Period
to 10 May 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 10 May 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
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 598 440 427
Rank change year-on-year -158 -13 +39
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 241 580 971
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.63% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.50% 2.92% 2.86%
Number of salaries quoted 198 496 794
10th Percentile £26,925 £25,000 £25,000
25th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £31,438
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £38,250 £41,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.58% -7.83% +6.41%
75th Percentile £48,750 £51,250 £50,750
90th Percentile £57,500 £66,250 £68,750
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year - -1.23% +6.58%

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 16,088 19,866 33,917
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.63% 21.54% 24.96%
Number of salaries quoted 11,022 14,986 24,693
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £67,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +4.17%

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 10 May 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 10 May 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 -11 64 £38,750 +3.33% 15
London -88 61 £37,500 -3.85% 15
South East +1 47 £35,000 -22.22% 17
West Midlands -14 40 £37,500 +15.38% 6
North of England -71 33 £52,500 +43.84% 8
East Midlands +8 24 £44,000 +2.92% 9
North West -5 24 £60,000 +33.33% 4
East of England +31 19 £40,000 +5.96% 8
South West -33 16 £48,750 +39.29% 6
Yorkshire -39 8 £35,432 -5.51% 2
North East -13 1 £40,000 +45.45% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 10 May 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.

1 241 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (69.29%) Windows
3 153 (63.49%) Microsoft
4 145 (60.17%) MCSE
5 133 (55.19%) Active Directory
6 125 (51.87%) Windows Server
7 119 (49.38%) Microsoft 365
8 113 (46.89%) Azure
9 112 (46.47%) VMware
10 111 (46.06%) ITIL
11 85 (35.27%) VMware Infrastructure
12 70 (29.05%) Cisco Certification
13 68 (28.22%) CCNA
14 66 (27.39%) PowerShell
15 65 (26.97%) Firewall
16 58 (24.07%) Hyper-V
17 57 (23.65%) Cisco
18 52 (21.58%) Linux
18 52 (21.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 50 (20.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 49 (20.33%) DNS
20 49 (20.33%) Windows Server 2012
21 47 (19.50%) Problem-Solving
22 45 (18.67%) MCP
23 42 (17.43%) Social Skills
24 41 (17.01%) Microsoft Office
24 41 (17.01%) Analytical Skills
25 38 (15.77%) VMware ESXi
26 37 (15.35%) vSphere
26 37 (15.35%) SCCM

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 34 (14.11%) MS Exchange
2 27 (11.20%) SharePoint
3 20 (8.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (7.47%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (2.90%) Skype for Business
6 4 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.24%) IIS
7 3 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.41%) Site Server
Applications
1 41 (17.01%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.90%) Workfront
2 1 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.41%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 119 (49.38%) Microsoft 365
2 113 (46.89%) Azure
3 31 (12.86%) AWS
4 30 (12.45%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (6.64%) IaaS
6 15 (6.22%) SaaS
7 13 (5.39%) PaaS
8 10 (4.15%) GCP
9 6 (2.49%) Mimecast
9 6 (2.49%) OneDrive
9 6 (2.49%) Power Platform
10 5 (2.07%) Azure Storage
11 4 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (1.24%) AWS CodeCommit
12 3 (1.24%) Power Automate
12 3 (1.24%) PowerApps
12 3 (1.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (1.24%) Yammer
13 2 (0.83%) Amazon EKS
13 2 (0.83%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 65 (26.97%) Firewall
2 49 (20.33%) DNS
3 36 (14.94%) WAN
4 33 (13.69%) LAN
5 32 (13.28%) SAN
6 27 (11.20%) DHCP
6 27 (11.20%) TCP/IP
7 22 (9.13%) VPN
8 20 (8.30%) VSAN
9 13 (5.39%) Remote Desktop
10 11 (4.56%) VLAN
10 11 (4.56%) VoIP
11 9 (3.73%) NAS
12 8 (3.32%) MPLS
12 8 (3.32%) Skype
13 7 (2.90%) Network Security
13 7 (2.90%) SSL
14 6 (2.49%) FTP
14 6 (2.49%) Internet
14 6 (2.49%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (15.35%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.90%) MySQL
3 6 (2.49%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.49%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (2.07%) Power BI
4 5 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.66%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.24%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.83%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.83%) Oracle Exadata
7 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2019
7 2 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.41%) MS Access
8 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 7
8 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.41%) SQLBase
Development Applications
1 5 (2.07%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.07%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.24%) Subversion
3 2 (0.83%) AppScan
3 2 (0.83%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.83%) Maven
3 2 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.83%) TeamCity
General
1 42 (17.43%) Social Skills
2 41 (17.01%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (12.45%) Finance
4 9 (3.73%) Local Government
4 9 (3.73%) Military
4 9 (3.73%) Organisational Skills
5 7 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.49%) Electronics
6 6 (2.49%) Legal
6 6 (2.49%) Public Sector
7 5 (2.07%) Fire and Rescue
7 5 (2.07%) Mandarin Language
8 4 (1.66%) Presentation Skills
9 3 (1.24%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.24%) Games
10 2 (0.83%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.83%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.83%) Publishing
10 2 (0.83%) Retail
11 1 (0.41%) Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (23.65%) IT Engineer
2 49 (20.33%) Support Engineer
3 42 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 31 (12.86%) Systems Engineer
5 28 (11.62%) IT Support
6 27 (11.20%) Analyst
7 20 (8.30%) IT Support Engineer
8 16 (6.64%) Infrastructure Support
8 16 (6.64%) Support Analyst
9 15 (6.22%) DBA
9 15 (6.22%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 14 (5.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 14 (5.81%) Administrator
10 14 (5.81%) IT Analyst
11 13 (5.39%) 2nd Line Support
11 13 (5.39%) Server Engineer
12 10 (4.15%) Service Desk Engineer
12 10 (4.15%) SQL DBA
13 9 (3.73%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
14 8 (3.32%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.73%) .NET
2 4 (1.66%) JSON
3 3 (1.24%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (1.24%) SAML
3 3 (1.24%) Web Services
4 2 (0.83%) LAMP
4 2 (0.83%) WAMP
4 2 (0.83%) XML
5 1 (0.41%) CGI
5 1 (0.41%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.96%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.22%) Replication
3 14 (5.81%) Clustering
3 14 (5.81%) Management Information System
4 12 (4.98%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (2.90%) Driving Licence
6 6 (2.49%) Private Cloud
7 5 (2.07%) EPoS
7 5 (2.07%) User Experience
8 4 (1.66%) Data Protection Act
8 4 (1.66%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.66%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.66%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.66%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.83%) CCTV
9 2 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.83%) iPad
9 2 (0.83%) iPhone
9 2 (0.83%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 167 (69.29%) Windows
2 125 (51.87%) Windows Server
3 52 (21.58%) Linux
4 49 (20.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 37 (15.35%) Windows 10
6 27 (11.20%) Windows Server 2016
7 20 (8.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (7.47%) Windows Server 2019
9 13 (5.39%) Unix
10 9 (3.73%) Windows 7
11 6 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.66%) Apple iOS
13 3 (1.24%) Android
13 3 (1.24%) Windows 8
13 3 (1.24%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.83%) Debian
14 2 (0.83%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.41%) CentOS
15 1 (0.41%) SUSE
15 1 (0.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (46.06%) ITIL
2 50 (20.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 47 (19.50%) Problem-Solving
4 35 (14.52%) ITIL V3
5 33 (13.69%) Service Management
6 31 (12.86%) Disaster Recovery
7 21 (8.71%) Project Management
8 19 (7.88%) Cybersecurity
8 19 (7.88%) High Availability
9 17 (7.05%) Agile Software Development
10 16 (6.64%) DevOps
11 15 (6.22%) Change Control
11 15 (6.22%) IT Strategy
12 13 (5.39%) Computer Science
12 13 (5.39%) Migration
12 13 (5.39%) Server Virtualisation
13 11 (4.56%) Configuration Management
13 11 (4.56%) Continuous Improvement
13 11 (4.56%) Problem Management
14 10 (4.15%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 66 (27.39%) PowerShell
2 37 (15.35%) SQL
3 10 (4.15%) Python
4 9 (3.73%) Bash Shell
5 7 (2.90%) T-SQL
6 5 (2.07%) C#
7 4 (1.66%) VB
8 3 (1.24%) Groovy
8 3 (1.24%) Perl
8 3 (1.24%) PHP
8 3 (1.24%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.24%) VBScript
9 1 (0.41%) C
9 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 241 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 145 (60.17%) MCSE
3 70 (29.05%) Cisco Certification
4 68 (28.22%) CCNA
5 52 (21.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 45 (18.67%) MCP
7 33 (13.69%) Degree
8 28 (11.62%) MCITP
8 28 (11.62%) Security Cleared
9 26 (10.79%) SC Cleared
10 20 (8.30%) CCNP
11 16 (6.64%) CCENT
12 15 (6.22%) CompTIA Security+
13 14 (5.81%) Network+ Certification
14 13 (5.39%) CISSP
15 11 (4.56%) DV Cleared
15 11 (4.56%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (4.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 10 (4.15%) MCDBA
17 7 (2.90%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.22%) SLA
2 10 (4.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.49%) GDPR
4 5 (2.07%) PCI DSS
5 4 (1.66%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (1.24%) QA
System Software
1 133 (55.19%) Active Directory
2 85 (35.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (24.07%) Hyper-V
4 38 (15.77%) VMware ESXi
5 37 (15.35%) vSphere
6 20 (8.30%) XenApp
7 14 (5.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 14 (5.81%) Virtual Servers
8 13 (5.39%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.49%) VMware NSX
10 5 (2.07%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (1.24%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.83%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.83%) Docker
12 2 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 37 (15.35%) SCCM
2 27 (11.20%) SCOM
3 18 (7.47%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 14 (5.81%) Backup Exec
5 13 (5.39%) WSUS
6 12 (4.98%) SCOrch
6 12 (4.98%) Terraform
7 11 (4.56%) Norton AntiVirus
8 9 (3.73%) Ansible
8 9 (3.73%) Puppet
9 8 (3.32%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
10 7 (2.90%) NetBackup
11 6 (2.49%) Nagios
12 5 (2.07%) WMI
13 4 (1.66%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (1.66%) Single Sign-On
14 3 (1.24%) Consul
14 3 (1.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 3 (1.24%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 153 (63.49%) Microsoft
2 112 (46.47%) VMware
3 57 (23.65%) Cisco
4 30 (12.45%) Citrix
5 26 (10.79%) Veeam
6 24 (9.96%) Sophos
7 20 (8.30%) NetApp
8 17 (7.05%) Dell
9 16 (6.64%) EMC
9 16 (6.64%) Oracle
9 16 (6.64%) SolarWinds
10 14 (5.81%) Red Hat
11 13 (5.39%) Juniper
12 12 (4.98%) HP
13 11 (4.56%) ServiceNow
13 11 (4.56%) Symantec
14 8 (3.32%) Remedy
15 7 (2.90%) Google
15 7 (2.90%) Ivanti
16 6 (2.49%) ZyXEL