The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / North West
Rank 253 213 207
Rank change year-on-year -40 -6  
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 4 27 43
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.066% 0.48% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 1.86% 2.39%
Number of salaries quoted 4 23 43
Median salary £27,250 £36,500 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -25.34% +7.35%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £22,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £33,950 £37,500 £58,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £35,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year +28.57% -10.25%  

MCTS is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1386 1448 1802
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.86% 25.63% 27.51%
Number of salaries quoted 1002 1170 1408
Median salary £40,000 £38,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.89% -3.75%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing MCTS as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in the North West over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +10 2 £23,000 +4.54%
Manchester -42 2 £33,250 -11.33%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (78.95%) MCITP
3 12 (63.16%) SQL
4 11 (57.89%) Windows
5 10 (52.63%) SQL Server
5 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
5 10 (52.63%) Windows Server
6 9 (47.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (42.11%) VMware
7 8 (42.11%) Windows 8
7 8 (42.11%) ITIL
7 8 (42.11%) MCSE
8 7 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (36.84%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (31.58%) VMware Infrastructure
9 6 (31.58%) Hyper-V
9 6 (31.58%) Windows 7
9 6 (31.58%) MCSA
9 6 (31.58%) MS Excel
9 6 (31.58%) Cisco
9 6 (31.58%) Microsoft
10 5 (26.32%) DNS
10 5 (26.32%) Degree
11 4 (21.05%) Problem Management
11 4 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (21.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (21.05%) CCNA
11 4 (21.05%) CRM
11 4 (21.05%) MS Exchange

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (21.05%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
3 1 (5.26%) Zimbra
Applications
1 6 (31.58%) MS Excel
2 3 (15.79%) MS Office
3 1 (5.26%) Adobe Premiere
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) Mimecast
1 3 (15.79%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (26.32%) DNS
2 4 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
2 4 (21.05%) VoIP
3 3 (15.79%) BIG-IP
3 3 (15.79%) MPLS
3 3 (15.79%) VLAN
3 3 (15.79%) VPN
3 3 (15.79%) Wireless
4 2 (10.53%) DHCP
4 2 (10.53%) SAN
5 1 (5.26%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (5.26%) Firewall
5 1 (5.26%) Network Security
5 1 (5.26%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (52.63%) SQL Server
2 4 (21.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (15.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
General
1 3 (15.79%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Retail
3 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) DBA
1 8 (42.11%) SQL DBA
2 7 (36.84%) IT Support
3 4 (21.05%) IT Support Technician
3 4 (21.05%) IT Technician
3 4 (21.05%) Support Engineer
3 4 (21.05%) Support Technician
4 3 (15.79%) Administrator
4 3 (15.79%) Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) IT Engineer
4 3 (15.79%) IT Support Engineer
4 3 (15.79%) Senior IT Support
4 3 (15.79%) Senior IT Technician
4 3 (15.79%) Senior Support Technician
4 3 (15.79%) Senior Technician
4 3 (15.79%) Support Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) IT Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) IT Support Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) SQL Server DBA
6 1 (5.26%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Clustering
2 2 (10.53%) Driving Licence
3 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 11 (57.89%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Windows Server
3 9 (47.37%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (42.11%) Windows 8
5 7 (36.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (31.58%) Windows 7
7 2 (10.53%) Windows XP
8 1 (5.26%) CentOS
8 1 (5.26%) Linux
8 1 (5.26%) Mac OS X
8 1 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) ITIL
2 4 (21.05%) CRM
2 4 (21.05%) Problem Management
3 2 (10.53%) ITIL V2
3 2 (10.53%) Service Management
3 2 (10.53%) Time Management
4 1 (5.26%) Broadcast Engineering
4 1 (5.26%) Incident Management
4 1 (5.26%) ITIL V3
4 1 (5.26%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (5.26%) Post-Production
4 1 (5.26%) Project Management
4 1 (5.26%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 12 (63.16%) SQL
2 3 (15.79%) T-SQL
3 1 (5.26%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (78.95%) MCITP
3 8 (42.11%) MCSE
4 7 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (31.58%) MCSA
6 5 (26.32%) Degree
7 4 (21.05%) CCNA
7 4 (21.05%) MCDBA
7 4 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (10.53%) A+ Certification
8 2 (10.53%) DBS Check
8 2 (10.53%) MCP
9 1 (5.26%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) ISO 9001
1 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
2 6 (31.58%) Hyper-V
2 6 (31.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (5.26%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 8 (42.11%) VMware
2 6 (31.58%) Cisco
2 6 (31.58%) Microsoft
3 3 (15.79%) Dell
3 3 (15.79%) F5
3 3 (15.79%) Meraki
4 1 (5.26%) Adobe
4 1 (5.26%) Aspera
4 1 (5.26%) Avaya
4 1 (5.26%) Avid
4 1 (5.26%) Fortinet
4 1 (5.26%) HP
4 1 (5.26%) Juniper
4 1 (5.26%) Kaspersky
4 1 (5.26%) NetApp
4 1 (5.26%) Red Hat
4 1 (5.26%) Wonderware