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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 412 445 462
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +17
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 728 551 546
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.49% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.19% 1.75% 1.56%
Number of salaries quoted 635 485 493
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.87%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £23,500 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,500 £33,500
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +2.98%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
33288 31432 34939
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.12% 27.80% 27.79%
Number of salaries quoted 26572 25314 29641
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +46 704 £35,000 - 88
London -19 234 £37,500 -1.31% 26
South East +50 202 £32,500 -7.14% 26
City of London +4 69 £37,500 -7.40% 9
Yorkshire -5 67 £36,250 +11.53% 5
Berkshire +15 65 £36,000 +18.03% 7
Surrey +13 54 £32,000 -2.29% 5
North West +31 53 £33,000 +25.71% 8
East of England +9 51 £35,000 -4.97% 4
West Yorkshire -1 47 £40,000 +42.85% 4
Leeds +9 43 £40,000 +42.85% 4
South West -28 36 £38,000 +10.94% 9
Reading +24 35 £36,000 -13.25%
Manchester +18 35 £27,500 -5.17% 6
Hampshire +11 34 £30,000 -31.42%
East Midlands -8 29 £39,750 +17.77% 5
West Midlands +7 23 £35,000 +11.11% 4
Northamptonshire +1 23 £39,750 -29.33% 2
Northampton +3 21 £35,750 -48.92% 2
Southampton +18 18 £31,250 -30.55%
Cambridgeshire +9 16 £35,250 +33.01% 2
Bristol 0 15 £38,500 +2.66% 4
Cheshire +15 14 £37,500 +82.92% 2
Dorset +1 14 £35,000 +34.61% 1
Buckinghamshire -9 14 £43,500 -8.42% 3
Kent -10 14 £45,000 +35.78% 2
Scotland -18 14 £30,000 +9.09% 3
Cambridge +24 12 £35,000 +32.07% 1
Newbury -3 12 £25,500 -41.71%
Warwickshire +23 11 £31,500 +103.22% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 1384 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1169 (84.47%) Windows
3 1060 (76.59%) Microsoft
4 1031 (74.49%) MCSE
5 797 (57.59%) Active Directory
6 654 (47.25%) VMware
7 647 (46.75%) MS Exchange
8 614 (44.36%) Windows Server 2008
9 556 (40.17%) ITIL
10 528 (38.15%) MCITP
11 483 (34.90%) Cisco
12 477 (34.47%) MS Excel
13 438 (31.65%) VMware Infrastructure
14 421 (30.42%) Cisco Certification
15 404 (29.19%) MCP
16 396 (28.61%) Citrix
17 387 (27.96%) CCNA
17 387 (27.96%) DNS
18 382 (27.60%) Exchange Server 2010
19 376 (27.17%) Firewall
20 371 (26.81%) Windows Server 2003
21 335 (24.21%) SQL Server
22 310 (22.40%) SAN
23 309 (22.33%) TCP/IP
24 303 (21.89%) SQL
25 300 (21.68%) Windows 7
26 287 (20.74%) Hyper-V
27 271 (19.58%) Windows Server 2012
28 270 (19.51%) DHCP
29 262 (18.93%) MS Office

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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
1 647 (46.75%) MS Exchange
2 382 (27.60%) Exchange Server 2010
3 201 (14.52%) Exchange Server 2007
4 200 (14.45%) IIS
5 193 (13.95%) SharePoint
6 156 (11.27%) Exchange Server 2013
7 148 (10.69%) Exchange Server 2003
8 119 (8.60%) Lync
9 75 (5.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 34 (2.46%) Apache
11 32 (2.31%) SharePoint 2010
12 22 (1.59%) SharePoint Server
13 17 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
13 17 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
14 14 (1.01%) Tomcat
15 10 (0.72%) IBM Notes
16 8 (0.58%) Moodle
17 7 (0.51%) WorkSite
18 5 (0.36%) TPMS
19 4 (0.29%) GroupWise
Applications
1 477 (34.47%) MS Excel
2 262 (18.93%) MS Office
3 17 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.22%) MS Project
6 2 (0.14%) Final Cut Pro
6 2 (0.14%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.072%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.43%) SAP Business One
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.072%) SalesLogix
Cloud Services
1 83 (6.00%) Office 365
2 37 (2.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (2.17%) SaaS
4 11 (0.79%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.22%) PaaS
6 3 (0.22%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 387 (27.96%) DNS
2 376 (27.17%) Firewall
3 310 (22.40%) SAN
4 309 (22.33%) TCP/IP
5 270 (19.51%) DHCP
6 233 (16.84%) LAN
7 202 (14.60%) WAN
8 196 (14.16%) VPN
9 81 (5.85%) VoIP
10 77 (5.56%) Internet
10 77 (5.56%) NAS
11 67 (4.84%) Wireless
12 58 (4.19%) Cisco ASA
13 45 (3.25%) Unified Communications
13 45 (3.25%) VLAN
13 45 (3.25%) SSL
14 43 (3.11%) MPLS
15 40 (2.89%) OSPF
16 39 (2.82%) BGP
16 39 (2.82%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 335 (24.21%) SQL Server
2 98 (7.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 60 (4.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 54 (3.90%) SQL Server 2005
5 45 (3.25%) SQL Server 2012
6 37 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 36 (2.60%) MySQL
8 22 (1.59%) Relational Database
9 21 (1.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 21 (1.52%) RDBMS
10 20 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
11 19 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
11 19 (1.37%) Oracle Database
12 16 (1.16%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
14 11 (0.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
16 4 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
17 3 (0.22%) MS Access
17 3 (0.22%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 13 (0.94%) Visual Studio
2 5 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (0.29%) InstallShield
3 4 (0.29%) Wise Package Studio
4 3 (0.22%) Subversion
5 2 (0.14%) Selenium
5 2 (0.14%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.14%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.14%) NUnit
5 2 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.14%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.14%) JUnit
General
1 182 (13.15%) Finance
2 46 (3.32%) Law
3 45 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 36 (2.60%) Retail
5 35 (2.53%) Banking
6 31 (2.24%) Legal
7 30 (2.17%) Back Office
8 21 (1.52%) Advertising
9 12 (0.87%) Financial Institution
10 11 (0.79%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.72%) Marketing
12 8 (0.58%) French Language
12 8 (0.58%) German Language
13 7 (0.51%) Portuguese Language
13 7 (0.51%) Spanish Language
13 7 (0.51%) Dutch Language
14 4 (0.29%) Manufacturing
14 4 (0.29%) Games
15 3 (0.22%) Publishing
15 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 283 (20.45%) Analyst
2 260 (18.79%) Support Engineer
3 179 (12.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 134 (9.68%) Support Analyst
5 116 (8.38%) Administrator
6 115 (8.31%) 3rd Line Support
7 109 (7.88%) IT Support
8 98 (7.08%) 2nd Line Support
9 85 (6.14%) Consultant
10 73 (5.27%) Service Analyst
11 72 (5.20%) Systems Administrator
12 71 (5.13%) Service Desk Analyst
13 65 (4.70%) Technical Support
14 63 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
15 62 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 54 (3.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 50 (3.61%) DBA
18 49 (3.54%) Desktop Engineer
19 45 (3.25%) SQL DBA
20 44 (3.18%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.24%) .NET
2 26 (1.88%) Web Services
3 14 (1.01%) COM
4 13 (0.94%) Application Packaging
4 13 (0.94%) HTML
5 12 (0.87%) XML
6 10 (0.72%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.36%) .NET Framework
7 5 (0.36%) Middleware
8 3 (0.22%) MSMQ
9 1 (0.072%) SAML
9 1 (0.072%) J2EE
9 1 (0.072%) JAAS
9 1 (0.072%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.072%) OAuth
9 1 (0.072%) OpenID
9 1 (0.072%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 127 (9.18%) Clustering
2 102 (7.37%) Blackberry
3 55 (3.97%) Replication
4 33 (2.38%) Management Information System
4 33 (2.38%) Firmware
5 30 (2.17%) Computer Science
6 27 (1.95%) Enterprise Software
7 23 (1.66%) Enterprise Storage
8 21 (1.52%) Statistics
9 17 (1.23%) iPhone
9 17 (1.23%) EqualLogic
10 15 (1.08%) EPoS
11 14 (1.01%) PKI
11 14 (1.01%) Smartphone
12 12 (0.87%) Fat Client
12 12 (0.87%) Thin Client
13 10 (0.72%) LIMS
13 10 (0.72%) Client/Server
13 10 (0.72%) Hedge funds
14 9 (0.65%) EMC Centera
Operating Systems
1 1169 (84.47%) Windows
2 614 (44.36%) Windows Server 2008
3 371 (26.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 300 (21.68%) Windows 7
5 271 (19.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 187 (13.51%) Linux
7 178 (12.86%) Windows XP
8 102 (7.37%) Windows 8
9 79 (5.71%) UNIX
10 38 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 35 (2.53%) Windows Vista
12 24 (1.73%) Solaris
13 23 (1.66%) Mac OS X
14 21 (1.52%) Windows 2000
15 13 (0.94%) Mac OS
16 10 (0.72%) Windows 2000 Server
16 10 (0.72%) SUSE
17 9 (0.65%) Android
18 8 (0.58%) CentOS
18 8 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 556 (40.17%) ITIL
2 98 (7.08%) Disaster Recovery
3 95 (6.86%) Service Management
4 64 (4.62%) Load Balancing
5 62 (4.48%) Service Delivery
5 62 (4.48%) Project Management
6 61 (4.41%) Migration
7 60 (4.34%) Change Control
8 54 (3.90%) Root Cause Analysis
9 50 (3.61%) PRINCE2
9 50 (3.61%) Incident Management
10 48 (3.47%) Performance Tuning
11 46 (3.32%) ITIL V3
11 46 (3.32%) Problem Management
12 41 (2.96%) CRM
13 40 (2.89%) Technical Architecture
14 38 (2.75%) E-Commerce
15 33 (2.38%) Configuration Management
16 32 (2.31%) Business Continuity
17 31 (2.24%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 303 (21.89%) SQL
2 92 (6.65%) PowerShell
3 27 (1.95%) Java
4 23 (1.66%) T-SQL
5 15 (1.08%) VBScript
6 13 (0.94%) Bash Shell
7 12 (0.87%) VBA
8 11 (0.79%) C#
9 10 (0.72%) C
9 10 (0.72%) VB
10 9 (0.65%) Python
10 9 (0.65%) Shell Script
11 8 (0.58%) Perl
12 7 (0.51%) PHP
13 4 (0.29%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.14%) Korn
15 1 (0.072%) LINC
15 1 (0.072%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.072%) Ruby
15 1 (0.072%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1384 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1031 (74.49%) MCSE
3 528 (38.15%) MCITP
4 421 (30.42%) Cisco Certification
5 404 (29.19%) MCP
6 387 (27.96%) CCNA
7 245 (17.70%) MCTS
8 193 (13.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 172 (12.43%) Degree
10 152 (10.98%) CCNP
11 89 (6.43%) Citrix Certification
12 80 (5.78%) CCA
13 52 (3.76%) MCDST
14 47 (3.40%) MOS
15 43 (3.11%) Security Cleared
16 41 (2.96%) ITIL Certification
17 40 (2.89%) Network+ Certification
18 34 (2.46%) A+ Certification
19 30 (2.17%) MCSM
20 26 (1.88%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (12.07%) SLA
2 35 (2.53%) PCI DSS
3 16 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (1.01%) QA
4 14 (1.01%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.51%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 7 (0.51%) GAMP
5 7 (0.51%) GCP
5 7 (0.51%) GMP
6 5 (0.36%) COBIT
7 1 (0.072%) DICOM
7 1 (0.072%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.072%) GxP
7 1 (0.072%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 797 (57.59%) Active Directory
2 438 (31.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 287 (20.74%) Hyper-V
4 180 (13.01%) XenApp
5 143 (10.33%) vSphere
6 86 (6.21%) XenDesktop
7 56 (4.05%) XenServer
8 55 (3.97%) Terminal Services
9 43 (3.11%) VMware ESX
9 43 (3.11%) VMware ESXi
10 28 (2.02%) Forefront TMG
11 27 (1.95%) UAG
11 27 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (1.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 20 (1.45%) ISA Server
14 15 (1.08%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 15 (1.08%) VMware Server
15 8 (0.58%) Terminal Server
15 8 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
16 5 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 173 (12.50%) SCCM
2 112 (8.09%) Backup Exec
3 67 (4.84%) WSUS
4 60 (4.34%) SCOM
5 28 (2.02%) McAfee ePO
6 21 (1.52%) SCVMM
7 17 (1.23%) NetBackup
8 14 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 13 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
9 13 (0.94%) SolarWinds Orion
10 12 (0.87%) ARCserve
11 11 (0.79%) Foglight
12 8 (0.58%) ServiceCenter
12 8 (0.58%) SCOrch
12 8 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 7 (0.51%) WMI
13 7 (0.51%) MOM
14 5 (0.36%) AppManager
14 5 (0.36%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.36%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 1060 (76.59%) Microsoft
2 654 (47.25%) VMware
3 483 (34.90%) Cisco
4 396 (28.61%) Citrix
5 156 (11.27%) HP
6 98 (7.08%) Symantec
7 91 (6.58%) NetApp
8 80 (5.78%) Dell
8 80 (5.78%) Oracle
9 79 (5.71%) Juniper
10 78 (5.64%) CheckPoint
11 75 (5.42%) McAfee
12 48 (3.47%) Red Hat
12 48 (3.47%) Apple
13 47 (3.40%) F5
14 42 (3.03%) EMC
15 41 (2.96%) Veeam
16 39 (2.82%) IBM
17 37 (2.67%) SolarWinds
18 32 (2.31%) Sophos
Chippenham, Wiltshire
ComputerWorld Personnel Ltd
Salary: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Roc Search
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + car/allowance + bens
Posted: 13 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £28k - £33k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
Avecto Ltd
Salary: Excellent
Posted: 15 hours ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £28k - £33k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Rock Recruitment Specialists
Salary: £26000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Bonus,Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
Computer Recruiter Ltd
Salary: To £40K + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Streamline Connections
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leicestershire
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: Market related
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: £25,000 to £30,000
Posted: Yesterday
Wokingham, Berkshire
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
Marcus Donald People
Salary: £45000 to £58000 per annum - pension,healthcare,season ticket loan, o
Posted: Yesterday
South East
OCS Resourcing
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Up to £30,000
Posted: Yesterday
West London
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: £25k to £38k per annum
Posted: Yesterday