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 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 9 11
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1192 1243 1313
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 18.54% 17.64% 17.52%
As % of the Vendors category 41.27% 40.27% 38.83%
Number of salaries quoted 965 1013 1140
Average salary £37,250 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.42% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £21,500 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £38,000 £38,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +1.33%
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
2888 3087 3381
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.91% 43.82% 45.10%
Number of salaries quoted 2312 2474 2848
Average salary £40,000 £36,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+9.58% -2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £23,500 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £58,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,950 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+4.87% -

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 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 1 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 +2 610 £37,500 +7.14% 194
Cheshire 0 352 £37,500 +10.77% 74
Merseyside +14 109 £32,000 -9.85% 26
Lancashire -6 99 £35,000 +16.66% 15
Cumbria +4 20 £37,500 +56.25% 12
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 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 1012 (40.86%) MS Excel
2 966 (39.00%) SQL Server
3 901 (36.37%) Windows
4 811 (32.74%) SQL
5 708 (28.58%) .NET
6 613 (24.75%) C#
7 528 (21.32%) MS Office
8 474 (19.14%) Agile Software Development
9 454 (18.33%) ASP.NET
10 442 (17.84%) VMware
11 419 (16.92%) Finance
12 373 (15.06%) Active Directory
13 344 (13.89%) JavaScript
14 335 (13.52%) HTML
15 333 (13.44%) Microsoft Certification
16 327 (13.20%) MVC
17 325 (13.12%) Analytical Skills
18 318 (12.84%) Degree
19 309 (12.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 308 (12.43%) MS Exchange
21 302 (12.19%) ITIL
21 302 (12.19%) SQL Server 2008
22 290 (11.71%) Windows Server 2008
23 282 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
24 281 (11.34%) SharePoint
25 270 (10.90%) CSS
26 266 (10.74%) Cisco
27 248 (10.01%) Business Intelligence
27 248 (10.01%) Windows Server 2012
28 236 (9.53%) Citrix

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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
1 308 (12.43%) MS Exchange
2 281 (11.34%) SharePoint
3 154 (6.22%) IIS
4 136 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 111 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2013
6 52 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2007
7 49 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2003
8 44 (1.78%) SharePoint 2010
9 42 (1.70%) Lync
9 42 (1.70%) SAS
10 36 (1.45%) CMS
11 35 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
12 34 (1.37%) WebSphere
13 30 (1.21%) WebLogic
14 26 (1.05%) Apache
15 22 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
16 18 (0.73%) Alfresco
17 17 (0.69%) Umbraco
18 13 (0.52%) Documentum
18 13 (0.52%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1012 (40.86%) MS Excel
2 528 (21.32%) MS Office
3 127 (5.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 79 (3.19%) MS Project
5 47 (1.90%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.81%) Photoshop
6 20 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
7 18 (0.73%) SPSS
8 16 (0.65%) PowerPivot
9 11 (0.44%) Adobe Illustrator
10 10 (0.40%) Adobe After Effects
11 6 (0.24%) Adobe Captivate
12 4 (0.16%) Acrobat
13 3 (0.12%) ProjectWise
14 2 (0.081%) FastStats
14 2 (0.081%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.081%) AutoCAD
15 1 (0.040%) RoboHelp
15 1 (0.040%) Fireworks
15 1 (0.040%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 145 (5.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (2.02%) Dynamics NAV
3 36 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (0.69%) Dynamics GP
5 16 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.20%) Exstream
7 5 (0.20%) Sage 50
8 4 (0.16%) Visualfiles
8 4 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.16%) Agresso
8 4 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.12%) Sage CRM
9 3 (0.12%) Primavera
9 3 (0.12%) Line 500
9 3 (0.12%) Line 50
9 3 (0.12%) Sage 200
10 2 (0.081%) SAP Business One
11 1 (0.040%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 92 (3.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 79 (3.19%) Office 365
3 38 (1.53%) Amazon AWS
3 38 (1.53%) SaaS
4 25 (1.01%) IBM PureFlex
5 18 (0.73%) Google Analytics
6 6 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.24%) Amazon S3
6 6 (0.24%) Yammer
7 5 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.12%) Mimecast
8 3 (0.12%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.081%) GitHub
9 2 (0.081%) SmartFocus
9 2 (0.081%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.040%) PaaS
10 1 (0.040%) Heroku
10 1 (0.040%) IaaS
10 1 (0.040%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 222 (8.96%) Firewall
2 214 (8.64%) DNS
3 163 (6.58%) SAN
4 161 (6.50%) DHCP
5 150 (6.06%) LAN
6 149 (6.02%) TCP/IP
7 134 (5.41%) WAN
8 111 (4.48%) VPN
9 70 (2.83%) Wireless
10 62 (2.50%) VoIP
11 51 (2.06%) Network Security
12 50 (2.02%) VLAN
13 49 (1.98%) Internet
14 47 (1.90%) Wi-Fi
15 45 (1.82%) Ethernet
16 37 (1.49%) NAS
17 34 (1.37%) HTTP
18 33 (1.33%) Intranet
19 32 (1.29%) iSCSI
20 24 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 966 (39.00%) SQL Server
2 309 (12.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 302 (12.19%) SQL Server 2008
4 233 (9.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 147 (5.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 126 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
7 116 (4.68%) SQL Server 2012
8 85 (3.43%) SQL Server 2005
9 69 (2.79%) Relational Database
10 62 (2.50%) MySQL
11 59 (2.38%) Oracle Database
12 48 (1.94%) NoSQL
13 47 (1.90%) OLAP
14 43 (1.74%) RDBMS
15 37 (1.49%) Crystal Reports
16 32 (1.29%) DB2
16 32 (1.29%) Data Mining
16 32 (1.29%) MongoDB
17 29 (1.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 28 (1.13%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 162 (6.54%) Visual Studio
2 115 (4.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 59 (2.38%) NUnit
4 43 (1.74%) Selenium
5 40 (1.61%) Rhino Mocks
6 32 (1.29%) Subversion
7 28 (1.13%) Git (software)
8 26 (1.05%) Cucumber
9 25 (1.01%) Moq
10 24 (0.97%) MSTest
11 23 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 14 (0.57%) MSI
13 13 (0.52%) Jenkins
14 12 (0.48%) JIRA
15 10 (0.40%) InstallShield
16 8 (0.32%) Maven
16 8 (0.32%) Ant
16 8 (0.32%) SoapUI
16 8 (0.32%) SpecFlow
17 7 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 419 (16.92%) Finance
2 108 (4.36%) Marketing
3 97 (3.92%) Retail
4 82 (3.31%) Manufacturing
5 64 (2.58%) Advertising
6 55 (2.22%) Legal
7 53 (2.14%) Banking
8 51 (2.06%) Telecoms
9 29 (1.17%) Law
10 27 (1.09%) Back Office
11 21 (0.85%) Financial Institution
12 17 (0.69%) Games
13 15 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
14 9 (0.36%) Electronics
14 9 (0.36%) Multimedia
15 7 (0.28%) Billing
15 7 (0.28%) Local Government
16 6 (0.24%) French Language
16 6 (0.24%) German Language
17 5 (0.20%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 680 (27.45%) Developer
2 407 (16.43%) Analyst
3 275 (11.10%) .NET Developer
4 180 (7.27%) C# Developer
5 140 (5.65%) Consultant
6 139 (5.61%) Support Engineer
7 137 (5.53%) C# .NET Developer
8 127 (5.13%) Architect
9 126 (5.09%) Software Developer
10 122 (4.93%) Administrator
11 108 (4.36%) ASP.NET Developer
12 105 (4.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 98 (3.96%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 95 (3.84%) Support Analyst
15 94 (3.79%) IT Support
16 90 (3.63%) DBA
17 89 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
18 84 (3.39%) Senior Developer
19 80 (3.23%) Project Manager
20 72 (2.91%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 708 (28.58%) .NET
2 454 (18.33%) ASP.NET
3 335 (13.52%) HTML
4 270 (10.90%) CSS
5 209 (8.44%) WCF
6 206 (8.32%) .NET Framework
7 192 (7.75%) jQuery
8 177 (7.15%) ASP.NET MVC
9 169 (6.82%) XML
10 149 (6.02%) Web Services
11 107 (4.32%) AngularJS
12 104 (4.20%) Entity Framework
13 84 (3.39%) LINQ
14 83 (3.35%) HTML5
15 78 (3.15%) Ajax
16 66 (2.66%) SOAP
17 61 (2.46%) WPF
18 56 (2.26%) ASP.NET Web API
19 50 (2.02%) NHibernate
20 48 (1.94%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 325 (13.12%) Analytical Skills
2 139 (5.61%) Data Centre
3 97 (3.92%) Management Information System
4 89 (3.59%) Computer Science
5 74 (2.99%) N-Tier
6 71 (2.87%) Replication
7 62 (2.50%) Mobile App
8 58 (2.34%) Clustering
9 50 (2.02%) NHS
10 44 (1.78%) User Experience
11 42 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
11 42 (1.70%) Statistics
12 41 (1.66%) Visualisation
13 40 (1.61%) FlexPod
14 39 (1.57%) Inversion of Control
15 38 (1.53%) Blackberry
16 34 (1.37%) Client/Server
17 31 (1.25%) Thin Client
17 31 (1.25%) Mathematics
17 31 (1.25%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 901 (36.37%) Windows
2 290 (11.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 248 (10.01%) Windows Server 2012
4 204 (8.24%) Windows 7
5 148 (5.97%) Windows Server 2003
6 134 (5.41%) Linux
7 99 (4.00%) Windows 8
8 89 (3.59%) Windows XP
9 69 (2.79%) UNIX
10 66 (2.66%) Solaris
10 66 (2.66%) Android
11 43 (1.74%) AIX
12 42 (1.70%) Apple iOS
13 28 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 25 (1.01%) HPUX
14 25 (1.01%) SUSE
15 23 (0.93%) Windows Mobile
15 23 (0.93%) Windows Vista
15 23 (0.93%) zOS
15 23 (0.93%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 474 (19.14%) Agile Software Development
2 327 (13.20%) MVC
3 302 (12.19%) ITIL
4 248 (10.01%) Business Intelligence
5 212 (8.56%) CRM
6 209 (8.44%) Project Management
7 185 (7.47%) OO
8 149 (6.02%) Scrum
9 143 (5.77%) TDD
10 129 (5.21%) ERP
11 125 (5.05%) SDLC
12 120 (4.84%) Mentoring
13 115 (4.64%) Migration
14 107 (4.32%) Web Development
15 104 (4.20%) PRINCE2
16 101 (4.08%) ETL
17 95 (3.84%) Change Management
18 91 (3.67%) Service Management
19 89 (3.59%) Software Engineering
19 89 (3.59%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 811 (32.74%) SQL
2 613 (24.75%) C#
3 344 (13.89%) JavaScript
4 233 (9.41%) T-SQL
5 114 (4.60%) VB.NET
6 94 (3.79%) Java
7 63 (2.54%) VB
7 63 (2.54%) PowerShell
8 53 (2.14%) VBA
9 50 (2.02%) PHP
10 44 (1.78%) C
11 42 (1.70%) C++
12 32 (1.29%) Python
13 26 (1.05%) VBScript
14 17 (0.69%) R
15 16 (0.65%) Objective-C
16 15 (0.61%) Ruby
16 15 (0.61%) Apple Swift
17 14 (0.57%) COBOL
18 10 (0.40%) Perl
Qualifications
1 333 (13.44%) Microsoft Certification
2 318 (12.84%) Degree
3 133 (5.37%) MCSE
4 107 (4.32%) Security Cleared
5 104 (4.20%) Cisco Certification
6 100 (4.04%) MCITP
7 94 (3.79%) MCP
8 92 (3.71%) CCNA
9 71 (2.87%) MCSA
10 64 (2.58%) MCTS
11 62 (2.50%) SC Cleared
12 61 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 52 (2.10%) ISEB
14 41 (1.66%) ISTQB
15 37 (1.49%) Citrix Certification
16 35 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
17 30 (1.21%) CCNP
18 29 (1.17%) CCA
18 29 (1.17%) MCSD
19 28 (1.13%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (5.05%) SLA
2 96 (3.88%) QA
3 21 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.36%) WAI
4 9 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.28%) HL7
6 6 (0.24%) ISO 9000
7 5 (0.20%) COBIT
8 4 (0.16%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.12%) DICOM
10 2 (0.081%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.040%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.040%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 373 (15.06%) Active Directory
2 282 (11.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 147 (5.93%) Hyper-V
4 82 (3.31%) vSphere
5 71 (2.87%) XenDesktop
6 61 (2.46%) XenApp
7 32 (1.29%) VMware ESX
8 23 (0.93%) KVM
9 21 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
10 20 (0.81%) XenServer
11 14 (0.57%) vCloud
12 11 (0.44%) VMware Server
12 11 (0.44%) Terminal Services
13 10 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.28%) ISA Server
15 6 (0.24%) NFS
16 5 (0.20%) Xen
17 4 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
18 3 (0.12%) SRDF
19 2 (0.081%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 107 (4.32%) SCCM
2 44 (1.78%) SCOM
3 28 (1.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 27 (1.09%) Backup Exec
5 25 (1.01%) Tivoli
6 24 (0.97%) WSUS
7 12 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
7 12 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
8 9 (0.36%) MOM
9 8 (0.32%) SCOrch
10 7 (0.28%) EMC NetWorker
10 7 (0.28%) OpenView
11 6 (0.24%) SCVMM
11 6 (0.24%) Puppet
12 5 (0.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 5 (0.20%) XenMobile
12 5 (0.20%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.16%) Oracle RMAN
13 4 (0.16%) Data Guard
13 4 (0.16%) SCSM
Vendors
1 442 (17.84%) VMware
2 266 (10.74%) Cisco
3 236 (9.53%) Citrix
4 224 (9.04%) Oracle
5 166 (6.70%) HP
6 136 (5.49%) NetApp
7 102 (4.12%) IBM
8 80 (3.23%) EMC
9 67 (2.70%) Symantec
10 66 (2.66%) Juniper
11 58 (2.34%) SAP
12 48 (1.94%) Dell
13 45 (1.82%) CheckPoint
14 42 (1.70%) Business Objects
15 40 (1.61%) Apple
16 37 (1.49%) CA
17 33 (1.33%) McAfee
17 33 (1.33%) Google
17 33 (1.33%) Tableau
18 31 (1.25%) Adobe
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