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

Location
3 months to
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 372 409 452
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +43
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 747 717 553
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.60% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.46% 2.19% 1.76%
Number of salaries quoted 679 623 484
Average salary £33,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-5.71% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £24,400 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £35,000 £34,000
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +2.94%

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
30383 32724 31424
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.46% 27.25% 27.98%
Number of salaries quoted 23753 26140 25296
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £68,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(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 +18 710 £33,000 -5.71% 83
London +69 293 £35,000 -6.66% 25
South East -33 140 £35,000 +7.69% 29
East of England +39 76 £32,500 -7.14% 3
City of London +41 75 £35,000 -6.66% 7
South West +12 69 £33,000 -14.28% 6
Yorkshire -25 43 £30,000 -20.00% 4
North West +9 42 £28,750 -17.85% 4
Hertfordshire +27 40 £33,750 +22.72% 1
Hampshire +3 39 £32,750 +9.16% 6
West Midlands -17 34 £32,500 -7.14% 9
Surrey -11 30 £41,500 +31.74% 8
West Yorkshire -7 29 £30,000 -25.00% 3
Berkshire -33 29 £33,000 -8.33% 7
Buckinghamshire +6 23 £40,000 -8.04% 7
Gloucestershire +4 23 £33,000 -14.83% 1
Cheltenham +22 21 £33,000 +9.09% 1
Cheshire +17 21 £25,500 -32.00% 1
Southampton -5 20 £42,500 +29.44% 1
Manchester -1 19 £32,500 +4.00% 3
Reading -17 19 £32,000 -11.11% 5
Warrington +21 18 £30,000 -20.00%
Wales +13 18 £28,000 -30.00% 2
South Wales +8 17 £28,000 -30.00% 2
Birmingham -5 17 £33,250 -39.54% 4
East Midlands +4 16 £25,000 -34.21%
Leeds -22 16 £35,661 -10.84% 3
Essex +9 15 £30,000 +20.00%
Milton Keynes -4 15 £29,500 -32.18% 6
Bedfordshire +31 14 £42,500 +21.42% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 1583 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1316 (83.13%) Windows
3 1171 (73.97%) Microsoft
4 1160 (73.28%) MCSE
5 915 (57.80%) Active Directory
6 795 (50.22%) VMware
7 597 (37.71%) Windows Server 2008
8 593 (37.46%) ITIL
9 570 (36.01%) MS Excel
10 569 (35.94%) MS Exchange
11 542 (34.24%) Cisco
12 533 (33.67%) Citrix
13 510 (32.22%) VMware Infrastructure
14 496 (31.33%) MCITP
15 494 (31.21%) MCP
16 474 (29.94%) Windows Server 2012
17 447 (28.24%) Cisco Certification
18 416 (26.28%) CCNA
19 371 (23.44%) SQL Server
20 346 (21.86%) MS Office
21 335 (21.16%) Hyper-V
22 317 (20.03%) Windows 7
23 314 (19.84%) Firewall
23 314 (19.84%) Windows Server 2003
24 313 (19.77%) SAN
25 302 (19.08%) Exchange Server 2010
26 299 (18.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
27 295 (18.64%) SQL
28 294 (18.57%) DNS
29 269 (16.99%) SharePoint

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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
1 569 (35.94%) MS Exchange
2 302 (19.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 269 (16.99%) SharePoint
4 190 (12.00%) Lync
5 180 (11.37%) Exchange Server 2007
6 166 (10.49%) Exchange Server 2013
7 111 (7.01%) Exchange Server 2003
8 107 (6.76%) IIS
9 70 (4.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 23 (1.45%) Office Communications Server
11 21 (1.33%) Apache
12 16 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
13 15 (0.95%) SAS
14 14 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
15 9 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
16 8 (0.51%) Tomcat
17 4 (0.25%) IBM Notes
18 3 (0.19%) GroupWise
19 2 (0.13%) WorkSite
19 2 (0.13%) OpenStack
Applications
1 570 (36.01%) MS Excel
2 346 (21.86%) MS Office
3 10 (0.63%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 9 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.38%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.13%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.063%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.063%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.063%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 21 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.19%) SAP CCM
3 3 (0.19%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.13%) HiPortfolio
5 1 (0.063%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 162 (10.23%) Office 365
2 81 (5.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.69%) IaaS
4 11 (0.69%) Mimecast
5 9 (0.57%) SaaS
6 5 (0.32%) PaaS
7 4 (0.25%) Yammer
8 1 (0.063%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.063%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 314 (19.84%) Firewall
2 313 (19.77%) SAN
3 294 (18.57%) DNS
4 268 (16.93%) TCP/IP
5 249 (15.73%) DHCP
6 200 (12.63%) WAN
7 192 (12.13%) LAN
8 186 (11.75%) VPN
9 145 (9.16%) VoIP
10 58 (3.66%) NAS
11 51 (3.22%) iSCSI
12 49 (3.10%) VLAN
13 47 (2.97%) Internet
14 44 (2.78%) Wireless
15 42 (2.65%) Network Security
16 37 (2.34%) Cisco IOS
17 36 (2.27%) Fibre Channel
18 33 (2.08%) Cisco ASA
19 31 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
20 27 (1.71%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (23.44%) SQL Server
2 105 (6.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 54 (3.41%) SQL Server 2012
4 47 (2.97%) SQL Server 2000
5 46 (2.91%) SQL Server 2005
6 37 (2.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 36 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 19 (1.20%) MySQL
9 14 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 8 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.38%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.32%) Crystal Reports
13 4 (0.25%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.25%) Big Data
14 3 (0.19%) Oracle Database 11g
14 3 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
14 3 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (0.69%) MSI
1 11 (0.69%) InstallShield
2 9 (0.57%) Visual Studio
2 9 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.19%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.13%) JIRA
4 2 (0.13%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.063%) WinDbg
General
1 241 (15.22%) Finance
2 52 (3.28%) Law
3 46 (2.91%) Legal
3 46 (2.91%) Advertising
4 37 (2.34%) Retail
5 33 (2.08%) Banking
6 26 (1.64%) Telecoms
7 15 (0.95%) Back Office
7 15 (0.95%) Marketing
8 10 (0.63%) Publishing
9 9 (0.57%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.51%) Local Government
11 7 (0.44%) Games
12 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.13%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.13%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.063%) Military
14 1 (0.063%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 320 (20.21%) Analyst
2 287 (18.13%) Support Engineer
3 199 (12.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 180 (11.37%) 3rd Line Support
5 170 (10.74%) Support Analyst
6 167 (10.55%) Consultant
7 136 (8.59%) 2nd Line Support
8 107 (6.76%) IT Support
9 101 (6.38%) Administrator
10 76 (4.80%) Technical Support
11 75 (4.74%) Systems Engineer
12 64 (4.04%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 62 (3.92%) Service Analyst
14 59 (3.73%) 1st Line Support
15 55 (3.47%) Server Engineer
16 54 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
16 54 (3.41%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 51 (3.22%) Systems Administrator
18 49 (3.10%) Desktop Support
18 49 (3.10%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (3.10%) .NET
2 34 (2.15%) Software Packaging
3 27 (1.71%) Application Packaging
4 26 (1.64%) ASP.NET
5 19 (1.20%) HTML
6 15 (0.95%) Web Services
7 12 (0.76%) CSS
8 10 (0.63%) COM
9 5 (0.32%) MDX
10 4 (0.25%) WAP
10 4 (0.25%) LAMP
11 3 (0.19%) RabbitMQ
12 2 (0.13%) EDI
12 2 (0.13%) JSON
12 2 (0.13%) XML
13 1 (0.063%) Flash
13 1 (0.063%) ActiveMQ
13 1 (0.063%) jQuery
13 1 (0.063%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 98 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (4.93%) Blackberry
3 62 (3.92%) Client/Server
4 57 (3.60%) Replication
5 54 (3.41%) Clustering
6 44 (2.78%) Management Information System
7 42 (2.65%) Private Cloud
8 36 (2.27%) Thin Client
8 36 (2.27%) Fat Client
9 35 (2.21%) Computer Science
10 18 (1.14%) iPhone
11 17 (1.07%) EqualLogic
12 12 (0.76%) FMCG
12 12 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (0.63%) Digital Media
13 10 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (0.63%) User Experience
14 8 (0.51%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (0.51%) PDA
15 7 (0.44%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1316 (83.13%) Windows
2 597 (37.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 474 (29.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 317 (20.03%) Windows 7
5 314 (19.84%) Windows Server 2003
6 181 (11.43%) Linux
7 148 (9.35%) Windows 8
8 117 (7.39%) Windows XP
9 58 (3.66%) UNIX
10 41 (2.59%) Windows Vista
11 27 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 27 (1.71%) Mac OS X
12 24 (1.52%) Debian
13 19 (1.20%) Mac OS
14 16 (1.01%) Windows 2000
15 14 (0.88%) Android
16 10 (0.63%) CentOS
17 9 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
18 7 (0.44%) Solaris
18 7 (0.44%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 593 (37.46%) ITIL
2 109 (6.89%) Service Delivery
3 103 (6.51%) Disaster Recovery
4 89 (5.62%) Mentoring
5 88 (5.56%) Migration
6 83 (5.24%) PRINCE2
7 68 (4.30%) Project Management
8 64 (4.04%) Change Management
9 61 (3.85%) Service Management
10 49 (3.10%) Information Security
11 37 (2.34%) CRM
11 37 (2.34%) Problem Management
12 36 (2.27%) Incident Management
12 36 (2.27%) Security Management
12 36 (2.27%) Infrastructure Management
13 30 (1.90%) Coaching
14 28 (1.77%) Business Continuity
15 27 (1.71%) Performance Tuning
15 27 (1.71%) Change Control
16 26 (1.64%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 295 (18.64%) SQL
2 169 (10.68%) PowerShell
3 36 (2.27%) VBScript
4 27 (1.71%) C#
5 21 (1.33%) T-SQL
5 21 (1.33%) C
6 12 (0.76%) Java
6 12 (0.76%) JavaScript
7 11 (0.69%) VB
8 6 (0.38%) Shell Script
8 6 (0.38%) Bash Shell
9 5 (0.32%) Python
9 5 (0.32%) Perl
10 3 (0.19%) C++
10 3 (0.19%) VBA
11 2 (0.13%) R
12 1 (0.063%) Ruby
12 1 (0.063%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1583 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1160 (73.28%) MCSE
3 496 (31.33%) MCITP
4 494 (31.21%) MCP
5 447 (28.24%) Cisco Certification
6 416 (26.28%) CCNA
7 299 (18.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 194 (12.26%) Degree
9 182 (11.50%) MCTS
10 176 (11.12%) Citrix Certification
11 158 (9.98%) CCA
12 121 (7.64%) CCNP
13 60 (3.79%) MCDST
14 57 (3.60%) CISSP
15 44 (2.78%) Security Cleared
15 44 (2.78%) VCP5
16 42 (2.65%) SC Cleared
16 42 (2.65%) A+ Certification
17 36 (2.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 34 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 181 (11.43%) SLA
2 41 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (1.83%) PCI DSS
4 13 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.44%) QA
6 6 (0.38%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 5 (0.32%) GMP
8 2 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 915 (57.80%) Active Directory
2 510 (32.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 335 (21.16%) Hyper-V
4 245 (15.48%) XenApp
5 216 (13.64%) vSphere
6 112 (7.08%) XenDesktop
7 76 (4.80%) VMware ESX
8 66 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
9 59 (3.73%) XenServer
10 37 (2.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 35 (2.21%) vCloud
11 35 (2.21%) Xen
11 35 (2.21%) Terminal Services
12 29 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
13 27 (1.71%) BitLocker
14 23 (1.45%) VMware Server
15 11 (0.69%) Forefront TMG
16 9 (0.57%) UAG
16 9 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.51%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 183 (11.56%) SCCM
2 113 (7.14%) Backup Exec
3 75 (4.74%) SCOM
4 49 (3.10%) WSUS
5 35 (2.21%) NetBackup
6 18 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
7 12 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
7 12 (0.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 11 (0.69%) SCVMM
9 10 (0.63%) Nagios
9 10 (0.63%) Windows Intune
10 9 (0.57%) Nessus
11 8 (0.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 7 (0.44%) WMI
13 6 (0.38%) ARCserve
13 6 (0.38%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 6 (0.38%) SCOrch
14 5 (0.32%) SCDPM
15 4 (0.25%) XenMobile
15 4 (0.25%) MOM
Vendors
1 1171 (73.97%) Microsoft
2 795 (50.22%) VMware
3 542 (34.24%) Cisco
4 533 (33.67%) Citrix
5 211 (13.33%) HP
6 126 (7.96%) NetApp
7 107 (6.76%) Dell
8 95 (6.00%) Symantec
9 61 (3.85%) EMC
10 59 (3.73%) Apple
11 46 (2.91%) Sophos
12 44 (2.78%) Veeam
13 41 (2.59%) Remedy
14 39 (2.46%) CheckPoint
15 35 (2.21%) Websense
15 35 (2.21%) Red Hat
16 33 (2.08%) CommVault
17 30 (1.90%) McAfee
18 27 (1.71%) Reuters
19 25 (1.58%) Oracle
City, London
Hudson IT
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £28000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Runcorn, Cheshire
networx
Salary: £Competitive Salary + bonus + company car
Posted: 2 days ago
Banstead, Surrey
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £26000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £28000.00 - £32000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £34000 - £42000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TechNet IT Recruitment (Permanent)
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £18000.00 - £20000.00 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bromley, Kent
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £16,000 to £21,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
North West London
South Hampstead High School
Salary: From £27,000 to £34,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedfordshire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + + Car (7K) + Bonus (7K) + Bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Monarch Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £21000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Up to 40k plus great benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Godalming, Surrey
Think IT Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £29000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £34000 - £42000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: 4 days ago