The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 374 397 469
Rank change year-on-year
+23 +72
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 781 615 480
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.57% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.50% 2.07% 1.45%
Number of salaries quoted 683 538 434
Average salary £35,000 £34,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £22,450 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £32,500 £32,000
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31234 29651 33014
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.12% 27.26% 27.92%
Number of salaries quoted 24462 23940 28326
Average salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.52% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+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 22 July 2014 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 July 2014. 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 +25 733 £35,000 +7.69% 83
London -3 256 £37,500 +7.14% 26
South East +26 192 £33,000 +8.19% 22
North West +48 70 £30,000 +20.00% 10
City of London +7 61 £37,500 -1.31% 5
Yorkshire -13 61 £45,000 +50.00% 6
Hampshire +1 49 £26,000 -5.45% 8
West Yorkshire -4 48 £37,500 +25.00% 5
Leeds +1 46 £37,500 +36.36% 2
East of England +9 45 £35,000 +52.17% 7
East Midlands 0 42 £37,500 +5.63% 3
Oxfordshire +36 37 £32,500 -13.90% 2
Abingdon - 37 £32,500 - 2
Cheshire +28 36 £26,250 +5.00% 3
Northamptonshire +14 36 £33,500 +52.27% 2
Northampton +6 36 £33,500 +52.27% 1
Berkshire -35 33 £36,250 +18.85% 7
South West -33 32 £32,500 -21.21% 7
West Midlands +7 28 £35,000 -17.64% 4
Manchester +28 26 £32,500 +30.00% 6
Warrington +1 25 £23,500 -3.09% 1
West Sussex +25 24 £37,500 +66.66% 1
Surrey +19 23 £39,250 -6.26% 2
Southampton +22 20 £34,500 +43.75% 3
Scotland -7 20 £31,000 -11.42% 4
Fareham -6 16 £23,000 -16.36% 4
Dorset -2 15 £28,500 -36.66% 5
Hertfordshire -8 15 £45,000 +95.65% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 13 £52,750 +25.22% 1
Reading +2 12 £26,500 -23.18% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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 1507 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1285 (85.27%) Windows
3 1095 (72.66%) MCSE
4 1066 (70.74%) Microsoft
5 847 (56.20%) Active Directory
6 806 (53.48%) VMware
7 742 (49.24%) MS Exchange
8 686 (45.52%) Windows Server 2008
9 656 (43.53%) ITIL
10 587 (38.95%) MCITP
11 567 (37.62%) MS Excel
12 545 (36.16%) VMware Infrastructure
13 477 (31.65%) Cisco
14 456 (30.26%) Cisco Certification
15 441 (29.26%) Citrix
16 439 (29.13%) CCNA
16 439 (29.13%) DNS
17 429 (28.47%) Firewall
17 429 (28.47%) Exchange Server 2010
18 427 (28.33%) SAN
19 423 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
20 417 (27.67%) MCP
21 376 (24.95%) SQL Server
22 360 (23.89%) DHCP
23 355 (23.56%) Windows Server 2003
24 350 (23.22%) Hyper-V
25 343 (22.76%) Windows 7
26 328 (21.77%) TCP/IP
27 306 (20.31%) SQL
28 287 (19.04%) MCTS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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
1 742 (49.24%) MS Exchange
2 429 (28.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 259 (17.19%) Exchange Server 2007
4 230 (15.26%) SharePoint
5 185 (12.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 160 (10.62%) Exchange Server 2003
7 150 (9.95%) Lync
8 141 (9.36%) IIS
9 77 (5.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 41 (2.72%) Office Communications Server
11 31 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
12 19 (1.26%) Apache
13 17 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
14 16 (1.06%) SharePoint 2010
15 12 (0.80%) IBM Notes
16 10 (0.66%) Lotus Domino
17 8 (0.53%) Tomcat
18 7 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
18 7 (0.46%) WorkSite
19 5 (0.33%) GroupWise
Applications
1 567 (37.62%) MS Excel
2 264 (17.52%) MS Office
3 8 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.20%) MS Project
5 3 (0.20%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
6 2 (0.13%) Maya
6 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.066%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 38 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.26%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.20%) Agresso
3 3 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.13%) Visualfiles
5 1 (0.066%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.066%) SalesLogix
5 1 (0.066%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 125 (8.29%) Office 365
2 88 (5.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (1.73%) SaaS
4 12 (0.80%) IaaS
5 9 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.27%) Google Apps
8 3 (0.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 439 (29.13%) DNS
2 429 (28.47%) Firewall
3 427 (28.33%) SAN
4 360 (23.89%) DHCP
5 328 (21.77%) TCP/IP
6 254 (16.85%) LAN
7 218 (14.47%) WAN
8 197 (13.07%) VPN
9 104 (6.90%) VoIP
10 98 (6.50%) NAS
11 97 (6.44%) Wireless
12 59 (3.92%) Cisco ASA
13 56 (3.72%) Internet
14 52 (3.45%) MPLS
14 52 (3.45%) VLAN
15 51 (3.38%) Cisco IOS
16 48 (3.19%) Network Security
17 47 (3.12%) Unified Communications
18 35 (2.32%) HTTP
19 33 (2.19%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 376 (24.95%) SQL Server
2 97 (6.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 61 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (2.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 43 (2.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 42 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
7 41 (2.72%) MySQL
8 32 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
9 31 (2.06%) SQL Server 2005
9 31 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 18 (1.19%) Relational Database
10 18 (1.19%) Oracle Database
11 16 (1.06%) Oracle Database 11g
11 16 (1.06%) RDBMS
12 13 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 6 (0.40%) SQL Server 2000
14 5 (0.33%) MS Access
14 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
15 4 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
15 4 (0.27%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 13 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
2 7 (0.46%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 4 (0.27%) Subversion
5 2 (0.13%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.13%) Selenium
5 2 (0.13%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.13%) NUnit
5 2 (0.13%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.13%) JUnit
5 2 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.066%) Dreamweaver
General
1 162 (10.75%) Finance
2 47 (3.12%) Retail
3 46 (3.05%) Legal
4 40 (2.65%) Law
5 37 (2.46%) Telecoms
6 35 (2.32%) Advertising
7 26 (1.73%) Banking
8 14 (0.93%) Back Office
9 12 (0.80%) Marketing
10 9 (0.60%) Games
11 8 (0.53%) German Language
12 6 (0.40%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.33%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.13%) French Language
14 2 (0.13%) Electronics
14 2 (0.13%) Automotive
14 2 (0.13%) Front Office
14 2 (0.13%) Military
14 2 (0.13%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 298 (19.77%) Support Engineer
2 274 (18.18%) Analyst
3 249 (16.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 150 (9.95%) Administrator
5 123 (8.16%) 3rd Line Support
6 113 (7.50%) Support Analyst
7 109 (7.23%) 2nd Line Support
8 108 (7.17%) IT Support
9 103 (6.83%) Systems Engineer
10 98 (6.50%) Systems Administrator
11 92 (6.10%) Service Analyst
12 80 (5.31%) Service Desk Analyst
13 79 (5.24%) Consultant
14 75 (4.98%) IT Support Engineer
15 67 (4.45%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 62 (4.11%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 58 (3.85%) DBA
18 57 (3.78%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
19 56 (3.72%) SQL DBA
20 50 (3.32%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (1.46%) .NET
2 18 (1.19%) HTML
3 17 (1.13%) Web Services
4 14 (0.93%) XML
5 10 (0.66%) Application Packaging
6 9 (0.60%) ASP.NET
7 7 (0.46%) Middleware
8 6 (0.40%) .NET Framework
8 6 (0.40%) COM
9 5 (0.33%) LAMP
10 3 (0.20%) CSS
11 2 (0.13%) WCF
11 2 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.13%) HTML5
11 2 (0.13%) Ajax
11 2 (0.13%) XSLT
11 2 (0.13%) MSMQ
11 2 (0.13%) XHTML
12 1 (0.066%) ODBC
12 1 (0.066%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 121 (8.03%) Blackberry
2 114 (7.56%) Clustering
3 44 (2.92%) Replication
4 34 (2.26%) Management Information System
5 26 (1.73%) EqualLogic
6 23 (1.53%) Firmware
6 23 (1.53%) PKI
7 19 (1.26%) Data Protection Act
8 18 (1.19%) Statistics
8 18 (1.19%) Computer Science
9 17 (1.13%) Client/Server
10 15 (1.00%) Thin Client
10 15 (1.00%) Fat Client
10 15 (1.00%) Enterprise Storage
11 12 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
11 12 (0.80%) Hedge funds
12 11 (0.73%) PDA
13 9 (0.60%) EPoS
13 9 (0.60%) Mathematics
13 9 (0.60%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1285 (85.27%) Windows
2 686 (45.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 423 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
4 355 (23.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 343 (22.76%) Windows 7
6 211 (14.00%) Linux
7 173 (11.48%) Windows XP
8 101 (6.70%) Windows 8
9 54 (3.58%) UNIX
10 41 (2.72%) Windows Vista
11 33 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 32 (2.12%) Mac OS X
13 25 (1.66%) Mac OS
14 18 (1.19%) Apple iOS
14 18 (1.19%) Android
15 15 (1.00%) SUSE
16 14 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
17 8 (0.53%) CentOS
17 8 (0.53%) Debian
18 7 (0.46%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 656 (43.53%) ITIL
2 134 (8.89%) Disaster Recovery
3 103 (6.83%) Migration
4 94 (6.24%) Service Management
5 71 (4.71%) Project Management
5 71 (4.71%) Load Balancing
6 70 (4.64%) Change Management
7 69 (4.58%) Service Delivery
7 69 (4.58%) PRINCE2
7 69 (4.58%) Problem Management
8 68 (4.51%) ITIL V3
9 65 (4.31%) Change Control
10 60 (3.98%) Root Cause Analysis
11 55 (3.65%) Incident Management
12 47 (3.12%) Business Continuity
13 46 (3.05%) CRM
14 41 (2.72%) Technical Architecture
14 41 (2.72%) Performance Tuning
15 38 (2.52%) Configuration Management
16 32 (2.12%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 306 (20.31%) SQL
2 108 (7.17%) PowerShell
3 34 (2.26%) VBScript
4 30 (1.99%) T-SQL
5 21 (1.39%) Bash Shell
6 12 (0.80%) VB
7 11 (0.73%) Java
7 11 (0.73%) C
8 7 (0.46%) PHP
8 7 (0.46%) PL/SQL
9 5 (0.33%) C#
9 5 (0.33%) Perl
10 4 (0.27%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.27%) VBA
10 4 (0.27%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.27%) Python
11 3 (0.20%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.066%) C++
Qualifications
1 1507 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1095 (72.66%) MCSE
3 587 (38.95%) MCITP
4 456 (30.26%) Cisco Certification
5 439 (29.13%) CCNA
6 417 (27.67%) MCP
7 287 (19.04%) MCTS
8 249 (16.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 194 (12.87%) Degree
10 137 (9.09%) CCNP
11 71 (4.71%) Citrix Certification
12 62 (4.11%) CCA
13 58 (3.85%) Security Cleared
14 56 (3.72%) MCDST
15 53 (3.52%) ITIL Certification
16 38 (2.52%) A+ Certification
17 36 (2.39%) SC Cleared
18 35 (2.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 27 (1.79%) MOS
20 25 (1.66%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (10.62%) SLA
2 32 (2.12%) PCI DSS
3 25 (1.66%) QA
4 11 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.60%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 7 (0.46%) GAMP
6 7 (0.46%) GCP
6 7 (0.46%) GMP
7 4 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.20%) COBIT
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.066%) GxP
10 1 (0.066%) DICOM
System Software
1 847 (56.20%) Active Directory
2 545 (36.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 350 (23.22%) Hyper-V
4 160 (10.62%) XenApp
5 116 (7.70%) vSphere
6 78 (5.18%) XenDesktop
7 62 (4.11%) VMware ESXi
8 55 (3.65%) VMware ESX
9 43 (2.85%) XenServer
10 39 (2.59%) UAG
11 28 (1.86%) Terminal Services
12 24 (1.59%) Forefront TMG
13 21 (1.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 16 (1.06%) ISA Server
15 15 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
16 14 (0.93%) VMware Server
16 14 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
17 11 (0.73%) Oracle RMAN
18 7 (0.46%) Xen
19 5 (0.33%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 186 (12.34%) SCCM
2 149 (9.89%) Backup Exec
3 52 (3.45%) SCOM
4 49 (3.25%) Norton AntiVirus
5 41 (2.72%) WSUS
6 15 (1.00%) ARCserve
6 15 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (0.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 12 (0.80%) NetBackup
9 11 (0.73%) SCVMM
10 10 (0.66%) ZABBIX
11 9 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 9 (0.60%) SolarWinds Orion
11 9 (0.60%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 9 (0.60%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.46%) Foglight
12 7 (0.46%) ServiceCenter
13 6 (0.40%) EMC NetWorker
13 6 (0.40%) ZENworks
13 6 (0.40%) MAILsweeper
Vendors
1 1066 (70.74%) Microsoft
2 806 (53.48%) VMware
3 477 (31.65%) Cisco
4 441 (29.26%) Citrix
5 273 (18.12%) HP
6 139 (9.22%) Symantec
7 130 (8.63%) Dell
8 115 (7.63%) Juniper
9 97 (6.44%) Apple
10 94 (6.24%) NetApp
11 90 (5.97%) Veeam
12 85 (5.64%) EMC
13 54 (3.58%) Oracle
14 51 (3.38%) CheckPoint
15 50 (3.32%) McAfee
16 49 (3.25%) IBM
17 45 (2.99%) Meru Networks
18 41 (2.72%) Sophos
19 39 (2.59%) Remedy
20 38 (2.52%) Red Hat
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £32000 - £36000 per annum + Company Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits and bonus
Posted: 4 hours ago
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + bonus+ben+training
Posted: 5 hours ago
Bromley, Kent
Splash Damage
Posted: 5 hours ago
Bellshill, Lanarkshire
RM Education
Salary: £24000 - £28000 per annum + £1k bonus
Posted: 5 hours ago
Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
ARM Technology
Salary: £50000 - £56000 per annum + bens
Posted: 6 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £24000 - £28000 per annum + £1000 bonus
Posted: 7 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £40000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000
Posted: 10 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
ComputAppoint
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £80000 per annum + car + bonus + benefits
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + car allowance, benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday