The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 531 294 194
Rank change year-on-year
-237 -100
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 398 998 1587
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.95% 1.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.27% 3.47% 5.27%
Number of salaries quoted 361 955 1529
Average salary £44,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,650 £25,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31391 28720 30137
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 29.33% 27.26% 28.12%
Number of salaries quoted 24987 22543 24799
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCTS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK.

MCTS Salary Trend in the UK

MCTS
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 within the UK.

MCTS Salary Histogram in the UK

MCTS
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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
England -244 378 £44,000 +10.00% 37
London -145 165 £47,500 +5.55% 15
South East -140 70 £34,000 -15.00% 8
City of London +20 46 £50,000 -4.76% 5
West Midlands +2 40 £47,500 - 2
North West -66 38 £40,000 +14.28% 3
Hampshire +19 37 £35,500 +6.76% 3
Yorkshire +1 32 £50,000 +5.26% 3
West Yorkshire +8 28 £51,250 +62.69% 2
Leeds +8 25 £52,500 +10.52% 2
Manchester -35 23 £32,500 +8.33% 2
East of England -70 23 £36,000 -10.00% 4
Birmingham -1 21 £52,500 +5.00%
Berkshire -56 19 £36,750 +5.00% 2
North East -4 14 £52,500 +45.83%
Tyne and Wear - 14 £52,500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 14 £52,500 -
East Midlands -36 13 £22,000 -45.00%
South West -63 11 £22,500 -35.71% 2
Liverpool +19 10 £52,500 +5.00%
Merseyside +14 10 £52,500 +130.76% 1
Surrey -30 8 £34,000 -24.44% 2
Wimbledon - 8 £37,500 -
Norfolk +6 7 £30,000 +9.09%
Reading -23 7 £65,000 +195.45% 2
Nottinghamshire -30 7 £25,000 -37.50%
Nottingham -32 7 £25,000 -37.50%
King's Lynn - 7 £30,000 -
Wolverhampton - 7 £35,000 - 1
Slough +7 6 £30,500 -14.68%

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT jobs within the UK 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.

1 846 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 646 (76.36%) Microsoft
3 605 (71.51%) Windows
4 449 (53.07%) MCITP
5 417 (49.29%) MCSE
6 359 (42.43%) Active Directory
7 320 (37.83%) MS Exchange
8 297 (35.11%) MCP
9 288 (34.04%) SQL Server
10 278 (32.86%) MS Excel
10 278 (32.86%) Windows Server 2008
11 236 (27.90%) SQL
12 234 (27.66%) Windows 7
13 215 (25.41%) MCSA
14 199 (23.52%) VMware
14 199 (23.52%) Windows Server 2012
15 183 (21.63%) Exchange Server 2010
16 178 (21.04%) ITIL
17 172 (20.33%) MS Office
18 157 (18.56%) SharePoint
19 153 (18.09%) Lync
20 152 (17.97%) Cisco
21 144 (17.02%) SQL Server 2008
22 141 (16.67%) .NET
23 139 (16.43%) Windows Server 2003
24 138 (16.31%) VMware Infrastructure
25 136 (16.08%) TCP/IP
26 132 (15.60%) C#
27 129 (15.25%) DNS
28 122 (14.42%) Cisco Certification

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT jobs within the UK 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
1 320 (37.83%) MS Exchange
2 183 (21.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 157 (18.56%) SharePoint
4 153 (18.09%) Lync
5 112 (13.24%) Exchange Server 2007
6 101 (11.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 68 (8.04%) IIS
8 62 (7.33%) SharePoint 2013
9 58 (6.86%) SharePoint 2010
10 42 (4.96%) BizTalk Server
11 41 (4.85%) Exchange Server 2003
12 21 (2.48%) Office Communications Server
13 20 (2.36%) SharePoint Server
14 18 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 14 (1.65%) OpenEdge
16 6 (0.71%) Oracle Workflow
16 6 (0.71%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.71%) Documentum
17 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
18 2 (0.24%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 278 (32.86%) MS Excel
2 172 (20.33%) MS Office
3 11 (1.30%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.71%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 5 (0.59%) Mingle
6 3 (0.35%) MS Project
7 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 79 (9.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.35%) SAP CCM
3 3 (0.35%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 115 (13.59%) Office 365
2 94 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (2.25%) IaaS
4 11 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.24%) PaaS
5 2 (0.24%) Yammer
6 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 136 (16.08%) TCP/IP
2 129 (15.25%) DNS
3 114 (13.48%) LAN
4 105 (12.41%) VPN
5 101 (11.94%) WAN
6 88 (10.40%) DHCP
7 66 (7.80%) SAN
8 58 (6.86%) Firewall
9 38 (4.49%) VoIP
10 31 (3.66%) Unified Communications
11 24 (2.84%) Wi-Fi
12 23 (2.72%) Wireless
12 23 (2.72%) Network Security
13 20 (2.36%) Internet
14 14 (1.65%) NAS
14 14 (1.65%) VLAN
15 10 (1.18%) PBX
15 10 (1.18%) ADSL
16 7 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
17 6 (0.71%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 288 (34.04%) SQL Server
2 144 (17.02%) SQL Server 2008
3 68 (8.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 57 (6.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 50 (5.91%) SQL Server 2005
6 43 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
7 37 (4.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 29 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
9 19 (2.25%) MySQL
10 9 (1.06%) Crystal Reports
11 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 7 (0.83%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.71%) DTS
13 5 (0.59%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.59%) RavenDB
13 5 (0.59%) Neo4j
13 5 (0.59%) Oracle Database
14 4 (0.47%) Big Data
14 4 (0.47%) Data Mart
14 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 41 (4.85%) NUnit
2 27 (3.19%) Rhino Mocks
2 27 (3.19%) Moq
3 26 (3.07%) Visual Studio
4 10 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.71%) MSTest
5 6 (0.71%) CruiseControl
5 6 (0.71%) MSBuild
6 5 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (0.59%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.59%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.12%) JIRA
8 1 (0.12%) Toad
8 1 (0.12%) MSI
General
1 67 (7.92%) Finance
2 31 (3.66%) Telecoms
3 27 (3.19%) Legal
3 27 (3.19%) Games
4 17 (2.01%) Advertising
5 15 (1.77%) Marketing
6 13 (1.54%) Retail
7 8 (0.95%) Banking
8 5 (0.59%) Electronics
9 4 (0.47%) Local Government
10 3 (0.35%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.35%) Law
11 1 (0.12%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.12%) Back Office
11 1 (0.12%) Billing
Job Titles
1 168 (19.86%) Support Engineer
2 138 (16.31%) Consultant
3 120 (14.18%) Developer
4 106 (12.53%) DBA
5 94 (11.11%) SQL DBA
6 84 (9.93%) Administrator
7 81 (9.57%) Microsoft Consultant
8 68 (8.04%) IT Support
9 65 (7.68%) Technical Consultant
10 64 (7.57%) 2nd Line Support
11 63 (7.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 61 (7.21%) Analyst
13 55 (6.50%) Architect
14 51 (6.03%) IT Support Engineer
15 50 (5.91%) SharePoint Developer
16 41 (4.85%) .NET Developer
17 40 (4.73%) 3rd Line Support
18 38 (4.49%) Junior
18 38 (4.49%) Solutions Architect
19 35 (4.14%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (16.67%) .NET
2 112 (13.24%) ASP.NET
3 91 (10.76%) .NET Framework
4 66 (7.80%) HTML
5 61 (7.21%) CSS
6 45 (5.32%) WCF
7 41 (4.85%) ASP.NET MVC
8 37 (4.37%) Ajax
9 30 (3.55%) LINQ
10 27 (3.19%) NHibernate
11 25 (2.96%) ADO.NET
12 19 (2.25%) XML
13 15 (1.77%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 12 (1.42%) Windows SharePoint Services
15 10 (1.18%) jQuery
15 10 (1.18%) WSH
16 9 (1.06%) Web Services
17 6 (0.71%) HTML5
17 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
17 6 (0.71%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 57 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (5.91%) Blackberry
3 23 (2.72%) Statistics
4 22 (2.60%) Clustering
4 22 (2.60%) Replication
5 21 (2.48%) Video Conferencing
6 20 (2.36%) iPhone
7 16 (1.89%) Management Information System
8 10 (1.18%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.06%) Mathematics
9 9 (1.06%) FlexPod
10 8 (0.95%) Fat Client
10 8 (0.95%) Thin Client
11 7 (0.83%) Digital Media
12 6 (0.71%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.71%) N-Tier
13 5 (0.59%) CLARiiON
13 5 (0.59%) Celerra
14 3 (0.35%) Data Protection Act
15 2 (0.24%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 605 (71.51%) Windows
2 278 (32.86%) Windows Server 2008
3 234 (27.66%) Windows 7
4 199 (23.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 139 (16.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 114 (13.48%) Windows 8
7 104 (12.29%) Windows XP
8 32 (3.78%) Linux
9 20 (2.36%) UNIX
10 7 (0.83%) CentOS
11 6 (0.71%) Mac OS X
11 6 (0.71%) Windows 2000
11 6 (0.71%) Mac OS
12 5 (0.59%) Windows 2000 Server
12 5 (0.59%) Windows Vista
13 4 (0.47%) Android
14 2 (0.24%) Fedora
14 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
15 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (21.04%) ITIL
2 109 (12.88%) Migration
3 108 (12.77%) CRM
4 94 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
5 77 (9.10%) Performance Tuning
6 67 (7.92%) Service Delivery
7 66 (7.80%) Business Intelligence
8 61 (7.21%) Mentoring
9 56 (6.62%) PRINCE2
10 53 (6.26%) Disaster Recovery
11 50 (5.91%) MVC
11 50 (5.91%) Project Management
12 47 (5.56%) OO
13 40 (4.73%) OOA/OOD
14 33 (3.90%) Performance Monitoring
14 33 (3.90%) Web Application Development
15 32 (3.78%) BDD
15 32 (3.78%) Scrum
15 32 (3.78%) TDD
16 31 (3.66%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 236 (27.90%) SQL
2 132 (15.60%) C#
3 83 (9.81%) T-SQL
4 59 (6.97%) JavaScript
5 50 (5.91%) PowerShell
6 33 (3.90%) VB.NET
7 17 (2.01%) VB
7 17 (2.01%) C
8 11 (1.30%) Java
9 10 (1.18%) VBScript
10 7 (0.83%) C++
11 2 (0.24%) Perl
11 2 (0.24%) JAQL
12 1 (0.12%) PHP
12 1 (0.12%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 846 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 449 (53.07%) MCITP
3 417 (49.29%) MCSE
4 297 (35.11%) MCP
5 215 (25.41%) MCSA
6 122 (14.42%) Cisco Certification
7 121 (14.30%) CCNA
8 113 (13.36%) Degree
9 83 (9.81%) MCSD
10 73 (8.63%) MCAD
11 63 (7.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 46 (5.44%) Citrix Certification
13 45 (5.32%) CCA
14 41 (4.85%) Security Cleared
15 36 (4.26%) SC Cleared
16 33 (3.90%) MCPD
17 28 (3.31%) MCDST
18 26 (3.07%) CCNP
19 24 (2.84%) MCDBA
20 23 (2.72%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (8.04%) SLA
2 20 (2.36%) QA
3 6 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.12%) TickIT
4 1 (0.12%) HL7
4 1 (0.12%) DICOM
4 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 359 (42.43%) Active Directory
2 138 (16.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (13.95%) Hyper-V
4 26 (3.07%) vSphere
5 17 (2.01%) XenApp
6 16 (1.89%) XenDesktop
7 13 (1.54%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.06%) VMware ESX
9 8 (0.95%) Forefront TMG
10 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 7 (0.83%) vCloud
11 6 (0.71%) ISA Server
11 6 (0.71%) UAG
11 6 (0.71%) XenServer
12 4 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.24%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.24%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 90 (10.64%) SCOM
2 84 (9.93%) SCCM
3 29 (3.43%) Backup Exec
4 23 (2.72%) SCVMM
5 16 (1.89%) SCOrch
6 13 (1.54%) WSUS
7 10 (1.18%) SCDPM
7 10 (1.18%) SCSM
8 9 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (0.95%) MIIS
10 7 (0.83%) Windows Intune
11 5 (0.59%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 4 (0.47%) XenMobile
12 4 (0.47%) Casper Suite
13 3 (0.35%) NetBackup
13 3 (0.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 3 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
14 2 (0.24%) Nagios
14 2 (0.24%) CA Spectrum
14 2 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 646 (76.36%) Microsoft
2 199 (23.52%) VMware
3 152 (17.97%) Cisco
4 101 (11.94%) Citrix
5 58 (6.86%) Apple
6 52 (6.15%) HP
7 39 (4.61%) Symantec
8 34 (4.02%) Remedy
8 34 (4.02%) Oracle
9 31 (3.66%) NetApp
10 29 (3.43%) Juniper
11 24 (2.84%) EMC
11 24 (2.84%) LANDesk
12 21 (2.48%) McAfee
13 20 (2.36%) Veeam
14 19 (2.25%) Avaya
15 14 (1.65%) SAP
16 11 (1.30%) Dell
17 10 (1.18%) Sybase
17 10 (1.18%) Meru Networks
Somerset
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare
Posted: 7 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Opus IT Consulting
Salary: £45000 per annum + Range of benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Posted: 10 hours ago
Merseyside
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £26000 - £30000 per annum + benefits and Parking!
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £60000 per annum, Benefits plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Essex
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £70000 per annum, Benefits plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
South East
Nationwide People Ltd
Salary: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Bedford, Bedfordshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £28k - 32k per year + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Ventec Partners
Salary: From £50,000 to £70,000 per annum plus excellent benefits.
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £28k - 32k per year + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
DCM Select
Salary: Up to £130,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Ashdown IT
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum Up to £45,000 + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits pension,healthcare,season ticket l
Posted: 3 days ago
London
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + Great Flexible Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago