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

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 360 415 447
Rank change year-on-year
+55 +32
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 800 662 533
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.59% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.71% 2.18% 1.75%
Number of salaries quoted 723 573 471
Average salary £34,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.85% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,600 £24,200 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £34,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
-4.41% -2.85%

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
29511 30422 30375
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.43% 27.17% 27.91%
Number of salaries quoted 23175 24158 24577
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £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 27 March 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 March 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 +64 768 £34,000 -2.85% 79
London +92 286 £37,500 - 32
South East -4 183 £35,000 +9.37% 12
East of England +58 96 £32,250 -7.85% 2
City of London +18 78 £35,000 -9.67% 7
South West +8 61 £34,000 -9.33% 4
Hampshire +15 55 £32,500 +14.03% 4
Yorkshire -8 50 £30,000 -14.28% 8
North West +7 46 £27,500 -16.66% 8
Surrey +5 44 £42,000 +37.70% 2
Hertfordshire +37 43 £32,500 +20.37%
West Yorkshire -1 39 £30,000 -25.00% 4
West Midlands -8 34 £32,500 - 9
Berkshire -23 34 £32,500 -9.72% 3
Leeds +3 28 £35,661 -10.84% 2
Cheshire +20 26 £27,500 -26.66%
Southampton -4 25 £38,750 +33.62% 2
Warrington +30 24 £23,500 -37.33%
Buckinghamshire +18 23 £50,000 +27.38% 1
Essex +11 21 £30,000 +20.00%
Gloucestershire +11 19 £33,000 -14.83%
Reading -18 19 £32,000 -11.11% 2
Cheltenham +18 18 £33,000 +9.09%
East Midlands +6 17 £25,000 -39.75% 3
Manchester -5 17 £36,000 +30.90% 7
Bedfordshire +26 16 £40,000 +14.28% 1
Birmingham +2 16 £32,500 -40.90% 2
Dorset -26 16 £35,000 - 1
West Sussex +13 14 £29,000 +5.45%
Milton Keynes +8 14 £40,000 -8.04% 1

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 1625 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1344 (82.71%) Windows
3 1227 (75.51%) Microsoft
4 1187 (73.05%) MCSE
5 955 (58.77%) Active Directory
6 827 (50.89%) VMware
7 609 (37.48%) MS Excel
8 606 (37.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 596 (36.68%) MS Exchange
10 584 (35.94%) ITIL
11 557 (34.28%) Cisco
12 544 (33.48%) Citrix
13 535 (32.92%) VMware Infrastructure
14 525 (32.31%) MCITP
15 502 (30.89%) MCP
16 453 (27.88%) Cisco Certification
17 449 (27.63%) Windows Server 2012
18 410 (25.23%) CCNA
19 390 (24.00%) SQL Server
20 367 (22.58%) Hyper-V
21 358 (22.03%) MS Office
22 352 (21.66%) SAN
23 330 (20.31%) Windows 7
24 326 (20.06%) Firewall
25 318 (19.57%) Exchange Server 2010
26 317 (19.51%) DNS
27 316 (19.45%) Windows Server 2003
28 310 (19.08%) SQL
29 306 (18.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
30 289 (17.78%) SharePoint

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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
1 596 (36.68%) MS Exchange
2 318 (19.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 289 (17.78%) SharePoint
4 192 (11.82%) Lync
5 188 (11.57%) Exchange Server 2007
6 159 (9.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 121 (7.45%) IIS
8 109 (6.71%) Exchange Server 2003
9 68 (4.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 26 (1.60%) Apache
11 24 (1.48%) Office Communications Server
12 15 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
12 15 (0.92%) SAS
12 15 (0.92%) SharePoint Server
13 10 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
14 8 (0.49%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.25%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.25%) GroupWise
16 3 (0.18%) GlassFish
16 3 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 609 (37.48%) MS Excel
2 358 (22.03%) MS Office
3 10 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.25%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.12%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.062%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.062%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.062%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 22 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.80%) Dynamics NAV
3 10 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.18%) SAP CCM
4 3 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.12%) HiPortfolio
Cloud Services
1 165 (10.15%) Office 365
2 78 (4.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (0.86%) IaaS
4 8 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.49%) SaaS
5 5 (0.31%) PaaS
6 3 (0.18%) Yammer
7 1 (0.062%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 352 (21.66%) SAN
2 326 (20.06%) Firewall
3 317 (19.51%) DNS
4 269 (16.55%) DHCP
5 268 (16.49%) TCP/IP
6 207 (12.74%) WAN
7 199 (12.25%) LAN
8 182 (11.20%) VPN
9 140 (8.62%) VoIP
10 71 (4.37%) NAS
11 54 (3.32%) iSCSI
12 53 (3.26%) VLAN
12 53 (3.26%) Internet
13 45 (2.77%) Network Security
14 44 (2.71%) Wireless
15 37 (2.28%) Cisco IOS
16 36 (2.22%) Fibre Channel
17 30 (1.85%) Cisco ASA
18 28 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
18 28 (1.72%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 390 (24.00%) SQL Server
2 111 (6.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 56 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 51 (3.14%) SQL Server 2000
5 50 (3.08%) SQL Server 2005
6 37 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 36 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 21 (1.29%) MySQL
9 12 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.37%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.37%) Crystal Reports
11 6 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.31%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.25%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.25%) Big Data
14 3 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Database 10g
14 3 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (0.68%) Visual Studio
2 9 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (0.55%) MSI
2 9 (0.55%) InstallShield
3 3 (0.18%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.12%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (0.12%) JIRA
4 2 (0.12%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.062%) WinDbg
5 1 (0.062%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 250 (15.38%) Finance
2 46 (2.83%) Law
2 46 (2.83%) Advertising
3 39 (2.40%) Legal
4 34 (2.09%) Retail
5 33 (2.03%) Banking
6 28 (1.72%) Telecoms
7 16 (0.98%) Back Office
8 12 (0.74%) Marketing
9 10 (0.62%) Publishing
10 9 (0.55%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.55%) Local Government
11 7 (0.43%) Games
12 3 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.12%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.12%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.062%) Military
14 1 (0.062%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 333 (20.49%) Analyst
2 305 (18.77%) Support Engineer
3 209 (12.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 191 (11.75%) 3rd Line Support
5 180 (11.08%) Consultant
6 175 (10.77%) Support Analyst
7 131 (8.06%) 2nd Line Support
8 105 (6.46%) IT Support
9 99 (6.09%) Administrator
10 79 (4.86%) Technical Support
11 73 (4.49%) Systems Engineer
12 69 (4.25%) Service Analyst
13 64 (3.94%) Server Engineer
14 61 (3.75%) Service Desk Analyst
14 61 (3.75%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 60 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 55 (3.38%) 1st Line Support
17 52 (3.20%) Server Support
18 51 (3.14%) IT Support Engineer
19 48 (2.95%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (3.32%) .NET
2 30 (1.85%) Software Packaging
3 28 (1.72%) Application Packaging
4 26 (1.60%) ASP.NET
5 22 (1.35%) HTML
6 16 (0.98%) Web Services
7 13 (0.80%) CSS
8 11 (0.68%) COM
9 5 (0.31%) MDX
10 4 (0.25%) LAMP
11 3 (0.18%) jQuery
11 3 (0.18%) XML
11 3 (0.18%) HTML5
11 3 (0.18%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (0.18%) JSON
12 2 (0.12%) EDI
13 1 (0.062%) WAP
13 1 (0.062%) SAML
13 1 (0.062%) Flash
13 1 (0.062%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 106 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (5.23%) Blackberry
3 61 (3.75%) Clustering
4 58 (3.57%) Client/Server
5 56 (3.45%) Replication
6 44 (2.71%) Management Information System
7 37 (2.28%) Computer Science
8 36 (2.22%) Fat Client
8 36 (2.22%) Thin Client
9 28 (1.72%) EqualLogic
10 23 (1.42%) iPhone
11 12 (0.74%) FMCG
12 11 (0.68%) Video Conferencing
12 11 (0.68%) GIS
12 11 (0.68%) User Experience
13 10 (0.62%) Enterprise Storage
14 9 (0.55%) Digital Media
14 9 (0.55%) PKI
15 8 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
16 7 (0.43%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1344 (82.71%) Windows
2 606 (37.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 449 (27.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 330 (20.31%) Windows 7
5 316 (19.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 179 (11.02%) Linux
7 148 (9.11%) Windows 8
8 128 (7.88%) Windows XP
9 61 (3.75%) UNIX
10 33 (2.03%) Windows Vista
11 29 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (1.35%) Mac OS X
13 21 (1.29%) Debian
14 20 (1.23%) Windows 2000
15 17 (1.05%) Mac OS
16 13 (0.80%) Android
17 11 (0.68%) CentOS
18 9 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
19 8 (0.49%) Ubuntu
20 7 (0.43%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 584 (35.94%) ITIL
2 108 (6.65%) Disaster Recovery
3 105 (6.46%) Service Delivery
4 93 (5.72%) Mentoring
5 90 (5.54%) Migration
6 83 (5.11%) PRINCE2
7 70 (4.31%) Project Management
8 65 (4.00%) Change Management
9 61 (3.75%) Service Management
10 49 (3.02%) Information Security
11 41 (2.52%) Incident Management
12 40 (2.46%) CRM
13 39 (2.40%) Problem Management
14 34 (2.09%) Security Management
15 32 (1.97%) Coaching
16 31 (1.91%) Change Control
16 31 (1.91%) Business Continuity
17 30 (1.85%) Infrastructure Management
18 29 (1.78%) Continuous Improvement
19 28 (1.72%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 310 (19.08%) SQL
2 173 (10.65%) PowerShell
3 37 (2.28%) VBScript
4 31 (1.91%) C#
5 23 (1.42%) C
6 18 (1.11%) T-SQL
7 13 (0.80%) Java
8 12 (0.74%) JavaScript
9 11 (0.68%) VB
10 9 (0.55%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.43%) Perl
12 6 (0.37%) Python
13 5 (0.31%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.18%) Ruby
14 3 (0.18%) VBA
14 3 (0.18%) C++
15 2 (0.12%) PHP
15 2 (0.12%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.12%) R
Qualifications
1 1625 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1187 (73.05%) MCSE
3 525 (32.31%) MCITP
4 502 (30.89%) MCP
5 453 (27.88%) Cisco Certification
6 410 (25.23%) CCNA
7 306 (18.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 205 (12.62%) Degree
9 192 (11.82%) MCTS
10 189 (11.63%) Citrix Certification
11 166 (10.22%) CCA
12 122 (7.51%) CCNP
13 64 (3.94%) MCDST
14 53 (3.26%) CISSP
15 46 (2.83%) VCP5
16 45 (2.77%) ITIL Certification
17 44 (2.71%) Security Cleared
18 42 (2.58%) SC Cleared
19 40 (2.46%) A+ Certification
20 35 (2.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (10.89%) SLA
2 39 (2.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (1.72%) PCI DSS
4 11 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.43%) QA
6 6 (0.37%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 4 (0.25%) GMP
8 2 (0.12%) COBIT
System Software
1 955 (58.77%) Active Directory
2 535 (32.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 367 (22.58%) Hyper-V
4 237 (14.58%) XenApp
5 228 (14.03%) vSphere
6 118 (7.26%) XenDesktop
7 82 (5.05%) VMware ESX
8 73 (4.49%) VMware ESXi
9 61 (3.75%) XenServer
10 38 (2.34%) Xen
11 32 (1.97%) vCloud
11 32 (1.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 31 (1.91%) Terminal Services
13 27 (1.66%) Microsoft App-V
14 16 (0.98%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.43%) NFS
16 7 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
16 7 (0.43%) UAG
17 5 (0.31%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 183 (11.26%) SCCM
2 113 (6.95%) Backup Exec
3 86 (5.29%) SCOM
4 55 (3.38%) WSUS
5 32 (1.97%) NetBackup
6 17 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
7 12 (0.74%) Nagios
7 12 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 10 (0.62%) SCVMM
10 9 (0.55%) Nessus
11 8 (0.49%) MOM
12 7 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 7 (0.43%) Windows Intune
12 7 (0.43%) WMI
13 6 (0.37%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 6 (0.37%) ARCserve
14 5 (0.31%) AppManager
14 5 (0.31%) Cacti
14 5 (0.31%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 1227 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 827 (50.89%) VMware
3 557 (34.28%) Cisco
4 544 (33.48%) Citrix
5 218 (13.42%) HP
6 126 (7.75%) Dell
7 114 (7.02%) NetApp
8 92 (5.66%) Symantec
9 77 (4.74%) EMC
10 48 (2.95%) Apple
11 42 (2.58%) Veeam
12 40 (2.46%) Sophos
13 38 (2.34%) Remedy
14 37 (2.28%) CheckPoint
15 35 (2.15%) CommVault
16 34 (2.09%) Red Hat
16 34 (2.09%) Websense
17 30 (1.85%) Juniper
17 30 (1.85%) McAfee
18 29 (1.78%) Oracle
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: Car allowance
Posted: 3 hours ago
Skipton, Yorkshire
Harvey Nash Plc
Salary: benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
IT Lab
Salary: From £18,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Bluetownonline
Salary: £18k - 25k per year
Posted: 9 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £34000 - £42000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: 13 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £34000 - £42000 per annum + Pension + Medical
Posted: 13 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £21500 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Erin Associates
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Hull, North Humberside
Vertical IT
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Farnborough, Hampshire
Venturi
Salary: £30000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Assessment
Salary: From £35,300 to £46,500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Roc Search
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + + Car (7K) + Bonus (7K) + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
Dartford, Kent
ninesharp
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + On Call Allowance + Benefits Package
Posted: 2 days ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Uxbridge, Middlesex
Roc Search
Salary: £20000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
LEXSTRA
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago