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 8 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 180 208 187
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -21
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 57 49 60
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.01% 0.69% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.74% 2.69% 3.69%
Number of salaries quoted 49 42 48
Average salary £37,500 £27,750 £27,875
Average salary % change year-on-year
+35.13% -0.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £19,000 £21,200
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £41,750 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,750 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+2.20% +4.61%
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
1526 1822 1624
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 26.93% 25.78% 24.80%
Number of salaries quoted 1190 1503 1324
Average salary £37,500 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £58,400
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £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 8 February 2016.

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 8 February 2016. 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
Manchester +37 34 £37,500 +20.96% 4
Cheshire +16 15 £22,000 -15.38% 5
Merseyside - 6 £45,000 - 1
Lancashire +13 1 £25,000 +25.00%
MCSA
England

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 99 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 90 (90.91%) Microsoft
3 80 (80.81%) Windows
4 73 (73.74%) MCSE
5 65 (65.66%) Active Directory
6 60 (60.61%) Windows Server
7 57 (57.58%) MS Excel
8 51 (51.52%) VMware
9 49 (49.49%) MCP
10 44 (44.44%) MCITP
11 42 (42.42%) Windows Server 2008
12 41 (41.41%) MS Exchange
12 41 (41.41%) VMware Infrastructure
13 40 (40.40%) Hyper-V
14 37 (37.37%) Windows Server 2012
14 37 (37.37%) Citrix
14 37 (37.37%) VPN
15 35 (35.35%) CCNA
15 35 (35.35%) Cisco Certification
15 35 (35.35%) MCTS
16 33 (33.33%) TCP/IP
16 33 (33.33%) MS Office
16 33 (33.33%) ITIL
17 32 (32.32%) DHCP
17 32 (32.32%) Windows 7
18 31 (31.31%) Cisco
19 30 (30.30%) Exchange Server 2010
20 29 (29.29%) DNS
21 24 (24.24%) Exchange Server 2013
21 24 (24.24%) Degree

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 (41.41%) MS Exchange
2 30 (30.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (24.24%) Exchange Server 2013
4 12 (12.12%) IIS
5 7 (7.07%) SharePoint
6 5 (5.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (5.05%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (4.04%) CMS
7 4 (4.04%) Skype for Business
8 1 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 57 (57.58%) MS Excel
2 33 (33.33%) MS Office
3 4 (4.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.10%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (10.10%) Office 365
2 1 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 37 (37.37%) VPN
2 33 (33.33%) TCP/IP
3 32 (32.32%) DHCP
4 29 (29.29%) DNS
5 18 (18.18%) LAN
5 18 (18.18%) WAN
6 8 (8.08%) SAN
7 7 (7.07%) Firewall
8 6 (6.06%) VoIP
9 5 (5.05%) DDNS
9 5 (5.05%) IPsec
10 4 (4.04%) Skype
10 4 (4.04%) VLAN
11 3 (3.03%) IP Telephony
11 3 (3.03%) NAS
12 1 (1.01%) Cisco ASA
12 1 (1.01%) Cisco PIX
12 1 (1.01%) Fibre Channel
12 1 (1.01%) iSCSI
12 1 (1.01%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (19.19%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.01%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
2 1 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.01%) InstallShield
1 1 (1.01%) MSI
General
1 8 (8.08%) Finance
1 8 (8.08%) Legal
2 7 (7.07%) Law
3 2 (2.02%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.01%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 42 (42.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 40 (40.40%) IT Engineer
3 32 (32.32%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
4 30 (30.30%) Support Engineer
5 27 (27.27%) IT Support
6 24 (24.24%) IT Support Engineer
7 22 (22.22%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
8 14 (14.14%) Analyst
9 10 (10.10%) Storage Engineer
10 9 (9.09%) Server Engineer
11 7 (7.07%) 3rd Line Support
11 7 (7.07%) Applications Engineer
11 7 (7.07%) Consultant
11 7 (7.07%) Infrastructure Specialist
11 7 (7.07%) Storage Specialist
12 6 (6.06%) Help Desk Support
12 6 (6.06%) Server Analyst
12 6 (6.06%) Support Analyst
13 5 (5.05%) Account Manager
13 5 (5.05%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.01%) .NET
1 1 (1.01%) .NET Framework
1 1 (1.01%) COM
1 1 (1.01%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.07%) Management Information System
3 6 (6.06%) HP StoreVirtual
4 5 (5.05%) Blackberry
5 4 (4.04%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (4.04%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (2.02%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.02%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.02%) Replication
7 1 (1.01%) Clustering
7 1 (1.01%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.01%) Statistics
7 1 (1.01%) Tandem
7 1 (1.01%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 80 (80.81%) Windows
2 60 (60.61%) Windows Server
3 42 (42.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 37 (37.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (32.32%) Windows 7
6 24 (24.24%) Windows XP
7 14 (14.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (3.03%) Windows 10
9 2 (2.02%) Windows 2000
9 2 (2.02%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.02%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.01%) Linux
10 1 (1.01%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (33.33%) ITIL
2 8 (8.08%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (8.08%) Root Cause Analysis
3 7 (7.07%) High Availability
3 7 (7.07%) Incident Management
4 6 (6.06%) Identity Management
4 6 (6.06%) Logistics
4 6 (6.06%) PRINCE2
4 6 (6.06%) Problem Management
5 5 (5.05%) Presales
5 5 (5.05%) Software Engineering
6 4 (4.04%) Change Control
6 4 (4.04%) Change Management
6 4 (4.04%) Document Management
6 4 (4.04%) Expense Management
6 4 (4.04%) Service Delivery
6 4 (4.04%) Software Deployment
6 4 (4.04%) Workflow
7 3 (3.03%) Project Management
7 3 (3.03%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.09%) VBScript
2 8 (8.08%) PowerShell
2 8 (8.08%) SQL
3 5 (5.05%) VB
4 3 (3.03%) VBA
5 2 (2.02%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 99 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 73 (73.74%) MCSE
3 49 (49.49%) MCP
4 44 (44.44%) MCITP
5 35 (35.35%) CCNA
5 35 (35.35%) Cisco Certification
5 35 (35.35%) MCTS
6 24 (24.24%) Degree
7 17 (17.17%) CCA
7 17 (17.17%) Citrix Certification
8 15 (15.15%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (10.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 6 (6.06%) CNA
10 6 (6.06%) Novell Certification
10 6 (6.06%) SC Cleared
10 6 (6.06%) Security Cleared
11 5 (5.05%) MCSD
12 2 (2.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (2.02%) MCT
13 1 (1.01%) Microsoft Certified Architect
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.05%) SLA
System Software
1 65 (65.66%) Active Directory
2 41 (41.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (40.40%) Hyper-V
4 10 (10.10%) XenServer
5 5 (5.05%) XenApp
6 4 (4.04%) Terminal Server
7 3 (3.03%) vSphere
7 3 (3.03%) XenDesktop
8 2 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.01%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.01%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 5 (5.05%) SCCM
1 5 (5.05%) ServiceCenter
2 3 (3.03%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (2.02%) XenMobile
4 1 (1.01%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.01%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (1.01%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (1.01%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (1.01%) WMI
4 1 (1.01%) WSUS
Vendors
1 90 (90.91%) Microsoft
2 51 (51.52%) VMware
3 37 (37.37%) Citrix
4 31 (31.31%) Cisco
5 16 (16.16%) HP
6 12 (12.12%) AppSense
7 10 (10.10%) NetApp
8 5 (5.05%) 3PAR
8 5 (5.05%) iManage
9 4 (4.04%) Interwoven
10 3 (3.03%) Avaya
10 3 (3.03%) Dell
10 3 (3.03%) EMC
10 3 (3.03%) Symantec
11 1 (1.01%) Apple
11 1 (1.01%) CheckPoint
11 1 (1.01%) Juniper
11 1 (1.01%) Nokia
11 1 (1.01%) Red Gate
11 1 (1.01%) Veeam
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