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 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
Rank 763 692 592
Rank change year-on-year -71 -100  
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 97 267 402
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.26% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.93% 1.37%
Number of salaries quoted 83 227 366
Median salary £38,500 £37,500 £40,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.66% -7.40%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £51,600 £55,300 £61,250
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £36,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +25.00% -10.00%  

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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 20788 28689 29284
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.76% 27.75% 27.51%
Number of salaries quoted 16377 22981 22971
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,800 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 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
England -56 91 £37,500 - 14
London +35 42 £29,000 -27.50% 7
East of England +29 17 £50,000 +19.04% 3
City of London +40 15 £39,000 -13.33% 2
South East +28 15 £41,250 +26.92% 3
Hertfordshire - 15 £50,000 - 3
Hemel Hempstead - 14 £40,000 - 1
Surrey +36 6 £40,000 +29.90% 2
Hampshire +14 5 £31,000 -4.61%
South West -7 5 £46,750 +37.50%
East Midlands - 5 £47,500 -
Leicestershire - 5 £47,500 -
Leicester - 5 £47,500 -
North West -36 4 £27,250 -25.34%
Yorkshire +4 3 £45,000 +32.35%
Woking - 3 - - 2
Berkshire +29 2 £54,500 +9.00% 1
Dorset +22 2 £52,000 +52.94%
West Yorkshire +15 2 £45,000 +69.81%
Essex +14 2 - -
Leeds +9 2 £45,000 +69.81%
Cheshire +5 2 £23,000 +4.54%
Basingstoke +4 2 £30,000 -40.00%
Warrington +3 2 £23,000 +4.54%
Portsmouth -4 2 £70,000 +173.17%
Manchester -34 2 £33,250 -11.33%
Poole - 2 £52,000 -
Guildford - 2 £38,750 -
Brighton - 2 £44,261 -
East Sussex - 2 £44,261 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 225 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 147 (65.33%) Microsoft
3 121 (53.78%) SQL Server
4 112 (49.78%) Windows
5 110 (48.89%) MCITP
6 102 (45.33%) SQL
6 102 (45.33%) MS Excel
7 80 (35.56%) C#
7 80 (35.56%) MCP
8 79 (35.11%) Active Directory
8 79 (35.11%) Degree
9 74 (32.89%) .NET
10 72 (32.00%) Windows Server
11 61 (27.11%) Windows Server 2008
12 59 (26.22%) ITIL
13 55 (24.44%) VMware
14 49 (21.78%) Agile Software Development
14 49 (21.78%) MS Exchange
15 48 (21.33%) SQL Server 2014
16 46 (20.44%) SQL Server 2008
16 46 (20.44%) PowerShell
16 46 (20.44%) Windows 7
17 44 (19.56%) VMware Infrastructure
18 43 (19.11%) Scrum
19 42 (18.67%) MCSE
19 42 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
20 41 (18.22%) Cisco
21 40 (17.78%) MVC
21 40 (17.78%) Windows Server 2012
22 39 (17.33%) ASP.NET

MCTS
Top Related 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 49 (21.78%) MS Exchange
2 25 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
2 25 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
3 14 (6.22%) SharePoint
4 12 (5.33%) Skype for Business
5 10 (4.44%) Apache
5 10 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (3.56%) Apache Spark
6 8 (3.56%) CMS
7 7 (3.11%) IIS
8 6 (2.67%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (1.78%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.33%) OpenStack
10 3 (1.33%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.89%) IBM Domino
11 2 (0.89%) lighttpd
11 2 (0.89%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.44%) SAS
12 1 (0.44%) Zimbra
Applications
1 102 (45.33%) MS Excel
2 20 (8.89%) MS Office
3 2 (0.89%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.44%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 5 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.44%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 34 (15.11%) Office 365
2 15 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.33%) Mimecast
5 2 (0.89%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.89%) Azure Machine Learning
5 2 (0.89%) IaaS
6 1 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (14.22%) Firewall
2 24 (10.67%) DNS
3 20 (8.89%) DHCP
4 17 (7.56%) SAN
5 16 (7.11%) VPN
6 12 (5.33%) TCP/IP
6 12 (5.33%) VoIP
7 11 (4.89%) LAN
7 11 (4.89%) WAN
8 10 (4.44%) iSCSI
8 10 (4.44%) Network Security
9 9 (4.00%) VLAN
10 8 (3.56%) IP Telephony
11 6 (2.67%) Wireless
12 5 (2.22%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (1.33%) BIG-IP
13 3 (1.33%) Intrusion Detection
13 3 (1.33%) MPLS
14 2 (0.89%) Internet
14 2 (0.89%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (53.78%) SQL Server
2 48 (21.33%) SQL Server 2014
3 46 (20.44%) SQL Server 2008
4 32 (14.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 31 (13.78%) Data Warehouse
6 28 (12.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (11.56%) SQL Server 2012
8 19 (8.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (5.33%) SQL Server 2005
10 11 (4.89%) Big Data
11 7 (3.11%) Data Mart
12 4 (1.78%) MySQL
13 3 (1.33%) Hadoop
14 2 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
14 2 (0.89%) Apache Hive
14 2 (0.89%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
14 2 (0.89%) HBase
14 2 (0.89%) NoSQL
14 2 (0.89%) Pentaho
14 2 (0.89%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 26 (11.56%) Moq
1 26 (11.56%) NUnit
1 26 (11.56%) Rhino Mocks
2 16 (7.11%) Visual Studio
3 11 (4.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (2.22%) WiX
5 3 (1.33%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.89%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.44%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.44%) JIRA
7 1 (0.44%) TeamCity
General
1 26 (11.56%) Games
2 24 (10.67%) Finance
3 4 (1.78%) Banking
4 3 (1.33%) Legal
4 3 (1.33%) Retail
5 2 (0.89%) Advertising
6 1 (0.44%) Billing
6 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 58 (25.78%) Developer
2 51 (22.67%) DBA
2 51 (22.67%) SQL DBA
3 34 (15.11%) Analyst
4 30 (13.33%) .NET Developer
5 29 (12.89%) Support Engineer
6 26 (11.56%) Games Developer
6 26 (11.56%) Graduate
6 26 (11.56%) Graduate .NET Developer
6 26 (11.56%) Graduate Developer
6 26 (11.56%) Graduate Games Developer
6 26 (11.56%) IT Support
6 26 (11.56%) Junior
6 26 (11.56%) Junior .NET Developer
6 26 (11.56%) Junior Developer
6 26 (11.56%) Junior Games Developer
7 22 (9.78%) 2nd Line Support
8 18 (8.00%) Support Analyst
9 16 (7.11%) Consultant
10 14 (6.22%) Senior DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (32.89%) .NET
2 39 (17.33%) ASP.NET
3 30 (13.33%) .NET Framework
4 26 (11.56%) ASP.NET MVC
4 26 (11.56%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 26 (11.56%) LINQ
4 26 (11.56%) NHibernate
5 20 (8.89%) XML
6 16 (7.11%) HTML
7 13 (5.78%) REST
8 11 (4.89%) Ajax
9 10 (4.44%) Web Services
10 7 (3.11%) CSS
11 6 (2.67%) WCF
12 5 (2.22%) jQuery
12 5 (2.22%) SOAP
12 5 (2.22%) WinForms
12 5 (2.22%) XSLT
13 3 (1.33%) HTML5
13 3 (1.33%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.56%) Computer Science
2 14 (6.22%) Replication
3 7 (3.11%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.67%) Clustering
5 5 (2.22%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.22%) Fintech
6 4 (1.78%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.33%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.33%) User Experience
8 2 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.89%) PKI
8 2 (0.89%) Podcast
9 1 (0.44%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.44%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.44%) iPhone
9 1 (0.44%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 112 (49.78%) Windows
2 72 (32.00%) Windows Server
3 61 (27.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 46 (20.44%) Windows 7
5 40 (17.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (5.33%) Linux
7 11 (4.89%) Windows 8
8 10 (4.44%) Windows XP
9 8 (3.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (3.11%) Unix
11 6 (2.67%) Android
12 5 (2.22%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.78%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.33%) CentOS
14 3 (1.33%) Windows 10
15 2 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.89%) Solaris
16 1 (0.44%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (26.22%) ITIL
2 49 (21.78%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (19.11%) Scrum
4 40 (17.78%) MVC
5 31 (13.78%) Web Application Development
6 29 (12.89%) TDD
7 26 (11.56%) BDD
7 26 (11.56%) Kanban
8 25 (11.11%) Problem Management
9 24 (10.67%) Disaster Recovery
10 20 (8.89%) Performance Tuning
11 18 (8.00%) ETL
11 18 (8.00%) Service Design
12 17 (7.56%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (7.56%) Migration
13 16 (7.11%) CRM
14 15 (6.67%) Service Management
15 14 (6.22%) Time Management
16 13 (5.78%) Change Management
16 13 (5.78%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 102 (45.33%) SQL
2 80 (35.56%) C#
3 46 (20.44%) PowerShell
4 27 (12.00%) VB.NET
5 19 (8.44%) T-SQL
6 14 (6.22%) R
7 9 (4.00%) VB
8 8 (3.56%) PHP
8 8 (3.56%) VBScript
9 7 (3.11%) JavaScript
10 4 (1.78%) Perl
10 4 (1.78%) Python
11 3 (1.33%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.44%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 225 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 110 (48.89%) MCITP
3 80 (35.56%) MCP
4 79 (35.11%) Degree
5 42 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
5 42 (18.67%) MCSE
6 37 (16.44%) CCNA
7 30 (13.33%) MCSD
8 29 (12.89%) MCAD
8 29 (12.89%) MCSA
9 24 (10.67%) A+ Certification
10 22 (9.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 19 (8.44%) MCDBA
12 10 (4.44%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (4.44%) Network+ Certification
13 9 (4.00%) CCAA
13 9 (4.00%) MCPD
14 8 (3.56%) PhD
15 6 (2.67%) CCNP
16 5 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.44%) QA
2 9 (4.00%) SLA
3 5 (2.22%) COBIT
4 3 (1.33%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 79 (35.11%) Active Directory
2 44 (19.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (15.11%) Hyper-V
4 10 (4.44%) vSphere
5 3 (1.33%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (1.33%) XenApp
6 2 (0.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 2 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.44%) Firmware
7 1 (0.44%) vCloud
7 1 (0.44%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (6.67%) SCCM
2 10 (4.44%) SCOM
3 3 (1.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (0.89%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.89%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.89%) Nagios
4 2 (0.89%) WSUS
5 1 (0.44%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.44%) OpenView
5 1 (0.44%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 147 (65.33%) Microsoft
2 55 (24.44%) VMware
3 41 (18.22%) Cisco
4 32 (14.22%) Citrix
5 22 (9.78%) HP
6 12 (5.33%) SonicWALL
7 9 (4.00%) Dell
8 7 (3.11%) Barracuda Networks
8 7 (3.11%) NetApp
8 7 (3.11%) Tableau
9 6 (2.67%) Juniper
9 6 (2.67%) Meraki
9 6 (2.67%) Oracle
9 6 (2.67%) ServiceNow
10 5 (2.22%) EMC
10 5 (2.22%) Mitel
10 5 (2.22%) Nortel
10 5 (2.22%) Remedy
11 4 (1.78%) CheckPoint
11 4 (1.78%) F5
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Artemis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £28000 - £30000 per annum + Additional benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
MaxAd
Salary: £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
MaxAd
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Car
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Salary: MARKET SALARY
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £35,000 to £38,025 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Salary: £36000.00 - £43000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: From £16,000 to £18,000 per annum
Posted: 20 days ago
Tower Hamlets, London
Recruitment Genius
Posted: 8 days ago
London
aap3
Salary: £80000 - £100000.00 per annum + 20% bonus + car allowance
Posted: 11 days ago
London
aap3
Salary: £75000 - £88000.00 per annum + 20% bonus + car allowance
Posted: 12 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: Up to £34,000 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £36000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 19 days ago
South East London
EY
Salary: From £60,000 to £70,000 per annum Competitive
Posted: 18 days ago