Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 21 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 108 148
Rank change year-on-year -8 +40 -6
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 62 40 42
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.01% 1.78% 1.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.89% 8.05% 5.66%
Number of salaries quoted 48 36 37
Cheshire median annual salary £23,250 £26,500 £25,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.26% +6.00% +6.38%
10th Percentile £18,750 £18,000 £21,500
90th Percentile £39,425 £43,375 £41,250
North West median annual salary £26,750 £38,500 £30,000
% change year-on-year -30.52% +28.33% +1.69%

MCSA is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Cheshire
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 627 497 742
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 20.37% 22.09% 23.00%
Number of salaries quoted 427 399 593
Cheshire median annual salary £40,500 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.19% +2.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £20,750 £22,000 £20,500
90th Percentile £60,000 £57,500 £58,750
North West median annual salary £41,750 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +4.38% - +5.26%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSA in Cheshire.

Salary trend for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSA in Cheshire

MCSA
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +15 32 £23,500 -38.96% 4
Wilmslow +5 10 £21,500 -2.27%
Chester +2 7 £30,000 +33.33%
Macclesfield +5 4 £28,750 +8.49%
Middlewich - 2 £21,500 -
Crewe - 2 £38,250 -
MCSA
North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (74.19%) Windows
3 41 (66.13%) Active Directory
4 35 (56.45%) Microsoft
5 31 (50.00%) DHCP
5 31 (50.00%) DNS
6 30 (48.39%) VMware
7 27 (43.55%) VMware Infrastructure
8 26 (41.94%) MCITP
8 26 (41.94%) Data Centre
9 24 (38.71%) Windows Server
9 24 (38.71%) MCSE
10 23 (37.10%) Office 365
11 22 (35.48%) Degree
12 21 (33.87%) MS Exchange
13 19 (30.65%) Citrix
14 18 (29.03%) Cisco Certification
14 18 (29.03%) CCNA
15 17 (27.42%) Change Management
16 16 (25.81%) Symantec
16 16 (25.81%) Cisco
16 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2008
16 16 (25.81%) Windows 7
16 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2012
17 15 (24.19%) CCENT
18 14 (22.58%) WSUS
18 14 (22.58%) Hyper-V
18 14 (22.58%) EqualLogic
18 14 (22.58%) Dell
18 14 (22.58%) CommVault

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 21 (33.87%) MS Exchange
2 9 (14.52%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (14.52%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (6.45%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.61%) Site Server
Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (3.23%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 23 (37.10%) Office 365
2 2 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (50.00%) DHCP
1 31 (50.00%) DNS
2 12 (19.35%) Firewall
3 10 (16.13%) LAN
3 10 (16.13%) TCP/IP
3 10 (16.13%) WAN
4 6 (9.68%) SAN
5 4 (6.45%) Skype
5 4 (6.45%) VPN
Development Applications
1 1 (1.61%) HP UFT
General
1 9 (14.52%) Manufacturing
2 7 (11.29%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.61%) Banking
3 1 (1.61%) Games
Job Titles
1 22 (35.48%) Analyst
2 18 (29.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (29.03%) Support Engineer
3 13 (20.97%) IT Engineer
4 12 (19.35%) Support Analyst
5 11 (17.74%) IT Support
6 10 (16.13%) 2nd Line Support
6 10 (16.13%) IT Support Engineer
7 9 (14.52%) Systems Engineer
8 8 (12.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 8 (12.90%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 5 (8.06%) 1st Line Support
10 5 (8.06%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 4 (6.45%) 1st Line Engineer
11 4 (6.45%) 1st Line Support Engineer
11 4 (6.45%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
11 4 (6.45%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
11 4 (6.45%) Junior Analyst
11 4 (6.45%) Junior Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 26 (41.94%) Data Centre
2 12 (19.35%) Management Information System
3 11 (17.74%) Fat Client
3 11 (17.74%) Thin Client
4 9 (14.52%) Computer Science
4 9 (14.52%) Life Science
5 1 (1.61%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 46 (74.19%) Windows
2 24 (38.71%) Windows Server
3 16 (25.81%) Windows 7
3 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (16.13%) Mac OS X
4 10 (16.13%) Windows 8
5 5 (8.06%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (27.42%) Change Management
2 8 (12.90%) ITIL
3 5 (8.06%) Patch Management
4 2 (3.23%) Break/Fix
4 2 (3.23%) CRM
4 2 (3.23%) High Availability
5 1 (1.61%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (1.61%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.61%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (19.35%) SQL
Qualifications
1 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (41.94%) MCITP
3 24 (38.71%) MCSE
4 22 (35.48%) Degree
5 18 (29.03%) CCNA
5 18 (29.03%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (24.19%) CCENT
7 14 (22.58%) MCP
8 3 (4.84%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (3.23%) A+ Certification
9 2 (3.23%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.45%) SLA
2 1 (1.61%) GxP
System Software
1 41 (66.13%) Active Directory
2 27 (43.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (22.58%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 14 (22.58%) WSUS
2 13 (20.97%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 11 (17.74%) SCOM
4 2 (3.23%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.23%) FortiGate
5 1 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 35 (56.45%) Microsoft
2 30 (48.39%) VMware
3 19 (30.65%) Citrix
4 16 (25.81%) Cisco
4 16 (25.81%) Symantec
5 14 (22.58%) CommVault
5 14 (22.58%) Dell
5 14 (22.58%) EqualLogic
5 14 (22.58%) NetApp
6 10 (16.13%) Apple
7 2 (3.23%) NETGEAR
8 1 (1.61%) Fortinet
8 1 (1.61%) HP
8 1 (1.61%) Progress
8 1 (1.61%) Sage