Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 682 404 419
Rank change year-on-year -278 +15 +96
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 359 316 1,012
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.64% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 2.91% 3.05%
Number of salaries quoted 265 268 857
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,250 £25,000
25th Percentile £31,500 £31,250 £30,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £41,598 £39,500
Median % change year-on-year +2.17% +5.31% -1.25%
75th Percentile £53,750 £56,250 £50,000
90th Percentile £58,250 £70,000 £65,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.66% +9.33% +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 26,054 10,869 33,177
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.52% 22.13% 23.47%
Number of salaries quoted 14,669 8,260 24,504
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,650
25th Percentile £40,500 £40,401 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -272 324 £42,500 +3.03% 81
UK excluding London -221 237 £42,500 +3.66% 71
London -195 106 £44,000 -2.22% 16
Midlands -86 87 £47,500 +31.03% 17
Work from Home -231 58 £47,500 +18.75% 11
West Midlands -93 49 £45,000 +20.00% 11
South East -169 45 £32,500 -10.96% 15
North of England -166 40 £46,250 +5.71% 15
East Midlands -45 38 £47,500 +46.15% 6
East of England -68 24 £37,500 -15.73% 10
South West -84 23 £47,500 +23.38% 8
North West -135 17 £52,750 +0.48% 11
Scotland -83 15 £22,500 -40.00% 4
Yorkshire -108 14 £40,000 +14.29% 3
North East -35 9 £53,750 +26.47% 1
Wales -42 4 £36,250 +40.50% 1

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 359 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 251 (69.92%) Microsoft
3 242 (67.41%) Windows
4 221 (61.56%) MCSE
5 209 (58.22%) VMware
6 195 (54.32%) Active Directory
7 194 (54.04%) Azure
8 181 (50.42%) Windows Server
9 166 (46.24%) Microsoft 365
10 155 (43.18%) VMware Infrastructure
11 136 (37.88%) ITIL
12 124 (34.54%) Firewall
13 113 (31.48%) PowerShell
14 112 (31.20%) Social Skills
15 102 (28.41%) MCP
16 98 (27.30%) DNS
17 96 (26.74%) Cisco
18 93 (25.91%) AWS
19 89 (24.79%) Hyper-V
19 89 (24.79%) Citrix
20 83 (23.12%) LAN
20 83 (23.12%) WAN
20 83 (23.12%) DHCP
21 79 (22.01%) Cisco Certification
22 76 (21.17%) SQL
23 75 (20.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
24 73 (20.33%) Problem-Solving
25 70 (19.50%) CCNA
26 67 (18.66%) SQL Server
27 65 (18.11%) Windows Server 2012

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 34 (9.47%) SharePoint
2 29 (8.08%) MS Exchange
3 25 (6.96%) IIS
4 18 (5.01%) Skype for Business
5 10 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (0.84%) Apache
9 3 (0.84%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.56%) nginx
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.28%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 50 (13.93%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (5.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.23%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.84%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.56%) Workfront
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 194 (54.04%) Azure
2 166 (46.24%) Microsoft 365
3 93 (25.91%) AWS
4 28 (7.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (6.69%) SaaS
6 22 (6.13%) IaaS
7 19 (5.29%) GCP
8 16 (4.46%) Power Platform
9 15 (4.18%) PaaS
10 13 (3.62%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (2.23%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 8 (2.23%) Azure LUIS
11 8 (2.23%) Serverless
12 5 (1.39%) Google Workspace
12 5 (1.39%) Mimecast
12 5 (1.39%) OneDrive
13 4 (1.11%) Azure Machine Learning
13 4 (1.11%) Azure Storage
13 4 (1.11%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 3 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 124 (34.54%) Firewall
2 98 (27.30%) DNS
3 83 (23.12%) DHCP
3 83 (23.12%) LAN
3 83 (23.12%) WAN
4 61 (16.99%) TCP/IP
5 58 (16.16%) SAN
6 43 (11.98%) VPN
7 30 (8.36%) VLAN
8 26 (7.24%) NAS
9 23 (6.41%) Network Security
10 20 (5.57%) Skype
11 19 (5.29%) VoIP
11 19 (5.29%) Wi-Fi
12 18 (5.01%) Internet
12 18 (5.01%) MPLS
13 14 (3.90%) Fibre Channel
14 13 (3.62%) Remote Desktop
15 12 (3.34%) Wireless
16 11 (3.06%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (18.66%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.18%) SQL Server 2016
3 12 (3.34%) MySQL
3 12 (3.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (3.06%) Power BI
4 11 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (3.06%) SQL Server 2012
5 10 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 10 (2.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (2.51%) Big Data
7 8 (2.23%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (1.67%) SQL Server 2019
9 5 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (1.39%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (1.11%) Data Lake
10 4 (1.11%) Hadoop
10 4 (1.11%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.84%) Azure SQL Database
12 2 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
13 1 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 10 (2.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (1.39%) JIRA
3 2 (0.56%) AppScan
3 2 (0.56%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.56%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.56%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.56%) Maven
3 2 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.56%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 112 (31.20%) Social Skills
2 38 (10.58%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (9.19%) Finance
4 29 (8.08%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.34%) Retail
6 11 (3.06%) Organisational Skills
7 9 (2.51%) Public Sector
8 8 (2.23%) Banking
9 7 (1.95%) Automotive
10 6 (1.67%) Manufacturing
11 5 (1.39%) Games
12 4 (1.11%) French Language
12 4 (1.11%) German Language
12 4 (1.11%) Presentation Skills
13 3 (0.84%) Back Office
13 3 (0.84%) Documentation Skills
13 3 (0.84%) Influencing Skills
13 3 (0.84%) Military
14 2 (0.56%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.56%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 54 (15.04%) Support Engineer
2 49 (13.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 47 (13.09%) Analyst
4 40 (11.14%) IT Engineer
5 31 (8.64%) Architect
6 30 (8.36%) IT Support
7 26 (7.24%) Administrator
8 24 (6.69%) IT Support Engineer
9 23 (6.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 22 (6.13%) Infrastructure Architect
10 22 (6.13%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
10 22 (6.13%) Technical Architect
10 22 (6.13%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
11 21 (5.85%) 3rd Line Support
11 21 (5.85%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 20 (5.57%) Server Engineer
13 19 (5.29%) Support Analyst
14 16 (4.46%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 15 (4.18%) IT Manager
15 15 (4.18%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.23%) .NET
1 8 (2.23%) AngularJS
1 8 (2.23%) CSS
1 8 (2.23%) HTML
1 8 (2.23%) Node.js
1 8 (2.23%) React
2 4 (1.11%) Angular 2
2 4 (1.11%) JSON
2 4 (1.11%) Kafka
3 3 (0.84%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (0.84%) SAML
4 2 (0.56%) LAMP
4 2 (0.56%) LDAP
4 2 (0.56%) OAuth
4 2 (0.56%) WAMP
4 2 (0.56%) YAML
5 1 (0.28%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 61 (16.99%) Data Centre
2 43 (11.98%) Management Information System
3 22 (6.13%) Legacy Systems
4 20 (5.57%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (4.46%) Public Cloud
6 14 (3.90%) Clustering
7 13 (3.62%) Replication
8 11 (3.06%) Driving Licence
9 9 (2.51%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (2.23%) Algorithms
11 7 (1.95%) Private Cloud
11 7 (1.95%) User Experience
12 6 (1.67%) BYOD
12 6 (1.67%) Fat Client
12 6 (1.67%) PKI
12 6 (1.67%) Reinsurance
12 6 (1.67%) Thin Client
13 5 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
14 4 (1.11%) Blackberry
14 4 (1.11%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 242 (67.41%) Windows
2 181 (50.42%) Windows Server
3 65 (18.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 64 (17.83%) Linux
5 59 (16.43%) Windows Server 2016
6 55 (15.32%) Windows 10
7 48 (13.37%) Windows Server 2019
8 32 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (3.90%) Unix
10 13 (3.62%) Windows 7
11 9 (2.51%) Apple iOS
11 9 (2.51%) Ubuntu
12 8 (2.23%) Android
12 8 (2.23%) CentOS
13 6 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (1.39%) SUSE
15 4 (1.11%) Windows 8
15 4 (1.11%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.84%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (37.88%) ITIL
2 73 (20.33%) Problem-Solving
3 63 (17.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 44 (12.26%) Service Delivery
5 37 (10.31%) Migration
6 33 (9.19%) Disaster Recovery
7 32 (8.91%) Server Management
8 31 (8.64%) Incident Management
9 30 (8.36%) Project Management
10 28 (7.80%) Information Security
11 27 (7.52%) ITSM
12 24 (6.69%) Service Management
13 22 (6.13%) Agile Software Development
13 22 (6.13%) Mentoring
14 21 (5.85%) Change Management
14 21 (5.85%) Patch Management
14 21 (5.85%) Presales
14 21 (5.85%) Problem Management
15 20 (5.57%) Ticket Management
16 19 (5.29%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 113 (31.48%) PowerShell
2 76 (21.17%) SQL
3 26 (7.24%) Python
4 8 (2.23%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.95%) VB
6 6 (1.67%) C#
6 6 (1.67%) Perl
6 6 (1.67%) PHP
6 6 (1.67%) VB.NET
7 5 (1.39%) VBScript
8 4 (1.11%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.84%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.56%) Go
10 2 (0.56%) Java
11 1 (0.28%) R
11 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 359 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 221 (61.56%) MCSE
3 102 (28.41%) MCP
4 79 (22.01%) Cisco Certification
5 75 (20.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 70 (19.50%) CCNA
7 42 (11.70%) Degree
8 37 (10.31%) Security Cleared
9 36 (10.03%) MCITP
10 32 (8.91%) SC Cleared
11 29 (8.08%) CCA
11 29 (8.08%) CCNP
11 29 (8.08%) Citrix Certification
12 23 (6.41%) DV Cleared
13 15 (4.18%) ITIL Certification
14 14 (3.90%) MCTS
15 13 (3.62%) AWS Certification
15 13 (3.62%) CompTIA Security+
16 11 (3.06%) MCDST
16 11 (3.06%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (11.98%) SLA
2 14 (3.90%) GDPR
2 14 (3.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (1.11%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.84%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.84%) QA
6 2 (0.56%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 195 (54.32%) Active Directory
2 155 (43.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (24.79%) Hyper-V
4 60 (16.71%) vSphere
5 21 (5.85%) XenApp
6 16 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (3.34%) Terminal Services
8 7 (1.95%) NFS
8 7 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (1.67%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (1.11%) Docker
11 4 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.84%) Firmware
12 3 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.56%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.56%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 57 (15.88%) SCCM
2 39 (10.86%) WSUS
3 37 (10.31%) Microsoft Intune
4 18 (5.01%) SCOM
5 15 (4.18%) Ansible
6 11 (3.06%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 11 (3.06%) NetBackup
6 11 (3.06%) Terraform
7 9 (2.51%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 9 (2.51%) Norton AntiVirus
7 9 (2.51%) Puppet
8 7 (1.95%) Backup Exec
8 7 (1.95%) Cisco CUCM
8 7 (1.95%) Nagios
8 7 (1.95%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.95%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 6 (1.67%) Icinga
9 6 (1.67%) Kubernetes
9 6 (1.67%) SCOrch
10 5 (1.39%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 251 (69.92%) Microsoft
2 209 (58.22%) VMware
3 96 (26.74%) Cisco
4 89 (24.79%) Citrix
5 53 (14.76%) Veeam
6 21 (5.85%) Dell
7 18 (5.01%) Juniper
7 18 (5.01%) Oracle
7 18 (5.01%) ServiceNow
7 18 (5.01%) Zscaler
8 17 (4.74%) SolarWinds
9 16 (4.46%) HP
10 15 (4.18%) NetApp
11 14 (3.90%) Google
11 14 (3.90%) IBM
12 13 (3.62%) Red Hat
13 12 (3.34%) EMC
13 12 (3.34%) Veritas
14 11 (3.06%) Apple
15 10 (2.79%) Reuters