Period
to 25 May 2019

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 25 May 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
25 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1001 935 974
Rank change year-on-year -66 +39 -143
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 95 251 212
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.065% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.61% 0.50%
Number of salaries quoted 84 228 182
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,750 £37,750
Median salary % change year-on-year -0.58% +13.25% +2.03%
10th Percentile £26,075 £25,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £62,750 £72,500 £57,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £36,513
% change year-on-year +6.25% +9.55% +7.39%

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 35,826 41,124 42,224
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.69% 23.65% 24.98%
Number of salaries quoted 25,621 31,113 33,110
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% -2.17%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £41,800
% change year-on-year +1.12% +6.46% -1.65%

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019. 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 -56 85 £42,500 -1.16% 1
UK excluding London +8 73 £42,500 +6.25% 1
East of England +98 28 £40,000 -13.15%
London -27 18 £46,313 +2.92%
South West +32 13 £36,500 +46.00%
North West +28 10 £42,500 -
North of England +25 10 £42,500 +30.77%
Scotland - 9 £45,000 -
South East -21 7 £55,000 +22.22%
Midlands +25 6 £42,500 +6.25% 1
East Midlands +43 4 £42,500 +21.43%
West Midlands +12 2 £48,750 +8.33% 1

For the 6 months to 25 May 2019, 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 95 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 74 (77.89%) Microsoft
3 70 (73.68%) Windows
4 62 (65.26%) Active Directory
5 46 (48.42%) PowerShell
6 41 (43.16%) ITIL
7 40 (42.11%) Cisco
8 38 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 37 (38.95%) SQL Server
10 36 (37.89%) Windows Server
11 34 (35.79%) Windows 7
12 33 (34.74%) VMware
13 32 (33.68%) MCP
14 27 (28.42%) Office 365
15 26 (27.37%) Degree
15 26 (27.37%) SQL
15 26 (27.37%) Firewall
16 25 (26.32%) CCNA
16 25 (26.32%) Cisco Certification
16 25 (26.32%) DNS
16 25 (26.32%) VMware Infrastructure
17 23 (24.21%) MCITP
17 23 (24.21%) MS Exchange
18 22 (23.16%) MCSA
19 21 (22.11%) DHCP
20 20 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
20 20 (21.05%) Microsoft Azure
21 19 (20.00%) Windows 10
22 18 (18.95%) ITIL V3
22 18 (18.95%) Citrix

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 23 (24.21%) MS Exchange
2 13 (13.68%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (7.37%) SharePoint
4 6 (6.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.05%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (8.42%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.11%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 27 (28.42%) Office 365
2 20 (21.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (6.32%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (4.21%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (2.11%) IaaS
5 2 (2.11%) PaaS
5 2 (2.11%) Rackspace Cloud
6 1 (1.05%) Azure Stack
6 1 (1.05%) G Suite
6 1 (1.05%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (27.37%) Firewall
2 25 (26.32%) DNS
3 21 (22.11%) DHCP
4 13 (13.68%) SAN
4 13 (13.68%) WAN
5 12 (12.63%) iSCSI
5 12 (12.63%) VLAN
6 10 (10.53%) TCP/IP
6 10 (10.53%) VoIP
6 10 (10.53%) VPN
7 9 (9.47%) LAN
8 7 (7.37%) Network Security
9 5 (5.26%) NetScaler
9 5 (5.26%) PBX
9 5 (5.26%) Software-Defined Networking
9 5 (5.26%) Wireless
10 4 (4.21%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (4.21%) Structured Cabling
11 3 (3.16%) Internet
12 2 (2.11%) PPTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (38.95%) SQL Server
2 10 (10.53%) Relational Database
3 7 (7.37%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (6.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (4.21%) QlikView
7 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2000
7 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (1.05%) Big Data
8 1 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (14.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (12.63%) Git (software)
2 12 (12.63%) MSI
3 9 (9.47%) Moq
3 9 (9.47%) NUnit
4 2 (2.11%) CircleCI
4 2 (2.11%) Hudson
4 2 (2.11%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.11%) TeamCity
4 2 (2.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (9.47%) Finance
2 6 (6.32%) Legal
3 1 (1.05%) Marketing
3 1 (1.05%) Retail
3 1 (1.05%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (21.05%) Analyst
2 14 (14.74%) Developer
3 13 (13.68%) Support Analyst
4 11 (11.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 9 (9.47%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (9.47%) Software Developer
5 9 (9.47%) Support Engineer
6 8 (8.42%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 8 (8.42%) DBA
6 8 (8.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 8 (8.42%) SQL DBA
7 7 (7.37%) Administrator
7 7 (7.37%) IT Engineer
7 7 (7.37%) SQL Developer
7 7 (7.37%) SQL Server DBA
7 7 (7.37%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (6.32%) .NET Developer
8 6 (6.32%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 6 (6.32%) C# Developer
8 6 (6.32%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.58%) .NET
2 9 (9.47%) .NET Framework
2 9 (9.47%) ASP.NET
2 9 (9.47%) ASP.NET MVC
2 9 (9.47%) Entity Framework
3 6 (6.32%) .NET Core
3 6 (6.32%) XMPP
4 3 (3.16%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (2.11%) CSS
5 2 (2.11%) HTML
5 2 (2.11%) HTML5
5 2 (2.11%) Web Services
5 2 (2.11%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.74%) Replication
2 10 (10.53%) User Experience
3 8 (8.42%) Data Centre
3 8 (8.42%) Public Cloud
3 8 (8.42%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (6.32%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (5.26%) Clustering
6 2 (2.11%) iPhone
7 1 (1.05%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.05%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 70 (73.68%) Windows
2 38 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 36 (37.89%) Windows Server
4 34 (35.79%) Windows 7
5 19 (20.00%) Windows 10
6 16 (16.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (15.79%) Windows XP
8 10 (10.53%) Linux
9 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (4.21%) Windows 8
11 2 (2.11%) Android
12 1 (1.05%) Mac OS
12 1 (1.05%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (43.16%) ITIL
2 20 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
3 18 (18.95%) ITIL V3
4 17 (17.89%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (17.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 16 (16.84%) Collaborative Working
5 16 (16.84%) Problem Management
6 14 (14.74%) Continuous Integration
7 13 (13.68%) Migration
8 10 (10.53%) Cybersecurity
8 10 (10.53%) Technical Leadership
9 9 (9.47%) Change Management
9 9 (9.47%) Dependency Injection
9 9 (9.47%) Deployment Automation
9 9 (9.47%) High Availability
9 9 (9.47%) MVC
9 9 (9.47%) Root Cause Analysis
9 9 (9.47%) Server Virtualisation
9 9 (9.47%) TDD
9 9 (9.47%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 46 (48.42%) PowerShell
2 26 (27.37%) SQL
3 12 (12.63%) C#
3 12 (12.63%) VBScript
4 3 (3.16%) VB
5 2 (2.11%) Java
5 2 (2.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 95 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (33.68%) MCP
3 26 (27.37%) Degree
4 25 (26.32%) CCNA
4 25 (26.32%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (24.21%) MCITP
6 22 (23.16%) MCSA
7 17 (17.89%) MCAD
7 17 (17.89%) MCSD
8 15 (15.79%) MCSE
9 13 (13.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 12 (12.63%) CCAA
10 12 (12.63%) Citrix Certification
11 11 (11.58%) A+ Certification
12 8 (8.42%) Network+ Certification
13 6 (6.32%) CCNP
13 6 (6.32%) Novell Certification
14 5 (5.26%) MCPD
15 3 (3.16%) SC Cleared
15 3 (3.16%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (12.63%) QA
2 8 (8.42%) SLA
3 3 (3.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.11%) COBIT
5 1 (1.05%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.05%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 62 (65.26%) Active Directory
2 25 (26.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (13.68%) Microsoft App-V
4 8 (8.42%) Docker
5 6 (6.32%) vSphere
6 5 (5.26%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (4.21%) BitLocker
7 4 (4.21%) Hyper-V
7 4 (4.21%) XenDesktop
8 1 (1.05%) KVM
8 1 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.05%) Xen
Systems Management
1 16 (16.84%) SCCM
2 8 (8.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (7.37%) WSUS
4 6 (6.32%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (5.26%) AirWatch
6 4 (4.21%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (3.16%) Ansible
7 3 (3.16%) BladeLogic
7 3 (3.16%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (3.16%) Puppet
7 3 (3.16%) SCOrch
8 2 (2.11%) Kubernetes
8 2 (2.11%) Salt
8 2 (2.11%) SCOM
9 1 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (1.05%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 74 (77.89%) Microsoft
2 40 (42.11%) Cisco
3 33 (34.74%) VMware
4 18 (18.95%) Citrix
5 13 (13.68%) HP
6 12 (12.63%) SonicWALL
7 5 (5.26%) EMC
7 5 (5.26%) Fortinet
7 5 (5.26%) Meraki
8 4 (4.21%) Ivanti
9 3 (3.16%) BMC
10 2 (2.11%) Apple
10 2 (2.11%) Rackspace
10 2 (2.11%) ServiceNow
11 1 (1.05%) CheckPoint
11 1 (1.05%) Dell
11 1 (1.05%) Symantec
11 1 (1.05%) Veeam