The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 170 88 166
Rank change year-on-year
-82 +78
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 86 222 71
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.20% 3.02% 1.00%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.12% 12.16% 4.15%
Number of salaries quoted 78 221 71
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £31,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £25,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1679 1825 1711
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.37% 24.86% 23.99%
Number of salaries quoted 1312 1485 1466
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £25,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
MCTS
England

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -55 53 £32,500 -7.14% 6
Cheshire -15 34 £35,000 -
Merseyside -22 3 £41,250 +10.00%
Lancashire -17 2 £42,500 +21.42%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 197 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 134 (68.02%) MCP
3 133 (67.51%) SQL Server
4 117 (59.39%) .NET
5 114 (57.87%) C#
6 105 (53.30%) TDD
7 100 (50.76%) ASP.NET
8 99 (50.25%) MVC
9 97 (49.24%) Microsoft
9 97 (49.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 94 (47.72%) Windows
11 93 (47.21%) MCAD
11 93 (47.21%) MCSD
12 92 (46.70%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 75 (38.07%) WCF
14 70 (35.53%) Web Application Development
15 67 (34.01%) SQL Server 2012
15 67 (34.01%) Razor View Engine
16 62 (31.47%) Active Directory
17 60 (30.46%) Scrum
17 60 (30.46%) Rhino Mocks
17 60 (30.46%) Moq
17 60 (30.46%) Kanban
17 60 (30.46%) NUnit
18 55 (27.92%) Dependency Injection
18 55 (27.92%) Ninject
18 55 (27.92%) MS Exchange
18 55 (27.92%) MS Excel
19 54 (27.41%) Castle Windsor
19 54 (27.41%) Inversion of Control

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 55 (27.92%) MS Exchange
2 41 (20.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 27 (13.71%) Exchange Server 2007
4 23 (11.68%) IIS
5 15 (7.61%) SharePoint
5 15 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2003
6 12 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (4.06%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (3.05%) TPMS
9 5 (2.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2000
11 3 (1.52%) Apache
11 3 (1.52%) Lync
12 2 (1.02%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.51%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.51%) Lotus Domino
13 1 (0.51%) Node.js
Applications
1 55 (27.92%) MS Excel
2 14 (7.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.02%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (14.72%) SAN
2 28 (14.21%) Firewall
2 28 (14.21%) LAN
2 28 (14.21%) WAN
3 23 (11.68%) Wi-Fi
4 20 (10.15%) Cisco Nexus
5 13 (6.60%) VPN
6 12 (6.09%) TCP/IP
7 10 (5.08%) Internet
8 7 (3.55%) Unified Communications
9 4 (2.03%) DNS
10 3 (1.52%) LDAP
10 3 (1.52%) NAS
11 2 (1.02%) VLAN
11 2 (1.02%) iSCSI
12 1 (0.51%) SMTP
12 1 (0.51%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (67.51%) SQL Server
2 67 (34.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 37 (18.78%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (3.05%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (2.54%) RDBMS
5 5 (2.54%) Relational Database
6 4 (2.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.52%) MySQL
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.02%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.02%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 60 (30.46%) Rhino Mocks
1 60 (30.46%) Moq
1 60 (30.46%) NUnit
2 54 (27.41%) MSTest
3 2 (1.02%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (7.11%) Finance
2 7 (3.55%) Games
3 4 (2.03%) Music Industry
4 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.51%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 95 (48.22%) Developer
2 92 (46.70%) .NET Developer
3 25 (12.69%) Support Engineer
4 23 (11.68%) 2nd Line Support
5 18 (9.14%) 3rd Line Support
6 17 (8.63%) IT Support
7 15 (7.61%) Analyst
8 13 (6.60%) Software Engineer
9 11 (5.58%) Consultant
9 11 (5.58%) Support Analyst
9 11 (5.58%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 10 (5.08%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (4.57%) Graduate
12 8 (4.06%) Team Leader
12 8 (4.06%) Junior Developer
12 8 (4.06%) Junior .NET Developer
12 8 (4.06%) Junior
13 7 (3.55%) Server Support
13 7 (3.55%) Server Support Engineer
13 7 (3.55%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (59.39%) .NET
2 100 (50.76%) ASP.NET
3 97 (49.24%) ASP.NET MVC
4 92 (46.70%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 75 (38.07%) WCF
6 67 (34.01%) Razor View Engine
7 55 (27.92%) Ninject
8 54 (27.41%) Castle Windsor
8 54 (27.41%) Spring.NET
8 54 (27.41%) Unity DI Container
9 49 (24.87%) WPF
10 42 (21.32%) WinForms
11 26 (13.20%) .NET Framework
12 8 (4.06%) NHibernate
13 4 (2.03%) ASP.NET MVC 3
14 3 (1.52%) LAMP
14 3 (1.52%) J2EE
14 3 (1.52%) Web Services
14 3 (1.52%) jQuery
15 2 (1.02%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 54 (27.41%) Inversion of Control
2 14 (7.11%) SystemC
3 10 (5.08%) NHS
4 8 (4.06%) Clustering
5 7 (3.55%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.54%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.54%) N-Tier
6 5 (2.54%) Client/Server
7 4 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.03%) Celerra
7 4 (2.03%) EqualLogic
8 3 (1.52%) CLARiiON
9 2 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.02%) FMCG
9 2 (1.02%) Replication
10 1 (0.51%) Streaming Music
Operating Systems
1 94 (47.72%) Windows
2 52 (26.40%) Windows Server 2008
2 52 (26.40%) Windows Server 2003
3 36 (18.27%) Windows XP
4 34 (17.26%) Windows 7
5 33 (16.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (15.23%) Windows 8
7 3 (1.52%) Linux
7 3 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (53.30%) TDD
2 99 (50.25%) MVC
3 70 (35.53%) Web Application Development
4 60 (30.46%) Scrum
4 60 (30.46%) Kanban
5 55 (27.92%) Dependency Injection
6 54 (27.41%) Continuous Integration
7 48 (24.37%) ITIL
8 45 (22.84%) OO
9 40 (20.30%) OOD
10 37 (18.78%) BDD
11 32 (16.24%) Domain-Driven Design
12 31 (15.74%) CQRS
13 28 (14.21%) MVVM
14 26 (13.20%) Agile Software Development
15 23 (11.68%) OOP
16 22 (11.17%) OOA/OOD
17 18 (9.14%) Software Engineering
18 13 (6.60%) Unit Testing
19 9 (4.57%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 114 (57.87%) C#
2 49 (24.87%) SQL
3 15 (7.61%) C
4 7 (3.55%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.52%) Python
5 3 (1.52%) VB
6 2 (1.02%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.02%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 197 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 134 (68.02%) MCP
3 93 (47.21%) MCAD
3 93 (47.21%) MCSD
4 43 (21.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 39 (19.80%) MCITP
6 35 (17.77%) CCNA
6 35 (17.77%) Cisco Certification
7 34 (17.26%) MCSE
8 29 (14.72%) MCSA
9 28 (14.21%) NCDA
10 20 (10.15%) MCPD
11 15 (7.61%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (6.09%) CCA
13 5 (2.54%) NCIE
14 4 (2.03%) VCAP
14 4 (2.03%) CCEE
14 4 (2.03%) CCIA
14 4 (2.03%) VCDX
14 4 (2.03%) HP MASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.57%) QA
2 7 (3.55%) SLA
System Software
1 62 (31.47%) Active Directory
2 38 (19.29%) vSphere
3 35 (17.77%) Hyper-V
4 28 (14.21%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (2.54%) XenApp
5 5 (2.54%) XenServer
5 5 (2.54%) XenDesktop
6 4 (2.03%) Forefront TMG
6 4 (2.03%) UAG
6 4 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (2.03%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.52%) Squid
8 2 (1.02%) VMware Server
8 2 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.02%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 37 (18.78%) SCCM
2 35 (17.77%) SCOM
3 9 (4.57%) Backup Exec
4 7 (3.55%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (2.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 4 (2.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 4 (2.03%) MOM
5 4 (2.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (1.52%) Cobbler
6 3 (1.52%) Puppet
7 1 (0.51%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 97 (49.24%) Microsoft
2 49 (24.87%) VMware
3 35 (17.77%) NetApp
4 32 (16.24%) Cisco
5 16 (8.12%) McAfee
5 16 (8.12%) Citrix
6 14 (7.11%) Symantec
7 10 (5.08%) McKesson
8 9 (4.57%) Sophos
9 7 (3.55%) HP
10 6 (3.05%) Dell
11 5 (2.54%) EMC
12 3 (1.52%) Red Hat
12 3 (1.52%) Compaq
12 3 (1.52%) Business Objects
12 3 (1.52%) Foundry
12 3 (1.52%) Brocade
13 1 (0.51%) Facebook
13 1 (0.51%) CommVault
13 1 (0.51%) Lotus
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