The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the West Midlands region.

Location
3 months to
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 175 125 112
Rank change year-on-year
-50 -13
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 34 89 90
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.63% 1.60% 1.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.29% 5.76% 6.80%
Number of salaries quoted 28 88 83
Average salary £55,000 £42,500 £38,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+29.41% +9.67%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,150 £34,550 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,750 £60,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1487 1546 1324
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 27.68% 27.84% 27.04%
Number of salaries quoted 1213 1325 1112
Average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
MCTS
England

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -3 29 £55,000 +10.00%
Coventry - 5 £31,500 -
Warwickshire -5 2 - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (86.67%) Microsoft
3 47 (78.33%) MCITP
4 46 (76.67%) Windows
5 44 (73.33%) MCSE
6 38 (63.33%) VMware
7 35 (58.33%) Active Directory
8 32 (53.33%) VMware Infrastructure
9 31 (51.67%) Hyper-V
9 31 (51.67%) MS Exchange
10 26 (43.33%) Exchange Server 2003
11 25 (41.67%) Citrix
11 25 (41.67%) Lync
12 22 (36.67%) Exchange Server 2010
13 19 (31.67%) Unified Communications
13 19 (31.67%) XenDesktop
14 18 (30.00%) SAN
15 17 (28.33%) Citrix Certification
15 17 (28.33%) SQL Server
15 17 (28.33%) Degree
15 17 (28.33%) Migration
15 17 (28.33%) Office 365
16 16 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 15 (25.00%) CCA
18 14 (23.33%) Office Communications Server
19 13 (21.67%) NAS
19 13 (21.67%) vSphere
19 13 (21.67%) CCEE
19 13 (21.67%) Exchange Server 2013
19 13 (21.67%) Technical Analysis

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 31 (51.67%) MS Exchange
2 26 (43.33%) Exchange Server 2003
3 25 (41.67%) Lync
4 22 (36.67%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (23.33%) Office Communications Server
6 13 (21.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (21.67%) SharePoint
7 10 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (6.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (6.67%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 13 (21.67%) MS Office
2 10 (16.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (28.33%) Office 365
2 3 (5.00%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (31.67%) Unified Communications
2 18 (30.00%) SAN
3 13 (21.67%) NAS
4 6 (10.00%) TCP/IP
5 5 (8.33%) VPN
5 5 (8.33%) DNS
5 5 (8.33%) LAN
5 5 (8.33%) WAN
5 5 (8.33%) DHCP
5 5 (8.33%) Wireless
5 5 (8.33%) NetScaler
6 4 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (6.67%) WAAS
7 3 (5.00%) IP Telephony
7 3 (5.00%) PBX
8 1 (1.67%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (28.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.67%) DTS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.67%) NUnit
1 1 (1.67%) MSTest
1 1 (1.67%) Rhino Mocks
1 1 (1.67%) Moq
General
1 3 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 35 (58.33%) Consultant
2 25 (41.67%) Microsoft Consultant
3 13 (21.67%) Exchange Consultant
4 10 (16.67%) Architect
5 9 (15.00%) Developer
5 9 (15.00%) Analyst
6 7 (11.67%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (8.33%) Support Analyst
7 5 (8.33%) .NET Developer
8 4 (6.67%) C# Developer
8 4 (6.67%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (6.67%) C# Web Developer
8 4 (6.67%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (6.67%) Senior SharePoint Developer
8 4 (6.67%) Senior Developer
8 4 (6.67%) Help Desk Analyst
8 4 (6.67%) Technical Consultant
8 4 (6.67%) Web Developer
8 4 (6.67%) SharePoint Developer
8 4 (6.67%) Virtualisation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.00%) .NET
2 9 (15.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.67%) ADO.NET
3 4 (6.67%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 3 (5.00%) Application Packaging
5 2 (3.33%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.67%) WinForms
6 1 (1.67%) WCF
6 1 (1.67%) WPF
6 1 (1.67%) Spring.NET
6 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.67%) Castle Windsor
6 1 (1.67%) Ninject
6 1 (1.67%) Razor View Engine
6 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (1.67%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.00%) CLARiiON
1 6 (10.00%) Celerra
2 4 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 4 (6.67%) Clustering
2 4 (6.67%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.33%) EqualLogic
4 1 (1.67%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (1.67%) Replication
4 1 (1.67%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 46 (76.67%) Windows
2 9 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (11.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (11.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (6.67%) Windows 7
5 3 (5.00%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.67%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (1.67%) Windows 2000
6 1 (1.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (28.33%) Migration
2 13 (21.67%) Technical Architecture
2 13 (21.67%) Project Management
2 13 (21.67%) Technical Analysis
3 4 (6.67%) Software Engineering
3 4 (6.67%) Data Protection
3 4 (6.67%) CRM
3 4 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (6.67%) Workflow
3 4 (6.67%) Validation
3 4 (6.67%) Network Load Balancing
4 2 (3.33%) Problem Management
4 2 (3.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (1.67%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (1.67%) Kanban
5 1 (1.67%) Scrum
5 1 (1.67%) TDD
5 1 (1.67%) Asset Management
5 1 (1.67%) Service Delivery
5 1 (1.67%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (15.00%) C#
2 6 (10.00%) SQL
3 5 (8.33%) VB.NET
4 4 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 3 (5.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (78.33%) MCITP
3 44 (73.33%) MCSE
4 17 (28.33%) Degree
4 17 (28.33%) Citrix Certification
5 16 (26.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 15 (25.00%) CCA
7 13 (21.67%) MCSA
7 13 (21.67%) CCEE
8 10 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (11.67%) CCNA
9 7 (11.67%) VCAP
9 7 (11.67%) NCDA
10 6 (10.00%) NCIE
10 6 (10.00%) CCIA
11 4 (6.67%) VTSP
11 4 (6.67%) CCNP
11 4 (6.67%) MCP
11 4 (6.67%) CCEA
12 2 (3.33%) HP AIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.67%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (58.33%) Active Directory
2 32 (53.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (51.67%) Hyper-V
4 19 (31.67%) XenDesktop
5 13 (21.67%) vSphere
6 7 (11.67%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (11.67%) XenApp
7 6 (10.00%) vCloud
8 4 (6.67%) Forefront TMG
8 4 (6.67%) UAG
9 3 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (3.33%) XenServer
10 2 (3.33%) Terminal Server
10 2 (3.33%) VMware ESX
11 1 (1.67%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 4 (6.67%) MOM
1 4 (6.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 4 (6.67%) SCCM
1 4 (6.67%) SCOM
1 4 (6.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
1 4 (6.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 3 (5.00%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 52 (86.67%) Microsoft
2 38 (63.33%) VMware
3 25 (41.67%) Citrix
4 11 (18.33%) Cisco
5 7 (11.67%) EMC
6 6 (10.00%) NetApp
7 4 (6.67%) Symantec
7 4 (6.67%) HP
7 4 (6.67%) 3PAR
8 3 (5.00%) AppSense
8 3 (5.00%) Dell
9 1 (1.67%) Avaya
9 1 (1.67%) Mitel