Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 742 512 414
Rank change year-on-year -230 -98 +61
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 360 288 926
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.45% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 2.20% 3.39%
Number of salaries quoted 296 227 805
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,550 £25,000
25th Percentile £30,500 £31,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% - -5.88%
75th Percentile £56,263 £50,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £57,500 £66,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,909
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.52% -0.24%

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 30,695 13,087 27,282
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.54% 20.23% 21.84%
Number of salaries quoted 15,568 9,600 20,595
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,750 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,773 £45,000
% change year-on-year +0.46% +10.61% -

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 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -197 326 £43,000 +7.50% 89
UK excluding London -190 239 £42,500 +6.25% 79
London -162 107 £47,500 +26.67% 19
Midlands -99 67 £42,500 +8.97% 9
Work from Home -194 60 £45,000 +5.88% 10
North of England -98 54 £53,350 +15.98% 28
South East -137 44 £30,500 -22.78% 13
West Midlands -79 40 £41,875 +4.69% 6
North West -92 36 £53,350 +7.33% 19
East of England -82 35 £42,500 +21.43% 13
East Midlands -49 27 £50,000 +39.86% 3
South West -61 18 £47,500 -4.04% 7
Scotland -50 14 - - 5
Yorkshire -72 10 £40,000 +45.45% 7
North East -24 8 £55,000 +29.41% 2
Wales -43 8 £45,000 -10.00% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 £30,000 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 360 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 272 (75.56%) Windows
3 267 (74.17%) Microsoft
4 219 (60.83%) Active Directory
5 204 (56.67%) Azure
6 196 (54.44%) VMware
7 192 (53.33%) Windows Server
8 187 (51.94%) MCSE
9 156 (43.33%) Microsoft 365
10 151 (41.94%) ITIL
11 150 (41.67%) VMware Infrastructure
12 123 (34.17%) PowerShell
13 117 (32.50%) AWS
13 117 (32.50%) Social Skills
14 103 (28.61%) DNS
15 96 (26.67%) Cisco
15 96 (26.67%) Citrix
16 94 (26.11%) SQL Server
17 86 (23.89%) MCP
17 86 (23.89%) DHCP
18 85 (23.61%) SQL
19 84 (23.33%) Linux
20 81 (22.50%) Firewall
21 78 (21.67%) SCCM
22 77 (21.39%) Hyper-V
22 77 (21.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 76 (21.11%) Problem-Solving
24 70 (19.44%) WAN
25 69 (19.17%) Microsoft Office
25 69 (19.17%) Cisco Certification

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 56 (15.56%) MS Exchange
2 26 (7.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 18 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (4.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 17 (4.72%) IIS
6 11 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (1.39%) OpenStack
7 5 (1.39%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.83%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.83%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 69 (19.17%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (6.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (6.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.11%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.56%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.28%) Blender
Business Applications
1 11 (3.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (2.78%) Workfront
3 2 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 204 (56.67%) Azure
2 156 (43.33%) Microsoft 365
3 117 (32.50%) AWS
4 47 (13.06%) IaaS
5 43 (11.94%) PaaS
6 35 (9.72%) Azure Active Directory
7 28 (7.78%) GCP
8 17 (4.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 14 (3.89%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (3.89%) Rubrik
10 13 (3.61%) Dynamics 365
11 11 (3.06%) AWS CodeCommit
12 9 (2.50%) SaaS
13 8 (2.22%) Nutanix
14 5 (1.39%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 4 (1.11%) Azure LUIS
15 4 (1.11%) Google Workspace
15 4 (1.11%) Mimecast
15 4 (1.11%) Power Platform
15 4 (1.11%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 103 (28.61%) DNS
2 86 (23.89%) DHCP
3 81 (22.50%) Firewall
4 70 (19.44%) WAN
5 68 (18.89%) VPN
6 64 (17.78%) LAN
7 61 (16.94%) TCP/IP
8 54 (15.00%) Network Security
9 51 (14.17%) SAN
10 35 (9.72%) Wi-Fi
11 34 (9.44%) Remote Desktop
12 26 (7.22%) NAS
13 24 (6.67%) VLAN
14 16 (4.44%) VoIP
15 11 (3.06%) Fibre Channel
16 10 (2.78%) Internet
17 9 (2.50%) MPLS
18 6 (1.67%) SNMP
19 5 (1.39%) Skype
20 4 (1.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (26.11%) SQL Server
2 30 (8.33%) MySQL
3 21 (5.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 20 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
4 20 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (5.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (2.78%) MongoDB
6 10 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (2.78%) SQL Server 2019
7 9 (2.50%) Amazon RDS
8 8 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (1.67%) Hadoop
10 4 (1.11%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (0.83%) Big Data
11 3 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.83%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.83%) Power BI
12 2 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
12 2 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 21 (5.83%) JIRA
2 15 (4.17%) Git (software)
3 12 (3.33%) Jenkins
4 11 (3.06%) Subversion
5 4 (1.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.56%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.28%) Selenium
General
1 117 (32.50%) Social Skills
2 44 (12.22%) Finance
3 26 (7.22%) Public Sector
4 19 (5.28%) Telecoms
5 18 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (2.50%) French Language
6 9 (2.50%) German Language
7 7 (1.94%) Automotive
7 7 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
7 7 (1.94%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.67%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.67%) Retail
9 5 (1.39%) Front Office
10 4 (1.11%) Influencing Skills
10 4 (1.11%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (0.83%) Banking
11 3 (0.83%) Fire and Rescue
11 3 (0.83%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 3 (0.83%) Military
12 2 (0.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 71 (19.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 49 (13.61%) Support Engineer
3 47 (13.06%) IT Engineer
4 43 (11.94%) Analyst
5 36 (10.00%) IT Support
6 27 (7.50%) IT Support Engineer
7 24 (6.67%) Administrator
8 23 (6.39%) Support Analyst
9 19 (5.28%) Service Analyst
9 19 (5.28%) Service Desk Analyst
10 17 (4.72%) Architect
10 17 (4.72%) Cloud Engineer
10 17 (4.72%) Server Engineer
11 15 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
12 14 (3.89%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
12 14 (3.89%) Desktop Support
13 13 (3.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 13 (3.61%) Consultant
13 13 (3.61%) DBA
14 12 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.83%) LDAP
2 11 (3.06%) RabbitMQ
3 9 (2.50%) .NET
4 8 (2.22%) COM
4 8 (2.22%) JSON
5 6 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
5 6 (1.67%) LAMP
5 6 (1.67%) WAMP
6 5 (1.39%) HTML
7 4 (1.11%) AngularJS
7 4 (1.11%) CSS
7 4 (1.11%) Node.js
7 4 (1.11%) React
8 3 (0.83%) Angular 2
8 3 (0.83%) Kafka
8 3 (0.83%) MDX
9 2 (0.56%) ARM Templates
9 2 (0.56%) J2EE
9 2 (0.56%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 68 (18.89%) Data Centre
2 27 (7.50%) Clustering
3 25 (6.94%) Management Information System
4 22 (6.11%) Blackberry
5 21 (5.83%) Self-Motivation
6 20 (5.56%) PKI
7 16 (4.44%) Public Cloud
8 11 (3.06%) Legacy Systems
8 11 (3.06%) User Experience
9 8 (2.22%) NHS
10 6 (1.67%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
11 5 (1.39%) Private Cloud
11 5 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (1.11%) Algorithms
12 4 (1.11%) Biotechnology
12 4 (1.11%) Enterprise Storage
12 4 (1.11%) Replication
13 3 (0.83%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 272 (75.56%) Windows
2 192 (53.33%) Windows Server
3 84 (23.33%) Linux
4 68 (18.89%) Windows 10
5 50 (13.89%) Windows Server 2016
6 46 (12.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (10.83%) Windows Server 2019
8 30 (8.33%) Windows 7
9 22 (6.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 19 (5.28%) Unix
11 13 (3.61%) Apple iOS
12 11 (3.06%) Android
12 11 (3.06%) Windows 8
13 8 (2.22%) CentOS
13 8 (2.22%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (1.39%) VMS
14 5 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.83%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.83%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (41.94%) ITIL
2 77 (21.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 76 (21.11%) Problem-Solving
4 52 (14.44%) Incident Management
4 52 (14.44%) Service Delivery
5 45 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
6 37 (10.28%) Change Control
6 37 (10.28%) Computer Science
6 37 (10.28%) Migration
7 35 (9.72%) Change Management
8 32 (8.89%) Agile Software Development
9 31 (8.61%) Problem Management
10 30 (8.33%) Information Security
11 28 (7.78%) DevOps
11 28 (7.78%) Proactive Management
12 26 (7.22%) Data Migration
12 26 (7.22%) Server Management
12 26 (7.22%) Service Management
13 23 (6.39%) Disaster Recovery
13 23 (6.39%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 123 (34.17%) PowerShell
2 85 (23.61%) SQL
3 32 (8.89%) Python
4 16 (4.44%) Bash
5 11 (3.06%) Groovy
6 10 (2.78%) T-SQL
7 9 (2.50%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.39%) C#
8 5 (1.39%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.11%) C
9 4 (1.11%) Java
9 4 (1.11%) PHP
10 3 (0.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.83%) R
10 3 (0.83%) Scala
11 2 (0.56%) C++
11 2 (0.56%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.56%) Perl
11 2 (0.56%) Ruby
12 1 (0.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 360 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 187 (51.94%) MCSE
3 86 (23.89%) MCP
4 69 (19.17%) Cisco Certification
5 68 (18.89%) CCNA
6 65 (18.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 55 (15.28%) Security Cleared
8 52 (14.44%) SC Cleared
9 50 (13.89%) Degree
10 45 (12.50%) MCITP
11 39 (10.83%) MCTS
12 35 (9.72%) ITIL Certification
13 22 (6.11%) CCNP
14 20 (5.56%) CCA
14 20 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
14 20 (5.56%) MCDST
15 16 (4.44%) Computer Science Degree
16 14 (3.89%) HNC
17 12 (3.33%) A+ Certification
18 11 (3.06%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (18.06%) SLA
2 22 (6.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (2.78%) GDPR
4 3 (0.83%) COBIT
4 3 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.83%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.56%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.56%) NIST
System Software
1 219 (60.83%) Active Directory
2 150 (41.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (21.39%) Hyper-V
4 31 (8.61%) vSphere
5 16 (4.44%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (4.17%) XenApp
7 14 (3.89%) Virtual Servers
8 12 (3.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (1.67%) NFS
10 5 (1.39%) Docker
10 5 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.56%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.56%) Firmware
13 1 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.28%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 78 (21.67%) SCCM
2 40 (11.11%) Microsoft Intune
3 38 (10.56%) WSUS
4 23 (6.39%) NetBackup
5 17 (4.72%) Cisco CUCM
5 17 (4.72%) ServiceCenter
5 17 (4.72%) Terraform
6 16 (4.44%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 15 (4.17%) Backup Exec
8 13 (3.61%) SCOM
9 12 (3.33%) Ansible
10 11 (3.06%) Consul
10 11 (3.06%) Packer
11 7 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
12 6 (1.67%) Kubernetes
12 6 (1.67%) Puppet
12 6 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
13 5 (1.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 2 (0.56%) Dell DRAC
14 2 (0.56%) VxRail
Vendors
1 267 (74.17%) Microsoft
2 196 (54.44%) VMware
3 96 (26.67%) Cisco
3 96 (26.67%) Citrix
4 48 (13.33%) Veeam
5 33 (9.17%) HP
6 31 (8.61%) Dell
6 31 (8.61%) ServiceNow
7 29 (8.06%) Oracle
8 27 (7.50%) Apple
8 27 (7.50%) Remedy
9 21 (5.83%) Bloomberg
10 20 (5.56%) Reuters
11 17 (4.72%) Veritas
12 14 (3.89%) Fortinet
13 10 (2.78%) Ivanti
14 9 (2.50%) Google
14 9 (2.50%) Juniper
14 9 (2.50%) Meraki
14 9 (2.50%) NetApp