Period
to 3 March 2021

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 3 March 2021 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 543 412 440
Rank change year-on-year -131 +28 -9
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 283 859 1,012
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.70% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.82% 3.23% 2.78%
Number of salaries quoted 274 798 882
Median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -5.88% +14.86%
10th Percentile £27,150 £25,000 £25,750
90th Percentile £57,425 £67,500 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% +10.00%

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 15,554 26,578 36,454
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.55% 21.75% 24.41%
Number of salaries quoted 10,780 19,987 26,951
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +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 3 March 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 16 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 3 March 2021. 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 -91 267 £40,000 +4.14% 68
UK excluding London -52 213 £40,000 +6.67% 56
Midlands +32 73 £40,000 - 8
London -45 59 £37,500 -6.25% 13
South East +50 58 £36,000 -10.00% 17
West Midlands +41 49 £40,000 +23.08% 2
Work from Home -112 46 £42,500 -20.93% 7
North of England -46 34 £52,500 +61.54% 14
North West +2 26 £52,500 +61.54% 10
East Midlands +21 24 £39,000 -8.24% 6
South West +8 24 £47,500 +18.75% 6
East of England +62 18 £35,000 -8.66% 10
Wales +23 9 £50,000 +33.33% 1
Yorkshire -13 7 £32,500 -18.75% 4
Scotland +34 3 £37,500 +19.05%
North East 0 1 £40,000 +45.45%

For the 6 months to 3 March 2021, 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.

1 283 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 200 (70.67%) Windows
3 197 (69.61%) Microsoft
4 165 (58.30%) MCSE
5 161 (56.89%) Active Directory
6 146 (51.59%) VMware
7 140 (49.47%) Windows Server
8 133 (47.00%) ITIL
9 117 (41.34%) VMware Infrastructure
10 115 (40.64%) Azure
11 110 (38.87%) Microsoft 365
12 84 (29.68%) Cisco
13 81 (28.62%) Hyper-V
14 73 (25.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 71 (25.09%) DNS
16 69 (24.38%) PowerShell
16 69 (24.38%) Cisco Certification
17 68 (24.03%) CCNA
17 68 (24.03%) Linux
18 64 (22.61%) Firewall
18 64 (22.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 56 (19.79%) MCP
19 56 (19.79%) Windows Server 2012
20 54 (19.08%) Service Management
21 51 (18.02%) WAN
22 50 (17.67%) SQL Server
23 48 (16.96%) Windows 10
24 47 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
25 45 (15.90%) ITIL V3
25 45 (15.90%) 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 40 (14.13%) MS Exchange
2 24 (8.48%) SharePoint
3 23 (8.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 22 (7.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (5.30%) Skype for Business
6 6 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.06%) IIS
8 3 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.35%) Apache
10 1 (0.35%) nginx
10 1 (0.35%) Site Server
Applications
1 44 (15.55%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (3.89%) Workfront
2 2 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.35%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 115 (40.64%) Azure
2 110 (38.87%) Microsoft 365
3 35 (12.37%) AWS
4 28 (9.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 22 (7.77%) IaaS
6 21 (7.42%) PaaS
7 17 (6.01%) SaaS
8 13 (4.59%) GCP
9 8 (2.83%) Power Platform
10 7 (2.47%) OneDrive
11 4 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (1.41%) Mimecast
11 4 (1.41%) Yammer
12 3 (1.06%) AWS CodeCommit
12 3 (1.06%) Power Automate
12 3 (1.06%) PowerApps
12 3 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.71%) G Suite
14 1 (0.35%) Azure Data Factory
14 1 (0.35%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 71 (25.09%) DNS
2 64 (22.61%) Firewall
3 51 (18.02%) WAN
4 40 (14.13%) DHCP
5 39 (13.78%) LAN
6 38 (13.43%) SAN
6 38 (13.43%) TCP/IP
7 28 (9.89%) VPN
8 20 (7.07%) VSAN
9 17 (6.01%) VLAN
10 16 (5.65%) Skype
11 14 (4.95%) PBX
12 11 (3.89%) NAS
12 11 (3.89%) Network Security
13 10 (3.53%) Remote Desktop
13 10 (3.53%) Unified Communications
13 10 (3.53%) WebEx
13 10 (3.53%) WLAN
14 9 (3.18%) VoIP
15 8 (2.83%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (17.67%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.47%) Power BI
2 7 (2.47%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (2.12%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.41%) MySQL
4 4 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.71%) MariaDB
6 2 (0.71%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.71%) Oracle Exadata
6 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2019
6 2 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.35%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.35%) Big Data
7 1 (0.35%) MS Access
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.35%) SQLBase
Development Applications
1 3 (1.06%) Git (software)
1 3 (1.06%) Jenkins
1 3 (1.06%) Subversion
General
1 42 (14.84%) Finance
2 14 (4.95%) Public Sector
3 13 (4.59%) Electronics
4 11 (3.89%) Local Government
5 10 (3.53%) Military
6 7 (2.47%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.77%) Fire and Rescue
7 5 (1.77%) Mandarin Language
7 5 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.77%) Marketing
8 4 (1.41%) Banking
8 4 (1.41%) Legal
9 3 (1.06%) Financial Institution
9 3 (1.06%) Housing Association
10 2 (0.71%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.71%) Games
10 2 (0.71%) Publishing
10 2 (0.71%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.35%) Billing
11 1 (0.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 70 (24.73%) IT Engineer
2 54 (19.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 38 (13.43%) Support Engineer
4 35 (12.37%) Systems Engineer
5 26 (9.19%) Analyst
6 25 (8.83%) IT Support
7 22 (7.77%) Administrator
8 20 (7.07%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
9 16 (5.65%) Infrastructure Support
9 16 (5.65%) IT Support Engineer
9 16 (5.65%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (5.30%) Server Engineer
11 14 (4.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 14 (4.95%) Applications Engineer
11 14 (4.95%) DBA
11 14 (4.95%) Support Analyst
12 13 (4.59%) Systems Administrator
13 12 (4.24%) 2nd Line Support
13 12 (4.24%) IT Analyst
13 12 (4.24%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.65%) .NET
2 6 (2.12%) JSON
3 5 (1.77%) Web Services
4 4 (1.41%) LAMP
4 4 (1.41%) WAMP
5 3 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.71%) XML
7 1 (0.35%) CGI
7 1 (0.35%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 38 (13.43%) Data Centre
2 35 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (8.13%) Clustering
4 16 (5.65%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (5.30%) Management Information System
6 13 (4.59%) Replication
7 10 (3.53%) BYOD
7 10 (3.53%) User Experience
8 8 (2.83%) EPoS
8 8 (2.83%) Private Cloud
9 6 (2.12%) Driving Licence
9 6 (2.12%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.77%) CMDB
11 4 (1.41%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (1.06%) Blackberry
12 3 (1.06%) iPhone
13 2 (0.71%) Blog
13 2 (0.71%) Fat Client
13 2 (0.71%) iPad
13 2 (0.71%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 200 (70.67%) Windows
2 140 (49.47%) Windows Server
3 68 (24.03%) Linux
4 56 (19.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 48 (16.96%) Windows 10
6 36 (12.72%) Windows Server 2016
7 24 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (6.71%) Windows Server 2019
9 17 (6.01%) Windows 7
10 12 (4.24%) Unix
11 10 (3.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.41%) Android
12 4 (1.41%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.41%) Windows XP
13 3 (1.06%) Debian
13 3 (1.06%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.71%) CentOS
14 2 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.71%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.35%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (47.00%) ITIL
2 73 (25.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 54 (19.08%) Service Management
4 47 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (15.90%) ITIL V3
6 31 (10.95%) Disaster Recovery
7 25 (8.83%) Project Management
8 21 (7.42%) DevOps
8 21 (7.42%) Migration
9 18 (6.36%) Cybersecurity
10 17 (6.01%) Change Control
10 17 (6.01%) Continuous Improvement
10 17 (6.01%) High Availability
10 17 (6.01%) IT Strategy
10 17 (6.01%) Server Virtualisation
11 16 (5.65%) Computer Science
11 16 (5.65%) Time Management
12 14 (4.95%) Agile Software Development
12 14 (4.95%) Configuration Management
13 13 (4.59%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 69 (24.38%) PowerShell
2 43 (15.19%) SQL
3 16 (5.65%) Python
4 14 (4.95%) Bash Shell
5 9 (3.18%) VB.NET
6 7 (2.47%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.41%) C#
8 3 (1.06%) Groovy
8 3 (1.06%) VBScript
9 2 (0.71%) VB
Qualifications
1 283 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 165 (58.30%) MCSE
3 69 (24.38%) Cisco Certification
4 68 (24.03%) CCNA
5 64 (22.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 56 (19.79%) MCP
7 45 (15.90%) MCITP
8 43 (15.19%) Degree
8 43 (15.19%) Security Cleared
9 38 (13.43%) SC Cleared
10 20 (7.07%) CCNP
10 20 (7.07%) ITIL Certification
11 18 (6.36%) MCTS
12 15 (5.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 13 (4.59%) CCENT
13 13 (4.59%) DV Cleared
14 11 (3.89%) CISSP
15 10 (3.53%) Network+ Certification
16 9 (3.18%) MCDBA
16 9 (3.18%) NCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (7.07%) SLA
2 7 (2.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.06%) GDPR
3 3 (1.06%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.06%) QA
4 1 (0.35%) HIPAA
System Software
1 161 (56.89%) Active Directory
2 117 (41.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (28.62%) Hyper-V
4 43 (15.19%) vSphere
5 39 (13.78%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (8.48%) Virtual Servers
6 24 (8.48%) XenApp
7 22 (7.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 16 (5.65%) XenDesktop
9 10 (3.53%) VMware NSX
10 6 (2.12%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.35%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.35%) Docker
12 1 (0.35%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.35%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 43 (15.19%) SCCM
2 32 (11.31%) SCOM
3 20 (7.07%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 18 (6.36%) Backup Exec
4 18 (6.36%) WSUS
5 14 (4.95%) Terraform
6 11 (3.89%) Ansible
6 11 (3.89%) NetBackup
6 11 (3.89%) Puppet
7 9 (3.18%) Microsoft Intune
7 9 (3.18%) WMI
8 7 (2.47%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (2.12%) Microsoft Clustering
9 6 (2.12%) SCOrch
10 4 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (1.41%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (1.06%) Consul
11 3 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (1.06%) SCVMM
11 3 (1.06%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 197 (69.61%) Microsoft
2 146 (51.59%) VMware
3 84 (29.68%) Cisco
4 38 (13.43%) Citrix
5 29 (10.25%) NetApp
5 29 (10.25%) Veeam
6 28 (9.89%) Dell
7 25 (8.83%) Oracle
8 23 (8.13%) Sophos
9 21 (7.42%) Red Hat
10 19 (6.71%) HP
11 18 (6.36%) EMC
12 15 (5.30%) Remedy
12 15 (5.30%) ServiceNow
13 12 (4.24%) Google
13 12 (4.24%) SolarWinds
14 11 (3.89%) Ivanti
14 11 (3.89%) Juniper
15 10 (3.53%) Polycom
15 10 (3.53%) Yealink