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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 204 232 205
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -27
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 52 22 31
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.30% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.10% 1.21% 1.81%
Number of salaries quoted 42 20 31
Average salary £34,000 £26,250 £27,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+29.52% -4.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £20,600 £20,500 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £35,000 £38,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,500 £32,750
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +5.34%
Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1679 1825 1711
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.37% 24.86% 23.99%
Number of salaries quoted 1312 1485 1466
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £25,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +21 34 £28,750 -0.86% 7
Cheshire +10 14 £37,500 +82.92% 2
Merseyside - 3 £33,000 -
Lancashire +5 1 £30,000 +9.09%
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 103 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 91 (88.35%) Microsoft
3 76 (73.79%) MCSE
4 73 (70.87%) Windows
5 59 (57.28%) Active Directory
6 55 (53.40%) ITIL
7 45 (43.69%) MCITP
8 44 (42.72%) VMware
9 41 (39.81%) MS Exchange
9 41 (39.81%) Cisco
10 40 (38.83%) MS Excel
11 38 (36.89%) Cisco Certification
12 37 (35.92%) CCNA
12 37 (35.92%) MCP
13 34 (33.01%) Windows Server 2008
14 30 (29.13%) VMware Infrastructure
15 29 (28.16%) MCTS
16 28 (27.18%) SQL
16 28 (27.18%) Windows Server 2003
17 27 (26.21%) Exchange Server 2010
18 25 (24.27%) SAN
19 23 (22.33%) Exchange Server 2013
19 23 (22.33%) Hyper-V
20 22 (21.36%) TCP/IP
21 21 (20.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 20 (19.42%) Windows 7
22 20 (19.42%) Windows XP
23 19 (18.45%) Windows Server 2012
24 18 (17.48%) Citrix
25 17 (16.50%) Exchange Server 2007

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 41 (39.81%) MS Exchange
2 27 (26.21%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (22.33%) Exchange Server 2013
4 17 (16.50%) Exchange Server 2007
5 9 (8.74%) SharePoint
6 7 (6.80%) Lync
7 5 (4.85%) TPMS
7 5 (4.85%) IIS
8 4 (3.88%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (2.91%) Apache
10 2 (1.94%) Tomcat
10 2 (1.94%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.97%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 40 (38.83%) MS Excel
2 15 (14.56%) MS Office
3 2 (1.94%) PowerPivot
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (24.27%) SAN
2 22 (21.36%) TCP/IP
3 14 (13.59%) DNS
3 14 (13.59%) DHCP
4 10 (9.71%) VPN
5 9 (8.74%) NAS
5 9 (8.74%) Firewall
6 8 (7.77%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (7.77%) Wireless
7 7 (6.80%) LAN
7 7 (6.80%) WAN
8 2 (1.94%) Structured Cabling
8 2 (1.94%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.97%) VLAN
9 1 (0.97%) SSL
9 1 (0.97%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (4.85%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (3.88%) MySQL
4 4 (3.88%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (3.88%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (2.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.97%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.97%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.97%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Eclipse
1 2 (1.94%) JUnit
1 2 (1.94%) Visual Studio
1 2 (1.94%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.94%) Subversion
1 2 (1.94%) NUnit
1 2 (1.94%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.94%) Selenium
General
1 14 (13.59%) Finance
2 10 (9.71%) Law
3 7 (6.80%) Financial Institution
4 6 (5.83%) Advertising
5 3 (2.91%) Games
6 2 (1.94%) Military
6 2 (1.94%) Electronics
7 1 (0.97%) Retail
7 1 (0.97%) Billing
7 1 (0.97%) Marketing
7 1 (0.97%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.97%) Legal
Job Titles
1 20 (19.42%) 3rd Line Support
2 19 (18.45%) Support Engineer
2 19 (18.45%) 2nd Line Support
2 19 (18.45%) Analyst
3 14 (13.59%) IT Support
4 11 (10.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (10.68%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 10 (9.71%) Technical Support
6 9 (8.74%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 8 (7.77%) Consultant
7 8 (7.77%) Network Engineer
7 8 (7.77%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 7 (6.80%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (6.80%) Support Analyst
9 6 (5.83%) Solutions Consultant
10 5 (4.85%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
10 5 (4.85%) 3rd Line Technical Support
10 5 (4.85%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 5 (4.85%) Service Analyst
11 4 (3.88%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.94%) Middleware
1 2 (1.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.71%) Replication
2 9 (8.74%) Celerra
2 9 (8.74%) Enterprise Storage
2 9 (8.74%) EMC Centera
3 6 (5.83%) Clustering
4 5 (4.85%) HP StorageWorks
5 2 (1.94%) CLARiiON
5 2 (1.94%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.97%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.97%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 73 (70.87%) Windows
2 34 (33.01%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (27.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 20 (19.42%) Windows 7
4 20 (19.42%) Windows XP
5 19 (18.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (3.88%) Linux
7 3 (2.91%) UNIX
8 2 (1.94%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.97%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.97%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.97%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.97%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (53.40%) ITIL
2 11 (10.68%) Service Management
3 9 (8.74%) Root Cause Analysis
4 8 (7.77%) PRINCE2
5 7 (6.80%) E-Commerce
5 7 (6.80%) Project Management
6 6 (5.83%) Strategic Planning
6 6 (5.83%) Time Management
7 4 (3.88%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (3.88%) Problem Management
7 4 (3.88%) Network Load Balancing
8 3 (2.91%) Data Protection
8 3 (2.91%) Incident Management
8 3 (2.91%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (2.91%) ITSM
8 3 (2.91%) Change Management
9 2 (1.94%) Unified Process
9 2 (1.94%) Scrum
9 2 (1.94%) Validation
9 2 (1.94%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 28 (27.18%) SQL
2 3 (2.91%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.94%) Python
3 2 (1.94%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.97%) VB
4 1 (0.97%) VBA
Qualifications
1 103 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 76 (73.79%) MCSE
3 45 (43.69%) MCITP
4 38 (36.89%) Cisco Certification
5 37 (35.92%) CCNA
5 37 (35.92%) MCP
6 29 (28.16%) MCTS
7 21 (20.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (14.56%) CCA
8 15 (14.56%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (5.83%) CCEE
9 6 (5.83%) JNCIS
9 6 (5.83%) SNIA Certification
9 6 (5.83%) HP AIS
9 6 (5.83%) HP ASE
10 5 (4.85%) NCIE
11 4 (3.88%) CCNP
12 2 (1.94%) RHCE
12 2 (1.94%) Degree
12 2 (1.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.77%) SLA
System Software
1 59 (57.28%) Active Directory
2 30 (29.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (22.33%) Hyper-V
4 4 (3.88%) VMware Server
5 3 (2.91%) vSphere
6 1 (0.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (0.97%) XenApp
6 1 (0.97%) XenServer
6 1 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.97%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.97%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (12.62%) SCCM
2 11 (10.68%) Backup Exec
3 10 (9.71%) SCOM
4 6 (5.83%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (1.94%) Red Hat Satellite
5 2 (1.94%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 2 (1.94%) Puppet
5 2 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.94%) WSUS
6 1 (0.97%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 91 (88.35%) Microsoft
2 44 (42.72%) VMware
3 41 (39.81%) Cisco
4 18 (17.48%) Citrix
5 16 (15.53%) EMC
5 16 (15.53%) HP
6 15 (14.56%) McAfee
7 14 (13.59%) NetApp
8 11 (10.68%) Symantec
9 9 (8.74%) IBM
9 9 (8.74%) Sophos
10 8 (7.77%) Brocade
11 7 (6.80%) Mitel
11 7 (6.80%) Oracle
12 6 (5.83%) Juniper
13 5 (4.85%) Avaya
13 5 (4.85%) Dell
14 2 (1.94%) CheckPoint
14 2 (1.94%) Red Hat
14 2 (1.94%) Kaspersky
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Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 45,000
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: 27,000 - 32,000
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + car/allowance + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
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Salary: Excellent
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Salary: Competitive
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