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 20 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 478 229 207
Rank change year-on-year
-249 -22
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 486 1336 1617
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 1.23% 1.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.57% 4.61% 4.85%
Number of salaries quoted 394 1295 1520
Average salary £37,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-7.50% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £37,750 £38,500
% change year-on-year
-0.66% -1.94%

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
30956 28988 33362
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.15% 26.79% 28.96%
Number of salaries quoted 24456 23637 27790
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -254 451 £37,000 -7.50% 45
London -218 160 £35,000 -26.31% 11
South East -140 99 £30,000 -25.00% 11
North West -60 57 £34,500 -8.00% 5
East of England -58 47 £45,000 +12.50% 4
West Midlands -66 45 £49,500 +41.42% 1
Yorkshire -47 37 £47,500 +35.71% 2
City of London -16 36 £36,000 -28.00% 2
Hampshire -14 34 £24,500 -34.66% 1
Birmingham -7 33 £48,500 -3.00%
West Yorkshire -24 28 £47,500 +31.94% 1
Hertfordshire -1 27 £39,750 -11.66% 2
Manchester -30 27 £34,500 -8.00% 3
Cheshire -42 27 £34,500 -8.00% 1
Berkshire -25 25 £27,500 -31.25% 9
Leeds -7 20 £47,500 +65.21%
East Midlands -68 19 £27,000 -28.00% 3
Oxfordshire -11 18 £33,000 -17.50%
Abingdon -5 15 £33,000 -17.50%
Warrington -24 15 £23,500 -32.85% 1
South West -63 15 £29,000 -24.18% 8
Wimbledon - 15 £35,000 -
Reading -19 14 £45,000 +12.50% 7
Northampton -24 14 £27,000 -22.85%
Northamptonshire -37 14 £27,000 -22.85% 1
Surrey -39 12 £50,000 +21.21% 1
Cambridgeshire -24 11 £43,750 +9.37% 2
Fareham +16 10 £24,500 +8.88%
Cambridge -19 10 £40,000 +3.22% 1
Sheffield - 10 - -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 1203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 748 (62.18%) Windows
3 735 (61.10%) Microsoft
4 543 (45.14%) SQL Server
5 536 (44.56%) MCITP
6 524 (43.56%) MCP
7 506 (42.06%) MCSE
8 407 (33.83%) .NET
9 395 (32.83%) MS Excel
10 389 (32.34%) Windows Server 2008
11 386 (32.09%) VMware
12 383 (31.84%) C#
13 354 (29.43%) MS Exchange
14 351 (29.18%) Agile Software Development
15 330 (27.43%) ASP.NET
16 316 (26.27%) Active Directory
17 314 (26.10%) MCSA
18 312 (25.94%) VMware Infrastructure
19 309 (25.69%) MCSD
20 296 (24.61%) MCAD
21 282 (23.44%) MVC
22 280 (23.28%) ASP.NET MVC
23 273 (22.69%) SQL
24 265 (22.03%) TDD
25 256 (21.28%) WCF
26 241 (20.03%) Windows Server 2012
27 232 (19.29%) Web Application Development
28 231 (19.20%) Scrum
29 226 (18.79%) NUnit
30 220 (18.29%) Citrix

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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
1 354 (29.43%) MS Exchange
2 209 (17.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 196 (16.29%) SharePoint
4 161 (13.38%) Exchange Server 2007
5 146 (12.14%) Lync
6 135 (11.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 77 (6.40%) Exchange Server 2003
8 71 (5.90%) SharePoint 2013
9 57 (4.74%) BizTalk Server
10 49 (4.07%) IIS
11 44 (3.66%) SharePoint 2010
12 30 (2.49%) Office Communications Server
13 24 (2.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 21 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
15 16 (1.33%) Node.js
16 10 (0.83%) OpenEdge
17 4 (0.33%) TPMS
18 2 (0.17%) Lotus Domino
19 1 (0.083%) IBM Notes
19 1 (0.083%) CMS
Applications
1 395 (32.83%) MS Excel
2 152 (12.64%) MS Office
3 13 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.58%) Mingle
5 3 (0.25%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.17%) Maya
6 2 (0.17%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.083%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.083%) MS Project
7 1 (0.083%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 62 (5.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.58%) Summit
3 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.083%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 118 (9.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 89 (7.40%) Office 365
3 8 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (0.58%) IaaS
5 6 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (0.33%) SaaS
7 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.17%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 213 (17.71%) DNS
2 174 (14.46%) SAN
3 165 (13.72%) DHCP
4 131 (10.89%) TCP/IP
5 128 (10.64%) VPN
6 72 (5.99%) LAN
7 64 (5.32%) Firewall
8 63 (5.24%) Wireless
9 62 (5.15%) WAN
10 52 (4.32%) Unified Communications
11 39 (3.24%) NAS
12 32 (2.66%) Internet
13 20 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
14 17 (1.41%) PBX
14 17 (1.41%) SSL
15 15 (1.25%) PSTN
15 15 (1.25%) VoIP
15 15 (1.25%) SMTP
16 14 (1.16%) MPLS
17 13 (1.08%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 543 (45.14%) SQL Server
2 204 (16.96%) SQL Server 2012
3 124 (10.31%) SQL Server 2008
4 73 (6.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 70 (5.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 61 (5.07%) SQL Server 2005
7 48 (3.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 35 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.50%) Crystal Reports
10 12 (1.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (0.83%) MySQL
12 9 (0.75%) Big Data
13 8 (0.67%) Relational Database
13 8 (0.67%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.58%) RavenDB
14 7 (0.58%) Neo4j
15 6 (0.50%) OLTP
16 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2000
16 4 (0.33%) Text Mining
16 4 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 226 (18.79%) NUnit
2 218 (18.12%) Rhino Mocks
3 162 (13.47%) Moq
4 77 (6.40%) MSTest
5 65 (5.40%) Subversion
6 38 (3.16%) Visual Studio
7 25 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (1.25%) Git (software)
9 11 (0.91%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (0.33%) JIRA
12 2 (0.17%) Toad
13 1 (0.083%) CruiseControl
13 1 (0.083%) WATIR
13 1 (0.083%) NCover
13 1 (0.083%) FxCop
13 1 (0.083%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.083%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 141 (11.72%) Finance
2 68 (5.65%) Games
3 60 (4.99%) Banking
4 36 (2.99%) Legal
5 30 (2.49%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.00%) Advertising
6 24 (2.00%) Music Industry
7 18 (1.50%) Marketing
8 16 (1.33%) Investment Banking
9 15 (1.25%) Retail
10 10 (0.83%) Billing
11 9 (0.75%) Law
12 7 (0.58%) Electronics
13 3 (0.25%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.17%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 408 (33.92%) Developer
2 262 (21.78%) .NET Developer
3 224 (18.62%) Support Engineer
4 123 (10.22%) Consultant
5 103 (8.56%) Analyst
6 102 (8.48%) C# Developer
7 88 (7.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 88 (7.32%) DBA
8 82 (6.82%) SQL DBA
8 82 (6.82%) C# .NET Developer
9 77 (6.40%) Administrator
10 74 (6.15%) IT Support
11 67 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
12 65 (5.40%) 3rd Line Support
13 61 (5.07%) Architect
14 60 (4.99%) Microsoft Consultant
15 57 (4.74%) IT Support Engineer
16 56 (4.66%) ASP.NET Developer
17 54 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 52 (4.32%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 407 (33.83%) .NET
2 330 (27.43%) ASP.NET
3 280 (23.28%) ASP.NET MVC
4 256 (21.28%) WCF
5 220 (18.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 182 (15.13%) Razor View Engine
6 182 (15.13%) WPF
7 164 (13.63%) NHibernate
8 126 (10.47%) Castle Windsor
9 124 (10.31%) HTML
10 110 (9.14%) .NET Framework
11 100 (8.31%) CSS
12 99 (8.23%) WinForms
13 86 (7.15%) Ajax
14 82 (6.82%) LINQ
15 78 (6.48%) Ninject
16 70 (5.82%) Unity DI Container
16 70 (5.82%) Spring.NET
17 62 (5.15%) HTML5
18 56 (4.66%) MonoRail
Miscellaneous
1 70 (5.82%) Inversion of Control
2 66 (5.49%) Blackberry
3 51 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
4 43 (3.57%) Clustering
5 30 (2.49%) Tandem
6 29 (2.41%) Client/Server
7 27 (2.24%) Computer Science
8 23 (1.91%) iPhone
9 20 (1.66%) Management Information System
10 17 (1.41%) Streaming Music
11 14 (1.16%) Mathematics
11 14 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
12 13 (1.08%) Statistics
13 12 (1.00%) Celerra
13 12 (1.00%) CLARiiON
14 10 (0.83%) Replication
15 9 (0.75%) N-Tier
15 9 (0.75%) Data Integration
15 9 (0.75%) EqualLogic
16 8 (0.67%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 748 (62.18%) Windows
2 389 (32.34%) Windows Server 2008
3 241 (20.03%) Windows Server 2012
4 186 (15.46%) Windows 7
5 181 (15.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 82 (6.82%) Windows XP
7 63 (5.24%) Windows 8
8 38 (3.16%) Linux
9 28 (2.33%) Windows 2000
10 26 (2.16%) UNIX
11 19 (1.58%) VMS
12 12 (1.00%) Windows Vista
13 10 (0.83%) Android
13 10 (0.83%) CentOS
13 10 (0.83%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.25%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.17%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 351 (29.18%) Agile Software Development
2 282 (23.44%) MVC
3 265 (22.03%) TDD
4 232 (19.29%) Web Application Development
5 231 (19.20%) Scrum
6 219 (18.20%) ITIL
7 162 (13.47%) Kanban
8 137 (11.39%) BDD
9 109 (9.06%) Business Intelligence
10 97 (8.06%) Migration
11 89 (7.40%) Mentoring
12 84 (6.98%) CRM
13 83 (6.90%) MVVM
14 80 (6.65%) Dependency Injection
15 76 (6.32%) OO
16 73 (6.07%) Performance Tuning
17 72 (5.99%) Project Management
18 70 (5.82%) Continuous Integration
19 52 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
19 52 (4.32%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 383 (31.84%) C#
2 273 (22.69%) SQL
3 111 (9.23%) T-SQL
4 106 (8.81%) JavaScript
5 61 (5.07%) VB.NET
6 46 (3.82%) PowerShell
7 43 (3.57%) VB
8 22 (1.83%) C++
9 9 (0.75%) Ruby
10 8 (0.67%) VBScript
11 5 (0.42%) VB6
11 5 (0.42%) VC++
12 4 (0.33%) C
13 2 (0.17%) Java
13 2 (0.17%) XPath
14 1 (0.083%) Ada
14 1 (0.083%) VBA
14 1 (0.083%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 536 (44.56%) MCITP
3 524 (43.56%) MCP
4 506 (42.06%) MCSE
5 314 (26.10%) MCSA
6 309 (25.69%) MCSD
7 296 (24.61%) MCAD
8 177 (14.71%) Degree
9 114 (9.48%) Cisco Certification
10 110 (9.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 108 (8.98%) CCNA
12 102 (8.48%) Citrix Certification
13 100 (8.31%) CCA
14 38 (3.16%) MCDBA
15 33 (2.74%) VCAP
16 28 (2.33%) MCPD
17 26 (2.16%) CCNP
18 21 (1.75%) A+ Certification
18 21 (1.75%) NCDA
19 20 (1.66%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (4.49%) SLA
2 26 (2.16%) QA
3 7 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.17%) BS7799
4 2 (0.17%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.083%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.083%) Section 508
System Software
1 316 (26.27%) Active Directory
2 312 (25.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 197 (16.38%) Hyper-V
4 57 (4.74%) XenDesktop
5 52 (4.32%) vSphere
6 51 (4.24%) XenApp
7 46 (3.82%) VMware ESX
8 28 (2.33%) XenServer
9 26 (2.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 20 (1.66%) Forefront TMG
10 20 (1.66%) vCloud
11 16 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
12 12 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
13 8 (0.67%) UAG
14 4 (0.33%) ISA Server
14 4 (0.33%) NFS
14 4 (0.33%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.25%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.17%) Terminal Server
17 1 (0.083%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 80 (6.65%) Backup Exec
2 66 (5.49%) SCCM
3 51 (4.24%) SCOM
4 39 (3.24%) Norton AntiVirus
5 31 (2.58%) WSUS
6 25 (2.08%) SCVMM
7 15 (1.25%) SCSM
8 10 (0.83%) MIIS
9 7 (0.58%) NetBackup
9 7 (0.58%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 6 (0.50%) XenMobile
10 6 (0.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.33%) Casper Suite
12 3 (0.25%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.17%) SCDPM
13 2 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.17%) ARCserve
14 1 (0.083%) Windows Intune
14 1 (0.083%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 1 (0.083%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 735 (61.10%) Microsoft
2 386 (32.09%) VMware
3 220 (18.29%) Citrix
4 129 (10.72%) Cisco
5 121 (10.06%) HP
6 87 (7.23%) Apple
7 85 (7.07%) EMC
8 82 (6.82%) Symantec
9 77 (6.40%) Juniper
10 65 (5.40%) Veeam
11 55 (4.57%) Meru Networks
12 53 (4.41%) NetApp
13 44 (3.66%) Dell
14 28 (2.33%) McAfee
15 24 (2.00%) Oracle
16 23 (1.91%) Remedy
17 18 (1.50%) Mitel
18 14 (1.16%) Sophos
19 13 (1.08%) Polycom
20 12 (1.00%) 3PAR
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Spring Technology
Salary: £25000.00 - £28000.00 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Salary: £31000 - £37000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Surrey
Millshill Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bens
Posted: 18 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Dawson & Walsh
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
South West London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £31000 per annum + 25 days
Posted: 3 days ago
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £28,000 to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
LA International
Salary: £40000 - £70000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
LA International
Salary: £36000 - £52000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 to £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
Experis Ltd
Salary: £22500.00 - £23000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Hertfordshire
ComputaCenter
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Somerset
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare
Posted: 3 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
People Source Consulting
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
People Source Consulting
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Reed Technology Leadership Practice
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Orchid Wire
Salary: Car or £300p/m Car Allowance
Posted: 6 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Orchid Wire
Salary: Car or £300p/m Car Allowance
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago