The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 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 currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 392 224 192
Rank change year-on-year
-168 -32
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 721 1366 1690
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.62% 1.25% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.28% 4.58% 5.16%
Number of salaries quoted 640 1309 1583
Average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31600 29794 32765
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.09% 27.31% 27.91%
Number of salaries quoted 24801 24153 28117
Average salary £44,250 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.11% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,452 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.62% -

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 11 July 2014 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 11 July 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
(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 -165 688 £42,000 +5.00% 50
London -86 320 £45,000 -6.73% 18
South East -125 143 £35,000 -17.64% 16
East of England -46 66 £40,000 - 7
North West -69 56 £35,000 -6.66% 3
Oxfordshire +37 54 £33,000 -34.00% 5
East Midlands -57 49 £42,000 +12.00% 2
City of London +12 47 £57,500 +26.37% 5
Berkshire -65 42 £46,250 +2.77% 5
Abingdon - 36 £32,000 - 5
Cheshire -16 33 £35,000 -6.66% 1
West Midlands -51 33 £42,000 +5.00% 1
Nottinghamshire -15 29 £40,000 +6.66%
Nottingham -17 29 £40,000 +6.66%
Yorkshire -57 29 £42,000 +12.00% 1
South West -66 29 £32,500 -18.75% 2
Birmingham -2 28 £55,000 +10.00%
Warrington -9 28 £29,250 -35.00%
Cambridge -11 26 £40,000 - 2
Cambridgeshire -12 26 £40,000 +3.22% 2
Reading -24 23 £29,000 -36.26% 1
Scotland -11 21 £31,000 -22.50% 6
Manchester -27 21 £40,000 - 2
Surrey -83 20 £36,500 -18.88% 3
Sheffield +5 19 £43,500 +16.00%
South Yorkshire +3 19 £43,500 +16.00%
Bristol -1 18 £52,500 +23.52% 1
Buckinghamshire -40 18 £50,000 +25.00%
West Yorkshire -58 18 £42,000 +12.00% 1
Hertfordshire -27 17 £50,000 +42.85% 3

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 1621 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1043 (64.34%) SQL Server
3 921 (56.82%) MCP
4 900 (55.52%) .NET
5 865 (53.36%) Windows
6 848 (52.31%) C#
7 835 (51.51%) Microsoft
8 764 (47.13%) MCSD
9 735 (45.34%) ASP.NET
10 730 (45.03%) MCAD
11 701 (43.24%) MVC
12 688 (42.44%) TDD
13 687 (42.38%) ASP.NET MVC
14 634 (39.11%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 627 (38.68%) WCF
16 593 (36.58%) Web Application Development
17 572 (35.29%) NUnit
18 566 (34.92%) Rhino Mocks
19 565 (34.86%) Scrum
20 514 (31.71%) SQL Server 2012
21 506 (31.22%) Razor View Engine
22 483 (29.80%) WPF
23 472 (29.12%) MCITP
24 433 (26.71%) MCSE
25 416 (25.66%) NHibernate
26 397 (24.49%) Windows Server 2008
27 389 (24.00%) Castle Windsor
28 385 (23.75%) VMware
29 372 (22.95%) Kanban
29 372 (22.95%) Moq

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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
1 313 (19.31%) MS Exchange
2 257 (15.85%) SharePoint
3 181 (11.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 126 (7.77%) Lync
5 118 (7.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 114 (7.03%) Exchange Server 2007
7 104 (6.42%) SharePoint 2013
8 82 (5.06%) BizTalk Server
9 77 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2003
10 75 (4.63%) IIS
11 70 (4.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 47 (2.90%) Office Communications Server
13 44 (2.71%) Node.js
14 13 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
14 13 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 8 (0.49%) MS Project Server
16 6 (0.37%) CMS
16 6 (0.37%) K2 blackpearl
17 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2000
17 4 (0.25%) TPMS
Applications
1 370 (22.83%) MS Excel
2 112 (6.91%) MS Office
3 15 (0.93%) MS Project
4 12 (0.74%) InfoPath
5 8 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.25%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.25%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.25%) Mingle
7 2 (0.12%) Maya
7 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 40 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.49%) Summit
3 3 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 106 (6.54%) Office 365
2 77 (4.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (0.49%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.37%) SaaS
6 5 (0.31%) IaaS
7 2 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.12%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 207 (12.77%) DNS
2 196 (12.09%) SAN
3 169 (10.43%) DHCP
4 120 (7.40%) VPN
5 116 (7.16%) TCP/IP
6 103 (6.35%) Internet
7 100 (6.17%) Firewall
8 90 (5.55%) LAN
9 84 (5.18%) WAN
10 71 (4.38%) Unified Communications
11 57 (3.52%) Wireless
12 48 (2.96%) NAS
13 31 (1.91%) Wi-Fi
14 28 (1.73%) SSL
15 26 (1.60%) PBX
16 22 (1.36%) Broadband
17 21 (1.30%) PSTN
17 21 (1.30%) MPLS
18 19 (1.17%) SMTP
19 16 (0.99%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1043 (64.34%) SQL Server
2 514 (31.71%) SQL Server 2012
3 166 (10.24%) SQL Server 2008
4 127 (7.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 110 (6.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 76 (4.69%) SQL Server 2005
7 61 (3.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 36 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
9 24 (1.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 24 (1.48%) NoSQL
10 22 (1.36%) OLTP
11 15 (0.93%) Crystal Reports
12 14 (0.86%) OLAP
13 13 (0.80%) DTS
14 12 (0.74%) Relational Database
15 9 (0.56%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
16 6 (0.37%) Big Data
16 6 (0.37%) MySQL
17 5 (0.31%) RDBMS
17 5 (0.31%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 572 (35.29%) NUnit
2 566 (34.92%) Rhino Mocks
3 372 (22.95%) Moq
4 203 (12.52%) Subversion
5 199 (12.28%) MSTest
6 63 (3.89%) Visual Studio
7 57 (3.52%) Team Foundation Server
8 32 (1.97%) Git (software)
9 10 (0.62%) JIRA
10 8 (0.49%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.12%) NCover
12 2 (0.12%) FxCop
12 2 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
12 2 (0.12%) CruiseControl
13 1 (0.062%) Eclipse
13 1 (0.062%) Toad
13 1 (0.062%) WATIR
13 1 (0.062%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.062%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 231 (14.25%) Finance
2 165 (10.18%) Games
3 116 (7.16%) Banking
4 47 (2.90%) Music Industry
5 44 (2.71%) Retail
5 44 (2.71%) Investment Banking
6 37 (2.28%) Telecoms
7 35 (2.16%) Advertising
8 21 (1.30%) Legal
9 12 (0.74%) Marketing
10 7 (0.43%) Law
11 6 (0.37%) Back Office
12 3 (0.19%) Electronics
12 3 (0.19%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.19%) Billing
13 2 (0.12%) French Language
13 2 (0.12%) Welsh Language
14 1 (0.062%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.062%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.062%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 879 (54.23%) Developer
2 644 (39.73%) .NET Developer
3 238 (14.68%) C# Developer
4 182 (11.23%) C# .NET Developer
5 175 (10.80%) Support Engineer
6 143 (8.82%) Consultant
7 112 (6.91%) ASP.NET Developer
8 109 (6.72%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 96 (5.92%) Analyst
10 94 (5.80%) Administrator
11 87 (5.37%) DBA
12 81 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
13 79 (4.87%) SQL DBA
14 73 (4.50%) Graduate
15 72 (4.44%) Microsoft Consultant
16 70 (4.32%) Junior
17 69 (4.26%) Junior Developer
17 69 (4.26%) Junior .NET Developer
18 66 (4.07%) Agile .NET Developer
19 61 (3.76%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 900 (55.52%) .NET
2 735 (45.34%) ASP.NET
3 687 (42.38%) ASP.NET MVC
4 634 (39.11%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 627 (38.68%) WCF
6 506 (31.22%) Razor View Engine
7 483 (29.80%) WPF
8 416 (25.66%) NHibernate
9 389 (24.00%) Castle Windsor
10 286 (17.64%) WinForms
11 217 (13.39%) Ninject
12 215 (13.26%) Ajax
13 212 (13.08%) LINQ
14 203 (12.52%) HTML
15 201 (12.40%) .NET Framework
16 195 (12.03%) Spring.NET
16 195 (12.03%) Unity DI Container
17 194 (11.97%) MonoRail
18 163 (10.06%) CSS
19 145 (8.95%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 195 (12.03%) Inversion of Control
2 86 (5.31%) Tandem
3 69 (4.26%) Client/Server
4 60 (3.70%) Computer Science
5 51 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
6 50 (3.08%) Clustering
7 44 (2.71%) Replication
8 43 (2.65%) Blackberry
9 26 (1.60%) Streaming Music
9 26 (1.60%) iPhone
10 25 (1.54%) Social Network
11 22 (1.36%) Mobile App
12 14 (0.86%) Management Information System
13 13 (0.80%) Mathematics
13 13 (0.80%) N-Tier
14 12 (0.74%) EqualLogic
15 11 (0.68%) Data Integration
16 10 (0.62%) PKI
17 8 (0.49%) Celerra
18 7 (0.43%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 865 (53.36%) Windows
2 397 (24.49%) Windows Server 2008
3 217 (13.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 179 (11.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 171 (10.55%) Windows 7
6 64 (3.95%) Windows XP
7 55 (3.39%) Windows 8
8 31 (1.91%) Linux
9 23 (1.42%) Android
10 15 (0.93%) Apple iOS
11 11 (0.68%) Windows Vista
12 10 (0.62%) UNIX
13 8 (0.49%) Mac OS
14 6 (0.37%) CentOS
15 2 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.12%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.12%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.062%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.062%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.062%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 701 (43.24%) MVC
2 688 (42.44%) TDD
3 593 (36.58%) Web Application Development
4 565 (34.86%) Scrum
5 372 (22.95%) Kanban
6 292 (18.01%) BDD
7 234 (14.44%) MVVM
8 219 (13.51%) Dependency Injection
9 216 (13.33%) OO
10 208 (12.83%) ITIL
11 195 (12.03%) Continuous Integration
12 157 (9.69%) Business Intelligence
13 105 (6.48%) Migration
14 89 (5.49%) Domain-Driven Design
15 85 (5.24%) OOP
16 83 (5.12%) Project Management
17 82 (5.06%) Performance Tuning
18 71 (4.38%) CQRS
18 71 (4.38%) OOA/OOD
19 70 (4.32%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 848 (52.31%) C#
2 363 (22.39%) SQL
3 201 (12.40%) JavaScript
4 155 (9.56%) T-SQL
5 112 (6.91%) VB.NET
6 85 (5.24%) VB
7 60 (3.70%) PowerShell
8 41 (2.53%) C++
9 23 (1.42%) Ruby
10 11 (0.68%) VB6
10 11 (0.68%) VC++
11 7 (0.43%) VBScript
12 6 (0.37%) C
12 6 (0.37%) VBA
13 4 (0.25%) Java
14 3 (0.19%) XPath
15 2 (0.12%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.12%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.062%) Python
16 1 (0.062%) Ada
Qualifications
1 1621 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 921 (56.82%) MCP
3 764 (47.13%) MCSD
4 730 (45.03%) MCAD
5 472 (29.12%) MCITP
6 433 (26.71%) MCSE
7 275 (16.96%) MCSA
8 207 (12.77%) Degree
9 110 (6.79%) Cisco Certification
10 107 (6.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 103 (6.35%) CCNA
12 81 (5.00%) Citrix Certification
13 68 (4.19%) CCA
14 36 (2.22%) CCEE
15 35 (2.16%) MCPD
16 34 (2.10%) MCDBA
17 29 (1.79%) VCAP
18 25 (1.54%) NCDA
19 19 (1.17%) CCIA
19 19 (1.17%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (4.19%) SLA
2 14 (0.86%) QA
3 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.12%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.12%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.12%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.062%) Section 508
System Software
1 320 (19.74%) Active Directory
2 306 (18.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 252 (15.55%) Hyper-V
4 74 (4.57%) vSphere
5 58 (3.58%) XenDesktop
6 53 (3.27%) XenApp
7 36 (2.22%) XenServer
8 31 (1.91%) VMware ESX
9 30 (1.85%) Forefront TMG
10 27 (1.67%) UAG
11 26 (1.60%) Microsoft App-V
12 16 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
13 15 (0.93%) vCloud
14 9 (0.56%) Terminal Services
14 9 (0.56%) ISA Server
15 6 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (0.37%) VMware Server
16 5 (0.31%) Terminal Server
17 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 2 (0.12%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 96 (5.92%) SCCM
2 81 (5.00%) SCOM
3 57 (3.52%) Backup Exec
4 36 (2.22%) WSUS
5 35 (2.16%) SCSM
6 33 (2.04%) SCVMM
6 33 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
7 9 (0.56%) SCDPM
8 7 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 5 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 5 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (0.25%) MOM
10 4 (0.25%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 4 (0.25%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.19%) XenMobile
12 2 (0.12%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.12%) Tivoli
13 1 (0.062%) EMC NetWorker
13 1 (0.062%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 835 (51.51%) Microsoft
2 385 (23.75%) VMware
3 184 (11.35%) Citrix
4 126 (7.77%) Cisco
5 119 (7.34%) HP
6 74 (4.57%) EMC
7 69 (4.26%) Juniper
8 67 (4.13%) Apple
9 60 (3.70%) Symantec
10 55 (3.39%) NetApp
11 49 (3.02%) Veeam
12 44 (2.71%) Dell
13 41 (2.53%) Meru Networks
14 27 (1.67%) Mitel
14 27 (1.67%) Oracle
15 25 (1.54%) Facebook
16 22 (1.36%) Google
17 21 (1.30%) Polycom
18 17 (1.05%) McAfee
19 15 (0.93%) Siemens
Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £28,000 to £32,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bens
Posted: Yesterday
London
Marcus Donald People
Salary: £45000 to £58000 per annum - pension,healthcare,season ticket loan, o
Posted: Yesterday
Luton, Bedfordshire
Think IT Recruitment
Salary: £60000.00 - £70000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
I3
Salary: £58000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
IT Talent Solutions
Salary: From £30,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Roc Search
Salary: £32000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £30k - £36k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £30k - £36k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Bellshill, Lanarkshire
RM Education
Salary: £25k - £28k per annum + £1k bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
RM Education
Salary: £24k - £28k per annum + £1k bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £24k - £28k per annum + £1k bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus,Additional Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Wokingham, Berkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 60,000 + Bens + Shares
Posted: 4 days ago
Thames Ditton, Surrey
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £60000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Salary: £24,000 - £28,000
Posted: 4 days ago
Chertsey, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: NEG
Posted: 5 days ago
North West London
asos
Posted: 5 days ago
North West London
asos
Posted: 5 days ago