The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Manchester 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 156 147 134
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -13
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 32 32 53
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 0.78% 0.83% 1.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.33% 3.64% 5.89%
Number of salaries quoted 28 32 49
Average salary £37,250 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.87% -
90% offered a salary of more than £31,450 £25,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £45,000 £45,500
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 Manchester region.

Qualifications Category
Manchester
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
960 879 900
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 23.32% 22.78% 23.96%
Number of salaries quoted 740 776 740
Average salary £36,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-10.00% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £25,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,000 £50,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

MCTS
Salary Trend in Manchester

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

MCTS Salary Trend in Manchester

MCTS
Salary Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Manchester

MCTS
Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Manchester 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
Bolton -2 7 £40,000 -
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the Manchester 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 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (56.45%) Microsoft
2 35 (56.45%) VMware
3 34 (54.84%) SQL Server
3 34 (54.84%) ITIL
3 34 (54.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 33 (53.23%) MCP
4 33 (53.23%) Windows
5 30 (48.39%) SQL Server 2012
6 28 (45.16%) Hyper-V
7 26 (41.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 26 (41.94%) MCITP
8 25 (40.32%) Citrix
9 24 (38.71%) CCNA
9 24 (38.71%) MS Excel
9 24 (38.71%) Cisco Certification
9 24 (38.71%) Windows Server 2008
10 23 (37.10%) Citrix Certification
11 22 (35.48%) CCA
12 21 (33.87%) Active Directory
12 21 (33.87%) Windows Server 2003
12 21 (33.87%) ASP.NET
12 21 (33.87%) .NET
12 21 (33.87%) C#
12 21 (33.87%) MVC
13 20 (32.26%) TDD
13 20 (32.26%) MCAD
13 20 (32.26%) MCSD
13 20 (32.26%) WCF
13 20 (32.26%) Domain-Driven Design

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the Manchester 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 19 (30.65%) MS Exchange
2 16 (25.81%) Exchange Server 2003
3 15 (24.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (22.58%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (22.58%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (4.84%) TPMS
5 3 (4.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2000
6 2 (3.23%) SharePoint
6 2 (3.23%) Lync
7 1 (1.61%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 24 (38.71%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.61%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 17 (27.42%) SAN
2 13 (20.97%) LAN
2 13 (20.97%) WAN
3 10 (16.13%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (8.06%) DNS
4 5 (8.06%) Firewall
4 5 (8.06%) DHCP
5 4 (6.45%) Unified Communications
6 3 (4.84%) VLAN
6 3 (4.84%) iSCSI
6 3 (4.84%) TCP/IP
6 3 (4.84%) VPN
7 2 (3.23%) SMTP
7 2 (3.23%) PBX
7 2 (3.23%) PSTN
7 2 (3.23%) MPLS
7 2 (3.23%) H.323
8 1 (1.61%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (54.84%) SQL Server
2 30 (48.39%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (19.35%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (3.23%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.61%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
5 1 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio
1 1 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 8 (12.90%) Finance
Job Titles
1 21 (33.87%) Developer
2 20 (32.26%) .NET Developer
3 13 (20.97%) Support Engineer
4 9 (14.52%) Server Support
5 8 (12.90%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (12.90%) Server Engineer
5 8 (12.90%) Server Support Engineer
5 8 (12.90%) Windows Server Engineer
5 8 (12.90%) Windows Support Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Services Manager
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Manager
6 4 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Service Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Service Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Consultant
8 2 (3.23%) Technical Consultant
8 2 (3.23%) Infrastructure Manager
8 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (33.87%) .NET
1 21 (33.87%) ASP.NET
2 20 (32.26%) WCF
2 20 (32.26%) ASP.NET MVC
2 20 (32.26%) Razor View Engine
2 20 (32.26%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (1.61%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.45%) Blackberry
2 2 (3.23%) Clustering
3 1 (1.61%) PKI
3 1 (1.61%) CMDB
3 1 (1.61%) Celerra
3 1 (1.61%) EqualLogic
3 1 (1.61%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.61%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 33 (53.23%) Windows
2 24 (38.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (33.87%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (17.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (12.90%) Windows 7
5 8 (12.90%) Windows 2000
5 8 (12.90%) Windows XP
5 8 (12.90%) VMS
6 7 (11.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (54.84%) ITIL
2 21 (33.87%) MVC
3 20 (32.26%) TDD
3 20 (32.26%) Domain-Driven Design
3 20 (32.26%) BDD
3 20 (32.26%) CQRS
3 20 (32.26%) Web Application Development
4 13 (20.97%) Change Management
5 8 (12.90%) Change Control
6 6 (9.68%) Service Management
7 5 (8.06%) Service Delivery
7 5 (8.06%) Migration
7 5 (8.06%) Incident Management
8 3 (4.84%) Problem Management
8 3 (4.84%) Data Protection
9 2 (3.23%) Load Balancing
9 2 (3.23%) Network Load Balancing
9 2 (3.23%) PRINCE2
10 1 (1.61%) OO
10 1 (1.61%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 21 (33.87%) C#
2 5 (8.06%) SQL
3 1 (1.61%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.61%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.61%) C
Qualifications
1 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (53.23%) MCP
3 26 (41.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 26 (41.94%) MCITP
4 24 (38.71%) CCNA
4 24 (38.71%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (37.10%) Citrix Certification
6 22 (35.48%) CCA
7 20 (32.26%) MCAD
7 20 (32.26%) MCSD
8 13 (20.97%) MCSA
9 12 (19.35%) MCSE
10 11 (17.74%) NCDA
11 3 (4.84%) VCP4
11 3 (4.84%) VCP5
11 3 (4.84%) CCEA
12 2 (3.23%) NCIE
13 1 (1.61%) VCAP
13 1 (1.61%) CCEE
13 1 (1.61%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.90%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (54.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (45.16%) Hyper-V
3 21 (33.87%) Active Directory
4 12 (19.35%) vSphere
5 9 (14.52%) VMware ESX
6 8 (12.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (6.45%) XenApp
7 4 (6.45%) XenDesktop
8 3 (4.84%) NFS
8 3 (4.84%) UAG
9 2 (3.23%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (3.23%) VMware Server
9 2 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (1.61%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (16.13%) SCCM
1 10 (16.13%) SCOM
2 7 (11.29%) Backup Exec
3 2 (3.23%) MOM
3 2 (3.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (3.23%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (3.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 35 (56.45%) Microsoft
1 35 (56.45%) VMware
2 25 (40.32%) Citrix
3 16 (25.81%) NetApp
4 12 (19.35%) Cisco
5 10 (16.13%) Symantec
6 7 (11.29%) McAfee
6 7 (11.29%) Sophos
7 4 (6.45%) HP
8 2 (3.23%) EMC
8 2 (3.23%) Siemens
8 2 (3.23%) Mitel
8 2 (3.23%) Polycom
9 1 (1.61%) 3PAR
9 1 (1.61%) CommVault
9 1 (1.61%) Dell