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 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 524 238 183
Rank change year-on-year
-286 -55
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 405 1275 1814
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 1.18% 1.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.32% 4.36% 5.62%
Number of salaries quoted 365 1228 1757
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £26,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £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
30716 29211 32279
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.80% 27.10% 28.33%
Number of salaries quoted 24600 23037 27108
Average salary £45,000 £42,750 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +0.58%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £66,000
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 24 December 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 24 December 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 -288 388 £40,000 - 41
London -176 182 £37,500 -25.00% 6
West Midlands +7 59 £48,500 +21.25% 2
South East -197 55 £36,000 -10.00% 13
City of London -50 52 £50,000 -4.76% 2
Birmingham +13 35 £52,500 +5.00% 2
North West -95 31 £40,000 +14.28% 3
Yorkshire -27 30 £47,500 +35.71% 3
Hampshire -28 27 £38,500 +13.23% 5
West Yorkshire +9 25 £47,500 +46.15% 1
Wimbledon - 24 £36,000 -
Leeds +7 20 £50,000 +25.00% 1
Manchester -54 19 £40,000 +33.33% 1
East of England -104 19 £31,000 -22.50% 4
Berkshire -50 15 £30,500 -12.85% 2
South West -67 13 £22,500 -38.35% 5
Hertfordshire -39 12 £31,000 -29.14%
East Midlands -58 11 £32,500 -18.75% 4
Cheshire -35 10 £23,500 -32.85% 1
Basingstoke +4 9 £45,000 +42.85%
Warrington -24 9 £23,500 -32.85%
Uxbridge - 9 £35,000 -
Wolverhampton - 8 £40,000 -
Maidenhead +13 7 £30,000 -7.69%
Nottingham -19 7 £32,500 -18.75% 3
Nottinghamshire -19 7 £32,500 -18.75% 3
Surrey -44 7 £45,000 +20.00% 3
Coventry -7 6 £49,500 +4.21%
Slough -4 5 £30,500 -3.17% 1
Solihull -5 5 £38,500 -23.00%

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 966 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 686 (71.01%) Microsoft
3 673 (69.67%) Windows
4 529 (54.76%) MCITP
5 479 (49.59%) MCSE
6 366 (37.89%) MS Exchange
7 358 (37.06%) MCP
8 351 (36.34%) SQL Server
9 349 (36.13%) MS Excel
10 344 (35.61%) Active Directory
11 341 (35.30%) Windows Server 2008
12 300 (31.06%) VMware
13 272 (28.16%) MCSA
14 249 (25.78%) SQL
15 231 (23.91%) VMware Infrastructure
16 230 (23.81%) Windows 7
17 214 (22.15%) Windows Server 2012
18 211 (21.84%) Exchange Server 2010
19 202 (20.91%) ITIL
20 200 (20.70%) .NET
21 186 (19.25%) C#
21 186 (19.25%) MS Office
22 180 (18.63%) Windows Server 2003
23 164 (16.98%) SharePoint
24 163 (16.87%) Exchange Server 2007
25 161 (16.67%) DNS
26 158 (16.36%) Hyper-V
27 157 (16.25%) Citrix
28 154 (15.94%) ASP.NET
29 151 (15.63%) Lync

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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
1 366 (37.89%) MS Exchange
2 211 (21.84%) Exchange Server 2010
3 164 (16.98%) SharePoint
4 163 (16.87%) Exchange Server 2007
5 151 (15.63%) Lync
6 116 (12.01%) Exchange Server 2013
7 65 (6.73%) Exchange Server 2003
8 56 (5.80%) IIS
9 53 (5.49%) SharePoint 2013
10 46 (4.76%) SharePoint 2010
11 37 (3.83%) BizTalk Server
12 29 (3.00%) SharePoint Server
13 25 (2.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 21 (2.17%) Office Communications Server
15 13 (1.35%) OpenEdge
16 4 (0.41%) IBM Notes
17 3 (0.31%) Documentum
17 3 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
18 2 (0.21%) TPMS
19 1 (0.10%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 349 (36.13%) MS Excel
2 186 (19.25%) MS Office
3 13 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.52%) Mingle
5 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.10%) MS Project
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.10%) Maya
6 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 72 (7.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.10%) Summit
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 100 (10.35%) Office 365
2 99 (10.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.35%) IaaS
4 9 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.31%) SaaS
6 2 (0.21%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 161 (16.67%) DNS
2 142 (14.70%) TCP/IP
3 129 (13.35%) VPN
4 112 (11.59%) DHCP
5 111 (11.49%) SAN
6 93 (9.63%) LAN
7 80 (8.28%) WAN
8 56 (5.80%) Firewall
9 34 (3.52%) Wireless
10 29 (3.00%) Unified Communications
11 28 (2.90%) VoIP
12 27 (2.80%) NAS
13 22 (2.28%) Internet
14 19 (1.97%) Wi-Fi
15 13 (1.35%) Cisco Nexus
15 13 (1.35%) SSL
15 13 (1.35%) ADSL
16 11 (1.14%) WAAS
17 9 (0.93%) Network Security
17 9 (0.93%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 351 (36.34%) SQL Server
2 132 (13.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 66 (6.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 63 (6.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 62 (6.42%) SQL Server 2012
6 61 (6.31%) SQL Server 2005
7 43 (4.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 42 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
9 17 (1.76%) Crystal Reports
10 12 (1.24%) MySQL
11 9 (0.93%) Relational Database
12 8 (0.83%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (0.72%) Big Data
14 5 (0.52%) Neo4j
14 5 (0.52%) RavenDB
14 5 (0.52%) Data Mart
15 4 (0.41%) OLTP
15 4 (0.41%) RDBMS
15 4 (0.41%) Oracle Database
16 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 75 (7.76%) NUnit
2 67 (6.94%) Rhino Mocks
2 67 (6.94%) Moq
3 31 (3.21%) MSTest
4 24 (2.48%) Visual Studio
5 13 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.72%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.52%) Git (software)
7 5 (0.52%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (0.31%) Subversion
9 2 (0.21%) JIRA
10 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.10%) Toad
10 1 (0.10%) MSI
General
1 82 (8.49%) Finance
2 37 (3.83%) Legal
3 30 (3.11%) Games
4 27 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.28%) Advertising
6 16 (1.66%) Banking
7 15 (1.55%) Marketing
8 9 (0.93%) Billing
9 8 (0.83%) Music Industry
10 7 (0.72%) Law
11 6 (0.62%) Retail
12 5 (0.52%) Electronics
13 2 (0.21%) Back Office
13 2 (0.21%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.10%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 199 (20.60%) Support Engineer
2 193 (19.98%) Developer
3 125 (12.94%) Consultant
4 93 (9.63%) DBA
5 88 (9.11%) .NET Developer
6 85 (8.80%) Administrator
7 82 (8.49%) SQL DBA
8 80 (8.28%) Analyst
9 79 (8.18%) IT Support
10 78 (8.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 61 (6.31%) Architect
11 61 (6.31%) Microsoft Consultant
12 57 (5.90%) IT Support Engineer
13 55 (5.69%) SharePoint Developer
14 54 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
15 50 (5.18%) 3rd Line Support
16 42 (4.35%) Technical Consultant
17 38 (3.93%) Service Analyst
17 38 (3.93%) Solutions Architect
17 38 (3.93%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 200 (20.70%) .NET
2 154 (15.94%) ASP.NET
3 87 (9.01%) ASP.NET MVC
4 75 (7.76%) WCF
5 73 (7.56%) .NET Framework
6 68 (7.04%) HTML
7 57 (5.90%) CSS
8 42 (4.35%) NHibernate
9 41 (4.24%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 38 (3.93%) Razor View Engine
11 33 (3.42%) Ajax
12 30 (3.11%) WPF
13 27 (2.80%) LINQ
14 26 (2.69%) WinForms
15 25 (2.59%) Spring.NET
15 25 (2.59%) Unity DI Container
15 25 (2.59%) Castle Windsor
15 25 (2.59%) Ninject
16 23 (2.38%) ADO.NET
17 17 (1.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 63 (6.52%) Blackberry
1 63 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.11%) Clustering
3 25 (2.59%) Inversion of Control
4 20 (2.07%) iPhone
5 18 (1.86%) Management Information System
6 17 (1.76%) Video Conferencing
7 16 (1.66%) Computer Science
8 15 (1.55%) Statistics
8 15 (1.55%) Replication
9 13 (1.35%) Mathematics
10 11 (1.14%) Celerra
10 11 (1.14%) CLARiiON
10 11 (1.14%) N-Tier
11 8 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.83%) Streaming Music
12 7 (0.72%) Blog
12 7 (0.72%) Open Source
13 6 (0.62%) Visualisation
14 5 (0.52%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 673 (69.67%) Windows
2 341 (35.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 230 (23.81%) Windows 7
4 214 (22.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 180 (18.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 98 (10.14%) Windows XP
7 91 (9.42%) Windows 8
8 39 (4.04%) Linux
9 30 (3.11%) Windows 2000
10 26 (2.69%) UNIX
11 19 (1.97%) VMS
12 8 (0.83%) Windows Vista
12 8 (0.83%) CentOS
13 5 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.41%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.31%) Android
15 3 (0.31%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.21%) AIX
17 1 (0.10%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (20.91%) ITIL
2 143 (14.80%) Agile Software Development
3 102 (10.56%) CRM
4 96 (9.94%) Migration
5 93 (9.63%) MVC
5 93 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
6 79 (8.18%) Scrum
7 78 (8.07%) Performance Tuning
8 77 (7.97%) TDD
9 75 (7.76%) Web Application Development
10 67 (6.94%) Kanban
11 64 (6.63%) Mentoring
12 63 (6.52%) Service Delivery
13 58 (6.00%) Project Management
14 56 (5.80%) Disaster Recovery
15 52 (5.38%) BDD
16 51 (5.28%) PRINCE2
17 39 (4.04%) Change Management
17 39 (4.04%) Coaching
18 37 (3.83%) OO
Programming Languages
1 249 (25.78%) SQL
2 186 (19.25%) C#
3 84 (8.70%) T-SQL
4 49 (5.07%) JavaScript
5 46 (4.76%) VB.NET
6 43 (4.45%) PowerShell
7 18 (1.86%) VB
8 10 (1.04%) Java
9 9 (0.93%) C
9 9 (0.93%) VBScript
10 7 (0.72%) C++
11 2 (0.21%) Perl
11 2 (0.21%) XPath
12 1 (0.10%) PHP
12 1 (0.10%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 966 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 529 (54.76%) MCITP
3 479 (49.59%) MCSE
4 358 (37.06%) MCP
5 272 (28.16%) MCSA
6 144 (14.91%) Degree
7 123 (12.73%) Cisco Certification
8 121 (12.53%) CCNA
9 117 (12.11%) MCSD
10 106 (10.97%) MCAD
11 96 (9.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 80 (8.28%) Citrix Certification
13 78 (8.07%) CCA
14 34 (3.52%) Security Cleared
15 30 (3.11%) MCPD
16 29 (3.00%) SC Cleared
17 27 (2.80%) MCDBA
17 27 (2.80%) MCDST
18 26 (2.69%) CCNP
19 25 (2.59%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (7.76%) SLA
2 27 (2.80%) QA
3 9 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.21%) BS7799
4 2 (0.21%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.10%) HL7
5 1 (0.10%) DICOM
5 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 344 (35.61%) Active Directory
2 231 (23.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 158 (16.36%) Hyper-V
4 41 (4.24%) vSphere
5 38 (3.93%) VMware ESX
6 29 (3.00%) XenDesktop
7 25 (2.59%) XenApp
8 20 (2.07%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 14 (1.45%) Forefront TMG
9 14 (1.45%) vCloud
10 12 (1.24%) VMware ESXi
10 12 (1.24%) XenServer
11 8 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (0.62%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.41%) UAG
14 3 (0.31%) NFS
15 1 (0.10%) Terminal Services
15 1 (0.10%) VMware Server
15 1 (0.10%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 73 (7.56%) SCCM
1 73 (7.56%) SCOM
2 55 (5.69%) Backup Exec
3 25 (2.59%) SCVMM
4 16 (1.66%) WSUS
5 13 (1.35%) SCOrch
5 13 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
6 10 (1.04%) MIIS
7 9 (0.93%) SCSM
8 7 (0.72%) SCDPM
9 6 (0.62%) Windows Intune
9 6 (0.62%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 6 (0.62%) XenMobile
10 5 (0.52%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 4 (0.41%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.41%) Casper Suite
12 3 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
13 2 (0.21%) ARCserve
13 2 (0.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 1 (0.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 686 (71.01%) Microsoft
2 300 (31.06%) VMware
3 157 (16.25%) Citrix
4 146 (15.11%) Cisco
5 67 (6.94%) HP
6 60 (6.21%) Apple
7 52 (5.38%) Symantec
8 50 (5.18%) Juniper
9 46 (4.76%) EMC
10 43 (4.45%) NetApp
11 38 (3.93%) Remedy
12 33 (3.42%) Oracle
12 33 (3.42%) Veeam
13 28 (2.90%) McAfee
14 25 (2.59%) Dell
15 23 (2.38%) Meru Networks
16 20 (2.07%) LANDesk
17 17 (1.76%) Avaya
18 12 (1.24%) SAP
19 11 (1.14%) Sophos
Crewe, Cheshire
Shortlist Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + pension, healthcare
Posted: 18 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
Spring Technology
Salary: £36000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £21000 per annum + + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £32,000 to £42,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Farnham, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £12,000 to £19,000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Surrey
TribePost.co.uk
Salary: £20,000-£25,000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Bromley, Kent
TribePost.co.uk
Salary: £38-45k, DOE
Posted: 7 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
TribePost.co.uk
Salary: £20,000-£25,000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
London
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £200,000 per annum No Tax, Relocation, Bonus, Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago