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 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 433 414 401
Rank change year-on-year -19 -13  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 500 733 791
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.70% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.36% 2.53% 2.68%
Number of salaries quoted 443 655 714
Median salary £38,500 £35,000 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.94%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,700 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.35% +4.61%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21176 28957 29482
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.79% 27.74% 27.53%
Number of salaries quoted 16691 23223 23131
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -39 466 £38,500 +10.00% 55
London -12 153 £42,500 +6.25% 14
South East +10 101 £36,500 +12.30% 14
East of England +11 55 £35,250 +17.50% 3
Yorkshire +55 44 £37,500 +44.23% 7
Surrey +36 42 £30,500 -26.06% 5
West Yorkshire +40 34 £38,500 +48.07% 5
North West -39 34 £36,250 -3.33% 9
City of London +22 32 £42,000 -1.17% 6
East Midlands -3 31 £42,875 +47.84% 2
Leeds +45 30 £38,500 +71.11% 4
South West +5 27 £29,500 +3.50% 2
Hertfordshire +12 23 £36,000 +1.40% 1
Manchester -45 22 £42,500 +6.25% 5
West Midlands +7 20 £37,750 -3.20% 3
Guildford +25 17 £40,000 +45.45% 1
Hampshire -4 16 £40,000 +23.07% 4
Nottingham +15 15 £37,500 +15.38%
Nottinghamshire +12 15 £37,500 +20.00%
Buckinghamshire +26 14 £35,000 +7.69% 2
Cambridgeshire +19 12 £33,000 +60.97% 1
Bedfordshire +32 11 £37,500 +7.14%
Derbyshire +4 11 £47,500 +86.27% 1
Berkshire +29 10 £52,500 -4.54% 1
High Wycombe +13 9 £35,000 +18.64%
Derby +7 9 £52,500 +81.03% 1
Oxfordshire +2 9 £42,500 +34.92%
Bristol -5 9 £29,000 +6.42%
Hull - 9 £26,000 - 1
Cambridge - 9 £37,500 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1011 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 767 (75.87%) Windows
3 717 (70.92%) Microsoft
4 626 (61.92%) Active Directory
5 619 (61.23%) MCSE
6 528 (52.23%) Windows Server
7 517 (51.14%) VMware
8 380 (37.59%) Office 365
9 375 (37.09%) ITIL
10 373 (36.89%) Windows Server 2012
11 332 (32.84%) MS Excel
12 326 (32.25%) VMware Infrastructure
13 325 (32.15%) Cisco
14 319 (31.55%) Windows Server 2008
15 297 (29.38%) Hyper-V
16 294 (29.08%) MS Exchange
17 255 (25.22%) Cisco Certification
18 234 (23.15%) CCNA
19 232 (22.95%) Microsoft Azure
20 231 (22.85%) MCP
21 222 (21.96%) SQL Server
22 212 (20.97%) Firewall
23 183 (18.10%) Citrix
24 178 (17.61%) Windows 7
25 177 (17.51%) DNS
26 165 (16.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
27 161 (15.92%) SCCM
28 159 (15.73%) SQL
29 153 (15.13%) LAN
29 153 (15.13%) 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
1 294 (29.08%) MS Exchange
2 136 (13.45%) Exchange Server 2010
3 129 (12.76%) SharePoint
4 117 (11.57%) Exchange Server 2013
5 66 (6.53%) Skype for Business
6 61 (6.03%) IIS
7 50 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (1.78%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2003
10 11 (1.09%) Apache
11 10 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
12 9 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.69%) SAS
14 6 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
15 5 (0.49%) CloudStack
16 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
17 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
17 2 (0.20%) OpenStack
18 1 (0.099%) Apache Spark
18 1 (0.099%) Moodle
Applications
1 332 (32.84%) MS Excel
2 143 (14.14%) MS Office
3 14 (1.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.099%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.30%) Sage 1000
3 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.20%) Workfront
4 1 (0.099%) Bankmaster
4 1 (0.099%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.099%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 380 (37.59%) Office 365
2 232 (22.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 66 (6.53%) Amazon AWS
4 45 (4.45%) SaaS
5 21 (2.08%) PaaS
6 20 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 19 (1.88%) IaaS
8 17 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
9 10 (0.99%) Yammer
10 4 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.40%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.40%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.40%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.20%) Akamai
11 2 (0.20%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (0.20%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 1 (0.099%) Dropbox
Communications & Networking
1 212 (20.97%) Firewall
2 177 (17.51%) DNS
3 153 (15.13%) LAN
3 153 (15.13%) WAN
4 151 (14.94%) DHCP
5 141 (13.95%) SAN
6 116 (11.47%) TCP/IP
7 93 (9.20%) VPN
8 52 (5.14%) Skype
9 46 (4.55%) VLAN
10 38 (3.76%) VoIP
11 37 (3.66%) Internet
11 37 (3.66%) Wireless
12 30 (2.97%) Network Security
13 22 (2.18%) iSCSI
13 22 (2.18%) Unified Communications
14 19 (1.88%) Cisco IOS
15 18 (1.78%) NAS
16 17 (1.68%) Remote Desktop
17 16 (1.58%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (21.96%) SQL Server
2 109 (10.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 79 (7.81%) SQL Server 2012
4 46 (4.55%) SQL Server 2005
4 46 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (3.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 30 (2.97%) SQL Server 2014
7 14 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
8 12 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
9 11 (1.09%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (0.99%) Big Data
11 8 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
11 8 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (0.59%) Power BI
13 5 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.49%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 5 (0.49%) SAS Enterprise Guide
14 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 3 (0.30%) QlikView
15 3 (0.30%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (1.29%) MSI
2 6 (0.59%) Visual Studio
3 4 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.20%) JIRA
5 1 (0.099%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.099%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.099%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.099%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 91 (9.00%) Finance
2 51 (5.04%) Telecoms
3 26 (2.57%) Marketing
4 24 (2.37%) Law
5 20 (1.98%) Retail
6 16 (1.58%) Legal
7 14 (1.38%) Multimedia
8 11 (1.09%) Advertising
9 10 (0.99%) Publishing
10 9 (0.89%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.79%) Banking
12 7 (0.69%) Games
13 4 (0.40%) Electronics
13 4 (0.40%) Military
14 3 (0.30%) Automotive
15 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.20%) Back Office
15 2 (0.20%) Polish Language
15 2 (0.20%) Spanish Language
16 1 (0.099%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 188 (18.60%) Support Engineer
2 168 (16.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 127 (12.56%) Administrator
4 124 (12.27%) Analyst
5 95 (9.40%) IT Support
6 86 (8.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 80 (7.91%) IT Engineer
8 76 (7.52%) Consultant
9 71 (7.02%) 3rd Line Support
10 69 (6.82%) Windows Engineer
11 63 (6.23%) Systems Administrator
12 62 (6.13%) DBA
13 60 (5.93%) Server Engineer
14 59 (5.84%) 2nd Line Support
15 58 (5.74%) IT Support Engineer
16 52 (5.14%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 52 (5.14%) SQL DBA
16 52 (5.14%) Support Analyst
17 51 (5.04%) VMware Engineer
18 49 (4.85%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.38%) Web Services
2 10 (0.99%) Software Packaging
3 9 (0.89%) .NET
4 5 (0.49%) REST
4 5 (0.49%) SOAP
5 4 (0.40%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.30%) HTML
7 2 (0.20%) Middleware
8 1 (0.099%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (0.099%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.099%) SAP PI
8 1 (0.099%) UDDI
8 1 (0.099%) WCF
8 1 (0.099%) WF
8 1 (0.099%) WSDL
8 1 (0.099%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 132 (13.06%) Data Centre
2 78 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (5.04%) Clustering
3 51 (5.04%) Management Information System
4 50 (4.95%) Driving Licence
5 43 (4.25%) Computer Science
6 30 (2.97%) Public Cloud
7 28 (2.77%) Replication
8 22 (2.18%) Blackberry
9 20 (1.98%) Data Protection Act
10 19 (1.88%) Enterprise Software
11 13 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
11 13 (1.29%) PKI
12 12 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
13 11 (1.09%) Private Cloud
14 8 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.69%) iPad
16 6 (0.59%) CESG
16 6 (0.59%) Enterprise Storage
16 6 (0.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 767 (75.87%) Windows
2 528 (52.23%) Windows Server
3 373 (36.89%) Windows Server 2012
4 319 (31.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 178 (17.61%) Windows 7
6 109 (10.78%) Windows 10
7 89 (8.80%) Linux
8 82 (8.11%) Windows 8
9 77 (7.62%) Windows Server 2003
10 35 (3.46%) Mac OS X
11 26 (2.57%) Unix
12 20 (1.98%) Android
13 16 (1.58%) Windows XP
14 15 (1.48%) Apple iOS
15 12 (1.19%) Ubuntu
16 11 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 10 (0.99%) CentOS
17 10 (0.99%) Mac OS
18 8 (0.79%) Windows Phone
18 8 (0.79%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (37.09%) ITIL
2 99 (9.79%) High Availability
3 84 (8.31%) Disaster Recovery
4 63 (6.23%) ITIL V3
5 62 (6.13%) Presales
6 55 (5.44%) Migration
7 49 (4.85%) Performance Tuning
8 48 (4.75%) Service Management
9 45 (4.45%) Project Management
10 43 (4.25%) Time Management
11 42 (4.15%) Service Delivery
12 40 (3.96%) Data Protection
13 39 (3.86%) PRINCE2
14 36 (3.56%) Information Security
15 34 (3.36%) Customer Requirements
16 31 (3.07%) Change Management
16 31 (3.07%) Mentoring
16 31 (3.07%) Software Deployment
17 28 (2.77%) Mobile Device Management
18 27 (2.67%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 159 (15.73%) SQL
2 90 (8.90%) PowerShell
3 36 (3.56%) T-SQL
4 20 (1.98%) VBScript
5 11 (1.09%) VB
6 9 (0.89%) C#
7 7 (0.69%) C
7 7 (0.69%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.30%) Python
Qualifications
1 1011 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 619 (61.23%) MCSE
3 255 (25.22%) Cisco Certification
4 234 (23.15%) CCNA
5 231 (22.85%) MCP
6 165 (16.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 146 (14.44%) MCITP
8 136 (13.45%) Degree
9 75 (7.42%) Security Cleared
10 58 (5.74%) SC Cleared
11 57 (5.64%) CCNP
12 46 (4.55%) A+ Certification
13 43 (4.25%) Citrix Certification
14 38 (3.76%) ITIL Certification
15 34 (3.36%) CCA
16 26 (2.57%) MCTS
17 24 (2.37%) VCP5
18 22 (2.18%) MCDST
19 19 (1.88%) CCENT
20 17 (1.68%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (9.69%) SLA
2 39 (3.86%) PCI DSS
3 24 (2.37%) QA
4 15 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.099%) COBIT
6 1 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.099%) GCP
6 1 (0.099%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.099%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 626 (61.92%) Active Directory
2 326 (32.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 297 (29.38%) Hyper-V
4 97 (9.59%) vSphere
5 67 (6.63%) XenApp
6 37 (3.66%) XenDesktop
7 32 (3.17%) VMware ESXi
8 27 (2.67%) Virtual Servers
9 23 (2.27%) VMware ESX
10 15 (1.48%) Microsoft App-V
11 9 (0.89%) XenServer
12 7 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
14 4 (0.40%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
15 3 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
15 3 (0.30%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.20%) BitLocker
16 2 (0.20%) Firmware
16 2 (0.20%) iptables
Systems Management
1 161 (15.92%) SCCM
2 48 (4.75%) WSUS
3 35 (3.46%) Backup Exec
4 31 (3.07%) SCOM
5 16 (1.58%) Nessus
6 14 (1.38%) McAfee ePO
7 11 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (0.99%) ServiceCenter
9 9 (0.89%) Failover Clustering
10 7 (0.69%) DameWare
10 7 (0.69%) Perfmon
10 7 (0.69%) vRealize
11 6 (0.59%) Nagios
11 6 (0.59%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.59%) Puppet
12 5 (0.49%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 5 (0.49%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
13 4 (0.40%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 717 (70.92%) Microsoft
2 517 (51.14%) VMware
3 325 (32.15%) Cisco
4 183 (18.10%) Citrix
5 112 (11.08%) HP
6 67 (6.63%) Dell
7 58 (5.74%) NetApp
8 43 (4.25%) Apple
9 38 (3.76%) Veeam
10 37 (3.66%) Draytek
11 29 (2.87%) EMC
12 26 (2.57%) IBM
13 19 (1.88%) Intel Security
14 18 (1.78%) AppSense
14 18 (1.78%) CA
14 18 (1.78%) Qualys
15 17 (1.68%) SonicWALL
16 16 (1.58%) Avaya
16 16 (1.58%) Juniper
16 16 (1.58%) NETGEAR
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Salary: £30k - 35k per year + Pension
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Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
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Salary: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Car
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Salary: £30k - 35k per year + benefits
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Salary: £44000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits and rewards
Posted: Yesterday
Daventry, Northamptonshire
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Salary: £20000 - £240000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
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Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £27000.00 per annum
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + pension + bonus
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Salary: to £35,000 + Benefits
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West London
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Salary: to £37,000 + Benefits
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Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Great Benefits + Projects
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
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Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
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Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
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