Period
to 17 October 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 October 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 412 497 447
Rank change year-on-year +85 -50 -14
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 979 933 1,198
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.57% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.09% 2.39% 2.80%
Number of salaries quoted 828 754 1,058
UK median annual salary £38,409 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.98% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,825 £22,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £73,750 £53,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +15.38%

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 31,689 39,002 42,786
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.10% 23.71% 24.43%
Number of salaries quoted 23,131 28,878 32,875
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £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 October 2019.

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 17 October 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 +85 880 £38,500 -3.75% 195
UK excluding London +76 662 £37,500 +7.14% 146
London +88 265 £42,500 -5.56% 58
North of England +73 170 £37,000 +34.55% 34
South East +4 161 £35,000 -6.67% 51
Midlands +14 121 £40,000 -5.88% 27
North West +79 91 £32,500 +30.00% 17
South West +24 85 £36,750 -36.09% 16
East of England +41 76 £38,318 +12.70% 9
West Midlands +13 74 £35,000 -17.65% 13
Yorkshire +4 63 £40,000 +35.82% 14
East Midlands +23 47 £45,000 +13.02% 14
Scotland +26 22 £30,000 -3.23% 4
North East +19 16 £31,000 -11.43% 3
Northern Ireland -8 14 £24,000 +14.29% 1
Wales +13 8 £49,000 +15.29% 4
Isle of Man +6 5 £45,000 -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 979 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 762 (77.83%) Windows
3 686 (70.07%) Microsoft
4 618 (63.13%) Office 365
5 603 (61.59%) Active Directory
6 573 (58.53%) MCSE
7 489 (49.95%) Windows Server
8 470 (48.01%) VMware
9 453 (46.27%) Azure
10 357 (36.47%) ITIL
11 289 (29.52%) Cisco
12 268 (27.37%) DNS
13 262 (26.76%) VMware Infrastructure
14 254 (25.94%) Firewall
15 253 (25.84%) Hyper-V
16 243 (24.82%) DHCP
17 234 (23.90%) Windows 10
18 233 (23.80%) Windows Server 2012
19 226 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
20 219 (22.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 217 (22.17%) CCNA
22 214 (21.86%) PowerShell
23 210 (21.45%) MS Exchange
24 191 (19.51%) Citrix
25 183 (18.69%) MCP
26 181 (18.49%) Microsoft Office
27 174 (17.77%) Windows Server 2008
28 165 (16.85%) SCCM
29 163 (16.65%) SQL Server
30 151 (15.42%) Azure Active Directory

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
1 210 (21.45%) MS Exchange
2 116 (11.85%) SharePoint
3 98 (10.01%) Exchange Server 2010
4 87 (8.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 51 (5.21%) IIS
6 49 (5.01%) Skype for Business
7 47 (4.80%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 13 (1.33%) Confluence
10 9 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.61%) Tomcat
12 4 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
14 2 (0.20%) Apache Spark
15 1 (0.10%) OpenStack
Applications
1 181 (18.49%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.02%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.23%) Workfront
2 10 (1.02%) assyst
3 6 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.51%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 618 (63.13%) Office 365
2 453 (46.27%) Azure
3 151 (15.42%) Azure Active Directory
4 118 (12.05%) AWS
5 43 (4.39%) IaaS
6 31 (3.17%) OneDrive
7 27 (2.76%) Cloud Computing
8 23 (2.35%) GCP
9 22 (2.25%) PaaS
10 18 (1.84%) Power Platform
11 13 (1.33%) G Suite
12 10 (1.02%) Mimecast
12 10 (1.02%) SaaS
13 6 (0.61%) PowerApps
14 5 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
14 5 (0.51%) OpenShift
15 4 (0.41%) GitHub
16 3 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
17 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
17 2 (0.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 268 (27.37%) DNS
2 254 (25.94%) Firewall
3 243 (24.82%) DHCP
4 138 (14.10%) TCP/IP
5 135 (13.79%) WAN
6 131 (13.38%) LAN
7 123 (12.56%) VPN
8 97 (9.91%) VoIP
9 73 (7.46%) SAN
10 64 (6.54%) VLAN
11 52 (5.31%) Network Security
12 50 (5.11%) Skype
13 33 (3.37%) iSCSI
14 31 (3.17%) Internet
14 31 (3.17%) NAS
15 30 (3.06%) NetScaler
15 30 (3.06%) Wireless
16 20 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
17 18 (1.84%) IPv4
17 18 (1.84%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (16.65%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 29 (2.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 25 (2.55%) SQL Server 2016
5 18 (1.84%) SQL Server 2014
6 15 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
7 12 (1.23%) Power BI
7 12 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (1.02%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
10 7 (0.72%) Data Lake
10 7 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2017
12 4 (0.41%) Oracle Database
12 4 (0.41%) PowerPivot
12 4 (0.41%) Spatial Data
13 3 (0.31%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (1.43%) JIRA
2 11 (1.12%) MSI
2 11 (1.12%) Visual Studio
3 9 (0.92%) Jenkins
4 8 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.61%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.61%) Terragrunt
6 5 (0.51%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.51%) GCC
7 4 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.10%) GitLab
General
1 88 (8.99%) Finance
2 34 (3.47%) Public Sector
3 32 (3.27%) Retail
4 30 (3.06%) Telecoms
5 28 (2.86%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.63%) Legal
7 9 (0.92%) Games
8 8 (0.82%) Electronics
9 7 (0.72%) Marketing
10 6 (0.61%) Banking
11 5 (0.51%) Law
11 5 (0.51%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.41%) Czech Language
13 2 (0.20%) Advertising
13 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.20%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.10%) Automotive
14 1 (0.10%) Billing
14 1 (0.10%) French Language
14 1 (0.10%) Military
Job Titles
1 166 (16.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 161 (16.45%) Support Engineer
3 132 (13.48%) Analyst
4 126 (12.87%) IT Engineer
5 124 (12.67%) IT Support
6 115 (11.75%) Consultant
7 75 (7.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 71 (7.25%) IT Support Engineer
9 70 (7.15%) Systems Engineer
10 57 (5.82%) Support Analyst
11 48 (4.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 48 (4.90%) Technical Support
12 43 (4.39%) Cloud Engineer
13 41 (4.19%) Administrator
14 40 (4.09%) Microsoft Consultant
15 39 (3.98%) Server Engineer
16 36 (3.68%) 2nd Line Support
16 36 (3.68%) Technical Engineer
17 35 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support
18 34 (3.47%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (0.92%) XMPP
2 8 (0.82%) .NET
2 8 (0.82%) SAML
3 7 (0.72%) HTML
3 7 (0.72%) LDAP
4 6 (0.61%) Web Services
5 5 (0.51%) ASP.NET
5 5 (0.51%) CSS
6 4 (0.41%) AngularJS
6 4 (0.41%) CSS3
6 4 (0.41%) HTML5
7 3 (0.31%) JSON
7 3 (0.31%) Software Packaging
7 3 (0.31%) XML
8 2 (0.20%) Kafka
8 2 (0.20%) OAuth
8 2 (0.20%) SailPoint
9 1 (0.10%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.10%) jQuery
9 1 (0.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 93 (9.50%) Data Centre
2 85 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (5.82%) Management Information System
4 49 (5.01%) Public Cloud
5 48 (4.90%) Self-Motivation
6 42 (4.29%) Driving Licence
7 27 (2.76%) Private Cloud
8 23 (2.35%) Replication
9 20 (2.04%) Blackberry
10 17 (1.74%) Clustering
11 12 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
11 12 (1.23%) Wiki
12 11 (1.12%) PlayStation
12 11 (1.12%) Xbox
13 10 (1.02%) CESG
14 8 (0.82%) Video Conferencing
15 7 (0.72%) iPhone
15 7 (0.72%) N-Tier
15 7 (0.72%) User Experience
16 6 (0.61%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 762 (77.83%) Windows
2 489 (49.95%) Windows Server
3 234 (23.90%) Windows 10
4 233 (23.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 174 (17.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 112 (11.44%) Linux
7 77 (7.87%) Windows 7
8 51 (5.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 39 (3.98%) Windows 8
10 30 (3.06%) Mac OS X
11 21 (2.15%) Android
11 21 (2.15%) CentOS
11 21 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (2.15%) Ubuntu
12 11 (1.12%) Unix
13 10 (1.02%) Mac OS
14 9 (0.92%) AIX
15 8 (0.82%) Apple iOS
15 8 (0.82%) Windows XP
16 5 (0.51%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 357 (36.47%) ITIL
2 219 (22.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 135 (13.79%) Problem-Solving
4 90 (9.19%) Project Delivery
4 90 (9.19%) Service Management
5 79 (8.07%) Project Management
6 75 (7.66%) Incident Management
7 74 (7.56%) Presales
8 67 (6.84%) ITIL V3
9 60 (6.13%) Migration
10 53 (5.41%) Disaster Recovery
10 53 (5.41%) Mentoring
10 53 (5.41%) Problem Management
11 52 (5.31%) Service Delivery
12 49 (5.01%) Change Management
13 48 (4.90%) Server Management
14 47 (4.80%) ITSM
15 45 (4.60%) PRINCE2
16 41 (4.19%) Cybersecurity
17 40 (4.09%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 214 (21.86%) PowerShell
2 122 (12.46%) SQL
3 34 (3.47%) VBScript
4 25 (2.55%) Python
5 24 (2.45%) Bash Shell
6 18 (1.84%) T-SQL
7 11 (1.12%) C#
8 10 (1.02%) JavaScript
9 6 (0.61%) VB
10 5 (0.51%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 4 (0.41%) PHP
12 3 (0.31%) Go
12 3 (0.31%) Java
13 1 (0.10%) C
13 1 (0.10%) C++
13 1 (0.10%) R
Qualifications
1 979 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 573 (58.53%) MCSE
3 226 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
4 217 (22.17%) CCNA
5 183 (18.69%) MCP
6 144 (14.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 112 (11.44%) Degree
8 68 (6.95%) Security Cleared
9 60 (6.13%) MCITP
10 50 (5.11%) CCNP
11 47 (4.80%) A+ Certification
12 46 (4.70%) SC Cleared
13 45 (4.60%) CompTIA Security+
14 43 (4.39%) Citrix Certification
15 30 (3.06%) CISSP
16 23 (2.35%) DV Cleared
16 23 (2.35%) Network+ Certification
17 21 (2.15%) CCA
18 20 (2.04%) VCP6
19 16 (1.63%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (6.44%) SLA
2 25 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (2.04%) QA
4 15 (1.53%) GDPR
5 14 (1.43%) PCI DSS
6 13 (1.33%) COBIT
7 8 (0.82%) Cyber Essentials
8 7 (0.72%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.41%) PMO
10 2 (0.20%) NIST
10 2 (0.20%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 603 (61.59%) Active Directory
2 262 (26.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 253 (25.84%) Hyper-V
4 69 (7.05%) XenApp
5 58 (5.92%) vSphere
6 46 (4.70%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (3.88%) XenDesktop
8 26 (2.66%) Virtual Servers
9 25 (2.55%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 15 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
11 14 (1.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 14 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (1.23%) BitLocker
12 12 (1.23%) pfSense
13 10 (1.02%) Terminal Services
14 9 (0.92%) Docker
15 7 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
16 6 (0.61%) DFS Replication
16 6 (0.61%) Firmware
16 6 (0.61%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 165 (16.85%) SCCM
2 98 (10.01%) Microsoft Intune
3 70 (7.15%) WSUS
4 34 (3.47%) SCOM
5 26 (2.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 23 (2.35%) Backup Exec
7 22 (2.25%) Cisco CUCM
8 19 (1.94%) Ansible
9 15 (1.53%) NetBackup
10 13 (1.33%) ServiceCenter
10 13 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
11 12 (1.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 10 (1.02%) Terraform
12 10 (1.02%) vCenter Server
13 9 (0.92%) Kubernetes
14 8 (0.82%) XenMobile
15 7 (0.72%) SCVMM
16 5 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 5 (0.51%) SolarWinds Orion
17 4 (0.41%) Puppet
Vendors
1 686 (70.07%) Microsoft
2 470 (48.01%) VMware
3 289 (29.52%) Cisco
4 191 (19.51%) Citrix
5 74 (7.56%) HP
6 62 (6.33%) NetApp
7 47 (4.80%) Dell
8 42 (4.29%) Meraki
9 40 (4.09%) Red Hat
10 39 (3.98%) WatchGuard
11 36 (3.68%) EMC
12 35 (3.58%) CommVault
12 35 (3.58%) Ivanti
13 34 (3.47%) Remedy
14 33 (3.37%) Apple
15 32 (3.27%) Veeam
16 31 (3.17%) ServiceNow
17 22 (2.25%) IBM
18 20 (2.04%) Symantec
19 19 (1.94%) SolarWinds