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

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 644 427 234
Rank change year-on-year
-217 -193
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 274 703 1358
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.60% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 2.21% 4.57%
Number of salaries quoted 233 613 1307
Average salary £35,000 £42,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £33,826 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-15.43% -

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
29837 31780 29684
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.23% 27.14% 27.29%
Number of salaries quoted 23763 24876 23903
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -204 257 £35,000 -16.66% 37
London -131 89 £40,000 -5.88% 16
South East -58 80 £27,500 -26.66% 13
North West -37 38 £35,750 +2.14% 3
Hampshire +28 33 £26,000 -13.33% 2
City of London +12 23 £40,000 -27.27% 2
Cheshire -19 21 £24,000 -30.43% 1
West Midlands -11 20 £35,000 -36.36%
Warrington -7 17 £23,000 -2.12% 1
Surrey +12 13 £43,750 +10.75% 3
Buckinghamshire -6 13 £23,000 -54.00% 2
Berkshire -18 12 £55,000 +10.00% 3
East of England -52 12 £33,826 -22.68% 1
Portsmouth - 12 £26,000 -
Manchester -5 11 £37,500 -6.25% 1
Birmingham -23 9 £36,000 -34.54%
Hemel Hempstead -1 7 £31,000 -12.05%
Hertfordshire -17 7 £31,000 -38.00%
South West -30 7 £27,000 -25.00% 1
East Midlands -42 7 £23,500 -44.04%
Bristol -23 6 £27,000 -48.57% 1
Andover - 6 £24,000 -
High Wycombe -9 5 £23,000 -54.00%
Tamworth - 5 £22,500 -
Staffordshire - 5 £22,500 -
Bracknell +20 4 £55,000 +57.14%
Marlow +17 4 - -
Lancashire -1 4 £42,500 -5.55%
Essex -9 4 £33,826 -43.62% 1
West Yorkshire -9 4 £52,500 +25.00% 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 648 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 500 (77.16%) Microsoft
3 450 (69.44%) Windows
4 352 (54.32%) MCITP
5 323 (49.85%) Active Directory
6 314 (48.46%) MCSE
7 257 (39.66%) MS Excel
8 240 (37.04%) MCP
9 236 (36.42%) MS Exchange
9 236 (36.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 197 (30.40%) Windows Server 2012
11 192 (29.63%) Windows 7
12 189 (29.17%) ITIL
13 187 (28.86%) SQL Server
13 187 (28.86%) VMware
14 171 (26.39%) SQL
15 144 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
16 137 (21.14%) DNS
17 135 (20.83%) MCSA
18 134 (20.68%) MS Office
19 130 (20.06%) VMware Infrastructure
20 127 (19.60%) Cisco
20 127 (19.60%) CCNA
20 127 (19.60%) Cisco Certification
21 126 (19.44%) LAN
22 120 (18.52%) Hyper-V
23 118 (18.21%) Degree
24 111 (17.13%) WAN
25 110 (16.98%) Exchange Server 2013
26 107 (16.51%) DHCP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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
1 236 (36.42%) MS Exchange
2 144 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 110 (16.98%) Exchange Server 2013
4 102 (15.74%) Lync
5 96 (14.81%) SharePoint
6 62 (9.57%) Exchange Server 2007
7 38 (5.86%) IIS
8 30 (4.63%) SharePoint 2010
9 24 (3.70%) SharePoint 2013
10 22 (3.40%) BizTalk Server
11 20 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2003
12 15 (2.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 12 (1.85%) SharePoint Server
14 8 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
15 3 (0.46%) Oracle 9iAS
15 3 (0.46%) Oracle Application Server
15 3 (0.46%) Tomcat
16 2 (0.31%) IBM Notes
16 2 (0.31%) Commerce Server
16 2 (0.31%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 257 (39.66%) MS Excel
2 134 (20.68%) MS Office
3 10 (1.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 7 (1.08%) Mingle
6 3 (0.46%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.46%) ProjectWise
6 3 (0.46%) MS Project
7 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 57 (8.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.46%) SAP CCM
2 3 (0.46%) SAP ERP
2 3 (0.46%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 81 (12.50%) Office 365
2 47 (7.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.62%) Yammer
6 3 (0.46%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 137 (21.14%) DNS
2 126 (19.44%) LAN
3 111 (17.13%) WAN
4 107 (16.51%) DHCP
4 107 (16.51%) TCP/IP
5 89 (13.73%) VPN
6 86 (13.27%) Firewall
7 60 (9.26%) SAN
8 37 (5.71%) VoIP
9 26 (4.01%) VLAN
10 24 (3.70%) Unified Communications
11 21 (3.24%) Network Security
11 21 (3.24%) NAS
11 21 (3.24%) Wireless
12 20 (3.09%) Wi-Fi
13 16 (2.47%) ADSL
14 11 (1.70%) Internet
14 11 (1.70%) VDSL
15 8 (1.23%) Wireshark
16 6 (0.93%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (28.86%) SQL Server
2 90 (13.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 60 (9.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (6.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 40 (6.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 37 (5.71%) SQL Server 2005
7 27 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
8 20 (3.09%) Oracle Database
9 19 (2.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 19 (2.93%) MySQL
10 18 (2.78%) Oracle Database 10g
11 13 (2.01%) BusinessObjects
12 11 (1.70%) Oracle Database 11g
13 9 (1.39%) Oracle9i Database
14 8 (1.23%) Big Data
15 7 (1.08%) RavenDB
15 7 (1.08%) Neo4j
15 7 (1.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 6 (0.93%) Data Mart
16 6 (0.93%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 41 (6.33%) NUnit
2 36 (5.56%) Visual Studio
3 25 (3.86%) Rhino Mocks
3 25 (3.86%) Moq
4 11 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (1.39%) CruiseControl
5 9 (1.39%) MSBuild
6 8 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (1.23%) Subversion
6 8 (1.23%) MSTest
6 8 (1.23%) Visual Studio Team System
7 7 (1.08%) TeamCity
7 7 (1.08%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.31%) JIRA
General
1 42 (6.48%) Finance
2 25 (3.86%) Games
3 21 (3.24%) Marketing
4 15 (2.31%) Legal
5 14 (2.16%) Telecoms
6 11 (1.70%) Retail
7 9 (1.39%) Advertising
8 6 (0.93%) Electronics
9 5 (0.77%) Automotive
9 5 (0.77%) Law
10 4 (0.62%) Local Government
10 4 (0.62%) Banking
11 3 (0.46%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.31%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 121 (18.67%) Support Engineer
2 103 (15.90%) Analyst
3 76 (11.73%) Developer
4 70 (10.80%) DBA
5 60 (9.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 58 (8.95%) Administrator
7 57 (8.80%) Consultant
7 57 (8.80%) SQL DBA
8 47 (7.25%) .NET Developer
9 43 (6.64%) Support Analyst
10 40 (6.17%) 2nd Line Support
11 37 (5.71%) Systems Engineer
11 37 (5.71%) IT Support
12 34 (5.25%) Junior
12 34 (5.25%) Technical Consultant
13 31 (4.78%) 3rd Line Support
14 30 (4.63%) Architect
15 29 (4.48%) Microsoft Consultant
16 26 (4.01%) Service Desk Analyst
17 25 (3.86%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (14.66%) .NET
2 67 (10.34%) ASP.NET
3 59 (9.10%) .NET Framework
4 43 (6.64%) HTML
5 41 (6.33%) ASP.NET MVC
6 38 (5.86%) CSS
7 32 (4.94%) LINQ
8 31 (4.78%) WCF
9 25 (3.86%) NHibernate
10 21 (3.24%) Entity Framework
11 19 (2.93%) Web Services
12 18 (2.78%) Ajax
13 15 (2.31%) jQuery
14 14 (2.16%) XML
15 12 (1.85%) HTML5
16 11 (1.70%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
17 7 (1.08%) Silverlight
17 7 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
17 7 (1.08%) RESTful
17 7 (1.08%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 36 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (4.17%) Data Centre
3 26 (4.01%) Blackberry
4 23 (3.55%) Replication
5 21 (3.24%) Clustering
5 21 (3.24%) Private Cloud
6 16 (2.47%) Management Information System
6 16 (2.47%) Statistics
7 15 (2.31%) Computer Science
8 12 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
9 10 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.23%) Digital Media
10 8 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
11 7 (1.08%) Mathematics
12 6 (0.93%) Enterprise Storage
12 6 (0.93%) User Experience
13 5 (0.77%) iPhone
13 5 (0.77%) Fat Client
13 5 (0.77%) Thin Client
14 4 (0.62%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 450 (69.44%) Windows
2 236 (36.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 197 (30.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 192 (29.63%) Windows 7
5 92 (14.20%) Windows XP
6 87 (13.43%) Windows 8
7 73 (11.27%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (3.86%) Linux
9 18 (2.78%) Mac OS
10 15 (2.31%) Mac OS X
11 9 (1.39%) UNIX
12 8 (1.23%) CentOS
13 3 (0.46%) Android
13 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.46%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (0.31%) Solaris
15 1 (0.15%) AIX
15 1 (0.15%) Fedora
15 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (29.17%) ITIL
2 70 (10.80%) CRM
3 66 (10.19%) Migration
4 61 (9.41%) Agile Software Development
5 56 (8.64%) Project Management
6 52 (8.02%) Performance Tuning
7 51 (7.87%) MVC
8 47 (7.25%) Mentoring
9 46 (7.10%) Service Management
10 43 (6.64%) Web Application Development
11 41 (6.33%) Business Intelligence
12 39 (6.02%) Disaster Recovery
13 34 (5.25%) Change Management
13 34 (5.25%) TDD
14 33 (5.09%) Service Delivery
15 32 (4.94%) BDD
16 30 (4.63%) Scrum
17 29 (4.48%) Coaching
18 25 (3.86%) Software Engineering
18 25 (3.86%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 171 (26.39%) SQL
2 85 (13.12%) C#
3 56 (8.64%) PowerShell
4 52 (8.02%) T-SQL
5 34 (5.25%) JavaScript
6 12 (1.85%) VBScript
7 11 (1.70%) VB.NET
8 9 (1.39%) PL/SQL
9 7 (1.08%) VB
10 6 (0.93%) JAQL
11 4 (0.62%) Java
12 3 (0.46%) Prolog
12 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.31%) VBA
13 2 (0.31%) Python
13 2 (0.31%) C
13 2 (0.31%) C++
14 1 (0.15%) Perl
14 1 (0.15%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 648 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 352 (54.32%) MCITP
3 314 (48.46%) MCSE
4 240 (37.04%) MCP
5 135 (20.83%) MCSA
6 127 (19.60%) CCNA
6 127 (19.60%) Cisco Certification
7 118 (18.21%) Degree
8 59 (9.10%) MCSD
9 56 (8.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 51 (7.87%) MCAD
11 36 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
11 36 (5.56%) Security Cleared
12 26 (4.01%) A+ Certification
13 25 (3.86%) CCA
14 21 (3.24%) CCNP
14 21 (3.24%) MCPD
14 21 (3.24%) MCDST
15 17 (2.62%) SC Cleared
15 17 (2.62%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (9.72%) SLA
2 15 (2.31%) QA
3 11 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.08%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.46%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.46%) TickIT
5 3 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 323 (49.85%) Active Directory
2 130 (20.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 120 (18.52%) Hyper-V
4 19 (2.93%) vSphere
5 14 (2.16%) Forefront TMG
5 14 (2.16%) XenApp
6 13 (2.01%) Terminal Services
6 13 (2.01%) VMware ESX
7 12 (1.85%) Terminal Server
8 7 (1.08%) XenServer
8 7 (1.08%) XenDesktop
8 7 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.31%) UAG
9 2 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.31%) KVM
9 2 (0.31%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 50 (7.72%) SCOM
2 44 (6.79%) SCCM
3 12 (1.85%) AirWatch
4 10 (1.54%) WSUS
5 8 (1.23%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 8 (1.23%) Backup Exec
6 7 (1.08%) SCVMM
7 6 (0.93%) Casper Suite
7 6 (0.93%) SCSM
7 6 (0.93%) SCDPM
8 4 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.62%) XenMobile
8 4 (0.62%) SolarWinds Orion
8 4 (0.62%) Puppet
8 4 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.62%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.62%) Nagios
9 2 (0.31%) WMI
9 2 (0.31%) Windows Intune
9 2 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 500 (77.16%) Microsoft
2 187 (28.86%) VMware
3 127 (19.60%) Cisco
4 85 (13.12%) Citrix
5 51 (7.87%) HP
6 41 (6.33%) Apple
7 28 (4.32%) NetApp
8 27 (4.17%) Oracle
9 23 (3.55%) Dell
10 18 (2.78%) Juniper
11 16 (2.47%) IBM
11 16 (2.47%) Symantec
12 13 (2.01%) SonicWALL
12 13 (2.01%) Red Gate
13 12 (1.85%) Avaya
14 10 (1.54%) Remedy
14 10 (1.54%) MicroStrategy
15 8 (1.23%) Adobe
16 7 (1.08%) McAfee
16 7 (1.08%) Altiris
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Salary: £21000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits & Excellent Training
Posted: 8 hours ago
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Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum
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Salary: From £13,000 to £16,000 per annum
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ninesharp
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + 25 days holiday, 5% pension etc...
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
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Salary: competitive
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Reading, Berkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: From £0 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
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Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + generous package
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Salary: £76000 - £80000 per annum + 15% Bonus
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Salary: From £23,000 to £27,000 per annum
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Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum Dependent upon qualifications and experience
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Salary: From £0 to £45,000 per annum
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London
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Salary: 30,000 to 40,000
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London
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Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
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