Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 487 446 427
Rank change year-on-year -41 -19 +11
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 872 1,126 1,303
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.67% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.43% 2.78% 2.76%
Number of salaries quoted 711 1,006 1,150
England median annual salary £40,000 £36,500 £35,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.59% +2.10% -0.69%
10th Percentile £24,500 £22,500 £21,725
90th Percentile £72,500 £54,250 £53,875
UK median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -2.78%

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 35,901 40,469 47,131
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.84% 24.24% 26.29%
Number of salaries quoted 26,778 31,307 38,095
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 12 November 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 12 November 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 -33 256 £45,000 +20.00% 48
South East +18 213 £37,500 +1.35% 29
Midlands +37 143 £40,250 +7.33% 20
North of England -95 126 £29,563 -6.15% 35
West Midlands +26 89 £42,500 +6.25% 12
East of England +39 86 £35,000 -26.32% 16
South West +45 83 £57,500 +64.29% 16
Yorkshire -39 60 £29,900 -29.65% 11
East Midlands +30 53 £37,500 +17.19% 8
North West -83 53 £27,500 +3.77% 19
North East -6 13 £35,000 -19.04% 5
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 12 November 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.

1 872 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 656 (75.23%) Microsoft
3 638 (73.17%) Windows
4 555 (63.65%) MCSE
5 480 (55.05%) Active Directory
6 421 (48.28%) VMware
7 357 (40.94%) Windows Server
8 338 (38.76%) Office 365
9 334 (38.30%) ITIL
10 320 (36.70%) Microsoft Azure
11 241 (27.64%) VMware Infrastructure
12 240 (27.52%) Windows Server 2012
13 229 (26.26%) MCP
14 206 (23.62%) Citrix
15 205 (23.51%) Hyper-V
16 192 (22.02%) Firewall
17 189 (21.67%) SQL
18 187 (21.44%) Microsoft Office
19 184 (21.10%) MS Exchange
20 180 (20.64%) Cisco
21 177 (20.30%) Windows Server 2008
22 158 (18.12%) DNS
23 154 (17.66%) SQL Server
24 150 (17.20%) LAN
25 149 (17.09%) Windows 10
26 146 (16.74%) PowerShell
27 141 (16.17%) Linux
28 140 (16.06%) DHCP
29 137 (15.71%) WAN
30 135 (15.48%) 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
1 184 (21.10%) MS Exchange
2 72 (8.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 70 (8.03%) SharePoint
4 61 (7.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 40 (4.59%) Skype for Business
6 33 (3.78%) IIS
7 21 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (2.06%) IBM Notes
9 13 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.46%) Apache
13 3 (0.34%) Confluence
14 2 (0.23%) IBM Domino
15 1 (0.11%) Moodle
15 1 (0.11%) nginx
15 1 (0.11%) WordPress
Applications
1 187 (21.44%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.75%) MS Visio
3 18 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.46%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.34%) CATIA
6 3 (0.34%) PTC Creo
7 2 (0.23%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.34%) SAP R/3
1 3 (0.34%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.23%) Workfront
3 1 (0.11%) Maximo
3 1 (0.11%) Rolfe and Nolan
3 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 338 (38.76%) Office 365
2 320 (36.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 125 (14.33%) Amazon AWS
4 55 (6.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 33 (3.78%) Amazon EC2
5 33 (3.78%) Amazon S3
6 28 (3.21%) Amazon EMR
6 28 (3.21%) Amazon Kinesis
6 28 (3.21%) AWS Lambda
6 28 (3.21%) IaaS
6 28 (3.21%) Serverless
7 27 (3.10%) Amazon SQS
8 21 (2.41%) Google Cloud Platform
8 21 (2.41%) SaaS
9 20 (2.29%) PaaS
10 19 (2.18%) Cloud Computing
11 16 (1.83%) GitHub
12 10 (1.15%) OneDrive
13 8 (0.92%) G Suite
14 7 (0.80%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 192 (22.02%) Firewall
2 158 (18.12%) DNS
3 150 (17.20%) LAN
4 140 (16.06%) DHCP
5 137 (15.71%) WAN
6 118 (13.53%) TCP/IP
7 109 (12.50%) SAN
8 60 (6.88%) VPN
9 56 (6.42%) Network Security
10 54 (6.19%) Internet
11 51 (5.85%) Wireless
12 43 (4.93%) VLAN
13 32 (3.67%) Remote Desktop
13 32 (3.67%) Skype
14 27 (3.10%) VoIP
15 24 (2.75%) Ethernet
16 21 (2.41%) MPLS
16 21 (2.41%) NAS
17 19 (2.18%) Cisco ASA
18 17 (1.95%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (17.66%) SQL Server
2 55 (6.31%) Relational Database
3 39 (4.47%) SQL Server 2008
4 38 (4.36%) Amazon RDS
5 33 (3.78%) RDBMS
6 29 (3.33%) Cosmos DB
6 29 (3.33%) SQL Server 2016
7 28 (3.21%) Amazon Redshift
8 26 (2.98%) Data Warehouse
9 25 (2.87%) Power BI
10 23 (2.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 23 (2.64%) SQL Server 2014
11 20 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 18 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 14 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 12 (1.38%) Azure SQL Database
14 12 (1.38%) MySQL
15 6 (0.69%) SAP HANA
15 6 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
16 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 20 (2.29%) Jenkins
2 10 (1.15%) MSI
2 10 (1.15%) TeamCity
3 8 (0.92%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.80%) JIRA
4 7 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.57%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.34%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.23%) GCC
7 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.11%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.11%) git-flow
8 1 (0.11%) GitLab
8 1 (0.11%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.11%) JMeter
8 1 (0.11%) ReSharper
8 1 (0.11%) Selenium
8 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 107 (12.27%) Finance
2 29 (3.33%) Retail
3 24 (2.75%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.18%) Games
5 13 (1.49%) Marketing
6 10 (1.15%) Banking
7 9 (1.03%) Legal
8 7 (0.80%) Advertising
9 5 (0.57%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.46%) Back Office
11 3 (0.34%) Billing
11 3 (0.34%) Publishing
12 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.23%) Electronics
12 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.23%) French Language
12 2 (0.23%) Law
12 2 (0.23%) Military
13 1 (0.11%) Automotive
13 1 (0.11%) German Language
Job Titles
1 141 (16.17%) Support Engineer
2 117 (13.42%) Analyst
3 96 (11.01%) Architect
4 94 (10.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 88 (10.09%) IT Support
6 76 (8.72%) Administrator
7 72 (8.26%) Support Analyst
8 71 (8.14%) IT Engineer
9 62 (7.11%) 2nd Line Support
9 62 (7.11%) Solutions Architect
10 56 (6.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 52 (5.96%) Systems Engineer
12 51 (5.85%) 3rd Line Support
13 50 (5.73%) Cloud Architect
14 46 (5.28%) IT Analyst
15 45 (5.16%) Systems Administrator
16 42 (4.82%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 40 (4.59%) IT Support Engineer
18 38 (4.36%) DBA
19 37 (4.24%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (6.19%) Web Services
2 43 (4.93%) .NET
3 23 (2.64%) ASP.NET
4 19 (2.18%) ASP.NET Web API
5 13 (1.49%) XML
6 11 (1.26%) Software Packaging
7 10 (1.15%) RabbitMQ
8 9 (1.03%) JSON
9 6 (0.69%) Flash
9 6 (0.69%) HTML
10 4 (0.46%) COM
11 3 (0.34%) CSS
11 3 (0.34%) Middleware
12 1 (0.11%) .NET Framework
12 1 (0.11%) ASP.NET MVC
12 1 (0.11%) FIX Protocol
12 1 (0.11%) HTML5
12 1 (0.11%) jQuery
12 1 (0.11%) Silverlight
12 1 (0.11%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 103 (11.81%) Data Centre
2 77 (8.83%) Public Cloud
3 71 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
4 48 (5.50%) Self-Motivation
5 41 (4.70%) Blackberry
6 40 (4.59%) Management Information System
7 36 (4.13%) iPad
8 34 (3.90%) Clustering
9 28 (3.21%) Driving Licence
10 26 (2.98%) Client/Server
11 23 (2.64%) Computer Science
12 22 (2.52%) Replication
13 20 (2.29%) Hybrid Cloud
14 18 (2.06%) Data Structures
15 16 (1.83%) NHS
16 15 (1.72%) iPhone
17 14 (1.61%) AS400
17 14 (1.61%) iSeries
18 12 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
19 10 (1.15%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 638 (73.17%) Windows
2 357 (40.94%) Windows Server
3 240 (27.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 177 (20.30%) Windows Server 2008
5 149 (17.09%) Windows 10
6 141 (16.17%) Linux
7 126 (14.45%) Windows 7
8 49 (5.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 46 (5.28%) Unix
10 45 (5.16%) Windows 8
11 36 (4.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 32 (3.67%) Mac OS X
13 23 (2.64%) Windows XP
14 22 (2.52%) Apple iOS
15 19 (2.18%) Android
16 10 (1.15%) Windows Mobile
17 6 (0.69%) HPUX
18 5 (0.57%) Mac OS
18 5 (0.57%) Windows Phone
19 3 (0.34%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 334 (38.30%) ITIL
2 132 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
3 121 (13.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 93 (10.67%) Service Management
5 81 (9.29%) Incident Management
5 81 (9.29%) Migration
6 78 (8.94%) ITSM
7 72 (8.26%) ITIL V3
8 65 (7.45%) Mentoring
9 64 (7.34%) Disaster Recovery
10 58 (6.65%) Presales
11 55 (6.31%) Project Management
12 51 (5.85%) DevOps
13 47 (5.39%) Change Management
14 46 (5.28%) Information Security
15 44 (5.05%) Root Cause Analysis
16 39 (4.47%) Business Intelligence
17 38 (4.36%) High Availability
17 38 (4.36%) Server Management
18 35 (4.01%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 189 (21.67%) SQL
2 146 (16.74%) PowerShell
3 74 (8.49%) Python
4 36 (4.13%) Java
5 31 (3.56%) T-SQL
6 28 (3.21%) VBScript
7 19 (2.18%) Bash Shell
7 19 (2.18%) Scala
8 18 (2.06%) PL/SQL
8 18 (2.06%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.38%) C#
10 8 (0.92%) C
11 5 (0.57%) Perl
11 5 (0.57%) PHP
12 4 (0.46%) C++
13 3 (0.34%) VB
14 2 (0.23%) JavaScript
14 2 (0.23%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 872 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 555 (63.65%) MCSE
3 229 (26.26%) MCP
4 135 (15.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 125 (14.33%) CCNA
5 125 (14.33%) Cisco Certification
6 113 (12.96%) Degree
7 112 (12.84%) MCITP
8 52 (5.96%) MCTS
9 45 (5.16%) A+ Certification
9 45 (5.16%) Security Cleared
10 38 (4.36%) CCNP
11 36 (4.13%) Citrix Certification
12 35 (4.01%) AWS Certification
13 32 (3.67%) CCA
14 29 (3.33%) MCDST
15 28 (3.21%) DBS Check
15 28 (3.21%) Network+ Certification
16 25 (2.87%) ITIL Certification
17 22 (2.52%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (10.21%) SLA
2 18 (2.06%) Data Quality
3 15 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.26%) GDPR
5 5 (0.57%) PMO
6 2 (0.23%) COBIT
6 2 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.23%) QA
6 2 (0.23%) TickIT
7 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 480 (55.05%) Active Directory
2 241 (27.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 205 (23.51%) Hyper-V
4 58 (6.65%) vSphere
5 49 (5.62%) VMware ESXi
6 40 (4.59%) XenApp
7 24 (2.75%) Docker
8 20 (2.29%) Virtual Servers
9 17 (1.95%) XenDesktop
10 15 (1.72%) Terminal Services
11 14 (1.61%) XenServer
12 13 (1.49%) BitLocker
13 11 (1.26%) vCloud
14 10 (1.15%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
16 3 (0.34%) HDFS
16 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
16 3 (0.34%) VMware NSX
17 2 (0.23%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 131 (15.02%) SCCM
2 41 (4.70%) SCOM
3 31 (3.56%) WSUS
4 30 (3.44%) Ansible
5 25 (2.87%) Backup Exec
6 16 (1.83%) Failover Clustering
7 15 (1.72%) Puppet
8 13 (1.49%) Microsoft Intune
8 13 (1.49%) vCenter Server
9 12 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
9 12 (1.38%) SCVMM
10 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Clustering
11 10 (1.15%) HP UCMDB
12 8 (0.92%) AirWatch
13 6 (0.69%) Nagios
13 6 (0.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 6 (0.69%) XenMobile
14 5 (0.57%) Cisco CUCM
14 5 (0.57%) FortiGate
15 4 (0.46%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 656 (75.23%) Microsoft
2 421 (48.28%) VMware
3 206 (23.62%) Citrix
4 180 (20.64%) Cisco
5 77 (8.83%) Apple
6 70 (8.03%) NetApp
7 69 (7.91%) HP
8 54 (6.19%) Red Hat
9 49 (5.62%) Veeam
10 33 (3.78%) Ivanti
11 32 (3.67%) Oracle
12 31 (3.56%) ServiceNow
13 30 (3.44%) CommVault
14 29 (3.33%) Google
15 23 (2.64%) Dell
15 23 (2.64%) Meraki
16 22 (2.52%) Remedy
17 20 (2.29%) EMC
17 20 (2.29%) SolarWinds
18 19 (2.18%) Nimble Storage