The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 31 July 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 North West region.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 165 119 112
Rank change year-on-year
-46 -7
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 77 126 167
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.07% 1.75% 2.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.66% 7.53% 8.83%
Number of salaries quoted 68 118 161
Average salary £34,750 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-7.33% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £50,000 £47,750
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year
- +1.26%
Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1653 1673 1892
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 22.97% 23.18% 25.27%
Number of salaries quoted 1274 1405 1619
Average salary £35,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-12.50% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £64,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCTS
Salary Trend in the North West

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

MCTS Salary Trend in the North West

MCTS
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in the North West

MCTS
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 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
Cheshire -21 45 £34,500 -8.00% 2
Manchester -9 28 £40,000 - 4
Merseyside -11 3 £45,000 +5.88%
Lancashire -17 2 £45,000 +28.57%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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.

1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 97 (63.82%) MCP
3 80 (52.63%) SQL Server
4 76 (50.00%) Windows
5 67 (44.08%) .NET
5 67 (44.08%) C#
6 66 (43.42%) TDD
7 64 (42.11%) Microsoft
8 63 (41.45%) ASP.NET
9 62 (40.79%) MCAD
9 62 (40.79%) MCSD
9 62 (40.79%) MVC
9 62 (40.79%) ASP.NET MVC
9 62 (40.79%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 55 (36.18%) Web Application Development
10 55 (36.18%) Razor View Engine
10 55 (36.18%) WCF
10 55 (36.18%) Windows Server 2008
11 52 (34.21%) MS Excel
12 51 (33.55%) ITIL
13 50 (32.89%) MCITP
14 48 (31.58%) VMware
15 46 (30.26%) Windows Server 2003
16 45 (29.61%) MS Exchange
16 45 (29.61%) Hyper-V
17 44 (28.95%) VMware Infrastructure
18 41 (26.97%) Active Directory
19 40 (26.32%) SQL Server 2012
20 39 (25.66%) MCSA
21 36 (23.68%) MCSE

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 45 (29.61%) MS Exchange
2 28 (18.42%) Exchange Server 2007
3 26 (17.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (11.84%) Exchange Server 2003
5 15 (9.87%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.29%) Lync
6 5 (3.29%) TPMS
7 4 (2.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.97%) IIS
8 3 (1.97%) SharePoint
8 3 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2000
9 2 (1.32%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 52 (34.21%) MS Excel
2 23 (15.13%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (1.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (19.08%) SAN
2 28 (18.42%) TCP/IP
3 24 (15.79%) VPN
4 20 (13.16%) DNS
5 18 (11.84%) LAN
5 18 (11.84%) WAN
6 17 (11.18%) DHCP
7 13 (8.55%) Wi-Fi
8 12 (7.89%) Firewall
9 7 (4.61%) Unified Communications
10 3 (1.97%) Internet
10 3 (1.97%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (1.97%) VLAN
11 2 (1.32%) NAS
11 2 (1.32%) SMTP
11 2 (1.32%) PBX
11 2 (1.32%) PSTN
11 2 (1.32%) MPLS
11 2 (1.32%) H.323
12 1 (0.66%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (52.63%) SQL Server
2 40 (26.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.32%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.32%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.32%) OLAP
5 2 (1.32%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.66%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 35 (23.03%) MSTest
1 35 (23.03%) Rhino Mocks
1 35 (23.03%) Moq
1 35 (23.03%) NUnit
2 1 (0.66%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 18 (11.84%) Finance
2 3 (1.97%) Games
Job Titles
1 64 (42.11%) Developer
2 62 (40.79%) .NET Developer
3 37 (24.34%) Support Engineer
4 17 (11.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 13 (8.55%) IT Support
6 12 (7.89%) Windows Support Engineer
6 12 (7.89%) Server Support
7 11 (7.24%) Server Engineer
7 11 (7.24%) Server Support Engineer
7 11 (7.24%) Windows Server Engineer
8 10 (6.58%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
8 10 (6.58%) IT Support Engineer
8 10 (6.58%) 2nd Line Support
9 9 (5.92%) Consultant
10 7 (4.61%) 3rd Line Support
10 7 (4.61%) 1st Line Support
10 7 (4.61%) 1st Line Support Engineer
11 5 (3.29%) Operations Manager
11 5 (3.29%) Service Analyst
11 5 (3.29%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (44.08%) .NET
2 63 (41.45%) ASP.NET
3 62 (40.79%) ASP.NET MVC
3 62 (40.79%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 55 (36.18%) Razor View Engine
4 55 (36.18%) WCF
5 35 (23.03%) Unity DI Container
5 35 (23.03%) Castle Windsor
5 35 (23.03%) Ninject
5 35 (23.03%) Spring.NET
6 13 (8.55%) WinForms
6 13 (8.55%) WPF
7 6 (3.95%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.66%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 35 (23.03%) Inversion of Control
2 6 (3.95%) Clustering
2 6 (3.95%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.29%) Blackberry
4 4 (2.63%) SystemC
5 3 (1.97%) EqualLogic
5 3 (1.97%) Celerra
6 2 (1.32%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) CLARiiON
6 2 (1.32%) Replication
7 1 (0.66%) CMDB
7 1 (0.66%) PKI
7 1 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 76 (50.00%) Windows
2 55 (36.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 46 (30.26%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (23.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (21.05%) Windows 7
6 23 (15.13%) Windows XP
7 15 (9.87%) Windows 2000
8 13 (8.55%) Windows 8
9 11 (7.24%) VMS
10 10 (6.58%) Linux
10 10 (6.58%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (43.42%) TDD
2 62 (40.79%) MVC
3 55 (36.18%) Web Application Development
4 51 (33.55%) ITIL
5 35 (23.03%) Scrum
5 35 (23.03%) Dependency Injection
5 35 (23.03%) Kanban
5 35 (23.03%) Continuous Integration
6 27 (17.76%) Domain-Driven Design
6 27 (17.76%) BDD
6 27 (17.76%) CQRS
7 26 (17.11%) Agile Software Development
8 16 (10.53%) Change Management
9 14 (9.21%) OO
10 12 (7.89%) Service Management
11 11 (7.24%) OOD
11 11 (7.24%) Change Control
12 9 (5.92%) Migration
12 9 (5.92%) MVVM
13 8 (5.26%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 67 (44.08%) C#
2 15 (9.87%) SQL
3 5 (3.29%) C
4 3 (1.97%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.66%) VB
5 1 (0.66%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 97 (63.82%) MCP
3 62 (40.79%) MCAD
3 62 (40.79%) MCSD
4 50 (32.89%) MCITP
5 39 (25.66%) MCSA
6 36 (23.68%) MCSE
7 29 (19.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 27 (17.76%) Citrix Certification
9 25 (16.45%) CCA
10 23 (15.13%) CCNA
10 23 (15.13%) Cisco Certification
11 13 (8.55%) NCDA
12 7 (4.61%) Degree
13 4 (2.63%) MCPD
13 4 (2.63%) NCIE
14 3 (1.97%) HP MASE
14 3 (1.97%) VCDX
14 3 (1.97%) VCAP
14 3 (1.97%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.58%) SLA
2 2 (1.32%) QA
System Software
1 45 (29.61%) Hyper-V
2 44 (28.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (26.97%) Active Directory
4 20 (13.16%) vSphere
5 15 (9.87%) VMware ESX
6 12 (7.89%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 6 (3.95%) XenApp
7 6 (3.95%) XenDesktop
8 4 (2.63%) UAG
9 3 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.97%) XenServer
9 3 (1.97%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (1.97%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.66%) NFS
10 1 (0.66%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 17 (11.18%) SCCM
2 15 (9.87%) SCOM
3 8 (5.26%) Backup Exec
4 4 (2.63%) SCVMM
5 3 (1.97%) MOM
5 3 (1.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (1.97%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (1.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 64 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 48 (31.58%) VMware
3 32 (21.05%) Citrix
4 19 (12.50%) Cisco
4 19 (12.50%) NetApp
5 12 (7.89%) Symantec
6 8 (5.26%) McAfee
6 8 (5.26%) Sophos
6 8 (5.26%) HP
7 7 (4.61%) Dell
8 4 (2.63%) EMC
9 2 (1.32%) Polycom
9 2 (1.32%) Mitel
9 2 (1.32%) Siemens
10 1 (0.66%) CommVault
10 1 (0.66%) SAP
10 1 (0.66%) 3PAR
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