Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1024 965 878
Rank change year-on-year -59 -87 -113
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 81 214 312
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.52% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 61 195 286
UK median annual salary £41,000 £36,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.89% -10.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £25,750 £21,750 £21,250
90th Percentile £55,000 £60,250 £52,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £35,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +20.00% -17.65% +23.19%

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 36,475 41,284 45,987
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.13% 23.83% 25.86%
Number of salaries quoted 26,674 31,997 36,531
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 January 2019.

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 17 January 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 -41 79 £41,000 +17.14% 23
UK excluding London -16 58 £42,000 +20.00% 16
London -3 20 £27,500 -29.49% 8
East of England +20 15 £45,000 -6.25% 5
North of England +32 13 £42,500 +37.10% 4
South East -24 12 £55,000 +57.14% 3
North West +35 11 £42,500 +5.59% 3
South West +1 9 £35,000 +40.00% 1
Midlands +33 7 £40,000 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +17 4 £42,500 +54.55% 1
West Midlands +42 3 £40,000 +14.29% 1
North East +14 2 - -
Scotland -1 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 69 (85.19%) Microsoft
3 64 (79.01%) Windows
4 52 (64.20%) Active Directory
5 43 (53.09%) ITIL
6 39 (48.15%) MCP
7 38 (46.91%) VMware
8 36 (44.44%) Windows Server
9 31 (38.27%) Office 365
10 30 (37.04%) MCSE
11 29 (35.80%) Firewall
11 29 (35.80%) MCITP
12 28 (34.57%) Windows Server 2012
12 28 (34.57%) VMware Infrastructure
12 28 (34.57%) Windows Server 2008
13 25 (30.86%) Windows 7
14 24 (29.63%) MCSA
15 23 (28.40%) Cisco
16 22 (27.16%) SQL Server
17 21 (25.93%) WAN
18 20 (24.69%) Windows 10
19 18 (22.22%) LAN
19 18 (22.22%) SLA
20 17 (20.99%) DNS
20 17 (20.99%) DHCP
20 17 (20.99%) MS Exchange
21 14 (17.28%) Hyper-V
21 14 (17.28%) Cybersecurity
22 13 (16.05%) Windows 8
22 13 (16.05%) TCP/IP

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 17 (20.99%) MS Exchange
2 11 (13.58%) SharePoint
3 8 (9.88%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (6.17%) Skype for Business
5 4 (4.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.23%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 31 (38.27%) Office 365
2 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.47%) SaaS
4 1 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.23%) IaaS
4 1 (1.23%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (35.80%) Firewall
2 21 (25.93%) WAN
3 18 (22.22%) LAN
4 17 (20.99%) DHCP
4 17 (20.99%) DNS
5 13 (16.05%) TCP/IP
6 11 (13.58%) SAN
7 10 (12.35%) Remote Desktop
7 10 (12.35%) Structured Cabling
8 8 (9.88%) VPN
8 8 (9.88%) Wireless
9 7 (8.64%) PBX
9 7 (8.64%) VoIP
10 6 (7.41%) Internet
11 5 (6.17%) Network Security
11 5 (6.17%) Skype
12 3 (3.70%) MPLS
12 3 (3.70%) NetScaler
12 3 (3.70%) Software-Defined Networking
12 3 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (27.16%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.64%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.23%) Power BI
4 1 (1.23%) QlikView
4 1 (1.23%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (6.17%) MSI
2 1 (1.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (4.94%) Telecoms
2 2 (2.47%) Finance
3 1 (1.23%) Banking
3 1 (1.23%) Marketing
3 1 (1.23%) Military
3 1 (1.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (14.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) IT Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) Project Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) Support Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) Analyst
3 9 (11.11%) IT Support
4 8 (9.88%) Administrator
4 8 (9.88%) DBA
4 8 (9.88%) Desktop Engineer
4 8 (9.88%) SQL DBA
4 8 (9.88%) Technical Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) IT Support Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) SQL Server DBA
6 5 (6.17%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (6.17%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (6.17%) Developer
6 5 (6.17%) Support Analyst
7 4 (4.94%) IT Manager
7 4 (4.94%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) Web Services
2 4 (4.94%) HTML
3 1 (1.23%) CSS
3 1 (1.23%) HTML5
3 1 (1.23%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.81%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (12.35%) Data Centre
3 7 (8.64%) Public Cloud
4 5 (6.17%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (4.94%) Driving Licence
5 4 (4.94%) iPad
5 4 (4.94%) User Experience
6 3 (3.70%) Replication
7 2 (2.47%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (1.23%) CCTV
8 1 (1.23%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 64 (79.01%) Windows
2 36 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 28 (34.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (34.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (30.86%) Windows 7
5 20 (24.69%) Windows 10
6 13 (16.05%) Windows 8
7 6 (7.41%) Linux
7 6 (7.41%) Windows XP
8 4 (4.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.47%) Android
10 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.23%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (53.09%) ITIL
2 14 (17.28%) Cybersecurity
3 13 (16.05%) Server Virtualisation
4 12 (14.81%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (13.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 10 (12.35%) ITIL V3
6 10 (12.35%) PRINCE2
7 9 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (9.88%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (8.64%) Active Listening
9 7 (8.64%) Coaching
9 7 (8.64%) High Availability
9 7 (8.64%) Project Management
9 7 (8.64%) Server Building
10 6 (7.41%) Incident Management
10 6 (7.41%) Time Management
11 5 (6.17%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (6.17%) IT Strategy
11 5 (6.17%) Mathematics
12 4 (4.94%) Commercial Awareness
Programming Languages
1 12 (14.81%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.58%) SQL
3 3 (3.70%) T-SQL
3 3 (3.70%) VBScript
4 1 (1.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (48.15%) MCP
3 30 (37.04%) MCSE
4 29 (35.80%) MCITP
5 24 (29.63%) MCSA
6 13 (16.05%) CCNA
6 13 (16.05%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (12.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (8.64%) A+ Certification
9 5 (6.17%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (4.94%) CCNP
10 4 (4.94%) MCAD
10 4 (4.94%) MCPD
10 4 (4.94%) MCSD
10 4 (4.94%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (3.70%) CCA
11 3 (3.70%) Degree
11 3 (3.70%) Novell Certification
12 2 (2.47%) DBS Check
12 2 (2.47%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (22.22%) SLA
2 6 (7.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.47%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.23%) Data Quality
System Software
1 52 (64.20%) Active Directory
2 28 (34.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (17.28%) Hyper-V
4 7 (8.64%) VMware Workstation
4 7 (8.64%) vSphere
5 5 (6.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (4.94%) Terminal Services
6 4 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.23%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 9 (11.11%) SCCM
2 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (4.94%) AirWatch
3 4 (4.94%) SCOM
3 4 (4.94%) WSUS
4 3 (3.70%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (3.70%) SCOrch
5 2 (2.47%) SCVMM
5 2 (2.47%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.23%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.23%) BladeLogic
6 1 (1.23%) EnCase
6 1 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 69 (85.19%) Microsoft
2 38 (46.91%) VMware
3 23 (28.40%) Cisco
4 10 (12.35%) Citrix
5 7 (8.64%) HP
6 6 (7.41%) Meraki
7 5 (6.17%) Symantec
8 4 (4.94%) Dell
9 3 (3.70%) Fortinet
9 3 (3.70%) ShoreTel
10 2 (2.47%) Apple
10 2 (2.47%) arcserve
10 2 (2.47%) CA
10 2 (2.47%) CheckPoint
10 2 (2.47%) EMC
10 2 (2.47%) Remedy
10 2 (2.47%) SolarWinds
10 2 (2.47%) SonicWALL
10 2 (2.47%) Veeam
11 1 (1.23%) Veritas