Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 649 990 1023
Rank change year-on-year +341 +33 -75
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 40 89 120
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.082% 0.065% 0.073%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.38% 0.28% 0.31%
Number of salaries quoted 26 67 94
Median annual salary £36,525 £33,000 £35,875
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.68% -8.01% +5.51%
10th Percentile £25,750 £20,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £56,750 £62,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £31,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +37.10% -22.50% +23.08%

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 10,448 31,408 39,058
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.40% 23.01% 23.73%
Number of salaries quoted 7,826 23,001 28,920
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,800
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +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 24 October 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 24 October 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
UK excluding London +311 37 £42,500 +37.10% 4
England +331 35 £36,525 +19.75% 4
North of England +169 19 £67,500 +101.49%
North West +123 19 £67,500 +95.65%
Midlands +133 9 £39,500 +79.55% 1
East Midlands +104 8 £39,500 -
Scotland +92 4 £50,000 +45.67%
South East +216 3 £31,500 -3.45% 3
Work from Home - 3 £26,500 -
London +227 2 £26,500 -13.11%
South West +128 2 £36,525 +73.93%
West Midlands +102 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (85.00%) MCSE
3 28 (70.00%) Azure
4 26 (65.00%) Microsoft
5 25 (62.50%) SQL Server
6 23 (57.50%) AWS
7 22 (55.00%) Finance
8 21 (52.50%) MCSA
9 18 (45.00%) TOGAF
9 18 (45.00%) TOGAF Certification
10 17 (42.50%) MCITP
10 17 (42.50%) CCNA
10 17 (42.50%) Cisco Certification
11 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
11 16 (40.00%) Windows
12 13 (32.50%) Google
13 12 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (30.00%) GCP
13 12 (30.00%) Windows Server
13 12 (30.00%) Decision-Making
13 12 (30.00%) IT Strategy
13 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2016
14 11 (27.50%) ITIL
15 10 (25.00%) VMware
15 10 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (22.50%) Cloud Computing
16 9 (22.50%) Firewall
16 9 (22.50%) DNS
16 9 (22.50%) Server Management

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 3 (7.50%) CMS
2 2 (5.00%) IIS
2 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 28 (70.00%) Azure
2 23 (57.50%) AWS
3 12 (30.00%) GCP
4 9 (22.50%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (17.50%) IaaS
5 7 (17.50%) PaaS
5 7 (17.50%) SaaS
6 2 (5.00%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (5.00%) Office 365
6 2 (5.00%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (22.50%) DNS
1 9 (22.50%) Firewall
2 8 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.00%) Internet
3 2 (5.00%) Intranet
4 1 (2.50%) Network Security
4 1 (2.50%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (2.50%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (62.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.00%) Data Lake
2 2 (5.00%) Power BI
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2019
General
1 22 (55.00%) Finance
2 2 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.50%) Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 19 (47.50%) Architect
2 11 (27.50%) Azure Architect
2 11 (27.50%) Cloud Architect
3 8 (20.00%) IT Engineer
4 7 (17.50%) Administrator
5 6 (15.00%) Infrastructure Architect
5 6 (15.00%) Operations Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Systems Administrator
7 4 (10.00%) DBA
7 4 (10.00%) IT Support
7 4 (10.00%) SQL DBA
8 3 (7.50%) Network Administrator
9 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 2 (5.00%) IT Support Analyst
9 2 (5.00%) IT Support Engineer
9 2 (5.00%) IT Support Technician
9 2 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (5.00%) SQL Server DBA
9 2 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
9 2 (5.00%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.00%) Web Services
2 1 (2.50%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) Smartcard
2 2 (5.00%) Renewable Energy
2 2 (5.00%) Replication
3 1 (2.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 16 (40.00%) Windows
2 12 (30.00%) Windows Server
2 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2016
3 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (12.50%) Windows 10
5 2 (5.00%) Linux
6 1 (2.50%) Unix
6 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (45.00%) TOGAF
2 12 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (30.00%) Decision-Making
2 12 (30.00%) IT Strategy
3 11 (27.50%) ITIL
4 9 (22.50%) Server Management
5 8 (20.00%) Customer Requirements
5 8 (20.00%) Storage Management
6 5 (12.50%) Enterprise Architecture
7 4 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (7.50%) Software Engineering
9 2 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (5.00%) Critical Thinking
9 2 (5.00%) CRM
9 2 (5.00%) High Availability
9 2 (5.00%) Migration
9 2 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
9 2 (5.00%) Time Management
9 2 (5.00%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.00%) T-SQL
2 4 (10.00%) SQL
3 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (85.00%) MCSE
3 21 (52.50%) MCSA
4 18 (45.00%) TOGAF Certification
5 17 (42.50%) CCNA
5 17 (42.50%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (42.50%) MCITP
6 8 (20.00%) AWS Certification
7 6 (15.00%) Degree
8 4 (10.00%) MCP
8 4 (10.00%) RHCSA
9 3 (7.50%) HNC
9 3 (7.50%) SC Cleared
9 3 (7.50%) Security Cleared
9 3 (7.50%) VCDX
10 2 (5.00%) MCDBA
11 1 (2.50%) A+ Certification
11 1 (2.50%) Network+ Certification
11 1 (2.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (20.00%) SLA
3 2 (5.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 3 (7.50%) vSphere
5 1 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.50%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (7.50%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (7.50%) vCenter Server
2 2 (5.00%) Nagios
3 1 (2.50%) MaaS360
Vendors
1 26 (65.00%) Microsoft
2 13 (32.50%) Google
3 10 (25.00%) VMware
4 4 (10.00%) Red Hat
5 3 (7.50%) Cisco
5 3 (7.50%) McAfee
5 3 (7.50%) NetApp
5 3 (7.50%) Palo Alto
5 3 (7.50%) Splunk
6 1 (2.50%) CheckPoint
6 1 (2.50%) Citrix
6 1 (2.50%) EMC
6 1 (2.50%) SolarWinds
6 1 (2.50%) Symantec