The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Chester region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Chester region.

Location
3 months to
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 44 50 38
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -12
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 1 7 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Chester 0.36% 1.64% 1.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.45% 13.73% 5.13%
Number of salaries quoted 0 7 2
Average salary - £35,000 £34,300
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.04%
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Qualifications Category
Chester
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
69 51 39
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Chester 24.91% 11.92% 22.16%
Number of salaries quoted 37 46 32
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £30,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £29,000 £21,216
10% offered a salary of more than £41,600 £32,500 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
MCTS
Cheshire

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

MCTS
Salary Trend in Chester

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

MCTS Salary Trend in Chester

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT jobs across the Chester 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 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (100.00%) MCITP
2 3 (75.00%) Squid
2 3 (75.00%) Brocade
2 3 (75.00%) Network Load Balancing
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (75.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (75.00%) Foundry
2 3 (75.00%) Puppet
2 3 (75.00%) NAS
2 3 (75.00%) Cobbler
2 3 (75.00%) Relational Database
2 3 (75.00%) RHCE
2 3 (75.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (75.00%) ERP
2 3 (75.00%) RDBMS
2 3 (75.00%) Red Hat
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (75.00%) Internet
2 3 (75.00%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) LAMP
2 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (75.00%) HP
2 3 (75.00%) Compaq
2 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) Linux
2 3 (75.00%) Apache
2 3 (75.00%) Python
2 3 (75.00%) LDAP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT jobs across the Chester 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 3 (75.00%) SharePoint
1 3 (75.00%) Apache
1 3 (75.00%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (75.00%) NAS
1 3 (75.00%) Internet
1 3 (75.00%) Firewall
1 3 (75.00%) LDAP
2 1 (25.00%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (75.00%) Relational Database
1 3 (75.00%) RDBMS
1 3 (75.00%) MySQL
1 3 (75.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Analyst
2 2 (50.00%) Web Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (25.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Project Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (75.00%) LAMP
1 3 (75.00%) .NET
1 3 (75.00%) J2EE
1 3 (75.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 3 (75.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
1 3 (75.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Network Load Balancing
1 3 (75.00%) ERP
2 1 (25.00%) Data Protection
2 1 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (25.00%) Data Management
2 1 (25.00%) TOGAF
2 1 (25.00%) MOF
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) Python
2 1 (25.00%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (100.00%) MCITP
2 3 (75.00%) RHCE
3 1 (25.00%) NCIE
3 1 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 3 (75.00%) Squid
1 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (25.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) Puppet
1 3 (75.00%) Cobbler
2 1 (25.00%) SCCM
2 1 (25.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (75.00%) Brocade
2 3 (75.00%) Foundry
2 3 (75.00%) Red Hat
2 3 (75.00%) HP
2 3 (75.00%) Compaq
2 3 (75.00%) Business Objects
3 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
3 1 (25.00%) EMC
3 1 (25.00%) Citrix
3 1 (25.00%) VMware
3 1 (25.00%) Symantec
3 1 (25.00%) CommVault
3 1 (25.00%) NetApp