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 30 June 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 198 187 135
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -52
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 23 29 78
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.40% 0.53% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.54% 1.95% 5.08%
Number of salaries quoted 23 26 78
Average salary £35,000 £42,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £21,700 £32,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £34,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -
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
1495 1490 1536
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.89% 27.30% 28.43%
Number of salaries quoted 1166 1186 1287
Average salary £40,000 £41,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.61% +3.75%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £26,500 £26,113
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £60,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,857 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.79% +2.14%

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 30 June 2015.

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 30 June 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
Birmingham -31 8 £35,500 -35.45%
Staffordshire +21 6 £22,625 +19.07%
Wolverhampton +15 5 £35,000 +3.70%
Coventry -7 4 £36,250 +13.28%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, 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 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (62.96%) SQL
2 34 (62.96%) MCITP
3 30 (55.56%) Windows
4 28 (51.85%) Microsoft
5 17 (31.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (31.48%) Active Directory
5 17 (31.48%) SQL Server
5 17 (31.48%) MCP
5 17 (31.48%) Performance Tuning
6 16 (29.63%) MCSD
6 16 (29.63%) .NET
6 16 (29.63%) C#
6 16 (29.63%) MCSE
6 16 (29.63%) .NET Framework
7 15 (27.78%) HTML
7 15 (27.78%) JavaScript
7 15 (27.78%) IIS
7 15 (27.78%) MS Office
7 15 (27.78%) ASP.NET
7 15 (27.78%) CSS
7 15 (27.78%) MCAD
8 14 (25.93%) T-SQL
8 14 (25.93%) CCNA
8 14 (25.93%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (25.93%) Ajax
9 13 (24.07%) MS Exchange
9 13 (24.07%) LAN
9 13 (24.07%) DHCP
9 13 (24.07%) TCP/IP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, 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 15 (27.78%) IIS
2 13 (24.07%) MS Exchange
3 12 (22.22%) SharePoint
4 10 (18.52%) BizTalk Server
4 10 (18.52%) SharePoint 2010
4 10 (18.52%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (3.70%) OpenEdge
7 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.85%) Lync
7 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 15 (27.78%) MS Office
2 2 (3.70%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (20.37%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (18.52%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (18.52%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (24.07%) LAN
1 13 (24.07%) DHCP
1 13 (24.07%) TCP/IP
1 13 (24.07%) VPN
2 12 (22.22%) WAN
2 12 (22.22%) Wireless
3 11 (20.37%) DNS
4 5 (9.26%) Kerberos
5 1 (1.85%) IP Telephony
5 1 (1.85%) Cisco IPT
5 1 (1.85%) Wireshark
5 1 (1.85%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.85%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (31.48%) SQL Server
1 17 (31.48%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (12.96%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (9.26%) SQL Server 2000
3 5 (9.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (7.41%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.70%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (3.70%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (11.11%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.85%) NUnit
2 1 (1.85%) CruiseControl
2 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.85%) MSBuild
General
1 5 (9.26%) Automotive
2 1 (1.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (35.19%) DBA
1 19 (35.19%) SQL DBA
2 17 (31.48%) Administrator
3 14 (25.93%) Developer
4 13 (24.07%) Analyst
5 10 (18.52%) Help Desk Analyst
6 9 (16.67%) SharePoint Developer
7 4 (7.41%) Software Developer
7 4 (7.41%) Support Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) .NET Software Developer
7 4 (7.41%) .NET Developer
8 3 (5.56%) 1st Line Support
8 3 (5.56%) Support Analyst
8 3 (5.56%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 2 (3.70%) Team Leader
10 1 (1.85%) Unified Communications Engineer
10 1 (1.85%) 1st Line Support Engineer
10 1 (1.85%) IT Support
10 1 (1.85%) CRM Developer
10 1 (1.85%) Software Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (29.63%) .NET
1 16 (29.63%) .NET Framework
2 15 (27.78%) HTML
2 15 (27.78%) ASP.NET
2 15 (27.78%) CSS
3 14 (25.93%) Ajax
4 11 (20.37%) WCF
5 5 (9.26%) jQuery
5 5 (9.26%) HTML5
5 5 (9.26%) Classic ASP
6 4 (7.41%) Web Services
6 4 (7.41%) CSS3
7 2 (3.70%) Entity Framework
8 1 (1.85%) LINQ
8 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.70%) Clustering
1 2 (3.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.85%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (1.85%) Private Cloud
2 1 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 30 (55.56%) Windows
2 10 (18.52%) Windows Server 2003
2 10 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (14.81%) Windows 7
4 6 (11.11%) Windows 8
5 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (31.48%) Performance Tuning
2 11 (20.37%) CRM
2 11 (20.37%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (16.67%) OOA/OOD
3 9 (16.67%) OO
4 5 (9.26%) ITIL
4 5 (9.26%) MVC
5 4 (7.41%) Web Development
5 4 (7.41%) SDLC
6 3 (5.56%) Network Monitoring
6 3 (5.56%) Mentoring
6 3 (5.56%) Migration
7 2 (3.70%) Service Management
7 2 (3.70%) Service Delivery
8 1 (1.85%) SOA
8 1 (1.85%) Project Management
8 1 (1.85%) PRINCE2
8 1 (1.85%) Scrum
8 1 (1.85%) Software Engineering
8 1 (1.85%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 34 (62.96%) SQL
2 16 (29.63%) C#
3 15 (27.78%) JavaScript
4 14 (25.93%) T-SQL
5 7 (12.96%) PowerShell
6 5 (9.26%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (62.96%) MCITP
3 17 (31.48%) MCP
4 16 (29.63%) MCSD
4 16 (29.63%) MCSE
5 15 (27.78%) MCAD
6 14 (25.93%) CCNA
6 14 (25.93%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (5.56%) MCSA
7 3 (5.56%) Degree
8 2 (3.70%) CCENT
8 2 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (3.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (3.70%) CCNP
8 2 (3.70%) CCDA
8 2 (3.70%) CCDP
9 1 (1.85%) MCPD
9 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
9 1 (1.85%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (31.48%) Active Directory
2 10 (18.52%) Terminal Server
3 4 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (7.41%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (7.41%) SCOM
2 1 (1.85%) SCVMM
2 1 (1.85%) SCDPM
2 1 (1.85%) SCSM
2 1 (1.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 28 (51.85%) Microsoft
2 12 (22.22%) Citrix
3 6 (11.11%) VMware
4 3 (5.56%) Cisco
5 1 (1.85%) Avaya