The first table below looks at the demand 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 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the North West region.

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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 10 11 6
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1250 1220 1380
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.44% 16.99% 18.40%
As % of the Vendors category 39.33% 37.90% 36.34%
Number of salaries quoted 1000 1062 1257
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,875
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.32%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £21,775 £21,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £55,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,000
% change year-on-year
- +4.16%
Vendors Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
3178 3219 3797
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.33% 44.83% 50.64%
Number of salaries quoted 2524 2739 3299
Average salary £36,000 £38,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.49% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £25,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
Microsoft
England

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 August 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 1 August 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 +1 698 £35,000 - 128
Cheshire +2 359 £35,000 +9.37% 53
Lancashire +1 94 £35,000 +9.37% 19
Merseyside 0 74 £35,500 -0.69% 17
Cumbria +6 8 £32,500 -13.33% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 1110 (42.94%) MS Excel
2 937 (36.25%) SQL
3 887 (34.31%) .NET
4 880 (34.04%) Windows
5 828 (32.03%) SQL Server
6 777 (30.06%) C#
7 464 (17.95%) ASP.NET
8 416 (16.09%) VMware
9 410 (15.86%) Active Directory
10 406 (15.71%) Finance
11 384 (14.85%) MS Office
12 371 (14.35%) HTML
13 364 (14.08%) JavaScript
14 361 (13.97%) ITIL
15 337 (13.04%) Microsoft Certification
16 321 (12.42%) Degree
17 317 (12.26%) CSS
18 309 (11.95%) T-SQL
19 305 (11.80%) SharePoint
20 294 (11.37%) MS Exchange
21 277 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
21 277 (10.72%) SQL Server 2008
22 275 (10.64%) MVC
23 270 (10.44%) Project Management
24 267 (10.33%) Windows Server 2008
25 265 (10.25%) Web Services
26 260 (10.06%) Citrix
27 258 (9.98%) XML
28 235 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
29 232 (8.97%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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
1 305 (11.80%) SharePoint
2 294 (11.37%) MS Exchange
3 131 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 104 (4.02%) IIS
5 82 (3.17%) Lync
6 81 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
7 74 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2013
8 60 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2003
9 46 (1.78%) SharePoint 2010
10 34 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
11 26 (1.01%) CMS
12 17 (0.66%) SAS
13 14 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 13 (0.50%) WebLogic
14 13 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
15 12 (0.46%) LiveLink
16 10 (0.39%) WebSphere
16 10 (0.39%) Apache
17 9 (0.35%) Tomcat
17 9 (0.35%) Node.js
Applications
1 1110 (42.94%) MS Excel
2 384 (14.85%) MS Office
3 67 (2.59%) MS Project
4 61 (2.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 31 (1.20%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.23%) SPSS
6 6 (0.23%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.19%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.077%) SketchUp
9 2 (0.077%) Revit
9 2 (0.077%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.077%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.039%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.039%) InDesign
10 1 (0.039%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.039%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 116 (4.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 89 (3.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 44 (1.70%) Dynamics AX
4 15 (0.58%) Google Analytics
5 13 (0.50%) Sage 1000
6 11 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.31%) Dynamics GP
7 8 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
8 6 (0.23%) SAP Business One
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
9 5 (0.19%) Tridion
10 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
10 4 (0.15%) Visualfiles
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
11 3 (0.12%) Lawson
11 3 (0.12%) Pegasus Opera
11 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
11 3 (0.12%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 87 (3.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 86 (3.33%) Office 365
3 39 (1.51%) SaaS
4 27 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
7 7 (0.27%) IaaS
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.23%) PaaS
9 3 (0.12%) Route 53
10 1 (0.039%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.039%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 187 (7.23%) TCP/IP
2 153 (5.92%) WAN
3 148 (5.73%) Firewall
4 140 (5.42%) LAN
5 134 (5.18%) SAN
6 133 (5.15%) DNS
7 96 (3.71%) VPN
8 91 (3.52%) DHCP
9 80 (3.09%) Internet
10 47 (1.82%) NAS
11 45 (1.74%) Wi-Fi
12 39 (1.51%) HTTP
13 38 (1.47%) VoIP
14 36 (1.39%) VLAN
15 28 (1.08%) iSCSI
16 25 (0.97%) Network Security
17 23 (0.89%) Unified Communications
18 21 (0.81%) IPsec
19 19 (0.74%) Ethernet
20 17 (0.66%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 828 (32.03%) SQL Server
2 277 (10.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 235 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 189 (7.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 152 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 90 (3.48%) MySQL
7 89 (3.44%) SQL Server 2005
8 87 (3.37%) Relational Database
9 80 (3.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 71 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
11 32 (1.24%) SQL Server 2000
12 30 (1.16%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 28 (1.08%) RDBMS
13 28 (1.08%) Oracle Database
14 26 (1.01%) QlikView
14 26 (1.01%) RavenDB
15 25 (0.97%) Big Data
16 23 (0.89%) OLAP
17 22 (0.85%) MS Access
17 22 (0.85%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 228 (8.82%) Visual Studio
2 76 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
3 37 (1.43%) Git (software)
4 36 (1.39%) Selenium
5 33 (1.28%) NUnit
6 31 (1.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 26 (1.01%) Subversion
8 23 (0.89%) JIRA
9 21 (0.81%) Eclipse
9 21 (0.81%) ReSharper
10 20 (0.77%) Rhino Mocks
11 16 (0.62%) SpecFlow
12 14 (0.54%) MSTest
13 12 (0.46%) Ant
14 11 (0.43%) Jenkins
15 8 (0.31%) Cucumber
16 7 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
16 7 (0.27%) Mercurial
17 4 (0.15%) TeamCity
17 4 (0.15%) Moq
General
1 406 (15.71%) Finance
2 139 (5.38%) Advertising
3 127 (4.91%) Marketing
4 119 (4.60%) Retail
5 76 (2.94%) Telecoms
6 64 (2.48%) Legal
7 56 (2.17%) Manufacturing
8 30 (1.16%) Billing
9 27 (1.04%) Back Office
10 26 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
11 23 (0.89%) Banking
12 17 (0.66%) Automotive
13 15 (0.58%) Games
14 14 (0.54%) Law
15 9 (0.35%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.31%) Greek Language
16 8 (0.31%) Polish Language
16 8 (0.31%) Local Government
17 4 (0.15%) German Language
17 4 (0.15%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 793 (30.68%) Developer
2 466 (18.03%) Analyst
3 311 (12.03%) .NET Developer
4 167 (6.46%) Consultant
5 165 (6.38%) C# Developer
6 159 (6.15%) Support Analyst
7 147 (5.69%) Support Engineer
8 139 (5.38%) C# .NET Developer
9 120 (4.64%) Software Developer
10 113 (4.37%) Senior Developer
11 106 (4.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 98 (3.79%) Team Leader
13 96 (3.71%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 91 (3.52%) Architect
15 89 (3.44%) Applications Support
16 88 (3.40%) ASP.NET Developer
17 76 (2.94%) Project Manager
18 74 (2.86%) IT Support
19 72 (2.79%) 3rd Line Support
20 71 (2.75%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 887 (34.31%) .NET
2 464 (17.95%) ASP.NET
3 371 (14.35%) HTML
4 317 (12.26%) CSS
5 265 (10.25%) Web Services
6 258 (9.98%) XML
7 232 (8.97%) .NET Framework
8 221 (8.55%) jQuery
9 203 (7.85%) WCF
10 151 (5.84%) ASP.NET MVC
11 120 (4.64%) HTML5
12 118 (4.56%) LINQ
13 108 (4.18%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 107 (4.14%) SOAP
15 93 (3.60%) Ajax
16 83 (3.21%) WPF
17 73 (2.82%) REST
18 62 (2.40%) WinForms
19 39 (1.51%) RESTful
19 39 (1.51%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 95 (3.68%) Enterprise Software
2 82 (3.17%) Computer Science
3 73 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 54 (2.09%) N-Tier
5 52 (2.01%) Blackberry
6 38 (1.47%) Thin Client
6 38 (1.47%) Fat Client
7 36 (1.39%) Clustering
8 35 (1.35%) iPhone
8 35 (1.35%) Social Media
9 34 (1.32%) NHS
10 31 (1.20%) Statistics
11 29 (1.12%) Replication
12 28 (1.08%) Client/Server
12 28 (1.08%) Mobile App
13 26 (1.01%) Mathematics
14 22 (0.85%) SystemC
14 22 (0.85%) FlexPod
15 19 (0.74%) PKI
16 18 (0.70%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 880 (34.04%) Windows
2 267 (10.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 199 (7.70%) Windows 7
4 185 (7.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 183 (7.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 110 (4.26%) Windows XP
7 102 (3.95%) Linux
8 86 (3.33%) UNIX
9 72 (2.79%) Windows 8
10 46 (1.78%) Android
11 40 (1.55%) Apple iOS
12 35 (1.35%) Windows Phone
13 23 (0.89%) Windows Phone 8
14 20 (0.77%) Windows 2000
15 19 (0.74%) Windows Vista
16 12 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
17 11 (0.43%) AIX
18 10 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
19 7 (0.27%) Mac OS X
19 7 (0.27%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (13.97%) ITIL
2 275 (10.64%) MVC
3 270 (10.44%) Project Management
4 215 (8.32%) Business Intelligence
5 214 (8.28%) Agile Software Development
6 197 (7.62%) CRM
7 166 (6.42%) TDD
8 155 (6.00%) OO
9 138 (5.34%) Software Engineering
10 137 (5.30%) ERP
11 135 (5.22%) Scrum
12 120 (4.64%) Service Delivery
13 107 (4.14%) Unit Testing
14 104 (4.02%) PRINCE2
15 101 (3.91%) Web Development
16 91 (3.52%) Change Management
17 86 (3.33%) Migration
18 79 (3.06%) OOD
19 77 (2.98%) OOP
19 77 (2.98%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 937 (36.25%) SQL
2 777 (30.06%) C#
3 364 (14.08%) JavaScript
4 309 (11.95%) T-SQL
5 183 (7.08%) VB.NET
6 118 (4.56%) VB
7 94 (3.64%) Java
8 84 (3.25%) C
9 58 (2.24%) PowerShell
10 46 (1.78%) VBA
10 46 (1.78%) PHP
11 35 (1.35%) VB6
12 27 (1.04%) C++
13 23 (0.89%) VBScript
14 21 (0.81%) Objective-C
15 19 (0.74%) Perl
16 18 (0.70%) XQuery
17 15 (0.58%) PL/SQL
17 15 (0.58%) Python
18 13 (0.50%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 337 (13.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 321 (12.42%) Degree
3 181 (7.00%) MCSE
4 116 (4.49%) MCITP
5 114 (4.41%) MCP
6 94 (3.64%) Cisco Certification
7 92 (3.56%) MCSA
8 80 (3.09%) CCNA
9 65 (2.51%) MCTS
10 64 (2.48%) Security Cleared
11 60 (2.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 52 (2.01%) Citrix Certification
13 42 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
14 36 (1.39%) SC Cleared
15 35 (1.35%) CCA
16 33 (1.28%) ISEB
17 26 (1.01%) CCNP
18 20 (0.77%) ISTQB
19 17 (0.66%) CISSP
19 17 (0.66%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (4.56%) SLA
2 58 (2.24%) QA
3 19 (0.74%) WAI
4 17 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.23%) BS7799
8 3 (0.12%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.12%) COBIT
9 2 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.039%) DO-178B
System Software
1 410 (15.86%) Active Directory
2 277 (10.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 215 (8.32%) Hyper-V
4 95 (3.68%) vSphere
5 72 (2.79%) XenApp
6 64 (2.48%) XenDesktop
7 24 (0.93%) VMware ESX
8 23 (0.89%) XenServer
9 19 (0.74%) vCloud
10 18 (0.70%) Terminal Services
11 17 (0.66%) NFS
12 13 (0.50%) Snort
13 12 (0.46%) VMware Server
14 11 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
15 10 (0.39%) Xen
15 10 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
16 9 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
17 8 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 5 (0.19%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 96 (3.71%) SCCM
2 76 (2.94%) SCOM
3 25 (0.97%) Backup Exec
4 23 (0.89%) SCVMM
4 23 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
5 17 (0.66%) HP SIM
6 15 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 13 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 13 (0.50%) Nessus
8 11 (0.43%) OpenView
9 10 (0.39%) Puppet
9 10 (0.39%) NetBackup
10 9 (0.35%) Norton AntiVirus
11 8 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
11 8 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 6 (0.23%) SCDPM
12 6 (0.23%) WSUS
12 6 (0.23%) Nagios
13 4 (0.15%) OpenNMS
Vendors
1 416 (16.09%) VMware
2 260 (10.06%) Citrix
3 214 (8.28%) Cisco
4 172 (6.65%) Oracle
5 168 (6.50%) HP
6 115 (4.45%) NetApp
7 78 (3.02%) Dell
8 61 (2.36%) IBM
9 59 (2.28%) Symantec
10 49 (1.90%) SAP
11 48 (1.86%) EMC
12 43 (1.66%) McAfee
13 36 (1.39%) Juniper
14 33 (1.28%) Avaya
15 32 (1.24%) Google
16 31 (1.20%) Sage
17 28 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
18 23 (0.89%) CheckPoint
18 23 (0.89%) Apple
18 23 (0.89%) Fujitsu
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