Period
to 17 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 291 229 254
Rank change year-on-year -62 +25 +25
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 61 146 112
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.54% 1.12% 0.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.40% 5.30% 4.02%
Number of salaries quoted 47 129 104
North West median annual salary £25,000 £27,000 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.41% -29.87% +18.46%
10th Percentile £19,850 £18,350 £19,750
90th Percentile £44,700 £45,000 £51,250
England median annual salary £40,250 £35,000 £36,000
% change year-on-year +15.00% -2.78% +1.41%

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 2,538 2,753 2,788
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.46% 21.12% 22.61%
Number of salaries quoted 1,989 2,092 2,176
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,625 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 December 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 December 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 -14 41 £32,000 +18.52% 6
Cheshire -30 11 £21,500 -7.53% 2
Merseyside +11 7 £22,500 -70.00%
Lancashire -4 2 £25,000 -16.67%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (62.30%) ITIL
2 38 (62.30%) Windows
3 36 (59.02%) Microsoft
3 36 (59.02%) VMware
4 34 (55.74%) Active Directory
5 26 (42.62%) MCSE
6 25 (40.98%) MCP
7 22 (36.07%) VMware Infrastructure
7 22 (36.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (36.07%) Windows Server
8 21 (34.43%) Cisco
9 19 (31.15%) Citrix
9 19 (31.15%) Firewall
10 18 (29.51%) Hyper-V
11 17 (27.87%) Office 365
12 16 (26.23%) Service Management
12 16 (26.23%) DNS
13 15 (24.59%) Microsoft Azure
13 15 (24.59%) Windows 7
14 14 (22.95%) Windows 10
15 12 (19.67%) SCCM
15 12 (19.67%) Degree
15 12 (19.67%) MS Exchange
15 12 (19.67%) CCNA
15 12 (19.67%) Cisco Certification
15 12 (19.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 10 (16.39%) SAN
16 10 (16.39%) SQL
17 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Office

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 12 (19.67%) MS Exchange
2 8 (13.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (11.48%) SharePoint
4 6 (9.84%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (4.92%) Skype for Business
6 2 (3.28%) IBM Notes
6 2 (3.28%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.64%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 17 (27.87%) Office 365
2 15 (24.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (9.84%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (6.56%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 19 (31.15%) Firewall
2 16 (26.23%) DNS
3 10 (16.39%) SAN
4 9 (14.75%) DHCP
5 8 (13.11%) TCP/IP
6 3 (4.92%) NAS
6 3 (4.92%) Skype
7 2 (3.28%) LAN
7 2 (3.28%) VSAN
7 2 (3.28%) WAN
8 1 (1.64%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (1.64%) NetScaler
8 1 (1.64%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (1.64%) VoIP
8 1 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (3.28%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2016
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.64%) MS Access
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Cucumber
1 1 (1.64%) HP UFT
1 1 (1.64%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.64%) JMeter
1 1 (1.64%) Selenium
General
1 5 (8.20%) Finance
2 4 (6.56%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.92%) Retail
4 2 (3.28%) Back Office
4 2 (3.28%) Games
4 2 (3.28%) Law
4 2 (3.28%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.64%) Banking
5 1 (1.64%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 16 (26.23%) IT Support
2 9 (14.75%) IT Engineer
3 8 (13.11%) Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (13.11%) IT Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) IT Support Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Support Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Technical Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) VMware Engineer
5 6 (9.84%) Active Directory Analyst
5 6 (9.84%) Active Directory Support
5 6 (9.84%) Active Directory Support Analyst
5 6 (9.84%) Exchange Support
5 6 (9.84%) Service Analyst
5 6 (9.84%) Support Engineer
5 6 (9.84%) Systems Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) Help Desk Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) IT Support Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) NetApp Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.56%) Web Services
2 3 (4.92%) .NET
3 1 (1.64%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.20%) Data Centre
1 5 (8.20%) FlexPod
1 5 (8.20%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.56%) NHS
3 3 (4.92%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.64%) Clustering
4 1 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 38 (62.30%) Windows
2 22 (36.07%) Windows Server
2 22 (36.07%) Windows Server 2012
3 15 (24.59%) Windows 7
4 14 (22.95%) Windows 10
5 9 (14.75%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (13.11%) Windows 8
7 5 (8.20%) Data ONTAP
7 5 (8.20%) Mac OS X
8 4 (6.56%) Linux
9 2 (3.28%) Unix
10 1 (1.64%) Android
10 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.64%) Debian
10 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.64%) Solaris
10 1 (1.64%) Ubuntu
10 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (62.30%) ITIL
2 16 (26.23%) Service Management
3 9 (14.75%) Change Control
3 9 (14.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 9 (14.75%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (11.48%) Incident Management
5 6 (9.84%) ITIL V3
5 6 (9.84%) Mentoring
6 5 (8.20%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (8.20%) Problem Management
7 4 (6.56%) Informatics
7 4 (6.56%) ITSM
7 4 (6.56%) Migration
7 4 (6.56%) Service Delivery
7 4 (6.56%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 3 (4.92%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (4.92%) Release Management
9 2 (3.28%) Coaching
9 2 (3.28%) DevOps
9 2 (3.28%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 10 (16.39%) SQL
2 6 (9.84%) PowerShell
3 3 (4.92%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.28%) VB
4 2 (3.28%) VBScript
5 1 (1.64%) C#
5 1 (1.64%) Java
5 1 (1.64%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (42.62%) MCSE
3 25 (40.98%) MCP
4 12 (19.67%) CCNA
4 12 (19.67%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (19.67%) Degree
4 12 (19.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (14.75%) MCITP
6 7 (11.48%) CCNP
7 6 (9.84%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (9.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 5 (8.20%) NCDA
8 5 (8.20%) VCAP
9 4 (6.56%) VCP6
10 3 (4.92%) MCTS
11 2 (3.28%) A+ Certification
11 2 (3.28%) CCA
11 2 (3.28%) Citrix Certification
12 1 (1.64%) DBS Check
12 1 (1.64%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.84%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (55.74%) Active Directory
2 22 (36.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (29.51%) Hyper-V
4 6 (9.84%) vSphere
5 5 (8.20%) Terminal Server
6 4 (6.56%) vCloud
7 3 (4.92%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (3.28%) VMware NSX
9 1 (1.64%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.64%) XenApp
9 1 (1.64%) XenDesktop
9 1 (1.64%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (19.67%) SCCM
2 2 (3.28%) SCOrch
2 2 (3.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (3.28%) vRealize
2 2 (3.28%) vRealize Orchestrator
3 1 (1.64%) BladeLogic
3 1 (1.64%) DameWare
3 1 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.64%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 36 (59.02%) Microsoft
1 36 (59.02%) VMware
2 21 (34.43%) Cisco
3 19 (31.15%) Citrix
4 8 (13.11%) Veeam
5 5 (8.20%) Apple
5 5 (8.20%) NetApp
6 4 (6.56%) Google
7 3 (4.92%) HP
7 3 (4.92%) SolarWinds
8 2 (3.28%) Ivanti
8 2 (3.28%) Lotus
9 1 (1.64%) Dell
9 1 (1.64%) EMC
9 1 (1.64%) Fortinet
9 1 (1.64%) Novell
9 1 (1.64%) Oracle
9 1 (1.64%) Pegasus
9 1 (1.64%) Red Hat
9 1 (1.64%) Sage