Period
to 20 May 2018

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 20 May 2018 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 449 482 445
Rank change year-on-year +33 -37 -21
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,066 934 1,302
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.66% 0.58% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.80% 2.33% 2.50%
Number of salaries quoted 887 849 1,183
England median annual salary £40,000 £39,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.43% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £21,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £56,250 £55,000
UK median annual salary £39,817 £38,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +3.42% +10.00% -

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 38,055 40,065 52,102
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.65% 24.93% 27.56%
Number of salaries quoted 28,995 31,658 42,304
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,912
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -4.07% +4.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK median annual salary £48,732 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.29% - -

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

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 20 May 2018. 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
London +62 381 £45,000 +5.88% 30
South East -10 214 £38,750 +7.64% 24
North of England +15 200 £30,000 -22.08% 34
Midlands +30 144 £39,817 -6.72% 11
North West +42 125 £27,000 -34.94% 14
East Midlands +26 82 £39,500 -12.22% 8
East of England -34 70 £34,500 -1.43% 9
Yorkshire -7 68 £37,500 - 14
West Midlands +17 62 £40,000 -11.11% 3
South West +3 52 £34,000 +12.40% 11
North East -19 7 £39,000 +11.43% 6
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, 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 1,066 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 817 (76.64%) Microsoft
3 803 (75.33%) Windows
4 747 (70.08%) MCSE
5 595 (55.82%) Active Directory
6 509 (47.75%) VMware
7 474 (44.47%) Windows Server
8 439 (41.18%) ITIL
9 397 (37.24%) Office 365
10 335 (31.43%) Microsoft Azure
11 313 (29.36%) Hyper-V
12 292 (27.39%) MCP
13 289 (27.11%) VMware Infrastructure
14 272 (25.52%) Windows Server 2012
15 232 (21.76%) Windows Server 2008
16 231 (21.67%) SQL Server
17 224 (21.01%) SQL
18 219 (20.54%) MS Exchange
19 212 (19.89%) Microsoft Office
20 211 (19.79%) Firewall
21 197 (18.48%) PowerShell
22 193 (18.11%) Cisco
23 192 (18.01%) DNS
24 184 (17.26%) Cisco Certification
25 183 (17.17%) CCNA
26 178 (16.70%) MCITP
27 164 (15.38%) Linux
28 161 (15.10%) SCCM
29 159 (14.92%) Citrix
30 158 (14.82%) WAN

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
1 219 (20.54%) MS Exchange
2 111 (10.41%) SharePoint
3 108 (10.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 73 (6.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 58 (5.44%) IIS
5 58 (5.44%) Skype for Business
6 28 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
7 26 (2.44%) nginx
8 22 (2.06%) SharePoint Server
9 17 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
10 16 (1.50%) Oracle Service Bus
11 14 (1.31%) Site Server
12 6 (0.56%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.38%) Apache
14 4 (0.38%) Confluence
15 3 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.28%) IBM Notes
16 2 (0.19%) Apache Spark
17 1 (0.094%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 212 (19.89%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (1.41%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.38%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.28%) InDesign
6 3 (0.28%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.41%) Elite 3E
1 15 (1.41%) Workfront
2 6 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.56%) Eikon
3 3 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.094%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.094%) Maximo
4 1 (0.094%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 1 (0.094%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.094%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.094%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 397 (37.24%) Office 365
2 335 (31.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 90 (8.44%) Azure Active Directory
4 74 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
5 61 (5.72%) SaaS
6 49 (4.60%) PaaS
7 46 (4.32%) IaaS
8 18 (1.69%) IBM Cloud
8 18 (1.69%) OneDrive
9 16 (1.50%) Bluemix
10 14 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (0.94%) G Suite
12 9 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.66%) Yammer
14 6 (0.56%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
16 3 (0.28%) Slack
17 2 (0.19%) AWS CloudFormation
17 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
17 2 (0.19%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 211 (19.79%) Firewall
2 192 (18.01%) DNS
3 158 (14.82%) WAN
4 148 (13.88%) DHCP
5 145 (13.60%) TCP/IP
6 138 (12.95%) SAN
7 136 (12.76%) LAN
8 93 (8.72%) VPN
9 50 (4.69%) Remote Desktop
9 50 (4.69%) VLAN
10 49 (4.60%) Skype
11 33 (3.10%) Internet
12 30 (2.81%) Network Security
13 28 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
14 25 (2.35%) Wireless
15 24 (2.25%) Cisco ASA
15 24 (2.25%) NAS
16 21 (1.97%) VoIP
17 11 (1.03%) SSL
18 10 (0.94%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 231 (21.67%) SQL Server
2 45 (4.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 39 (3.66%) Oracle Database
4 38 (3.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (3.47%) Data Warehouse
6 31 (2.91%) MySQL
7 27 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
8 26 (2.44%) Oracle Database 11g
8 26 (2.44%) Oracle Database 12c
8 26 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
9 21 (1.97%) Power BI
9 21 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 14 (1.31%) Relational Database
10 14 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
11 13 (1.22%) SQL Server 2014
12 11 (1.03%) Oracle Database 10g
13 10 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
14 7 (0.66%) Azure SQL Database
15 6 (0.56%) Big Data
15 6 (0.56%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 40 (3.75%) JIRA
2 14 (1.31%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.22%) TeamCity
4 11 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
5 8 (0.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 8 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.38%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.19%) Chocolatey
7 2 (0.19%) MSI
7 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.094%) AutoIt
8 1 (0.094%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.094%) git-flow
General
1 122 (11.44%) Finance
2 38 (3.56%) Retail
3 28 (2.63%) Billing
4 27 (2.53%) Marketing
5 20 (1.88%) Telecoms
6 17 (1.59%) Legal
6 17 (1.59%) Publishing
7 15 (1.41%) Banking
7 15 (1.41%) Games
7 15 (1.41%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.13%) Law
9 11 (1.03%) Advertising
10 6 (0.56%) Back Office
11 5 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.47%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.38%) Arabic Language
13 3 (0.28%) Private Banking
14 2 (0.19%) French Language
15 1 (0.094%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.094%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 214 (20.08%) Support Engineer
2 134 (12.57%) Analyst
3 133 (12.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 121 (11.35%) IT Engineer
5 119 (11.16%) IT Support
6 85 (7.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 81 (7.60%) Consultant
8 78 (7.32%) Administrator
9 77 (7.22%) IT Support Engineer
10 74 (6.94%) Systems Engineer
11 72 (6.75%) Support Analyst
12 71 (6.66%) 2nd Line Support
13 65 (6.10%) Windows Engineer
14 63 (5.91%) 3rd Line Support
15 61 (5.72%) Cloud Engineer
16 51 (4.78%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 49 (4.60%) Server Engineer
18 48 (4.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 48 (4.50%) Service Analyst
19 37 (3.47%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (6.00%) .NET
2 31 (2.91%) JSON
3 26 (2.44%) Middleware
3 26 (2.44%) XML
4 21 (1.97%) .NET Framework
5 19 (1.78%) Web Services
6 9 (0.84%) Flash
6 9 (0.84%) HTML
7 6 (0.56%) ASP.NET
7 6 (0.56%) COM
8 4 (0.38%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.28%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.28%) CSS
9 3 (0.28%) REST
10 2 (0.19%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.19%) Entity Framework
10 2 (0.19%) HTML5
10 2 (0.19%) jQuery
10 2 (0.19%) LINQ
10 2 (0.19%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 95 (8.91%) Data Centre
2 72 (6.75%) Management Information System
3 66 (6.19%) Self-Motivation
4 56 (5.25%) Analytical Skills
5 52 (4.88%) Private Cloud
6 46 (4.32%) iPad
7 38 (3.56%) Computer Science
8 35 (3.28%) Clustering
9 34 (3.19%) Enterprise Software
10 32 (3.00%) User Experience
11 31 (2.91%) Driving Licence
12 30 (2.81%) NHS
13 26 (2.44%) Mobile Payment
14 25 (2.35%) Replication
15 18 (1.69%) Blackberry
16 15 (1.41%) PKI
17 14 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
18 13 (1.22%) iPhone
18 13 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
19 11 (1.03%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 803 (75.33%) Windows
2 474 (44.47%) Windows Server
3 272 (25.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 232 (21.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 164 (15.38%) Linux
6 156 (14.63%) Windows 10
7 129 (12.10%) Windows 7
8 51 (4.78%) Mac OS X
9 38 (3.56%) Windows 8
10 36 (3.38%) Mac OS
10 36 (3.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 34 (3.19%) Android
12 28 (2.63%) Unix
13 23 (2.16%) Windows XP
14 22 (2.06%) Apple iOS
15 12 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (0.66%) CentOS
17 6 (0.56%) Windows Vista
18 4 (0.38%) Ubuntu
19 3 (0.28%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (41.18%) ITIL
2 119 (11.16%) Problem-Solving
3 107 (10.04%) Disaster Recovery
4 97 (9.10%) DevOps
5 93 (8.72%) Service Management
6 87 (8.16%) Migration
7 80 (7.50%) Service Delivery
8 76 (7.13%) ITIL V3
9 62 (5.82%) PRINCE2
10 58 (5.44%) Agile Software Development
11 57 (5.35%) Business Intelligence
12 51 (4.78%) CRM
13 48 (4.50%) Incident Management
13 48 (4.50%) Problem Management
14 47 (4.41%) Configuration Management
15 45 (4.22%) Customer Requirements
15 45 (4.22%) ITSM
16 43 (4.03%) Mobile Device Management
17 42 (3.94%) Mentoring
17 42 (3.94%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 224 (21.01%) SQL
2 197 (18.48%) PowerShell
3 63 (5.91%) T-SQL
4 31 (2.91%) C#
5 21 (1.97%) VBA
6 20 (1.88%) Python
7 18 (1.69%) VBScript
8 16 (1.50%) Bash Shell
9 14 (1.31%) VB
10 10 (0.94%) Ruby
11 9 (0.84%) JavaScript
12 5 (0.47%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.38%) C
14 3 (0.28%) Perl
15 2 (0.19%) Java
15 2 (0.19%) VB.NET
16 1 (0.094%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 1 (0.094%) F#
16 1 (0.094%) Groovy
16 1 (0.094%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,066 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 747 (70.08%) MCSE
3 292 (27.39%) MCP
4 184 (17.26%) Cisco Certification
5 183 (17.17%) CCNA
6 178 (16.70%) MCITP
7 128 (12.01%) Degree
8 102 (9.57%) MCTS
9 81 (7.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 58 (5.44%) DBS Check
11 46 (4.32%) CCNP
12 45 (4.22%) A+ Certification
13 33 (3.10%) Network+ Certification
14 26 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
15 24 (2.25%) Security Cleared
16 18 (1.69%) CCENT
17 16 (1.50%) CCA
17 16 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
17 16 (1.50%) CompTIA Security+
17 16 (1.50%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (11.07%) SLA
2 61 (5.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (2.44%) PCI DSS
4 24 (2.25%) QA
5 15 (1.41%) PMO
6 10 (0.94%) GDPR
7 5 (0.47%) GAMP
7 5 (0.47%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.28%) COBIT
8 3 (0.28%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.19%) TickIT
10 1 (0.094%) Data Quality
System Software
1 595 (55.82%) Active Directory
2 313 (29.36%) Hyper-V
3 289 (27.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 57 (5.35%) vSphere
5 55 (5.16%) XenApp
6 35 (3.28%) Virtual Desktop
7 34 (3.19%) XenDesktop
8 26 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (2.35%) Xen
10 24 (2.25%) Microsoft App-V
11 18 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
12 10 (0.94%) BitLocker
12 10 (0.94%) VMware NSX
13 9 (0.84%) Docker
13 9 (0.84%) Terminal Services
14 8 (0.75%) DFS Replication
14 8 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.38%) vCloud
17 3 (0.28%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 161 (15.10%) SCCM
2 59 (5.53%) Puppet
3 46 (4.32%) Microsoft Intune
4 44 (4.13%) SCOM
5 43 (4.03%) Ansible
6 36 (3.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 31 (2.91%) SCSM
8 28 (2.63%) Opscode Chef
8 28 (2.63%) SCOrch
9 27 (2.53%) Failover Clustering
9 27 (2.53%) WSUS
10 25 (2.35%) Backup Exec
11 24 (2.25%) SCDPM
12 23 (2.16%) SCVMM
13 14 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
14 12 (1.13%) DameWare
15 11 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
16 9 (0.84%) Nagios
16 9 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 8 (0.75%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 817 (76.64%) Microsoft
2 509 (47.75%) VMware
3 193 (18.11%) Cisco
4 159 (14.92%) Citrix
5 91 (8.54%) Veeam
6 85 (7.97%) Apple
6 85 (7.97%) HP
7 66 (6.19%) Oracle
8 34 (3.19%) IBM
9 33 (3.10%) NetApp
10 30 (2.81%) Meraki
11 29 (2.72%) Dell
11 29 (2.72%) EMC
12 26 (2.44%) Splunk
13 21 (1.97%) Red Hat
14 19 (1.78%) Reuters
15 18 (1.69%) Avaya
15 18 (1.69%) ServiceNow
15 18 (1.69%) SolarWinds
16 16 (1.50%) CommVault