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 28 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 577 370 241
Rank change year-on-year
-207 -129
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 345 825 1320
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.68% 1.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 2.49% 4.37%
Number of salaries quoted 296 759 1242
Average salary £36,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-10.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £25,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £58,500
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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
29591 33117 30177
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.38% 27.31% 27.70%
Number of salaries quoted 23271 26537 24337
Average salary £45,000 £44,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.12% +4.70%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £69,000 £65,000 £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 28 May 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 28 May 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 -202 325 £36,000 -10.00% 59
London -188 118 £43,500 +0.57% 13
South East -49 80 £35,500 -5.33% 12
North West -10 42 £40,000 +6.66% 9
West Midlands +12 30 £35,000 -26.31% 6
Hampshire +26 28 £24,500 -14.03% 4
East of England -18 27 £31,000 -22.50% 4
City of London +20 26 £48,750 +2.63% 4
Cheshire -2 25 £34,000 -2.85% 2
Buckinghamshire -3 19 £29,000 -42.00% 3
Berkshire -31 17 £55,000 +57.14% 2
Hertfordshire -3 16 £28,000 -25.33% 1
West Yorkshire +15 15 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Yorkshire +9 15 £40,000 -11.11% 3
Warrington -4 14 £42,500 +21.42% 2
Hemel Hempstead -9 14 £28,000 -27.27%
Surrey +15 13 £47,500 +5.55% 2
Bracknell +18 12 £55,000 +57.14%
Manchester -12 11 £22,500 -43.75% 4
Birmingham -13 11 £36,000 -34.54% 3
East Midlands -30 11 £23,500 -41.25% 7
Andover - 11 £24,000 -
High Wycombe +4 10 £23,000 - 1
Knutsford - 10 £34,000 -
Coventry +1 8 £37,500 -21.05% 1
Bradford -7 8 £32,500 +8.33%
Leeds +2 7 £50,000 +11.11% 2
Cambridgeshire -9 7 £55,000 +41.93% 1
Cambridge -2 6 £55,000 +41.93% 1
Nottinghamshire -23 6 £36,000 -10.00% 4

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 743 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 582 (78.33%) Microsoft
3 530 (71.33%) Windows
4 400 (53.84%) MCITP
5 361 (48.59%) MCSE
6 352 (47.38%) Active Directory
7 261 (35.13%) MS Exchange
8 258 (34.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 256 (34.45%) MS Excel
10 237 (31.90%) MCP
11 231 (31.09%) Windows 7
12 227 (30.55%) Windows Server 2012
13 218 (29.34%) SQL Server
14 185 (24.90%) SQL
14 185 (24.90%) ITIL
15 170 (22.88%) VMware
16 155 (20.86%) Exchange Server 2010
17 154 (20.73%) MCSA
18 139 (18.71%) Lync
19 138 (18.57%) Cisco
20 133 (17.90%) LAN
21 130 (17.50%) MS Office
22 127 (17.09%) Windows 8
23 125 (16.82%) Degree
24 121 (16.29%) WAN
25 120 (16.15%) CCNA
25 120 (16.15%) Cisco Certification
26 118 (15.88%) DNS
27 117 (15.75%) .NET
27 117 (15.75%) SharePoint

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 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
1 261 (35.13%) MS Exchange
2 155 (20.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 139 (18.71%) Lync
4 117 (15.75%) SharePoint
5 116 (15.61%) Exchange Server 2013
6 68 (9.15%) Exchange Server 2007
7 57 (7.67%) IIS
8 42 (5.65%) SharePoint 2010
9 35 (4.71%) SharePoint 2013
10 28 (3.77%) BizTalk Server
11 24 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2003
12 17 (2.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 14 (1.88%) Office Communications Server
14 8 (1.08%) SharePoint Server
15 6 (0.81%) Documentum
15 6 (0.81%) IBM Notes
15 6 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
16 5 (0.67%) OpenEdge
17 4 (0.54%) Tomcat
18 3 (0.40%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 256 (34.45%) MS Excel
2 130 (17.50%) MS Office
3 10 (1.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 8 (1.08%) Mingle
5 7 (0.94%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.40%) ProjectWise
6 3 (0.40%) MS Project
7 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 71 (9.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.40%) SAP CCM
2 3 (0.40%) SAP ERP
2 3 (0.40%) Primavera
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 105 (14.13%) Office 365
2 76 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (2.56%) Cloud Computing
4 14 (1.88%) IaaS
5 4 (0.54%) Yammer
6 2 (0.27%) PaaS
7 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 133 (17.90%) LAN
2 121 (16.29%) WAN
3 118 (15.88%) DNS
4 113 (15.21%) TCP/IP
5 85 (11.44%) DHCP
6 79 (10.63%) VPN
7 73 (9.83%) Firewall
8 67 (9.02%) SAN
9 42 (5.65%) VoIP
10 30 (4.04%) Unified Communications
11 27 (3.63%) Network Security
12 26 (3.50%) NAS
12 26 (3.50%) Wi-Fi
13 22 (2.96%) VLAN
14 15 (2.02%) Wireless
14 15 (2.02%) ADSL
15 13 (1.75%) Internet
16 11 (1.48%) VDSL
17 8 (1.08%) PBX
18 7 (0.94%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 218 (29.34%) SQL Server
2 109 (14.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 62 (8.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 58 (7.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 48 (6.46%) SQL Server 2012
6 42 (5.65%) SQL Server 2005
7 32 (4.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 29 (3.90%) Data Warehouse
9 24 (3.23%) MySQL
10 16 (2.15%) Oracle Database
11 14 (1.88%) Oracle Database 10g
12 12 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 9 (1.21%) Big Data
13 9 (1.21%) SQL Server 2000
14 8 (1.08%) Data Mart
14 8 (1.08%) RavenDB
14 8 (1.08%) Neo4j
15 7 (0.94%) Relational Database
15 7 (0.94%) QlikView
16 6 (0.81%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 43 (5.79%) NUnit
2 41 (5.52%) Visual Studio
3 26 (3.50%) Rhino Mocks
3 26 (3.50%) Moq
4 13 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (1.21%) MSBuild
5 9 (1.21%) MSTest
5 9 (1.21%) CruiseControl
6 8 (1.08%) TeamCity
6 8 (1.08%) Git (software)
6 8 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.67%) Subversion
8 4 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (0.27%) JIRA
10 1 (0.13%) MSI
General
1 51 (6.86%) Finance
2 26 (3.50%) Games
3 22 (2.96%) Marketing
4 21 (2.83%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.02%) Legal
6 11 (1.48%) Retail
7 9 (1.21%) Advertising
8 4 (0.54%) Automotive
8 4 (0.54%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.54%) Local Government
9 3 (0.40%) Law
10 2 (0.27%) Banking
11 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 123 (16.55%) Support Engineer
2 115 (15.48%) Consultant
3 93 (12.52%) Developer
4 89 (11.98%) Analyst
5 84 (11.31%) DBA
6 72 (9.69%) Microsoft Consultant
7 69 (9.29%) Technical Consultant
7 69 (9.29%) Administrator
8 68 (9.15%) SQL DBA
9 53 (7.13%) 2nd Line Support
10 52 (7.00%) .NET Developer
11 51 (6.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 45 (6.06%) Architect
13 43 (5.79%) IT Support
14 39 (5.25%) Solutions Architect
15 36 (4.85%) Junior
16 34 (4.58%) Support Analyst
17 28 (3.77%) Service Analyst
17 28 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
17 28 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (15.75%) .NET
2 88 (11.84%) ASP.NET
3 81 (10.90%) .NET Framework
4 57 (7.67%) HTML
5 52 (7.00%) CSS
6 47 (6.33%) ASP.NET MVC
7 37 (4.98%) WCF
8 33 (4.44%) LINQ
9 28 (3.77%) Ajax
10 26 (3.50%) NHibernate
11 25 (3.36%) Entity Framework
12 19 (2.56%) Web Services
13 17 (2.29%) jQuery
14 13 (1.75%) XML
15 11 (1.48%) HTML5
15 11 (1.48%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
16 9 (1.21%) ADO.NET
17 8 (1.08%) Silverlight
17 8 (1.08%) RESTful
17 8 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 49 (6.59%) Private Cloud
2 48 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (4.98%) Data Centre
4 28 (3.77%) Replication
5 27 (3.63%) Statistics
6 24 (3.23%) Blackberry
7 17 (2.29%) Clustering
8 16 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
9 13 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
9 13 (1.75%) Computer Science
10 10 (1.35%) Digital Media
11 9 (1.21%) FlexPod
12 8 (1.08%) Management Information System
12 8 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.94%) Fat Client
13 7 (0.94%) Thin Client
14 6 (0.81%) Enterprise Storage
15 5 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
16 4 (0.54%) Data Integration
17 3 (0.40%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 530 (71.33%) Windows
2 258 (34.72%) Windows Server 2008
3 231 (31.09%) Windows 7
4 227 (30.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 127 (17.09%) Windows 8
6 109 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 97 (13.06%) Windows XP
8 23 (3.10%) Linux
9 16 (2.15%) Mac OS X
9 16 (2.15%) Mac OS
10 13 (1.75%) UNIX
11 10 (1.35%) CentOS
12 6 (0.81%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.54%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.40%) Android
15 2 (0.27%) Solaris
15 2 (0.27%) Fedora
15 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.13%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (24.90%) ITIL
2 110 (14.80%) Migration
3 89 (11.98%) CRM
4 73 (9.83%) Agile Software Development
5 67 (9.02%) Project Management
5 67 (9.02%) Performance Tuning
6 59 (7.94%) MVC
6 59 (7.94%) Mentoring
7 56 (7.54%) Service Delivery
8 53 (7.13%) Business Intelligence
9 43 (5.79%) Web Application Development
10 41 (5.52%) Disaster Recovery
10 41 (5.52%) Coaching
11 39 (5.25%) PRINCE2
12 35 (4.71%) TDD
13 34 (4.58%) BDD
14 32 (4.31%) Service Management
15 31 (4.17%) Scrum
16 29 (3.90%) Continuous Improvement
17 26 (3.50%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 185 (24.90%) SQL
2 108 (14.54%) C#
3 68 (9.15%) T-SQL
4 57 (7.67%) PowerShell
5 47 (6.33%) JavaScript
6 17 (2.29%) VB.NET
7 11 (1.48%) VB
7 11 (1.48%) C
8 8 (1.08%) VBScript
9 6 (0.81%) PL/SQL
9 6 (0.81%) Java
9 6 (0.81%) C++
9 6 (0.81%) JAQL
10 3 (0.40%) Prolog
11 1 (0.13%) Perl
Qualifications
1 743 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 400 (53.84%) MCITP
3 361 (48.59%) MCSE
4 237 (31.90%) MCP
5 154 (20.73%) MCSA
6 125 (16.82%) Degree
7 120 (16.15%) CCNA
7 120 (16.15%) Cisco Certification
8 70 (9.42%) MCSD
9 62 (8.34%) MCAD
10 53 (7.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 42 (5.65%) Security Cleared
12 37 (4.98%) Citrix Certification
13 32 (4.31%) CCA
14 30 (4.04%) SC Cleared
15 29 (3.90%) MCPD
16 25 (3.36%) MCDST
17 18 (2.42%) DV Cleared
17 18 (2.42%) CCEE
18 17 (2.29%) NCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (7.94%) SLA
2 23 (3.10%) QA
3 9 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.81%) ISO 9000
5 4 (0.54%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.54%) TickIT
6 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 352 (47.38%) Active Directory
2 117 (15.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 110 (14.80%) Hyper-V
4 24 (3.23%) vSphere
5 20 (2.69%) XenApp
6 16 (2.15%) Forefront TMG
7 13 (1.75%) XenDesktop
8 10 (1.35%) VMware ESX
8 10 (1.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (0.94%) XenServer
9 7 (0.94%) Terminal Server
10 5 (0.67%) UAG
10 5 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.67%) ISA Server
11 4 (0.54%) Terminal Services
11 4 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 81 (10.90%) SCOM
2 71 (9.56%) SCCM
3 17 (2.29%) SCVMM
4 16 (2.15%) AirWatch
5 13 (1.75%) SCOrch
6 11 (1.48%) WSUS
7 10 (1.35%) Backup Exec
8 9 (1.21%) SCSM
8 9 (1.21%) SCDPM
9 8 (1.08%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 8 (1.08%) Windows Intune
10 5 (0.67%) Casper Suite
10 5 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.54%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (0.54%) XenMobile
12 2 (0.27%) Nagios
12 2 (0.27%) CA Spectrum
13 1 (0.13%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 582 (78.33%) Microsoft
2 170 (22.88%) VMware
3 138 (18.57%) Cisco
4 76 (10.23%) Citrix
5 53 (7.13%) HP
6 42 (5.65%) NetApp
6 42 (5.65%) Apple
7 40 (5.38%) Oracle
8 24 (3.23%) Dell
9 22 (2.96%) Juniper
10 18 (2.42%) Remedy
11 17 (2.29%) Avaya
11 17 (2.29%) Symantec
12 16 (2.15%) IBM
13 13 (1.75%) LANDesk
14 12 (1.62%) Business Objects
15 11 (1.48%) Red Gate
16 10 (1.35%) Adobe
16 10 (1.35%) McAfee
17 8 (1.08%) MicroStrategy
London
LA International Computer Consultants Ltd
Salary: Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
ninesharp
Salary: £20000 - £27000 per annum + Vehicle, Pension + More
Posted: 20 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
ninesharp
Salary: £21000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits & Excellent Training
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Salary: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Staffordshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + BENEFITS
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + BENEFITS
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + Package
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
ninesharp
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Car/car allowance
Posted: Yesterday
Havant, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Fareham, Hampshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £26000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Miller Maxwell Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum Plus Bonus & Full Benefits package +
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £130,000 per annum Bonus, Relocation, Benefits, LowTax
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £130,000 per annum Bonus, Relocation, Benefits, LowTax
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £130,000 per annum Bonus, Relocation, Benefits, LowTax
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
CML Offshore Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £130,000 per annum Bonus, Relocation, Benefits, LowTax
Posted: 2 days ago