The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK / Scotland
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 104 114 133
Rank change year-on-year +10 +19  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 8 43 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.37% 1.47% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.53% 5.71% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 25 4
Median daily rate £258 £320 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.53% -22.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £250 £369
10% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £375 £444
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £335 £320
% change year-on-year +0.74% +4.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 0
Median hourly rate £13.50 £40.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.66% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.51 £37.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -47.97% +108.33%  

MCSA is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Scotland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 316 753 517
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 14.74% 25.67% 16.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 432 255
Median daily rate £375 £330 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 45 27
Median hourly rate £32.00 £40.00 £29.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +37.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £20.70 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing MCSA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in Scotland

MCSA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSA in Scotland

MCSA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSA 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 24 June 2017. 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 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 +25 3 £254 -17.47%
Edinburgh +19 2 £350 +42.85% 2
Glasgow -2 2 - - 2
Aberdeen - 1 - -
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, 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 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 6 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (66.67%) MCITP
3 5 (55.56%) Windows
3 5 (55.56%) Change Management
3 5 (55.56%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (44.44%) Office 365
4 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
4 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
5 3 (33.33%) Hyper-V
5 3 (33.33%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
5 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
5 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 3 (33.33%) StarTeam
5 3 (33.33%) Statistics
5 3 (33.33%) ISTQB
5 3 (33.33%) Clustering
5 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
5 3 (33.33%) MCTS
5 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
5 3 (33.33%) MCSE
5 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
5 3 (33.33%) Windows XP

MCSA
Co-occurring 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 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (44.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) Firewall
1 2 (22.22%) SAN
1 2 (22.22%) VPN
1 2 (22.22%) VSAN
2 1 (11.11%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) StarTeam
General
1 2 (22.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Database Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Infrastructure Specialist
2 2 (22.22%) Test Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Cisco Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Data Centre Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Support
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Support Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) IT Support
3 1 (11.11%) IT Support Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Linux Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) SQL DBA
3 1 (11.11%) VMware Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Clustering
1 3 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (22.22%) Computer Science
3 1 (11.11%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (11.11%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) Windows
2 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (33.33%) AIX
3 3 (33.33%) Windows 10
3 3 (33.33%) Windows XP
4 2 (22.22%) CentOS
4 2 (22.22%) Linux
4 2 (22.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (22.22%) Unix
5 1 (11.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Change Management
2 3 (33.33%) Data Modelling
2 3 (33.33%) Server Virtualisation
2 3 (33.33%) Smoke Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Statistics
2 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 2 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (22.22%) Incident Management
3 2 (22.22%) ITIL
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (11.11%) SFIA
4 1 (11.11%) Virtual Team Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 2 (22.22%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (66.67%) MCITP
3 3 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 3 (33.33%) MCSE
3 3 (33.33%) MCTS
3 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 2 (22.22%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (22.22%) CCNA
4 2 (22.22%) CCNP
4 2 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (22.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 6 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (55.56%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (33.33%) Hyper-V
4 2 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (22.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (33.33%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (33.33%) Netcool
2 2 (22.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 3 (33.33%) Citrix
2 3 (33.33%) McAfee
2 3 (33.33%) Veritas
3 2 (22.22%) Avaya
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco
3 2 (22.22%) Red Hat
3 2 (22.22%) VMware
4 1 (11.11%) F5
4 1 (11.11%) HP
4 1 (11.11%) Sophos
4 1 (11.11%) Veeam
4 1 (11.11%) Xerox