Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 682 385 435
Rank change year-on-year -297 +50 +71
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 325 306 902
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.67% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.46% 3.00% 2.92%
Number of salaries quoted 242 260 754
10th Percentile £28,275 £26,250 £25,000
25th Percentile £31,563 £31,250 £30,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £41,250 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +1.91%
75th Percentile £53,000 £56,250 £50,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £70,000 £63,750
UK median annual salary £42,500 £41,598 £39,000
% change year-on-year +2.17% +6.66% -2.50%

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 22,315 10,192 30,838
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.78% 22.37% 23.78%
Number of salaries quoted 13,165 7,808 22,855
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,117 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,000
90th Percentile £88,750 £90,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 21 September 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 21 September 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
London -192 106 £44,000 -2.22% 16
Midlands -92 88 £47,500 +31.03% 19
West Midlands -97 50 £45,000 +20.00% 12
South East -169 45 £32,500 -8.45% 14
North of England -168 40 £46,250 +5.71% 16
East Midlands -41 38 £47,500 +46.15% 7
East of England -74 24 £37,500 -15.73% 11
South West -107 23 £47,500 +10.47% 8
North West -122 17 £52,750 +0.48% 10
Yorkshire -100 14 £40,000 +14.29% 4
North East -42 9 £53,750 +26.47% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 325 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 227 (69.85%) Microsoft
3 210 (64.62%) Windows
4 199 (61.23%) MCSE
5 188 (57.85%) VMware
6 185 (56.92%) Azure
7 172 (52.92%) Active Directory
8 165 (50.77%) Microsoft 365
9 157 (48.31%) Windows Server
10 134 (41.23%) VMware Infrastructure
10 134 (41.23%) ITIL
11 114 (35.08%) Firewall
12 105 (32.31%) PowerShell
13 96 (29.54%) Social Skills
14 93 (28.62%) DNS
15 87 (26.77%) MCP
16 86 (26.46%) AWS
17 81 (24.92%) DHCP
17 81 (24.92%) Citrix
18 78 (24.00%) Cisco
18 78 (24.00%) Hyper-V
19 74 (22.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 74 (22.77%) SQL
20 72 (22.15%) Cisco Certification
21 70 (21.54%) LAN
21 70 (21.54%) WAN
22 67 (20.62%) Problem-Solving
23 63 (19.38%) CCNA
23 63 (19.38%) Windows Server 2012
24 59 (18.15%) SQL Server

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 33 (10.15%) SharePoint
2 29 (8.92%) MS Exchange
3 25 (7.69%) IIS
4 10 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (3.08%) Skype for Business
5 8 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.54%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (1.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.92%) Apache
8 3 (0.92%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.62%) nginx
10 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.31%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 51 (15.69%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (4.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.46%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.92%) Workfront
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.31%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 185 (56.92%) Azure
2 165 (50.77%) Microsoft 365
3 86 (26.46%) AWS
4 24 (7.38%) Azure Active Directory
4 24 (7.38%) SaaS
5 22 (6.77%) IaaS
6 19 (5.85%) GCP
7 15 (4.62%) PaaS
7 15 (4.62%) Power Platform
8 13 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (2.46%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 8 (2.46%) Azure LUIS
9 8 (2.46%) Serverless
10 5 (1.54%) Google Workspace
10 5 (1.54%) Mimecast
11 4 (1.23%) Azure Machine Learning
11 4 (1.23%) Azure Storage
11 4 (1.23%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 4 (1.23%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 114 (35.08%) Firewall
2 93 (28.62%) DNS
3 81 (24.92%) DHCP
4 70 (21.54%) LAN
4 70 (21.54%) WAN
5 54 (16.62%) SAN
6 51 (15.69%) TCP/IP
7 41 (12.62%) VPN
8 30 (9.23%) VLAN
9 27 (8.31%) NAS
10 19 (5.85%) Wi-Fi
11 18 (5.54%) Internet
12 17 (5.23%) MPLS
13 14 (4.31%) Fibre Channel
14 13 (4.00%) VoIP
15 12 (3.69%) Network Security
15 12 (3.69%) Remote Desktop
16 11 (3.38%) ADSL
16 11 (3.38%) Skype
17 9 (2.77%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (18.15%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.62%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (3.38%) MySQL
3 11 (3.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (3.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (3.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (3.08%) Power BI
5 9 (2.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 9 (2.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (2.46%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (2.46%) Big Data
7 6 (1.85%) SQL Server 2019
8 5 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (1.54%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (1.23%) Data Lake
9 4 (1.23%) Hadoop
9 4 (1.23%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 10 (3.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (1.54%) JIRA
3 2 (0.62%) AppScan
3 2 (0.62%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.62%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.62%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.62%) Maven
3 2 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.62%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.62%) Visual Studio
General
1 96 (29.54%) Social Skills
2 36 (11.08%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (9.23%) Finance
4 18 (5.54%) Telecoms
5 11 (3.38%) Retail
6 10 (3.08%) Organisational Skills
7 8 (2.46%) Public Sector
8 7 (2.15%) Automotive
8 7 (2.15%) Banking
9 6 (1.85%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.54%) Games
11 4 (1.23%) French Language
11 4 (1.23%) German Language
11 4 (1.23%) Presentation Skills
12 3 (0.92%) Back Office
12 3 (0.92%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (0.92%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.92%) Military
13 2 (0.62%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.62%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 50 (15.38%) Support Engineer
2 46 (14.15%) Analyst
3 44 (13.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (10.46%) IT Engineer
5 29 (8.92%) Architect
6 26 (8.00%) Administrator
6 26 (8.00%) IT Support
7 23 (7.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 22 (6.77%) Infrastructure Architect
8 22 (6.77%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
8 22 (6.77%) Technical Architect
8 22 (6.77%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
9 21 (6.46%) 3rd Line Support
10 20 (6.15%) IT Support Engineer
11 19 (5.85%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 19 (5.85%) Support Analyst
12 16 (4.92%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 16 (4.92%) Server Engineer
13 15 (4.62%) Service Analyst
13 15 (4.62%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.46%) .NET
1 8 (2.46%) AngularJS
1 8 (2.46%) CSS
1 8 (2.46%) HTML
1 8 (2.46%) Node.js
1 8 (2.46%) React
2 4 (1.23%) Angular 2
2 4 (1.23%) JSON
2 4 (1.23%) Kafka
3 3 (0.92%) SAML
4 2 (0.62%) LAMP
4 2 (0.62%) LDAP
4 2 (0.62%) OAuth
4 2 (0.62%) WAMP
4 2 (0.62%) YAML
5 1 (0.31%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 57 (17.54%) Data Centre
2 43 (13.23%) Management Information System
3 22 (6.77%) Legacy Systems
4 19 (5.85%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (3.69%) Replication
6 11 (3.38%) Driving Licence
7 9 (2.77%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (2.46%) Algorithms
8 8 (2.46%) Clustering
9 7 (2.15%) User Experience
10 6 (1.85%) Fat Client
10 6 (1.85%) PKI
10 6 (1.85%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.85%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.85%) Reinsurance
10 6 (1.85%) Thin Client
11 5 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (1.23%) Blackberry
12 4 (1.23%) EPoS
13 3 (0.92%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 210 (64.62%) Windows
2 157 (48.31%) Windows Server
3 63 (19.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (17.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 55 (16.92%) Linux
6 46 (14.15%) Windows 10
6 46 (14.15%) Windows Server 2019
7 25 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (3.08%) Windows 7
9 9 (2.77%) Apple iOS
10 8 (2.46%) Android
10 8 (2.46%) CentOS
10 8 (2.46%) Unix
11 7 (2.15%) Ubuntu
12 6 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (1.23%) SUSE
13 4 (1.23%) Windows 8
13 4 (1.23%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.62%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (41.23%) ITIL
2 67 (20.62%) Problem-Solving
3 50 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 43 (13.23%) Service Delivery
5 32 (9.85%) Disaster Recovery
6 31 (9.54%) Incident Management
6 31 (9.54%) Project Management
7 30 (9.23%) Migration
8 28 (8.62%) Information Security
9 27 (8.31%) Server Management
10 25 (7.69%) ITSM
11 24 (7.38%) Service Management
12 21 (6.46%) Agile Software Development
12 21 (6.46%) Patch Management
12 21 (6.46%) Problem Management
13 20 (6.15%) Change Management
13 20 (6.15%) Mentoring
13 20 (6.15%) Ticket Management
14 19 (5.85%) High Availability
15 18 (5.54%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 105 (32.31%) PowerShell
2 74 (22.77%) SQL
3 19 (5.85%) Python
4 8 (2.46%) Bash Shell
5 7 (2.15%) VB
6 6 (1.85%) C#
6 6 (1.85%) Perl
6 6 (1.85%) PHP
6 6 (1.85%) VB.NET
7 5 (1.54%) VBScript
8 4 (1.23%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.92%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.62%) Go
10 2 (0.62%) Java
11 1 (0.31%) R
11 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 325 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 199 (61.23%) MCSE
3 87 (26.77%) MCP
4 74 (22.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 72 (22.15%) Cisco Certification
6 63 (19.38%) CCNA
7 40 (12.31%) Degree
8 37 (11.38%) Security Cleared
9 32 (9.85%) SC Cleared
10 29 (8.92%) CCA
10 29 (8.92%) Citrix Certification
11 28 (8.62%) CCNP
12 23 (7.08%) DV Cleared
12 23 (7.08%) MCITP
13 15 (4.62%) ITIL Certification
14 13 (4.00%) CompTIA Security+
15 12 (3.69%) AWS Certification
16 10 (3.08%) CISSP
16 10 (3.08%) MCDST
17 9 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (11.69%) SLA
2 13 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.08%) GDPR
4 5 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 4 (1.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.92%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.92%) QA
7 2 (0.62%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 172 (52.92%) Active Directory
2 134 (41.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 78 (24.00%) Hyper-V
4 58 (17.85%) vSphere
5 20 (6.15%) XenApp
6 16 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (3.69%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.46%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (2.15%) NFS
10 6 (1.85%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (1.54%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.92%) Docker
12 3 (0.92%) Firmware
13 2 (0.62%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.62%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
14 1 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 51 (15.69%) SCCM
2 35 (10.77%) Microsoft Intune
2 35 (10.77%) WSUS
3 14 (4.31%) Ansible
3 14 (4.31%) SCOM
4 12 (3.69%) NetBackup
5 11 (3.38%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 10 (3.08%) Terraform
7 8 (2.46%) Backup Exec
7 8 (2.46%) Puppet
8 7 (2.15%) Cisco CUCM
8 7 (2.15%) Nagios
8 7 (2.15%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (1.85%) Icinga
9 6 (1.85%) SCOrch
9 6 (1.85%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 5 (1.54%) Kubernetes
10 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Clustering
10 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 5 (1.54%) vRealize
Vendors
1 227 (69.85%) Microsoft
2 188 (57.85%) VMware
3 81 (24.92%) Citrix
4 78 (24.00%) Cisco
5 48 (14.77%) Veeam
6 21 (6.46%) Dell
7 19 (5.85%) ServiceNow
8 18 (5.54%) Zscaler
9 17 (5.23%) SolarWinds
10 16 (4.92%) HP
10 16 (4.92%) NetApp
11 14 (4.31%) Google
11 14 (4.31%) IBM
12 13 (4.00%) EMC
12 13 (4.00%) Juniper
12 13 (4.00%) Red Hat
13 12 (3.69%) Veritas
14 11 (3.38%) Apple
15 10 (3.08%) Sophos
16 9 (2.77%) McAfee