Period
to 19 July 2019

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 19 July 2019 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
19 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 414 471 473
Rank change year-on-year +57 +2 -13
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1,061 1,131 1,120
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.65% 0.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.00% 2.73% 2.54%
Number of salaries quoted 886 941 991
UK median annual salary £38,500 £37,500 £38,959
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.67% -3.74% +11.31%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £22,000
90th Percentile £64,375 £63,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +17.19%

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 35,378 41,476 44,043
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.23% 23.82% 24.79%
Number of salaries quoted 25,644 30,862 34,140
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -2.17%
10th Percentile £26,490 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,900 £42,500
% change year-on-year +0.22% +5.65% -

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019. 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 +53 964 £40,000 +6.67% 239
UK excluding London +71 787 £37,500 +7.14% 181
London -15 250 £46,500 +3.33% 71
South East +20 209 £38,750 +5.47% 64
North of England +31 199 £37,500 +25.00% 42
Midlands +13 138 £40,000 +0.46% 27
North West +22 109 £37,500 +17.19% 27
South West +57 99 £36,500 +9.77% 16
West Midlands +37 82 £40,000 +11.11% 16
East of England +75 68 £37,500 +12.78% 19
East Midlands +1 56 £40,000 +0.86% 11
Yorkshire -4 52 £37,500 +25.00% 8
North East +46 38 £35,000 -11.39% 7
Scotland +19 35 £30,000 -18.92% 5
Northern Ireland -4 27 £23,000 +9.52%
Wales -3 9 £49,000 +15.29% 7
Isle of Man +3 5 £45,000 +9.09%

For the 6 months to 19 July 2019, 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 1,061 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 798 (75.21%) Windows
3 769 (72.48%) Microsoft
4 646 (60.89%) Active Directory
5 614 (57.87%) MCSE
6 607 (57.21%) Office 365
7 546 (51.46%) VMware
8 542 (51.08%) Windows Server
9 475 (44.77%) Microsoft Azure
10 412 (38.83%) ITIL
11 350 (32.99%) Cisco
12 304 (28.65%) Hyper-V
13 296 (27.90%) VMware Infrastructure
14 276 (26.01%) PowerShell
15 253 (23.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 253 (23.85%) DNS
16 243 (22.90%) Windows Server 2012
17 234 (22.05%) SQL Server
18 233 (21.96%) Cisco Certification
19 219 (20.64%) CCNA
20 217 (20.45%) Firewall
21 214 (20.17%) MS Exchange
22 205 (19.32%) Windows 10
23 204 (19.23%) DHCP
23 204 (19.23%) SCCM
24 199 (18.76%) Microsoft Office
25 198 (18.66%) Citrix
26 190 (17.91%) Problem-Solving
27 189 (17.81%) MCP
28 182 (17.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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
1 214 (20.17%) MS Exchange
2 132 (12.44%) SharePoint
3 115 (10.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 104 (9.80%) Exchange Server 2013
5 71 (6.69%) Skype for Business
6 60 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2007
7 47 (4.43%) IIS
8 39 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 11 (1.04%) CMS
10 7 (0.66%) Confluence
10 7 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.57%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.28%) Apache
12 3 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.28%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.19%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
14 1 (0.094%) OpenStack
14 1 (0.094%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 199 (18.76%) Microsoft Office
2 44 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (3.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (0.85%) Workfront
2 1 (0.094%) Sage 300 ERP
Cloud Services
1 607 (57.21%) Office 365
2 475 (44.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 128 (12.06%) Amazon AWS
4 113 (10.65%) Azure Active Directory
5 41 (3.86%) IaaS
6 29 (2.73%) PaaS
7 27 (2.54%) Power Platform
8 21 (1.98%) OneDrive
9 18 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
10 14 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
11 9 (0.85%) Mimecast
12 7 (0.66%) Dynamics 365
12 7 (0.66%) SaaS
13 6 (0.57%) G Suite
14 3 (0.28%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.28%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 3 (0.28%) Azure Stack
15 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Flow
15 2 (0.19%) PowerApps
16 1 (0.094%) Google Docs
Communications & Networking
1 253 (23.85%) DNS
2 217 (20.45%) Firewall
3 204 (19.23%) DHCP
4 136 (12.82%) LAN
5 134 (12.63%) WAN
6 132 (12.44%) TCP/IP
7 116 (10.93%) VPN
8 106 (9.99%) SAN
9 71 (6.69%) VoIP
10 68 (6.41%) Skype
11 67 (6.31%) Network Security
12 63 (5.94%) VLAN
13 49 (4.62%) Remote Desktop
14 44 (4.15%) Wireless
15 42 (3.96%) NAS
16 36 (3.39%) IP Telephony
17 34 (3.20%) BIG-IP
18 27 (2.54%) NetScaler
19 26 (2.45%) Internet
20 24 (2.26%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 234 (22.05%) SQL Server
2 61 (5.75%) SQL Server 2012
3 43 (4.05%) SQL Server 2008
4 39 (3.68%) SQL Server 2016
5 27 (2.54%) Power BI
6 26 (2.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 24 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 22 (2.07%) Azure SQL Database
9 20 (1.89%) Amazon RDS
9 20 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
10 18 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
11 17 (1.60%) Relational Database
11 17 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 16 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
12 16 (1.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 14 (1.32%) NoSQL
14 12 (1.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 12 (1.13%) MongoDB
14 12 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
15 9 (0.85%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 10 (0.94%) MSI
2 9 (0.85%) Visual Studio
3 7 (0.66%) GitLab
3 7 (0.66%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (0.57%) JIRA
4 6 (0.57%) Terragrunt
5 5 (0.47%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.38%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.094%) GCC
General
1 123 (11.59%) Finance
2 39 (3.68%) Electronics
3 35 (3.30%) Retail
4 25 (2.36%) Legal
5 23 (2.17%) Telecoms
6 19 (1.79%) Law
7 16 (1.51%) Marketing
8 13 (1.23%) Manufacturing
9 12 (1.13%) Banking
9 12 (1.13%) Games
10 7 (0.66%) Advertising
11 5 (0.47%) French Language
11 5 (0.47%) German Language
11 5 (0.47%) Military
11 5 (0.47%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.38%) Automotive
12 4 (0.38%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.38%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.19%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.094%) Billing
Job Titles
1 192 (18.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 164 (15.46%) Support Engineer
3 139 (13.10%) IT Engineer
4 129 (12.16%) Analyst
5 107 (10.08%) Consultant
6 95 (8.95%) IT Support
7 90 (8.48%) Systems Engineer
8 77 (7.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 65 (6.13%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 65 (6.13%) Support Analyst
10 63 (5.94%) IT Support Engineer
11 61 (5.75%) Administrator
12 60 (5.66%) 3rd Line Support
13 53 (5.00%) Technical Engineer
14 49 (4.62%) Technical Support
15 43 (4.05%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 42 (3.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 42 (3.96%) Systems Administrator
17 39 (3.68%) Technical Support Engineer
18 38 (3.58%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.98%) HTML
2 17 (1.60%) XML
3 12 (1.13%) XMPP
4 11 (1.04%) Web Services
5 10 (0.94%) .NET
6 5 (0.47%) CSS
6 5 (0.47%) JSON
7 4 (0.38%) HTML5
7 4 (0.38%) Ruby on Rails
8 3 (0.28%) jQuery
8 3 (0.28%) MDX
9 2 (0.19%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.19%) CSS3
9 2 (0.19%) FreeSWITCH
9 2 (0.19%) RabbitMQ
10 1 (0.094%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.094%) ASP.NET
10 1 (0.094%) LDAP
10 1 (0.094%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.094%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 150 (14.14%) Data Centre
2 95 (8.95%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (6.50%) Clustering
4 55 (5.18%) Management Information System
5 49 (4.62%) Driving Licence
6 41 (3.86%) Replication
7 39 (3.68%) Blackberry
8 36 (3.39%) Public Cloud
9 33 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
10 26 (2.45%) Hybrid Cloud
11 17 (1.60%) Private Cloud
12 13 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
13 11 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.04%) PKI
13 11 (1.04%) User Experience
14 10 (0.94%) CESG
14 10 (0.94%) Client/Server
14 10 (0.94%) Wiki
15 9 (0.85%) Enterprise Storage
15 9 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 798 (75.21%) Windows
2 542 (51.08%) Windows Server
3 243 (22.90%) Windows Server 2012
4 205 (19.32%) Windows 10
5 158 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 133 (12.54%) Windows 7
7 124 (11.69%) Linux
8 54 (5.09%) Windows 8
9 40 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 31 (2.92%) Mac OS X
11 24 (2.26%) Unix
12 22 (2.07%) Ubuntu
13 20 (1.89%) Android
14 17 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 15 (1.41%) CentOS
16 13 (1.23%) Mac OS
17 12 (1.13%) AIX
18 6 (0.57%) Windows XP
19 3 (0.28%) Apple iOS
19 3 (0.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 412 (38.83%) ITIL
2 253 (23.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 190 (17.91%) Problem-Solving
4 107 (10.08%) Project Management
5 97 (9.14%) Service Management
6 94 (8.86%) Incident Management
6 94 (8.86%) ITIL V3
7 82 (7.73%) Service Delivery
8 80 (7.54%) Migration
8 80 (7.54%) Presales
9 67 (6.31%) High Availability
10 64 (6.03%) Disaster Recovery
11 59 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
11 59 (5.56%) Change Management
12 55 (5.18%) Problem Management
13 53 (5.00%) Business Continuity
14 51 (4.81%) Line Management
15 49 (4.62%) ITSM
16 48 (4.52%) Cybersecurity
17 47 (4.43%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 276 (26.01%) PowerShell
2 173 (16.31%) SQL
3 31 (2.92%) Bash Shell
3 31 (2.92%) Python
4 26 (2.45%) T-SQL
5 21 (1.98%) VBScript
6 12 (1.13%) PHP
7 9 (0.85%) C#
8 8 (0.75%) Java
8 8 (0.75%) JavaScript
9 7 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 5 (0.47%) VB
11 4 (0.38%) C
11 4 (0.38%) C++
11 4 (0.38%) Perl
11 4 (0.38%) Ruby
12 3 (0.28%) R
Qualifications
1 1,061 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 614 (57.87%) MCSE
3 233 (21.96%) Cisco Certification
4 219 (20.64%) CCNA
5 189 (17.81%) MCP
6 182 (17.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 111 (10.46%) Degree
8 106 (9.99%) MCITP
9 75 (7.07%) Security Cleared
10 62 (5.84%) SC Cleared
11 57 (5.37%) A+ Certification
12 55 (5.18%) CISSP
13 50 (4.71%) Citrix Certification
14 48 (4.52%) CompTIA Security+
15 38 (3.58%) MCDST
16 36 (3.39%) CCNP
17 25 (2.36%) SSCP
18 23 (2.17%) CCA
19 21 (1.98%) CCENT
19 21 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (8.58%) SLA
2 80 (7.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 36 (3.39%) GDPR
4 35 (3.30%) Cyber Essentials
4 35 (3.30%) PMO
5 34 (3.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 28 (2.64%) PCI DSS
7 12 (1.13%) COBIT
8 11 (1.04%) QA
9 9 (0.85%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.28%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 646 (60.89%) Active Directory
2 304 (28.65%) Hyper-V
3 296 (27.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 64 (6.03%) vSphere
5 62 (5.84%) VMware ESXi
6 58 (5.47%) XenApp
7 30 (2.83%) XenDesktop
8 29 (2.73%) Virtual Servers
9 23 (2.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 18 (1.70%) Virtual Machines
11 15 (1.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 13 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (1.13%) pfSense
14 10 (0.94%) DFS Replication
15 9 (0.85%) BitLocker
16 8 (0.75%) Docker
16 8 (0.75%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
17 7 (0.66%) Firmware
18 4 (0.38%) NFS
Systems Management
1 204 (19.23%) SCCM
2 80 (7.54%) Microsoft Intune
3 62 (5.84%) WSUS
4 46 (4.34%) SCOM
4 46 (4.34%) SCVMM
5 43 (4.05%) Cisco CUCM
6 32 (3.02%) Failover Clustering
7 31 (2.92%) Backup Exec
7 31 (2.92%) ServiceCenter
8 22 (2.07%) Ansible
8 22 (2.07%) vCenter Server
9 14 (1.32%) Perfmon
9 14 (1.32%) Terraform
10 13 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
11 12 (1.13%) NetBackup
11 12 (1.13%) XenMobile
12 11 (1.04%) Microsoft Clustering
13 9 (0.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 9 (0.85%) Puppet
13 9 (0.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 769 (72.48%) Microsoft
2 546 (51.46%) VMware
3 350 (32.99%) Cisco
4 198 (18.66%) Citrix
5 141 (13.29%) HP
6 75 (7.07%) Dell
7 73 (6.88%) Veeam
8 62 (5.84%) NetApp
9 56 (5.28%) Apple
10 48 (4.52%) Aruba
10 48 (4.52%) WatchGuard
11 43 (4.05%) F5
11 43 (4.05%) SolarWinds
12 42 (3.96%) Remedy
13 41 (3.86%) Mitel
14 40 (3.77%) Meraki
15 38 (3.58%) EMC
16 37 (3.49%) CommVault
17 32 (3.02%) Bloomberg
17 32 (3.02%) Reuters