Period
to 20 October 2019

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 20 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 968 1036 938
Rank change year-on-year +68 -98 -82
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 88 127 271
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.065% 0.078% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.28% 0.33% 0.64%
Number of salaries quoted 66 98 245
UK median annual salary £34,325 £36,750 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.60% +8.09% -15.00%
10th Percentile £20,000 £25,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £56,250 £67,250 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £34,325 £42,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -19.24% +30.77% -10.10%

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 31,394 38,785 42,577
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.08% 23.72% 24.42%
Number of salaries quoted 22,928 28,746 32,685
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 20 October 2019.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 13 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 20 October 2019. 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 80 £35,500 -3.40% 17
UK excluding London +72 46 £34,325 -19.24% 19
London +72 40 £30,500 -14.69% 2
North of England +29 17 £38,000 -11.63% 10
North West +39 15 £32,500 -24.42% 10
South East +34 9 £45,250 +13.13% 3
Scotland +20 8 £34,325 - 3
Midlands +31 5 £22,000 -45.00% 1
West Midlands +28 4 £22,000 -49.71% 1
South West +14 4 £32,500 +30.00%
East of England +72 3 £50,000 - 1
Yorkshire - 2 £38,000 -
East Midlands +25 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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 88 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (64.77%) Microsoft
3 48 (54.55%) Active Directory
3 48 (54.55%) Windows
4 37 (42.05%) Office 365
5 36 (40.91%) MCP
5 36 (40.91%) SQL Server
6 29 (32.95%) Degree
7 27 (30.68%) .NET
8 26 (29.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (29.55%) Windows 7
9 25 (28.41%) MCITP
10 24 (27.27%) MVC
10 24 (27.27%) C#
10 24 (27.27%) .NET Framework
10 24 (27.27%) Entity Framework
11 23 (26.14%) PowerShell
11 23 (26.14%) MCAD
12 22 (25.00%) VoIP
12 22 (25.00%) Azure
12 22 (25.00%) Windows 10
12 22 (25.00%) .NET Core
13 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET MVC
13 21 (23.86%) Relational Database
13 21 (23.86%) TCP/IP
13 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET
14 19 (21.59%) Firewall
15 18 (20.45%) Cisco
15 18 (20.45%) Windows Server 2012
16 17 (19.32%) LAN

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 (6.82%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (3.41%) IIS
4 3 (3.41%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.27%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (17.05%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.27%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 37 (42.05%) Office 365
2 22 (25.00%) Azure
3 13 (14.77%) G Suite
4 12 (13.64%) AWS
4 12 (13.64%) SaaS
5 6 (6.82%) PaaS
6 4 (4.55%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (4.55%) IaaS
7 3 (3.41%) Rackspace Cloud
8 1 (1.14%) Amazon S3
8 1 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.14%) Dropbox
8 1 (1.14%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 22 (25.00%) VoIP
2 21 (23.86%) TCP/IP
3 19 (21.59%) Firewall
4 17 (19.32%) LAN
4 17 (19.32%) WAN
5 15 (17.05%) DNS
5 15 (17.05%) Wireless
6 11 (12.50%) DHCP
7 7 (7.95%) Internet
8 6 (6.82%) VPN
9 5 (5.68%) IP Telephony
10 4 (4.55%) VLAN
11 3 (3.41%) SAN
12 2 (2.27%) iSCSI
12 2 (2.27%) NetScaler
12 2 (2.27%) Network Security
12 2 (2.27%) Skype
12 2 (2.27%) Software-Defined Networking
13 1 (1.14%) Cisco Nexus
13 1 (1.14%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (40.91%) SQL Server
2 21 (23.86%) Relational Database
3 12 (13.64%) RDBMS
4 5 (5.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (5.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (4.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (3.41%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (2.27%) SAP Data Services
7 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2000
7 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 10 (11.36%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (10.23%) Moq
2 9 (10.23%) NUnit
3 7 (7.95%) Git (software)
3 7 (7.95%) MSI
4 3 (3.41%) CircleCI
4 3 (3.41%) Hudson
4 3 (3.41%) Jenkins
4 3 (3.41%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (10.23%) Finance
2 7 (7.95%) Legal
3 5 (5.68%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 25 (28.41%) Developer
1 25 (28.41%) Support Engineer
2 20 (22.73%) C# Developer
2 20 (22.73%) C# Software Developer
2 20 (22.73%) Software Developer
3 19 (21.59%) IT Support
4 18 (20.45%) IT Engineer
5 16 (18.18%) IT Support Engineer
6 10 (11.36%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 9 (10.23%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (9.09%) .NET Developer
8 8 (9.09%) .NET Software Developer
8 8 (9.09%) 1st Line Engineer
8 8 (9.09%) 1st Line Support
8 8 (9.09%) 1st Line Support Engineer
8 8 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 8 (9.09%) C# .NET Developer
9 7 (7.95%) Analyst
9 7 (7.95%) SQL Developer
10 6 (6.82%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (30.68%) .NET
2 24 (27.27%) .NET Framework
2 24 (27.27%) Entity Framework
3 22 (25.00%) .NET Core
4 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET
4 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET MVC
5 16 (18.18%) AngularJS
5 16 (18.18%) React
6 14 (15.91%) ASP.NET Web API
6 14 (15.91%) CSS
6 14 (15.91%) HTML
6 14 (15.91%) HTML5
7 12 (13.64%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 12 (13.64%) CSS3
7 12 (13.64%) KnockoutJS
7 12 (13.64%) Vue.js
8 6 (6.82%) Web Services
9 5 (5.68%) SOAP
9 5 (5.68%) XMPP
10 3 (3.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.95%) User Experience
2 5 (5.68%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (5.68%) Public Cloud
2 5 (5.68%) Replication
2 5 (5.68%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (3.41%) Clustering
4 2 (2.27%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.14%) FlexPod
5 1 (1.14%) iPhone
5 1 (1.14%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 48 (54.55%) Windows
2 26 (29.55%) Windows 7
2 26 (29.55%) Windows Server 2008
3 22 (25.00%) Windows 10
4 18 (20.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (18.18%) Mac OS X
6 13 (14.77%) Windows Server
7 8 (9.09%) Linux
8 4 (4.55%) Windows 8
9 3 (3.41%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.14%) Android
10 1 (1.14%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (27.27%) MVC
2 17 (19.32%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (17.05%) Asset Management
4 14 (15.91%) Collaborative Working
5 12 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (13.64%) ITIL
6 10 (11.36%) Migration
7 9 (10.23%) Dependency Injection
7 9 (10.23%) Deployment Automation
7 9 (10.23%) Microservices
7 9 (10.23%) OO
7 9 (10.23%) OOD
7 9 (10.23%) TDD
8 8 (9.09%) Time Management
9 7 (7.95%) Kalman Filter
9 7 (7.95%) Problem Management
9 7 (7.95%) Scrum
10 6 (6.82%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (6.82%) Innovative Thinking
10 6 (6.82%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (27.27%) C#
2 23 (26.14%) PowerShell
3 17 (19.32%) SQL
4 16 (18.18%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.68%) T-SQL
6 4 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 88 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (40.91%) MCP
3 29 (32.95%) Degree
4 25 (28.41%) MCITP
5 23 (26.14%) MCAD
6 14 (15.91%) MCPD
7 11 (12.50%) MCSA
7 11 (12.50%) MCSD
8 9 (10.23%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (9.09%) MCSE
10 7 (7.95%) CCNA
11 5 (5.68%) DBS Check
11 5 (5.68%) HND
12 4 (4.55%) A+ Certification
12 4 (4.55%) Network+ Certification
13 3 (3.41%) OCPJP
13 3 (3.41%) RHCSA
13 3 (3.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 2 (2.27%) CCAA
14 2 (2.27%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.23%) QA
1 9 (10.23%) SLA
2 2 (2.27%) COBIT
2 2 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 48 (54.55%) Active Directory
2 15 (17.05%) Docker
3 8 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (5.68%) Hyper-V
4 5 (5.68%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (4.55%) vSphere
6 3 (3.41%) BitLocker
6 3 (3.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (12.50%) SCCM
2 5 (5.68%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (3.41%) Ansible
3 3 (3.41%) Kubernetes
3 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Clustering
3 3 (3.41%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (3.41%) Puppet
3 3 (3.41%) Salt
4 2 (2.27%) SCOM
5 1 (1.14%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.14%) SCOrch
5 1 (1.14%) WSUS
Vendors
1 57 (64.77%) Microsoft
2 18 (20.45%) Cisco
3 13 (14.77%) VMware
4 9 (10.23%) Citrix
5 7 (7.95%) Meraki
6 6 (6.82%) Apple
7 5 (5.68%) Ivanti
8 3 (3.41%) EMC
8 3 (3.41%) Rackspace
9 2 (2.27%) Fortinet
9 2 (2.27%) HP
9 2 (2.27%) SAP
9 2 (2.27%) ServiceNow
9 2 (2.27%) SonicWALL
10 1 (1.14%) McAfee
10 1 (1.14%) NetApp
10 1 (1.14%) Oracle
10 1 (1.14%) Remedy
10 1 (1.14%) Sophos
10 1 (1.14%) Symantec