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 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
Rank 441 410 389
Rank change year-on-year -31 -21  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 490 730 789
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.71% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.33% 2.55% 2.71%
Number of salaries quoted 435 650 712
Median salary £38,500 £35,000 £34,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% +1.44%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £22,750 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.35% +4.61%  

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 21051 28584 29068
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.78% 27.76% 27.51%
Number of salaries quoted 16599 22917 22807
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 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 24 March 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 24 March 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 -28 457 £38,500 +10.00% 53
London -11 154 £42,500 +6.25% 14
South East +5 101 £36,500 +7.35% 13
East of England +10 52 £35,250 +17.50% 3
Yorkshire +44 43 £37,500 +38.88% 5
Surrey +30 42 £33,750 -25.00% 5
West Yorkshire +43 34 £38,500 +48.07% 3
North West -50 33 £35,000 -6.66% 8
City of London +29 32 £42,000 - 5
Leeds +37 30 £38,500 +71.11% 2
East Midlands -2 30 £42,875 +55.90% 4
South West -6 24 £29,500 -3.27% 4
Manchester -40 22 £42,000 +5.00% 4
Hertfordshire +11 21 £36,000 +10.76% 1
Guildford +26 19 £40,000 +45.45% 1
West Midlands +4 19 £35,000 -10.82% 2
Hampshire 0 17 £40,000 +17.64% 3
Buckinghamshire +25 14 £35,000 +18.64% 3
Nottingham +15 14 £35,000 +12.00% 1
Nottinghamshire +10 14 £37,500 +25.00% 1
Cambridgeshire +21 12 £33,000 +60.97%
Bedfordshire +28 11 £37,500 +7.14%
Derbyshire +3 11 £47,500 +86.27%
Berkshire +27 10 £52,500 -4.54% 1
High Wycombe +9 9 £35,000 +18.64% 1
Derby +7 9 £52,500 +81.03%
Oxfordshire -6 9 £42,500 +34.92% 1
Cambridge - 9 £37,500 -
Docklands, London - 9 £44,000 -
Wiltshire +11 8 £31,250 -9.42%

MCSA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 1032 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 784 (75.97%) Windows
3 732 (70.93%) Microsoft
4 630 (61.05%) Active Directory
5 626 (60.66%) MCSE
6 537 (52.03%) Windows Server
7 536 (51.94%) VMware
8 387 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 381 (36.92%) ITIL
10 380 (36.82%) Office 365
11 339 (32.85%) VMware Infrastructure
11 339 (32.85%) MS Excel
12 335 (32.46%) Windows Server 2008
13 332 (32.17%) Cisco
14 306 (29.65%) MS Exchange
15 305 (29.55%) Hyper-V
16 262 (25.39%) Cisco Certification
17 242 (23.45%) CCNA
18 234 (22.67%) MCP
19 231 (22.38%) Microsoft Azure
20 224 (21.71%) SQL Server
21 216 (20.93%) Firewall
22 191 (18.51%) Citrix
23 186 (18.02%) Windows 7
24 180 (17.44%) DNS
25 173 (16.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 162 (15.70%) SQL
27 161 (15.60%) SCCM
28 157 (15.21%) DHCP
29 156 (15.12%) LAN

MCSA
Top Related 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
1 306 (29.65%) MS Exchange
2 143 (13.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 126 (12.21%) SharePoint
4 123 (11.92%) Exchange Server 2013
5 67 (6.49%) Skype for Business
6 62 (6.01%) IIS
7 54 (5.23%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (1.74%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2003
10 10 (0.97%) Apache
10 10 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 9 (0.87%) SAS
12 6 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.39%) CloudStack
14 3 (0.29%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
16 1 (0.097%) Apache Spark
16 1 (0.097%) Elasticsearch
16 1 (0.097%) Moodle
Applications
1 339 (32.85%) MS Excel
2 145 (14.05%) MS Office
3 15 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.097%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.097%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.097%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.29%) Sage 1000
3 2 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.19%) Workfront
4 1 (0.097%) Bankmaster
4 1 (0.097%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.097%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 380 (36.82%) Office 365
2 231 (22.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 64 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
4 47 (4.55%) SaaS
5 21 (2.03%) PaaS
6 19 (1.84%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (1.74%) IaaS
8 15 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
9 10 (0.97%) Yammer
10 5 (0.48%) Mimecast
11 4 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.39%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.39%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.19%) Akamai
12 2 (0.19%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.19%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 1 (0.097%) Dropbox
Communications & Networking
1 216 (20.93%) Firewall
2 180 (17.44%) DNS
3 157 (15.21%) DHCP
4 156 (15.12%) LAN
5 155 (15.02%) WAN
6 146 (14.15%) SAN
7 116 (11.24%) TCP/IP
8 96 (9.30%) VPN
9 49 (4.75%) Skype
10 48 (4.65%) VLAN
11 38 (3.68%) Internet
11 38 (3.68%) Wireless
12 36 (3.49%) VoIP
13 27 (2.62%) Network Security
14 22 (2.13%) Unified Communications
15 21 (2.03%) iSCSI
16 19 (1.84%) Cisco IOS
17 18 (1.74%) Remote Desktop
18 16 (1.55%) NAS
19 15 (1.45%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (21.71%) SQL Server
2 111 (10.76%) SQL Server 2008
3 80 (7.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 48 (4.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 46 (4.46%) SQL Server 2005
6 39 (3.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 32 (3.10%) SQL Server 2014
8 13 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
9 11 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (0.97%) Big Data
11 7 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
11 7 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (0.58%) Power BI
13 5 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.48%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 5 (0.48%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 5 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 3 (0.29%) QlikView
14 3 (0.29%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (1.26%) MSI
2 6 (0.58%) Visual Studio
3 4 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.19%) JIRA
5 1 (0.097%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.097%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.097%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.097%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 94 (9.11%) Finance
2 52 (5.04%) Telecoms
3 27 (2.62%) Marketing
4 23 (2.23%) Law
5 19 (1.84%) Retail
6 17 (1.65%) Legal
7 14 (1.36%) Multimedia
8 11 (1.07%) Advertising
8 11 (1.07%) Publishing
9 9 (0.87%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.78%) Banking
11 7 (0.68%) Games
12 4 (0.39%) Electronics
12 4 (0.39%) Military
13 3 (0.29%) Automotive
14 2 (0.19%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.19%) Polish Language
14 2 (0.19%) Spanish Language
15 1 (0.097%) Billing
15 1 (0.097%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 192 (18.60%) Support Engineer
2 172 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 126 (12.21%) Administrator
4 125 (12.11%) Analyst
5 96 (9.30%) IT Support
6 91 (8.82%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 82 (7.95%) IT Engineer
8 78 (7.56%) Consultant
9 73 (7.07%) 3rd Line Support
10 71 (6.88%) Windows Engineer
11 62 (6.01%) Systems Administrator
12 61 (5.91%) 2nd Line Support
12 61 (5.91%) DBA
12 61 (5.91%) Server Engineer
13 57 (5.52%) IT Support Engineer
14 55 (5.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 53 (5.14%) VMware Engineer
16 52 (5.04%) Support Analyst
17 51 (4.94%) SQL DBA
17 51 (4.94%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (1.45%) Web Services
2 10 (0.97%) Software Packaging
3 9 (0.87%) .NET
4 6 (0.58%) REST
4 6 (0.58%) SOAP
5 4 (0.39%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.29%) HTML
7 2 (0.19%) Middleware
8 1 (0.097%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (0.097%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.097%) SAP PI
8 1 (0.097%) UDDI
8 1 (0.097%) WCF
8 1 (0.097%) WF
8 1 (0.097%) WSDL
8 1 (0.097%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 131 (12.69%) Data Centre
2 80 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (5.33%) Driving Licence
4 51 (4.94%) Clustering
5 50 (4.84%) Management Information System
6 45 (4.36%) Computer Science
7 29 (2.81%) Public Cloud
8 28 (2.71%) Replication
9 22 (2.13%) Blackberry
10 20 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
11 19 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
12 13 (1.26%) PKI
13 12 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
14 11 (1.07%) Private Cloud
14 11 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
15 8 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
16 7 (0.68%) iPad
17 6 (0.58%) CESG
17 6 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
17 6 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 784 (75.97%) Windows
2 537 (52.03%) Windows Server
3 387 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 335 (32.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 186 (18.02%) Windows 7
6 111 (10.76%) Windows 10
7 92 (8.91%) Linux
8 86 (8.33%) Windows 8
9 83 (8.04%) Windows Server 2003
10 36 (3.49%) Mac OS X
11 26 (2.52%) Unix
12 21 (2.03%) Android
13 16 (1.55%) Apple iOS
14 15 (1.45%) Windows XP
15 12 (1.16%) Ubuntu
16 11 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 10 (0.97%) CentOS
17 10 (0.97%) Mac OS
18 9 (0.87%) Windows Vista
19 8 (0.78%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 381 (36.92%) ITIL
2 101 (9.79%) High Availability
3 90 (8.72%) Disaster Recovery
4 63 (6.10%) ITIL V3
4 63 (6.10%) Presales
5 53 (5.14%) Migration
6 50 (4.84%) Project Management
7 48 (4.65%) Service Management
8 47 (4.55%) Performance Tuning
8 47 (4.55%) Service Delivery
9 43 (4.17%) Time Management
10 41 (3.97%) PRINCE2
11 38 (3.68%) Data Protection
12 36 (3.49%) Information Security
13 34 (3.29%) Customer Requirements
14 33 (3.20%) Change Management
14 33 (3.20%) Software Deployment
15 32 (3.10%) Mentoring
16 30 (2.91%) Business Intelligence
17 28 (2.71%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 162 (15.70%) SQL
2 92 (8.91%) PowerShell
3 35 (3.39%) T-SQL
4 22 (2.13%) VBScript
5 11 (1.07%) VB
6 9 (0.87%) C#
7 6 (0.58%) C
7 6 (0.58%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.29%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.19%) Python
10 1 (0.097%) C++
10 1 (0.097%) Java
10 1 (0.097%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1032 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 626 (60.66%) MCSE
3 262 (25.39%) Cisco Certification
4 242 (23.45%) CCNA
5 234 (22.67%) MCP
6 173 (16.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 153 (14.83%) MCITP
8 144 (13.95%) Degree
9 76 (7.36%) Security Cleared
10 58 (5.62%) SC Cleared
11 57 (5.52%) CCNP
12 51 (4.94%) A+ Certification
13 44 (4.26%) Citrix Certification
14 41 (3.97%) ITIL Certification
15 34 (3.29%) CCA
16 29 (2.81%) MCTS
17 23 (2.23%) VCP5
18 22 (2.13%) MCDST
19 21 (2.03%) CCENT
20 19 (1.84%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (9.11%) SLA
2 41 (3.97%) PCI DSS
3 24 (2.33%) QA
4 16 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.097%) COBIT
7 1 (0.097%) GCP
7 1 (0.097%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 630 (61.05%) Active Directory
2 339 (32.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 305 (29.55%) Hyper-V
4 100 (9.69%) vSphere
5 69 (6.69%) XenApp
6 38 (3.68%) XenDesktop
7 34 (3.29%) VMware ESXi
8 27 (2.62%) Virtual Servers
9 24 (2.33%) VMware ESX
10 16 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (0.97%) XenServer
12 7 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (0.48%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
14 4 (0.39%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
15 3 (0.29%) Firmware
15 3 (0.29%) Forefront TMG
16 2 (0.19%) BitLocker
16 2 (0.19%) iptables
Systems Management
1 161 (15.60%) SCCM
2 51 (4.94%) WSUS
3 35 (3.39%) Backup Exec
4 29 (2.81%) SCOM
5 17 (1.65%) Nessus
6 15 (1.45%) McAfee ePO
7 11 (1.07%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (0.97%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (0.97%) ServiceCenter
9 9 (0.87%) Failover Clustering
10 7 (0.68%) vRealize
11 6 (0.58%) DameWare
11 6 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.58%) Perfmon
11 6 (0.58%) Puppet
12 5 (0.48%) Nagios
12 5 (0.48%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
13 4 (0.39%) SCVMM
13 4 (0.39%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 732 (70.93%) Microsoft
2 536 (51.94%) VMware
3 332 (32.17%) Cisco
4 191 (18.51%) Citrix
5 118 (11.43%) HP
6 69 (6.69%) Dell
7 58 (5.62%) NetApp
8 44 (4.26%) Apple
9 37 (3.59%) Draytek
9 37 (3.59%) Veeam
10 29 (2.81%) EMC
11 27 (2.62%) IBM
12 21 (2.03%) Intel Security
13 19 (1.84%) Avaya
13 19 (1.84%) Qualys
14 18 (1.74%) AppSense
14 18 (1.74%) SonicWALL
15 17 (1.65%) CA
16 16 (1.55%) NETGEAR
16 16 (1.55%) Red Hat
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Merseyside
Digital Gurus
Salary: £31000 per annum + bonus and on call
Posted: 5 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £40k + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 1 hour ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £32500 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Car
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £43k - 50k per year + Certified Training
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Michael Bailey Associates
Salary: MARKET SALARY
Posted: 2 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Inbox Insight Ltd
Salary: From £18,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £35000 - £42000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Middlesbrough, Cleveland
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum plus excellent additional benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Newton Abbot, Devon
n-tier selection limited
Salary: £18000 - £25000 per annum + 28 days holiday37.5 hr weekpension
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
H&R Talent
Salary: From £25,000 to £28,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £20,000 per annum + On-call Allowance + Good Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Rullion
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Webrecruit
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum DOE Plus Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Great Benefits + Projects
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + excellent training opportunities
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Large Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
West Bromwich, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £53000.00 per annum + Car All + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
RecruitmentRevolution.com Limited
Salary: From £20,000 to £24,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £27000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £36k+ benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
XLN Telecom
Salary: Up to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: to £35,000 + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Head Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Salary: MARKET SALARY
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
H&R Talent
Salary: From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Kettering, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £20000.00 - £24000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago