Period
to 21 May 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 21 May 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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 418 460 492
Rank change year-on-year +42 +32 -36
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 955 1,061 925
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.72% 0.66% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.88% 2.79% 2.33%
Number of salaries quoted 784 882 841
England median annual salary £41,500 £40,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £25,113 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £62,500 £56,250
UK median annual salary £40,000 £39,659 £38,500
% change year-on-year +0.86% +3.01% +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 33,150 38,085 39,690
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 24.85% 23.69% 24.95%
Number of salaries quoted 23,799 29,016 31,324
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -4.26%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -

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 May 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 21 May 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
South East +58 250 £41,000 +5.81% 12
London -32 229 £47,500 +5.56% 9
North of England +20 187 £37,500 +25.00% 5
Midlands +33 152 £42,500 +6.74% 3
North West +15 98 £35,750 +32.41% 5
West Midlands +55 93 £42,500 +6.25% 2
South West +64 84 £38,000 +11.76% 1
East of England +76 59 £36,500 +5.80% 2
East Midlands +8 59 £42,500 +7.59% 1
Yorkshire -9 47 £37,500 -
North East +51 42 £36,250 -7.05%
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 May 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.

1 955 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 698 (73.09%) Windows
3 688 (72.04%) Microsoft
4 571 (59.79%) MCSE
5 540 (56.54%) Active Directory
6 505 (52.88%) VMware
7 498 (52.15%) Office 365
8 468 (49.01%) Windows Server
9 435 (45.55%) Microsoft Azure
10 382 (40.00%) ITIL
11 279 (29.21%) Cisco
12 268 (28.06%) VMware Infrastructure
13 257 (26.91%) Hyper-V
14 251 (26.28%) Windows Server 2012
15 243 (25.45%) PowerShell
16 227 (23.77%) DNS
17 220 (23.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 211 (22.09%) SQL Server
19 200 (20.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 198 (20.73%) SQL
21 197 (20.63%) SCCM
22 184 (19.27%) Cisco Certification
23 181 (18.95%) Firewall
24 178 (18.64%) MS Exchange
24 178 (18.64%) Problem-Solving
25 176 (18.43%) Citrix
26 174 (18.22%) DHCP
27 170 (17.80%) CCNA
28 164 (17.17%) MCP
29 159 (16.65%) Windows Server 2008

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
1 178 (18.64%) MS Exchange
2 136 (14.24%) SharePoint
3 87 (9.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 75 (7.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 61 (6.39%) Skype for Business
6 39 (4.08%) IIS
7 35 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2007
8 17 (1.78%) CMS
9 9 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.42%) Apache
11 4 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.31%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.31%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
14 1 (0.10%) Confluence
14 1 (0.10%) OpenStack
14 1 (0.10%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 158 (16.54%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.78%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (0.84%) Workfront
2 1 (0.10%) Sage 300 ERP
Cloud Services
1 498 (52.15%) Office 365
2 435 (45.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 140 (14.66%) Amazon AWS
4 77 (8.06%) Azure Active Directory
5 39 (4.08%) IaaS
6 37 (3.87%) Power Platform
7 34 (3.56%) PaaS
8 13 (1.36%) OneDrive
9 11 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (1.05%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.84%) SaaS
13 7 (0.73%) Amazon EMR
13 7 (0.73%) Amazon Kinesis
13 7 (0.73%) Amazon SQS
13 7 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
13 7 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
13 7 (0.73%) Mimecast
13 7 (0.73%) Serverless
14 5 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 227 (23.77%) DNS
2 181 (18.95%) Firewall
3 174 (18.22%) DHCP
4 96 (10.05%) SAN
5 84 (8.80%) VPN
6 80 (8.38%) WAN
7 77 (8.06%) LAN
7 77 (8.06%) TCP/IP
8 57 (5.97%) VoIP
9 55 (5.76%) Skype
10 51 (5.34%) Remote Desktop
11 42 (4.40%) VLAN
12 41 (4.29%) NAS
13 39 (4.08%) Wireless
14 38 (3.98%) IP Telephony
15 37 (3.87%) BIG-IP
16 36 (3.77%) Network Security
17 28 (2.93%) Internet
18 19 (1.99%) NetScaler
19 15 (1.57%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 211 (22.09%) SQL Server
2 60 (6.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 49 (5.13%) SQL Server 2012
4 47 (4.92%) SQL Server 2016
5 42 (4.40%) Relational Database
6 37 (3.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 36 (3.77%) Power BI
8 33 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
9 32 (3.35%) Amazon RDS
10 28 (2.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 27 (2.83%) Azure SQL Database
11 27 (2.83%) SQL Server 2005
11 27 (2.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 26 (2.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 23 (2.41%) NoSQL
14 22 (2.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 22 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
15 21 (2.20%) MongoDB
16 16 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
17 7 (0.73%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 10 (1.05%) MSI
2 8 (0.84%) TeamCity
3 7 (0.73%) Octopus Deploy
3 7 (0.73%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (0.42%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.21%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.10%) AppScan
7 1 (0.10%) FishEye
7 1 (0.10%) FogBugz
7 1 (0.10%) GCC
7 1 (0.10%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.10%) JIRA
7 1 (0.10%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 101 (10.58%) Finance
2 56 (5.86%) Retail
3 37 (3.87%) Electronics
4 23 (2.41%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.20%) Legal
6 18 (1.88%) Law
7 12 (1.26%) Banking
7 12 (1.26%) Marketing
8 8 (0.84%) Games
9 7 (0.73%) Advertising
10 6 (0.63%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.63%) French Language
10 6 (0.63%) Italian Language
11 5 (0.52%) German Language
11 5 (0.52%) Military
12 4 (0.42%) Automotive
12 4 (0.42%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.42%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.21%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 179 (18.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 135 (14.14%) Support Engineer
3 132 (13.82%) IT Engineer
4 109 (11.41%) Analyst
5 83 (8.69%) IT Support
6 79 (8.27%) Consultant
7 76 (7.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 64 (6.70%) Administrator
9 63 (6.60%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 62 (6.49%) Systems Engineer
11 59 (6.18%) IT Support Engineer
11 59 (6.18%) Support Analyst
12 53 (5.55%) 3rd Line Support
13 42 (4.40%) DBA
14 40 (4.19%) SQL DBA
15 39 (4.08%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 38 (3.98%) Architect
17 35 (3.66%) Systems Administrator
17 35 (3.66%) Technical Consultant
18 34 (3.56%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.20%) HTML
2 20 (2.09%) .NET
3 16 (1.68%) Web Services
4 15 (1.57%) XML
5 9 (0.94%) XMPP
6 8 (0.84%) ASP.NET
6 8 (0.84%) JSON
7 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
8 6 (0.63%) CSS
9 5 (0.52%) LDAP
10 4 (0.42%) Ruby on Rails
11 3 (0.31%) jQuery
11 3 (0.31%) MDX
11 3 (0.31%) Software Packaging
12 2 (0.21%) FreeSWITCH
12 2 (0.21%) HTML5
12 2 (0.21%) RabbitMQ
13 1 (0.10%) .NET Framework
13 1 (0.10%) COM
13 1 (0.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 126 (13.19%) Data Centre
2 89 (9.32%) Clustering
3 65 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
4 55 (5.76%) Replication
5 33 (3.46%) Driving Licence
5 33 (3.46%) Hybrid Cloud
6 31 (3.25%) Management Information System
7 30 (3.14%) Public Cloud
8 22 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
9 15 (1.57%) User Experience
10 14 (1.47%) Data Protection Act
11 12 (1.26%) Client/Server
11 12 (1.26%) Data Structures
11 12 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
12 11 (1.15%) Private Cloud
13 10 (1.05%) Blackberry
14 9 (0.94%) Enterprise Storage
15 7 (0.73%) Fintech
16 6 (0.63%) NHS
16 6 (0.63%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 698 (73.09%) Windows
2 468 (49.01%) Windows Server
3 251 (26.28%) Windows Server 2012
4 159 (16.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 156 (16.34%) Windows 10
6 124 (12.98%) Windows 7
7 115 (12.04%) Linux
8 64 (6.70%) Windows 8
9 35 (3.66%) Windows Server 2003
10 29 (3.04%) Unix
11 21 (2.20%) Mac OS X
12 17 (1.78%) AIX
13 11 (1.15%) Mac OS
13 11 (1.15%) Ubuntu
14 9 (0.94%) Android
14 9 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (0.73%) Apple iOS
15 7 (0.73%) CentOS
16 5 (0.52%) Windows XP
17 4 (0.42%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (40.00%) ITIL
2 220 (23.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 178 (18.64%) Problem-Solving
4 100 (10.47%) Project Management
5 91 (9.53%) Service Management
6 90 (9.42%) Presales
7 84 (8.80%) High Availability
8 82 (8.59%) Migration
9 72 (7.54%) ITIL V3
10 71 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
11 64 (6.70%) Disaster Recovery
12 60 (6.28%) Incident Management
13 57 (5.97%) Mentoring
14 53 (5.55%) Business Continuity
14 53 (5.55%) Change Management
14 53 (5.55%) Service Delivery
15 50 (5.24%) Load Balancing
15 50 (5.24%) Problem Management
16 46 (4.82%) Cybersecurity
17 45 (4.71%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 243 (25.45%) PowerShell
2 198 (20.73%) SQL
3 41 (4.29%) Python
4 30 (3.14%) T-SQL
5 26 (2.72%) VBScript
6 25 (2.62%) Bash Shell
7 18 (1.88%) Java
8 17 (1.78%) PHP
9 10 (1.05%) C
10 9 (0.94%) JavaScript
11 8 (0.84%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 7 (0.73%) PL/SQL
12 7 (0.73%) Ruby
12 7 (0.73%) Scala
12 7 (0.73%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.42%) C++
13 4 (0.42%) Perl
13 4 (0.42%) VB
14 3 (0.31%) R
15 2 (0.21%) C#
Qualifications
1 955 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 571 (59.79%) MCSE
3 200 (20.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 184 (19.27%) Cisco Certification
5 170 (17.80%) CCNA
6 164 (17.17%) MCP
7 105 (10.99%) Degree
8 84 (8.80%) MCITP
9 80 (8.38%) Security Cleared
10 64 (6.70%) SC Cleared
11 54 (5.65%) A+ Certification
12 50 (5.24%) CISSP
12 50 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
13 36 (3.77%) CCNP
14 33 (3.46%) CompTIA Security+
15 28 (2.93%) CCA
16 27 (2.83%) AWS Certification
17 24 (2.51%) ITIL Certification
18 23 (2.41%) SSCP
19 22 (2.30%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (9.21%) SLA
2 84 (8.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 39 (4.08%) PMO
4 38 (3.98%) Cyber Essentials
5 37 (3.87%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 37 (3.87%) GDPR
6 20 (2.09%) PCI DSS
7 18 (1.88%) Data Quality
8 10 (1.05%) COBIT
9 5 (0.52%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.52%) QA
10 1 (0.10%) GxP
System Software
1 540 (56.54%) Active Directory
2 268 (28.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 257 (26.91%) Hyper-V
4 73 (7.64%) VMware ESXi
5 56 (5.86%) vSphere
6 40 (4.19%) XenApp
7 30 (3.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 22 (2.30%) Virtual Servers
8 22 (2.30%) XenDesktop
9 18 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
10 14 (1.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (1.26%) BitLocker
12 10 (1.05%) Firmware
12 10 (1.05%) Terminal Services
13 9 (0.94%) DFS Replication
13 9 (0.94%) Docker
14 8 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 7 (0.73%) Terminal Server
16 5 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
17 4 (0.42%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 197 (20.63%) SCCM
2 56 (5.86%) WSUS
3 50 (5.24%) Microsoft Intune
4 49 (5.13%) SCOM
5 48 (5.03%) SCVMM
6 41 (4.29%) Failover Clustering
7 32 (3.35%) vCenter Server
8 31 (3.25%) Backup Exec
9 21 (2.20%) Perfmon
10 17 (1.78%) Microsoft Clustering
11 14 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
12 12 (1.26%) Ansible
12 12 (1.26%) Terraform
12 12 (1.26%) XenMobile
13 10 (1.05%) NetBackup
13 10 (1.05%) Puppet
14 8 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
15 7 (0.73%) Kubernetes
15 7 (0.73%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 7 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 688 (72.04%) Microsoft
2 505 (52.88%) VMware
3 279 (29.21%) Cisco
4 176 (18.43%) Citrix
5 107 (11.20%) HP
6 85 (8.90%) Veeam
7 57 (5.97%) NetApp
8 47 (4.92%) SolarWinds
9 43 (4.50%) Aruba
9 43 (4.50%) Mitel
10 40 (4.19%) Dell
11 38 (3.98%) F5
12 35 (3.66%) WatchGuard
13 31 (3.25%) EMC
14 30 (3.14%) Nimble Storage
15 28 (2.93%) Apple
16 26 (2.72%) IBM
17 22 (2.30%) RedGate
18 20 (2.09%) CommVault
18 20 (2.09%) Oracle