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 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 737 755 681
Rank change year-on-year +18 -74  
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 137 193 313
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.20% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.63% 0.73% 1.03%
Number of salaries quoted 117 166 268
Median salary £36,500 £34,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.35% -2.85%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £36,500 £32,500 £34,000
% change year-on-year +12.30% -4.41%  

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 21879 26355 30467
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.63% 26.72% 27.47%
Number of salaries quoted 17040 21310 24136
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.40%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCTS as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Salary histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -6 123 £35,000 -1.40% 12
South East +26 43 £23,500 -21.66% 6
London 0 38 £47,500 +5.55% 1
East of England +16 30 £47,500 +7.95%
Hertfordshire +17 18 £30,000 -25.00%
Hampshire +15 14 £23,500 -14.54% 2
Surrey +45 13 - - 1
Woking +24 13 - -
Portsmouth +4 12 £23,500 -1.05%
Essex - 12 £55,000 -
Hemel Hempstead +8 10 £30,000 -25.00%
South West +9 7 £36,500 +28.07% 1
St Albans - 7 £47,500 -
Scotland +17 6 £38,500 +18.46%
West Sussex +14 6 £20,250 -66.25%
Kent - 6 £42,500 - 2
Horsham - 6 £20,250 -
Glasgow - 6 £38,500 -
Bristol -12 5 £36,500 +14.96% 1
Folkestone - 5 £42,500 - 1
Twickenham - 4 £55,000 -
West Midlands +6 3 £36,250 +0.69% 1
East Sussex - 3 £30,000 -
Brighton - 3 £30,000 -
West Yorkshire +16 2 £26,500 -55.83%
Leeds +10 2 £26,500 -55.83%
City of London +5 2 £33,500 -25.55%
Yorkshire -3 2 £26,500 -55.83% 2
Dorset -4 2 £16,000 -42.34%
Shaftesbury - 2 £16,000 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 175 (74.15%) Microsoft
3 148 (62.71%) Windows
4 124 (52.54%) SQL Server
5 119 (50.42%) Active Directory
6 104 (44.07%) MCITP
7 97 (41.10%) Windows Server
8 93 (39.41%) MCP
9 89 (37.71%) SQL
10 87 (36.86%) Degree
11 76 (32.20%) Windows Server 2008
12 75 (31.78%) .NET
13 72 (30.51%) C#
13 72 (30.51%) MS Exchange
14 64 (27.12%) ITIL
14 64 (27.12%) Windows 7
15 58 (24.58%) Agile Software Development
16 57 (24.15%) SQL Server 2014
17 56 (23.73%) Windows Server 2012
18 55 (23.31%) ASP.NET
19 51 (21.61%) Cisco
19 51 (21.61%) VMware
20 45 (19.07%) MCSE
21 44 (18.64%) Cisco Certification
22 43 (18.22%) MCSA
22 43 (18.22%) SQL Server 2008
23 42 (17.80%) CCNA
23 42 (17.80%) Scrum
23 42 (17.80%) Disaster Recovery
24 39 (16.53%) Citrix

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 72 (30.51%) MS Exchange
2 15 (6.36%) Exchange Server 2013
2 15 (6.36%) SharePoint
3 14 (5.93%) CMS
3 14 (5.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (5.93%) IIS
4 11 (4.66%) Skype for Business
5 7 (2.97%) Kentico
6 5 (2.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.27%) OpenStack
8 3 (1.27%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.85%) Apache
9 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.85%) lighttpd
Applications
1 28 (11.86%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.27%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (2.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 23 (9.75%) Office 365
2 10 (4.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.85%) Catchpoint
3 2 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (14.83%) DNS
2 32 (13.56%) LAN
2 32 (13.56%) WAN
3 31 (13.14%) DHCP
4 25 (10.59%) Firewall
5 21 (8.90%) VPN
6 20 (8.47%) SAN
7 13 (5.51%) TCP/IP
8 11 (4.66%) Network Security
9 9 (3.81%) NAS
9 9 (3.81%) VoIP
10 8 (3.39%) iSCSI
11 6 (2.54%) Wireless
12 5 (2.12%) Software-Defined Networking
13 4 (1.69%) IP Telephony
14 3 (1.27%) Intrusion Detection
15 2 (0.85%) HTTP
15 2 (0.85%) Internet
15 2 (0.85%) PBX
15 2 (0.85%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (52.54%) SQL Server
2 57 (24.15%) SQL Server 2014
3 43 (18.22%) SQL Server 2008
4 37 (15.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 36 (15.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 35 (14.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (11.86%) SQL Server 2005
8 18 (7.63%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (7.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 16 (6.78%) Relational Database
10 15 (6.36%) MySQL
11 13 (5.51%) Hadoop
11 13 (5.51%) RDBMS
11 13 (5.51%) SQL Server 2000
12 12 (5.08%) NoSQL
13 8 (3.39%) MongoDB
14 5 (2.12%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (2.12%) DTS
15 3 (1.27%) Data Mart
16 1 (0.42%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 29 (12.29%) Moq
1 29 (12.29%) NUnit
2 26 (11.02%) Rhino Mocks
3 25 (10.59%) Visual Studio
4 16 (6.78%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (4.24%) Git (software)
6 7 (2.97%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (2.97%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.85%) WiX
8 1 (0.42%) JIRA
General
1 27 (11.44%) Finance
2 26 (11.02%) Games
3 4 (1.69%) Retail
4 3 (1.27%) Legal
4 3 (1.27%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.85%) Billing
6 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 57 (24.15%) Analyst
1 57 (24.15%) Developer
2 38 (16.10%) .NET Developer
3 32 (13.56%) DBA
3 32 (13.56%) IT Support
3 32 (13.56%) SQL DBA
4 31 (13.14%) Support Engineer
5 28 (11.86%) Support Analyst
6 26 (11.02%) 2nd Line Support
6 26 (11.02%) Games Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Graduate
6 26 (11.02%) Graduate .NET Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Graduate Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Graduate Games Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Junior
6 26 (11.02%) Junior .NET Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Junior Developer
6 26 (11.02%) Junior Games Developer
7 18 (7.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 18 (7.63%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (31.78%) .NET
2 55 (23.31%) ASP.NET
3 30 (12.71%) .NET Framework
4 29 (12.29%) ASP.NET MVC
5 26 (11.02%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 26 (11.02%) LINQ
5 26 (11.02%) NHibernate
6 14 (5.93%) CSS
6 14 (5.93%) HTML
7 11 (4.66%) HTML5
7 11 (4.66%) jQuery
8 9 (3.81%) XML
9 8 (3.39%) CSS3
9 8 (3.39%) Software Packaging
10 7 (2.97%) Google Maps API
11 6 (2.54%) XSLT
12 3 (1.27%) Ajax
12 3 (1.27%) Entity Framework
12 3 (1.27%) Web Services
12 3 (1.27%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.36%) Driving Licence
2 13 (5.51%) Replication
3 12 (5.08%) Data Protection Act
4 10 (4.24%) Computer Science
5 9 (3.81%) Data Centre
5 9 (3.81%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.54%) Hedge funds
7 5 (2.12%) User Experience
8 4 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (1.69%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.69%) Fintech
9 3 (1.27%) Clustering
9 3 (1.27%) Podcast
10 2 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.42%) EPoS
11 1 (0.42%) iPhone
11 1 (0.42%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.42%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 148 (62.71%) Windows
2 97 (41.10%) Windows Server
3 76 (32.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (27.12%) Windows 7
5 56 (23.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (8.90%) Windows XP
7 14 (5.93%) Linux
8 10 (4.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (2.54%) Windows 10
10 5 (2.12%) VMS
11 4 (1.69%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.27%) Android
12 3 (1.27%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.27%) Unix
13 2 (0.85%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.85%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.42%) CentOS
14 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.42%) Solaris
14 1 (0.42%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (27.12%) ITIL
2 58 (24.58%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (17.80%) Disaster Recovery
3 42 (17.80%) Scrum
4 38 (16.10%) MVC
5 37 (15.68%) Performance Tuning
6 33 (13.98%) BDD
7 32 (13.56%) TDD
8 30 (12.71%) High Availability
9 29 (12.29%) Web Application Development
10 26 (11.02%) Kanban
11 22 (9.32%) Business Intelligence
12 15 (6.36%) Change Management
12 15 (6.36%) Migration
13 14 (5.93%) CRM
14 13 (5.51%) Data Modelling
15 12 (5.08%) Data Protection
15 12 (5.08%) ITIL V3
15 12 (5.08%) Problem Management
15 12 (5.08%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (37.71%) SQL
2 72 (30.51%) C#
3 31 (13.14%) PowerShell
4 13 (5.51%) VB.NET
5 11 (4.66%) JavaScript
5 11 (4.66%) T-SQL
6 10 (4.24%) Perl
7 8 (3.39%) VBScript
8 6 (2.54%) VB
9 3 (1.27%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.27%) Python
Qualifications
1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 104 (44.07%) MCITP
3 93 (39.41%) MCP
4 87 (36.86%) Degree
5 45 (19.07%) MCSE
6 44 (18.64%) Cisco Certification
7 43 (18.22%) MCSA
8 42 (17.80%) CCNA
9 38 (16.10%) A+ Certification
10 33 (13.98%) MCAD
10 33 (13.98%) MCSD
11 22 (9.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 19 (8.05%) Network+ Certification
13 18 (7.63%) Security Cleared
14 17 (7.20%) MCDST
14 17 (7.20%) SC Cleared
15 16 (6.78%) CCAA
15 16 (6.78%) Citrix Certification
16 12 (5.08%) Computer Science Degree
17 9 (3.81%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.20%) PCI DSS
2 12 (5.08%) GDPR
3 11 (4.66%) QA
4 10 (4.24%) COBIT
5 8 (3.39%) SLA
6 5 (2.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 119 (50.42%) Active Directory
2 36 (15.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (7.63%) vSphere
4 16 (6.78%) Hyper-V
5 9 (3.81%) XenApp
6 5 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.85%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.42%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 19 (8.05%) SCCM
2 8 (3.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 8 (3.39%) SCDPM
3 2 (0.85%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.85%) Backup Exec
3 2 (0.85%) Nagios
3 2 (0.85%) SCOM
4 1 (0.42%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.42%) OpenView
4 1 (0.42%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 175 (74.15%) Microsoft
2 51 (21.61%) Cisco
2 51 (21.61%) VMware
3 39 (16.53%) Citrix
4 22 (9.32%) HP
5 18 (7.63%) Oracle
6 14 (5.93%) SonicWALL
7 10 (4.24%) ServiceNow
8 8 (3.39%) 3PAR
8 8 (3.39%) CommVault
8 8 (3.39%) DataCore
9 7 (2.97%) Google
10 6 (2.54%) Dell
11 5 (2.12%) EMC
11 5 (2.12%) NetApp
11 5 (2.12%) Tableau
12 4 (1.69%) Juniper
12 4 (1.69%) Meraki
13 3 (1.27%) Apple
13 3 (1.27%) Sophos
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Argo IT Solutions
Salary: From £20,000 to £28,000 per annum + Car, training + usual benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Rutherford Grant Recruitment
Salary: £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Rutherford Grant Recruitment
Salary: £35000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £23000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Middlesex
Maclean Moore Consulting
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Ashford, Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £45,000 + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
UKFast
Salary: From £18,000 to £26,000 per annum depending on experience.
Posted: 9 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £18,000 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Mint
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Excellent training package + benefits
Posted: 17 days ago
Folkestone
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Computershare Investor Services
Salary: Competitive Salary + 25 Days Holiday + Share Plan + Pension
Posted: 13 days ago