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 27 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 218 131 104
Rank change year-on-year
-87 -27
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 29 110 197
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.42% 1.66% 2.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.66% 6.85% 10.32%
Number of salaries quoted 29 99 196
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £21,600 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £40,000 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
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
1744 1607 1909
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 25.36% 24.32% 24.15%
Number of salaries quoted 1459 1314 1619
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £23,500 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £50,000
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 27 January 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 27 January 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
(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 -42 18 £40,000 +33.33% 3
Merseyside +11 6 £52,500 +133.33%
Cheshire -39 5 £23,500 -32.85%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 65 (79.27%) Windows
3 63 (76.83%) Microsoft
4 48 (58.54%) MCITP
5 44 (53.66%) MCP
6 38 (46.34%) MS Exchange
7 36 (43.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (43.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 35 (42.68%) Hyper-V
8 35 (42.68%) Active Directory
9 32 (39.02%) VMware
10 30 (36.59%) ITIL
10 30 (36.59%) MCSE
11 29 (35.37%) MS Excel
11 29 (35.37%) Windows Server 2012
12 28 (34.15%) Citrix
12 28 (34.15%) SQL
13 27 (32.93%) SQL Server
13 27 (32.93%) VMware Infrastructure
14 24 (29.27%) Windows 7
14 24 (29.27%) MCSA
14 24 (29.27%) DNS
14 24 (29.27%) DHCP
15 23 (28.05%) TCP/IP
15 23 (28.05%) Exchange Server 2007
16 22 (26.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 20 (24.39%) VPN
17 20 (24.39%) CCA
17 20 (24.39%) Citrix Certification
17 20 (24.39%) Cisco

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 38 (46.34%) MS Exchange
2 23 (28.05%) Exchange Server 2007
3 15 (18.29%) IIS
4 12 (14.63%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (13.41%) Exchange Server 2003
5 11 (13.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (9.76%) SharePoint
6 8 (9.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (7.32%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (7.32%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (4.88%) Lync
9 1 (1.22%) TPMS
Applications
1 29 (35.37%) MS Excel
2 20 (24.39%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 9 (10.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.66%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (12.20%) Office 365
2 6 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (6.10%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 24 (29.27%) DHCP
1 24 (29.27%) DNS
2 23 (28.05%) TCP/IP
3 20 (24.39%) VPN
4 17 (20.73%) SAN
5 12 (14.63%) LAN
5 12 (14.63%) WAN
6 7 (8.54%) iSCSI
7 5 (6.10%) Firewall
7 5 (6.10%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (4.88%) Network Security
9 3 (3.66%) VLAN
10 2 (2.44%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (2.44%) PSTN
11 1 (1.22%) VoIP
11 1 (1.22%) DMZ
11 1 (1.22%) Intranet
11 1 (1.22%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (32.93%) SQL Server
2 12 (14.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (4.88%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.22%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (6.10%) Visual Studio
2 3 (3.66%) NUnit
2 3 (3.66%) MSTest
2 3 (3.66%) Rhino Mocks
2 3 (3.66%) Moq
General
1 14 (17.07%) Finance
2 3 (3.66%) Advertising
3 2 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (29.27%) Support Engineer
2 15 (18.29%) Developer
3 10 (12.20%) Server Support
3 10 (12.20%) Server Engineer
3 10 (12.20%) Server Support Engineer
3 10 (12.20%) Windows Server Engineer
3 10 (12.20%) Windows Support Engineer
4 9 (10.98%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (9.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (8.54%) IT Support
7 6 (7.32%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (7.32%) SharePoint Developer
8 5 (6.10%) Software Developer
8 5 (6.10%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 4 (4.88%) IT Consultant
9 4 (4.88%) Consultant
9 4 (4.88%) Infrastructure Consultant
9 4 (4.88%) .NET Developer
10 3 (3.66%) IT Support Engineer
10 3 (3.66%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (20.73%) ASP.NET
1 17 (20.73%) .NET
2 12 (14.63%) .NET Framework
3 9 (10.98%) WCF
4 7 (8.54%) CSS
5 6 (7.32%) HTML
5 6 (7.32%) Ajax
6 3 (3.66%) Spring.NET
6 3 (3.66%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (3.66%) Castle Windsor
6 3 (3.66%) Ninject
6 3 (3.66%) Razor View Engine
6 3 (3.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 3 (3.66%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.22%) jQuery
7 1 (1.22%) Classic ASP
7 1 (1.22%) SOAP
7 1 (1.22%) XML
7 1 (1.22%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.54%) N-Tier
3 6 (7.32%) Client/Server
4 3 (3.66%) Inversion of Control
4 3 (3.66%) FlexPod
4 3 (3.66%) Clustering
5 1 (1.22%) Statistics
5 1 (1.22%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.22%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 65 (79.27%) Windows
2 36 (43.90%) Windows Server 2003
2 36 (43.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 29 (35.37%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (29.27%) Windows 7
5 19 (23.17%) Windows XP
6 16 (19.51%) Linux
7 14 (17.07%) Windows 2000
8 12 (14.63%) UNIX
9 8 (9.76%) VMS
10 7 (8.54%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (36.59%) ITIL
2 13 (15.85%) Change Management
2 13 (15.85%) Disaster Recovery
3 12 (14.63%) OO
4 11 (13.41%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (12.20%) Change Control
6 9 (10.98%) MVC
6 9 (10.98%) Migration
6 9 (10.98%) CRM
7 6 (7.32%) OOD
7 6 (7.32%) Service Management
7 6 (7.32%) OOA/OOD
8 5 (6.10%) High Availability
9 4 (4.88%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (4.88%) Incident Management
9 4 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (4.88%) Scrum
10 3 (3.66%) Business Continuity
10 3 (3.66%) TDD
10 3 (3.66%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (34.15%) SQL
2 16 (19.51%) C#
3 9 (10.98%) JavaScript
4 8 (9.76%) T-SQL
5 6 (7.32%) PowerShell
6 5 (6.10%) VB
7 4 (4.88%) C
8 1 (1.22%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (58.54%) MCITP
3 44 (53.66%) MCP
4 30 (36.59%) MCSE
5 24 (29.27%) MCSA
6 22 (26.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 20 (24.39%) CCA
7 20 (24.39%) Citrix Certification
8 16 (19.51%) CCNA
8 16 (19.51%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (12.20%) MCSD
10 9 (10.98%) MCAD
11 7 (8.54%) MCPD
11 7 (8.54%) NCDA
12 3 (3.66%) NCIE
12 3 (3.66%) VCAP
12 3 (3.66%) VCP5
12 3 (3.66%) Degree
12 3 (3.66%) VCP4
12 3 (3.66%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.54%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (42.68%) Active Directory
1 35 (42.68%) Hyper-V
2 27 (32.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (13.41%) VMware ESX
4 7 (8.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 6 (7.32%) XenApp
6 5 (6.10%) XenDesktop
7 4 (4.88%) vSphere
7 4 (4.88%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (3.66%) NFS
9 2 (2.44%) XenServer
10 1 (1.22%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 13 (15.85%) SCCM
2 8 (9.76%) SCOM
3 5 (6.10%) Backup Exec
4 4 (4.88%) SCVMM
5 2 (2.44%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.44%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 63 (76.83%) Microsoft
2 32 (39.02%) VMware
3 28 (34.15%) Citrix
4 20 (24.39%) Cisco
5 14 (17.07%) HP
6 10 (12.20%) NetApp
7 8 (9.76%) Symantec
8 7 (8.54%) McAfee
8 7 (8.54%) Dell
9 5 (6.10%) Sophos
10 4 (4.88%) EMC
10 4 (4.88%) NETGEAR
11 3 (3.66%) Veeam
12 2 (2.44%) SAP
13 1 (1.22%) SonicWALL
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