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

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 916 856 787
Rank change year-on-year -60 -69 -281
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 270 398 557
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.21% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.64% 0.80% 0.93%
Number of salaries quoted 244 349 481
UK median annual salary £34,000 £40,000 £35,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -15.00% +12.68% -11.25%
10th Percentile £21,250 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £62,500 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £36,300 £35,000
% change year-on-year -10.47% +3.71% -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 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 42181 49999 59880
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.20% 26.36% 27.39%
Number of salaries quoted 32384 40149 47790
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £74,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 October 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 14 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 October 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 -85 238 £31,000 -14.60% 8
UK excluding London -45 171 £32,500 -10.47% 6
London -28 83 £36,000 -10.00% 2
South East +7 80 £25,000 -23.08% 3
East of England +18 40 £50,000 +12.36% 1
South West +12 18 £25,000 +11.11%
Scotland - 16 £40,000 -
Midlands +12 8 £31,250 -10.71%
North of England -26 8 £30,000 -33.33% 2
West Midlands -10 6 £36,250 +6.62%
Yorkshire -8 5 £29,000 -35.56%
North West -22 3 £39,000 +11.43% 2
East Midlands +43 2 £24,250 -39.38%
Wales +12 1 £18,500 -56.47%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 270 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 213 (78.89%) Microsoft
3 182 (67.41%) Windows
4 160 (59.26%) Active Directory
5 140 (51.85%) MCITP
6 113 (41.85%) SQL Server
7 109 (40.37%) MCP
8 107 (39.63%) Windows Server
9 99 (36.67%) ITIL
10 85 (31.48%) Windows 7
11 81 (30.00%) MS Exchange
12 80 (29.63%) MCSE
13 76 (28.15%) SQL
13 76 (28.15%) Windows Server 2008
14 74 (27.41%) .NET
14 74 (27.41%) VMware
15 71 (26.30%) MCSA
16 70 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
17 67 (24.81%) Microsoft Office
18 66 (24.44%) C#
19 65 (24.07%) ASP.NET
20 62 (22.96%) Degree
21 61 (22.59%) WAN
22 60 (22.22%) LAN
23 55 (20.37%) Windows Server 2012
24 52 (19.26%) CCNA
24 52 (19.26%) Cisco Certification
25 48 (17.78%) Security Cleared
26 46 (17.04%) SQL Server 2014
26 46 (17.04%) Cisco

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 81 (30.00%) MS Exchange
2 30 (11.11%) IIS
3 20 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (5.19%) SharePoint
5 11 (4.07%) Skype for Business
6 6 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (1.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (1.11%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.74%) Apache
10 2 (0.74%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.37%) Apache Qpid
11 1 (0.37%) CMS
11 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.37%) Kentico
11 1 (0.37%) lighttpd
11 1 (0.37%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 67 (24.81%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.59%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.37%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.37%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 31 (11.48%) Office 365
2 12 (4.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.48%) PaaS
4 3 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.11%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (1.11%) IaaS
5 2 (0.74%) SaaS
6 1 (0.37%) Catchpoint
6 1 (0.37%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 61 (22.59%) WAN
2 60 (22.22%) LAN
3 42 (15.56%) DNS
4 38 (14.07%) DHCP
5 36 (13.33%) Firewall
6 26 (9.63%) VPN
7 21 (7.78%) SAN
8 17 (6.30%) TCP/IP
9 12 (4.44%) VoIP
10 9 (3.33%) iSCSI
11 8 (2.96%) Internet
11 8 (2.96%) Network Security
11 8 (2.96%) VLAN
12 5 (1.85%) Intrusion Detection
12 5 (1.85%) Skype
13 4 (1.48%) IPsec
13 4 (1.48%) NAS
13 4 (1.48%) Software-Defined Networking
13 4 (1.48%) SSL
13 4 (1.48%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (41.85%) SQL Server
2 46 (17.04%) SQL Server 2014
3 39 (14.44%) Relational Database
4 36 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 27 (10.00%) SQL Server 2005
5 27 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 27 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 27 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 24 (8.89%) RDBMS
6 24 (8.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 22 (8.15%) MySQL
8 20 (7.41%) SQL Server 2000
9 19 (7.04%) Hadoop
9 19 (7.04%) NoSQL
10 14 (5.19%) MongoDB
11 5 (1.85%) DTS
12 4 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
13 3 (1.11%) Oracle Database
14 2 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.74%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 33 (12.22%) Moq
1 33 (12.22%) NUnit
2 32 (11.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (8.52%) Visual Studio
4 19 (7.04%) Rhino Mocks
5 18 (6.67%) Git (software)
6 14 (5.19%) JIRA
6 14 (5.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 14 (5.19%) TeamCity
7 3 (1.11%) AdminStudio
7 3 (1.11%) MSI
7 3 (1.11%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (1.11%) Wise Package Studio
8 1 (0.37%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.37%) Selenium
General
1 27 (10.00%) Finance
2 19 (7.04%) Games
3 7 (2.59%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.85%) Legal
4 5 (1.85%) Retail
5 1 (0.37%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 67 (24.81%) Analyst
2 58 (21.48%) Developer
3 42 (15.56%) Service Analyst
4 40 (14.81%) Service Desk Analyst
5 38 (14.07%) .NET Developer
6 37 (13.70%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 34 (12.59%) Support Engineer
8 24 (8.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 22 (8.15%) Infrastructure Support
9 22 (8.15%) IT Support
10 21 (7.78%) Junior
11 19 (7.04%) 2nd Line Support
11 19 (7.04%) Games Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Graduate
11 19 (7.04%) Graduate Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Graduate Games Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
11 19 (7.04%) Junior .NET Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Junior Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Junior Games Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (27.41%) .NET
2 65 (24.07%) ASP.NET
3 42 (15.56%) ASP.NET MVC
4 38 (14.07%) .NET Framework
5 22 (8.15%) LINQ
6 21 (7.78%) HTML
7 19 (7.04%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 19 (7.04%) CSS
7 19 (7.04%) NHibernate
8 17 (6.30%) Web Services
9 12 (4.44%) Entity Framework
10 11 (4.07%) HTML5
11 10 (3.70%) XSLT
12 9 (3.33%) jQuery
12 9 (3.33%) Unity DI Container
12 9 (3.33%) WCF
13 8 (2.96%) ASP.NET Web API
13 8 (2.96%) JSON
13 8 (2.96%) RESTful
14 7 (2.59%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 44 (16.30%) Driving Licence
2 19 (7.04%) Data Protection Act
3 16 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (4.81%) Data Centre
5 10 (3.70%) Computer Science
5 10 (3.70%) Replication
6 9 (3.33%) User Experience
7 5 (1.85%) Fintech
8 4 (1.48%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.11%) Hedge funds
10 2 (0.74%) EMC VMAX
10 2 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.74%) Renewable Energy
11 1 (0.37%) Clustering
11 1 (0.37%) iPad
11 1 (0.37%) iPhone
11 1 (0.37%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 182 (67.41%) Windows
2 107 (39.63%) Windows Server
3 85 (31.48%) Windows 7
4 76 (28.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 55 (20.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (9.26%) Windows XP
7 23 (8.52%) Linux
8 20 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (3.33%) Windows 10
10 5 (1.85%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.48%) CentOS
12 3 (1.11%) Android
12 3 (1.11%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.11%) Unix
12 3 (1.11%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.11%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.74%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.74%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (36.67%) ITIL
2 70 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (17.04%) MVC
4 42 (15.56%) Disaster Recovery
5 37 (13.70%) TDD
6 32 (11.85%) Business Intelligence
7 31 (11.48%) Scrum
8 29 (10.74%) Mentoring
9 27 (10.00%) Data Modelling
10 26 (9.63%) High Availability
10 26 (9.63%) Performance Tuning
11 21 (7.78%) DevOps
11 21 (7.78%) OO
12 20 (7.41%) BDD
12 20 (7.41%) Web Application Development
13 19 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
13 19 (7.04%) Data Protection
13 19 (7.04%) Kanban
14 16 (5.93%) Waterfall
15 14 (5.19%) ISMS
Programming Languages
1 76 (28.15%) SQL
2 66 (24.44%) C#
3 36 (13.33%) PowerShell
4 16 (5.93%) Perl
5 15 (5.56%) JavaScript
6 12 (4.44%) T-SQL
7 10 (3.70%) VBScript
8 5 (1.85%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.11%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.11%) XPath
10 2 (0.74%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.74%) Python
11 1 (0.37%) Java
11 1 (0.37%) PHP
Qualifications
1 270 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 140 (51.85%) MCITP
3 109 (40.37%) MCP
4 80 (29.63%) MCSE
5 71 (26.30%) MCSA
6 62 (22.96%) Degree
7 52 (19.26%) CCNA
7 52 (19.26%) Cisco Certification
8 48 (17.78%) Security Cleared
9 45 (16.67%) MCDST
9 45 (16.67%) SC Cleared
10 43 (15.93%) MCSD
11 41 (15.19%) MCAD
12 32 (11.85%) DV Cleared
13 25 (9.26%) A+ Certification
14 22 (8.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 15 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
16 13 (4.81%) CCAA
16 13 (4.81%) Network+ Certification
17 12 (4.44%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (8.52%) PCI DSS
2 19 (7.04%) GDPR
3 10 (3.70%) QA
4 8 (2.96%) SLA
5 5 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (1.11%) COBIT
7 1 (0.37%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 160 (59.26%) Active Directory
2 39 (14.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (10.37%) Hyper-V
4 25 (9.26%) vSphere
5 8 (2.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 8 (2.96%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (2.22%) XenApp
7 4 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.11%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.74%) Firmware
9 2 (0.74%) pfSense
10 1 (0.37%) Docker
10 1 (0.37%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 20 (7.41%) SCCM
2 6 (2.22%) WSUS
3 4 (1.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 4 (1.48%) SCDPM
4 3 (1.11%) SCOM
4 3 (1.11%) WMI
5 2 (0.74%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.74%) Puppet
5 2 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.37%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.37%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.37%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.37%) Nagios
6 1 (0.37%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.37%) OpenView
6 1 (0.37%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.37%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 213 (78.89%) Microsoft
2 74 (27.41%) VMware
3 46 (17.04%) Cisco
4 36 (13.33%) Citrix
5 29 (10.74%) Oracle
6 20 (7.41%) HP
7 13 (4.81%) SonicWALL
8 6 (2.22%) CommVault
9 5 (1.85%) Dell
10 4 (1.48%) 3PAR
10 4 (1.48%) DataCore
10 4 (1.48%) EMC
10 4 (1.48%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.11%) LANDesk
11 3 (1.11%) ServiceNow
12 2 (0.74%) FalconStor
12 2 (0.74%) McAfee
12 2 (0.74%) MuleSoft
12 2 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.74%) Veeam