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

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 209 170 112
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -58
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 11 45 104
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.19% 0.82% 1.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 2.99% 6.45%
Number of salaries quoted 11 33 103
Average salary £31,500 £55,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-42.72% +29.41%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,750 £34,400 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £35,000 £42,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.00%
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
1452 1507 1612
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.53% 27.53% 29.17%
Number of salaries quoted 1172 1249 1400
Average salary £42,500 £41,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.40% -2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,850 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £60,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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
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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 -24 5 £36,000 -34.54%
Staffordshire - 3 £22,750 -
West Bromwich - 2 £30,500 -
Coventry -13 1 £35,000 +9.37%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (66.67%) MCITP
3 21 (53.85%) SQL
4 19 (48.72%) Windows
5 18 (46.15%) Microsoft
6 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
7 14 (35.90%) MCSE
8 12 (30.77%) Performance Tuning
8 12 (30.77%) LAN
9 11 (28.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (28.21%) CCNA
9 11 (28.21%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (28.21%) WAN
9 11 (28.21%) MCP
10 10 (25.64%) MS Office
10 10 (25.64%) DHCP
10 10 (25.64%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (23.08%) MS Exchange
11 9 (23.08%) TCP/IP
11 9 (23.08%) VPN
11 9 (23.08%) Citrix
11 9 (23.08%) Wireless
12 8 (20.51%) Terminal Server
12 8 (20.51%) DNS
12 8 (20.51%) SQL Server
12 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2008
12 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (20.51%) PowerShell
12 8 (20.51%) Windows 7
13 6 (15.38%) HTML5

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 9 (23.08%) MS Exchange
2 6 (15.38%) IIS
3 5 (12.82%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (5.13%) SharePoint
4 2 (5.13%) OpenEdge
5 1 (2.56%) Lync
Applications
1 10 (25.64%) MS Office
2 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (30.77%) LAN
2 11 (28.21%) WAN
3 10 (25.64%) DHCP
4 9 (23.08%) TCP/IP
4 9 (23.08%) VPN
4 9 (23.08%) Wireless
5 8 (20.51%) DNS
6 6 (15.38%) Kerberos
7 3 (7.69%) Firewall
8 1 (2.56%) IP Telephony
8 1 (2.56%) Cisco IPT
8 1 (2.56%) Wireshark
8 1 (2.56%) Network Security
8 1 (2.56%) Unified Communications
8 1 (2.56%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.51%) SQL Server
1 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2005
1 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (15.38%) SQL Server 2000
3 5 (12.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (12.82%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
4 2 (5.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (5.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (5.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (15.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (15.38%) Automotive
2 1 (2.56%) Financial Institution
2 1 (2.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (35.90%) DBA
1 14 (35.90%) SQL DBA
2 12 (30.77%) Analyst
2 12 (30.77%) Administrator
3 8 (20.51%) Help Desk Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Software Developer
4 5 (12.82%) Developer
5 4 (10.26%) .NET Developer
5 4 (10.26%) .NET Software Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) Support Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Support Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Technical Support
7 2 (5.13%) Team Leader
7 2 (5.13%) Deployment Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Software Manager
8 1 (2.56%) 1st Line Support Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) IT Support
8 1 (2.56%) Technical Infrastructure Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (15.38%) HTML
1 6 (15.38%) .NET
1 6 (15.38%) Classic ASP
1 6 (15.38%) ASP.NET
1 6 (15.38%) CSS
1 6 (15.38%) Ajax
1 6 (15.38%) .NET Framework
1 6 (15.38%) jQuery
1 6 (15.38%) HTML5
2 5 (12.82%) CSS3
2 5 (12.82%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.13%) Clustering
1 2 (5.13%) Private Cloud
1 2 (5.13%) Hybrid Cloud
1 2 (5.13%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 19 (48.72%) Windows
2 11 (28.21%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (25.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (20.51%) Windows 7
5 4 (10.26%) Windows 8
5 4 (10.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.77%) Performance Tuning
2 5 (12.82%) SDLC
2 5 (12.82%) MVC
2 5 (12.82%) Web Development
3 4 (10.26%) Migration
4 3 (7.69%) ITIL
4 3 (7.69%) Software Deployment
4 3 (7.69%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (5.13%) Mentoring
5 2 (5.13%) Service Management
5 2 (5.13%) Service Delivery
6 1 (2.56%) Project Management
6 1 (2.56%) Time Management
6 1 (2.56%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 21 (53.85%) SQL
2 8 (20.51%) PowerShell
3 6 (15.38%) T-SQL
3 6 (15.38%) VB.NET
3 6 (15.38%) C#
3 6 (15.38%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (66.67%) MCITP
3 14 (35.90%) MCSE
4 11 (28.21%) MCP
4 11 (28.21%) CCNA
4 11 (28.21%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (15.38%) MCAD
5 6 (15.38%) MCSD
6 2 (5.13%) MCSA
6 2 (5.13%) CCNP
6 2 (5.13%) CCDA
6 2 (5.13%) CCDP
6 2 (5.13%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (5.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (5.13%) Degree
6 2 (5.13%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.26%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
2 8 (20.51%) Terminal Server
3 5 (12.82%) Hyper-V
4 4 (10.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (12.82%) SCOM
2 2 (5.13%) SCVMM
2 2 (5.13%) SCDPM
2 2 (5.13%) SCSM
2 2 (5.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (46.15%) Microsoft
2 9 (23.08%) Citrix
3 5 (12.82%) VMware
4 3 (7.69%) Cisco
5 1 (2.56%) Avaya