Period
to 21 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 444 427 427
Rank change year-on-year -17 0 -1
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1142 1289 1460
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.72% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.81% 2.76% 2.61%
Number of salaries quoted 1025 1137 1262
England median annual salary £36,000 £35,500 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.41% -1.39% +5.88%
10th Percentile £22,500 £22,000 £22,500
90th Percentile £53,750 £55,000 £55,000
UK median annual salary £36,500 £35,000 £36,000
% change year-on-year +4.29% -2.78% +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 40677 46646 55891
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.99% 26.16% 27.34%
Number of salaries quoted 31496 37719 44878
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 +38 360 £37,500 - 18
North of England +17 293 £30,000 -7.69% 14
South East -58 228 £37,000 -1.33% 6
North West +32 146 £26,750 -30.52% 11
Yorkshire +9 133 £42,500 +41.67% 2
Midlands +39 124 £37,500 +15.38% 7
West Midlands +37 92 £40,000 +23.08% 3
East of England +27 80 £45,000 +47.54% 6
South West -45 61 £35,000 - 6
East Midlands +24 32 £32,000 -1.54% 4
North East -2 16 £38,959 +47.02% 1
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 849 (74.34%) Windows
3 791 (69.26%) Microsoft
4 781 (68.39%) MCSE
5 663 (58.06%) Active Directory
6 527 (46.15%) Windows Server
7 510 (44.66%) VMware
8 413 (36.16%) ITIL
9 383 (33.54%) Office 365
10 327 (28.63%) VMware Infrastructure
11 315 (27.58%) MS Exchange
12 308 (26.97%) Cisco
13 303 (26.53%) Cisco Certification
14 295 (25.83%) Hyper-V
15 293 (25.66%) CCNA
16 274 (23.99%) Windows Server 2008
17 268 (23.47%) Windows Server 2012
17 268 (23.47%) Firewall
18 259 (22.68%) MCP
19 249 (21.80%) SQL Server
20 248 (21.72%) Microsoft Azure
21 244 (21.37%) DNS
22 222 (19.44%) Citrix
23 216 (18.91%) WAN
24 213 (18.65%) SQL
25 205 (17.95%) DHCP
26 204 (17.86%) PowerShell
27 201 (17.60%) LAN
28 189 (16.55%) TCP/IP
29 188 (16.46%) Microsoft Office

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
1 315 (27.58%) MS Exchange
2 129 (11.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 112 (9.81%) SharePoint
4 93 (8.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 74 (6.48%) Skype for Business
6 60 (5.25%) IIS
7 55 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2003
9 14 (1.23%) Apache
10 13 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 11 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
13 7 (0.61%) Confluence
14 6 (0.53%) Tomcat
15 5 (0.44%) CMS
15 5 (0.44%) IBM Notes
16 4 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
17 3 (0.26%) nginx
17 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
17 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 188 (16.46%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.44%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.088%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 21 (1.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.26%) Workfront
3 2 (0.18%) BASE24
3 2 (0.18%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 383 (33.54%) Office 365
2 248 (21.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 74 (6.48%) Amazon AWS
4 59 (5.17%) IaaS
5 46 (4.03%) PaaS
6 36 (3.15%) Azure Active Directory
7 23 (2.01%) SaaS
8 10 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.79%) OneDrive
10 8 (0.70%) Yammer
11 6 (0.53%) Mimecast
12 5 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
13 3 (0.26%) G Suite
14 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
15 1 (0.088%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 268 (23.47%) Firewall
2 244 (21.37%) DNS
3 216 (18.91%) WAN
4 205 (17.95%) DHCP
5 201 (17.60%) LAN
6 189 (16.55%) TCP/IP
7 161 (14.10%) SAN
8 107 (9.37%) VPN
9 66 (5.78%) VLAN
10 63 (5.52%) VoIP
11 57 (4.99%) Skype
12 45 (3.94%) Internet
13 36 (3.15%) NAS
14 30 (2.63%) iSCSI
15 29 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
16 27 (2.36%) Network Security
17 22 (1.93%) Remote Desktop
18 21 (1.84%) Cisco ASA
18 21 (1.84%) NetScaler
19 16 (1.40%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 249 (21.80%) SQL Server
2 58 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
2 58 (5.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 56 (4.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 55 (4.82%) SQL Server 2008
5 38 (3.33%) SQL Server 2014
6 36 (3.15%) Data Warehouse
7 31 (2.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (2.45%) SQL Server 2016
9 19 (1.66%) SQL Server 2005
10 16 (1.40%) Power BI
11 10 (0.88%) OLAP
11 10 (0.88%) Relational Database
12 8 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (0.70%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.61%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.61%) SQL Server 2000
14 5 (0.44%) PowerPivot
15 4 (0.35%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 25 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 19 (1.66%) Git (software)
3 19 (1.66%) JIRA
4 7 (0.61%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 4 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.26%) MSBuild
6 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.088%) HP UFT
General
1 109 (9.54%) Finance
2 36 (3.15%) Law
3 34 (2.98%) Advertising
4 30 (2.63%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.36%) Manufacturing
6 20 (1.75%) Banking
7 17 (1.49%) Legal
8 11 (0.96%) Retail
9 7 (0.61%) Marketing
10 6 (0.53%) Electronics
11 3 (0.26%) Games
11 3 (0.26%) Publishing
11 3 (0.26%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.18%) Portuguese Language
13 1 (0.088%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.088%) French Language
13 1 (0.088%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.088%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.088%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 234 (20.49%) Support Engineer
2 194 (16.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 167 (14.62%) Analyst
4 139 (12.17%) IT Support
5 120 (10.51%) IT Engineer
6 119 (10.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 108 (9.46%) Administrator
8 104 (9.11%) 2nd Line Support
9 93 (8.14%) Support Analyst
10 83 (7.27%) 3rd Line Support
11 80 (7.01%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 80 (7.01%) IT Support Engineer
12 76 (6.65%) DBA
13 67 (5.87%) Systems Engineer
14 66 (5.78%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 62 (5.43%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 55 (4.82%) Desktop Support
17 52 (4.55%) Cloud Engineer
17 52 (4.55%) SQL DBA
18 48 (4.20%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (2.01%) .NET
2 11 (0.96%) .NET Framework
2 11 (0.96%) JSON
2 11 (0.96%) XML
3 10 (0.88%) HTML
3 10 (0.88%) HTML5
3 10 (0.88%) jQuery
4 9 (0.79%) ASP.NET
4 9 (0.79%) CSS
4 9 (0.79%) REST
4 9 (0.79%) SOAP
4 9 (0.79%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 9 (0.79%) Web Services
5 8 (0.70%) AngularJS
5 8 (0.70%) Entity Framework
6 7 (0.61%) LINQ
6 7 (0.61%) WCF
6 7 (0.61%) WPF
6 7 (0.61%) WSDL
6 7 (0.61%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 135 (11.82%) Data Centre
2 56 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (4.64%) Driving Licence
4 52 (4.55%) Computer Science
5 51 (4.47%) Management Information System
6 38 (3.33%) Clustering
7 33 (2.89%) Public Cloud
8 32 (2.80%) Hybrid Cloud
9 28 (2.45%) Replication
10 21 (1.84%) Blackberry
11 20 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
11 20 (1.75%) Private Cloud
12 13 (1.14%) Fat Client
12 13 (1.14%) Thin Client
13 11 (0.96%) CMDB
13 11 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
14 10 (0.88%) CESG
14 10 (0.88%) PKI
15 9 (0.79%) iPhone
15 9 (0.79%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 849 (74.34%) Windows
2 527 (46.15%) Windows Server
3 274 (23.99%) Windows Server 2008
4 268 (23.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 159 (13.92%) Windows 7
6 153 (13.40%) Windows 10
7 136 (11.91%) Linux
8 74 (6.48%) Windows 8
9 67 (5.87%) Windows Server 2003
10 35 (3.06%) Mac OS X
11 30 (2.63%) Windows XP
12 27 (2.36%) Android
13 18 (1.58%) Debian
13 18 (1.58%) Unix
14 10 (0.88%) SUSE
15 9 (0.79%) Apple iOS
15 9 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (0.53%) CentOS
16 6 (0.53%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.53%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 413 (36.16%) ITIL
2 110 (9.63%) Disaster Recovery
3 74 (6.48%) Performance Tuning
4 65 (5.69%) Change Management
5 59 (5.17%) Agile Software Development
6 57 (4.99%) ITIL V3
7 56 (4.90%) Project Management
8 55 (4.82%) PRINCE2
9 49 (4.29%) Service Delivery
10 48 (4.20%) High Availability
11 47 (4.12%) Mentoring
12 44 (3.85%) ETL
12 44 (3.85%) Kalman Filter
12 44 (3.85%) Service Management
13 40 (3.50%) CRM
14 38 (3.33%) Business Intelligence
15 36 (3.15%) Configuration Management
15 36 (3.15%) Presales
15 36 (3.15%) Time Management
16 35 (3.06%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 213 (18.65%) SQL
2 204 (17.86%) PowerShell
3 63 (5.52%) T-SQL
4 22 (1.93%) VBScript
5 18 (1.58%) Bash Shell
6 14 (1.23%) JavaScript
7 12 (1.05%) C#
8 7 (0.61%) VBA
9 6 (0.53%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.44%) C
10 5 (0.44%) Python
10 5 (0.44%) VB
11 4 (0.35%) Java
12 2 (0.18%) Perl
13 1 (0.088%) C++
13 1 (0.088%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 781 (68.39%) MCSE
3 303 (26.53%) Cisco Certification
4 293 (25.66%) CCNA
5 259 (22.68%) MCP
6 179 (15.67%) MCITP
7 122 (10.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 111 (9.72%) Degree
9 75 (6.57%) Citrix Certification
10 66 (5.78%) CCA
11 62 (5.43%) CCNP
12 51 (4.47%) MCTS
12 51 (4.47%) Security Cleared
13 42 (3.68%) A+ Certification
14 37 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
15 30 (2.63%) SC Cleared
16 27 (2.36%) CISSP
16 27 (2.36%) MCDST
17 25 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
18 22 (1.93%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (10.60%) SLA
2 25 (2.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (2.01%) PCI DSS
4 16 (1.40%) Data Quality
5 12 (1.05%) QA
6 10 (0.88%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 5 (0.44%) HIPAA
8 5 (0.44%) NEBOSH
9 3 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.18%) GDPR
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.088%) COBIT
11 1 (0.088%) GxP
11 1 (0.088%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.088%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.088%) NIST 800
System Software
1 663 (58.06%) Active Directory
2 327 (28.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 295 (25.83%) Hyper-V
4 78 (6.83%) vSphere
5 52 (4.55%) XenApp
6 49 (4.29%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (3.24%) XenDesktop
8 33 (2.89%) Virtual Machines
9 26 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
10 22 (1.93%) Terminal Services
11 12 (1.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 9 (0.79%) Terminal Server
13 8 (0.70%) Firmware
13 8 (0.70%) UAG
14 5 (0.44%) BitLocker
14 5 (0.44%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.44%) Docker
14 5 (0.44%) VMware Server
14 5 (0.44%) Xen
15 2 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 187 (16.37%) SCCM
2 68 (5.95%) SCOM
3 60 (5.25%) WSUS
4 59 (5.17%) Backup Exec
5 28 (2.45%) Puppet
6 26 (2.28%) Microsoft Intune
6 26 (2.28%) vCenter Server
7 21 (1.84%) Microsoft Clustering
7 21 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (1.49%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 14 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
10 13 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
10 13 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
10 13 (1.14%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 9 (0.79%) Nagios
11 9 (0.79%) NetBackup
11 9 (0.79%) SCDPM
12 8 (0.70%) SCSM
13 7 (0.61%) DameWare
13 7 (0.61%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 791 (69.26%) Microsoft
2 510 (44.66%) VMware
3 308 (26.97%) Cisco
4 222 (19.44%) Citrix
5 81 (7.09%) Dell
6 74 (6.48%) NetApp
7 72 (6.30%) HP
8 54 (4.73%) Veeam
9 44 (3.85%) Symantec
10 39 (3.42%) Juniper
11 33 (2.89%) Apple
12 30 (2.63%) EMC
13 28 (2.45%) CommVault
14 27 (2.36%) SonicWALL
15 26 (2.28%) EqualLogic
15 26 (2.28%) Red Hat
16 25 (2.19%) Avaya
16 25 (2.19%) Meraki
16 25 (2.19%) Oracle
17 23 (2.01%) SolarWinds