Period
to 21 August 2017

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 21 August 2017 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
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 438 437 455
Rank change year-on-year -1 +18 -3
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1171 1346 1427
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.68% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.73% 2.55% 2.37%
Number of salaries quoted 1034 1201 1272
UK median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £22,500 £21,250 £21,750
90th Percentile £55,000 £53,750 £53,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £32,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +15.38% -7.14% +6.06%

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 42930 52844 60115
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.39% 26.82% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32982 42706 47740
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -

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 21 August 2017.

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 21 August 2017. 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 -3 1086 £37,500 +7.14% 68
UK excluding London +17 847 £37,500 +15.38% 49
London -33 287 £40,000 - 21
North of England +3 265 £37,500 +17.19% 16
South East -11 245 £35,000 -0.71% 17
Yorkshire +28 148 £39,000 +50.00% 5
Midlands +36 140 £42,500 +41.67% 4
West Midlands +44 110 £42,500 +32.81% 3
North West -24 103 £31,000 -27.06% 10
East of England +49 100 £40,250 +16.67% 4
South West -18 58 £35,000 +20.69% 6
East Midlands +5 33 £37,500 +29.31% 1
Scotland +14 23 £52,500 +110.00% 1
Wales +14 20 £40,000 +17.65% 1
North East +19 14 £38,959 +105.05% 1
Northern Ireland -12 5 £23,500 -21.67%

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 1171 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 930 (79.42%) Windows
3 784 (66.95%) Microsoft
4 778 (66.44%) MCSE
5 764 (65.24%) Active Directory
6 632 (53.97%) Windows Server
7 586 (50.04%) VMware
8 439 (37.49%) ITIL
9 385 (32.88%) Office 365
10 352 (30.06%) VMware Infrastructure
11 339 (28.95%) Windows Server 2012
12 316 (26.99%) Windows Server 2008
13 313 (26.73%) Hyper-V
14 306 (26.13%) Cisco
15 300 (25.62%) MS Exchange
16 287 (24.51%) MCP
17 273 (23.31%) Microsoft Azure
18 263 (22.46%) DNS
19 260 (22.20%) Firewall
20 257 (21.95%) SQL Server
21 255 (21.78%) Cisco Certification
22 238 (20.32%) CCNA
23 222 (18.96%) DHCP
24 216 (18.45%) Citrix
25 215 (18.36%) WAN
25 215 (18.36%) SQL
26 211 (18.02%) LAN
27 208 (17.76%) PowerShell
28 205 (17.51%) SAN
29 199 (16.99%) SCCM

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
1 300 (25.62%) MS Exchange
2 158 (13.49%) SharePoint
3 138 (11.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 93 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2013
4 93 (7.94%) Skype for Business
5 88 (7.51%) IIS
6 35 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2007
7 28 (2.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 24 (2.05%) SharePoint 2013
9 21 (1.79%) Apache
10 12 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
11 10 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
11 10 (0.85%) IBM Domino
12 9 (0.77%) CMS
12 9 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
14 6 (0.51%) CloudStack
14 6 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
15 5 (0.43%) SAS
16 4 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 173 (14.77%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.26%) Adobe Premiere
4 3 (0.26%) Inkscape
4 3 (0.26%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.17%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.085%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.085%) Revit
Business Applications
1 17 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.60%) Workfront
3 5 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.17%) BASE24
5 2 (0.17%) Eikon
6 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 385 (32.88%) Office 365
2 273 (23.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 98 (8.37%) Amazon AWS
4 58 (4.95%) IaaS
5 36 (3.07%) Azure Active Directory
6 35 (2.99%) PaaS
7 23 (1.96%) SaaS
8 15 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (1.20%) Mimecast
10 11 (0.94%) OneDrive
11 9 (0.77%) Yammer
12 8 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
13 7 (0.60%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 5 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.43%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
16 3 (0.26%) G Suite
17 2 (0.17%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 263 (22.46%) DNS
2 260 (22.20%) Firewall
3 222 (18.96%) DHCP
4 215 (18.36%) WAN
5 211 (18.02%) LAN
6 205 (17.51%) SAN
7 174 (14.86%) TCP/IP
8 119 (10.16%) VPN
9 77 (6.58%) Skype
10 62 (5.29%) VoIP
11 51 (4.36%) Network Security
12 48 (4.10%) iSCSI
13 45 (3.84%) VLAN
14 42 (3.59%) Internet
15 39 (3.33%) NAS
16 36 (3.07%) Unified Communications
17 34 (2.90%) Wireless
18 31 (2.65%) Wi-Fi
19 27 (2.31%) WebEx
20 23 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (21.95%) SQL Server
2 86 (7.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 65 (5.55%) SQL Server 2012
4 50 (4.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 39 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 37 (3.16%) SQL Server 2005
7 35 (2.99%) SQL Server 2014
8 27 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
9 23 (1.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 20 (1.71%) SQL Server 2000
11 18 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
12 15 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
12 15 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
13 13 (1.11%) Power BI
14 11 (0.94%) NoSQL
15 9 (0.77%) RDBMS
15 9 (0.77%) Relational Database
16 8 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
16 8 (0.68%) MongoDB
17 6 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 20 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 16 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (0.77%) Git (software)
4 8 (0.68%) JIRA
5 6 (0.51%) MSI
6 3 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.085%) ERwin
8 1 (0.085%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.085%) InstallShield
General
1 127 (10.85%) Finance
2 52 (4.44%) Telecoms
3 36 (3.07%) Advertising
4 32 (2.73%) Law
5 21 (1.79%) Legal
6 18 (1.54%) Banking
7 14 (1.20%) Retail
8 11 (0.94%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.94%) Marketing
9 4 (0.34%) Electronics
9 4 (0.34%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.34%) Spanish Language
10 3 (0.26%) Portuguese Language
11 2 (0.17%) Games
11 2 (0.17%) Publishing
12 1 (0.085%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.085%) Automotive
12 1 (0.085%) Back Office
12 1 (0.085%) French Language
12 1 (0.085%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 238 (20.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 226 (19.30%) Support Engineer
3 139 (11.87%) Analyst
4 112 (9.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 106 (9.05%) Administrator
6 105 (8.97%) IT Support
7 93 (7.94%) IT Engineer
8 91 (7.77%) 2nd Line Support
9 76 (6.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 76 (6.49%) DBA
9 76 (6.49%) Support Analyst
10 75 (6.40%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 75 (6.40%) Windows Engineer
11 71 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
12 68 (5.81%) Systems Engineer
13 62 (5.29%) SQL DBA
14 61 (5.21%) Consultant
14 61 (5.21%) Infrastructure Support
15 58 (4.95%) Server Engineer
16 57 (4.87%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.20%) Web Services
2 10 (0.85%) .NET
3 9 (0.77%) HTML
4 7 (0.60%) XML
5 6 (0.51%) Velocity
5 6 (0.51%) XSLT
6 5 (0.43%) WAP
7 4 (0.34%) CSS
7 4 (0.34%) HTML5
7 4 (0.34%) REST
7 4 (0.34%) SOAP
8 3 (0.26%) ASP.NET
8 3 (0.26%) COM
8 3 (0.26%) jQuery
8 3 (0.26%) JSON
8 3 (0.26%) WSDL
9 2 (0.17%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.17%) Ajax
9 2 (0.17%) NHibernate
9 2 (0.17%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 165 (14.09%) Data Centre
2 71 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
3 67 (5.72%) Management Information System
4 58 (4.95%) Computer Science
5 52 (4.44%) Clustering
6 46 (3.93%) Driving Licence
7 38 (3.25%) Replication
8 36 (3.07%) Blackberry
9 34 (2.90%) Public Cloud
10 29 (2.48%) Hybrid Cloud
11 21 (1.79%) Private Cloud
12 18 (1.54%) CESG
13 16 (1.37%) Fat Client
13 16 (1.37%) Thin Client
14 15 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
15 14 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
16 13 (1.11%) CMDB
16 13 (1.11%) Virtual Team
17 10 (0.85%) EMC VNX
17 10 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 930 (79.42%) Windows
2 632 (53.97%) Windows Server
3 339 (28.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 316 (26.99%) Windows Server 2008
5 163 (13.92%) Windows 7
6 156 (13.32%) Windows 10
7 153 (13.07%) Linux
8 74 (6.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 51 (4.36%) Windows 8
10 37 (3.16%) Windows XP
11 31 (2.65%) Mac OS X
12 30 (2.56%) Unix
13 21 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 20 (1.71%) Android
15 17 (1.45%) CentOS
16 13 (1.11%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.94%) Debian
18 9 (0.77%) Apple iOS
18 9 (0.77%) SUSE
19 7 (0.60%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (37.49%) ITIL
2 111 (9.48%) Disaster Recovery
3 76 (6.49%) High Availability
4 72 (6.15%) Service Management
5 69 (5.89%) Performance Tuning
6 66 (5.64%) Project Management
7 60 (5.12%) Service Delivery
8 59 (5.04%) ITIL V3
9 55 (4.70%) Change Management
9 55 (4.70%) Root Cause Analysis
10 53 (4.53%) Presales
11 51 (4.36%) Time Management
12 50 (4.27%) Kalman Filter
13 47 (4.01%) Information Security
14 45 (3.84%) Migration
15 44 (3.76%) Configuration Management
16 37 (3.16%) Agile Software Development
17 35 (2.99%) Mobile Device Management
18 34 (2.90%) Mentoring
19 33 (2.82%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 215 (18.36%) SQL
2 208 (17.76%) PowerShell
3 48 (4.10%) T-SQL
4 34 (2.90%) VBScript
5 21 (1.79%) Bash Shell
6 15 (1.28%) JavaScript
7 14 (1.20%) C
8 12 (1.02%) Python
8 12 (1.02%) VB
9 10 (0.85%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.43%) C#
11 4 (0.34%) XPath
12 1 (0.085%) Java
12 1 (0.085%) Perl
12 1 (0.085%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1171 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 778 (66.44%) MCSE
3 287 (24.51%) MCP
4 255 (21.78%) Cisco Certification
5 238 (20.32%) CCNA
6 182 (15.54%) MCITP
7 166 (14.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 131 (11.19%) Degree
9 66 (5.64%) Security Cleared
10 61 (5.21%) MCTS
11 47 (4.01%) CCNP
11 47 (4.01%) Computer Science Degree
11 47 (4.01%) SC Cleared
12 42 (3.59%) A+ Certification
13 38 (3.25%) Citrix Certification
14 35 (2.99%) CISSP
15 28 (2.39%) ITIL Certification
16 26 (2.22%) CCENT
17 25 (2.13%) MCDST
18 24 (2.05%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (9.48%) SLA
2 28 (2.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.79%) PCI DSS
4 18 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials
5 14 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 8 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 7 (0.60%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.17%) GDPR
8 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.085%) COBIT
9 1 (0.085%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.085%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.085%) NEBOSH
9 1 (0.085%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.085%) QA
System Software
1 764 (65.24%) Active Directory
2 352 (30.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 313 (26.73%) Hyper-V
4 109 (9.31%) vSphere
5 77 (6.58%) VMware ESXi
6 45 (3.84%) XenApp
7 36 (3.07%) Virtual Servers
8 35 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
9 31 (2.65%) XenDesktop
10 18 (1.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 18 (1.54%) Terminal Services
11 17 (1.45%) Terminal Server
12 8 (0.68%) UAG
13 7 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.51%) VMware Server
15 5 (0.43%) DFS Replication
16 4 (0.34%) Firmware
17 3 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
17 3 (0.26%) XenServer
18 2 (0.17%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 199 (16.99%) SCCM
2 87 (7.43%) SCOM
3 80 (6.83%) Backup Exec
4 56 (4.78%) WSUS
5 27 (2.31%) vCenter Server
6 25 (2.13%) Microsoft Clustering
7 22 (1.88%) Cisco CUCM
8 21 (1.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 20 (1.71%) Microsoft Intune
10 19 (1.62%) DameWare
10 19 (1.62%) ServiceCenter
11 18 (1.54%) Perfmon
12 14 (1.20%) Puppet
13 13 (1.11%) Nagios
14 12 (1.02%) NetBackup
14 12 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
15 11 (0.94%) SCDPM
16 9 (0.77%) SCSM
16 9 (0.77%) SCVMM
17 8 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 784 (66.95%) Microsoft
2 586 (50.04%) VMware
3 306 (26.13%) Cisco
4 216 (18.45%) Citrix
5 129 (11.02%) HP
6 80 (6.83%) Dell
7 75 (6.40%) NetApp
7 75 (6.40%) Veeam
8 51 (4.36%) Symantec
9 40 (3.42%) EMC
9 40 (3.42%) Juniper
10 38 (3.25%) Avaya
11 33 (2.82%) Oracle
12 30 (2.56%) F5
13 26 (2.22%) Apple
13 26 (2.22%) IBM
14 25 (2.13%) SonicWALL
15 23 (1.96%) EqualLogic
15 23 (1.96%) ServiceNow
15 23 (1.96%) SolarWinds