Period
to 26 January 2020

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 26 January 2020 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
26 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 415 454 439
Rank change year-on-year +39 -15 +7
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 814 886 1,089
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.71% 0.63% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.23% 2.60% 2.80%
Number of salaries quoted 692 711 967
England median annual salary £39,000 £42,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.14% +20.00% -6.67%
10th Percentile £25,500 £25,000 £23,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £72,500 £55,000
UK median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £36,000
% change year-on-year -5.88% +18.06% -4.00%

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 25,190 34,101 38,909
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.99% 24.32% 23.84%
Number of salaries quoted 18,746 25,120 30,458
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £82,000 £80,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 26 January 2020.

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 26 January 2020. 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 +124 303 £40,000 -20.00% 35
North of England +59 152 £37,500 +25.42% 36
South East -47 133 £37,500 -6.25% 31
Midlands +13 112 £40,000 -5.88% 40
North West +60 80 £32,500 +35.42% 20
West Midlands +25 73 £34,000 -20.00% 23
South West +2 66 £36,750 -36.09% 15
Yorkshire +48 57 £40,000 +28.21% 9
East of England +43 47 £38,318 -23.36% 19
East Midlands +17 39 £42,500 - 17
North East -8 15 £27,500 -21.43% 7
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 26 January 2020, 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.

1 814 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 591 (72.60%) Microsoft
3 584 (71.74%) Windows
4 467 (57.37%) MCSE
5 457 (56.14%) Active Directory
5 457 (56.14%) Office 365
6 362 (44.47%) VMware
7 350 (43.00%) Azure
8 334 (41.03%) Windows Server
9 327 (40.17%) ITIL
10 215 (26.41%) VMware Infrastructure
11 208 (25.55%) DNS
12 194 (23.83%) Hyper-V
13 190 (23.34%) DHCP
14 189 (23.22%) Cisco Certification
15 182 (22.36%) Cisco
16 178 (21.87%) CCNA
16 178 (21.87%) Firewall
16 178 (21.87%) Windows Server 2012
17 172 (21.13%) Windows 10
18 166 (20.39%) PowerShell
19 160 (19.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 157 (19.29%) MCP
21 149 (18.30%) Citrix
22 148 (18.18%) MS Exchange
23 143 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
24 132 (16.22%) SQL Server
25 131 (16.09%) Degree
26 129 (15.85%) Windows Server 2008
27 119 (14.62%) SCCM

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
1 148 (18.18%) MS Exchange
2 96 (11.79%) SharePoint
3 64 (7.86%) Exchange Server 2013
4 60 (7.37%) Exchange Server 2010
5 48 (5.90%) IIS
6 35 (4.30%) Skype for Business
7 15 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (0.86%) Confluence
9 6 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.25%) Apache Spark
13 1 (0.12%) Apache
13 1 (0.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.12%) SAS
13 1 (0.12%) Site Server
Applications
1 143 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.49%) Adobe Captivate
4 4 (0.49%) Camtasia
5 3 (0.37%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (1.23%) assyst
2 8 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.61%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.49%) Workfront
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.12%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 457 (56.14%) Office 365
2 350 (43.00%) Azure
3 114 (14.00%) AWS
4 72 (8.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 33 (4.05%) IaaS
6 23 (2.83%) PaaS
6 23 (2.83%) SaaS
7 21 (2.58%) OneDrive
8 15 (1.84%) Power Platform
9 13 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (1.23%) GCP
10 10 (1.23%) PowerApps
11 9 (1.11%) G Suite
12 7 (0.86%) Mimecast
13 5 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.61%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.37%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
14 3 (0.37%) GitHub
14 3 (0.37%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 208 (25.55%) DNS
2 190 (23.34%) DHCP
3 178 (21.87%) Firewall
4 109 (13.39%) TCP/IP
5 104 (12.78%) LAN
6 97 (11.92%) WAN
7 87 (10.69%) VPN
8 72 (8.85%) VoIP
9 57 (7.00%) SAN
10 38 (4.67%) Internet
11 37 (4.55%) Skype
12 27 (3.32%) VLAN
13 26 (3.19%) Wireless
14 24 (2.95%) Network Security
15 22 (2.70%) NetScaler
16 20 (2.46%) NAS
17 18 (2.21%) iSCSI
18 17 (2.09%) Remote Desktop
19 14 (1.72%) Ethernet
20 11 (1.35%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 132 (16.22%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.69%) SQL Server 2012
3 23 (2.83%) SQL Server 2016
4 21 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (1.60%) SQL Server 2014
7 12 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
9 10 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.61%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 5 (0.61%) MySQL
11 5 (0.61%) Power BI
11 5 (0.61%) SAP HANA
12 3 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (0.37%) Cosmos DB
12 3 (0.37%) PowerPivot
12 3 (0.37%) Spatial Data
12 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 11 (1.35%) Visual Studio
2 10 (1.23%) JIRA
3 7 (0.86%) Bitbucket
3 7 (0.86%) MSI
4 5 (0.61%) GCC
4 5 (0.61%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.37%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.25%) Postman
7 1 (0.12%) IBM UrbanCode
7 1 (0.12%) SonarQube
General
1 75 (9.21%) Finance
2 36 (4.42%) Public Sector
3 29 (3.56%) Retail
4 28 (3.44%) Telecoms
5 16 (1.97%) Law
6 15 (1.84%) Legal
7 14 (1.72%) Banking
8 13 (1.60%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.86%) Electronics
10 4 (0.49%) Czech Language
10 4 (0.49%) Games
10 4 (0.49%) Marketing
10 4 (0.49%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.37%) Automotive
12 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.25%) Front Office
12 2 (0.25%) Social Science
13 1 (0.12%) Advertising
13 1 (0.12%) Back Office
13 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 138 (16.95%) Support Engineer
2 133 (16.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 132 (16.22%) IT Support
4 115 (14.13%) Analyst
5 101 (12.41%) IT Engineer
6 71 (8.72%) IT Support Engineer
7 63 (7.74%) Support Analyst
8 59 (7.25%) 2nd Line Support
9 57 (7.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 50 (6.14%) Administrator
11 46 (5.65%) Team Leader
12 44 (5.41%) Consultant
13 43 (5.28%) Technical Support
14 42 (5.16%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 36 (4.42%) Systems Engineer
16 35 (4.30%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 35 (4.30%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 34 (4.18%) IT Analyst
18 32 (3.93%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
19 31 (3.81%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.97%) Web Services
2 12 (1.47%) .NET
3 9 (1.11%) SAML
4 7 (0.86%) LDAP
5 6 (0.74%) XML
6 5 (0.61%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.49%) JSON
8 3 (0.37%) CSS
8 3 (0.37%) HTML
8 3 (0.37%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.25%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.25%) CSS3
9 2 (0.25%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.25%) HTML5
9 2 (0.25%) Kafka
9 2 (0.25%) OAuth
9 2 (0.25%) RESTful
9 2 (0.25%) SailPoint
10 1 (0.12%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.12%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (7.37%) Data Centre
2 59 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 46 (5.65%) Public Cloud
4 43 (5.28%) Management Information System
5 33 (4.05%) Self-Motivation
6 20 (2.46%) Driving Licence
7 16 (1.97%) Private Cloud
7 16 (1.97%) Replication
8 12 (1.47%) Hedge funds
8 12 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
9 11 (1.35%) Clustering
9 11 (1.35%) Virtual Team
10 8 (0.98%) Mobile App
11 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.74%) iPhone
11 6 (0.74%) PKI
11 6 (0.74%) PlayStation
11 6 (0.74%) Wiki
11 6 (0.74%) Xbox
12 5 (0.61%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 584 (71.74%) Windows
2 334 (41.03%) Windows Server
3 178 (21.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 172 (21.13%) Windows 10
5 129 (15.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 83 (10.20%) Linux
7 62 (7.62%) Windows 7
8 47 (5.77%) Windows 8
9 40 (4.91%) Windows Server 2003
10 16 (1.97%) Mac OS X
11 13 (1.60%) CentOS
11 13 (1.60%) Unix
12 10 (1.23%) Apple iOS
12 10 (1.23%) Mac OS
12 10 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (1.11%) Android
14 8 (0.98%) VMS
15 7 (0.86%) Debian
15 7 (0.86%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.74%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 327 (40.17%) ITIL
2 160 (19.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 87 (10.69%) Problem-Solving
4 82 (10.07%) Mentoring
5 78 (9.58%) Service Management
6 55 (6.76%) Change Management
7 45 (5.53%) DevOps
8 44 (5.41%) Migration
9 43 (5.28%) Project Delivery
10 41 (5.04%) ITIL V3
10 41 (5.04%) Server Management
11 40 (4.91%) Line Management
11 40 (4.91%) Project Management
12 38 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
13 35 (4.30%) Problem Management
14 33 (4.05%) ITSM
15 31 (3.81%) Configuration Management
15 31 (3.81%) Incident Management
15 31 (3.81%) PRINCE2
16 30 (3.69%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 166 (20.39%) PowerShell
2 104 (12.78%) SQL
3 18 (2.21%) Python
4 16 (1.97%) T-SQL
5 15 (1.84%) Bash Shell
5 15 (1.84%) C#
6 13 (1.60%) VBScript
7 8 (0.98%) Shell Script
8 5 (0.61%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 3 (0.37%) Go
9 3 (0.37%) Perl
9 3 (0.37%) VB
10 2 (0.25%) C++
10 2 (0.25%) Java
10 2 (0.25%) Ruby
11 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 814 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 467 (57.37%) MCSE
3 189 (23.22%) Cisco Certification
4 178 (21.87%) CCNA
5 157 (19.29%) MCP
6 131 (16.09%) Degree
7 115 (14.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 70 (8.60%) Security Cleared
9 58 (7.13%) MCITP
10 57 (7.00%) CCNP
11 42 (5.16%) SC Cleared
12 38 (4.67%) A+ Certification
13 35 (4.30%) Network+ Certification
14 26 (3.19%) MCTS
15 19 (2.33%) Citrix Certification
15 19 (2.33%) VCP6
16 18 (2.21%) DV Cleared
17 14 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (1.60%) CompTIA Security+
19 11 (1.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (7.49%) SLA
2 27 (3.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.97%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.23%) COBIT
5 7 (0.86%) QA
6 6 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.61%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.49%) PMO
9 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.25%) GDPR
10 2 (0.25%) NIST
10 2 (0.25%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.12%) GxP
11 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 457 (56.14%) Active Directory
2 215 (26.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 194 (23.83%) Hyper-V
4 60 (7.37%) vSphere
5 57 (7.00%) XenApp
6 35 (4.30%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (3.93%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.58%) Docker
9 15 (1.84%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (1.84%) Virtual Machines
10 14 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (1.35%) BitLocker
12 9 (1.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 8 (0.98%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.86%) VMware Server
15 5 (0.61%) VMware NSX
16 4 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
17 2 (0.25%) HDFS
17 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 2 (0.25%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 119 (14.62%) SCCM
2 59 (7.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 52 (6.39%) WSUS
4 29 (3.56%) SCOM
5 15 (1.84%) Backup Exec
6 14 (1.72%) Ansible
6 14 (1.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 13 (1.60%) NetBackup
8 11 (1.35%) Kubernetes
9 10 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
9 10 (1.23%) Puppet
10 8 (0.98%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 7 (0.86%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (0.86%) Terraform
12 6 (0.74%) HP UCMDB
12 6 (0.74%) Jamf Pro
12 6 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
13 5 (0.61%) SolarWinds Orion
14 4 (0.49%) Sysprep
14 4 (0.49%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 591 (72.60%) Microsoft
2 362 (44.47%) VMware
3 182 (22.36%) Cisco
4 149 (18.30%) Citrix
5 46 (5.65%) HP
6 40 (4.91%) NetApp
7 30 (3.69%) ServiceNow
7 30 (3.69%) Veeam
8 29 (3.56%) Dell
9 25 (3.07%) SolarWinds
10 22 (2.70%) EMC
10 22 (2.70%) Symantec
11 20 (2.46%) Red Hat
12 18 (2.21%) Meraki
13 16 (1.97%) Sophos
13 16 (1.97%) WatchGuard
14 15 (1.84%) Remedy
15 14 (1.72%) CommVault
15 14 (1.72%) Ivanti
15 14 (1.72%) Oracle