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

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 90 58 82
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +24
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 38 60 52
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.95% 3.78% 2.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.12% 14.29% 8.62%
Number of salaries quoted 34 59 47
Average salary £34,500 £37,500 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.00% +15.38%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £35,700 £49,250 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
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
468 420 603
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Cheshire 23.99% 26.47% 28.84%
Number of salaries quoted 356 340 486
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.63%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014. 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 -22 19 £23,500 -41.25%
Knutsford -7 7 £34,500 -8.00%
Chester -6 4 £36,500 -2.66%
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (60.81%) MCP
3 44 (59.46%) Windows
4 36 (48.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 34 (45.95%) MCITP
6 30 (40.54%) Windows Server 2003
7 28 (37.84%) TCP/IP
7 28 (37.84%) Microsoft
8 27 (36.49%) MS Excel
8 27 (36.49%) SQL Server
9 26 (35.14%) .NET
9 26 (35.14%) C#
9 26 (35.14%) MS Office
9 26 (35.14%) ASP.NET
9 26 (35.14%) MS Exchange
9 26 (35.14%) MCSA
10 25 (33.78%) VPN
10 25 (33.78%) MCSE
10 25 (33.78%) Scrum
10 25 (33.78%) Agile Software Development
10 25 (33.78%) Windows Server 2012
11 24 (32.43%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 24 (32.43%) Unity DI Container
11 24 (32.43%) Castle Windsor
11 24 (32.43%) Ninject
11 24 (32.43%) TDD
11 24 (32.43%) NUnit
11 24 (32.43%) Continuous Integration
11 24 (32.43%) Spring.NET
11 24 (32.43%) Kanban

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 26 (35.14%) MS Exchange
2 17 (22.97%) Exchange Server 2007
3 8 (10.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (2.70%) Lync
5 1 (1.35%) IIS
5 1 (1.35%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 27 (36.49%) MS Excel
2 26 (35.14%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.76%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (37.84%) TCP/IP
2 25 (33.78%) VPN
3 22 (29.73%) DNS
4 19 (25.68%) DHCP
5 8 (10.81%) SAN
6 3 (4.05%) Firewall
6 3 (4.05%) LAN
6 3 (4.05%) WAN
7 2 (2.70%) Unified Communications
8 1 (1.35%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (36.49%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (32.43%) NUnit
1 24 (32.43%) MSTest
1 24 (32.43%) Rhino Mocks
1 24 (32.43%) Moq
2 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (16.22%) Finance
Job Titles
1 31 (41.89%) Support Engineer
2 26 (35.14%) Developer
3 25 (33.78%) .NET Developer
4 14 (18.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (14.86%) IT Support Engineer
5 11 (14.86%) IT Support
5 11 (14.86%) Windows Support Engineer
6 10 (13.51%) Windows Server Engineer
6 10 (13.51%) Server Engineer
6 10 (13.51%) Server Support Engineer
6 10 (13.51%) Server Support
7 7 (9.46%) 1st Line Support
7 7 (9.46%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 7 (9.46%) 1st Line Support Engineer
8 5 (6.76%) Operations Manager
9 3 (4.05%) Consultant
9 3 (4.05%) Wintel Engineer
10 2 (2.70%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 2 (2.70%) Wintel Specialist
10 2 (2.70%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (35.14%) .NET
1 26 (35.14%) ASP.NET
2 24 (32.43%) Spring.NET
2 24 (32.43%) ASP.NET MVC
2 24 (32.43%) Castle Windsor
2 24 (32.43%) Ninject
2 24 (32.43%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 24 (32.43%) Unity DI Container
3 22 (29.73%) Razor View Engine
3 22 (29.73%) WCF
4 2 (2.70%) WPF
4 2 (2.70%) jQuery
4 2 (2.70%) WinForms
5 1 (1.35%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 24 (32.43%) Inversion of Control
2 6 (8.11%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.05%) Clustering
4 1 (1.35%) Statistics
4 1 (1.35%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.35%) Celerra
4 1 (1.35%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.35%) EqualLogic
4 1 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.35%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 44 (59.46%) Windows
2 36 (48.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (40.54%) Windows Server 2003
4 25 (33.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (32.43%) Windows 7
6 16 (21.62%) Linux
7 15 (20.27%) Windows XP
7 15 (20.27%) UNIX
8 14 (18.92%) Windows 2000
9 10 (13.51%) VMS
10 3 (4.05%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (33.78%) Scrum
1 25 (33.78%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (32.43%) TDD
2 24 (32.43%) Continuous Integration
2 24 (32.43%) Kanban
2 24 (32.43%) Dependency Injection
2 24 (32.43%) MVC
3 22 (29.73%) ITIL
3 22 (29.73%) Web Application Development
4 11 (14.86%) Change Management
5 10 (13.51%) Change Control
6 6 (8.11%) Service Management
6 6 (8.11%) Disaster Recovery
7 5 (6.76%) ITIL V3
7 5 (6.76%) High Availability
8 4 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (5.41%) Performance Tuning
9 3 (4.05%) Migration
9 3 (4.05%) OOP
10 2 (2.70%) OOA/OOD
Programming Languages
1 26 (35.14%) C#
2 3 (4.05%) VB
3 2 (2.70%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.70%) SQL
4 1 (1.35%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (60.81%) MCP
3 34 (45.95%) MCITP
4 26 (35.14%) MCSA
5 25 (33.78%) MCSE
6 24 (32.43%) MCAD
6 24 (32.43%) MCSD
7 11 (14.86%) Citrix Certification
8 10 (13.51%) CCA
9 6 (8.11%) Degree
10 5 (6.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (1.35%) HP AIS
11 1 (1.35%) HP MASE
11 1 (1.35%) VCDX
11 1 (1.35%) NCDA
11 1 (1.35%) NCIE
11 1 (1.35%) VCAP
11 1 (1.35%) CCEE
11 1 (1.35%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.35%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (28.38%) Hyper-V
2 15 (20.27%) Active Directory
2 15 (20.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (16.22%) VMware ESX
4 10 (13.51%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (5.41%) vSphere
6 1 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.35%) XenApp
6 1 (1.35%) XenServer
6 1 (1.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) SCVMM
2 1 (1.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 28 (37.84%) Microsoft
2 15 (20.27%) VMware
3 12 (16.22%) Citrix
4 6 (8.11%) HP
5 5 (6.76%) Dell
6 4 (5.41%) Cisco
7 2 (2.70%) SAP
7 2 (2.70%) EMC
8 1 (1.35%) NetApp
8 1 (1.35%) NETGEAR