Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 422 503 456
Rank change year-on-year +81 -47 -28
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 877 850 1,110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.55% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.97% 2.32% 2.79%
Number of salaries quoted 737 689 996
England median annual salary £38,318 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.21% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £22,250
90th Percentile £60,000 £72,500 £55,000
UK median annual salary £38,318 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year -4.21% +6.67% +7.14%

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 29,525 36,642 39,854
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.35% 23.86% 24.36%
Number of salaries quoted 21,698 27,329 30,789
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.15%
10th Percentile £27,188 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +98 268 £42,500 -5.56% 63
North of England +82 168 £34,250 +21.24% 33
South East +7 159 £35,000 -6.67% 47
Midlands +25 121 £40,000 -5.88% 28
North West +79 91 £32,500 +30.00% 16
South West +28 86 £37,500 -34.78% 16
West Midlands +23 74 £33,750 -20.59% 14
East of England +46 73 £38,318 +11.07% 8
Yorkshire +13 60 £40,000 +33.78% 13
East Midlands +16 47 £45,000 +13.02% 14
North East +32 17 £31,000 -11.43% 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 877 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 673 (76.74%) Windows
3 601 (68.53%) Microsoft
4 554 (63.17%) Office 365
5 526 (59.98%) Active Directory
6 516 (58.84%) MCSE
7 436 (49.71%) VMware
8 422 (48.12%) Windows Server
9 390 (44.47%) Azure
10 325 (37.06%) ITIL
11 251 (28.62%) Cisco
12 238 (27.14%) DNS
13 234 (26.68%) Firewall
14 232 (26.45%) VMware Infrastructure
15 223 (25.43%) Hyper-V
16 222 (25.31%) Windows Server 2012
17 216 (24.63%) DHCP
18 211 (24.06%) Cisco Certification
19 204 (23.26%) Windows 10
20 203 (23.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 202 (23.03%) CCNA
22 184 (20.98%) MS Exchange
23 180 (20.52%) PowerShell
24 177 (20.18%) Citrix
25 164 (18.70%) Microsoft Office
26 163 (18.59%) Windows Server 2008
27 156 (17.79%) MCP
28 147 (16.76%) SQL Server
29 141 (16.08%) SCCM
30 137 (15.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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 (20.98%) MS Exchange
2 105 (11.97%) SharePoint
3 79 (9.01%) Exchange Server 2010
4 68 (7.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 47 (5.36%) IIS
5 47 (5.36%) Skype for Business
6 31 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2007
7 13 (1.48%) Confluence
8 6 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
8 6 (0.68%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.23%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 164 (18.70%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.37%) Workfront
2 10 (1.14%) assyst
3 6 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.57%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.11%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 554 (63.17%) Office 365
2 390 (44.47%) Azure
3 130 (14.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 104 (11.86%) AWS
5 37 (4.22%) IaaS
6 23 (2.62%) GCP
7 22 (2.51%) Cloud Computing
8 21 (2.39%) OneDrive
9 18 (2.05%) Power Platform
10 16 (1.82%) PaaS
11 12 (1.37%) G Suite
12 10 (1.14%) Mimecast
12 10 (1.14%) SaaS
13 6 (0.68%) PowerApps
14 5 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
14 5 (0.57%) OpenShift
15 4 (0.46%) GitHub
16 3 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
17 2 (0.23%) Amazon S3
17 2 (0.23%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 238 (27.14%) DNS
2 234 (26.68%) Firewall
3 216 (24.63%) DHCP
4 111 (12.66%) TCP/IP
5 100 (11.40%) LAN
6 98 (11.17%) VPN
6 98 (11.17%) WAN
7 92 (10.49%) VoIP
8 66 (7.53%) SAN
9 49 (5.59%) Skype
10 45 (5.13%) VLAN
11 33 (3.76%) Network Security
12 32 (3.65%) iSCSI
13 31 (3.53%) Internet
14 28 (3.19%) NAS
15 26 (2.96%) Wireless
16 25 (2.85%) NetScaler
17 19 (2.17%) Cisco ASA
18 18 (2.05%) IPv4
18 18 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (16.76%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.36%) SQL Server 2012
3 26 (2.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 18 (2.05%) SQL Server 2016
5 12 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (1.37%) Power BI
5 12 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
6 10 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
6 10 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (0.80%) Data Lake
7 7 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 5 (0.57%) PowerPivot
9 5 (0.57%) Spatial Data
9 5 (0.57%) SQL Server 2017
10 4 (0.46%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.34%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (1.60%) JIRA
2 12 (1.37%) Visual Studio
3 11 (1.25%) MSI
4 9 (1.03%) Jenkins
4 9 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.68%) GCC
5 6 (0.68%) Terragrunt
6 5 (0.57%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.46%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 87 (9.92%) Finance
2 32 (3.65%) Retail
3 30 (3.42%) Public Sector
4 29 (3.31%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.74%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.60%) Legal
7 8 (0.91%) Marketing
8 7 (0.80%) Electronics
9 6 (0.68%) Banking
9 6 (0.68%) Law
10 5 (0.57%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.46%) Czech Language
11 4 (0.46%) Games
12 3 (0.34%) Automotive
13 2 (0.23%) Advertising
13 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.23%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.11%) Billing
14 1 (0.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 151 (17.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 132 (15.05%) Support Engineer
3 131 (14.94%) Analyst
4 108 (12.31%) IT Engineer
5 103 (11.74%) IT Support
6 81 (9.24%) Consultant
7 69 (7.87%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 69 (7.87%) Systems Engineer
8 61 (6.96%) IT Support Engineer
9 55 (6.27%) Support Analyst
10 48 (5.47%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 40 (4.56%) Technical Support
12 39 (4.45%) Server Engineer
13 38 (4.33%) Administrator
14 37 (4.22%) 2nd Line Support
15 36 (4.10%) Cloud Engineer
16 32 (3.65%) IT Analyst
16 32 (3.65%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 29 (3.31%) Systems Administrator
18 28 (3.19%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (0.91%) .NET
1 8 (0.91%) SAML
2 7 (0.80%) HTML
2 7 (0.80%) LDAP
2 7 (0.80%) Web Services
2 7 (0.80%) XMPP
3 5 (0.57%) ASP.NET
3 5 (0.57%) CSS
4 4 (0.46%) AngularJS
4 4 (0.46%) CSS3
4 4 (0.46%) HTML5
4 4 (0.46%) JSON
5 3 (0.34%) Software Packaging
5 3 (0.34%) XML
6 2 (0.23%) Kafka
6 2 (0.23%) OAuth
6 2 (0.23%) SailPoint
7 1 (0.11%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.11%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 85 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (7.41%) Data Centre
3 47 (5.36%) Management Information System
3 47 (5.36%) Self-Motivation
4 46 (5.25%) Public Cloud
5 38 (4.33%) Driving Licence
6 24 (2.74%) Private Cloud
7 21 (2.39%) Replication
8 17 (1.94%) Clustering
9 12 (1.37%) Wiki
10 11 (1.25%) PlayStation
10 11 (1.25%) Xbox
11 10 (1.14%) CESG
12 9 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
13 8 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
14 7 (0.80%) Blackberry
14 7 (0.80%) iPhone
14 7 (0.80%) N-Tier
14 7 (0.80%) User Experience
15 6 (0.68%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 673 (76.74%) Windows
2 422 (48.12%) Windows Server
3 222 (25.31%) Windows Server 2012
4 204 (23.26%) Windows 10
5 163 (18.59%) Windows Server 2008
6 98 (11.17%) Linux
7 64 (7.30%) Windows 7
8 48 (5.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 41 (4.68%) Windows 8
10 27 (3.08%) Mac OS X
11 21 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 17 (1.94%) CentOS
12 17 (1.94%) Ubuntu
13 16 (1.82%) Android
14 11 (1.25%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.03%) AIX
15 9 (1.03%) Unix
16 8 (0.91%) Apple iOS
16 8 (0.91%) Windows XP
17 5 (0.57%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 325 (37.06%) ITIL
2 203 (23.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 113 (12.88%) Problem-Solving
4 89 (10.15%) Service Management
5 68 (7.75%) Project Delivery
6 62 (7.07%) Incident Management
7 58 (6.61%) Presales
8 55 (6.27%) Project Management
9 52 (5.93%) ITIL V3
9 52 (5.93%) Mentoring
9 52 (5.93%) Problem Management
10 51 (5.82%) Change Management
11 46 (5.25%) ITSM
11 46 (5.25%) Migration
11 46 (5.25%) Server Management
12 45 (5.13%) Disaster Recovery
13 39 (4.45%) Cybersecurity
14 38 (4.33%) Customer Requirements
15 36 (4.10%) Change Control
16 35 (3.99%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 180 (20.52%) PowerShell
2 110 (12.54%) SQL
3 24 (2.74%) Bash Shell
3 24 (2.74%) Python
4 19 (2.17%) VBScript
5 11 (1.25%) JavaScript
5 11 (1.25%) T-SQL
6 7 (0.80%) C#
6 7 (0.80%) VB
7 5 (0.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 4 (0.46%) PHP
9 3 (0.34%) Go
9 3 (0.34%) Java
10 1 (0.11%) C
10 1 (0.11%) C++
Qualifications
1 877 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 516 (58.84%) MCSE
3 211 (24.06%) Cisco Certification
4 202 (23.03%) CCNA
5 156 (17.79%) MCP
6 137 (15.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 108 (12.31%) Degree
8 70 (7.98%) Security Cleared
9 49 (5.59%) CCNP
10 47 (5.36%) SC Cleared
11 46 (5.25%) MCITP
12 45 (5.13%) A+ Certification
13 44 (5.02%) CompTIA Security+
14 36 (4.10%) Citrix Certification
15 29 (3.31%) CISSP
16 25 (2.85%) DV Cleared
17 22 (2.51%) Network+ Certification
18 21 (2.39%) VCP6
19 19 (2.17%) CCA
20 15 (1.71%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (6.84%) SLA
2 25 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.71%) GDPR
4 14 (1.60%) COBIT
5 13 (1.48%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
6 7 (0.80%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.34%) PMO
7 3 (0.34%) QA
8 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.23%) NIST
8 2 (0.23%) NIST 800
System Software
1 526 (59.98%) Active Directory
2 232 (26.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 223 (25.43%) Hyper-V
4 63 (7.18%) XenApp
5 58 (6.61%) vSphere
6 43 (4.90%) VMware ESXi
7 33 (3.76%) XenDesktop
8 24 (2.74%) Virtual Servers
9 19 (2.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 14 (1.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 13 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (1.37%) BitLocker
12 12 (1.37%) pfSense
13 10 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
14 8 (0.91%) Terminal Services
15 7 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (0.80%) VMware Server
16 6 (0.68%) DFS Replication
16 6 (0.68%) Docker
16 6 (0.68%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 141 (16.08%) SCCM
2 82 (9.35%) Microsoft Intune
3 69 (7.87%) WSUS
4 33 (3.76%) SCOM
5 25 (2.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 23 (2.62%) Backup Exec
7 16 (1.82%) Ansible
8 15 (1.71%) NetBackup
9 13 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
10 12 (1.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 10 (1.14%) Terraform
12 7 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
12 7 (0.80%) vCenter Server
13 6 (0.68%) Kubernetes
13 6 (0.68%) SCVMM
14 5 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 5 (0.57%) SolarWinds Orion
15 4 (0.46%) Jamf Pro
15 4 (0.46%) Puppet
16 3 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 601 (68.53%) Microsoft
2 436 (49.71%) VMware
3 251 (28.62%) Cisco
4 177 (20.18%) Citrix
5 61 (6.96%) NetApp
6 51 (5.82%) HP
7 40 (4.56%) WatchGuard
8 37 (4.22%) Meraki
9 35 (3.99%) CommVault
9 35 (3.99%) EMC
9 35 (3.99%) Red Hat
10 33 (3.76%) Dell
11 31 (3.53%) ServiceNow
11 31 (3.53%) Veeam
12 30 (3.42%) Ivanti
13 21 (2.39%) IBM
13 21 (2.39%) Remedy
14 20 (2.28%) Symantec
15 15 (1.71%) Aruba
16 14 (1.60%) SolarWinds