Period
to 21 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 427 466 407
Rank change year-on-year +39 -59 -3
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,129 1,006 1,471
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.68% 0.61% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.89% 2.39% 2.73%
Number of salaries quoted 986 885 1,325
England median annual salary £35,000 £37,500 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.67% +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £56,250 £56,250 £57,500
UK median annual salary £35,875 £37,500 £36,000
% change year-on-year -4.33% +4.17% +2.86%

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 39,046 42,163 53,905
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 23.66% 25.41% 27.52%
Number of salaries quoted 30,509 33,579 43,371
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +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 21 February 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 February 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 +82 380 £39,315 -4.11% 55
North of England +33 256 £30,000 -20.00% 34
South East -32 209 £37,000 -1.33% 44
North West +57 156 £27,500 -28.57% 19
Midlands +45 142 £37,000 -7.50% 26
Yorkshire +2 88 £42,500 +26.87% 12
East Midlands +7 72 £36,500 -14.12% 18
East of England -14 71 £35,000 +10.24% 14
West Midlands +19 70 £37,500 - 8
South West -6 70 £32,500 -7.14% 14
North East -28 14 £40,000 +39.13% 3
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 1,129 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 841 (74.49%) Microsoft
3 822 (72.81%) Windows
4 763 (67.58%) MCSE
5 612 (54.21%) Active Directory
6 519 (45.97%) Windows Server
7 499 (44.20%) VMware
8 441 (39.06%) ITIL
9 423 (37.47%) Office 365
10 311 (27.55%) VMware Infrastructure
11 295 (26.13%) Hyper-V
12 287 (25.42%) Microsoft Azure
13 278 (24.62%) MS Exchange
14 276 (24.45%) Cisco Certification
14 276 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
15 269 (23.83%) CCNA
16 255 (22.59%) Windows Server 2008
17 251 (22.23%) Cisco
18 249 (22.05%) MCP
19 247 (21.88%) Firewall
20 224 (19.84%) SQL Server
21 221 (19.57%) DNS
22 216 (19.13%) WAN
23 211 (18.69%) SQL
23 211 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
24 201 (17.80%) Citrix
25 190 (16.83%) LAN
26 189 (16.74%) TCP/IP
27 184 (16.30%) DHCP
28 179 (15.85%) MCITP

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
1 278 (24.62%) MS Exchange
2 117 (10.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 114 (10.10%) SharePoint
4 72 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2013
5 64 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 64 (5.67%) Skype for Business
6 52 (4.61%) IIS
7 20 (1.77%) SharePoint Server
8 11 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2003
9 10 (0.89%) nginx
9 10 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.62%) Apache
12 5 (0.44%) Oracle Service Bus
12 5 (0.44%) Tomcat
13 4 (0.35%) Confluence
13 4 (0.35%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.089%) CMS
14 1 (0.089%) IBM Domino
14 1 (0.089%) Site Server
Applications
1 211 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (1.33%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.62%) Eikon
3 6 (0.53%) Elite 3E
3 6 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.53%) Workfront
4 5 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.089%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.089%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.089%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 423 (37.47%) Office 365
2 287 (25.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 86 (7.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 61 (5.40%) Amazon AWS
4 61 (5.40%) SaaS
5 49 (4.34%) IaaS
6 45 (3.99%) PaaS
7 16 (1.42%) OneDrive
8 14 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (1.15%) Yammer
10 9 (0.80%) Mimecast
11 7 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
12 6 (0.53%) IBM Cloud
13 5 (0.44%) Bluemix
13 5 (0.44%) G Suite
14 1 (0.089%) Amazon Glacier
14 1 (0.089%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.089%) Route 53
14 1 (0.089%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 247 (21.88%) Firewall
2 221 (19.57%) DNS
3 216 (19.13%) WAN
4 190 (16.83%) LAN
5 189 (16.74%) TCP/IP
6 184 (16.30%) DHCP
7 135 (11.96%) SAN
8 88 (7.79%) VPN
9 70 (6.20%) VLAN
10 51 (4.52%) Skype
11 43 (3.81%) Internet
12 34 (3.01%) Remote Desktop
13 31 (2.75%) VoIP
13 31 (2.75%) Wi-Fi
14 30 (2.66%) NAS
15 26 (2.30%) Network Security
16 20 (1.77%) Cisco ASA
16 20 (1.77%) Wireless
17 18 (1.59%) NetScaler
18 13 (1.15%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (19.84%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 47 (4.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 40 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
5 37 (3.28%) SQL Server 2012
6 33 (2.92%) Power BI
7 27 (2.39%) SQL Server 2008
8 25 (2.21%) Oracle Database
9 24 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
9 24 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 22 (1.95%) SQL Server 2016
11 13 (1.15%) MySQL
11 13 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
11 13 (1.15%) Oracle Database 12c
12 8 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
12 8 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (0.71%) Relational Database
13 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 7
14 5 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 29 (2.57%) JIRA
2 14 (1.24%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (0.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (0.80%) TeamCity
6 6 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.27%) MSBuild
8 3 (0.27%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.089%) Chocolatey
9 1 (0.089%) MSI
9 1 (0.089%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 105 (9.30%) Finance
2 30 (2.66%) Manufacturing
3 27 (2.39%) Retail
4 26 (2.30%) Marketing
4 26 (2.30%) Telecoms
5 20 (1.77%) Banking
5 20 (1.77%) Law
6 18 (1.59%) Legal
7 16 (1.42%) Advertising
8 9 (0.80%) Games
9 8 (0.71%) Billing
9 8 (0.71%) Publishing
10 5 (0.44%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.35%) Arabic Language
11 4 (0.35%) Back Office
11 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.27%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.18%) Electronics
14 1 (0.089%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.089%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 217 (19.22%) Support Engineer
2 177 (15.68%) Analyst
3 155 (13.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 138 (12.22%) IT Support
5 128 (11.34%) IT Engineer
6 107 (9.48%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 92 (8.15%) Support Analyst
8 88 (7.79%) 2nd Line Support
9 87 (7.71%) Administrator
10 76 (6.73%) 3rd Line Support
10 76 (6.73%) IT Support Engineer
11 67 (5.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 66 (5.85%) Windows Engineer
13 65 (5.76%) Cloud Engineer
13 65 (5.76%) Systems Engineer
14 60 (5.31%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 60 (5.31%) Server Engineer
15 56 (4.96%) Service Analyst
16 55 (4.87%) Consultant
17 47 (4.16%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (3.90%) .NET
2 23 (2.04%) JSON
3 22 (1.95%) XML
4 18 (1.59%) .NET Framework
5 10 (0.89%) ASP.NET
5 10 (0.89%) HTML
5 10 (0.89%) HTML5
6 9 (0.80%) AngularJS
6 9 (0.80%) CSS
6 9 (0.80%) jQuery
6 9 (0.80%) Middleware
6 9 (0.80%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 8 (0.71%) Entity Framework
7 8 (0.71%) REST
7 8 (0.71%) SOAP
8 7 (0.62%) Ajax
8 7 (0.62%) NHibernate
8 7 (0.62%) Software Packaging
8 7 (0.62%) WSDL
8 7 (0.62%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 108 (9.57%) Data Centre
2 79 (7.00%) Management Information System
3 76 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
4 46 (4.07%) Driving Licence
5 35 (3.10%) Private Cloud
6 30 (2.66%) Computer Science
7 28 (2.48%) Hybrid Cloud
7 28 (2.48%) Replication
8 27 (2.39%) Clustering
9 24 (2.13%) Blackberry
10 23 (2.04%) User Experience
11 21 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.68%) NHS
13 18 (1.59%) PKI
14 16 (1.42%) Enterprise Storage
15 15 (1.33%) Public Cloud
16 14 (1.24%) iPad
17 13 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
18 12 (1.06%) Smartphone
19 11 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 822 (72.81%) Windows
2 519 (45.97%) Windows Server
3 276 (24.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 255 (22.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 157 (13.91%) Linux
6 149 (13.20%) Windows 10
7 140 (12.40%) Windows 7
8 61 (5.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 60 (5.31%) Windows 8
10 29 (2.57%) Mac OS X
11 23 (2.04%) Windows XP
12 20 (1.77%) Android
13 16 (1.42%) Unix
14 14 (1.24%) Mac OS
15 10 (0.89%) Apple iOS
16 8 (0.71%) Debian
16 8 (0.71%) SUSE
17 7 (0.62%) CentOS
17 7 (0.62%) Windows Vista
18 6 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 441 (39.06%) ITIL
2 101 (8.95%) Disaster Recovery
3 78 (6.91%) PRINCE2
4 73 (6.47%) DevOps
5 69 (6.11%) Service Delivery
6 65 (5.76%) ITIL V3
7 64 (5.67%) Agile Software Development
8 63 (5.58%) Migration
9 62 (5.49%) Business Intelligence
10 60 (5.31%) Change Management
11 59 (5.23%) Service Management
12 49 (4.34%) Mentoring
13 47 (4.16%) Presales
14 46 (4.07%) CRM
15 45 (3.99%) Incident Management
16 44 (3.90%) Project Management
17 41 (3.63%) Performance Tuning
18 39 (3.45%) Customer Requirements
19 33 (2.92%) Continuous Improvement
19 33 (2.92%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 211 (18.69%) SQL
2 178 (15.77%) PowerShell
3 61 (5.40%) T-SQL
4 17 (1.51%) C#
5 16 (1.42%) VBA
6 14 (1.24%) Bash Shell
7 11 (0.97%) JavaScript
7 11 (0.97%) VB
8 8 (0.71%) Ruby
9 7 (0.62%) Python
10 6 (0.53%) VBScript
11 4 (0.35%) Java
12 3 (0.27%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.18%) C
14 1 (0.089%) C++
14 1 (0.089%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 1 (0.089%) Perl
14 1 (0.089%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,129 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 763 (67.58%) MCSE
3 276 (24.45%) Cisco Certification
4 269 (23.83%) CCNA
5 249 (22.05%) MCP
6 179 (15.85%) MCITP
7 111 (9.83%) Degree
8 76 (6.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 67 (5.93%) CCNP
10 64 (5.67%) Citrix Certification
11 62 (5.49%) CCA
12 57 (5.05%) MCTS
13 47 (4.16%) A+ Certification
14 35 (3.10%) Security Cleared
15 27 (2.39%) Network+ Certification
16 25 (2.21%) MOS
17 24 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
18 22 (1.95%) DBS Check
19 20 (1.77%) CCENT
20 19 (1.68%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (12.75%) SLA
2 47 (4.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 36 (3.19%) PCI DSS
4 25 (2.21%) QA
5 11 (0.97%) PMO
6 10 (0.89%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.44%) HIPAA
8 4 (0.35%) GAMP
8 4 (0.35%) NEBOSH
9 3 (0.27%) COBIT
10 2 (0.18%) GDPR
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.18%) TickIT
11 1 (0.089%) GxP
11 1 (0.089%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 612 (54.21%) Active Directory
2 311 (27.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 295 (26.13%) Hyper-V
4 55 (4.87%) XenApp
5 53 (4.69%) vSphere
6 40 (3.54%) XenDesktop
7 30 (2.66%) Xen
8 25 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
9 21 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
10 19 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
11 16 (1.42%) Terminal Services
12 15 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (1.15%) BitLocker
14 11 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
15 9 (0.80%) Docker
16 5 (0.44%) Firmware
17 4 (0.35%) VMware NSX
17 4 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
18 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 3 (0.27%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 171 (15.15%) SCCM
2 52 (4.61%) Puppet
3 51 (4.52%) Microsoft Intune
3 51 (4.52%) SCOM
4 36 (3.19%) Opscode Chef
5 31 (2.75%) Ansible
6 30 (2.66%) Backup Exec
7 26 (2.30%) WSUS
8 24 (2.13%) SCSM
9 19 (1.68%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 16 (1.42%) Failover Clustering
10 16 (1.42%) SCDPM
10 16 (1.42%) SCVMM
11 15 (1.33%) SCOrch
11 15 (1.33%) vCenter Server
12 13 (1.15%) DameWare
13 10 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
14 7 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
15 5 (0.44%) ServiceCenter
15 5 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 841 (74.49%) Microsoft
2 499 (44.20%) VMware
3 251 (22.23%) Cisco
4 201 (17.80%) Citrix
5 63 (5.58%) HP
6 62 (5.49%) Veeam
7 52 (4.61%) Apple
8 49 (4.34%) Dell
8 49 (4.34%) NetApp
9 42 (3.72%) Oracle
10 35 (3.10%) Meraki
11 27 (2.39%) IBM
12 25 (2.21%) Juniper
12 25 (2.21%) Red Hat
13 23 (2.04%) EMC
14 21 (1.86%) Symantec
15 19 (1.68%) ZyXEL
16 18 (1.59%) CommVault
17 16 (1.42%) CheckPoint
17 16 (1.42%) SonicWALL