Period
to 7 July 2020

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 7 July 2020 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
7 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 420 415 450
Rank change year-on-year -5 +35 +18
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 514 1,078 1,158
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.73% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.01% 3.01% 2.73%
Number of salaries quoted 459 938 1,027
Median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,000 £37,500 £35,875
% change year-on-year +9.33% +4.53% -4.33%

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 17,078 35,789 42,347
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.35% 23.71%
Number of salaries quoted 12,463 25,876 31,767
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,518 £26,490 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,529
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.06% +4.77%

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 7 July 2020.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 18 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 7 July 2020. 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 +36 484 £40,500 +1.25% 38
UK excluding London -18 335 £41,000 +9.33% 35
London +69 159 £39,000 -16.13% 4
North of England +72 126 £41,000 +9.33% 16
Midlands +53 82 £32,500 -18.75% 8
South East +14 78 £45,000 +12.50% 6
North West +66 75 £52,500 +40.00% 11
West Midlands +74 63 £32,500 -13.33% 5
Yorkshire +104 37 £32,500 -13.33% 4
Work from Home +44 29 £52,500 - 1
South West +25 24 £40,000 +9.59% 3
East Midlands +27 19 £43,250 +8.13% 3
North East +1 14 £36,500 +0.69% 1
East of England +43 13 £42,500 +13.33% 1
Wales +16 5 £33,000 -32.65%
Scotland +57 4 £46,820 +56.07% 1
Northern Ireland -3 2 - -
Isle of Man +3 1 £51,500 +14.44%

For the 6 months to 7 July 2020, 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.

1 514 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 435 (84.63%) Microsoft
3 344 (66.93%) Windows
4 334 (64.98%) MCSE
5 270 (52.53%) Azure
6 241 (46.89%) Active Directory
7 222 (43.19%) VMware
8 213 (41.44%) Office 365
9 191 (37.16%) Windows Server
10 162 (31.52%) VMware Infrastructure
11 154 (29.96%) ITIL
12 125 (24.32%) Cisco Certification
13 124 (24.12%) DNS
14 119 (23.15%) Citrix
15 118 (22.96%) CCNA
16 111 (21.60%) Hyper-V
16 111 (21.60%) Windows 10
17 108 (21.01%) MCP
18 99 (19.26%) PowerShell
19 97 (18.87%) SQL Server
19 97 (18.87%) DHCP
20 96 (18.68%) Cisco
21 90 (17.51%) AWS
22 89 (17.32%) SQL
23 86 (16.73%) Firewall
24 84 (16.34%) TCP/IP
25 82 (15.95%) Microsoft Office
25 82 (15.95%) SAN
25 82 (15.95%) Disaster Recovery
26 78 (15.18%) Linux

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 67 (13.04%) MS Exchange
2 56 (10.89%) SharePoint
3 36 (7.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 36 (7.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 26 (5.06%) IIS
5 12 (2.33%) Skype for Business
6 10 (1.95%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (1.17%) SAS
8 4 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
10 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.19%) Joomla!
10 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 82 (15.95%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 270 (52.53%) Azure
2 213 (41.44%) Office 365
3 90 (17.51%) AWS
4 63 (12.26%) IaaS
5 60 (11.67%) PaaS
6 44 (8.56%) Azure Active Directory
7 29 (5.64%) GCP
8 20 (3.89%) Power Platform
9 13 (2.53%) OneDrive
10 11 (2.14%) SaaS
11 6 (1.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 6 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (1.17%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (1.17%) Amazon S3
11 6 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (1.17%) G Suite
11 6 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.97%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
13 4 (0.78%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 124 (24.12%) DNS
2 97 (18.87%) DHCP
3 86 (16.73%) Firewall
4 84 (16.34%) TCP/IP
5 82 (15.95%) SAN
6 78 (15.18%) WAN
7 72 (14.01%) LAN
8 37 (7.20%) Fibre Channel
9 36 (7.00%) Skype
10 32 (6.23%) VPN
11 31 (6.03%) iSCSI
12 30 (5.84%) VoIP
13 22 (4.28%) NetScaler
13 22 (4.28%) Wireless
14 20 (3.89%) Remote Desktop
15 19 (3.70%) IP Telephony
16 16 (3.11%) Internet
17 10 (1.95%) Network Security
18 9 (1.75%) Cisco ASA
19 8 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (18.87%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.11%) Power BI
3 15 (2.92%) SQL Server 2014
4 14 (2.72%) SQL Server 2016
5 11 (2.14%) Amazon RDS
6 9 (1.75%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 7 (1.36%) SAP HANA
9 6 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (1.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.78%) Data Lake
11 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 7
12 3 (0.58%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (0.39%) MongoDB
13 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 12c
13 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 2 (0.39%) JIRA
1 2 (0.39%) MSI
General
1 63 (12.26%) Finance
2 23 (4.47%) Telecoms
3 22 (4.28%) Public Sector
4 20 (3.89%) Retail
5 14 (2.72%) Banking
6 7 (1.36%) Law
7 6 (1.17%) Front Office
7 6 (1.17%) Legal
8 5 (0.97%) Back Office
8 5 (0.97%) Marketing
9 2 (0.39%) Local Government
9 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.19%) Games
10 1 (0.19%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 112 (21.79%) Support Engineer
2 59 (11.48%) Architect
3 57 (11.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 53 (10.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 53 (10.31%) Administrator
5 52 (10.12%) IT Support
6 51 (9.92%) Analyst
6 51 (9.92%) IT Engineer
7 45 (8.75%) 3rd Line Support
8 43 (8.37%) Consultant
9 40 (7.78%) Desktop Support
9 40 (7.78%) Infrastructure Architect
10 38 (7.39%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 31 (6.03%) IT Support Engineer
12 27 (5.25%) Systems Administrator
13 25 (4.86%) Desktop Engineer
14 23 (4.47%) 2nd Line Support
14 23 (4.47%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 23 (4.47%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 23 (4.47%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.14%) .NET
2 4 (0.78%) LDAP
3 3 (0.58%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.39%) HTML
5 1 (0.19%) HTML5
5 1 (0.19%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 61 (11.87%) Data Centre
2 35 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (5.25%) Management Information System
4 24 (4.67%) iPhone
4 24 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
5 19 (3.70%) Replication
6 17 (3.31%) Clustering
6 17 (3.31%) CMDB
7 16 (3.11%) Private Cloud
7 16 (3.11%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (2.14%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.95%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.36%) Hedge funds
11 6 (1.17%) Mobile App
12 4 (0.78%) NHS
12 4 (0.78%) Reinsurance
13 3 (0.58%) Client/Server
13 3 (0.58%) Fibre Optics
13 3 (0.58%) HP Storage
13 3 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 344 (66.93%) Windows
2 191 (37.16%) Windows Server
3 111 (21.60%) Windows 10
4 78 (15.18%) Linux
5 61 (11.87%) Windows 7
5 61 (11.87%) Windows Server 2016
6 57 (11.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 41 (7.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 34 (6.61%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (3.70%) Windows 8
9 19 (3.70%) Windows XP
10 14 (2.72%) Windows Server 2003
11 12 (2.33%) Unix
12 10 (1.95%) Android
12 10 (1.95%) Oracle Linux
13 9 (1.75%) Mac OS X
14 7 (1.36%) CentOS
15 4 (0.78%) HPUX
15 4 (0.78%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.78%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (29.96%) ITIL
2 82 (15.95%) Disaster Recovery
3 66 (12.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 57 (11.09%) TOGAF
5 52 (10.12%) Problem-Solving
6 45 (8.75%) Mentoring
6 45 (8.75%) Project Delivery
7 44 (8.56%) Project Management
8 42 (8.17%) Change Management
8 42 (8.17%) Cybersecurity
9 38 (7.39%) Service Management
10 34 (6.61%) Business Continuity
11 32 (6.23%) Migration
12 25 (4.86%) Presales
13 22 (4.28%) IT Strategy
14 21 (4.09%) Collaborative Working
15 20 (3.89%) Break/Fix
15 20 (3.89%) Performance Tuning
16 18 (3.50%) Case Management
16 18 (3.50%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 99 (19.26%) PowerShell
2 89 (17.32%) SQL
3 29 (5.64%) Python
4 26 (5.06%) Bash Shell
5 14 (2.72%) C#
6 13 (2.53%) T-SQL
7 7 (1.36%) VBScript
8 6 (1.17%) C
9 5 (0.97%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.78%) Perl
11 2 (0.39%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.19%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.19%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.19%) PHP
12 1 (0.19%) VB
Qualifications
1 514 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 334 (64.98%) MCSE
3 125 (24.32%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (22.96%) CCNA
5 108 (21.01%) MCP
6 76 (14.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 54 (10.51%) TOGAF Certification
8 48 (9.34%) Security Cleared
9 39 (7.59%) SC Cleared
10 38 (7.39%) Degree
11 34 (6.61%) MCTS
12 31 (6.03%) CCNP
13 30 (5.84%) Server+ Certification
14 22 (4.28%) MCITP
15 20 (3.89%) ITIL Certification
16 18 (3.50%) CTC Cleared
17 17 (3.31%) Citrix Certification
17 17 (3.31%) RHCE
18 11 (2.14%) Network+ Certification
19 8 (1.56%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (14.40%) SLA
2 12 (2.33%) QA
3 10 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.17%) GDPR
5 5 (0.97%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.58%) COBIT
6 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.19%) NIST
7 1 (0.19%) NIST 800
System Software
1 241 (46.89%) Active Directory
2 162 (31.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 111 (21.60%) Hyper-V
4 38 (7.39%) XenApp
5 36 (7.00%) vSphere
6 29 (5.64%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (4.28%) XenDesktop
8 16 (3.11%) Virtual Machines
9 10 (1.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 9 (1.75%) Docker
11 8 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
12 7 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (1.17%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.78%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.58%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.58%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.39%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 2 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
16 2 (0.39%) NFS
17 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 59 (11.48%) SCCM
2 58 (11.28%) Microsoft Intune
3 24 (4.67%) Ansible
4 22 (4.28%) Puppet
5 19 (3.70%) Backup Exec
5 19 (3.70%) Microsoft Clustering
6 17 (3.31%) Terraform
7 13 (2.53%) SCOM
8 11 (2.14%) NetBackup
9 10 (1.95%) WSUS
10 9 (1.75%) XenMobile
11 7 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
12 6 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
12 6 (1.17%) vCenter Server
13 4 (0.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 3 (0.58%) Nagios
14 3 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
15 2 (0.39%) EMC NetWorker
15 2 (0.39%) Kubernetes
15 2 (0.39%) vRealize
Vendors
1 435 (84.63%) Microsoft
2 222 (43.19%) VMware
3 119 (23.15%) Citrix
4 96 (18.68%) Cisco
5 60 (11.67%) HP
6 52 (10.12%) Dell
7 46 (8.95%) Veeam
8 25 (4.86%) Oracle
9 23 (4.47%) Red Hat
10 18 (3.50%) Google
11 15 (2.92%) Symantec
12 13 (2.53%) Apple
13 12 (2.33%) Avaya
13 12 (2.33%) Ivanti
13 12 (2.33%) Polycom
14 10 (1.95%) McAfee
14 10 (1.95%) Siemens
15 9 (1.75%) SAP
16 8 (1.56%) NetApp
16 8 (1.56%) Sophos