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

Location
3 months to
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 534 247 184
Rank change year-on-year
-287 -63
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 396 1195 1714
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 1.15% 1.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.35% 4.22% 5.58%
Number of salaries quoted 368 1148 1660
Average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £26,000 £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
29320 28292 30741
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.76% 27.22% 28.21%
Number of salaries quoted 23521 22225 25772
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £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 23 January 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 23 January 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 -256 383 £41,000 +2.50% 51
London -174 175 £47,500 -1.55% 18
South East -183 73 £34,000 -9.33% 9
City of London -48 53 £50,000 -4.76% 5
West Midlands +7 52 £47,500 +18.75% 1
Hampshire +5 43 £38,500 +13.23% 1
Yorkshire -24 28 £50,000 +17.64% 4
North West -87 28 £41,250 +17.85% 4
Birmingham +12 26 £52,500 - 1
West Yorkshire 0 23 £52,500 +70.73% 2
Leeds +4 21 £52,500 +31.25% 2
Berkshire -52 19 £30,500 -12.85% 3
Manchester -46 17 £40,000 +33.33% 4
Wimbledon - 15 £36,000 -
East Midlands -49 14 £31,500 -21.25% 4
East of England -114 14 £31,750 -20.62% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 10 £52,500 +50.00%
North East -12 10 £52,500 +50.00%
Tyne and Wear -12 10 £52,500 +50.00%
South West -57 10 £22,500 -35.71% 6
Wolverhampton - 10 £37,500 -
Basingstoke +2 9 £45,000 +4.04%
Nottingham -22 9 £31,500 -21.25% 1
Nottinghamshire -25 9 £31,500 -21.25% 1
Surrey -52 8 £34,000 -9.33% 3
Uxbridge - 8 £35,000 -
Slough +6 7 £30,500 +0.82%
Liverpool +19 6 £52,500 +5.00%
Merseyside +9 6 £52,500 +133.33%
Hertfordshire -48 6 £31,000 -22.50% 2

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 887 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 651 (73.39%) Microsoft
3 633 (71.36%) Windows
4 497 (56.03%) MCITP
5 446 (50.28%) MCSE
6 341 (38.44%) MS Exchange
7 340 (38.33%) Active Directory
8 326 (36.75%) MCP
9 305 (34.39%) Windows Server 2008
10 303 (34.16%) SQL Server
11 296 (33.37%) MS Excel
12 244 (27.51%) VMware
13 236 (26.61%) MCSA
14 232 (26.16%) Windows 7
15 224 (25.25%) SQL
16 206 (23.22%) Exchange Server 2010
17 204 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
18 180 (20.29%) ITIL
19 179 (20.18%) MS Office
20 176 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
21 165 (18.60%) Windows Server 2003
22 160 (18.04%) .NET
23 159 (17.93%) Lync
24 150 (16.91%) SharePoint
25 149 (16.80%) TCP/IP
25 149 (16.80%) DNS
26 147 (16.57%) C#
26 147 (16.57%) Exchange Server 2007
27 142 (16.01%) Cisco
28 141 (15.90%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 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
1 341 (38.44%) MS Exchange
2 206 (23.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 159 (17.93%) Lync
4 150 (16.91%) SharePoint
5 147 (16.57%) Exchange Server 2007
6 115 (12.97%) Exchange Server 2013
7 58 (6.54%) IIS
8 53 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 50 (5.64%) SharePoint 2013
10 43 (4.85%) SharePoint 2010
11 36 (4.06%) BizTalk Server
12 23 (2.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 23 (2.59%) SharePoint Server
13 22 (2.48%) Office Communications Server
14 14 (1.58%) OpenEdge
15 6 (0.68%) Oracle Workflow
15 6 (0.68%) Documentum
16 4 (0.45%) IBM Notes
17 1 (0.11%) TPMS
17 1 (0.11%) WorkSite
Applications
1 296 (33.37%) MS Excel
2 179 (20.18%) MS Office
3 7 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.34%) Mingle
5 2 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) MS Project
6 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 68 (7.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.11%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 107 (12.06%) Office 365
2 94 (10.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (1.80%) IaaS
4 14 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.23%) PaaS
6 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 149 (16.80%) TCP/IP
1 149 (16.80%) DNS
2 125 (14.09%) VPN
3 109 (12.29%) LAN
4 99 (11.16%) DHCP
5 93 (10.48%) WAN
6 80 (9.02%) SAN
7 57 (6.43%) Firewall
8 34 (3.83%) VoIP
9 31 (3.49%) Unified Communications
10 28 (3.16%) Wireless
11 21 (2.37%) Internet
12 19 (2.14%) Wi-Fi
13 17 (1.92%) NAS
14 11 (1.24%) Network Security
14 11 (1.24%) SSL
15 10 (1.13%) Cisco Nexus
16 9 (1.01%) VLAN
16 9 (1.01%) PBX
17 8 (0.90%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 303 (34.16%) SQL Server
2 137 (15.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 63 (7.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 58 (6.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 57 (6.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 53 (5.98%) SQL Server 2005
7 41 (4.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 32 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.69%) Crystal Reports
10 13 (1.47%) MySQL
11 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 6 (0.68%) DTS
12 6 (0.68%) Relational Database
13 5 (0.56%) Data Mart
13 5 (0.56%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.45%) SQL Server 2000
14 4 (0.45%) OLTP
14 4 (0.45%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.34%) Neo4j
15 3 (0.34%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 53 (5.98%) NUnit
2 47 (5.30%) Rhino Mocks
2 47 (5.30%) Moq
3 17 (1.92%) Visual Studio
4 16 (1.80%) MSTest
5 12 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.34%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.34%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.11%) Toad
8 1 (0.11%) MSI
General
1 72 (8.12%) Finance
2 33 (3.72%) Legal
3 28 (3.16%) Games
4 26 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.69%) Banking
5 15 (1.69%) Advertising
6 14 (1.58%) Marketing
7 7 (0.79%) Retail
8 6 (0.68%) Law
9 5 (0.56%) Electronics
10 4 (0.45%) Music Industry
10 4 (0.45%) Billing
11 3 (0.34%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.11%) Back Office
12 1 (0.11%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 179 (20.18%) Support Engineer
2 140 (15.78%) Developer
3 132 (14.88%) Consultant
4 100 (11.27%) DBA
5 89 (10.03%) Administrator
5 89 (10.03%) SQL DBA
6 75 (8.46%) Microsoft Consultant
7 69 (7.78%) IT Support
8 65 (7.33%) Analyst
9 64 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 60 (6.76%) Architect
11 58 (6.54%) .NET Developer
12 55 (6.20%) Technical Consultant
13 52 (5.86%) 2nd Line Support
13 52 (5.86%) IT Support Engineer
14 48 (5.41%) 3rd Line Support
15 47 (5.30%) SharePoint Developer
16 38 (4.28%) Solutions Architect
17 37 (4.17%) Junior
18 35 (3.95%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (18.04%) .NET
2 124 (13.98%) ASP.NET
3 82 (9.24%) .NET Framework
4 60 (6.76%) ASP.NET MVC
5 59 (6.65%) HTML
6 54 (6.09%) WCF
7 52 (5.86%) CSS
8 35 (3.95%) NHibernate
9 34 (3.83%) Ajax
10 27 (3.04%) LINQ
11 21 (2.37%) ADO.NET
12 19 (2.14%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 16 (1.80%) Razor View Engine
14 15 (1.69%) jQuery
15 14 (1.58%) WinForms
15 14 (1.58%) XML
16 13 (1.47%) WPF
17 12 (1.35%) Windows SharePoint Services
17 12 (1.35%) Spring.NET
17 12 (1.35%) Castle Windsor
Miscellaneous
1 59 (6.65%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.09%) Blackberry
3 28 (3.16%) Clustering
4 23 (2.59%) Video Conferencing
5 22 (2.48%) Statistics
6 21 (2.37%) iPhone
7 20 (2.25%) Replication
8 18 (2.03%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.35%) Inversion of Control
10 10 (1.13%) Mathematics
11 9 (1.01%) N-Tier
12 8 (0.90%) CLARiiON
12 8 (0.90%) Celerra
13 7 (0.79%) Open Source
13 7 (0.79%) Blog
13 7 (0.79%) Computer Science
13 7 (0.79%) Client/Server
14 4 (0.45%) Thin Client
14 4 (0.45%) Streaming Music
14 4 (0.45%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 633 (71.36%) Windows
2 305 (34.39%) Windows Server 2008
3 232 (26.16%) Windows 7
4 204 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 165 (18.60%) Windows Server 2003
6 105 (11.84%) Windows 8
7 94 (10.60%) Windows XP
8 33 (3.72%) Linux
9 25 (2.82%) UNIX
10 20 (2.25%) Windows 2000
11 10 (1.13%) VMS
12 7 (0.79%) Windows Vista
13 5 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.45%) CentOS
15 3 (0.34%) Android
16 2 (0.23%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.23%) AIX
16 2 (0.23%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.23%) Apple iOS
17 1 (0.11%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (20.29%) ITIL
2 113 (12.74%) Migration
3 112 (12.63%) Agile Software Development
4 98 (11.05%) CRM
5 86 (9.70%) Performance Tuning
6 73 (8.23%) Business Intelligence
7 66 (7.44%) MVC
8 65 (7.33%) Service Delivery
9 62 (6.99%) Disaster Recovery
10 58 (6.54%) Scrum
10 58 (6.54%) Mentoring
11 54 (6.09%) Web Application Development
12 53 (5.98%) Project Management
13 50 (5.64%) TDD
14 48 (5.41%) PRINCE2
15 47 (5.30%) Kanban
16 40 (4.51%) OO
17 38 (4.28%) BDD
18 33 (3.72%) Coaching
19 32 (3.61%) OOA/OOD
Programming Languages
1 224 (25.25%) SQL
2 147 (16.57%) C#
3 80 (9.02%) T-SQL
4 47 (5.30%) JavaScript
5 44 (4.96%) PowerShell
6 39 (4.40%) VB.NET
7 15 (1.69%) VB
8 14 (1.58%) C
9 10 (1.13%) Java
10 7 (0.79%) VBScript
11 6 (0.68%) C++
12 2 (0.23%) Perl
13 1 (0.11%) PHP
13 1 (0.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 887 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 497 (56.03%) MCITP
3 446 (50.28%) MCSE
4 326 (36.75%) MCP
5 236 (26.61%) MCSA
6 128 (14.43%) Cisco Certification
7 127 (14.32%) CCNA
8 122 (13.75%) Degree
9 95 (10.71%) MCSD
10 85 (9.58%) MCAD
11 78 (8.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 65 (7.33%) Citrix Certification
13 63 (7.10%) CCA
14 41 (4.62%) Security Cleared
15 36 (4.06%) SC Cleared
16 33 (3.72%) MCPD
16 33 (3.72%) MCDST
17 26 (2.93%) CCNP
18 25 (2.82%) MCDBA
18 25 (2.82%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (7.22%) SLA
2 23 (2.59%) QA
3 9 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.34%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.23%) BS7799
6 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) HL7
6 1 (0.11%) DICOM
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.11%) TickIT
System Software
1 340 (38.33%) Active Directory
2 176 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 141 (15.90%) Hyper-V
4 34 (3.83%) vSphere
5 22 (2.48%) VMware ESX
6 21 (2.37%) XenApp
6 21 (2.37%) XenDesktop
7 13 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (1.24%) vCloud
9 10 (1.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (1.13%) XenServer
9 10 (1.13%) Forefront TMG
10 6 (0.68%) ISA Server
11 5 (0.56%) UAG
11 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.34%) NFS
14 1 (0.11%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.11%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.11%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 86 (9.70%) SCOM
2 75 (8.46%) SCCM
3 31 (3.49%) Backup Exec
4 29 (3.27%) SCVMM
5 16 (1.80%) SCOrch
6 14 (1.58%) WSUS
7 10 (1.13%) MIIS
8 9 (1.01%) SCDPM
8 9 (1.01%) SCSM
9 7 (0.79%) Windows Intune
9 7 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (0.68%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.45%) XenMobile
11 4 (0.45%) Casper Suite
12 3 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.34%) Business Desktop Deployment
13 2 (0.23%) NetBackup
13 2 (0.23%) ARCserve
13 2 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 1 (0.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 651 (73.39%) Microsoft
2 244 (27.51%) VMware
3 142 (16.01%) Cisco
4 115 (12.97%) Citrix
5 56 (6.31%) HP
6 55 (6.20%) Apple
7 40 (4.51%) Juniper
7 40 (4.51%) Symantec
8 37 (4.17%) Remedy
9 35 (3.95%) NetApp
10 33 (3.72%) Oracle
11 32 (3.61%) EMC
12 26 (2.93%) LANDesk
13 22 (2.48%) Veeam
13 22 (2.48%) McAfee
14 19 (2.14%) Avaya
15 18 (2.03%) Dell
16 14 (1.58%) Meru Networks
17 12 (1.35%) SAP
18 8 (0.90%) Sybase
Chessington, Surrey
TRG
Salary: £35000 - £40000 Per Annum Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Artemis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £27,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Somerset
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £32,000 to £42,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + car allowance/car + commission
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Computer People
Salary: £28000.00 - £31000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TalentFlow
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum with excellent benefits and bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Barton-Upon-Humber, South Humberside
Candour Solutions
Salary: Excellent + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £28000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Square One Resources
Posted: 4 days ago
Barton-Upon-Humber, South Humberside
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £20,000 per annum plus bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Salary: £45000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Bonus + health + pension
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago