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 6 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 202 171 101
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -70
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 40 75 196
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.63% 1.09% 2.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.33% 4.75% 11.01%
Number of salaries quoted 38 67 195
Average salary £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+13.79% +3.57%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,250 £42,500 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £36,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -
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
1716 1579 1780
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 26.88% 22.86% 24.64%
Number of salaries quoted 1325 1207 1461
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,375 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £50,000 £52,500
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 6 May 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 6 May 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
Cheshire -4 21 £34,000 -2.85% 2
Manchester -18 13 £23,500 -37.33% 1
Merseyside +16 7 £45,000 +9.09% 2
Lancashire 0 2 £42,500 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (87.14%) Windows
3 57 (81.43%) Microsoft
4 48 (68.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 44 (62.86%) Active Directory
5 44 (62.86%) MCP
6 42 (60.00%) MS Exchange
6 42 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 40 (57.14%) Windows 7
8 36 (51.43%) Cisco
9 33 (47.14%) VMware
10 31 (44.29%) ITIL
11 29 (41.43%) VMware Infrastructure
11 29 (41.43%) MCITP
11 29 (41.43%) Exchange Server 2010
12 28 (40.00%) Windows 8
12 28 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2013
13 26 (37.14%) SQL Server
13 26 (37.14%) DNS
13 26 (37.14%) CCNA
13 26 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
14 25 (35.71%) TCP/IP
14 25 (35.71%) MCSE
14 25 (35.71%) Hyper-V
15 24 (34.29%) SQL
16 23 (32.86%) DHCP
16 23 (32.86%) Windows Server 2003
17 22 (31.43%) WAN
17 22 (31.43%) LAN
17 22 (31.43%) SQL Server 2008

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 42 (60.00%) MS Exchange
2 29 (41.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 20 (28.57%) IIS
5 15 (21.43%) SharePoint
5 15 (21.43%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (17.14%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (15.71%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (15.71%) SharePoint 2013
8 9 (12.86%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (1.43%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (1.43%) Oracle 9iAS
9 1 (1.43%) Lync
Applications
1 17 (24.29%) MS Excel
2 10 (14.29%) MS Office
3 1 (1.43%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 12 (17.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.43%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.43%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 20 (28.57%) Office 365
2 11 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 26 (37.14%) DNS
2 25 (35.71%) TCP/IP
3 23 (32.86%) DHCP
4 22 (31.43%) LAN
4 22 (31.43%) WAN
5 20 (28.57%) SAN
6 19 (27.14%) VPN
7 15 (21.43%) VLAN
8 12 (17.14%) Network Security
9 11 (15.71%) NAS
9 11 (15.71%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (12.86%) VDSL
10 9 (12.86%) ADSL
11 8 (11.43%) Firewall
12 4 (5.71%) Cisco Nexus
13 1 (1.43%) VoIP
13 1 (1.43%) Intranet
13 1 (1.43%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (37.14%) SQL Server
2 22 (31.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (15.71%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (5.71%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (5.71%) Oracle9i Database
5 4 (5.71%) Oracle Database 10g
5 4 (5.71%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.43%) MySQL
6 1 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (8.57%) Finance
2 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.43%) Advertising
2 1 (1.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (21.43%) Support Engineer
2 14 (20.00%) Developer
3 12 (17.14%) 2nd Line Support
3 12 (17.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (15.71%) SharePoint Developer
5 9 (12.86%) IT Manager
6 8 (11.43%) Administrator
6 8 (11.43%) 3rd Line Support
6 8 (11.43%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 8 (11.43%) IT Support
7 6 (8.57%) Technical Architect
7 6 (8.57%) Architect
8 5 (7.14%) DBA
8 5 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (7.14%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 4 (5.71%) Senior Systems Administrator
9 4 (5.71%) IT Administrator
9 4 (5.71%) Systems Administrator
9 4 (5.71%) Systems Engineer
9 4 (5.71%) Senior Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (20.00%) .NET
1 14 (20.00%) ASP.NET
1 14 (20.00%) .NET Framework
2 11 (15.71%) WCF
2 11 (15.71%) HTML
2 11 (15.71%) Ajax
2 11 (15.71%) CSS
3 1 (1.43%) XML
3 1 (1.43%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (12.86%) FlexPod
3 4 (5.71%) Replication
3 4 (5.71%) Clustering
4 3 (4.29%) Client/Server
4 3 (4.29%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.43%) Life Science
5 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 61 (87.14%) Windows
2 48 (68.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 42 (60.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 40 (57.14%) Windows 7
5 28 (40.00%) Windows 8
6 23 (32.86%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (25.71%) Windows XP
8 3 (4.29%) UNIX
8 3 (4.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (44.29%) ITIL
2 14 (20.00%) OO
3 13 (18.57%) Mentoring
4 12 (17.14%) CRM
5 11 (15.71%) OOA/OOD
5 11 (15.71%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (14.29%) Change Management
7 9 (12.86%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (12.86%) Mobile Device Management
8 8 (11.43%) Migration
9 6 (8.57%) Business Continuity
10 5 (7.14%) Data Management
10 5 (7.14%) Service Management
11 4 (5.71%) PRINCE2
11 4 (5.71%) Coaching
11 4 (5.71%) Capacity Planning
11 4 (5.71%) ITIL V2
11 4 (5.71%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (5.71%) Database Mirroring
12 3 (4.29%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 24 (34.29%) SQL
2 16 (22.86%) T-SQL
3 14 (20.00%) C#
4 12 (17.14%) PowerShell
5 11 (15.71%) JavaScript
6 6 (8.57%) C
7 4 (5.71%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.43%) Prolog
Qualifications
1 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (62.86%) MCP
3 29 (41.43%) MCITP
4 26 (37.14%) CCNA
4 26 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (35.71%) MCSE
6 18 (25.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 16 (22.86%) NCDA
8 14 (20.00%) MCSA
9 11 (15.71%) MCAD
9 11 (15.71%) MCSD
10 9 (12.86%) JNCIA
11 6 (8.57%) CCA
11 6 (8.57%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (5.71%) CCIE
12 4 (5.71%) OCP
12 4 (5.71%) Oracle Certification
12 4 (5.71%) CCDP
12 4 (5.71%) CCENT
13 3 (4.29%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (62.86%) Active Directory
2 29 (41.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (35.71%) Hyper-V
4 9 (12.86%) vSphere
5 5 (7.14%) XenApp
5 5 (7.14%) XenServer
5 5 (7.14%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.43%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 9 (12.86%) SCCM
1 9 (12.86%) SCOM
2 4 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (5.71%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.43%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 57 (81.43%) Microsoft
2 36 (51.43%) Cisco
3 33 (47.14%) VMware
4 20 (28.57%) NetApp
5 18 (25.71%) HP
6 14 (20.00%) Dell
7 11 (15.71%) Citrix
8 9 (12.86%) Juniper
8 9 (12.86%) IBM
9 6 (8.57%) Symantec
9 6 (8.57%) Veeam
10 4 (5.71%) McAfee
10 4 (5.71%) Oracle
11 1 (1.43%) Business Objects
11 1 (1.43%) SAP
11 1 (1.43%) CommVault
11 1 (1.43%) SonicWALL
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