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

Location
3 months to
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 380 395 428
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +33
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 758 656 605
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.61% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.45% 2.29% 1.79%
Number of salaries quoted 649 588 554
Average salary £33,500 £36,500 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.21% +8.95%
90% offered a salary of more than £21,500 £23,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £30,000 £36,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +10.76%

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
30918 28623 33883
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.08% 26.79% 28.83%
Number of salaries quoted 24116 23391 28525
Average salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.65% +1.17%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,800 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.00% -

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 22 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 22 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 +27 718 £33,500 -6.94% 87
London +15 264 £38,500 +5.47% 25
South East +25 196 £27,500 -20.28% 31
City of London +32 97 £40,000 - 12
Hampshire +48 77 £24,500 -18.33% 10
Yorkshire -8 56 £36,250 +16.93% 5
North West +12 53 £29,500 +1.72% 9
West Yorkshire -12 40 £35,000 +16.66% 2
South West -43 39 £25,000 -36.30% 4
East Midlands -12 38 £28,000 -34.11% 2
Fareham +28 37 £22,500 -21.05% 4
West Midlands -14 37 £36,000 -15.29% 4
East of England +1 36 £37,500 +50.00% 5
Northamptonshire +7 33 £28,000 -6.66%
Northampton +3 32 £28,000 -13.84%
Manchester +8 28 £30,250 +1.68% 5
Oxfordshire +21 27 £33,000 -11.40% 5
Berkshire -28 27 £27,000 -21.16%
Leeds -15 26 £37,500 +31.57% 1
Abingdon - 26 £33,000 - 5
Surrey -7 24 £39,250 -21.50% 10
Southampton +12 22 £22,500 -6.25% 2
Cheshire +2 20 £23,500 -6.00% 3
Scotland -18 20 £30,750 -5.38% 4
Birmingham +11 18 £37,000 +2.77% 3
West Sussex -7 17 £36,500 +65.90%
Hertfordshire -1 15 £37,500 +59.57% 1
Warrington - 15 £23,500 - 2
Dorset +10 13 £30,000 -14.28% 1
Buckinghamshire +6 13 £32,500 -7.14% 3

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 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 1546 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1302 (84.22%) Windows
3 1150 (74.39%) MCSE
4 1085 (70.18%) Microsoft
5 872 (56.40%) VMware
6 843 (54.53%) Active Directory
7 754 (48.77%) MS Exchange
8 700 (45.28%) Windows Server 2008
9 680 (43.98%) ITIL
10 607 (39.26%) MCITP
11 599 (38.75%) MS Excel
12 567 (36.68%) VMware Infrastructure
13 506 (32.73%) Cisco Certification
14 489 (31.63%) Cisco
15 469 (30.34%) CCNA
16 466 (30.14%) DNS
17 455 (29.43%) Citrix
18 454 (29.37%) SAN
19 442 (28.59%) Windows Server 2012
20 437 (28.27%) MCP
21 416 (26.91%) Exchange Server 2010
22 406 (26.26%) Firewall
23 393 (25.42%) DHCP
24 385 (24.90%) Hyper-V
25 363 (23.48%) SQL Server
26 346 (22.38%) Windows Server 2003
27 345 (22.32%) Windows 7
28 336 (21.73%) MCTS
29 330 (21.35%) TCP/IP
30 291 (18.82%) HP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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
1 754 (48.77%) MS Exchange
2 416 (26.91%) Exchange Server 2010
3 271 (17.53%) Exchange Server 2007
4 221 (14.29%) SharePoint
5 180 (11.64%) Exchange Server 2013
6 179 (11.58%) Lync
7 137 (8.86%) Exchange Server 2003
8 109 (7.05%) IIS
9 69 (4.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 37 (2.39%) Office Communications Server
11 27 (1.75%) SharePoint 2013
12 15 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
12 15 (0.97%) Apache
13 14 (0.91%) SharePoint Server
14 12 (0.78%) IBM Notes
15 8 (0.52%) Lotus Domino
16 7 (0.45%) Moodle
16 7 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
17 6 (0.39%) Apache Solr
18 4 (0.26%) TPMS
Applications
1 599 (38.75%) MS Excel
2 274 (17.72%) MS Office
3 5 (0.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.26%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.26%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.13%) Maya
5 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.13%) Fireworks
5 2 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 35 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.10%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.19%) Agresso
4 3 (0.19%) Visualfiles
4 3 (0.19%) Cognos Controller
5 1 (0.065%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.065%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.065%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.065%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 136 (8.80%) Office 365
2 107 (6.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (1.03%) SaaS
4 14 (0.91%) IaaS
5 8 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.065%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 466 (30.14%) DNS
2 454 (29.37%) SAN
3 406 (26.26%) Firewall
4 393 (25.42%) DHCP
5 330 (21.35%) TCP/IP
6 218 (14.10%) LAN
7 205 (13.26%) VPN
8 194 (12.55%) WAN
9 99 (6.40%) Wireless
10 91 (5.89%) VoIP
11 84 (5.43%) NAS
12 60 (3.88%) Internet
13 53 (3.43%) Cisco ASA
14 47 (3.04%) MPLS
15 45 (2.91%) Unified Communications
16 42 (2.72%) Cisco IOS
16 42 (2.72%) Network Security
17 36 (2.33%) VLAN
18 30 (1.94%) SMTP
18 30 (1.94%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 363 (23.48%) SQL Server
2 78 (5.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 48 (3.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 39 (2.52%) MySQL
5 38 (2.46%) SQL Server 2012
5 38 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
7 26 (1.68%) SQL Server 2005
8 20 (1.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 19 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
10 14 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
11 12 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
12 11 (0.71%) Oracle Database
13 10 (0.65%) Relational Database
14 9 (0.58%) RDBMS
15 8 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
16 5 (0.32%) MS Access
16 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 4 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
18 3 (0.19%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 8 (0.52%) Visual Studio
2 6 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (0.13%) Subversion
3 2 (0.13%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.13%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.13%) MSI
3 2 (0.13%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (0.065%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 173 (11.19%) Finance
2 56 (3.62%) Legal
3 44 (2.85%) Retail
4 33 (2.13%) Law
5 28 (1.81%) Telecoms
5 28 (1.81%) Advertising
6 24 (1.55%) Banking
7 13 (0.84%) Marketing
8 9 (0.58%) Games
9 8 (0.52%) German Language
10 7 (0.45%) Back Office
11 5 (0.32%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.13%) Electronics
12 2 (0.13%) Automotive
12 2 (0.13%) Local Government
12 2 (0.13%) French Language
13 1 (0.065%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.065%) Publishing
13 1 (0.065%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 349 (22.57%) Support Engineer
2 284 (18.37%) Analyst
3 247 (15.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 155 (10.03%) Administrator
5 130 (8.41%) Support Analyst
6 121 (7.83%) 3rd Line Support
7 114 (7.37%) IT Support
8 106 (6.86%) Service Analyst
8 106 (6.86%) Systems Engineer
9 101 (6.53%) 2nd Line Support
10 95 (6.14%) Service Desk Analyst
11 94 (6.08%) Systems Administrator
12 81 (5.24%) Consultant
13 78 (5.05%) IT Support Engineer
14 73 (4.72%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
15 70 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 70 (4.53%) Technical Support
16 63 (4.08%) Team Leader
17 60 (3.88%) Infrastructure Manager
18 46 (2.98%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.36%) .NET
2 18 (1.16%) HTML
3 16 (1.03%) Application Packaging
4 14 (0.91%) XML
5 13 (0.84%) Web Services
6 11 (0.71%) ASP.NET
7 6 (0.39%) Middleware
8 5 (0.32%) .NET Framework
8 5 (0.32%) LAMP
9 4 (0.26%) CSS
10 3 (0.19%) COM
11 2 (0.13%) Ajax
11 2 (0.13%) XSLT
11 2 (0.13%) ODBC
11 2 (0.13%) MSMQ
11 2 (0.13%) XHTML
11 2 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.13%) HTML5
11 2 (0.13%) WCF
12 1 (0.065%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 124 (8.02%) Blackberry
2 114 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
3 92 (5.95%) Clustering
4 29 (1.88%) EqualLogic
4 29 (1.88%) Management Information System
5 23 (1.49%) PKI
5 23 (1.49%) Replication
6 22 (1.42%) iPhone
7 21 (1.36%) Fat Client
7 21 (1.36%) Thin Client
8 20 (1.29%) Computer Science
9 16 (1.03%) Client/Server
10 13 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
10 13 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
11 12 (0.78%) Firmware
11 12 (0.78%) iPad
11 12 (0.78%) Hedge funds
12 10 (0.65%) Mathematics
13 9 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (0.52%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 1302 (84.22%) Windows
2 700 (45.28%) Windows Server 2008
3 442 (28.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 346 (22.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 345 (22.32%) Windows 7
6 199 (12.87%) Linux
7 180 (11.64%) Windows XP
8 113 (7.31%) Windows 8
9 58 (3.75%) UNIX
10 44 (2.85%) Windows Vista
11 39 (2.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (1.68%) Mac OS X
13 19 (1.23%) Apple iOS
14 18 (1.16%) Windows 2000 Server
14 18 (1.16%) Mac OS
15 15 (0.97%) Android
16 14 (0.91%) Debian
17 11 (0.71%) SUSE
18 8 (0.52%) CentOS
18 8 (0.52%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 680 (43.98%) ITIL
2 108 (6.99%) Disaster Recovery
3 107 (6.92%) Migration
4 89 (5.76%) Mentoring
5 88 (5.69%) Project Management
6 86 (5.56%) Service Delivery
7 80 (5.17%) Service Management
8 75 (4.85%) Root Cause Analysis
8 75 (4.85%) Change Management
9 73 (4.72%) PRINCE2
9 73 (4.72%) Load Balancing
10 71 (4.59%) ITIL V3
11 66 (4.27%) Problem Management
12 58 (3.75%) Incident Management
13 50 (3.23%) Change Control
14 49 (3.17%) CRM
15 39 (2.52%) Business Continuity
16 36 (2.33%) Technical Architecture
17 30 (1.94%) Configuration Management
17 30 (1.94%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 250 (16.17%) SQL
2 107 (6.92%) PowerShell
3 37 (2.39%) VBScript
4 21 (1.36%) T-SQL
5 20 (1.29%) C
6 14 (0.91%) VB
7 12 (0.78%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.58%) Java
9 7 (0.45%) PHP
10 5 (0.32%) PL/SQL
10 5 (0.32%) C#
11 4 (0.26%) VB.NET
11 4 (0.26%) VBA
12 3 (0.19%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.19%) Perl
13 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.13%) C++
Qualifications
1 1546 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1150 (74.39%) MCSE
3 607 (39.26%) MCITP
4 506 (32.73%) Cisco Certification
5 469 (30.34%) CCNA
6 437 (28.27%) MCP
7 336 (21.73%) MCTS
8 261 (16.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 207 (13.39%) Degree
10 147 (9.51%) CCNP
11 78 (5.05%) Citrix Certification
12 70 (4.53%) ITIL Certification
13 60 (3.88%) CCA
14 59 (3.82%) A+ Certification
15 53 (3.43%) MCDST
16 48 (3.10%) Security Cleared
17 46 (2.98%) Network+ Certification
18 37 (2.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 37 (2.39%) SC Cleared
19 29 (1.88%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (11.13%) SLA
2 27 (1.75%) PCI DSS
3 23 (1.49%) QA
4 7 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.19%) COBIT
6 3 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 843 (54.53%) Active Directory
2 567 (36.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 385 (24.90%) Hyper-V
4 126 (8.15%) XenApp
5 99 (6.40%) vSphere
6 73 (4.72%) VMware ESX
7 62 (4.01%) VMware ESXi
8 46 (2.98%) XenDesktop
9 35 (2.26%) UAG
10 30 (1.94%) XenServer
11 20 (1.29%) Forefront TMG
12 18 (1.16%) Terminal Services
13 17 (1.10%) VMware Workstation
14 14 (0.91%) VMware Server
15 13 (0.84%) ISA Server
15 13 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
16 12 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 9 (0.58%) Xen
18 6 (0.39%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 5 (0.32%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 170 (11.00%) SCCM
2 130 (8.41%) Backup Exec
3 57 (3.69%) Norton AntiVirus
4 55 (3.56%) SCOM
5 32 (2.07%) WSUS
6 13 (0.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 11 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 11 (0.71%) SCVMM
8 10 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
9 8 (0.52%) SCOrch
10 6 (0.39%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.39%) ARCserve
11 5 (0.32%) SCDPM
11 5 (0.32%) ZABBIX
12 4 (0.26%) MAILsweeper
12 4 (0.26%) Cisco UCCX
12 4 (0.26%) Cisco CUCM
13 3 (0.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 3 (0.19%) AppDNA
13 3 (0.19%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 1085 (70.18%) Microsoft
2 872 (56.40%) VMware
3 489 (31.63%) Cisco
4 455 (29.43%) Citrix
5 291 (18.82%) HP
6 145 (9.38%) Dell
7 125 (8.09%) Symantec
8 118 (7.63%) Juniper
9 109 (7.05%) Apple
10 96 (6.21%) EMC
11 91 (5.89%) Veeam
12 88 (5.69%) NetApp
13 57 (3.69%) Meru Networks
14 50 (3.23%) CheckPoint
15 48 (3.10%) Red Hat
16 45 (2.91%) Sophos
17 38 (2.46%) IBM
18 37 (2.39%) Remedy
19 32 (2.07%) McAfee
20 28 (1.81%) Oracle
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £28k - 30k per year + Commission / Car / Pension
Posted: 6 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: excellent benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £33,000 per annum + car/allowance + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: to £26,000 + Benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Information Technology Services
Salary: £26k - 31k per year + Great benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
Zorba Consulting Limited
Salary: From £38,000 to £45,000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Car
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Car
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: c£40K depending on skills and experience) plus £2K bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
MBA Ltd
Salary: negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £33000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £37000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Godalming, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £22,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £24k - £28k per annum + £1k Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £30k - £36k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 3 days ago