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

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 194 193 120
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -73
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 40 56 161
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.66% 0.82% 2.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.59% 3.63% 9.21%
Number of salaries quoted 33 52 157
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £21,400 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -
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
1543 1542 1748
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 25.56% 22.63% 23.85%
Number of salaries quoted 1226 1189 1445
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £36,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -2.77%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £55,000 £53,000
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 29 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 29 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 0 24 £34,000 -2.85% 3
Manchester +4 11 £22,500 -43.75% 5
Merseyside +6 4 £45,000 +9.09% 2
Lancashire -11 4 £42,500 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 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 78 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 69 (88.46%) Windows
3 63 (80.77%) Microsoft
4 55 (70.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 53 (67.95%) Active Directory
6 50 (64.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (58.97%) MS Exchange
8 45 (57.69%) MCP
9 42 (53.85%) Windows 7
10 38 (48.72%) Cisco
10 38 (48.72%) VMware
11 37 (47.44%) MCITP
12 35 (44.87%) VMware Infrastructure
12 35 (44.87%) ITIL
13 34 (43.59%) DNS
14 32 (41.03%) Windows 8
14 32 (41.03%) Exchange Server 2013
15 30 (38.46%) Exchange Server 2010
15 30 (38.46%) TCP/IP
15 30 (38.46%) MCSE
16 28 (35.90%) CCNA
16 28 (35.90%) Cisco Certification
16 28 (35.90%) Hyper-V
17 25 (32.05%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (32.05%) SQL
17 25 (32.05%) SQL Server
18 24 (30.77%) DHCP
18 24 (30.77%) LAN
18 24 (30.77%) WAN
19 23 (29.49%) SAN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 46 (58.97%) MS Exchange
2 32 (41.03%) Exchange Server 2013
3 30 (38.46%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (26.92%) IIS
5 16 (20.51%) SharePoint 2010
5 16 (20.51%) SharePoint
6 12 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2003
6 12 (15.38%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (14.10%) BizTalk Server
8 7 (8.97%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (5.13%) Lync
10 3 (3.85%) Oracle Application Server
10 3 (3.85%) Oracle 9iAS
11 1 (1.28%) MS Project Server
11 1 (1.28%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (1.28%) SharePoint Foundation
11 1 (1.28%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 15 (19.23%) MS Excel
2 12 (15.38%) MS Office
3 3 (3.85%) ProjectWise
4 1 (1.28%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (14.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.85%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 22 (28.21%) Office 365
2 12 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 34 (43.59%) DNS
2 30 (38.46%) TCP/IP
3 24 (30.77%) DHCP
3 24 (30.77%) LAN
3 24 (30.77%) WAN
4 23 (29.49%) SAN
5 22 (28.21%) VPN
6 17 (21.79%) VLAN
7 15 (19.23%) NAS
8 13 (16.67%) Network Security
9 12 (15.38%) Wi-Fi
10 11 (14.10%) ADSL
10 11 (14.10%) Firewall
10 11 (14.10%) VDSL
11 3 (3.85%) Cisco Nexus
12 1 (1.28%) IMAP
12 1 (1.28%) WiMAX
12 1 (1.28%) IPsec
12 1 (1.28%) Wireless
12 1 (1.28%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (32.05%) SQL Server
2 23 (29.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (15.38%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (8.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (8.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (7.69%) Oracle Database 10g
5 6 (7.69%) Oracle9i Database
5 6 (7.69%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (7.69%) Oracle Database
6 3 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (3.85%) MySQL
7 1 (1.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (7.69%) Finance
2 3 (3.85%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.28%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.28%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 13 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
2 13 (16.67%) Developer
2 13 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 12 (15.38%) Administrator
4 11 (14.10%) IT Manager
4 11 (14.10%) SharePoint Developer
5 9 (11.54%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 9 (11.54%) 3rd Line Support
6 8 (10.26%) IT Support
7 7 (8.97%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 7 (8.97%) DBA
8 6 (7.69%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (7.69%) Technical Architect
8 6 (7.69%) Architect
9 5 (6.41%) Systems Administrator
9 5 (6.41%) Systems Engineer
9 5 (6.41%) Senior Systems Engineer
9 5 (6.41%) Senior Systems Administrator
10 4 (5.13%) IT Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (17.95%) .NET
2 13 (16.67%) ASP.NET
2 13 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 11 (14.10%) HTML
3 11 (14.10%) CSS
3 11 (14.10%) Ajax
3 11 (14.10%) WCF
4 3 (3.85%) WebCenter
5 1 (1.28%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (1.28%) XML
5 1 (1.28%) RSS
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (11.54%) FlexPod
2 9 (11.54%) Data Centre
3 7 (8.97%) Clustering
4 6 (7.69%) Replication
5 3 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (3.85%) Life Science
5 3 (3.85%) Enterprise Storage
6 2 (2.56%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.56%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 69 (88.46%) Windows
2 55 (70.51%) Windows Server 2012
3 50 (64.10%) Windows Server 2008
4 42 (53.85%) Windows 7
5 32 (41.03%) Windows 8
6 25 (32.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (23.08%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.28%) UNIX
8 1 (1.28%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (44.87%) ITIL
2 14 (17.95%) Mentoring
3 13 (16.67%) OO
4 11 (14.10%) OOA/OOD
4 11 (14.10%) CRM
4 11 (14.10%) Change Management
4 11 (14.10%) Disaster Recovery
4 11 (14.10%) Migration
4 11 (14.10%) Mobile Device Management
4 11 (14.10%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (11.54%) Service Management
6 7 (8.97%) Data Management
7 6 (7.69%) Business Continuity
7 6 (7.69%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (7.69%) Database Mirroring
7 6 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (5.13%) Service Delivery
8 4 (5.13%) Data Security
8 4 (5.13%) Software Licensing
9 3 (3.85%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 25 (32.05%) SQL
2 18 (23.08%) T-SQL
3 17 (21.79%) PowerShell
4 14 (17.95%) C#
5 11 (14.10%) JavaScript
6 6 (7.69%) PL/SQL
6 6 (7.69%) C
7 3 (3.85%) Prolog
Qualifications
1 78 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (57.69%) MCP
3 37 (47.44%) MCITP
4 30 (38.46%) MCSE
5 28 (35.90%) CCNA
5 28 (35.90%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (21.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 15 (19.23%) NCDA
8 13 (16.67%) MCSA
9 11 (14.10%) MCAD
9 11 (14.10%) MCSD
9 11 (14.10%) JNCIA
10 7 (8.97%) Degree
11 6 (7.69%) OCP
11 6 (7.69%) Oracle Certification
11 6 (7.69%) CCA
11 6 (7.69%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (6.41%) CCENT
12 5 (6.41%) CCIE
12 5 (6.41%) CCDP
System Software
1 53 (67.95%) Active Directory
2 35 (44.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (35.90%) Hyper-V
4 8 (10.26%) vSphere
5 5 (6.41%) XenApp
5 5 (6.41%) XenServer
5 5 (6.41%) XenDesktop
6 3 (3.85%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (10.26%) SCCM
1 8 (10.26%) SCOM
2 3 (3.85%) SCOrch
2 3 (3.85%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (3.85%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.28%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 63 (80.77%) Microsoft
2 38 (48.72%) Cisco
2 38 (48.72%) VMware
3 21 (26.92%) NetApp
4 20 (25.64%) HP
5 16 (20.51%) Dell
6 11 (14.10%) IBM
6 11 (14.10%) Citrix
6 11 (14.10%) Juniper
7 6 (7.69%) Symantec
7 6 (7.69%) Oracle
7 6 (7.69%) Veeam
8 3 (3.85%) McAfee
8 3 (3.85%) CommVault
8 3 (3.85%) Business Objects
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