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

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 93 90 90
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 35 44 24
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.60% 2.04% 1.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.66% 6.64% 5.03%
Number of salaries quoted 25 43 14
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 £61,500 £67,000 £54,250
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
751 663 477
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 34.25% 30.69% 27.93%
Number of salaries quoted 649 598 390
Average salary £50,000 £47,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +11.76%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 September 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Birmingham

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 46 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (97.83%) Microsoft
3 42 (91.30%) MCITP
4 39 (84.78%) MCSE
5 35 (76.09%) Windows
5 35 (76.09%) Active Directory
5 35 (76.09%) VMware
5 35 (76.09%) VMware Infrastructure
6 32 (69.57%) Hyper-V
7 28 (60.87%) MS Exchange
8 27 (58.70%) Lync
9 24 (52.17%) Exchange Server 2010
9 24 (52.17%) Exchange Server 2003
10 20 (43.48%) Citrix
11 19 (41.30%) CCA
11 19 (41.30%) Citrix Certification
11 19 (41.30%) Unified Communications
11 19 (41.30%) XenDesktop
11 19 (41.30%) Office 365
12 18 (39.13%) Degree
13 16 (34.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 16 (34.78%) Migration
13 16 (34.78%) SAN
14 14 (30.43%) MCSA
14 14 (30.43%) SQL Server
14 14 (30.43%) Project Management
14 14 (30.43%) Exchange Server 2013
14 14 (30.43%) Technical Analysis
14 14 (30.43%) NAS
14 14 (30.43%) Office Communications Server

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 (60.87%) MS Exchange
2 27 (58.70%) Lync
3 24 (52.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (52.17%) Exchange Server 2003
4 14 (30.43%) Office Communications Server
4 14 (30.43%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (23.91%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (19.57%) SharePoint
7 4 (8.70%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (8.70%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (4.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 9 (19.57%) MS Office
2 8 (17.39%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 19 (41.30%) Office 365
2 3 (6.52%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (41.30%) Unified Communications
2 16 (34.78%) SAN
3 14 (30.43%) NAS
4 8 (17.39%) WAAS
4 8 (17.39%) Cisco Nexus
5 3 (6.52%) IP Telephony
5 3 (6.52%) NetScaler
5 3 (6.52%) PBX
6 1 (2.17%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.17%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (30.43%) SQL Server
2 8 (17.39%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (17.39%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 3 (6.52%) Finance
Job Titles
1 33 (71.74%) Consultant
2 24 (52.17%) Microsoft Consultant
3 14 (30.43%) Exchange Consultant
3 14 (30.43%) Architect
4 11 (23.91%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (17.39%) Virtualisation Architect
5 8 (17.39%) Storage Architect
5 8 (17.39%) Storage Solutions Architect
6 4 (8.70%) Developer
6 4 (8.70%) Senior SharePoint Developer
6 4 (8.70%) Senior Developer
6 4 (8.70%) Technical Consultant
6 4 (8.70%) SharePoint Developer
7 3 (6.52%) Solutions Consultant
7 3 (6.52%) Pre Sales Consultant
7 3 (6.52%) Senior Architect
7 3 (6.52%) Senior Consultant
8 1 (2.17%) Virtualisation Consultant
8 1 (2.17%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.70%) .NET
1 4 (8.70%) ADO.NET
1 4 (8.70%) ASP.NET
1 4 (8.70%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 3 (6.52%) Application Packaging
3 2 (4.35%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (17.39%) CLARiiON
1 8 (17.39%) Celerra
2 4 (8.70%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.35%) Blackberry
3 2 (4.35%) Clustering
4 1 (2.17%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 35 (76.09%) Windows
2 9 (19.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (8.70%) Windows 7
4 3 (6.52%) Windows 8
4 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.17%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (2.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (34.78%) Migration
2 14 (30.43%) Project Management
2 14 (30.43%) Technical Architecture
2 14 (30.43%) Technical Analysis
3 4 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (8.70%) Software Engineering
4 2 (4.35%) Network Load Balancing
4 2 (4.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (4.35%) Data Protection
5 1 (2.17%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.17%) Change Management
5 1 (2.17%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.17%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.70%) C#
1 4 (8.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 46 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (91.30%) MCITP
3 39 (84.78%) MCSE
4 19 (41.30%) CCA
4 19 (41.30%) Citrix Certification
5 18 (39.13%) Degree
6 16 (34.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 14 (30.43%) MCSA
8 11 (23.91%) CCEE
9 9 (19.57%) VCAP
9 9 (19.57%) NCDA
10 8 (17.39%) NCIE
10 8 (17.39%) VTSP
10 8 (17.39%) CCEA
10 8 (17.39%) CCIA
11 4 (8.70%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (6.52%) CCNP
13 1 (2.17%) CCNA
13 1 (2.17%) CCDA
13 1 (2.17%) CCIE
System Software
1 35 (76.09%) Active Directory
1 35 (76.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 32 (69.57%) Hyper-V
3 19 (41.30%) XenDesktop
4 13 (28.26%) vSphere
5 8 (17.39%) vCloud
6 5 (10.87%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (6.52%) XenApp
8 2 (4.35%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (4.35%) UAG
9 1 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 3 (6.52%) XenMobile
2 2 (4.35%) MOM
2 2 (4.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (4.35%) SCCM
2 2 (4.35%) SCOM
2 2 (4.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (4.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 45 (97.83%) Microsoft
2 35 (76.09%) VMware
3 20 (43.48%) Citrix
4 12 (26.09%) Cisco
5 8 (17.39%) EMC
5 8 (17.39%) NetApp
5 8 (17.39%) 3PAR
6 3 (6.52%) AppSense
7 2 (4.35%) Symantec
8 1 (2.17%) HP
8 1 (2.17%) Dell