Period
to 30 March 2020

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 30 March 2020 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 420 422 434
Rank change year-on-year +2 +12 +54
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 806 1,064 1,234
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.71% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.18% 2.91% 2.93%
Number of salaries quoted 747 910 1,093
Median annual salary £40,500 £42,000 £37,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.57% +13.51% -3.90%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £68,000 £71,250 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -6.67%

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 25,378 36,558 42,120
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.44% 24.51% 23.76%
Number of salaries quoted 18,673 26,466 32,479
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,636 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSA.

Salary trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 30 March 2020.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 18 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 30 March 2020. 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 +4 716 £39,000 -7.14% 113
UK excluding London -48 467 £37,500 - 94
London +100 278 £39,000 -17.89% 26
North of England +32 135 £32,500 -7.14% 32
South East -60 122 £40,000 - 17
Midlands +7 99 £40,000 -5.88% 17
North West +37 68 £32,500 -7.14% 16
Work from Home +15 67 £55,000 +4.76% 3
West Midlands +18 59 £32,500 -23.53% 12
South West +7 48 £45,000 -10.00% 15
Yorkshire +46 47 £37,500 +7.14% 12
East Midlands -1 40 £44,250 +4.12% 5
East of England +38 34 £38,318 -4.21% 6
Wales +5 22 £37,500 -7.98% 4
North East -21 20 £27,500 -21.43% 4
Channel Islands - 4 £25,000 -
Northern Ireland +10 2 - -
Isle of Man - 1 £51,500 -

For the 6 months to 30 March 2020, 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.

1 806 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 631 (78.29%) Microsoft
3 572 (70.97%) Windows
4 504 (62.53%) MCSE
5 419 (51.99%) Active Directory
6 416 (51.61%) Office 365
7 380 (47.15%) Azure
8 351 (43.55%) Windows Server
9 337 (41.81%) VMware
10 297 (36.85%) ITIL
11 246 (30.52%) VMware Infrastructure
12 194 (24.07%) Hyper-V
13 191 (23.70%) Windows 10
14 178 (22.08%) Cisco Certification
15 177 (21.96%) DNS
16 169 (20.97%) CCNA
17 162 (20.10%) Cisco
18 161 (19.98%) MCP
18 161 (19.98%) Firewall
19 160 (19.85%) Citrix
20 159 (19.73%) PowerShell
21 153 (18.98%) DHCP
22 150 (18.61%) Microsoft Office
23 141 (17.49%) Windows Server 2016
24 137 (17.00%) SQL Server
25 129 (16.00%) Windows Server 2012
26 120 (14.89%) MS Exchange
27 118 (14.64%) SQL
28 117 (14.52%) SharePoint
28 117 (14.52%) SCCM

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
1 120 (14.89%) MS Exchange
2 117 (14.52%) SharePoint
3 69 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2013
4 57 (7.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 51 (6.33%) IIS
6 30 (3.72%) Skype for Business
7 9 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (0.74%) SAS
10 4 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.50%) Confluence
10 4 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.25%) Site Server
13 1 (0.12%) Apache
13 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.12%) Joomla!
13 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 150 (18.61%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (3.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (2.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.87%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.50%) Adobe Captivate
5 4 (0.50%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.12%) assyst
3 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.12%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 416 (51.61%) Office 365
2 380 (47.15%) Azure
3 115 (14.27%) AWS
4 69 (8.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 54 (6.70%) IaaS
6 51 (6.33%) PaaS
7 26 (3.23%) OneDrive
8 23 (2.85%) Power Platform
8 23 (2.85%) SaaS
9 14 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.99%) G Suite
11 7 (0.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 7 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
11 7 (0.87%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.87%) Mimecast
11 7 (0.87%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.74%) PowerApps
13 4 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 177 (21.96%) DNS
2 161 (19.98%) Firewall
3 153 (18.98%) DHCP
4 116 (14.39%) WAN
5 109 (13.52%) LAN
6 106 (13.15%) TCP/IP
7 78 (9.68%) SAN
8 77 (9.55%) VPN
9 63 (7.82%) VoIP
10 39 (4.84%) NetScaler
11 37 (4.59%) Skype
12 29 (3.60%) Internet
13 28 (3.47%) Wireless
14 22 (2.73%) IP Telephony
15 20 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
16 19 (2.36%) VLAN
17 17 (2.11%) Network Security
18 16 (1.99%) NAS
19 12 (1.49%) Broadband
20 11 (1.36%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (17.00%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 24 (2.98%) Amazon RDS
4 23 (2.85%) SQL Server 2008
5 22 (2.73%) SQL Server 2016
6 17 (2.11%) Power BI
6 17 (2.11%) SQL Server 2014
7 15 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 14 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 11 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
11 10 (1.24%) Oracle Database
12 6 (0.74%) SQL Server 2017
13 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 5 (0.62%) MySQL
13 5 (0.62%) SAP HANA
14 4 (0.50%) MongoDB
14 4 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.50%) SQL Server 7
15 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (1.24%) Visual Studio
2 4 (0.50%) Bitbucket
2 4 (0.50%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.50%) JIRA
3 3 (0.37%) MSI
4 2 (0.25%) Postman
4 2 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.12%) GCC
5 1 (0.12%) IBM UrbanCode
5 1 (0.12%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.12%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 77 (9.55%) Finance
2 41 (5.09%) Public Sector
3 32 (3.97%) Telecoms
4 24 (2.98%) Retail
5 18 (2.23%) Banking
5 18 (2.23%) Law
6 14 (1.74%) Legal
7 6 (0.74%) Front Office
8 5 (0.62%) Electronics
9 4 (0.50%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.50%) Marketing
9 4 (0.50%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.37%) Automotive
10 3 (0.37%) Back Office
11 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.25%) Social Science
12 1 (0.12%) Czech Language
12 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.12%) Games
Job Titles
1 164 (20.35%) Support Engineer
2 111 (13.77%) IT Support
3 91 (11.29%) Analyst
4 90 (11.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 89 (11.04%) IT Engineer
6 80 (9.93%) Administrator
7 76 (9.43%) Consultant
8 68 (8.44%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 65 (8.06%) IT Support Engineer
10 56 (6.95%) 2nd Line Support
11 53 (6.58%) 3rd Line Support
12 51 (6.33%) Support Analyst
13 50 (6.20%) Desktop Support
14 45 (5.58%) Systems Administrator
15 40 (4.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 40 (4.96%) Architect
16 37 (4.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 35 (4.34%) Systems Engineer
18 33 (4.09%) Desktop Engineer
19 32 (3.97%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.74%) Web Services
2 8 (0.99%) .NET
3 7 (0.87%) LDAP
4 6 (0.74%) XML
5 4 (0.50%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.50%) SAML
6 2 (0.25%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.25%) HTML
6 2 (0.25%) JSON
6 2 (0.25%) RESTful
7 1 (0.12%) EDI
7 1 (0.12%) HTML5
7 1 (0.12%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 69 (8.56%) Data Centre
2 60 (7.44%) Management Information System
3 53 (6.58%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (3.85%) Replication
5 26 (3.23%) iPhone
6 21 (2.61%) Clustering
6 21 (2.61%) Public Cloud
7 20 (2.48%) Video Conferencing
8 14 (1.74%) Driving Licence
9 13 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
10 11 (1.36%) Mobile App
11 9 (1.12%) BYOD
12 8 (0.99%) CMDB
12 8 (0.99%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.99%) Virtual Team
13 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.74%) Hedge funds
14 5 (0.62%) PKI
15 4 (0.50%) e-Learning
15 4 (0.50%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 572 (70.97%) Windows
2 351 (43.55%) Windows Server
3 191 (23.70%) Windows 10
4 141 (17.49%) Windows Server 2016
5 129 (16.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 94 (11.66%) Linux
6 94 (11.66%) Windows 7
7 80 (9.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 53 (6.58%) Windows Server 2019
9 47 (5.83%) Windows 8
10 28 (3.47%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (2.48%) CentOS
12 17 (2.11%) Unix
13 14 (1.74%) Mac OS X
14 9 (1.12%) Android
14 9 (1.12%) Oracle Linux
14 9 (1.12%) Windows XP
15 8 (0.99%) Ubuntu
16 7 (0.87%) Debian
17 6 (0.74%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (36.85%) ITIL
2 107 (13.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 96 (11.91%) Problem-Solving
4 89 (11.04%) Project Delivery
5 82 (10.17%) Mentoring
6 79 (9.80%) Project Management
7 65 (8.06%) Service Management
8 54 (6.70%) Disaster Recovery
9 50 (6.20%) PRINCE2
10 43 (5.33%) Agile Software Development
10 43 (5.33%) Collaborative Working
11 42 (5.21%) Change Management
11 42 (5.21%) Migration
12 39 (4.84%) DevOps
12 39 (4.84%) Presales
13 31 (3.85%) Service Delivery
14 30 (3.72%) Line Management
14 30 (3.72%) Time Management
15 29 (3.60%) TOGAF
16 28 (3.47%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 159 (19.73%) PowerShell
2 118 (14.64%) SQL
3 20 (2.48%) VBScript
4 19 (2.36%) Python
5 18 (2.23%) C#
6 17 (2.11%) T-SQL
7 16 (1.99%) Bash Shell
8 11 (1.36%) Shell Script
9 6 (0.74%) C
9 6 (0.74%) Perl
10 3 (0.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.37%) JavaScript
10 3 (0.37%) VB
11 2 (0.25%) C++
11 2 (0.25%) Java
11 2 (0.25%) Ruby
12 1 (0.12%) PHP
12 1 (0.12%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 806 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 504 (62.53%) MCSE
3 178 (22.08%) Cisco Certification
4 169 (20.97%) CCNA
5 161 (19.98%) MCP
6 114 (14.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 104 (12.90%) Degree
8 65 (8.06%) Security Cleared
9 63 (7.82%) MCITP
10 57 (7.07%) CCNP
11 46 (5.71%) SC Cleared
12 36 (4.47%) MCTS
13 31 (3.85%) Citrix Certification
14 27 (3.35%) Network+ Certification
15 22 (2.73%) A+ Certification
16 20 (2.48%) TOGAF Certification
17 14 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
17 14 (1.74%) VCP6
18 13 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
19 12 (1.49%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (12.66%) SLA
2 35 (4.34%) QA
3 30 (3.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (1.49%) PCI DSS
5 11 (1.36%) Cyber Essentials
6 7 (0.87%) COBIT
7 4 (0.50%) GDPR
8 3 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.37%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.12%) GxP
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.12%) PMO
System Software
1 419 (51.99%) Active Directory
2 246 (30.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 194 (24.07%) Hyper-V
4 62 (7.69%) XenApp
5 54 (6.70%) vSphere
6 46 (5.71%) XenDesktop
7 39 (4.84%) VMware ESXi
8 24 (2.98%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (2.61%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 16 (1.99%) Docker
11 15 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
12 13 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.12%) VMware Server
14 7 (0.87%) BitLocker
15 5 (0.62%) VMware NSX
16 3 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 3 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
16 3 (0.37%) Terminal Services
17 2 (0.25%) Terminal Server
17 2 (0.25%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 117 (14.52%) SCCM
2 91 (11.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 26 (3.23%) WSUS
4 24 (2.98%) Backup Exec
5 22 (2.73%) SCOM
6 17 (2.11%) XenMobile
7 13 (1.61%) Ansible
7 13 (1.61%) NetBackup
8 8 (0.99%) Puppet
9 7 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.87%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 7 (0.87%) vCenter Server
10 6 (0.74%) HP UCMDB
10 6 (0.74%) Kubernetes
10 6 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (0.74%) Terraform
11 5 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
12 4 (0.50%) ServiceCenter
12 4 (0.50%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 631 (78.29%) Microsoft
2 337 (41.81%) VMware
3 162 (20.10%) Cisco
4 160 (19.85%) Citrix
5 78 (9.68%) HP
6 66 (8.19%) Veeam
7 45 (5.58%) Dell
8 28 (3.47%) Oracle
9 27 (3.35%) Symantec
10 25 (3.10%) NetApp
11 24 (2.98%) Ivanti
12 22 (2.73%) Polycom
12 22 (2.73%) SolarWinds
13 20 (2.48%) Apple
13 20 (2.48%) Red Hat
14 19 (2.36%) Avaya
15 17 (2.11%) EMC
15 17 (2.11%) SonicWALL
16 14 (1.74%) Remedy
16 14 (1.74%) WatchGuard