Period
to 27 October 2020

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 27 October 2020 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
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 395 425 510
Rank change year-on-year +30 +85 -57
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 297 871 861
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.65% 0.69% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.02% 2.98% 2.36%
Number of salaries quoted 257 747 730
Median annual salary £41,000 £38,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.49% -3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £60,000 £72,625
UK median annual salary £41,000 £39,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.13% -2.50% +6.67%

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 9,838 29,239 36,410
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.66% 23.27% 23.88%
Number of salaries quoted 7,410 21,551 27,093
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £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 27 October 2020.

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 27 October 2020. 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
North of England +76 82 £43,500 +29.85% 14
London +70 70 £55,000 +29.41% 10
South East +110 57 £35,000 - 10
North West +90 57 £52,500 +61.54% 8
Midlands +58 49 £32,500 -18.75% 13
West Midlands +60 41 £40,000 +23.08% 8
South West +69 28 £48,250 +28.67% 13
Yorkshire +84 17 £35,000 -12.50% 5
East of England +72 9 £35,000 -8.66% 11
East Midlands +53 8 £32,500 -27.78% 5
North East +18 8 £42,500 +37.10% 1
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 27 October 2020, 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.

1 297 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 257 (86.53%) Microsoft
3 199 (67.00%) Windows
4 173 (58.25%) MCSE
5 158 (53.20%) Active Directory
6 143 (48.15%) Azure
7 142 (47.81%) VMware
8 117 (39.39%) ITIL
9 100 (33.67%) Windows Server
10 95 (31.99%) DNS
11 90 (30.30%) VMware Infrastructure
12 86 (28.96%) Office 365
13 70 (23.57%) DHCP
13 70 (23.57%) Linux
14 69 (23.23%) TCP/IP
14 69 (23.23%) PowerShell
15 68 (22.90%) Cisco
15 68 (22.90%) WAN
15 68 (22.90%) SQL
16 66 (22.22%) SQL Server
16 66 (22.22%) SAN
17 64 (21.55%) Data Centre
18 63 (21.21%) Hyper-V
19 61 (20.54%) AWS
20 59 (19.87%) Cisco Certification
21 58 (19.53%) CCNA
22 56 (18.86%) LAN
22 56 (18.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 56 (18.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 55 (18.52%) Citrix

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 39 (13.13%) MS Exchange
2 22 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (7.07%) Exchange Server 2013
3 21 (7.07%) SharePoint
4 18 (6.06%) IIS
5 4 (1.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.34%) Apache
6 1 (0.34%) Confluence
6 1 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.34%) nginx
6 1 (0.34%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 40 (13.47%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.68%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.67%) Workfront
2 1 (0.34%) Carpe Diem
Cloud Services
1 143 (48.15%) Azure
2 86 (28.96%) Office 365
3 61 (20.54%) AWS
4 37 (12.46%) IaaS
4 37 (12.46%) PaaS
5 29 (9.76%) GCP
6 11 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (3.03%) SaaS
8 5 (1.68%) G Suite
8 5 (1.68%) OneDrive
8 5 (1.68%) Power Platform
9 4 (1.35%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.34%) Amazon Glacier
10 1 (0.34%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.34%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 95 (31.99%) DNS
2 70 (23.57%) DHCP
3 69 (23.23%) TCP/IP
4 68 (22.90%) WAN
5 66 (22.22%) SAN
6 56 (18.86%) LAN
7 47 (15.82%) Firewall
8 35 (11.78%) Fibre Channel
8 35 (11.78%) iSCSI
9 23 (7.74%) Skype
9 23 (7.74%) VPN
10 17 (5.72%) Network Security
11 13 (4.38%) Remote Desktop
11 13 (4.38%) VoIP
12 11 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (3.03%) Internet
14 7 (2.36%) Cisco ASA
15 6 (2.02%) Broadband
15 6 (2.02%) VLAN
15 6 (2.02%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.38%) SQL Server 2014
3 11 (3.70%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (2.36%) SAP HANA
5 6 (2.02%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.68%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.68%) Power BI
6 5 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (1.35%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.67%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.67%) MariaDB
9 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2019
9 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.34%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (1.35%) JIRA
2 2 (0.67%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.34%) Jenkins
General
1 50 (16.84%) Finance
2 23 (7.74%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.71%) Public Sector
4 13 (4.38%) Marketing
5 12 (4.04%) Banking
6 10 (3.37%) Manufacturing
7 9 (3.03%) Electronics
8 6 (2.02%) Legal
9 4 (1.35%) Local Government
10 3 (1.01%) Back Office
10 3 (1.01%) Law
11 2 (0.67%) Military
11 2 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.67%) Retail
11 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.34%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 53 (17.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 42 (14.14%) Support Engineer
3 38 (12.79%) Analyst
3 38 (12.79%) IT Engineer
4 36 (12.12%) Architect
5 30 (10.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 29 (9.76%) IT Support
7 22 (7.41%) 3rd Line Support
7 22 (7.41%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 21 (7.07%) Infrastructure Architect
9 18 (6.06%) Administrator
9 18 (6.06%) Systems Engineer
10 17 (5.72%) IT Analyst
11 16 (5.39%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 15 (5.05%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 14 (4.71%) IT Support Engineer
13 14 (4.71%) Systems Administrator
13 14 (4.71%) Technical Support
14 13 (4.38%) Team Leader
15 12 (4.04%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.39%) .NET
2 5 (1.68%) Web Services
3 3 (1.01%) JSON
4 2 (0.67%) LDAP
5 1 (0.34%) LAMP
5 1 (0.34%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 64 (21.55%) Data Centre
2 37 (12.46%) Self-Motivation
3 32 (10.77%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (6.40%) Management Information System
5 18 (6.06%) Private Cloud
6 12 (4.04%) CMDB
7 11 (3.70%) Clustering
8 9 (3.03%) Client/Server
8 9 (3.03%) Replication
9 8 (2.69%) iPhone
10 7 (2.36%) Hedge funds
11 6 (2.02%) EPoS
12 5 (1.68%) User Experience
13 4 (1.35%) Blackberry
13 4 (1.35%) Driving Licence
14 3 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
14 3 (1.01%) iPad
14 3 (1.01%) iSeries
14 3 (1.01%) Reinsurance
14 3 (1.01%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 199 (67.00%) Windows
2 100 (33.67%) Windows Server
3 70 (23.57%) Linux
4 50 (16.84%) Windows 10
5 46 (15.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 37 (12.46%) Windows Server 2016
7 31 (10.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 30 (10.10%) Windows 7
9 20 (6.73%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (4.38%) Windows XP
11 11 (3.70%) Unix
12 8 (2.69%) Android
13 6 (2.02%) Windows 8
14 5 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (1.01%) CentOS
15 3 (1.01%) HPUX
15 3 (1.01%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (1.01%) Solaris
15 3 (1.01%) SUSE
16 2 (0.67%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (39.39%) ITIL
2 56 (18.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 48 (16.16%) Disaster Recovery
4 45 (15.15%) Change Management
5 36 (12.12%) TOGAF
6 30 (10.10%) Problem-Solving
7 29 (9.76%) Business Continuity
8 28 (9.43%) Cybersecurity
9 27 (9.09%) Project Management
10 25 (8.42%) IT Strategy
11 24 (8.08%) Service Management
12 23 (7.74%) ITIL V3
13 21 (7.07%) Migration
14 20 (6.73%) Agile Software Development
14 20 (6.73%) Continuous Improvement
15 18 (6.06%) Service Delivery
16 17 (5.72%) DevOps
16 17 (5.72%) High Availability
17 15 (5.05%) Computer Science
17 15 (5.05%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 69 (23.23%) PowerShell
2 68 (22.90%) SQL
3 32 (10.77%) Python
4 29 (9.76%) Bash Shell
5 8 (2.69%) VB.NET
6 7 (2.36%) C#
6 7 (2.36%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.01%) VBScript
8 2 (0.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 297 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 173 (58.25%) MCSE
3 59 (19.87%) Cisco Certification
4 58 (19.53%) CCNA
5 56 (18.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 54 (18.18%) MCP
7 40 (13.47%) Degree
8 35 (11.78%) Server+ Certification
9 33 (11.11%) TOGAF Certification
10 32 (10.77%) Security Cleared
11 29 (9.76%) SC Cleared
12 24 (8.08%) MCITP
13 22 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
14 21 (7.07%) MCTS
15 19 (6.40%) RHCE
16 12 (4.04%) CTC Cleared
17 10 (3.37%) A+ Certification
18 9 (3.03%) CCNP
19 6 (2.02%) CISSP
19 6 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (7.74%) SLA
2 11 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (3.03%) GDPR
4 5 (1.68%) COBIT
5 3 (1.01%) PCI DSS
5 3 (1.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.67%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.67%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.34%) HIPAA
System Software
1 158 (53.20%) Active Directory
2 90 (30.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (21.21%) Hyper-V
4 26 (8.75%) vSphere
5 24 (8.08%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (5.05%) XenApp
7 8 (2.69%) Docker
7 8 (2.69%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (2.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (2.02%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.68%) VMware NSX
11 4 (1.35%) NFS
11 4 (1.35%) Terminal Server
12 3 (1.01%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (1.01%) Terminal Services
12 3 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.67%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.67%) Firmware
13 2 (0.67%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 31 (10.44%) SCCM
2 26 (8.75%) Ansible
2 26 (8.75%) Puppet
3 19 (6.40%) Terraform
4 16 (5.39%) SCOM
5 14 (4.71%) WSUS
6 13 (4.38%) Microsoft Clustering
7 10 (3.37%) Microsoft Intune
8 9 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (2.69%) WMI
10 7 (2.36%) Backup Exec
11 5 (1.68%) Cisco CUCM
11 5 (1.68%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 4 (1.35%) ServiceCenter
13 3 (1.01%) McAfee ePO
13 3 (1.01%) Nagios
13 3 (1.01%) vCenter Server
14 2 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
14 2 (0.67%) NetBackup
15 1 (0.34%) OPNET
Vendors
1 257 (86.53%) Microsoft
2 142 (47.81%) VMware
3 68 (22.90%) Cisco
4 55 (18.52%) Citrix
5 44 (14.81%) Dell
6 27 (9.09%) HP
7 24 (8.08%) Red Hat
8 19 (6.40%) Veeam
9 18 (6.06%) Google
9 18 (6.06%) SAP
10 16 (5.39%) NetApp
11 15 (5.05%) Oracle
12 10 (3.37%) Siemens
13 9 (3.03%) Juniper
14 8 (2.69%) Apple
14 8 (2.69%) CheckPoint
14 8 (2.69%) F5
15 6 (2.02%) Mitel
15 6 (2.02%) Remedy
16 5 (1.68%) Brocade