The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 112 70 63
Rank change year-on-year
-42 -7
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 5 45 92
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.28% 2.88% 4.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.20% 10.77% 19.70%
Number of salaries quoted 5 34 92
Average salary £23,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-32.85% -
90% offered a salary of more than £20,800 £33,950 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £34,900 £40,000 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
MCTS
North West

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

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
415 418 467
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 23.03% 26.73% 22.26%
Number of salaries quoted 341 288 385
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £45,000 £48,600
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

MCTS
Salary Trend in Cheshire

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

MCTS Salary Trend in Cheshire

MCTS
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Cheshire

MCTS
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington -26 5 £23,500 -37.33%
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT jobs across the Cheshire 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 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (84.00%) MCITP
2 21 (84.00%) Windows
3 16 (64.00%) Microsoft
4 15 (60.00%) VPN
4 15 (60.00%) Linux
4 15 (60.00%) MS Exchange
4 15 (60.00%) MCSE
4 15 (60.00%) MS Office
4 15 (60.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 15 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (60.00%) Hyper-V
5 14 (56.00%) MCP
5 14 (56.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (48.00%) DNS
6 12 (48.00%) DHCP
6 12 (48.00%) TCP/IP
6 12 (48.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (44.00%) Windows 7
7 11 (44.00%) MCSA
7 11 (44.00%) MS Excel
7 11 (44.00%) UNIX
8 10 (40.00%) Windows XP
9 6 (24.00%) Active Directory
9 6 (24.00%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (24.00%) VMware
9 6 (24.00%) VMware ESX
9 6 (24.00%) VMware Infrastructure
10 5 (20.00%) SAN
10 5 (20.00%) HP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT jobs across the Cheshire 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 15 (60.00%) MS Exchange
1 15 (60.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (16.00%) IIS
2 4 (16.00%) Lync
2 4 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 15 (60.00%) MS Office
2 11 (44.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.00%) Office 365
2 2 (8.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (60.00%) VPN
2 12 (48.00%) DNS
2 12 (48.00%) DHCP
2 12 (48.00%) TCP/IP
3 5 (20.00%) SAN
4 4 (16.00%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (12.00%) MSTest
1 3 (12.00%) Rhino Mocks
1 3 (12.00%) Moq
1 3 (12.00%) NUnit
2 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (16.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (24.00%) Support Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Developer
3 4 (16.00%) IT Consultant
3 4 (16.00%) Consultant
3 4 (16.00%) Server Support
3 4 (16.00%) .NET Developer
3 4 (16.00%) Server Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Server Support Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 4 (16.00%) Windows Server Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Windows Support Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) IT Support Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) IT Support
5 1 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.00%) .NET
1 4 (16.00%) ASP.NET
2 3 (12.00%) Unity DI Container
2 3 (12.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 3 (12.00%) Razor View Engine
2 3 (12.00%) Castle Windsor
2 3 (12.00%) Ninject
2 3 (12.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 3 (12.00%) Spring.NET
2 3 (12.00%) WCF
3 1 (4.00%) jQuery
3 1 (4.00%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) Inversion of Control
3 1 (4.00%) Clustering
3 1 (4.00%) Statistics
3 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.00%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 21 (84.00%) Windows
2 15 (60.00%) Linux
2 15 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (56.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 12 (48.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (44.00%) Windows 7
5 11 (44.00%) UNIX
6 10 (40.00%) Windows XP
7 5 (20.00%) Windows 2000
8 3 (12.00%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (24.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (16.00%) ITIL
2 4 (16.00%) Change Management
2 4 (16.00%) Scrum
2 4 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (16.00%) Change Control
3 3 (12.00%) Web Application Development
3 3 (12.00%) Dependency Injection
3 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (12.00%) Kanban
3 3 (12.00%) TDD
3 3 (12.00%) MVC
4 2 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (8.00%) High Availability
4 2 (8.00%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (4.00%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.00%) Service Continuity Management
5 1 (4.00%) Release Management
5 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
5 1 (4.00%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.00%) SQL
1 5 (20.00%) VB
2 4 (16.00%) C#
2 4 (16.00%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (84.00%) MCITP
3 15 (60.00%) MCSE
4 14 (56.00%) MCP
5 11 (44.00%) MCSA
6 4 (16.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (12.00%) MCAD
7 3 (12.00%) MCSD
8 2 (8.00%) CCA
8 2 (8.00%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (4.00%) Degree
System Software
1 15 (60.00%) Hyper-V
2 6 (24.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (24.00%) VMware ESX
2 6 (24.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (16.00%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (8.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 4 (16.00%) SCCM
2 1 (4.00%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 16 (64.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (24.00%) VMware
3 5 (20.00%) HP
4 4 (16.00%) Cisco
4 4 (16.00%) EMC
4 4 (16.00%) NETGEAR
5 3 (12.00%) Citrix
6 1 (4.00%) SAP
6 1 (4.00%) Dell