The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 38 34 48
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +14
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 4 7 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Chester 1.49% 2.79% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.63% 8.24% 2.50%
Number of salaries quoted 2 3 1
Average salary £36,500 £35,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.28% -26.31%
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
MCTS
Cheshire

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

Qualifications Category
Chester
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
71 85 40
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Chester 26.49% 33.86% 20.51%
Number of salaries quoted 37 75 40
Average salary £55,000 £38,500 £30,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+42.85% +26.22%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £22,796 £22,400
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £47,500 £54,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 28 August 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 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (100.00%) MCITP
2 5 (83.33%) Hyper-V
3 4 (66.67%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (66.67%) High Availability
3 4 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
3 4 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (66.67%) Windows
3 4 (66.67%) HP
3 4 (66.67%) Dell
4 3 (50.00%) Windows 2000
4 3 (50.00%) SAN
4 3 (50.00%) DHCP
4 3 (50.00%) TCP/IP
4 3 (50.00%) DNS
4 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 3 (50.00%) Migration
4 3 (50.00%) Clustering
4 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (50.00%) SCVMM
5 2 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (33.33%) vSphere
5 2 (33.33%) NCIE
5 2 (33.33%) Unified Communications
5 2 (33.33%) Problem Management
5 2 (33.33%) VMware
5 2 (33.33%) NetApp

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

Applications
1 2 (33.33%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (66.67%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (50.00%) SAN
1 3 (50.00%) DHCP
1 3 (50.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (50.00%) DNS
2 2 (33.33%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Wintel Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Consultant
2 1 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Wintel Specialist
2 1 (16.67%) Virtualisation Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Clustering
2 1 (16.67%) Celerra
2 1 (16.67%) Statistics
2 1 (16.67%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 4 (66.67%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) Windows 2000
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) High Availability
1 4 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
1 4 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
1 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (50.00%) Migration
3 2 (33.33%) Problem Management
4 1 (16.67%) ITIL
4 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
4 1 (16.67%) PRINCE
4 1 (16.67%) MOF
4 1 (16.67%) Data Management
4 1 (16.67%) TOGAF
4 1 (16.67%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) C
1 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (100.00%) MCITP
2 2 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 2 (33.33%) NCIE
3 1 (16.67%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (16.67%) VCAP
3 1 (16.67%) CCEE
3 1 (16.67%) CCIA
3 1 (16.67%) NCDA
3 1 (16.67%) VCDX
3 1 (16.67%) HP AIS
3 1 (16.67%) HP MASE
System Software
1 5 (83.33%) Hyper-V
2 3 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (33.33%) vSphere
4 1 (16.67%) VMware ESX
4 1 (16.67%) XenApp
4 1 (16.67%) XenServer
4 1 (16.67%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) SCVMM
2 1 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (16.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) HP
1 4 (66.67%) Dell
2 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (33.33%) VMware
3 2 (33.33%) NetApp
3 2 (33.33%) SAP
3 2 (33.33%) EMC
3 2 (33.33%) Citrix
4 1 (16.67%) CommVault
4 1 (16.67%) Symantec
4 1 (16.67%) 3PAR