Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 945 958 879
Rank change year-on-year +13 -79 -141
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 222 250 401
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.55% 0.58% 0.75%
Number of salaries quoted 200 218 348
UK median annual salary £42,500 £36,506 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.42% -2.65% +5.63%
10th Percentile £25,000 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £57,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £35,000 £34,000
% change year-on-year +21.43% +2.94% -2.86%

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 40,334 43,289 53,376
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.68% 24.55% 26.96%
Number of salaries quoted 29,995 33,263 43,124
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,250
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 17 August 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 17 August 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 0 211 £42,500 +21.43% 11
London +70 114 £40,000 +6.67% 3
UK excluding London -36 97 £42,500 +21.43% 8
South East -11 48 £42,500 +80.85% 1
North of England +35 17 £42,500 +70.00% 7
East of England -16 14 £46,056 -5.53%
North West +9 13 £42,750 +71.00% 4
Midlands +16 11 £42,500 +13.33%
West Midlands +34 8 £45,000 +24.14%
South West -4 7 £25,000 -31.51%
Yorkshire +42 4 £30,000 +13.21% 3
East Midlands +5 3 £35,000 -26.32%

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 222 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (85.59%) Microsoft
3 179 (80.63%) Windows
4 145 (65.32%) Active Directory
5 132 (59.46%) MCSE
6 111 (50.00%) VMware
7 106 (47.75%) MCSA
8 95 (42.79%) MCP
9 83 (37.39%) Hyper-V
10 79 (35.59%) MCITP
11 72 (32.43%) DNS
12 65 (29.28%) Office 365
13 58 (26.13%) Apple
14 56 (25.23%) DHCP
14 56 (25.23%) ITIL
15 55 (24.77%) Mac OS X
15 55 (24.77%) DBS Check
16 54 (24.32%) iPad
17 46 (20.72%) SharePoint
18 45 (20.27%) Windows Server
19 44 (19.82%) Microsoft Azure
19 44 (19.82%) SQL Server
20 42 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
21 41 (18.47%) C#
22 40 (18.02%) Windows Server 2012
23 38 (17.12%) Firewall
24 33 (14.86%) SharePoint 2013
24 33 (14.86%) SQL
24 33 (14.86%) Microsoft Office
24 33 (14.86%) MS Exchange

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 46 (20.72%) SharePoint
2 33 (14.86%) MS Exchange
2 33 (14.86%) SharePoint 2013
3 14 (6.31%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (4.05%) Exchange Server 2007
5 9 (4.05%) Skype for Business
6 8 (3.60%) CMS
6 8 (3.60%) IIS
6 8 (3.60%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.45%) Sonic ESB
Applications
1 33 (14.86%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (7.21%) InfoPath
3 11 (4.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (4.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (4.95%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (4.95%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 65 (29.28%) Office 365
2 44 (19.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (5.86%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (3.15%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (2.70%) IaaS
5 6 (2.70%) PaaS
6 3 (1.35%) G Suite
7 2 (0.90%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (32.43%) DNS
2 56 (25.23%) DHCP
3 38 (17.12%) Firewall
4 30 (13.51%) WAN
5 19 (8.56%) LAN
5 19 (8.56%) VPN
6 18 (8.11%) Remote Desktop
7 16 (7.21%) TCP/IP
8 13 (5.86%) SAN
9 11 (4.95%) Cisco IOS
9 11 (4.95%) WebEx
10 7 (3.15%) Network Security
11 4 (1.80%) Wireless
12 3 (1.35%) Internet
13 2 (0.90%) Skype
14 1 (0.45%) IPv4
14 1 (0.45%) iSCSI
14 1 (0.45%) MPLS
14 1 (0.45%) NAS
14 1 (0.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (19.82%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.31%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (3.60%) SQL Server 2014
4 7 (3.15%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (3.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (2.25%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.80%) SQL Server 2016
6 4 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.90%) MySQL
9 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 16 (7.21%) Visual Studio
2 7 (3.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.25%) MSI
4 3 (1.35%) AdminStudio
4 3 (1.35%) Moq
4 3 (1.35%) NUnit
4 3 (1.35%) Rhino Mocks
4 3 (1.35%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.45%) AutoIt
General
1 17 (7.66%) Finance
2 4 (1.80%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.35%) Games
3 3 (1.35%) Retail
4 1 (0.45%) Advertising
4 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.45%) Legal
4 1 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 63 (28.38%) Support Engineer
2 42 (18.92%) Developer
3 38 (17.12%) 3rd Line Support
4 37 (16.67%) IT Support
5 32 (14.41%) IT Engineer
6 31 (13.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 31 (13.96%) IT Support Engineer
7 27 (12.16%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 27 (12.16%) Consultant
8 23 (10.36%) Azure Consultant
8 23 (10.36%) Office 365 Consultant
8 23 (10.36%) SharePoint Developer
9 18 (8.11%) Analyst
10 17 (7.66%) 2nd Line Support
11 15 (6.76%) Active Directory Consultant
11 15 (6.76%) Exchange Consultant
12 14 (6.31%) Desktop Support
12 14 (6.31%) Senior Support Engineer
13 13 (5.86%) Deskside Engineer
14 12 (5.41%) Azure Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (13.51%) HTML
2 29 (13.06%) .NET
3 27 (12.16%) CSS
4 25 (11.26%) ASP.NET
4 25 (11.26%) XSLT
5 19 (8.56%) HTML5
5 19 (8.56%) jQuery
6 17 (7.66%) XML
7 15 (6.76%) Web Services
8 11 (4.95%) AngularJS
8 11 (4.95%) React
9 8 (3.60%) Ajax
9 8 (3.60%) LINQ to SQL
9 8 (3.60%) WinForms
10 7 (3.15%) .NET Framework
10 7 (3.15%) WCF
11 6 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC
11 6 (2.70%) Flash
12 4 (1.80%) LINQ
13 3 (1.35%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 54 (24.32%) iPad
2 29 (13.06%) Self-Motivation
3 21 (9.46%) Data Centre
4 17 (7.66%) Computer Science
5 16 (7.21%) User Experience
6 14 (6.31%) Driving Licence
7 11 (4.95%) Blackberry
8 6 (2.70%) EMC VMAX
9 4 (1.80%) Clustering
10 3 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
10 3 (1.35%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.35%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.35%) NHS
10 3 (1.35%) PKI
10 3 (1.35%) Replication
10 3 (1.35%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.90%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 179 (80.63%) Windows
2 55 (24.77%) Mac OS X
3 45 (20.27%) Windows Server
4 40 (18.02%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (14.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (11.71%) Windows 7
7 22 (9.91%) Windows XP
8 11 (4.95%) Android
9 8 (3.60%) Linux
9 8 (3.60%) Windows 10
10 6 (2.70%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.80%) CentOS
11 4 (1.80%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.35%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.45%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (25.23%) ITIL
2 32 (14.41%) Migration
3 31 (13.96%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (9.46%) Scrum
5 20 (9.01%) Mentoring
6 18 (8.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 17 (7.66%) MVC
8 16 (7.21%) Content Management
8 16 (7.21%) Records Management
9 14 (6.31%) Coaching
10 13 (5.86%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (5.41%) ITSM
12 11 (4.95%) Software Deployment
12 11 (4.95%) TDD
13 9 (4.05%) Disaster Recovery
13 9 (4.05%) OO
13 9 (4.05%) Service Management
14 8 (3.60%) CRM
14 8 (3.60%) OOA/OOD
14 8 (3.60%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (18.47%) C#
2 33 (14.86%) SQL
3 29 (13.06%) PowerShell
4 22 (9.91%) JavaScript
5 18 (8.11%) T-SQL
6 11 (4.95%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.35%) VBScript
8 1 (0.45%) Java
8 1 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 222 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 132 (59.46%) MCSE
3 106 (47.75%) MCSA
4 95 (42.79%) MCP
5 79 (35.59%) MCITP
6 55 (24.77%) DBS Check
7 31 (13.96%) Degree
8 28 (12.61%) MCSD
9 24 (10.81%) MCPD
10 21 (9.46%) A+ Certification
10 21 (9.46%) CCNA
10 21 (9.46%) Cisco Certification
11 19 (8.56%) MCAD
12 10 (4.50%) SC Cleared
12 10 (4.50%) Security Cleared
12 10 (4.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 7 (3.15%) DV Cleared
13 7 (3.15%) MCDST
13 7 (3.15%) Network+ Certification
14 2 (0.90%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (5.41%) SLA
3 9 (4.05%) ISO 9000
4 6 (2.70%) ISO 9001
5 3 (1.35%) PMO
6 1 (0.45%) GAMP
6 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 145 (65.32%) Active Directory
2 83 (37.39%) Hyper-V
3 42 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (6.31%) vSphere
5 9 (4.05%) Forefront TMG
5 9 (4.05%) XenApp
6 7 (3.15%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (2.25%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.80%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (1.35%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (1.35%) UAG
9 3 (1.35%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.45%) NFS
10 1 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 31 (13.96%) SCCM
2 11 (4.95%) Single Sign-On
2 11 (4.95%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (1.80%) Backup Exec
3 4 (1.80%) WSUS
4 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (1.35%) WMI
5 2 (0.90%) Control-M
6 1 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.45%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.45%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 190 (85.59%) Microsoft
2 111 (50.00%) VMware
3 58 (26.13%) Apple
4 31 (13.96%) Cisco
5 30 (13.51%) Citrix
6 11 (4.95%) Bomgar
7 7 (3.15%) CommVault
7 7 (3.15%) EMC
7 7 (3.15%) HP
7 7 (3.15%) McAfee
7 7 (3.15%) Veeam
8 6 (2.70%) CA
8 6 (2.70%) FalconStor
9 4 (1.80%) ConnectWise
9 4 (1.80%) Ivanti
9 4 (1.80%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.35%) Google
10 3 (1.35%) NetApp
11 2 (0.90%) Oracle
11 2 (0.90%) Symantec