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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 11 6
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1310 1142 1439
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.62% 16.57% 19.66%
As % of the Vendors category 38.98% 36.76% 38.12%
Number of salaries quoted 1033 985 1305
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,375 £21,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,500
% change year-on-year
- +2.73%
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
3361 3107 3775
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 45.21% 45.09% 51.56%
Number of salaries quoted 2606 2634 3269
Average salary £37,500 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +2 737 £35,000 - 160
Cheshire +1 357 £33,500 -4.28% 66
Lancashire -1 109 £38,230 +17.63% 17
Merseyside +3 71 £40,000 +23.07% 25
Cumbria +4 10 £36,250 - 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 1128 (43.35%) MS Excel
2 903 (34.70%) SQL
3 893 (34.32%) Windows
4 869 (33.40%) .NET
5 819 (31.48%) SQL Server
6 744 (28.59%) C#
7 462 (17.76%) ASP.NET
8 435 (16.72%) Finance
9 405 (15.56%) VMware
10 399 (15.33%) Active Directory
11 389 (14.95%) HTML
11 389 (14.95%) MS Office
12 377 (14.49%) JavaScript
13 355 (13.64%) ITIL
14 337 (12.95%) CSS
15 325 (12.49%) Degree
16 321 (12.34%) SharePoint
17 314 (12.07%) Microsoft Certification
18 310 (11.91%) MS Exchange
19 299 (11.49%) MVC
20 291 (11.18%) T-SQL
21 276 (10.61%) VMware Infrastructure
22 274 (10.53%) Citrix
23 269 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
24 267 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
24 267 (10.26%) Project Management
25 263 (10.11%) Web Services
26 240 (9.22%) XML
27 238 (9.15%) jQuery
28 235 (9.03%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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
1 321 (12.34%) SharePoint
2 310 (11.91%) MS Exchange
3 140 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 110 (4.23%) IIS
5 94 (3.61%) Lync
6 80 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2013
7 75 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2007
8 59 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
9 44 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
10 35 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
11 30 (1.15%) CMS
12 24 (0.92%) SAS
13 15 (0.58%) WebLogic
13 15 (0.58%) WebSphere
13 15 (0.58%) Umbraco
14 14 (0.54%) Sitecore CMS
14 14 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
14 14 (0.54%) NServiceBus
15 13 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 12 (0.46%) LiveLink
Applications
1 1128 (43.35%) MS Excel
2 389 (14.95%) MS Office
3 74 (2.84%) MS PowerPoint
4 67 (2.57%) MS Project
5 42 (1.61%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.42%) SPSS
7 10 (0.38%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.15%) InfoPath
11 3 (0.12%) FastStats
11 3 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.12%) PowerPivot
12 2 (0.077%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.077%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.077%) SketchUp
12 2 (0.077%) Revit
13 1 (0.038%) InDesign
13 1 (0.038%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 117 (4.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (3.04%) Dynamics NAV
3 56 (2.15%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (0.65%) Google Analytics
5 13 (0.50%) Sage 1000
5 13 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.42%) Dynamics GP
7 9 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
7 9 (0.35%) Tridion
7 9 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (0.27%) Oracle 11i
8 7 (0.27%) SAP Business One
9 6 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
10 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
11 3 (0.12%) Sage 200
11 3 (0.12%) Visualfiles
11 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
11 3 (0.12%) Pegasus Opera
11 3 (0.12%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 102 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 96 (3.69%) Office 365
3 39 (1.50%) SaaS
4 24 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
6 8 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.31%) IaaS
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.23%) PaaS
9 4 (0.15%) Google App Engine
10 3 (0.12%) Route 53
10 3 (0.12%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.038%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 194 (7.46%) TCP/IP
2 153 (5.88%) WAN
3 141 (5.42%) LAN
4 134 (5.15%) DNS
5 133 (5.11%) SAN
6 132 (5.07%) Firewall
7 95 (3.65%) VPN
7 95 (3.65%) DHCP
8 82 (3.15%) Internet
9 49 (1.88%) NAS
10 44 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
11 43 (1.65%) HTTP
12 40 (1.54%) VoIP
13 39 (1.50%) VLAN
14 29 (1.11%) iSCSI
15 27 (1.04%) Network Security
16 22 (0.85%) IPsec
17 21 (0.81%) Unified Communications
17 21 (0.81%) NetScaler
18 19 (0.73%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 819 (31.48%) SQL Server
2 267 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
3 229 (8.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 187 (7.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 140 (5.38%) SQL Server 2012
6 88 (3.38%) Relational Database
7 83 (3.19%) SQL Server 2005
8 82 (3.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 82 (3.15%) MySQL
9 80 (3.07%) Data Warehouse
10 34 (1.31%) Big Data
11 33 (1.27%) SQL Server 2000
12 31 (1.19%) Oracle Database
13 28 (1.08%) RDBMS
14 27 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
15 26 (1.00%) MS Access
15 26 (1.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 25 (0.96%) OLAP
17 24 (0.92%) RavenDB
18 23 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 229 (8.80%) Visual Studio
2 79 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 41 (1.58%) Git (software)
4 33 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 33 (1.27%) Selenium
5 29 (1.11%) NUnit
6 25 (0.96%) JIRA
7 22 (0.85%) ReSharper
7 22 (0.85%) Subversion
7 22 (0.85%) SpecFlow
8 17 (0.65%) MSTest
8 17 (0.65%) Eclipse
9 16 (0.61%) Rhino Mocks
10 11 (0.42%) Jenkins
10 11 (0.42%) Ant
11 10 (0.38%) Cucumber
12 8 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
13 7 (0.27%) Mercurial
14 6 (0.23%) QuickTest Pro
15 4 (0.15%) Moq
General
1 435 (16.72%) Finance
2 139 (5.34%) Advertising
3 138 (5.30%) Marketing
4 112 (4.30%) Retail
5 80 (3.07%) Telecoms
6 61 (2.34%) Manufacturing
7 50 (1.92%) Legal
8 35 (1.35%) Back Office
9 30 (1.15%) Billing
10 24 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
11 21 (0.81%) Banking
12 17 (0.65%) Law
13 15 (0.58%) Automotive
14 11 (0.42%) Games
15 8 (0.31%) Local Government
15 8 (0.31%) Greek Language
15 8 (0.31%) Polish Language
16 6 (0.23%) German Language
17 5 (0.19%) Multimedia
18 4 (0.15%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 795 (30.55%) Developer
2 487 (18.72%) Analyst
3 306 (11.76%) .NET Developer
4 167 (6.42%) C# Developer
5 156 (6.00%) Support Analyst
6 149 (5.73%) Support Engineer
7 145 (5.57%) Consultant
8 138 (5.30%) C# .NET Developer
9 117 (4.50%) Senior Developer
10 113 (4.34%) Software Developer
11 106 (4.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 97 (3.73%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 96 (3.69%) ASP.NET Developer
13 96 (3.69%) Architect
14 93 (3.57%) Team Leader
15 82 (3.15%) Project Manager
16 80 (3.07%) Applications Support
17 78 (3.00%) Business Analyst
18 71 (2.73%) 3rd Line Support
19 69 (2.65%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 869 (33.40%) .NET
2 462 (17.76%) ASP.NET
3 389 (14.95%) HTML
4 337 (12.95%) CSS
5 263 (10.11%) Web Services
6 240 (9.22%) XML
7 238 (9.15%) jQuery
8 235 (9.03%) .NET Framework
9 194 (7.46%) WCF
10 148 (5.69%) ASP.NET MVC
11 128 (4.92%) LINQ
12 126 (4.84%) HTML5
13 113 (4.34%) SOAP
14 104 (4.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 103 (3.96%) Ajax
16 62 (2.38%) REST
17 55 (2.11%) WPF
18 44 (1.69%) RESTful
19 43 (1.65%) ASP.NET Web API
20 39 (1.50%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 104 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
2 80 (3.07%) Computer Science
3 79 (3.04%) Management Information System
4 50 (1.92%) Blackberry
5 42 (1.61%) N-Tier
6 38 (1.46%) Thin Client
6 38 (1.46%) Fat Client
6 38 (1.46%) iPhone
7 31 (1.19%) Mobile App
7 31 (1.19%) Social Media
7 31 (1.19%) Clustering
8 30 (1.15%) Mathematics
9 27 (1.04%) Statistics
10 26 (1.00%) Client/Server
11 24 (0.92%) NHS
11 24 (0.92%) FlexPod
12 19 (0.73%) Replication
13 17 (0.65%) Visualisation
14 16 (0.61%) PMI
15 15 (0.58%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 893 (34.32%) Windows
2 269 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
3 198 (7.61%) Windows 7
4 179 (6.88%) Windows Server 2003
5 175 (6.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 104 (4.00%) Linux
7 103 (3.96%) Windows XP
8 100 (3.84%) UNIX
9 71 (2.73%) Windows 8
10 49 (1.88%) Android
11 41 (1.58%) Apple iOS
12 40 (1.54%) Windows Phone
13 28 (1.08%) Windows Phone 8
14 21 (0.81%) AIX
15 19 (0.73%) Windows 2000
16 17 (0.65%) Windows Vista
17 14 (0.54%) CentOS
18 12 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
18 12 (0.46%) Solaris
19 8 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 355 (13.64%) ITIL
2 299 (11.49%) MVC
3 267 (10.26%) Project Management
4 229 (8.80%) Business Intelligence
5 207 (7.96%) Agile Software Development
6 201 (7.72%) CRM
7 155 (5.96%) OO
8 149 (5.73%) TDD
9 148 (5.69%) Scrum
10 137 (5.27%) ERP
11 120 (4.61%) Service Delivery
12 115 (4.42%) Mentoring
13 106 (4.07%) Software Engineering
13 106 (4.07%) Web Development
14 102 (3.92%) PRINCE2
15 96 (3.69%) Change Management
16 95 (3.65%) Unit Testing
17 86 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
18 83 (3.19%) Migration
19 78 (3.00%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 903 (34.70%) SQL
2 744 (28.59%) C#
3 377 (14.49%) JavaScript
4 291 (11.18%) T-SQL
5 171 (6.57%) VB.NET
6 116 (4.46%) VB
7 99 (3.80%) Java
8 67 (2.57%) C
9 57 (2.19%) VBA
10 52 (2.00%) PowerShell
11 50 (1.92%) PHP
12 31 (1.19%) VB6
13 26 (1.00%) C++
13 26 (1.00%) VBScript
14 23 (0.88%) Objective-C
15 20 (0.77%) PL/SQL
16 18 (0.69%) XQuery
17 17 (0.65%) Groovy
18 15 (0.58%) Perl
19 10 (0.38%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 325 (12.49%) Degree
2 314 (12.07%) Microsoft Certification
3 169 (6.50%) MCSE
4 108 (4.15%) MCP
5 105 (4.04%) MCITP
6 96 (3.69%) Cisco Certification
7 82 (3.15%) CCNA
8 78 (3.00%) MCSA
9 64 (2.46%) Citrix Certification
10 62 (2.38%) Security Cleared
10 62 (2.38%) MCTS
11 61 (2.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 47 (1.81%) CCA
13 46 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
14 35 (1.35%) SC Cleared
15 33 (1.27%) ISEB
16 29 (1.11%) CCNP
17 21 (0.81%) CISSP
17 21 (0.81%) PMI Certification
18 19 (0.73%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (4.04%) SLA
2 55 (2.11%) QA
3 19 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (0.69%) WAI
5 10 (0.38%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.23%) BS7799
8 4 (0.15%) COBIT
9 3 (0.12%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.077%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.038%) DO-178B
System Software
1 399 (15.33%) Active Directory
2 276 (10.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 231 (8.88%) Hyper-V
4 98 (3.77%) vSphere
5 80 (3.07%) XenApp
6 69 (2.65%) XenDesktop
7 20 (0.77%) XenServer
7 20 (0.77%) VMware ESX
8 18 (0.69%) vCloud
9 17 (0.65%) NFS
9 17 (0.65%) Terminal Services
10 13 (0.50%) Snort
11 12 (0.46%) Xen
11 12 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
12 11 (0.42%) VMware Server
12 11 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 8 (0.31%) Forefront TMG
15 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.19%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 98 (3.77%) SCCM
2 71 (2.73%) SCOM
3 30 (1.15%) Backup Exec
4 23 (0.88%) HP SIM
5 22 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
5 22 (0.85%) SCVMM
6 19 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
7 16 (0.61%) WSUS
8 15 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 13 (0.50%) Nessus
10 12 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 11 (0.42%) OpenView
11 11 (0.42%) Puppet
12 10 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
13 9 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
14 8 (0.31%) NetBackup
14 8 (0.31%) Nagios
15 7 (0.27%) WhatsUp Gold
15 7 (0.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 6 (0.23%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 405 (15.56%) VMware
2 274 (10.53%) Citrix
3 208 (7.99%) Cisco
4 170 (6.53%) HP
5 169 (6.50%) Oracle
6 118 (4.53%) NetApp
7 79 (3.04%) Dell
8 65 (2.50%) Symantec
9 60 (2.31%) IBM
10 53 (2.04%) SAP
11 42 (1.61%) EMC
12 39 (1.50%) McAfee
12 39 (1.50%) Google
13 36 (1.38%) Juniper
14 33 (1.27%) Sage
15 32 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
16 26 (1.00%) Avaya
17 22 (0.85%) CheckPoint
18 21 (0.81%) Red Hat
18 21 (0.81%) Veeam
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Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 1 hour ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 1 hour ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 1 hour ago
Preston, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £20,000 to £26,000 per annum + excellent bens package
Posted: 1 hour ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 2 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 2 hours ago
North West
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £38000 - £55000 per annum + car, bonus, gym, certifications
Posted: 2 hours ago
Runcorn, Cheshire
Atos
Salary: Competitive Salary + Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Car, Bonus, Pension
Posted: 3 hours ago
Cheshire
Venturi
Salary: £33000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
General Medical Council
Salary: From £25,642 to £33,620 per annum plus benefits
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Warrington, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £34000 per annum
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HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £185.00 - £215.00 per annum
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Salary: £50000 Per Annum £30K OTE + £5K Car Allowance
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Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Gold Partner
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Chester, Cheshire
RMI International
Salary: From £28,000 to £45,000 per annum
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Macclesfield, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits
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Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: From £85,000 to £85,000 per annum £50'000 Basic + £5k car + £30'000 co
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Manchester, Lancashire
Actis Recruitment.
Salary: From £25,000 to £33,000 per annum + car/allowance + bens
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