Period
to 22 August 2017

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 22 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 934 856 735
Rank change year-on-year -78 -121 -275
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 253 395 629
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.20% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.59% 0.75% 1.05%
Number of salaries quoted 221 346 564
UK median annual salary £36,500 £37,500 £35,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.67% +5.63% -11.25%
10th Percentile £21,250 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £33,250 £34,750 £35,000
% change year-on-year -4.32% -0.71% -12.50%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 42940 52860 60073
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.39% 26.83% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32964 42709 47704
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -

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 22 August 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 15 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 22 August 2017. 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 -70 227 £35,000 -6.67% 14
UK excluding London -35 158 £33,250 -4.32% 11
London -23 80 £38,000 -13.14% 3
South East +37 73 £23,500 -27.69% 5
East of England +16 45 £47,500 +7.95% 1
South West -11 13 £32,500 - 1
Scotland +17 10 £36,513 +12.35%
Midlands +7 10 £36,250 +0.69% 1
West Midlands -6 6 £36,250 +0.69%
North of England -37 5 £25,000 -35.90% 3
East Midlands +25 4 £37,500 -6.25% 1
North West -33 3 £25,000 +16.28% 2
Yorkshire +5 2 £26,500 -41.11% 1
Wales +2 1 £18,500 -2.63%
Northern Ireland - 1 £32,500 -

For the 6 months to 22 August 2017, IT jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCTS.

1 253 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 198 (78.26%) Microsoft
3 176 (69.57%) Windows
4 145 (57.31%) Active Directory
5 128 (50.59%) MCITP
6 123 (48.62%) SQL Server
7 116 (45.85%) Windows Server
8 93 (36.76%) MCP
9 86 (33.99%) SQL
10 84 (33.20%) ITIL
11 83 (32.81%) Windows Server 2008
12 75 (29.64%) MS Exchange
13 74 (29.25%) Degree
13 74 (29.25%) Windows 7
14 70 (27.67%) .NET
15 69 (27.27%) MCSE
16 67 (26.48%) Windows Server 2012
17 66 (26.09%) C#
17 66 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
17 66 (26.09%) VMware
18 61 (24.11%) MCSA
19 58 (22.92%) ASP.NET
19 58 (22.92%) SQL Server 2014
20 49 (19.37%) LAN
21 47 (18.58%) WAN
21 47 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
22 46 (18.18%) Cisco
22 46 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
23 43 (17.00%) CCNA
23 43 (17.00%) Cisco Certification

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 75 (29.64%) MS Exchange
2 25 (9.88%) IIS
3 17 (6.72%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (6.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (5.53%) SharePoint
6 12 (4.74%) Skype for Business
7 7 (2.77%) CMS
7 7 (2.77%) Kentico
8 5 (1.98%) OpenStack
9 4 (1.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.79%) Apache
11 2 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.40%) Apache Qpid
12 1 (0.40%) lighttpd
Applications
1 47 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.19%) InfoPath
2 3 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (2.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.79%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.40%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 27 (10.67%) Office 365
2 13 (5.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (0.79%) IaaS
4 2 (0.79%) PaaS
5 1 (0.40%) Catchpoint
5 1 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.40%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 49 (19.37%) LAN
2 47 (18.58%) WAN
3 37 (14.62%) DNS
4 34 (13.44%) DHCP
5 28 (11.07%) Firewall
6 24 (9.49%) VPN
7 20 (7.91%) SAN
8 15 (5.93%) TCP/IP
9 13 (5.14%) Network Security
10 8 (3.16%) NAS
10 8 (3.16%) VoIP
11 7 (2.77%) Internet
11 7 (2.77%) iSCSI
12 6 (2.37%) Software-Defined Networking
13 5 (1.98%) VLAN
13 5 (1.98%) Wireless
14 4 (1.58%) Intrusion Detection
14 4 (1.58%) PBX
14 4 (1.58%) Skype
15 2 (0.79%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (48.62%) SQL Server
2 58 (22.92%) SQL Server 2014
3 42 (16.60%) SQL Server 2008
4 36 (14.23%) SQL Server 2012
4 36 (14.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 36 (14.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 30 (11.86%) SQL Server 2005
6 29 (11.46%) Relational Database
7 24 (9.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 21 (8.30%) RDBMS
9 20 (7.91%) MySQL
9 20 (7.91%) SQL Server 2000
10 19 (7.51%) Hadoop
11 18 (7.11%) NoSQL
12 14 (5.53%) MongoDB
13 11 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
14 5 (1.98%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (1.98%) DTS
15 2 (0.79%) OLAP
16 1 (0.40%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 29 (11.46%) Moq
1 29 (11.46%) NUnit
2 27 (10.67%) Visual Studio
3 25 (9.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 23 (9.09%) Rhino Mocks
5 13 (5.14%) Git (software)
5 13 (5.14%) Octopus Deploy
5 13 (5.14%) TeamCity
6 5 (1.98%) JIRA
7 3 (1.19%) AdminStudio
7 3 (1.19%) MSI
7 3 (1.19%) Wise Package Studio
8 1 (0.40%) Jenkins
General
1 25 (9.88%) Finance
2 23 (9.09%) Games
3 4 (1.58%) Legal
3 4 (1.58%) Retail
4 3 (1.19%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.79%) Billing
6 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 62 (24.51%) Analyst
2 51 (20.16%) Developer
3 38 (15.02%) .NET Developer
4 34 (13.44%) Support Engineer
5 27 (10.67%) Service Analyst
6 26 (10.28%) IT Support
7 25 (9.88%) Service Desk Analyst
8 24 (9.49%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
8 24 (9.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 24 (9.49%) Junior
8 24 (9.49%) Support Analyst
9 23 (9.09%) DBA
9 23 (9.09%) Games Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Graduate
9 23 (9.09%) Graduate .NET Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Graduate Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Graduate Games Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Junior .NET Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Junior Developer
9 23 (9.09%) Junior Games Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (27.67%) .NET
2 58 (22.92%) ASP.NET
3 32 (12.65%) .NET Framework
4 31 (12.25%) ASP.NET MVC
5 23 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 23 (9.09%) LINQ
5 23 (9.09%) NHibernate
6 15 (5.93%) HTML
7 13 (5.14%) CSS
8 11 (4.35%) HTML5
9 8 (3.16%) CSS3
9 8 (3.16%) jQuery
9 8 (3.16%) Software Packaging
10 7 (2.77%) Google Maps API
11 6 (2.37%) Entity Framework
11 6 (2.37%) Unity DI Container
12 5 (1.98%) ASP.NET Web API
13 3 (1.19%) JSON
13 3 (1.19%) RESTful
13 3 (1.19%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 27 (10.67%) Driving Licence
2 18 (7.11%) Data Protection Act
3 11 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 11 (4.35%) Replication
4 6 (2.37%) Hedge funds
5 5 (1.98%) Client/Server
5 5 (1.98%) User Experience
6 4 (1.58%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.19%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.19%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.19%) Podcast
8 2 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.79%) iPhone
9 1 (0.40%) Clustering
9 1 (0.40%) EPoS
9 1 (0.40%) iPad
9 1 (0.40%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.40%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 176 (69.57%) Windows
2 116 (45.85%) Windows Server
3 83 (32.81%) Windows Server 2008
4 74 (29.25%) Windows 7
5 67 (26.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (9.09%) Windows XP
7 21 (8.30%) Linux
8 17 (6.72%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (3.56%) Windows 10
10 5 (1.98%) VMS
10 5 (1.98%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.19%) Android
11 3 (1.19%) Apple iOS
11 3 (1.19%) Mac OS X
11 3 (1.19%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.79%) CentOS
12 2 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.79%) Unix
12 2 (0.79%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.40%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (33.20%) ITIL
2 66 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
4 38 (15.02%) Performance Tuning
4 38 (15.02%) Scrum
5 37 (14.62%) MVC
6 33 (13.04%) High Availability
7 30 (11.86%) BDD
8 29 (11.46%) TDD
9 28 (11.07%) Business Intelligence
10 24 (9.49%) Web Application Development
11 23 (9.09%) Kanban
12 21 (8.30%) Mentoring
13 20 (7.91%) DevOps
14 19 (7.51%) Data Modelling
15 18 (7.11%) Data Protection
15 18 (7.11%) Migration
16 15 (5.93%) SDLC
16 15 (5.93%) Waterfall
17 13 (5.14%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 86 (33.99%) SQL
2 66 (26.09%) C#
3 34 (13.44%) PowerShell
4 15 (5.93%) Perl
5 10 (3.95%) JavaScript
6 8 (3.16%) T-SQL
7 7 (2.77%) VBScript
8 4 (1.58%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.79%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.79%) Python
9 2 (0.79%) VB
10 1 (0.40%) Java
10 1 (0.40%) PHP
Qualifications
1 253 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 128 (50.59%) MCITP
3 93 (36.76%) MCP
4 74 (29.25%) Degree
5 69 (27.27%) MCSE
6 61 (24.11%) MCSA
7 43 (17.00%) CCNA
7 43 (17.00%) Cisco Certification
8 35 (13.83%) MCSD
9 33 (13.04%) MCAD
10 32 (12.65%) Security Cleared
11 31 (12.25%) SC Cleared
12 30 (11.86%) MCDST
13 27 (10.67%) A+ Certification
14 26 (10.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 17 (6.72%) Citrix Certification
16 16 (6.32%) Network+ Certification
17 15 (5.93%) CCAA
18 12 (4.74%) DV Cleared
19 10 (3.95%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (9.49%) PCI DSS
2 18 (7.11%) GDPR
3 9 (3.56%) QA
3 9 (3.56%) SLA
4 7 (2.77%) COBIT
4 7 (2.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 145 (57.31%) Active Directory
2 41 (16.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (10.67%) vSphere
4 22 (8.70%) Hyper-V
5 8 (3.16%) XenApp
6 7 (2.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 7 (2.77%) Virtual Servers
7 6 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.19%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.79%) Firmware
9 2 (0.79%) vCloud
10 1 (0.40%) Docker
Systems Management
1 23 (9.09%) SCCM
2 8 (3.16%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 8 (3.16%) SCDPM
3 4 (1.58%) WSUS
4 3 (1.19%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.19%) SCOM
4 3 (1.19%) WMI
5 2 (0.79%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.79%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.40%) Nagios
6 1 (0.40%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.40%) OpenView
6 1 (0.40%) Puppet
6 1 (0.40%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 198 (78.26%) Microsoft
2 66 (26.09%) VMware
3 46 (18.18%) Cisco
4 35 (13.83%) Citrix
5 26 (10.28%) Oracle
6 20 (7.91%) HP
7 14 (5.53%) SonicWALL
8 8 (3.16%) 3PAR
8 8 (3.16%) CommVault
8 8 (3.16%) DataCore
9 7 (2.77%) Dell
9 7 (2.77%) Google
9 7 (2.77%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.98%) EMC
10 5 (1.98%) NetApp
11 4 (1.58%) Apple
11 4 (1.58%) Juniper
12 3 (1.19%) LANDesk
12 3 (1.19%) Sophos
12 3 (1.19%) Veeam