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

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 391 381 439
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +58
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 753 661 578
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.65% 0.62% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.41% 2.27% 1.73%
Number of salaries quoted 649 593 527
Average salary £34,500 £37,500 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.00% +11.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £53,000 £52,500 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £37,500 £31,500
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +19.04%

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
31211 29077 33502
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.00% 27.08% 28.62%
Number of salaries quoted 24194 23648 28318
Average salary £44,500 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.13% +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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +10 710 £34,500 -6.75% 70
London +1 250 £37,500 - 24
South East +24 212 £30,000 -13.04% 23
City of London +38 84 £39,000 -5.45% 12
Hampshire +47 77 £24,500 -14.78% 7
North West +9 58 £31,250 +4.16% 4
Yorkshire -11 47 £41,250 +28.90% 4
West Midlands -13 38 £35,000 -17.64% 2
East Midlands -6 36 £32,500 -23.52% 5
West Yorkshire +1 35 £37,500 +25.00% 3
East of England -17 33 £37,250 +51.14% 4
Northamptonshire +13 32 £33,500 +52.27% 2
Berkshire -46 32 £27,500 -11.29% 4
South West -49 32 £25,000 -40.82% 6
Fareham - 32 £22,500 - 4
Northampton +3 31 £33,500 +52.27%
Oxfordshire +23 30 £33,000 -14.28% 2
Abingdon - 30 £33,000 - 2
Cheshire +9 29 £23,500 -10.47% 2
Leeds -13 28 £37,500 +25.00% 1
Southampton +21 26 £22,500 -6.25% 1
Scotland 0 25 £31,000 -8.14% 1
West Sussex +9 23 £37,500 +70.45%
Manchester +5 22 £32,500 -4.43% 2
Surrey 0 22 £39,250 -5.42% 5
Warrington -3 20 £23,500 -
Birmingham +6 17 £38,125 -10.29% 1
Glasgow - 16 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -12 14 £32,500 -21.21% 4
Reading -17 12 £27,750 -19.56%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 1516 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1296 (85.49%) Windows
3 1116 (73.61%) MCSE
4 1059 (69.85%) Microsoft
5 863 (56.93%) VMware
6 834 (55.01%) Active Directory
7 755 (49.80%) MS Exchange
8 700 (46.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 677 (44.66%) ITIL
10 580 (38.26%) MCITP
11 577 (38.06%) MS Excel
12 559 (36.87%) VMware Infrastructure
13 499 (32.92%) Cisco Certification
14 485 (31.99%) Cisco
15 466 (30.74%) CCNA
16 461 (30.41%) DNS
17 455 (30.01%) Citrix
18 449 (29.62%) SAN
19 447 (29.49%) Windows Server 2012
20 430 (28.36%) Exchange Server 2010
21 424 (27.97%) MCP
22 422 (27.84%) Firewall
23 386 (25.46%) DHCP
24 374 (24.67%) Hyper-V
25 368 (24.27%) SQL Server
26 347 (22.89%) Windows Server 2003
27 336 (22.16%) TCP/IP
28 334 (22.03%) Windows 7
29 323 (21.31%) MCTS
30 289 (19.06%) HP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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
1 755 (49.80%) MS Exchange
2 430 (28.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 267 (17.61%) Exchange Server 2007
4 226 (14.91%) SharePoint
5 184 (12.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 170 (11.21%) Lync
7 143 (9.43%) Exchange Server 2003
8 118 (7.78%) IIS
9 71 (4.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 39 (2.57%) Office Communications Server
11 31 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
12 19 (1.25%) SharePoint 2010
13 16 (1.06%) SharePoint Server
13 16 (1.06%) Apache
14 11 (0.73%) IBM Notes
15 10 (0.66%) Lotus Domino
16 7 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
17 6 (0.40%) Tomcat
17 6 (0.40%) Apache Solr
17 6 (0.40%) Moodle
Applications
1 577 (38.06%) MS Excel
2 275 (18.14%) MS Office
3 6 (0.40%) 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 31 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (1.39%) 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 (0.066%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.066%) SalesLogix
5 1 (0.066%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 131 (8.64%) Office 365
2 99 (6.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.32%) SaaS
4 13 (0.86%) IaaS
5 9 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.066%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 461 (30.41%) DNS
2 449 (29.62%) SAN
3 422 (27.84%) Firewall
4 386 (25.46%) DHCP
5 336 (22.16%) TCP/IP
6 243 (16.03%) LAN
7 214 (14.12%) WAN
8 206 (13.59%) VPN
9 95 (6.27%) VoIP
9 95 (6.27%) Wireless
10 93 (6.13%) NAS
11 63 (4.16%) Internet
12 56 (3.69%) Cisco ASA
13 54 (3.56%) MPLS
14 47 (3.10%) Cisco IOS
15 45 (2.97%) Network Security
15 45 (2.97%) Unified Communications
16 42 (2.77%) VLAN
17 34 (2.24%) HTTP
18 33 (2.18%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 368 (24.27%) SQL Server
2 80 (5.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 52 (3.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 40 (2.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 39 (2.57%) Data Warehouse
6 38 (2.51%) SQL Server 2012
7 37 (2.44%) MySQL
8 24 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
8 24 (1.58%) PostgreSQL
8 24 (1.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 13 (0.86%) Oracle Database
10 11 (0.73%) Relational Database
10 11 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
11 10 (0.66%) RDBMS
11 10 (0.66%) SQL Server 2000
12 9 (0.59%) Crystal Reports
13 7 (0.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 5 (0.33%) MS Access
15 4 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
16 3 (0.20%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 9 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
2 8 (0.53%) Visual Studio
3 2 (0.13%) Dreamweaver
3 2 (0.13%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.13%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.13%) Subversion
4 1 (0.066%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.066%) MSI
General
1 163 (10.75%) Finance
2 51 (3.36%) Retail
3 50 (3.30%) Legal
4 40 (2.64%) Law
5 30 (1.98%) Telecoms
6 27 (1.78%) Advertising
7 24 (1.58%) Banking
8 13 (0.86%) Marketing
9 9 (0.59%) Games
10 8 (0.53%) Back Office
10 8 (0.53%) German Language
11 6 (0.40%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.13%) Automotive
12 2 (0.13%) French Language
13 1 (0.066%) Local Government
13 1 (0.066%) Publishing
13 1 (0.066%) Electronics
13 1 (0.066%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.066%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 320 (21.11%) Support Engineer
2 278 (18.34%) Analyst
3 244 (16.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 157 (10.36%) Administrator
5 126 (8.31%) Support Analyst
6 118 (7.78%) 3rd Line Support
7 113 (7.45%) IT Support
8 103 (6.79%) Systems Engineer
9 102 (6.73%) 2nd Line Support
10 101 (6.66%) Service Analyst
11 97 (6.40%) Systems Administrator
12 90 (5.94%) Service Desk Analyst
13 75 (4.95%) IT Support Engineer
14 74 (4.88%) Consultant
15 69 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 67 (4.42%) Technical Support
17 63 (4.16%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
18 62 (4.09%) Team Leader
19 56 (3.69%) Infrastructure Manager
20 55 (3.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (1.45%) .NET
2 19 (1.25%) HTML
3 17 (1.12%) Web Services
4 15 (0.99%) Application Packaging
5 14 (0.92%) XML
6 10 (0.66%) ASP.NET
7 6 (0.40%) 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%) MSMQ
11 2 (0.13%) XHTML
11 2 (0.13%) Ajax
11 2 (0.13%) WCF
11 2 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.13%) HTML5
12 1 (0.066%) RabbitMQ
12 1 (0.066%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 123 (8.11%) Blackberry
2 96 (6.33%) Clustering
3 31 (2.04%) Management Information System
4 27 (1.78%) Replication
5 25 (1.65%) EqualLogic
6 22 (1.45%) PKI
7 19 (1.25%) Computer Science
7 19 (1.25%) Firmware
8 18 (1.19%) Thin Client
8 18 (1.19%) Fat Client
9 17 (1.12%) Data Protection Act
9 17 (1.12%) iPhone
10 14 (0.92%) Client/Server
11 13 (0.86%) Hedge funds
12 10 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
12 10 (0.66%) Statistics
13 9 (0.59%) PDA
13 9 (0.59%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (0.53%) Social Media
14 8 (0.53%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1296 (85.49%) Windows
2 700 (46.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 447 (29.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 347 (22.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 334 (22.03%) Windows 7
6 206 (13.59%) Linux
7 170 (11.21%) Windows XP
8 107 (7.06%) Windows 8
9 57 (3.76%) UNIX
10 47 (3.10%) Windows Vista
11 39 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (1.72%) Mac OS X
13 22 (1.45%) Mac OS
14 19 (1.25%) Windows 2000 Server
15 16 (1.06%) Apple iOS
16 15 (0.99%) Android
17 14 (0.92%) SUSE
18 11 (0.73%) Debian
19 7 (0.46%) Solaris
19 7 (0.46%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 677 (44.66%) ITIL
2 118 (7.78%) Disaster Recovery
3 108 (7.12%) Migration
4 81 (5.34%) Mentoring
5 80 (5.28%) Project Management
6 79 (5.21%) Service Management
6 79 (5.21%) Change Management
7 76 (5.01%) Service Delivery
7 76 (5.01%) ITIL V3
8 75 (4.95%) Load Balancing
9 73 (4.82%) Problem Management
9 73 (4.82%) PRINCE2
10 68 (4.49%) Root Cause Analysis
11 58 (3.83%) Change Control
12 55 (3.63%) Incident Management
13 44 (2.90%) CRM
13 44 (2.90%) Business Continuity
14 37 (2.44%) Technical Architecture
15 33 (2.18%) Configuration Management
15 33 (2.18%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 261 (17.22%) SQL
2 105 (6.93%) PowerShell
3 35 (2.31%) VBScript
4 27 (1.78%) T-SQL
5 18 (1.19%) C
6 15 (0.99%) Bash Shell
7 14 (0.92%) VB
8 11 (0.73%) Java
9 7 (0.46%) PHP
9 7 (0.46%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.40%) 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 (0.066%) C++
Qualifications
1 1516 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1116 (73.61%) MCSE
3 580 (38.26%) MCITP
4 499 (32.92%) Cisco Certification
5 466 (30.74%) CCNA
6 424 (27.97%) MCP
7 323 (21.31%) MCTS
8 252 (16.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 204 (13.46%) Degree
10 148 (9.76%) CCNP
11 70 (4.62%) ITIL Certification
12 64 (4.22%) Citrix Certification
13 57 (3.76%) A+ Certification
14 54 (3.56%) MCDST
15 52 (3.43%) Security Cleared
16 48 (3.17%) CCA
17 43 (2.84%) Network+ Certification
18 38 (2.51%) SC Cleared
19 35 (2.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 31 (2.04%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (11.28%) SLA
2 29 (1.91%) PCI DSS
3 25 (1.65%) QA
4 7 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.40%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.26%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 4 (0.26%) GAMP
6 4 (0.26%) GCP
6 4 (0.26%) GMP
7 3 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.066%) COBIT
System Software
1 834 (55.01%) Active Directory
2 559 (36.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 374 (24.67%) Hyper-V
4 138 (9.10%) XenApp
5 109 (7.19%) vSphere
6 67 (4.42%) VMware ESX
7 62 (4.09%) XenDesktop
7 62 (4.09%) VMware ESXi
8 37 (2.44%) UAG
9 30 (1.98%) XenServer
10 23 (1.52%) Forefront TMG
11 21 (1.39%) Terminal Services
12 16 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
13 15 (0.99%) VMware Server
14 14 (0.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 13 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
15 13 (0.86%) ISA Server
16 9 (0.59%) Xen
17 8 (0.53%) Oracle RMAN
18 7 (0.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 178 (11.74%) SCCM
2 130 (8.58%) Backup Exec
3 55 (3.63%) Norton AntiVirus
4 52 (3.43%) SCOM
5 31 (2.04%) WSUS
6 12 (0.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 12 (0.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 10 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (0.66%) SCVMM
7 10 (0.66%) ARCserve
8 8 (0.53%) NetBackup
9 7 (0.46%) SolarWinds Orion
9 7 (0.46%) SCOrch
10 6 (0.40%) MAILsweeper
10 6 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (0.40%) ZABBIX
11 5 (0.33%) Foglight
11 5 (0.33%) ZENworks
11 5 (0.33%) SCDPM
12 4 (0.26%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 1059 (69.85%) Microsoft
2 863 (56.93%) VMware
3 485 (31.99%) Cisco
4 455 (30.01%) Citrix
5 289 (19.06%) HP
6 136 (8.97%) Dell
7 126 (8.31%) Symantec
8 119 (7.85%) Juniper
9 100 (6.60%) Apple
10 92 (6.07%) Veeam
11 91 (6.00%) NetApp
12 88 (5.80%) EMC
13 51 (3.36%) CheckPoint
13 51 (3.36%) Meru Networks
14 44 (2.90%) Red Hat
15 42 (2.77%) Sophos
16 39 (2.57%) Remedy
17 37 (2.44%) IBM
18 36 (2.37%) Oracle
18 36 (2.37%) McAfee
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
Yorkshire
Online Resourcing
Salary: From £22,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £33,000 per annum + car/allowance + bens
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits inc. bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Candidate Source
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Posted: Yesterday
Wetherby, West Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £15000 - £18000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Imperative People
Salary: £30000.00 - £34000.00 per annum + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £37000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Poole, Dorset
Connectus
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £17000 - £22500 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Bluetownonline
Salary: £18k - 25k per year
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £40k - 45k per year
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + beneftis + training
Posted: 5 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Vehicle
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Bluetownonline
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago