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 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 103 92 83
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -9
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 33 35 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.42% 1.65% 1.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.22% 5.81% 5.77%
Number of salaries quoted 18 34 19
Average salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £69,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +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
782 602 485
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 33.66% 28.41% 28.21%
Number of salaries quoted 681 540 400
Average salary £48,250 £45,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.22% -
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

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 1 October 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Birmingham

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 58 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (74.14%) MCITP
3 42 (72.41%) Windows
4 40 (68.97%) MCSE
5 37 (63.79%) VMware
5 37 (63.79%) VMware Infrastructure
6 34 (58.62%) Active Directory
7 32 (55.17%) Hyper-V
8 27 (46.55%) MS Exchange
8 27 (46.55%) SQL Server
9 25 (43.10%) Citrix
9 25 (43.10%) CCA
9 25 (43.10%) Citrix Certification
9 25 (43.10%) XenDesktop
10 24 (41.38%) Lync
11 23 (39.66%) Exchange Server 2010
11 23 (39.66%) Office 365
11 23 (39.66%) Exchange Server 2003
12 21 (36.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 19 (32.76%) SQL Server 2008
14 18 (31.03%) vSphere
14 18 (31.03%) SharePoint
15 16 (27.59%) Cisco
15 16 (27.59%) Unified Communications
16 15 (25.86%) SharePoint 2013
16 15 (25.86%) Degree
16 15 (25.86%) .NET
16 15 (25.86%) C#
16 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 27 (46.55%) MS Exchange
2 24 (41.38%) Lync
3 23 (39.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (39.66%) Exchange Server 2003
4 18 (31.03%) SharePoint
5 15 (25.86%) SharePoint 2013
6 13 (22.41%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (18.97%) Office Communications Server
7 11 (18.97%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (17.24%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (13.79%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (12.07%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (12.07%) IIS
Applications
1 14 (24.14%) MS Excel
2 13 (22.41%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (10.34%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 23 (39.66%) Office 365
2 7 (12.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (27.59%) Unified Communications
2 12 (20.69%) WAAS
2 12 (20.69%) Cisco Nexus
2 12 (20.69%) SAN
3 11 (18.97%) NAS
4 5 (8.62%) NetScaler
5 3 (5.17%) IP Telephony
5 3 (5.17%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (46.55%) SQL Server
2 19 (32.76%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (20.69%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 3 (5.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 31 (53.45%) Consultant
2 20 (34.48%) Architect
3 19 (32.76%) Microsoft Consultant
4 15 (25.86%) SharePoint Developer
4 15 (25.86%) Developer
4 15 (25.86%) Solutions Architect
5 12 (20.69%) Storage Architect
5 12 (20.69%) Storage Solutions Architect
5 12 (20.69%) Virtualisation Architect
6 11 (18.97%) Exchange Consultant
7 6 (10.34%) Senior Consultant
8 5 (8.62%) Senior Developer
8 5 (8.62%) Senior Architect
8 5 (8.62%) Senior SharePoint Developer
9 3 (5.17%) Solutions Consultant
9 3 (5.17%) Technical Consultant
9 3 (5.17%) Pre Sales Consultant
10 1 (1.72%) Senior SharePoint Consultant
10 1 (1.72%) SharePoint Consultant
10 1 (1.72%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (25.86%) .NET
1 15 (25.86%) ASP.NET
2 9 (15.52%) .NET Framework
3 8 (13.79%) Windows SharePoint Services
3 8 (13.79%) ADO.NET
4 7 (12.07%) HTML
4 7 (12.07%) CSS
4 7 (12.07%) Ajax
4 7 (12.07%) WCF
5 5 (8.62%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.69%) Celerra
1 12 (20.69%) CLARiiON
2 4 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.72%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 42 (72.41%) Windows
2 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (10.34%) Windows 7
4 5 (8.62%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (18.97%) Project Management
1 11 (18.97%) Migration
1 11 (18.97%) Technical Architecture
1 11 (18.97%) Technical Analysis
2 8 (13.79%) Business Intelligence
2 8 (13.79%) Software Engineering
3 7 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (12.07%) OOA/OOD
3 7 (12.07%) OO
3 7 (12.07%) CRM
4 2 (3.45%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (1.72%) Asset Management
5 1 (1.72%) Supplier Management
5 1 (1.72%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (25.86%) C#
2 8 (13.79%) VB.NET
3 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
3 7 (12.07%) SQL
3 7 (12.07%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (74.14%) MCITP
3 40 (68.97%) MCSE
4 25 (43.10%) CCA
4 25 (43.10%) Citrix Certification
5 21 (36.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 15 (25.86%) Degree
7 13 (22.41%) CCEE
8 12 (20.69%) CCIA
8 12 (20.69%) VCAP
8 12 (20.69%) VTSP
8 12 (20.69%) NCDA
8 12 (20.69%) NCIE
8 12 (20.69%) CCEA
9 11 (18.97%) MCSA
10 7 (12.07%) MCAD
10 7 (12.07%) MCSD
11 6 (10.34%) MCP
12 3 (5.17%) CCNP
12 3 (5.17%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 37 (63.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (58.62%) Active Directory
3 32 (55.17%) Hyper-V
4 25 (43.10%) XenDesktop
5 18 (31.03%) vSphere
6 12 (20.69%) vCloud
7 5 (8.62%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (8.62%) XenApp
8 1 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (8.62%) XenMobile
2 1 (1.72%) SCCM
2 1 (1.72%) SCOM
Vendors
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 37 (63.79%) VMware
3 25 (43.10%) Citrix
4 16 (27.59%) Cisco
5 12 (20.69%) 3PAR
5 12 (20.69%) EMC
5 12 (20.69%) NetApp
6 5 (8.62%) AppSense