Period
to 5 July 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 5 July 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
5 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 794 1016 964
Rank change year-on-year +222 -52 +14
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 53 96 261
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.067% 0.065% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.27% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 33 85 239
Median annual salary £35,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27,150 £27,300 £25,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £62,750 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +16.44%

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 17,119 35,899 42,208
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.72% 24.37% 23.71%
Number of salaries quoted 12,480 25,954 31,666
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,500 £26,490 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,529
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.06% +4.77%

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 5 July 2020.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 10 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 5 July 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 +230 50 £35,000 -17.65% 6
UK excluding London +220 43 £42,500 +3.66% 5
North of England +154 29 £67,500 +58.82% 5
North West +125 29 £67,500 +58.82% 5
London +136 10 £33,750 -27.03% 1
Midlands +127 8 £42,500 -
East Midlands +78 7 £42,500 -
South East +162 3 £31,500 -31.89%
Scotland +81 3 £50,000 +11.11%
West Midlands +93 1 - -

For the 6 months to 5 July 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 53 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (73.58%) MCSE
3 37 (69.81%) Azure
4 33 (62.26%) AWS
4 33 (62.26%) Microsoft
5 32 (60.38%) MCSA
6 30 (56.60%) MCITP
7 26 (49.06%) SQL Server
7 26 (49.06%) Finance
8 24 (45.28%) Windows
8 24 (45.28%) Active Directory
9 23 (43.40%) TOGAF
10 21 (39.62%) TOGAF Certification
11 19 (35.85%) Cisco Certification
11 19 (35.85%) CCNA
12 17 (32.08%) Firewall
13 16 (30.19%) TCP/IP
14 15 (28.30%) DNS
15 14 (26.42%) ITIL
15 14 (26.42%) Windows Server 2012
15 14 (26.42%) Windows Server 2016
16 13 (24.53%) IT Strategy
16 13 (24.53%) Decision-Making
16 13 (24.53%) GCP
16 13 (24.53%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (24.53%) Google
17 12 (22.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 12 (22.64%) Windows Server
18 11 (20.75%) MCP
19 10 (18.87%) IaaS

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 6 (11.32%) IIS
2 3 (5.66%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 37 (69.81%) Azure
2 33 (62.26%) AWS
3 13 (24.53%) GCP
4 10 (18.87%) IaaS
4 10 (18.87%) PaaS
5 7 (13.21%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (13.21%) G Suite
5 7 (13.21%) Office 365
6 5 (9.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (32.08%) Firewall
2 16 (30.19%) TCP/IP
3 15 (28.30%) DNS
4 9 (16.98%) LAN
4 9 (16.98%) VoIP
4 9 (16.98%) WAN
4 9 (16.98%) Wireless
5 7 (13.21%) DHCP
6 6 (11.32%) IP Telephony
7 2 (3.77%) Internet
7 2 (3.77%) Intranet
8 1 (1.89%) Network Security
8 1 (1.89%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (49.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MSI
General
1 26 (49.06%) Finance
2 2 (3.77%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.89%) Back Office
3 1 (1.89%) Banking
3 1 (1.89%) Law
3 1 (1.89%) Legal
Job Titles
1 23 (43.40%) Architect
2 19 (35.85%) IT Engineer
3 12 (22.64%) Cloud Architect
4 11 (20.75%) Infrastructure Architect
4 11 (20.75%) Support Engineer
5 10 (18.87%) IT Support
5 10 (18.87%) IT Support Engineer
6 7 (13.21%) Azure Architect
7 5 (9.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Cloud Solutions Architect
7 5 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Operations Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (7.55%) Administrator
8 4 (7.55%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) DBA
9 3 (5.66%) SQL DBA
10 2 (3.77%) 2nd Line Support
10 2 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.77%) Renewable Energy
1 2 (3.77%) Replication
2 1 (1.89%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 24 (45.28%) Windows
2 14 (26.42%) Windows Server 2012
2 14 (26.42%) Windows Server 2016
3 12 (22.64%) Windows Server
4 9 (16.98%) Mac OS X
4 9 (16.98%) Windows 10
4 9 (16.98%) Windows 7
5 3 (5.66%) Linux
6 1 (1.89%) Unix
6 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (43.40%) TOGAF
2 14 (26.42%) ITIL
3 13 (24.53%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (24.53%) Decision-Making
3 13 (24.53%) IT Strategy
4 9 (16.98%) Server Management
5 7 (13.21%) Asset Management
5 7 (13.21%) Customer Requirements
5 7 (13.21%) Storage Management
6 6 (11.32%) Service Management
7 5 (9.43%) Enterprise Architecture
7 5 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 4 (7.55%) Release Management
9 3 (5.66%) Disaster Recovery
9 3 (5.66%) Performance Tuning
10 2 (3.77%) Critical Thinking
10 2 (3.77%) High Availability
10 2 (3.77%) Problem-Solving
10 2 (3.77%) Time Management
10 2 (3.77%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) T-SQL
2 4 (7.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 53 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (73.58%) MCSE
3 32 (60.38%) MCSA
4 30 (56.60%) MCITP
5 21 (39.62%) TOGAF Certification
6 19 (35.85%) CCNA
6 19 (35.85%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (20.75%) MCP
8 9 (16.98%) Degree
9 7 (13.21%) AWS Certification
10 3 (5.66%) Security Cleared
11 1 (1.89%) A+ Certification
11 1 (1.89%) MCDBA
11 1 (1.89%) RHCSA
11 1 (1.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (22.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (13.21%) SLA
3 5 (9.43%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 24 (45.28%) Active Directory
2 8 (15.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.66%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.77%) Nagios
Vendors
1 33 (62.26%) Microsoft
2 13 (24.53%) Google
3 9 (16.98%) VMware
4 6 (11.32%) Cisco
4 6 (11.32%) Citrix
4 6 (11.32%) Meraki
5 3 (5.66%) Apple
6 1 (1.89%) CheckPoint
6 1 (1.89%) EMC
6 1 (1.89%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.89%) Symantec