Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 457 462 432
Rank change year-on-year +5 -30 +6
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 984 1,179 1,295
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.66% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.62% 2.74% 2.67%
Number of salaries quoted 781 1,024 1,140
UK median annual salary £40,500 £36,250 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.72% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £24,500 £22,750 £21,975
90th Percentile £72,500 £53,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -

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 37,627 43,002 48,431
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.80% 23.96% 26.14%
Number of salaries quoted 27,581 33,069 38,658
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 15 December 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 15 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
England -10 894 £40,000 +14.29% 118
UK excluding London +12 672 £37,500 +7.14% 99
London -30 252 £45,250 +19.08% 23
South East +19 228 £40,000 +7.38% 27
Midlands +64 145 £42,500 +13.33% 23
North of England -67 145 £29,900 -0.33% 22
West Midlands +57 93 £42,500 +9.68% 13
South West +44 86 £57,500 +64.29% 15
East of England +56 78 £50,000 +40.85% 8
North West -60 60 £25,000 -7.41% 9
Yorkshire -20 55 £29,900 -29.65% 9
East Midlands +34 51 £42,500 +21.43% 10
North East +11 30 £35,000 -10.16% 4
Scotland -3 16 £31,000 -40.95% 2
Wales -1 9 £42,500 +6.25% 2
Northern Ireland - 9 £21,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 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 with a requirement for MCSA.

1 984 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 745 (75.71%) Microsoft
3 695 (70.63%) Windows
4 626 (63.62%) MCSE
5 545 (55.39%) Active Directory
6 416 (42.28%) VMware
7 411 (41.77%) Microsoft Azure
8 400 (40.65%) Office 365
9 391 (39.74%) Windows Server
10 351 (35.67%) ITIL
11 246 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 240 (24.39%) Windows Server 2012
13 231 (23.48%) MCP
14 221 (22.46%) SQL
15 214 (21.75%) Microsoft Office
16 210 (21.34%) Citrix
17 201 (20.43%) MS Exchange
18 192 (19.51%) Hyper-V
19 191 (19.41%) Cisco
20 180 (18.29%) Windows 10
21 179 (18.19%) PowerShell
22 174 (17.68%) Amazon AWS
22 174 (17.68%) Firewall
23 173 (17.58%) Windows Server 2008
24 169 (17.17%) DNS
25 164 (16.67%) SQL Server
26 159 (16.16%) Linux
27 158 (16.06%) LAN
28 149 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
29 148 (15.04%) 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
1 201 (20.43%) MS Exchange
2 96 (9.76%) SharePoint
3 83 (8.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 69 (7.01%) Exchange Server 2013
5 44 (4.47%) Skype for Business
6 33 (3.35%) IIS
7 32 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2007
8 20 (2.03%) IBM Notes
9 13 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
10 10 (1.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 9 (0.91%) CMS
12 8 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
13 7 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.20%) IBM Domino
15 1 (0.10%) Apache
15 1 (0.10%) Confluence
15 1 (0.10%) Moodle
15 1 (0.10%) WordPress
Applications
1 214 (21.75%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (3.25%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.41%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.30%) CATIA
6 3 (0.30%) PTC Creo
7 2 (0.20%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.30%) SAP R/3
1 3 (0.30%) Teamcenter
1 3 (0.30%) Workfront
2 1 (0.10%) Rolfe and Nolan
Cloud Services
1 411 (41.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 400 (40.65%) Office 365
3 174 (17.68%) Amazon AWS
4 72 (7.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 43 (4.37%) Amazon EC2
6 38 (3.86%) Amazon S3
7 33 (3.35%) Amazon EMR
7 33 (3.35%) Amazon Kinesis
7 33 (3.35%) AWS Lambda
7 33 (3.35%) Serverless
8 32 (3.25%) Amazon SQS
8 32 (3.25%) Cloud Computing
9 30 (3.05%) IaaS
10 26 (2.64%) PaaS
11 24 (2.44%) SaaS
12 21 (2.13%) Google Cloud Platform
13 15 (1.52%) GitHub
14 12 (1.22%) OneDrive
15 7 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
15 7 (0.71%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 174 (17.68%) Firewall
2 169 (17.17%) DNS
3 158 (16.06%) LAN
4 148 (15.04%) WAN
5 143 (14.53%) DHCP
6 120 (12.20%) TCP/IP
7 97 (9.86%) SAN
8 78 (7.93%) Network Security
9 68 (6.91%) VPN
10 63 (6.40%) Internet
11 59 (6.00%) Wireless
12 47 (4.78%) VLAN
13 36 (3.66%) Skype
14 31 (3.15%) NAS
14 31 (3.15%) VoIP
15 30 (3.05%) Remote Desktop
16 25 (2.54%) Ethernet
17 21 (2.13%) MPLS
18 18 (1.83%) WLAN
19 16 (1.63%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 67 (6.81%) Relational Database
3 44 (4.47%) SQL Server 2008
4 43 (4.37%) Amazon RDS
5 41 (4.17%) SQL Server 2016
6 36 (3.66%) RDBMS
7 35 (3.56%) Data Warehouse
8 34 (3.46%) Cosmos DB
9 33 (3.35%) Amazon Redshift
10 31 (3.15%) Power BI
11 25 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 25 (2.54%) SQL Server 2014
12 20 (2.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 19 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 15 (1.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 13 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
16 9 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
17 7 (0.71%) MySQL
18 6 (0.61%) SAP HANA
19 5 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 20 (2.03%) Jenkins
2 13 (1.32%) MSI
3 10 (1.02%) TeamCity
4 7 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (0.51%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.30%) JIRA
7 3 (0.30%) Visual Studio
7 3 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.20%) GCC
9 1 (0.10%) AppScan
9 1 (0.10%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.10%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.10%) GitLab
9 1 (0.10%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.10%) JMeter
9 1 (0.10%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.10%) Selenium
General
1 140 (14.23%) Finance
2 39 (3.96%) Retail
3 32 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 16 (1.63%) Games
5 13 (1.32%) Banking
6 11 (1.12%) Marketing
7 10 (1.02%) Legal
8 8 (0.81%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.51%) Advertising
9 5 (0.51%) Back Office
10 4 (0.41%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.30%) Billing
11 3 (0.30%) Publishing
12 2 (0.20%) Electronics
12 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.20%) Law
12 2 (0.20%) Military
13 1 (0.10%) French Language
13 1 (0.10%) German Language
13 1 (0.10%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 126 (12.80%) Analyst
2 113 (11.48%) Support Engineer
3 109 (11.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 107 (10.87%) Architect
5 91 (9.25%) IT Support
6 82 (8.33%) Administrator
7 81 (8.23%) Support Analyst
8 79 (8.03%) IT Engineer
9 74 (7.52%) Consultant
10 72 (7.32%) Solutions Architect
11 59 (6.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 58 (5.89%) Cloud Architect
13 51 (5.18%) 3rd Line Support
14 50 (5.08%) Systems Administrator
15 48 (4.88%) IT Analyst
16 45 (4.57%) 2nd Line Support
17 43 (4.37%) Systems Engineer
18 42 (4.27%) DBA
19 41 (4.17%) SQL DBA
20 39 (3.96%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (5.18%) Web Services
2 44 (4.47%) .NET
3 25 (2.54%) ASP.NET
4 23 (2.34%) ASP.NET Web API
5 10 (1.02%) JSON
5 10 (1.02%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (1.02%) Software Packaging
6 9 (0.91%) SailPoint
7 8 (0.81%) HTML
8 7 (0.71%) XML
9 6 (0.61%) COM
10 4 (0.41%) Flash
10 4 (0.41%) LDAP
11 3 (0.30%) CSS
11 3 (0.30%) Middleware
11 3 (0.30%) SAP Basis
12 2 (0.20%) HTML5
12 2 (0.20%) Silverlight
12 2 (0.20%) WPF
13 1 (0.10%) Apache Axis
Miscellaneous
1 114 (11.59%) Data Centre
2 86 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
3 85 (8.64%) Public Cloud
4 52 (5.28%) Management Information System
5 44 (4.47%) Blackberry
6 42 (4.27%) Clustering
7 39 (3.96%) Client/Server
7 39 (3.96%) Self-Motivation
8 27 (2.74%) Replication
9 26 (2.64%) Hybrid Cloud
10 23 (2.34%) Data Structures
11 19 (1.93%) iPad
12 18 (1.83%) Driving Licence
13 15 (1.52%) NHS
14 13 (1.32%) AS400
14 13 (1.32%) iSeries
14 13 (1.32%) PKI
15 12 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
16 11 (1.12%) iPhone
17 10 (1.02%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 695 (70.63%) Windows
2 391 (39.74%) Windows Server
3 240 (24.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 180 (18.29%) Windows 10
5 173 (17.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 159 (16.16%) Linux
7 140 (14.23%) Windows 7
8 56 (5.69%) Windows 8
9 48 (4.88%) Unix
10 45 (4.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
12 23 (2.34%) Apple iOS
12 23 (2.34%) Windows XP
13 21 (2.13%) Mac OS X
14 13 (1.32%) Android
15 8 (0.81%) Windows Mobile
16 5 (0.51%) AIX
16 5 (0.51%) HPUX
16 5 (0.51%) Windows Phone
16 5 (0.51%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 351 (35.67%) ITIL
2 149 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
3 132 (13.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 85 (8.64%) Presales
4 85 (8.64%) Service Management
5 82 (8.33%) Mentoring
6 80 (8.13%) Migration
7 79 (8.03%) Incident Management
8 71 (7.22%) ITSM
9 70 (7.11%) ITIL V3
10 64 (6.50%) Information Security
11 60 (6.10%) Project Management
12 55 (5.59%) DevOps
13 54 (5.49%) Disaster Recovery
14 51 (5.18%) Business Intelligence
15 50 (5.08%) Agile Software Development
15 50 (5.08%) Root Cause Analysis
16 45 (4.57%) Change Management
17 44 (4.47%) Coaching
18 42 (4.27%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 221 (22.46%) SQL
2 179 (18.19%) PowerShell
3 90 (9.15%) Python
4 50 (5.08%) Java
5 35 (3.56%) VBScript
6 30 (3.05%) T-SQL
7 24 (2.44%) Scala
8 23 (2.34%) PL/SQL
8 23 (2.34%) Shell Script
9 22 (2.24%) Bash Shell
10 15 (1.52%) C#
11 11 (1.12%) C
12 8 (0.81%) PHP
13 6 (0.61%) Perl
13 6 (0.61%) VB
14 4 (0.41%) C++
15 3 (0.30%) JavaScript
15 3 (0.30%) Ruby
16 2 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 984 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 626 (63.62%) MCSE
3 231 (23.48%) MCP
4 141 (14.33%) Cisco Certification
5 138 (14.02%) CCNA
6 135 (13.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 134 (13.62%) Degree
8 111 (11.28%) MCITP
9 58 (5.89%) Security Cleared
10 46 (4.67%) A+ Certification
11 43 (4.37%) Network+ Certification
12 42 (4.27%) Citrix Certification
13 40 (4.07%) AWS Certification
14 39 (3.96%) CCA
15 38 (3.86%) MCDST
16 37 (3.76%) MCTS
17 35 (3.56%) CISSP
17 35 (3.56%) CompTIA Security+
18 34 (3.46%) CCNP
19 29 (2.95%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (11.08%) SLA
2 23 (2.34%) Data Quality
3 21 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (1.73%) GDPR
5 16 (1.63%) QA
6 6 (0.61%) PMO
7 4 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 4 (0.41%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.20%) COBIT
8 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.10%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 545 (55.39%) Active Directory
2 246 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 192 (19.51%) Hyper-V
4 53 (5.39%) VMware ESXi
5 41 (4.17%) vSphere
6 29 (2.95%) XenApp
7 26 (2.64%) Docker
8 21 (2.13%) Virtual Servers
9 18 (1.83%) XenServer
10 17 (1.73%) BitLocker
11 15 (1.52%) XenDesktop
12 14 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (1.22%) Terminal Services
14 10 (1.02%) vCloud
15 9 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
16 5 (0.51%) Terminal Server
17 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 4 (0.41%) VMware NSX
18 3 (0.30%) Firmware
18 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 120 (12.20%) SCCM
2 41 (4.17%) SCOM
3 40 (4.07%) WSUS
4 30 (3.05%) Ansible
4 30 (3.05%) Backup Exec
5 22 (2.24%) Microsoft Intune
6 19 (1.93%) vCenter Server
7 17 (1.73%) Failover Clustering
8 16 (1.63%) Puppet
9 15 (1.52%) Microsoft Clustering
10 14 (1.42%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 12 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
12 10 (1.02%) Cisco CUCM
12 10 (1.02%) SCVMM
13 9 (0.91%) ServiceCenter
14 8 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
14 8 (0.81%) Terraform
15 7 (0.71%) AirWatch
16 6 (0.61%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 6 (0.61%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 745 (75.71%) Microsoft
2 416 (42.28%) VMware
3 210 (21.34%) Citrix
4 191 (19.41%) Cisco
5 76 (7.72%) NetApp
6 74 (7.52%) Apple
7 63 (6.40%) HP
7 63 (6.40%) Veeam
8 50 (5.08%) Red Hat
9 39 (3.96%) Google
10 38 (3.86%) Oracle
11 35 (3.56%) Dell
12 34 (3.46%) Ivanti
13 26 (2.64%) Remedy
14 24 (2.44%) CommVault
14 24 (2.44%) ServiceNow
15 22 (2.24%) EMC
16 21 (2.13%) IBM
17 20 (2.03%) Meraki
18 19 (1.93%) Lotus