Period
to 16 January 2021

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 16 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 716 956 1045
Rank change year-on-year +240 +89 -51
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 34 84 81
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.067% 0.054%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.30% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 46 58 61
Median annual salary £40,500 £32,500 £41,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +24.62% -20.73% +15.49%
10th Percentile £25,750 £20,350 £25,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £32,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +32.31% -22.62% +20.00%

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 12,567 27,751 36,503
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.19% 22.00% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 9,234 20,889 27,062
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,695 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.43% - +5.88%

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 16 January 2021.

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 16 January 2021. 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 +235 25 £36,500 +12.31% 2
UK excluding London +179 22 £43,000 +32.31% 2
Work from Home - 13 £50,000 - 2
Midlands +86 7 £36,500 -18.89%
East Midlands +64 7 £36,500 -18.89%
London +191 6 £26,500 +8.16%
North of England +65 5 £85,000 +161.54%
North West +58 5 £85,000 +161.54%
South East +157 4 £33,263 -26.49% 1
South West +82 3 £36,525 +78.17% 1
Wales +41 2 £50,000 -
Scotland +46 1 £50,000 +100.00%

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, 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 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (85.29%) MCSE
3 26 (76.47%) Windows
3 26 (76.47%) Active Directory
4 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
5 21 (61.76%) Windows Server
6 20 (58.82%) MCITP
7 19 (55.88%) VMware
8 18 (52.94%) SQL Server
9 17 (50.00%) Hyper-V
10 16 (47.06%) Azure
10 16 (47.06%) VMware Infrastructure
11 14 (41.18%) ITIL
12 13 (38.24%) MCP
12 13 (38.24%) Windows Server 2016
13 12 (35.29%) MCSA
13 12 (35.29%) Cisco
14 11 (32.35%) DNS
14 11 (32.35%) SaaS
15 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (26.47%) TCP/IP
16 9 (26.47%) Firewall
16 9 (26.47%) Migration
16 9 (26.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 9 (26.47%) Windows 10
17 8 (23.53%) Skype
17 8 (23.53%) Office 365
17 8 (23.53%) Skype for Business
17 8 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
17 8 (23.53%) AWS

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 8 (23.53%) Skype for Business
2 7 (20.59%) MS Exchange
3 3 (8.82%) CMS
4 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (5.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (14.71%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (11.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 16 (47.06%) Azure
2 11 (32.35%) SaaS
3 8 (23.53%) AWS
3 8 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
3 8 (23.53%) Office 365
4 7 (20.59%) IaaS
4 7 (20.59%) PaaS
5 2 (5.88%) OneDrive
6 1 (2.94%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (2.94%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 11 (32.35%) DNS
2 9 (26.47%) Firewall
2 9 (26.47%) TCP/IP
3 8 (23.53%) Skype
4 7 (20.59%) PBX
4 7 (20.59%) Unified Communications
4 7 (20.59%) WebEx
5 2 (5.88%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (5.88%) LAN
5 2 (5.88%) SAN
5 2 (5.88%) VLAN
5 2 (5.88%) VoIP
5 2 (5.88%) WAN
6 1 (2.94%) DHCP
6 1 (2.94%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (52.94%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.94%) Data Lake
2 1 (2.94%) Power BI
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2019
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 6 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Military
2 1 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (20.59%) Applications Engineer
2 6 (17.65%) IT Engineer
2 6 (17.65%) Operations Engineer
3 5 (14.71%) Architect
3 5 (14.71%) Azure Architect
3 5 (14.71%) IT Support
3 5 (14.71%) IT Support Technician
3 5 (14.71%) IT Technician
3 5 (14.71%) Support Technician
3 5 (14.71%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Cloud Architect
4 4 (11.76%) IT Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) IT Support Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Support Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Technical Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Technical Support
4 4 (11.76%) Technical Support Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) 1st Line Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) .NET
1 4 (11.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) BYOD
1 7 (20.59%) Clustering
2 3 (8.82%) Smartcard
3 1 (2.94%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 26 (76.47%) Windows
2 21 (61.76%) Windows Server
3 13 (38.24%) Windows Server 2016
4 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (26.47%) Windows 10
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (41.18%) ITIL
2 9 (26.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 9 (26.47%) Migration
3 7 (20.59%) Customer Requirements
3 7 (20.59%) Server Management
3 7 (20.59%) Storage Management
3 7 (20.59%) Time Management
4 5 (14.71%) CRM
4 5 (14.71%) Enterprise Architecture
5 4 (11.76%) Data Science
5 4 (11.76%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 3 (8.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (8.82%) Software Engineering
7 2 (5.88%) E-Discovery
7 2 (5.88%) Mentoring
7 2 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
8 1 (2.94%) Coaching
8 1 (2.94%) Line Management
8 1 (2.94%) Mobile Device Management
8 1 (2.94%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 7 (20.59%) T-SQL
2 3 (8.82%) SQL
3 1 (2.94%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (85.29%) MCSE
3 20 (58.82%) MCITP
4 13 (38.24%) MCP
5 12 (35.29%) MCSA
6 8 (23.53%) Degree
7 7 (20.59%) AWS Certification
8 4 (11.76%) CCNA
8 4 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (8.82%) HNC
9 3 (8.82%) RHCSA
9 3 (8.82%) SC Cleared
9 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
9 3 (8.82%) VCDX
10 1 (2.94%) A+ Certification
10 1 (2.94%) MCDBA
10 1 (2.94%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (2.94%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (20.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 7 (20.59%) SLA
2 1 (2.94%) Def Stans
System Software
1 26 (76.47%) Active Directory
2 17 (50.00%) Hyper-V
3 16 (47.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (8.82%) vSphere
5 1 (2.94%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.94%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (8.82%) vCenter Server
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (2.94%) MaaS360
Vendors
1 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
2 19 (55.88%) VMware
3 12 (35.29%) Cisco
4 7 (20.59%) Acme Packet
4 7 (20.59%) Oracle
4 7 (20.59%) Polycom
4 7 (20.59%) Yealink
5 3 (8.82%) McAfee
5 3 (8.82%) NetApp
5 3 (8.82%) Palo Alto
5 3 (8.82%) Red Hat
5 3 (8.82%) Splunk
6 2 (5.88%) Dell
6 2 (5.88%) EMC
6 2 (5.88%) EqualLogic
6 2 (5.88%) Fortinet
6 2 (5.88%) SonicWALL
6 2 (5.88%) Symantec
6 2 (5.88%) Veeam
6 2 (5.88%) WatchGuard