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 4 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 393 378 411
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +33
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 717 791 626
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.68% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.41% 2.51% 2.12%
Number of salaries quoted 617 689 547
Average salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £53,200 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £33,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%

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
29759 31530 29565
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.25% 27.07% 27.27%
Number of salaries quoted 23768 24632 23798
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £43,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +2.32%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +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 4 August 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 4 August 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 +4 699 £36,000 +2.85% 87
South East +34 218 £37,500 +13.63% 27
London -39 192 £42,500 +13.33% 34
East of England +56 93 £34,000 -2.85% 7
Surrey +75 92 £36,250 -5.84% 9
South West +16 65 £35,000 +16.66% 3
North West -13 58 £26,250 -12.50% 9
City of London +3 40 £37,500 - 9
Hampshire -11 40 £42,500 +66.66% 4
West Midlands -9 39 £34,000 -2.85% 2
Hertfordshire +20 38 £30,000 -33.33% 1
Bedfordshire +16 28 £50,000 +33.33% 2
Buckinghamshire +17 27 £31,000 -4.61% 4
Egham - 27 £45,000 - 1
Berkshire -1 26 £27,500 -24.13% 4
Cheshire -14 24 £25,500 +8.51% 4
Manchester +4 23 £30,000 -7.69% 3
Bedford +21 21 £55,000 +46.66%
Gloucestershire +11 21 £35,000 +16.66%
Milton Keynes +8 20 £31,000 +3.33% 1
Dorset +4 17 £35,000 +16.66% 2
East Midlands -18 17 £35,000 +4.47% 2
Hemel Hempstead - 17 £27,500 - 1
Birmingham -8 16 £37,500 -23.07%
Oxfordshire -12 16 £40,500 +22.72%
Yorkshire -44 16 £36,750 -16.00% 3
Bournemouth +4 14 £35,000 +38.61% 2
West Yorkshire -29 14 £38,000 -1.93% 3
Essex 0 13 £52,500 +76.47% 3
Cambridgeshire +17 12 £29,375 +33.52% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 1468 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1205 (82.08%) Windows
3 1051 (71.59%) Microsoft
4 1037 (70.64%) MCSE
5 790 (53.81%) Active Directory
6 769 (52.38%) VMware
7 608 (41.42%) Windows Server 2008
8 539 (36.72%) ITIL
9 522 (35.56%) MS Exchange
10 517 (35.22%) Windows Server 2012
11 492 (33.51%) MCITP
12 458 (31.20%) VMware Infrastructure
13 457 (31.13%) MCP
14 444 (30.25%) MS Excel
14 444 (30.25%) Citrix
15 430 (29.29%) Cisco
16 383 (26.09%) SQL Server
17 346 (23.57%) Cisco Certification
18 345 (23.50%) CCNA
19 326 (22.21%) DNS
20 322 (21.93%) Exchange Server 2010
21 319 (21.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 314 (21.39%) Firewall
23 309 (21.05%) Windows 7
24 297 (20.23%) DHCP
25 288 (19.62%) Hyper-V
26 280 (19.07%) TCP/IP
27 272 (18.53%) SQL
28 270 (18.39%) Windows Server 2003
29 264 (17.98%) MS Office

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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
1 522 (35.56%) MS Exchange
2 322 (21.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 175 (11.92%) Exchange Server 2013
4 173 (11.78%) SharePoint
5 152 (10.35%) Lync
6 138 (9.40%) Exchange Server 2007
7 96 (6.54%) IIS
8 88 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2003
9 49 (3.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 20 (1.36%) Apache
11 12 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
12 9 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
12 9 (0.61%) Office Communications Server
13 8 (0.54%) Tomcat
14 7 (0.48%) WorkSite
15 5 (0.34%) OpenStack
16 4 (0.27%) IBM Notes
16 4 (0.27%) CMS
17 3 (0.20%) nginx
18 2 (0.14%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 444 (30.25%) MS Excel
2 264 (17.98%) MS Office
3 13 (0.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.068%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.068%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.20%) SAP CCM
3 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.14%) HiPortfolio
5 1 (0.068%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 153 (10.42%) Office 365
2 76 (5.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (1.63%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (1.50%) SaaS
5 12 (0.82%) Mimecast
6 10 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.48%) IaaS
8 4 (0.27%) Yammer
9 1 (0.068%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.068%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 326 (22.21%) DNS
2 314 (21.39%) Firewall
3 297 (20.23%) DHCP
4 280 (19.07%) TCP/IP
5 254 (17.30%) SAN
6 201 (13.69%) WAN
7 190 (12.94%) LAN
8 168 (11.44%) VPN
9 137 (9.33%) VoIP
10 61 (4.16%) VLAN
11 60 (4.09%) iSCSI
12 57 (3.88%) Internet
13 47 (3.20%) Cisco ASA
14 42 (2.86%) NAS
15 41 (2.79%) Network Security
16 31 (2.11%) Skype
17 30 (2.04%) ADSL
18 27 (1.84%) Wireless
19 21 (1.43%) Cisco IOS
20 20 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 383 (26.09%) SQL Server
2 135 (9.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 88 (5.99%) SQL Server 2012
4 51 (3.47%) SQL Server 2000
5 44 (3.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 41 (2.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 34 (2.32%) SQL Server 2005
8 33 (2.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 28 (1.91%) MySQL
10 26 (1.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
12 9 (0.61%) Relational Database
13 5 (0.34%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
14 4 (0.27%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.20%) NoSQL
16 2 (0.14%) MongoDB
16 2 (0.14%) InterSystems Cache
16 2 (0.14%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 14 (0.95%) MSI
1 14 (0.95%) InstallShield
2 7 (0.48%) Octopus Deploy
3 6 (0.41%) TeamCity
4 5 (0.34%) Visual Studio
4 5 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.20%) Subversion
5 3 (0.20%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.20%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.14%) JIRA
7 1 (0.068%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.068%) MSTest
7 1 (0.068%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.068%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 208 (14.17%) Finance
2 54 (3.68%) Legal
3 51 (3.47%) Law
4 42 (2.86%) Advertising
5 34 (2.32%) Telecoms
6 29 (1.98%) Retail
7 17 (1.16%) Marketing
8 16 (1.09%) Banking
8 16 (1.09%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.61%) Local Government
10 8 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.48%) Games
11 7 (0.48%) Spanish Language
12 4 (0.27%) French Language
12 4 (0.27%) German Language
12 4 (0.27%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.27%) Back Office
13 2 (0.14%) Electronics
14 1 (0.068%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 273 (18.60%) Support Engineer
2 261 (17.78%) Analyst
3 186 (12.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 146 (9.95%) Support Analyst
5 138 (9.40%) Administrator
6 128 (8.72%) 2nd Line Support
7 107 (7.29%) Consultant
8 103 (7.02%) 3rd Line Support
9 95 (6.47%) Systems Administrator
9 95 (6.47%) IT Support
10 80 (5.45%) Systems Engineer
11 63 (4.29%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 57 (3.88%) Desktop Support
12 57 (3.88%) Technical Support
13 56 (3.81%) Team Leader
14 55 (3.75%) 1st Line Support
15 51 (3.47%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 50 (3.41%) DBA
17 45 (3.07%) SQL DBA
18 44 (3.00%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (1.91%) Application Packaging
2 27 (1.84%) Software Packaging
2 27 (1.84%) .NET
3 14 (0.95%) Web Services
4 11 (0.75%) ASP.NET
5 9 (0.61%) HTML
6 7 (0.48%) COM
7 6 (0.41%) CSS
8 4 (0.27%) WAP
9 3 (0.20%) WCF
9 3 (0.20%) MDX
9 3 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.14%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.14%) LAMP
10 2 (0.14%) MSMQ
10 2 (0.14%) XML
11 1 (0.068%) Flash
11 1 (0.068%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.068%) Middleware
11 1 (0.068%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 105 (7.15%) Data Centre
2 91 (6.20%) Clustering
3 90 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
4 65 (4.43%) Blackberry
5 61 (4.16%) Replication
6 47 (3.20%) EqualLogic
7 40 (2.72%) Management Information System
8 35 (2.38%) Computer Science
9 32 (2.18%) Client/Server
9 32 (2.18%) Private Cloud
10 30 (2.04%) Thin Client
10 30 (2.04%) Fat Client
11 26 (1.77%) Video Conferencing
12 17 (1.16%) iPhone
12 17 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (0.68%) PDA
13 10 (0.68%) HP StoreVirtual
14 9 (0.61%) Life Science
15 8 (0.54%) iPad
15 8 (0.54%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 1205 (82.08%) Windows
2 608 (41.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 517 (35.22%) Windows Server 2012
4 309 (21.05%) Windows 7
5 270 (18.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 190 (12.94%) Linux
7 130 (8.86%) Windows XP
8 124 (8.45%) Windows 8
9 70 (4.77%) Windows Vista
10 45 (3.07%) UNIX
11 33 (2.25%) Mac OS X
12 28 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 23 (1.57%) Debian
14 22 (1.50%) Android
15 15 (1.02%) Mac OS
16 12 (0.82%) Windows Mobile
17 10 (0.68%) Solaris
18 8 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
19 6 (0.41%) CentOS
19 6 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 539 (36.72%) ITIL
2 111 (7.56%) Service Delivery
3 103 (7.02%) Disaster Recovery
4 86 (5.86%) Project Management
5 76 (5.18%) Mentoring
6 74 (5.04%) Migration
7 58 (3.95%) Service Management
8 54 (3.68%) Change Management
9 53 (3.61%) Performance Tuning
10 44 (3.00%) PRINCE2
11 43 (2.93%) Incident Management
12 40 (2.72%) Asset Management
13 34 (2.32%) Business Intelligence
13 34 (2.32%) Network Load Balancing
13 34 (2.32%) Time Management
13 34 (2.32%) Root Cause Analysis
14 33 (2.25%) Server Building
15 32 (2.18%) Infrastructure Management
16 31 (2.11%) Change Control
17 29 (1.98%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 272 (18.53%) SQL
2 165 (11.24%) PowerShell
3 43 (2.93%) T-SQL
4 24 (1.63%) VBScript
5 15 (1.02%) Java
6 14 (0.95%) C#
7 11 (0.75%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.61%) VBA
9 8 (0.54%) Shell Script
9 8 (0.54%) VB
10 5 (0.34%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.34%) C++
10 5 (0.34%) C
11 3 (0.20%) Python
12 2 (0.14%) Perl
12 2 (0.14%) PHP
13 1 (0.068%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.068%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1468 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1037 (70.64%) MCSE
3 492 (33.51%) MCITP
4 457 (31.13%) MCP
5 346 (23.57%) Cisco Certification
6 345 (23.50%) CCNA
7 319 (21.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 161 (10.97%) Degree
9 133 (9.06%) MCTS
10 110 (7.49%) Citrix Certification
11 95 (6.47%) CCA
12 82 (5.59%) CCNP
13 53 (3.61%) Security Cleared
14 51 (3.47%) A+ Certification
15 46 (3.13%) SC Cleared
16 44 (3.00%) ITIL Certification
17 42 (2.86%) MCDST
18 37 (2.52%) VCP5
19 33 (2.25%) Network+ Certification
20 32 (2.18%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (11.44%) SLA
2 38 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (0.95%) QA
4 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.34%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 5 (0.34%) GMP
6 3 (0.20%) BS7799
6 3 (0.20%) BS25999
7 2 (0.14%) COBIT
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 790 (53.81%) Active Directory
2 458 (31.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 288 (19.62%) Hyper-V
4 199 (13.56%) XenApp
5 148 (10.08%) vSphere
6 75 (5.11%) VMware ESX
7 55 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
8 53 (3.61%) XenDesktop
9 34 (2.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 32 (2.18%) VMware Server
10 32 (2.18%) vCloud
11 29 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
12 26 (1.77%) Terminal Services
13 24 (1.63%) XenServer
14 20 (1.36%) Terminal Server
14 20 (1.36%) BitLocker
15 19 (1.29%) UAG
15 19 (1.29%) ISA Server
16 18 (1.23%) Forefront TMG
17 13 (0.89%) Xen
Systems Management
1 222 (15.12%) SCCM
2 105 (7.15%) Backup Exec
3 79 (5.38%) SCOM
4 77 (5.25%) WSUS
5 35 (2.38%) NetBackup
6 28 (1.91%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (0.61%) Zenoss
8 9 (0.61%) WhatsUp Gold
8 9 (0.61%) Puppet
8 9 (0.61%) Nagios
8 9 (0.61%) AirWatch
9 6 (0.41%) MAILsweeper
9 6 (0.41%) Windows Intune
9 6 (0.41%) Casper Suite
10 5 (0.34%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.27%) SCOrch
11 4 (0.27%) ServiceCenter
11 4 (0.27%) HP SIM
12 3 (0.20%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 1051 (71.59%) Microsoft
2 769 (52.38%) VMware
3 444 (30.25%) Citrix
4 430 (29.29%) Cisco
5 173 (11.78%) HP
6 119 (8.11%) Symantec
7 95 (6.47%) Dell
8 91 (6.20%) NetApp
9 63 (4.29%) Apple
10 51 (3.47%) Sophos
11 50 (3.41%) EMC
12 46 (3.13%) Veeam
13 44 (3.00%) CheckPoint
14 34 (2.32%) Remedy
15 33 (2.25%) Red Hat
16 31 (2.11%) Oracle
17 30 (2.04%) Intel
17 30 (2.04%) Avaya
18 27 (1.84%) Websense
19 25 (1.70%) AppSense
Bangor, Gwynedd
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £35,000 per annum + 20 days holiday + bank holidays on
Posted: 1 hour ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Austin Fraser
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £32000 - £42000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: 2 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Connectus
Salary: £20000 - £26000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Towcester, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Horsham, West Sussex
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £23,000 to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Give-A-Grad-A-Go Ltd
Salary: £25k - 30k per year
Posted: 3 hours ago
St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Bonus (up to 10K)
Posted: 3 hours ago
Surrey
Proactive Appointments
Salary: Up to £27,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Spencer Rose
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Redhill, Surrey
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Posted: 22 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 22 hours ago
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £25,000 per annum + Bonus + Good Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
East London
Connect Support Services Ltd
Posted: 22 hours ago
South Croydon, Surrey
Anderson Lamb
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bedfordshire
Franklin Fitch Limited
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £33,000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday