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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 417 441 456
Rank change year-on-year +24 +15  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 594 617 690
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.63% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.71% 2.35% 2.26%
Number of salaries quoted 509 545 605
Median salary £39,000 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% -7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
UK excluding London median salary £39,000 £31,500 £34,000
% change year-on-year +23.80% -7.35%  

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 21959 26250 30481
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.64% 26.69% 27.49%
Number of salaries quoted 17118 21208 24166
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 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.40%  

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 23 June 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 23 June 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 +29 555 £37,750 +16.15% 61
London -18 135 £42,500 -1.16% 10
South East +21 118 £33,500 +3.07% 16
Yorkshire +18 83 £39,000 +50.00% 5
East of England +39 65 £50,000 +22.69% 7
West Midlands +46 64 £42,500 +30.76% 2
West Yorkshire +23 55 £45,000 +73.07% 3
North West -26 49 £38,750 -8.82% 12
Hertfordshire +31 46 £50,000 +53.84% 4
Birmingham +42 43 £45,000 +28.57% 1
Manchester -5 37 £45,000 +5.88% 8
City of London +22 33 £42,500 -5.55% 2
Leeds +19 33 £42,500 +70.00%
South West +2 31 £35,000 +22.80% 5
Hampshire -29 28 £30,000 -11.11% 2
Kent +33 26 £37,500 +63.04% 4
East Yorkshire +1 21 £22,500 -9.09%
Hull -4 21 £22,500 -
Surrey +27 20 £38,250 +17.69% 2
Hatfield +13 20 £50,000 +14.94% 2
West Sussex +20 17 £30,000 -17.24% 2
Bradford +2 17 £45,000 +73.07% 1
Wiltshire +5 16 £36,250 +27.19%
East Midlands -3 16 £36,250 +25.00% 2
Nottinghamshire +8 14 £42,500 +34.92%
Nottingham +5 14 £42,500 +53.15%
Twickenham - 12 £47,500 - 2
Watford -3 11 £55,000 +144.44% 1
Cambridgeshire -12 11 £27,250 -34.33% 1
Southampton +12 10 £30,000 -40.00%

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 1076 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 857 (79.65%) Windows
3 737 (68.49%) Microsoft
4 729 (67.75%) Active Directory
5 689 (64.03%) MCSE
6 601 (55.86%) Windows Server
7 558 (51.86%) VMware
8 420 (39.03%) ITIL
9 415 (38.57%) Office 365
10 366 (34.01%) Windows Server 2012
11 327 (30.39%) VMware Infrastructure
12 319 (29.65%) Windows Server 2008
13 305 (28.35%) Cisco
14 296 (27.51%) MS Exchange
15 293 (27.23%) Hyper-V
16 281 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
17 260 (24.16%) MCP
18 258 (23.98%) Cisco Certification
19 248 (23.05%) DNS
20 235 (21.84%) CCNA
21 230 (21.38%) Firewall
22 215 (19.98%) SQL Server
23 208 (19.33%) Citrix
24 202 (18.77%) DHCP
25 183 (17.01%) SCCM
26 178 (16.54%) SQL
27 172 (15.99%) Windows 7
28 171 (15.89%) WAN
29 169 (15.71%) SAN
30 167 (15.52%) 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
1 296 (27.51%) MS Exchange
2 147 (13.66%) SharePoint
3 132 (12.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 95 (8.83%) Exchange Server 2013
5 85 (7.90%) IIS
6 73 (6.78%) Skype for Business
7 42 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2007
8 28 (2.60%) SharePoint 2013
9 27 (2.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 19 (1.77%) Apache
11 12 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (0.56%) CloudStack
13 6 (0.56%) CMS
13 6 (0.56%) Tomcat
14 5 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.46%) SAS
15 4 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
16 2 (0.19%) Apache Spark
16 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 165 (15.33%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.28%) Adobe Premiere
5 3 (0.28%) Inkscape
5 3 (0.28%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.093%) Revit
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (0.56%) Workfront
2 5 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.19%) BASE24
4 1 (0.093%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.093%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 415 (38.57%) Office 365
2 281 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 88 (8.18%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (3.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 34 (3.16%) IaaS
6 24 (2.23%) PaaS
7 21 (1.95%) SaaS
8 16 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.93%) Yammer
10 7 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (0.65%) Amazon S3
10 7 (0.65%) OneDrive
11 6 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
12 5 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.46%) Mimecast
12 5 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.19%) Akamai
13 2 (0.19%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 248 (23.05%) DNS
2 230 (21.38%) Firewall
3 202 (18.77%) DHCP
4 171 (15.89%) WAN
5 169 (15.71%) SAN
6 167 (15.52%) LAN
7 150 (13.94%) TCP/IP
8 93 (8.64%) VPN
9 61 (5.67%) Skype
10 49 (4.55%) VoIP
11 46 (4.28%) Network Security
12 43 (4.00%) Internet
13 40 (3.72%) iSCSI
14 37 (3.44%) VLAN
15 36 (3.35%) Wireless
16 30 (2.79%) WebEx
17 28 (2.60%) NAS
17 28 (2.60%) Unified Communications
18 20 (1.86%) Wi-Fi
19 18 (1.67%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 215 (19.98%) SQL Server
2 91 (8.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 68 (6.32%) SQL Server 2012
4 39 (3.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (3.44%) SQL Server 2005
6 32 (2.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 28 (2.60%) SQL Server 2014
8 22 (2.04%) SQL Server 2000
9 17 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
11 15 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
12 13 (1.21%) Power BI
13 12 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 7 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
15 5 (0.46%) Big Data
15 5 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
16 4 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
16 4 (0.37%) MongoDB
16 4 (0.37%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 13 (1.21%) MSI
3 5 (0.46%) Visual Studio
4 4 (0.37%) JIRA
5 2 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.093%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.093%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.093%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.093%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.093%) TeamCity
General
1 99 (9.20%) Finance
2 66 (6.13%) Telecoms
3 29 (2.70%) Advertising
4 27 (2.51%) Law
5 23 (2.14%) Marketing
6 19 (1.77%) Legal
7 14 (1.30%) Retail
8 8 (0.74%) Banking
9 6 (0.56%) Spanish Language
10 4 (0.37%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.37%) Portuguese Language
11 3 (0.28%) Automotive
11 3 (0.28%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.19%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.19%) Games
12 2 (0.19%) Polish Language
12 2 (0.19%) Publishing
13 1 (0.093%) Back Office
13 1 (0.093%) Electronics
13 1 (0.093%) Military
Job Titles
1 215 (19.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 215 (19.98%) Support Engineer
2 130 (12.08%) Analyst
3 110 (10.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 97 (9.01%) IT Support
5 92 (8.55%) Administrator
6 88 (8.18%) Windows Engineer
7 82 (7.62%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 78 (7.25%) IT Engineer
9 74 (6.88%) Consultant
10 73 (6.78%) 2nd Line Support
11 72 (6.69%) Server Engineer
12 69 (6.41%) 3rd Line Support
13 65 (6.04%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 64 (5.95%) Support Analyst
15 58 (5.39%) Systems Administrator
15 58 (5.39%) Systems Engineer
16 56 (5.20%) VMware Engineer
17 53 (4.93%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 50 (4.65%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.02%) .NET
2 10 (0.93%) HTML
2 10 (0.93%) Web Services
3 6 (0.56%) Software Packaging
3 6 (0.56%) XML
4 5 (0.46%) XSLT
5 3 (0.28%) CSS
5 3 (0.28%) HTML5
5 3 (0.28%) REST
5 3 (0.28%) SOAP
6 2 (0.19%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.19%) COM
6 2 (0.19%) jQuery
6 2 (0.19%) JSON
6 2 (0.19%) PySpark
6 2 (0.19%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.19%) WSDL
7 1 (0.093%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.093%) LINQ
7 1 (0.093%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 147 (13.66%) Data Centre
2 75 (6.97%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (5.76%) Management Information System
4 55 (5.11%) Clustering
5 49 (4.55%) Computer Science
6 44 (4.09%) Driving Licence
7 33 (3.07%) Replication
8 32 (2.97%) Public Cloud
9 31 (2.88%) Blackberry
10 24 (2.23%) Hybrid Cloud
11 15 (1.39%) CESG
11 15 (1.39%) PKI
11 15 (1.39%) Private Cloud
12 14 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
13 12 (1.12%) CMDB
14 9 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
15 8 (0.74%) Virtual Team
16 7 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
16 7 (0.65%) Fat Client
16 7 (0.65%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 857 (79.65%) Windows
2 601 (55.86%) Windows Server
3 366 (34.01%) Windows Server 2012
4 319 (29.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 172 (15.99%) Windows 7
6 144 (13.38%) Windows 10
7 122 (11.34%) Linux
8 72 (6.69%) Windows Server 2003
9 53 (4.93%) Windows 8
10 38 (3.53%) Unix
11 36 (3.35%) Windows XP
12 23 (2.14%) Mac OS X
13 17 (1.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 15 (1.39%) CentOS
15 12 (1.12%) Android
16 10 (0.93%) Mac OS
16 10 (0.93%) Ubuntu
17 7 (0.65%) Apple iOS
18 5 (0.46%) SUSE
18 5 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 420 (39.03%) ITIL
2 91 (8.46%) Disaster Recovery
3 86 (7.99%) High Availability
4 71 (6.60%) Service Management
5 66 (6.13%) Presales
6 64 (5.95%) Project Management
7 55 (5.11%) ITIL V3
8 54 (5.02%) Time Management
9 52 (4.83%) Migration
10 48 (4.46%) Mobile Device Management
11 44 (4.09%) Root Cause Analysis
11 44 (4.09%) Service Delivery
12 38 (3.53%) Change Management
12 38 (3.53%) Performance Tuning
13 35 (3.25%) Information Security
13 35 (3.25%) Kalman Filter
14 34 (3.16%) Configuration Management
15 32 (2.97%) Business Intelligence
16 31 (2.88%) Data Protection
17 30 (2.79%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 178 (16.54%) SQL
2 149 (13.85%) PowerShell
3 34 (3.16%) VBScript
4 31 (2.88%) T-SQL
5 18 (1.67%) VB
6 14 (1.30%) Bash Shell
6 14 (1.30%) C
7 11 (1.02%) JavaScript
8 8 (0.74%) Shell Script
9 7 (0.65%) Python
10 6 (0.56%) C#
11 4 (0.37%) XPath
12 1 (0.093%) Java
Qualifications
1 1076 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 689 (64.03%) MCSE
3 260 (24.16%) MCP
4 258 (23.98%) Cisco Certification
5 235 (21.84%) CCNA
6 163 (15.15%) MCITP
7 162 (15.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 126 (11.71%) Degree
9 69 (6.41%) Security Cleared
10 59 (5.48%) CCNP
11 54 (5.02%) SC Cleared
12 45 (4.18%) Computer Science Degree
13 44 (4.09%) MCTS
14 42 (3.90%) A+ Certification
15 37 (3.44%) ITIL Certification
16 33 (3.07%) Citrix Certification
17 21 (1.95%) Network+ Certification
18 19 (1.77%) CCA
18 19 (1.77%) CCIE
19 18 (1.67%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (9.29%) SLA
2 21 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.77%) PCI DSS
4 17 (1.58%) Cyber Essentials
4 17 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 6 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 3 (0.28%) QA
7 1 (0.093%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.093%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 729 (67.75%) Active Directory
2 327 (30.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 293 (27.23%) Hyper-V
4 92 (8.55%) vSphere
5 63 (5.86%) VMware ESXi
6 55 (5.11%) XenApp
7 36 (3.35%) XenDesktop
8 33 (3.07%) Virtual Servers
9 16 (1.49%) Terminal Server
10 14 (1.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 13 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
12 8 (0.74%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
14 5 (0.46%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (0.46%) VMware Server
14 5 (0.46%) XenServer
15 4 (0.37%) UAG
16 2 (0.19%) Forefront TMG
16 2 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 183 (17.01%) SCCM
2 58 (5.39%) Backup Exec
3 49 (4.55%) SCOM
4 33 (3.07%) WSUS
5 23 (2.14%) vCenter Server
6 21 (1.95%) DameWare
6 21 (1.95%) Perfmon
6 21 (1.95%) ServiceCenter
7 18 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
8 15 (1.39%) Cisco CUCM
9 12 (1.12%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 11 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
11 10 (0.93%) Nagios
11 10 (0.93%) SCVMM
12 9 (0.84%) NetBackup
13 8 (0.74%) Puppet
13 8 (0.74%) SCSM
14 6 (0.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 5 (0.46%) Failover Clustering
15 5 (0.46%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 737 (68.49%) Microsoft
2 558 (51.86%) VMware
3 305 (28.35%) Cisco
4 208 (19.33%) Citrix
5 122 (11.34%) HP
6 68 (6.32%) NetApp
7 63 (5.86%) Dell
8 58 (5.39%) Veeam
9 34 (3.16%) EMC
10 29 (2.70%) Juniper
11 28 (2.60%) IBM
12 25 (2.32%) CA
12 25 (2.32%) F5
13 23 (2.14%) Draytek
13 23 (2.14%) SonicWALL
14 22 (2.04%) Apple
14 22 (2.04%) Avaya
14 22 (2.04%) SolarWinds
15 19 (1.77%) Remedy
15 19 (1.77%) Symantec
London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £30k - 35k per year + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Itecco
Salary: £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 23 hours ago
Scunthorpe, South Humberside
Senitor Associates
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £35k - 38k per year
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Alpha IT Resourcing
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum + security clearance
Posted: Yesterday
Yeovil, Somerset
Itecco
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £40k - 50k per year + On Call + Over Time
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
onezeero.
Salary: £40000 - £46000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Middlewich, Cheshire
Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Itecco
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
FT Select
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum + on call allowance & benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Etech Partners
Salary: To £27K + Outstanding Bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Slough and Eton School
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum , fringe
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
onezeero.
Salary: £36000 - £46000 per annum + £10000 bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
onezeero.
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Guaranteed Bonus + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
East Midlands
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £40k - 45k per year + Certified Training
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: £36000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Alton, Hampshire
Treloars
Salary: From £25,000 to £28,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Tyne and Wear
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £18000.00 - £24000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Folkestone, Kent
Saga Group Ltd
Salary: Competitive Salary + Benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Ashford, Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £45,000 + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
I3
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago