Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 20 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 934 852 785
Rank change year-on-year -82 -67 -233
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 255 378 566
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.20% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.59% 0.77% 0.94%
Number of salaries quoted 234 334 487
UK median annual salary £35,000 £40,000 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £21,250 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £58,750 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £40,250 £35,000
% change year-on-year -19.25% +15.00% -12.50%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 43165 49027 60087
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.01% 26.21% 27.47%
Number of salaries quoted 33185 39333 47990
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -86 225 £33,000 -17.50% 10
UK excluding London -57 159 £32,500 -19.25% 6
London -38 82 £36,000 -10.00% 5
South East +10 77 £32,500 -
East of England -1 28 £50,000 +12.36%
South West +17 21 £25,000 +11.11%
Scotland - 16 £40,000 -
North of England -36 9 £29,000 -35.56% 1
Midlands -14 7 £31,250 -10.71% 4
West Midlands -18 5 £36,250 +6.62% 4
Yorkshire -21 5 £29,000 -35.56%
North West -25 4 £32,000 -8.57% 1
East Midlands +25 2 £24,250 -39.38%
Wales +8 1 £18,500 -56.47% 1

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 255 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 194 (76.08%) Microsoft
3 164 (64.31%) Windows
4 130 (50.98%) Active Directory
5 122 (47.84%) MCITP
6 105 (41.18%) SQL Server
7 102 (40.00%) MCP
8 98 (38.43%) ITIL
9 92 (36.08%) Windows Server
10 74 (29.02%) VMware
11 73 (28.63%) Windows 7
12 72 (28.24%) MCSE
13 71 (27.84%) .NET
13 71 (27.84%) Agile Software Development
14 68 (26.67%) SQL
14 68 (26.67%) MS Exchange
15 67 (26.27%) Windows Server 2008
16 63 (24.71%) C#
17 62 (24.31%) ASP.NET
18 59 (23.14%) Microsoft Office
18 59 (23.14%) MCSA
19 58 (22.75%) Degree
20 55 (21.57%) CCNA
20 55 (21.57%) Cisco Certification
20 55 (21.57%) LAN
20 55 (21.57%) WAN
21 48 (18.82%) MVC
22 47 (18.43%) Security Cleared
22 47 (18.43%) Windows Server 2012
23 46 (18.04%) MCSD

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 68 (26.67%) MS Exchange
2 29 (11.37%) IIS
3 22 (8.63%) SharePoint
4 20 (7.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (7.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (4.71%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (1.96%) Skype for Business
8 4 (1.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (1.18%) Apache
10 2 (0.78%) lighttpd
10 2 (0.78%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.39%) Apache Qpid
11 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.39%) Mule
11 1 (0.39%) Mule ESB
11 1 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 59 (23.14%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (4.31%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.39%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.39%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 31 (12.16%) Office 365
2 14 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.14%) SaaS
4 4 (1.57%) PaaS
5 3 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.18%) G Suite
5 3 (1.18%) IaaS
6 2 (0.78%) Catchpoint
6 2 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 55 (21.57%) LAN
1 55 (21.57%) WAN
2 40 (15.69%) DNS
3 35 (13.73%) Firewall
4 33 (12.94%) DHCP
5 22 (8.63%) VPN
6 19 (7.45%) SAN
7 17 (6.67%) TCP/IP
8 12 (4.71%) VoIP
9 9 (3.53%) iSCSI
10 8 (3.14%) Internet
10 8 (3.14%) Network Security
10 8 (3.14%) VLAN
11 5 (1.96%) HTTP
11 5 (1.96%) Intrusion Detection
11 5 (1.96%) Skype
12 4 (1.57%) IPsec
12 4 (1.57%) PBX
12 4 (1.57%) SSL
13 3 (1.18%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (41.18%) SQL Server
2 36 (14.12%) SQL Server 2014
3 31 (12.16%) Relational Database
4 29 (11.37%) SQL Server 2008
5 22 (8.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 21 (8.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (7.45%) SQL Server 2012
7 19 (7.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 18 (7.06%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (6.27%) RDBMS
10 15 (5.88%) MySQL
11 12 (4.71%) SQL Server 2000
12 11 (4.31%) Hadoop
12 11 (4.31%) NoSQL
13 10 (3.92%) MongoDB
14 5 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
15 3 (1.18%) Azure SQL Database
15 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 3 (1.18%) Oracle Database
16 2 (0.78%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 32 (12.55%) Moq
1 32 (12.55%) NUnit
1 32 (12.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (8.63%) Visual Studio
3 18 (7.06%) Rhino Mocks
4 17 (6.67%) Git (software)
5 15 (5.88%) JIRA
6 10 (3.92%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (3.92%) TeamCity
7 4 (1.57%) Oracle Forms
8 3 (1.18%) AdminStudio
8 3 (1.18%) MSI
8 3 (1.18%) Wise Package Studio
9 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.39%) Selenium
General
1 23 (9.02%) Finance
2 18 (7.06%) Games
3 7 (2.75%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.96%) Legal
5 4 (1.57%) Retail
6 2 (0.78%) French Language
7 1 (0.39%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 64 (25.10%) Developer
2 58 (22.75%) Analyst
3 39 (15.29%) Service Analyst
4 38 (14.90%) .NET Developer
5 37 (14.51%) Service Desk Analyst
6 34 (13.33%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 29 (11.37%) Support Engineer
8 21 (8.24%) Junior
9 20 (7.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 18 (7.06%) Games Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Graduate
10 18 (7.06%) Graduate .NET Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Graduate Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Graduate Games Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Junior .NET Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Junior Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Junior Games Developer
10 18 (7.06%) Senior Developer
11 17 (6.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 16 (6.27%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (27.84%) .NET
2 62 (24.31%) ASP.NET
3 45 (17.65%) ASP.NET MVC
4 37 (14.51%) .NET Framework
5 29 (11.37%) HTML
6 24 (9.41%) CSS
7 21 (8.24%) LINQ
8 19 (7.45%) Web Services
9 18 (7.06%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 18 (7.06%) NHibernate
10 15 (5.88%) HTML5
11 14 (5.49%) WCF
11 14 (5.49%) XSLT
12 12 (4.71%) Entity Framework
13 10 (3.92%) jQuery
14 9 (3.53%) ASP.NET Web API
14 9 (3.53%) ASP.NET Web Forms
14 9 (3.53%) JSON
14 9 (3.53%) RESTful
14 9 (3.53%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 40 (15.69%) Driving Licence
2 17 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (4.71%) Computer Science
3 12 (4.71%) Data Centre
3 12 (4.71%) User Experience
4 11 (4.31%) Data Protection Act
5 10 (3.92%) Replication
6 7 (2.75%) Fintech
7 5 (1.96%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.18%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.18%) iPad
8 3 (1.18%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.78%) EMC VMAX
9 2 (0.78%) Renewable Energy
9 2 (0.78%) RIA
10 1 (0.39%) Clustering
10 1 (0.39%) iPhone
10 1 (0.39%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 164 (64.31%) Windows
2 92 (36.08%) Windows Server
3 73 (28.63%) Windows 7
4 67 (26.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 47 (18.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (9.41%) Windows XP
7 23 (9.02%) Linux
8 19 (7.45%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (2.75%) Windows 10
9 7 (2.75%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.35%) Unix
11 4 (1.57%) CentOS
12 3 (1.18%) Android
12 3 (1.18%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.18%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.18%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.78%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.78%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (38.43%) ITIL
2 71 (27.84%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (18.82%) MVC
4 36 (14.12%) Disaster Recovery
4 36 (14.12%) TDD
5 33 (12.94%) Scrum
6 31 (12.16%) Mentoring
7 28 (10.98%) Business Intelligence
8 24 (9.41%) Data Modelling
9 22 (8.63%) OO
10 20 (7.84%) High Availability
11 19 (7.45%) Migration
11 19 (7.45%) Web Application Development
12 18 (7.06%) BDD
12 18 (7.06%) Kanban
12 18 (7.06%) Performance Tuning
13 17 (6.67%) Continuous Integration
14 15 (5.88%) DevOps
15 14 (5.49%) OOD
16 12 (4.71%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (26.67%) SQL
2 63 (24.71%) C#
3 34 (13.33%) PowerShell
4 19 (7.45%) JavaScript
5 16 (6.27%) T-SQL
6 13 (5.10%) Perl
7 10 (3.92%) VBScript
8 6 (2.35%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.57%) PL/SQL
10 3 (1.18%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.18%) Python
10 3 (1.18%) XPath
11 1 (0.39%) Java
11 1 (0.39%) PHP
Qualifications
1 255 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 122 (47.84%) MCITP
3 102 (40.00%) MCP
4 72 (28.24%) MCSE
5 59 (23.14%) MCSA
6 58 (22.75%) Degree
7 55 (21.57%) CCNA
7 55 (21.57%) Cisco Certification
8 47 (18.43%) Security Cleared
9 46 (18.04%) MCSD
10 44 (17.25%) MCAD
11 43 (16.86%) MCDST
12 42 (16.47%) SC Cleared
13 35 (13.73%) DV Cleared
14 21 (8.24%) A+ Certification
15 20 (7.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 18 (7.06%) MCPD
17 13 (5.10%) Citrix Certification
18 11 (4.31%) CCAA
19 9 (3.53%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.49%) PCI DSS
2 12 (4.71%) SLA
3 11 (4.31%) GDPR
4 10 (3.92%) QA
5 4 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 130 (50.98%) Active Directory
2 42 (16.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (11.76%) Hyper-V
4 21 (8.24%) vSphere
5 8 (3.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 8 (3.14%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (1.57%) XenApp
7 3 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.18%) Terminal Services
7 3 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.78%) Firmware
8 2 (0.78%) pfSense
9 1 (0.39%) Docker
9 1 (0.39%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 19 (7.45%) SCCM
2 6 (2.35%) WSUS
3 5 (1.96%) SCOM
4 3 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (1.18%) WMI
5 2 (0.78%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 2 (0.78%) Puppet
5 2 (0.78%) SCDPM
5 2 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.39%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.39%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.39%) Nagios
6 1 (0.39%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.39%) OpenView
6 1 (0.39%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.39%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 194 (76.08%) Microsoft
2 74 (29.02%) VMware
3 39 (15.29%) Cisco
4 32 (12.55%) Citrix
5 21 (8.24%) Oracle
6 18 (7.06%) HP
7 12 (4.71%) SonicWALL
8 5 (1.96%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.57%) CommVault
9 4 (1.57%) Dell
9 4 (1.57%) EMC
9 4 (1.57%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.18%) Apple
10 3 (1.18%) LANDesk
11 2 (0.78%) 3PAR
11 2 (0.78%) DataCore
11 2 (0.78%) FalconStor
11 2 (0.78%) Fortinet
11 2 (0.78%) NetApp
11 2 (0.78%) Veeam