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 1 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 197 164 95
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -69
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 45 88 213
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.66% 1.23% 2.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.44% 4.97% 11.73%
Number of salaries quoted 45 81 213
Average salary £34,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.85% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,000 £40,000 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -
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
1843 1769 1816
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 27.23% 24.74% 24.27%
Number of salaries quoted 1439 1399 1474
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £51,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £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 1 April 2015.

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 1 April 2015. 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
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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 22 £24,500 -24.61% 1
Cheshire -18 14 £34,000 -2.85% 1
Merseyside +18 9 £52,500 +31.25%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 April 2015, 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 76 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (89.47%) Windows
3 65 (85.53%) Microsoft
4 50 (65.79%) Active Directory
5 49 (64.47%) MS Exchange
6 46 (60.53%) MCP
7 44 (57.89%) Windows Server 2012
8 43 (56.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 41 (53.95%) Windows 7
10 38 (50.00%) Cisco
11 33 (43.42%) VMware
12 32 (42.11%) MCITP
13 31 (40.79%) Exchange Server 2010
14 29 (38.16%) MCSE
14 29 (38.16%) Windows Server 2003
14 29 (38.16%) VMware Infrastructure
14 29 (38.16%) Exchange Server 2013
15 28 (36.84%) SQL Server
15 28 (36.84%) ITIL
16 27 (35.53%) SQL
17 26 (34.21%) CCNA
17 26 (34.21%) Cisco Certification
17 26 (34.21%) Hyper-V
18 24 (31.58%) TCP/IP
19 23 (30.26%) IIS
19 23 (30.26%) MS Excel
19 23 (30.26%) VPN
19 23 (30.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 23 (30.26%) Windows 8
20 22 (28.95%) LAN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 2015, 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 49 (64.47%) MS Exchange
2 31 (40.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 29 (38.16%) Exchange Server 2013
4 23 (30.26%) IIS
5 19 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (19.74%) SharePoint 2010
6 15 (19.74%) SharePoint
6 15 (19.74%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (14.47%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (14.47%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (3.95%) Lync
Applications
1 23 (30.26%) MS Excel
2 17 (22.37%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 14 (18.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.95%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 21 (27.63%) Office 365
2 11 (14.47%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 24 (31.58%) TCP/IP
2 23 (30.26%) VPN
3 22 (28.95%) DNS
3 22 (28.95%) LAN
3 22 (28.95%) WAN
3 22 (28.95%) DHCP
4 19 (25.00%) SAN
5 13 (17.11%) VLAN
6 11 (14.47%) Wi-Fi
7 10 (13.16%) Network Security
8 7 (9.21%) NAS
8 7 (9.21%) VDSL
8 7 (9.21%) ADSL
8 7 (9.21%) Firewall
9 4 (5.26%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (3.95%) iSCSI
11 2 (2.63%) PSTN
12 1 (1.32%) VoIP
12 1 (1.32%) Intranet
12 1 (1.32%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (36.84%) SQL Server
2 20 (26.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (11.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (10.53%) Finance
2 3 (3.95%) Advertising
3 2 (2.63%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 14 (18.42%) Developer
2 14 (18.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (14.47%) 2nd Line Support
3 11 (14.47%) SharePoint Developer
4 8 (10.53%) IT Support
4 8 (10.53%) 3rd Line Support
5 7 (9.21%) IT Manager
5 7 (9.21%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Technical Architect
6 6 (7.89%) Architect
7 5 (6.58%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Senior Systems Administrator
8 4 (5.26%) IT Administrator
8 4 (5.26%) Systems Administrator
8 4 (5.26%) Systems Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Senior Systems Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Administrator
9 3 (3.95%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (18.42%) .NET
1 14 (18.42%) ASP.NET
1 14 (18.42%) .NET Framework
2 11 (14.47%) WCF
2 11 (14.47%) HTML
2 11 (14.47%) CSS
2 11 (14.47%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.11%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (11.84%) FlexPod
3 3 (3.95%) Client/Server
3 3 (3.95%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.32%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 68 (89.47%) Windows
2 44 (57.89%) Windows Server 2012
3 43 (56.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (53.95%) Windows 7
5 29 (38.16%) Windows Server 2003
6 23 (30.26%) Windows 8
7 21 (27.63%) Windows XP
8 8 (10.53%) Linux
9 5 (6.58%) UNIX
10 2 (2.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (36.84%) ITIL
2 14 (18.42%) OO
2 14 (18.42%) CRM
3 11 (14.47%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (14.47%) OOA/OOD
3 11 (14.47%) Mentoring
4 10 (13.16%) Change Management
5 9 (11.84%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (9.21%) Mobile Device Management
7 6 (7.89%) Migration
7 6 (7.89%) Business Continuity
8 4 (5.26%) ITIL V2
8 4 (5.26%) PRINCE2
8 4 (5.26%) Coaching
9 3 (3.95%) MVC
9 3 (3.95%) OOD
9 3 (3.95%) Data Management
10 2 (2.63%) Change Control
10 2 (2.63%) Release Management
10 2 (2.63%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (35.53%) SQL
2 14 (18.42%) C#
3 13 (17.11%) PowerShell
4 11 (14.47%) JavaScript
4 11 (14.47%) T-SQL
5 6 (7.89%) C
6 3 (3.95%) VB
Qualifications
1 76 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (60.53%) MCP
3 32 (42.11%) MCITP
4 29 (38.16%) MCSE
5 26 (34.21%) CCNA
5 26 (34.21%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (30.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 18 (23.68%) MCSA
8 16 (21.05%) NCDA
9 11 (14.47%) MCAD
9 11 (14.47%) MCSD
10 8 (10.53%) CCA
10 8 (10.53%) Citrix Certification
11 7 (9.21%) JNCIA
12 4 (5.26%) MCPD
12 4 (5.26%) CCENT
12 4 (5.26%) CCDP
12 4 (5.26%) CCIE
13 3 (3.95%) NCIE
13 3 (3.95%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 50 (65.79%) Active Directory
2 29 (38.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (34.21%) Hyper-V
4 9 (11.84%) vSphere
5 6 (7.89%) XenApp
6 5 (6.58%) XenServer
6 5 (6.58%) XenDesktop
7 3 (3.95%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (3.95%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 12 (15.79%) SCCM
2 9 (11.84%) SCOM
3 4 (5.26%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (5.26%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 65 (85.53%) Microsoft
2 38 (50.00%) Cisco
3 33 (43.42%) VMware
4 19 (25.00%) HP
5 18 (23.68%) NetApp
6 14 (18.42%) Citrix
7 12 (15.79%) Dell
8 7 (9.21%) Juniper
8 7 (9.21%) IBM
9 6 (7.89%) Symantec
9 6 (7.89%) Veeam
10 4 (5.26%) McAfee
11 3 (3.95%) NETGEAR
11 3 (3.95%) EMC
12 1 (1.32%) SAP
12 1 (1.32%) SonicWALL
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