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 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 445 215 214
Rank change year-on-year
-230 -1
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 568 1436 1546
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.50% 1.35% 1.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.83% 5.01% 4.63%
Number of salaries quoted 460 1397 1443
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £27,800 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%

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
30957 28649 33381
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.04% 26.85% 28.81%
Number of salaries quoted 24129 23451 28087
Average salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.65% +1.17%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £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 19 September 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 19 September 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
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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 -238 526 £40,000 - 45
London -229 166 £37,500 -21.05% 14
South East -107 141 £33,000 -17.50% 15
North West -55 77 £34,500 -8.00% 1
East of England -50 67 £47,500 +18.75% 2
City of London +3 45 £42,500 -10.52% 4
Hampshire -14 38 £24,500 -34.66% 5
Berkshire -27 38 £35,000 -22.22%
Cheshire -32 38 £34,500 -8.00%
West Midlands -78 37 £52,250 +30.62% 2
Oxfordshire +9 34 £33,000 -17.50% 4
Manchester -1 34 £34,500 -8.00%
Hertfordshire -1 31 £45,000 -
Yorkshire -62 30 £45,000 +28.57% 1
East Midlands -67 30 £40,000 +6.66%
Birmingham -21 27 £57,500 +15.00%
Abingdon -1 23 £33,000 -17.50% 4
Reading -6 23 £56,250 +12.50%
Cambridgeshire -14 22 £47,500 +18.75% 2
Cambridge -21 22 £40,000 - 2
West Yorkshire -52 22 £47,500 +29.25%
South West -70 21 £30,000 -25.00% 10
Northampton -13 20 £27,000 -22.85%
Northamptonshire -26 20 £27,000 -22.85%
Warrington -22 19 £23,500 -41.25%
Bristol -10 17 £42,500 +6.25% 5
Sheffield - 17 £62,500 -
South Yorkshire - 17 £62,500 -
Leeds -17 16 £45,000 +80.00%
Scotland -26 15 £60,000 +50.00%

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 1388 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 820 (59.08%) Windows
3 793 (57.13%) Microsoft
4 728 (52.45%) SQL Server
5 657 (47.33%) MCP
6 563 (40.56%) .NET
6 563 (40.56%) MCITP
7 530 (38.18%) C#
8 523 (37.68%) MCSE
9 496 (35.73%) Agile Software Development
10 466 (33.57%) MCSD
11 461 (33.21%) ASP.NET
12 435 (31.34%) MCAD
13 430 (30.98%) VMware
14 422 (30.40%) MS Excel
15 418 (30.12%) Windows Server 2008
16 416 (29.97%) MVC
17 414 (29.83%) ASP.NET MVC
18 403 (29.03%) TDD
19 381 (27.45%) WCF
20 358 (25.79%) MS Exchange
21 353 (25.43%) ASP.NET MVC 4
22 351 (25.29%) Web Application Development
23 350 (25.22%) Scrum
24 348 (25.07%) VMware Infrastructure
25 345 (24.86%) NUnit
26 336 (24.21%) Active Directory
26 336 (24.21%) Rhino Mocks
27 334 (24.06%) MCSA
28 322 (23.20%) SQL Server 2012

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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
1 358 (25.79%) MS Exchange
2 217 (15.63%) SharePoint
3 215 (15.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 159 (11.46%) Exchange Server 2007
5 156 (11.24%) Lync
6 151 (10.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 89 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2003
8 75 (5.40%) SharePoint 2013
9 66 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
10 54 (3.89%) IIS
11 42 (3.03%) SharePoint 2010
12 38 (2.74%) Office Communications Server
13 26 (1.87%) Node.js
14 22 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 17 (1.22%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.29%) TPMS
17 3 (0.22%) OpenEdge
18 2 (0.14%) Lotus Domino
18 2 (0.14%) MS Project Server
19 1 (0.072%) Umbraco
Applications
1 422 (30.40%) MS Excel
2 142 (10.23%) MS Office
3 11 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.50%) Mingle
4 7 (0.50%) MS Project
5 3 (0.22%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.14%) Maya
6 2 (0.14%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.14%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 54 (3.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.65%) Summit
3 4 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 106 (7.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 100 (7.20%) Office 365
3 11 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (0.36%) IaaS
6 4 (0.29%) SaaS
7 2 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.14%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 227 (16.35%) DNS
2 211 (15.20%) SAN
3 174 (12.54%) DHCP
4 134 (9.65%) VPN
5 129 (9.29%) TCP/IP
6 86 (6.20%) LAN
7 83 (5.98%) Firewall
8 76 (5.48%) WAN
9 65 (4.68%) Wireless
10 62 (4.47%) Unified Communications
11 51 (3.67%) Internet
12 50 (3.60%) NAS
13 27 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
14 25 (1.80%) SSL
15 21 (1.51%) SMTP
16 20 (1.44%) PBX
17 17 (1.22%) PSTN
17 17 (1.22%) H.323
17 17 (1.22%) MPLS
18 15 (1.08%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 728 (52.45%) SQL Server
2 322 (23.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 151 (10.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 102 (7.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 84 (6.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 80 (5.76%) SQL Server 2005
7 59 (4.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 41 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
9 21 (1.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 20 (1.44%) Crystal Reports
11 16 (1.15%) OLTP
12 13 (0.94%) NoSQL
13 9 (0.65%) Big Data
13 9 (0.65%) MySQL
13 9 (0.65%) OLAP
14 8 (0.58%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
15 7 (0.50%) Neo4j
15 7 (0.50%) RavenDB
15 7 (0.50%) Relational Database
16 6 (0.43%) DTS
Development Applications
1 345 (24.86%) NUnit
2 336 (24.21%) Rhino Mocks
3 235 (16.93%) Moq
4 118 (8.50%) MSTest
5 110 (7.93%) Subversion
6 56 (4.03%) Visual Studio
7 46 (3.31%) Team Foundation Server
8 20 (1.44%) Git (software)
9 11 (0.79%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (0.29%) JIRA
12 2 (0.14%) Toad
12 2 (0.14%) CruiseControl
12 2 (0.14%) NCover
12 2 (0.14%) FxCop
13 1 (0.072%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.072%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 1 (0.072%) Oracle APEX
13 1 (0.072%) WATIR
General
1 175 (12.61%) Finance
2 97 (6.99%) Games
3 80 (5.76%) Banking
4 36 (2.59%) Legal
5 34 (2.45%) Music Industry
6 30 (2.16%) Advertising
7 28 (2.02%) Telecoms
8 26 (1.87%) Investment Banking
9 23 (1.66%) Retail
10 19 (1.37%) Marketing
11 10 (0.72%) Billing
11 10 (0.72%) Law
12 7 (0.50%) Electronics
13 5 (0.36%) Back Office
14 4 (0.29%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.072%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 569 (40.99%) Developer
2 390 (28.10%) .NET Developer
3 215 (15.49%) Support Engineer
4 154 (11.10%) C# Developer
5 128 (9.22%) Consultant
6 119 (8.57%) C# .NET Developer
7 112 (8.07%) Analyst
8 95 (6.84%) Administrator
9 86 (6.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 85 (6.12%) DBA
11 78 (5.62%) SQL DBA
12 77 (5.55%) ASP.NET Developer
13 69 (4.97%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 66 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
15 65 (4.68%) 3rd Line Support
15 65 (4.68%) Microsoft Consultant
16 64 (4.61%) IT Support
17 58 (4.18%) Architect
18 53 (3.82%) Junior
18 53 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 563 (40.56%) .NET
2 461 (33.21%) ASP.NET
3 414 (29.83%) ASP.NET MVC
4 381 (27.45%) WCF
5 353 (25.43%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 287 (20.68%) Razor View Engine
7 280 (20.17%) WPF
8 251 (18.08%) NHibernate
9 212 (15.27%) Castle Windsor
10 161 (11.60%) WinForms
11 154 (11.10%) HTML
12 132 (9.51%) .NET Framework
13 130 (9.37%) Ajax
14 127 (9.15%) LINQ
15 124 (8.93%) Ninject
16 122 (8.79%) CSS
17 111 (8.00%) Spring.NET
17 111 (8.00%) Unity DI Container
18 101 (7.28%) MonoRail
19 95 (6.84%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 111 (8.00%) Inversion of Control
2 61 (4.39%) Blackberry
3 52 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
4 50 (3.60%) Tandem
5 47 (3.39%) Clustering
6 44 (3.17%) Client/Server
7 34 (2.45%) Computer Science
8 23 (1.66%) iPhone
8 23 (1.66%) Replication
8 23 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (1.59%) Streaming Music
10 18 (1.30%) Mathematics
10 18 (1.30%) Management Information System
11 17 (1.22%) N-Tier
12 13 (0.94%) Social Network
12 13 (0.94%) Celerra
12 13 (0.94%) Mobile App
12 13 (0.94%) Data Integration
13 12 (0.86%) CLARiiON
14 11 (0.79%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 820 (59.08%) Windows
2 418 (30.12%) Windows Server 2008
3 252 (18.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 195 (14.05%) Windows 7
5 193 (13.90%) Windows Server 2003
6 77 (5.55%) Windows XP
7 60 (4.32%) Windows 8
8 40 (2.88%) Linux
9 28 (2.02%) Windows 2000
10 25 (1.80%) UNIX
11 19 (1.37%) VMS
12 13 (0.94%) Android
13 12 (0.86%) Apple iOS
14 11 (0.79%) Windows Vista
15 10 (0.72%) CentOS
16 6 (0.43%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 3 (0.22%) Windows Phone
18 2 (0.14%) Mac OS X
18 2 (0.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 496 (35.73%) Agile Software Development
2 416 (29.97%) MVC
3 403 (29.03%) TDD
4 351 (25.29%) Web Application Development
5 350 (25.22%) Scrum
6 248 (17.87%) ITIL
7 235 (16.93%) Kanban
8 189 (13.62%) BDD
9 140 (10.09%) Business Intelligence
10 128 (9.22%) MVVM
11 126 (9.08%) Dependency Injection
12 111 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
13 109 (7.85%) Migration
14 107 (7.71%) OO
15 90 (6.48%) Performance Tuning
16 88 (6.34%) Mentoring
17 83 (5.98%) Project Management
18 80 (5.76%) CRM
19 60 (4.32%) PRINCE2
20 56 (4.03%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 530 (38.18%) C#
2 308 (22.19%) SQL
3 133 (9.58%) JavaScript
4 129 (9.29%) T-SQL
5 79 (5.69%) VB.NET
6 60 (4.32%) VB
7 51 (3.67%) PowerShell
8 29 (2.09%) C++
9 14 (1.01%) Ruby
10 8 (0.58%) VC++
10 8 (0.58%) VB6
11 7 (0.50%) VBScript
12 4 (0.29%) C
13 3 (0.22%) Java
13 3 (0.22%) XPath
14 2 (0.14%) VBA
15 1 (0.072%) Python
15 1 (0.072%) Ada
15 1 (0.072%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.072%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1388 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 657 (47.33%) MCP
3 563 (40.56%) MCITP
4 523 (37.68%) MCSE
5 466 (33.57%) MCSD
6 435 (31.34%) MCAD
7 334 (24.06%) MCSA
8 197 (14.19%) Degree
9 121 (8.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 114 (8.21%) Cisco Certification
11 108 (7.78%) CCNA
12 100 (7.20%) Citrix Certification
13 97 (6.99%) CCA
14 41 (2.95%) MCDBA
15 36 (2.59%) VCAP
16 29 (2.09%) NCDA
16 29 (2.09%) MCPD
17 21 (1.51%) NCIE
18 20 (1.44%) CCNP
19 19 (1.37%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (4.97%) SLA
2 23 (1.66%) QA
3 7 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.22%) ISO 9000
4 3 (0.22%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.14%) BS7799
6 1 (0.072%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.072%) Section 508
System Software
1 348 (25.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 336 (24.21%) Active Directory
3 238 (17.15%) Hyper-V
4 64 (4.61%) vSphere
5 60 (4.32%) XenDesktop
6 54 (3.89%) XenApp
7 52 (3.75%) VMware ESX
8 32 (2.31%) XenServer
9 28 (2.02%) Forefront TMG
10 26 (1.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 19 (1.37%) UAG
12 18 (1.30%) vCloud
13 16 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
14 15 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (0.50%) ISA Server
16 6 (0.43%) Terminal Services
16 6 (0.43%) VMware Server
17 4 (0.29%) NFS
18 2 (0.14%) Terminal Server
18 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 77 (5.55%) Backup Exec
2 68 (4.90%) SCCM
3 56 (4.03%) SCOM
4 40 (2.88%) Norton AntiVirus
5 36 (2.59%) WSUS
6 29 (2.09%) SCVMM
7 22 (1.59%) SCSM
8 8 (0.58%) MIIS
9 7 (0.50%) NetBackup
9 7 (0.50%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 6 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 5 (0.36%) SCDPM
12 4 (0.29%) XenMobile
13 2 (0.14%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.14%) Tivoli
14 1 (0.072%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 1 (0.072%) ARCserve
14 1 (0.072%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 1 (0.072%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 793 (57.13%) Microsoft
2 430 (30.98%) VMware
3 222 (15.99%) Citrix
4 134 (9.65%) HP
5 125 (9.01%) Cisco
6 88 (6.34%) EMC
7 82 (5.91%) Juniper
7 82 (5.91%) Apple
8 76 (5.48%) Symantec
9 66 (4.76%) NetApp
10 64 (4.61%) Veeam
11 55 (3.96%) Dell
12 54 (3.89%) Meru Networks
13 28 (2.02%) McAfee
14 26 (1.87%) Oracle
15 22 (1.59%) Mitel
16 21 (1.51%) Remedy
17 17 (1.22%) Polycom
18 13 (0.94%) Google
18 13 (0.94%) Facebook
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