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 29 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 414 428 411
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -17
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 671 719 801
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 0.66% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.58% 2.40% 2.51%
Number of salaries quoted 591 616 701
Median salary £35,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,500 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
% change year-on-year
- +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
26044 29998 31950
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 26.59% 27.33% 27.24%
Number of salaries quoted 21071 23898 25011
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +2.27%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year
- +3.65%

MCSA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 29 July 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +1 625 £37,500 - 80
South East +1 195 £37,500 - 17
London +43 176 £45,000 +2.27% 31
Yorkshire +101 84 £26,000 -29.25% 4
Hampshire +17 56 £37,500 -11.76% 3
Berkshire +27 54 £42,500 +47.82% 4
West Yorkshire +58 49 £29,500 -23.37% 4
South West -11 47 £33,250 -5.00% 8
North West -9 40 £42,500 +61.90% 12
Surrey -19 38 £35,000 -6.66% 6
City of London +45 33 £55,000 +22.22% 4
West Midlands -8 33 £32,500 -4.41% 3
Bracknell +19 31 £47,500 - 1
Leeds +35 24 £26,750 -30.51% 3
Manchester 0 23 £42,500 +51.78% 5
East of England -41 22 £40,000 +17.64% 1
Buckinghamshire +18 19 £40,750 +31.45%
South Yorkshire +23 18 £26,000 +7.66%
East Midlands +6 17 £26,000 +4.00% 4
Birmingham -4 17 £36,250 -3.33% 1
Bradford - 17 £30,000 -
Sheffield +34 16 £26,000 +7.66%
Wiltshire +19 15 £31,000 -27.05% 1
Somerset +6 15 £45,000 - 1
Basingstoke -8 15 £40,500 +102.50%
Bath - 15 £45,000 -
Kent +21 13 £27,500 -31.25% 2
North East +6 13 £19,000 -30.27%
Southampton 0 13 £50,000 +11.11% 2
Tyne and Wear -2 12 £21,875 -19.72%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1335 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1048 (78.50%) Windows
3 963 (72.13%) Microsoft
4 890 (66.67%) MCSE
5 735 (55.06%) Active Directory
6 712 (53.33%) Windows Server
7 663 (49.66%) VMware
8 525 (39.33%) ITIL
9 483 (36.18%) MS Exchange
10 455 (34.08%) MS Excel
10 455 (34.08%) VMware Infrastructure
11 442 (33.11%) Windows Server 2008
12 432 (32.36%) Windows Server 2012
13 413 (30.94%) Cisco
14 406 (30.41%) Cisco Certification
15 392 (29.36%) CCNA
16 388 (29.06%) Citrix
17 349 (26.14%) MCITP
18 348 (26.07%) MCP
19 317 (23.75%) Windows 7
20 307 (23.00%) SQL Server
21 304 (22.77%) Hyper-V
22 258 (19.33%) MS Office
23 256 (19.18%) Firewall
24 248 (18.58%) WAN
25 246 (18.43%) LAN
26 231 (17.30%) Office 365
27 224 (16.78%) DHCP
28 222 (16.63%) DNS
28 222 (16.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 483 (36.18%) MS Exchange
2 219 (16.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 175 (13.11%) Exchange Server 2013
4 110 (8.24%) Exchange Server 2007
5 107 (8.01%) Skype for Business
6 88 (6.59%) SharePoint
7 59 (4.42%) IIS
8 35 (2.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 28 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2003
10 15 (1.12%) CMS
10 15 (1.12%) Office Communications Server
11 12 (0.90%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.30%) Confluence
14 4 (0.30%) SAS
15 3 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.22%) JBoss
15 3 (0.22%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.22%) WordPress
Applications
1 455 (34.08%) MS Excel
2 258 (19.33%) MS Office
3 36 (2.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.45%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.30%) MS Project
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.15%) SketchUp
7 1 (0.075%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 7 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.30%) Bankmaster
3 3 (0.22%) Exstream
3 3 (0.22%) Hi Portfolio
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.075%) FLEXCUBE
4 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 231 (17.30%) Office 365
2 99 (7.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (2.10%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (1.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (1.20%) IaaS
6 12 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (0.82%) GitHub
7 11 (0.82%) SaaS
8 6 (0.45%) Mimecast
9 5 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.22%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.22%) Google Apps
10 3 (0.22%) IBM SmartCloud
11 2 (0.15%) PaaS
12 1 (0.075%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.075%) Amazon Kinesis
12 1 (0.075%) Route 53
12 1 (0.075%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.075%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 256 (19.18%) Firewall
2 248 (18.58%) WAN
3 246 (18.43%) LAN
4 224 (16.78%) DHCP
5 222 (16.63%) DNS
6 176 (13.18%) SAN
7 150 (11.24%) VPN
8 136 (10.19%) TCP/IP
9 72 (5.39%) VLAN
10 71 (5.32%) Wireless
11 68 (5.09%) VoIP
12 53 (3.97%) Cisco ASA
12 53 (3.97%) Internet
13 51 (3.82%) MPLS
14 38 (2.85%) iSCSI
15 32 (2.40%) ADSL
16 31 (2.32%) Skype
17 28 (2.10%) Remote Desktop
18 27 (2.02%) IPsec
19 25 (1.87%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 307 (23.00%) SQL Server
2 73 (5.47%) SQL Server 2012
3 61 (4.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 54 (4.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 54 (4.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 53 (3.97%) SQL Server 2005
6 34 (2.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 33 (2.47%) SQL Server 2014
8 25 (1.87%) Relational Database
9 14 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (1.05%) SQL Server 2000
10 9 (0.67%) SSDT
11 8 (0.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 8 (0.60%) Power BI
12 6 (0.45%) GIS
12 6 (0.45%) OLAP
12 6 (0.45%) OLTP
13 5 (0.37%) Data Mining
13 5 (0.37%) MySQL
13 5 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 16 (1.20%) Visual Studio
2 8 (0.60%) JIRA
3 6 (0.45%) Eclipse
3 6 (0.45%) tSQLt
4 5 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 5 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.30%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.22%) MSI
7 2 (0.15%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.15%) Subversion
8 1 (0.075%) Grunt
8 1 (0.075%) InstallShield
General
1 175 (13.11%) Finance
2 42 (3.15%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.47%) Games
4 32 (2.40%) Banking
4 32 (2.40%) Legal
5 27 (2.02%) Japanese Language
6 21 (1.57%) Retail
7 17 (1.27%) Law
8 15 (1.12%) Marketing
9 14 (1.05%) Billing
9 14 (1.05%) Local Government
10 12 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.60%) Advertising
11 8 (0.60%) Back Office
11 8 (0.60%) German Language
12 6 (0.45%) French Language
13 3 (0.22%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.15%) Automotive
14 2 (0.15%) Publishing
15 1 (0.075%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 310 (23.22%) Support Engineer
2 248 (18.58%) Analyst
3 219 (16.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 137 (10.26%) IT Support
5 133 (9.96%) 2nd Line Support
6 128 (9.59%) 3rd Line Support
7 123 (9.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 115 (8.61%) Support Analyst
9 100 (7.49%) IT Engineer
10 94 (7.04%) Consultant
11 91 (6.82%) Service Analyst
12 90 (6.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 90 (6.74%) Administrator
13 89 (6.67%) Service Desk Analyst
14 82 (6.14%) Infrastructure Support
15 81 (6.07%) Server Engineer
16 79 (5.92%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 77 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
17 77 (5.77%) Windows Engineer
18 75 (5.62%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (2.02%) .NET
2 17 (1.27%) 802.1X
3 13 (0.97%) COM
4 10 (0.75%) Web Services
5 8 (0.60%) MDX
6 7 (0.52%) Middleware
7 6 (0.45%) ODBC
7 6 (0.45%) Software Packaging
8 5 (0.37%) HTML
8 5 (0.37%) Ultra Messaging
9 4 (0.30%) .NET Framework
9 4 (0.30%) CSS
10 3 (0.22%) LAMP
11 2 (0.15%) LEMP Stack
11 2 (0.15%) X-Windows
12 1 (0.075%) ADSI
12 1 (0.075%) jQuery
12 1 (0.075%) Sass
12 1 (0.075%) WSH
12 1 (0.075%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 150 (11.24%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
3 78 (5.84%) Driving Licence
4 67 (5.02%) Blackberry
5 51 (3.82%) Replication
6 37 (2.77%) Clustering
7 27 (2.02%) Fat Client
7 27 (2.02%) Thin Client
8 25 (1.87%) Statistics
9 23 (1.72%) Management Information System
10 21 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
11 19 (1.42%) Computer Science
12 18 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
13 16 (1.20%) iPad
14 15 (1.12%) EqualLogic
14 15 (1.12%) iPhone
14 15 (1.12%) User Experience
15 13 (0.97%) Client/Server
16 11 (0.82%) CESG
16 11 (0.82%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1048 (78.50%) Windows
2 712 (53.33%) Windows Server
3 442 (33.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 432 (32.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 317 (23.75%) Windows 7
6 167 (12.51%) Linux
7 155 (11.61%) Windows 8
8 130 (9.74%) Windows Server 2003
9 113 (8.46%) Windows 10
10 66 (4.94%) Windows XP
11 54 (4.04%) Unix
12 35 (2.62%) Mac OS X
13 24 (1.80%) Windows Vista
14 23 (1.72%) Mac OS
15 22 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 18 (1.35%) Android
17 14 (1.05%) HPUX
18 13 (0.97%) Apple iOS
19 9 (0.67%) Windows Phone
20 6 (0.45%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 525 (39.33%) ITIL
2 100 (7.49%) Migration
3 93 (6.97%) Service Management
4 90 (6.74%) Disaster Recovery
5 60 (4.49%) Service Delivery
6 58 (4.34%) High Availability
6 58 (4.34%) ITIL V3
7 57 (4.27%) Root Cause Analysis
8 52 (3.90%) Project Management
9 51 (3.82%) Mentoring
9 51 (3.82%) Presales
10 45 (3.37%) Time Management
11 44 (3.30%) Change Management
12 43 (3.22%) Agile Software Development
12 43 (3.22%) PRINCE2
13 41 (3.07%) Change Control
14 40 (3.00%) Continuous Improvement
15 39 (2.92%) Patch Management
16 38 (2.85%) Kalman Filter
17 33 (2.47%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 202 (15.13%) SQL
2 154 (11.54%) PowerShell
3 47 (3.52%) T-SQL
4 39 (2.92%) VBScript
5 18 (1.35%) Bash Shell
5 18 (1.35%) C#
6 16 (1.20%) Python
7 14 (1.05%) Perl
8 13 (0.97%) VB
9 12 (0.90%) C
9 12 (0.90%) Java
10 8 (0.60%) VBA
11 4 (0.30%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.30%) PHP
12 3 (0.22%) C++
12 3 (0.22%) Delphi
12 3 (0.22%) R
13 2 (0.15%) Pascal
13 2 (0.15%) Ruby
13 2 (0.15%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1335 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 890 (66.67%) MCSE
3 406 (30.41%) Cisco Certification
4 392 (29.36%) CCNA
5 349 (26.14%) MCITP
6 348 (26.07%) MCP
7 222 (16.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 170 (12.73%) MCTS
9 150 (11.24%) Degree
10 92 (6.89%) Citrix Certification
11 79 (5.92%) CCNP
12 78 (5.84%) Security Cleared
13 73 (5.47%) CCA
14 72 (5.39%) A+ Certification
15 63 (4.72%) ITIL Certification
16 57 (4.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 56 (4.19%) Network+ Certification
18 54 (4.04%) SC Cleared
19 29 (2.17%) MCDST
19 29 (2.17%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (13.03%) SLA
2 26 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.12%) PCI DSS
4 11 (0.82%) Solvency II
5 10 (0.75%) HIPAA
6 7 (0.52%) Data Quality
6 7 (0.52%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.15%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.15%) QA
8 1 (0.075%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 735 (55.06%) Active Directory
2 455 (34.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 304 (22.77%) Hyper-V
4 132 (9.89%) vSphere
5 116 (8.69%) XenApp
6 58 (4.34%) VMware ESXi
7 57 (4.27%) XenDesktop
8 41 (3.07%) Terminal Services
9 37 (2.77%) Virtual Desktop
10 32 (2.40%) Virtual Servers
11 31 (2.32%) XenServer
12 29 (2.17%) NFS
13 24 (1.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 22 (1.65%) VMware ESX
15 18 (1.35%) Terminal Server
16 15 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
16 15 (1.12%) Xen
17 14 (1.05%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 14 (1.05%) Postfix
18 9 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 179 (13.41%) SCCM
2 86 (6.44%) Backup Exec
3 63 (4.72%) WSUS
4 49 (3.67%) SCOM
5 38 (2.85%) Norton AntiVirus
6 29 (2.17%) NetBackup
7 24 (1.80%) SCVMM
8 20 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
9 19 (1.42%) DameWare
9 19 (1.42%) McAfee ePO
10 18 (1.35%) Microsoft Intune
11 14 (1.05%) EMC VPLEX
12 13 (0.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 13 (0.97%) Nagios
13 11 (0.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 11 (0.82%) SCSM
13 11 (0.82%) vMotion
14 9 (0.67%) Perfmon
15 8 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
15 8 (0.60%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 963 (72.13%) Microsoft
2 663 (49.66%) VMware
3 413 (30.94%) Cisco
4 388 (29.06%) Citrix
5 214 (16.03%) HP
6 103 (7.72%) NetApp
7 80 (5.99%) EMC
8 74 (5.54%) Symantec
9 65 (4.87%) Veeam
10 63 (4.72%) Dell
11 52 (3.90%) Apple
12 45 (3.37%) Juniper
13 40 (3.00%) CheckPoint
13 40 (3.00%) SolarWinds
14 38 (2.85%) Sophos
15 36 (2.70%) Avaya
16 32 (2.40%) Red Hat
17 29 (2.17%) IBM
18 27 (2.02%) Intel Security
18 27 (2.02%) SonicWALL
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + training & benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
ninesharp
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Quarterly Bonus, Pension etc...
Posted: 22 hours ago
Berkshire
ninesharp
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Quarterly Bonus, Pension etc...
Posted: 22 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £30000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Health & Pension
Posted: 15 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Peopleworks
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum Negotiable + Bonus + Shift Allowance
Posted: 8 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £28000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Bluetownonline
Salary: £28000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + generous employee benefits
Posted: 15 hours ago
Scotland
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Salary: Competative salary and benefits package
Posted: 20 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Warwickshire
Montash
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + BENEFITS
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cheshire
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £24000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £23500 - £32585 per annum + stand by allowance+ benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Christchurch, Dorset
Team Jobs
Salary: From £28,000 to £32,000 per annum 28days hols, MS Training, Career Pro
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
onezeero.
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
D4 Digital Recruitment
Salary: £32000 - £36000 Per Annum On call allowance
Posted: 2 days ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £23000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + generous package
Posted: Yesterday
Kent
Client Server
Salary: £25k to £30k + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Networking People
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £23000 - £29000 per annum + pension, maybe company car
Posted: 3 days ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £25000 - £33000 per annum + Benefits + Great Company
Posted: 2 days ago
Kettering, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £20000.00 - £24000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Southern Lights Recruitment
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS Ltd
Salary: Up to £24k + £Bonus + MS Training !
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
D4 Digital Recruitment
Salary: £28000 - £36000 Per Annum On call allowance
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
FT Select
Salary: From £46,000 to £58,000 per annum + on call + company benefits
Posted: Yesterday