The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 372 396 471
Rank change year-on-year
+24 +75
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 796 627 501
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.58% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.51% 2.12% 1.52%
Number of salaries quoted 695 547 452
Average salary £35,000 £34,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £33,500 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31696 29633 33028
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.10% 27.29% 28.13%
Number of salaries quoted 24801 23831 28223
Average salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.52% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +28 747 £35,000 +6.06% 75
London -10 266 £37,500 +2.73% 23
South East +18 200 £33,000 +8.19% 26
City of London +18 71 £37,500 - 7
North West +44 70 £30,000 +14.28% 5
Hampshire +18 59 £25,500 -1.92% 8
Yorkshire 0 57 £42,500 +45.29% 4
West Yorkshire -11 45 £37,500 +25.00% 2
East of England +12 42 £35,000 +42.01% 5
Leeds -8 42 £36,250 +27.19% 1
East Midlands -7 40 £35,500 -15.47% 6
Northamptonshire +17 37 £33,500 +52.27% 4
Northampton +7 37 £33,500 +52.27% 2
Oxfordshire +34 36 £33,000 -8.33% 2
Abingdon - 36 £33,000 - 2
Cheshire +7 35 £23,500 -6.00% 2
South West -24 35 £30,500 -24.22% 6
Berkshire -43 35 £36,250 +18.85% 8
West Midlands -13 31 £35,000 -17.64% 4
Manchester +23 26 £32,500 +3.17% 4
Warrington 0 26 £23,500 -
West Sussex +20 25 £37,500 +70.45% 1
Southampton +20 25 £25,750 +7.29% 3
Scotland +10 22 £31,000 -11.42% 3
Surrey +5 22 £38,500 -6.66% 6
Fareham -3 20 £23,000 -16.36% 3
Dorset -1 16 £30,000 -22.58% 2
Hertfordshire -4 16 £45,000 +95.65% 2
Reading -3 14 £26,500 -23.18% 1
Watford -8 12 £45,000 +181.25% 2

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 1525 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1302 (85.38%) Windows
3 1113 (72.98%) MCSE
4 1080 (70.82%) Microsoft
5 859 (56.33%) Active Directory
6 817 (53.57%) VMware
7 755 (49.51%) MS Exchange
8 699 (45.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 667 (43.74%) ITIL
10 592 (38.82%) MCITP
11 583 (38.23%) MS Excel
12 547 (35.87%) VMware Infrastructure
13 486 (31.87%) Cisco
14 470 (30.82%) Cisco Certification
15 452 (29.64%) CCNA
16 447 (29.31%) Citrix
17 444 (29.11%) DNS
18 435 (28.52%) SAN
19 434 (28.46%) Firewall
20 433 (28.39%) Windows Server 2012
21 429 (28.13%) MCP
22 425 (27.87%) Exchange Server 2010
23 378 (24.79%) SQL Server
24 364 (23.87%) DHCP
25 355 (23.28%) Windows Server 2003
26 351 (23.02%) Hyper-V
27 344 (22.56%) Windows 7
28 332 (21.77%) TCP/IP
29 301 (19.74%) SQL
30 300 (19.67%) MCTS

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 (49.51%) MS Exchange
2 425 (27.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 268 (17.57%) Exchange Server 2007
4 232 (15.21%) SharePoint
5 184 (12.07%) Exchange Server 2013
6 159 (10.43%) Exchange Server 2003
7 152 (9.97%) Lync
8 133 (8.72%) IIS
9 79 (5.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 41 (2.69%) Office Communications Server
11 32 (2.10%) SharePoint 2013
12 17 (1.11%) SharePoint 2010
12 17 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
12 17 (1.11%) Apache
13 12 (0.79%) IBM Notes
14 10 (0.66%) Lotus Domino
15 8 (0.52%) Tomcat
16 7 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
17 6 (0.39%) Apache Solr
17 6 (0.39%) WorkSite
Applications
1 583 (38.23%) MS Excel
2 272 (17.84%) MS Office
3 9 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.26%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.20%) MS Project
7 2 (0.13%) Fireworks
7 2 (0.13%) Maya
7 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 37 (2.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.31%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.20%) Visualfiles
3 3 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.20%) Agresso
4 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.066%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.066%) SalesLogix
5 1 (0.066%) Exchequer
Cloud Services
1 130 (8.52%) Office 365
2 91 (5.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (1.64%) SaaS
4 12 (0.79%) IaaS
5 9 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.26%) Google Apps
8 2 (0.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 444 (29.11%) DNS
2 435 (28.52%) SAN
3 434 (28.46%) Firewall
4 364 (23.87%) DHCP
5 332 (21.77%) TCP/IP
6 257 (16.85%) LAN
7 221 (14.49%) WAN
8 195 (12.79%) VPN
9 99 (6.49%) VoIP
10 97 (6.36%) Wireless
10 97 (6.36%) NAS
11 59 (3.87%) Cisco ASA
12 57 (3.74%) Internet
13 54 (3.54%) MPLS
14 51 (3.34%) Cisco IOS
15 50 (3.28%) Network Security
16 48 (3.15%) VLAN
16 48 (3.15%) Unified Communications
17 36 (2.36%) HTTP
18 33 (2.16%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 378 (24.79%) SQL Server
2 93 (6.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 60 (3.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (2.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 41 (2.69%) MySQL
5 41 (2.69%) SQL Server 2012
6 40 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
7 32 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
8 31 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
9 29 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 18 (1.18%) Relational Database
11 16 (1.05%) RDBMS
11 16 (1.05%) Oracle Database
12 14 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.39%) SQL Server 2000
15 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
15 5 (0.33%) MS Access
16 4 (0.26%) Crystal Reports
16 4 (0.26%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 13 (0.85%) Octopus Deploy
2 8 (0.52%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 4 (0.26%) Subversion
5 2 (0.13%) JUnit
5 2 (0.13%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.13%) Dreamweaver
5 2 (0.13%) NUnit
5 2 (0.13%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.13%) Selenium
5 2 (0.13%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.066%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.066%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.066%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 171 (11.21%) Finance
2 49 (3.21%) Retail
3 45 (2.95%) Legal
4 37 (2.43%) Law
4 37 (2.43%) Telecoms
5 34 (2.23%) Advertising
6 26 (1.70%) Banking
7 13 (0.85%) Marketing
8 12 (0.79%) Back Office
9 9 (0.59%) Games
10 8 (0.52%) German Language
11 6 (0.39%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.33%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.20%) Electronics
14 2 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.13%) Military
14 2 (0.13%) Front Office
14 2 (0.13%) Automotive
14 2 (0.13%) French Language
15 1 (0.066%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 306 (20.07%) Support Engineer
2 277 (18.16%) Analyst
3 245 (16.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 152 (9.97%) Administrator
5 123 (8.07%) 3rd Line Support
6 117 (7.67%) Support Analyst
7 111 (7.28%) IT Support
8 106 (6.95%) Systems Engineer
8 106 (6.95%) 2nd Line Support
9 98 (6.43%) Systems Administrator
10 97 (6.36%) Service Analyst
11 85 (5.57%) Service Desk Analyst
12 78 (5.11%) Consultant
13 76 (4.98%) IT Support Engineer
14 66 (4.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 60 (3.93%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
16 57 (3.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 55 (3.61%) DBA
18 53 (3.48%) Technical Support
18 53 (3.48%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (1.57%) .NET
2 21 (1.38%) Web Services
3 19 (1.25%) HTML
4 14 (0.92%) XML
5 11 (0.72%) Application Packaging
6 10 (0.66%) ASP.NET
7 8 (0.52%) Middleware
8 7 (0.46%) .NET Framework
9 6 (0.39%) COM
10 5 (0.33%) LAMP
11 4 (0.26%) CSS
12 2 (0.13%) MSMQ
12 2 (0.13%) XHTML
12 2 (0.13%) XSLT
12 2 (0.13%) Ajax
12 2 (0.13%) HTML5
12 2 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
12 2 (0.13%) WCF
13 1 (0.066%) RabbitMQ
13 1 (0.066%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 124 (8.13%) Blackberry
2 112 (7.34%) Clustering
3 42 (2.75%) Replication
4 35 (2.30%) Management Information System
5 25 (1.64%) EqualLogic
6 24 (1.57%) Firmware
7 23 (1.51%) PKI
8 19 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
8 19 (1.25%) Computer Science
9 18 (1.18%) Statistics
10 15 (0.98%) Fat Client
10 15 (0.98%) Client/Server
10 15 (0.98%) Thin Client
11 13 (0.85%) Hedge funds
12 12 (0.79%) Enterprise Storage
13 11 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.72%) PDA
14 9 (0.59%) iPhone
14 9 (0.59%) EPoS
15 8 (0.52%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 1302 (85.38%) Windows
2 699 (45.84%) Windows Server 2008
3 433 (28.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 355 (23.28%) Windows Server 2003
5 344 (22.56%) Windows 7
6 208 (13.64%) Linux
7 176 (11.54%) Windows XP
8 104 (6.82%) Windows 8
9 56 (3.67%) UNIX
10 43 (2.82%) Windows Vista
11 34 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 32 (2.10%) Mac OS X
13 26 (1.70%) Mac OS
14 18 (1.18%) Apple iOS
14 18 (1.18%) Android
15 16 (1.05%) Windows 2000 Server
16 15 (0.98%) SUSE
17 8 (0.52%) Debian
17 8 (0.52%) CentOS
18 7 (0.46%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 667 (43.74%) ITIL
2 134 (8.79%) Disaster Recovery
3 108 (7.08%) Migration
4 92 (6.03%) Service Management
5 74 (4.85%) Project Management
6 73 (4.79%) ITIL V3
6 73 (4.79%) Problem Management
7 72 (4.72%) Load Balancing
8 71 (4.66%) PRINCE2
8 71 (4.66%) Service Delivery
8 71 (4.66%) Change Management
9 68 (4.46%) Change Control
10 62 (4.07%) Root Cause Analysis
11 55 (3.61%) Incident Management
12 51 (3.34%) Business Continuity
13 46 (3.02%) CRM
14 40 (2.62%) Performance Tuning
15 38 (2.49%) Configuration Management
15 38 (2.49%) Technical Architecture
16 32 (2.10%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 301 (19.74%) SQL
2 106 (6.95%) PowerShell
3 36 (2.36%) VBScript
4 28 (1.84%) T-SQL
5 21 (1.38%) Bash Shell
6 15 (0.98%) C
7 13 (0.85%) VB
8 11 (0.72%) Java
9 7 (0.46%) PHP
9 7 (0.46%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.39%) C#
11 4 (0.26%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.26%) Perl
11 4 (0.26%) VB.NET
11 4 (0.26%) VBA
11 4 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.20%) Python
13 1 (0.066%) C++
Qualifications
1 1525 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1113 (72.98%) MCSE
3 592 (38.82%) MCITP
4 470 (30.82%) Cisco Certification
5 452 (29.64%) CCNA
6 429 (28.13%) MCP
7 300 (19.67%) MCTS
8 251 (16.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 205 (13.44%) Degree
10 141 (9.25%) CCNP
11 73 (4.79%) Citrix Certification
12 62 (4.07%) CCA
13 57 (3.74%) MCDST
14 56 (3.67%) ITIL Certification
15 55 (3.61%) Security Cleared
16 41 (2.69%) A+ Certification
17 37 (2.43%) SC Cleared
18 34 (2.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 28 (1.84%) MOS
19 28 (1.84%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (10.49%) SLA
2 32 (2.10%) PCI DSS
3 25 (1.64%) QA
4 11 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.59%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 7 (0.46%) GAMP
6 7 (0.46%) GCP
6 7 (0.46%) GMP
7 4 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.20%) COBIT
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.066%) DICOM
10 1 (0.066%) GxP
System Software
1 859 (56.33%) Active Directory
2 547 (35.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 351 (23.02%) Hyper-V
4 158 (10.36%) XenApp
5 110 (7.21%) vSphere
6 75 (4.92%) XenDesktop
7 60 (3.93%) VMware ESXi
8 56 (3.67%) VMware ESX
9 42 (2.75%) XenServer
10 37 (2.43%) UAG
11 27 (1.77%) Terminal Services
12 23 (1.51%) Forefront TMG
13 18 (1.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 16 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.98%) VMware Server
15 15 (0.98%) ISA Server
16 14 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.59%) Xen
17 9 (0.59%) Oracle RMAN
18 5 (0.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 189 (12.39%) SCCM
2 143 (9.38%) Backup Exec
3 51 (3.34%) SCOM
4 50 (3.28%) Norton AntiVirus
5 36 (2.36%) WSUS
6 14 (0.92%) ARCserve
7 13 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 13 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (0.72%) SCVMM
9 10 (0.66%) NetBackup
9 10 (0.66%) ZABBIX
9 10 (0.66%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 9 (0.59%) SolarWinds Orion
10 9 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 8 (0.52%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.46%) ServiceCenter
12 7 (0.46%) Foglight
13 6 (0.39%) ZENworks
13 6 (0.39%) MAILsweeper
13 6 (0.39%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 1080 (70.82%) Microsoft
2 817 (53.57%) VMware
3 486 (31.87%) Cisco
4 447 (29.31%) Citrix
5 276 (18.10%) HP
6 133 (8.72%) Symantec
7 132 (8.66%) Dell
8 113 (7.41%) Juniper
9 99 (6.49%) Apple
10 92 (6.03%) Veeam
11 90 (5.90%) NetApp
12 84 (5.51%) EMC
13 50 (3.28%) Oracle
14 48 (3.15%) CheckPoint
15 47 (3.08%) Meru Networks
16 45 (2.95%) McAfee
17 42 (2.75%) IBM
18 40 (2.62%) Remedy
19 39 (2.56%) Sophos
19 39 (2.56%) Red Hat
Reigate, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + 15% shift allowance
Posted: 8 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Salary: From £20,000 to £29,000 per annum Healthcare Cash-back Scheme, Optiona
Posted: 10 hours ago
Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £40000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits inc. bonus
Posted: 12 hours ago
Lisburn, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
TribePost.co.uk
Salary: £25,000 to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £20000.00 - £23000.00 per annum + Good Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + Benefits package
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
SBC Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum £45k plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Kelway Ltd
Salary: From £22,000 to £25,000 per annum Plus great benefits and career prog
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
MBA Ltd
Salary: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + car allowance, benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bath, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Excellent training / benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Redruth, Cornwall
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago