Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 1 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England > London
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 587 427 519
Rank change year-on-year -160 +92 -3
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 87 116 249
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in London 0.19% 0.41% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 2.03% 2.10%
Number of salaries quoted 68 113 201
10th Percentile £28,250 £25,500 £26,250
25th Percentile £30,500 £29,590 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £37,500 £38,000 £46,500
Median % change year-on-year -1.32% -18.28% +3.33%
75th Percentile £47,813 £57,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £55,188 £75,000 £80,000
England median annual salary £40,000 £38,750 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +6.67%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8,044 5,702 11,832
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in London 17.82% 20.24% 20.81%
Number of salaries quoted 5,082 4,316 9,025
10th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £48,750 £46,250 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% +4.35%
75th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £79,000
90th Percentile £100,000 £102,500 £96,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCSA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Salary Trend in London

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

Salary trend for MCSA in London

MCSA
Salary Histogram in London

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSA in London over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSA in London

MCSA
Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the London region over the 6 months to 1 August 2021. 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
Central London -52 18 £44,500 +27.14% 5
West London -31 7 £34,500 -1.43% 3
South London -5 3 £47,500 +50.79%
East London +5 1 £26,000 -20.00% 3
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 87 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 62 (71.26%) Windows
3 53 (60.92%) Microsoft
4 51 (58.62%) Microsoft 365
5 46 (52.87%) Azure
6 44 (50.57%) MCSE
7 36 (41.38%) Active Directory
8 35 (40.23%) Firewall
9 34 (39.08%) Windows Server
10 30 (34.48%) CCNA
10 30 (34.48%) Cisco Certification
11 24 (27.59%) SQL
12 23 (26.44%) MCP
13 22 (25.29%) LAN
14 21 (24.14%) WAN
14 21 (24.14%) ITIL
15 20 (22.99%) Cisco
15 20 (22.99%) VMware
16 19 (21.84%) Citrix
16 19 (21.84%) Linux
16 19 (21.84%) Social Skills
17 18 (20.69%) Microsoft Office
18 17 (19.54%) Disaster Recovery
18 17 (19.54%) Finance
18 17 (19.54%) PowerShell
19 16 (18.39%) AWS
19 16 (18.39%) TCP/IP
20 15 (17.24%) DNS
20 15 (17.24%) Project Management
20 15 (17.24%) Facilities Management

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 10 (11.49%) SharePoint
2 9 (10.34%) IIS
3 6 (6.90%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.30%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.15%) Apache
6 1 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.15%) Site Server
6 1 (1.15%) Tomcat
Applications
1 18 (20.69%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.90%) Chatbot
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.15%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 51 (58.62%) Microsoft 365
2 46 (52.87%) Azure
3 16 (18.39%) AWS
4 10 (11.49%) SaaS
5 9 (10.34%) GCP
6 7 (8.05%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (6.90%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (6.90%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 6 (6.90%) Azure LUIS
7 6 (6.90%) Serverless
8 4 (4.60%) Azure Storage
8 4 (4.60%) Mimecast
8 4 (4.60%) Power Platform
9 1 (1.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (1.15%) Azure Sentinel
9 1 (1.15%) Azure Stack
9 1 (1.15%) CloudFront
9 1 (1.15%) Google Workspace
9 1 (1.15%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (40.23%) Firewall
2 22 (25.29%) LAN
3 21 (24.14%) WAN
4 16 (18.39%) TCP/IP
5 15 (17.24%) DNS
6 13 (14.94%) SAN
7 7 (8.05%) SMTP
7 7 (8.05%) VPN
8 6 (6.90%) DHCP
8 6 (6.90%) HTTP
8 6 (6.90%) SNMP
9 4 (4.60%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (3.45%) NAS
10 3 (3.45%) Remote Desktop
10 3 (3.45%) Skype
10 3 (3.45%) VLAN
11 2 (2.30%) Fibre Channel
11 2 (2.30%) iSCSI
11 2 (2.30%) VoIP
11 2 (2.30%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.79%) SQL Server
2 8 (9.20%) SQL Server 2016
3 7 (8.05%) MySQL
4 2 (2.30%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.30%) Big Data
4 2 (2.30%) Hadoop
4 2 (2.30%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.45%) JIRA
General
1 19 (21.84%) Social Skills
2 17 (19.54%) Finance
3 10 (11.49%) Retail
3 10 (11.49%) Telecoms
4 8 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (5.75%) Banking
6 2 (2.30%) Financial Institution
6 2 (2.30%) Japanese Language
6 2 (2.30%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (2.30%) Organisational Skills
7 1 (1.15%) Documentation Skills
7 1 (1.15%) Games
7 1 (1.15%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.15%) Legal
7 1 (1.15%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 25 (28.74%) Analyst
2 17 (19.54%) Support Engineer
3 12 (13.79%) IT Analyst
3 12 (13.79%) Support Analyst
4 9 (10.34%) Linux Support
5 8 (9.20%) IT Support
6 7 (8.05%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (8.05%) Administrator
6 7 (8.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (8.05%) Junior
7 6 (6.90%) IT Support Analyst
7 6 (6.90%) Linux Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Linux Support Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Server Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Server Support
7 6 (6.90%) Server Support Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Technical Analyst
7 6 (6.90%) Technical Specialist
7 6 (6.90%) Windows Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.90%) AngularJS
1 6 (6.90%) CSS
1 6 (6.90%) HTML
1 6 (6.90%) Node.js
1 6 (6.90%) React
2 2 (2.30%) Angular 2
2 2 (2.30%) Kafka
3 1 (1.15%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.20%) Management Information System
2 6 (6.90%) Algorithms
2 6 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 6 (6.90%) Reinsurance
3 5 (5.75%) iPad
4 4 (4.60%) EPoS
5 3 (3.45%) iPhone
6 2 (2.30%) Clustering
6 2 (2.30%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.30%) Hedge funds
6 2 (2.30%) Mobile Computing
6 2 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.30%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.15%) Replication
7 1 (1.15%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 62 (71.26%) Windows
2 34 (39.08%) Windows Server
3 19 (21.84%) Linux
4 14 (16.09%) Windows 10
4 14 (16.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (10.34%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (10.34%) Windows Server 2019
7 8 (9.20%) Apple iOS
8 7 (8.05%) Android
9 4 (4.60%) Windows XP
10 3 (3.45%) SUSE
10 3 (3.45%) Ubuntu
10 3 (3.45%) Windows 7
11 2 (2.30%) Unix
11 2 (2.30%) Windows Vista
12 1 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (24.14%) ITIL
2 17 (19.54%) Disaster Recovery
3 15 (17.24%) Facilities Management
3 15 (17.24%) Project Management
4 13 (14.94%) Information Security
4 13 (14.94%) Service Delivery
5 12 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (11.49%) Migration
7 9 (10.34%) PRINCE2
7 9 (10.34%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (9.20%) High Availability
8 8 (9.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 8 (9.20%) Workflow
9 7 (8.05%) Cybersecurity
9 7 (8.05%) Kalman Filter
9 7 (8.05%) Patch Management
9 7 (8.05%) Presales
9 7 (8.05%) Threat Management
10 6 (6.90%) Deep Learning
10 6 (6.90%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (27.59%) SQL
2 17 (19.54%) PowerShell
3 6 (6.90%) Perl
3 6 (6.90%) PHP
4 5 (5.75%) Python
5 4 (4.60%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.30%) C#
6 2 (2.30%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.15%) C
7 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.15%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 87 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (50.57%) MCSE
3 30 (34.48%) CCNA
3 30 (34.48%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (26.44%) MCP
5 13 (14.94%) MCITP
6 9 (10.34%) Degree
7 7 (8.05%) CISM
7 7 (8.05%) CISSP
7 7 (8.05%) MCSD
7 7 (8.05%) NVQ Level 4
7 7 (8.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (6.90%) AWS Certification
8 6 (6.90%) MCDBA
8 6 (6.90%) MCDST
9 5 (5.75%) CCNP
10 4 (4.60%) CompTIA Security+
11 3 (3.45%) PMI Certification
11 3 (3.45%) PMP
12 1 (1.15%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.05%) GDPR
2 6 (6.90%) SLA
3 5 (5.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (4.60%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.15%) QA
System Software
1 36 (41.38%) Active Directory
2 12 (13.79%) Hyper-V
2 12 (13.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (8.05%) Terminal Services
4 3 (3.45%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (3.45%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.30%) vSphere
6 1 (1.15%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.15%) Firmware
6 1 (1.15%) NFS
6 1 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.15%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (9.20%) Nagios
2 7 (8.05%) Backup Exec
3 6 (6.90%) Icinga
4 4 (4.60%) AirWatch
4 4 (4.60%) SCCM
5 3 (3.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (2.30%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (2.30%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (1.15%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 1 (1.15%) EnCase
7 1 (1.15%) FortiGate
7 1 (1.15%) FTK
7 1 (1.15%) Grafana
7 1 (1.15%) Graphite
7 1 (1.15%) SCOM
7 1 (1.15%) WSUS
7 1 (1.15%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 53 (60.92%) Microsoft
2 20 (22.99%) Cisco
2 20 (22.99%) VMware
3 19 (21.84%) Citrix
4 10 (11.49%) Juniper
4 10 (11.49%) SolarWinds
5 9 (10.34%) Google
6 6 (6.90%) IBM
7 5 (5.75%) Apple
7 5 (5.75%) Meraki
8 4 (4.60%) Veeam
9 3 (3.45%) Avaya
9 3 (3.45%) Bloomberg
9 3 (3.45%) EMC
9 3 (3.45%) HP
9 3 (3.45%) Oracle
9 3 (3.45%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.45%) Reuters
9 3 (3.45%) Sophos
9 3 (3.45%) Symantec