Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 930 945 838
Rank change year-on-year +15 -107 -132
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 253 236 461
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.61% 0.55% 0.84%
Number of salaries quoted 229 202 405
UK median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% - -
10th Percentile £25,000 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £57,500 £61,850
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £36,500 £34,000
% change year-on-year +16.44% +7.35% -3.55%

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 41,153 43,035 55,145
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.71% 24.90% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 30,928 33,673 44,383
UK median annual salary £49,817 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.70% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £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 22 June 2018.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 13 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 22 June 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 +34 240 £42,500 +16.44% 19
London +46 122 £45,000 +20.00% 7
UK excluding London -35 118 £42,500 +16.44% 13
South East +20 63 £45,000 +63.64% 6
North of England +24 24 £37,500 +19.05% 3
North West +22 16 £42,500 +55.96% 2
East of England -29 12 £46,056 -3.04%
Midlands +6 11 £45,000 -5.26% 3
West Midlands +22 9 £45,000 +24.14% 2
South West -5 8 £25,000 -31.51%
Yorkshire +24 6 £30,000 -25.93% 1
East Midlands +5 2 £35,000 -26.32% 1
North East - 2 £20,000 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 253 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 210 (83.00%) Microsoft
3 191 (75.49%) Windows
4 154 (60.87%) Active Directory
5 138 (54.55%) MCSE
6 112 (44.27%) MCSA
7 109 (43.08%) VMware
8 100 (39.53%) MCP
9 94 (37.15%) MCITP
10 84 (33.20%) Hyper-V
11 76 (30.04%) DNS
12 72 (28.46%) Office 365
13 67 (26.48%) ITIL
14 61 (24.11%) DHCP
15 57 (22.53%) Apple
16 56 (22.13%) Mac OS X
17 55 (21.74%) iPad
18 54 (21.34%) DBS Check
18 54 (21.34%) SQL Server
19 52 (20.55%) SharePoint
19 52 (20.55%) Microsoft Azure
20 50 (19.76%) Windows Server
20 50 (19.76%) C#
21 45 (17.79%) SQL
22 43 (17.00%) Agile Software Development
22 43 (17.00%) VMware Infrastructure
23 40 (15.81%) Windows Server 2012
23 40 (15.81%) Migration
23 40 (15.81%) .NET
24 38 (15.02%) HTML

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 52 (20.55%) SharePoint
2 37 (14.62%) SharePoint 2013
3 29 (11.46%) MS Exchange
4 14 (5.53%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (3.95%) Skype for Business
6 9 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (3.56%) IIS
7 8 (3.16%) CMS
7 8 (3.16%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.19%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (1.19%) Sonic ESB
Applications
1 34 (13.44%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (7.91%) InfoPath
3 11 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (4.35%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (4.35%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 72 (28.46%) Office 365
2 52 (20.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (5.14%) Azure Active Directory
4 8 (3.16%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (3.16%) IaaS
4 8 (3.16%) PaaS
5 3 (1.19%) G Suite
6 2 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 76 (30.04%) DNS
2 61 (24.11%) DHCP
3 38 (15.02%) Firewall
4 36 (14.23%) WAN
5 24 (9.49%) LAN
6 23 (9.09%) VPN
7 22 (8.70%) Remote Desktop
8 16 (6.32%) TCP/IP
9 13 (5.14%) SAN
10 11 (4.35%) Cisco IOS
10 11 (4.35%) WebEx
11 5 (1.98%) Internet
11 5 (1.98%) Network Security
12 4 (1.58%) Wireless
13 3 (1.19%) MPLS
13 3 (1.19%) Skype
14 2 (0.79%) VoIP
15 1 (0.40%) IPv4
15 1 (0.40%) PBX
15 1 (0.40%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (21.34%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (3.56%) SQL Server 2014
4 7 (2.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (2.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (2.37%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (1.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.79%) MySQL
9 1 (0.40%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 20 (7.91%) Visual Studio
2 10 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (2.37%) Moq
3 6 (2.37%) NUnit
3 6 (2.37%) Rhino Mocks
4 5 (1.98%) AdminStudio
4 5 (1.98%) MSI
4 5 (1.98%) Wise Package Studio
5 3 (1.19%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.40%) AutoIt
General
1 22 (8.70%) Finance
2 6 (2.37%) Games
3 5 (1.98%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (1.19%) Retail
4 3 (1.19%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.40%) Advertising
5 1 (0.40%) Back Office
5 1 (0.40%) Billing
5 1 (0.40%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.40%) Legal
Job Titles
1 67 (26.48%) Support Engineer
2 55 (21.74%) Developer
3 42 (16.60%) IT Support
4 38 (15.02%) IT Engineer
5 37 (14.62%) 3rd Line Support
6 36 (14.23%) IT Support Engineer
7 34 (13.44%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 29 (11.46%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 27 (10.67%) Consultant
9 27 (10.67%) SharePoint Developer
10 23 (9.09%) Azure Consultant
10 23 (9.09%) Office 365 Consultant
11 22 (8.70%) Analyst
12 16 (6.32%) Senior Support Engineer
13 15 (5.93%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
13 15 (5.93%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
13 15 (5.93%) Active Directory Consultant
13 15 (5.93%) Exchange Consultant
14 14 (5.53%) Desktop Support
14 14 (5.53%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (15.81%) .NET
2 38 (15.02%) HTML
3 33 (13.04%) CSS
4 32 (12.65%) ASP.NET
5 31 (12.25%) XSLT
6 22 (8.70%) HTML5
6 22 (8.70%) XML
7 21 (8.30%) jQuery
8 18 (7.11%) Web Services
9 14 (5.53%) .NET Framework
9 14 (5.53%) ASP.NET MVC
10 13 (5.14%) AngularJS
10 13 (5.14%) React
10 13 (5.14%) WCF
11 9 (3.56%) LINQ
12 8 (3.16%) Ajax
12 8 (3.16%) LINQ to SQL
12 8 (3.16%) WinForms
13 6 (2.37%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 6 (2.37%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 55 (21.74%) iPad
2 28 (11.07%) Self-Motivation
3 22 (8.70%) Computer Science
4 20 (7.91%) User Experience
5 19 (7.51%) Data Centre
6 12 (4.74%) Driving Licence
7 11 (4.35%) Blackberry
8 5 (1.98%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.98%) Client/Server
8 5 (1.98%) Fat Client
8 5 (1.98%) PKI
8 5 (1.98%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.58%) EMC VMAX
10 3 (1.19%) Fintech
10 3 (1.19%) NHS
10 3 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
11 1 (0.40%) EFT
11 1 (0.40%) EFTPOS
11 1 (0.40%) Replication
11 1 (0.40%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 191 (75.49%) Windows
2 56 (22.13%) Mac OS X
3 50 (19.76%) Windows Server
4 40 (15.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (12.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (9.49%) Windows 7
7 22 (8.70%) Windows XP
8 12 (4.74%) Android
9 11 (4.35%) Linux
10 8 (3.16%) Windows 8
11 5 (1.98%) Mac OS
11 5 (1.98%) Windows 10
11 5 (1.98%) Windows 2000 Server
11 5 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.58%) CentOS
13 3 (1.19%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X Server
14 1 (0.40%) SUSE
14 1 (0.40%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (26.48%) ITIL
2 43 (17.00%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (15.81%) Migration
4 31 (12.25%) Scrum
5 25 (9.88%) Mentoring
6 24 (9.49%) MVC
7 20 (7.91%) Content Management
7 20 (7.91%) Problem-Solving
7 20 (7.91%) Records Management
8 18 (7.11%) Coaching
8 18 (7.11%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (5.53%) OO
9 14 (5.53%) TDD
10 12 (4.74%) ITSM
10 12 (4.74%) Patch Management
10 12 (4.74%) Service Management
11 11 (4.35%) Software Deployment
12 10 (3.95%) High Availability
13 9 (3.56%) CRM
13 9 (3.56%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (19.76%) C#
2 45 (17.79%) SQL
3 35 (13.83%) PowerShell
4 26 (10.28%) JavaScript
5 17 (6.72%) T-SQL
6 10 (3.95%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.19%) Java
7 3 (1.19%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.79%) VBScript
9 1 (0.40%) Python
9 1 (0.40%) VB
Qualifications
1 253 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 138 (54.55%) MCSE
3 112 (44.27%) MCSA
4 100 (39.53%) MCP
5 94 (37.15%) MCITP
6 54 (21.34%) DBS Check
7 37 (14.62%) MCSD
8 34 (13.44%) Degree
9 32 (12.65%) MCPD
10 27 (10.67%) Cisco Certification
11 26 (10.28%) MCAD
12 25 (9.88%) CCNA
13 19 (7.51%) A+ Certification
14 11 (4.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 9 (3.56%) SC Cleared
15 9 (3.56%) Security Cleared
16 8 (3.16%) MCDST
17 7 (2.77%) CCNP
17 7 (2.77%) DV Cleared
18 6 (2.37%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (5.53%) SLA
3 9 (3.56%) ISO 9000
4 7 (2.77%) ISO 9001
5 5 (1.98%) GAMP
6 4 (1.58%) GDPR
7 3 (1.19%) PMO
8 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 154 (60.87%) Active Directory
2 84 (33.20%) Hyper-V
3 43 (17.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (4.74%) vSphere
5 9 (3.56%) Forefront TMG
6 6 (2.37%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (2.37%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (2.37%) XenApp
7 5 (1.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (1.98%) Terminal Services
7 5 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.19%) UAG
9 2 (0.79%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.40%) NFS
10 1 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 36 (14.23%) SCCM
2 11 (4.35%) Single Sign-On
2 11 (4.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (2.77%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (2.37%) WSUS
5 5 (1.98%) WMI
6 4 (1.58%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.40%) Cisco CME
7 1 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.40%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.40%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.40%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 210 (83.00%) Microsoft
2 109 (43.08%) VMware
3 57 (22.53%) Apple
4 34 (13.44%) Citrix
5 32 (12.65%) Cisco
6 11 (4.35%) Bomgar
7 10 (3.95%) Veeam
8 6 (2.37%) Symantec
9 5 (1.98%) CommVault
9 5 (1.98%) EMC
9 5 (1.98%) HP
9 5 (1.98%) McAfee
9 5 (1.98%) Oracle
9 5 (1.98%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.58%) CA
10 4 (1.58%) FalconStor
10 4 (1.58%) SolarWinds
11 3 (1.19%) ConnectWise
11 3 (1.19%) Google
12 2 (0.79%) Ivanti