Period
to 15 May 2021

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 15 May 2021 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
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 642 426 426
Rank change year-on-year -216 0 +36
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 266 625 1,040
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.65% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 3.02% 2.90%
Number of salaries quoted 222 541 858
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,500 £25,000
25th Percentile £31,438 £31,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
75th Percentile £50,000 £55,000 £50,000
90th Percentile £57,150 £70,000 £67,875
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,750
% change year-on-year +6.67% -0.66% +4.86%

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 19,318 20,707 35,859
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.34% 21.47% 24.80%
Number of salaries quoted 12,329 15,587 25,975
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +3.09%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +1.19%

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 15 May 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 15 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 15 May 2021. 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 -186 242 £40,000 +2.56% 68
UK excluding London -112 184 £40,000 +6.67% 51
London -115 63 £37,500 -5.06% 20
Midlands -33 61 £40,000 +6.67% 16
South East +2 46 £36,000 -20.00% 13
Work from Home -164 43 £47,500 -11.63% 10
West Midlands -34 37 £37,500 +15.38% 6
North of England -86 35 £52,500 +40.00% 10
North West -12 26 £55,000 +17.65% 3
East Midlands +4 24 £44,000 +1.73% 10
East of England +22 19 £40,000 -1.23% 6
South West -46 17 £47,500 +40.74% 3
Wales +16 8 £36,250 -3.33% 1
Yorkshire -51 8 £35,432 +4.21% 5
North East -14 1 £40,000 +45.45% 2

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, 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.

1 266 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (71.43%) Windows
3 174 (65.41%) Microsoft
4 169 (63.53%) MCSE
5 155 (58.27%) Active Directory
6 146 (54.89%) Windows Server
7 134 (50.38%) VMware
8 122 (45.86%) Azure
8 122 (45.86%) Microsoft 365
9 110 (41.35%) ITIL
10 109 (40.98%) VMware Infrastructure
11 80 (30.08%) Cisco
12 76 (28.57%) Hyper-V
13 73 (27.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 72 (27.07%) Cisco Certification
15 71 (26.69%) Firewall
15 71 (26.69%) PowerShell
16 69 (25.94%) CCNA
17 68 (25.56%) MCP
18 60 (22.56%) Linux
19 53 (19.92%) SQL Server
20 52 (19.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 49 (18.42%) MCITP
21 49 (18.42%) DNS
22 48 (18.05%) Windows Server 2012
22 48 (18.05%) Social Skills
23 45 (16.92%) Problem-Solving
24 43 (16.17%) WAN
25 42 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
26 41 (15.41%) LAN

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 36 (13.53%) MS Exchange
2 28 (10.53%) SharePoint
3 25 (9.40%) Skype for Business
4 19 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 18 (6.77%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.13%) IIS
7 3 (1.13%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.38%) Site Server
Applications
1 38 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.26%) Workfront
2 2 (0.75%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.38%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 122 (45.86%) Azure
1 122 (45.86%) Microsoft 365
2 38 (14.29%) AWS
3 32 (12.03%) Azure Active Directory
4 16 (6.02%) IaaS
5 15 (5.64%) SaaS
6 14 (5.26%) PaaS
7 11 (4.14%) GCP
8 7 (2.63%) OneDrive
9 6 (2.26%) Mimecast
9 6 (2.26%) Power Platform
10 4 (1.50%) Azure Storage
10 4 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (1.13%) AWS CodeCommit
11 3 (1.13%) Power Automate
11 3 (1.13%) PowerApps
11 3 (1.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (1.13%) Yammer
12 2 (0.75%) Amazon EKS
12 2 (0.75%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 71 (26.69%) Firewall
2 49 (18.42%) DNS
3 43 (16.17%) WAN
4 41 (15.41%) LAN
5 36 (13.53%) SAN
6 28 (10.53%) DHCP
7 27 (10.15%) Skype
8 26 (9.77%) TCP/IP
9 25 (9.40%) VPN
10 20 (7.52%) VSAN
11 17 (6.39%) PBX
12 16 (6.02%) VoIP
13 15 (5.64%) Unified Communications
13 15 (5.64%) WebEx
14 12 (4.51%) Remote Desktop
15 11 (4.14%) Network Security
15 11 (4.14%) VLAN
16 9 (3.38%) NAS
17 8 (3.01%) MPLS
17 8 (3.01%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (19.92%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.63%) MySQL
3 6 (2.26%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.26%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (1.88%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (1.88%) Power BI
5 4 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.75%) Big Data
6 2 (0.75%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.75%) Oracle Exadata
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2019
7 1 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.38%) MS Access
7 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 7
7 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.88%) Git (software)
1 5 (1.88%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.13%) Subversion
3 2 (0.75%) AppScan
3 2 (0.75%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.75%) Maven
3 2 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.75%) TeamCity
General
1 48 (18.05%) Social Skills
2 42 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (12.41%) Finance
4 17 (6.39%) Telecoms
5 10 (3.76%) Local Government
6 9 (3.38%) Organisational Skills
7 8 (3.01%) Military
8 6 (2.26%) Electronics
8 6 (2.26%) Legal
8 6 (2.26%) Public Sector
9 5 (1.88%) Fire and Rescue
9 5 (1.88%) Mandarin Language
10 4 (1.50%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (1.13%) Financial Institution
11 3 (1.13%) Games
11 3 (1.13%) Retail
12 2 (0.75%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.75%) Banking
12 2 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.75%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 54 (20.30%) IT Engineer
2 49 (18.42%) Support Engineer
3 47 (17.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 29 (10.90%) Systems Engineer
5 28 (10.53%) IT Support
6 27 (10.15%) Analyst
7 20 (7.52%) IT Support Engineer
8 19 (7.14%) Applications Engineer
9 16 (6.02%) Infrastructure Support
9 16 (6.02%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 16 (6.02%) Support Analyst
10 15 (5.64%) Administrator
11 14 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 14 (5.26%) DBA
11 14 (5.26%) IT Analyst
12 11 (4.14%) Cloud Engineer
12 11 (4.14%) Server Engineer
13 9 (3.38%) Architect
13 9 (3.38%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.38%) .NET
2 4 (1.50%) JSON
3 3 (1.13%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (1.13%) SAML
3 3 (1.13%) Web Services
4 2 (0.75%) LAMP
4 2 (0.75%) WAMP
4 2 (0.75%) XML
5 1 (0.38%) CGI
5 1 (0.38%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.38%) WSH
5 1 (0.38%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (10.53%) Data Centre
2 27 (10.15%) Clustering
3 17 (6.39%) Management Information System
4 16 (6.02%) Replication
5 15 (5.64%) BYOD
6 11 (4.14%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (3.38%) Public Cloud
8 7 (2.63%) Driving Licence
8 7 (2.63%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.88%) EPoS
9 5 (1.88%) User Experience
10 4 (1.50%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (1.50%) EMC VNX
10 4 (1.50%) Fat Client
10 4 (1.50%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.75%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.75%) Fibre Optics
11 2 (0.75%) iPad
11 2 (0.75%) iPhone
11 2 (0.75%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 190 (71.43%) Windows
2 146 (54.89%) Windows Server
3 60 (22.56%) Linux
4 48 (18.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 39 (14.66%) Windows 10
6 29 (10.90%) Windows Server 2016
7 21 (7.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (7.52%) Windows Server 2019
9 13 (4.89%) Unix
10 9 (3.38%) Windows 7
11 5 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.50%) Apple iOS
13 3 (1.13%) Android
13 3 (1.13%) Windows 8
13 3 (1.13%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.75%) Debian
14 2 (0.75%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.75%) SUSE
15 1 (0.38%) Solaris
15 1 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (41.35%) ITIL
2 73 (27.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 45 (16.92%) Problem-Solving
4 34 (12.78%) ITIL V3
5 33 (12.41%) Disaster Recovery
6 30 (11.28%) Service Management
7 29 (10.90%) Migration
8 22 (8.27%) Project Management
9 20 (7.52%) Cybersecurity
10 19 (7.14%) DevOps
10 19 (7.14%) Time Management
11 18 (6.77%) High Availability
12 17 (6.39%) Agile Software Development
13 16 (6.02%) IT Strategy
14 14 (5.26%) Server Virtualisation
15 13 (4.89%) Change Control
15 13 (4.89%) Computer Science
16 12 (4.51%) Server Management
17 11 (4.14%) Continuous Improvement
17 11 (4.14%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 71 (26.69%) PowerShell
2 38 (14.29%) SQL
3 16 (6.02%) Python
4 10 (3.76%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.26%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.88%) C#
7 4 (1.50%) VB
8 3 (1.13%) Groovy
8 3 (1.13%) Perl
8 3 (1.13%) PHP
8 3 (1.13%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.13%) VBScript
9 1 (0.38%) C
9 1 (0.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 266 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 169 (63.53%) MCSE
3 72 (27.07%) Cisco Certification
4 69 (25.94%) CCNA
5 68 (25.56%) MCP
6 52 (19.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 49 (18.42%) MCITP
8 33 (12.41%) Degree
9 27 (10.15%) SC Cleared
9 27 (10.15%) Security Cleared
10 26 (9.77%) MCTS
11 22 (8.27%) CCNP
12 16 (6.02%) CCENT
12 16 (6.02%) CompTIA Security+
13 14 (5.26%) Network+ Certification
14 13 (4.89%) CISSP
15 11 (4.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 10 (3.76%) ITIL Certification
16 10 (3.76%) MCDBA
17 9 (3.38%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.77%) SLA
2 10 (3.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.63%) GDPR
4 5 (1.88%) PCI DSS
5 4 (1.50%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (1.13%) QA
System Software
1 155 (58.27%) Active Directory
2 109 (40.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (28.57%) Hyper-V
4 37 (13.91%) vSphere
5 36 (13.53%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (7.14%) XenApp
7 13 (4.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 13 (4.89%) Virtual Servers
7 13 (4.89%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.26%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (2.26%) VMware NSX
9 4 (1.50%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.13%) Docker
11 2 (0.75%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.38%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 40 (15.04%) SCCM
2 30 (11.28%) SCOM
3 21 (7.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 16 (6.02%) WSUS
5 15 (5.64%) Terraform
6 13 (4.89%) Backup Exec
7 12 (4.51%) SCOrch
8 11 (4.14%) Ansible
8 11 (4.14%) Norton AntiVirus
8 11 (4.14%) Puppet
9 8 (3.01%) Microsoft Intune
10 7 (2.63%) Microsoft Clustering
11 6 (2.26%) Nagios
11 6 (2.26%) NetBackup
12 5 (1.88%) WMI
13 4 (1.50%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
13 4 (1.50%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (1.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 3 (1.13%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 174 (65.41%) Microsoft
2 134 (50.38%) VMware
3 80 (30.08%) Cisco
4 35 (13.16%) Oracle
5 32 (12.03%) Citrix
6 28 (10.53%) Veeam
7 25 (9.40%) Sophos
8 19 (7.14%) Juniper
9 18 (6.77%) Acme Packet
9 18 (6.77%) NetApp
10 17 (6.39%) Dell
11 16 (6.02%) SolarWinds
12 15 (5.64%) EMC
12 15 (5.64%) Polycom
12 15 (5.64%) Red Hat
12 15 (5.64%) Yealink
13 12 (4.51%) HP
14 11 (4.14%) Symantec
15 9 (3.38%) ServiceNow
16 7 (2.63%) Remedy