Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 496 450 438
Rank change year-on-year -46 -12 +16
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 885 1,100 1,297
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.57% 0.66% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.39% 2.70% 2.67%
Number of salaries quoted 725 979 1,162
England median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £55,000 £53,750
UK median annual salary £40,000 £38,959 £35,000
% change year-on-year +2.67% +11.31% -

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 37,081 40,706 48,516
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.74% 24.44% 26.51%
Number of salaries quoted 27,671 31,430 39,496
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,408 £46,658
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.47% +1.61% +3.68%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
UK median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +35 294 £45,000 +12.50% 38
South East -19 193 £37,500 +1.35% 24
Midlands +19 138 £40,000 - 13
North of England -73 133 £27,500 -26.67% 30
East of England +5 88 £32,500 -25.71% 10
West Midlands -8 81 £41,500 -2.35% 9
North West -40 71 £25,000 -16.67% 16
South West +15 64 £42,500 +21.43% 19
Yorkshire -57 60 £29,900 -25.25% 12
East Midlands +36 56 £39,817 +9.84% 4
North East -30 2 £35,000 -10.16% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 885 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 662 (74.80%) Windows
3 659 (74.46%) Microsoft
4 582 (65.76%) MCSE
5 500 (56.50%) Active Directory
6 436 (49.27%) VMware
7 374 (42.26%) Windows Server
8 355 (40.11%) ITIL
9 329 (37.18%) Office 365
10 300 (33.90%) Microsoft Azure
11 269 (30.40%) MCP
12 252 (28.47%) Windows Server 2012
13 230 (25.99%) VMware Infrastructure
14 229 (25.88%) Hyper-V
15 210 (23.73%) Firewall
16 197 (22.26%) Cisco
17 194 (21.92%) Microsoft Office
18 193 (21.81%) Citrix
19 189 (21.36%) MS Exchange
20 185 (20.90%) Windows Server 2008
21 169 (19.10%) SQL Server
21 169 (19.10%) SQL
22 159 (17.97%) DNS
23 153 (17.29%) PowerShell
24 152 (17.18%) Cisco Certification
24 152 (17.18%) CCNA
25 150 (16.95%) Windows 10
26 141 (15.93%) Windows 7
26 141 (15.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 139 (15.71%) 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
1 189 (21.36%) MS Exchange
2 86 (9.72%) Exchange Server 2010
3 69 (7.80%) Exchange Server 2013
4 56 (6.33%) SharePoint
5 41 (4.63%) Skype for Business
6 31 (3.50%) IIS
7 26 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (2.03%) IBM Notes
9 12 (1.36%) nginx
10 9 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
11 8 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
11 8 (0.90%) Oracle Service Bus
12 7 (0.79%) Site Server
13 6 (0.68%) Apache
13 6 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.56%) Confluence
14 5 (0.56%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.23%) Apache Spark
15 2 (0.23%) IBM Domino
16 1 (0.11%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 194 (21.92%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 20 (2.26%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.47%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.34%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.34%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.23%) CATIA
6 2 (0.23%) InDesign
6 2 (0.23%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.23%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.23%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.23%) Maximo
2 2 (0.23%) SAP R/3
2 2 (0.23%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
2 2 (0.23%) Workfront
3 1 (0.11%) Rolfe and Nolan
3 1 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 329 (37.18%) Office 365
2 300 (33.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 109 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
4 47 (5.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 38 (4.29%) IaaS
6 35 (3.95%) PaaS
7 24 (2.71%) Amazon EC2
7 24 (2.71%) Amazon S3
8 22 (2.49%) Cloud Computing
9 18 (2.03%) Amazon EMR
9 18 (2.03%) Amazon Kinesis
9 18 (2.03%) AWS Lambda
9 18 (2.03%) SaaS
9 18 (2.03%) Serverless
10 17 (1.92%) Amazon SQS
11 11 (1.24%) G Suite
12 10 (1.13%) IBM Cloud
13 8 (0.90%) GitHub
13 8 (0.90%) Google Cloud Platform
14 7 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 210 (23.73%) Firewall
2 159 (17.97%) DNS
3 133 (15.03%) LAN
4 129 (14.58%) TCP/IP
5 127 (14.35%) DHCP
6 125 (14.12%) SAN
6 125 (14.12%) WAN
7 82 (9.27%) VPN
8 51 (5.76%) Wireless
9 50 (5.65%) Network Security
10 44 (4.97%) Internet
11 37 (4.18%) Skype
12 36 (4.07%) VLAN
13 34 (3.84%) VoIP
14 29 (3.28%) Remote Desktop
15 23 (2.60%) Ethernet
16 22 (2.49%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (2.15%) Wi-Fi
18 16 (1.81%) MPLS
19 15 (1.69%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (19.10%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.63%) Relational Database
3 33 (3.73%) SQL Server 2008
4 27 (3.05%) Amazon RDS
4 27 (3.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 25 (2.82%) RDBMS
6 24 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (2.60%) MySQL
7 23 (2.60%) SQL Server 2016
7 23 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (2.15%) Amazon Redshift
8 19 (2.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 18 (2.03%) Cosmos DB
10 15 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (1.69%) SQL Server 2014
11 14 (1.58%) PostgreSQL
12 13 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
12 13 (1.47%) Power BI
13 11 (1.24%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 15 (1.69%) TeamCity
2 14 (1.58%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.58%) JIRA
3 13 (1.47%) Jenkins
4 10 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
4 10 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (0.79%) MSI
6 6 (0.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.34%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.23%) GCC
8 2 (0.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.11%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.11%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.11%) git-flow
9 1 (0.11%) GitLab
9 1 (0.11%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.11%) JMeter
9 1 (0.11%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.11%) Selenium
9 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 109 (12.32%) Finance
2 30 (3.39%) Retail
3 24 (2.71%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.26%) Games
5 19 (2.15%) Marketing
6 16 (1.81%) Billing
7 11 (1.24%) Publishing
8 9 (1.02%) Advertising
8 9 (1.02%) Legal
9 8 (0.90%) Banking
10 4 (0.45%) Back Office
11 3 (0.34%) French Language
11 3 (0.34%) Law
11 3 (0.34%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.11%) Automotive
13 1 (0.11%) Electronics
13 1 (0.11%) German Language
13 1 (0.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 182 (20.56%) Support Engineer
2 118 (13.33%) Analyst
3 106 (11.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 106 (11.98%) IT Support
4 96 (10.85%) IT Engineer
5 75 (8.47%) Architect
6 73 (8.25%) Support Analyst
7 70 (7.91%) 2nd Line Support
8 67 (7.57%) Administrator
9 60 (6.78%) IT Support Engineer
10 54 (6.10%) Systems Engineer
11 53 (5.99%) 3rd Line Support
12 52 (5.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 50 (5.65%) Solutions Architect
14 41 (4.63%) IT Analyst
15 40 (4.52%) Consultant
16 39 (4.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 39 (4.41%) Cloud Architect
17 35 (3.95%) DBA
17 35 (3.95%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (5.65%) .NET
2 47 (5.31%) Web Services
3 22 (2.49%) XML
4 19 (2.15%) JSON
5 15 (1.69%) ASP.NET
6 11 (1.24%) ASP.NET Web API
6 11 (1.24%) Flash
6 11 (1.24%) Middleware
7 8 (0.90%) Software Packaging
8 7 (0.79%) HTML
8 7 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
9 5 (0.56%) .NET Framework
10 3 (0.34%) CSS
11 2 (0.23%) REST
11 2 (0.23%) WAP
12 1 (0.11%) ASP.NET MVC
12 1 (0.11%) Entity Framework
12 1 (0.11%) jQuery
12 1 (0.11%) Play Framework
12 1 (0.11%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 100 (11.30%) Data Centre
2 68 (7.68%) Self-Motivation
3 58 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (5.99%) iPad
5 51 (5.76%) Public Cloud
6 40 (4.52%) Blackberry
6 40 (4.52%) Management Information System
7 34 (3.84%) Computer Science
7 34 (3.84%) Driving Licence
8 28 (3.16%) Clustering
9 24 (2.71%) Client/Server
10 21 (2.37%) Replication
11 19 (2.15%) iPhone
12 16 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
13 15 (1.69%) NHS
14 14 (1.58%) Private Cloud
14 14 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
15 12 (1.36%) Mobile Payment
16 11 (1.24%) iSeries
17 10 (1.13%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 662 (74.80%) Windows
2 374 (42.26%) Windows Server
3 252 (28.47%) Windows Server 2012
4 185 (20.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 150 (16.95%) Windows 10
6 141 (15.93%) Windows 7
7 131 (14.80%) Linux
8 46 (5.20%) Mac OS X
9 43 (4.86%) Windows 8
10 42 (4.75%) Unix
11 39 (4.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 34 (3.84%) Android
13 33 (3.73%) Apple iOS
14 30 (3.39%) Windows XP
15 26 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (1.81%) Mac OS
17 10 (1.13%) Windows Mobile
18 6 (0.68%) HPUX
19 5 (0.56%) Windows Phone
20 4 (0.45%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 355 (40.11%) ITIL
2 141 (15.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 129 (14.58%) Problem-Solving
4 89 (10.06%) Migration
5 87 (9.83%) ITIL V3
5 87 (9.83%) Service Management
6 70 (7.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 70 (7.91%) Incident Management
7 67 (7.57%) ITSM
8 63 (7.12%) DevOps
9 60 (6.78%) Mentoring
10 45 (5.08%) Agile Software Development
10 45 (5.08%) PRINCE2
11 44 (4.97%) Presales
12 43 (4.86%) Change Management
12 43 (4.86%) Project Management
13 42 (4.75%) Configuration Management
13 42 (4.75%) High Availability
14 38 (4.29%) CRM
14 38 (4.29%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 169 (19.10%) SQL
2 153 (17.29%) PowerShell
3 53 (5.99%) Python
4 42 (4.75%) T-SQL
5 29 (3.28%) C#
5 29 (3.28%) Java
6 27 (3.05%) VBScript
7 19 (2.15%) Bash Shell
8 14 (1.58%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.36%) Scala
10 10 (1.13%) PL/SQL
11 7 (0.79%) JavaScript
12 6 (0.68%) C
12 6 (0.68%) Perl
13 5 (0.56%) PHP
14 4 (0.45%) C++
14 4 (0.45%) VB
15 3 (0.34%) Ruby
15 3 (0.34%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 885 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 582 (65.76%) MCSE
3 269 (30.40%) MCP
4 152 (17.18%) CCNA
4 152 (17.18%) Cisco Certification
5 133 (15.03%) MCITP
6 128 (14.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 115 (12.99%) Degree
8 81 (9.15%) MCTS
9 58 (6.55%) A+ Certification
10 47 (5.31%) CCNP
11 44 (4.97%) DBS Check
12 37 (4.18%) Network+ Certification
13 36 (4.07%) Security Cleared
14 31 (3.50%) ITIL Certification
15 29 (3.28%) MCDST
16 20 (2.26%) ACDT
16 20 (2.26%) ACHDS
16 20 (2.26%) ACTC
16 20 (2.26%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (10.62%) SLA
2 26 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.13%) GDPR
4 7 (0.79%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.45%) PMO
5 4 (0.45%) QA
6 3 (0.34%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.23%) COBIT
7 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.23%) TickIT
8 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 500 (56.50%) Active Directory
2 230 (25.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 229 (25.88%) Hyper-V
4 74 (8.36%) vSphere
5 40 (4.52%) XenApp
6 31 (3.50%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (2.03%) Docker
7 18 (2.03%) Virtual Servers
8 13 (1.47%) XenDesktop
9 12 (1.36%) Terminal Services
10 11 (1.24%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (1.13%) vCloud
12 8 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
12 8 (0.90%) XenServer
13 5 (0.56%) HDFS
14 4 (0.45%) BitLocker
15 3 (0.34%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.34%) UAG
15 3 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 139 (15.71%) SCCM
2 32 (3.62%) Ansible
3 30 (3.39%) SCOM
4 29 (3.28%) Puppet
5 27 (3.05%) WSUS
6 23 (2.60%) Failover Clustering
7 16 (1.81%) Backup Exec
7 16 (1.81%) Microsoft Clustering
8 15 (1.69%) HP UCMDB
8 15 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
9 12 (1.36%) AirWatch
9 12 (1.36%) Single Sign-On
10 11 (1.24%) Microsoft Intune
10 11 (1.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 9 (1.02%) Nagios
12 8 (0.90%) SCOrch
13 7 (0.79%) Cisco CUCM
13 7 (0.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 7 (0.79%) SCVMM
14 5 (0.56%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 659 (74.46%) Microsoft
2 436 (49.27%) VMware
3 197 (22.26%) Cisco
4 193 (21.81%) Citrix
5 103 (11.64%) Apple
6 90 (10.17%) HP
7 62 (7.01%) NetApp
8 57 (6.44%) Veeam
9 43 (4.86%) Red Hat
10 38 (4.29%) Oracle
11 36 (4.07%) ServiceNow
12 26 (2.94%) CommVault
13 25 (2.82%) IBM
14 24 (2.71%) Dell
15 22 (2.49%) Meraki
15 22 (2.49%) SolarWinds
16 21 (2.37%) Ivanti
17 20 (2.26%) Google
18 19 (2.15%) Remedy
19 18 (2.03%) Splunk