Period
to 17 February 2019

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 17 February 2019 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
17 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 441 436 472
Rank change year-on-year -5 +36 -42
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 997 1,176 1,086
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.67% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.74% 2.81% 2.42%
Number of salaries quoted 810 1,014 959
UK median annual salary £42,000 £36,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.67% -4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £25,250 £24,250 £22,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £56,250 £55,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +8.57% - -

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 36,323 41,799 44,937
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.29% 23.87% 25.58%
Number of salaries quoted 26,473 32,413 35,529
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 £80,000 £78,950 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

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 17 February 2019.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 16 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 17 February 2019. 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 +2 927 £42,000 +20.00% 184
UK excluding London +28 699 £38,000 +8.57% 139
London -18 258 £50,000 +25.00% 48
South East +71 251 £40,000 +8.11% 37
North of England -28 155 £29,900 -0.33% 28
Midlands +51 146 £42,500 +16.44% 20
West Midlands +69 92 £42,500 +13.33% 9
South West +32 88 £57,500 +76.92% 36
North West -36 67 £26,500 -2.75% 16
East of England +25 57 £48,750 +39.29% 15
East Midlands 0 54 £42,500 +16.44% 11
Yorkshire +17 45 £32,500 -23.53% 11
North East +43 43 £32,500 -18.75% 1
Scotland +9 22 £33,250 -10.14% 3
Wales +11 10 £35,250 +0.71%
Northern Ireland -6 5 £23,000 -29.23%

For the 6 months to 17 February 2019, 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.

1 997 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 742 (74.42%) Microsoft
3 703 (70.51%) Windows
4 615 (61.69%) MCSE
5 541 (54.26%) Active Directory
6 451 (45.24%) Office 365
7 449 (45.04%) VMware
8 440 (44.13%) Microsoft Azure
9 399 (40.02%) Windows Server
10 382 (38.31%) ITIL
11 259 (25.98%) Windows Server 2012
12 254 (25.48%) VMware Infrastructure
13 234 (23.47%) SQL
14 215 (21.56%) Hyper-V
15 208 (20.86%) Cisco
16 199 (19.96%) MCP
17 196 (19.66%) MS Exchange
18 188 (18.86%) Citrix
19 185 (18.56%) PowerShell
20 179 (17.95%) Problem-Solving
21 175 (17.55%) Windows 10
21 175 (17.55%) DNS
22 171 (17.15%) Windows Server 2008
23 170 (17.05%) Microsoft Office
23 170 (17.05%) SQL Server
24 167 (16.75%) Firewall
25 166 (16.65%) Amazon AWS
26 157 (15.75%) Linux
27 152 (15.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 149 (14.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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
1 196 (19.66%) MS Exchange
2 112 (11.23%) SharePoint
3 66 (6.62%) Exchange Server 2010
4 65 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2013
5 48 (4.81%) Skype for Business
6 37 (3.71%) IIS
7 28 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2007
8 13 (1.30%) CMS
9 11 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
10 10 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 10 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.80%) IBM Notes
12 7 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.10%) Apache
13 1 (0.10%) Confluence
13 1 (0.10%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 170 (17.05%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (3.61%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.40%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.20%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.20%) CATIA
6 2 (0.20%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.60%) Workfront
2 3 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.20%) SAP R/3
3 2 (0.20%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.10%) Rolfe and Nolan
Cloud Services
1 451 (45.24%) Office 365
2 440 (44.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 166 (16.65%) Amazon AWS
4 64 (6.42%) Azure Active Directory
5 34 (3.41%) PaaS
6 30 (3.01%) Amazon EC2
7 29 (2.91%) IaaS
8 26 (2.61%) Amazon S3
9 24 (2.41%) Amazon EMR
9 24 (2.41%) Amazon Kinesis
9 24 (2.41%) Amazon SQS
9 24 (2.41%) AWS Lambda
9 24 (2.41%) Serverless
10 22 (2.21%) SaaS
11 17 (1.71%) Google Cloud Platform
12 16 (1.60%) OneDrive
13 13 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
14 10 (1.00%) GitHub
15 5 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.50%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 175 (17.55%) DNS
2 167 (16.75%) Firewall
3 140 (14.04%) DHCP
4 125 (12.54%) WAN
5 124 (12.44%) LAN
6 92 (9.23%) TCP/IP
7 90 (9.03%) SAN
8 77 (7.72%) VPN
9 69 (6.92%) Network Security
10 60 (6.02%) Internet
11 57 (5.72%) VLAN
12 51 (5.12%) Wireless
13 40 (4.01%) Remote Desktop
14 38 (3.81%) Skype
15 35 (3.51%) VoIP
16 30 (3.01%) NAS
17 22 (2.21%) IP Telephony
18 21 (2.11%) MPLS
19 18 (1.81%) Ethernet
20 17 (1.71%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 170 (17.05%) SQL Server
2 74 (7.42%) Relational Database
3 60 (6.02%) SQL Server 2008
4 53 (5.32%) SQL Server 2016
5 46 (4.61%) Data Warehouse
6 44 (4.41%) Amazon RDS
7 43 (4.31%) Power BI
8 26 (2.61%) RDBMS
8 26 (2.61%) SQL Server 2012
8 26 (2.61%) SQL Server 2014
9 25 (2.51%) Cosmos DB
9 25 (2.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 24 (2.41%) Amazon Redshift
11 22 (2.21%) SQL Server 2005
12 21 (2.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 20 (2.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 19 (1.91%) Azure SQL Database
15 18 (1.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 17 (1.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 17 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (1.40%) Jenkins
2 8 (0.80%) TeamCity
3 7 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
3 7 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
4 6 (0.60%) MSI
4 6 (0.60%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.40%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.20%) JIRA
8 1 (0.10%) AppScan
8 1 (0.10%) FishEye
8 1 (0.10%) FogBugz
8 1 (0.10%) GCC
8 1 (0.10%) Hudson
8 1 (0.10%) Metasploit
General
1 113 (11.33%) Finance
2 46 (4.61%) Retail
3 30 (3.01%) Telecoms
4 17 (1.71%) Electronics
5 15 (1.50%) Games
6 13 (1.30%) Banking
7 10 (1.00%) Legal
8 8 (0.80%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.70%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.60%) French Language
10 6 (0.60%) German Language
10 6 (0.60%) Italian Language
11 5 (0.50%) Advertising
11 5 (0.50%) Marketing
12 4 (0.40%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.30%) Law
13 3 (0.30%) Military
13 3 (0.30%) Publishing
14 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.10%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 130 (13.04%) Support Engineer
2 127 (12.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 109 (10.93%) Analyst
4 93 (9.33%) IT Engineer
5 92 (9.23%) IT Support
6 88 (8.83%) Architect
7 84 (8.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 82 (8.22%) Administrator
9 77 (7.72%) Consultant
10 70 (7.02%) Support Analyst
11 62 (6.22%) 3rd Line Support
12 59 (5.92%) DBA
13 54 (5.42%) SQL DBA
14 52 (5.22%) Solutions Architect
15 49 (4.91%) IT Support Engineer
16 44 (4.41%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
17 43 (4.31%) Cloud Architect
18 41 (4.11%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
19 39 (3.91%) Microsoft Engineer
19 39 (3.91%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (3.81%) Web Services
2 34 (3.41%) .NET
3 20 (2.01%) ASP.NET
3 20 (2.01%) ASP.NET Web API
4 12 (1.20%) HTML
5 9 (0.90%) RabbitMQ
6 7 (0.70%) SailPoint
7 6 (0.60%) COM
7 6 (0.60%) JSON
8 5 (0.50%) CSS
8 5 (0.50%) LDAP
8 5 (0.50%) Software Packaging
9 4 (0.40%) XML
10 3 (0.30%) HTML5
10 3 (0.30%) Middleware
10 3 (0.30%) SAP Basis
11 2 (0.20%) Silverlight
11 2 (0.20%) WPF
12 1 (0.10%) jQuery
12 1 (0.10%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 128 (12.84%) Data Centre
2 88 (8.83%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (6.02%) Clustering
4 55 (5.52%) Public Cloud
5 45 (4.51%) Replication
6 44 (4.41%) Management Information System
7 31 (3.11%) Hybrid Cloud
8 30 (3.01%) Data Structures
9 29 (2.91%) Client/Server
10 26 (2.61%) Blackberry
11 25 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
12 19 (1.91%) Driving Licence
13 12 (1.20%) NHS
14 9 (0.90%) AS400
14 9 (0.90%) CMDB
14 9 (0.90%) iSeries
15 8 (0.80%) Data Protection Act
15 8 (0.80%) Mobile App
15 8 (0.80%) PKI
15 8 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 703 (70.51%) Windows
2 399 (40.02%) Windows Server
3 259 (25.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 175 (17.55%) Windows 10
5 171 (17.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 157 (15.75%) Linux
7 139 (13.94%) Windows 7
8 57 (5.72%) Windows 8
9 47 (4.71%) Unix
10 35 (3.51%) Windows Server 2003
11 26 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (1.40%) Apple iOS
12 14 (1.40%) Mac OS X
13 11 (1.10%) Android
14 10 (1.00%) AIX
15 6 (0.60%) Windows XP
16 5 (0.50%) Data ONTAP
17 4 (0.40%) Debian
18 3 (0.30%) SUSE
18 3 (0.30%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (38.31%) ITIL
2 179 (17.95%) Problem-Solving
3 152 (15.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 89 (8.93%) Mentoring
4 89 (8.93%) Service Management
5 77 (7.72%) Presales
6 73 (7.32%) Information Security
7 72 (7.22%) Project Management
8 70 (7.02%) ITIL V3
9 67 (6.72%) High Availability
10 65 (6.52%) Incident Management
11 63 (6.32%) Migration
12 62 (6.22%) Business Intelligence
13 58 (5.82%) Disaster Recovery
14 56 (5.62%) Data Protection
14 56 (5.62%) Root Cause Analysis
15 55 (5.52%) ITSM
16 48 (4.81%) DevOps
17 44 (4.41%) Data Management
17 44 (4.41%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 234 (23.47%) SQL
2 185 (18.56%) PowerShell
3 83 (8.32%) Python
4 37 (3.71%) Java
5 33 (3.31%) T-SQL
5 33 (3.31%) VBScript
6 22 (2.21%) Bash Shell
7 20 (2.01%) PL/SQL
7 20 (2.01%) Scala
7 20 (2.01%) Shell Script
8 15 (1.50%) C
9 13 (1.30%) C#
10 9 (0.90%) PHP
11 5 (0.50%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.50%) Ruby
12 4 (0.40%) VB
13 3 (0.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 2 (0.20%) Perl
15 1 (0.10%) R
Qualifications
1 997 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 615 (61.69%) MCSE
3 199 (19.96%) MCP
4 149 (14.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 141 (14.14%) Cisco Certification
6 137 (13.74%) Degree
7 132 (13.24%) CCNA
8 111 (11.13%) MCITP
9 68 (6.82%) Security Cleared
10 49 (4.91%) Citrix Certification
11 43 (4.31%) CCA
12 42 (4.21%) CISSP
12 42 (4.21%) SC Cleared
13 39 (3.91%) A+ Certification
14 38 (3.81%) AWS Certification
15 37 (3.71%) CompTIA Security+
16 36 (3.61%) Network+ Certification
17 35 (3.51%) MCDST
18 31 (3.11%) ITIL Certification
19 30 (3.01%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (10.53%) SLA
2 46 (4.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 32 (3.21%) Data Quality
4 30 (3.01%) GDPR
5 19 (1.91%) Cyber Essentials
5 19 (1.91%) PMO
6 17 (1.71%) QA
7 16 (1.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 9 (0.90%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.50%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.10%) GxP
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 541 (54.26%) Active Directory
2 254 (25.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 215 (21.56%) Hyper-V
4 78 (7.82%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (3.51%) vSphere
6 33 (3.31%) XenApp
7 25 (2.51%) XenServer
8 23 (2.31%) Docker
9 19 (1.91%) BitLocker
10 18 (1.81%) Virtual Servers
10 18 (1.81%) XenDesktop
11 15 (1.50%) Terminal Services
12 9 (0.90%) Firmware
13 8 (0.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 8 (0.80%) Terminal Server
14 7 (0.70%) vCloud
14 7 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
15 6 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
16 5 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
17 4 (0.40%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 128 (12.84%) SCCM
2 45 (4.51%) WSUS
3 43 (4.31%) SCOM
4 39 (3.91%) Backup Exec
5 31 (3.11%) vCenter Server
6 29 (2.91%) Microsoft Intune
7 26 (2.61%) SCVMM
8 25 (2.51%) Failover Clustering
9 21 (2.11%) Ansible
10 16 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
10 16 (1.60%) Perfmon
11 13 (1.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 11 (1.10%) Puppet
13 10 (1.00%) Cisco CUCM
13 10 (1.00%) ServiceCenter
13 10 (1.00%) Terraform
13 10 (1.00%) XenMobile
14 9 (0.90%) NetBackup
15 8 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 8 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 742 (74.42%) Microsoft
2 449 (45.04%) VMware
3 208 (20.86%) Cisco
4 188 (18.86%) Citrix
5 80 (8.02%) Veeam
6 77 (7.72%) HP
7 61 (6.12%) NetApp
8 49 (4.91%) Apple
9 48 (4.81%) Dell
10 34 (3.41%) Google
11 32 (3.21%) Red Hat
12 30 (3.01%) SolarWinds
13 29 (2.91%) Oracle
14 25 (2.51%) IBM
15 24 (2.41%) Mitel
16 22 (2.21%) Ivanti
16 22 (2.21%) Remedy
17 21 (2.11%) CommVault
17 21 (2.11%) EMC
18 20 (2.01%) Aruba