Period
to 17 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 17 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England > North West
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 284 262 255
Rank change year-on-year -22 -7 -3
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 82 104 99
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.67% 0.79% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.22% 3.59% 3.58%
Number of salaries quoted 66 86 91
North West median annual salary £26,750 £31,250 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -14.40% -26.47% +54.55%
10th Percentile £18,500 £18,500 £21,750
90th Percentile £43,750 £51,875 £51,250
England median annual salary £39,250 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +4.67% +7.14% -

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 the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2,546 2,899 2,766
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.87% 22.06% 23.84%
Number of salaries quoted 1,900 2,201 2,272
North West median annual salary £43,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.75% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £22,750 £23,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +7.53% -2.11% +5.56%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSA in the North West.

Salary trend for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the North West over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the North West

MCSA
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the North West region over the 6 months to 17 August 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
Manchester +11 60 £35,000 - 5
Merseyside +15 11 £22,500 -34.31% 1
Cheshire -16 8 £25,000 +14.94% 1
Lancashire +8 3 £25,000 +8.70%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (74.39%) Microsoft
3 60 (73.17%) Windows
4 55 (67.07%) Active Directory
5 54 (65.85%) ITIL
6 52 (63.41%) MCSE
7 51 (62.20%) Windows Server
8 45 (54.88%) MCP
9 44 (53.66%) VMware
10 34 (41.46%) Office 365
11 33 (40.24%) Hyper-V
12 28 (34.15%) Windows Server 2012
13 26 (31.71%) Microsoft Office
14 25 (30.49%) Service Management
15 23 (28.05%) Firewall
15 23 (28.05%) SQL
15 23 (28.05%) Cisco
15 23 (28.05%) Windows Server 2008
16 22 (26.83%) T-SQL
16 22 (26.83%) SQL Server
17 21 (25.61%) TCP/IP
18 20 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
18 20 (24.39%) Microsoft Azure
19 19 (23.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 19 (23.17%) .NET
20 18 (21.95%) Citrix
20 18 (21.95%) SCCM
21 16 (19.51%) LAN
21 16 (19.51%) MS Exchange
22 15 (18.29%) WAN

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 16 (19.51%) MS Exchange
2 14 (17.07%) IIS
3 10 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (7.32%) SharePoint
5 5 (6.10%) Skype for Business
6 4 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.44%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.22%) Apache
Applications
1 26 (31.71%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (10.98%) Elite 3E
1 9 (10.98%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 34 (41.46%) Office 365
2 20 (24.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (8.54%) IaaS
5 4 (4.88%) PaaS
6 2 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 23 (28.05%) Firewall
2 21 (25.61%) TCP/IP
3 16 (19.51%) LAN
4 15 (18.29%) WAN
5 13 (15.85%) DNS
6 8 (9.76%) SAN
7 5 (6.10%) DHCP
7 5 (6.10%) Skype
8 4 (4.88%) NAS
8 4 (4.88%) VLAN
9 3 (3.66%) Unified Communications
10 2 (2.44%) PBX
10 2 (2.44%) Reverse Proxy
10 2 (2.44%) VoIP
10 2 (2.44%) VPN
10 2 (2.44%) VSAN
10 2 (2.44%) WLAN
11 1 (1.22%) ADSL
11 1 (1.22%) Internet
11 1 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (26.83%) SQL Server
2 19 (23.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (8.54%) Crystal Reports
3 7 (8.54%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (8.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (8.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (8.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.44%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 9 (10.98%) JIRA
2 1 (1.22%) Cucumber
2 1 (1.22%) HP UFT
2 1 (1.22%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.22%) JMeter
2 1 (1.22%) Selenium
General
1 12 (14.63%) Finance
2 5 (6.10%) Retail
2 5 (6.10%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.44%) Back Office
3 2 (2.44%) Law
3 2 (2.44%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.22%) Banking
4 1 (1.22%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 18 (21.95%) Support Engineer
2 17 (20.73%) IT Support
3 15 (18.29%) Analyst
4 14 (17.07%) Developer
5 12 (14.63%) IT Analyst
6 10 (12.20%) 1st Line Engineer
6 10 (12.20%) Applications Support
6 10 (12.20%) IT Support Analyst
6 10 (12.20%) Support Analyst
7 9 (10.98%) 1st Line Support
7 9 (10.98%) 1st Line Support Engineer
7 9 (10.98%) Applications Developer
7 9 (10.98%) Service Analyst
8 8 (9.76%) Active Directory Support
9 7 (8.54%) Active Directory Analyst
9 7 (8.54%) Active Directory Support Analyst
9 7 (8.54%) Exchange Support
9 7 (8.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (7.32%) IT Engineer
11 4 (4.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (23.17%) .NET
2 9 (10.98%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.22%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.98%) Management Information System
2 5 (6.10%) Data Centre
3 4 (4.88%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.66%) Driving Licence
4 3 (3.66%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (3.66%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.44%) Clustering
5 2 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.22%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.22%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.22%) iPad
6 1 (1.22%) iPhone
6 1 (1.22%) Replication
6 1 (1.22%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.22%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 60 (73.17%) Windows
2 51 (62.20%) Windows Server
3 28 (34.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (28.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (17.07%) Windows 7
6 11 (13.41%) Windows 10
7 8 (9.76%) Linux
8 4 (4.88%) Unix
9 2 (2.44%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.22%) Android
10 1 (1.22%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.22%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (1.22%) Debian
10 1 (1.22%) Fedora
10 1 (1.22%) Ubuntu
10 1 (1.22%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (65.85%) ITIL
2 25 (30.49%) Service Management
3 14 (17.07%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (14.63%) Mentoring
5 10 (12.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 9 (10.98%) Availability Management
6 9 (10.98%) Change Control
6 9 (10.98%) Configuration Management
6 9 (10.98%) CRM
6 9 (10.98%) Statistics
7 8 (9.76%) ITIL V3
8 7 (8.54%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (7.32%) Coaching
9 6 (7.32%) DevOps
9 6 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (7.32%) Service Delivery
10 5 (6.10%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (6.10%) PRINCE2
11 4 (4.88%) Release Management
11 4 (4.88%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.05%) SQL
2 22 (26.83%) T-SQL
3 12 (14.63%) VBA
4 3 (3.66%) C#
5 2 (2.44%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.44%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.22%) C
6 1 (1.22%) Java
6 1 (1.22%) Perl
6 1 (1.22%) VB
6 1 (1.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (63.41%) MCSE
3 45 (54.88%) MCP
4 12 (14.63%) CCNA
4 12 (14.63%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (13.41%) Degree
6 7 (8.54%) MCITP
7 6 (7.32%) CCNP
8 5 (6.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (4.88%) MCTS
10 3 (3.66%) A+ Certification
11 2 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (2.44%) CCENT
11 2 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (2.44%) RHCT
11 2 (2.44%) Security Cleared
12 1 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (1.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (1.22%) NCDA
12 1 (1.22%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.41%) SLA
2 4 (4.88%) ISO 9001
2 4 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.22%) GDPR
3 1 (1.22%) QA
System Software
1 55 (67.07%) Active Directory
2 33 (40.24%) Hyper-V
3 20 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.66%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (2.44%) VMware NSX
5 2 (2.44%) vSphere
5 2 (2.44%) XenApp
5 2 (2.44%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.22%) DFS Replication
6 1 (1.22%) Terminal Services
6 1 (1.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 18 (21.95%) SCCM
2 6 (7.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (3.66%) SCOM
4 2 (2.44%) SCOrch
4 2 (2.44%) vRealize
4 2 (2.44%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 1 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 61 (74.39%) Microsoft
2 44 (53.66%) VMware
3 23 (28.05%) Cisco
4 18 (21.95%) Citrix
5 11 (13.41%) Oracle
6 9 (10.98%) Intapp
6 9 (10.98%) Reuters
6 9 (10.98%) SAP
7 6 (7.32%) SolarWinds
8 5 (6.10%) HP
8 5 (6.10%) Veeam
9 3 (3.66%) NetApp
10 2 (2.44%) Acme Packet
10 2 (2.44%) Ivanti
10 2 (2.44%) Lotus
10 2 (2.44%) Sonus
11 1 (1.22%) Fortinet
11 1 (1.22%) Nimble Storage
11 1 (1.22%) SonicWALL
11 1 (1.22%) WatchGuard