The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 27 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 114 109 112
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +3
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 23 26 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Reading 0.93% 1.13% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.24% 2.98% 2.68%
Number of salaries quoted 14 22 19
Average salary £52,500 £51,250 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.43% +46.42%
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
MCTS
Berkshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the Reading region.

Qualifications Category
Reading
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1027 872 745
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Reading 41.33% 37.98% 35.70%
Number of salaries quoted 648 661 637
Average salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.69% +2.22%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

MCTS
Salary Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region.

MCTS Salary Trend in Reading

MCTS
Salary Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Reading

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT jobs across the Reading 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 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (93.33%) Microsoft
3 27 (60.00%) MS Exchange
3 27 (60.00%) Windows
3 27 (60.00%) MCSE
4 23 (51.11%) MCITP
5 18 (40.00%) SQL Server
6 17 (37.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (37.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (37.78%) Windows 7
7 16 (35.56%) Windows 8
7 16 (35.56%) MCSA
8 15 (33.33%) MCP
9 13 (28.89%) Citrix
9 13 (28.89%) MS Excel
9 13 (28.89%) VMware Infrastructure
9 13 (28.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 13 (28.89%) VMware
10 12 (26.67%) Active Directory
10 12 (26.67%) XenDesktop
10 12 (26.67%) vSphere
11 11 (24.44%) Hyper-V
11 11 (24.44%) Cisco
11 11 (24.44%) CCA
11 11 (24.44%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
12 10 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
13 9 (20.00%) NCDA
13 9 (20.00%) VCAP
13 9 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT jobs across the Reading 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 27 (60.00%) MS Exchange
2 10 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 8 (17.78%) Exchange Server 2003
5 6 (13.33%) Lync
5 6 (13.33%) SharePoint
6 3 (6.67%) IIS
7 2 (4.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2000
8 1 (2.22%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 13 (28.89%) MS Excel
2 5 (11.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.11%) Office 365
2 3 (6.67%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (15.56%) WAAS
1 7 (15.56%) Cisco Nexus
2 6 (13.33%) Unified Communications
3 4 (8.89%) NetScaler
3 4 (8.89%) PBX
3 4 (8.89%) TCP/IP
3 4 (8.89%) SAN
4 3 (6.67%) IP Telephony
5 2 (4.44%) Wireshark
5 2 (4.44%) Firewall
5 2 (4.44%) DHCP
5 2 (4.44%) DNS
6 1 (2.22%) MPLS
6 1 (2.22%) H.323
6 1 (2.22%) VPN
6 1 (2.22%) PSTN
6 1 (2.22%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (17.78%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (6.67%) Finance
2 2 (4.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (35.56%) Support Engineer
2 15 (33.33%) Consultant
3 14 (31.11%) Architect
4 10 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (17.78%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 7 (15.56%) Virtualisation Architect
7 7 (15.56%) Storage Architect
7 7 (15.56%) Storage Solutions Architect
8 5 (11.11%) Senior Consultant
9 3 (6.67%) Senior Architect
9 3 (6.67%) Solutions Consultant
9 3 (6.67%) Pre Sales Consultant
9 3 (6.67%) SQL Server DBA
9 3 (6.67%) SQL DBA
9 3 (6.67%) Technical Consultant
9 3 (6.67%) DBA
10 2 (4.44%) Senior SQL DBA
10 2 (4.44%) Senior DBA
10 2 (4.44%) Senior SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.67%) HTML
1 3 (6.67%) .NET
1 3 (6.67%) Application Packaging
2 2 (4.44%) Web Services
3 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.22%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.56%) CLARiiON
1 7 (15.56%) Clustering
1 7 (15.56%) Celerra
2 3 (6.67%) Blackberry
3 2 (4.44%) IPTV
4 1 (2.22%) EqualLogic
4 1 (2.22%) Replication
4 1 (2.22%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 27 (60.00%) Windows
2 17 (37.78%) Windows Server 2003
2 17 (37.78%) Windows Server 2008
2 17 (37.78%) Windows 7
3 16 (35.56%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (8.89%) Migration
3 3 (6.67%) Load Balancing
3 3 (6.67%) ITIL
3 3 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (4.44%) High Availability
4 2 (4.44%) PRINCE2
5 1 (2.22%) Workflow
5 1 (2.22%) Project Management
5 1 (2.22%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.22%) Change Management
5 1 (2.22%) Network Load Balancing
5 1 (2.22%) Performance Management
5 1 (2.22%) Data Protection
5 1 (2.22%) ITIL V3
5 1 (2.22%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (2.22%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.22%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.11%) SQL
2 3 (6.67%) C#
2 3 (6.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (4.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 45 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (60.00%) MCSE
3 23 (51.11%) MCITP
4 16 (35.56%) MCSA
5 15 (33.33%) MCP
6 13 (28.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 11 (24.44%) CCA
7 11 (24.44%) Citrix Certification
8 9 (20.00%) NCDA
8 9 (20.00%) VCAP
9 8 (17.78%) NCIE
10 7 (15.56%) CCEA
10 7 (15.56%) VTSP
10 7 (15.56%) CCIA
11 6 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (8.89%) CCNP
13 3 (6.67%) CCNA
13 3 (6.67%) CCEE
14 2 (4.44%) CCIE
15 1 (2.22%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (28.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (26.67%) Active Directory
2 12 (26.67%) XenDesktop
2 12 (26.67%) vSphere
3 11 (24.44%) Hyper-V
4 7 (15.56%) vCloud
5 6 (13.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (11.11%) XenApp
7 2 (4.44%) VMware ESX
7 2 (4.44%) UAG
8 1 (2.22%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (2.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (6.67%) SCCM
1 3 (6.67%) XenMobile
2 2 (4.44%) SCOM
3 1 (2.22%) SCVMM
3 1 (2.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (2.22%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (2.22%) SCSM
3 1 (2.22%) MOM
3 1 (2.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (2.22%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.22%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 42 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 13 (28.89%) Citrix
2 13 (28.89%) VMware
3 11 (24.44%) Cisco
4 8 (17.78%) NetApp
4 8 (17.78%) EMC
5 7 (15.56%) 3PAR
6 3 (6.67%) AppSense
6 3 (6.67%) HP
7 2 (4.44%) Dell
7 2 (4.44%) Oracle
7 2 (4.44%) Mitel
7 2 (4.44%) Symantec
8 1 (2.22%) PlateSpin
8 1 (2.22%) Polycom
8 1 (2.22%) Veeam
8 1 (2.22%) Siemens
8 1 (2.22%) Avaya