Period
to 23 October 2018

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 23 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1035 926 852
Rank change year-on-year -109 -74 -48
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 122 271 398
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.074% 0.15% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.63% 0.79%
Number of salaries quoted 93 245 349
UK median annual salary £36,000 £34,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -15.00% +12.68%
10th Percentile £25,000 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £64,750 £57,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,250 £32,500 £36,300
% change year-on-year +30.00% -10.47% +3.71%

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 39,081 42,828 50,224
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.72% 24.38% 26.49%
Number of salaries quoted 28,953 32,871 40,314
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 23 October 2018.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 12 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 23 October 2018. 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 -94 113 £36,000 +16.13% 19
London +1 58 £33,500 -6.94% 4
UK excluding London -90 56 £42,250 +30.00% 17
South East -55 20 £40,000 +60.00% 4
North of England +34 14 £43,000 +43.33% 8
North West +12 14 £43,000 +10.26% 6
Midlands +23 9 £40,000 +28.00%
West Midlands +42 6 £42,500 +17.24%
South West -15 6 £25,000 -
East of England -7 5 £50,000 - 3
East Midlands -2 3 £35,000 +44.33%
Scotland -17 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, IT jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for MCTS.

1 122 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 110 (90.16%) Microsoft
3 102 (83.61%) Windows
4 87 (71.31%) Active Directory
5 77 (63.11%) MCSE
6 63 (51.64%) VMware
7 59 (48.36%) MCSA
8 54 (44.26%) MCP
9 49 (40.16%) Hyper-V
10 45 (36.89%) Office 365
11 44 (36.07%) MCITP
12 41 (33.61%) ITIL
12 41 (33.61%) DNS
13 31 (25.41%) Windows Server
14 30 (24.59%) Windows Server 2012
15 28 (22.95%) DBS Check
15 28 (22.95%) Apple
15 28 (22.95%) DHCP
16 26 (21.31%) Firewall
16 26 (21.31%) VMware Infrastructure
16 26 (21.31%) iPad
17 25 (20.49%) SCCM
18 23 (18.85%) Mac OS X
19 21 (17.21%) Cisco
19 21 (17.21%) Microsoft Office
19 21 (17.21%) Windows Server 2008
20 20 (16.39%) Windows 7
20 20 (16.39%) SQL Server
20 20 (16.39%) Citrix
21 19 (15.57%) WAN

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 17 (13.93%) MS Exchange
2 14 (11.48%) SharePoint
3 9 (7.38%) Skype for Business
4 8 (6.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (4.10%) IIS
6 4 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.82%) CMS
Applications
1 21 (17.21%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (5.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (5.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 7 (5.74%) Microsoft Project
2 7 (5.74%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.82%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 45 (36.89%) Office 365
2 17 (13.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (7.38%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.46%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (2.46%) IaaS
4 3 (2.46%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (33.61%) DNS
2 28 (22.95%) DHCP
3 26 (21.31%) Firewall
4 19 (15.57%) WAN
5 18 (14.75%) LAN
6 17 (13.93%) VPN
7 16 (13.11%) TCP/IP
8 13 (10.66%) SAN
9 9 (7.38%) Remote Desktop
10 7 (5.74%) Cisco IOS
10 7 (5.74%) WebEx
11 6 (4.92%) Skype
11 6 (4.92%) VoIP
12 5 (4.10%) Wireless
13 4 (3.28%) Internet
13 4 (3.28%) MPLS
14 3 (2.46%) Wi-Fi
15 2 (1.64%) Network Security
16 1 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
16 1 (0.82%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (16.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (3.28%) SQL Server 2014
3 4 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.64%) MySQL
6 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.82%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.82%) Power BI
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (3.28%) MSI
1 4 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (8.20%) Finance
2 5 (4.10%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.82%) Banking
3 1 (0.82%) Military
Job Titles
1 33 (27.05%) Support Engineer
2 18 (14.75%) 2nd Line Support
3 17 (13.93%) 3rd Line Support
4 13 (10.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 13 (10.66%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 13 (10.66%) Desktop Support
5 12 (9.84%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 12 (9.84%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 12 (9.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 12 (9.84%) IT Engineer
5 12 (9.84%) IT Support
5 12 (9.84%) Technical Engineer
6 10 (8.20%) Analyst
7 9 (7.38%) Field Engineer
7 9 (7.38%) Field Support Engineer
8 8 (6.56%) Active Directory Consultant
8 8 (6.56%) Azure Consultant
8 8 (6.56%) IT Support Engineer
8 8 (6.56%) Office 365 Consultant
8 8 (6.56%) SCCM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.56%) Web Services
2 6 (4.92%) HTML
3 5 (4.10%) .NET
3 5 (4.10%) ASP.NET
4 4 (3.28%) CSS
4 4 (3.28%) HTML5
4 4 (3.28%) jQuery
4 4 (3.28%) WCF
5 3 (2.46%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 3 (2.46%) CSS3
5 3 (2.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (1.64%) Flash
6 2 (1.64%) XSLT
7 1 (0.82%) Ajax
7 1 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.82%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.82%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (0.82%) React
7 1 (0.82%) WinForms
7 1 (0.82%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (21.31%) iPad
2 15 (12.30%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (9.84%) Data Centre
4 9 (7.38%) Blackberry
5 8 (6.56%) Driving Licence
6 6 (4.92%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.46%) Clustering
7 3 (2.46%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.64%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.64%) EMC VMAX
8 2 (1.64%) PKI
8 2 (1.64%) Replication
8 2 (1.64%) User Experience
9 1 (0.82%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 102 (83.61%) Windows
2 31 (25.41%) Windows Server
3 30 (24.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (18.85%) Mac OS X
5 21 (17.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (16.39%) Windows 7
7 13 (10.66%) Windows 10
8 9 (7.38%) Windows XP
9 8 (6.56%) Android
10 5 (4.10%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.82%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.82%) Linux
11 1 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (33.61%) ITIL
2 14 (11.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 14 (11.48%) Mentoring
3 12 (9.84%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (8.20%) Migration
5 9 (7.38%) Coaching
5 9 (7.38%) ITIL V3
6 8 (6.56%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (6.56%) Software Deployment
7 7 (5.74%) Incident Management
7 7 (5.74%) ITSM
8 6 (4.92%) Commercial Awareness
8 6 (4.92%) Time Management
9 5 (4.10%) MVC
9 5 (4.10%) Service Delivery
9 5 (4.10%) Tech Ops
10 4 (3.28%) E-Commerce
10 4 (3.28%) Information Security
10 4 (3.28%) Project Management
10 4 (3.28%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (13.93%) PowerShell
2 13 (10.66%) C#
2 13 (10.66%) SQL
3 11 (9.02%) T-SQL
4 5 (4.10%) JavaScript
5 4 (3.28%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 122 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 77 (63.11%) MCSE
3 59 (48.36%) MCSA
4 54 (44.26%) MCP
5 44 (36.07%) MCITP
6 28 (22.95%) DBS Check
7 13 (10.66%) A+ Certification
8 12 (9.84%) CCNA
8 12 (9.84%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (6.56%) Security Cleared
9 8 (6.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 7 (5.74%) Degree
10 7 (5.74%) SC Cleared
11 4 (3.28%) DV Cleared
11 4 (3.28%) MCDST
12 3 (2.46%) MCPD
12 3 (2.46%) Network+ Certification
13 2 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (1.64%) MCAD
13 2 (1.64%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.93%) SLA
2 7 (5.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (3.28%) ISO 9000
4 2 (1.64%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 87 (71.31%) Active Directory
2 49 (40.16%) Hyper-V
3 26 (21.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (8.20%) vSphere
5 6 (4.92%) Terminal Services
5 6 (4.92%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (4.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (3.28%) Forefront TMG
7 4 (3.28%) XenApp
8 3 (2.46%) BitLocker
8 3 (2.46%) UAG
9 2 (1.64%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.82%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (20.49%) SCCM
2 8 (6.56%) Single Sign-On
3 7 (5.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (3.28%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (3.28%) SCOM
5 3 (2.46%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.64%) AirWatch
6 2 (1.64%) Control-M
6 2 (1.64%) SCOrch
6 2 (1.64%) SCVMM
6 2 (1.64%) WSUS
7 1 (0.82%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.82%) EnCase
7 1 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 110 (90.16%) Microsoft
2 63 (51.64%) VMware
3 28 (22.95%) Apple
4 21 (17.21%) Cisco
5 20 (16.39%) Citrix
6 7 (5.74%) Bomgar
7 4 (3.28%) CA
7 4 (3.28%) HP
8 3 (2.46%) McAfee
8 3 (2.46%) ShoreTel
8 3 (2.46%) Symantec
9 2 (1.64%) ConnectWise
9 2 (1.64%) CyberArk
9 2 (1.64%) EMC
9 2 (1.64%) FalconStor
9 2 (1.64%) Ivanti
9 2 (1.64%) Meraki
9 2 (1.64%) Oracle
9 2 (1.64%) Remedy
9 2 (1.64%) ServiceNow