The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 181 110 134
Rank change year-on-year
-71 +24
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 37 105 74
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.66% 1.93% 1.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.39% 6.72% 5.44%
Number of salaries quoted 23 104 63
Average salary £49,500 £40,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+23.75% +14.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,500 £22,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
MCTS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1551 1563 1360
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 27.71% 28.77% 27.76%
Number of salaries quoted 1300 1344 1122
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,800 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.00% -

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

MCTS
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCTS across the West Midlands region.

MCTS Salary Trend in the West Midlands

MCTS
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCTS across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

MCTS Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

MCTS
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 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
(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
Birmingham -9 27 £55,000 +10.00%
Wolverhampton - 5 £49,500 -
Coventry - 3 £31,500 -
Warwickshire -36 1 £22,500 -43.75%
Shropshire - 1 £28,000 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 65 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (89.23%) Microsoft
3 50 (76.92%) MCITP
4 45 (69.23%) Windows
5 42 (64.62%) MCSE
6 40 (61.54%) VMware
7 37 (56.92%) Active Directory
8 36 (55.38%) VMware Infrastructure
9 31 (47.69%) Hyper-V
10 30 (46.15%) MS Exchange
11 27 (41.54%) Citrix
12 25 (38.46%) XenDesktop
12 25 (38.46%) Lync
12 25 (38.46%) Exchange Server 2010
13 24 (36.92%) Exchange Server 2003
13 24 (36.92%) Citrix Certification
13 24 (36.92%) SQL Server
14 23 (35.38%) CCA
15 21 (32.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 20 (30.77%) Office 365
17 18 (27.69%) vSphere
18 17 (26.15%) Unified Communications
19 16 (24.62%) Degree
20 15 (23.08%) Cisco
20 15 (23.08%) SharePoint
21 14 (21.54%) MCSA
21 14 (21.54%) SQL
21 14 (21.54%) MS Office
21 14 (21.54%) SQL Server 2008
22 13 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 30 (46.15%) MS Exchange
2 25 (38.46%) Lync
2 25 (38.46%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (36.92%) Exchange Server 2003
4 15 (23.08%) SharePoint
5 13 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007
5 13 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (18.46%) Office Communications Server
7 9 (13.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (9.23%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (6.15%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (4.62%) IIS
10 3 (4.62%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 14 (21.54%) MS Office
2 12 (18.46%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (4.62%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (30.77%) Office 365
2 3 (4.62%) IaaS
2 3 (4.62%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (26.15%) Unified Communications
2 13 (20.00%) SAN
3 12 (18.46%) NAS
4 11 (16.92%) Cisco Nexus
4 11 (16.92%) WAAS
5 6 (9.23%) NetScaler
6 3 (4.62%) IP Telephony
6 3 (4.62%) TCP/IP
6 3 (4.62%) PBX
7 2 (3.08%) VPN
8 1 (1.54%) DNS
8 1 (1.54%) WAN
8 1 (1.54%) DHCP
8 1 (1.54%) LAN
8 1 (1.54%) Firewall
8 1 (1.54%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (36.92%) SQL Server
2 14 (21.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (16.92%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (1.54%) NUnit
1 1 (1.54%) MSTest
1 1 (1.54%) Rhino Mocks
1 1 (1.54%) Moq
General
1 3 (4.62%) Finance
2 1 (1.54%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (46.15%) Consultant
2 20 (30.77%) Microsoft Consultant
3 18 (27.69%) Architect
4 14 (21.54%) Solutions Architect
5 12 (18.46%) Exchange Consultant
6 11 (16.92%) Virtualisation Architect
6 11 (16.92%) Storage Solutions Architect
6 11 (16.92%) Storage Architect
7 10 (15.38%) Developer
8 9 (13.85%) SharePoint Developer
9 6 (9.23%) Analyst
9 6 (9.23%) DBA
9 6 (9.23%) Administrator
9 6 (9.23%) SQL DBA
10 5 (7.69%) Senior SharePoint Developer
10 5 (7.69%) Senior Consultant
10 5 (7.69%) Senior Developer
11 4 (6.15%) Support Analyst
11 4 (6.15%) Senior Architect
12 3 (4.62%) Pre Sales Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (20.00%) .NET
2 10 (15.38%) ASP.NET
3 6 (9.23%) ADO.NET
3 6 (9.23%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 5 (7.69%) .NET Framework
5 4 (6.15%) Application Packaging
5 4 (6.15%) WCF
6 3 (4.62%) Ajax
6 3 (4.62%) CSS
6 3 (4.62%) HTML
7 1 (1.54%) WinForms
7 1 (1.54%) WPF
7 1 (1.54%) Spring.NET
7 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.54%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 1 (1.54%) Razor View Engine
7 1 (1.54%) Castle Windsor
7 1 (1.54%) Ninject
Miscellaneous
1 11 (16.92%) CLARiiON
1 11 (16.92%) Celerra
2 4 (6.15%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.54%) Clustering
4 1 (1.54%) PDA
4 1 (1.54%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 45 (69.23%) Windows
2 10 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (9.23%) Windows 7
4 4 (6.15%) Windows 8
5 3 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.54%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (1.54%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.54%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (18.46%) Technical Analysis
1 12 (18.46%) Project Management
1 12 (18.46%) Technical Architecture
1 12 (18.46%) Migration
2 6 (9.23%) Business Intelligence
2 6 (9.23%) Software Engineering
2 6 (9.23%) Performance Tuning
3 4 (6.15%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (4.62%) CRM
4 3 (4.62%) OOA/OOD
4 3 (4.62%) OO
5 2 (3.08%) Problem Management
5 2 (3.08%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (1.54%) Scrum
6 1 (1.54%) Asset Management
6 1 (1.54%) TDD
6 1 (1.54%) Supplier Management
6 1 (1.54%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (1.54%) Kanban
6 1 (1.54%) Dependency Injection
Programming Languages
1 14 (21.54%) SQL
2 10 (15.38%) C#
3 7 (10.77%) VB.NET
4 6 (9.23%) T-SQL
5 3 (4.62%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 65 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (76.92%) MCITP
3 42 (64.62%) MCSE
4 24 (36.92%) Citrix Certification
5 23 (35.38%) CCA
6 21 (32.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 16 (24.62%) Degree
8 14 (21.54%) MCSA
9 12 (18.46%) CCEE
10 11 (16.92%) CCEA
10 11 (16.92%) CCIA
10 11 (16.92%) VCAP
10 11 (16.92%) VTSP
10 11 (16.92%) NCDA
10 11 (16.92%) NCIE
11 7 (10.77%) MCP
12 4 (6.15%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (6.15%) MCAD
12 4 (6.15%) MCSD
13 3 (4.62%) CCNP
System Software
1 37 (56.92%) Active Directory
2 36 (55.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (47.69%) Hyper-V
4 25 (38.46%) XenDesktop
5 18 (27.69%) vSphere
6 11 (16.92%) vCloud
7 7 (10.77%) XenApp
8 4 (6.15%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (4.62%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (1.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 4 (6.15%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 58 (89.23%) Microsoft
2 40 (61.54%) VMware
3 27 (41.54%) Citrix
4 15 (23.08%) Cisco
5 11 (16.92%) NetApp
5 11 (16.92%) EMC
5 11 (16.92%) 3PAR
6 4 (6.15%) AppSense
7 1 (1.54%) Barracuda Networks
7 1 (1.54%) Sophos