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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 392 433 467
Rank change year-on-year
+41 +34
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 714 544 527
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.49% 0.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.21% 1.77% 1.52%
Number of salaries quoted 619 476 480
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £23,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
32296 30771 34641
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.14% 27.85% 27.79%
Number of salaries quoted 25797 24744 29405
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +42 693 £35,000 - 36
London -8 233 £37,500 - 10
South East +35 186 £32,500 -7.14% 13
Yorkshire +9 70 £37,500 +15.38% 4
City of London +3 68 £37,500 -12.28% 1
Berkshire +11 58 £36,000 +18.03% 3
East of England -2 57 £35,000 -4.97% 2
Surrey +23 51 £31,000 -11.42% 4
West Yorkshire +12 50 £40,000 +40.35% 2
North West +36 47 £34,000 +36.00% 4
Leeds +2 46 £40,000 +40.35% 1
South West -30 37 £38,500 +10.00% 2
Reading +12 31 £36,000 -13.25%
Hampshire +1 31 £30,000 -29.41%
East Midlands -1 30 £38,000 +16.92% 1
Manchester +19 27 £27,500 +10.00% 4
Northampton +9 25 £35,750 -48.92% 1
Northamptonshire +4 25 £39,750 -29.33% 1
West Midlands +21 24 £35,000 +22.80%
Cheshire +24 16 £37,500 +64.83%
Cambridgeshire +20 16 £35,250 +30.55% 1
Southampton +9 16 £32,831 -27.04%
Bristol -1 16 £38,500 +2.66% 1
Dorset -1 14 £35,000 +34.61% 1
Kent -7 14 £45,000 +35.78% 1
Buckinghamshire -9 14 £43,500 -8.42%
Warwickshire +12 13 £31,500 +26.00%
Cambridge +16 12 £35,000 +32.07% 1
Scotland -8 12 £30,000 +9.09%
Birmingham +7 10 £55,000 +41.02%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 1370 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1154 (84.23%) Windows
3 1047 (76.42%) Microsoft
4 1016 (74.16%) MCSE
5 785 (57.30%) Active Directory
6 650 (47.45%) VMware
7 649 (47.37%) MS Exchange
8 608 (44.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 557 (40.66%) ITIL
10 526 (38.39%) MCITP
11 485 (35.40%) Cisco
12 479 (34.96%) MS Excel
13 444 (32.41%) VMware Infrastructure
14 422 (30.80%) Cisco Certification
15 394 (28.76%) MCP
16 392 (28.61%) CCNA
17 389 (28.39%) Firewall
18 386 (28.18%) Exchange Server 2010
19 381 (27.81%) DNS
20 378 (27.59%) Citrix
21 354 (25.84%) Windows Server 2003
22 328 (23.94%) SQL Server
23 312 (22.77%) SAN
24 307 (22.41%) Windows 7
25 299 (21.82%) TCP/IP
26 296 (21.61%) SQL
27 293 (21.39%) Hyper-V
28 277 (20.22%) Windows Server 2012
29 269 (19.64%) DHCP
30 250 (18.25%) MS Office

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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
1 649 (47.37%) MS Exchange
2 386 (28.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 197 (14.38%) Exchange Server 2007
4 189 (13.80%) IIS
4 189 (13.80%) SharePoint
5 161 (11.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 146 (10.66%) Exchange Server 2003
7 123 (8.98%) Lync
8 75 (5.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 32 (2.34%) Apache
10 30 (2.19%) SharePoint 2010
11 22 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
12 18 (1.31%) Office Communications Server
13 16 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
14 11 (0.80%) Tomcat
15 10 (0.73%) IBM Notes
16 8 (0.58%) Moodle
17 7 (0.51%) WorkSite
18 5 (0.36%) GroupWise
18 5 (0.36%) TPMS
Applications
1 479 (34.96%) MS Excel
2 250 (18.25%) MS Office
3 15 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (0.95%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.22%) MS Project
6 2 (0.15%) PowerPivot
6 2 (0.15%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.073%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 25 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.15%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.073%) SalesLogix
Cloud Services
1 88 (6.42%) Office 365
2 39 (2.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.26%) SaaS
4 11 (0.80%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.22%) PaaS
6 3 (0.22%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 389 (28.39%) Firewall
2 381 (27.81%) DNS
3 312 (22.77%) SAN
4 299 (21.82%) TCP/IP
5 269 (19.64%) DHCP
6 236 (17.23%) LAN
7 205 (14.96%) WAN
8 197 (14.38%) VPN
9 85 (6.20%) VoIP
10 82 (5.99%) NAS
11 73 (5.33%) Internet
12 72 (5.26%) Wireless
13 64 (4.67%) Cisco ASA
14 45 (3.28%) MPLS
14 45 (3.28%) SSL
14 45 (3.28%) VLAN
15 44 (3.21%) Unified Communications
16 42 (3.07%) OSPF
17 41 (2.99%) BGP
18 40 (2.92%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 328 (23.94%) SQL Server
2 92 (6.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 57 (4.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 47 (3.43%) SQL Server 2005
5 40 (2.92%) SQL Server 2012
6 37 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 37 (2.70%) MySQL
7 22 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 22 (1.61%) Relational Database
8 21 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
8 21 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
9 20 (1.46%) RDBMS
10 19 (1.39%) Oracle Database
11 16 (1.17%) Oracle Database 11g
12 11 (0.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 11 (0.80%) SQL Server 2000
13 6 (0.44%) Oracle Database 10g
14 4 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.29%) Data Mining
15 3 (0.22%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 13 (0.95%) Visual Studio
2 5 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (0.29%) Wise Package Studio
3 4 (0.29%) InstallShield
4 3 (0.22%) Subversion
5 2 (0.15%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.15%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.15%) Selenium
5 2 (0.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.15%) JUnit
5 2 (0.15%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.15%) NUnit
General
1 175 (12.77%) Finance
2 46 (3.36%) Telecoms
3 45 (3.28%) Law
4 37 (2.70%) Retail
5 33 (2.41%) Legal
6 30 (2.19%) Back Office
6 30 (2.19%) Banking
7 23 (1.68%) Advertising
8 12 (0.88%) Marketing
9 11 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 10 (0.73%) Investment Banking
11 8 (0.58%) French Language
11 8 (0.58%) German Language
12 7 (0.51%) Portuguese Language
12 7 (0.51%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.51%) Dutch Language
13 5 (0.36%) Games
14 4 (0.29%) Manufacturing
15 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
16 2 (0.15%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 276 (20.15%) Analyst
2 253 (18.47%) Support Engineer
3 177 (12.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 128 (9.34%) Support Analyst
5 117 (8.54%) Administrator
6 112 (8.18%) 3rd Line Support
7 100 (7.30%) IT Support
8 98 (7.15%) 2nd Line Support
9 82 (5.99%) Consultant
10 76 (5.55%) Service Analyst
11 75 (5.47%) Systems Administrator
12 72 (5.26%) Service Desk Analyst
13 64 (4.67%) Systems Engineer
14 62 (4.53%) Technical Support
14 62 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 52 (3.80%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 50 (3.65%) Desktop Engineer
16 50 (3.65%) DBA
17 46 (3.36%) SQL DBA
17 46 (3.36%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.12%) .NET
2 24 (1.75%) Web Services
3 13 (0.95%) HTML
3 13 (0.95%) Application Packaging
4 12 (0.88%) COM
4 12 (0.88%) XML
5 9 (0.66%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.36%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.29%) Middleware
7 4 (0.29%) MSMQ
8 1 (0.073%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.073%) J2EE
8 1 (0.073%) JAAS
8 1 (0.073%) SAML
8 1 (0.073%) OAuth
8 1 (0.073%) OpenID
8 1 (0.073%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 124 (9.05%) Clustering
2 101 (7.37%) Blackberry
3 53 (3.87%) Replication
4 36 (2.63%) Firmware
5 32 (2.34%) Management Information System
6 30 (2.19%) Computer Science
7 26 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
8 23 (1.68%) Enterprise Storage
9 21 (1.53%) Statistics
10 18 (1.31%) EqualLogic
11 16 (1.17%) iPhone
12 14 (1.02%) EPoS
12 14 (1.02%) PKI
13 13 (0.95%) Smartphone
14 12 (0.88%) Fat Client
14 12 (0.88%) Thin Client
15 11 (0.80%) Client/Server
16 10 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
16 10 (0.73%) LIMS
17 9 (0.66%) EMC Centera
Operating Systems
1 1154 (84.23%) Windows
2 608 (44.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 354 (25.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 307 (22.41%) Windows 7
5 277 (20.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 180 (13.14%) Linux
7 170 (12.41%) Windows XP
8 102 (7.45%) Windows 8
9 70 (5.11%) UNIX
10 38 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 34 (2.48%) Windows Vista
12 25 (1.82%) Mac OS X
13 22 (1.61%) Solaris
14 20 (1.46%) Windows 2000
15 14 (1.02%) Mac OS
16 11 (0.80%) SUSE
17 10 (0.73%) Android
18 9 (0.66%) Windows 2000 Server
18 9 (0.66%) CentOS
19 8 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 557 (40.66%) ITIL
2 99 (7.23%) Disaster Recovery
3 88 (6.42%) Service Management
4 64 (4.67%) Migration
5 63 (4.60%) Service Delivery
6 62 (4.53%) Project Management
6 62 (4.53%) Load Balancing
7 60 (4.38%) Change Control
8 52 (3.80%) Root Cause Analysis
9 50 (3.65%) Incident Management
9 50 (3.65%) ITIL V3
10 49 (3.58%) PRINCE2
11 48 (3.50%) Performance Tuning
12 46 (3.36%) Problem Management
13 41 (2.99%) Technical Architecture
13 41 (2.99%) CRM
14 37 (2.70%) E-Commerce
15 33 (2.41%) Configuration Management
16 32 (2.34%) Business Continuity
17 29 (2.12%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 296 (21.61%) SQL
2 92 (6.72%) PowerShell
3 24 (1.75%) Java
4 22 (1.61%) T-SQL
5 16 (1.17%) VBScript
6 15 (1.09%) Bash Shell
7 11 (0.80%) VBA
8 10 (0.73%) Shell Script
8 10 (0.73%) VB
8 10 (0.73%) C#
9 9 (0.66%) C
10 8 (0.58%) Python
11 7 (0.51%) Perl
12 5 (0.36%) PHP
13 4 (0.29%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.15%) Korn
15 1 (0.073%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.073%) Ruby
15 1 (0.073%) LINC
15 1 (0.073%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1370 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1016 (74.16%) MCSE
3 526 (38.39%) MCITP
4 422 (30.80%) Cisco Certification
5 394 (28.76%) MCP
6 392 (28.61%) CCNA
7 246 (17.96%) MCTS
8 194 (14.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 170 (12.41%) Degree
10 152 (11.09%) CCNP
11 88 (6.42%) Citrix Certification
12 79 (5.77%) CCA
13 51 (3.72%) MCDST
14 49 (3.58%) MOS
15 43 (3.14%) ITIL Certification
16 42 (3.07%) Network+ Certification
16 42 (3.07%) Security Cleared
17 33 (2.41%) A+ Certification
18 27 (1.97%) RHCE
18 27 (1.97%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (12.19%) SLA
2 34 (2.48%) PCI DSS
3 15 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.09%) QA
4 10 (0.73%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.51%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 7 (0.51%) GAMP
5 7 (0.51%) GCP
5 7 (0.51%) GMP
6 4 (0.29%) COBIT
7 2 (0.15%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.073%) GxP
8 1 (0.073%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.073%) DICOM
System Software
1 785 (57.30%) Active Directory
2 444 (32.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 293 (21.39%) Hyper-V
4 170 (12.41%) XenApp
5 135 (9.85%) vSphere
6 84 (6.13%) XenDesktop
7 53 (3.87%) Terminal Services
8 52 (3.80%) XenServer
9 45 (3.28%) VMware ESX
10 44 (3.21%) VMware ESXi
11 28 (2.04%) Forefront TMG
12 27 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
12 27 (1.97%) UAG
13 21 (1.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 20 (1.46%) ISA Server
15 15 (1.09%) VMware Server
16 9 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 8 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
18 5 (0.36%) Xen
18 5 (0.36%) Novell eDirectory
Systems Management
1 171 (12.48%) SCCM
2 119 (8.69%) Backup Exec
3 66 (4.82%) WSUS
4 57 (4.16%) SCOM
5 30 (2.19%) McAfee ePO
6 21 (1.53%) SCVMM
7 17 (1.24%) NetBackup
8 14 (1.02%) ARCserve
8 14 (1.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 14 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
9 13 (0.95%) SolarWinds Orion
10 11 (0.80%) Foglight
11 8 (0.58%) SCOrch
11 8 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 8 (0.58%) ServiceCenter
12 7 (0.51%) MOM
13 6 (0.44%) SCDPM
13 6 (0.44%) WMI
14 5 (0.36%) AppManager
14 5 (0.36%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 1047 (76.42%) Microsoft
2 650 (47.45%) VMware
3 485 (35.40%) Cisco
4 378 (27.59%) Citrix
5 164 (11.97%) HP
6 101 (7.37%) Symantec
7 91 (6.64%) Juniper
8 89 (6.50%) Dell
9 88 (6.42%) NetApp
10 79 (5.77%) CheckPoint
11 75 (5.47%) McAfee
12 74 (5.40%) Oracle
13 51 (3.72%) Apple
14 49 (3.58%) F5
15 46 (3.36%) Red Hat
16 45 (3.28%) Veeam
17 44 (3.21%) EMC
18 41 (2.99%) IBM
19 39 (2.85%) SolarWinds
20 34 (2.48%) Sophos
Watford, Hertfordshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits + bonus
Posted: 43 minutes ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £60000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Fidessa
Salary: Excellent
Posted: 3 hours ago
Wetherby, West Yorkshire
David Bruce Recruitment
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum £25-30K + package
Posted: 4 hours ago
West London
Rackspace
Salary: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 4 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Crica 40-50K per annum + Profit Share + Bens
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £50000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £26,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Harrington Starr
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + bonus, health,life
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £30000 per annum + pension,20 days holiday
Posted: Yesterday
Bournemouth, Dorset
Rock Recruitment Specialists
Salary: £26000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
IT Executive Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bonus + car + pension + BUPA
Posted: Yesterday
Windsor, Berkshire
Streamline Connections
Salary: £34000 - £38000 per annum + Bonus,Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: Up to £30,000
Posted: 2 days ago
Enfield, Middlesex
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Middlesex
Roc Search
Salary: £28000 - £34000 per annum + Benefits (Bonus, Healthcare, etc)
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + 23 days holiday, pension scheme
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: £25k to £38k per annum
Posted: 2 days ago