The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 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.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 95 112 121
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +9
Contract jobs citing MCSA 29 22 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.31% 0.69% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.66% 4.68% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 11 10
Median daily rate £275 £298 £346
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.56% -14.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £225 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £336 £340 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £285 £338
% change year-on-year
+15.78% -15.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 1
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.26% -34.16%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+14.70% -12.82%
MCSA
UK

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

Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
512 470 561
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 23.19% 14.75% 20.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 238 290
Median daily rate £325 £340 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% -2.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £451 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 12 32
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.21% +12.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £18.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £21.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Scotland region citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

MCSA
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

MCSA Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

MCSA
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSA across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 September 2016.

MCSA Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

MCSA
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

MCSA Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

MCSA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Renfrewshire -14 18 £278 -17.77%
North Lanarkshire - 4 £160 -
Glasgow +10 3 £195 -21.21%
Edinburgh +17 2 £245 +8.88%
Aberdeen - 1 £155 -
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, 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 Scotland region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (94.37%) Windows
3 66 (92.96%) Microsoft
4 46 (64.79%) Active Directory
5 44 (61.97%) VMware
6 42 (59.15%) Windows Server 2008
7 40 (56.34%) Security Cleared
8 38 (53.52%) SQL
9 37 (52.11%) MCSE
10 36 (50.70%) Hyper-V
11 35 (49.30%) Windows 7
12 31 (43.66%) Windows XP
12 31 (43.66%) Windows Server 2012
13 30 (42.25%) MCITP
14 29 (40.85%) MCTS
14 29 (40.85%) MS Excel
15 28 (39.44%) PowerShell
15 28 (39.44%) PowerCLI
16 27 (38.03%) SC Cleared
17 26 (36.62%) Software Testing
17 26 (36.62%) Change Management
17 26 (36.62%) Windows Server 2003
17 26 (36.62%) Windows Server
18 25 (35.21%) Citrix
19 24 (33.80%) Veritas
19 24 (33.80%) ISTQB
20 23 (32.39%) VMware Infrastructure
20 23 (32.39%) McAfee ePO
20 23 (32.39%) Clustering
20 23 (32.39%) Netcool

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland 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 21 (29.58%) SharePoint
2 11 (15.49%) OpenStack
3 2 (2.82%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.41%) IIS
4 1 (1.41%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 29 (40.85%) MS Excel
2 15 (21.13%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 20 (28.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (21.13%) SNMP
1 15 (21.13%) SSL
1 15 (21.13%) TCP/IP
2 13 (18.31%) DHCP
2 13 (18.31%) DNS
3 12 (16.90%) SAN
4 2 (2.82%) Internet
5 1 (1.41%) Cisco Wireless
5 1 (1.41%) Ethernet
5 1 (1.41%) Firewall
5 1 (1.41%) ISDN
5 1 (1.41%) Network Security
5 1 (1.41%) VoIP
5 1 (1.41%) VPN
5 1 (1.41%) WAN
5 1 (1.41%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (26.76%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (21.13%) StarTeam
2 9 (12.68%) HP UFT
2 9 (12.68%) TestDirector
2 9 (12.68%) WinRunner
General
1 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 16 (22.54%) Analyst
1 16 (22.54%) Test Analyst
2 11 (15.49%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 11 (15.49%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
2 11 (15.49%) Virtualisation Engineer
3 6 (8.45%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (7.04%) Tester
4 5 (7.04%) Wintel Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) Support Engineer
6 3 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (4.23%) Infrastructure Tester
6 3 (4.23%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 3 (4.23%) SCCM Engineer
6 3 (4.23%) Test Manager
6 3 (4.23%) Virtualisation Specialist
6 3 (4.23%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (2.82%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 23 (32.39%) Clustering
2 10 (14.08%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (11.27%) PDA
4 2 (2.82%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.41%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 67 (94.37%) Windows
2 42 (59.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 35 (49.30%) Windows 7
4 31 (43.66%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (43.66%) Windows XP
5 26 (36.62%) Windows Server
5 26 (36.62%) Windows Server 2003
6 23 (32.39%) AIX
7 17 (23.94%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (36.62%) Change Management
1 26 (36.62%) Software Testing
2 20 (28.17%) ITIL
2 20 (28.17%) Smoke Testing
2 20 (28.17%) Test Scripting
3 15 (21.13%) Server Virtualisation
4 13 (18.31%) Unit Testing
5 9 (12.68%) Test Automation
6 6 (8.45%) Conflict Management
6 6 (8.45%) Risk Management
7 5 (7.04%) Mentoring
8 2 (2.82%) Customer Engagement
8 2 (2.82%) High Availability
8 2 (2.82%) Migration
8 2 (2.82%) Service Delivery
9 1 (1.41%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (1.41%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (1.41%) Records Management
9 1 (1.41%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (53.52%) SQL
2 28 (39.44%) PowerShell
3 4 (5.63%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.41%) C
Qualifications
1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (56.34%) Security Cleared
3 37 (52.11%) MCSE
4 30 (42.25%) MCITP
5 29 (40.85%) MCTS
6 27 (38.03%) SC Cleared
7 24 (33.80%) ISTQB
8 19 (26.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (7.04%) CCNA
9 5 (7.04%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (7.04%) DV Cleared
10 4 (5.63%) A+ Certification
10 4 (5.63%) ACSA
10 4 (5.63%) CCENT
10 4 (5.63%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (4.23%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (1.41%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.82%) SLA
2 1 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (64.79%) Active Directory
2 36 (50.70%) Hyper-V
3 23 (32.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (16.90%) vSphere
5 8 (11.27%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 28 (39.44%) PowerCLI
2 23 (32.39%) McAfee ePO
2 23 (32.39%) Netcool
3 18 (25.35%) SCCM
4 15 (21.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 15 (21.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 9 (12.68%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (5.63%) Backup Exec
7 2 (2.82%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 66 (92.96%) Microsoft
2 44 (61.97%) VMware
3 25 (35.21%) Citrix
4 24 (33.80%) Veritas
5 23 (32.39%) HP
5 23 (32.39%) Intel Security
6 15 (21.13%) Altiris
7 4 (5.63%) Apple
7 4 (5.63%) Cisco
7 4 (5.63%) Symantec
8 2 (2.82%) Sophos
9 1 (1.41%) AppSense
9 1 (1.41%) Juniper