Period
to 18 January 2022

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 18 January 2022 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
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 674 499 426
Rank change year-on-year -175 -73 +45
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 332 264 820
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.47% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.33% 2.31% 3.20%
Number of salaries quoted 283 209 709
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,250 £25,000
25th Percentile £30,500 £31,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £43,000 £40,000 £38,500
Median % change year-on-year +7.50% +3.90% -8.33%
75th Percentile £55,175 £50,000 £50,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £57,500 £60,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -5.88%

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 24,903 11,427 25,621
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 22.56% 20.41% 22.08%
Number of salaries quoted 13,706 8,587 19,399
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,750 £72,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £83,750
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 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022. 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 -166 110 £47,500 +26.67% 17
Midlands -86 74 £43,500 +13.73% 12
North of England -121 49 £53,350 +15.98% 26
South East -128 48 £30,500 -6.15% 10
West Midlands -65 40 £42,500 +6.25% 7
East Midlands -46 34 £52,500 +61.54% 5
East of England -75 31 £41,500 +18.57% 12
North West -87 31 £53,350 +1.62% 17
South West -69 20 £55,000 +11.68% 6
Yorkshire -77 10 £40,000 +23.59% 7
North East -22 8 £55,000 +29.41% 2
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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.

1 332 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 247 (74.40%) Microsoft
3 246 (74.10%) Windows
4 205 (61.75%) Active Directory
5 190 (57.23%) Azure
6 186 (56.02%) VMware
7 177 (53.31%) Windows Server
8 167 (50.30%) MCSE
9 150 (45.18%) Microsoft 365
10 149 (44.88%) ITIL
11 139 (41.87%) VMware Infrastructure
12 116 (34.94%) PowerShell
13 106 (31.93%) DNS
14 105 (31.63%) AWS
15 104 (31.33%) Social Skills
16 95 (28.61%) Citrix
17 87 (26.20%) DHCP
17 87 (26.20%) SQL Server
18 85 (25.60%) Cisco
19 82 (24.70%) SQL
20 79 (23.80%) Firewall
21 78 (23.49%) Linux
22 77 (23.19%) MCP
23 73 (21.99%) Hyper-V
24 72 (21.69%) SCCM
25 70 (21.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 68 (20.48%) Problem-Solving
27 66 (19.88%) VPN
28 64 (19.28%) Microsoft Office
29 63 (18.98%) 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 47 (14.16%) MS Exchange
2 24 (7.23%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (5.12%) Exchange Server 2007
3 17 (5.12%) SharePoint
4 16 (4.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 16 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (4.52%) IIS
6 9 (2.71%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (1.81%) OpenStack
7 6 (1.81%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.90%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.60%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 64 (19.28%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (7.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (7.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (1.81%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (3.01%) Workfront
2 9 (2.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 190 (57.23%) Azure
2 150 (45.18%) Microsoft 365
3 105 (31.63%) AWS
4 44 (13.25%) IaaS
4 44 (13.25%) PaaS
5 31 (9.34%) Azure Active Directory
6 29 (8.73%) GCP
7 16 (4.82%) Rubrik
8 15 (4.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 14 (4.22%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (3.61%) SaaS
11 11 (3.31%) Dynamics 365
12 10 (3.01%) Nutanix
13 9 (2.71%) AWS CodeCommit
14 7 (2.11%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 6 (1.81%) Azure LUIS
15 6 (1.81%) Serverless
16 5 (1.51%) Power Platform
17 4 (1.20%) Azure Storage
17 4 (1.20%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 106 (31.93%) DNS
2 87 (26.20%) DHCP
3 79 (23.80%) Firewall
4 66 (19.88%) VPN
5 58 (17.47%) WAN
6 52 (15.66%) LAN
7 50 (15.06%) TCP/IP
8 49 (14.76%) SAN
9 42 (12.65%) Network Security
10 37 (11.14%) Wi-Fi
11 33 (9.94%) Remote Desktop
12 27 (8.13%) NAS
13 25 (7.53%) VLAN
14 11 (3.31%) Internet
15 10 (3.01%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (3.01%) VoIP
16 9 (2.71%) MPLS
17 6 (1.81%) Skype
18 5 (1.51%) ADSL
19 4 (1.20%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (26.20%) SQL Server
2 29 (8.73%) MySQL
3 20 (6.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (5.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (5.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 17 (5.12%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (3.01%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (3.01%) SQL Server 2019
8 8 (2.41%) Amazon RDS
8 8 (2.41%) MongoDB
8 8 (2.41%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (2.11%) Hadoop
10 6 (1.81%) SQL Server 2016
11 4 (1.20%) Big Data
11 4 (1.20%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.90%) Power BI
13 2 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
13 2 (0.60%) Oracle Database
14 1 (0.30%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 13 (3.92%) Git (software)
1 13 (3.92%) JIRA
2 10 (3.01%) Jenkins
3 9 (2.71%) Subversion
4 5 (1.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.60%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.30%) Selenium
General
1 104 (31.33%) Social Skills
2 46 (13.86%) Finance
3 22 (6.63%) Public Sector
3 22 (6.63%) Telecoms
4 17 (5.12%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (2.71%) French Language
5 9 (2.71%) German Language
6 8 (2.41%) Automotive
6 8 (2.41%) Retail
7 7 (2.11%) Organisational Skills
7 7 (2.11%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.81%) Manufacturing
9 5 (1.51%) Banking
9 5 (1.51%) Front Office
10 4 (1.20%) Influencing Skills
10 4 (1.20%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (0.90%) Back Office
11 3 (0.90%) Fire and Rescue
11 3 (0.90%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 2 (0.60%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 63 (18.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (14.16%) Support Engineer
3 43 (12.95%) IT Engineer
4 41 (12.35%) Analyst
5 35 (10.54%) IT Support
6 26 (7.83%) IT Support Engineer
7 24 (7.23%) Administrator
8 23 (6.93%) Support Analyst
9 16 (4.82%) Service Analyst
9 16 (4.82%) Service Desk Analyst
10 15 (4.52%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (4.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 14 (4.22%) Cloud Engineer
12 13 (3.92%) 3rd Line Support
12 13 (3.92%) Desktop Support
12 13 (3.92%) Server Engineer
12 13 (3.92%) Systems Administrator
13 12 (3.61%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
14 11 (3.31%) Architect
14 11 (3.31%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (6.02%) LDAP
2 9 (2.71%) RabbitMQ
3 6 (1.81%) .NET
3 6 (1.81%) AngularJS
3 6 (1.81%) CSS
3 6 (1.81%) HTML
3 6 (1.81%) JSON
3 6 (1.81%) LAMP
3 6 (1.81%) Node.js
3 6 (1.81%) React
3 6 (1.81%) WAMP
4 5 (1.51%) COM
5 4 (1.20%) Angular 2
5 4 (1.20%) Kafka
6 3 (0.90%) MDX
7 2 (0.60%) SAML
8 1 (0.30%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 63 (18.98%) Data Centre
2 23 (6.93%) Clustering
3 22 (6.63%) Management Information System
4 20 (6.02%) Blackberry
4 20 (6.02%) PKI
5 19 (5.72%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (3.31%) User Experience
7 8 (2.41%) Legacy Systems
7 8 (2.41%) NHS
8 7 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
9 6 (1.81%) Algorithms
9 6 (1.81%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.20%) Biotechnology
10 4 (1.20%) Enterprise Storage
10 4 (1.20%) Mobile Computing
10 4 (1.20%) Replication
11 3 (0.90%) EPoS
11 3 (0.90%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.90%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 246 (74.10%) Windows
2 177 (53.31%) Windows Server
3 78 (23.49%) Linux
4 56 (16.87%) Windows 10
5 51 (15.36%) Windows Server 2016
6 47 (14.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (12.05%) Windows Server 2019
8 27 (8.13%) Windows 7
9 17 (5.12%) Windows Server 2008
10 12 (3.61%) Unix
11 10 (3.01%) CentOS
11 10 (3.01%) Windows 8
12 9 (2.71%) Apple iOS
12 9 (2.71%) Ubuntu
13 7 (2.11%) Android
14 6 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 5 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
16 4 (1.20%) VMS
17 2 (0.60%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (44.88%) ITIL
2 70 (21.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 68 (20.48%) Problem-Solving
4 51 (15.36%) Incident Management
5 50 (15.06%) Service Delivery
6 46 (13.86%) Root Cause Analysis
7 36 (10.84%) Migration
8 35 (10.54%) Change Management
9 33 (9.94%) Change Control
9 33 (9.94%) Computer Science
10 30 (9.04%) Information Security
10 30 (9.04%) Problem Management
11 28 (8.43%) Proactive Management
12 25 (7.53%) Data Migration
12 25 (7.53%) ITSM
13 24 (7.23%) Agile Software Development
13 24 (7.23%) Service Management
14 23 (6.93%) ITIL V3
15 21 (6.33%) Disaster Recovery
16 20 (6.02%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 116 (34.94%) PowerShell
2 82 (24.70%) SQL
3 23 (6.93%) Python
4 12 (3.61%) Bash
5 10 (3.01%) T-SQL
6 9 (2.71%) Groovy
7 8 (2.41%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.51%) C#
8 5 (1.51%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.20%) C
10 3 (0.90%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.90%) R
10 3 (0.90%) Scala
11 2 (0.60%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.60%) PHP
12 1 (0.30%) Java
Qualifications
1 332 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (50.30%) MCSE
3 77 (23.19%) MCP
4 63 (18.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 53 (15.96%) Cisco Certification
6 52 (15.66%) Degree
7 51 (15.36%) CCNA
8 48 (14.46%) Security Cleared
9 45 (13.55%) SC Cleared
10 36 (10.84%) MCITP
11 35 (10.54%) ITIL Certification
12 29 (8.73%) MCTS
13 22 (6.63%) CCNP
14 21 (6.33%) CCA
14 21 (6.33%) Citrix Certification
15 19 (5.72%) MCDST
16 16 (4.82%) Computer Science Degree
17 13 (3.92%) A+ Certification
17 13 (3.92%) HNC
18 10 (3.01%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (16.27%) SLA
2 18 (5.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.90%) COBIT
3 3 (0.90%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.60%) GDPR
4 2 (0.60%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.60%) NIST
4 2 (0.60%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 205 (61.75%) Active Directory
2 139 (41.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (21.99%) Hyper-V
4 33 (9.94%) vSphere
5 19 (5.72%) XenApp
6 16 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (4.22%) Virtual Servers
8 11 (3.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 8 (2.41%) NFS
10 5 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (1.20%) Docker
12 2 (0.60%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.60%) Firmware
12 2 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.30%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 72 (21.69%) SCCM
2 36 (10.84%) Microsoft Intune
3 34 (10.24%) WSUS
4 23 (6.93%) NetBackup
5 16 (4.82%) Cisco CUCM
5 16 (4.82%) ServiceCenter
6 15 (4.52%) Terraform
7 14 (4.22%) Ansible
7 14 (4.22%) Backup Exec
8 10 (3.01%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 10 (3.01%) SCOM
9 9 (2.71%) Consul
9 9 (2.71%) Packer
10 7 (2.11%) Kubernetes
11 5 (1.51%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 5 (1.51%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (1.20%) Puppet
13 3 (0.90%) vRealize
14 2 (0.60%) Avamar
14 2 (0.60%) Dell DRAC
Vendors
1 247 (74.40%) Microsoft
2 186 (56.02%) VMware
3 95 (28.61%) Citrix
4 85 (25.60%) Cisco
5 44 (13.25%) Veeam
6 32 (9.64%) Dell
7 31 (9.34%) HP
7 31 (9.34%) ServiceNow
8 27 (8.13%) Apple
9 26 (7.83%) Remedy
10 24 (7.23%) Oracle
11 19 (5.72%) Bloomberg
11 19 (5.72%) Reuters
12 13 (3.92%) Veritas
13 12 (3.61%) NetApp
14 10 (3.01%) Google
14 10 (3.01%) Ivanti
14 10 (3.01%) Zscaler
15 9 (2.71%) EMC
15 9 (2.71%) Mitel