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 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 168 132 117
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -15
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 86 117 150
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.17% 1.63% 1.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.12% 7.16% 7.74%
Number of salaries quoted 75 111 143
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 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £43,500 £50,000 £47,500
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
1679 1633 1938
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 22.87% 22.82% 25.73%
Number of salaries quoted 1283 1384 1646
Average salary £36,000 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-10.00% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £56,100 £55,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+1.21% +2.50%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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
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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 -17 49 £34,500 -8.00%
Manchester -6 32 £37,250 -6.87%
Merseyside -7 4 £42,500 -5.55%
Lancashire -19 2 £45,000 +28.57%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 148 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (58.11%) MCP
3 84 (56.76%) Windows
4 73 (49.32%) SQL Server
5 63 (42.57%) Microsoft
6 60 (40.54%) MCITP
6 60 (40.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 57 (38.51%) .NET
7 57 (38.51%) C#
7 57 (38.51%) ASP.NET
7 57 (38.51%) ITIL
8 55 (37.16%) MVC
8 55 (37.16%) TDD
8 55 (37.16%) MCAD
8 55 (37.16%) MCSD
8 55 (37.16%) ASP.NET MVC
8 55 (37.16%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 52 (35.14%) VMware
10 51 (34.46%) Windows Server 2003
11 50 (33.78%) VMware Infrastructure
12 49 (33.11%) Hyper-V
12 49 (33.11%) WCF
12 49 (33.11%) Razor View Engine
12 49 (33.11%) Web Application Development
12 49 (33.11%) MS Excel
13 46 (31.08%) MS Exchange
14 41 (27.70%) Active Directory
15 39 (26.35%) MCSA
16 38 (25.68%) Citrix
17 37 (25.00%) MCSE

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 46 (31.08%) MS Exchange
2 29 (19.59%) Exchange Server 2007
3 24 (16.22%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (13.51%) Exchange Server 2003
5 17 (11.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.38%) Lync
7 4 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2000
8 3 (2.03%) SharePoint
8 3 (2.03%) TPMS
9 2 (1.35%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.68%) IIS
Applications
1 49 (33.11%) MS Excel
2 24 (16.22%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.73%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (2.03%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (20.95%) TCP/IP
2 28 (18.92%) SAN
3 26 (17.57%) DNS
4 25 (16.89%) VPN
5 23 (15.54%) DHCP
6 18 (12.16%) WAN
6 18 (12.16%) LAN
7 11 (7.43%) Wi-Fi
8 10 (6.76%) Firewall
9 6 (4.05%) Unified Communications
10 3 (2.03%) iSCSI
10 3 (2.03%) VLAN
11 2 (1.35%) MPLS
11 2 (1.35%) H.323
11 2 (1.35%) PBX
11 2 (1.35%) PSTN
11 2 (1.35%) SMTP
11 2 (1.35%) NAS
12 1 (0.68%) Cisco Nexus
12 1 (0.68%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (49.32%) SQL Server
2 34 (22.97%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (8.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.68%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
5 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 32 (21.62%) MSTest
1 32 (21.62%) Rhino Mocks
1 32 (21.62%) Moq
1 32 (21.62%) NUnit
2 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 20 (13.51%) Finance
2 1 (0.68%) Games
Job Titles
1 58 (39.19%) Developer
2 56 (37.84%) .NET Developer
3 44 (29.73%) Support Engineer
4 18 (12.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 18 (12.16%) Server Support
4 18 (12.16%) Windows Support Engineer
5 17 (11.49%) Server Engineer
5 17 (11.49%) Server Support Engineer
5 17 (11.49%) Windows Server Engineer
6 12 (8.11%) IT Support
7 11 (7.43%) IT Support Engineer
8 9 (6.08%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 8 (5.41%) Consultant
9 8 (5.41%) 3rd Line Support
10 7 (4.73%) 1st Line Support
10 7 (4.73%) 1st Line Support Engineer
11 5 (3.38%) Microsoft Consultant
11 5 (3.38%) 2nd Line Support
11 5 (3.38%) Operations Manager
12 4 (2.70%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (38.51%) .NET
1 57 (38.51%) ASP.NET
2 55 (37.16%) ASP.NET MVC
2 55 (37.16%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 49 (33.11%) Razor View Engine
3 49 (33.11%) WCF
4 32 (21.62%) Castle Windsor
4 32 (21.62%) Ninject
4 32 (21.62%) Spring.NET
4 32 (21.62%) Unity DI Container
5 6 (4.05%) WinForms
5 6 (4.05%) WPF
6 2 (1.35%) jQuery
7 1 (0.68%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 32 (21.62%) Inversion of Control
2 8 (5.41%) Clustering
3 6 (4.05%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.38%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.35%) EqualLogic
5 2 (1.35%) Celerra
6 1 (0.68%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.68%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.68%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.68%) PKI
6 1 (0.68%) Statistics
6 1 (0.68%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.68%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 84 (56.76%) Windows
2 60 (40.54%) Windows Server 2008
3 51 (34.46%) Windows Server 2003
4 37 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (20.95%) Windows 7
6 23 (15.54%) Windows 2000
7 22 (14.86%) Windows XP
8 17 (11.49%) VMS
9 12 (8.11%) Linux
9 12 (8.11%) UNIX
10 11 (7.43%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (38.51%) ITIL
2 55 (37.16%) MVC
2 55 (37.16%) TDD
3 49 (33.11%) Web Application Development
4 33 (22.30%) Scrum
5 32 (21.62%) Continuous Integration
5 32 (21.62%) Kanban
5 32 (21.62%) Dependency Injection
6 26 (17.57%) Agile Software Development
7 23 (15.54%) Domain-Driven Design
7 23 (15.54%) CQRS
7 23 (15.54%) BDD
8 22 (14.86%) Change Management
9 17 (11.49%) Change Control
10 13 (8.78%) Migration
11 11 (7.43%) Service Management
12 7 (4.73%) OO
12 7 (4.73%) Disaster Recovery
12 7 (4.73%) OOP
12 7 (4.73%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 57 (38.51%) C#
2 6 (4.05%) SQL
3 2 (1.35%) T-SQL
3 2 (1.35%) VB
3 2 (1.35%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.68%) C
4 1 (0.68%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 148 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (58.11%) MCP
3 60 (40.54%) MCITP
4 55 (37.16%) MCAD
4 55 (37.16%) MCSD
5 39 (26.35%) MCSA
6 37 (25.00%) MCSE
7 33 (22.30%) Citrix Certification
8 32 (21.62%) CCA
9 29 (19.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 24 (16.22%) Cisco Certification
10 24 (16.22%) CCNA
11 12 (8.11%) NCDA
12 8 (5.41%) Degree
13 3 (2.03%) CCEA
13 3 (2.03%) NCIE
13 3 (2.03%) VCP4
13 3 (2.03%) VCP5
14 2 (1.35%) HP MASE
14 2 (1.35%) VCDX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.41%) SLA
System Software
1 50 (33.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 49 (33.11%) Hyper-V
3 41 (27.70%) Active Directory
4 20 (13.51%) VMware ESX
5 18 (12.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 17 (11.49%) vSphere
7 7 (4.73%) XenDesktop
7 7 (4.73%) XenApp
8 4 (2.70%) UAG
9 3 (2.03%) NFS
9 3 (2.03%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.35%) VMware Server
10 2 (1.35%) XenServer
11 1 (0.68%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 14 (9.46%) SCCM
2 11 (7.43%) SCOM
3 6 (4.05%) SCVMM
3 6 (4.05%) Backup Exec
4 3 (2.03%) MOM
4 3 (2.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (2.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (2.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 63 (42.57%) Microsoft
2 52 (35.14%) VMware
3 38 (25.68%) Citrix
4 18 (12.16%) Cisco
4 18 (12.16%) NetApp
5 11 (7.43%) HP
6 10 (6.76%) Symantec
7 8 (5.41%) Dell
8 6 (4.05%) McAfee
8 6 (4.05%) Sophos
9 3 (2.03%) EMC
10 2 (1.35%) SAP
10 2 (1.35%) Siemens
10 2 (1.35%) Mitel
10 2 (1.35%) Polycom
11 1 (0.68%) 3PAR
11 1 (0.68%) CommVault