Period
to 22 September 2020

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 22 September 2020 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
22 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 410 417 502
Rank change year-on-year +7 +85 -43
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 319 998 949
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.72% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.91% 3.06% 2.41%
Number of salaries quoted 277 874 825
Median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £27,000 £25,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,000 £37,500 £35,500
% change year-on-year +9.33% +5.63% -8.88%

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 10,980 32,638 39,331
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.05% 23.46% 23.62%
Number of salaries quoted 8,051 23,687 29,196
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.88%

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 22 September 2020.

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 22 September 2020. 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 +45 307 £42,500 +6.25% 55
UK excluding London +48 238 £41,000 +9.33% 54
North of England +109 91 £43,750 +10.76% 12
London +74 77 £52,500 +16.67% 10
North West +96 62 £52,500 +40.00% 8
South East +96 54 £35,000 -6.67% 12
Midlands +88 54 £40,000 - 6
West Midlands +74 45 £40,000 - 3
South West +81 24 £47,500 +31.94% 10
Yorkshire +85 17 £35,000 -12.50% 4
Work from Home +34 15 £40,000 -36.00% 9
North East +19 12 £42,500 +17.24%
East Midlands +61 9 £32,500 -18.75% 3
Scotland +82 7 £37,500 +25.00% 4
East of England +70 5 £44,500 +18.67% 4
Wales +41 3 £25,800 -47.35% 4
Isle of Man 0 2 £47,500 +5.56%

For the 6 months to 22 September 2020, 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.

1 319 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 279 (87.46%) Microsoft
3 204 (63.95%) Windows
4 182 (57.05%) MCSE
5 169 (52.98%) Active Directory
6 166 (52.04%) Azure
7 143 (44.83%) VMware
8 107 (33.54%) ITIL
9 104 (32.60%) Windows Server
10 98 (30.72%) DNS
10 98 (30.72%) Office 365
11 89 (27.90%) VMware Infrastructure
12 80 (25.08%) SQL
13 77 (24.14%) SQL Server
14 74 (23.20%) DHCP
15 73 (22.88%) PowerShell
16 72 (22.57%) TCP/IP
17 68 (21.32%) Hyper-V
18 67 (21.00%) Citrix
19 66 (20.69%) Linux
19 66 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
19 66 (20.69%) SAN
20 64 (20.06%) CCNA
20 64 (20.06%) Cisco
21 63 (19.75%) WAN
22 61 (19.12%) Data Centre
23 60 (18.81%) AWS
24 56 (17.55%) Finance
25 54 (16.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 53 (16.61%) LAN

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 42 (13.17%) MS Exchange
2 27 (8.46%) Exchange Server 2010
3 26 (8.15%) SharePoint
4 23 (7.21%) Exchange Server 2013
5 21 (6.58%) IIS
6 5 (1.57%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (1.25%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.31%) Confluence
8 1 (0.31%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 41 (12.85%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.63%) Workfront
2 1 (0.31%) Carpe Diem
Cloud Services
1 166 (52.04%) Azure
2 98 (30.72%) Office 365
3 60 (18.81%) AWS
4 49 (15.36%) IaaS
4 49 (15.36%) PaaS
5 29 (9.09%) GCP
6 15 (4.70%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (2.51%) SaaS
8 7 (2.19%) Power Platform
9 5 (1.57%) G Suite
10 4 (1.25%) Azure Data Factory
10 4 (1.25%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.31%) Amazon Glacier
11 1 (0.31%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.31%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.31%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 98 (30.72%) DNS
2 74 (23.20%) DHCP
3 72 (22.57%) TCP/IP
4 66 (20.69%) SAN
5 63 (19.75%) WAN
6 53 (16.61%) LAN
7 45 (14.11%) Firewall
8 34 (10.66%) Fibre Channel
8 34 (10.66%) iSCSI
9 27 (8.46%) Skype
10 23 (7.21%) VPN
11 17 (5.33%) Network Security
12 14 (4.39%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (4.39%) VoIP
13 12 (3.76%) NetScaler
13 12 (3.76%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (2.82%) Internet
15 8 (2.51%) Cisco ASA
15 8 (2.51%) Wireless
16 7 (2.19%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (24.14%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.39%) SQL Server 2014
3 13 (4.08%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (2.19%) Power BI
4 7 (2.19%) SAP HANA
5 6 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.57%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.25%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.63%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 2 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.63%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2019
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.31%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 4 (1.25%) JIRA
2 2 (0.63%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.31%) Jenkins
General
1 56 (17.55%) Finance
2 24 (7.52%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.39%) Marketing
4 12 (3.76%) Public Sector
5 11 (3.45%) Banking
6 10 (3.13%) Manufacturing
7 7 (2.19%) Electronics
7 7 (2.19%) Legal
8 4 (1.25%) Law
9 3 (0.94%) Back Office
9 3 (0.94%) Local Government
10 2 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.63%) Retail
11 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.31%) Housing Association
11 1 (0.31%) Military
11 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 52 (16.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (14.73%) Architect
2 47 (14.73%) Support Engineer
3 36 (11.29%) Analyst
4 32 (10.03%) IT Engineer
5 30 (9.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 29 (9.09%) Infrastructure Architect
7 28 (8.78%) IT Support
8 23 (7.21%) Administrator
9 22 (6.90%) 3rd Line Support
10 21 (6.58%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 19 (5.96%) Consultant
12 18 (5.64%) Systems Engineer
13 17 (5.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 15 (4.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 15 (4.70%) IT Analyst
14 15 (4.70%) Technical Support
15 14 (4.39%) DBA
16 13 (4.08%) Systems Administrator
16 13 (4.08%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.08%) .NET
2 4 (1.25%) Web Services
3 2 (0.63%) JSON
3 2 (0.63%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 61 (19.12%) Data Centre
2 34 (10.66%) Self-Motivation
3 30 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (5.64%) Private Cloud
5 17 (5.33%) Management Information System
6 13 (4.08%) CMDB
7 12 (3.76%) Clustering
7 12 (3.76%) Replication
8 9 (2.82%) Client/Server
8 9 (2.82%) Driving Licence
8 9 (2.82%) iPhone
9 7 (2.19%) Hedge funds
10 5 (1.57%) EPoS
11 4 (1.25%) Blackberry
11 4 (1.25%) User Experience
11 4 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.94%) iPad
12 3 (0.94%) iSeries
12 3 (0.94%) Reinsurance
12 3 (0.94%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 204 (63.95%) Windows
2 104 (32.60%) Windows Server
3 66 (20.69%) Linux
4 53 (16.61%) Windows 10
5 47 (14.73%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (12.23%) Windows Server 2016
7 33 (10.34%) Windows 7
8 24 (7.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 20 (6.27%) Windows Server 2019
10 14 (4.39%) Windows XP
11 12 (3.76%) Unix
12 8 (2.51%) Android
13 6 (1.88%) Windows 8
14 5 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.94%) CentOS
15 3 (0.94%) HPUX
15 3 (0.94%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (0.94%) Solaris
15 3 (0.94%) SUSE
16 2 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (33.54%) ITIL
2 53 (16.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 51 (15.99%) Disaster Recovery
4 46 (14.42%) TOGAF
5 44 (13.79%) Change Management
6 34 (10.66%) Business Continuity
7 31 (9.72%) Problem-Solving
8 29 (9.09%) Cybersecurity
9 26 (8.15%) Migration
9 26 (8.15%) Project Management
10 23 (7.21%) IT Strategy
10 23 (7.21%) Service Management
11 21 (6.58%) Mentoring
12 19 (5.96%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (5.96%) ITIL V3
13 18 (5.64%) Continuous Improvement
14 17 (5.33%) Service Delivery
15 16 (5.02%) Problem Management
16 15 (4.70%) Decision-Making
16 15 (4.70%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 80 (25.08%) SQL
2 73 (22.88%) PowerShell
3 32 (10.03%) Python
4 29 (9.09%) Bash Shell
5 10 (3.13%) T-SQL
6 7 (2.19%) C#
7 5 (1.57%) VB.NET
8 3 (0.94%) VBScript
9 2 (0.63%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 319 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 182 (57.05%) MCSE
3 66 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
4 64 (20.06%) CCNA
5 54 (16.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 52 (16.30%) MCP
7 44 (13.79%) TOGAF Certification
8 40 (12.54%) Degree
9 34 (10.66%) Server+ Certification
10 29 (9.09%) Security Cleared
11 26 (8.15%) MCTS
11 26 (8.15%) SC Cleared
12 19 (5.96%) RHCE
13 18 (5.64%) ITIL Certification
14 17 (5.33%) MCITP
15 13 (4.08%) CTC Cleared
16 11 (3.45%) A+ Certification
17 9 (2.82%) CCNP
18 8 (2.51%) Citrix Certification
19 6 (1.88%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (8.46%) SLA
2 13 (4.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.13%) GDPR
4 5 (1.57%) COBIT
4 5 (1.57%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.63%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.63%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.31%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.31%) NIST
7 1 (0.31%) NIST 800
System Software
1 169 (52.98%) Active Directory
2 89 (27.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (21.32%) Hyper-V
4 22 (6.90%) vSphere
5 20 (6.27%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (5.96%) XenApp
7 9 (2.82%) XenDesktop
8 7 (2.19%) Docker
9 6 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (1.25%) NFS
11 4 (1.25%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.94%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
12 3 (0.94%) VMware NSX
13 2 (0.63%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.63%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.63%) Firmware
13 2 (0.63%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 38 (11.91%) SCCM
2 24 (7.52%) Ansible
2 24 (7.52%) Puppet
3 17 (5.33%) Microsoft Clustering
3 17 (5.33%) Terraform
4 14 (4.39%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (4.08%) SCOM
6 12 (3.76%) WSUS
7 8 (2.51%) Backup Exec
8 7 (2.19%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (1.57%) Cisco CUCM
9 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 5 (1.57%) WMI
10 4 (1.25%) ServiceCenter
11 3 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.94%) Nagios
11 3 (0.94%) vCenter Server
12 2 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
12 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
12 2 (0.63%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 279 (87.46%) Microsoft
2 143 (44.83%) VMware
3 67 (21.00%) Citrix
4 64 (20.06%) Cisco
5 45 (14.11%) Dell
6 30 (9.40%) HP
7 23 (7.21%) Red Hat
8 19 (5.96%) Veeam
9 18 (5.64%) SAP
10 16 (5.02%) Google
11 15 (4.70%) Oracle
12 12 (3.76%) NetApp
13 10 (3.13%) Siemens
14 9 (2.82%) Apple
15 7 (2.19%) CheckPoint
15 7 (2.19%) Juniper
16 6 (1.88%) F5
16 6 (1.88%) Remedy
17 5 (1.57%) Bloomberg
17 5 (1.57%) Ivanti