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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 9 9 11
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1079 1298 1272
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.88% 19.05% 17.36%
As % of the Vendors category 39.45% 42.67% 37.85%
Number of salaries quoted 883 1060 1098
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £51,000 £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
2735 3042 3361
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 45.31% 44.64% 45.87%
Number of salaries quoted 2165 2445 2788
Average salary £40,000 £36,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £57,500 £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 29 May 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 29 May 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 -3 540 £37,000 +5.71% 206
Cheshire +2 320 £37,500 +8.69% 62
Merseyside +9 110 £32,000 -9.21% 32
Lancashire -10 78 £35,000 +16.66% 30
Cumbria +3 17 £37,500 +32.74% 5
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 986 (41.87%) MS Excel
2 924 (39.24%) SQL Server
3 856 (36.35%) Windows
4 744 (31.59%) SQL
5 691 (29.34%) .NET
6 597 (25.35%) C#
7 460 (19.53%) MS Office
8 453 (19.24%) ASP.NET
9 443 (18.81%) Agile Software Development
10 440 (18.68%) VMware
11 412 (17.49%) Finance
12 368 (15.63%) Active Directory
13 338 (14.35%) Microsoft Certification
14 326 (13.84%) MVC
15 320 (13.59%) JavaScript
16 313 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
17 306 (12.99%) HTML
18 304 (12.91%) MS Exchange
19 294 (12.48%) SQL Server 2008
20 292 (12.40%) SharePoint
21 288 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
22 287 (12.19%) ITIL
23 285 (12.10%) Degree
24 273 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
25 268 (11.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 264 (11.21%) Cisco
27 262 (11.13%) CSS
28 234 (9.94%) Windows Server 2012
29 222 (9.43%) Citrix
30 219 (9.30%) T-SQL

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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
1 304 (12.91%) MS Exchange
2 292 (12.40%) SharePoint
3 151 (6.41%) IIS
4 136 (5.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 104 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 56 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2003
7 55 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 46 (1.95%) SharePoint 2010
9 40 (1.70%) CMS
9 40 (1.70%) Lync
10 38 (1.61%) SharePoint 2013
11 31 (1.32%) WebSphere
12 24 (1.02%) SAS
12 24 (1.02%) WebLogic
12 24 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
13 21 (0.89%) Apache
14 20 (0.85%) Umbraco
15 17 (0.72%) IBM Notes
16 15 (0.64%) Alfresco
17 14 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 986 (41.87%) MS Excel
2 460 (19.53%) MS Office
3 115 (4.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 70 (2.97%) MS Project
5 47 (2.00%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.72%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.68%) SPSS
8 11 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.42%) Adobe After Effects
10 6 (0.25%) Adobe Captivate
10 6 (0.25%) Acrobat
11 5 (0.21%) PowerPivot
12 4 (0.17%) AutoCAD
13 3 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
13 3 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.13%) ProjectWise
14 2 (0.085%) FastStats
14 2 (0.085%) SketchUp
14 2 (0.085%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.085%) Revit
Business Applications
1 134 (5.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (2.04%) Dynamics NAV
3 39 (1.66%) Dynamics AX
4 19 (0.81%) Dynamics GP
5 9 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.34%) Agresso
7 7 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
7 7 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
8 5 (0.21%) Exstream
8 5 (0.21%) Sage 50
9 4 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
10 3 (0.13%) Primavera
10 3 (0.13%) Line 50
10 3 (0.13%) Visualfiles
11 2 (0.085%) OPENHousing
11 2 (0.085%) Sage CRM
11 2 (0.085%) Line 500
11 2 (0.085%) Tridion
12 1 (0.042%) Oracle Financials
12 1 (0.042%) Lawson
Cloud Services
1 103 (4.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 80 (3.40%) Office 365
3 43 (1.83%) SaaS
4 37 (1.57%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (0.55%) Google Analytics
6 9 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (0.34%) Yammer
8 4 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.17%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.13%) IaaS
10 2 (0.085%) SmartFocus
10 2 (0.085%) PaaS
10 2 (0.085%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.085%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.085%) GitHub
10 2 (0.085%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.085%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.042%) Scribe Online
11 1 (0.042%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.042%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 204 (8.66%) Firewall
2 198 (8.41%) DNS
3 163 (6.92%) SAN
4 157 (6.67%) DHCP
5 152 (6.45%) LAN
6 144 (6.11%) TCP/IP
7 129 (5.48%) WAN
8 104 (4.42%) VPN
9 62 (2.63%) Wireless
10 58 (2.46%) Network Security
11 56 (2.38%) VLAN
12 51 (2.17%) Internet
13 50 (2.12%) Wi-Fi
14 46 (1.95%) VoIP
15 39 (1.66%) NAS
16 37 (1.57%) Ethernet
17 34 (1.44%) Intranet
18 31 (1.32%) HTTP
19 28 (1.19%) iSCSI
20 23 (0.98%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 924 (39.24%) SQL Server
2 294 (12.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 268 (11.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 208 (8.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 120 (5.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 113 (4.80%) SQL Server 2012
7 104 (4.42%) Data Warehouse
8 89 (3.78%) SQL Server 2005
9 74 (3.14%) Relational Database
10 56 (2.38%) MySQL
11 54 (2.29%) OLAP
11 54 (2.29%) Oracle Database
12 48 (2.04%) RDBMS
13 44 (1.87%) NoSQL
14 34 (1.44%) Crystal Reports
15 30 (1.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 30 (1.27%) OLAP Cube
16 27 (1.15%) SQL Server 2000
17 25 (1.06%) MongoDB
18 24 (1.02%) DB2
Development Applications
1 163 (6.92%) Visual Studio
2 103 (4.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 54 (2.29%) NUnit
4 45 (1.91%) Selenium
5 38 (1.61%) Rhino Mocks
6 37 (1.57%) Subversion
7 27 (1.15%) Moq
7 27 (1.15%) Git (software)
8 26 (1.10%) Cucumber
9 25 (1.06%) MSTest
10 18 (0.76%) JIRA
11 16 (0.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 14 (0.59%) SpecFlow
13 9 (0.38%) InstallShield
14 8 (0.34%) Jenkins
15 7 (0.30%) JMeter
15 7 (0.30%) MSI
16 6 (0.25%) SoapUI
16 6 (0.25%) TeamCity
17 5 (0.21%) JUnit
General
1 412 (17.49%) Finance
2 88 (3.74%) Marketing
3 78 (3.31%) Retail
4 68 (2.89%) Manufacturing
5 67 (2.85%) Advertising
6 57 (2.42%) Legal
7 51 (2.17%) Telecoms
8 40 (1.70%) Banking
9 32 (1.36%) Back Office
10 30 (1.27%) Law
11 22 (0.93%) Financial Institution
12 17 (0.72%) Games
13 16 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
14 10 (0.42%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.34%) Billing
16 6 (0.25%) Local Government
16 6 (0.25%) French Language
16 6 (0.25%) German Language
16 6 (0.25%) Electronics
16 6 (0.25%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 639 (27.13%) Developer
2 350 (14.86%) Analyst
3 276 (11.72%) .NET Developer
4 187 (7.94%) C# Developer
5 153 (6.50%) Support Engineer
6 145 (6.16%) C# .NET Developer
7 135 (5.73%) Consultant
8 121 (5.14%) Administrator
9 112 (4.76%) Software Developer
10 107 (4.54%) ASP.NET Developer
11 103 (4.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 103 (4.37%) C# ASP.NET Developer
12 96 (4.08%) Architect
13 94 (3.99%) IT Support
14 88 (3.74%) Project Manager
14 88 (3.74%) DBA
15 83 (3.52%) Senior Developer
16 81 (3.44%) Support Analyst
16 81 (3.44%) 2nd Line Support
17 71 (3.01%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 691 (29.34%) .NET
2 453 (19.24%) ASP.NET
3 306 (12.99%) HTML
4 262 (11.13%) CSS
5 204 (8.66%) WCF
6 197 (8.37%) .NET Framework
7 179 (7.60%) ASP.NET MVC
8 174 (7.39%) jQuery
9 150 (6.37%) XML
10 126 (5.35%) Web Services
11 97 (4.12%) HTML5
12 88 (3.74%) Entity Framework
13 84 (3.57%) AngularJS
14 74 (3.14%) LINQ
15 63 (2.68%) Ajax
16 56 (2.38%) SOAP
17 54 (2.29%) WPF
17 54 (2.29%) NHibernate
18 50 (2.12%) Castle Windsor
19 47 (2.00%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 313 (13.29%) Analytical Skills
2 143 (6.07%) Data Centre
3 90 (3.82%) Management Information System
4 86 (3.65%) Computer Science
5 70 (2.97%) Replication
6 65 (2.76%) N-Tier
6 65 (2.76%) Mobile App
7 61 (2.59%) Clustering
8 60 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
9 44 (1.87%) NHS
10 43 (1.83%) Statistics
11 42 (1.78%) User Experience
12 40 (1.70%) Client/Server
12 40 (1.70%) FlexPod
13 39 (1.66%) Inversion of Control
14 37 (1.57%) Visualisation
15 31 (1.32%) Mathematics
16 30 (1.27%) Blackberry
17 28 (1.19%) Fat Client
17 28 (1.19%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 856 (36.35%) Windows
2 288 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
3 234 (9.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 192 (8.15%) Windows 7
5 149 (6.33%) Windows Server 2003
6 105 (4.46%) Linux
7 96 (4.08%) Windows 8
8 94 (3.99%) Windows XP
9 62 (2.63%) Android
9 62 (2.63%) UNIX
10 56 (2.38%) Solaris
11 39 (1.66%) Apple iOS
12 33 (1.40%) AIX
13 26 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 23 (0.98%) Windows Vista
14 23 (0.98%) Windows Mobile
15 22 (0.93%) SUSE
15 22 (0.93%) OS/400
15 22 (0.93%) HPUX
15 22 (0.93%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 443 (18.81%) Agile Software Development
2 326 (13.84%) MVC
3 287 (12.19%) ITIL
4 203 (8.62%) Business Intelligence
5 196 (8.32%) CRM
6 192 (8.15%) OO
7 188 (7.98%) Project Management
8 145 (6.16%) Scrum
9 133 (5.65%) TDD
9 133 (5.65%) ERP
10 115 (4.88%) Web Development
11 110 (4.67%) Migration
12 107 (4.54%) SDLC
13 103 (4.37%) Mentoring
14 101 (4.29%) PRINCE2
15 98 (4.16%) ETL
16 89 (3.78%) Disaster Recovery
17 86 (3.65%) Service Management
17 86 (3.65%) Business Continuity
18 84 (3.57%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 744 (31.59%) SQL
2 597 (25.35%) C#
3 320 (13.59%) JavaScript
4 219 (9.30%) T-SQL
5 117 (4.97%) VB.NET
6 79 (3.35%) Java
7 66 (2.80%) PowerShell
8 61 (2.59%) VB
9 51 (2.17%) VBA
10 46 (1.95%) C
11 39 (1.66%) C++
12 32 (1.36%) PHP
13 28 (1.19%) VBScript
14 27 (1.15%) Python
15 23 (0.98%) Objective-C
15 23 (0.98%) Apple Swift
16 15 (0.64%) R
17 14 (0.59%) Ruby
18 8 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 8 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 338 (14.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 285 (12.10%) Degree
3 136 (5.77%) MCSE
4 103 (4.37%) Security Cleared
5 100 (4.25%) MCP
6 95 (4.03%) Cisco Certification
7 90 (3.82%) MCITP
8 87 (3.69%) CCNA
9 72 (3.06%) MCSA
10 63 (2.68%) SC Cleared
10 63 (2.68%) MCTS
11 60 (2.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 55 (2.34%) ISEB
13 46 (1.95%) ISTQB
14 34 (1.44%) Citrix Certification
15 30 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (1.27%) NCDA
16 29 (1.23%) CCA
16 29 (1.23%) MCSD
17 27 (1.15%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (4.54%) SLA
2 90 (3.82%) QA
3 19 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (0.59%) WAI
5 9 (0.38%) ISO 9000
6 6 (0.25%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.21%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.17%) HL7
9 3 (0.13%) COBIT
10 1 (0.042%) JSP 440
System Software
1 368 (15.63%) Active Directory
2 273 (11.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 163 (6.92%) Hyper-V
4 72 (3.06%) vSphere
5 70 (2.97%) XenDesktop
6 52 (2.21%) XenApp
7 29 (1.23%) VMware ESX
8 22 (0.93%) KVM
9 14 (0.59%) XenServer
10 13 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
11 11 (0.47%) Terminal Services
11 11 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (0.42%) vCloud
13 9 (0.38%) VMware Server
14 7 (0.30%) NFS
15 6 (0.25%) Xen
16 4 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 2 (0.085%) Forefront TMG
17 2 (0.085%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 2 (0.085%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 111 (4.71%) SCCM
2 55 (2.34%) SCOM
3 34 (1.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 26 (1.10%) Backup Exec
5 24 (1.02%) Tivoli
6 18 (0.76%) WSUS
7 12 (0.51%) OpenView
8 11 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
8 11 (0.47%) SCOrch
9 10 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
10 9 (0.38%) MOM
10 9 (0.38%) SCVMM
10 9 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (0.30%) SCSM
12 6 (0.25%) XenMobile
13 5 (0.21%) NetBackup
13 5 (0.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (0.21%) Puppet
14 4 (0.17%) SCDPM
15 3 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 440 (18.68%) VMware
2 264 (11.21%) Cisco
3 222 (9.43%) Citrix
4 209 (8.87%) Oracle
5 168 (7.13%) HP
6 152 (6.45%) NetApp
7 87 (3.69%) EMC
8 84 (3.57%) IBM
9 67 (2.85%) Symantec
10 58 (2.46%) Juniper
11 49 (2.08%) CheckPoint
12 48 (2.04%) Dell
13 45 (1.91%) SAP
14 37 (1.57%) McAfee
14 37 (1.57%) CA
15 34 (1.44%) Business Objects
16 31 (1.32%) Telerik
17 30 (1.27%) Apple
18 27 (1.15%) Sage
18 27 (1.15%) Red Hat
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