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 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 428 202 204
Rank change year-on-year
-226 +2
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 626 1458 1602
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.54% 1.37% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.99% 5.05% 4.80%
Number of salaries quoted 517 1413 1495
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +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
31403 28879 33391
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 26.98% 27.15% 28.58%
Number of salaries quoted 24333 23456 28266
Average salary £44,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -229 581 £40,000 - 42
London -199 189 £40,000 -15.78% 9
South East -119 150 £33,000 -17.50% 18
North West -48 82 £34,500 -8.00%
East of England -38 73 £47,500 +18.75% 4
Oxfordshire +26 52 £33,000 -22.35% 5
Cheshire -18 45 £34,500 -8.00%
West Midlands -69 44 £55,000 +29.41% 2
Berkshire -42 42 £50,000 +11.11% 2
East Midlands -73 41 £42,000 +12.00% 2
City of London -11 40 £45,000 - 1
Abingdon +2 35 £33,000 -17.50% 4
Birmingham -8 35 £55,000 +10.00%
Yorkshire -64 34 £42,000 +20.00%
Manchester -9 32 £37,250 -6.87%
Hampshire -35 30 £24,500 -38.75% 4
Cambridge -12 28 £40,000 +3.22% 2
Cambridgeshire -13 28 £47,500 +22.58% 2
Reading -6 25 £52,500 +2.43%
Hertfordshire -17 25 £50,000 +11.11% 1
Sheffield +7 24 £43,500 -20.90%
South Yorkshire +6 24 £43,500 -20.90%
Warrington -15 24 £23,500 -41.25%
Scotland -21 23 £31,000 -22.50%
South West -78 23 £42,500 +6.25% 4
Nottingham -26 22 £40,000 +6.66% 1
Nottinghamshire -27 22 £40,000 +6.66% 1
West Yorkshire -55 22 £42,000 +12.00%
Leeds -13 20 £42,000 +68.00%
Bristol -15 19 £52,500 +31.25% 2

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 1420 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 831 (58.52%) Windows
3 795 (55.99%) SQL Server
4 781 (55.00%) Microsoft
5 696 (49.01%) MCP
6 636 (44.79%) .NET
7 599 (42.18%) C#
8 544 (38.31%) MCITP
9 533 (37.54%) MCSD
10 517 (36.41%) ASP.NET
11 499 (35.14%) MCSE
12 495 (34.86%) MCAD
13 476 (33.52%) MVC
13 476 (33.52%) ASP.NET MVC
14 464 (32.68%) TDD
15 430 (30.28%) WCF
16 426 (30.00%) VMware
17 419 (29.51%) Windows Server 2008
18 416 (29.30%) ASP.NET MVC 4
19 404 (28.45%) Scrum
20 403 (28.38%) Web Application Development
21 400 (28.17%) MS Excel
22 398 (28.03%) NUnit
23 389 (27.39%) Rhino Mocks
24 362 (25.49%) SQL Server 2012
25 344 (24.23%) VMware Infrastructure
26 333 (23.45%) Razor View Engine
27 331 (23.31%) MS Exchange
28 324 (22.82%) Active Directory
28 324 (22.82%) WPF

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 331 (23.31%) MS Exchange
2 230 (16.20%) SharePoint
3 194 (13.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 144 (10.14%) Lync
5 140 (9.86%) Exchange Server 2007
6 137 (9.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 91 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2003
8 77 (5.42%) SharePoint 2013
9 71 (5.00%) BizTalk Server
10 59 (4.15%) IIS
11 50 (3.52%) SharePoint 2010
12 46 (3.24%) Office Communications Server
13 30 (2.11%) Node.js
14 20 (1.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 16 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.28%) MS Project Server
17 3 (0.21%) TPMS
17 3 (0.21%) CMS
18 2 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2000
18 2 (0.14%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 400 (28.17%) MS Excel
2 131 (9.23%) MS Office
3 9 (0.63%) MS Project
4 7 (0.49%) Mingle
4 7 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.42%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.14%) Maya
7 2 (0.14%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 49 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.63%) Summit
3 3 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.070%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 103 (7.25%) Office 365
2 99 (6.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (0.35%) IaaS
6 4 (0.28%) SaaS
7 2 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.14%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 219 (15.42%) DNS
2 218 (15.35%) SAN
3 174 (12.25%) DHCP
4 130 (9.15%) VPN
5 127 (8.94%) TCP/IP
6 84 (5.92%) Firewall
7 83 (5.85%) LAN
8 73 (5.14%) WAN
9 66 (4.65%) Unified Communications
10 61 (4.30%) Internet
11 60 (4.23%) Wireless
12 54 (3.80%) NAS
13 26 (1.83%) Wi-Fi
13 26 (1.83%) SSL
13 26 (1.83%) PBX
14 22 (1.55%) PSTN
15 21 (1.48%) SMTP
15 21 (1.48%) MPLS
16 17 (1.20%) H.323
17 15 (1.06%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 795 (55.99%) SQL Server
2 362 (25.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 152 (10.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 115 (8.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 91 (6.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 77 (5.42%) SQL Server 2005
7 62 (4.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 43 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
9 25 (1.76%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 19 (1.34%) OLTP
10 19 (1.34%) Crystal Reports
11 15 (1.06%) NoSQL
12 12 (0.85%) OLAP
13 10 (0.70%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
14 9 (0.63%) DTS
15 8 (0.56%) Big Data
16 7 (0.49%) Neo4j
16 7 (0.49%) RavenDB
16 7 (0.49%) Relational Database
17 6 (0.42%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 398 (28.03%) NUnit
2 389 (27.39%) Rhino Mocks
3 268 (18.87%) Moq
4 138 (9.72%) MSTest
5 130 (9.15%) Subversion
6 61 (4.30%) Visual Studio
7 52 (3.66%) Team Foundation Server
8 24 (1.69%) Git (software)
9 11 (0.77%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.42%) JIRA
12 2 (0.14%) CruiseControl
12 2 (0.14%) NCover
12 2 (0.14%) FxCop
13 1 (0.070%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.070%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 1 (0.070%) Toad
13 1 (0.070%) Oracle APEX
13 1 (0.070%) WATIR
General
1 190 (13.38%) Finance
2 108 (7.61%) Games
3 89 (6.27%) Banking
4 38 (2.68%) Music Industry
5 30 (2.11%) Investment Banking
6 29 (2.04%) Retail
6 29 (2.04%) Legal
7 28 (1.97%) Advertising
8 27 (1.90%) Telecoms
9 16 (1.13%) Marketing
10 11 (0.77%) Law
11 9 (0.63%) Billing
12 6 (0.42%) Back Office
13 3 (0.21%) Electronics
13 3 (0.21%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.070%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.070%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 640 (45.07%) Developer
2 448 (31.55%) .NET Developer
3 205 (14.44%) Support Engineer
4 176 (12.39%) C# Developer
5 137 (9.65%) C# .NET Developer
6 126 (8.87%) Consultant
7 108 (7.61%) Analyst
8 91 (6.41%) Administrator
9 86 (6.06%) ASP.NET Developer
10 80 (5.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 80 (5.63%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 79 (5.56%) DBA
12 71 (5.00%) SQL DBA
13 67 (4.72%) Microsoft Consultant
14 66 (4.65%) 2nd Line Support
15 63 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
16 61 (4.30%) IT Support
17 56 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 53 (3.73%) Junior
19 52 (3.66%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 636 (44.79%) .NET
2 517 (36.41%) ASP.NET
3 476 (33.52%) ASP.NET MVC
4 430 (30.28%) WCF
5 416 (29.30%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 333 (23.45%) Razor View Engine
7 324 (22.82%) WPF
8 288 (20.28%) NHibernate
9 252 (17.75%) Castle Windsor
10 189 (13.31%) WinForms
11 167 (11.76%) HTML
12 149 (10.49%) Ajax
13 146 (10.28%) Ninject
14 145 (10.21%) LINQ
15 143 (10.07%) .NET Framework
16 131 (9.23%) Spring.NET
16 131 (9.23%) CSS
16 131 (9.23%) Unity DI Container
17 121 (8.52%) MonoRail
18 105 (7.39%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 131 (9.23%) Inversion of Control
2 58 (4.08%) Tandem
3 54 (3.80%) Blackberry
4 47 (3.31%) Client/Server
5 46 (3.24%) Clustering
6 40 (2.82%) Computer Science
7 28 (1.97%) Replication
7 28 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
8 24 (1.69%) Streaming Music
9 20 (1.41%) iPhone
10 17 (1.20%) N-Tier
11 16 (1.13%) Mathematics
12 15 (1.06%) Management Information System
12 15 (1.06%) Social Network
12 15 (1.06%) Mobile App
13 13 (0.92%) Data Integration
14 11 (0.77%) EqualLogic
15 10 (0.70%) Celerra
16 9 (0.63%) CLARiiON
17 8 (0.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 831 (58.52%) Windows
2 419 (29.51%) Windows Server 2008
3 248 (17.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 195 (13.73%) Windows Server 2003
5 175 (12.32%) Windows 7
6 63 (4.44%) Windows XP
7 56 (3.94%) Windows 8
8 38 (2.68%) Linux
9 26 (1.83%) Windows 2000
10 18 (1.27%) VMS
10 18 (1.27%) UNIX
11 15 (1.06%) Android
12 12 (0.85%) Apple iOS
13 11 (0.77%) Windows Vista
14 10 (0.70%) CentOS
15 8 (0.56%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 2 (0.14%) Windows Phone
18 1 (0.070%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.070%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 476 (33.52%) MVC
2 464 (32.68%) TDD
3 404 (28.45%) Scrum
4 403 (28.38%) Web Application Development
5 268 (18.87%) Kanban
6 234 (16.48%) ITIL
7 210 (14.79%) BDD
8 152 (10.70%) MVVM
8 152 (10.70%) Business Intelligence
9 148 (10.42%) Dependency Injection
10 131 (9.23%) Continuous Integration
11 122 (8.59%) OO
12 116 (8.17%) Migration
13 89 (6.27%) Project Management
13 89 (6.27%) Performance Tuning
14 79 (5.56%) CRM
15 66 (4.65%) Agile Software Development
16 62 (4.37%) Service Delivery
17 60 (4.23%) PRINCE2
18 59 (4.15%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 599 (42.18%) C#
2 317 (22.32%) SQL
3 149 (10.49%) JavaScript
4 134 (9.44%) T-SQL
5 85 (5.99%) VB.NET
6 65 (4.58%) VB
7 52 (3.66%) PowerShell
8 31 (2.18%) C++
9 16 (1.13%) Ruby
10 8 (0.56%) VC++
10 8 (0.56%) VB6
11 7 (0.49%) VBScript
12 6 (0.42%) VBA
13 4 (0.28%) Java
14 3 (0.21%) XPath
15 2 (0.14%) C
16 1 (0.070%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.070%) Python
16 1 (0.070%) Ada
16 1 (0.070%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1420 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 696 (49.01%) MCP
3 544 (38.31%) MCITP
4 533 (37.54%) MCSD
5 499 (35.14%) MCSE
6 495 (34.86%) MCAD
7 323 (22.75%) MCSA
8 208 (14.65%) Degree
9 121 (8.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 115 (8.10%) Cisco Certification
11 109 (7.68%) CCNA
12 97 (6.83%) Citrix Certification
13 93 (6.55%) CCA
14 38 (2.68%) MCDBA
15 33 (2.32%) VCAP
16 30 (2.11%) NCDA
17 24 (1.69%) MCPD
18 19 (1.34%) NCIE
18 19 (1.34%) CCEE
19 18 (1.27%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (4.86%) SLA
2 20 (1.41%) QA
3 6 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 3 (0.21%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.14%) BS7799
5 2 (0.14%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.070%) Section 508
System Software
1 344 (24.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 324 (22.82%) Active Directory
3 243 (17.11%) Hyper-V
4 65 (4.58%) vSphere
5 57 (4.01%) XenDesktop
6 51 (3.59%) XenApp
7 50 (3.52%) VMware ESX
8 32 (2.25%) XenServer
9 29 (2.04%) Forefront TMG
10 26 (1.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 22 (1.55%) UAG
12 17 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
13 15 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
13 15 (1.06%) vCloud
14 8 (0.56%) ISA Server
15 6 (0.42%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.42%) VMware Server
16 4 (0.28%) NFS
17 2 (0.14%) Terminal Server
17 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 69 (4.86%) SCCM
2 68 (4.79%) Backup Exec
3 58 (4.08%) SCOM
4 38 (2.68%) Norton AntiVirus
5 35 (2.46%) WSUS
6 30 (2.11%) SCVMM
7 25 (1.76%) SCSM
8 7 (0.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 6 (0.42%) NetBackup
10 5 (0.35%) SCDPM
10 5 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 3 (0.21%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 3 (0.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.21%) XenMobile
12 2 (0.14%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.14%) MOM
12 2 (0.14%) Tivoli
12 2 (0.14%) MIIS
13 1 (0.070%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 781 (55.00%) Microsoft
2 426 (30.00%) VMware
3 209 (14.72%) Citrix
4 130 (9.15%) HP
5 125 (8.80%) Cisco
6 83 (5.85%) EMC
7 79 (5.56%) Juniper
8 77 (5.42%) Apple
9 68 (4.79%) Symantec
10 65 (4.58%) NetApp
11 59 (4.15%) Veeam
12 54 (3.80%) Dell
13 50 (3.52%) Meru Networks
14 27 (1.90%) Mitel
15 23 (1.62%) Oracle
16 22 (1.55%) McAfee
16 22 (1.55%) Polycom
17 16 (1.13%) Siemens
18 15 (1.06%) Google
18 15 (1.06%) Facebook
Buckinghamshire
Centric Resource
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
Havant, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bens
Posted: 8 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Vehicle
Posted: Yesterday
Durham, County Durham
Solutions Recruitment
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
IT People First
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum Negotiable + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £47000 - £52000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £24k - £28k per annum + £1k Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
RM Education
Salary: £30k - £36k per annum + 5% bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £40000 to £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Chippenham, Wiltshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £18000.00 - £25000.00 per annum + Excellent
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £60000 to £70000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
NAK Consulting
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum based upon experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Saffron Walden, Essex
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Competitive + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £40000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Healthcare
Posted: 4 days ago
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £47000 - £52000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
C.O.A.L IT Services Ltd
Posted: 7 days ago