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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 12 12 8
Rank change year-on-year
0 -4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1289 1080 1519
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.50% 15.90% 19.05%
As % of the Vendors category 39.54% 35.06% 41.93%
Number of salaries quoted 1125 914 1407
Average salary £35,000 £34,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £22,500 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £37,500 £37,500
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
3260 3080 3623
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.25% 45.35% 45.43%
Number of salaries quoted 2769 2588 3205
Average salary £39,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,500 £57,500 £57,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +2 785 £35,000 +7.69% 121
Cheshire +2 331 £35,000 -2.77% 46
Merseyside -2 68 £26,250 -19.23% 12
Lancashire -6 67 £35,000 +7.69% 8
Cumbria 0 11 £28,000 -11.11% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 1113 (42.94%) MS Excel
2 940 (36.27%) Windows
3 863 (33.29%) SQL Server
4 813 (31.37%) SQL
5 791 (30.52%) .NET
6 650 (25.08%) C#
7 524 (20.22%) ASP.NET
8 469 (18.09%) Finance
9 454 (17.52%) Agile Software Development
10 448 (17.28%) VMware
10 448 (17.28%) MS Office
11 439 (16.94%) Active Directory
12 422 (16.28%) HTML
13 395 (15.24%) JavaScript
14 374 (14.43%) CSS
15 359 (13.85%) MVC
16 352 (13.58%) Microsoft Certification
17 316 (12.19%) VMware Infrastructure
18 314 (12.11%) Analytical Skills
18 314 (12.11%) MS Exchange
19 313 (12.08%) ITIL
20 301 (11.61%) Degree
21 295 (11.38%) SharePoint
22 289 (11.15%) Citrix
23 287 (11.07%) SQL Server 2008
24 269 (10.38%) Windows Server 2008
25 263 (10.15%) T-SQL
26 253 (9.76%) Hyper-V
27 248 (9.57%) Business Intelligence
28 240 (9.26%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
1 314 (12.11%) MS Exchange
2 295 (11.38%) SharePoint
3 135 (5.21%) IIS
4 115 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 72 (2.78%) Lync
6 63 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2007
7 59 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 54 (2.08%) CMS
9 41 (1.58%) Umbraco
10 35 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
11 33 (1.27%) SharePoint 2010
12 31 (1.20%) NServiceBus
12 31 (1.20%) Sitecore CMS
13 30 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
14 27 (1.04%) Apache
15 26 (1.00%) IBM Notes
16 24 (0.93%) SAS
17 20 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
17 20 (0.77%) WebSphere
18 18 (0.69%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 1113 (42.94%) MS Excel
2 448 (17.28%) MS Office
3 95 (3.67%) MS Project
4 72 (2.78%) MS PowerPoint
5 50 (1.93%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.42%) SPSS
8 11 (0.42%) PowerPivot
9 7 (0.27%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.19%) Acrobat
10 5 (0.19%) FastStats
11 3 (0.12%) Revit
12 2 (0.077%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.077%) SketchUp
12 2 (0.077%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.039%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.039%) Fireworks
13 1 (0.039%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 105 (4.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (3.05%) Dynamics AX
3 30 (1.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.77%) Google Analytics
5 18 (0.69%) Tridion
6 11 (0.42%) Magento
7 10 (0.39%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
9 5 (0.19%) Visualfiles
9 5 (0.19%) Agresso
10 4 (0.15%) Sage 200
11 3 (0.12%) Sage 1000
11 3 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
11 3 (0.12%) SalesLogix
11 3 (0.12%) SAP CRM
12 2 (0.077%) Exchequer
12 2 (0.077%) Oracle CRM
12 2 (0.077%) Oracle ERP
12 2 (0.077%) SAP Business One
12 2 (0.077%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 117 (4.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 112 (4.32%) Office 365
3 28 (1.08%) SaaS
4 27 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
5 16 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
6 14 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.27%) IaaS
8 6 (0.23%) PaaS
9 5 (0.19%) Google App Engine
9 5 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.12%) Google Apps
11 2 (0.077%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.077%) Amazon ELB
11 2 (0.077%) Route 53
12 1 (0.039%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 190 (7.33%) LAN
2 184 (7.10%) WAN
3 174 (6.71%) TCP/IP
4 167 (6.44%) SAN
5 158 (6.10%) DNS
6 146 (5.63%) Firewall
7 145 (5.59%) DHCP
8 98 (3.78%) Internet
9 94 (3.63%) VPN
10 57 (2.20%) NAS
11 54 (2.08%) VoIP
12 50 (1.93%) HTTP
13 43 (1.66%) Network Security
14 41 (1.58%) Wi-Fi
15 37 (1.43%) Wireless
16 35 (1.35%) iSCSI
17 34 (1.31%) VLAN
17 34 (1.31%) Intranet
18 33 (1.27%) NetScaler
19 30 (1.16%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 863 (33.29%) SQL Server
2 287 (11.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 237 (9.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 230 (8.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 123 (4.75%) SQL Server 2012
6 117 (4.51%) Relational Database
7 97 (3.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 96 (3.70%) SQL Server 2005
9 88 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
10 81 (3.13%) MySQL
11 51 (1.97%) RDBMS
12 41 (1.58%) Oracle Database
13 40 (1.54%) Crystal Reports
14 38 (1.47%) OLAP
15 36 (1.39%) MS Access
16 32 (1.23%) SQL Server 2000
17 26 (1.00%) Big Data
18 19 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
19 17 (0.66%) DB2
20 16 (0.62%) DTS
Development Applications
1 219 (8.45%) Visual Studio
2 106 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 48 (1.85%) Selenium
4 45 (1.74%) Subversion
5 41 (1.58%) Git (software)
6 37 (1.43%) SpecFlow
6 37 (1.43%) NUnit
7 36 (1.39%) JIRA
8 26 (1.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 20 (0.77%) MSTest
10 18 (0.69%) ReSharper
11 17 (0.66%) Cucumber
12 15 (0.58%) TeamCity
13 14 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
14 13 (0.50%) Jenkins
14 13 (0.50%) Rhino Mocks
15 10 (0.39%) Moq
16 8 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
17 7 (0.27%) TestDirector
17 7 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 469 (18.09%) Finance
2 112 (4.32%) Advertising
3 111 (4.28%) Marketing
4 78 (3.01%) Manufacturing
5 63 (2.43%) Retail
6 61 (2.35%) Telecoms
7 58 (2.24%) Legal
8 43 (1.66%) Back Office
9 36 (1.39%) Law
10 26 (1.00%) Banking
11 13 (0.50%) Billing
12 12 (0.46%) German Language
13 9 (0.35%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
14 8 (0.31%) Games
14 8 (0.31%) Local Government
15 6 (0.23%) Multimedia
16 5 (0.19%) Italian Language
16 5 (0.19%) Turkish Language
17 3 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 725 (27.97%) Developer
2 457 (17.63%) Analyst
3 309 (11.92%) .NET Developer
4 165 (6.37%) C# Developer
5 144 (5.56%) Support Engineer
6 133 (5.13%) C# .NET Developer
7 130 (5.02%) Consultant
8 119 (4.59%) ASP.NET Developer
9 117 (4.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 114 (4.40%) Senior Developer
11 113 (4.36%) Support Analyst
12 109 (4.21%) Project Manager
13 104 (4.01%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 99 (3.82%) Architect
15 94 (3.63%) Software Developer
16 79 (3.05%) 2nd Line Support
17 77 (2.97%) Administrator
18 76 (2.93%) Team Leader
19 73 (2.82%) 3rd Line Support
20 72 (2.78%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 791 (30.52%) .NET
2 524 (20.22%) ASP.NET
3 422 (16.28%) HTML
4 374 (14.43%) CSS
5 240 (9.26%) .NET Framework
6 230 (8.87%) jQuery
7 193 (7.45%) WCF
8 188 (7.25%) ASP.NET MVC
8 188 (7.25%) Web Services
9 162 (6.25%) HTML5
10 154 (5.94%) XML
11 116 (4.48%) LINQ
12 114 (4.40%) SOAP
13 92 (3.55%) Ajax
14 86 (3.32%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 67 (2.58%) AngularJS
16 61 (2.35%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 59 (2.28%) JSON
18 56 (2.16%) CSS3
19 53 (2.04%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 314 (12.11%) Analytical Skills
2 108 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
3 83 (3.20%) Management Information System
4 77 (2.97%) User Experience
5 57 (2.20%) Computer Science
6 44 (1.70%) N-Tier
7 39 (1.50%) Mobile App
8 38 (1.47%) Inversion of Control
9 35 (1.35%) Clustering
10 32 (1.23%) Replication
11 24 (0.93%) Blackberry
12 23 (0.89%) Mathematics
13 21 (0.81%) Fat Client
13 21 (0.81%) Thin Client
13 21 (0.81%) Statistics
14 20 (0.77%) NHS
14 20 (0.77%) Client/Server
15 19 (0.73%) FMCG
15 19 (0.73%) FlexPod
16 14 (0.54%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 940 (36.27%) Windows
2 269 (10.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 198 (7.64%) Windows 7
4 191 (7.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 155 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
6 131 (5.05%) Linux
7 128 (4.94%) Windows XP
8 113 (4.36%) UNIX
9 93 (3.59%) Windows 8
10 58 (2.24%) Android
11 50 (1.93%) Apple iOS
12 31 (1.20%) Windows Vista
13 29 (1.12%) Windows Phone
13 29 (1.12%) AIX
14 28 (1.08%) Solaris
15 19 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 17 (0.66%) HPUX
17 16 (0.62%) SUSE
18 15 (0.58%) zOS
18 15 (0.58%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 454 (17.52%) Agile Software Development
2 359 (13.85%) MVC
3 313 (12.08%) ITIL
4 248 (9.57%) Business Intelligence
5 220 (8.49%) Project Management
6 205 (7.91%) OO
7 166 (6.40%) Scrum
8 159 (6.13%) CRM
9 154 (5.94%) TDD
10 145 (5.59%) Web Development
11 131 (5.05%) ERP
12 130 (5.02%) Mentoring
13 116 (4.48%) PRINCE2
14 110 (4.24%) Change Management
15 106 (4.09%) Disaster Recovery
16 104 (4.01%) Unit Testing
17 99 (3.82%) Stakeholder Management
17 99 (3.82%) Service Delivery
18 97 (3.74%) Time Management
19 95 (3.67%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 813 (31.37%) SQL
2 650 (25.08%) C#
3 395 (15.24%) JavaScript
4 263 (10.15%) T-SQL
5 180 (6.94%) VB.NET
6 85 (3.28%) PowerShell
7 77 (2.97%) Java
8 74 (2.85%) VB
9 58 (2.24%) PHP
10 52 (2.01%) C
11 42 (1.62%) VBA
12 32 (1.23%) Objective-C
13 25 (0.96%) VBScript
13 25 (0.96%) C++
14 16 (0.62%) PL/SQL
15 15 (0.58%) Python
16 13 (0.50%) Delphi
16 13 (0.50%) Groovy
17 12 (0.46%) X++
18 10 (0.39%) VB6
Qualifications
1 352 (13.58%) Microsoft Certification
2 301 (11.61%) Degree
3 166 (6.40%) MCSE
4 130 (5.02%) MCP
5 113 (4.36%) MCITP
6 101 (3.90%) MCSA
7 88 (3.40%) Cisco Certification
8 83 (3.20%) Security Cleared
9 77 (2.97%) CCNA
10 68 (2.62%) Citrix Certification
10 68 (2.62%) MCTS
11 63 (2.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 61 (2.35%) CCA
13 50 (1.93%) SC Cleared
14 44 (1.70%) ISEB
15 42 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
16 32 (1.23%) ISTQB
17 29 (1.12%) CISSP
17 29 (1.12%) CCNP
18 27 (1.04%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (5.32%) SLA
2 72 (2.78%) QA
3 22 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.42%) WAI
5 10 (0.39%) ISO 9001
6 8 (0.31%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.23%) ISO 9000
8 5 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.12%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.12%) COBIT
10 1 (0.039%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.039%) BS7799
System Software
1 439 (16.94%) Active Directory
2 316 (12.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 253 (9.76%) Hyper-V
4 82 (3.16%) vSphere
5 77 (2.97%) XenApp
6 60 (2.31%) XenDesktop
7 26 (1.00%) Terminal Services
8 24 (0.93%) VMware ESX
9 16 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
10 15 (0.58%) KVM
11 14 (0.54%) XenServer
11 14 (0.54%) MetaFrame
12 12 (0.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 12 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.42%) Xen
13 11 (0.42%) Firmware
14 9 (0.35%) vCloud
15 8 (0.31%) NFS
16 4 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
17 3 (0.12%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 99 (3.82%) SCCM
2 49 (1.89%) Backup Exec
3 48 (1.85%) SCOM
4 30 (1.16%) WSUS
5 29 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
6 17 (0.66%) Tivoli
7 16 (0.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 15 (0.58%) SCVMM
9 13 (0.50%) OpenView
10 11 (0.42%) Nagios
10 11 (0.42%) NetBackup
11 9 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
12 8 (0.31%) HP SIM
12 8 (0.31%) WhatsUp Gold
12 8 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.31%) WMI
13 7 (0.27%) BladeLogic
13 7 (0.27%) BMC PATROL
13 7 (0.27%) SCDPM
13 7 (0.27%) Puppet
Vendors
1 448 (17.28%) VMware
2 289 (11.15%) Citrix
3 239 (9.22%) Cisco
4 155 (5.98%) HP
5 151 (5.83%) Oracle
6 100 (3.86%) NetApp
7 88 (3.40%) Symantec
8 71 (2.74%) Dell
8 71 (2.74%) EMC
9 52 (2.01%) SAP
10 46 (1.77%) IBM
11 41 (1.58%) CheckPoint
12 38 (1.47%) McAfee
13 36 (1.39%) EPiServer
14 35 (1.35%) Juniper
15 33 (1.27%) Sitecore
16 31 (1.20%) Sophos
17 30 (1.16%) Telerik
17 30 (1.16%) Google
18 27 (1.04%) Lotus
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Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent competitive package
Posted: 7 hours ago
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Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + bonus + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £34000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
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Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum + Basic salary negotiable + Package
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Salary: £25000 - £45000 per annum + Basic salary negotiable + Package
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Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
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