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

Location
3 months to
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Rank 357 424 478
Rank change year-on-year
+67 +54
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 804 618 473
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.58% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.52% 2.12% 1.55%
Number of salaries quoted 727 527 420
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,650 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £34,750
% change year-on-year
- -6.47%

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
31908 29129 30429
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 29.90% 27.27% 28.13%
Number of salaries quoted 25373 22889 25038
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 £27,090 £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 3 March 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 3 March 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 +73 782 £35,000 - 103
London +72 283 £37,500 - 37
South East -15 186 £37,500 +15.38% 26
East of England +54 94 £30,000 +3.44% 6
City of London +26 81 £35,000 -8.19% 10
South West +27 71 £34,000 -15.00% 10
Hampshire +24 57 £32,500 +18.18% 4
Yorkshire -10 52 £30,000 -14.28% 7
North West -30 46 £27,500 -3.93% 8
Surrey -8 45 £42,500 +49.12% 6
West Yorkshire +2 43 £30,000 -25.00% 3
Berkshire -26 39 £32,500 -9.72% 6
Leeds +3 35 £35,661 -10.84% 2
Hertfordshire +18 34 £32,500 -13.33% 4
West Midlands -3 30 £32,500 +23.80% 5
Southampton +1 26 £35,000 +22.80% 3
Cheshire +21 25 £23,500 -37.33% 1
Essex +3 24 £32,000 +28.00%
Wiltshire - 23 £38,000 - 1
Warrington +24 20 £19,000 -49.33%
Dorset -16 19 £34,000 -32.00% 3
Birmingham -3 18 £32,500 - 3
Bournemouth -18 18 £34,000 +13.33% 3
Buckinghamshire +9 17 £40,000 - 3
Manchester -22 17 £31,000 +12.72% 4
West Sussex +12 16 £30,000 +6.19%
Gloucestershire +5 16 £31,500 -21.25%
Reading -30 16 £31,500 -12.50% 6
Bedfordshire +16 15 £40,000 +6.66% 1
Cheltenham +6 15 £31,500 +4.13%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 1642 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1338 (81.49%) Windows
3 1248 (76.00%) Microsoft
4 1209 (73.63%) MCSE
5 966 (58.83%) Active Directory
6 839 (51.10%) VMware
7 649 (39.52%) MS Excel
8 635 (38.67%) MS Exchange
9 618 (37.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 568 (34.59%) Cisco
11 564 (34.35%) ITIL
12 555 (33.80%) MCITP
13 541 (32.95%) VMware Infrastructure
14 532 (32.40%) Citrix
15 499 (30.39%) MCP
16 468 (28.50%) Cisco Certification
17 443 (26.98%) Windows Server 2012
18 416 (25.33%) CCNA
19 394 (24.00%) Hyper-V
20 386 (23.51%) SAN
21 383 (23.33%) SQL Server
22 359 (21.86%) MS Office
23 346 (21.07%) DNS
24 338 (20.58%) Exchange Server 2010
25 333 (20.28%) Windows 7
26 319 (19.43%) Windows Server 2003
27 318 (19.37%) Firewall
28 305 (18.57%) SQL
29 303 (18.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
30 292 (17.78%) DHCP

MCSA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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
1 635 (38.67%) MS Exchange
2 338 (20.58%) Exchange Server 2010
3 288 (17.54%) SharePoint
4 210 (12.79%) Lync
5 209 (12.73%) Exchange Server 2007
6 175 (10.66%) Exchange Server 2013
7 127 (7.73%) IIS
8 105 (6.39%) Exchange Server 2003
9 66 (4.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 31 (1.89%) Apache
11 25 (1.52%) Office Communications Server
12 18 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
12 18 (1.10%) SharePoint Server
13 15 (0.91%) SAS
14 13 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
15 9 (0.55%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.37%) Tomcat
17 4 (0.24%) WebLogic
17 4 (0.24%) GroupWise
17 4 (0.24%) GlassFish
Applications
1 649 (39.52%) MS Excel
2 359 (21.86%) MS Office
3 10 (0.61%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.18%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.12%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.061%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.061%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.061%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 27 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.79%) Dynamics NAV
3 10 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.18%) Cognos Controller
4 3 (0.18%) SAP CCM
4 3 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.12%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.061%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 161 (9.81%) Office 365
2 85 (5.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (0.91%) IaaS
4 6 (0.37%) SaaS
5 5 (0.30%) PaaS
5 5 (0.30%) Yammer
6 3 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.061%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 386 (23.51%) SAN
2 346 (21.07%) DNS
3 318 (19.37%) Firewall
4 292 (17.78%) DHCP
5 267 (16.26%) TCP/IP
6 204 (12.42%) LAN
7 201 (12.24%) WAN
8 180 (10.96%) VPN
9 126 (7.67%) VoIP
10 78 (4.75%) NAS
11 55 (3.35%) Wireless
11 55 (3.35%) Internet
12 53 (3.23%) iSCSI
13 47 (2.86%) VLAN
14 41 (2.50%) Network Security
15 36 (2.19%) Cisco IOS
15 36 (2.19%) Fibre Channel
16 30 (1.83%) Cisco ASA
17 28 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
18 26 (1.58%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 383 (23.33%) SQL Server
2 117 (7.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 62 (3.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 52 (3.17%) SQL Server 2005
5 51 (3.11%) SQL Server 2000
6 36 (2.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 35 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 25 (1.52%) MySQL
9 9 (0.55%) Crystal Reports
10 8 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
11 7 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.37%) Data Mining
12 6 (0.37%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.24%) Big Data
14 3 (0.18%) Relational Database
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Database 10g
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
15 2 (0.12%) QlikView
15 2 (0.12%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (0.67%) Visual Studio
2 9 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.37%) MSI
4 5 (0.30%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.12%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.061%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.061%) WinDbg
7 1 (0.061%) JIRA
General
1 250 (15.23%) Finance
2 44 (2.68%) Legal
3 37 (2.25%) Law
3 37 (2.25%) Advertising
4 35 (2.13%) Banking
5 34 (2.07%) Telecoms
6 27 (1.64%) Retail
7 18 (1.10%) Back Office
8 12 (0.73%) Marketing
9 10 (0.61%) Local Government
9 10 (0.61%) Publishing
10 6 (0.37%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.12%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.12%) Games
12 2 (0.12%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.061%) Military
13 1 (0.061%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 337 (20.52%) Analyst
1 337 (20.52%) Support Engineer
2 220 (13.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 196 (11.94%) 3rd Line Support
4 187 (11.39%) Consultant
5 174 (10.60%) Support Analyst
6 126 (7.67%) 2nd Line Support
7 107 (6.52%) Administrator
8 106 (6.46%) IT Support
9 87 (5.30%) Technical Support
10 76 (4.63%) Service Analyst
11 71 (4.32%) Systems Engineer
11 71 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 68 (4.14%) Service Desk Analyst
13 67 (4.08%) Server Engineer
14 58 (3.53%) IT Support Engineer
14 58 (3.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 49 (2.98%) Technical Analyst
15 49 (2.98%) Server Support
16 48 (2.92%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (3.05%) .NET
2 25 (1.52%) ASP.NET
3 23 (1.40%) HTML
4 21 (1.28%) Application Packaging
5 20 (1.22%) Software Packaging
6 14 (0.85%) CSS
6 14 (0.85%) Web Services
7 9 (0.55%) COM
8 5 (0.30%) MDX
9 4 (0.24%) LAMP
10 3 (0.18%) JSON
10 3 (0.18%) jQuery
10 3 (0.18%) XML
10 3 (0.18%) HTML5
11 2 (0.12%) EDI
12 1 (0.061%) WAP
12 1 (0.061%) SAML
12 1 (0.061%) OAuth
12 1 (0.061%) OpenID
12 1 (0.061%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 113 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
2 104 (6.33%) Blackberry
3 65 (3.96%) Clustering
4 48 (2.92%) Client/Server
5 45 (2.74%) Replication
6 38 (2.31%) Management Information System
7 37 (2.25%) Thin Client
7 37 (2.25%) Fat Client
8 32 (1.95%) iPhone
9 31 (1.89%) Computer Science
10 29 (1.77%) EqualLogic
11 15 (0.91%) GIS
12 14 (0.85%) PKI
12 14 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
13 12 (0.73%) FMCG
14 9 (0.55%) iPad
14 9 (0.55%) User Experience
15 8 (0.49%) Mathematics
15 8 (0.49%) Digital Media
16 7 (0.43%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 1338 (81.49%) Windows
2 618 (37.64%) Windows Server 2008
3 443 (26.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 333 (20.28%) Windows 7
5 319 (19.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 176 (10.72%) Linux
7 161 (9.81%) Windows 8
8 158 (9.62%) Windows XP
9 64 (3.90%) UNIX
10 32 (1.95%) Windows Vista
11 27 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 24 (1.46%) Windows 2000
13 21 (1.28%) Debian
14 18 (1.10%) Mac OS X
15 17 (1.04%) Mac OS
16 15 (0.91%) CentOS
17 9 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
18 8 (0.49%) Android
19 6 (0.37%) Ubuntu
20 5 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 564 (34.35%) ITIL
2 94 (5.72%) Service Delivery
2 94 (5.72%) Disaster Recovery
3 92 (5.60%) Mentoring
4 85 (5.18%) Migration
5 80 (4.87%) PRINCE2
6 76 (4.63%) Project Management
7 68 (4.14%) Change Management
8 63 (3.84%) Service Management
9 46 (2.80%) Incident Management
10 44 (2.68%) CRM
11 42 (2.56%) Information Security
12 37 (2.25%) Problem Management
12 37 (2.25%) Coaching
13 36 (2.19%) Root Cause Analysis
14 35 (2.13%) Technical Architecture
15 30 (1.83%) Business Continuity
16 28 (1.71%) Security Management
16 28 (1.71%) Change Control
17 27 (1.64%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 305 (18.57%) SQL
2 174 (10.60%) PowerShell
3 39 (2.38%) VBScript
4 30 (1.83%) C#
5 25 (1.52%) C
6 15 (0.91%) T-SQL
7 12 (0.73%) JavaScript
8 11 (0.67%) VB
9 10 (0.61%) Java
10 8 (0.49%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.43%) Perl
12 6 (0.37%) Python
13 5 (0.30%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.24%) C++
15 3 (0.18%) PHP
15 3 (0.18%) Ruby
16 2 (0.12%) R
16 2 (0.12%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1642 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1209 (73.63%) MCSE
3 555 (33.80%) MCITP
4 499 (30.39%) MCP
5 468 (28.50%) Cisco Certification
6 416 (25.33%) CCNA
7 303 (18.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 215 (13.09%) MCTS
9 202 (12.30%) Degree
10 193 (11.75%) Citrix Certification
11 169 (10.29%) CCA
12 134 (8.16%) CCNP
13 62 (3.78%) MCDST
14 55 (3.35%) VCP4
15 53 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
16 49 (2.98%) CISSP
17 48 (2.92%) A+ Certification
18 45 (2.74%) Security Cleared
19 43 (2.62%) SC Cleared
20 42 (2.56%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (10.78%) SLA
2 33 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (1.64%) PCI DSS
4 12 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 8 (0.49%) QA
6 4 (0.24%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.24%) COBIT
7 1 (0.061%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.061%) GMP
System Software
1 966 (58.83%) Active Directory
2 541 (32.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 394 (24.00%) Hyper-V
4 229 (13.95%) vSphere
5 219 (13.34%) XenApp
6 107 (6.52%) XenDesktop
7 78 (4.75%) VMware ESXi
8 76 (4.63%) VMware ESX
9 65 (3.96%) XenServer
10 37 (2.25%) Xen
11 34 (2.07%) Terminal Services
12 27 (1.64%) vCloud
13 26 (1.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 23 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.91%) VMware Server
16 10 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
17 7 (0.43%) NFS
17 7 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
18 6 (0.37%) UAG
Systems Management
1 169 (10.29%) SCCM
2 116 (7.06%) Backup Exec
3 93 (5.66%) SCOM
4 52 (3.17%) WSUS
5 28 (1.71%) NetBackup
6 21 (1.28%) Norton AntiVirus
7 14 (0.85%) SCVMM
7 14 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 9 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 9 (0.55%) Nessus
9 9 (0.55%) MOM
9 9 (0.55%) Nagios
10 8 (0.49%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 7 (0.43%) Windows Intune
11 7 (0.43%) ARCserve
11 7 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 7 (0.43%) WMI
11 7 (0.43%) SCOrch
12 6 (0.37%) Cacti
Vendors
1 1248 (76.00%) Microsoft
2 839 (51.10%) VMware
3 568 (34.59%) Cisco
4 532 (32.40%) Citrix
5 213 (12.97%) HP
6 142 (8.65%) Dell
7 105 (6.39%) NetApp
8 103 (6.27%) Symantec
9 91 (5.54%) EMC
10 54 (3.29%) Apple
11 45 (2.74%) Veeam
12 43 (2.62%) Juniper
13 42 (2.56%) CheckPoint
14 38 (2.31%) Websense
15 37 (2.25%) Red Hat
16 36 (2.19%) Remedy
16 36 (2.19%) McAfee
17 34 (2.07%) Sophos
18 32 (1.95%) CommVault
18 32 (1.95%) Oracle
West London
Xist4 IT Recruitment
Salary: £35-45,000 + 10% Bonus + Bens
Posted: 8 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Circle Recruitment
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits pension,healthcare,season ticket l
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Belfast, County Antrim
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago