Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 458 465 453
Rank change year-on-year +7 -12 -15
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,040 1,050 1,262
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.64% 0.62% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.66% 2.53% 2.45%
Number of salaries quoted 870 942 1,119
England median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,500 £22,000
90th Percentile £62,625 £55,000 £55,000
UK median annual salary £37,500 £38,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year -2.60% +10.00% -

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 39,066 41,430 51,595
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.91% 24.65% 27.03%
Number of salaries quoted 29,231 32,259 42,061
England median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.70% -3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -1.10% +1.11%

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 21 July 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 21 July 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 +97 380 £45,000 +7.14% 33
South East -9 218 £36,742 +4.98% 23
North of England -29 177 £30,000 -20.00% 28
Midlands +13 153 £39,659 -6.69% 14
North West +24 106 £32,000 -8.57% 9
East Midlands +42 80 £39,659 -6.69% 9
East of England -35 73 £33,250 -13.07% 11
West Midlands +4 72 £35,500 -16.47% 5
Yorkshire -39 67 £30,000 -21.05% 15
South West -12 45 £33,250 -5.00% 8
North East -27 4 £39,500 +9.72% 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 1,040 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 783 (75.29%) Windows
3 781 (75.10%) Microsoft
4 715 (68.75%) MCSE
5 588 (56.54%) Active Directory
6 511 (49.13%) VMware
7 432 (41.54%) Windows Server
8 419 (40.29%) ITIL
9 379 (36.44%) Office 365
10 340 (32.69%) Microsoft Azure
11 312 (30.00%) Hyper-V
12 308 (29.62%) MCP
13 273 (26.25%) VMware Infrastructure
14 258 (24.81%) Windows Server 2012
15 230 (22.12%) SQL Server
15 230 (22.12%) SQL
16 225 (21.63%) Windows Server 2008
17 221 (21.25%) Firewall
18 214 (20.58%) Cisco
19 207 (19.90%) MS Exchange
20 201 (19.33%) Microsoft Office
21 194 (18.65%) DNS
22 185 (17.79%) Citrix
22 185 (17.79%) PowerShell
23 171 (16.44%) Cisco Certification
24 170 (16.35%) CCNA
25 169 (16.25%) MCITP
26 159 (15.29%) SCCM
27 152 (14.62%) SAN
28 150 (14.42%) Windows 10

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
1 207 (19.90%) MS Exchange
2 101 (9.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 86 (8.27%) SharePoint
4 79 (7.60%) Exchange Server 2013
5 58 (5.58%) IIS
6 55 (5.29%) Skype for Business
7 26 (2.50%) nginx
8 22 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
9 15 (1.44%) SharePoint 2013
10 14 (1.35%) Site Server
11 12 (1.15%) Oracle Service Bus
11 12 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
12 11 (1.06%) IBM Notes
13 7 (0.67%) Apache
13 7 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
14 6 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 6 (0.58%) Confluence
14 6 (0.58%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.29%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 201 (19.33%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 26 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.67%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.38%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.29%) InDesign
6 3 (0.29%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.096%) CATIA
7 1 (0.096%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.096%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.35%) Elite 3E
1 14 (1.35%) Workfront
2 4 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.29%) Eikon
4 2 (0.19%) Maximo
4 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.096%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.096%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.096%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.096%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.096%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.096%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 379 (36.44%) Office 365
2 340 (32.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 94 (9.04%) Amazon AWS
4 68 (6.54%) Azure Active Directory
5 42 (4.04%) IaaS
6 41 (3.94%) PaaS
7 33 (3.17%) SaaS
8 22 (2.12%) Amazon EC2
9 15 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (1.44%) OneDrive
10 14 (1.35%) IBM Cloud
11 12 (1.15%) Amazon S3
12 11 (1.06%) G Suite
13 7 (0.67%) Amazon EMR
13 7 (0.67%) Amazon Kinesis
13 7 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
13 7 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.67%) Serverless
14 6 (0.58%) Mimecast
14 6 (0.58%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 221 (21.25%) Firewall
2 194 (18.65%) DNS
3 152 (14.62%) SAN
4 147 (14.13%) DHCP
5 141 (13.56%) TCP/IP
6 134 (12.88%) WAN
7 128 (12.31%) LAN
8 108 (10.38%) VPN
9 50 (4.81%) Skype
10 49 (4.71%) VLAN
11 40 (3.85%) Remote Desktop
12 34 (3.27%) Network Security
13 33 (3.17%) Internet
14 31 (2.98%) Wireless
15 30 (2.88%) NAS
16 26 (2.50%) VoIP
17 25 (2.40%) Cisco ASA
18 22 (2.12%) Wi-Fi
19 15 (1.44%) WebEx
20 14 (1.35%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 230 (22.12%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 42 (4.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (3.56%) Data Warehouse
4 37 (3.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 33 (3.17%) MySQL
6 28 (2.69%) PostgreSQL
6 28 (2.69%) Relational Database
7 27 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 22 (2.12%) Oracle Database
9 18 (1.73%) Oracle Database 11g
9 18 (1.73%) Oracle Database 12c
10 17 (1.63%) Amazon RDS
11 16 (1.54%) RDBMS
12 15 (1.44%) SQL Server 2012
12 15 (1.44%) SQL Server 2014
13 14 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
13 14 (1.35%) Power BI
13 14 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
14 8 (0.77%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 37 (3.56%) JIRA
2 15 (1.44%) Git (software)
3 14 (1.35%) TeamCity
4 13 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
5 9 (0.87%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 7 (0.67%) MSI
7 7 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.29%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.19%) Chocolatey
10 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.096%) AutoIt
11 1 (0.096%) Cucumber
11 1 (0.096%) git-flow
11 1 (0.096%) GitLab
11 1 (0.096%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.096%) ReSharper
11 1 (0.096%) Selenium
11 1 (0.096%) Visual Studio
General
1 119 (11.44%) Finance
2 45 (4.33%) Retail
3 29 (2.79%) Billing
3 29 (2.79%) Marketing
4 26 (2.50%) Telecoms
5 19 (1.83%) Games
6 16 (1.54%) Legal
7 13 (1.25%) Publishing
8 12 (1.15%) Advertising
9 11 (1.06%) Law
10 10 (0.96%) Banking
11 9 (0.87%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.77%) Back Office
13 5 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.29%) French Language
15 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.096%) Aerospace
16 1 (0.096%) Automotive
16 1 (0.096%) Financial Institution
16 1 (0.096%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 233 (22.40%) Support Engineer
2 130 (12.50%) Analyst
3 122 (11.73%) IT Engineer
3 122 (11.73%) IT Support
4 114 (10.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 85 (8.17%) IT Support Engineer
6 83 (7.98%) 2nd Line Support
7 77 (7.40%) Administrator
8 73 (7.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 72 (6.92%) Consultant
10 70 (6.73%) Support Analyst
11 67 (6.44%) Systems Engineer
12 64 (6.15%) 3rd Line Support
13 48 (4.62%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 48 (4.62%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 47 (4.52%) Cloud Engineer
15 43 (4.13%) Service Analyst
16 41 (3.94%) Architect
16 41 (3.94%) DBA
17 40 (3.85%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (5.96%) .NET
2 35 (3.37%) Web Services
3 25 (2.40%) XML
4 24 (2.31%) JSON
5 22 (2.12%) Middleware
6 18 (1.73%) .NET Framework
7 12 (1.15%) Flash
8 8 (0.77%) ASP.NET
8 8 (0.77%) HTML
9 7 (0.67%) Software Packaging
10 4 (0.38%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (0.29%) CSS
12 2 (0.19%) 802.1X
12 2 (0.19%) REST
12 2 (0.19%) RESTful
12 2 (0.19%) WAP
13 1 (0.096%) ASP.NET MVC
13 1 (0.096%) Entity Framework
13 1 (0.096%) jQuery
13 1 (0.096%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.71%) Data Centre
2 88 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
3 76 (7.31%) iPad
4 51 (4.90%) Management Information System
5 50 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
6 42 (4.04%) Clustering
7 40 (3.85%) Computer Science
7 40 (3.85%) Driving Licence
7 40 (3.85%) Private Cloud
8 34 (3.27%) Enterprise Software
9 30 (2.88%) Blackberry
9 30 (2.88%) NHS
10 26 (2.50%) Mobile Payment
11 23 (2.21%) Replication
12 22 (2.12%) iPhone
13 19 (1.83%) Public Cloud
13 19 (1.83%) User Experience
14 18 (1.73%) Video Conferencing
15 14 (1.35%) PKI
16 10 (0.96%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 783 (75.29%) Windows
2 432 (41.54%) Windows Server
3 258 (24.81%) Windows Server 2012
4 225 (21.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 150 (14.42%) Windows 10
6 144 (13.85%) Linux
7 142 (13.65%) Windows 7
8 68 (6.54%) Mac OS X
9 41 (3.94%) Windows 8
10 36 (3.46%) Mac OS
11 34 (3.27%) Android
11 34 (3.27%) Unix
12 31 (2.98%) Windows Server 2003
13 29 (2.79%) Windows XP
14 26 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 25 (2.40%) Apple iOS
16 10 (0.96%) Windows Mobile
17 5 (0.48%) CentOS
18 4 (0.38%) Windows Vista
19 3 (0.29%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 419 (40.29%) ITIL
2 137 (13.17%) Problem-Solving
3 111 (10.67%) Service Management
4 105 (10.10%) Disaster Recovery
5 92 (8.85%) Migration
6 89 (8.56%) ITIL V3
7 84 (8.08%) DevOps
8 71 (6.83%) ITSM
8 71 (6.83%) Service Delivery
9 65 (6.25%) Incident Management
10 56 (5.38%) Business Intelligence
11 54 (5.19%) Mentoring
12 52 (5.00%) Configuration Management
13 51 (4.90%) PRINCE2
14 50 (4.81%) CRM
15 48 (4.62%) Agile Software Development
16 47 (4.52%) Problem Management
17 42 (4.04%) High Availability
18 41 (3.94%) Mobile Device Management
19 40 (3.85%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 230 (22.12%) SQL
2 185 (17.79%) PowerShell
3 64 (6.15%) T-SQL
4 28 (2.69%) Python
5 27 (2.60%) C#
6 22 (2.12%) VBScript
7 18 (1.73%) VBA
8 16 (1.54%) Bash Shell
9 14 (1.35%) Java
10 10 (0.96%) VB
11 8 (0.77%) JavaScript
11 8 (0.77%) Shell Script
12 6 (0.58%) Perl
13 5 (0.48%) Scala
14 4 (0.38%) C
14 4 (0.38%) PHP
14 4 (0.38%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.29%) C++
15 3 (0.29%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.19%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1,040 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 715 (68.75%) MCSE
3 308 (29.62%) MCP
4 171 (16.44%) Cisco Certification
5 170 (16.35%) CCNA
6 169 (16.25%) MCITP
7 136 (13.08%) Degree
8 122 (11.73%) MCTS
9 103 (9.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 80 (7.69%) DBS Check
11 53 (5.10%) A+ Certification
11 53 (5.10%) CCNP
12 34 (3.27%) Network+ Certification
13 26 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
14 23 (2.21%) Security Cleared
15 19 (1.83%) Citrix Certification
16 17 (1.63%) MCDST
16 17 (1.63%) MOS
17 16 (1.54%) CCA
17 16 (1.54%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (10.00%) SLA
2 44 (4.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (2.12%) QA
4 13 (1.25%) GDPR
5 12 (1.15%) PCI DSS
5 12 (1.15%) PMO
6 5 (0.48%) GAMP
6 5 (0.48%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.19%) COBIT
7 2 (0.19%) TickIT
8 1 (0.096%) HIPAA
System Software
1 588 (56.54%) Active Directory
2 312 (30.00%) Hyper-V
3 273 (26.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 70 (6.73%) vSphere
5 58 (5.58%) XenApp
6 29 (2.79%) XenDesktop
7 26 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
8 23 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 22 (2.12%) Virtual Machines
10 19 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
11 12 (1.15%) Docker
11 12 (1.15%) Terminal Services
11 12 (1.15%) VMware NSX
12 11 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.06%) Xen
13 8 (0.77%) DFS Replication
13 8 (0.77%) vCloud
14 7 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
14 7 (0.67%) XenServer
15 4 (0.38%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 159 (15.29%) SCCM
2 47 (4.52%) Puppet
3 34 (3.27%) SCOM
4 33 (3.17%) Ansible
4 33 (3.17%) Microsoft Intune
5 30 (2.88%) Failover Clustering
6 29 (2.79%) WSUS
7 25 (2.40%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 22 (2.12%) Backup Exec
8 22 (2.12%) SCOrch
9 21 (2.02%) SCSM
10 19 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
10 19 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
11 17 (1.63%) SCVMM
12 15 (1.44%) HP UCMDB
13 14 (1.35%) SCDPM
13 14 (1.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 12 (1.15%) Single Sign-On
15 10 (0.96%) AirWatch
15 10 (0.96%) Nagios
Vendors
1 781 (75.10%) Microsoft
2 511 (49.13%) VMware
3 214 (20.58%) Cisco
4 185 (17.79%) Citrix
5 111 (10.67%) Apple
6 99 (9.52%) HP
7 90 (8.65%) Veeam
8 48 (4.62%) Oracle
9 47 (4.52%) NetApp
10 35 (3.37%) IBM
11 31 (2.98%) ServiceNow
12 30 (2.88%) Dell
12 30 (2.88%) EMC
12 30 (2.88%) Red Hat
13 26 (2.50%) Splunk
14 24 (2.31%) Meraki
14 24 (2.31%) SolarWinds
15 21 (2.02%) Reuters
16 20 (1.92%) Avaya
16 20 (1.92%) CommVault