Period
to 17 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 228 256 260
Rank change year-on-year +28 +4 +5
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 147 115 105
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.11% 0.92% 0.80%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.20% 4.10% 3.18%
Number of salaries quoted 131 111 87
North West median annual salary £27,000 £38,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -29.87% +28.33% +1.69%
10th Percentile £17,000 £19,750 £21,500
90th Percentile £48,750 £51,250 £46,250
England median annual salary £36,000 £36,000 £36,000

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 2826 2808 3305
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.39% 22.51% 25.23%
Number of salaries quoted 2162 2235 2533
North West median annual salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £22,500 £25,500 £21,750
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +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 November 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 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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 -12 68 £27,000 -40.00% 5
Cheshire -11 62 £23,250 -36.99% 4
Lancashire +12 10 £30,000 +39.53%
Merseyside +16 7 £60,000 +41.18%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 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.

1 147 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 110 (74.83%) Windows
3 102 (69.39%) Active Directory
4 94 (63.95%) MCSE
5 82 (55.78%) Microsoft
6 80 (54.42%) VMware
7 74 (50.34%) Windows Server
8 73 (49.66%) Cisco
9 68 (46.26%) ITIL
10 65 (44.22%) Office 365
11 64 (43.54%) MCP
12 55 (37.41%) Hyper-V
13 48 (32.65%) TCP/IP
14 45 (30.61%) WAN
15 43 (29.25%) Cisco Certification
15 43 (29.25%) Firewall
16 42 (28.57%) DNS
17 39 (26.53%) LAN
18 37 (25.17%) Microsoft Office
18 37 (25.17%) CCNA
18 37 (25.17%) VMware Infrastructure
19 36 (24.49%) Windows Server 2012
20 35 (23.81%) Degree
21 34 (23.13%) MCITP
22 33 (22.45%) DHCP
23 32 (21.77%) Data Centre
24 31 (21.09%) Windows Server 2008
25 30 (20.41%) MS Exchange
26 29 (19.73%) Citrix
27 27 (18.37%) SLA

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 30 (20.41%) MS Exchange
2 17 (11.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (6.80%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (5.44%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (3.40%) SharePoint
6 4 (2.72%) Skype for Business
7 3 (2.04%) IIS
8 1 (0.68%) CMS
8 1 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.68%) Site Server
Applications
1 37 (25.17%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (5.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.04%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.36%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 65 (44.22%) Office 365
2 16 (10.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.40%) IaaS
3 5 (3.40%) PaaS
4 2 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.36%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 48 (32.65%) TCP/IP
2 45 (30.61%) WAN
3 43 (29.25%) Firewall
4 42 (28.57%) DNS
5 39 (26.53%) LAN
6 33 (22.45%) DHCP
7 7 (4.76%) SAN
8 6 (4.08%) NetScaler
8 6 (4.08%) Unified Communications
9 5 (3.40%) MPLS
10 4 (2.72%) Skype
10 4 (2.72%) VPN
11 2 (1.36%) Internet
11 2 (1.36%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.16%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.40%) SQL Server 2012
2 5 (3.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (2.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.68%) Big Data
5 1 (0.68%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (0.68%) HP UFT
General
1 16 (10.88%) Telecoms
2 13 (8.84%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.04%) Finance
4 2 (1.36%) Legal
4 2 (1.36%) Retail
5 1 (0.68%) Banking
5 1 (0.68%) Games
5 1 (0.68%) Law
Job Titles
1 48 (32.65%) Support Engineer
2 36 (24.49%) Analyst
3 32 (21.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (16.33%) IT Support
5 23 (15.65%) Support Analyst
6 19 (12.93%) 1st Line Engineer
6 19 (12.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 18 (12.24%) 1st Line Support
7 18 (12.24%) 2nd Line Support
7 18 (12.24%) IT Engineer
8 17 (11.56%) 1st Line Support Engineer
9 15 (10.20%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 13 (8.84%) IT Support Engineer
11 11 (7.48%) Systems Engineer
12 10 (6.80%) IT Analyst
13 9 (6.12%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 9 (6.12%) IT Support Analyst
13 9 (6.12%) Service Desk Engineer
14 8 (5.44%) Network Engineer
15 7 (4.76%) Citrix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.40%) .NET
2 2 (1.36%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.68%) jQuery
3 1 (0.68%) JSON
3 1 (0.68%) REST
3 1 (0.68%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 32 (21.77%) Data Centre
2 12 (8.16%) Computer Science
2 12 (8.16%) Management Information System
3 11 (7.48%) Fat Client
3 11 (7.48%) Thin Client
4 9 (6.12%) Life Science
5 6 (4.08%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.72%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.36%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.36%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (1.36%) Internet of Things
7 2 (1.36%) Replication
8 1 (0.68%) Clustering
8 1 (0.68%) CMDB
8 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.68%) PKI
8 1 (0.68%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.68%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 110 (74.83%) Windows
2 74 (50.34%) Windows Server
3 36 (24.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (21.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (13.61%) Windows 7
6 10 (6.80%) Mac OS X
6 10 (6.80%) Windows 8
7 8 (5.44%) Windows 10
8 6 (4.08%) Linux
9 3 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.36%) Unix
11 1 (0.68%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.68%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (46.26%) ITIL
2 18 (12.24%) Change Management
3 15 (10.20%) Disaster Recovery
4 8 (5.44%) High Availability
4 8 (5.44%) ITIL V3
5 7 (4.76%) Continuous Improvement
5 7 (4.76%) Service Management
6 6 (4.08%) Load Balancing
6 6 (4.08%) WAN Optimisation
7 5 (3.40%) Change Control
7 5 (3.40%) Configuration Management
7 5 (3.40%) Mentoring
7 5 (3.40%) Patch Management
7 5 (3.40%) Software Licensing
7 5 (3.40%) Statistics
7 5 (3.40%) Workflow
8 4 (2.72%) CRM
8 4 (2.72%) Process Improvement
8 4 (2.72%) Service Delivery
9 3 (2.04%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 23 (15.65%) SQL
2 6 (4.08%) T-SQL
3 3 (2.04%) C#
3 3 (2.04%) PowerShell
3 3 (2.04%) VBA
4 1 (0.68%) VB
4 1 (0.68%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 147 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 94 (63.95%) MCSE
3 64 (43.54%) MCP
4 43 (29.25%) Cisco Certification
5 37 (25.17%) CCNA
6 35 (23.81%) Degree
7 34 (23.13%) MCITP
8 15 (10.20%) CCENT
9 14 (9.52%) CCNP
10 10 (6.80%) A+ Certification
11 6 (4.08%) CCIE
11 6 (4.08%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (2.72%) CCA
12 4 (2.72%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (2.72%) VCP5
13 3 (2.04%) HNC
13 3 (2.04%) HND
13 3 (2.04%) Network+ Certification
14 2 (1.36%) MCSD
14 2 (1.36%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (18.37%) SLA
2 4 (2.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.36%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.36%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.36%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.68%) GxP
4 1 (0.68%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.68%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.68%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 102 (69.39%) Active Directory
2 55 (37.41%) Hyper-V
3 37 (25.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.08%) vSphere
4 6 (4.08%) XenApp
5 5 (3.40%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (2.72%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (17.69%) SCCM
2 14 (9.52%) WSUS
3 13 (8.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 11 (7.48%) SCOM
5 5 (3.40%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (3.40%) Failover Clustering
6 4 (2.72%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (2.04%) Backup Exec
8 2 (1.36%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.36%) WMI
9 1 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.68%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 82 (55.78%) Microsoft
2 80 (54.42%) VMware
3 73 (49.66%) Cisco
4 29 (19.73%) Citrix
5 18 (12.24%) Dell
6 17 (11.56%) Symantec
7 14 (9.52%) CommVault
7 14 (9.52%) EqualLogic
7 14 (9.52%) NetApp
8 12 (8.16%) Apple
9 6 (4.08%) F5
9 6 (4.08%) Juniper
9 6 (4.08%) Riverbed
10 5 (3.40%) HP
11 4 (2.72%) EMC
12 3 (2.04%) iManage
13 2 (1.36%) NETGEAR
14 1 (0.68%) Capita
14 1 (0.68%) Fortinet
14 1 (0.68%) SolarWinds