Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 494 455 448
Rank change year-on-year -39 -7 +22
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 961 1,186 1,354
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.67% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.43% 2.73% 2.63%
Number of salaries quoted 783 1,042 1,213
UK median annual salary £40,000 £38,959 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.67% +11.31% -
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £55,000 £53,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £38,750 £32,500
% change year-on-year -9.68% +19.23% -7.14%

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 39,565 43,428 51,551
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.63% 24.48% 26.58%
Number of salaries quoted 29,372 33,330 41,578
UK median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 19 September 2018.

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 19 September 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 -46 885 £40,000 +6.67% 133
UK excluding London -59 625 £35,000 -9.68% 100
London +35 294 £45,000 +12.50% 38
South East -19 193 £37,500 +1.35% 24
Midlands +19 138 £40,000 - 13
North of England -73 133 £27,500 -26.67% 30
East of England +5 88 £32,500 -25.71% 10
West Midlands -8 81 £41,500 -2.35% 9
North West -40 71 £25,000 -16.67% 16
South West +15 64 £42,500 +21.43% 18
Yorkshire -57 60 £29,900 -25.25% 12
East Midlands +36 56 £39,817 +9.84% 4
Wales +10 17 £42,500 +6.25% 2
Northern Ireland +12 13 £21,000 -15.15%
Scotland -19 6 £32,500 -38.10% 3
North East -30 2 £35,000 -10.16% 2
Isle of Man - 2 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 19 September 2018, 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.

1 961 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 719 (74.82%) Microsoft
3 709 (73.78%) Windows
4 622 (64.72%) MCSE
5 542 (56.40%) Active Directory
6 452 (47.03%) VMware
7 406 (42.25%) Windows Server
8 386 (40.17%) ITIL
9 364 (37.88%) Office 365
10 340 (35.38%) Microsoft Azure
11 284 (29.55%) MCP
12 260 (27.06%) Windows Server 2012
13 247 (25.70%) Hyper-V
14 240 (24.97%) VMware Infrastructure
15 219 (22.79%) MS Exchange
16 213 (22.16%) Cisco
16 213 (22.16%) Firewall
17 212 (22.06%) Citrix
18 211 (21.96%) Microsoft Office
19 193 (20.08%) Windows Server 2008
20 186 (19.35%) SQL Server
21 181 (18.83%) SQL
22 172 (17.90%) DNS
23 168 (17.48%) PowerShell
24 164 (17.07%) Windows 10
25 161 (16.75%) CCNA
25 161 (16.75%) Cisco Certification
26 157 (16.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 154 (16.02%) LAN
27 154 (16.02%) Windows 7

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
1 219 (22.79%) MS Exchange
2 109 (11.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 84 (8.74%) Exchange Server 2013
4 69 (7.18%) SharePoint
5 44 (4.58%) Skype for Business
6 39 (4.06%) Exchange Server 2007
7 35 (3.64%) IIS
8 18 (1.87%) IBM Notes
9 17 (1.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 12 (1.25%) nginx
11 9 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
12 8 (0.83%) CMS
12 8 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.83%) Oracle Service Bus
13 7 (0.73%) Site Server
14 6 (0.62%) Apache
15 5 (0.52%) Confluence
15 5 (0.52%) Tomcat
16 2 (0.21%) Apache Spark
16 2 (0.21%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 211 (21.96%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (4.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 31 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.35%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.31%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.31%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.21%) CATIA
6 2 (0.21%) InDesign
6 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.21%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.21%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.21%) Maximo
2 2 (0.21%) SAP R/3
2 2 (0.21%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
2 2 (0.21%) Workfront
3 1 (0.10%) Rolfe and Nolan
3 1 (0.10%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 364 (37.88%) Office 365
2 340 (35.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 128 (13.32%) Amazon AWS
4 49 (5.10%) Azure Active Directory
5 39 (4.06%) IaaS
6 36 (3.75%) PaaS
7 33 (3.43%) Cloud Computing
8 24 (2.50%) Amazon EC2
8 24 (2.50%) Amazon S3
9 20 (2.08%) SaaS
10 18 (1.87%) Amazon EMR
10 18 (1.87%) Amazon Kinesis
10 18 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
10 18 (1.87%) Serverless
11 17 (1.77%) Amazon SQS
12 11 (1.14%) G Suite
13 10 (1.04%) IBM Cloud
14 9 (0.94%) Mimecast
15 8 (0.83%) GitHub
15 8 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 213 (22.16%) Firewall
2 172 (17.90%) DNS
3 154 (16.02%) LAN
4 145 (15.09%) WAN
5 141 (14.67%) TCP/IP
6 139 (14.46%) DHCP
7 130 (13.53%) SAN
8 97 (10.09%) VPN
9 61 (6.35%) Network Security
10 52 (5.41%) Wireless
11 46 (4.79%) Internet
12 40 (4.16%) Skype
13 39 (4.06%) VLAN
14 36 (3.75%) VoIP
15 29 (3.02%) Remote Desktop
16 23 (2.39%) Ethernet
17 22 (2.29%) Cisco ASA
18 20 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
19 16 (1.66%) MPLS
20 15 (1.56%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 186 (19.35%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.27%) Relational Database
3 33 (3.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 32 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
5 28 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 27 (2.81%) Amazon RDS
6 27 (2.81%) SQL Server 2016
7 25 (2.60%) RDBMS
8 24 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 23 (2.39%) MySQL
10 19 (1.98%) Amazon Redshift
11 18 (1.87%) Cosmos DB
12 15 (1.56%) Power BI
12 15 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
12 15 (1.56%) SQL Server 2014
13 14 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
14 13 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
15 12 (1.25%) Oracle Database
16 8 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 15 (1.56%) TeamCity
2 14 (1.46%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.46%) JIRA
3 13 (1.35%) Jenkins
4 11 (1.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (0.73%) MSI
7 6 (0.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (0.31%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.21%) GCC
9 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.10%) AutoIt
10 1 (0.10%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.10%) git-flow
10 1 (0.10%) GitLab
10 1 (0.10%) HP UFT
10 1 (0.10%) JMeter
10 1 (0.10%) ReSharper
10 1 (0.10%) Selenium
10 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio
General
1 125 (13.01%) Finance
2 32 (3.33%) Retail
3 26 (2.71%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.29%) Games
5 19 (1.98%) Marketing
6 17 (1.77%) Billing
7 11 (1.14%) Publishing
8 10 (1.04%) Legal
9 9 (0.94%) Advertising
10 8 (0.83%) Banking
11 7 (0.73%) Automotive
12 5 (0.52%) Back Office
13 3 (0.31%) French Language
13 3 (0.31%) Law
13 3 (0.31%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.21%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.21%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.10%) Electronics
15 1 (0.10%) German Language
15 1 (0.10%) Military
Job Titles
1 183 (19.04%) Support Engineer
2 131 (13.63%) Analyst
3 121 (12.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 110 (11.45%) IT Support
5 99 (10.30%) IT Engineer
6 86 (8.95%) Support Analyst
7 75 (7.80%) Architect
8 73 (7.60%) 2nd Line Support
9 70 (7.28%) Administrator
10 64 (6.66%) Consultant
11 60 (6.24%) IT Support Engineer
12 57 (5.93%) 3rd Line Support
13 54 (5.62%) Systems Engineer
14 53 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 50 (5.20%) Solutions Architect
16 41 (4.27%) IT Analyst
17 39 (4.06%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 39 (4.06%) Cloud Architect
18 38 (3.95%) DBA
19 36 (3.75%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (5.20%) .NET
2 48 (4.99%) Web Services
3 22 (2.29%) XML
4 19 (1.98%) JSON
5 15 (1.56%) ASP.NET
6 11 (1.14%) ASP.NET Web API
6 11 (1.14%) Flash
6 11 (1.14%) Middleware
7 9 (0.94%) Software Packaging
8 7 (0.73%) HTML
8 7 (0.73%) RabbitMQ
9 5 (0.52%) .NET Framework
9 5 (0.52%) SailPoint
10 3 (0.31%) CSS
10 3 (0.31%) WAP
11 2 (0.21%) REST
12 1 (0.10%) COM
12 1 (0.10%) LDAP
12 1 (0.10%) Play Framework
12 1 (0.10%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 117 (12.17%) Data Centre
2 70 (7.28%) Self-Motivation
3 62 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (6.45%) Public Cloud
4 53 (5.52%) iPad
5 51 (5.31%) Blackberry
6 45 (4.68%) Management Information System
7 43 (4.47%) Computer Science
8 34 (3.54%) Driving Licence
9 32 (3.33%) Clustering
10 25 (2.60%) Replication
11 24 (2.50%) Client/Server
12 19 (1.98%) iPhone
13 17 (1.77%) PKI
14 16 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
15 15 (1.56%) NHS
16 14 (1.46%) Private Cloud
16 14 (1.46%) Video Conferencing
17 12 (1.25%) Mobile Payment
18 11 (1.14%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 709 (73.78%) Windows
2 406 (42.25%) Windows Server
3 260 (27.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 193 (20.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 164 (17.07%) Windows 10
6 154 (16.02%) Windows 7
7 136 (14.15%) Linux
8 46 (4.79%) Mac OS X
9 45 (4.68%) Windows 8
10 42 (4.37%) Unix
11 40 (4.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 34 (3.54%) Android
13 33 (3.43%) Apple iOS
13 33 (3.43%) Windows XP
14 27 (2.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 16 (1.66%) Mac OS
16 10 (1.04%) Windows Mobile
17 6 (0.62%) HPUX
17 6 (0.62%) Windows Vista
18 5 (0.52%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 386 (40.17%) ITIL
2 157 (16.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 140 (14.57%) Problem-Solving
4 98 (10.20%) ITIL V3
5 94 (9.78%) Migration
6 92 (9.57%) Service Management
7 87 (9.05%) Incident Management
8 75 (7.80%) Disaster Recovery
9 69 (7.18%) ITSM
10 64 (6.66%) DevOps
11 60 (6.24%) Mentoring
12 53 (5.52%) Presales
13 51 (5.31%) Service Delivery
14 50 (5.20%) Agile Software Development
14 50 (5.20%) Project Management
15 47 (4.89%) PRINCE2
15 47 (4.89%) Problem Management
16 45 (4.68%) CRM
17 44 (4.58%) Configuration Management
17 44 (4.58%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 181 (18.83%) SQL
2 168 (17.48%) PowerShell
3 53 (5.52%) Python
4 46 (4.79%) T-SQL
5 30 (3.12%) C#
6 29 (3.02%) Java
7 27 (2.81%) VBScript
8 19 (1.98%) Bash Shell
9 15 (1.56%) Shell Script
10 12 (1.25%) Scala
11 10 (1.04%) PL/SQL
12 7 (0.73%) JavaScript
13 6 (0.62%) C
13 6 (0.62%) Perl
14 5 (0.52%) PHP
15 4 (0.42%) C++
15 4 (0.42%) VB
16 3 (0.31%) Ruby
16 3 (0.31%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.31%) VBA
Qualifications
1 961 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 622 (64.72%) MCSE
3 284 (29.55%) MCP
4 161 (16.75%) CCNA
4 161 (16.75%) Cisco Certification
5 144 (14.98%) MCITP
6 133 (13.84%) Degree
7 130 (13.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 81 (8.43%) MCTS
9 62 (6.45%) A+ Certification
10 47 (4.89%) CCNP
11 44 (4.58%) DBS Check
12 41 (4.27%) Security Cleared
13 40 (4.16%) MCDST
14 37 (3.85%) Network+ Certification
15 32 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
16 20 (2.08%) ACDT
16 20 (2.08%) ACHDS
16 20 (2.08%) ACTC
16 20 (2.08%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 106 (11.03%) SLA
2 30 (3.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.04%) GDPR
4 7 (0.73%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.42%) PMO
5 4 (0.42%) QA
6 3 (0.31%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.21%) COBIT
7 2 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.21%) TickIT
8 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 542 (56.40%) Active Directory
2 247 (25.70%) Hyper-V
3 240 (24.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 75 (7.80%) vSphere
5 42 (4.37%) XenApp
6 36 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (1.87%) Docker
7 18 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
8 14 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (1.35%) XenDesktop
10 12 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (1.25%) Terminal Services
11 10 (1.04%) vCloud
11 10 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (0.83%) XenServer
13 6 (0.62%) VMware Workstation
14 5 (0.52%) HDFS
15 4 (0.42%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.31%) DFS Replication
16 3 (0.31%) UAG
Systems Management
1 146 (15.19%) SCCM
2 41 (4.27%) SCOM
3 32 (3.33%) Ansible
4 29 (3.02%) Puppet
5 28 (2.91%) WSUS
6 23 (2.39%) Failover Clustering
7 18 (1.87%) Cisco CUCM
7 18 (1.87%) SCOrch
8 16 (1.66%) Backup Exec
8 16 (1.66%) Microsoft Clustering
8 16 (1.66%) ServiceCenter
9 15 (1.56%) HP UCMDB
9 15 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
9 15 (1.56%) Single Sign-On
10 12 (1.25%) AirWatch
10 12 (1.25%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (1.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 10 (1.04%) SCSM
13 9 (0.94%) Nagios
14 8 (0.83%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 719 (74.82%) Microsoft
2 452 (47.03%) VMware
3 213 (22.16%) Cisco
4 212 (22.06%) Citrix
5 115 (11.97%) Apple
6 110 (11.45%) HP
7 62 (6.45%) NetApp
8 58 (6.04%) Veeam
9 44 (4.58%) Red Hat
10 39 (4.06%) Oracle
11 36 (3.75%) ServiceNow
12 35 (3.64%) Dell
13 30 (3.12%) Remedy
14 26 (2.71%) CommVault
14 26 (2.71%) Meraki
15 25 (2.60%) IBM
16 22 (2.29%) Ivanti
16 22 (2.29%) SolarWinds
17 20 (2.08%) Google
17 20 (2.08%) Reuters