The table below looks at the statistics 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 10 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 188 225 143
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -82
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 43 33 109
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.77% 0.47% 1.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.88% 1.82% 6.59%
Number of salaries quoted 39 33 100
Average salary £25,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-37.50% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £22,700 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £39,800 £59,000 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -
MCTS
England

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

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1492 1816 1654
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 26.79% 25.84% 24.90%
Number of salaries quoted 1165 1494 1340
Average salary £37,500 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,696 £50,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
Manchester +29 31 £37,500 +10.29%
Cheshire +34 12 £22,000 -6.38%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 66 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 64 (96.97%) Windows
3 62 (93.94%) Active Directory
4 57 (86.36%) Microsoft
4 57 (86.36%) VMware
5 51 (77.27%) Windows Server
6 50 (75.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 44 (66.67%) Cisco
8 43 (65.15%) VMware Infrastructure
9 42 (63.64%) Hyper-V
10 41 (62.12%) Windows 7
11 39 (59.09%) MCSE
12 38 (57.58%) MCP
12 38 (57.58%) MCITP
13 37 (56.06%) MS Exchange
14 36 (54.55%) MS Excel
15 35 (53.03%) MCSA
15 35 (53.03%) CCNA
15 35 (53.03%) Cisco Certification
16 32 (48.48%) Exchange Server 2010
16 32 (48.48%) Windows XP
17 31 (46.97%) ITIL
18 28 (42.42%) TCP/IP
19 27 (40.91%) NetApp
19 27 (40.91%) Exchange Server 2013
20 26 (39.39%) DHCP
20 26 (39.39%) DNS
20 26 (39.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 25 (37.88%) MS Office

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 37 (56.06%) MS Exchange
2 32 (48.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 27 (40.91%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (13.64%) SharePoint
4 9 (13.64%) SharePoint 2010
5 8 (12.12%) IIS
6 4 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (3.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (3.03%) CMS
7 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.52%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.52%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 36 (54.55%) MS Excel
2 25 (37.88%) MS Office
3 2 (3.03%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (42.42%) TCP/IP
2 26 (39.39%) DHCP
2 26 (39.39%) DNS
3 24 (36.36%) VPN
4 15 (22.73%) LAN
4 15 (22.73%) WAN
5 10 (15.15%) SAN
6 9 (13.64%) Firewall
6 9 (13.64%) Wi-Fi
7 8 (12.12%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (9.09%) Network Security
9 4 (6.06%) VLAN
10 1 (1.52%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (22.73%) SQL Server
2 12 (18.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.03%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.52%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.52%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.52%) Mercurial
1 1 (1.52%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (12.12%) Finance
2 2 (3.03%) Legal
2 2 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (57.58%) Support Engineer
2 35 (53.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 35 (53.03%) IT Engineer
3 32 (48.48%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
4 31 (46.97%) IT Support
5 25 (37.88%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 25 (37.88%) IT Support Engineer
6 10 (15.15%) 3rd Line Support
6 10 (15.15%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 10 (15.15%) Storage Engineer
7 8 (12.12%) Project Engineer
7 8 (12.12%) Project Support Engineer
8 7 (10.61%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 7 (10.61%) Storage Specialist
9 6 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (9.09%) Technical Engineer
9 6 (9.09%) Technical Support
9 6 (9.09%) Technical Support Engineer
10 5 (7.58%) Senior IT Support
10 5 (7.58%) Senior Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.03%) XML
2 1 (1.52%) .NET
2 1 (1.52%) CSS
2 1 (1.52%) CSS3
2 1 (1.52%) HTML
2 1 (1.52%) HTML5
2 1 (1.52%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 11 (16.67%) FlexPod
2 7 (10.61%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.03%) Blackberry
4 2 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.52%) Clustering
5 1 (1.52%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.52%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 64 (96.97%) Windows
2 51 (77.27%) Windows Server
3 50 (75.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 44 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (62.12%) Windows 7
6 32 (48.48%) Windows XP
7 20 (30.30%) Windows 8
8 16 (24.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (21.21%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (46.97%) ITIL
2 12 (18.18%) Mentoring
3 8 (12.12%) Coaching
3 8 (12.12%) ITIL V2
3 8 (12.12%) PRINCE2
4 7 (10.61%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (9.09%) Migration
6 5 (7.58%) Data Management
7 4 (6.06%) High Availability
8 3 (4.55%) Business Continuity
8 3 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (3.03%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (3.03%) Database Security
9 2 (3.03%) Document Management
9 2 (3.03%) Expense Management
9 2 (3.03%) Performance Tuning
9 2 (3.03%) Software Deployment
9 2 (3.03%) Workflow
10 1 (1.52%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 13 (19.70%) SQL
2 6 (9.09%) C
3 3 (4.55%) PowerShell
3 3 (4.55%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.03%) VBScript
5 1 (1.52%) C#
5 1 (1.52%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 66 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (59.09%) MCSE
3 38 (57.58%) MCITP
3 38 (57.58%) MCP
4 35 (53.03%) CCNA
4 35 (53.03%) Cisco Certification
4 35 (53.03%) MCSA
5 26 (39.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 15 (22.73%) NCDA
7 12 (18.18%) ITIL Certification
8 10 (15.15%) CCA
8 10 (15.15%) Citrix Certification
9 5 (7.58%) Degree
10 2 (3.03%) HND
10 2 (3.03%) MCDBA
10 2 (3.03%) MCPD
11 1 (1.52%) NCIE
11 1 (1.52%) VCAP
System Software
1 62 (93.94%) Active Directory
2 43 (65.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (63.64%) Hyper-V
4 10 (15.15%) vSphere
4 10 (15.15%) XenServer
5 2 (3.03%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.52%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (24.24%) SCCM
2 14 (21.21%) SCOM
3 8 (12.12%) McAfee ePO
3 8 (12.12%) SCOrch
4 2 (3.03%) SnapMirror
4 2 (3.03%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 57 (86.36%) Microsoft
1 57 (86.36%) VMware
2 44 (66.67%) Cisco
3 27 (40.91%) NetApp
4 22 (33.33%) Citrix
5 9 (13.64%) HP
6 8 (12.12%) Intel Security
7 6 (9.09%) Dell
7 6 (9.09%) Symantec
7 6 (9.09%) Veeam
8 3 (4.55%) WatchGuard
9 2 (3.03%) iManage
9 2 (3.03%) Interwoven
10 1 (1.52%) Red Gate