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 3 months to 28 May 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
UK
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 422 443 429
Rank change year-on-year +21 -14  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 547 603 703
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.60% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.59% 2.23% 2.36%
Number of salaries quoted 467 521 629
Median salary £37,500 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.38% -7.14%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £51,700 £52,500
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £31,500 £33,250
% change year-on-year +19.04% -5.26%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21127 27066 29810
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.85% 27.15% 27.58%
Number of salaries quoted 16486 21840 23409
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £70,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +31 513 £37,500 +15.38% 71
London -1 129 £42,500 +0.59% 13
South East +50 128 £33,500 +6.34% 19
Yorkshire +35 71 £39,000 +50.00% 6
West Midlands +52 54 £42,500 +36.00% 3
West Yorkshire +20 51 £43,750 +68.26% 3
East of England +22 48 £36,250 +3.57% 8
North West -35 44 £42,500 - 11
Leeds +42 37 £42,500 +73.46% 1
Birmingham +26 32 £47,000 +56.66% 2
Hampshire -5 32 £32,500 +8.33% 2
Manchester -19 32 £45,000 +5.88% 8
Surrey +53 30 £26,500 -12.81% 6
South West -5 27 £35,000 +52.17% 6
Hertfordshire +17 26 £50,000 +53.84% 6
City of London +9 23 £47,500 +5.55% 5
Kent +38 22 £33,750 +43.61% 3
East Midlands +2 18 £37,500 +29.31% 4
East Yorkshire 0 17 £25,000 +1.01% 2
Hull -5 17 £25,000 - 2
Southampton +16 14 £30,000 -40.00% 1
Nottingham +11 13 £46,500 +64.60% 1
Wiltshire +9 13 £37,500 +31.57%
Nottinghamshire +9 13 £46,500 +43.07% 1
Buckinghamshire +8 13 £35,000 -15.66% 4
Bradford +5 12 £45,000 +73.07% 2
Berkshire +26 11 £47,500 +26.66%
West Sussex +23 11 £21,000 -44.00% 2
Hatfield +15 11 £50,000 +14.94% 3
Cambridgeshire +3 11 £28,000 -32.53%

For the 6 months to 28 May 2017, IT jobs citing MCSA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSA.

1 1006 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 786 (78.13%) Windows
3 699 (69.48%) Microsoft
4 647 (64.31%) Active Directory
5 632 (62.82%) MCSE
6 564 (56.06%) Windows Server
7 492 (48.91%) VMware
8 391 (38.87%) Office 365
9 384 (38.17%) ITIL
10 347 (34.49%) Windows Server 2012
11 298 (29.62%) VMware Infrastructure
12 291 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
13 284 (28.23%) Cisco
14 283 (28.13%) Hyper-V
15 261 (25.94%) Microsoft Azure
16 259 (25.75%) MS Exchange
17 241 (23.96%) MCP
18 233 (23.16%) Cisco Certification
19 213 (21.17%) CCNA
19 213 (21.17%) SQL Server
20 209 (20.78%) DNS
21 200 (19.88%) Firewall
22 179 (17.79%) Citrix
23 172 (17.10%) SQL
24 168 (16.70%) DHCP
25 166 (16.50%) Windows 7
26 165 (16.40%) SCCM
27 156 (15.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
28 154 (15.31%) SAN
29 150 (14.91%) 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
1 259 (25.75%) MS Exchange
2 139 (13.82%) SharePoint
3 117 (11.63%) Exchange Server 2010
4 88 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 70 (6.96%) Skype for Business
6 68 (6.76%) IIS
7 42 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 27 (2.68%) SharePoint 2013
9 25 (2.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 16 (1.59%) Apache
11 10 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.80%) SAS
13 7 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
14 6 (0.60%) CloudStack
14 6 (0.60%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
15 4 (0.40%) CMS
15 4 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
16 2 (0.20%) Apache Spark
16 2 (0.20%) OpenStack
Applications
1 147 (14.61%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.30%) Adobe Premiere
5 3 (0.30%) Inkscape
5 3 (0.30%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.099%) Revit
Business Applications
1 7 (0.70%) Workfront
2 6 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.099%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.099%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 391 (38.87%) Office 365
2 261 (25.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (7.65%) Amazon AWS
4 32 (3.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 29 (2.88%) IaaS
6 26 (2.58%) SaaS
7 22 (2.19%) PaaS
8 16 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (1.19%) Yammer
10 8 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (0.80%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
11 7 (0.70%) OneDrive
12 5 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (0.50%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.20%) Akamai
14 1 (0.099%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 1 (0.099%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 209 (20.78%) DNS
2 200 (19.88%) Firewall
3 168 (16.70%) DHCP
4 154 (15.31%) SAN
5 150 (14.91%) WAN
6 146 (14.51%) LAN
7 125 (12.43%) TCP/IP
8 91 (9.05%) VPN
9 60 (5.96%) Skype
10 46 (4.57%) VoIP
11 40 (3.98%) Internet
12 39 (3.88%) Network Security
13 34 (3.38%) Wireless
14 32 (3.18%) VLAN
15 30 (2.98%) iSCSI
16 27 (2.68%) WebEx
17 26 (2.58%) NAS
17 26 (2.58%) Unified Communications
18 16 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
19 15 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 213 (21.17%) SQL Server
2 99 (9.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 75 (7.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 42 (4.17%) SQL Server 2005
4 42 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 32 (3.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 27 (2.68%) SQL Server 2014
7 18 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
7 18 (1.79%) SQL Server 2000
8 16 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
10 13 (1.29%) Power BI
11 10 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
12 7 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 5 (0.50%) Big Data
13 5 (0.50%) Crystal Reports
14 4 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
14 4 (0.40%) MongoDB
14 4 (0.40%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (1.39%) MSI
2 9 (0.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (0.50%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.20%) JIRA
4 2 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.099%) InstallShield
General
1 93 (9.24%) Finance
2 60 (5.96%) Telecoms
3 25 (2.49%) Marketing
4 21 (2.09%) Law
4 21 (2.09%) Retail
5 18 (1.79%) Advertising
6 16 (1.59%) Legal
7 8 (0.80%) Banking
8 6 (0.60%) Multimedia
9 5 (0.50%) Publishing
10 4 (0.40%) Games
10 4 (0.40%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.30%) Automotive
11 3 (0.30%) Electronics
11 3 (0.30%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.30%) Military
11 3 (0.30%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.20%) Polish Language
12 2 (0.20%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 185 (18.39%) Support Engineer
2 184 (18.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 123 (12.23%) Analyst
4 100 (9.94%) Administrator
5 91 (9.05%) IT Support
6 90 (8.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 84 (8.35%) Windows Engineer
8 77 (7.65%) IT Engineer
9 75 (7.46%) Consultant
10 72 (7.16%) Server Engineer
11 70 (6.96%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 62 (6.16%) 2nd Line Support
13 61 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
13 61 (6.06%) Systems Administrator
13 61 (6.06%) VMware Engineer
14 59 (5.86%) Support Analyst
15 51 (5.07%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 51 (5.07%) DBA
16 50 (4.97%) Systems Engineer
17 47 (4.67%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (0.89%) HTML
1 9 (0.89%) Web Services
2 8 (0.80%) .NET
3 7 (0.70%) Software Packaging
4 5 (0.50%) XML
5 4 (0.40%) XSLT
6 2 (0.20%) COM
6 2 (0.20%) CSS
6 2 (0.20%) HTML5
6 2 (0.20%) PySpark
7 1 (0.099%) IBM Integration Bus
7 1 (0.099%) Middleware
7 1 (0.099%) REST
7 1 (0.099%) SAP PI
7 1 (0.099%) SOAP
7 1 (0.099%) UDDI
7 1 (0.099%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 133 (13.22%) Data Centre
2 78 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (5.96%) Management Information System
4 50 (4.97%) Clustering
5 45 (4.47%) Computer Science
5 45 (4.47%) Driving Licence
6 34 (3.38%) Replication
7 29 (2.88%) Blackberry
8 28 (2.78%) Public Cloud
9 20 (1.99%) Hybrid Cloud
10 14 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
11 13 (1.29%) PKI
11 13 (1.29%) Private Cloud
12 10 (0.99%) Data Protection Act
13 9 (0.89%) CESG
14 8 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (0.80%) iPad
15 7 (0.70%) CMDB
15 7 (0.70%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 786 (78.13%) Windows
2 564 (56.06%) Windows Server
3 347 (34.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 291 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 166 (16.50%) Windows 7
6 121 (12.03%) Windows 10
7 115 (11.43%) Linux
8 71 (7.06%) Windows Server 2003
9 53 (5.27%) Windows 8
10 35 (3.48%) Unix
11 29 (2.88%) Windows XP
12 26 (2.58%) Mac OS X
13 14 (1.39%) CentOS
13 14 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 12 (1.19%) Android
14 12 (1.19%) Mac OS
15 10 (0.99%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.89%) Apple iOS
17 5 (0.50%) Windows Vista
18 4 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (38.17%) ITIL
2 94 (9.34%) High Availability
3 78 (7.75%) Disaster Recovery
4 65 (6.46%) Service Management
5 63 (6.26%) Presales
6 55 (5.47%) Project Management
7 53 (5.27%) Migration
8 52 (5.17%) ITIL V3
9 51 (5.07%) Time Management
10 39 (3.88%) Mobile Device Management
11 38 (3.78%) Root Cause Analysis
11 38 (3.78%) Service Delivery
12 37 (3.68%) Customer Requirements
12 37 (3.68%) Performance Tuning
13 34 (3.38%) Data Protection
14 32 (3.18%) Business Intelligence
14 32 (3.18%) Change Management
15 30 (2.98%) PRINCE2
16 29 (2.88%) Capacity Planning
16 29 (2.88%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 172 (17.10%) SQL
2 121 (12.03%) PowerShell
3 34 (3.38%) T-SQL
4 28 (2.78%) VBScript
5 17 (1.69%) VB
6 11 (1.09%) C
7 10 (0.99%) Bash Shell
7 10 (0.99%) JavaScript
8 8 (0.80%) Shell Script
9 7 (0.70%) Python
10 5 (0.50%) C#
11 4 (0.40%) XPath
12 1 (0.099%) Java
Qualifications
1 1006 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 632 (62.82%) MCSE
3 241 (23.96%) MCP
4 233 (23.16%) Cisco Certification
5 213 (21.17%) CCNA
6 156 (15.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 150 (14.91%) MCITP
8 136 (13.52%) Degree
9 70 (6.96%) Security Cleared
10 55 (5.47%) SC Cleared
11 53 (5.27%) CCNP
12 44 (4.37%) Computer Science Degree
13 43 (4.27%) A+ Certification
14 39 (3.88%) ITIL Certification
15 36 (3.58%) MCTS
16 35 (3.48%) Citrix Certification
17 24 (2.39%) CCA
18 21 (2.09%) Network+ Certification
19 19 (1.89%) MCDST
20 17 (1.69%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (9.64%) SLA
2 20 (1.99%) PCI DSS
3 14 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials
4 11 (1.09%) QA
5 3 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.099%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 647 (64.31%) Active Directory
2 298 (29.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 283 (28.13%) Hyper-V
4 83 (8.25%) vSphere
5 50 (4.97%) XenApp
6 45 (4.47%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (3.18%) Virtual Servers
8 30 (2.98%) XenDesktop
9 11 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 9 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (0.89%) Terminal Server
10 9 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.70%) Terminal Services
12 6 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
12 6 (0.60%) XenServer
13 4 (0.40%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.20%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.20%) Forefront TMG
14 2 (0.20%) UAG
14 2 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 165 (16.40%) SCCM
2 51 (5.07%) Backup Exec
3 44 (4.37%) SCOM
4 31 (3.08%) WSUS
5 18 (1.79%) DameWare
5 18 (1.79%) Perfmon
6 17 (1.69%) ServiceCenter
6 17 (1.69%) vCenter Server
7 15 (1.49%) Microsoft Intune
8 12 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
8 12 (1.19%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 11 (1.09%) Cisco CUCM
10 10 (0.99%) NetBackup
10 10 (0.99%) SCVMM
11 8 (0.80%) Nagios
12 7 (0.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 7 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
13 6 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
13 6 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.60%) Puppet
Vendors
1 699 (69.48%) Microsoft
2 492 (48.91%) VMware
3 284 (28.23%) Cisco
4 179 (17.79%) Citrix
5 106 (10.54%) HP
6 60 (5.96%) NetApp
7 56 (5.57%) Dell
8 53 (5.27%) Veeam
9 28 (2.78%) Draytek
10 27 (2.68%) Apple
11 26 (2.58%) IBM
12 24 (2.39%) CA
13 23 (2.29%) EMC
13 23 (2.29%) Juniper
14 21 (2.09%) SonicWALL
15 20 (1.99%) Remedy
16 19 (1.89%) Avaya
17 18 (1.79%) F5
17 18 (1.79%) Symantec
18 16 (1.59%) ServiceNow
Woking, Surrey
F4P Recruitment Consultancy
Salary: £28000 - £30000 per annum + benefits+parking
Posted: 7 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
F4P Recruitment Consultancy
Salary: £45000 - £52000 per annum + excellnt benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
F4P Recruitment Consultancy
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits+parking
Posted: 7 hours ago
Ashford, Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £45,000 + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: Up to £34,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Itecco
Salary: £18000 - £22000 per annum + 25% annual bonus + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
East Midlands
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £40k - 45k per year + Certified Training
Posted: 2 days ago
Twickenham, Middlesex
Ashdown IT
Salary: £27000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £35k plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £28000.00 - £30000.00 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
JM
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Truro, Cornwall
Itecco
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Randstad Technologies
Salary: £28000 - £34000 per annum + Bonus, Pension etc
Posted: 2 days ago
Burgess Hill, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to 35k plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS Ltd
Salary: Up to £24,000 + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
I3
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Etech Partners
Salary: Up to £32,000 per annum + Benefits + Training
Posted: 3 days ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Nanotek Limited
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
JM
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Bluetownonline
Posted: 3 days ago
Scunthorpe, South Humberside
Senitor Associates
Salary: £23000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Harrow, Middlesex
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: Up to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
EMBS Ltd
Salary: £75k per year + Car allowance & Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Chatham, Kent
Itecco
Salary: £35000 per annum + Car + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Erin Associates
Salary: £32000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum plus excellent additional benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Cadence Resourcing
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Computacenter
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £50000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Car or Allowance + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago