The table below looks at the statistics for MCSM in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSM over the 3 months to 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
Rank 881 880 -
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -
Permanent jobs citing MCSM 10 9 0
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.009% 0.008% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.033% 0.031% -
Number of salaries quoted 4 9 0
Average salary £54,000 £70,000 -
Average salary % change year-on-year
-22.85% -
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £70,000 -
% change year-on-year
-35.71% -

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
30434 28618 33710
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.04% 26.66% 28.96%
Number of salaries quoted 23814 23350 28241
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 £26,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £66,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

MCSM
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSM Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSM
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK.

MCSM Salary Trend in the UK

MCSM
Top 8 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 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
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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 -22 10 £54,000 -22.85%
East of England - 4 - -
Brentwood - 4 - -
Essex - 4 - -
London -7 3 £54,000 +13.68%
Leicestershire - 3 £45,000 -
East Midlands - 3 £45,000 -
Leicester - 2 £45,000 -

MCSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing MCSM 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 MCSM.

1 24 (100.00%) MCSE
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (87.50%) Windows
3 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
4 15 (62.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (58.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (58.33%) SQL Server
5 14 (58.33%) VMware
6 13 (54.17%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (50.00%) Citrix
8 11 (45.83%) MCITP
9 9 (37.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 9 (37.50%) HP
9 9 (37.50%) SAN
9 9 (37.50%) MS Exchange
9 9 (37.50%) VCAP
9 9 (37.50%) Exchange Server 2010
10 8 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (33.33%) XenApp
10 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
10 8 (33.33%) MCTS
11 7 (29.17%) ITIL
11 7 (29.17%) MCP
11 7 (29.17%) Dell
11 7 (29.17%) CCA
11 7 (29.17%) Citrix Certification
11 7 (29.17%) Puppet
11 7 (29.17%) VMware ESXi
11 7 (29.17%) CCAA
11 7 (29.17%) PowerShell

MCSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing MCSM 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 MCSM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (37.50%) MS Exchange
1 9 (37.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (37.50%) SAN
2 7 (29.17%) NetScaler
3 2 (8.33%) NAS
3 2 (8.33%) Network Security
4 1 (4.17%) IPsec
4 1 (4.17%) VPN
4 1 (4.17%) PPTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (58.33%) SQL Server
2 13 (54.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (29.17%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 6 (25.00%) Aerospace
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Administrator
2 7 (29.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) Server Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) Senior Server Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) Virtualisation Engineer
3 6 (25.00%) SQL DBA
3 6 (25.00%) DBA
4 4 (16.67%) Support Specialist
4 4 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
5 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Consultant
5 3 (12.50%) Consultant
6 2 (8.33%) Systems Administrator
7 1 (4.17%) Active Directory Consultant
7 1 (4.17%) Technical Support Analyst
7 1 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (4.17%) Support Analyst
7 1 (4.17%) Technical Support
7 1 (4.17%) Architect
Operating Systems
1 21 (87.50%) Windows
2 15 (62.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) ITIL
2 6 (25.00%) High Availability
2 6 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
2 6 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 4 (16.67%) Change Management
3 4 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (12.50%) CRM
5 2 (8.33%) Asset Management
6 1 (4.17%) Migration
6 1 (4.17%) Identity Management
6 1 (4.17%) ETL
6 1 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) PowerShell
2 6 (25.00%) SQL
2 6 (25.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (100.00%) MCSE
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (45.83%) MCITP
3 9 (37.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 9 (37.50%) VCAP
4 8 (33.33%) MCTS
5 7 (29.17%) MCP
5 7 (29.17%) CCA
5 7 (29.17%) Citrix Certification
5 7 (29.17%) CCAA
6 6 (25.00%) Microsoft Certified Master
6 6 (25.00%) Degree
7 5 (20.83%) MCSA
8 3 (12.50%) CCNP
8 3 (12.50%) CCNA
8 3 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (8.33%) CCSE
9 2 (8.33%) CCSA
10 1 (4.17%) CCENT
10 1 (4.17%) A+ Certification
System Software
1 14 (58.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (33.33%) XenApp
2 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 7 (29.17%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (16.67%) VMware ESX
4 4 (16.67%) XenServer
5 1 (4.17%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) Puppet
2 3 (12.50%) SCCM
3 1 (4.17%) SCDPM
3 1 (4.17%) SCOrch
3 1 (4.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (4.17%) SCSM
3 1 (4.17%) SCOM
3 1 (4.17%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (58.33%) VMware
3 12 (50.00%) Citrix
4 9 (37.50%) HP
5 7 (29.17%) Dell
6 2 (8.33%) CheckPoint
6 2 (8.33%) Cisco