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 17 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
Rank 896 879 -
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -
Permanent jobs citing MCSM 8 27 0
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.025% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.026% 0.091% -
Number of salaries quoted 5 25 0
Average salary £50,000 £52,500 -
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.76% -
UK excluding London average salary - £50,250 -

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
31261 29682 32901
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.76% 27.07% 28.36%
Number of salaries quoted 25016 23465 27633
Average salary £45,000 £42,750 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.78%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £66,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 2 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 17 December 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
London +13 8 £50,000 -4.76%
England -14 8 £50,000 -4.76%

MCSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 19 (100.00%) Windows
1 19 (100.00%) MCSE
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (84.21%) Microsoft
2 16 (84.21%) VMware
3 12 (63.16%) Citrix
3 12 (63.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (57.89%) MCITP
5 10 (52.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (47.37%) SQL Server
6 9 (47.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (47.37%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (47.37%) VCAP
7 8 (42.11%) CCA
7 8 (42.11%) Citrix Certification
7 8 (42.11%) SAN
7 8 (42.11%) CCAA
8 7 (36.84%) MCP
8 7 (36.84%) Active Directory
8 7 (36.84%) HP
8 7 (36.84%) MCTS
8 7 (36.84%) XenApp
9 6 (31.58%) Dell
9 6 (31.58%) PowerShell
9 6 (31.58%) NetScaler
9 6 (31.58%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (26.32%) SQL
10 5 (26.32%) ITIL
10 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
10 5 (26.32%) VMware ESX

MCSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 5 (26.32%) Exchange Server 2010
1 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
2 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2003
Communications & Networking
1 8 (42.11%) SAN
2 6 (31.58%) NetScaler
3 3 (15.79%) Internet
3 3 (15.79%) LAN
3 3 (15.79%) WAN
4 1 (5.26%) Firewall
4 1 (5.26%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (47.37%) SQL Server 2008
1 9 (47.37%) SQL Server
2 6 (31.58%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (15.79%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 3 (15.79%) Telecoms
1 3 (15.79%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) 3rd Line Support
1 5 (26.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 5 (26.32%) Server Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Senior Server Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Virtualisation Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Support Specialist
2 4 (21.05%) Administrator
2 4 (21.05%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
3 3 (15.79%) SCCM Specialist
3 3 (15.79%) Wintel Consultant
3 3 (15.79%) Wintel Specialist
3 3 (15.79%) Consultant
3 3 (15.79%) DBA
3 3 (15.79%) SQL DBA
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) Senior Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Support
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 19 (100.00%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (26.32%) Windows 7
4 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (5.26%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (26.32%) ITIL
2 4 (21.05%) Change Management
2 4 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (15.79%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (15.79%) High Availability
3 3 (15.79%) Configuration Management
3 3 (15.79%) Service Delivery
3 3 (15.79%) CRM
3 3 (15.79%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) PowerShell
2 5 (26.32%) SQL
3 3 (15.79%) T-SQL
3 3 (15.79%) C
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) MCSE
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (57.89%) MCITP
3 9 (47.37%) VCAP
3 9 (47.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 8 (42.11%) CCA
4 8 (42.11%) Citrix Certification
4 8 (42.11%) CCAA
5 7 (36.84%) MCP
5 7 (36.84%) MCTS
6 3 (15.79%) Microsoft Certified Master
6 3 (15.79%) MCSA
6 3 (15.79%) Degree
7 1 (5.26%) CCSA
7 1 (5.26%) CCSE
7 1 (5.26%) CCNP
7 1 (5.26%) CCNA
7 1 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) QA
System Software
1 12 (63.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (36.84%) Active Directory
2 7 (36.84%) XenApp
3 5 (26.32%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (26.32%) VMware ESX
4 4 (21.05%) XenServer
5 3 (15.79%) XenDesktop
6 2 (10.53%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) SCCM
1 4 (21.05%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (84.21%) Microsoft
1 16 (84.21%) VMware
2 12 (63.16%) Citrix
3 7 (36.84%) HP
4 6 (31.58%) Dell
5 3 (15.79%) AppSense
6 1 (5.26%) Cisco
6 1 (5.26%) CheckPoint