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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 110 130 120
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -10
Contract jobs citing MCSA 28 6 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.12% 0.19% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.48% 1.26% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 5 13
Median daily rate £275 £400 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.25% +15.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £262 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £441 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £320 £225
% change year-on-year
- +42.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Median hourly rate £42.00 £18.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+127.02% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £16.75 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+67.16% +6.34%
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
511 476 625
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.37% 14.87% 22.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 235 313
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 £215 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £450 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
- +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 19 27
Median hourly rate £41.00 £21.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+90.69% +26.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.43 £13.25 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £50.00 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.25 £23.75 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% +31.94%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -6 16 £284 -31.15%
Glasgow +8 3 £290 +45.00% 2
Edinburgh - 2 £245 - 2
North Lanarkshire - 2 £160 -
Aberdeen - 1 £155 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (98.55%) Windows
3 65 (94.20%) Microsoft
4 56 (81.16%) VMware
5 49 (71.01%) Active Directory
6 48 (69.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (66.67%) Security Cleared
8 43 (62.32%) SQL
9 41 (59.42%) Hyper-V
10 35 (50.72%) Windows 7
11 34 (49.28%) MCSE
12 33 (47.83%) Windows XP
13 32 (46.38%) MCTS
13 32 (46.38%) MCITP
14 31 (44.93%) Software Testing
14 31 (44.93%) SC Cleared
14 31 (44.93%) Windows Server 2003
14 31 (44.93%) Change Management
15 30 (43.48%) Veritas
16 29 (42.03%) MS Excel
16 29 (42.03%) Intel Security
16 29 (42.03%) PowerShell
17 28 (40.58%) McAfee ePO
17 28 (40.58%) ISTQB
17 28 (40.58%) Netcool
17 28 (40.58%) Clustering
17 28 (40.58%) AIX
17 28 (40.58%) Citrix
18 27 (39.13%) VMware Infrastructure
19 25 (36.23%) Test Scripting

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 12 (17.39%) OpenStack
2 9 (13.04%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.45%) IIS
Applications
1 29 (42.03%) MS Excel
2 6 (8.70%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (11.59%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (20.29%) DHCP
1 14 (20.29%) DNS
1 14 (20.29%) SNMP
1 14 (20.29%) SSL
1 14 (20.29%) TCP/IP
2 13 (18.84%) SAN
3 1 (1.45%) Cisco Wireless
3 1 (1.45%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.45%) Firewall
3 1 (1.45%) ISDN
3 1 (1.45%) Network Security
3 1 (1.45%) VoIP
3 1 (1.45%) VPN
3 1 (1.45%) WAN
3 1 (1.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (21.74%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 23 (33.33%) HP UFT
1 23 (33.33%) TestDirector
1 23 (33.33%) WinRunner
2 7 (10.14%) StarTeam
General
1 1 (1.45%) Finance
Job Titles
1 22 (31.88%) Analyst
1 22 (31.88%) Test Analyst
2 17 (24.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 17 (24.64%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 12 (17.39%) Virtualisation Engineer
4 6 (8.70%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 5 (7.25%) Wintel Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) Test Manager
7 3 (4.35%) SCCM Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Virtualisation Specialist
7 3 (4.35%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (2.90%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
8 2 (2.90%) Hyper-V Engineer
8 2 (2.90%) Infrastructure Manager
8 2 (2.90%) Infrastructure Test Manager
8 2 (2.90%) Infrastructure Tester
8 2 (2.90%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
8 2 (2.90%) VMware Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 28 (40.58%) Clustering
2 19 (27.54%) PDA
3 12 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.45%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 68 (98.55%) Windows
2 48 (69.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 35 (50.72%) Windows 7
4 33 (47.83%) Windows XP
5 31 (44.93%) Windows Server 2003
6 28 (40.58%) AIX
7 23 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 21 (30.43%) Windows Server
9 8 (11.59%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (44.93%) Change Management
1 31 (44.93%) Software Testing
2 25 (36.23%) Smoke Testing
2 25 (36.23%) Test Scripting
3 23 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 21 (30.43%) ITIL
5 12 (17.39%) Unit Testing
6 6 (8.70%) Conflict Management
6 6 (8.70%) Risk Management
6 6 (8.70%) Server Virtualisation
7 5 (7.25%) Mentoring
8 2 (2.90%) Customer Engagement
8 2 (2.90%) High Availability
8 2 (2.90%) Migration
8 2 (2.90%) Records Management
8 2 (2.90%) Service Management
9 1 (1.45%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 43 (62.32%) SQL
2 29 (42.03%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (66.67%) Security Cleared
3 34 (49.28%) MCSE
4 32 (46.38%) MCITP
4 32 (46.38%) MCTS
5 31 (44.93%) SC Cleared
6 28 (40.58%) ISTQB
7 18 (26.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (7.25%) DV Cleared
9 3 (4.35%) CCNA
9 3 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (2.90%) A+ Certification
10 2 (2.90%) ACSA
10 2 (2.90%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (2.90%) CCENT
10 2 (2.90%) MCP
10 2 (2.90%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 49 (71.01%) Active Directory
2 41 (59.42%) Hyper-V
3 27 (39.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (30.43%) VMware ESX
5 13 (18.84%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (40.58%) McAfee ePO
1 28 (40.58%) Netcool
2 23 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
3 16 (23.19%) SCCM
4 14 (20.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 14 (20.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (2.90%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 65 (94.20%) Microsoft
2 56 (81.16%) VMware
3 30 (43.48%) Veritas
4 29 (42.03%) Intel Security
5 28 (40.58%) Citrix
6 24 (34.78%) HP
7 14 (20.29%) Altiris
8 2 (2.90%) Apple
8 2 (2.90%) Cisco
8 2 (2.90%) Symantec
9 1 (1.45%) Juniper