The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MCSA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
England / West Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 190 197 187
Rank change year-on-year +7 -10  
Permanent jobs citing MCSA 20 44 34
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.42% 0.71% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.80% 2.60% 2.54%
Number of salaries quoted 20 44 33
Median salary £37,750 £39,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.20% +20.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,800 £29,500 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,750 £42,450 £48,200
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £34,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.35% +4.61%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1111 1690 1336
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 23.19% 27.35% 26.31%
Number of salaries quoted 868 1278 1067
Median salary £42,500 £42,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £26,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCSA
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

MCSA
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for MCSA in the West Midlands

MCSA
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSA in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSA in the West Midlands

MCSA
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Birmingham +10 8 £48,250 +25.32% 2
Worcestershire -4 8 £33,000 -
West Bromwich - 2 £41,750 -
Staffordshire +7 1 £22,000 -48.23%
MCSA
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCSA.

1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (94.29%) MCSE
3 28 (80.00%) Active Directory
4 26 (74.29%) Microsoft
5 25 (71.43%) Windows
6 22 (62.86%) Windows Server
7 21 (60.00%) VMware
8 19 (54.29%) VMware Infrastructure
9 17 (48.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 16 (45.71%) Microsoft Azure
11 15 (42.86%) Hyper-V
12 13 (37.14%) Office 365
13 12 (34.29%) MS Excel
14 11 (31.43%) Citrix
15 10 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
15 10 (28.57%) Backup Exec
16 9 (25.71%) MCITP
16 9 (25.71%) Veeam
16 9 (25.71%) vSphere
16 9 (25.71%) SharePoint
16 9 (25.71%) IIS
16 9 (25.71%) Cisco
17 8 (22.86%) NetApp
17 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
17 8 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
17 8 (22.86%) Data Centre
17 8 (22.86%) Virtual Servers
18 6 (17.14%) SCCM
18 6 (17.14%) SAN
18 6 (17.14%) Firewall

MCSA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 9 (25.71%) IIS
1 9 (25.71%) SharePoint
2 6 (17.14%) MS Exchange
3 5 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (8.57%) Skype for Business
5 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 12 (34.29%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 16 (45.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (37.14%) Office 365
3 5 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (2.86%) IaaS
4 1 (2.86%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (17.14%) Firewall
1 6 (17.14%) SAN
2 5 (14.29%) iSCSI
3 4 (11.43%) NAS
4 3 (8.57%) DHCP
4 3 (8.57%) DNS
4 3 (8.57%) Skype
4 3 (8.57%) TCP/IP
4 3 (8.57%) Unified Communications
5 2 (5.71%) LAN
5 2 (5.71%) Wireless
6 1 (2.86%) SNMP
6 1 (2.86%) VLAN
6 1 (2.86%) VPN
6 1 (2.86%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.71%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (5.71%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2016
Job Titles
1 7 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 7 (20.00%) Storage Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) IT Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) Architect
3 5 (14.29%) Consultant
3 5 (14.29%) IT Manager
4 4 (11.43%) Principal Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) VMware Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) IT Technical Manager
5 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Consultant
5 3 (8.57%) Technical Manager
6 2 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Azure Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Cloud Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Exchange Architect
6 2 (5.71%) Office 365 Architect
6 2 (5.71%) Server Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Support Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Technical Architect
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.86%) Data Centre
2 6 (17.14%) Driving Licence
3 4 (11.43%) Public Cloud
4 3 (8.57%) Private Cloud
5 2 (5.71%) Clustering
6 1 (2.86%) Blackberry
6 1 (2.86%) CESG
6 1 (2.86%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 25 (71.43%) Windows
2 22 (62.86%) Windows Server
3 10 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (11.43%) Windows 7
5 4 (11.43%) Windows Vista
6 3 (8.57%) Linux
7 2 (5.71%) Android
7 2 (5.71%) Windows 10
7 2 (5.71%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.86%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.86%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (17.14%) Presales
1 6 (17.14%) Root Cause Analysis
2 5 (14.29%) ITIL
2 5 (14.29%) Migration
2 5 (14.29%) Project Management
2 5 (14.29%) Project Planning
3 4 (11.43%) Capacity Management
3 4 (11.43%) Capacity Planning
3 4 (11.43%) Network Monitoring
4 3 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (8.57%) Line Management
4 3 (8.57%) Service Management
5 2 (5.71%) Analytics
5 2 (5.71%) High Availability
5 2 (5.71%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 2 (5.71%) Service Delivery
5 2 (5.71%) Strategic Planning
6 1 (2.86%) Business Transformation
6 1 (2.86%) Records Management
6 1 (2.86%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.43%) PowerShell
1 4 (11.43%) SQL
2 3 (8.57%) Bash Shell
2 3 (8.57%) VBScript
3 2 (5.71%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (94.29%) MCSE
3 17 (48.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 9 (25.71%) MCITP
5 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
6 5 (14.29%) SC Cleared
7 3 (8.57%) Degree
7 3 (8.57%) NCDA
7 3 (8.57%) NCIE
8 2 (5.71%) DBS Check
8 2 (5.71%) MCP
8 2 (5.71%) NCSA
9 1 (2.86%) A+ Certification
9 1 (2.86%) CCA
9 1 (2.86%) CCENT
9 1 (2.86%) CCNA
9 1 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (2.86%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (2.86%) MCDBA
9 1 (2.86%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (80.00%) Active Directory
2 19 (54.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (42.86%) Hyper-V
4 9 (25.71%) vSphere
5 8 (22.86%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (11.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 10 (28.57%) Backup Exec
2 6 (17.14%) SCCM
3 4 (11.43%) SCOM
4 3 (8.57%) WSUS
5 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (2.86%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (2.86%) NetBackup
6 1 (2.86%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 26 (74.29%) Microsoft
2 21 (60.00%) VMware
3 11 (31.43%) Citrix
4 9 (25.71%) Cisco
4 9 (25.71%) Veeam
5 8 (22.86%) NetApp
6 6 (17.14%) HP
7 5 (14.29%) SAP
8 4 (11.43%) Fortinet
9 2 (5.71%) LANDesk
9 2 (5.71%) Remedy
9 2 (5.71%) ServiceNow
10 1 (2.86%) 3Com
10 1 (2.86%) Apple
10 1 (2.86%) Dell
10 1 (2.86%) Draytek
10 1 (2.86%) Intel Security
10 1 (2.86%) NETGEAR
10 1 (2.86%) Sophos
10 1 (2.86%) ZyXEL
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