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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 9 10
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1358 1268 1200
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 18.90% 17.28% 16.83%
As % of the Vendors category 42.23% 36.37% 36.67%
Number of salaries quoted 1092 1103 1101
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.06%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £22,500 £22,250
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £52,500 £47,500
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
3216 3486 3272
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.77% 47.49% 45.88%
Number of salaries quoted 2552 2847 2869
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £56,000 £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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +3 776 £35,000 - 152
Cheshire +5 365 £35,000 - 55
Merseyside -4 98 £35,000 +6.06% 25
Lancashire 0 94 £31,500 +5.00% 12
Cumbria +2 8 £21,500 -21.81% 5
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England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 989 (40.72%) SQL
2 978 (40.26%) MS Excel
3 914 (37.63%) Windows
4 872 (35.90%) .NET
5 869 (35.78%) SQL Server
6 754 (31.04%) C#
7 456 (18.77%) ASP.NET
8 407 (16.76%) Active Directory
9 400 (16.47%) VMware
10 369 (15.19%) Microsoft Certification
11 368 (15.15%) Finance
12 352 (14.49%) MS Office
13 349 (14.37%) ITIL
14 343 (14.12%) JavaScript
15 329 (13.54%) T-SQL
16 325 (13.38%) HTML
17 324 (13.34%) SQL Server 2008
18 321 (13.22%) MS Exchange
19 298 (12.27%) Windows Server 2008
20 292 (12.02%) Degree
21 281 (11.57%) MVC
22 269 (11.07%) SharePoint
23 261 (10.75%) .NET Framework
23 261 (10.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 258 (10.62%) Windows Server 2003
25 253 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
26 251 (10.33%) CSS
27 242 (9.96%) XML
28 238 (9.80%) Citrix
28 238 (9.80%) SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 (13.22%) MS Exchange
2 269 (11.07%) SharePoint
3 150 (6.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 123 (5.06%) IIS
5 97 (3.99%) Exchange Server 2007
6 83 (3.42%) Lync
7 82 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2003
8 72 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
9 55 (2.26%) SharePoint 2010
10 35 (1.44%) SharePoint 2013
11 32 (1.32%) Apache
12 27 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 25 (1.03%) CMS
14 23 (0.95%) WebLogic
15 15 (0.62%) IBM Notes
16 14 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
16 14 (0.58%) LiveLink
17 13 (0.54%) SAS
18 11 (0.45%) Office Communications Server
19 10 (0.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 978 (40.26%) MS Excel
2 352 (14.49%) MS Office
3 63 (2.59%) MS Project
4 35 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 29 (1.19%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.58%) PowerPivot
7 5 (0.21%) RoboHelp
7 5 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.21%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.082%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.041%) SketchUp
9 1 (0.041%) LaTeX
9 1 (0.041%) SPSS
9 1 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.041%) InDesign
9 1 (0.041%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.041%) Revit
Business Applications
1 102 (4.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 63 (2.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 29 (1.19%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.49%) Sage 1000
5 10 (0.41%) Google Analytics
6 9 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
7 8 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
8 6 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.25%) Oracle 11i
9 5 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
10 4 (0.16%) CA Clarity
10 4 (0.16%) Pegasus Opera
10 4 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
11 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HRMS
11 3 (0.12%) TIBCO iProcess
11 3 (0.12%) SAP PM
12 2 (0.082%) Exstream
12 2 (0.082%) Visualfiles
12 2 (0.082%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 52 (2.14%) Office 365
2 44 (1.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (0.74%) SaaS
5 15 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.12%) Amazon S3
6 3 (0.12%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.041%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.041%) Route 53
7 1 (0.041%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 156 (6.42%) WAN
2 155 (6.38%) Firewall
3 148 (6.09%) LAN
4 129 (5.31%) TCP/IP
5 124 (5.10%) DNS
6 112 (4.61%) SAN
7 77 (3.17%) VPN
8 66 (2.72%) Internet
9 65 (2.68%) DHCP
10 61 (2.51%) Wi-Fi
11 37 (1.52%) VoIP
12 31 (1.28%) SMTP
13 29 (1.19%) Cisco Nexus
14 28 (1.15%) HTTP
15 26 (1.07%) Wireless
16 24 (0.99%) VLAN
16 24 (0.99%) NAS
17 23 (0.95%) Unified Communications
18 18 (0.74%) Network Security
19 17 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 869 (35.78%) SQL Server
2 324 (13.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 261 (10.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 238 (9.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 199 (8.19%) SQL Server 2012
6 139 (5.72%) SQL Server 2005
7 105 (4.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 103 (4.24%) Relational Database
9 83 (3.42%) MySQL
10 75 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
11 61 (2.51%) SQL Server 2000
12 52 (2.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 37 (1.52%) RDBMS
14 29 (1.19%) MS Access
15 28 (1.15%) Oracle Database
16 24 (0.99%) QlikView
16 24 (0.99%) OLAP
17 23 (0.95%) DTS
18 18 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
19 17 (0.70%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 155 (6.38%) Visual Studio
2 94 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 25 (1.03%) NUnit
4 24 (0.99%) Mercurial
5 20 (0.82%) Subversion
6 18 (0.74%) Git (software)
7 17 (0.70%) Eclipse
8 16 (0.66%) Selenium
9 13 (0.54%) Jenkins
9 13 (0.54%) Xcode
10 12 (0.49%) Ant
11 11 (0.45%) Rhino Mocks
11 11 (0.45%) JIRA
12 7 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 6 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
14 5 (0.21%) Hudson
14 5 (0.21%) Moq
14 5 (0.21%) MSTest
14 5 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 5 (0.21%) TestDirector
General
1 368 (15.15%) Finance
2 100 (4.12%) Retail
3 71 (2.92%) Advertising
4 70 (2.88%) Legal
5 61 (2.51%) Marketing
6 53 (2.18%) Telecoms
7 48 (1.98%) Manufacturing
8 29 (1.19%) Banking
9 25 (1.03%) Billing
10 24 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
11 20 (0.82%) Back Office
12 16 (0.66%) Automotive
12 16 (0.66%) Law
13 14 (0.58%) Financial Institution
14 9 (0.37%) Local Government
15 8 (0.33%) Games
16 5 (0.21%) Publishing
16 5 (0.21%) Greek Language
16 5 (0.21%) Polish Language
17 2 (0.082%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 692 (28.49%) Developer
2 429 (17.66%) Analyst
3 258 (10.62%) .NET Developer
4 231 (9.51%) Consultant
5 155 (6.38%) Software Developer
6 154 (6.34%) Support Engineer
6 154 (6.34%) Support Analyst
7 149 (6.13%) C# Developer
8 106 (4.36%) Team Leader
8 106 (4.36%) C# .NET Developer
9 103 (4.24%) 2nd Line Support
10 95 (3.91%) IT Support
11 84 (3.46%) Senior Developer
12 80 (3.29%) Applications Support
13 79 (3.25%) Software Engineer
14 76 (3.13%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 75 (3.09%) Architect
16 69 (2.84%) 3rd Line Support
17 66 (2.72%) ASP.NET Developer
18 62 (2.55%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 872 (35.90%) .NET
2 456 (18.77%) ASP.NET
3 325 (13.38%) HTML
4 261 (10.75%) .NET Framework
5 251 (10.33%) CSS
6 242 (9.96%) XML
7 235 (9.67%) Web Services
8 205 (8.44%) WCF
9 203 (8.36%) jQuery
10 165 (6.79%) ASP.NET MVC
11 146 (6.01%) WPF
12 141 (5.80%) WinForms
13 103 (4.24%) HTML5
14 95 (3.91%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 84 (3.46%) SOAP
16 77 (3.17%) Ajax
17 62 (2.55%) REST
18 61 (2.51%) LINQ
19 52 (2.14%) ASP.NET MVC 4
20 40 (1.65%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 108 (4.45%) Computer Science
2 84 (3.46%) N-Tier
3 66 (2.72%) Blackberry
4 62 (2.55%) NHS
5 55 (2.26%) Management Information System
6 49 (2.02%) Replication
7 48 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
8 41 (1.69%) Clustering
8 41 (1.69%) SystemC
9 39 (1.61%) Client/Server
10 34 (1.40%) Inversion of Control
11 31 (1.28%) Informatics
12 30 (1.24%) Mobile App
13 29 (1.19%) Thin Client
13 29 (1.19%) Fat Client
14 28 (1.15%) Mathematics
15 27 (1.11%) iPhone
16 24 (0.99%) Statistics
17 19 (0.78%) Open Source
18 18 (0.74%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 914 (37.63%) Windows
2 298 (12.27%) Windows Server 2008
3 258 (10.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 190 (7.82%) Windows 7
5 171 (7.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 151 (6.22%) Windows XP
7 100 (4.12%) Linux
8 90 (3.71%) UNIX
9 86 (3.54%) Windows 8
10 57 (2.35%) Android
11 41 (1.69%) Apple iOS
12 24 (0.99%) Windows Phone
13 23 (0.95%) Windows Vista
14 18 (0.74%) Windows 2000
15 14 (0.58%) Windows 2000 Server
16 11 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
17 7 (0.29%) Windows CE
17 7 (0.29%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 6 (0.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 349 (14.37%) ITIL
2 281 (11.57%) MVC
3 235 (9.67%) Project Management
4 206 (8.48%) Agile Software Development
5 194 (7.99%) Business Intelligence
6 187 (7.70%) Software Engineering
7 167 (6.88%) TDD
8 155 (6.38%) OO
9 151 (6.22%) CRM
10 127 (5.23%) Unit Testing
11 107 (4.41%) Web Development
12 106 (4.36%) PRINCE2
13 94 (3.87%) ERP
14 93 (3.83%) Service Delivery
15 91 (3.75%) Migration
16 90 (3.71%) Service Management
17 89 (3.66%) Scrum
18 79 (3.25%) OOD
19 75 (3.09%) OOP
20 70 (2.88%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 989 (40.72%) SQL
2 754 (31.04%) C#
3 343 (14.12%) JavaScript
4 329 (13.54%) T-SQL
5 195 (8.03%) VB.NET
6 128 (5.27%) VB
7 89 (3.66%) Java
8 84 (3.46%) C
9 48 (1.98%) PowerShell
10 46 (1.89%) C++
11 42 (1.73%) VBA
12 38 (1.56%) PHP
13 31 (1.28%) VB6
14 30 (1.24%) Python
15 26 (1.07%) PL/SQL
16 17 (0.70%) VBScript
16 17 (0.70%) XAML
17 16 (0.66%) Shell Script
18 14 (0.58%) Objective-C
19 13 (0.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 369 (15.19%) Microsoft Certification
2 292 (12.02%) Degree
3 176 (7.25%) MCSE
4 137 (5.64%) MCP
5 113 (4.65%) Cisco Certification
5 113 (4.65%) MCITP
6 104 (4.28%) CCNA
7 97 (3.99%) MCTS
8 91 (3.75%) MCSA
9 88 (3.62%) Security Cleared
10 78 (3.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 60 (2.47%) SC Cleared
12 45 (1.85%) ISEB
13 35 (1.44%) Citrix Certification
14 30 (1.24%) ISTQB
15 28 (1.15%) CCA
15 28 (1.15%) NCDA
16 26 (1.07%) ITIL Certification
17 20 (0.82%) MCPD
18 18 (0.74%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (4.57%) SLA
2 89 (3.66%) QA
3 14 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (0.58%) WAI
4 13 (0.54%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.21%) BS7799
5 5 (0.21%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.082%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.041%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.041%) HL7
7 1 (0.041%) COBIT
System Software
1 407 (16.76%) Active Directory
2 253 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 185 (7.62%) Hyper-V
4 84 (3.46%) vSphere
5 57 (2.35%) XenApp
6 36 (1.48%) XenDesktop
7 28 (1.15%) VMware ESX
8 23 (0.95%) XenServer
9 22 (0.91%) Terminal Services
10 14 (0.58%) VMware Server
10 14 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
11 11 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
12 10 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 10 (0.41%) vCloud
13 9 (0.37%) Forefront TMG
14 8 (0.33%) Snort
15 7 (0.29%) ISA Server
15 7 (0.29%) Squid
16 6 (0.25%) MetaFrame
16 6 (0.25%) UAG
Systems Management
1 112 (4.61%) SCCM
2 89 (3.66%) SCOM
3 46 (1.89%) Backup Exec
4 27 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
5 16 (0.66%) SCVMM
5 16 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 14 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
7 13 (0.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 12 (0.49%) NetBackup
8 12 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
9 11 (0.45%) WSUS
10 8 (0.33%) Nessus
10 8 (0.33%) Puppet
11 7 (0.29%) Legato
12 6 (0.25%) OpenView
13 5 (0.21%) HP SIM
13 5 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
13 5 (0.21%) Nagios
13 5 (0.21%) MOM
14 4 (0.16%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 400 (16.47%) VMware
2 238 (9.80%) Citrix
3 232 (9.55%) Cisco
4 165 (6.79%) HP
5 155 (6.38%) Oracle
6 128 (5.27%) NetApp
7 70 (2.88%) Symantec
8 58 (2.39%) Dell
9 55 (2.26%) Avaya
10 54 (2.22%) McAfee
11 49 (2.02%) EMC
11 49 (2.02%) SAP
12 41 (1.69%) Juniper
12 41 (1.69%) IBM
13 37 (1.52%) Business Objects
14 31 (1.28%) Hitachi
15 28 (1.15%) Apple
16 27 (1.11%) Google
17 25 (1.03%) Sage
18 22 (0.91%) Brocade
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