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 7 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 416 403 391
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -12
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 583 792 831
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.65% 0.74% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.50% 2.70% 2.63%
Number of salaries quoted 487 691 727
Median salary £35,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%

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
23312 29373 31579
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 25.88% 27.38% 27.91%
Number of salaries quoted 18397 23289 25310
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 7 December 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 7 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -29 523 £35,500 -5.33% 59
South East +7 139 £37,000 -7.50% 14
London -93 119 £40,000 +3.89% 16
South West +28 56 £35,000 +7.69% 3
North West -1 56 £38,500 +28.33% 10
Yorkshire +41 52 £33,500 -6.94% 4
Surrey -48 40 £46,500 +9.41% 4
West Yorkshire +44 37 £33,500 -6.94% 3
East Midlands +10 35 £35,000 +23.34% 4
Manchester +13 34 £42,000 +40.00% 5
Berkshire +56 31 £42,500 -11.45% 4
East of England -50 30 £30,250 -3.96% 3
Leeds +37 25 £38,000 +5.55% 2
West Midlands -13 24 £40,000 - 2
Wiltshire +35 21 £35,000 -
Cheshire +25 21 £26,500 +15.21% 4
Buckinghamshire +12 19 £34,000 +25.92%
Nottinghamshire +13 18 £35,000 +16.66%
Hampshire +11 17 £45,000 +2.85% 4
Woking +18 16 £50,000 +112.76% 2
City of London -16 16 £41,000 +6.49% 2
Cambridgeshire +9 15 £28,000 +7.69% 3
Nottingham +6 15 £38,750 +29.16%
Birmingham -10 15 £42,500 +16.43%
North East +20 14 £30,000 +50.00% 2
Kent +11 11 £27,500 +11.11%
Staines +3 11 £46,500 +16.25%
Warrington +15 10 £38,500 +75.00% 1
Scotland +20 9 £32,500 -22.61% 1
Derbyshire +17 9 £48,750 +66.65% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 December 2016, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1337 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1046 (78.23%) Windows
3 918 (68.66%) Microsoft
4 825 (61.71%) MCSE
5 777 (58.12%) Active Directory
6 706 (52.80%) Windows Server
7 687 (51.38%) VMware
8 477 (35.68%) ITIL
8 477 (35.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 465 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
10 450 (33.66%) MS Exchange
11 438 (32.76%) Cisco
12 437 (32.69%) VMware Infrastructure
13 419 (31.34%) Cisco Certification
14 407 (30.44%) CCNA
14 407 (30.44%) MS Excel
15 333 (24.91%) Hyper-V
16 329 (24.61%) MCP
17 322 (24.08%) Windows 7
18 320 (23.93%) MCITP
19 319 (23.86%) Office 365
20 310 (23.19%) Citrix
21 300 (22.44%) SQL Server
22 298 (22.29%) Firewall
23 287 (21.47%) LAN
24 277 (20.72%) WAN
25 251 (18.77%) DHCP
26 247 (18.47%) DNS
27 227 (16.98%) SQL
28 226 (16.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 450 (33.66%) MS Exchange
2 206 (15.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 177 (13.24%) Exchange Server 2013
4 100 (7.48%) SharePoint
5 91 (6.81%) Exchange Server 2007
6 81 (6.06%) Skype for Business
7 75 (5.61%) IIS
8 20 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2003
9 19 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
10 14 (1.05%) Apache
11 13 (0.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 12 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
13 11 (0.82%) SAS
14 6 (0.45%) OpenStack
15 5 (0.37%) CMS
16 4 (0.30%) JBoss
16 4 (0.30%) Site Server
16 4 (0.30%) Tomcat
16 4 (0.30%) WebSphere
17 3 (0.22%) SharePoint Foundation
Applications
1 407 (30.44%) MS Excel
2 185 (13.84%) MS Office
3 27 (2.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.15%) S-PLUS
6 1 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.075%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (0.45%) Sage 1000
2 3 (0.22%) Bankmaster
2 3 (0.22%) HiPortfolio
3 2 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 319 (23.86%) Office 365
2 144 (10.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (3.52%) SaaS
4 41 (3.07%) Amazon AWS
5 22 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (1.27%) IaaS
7 14 (1.05%) PaaS
8 13 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (0.90%) Mimecast
10 7 (0.52%) Yammer
11 6 (0.45%) GitHub
12 4 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.30%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 2 (0.15%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 2 (0.15%) CloudFront
14 2 (0.15%) Dropbox
14 2 (0.15%) OneDrive
15 1 (0.075%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 298 (22.29%) Firewall
2 287 (21.47%) LAN
3 277 (20.72%) WAN
4 251 (18.77%) DHCP
5 247 (18.47%) DNS
6 179 (13.39%) SAN
7 167 (12.49%) VPN
8 160 (11.97%) TCP/IP
9 81 (6.06%) VLAN
10 79 (5.91%) Wireless
11 63 (4.71%) VoIP
12 51 (3.81%) Internet
13 39 (2.92%) MPLS
13 39 (2.92%) Skype
14 32 (2.39%) Remote Desktop
15 31 (2.32%) Network Security
16 30 (2.24%) ADSL
16 30 (2.24%) WLAN
17 28 (2.09%) Cisco ASA
18 25 (1.87%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 300 (22.44%) SQL Server
2 100 (7.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 89 (6.66%) SQL Server 2012
4 78 (5.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 75 (5.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 56 (4.19%) SQL Server 2005
7 45 (3.37%) SQL Server 2014
8 32 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 22 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
11 9 (0.67%) SSDT
12 7 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
12 7 (0.52%) Big Data
12 7 (0.52%) Power BI
12 7 (0.52%) QlikView
13 6 (0.45%) MySQL
13 6 (0.45%) RDBMS
13 6 (0.45%) Relational Database
14 5 (0.37%) Crystal Reports
14 5 (0.37%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (0.67%) Visual Studio
2 5 (0.37%) Git (software)
2 5 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (0.30%) JIRA
3 4 (0.30%) MSI
3 4 (0.30%) tSQLt
4 1 (0.075%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.075%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.075%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 160 (11.97%) Finance
2 43 (3.22%) Telecoms
3 24 (1.80%) Legal
4 20 (1.50%) Retail
5 17 (1.27%) Games
6 16 (1.20%) Banking
6 16 (1.20%) Law
6 16 (1.20%) Marketing
7 12 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.75%) Multimedia
9 8 (0.60%) Japanese Language
9 8 (0.60%) Local Government
10 7 (0.52%) Advertising
10 7 (0.52%) Publishing
11 6 (0.45%) German Language
12 5 (0.37%) Back Office
12 5 (0.37%) Billing
13 4 (0.30%) French Language
14 2 (0.15%) Automotive
14 2 (0.15%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 294 (21.99%) Support Engineer
2 213 (15.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 212 (15.86%) Analyst
4 156 (11.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 146 (10.92%) IT Support
6 145 (10.85%) 3rd Line Support
7 125 (9.35%) Administrator
8 118 (8.83%) IT Engineer
9 105 (7.85%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 99 (7.40%) 2nd Line Support
11 97 (7.26%) DBA
12 94 (7.03%) Windows Engineer
13 89 (6.66%) SQL DBA
14 85 (6.36%) IT Support Engineer
15 84 (6.28%) Service Analyst
16 82 (6.13%) Infrastructure Support
16 82 (6.13%) Service Desk Analyst
16 82 (6.13%) Support Analyst
17 80 (5.98%) Server Engineer
18 77 (5.76%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.05%) .NET
1 14 (1.05%) Web Services
2 7 (0.52%) ASP.NET
3 5 (0.37%) 802.1X
3 5 (0.37%) Oracle Fusion
3 5 (0.37%) REST
3 5 (0.37%) SOAP
3 5 (0.37%) Software Packaging
4 4 (0.30%) MDX
4 4 (0.30%) ODBC
5 2 (0.15%) COM
5 2 (0.15%) Middleware
5 2 (0.15%) WSH
6 1 (0.075%) ADSI
6 1 (0.075%) CSS
6 1 (0.075%) LAMP
6 1 (0.075%) WCF
6 1 (0.075%) WF
6 1 (0.075%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 148 (11.07%) Data Centre
2 96 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (5.39%) Driving Licence
4 43 (3.22%) Clustering
4 43 (3.22%) Computer Science
5 34 (2.54%) Statistics
6 33 (2.47%) Management Information System
7 30 (2.24%) Enterprise Software
7 30 (2.24%) Replication
8 23 (1.72%) Blackberry
9 16 (1.20%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
10 14 (1.05%) Fat Client
10 14 (1.05%) Public Cloud
10 14 (1.05%) Thin Client
10 14 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
11 12 (0.90%) HP StoreVirtual
12 11 (0.82%) CESG
12 11 (0.82%) IVR
13 10 (0.75%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 1046 (78.23%) Windows
2 706 (52.80%) Windows Server
3 477 (35.68%) Windows Server 2008
4 465 (34.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 322 (24.08%) Windows 7
6 168 (12.57%) Windows 8
7 138 (10.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 136 (10.17%) Linux
9 112 (8.38%) Windows 10
10 43 (3.22%) Mac OS X
11 36 (2.69%) Unix
12 27 (2.02%) Windows XP
13 24 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 17 (1.27%) Android
15 16 (1.20%) Ubuntu
15 16 (1.20%) Windows Vista
16 13 (0.97%) Apple iOS
17 10 (0.75%) Solaris
18 7 (0.52%) AIX
19 6 (0.45%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 477 (35.68%) ITIL
2 129 (9.65%) Disaster Recovery
3 92 (6.88%) Migration
4 87 (6.51%) Service Management
5 82 (6.13%) High Availability
6 74 (5.53%) Mentoring
7 59 (4.41%) Performance Tuning
8 53 (3.96%) Service Delivery
8 53 (3.96%) Time Management
9 51 (3.81%) ITIL V3
10 48 (3.59%) Root Cause Analysis
11 46 (3.44%) Incident Management
12 45 (3.37%) Change Management
12 45 (3.37%) Project Management
13 43 (3.22%) Software Deployment
14 42 (3.14%) Business Continuity
14 42 (3.14%) Presales
15 38 (2.84%) Business Intelligence
16 34 (2.54%) Agile Software Development
16 34 (2.54%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 227 (16.98%) SQL
2 143 (10.70%) PowerShell
3 58 (4.34%) T-SQL
4 42 (3.14%) VBScript
5 15 (1.12%) VB
6 13 (0.97%) C#
7 10 (0.75%) Python
8 7 (0.52%) Bash Shell
8 7 (0.52%) C
8 7 (0.52%) Perl
9 5 (0.37%) R
10 2 (0.15%) PHP
11 1 (0.075%) C++
11 1 (0.075%) Java
11 1 (0.075%) RPG
11 1 (0.075%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1337 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 825 (61.71%) MCSE
3 419 (31.34%) Cisco Certification
4 407 (30.44%) CCNA
5 329 (24.61%) MCP
6 320 (23.93%) MCITP
7 226 (16.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 193 (14.44%) Degree
9 101 (7.55%) MCTS
10 97 (7.26%) Security Cleared
11 69 (5.16%) A+ Certification
12 67 (5.01%) SC Cleared
13 62 (4.64%) CCNP
13 62 (4.64%) Citrix Certification
14 53 (3.96%) ITIL Certification
15 46 (3.44%) CCA
16 42 (3.14%) MCDST
17 39 (2.92%) CCENT
18 25 (1.87%) VCP5
19 23 (1.72%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (12.04%) SLA
2 44 (3.29%) PCI DSS
3 25 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (1.27%) QA
5 5 (0.37%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.15%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.075%) COBIT
7 1 (0.075%) GCP
7 1 (0.075%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 777 (58.12%) Active Directory
2 437 (32.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 333 (24.91%) Hyper-V
4 148 (11.07%) vSphere
5 86 (6.43%) XenApp
6 50 (3.74%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (2.77%) Virtual Servers
8 34 (2.54%) VMware ESX
9 29 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
9 29 (2.17%) XenDesktop
10 21 (1.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 16 (1.20%) Terminal Services
12 15 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (1.05%) NFS
14 11 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
15 10 (0.75%) VMware Server
15 10 (0.75%) Xen
16 9 (0.67%) Firmware
17 7 (0.52%) Terminal Server
18 6 (0.45%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 183 (13.69%) SCCM
2 75 (5.61%) WSUS
3 54 (4.04%) SCOM
4 41 (3.07%) Backup Exec
5 25 (1.87%) McAfee ePO
6 18 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
7 16 (1.20%) Nessus
8 15 (1.12%) Nagios
9 14 (1.05%) NetBackup
10 12 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
10 12 (0.90%) SCSM
11 11 (0.82%) Puppet
12 10 (0.75%) SCVMM
12 10 (0.75%) ServiceCenter
12 10 (0.75%) vRealize
13 8 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
14 7 (0.52%) Cisco CUCM
15 6 (0.45%) CA Spectrum
15 6 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
16 5 (0.37%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 918 (68.66%) Microsoft
2 687 (51.38%) VMware
3 438 (32.76%) Cisco
4 310 (23.19%) Citrix
5 209 (15.63%) HP
6 78 (5.83%) Apple
7 70 (5.24%) Dell
8 66 (4.94%) NetApp
9 57 (4.26%) EMC
10 42 (3.14%) Draytek
10 42 (3.14%) Intel Security
10 42 (3.14%) Red Hat
11 37 (2.77%) ZyXEL
12 35 (2.62%) Symantec
13 34 (2.54%) Juniper
14 32 (2.39%) 3Com
14 32 (2.39%) NETGEAR
15 31 (2.32%) Avaya
16 30 (2.24%) CheckPoint
16 30 (2.24%) Veeam
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum + Bonus,
Posted: 10 hours ago
West London
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Northamptonshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £42000 - £48000 per annum + Generous Benefits Package
Posted: 18 hours ago
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £29000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Coburg Banks IT
Salary: £25000 - £26000 per annum + Bonus, Pension
Posted: 19 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: Competitive Salary
Posted: 19 hours ago
Littlehampton, West Sussex
Hiring People
Salary: £19k-£25k Depending on Experience
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Give-A-Grad-A-Go Ltd
Salary: £28k - 35k per year
Posted: 14 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + training & benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Darlington, County Durham
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £33000 - £35000 per annum + Pension, Bupa
Posted: 2 days ago
East Midlands
EMBS Ltd
Salary: Up to £25k + MS Certs + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £26000.00 - £33000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Complete Tech Limited
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum + fantastic benefits listed
Posted: Yesterday
London
VIT
Salary: Up to £42,000 per annum depending on experience + on-call allowance
Posted: Yesterday
St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
Aria Select Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £33500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £23500 - £32585 per annum + stand by allowance+ benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
UK
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £35k - 65k per year + Car allowance + Great Bens!
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £40000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Midlands
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £30k - 65k per year + Amazing Bens!
Posted: 5 days ago
Newport, Gwent
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £23000 - £27000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: Up to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
Searchability
Salary: £15000 - £16000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £30000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
83Zero
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago