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 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 352 390 485
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +95
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 851 699 479
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.76% 0.64% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.74% 2.36% 1.46%
Number of salaries quoted 750 584 424
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £24,200
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £57,900 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £33,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -5.71%

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
31098 29633 32739
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.77% 27.06% 28.35%
Number of salaries quoted 24921 23376 27486
Average salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.65% +2.38%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £66,000
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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +51 832 £35,000 - 92
London +68 352 £40,000 - 26
South East -14 143 £37,500 +15.38% 24
City of London +56 102 £45,000 +18.42% 8
South West +34 74 £35,000 -17.64% 6
North West +14 67 £31,000 +12.72% 5
Yorkshire -16 61 £30,000 -7.69% 6
East of England -4 59 £30,000 -14.28% 7
West Midlands +31 49 £37,500 -6.25% 8
West Yorkshire -8 48 £30,000 -7.69% 5
Surrey -12 46 £43,750 +53.50% 3
Manchester +5 37 £31,000 +12.72% 2
Leeds -10 35 £30,250 -6.92% 5
Birmingham +20 31 £37,500 -25.00% 3
Berkshire -21 31 £32,500 -18.75% 7
Cheshire +13 28 £26,000 +4.00% 1
Dorset +10 26 £35,000 -15.66% 2
Hampshire -26 22 £36,000 +24.13% 8
Hertfordshire -5 21 £30,000 -7.69% 1
Warrington +23 19 £23,500 +1.07%
Wiltshire +11 19 £46,250 -7.50%
Newbury +15 16 £32,500 -33.33% 3
Essex -8 16 £32,000 +60.00%
Gloucestershire 0 15 £30,000 +27.65% 2
Poole -1 15 £37,500 -14.77%
Cheltenham +3 14 £30,000 +27.65%
Buckinghamshire +2 14 £35,625 +1.78% 4
Swindon +17 12 £45,000 -10.00%
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 12 £47,500 +25.00% 5
Tyne and Wear -3 12 £47,500 +25.00% 6

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 1599 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1283 (80.24%) Windows
3 1198 (74.92%) MCSE
4 1193 (74.61%) Microsoft
5 901 (56.35%) Active Directory
6 837 (52.35%) VMware
7 697 (43.59%) MS Exchange
8 659 (41.21%) Windows Server 2008
9 643 (40.21%) MS Excel
10 638 (39.90%) ITIL
11 597 (37.34%) MCITP
12 533 (33.33%) Cisco
13 532 (33.27%) VMware Infrastructure
14 508 (31.77%) Citrix
15 497 (31.08%) Cisco Certification
16 480 (30.02%) MCP
17 431 (26.95%) CCNA
18 428 (26.77%) SAN
19 420 (26.27%) Windows Server 2012
20 404 (25.27%) DNS
21 401 (25.08%) Hyper-V
22 372 (23.26%) Exchange Server 2010
23 361 (22.58%) MS Office
24 352 (22.01%) Windows Server 2003
25 348 (21.76%) Firewall
26 340 (21.26%) DHCP
27 332 (20.76%) Windows 7
28 320 (20.01%) SQL Server
29 288 (18.01%) TCP/IP
30 281 (17.57%) MCTS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
1 697 (43.59%) MS Exchange
2 372 (23.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 260 (16.26%) Exchange Server 2007
4 244 (15.26%) SharePoint
5 202 (12.63%) Lync
6 168 (10.51%) Exchange Server 2013
7 121 (7.57%) IIS
8 114 (7.13%) Exchange Server 2003
9 53 (3.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 29 (1.81%) Apache
11 22 (1.38%) Office Communications Server
12 21 (1.31%) SharePoint 2013
13 17 (1.06%) SharePoint Server
14 15 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
15 11 (0.69%) SAS
16 7 (0.44%) IBM Notes
17 6 (0.38%) Apache Solr
17 6 (0.38%) Moodle
18 4 (0.25%) Tomcat
18 4 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 643 (40.21%) MS Excel
2 361 (22.58%) MS Office
3 6 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.25%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.13%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.13%) Fireworks
5 2 (0.13%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.13%) Maya
5 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.063%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.063%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.063%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 33 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.19%) Cognos Controller
5 3 (0.19%) Agresso
5 3 (0.19%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.063%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 125 (7.82%) Office 365
2 82 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (0.81%) IaaS
4 10 (0.63%) SaaS
5 5 (0.31%) PaaS
6 2 (0.13%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.063%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.063%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 428 (26.77%) SAN
2 404 (25.27%) DNS
3 348 (21.76%) Firewall
4 340 (21.26%) DHCP
5 288 (18.01%) TCP/IP
6 197 (12.32%) LAN
7 189 (11.82%) WAN
8 172 (10.76%) VPN
9 95 (5.94%) VoIP
10 92 (5.75%) NAS
11 62 (3.88%) Wireless
12 59 (3.69%) Internet
13 47 (2.94%) Network Security
14 42 (2.63%) iSCSI
14 42 (2.63%) Cisco ASA
15 35 (2.19%) VLAN
16 33 (2.06%) Cisco IOS
17 32 (2.00%) MPLS
18 29 (1.81%) NetScaler
19 27 (1.69%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 320 (20.01%) SQL Server
2 96 (6.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 46 (2.88%) SQL Server 2005
4 39 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
5 37 (2.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 33 (2.06%) SQL Server 2000
7 29 (1.81%) MySQL
8 17 (1.06%) Crystal Reports
9 14 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
10 13 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
12 6 (0.38%) Data Mining
13 5 (0.31%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.31%) Relational Database
14 4 (0.25%) MS Access
14 4 (0.25%) Oracle Database 11g
15 3 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
15 3 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
16 2 (0.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 17 (1.06%) Visual Studio
2 5 (0.31%) MSI
2 5 (0.31%) InstallShield
3 4 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.13%) Dreamweaver
5 2 (0.13%) AdminStudio
5 2 (0.13%) Subversion
5 2 (0.13%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.063%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 218 (13.63%) Finance
2 50 (3.13%) Legal
3 37 (2.31%) Law
4 33 (2.06%) Retail
5 32 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 32 (2.00%) Banking
6 25 (1.56%) Advertising
7 14 (0.88%) Back Office
8 9 (0.56%) Publishing
9 8 (0.50%) Marketing
10 7 (0.44%) Local Government
11 3 (0.19%) German Language
11 3 (0.19%) Games
11 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.19%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.13%) Electronics
13 1 (0.063%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.063%) Military
13 1 (0.063%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.063%) French Language
Job Titles
1 357 (22.33%) Support Engineer
2 336 (21.01%) Analyst
3 232 (14.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 168 (10.51%) Support Analyst
5 161 (10.07%) 3rd Line Support
6 132 (8.26%) Consultant
7 121 (7.57%) IT Support
8 102 (6.38%) Administrator
9 97 (6.07%) 2nd Line Support
10 95 (5.94%) Service Analyst
11 87 (5.44%) Service Desk Analyst
12 85 (5.32%) Technical Support
13 78 (4.88%) Systems Engineer
14 72 (4.50%) IT Support Engineer
15 69 (4.32%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
16 62 (3.88%) Server Engineer
17 60 (3.75%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 58 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 50 (3.13%) Team Leader
20 49 (3.06%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (2.38%) .NET
2 21 (1.31%) ASP.NET
2 21 (1.31%) Application Packaging
3 17 (1.06%) Web Services
4 12 (0.75%) Software Packaging
5 11 (0.69%) HTML
6 9 (0.56%) COM
7 8 (0.50%) CSS
8 6 (0.38%) Middleware
8 6 (0.38%) MDX
9 3 (0.19%) JSON
9 3 (0.19%) XML
9 3 (0.19%) jQuery
9 3 (0.19%) HTML5
10 2 (0.13%) ODBC
10 2 (0.13%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.13%) LAMP
11 1 (0.063%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.063%) WAP
11 1 (0.063%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 133 (8.32%) Analytical Skills
2 111 (6.94%) Blackberry
3 67 (4.19%) Clustering
4 40 (2.50%) Client/Server
5 35 (2.19%) Thin Client
5 35 (2.19%) Fat Client
5 35 (2.19%) iPhone
6 33 (2.06%) EqualLogic
7 29 (1.81%) Computer Science
7 29 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 29 (1.81%) Replication
8 19 (1.19%) GIS
9 18 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
10 13 (0.81%) PKI
11 12 (0.75%) iPad
12 11 (0.69%) Hedge funds
12 11 (0.69%) Mathematics
13 9 (0.56%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (0.50%) User Experience
15 7 (0.44%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 1283 (80.24%) Windows
2 659 (41.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 420 (26.27%) Windows Server 2012
4 352 (22.01%) Windows Server 2003
5 332 (20.76%) Windows 7
6 185 (11.57%) Windows XP
7 153 (9.57%) Linux
8 133 (8.32%) Windows 8
9 60 (3.75%) UNIX
10 38 (2.38%) Windows Vista
11 20 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (1.00%) Windows 2000
13 15 (0.94%) Mac OS
13 15 (0.94%) Windows 2000 Server
14 11 (0.69%) Mac OS X
15 9 (0.56%) Debian
15 9 (0.56%) CentOS
15 9 (0.56%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
17 6 (0.38%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 638 (39.90%) ITIL
2 103 (6.44%) Service Delivery
3 96 (6.00%) Project Management
4 91 (5.69%) PRINCE2
5 86 (5.38%) Disaster Recovery
6 80 (5.00%) Migration
7 79 (4.94%) Change Management
7 79 (4.94%) Mentoring
8 64 (4.00%) Incident Management
9 63 (3.94%) Service Management
10 59 (3.69%) Root Cause Analysis
11 52 (3.25%) CRM
12 47 (2.94%) Problem Management
13 42 (2.63%) Business Continuity
14 41 (2.56%) Kalman Filter
15 39 (2.44%) Coaching
16 34 (2.13%) Change Control
16 34 (2.13%) ITIL V3
16 34 (2.13%) Time Management
17 31 (1.94%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 252 (15.76%) SQL
2 114 (7.13%) PowerShell
3 35 (2.19%) VBScript
4 23 (1.44%) C
5 19 (1.19%) C#
6 14 (0.88%) T-SQL
7 12 (0.75%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.56%) VB
8 9 (0.56%) Perl
9 6 (0.38%) Java
10 4 (0.25%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.25%) Python
11 3 (0.19%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.19%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.19%) C++
11 3 (0.19%) PHP
12 2 (0.13%) VBA
12 2 (0.13%) Ruby
13 1 (0.063%) R
13 1 (0.063%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1599 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1198 (74.92%) MCSE
3 597 (37.34%) MCITP
4 497 (31.08%) Cisco Certification
5 480 (30.02%) MCP
6 431 (26.95%) CCNA
7 281 (17.57%) MCTS
8 271 (16.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 205 (12.82%) Degree
10 156 (9.76%) Citrix Certification
10 156 (9.76%) CCNP
11 128 (8.01%) CCA
12 77 (4.82%) ITIL Certification
13 62 (3.88%) MCDST
14 59 (3.69%) A+ Certification
15 50 (3.13%) Security Cleared
16 44 (2.75%) SC Cleared
17 41 (2.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 41 (2.56%) CISSP
17 41 (2.56%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (11.26%) SLA
2 26 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.00%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.56%) QA
5 7 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.25%) COBIT
6 4 (0.25%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 901 (56.35%) Active Directory
2 532 (33.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 401 (25.08%) Hyper-V
4 166 (10.38%) XenApp
5 159 (9.94%) vSphere
6 78 (4.88%) XenDesktop
7 67 (4.19%) VMware ESX
8 64 (4.00%) VMware ESXi
9 54 (3.38%) XenServer
10 25 (1.56%) Xen
11 20 (1.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 18 (1.13%) Terminal Services
13 12 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (0.75%) vCloud
14 11 (0.69%) Forefront TMG
14 11 (0.69%) UAG
15 10 (0.63%) VMware Server
15 10 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
16 9 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.31%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 146 (9.13%) SCCM
2 110 (6.88%) Backup Exec
3 81 (5.07%) SCOM
4 31 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
5 30 (1.88%) WSUS
6 15 (0.94%) NetBackup
7 12 (0.75%) SCVMM
8 10 (0.63%) MOM
9 9 (0.56%) Nessus
9 9 (0.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 9 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (0.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 8 (0.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 7 (0.44%) Windows Intune
12 6 (0.38%) SCOrch
12 6 (0.38%) AppManager
12 6 (0.38%) Cacti
13 5 (0.31%) Cisco UCCX
13 5 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
14 4 (0.25%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1193 (74.61%) Microsoft
2 837 (52.35%) VMware
3 533 (33.33%) Cisco
4 508 (31.77%) Citrix
5 216 (13.51%) HP
6 137 (8.57%) Dell
7 105 (6.57%) EMC
8 99 (6.19%) Symantec
9 93 (5.82%) NetApp
10 77 (4.82%) Juniper
11 63 (3.94%) Apple
12 52 (3.25%) Veeam
13 46 (2.88%) CheckPoint
14 43 (2.69%) Sophos
15 41 (2.56%) Remedy
16 33 (2.06%) McAfee
17 32 (2.00%) Websense
17 32 (2.00%) Red Hat
18 30 (1.88%) IBM
19 28 (1.75%) Oracle
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Salary: From £70,000 to £80,000 per annum + Car/Car Allowance + Bonus
Posted: 20 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Reed Professional Services
Salary: £23000 - £38000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £34000 - £42000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £38000 - £45000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits+training opportunities
Posted: Yesterday
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
Webrecruit
Salary: Up to £27,000 per annum Plus Performance Related Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum + Bonus + Good Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Professional Services
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + pension / car allowance
Posted: Yesterday
London
Kelway Ltd
Salary: From £31,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
DMS Computer Recruitment
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
Harris Global
Salary: £45,000 per annum £45,000 + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Livingston, West Lothian
SMA Vehicle Remarketing
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum Dependant upon experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £17000.00 - £20000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Avanade UK Ltd
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Avanade UK Ltd
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
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Roc Search
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
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Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
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Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
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Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
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