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 27 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 378 392 442
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +50
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 755 653 581
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.60% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.44% 2.23% 1.72%
Number of salaries quoted 650 583 531
Average salary £34,250 £37,500 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.66% +11.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £53,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £37,000 £31,500
% change year-on-year
-12.16% +17.46%

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
31005 29262 33763
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.05% 27.06% 28.55%
Number of salaries quoted 24022 23777 28602
Average salary £44,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +7 708 £34,500 -5.47% 56
London -10 248 £37,500 - 15
South East +20 212 £30,000 -13.04% 22
City of London +42 82 £39,000 -8.23% 4
Hampshire +43 77 £24,500 -10.90% 5
North West +24 59 £31,000 +5.08% 4
Yorkshire -5 46 £45,000 +45.16% 4
West Midlands -10 38 £35,000 -17.64% 2
East Midlands -10 36 £32,500 -23.52% 7
East of England -1 35 £35,000 +42.01% 1
West Yorkshire -3 34 £41,250 +37.50% 4
Oxfordshire +17 32 £33,000 -15.92% 2
Northamptonshire +12 32 £33,500 +52.27% 3
Berkshire -36 32 £27,500 -10.56% 5
Abingdon - 32 £33,000 - 2
Fareham - 32 £22,500 - 3
Northampton +8 31 £33,500 +52.27%
Cheshire +12 30 £23,500 - 3
South West -30 30 £25,000 -40.47% 3
Leeds -12 28 £40,000 +33.33% 2
Southampton +23 27 £22,500 -6.25% 1
Scotland +8 26 £31,000 -8.14% 2
West Sussex +9 23 £37,500 +70.45%
Manchester +8 22 £32,500 -4.43% 1
Surrey +5 21 £38,500 -7.22% 4
Warrington -2 21 £23,500 - 1
Birmingham +4 17 £38,125 -10.29%
Glasgow - 15 - - 2
Buckinghamshire -2 14 £32,500 -21.21% 5
Reading -13 12 £27,750 -19.56%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 1531 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1308 (85.43%) Windows
3 1123 (73.35%) MCSE
4 1074 (70.15%) Microsoft
5 859 (56.11%) VMware
6 847 (55.32%) Active Directory
7 766 (50.03%) MS Exchange
8 706 (46.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 680 (44.42%) ITIL
10 585 (38.21%) MCITP
11 575 (37.56%) MS Excel
12 559 (36.51%) VMware Infrastructure
13 503 (32.85%) Cisco Certification
14 487 (31.81%) Cisco
15 471 (30.76%) CCNA
16 462 (30.18%) DNS
17 459 (29.98%) Citrix
18 451 (29.46%) Windows Server 2012
19 445 (29.07%) SAN
20 435 (28.41%) Exchange Server 2010
21 428 (27.96%) MCP
22 424 (27.69%) Firewall
23 384 (25.08%) DHCP
24 374 (24.43%) Hyper-V
25 365 (23.84%) SQL Server
26 354 (23.12%) Windows Server 2003
27 341 (22.27%) Windows 7
28 338 (22.08%) TCP/IP
29 320 (20.90%) MCTS
30 291 (19.01%) HP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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
1 766 (50.03%) MS Exchange
2 435 (28.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 272 (17.77%) Exchange Server 2007
4 228 (14.89%) SharePoint
5 187 (12.21%) Exchange Server 2013
6 168 (10.97%) Lync
7 149 (9.73%) Exchange Server 2003
8 116 (7.58%) IIS
9 73 (4.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 39 (2.55%) Office Communications Server
11 33 (2.16%) SharePoint 2013
12 20 (1.31%) SharePoint 2010
13 16 (1.05%) SharePoint Server
13 16 (1.05%) Apache
14 11 (0.72%) IBM Notes
15 10 (0.65%) Lotus Domino
16 7 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
17 6 (0.39%) Tomcat
17 6 (0.39%) Apache Solr
17 6 (0.39%) Moodle
Applications
1 575 (37.56%) MS Excel
2 283 (18.48%) MS Office
3 7 (0.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.26%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
6 2 (0.13%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.13%) Maya
6 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 32 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.20%) Agresso
4 3 (0.20%) Visualfiles
4 3 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.065%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.065%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.065%) SalesLogix
5 1 (0.065%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.065%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 132 (8.62%) Office 365
2 97 (6.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.37%) SaaS
4 13 (0.85%) IaaS
5 9 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.065%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 462 (30.18%) DNS
2 445 (29.07%) SAN
3 424 (27.69%) Firewall
4 384 (25.08%) DHCP
5 338 (22.08%) TCP/IP
6 249 (16.26%) LAN
7 218 (14.24%) WAN
8 208 (13.59%) VPN
9 98 (6.40%) VoIP
10 95 (6.21%) Wireless
10 95 (6.21%) NAS
11 63 (4.11%) Internet
12 57 (3.72%) Cisco ASA
13 53 (3.46%) MPLS
14 48 (3.14%) Cisco IOS
15 46 (3.00%) Network Security
15 46 (3.00%) Unified Communications
16 44 (2.87%) VLAN
17 35 (2.29%) HTTP
18 33 (2.16%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 365 (23.84%) SQL Server
2 79 (5.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 54 (3.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 41 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
5 40 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 36 (2.35%) MySQL
6 36 (2.35%) SQL Server 2012
7 26 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
8 24 (1.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 22 (1.44%) SQL Server 2005
10 13 (0.85%) Oracle Database
11 12 (0.78%) Relational Database
12 11 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
12 11 (0.72%) RDBMS
13 9 (0.59%) Crystal Reports
14 8 (0.52%) SQL Server 2000
15 7 (0.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 5 (0.33%) MS Access
17 4 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
18 3 (0.20%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 10 (0.65%) Octopus Deploy
2 8 (0.52%) Visual Studio
3 2 (0.13%) Dreamweaver
3 2 (0.13%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.13%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.13%) Subversion
4 1 (0.065%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.065%) MSI
General
1 167 (10.91%) Finance
2 51 (3.33%) Legal
2 51 (3.33%) Retail
3 40 (2.61%) Law
4 29 (1.89%) Telecoms
5 26 (1.70%) Advertising
5 26 (1.70%) Banking
6 13 (0.85%) Marketing
7 10 (0.65%) Games
8 8 (0.52%) Back Office
8 8 (0.52%) German Language
9 6 (0.39%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.13%) Automotive
10 2 (0.13%) French Language
11 1 (0.065%) Local Government
11 1 (0.065%) Publishing
11 1 (0.065%) Electronics
11 1 (0.065%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.065%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 318 (20.77%) Support Engineer
2 285 (18.62%) Analyst
3 243 (15.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 159 (10.39%) Administrator
5 129 (8.43%) Support Analyst
6 121 (7.90%) 3rd Line Support
7 114 (7.45%) IT Support
8 105 (6.86%) Systems Engineer
9 102 (6.66%) Service Analyst
10 101 (6.60%) 2nd Line Support
11 99 (6.47%) Systems Administrator
12 91 (5.94%) Service Desk Analyst
13 75 (4.90%) IT Support Engineer
14 74 (4.83%) Consultant
15 69 (4.51%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 65 (4.25%) Technical Support
17 63 (4.11%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
18 61 (3.98%) Team Leader
19 57 (3.72%) Infrastructure Manager
19 57 (3.72%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (1.44%) .NET
2 19 (1.24%) HTML
3 17 (1.11%) Web Services
4 15 (0.98%) Application Packaging
5 14 (0.91%) XML
6 10 (0.65%) ASP.NET
7 6 (0.39%) Middleware
8 5 (0.33%) LAMP
8 5 (0.33%) .NET Framework
9 4 (0.26%) CSS
10 3 (0.20%) COM
11 2 (0.13%) XSLT
11 2 (0.13%) Ajax
11 2 (0.13%) MSMQ
11 2 (0.13%) XHTML
11 2 (0.13%) WCF
11 2 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.13%) HTML5
12 1 (0.065%) RabbitMQ
12 1 (0.065%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 125 (8.16%) Blackberry
2 94 (6.14%) Clustering
3 32 (2.09%) Management Information System
4 26 (1.70%) Replication
4 26 (1.70%) EqualLogic
5 21 (1.37%) Firmware
5 21 (1.37%) PKI
6 19 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
6 19 (1.24%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.11%) Fat Client
7 17 (1.11%) Thin Client
8 15 (0.98%) Client/Server
8 15 (0.98%) iPhone
9 13 (0.85%) Hedge funds
10 12 (0.78%) Statistics
11 10 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (0.59%) PDA
12 9 (0.59%) Enterprise Storage
13 8 (0.52%) Social Media
13 8 (0.52%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1308 (85.43%) Windows
2 706 (46.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 451 (29.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 354 (23.12%) Windows Server 2003
5 341 (22.27%) Windows 7
6 206 (13.46%) Linux
7 178 (11.63%) Windows XP
8 107 (6.99%) Windows 8
9 57 (3.72%) UNIX
10 47 (3.07%) Windows Vista
11 39 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (1.70%) Mac OS X
13 23 (1.50%) Mac OS
14 19 (1.24%) Windows 2000 Server
15 16 (1.05%) Android
15 16 (1.05%) Apple iOS
16 14 (0.91%) SUSE
17 10 (0.65%) Debian
18 7 (0.46%) Solaris
19 6 (0.39%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 680 (44.42%) ITIL
2 123 (8.03%) Disaster Recovery
3 107 (6.99%) Migration
4 80 (5.23%) Project Management
5 79 (5.16%) Service Delivery
5 79 (5.16%) Change Management
6 78 (5.09%) Service Management
7 77 (5.03%) ITIL V3
8 74 (4.83%) PRINCE2
8 74 (4.83%) Load Balancing
9 73 (4.77%) Problem Management
10 66 (4.31%) Root Cause Analysis
11 62 (4.05%) Change Control
12 54 (3.53%) Incident Management
13 46 (3.00%) Business Continuity
14 44 (2.87%) CRM
15 36 (2.35%) Configuration Management
15 36 (2.35%) Technical Architecture
16 34 (2.22%) Performance Tuning
17 32 (2.09%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 265 (17.31%) SQL
2 103 (6.73%) PowerShell
3 34 (2.22%) VBScript
4 27 (1.76%) T-SQL
5 17 (1.11%) C
6 16 (1.05%) Bash Shell
7 13 (0.85%) VB
8 11 (0.72%) Java
9 7 (0.46%) PHP
9 7 (0.46%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.39%) C#
11 4 (0.26%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.26%) VB.NET
11 4 (0.26%) VBA
11 4 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.20%) Perl
13 1 (0.065%) C++
Qualifications
1 1531 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1123 (73.35%) MCSE
3 585 (38.21%) MCITP
4 503 (32.85%) Cisco Certification
5 471 (30.76%) CCNA
6 428 (27.96%) MCP
7 320 (20.90%) MCTS
8 252 (16.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 206 (13.46%) Degree
10 146 (9.54%) CCNP
11 68 (4.44%) ITIL Certification
12 63 (4.11%) Citrix Certification
13 56 (3.66%) A+ Certification
14 55 (3.59%) MCDST
15 52 (3.40%) Security Cleared
16 48 (3.14%) CCA
17 41 (2.68%) Network+ Certification
18 38 (2.48%) SC Cleared
19 36 (2.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 31 (2.02%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (11.23%) SLA
2 30 (1.96%) PCI DSS
3 27 (1.76%) QA
4 8 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.46%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.39%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 6 (0.39%) GAMP
6 6 (0.39%) GCP
6 6 (0.39%) GMP
7 3 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.13%) COBIT
8 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 847 (55.32%) Active Directory
2 559 (36.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 374 (24.43%) Hyper-V
4 139 (9.08%) XenApp
5 107 (6.99%) vSphere
6 65 (4.25%) XenDesktop
6 65 (4.25%) VMware ESX
7 60 (3.92%) VMware ESXi
8 38 (2.48%) UAG
9 32 (2.09%) XenServer
10 22 (1.44%) Forefront TMG
11 21 (1.37%) Terminal Services
12 15 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
12 15 (0.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 15 (0.98%) VMware Server
13 14 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
14 13 (0.85%) ISA Server
15 9 (0.59%) Xen
16 8 (0.52%) Oracle RMAN
17 7 (0.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 183 (11.95%) SCCM
2 132 (8.62%) Backup Exec
3 54 (3.53%) Norton AntiVirus
4 51 (3.33%) SCOM
5 33 (2.16%) WSUS
6 12 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
6 12 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 12 (0.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 11 (0.72%) ARCserve
8 10 (0.65%) SCVMM
9 8 (0.52%) NetBackup
9 8 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 7 (0.46%) ZABBIX
10 7 (0.46%) SCOrch
10 7 (0.46%) SolarWinds Orion
11 6 (0.39%) MAILsweeper
12 5 (0.33%) Foglight
12 5 (0.33%) ZENworks
12 5 (0.33%) ServiceCenter
12 5 (0.33%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 1074 (70.15%) Microsoft
2 859 (56.11%) VMware
3 487 (31.81%) Cisco
4 459 (29.98%) Citrix
5 291 (19.01%) HP
6 138 (9.01%) Dell
7 127 (8.30%) Symantec
8 119 (7.77%) Juniper
9 100 (6.53%) Apple
10 92 (6.01%) Veeam
11 90 (5.88%) NetApp
12 85 (5.55%) EMC
13 49 (3.20%) CheckPoint
13 49 (3.20%) Meru Networks
14 43 (2.81%) Red Hat
15 42 (2.74%) Sophos
16 39 (2.55%) Remedy
17 38 (2.48%) McAfee
18 37 (2.42%) IBM
18 37 (2.42%) Oracle
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £15000 - £18000 per annum + bens
Posted: 1 hour ago
Northamptonshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £36000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 3 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: excellent benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
Central London / West End
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £40000 to £45000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Woodley, Berkshire
TechnoRecruit
Posted: Yesterday
Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £25k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £20,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
North West London
Roc Search
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £37000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Ashdown IT
Salary: £20000 - £24000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits inc. bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Spring Technology
Salary: £28000.00 - £34000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + beneftis + training
Posted: 5 days ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Salary: £20000 - £22000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago