The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the North West region.

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

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 9 11 7
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1249 1245 1356
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.55% 17.15% 18.12%
As % of the Vendors category 39.48% 38.32% 35.79%
Number of salaries quoted 997 1079 1236
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £21,500 £21,500 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,500
% change year-on-year
- +2.73%
Vendors Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
3164 3249 3789
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.46% 44.76% 50.63%
Number of salaries quoted 2519 2758 3286
Average salary £36,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,500 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
Microsoft
England

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 2014. 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 +1 705 £35,000 - 128
Cheshire +2 352 £34,000 +7.93% 54
Lancashire 0 94 £35,000 +12.90% 19
Merseyside 0 75 £35,500 +1.42% 19
Cumbria 0 8 £32,500 -10.34% 5
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 1097 (42.64%) MS Excel
2 940 (36.53%) SQL
3 885 (34.40%) .NET
4 870 (33.81%) Windows
5 831 (32.30%) SQL Server
6 780 (30.31%) C#
7 467 (18.15%) ASP.NET
8 418 (16.25%) VMware
9 407 (15.82%) Active Directory
10 398 (15.47%) Finance
11 389 (15.12%) MS Office
12 371 (14.42%) HTML
13 370 (14.38%) JavaScript
14 364 (14.15%) ITIL
15 338 (13.14%) Microsoft Certification
16 323 (12.55%) Degree
17 319 (12.40%) CSS
18 315 (12.24%) T-SQL
19 309 (12.01%) SharePoint
20 291 (11.31%) MS Exchange
21 279 (10.84%) MVC
22 276 (10.73%) VMware Infrastructure
23 274 (10.65%) SQL Server 2008
24 267 (10.38%) Project Management
25 266 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
26 263 (10.22%) XML
27 259 (10.07%) Web Services
28 255 (9.91%) Citrix
29 239 (9.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
30 230 (8.94%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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
1 309 (12.01%) SharePoint
2 291 (11.31%) MS Exchange
3 131 (5.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 103 (4.00%) IIS
5 83 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
6 82 (3.19%) Lync
7 72 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 61 (2.37%) Exchange Server 2003
9 47 (1.83%) SharePoint 2010
10 35 (1.36%) SharePoint 2013
11 27 (1.05%) CMS
12 16 (0.62%) SAS
13 15 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 13 (0.51%) WebLogic
15 12 (0.47%) LiveLink
15 12 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
16 10 (0.39%) Apache
17 9 (0.35%) WebSphere
17 9 (0.35%) Node.js
18 8 (0.31%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 1097 (42.64%) MS Excel
2 389 (15.12%) MS Office
3 68 (2.64%) MS Project
4 63 (2.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 34 (1.32%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.23%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.19%) SPSS
8 5 (0.19%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.12%) RoboHelp
10 2 (0.078%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.078%) Revit
10 2 (0.078%) SketchUp
11 1 (0.039%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.039%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.039%) InDesign
11 1 (0.039%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 115 (4.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 89 (3.46%) Dynamics NAV
3 43 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.51%) Sage 1000
4 13 (0.51%) Google Analytics
5 10 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
6 9 (0.35%) Dynamics GP
7 8 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
8 6 (0.23%) SAP Business One
9 5 (0.19%) Tridion
10 4 (0.16%) Oracle CRM
10 4 (0.16%) Visualfiles
10 4 (0.16%) SAP ERP
11 3 (0.12%) Exstream
11 3 (0.12%) Lawson
11 3 (0.12%) Pegasus Opera
11 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 83 (3.23%) Office 365
2 82 (3.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (1.48%) SaaS
4 26 (1.01%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (0.27%) Amazon S3
6 7 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
7 6 (0.23%) IaaS
8 5 (0.19%) PaaS
9 3 (0.12%) Route 53
10 1 (0.039%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 186 (7.23%) TCP/IP
2 154 (5.99%) WAN
3 148 (5.75%) Firewall
4 141 (5.48%) LAN
5 133 (5.17%) DNS
6 131 (5.09%) SAN
7 95 (3.69%) VPN
8 89 (3.46%) DHCP
9 76 (2.95%) Internet
10 46 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
10 46 (1.79%) NAS
11 37 (1.44%) HTTP
11 37 (1.44%) VoIP
12 36 (1.40%) VLAN
13 27 (1.05%) iSCSI
14 25 (0.97%) Network Security
15 21 (0.82%) Unified Communications
16 20 (0.78%) IPsec
17 19 (0.74%) Ethernet
18 16 (0.62%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 831 (32.30%) SQL Server
2 274 (10.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 239 (9.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 193 (7.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 151 (5.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 93 (3.61%) SQL Server 2005
7 91 (3.54%) MySQL
8 89 (3.46%) Relational Database
9 78 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 69 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
11 34 (1.32%) SQL Server 2000
12 31 (1.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 29 (1.13%) Oracle Database
14 28 (1.09%) RDBMS
15 27 (1.05%) QlikView
16 25 (0.97%) RavenDB
17 24 (0.93%) OLAP
18 23 (0.89%) MS Access
18 23 (0.89%) Big Data
19 20 (0.78%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 222 (8.63%) Visual Studio
2 75 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 35 (1.36%) Git (software)
4 33 (1.28%) Selenium
5 31 (1.20%) NUnit
6 29 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 27 (1.05%) Subversion
8 23 (0.89%) Eclipse
8 23 (0.89%) JIRA
9 20 (0.78%) ReSharper
10 19 (0.74%) Rhino Mocks
11 13 (0.51%) MSTest
12 12 (0.47%) SpecFlow
12 12 (0.47%) Ant
13 10 (0.39%) Jenkins
14 9 (0.35%) Mercurial
15 7 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
16 6 (0.23%) Cucumber
17 4 (0.16%) Moq
17 4 (0.16%) TeamCity
General
1 398 (15.47%) Finance
2 137 (5.32%) Advertising
3 127 (4.94%) Marketing
4 117 (4.55%) Retail
5 75 (2.91%) Telecoms
6 69 (2.68%) Legal
7 57 (2.22%) Manufacturing
8 30 (1.17%) Billing
9 26 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
9 26 (1.01%) Back Office
10 21 (0.82%) Banking
11 18 (0.70%) Automotive
12 15 (0.58%) Law
13 11 (0.43%) Games
14 8 (0.31%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.31%) Local Government
14 8 (0.31%) Greek Language
14 8 (0.31%) Polish Language
15 4 (0.16%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.12%) German Language
Job Titles
1 787 (30.59%) Developer
2 463 (17.99%) Analyst
3 310 (12.05%) .NET Developer
4 170 (6.61%) Consultant
5 164 (6.37%) C# Developer
6 162 (6.30%) Support Analyst
7 149 (5.79%) Support Engineer
8 138 (5.36%) C# .NET Developer
9 122 (4.74%) Software Developer
10 114 (4.43%) Senior Developer
11 103 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 99 (3.85%) Team Leader
13 95 (3.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 91 (3.54%) Applications Support
15 89 (3.46%) Architect
16 86 (3.34%) ASP.NET Developer
17 78 (3.03%) IT Support
18 76 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support
19 75 (2.91%) Project Manager
20 72 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 885 (34.40%) .NET
2 467 (18.15%) ASP.NET
3 371 (14.42%) HTML
4 319 (12.40%) CSS
5 263 (10.22%) XML
6 259 (10.07%) Web Services
7 230 (8.94%) .NET Framework
8 221 (8.59%) jQuery
9 199 (7.73%) WCF
10 153 (5.95%) ASP.NET MVC
11 118 (4.59%) HTML5
12 113 (4.39%) LINQ
13 110 (4.28%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 105 (4.08%) SOAP
15 93 (3.61%) Ajax
16 87 (3.38%) WPF
17 74 (2.88%) REST
18 64 (2.49%) WinForms
19 41 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC 4
20 40 (1.55%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 89 (3.46%) Enterprise Software
2 84 (3.26%) Computer Science
3 72 (2.80%) Management Information System
4 57 (2.22%) N-Tier
5 53 (2.06%) Blackberry
6 38 (1.48%) Thin Client
6 38 (1.48%) Fat Client
7 37 (1.44%) iPhone
7 37 (1.44%) Clustering
8 36 (1.40%) Social Media
9 35 (1.36%) NHS
10 32 (1.24%) Replication
11 31 (1.20%) Statistics
12 30 (1.17%) Client/Server
13 26 (1.01%) Mathematics
14 24 (0.93%) Mobile App
15 22 (0.86%) FlexPod
15 22 (0.86%) SystemC
16 20 (0.78%) Open Source
17 19 (0.74%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 870 (33.81%) Windows
2 266 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
3 195 (7.58%) Windows 7
4 188 (7.31%) Windows Server 2003
5 182 (7.07%) Windows Server 2012
6 113 (4.39%) Windows XP
7 102 (3.96%) Linux
8 87 (3.38%) UNIX
9 70 (2.72%) Windows 8
10 45 (1.75%) Android
11 37 (1.44%) Apple iOS
12 30 (1.17%) Windows Phone
13 20 (0.78%) Windows Phone 8
14 19 (0.74%) Windows Vista
14 19 (0.74%) Windows 2000
15 13 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
16 10 (0.39%) AIX
17 9 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
18 7 (0.27%) CentOS
18 7 (0.27%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (14.15%) ITIL
2 279 (10.84%) MVC
3 267 (10.38%) Project Management
4 214 (8.32%) Agile Software Development
5 209 (8.12%) Business Intelligence
6 198 (7.70%) CRM
7 164 (6.37%) TDD
8 151 (5.87%) OO
9 139 (5.40%) Software Engineering
10 138 (5.36%) ERP
11 131 (5.09%) Scrum
12 121 (4.70%) Service Delivery
13 109 (4.24%) Unit Testing
14 105 (4.08%) PRINCE2
15 103 (4.00%) Web Development
16 93 (3.61%) Change Management
17 91 (3.54%) Migration
18 78 (3.03%) OOD
19 77 (2.99%) OOP
20 71 (2.76%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 940 (36.53%) SQL
2 780 (30.31%) C#
3 370 (14.38%) JavaScript
4 315 (12.24%) T-SQL
5 185 (7.19%) VB.NET
6 120 (4.66%) VB
7 94 (3.65%) Java
8 81 (3.15%) C
9 61 (2.37%) PowerShell
10 49 (1.90%) VBA
11 46 (1.79%) PHP
12 34 (1.32%) VB6
13 27 (1.05%) C++
14 24 (0.93%) VBScript
15 20 (0.78%) Perl
15 20 (0.78%) Objective-C
16 18 (0.70%) XQuery
17 16 (0.62%) Python
18 14 (0.54%) PL/SQL
19 12 (0.47%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 338 (13.14%) Microsoft Certification
2 323 (12.55%) Degree
3 182 (7.07%) MCSE
4 117 (4.55%) MCITP
5 115 (4.47%) MCP
6 91 (3.54%) MCSA
7 90 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
8 76 (2.95%) CCNA
9 65 (2.53%) Security Cleared
10 64 (2.49%) MCTS
11 57 (2.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 49 (1.90%) Citrix Certification
13 43 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
14 36 (1.40%) SC Cleared
15 33 (1.28%) ISEB
16 32 (1.24%) CCA
17 23 (0.89%) CCNP
18 21 (0.82%) ISTQB
19 15 (0.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 15 (0.58%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (4.59%) SLA
2 57 (2.22%) QA
3 19 (0.74%) WAI
4 17 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.23%) BS7799
8 3 (0.12%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.12%) COBIT
9 2 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.039%) DO-178B
System Software
1 407 (15.82%) Active Directory
2 276 (10.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 207 (8.05%) Hyper-V
4 97 (3.77%) vSphere
5 68 (2.64%) XenApp
6 61 (2.37%) XenDesktop
7 24 (0.93%) XenServer
7 24 (0.93%) VMware ESX
8 19 (0.74%) vCloud
9 18 (0.70%) Terminal Services
10 16 (0.62%) NFS
11 13 (0.51%) Snort
12 12 (0.47%) VMware Server
13 11 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
14 10 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
14 10 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (0.35%) Xen
16 8 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 5 (0.19%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 98 (3.81%) SCCM
2 77 (2.99%) SCOM
3 28 (1.09%) Backup Exec
4 23 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
5 20 (0.78%) SCVMM
6 17 (0.66%) HP SIM
7 15 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 15 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 13 (0.51%) Nessus
9 11 (0.43%) OpenView
10 10 (0.39%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (0.39%) NetBackup
11 9 (0.35%) Puppet
12 8 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 7 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
13 7 (0.27%) WSUS
14 6 (0.23%) Nagios
15 5 (0.19%) MOM
15 5 (0.19%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 418 (16.25%) VMware
2 255 (9.91%) Citrix
3 213 (8.28%) Cisco
4 173 (6.72%) Oracle
5 169 (6.57%) HP
6 114 (4.43%) NetApp
7 76 (2.95%) Dell
8 63 (2.45%) Symantec
9 59 (2.29%) IBM
10 49 (1.90%) EMC
11 48 (1.87%) SAP
12 42 (1.63%) McAfee
13 37 (1.44%) Juniper
14 35 (1.36%) Avaya
15 31 (1.20%) Sage
16 29 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
16 29 (1.13%) Google
17 24 (0.93%) Fujitsu
18 23 (0.89%) CheckPoint
18 23 (0.89%) Apple
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Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + pension, h/care, 25 days
Posted: 20 hours ago
Bolton, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £25000.00 - £40000 per annum + Excellent Bens
Posted: 20 hours ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Parity Resources
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Parity Resources
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Parity Resources
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £34000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Excellent bens
Posted: 21 hours ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
networx
Posted: 23 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Salary: Salary Negotiable for the right candidate
Posted: 23 hours ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Rochdale, Lancashire
Agilisys Professional Services Ltd
Salary: £19,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + + Car & Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £22000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday