The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 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 Reading region.

Location
3 months to
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 112 97 107
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +10
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 25 36 31
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Reading 1.05% 1.59% 1.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.51% 4.12% 4.02%
Number of salaries quoted 19 31 28
Average salary £50,000 £45,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% +20.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £37,500 £33,800
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £65,000 £50,750
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
Qualifications Category
Reading
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
995 874 771
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Reading 41.70% 38.66% 34.73%
Number of salaries quoted 644 689 663
Average salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a salary of more than £29,500 £29,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
MCTS
Berkshire

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 24 July 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in Reading

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (93.88%) Microsoft
3 32 (65.31%) MS Exchange
3 32 (65.31%) Windows
4 27 (55.10%) MCSE
5 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (44.90%) MCITP
7 21 (42.86%) MCSA
8 20 (40.82%) MCP
9 18 (36.73%) MS Excel
10 17 (34.69%) Windows 7
11 16 (32.65%) Windows 8
11 16 (32.65%) SQL Server
12 10 (20.41%) VMware Infrastructure
12 10 (20.41%) Exchange Server 2010
12 10 (20.41%) Citrix
12 10 (20.41%) VMware
12 10 (20.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (18.37%) Exchange Server 2007
13 9 (18.37%) Active Directory
13 9 (18.37%) vSphere
13 9 (18.37%) Hyper-V
13 9 (18.37%) XenDesktop
14 8 (16.33%) CCA
14 8 (16.33%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (16.33%) Cisco
14 8 (16.33%) Clustering
15 7 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (14.29%) Firewall

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 32 (65.31%) MS Exchange
2 10 (20.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (18.37%) Exchange Server 2007
4 7 (14.29%) SharePoint
4 7 (14.29%) Lync
5 6 (12.24%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (6.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (6.12%) IIS
7 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2000
8 1 (2.04%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 18 (36.73%) MS Excel
2 4 (8.16%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Office 365
2 3 (6.12%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.29%) Firewall
2 5 (10.20%) WAN
2 5 (10.20%) LAN
2 5 (10.20%) Unified Communications
3 4 (8.16%) WAAS
3 4 (8.16%) NetScaler
3 4 (8.16%) Cisco Nexus
3 4 (8.16%) TCP/IP
3 4 (8.16%) PBX
3 4 (8.16%) SAN
4 3 (6.12%) IP Telephony
5 2 (4.08%) Wireshark
5 2 (4.08%) DHCP
5 2 (4.08%) DNS
6 1 (2.04%) H.323
6 1 (2.04%) MPLS
6 1 (2.04%) SMTP
6 1 (2.04%) PSTN
6 1 (2.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (32.65%) SQL Server
2 7 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (10.20%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (6.12%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (6.12%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (42.86%) Support Engineer
2 15 (30.61%) Consultant
3 14 (28.57%) 2nd Line Support
4 13 (26.53%) Architect
4 13 (26.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 7 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (10.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 5 (10.20%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (10.20%) Desktop Support
6 5 (10.20%) Senior Consultant
7 4 (8.16%) Virtualisation Architect
7 4 (8.16%) Storage Architect
7 4 (8.16%) Storage Solutions Architect
8 3 (6.12%) Solutions Consultant
8 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Consultant
8 3 (6.12%) SQL Server DBA
8 3 (6.12%) Pre Sales Consultant
8 3 (6.12%) SQL DBA
8 3 (6.12%) Technical Consultant
8 3 (6.12%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.12%) Application Packaging
1 3 (6.12%) HTML
1 3 (6.12%) .NET
2 2 (4.08%) Web Services
3 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.04%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.33%) Clustering
2 4 (8.16%) Blackberry
2 4 (8.16%) CLARiiON
2 4 (8.16%) Celerra
3 2 (4.08%) IPTV
4 1 (2.04%) PKI
4 1 (2.04%) Replication
4 1 (2.04%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 32 (65.31%) Windows
2 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2003
2 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (34.69%) Windows 7
4 16 (32.65%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (14.29%) Migration
2 5 (10.20%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (10.20%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (6.12%) Load Balancing
3 3 (6.12%) ITIL
3 3 (6.12%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (4.08%) High Availability
4 2 (4.08%) PRINCE2
4 2 (4.08%) Network Load Balancing
4 2 (4.08%) Data Protection
5 1 (2.04%) Performance Management
5 1 (2.04%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (2.04%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.04%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (2.04%) Workflow
5 1 (2.04%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.04%) Change Management
5 1 (2.04%) Project Management
5 1 (2.04%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.20%) SQL
2 3 (6.12%) C#
2 3 (6.12%) JavaScript
3 2 (4.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (55.10%) MCSE
3 22 (44.90%) MCITP
4 21 (42.86%) MCSA
5 20 (40.82%) MCP
6 10 (20.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 8 (16.33%) CCA
7 8 (16.33%) Citrix Certification
8 6 (12.24%) NCDA
8 6 (12.24%) VCAP
8 6 (12.24%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (10.20%) NCIE
10 4 (8.16%) VTSP
10 4 (8.16%) CCIA
10 4 (8.16%) CCEA
10 4 (8.16%) CCNP
11 3 (6.12%) CCNA
11 3 (6.12%) CCEE
12 2 (4.08%) CCIE
13 1 (2.04%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.12%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (20.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (18.37%) Active Directory
2 9 (18.37%) vSphere
2 9 (18.37%) Hyper-V
2 9 (18.37%) XenDesktop
3 7 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (10.20%) XenApp
5 4 (8.16%) vCloud
6 3 (6.12%) UAG
7 2 (4.08%) Forefront TMG
7 2 (4.08%) VMware ESX
8 1 (2.04%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (8.16%) SCCM
2 3 (6.12%) SCOM
2 3 (6.12%) XenMobile
3 2 (4.08%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (4.08%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (4.08%) MOM
3 2 (4.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (2.04%) SCVMM
4 1 (2.04%) NetBackup
4 1 (2.04%) Backup Exec
4 1 (2.04%) SCSM
Vendors
1 46 (93.88%) Microsoft
2 10 (20.41%) Citrix
2 10 (20.41%) VMware
3 8 (16.33%) Cisco
4 5 (10.20%) NetApp
4 5 (10.20%) EMC
5 4 (8.16%) 3PAR
6 3 (6.12%) AppSense
6 3 (6.12%) HP
6 3 (6.12%) Symantec
7 2 (4.08%) Oracle
7 2 (4.08%) Dell
7 2 (4.08%) Mitel
8 1 (2.04%) Polycom
8 1 (2.04%) PlateSpin
8 1 (2.04%) Siemens
8 1 (2.04%) Avaya
8 1 (2.04%) Veeam