The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 96 83 81
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -2
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 31 48 27
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.43% 2.24% 1.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.18% 7.21% 5.47%
Number of salaries quoted 24 47 15
Average salary £55,000 £50,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,000 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £61,750 £70,000 £54,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
MCTS
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
741 666 494
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 34.13% 31.08% 29.49%
Number of salaries quoted 643 602 411
Average salary £47,500 £46,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.15% +9.41%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,400
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £62,500 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,995 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+1.23% +2.48%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

MCTS
Salary Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the Birmingham region.

MCTS Salary Trend in Birmingham

MCTS
Salary Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Birmingham

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS.

1 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (95.56%) Microsoft
3 40 (88.89%) MCITP
4 39 (86.67%) MCSE
5 34 (75.56%) Windows
5 34 (75.56%) VMware
5 34 (75.56%) VMware Infrastructure
6 32 (71.11%) Active Directory
7 31 (68.89%) Hyper-V
8 28 (62.22%) MS Exchange
9 26 (57.78%) Lync
10 24 (53.33%) Exchange Server 2010
11 23 (51.11%) Exchange Server 2003
12 19 (42.22%) Citrix
13 18 (40.00%) CCA
13 18 (40.00%) Citrix Certification
13 18 (40.00%) Degree
13 18 (40.00%) Unified Communications
13 18 (40.00%) Office 365
13 18 (40.00%) XenDesktop
14 17 (37.78%) SAN
15 16 (35.56%) Migration
16 15 (33.33%) Office Communications Server
16 15 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 14 (31.11%) Technical Architecture
17 14 (31.11%) NAS
17 14 (31.11%) Project Management
17 14 (31.11%) MCSA
17 14 (31.11%) SQL Server
17 14 (31.11%) Exchange Server 2013

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 28 (62.22%) MS Exchange
2 26 (57.78%) Lync
3 24 (53.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 23 (51.11%) Exchange Server 2003
5 15 (33.33%) Office Communications Server
6 14 (31.11%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (24.44%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (20.00%) SharePoint
9 4 (8.89%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (8.89%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (4.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 8 (17.78%) MS Office
1 8 (17.78%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 18 (40.00%) Office 365
2 3 (6.67%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (40.00%) Unified Communications
2 17 (37.78%) SAN
3 14 (31.11%) NAS
4 7 (15.56%) WAAS
4 7 (15.56%) Cisco Nexus
5 3 (6.67%) IP Telephony
5 3 (6.67%) NetScaler
5 3 (6.67%) PBX
6 1 (2.22%) Firewall
6 1 (2.22%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (31.11%) SQL Server
2 7 (15.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (15.56%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.22%) DTS
General
1 3 (6.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 32 (71.11%) Consultant
2 24 (53.33%) Microsoft Consultant
3 14 (31.11%) Exchange Consultant
4 13 (28.89%) Architect
5 10 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (15.56%) Storage Architect
6 7 (15.56%) Virtualisation Architect
6 7 (15.56%) Storage Solutions Architect
7 4 (8.89%) Senior Developer
7 4 (8.89%) Developer
7 4 (8.89%) SharePoint Developer
7 4 (8.89%) Senior SharePoint Developer
8 3 (6.67%) Solutions Consultant
8 3 (6.67%) Senior Architect
8 3 (6.67%) Pre Sales Consultant
8 3 (6.67%) Senior Consultant
9 2 (4.44%) Technical Consultant
10 1 (2.22%) Virtualisation Consultant
10 1 (2.22%) IT Manager
10 1 (2.22%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.89%) ADO.NET
1 4 (8.89%) ASP.NET
1 4 (8.89%) .NET
1 4 (8.89%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 3 (6.67%) Application Packaging
3 2 (4.44%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.56%) CLARiiON
1 7 (15.56%) Celerra
2 4 (8.89%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.44%) Clustering
3 2 (4.44%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.22%) PDA
4 1 (2.22%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 34 (75.56%) Windows
2 9 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (8.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (8.89%) Windows 7
5 3 (6.67%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.22%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (2.22%) Windows XP
6 1 (2.22%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (35.56%) Migration
2 14 (31.11%) Technical Architecture
2 14 (31.11%) Project Management
2 14 (31.11%) Technical Analysis
3 4 (8.89%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (8.89%) Software Engineering
4 2 (4.44%) Network Load Balancing
4 2 (4.44%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (4.44%) Data Protection
5 1 (2.22%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.22%) Supplier Management
5 1 (2.22%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.22%) Database Tuning
5 1 (2.22%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.22%) Change Management
5 1 (2.22%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.89%) C#
1 4 (8.89%) VB.NET
2 1 (2.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (88.89%) MCITP
3 39 (86.67%) MCSE
4 18 (40.00%) CCA
4 18 (40.00%) Citrix Certification
4 18 (40.00%) Degree
5 15 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 14 (31.11%) MCSA
7 11 (24.44%) CCEE
8 8 (17.78%) VCAP
8 8 (17.78%) NCDA
9 7 (15.56%) CCEA
9 7 (15.56%) NCIE
9 7 (15.56%) VTSP
9 7 (15.56%) CCIA
10 5 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (8.89%) CCNP
12 2 (4.44%) CCNA
12 2 (4.44%) CCIE
13 1 (2.22%) VCP5
System Software
1 34 (75.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 32 (71.11%) Active Directory
3 31 (68.89%) Hyper-V
4 18 (40.00%) XenDesktop
5 12 (26.67%) vSphere
6 7 (15.56%) vCloud
7 5 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (6.67%) XenApp
9 2 (4.44%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (4.44%) UAG
10 1 (2.22%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (2.22%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 3 (6.67%) XenMobile
2 2 (4.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (4.44%) MOM
2 2 (4.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (4.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (4.44%) SCCM
2 2 (4.44%) SCOM
Vendors
1 43 (95.56%) Microsoft
2 34 (75.56%) VMware
3 19 (42.22%) Citrix
4 12 (26.67%) Cisco
5 8 (17.78%) EMC
6 7 (15.56%) NetApp
6 7 (15.56%) 3PAR
7 3 (6.67%) AppSense
8 2 (4.44%) HP
8 2 (4.44%) Symantec
9 1 (2.22%) Mitel
9 1 (2.22%) Dell
9 1 (2.22%) Avaya