Period
to 21 January 2019

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 21 January 2019 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 452 448 444
Rank change year-on-year -4 -4 -18
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 879 1,061 1,141
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.63% 0.66% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.59% 2.77% 2.66%
Number of salaries quoted 700 942 1,003
England median annual salary £42,500 £36,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.06% -4.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,000 £22,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £55,000 £56,250
UK median annual salary £42,500 £36,000 £37,000
% change year-on-year +18.06% -2.70% +5.71%

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 33,996 38,244 42,874
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 24.25% 23.76% 25.81%
Number of salaries quoted 25,068 29,910 34,259
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 -30 240 £50,000 +29.87% 34
South East +43 237 £40,000 +7.38% 29
Midlands +48 143 £42,500 +13.33% 19
North of England -60 140 £29,900 -0.33% 18
West Midlands +51 92 £42,500 +10.75% 9
South West +54 86 £57,500 +53.33% 15
East of England +28 68 £50,000 +44.93% 11
North West -55 57 £24,000 -11.11% 8
East Midlands +26 51 £42,500 +21.43% 10
Yorkshire -28 47 £29,900 -33.56% 8
North East +34 36 £35,000 -10.16% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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.

1 879 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 654 (74.40%) Microsoft
3 629 (71.56%) Windows
4 557 (63.37%) MCSE
5 491 (55.86%) Active Directory
6 391 (44.48%) VMware
7 377 (42.89%) Microsoft Azure
8 374 (42.55%) Office 365
9 354 (40.27%) Windows Server
10 342 (38.91%) ITIL
11 229 (26.05%) Windows Server 2012
11 229 (26.05%) VMware Infrastructure
12 214 (24.35%) SQL
13 184 (20.93%) MS Exchange
14 179 (20.36%) MCP
15 178 (20.25%) Citrix
16 176 (20.02%) Hyper-V
17 173 (19.68%) PowerShell
18 168 (19.11%) Microsoft Office
19 165 (18.77%) Cisco
19 165 (18.77%) Windows Server 2008
20 162 (18.43%) Windows 10
20 162 (18.43%) DNS
20 162 (18.43%) Firewall
21 154 (17.52%) Problem-Solving
22 151 (17.18%) Linux
23 147 (16.72%) SQL Server
24 146 (16.61%) Amazon AWS
25 145 (16.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 137 (15.59%) DHCP

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
1 184 (20.93%) MS Exchange
2 93 (10.58%) SharePoint
3 65 (7.39%) Exchange Server 2010
4 55 (6.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 36 (4.10%) Skype for Business
6 31 (3.53%) IIS
7 24 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2007
8 13 (1.48%) BizTalk Server
9 11 (1.25%) IBM Notes
10 9 (1.02%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.80%) CMS
12 6 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.11%) Apache
13 1 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.11%) Confluence
Applications
1 168 (19.11%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (3.98%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.46%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.23%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.23%) CATIA
6 2 (0.23%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.68%) Workfront
2 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.23%) SAP R/3
3 2 (0.23%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.11%) Rolfe and Nolan
Cloud Services
1 377 (42.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 374 (42.55%) Office 365
3 146 (16.61%) Amazon AWS
4 66 (7.51%) Azure Active Directory
5 33 (3.75%) Amazon EC2
6 31 (3.53%) Amazon S3
7 30 (3.41%) Amazon EMR
7 30 (3.41%) Amazon Kinesis
7 30 (3.41%) Amazon SQS
7 30 (3.41%) AWS Lambda
7 30 (3.41%) Serverless
8 28 (3.19%) PaaS
9 26 (2.96%) IaaS
10 24 (2.73%) SaaS
11 20 (2.28%) Google Cloud Platform
12 13 (1.48%) GitHub
12 13 (1.48%) OneDrive
13 12 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
15 6 (0.68%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 162 (18.43%) DNS
1 162 (18.43%) Firewall
2 137 (15.59%) DHCP
3 118 (13.42%) WAN
4 117 (13.31%) LAN
5 90 (10.24%) TCP/IP
6 84 (9.56%) SAN
7 59 (6.71%) VPN
8 57 (6.48%) Internet
9 54 (6.14%) Network Security
10 52 (5.92%) Wireless
11 46 (5.23%) VLAN
12 36 (4.10%) VoIP
13 30 (3.41%) Skype
14 28 (3.19%) Remote Desktop
15 27 (3.07%) NAS
16 24 (2.73%) MPLS
17 21 (2.39%) Ethernet
18 16 (1.82%) WLAN
19 14 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (16.72%) SQL Server
2 71 (8.08%) Relational Database
3 46 (5.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 42 (4.78%) Amazon RDS
5 38 (4.32%) SQL Server 2016
6 36 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
6 36 (4.10%) Power BI
7 32 (3.64%) RDBMS
8 31 (3.53%) Cosmos DB
9 30 (3.41%) Amazon Redshift
10 22 (2.50%) SQL Server 2014
11 18 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
12 17 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 16 (1.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 14 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
15 12 (1.37%) SQL Server 2005
15 12 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 10 (1.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 10 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 10 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 17 (1.93%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.02%) TeamCity
3 8 (0.91%) MSI
4 6 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.57%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.57%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.46%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.23%) GCC
7 2 (0.23%) JIRA
8 1 (0.11%) AppScan
8 1 (0.11%) FishEye
8 1 (0.11%) FogBugz
8 1 (0.11%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 101 (11.49%) Finance
2 38 (4.32%) Retail
3 25 (2.84%) Telecoms
4 15 (1.71%) Games
5 14 (1.59%) Banking
6 8 (0.91%) Aerospace
6 8 (0.91%) Marketing
7 6 (0.68%) Legal
7 6 (0.68%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.57%) Electronics
9 3 (0.34%) Publishing
10 2 (0.23%) Advertising
10 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.23%) French Language
10 2 (0.23%) German Language
10 2 (0.23%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.23%) Military
10 2 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.11%) Billing
Job Titles
1 110 (12.51%) Support Engineer
2 108 (12.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 104 (11.83%) Analyst
4 103 (11.72%) Architect
5 90 (10.24%) IT Support
6 78 (8.87%) IT Engineer
7 70 (7.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 68 (7.74%) Solutions Architect
9 67 (7.62%) Administrator
10 61 (6.94%) Support Analyst
11 54 (6.14%) 3rd Line Support
12 53 (6.03%) Cloud Architect
13 50 (5.69%) Consultant
14 47 (5.35%) DBA
15 45 (5.12%) SQL DBA
16 44 (5.01%) IT Support Engineer
17 40 (4.55%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
17 40 (4.55%) IT Analyst
18 38 (4.32%) Microsoft Engineer
19 34 (3.87%) Cloud Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (4.66%) Web Services
2 38 (4.32%) .NET
3 24 (2.73%) ASP.NET
3 24 (2.73%) ASP.NET Web API
4 10 (1.14%) RabbitMQ
5 9 (1.02%) HTML
6 7 (0.80%) JSON
6 7 (0.80%) Software Packaging
7 6 (0.68%) COM
8 5 (0.57%) LDAP
9 4 (0.46%) CSS
10 3 (0.34%) Middleware
11 2 (0.23%) Flash
11 2 (0.23%) HTML5
11 2 (0.23%) Silverlight
11 2 (0.23%) WPF
11 2 (0.23%) XML
12 1 (0.11%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 100 (11.38%) Data Centre
2 86 (9.78%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (7.85%) Public Cloud
4 47 (5.35%) Clustering
5 38 (4.32%) Management Information System
6 31 (3.53%) Hybrid Cloud
6 31 (3.53%) Replication
7 27 (3.07%) Data Structures
8 26 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
9 23 (2.62%) Client/Server
10 22 (2.50%) Blackberry
11 13 (1.48%) Driving Licence
12 10 (1.14%) CMDB
12 10 (1.14%) Mobile App
13 9 (1.02%) AS400
13 9 (1.02%) iSeries
13 9 (1.02%) NHS
14 7 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
15 6 (0.68%) Hedge funds
15 6 (0.68%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 629 (71.56%) Windows
2 354 (40.27%) Windows Server
3 229 (26.05%) Windows Server 2012
4 165 (18.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 162 (18.43%) Windows 10
6 151 (17.18%) Linux
7 130 (14.79%) Windows 7
8 55 (6.26%) Windows 8
9 39 (4.44%) Unix
10 34 (3.87%) Windows Server 2003
11 33 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (2.05%) Apple iOS
13 13 (1.48%) Mac OS X
13 13 (1.48%) Windows XP
14 12 (1.37%) Android
15 10 (1.14%) AIX
16 5 (0.57%) Data ONTAP
16 5 (0.57%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.34%) HPUX
17 3 (0.34%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 342 (38.91%) ITIL
2 154 (17.52%) Problem-Solving
3 133 (15.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 85 (9.67%) Presales
5 82 (9.33%) Service Management
6 71 (8.08%) Mentoring
7 68 (7.74%) Migration
8 62 (7.05%) Incident Management
9 61 (6.94%) Project Management
10 58 (6.60%) ITIL V3
11 57 (6.48%) Information Security
11 57 (6.48%) ITSM
12 55 (6.26%) Disaster Recovery
13 53 (6.03%) DevOps
13 53 (6.03%) Root Cause Analysis
14 49 (5.57%) Business Intelligence
15 46 (5.23%) High Availability
16 44 (5.01%) Data Protection
17 43 (4.89%) Data Management
18 39 (4.44%) Thought Leadership
Programming Languages
1 214 (24.35%) SQL
2 173 (19.68%) PowerShell
3 85 (9.67%) Python
4 39 (4.44%) Java
4 39 (4.44%) VBScript
5 29 (3.30%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.73%) PL/SQL
6 24 (2.73%) Scala
6 24 (2.73%) Shell Script
7 23 (2.62%) Bash Shell
8 15 (1.71%) C
9 8 (0.91%) C#
9 8 (0.91%) PHP
10 5 (0.57%) Ruby
11 4 (0.46%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.46%) VB
12 3 (0.34%) Perl
13 1 (0.11%) C++
13 1 (0.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 879 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 557 (63.37%) MCSE
3 179 (20.36%) MCP
4 145 (16.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 132 (15.02%) Cisco Certification
6 125 (14.22%) CCNA
7 101 (11.49%) Degree
8 97 (11.04%) MCITP
9 60 (6.83%) Security Cleared
10 41 (4.66%) Citrix Certification
11 40 (4.55%) CCA
12 39 (4.44%) AWS Certification
13 36 (4.10%) A+ Certification
14 33 (3.75%) CISSP
15 31 (3.53%) CCNP
15 31 (3.53%) ITIL Certification
16 29 (3.30%) MCDST
16 29 (3.30%) SC Cleared
17 28 (3.19%) CompTIA Security+
18 27 (3.07%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (10.58%) SLA
2 28 (3.19%) Data Quality
3 24 (2.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 22 (2.50%) GDPR
5 8 (0.91%) PMO
6 6 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
9 1 (0.11%) GxP
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.11%) QA
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 491 (55.86%) Active Directory
2 229 (26.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 176 (20.02%) Hyper-V
4 65 (7.39%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (3.41%) vSphere
6 24 (2.73%) Docker
7 23 (2.62%) XenApp
7 23 (2.62%) XenServer
8 19 (2.16%) BitLocker
9 18 (2.05%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (1.48%) XenDesktop
11 11 (1.25%) Terminal Services
12 8 (0.91%) Terminal Server
12 8 (0.91%) vCloud
13 7 (0.80%) Firmware
14 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 5 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
15 5 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.34%) DFS Replication
16 3 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 110 (12.51%) SCCM
2 44 (5.01%) WSUS
3 40 (4.55%) SCOM
4 30 (3.41%) Backup Exec
5 26 (2.96%) Ansible
6 25 (2.84%) vCenter Server
7 22 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
8 20 (2.28%) Failover Clustering
9 14 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
10 13 (1.48%) Puppet
11 11 (1.25%) SCVMM
12 9 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
12 9 (1.02%) Perfmon
13 7 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 7 (0.80%) NetBackup
14 6 (0.68%) Terraform
14 6 (0.68%) XenMobile
15 5 (0.57%) AirWatch
15 5 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 5 (0.57%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 654 (74.40%) Microsoft
2 391 (44.48%) VMware
3 178 (20.25%) Citrix
4 165 (18.77%) Cisco
5 67 (7.62%) NetApp
6 60 (6.83%) Veeam
7 48 (5.46%) Apple
8 44 (5.01%) HP
9 38 (4.32%) Red Hat
10 28 (3.19%) Google
11 27 (3.07%) Oracle
12 24 (2.73%) Dell
12 24 (2.73%) Ivanti
13 22 (2.50%) IBM
14 21 (2.39%) EMC
15 20 (2.28%) CommVault
16 19 (2.16%) ServiceNow
16 19 (2.16%) SolarWinds
17 18 (2.05%) Nimble Storage
18 17 (1.93%) Remedy