Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 393 460 453
Rank change year-on-year +67 -7 -2
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 937 963 1,150
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 0.63% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.41% 2.63% 2.77%
Number of salaries quoted 800 769 1,003
UK median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.88% +18.06% -2.44%
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,250 £23,250
90th Percentile £66,250 £72,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £38,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -1.32% +8.57% -

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 27,495 36,680 41,512
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.87% 24.17% 23.82%
Number of salaries quoted 20,380 26,784 32,216
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,600 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSA.

Salary trend for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA over the 6 months to 24 January 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 24 January 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 +47 829 £38,500 -9.41% 176
UK excluding London +7 550 £37,500 -1.32% 148
London +141 311 £40,000 -20.00% 35
North of England +58 153 £37,500 +25.42% 36
South East -35 135 £37,500 -6.25% 31
Midlands +18 114 £40,000 -5.88% 40
North West +65 79 £32,500 +35.42% 20
West Midlands +12 75 £34,000 -20.00% 23
South West +3 67 £37,500 -34.78% 15
Yorkshire +56 59 £40,000 +28.21% 9
East of England +50 48 £38,318 -23.36% 19
East Midlands +5 39 £42,500 - 17
Wales +10 21 £37,500 -11.76% 2
North East -3 15 £27,500 -21.43% 7
Scotland +14 5 £26,000 -20.00% 4
Channel Islands - 4 £25,000 -
Northern Ireland +10 3 £57,500 +161.36% 1

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 937 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 703 (75.03%) Microsoft
3 691 (73.75%) Windows
4 550 (58.70%) MCSE
5 542 (57.84%) Active Directory
6 537 (57.31%) Office 365
7 431 (46.00%) Azure
8 426 (45.46%) Windows Server
9 418 (44.61%) VMware
10 371 (39.59%) ITIL
11 267 (28.50%) VMware Infrastructure
12 247 (26.36%) DNS
13 243 (25.93%) Hyper-V
14 228 (24.33%) DHCP
15 218 (23.27%) Windows 10
16 216 (23.05%) Cisco
17 206 (21.99%) Firewall
18 201 (21.45%) Windows Server 2012
19 200 (21.34%) Cisco Certification
20 189 (20.17%) CCNA
21 188 (20.06%) PowerShell
22 177 (18.89%) Citrix
23 176 (18.78%) MCP
24 169 (18.04%) MS Exchange
25 166 (17.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 163 (17.40%) Microsoft Office
27 155 (16.54%) SCCM
28 154 (16.44%) Windows Server 2008
29 143 (15.26%) SQL Server
30 139 (14.83%) WAN

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
1 169 (18.04%) MS Exchange
2 125 (13.34%) SharePoint
3 78 (8.32%) Exchange Server 2013
4 72 (7.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 66 (7.04%) IIS
6 43 (4.59%) Skype for Business
7 22 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (0.75%) Confluence
10 5 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.21%) Apache Spark
12 2 (0.21%) Site Server
13 1 (0.11%) Apache
13 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 163 (17.40%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.43%) Adobe Captivate
4 4 (0.43%) Camtasia
5 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (1.07%) assyst
2 8 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.53%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.43%) Workfront
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.11%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.11%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 537 (57.31%) Office 365
2 431 (46.00%) Azure
3 134 (14.30%) AWS
4 105 (11.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 52 (5.55%) IaaS
6 40 (4.27%) PaaS
7 32 (3.42%) SaaS
8 30 (3.20%) OneDrive
9 29 (3.09%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (1.60%) Power Platform
11 10 (1.07%) G Suite
11 10 (1.07%) GCP
11 10 (1.07%) PowerApps
12 7 (0.75%) Mimecast
13 5 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.53%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.32%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
14 3 (0.32%) GitHub
14 3 (0.32%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 247 (26.36%) DNS
2 228 (24.33%) DHCP
3 206 (21.99%) Firewall
4 139 (14.83%) WAN
5 131 (13.98%) TCP/IP
6 128 (13.66%) LAN
7 107 (11.42%) VPN
8 80 (8.54%) VoIP
9 62 (6.62%) SAN
10 44 (4.70%) Skype
11 39 (4.16%) Internet
11 39 (4.16%) NetScaler
12 34 (3.63%) VLAN
13 33 (3.52%) Network Security
14 30 (3.20%) Wireless
15 23 (2.45%) NAS
16 19 (2.03%) iSCSI
16 19 (2.03%) Remote Desktop
17 18 (1.92%) WLAN
18 15 (1.60%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 143 (15.26%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.74%) SQL Server 2012
3 28 (2.99%) SQL Server 2016
4 26 (2.77%) SQL Server 2008
5 21 (2.24%) Amazon RDS
6 18 (1.92%) SQL Server 2014
7 14 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
8 12 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (1.07%) SQL Server 2005
9 10 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 5 (0.53%) MySQL
10 5 (0.53%) Power BI
10 5 (0.53%) SAP HANA
10 5 (0.53%) SQL Server 2017
11 4 (0.43%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.32%) Cosmos DB
12 3 (0.32%) PowerPivot
12 3 (0.32%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 12 (1.28%) Visual Studio
2 10 (1.07%) JIRA
3 8 (0.85%) MSI
4 7 (0.75%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.53%) GCC
5 5 (0.53%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.32%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.21%) Postman
8 1 (0.11%) IBM UrbanCode
8 1 (0.11%) SonarQube
General
1 84 (8.96%) Finance
2 41 (4.38%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 29 (3.09%) Retail
5 17 (1.81%) Legal
5 17 (1.81%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.71%) Law
7 14 (1.49%) Banking
8 7 (0.75%) Electronics
9 4 (0.43%) Czech Language
9 4 (0.43%) Games
9 4 (0.43%) Marketing
9 4 (0.43%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.32%) Automotive
11 2 (0.21%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.21%) Front Office
11 2 (0.21%) Social Science
12 1 (0.11%) Advertising
12 1 (0.11%) Back Office
12 1 (0.11%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 170 (18.14%) Support Engineer
2 145 (15.47%) IT Support
3 139 (14.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 118 (12.59%) Analyst
5 114 (12.17%) IT Engineer
6 100 (10.67%) Consultant
7 81 (8.64%) IT Support Engineer
8 73 (7.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 66 (7.04%) Support Analyst
10 62 (6.62%) 2nd Line Support
11 53 (5.66%) Administrator
12 46 (4.91%) Team Leader
13 44 (4.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 44 (4.70%) Technical Support
14 40 (4.27%) 3rd Line Support
15 37 (3.95%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 36 (3.84%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 36 (3.84%) Systems Engineer
17 35 (3.74%) Architect
17 35 (3.74%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (1.81%) Web Services
2 12 (1.28%) .NET
3 9 (0.96%) SAML
4 7 (0.75%) LDAP
5 6 (0.64%) XML
6 5 (0.53%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.43%) JSON
8 3 (0.32%) CSS
8 3 (0.32%) HTML
8 3 (0.32%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.21%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.21%) CSS3
9 2 (0.21%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.21%) HTML5
9 2 (0.21%) Kafka
9 2 (0.21%) OAuth
9 2 (0.21%) RESTful
9 2 (0.21%) SailPoint
10 1 (0.11%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.11%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 88 (9.39%) Data Centre
2 62 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (6.30%) Management Information System
4 47 (5.02%) Public Cloud
5 36 (3.84%) Self-Motivation
6 30 (3.20%) Replication
7 25 (2.67%) Driving Licence
8 24 (2.56%) Private Cloud
9 22 (2.35%) Clustering
10 12 (1.28%) Hedge funds
10 12 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
11 11 (1.17%) Virtual Team
12 9 (0.96%) BYOD
13 8 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
13 8 (0.85%) Mobile App
14 7 (0.75%) iPhone
15 6 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
15 6 (0.64%) PKI
15 6 (0.64%) PlayStation
15 6 (0.64%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 691 (73.75%) Windows
2 426 (45.46%) Windows Server
3 218 (23.27%) Windows 10
4 201 (21.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 154 (16.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 96 (10.25%) Linux
7 67 (7.15%) Windows 7
8 48 (5.12%) Windows 8
9 43 (4.59%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (2.03%) CentOS
11 16 (1.71%) Mac OS X
12 13 (1.39%) Unix
13 11 (1.17%) Apple iOS
13 11 (1.17%) Debian
13 11 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.07%) Android
14 10 (1.07%) Mac OS
15 8 (0.85%) Ubuntu
15 8 (0.85%) VMS
16 7 (0.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 371 (39.59%) ITIL
2 166 (17.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 116 (12.38%) Problem-Solving
4 89 (9.50%) Project Delivery
5 87 (9.28%) Mentoring
5 87 (9.28%) Project Management
6 79 (8.43%) Service Management
7 58 (6.19%) PRINCE2
8 57 (6.08%) Agile Software Development
8 57 (6.08%) Change Management
9 56 (5.98%) Migration
10 52 (5.55%) Presales
11 48 (5.12%) ITIL V3
12 46 (4.91%) DevOps
13 42 (4.48%) Server Management
14 41 (4.38%) Line Management
15 40 (4.27%) Incident Management
16 36 (3.84%) Problem Management
17 35 (3.74%) ITSM
18 34 (3.63%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 188 (20.06%) PowerShell
2 121 (12.91%) SQL
3 30 (3.20%) VBScript
4 18 (1.92%) Python
5 16 (1.71%) T-SQL
6 15 (1.60%) Bash Shell
6 15 (1.60%) C#
7 8 (0.85%) Shell Script
8 5 (0.53%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 3 (0.32%) Go
9 3 (0.32%) Perl
9 3 (0.32%) VB
10 2 (0.21%) C++
10 2 (0.21%) Java
10 2 (0.21%) Ruby
11 1 (0.11%) VBA
Qualifications
1 937 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 550 (58.70%) MCSE
3 200 (21.34%) Cisco Certification
4 189 (20.17%) CCNA
5 176 (18.78%) MCP
6 134 (14.30%) Degree
6 134 (14.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 73 (7.79%) Security Cleared
8 69 (7.36%) MCITP
9 59 (6.30%) CCNP
10 43 (4.59%) SC Cleared
11 38 (4.06%) A+ Certification
12 36 (3.84%) Network+ Certification
13 35 (3.74%) Citrix Certification
14 30 (3.20%) MCTS
15 19 (2.03%) DV Cleared
15 19 (2.03%) VCP6
16 14 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
17 13 (1.39%) CompTIA Security+
18 11 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (8.11%) SLA
2 38 (4.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 36 (3.84%) QA
4 17 (1.81%) Cyber Essentials
4 17 (1.81%) PCI DSS
5 10 (1.07%) COBIT
6 5 (0.53%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.43%) PMO
8 3 (0.32%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.21%) GDPR
9 2 (0.21%) NIST
9 2 (0.21%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.11%) GxP
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 542 (57.84%) Active Directory
2 267 (28.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 243 (25.93%) Hyper-V
4 75 (8.00%) XenApp
5 61 (6.51%) vSphere
6 49 (5.23%) XenDesktop
7 43 (4.59%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (2.67%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 21 (2.24%) Docker
10 16 (1.71%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (1.17%) BitLocker
12 10 (1.07%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.75%) VMware Server
14 6 (0.64%) VMware NSX
15 5 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
16 4 (0.43%) KVM
17 2 (0.21%) HDFS
17 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 155 (16.54%) SCCM
2 92 (9.82%) Microsoft Intune
3 52 (5.55%) WSUS
4 33 (3.52%) SCOM
5 16 (1.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 16 (1.71%) XenMobile
6 15 (1.60%) Ansible
6 15 (1.60%) Backup Exec
6 15 (1.60%) NetBackup
7 11 (1.17%) Kubernetes
8 10 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (1.07%) Puppet
9 8 (0.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 8 (0.85%) Terraform
10 7 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.64%) HP UCMDB
11 6 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
11 6 (0.64%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.53%) SolarWinds Orion
12 5 (0.53%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 703 (75.03%) Microsoft
2 418 (44.61%) VMware
3 216 (23.05%) Cisco
4 177 (18.89%) Citrix
5 59 (6.30%) HP
6 48 (5.12%) Veeam
7 41 (4.38%) NetApp
8 36 (3.84%) Dell
9 30 (3.20%) Ivanti
9 30 (3.20%) ServiceNow
10 27 (2.88%) Red Hat
11 25 (2.67%) SolarWinds
12 22 (2.35%) EMC
12 22 (2.35%) Symantec
13 21 (2.24%) Meraki
14 20 (2.13%) Oracle
15 19 (2.03%) Remedy
16 17 (1.81%) CommVault
16 17 (1.81%) Sophos
17 16 (1.71%) WatchGuard