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 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 393 399 438
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +39
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 692 748 563
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.65% 0.64% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.37% 2.33% 1.87%
Number of salaries quoted 626 659 478
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £24,150 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £35,000 £31,500
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +11.11%

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
29235 32104 30081
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.36% 27.34% 27.65%
Number of salaries quoted 22964 25766 24182
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £68,000 £65,000 £65,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +1 656 £35,000 - 89
London +42 265 £37,500 - 28
South East -39 125 £37,500 +15.38% 20
East of England +21 71 £35,000 - 7
South West +14 65 £34,000 -2.85% 9
City of London +43 62 £39,000 +0.64% 7
North West +5 50 £27,500 -15.38% 9
Hampshire +7 39 £40,250 +23.84% 8
West Midlands -4 31 £32,500 -7.14% 7
Yorkshire -34 31 £32,500 -16.12% 6
Hertfordshire +11 29 £35,000 -6.66%
Surrey +5 28 £37,500 +17.18% 5
Manchester +19 25 £32,500 - 6
Buckinghamshire +9 25 £42,500 -15.84% 5
Berkshire -19 22 £35,000 -3.44% 2
Cheshire -3 20 £24,750 -16.10% 3
Dorset +8 19 £35,000 +2.94% 2
Gloucestershire +6 19 £33,250 +10.83% 2
West Yorkshire -21 19 £35,661 -1.62% 6
Bedfordshire +24 18 £52,500 +50.00% 4
Cheltenham - 18 £33,500 -
East Midlands -22 17 £30,500 -19.73% 1
Wales +15 16 £36,250 +31.81% 1
South Wales +20 15 £36,250 -9.37%
Farnborough -1 15 £37,500 +7.14% 6
Milton Keynes -7 15 £30,000 -27.27% 3
Redruth - 15 £21,000 -
Cornwall - 15 £21,000 -
Essex +10 14 £30,000 +14.28% 1
Southampton 0 14 £42,500 +28.15% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 1506 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1260 (83.67%) Windows
3 1098 (72.91%) Microsoft
4 1094 (72.64%) MCSE
5 842 (55.91%) Active Directory
6 739 (49.07%) VMware
7 577 (38.31%) Windows Server 2008
8 563 (37.38%) ITIL
9 530 (35.19%) MS Exchange
10 497 (33.00%) MS Excel
11 496 (32.93%) Cisco
12 490 (32.54%) Citrix
13 479 (31.81%) Windows Server 2012
14 476 (31.61%) MCP
15 457 (30.35%) VMware Infrastructure
16 451 (29.95%) MCITP
17 404 (26.83%) Cisco Certification
18 386 (25.63%) CCNA
19 361 (23.97%) SQL Server
20 312 (20.72%) MS Office
21 304 (20.19%) Windows Server 2003
22 301 (19.99%) Firewall
23 299 (19.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
24 298 (19.79%) Hyper-V
25 296 (19.65%) Exchange Server 2010
26 291 (19.32%) Windows 7
27 278 (18.46%) SAN
28 267 (17.73%) SQL
29 262 (17.40%) DNS
30 243 (16.14%) TCP/IP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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
1 530 (35.19%) MS Exchange
2 296 (19.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 233 (15.47%) SharePoint
4 181 (12.02%) Lync
5 165 (10.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 152 (10.09%) Exchange Server 2007
7 100 (6.64%) IIS
8 99 (6.57%) Exchange Server 2003
9 70 (4.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 17 (1.13%) Office Communications Server
11 15 (1.00%) Apache
11 15 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
12 11 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
14 9 (0.60%) Tomcat
14 9 (0.60%) SAS
15 4 (0.27%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.27%) WorkSite
16 3 (0.20%) IBM Notes
17 1 (0.066%) WordPress
Applications
1 497 (33.00%) MS Excel
2 312 (20.72%) MS Office
3 10 (0.66%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 9 (0.60%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.40%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.066%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 17 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.20%) SAP CCM
4 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.13%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.066%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 157 (10.42%) Office 365
2 88 (5.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.33%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (1.00%) SaaS
5 11 (0.73%) Mimecast
5 11 (0.73%) IaaS
6 5 (0.33%) PaaS
7 4 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.27%) Yammer
8 1 (0.066%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 301 (19.99%) Firewall
2 278 (18.46%) SAN
3 262 (17.40%) DNS
4 243 (16.14%) TCP/IP
5 230 (15.27%) DHCP
6 190 (12.62%) WAN
7 182 (12.08%) LAN
8 162 (10.76%) VPN
9 147 (9.76%) VoIP
10 56 (3.72%) iSCSI
11 50 (3.32%) VLAN
12 45 (2.99%) NAS
13 42 (2.79%) Network Security
13 42 (2.79%) Internet
14 37 (2.46%) Wireless
15 36 (2.39%) Cisco ASA
16 35 (2.32%) Cisco IOS
17 29 (1.93%) Fibre Channel
18 27 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
19 24 (1.59%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 361 (23.97%) SQL Server
2 101 (6.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 57 (3.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 45 (2.99%) SQL Server 2000
5 35 (2.32%) SQL Server 2005
6 27 (1.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 24 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 19 (1.26%) MySQL
9 12 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 11 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (0.66%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.40%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.33%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
14 4 (0.27%) Big Data
14 4 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
15 3 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
15 3 (0.20%) OLTP
16 2 (0.13%) QlikView
16 2 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 11 (0.73%) MSI
1 11 (0.73%) InstallShield
2 6 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.20%) Visual Studio
3 3 (0.20%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (0.13%) JIRA
5 1 (0.066%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.066%) MSTest
5 1 (0.066%) WinDbg
General
1 206 (13.68%) Finance
2 54 (3.59%) Law
3 51 (3.39%) Legal
4 44 (2.92%) Advertising
5 37 (2.46%) Retail
6 30 (1.99%) Telecoms
7 22 (1.46%) Banking
8 17 (1.13%) Marketing
9 13 (0.86%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.60%) Back Office
11 7 (0.46%) Local Government
11 7 (0.46%) Games
12 5 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.27%) French Language
13 4 (0.27%) German Language
13 4 (0.27%) Italian Language
13 4 (0.27%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.27%) Publishing
14 3 (0.20%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.066%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 279 (18.53%) Analyst
2 268 (17.80%) Support Engineer
3 198 (13.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 163 (10.82%) Consultant
5 149 (9.89%) Support Analyst
6 146 (9.69%) 3rd Line Support
7 131 (8.70%) 2nd Line Support
8 124 (8.23%) Administrator
9 89 (5.91%) IT Support
10 79 (5.25%) Systems Engineer
11 71 (4.71%) Technical Support
12 70 (4.65%) Systems Administrator
13 67 (4.45%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 62 (4.12%) 1st Line Support
15 59 (3.92%) Service Analyst
16 58 (3.85%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 53 (3.52%) Desktop Support
18 52 (3.45%) Service Desk Analyst
19 48 (3.19%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
20 45 (2.99%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (2.79%) .NET
2 30 (1.99%) Software Packaging
3 29 (1.93%) Application Packaging
4 24 (1.59%) ASP.NET
5 19 (1.26%) HTML
6 13 (0.86%) CSS
6 13 (0.86%) Web Services
7 7 (0.46%) COM
8 4 (0.27%) WAP
9 3 (0.20%) LAMP
9 3 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.13%) EDI
11 1 (0.066%) MDX
11 1 (0.066%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.066%) Flash
11 1 (0.066%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 87 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (4.85%) Blackberry
3 59 (3.92%) Clustering
4 57 (3.78%) Replication
5 46 (3.05%) Private Cloud
6 44 (2.92%) Client/Server
7 41 (2.72%) Management Information System
8 34 (2.26%) Thin Client
8 34 (2.26%) Fat Client
8 34 (2.26%) Computer Science
9 22 (1.46%) EqualLogic
10 17 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
11 13 (0.86%) iPhone
11 13 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.80%) FMCG
13 10 (0.66%) Digital Media
14 9 (0.60%) PDA
15 8 (0.53%) Enterprise Storage
15 8 (0.53%) Life Science
16 7 (0.46%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1260 (83.67%) Windows
2 577 (38.31%) Windows Server 2008
3 479 (31.81%) Windows Server 2012
4 304 (20.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 291 (19.32%) Windows 7
6 182 (12.08%) Linux
7 144 (9.56%) Windows 8
8 109 (7.24%) Windows XP
9 57 (3.78%) UNIX
10 52 (3.45%) Windows Vista
11 34 (2.26%) Mac OS X
12 25 (1.66%) Debian
13 24 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 19 (1.26%) Mac OS
15 16 (1.06%) Windows 2000
16 13 (0.86%) Android
17 11 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
18 10 (0.66%) CentOS
18 10 (0.66%) Solaris
19 6 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 563 (37.38%) ITIL
2 113 (7.50%) Service Delivery
3 100 (6.64%) Disaster Recovery
4 88 (5.84%) Migration
5 78 (5.18%) Mentoring
6 68 (4.52%) Change Management
7 65 (4.32%) Service Management
7 65 (4.32%) Project Management
8 64 (4.25%) PRINCE2
9 39 (2.59%) Information Security
10 38 (2.52%) Security Management
11 36 (2.39%) Infrastructure Management
11 36 (2.39%) Problem Management
12 35 (2.32%) Performance Tuning
13 31 (2.06%) Change Control
13 31 (2.06%) CRM
14 30 (1.99%) Incident Management
15 27 (1.79%) Asset Management
16 25 (1.66%) Business Intelligence
16 25 (1.66%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 267 (17.73%) SQL
2 173 (11.49%) PowerShell
3 36 (2.39%) VBScript
4 27 (1.79%) T-SQL
5 23 (1.53%) C#
6 18 (1.20%) C
7 13 (0.86%) Java
8 12 (0.80%) JavaScript
9 10 (0.66%) VB
10 9 (0.60%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.27%) Bash Shell
11 4 (0.27%) VBA
11 4 (0.27%) C++
12 3 (0.20%) Python
13 2 (0.13%) R
13 2 (0.13%) Perl
14 1 (0.066%) Ruby
14 1 (0.066%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1506 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1094 (72.64%) MCSE
3 476 (31.61%) MCP
4 451 (29.95%) MCITP
5 404 (26.83%) Cisco Certification
6 386 (25.63%) CCNA
7 299 (19.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 173 (11.49%) Degree
9 153 (10.16%) MCTS
10 139 (9.23%) Citrix Certification
11 125 (8.30%) CCA
12 106 (7.04%) CCNP
13 48 (3.19%) VCP5
14 46 (3.05%) MCDST
15 44 (2.92%) Security Cleared
16 43 (2.86%) A+ Certification
17 40 (2.66%) SC Cleared
18 39 (2.59%) CISSP
19 32 (2.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 27 (1.79%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 181 (12.02%) SLA
2 40 (2.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (1.86%) PCI DSS
4 12 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 6 (0.40%) QA
5 6 (0.40%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 5 (0.33%) GMP
7 2 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 842 (55.91%) Active Directory
2 457 (30.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 298 (19.79%) Hyper-V
4 227 (15.07%) XenApp
5 194 (12.88%) vSphere
6 91 (6.04%) XenDesktop
7 80 (5.31%) VMware ESX
8 53 (3.52%) VMware ESXi
9 47 (3.12%) XenServer
10 40 (2.66%) vCloud
11 33 (2.19%) Terminal Services
12 31 (2.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 30 (1.99%) Xen
13 30 (1.99%) VMware Server
14 29 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
15 20 (1.33%) BitLocker
16 13 (0.86%) Forefront TMG
17 12 (0.80%) ISA Server
18 11 (0.73%) UAG
19 10 (0.66%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 192 (12.75%) SCCM
2 103 (6.84%) Backup Exec
3 74 (4.91%) SCOM
4 53 (3.52%) WSUS
5 32 (2.12%) NetBackup
6 19 (1.26%) Norton AntiVirus
7 10 (0.66%) Windows Intune
7 10 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (0.66%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 9 (0.60%) Nagios
9 8 (0.53%) SCVMM
10 7 (0.46%) WMI
10 7 (0.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 6 (0.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 6 (0.40%) MAILsweeper
12 5 (0.33%) Nessus
12 5 (0.33%) ARCserve
12 5 (0.33%) SCDPM
12 5 (0.33%) SCOrch
12 5 (0.33%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 1098 (72.91%) Microsoft
2 739 (49.07%) VMware
3 496 (32.93%) Cisco
4 490 (32.54%) Citrix
5 212 (14.08%) HP
6 123 (8.17%) NetApp
7 99 (6.57%) Dell
8 98 (6.51%) Symantec
9 63 (4.18%) Apple
10 51 (3.39%) EMC
11 44 (2.92%) Sophos
12 43 (2.86%) Veeam
13 41 (2.72%) CheckPoint
14 34 (2.26%) Red Hat
15 33 (2.19%) Remedy
15 33 (2.19%) Websense
16 28 (1.86%) McAfee
17 26 (1.73%) Reuters
18 25 (1.66%) CommVault
18 25 (1.66%) Oracle
Egham, Surrey
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum, Benefits Pension, Health plan and Life Assu
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Networking People
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Great Company + Benefits + Car
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Great Company + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £25000.00 - £30000.00 per annum + Shift All Bonus Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent package
Posted: 2 days ago
Colchester, Essex
Reed Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £46,000 per annum plus on call / out of hours allowanc
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £27500 - £34000 per annum + Benefits, Overtime, On Call
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £24000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Advancing People Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Great Company + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Wiltshire
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Salary: £28000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Salary: £28000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Salary: From £60,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
North East
Recital Consulting
Salary: £25000 - £35000 Per Annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago