Period
to 26 March 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 26 March 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
26 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 418 431 478
Rank change year-on-year +13 +47 -54
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,043 1,228 1,019
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.70% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.87% 2.95% 2.33%
Number of salaries quoted 848 1,033 898
UK median annual salary £41,000 £36,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.33% -2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,175 £25,000 £23,425
90th Percentile £71,250 £58,465 £56,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £36,000
% change year-on-year +7.14% -2.78% +2.86%

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 36,351 41,609 43,661
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.50% 23.78% 25.41%
Number of salaries quoted 26,359 32,141 34,349
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,594 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,800 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,750
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% -1.76%

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 26 March 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 26 March 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 +1 970 £41,500 +15.28% 38
UK excluding London +43 754 £37,500 +7.14% 26
South East +53 263 £37,750 +7.86% 5
London -46 252 £47,500 +14.46% 15
North of England +3 174 £35,000 +16.67% 7
Midlands +42 155 £42,500 +13.33% 6
West Midlands +59 96 £42,500 +13.33% 2
South West +36 90 £48,750 +50.00% 4
North West -38 77 £35,000 +16.67% 3
East Midlands +17 59 £42,500 +13.33% 4
East of England +69 51 £40,000 +15.94% 1
North East +52 51 £35,000 -12.50% 1
Yorkshire -2 46 £35,000 -12.50% 3
Scotland +7 24 £31,750 -14.19% 2
Northern Ireland -20 10 £23,000 -29.23%
Wales +18 9 £31,500 +5.00% 1

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 1,043 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 782 (74.98%) Microsoft
3 752 (72.10%) Windows
4 638 (61.17%) MCSE
5 578 (55.42%) Active Directory
6 510 (48.90%) Office 365
7 484 (46.40%) VMware
8 465 (44.58%) Microsoft Azure
9 457 (43.82%) Windows Server
10 426 (40.84%) ITIL
11 269 (25.79%) VMware Infrastructure
12 265 (25.41%) Windows Server 2012
13 253 (24.26%) Hyper-V
14 249 (23.87%) Cisco
15 236 (22.63%) PowerShell
16 230 (22.05%) SQL
17 214 (20.52%) DNS
18 207 (19.85%) MS Exchange
19 203 (19.46%) Problem-Solving
20 201 (19.27%) MCP
21 193 (18.50%) SQL Server
22 186 (17.83%) Windows 10
23 184 (17.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 176 (16.87%) Windows Server 2008
25 175 (16.78%) Citrix
26 174 (16.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 174 (16.68%) SCCM
27 169 (16.20%) Firewall
28 168 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
29 163 (15.63%) DHCP

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
1 207 (19.85%) MS Exchange
2 145 (13.90%) SharePoint
3 86 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2010
4 75 (7.19%) Exchange Server 2013
5 62 (5.94%) Skype for Business
6 49 (4.70%) IIS
7 35 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2007
8 17 (1.63%) CMS
9 15 (1.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 10 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.38%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.29%) Apache
13 3 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.096%) Confluence
15 1 (0.096%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 1 (0.096%) SharePoint 2010
15 1 (0.096%) WebLogic
Applications
1 156 (14.96%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.59%) MS Visio
3 22 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (1.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.096%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.096%) CATIA
6 1 (0.096%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.096%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.096%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.67%) Workfront
2 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.096%) Sage 300 ERP
3 1 (0.096%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.096%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 510 (48.90%) Office 365
2 465 (44.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 161 (15.44%) Amazon AWS
4 70 (6.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 33 (3.16%) PaaS
6 29 (2.78%) IaaS
7 22 (2.11%) Amazon EC2
8 19 (1.82%) SaaS
9 18 (1.73%) Amazon S3
9 18 (1.73%) OneDrive
10 16 (1.53%) Amazon EMR
10 16 (1.53%) Amazon Kinesis
10 16 (1.53%) Amazon SQS
10 16 (1.53%) AWS Lambda
10 16 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (1.53%) Serverless
11 15 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
12 9 (0.86%) GitHub
13 4 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.38%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 214 (20.52%) DNS
2 169 (16.20%) Firewall
3 163 (15.63%) DHCP
4 113 (10.83%) WAN
5 105 (10.07%) LAN
6 98 (9.40%) SAN
7 95 (9.11%) VPN
8 83 (7.96%) TCP/IP
9 59 (5.66%) Network Security
10 57 (5.47%) Remote Desktop
11 55 (5.27%) Skype
12 51 (4.89%) VLAN
13 47 (4.51%) Internet
14 41 (3.93%) Wireless
15 40 (3.84%) NAS
16 39 (3.74%) IP Telephony
17 38 (3.64%) VoIP
18 35 (3.36%) BIG-IP
19 18 (1.73%) NetScaler
20 16 (1.53%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 193 (18.50%) SQL Server
2 63 (6.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 60 (5.75%) Relational Database
4 50 (4.79%) SQL Server 2016
5 41 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
6 40 (3.84%) Amazon RDS
6 40 (3.84%) Power BI
7 39 (3.74%) SQL Server 2012
8 29 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 28 (2.68%) SQL Server 2005
10 25 (2.40%) Azure SQL Database
11 24 (2.30%) SQL Server 2014
11 24 (2.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 24 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 23 (2.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 21 (2.01%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 21 (2.01%) NoSQL
13 21 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
14 20 (1.92%) MongoDB
15 17 (1.63%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 12 (1.15%) Jenkins
2 9 (0.86%) MSI
3 7 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
4 6 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
4 6 (0.58%) TeamCity
4 6 (0.58%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.19%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.19%) JIRA
5 2 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.096%) AppScan
6 1 (0.096%) FishEye
6 1 (0.096%) FogBugz
6 1 (0.096%) Hudson
6 1 (0.096%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.096%) Oracle Forms
General
1 119 (11.41%) Finance
2 55 (5.27%) Retail
3 35 (3.36%) Electronics
4 26 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 16 (1.53%) Legal
6 14 (1.34%) Law
7 13 (1.25%) Banking
8 12 (1.15%) Games
9 7 (0.67%) Advertising
9 7 (0.67%) Marketing
9 7 (0.67%) Military
10 6 (0.58%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.58%) French Language
10 6 (0.58%) Italian Language
11 5 (0.48%) German Language
11 5 (0.48%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.38%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.29%) Automotive
14 2 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.096%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 155 (14.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 136 (13.04%) Support Engineer
3 118 (11.31%) IT Engineer
4 106 (10.16%) Analyst
5 92 (8.82%) IT Support
6 91 (8.72%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 86 (8.25%) Consultant
8 84 (8.05%) Administrator
9 70 (6.71%) Architect
10 61 (5.85%) 3rd Line Support
10 61 (5.85%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 60 (5.75%) Support Analyst
12 56 (5.37%) IT Support Engineer
13 52 (4.99%) Systems Engineer
14 51 (4.89%) DBA
15 46 (4.41%) SQL DBA
16 43 (4.12%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 42 (4.03%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
18 40 (3.84%) Systems Administrator
19 38 (3.64%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.97%) Web Services
2 28 (2.68%) .NET
3 22 (2.11%) HTML
4 15 (1.44%) ASP.NET
4 15 (1.44%) ASP.NET Web API
5 12 (1.15%) XML
6 8 (0.77%) JSON
7 6 (0.58%) COM
7 6 (0.58%) CSS
7 6 (0.58%) Software Packaging
8 5 (0.48%) LDAP
8 5 (0.48%) SailPoint
9 4 (0.38%) HTML5
10 3 (0.29%) RabbitMQ
10 3 (0.29%) Ruby on Rails
10 3 (0.29%) SAP Basis
11 2 (0.19%) jQuery
11 2 (0.19%) MDX
11 2 (0.19%) Silverlight
11 2 (0.19%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 138 (13.23%) Data Centre
2 95 (9.11%) Clustering
3 77 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (5.08%) Replication
5 46 (4.41%) Public Cloud
6 38 (3.64%) Hybrid Cloud
6 38 (3.64%) Management Information System
7 29 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
8 27 (2.59%) Driving Licence
9 24 (2.30%) Client/Server
10 22 (2.11%) Blackberry
10 22 (2.11%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.05%) NHS
11 11 (1.05%) Private Cloud
12 9 (0.86%) AS400
12 9 (0.86%) iSeries
12 9 (0.86%) PKI
13 8 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
14 7 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
14 7 (0.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 752 (72.10%) Windows
2 457 (43.82%) Windows Server
3 265 (25.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 186 (17.83%) Windows 10
5 176 (16.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 138 (13.23%) Linux
6 138 (13.23%) Windows 7
7 61 (5.85%) Windows 8
8 41 (3.93%) Unix
9 40 (3.84%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (1.82%) Mac OS X
11 18 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (1.25%) AIX
13 11 (1.05%) Android
14 9 (0.86%) Apple iOS
14 9 (0.86%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.48%) Data ONTAP
15 5 (0.48%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.38%) Debian
16 4 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 426 (40.84%) ITIL
2 203 (19.46%) Problem-Solving
3 184 (17.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 96 (9.20%) Project Management
4 96 (9.20%) Service Management
5 82 (7.86%) ITIL V3
5 82 (7.86%) Mentoring
6 79 (7.57%) High Availability
6 79 (7.57%) Presales
7 78 (7.48%) Migration
8 77 (7.38%) Incident Management
9 70 (6.71%) Business Intelligence
10 68 (6.52%) Disaster Recovery
11 67 (6.42%) Information Security
12 52 (4.99%) Business Continuity
12 52 (4.99%) Cybersecurity
13 51 (4.89%) Service Delivery
14 50 (4.79%) Root Cause Analysis
15 49 (4.70%) Change Management
15 49 (4.70%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 236 (22.63%) PowerShell
2 230 (22.05%) SQL
3 65 (6.23%) Python
4 31 (2.97%) Java
4 31 (2.97%) VBScript
5 25 (2.40%) T-SQL
6 22 (2.11%) Bash Shell
7 15 (1.44%) PL/SQL
7 15 (1.44%) Scala
7 15 (1.44%) Shell Script
8 14 (1.34%) PHP
9 10 (0.96%) C
10 9 (0.86%) C#
11 7 (0.67%) Ruby
12 6 (0.58%) JavaScript
13 5 (0.48%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 4 (0.38%) Perl
14 4 (0.38%) VB
15 3 (0.29%) C++
16 2 (0.19%) R
Qualifications
1 1,043 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 638 (61.17%) MCSE
3 201 (19.27%) MCP
4 174 (16.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 168 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
6 155 (14.86%) CCNA
7 127 (12.18%) Degree
8 118 (11.31%) MCITP
9 85 (8.15%) Security Cleared
10 64 (6.14%) SC Cleared
11 53 (5.08%) Citrix Certification
12 52 (4.99%) CISSP
13 44 (4.22%) CCA
14 39 (3.74%) CompTIA Security+
15 38 (3.64%) AWS Certification
16 36 (3.45%) A+ Certification
17 31 (2.97%) CCNP
18 29 (2.78%) MCDST
19 28 (2.68%) ITIL Certification
20 24 (2.30%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (9.88%) SLA
2 82 (7.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 39 (3.74%) PMO
4 37 (3.55%) Cyber Essentials
4 37 (3.55%) GDPR
5 35 (3.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 25 (2.40%) Data Quality
7 18 (1.73%) QA
8 16 (1.53%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.38%) COBIT
9 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.096%) GxP
System Software
1 578 (55.42%) Active Directory
2 269 (25.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 253 (24.26%) Hyper-V
4 74 (7.09%) VMware ESXi
5 44 (4.22%) vSphere
6 38 (3.64%) XenApp
7 27 (2.59%) XenServer
8 17 (1.63%) XenDesktop
9 16 (1.53%) Docker
10 15 (1.44%) BitLocker
10 15 (1.44%) Virtual Servers
11 14 (1.34%) Terminal Services
12 13 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
13 10 (0.96%) Firmware
13 10 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (0.86%) Terminal Server
15 8 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
17 5 (0.48%) DFS Replication
17 5 (0.48%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 174 (16.68%) SCCM
2 56 (5.37%) WSUS
3 46 (4.41%) SCOM
3 46 (4.41%) SCVMM
4 41 (3.93%) Backup Exec
5 38 (3.64%) Failover Clustering
6 37 (3.55%) Microsoft Intune
7 30 (2.88%) vCenter Server
8 20 (1.92%) Perfmon
9 19 (1.82%) Microsoft Clustering
10 15 (1.44%) Ansible
10 15 (1.44%) Cisco CUCM
10 15 (1.44%) ServiceCenter
11 11 (1.05%) NetBackup
11 11 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
12 10 (0.96%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 10 (0.96%) Puppet
12 10 (0.96%) Terraform
12 10 (0.96%) XenMobile
13 8 (0.77%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 782 (74.98%) Microsoft
2 484 (46.40%) VMware
3 249 (23.87%) Cisco
4 175 (16.78%) Citrix
5 105 (10.07%) HP
6 99 (9.49%) Veeam
7 57 (5.47%) Dell
7 57 (5.47%) NetApp
8 44 (4.22%) Mitel
9 41 (3.93%) Apple
10 38 (3.64%) Aruba
10 38 (3.64%) SolarWinds
11 36 (3.45%) F5
12 31 (2.97%) Google
13 28 (2.68%) EMC
13 28 (2.68%) IBM
14 27 (2.59%) Oracle
15 23 (2.21%) Ivanti
15 23 (2.21%) Remedy
16 22 (2.11%) Nimble Storage