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

Location
3 months to
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 352 397 487
Rank change year-on-year
+45 +90
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 828 659 450
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.79% 0.64% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.83% 2.34% 1.44%
Number of salaries quoted 753 558 398
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +4.47%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £22,450 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £57,500 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
-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
29229 28213 31171
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.74% 27.19% 28.17%
Number of salaries quoted 23406 22147 26126
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £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 January 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 January 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 +61 808 £35,000 - 75
London +99 321 £40,000 +6.66% 26
South East -45 160 £36,000 +10.76% 19
City of London +21 87 £43,250 +27.20% 7
South West +39 77 £34,000 -32.00% 8
East of England +14 70 £30,000 -14.28% 5
Yorkshire -14 61 £32,500 -7.14% 5
North West -18 54 £27,500 - 3
West Yorkshire +10 49 £32,500 -18.75% 5
Hampshire +4 44 £33,250 +44.56% 6
Surrey -15 43 £41,500 +50.90% 3
Leeds +3 41 £32,500 -18.75% 3
West Midlands +20 40 £36,000 -29.75% 6
Berkshire -25 32 £32,500 -15.58% 5
Dorset +5 29 £34,000 -32.00% 1
Cheshire +24 26 £23,500 +9.30% 3
Manchester -16 24 £31,000 +12.72%
Birmingham +8 23 £35,000 -31.70% 3
Essex -9 23 £32,000 +60.00%
Wiltshire +18 20 £43,000 -14.00% 1
Bournemouth -4 20 £34,000 +17.24% 1
Warrington +25 17 £23,500 +9.30%
Hertfordshire 0 17 £28,000 -0.88% 1
North East +7 16 £47,500 - 1
Southampton +6 16 £45,000 +57.89% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 16 £47,500 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 16 £47,500 - 1
Gloucestershire +9 15 £30,000 -22.58% 2
Newbury -2 15 £32,500 -30.85% 2
Cheltenham +1 14 £30,000 -20.00%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 1566 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1268 (80.97%) Windows
3 1191 (76.05%) Microsoft
4 1170 (74.71%) MCSE
5 910 (58.11%) Active Directory
6 804 (51.34%) VMware
7 662 (42.27%) MS Exchange
8 620 (39.59%) MS Excel
8 620 (39.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 582 (37.16%) ITIL
10 544 (34.74%) MCITP
11 525 (33.52%) Cisco
12 519 (33.14%) VMware Infrastructure
13 501 (31.99%) Citrix
14 475 (30.33%) Cisco Certification
15 472 (30.14%) MCP
16 414 (26.44%) Windows Server 2012
17 409 (26.12%) CCNA
18 392 (25.03%) SAN
19 390 (24.90%) Hyper-V
20 363 (23.18%) DNS
21 359 (22.92%) MS Office
22 352 (22.48%) Exchange Server 2010
23 336 (21.46%) SQL Server
24 332 (21.20%) Windows Server 2003
25 322 (20.56%) Windows 7
26 316 (20.18%) Firewall
27 307 (19.60%) DHCP
28 281 (17.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
29 275 (17.56%) TCP/IP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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
1 662 (42.27%) MS Exchange
2 352 (22.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 238 (15.20%) SharePoint
4 236 (15.07%) Exchange Server 2007
5 203 (12.96%) Lync
6 172 (10.98%) Exchange Server 2013
7 125 (7.98%) IIS
8 110 (7.02%) Exchange Server 2003
9 62 (3.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 28 (1.79%) Apache
11 26 (1.66%) Office Communications Server
12 21 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
13 16 (1.02%) SharePoint Server
14 15 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
15 13 (0.83%) SAS
16 7 (0.45%) IBM Notes
17 4 (0.26%) Tomcat
17 4 (0.26%) WebLogic
17 4 (0.26%) GlassFish
17 4 (0.26%) Moodle
Applications
1 620 (39.59%) MS Excel
2 359 (22.92%) MS Office
3 6 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.13%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.13%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.064%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.064%) Fireworks
6 1 (0.064%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.064%) MS Project
6 1 (0.064%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 27 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.89%) Dynamics NAV
3 9 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.19%) Cognos Controller
5 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.064%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.064%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.064%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 132 (8.43%) Office 365
2 76 (4.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.77%) IaaS
4 5 (0.32%) PaaS
5 3 (0.19%) SaaS
6 1 (0.064%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 392 (25.03%) SAN
2 363 (23.18%) DNS
3 316 (20.18%) Firewall
4 307 (19.60%) DHCP
5 275 (17.56%) TCP/IP
6 199 (12.71%) LAN
7 188 (12.01%) WAN
8 173 (11.05%) VPN
9 101 (6.45%) VoIP
10 79 (5.04%) NAS
11 55 (3.51%) Internet
12 54 (3.45%) Wireless
13 45 (2.87%) Network Security
14 43 (2.75%) iSCSI
15 38 (2.43%) VLAN
16 33 (2.11%) Cisco ASA
17 31 (1.98%) Cisco IOS
18 30 (1.92%) Wi-Fi
19 28 (1.79%) NetScaler
20 26 (1.66%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 336 (21.46%) SQL Server
2 95 (6.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 46 (2.94%) SQL Server 2005
4 42 (2.68%) SQL Server 2012
5 41 (2.62%) SQL Server 2000
6 36 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 35 (2.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 28 (1.79%) MySQL
9 15 (0.96%) Crystal Reports
10 12 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 11 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (0.38%) Data Mining
14 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.19%) Relational Database
15 3 (0.19%) Big Data
15 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 2 (0.13%) PostgreSQL
16 2 (0.13%) OLTP
16 2 (0.13%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 14 (0.89%) Visual Studio
2 7 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.32%) MSI
4 4 (0.26%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.13%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.064%) WinDbg
7 1 (0.064%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.064%) AdminStudio
General
1 237 (15.13%) Finance
2 47 (3.00%) Legal
3 39 (2.49%) Law
4 31 (1.98%) Telecoms
5 30 (1.92%) Retail
6 29 (1.85%) Banking
7 23 (1.47%) Advertising
8 15 (0.96%) Back Office
9 10 (0.64%) Publishing
10 8 (0.51%) Marketing
11 7 (0.45%) Local Government
11 7 (0.45%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.13%) Electronics
14 1 (0.064%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.064%) Games
14 1 (0.064%) Military
14 1 (0.064%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 340 (21.71%) Support Engineer
2 323 (20.63%) Analyst
3 214 (13.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 173 (11.05%) Support Analyst
5 172 (10.98%) Consultant
5 172 (10.98%) 3rd Line Support
6 109 (6.96%) IT Support
7 101 (6.45%) Administrator
8 98 (6.26%) 2nd Line Support
9 85 (5.43%) Service Analyst
10 84 (5.36%) Technical Support
11 78 (4.98%) Service Desk Analyst
12 70 (4.47%) Server Engineer
13 66 (4.21%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 64 (4.09%) Systems Engineer
15 60 (3.83%) IT Support Engineer
16 57 (3.64%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
17 51 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 44 (2.81%) Server Support
18 44 (2.81%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (2.68%) .NET
2 23 (1.47%) ASP.NET
3 22 (1.40%) Application Packaging
4 17 (1.09%) Web Services
4 17 (1.09%) HTML
5 12 (0.77%) CSS
5 12 (0.77%) Software Packaging
6 9 (0.57%) COM
7 6 (0.38%) MDX
8 4 (0.26%) LAMP
9 3 (0.19%) jQuery
9 3 (0.19%) XML
9 3 (0.19%) JSON
9 3 (0.19%) HTML5
10 1 (0.064%) ODBC
10 1 (0.064%) EDI
10 1 (0.064%) WAP
10 1 (0.064%) SAML
10 1 (0.064%) Middleware
10 1 (0.064%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 115 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
2 110 (7.02%) Blackberry
3 56 (3.58%) Clustering
4 43 (2.75%) Client/Server
5 35 (2.23%) Thin Client
5 35 (2.23%) Fat Client
6 34 (2.17%) Replication
7 32 (2.04%) Management Information System
7 32 (2.04%) iPhone
7 32 (2.04%) EqualLogic
8 31 (1.98%) Computer Science
9 19 (1.21%) GIS
10 16 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
11 15 (0.96%) PKI
12 10 (0.64%) iPad
12 10 (0.64%) Mathematics
13 9 (0.57%) FMCG
13 9 (0.57%) Life Science
14 8 (0.51%) User Experience
15 7 (0.45%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 1268 (80.97%) Windows
2 620 (39.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 414 (26.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 332 (21.20%) Windows Server 2003
5 322 (20.56%) Windows 7
6 163 (10.41%) Windows XP
7 157 (10.03%) Linux
8 148 (9.45%) Windows 8
9 60 (3.83%) UNIX
10 33 (2.11%) Windows Vista
11 22 (1.40%) Windows 2000
12 20 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 12 (0.77%) Mac OS
14 11 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
14 11 (0.70%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.64%) Debian
15 10 (0.64%) CentOS
16 7 (0.45%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
17 6 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 582 (37.16%) ITIL
2 92 (5.87%) Service Delivery
3 87 (5.56%) Project Management
4 86 (5.49%) Migration
5 83 (5.30%) PRINCE2
6 81 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
6 81 (5.17%) Mentoring
7 67 (4.28%) Change Management
8 59 (3.77%) Service Management
9 50 (3.19%) Incident Management
10 46 (2.94%) CRM
10 46 (2.94%) Root Cause Analysis
11 39 (2.49%) Information Security
12 38 (2.43%) Problem Management
12 38 (2.43%) Coaching
13 37 (2.36%) Business Continuity
14 34 (2.17%) Kalman Filter
15 31 (1.98%) Change Control
15 31 (1.98%) Technical Architecture
16 29 (1.85%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 257 (16.41%) SQL
2 133 (8.49%) PowerShell
3 33 (2.11%) VBScript
4 27 (1.72%) C
5 26 (1.66%) C#
6 16 (1.02%) T-SQL
7 9 (0.57%) JavaScript
8 8 (0.51%) VB
8 8 (0.51%) Bash Shell
9 6 (0.38%) Perl
10 4 (0.26%) Python
10 4 (0.26%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.19%) Java
11 3 (0.19%) PHP
12 2 (0.13%) C++
12 2 (0.13%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.13%) Ruby
12 2 (0.13%) R
Qualifications
1 1566 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1170 (74.71%) MCSE
3 544 (34.74%) MCITP
4 475 (30.33%) Cisco Certification
5 472 (30.14%) MCP
6 409 (26.12%) CCNA
7 281 (17.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 234 (14.94%) MCTS
9 195 (12.45%) Degree
10 170 (10.86%) Citrix Certification
11 150 (9.58%) CCNP
12 147 (9.39%) CCA
13 67 (4.28%) ITIL Certification
14 63 (4.02%) MCDST
15 55 (3.51%) A+ Certification
16 48 (3.07%) CISSP
17 45 (2.87%) Security Cleared
18 44 (2.81%) SC Cleared
19 36 (2.30%) VCP5
19 36 (2.30%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (10.92%) SLA
2 30 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.60%) PCI DSS
4 12 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 10 (0.64%) QA
6 4 (0.26%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.26%) COBIT
System Software
1 910 (58.11%) Active Directory
2 519 (33.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 390 (24.90%) Hyper-V
4 201 (12.84%) vSphere
5 195 (12.45%) XenApp
6 90 (5.75%) XenDesktop
7 75 (4.79%) VMware ESX
8 62 (3.96%) VMware ESXi
9 57 (3.64%) XenServer
10 31 (1.98%) Xen
11 27 (1.72%) Terminal Services
12 19 (1.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 17 (1.09%) vCloud
14 14 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.70%) VMware Server
16 10 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 9 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.57%) UAG
18 8 (0.51%) Forefront TMG
19 6 (0.38%) NFS
Systems Management
1 132 (8.43%) SCCM
2 110 (7.02%) Backup Exec
3 76 (4.85%) SCOM
4 35 (2.23%) WSUS
5 25 (1.60%) Norton AntiVirus
5 25 (1.60%) NetBackup
6 14 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (0.83%) SCVMM
8 10 (0.64%) MOM
8 10 (0.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 10 (0.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 9 (0.57%) Nessus
10 8 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 8 (0.51%) Windows Intune
11 7 (0.45%) Cisco UCCX
11 7 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
11 7 (0.45%) SCOrch
12 6 (0.38%) Cacti
12 6 (0.38%) AppManager
13 5 (0.32%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1191 (76.05%) Microsoft
2 804 (51.34%) VMware
3 525 (33.52%) Cisco
4 501 (31.99%) Citrix
5 198 (12.64%) HP
6 146 (9.32%) Dell
7 100 (6.39%) Symantec
8 98 (6.26%) EMC
9 96 (6.13%) NetApp
10 60 (3.83%) Juniper
11 49 (3.13%) Apple
12 43 (2.75%) CheckPoint
12 43 (2.75%) Veeam
13 37 (2.36%) Websense
14 34 (2.17%) Remedy
15 33 (2.11%) Sophos
16 32 (2.04%) Red Hat
17 31 (1.98%) McAfee
18 28 (1.79%) IBM
19 25 (1.60%) CommVault
Reigate, Surrey
Venturi
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + benefits & bonus
Posted: 1 hour ago
Reading, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Posted: 6 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Computer People
Salary: £28000.00 - £31000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Surrey
Vertical IT
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 23 hours ago
South East
Careerwise UK Limited
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + package
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £18000 - £28000 per annum + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Worthing, West Sussex
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £12,500 to £13,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Harrow, Middlesex
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £26,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Deanslist Limited
Salary: From £24,000 to £28,000 per annum + corporate benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Chessington, Surrey
TRG
Salary: £35000 - £40000 Per Annum Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £28000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
JM
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
CPS Group UK
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum + Bonus + Car + Health + pension
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Hayes, Middlesex
Rackspace
Salary: Competitive + Bonus + Benefits + Perks
Posted: 4 days ago