Period
to 17 January 2018

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 January 2018 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 436 433 426
Rank change year-on-year -3 -7 -7
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,142 1,232 1,487
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.69% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.79% 2.69% 2.61%
Number of salaries quoted 994 1,086 1,339
UK median annual salary £36,000 £36,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -1.37% +4.29% -
10th Percentile £23,000 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £55,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

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 40,894 45,756 56,909
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.61% 25.73% 27.69%
Number of salaries quoted 31,700 36,357 45,593
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 January 2018.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 15 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 January 2018. 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 -20 1,073 £35,500 -5.33% 156
UK excluding London -30 747 £35,000 - 107
London +40 348 £38,500 -3.75% 54
North of England +22 268 £30,000 -18.92% 26
South East -66 209 £37,250 -0.67% 30
North West +30 147 £27,000 -29.87% 17
Midlands +21 127 £37,500 +7.14% 18
Yorkshire +27 109 £45,000 +38.46% 7
West Midlands +23 79 £38,375 +12.87% 9
East of England +23 64 £34,500 +23.21% 11
South West -34 57 £37,500 +7.14% 16
East Midlands +14 48 £35,000 - 9
Scotland -32 18 £52,500 +23.53% 3
North East -20 14 £38,959 +24.67% 2
Wales +16 10 £41,250 +3.13%

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 1,142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 837 (73.29%) Microsoft
3 814 (71.28%) Windows
4 780 (68.30%) MCSE
5 629 (55.08%) Active Directory
6 532 (46.58%) Windows Server
7 503 (44.05%) VMware
8 416 (36.43%) Office 365
9 412 (36.08%) ITIL
10 323 (28.28%) VMware Infrastructure
11 298 (26.09%) MS Exchange
12 290 (25.39%) Microsoft Azure
13 281 (24.61%) Hyper-V
14 278 (24.34%) Cisco Certification
15 272 (23.82%) CCNA
15 272 (23.82%) Windows Server 2012
16 267 (23.38%) Cisco
17 266 (23.29%) MCP
18 254 (22.24%) Firewall
19 253 (22.15%) Windows Server 2008
20 233 (20.40%) SQL Server
21 216 (18.91%) WAN
22 208 (18.21%) DNS
22 208 (18.21%) Microsoft Office
23 206 (18.04%) Citrix
24 202 (17.69%) PowerShell
25 199 (17.43%) SQL
26 196 (17.16%) LAN
27 180 (15.76%) SCCM
28 174 (15.24%) MCITP

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
1 298 (26.09%) MS Exchange
2 129 (11.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 121 (10.60%) SharePoint
4 83 (7.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 82 (7.18%) Skype for Business
6 65 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2007
7 48 (4.20%) IIS
8 15 (1.31%) SharePoint Server
9 12 (1.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 11 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
11 10 (0.88%) Apache
12 9 (0.79%) IBM Domino
13 7 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
14 6 (0.53%) Confluence
14 6 (0.53%) Tomcat
15 5 (0.44%) Site Server
16 4 (0.35%) IBM Notes
16 4 (0.35%) Oracle Service Bus
17 3 (0.26%) nginx
18 2 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 208 (18.21%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.05%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.088%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 20 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.44%) Eikon
2 5 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.088%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.088%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 416 (36.43%) Office 365
2 290 (25.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 86 (7.53%) Amazon AWS
3 86 (7.53%) Azure Active Directory
4 54 (4.73%) IaaS
5 46 (4.03%) PaaS
5 46 (4.03%) SaaS
6 18 (1.58%) Mimecast
6 18 (1.58%) OneDrive
7 17 (1.49%) Yammer
8 16 (1.40%) Dynamics 365
9 10 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.35%) Bluemix
11 4 (0.35%) G Suite
11 4 (0.35%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.088%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.088%) Route 53
12 1 (0.088%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 254 (22.24%) Firewall
2 216 (18.91%) WAN
3 208 (18.21%) DNS
4 196 (17.16%) LAN
5 174 (15.24%) DHCP
6 169 (14.80%) TCP/IP
7 141 (12.35%) SAN
8 85 (7.44%) VPN
9 67 (5.87%) Skype
10 63 (5.52%) VLAN
11 53 (4.64%) VoIP
12 43 (3.77%) Network Security
13 35 (3.06%) Internet
14 34 (2.98%) Remote Desktop
15 33 (2.89%) Wi-Fi
16 30 (2.63%) NAS
17 21 (1.84%) Cisco ASA
18 18 (1.58%) NetScaler
19 17 (1.49%) IP Telephony
20 13 (1.14%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 233 (20.40%) SQL Server
2 59 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 57 (4.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 47 (4.12%) SQL Server 2012
5 38 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
6 36 (3.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 33 (2.89%) Power BI
8 32 (2.80%) SQL Server 2014
9 30 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
10 26 (2.28%) SQL Server 2016
11 18 (1.58%) Oracle Database
12 9 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
13 8 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
13 8 (0.70%) Oracle Database 12c
14 7 (0.61%) Relational Database
15 6 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
15 6 (0.53%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.53%) OLAP
16 5 (0.44%) MySQL
16 5 (0.44%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 26 (2.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 23 (2.01%) JIRA
3 19 (1.66%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 8 (0.70%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.26%) MSBuild
7 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.18%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.18%) ERwin
9 1 (0.088%) HP UFT
General
1 101 (8.84%) Finance
2 31 (2.71%) Manufacturing
3 29 (2.54%) Telecoms
4 25 (2.19%) Law
5 22 (1.93%) Banking
6 18 (1.58%) Advertising
7 15 (1.31%) Legal
8 14 (1.23%) Retail
9 8 (0.70%) Marketing
10 7 (0.61%) Publishing
11 4 (0.35%) Electronics
11 4 (0.35%) Games
12 3 (0.26%) Arabic Language
12 3 (0.26%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.18%) Back Office
13 2 (0.18%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.088%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.088%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 199 (17.43%) Support Engineer
2 181 (15.85%) Analyst
3 176 (15.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 125 (10.95%) IT Support
5 108 (9.46%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 108 (9.46%) Administrator
6 107 (9.37%) IT Engineer
7 97 (8.49%) Support Analyst
8 93 (8.14%) 2nd Line Support
9 72 (6.30%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 70 (6.13%) 3rd Line Support
11 65 (5.69%) Systems Engineer
12 64 (5.60%) DBA
12 64 (5.60%) IT Support Engineer
13 55 (4.82%) Windows Engineer
14 53 (4.64%) Cloud Engineer
14 53 (4.64%) Server Engineer
15 52 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 51 (4.47%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 50 (4.38%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.71%) .NET
2 20 (1.75%) JSON
3 17 (1.49%) XML
4 13 (1.14%) .NET Framework
5 11 (0.96%) ASP.NET
5 11 (0.96%) HTML
5 11 (0.96%) HTML5
6 10 (0.88%) AngularJS
6 10 (0.88%) CSS
6 10 (0.88%) jQuery
6 10 (0.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 9 (0.79%) Entity Framework
7 9 (0.79%) REST
7 9 (0.79%) SOAP
8 8 (0.70%) LINQ
8 8 (0.70%) WCF
8 8 (0.70%) Web Services
8 8 (0.70%) WPF
8 8 (0.70%) WSDL
8 8 (0.70%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 117 (10.25%) Data Centre
2 71 (6.22%) Management Information System
3 65 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
4 49 (4.29%) Driving Licence
5 41 (3.59%) Computer Science
6 32 (2.80%) Blackberry
7 30 (2.63%) Hybrid Cloud
8 29 (2.54%) Clustering
9 28 (2.45%) Replication
10 27 (2.36%) Private Cloud
11 22 (1.93%) Public Cloud
12 19 (1.66%) Linux Command Line
13 16 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
14 15 (1.31%) User Experience
14 15 (1.31%) Virtual Team
15 14 (1.23%) Enterprise Storage
16 10 (0.88%) PKI
17 9 (0.79%) Fat Client
17 9 (0.79%) NHS
17 9 (0.79%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 814 (71.28%) Windows
2 532 (46.58%) Windows Server
3 272 (23.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 253 (22.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 164 (14.36%) Windows 10
6 151 (13.22%) Linux
7 150 (13.13%) Windows 7
8 71 (6.22%) Windows 8
9 66 (5.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 29 (2.54%) Mac OS X
11 25 (2.19%) Android
12 21 (1.84%) Windows XP
13 19 (1.66%) Unix
14 14 (1.23%) Debian
15 13 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 11 (0.96%) Apple iOS
16 11 (0.96%) SUSE
17 8 (0.70%) CentOS
17 8 (0.70%) Windows Vista
18 6 (0.53%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 412 (36.08%) ITIL
2 100 (8.76%) Disaster Recovery
3 77 (6.74%) Agile Software Development
4 73 (6.39%) PRINCE2
5 71 (6.22%) Project Management
6 68 (5.95%) Change Management
7 64 (5.60%) ITIL V3
8 60 (5.25%) Service Delivery
9 59 (5.17%) Migration
9 59 (5.17%) Performance Tuning
10 58 (5.08%) Presales
11 53 (4.64%) Mentoring
12 49 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
12 49 (4.29%) Service Management
13 47 (4.12%) DevOps
14 46 (4.03%) CRM
15 39 (3.42%) Customer Requirements
15 39 (3.42%) High Availability
15 39 (3.42%) Incident Management
16 38 (3.33%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 202 (17.69%) PowerShell
2 199 (17.43%) SQL
3 61 (5.34%) T-SQL
4 18 (1.58%) C#
5 15 (1.31%) Bash Shell
6 14 (1.23%) JavaScript
7 9 (0.79%) Python
7 9 (0.79%) VBA
8 8 (0.70%) Ruby
8 8 (0.70%) VB
8 8 (0.70%) VBScript
9 4 (0.35%) Java
9 4 (0.35%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.18%) Perl
11 1 (0.088%) C
11 1 (0.088%) C++
11 1 (0.088%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.088%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,142 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 780 (68.30%) MCSE
3 278 (24.34%) Cisco Certification
4 272 (23.82%) CCNA
5 266 (23.29%) MCP
6 174 (15.24%) MCITP
7 105 (9.19%) Degree
8 95 (8.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 73 (6.39%) Citrix Certification
10 70 (6.13%) CCA
11 62 (5.43%) CCNP
12 56 (4.90%) Security Cleared
13 45 (3.94%) MCTS
14 41 (3.59%) A+ Certification
15 26 (2.28%) CCENT
16 23 (2.01%) ITIL Certification
17 22 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
17 22 (1.93%) MCDST
18 21 (1.84%) CISSP
18 21 (1.84%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (11.47%) SLA
2 39 (3.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (2.45%) PCI DSS
4 16 (1.40%) QA
5 12 (1.05%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.44%) GxP
6 5 (0.44%) HIPAA
6 5 (0.44%) NEBOSH
6 5 (0.44%) PMO
7 4 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.26%) COBIT
9 2 (0.18%) TickIT
10 1 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.088%) GDPR
10 1 (0.088%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.088%) NIST 800
System Software
1 629 (55.08%) Active Directory
2 323 (28.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 281 (24.61%) Hyper-V
4 71 (6.22%) vSphere
5 53 (4.64%) XenApp
6 43 (3.77%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (3.42%) XenDesktop
8 29 (2.54%) Virtual Machines
9 26 (2.28%) Terminal Services
10 20 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.66%) Xen
12 13 (1.14%) BitLocker
13 12 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
14 10 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (0.61%) Firmware
16 6 (0.53%) Docker
16 6 (0.53%) UAG
17 5 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 4 (0.35%) VMware Server
19 2 (0.18%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 180 (15.76%) SCCM
2 81 (7.09%) SCOM
3 51 (4.47%) WSUS
4 44 (3.85%) Backup Exec
4 44 (3.85%) Microsoft Intune
5 39 (3.42%) Puppet
6 29 (2.54%) Opscode Chef
7 24 (2.10%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 20 (1.75%) Ansible
9 19 (1.66%) vCenter Server
10 18 (1.58%) Cisco CUCM
10 18 (1.58%) SCSM
11 16 (1.40%) Microsoft Clustering
11 16 (1.40%) SCDPM
12 13 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
12 13 (1.14%) SCVMM
13 12 (1.05%) Failover Clustering
14 11 (0.96%) SCOrch
15 9 (0.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 8 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 837 (73.29%) Microsoft
2 503 (44.05%) VMware
3 267 (23.38%) Cisco
4 206 (18.04%) Citrix
5 65 (5.69%) Dell
6 60 (5.25%) HP
7 56 (4.90%) NetApp
8 54 (4.73%) Veeam
9 44 (3.85%) Symantec
10 41 (3.59%) Apple
11 40 (3.50%) Oracle
12 34 (2.98%) Juniper
12 34 (2.98%) Meraki
13 32 (2.80%) Red Hat
14 27 (2.36%) EMC
15 26 (2.28%) CommVault
16 25 (2.19%) IBM
17 21 (1.84%) Sophos
18 20 (1.75%) Avaya
18 20 (1.75%) SonicWALL