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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 12 August 2022 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 884 707 445
Rank change year-on-year -177 -262 -21
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 334 327 392
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.29% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.78% 1.33% 2.80%
Number of salaries quoted 288 254 339
10th Percentile £25,000 £26,500 £25,800
25th Percentile £30,000 £31,750 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £42,000 £41,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.19% +2.44% +6.49%
75th Percentile £55,000 £52,188 £55,000
90th Percentile £66,875 £57,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year +2.41% +1.22% +9.33%

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 42,646 24,597 13,979
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.25% 21.50% 22.08%
Number of salaries quoted 18,014 14,167 10,446
10th Percentile £30,756 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £41,000 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £48,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.08% +1.05% +5.56%

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -205 291 £42,500 +3.03% 68
UK excluding London -82 226 £42,500 +2.41% 60
Work from Home -177 139 £43,500 -8.42% 23
London -211 76 £45,250 +13.13% 9
South East -39 69 £31,000 -4.62% 16
North of England -39 63 £40,000 -23.81% 16
East of England -50 38 £45,000 +20.00% 6
North West -56 33 £42,300 -20.19% 7
Midlands -111 30 £47,500 +5.56% 9
Yorkshire -16 26 £40,000 - 8
West Midlands -83 21 £47,500 +5.56% 8
South West -32 20 £43,000 -8.41% 11
Scotland -42 9 £50,000 +122.22% 2
East Midlands -52 9 £51,500 +8.42% 1
North East -10 4 £26,125 -51.40% 1
Wales -20 2 £41,250 +17.86%
Northern Ireland - 1 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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.

1 334 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 263 (78.74%) Windows
3 249 (74.55%) Microsoft
4 209 (62.57%) Active Directory
5 196 (58.68%) MCSE
6 189 (56.59%) Microsoft 365
7 187 (55.99%) Azure
8 170 (50.90%) Windows Server
9 134 (40.12%) ITIL
10 131 (39.22%) VMware
11 118 (35.33%) DNS
12 115 (34.43%) Social Skills
13 113 (33.83%) TCP/IP
14 111 (33.23%) DHCP
15 101 (30.24%) VMware Infrastructure
16 98 (29.34%) Windows 10
17 94 (28.14%) PowerShell
18 92 (27.54%) AWS
18 92 (27.54%) SQL
19 85 (25.45%) SQL Server
20 82 (24.55%) Cisco
21 81 (24.25%) LAN
21 81 (24.25%) MS Exchange
22 80 (23.95%) MCP
23 78 (23.35%) WAN
23 78 (23.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 73 (21.86%) Problem-Solving
25 72 (21.56%) Finance
25 72 (21.56%) Azure Active Directory
26 70 (20.96%) Firewall

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 81 (24.25%) MS Exchange
2 54 (16.17%) SharePoint
3 24 (7.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (6.29%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (4.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (1.80%) IIS
8 2 (0.60%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.30%) CMS
9 1 (0.30%) Site Server
Applications
1 68 (20.36%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (7.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (6.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (3.29%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 10 (2.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.30%) Fidessa
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 189 (56.59%) Microsoft 365
2 187 (55.99%) Azure
3 92 (27.54%) AWS
4 72 (21.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 27 (8.08%) OneDrive
6 20 (5.99%) IaaS
7 17 (5.09%) SaaS
8 16 (4.79%) Mimecast
9 11 (3.29%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (3.29%) Rubrik
10 8 (2.40%) Power Platform
11 6 (1.80%) Amazon S3
12 4 (1.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 4 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.20%) Route 53
13 3 (0.90%) Azure Storage
13 3 (0.90%) Cloudflare
13 3 (0.90%) GCP
14 2 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.60%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 118 (35.33%) DNS
2 113 (33.83%) TCP/IP
3 111 (33.23%) DHCP
4 81 (24.25%) LAN
5 78 (23.35%) WAN
6 70 (20.96%) Firewall
7 51 (15.27%) VPN
8 47 (14.07%) SAN
9 26 (7.78%) Network Security
9 26 (7.78%) VLAN
10 18 (5.39%) Fibre Channel
11 17 (5.09%) Wi-Fi
12 16 (4.79%) Intranet
13 14 (4.19%) VoIP
13 14 (4.19%) Wireless
14 13 (3.89%) Internet
15 10 (2.99%) MPLS
16 9 (2.69%) IPv4
16 9 (2.69%) Remote Desktop
17 7 (2.10%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (25.45%) SQL Server
2 26 (7.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (7.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (4.49%) MySQL
4 15 (4.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (3.29%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (2.99%) MongoDB
7 7 (2.10%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (2.10%) Power BI
8 3 (0.90%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.60%) Big Data
9 2 (0.60%) MariaDB
9 2 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.30%) Biml
10 1 (0.30%) Data Lake
10 1 (0.30%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 31 (9.28%) JIRA
2 13 (3.89%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.20%) Bitbucket
3 4 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 115 (34.43%) Social Skills
2 72 (21.56%) Finance
3 49 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (5.99%) Organisational Skills
5 18 (5.39%) Marketing
6 15 (4.49%) Telecoms
7 14 (4.19%) Law
7 14 (4.19%) Legal
8 11 (3.29%) Banking
9 9 (2.69%) Public Sector
10 8 (2.40%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 8 (2.40%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (1.80%) Advertising
11 6 (1.80%) Retail
12 5 (1.50%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.60%) Publishing
14 1 (0.30%) Automotive
14 1 (0.30%) Billing
14 1 (0.30%) Electronics
14 1 (0.30%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 67 (20.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 64 (19.16%) Support Engineer
3 42 (12.57%) Analyst
4 39 (11.68%) Administrator
5 36 (10.78%) DBA
5 36 (10.78%) IT Support
6 34 (10.18%) IT Engineer
7 32 (9.58%) 2nd Line Support
7 32 (9.58%) SQL DBA
8 31 (9.28%) Desktop Support
9 30 (8.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 24 (7.19%) IT Support Engineer
11 23 (6.89%) Desktop Engineer
11 23 (6.89%) Windows Engineer
12 22 (6.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 22 (6.59%) Support Analyst
13 20 (5.99%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 20 (5.99%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 20 (5.99%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
14 15 (4.49%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (5.39%) .NET
2 11 (3.29%) React
2 11 (3.29%) React Native
3 4 (1.20%) LDAP
4 3 (0.90%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.60%) ARM Templates
5 2 (0.60%) JSON
5 2 (0.60%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.30%) EDI
6 1 (0.30%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.30%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 43 (12.87%) Data Centre
2 36 (10.78%) Self-Motivation
3 33 (9.88%) Clustering
4 31 (9.28%) Replication
5 27 (8.08%) Public Cloud
6 20 (5.99%) Management Information System
7 18 (5.39%) EMC VNX
8 15 (4.49%) Blackberry
8 15 (4.49%) NHS
9 10 (2.99%) Driving Licence
10 9 (2.69%) Video Conferencing
11 8 (2.40%) Enterprise Storage
12 7 (2.10%) Mobile Computing
13 6 (1.80%) Biotechnology
13 6 (1.80%) PKI
14 5 (1.50%) Cyber Defence
15 4 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
16 3 (0.90%) Client/Server
16 3 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 3 (0.90%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 263 (78.74%) Windows
2 170 (50.90%) Windows Server
3 98 (29.34%) Windows 10
4 62 (18.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (16.17%) Windows Server 2016
6 47 (14.07%) Windows 7
7 45 (13.47%) Linux
8 42 (12.57%) Windows Server 2019
9 16 (4.79%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (4.49%) Unix
11 8 (2.40%) Mac OS X
12 7 (2.10%) CentOS
13 6 (1.80%) Windows Vista
14 5 (1.50%) Ubuntu
15 4 (1.20%) Debian
16 3 (0.90%) Android
16 3 (0.90%) SUSE
16 3 (0.90%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.60%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.60%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (40.12%) ITIL
2 78 (23.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 73 (21.86%) Problem-Solving
4 48 (14.37%) Problem Management
5 46 (13.77%) Incident Management
6 37 (11.08%) Service Delivery
7 34 (10.18%) Computer Science
7 34 (10.18%) Service Management
8 27 (8.08%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (7.19%) Mentoring
10 23 (6.89%) Change Control
11 22 (6.59%) DevOps
11 22 (6.59%) Information Security
11 22 (6.59%) Time Management
11 22 (6.59%) Virtual Environments
12 20 (5.99%) Change Management
12 20 (5.99%) ERP
12 20 (5.99%) Load Balancing
13 18 (5.39%) High Availability
13 18 (5.39%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (28.14%) PowerShell
2 92 (27.54%) SQL
3 18 (5.39%) T-SQL
4 16 (4.79%) C#
5 15 (4.49%) Python
6 14 (4.19%) VB.NET
7 13 (3.89%) Java
7 13 (3.89%) PHP
8 11 (3.29%) JavaScript
9 10 (2.99%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.80%) Bash
11 2 (0.60%) C++
11 2 (0.60%) Perl
11 2 (0.60%) Ruby
11 2 (0.60%) VBScript
12 1 (0.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 334 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 196 (58.68%) MCSE
3 80 (23.95%) MCP
4 67 (20.06%) Cisco Certification
5 64 (19.16%) CCNA
6 56 (16.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 51 (15.27%) Degree
8 44 (13.17%) MCITP
9 32 (9.58%) Security Cleared
10 30 (8.98%) Computer Science Degree
11 27 (8.08%) CCNP
11 27 (8.08%) MCDST
12 24 (7.19%) ITIL Certification
12 24 (7.19%) SC Cleared
13 22 (6.59%) A+ Certification
14 19 (5.69%) HND
15 16 (4.79%) MCTS
16 12 (3.59%) CompTIA Security+
17 10 (2.99%) ACSP
18 9 (2.69%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (11.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (6.89%) SLA
3 22 (6.59%) GDPR
4 17 (5.09%) QA
5 11 (3.29%) HL7
6 8 (2.40%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (2.10%) NIST
8 3 (0.90%) GxP
9 2 (0.60%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.30%) PMO
10 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 209 (62.57%) Active Directory
2 101 (30.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (13.77%) Hyper-V
4 38 (11.38%) vSphere
5 28 (8.38%) VMware ESXi
6 21 (6.29%) Terminal Services
7 7 (2.10%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (1.20%) XenApp
8 4 (1.20%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.60%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.60%) Docker
10 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 57 (17.07%) SCCM
2 34 (10.18%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (6.59%) vCenter Server
4 19 (5.69%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 18 (5.39%) Microsoft Clustering
5 18 (5.39%) Norton AntiVirus
5 18 (5.39%) SCOM
5 18 (5.39%) SCOrch
6 17 (5.09%) Cisco CUCM
7 15 (4.49%) ServiceCenter
8 11 (3.29%) NetBackup
9 8 (2.40%) Single Sign-On
9 8 (2.40%) WSUS
10 7 (2.10%) Terraform
11 6 (1.80%) SCVMM
12 5 (1.50%) Puppet
13 4 (1.20%) Grafana
13 4 (1.20%) Graylog
13 4 (1.20%) Nagios
13 4 (1.20%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 249 (74.55%) Microsoft
2 131 (39.22%) VMware
3 82 (24.55%) Cisco
4 51 (15.27%) HP
5 47 (14.07%) Veeam
6 34 (10.18%) Citrix
7 29 (8.68%) Apple
8 27 (8.08%) Dell
8 27 (8.08%) Oracle
9 25 (7.49%) Bloomberg
9 25 (7.49%) Reuters
10 20 (5.99%) ServiceNow
10 20 (5.99%) Symantec
11 18 (5.39%) 3PAR
11 18 (5.39%) Brocade
11 18 (5.39%) EMC
11 18 (5.39%) jetNEXUS
11 18 (5.39%) Rackspace
12 17 (5.09%) NetApp
12 17 (5.09%) Remedy