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

Location
3 months to
27 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 392 391 397
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +6
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 711 770 657
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.66% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 2.45% 2.25%
Number of salaries quoted 600 664 586
Average salary £35,000 £34,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.94% -9.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £32,500 £37,000
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -12.16%

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
29344 31469 29232
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.29% 27.05% 27.06%
Number of salaries quoted 23656 24394 23747
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £44,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +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 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 27 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
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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 -4 688 £35,000 +2.94% 74
South East +16 235 £37,500 +25.00% 20
London -10 201 £38,750 +3.33% 30
Surrey +94 106 £35,000 -9.09% 8
East of England +54 73 £32,500 -7.14% 6
South West +26 61 £35,000 +40.00% 4
North West -9 56 £27,500 -12.00% 7
City of London -13 42 £29,000 -25.64% 9
West Midlands -6 37 £33,750 -3.57% 1
Hampshire -19 37 £42,500 +73.46% 3
Hertfordshire +22 36 £31,250 -16.66% 3
Buckinghamshire +8 31 £30,500 -6.15% 2
Egham - 26 £45,000 - 1
Cheshire +1 25 £25,250 +7.44% 1
Manchester +7 23 £32,500 - 3
Milton Keynes +3 23 £31,000 +10.71% 1
Berkshire 0 22 £27,500 - 2
Gloucestershire +5 21 £39,000 +24.80% 3
Oxfordshire -9 20 £40,000 +21.21%
Dorset +17 19 £35,000 +19.65% 1
Hemel Hempstead - 18 £27,500 -
Warrington 0 17 £37,500 +59.57%
East Midlands -13 17 £37,500 +15.38% 2
Birmingham +13 16 £37,500 -1.63% 1
Bournemouth +11 16 £35,000 +19.65% 1
Bedfordshire +11 15 £55,000 +6.79%
Essex +4 15 £43,750 +47.05% 2
Redhill - 15 £35,000 - 1
Oxford - 14 £44,000 -
Yorkshire -28 13 £36,750 -18.33% 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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 1422 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1164 (81.86%) Windows
3 1010 (71.03%) Microsoft
4 996 (70.04%) MCSE
5 755 (53.09%) VMware
6 745 (52.39%) Active Directory
7 613 (43.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 547 (38.47%) ITIL
9 517 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
10 515 (36.22%) MS Exchange
11 471 (33.12%) MCITP
12 461 (32.42%) VMware Infrastructure
13 456 (32.07%) MCP
14 441 (31.01%) MS Excel
15 421 (29.61%) Citrix
16 409 (28.76%) Cisco
17 357 (25.11%) SQL Server
18 342 (24.05%) DNS
19 328 (23.07%) Cisco Certification
20 327 (23.00%) CCNA
21 324 (22.78%) Firewall
22 319 (22.43%) Exchange Server 2010
23 316 (22.22%) Windows 7
24 313 (22.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 312 (21.94%) Hyper-V
26 310 (21.80%) DHCP
27 285 (20.04%) TCP/IP
28 268 (18.85%) SQL
29 262 (18.42%) MS Office
30 258 (18.14%) Windows Server 2003

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 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
1 515 (36.22%) MS Exchange
2 319 (22.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 171 (12.03%) Exchange Server 2013
4 148 (10.41%) Lync
5 146 (10.27%) SharePoint
6 136 (9.56%) Exchange Server 2007
7 102 (7.17%) IIS
8 88 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2003
9 43 (3.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 20 (1.41%) Apache
11 12 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
12 10 (0.70%) Office Communications Server
13 7 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
13 7 (0.49%) WorkSite
13 7 (0.49%) Tomcat
14 5 (0.35%) CMS
15 4 (0.28%) nginx
15 4 (0.28%) OpenStack
16 3 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2000
16 3 (0.21%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 441 (31.01%) MS Excel
2 262 (18.42%) MS Office
3 13 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.49%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.070%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.070%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 16 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.14%) SAP CCM
3 2 (0.14%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.070%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.070%) HiPortfolio
Cloud Services
1 165 (11.60%) Office 365
2 79 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (1.34%) SaaS
5 11 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (0.63%) Mimecast
7 4 (0.28%) IaaS
8 3 (0.21%) Yammer
8 3 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.21%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 342 (24.05%) DNS
2 324 (22.78%) Firewall
3 310 (21.80%) DHCP
4 285 (20.04%) TCP/IP
5 246 (17.30%) SAN
6 190 (13.36%) WAN
7 189 (13.29%) LAN
8 156 (10.97%) VPN
9 114 (8.02%) VoIP
10 61 (4.29%) VLAN
11 54 (3.80%) Cisco ASA
12 49 (3.45%) Internet
13 47 (3.31%) iSCSI
14 40 (2.81%) NAS
15 39 (2.74%) Skype
16 38 (2.67%) Network Security
17 27 (1.90%) Wireless
18 24 (1.69%) ADSL
19 22 (1.55%) Cisco IOS
20 19 (1.34%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 357 (25.11%) SQL Server
2 126 (8.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 85 (5.98%) SQL Server 2012
4 45 (3.16%) SQL Server 2000
5 44 (3.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 39 (2.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 37 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 32 (2.25%) MySQL
9 30 (2.11%) SQL Server 2005
10 28 (1.97%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 12 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
12 10 (0.70%) Relational Database
13 6 (0.42%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.42%) OLTP
14 5 (0.35%) RDBMS
15 4 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
15 4 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
16 3 (0.21%) NoSQL
17 2 (0.14%) InterSystems Cache
17 2 (0.14%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 13 (0.91%) MSI
2 12 (0.84%) InstallShield
3 10 (0.70%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
5 6 (0.42%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.28%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.28%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.28%) Subversion
7 3 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.070%) MSTest
8 1 (0.070%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.070%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.070%) Toad
8 1 (0.070%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.070%) JIRA
General
1 186 (13.08%) Finance
2 52 (3.66%) Legal
3 43 (3.02%) Law
4 34 (2.39%) Telecoms
5 31 (2.18%) Advertising
6 30 (2.11%) Retail
7 19 (1.34%) Marketing
8 15 (1.05%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.77%) Banking
10 8 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (0.49%) Local Government
11 7 (0.49%) Spanish Language
12 6 (0.42%) French Language
12 6 (0.42%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.42%) Games
13 4 (0.28%) German Language
13 4 (0.28%) Italian Language
14 2 (0.14%) Electronics
15 1 (0.070%) Back Office
15 1 (0.070%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 267 (18.78%) Support Engineer
2 239 (16.81%) Analyst
3 172 (12.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 136 (9.56%) Administrator
5 129 (9.07%) Support Analyst
6 113 (7.95%) 2nd Line Support
7 109 (7.67%) Consultant
8 96 (6.75%) Systems Administrator
8 96 (6.75%) IT Support
9 83 (5.84%) 3rd Line Support
10 74 (5.20%) Systems Engineer
11 60 (4.22%) Desktop Support
12 55 (3.87%) DBA
13 53 (3.73%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 51 (3.59%) Team Leader
15 50 (3.52%) IT Support Engineer
16 47 (3.31%) SQL DBA
17 46 (3.23%) Technical Support
18 44 (3.09%) Desktop Engineer
19 43 (3.02%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.04%) .NET
2 25 (1.76%) Application Packaging
3 22 (1.55%) Software Packaging
4 12 (0.84%) Web Services
4 12 (0.84%) ASP.NET
5 9 (0.63%) COM
6 6 (0.42%) WAP
6 6 (0.42%) HTML
7 5 (0.35%) CSS
8 3 (0.21%) XML
8 3 (0.21%) MDX
8 3 (0.21%) WCF
9 2 (0.14%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.14%) MSMQ
9 2 (0.14%) Middleware
9 2 (0.14%) LAMP
9 2 (0.14%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.070%) ActiveMQ
10 1 (0.070%) REST
10 1 (0.070%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 99 (6.96%) Clustering
2 86 (6.05%) Data Centre
3 83 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
4 69 (4.85%) Blackberry
5 63 (4.43%) Replication
6 38 (2.67%) EqualLogic
7 36 (2.53%) Computer Science
8 35 (2.46%) Management Information System
9 30 (2.11%) Client/Server
10 29 (2.04%) Thin Client
10 29 (2.04%) Fat Client
10 29 (2.04%) Private Cloud
11 24 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
12 22 (1.55%) iPhone
13 16 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
13 16 (1.13%) AS400
14 15 (1.05%) iPad
15 11 (0.77%) HP StoreVirtual
16 10 (0.70%) PDA
17 9 (0.63%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1164 (81.86%) Windows
2 613 (43.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 517 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
4 316 (22.22%) Windows 7
5 258 (18.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 184 (12.94%) Linux
7 128 (9.00%) Windows 8
8 120 (8.44%) Windows XP
9 66 (4.64%) Windows Vista
10 42 (2.95%) UNIX
11 30 (2.11%) Mac OS X
12 24 (1.69%) Android
12 24 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (1.41%) Windows Mobile
14 14 (0.98%) Debian
15 13 (0.91%) Mac OS
16 11 (0.77%) Windows 2000 Server
17 8 (0.56%) Solaris
18 5 (0.35%) Windows 2000
18 5 (0.35%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 547 (38.47%) ITIL
2 98 (6.89%) Service Delivery
2 98 (6.89%) Disaster Recovery
3 90 (6.33%) Project Management
4 76 (5.34%) Migration
5 63 (4.43%) Mentoring
6 60 (4.22%) Service Management
7 56 (3.94%) Performance Tuning
8 52 (3.66%) PRINCE2
9 49 (3.45%) Change Management
10 48 (3.38%) Incident Management
11 40 (2.81%) Network Load Balancing
12 39 (2.74%) Root Cause Analysis
13 38 (2.67%) Asset Management
14 36 (2.53%) Time Management
15 34 (2.39%) Business Intelligence
16 33 (2.32%) Change Control
16 33 (2.32%) Server Building
17 29 (2.04%) Information Security
18 27 (1.90%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 268 (18.85%) SQL
2 138 (9.70%) PowerShell
3 45 (3.16%) T-SQL
4 22 (1.55%) VBScript
5 19 (1.34%) C#
6 12 (0.84%) Bash Shell
7 11 (0.77%) VBA
8 9 (0.63%) Java
8 9 (0.63%) C
9 8 (0.56%) JavaScript
10 7 (0.49%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.35%) VB
12 4 (0.28%) C++
13 2 (0.14%) Python
13 2 (0.14%) Perl
13 2 (0.14%) PHP
13 2 (0.14%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.070%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1422 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 996 (70.04%) MCSE
3 471 (33.12%) MCITP
4 456 (32.07%) MCP
5 328 (23.07%) Cisco Certification
6 327 (23.00%) CCNA
7 313 (22.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 151 (10.62%) Degree
9 133 (9.35%) MCTS
10 104 (7.31%) Citrix Certification
11 90 (6.33%) CCA
12 86 (6.05%) CCNP
13 64 (4.50%) Security Cleared
14 56 (3.94%) SC Cleared
15 46 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
16 45 (3.16%) A+ Certification
17 39 (2.74%) MCDST
18 33 (2.32%) CCEE
19 32 (2.25%) VCP5
20 29 (2.04%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (10.55%) SLA
2 37 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (0.98%) QA
4 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.42%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.28%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 4 (0.28%) GMP
6 3 (0.21%) BS7799
6 3 (0.21%) BS25999
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.070%) COBIT
System Software
1 745 (52.39%) Active Directory
2 461 (32.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 312 (21.94%) Hyper-V
4 188 (13.22%) XenApp
5 139 (9.77%) vSphere
6 75 (5.27%) VMware ESX
7 44 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
8 35 (2.46%) XenDesktop
9 29 (2.04%) VMware Server
10 28 (1.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 28 (1.97%) vCloud
11 25 (1.76%) Terminal Services
12 23 (1.62%) Microsoft App-V
13 22 (1.55%) ISA Server
13 22 (1.55%) UAG
14 21 (1.48%) BitLocker
14 21 (1.48%) Forefront TMG
15 19 (1.34%) XenServer
16 16 (1.13%) Terminal Server
17 12 (0.84%) Xen
Systems Management
1 186 (13.08%) SCCM
2 113 (7.95%) Backup Exec
3 78 (5.49%) WSUS
4 65 (4.57%) SCOM
5 37 (2.60%) NetBackup
6 30 (2.11%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (0.77%) Zenoss
7 11 (0.77%) WhatsUp Gold
7 11 (0.77%) AirWatch
8 10 (0.70%) Puppet
8 10 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.49%) Nagios
10 6 (0.42%) MAILsweeper
10 6 (0.42%) Windows Intune
10 6 (0.42%) Casper Suite
11 5 (0.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 5 (0.35%) ServiceCenter
12 4 (0.28%) EMC NetWorker
12 4 (0.28%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.28%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 1010 (71.03%) Microsoft
2 755 (53.09%) VMware
3 421 (29.61%) Citrix
4 409 (28.76%) Cisco
5 156 (10.97%) HP
6 123 (8.65%) Symantec
7 93 (6.54%) NetApp
8 90 (6.33%) Dell
9 60 (4.22%) EMC
10 58 (4.08%) Apple
11 49 (3.45%) Sophos
12 45 (3.16%) Veeam
12 45 (3.16%) CheckPoint
13 33 (2.32%) Remedy
14 32 (2.25%) Red Hat
15 30 (2.11%) AppSense
15 30 (2.11%) Intel
15 30 (2.11%) Oracle
15 30 (2.11%) Avaya
16 29 (2.04%) Websense
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