Period
to 20 April 2021

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 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 815 894 1032
Rank change year-on-year +79 +138 -39
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 37 61 96
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.055% 0.065%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.21% 0.26% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 33 49 83
10th Percentile £25,750 £28,100 £26,250
25th Percentile £33,250 £31,250 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £35,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +42.86% -17.65% -
75th Percentile " £50,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £67,750 £62,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £41,000
% change year-on-year +3.33% +9.76% +2.50%

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 17,589 23,576 36,682
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.84% 21.44% 24.68%
Number of salaries quoted 11,882 17,770 26,717
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £51,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.80% +3.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCTS.

Salary trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 11 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 April 2021. 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 +110 23 £37,500 +15.38% 1
Work from Home - 18 £50,000 -
UK excluding London +62 17 £46,500 +3.33% 1
London +109 9 £26,500 -21.48%
North West +13 6 £85,000 +161.54%
North of England +5 6 £85,000 +161.54%
South East +70 4 £32,000 -41.82% 1
Wales +35 3 £50,000 -
Midlands +22 3 £36,500 -18.89%
East Midlands +13 3 £36,500 -18.89%
South West - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, 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 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (86.49%) Microsoft
3 31 (83.78%) MCSE
4 30 (81.08%) Windows
4 30 (81.08%) Active Directory
5 25 (67.57%) SQL Server
6 23 (62.16%) VMware
6 23 (62.16%) MCITP
7 22 (59.46%) VMware Infrastructure
8 21 (56.76%) MCSA
8 21 (56.76%) Windows Server
9 20 (54.05%) MCP
10 19 (51.35%) Hyper-V
11 17 (45.95%) Migration
12 16 (43.24%) Cisco
13 15 (40.54%) Skype for Business
13 15 (40.54%) Skype
13 15 (40.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 14 (37.84%) Acme Packet
14 14 (37.84%) Oracle
15 13 (35.14%) ITIL
15 13 (35.14%) PBX
15 13 (35.14%) Unified Communications
15 13 (35.14%) Azure
15 13 (35.14%) Time Management
15 13 (35.14%) Polycom
15 13 (35.14%) Clustering
15 13 (35.14%) WebEx
15 13 (35.14%) BYOD
15 13 (35.14%) Yealink

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 15 (40.54%) Skype for Business
2 7 (18.92%) MS Exchange
3 3 (8.11%) SharePoint
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.70%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (16.22%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (13.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.41%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 13 (35.14%) Azure
2 12 (32.43%) SaaS
3 9 (24.32%) Microsoft 365
4 8 (21.62%) IaaS
4 8 (21.62%) PaaS
5 4 (10.81%) AWS
6 3 (8.11%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (5.41%) OneDrive
8 1 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 15 (40.54%) Skype
2 13 (35.14%) PBX
2 13 (35.14%) Unified Communications
2 13 (35.14%) WebEx
3 7 (18.92%) DNS
4 5 (13.51%) Firewall
4 5 (13.51%) TCP/IP
5 3 (8.11%) LAN
5 3 (8.11%) SAN
5 3 (8.11%) VoIP
5 3 (8.11%) WAN
6 2 (5.41%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (5.41%) Network Security
6 2 (5.41%) VLAN
7 1 (2.70%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (67.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (8.11%) MSI
General
1 7 (18.92%) Finance
2 5 (13.51%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.70%) Legal
3 1 (2.70%) Military
Job Titles
1 13 (35.14%) Applications Engineer
2 8 (21.62%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 6 (16.22%) Architect
3 6 (16.22%) Azure Architect
3 6 (16.22%) Cloud Architect
4 5 (13.51%) Support Technician
5 4 (10.81%) 1st Line Support
5 4 (10.81%) 1st Line Support Technician
5 4 (10.81%) IT Support
5 4 (10.81%) IT Support Technician
5 4 (10.81%) IT Technician
6 3 (8.11%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) 1st Line Technical Support
6 3 (8.11%) Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) IT Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) IT Support Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Support Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Technical Support
6 3 (8.11%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.22%) .NET
2 4 (10.81%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (35.14%) BYOD
1 13 (35.14%) Clustering
2 1 (2.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.70%) Driving Licence
2 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.70%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 30 (81.08%) Windows
2 21 (56.76%) Windows Server
3 6 (16.22%) Windows 10
3 6 (16.22%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (16.22%) Windows Server 2016
4 4 (10.81%) Windows 7
5 2 (5.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.41%) Windows Server 2019
6 1 (2.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (45.95%) Migration
2 15 (40.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 13 (35.14%) ITIL
3 13 (35.14%) Time Management
4 6 (16.22%) CRM
4 6 (16.22%) Data Science
4 6 (16.22%) Enterprise Architecture
4 6 (16.22%) Product Strategy
5 5 (13.51%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (10.81%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 4 (10.81%) Line Management
6 4 (10.81%) Project Management
6 4 (10.81%) Server Management
6 4 (10.81%) SIEM
7 3 (8.11%) Application Packaging
7 3 (8.11%) Data Migration
7 3 (8.11%) Release Management
7 3 (8.11%) Service Management
7 3 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (8.11%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (13.51%) PowerShell
2 3 (8.11%) SQL
2 3 (8.11%) T-SQL
2 3 (8.11%) VBScript
3 1 (2.70%) C#
3 1 (2.70%) Python
Qualifications
1 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (83.78%) MCSE
3 23 (62.16%) MCITP
4 21 (56.76%) MCSA
5 20 (54.05%) MCP
6 4 (10.81%) Degree
6 4 (10.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (8.11%) AWS Certification
7 3 (8.11%) GISP
7 3 (8.11%) MCDST
8 1 (2.70%) CCNA
8 1 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.22%) SLA
2 3 (8.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (8.11%) PMO
2 3 (8.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (2.70%) Def Stans
System Software
1 30 (81.08%) Active Directory
2 22 (59.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (51.35%) Hyper-V
4 3 (8.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (10.81%) SCCM
1 4 (10.81%) WSUS
2 3 (8.11%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (8.11%) Sysprep
3 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (2.70%) SCOM
Vendors
1 32 (86.49%) Microsoft
2 23 (62.16%) VMware
3 16 (43.24%) Cisco
4 14 (37.84%) Acme Packet
4 14 (37.84%) Oracle
5 13 (35.14%) Polycom
5 13 (35.14%) Yealink
6 3 (8.11%) Ivanti
6 3 (8.11%) McAfee
6 3 (8.11%) Qualys
7 2 (5.41%) Dell
7 2 (5.41%) Dell Compellent
7 2 (5.41%) EMC
7 2 (5.41%) EqualLogic
7 2 (5.41%) Fortinet
7 2 (5.41%) SonicWALL
7 2 (5.41%) Symantec
7 2 (5.41%) Veeam
7 2 (5.41%) WatchGuard
8 1 (2.70%) Nimble Storage