Period
to 25 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 25 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
6 months to
25 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 456 465 461
Rank change year-on-year +9 -4 -16
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,142 1,078 1,345
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.62% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.77% 2.50% 2.45%
Number of salaries quoted 961 964 1,222
UK median annual salary £39,000 £38,750 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +0.65% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,000 £21,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,500 £37,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -2.67% +15.38% -

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 41,258 43,048 54,890
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.71% 24.86% 27.39%
Number of salaries quoted 30,981 33,698 44,172
UK median annual salary £49,552 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.12% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 25 June 2018.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the UK over the 6 months to 25 June 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
England +32 1,060 £40,000 +3.90% 133
UK excluding London -23 712 £36,500 -2.67% 112
London +71 396 £45,000 +7.14% 30
South East -17 210 £37,500 +7.14% 26
North of England +1 178 £31,500 -16.00% 36
Midlands +27 150 £40,000 -5.88% 19
North West +21 110 £30,750 -18.00% 16
East Midlands +37 84 £39,817 -7.40% 12
East of England -45 72 £34,500 -8.00% 10
West Midlands +3 65 £40,000 -8.57% 7
Yorkshire -21 64 £30,000 -21.05% 17
South West -10 52 £37,500 +10.29% 12
Wales +27 26 £42,500 +6.25% 3
Scotland -18 25 £37,000 -27.80% 5
Northern Ireland +12 9 £21,000 -10.64%
North East -19 4 £39,500 +11.27% 3
Isle of Man - 2 £41,250 - 1

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1,142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 853 (74.69%) Microsoft
3 837 (73.29%) Windows
4 797 (69.79%) MCSE
5 623 (54.55%) Active Directory
6 524 (45.88%) VMware
7 477 (41.77%) Windows Server
8 465 (40.72%) ITIL
9 433 (37.92%) Office 365
10 371 (32.49%) Microsoft Azure
11 335 (29.33%) Hyper-V
12 308 (26.97%) MCP
13 290 (25.39%) VMware Infrastructure
14 286 (25.04%) Windows Server 2012
15 253 (22.15%) SQL Server
16 242 (21.19%) Windows Server 2008
17 234 (20.49%) SQL
18 228 (19.96%) MS Exchange
19 225 (19.70%) Firewall
20 223 (19.53%) Cisco
21 209 (18.30%) Microsoft Office
22 206 (18.04%) DNS
23 205 (17.95%) PowerShell
24 185 (16.20%) Citrix
25 184 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
26 183 (16.02%) CCNA
27 182 (15.94%) MCITP
28 168 (14.71%) SCCM
29 164 (14.36%) Windows 10
30 162 (14.19%) WAN

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 228 (19.96%) MS Exchange
2 113 (9.89%) Exchange Server 2010
3 108 (9.46%) SharePoint
4 89 (7.79%) Exchange Server 2013
5 65 (5.69%) IIS
6 57 (4.99%) Skype for Business
7 27 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2007
8 26 (2.28%) nginx
9 22 (1.93%) SharePoint Server
10 17 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
11 15 (1.31%) Oracle Service Bus
12 14 (1.23%) Site Server
13 10 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 7 (0.61%) Apache
15 6 (0.53%) CMS
15 6 (0.53%) Tomcat
16 5 (0.44%) Confluence
16 5 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
17 2 (0.18%) Apache Spark
17 2 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 209 (18.30%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (2.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.96%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.35%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.26%) InDesign
6 3 (0.26%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.088%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.31%) Elite 3E
1 15 (1.31%) Workfront
2 5 (0.44%) Eikon
3 4 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.18%) Maximo
5 2 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.088%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.088%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.088%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 1 (0.088%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.088%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 433 (37.92%) Office 365
2 371 (32.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 99 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
4 83 (7.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 50 (4.38%) SaaS
6 47 (4.12%) PaaS
7 44 (3.85%) IaaS
8 18 (1.58%) OneDrive
9 17 (1.49%) IBM Cloud
10 14 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
11 13 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
11 13 (1.14%) Mimecast
12 11 (0.96%) G Suite
13 7 (0.61%) Yammer
14 5 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
15 3 (0.26%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.26%) GitHub
15 3 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
15 3 (0.26%) Slack
16 2 (0.18%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 225 (19.70%) Firewall
2 206 (18.04%) DNS
3 162 (14.19%) WAN
4 161 (14.10%) DHCP
5 146 (12.78%) SAN
6 145 (12.70%) LAN
6 145 (12.70%) TCP/IP
7 111 (9.72%) VPN
8 53 (4.64%) VLAN
9 52 (4.55%) Skype
10 41 (3.59%) Remote Desktop
11 37 (3.24%) Internet
12 34 (2.98%) Network Security
13 30 (2.63%) VoIP
14 29 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
15 27 (2.36%) NAS
16 25 (2.19%) Cisco ASA
17 24 (2.10%) Wireless
18 12 (1.05%) Cisco IOS
18 12 (1.05%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 253 (22.15%) SQL Server
2 52 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 45 (3.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
4 37 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
5 33 (2.89%) Oracle Database
6 32 (2.80%) MySQL
7 27 (2.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
9 25 (2.19%) Oracle Database 11g
9 25 (2.19%) Oracle Database 12c
10 19 (1.66%) Relational Database
11 18 (1.58%) Power BI
11 18 (1.58%) SQL Server 2012
12 16 (1.40%) SQL Server 2014
13 13 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
14 11 (0.96%) Oracle Database 10g
15 10 (0.88%) RDBMS
16 9 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
17 7 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 40 (3.50%) JIRA
2 15 (1.31%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
3 13 (1.14%) TeamCity
4 8 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 7 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (0.53%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.35%) MSI
7 4 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.18%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.18%) Chocolatey
8 2 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.088%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.088%) git-flow
9 1 (0.088%) GitLab
9 1 (0.088%) ReSharper
9 1 (0.088%) Visual Studio
General
1 136 (11.91%) Finance
2 41 (3.59%) Retail
3 36 (3.15%) Marketing
4 28 (2.45%) Billing
5 27 (2.36%) Telecoms
6 21 (1.84%) Games
7 16 (1.40%) Publishing
8 14 (1.23%) Legal
9 13 (1.14%) Banking
10 11 (0.96%) Advertising
11 10 (0.88%) Law
12 9 (0.79%) Manufacturing
13 7 (0.61%) Automotive
13 7 (0.61%) Back Office
14 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.35%) Arabic Language
15 4 (0.35%) Retail Banking
16 3 (0.26%) French Language
17 2 (0.18%) Private Banking
18 1 (0.088%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 233 (20.40%) Support Engineer
2 134 (11.73%) Analyst
3 129 (11.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 124 (10.86%) IT Support
5 122 (10.68%) IT Engineer
6 102 (8.93%) Consultant
7 85 (7.44%) 2nd Line Support
8 82 (7.18%) IT Support Engineer
9 78 (6.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 75 (6.57%) Administrator
11 73 (6.39%) Support Analyst
12 72 (6.30%) 3rd Line Support
13 70 (6.13%) Systems Engineer
14 54 (4.73%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 54 (4.73%) Cloud Engineer
15 53 (4.64%) Windows Engineer
16 51 (4.47%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 46 (4.03%) Service Analyst
18 42 (3.68%) DBA
19 40 (3.50%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (5.52%) .NET
2 30 (2.63%) JSON
3 29 (2.54%) Web Services
4 28 (2.45%) XML
5 25 (2.19%) Middleware
6 20 (1.75%) .NET Framework
7 11 (0.96%) Flash
8 8 (0.70%) HTML
9 6 (0.53%) Software Packaging
10 5 (0.44%) ASP.NET
11 4 (0.35%) COM
12 3 (0.26%) CSS
13 2 (0.18%) 802.1X
13 2 (0.18%) REST
13 2 (0.18%) RESTful
13 2 (0.18%) WAP
14 1 (0.088%) ASP.NET MVC
14 1 (0.088%) Entity Framework
14 1 (0.088%) Play Framework
14 1 (0.088%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 105 (9.19%) Data Centre
2 79 (6.92%) Self-Motivation
3 64 (5.60%) iPad
4 63 (5.52%) Management Information System
5 53 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
6 46 (4.03%) Private Cloud
7 40 (3.50%) Clustering
8 39 (3.42%) Computer Science
9 36 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
10 34 (2.98%) NHS
11 32 (2.80%) Driving Licence
12 27 (2.36%) Blackberry
12 27 (2.36%) User Experience
13 26 (2.28%) Mobile Payment
14 25 (2.19%) Replication
15 24 (2.10%) PKI
16 18 (1.58%) iPhone
17 17 (1.49%) Public Cloud
18 14 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
19 12 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 837 (73.29%) Windows
2 477 (41.77%) Windows Server
3 286 (25.04%) Windows Server 2012
4 242 (21.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 164 (14.36%) Windows 10
6 159 (13.92%) Linux
7 143 (12.52%) Windows 7
8 62 (5.43%) Mac OS X
9 42 (3.68%) Windows 8
10 36 (3.15%) Mac OS
11 35 (3.06%) Android
12 33 (2.89%) Windows Server 2003
13 30 (2.63%) Unix
14 23 (2.01%) Windows XP
15 22 (1.93%) Apple iOS
16 16 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 6 (0.53%) CentOS
17 6 (0.53%) Windows Mobile
18 3 (0.26%) Ubuntu
18 3 (0.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 465 (40.72%) ITIL
2 140 (12.26%) Problem-Solving
3 117 (10.25%) Disaster Recovery
3 117 (10.25%) Service Management
4 92 (8.06%) DevOps
4 92 (8.06%) Service Delivery
5 88 (7.71%) ITIL V3
5 88 (7.71%) Migration
6 71 (6.22%) Incident Management
7 64 (5.60%) ITSM
8 59 (5.17%) Business Intelligence
9 56 (4.90%) Configuration Management
9 56 (4.90%) Problem Management
10 54 (4.73%) PRINCE2
11 53 (4.64%) Agile Software Development
11 53 (4.64%) CRM
12 48 (4.20%) Mentoring
13 44 (3.85%) Mobile Device Management
14 43 (3.77%) Customer Requirements
15 42 (3.68%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 234 (20.49%) SQL
2 205 (17.95%) PowerShell
3 66 (5.78%) T-SQL
4 28 (2.45%) C#
5 23 (2.01%) Python
6 21 (1.84%) VBA
7 20 (1.75%) VBScript
8 16 (1.40%) Bash Shell
9 15 (1.31%) VB
10 8 (0.70%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.53%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.44%) C
12 5 (0.44%) Ruby
13 3 (0.26%) Java
13 3 (0.26%) Perl
13 3 (0.26%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.18%) Scala
15 1 (0.088%) F#
15 1 (0.088%) Groovy
15 1 (0.088%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 797 (69.79%) MCSE
3 308 (26.97%) MCP
4 184 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
5 183 (16.02%) CCNA
6 182 (15.94%) MCITP
7 151 (13.22%) Degree
8 112 (9.81%) MCTS
9 94 (8.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 73 (6.39%) DBS Check
11 55 (4.82%) CCNP
12 51 (4.47%) A+ Certification
13 33 (2.89%) Network+ Certification
14 30 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
15 23 (2.01%) Security Cleared
16 20 (1.75%) MCDST
16 20 (1.75%) MOS
17 17 (1.49%) CompTIA Security+
18 16 (1.40%) CCENT
18 16 (1.40%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (9.98%) SLA
2 61 (5.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (2.01%) QA
4 19 (1.66%) PCI DSS
5 14 (1.23%) PMO
6 10 (0.88%) GDPR
7 5 (0.44%) COBIT
7 5 (0.44%) GAMP
7 5 (0.44%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.26%) TickIT
9 2 (0.18%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 623 (54.55%) Active Directory
2 335 (29.33%) Hyper-V
3 290 (25.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 65 (5.69%) vSphere
5 61 (5.34%) XenApp
6 35 (3.06%) Virtual Desktop
7 32 (2.80%) XenDesktop
8 31 (2.71%) Virtual Machines
9 23 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 23 (2.01%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (1.58%) Xen
11 12 (1.05%) Docker
11 12 (1.05%) Terminal Services
12 11 (0.96%) VMware NSX
13 9 (0.79%) VMware Workstation
14 8 (0.70%) DFS Replication
14 8 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
15 6 (0.53%) vCloud
16 5 (0.44%) BitLocker
16 5 (0.44%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 168 (14.71%) SCCM
2 51 (4.47%) Puppet
2 51 (4.47%) SCOM
3 40 (3.50%) Microsoft Intune
4 37 (3.24%) Ansible
5 34 (2.98%) SCOrch
6 32 (2.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 30 (2.63%) SCSM
8 29 (2.54%) WSUS
9 27 (2.36%) Failover Clustering
10 22 (1.93%) Backup Exec
10 22 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
11 19 (1.66%) SCDPM
11 19 (1.66%) SCVMM
12 15 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
13 14 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
14 12 (1.05%) HP UCMDB
15 11 (0.96%) Cisco CUCM
16 10 (0.88%) ServiceCenter
16 10 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 853 (74.69%) Microsoft
2 524 (45.88%) VMware
3 223 (19.53%) Cisco
4 185 (16.20%) Citrix
5 107 (9.37%) HP
6 105 (9.19%) Apple
7 87 (7.62%) Veeam
8 59 (5.17%) Oracle
9 40 (3.50%) NetApp
10 36 (3.15%) Dell
10 36 (3.15%) IBM
11 32 (2.80%) Meraki
12 31 (2.71%) EMC
13 27 (2.36%) Reuters
14 26 (2.28%) Splunk
15 24 (2.10%) ServiceNow
16 22 (1.93%) Red Hat
17 21 (1.84%) Avaya
17 21 (1.84%) SolarWinds
18 20 (1.75%) Remedy