Period
to 25 February 2018

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 25 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 967 910 757
Rank change year-on-year -57 -153 -107
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 214 266 590
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.15% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.52% 0.60% 1.01%
Number of salaries quoted 196 241 509
UK median annual salary £35,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.25% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £22,625 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £61,250 £52,000 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £42,500 £34,000
% change year-on-year -17.65% +25.00% -11.69%

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 41,316 44,294 58,259
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.73% 25.38% 27.64%
Number of salaries quoted 32,066 35,013 46,456
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018. 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 -42 199 £35,000 -12.50% 22
UK excluding London -14 139 £35,000 -17.65% 15
South East +28 74 £35,000 +7.69% 7
London -44 68 £39,000 +27.87% 7
North of England -19 20 £32,500 -27.78% 6
East of England -20 15 £47,500 +6.74%
South West +18 13 £26,750 -47.55%
North West -10 11 £40,000 +14.29% 5
West Midlands +4 9 £35,000 +2.94% 2
Midlands +4 9 £35,000 -5.41% 2
Scotland - 8 £40,900 -
Yorkshire -7 6 £31,000 -31.11% 1
North East - 3 £20,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, 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.

1 214 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 156 (72.90%) Microsoft
3 121 (56.54%) Windows
4 98 (45.79%) Active Directory
5 84 (39.25%) MCP
6 83 (38.79%) MCITP
7 75 (35.05%) ITIL
8 74 (34.58%) SQL Server
9 68 (31.78%) MCSE
10 62 (28.97%) VMware
11 59 (27.57%) MCSA
12 57 (26.64%) .NET
12 57 (26.64%) Agile Software Development
13 55 (25.70%) SQL
13 55 (25.70%) Windows Server
14 50 (23.36%) C#
15 48 (22.43%) Degree
16 47 (21.96%) ASP.NET
17 43 (20.09%) MVC
18 41 (19.16%) MCSD
18 41 (19.16%) DNS
18 41 (19.16%) ASP.NET MVC
18 41 (19.16%) Office 365
19 40 (18.69%) WAN
20 39 (18.22%) HTML
21 37 (17.29%) MCAD
21 37 (17.29%) MS Exchange
21 37 (17.29%) Cisco Certification
21 37 (17.29%) Hyper-V
22 36 (16.82%) VMware Infrastructure

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 37 (17.29%) MS Exchange
2 32 (14.95%) SharePoint
3 22 (10.28%) SharePoint 2013
4 15 (7.01%) IIS
5 11 (5.14%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (4.21%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (4.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (1.87%) Skype for Business
8 3 (1.40%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.40%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.40%) Sonic ESB
9 2 (0.93%) Mule
9 2 (0.93%) Mule ESB
10 1 (0.47%) Apache
10 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.47%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.47%) lighttpd
10 1 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 35 (16.36%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (7.01%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.47%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 41 (19.16%) Office 365
2 23 (10.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (4.67%) SaaS
4 5 (2.34%) IaaS
4 5 (2.34%) PaaS
5 4 (1.87%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (1.40%) G Suite
7 2 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.47%) Catchpoint
Communications & Networking
1 41 (19.16%) DNS
2 40 (18.69%) WAN
3 36 (16.82%) DHCP
3 36 (16.82%) LAN
4 27 (12.62%) Firewall
5 17 (7.94%) TCP/IP
6 16 (7.48%) SAN
7 12 (5.61%) VPN
8 8 (3.74%) VoIP
9 5 (2.34%) Internet
10 4 (1.87%) HTTP
10 4 (1.87%) Intrusion Detection
10 4 (1.87%) IPsec
10 4 (1.87%) iSCSI
10 4 (1.87%) Network Security
10 4 (1.87%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (1.87%) SSL
11 3 (1.40%) VLAN
12 2 (0.93%) Skype
12 2 (0.93%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (34.58%) SQL Server
2 21 (9.81%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (7.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (7.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (6.07%) SQL Server 2014
6 11 (5.14%) Relational Database
7 10 (4.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (4.21%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (2.80%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (1.87%) MySQL
10 4 (1.87%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (1.40%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.40%) Power BI
12 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 22 (10.28%) NUnit
2 21 (9.81%) Moq
3 19 (8.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (6.54%) Rhino Mocks
4 14 (6.54%) Visual Studio
5 11 (5.14%) Git (software)
5 11 (5.14%) JIRA
6 9 (4.21%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (1.40%) AdminStudio
7 3 (1.40%) MSI
7 3 (1.40%) Wise Package Studio
8 2 (0.93%) Selenium
9 1 (0.47%) Cucumber
General
1 21 (9.81%) Finance
2 12 (5.61%) Games
3 5 (2.34%) Pharmaceutical
4 4 (1.87%) Legal
4 4 (1.87%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.93%) Back Office
5 2 (0.93%) Billing
5 2 (0.93%) French Language
6 1 (0.47%) Advertising
6 1 (0.47%) Retail
Job Titles
1 64 (29.91%) Developer
2 30 (14.02%) Analyst
2 30 (14.02%) Support Engineer
3 27 (12.62%) .NET Developer
4 22 (10.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 22 (10.28%) IT Engineer
4 22 (10.28%) IT Support
5 21 (9.81%) Service Analyst
5 21 (9.81%) Service Desk Analyst
6 19 (8.88%) Administrator
7 17 (7.94%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 17 (7.94%) DBA
7 17 (7.94%) Senior Developer
8 16 (7.48%) IT Support Engineer
8 16 (7.48%) SQL DBA
9 15 (7.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 14 (6.54%) 3rd Line Support
10 14 (6.54%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 14 (6.54%) Cloud Developer
10 14 (6.54%) HTML Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (26.64%) .NET
2 47 (21.96%) ASP.NET
3 41 (19.16%) ASP.NET MVC
4 39 (18.22%) HTML
5 33 (15.42%) CSS
6 28 (13.08%) .NET Framework
7 26 (12.15%) Web Services
8 24 (11.21%) WCF
9 21 (9.81%) XSLT
10 19 (8.88%) LINQ
11 18 (8.41%) HTML5
12 15 (7.01%) jQuery
12 15 (7.01%) XML
13 14 (6.54%) NHibernate
14 13 (6.07%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 12 (5.61%) ASP.NET MVC 5
16 10 (4.67%) ASP.NET Web API
17 9 (4.21%) Entity Framework
17 9 (4.21%) Middleware
18 8 (3.74%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.28%) Driving Licence
2 20 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (9.35%) Computer Science
3 15 (7.01%) User Experience
4 14 (6.54%) iPad
5 12 (5.61%) Fintech
6 8 (3.74%) Data Centre
7 5 (2.34%) PKI
7 5 (2.34%) Replication
8 4 (1.87%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (1.40%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.93%) EMC VMAX
10 2 (0.93%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.93%) Renewable Energy
10 2 (0.93%) RIA
10 2 (0.93%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
11 1 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (0.47%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.47%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 121 (56.54%) Windows
2 55 (25.70%) Windows Server
3 35 (16.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 31 (14.49%) Windows 7
5 24 (11.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (7.48%) Linux
6 16 (7.48%) Windows XP
7 14 (6.54%) Mac OS X
8 10 (4.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (3.74%) Windows 8
10 5 (2.34%) Unix
11 4 (1.87%) Windows 10
11 4 (1.87%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.40%) CentOS
12 3 (1.40%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.93%) Android
13 2 (0.93%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.93%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.93%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.47%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (35.05%) ITIL
2 57 (26.64%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (20.09%) MVC
4 36 (16.82%) Scrum
5 31 (14.49%) Mentoring
6 29 (13.55%) Migration
7 28 (13.08%) Disaster Recovery
8 26 (12.15%) TDD
9 23 (10.75%) OO
10 16 (7.48%) Coaching
10 16 (7.48%) Data Modelling
11 15 (7.01%) Content Management
11 15 (7.01%) Release Management
12 14 (6.54%) BDD
12 14 (6.54%) Kanban
12 14 (6.54%) Records Management
12 14 (6.54%) SOA
12 14 (6.54%) Web Application Development
13 13 (6.07%) Business Intelligence
14 12 (5.61%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (25.70%) SQL
2 50 (23.36%) C#
3 25 (11.68%) JavaScript
4 20 (9.35%) PowerShell
5 16 (7.48%) T-SQL
6 9 (4.21%) PL/SQL
7 5 (2.34%) VB.NET
7 5 (2.34%) VBScript
8 3 (1.40%) Java
8 3 (1.40%) XPath
9 2 (0.93%) Python
10 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.47%) Perl
Qualifications
1 214 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 84 (39.25%) MCP
3 83 (38.79%) MCITP
4 68 (31.78%) MCSE
5 59 (27.57%) MCSA
6 48 (22.43%) Degree
7 41 (19.16%) MCSD
8 37 (17.29%) Cisco Certification
8 37 (17.29%) MCAD
9 34 (15.89%) CCNA
10 28 (13.08%) MCPD
11 23 (10.75%) DV Cleared
11 23 (10.75%) Security Cleared
12 21 (9.81%) MCDST
13 19 (8.88%) SC Cleared
14 13 (6.07%) A+ Certification
15 12 (5.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 11 (5.14%) DBS Check
17 8 (3.74%) CCNP
18 5 (2.34%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.54%) SLA
2 5 (2.34%) GAMP
2 5 (2.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.87%) GDPR
4 3 (1.40%) QA
5 2 (0.93%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.93%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
System Software
1 98 (45.79%) Active Directory
2 37 (17.29%) Hyper-V
3 36 (16.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (5.14%) vSphere
5 4 (1.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (1.87%) Terminal Services
5 4 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.40%) XenApp
7 2 (0.93%) Forefront TMG
7 2 (0.93%) pfSense
8 1 (0.47%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 19 (8.88%) SCCM
2 5 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
2 5 (2.34%) WSUS
3 4 (1.87%) SCOM
4 3 (1.40%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (1.40%) WMI
5 2 (0.93%) Cisco CME
5 2 (0.93%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.93%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.47%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.47%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.47%) Puppet
6 1 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 156 (72.90%) Microsoft
2 62 (28.97%) VMware
3 25 (11.68%) Cisco
3 25 (11.68%) Citrix
4 14 (6.54%) Apple
5 12 (5.61%) Oracle
6 6 (2.80%) HP
6 6 (2.80%) Red Hat
7 5 (2.34%) Symantec
8 4 (1.87%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (1.87%) SolarWinds
8 4 (1.87%) SonicWALL
8 4 (1.87%) Veeam
9 3 (1.40%) Google
10 2 (0.93%) CA
10 2 (0.93%) CommVault
10 2 (0.93%) FalconStor
10 2 (0.93%) McAfee
10 2 (0.93%) Polycom
10 2 (0.93%) ServiceNow