The table below looks at the statistics for MCSA in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSA over the 3 months to 3 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 400 399 411
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +12
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 692 774 624
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.66% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.30% 2.40% 2.08%
Number of salaries quoted 597 678 540
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,500 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £51,500 £55,000 £53,250
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £35,000 £31,000
% change year-on-year
- +12.90%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
30106 32256 29975
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.20% 27.31% 27.60%
Number of salaries quoted 23879 25494 24281
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.43% +2.50%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MCSA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSA
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK.

MCSA Salary Trend in the UK

MCSA
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSA over the 3 months to 3 July 2015 within the UK.

MCSA Salary Histogram in the UK

MCSA
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 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
England -16 668 £35,000 - 77
London -13 204 £42,500 +13.33% 24
South East +4 174 £37,500 +8.69% 21
East of England +35 80 £34,000 -2.85% 8
South West +30 71 £35,000 +0.71% 3
Surrey +31 54 £37,500 +16.27% 6
North West -11 52 £24,500 -16.94% 13
Hampshire +3 43 £42,500 +28.78% 6
City of London +21 38 £43,000 +10.25% 4
West Midlands -2 38 £36,000 +2.85% 3
Hertfordshire +19 30 £30,000 -33.33% 1
Berkshire -11 30 £33,000 -9.58% 3
Buckinghamshire +6 29 £31,000 -38.61% 4
Yorkshire -47 25 £36,000 -18.18% 2
Bedfordshire +29 23 £50,000 +42.85% 2
Milton Keynes +9 23 £30,000 -36.84% 3
Manchester -1 21 £27,750 -9.75% 7
Cheshire -13 21 £23,000 -20.68% 5
Dorset +14 20 £35,000 +9.37% 1
Gloucestershire +14 19 £34,000 +13.33% 2
West Yorkshire -38 19 £37,500 - 2
Egham - 19 £37,500 - 1
Bedford +25 17 £55,000 +57.14% 1
Birmingham +2 17 £37,500 -31.81%
Redruth - 16 £21,000 -
Cornwall - 16 £21,000 -
Bournemouth +8 15 £35,000 +59.09% 1
Southampton 0 15 £43,750 +19.86% 2
Farnborough -15 15 £37,500 +7.14% 2
East Midlands -25 15 £35,000 -7.89% 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK 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 1499 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1232 (82.19%) Windows
3 1081 (72.11%) Microsoft
4 1065 (71.05%) MCSE
5 818 (54.57%) Active Directory
6 778 (51.90%) VMware
7 602 (40.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 551 (36.76%) MS Exchange
9 534 (35.62%) ITIL
10 514 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
11 487 (32.49%) MCITP
12 477 (31.82%) Cisco
13 473 (31.55%) Citrix
14 470 (31.35%) MCP
15 464 (30.95%) MS Excel
16 459 (30.62%) VMware Infrastructure
17 384 (25.62%) Cisco Certification
18 380 (25.35%) CCNA
18 380 (25.35%) SQL Server
19 336 (22.41%) Exchange Server 2010
20 322 (21.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 299 (19.95%) DNS
22 298 (19.88%) Firewall
22 298 (19.88%) Windows 7
23 296 (19.75%) Hyper-V
24 293 (19.55%) Windows Server 2003
25 278 (18.55%) MS Office
26 271 (18.08%) DHCP
27 269 (17.95%) TCP/IP
27 269 (17.95%) SQL

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK 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
1 551 (36.76%) MS Exchange
2 336 (22.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 198 (13.21%) SharePoint
4 193 (12.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 166 (11.07%) Lync
6 151 (10.07%) Exchange Server 2007
7 97 (6.47%) Exchange Server 2003
8 92 (6.14%) IIS
9 56 (3.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 17 (1.13%) SharePoint 2013
11 15 (1.00%) Apache
12 10 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
13 8 (0.53%) Office Communications Server
13 8 (0.53%) Tomcat
14 7 (0.47%) WorkSite
15 6 (0.40%) SAS
16 5 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
16 5 (0.33%) OpenStack
17 4 (0.27%) IBM Notes
18 2 (0.13%) nginx
Applications
1 464 (30.95%) MS Excel
2 278 (18.55%) MS Office
3 13 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 6 (0.40%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.067%) MS Project
6 1 (0.067%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.27%) SAP CCM
3 4 (0.27%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.13%) HiPortfolio
5 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.067%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 162 (10.81%) Office 365
2 87 (5.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (1.27%) SaaS
5 12 (0.80%) Mimecast
6 10 (0.67%) IaaS
7 9 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.27%) Yammer
9 1 (0.067%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 299 (19.95%) DNS
2 298 (19.88%) Firewall
3 271 (18.08%) DHCP
4 269 (17.95%) TCP/IP
5 266 (17.75%) SAN
6 207 (13.81%) WAN
7 194 (12.94%) LAN
8 177 (11.81%) VPN
9 152 (10.14%) VoIP
10 59 (3.94%) iSCSI
11 56 (3.74%) VLAN
12 41 (2.74%) Network Security
13 40 (2.67%) Internet
14 39 (2.60%) Cisco ASA
15 34 (2.27%) NAS
16 27 (1.80%) ADSL
17 26 (1.73%) Wireless
18 25 (1.67%) Cisco IOS
19 22 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
19 22 (1.47%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 380 (25.35%) SQL Server
2 116 (7.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 75 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 48 (3.20%) SQL Server 2000
5 37 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 35 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 27 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
8 25 (1.67%) MySQL
9 24 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 22 (1.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 8 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (0.53%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.40%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (0.33%) RDBMS
14 3 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
15 2 (0.13%) QlikView
15 2 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
15 2 (0.13%) Star Schema
15 2 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (0.93%) MSI
1 14 (0.93%) InstallShield
2 6 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.33%) TeamCity
4 4 (0.27%) Visual Studio
4 4 (0.27%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (0.13%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.13%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.13%) Subversion
5 2 (0.13%) JIRA
6 1 (0.067%) MSTest
6 1 (0.067%) WinDbg
General
1 210 (14.01%) Finance
2 59 (3.94%) Legal
3 52 (3.47%) Law
4 42 (2.80%) Advertising
5 31 (2.07%) Retail
6 27 (1.80%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.13%) Banking
8 16 (1.07%) Marketing
9 14 (0.93%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (0.53%) Local Government
11 7 (0.47%) Games
12 6 (0.40%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.40%) Back Office
13 5 (0.33%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.27%) French Language
14 4 (0.27%) German Language
14 4 (0.27%) Italian Language
15 2 (0.13%) Electronics
16 1 (0.067%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 282 (18.81%) Support Engineer
2 266 (17.75%) Analyst
3 209 (13.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 146 (9.74%) Support Analyst
5 136 (9.07%) Administrator
6 132 (8.81%) Consultant
7 123 (8.21%) 2nd Line Support
8 115 (7.67%) 3rd Line Support
9 101 (6.74%) IT Support
10 91 (6.07%) Systems Administrator
11 77 (5.14%) Systems Engineer
12 64 (4.27%) Technical Support
13 61 (4.07%) 1st Line Support
13 61 (4.07%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 59 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 54 (3.60%) Desktop Support
16 49 (3.27%) Team Leader
17 48 (3.20%) IT Support Engineer
18 45 (3.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
19 44 (2.94%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (2.00%) .NET
2 27 (1.80%) Software Packaging
3 25 (1.67%) Application Packaging
4 16 (1.07%) HTML
5 13 (0.87%) ASP.NET
5 13 (0.87%) Web Services
6 10 (0.67%) CSS
7 7 (0.47%) COM
8 4 (0.27%) WAP
8 4 (0.27%) LAMP
9 3 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.13%) EDI
11 1 (0.067%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.067%) REST
11 1 (0.067%) Middleware
11 1 (0.067%) XML
11 1 (0.067%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 112 (7.47%) Data Centre
2 83 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
3 73 (4.87%) Clustering
4 63 (4.20%) Blackberry
5 53 (3.54%) Replication
6 51 (3.40%) EqualLogic
7 41 (2.74%) Private Cloud
8 40 (2.67%) Management Information System
9 33 (2.20%) Thin Client
9 33 (2.20%) Fat Client
10 32 (2.13%) Client/Server
10 32 (2.13%) Computer Science
11 18 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
12 13 (0.87%) iPhone
12 13 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (0.67%) HP Storage
13 10 (0.67%) PDA
14 9 (0.60%) Digital Media
15 8 (0.53%) Life Science
15 8 (0.53%) HP StoreVirtual
Operating Systems
1 1232 (82.19%) Windows
2 602 (40.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 514 (34.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 298 (19.88%) Windows 7
5 293 (19.55%) Windows Server 2003
6 189 (12.61%) Linux
7 138 (9.21%) Windows 8
8 130 (8.67%) Windows XP
9 62 (4.14%) Windows Vista
10 54 (3.60%) UNIX
11 32 (2.13%) Mac OS X
12 28 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 25 (1.67%) Debian
14 19 (1.27%) Android
15 16 (1.07%) Mac OS
16 11 (0.73%) Solaris
17 9 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
18 8 (0.53%) CentOS
19 7 (0.47%) Windows 2000
19 7 (0.47%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 534 (35.62%) ITIL
2 112 (7.47%) Service Delivery
3 100 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 89 (5.94%) Mentoring
5 83 (5.54%) Migration
6 72 (4.80%) Project Management
7 68 (4.54%) Change Management
8 60 (4.00%) Service Management
9 49 (3.27%) Performance Tuning
10 39 (2.60%) PRINCE2
11 36 (2.40%) Infrastructure Management
12 35 (2.33%) Change Control
12 35 (2.33%) Incident Management
13 34 (2.27%) Asset Management
14 33 (2.20%) Problem Management
15 32 (2.13%) Security Management
15 32 (2.13%) Business Intelligence
16 31 (2.07%) Root Cause Analysis
17 30 (2.00%) Server Building
17 30 (2.00%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 269 (17.95%) SQL
2 170 (11.34%) PowerShell
3 35 (2.33%) T-SQL
4 27 (1.80%) VBScript
5 14 (0.93%) Java
6 12 (0.80%) C#
7 11 (0.73%) VB
7 11 (0.73%) C
8 8 (0.53%) Bash Shell
9 7 (0.47%) Shell Script
9 7 (0.47%) VBA
9 7 (0.47%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.27%) C++
11 2 (0.13%) Python
11 2 (0.13%) Perl
11 2 (0.13%) PHP
12 1 (0.067%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.067%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1499 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1065 (71.05%) MCSE
3 487 (32.49%) MCITP
4 470 (31.35%) MCP
5 384 (25.62%) Cisco Certification
6 380 (25.35%) CCNA
7 322 (21.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 156 (10.41%) Degree
9 144 (9.61%) MCTS
10 125 (8.34%) Citrix Certification
11 112 (7.47%) CCA
12 84 (5.60%) CCNP
13 49 (3.27%) Security Cleared
14 48 (3.20%) A+ Certification
15 45 (3.00%) MCDST
16 42 (2.80%) SC Cleared
17 40 (2.67%) VCP5
18 36 (2.40%) ITIL Certification
19 32 (2.13%) Network+ Certification
19 32 (2.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 191 (12.74%) SLA
2 39 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.07%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.53%) QA
5 6 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 5 (0.33%) GMP
6 5 (0.33%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.20%) BS7799
7 3 (0.20%) BS25999
8 2 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 818 (54.57%) Active Directory
2 459 (30.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 296 (19.75%) Hyper-V
4 215 (14.34%) XenApp
5 177 (11.81%) vSphere
6 76 (5.07%) VMware ESX
7 67 (4.47%) XenDesktop
8 52 (3.47%) VMware ESXi
9 40 (2.67%) vCloud
10 35 (2.33%) Terminal Services
11 33 (2.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 32 (2.13%) XenServer
13 31 (2.07%) Microsoft App-V
14 30 (2.00%) VMware Server
15 21 (1.40%) Xen
16 20 (1.33%) BitLocker
17 18 (1.20%) UAG
17 18 (1.20%) ISA Server
18 17 (1.13%) Forefront TMG
19 15 (1.00%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 210 (14.01%) SCCM
2 112 (7.47%) Backup Exec
3 75 (5.00%) SCOM
4 73 (4.87%) WSUS
5 36 (2.40%) NetBackup
6 27 (1.80%) Norton AntiVirus
7 10 (0.67%) Nagios
8 7 (0.47%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 7 (0.47%) Zenoss
8 7 (0.47%) WhatsUp Gold
8 7 (0.47%) Windows Intune
9 6 (0.40%) Casper Suite
9 6 (0.40%) AirWatch
9 6 (0.40%) MAILsweeper
9 6 (0.40%) WMI
10 5 (0.33%) ARCserve
10 5 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (0.33%) SCOrch
10 5 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (0.33%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 1081 (72.11%) Microsoft
2 778 (51.90%) VMware
3 477 (31.82%) Cisco
4 473 (31.55%) Citrix
5 207 (13.81%) HP
6 116 (7.74%) Symantec
7 112 (7.47%) NetApp
8 108 (7.20%) Dell
9 60 (4.00%) Apple
10 50 (3.34%) Sophos
11 49 (3.27%) Veeam
12 46 (3.07%) EMC
13 40 (2.67%) CheckPoint
14 36 (2.40%) Remedy
15 35 (2.33%) Red Hat
16 28 (1.87%) Websense
16 28 (1.87%) Intel
17 26 (1.73%) Oracle
18 24 (1.60%) CommVault
19 23 (1.53%) IBM
Cheshire
Connected IT
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 12 hours ago
North London
ninesharp
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Give-A-Grad-A-Go Ltd
Salary: £25k - 30k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Premier IT
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
First Point
Salary: £26000 - £36000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GB Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Aldershot, Hampshire
Venturi
Salary: £40000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + benefits & bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Car allowance
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £25000.00 - £27500.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Salary: £25k - 30k per year + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
ninesharp
Salary: Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £32,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leicestershire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £28000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + Bonus Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Opus IT Consulting
Salary: £18000.00 - £24000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Flexi-Time, Pension, Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £45000 - £48000 per annum + Excellent package
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £31000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Outsourcery
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 per year
Posted: 2 days ago