The table below looks at the statistics 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 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 195 179 246
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +67
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 53 59 26
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.76% 0.91% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.00% 3.72% 1.37%
Number of salaries quoted 45 45 23
Average salary £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
90% offered a salary of more than £19,000 £20,900 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £39,500 £47,500 £37,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -
MCSA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1766 1587 1898
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 25.39% 24.46% 24.22%
Number of salaries quoted 1471 1292 1587
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015. 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 25 £23,500 +9.30% 4
Manchester -21 24 £31,000 +12.72% 1
Lancashire -5 3 £20,000 -33.33%
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

1 101 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 91 (90.10%) Microsoft
3 83 (82.18%) Windows
4 78 (77.23%) MCSE
5 64 (63.37%) Active Directory
6 55 (54.46%) MCITP
7 53 (52.48%) MS Excel
8 51 (50.50%) MCP
9 48 (47.52%) MS Exchange
9 48 (47.52%) VMware
10 43 (42.57%) Citrix
11 41 (40.59%) Hyper-V
12 40 (39.60%) Windows 7
12 40 (39.60%) Windows Server 2008
12 40 (39.60%) DNS
13 38 (37.62%) DHCP
14 37 (36.63%) Windows Server 2012
15 32 (31.68%) TCP/IP
16 30 (29.70%) VMware Infrastructure
17 29 (28.71%) MS Office
17 29 (28.71%) Windows Server 2003
18 28 (27.72%) Cisco Certification
18 28 (27.72%) ITIL
18 28 (27.72%) Linux
19 24 (23.76%) CCNA
20 23 (22.77%) VPN
20 23 (22.77%) Windows XP
20 23 (22.77%) MCTS
21 22 (21.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 20 (19.80%) Incident Management

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 48 (47.52%) MS Exchange
2 17 (16.83%) Exchange Server 2007
3 12 (11.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (10.89%) SharePoint
5 6 (5.94%) Lync
6 4 (3.96%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.99%) IIS
8 1 (0.99%) SAS
8 1 (0.99%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.99%) TPMS
8 1 (0.99%) Moodle
Applications
1 53 (52.48%) MS Excel
2 29 (28.71%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.99%) SaaS
1 1 (0.99%) PaaS
1 1 (0.99%) IaaS
1 1 (0.99%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (39.60%) DNS
2 38 (37.62%) DHCP
3 32 (31.68%) TCP/IP
4 23 (22.77%) VPN
5 19 (18.81%) SAN
6 17 (16.83%) LAN
7 16 (15.84%) WAN
8 14 (13.86%) Firewall
9 10 (9.90%) VLAN
10 9 (8.91%) iSCSI
11 8 (7.92%) NAS
12 7 (6.93%) Fibre Channel
13 6 (5.94%) Network Security
14 5 (4.95%) VoIP
14 5 (4.95%) NetScaler
15 4 (3.96%) Internet
16 3 (2.97%) Wireless
16 3 (2.97%) Unified Communications
17 2 (1.98%) Cisco IOS
17 2 (1.98%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.98%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.99%) MySQL
General
1 3 (2.97%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (0.99%) Finance
2 1 (0.99%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 29 (28.71%) Analyst
2 22 (21.78%) Support Engineer
2 22 (21.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 18 (17.82%) 2nd Line Support
4 17 (16.83%) Service Analyst
5 13 (12.87%) 3rd Line Support
6 12 (11.88%) IT Support
7 11 (10.89%) Support Analyst
8 10 (9.90%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (8.91%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 8 (7.92%) IT Support Engineer
11 7 (6.93%) Server Engineer
11 7 (6.93%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
11 7 (6.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 6 (5.94%) 1st Line Support
13 4 (3.96%) Technical Support
13 4 (3.96%) Systems Engineer
13 4 (3.96%) Consultant
14 3 (2.97%) Support Technician
14 3 (2.97%) Help Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.99%) CSS
1 1 (0.99%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.90%) Thin Client
1 10 (9.90%) Fat Client
2 7 (6.93%) Life Science
2 7 (6.93%) User Experience
3 4 (3.96%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.97%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.97%) EPoS
4 3 (2.97%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.98%) Celerra
5 2 (1.98%) E-Learning
5 2 (1.98%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.99%) VLE
6 1 (0.99%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.99%) HP StorageWorks
Operating Systems
1 83 (82.18%) Windows
2 40 (39.60%) Windows 7
2 40 (39.60%) Windows Server 2008
3 37 (36.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 29 (28.71%) Windows Server 2003
5 28 (27.72%) Linux
6 23 (22.77%) Windows XP
7 17 (16.83%) UNIX
8 2 (1.98%) Windows 8
8 2 (1.98%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.99%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (27.72%) ITIL
2 20 (19.80%) Incident Management
3 6 (5.94%) Problem Management
3 6 (5.94%) Service Management
4 4 (3.96%) Data Protection
4 4 (3.96%) Change Management
5 3 (2.97%) Information Assurance
6 2 (1.98%) Capacity Management
6 2 (1.98%) Change Control
6 2 (1.98%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (1.98%) Business Continuity
6 2 (1.98%) Network Design
6 2 (1.98%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (1.98%) Service Delivery
7 1 (0.99%) Security Management
7 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Architecture
7 1 (0.99%) TOGAF
7 1 (0.99%) Document Management
7 1 (0.99%) PRINCE2
7 1 (0.99%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 10 (9.90%) PowerShell
2 8 (7.92%) C
3 5 (4.95%) SQL
Qualifications
1 101 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 78 (77.23%) MCSE
3 55 (54.46%) MCITP
4 51 (50.50%) MCP
5 28 (27.72%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (23.76%) CCNA
7 23 (22.77%) MCTS
8 22 (21.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 15 (14.85%) CCA
9 15 (14.85%) Citrix Certification
10 7 (6.93%) HND
10 7 (6.93%) MCDST
10 7 (6.93%) Degree
11 6 (5.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (5.94%) SC Cleared
11 6 (5.94%) Security Cleared
12 5 (4.95%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (3.96%) CCNP
13 4 (3.96%) HNC
14 3 (2.97%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.92%) SLA
2 7 (6.93%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 64 (63.37%) Active Directory
2 41 (40.59%) Hyper-V
3 30 (29.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (10.89%) vSphere
5 7 (6.93%) NFS
5 7 (6.93%) XenDesktop
5 7 (6.93%) Xen
6 6 (5.94%) XenApp
6 6 (5.94%) XenServer
7 2 (1.98%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.99%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 12 (11.88%) Backup Exec
2 10 (9.90%) SCCM
3 5 (4.95%) SCOM
4 3 (2.97%) WSUS
5 2 (1.98%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 91 (90.10%) Microsoft
2 48 (47.52%) VMware
3 43 (42.57%) Citrix
4 19 (18.81%) Cisco
5 17 (16.83%) HP
6 11 (10.89%) Dell
7 10 (9.90%) Symantec
8 8 (7.92%) NetApp
9 5 (4.95%) McAfee
9 5 (4.95%) Sophos
10 2 (1.98%) CommVault
10 2 (1.98%) Avaya
10 2 (1.98%) EMC
11 1 (0.99%) Brocade
11 1 (0.99%) SAP
11 1 (0.99%) Adobe
11 1 (0.99%) Juniper
11 1 (0.99%) SonicWALL
11 1 (0.99%) Draytek
11 1 (0.99%) NETGEAR
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