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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 8 10 11
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1175 1253 1230
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 18.02% 17.52% 16.97%
As % of the Vendors category 41.20% 40.06% 38.47%
Number of salaries quoted 929 1010 1069
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £21,892 £21,575
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,000 £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
2852 3128 3197
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 43.74% 43.73% 44.10%
Number of salaries quoted 2257 2487 2720
Average salary £39,000 £36,000 £38,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.49%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £23,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +5 664 £37,500 +7.14% 149
Cheshire +3 341 £32,500 -4.41% 62
Merseyside +9 80 £30,000 -15.49% 27
Lancashire -11 76 £35,000 +3.70% 29
Cumbria +4 18 £32,500 - 5
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 961 (40.13%) MS Excel
2 934 (39.00%) SQL Server
3 874 (36.49%) Windows
4 787 (32.86%) SQL
5 648 (27.06%) .NET
6 578 (24.13%) C#
7 522 (21.80%) MS Office
8 448 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
9 433 (18.08%) VMware
10 412 (17.20%) ASP.NET
11 400 (16.70%) Finance
12 380 (15.87%) Active Directory
13 340 (14.20%) JavaScript
14 331 (13.82%) HTML
15 326 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
16 325 (13.57%) Microsoft Certification
17 309 (12.90%) MVC
18 303 (12.65%) MS Exchange
19 302 (12.61%) Degree
20 295 (12.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 288 (12.03%) ITIL
22 281 (11.73%) SQL Server 2008
23 280 (11.69%) VMware Infrastructure
24 271 (11.32%) Windows Server 2008
25 268 (11.19%) SharePoint
26 260 (10.86%) CSS
27 254 (10.61%) Cisco
28 253 (10.56%) Business Intelligence
29 239 (9.98%) Windows Server 2012
30 234 (9.77%) Citrix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 303 (12.65%) MS Exchange
2 268 (11.19%) SharePoint
3 140 (5.85%) IIS
4 135 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
5 111 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2013
6 57 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 53 (2.21%) SAS
8 44 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2003
9 43 (1.80%) Lync
10 40 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
11 38 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
11 38 (1.59%) CMS
12 34 (1.42%) WebLogic
13 33 (1.38%) WebSphere
14 25 (1.04%) Apache
15 18 (0.75%) Alfresco
16 17 (0.71%) Umbraco
17 16 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
18 15 (0.63%) Oracle Application Server
18 15 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 961 (40.13%) MS Excel
2 522 (21.80%) MS Office
3 127 (5.30%) MS PowerPoint
4 89 (3.72%) MS Project
5 44 (1.84%) MS Visio
6 34 (1.42%) Spreadsheet
7 21 (0.88%) Photoshop
8 19 (0.79%) PowerPivot
9 18 (0.75%) SPSS
10 12 (0.50%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.42%) Adobe After Effects
12 5 (0.21%) Acrobat
13 4 (0.17%) Adobe Captivate
14 3 (0.13%) ProjectWise
15 2 (0.084%) FastStats
15 2 (0.084%) InDesign
15 2 (0.084%) InfoPath
15 2 (0.084%) AutoCAD
16 1 (0.042%) Fireworks
16 1 (0.042%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 146 (6.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (1.84%) Dynamics NAV
3 25 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
4 19 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
5 13 (0.54%) Dynamics GP
6 6 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.21%) Visualfiles
7 5 (0.21%) Sage 50
7 5 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.17%) SAP Business One
8 4 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.17%) Exstream
9 3 (0.13%) Primavera
9 3 (0.13%) Line 50
9 3 (0.13%) Line 500
9 3 (0.13%) Sage CRM
9 3 (0.13%) Sage 200
10 2 (0.084%) SAP HCM
10 2 (0.084%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 87 (3.63%) Office 365
2 85 (3.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (1.88%) Amazon AWS
4 35 (1.46%) SaaS
5 26 (1.09%) IBM PureFlex
6 16 (0.67%) Google Analytics
7 9 (0.38%) Amazon S3
8 8 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 6 (0.25%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.13%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.084%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.084%) GitHub
11 2 (0.084%) IaaS
11 2 (0.084%) SmartFocus
11 2 (0.084%) Yammer
12 1 (0.042%) PaaS
12 1 (0.042%) Heroku
12 1 (0.042%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 219 (9.14%) DNS
2 212 (8.85%) Firewall
3 164 (6.85%) SAN
4 159 (6.64%) DHCP
5 146 (6.10%) TCP/IP
6 144 (6.01%) LAN
7 131 (5.47%) WAN
8 114 (4.76%) VPN
9 75 (3.13%) Wireless
10 70 (2.92%) Internet
11 69 (2.88%) VoIP
12 47 (1.96%) Ethernet
12 47 (1.96%) VLAN
13 42 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
14 38 (1.59%) Intranet
15 36 (1.50%) NAS
16 35 (1.46%) Network Security
17 29 (1.21%) HTTP
18 28 (1.17%) iSCSI
19 27 (1.13%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 934 (39.00%) SQL Server
2 295 (12.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 281 (11.73%) SQL Server 2008
4 223 (9.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 151 (6.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 137 (5.72%) Data Warehouse
7 109 (4.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 85 (3.55%) SQL Server 2005
9 69 (2.88%) Oracle Database
10 63 (2.63%) Relational Database
11 60 (2.51%) MySQL
12 56 (2.34%) NoSQL
13 44 (1.84%) OLAP
13 44 (1.84%) Data Mining
14 40 (1.67%) RDBMS
14 40 (1.67%) BusinessObjects
15 34 (1.42%) DB2
16 33 (1.38%) MongoDB
17 30 (1.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 29 (1.21%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 171 (7.14%) Visual Studio
2 101 (4.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 55 (2.30%) NUnit
4 42 (1.75%) Rhino Mocks
5 39 (1.63%) Selenium
6 27 (1.13%) Git (software)
6 27 (1.13%) Cucumber
7 26 (1.09%) Subversion
8 25 (1.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 19 (0.79%) Moq
9 19 (0.79%) MSTest
10 16 (0.67%) MSI
11 14 (0.58%) Jenkins
12 13 (0.54%) JIRA
13 10 (0.42%) InstallShield
14 9 (0.38%) Maven
14 9 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 9 (0.38%) Ant
15 8 (0.33%) SoapUI
16 6 (0.25%) Axure RP
General
1 400 (16.70%) Finance
2 112 (4.68%) Marketing
3 96 (4.01%) Retail
4 76 (3.17%) Manufacturing
5 57 (2.38%) Advertising
5 57 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 56 (2.34%) Legal
6 56 (2.34%) Banking
7 32 (1.34%) Law
8 24 (1.00%) Back Office
9 23 (0.96%) Financial Institution
9 23 (0.96%) Games
10 16 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
11 9 (0.38%) Electronics
11 9 (0.38%) Billing
11 9 (0.38%) Local Government
12 8 (0.33%) Publishing
13 7 (0.29%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.21%) French Language
14 5 (0.21%) German Language
Job Titles
1 660 (27.56%) Developer
2 416 (17.37%) Analyst
3 259 (10.81%) .NET Developer
4 161 (6.72%) C# Developer
5 144 (6.01%) Consultant
6 133 (5.55%) Administrator
7 131 (5.47%) Support Engineer
8 126 (5.26%) Architect
9 123 (5.14%) C# .NET Developer
10 119 (4.97%) Software Developer
11 97 (4.05%) ASP.NET Developer
12 96 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 94 (3.92%) Support Analyst
14 91 (3.80%) IT Support
15 88 (3.67%) DBA
16 86 (3.59%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 81 (3.38%) Project Manager
18 78 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support
19 73 (3.05%) Junior
20 72 (3.01%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 648 (27.06%) .NET
2 412 (17.20%) ASP.NET
3 331 (13.82%) HTML
4 260 (10.86%) CSS
5 210 (8.77%) .NET Framework
6 206 (8.60%) jQuery
7 205 (8.56%) WCF
8 169 (7.06%) XML
9 166 (6.93%) ASP.NET MVC
10 153 (6.39%) Web Services
11 113 (4.72%) Entity Framework
12 112 (4.68%) AngularJS
13 84 (3.51%) Ajax
14 76 (3.17%) LINQ
15 72 (3.01%) HTML5
16 64 (2.67%) SOAP
17 60 (2.51%) WPF
17 60 (2.51%) ASP.NET Web API
18 54 (2.25%) COM
19 53 (2.21%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 326 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
2 128 (5.34%) Data Centre
3 96 (4.01%) Management Information System
4 77 (3.22%) Computer Science
5 70 (2.92%) Replication
6 66 (2.76%) N-Tier
6 66 (2.76%) Mobile App
7 64 (2.67%) Clustering
8 43 (1.80%) Blackberry
9 42 (1.75%) Statistics
10 40 (1.67%) NHS
10 40 (1.67%) User Experience
10 40 (1.67%) Visualisation
11 36 (1.50%) Inversion of Control
12 34 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
12 34 (1.42%) FlexPod
13 32 (1.34%) Mathematics
14 30 (1.25%) Social Media
15 28 (1.17%) Fat Client
15 28 (1.17%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 874 (36.49%) Windows
2 271 (11.32%) Windows Server 2008
3 239 (9.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 184 (7.68%) Windows 7
5 139 (5.80%) Linux
6 132 (5.51%) Windows Server 2003
7 93 (3.88%) Windows 8
8 74 (3.09%) Android
9 73 (3.05%) UNIX
10 71 (2.96%) Windows XP
11 63 (2.63%) Solaris
12 51 (2.13%) AIX
13 47 (1.96%) Apple iOS
14 29 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 26 (1.09%) HPUX
15 26 (1.09%) SUSE
16 24 (1.00%) zOS
16 24 (1.00%) OS/400
17 23 (0.96%) Windows Phone
18 20 (0.84%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 448 (18.71%) Agile Software Development
2 309 (12.90%) MVC
3 288 (12.03%) ITIL
4 253 (10.56%) Business Intelligence
5 219 (9.14%) Project Management
6 203 (8.48%) CRM
7 151 (6.30%) OO
8 138 (5.76%) Scrum
9 137 (5.72%) SDLC
10 132 (5.51%) TDD
11 129 (5.39%) Mentoring
12 109 (4.55%) ERP
13 108 (4.51%) PRINCE2
14 107 (4.47%) Change Management
15 100 (4.18%) Migration
16 89 (3.72%) ETL
17 88 (3.67%) Analytics
18 85 (3.55%) Service Management
18 85 (3.55%) Web Development
19 84 (3.51%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 787 (32.86%) SQL
2 578 (24.13%) C#
3 340 (14.20%) JavaScript
4 216 (9.02%) T-SQL
5 96 (4.01%) VB.NET
6 88 (3.67%) Java
7 61 (2.55%) PowerShell
8 53 (2.21%) VB
9 52 (2.17%) PHP
10 47 (1.96%) VBA
11 38 (1.59%) C++
12 33 (1.38%) C
13 31 (1.29%) Python
14 24 (1.00%) VBScript
15 18 (0.75%) R
16 16 (0.67%) Ruby
16 16 (0.67%) COBOL
17 13 (0.54%) PL/SQL
18 10 (0.42%) Perl
19 9 (0.38%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 325 (13.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 302 (12.61%) Degree
3 141 (5.89%) MCSE
4 102 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
5 100 (4.18%) Security Cleared
6 92 (3.84%) MCITP
7 86 (3.59%) CCNA
8 84 (3.51%) MCP
9 73 (3.05%) MCSA
10 59 (2.46%) SC Cleared
11 57 (2.38%) ISEB
12 56 (2.34%) MCTS
13 51 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 40 (1.67%) ISTQB
15 38 (1.59%) Citrix Certification
16 32 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
17 30 (1.25%) MCDST
18 29 (1.21%) CCNP
19 26 (1.09%) MCSD
20 25 (1.04%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (5.55%) SLA
2 109 (4.55%) QA
3 23 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.38%) HL7
4 9 (0.38%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.21%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.21%) WAI
5 5 (0.21%) COBIT
5 5 (0.21%) ISO 9000
5 5 (0.21%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.17%) DICOM
7 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.084%) GxP
9 1 (0.042%) WCAG
9 1 (0.042%) JSP 440
System Software
1 380 (15.87%) Active Directory
2 280 (11.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 147 (6.14%) Hyper-V
4 71 (2.96%) vSphere
5 65 (2.71%) XenDesktop
6 57 (2.38%) XenApp
7 37 (1.54%) VMware ESX
8 26 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (1.00%) KVM
10 21 (0.88%) XenServer
11 14 (0.58%) vCloud
12 12 (0.50%) Terminal Services
13 11 (0.46%) ISA Server
13 11 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.46%) VMware Server
14 8 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.21%) SRDF
17 4 (0.17%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 4 (0.17%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 97 (4.05%) SCCM
2 34 (1.42%) SCOM
3 29 (1.21%) WSUS
4 27 (1.13%) Tivoli
5 23 (0.96%) Backup Exec
6 16 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 15 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
8 12 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
9 10 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
10 9 (0.38%) NetBackup
11 8 (0.33%) SCVMM
11 8 (0.33%) Data Guard
12 7 (0.29%) SCOrch
13 6 (0.25%) EMC NetWorker
13 6 (0.25%) Puppet
13 6 (0.25%) MOM
13 6 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 5 (0.21%) ARCserve
14 5 (0.21%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.21%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 433 (18.08%) VMware
2 254 (10.61%) Cisco
3 234 (9.77%) Citrix
4 229 (9.56%) Oracle
5 146 (6.10%) HP
6 109 (4.55%) IBM
7 101 (4.22%) NetApp
8 88 (3.67%) EMC
9 60 (2.51%) Symantec
10 59 (2.46%) Juniper
11 54 (2.25%) SAP
12 43 (1.80%) Apple
13 41 (1.71%) CheckPoint
14 38 (1.59%) Dell
15 33 (1.38%) Red Hat
15 33 (1.38%) Tableau
16 30 (1.25%) Google
16 30 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
16 30 (1.25%) Adobe
17 29 (1.21%) CA
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