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 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK / Scotland
Rank 106 99 97
Rank change year-on-year -7 -2  
Contract jobs citing MCSA 1 28 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.057% 1.09% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 6.24% 5.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 19 17
Median daily rate £325 £305 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.55% -4.68%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £290
% change year-on-year -5.71% +20.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.96 £39.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -41.12% +164.40%  

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 300 449 439
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 17.10% 17.46% 15.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 239 236
Median daily rate £340 £369 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.79% +5.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £255 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 29
Median hourly rate £47.23 £16.46 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +186.89% -43.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £41.50 £61.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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
Edinburgh - 1 £325 - 2
MCSA
UK

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (86.67%) MCSE
3 12 (80.00%) Windows
4 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
5 10 (66.67%) SQL
6 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
6 8 (53.33%) MCITP
6 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (53.33%) Office 365
6 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (46.67%) Windows 7
7 7 (46.67%) MCTS
7 7 (46.67%) McAfee ePO
7 7 (46.67%) StarTeam
7 7 (46.67%) ISTQB
7 7 (46.67%) Citrix
7 7 (46.67%) Clustering
7 7 (46.67%) AIX
7 7 (46.67%) SharePoint
7 7 (46.67%) Windows XP
7 7 (46.67%) Veritas
7 7 (46.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (46.67%) Netcool
7 7 (46.67%) Intel Security
8 6 (40.00%) SQL Server
8 6 (40.00%) MS Office
8 6 (40.00%) Change Management
8 6 (40.00%) Software Testing
8 6 (40.00%) Test Scripting
8 6 (40.00%) Hyper-V

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 7 (46.67%) SharePoint
2 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
3 4 (26.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (40.00%) MS Office
2 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 8 (53.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) Firewall
1 4 (26.67%) WAN
2 3 (20.00%) SAN
3 2 (13.33%) DHCP
3 2 (13.33%) DNS
3 2 (13.33%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) StarTeam
General
1 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
2 5 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 4 (26.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) DBA
4 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) SQL DBA
4 2 (13.33%) SQL Server DBA
4 2 (13.33%) Tester
5 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Applications Support
5 1 (6.67%) Applications Support Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Database Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Hardware Tester
5 1 (6.67%) IT Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Office 365 Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 7 (46.67%) Clustering
2 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 12 (80.00%) Windows
2 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (46.67%) AIX
3 7 (46.67%) Windows 7
3 7 (46.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (46.67%) Windows XP
4 6 (40.00%) Windows 10
5 3 (20.00%) Windows Server
6 2 (13.33%) Linux
7 1 (6.67%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Change Management
1 6 (40.00%) Server Virtualisation
1 6 (40.00%) Software Testing
1 6 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 5 (33.33%) Smoke Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Infrastructure Monitoring
3 3 (20.00%) Supplier Management
4 2 (13.33%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (6.67%) Data Modelling
5 1 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (6.67%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 10 (66.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (86.67%) MCSE
3 8 (53.33%) MCITP
4 7 (46.67%) ISTQB
4 7 (46.67%) MCTS
5 5 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 3 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
2 6 (40.00%) Hyper-V
3 2 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (13.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (46.67%) McAfee ePO
1 7 (46.67%) Netcool
2 2 (13.33%) SnapMirror
2 2 (13.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 7 (46.67%) Citrix
2 7 (46.67%) Intel Security
2 7 (46.67%) Veritas
3 4 (26.67%) VMware
4 2 (13.33%) Avaya
4 2 (13.33%) Cisco
4 2 (13.33%) Dell
4 2 (13.33%) HP
4 2 (13.33%) NetApp
4 2 (13.33%) Palo Alto
4 2 (13.33%) Riverbed
4 2 (13.33%) Veeam
4 2 (13.33%) WatchGuard
5 1 (6.67%) Red Hat
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