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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 413 225 189
Rank change year-on-year
-188 -36
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 689 1367 1705
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 1.26% 1.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.17% 4.61% 5.16%
Number of salaries quoted 595 1317 1594
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £26,800 £27,500 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year
- +1.26%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31696 29633 33028
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.10% 27.29% 28.13%
Number of salaries quoted 24801 23831 28223
Average salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.52% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -180 649 £42,000 +5.00% 57
London -125 268 £42,500 -13.26% 13
South East -131 141 £37,500 -11.76% 20
North West -46 77 £34,750 -7.33% 6
East of England -36 73 £45,000 +12.50% 9
Oxfordshire +43 55 £33,000 -26.66% 2
City of London +6 49 £55,000 +20.87% 1
East Midlands -60 47 £42,000 +12.00% 3
Cheshire -21 45 £34,500 -8.00% 2
Berkshire -59 40 £50,000 +11.11% 4
Abingdon +16 37 £33,000 -17.50% 2
West Midlands -57 35 £55,000 +29.41% 2
Birmingham -2 30 £55,000 +10.00%
Warrington -9 29 £23,500 -54.14%
Cambridge -2 28 £40,000 +3.22% 3
Cambridgeshire -3 28 £40,000 +6.66% 3
Manchester -9 28 £40,000 - 4
Nottinghamshire -24 28 £40,000 +6.66% 1
Nottingham -26 28 £40,000 +6.66% 1
Yorkshire -47 28 £42,000 +12.00% 2
South West -66 26 £36,000 -10.00% 2
Hertfordshire -16 25 £50,000 +17.64% 4
Scotland -1 24 £31,000 -22.50% 1
Reading -6 24 £50,000 +14.28% 2
Sheffield +3 21 £43,500 +16.00%
South Yorkshire +1 21 £43,500 +16.00%
Bristol -5 19 £52,500 +31.25% 1
Buckinghamshire -34 18 £50,000 +25.00% 1
Leeds -25 17 £42,000 -16.00%
West Yorkshire -58 17 £42,000 +12.00% 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 1558 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 947 (60.78%) SQL Server
3 860 (55.20%) Windows
4 834 (53.53%) Microsoft
5 826 (53.02%) MCP
6 795 (51.03%) .NET
7 747 (47.95%) C#
8 664 (42.62%) MCSD
9 642 (41.21%) ASP.NET
10 631 (40.50%) MCAD
11 604 (38.77%) MVC
12 597 (38.32%) ASP.NET MVC
13 596 (38.25%) TDD
14 540 (34.66%) WCF
14 540 (34.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 512 (32.86%) MCITP
16 510 (32.73%) Web Application Development
17 502 (32.22%) NUnit
18 494 (31.71%) Rhino Mocks
19 493 (31.64%) Scrum
20 473 (30.36%) MCSE
21 445 (28.56%) SQL Server 2012
22 433 (27.79%) Razor View Engine
23 419 (26.89%) WPF
24 405 (25.99%) Windows Server 2008
25 404 (25.93%) VMware
26 393 (25.22%) MS Excel
27 364 (23.36%) NHibernate
28 356 (22.85%) SQL
29 331 (21.25%) Kanban

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 325 (20.86%) MS Exchange
2 250 (16.05%) SharePoint
3 184 (11.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 135 (8.66%) Lync
5 129 (8.28%) Exchange Server 2007
6 125 (8.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 92 (5.91%) SharePoint 2013
8 84 (5.39%) Exchange Server 2003
9 79 (5.07%) BizTalk Server
10 70 (4.49%) IIS
11 63 (4.04%) SharePoint 2010
12 48 (3.08%) Office Communications Server
13 38 (2.44%) Node.js
14 17 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 14 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
16 8 (0.51%) MS Project Server
17 6 (0.39%) CMS
18 5 (0.32%) TPMS
19 3 (0.19%) K2 blackpearl
19 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 393 (25.22%) MS Excel
2 114 (7.32%) MS Office
3 15 (0.96%) MS Project
4 9 (0.58%) InfoPath
5 8 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.39%) Mingle
7 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.13%) Maya
8 2 (0.13%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 45 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.51%) Summit
3 3 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 104 (6.68%) Office 365
2 87 (5.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.39%) SaaS
6 5 (0.32%) IaaS
7 2 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.13%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 215 (13.80%) SAN
2 207 (13.29%) DNS
3 167 (10.72%) DHCP
4 120 (7.70%) TCP/IP
5 113 (7.25%) VPN
6 94 (6.03%) Firewall
7 84 (5.39%) Internet
8 77 (4.94%) LAN
9 71 (4.56%) Unified Communications
10 70 (4.49%) WAN
11 59 (3.79%) Wireless
12 50 (3.21%) NAS
13 30 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
14 27 (1.73%) PBX
15 22 (1.41%) PSTN
16 21 (1.35%) MPLS
17 20 (1.28%) SSL
17 20 (1.28%) SMTP
18 19 (1.22%) Broadband
19 17 (1.09%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 947 (60.78%) SQL Server
2 445 (28.56%) SQL Server 2012
3 162 (10.40%) SQL Server 2008
4 123 (7.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 103 (6.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 81 (5.20%) SQL Server 2005
7 62 (3.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 40 (2.57%) Data Warehouse
9 25 (1.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 22 (1.41%) OLTP
11 21 (1.35%) NoSQL
12 17 (1.09%) Crystal Reports
13 14 (0.90%) OLAP
14 12 (0.77%) DTS
15 11 (0.71%) Relational Database
16 9 (0.58%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
17 8 (0.51%) Big Data
18 6 (0.39%) MySQL
18 6 (0.39%) Neo4j
18 6 (0.39%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 502 (32.22%) NUnit
2 494 (31.71%) Rhino Mocks
3 331 (21.25%) Moq
4 174 (11.17%) MSTest
5 172 (11.04%) Subversion
6 62 (3.98%) Visual Studio
7 52 (3.34%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (1.80%) Git (software)
9 10 (0.64%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.45%) JIRA
11 6 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.13%) CruiseControl
12 2 (0.13%) Oracle APEX
12 2 (0.13%) NCover
12 2 (0.13%) FxCop
13 1 (0.064%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.064%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 1 (0.064%) Toad
13 1 (0.064%) WATIR
General
1 218 (13.99%) Finance
2 140 (8.99%) Games
3 103 (6.61%) Banking
4 44 (2.82%) Music Industry
5 38 (2.44%) Retail
5 38 (2.44%) Investment Banking
6 35 (2.25%) Telecoms
7 34 (2.18%) Advertising
8 20 (1.28%) Legal
9 10 (0.64%) Marketing
10 8 (0.51%) Law
11 7 (0.45%) Billing
12 6 (0.39%) Back Office
13 3 (0.19%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.19%) Electronics
14 2 (0.13%) French Language
15 1 (0.064%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.064%) Front Office
15 1 (0.064%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 784 (50.32%) Developer
2 562 (36.07%) .NET Developer
3 218 (13.99%) C# Developer
4 195 (12.52%) Support Engineer
5 167 (10.72%) C# .NET Developer
6 145 (9.31%) Consultant
7 105 (6.74%) ASP.NET Developer
8 101 (6.48%) Analyst
9 100 (6.42%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 91 (5.84%) Administrator
11 82 (5.26%) DBA
12 77 (4.94%) Microsoft Consultant
13 76 (4.88%) 2nd Line Support
14 74 (4.75%) SQL DBA
15 70 (4.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 62 (3.98%) Graduate
16 62 (3.98%) 3rd Line Support
17 61 (3.92%) Junior
18 58 (3.72%) Junior .NET Developer
18 58 (3.72%) Junior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 795 (51.03%) .NET
2 642 (41.21%) ASP.NET
3 597 (38.32%) ASP.NET MVC
4 540 (34.66%) WCF
4 540 (34.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 433 (27.79%) Razor View Engine
6 419 (26.89%) WPF
7 364 (23.36%) NHibernate
8 331 (21.25%) Castle Windsor
9 247 (15.85%) WinForms
10 188 (12.07%) HTML
10 188 (12.07%) Ajax
11 187 (12.00%) Ninject
12 183 (11.75%) LINQ
13 178 (11.42%) .NET Framework
14 168 (10.78%) Spring.NET
14 168 (10.78%) Unity DI Container
15 163 (10.46%) MonoRail
16 146 (9.37%) CSS
17 125 (8.02%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 168 (10.78%) Inversion of Control
2 74 (4.75%) Tandem
3 60 (3.85%) Client/Server
4 50 (3.21%) Computer Science
5 49 (3.15%) Blackberry
6 48 (3.08%) Clustering
7 42 (2.70%) Replication
8 41 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
9 26 (1.67%) Streaming Music
10 21 (1.35%) iPhone
11 19 (1.22%) Mobile App
11 19 (1.22%) Social Network
12 15 (0.96%) Management Information System
12 15 (0.96%) N-Tier
12 15 (0.96%) Mathematics
13 13 (0.83%) Data Integration
13 13 (0.83%) EqualLogic
14 10 (0.64%) PKI
15 9 (0.58%) Celerra
16 8 (0.51%) CLARiiON
Operating Systems
1 860 (55.20%) Windows
2 405 (25.99%) Windows Server 2008
3 235 (15.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 187 (12.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 167 (10.72%) Windows 7
6 65 (4.17%) Windows XP
7 56 (3.59%) Windows 8
8 35 (2.25%) Linux
9 19 (1.22%) Android
10 18 (1.16%) Windows 2000
11 14 (0.90%) Apple iOS
12 13 (0.83%) UNIX
13 12 (0.77%) VMS
14 10 (0.64%) Windows Vista
15 9 (0.58%) CentOS
16 8 (0.51%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 2 (0.13%) Windows Phone
19 1 (0.064%) Windows 2000 Server
19 1 (0.064%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 604 (38.77%) MVC
2 596 (38.25%) TDD
3 510 (32.73%) Web Application Development
4 493 (31.64%) Scrum
5 331 (21.25%) Kanban
6 259 (16.62%) BDD
7 228 (14.63%) ITIL
8 202 (12.97%) MVVM
9 189 (12.13%) Dependency Injection
10 176 (11.30%) OO
11 168 (10.78%) Continuous Integration
12 159 (10.21%) Business Intelligence
13 112 (7.19%) Migration
14 88 (5.65%) Project Management
15 87 (5.58%) Performance Tuning
16 75 (4.81%) CRM
17 72 (4.62%) OOP
18 71 (4.56%) Domain-Driven Design
19 64 (4.11%) Agile Software Development
20 59 (3.79%) OOA/OOD
Programming Languages
1 747 (47.95%) C#
2 356 (22.85%) SQL
3 180 (11.55%) JavaScript
4 152 (9.76%) T-SQL
5 104 (6.68%) VB.NET
6 76 (4.88%) VB
7 57 (3.66%) PowerShell
8 37 (2.37%) C++
9 20 (1.28%) Ruby
10 10 (0.64%) VB6
10 10 (0.64%) VC++
11 7 (0.45%) VBScript
12 6 (0.39%) C
12 6 (0.39%) VBA
13 4 (0.26%) Java
14 3 (0.19%) XPath
15 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.13%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.064%) Python
16 1 (0.064%) Ada
Qualifications
1 1558 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 826 (53.02%) MCP
3 664 (42.62%) MCSD
4 631 (40.50%) MCAD
5 512 (32.86%) MCITP
6 473 (30.36%) MCSE
7 300 (19.26%) MCSA
8 203 (13.03%) Degree
9 115 (7.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 108 (6.93%) Cisco Certification
11 102 (6.55%) CCNA
12 94 (6.03%) Citrix Certification
13 84 (5.39%) CCA
14 38 (2.44%) MCDBA
15 30 (1.93%) MCPD
16 29 (1.86%) CCEE
16 29 (1.86%) VCAP
17 28 (1.80%) NCDA
18 19 (1.22%) CCNP
19 18 (1.16%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (4.88%) SLA
2 17 (1.09%) QA
3 5 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.19%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.13%) BS7799
5 2 (0.13%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.13%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.064%) Section 508
System Software
1 326 (20.92%) Active Directory
2 323 (20.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 250 (16.05%) Hyper-V
4 66 (4.24%) vSphere
5 57 (3.66%) XenDesktop
6 50 (3.21%) XenApp
7 43 (2.76%) VMware ESX
8 33 (2.12%) XenServer
9 31 (1.99%) Forefront TMG
10 25 (1.60%) UAG
11 22 (1.41%) Microsoft App-V
12 19 (1.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 14 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
14 13 (0.83%) vCloud
15 10 (0.64%) ISA Server
16 7 (0.45%) Terminal Services
16 7 (0.45%) VMware Server
17 4 (0.26%) Terminal Server
18 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 2 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 96 (6.16%) SCCM
2 83 (5.33%) SCOM
3 67 (4.30%) Backup Exec
4 36 (2.31%) Norton AntiVirus
4 36 (2.31%) SCVMM
4 36 (2.31%) SCSM
5 29 (1.86%) WSUS
6 8 (0.51%) SCDPM
7 6 (0.39%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 6 (0.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 5 (0.32%) NetBackup
9 4 (0.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 4 (0.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.19%) SCOrch
10 3 (0.19%) XenMobile
10 3 (0.19%) MOM
11 2 (0.13%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 1 (0.064%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 834 (53.53%) Microsoft
2 404 (25.93%) VMware
3 201 (12.90%) Citrix
4 125 (8.02%) HP
5 120 (7.70%) Cisco
6 80 (5.13%) EMC
7 70 (4.49%) Apple
8 68 (4.36%) Juniper
9 66 (4.24%) Symantec
10 61 (3.92%) NetApp
11 55 (3.53%) Veeam
12 49 (3.15%) Dell
13 46 (2.95%) Meru Networks
14 30 (1.93%) Oracle
15 28 (1.80%) Mitel
16 22 (1.41%) Polycom
17 20 (1.28%) McAfee
17 20 (1.28%) Facebook
18 19 (1.22%) Google
19 16 (1.03%) Siemens
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Salary: From £20,000 to £29,000 per annum Healthcare Cash-back Scheme, Optiona
Posted: 6 hours ago
Thames Ditton, Surrey
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
TribePost.co.uk
Salary: £25,000 to £27,000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £28000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £25000.00 per annum + Excellent
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (County)
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £17000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
ALFA IT Recruitment
Salary: From £35,000 to £38,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £45000 to £75000 per annum - plus benefits + Share options
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £30000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Healthcare
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £40000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £32000 - £40000 per annum + be - training, pens, health +
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £60000 to £70000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Centric Resource
Salary: Competitive + Bonus + Generous Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £14,000 to £20,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bens
Posted: 6 days ago