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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft
Rank 9 9 11
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 960 1284 1082
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.24% 18.27% 16.29%
As % of the Vendors category 41.85% 41.70% 36.03%
Number of salaries quoted 845 1117 919
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £23,050 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £53,250 £54,800 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £38,522 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+2.72% -
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
2294 3079 3003
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 41.19% 43.82% 45.21%
Number of salaries quoted 1904 2616 2472
Average salary £37,500 £38,500 £38,875
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.59% -0.96%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £53,000 £55,000 £60,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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 -1 547 £37,500 +4.16% 187
Cheshire -1 221 £32,500 -7.14% 69
Merseyside +7 106 £40,000 - 23
Lancashire +7 69 £32,500 +1.56% 15
Cumbria -2 7 £35,000 +94.44% 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 818 (39.96%) Windows
2 773 (37.76%) SQL Server
3 722 (35.27%) MS Excel
4 606 (29.60%) SQL
5 496 (24.23%) Active Directory
6 443 (21.64%) .NET
7 417 (20.37%) C#
8 375 (18.32%) MS Office
9 366 (17.88%) Windows Server
10 353 (17.24%) Finance
11 351 (17.15%) Agile Software Development
12 346 (16.90%) VMware
13 321 (15.68%) ITIL
14 299 (14.61%) Microsoft Certification
15 258 (12.60%) MS Exchange
16 247 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
17 245 (11.97%) Citrix
18 244 (11.92%) ASP.NET
18 244 (11.92%) Analytical Skills
19 240 (11.72%) Business Intelligence
20 229 (11.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 227 (11.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 225 (10.99%) JavaScript
23 224 (10.94%) Windows Server 2008
24 212 (10.36%) Degree
25 210 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
26 202 (9.87%) Windows 7
27 198 (9.67%) MVC
27 198 (9.67%) HTML
27 198 (9.67%) Project Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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
1 258 (12.60%) MS Exchange
2 196 (9.57%) SharePoint
3 129 (6.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 91 (4.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 71 (3.47%) IIS
6 69 (3.37%) Skype for Business
7 53 (2.59%) CMS
8 40 (1.95%) WebLogic
9 37 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2007
10 30 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
11 29 (1.42%) Confluence
11 29 (1.42%) SharePoint 2010
12 19 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 19 (0.93%) WebSphere
13 18 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
13 18 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
14 17 (0.83%) Node.js
15 16 (0.78%) Umbraco
16 14 (0.68%) Office Communications Server
17 11 (0.54%) WordPress
Applications
1 722 (35.27%) MS Excel
2 375 (18.32%) MS Office
3 77 (3.76%) MS Project
4 75 (3.66%) MS PowerPoint
5 45 (2.20%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.39%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
7 7 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.29%) Adobe Captivate
9 5 (0.24%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.20%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.098%) FrameMaker
11 2 (0.098%) InDesign
11 2 (0.098%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.098%) RoboHelp
11 2 (0.098%) SPSS
12 1 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 106 (5.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (1.81%) Dynamics AX
3 31 (1.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 17 (0.83%) Visualfiles
5 16 (0.78%) SAP Business One
6 14 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
7 11 (0.54%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (0.34%) Infor SunSystems
8 7 (0.34%) Primavera
9 5 (0.24%) Line 500
9 5 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 4 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 3 (0.15%) SAP CRM
11 3 (0.15%) SAP R/3
12 2 (0.098%) FastStats
12 2 (0.098%) MFGPRO
12 2 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
12 2 (0.098%) Unit4 Business World
13 1 (0.049%) Eloqua
13 1 (0.049%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 144 (7.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 127 (6.20%) Office 365
3 38 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
5 17 (0.83%) SaaS
6 15 (0.73%) IaaS
6 15 (0.73%) IBM PureFlex
7 9 (0.44%) Google Analytics
8 6 (0.29%) GitHub
9 4 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 4 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.20%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.20%) Google Apps
9 4 (0.20%) Google Tag Manager
9 4 (0.20%) Yammer
10 3 (0.15%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.15%) PaaS
10 3 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.098%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.098%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 153 (7.47%) Firewall
2 138 (6.74%) TCP/IP
3 135 (6.60%) LAN
4 130 (6.35%) DNS
5 124 (6.06%) WAN
6 113 (5.52%) VPN
7 86 (4.20%) SAN
8 83 (4.05%) DHCP
9 63 (3.08%) Internet
10 43 (2.10%) VoIP
11 42 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
12 38 (1.86%) Remote Desktop
13 33 (1.61%) VLAN
14 31 (1.51%) Wireless
15 29 (1.42%) Network Security
16 28 (1.37%) Broadband
17 27 (1.32%) NAS
18 23 (1.12%) MPLS
19 19 (0.93%) SMTP
20 18 (0.88%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 773 (37.76%) SQL Server
2 229 (11.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 227 (11.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 210 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
5 120 (5.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 118 (5.76%) SQL Server 2012
7 103 (5.03%) Data Warehouse
8 84 (4.10%) Relational Database
9 77 (3.76%) SQL Server 2014
10 54 (2.64%) RDBMS
11 44 (2.15%) MySQL
11 44 (2.15%) SQL Server 2005
12 38 (1.86%) Power BI
13 31 (1.51%) Oracle Database
13 31 (1.51%) PowerPivot
14 26 (1.27%) Crystal Reports
14 26 (1.27%) OLAP
15 23 (1.12%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 23 (1.12%) MS Access
16 21 (1.03%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 164 (8.01%) Visual Studio
2 126 (6.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 56 (2.74%) NUnit
4 51 (2.49%) JIRA
5 41 (2.00%) Subversion
6 38 (1.86%) Git (software)
7 36 (1.76%) MSTest
7 36 (1.76%) Rhino Mocks
8 30 (1.47%) Moq
9 28 (1.37%) Selenium
10 26 (1.27%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 23 (1.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 11 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
13 10 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 9 (0.44%) HP UFT
14 9 (0.44%) JUnit
15 7 (0.34%) Cucumber
15 7 (0.34%) Jenkins
16 6 (0.29%) Dreamweaver
17 5 (0.24%) Eclipse
General
1 353 (17.24%) Finance
2 76 (3.71%) Legal
3 70 (3.42%) Retail
4 69 (3.37%) Law
5 65 (3.18%) Telecoms
6 63 (3.08%) Marketing
7 53 (2.59%) Advertising
8 50 (2.44%) Banking
9 46 (2.25%) Manufacturing
10 41 (2.00%) Back Office
11 24 (1.17%) Games
12 16 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.54%) Billing
14 9 (0.44%) German Language
14 9 (0.44%) Publishing
15 6 (0.29%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.24%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.20%) Electronics
17 4 (0.20%) Investment Banking
17 4 (0.20%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 494 (24.13%) Developer
2 414 (20.22%) Analyst
3 199 (9.72%) .NET Developer
4 127 (6.20%) C# Developer
5 126 (6.16%) Support Analyst
6 120 (5.86%) Support Engineer
7 114 (5.57%) Consultant
8 111 (5.42%) IT Support
9 103 (5.03%) C# .NET Developer
9 103 (5.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 93 (4.54%) SQL Developer
11 85 (4.15%) DBA
12 83 (4.05%) ASP.NET Developer
13 79 (3.86%) IT Engineer
14 77 (3.76%) 2nd Line Support
15 76 (3.71%) Service Analyst
16 74 (3.62%) Architect
16 74 (3.62%) Senior Developer
17 73 (3.57%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 73 (3.57%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 443 (21.64%) .NET
2 244 (11.92%) ASP.NET
3 198 (9.67%) HTML
4 165 (8.06%) CSS
5 152 (7.43%) jQuery
6 106 (5.18%) ASP.NET MVC
7 101 (4.93%) WCF
8 96 (4.69%) Web Services
9 94 (4.59%) XML
10 88 (4.30%) .NET Framework
11 73 (3.57%) HTML5
12 65 (3.18%) AngularJS
13 59 (2.88%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 59 (2.88%) Entity Framework
14 56 (2.74%) Ajax
15 49 (2.39%) CSS3
15 49 (2.39%) LINQ
16 45 (2.20%) WPF
17 39 (1.91%) WinForms
18 34 (1.66%) Castle Windsor
Miscellaneous
1 244 (11.92%) Analytical Skills
2 107 (5.23%) Data Centre
3 100 (4.89%) Management Information System
4 60 (2.93%) Clustering
5 55 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
6 45 (2.20%) Blackberry
6 45 (2.20%) Computer Science
7 39 (1.91%) Replication
7 39 (1.91%) Visualisation
8 32 (1.56%) Mobile App
8 32 (1.56%) User Experience
9 31 (1.51%) iPad
9 31 (1.51%) iPhone
10 30 (1.47%) Inversion of Control
11 29 (1.42%) Fat Client
11 29 (1.42%) FlexPod
11 29 (1.42%) Thin Client
12 26 (1.27%) Driving Licence
13 23 (1.12%) Mathematics
14 22 (1.07%) VCE vBlock
Operating Systems
1 818 (39.96%) Windows
2 366 (17.88%) Windows Server
3 224 (10.94%) Windows Server 2008
4 202 (9.87%) Windows 7
5 170 (8.30%) Windows Server 2012
6 135 (6.60%) Linux
7 102 (4.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 101 (4.93%) Windows 8
9 90 (4.40%) Windows XP
10 88 (4.30%) Unix
11 50 (2.44%) Windows 10
12 39 (1.91%) Android
13 38 (1.86%) Solaris
14 33 (1.61%) AIX
15 29 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 28 (1.37%) Mac OS X
17 22 (1.07%) Apple iOS
18 16 (0.78%) OS/400
19 15 (0.73%) HPUX
19 15 (0.73%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 351 (17.15%) Agile Software Development
2 321 (15.68%) ITIL
3 240 (11.72%) Business Intelligence
4 198 (9.67%) MVC
4 198 (9.67%) Project Management
5 140 (6.84%) CRM
6 120 (5.86%) Mentoring
7 118 (5.76%) Scrum
8 117 (5.72%) PRINCE2
9 111 (5.42%) Stakeholder Management
10 110 (5.37%) Change Management
11 103 (5.03%) TDD
12 93 (4.54%) SDLC
13 92 (4.49%) Service Delivery
14 91 (4.45%) OO
15 77 (3.76%) User Acceptance Testing
16 76 (3.71%) Software Engineering
17 74 (3.62%) ETL
18 73 (3.57%) ERP
19 72 (3.52%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 606 (29.60%) SQL
2 417 (20.37%) C#
3 225 (10.99%) JavaScript
4 153 (7.47%) T-SQL
5 90 (4.40%) VB.NET
6 76 (3.71%) PowerShell
7 65 (3.18%) Java
8 59 (2.88%) PHP
9 55 (2.69%) VBA
10 47 (2.30%) C
10 47 (2.30%) VB
11 42 (2.05%) C++
12 18 (0.88%) Python
13 14 (0.68%) VBScript
14 13 (0.64%) ABAP
14 13 (0.64%) Shell Script
15 11 (0.54%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.49%) VB6
17 9 (0.44%) Scala
18 7 (0.34%) X++
Qualifications
1 299 (14.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 212 (10.36%) Degree
3 140 (6.84%) MCSE
4 113 (5.52%) MCP
5 107 (5.23%) Cisco Certification
6 98 (4.79%) CCNA
7 89 (4.35%) MCSA
8 74 (3.62%) MCITP
9 67 (3.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 57 (2.78%) MCTS
11 47 (2.30%) Citrix Certification
11 47 (2.30%) Security Cleared
12 45 (2.20%) ISEB
13 43 (2.10%) SC Cleared
14 36 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
14 36 (1.76%) MCDST
15 31 (1.51%) CCNP
16 26 (1.27%) CCA
17 21 (1.03%) ISTQB
18 18 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (5.52%) QA
2 93 (4.54%) SLA
3 20 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (0.88%) Data Quality
5 11 (0.54%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.29%) FATCA
6 6 (0.29%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.29%) Solvency II
7 5 (0.24%) HL7
8 4 (0.20%) ISO 14001
8 4 (0.20%) ISO22301
9 2 (0.098%) WCAG
10 1 (0.049%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.049%) ISO19770
10 1 (0.049%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.049%) WAI
System Software
1 496 (24.23%) Active Directory
2 247 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 140 (6.84%) Hyper-V
4 72 (3.52%) XenApp
5 44 (2.15%) vSphere
6 41 (2.00%) XenDesktop
7 25 (1.22%) Terminal Services
8 18 (0.88%) XenServer
9 17 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
10 15 (0.73%) KVM
11 13 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
12 12 (0.59%) Terminal Server
13 10 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
14 7 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 7 (0.34%) VMware Server
15 6 (0.29%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 6 (0.29%) VirtualBox
15 6 (0.29%) Xen
16 5 (0.24%) Shibboleth
16 5 (0.24%) UAG
Systems Management
1 98 (4.79%) SCCM
2 35 (1.71%) SCOM
3 25 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
4 24 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
5 19 (0.93%) Tivoli
6 16 (0.78%) Oracle RMAN
7 14 (0.68%) WSUS
7 14 (0.68%) XenMobile
8 13 (0.64%) Backup Exec
9 12 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
9 12 (0.59%) NetBackup
10 10 (0.49%) Data Guard
10 10 (0.49%) HP SIM
10 10 (0.49%) SCOrch
11 7 (0.34%) Puppet
12 6 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (0.24%) CA Single Sign-On
13 5 (0.24%) Nagios
13 5 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 346 (16.90%) VMware
2 245 (11.97%) Citrix
3 189 (9.23%) Cisco
4 133 (6.50%) Oracle
5 86 (4.20%) HP
6 70 (3.42%) NetApp
7 66 (3.22%) Symantec
8 65 (3.18%) IBM
9 62 (3.03%) SAP
10 45 (2.20%) Dell
11 43 (2.10%) AppSense
12 42 (2.05%) EMC
13 38 (1.86%) Intel Security
13 38 (1.86%) Juniper
14 37 (1.81%) Red Hat
15 28 (1.37%) Google
16 27 (1.32%) Apple
16 27 (1.32%) CheckPoint
16 27 (1.32%) Sophos
17 24 (1.17%) SolarWinds
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