Period
to 3 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 3 March 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK > England
6 months to
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 521 430 446
Rank change year-on-year -91 +16 -17
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 267 766 940
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.39% 0.68% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.92% 3.11% 2.76%
Number of salaries quoted 248 670 812
Median annual salary £40,000 £38,409 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.14% -8.55% +14.29%
10th Percentile £26,600 £25,500 £25,750
90th Percentile £57,500 £60,000 £71,250
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +14.86%

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 England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,927 24,624 34,044
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.51% 21.83% 24.55%
Number of salaries quoted 9,921 18,632 25,360
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,750 £26,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSA in England.

Salary trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSA in England

MCSA
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the England region over the 6 months to 3 March 2021. 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
Midlands +32 73 £40,000 - 8
London -45 59 £37,500 -6.25% 12
South East +50 58 £36,000 -10.00% 17
West Midlands +41 49 £40,000 +23.08% 2
North of England -46 34 £52,500 +61.54% 14
North West +2 26 £52,500 +61.54% 10
East Midlands +21 24 £39,000 -8.24% 6
South West +8 24 £47,500 +18.75% 7
East of England +62 18 £35,000 -8.66% 10
Yorkshire -13 7 £32,500 -18.75% 4
North East 0 1 £40,000 +45.45%
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 3 March 2021, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 267 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 186 (69.66%) Windows
3 182 (68.16%) Microsoft
4 154 (57.68%) MCSE
5 148 (55.43%) Active Directory
6 134 (50.19%) VMware
7 131 (49.06%) ITIL
8 126 (47.19%) Windows Server
9 112 (41.95%) Azure
10 106 (39.70%) Microsoft 365
10 106 (39.70%) VMware Infrastructure
11 73 (27.34%) Cisco
12 71 (26.59%) DNS
13 69 (25.84%) PowerShell
14 68 (25.47%) Hyper-V
14 68 (25.47%) Cisco Certification
15 67 (25.09%) CCNA
15 67 (25.09%) Linux
16 63 (23.60%) Firewall
16 63 (23.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 62 (23.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 55 (20.60%) Windows Server 2012
19 54 (20.22%) Service Management
20 51 (19.10%) WAN
21 48 (17.98%) Windows 10
22 46 (17.23%) MCP
22 46 (17.23%) Problem-Solving
23 45 (16.85%) ITIL V3
24 44 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
25 43 (16.10%) vSphere

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 38 (14.23%) MS Exchange
2 24 (8.99%) SharePoint
3 23 (8.61%) Exchange Server 2013
4 22 (8.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (1.87%) Skype for Business
7 4 (1.50%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.12%) IIS
8 3 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.37%) Apache
10 1 (0.37%) nginx
10 1 (0.37%) Site Server
Applications
1 44 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (4.12%) Workfront
2 1 (0.37%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 112 (41.95%) Azure
2 106 (39.70%) Microsoft 365
3 35 (13.11%) AWS
4 28 (10.49%) Azure Active Directory
5 22 (8.24%) IaaS
6 21 (7.87%) PaaS
7 17 (6.37%) SaaS
8 13 (4.87%) GCP
9 8 (3.00%) Power Platform
10 7 (2.62%) OneDrive
11 4 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (1.50%) Mimecast
11 4 (1.50%) Yammer
12 3 (1.12%) AWS CodeCommit
12 3 (1.12%) Power Automate
12 3 (1.12%) PowerApps
12 3 (1.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.75%) G Suite
14 1 (0.37%) Azure Data Factory
14 1 (0.37%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 71 (26.59%) DNS
2 63 (23.60%) Firewall
3 51 (19.10%) WAN
4 40 (14.98%) DHCP
5 39 (14.61%) LAN
6 38 (14.23%) SAN
6 38 (14.23%) TCP/IP
7 28 (10.49%) VPN
8 20 (7.49%) VSAN
9 17 (6.37%) VLAN
10 11 (4.12%) NAS
10 11 (4.12%) Network Security
11 10 (3.75%) Remote Desktop
11 10 (3.75%) WLAN
12 9 (3.37%) VoIP
13 8 (3.00%) FTP
13 8 (3.00%) IPsec
13 8 (3.00%) SSL
14 7 (2.62%) MPLS
14 7 (2.62%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (14.61%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.62%) Power BI
3 6 (2.25%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.25%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (1.50%) MySQL
4 4 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.12%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.75%) MariaDB
6 2 (0.75%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.75%) Oracle Exadata
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2019
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.37%) Big Data
7 1 (0.37%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.37%) SQLBase
Development Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Git (software)
1 3 (1.12%) Jenkins
1 3 (1.12%) Subversion
General
1 42 (15.73%) Finance
2 14 (5.24%) Public Sector
3 13 (4.87%) Electronics
4 11 (4.12%) Local Government
5 10 (3.75%) Military
6 7 (2.62%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.87%) Fire and Rescue
7 5 (1.87%) Mandarin Language
7 5 (1.87%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.87%) Marketing
8 4 (1.50%) Banking
8 4 (1.50%) Legal
9 3 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.12%) Housing Association
10 2 (0.75%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.75%) Games
10 2 (0.75%) Publishing
10 2 (0.75%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.37%) Retail
Job Titles
1 69 (25.84%) IT Engineer
2 53 (19.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 38 (14.23%) Support Engineer
4 35 (13.11%) Systems Engineer
5 26 (9.74%) Analyst
6 25 (9.36%) IT Support
7 21 (7.87%) Administrator
8 20 (7.49%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
9 16 (5.99%) Infrastructure Support
9 16 (5.99%) IT Support Engineer
9 16 (5.99%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (5.62%) Server Engineer
11 14 (5.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 14 (5.24%) DBA
11 14 (5.24%) Support Analyst
12 12 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
12 12 (4.49%) IT Analyst
12 12 (4.49%) Service Desk Engineer
12 12 (4.49%) Systems Administrator
13 10 (3.75%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.99%) .NET
2 6 (2.25%) JSON
3 5 (1.87%) Web Services
4 4 (1.50%) LAMP
4 4 (1.50%) WAMP
5 3 (1.12%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.75%) XML
7 1 (0.37%) CGI
7 1 (0.37%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 37 (13.86%) Data Centre
2 35 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.99%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (5.24%) Management Information System
5 13 (4.87%) Clustering
5 13 (4.87%) Replication
6 10 (3.75%) User Experience
7 8 (3.00%) EPoS
7 8 (3.00%) Private Cloud
8 6 (2.25%) Driving Licence
8 6 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.87%) CMDB
10 4 (1.50%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.12%) Blackberry
11 3 (1.12%) iPhone
12 2 (0.75%) Blog
12 2 (0.75%) Fat Client
12 2 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.75%) iPad
12 2 (0.75%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 186 (69.66%) Windows
2 126 (47.19%) Windows Server
3 67 (25.09%) Linux
4 55 (20.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 48 (17.98%) Windows 10
6 34 (12.73%) Windows Server 2016
7 24 (8.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (7.12%) Windows Server 2019
9 17 (6.37%) Windows 7
10 12 (4.49%) Unix
11 10 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.50%) Android
12 4 (1.50%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.50%) Windows XP
13 3 (1.12%) Debian
13 3 (1.12%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.75%) CentOS
14 2 (0.75%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.75%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.37%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (49.06%) ITIL
2 62 (23.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 54 (20.22%) Service Management
4 46 (17.23%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (16.85%) ITIL V3
6 31 (11.61%) Disaster Recovery
7 24 (8.99%) Project Management
8 21 (7.87%) DevOps
9 18 (6.74%) Cybersecurity
10 17 (6.37%) Change Control
10 17 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
10 17 (6.37%) High Availability
10 17 (6.37%) IT Strategy
10 17 (6.37%) Server Virtualisation
11 16 (5.99%) Computer Science
12 14 (5.24%) Agile Software Development
12 14 (5.24%) Configuration Management
13 13 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
14 12 (4.49%) Business Intelligence
14 12 (4.49%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 69 (25.84%) PowerShell
2 40 (14.98%) SQL
3 16 (5.99%) Python
4 14 (5.24%) Bash Shell
5 9 (3.37%) VB.NET
6 7 (2.62%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.50%) C#
8 3 (1.12%) Groovy
8 3 (1.12%) VBScript
9 2 (0.75%) VB
Qualifications
1 267 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 154 (57.68%) MCSE
3 68 (25.47%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (25.09%) CCNA
5 63 (23.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 46 (17.23%) MCP
7 43 (16.10%) Degree
8 42 (15.73%) Security Cleared
9 37 (13.86%) SC Cleared
10 35 (13.11%) MCITP
11 20 (7.49%) CCNP
11 20 (7.49%) ITIL Certification
12 13 (4.87%) CCENT
12 13 (4.87%) DV Cleared
12 13 (4.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 11 (4.12%) CISSP
14 10 (3.75%) Network+ Certification
15 9 (3.37%) MCDBA
15 9 (3.37%) NCDA
15 9 (3.37%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.12%) SLA
2 7 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.12%) GDPR
3 3 (1.12%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.12%) QA
4 1 (0.37%) HIPAA
System Software
1 148 (55.43%) Active Directory
2 106 (39.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (25.47%) Hyper-V
4 43 (16.10%) vSphere
5 39 (14.61%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (8.99%) Virtual Servers
6 24 (8.99%) XenApp
7 22 (8.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 16 (5.99%) XenDesktop
9 10 (3.75%) VMware NSX
10 6 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.37%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.37%) Docker
Systems Management
1 41 (15.36%) SCCM
2 32 (11.99%) SCOM
3 20 (7.49%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 18 (6.74%) Backup Exec
4 18 (6.74%) WSUS
5 14 (5.24%) Terraform
6 11 (4.12%) Ansible
6 11 (4.12%) NetBackup
6 11 (4.12%) Puppet
7 9 (3.37%) WMI
8 8 (3.00%) Microsoft Intune
9 7 (2.62%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (2.25%) Microsoft Clustering
10 6 (2.25%) SCOrch
11 4 (1.50%) Cisco CUCM
11 4 (1.50%) Failover Clustering
12 3 (1.12%) Nagios
12 3 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (1.12%) SCVMM
12 3 (1.12%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 182 (68.16%) Microsoft
2 134 (50.19%) VMware
3 73 (27.34%) Cisco
4 37 (13.86%) Citrix
5 29 (10.86%) NetApp
5 29 (10.86%) Veeam
6 28 (10.49%) Dell
7 22 (8.24%) Sophos
8 21 (7.87%) Red Hat
9 19 (7.12%) HP
10 18 (6.74%) EMC
11 15 (5.62%) Oracle
11 15 (5.62%) Remedy
11 15 (5.62%) ServiceNow
12 12 (4.49%) Google
12 12 (4.49%) SolarWinds
13 11 (4.12%) Ivanti
13 11 (4.12%) Juniper
14 9 (3.37%) CheckPoint
14 9 (3.37%) F5