The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 64 41 48
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +7
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 2 18 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Lancashire 0.40% 3.56% 2.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.74% 20.45% 8.28%
Number of salaries quoted 2 18 13
Average salary £45,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+28.57% +7.69%
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +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 Lancashire region.

Qualifications Category
Lancashire
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
73 88 157
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Lancashire 14.43% 17.39% 30.43%
Number of salaries quoted 65 81 140
Average salary £41,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+17.14% +7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £20,500 £20,500 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

MCTS
Salary Trend in Lancashire

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

MCTS Salary Trend in Lancashire

MCTS
Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 29 August 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
Blackburn +1 2 £45,000 +50.00%
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the Lancashire 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%) Citrix
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
1 4 (100.00%) MCITP
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (100.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (75.00%) XenApp
2 3 (75.00%) SCCM
2 3 (75.00%) XenDesktop
2 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (50.00%) Windows
3 2 (50.00%) MCSE
3 2 (50.00%) MCSA
3 2 (50.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
3 2 (50.00%) NetApp
3 2 (50.00%) EMC
3 2 (50.00%) Migration
3 2 (50.00%) SAN
3 2 (50.00%) Project Management
3 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (50.00%) Technical Architecture
3 2 (50.00%) Degree
3 2 (50.00%) Office 365
3 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (50.00%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (50.00%) NCIE
3 2 (50.00%) Lync
3 2 (50.00%) Unified Communications

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the Lancashire 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 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (50.00%) Lync
1 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (50.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) SAN
1 2 (50.00%) NAS
1 2 (50.00%) Unified Communications
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Consultant
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft Consultant
3 1 (25.00%) Virtualisation Consultant
3 1 (25.00%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (25.00%) Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Celerra
1 1 (25.00%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Project Management
1 2 (50.00%) Migration
1 2 (50.00%) Technical Architecture
1 2 (50.00%) Technical Analysis
2 1 (25.00%) Data Protection
2 1 (25.00%) Data Management
2 1 (25.00%) TOGAF
2 1 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE
2 1 (25.00%) MOF
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (100.00%) MCITP
2 2 (50.00%) Degree
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 2 (50.00%) MCSE
2 2 (50.00%) MCSA
2 2 (50.00%) NCIE
3 1 (25.00%) VCAP
3 1 (25.00%) CCEE
3 1 (25.00%) CCIA
3 1 (25.00%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (25.00%) HP AIS
3 1 (25.00%) HP MASE
3 1 (25.00%) VCDX
3 1 (25.00%) NCDA
System Software
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (100.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (75.00%) XenApp
2 3 (75.00%) XenDesktop
3 2 (50.00%) vSphere
3 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (25.00%) VMware ESX
4 1 (25.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) SCCM
2 1 (25.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Citrix
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
2 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (50.00%) NetApp
3 2 (50.00%) EMC
4 1 (25.00%) Symantec
4 1 (25.00%) 3PAR
4 1 (25.00%) HP
4 1 (25.00%) Dell
4 1 (25.00%) CommVault