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 1 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 642 438 210
Rank change year-on-year
-204 -228
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 262 626 1458
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.54% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.86% 1.99% 5.05%
Number of salaries quoted 236 517 1413
Average salary £35,250 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.87% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £24,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £42,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.00%

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
30325 31410 28892
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.32% 26.98% 27.16%
Number of salaries quoted 24528 24339 23469
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £44,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -195 241 £35,000 -12.50% 34
London -74 107 £40,000 - 15
South East -68 70 £27,500 -16.66% 9
Hampshire +24 32 £26,000 +6.12% 1
City of London +20 28 £35,000 -22.22% 2
North West -51 27 £35,750 +3.62% 6
Portsmouth +39 19 £25,000 +4.16% 1
Cheshire -30 13 £23,000 -33.33%
Warrington -6 12 £23,000 -2.12%
Berkshire -13 12 £37,500 -25.00% 3
Manchester -17 12 £42,500 +14.09% 3
West Midlands -38 11 £31,500 -42.72% 1
Scotland -6 10 £42,500 +37.09% 1
Surrey +6 9 £40,000 -15.78% 2
Yorkshire -18 8 £45,000 +7.14% 1
Reading -20 8 £37,500 -28.57% 2
East of England -63 8 £40,000 -15.78%
Wimbledon -1 6 £42,500 +6.25%
West Yorkshire -9 6 £47,500 +13.09%
Aberdeen - 6 - -
Leeds -8 5 £50,000 +19.04%
Birmingham -23 5 £36,000 -34.54% 1
Buckinghamshire -31 5 - - 1
South West -37 5 £27,000 -36.47%
Oxfordshire -40 5 £34,250 +3.78%
Kent -1 4 £21,000 -56.92% 1
Hertfordshire -24 4 £45,000 -10.00%
Wales - 4 £39,250 -
Caerphilly - 4 £39,250 -
South Wales - 4 £39,250 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 599 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 455 (75.96%) Microsoft
3 422 (70.45%) Windows
4 357 (59.60%) MCITP
5 299 (49.92%) Active Directory
6 293 (48.91%) MCSE
7 246 (41.07%) MS Excel
8 239 (39.90%) Windows Server 2008
9 232 (38.73%) MCP
10 211 (35.23%) MS Exchange
11 196 (32.72%) VMware
12 192 (32.05%) Windows Server 2012
13 185 (30.88%) ITIL
14 180 (30.05%) Windows 7
15 175 (29.22%) SQL Server
16 159 (26.54%) SQL
17 137 (22.87%) VMware Infrastructure
18 134 (22.37%) Cisco Certification
19 133 (22.20%) CCNA
19 133 (22.20%) MCSA
20 132 (22.04%) Exchange Server 2010
21 129 (21.54%) Cisco
21 129 (21.54%) DNS
22 127 (21.20%) LAN
23 124 (20.70%) Hyper-V
24 122 (20.37%) MS Office
25 115 (19.20%) WAN
26 111 (18.53%) Degree
27 105 (17.53%) TCP/IP
28 103 (17.20%) Exchange Server 2013

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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
1 211 (35.23%) MS Exchange
2 132 (22.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 103 (17.20%) Exchange Server 2013
4 89 (14.86%) Lync
5 83 (13.86%) SharePoint
6 60 (10.02%) Exchange Server 2007
7 28 (4.67%) IIS
8 18 (3.01%) SharePoint 2010
9 15 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2003
9 15 (2.50%) SharePoint Server
10 13 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 13 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
11 9 (1.50%) Office Communications Server
11 9 (1.50%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.67%) CMS
13 3 (0.50%) Oracle Application Server
13 3 (0.50%) Commerce Server
13 3 (0.50%) Oracle 9iAS
14 2 (0.33%) OpenEdge
14 2 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 246 (41.07%) MS Excel
2 122 (20.37%) MS Office
3 10 (1.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.50%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.50%) ProjectWise
4 3 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.17%) MS Project
5 1 (0.17%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 33 (5.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.50%) Primavera
2 3 (0.50%) SAP CCM
2 3 (0.50%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.17%) Adaptiv
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 64 (10.68%) Office 365
2 29 (4.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.33%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 129 (21.54%) DNS
2 127 (21.20%) LAN
3 115 (19.20%) WAN
4 105 (17.53%) TCP/IP
5 98 (16.36%) DHCP
6 97 (16.19%) Firewall
7 87 (14.52%) VPN
8 57 (9.52%) SAN
9 33 (5.51%) VoIP
10 23 (3.84%) VLAN
11 22 (3.67%) NAS
12 21 (3.51%) Wireless
13 19 (3.17%) Unified Communications
14 17 (2.84%) Wi-Fi
15 15 (2.50%) Network Security
16 12 (2.00%) ADSL
17 10 (1.67%) Internet
18 9 (1.50%) VDSL
19 8 (1.34%) Wireshark
20 7 (1.17%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (29.22%) SQL Server
2 86 (14.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 56 (9.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 48 (8.01%) SQL Server 2012
5 42 (7.01%) SQL Server 2005
6 38 (6.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 28 (4.67%) Data Warehouse
8 23 (3.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 21 (3.51%) Oracle Database
10 18 (3.01%) MySQL
10 18 (3.01%) Oracle Database 10g
11 14 (2.34%) BusinessObjects
12 11 (1.84%) Oracle Database 11g
13 9 (1.50%) Oracle9i Database
13 9 (1.50%) OLTP
14 8 (1.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 7 (1.17%) SQL Server 2000
16 6 (1.00%) Data Mart
16 6 (1.00%) Big Data
17 5 (0.83%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 29 (4.84%) NUnit
2 25 (4.17%) Rhino Mocks
2 25 (4.17%) Moq
3 24 (4.01%) Visual Studio
4 8 (1.34%) Subversion
4 8 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.50%) CruiseControl
6 3 (0.50%) MSBuild
6 3 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.33%) MSTest
7 2 (0.33%) MSI
8 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.17%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.17%) JIRA
General
1 32 (5.34%) Finance
2 26 (4.34%) Games
3 12 (2.00%) Marketing
3 12 (2.00%) Legal
4 9 (1.50%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.17%) Advertising
6 6 (1.00%) Banking
6 6 (1.00%) Electronics
6 6 (1.00%) Automotive
7 5 (0.83%) Retail
8 4 (0.67%) Law
8 4 (0.67%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.50%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.33%) Back Office
11 1 (0.17%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 111 (18.53%) Support Engineer
2 100 (16.69%) Analyst
3 77 (12.85%) DBA
4 58 (9.68%) Developer
5 56 (9.35%) SQL DBA
6 55 (9.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 54 (9.02%) Administrator
8 39 (6.51%) .NET Developer
8 39 (6.51%) Consultant
8 39 (6.51%) Support Analyst
9 37 (6.18%) Systems Engineer
10 35 (5.84%) 3rd Line Support
11 33 (5.51%) IT Support
12 30 (5.01%) Junior
13 29 (4.84%) Architect
14 27 (4.51%) SQL Server DBA
14 27 (4.51%) Service Desk Analyst
15 26 (4.34%) Service Analyst
16 25 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
16 25 (4.17%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (12.35%) .NET
2 45 (7.51%) ASP.NET
3 42 (7.01%) .NET Framework
4 30 (5.01%) ASP.NET MVC
5 28 (4.67%) LINQ
6 25 (4.17%) NHibernate
7 20 (3.34%) HTML
8 18 (3.01%) WCF
9 16 (2.67%) CSS
10 11 (1.84%) XML
10 11 (1.84%) jQuery
11 10 (1.67%) HTML5
11 10 (1.67%) Ajax
12 9 (1.50%) Web Services
12 9 (1.50%) Entity Framework
13 6 (1.00%) Classic ASP
14 5 (0.83%) CSS3
14 5 (0.83%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
15 4 (0.67%) MSMQ
15 4 (0.67%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.18%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.67%) Data Centre
3 27 (4.51%) Replication
4 24 (4.01%) Management Information System
5 22 (3.67%) Blackberry
6 18 (3.01%) Clustering
7 16 (2.67%) Statistics
8 14 (2.34%) Computer Science
8 14 (2.34%) Video Conferencing
9 12 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (2.00%) Private Cloud
10 9 (1.50%) Mathematics
11 7 (1.17%) User Experience
12 6 (1.00%) PKI
13 5 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (0.83%) Enterprise Storage
14 4 (0.67%) Data Integration
14 4 (0.67%) iPhone
15 3 (0.50%) Digital Media
15 3 (0.50%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 422 (70.45%) Windows
2 239 (39.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 192 (32.05%) Windows Server 2012
4 180 (30.05%) Windows 7
5 81 (13.52%) Windows XP
6 73 (12.19%) Windows 8
7 63 (10.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (3.84%) Linux
9 14 (2.34%) Mac OS
9 14 (2.34%) Mac OS X
10 7 (1.17%) UNIX
11 6 (1.00%) Data ONTAP
12 3 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.33%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X Server
14 1 (0.17%) Android
14 1 (0.17%) AIX
14 1 (0.17%) Solaris
14 1 (0.17%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (30.88%) ITIL
2 57 (9.52%) Migration
2 57 (9.52%) Performance Tuning
3 54 (9.02%) Service Management
4 52 (8.68%) Project Management
5 48 (8.01%) Disaster Recovery
6 47 (7.85%) Mentoring
7 46 (7.68%) CRM
8 40 (6.68%) Web Application Development
9 39 (6.51%) Agile Software Development
10 38 (6.34%) MVC
11 35 (5.84%) Change Management
11 35 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
12 31 (5.18%) Coaching
13 29 (4.84%) TDD
14 28 (4.67%) Service Delivery
14 28 (4.67%) Scrum
15 26 (4.34%) BDD
16 25 (4.17%) Kanban
17 23 (3.84%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 159 (26.54%) SQL
2 63 (10.52%) C#
3 55 (9.18%) PowerShell
4 47 (7.85%) T-SQL
5 17 (2.84%) JavaScript
6 13 (2.17%) VBScript
7 12 (2.00%) VB.NET
8 9 (1.50%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.67%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.50%) Java
10 3 (0.50%) Prolog
10 3 (0.50%) JAQL
11 2 (0.33%) VBA
11 2 (0.33%) Python
11 2 (0.33%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.17%) X++
12 1 (0.17%) VB
12 1 (0.17%) Perl
12 1 (0.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 599 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 357 (59.60%) MCITP
3 293 (48.91%) MCSE
4 232 (38.73%) MCP
5 134 (22.37%) Cisco Certification
6 133 (22.20%) MCSA
6 133 (22.20%) CCNA
7 111 (18.53%) Degree
8 61 (10.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 42 (7.01%) MCSD
10 40 (6.68%) Citrix Certification
11 39 (6.51%) MCAD
12 37 (6.18%) Security Cleared
13 28 (4.67%) CCNP
13 28 (4.67%) MCDST
14 27 (4.51%) CCA
15 23 (3.84%) A+ Certification
16 20 (3.34%) Microsoft Certified Master
17 18 (3.01%) CCEE
17 18 (3.01%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (10.18%) SLA
2 13 (2.17%) QA
3 12 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (1.34%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.50%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.50%) TickIT
5 3 (0.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 299 (49.92%) Active Directory
2 137 (22.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 124 (20.70%) Hyper-V
4 23 (3.84%) vSphere
5 15 (2.50%) Forefront TMG
6 14 (2.34%) XenApp
6 14 (2.34%) Terminal Services
7 12 (2.00%) VMware ESX
7 12 (2.00%) Terminal Server
8 9 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (1.34%) XenServer
10 6 (1.00%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.33%) KVM
13 1 (0.17%) UAG
13 1 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.17%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.17%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 45 (7.51%) SCOM
2 37 (6.18%) SCCM
3 11 (1.84%) WSUS
4 10 (1.67%) AirWatch
5 9 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.50%) Puppet
5 9 (1.50%) Backup Exec
6 6 (1.00%) SCVMM
6 6 (1.00%) SCDPM
6 6 (1.00%) SCOrch
6 6 (1.00%) Casper Suite
7 5 (0.83%) SCSM
7 5 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (0.83%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.83%) Nagios
8 4 (0.67%) SolarWinds Orion
8 4 (0.67%) XenMobile
9 3 (0.50%) CA Spectrum
9 3 (0.50%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 3 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 455 (75.96%) Microsoft
2 196 (32.72%) VMware
3 129 (21.54%) Cisco
4 80 (13.36%) Citrix
5 40 (6.68%) HP
5 40 (6.68%) Apple
6 33 (5.51%) Oracle
7 31 (5.18%) NetApp
8 23 (3.84%) Dell
9 18 (3.01%) SonicWALL
10 17 (2.84%) Juniper
11 15 (2.50%) Red Gate
12 14 (2.34%) IBM
12 14 (2.34%) Symantec
13 11 (1.84%) Remedy
13 11 (1.84%) Avaya
14 10 (1.67%) MicroStrategy
15 9 (1.50%) McAfee
16 8 (1.34%) CommVault
16 8 (1.34%) Altiris
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: Extensive benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Dartford, Kent
ninesharp
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £32000.00 per annum + Car / Car Allowance
Posted: 10 hours ago
Harrow, Middlesex
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £22,000 to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Noir Consulting
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Healthcare
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Premier IT
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £38,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Towcester, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + generous package
Posted: 4 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
Spring Technology
Salary: £70000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + 25 days holiday, 5% pension etc...
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £40000 - £48000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £22,000 to £25,000 per annum Flexible Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £22000 - £30000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £65000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Salary: £65000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £42,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum + 24 days holiday + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago