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 29 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 760 731 630
Rank change year-on-year -29 -101  
Permanent jobs citing MCTS 120 238 374
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.23% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.56% 0.85% 1.22%
Number of salaries quoted 97 201 341
Median salary £38,500 £36,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.47% -2.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £59,900
UK excluding London median salary £43,000 £34,000 £36,000
% change year-on-year +26.47% -5.55%  

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 21539 28140 30628
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.70% 27.23% 27.58%
Number of salaries quoted 16964 22654 23936
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 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -21 111 £38,000 +1.33% 13
London +25 44 £36,250 -14.20% 3
South East +48 30 £29,000 -5.81% 4
East of England +23 24 £47,500 +7.95% 2
Hertfordshire - 20 £47,500 - 1
Surrey +55 12 - - 1
City of London +17 12 £33,500 -25.55% 1
Woking - 12 - - 1
Hemel Hempstead - 11 £30,000 - 1
Hampshire +2 10 £27,000 +5.88%
St Albans - 7 £47,500 -
South West 0 6 £39,000 +14.70% 1
Portsmouth -4 6 £24,250 +2.10%
East Midlands +23 5 £47,500 +115.90%
Leicestershire +1 5 £47,500 +115.90%
Leicester - 5 £47,500 -
Essex - 4 £55,000 -
West Sussex +16 3 £20,250 -66.25% 2
Basingstoke +2 3 £31,000 -38.00%
Bristol -4 3 £36,500 +30.35% 1
Horsham - 3 £20,250 - 2
Kent +21 2 £42,500 - 1
Scotland +12 2 £36,513 +12.34% 2
Dorset +10 2 £52,000 +52.94%
Warrington +2 2 £23,000 +4.54%
Cheshire -9 2 £23,000 +4.54%
North West -34 2 £23,000 +2.22% 2
Brighton - 2 £44,261 -
Glasgow - 2 £36,513 - 2
Poole - 2 £52,000 -

For the 6 months to 29 April 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.

1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 140 (69.31%) Microsoft
3 113 (55.94%) SQL Server
4 107 (52.97%) Windows
5 89 (44.06%) SQL
6 85 (42.08%) MCITP
7 82 (40.59%) Degree
8 80 (39.60%) Active Directory
9 79 (39.11%) MCP
10 74 (36.63%) .NET
11 72 (35.64%) C#
12 67 (33.17%) Windows Server
13 61 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
14 57 (28.22%) ITIL
14 57 (28.22%) MS Exchange
15 51 (25.25%) Agile Software Development
16 49 (24.26%) SQL Server 2014
17 47 (23.27%) Windows 7
17 47 (23.27%) ASP.NET
18 44 (21.78%) Scrum
19 43 (21.29%) Windows Server 2012
20 42 (20.79%) Cisco
21 40 (19.80%) SQL Server 2008
22 38 (18.81%) Cisco Certification
23 36 (17.82%) CCNA
23 36 (17.82%) VMware
23 36 (17.82%) MVC
24 34 (16.83%) Citrix
24 34 (16.83%) BDD
25 32 (15.84%) A+ Certification

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 57 (28.22%) MS Exchange
2 17 (8.42%) Exchange Server 2010
2 17 (8.42%) Exchange Server 2013
3 15 (7.43%) CMS
4 14 (6.93%) Skype for Business
5 13 (6.44%) SharePoint
6 8 (3.96%) IIS
7 7 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (3.47%) Kentico
8 3 (1.49%) Apache
8 3 (1.49%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.99%) lighttpd
9 2 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.50%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.50%) Zimbra
Applications
1 20 (9.90%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.50%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 6 (2.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.50%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 18 (8.91%) Office 365
2 16 (7.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.48%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.99%) Catchpoint
Communications & Networking
1 23 (11.39%) DNS
2 22 (10.89%) DHCP
3 20 (9.90%) Firewall
4 18 (8.91%) SAN
5 16 (7.92%) LAN
5 16 (7.92%) WAN
6 15 (7.43%) VPN
7 10 (4.95%) Network Security
8 9 (4.46%) VoIP
9 8 (3.96%) iSCSI
10 6 (2.97%) NAS
10 6 (2.97%) TCP/IP
11 3 (1.49%) Intrusion Detection
11 3 (1.49%) IP Telephony
11 3 (1.49%) Software-Defined Networking
11 3 (1.49%) Wireless
12 2 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
12 2 (0.99%) HTTP
12 2 (0.99%) PBX
12 2 (0.99%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (55.94%) SQL Server
2 49 (24.26%) SQL Server 2014
3 40 (19.80%) SQL Server 2008
4 29 (14.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 28 (13.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (12.87%) SQL Server 2012
7 21 (10.40%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (8.91%) SQL Server 2005
9 11 (5.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (2.97%) MySQL
11 5 (2.48%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (1.49%) Hadoop
12 3 (1.49%) RDBMS
12 3 (1.49%) Relational Database
12 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2000
13 2 (0.99%) Big Data
13 2 (0.99%) Data Mart
13 2 (0.99%) MongoDB
13 2 (0.99%) NoSQL
14 1 (0.50%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 27 (13.37%) Moq
1 27 (13.37%) NUnit
1 27 (13.37%) Rhino Mocks
2 16 (7.92%) Visual Studio
3 10 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (3.47%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.99%) WiX
6 1 (0.50%) JIRA
6 1 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.50%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (13.37%) Games
2 23 (11.39%) Finance
3 3 (1.49%) Legal
4 2 (0.99%) Billing
5 1 (0.50%) Advertising
5 1 (0.50%) Banking
5 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.50%) Retail
5 1 (0.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 55 (27.23%) Developer
2 42 (20.79%) DBA
2 42 (20.79%) SQL DBA
3 38 (18.81%) Analyst
4 36 (17.82%) .NET Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Games Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Graduate
5 27 (13.37%) Graduate .NET Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Graduate Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Graduate Games Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Junior
5 27 (13.37%) Junior .NET Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Junior Developer
5 27 (13.37%) Junior Games Developer
6 25 (12.38%) IT Support
7 21 (10.40%) Support Analyst
7 21 (10.40%) Support Engineer
8 20 (9.90%) 2nd Line Support
9 13 (6.44%) IT Analyst
9 13 (6.44%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (36.63%) .NET
2 47 (23.27%) ASP.NET
3 28 (13.86%) .NET Framework
4 27 (13.37%) ASP.NET MVC
4 27 (13.37%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 27 (13.37%) LINQ
4 27 (13.37%) NHibernate
5 16 (7.92%) XML
6 13 (6.44%) HTML
7 11 (5.45%) CSS
7 11 (5.45%) jQuery
8 8 (3.96%) CSS3
8 8 (3.96%) HTML5
9 7 (3.47%) Google Maps API
10 5 (2.48%) Software Packaging
11 4 (1.98%) Ajax
12 3 (1.49%) LINQ to SQL
12 3 (1.49%) Web Services
12 3 (1.49%) WinForms
12 3 (1.49%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.44%) Replication
2 10 (4.95%) Computer Science
3 7 (3.47%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.97%) Driving Licence
5 4 (1.98%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.98%) Fintech
5 4 (1.98%) Hedge funds
6 3 (1.49%) Clustering
6 3 (1.49%) Podcast
7 2 (0.99%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.99%) iPhone
7 2 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.50%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.50%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.50%) EPoS
8 1 (0.50%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.50%) NHS
8 1 (0.50%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 107 (52.97%) Windows
2 67 (33.17%) Windows Server
3 61 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 47 (23.27%) Windows 7
5 43 (21.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (7.43%) Windows XP
7 10 (4.95%) Linux
7 10 (4.95%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (2.48%) VMS
9 4 (1.98%) Mac OS X
10 3 (1.49%) CentOS
10 3 (1.49%) Unix
10 3 (1.49%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.99%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.50%) Android
12 1 (0.50%) Solaris
12 1 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (28.22%) ITIL
2 51 (25.25%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (21.78%) Scrum
4 36 (17.82%) MVC
5 34 (16.83%) BDD
6 30 (14.85%) TDD
7 29 (14.36%) Disaster Recovery
7 29 (14.36%) Web Application Development
8 27 (13.37%) Kanban
9 25 (12.38%) Performance Tuning
10 18 (8.91%) Problem Management
11 16 (7.92%) Migration
12 15 (7.43%) High Availability
13 14 (6.93%) Business Intelligence
13 14 (6.93%) Service Management
13 14 (6.93%) Time Management
14 13 (6.44%) Change Management
14 13 (6.44%) CRM
14 13 (6.44%) ITIL V3
15 12 (5.94%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 89 (44.06%) SQL
2 72 (35.64%) C#
3 30 (14.85%) PowerShell
4 21 (10.40%) VB.NET
5 13 (6.44%) T-SQL
6 12 (5.94%) JavaScript
7 8 (3.96%) VBScript
8 6 (2.97%) VB
9 4 (1.98%) Perl
9 4 (1.98%) R
10 3 (1.49%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.49%) Python
11 1 (0.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 85 (42.08%) MCITP
3 82 (40.59%) Degree
4 79 (39.11%) MCP
5 38 (18.81%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (17.82%) CCNA
7 32 (15.84%) A+ Certification
7 32 (15.84%) MCSE
8 28 (13.86%) MCAD
8 28 (13.86%) MCSD
9 26 (12.87%) MCSA
10 19 (9.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (7.92%) Network+ Certification
12 13 (6.44%) CCAA
12 13 (6.44%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (4.95%) MCDBA
14 7 (3.47%) MCPD
14 7 (3.47%) Security Cleared
15 6 (2.97%) SC Cleared
16 5 (2.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.46%) COBIT
2 8 (3.96%) SLA
3 7 (3.47%) QA
4 6 (2.97%) PCI DSS
5 4 (1.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.99%) GDPR
7 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 80 (39.60%) Active Directory
2 28 (13.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (7.92%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.46%) vSphere
5 6 (2.97%) XenApp
6 3 (1.49%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.50%) vCloud
7 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (7.92%) SCCM
2 8 (3.96%) SCOM
3 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 5 (2.48%) SCDPM
4 2 (0.99%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.99%) Nagios
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.50%) OpenView
5 1 (0.50%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 140 (69.31%) Microsoft
2 42 (20.79%) Cisco
3 36 (17.82%) VMware
4 34 (16.83%) Citrix
5 17 (8.42%) HP
6 12 (5.94%) SonicWALL
7 10 (4.95%) ServiceNow
8 7 (3.47%) Google
9 6 (2.97%) Oracle
10 5 (2.48%) 3PAR
10 5 (2.48%) CommVault
10 5 (2.48%) DataCore
10 5 (2.48%) Dell
10 5 (2.48%) Juniper
10 5 (2.48%) NetApp
10 5 (2.48%) Tableau
11 4 (1.98%) Apple
11 4 (1.98%) EMC
12 3 (1.49%) Remedy
12 3 (1.49%) Sophos
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Salary: Market Salary
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £27000 - £31000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Ofgem
Salary: From £29,200 to £35,795 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Ofgem
Salary: From £41,200 to £52,600 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Horsham, West Sussex
ninesharp
Salary: £18000 - £22500 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Horsham, West Sussex
ninesharp
Salary: £18000 - £22500 per annum + 25 days holiday etc.
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Davanti Solutions
Salary: £45,500 per annum Company pension,Travel expenses,Laptop/Mobile,Free w
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Computershare Investor Services
Salary: Competitive Salary + 25 Days Holiday + Share Plan
Posted: 2 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Itecco
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Artemis Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Folkestone, Kent
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 25,000 - 30,000 + on call
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Mint
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Excellent
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Mint
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Excellent
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
UKFast
Salary: From £18,000 to £26,000 per annum depending on experience.
Posted: 24 days ago