Period
to 23 October 2017

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 October 2017 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 432 428 441
Rank change year-on-year -4 +13 -1
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 1207 1362 1475
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.72% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.84% 2.73% 2.46%
Number of salaries quoted 1066 1205 1279
UK median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% - +1.45%
10th Percentile £22,500 £21,250 £22,000
90th Percentile £55,000 £53,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £33,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +11.94% -4.29% +7.69%

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 42463 49980 59953
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.19% 26.36% 27.41%
Number of salaries quoted 32601 40134 47832
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 23 October 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the UK

MCSA
Top 16 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 October 2017. 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 -12 1121 £37,500 +7.14% 53
UK excluding London -20 830 £37,500 +11.94% 38
London -10 340 £37,500 -2.60% 16
North of England 0 292 £35,000 +12.00% 13
South East -60 214 £35,000 -6.67% 12
Yorkshire +7 140 £40,000 +45.45% 6
North West +40 137 £29,500 -30.59% 7
Midlands +28 131 £40,000 +33.33% 5
West Midlands +30 102 £40,500 +26.56% 1
East of England +40 93 £50,000 +58.73% 2
South West -36 56 £35,000 - 5
Scotland +2 30 £52,500 +68.00% 1
East Midlands +16 29 £34,000 +20.35% 4
Wales +18 17 £40,000 +70.21%
North East +15 17 £38,959 +41.67%
Northern Ireland -26 2 £24,750 -13.91%

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 1207 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 911 (75.48%) Windows
3 833 (69.01%) Microsoft
4 823 (68.19%) MCSE
5 744 (61.64%) Active Directory
6 587 (48.63%) Windows Server
7 559 (46.31%) VMware
8 435 (36.04%) ITIL
9 388 (32.15%) Office 365
10 352 (29.16%) VMware Infrastructure
11 328 (27.17%) MS Exchange
12 312 (25.85%) Hyper-V
13 309 (25.60%) Cisco
14 295 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
15 294 (24.36%) Windows Server 2012
16 288 (23.86%) Cisco Certification
17 287 (23.78%) MCP
18 273 (22.62%) Microsoft Azure
19 272 (22.54%) CCNA
19 272 (22.54%) Firewall
20 264 (21.87%) SQL Server
21 262 (21.71%) DNS
22 231 (19.14%) Citrix
23 228 (18.89%) PowerShell
24 227 (18.81%) SQL
25 217 (17.98%) DHCP
26 211 (17.48%) WAN
27 195 (16.16%) Microsoft Office
28 192 (15.91%) LAN
29 191 (15.82%) SAN

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
1 328 (27.17%) MS Exchange
2 143 (11.85%) Exchange Server 2010
3 116 (9.61%) SharePoint
4 97 (8.04%) Skype for Business
5 92 (7.62%) Exchange Server 2013
6 78 (6.46%) IIS
7 49 (4.06%) Exchange Server 2007
8 19 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 16 (1.33%) Apache
10 14 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (1.16%) IBM Domino
11 11 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
12 9 (0.75%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (0.66%) CMS
14 6 (0.50%) Confluence
14 6 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
14 6 (0.50%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
16 3 (0.25%) IBM Notes
16 3 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 195 (16.16%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
5 3 (0.25%) Inkscape
5 3 (0.25%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.083%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 19 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.33%) Workfront
4 2 (0.17%) BASE24
4 2 (0.17%) Eikon
5 1 (0.083%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 388 (32.15%) Office 365
2 273 (22.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 89 (7.37%) Amazon AWS
4 68 (5.63%) IaaS
5 50 (4.14%) PaaS
6 48 (3.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 25 (2.07%) SaaS
8 24 (1.99%) Mimecast
9 11 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.91%) OneDrive
10 9 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
11 8 (0.66%) Yammer
12 3 (0.25%) G Suite
13 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.083%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.083%) Amazon ELB
14 1 (0.083%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.083%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 272 (22.54%) Firewall
2 262 (21.71%) DNS
3 217 (17.98%) DHCP
4 211 (17.48%) WAN
5 192 (15.91%) LAN
6 191 (15.82%) SAN
7 180 (14.91%) TCP/IP
8 115 (9.53%) VPN
9 77 (6.38%) Skype
10 64 (5.30%) VLAN
11 60 (4.97%) VoIP
12 45 (3.73%) NAS
13 44 (3.65%) Internet
14 37 (3.07%) Network Security
15 35 (2.90%) iSCSI
16 29 (2.40%) Unified Communications
17 25 (2.07%) Wi-Fi
18 23 (1.91%) Cisco ASA
18 23 (1.91%) NetScaler
18 23 (1.91%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 264 (21.87%) SQL Server
2 66 (5.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 61 (5.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 57 (4.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 54 (4.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 41 (3.40%) SQL Server 2014
7 39 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
8 32 (2.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 27 (2.24%) SQL Server 2016
10 26 (2.15%) SQL Server 2005
11 16 (1.33%) Power BI
12 13 (1.08%) SQL Server 2000
13 11 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
14 10 (0.83%) Relational Database
15 9 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
15 9 (0.75%) OLAP
16 8 (0.66%) RDBMS
17 7 (0.58%) NoSQL
18 5 (0.41%) PowerPivot
19 4 (0.33%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 25 (2.07%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 23 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (1.33%) Git (software)
3 16 (1.33%) JIRA
4 5 (0.41%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.25%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.25%) MSBuild
5 3 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.17%) ERwin
7 1 (0.083%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.083%) MSI
7 1 (0.083%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 113 (9.36%) Finance
2 43 (3.56%) Advertising
3 36 (2.98%) Telecoms
4 33 (2.73%) Law
5 23 (1.91%) Banking
6 22 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.49%) Legal
8 13 (1.08%) Retail
9 5 (0.41%) Marketing
10 4 (0.33%) Electronics
10 4 (0.33%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.25%) Games
11 3 (0.25%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.25%) Portuguese Language
11 3 (0.25%) Publishing
12 1 (0.083%) French Language
12 1 (0.083%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.083%) Local Government
12 1 (0.083%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 248 (20.55%) Support Engineer
2 217 (17.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 164 (13.59%) Analyst
4 133 (11.02%) IT Support
5 117 (9.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 113 (9.36%) IT Engineer
7 112 (9.28%) Administrator
8 101 (8.37%) 2nd Line Support
9 84 (6.96%) Support Analyst
10 81 (6.71%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 78 (6.46%) DBA
12 77 (6.38%) IT Support Engineer
13 75 (6.21%) 3rd Line Support
14 64 (5.30%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 61 (5.05%) Windows Engineer
16 60 (4.97%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 59 (4.89%) Systems Engineer
18 58 (4.81%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
19 55 (4.56%) SQL DBA
20 53 (4.39%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (1.49%) .NET
2 11 (0.91%) Web Services
3 10 (0.83%) XML
4 9 (0.75%) HTML
4 9 (0.75%) JSON
5 8 (0.66%) .NET Framework
5 8 (0.66%) HTML5
6 7 (0.58%) ASP.NET
6 7 (0.58%) CSS
6 7 (0.58%) jQuery
6 7 (0.58%) REST
6 7 (0.58%) SOAP
7 6 (0.50%) AngularJS
7 6 (0.50%) Entity Framework
7 6 (0.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 6 (0.50%) Velocity
7 6 (0.50%) WAP
7 6 (0.50%) XSLT
8 5 (0.41%) WCF
8 5 (0.41%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 149 (12.34%) Data Centre
2 70 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (4.89%) Management Information System
4 58 (4.81%) Computer Science
5 51 (4.23%) Driving Licence
6 43 (3.56%) Clustering
7 35 (2.90%) Public Cloud
8 34 (2.82%) Hybrid Cloud
8 34 (2.82%) Replication
9 31 (2.57%) Blackberry
10 23 (1.91%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.74%) Fat Client
11 21 (1.74%) Thin Client
12 17 (1.41%) CESG
12 17 (1.41%) Linux Command Line
12 17 (1.41%) Virtual Team
13 13 (1.08%) EMC VNX
13 13 (1.08%) Video Conferencing
14 11 (0.91%) CMDB
15 10 (0.83%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 911 (75.48%) Windows
2 587 (48.63%) Windows Server
3 295 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 294 (24.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 165 (13.67%) Windows 7
6 159 (13.17%) Windows 10
7 139 (11.52%) Linux
8 67 (5.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 60 (4.97%) Windows 8
10 36 (2.98%) Windows XP
11 33 (2.73%) Mac OS X
12 25 (2.07%) Android
13 23 (1.91%) Unix
14 18 (1.49%) Debian
15 13 (1.08%) CentOS
15 13 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 10 (0.83%) Apple iOS
17 9 (0.75%) SUSE
18 6 (0.50%) Ubuntu
18 6 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (36.04%) ITIL
2 128 (10.60%) Disaster Recovery
3 72 (5.97%) Performance Tuning
4 68 (5.63%) Project Management
5 65 (5.39%) Service Management
6 62 (5.14%) Service Delivery
7 61 (5.05%) ITIL V3
8 60 (4.97%) Agile Software Development
9 57 (4.72%) High Availability
10 56 (4.64%) Change Management
11 51 (4.23%) Kalman Filter
12 48 (3.98%) ETL
12 48 (3.98%) Presales
13 46 (3.81%) Migration
14 42 (3.48%) Time Management
15 41 (3.40%) Mentoring
16 39 (3.23%) Root Cause Analysis
17 38 (3.15%) Configuration Management
18 37 (3.07%) Information Security
18 37 (3.07%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 228 (18.89%) PowerShell
2 227 (18.81%) SQL
3 66 (5.47%) T-SQL
4 28 (2.32%) VBScript
5 21 (1.74%) Bash Shell
6 12 (0.99%) JavaScript
6 12 (0.99%) Shell Script
7 10 (0.83%) C#
7 10 (0.83%) VB
8 8 (0.66%) C
9 6 (0.50%) Python
9 6 (0.50%) VBA
10 3 (0.25%) Java
11 2 (0.17%) Perl
12 1 (0.083%) PHP
12 1 (0.083%) XPath
Qualifications
1 1207 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 823 (68.19%) MCSE
3 288 (23.86%) Cisco Certification
4 287 (23.78%) MCP
5 272 (22.54%) CCNA
6 172 (14.25%) MCITP
7 136 (11.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 128 (10.60%) Degree
9 71 (5.88%) MCTS
10 64 (5.30%) Citrix Certification
11 63 (5.22%) Security Cleared
12 62 (5.14%) CCNP
13 51 (4.23%) CCA
14 46 (3.81%) Computer Science Degree
15 44 (3.65%) A+ Certification
16 36 (2.98%) SC Cleared
17 33 (2.73%) CISSP
18 27 (2.24%) Network+ Certification
19 26 (2.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 24 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (9.78%) SLA
2 23 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.57%) PCI DSS
4 16 (1.33%) Data Quality
5 13 (1.08%) Cyber Essentials
6 9 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 8 (0.66%) QA
8 7 (0.58%) HIPAA
9 6 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 5 (0.41%) NEBOSH
11 2 (0.17%) GDPR
11 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.083%) COBIT
12 1 (0.083%) GxP
12 1 (0.083%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.083%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.083%) NIST 800
System Software
1 744 (61.64%) Active Directory
2 352 (29.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 312 (25.85%) Hyper-V
4 98 (8.12%) vSphere
5 79 (6.55%) VMware ESXi
6 51 (4.23%) XenApp
7 36 (2.98%) XenDesktop
8 32 (2.65%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (2.49%) Virtual Servers
10 20 (1.66%) Terminal Services
11 15 (1.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 13 (1.08%) Terminal Server
13 8 (0.66%) Firmware
13 8 (0.66%) UAG
14 5 (0.41%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
15 4 (0.33%) Docker
16 3 (0.25%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.25%) VMware Server
16 3 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 191 (15.82%) SCCM
2 95 (7.87%) SCOM
3 62 (5.14%) Backup Exec
3 62 (5.14%) WSUS
4 30 (2.49%) vCenter Server
5 26 (2.15%) Cisco CUCM
6 25 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
7 24 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
8 21 (1.74%) Puppet
9 17 (1.41%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 14 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (1.08%) DameWare
11 13 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
11 13 (1.08%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 12 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
12 12 (0.99%) Perfmon
12 12 (0.99%) SCSM
12 12 (0.99%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 10 (0.83%) Nagios
13 10 (0.83%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 833 (69.01%) Microsoft
2 559 (46.31%) VMware
3 309 (25.60%) Cisco
4 231 (19.14%) Citrix
5 85 (7.04%) HP
6 80 (6.63%) Dell
7 73 (6.05%) NetApp
8 62 (5.14%) Symantec
9 59 (4.89%) Veeam
10 46 (3.81%) EMC
11 44 (3.65%) Juniper
12 34 (2.82%) Apple
13 29 (2.40%) Oracle
13 29 (2.40%) Red Hat
14 28 (2.32%) Avaya
14 28 (2.32%) EqualLogic
15 26 (2.15%) CommVault
15 26 (2.15%) SonicWALL
16 25 (2.07%) F5
17 24 (1.99%) Meraki