Period
to 23 November 2017

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 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 140 150
Rank change year-on-year -31 +10 +21
Contract jobs citing MCSA 16 46 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.32% 1.06% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.27% 4.68% 4.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 41 27
Scotland median daily rate £338 £275 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.73% -9.84% -12.23%
10th Percentile £201 £173 £239
90th Percentile £393 £330 £413
UK median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.54% +8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 4
Scotland median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.28% +8.86% -34.17%
10th Percentile £15.60 £17.15 £16.75
90th Percentile £26.50 £38.05 £24.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.83 £15.50
% change year-on-year +20.02% +34.39% -1.59%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Scotland
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 705 983 990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.98% 22.68% 16.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 610 524
Scotland median daily rate £363 £340 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.62% - -1.45%
10th Percentile £207 £249 £213
90th Percentile £513 £466 £475
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 34 26
Scotland median hourly rate £28.00 £35.75 £28.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.68% +26.30% +48.97%
10th Percentile £12.80 £11.95 £13.50
90th Percentile £46.50 £43.53 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in Scotland over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -4 8 £363 +47.96%
Glasgow -14 3 - -
North Lanarkshire -3 2 - -
Aberdeen -6 2 £165 +6.45%
Dundee - 1 £325 -
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (93.75%) Windows
3 13 (81.25%) Active Directory
4 11 (68.75%) ITIL
4 11 (68.75%) MCSE
4 11 (68.75%) VMware
5 9 (56.25%) SAN
6 8 (50.00%) Microsoft
6 8 (50.00%) Skype for Business
6 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (50.00%) Skype
7 7 (43.75%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (43.75%) Windows 7
7 7 (43.75%) PowerShell
7 7 (43.75%) Service Delivery
7 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
8 6 (37.50%) EMC
8 6 (37.50%) MS Exchange
8 6 (37.50%) SCCM
8 6 (37.50%) ITIL V3
8 6 (37.50%) Office 365
9 5 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (31.25%) Unified Communications
9 5 (31.25%) SCOM
9 5 (31.25%) Symantec
9 5 (31.25%) EMC VNX
10 4 (25.00%) Cisco
10 4 (25.00%) CCNA
10 4 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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 8 (50.00%) Skype for Business
2 6 (37.50%) MS Exchange
3 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (18.75%) IBM Domino
5 2 (12.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (37.50%) Office 365
2 3 (18.75%) Mimecast
3 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (56.25%) SAN
2 8 (50.00%) Skype
3 5 (31.25%) Unified Communications
4 3 (18.75%) VPN
4 3 (18.75%) Wireless
5 2 (12.50%) Firewall
5 2 (12.50%) VSAN
6 1 (6.25%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (6.25%) LAN
6 1 (6.25%) WAN
General
1 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
2 1 (6.25%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Analyst
2 5 (31.25%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) IT Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) IT Support
3 3 (18.75%) Senior Systems Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Systems Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (12.50%) Active Directory Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Desktop Support
4 2 (12.50%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (12.50%) Operations Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Operations Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Support Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) IT Support Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Network Support Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Systems Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Support Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Support Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 5 (31.25%) EMC VNX
2 3 (18.75%) Blackberry
2 3 (18.75%) Data Centre
3 2 (12.50%) Analytical Mindset
3 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 2 (12.50%) Virtual Team
4 1 (6.25%) Driving Licence
4 1 (6.25%) User Experience
4 1 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 15 (93.75%) Windows
2 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (43.75%) Windows 7
3 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
4 3 (18.75%) Windows 10
5 2 (12.50%) CentOS
5 2 (12.50%) Linux
5 2 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (12.50%) Unix
5 2 (12.50%) Windows 8
5 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (6.25%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (68.75%) ITIL
2 7 (43.75%) Service Delivery
3 6 (37.50%) ITIL V3
4 3 (18.75%) Change Management
5 2 (12.50%) Biometrics
5 2 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (12.50%) Database Tuning
5 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (6.25%) Business Continuity
6 1 (6.25%) CRM
6 1 (6.25%) Data Protection
6 1 (6.25%) Digital Transformation Strategy
6 1 (6.25%) Migration
6 1 (6.25%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (6.25%) PRINCE2
6 1 (6.25%) Project Management
6 1 (6.25%) Virtual Team Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (43.75%) PowerShell
2 3 (18.75%) SQL
3 2 (12.50%) Shell Script
4 1 (6.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (68.75%) MCSE
3 4 (25.00%) CCNA
3 4 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (18.75%) MCTS
5 2 (12.50%) A+ Certification
5 2 (12.50%) ACSA
5 2 (12.50%) CCENT
5 2 (12.50%) CCNP
5 2 (12.50%) MCITP
5 2 (12.50%) MCP
5 2 (12.50%) Network+ Certification
5 2 (12.50%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (6.25%) Degree
6 1 (6.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) SLA
2 2 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 13 (81.25%) Active Directory
2 7 (43.75%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 2 (12.50%) vSphere
4 2 (12.50%) XenDesktop
5 1 (6.25%) BitLocker
5 1 (6.25%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (37.50%) SCCM
2 5 (31.25%) SCOM
3 3 (18.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (12.50%) Backup Exec
4 2 (12.50%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (12.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) VMware
2 8 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (37.50%) EMC
4 5 (31.25%) Symantec
5 4 (25.00%) Cisco
6 3 (18.75%) Citrix
6 3 (18.75%) HP
6 3 (18.75%) Lotus
6 3 (18.75%) ServiceNow
6 3 (18.75%) Sophos
6 3 (18.75%) Veeam
7 2 (12.50%) Apple
7 2 (12.50%) Avaya
7 2 (12.50%) Dell
7 2 (12.50%) Google
7 2 (12.50%) Juniper
7 2 (12.50%) Meru Networks
7 2 (12.50%) Red Hat
7 2 (12.50%) Veritas
8 1 (6.25%) Altiris