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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 346 213 224
Rank change year-on-year
-133 +11
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 900 1484 1475
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 1.32% 1.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.72% 4.74% 4.25%
Number of salaries quoted 834 1403 1392
Average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
33121 31278 34707
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.15% 27.86% 27.74%
Number of salaries quoted 26463 25191 29454
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 23 April 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -129 879 £42,500 +6.25% 44
London -61 400 £47,500 +18.75% 28
South East -82 182 £42,500 +6.25% 8
North West -76 84 £35,000 -
Berkshire +4 74 £35,000 -22.22% 1
East Midlands -66 66 £40,500 +8.00% 1
East of England -71 66 £40,000 - 3
South West -17 53 £41,500 +3.75% 3
Manchester -59 51 £32,500 -7.14%
City of London -12 45 £47,500 +30.13% 3
Nottingham -18 45 £40,000 +6.66%
Nottinghamshire -25 45 £40,000 +6.66%
Kent -6 36 £45,000 +12.50%
Cheshire 0 34 £35,000 -
Surrey -61 33 £45,000 +12.50% 1
Warrington -26 31 £35,000 +20.68%
Cambridgeshire -7 30 £40,000 +6.66% 2
Cambridge -1 26 £38,750 -3.12% 2
Yorkshire -55 26 £45,000 +22.17%
West Midlands -35 25 £47,500 +22.58% 1
Reading -17 24 £32,500 -35.00%
Derby +15 23 £42,500 -19.04% 1
Derbyshire +7 23 £42,500 -19.04% 1
Bristol -4 21 £52,500 +50.00% 1
West Yorkshire -50 21 £47,500 +26.66%
Maidstone -17 20 £40,000 -
Leeds -37 19 £47,500 -
Hertfordshire -16 16 £38,500 -14.44%
Birmingham -9 15 £52,500 +40.00%
Bolton -10 14 £40,000 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 2053 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1483 (72.24%) SQL Server
3 1368 (66.63%) MCP
4 1352 (65.85%) .NET
5 1281 (62.40%) C#
6 1162 (56.60%) MCSD
7 1124 (54.75%) ASP.NET
8 1119 (54.51%) MCAD
9 1102 (53.68%) MVC
10 1077 (52.46%) TDD
11 1073 (52.26%) ASP.NET MVC
12 1015 (49.44%) Microsoft
13 1007 (49.05%) Windows
14 1005 (48.95%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 939 (45.74%) WCF
16 934 (45.49%) Web Application Development
17 813 (39.60%) NUnit
18 810 (39.45%) Scrum
19 800 (38.97%) Rhino Mocks
20 779 (37.94%) SQL Server 2012
21 751 (36.58%) Razor View Engine
22 661 (32.20%) WPF
23 584 (28.45%) Castle Windsor
24 574 (27.96%) NHibernate
25 543 (26.45%) Kanban
26 501 (24.40%) Moq
27 445 (21.68%) WinForms
28 443 (21.58%) BDD
29 442 (21.53%) MCITP
30 414 (20.17%) SQL

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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
1 340 (16.56%) MS Exchange
2 259 (12.62%) SharePoint
3 199 (9.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 123 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2007
5 117 (5.70%) IIS
6 115 (5.60%) SharePoint 2013
7 111 (5.41%) Lync
8 107 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2013
9 94 (4.58%) Node.js
10 86 (4.19%) BizTalk Server
11 79 (3.85%) SharePoint 2010
12 58 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2003
13 36 (1.75%) Office Communications Server
14 16 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
15 12 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 8 (0.39%) CMS
16 8 (0.39%) MS Project Server
17 6 (0.29%) TPMS
18 5 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2000
18 5 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 332 (16.17%) MS Excel
2 135 (6.58%) MS Office
3 14 (0.68%) MS Project
4 12 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.58%) Mingle
5 11 (0.54%) InfoPath
6 4 (0.19%) MS PowerPoint
7 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 47 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.29%) SAP Business One
3 2 (0.097%) Summit
4 1 (0.049%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.049%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 107 (5.21%) Office 365
2 52 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (1.46%) SaaS
4 12 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
5 11 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.049%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 218 (10.62%) Internet
2 202 (9.84%) DNS
3 155 (7.55%) DHCP
4 146 (7.11%) Firewall
5 141 (6.87%) SAN
6 138 (6.72%) LAN
7 131 (6.38%) VPN
8 125 (6.09%) WAN
9 121 (5.89%) TCP/IP
10 61 (2.97%) Unified Communications
11 43 (2.09%) Wireless
12 39 (1.90%) SSL
13 35 (1.70%) NAS
14 32 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
15 27 (1.32%) VoIP
16 26 (1.27%) Broadband
17 23 (1.12%) Cisco Nexus
18 20 (0.97%) iSCSI
19 16 (0.78%) PBX
19 16 (0.78%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1483 (72.24%) SQL Server
2 779 (37.94%) SQL Server 2012
3 201 (9.79%) SQL Server 2008
4 133 (6.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 117 (5.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 85 (4.14%) SQL Server 2005
7 70 (3.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 50 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
9 38 (1.85%) NoSQL
10 32 (1.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 20 (0.97%) OLTP
12 16 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
13 13 (0.63%) OLAP
13 13 (0.63%) MySQL
14 12 (0.58%) DTS
14 12 (0.58%) Neo4j
15 11 (0.54%) Relational Database
16 10 (0.49%) RDBMS
16 10 (0.49%) PowerCenter
17 7 (0.34%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 813 (39.60%) NUnit
2 800 (38.97%) Rhino Mocks
3 501 (24.40%) Moq
4 297 (14.47%) MSTest
5 284 (13.83%) Subversion
6 57 (2.78%) Visual Studio
6 57 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
7 51 (2.48%) Git (software)
8 12 (0.58%) TeamCity
9 9 (0.44%) Oracle Forms
10 6 (0.29%) JIRA
11 2 (0.097%) Oracle APEX
12 1 (0.049%) Eclipse
12 1 (0.049%) CruiseControl
12 1 (0.049%) NCover
12 1 (0.049%) FxCop
General
1 267 (13.01%) Finance
2 232 (11.30%) Games
3 125 (6.09%) Banking
4 65 (3.17%) Retail
5 54 (2.63%) Music Industry
6 45 (2.19%) Investment Banking
7 44 (2.14%) Advertising
8 43 (2.09%) Telecoms
9 14 (0.68%) Legal
10 9 (0.44%) Law
11 8 (0.39%) Back Office
12 7 (0.34%) Marketing
13 6 (0.29%) Billing
14 5 (0.24%) Publishing
14 5 (0.24%) Welsh Language
15 3 (0.15%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.097%) Front Office
16 2 (0.097%) French Language
17 1 (0.049%) Dutch Language
17 1 (0.049%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1256 (61.18%) Developer
2 979 (47.69%) .NET Developer
3 287 (13.98%) C# Developer
4 205 (9.99%) C# .NET Developer
5 151 (7.36%) Support Engineer
6 142 (6.92%) Consultant
7 117 (5.70%) ASP.NET Developer
7 117 (5.70%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 115 (5.60%) Administrator
9 96 (4.68%) Junior
10 91 (4.43%) Graduate
11 90 (4.38%) Junior Developer
12 88 (4.29%) Junior .NET Developer
13 86 (4.19%) Analyst
14 81 (3.95%) 3rd Line Support
15 78 (3.80%) Agile .NET Developer
16 75 (3.65%) DBA
17 71 (3.46%) 2nd Line Support
18 65 (3.17%) SQL DBA
19 58 (2.83%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1352 (65.85%) .NET
2 1124 (54.75%) ASP.NET
3 1073 (52.26%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1005 (48.95%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 939 (45.74%) WCF
6 751 (36.58%) Razor View Engine
7 661 (32.20%) WPF
8 584 (28.45%) Castle Windsor
9 574 (27.96%) NHibernate
10 445 (21.68%) WinForms
11 334 (16.27%) Ninject
12 302 (14.71%) Ajax
13 299 (14.56%) LINQ
13 299 (14.56%) MonoRail
14 285 (13.88%) Spring.NET
14 285 (13.88%) Unity DI Container
15 277 (13.49%) .NET Framework
16 239 (11.64%) HTML
17 195 (9.50%) CSS
18 175 (8.52%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 285 (13.88%) Inversion of Control
2 108 (5.26%) Tandem
3 94 (4.58%) Computer Science
4 89 (4.34%) Client/Server
5 82 (3.99%) Enterprise Software
6 68 (3.31%) Clustering
7 52 (2.53%) Social Network
8 49 (2.39%) Replication
9 41 (2.00%) Blackberry
9 41 (2.00%) Streaming Music
10 36 (1.75%) iPhone
11 34 (1.66%) Mobile App
12 25 (1.22%) N-Tier
13 20 (0.97%) SystemC
14 16 (0.78%) NHS
15 14 (0.68%) Mathematics
16 11 (0.54%) CMDB
17 10 (0.49%) Management Information System
18 9 (0.44%) IPTV
19 8 (0.39%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1007 (49.05%) Windows
2 361 (17.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 204 (9.94%) Windows Server 2003
4 189 (9.21%) Windows 7
5 155 (7.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 88 (4.29%) Windows XP
7 77 (3.75%) Windows 8
8 38 (1.85%) Android
9 37 (1.80%) Linux
10 15 (0.73%) Windows Vista
11 12 (0.58%) CentOS
12 7 (0.34%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.29%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.24%) UNIX
15 3 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
16 2 (0.097%) Windows 2000
17 1 (0.049%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1102 (53.68%) MVC
2 1077 (52.46%) TDD
3 934 (45.49%) Web Application Development
4 810 (39.45%) Scrum
5 543 (26.45%) Kanban
6 443 (21.58%) BDD
7 368 (17.92%) Dependency Injection
8 363 (17.68%) OO
9 339 (16.51%) MVVM
10 324 (15.78%) Continuous Integration
11 218 (10.62%) ITIL
12 174 (8.48%) Domain-Driven Design
13 170 (8.28%) Business Intelligence
14 136 (6.62%) CQRS
15 129 (6.28%) OOD
16 122 (5.94%) OOP
17 102 (4.97%) OOA/OOD
18 101 (4.92%) Agile Software Development
19 98 (4.77%) E-Commerce
20 90 (4.38%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 1281 (62.40%) C#
2 414 (20.17%) SQL
3 236 (11.50%) JavaScript
4 173 (8.43%) VB.NET
5 152 (7.40%) T-SQL
6 133 (6.48%) VB
7 84 (4.09%) PowerShell
8 41 (2.00%) C++
9 33 (1.61%) Ruby
10 21 (1.02%) C
11 15 (0.73%) VB6
12 13 (0.63%) VC++
13 8 (0.39%) XPath
13 8 (0.39%) VBScript
13 8 (0.39%) Java
14 6 (0.29%) VBA
15 4 (0.19%) Python
16 2 (0.097%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.097%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2053 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1368 (66.63%) MCP
3 1162 (56.60%) MCSD
4 1119 (54.51%) MCAD
5 442 (21.53%) MCITP
6 407 (19.82%) MCSE
7 248 (12.08%) MCSA
8 234 (11.40%) Degree
9 146 (7.11%) Cisco Certification
10 141 (6.87%) CCNA
11 100 (4.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 87 (4.24%) MCPD
13 58 (2.83%) Citrix Certification
14 40 (1.95%) CCA
15 33 (1.61%) CCEE
16 31 (1.51%) NCDA
17 27 (1.32%) CCNP
18 24 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
18 24 (1.17%) MCSM
19 20 (0.97%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (3.56%) SLA
2 17 (0.83%) QA
3 7 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.097%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.097%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.097%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.049%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 373 (18.17%) Active Directory
2 269 (13.10%) Hyper-V
3 266 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 80 (3.90%) vSphere
5 38 (1.85%) XenApp
6 29 (1.41%) XenDesktop
7 27 (1.32%) Forefront TMG
8 25 (1.22%) UAG
8 25 (1.22%) Microsoft App-V
9 23 (1.12%) VMware ESX
10 22 (1.07%) XenServer
11 13 (0.63%) ISA Server
12 9 (0.44%) Terminal Services
13 8 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
14 7 (0.34%) vCloud
14 7 (0.34%) Terminal Server
15 6 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.19%) VMware Server
17 3 (0.15%) Squid
18 2 (0.097%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 137 (6.67%) SCCM
2 128 (6.23%) SCOM
3 58 (2.83%) WSUS
4 38 (1.85%) SCVMM
5 35 (1.70%) SCSM
6 21 (1.02%) Backup Exec
7 11 (0.54%) SCDPM
8 10 (0.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 9 (0.44%) SolarWinds Orion
9 9 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
9 9 (0.44%) HP SIM
10 6 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 5 (0.24%) MOM
11 5 (0.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 4 (0.19%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 3 (0.15%) Norton AntiVirus
13 3 (0.15%) WMI
13 3 (0.15%) Puppet
13 3 (0.15%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 1015 (49.44%) Microsoft
2 373 (18.17%) VMware
3 161 (7.84%) Cisco
3 161 (7.84%) Citrix
4 92 (4.48%) HP
5 62 (3.02%) NetApp
6 44 (2.14%) Juniper
7 40 (1.95%) Oracle
7 40 (1.95%) Facebook
8 34 (1.66%) Dell
8 34 (1.66%) Google
9 30 (1.46%) Symantec
10 26 (1.27%) Apple
11 25 (1.22%) EMC
12 22 (1.07%) McAfee
13 18 (0.88%) Mitel
14 17 (0.83%) SonicWALL
15 16 (0.78%) SolarWinds
15 16 (0.78%) McKesson
16 14 (0.68%) Polycom
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Salary: Competitive + benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £40000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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London
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Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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Bournemouth, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Computer People
Salary: £50000.00 - £60000.00 per annum + + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter, Devon
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £18000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £38,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Woodrow Mercer Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum Bonus + Benefits package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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Bristol, Avon
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Salary: £40000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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London
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Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + £10k Sign-On Fee + Bonus
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London
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Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
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London
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