The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Scotland region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 119 106 102
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -4
Contract jobs citing MCSA 14 6 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.51% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.32% 1.68% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 1 2
Average daily rate
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£348 £275 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.36% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £288
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -9.67%
Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
604 357 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 21.97% 14.48% 12.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 186 133
Average daily rate £347 £355 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.11% +14.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £260 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 26 35
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% -10.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £9.43 £10.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCSA
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MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSA across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 25 July 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 25 July 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
Glasgow +1 3 £175 -36.36% 3
North Lanarkshire - - - - 1
Argyll and Bute - - - - 1
Dundee - - - -
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MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 18 (100.00%) Windows
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 12 (66.67%) Change Management
3 10 (55.56%) MCITP
3 10 (55.56%) Windows 7
4 9 (50.00%) SC Cleared
4 9 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 9 (50.00%) VMware
4 9 (50.00%) Windows XP
5 8 (44.44%) MCSE
5 8 (44.44%) Veritas
5 8 (44.44%) VMware ESX
5 8 (44.44%) Clustering
5 8 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (38.89%) Hyper-V
6 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
6 7 (38.89%) PDA
6 7 (38.89%) ISTQB
6 7 (38.89%) Software Testing
6 7 (38.89%) MCTS
6 7 (38.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (38.89%) Netcool
6 7 (38.89%) McAfee
6 7 (38.89%) WinRunner
6 7 (38.89%) TestDirector
6 7 (38.89%) QuickTest Pro
6 7 (38.89%) Citrix
6 7 (38.89%) AIX
6 7 (38.89%) SQL

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 1 (5.56%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) Firewall
2 1 (5.56%) DHCP
2 1 (5.56%) VPN
2 1 (5.56%) DNS
2 1 (5.56%) SAN
Development Applications
1 7 (38.89%) WinRunner
1 7 (38.89%) TestDirector
1 7 (38.89%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 1 (5.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (22.22%) Analyst
1 4 (22.22%) Test Engineer
2 3 (16.67%) Wintel Engineer
2 3 (16.67%) Test Analyst
3 2 (11.11%) Desktop Support
3 2 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Tester
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Support Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Tester
4 1 (5.56%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Support Technician
4 1 (5.56%) Support Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Support
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Desktop Technician
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Desktop Support Technician
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) HTML
1 3 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (5.56%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (44.44%) Clustering
2 7 (38.89%) PDA
3 5 (27.78%) CMDB
4 1 (5.56%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 18 (100.00%) Windows
2 10 (55.56%) Windows 7
3 9 (50.00%) Windows XP
4 8 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (38.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (38.89%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (66.67%) Change Management
2 7 (38.89%) Software Testing
2 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
3 6 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 5 (27.78%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (27.78%) ITIL
4 5 (27.78%) Configuration Management
4 5 (27.78%) Cyber Security
5 3 (16.67%) High Availability
6 2 (11.11%) Service Management
7 1 (5.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (38.89%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) VBScript
2 3 (16.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (55.56%) MCITP
3 9 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 9 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 8 (44.44%) MCSE
5 7 (38.89%) ISTQB
5 7 (38.89%) MCTS
6 5 (27.78%) GIAC
6 5 (27.78%) CCNA
6 5 (27.78%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (22.22%) CISSP
8 3 (16.67%) MCP
8 3 (16.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 8 (44.44%) VMware ESX
2 7 (38.89%) Hyper-V
3 6 (33.33%) Active Directory
4 3 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (5.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (38.89%) Netcool
1 7 (38.89%) HP Quality Center
1 7 (38.89%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (11.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 9 (50.00%) VMware
3 8 (44.44%) Veritas
4 7 (38.89%) McAfee
4 7 (38.89%) Citrix
5 5 (27.78%) Cisco
6 3 (16.67%) HP