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 30 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 184 140 156
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +16
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 73 113 104
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.99% 1.69% 1.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.19% 7.29% 5.44%
Number of salaries quoted 66 112 99
Average salary £34,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.00% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £43,500 £44,750
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
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
1743 1551 1911
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.61% 23.20% 26.23%
Number of salaries quoted 1382 1304 1584
Average salary £40,000 £38,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £55,000 £58,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -27 36 £34,500 -8.00% 1
Manchester 0 33 £34,500 -4.82%
Merseyside +3 3 £40,000 -5.88%
Lancashire -12 1 £45,000 +28.57%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 134 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 80 (59.70%) MCP
3 78 (58.21%) Windows
4 68 (50.75%) MCITP
5 66 (49.25%) Microsoft
6 58 (43.28%) ITIL
7 56 (41.79%) Windows Server 2008
8 52 (38.81%) VMware
9 51 (38.06%) SQL Server
9 51 (38.06%) Hyper-V
10 48 (35.82%) VMware Infrastructure
11 47 (35.07%) MCSA
12 46 (34.33%) MS Excel
12 46 (34.33%) Windows Server 2003
13 45 (33.58%) MCSE
14 44 (32.84%) Citrix
15 43 (32.09%) .NET
15 43 (32.09%) ASP.NET
16 42 (31.34%) C#
16 42 (31.34%) MS Exchange
17 41 (30.60%) MVC
18 40 (29.85%) Agile Software Development
19 39 (29.10%) MCSD
20 38 (28.36%) MCAD
20 38 (28.36%) TDD
20 38 (28.36%) ASP.NET MVC
20 38 (28.36%) ASP.NET MVC 4
21 37 (27.61%) Windows Server 2012
22 36 (26.87%) Web Application Development
22 36 (26.87%) Razor View Engine

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 42 (31.34%) MS Exchange
2 25 (18.66%) Exchange Server 2007
3 17 (12.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (10.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (9.70%) Exchange Server 2003
6 6 (4.48%) Lync
7 4 (2.99%) TPMS
8 2 (1.49%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.75%) IIS
9 1 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 46 (34.33%) MS Excel
2 26 (19.40%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.22%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (2.99%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 33 (24.63%) TCP/IP
2 30 (22.39%) DNS
3 28 (20.90%) DHCP
4 27 (20.15%) SAN
4 27 (20.15%) VPN
5 12 (8.96%) WAN
5 12 (8.96%) LAN
6 6 (4.48%) Firewall
6 6 (4.48%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (2.99%) Unified Communications
7 4 (2.99%) iSCSI
8 2 (1.49%) NAS
8 2 (1.49%) MPLS
8 2 (1.49%) H.323
8 2 (1.49%) PBX
8 2 (1.49%) PSTN
8 2 (1.49%) SMTP
9 1 (0.75%) VoIP
9 1 (0.75%) DMZ
9 1 (0.75%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (38.06%) SQL Server
2 22 (16.42%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (6.72%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (2.24%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.75%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (16.42%) MSTest
1 22 (16.42%) Rhino Mocks
1 22 (16.42%) Moq
1 22 (16.42%) NUnit
2 3 (2.24%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 20 (14.93%) Finance
Job Titles
1 44 (32.84%) Support Engineer
2 42 (31.34%) Developer
3 39 (29.10%) .NET Developer
4 19 (14.18%) Server Support
4 19 (14.18%) Windows Support Engineer
5 18 (13.43%) Server Engineer
5 18 (13.43%) Server Support Engineer
5 18 (13.43%) Windows Server Engineer
6 17 (12.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 11 (8.21%) IT Support Engineer
7 11 (8.21%) IT Support
8 9 (6.72%) 3rd Line Support
9 7 (5.22%) 1st Line Support
9 7 (5.22%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 7 (5.22%) 1st Line Support Engineer
10 5 (3.73%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 5 (3.73%) Operations Manager
10 5 (3.73%) Service Analyst
10 5 (3.73%) Consultant
10 5 (3.73%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (32.09%) ASP.NET
1 43 (32.09%) .NET
2 38 (28.36%) ASP.NET MVC
2 38 (28.36%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 36 (26.87%) Razor View Engine
3 36 (26.87%) WCF
4 22 (16.42%) Castle Windsor
4 22 (16.42%) Ninject
4 22 (16.42%) Spring.NET
4 22 (16.42%) Unity DI Container
5 3 (2.24%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.49%) WinForms
6 2 (1.49%) WPF
7 1 (0.75%) jQuery
7 1 (0.75%) Classic ASP
7 1 (0.75%) CSS
7 1 (0.75%) SOAP
7 1 (0.75%) XML
7 1 (0.75%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 22 (16.42%) Inversion of Control
2 8 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.48%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.73%) Clustering
5 4 (2.99%) N-Tier
6 3 (2.24%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.49%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.75%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.75%) PKI
8 1 (0.75%) Statistics
8 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.75%) CMDB
8 1 (0.75%) Celerra
8 1 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 78 (58.21%) Windows
2 56 (41.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 46 (34.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 37 (27.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 29 (21.64%) Windows 7
6 25 (18.66%) Windows 2000
7 21 (15.67%) Windows XP
8 18 (13.43%) VMS
9 17 (12.69%) Linux
10 16 (11.94%) UNIX
11 7 (5.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (43.28%) ITIL
2 41 (30.60%) MVC
3 40 (29.85%) Agile Software Development
4 38 (28.36%) TDD
5 36 (26.87%) Web Application Development
6 25 (18.66%) Change Management
7 23 (17.16%) Scrum
8 22 (16.42%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (16.42%) Kanban
8 22 (16.42%) Dependency Injection
9 18 (13.43%) Change Control
10 16 (11.94%) CQRS
10 16 (11.94%) BDD
10 16 (11.94%) Domain-Driven Design
10 16 (11.94%) Service Management
11 10 (7.46%) Migration
12 9 (6.72%) Disaster Recovery
13 7 (5.22%) Incident Management
13 7 (5.22%) High Availability
13 7 (5.22%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (31.34%) C#
2 12 (8.96%) SQL
3 3 (2.24%) T-SQL
3 3 (2.24%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.49%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.49%) VB
5 1 (0.75%) VB.NET
5 1 (0.75%) C
Qualifications
1 134 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 80 (59.70%) MCP
3 68 (50.75%) MCITP
4 47 (35.07%) MCSA
5 45 (33.58%) MCSE
6 39 (29.10%) MCSD
7 38 (28.36%) MCAD
8 36 (26.87%) Citrix Certification
9 35 (26.12%) CCA
10 27 (20.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 25 (18.66%) Cisco Certification
11 25 (18.66%) CCNA
12 10 (7.46%) Degree
13 7 (5.22%) NCDA
14 3 (2.24%) VCP4
14 3 (2.24%) MCPD
14 3 (2.24%) VCP5
14 3 (2.24%) CCEA
15 1 (0.75%) HP AIS
15 1 (0.75%) HP MASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.46%) SLA
System Software
1 51 (38.06%) Hyper-V
2 48 (35.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (25.37%) Active Directory
4 20 (14.93%) VMware ESX
5 18 (13.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 9 (6.72%) vSphere
7 6 (4.48%) XenDesktop
7 6 (4.48%) XenApp
8 3 (2.24%) NFS
9 2 (1.49%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.75%) XenServer
10 1 (0.75%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.75%) UAG
10 1 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (9.70%) SCCM
2 11 (8.21%) Backup Exec
3 9 (6.72%) SCOM
4 6 (4.48%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 66 (49.25%) Microsoft
2 52 (38.81%) VMware
3 44 (32.84%) Citrix
4 14 (10.45%) Cisco
5 11 (8.21%) NetApp
5 11 (8.21%) HP
5 11 (8.21%) Symantec
5 11 (8.21%) McAfee
5 11 (8.21%) Sophos
6 7 (5.22%) Dell
7 2 (1.49%) EMC
7 2 (1.49%) Siemens
7 2 (1.49%) SAP
7 2 (1.49%) Mitel
7 2 (1.49%) Polycom
8 1 (0.75%) NETGEAR
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