Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 433 415 479
Rank change year-on-year -18 +64 -38
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 304 977 990
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.72% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.72% 3.20% 2.56%
Number of salaries quoted 271 877 845
Median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £66,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,789
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.78% +2.25%

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 11,191 30,515 38,697
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.66% 22.57% 23.76%
Number of salaries quoted 8,523 22,586 28,606
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 23 November 2020.

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 23 November 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 +13 294 £40,000 +4.39% 82
UK excluding London +42 249 £40,000 +6.67% 77
North of England +59 75 £42,500 +26.87% 15
South East +136 63 £35,000 +7.69% 14
Midlands +61 54 £39,000 -2.50% 20
London +21 53 £46,500 +9.41% 9
North West +89 50 £48,001 +47.69% 11
West Midlands +68 41 £40,000 +23.08% 13
South West +56 33 £48,250 +28.67% 15
Work from Home -36 25 £40,000 -36.00% 10
Yorkshire +52 18 £33,750 -15.63% 2
East of England +94 14 £35,000 -8.66% 9
East Midlands +46 13 £32,500 -23.53% 7
North East +8 7 £42,500 +41.67% 2
Scotland +73 6 £37,500 +28.21% 4
Wales +43 6 £50,000 +33.33%
Isle of Man -5 2 £47,500 +5.56%

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 304 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 257 (84.54%) Microsoft
3 207 (68.09%) Windows
4 167 (54.93%) Active Directory
5 162 (53.29%) MCSE
6 154 (50.66%) VMware
7 138 (45.39%) ITIL
8 122 (40.13%) Azure
9 105 (34.54%) Windows Server
10 98 (32.24%) DNS
11 93 (30.59%) VMware Infrastructure
12 89 (29.28%) Office 365
13 78 (25.66%) WAN
14 76 (25.00%) Cisco
15 73 (24.01%) TCP/IP
15 73 (24.01%) Data Centre
16 72 (23.68%) Cisco Certification
16 72 (23.68%) SAN
17 71 (23.36%) CCNA
18 70 (23.03%) DHCP
19 68 (22.37%) Linux
20 67 (22.04%) SQL Server
21 62 (20.39%) SQL
22 61 (20.07%) LAN
23 59 (19.41%) PowerShell
23 59 (19.41%) Hyper-V
24 57 (18.75%) AWS
24 57 (18.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 56 (18.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 55 (18.09%) Citrix

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 35 (11.51%) MS Exchange
2 22 (7.24%) Exchange Server 2013
3 20 (6.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (5.59%) SharePoint
5 12 (3.95%) IIS
6 4 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.66%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.33%) Apache
8 1 (0.33%) Confluence
8 1 (0.33%) nginx
Applications
1 48 (15.79%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.99%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.97%) Workfront
2 1 (0.33%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 122 (40.13%) Azure
2 89 (29.28%) Office 365
3 57 (18.75%) AWS
4 26 (8.55%) GCP
5 23 (7.57%) PaaS
6 22 (7.24%) IaaS
7 10 (3.29%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (2.96%) SaaS
9 5 (1.64%) G Suite
9 5 (1.64%) OneDrive
9 5 (1.64%) Power Platform
10 4 (1.32%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.33%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.33%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.33%) AWS CodeCommit
12 1 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.33%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 98 (32.24%) DNS
2 78 (25.66%) WAN
3 73 (24.01%) TCP/IP
4 72 (23.68%) SAN
5 70 (23.03%) DHCP
6 61 (20.07%) LAN
7 54 (17.76%) Firewall
8 38 (12.50%) Fibre Channel
8 38 (12.50%) iSCSI
9 25 (8.22%) VPN
10 17 (5.59%) Network Security
11 16 (5.26%) Skype
12 12 (3.95%) VoIP
13 11 (3.62%) Wi-Fi
14 10 (3.29%) Internet
15 9 (2.96%) VLAN
16 7 (2.30%) Broadband
16 7 (2.30%) Cisco ASA
16 7 (2.30%) NAS
16 7 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (22.04%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.62%) SQL Server 2014
3 8 (2.63%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.64%) Power BI
6 5 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.32%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.32%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.66%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.66%) MariaDB
9 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.66%) MySQL
9 2 (0.66%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2019
9 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.32%) JIRA
2 2 (0.66%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.66%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.33%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.33%) Subversion
General
1 52 (17.11%) Finance
2 23 (7.57%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.26%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.29%) Manufacturing
4 10 (3.29%) Marketing
5 9 (2.96%) Banking
5 9 (2.96%) Electronics
6 6 (1.97%) Legal
6 6 (1.97%) Local Government
7 5 (1.64%) Military
8 2 (0.66%) Housing Association
8 2 (0.66%) Law
8 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.66%) Retail
8 2 (0.66%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.33%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.33%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 53 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 46 (15.13%) IT Engineer
3 43 (14.14%) Analyst
4 38 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 28 (9.21%) IT Support
6 27 (8.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 27 (8.88%) Architect
7 22 (7.24%) 3rd Line Support
8 20 (6.58%) IT Analyst
9 19 (6.25%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 19 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
10 18 (5.92%) Administrator
11 16 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 16 (5.26%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (4.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 15 (4.93%) Systems Administrator
13 14 (4.61%) IT Support Engineer
13 14 (4.61%) Server Engineer
13 14 (4.61%) Technical Support
14 13 (4.28%) Azure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (5.59%) .NET
2 5 (1.64%) Web Services
3 4 (1.32%) JSON
4 2 (0.66%) LAMP
4 2 (0.66%) LDAP
4 2 (0.66%) WAMP
5 1 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 73 (24.01%) Data Centre
2 44 (14.47%) Self-Motivation
3 31 (10.20%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (6.91%) Management Information System
5 14 (4.61%) Private Cloud
6 9 (2.96%) Client/Server
6 9 (2.96%) CMDB
6 9 (2.96%) EPoS
7 8 (2.63%) iPhone
8 7 (2.30%) Clustering
8 7 (2.30%) Replication
9 6 (1.97%) User Experience
10 5 (1.64%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.32%) Blackberry
11 4 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.32%) Hedge funds
12 3 (0.99%) iPad
12 3 (0.99%) iSeries
12 3 (0.99%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.99%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 207 (68.09%) Windows
2 105 (34.54%) Windows Server
3 68 (22.37%) Linux
4 49 (16.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 42 (13.82%) Windows 10
6 40 (13.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 37 (12.17%) Windows Server 2016
8 29 (9.54%) Windows 7
9 18 (5.92%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (3.29%) Unix
10 10 (3.29%) Windows XP
11 9 (2.96%) Android
11 9 (2.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (2.30%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.99%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.99%) CentOS
13 3 (0.99%) HPUX
13 3 (0.99%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (0.99%) Solaris
13 3 (0.99%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (45.39%) ITIL
2 57 (18.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 48 (15.79%) Change Management
4 36 (11.84%) Disaster Recovery
5 32 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
6 31 (10.20%) Project Management
6 31 (10.20%) Service Management
7 25 (8.22%) IT Strategy
7 25 (8.22%) TOGAF
8 23 (7.57%) Agile Software Development
8 23 (7.57%) Continuous Improvement
8 23 (7.57%) ITIL V3
9 21 (6.91%) Business Continuity
9 21 (6.91%) Cybersecurity
10 18 (5.92%) Service Delivery
11 17 (5.59%) Migration
12 16 (5.26%) Computer Science
12 16 (5.26%) Decision-Making
12 16 (5.26%) High Availability
13 15 (4.93%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 62 (20.39%) SQL
2 59 (19.41%) PowerShell
3 26 (8.55%) Python
4 23 (7.57%) Bash Shell
5 11 (3.62%) VB.NET
6 7 (2.30%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.32%) C#
8 3 (0.99%) VBScript
9 2 (0.66%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.33%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 304 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 162 (53.29%) MCSE
3 72 (23.68%) Cisco Certification
4 71 (23.36%) CCNA
5 56 (18.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 50 (16.45%) MCP
7 43 (14.14%) Degree
8 38 (12.50%) Security Cleared
8 38 (12.50%) Server+ Certification
9 31 (10.20%) SC Cleared
10 28 (9.21%) MCITP
11 25 (8.22%) ITIL Certification
12 23 (7.57%) TOGAF Certification
13 21 (6.91%) MCTS
14 15 (4.93%) RHCE
15 12 (3.95%) A+ Certification
15 12 (3.95%) CCNP
16 10 (3.29%) CISSP
17 9 (2.96%) CTC Cleared
17 9 (2.96%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (7.89%) SLA
2 11 (3.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.29%) GDPR
4 5 (1.64%) COBIT
5 3 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.66%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.66%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.66%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.33%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.33%) NIST
7 1 (0.33%) NIST 800
System Software
1 167 (54.93%) Active Directory
2 93 (30.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (19.41%) Hyper-V
4 23 (7.57%) vSphere
5 21 (6.91%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (4.61%) Virtual Servers
7 12 (3.95%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 12 (3.95%) XenApp
8 9 (2.96%) XenDesktop
9 6 (1.97%) VMware NSX
10 5 (1.64%) Docker
11 4 (1.32%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.99%) NFS
12 3 (0.99%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.66%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.66%) Firmware
13 2 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.33%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 36 (11.84%) SCCM
2 21 (6.91%) SCOM
3 19 (6.25%) Ansible
3 19 (6.25%) Puppet
4 16 (5.26%) Terraform
4 16 (5.26%) WSUS
5 11 (3.62%) Backup Exec
5 11 (3.62%) WMI
6 9 (2.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 6 (1.97%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (1.97%) NetBackup
7 6 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (1.64%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (1.32%) ServiceCenter
10 3 (0.99%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.99%) Nagios
10 3 (0.99%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Clustering
12 1 (0.33%) Consul
Vendors
1 257 (84.54%) Microsoft
2 154 (50.66%) VMware
3 76 (25.00%) Cisco
4 55 (18.09%) Citrix
5 38 (12.50%) Dell
6 27 (8.88%) HP
6 27 (8.88%) NetApp
7 24 (7.89%) Red Hat
8 21 (6.91%) Veeam
9 19 (6.25%) Google
10 14 (4.61%) SAP
11 13 (4.28%) Juniper
11 13 (4.28%) Oracle
12 11 (3.62%) CheckPoint
12 11 (3.62%) F5
13 10 (3.29%) Remedy
13 10 (3.29%) Siemens
14 9 (2.96%) EMC
14 9 (2.96%) SolarWinds
15 8 (2.63%) Brocade