Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. It includes a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months leading up to 25 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
25 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 713 742 943
Rank change year-on-year +29 +201 -254
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 192 179 323
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.67% 0.57% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 139 148 277
10th Percentile £26,750 £28,775 £26,250
25th Percentile £34,500 £32,000 £30,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £43,000 £42,500 £43,500
Median % change year-on-year +1.18% -2.30% +8.75%
75th Percentile £56,250 £57,500 £55,175
90th Percentile £65,500 £71,625 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% -10.59% +6.25%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

MCSA falls under the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 28,735 31,345 47,702
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 26.15% 33.90% 27.61%
Number of salaries quoted 17,299 14,299 19,297
10th Percentile £29,000 £32,000 £30,762
25th Percentile £38,734 £42,500 £40,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,555 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -10.74% +9.09% -
75th Percentile £70,750 £77,500 £73,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £95,000 £91,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £49,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +7.14% +0.20%

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 25 June 2024.

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 25 June 2024. 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 +50 184 £43,000 +2.99% 20
UK excluding London -31 137 £40,000 +5.26% 22
South East +4 62 £39,000 +5.41% 6
London +89 54 £45,000 -14.29% 2
North of England +22 29 £37,500 -21.88% 3
Yorkshire +79 18 £37,500 -21.88% 3
Midlands -65 14 £43,227 +30.01% 5
East of England -8 13 £42,500 +21.43% 3
Work from Home -15 13 £43,227 +15.27% 5
South West -38 11 £33,000 -19.51% 3
North West -28 8 £45,000 -3.74%
West Midlands -22 7 £43,227 +63.12% 1
East Midlands -45 7 £34,000 -24.44% 4
Scotland -65 6 £48,500 +14.12% 1
North East - 3 £29,500 - 1
Isle of Man - 2 £50,000 -

MCSA
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 57 (29.69%) Microsoft Exchange
2 35 (18.23%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.60%) IIS
4 3 (1.56%) Confluence
5 1 (0.52%) Drupal
Applications
1 35 (18.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.04%) Shopify
2 1 (0.52%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 113 (58.85%) Azure
2 70 (36.46%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (21.35%) Azure DevOps
4 40 (20.83%) Azure AI
4 40 (20.83%) IBM Cloud
5 28 (14.58%) AWS
6 17 (8.85%) Entra ID
7 14 (7.29%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (4.17%) Mimecast
9 6 (3.13%) Power Platform
9 6 (3.13%) Twilio
10 5 (2.60%) OneDrive
11 4 (2.08%) Azure Stack
11 4 (2.08%) GCP
12 3 (1.56%) Azure Functions
12 3 (1.56%) Google Workspace
12 3 (1.56%) IaaS
12 3 (1.56%) PaaS
12 3 (1.56%) Serverless
13 2 (1.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 63 (32.81%) Firewall
2 38 (19.79%) DHCP
3 36 (18.75%) DNS
3 36 (18.75%) TCP/IP
4 33 (17.19%) VPN
5 24 (12.50%) SAN
6 22 (11.46%) VLAN
7 18 (9.38%) LAN
8 15 (7.81%) WAN
9 14 (7.29%) Wireless
10 13 (6.77%) Internet
11 11 (5.73%) Network Security
12 10 (5.21%) VoIP
13 9 (4.69%) NAS
13 9 (4.69%) SSL
14 6 (3.13%) Intranet
14 6 (3.13%) WLAN
15 5 (2.60%) Intrusion Detection
15 5 (2.60%) IPsec
16 4 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.08%) Power BI
3 3 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (1.04%) Data Lake
4 2 (1.04%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (2.08%) JIRA
2 2 (1.04%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.52%) Bitbucket
General
1 63 (32.81%) Social Skills
2 40 (20.83%) Public Sector
3 21 (10.94%) Finance
4 17 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.17%) Billing
6 7 (3.65%) Organisational Skills
7 6 (3.13%) Automotive
7 6 (3.13%) Legal
7 6 (3.13%) Telecoms
8 4 (2.08%) Banking
8 4 (2.08%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 4 (2.08%) Police
9 3 (1.56%) Manufacturing
9 3 (1.56%) Marketing
10 2 (1.04%) Back Office
10 2 (1.04%) Investment Banking
10 2 (1.04%) Law
11 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.52%) Military
11 1 (0.52%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 27 (14.06%) IT Support
2 19 (9.90%) Support Engineer
3 17 (8.85%) Analyst
4 14 (7.29%) 3rd Line Support
5 11 (5.73%) IT Engineer
6 10 (5.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (4.69%) Architect
7 9 (4.69%) Network Manager
8 8 (4.17%) Consultant
8 8 (4.17%) Infrastructure Architect
8 8 (4.17%) IT Manager
8 8 (4.17%) IT Support Engineer
9 7 (3.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (3.13%) IT Systems Administrator
10 6 (3.13%) IT Technician
10 6 (3.13%) Network Engineer
10 6 (3.13%) Network Security Engineer
10 6 (3.13%) Senior
10 6 (3.13%) Support Analyst
10 6 (3.13%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.08%) .NET
2 1 (0.52%) AngularJS
2 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (0.52%) HTML5 Canvas
2 1 (0.52%) Middleware
2 1 (0.52%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 42 (21.88%) Hybrid Cloud
2 40 (20.83%) Blockchain
2 40 (20.83%) Distributed Systems
3 32 (16.67%) Data Centre
4 29 (15.10%) Replication
5 18 (9.38%) Management Information System
6 10 (5.21%) Public Cloud
6 10 (5.21%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (3.13%) PKI
8 5 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (2.08%) Clustering
9 4 (2.08%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.56%) CCTV
10 3 (1.56%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.56%) Raspberry Pi
11 2 (1.04%) Fat Client
11 2 (1.04%) Mainframe
11 2 (1.04%) Smartphone
11 2 (1.04%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 113 (58.85%) Windows
2 80 (41.67%) Windows Server
3 76 (39.58%) Linux
4 47 (24.48%) CentOS
5 44 (22.92%) Debian
6 40 (20.83%) Alpine Linux
7 25 (13.02%) Windows 10
8 23 (11.98%) Windows Server 2016
9 19 (9.90%) Windows Server 2012
10 15 (7.81%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (7.29%) Windows Server 2019
12 10 (5.21%) Ubuntu
13 8 (4.17%) Apple iOS
13 8 (4.17%) SUSE
14 5 (2.60%) Windows Vista
15 3 (1.56%) Android
16 2 (1.04%) Mac OS
16 2 (1.04%) VMS
16 2 (1.04%) Windows 2000
16 2 (1.04%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (30.21%) ITIL
2 47 (24.48%) Artificial Intelligence
3 44 (22.92%) Problem-Solving
4 43 (22.40%) Task Automation
5 42 (21.88%) CI/CD
6 41 (21.35%) DevOps
7 40 (20.83%) Co-Creation
7 40 (20.83%) Data Science
7 40 (20.83%) Functional Testing
7 40 (20.83%) Separation of Concerns
7 40 (20.83%) Technology Transformation
8 34 (17.71%) Cybersecurity
9 32 (16.67%) Customer Service
10 26 (13.54%) Disaster Recovery
11 23 (11.98%) Kalman Filter
12 19 (9.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 17 (8.85%) Project Delivery
14 16 (8.33%) Computer Science
14 16 (8.33%) Proactive Monitoring
15 15 (7.81%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.79%) PowerShell
2 25 (13.02%) SQL
3 6 (3.13%) C#
4 4 (2.08%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.04%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.52%) Java
6 1 (0.52%) Swift
Qualifications
1 192 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 123 (64.06%) MCSE
3 53 (27.60%) Degree
4 47 (24.48%) Azure Certification
5 33 (17.19%) CCNA
5 33 (17.19%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (14.06%) MCP
7 25 (13.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 14 (7.29%) Computer Science Degree
9 11 (5.73%) A+ Certification
9 11 (5.73%) CREST Certified
9 11 (5.73%) Network+ Certification
10 10 (5.21%) CCNP
11 8 (4.17%) SC Cleared
11 8 (4.17%) Security Cleared
12 6 (3.13%) CompTIA Security+
12 6 (3.13%) Master's Degree
13 5 (2.60%) CompTIA CySA+
13 5 (2.60%) GIAC
14 4 (2.08%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (4.17%) GDPR
3 6 (3.13%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (2.60%) NCSC
5 2 (1.04%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.04%) SLA
6 1 (0.52%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.52%) NIST
6 1 (0.52%) QA
System Software
1 89 (46.35%) Active Directory
2 57 (29.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (21.88%) Docker
4 29 (15.10%) Hyper-V
5 25 (13.02%) vSphere
6 8 (4.17%) vCloud
6 8 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (2.08%) KVM
8 3 (1.56%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.04%) Firmware
9 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.52%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 43 (22.40%) Terraform
2 42 (21.88%) Kubernetes
3 14 (7.29%) Microsoft Intune
4 10 (5.21%) SCCM
5 5 (2.60%) WSUS
6 3 (1.56%) FortiGate
6 3 (1.56%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.04%) SCOM
7 2 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 1 (0.52%) Ansible
8 1 (0.52%) Nessus
8 1 (0.52%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.52%) Progress Chef
8 1 (0.52%) Puppet
8 1 (0.52%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 115 (59.90%) Microsoft
2 68 (35.42%) VMware
3 48 (25.00%) Red Hat
4 40 (20.83%) IBM
5 37 (19.27%) Cisco
6 23 (11.98%) HP
7 19 (9.90%) Veeam
8 12 (6.25%) Citrix
9 11 (5.73%) Bloomberg
9 11 (5.73%) Dell
9 11 (5.73%) FactSet
9 11 (5.73%) MobileIron
9 11 (5.73%) Refinitiv
10 10 (5.21%) Apple
10 10 (5.21%) Draytek
11 9 (4.69%) Fujitsu
11 9 (4.69%) Google
12 8 (4.17%) Palo Alto
13 6 (3.13%) Aruba
14 5 (2.60%) SonicWALL