3 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (12.50%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
2 4 (50.00%) Windows 8
3 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
4 2 (25.00%) Apple iOS
4 2 (25.00%) BlackBerry OS
4 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (25.00%) Android
4 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (12.50%) Linux
5 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (12.50%) ITIL
1 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
1 1 (12.50%) Service Management
1 1 (12.50%) Asset Management
1 1 (12.50%) TOGAF
1 1 (12.50%) Project Planning
1 1 (12.50%) Software Deployment
1 1 (12.50%) Mobile Device Management
1 1 (12.50%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
2 1 (12.50%) C
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) VBScript
2 1 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (75.00%) MCSE
3 2 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (12.50%) MCITP
4 1 (12.50%) Degree
4 1 (12.50%) MCP
4 1 (12.50%) CCNA
4 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (12.50%) A+ Certification
4 1 (12.50%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (37.50%) SLA
2 1 (12.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (12.50%) XenApp
3 1 (12.50%) XenDesktop
3 1 (12.50%) vSphere
3 1 (12.50%) Xen
3 1 (12.50%) NFS
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) SCCM
2 1 (12.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (37.50%) Citrix
3 2 (25.00%) VMware
4 1 (12.50%) MobileIron
4 1 (12.50%) HP
4 1 (12.50%) NetApp
4 1 (12.50%) Siemens
4 1 (12.50%) Sophos
4 1 (12.50%) Cisco