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

Location
3 months to
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 552 356 229
Rank change year-on-year
-196 -127
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 375 874 1412
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.34% 0.74% 1.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.23% 2.70% 4.57%
Number of salaries quoted 341 811 1331
Average salary £37,500 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.76% +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £25,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £59,900 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £36,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -

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
30444 32334 30911
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.45% 27.23% 27.98%
Number of salaries quoted 23778 25831 24841
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £69,000 £65,000 £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 April 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 April 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 -200 354 £37,500 -11.76% 29
London -156 150 £40,750 -14.21% 10
South East -92 60 £29,500 -30.58% 7
North West -37 40 £38,250 +9.28% 5
East of England -1 39 £36,000 -10.00%
City of London +16 38 £47,500 -
Yorkshire +20 29 £42,500 -5.55% 3
West Yorkshire +8 29 £42,500 -10.52%
Hampshire +17 26 £27,500 -3.50% 4
West Midlands -20 26 £37,500 -21.05% 3
Leeds +8 19 £50,000 +5.26%
Cheshire -10 19 £34,000 -2.85% 2
Hertfordshire -7 16 £29,500 -23.37%
Manchester -26 16 £28,500 -12.30%
Hemel Hempstead -16 14 £29,500 -28.04%
Berkshire -62 14 £65,000 +85.71% 1
East Midlands -39 12 £22,000 -45.67%
Cambridge -3 11 £55,000 +41.93%
Cambridgeshire -6 11 £55,000 +37.50%
Buckinghamshire 0 10 £29,500 -37.89%
Bradford -3 10 £32,500 +8.33%
Warrington -14 10 £42,500 +21.42% 1
Birmingham -15 10 £52,500 - 1
Bracknell +4 9 £90,000 +157.14%
Knutsford - 9 £34,000 - 1
Merseyside +16 8 £45,000 +9.09% 1
Liverpool +15 8 £52,500 +27.27% 1
Coventry -13 8 £37,500 -21.05%
Surrey -11 7 £54,501 +21.11% 2
Nottinghamshire -36 7 £30,000 -25.00%

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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.

1 769 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 595 (77.37%) Microsoft
3 559 (72.69%) Windows
4 414 (53.84%) MCITP
5 370 (48.11%) MCSE
6 343 (44.60%) Active Directory
7 277 (36.02%) MS Exchange
8 259 (33.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 253 (32.90%) MCP
10 249 (32.38%) MS Excel
11 247 (32.12%) Windows 7
12 239 (31.08%) SQL Server
13 222 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
14 210 (27.31%) SQL
15 180 (23.41%) ITIL
16 178 (23.15%) MCSA
17 176 (22.89%) VMware
18 169 (21.98%) Exchange Server 2010
19 148 (19.25%) Cisco
20 147 (19.12%) MS Office
21 144 (18.73%) Lync
22 130 (16.91%) SharePoint
23 128 (16.64%) Windows 8
24 127 (16.51%) .NET
25 125 (16.25%) LAN
26 121 (15.73%) Cisco Certification
27 120 (15.60%) CCNA
27 120 (15.60%) TCP/IP
28 119 (15.47%) C#
28 119 (15.47%) Windows Server 2003

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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
1 277 (36.02%) MS Exchange
2 169 (21.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 144 (18.73%) Lync
4 130 (16.91%) SharePoint
5 104 (13.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 83 (10.79%) Exchange Server 2007
7 60 (7.80%) IIS
8 48 (6.24%) SharePoint 2010
9 42 (5.46%) SharePoint 2013
10 34 (4.42%) BizTalk Server
11 27 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2003
12 19 (2.47%) Office Communications Server
13 18 (2.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 11 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
15 6 (0.78%) Oracle Workflow
15 6 (0.78%) IBM Notes
15 6 (0.78%) Documentum
16 5 (0.65%) OpenEdge
17 4 (0.52%) Tomcat
18 2 (0.26%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 249 (32.38%) MS Excel
2 147 (19.12%) MS Office
3 10 (1.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 8 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.04%) Mingle
5 3 (0.39%) MS Project
6 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 77 (10.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.39%) SAP CCM
3 3 (0.39%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 108 (14.04%) Office 365
2 76 (9.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (2.47%) Cloud Computing
4 16 (2.08%) IaaS
5 4 (0.52%) Yammer
6 2 (0.26%) PaaS
7 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 125 (16.25%) LAN
2 120 (15.60%) TCP/IP
3 112 (14.56%) WAN
4 102 (13.26%) DNS
5 86 (11.18%) VPN
6 75 (9.75%) DHCP
7 71 (9.23%) Firewall
8 64 (8.32%) SAN
9 41 (5.33%) VoIP
10 25 (3.25%) Wi-Fi
11 24 (3.12%) Network Security
12 23 (2.99%) Unified Communications
13 21 (2.73%) NAS
14 20 (2.60%) VLAN
15 15 (1.95%) Internet
16 14 (1.82%) ADSL
17 10 (1.30%) Wireless
18 9 (1.17%) PBX
18 9 (1.17%) VDSL
19 7 (0.91%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 239 (31.08%) SQL Server
2 118 (15.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 66 (8.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 64 (8.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 40 (5.20%) SQL Server 2012
6 38 (4.94%) SQL Server 2005
7 37 (4.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (3.38%) Data Warehouse
9 20 (2.60%) MySQL
10 11 (1.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (1.30%) Oracle Database
12 8 (1.04%) RavenDB
12 8 (1.04%) Neo4j
13 7 (0.91%) Big Data
13 7 (0.91%) QlikView
13 7 (0.91%) Relational Database
13 7 (0.91%) Oracle Database 10g
14 5 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
14 5 (0.65%) Data Mart
14 5 (0.65%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 45 (5.85%) NUnit
2 35 (4.55%) Visual Studio
3 26 (3.38%) Rhino Mocks
3 26 (3.38%) Moq
4 13 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (1.17%) MSTest
5 9 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
5 9 (1.17%) CruiseControl
5 9 (1.17%) MSBuild
6 8 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (1.04%) TeamCity
6 8 (1.04%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.26%) JIRA
9 1 (0.13%) Subversion
9 1 (0.13%) MSI
General
1 58 (7.54%) Finance
2 26 (3.38%) Games
3 20 (2.60%) Legal
3 20 (2.60%) Telecoms
3 20 (2.60%) Marketing
4 15 (1.95%) Advertising
5 11 (1.43%) Retail
6 4 (0.52%) Local Government
7 3 (0.39%) Law
8 2 (0.26%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.26%) Banking
9 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 133 (17.30%) Support Engineer
2 126 (16.38%) Consultant
3 103 (13.39%) Developer
4 86 (11.18%) DBA
5 83 (10.79%) Microsoft Consultant
6 78 (10.14%) Analyst
7 76 (9.88%) Administrator
8 73 (9.49%) SQL DBA
9 70 (9.10%) Technical Consultant
10 60 (7.80%) 2nd Line Support
11 56 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 52 (6.76%) IT Support
13 48 (6.24%) .NET Developer
14 40 (5.20%) Architect
15 36 (4.68%) Support Analyst
16 35 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
16 35 (4.55%) Junior
17 27 (3.51%) SharePoint Developer
17 27 (3.51%) IT Support Engineer
18 26 (3.38%) Junior .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (16.51%) .NET
2 94 (12.22%) ASP.NET
3 82 (10.66%) .NET Framework
4 61 (7.93%) HTML
5 57 (7.41%) CSS
6 46 (5.98%) ASP.NET MVC
7 43 (5.59%) WCF
8 33 (4.29%) LINQ
9 29 (3.77%) Ajax
10 26 (3.38%) NHibernate
11 25 (3.25%) Entity Framework
12 16 (2.08%) Web Services
13 15 (1.95%) XML
14 14 (1.82%) ADO.NET
15 12 (1.56%) jQuery
16 11 (1.43%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
17 9 (1.17%) Silverlight
18 8 (1.04%) RESTful
18 8 (1.04%) KnockoutJS
18 8 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.28%) Private Cloud
2 53 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (3.90%) Blackberry
4 24 (3.12%) Statistics
5 22 (2.86%) Replication
6 19 (2.47%) Video Conferencing
7 15 (1.95%) Hybrid Cloud
8 13 (1.69%) Clustering
9 10 (1.30%) Digital Media
10 9 (1.17%) FlexPod
10 9 (1.17%) Computer Science
11 8 (1.04%) iPhone
11 8 (1.04%) Management Information System
12 7 (0.91%) Thin Client
12 7 (0.91%) Fat Client
13 4 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.52%) Mathematics
14 3 (0.39%) Data Integration
14 3 (0.39%) Client/Server
14 3 (0.39%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 559 (72.69%) Windows
2 259 (33.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 247 (32.12%) Windows 7
4 222 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 128 (16.64%) Windows 8
6 119 (15.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 100 (13.00%) Windows XP
8 29 (3.77%) Linux
9 14 (1.82%) Mac OS X
9 14 (1.82%) UNIX
10 13 (1.69%) Mac OS
11 10 (1.30%) CentOS
12 5 (0.65%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.52%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.39%) Android
15 2 (0.26%) Fedora
15 2 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.26%) Solaris
16 1 (0.13%) AIX
16 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (23.41%) ITIL
2 110 (14.30%) Migration
3 105 (13.65%) CRM
4 79 (10.27%) Agile Software Development
5 74 (9.62%) Performance Tuning
6 66 (8.58%) Mentoring
7 59 (7.67%) Service Delivery
8 58 (7.54%) Business Intelligence
9 56 (7.28%) Project Management
10 55 (7.15%) MVC
11 47 (6.11%) PRINCE2
12 40 (5.20%) Disaster Recovery
13 39 (5.07%) Web Application Development
14 35 (4.55%) Coaching
15 34 (4.42%) BDD
15 34 (4.42%) TDD
16 32 (4.16%) OO
17 30 (3.90%) Scrum
18 28 (3.64%) OOA/OOD
19 27 (3.51%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 210 (27.31%) SQL
2 119 (15.47%) C#
3 72 (9.36%) T-SQL
4 51 (6.63%) JavaScript
5 50 (6.50%) PowerShell
6 23 (2.99%) VB.NET
7 14 (1.82%) VB
7 14 (1.82%) C
8 10 (1.30%) Java
9 9 (1.17%) VBScript
10 7 (0.91%) C++
11 6 (0.78%) JAQL
12 4 (0.52%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.26%) Perl
Qualifications
1 769 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 414 (53.84%) MCITP
3 370 (48.11%) MCSE
4 253 (32.90%) MCP
5 178 (23.15%) MCSA
6 121 (15.73%) Cisco Certification
7 120 (15.60%) CCNA
8 108 (14.04%) Degree
9 76 (9.88%) MCSD
10 63 (8.19%) MCAD
11 54 (7.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 43 (5.59%) Security Cleared
13 40 (5.20%) Citrix Certification
14 38 (4.94%) CCA
15 34 (4.42%) SC Cleared
16 28 (3.64%) MCPD
17 27 (3.51%) MCDST
18 20 (2.60%) CCNP
19 19 (2.47%) DV Cleared
19 19 (2.47%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (9.10%) SLA
2 19 (2.47%) QA
3 6 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.39%) TickIT
4 3 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.26%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.13%) HL7
6 1 (0.13%) DICOM
6 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 343 (44.60%) Active Directory
2 117 (15.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (14.82%) Hyper-V
4 22 (2.86%) vSphere
5 17 (2.21%) XenApp
6 13 (1.69%) Forefront TMG
7 11 (1.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 10 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (1.30%) XenDesktop
8 10 (1.30%) VMware ESX
9 8 (1.04%) XenServer
10 7 (0.91%) ISA Server
11 6 (0.78%) UAG
12 3 (0.39%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.26%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
14 1 (0.13%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 94 (12.22%) SCOM
2 84 (10.92%) SCCM
3 23 (2.99%) SCVMM
4 17 (2.21%) SCOrch
4 17 (2.21%) AirWatch
5 12 (1.56%) Backup Exec
6 11 (1.43%) WSUS
6 11 (1.43%) SCSM
6 11 (1.43%) SCDPM
7 8 (1.04%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 7 (0.91%) Windows Intune
9 5 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.52%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.39%) Casper Suite
12 2 (0.26%) CA Spectrum
12 2 (0.26%) Nagios
12 2 (0.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 1 (0.13%) XenMobile
13 1 (0.13%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 595 (77.37%) Microsoft
2 176 (22.89%) VMware
3 148 (19.25%) Cisco
4 72 (9.36%) Citrix
5 50 (6.50%) Apple
6 49 (6.37%) HP
7 36 (4.68%) NetApp
8 33 (4.29%) Oracle
9 27 (3.51%) Remedy
10 24 (3.12%) Juniper
11 21 (2.73%) Avaya
11 21 (2.73%) LANDesk
12 19 (2.47%) Dell
13 15 (1.95%) Symantec
14 14 (1.82%) McAfee
15 13 (1.69%) IBM
16 10 (1.30%) Adobe
17 8 (1.04%) Veeam
18 6 (0.78%) Acme Packet
18 6 (0.78%) Sonus
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Cornwallis Elt Ltd
Posted: 12 hours ago
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 35,000-40,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Kingston Upon Hull
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £43,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £28000.00 - £32000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Salary: £300 - £400 per day + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Stott & May
Salary: £45000 - £60000 Per Annum + £10,000 bonus paid montly +
Posted: 3 days ago
Bromley, Kent
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £16,000 to £21,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Salary: £28000 - £36000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 35-45k
Posted: 4 days ago
London - Victoria
Transport For London (TFL)
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Kelway Ltd
Salary: From £55,000 to £65,000 per annum £55,000 - £65,000 + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Goole
Bluefire Consulting
Salary: £20000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton
Austin Fraser Limited
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Knutsford
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £32000 - £36000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 11 days ago
Liverpool
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Salary: £40000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday, flexible hours
Posted: 12 days ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £22,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago