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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 216 169 203
Rank change year-on-year -47 +34  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 34 66 46
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.55% 1.14% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.41% 4.58% 2.54%
Number of salaries quoted 34 57 41
Median salary £35,000 £37,500 £27,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,000 £19,000
10% offered a salary of more than £51,750 £50,000 £42,500
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.35% +4.61%  

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 1408 1442 1814
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.88% 25.01% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 1032 1163 1419
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 -44 22 £38,750 -3.12% 5
Cheshire -3 6 £30,250 +37.50% 1
Merseyside -2 5 £30,000 -7.69% 3
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 85 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 56 (65.88%) Microsoft
2 56 (65.88%) Active Directory
3 48 (56.47%) Windows
4 47 (55.29%) MCSE
5 40 (47.06%) ITIL
6 38 (44.71%) Windows Server
7 29 (34.12%) VMware
8 27 (31.76%) VMware Infrastructure
8 27 (31.76%) Office 365
9 26 (30.59%) MS Exchange
10 25 (29.41%) Cisco
10 25 (29.41%) Data Centre
10 25 (29.41%) MCITP
11 21 (24.71%) SQL
12 20 (23.53%) vSphere
13 19 (22.35%) SQL Server
14 18 (21.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 17 (20.00%) MCP
15 17 (20.00%) Citrix
15 17 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
16 16 (18.82%) Degree
16 16 (18.82%) Windows Server 2008
17 15 (17.65%) ITIL V3
17 15 (17.65%) DHCP
18 14 (16.47%) DNS
18 14 (16.47%) Windows Server 2012
18 14 (16.47%) XenApp
18 14 (16.47%) Windows 7
19 13 (15.29%) Hyper-V

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 26 (30.59%) MS Exchange
2 13 (15.29%) Exchange Server 2013
2 13 (15.29%) SharePoint
3 8 (9.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (4.71%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (4.71%) Skype for Business
5 2 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.18%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (14.12%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.71%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 27 (31.76%) Office 365
2 12 (14.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (8.24%) IaaS
3 7 (8.24%) PaaS
3 7 (8.24%) SaaS
4 5 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (2.35%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (17.65%) DHCP
2 14 (16.47%) DNS
3 11 (12.94%) TCP/IP
4 9 (10.59%) WAN
5 6 (7.06%) Firewall
6 5 (5.88%) LAN
6 5 (5.88%) Network Security
6 5 (5.88%) Remote Desktop
6 5 (5.88%) SAN
7 4 (4.71%) NetScaler
7 4 (4.71%) Skype
7 4 (4.71%) Unified Communications
7 4 (4.71%) VoIP
8 3 (3.53%) VPN
9 2 (2.35%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (2.35%) iSCSI
9 2 (2.35%) NAS
9 2 (2.35%) Wireless
10 1 (1.18%) IPsec
10 1 (1.18%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (22.35%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.24%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (8.24%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (8.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (8.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 8 (9.41%) Manufacturing
2 7 (8.24%) Multimedia
2 7 (8.24%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.88%) Marketing
4 2 (2.35%) Retail
5 1 (1.18%) Advertising
5 1 (1.18%) Billing
5 1 (1.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 20 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (16.47%) Support Engineer
3 13 (15.29%) Analyst
4 11 (12.94%) 2nd Line Support
4 11 (12.94%) IT Engineer
4 11 (12.94%) IT Support
5 10 (11.76%) Data Centre Engineer
6 9 (10.59%) IT Support Engineer
6 9 (10.59%) Support Analyst
7 7 (8.24%) DBA
7 7 (8.24%) SQL DBA
8 6 (7.06%) Service Desk Engineer
9 5 (5.88%) 1st/2nd Line Support
9 5 (5.88%) Network Engineer
9 5 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (5.88%) Service Analyst
9 5 (5.88%) Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (5.88%) Service Desk Support
9 5 (5.88%) Service Desk Support Analyst
10 4 (4.71%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.53%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (29.41%) Data Centre
2 13 (15.29%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (8.24%) Computer Science
3 7 (8.24%) Data Protection Act
3 7 (8.24%) iPad
4 4 (4.71%) Public Cloud
5 3 (3.53%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.35%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.35%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.18%) Clustering
7 1 (1.18%) HP StoreVirtual
7 1 (1.18%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.18%) NHS
7 1 (1.18%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 48 (56.47%) Windows
2 38 (44.71%) Windows Server
3 16 (18.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (16.47%) Windows 7
4 14 (16.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (11.76%) Windows 8
6 4 (4.71%) Linux
7 3 (3.53%) Mac OS X
7 3 (3.53%) Windows 10
8 2 (2.35%) Unix
8 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (2.35%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.18%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (47.06%) ITIL
2 17 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 15 (17.65%) ITIL V3
4 13 (15.29%) Service Management
5 12 (14.12%) Statistics
6 9 (10.59%) Process Improvement
7 8 (9.41%) Business Continuity
7 8 (9.41%) Data Protection
7 8 (9.41%) High Availability
8 7 (8.24%) Data Analysis
8 7 (8.24%) Data Management
8 7 (8.24%) Data Modelling
8 7 (8.24%) Performance Tuning
8 7 (8.24%) QMS
9 5 (5.88%) Migration
9 5 (5.88%) Service Delivery
10 4 (4.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 3 (3.53%) Change Control
11 3 (3.53%) Document Management
11 3 (3.53%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (24.71%) SQL
2 7 (8.24%) T-SQL
3 6 (7.06%) PowerShell
4 3 (3.53%) VBScript
5 2 (2.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 85 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (55.29%) MCSE
3 25 (29.41%) MCITP
4 18 (21.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 17 (20.00%) MCP
6 16 (18.82%) Degree
7 9 (10.59%) CCA
7 9 (10.59%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (10.59%) Citrix Certification
8 8 (9.41%) VCP5
9 5 (5.88%) CCNA
9 5 (5.88%) MCDST
9 5 (5.88%) MCTS
9 5 (5.88%) NCDA
10 4 (4.71%) CCIE
10 4 (4.71%) CCNP
10 4 (4.71%) DBS Check
10 4 (4.71%) Security Cleared
11 3 (3.53%) NCIE
11 3 (3.53%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.59%) PCI DSS
1 9 (10.59%) SLA
2 8 (9.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (8.24%) QA
4 5 (5.88%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 56 (65.88%) Active Directory
2 27 (31.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (23.53%) vSphere
4 14 (16.47%) XenApp
5 13 (15.29%) Hyper-V
6 8 (9.41%) XenDesktop
7 6 (7.06%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (2.35%) BitLocker
8 2 (2.35%) Firmware
8 2 (2.35%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.18%) NDS
9 1 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (1.18%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 7 (8.24%) vRealize
2 6 (7.06%) SCCM
3 3 (3.53%) WSUS
4 1 (1.18%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.18%) SCDPM
4 1 (1.18%) SCOM
4 1 (1.18%) SCVMM
4 1 (1.18%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 56 (65.88%) Microsoft
2 29 (34.12%) VMware
3 25 (29.41%) Cisco
4 17 (20.00%) Citrix
5 9 (10.59%) Dell
6 8 (9.41%) EMC
7 6 (7.06%) NetApp
8 5 (5.88%) Symantec
9 4 (4.71%) Apple
9 4 (4.71%) F5
9 4 (4.71%) HP
9 4 (4.71%) Juniper
9 4 (4.71%) Palo Alto
9 4 (4.71%) Riverbed
9 4 (4.71%) SolarWinds
9 4 (4.71%) Veeam
10 3 (3.53%) Avaya
10 3 (3.53%) IBM
11 2 (2.35%) Intel Security
12 1 (1.18%) Sophos
Altrincham, Cheshire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Hiring People
Salary: Competitive salary
Posted: 5 days ago
Merseyside
Digital Gurus
Salary: £31000 per annum + bonus and on call
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Michael Page Technology
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + ITIL certs + package
Posted: 8 days ago
Liverpool
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester
Recruitment Revolution Limited
Salary: £20,000 - £24,000 DOE + Excellent Company Benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
Greater Manchester
Rullion
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Altrincham
Applause IT Ltd
Salary: £36000 - £42000 per annum + Inc OT + Great Benefits package
Posted: 25 days ago