Period
to 1 April 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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 427 425 428
Rank change year-on-year -2 +3 +63
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 704 973 1,143
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.65% 0.71% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.02% 2.88% 2.92%
Number of salaries quoted 625 821 1,019
Median annual salary £40,000 £42,000 £37,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.76% +13.51% -5.13%
10th Percentile £25,200 £25,750 £25,000
90th Percentile £60,750 £71,250 £60,000
UK median annual salary £40,500 £41,750 £37,000
% change year-on-year -2.99% +12.84% -3.90%

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 23,334 33,799 39,209
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.52% 24.62% 23.78%
Number of salaries quoted 17,256 24,644 30,413
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £83,750 £81,250 £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 proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSA in England.

Salary trend for MCSA in England

MCSA
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSA in England over the 6 months to 1 April 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 1 April 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 +98 276 £40,000 -15.79% 24
North of England +29 132 £32,500 -7.14% 30
South East -55 119 £40,000 +1.27% 17
Midlands +14 100 £40,000 -5.88% 16
North West +28 65 £32,500 -7.14% 16
West Midlands +13 61 £32,500 -23.53% 11
Yorkshire +44 47 £37,500 +7.14% 10
South West -4 46 £45,000 - 14
East Midlands +13 39 £43,500 +2.35% 5
East of England +33 31 £39,409 +2.36% 4
North East -22 20 £27,500 -21.43% 4
MCSA
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 704 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 538 (76.42%) Microsoft
3 483 (68.61%) Windows
4 435 (61.79%) MCSE
5 355 (50.43%) Active Directory
6 353 (50.14%) Office 365
7 309 (43.89%) Azure
8 292 (41.48%) VMware
9 274 (38.92%) Windows Server
10 261 (37.07%) ITIL
11 208 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
12 177 (25.14%) Cisco Certification
13 168 (23.86%) CCNA
14 156 (22.16%) Hyper-V
15 152 (21.59%) Windows 10
16 144 (20.45%) DNS
16 144 (20.45%) MCP
17 139 (19.74%) Firewall
18 138 (19.60%) PowerShell
19 137 (19.46%) Microsoft Office
19 137 (19.46%) Citrix
20 132 (18.75%) Cisco
21 130 (18.47%) SQL Server
22 119 (16.90%) DHCP
23 112 (15.91%) Windows Server 2012
24 107 (15.20%) MS Exchange
25 101 (14.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 99 (14.06%) Windows Server 2016
26 99 (14.06%) AWS
26 99 (14.06%) Degree

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
1 107 (15.20%) MS Exchange
2 87 (12.36%) SharePoint
3 58 (8.24%) Exchange Server 2013
4 48 (6.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 38 (5.40%) IIS
6 24 (3.41%) Skype for Business
7 9 (1.28%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (0.85%) SAS
9 4 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.43%) Confluence
10 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.14%) Apache
12 1 (0.14%) Joomla!
12 1 (0.14%) Site Server
12 1 (0.14%) WordPress
Applications
1 137 (19.46%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (3.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.57%) Adobe Captivate
5 4 (0.57%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) assyst
3 1 (0.14%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.14%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 353 (50.14%) Office 365
2 309 (43.89%) Azure
3 99 (14.06%) AWS
4 39 (5.54%) Azure Active Directory
5 35 (4.97%) IaaS
5 35 (4.97%) PaaS
6 23 (3.27%) Power Platform
7 18 (2.56%) OneDrive
8 14 (1.99%) SaaS
9 7 (0.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 7 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (0.99%) Amazon ELB
9 7 (0.99%) Amazon S3
9 7 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (0.99%) G Suite
9 7 (0.99%) Mimecast
9 7 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (0.85%) PowerApps
11 4 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.43%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 144 (20.45%) DNS
2 139 (19.74%) Firewall
3 119 (16.90%) DHCP
4 94 (13.35%) LAN
5 86 (12.22%) TCP/IP
6 84 (11.93%) WAN
7 72 (10.23%) SAN
8 62 (8.81%) VPN
9 57 (8.10%) VoIP
10 31 (4.40%) Skype
11 29 (4.12%) Internet
12 27 (3.84%) Wireless
13 22 (3.13%) IP Telephony
14 21 (2.98%) NetScaler
15 18 (2.56%) Remote Desktop
16 17 (2.41%) VLAN
17 15 (2.13%) NAS
18 13 (1.85%) Broadband
19 12 (1.70%) Network Security
20 11 (1.56%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (18.47%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.27%) SQL Server 2012
3 19 (2.70%) SQL Server 2016
4 18 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (2.41%) Power BI
6 14 (1.99%) Amazon RDS
6 14 (1.99%) SQL Server 2014
6 14 (1.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (1.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.99%) Oracle Database
11 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 5 (0.71%) MySQL
11 5 (0.71%) SAP HANA
12 4 (0.57%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2017
12 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 7
13 3 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 9 (1.28%) Visual Studio
2 4 (0.57%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.43%) Bitbucket
3 3 (0.43%) JIRA
3 3 (0.43%) MSI
4 2 (0.28%) Postman
4 2 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.14%) GCC
5 1 (0.14%) IBM UrbanCode
5 1 (0.14%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.14%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 67 (9.52%) Finance
2 39 (5.54%) Public Sector
3 24 (3.41%) Retail
4 21 (2.98%) Telecoms
5 18 (2.56%) Banking
5 18 (2.56%) Law
6 14 (1.99%) Legal
7 6 (0.85%) Front Office
8 5 (0.71%) Electronics
9 4 (0.57%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.57%) Marketing
9 4 (0.57%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.43%) Automotive
10 3 (0.43%) Back Office
11 2 (0.28%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.28%) Social Science
12 1 (0.14%) Czech Language
12 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.14%) Games
Job Titles
1 139 (19.74%) Support Engineer
2 106 (15.06%) IT Support
3 88 (12.50%) Analyst
4 84 (11.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 84 (11.93%) IT Engineer
5 75 (10.65%) Administrator
6 60 (8.52%) IT Support Engineer
7 56 (7.95%) 2nd Line Support
8 55 (7.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 49 (6.96%) Support Analyst
10 46 (6.53%) Desktop Support
11 41 (5.82%) Systems Administrator
12 40 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
13 37 (5.26%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 32 (4.55%) Architect
14 32 (4.55%) Team Leader
15 31 (4.40%) Systems Engineer
16 30 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 30 (4.26%) Technical Support
17 29 (4.12%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.99%) Web Services
2 8 (1.14%) .NET
3 6 (0.85%) LDAP
3 6 (0.85%) XML
4 4 (0.57%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.43%) SAML
6 2 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.28%) HTML
6 2 (0.28%) JSON
6 2 (0.28%) RESTful
7 1 (0.14%) EDI
7 1 (0.14%) HTML5
7 1 (0.14%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 44 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 26 (3.69%) iPhone
4 20 (2.84%) Public Cloud
4 20 (2.84%) Video Conferencing
5 15 (2.13%) Replication
6 14 (1.99%) Driving Licence
7 12 (1.70%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (1.56%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.28%) Clustering
10 8 (1.14%) CMDB
11 7 (0.99%) Virtual Team
12 6 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.85%) Hedge funds
13 5 (0.71%) BYOD
13 5 (0.71%) PKI
14 4 (0.57%) e-Learning
14 4 (0.57%) NHS
14 4 (0.57%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 483 (68.61%) Windows
2 274 (38.92%) Windows Server
3 152 (21.59%) Windows 10
4 112 (15.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 99 (14.06%) Windows Server 2016
6 89 (12.64%) Linux
6 89 (12.64%) Windows 7
7 66 (9.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 46 (6.53%) Windows 8
9 43 (6.11%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (3.69%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (2.56%) CentOS
12 14 (1.99%) Mac OS X
12 14 (1.99%) Unix
13 9 (1.28%) Android
13 9 (1.28%) Oracle Linux
13 9 (1.28%) Windows XP
14 7 (0.99%) Debian
14 7 (0.99%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (37.07%) ITIL
2 101 (14.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 78 (11.08%) Mentoring
4 70 (9.94%) Problem-Solving
5 64 (9.09%) Service Management
6 52 (7.39%) Disaster Recovery
7 47 (6.68%) Project Delivery
8 40 (5.68%) Change Management
9 37 (5.26%) DevOps
10 34 (4.83%) Migration
11 31 (4.40%) Project Management
12 29 (4.12%) Line Management
12 29 (4.12%) TOGAF
13 27 (3.84%) Capacity Management
13 27 (3.84%) Computer Science
13 27 (3.84%) Information Security
14 26 (3.69%) Configuration Management
14 26 (3.69%) Time Management
15 25 (3.55%) Agile Software Development
15 25 (3.55%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 138 (19.60%) PowerShell
2 99 (14.06%) SQL
3 19 (2.70%) Python
4 18 (2.56%) C#
5 16 (2.27%) Bash Shell
5 16 (2.27%) T-SQL
6 11 (1.56%) Shell Script
7 6 (0.85%) C
7 6 (0.85%) Perl
8 5 (0.71%) VBScript
9 3 (0.43%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 3 (0.43%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.43%) VB
10 2 (0.28%) C++
10 2 (0.28%) Java
10 2 (0.28%) Ruby
11 1 (0.14%) PHP
11 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 704 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 435 (61.79%) MCSE
3 177 (25.14%) Cisco Certification
4 168 (23.86%) CCNA
5 144 (20.45%) MCP
6 99 (14.06%) Degree
7 95 (13.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 62 (8.81%) Security Cleared
9 57 (8.10%) CCNP
10 54 (7.67%) MCITP
11 45 (6.39%) SC Cleared
12 31 (4.40%) MCTS
13 27 (3.84%) Network+ Certification
14 23 (3.27%) A+ Certification
15 20 (2.84%) TOGAF Certification
16 14 (1.99%) Citrix Certification
16 14 (1.99%) VCP6
17 13 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
17 13 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
18 11 (1.56%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (12.78%) SLA
2 20 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.56%) PCI DSS
3 11 (1.56%) QA
4 6 (0.85%) COBIT
5 5 (0.71%) GDPR
6 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.14%) GxP
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 355 (50.43%) Active Directory
2 208 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 156 (22.16%) Hyper-V
4 51 (7.24%) vSphere
5 43 (6.11%) XenApp
6 35 (4.97%) VMware ESXi
7 27 (3.84%) XenDesktop
8 24 (3.41%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (2.27%) Docker
10 15 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
11 11 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (1.28%) VMware Server
13 7 (0.99%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.57%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (0.57%) VMware NSX
15 3 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
16 2 (0.28%) Terminal Server
16 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.28%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 86 (12.22%) SCCM
2 61 (8.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 24 (3.41%) Backup Exec
3 24 (3.41%) WSUS
4 18 (2.56%) SCOM
5 12 (1.70%) Ansible
6 11 (1.56%) NetBackup
7 8 (1.14%) Puppet
8 7 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (0.99%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 6 (0.85%) HP UCMDB
9 6 (0.85%) Kubernetes
9 6 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (0.85%) vCenter Server
10 5 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (0.71%) Terraform
11 4 (0.57%) Jamf Pro
11 4 (0.57%) Sysprep
12 3 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
12 3 (0.43%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 538 (76.42%) Microsoft
2 292 (41.48%) VMware
3 137 (19.46%) Citrix
4 132 (18.75%) Cisco
5 67 (9.52%) HP
6 50 (7.10%) Veeam
7 38 (5.40%) Dell
8 28 (3.98%) Symantec
9 24 (3.41%) NetApp
10 22 (3.13%) SolarWinds
11 21 (2.98%) Oracle
12 19 (2.70%) Red Hat
13 18 (2.56%) Avaya
13 18 (2.56%) Polycom
14 16 (2.27%) Apple
14 16 (2.27%) EMC
14 16 (2.27%) SonicWALL
15 14 (1.99%) ShoreTel
16 13 (1.85%) WatchGuard
17 11 (1.56%) McAfee