Period
to 27 February 2020

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 27 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 938 1021 1012
Rank change year-on-year +83 -9 -68
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 83 96 218
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.068% 0.064% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.26% 0.52%
Number of salaries quoted 58 73 202
UK median annual salary £32,500 £41,000 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -20.73% +13.89% -10.00%
10th Percentile £22,425 £25,850 £22,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,750 £63,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £41,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -20.73% +17.14% -17.65%

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 26,702 36,854 42,295
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.72% 24.38% 23.98%
Number of salaries quoted 19,725 26,889 32,875
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% -

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 2020. 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 +100 76 £32,500 -19.75% 20
UK excluding London +99 58 £32,500 -20.73% 18
North of England +79 36 £32,500 +1.56% 8
North West +63 35 £32,500 +1.56% 6
London +77 25 £31,750 -15.33% 3
South East +44 11 £45,250 -17.73% 4
Midlands +35 4 £45,000 +12.50% 2
Wales - 4 £50,000 -
East Midlands +25 3 £45,000 +5.88%
Scotland +19 3 £25,000 -57.26% 1
West Midlands +34 1 £26,000 -35.00% 2
Yorkshire - 1 £22,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 27 February 2020, 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 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (73.49%) Microsoft
3 42 (50.60%) Active Directory
4 38 (45.78%) MCITP
5 37 (44.58%) MCSE
6 34 (40.96%) Windows
6 34 (40.96%) MCP
7 33 (39.76%) SQL Server
8 32 (38.55%) MCSA
9 20 (24.10%) ITIL
10 19 (22.89%) Office 365
10 19 (22.89%) Azure
11 17 (20.48%) Windows 7
11 17 (20.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 17 (20.48%) .NET
11 17 (20.48%) C#
11 17 (20.48%) TCP/IP
11 17 (20.48%) Firewall
11 17 (20.48%) VMware
12 16 (19.28%) MVC
12 16 (19.28%) Windows 10
12 16 (19.28%) .NET Core
12 16 (19.28%) Entity Framework
12 16 (19.28%) .NET Framework
13 15 (18.07%) VMware Infrastructure
13 15 (18.07%) SaaS
13 15 (18.07%) Cisco Certification
14 14 (16.87%) TOGAF
15 13 (15.66%) Finance
15 13 (15.66%) CCNA

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 10 (12.05%) IIS
2 4 (4.82%) Skype for Business
3 3 (3.61%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (1.20%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 9 (10.84%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 19 (22.89%) Azure
1 19 (22.89%) Office 365
2 15 (18.07%) SaaS
3 12 (14.46%) AWS
4 10 (12.05%) IaaS
4 10 (12.05%) PaaS
5 7 (8.43%) G Suite
6 3 (3.61%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (2.41%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 17 (20.48%) Firewall
1 17 (20.48%) TCP/IP
2 12 (14.46%) DNS
2 12 (14.46%) LAN
2 12 (14.46%) VoIP
2 12 (14.46%) WAN
3 11 (13.25%) Wireless
4 9 (10.84%) DHCP
5 5 (6.02%) IP Telephony
6 4 (4.82%) Internet
6 4 (4.82%) Skype
6 4 (4.82%) Unified Communications
7 3 (3.61%) MPLS
7 3 (3.61%) VPN
8 1 (1.20%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (1.20%) FTP
8 1 (1.20%) SAN
8 1 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (39.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (14.46%) RDBMS
2 12 (14.46%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.82%) MSI
2 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.20%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.20%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 13 (15.66%) Finance
2 2 (2.41%) Legal
2 2 (2.41%) Public Sector
3 1 (1.20%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 28 (33.73%) IT Engineer
2 23 (27.71%) Support Engineer
3 18 (21.69%) IT Support
4 16 (19.28%) IT Support Engineer
5 14 (16.87%) Architect
5 14 (16.87%) Developer
6 12 (14.46%) C# Developer
6 12 (14.46%) C# Software Developer
6 12 (14.46%) Software Developer
7 9 (10.84%) Infrastructure Architect
8 7 (8.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (8.43%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (7.23%) 2nd Line Support
10 3 (3.61%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 3 (3.61%) DBA
10 3 (3.61%) Desktop Engineer
10 3 (3.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 3 (3.61%) IT Technician
10 3 (3.61%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.61%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (20.48%) .NET
2 16 (19.28%) .NET Core
2 16 (19.28%) .NET Framework
2 16 (19.28%) Entity Framework
3 13 (15.66%) ASP.NET
4 12 (14.46%) AngularJS
4 12 (14.46%) ASP.NET MVC
4 12 (14.46%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 12 (14.46%) ASP.NET Web API
4 12 (14.46%) CSS
4 12 (14.46%) CSS3
4 12 (14.46%) HTML
4 12 (14.46%) HTML5
4 12 (14.46%) KnockoutJS
4 12 (14.46%) React
4 12 (14.46%) Vue.js
5 5 (6.02%) Web Services
6 4 (4.82%) REST
6 4 (4.82%) SOAP
6 4 (4.82%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.23%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (4.82%) BYOD
3 3 (3.61%) Replication
4 2 (2.41%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.41%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.41%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.41%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.20%) FlexPod
5 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 34 (40.96%) Windows
2 17 (20.48%) Windows 7
2 17 (20.48%) Windows Server 2012
3 16 (19.28%) Windows 10
4 11 (13.25%) Mac OS X
5 10 (12.05%) Windows Server
6 8 (9.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (8.43%) Windows 8
8 2 (2.41%) Linux
8 2 (2.41%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.20%) Data ONTAP
9 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (24.10%) ITIL
2 16 (19.28%) MVC
3 14 (16.87%) TOGAF
4 12 (14.46%) Asset Management
4 12 (14.46%) Release Management
4 12 (14.46%) Service Management
5 10 (12.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 7 (8.43%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (7.23%) Time Management
8 5 (6.02%) Creative Thinking
8 5 (6.02%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (6.02%) Server Management
9 4 (4.82%) Collaborative Working
9 4 (4.82%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (4.82%) Incident Management
9 4 (4.82%) Innovative Thinking
9 4 (4.82%) Kalman Filter
9 4 (4.82%) Line Management
9 4 (4.82%) Migration
9 4 (4.82%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 17 (20.48%) C#
2 12 (14.46%) JavaScript
3 9 (10.84%) T-SQL
4 5 (6.02%) SQL
5 1 (1.20%) C++
5 1 (1.20%) Java
5 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (45.78%) MCITP
3 37 (44.58%) MCSE
4 34 (40.96%) MCP
5 32 (38.55%) MCSA
6 15 (18.07%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (15.66%) CCNA
7 13 (15.66%) MCPD
8 12 (14.46%) MCAD
8 12 (14.46%) Security Cleared
9 10 (12.05%) TOGAF Certification
10 7 (8.43%) Degree
11 5 (6.02%) A+ Certification
12 3 (3.61%) AWS Certification
12 3 (3.61%) DBS Check
13 2 (2.41%) CCDE
13 2 (2.41%) CCDP
13 2 (2.41%) HNC
13 2 (2.41%) HND
13 2 (2.41%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (9.64%) SLA
3 7 (8.43%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 42 (50.60%) Active Directory
2 15 (18.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.82%) Docker
4 1 (1.20%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.20%) VMware Server
4 1 (1.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (7.23%) SCCM
2 1 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.20%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (1.20%) SCOM
2 1 (1.20%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 61 (73.49%) Microsoft
2 17 (20.48%) VMware
3 12 (14.46%) Citrix
4 8 (9.64%) Apple
4 8 (9.64%) Cisco
5 6 (7.23%) Meraki
5 6 (7.23%) Oracle
6 4 (4.82%) Acme Packet
6 4 (4.82%) Polycom
6 4 (4.82%) Sonus
6 4 (4.82%) Symantec
7 3 (3.61%) Remedy
8 2 (2.41%) arcserve
8 2 (2.41%) CA
8 2 (2.41%) Google
8 2 (2.41%) Ivanti
9 1 (1.20%) Meridio
9 1 (1.20%) NetApp
9 1 (1.20%) SolarWinds
9 1 (1.20%) Veeam