The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 1 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

The figures below represent the IT job market in general and are NOT representative of salaries within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 10 11
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1227 1306 1139
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.95% 17.55% 16.62%
As % of the Vendors category 41.15% 39.41% 37.26%
Number of salaries quoted 1001 1025 983
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £22,000 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,750 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £38,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+2.66% -
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Vendors Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
2982 3314 3057
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 43.63% 44.54% 44.60%
Number of salaries quoted 2385 2571 2590
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Microsoft
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region.

Microsoft Salary Trend in the North West

Microsoft
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Microsoft across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Microsoft Salary Histogram in the North West

Microsoft
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +4 699 £37,500 +7.14% 203
Cheshire +1 346 £32,500 -4.41% 60
Lancashire +1 95 £30,459 -20.32% 29
Merseyside +3 63 £30,000 -25.00% 30
Cumbria +4 24 £32,500 -7.14% 7
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 887 (38.28%) SQL Server
2 870 (37.55%) MS Excel
3 826 (35.65%) Windows
4 745 (32.15%) SQL
5 606 (26.15%) .NET
6 539 (23.26%) C#
7 498 (21.49%) MS Office
8 437 (18.86%) Agile Software Development
9 392 (16.92%) VMware
10 375 (16.18%) ASP.NET
11 371 (16.01%) Active Directory
11 371 (16.01%) Finance
12 318 (13.72%) JavaScript
13 316 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
14 306 (13.21%) HTML
14 306 (13.21%) Microsoft Certification
15 292 (12.60%) MVC
16 289 (12.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 289 (12.47%) Degree
17 281 (12.13%) MS Exchange
18 269 (11.61%) SharePoint
19 268 (11.57%) Business Intelligence
20 261 (11.26%) VMware Infrastructure
21 255 (11.01%) ITIL
22 253 (10.92%) SQL Server 2008
23 250 (10.79%) Windows Server 2008
24 246 (10.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 241 (10.40%) CSS
26 226 (9.75%) Cisco
27 220 (9.50%) Citrix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 281 (12.13%) MS Exchange
2 269 (11.61%) SharePoint
3 129 (5.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 118 (5.09%) IIS
5 93 (4.01%) Exchange Server 2013
6 52 (2.24%) SAS
7 47 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2007
8 41 (1.77%) WebLogic
8 41 (1.77%) Lync
9 38 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
10 36 (1.55%) CMS
11 33 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
12 32 (1.38%) WebSphere
13 28 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2003
14 23 (0.99%) Apache
15 22 (0.95%) Oracle Application Server
16 21 (0.91%) Node.js
17 20 (0.86%) Umbraco
18 16 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
19 15 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 870 (37.55%) MS Excel
2 498 (21.49%) MS Office
3 125 (5.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 87 (3.75%) MS Project
5 43 (1.86%) MS Visio
6 37 (1.60%) Spreadsheet
7 33 (1.42%) PowerPivot
8 25 (1.08%) Photoshop
9 17 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
10 15 (0.65%) SPSS
11 13 (0.56%) Acrobat
12 9 (0.39%) Adobe After Effects
13 5 (0.22%) RoboHelp
13 5 (0.22%) FrameMaker
13 5 (0.22%) InDesign
14 3 (0.13%) ProjectWise
15 2 (0.086%) FastStats
15 2 (0.086%) InfoPath
15 2 (0.086%) AutoCAD
16 1 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 139 (6.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (1.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 21 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
4 20 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.52%) Dynamics GP
6 11 (0.47%) SAP Business One
7 7 (0.30%) Visualfiles
8 5 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 5 (0.22%) Primavera
8 5 (0.22%) Sage 50
9 4 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
9 4 (0.17%) Line 500
10 3 (0.13%) Sage CRM
10 3 (0.13%) Sage 200
10 3 (0.13%) Agresso
10 3 (0.13%) Exstream
10 3 (0.13%) Line 50
11 2 (0.086%) SAP CRM
11 2 (0.086%) Oracle EBS
11 2 (0.086%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 92 (3.97%) Office 365
2 90 (3.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (1.99%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (1.34%) SaaS
5 24 (1.04%) IBM PureFlex
6 10 (0.43%) Amazon S3
7 9 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (0.39%) Google Analytics
8 8 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.35%) Amazon EMR
8 8 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (0.17%) Yammer
9 4 (0.17%) GitHub
9 4 (0.17%) IaaS
10 3 (0.13%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.086%) SmartFocus
12 1 (0.043%) Google Apps
12 1 (0.043%) Route 53
12 1 (0.043%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 1 (0.043%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 201 (8.68%) Firewall
2 200 (8.63%) DNS
3 148 (6.39%) SAN
4 141 (6.09%) DHCP
5 138 (5.96%) LAN
6 136 (5.87%) TCP/IP
7 131 (5.65%) WAN
8 109 (4.70%) VPN
9 73 (3.15%) Wireless
10 72 (3.11%) Internet
11 65 (2.81%) VoIP
12 38 (1.64%) Ethernet
12 38 (1.64%) VLAN
13 35 (1.51%) Wi-Fi
13 35 (1.51%) Intranet
14 33 (1.42%) MPLS
15 31 (1.34%) NAS
16 29 (1.25%) SSL
17 28 (1.21%) Network Security
18 27 (1.17%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 887 (38.28%) SQL Server
2 289 (12.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 253 (10.92%) SQL Server 2008
4 246 (10.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 160 (6.91%) Data Warehouse
6 150 (6.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 101 (4.36%) SQL Server 2012
8 79 (3.41%) Oracle Database
9 77 (3.32%) Relational Database
10 71 (3.06%) SQL Server 2005
11 56 (2.42%) NoSQL
12 54 (2.33%) RDBMS
13 53 (2.29%) MySQL
14 43 (1.86%) Data Mining
15 38 (1.64%) OLAP
16 36 (1.55%) BusinessObjects
17 34 (1.47%) DB2
17 34 (1.47%) MongoDB
18 32 (1.38%) Oracle Database 11g
19 31 (1.34%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 166 (7.16%) Visual Studio
2 113 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 68 (2.93%) NUnit
4 45 (1.94%) Rhino Mocks
5 44 (1.90%) Git (software)
6 41 (1.77%) Subversion
7 40 (1.73%) Selenium
8 33 (1.42%) MSTest
9 27 (1.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 25 (1.08%) Moq
11 24 (1.04%) Cucumber
12 19 (0.82%) JIRA
13 15 (0.65%) MSI
14 14 (0.60%) Jenkins
15 12 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 10 (0.43%) Ant
16 10 (0.43%) InstallShield
16 10 (0.43%) Maven
17 8 (0.35%) Dreamweaver
17 8 (0.35%) HP UFT
General
1 371 (16.01%) Finance
2 113 (4.88%) Marketing
3 96 (4.14%) Retail
4 68 (2.93%) Legal
5 67 (2.89%) Manufacturing
6 58 (2.50%) Advertising
7 51 (2.20%) Telecoms
8 50 (2.16%) Banking
9 40 (1.73%) Law
10 23 (0.99%) Back Office
11 22 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
11 22 (0.95%) Games
12 20 (0.86%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.43%) Electronics
13 10 (0.43%) Billing
14 8 (0.35%) Local Government
14 8 (0.35%) Publishing
15 5 (0.22%) Aerospace
15 5 (0.22%) Automotive
15 5 (0.22%) French Language
Job Titles
1 669 (28.87%) Developer
2 422 (18.21%) Analyst
3 232 (10.01%) .NET Developer
4 142 (6.13%) Consultant
5 137 (5.91%) C# Developer
6 118 (5.09%) Support Engineer
7 114 (4.92%) Software Developer
7 114 (4.92%) Architect
7 114 (4.92%) Administrator
8 103 (4.45%) Support Analyst
9 93 (4.01%) C# .NET Developer
10 90 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 89 (3.84%) IT Support
12 88 (3.80%) DBA
13 81 (3.50%) ASP.NET Developer
14 76 (3.28%) SQL Developer
15 74 (3.19%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 72 (3.11%) Junior
17 71 (3.06%) Project Manager
18 66 (2.85%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 606 (26.15%) .NET
2 375 (16.18%) ASP.NET
3 306 (13.21%) HTML
4 241 (10.40%) CSS
5 191 (8.24%) WCF
5 191 (8.24%) jQuery
6 172 (7.42%) .NET Framework
7 156 (6.73%) Web Services
8 151 (6.52%) ASP.NET MVC
9 140 (6.04%) XML
10 112 (4.83%) AngularJS
11 111 (4.79%) Entity Framework
12 69 (2.98%) HTML5
13 66 (2.85%) LINQ
13 66 (2.85%) ASP.NET Web API
14 64 (2.76%) WPF
14 64 (2.76%) SOAP
15 63 (2.72%) Ajax
16 49 (2.11%) Castle Windsor
17 48 (2.07%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 316 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
2 112 (4.83%) Data Centre
3 110 (4.75%) Management Information System
4 74 (3.19%) Computer Science
5 66 (2.85%) Clustering
6 64 (2.76%) Mobile App
7 60 (2.59%) Replication
8 53 (2.29%) N-Tier
9 45 (1.94%) User Experience
10 44 (1.90%) Visualisation
10 44 (1.90%) Blackberry
11 39 (1.68%) Statistics
12 35 (1.51%) NHS
13 33 (1.42%) FlexPod
14 31 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
14 31 (1.34%) Mathematics
14 31 (1.34%) Fat Client
14 31 (1.34%) Thin Client
15 30 (1.29%) Inversion of Control
16 28 (1.21%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 826 (35.65%) Windows
2 250 (10.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 220 (9.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 179 (7.73%) Windows 7
5 136 (5.87%) Linux
6 118 (5.09%) Windows Server 2003
7 87 (3.75%) Windows 8
8 78 (3.37%) UNIX
9 68 (2.93%) Android
10 64 (2.76%) Solaris
11 62 (2.68%) Windows XP
12 55 (2.37%) AIX
13 42 (1.81%) Apple iOS
14 29 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 26 (1.12%) HPUX
15 26 (1.12%) SUSE
16 24 (1.04%) zOS
16 24 (1.04%) OS/400
17 22 (0.95%) Windows Phone
18 16 (0.69%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (18.86%) Agile Software Development
2 292 (12.60%) MVC
3 268 (11.57%) Business Intelligence
4 255 (11.01%) ITIL
5 217 (9.37%) Project Management
6 183 (7.90%) CRM
7 135 (5.83%) OO
8 134 (5.78%) TDD
9 133 (5.74%) SDLC
10 131 (5.65%) Scrum
11 130 (5.61%) Mentoring
12 122 (5.27%) Change Management
13 104 (4.49%) PRINCE2
14 103 (4.45%) ETL
15 96 (4.14%) ERP
16 91 (3.93%) Stakeholder Management
17 89 (3.84%) Service Delivery
18 86 (3.71%) Service Management
19 84 (3.63%) Time Management
20 82 (3.54%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 745 (32.15%) SQL
2 539 (23.26%) C#
3 318 (13.72%) JavaScript
4 194 (8.37%) T-SQL
5 106 (4.57%) VB.NET
6 85 (3.67%) Java
7 63 (2.72%) PowerShell
8 55 (2.37%) PHP
9 54 (2.33%) VBA
10 42 (1.81%) VB
11 33 (1.42%) C++
12 28 (1.21%) Python
13 21 (0.91%) C
14 16 (0.69%) COBOL
15 15 (0.65%) Ruby
15 15 (0.65%) R
16 13 (0.56%) Perl
16 13 (0.56%) PL/SQL
16 13 (0.56%) VBScript
17 8 (0.35%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 306 (13.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 289 (12.47%) Degree
3 138 (5.96%) MCSE
4 91 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
5 89 (3.84%) Security Cleared
6 87 (3.75%) MCITP
7 75 (3.24%) CCNA
8 74 (3.19%) MCP
9 72 (3.11%) MCSA
10 55 (2.37%) ISEB
11 53 (2.29%) SC Cleared
12 48 (2.07%) MCTS
13 47 (2.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 37 (1.60%) ISTQB
15 35 (1.51%) Citrix Certification
16 34 (1.47%) MCDST
17 28 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
17 28 (1.21%) CCNP
18 23 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 21 (0.91%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (5.96%) SLA
2 122 (5.27%) QA
3 25 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 9 (0.39%) HL7
6 8 (0.35%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.22%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.17%) COBIT
8 4 (0.17%) DICOM
9 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.086%) GxP
10 2 (0.086%) WAI
11 1 (0.043%) WCAG
11 1 (0.043%) JSP 440
System Software
1 371 (16.01%) Active Directory
2 261 (11.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 134 (5.78%) Hyper-V
4 64 (2.76%) vSphere
5 52 (2.24%) XenDesktop
6 50 (2.16%) XenApp
7 29 (1.25%) VMware ESX
8 27 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (1.04%) KVM
10 16 (0.69%) XenServer
11 15 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
12 11 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (0.47%) ISA Server
13 10 (0.43%) VMware Server
14 9 (0.39%) vCloud
14 9 (0.39%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.22%) SRDF
17 4 (0.17%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 4 (0.17%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 100 (4.32%) SCCM
2 30 (1.29%) SCOM
3 26 (1.12%) WSUS
4 25 (1.08%) Tivoli
5 18 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
6 17 (0.73%) Oracle RMAN
7 15 (0.65%) Data Guard
8 14 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
9 13 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 12 (0.52%) Backup Exec
11 10 (0.43%) NetBackup
12 9 (0.39%) SCOrch
13 8 (0.35%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 7 (0.30%) SCVMM
14 7 (0.30%) XenMobile
15 6 (0.26%) EMC NetWorker
15 6 (0.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 5 (0.22%) Puppet
17 4 (0.17%) ZABBIX
17 4 (0.17%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 392 (16.92%) VMware
2 226 (9.75%) Cisco
3 220 (9.50%) Citrix
4 210 (9.06%) Oracle
5 123 (5.31%) HP
6 103 (4.45%) IBM
7 80 (3.45%) EMC
7 80 (3.45%) NetApp
8 61 (2.63%) SAP
9 53 (2.29%) Juniper
10 49 (2.11%) Symantec
11 45 (1.94%) Tableau
12 41 (1.77%) Apple
13 36 (1.55%) CheckPoint
14 33 (1.42%) Adobe
15 32 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
15 32 (1.38%) Red Hat
16 30 (1.29%) Dell
17 27 (1.17%) Brocade
18 26 (1.12%) McAfee
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