The first table below looks at the demand for MCSA in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 28 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 North West region.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 173 223 238
Rank change year-on-year
+50 +15
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 72 25 15
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.01% 0.34% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.38% 1.49% 0.79%
Number of salaries quoted 64 18 15
Average salary £30,000 £25,000 £23,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.00% +8.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £19,750 £22,600 £20,600
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £31,500 £27,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1642 1676 1892
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 22.98% 23.12% 25.20%
Number of salaries quoted 1265 1406 1624
Average salary £35,000 £38,500 £36,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +6.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
MCSA
England

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSA
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region.

MCSA Salary Trend in the North West

MCSA
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSA across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

MCSA Salary Histogram in the North West

MCSA
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +18 36 £26,250 +5.00% 2
Manchester +9 27 £32,500 +15.04% 3
Merseyside -1 5 £50,000 +100.00%
Lancashire -5 5 £32,500 +18.18%
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA.

1 115 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 90 (78.26%) Microsoft
3 86 (74.78%) Windows
4 84 (73.04%) MCSE
5 67 (58.26%) Active Directory
6 59 (51.30%) ITIL
7 48 (41.74%) MS Excel
7 48 (41.74%) VMware
8 46 (40.00%) MCP
8 46 (40.00%) MCITP
9 45 (39.13%) Windows Server 2008
10 44 (38.26%) MS Exchange
11 43 (37.39%) Windows Server 2012
12 37 (32.17%) MCTS
13 36 (31.30%) VMware Infrastructure
14 32 (27.83%) Citrix
15 31 (26.96%) TCP/IP
16 30 (26.09%) Windows Server 2003
16 30 (26.09%) Windows 7
17 29 (25.22%) Cisco Certification
18 28 (24.35%) CCNA
18 28 (24.35%) Windows XP
19 27 (23.48%) DHCP
19 27 (23.48%) DNS
20 26 (22.61%) MS Office
21 25 (21.74%) Hyper-V
22 24 (20.87%) Exchange Server 2007
23 23 (20.00%) Cisco
24 22 (19.13%) SQL
24 22 (19.13%) Linux

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCSA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 44 (38.26%) MS Exchange
2 24 (20.87%) Exchange Server 2007
3 21 (18.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (6.09%) SharePoint
6 6 (5.22%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (4.35%) TPMS
8 4 (3.48%) IIS
9 3 (2.61%) Apache
9 3 (2.61%) Lync
10 2 (1.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (1.74%) Tomcat
Applications
1 48 (41.74%) MS Excel
2 26 (22.61%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (2.61%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (26.96%) TCP/IP
2 27 (23.48%) DHCP
2 27 (23.48%) DNS
3 20 (17.39%) SAN
4 19 (16.52%) VPN
5 15 (13.04%) Firewall
6 14 (12.17%) LAN
6 14 (12.17%) WAN
7 10 (8.70%) Network Security
8 6 (5.22%) NAS
9 4 (3.48%) VLAN
10 2 (1.74%) iSCSI
10 2 (1.74%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (1.74%) Structured Cabling
11 1 (0.87%) SMTP
11 1 (0.87%) PBX
11 1 (0.87%) PSTN
11 1 (0.87%) MPLS
11 1 (0.87%) H.323
11 1 (0.87%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.30%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (3.48%) MySQL
4 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.87%) MS Access
5 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.74%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.74%) Selenium
1 2 (1.74%) Subversion
1 2 (1.74%) NUnit
1 2 (1.74%) Eclipse
1 2 (1.74%) JUnit
1 2 (1.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (12.17%) Finance
2 7 (6.09%) Games
3 4 (3.48%) Advertising
3 4 (3.48%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.61%) Banking
4 3 (2.61%) Retail
5 2 (1.74%) Military
5 2 (1.74%) Electronics
5 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.87%) Law
6 1 (0.87%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 36 (31.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 25 (21.74%) Support Engineer
3 21 (18.26%) Analyst
4 16 (13.91%) 3rd Line Support
5 14 (12.17%) Service Analyst
6 11 (9.57%) 2nd Line Support
6 11 (9.57%) Systems Engineer
6 11 (9.57%) IT Support
7 10 (8.70%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 10 (8.70%) Technical Support
8 9 (7.83%) IT Support Engineer
8 9 (7.83%) 1st Line Support
9 8 (6.96%) 1st Line Support Engineer
9 8 (6.96%) Support Analyst
10 6 (5.22%) 3rd Line Technical Support
10 6 (5.22%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (5.22%) Desktop Support
11 5 (4.35%) Service Desk Analyst
11 5 (4.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
11 5 (4.35%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.74%) Middleware
1 2 (1.74%) Web Services
2 1 (0.87%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.83%) Thin Client
1 9 (7.83%) Fat Client
2 8 (6.96%) Management Information System
3 6 (5.22%) Blackberry
4 4 (3.48%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (3.48%) Celerra
4 4 (3.48%) EMC Centera
4 4 (3.48%) Replication
5 2 (1.74%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.74%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.87%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 86 (74.78%) Windows
2 45 (39.13%) Windows Server 2008
3 43 (37.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (26.09%) Windows Server 2003
4 30 (26.09%) Windows 7
5 28 (24.35%) Windows XP
6 22 (19.13%) Linux
7 11 (9.57%) UNIX
8 4 (3.48%) AIX
9 2 (1.74%) Windows 2000 Server
9 2 (1.74%) Windows Vista
9 2 (1.74%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (51.30%) ITIL
2 16 (13.91%) Service Management
2 16 (13.91%) Change Management
3 9 (7.83%) PRINCE2
3 9 (7.83%) Problem Management
4 8 (6.96%) Incident Management
4 8 (6.96%) Migration
5 6 (5.22%) ITIL V3
5 6 (5.22%) Project Management
6 5 (4.35%) Time Management
6 5 (4.35%) Change Control
7 4 (3.48%) Strategic Planning
8 3 (2.61%) ERP
8 3 (2.61%) CRM
8 3 (2.61%) Business Continuity
8 3 (2.61%) Service Delivery
8 3 (2.61%) Capacity Management
9 2 (1.74%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (1.74%) Waterfall
9 2 (1.74%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 22 (19.13%) SQL
2 5 (4.35%) C
2 5 (4.35%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.74%) Bash Shell
3 2 (1.74%) Python
4 1 (0.87%) Java
4 1 (0.87%) VB
4 1 (0.87%) VBA
Qualifications
1 115 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 84 (73.04%) MCSE
3 46 (40.00%) MCP
3 46 (40.00%) MCITP
4 37 (32.17%) MCTS
5 29 (25.22%) Cisco Certification
6 28 (24.35%) CCNA
7 21 (18.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (13.04%) Degree
9 14 (12.17%) Citrix Certification
10 11 (9.57%) CCA
11 8 (6.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (6.96%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (3.48%) SNIA Certification
12 4 (3.48%) MCDST
12 4 (3.48%) A+ Certification
12 4 (3.48%) CCNP
13 2 (1.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (1.74%) RHCE
14 1 (0.87%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.43%) SLA
2 2 (1.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 67 (58.26%) Active Directory
2 36 (31.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (21.74%) Hyper-V
4 12 (10.43%) vSphere
5 7 (6.09%) XenApp
6 5 (4.35%) VMware Server
6 5 (4.35%) XenServer
7 3 (2.61%) Xen
8 2 (1.74%) XenDesktop
8 2 (1.74%) NFS
9 1 (0.87%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.87%) UAG
Systems Management
1 13 (11.30%) SCCM
2 10 (8.70%) Backup Exec
3 8 (6.96%) SCOM
3 8 (6.96%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.74%) Puppet
4 2 (1.74%) Red Hat Satellite
4 2 (1.74%) Red Hat Spacewalk
4 2 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 90 (78.26%) Microsoft
2 48 (41.74%) VMware
3 32 (27.83%) Citrix
4 23 (20.00%) Cisco
5 16 (13.91%) McAfee
6 15 (13.04%) HP
7 10 (8.70%) Symantec
7 10 (8.70%) NetApp
8 9 (7.83%) Oracle
9 8 (6.96%) Sophos
10 6 (5.22%) Dell
10 6 (5.22%) EMC
11 4 (3.48%) IBM
12 3 (2.61%) Reuters
12 3 (2.61%) Bloomberg
12 3 (2.61%) Brocade
13 2 (1.74%) Red Hat
14 1 (0.87%) Avaya
14 1 (0.87%) Juniper
14 1 (0.87%) Siemens
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