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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 225 201 205
Rank change year-on-year -24 +4  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 50 36 53
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.74% 0.64% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.36% 2.64% 3.41%
Number of salaries quoted 38 34 40
Median salary £38,750 £42,500 £26,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.82% +60.37%  
90% offered a salary of more than £19,600 £23,250 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £48,250 £45,000 £38,500
UK excluding London median salary £39,000 £31,500 £34,000
% change year-on-year +23.80% -7.35%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1488 1362 1553
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.04% 24.34% 24.36%
Number of salaries quoted 1158 1148 1253
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £26,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £57,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,674
% change year-on-year - +1.98%  

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing MCSA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -10 38 £45,000 +5.88% 9
Merseyside -4 9 £37,500 +25.00% 1
Cheshire -30 2 £22,000 -51.11% 3
Lancashire +5 1 £32,500 +39.78%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (81.93%) Active Directory
3 58 (69.88%) Windows
4 53 (63.86%) ITIL
5 48 (57.83%) MCSE
6 45 (54.22%) Microsoft
7 37 (44.58%) Windows Server
8 36 (43.37%) Cisco
9 33 (39.76%) TCP/IP
10 32 (38.55%) VMware
11 30 (36.14%) MCP
12 28 (33.73%) Cisco Certification
13 26 (31.33%) WAN
14 22 (26.51%) VMware Infrastructure
15 21 (25.30%) Hyper-V
15 21 (25.30%) Office 365
16 17 (20.48%) DNS
17 16 (19.28%) SLA
17 16 (19.28%) CCNP
17 16 (19.28%) Service Management
18 15 (18.07%) DHCP
18 15 (18.07%) MCITP
19 14 (16.87%) Riverbed
19 14 (16.87%) Windows Server 2008
19 14 (16.87%) Unified Communications
19 14 (16.87%) F5
19 14 (16.87%) NetScaler
19 14 (16.87%) CCIE
19 14 (16.87%) SQL Server
19 14 (16.87%) CCNA

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 11 (13.25%) MS Exchange
2 8 (9.64%) SharePoint
3 5 (6.02%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (6.02%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (4.82%) CMS
4 4 (4.82%) Skype for Business
5 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 12 (14.46%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 21 (25.30%) Office 365
2 11 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.20%) IaaS
5 1 (1.20%) PaaS
5 1 (1.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (39.76%) TCP/IP
2 26 (31.33%) WAN
3 17 (20.48%) DNS
4 15 (18.07%) DHCP
5 14 (16.87%) NetScaler
5 14 (16.87%) Unified Communications
6 13 (15.66%) Firewall
7 12 (14.46%) LAN
8 7 (8.43%) Network Security
9 5 (6.02%) SAN
9 5 (6.02%) VoIP
10 4 (4.82%) NAS
10 4 (4.82%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (4.82%) Skype
11 1 (1.20%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.87%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.20%) Big Data
3 1 (1.20%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.20%) InstallShield
1 1 (1.20%) MSI
General
1 12 (14.46%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.02%) Finance
2 5 (6.02%) Legal
3 4 (4.82%) Marketing
4 3 (3.61%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.20%) Advertising
5 1 (1.20%) Law
5 1 (1.20%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 22 (26.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (20.48%) Network Engineer
3 14 (16.87%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
3 14 (16.87%) Support Engineer
4 12 (14.46%) Analyst
5 11 (13.25%) Network Communications Engineer
6 9 (10.84%) 2nd Line Support
6 9 (10.84%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (9.64%) Senior Network Engineer
8 7 (8.43%) Juniper Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) Administrator
9 6 (7.23%) Cisco Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) IT Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) IT Manager
9 6 (7.23%) Lead Network Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) Support Analyst
9 6 (7.23%) Systems Administrator
10 5 (6.02%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 5 (6.02%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.61%) Web Services
2 1 (1.20%) jQuery
2 1 (1.20%) JSON
2 1 (1.20%) REST
2 1 (1.20%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (15.66%) Data Centre
1 13 (15.66%) Video Conferencing
2 7 (8.43%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.82%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (3.61%) Driving Licence
4 3 (3.61%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.41%) iPad
6 1 (1.20%) CMDB
6 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.20%) Device Driver
6 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.20%) Replication
6 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 58 (69.88%) Windows
2 37 (44.58%) Windows Server
3 14 (16.87%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (14.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (12.05%) Windows 7
6 9 (10.84%) Linux
7 4 (4.82%) Mac OS
7 4 (4.82%) Ubuntu
7 4 (4.82%) Windows 8
8 3 (3.61%) Windows 10
8 3 (3.61%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (3.61%) Windows XP
9 2 (2.41%) Unix
10 1 (1.20%) AIX
10 1 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (63.86%) ITIL
2 16 (19.28%) Service Management
3 13 (15.66%) Load Balancing
3 13 (15.66%) Statistics
4 12 (14.46%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (13.25%) Change Control
5 11 (13.25%) Configuration Management
6 8 (9.64%) WAN Optimisation
7 7 (8.43%) Document Management
7 7 (8.43%) ITIL V3
7 7 (8.43%) Network Management
8 5 (6.02%) Data Protection
8 5 (6.02%) Migration
8 5 (6.02%) Service Delivery
8 5 (6.02%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 5 (6.02%) Workflow
9 4 (4.82%) Expense Management
10 3 (3.61%) Change Management
10 3 (3.61%) Mentoring
10 3 (3.61%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 13 (15.66%) SQL
2 12 (14.46%) PowerShell
3 8 (9.64%) VB
4 4 (4.82%) VBScript
5 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (57.83%) MCSE
3 30 (36.14%) MCP
4 28 (33.73%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (19.28%) CCNP
6 15 (18.07%) MCITP
7 14 (16.87%) CCIE
7 14 (16.87%) CCNA
8 9 (10.84%) Degree
9 6 (7.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (6.02%) Security Cleared
11 4 (4.82%) MCDST
11 4 (4.82%) MCT
11 4 (4.82%) NCDA
12 3 (3.61%) A+ Certification
12 3 (3.61%) CCA
12 3 (3.61%) Citrix Certification
12 3 (3.61%) NCIE
12 3 (3.61%) VCAP
12 3 (3.61%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (19.28%) SLA
2 8 (9.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (7.23%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (4.82%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.20%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.20%) QA
System Software
1 68 (81.93%) Active Directory
2 22 (26.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (25.30%) Hyper-V
4 10 (12.05%) XenApp
5 9 (10.84%) vSphere
6 5 (6.02%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (4.82%) XenDesktop
8 3 (3.61%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (2.41%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.20%) Firmware
10 1 (1.20%) NDS
10 1 (1.20%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 13 (15.66%) SCCM
2 6 (7.23%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (4.82%) Backup Exec
3 4 (4.82%) SCDPM
3 4 (4.82%) SCOM
3 4 (4.82%) SCVMM
4 3 (3.61%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 45 (54.22%) Microsoft
2 36 (43.37%) Cisco
3 32 (38.55%) VMware
4 14 (16.87%) F5
4 14 (16.87%) Juniper
4 14 (16.87%) Riverbed
5 13 (15.66%) Citrix
6 6 (7.23%) HP
7 5 (6.02%) IBM
7 5 (6.02%) NetApp
7 5 (6.02%) Palo Alto
7 5 (6.02%) SolarWinds
7 5 (6.02%) Symantec
7 5 (6.02%) Veeam
8 4 (4.82%) iManage
8 4 (4.82%) Interwoven
8 4 (4.82%) Sophos
9 3 (3.61%) Avaya
9 3 (3.61%) Dell
9 3 (3.61%) EMC
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Salary: £75k per year + Car allowance & Bens
Posted: 19 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
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Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
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Salary: £28000 - £34500 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
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Salary: £35k - 38k per year
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Salary: £40k - 50k per year + On Call + Over Time
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Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
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Manchester, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: £36000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
onezeero.
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Guaranteed Bonus + bens
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UKFast
Salary: From £18,000 to £26,000 per annum depending on experience.
Posted: 11 days ago
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Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive
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