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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 11 11 7
Rank change year-on-year
0 -4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1318 1129 1353
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.77% 16.33% 18.95%
As % of the Vendors category 40.05% 35.96% 41.10%
Number of salaries quoted 1151 958 1249
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £22,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,900 £50,000 £50,000
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
3291 3140 3292
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.37% 45.41% 46.10%
Number of salaries quoted 2786 2671 2894
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,500 £57,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 +2 764 £37,000 +8.82% 188
Cheshire +1 357 £34,000 -5.55% 65
Lancashire -1 88 £37,500 +19.04% 21
Merseyside +2 67 £30,000 -20.00% 25
Cumbria +5 15 £62,500 +74.82% 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 1139 (43.01%) MS Excel
2 920 (34.74%) Windows
3 843 (31.84%) SQL
4 839 (31.68%) SQL Server
5 822 (31.04%) .NET
6 672 (25.38%) C#
7 513 (19.37%) ASP.NET
8 460 (17.37%) MS Office
9 457 (17.26%) Agile Software Development
10 450 (16.99%) Finance
11 442 (16.69%) HTML
12 424 (16.01%) JavaScript
13 423 (15.97%) Active Directory
14 416 (15.71%) VMware
15 384 (14.50%) CSS
16 348 (13.14%) MVC
17 344 (12.99%) Microsoft Certification
18 337 (12.73%) Degree
19 315 (11.90%) ITIL
20 308 (11.63%) MS Exchange
21 299 (11.29%) SharePoint
21 299 (11.29%) VMware Infrastructure
22 295 (11.14%) Analytical Skills
23 285 (10.76%) Citrix
24 278 (10.50%) T-SQL
24 278 (10.50%) SQL Server 2008
25 262 (9.89%) Windows Server 2008
26 258 (9.74%) Project Management
27 255 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
28 248 (9.37%) Hyper-V

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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
1 308 (11.63%) MS Exchange
2 299 (11.29%) SharePoint
3 129 (4.87%) IIS
4 113 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2010
5 83 (3.13%) Lync
6 63 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 59 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
8 44 (1.66%) CMS
9 36 (1.36%) Umbraco
10 29 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
11 27 (1.02%) SAS
12 26 (0.98%) NServiceBus
13 25 (0.94%) Apache
14 24 (0.91%) Sitecore CMS
14 24 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
14 24 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
15 23 (0.87%) IBM Notes
16 19 (0.72%) WebSphere
17 17 (0.64%) Lotus Domino
18 16 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1139 (43.01%) MS Excel
2 460 (17.37%) MS Office
3 97 (3.66%) MS Project
4 72 (2.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 47 (1.77%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.49%) SPSS
8 11 (0.42%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.23%) PowerPivot
10 5 (0.19%) FastStats
10 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.19%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.15%) Acrobat
12 3 (0.11%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.038%) InDesign
13 1 (0.038%) Fireworks
13 1 (0.038%) Revit
13 1 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 109 (4.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (2.64%) Dynamics AX
3 45 (1.70%) Dynamics NAV
4 21 (0.79%) Google Analytics
5 18 (0.68%) Tridion
6 11 (0.42%) Magento
7 10 (0.38%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
8 5 (0.19%) Visualfiles
9 4 (0.15%) Sage 1000
9 4 (0.15%) Sage 200
10 3 (0.11%) SAP CRM
10 3 (0.11%) Oracle CRM
10 3 (0.11%) SAP Business One
10 3 (0.11%) SalesLogix
11 2 (0.076%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 2 (0.076%) Agresso
11 2 (0.076%) Exchequer
11 2 (0.076%) Oracle EBS R12
12 1 (0.038%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 124 (4.68%) Office 365
2 119 (4.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (1.25%) SaaS
4 27 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
5 14 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
6 11 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (0.34%) IaaS
8 8 (0.30%) PaaS
9 5 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.19%) Google App Engine
10 3 (0.11%) Google Apps
11 2 (0.076%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.076%) Route 53
11 2 (0.076%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.038%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 185 (6.99%) TCP/IP
2 171 (6.46%) WAN
3 166 (6.27%) LAN
4 156 (5.89%) SAN
5 145 (5.48%) DNS
6 129 (4.87%) Firewall
7 124 (4.68%) DHCP
8 97 (3.66%) Internet
9 96 (3.63%) VPN
10 58 (2.19%) NAS
11 51 (1.93%) VoIP
12 46 (1.74%) HTTP
13 34 (1.28%) iSCSI
13 34 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
14 33 (1.25%) Intranet
15 32 (1.21%) VLAN
16 31 (1.17%) Network Security
16 31 (1.17%) NetScaler
17 26 (0.98%) Ethernet
18 20 (0.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 839 (31.68%) SQL Server
2 278 (10.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 232 (8.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 225 (8.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 114 (4.31%) SQL Server 2012
6 110 (4.15%) Relational Database
7 94 (3.55%) SQL Server 2005
8 90 (3.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 90 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
9 84 (3.17%) MySQL
10 43 (1.62%) RDBMS
11 37 (1.40%) Crystal Reports
12 36 (1.36%) MS Access
13 34 (1.28%) Oracle Database
13 34 (1.28%) OLAP
14 32 (1.21%) SQL Server 2000
15 31 (1.17%) Big Data
16 20 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
17 18 (0.68%) Data Mining
17 18 (0.68%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 232 (8.76%) Visual Studio
2 103 (3.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 42 (1.59%) Selenium
4 40 (1.51%) Git (software)
5 34 (1.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 34 (1.28%) Subversion
6 33 (1.25%) NUnit
7 32 (1.21%) SpecFlow
8 31 (1.17%) JIRA
9 22 (0.83%) ReSharper
10 15 (0.57%) MSTest
11 14 (0.53%) Cucumber
12 11 (0.42%) Jenkins
12 11 (0.42%) Rhino Mocks
12 11 (0.42%) TeamCity
13 10 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
14 8 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
14 8 (0.30%) QuickTest Pro
15 5 (0.19%) SoapUI
15 5 (0.19%) Mercurial
General
1 450 (16.99%) Finance
2 129 (4.87%) Marketing
3 112 (4.23%) Advertising
4 77 (2.91%) Manufacturing
5 75 (2.83%) Retail
6 65 (2.45%) Telecoms
7 51 (1.93%) Legal
8 41 (1.55%) Back Office
9 31 (1.17%) Law
10 26 (0.98%) Banking
11 18 (0.68%) Billing
12 12 (0.45%) German Language
13 11 (0.42%) Local Government
14 9 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
15 7 (0.26%) Financial Institution
16 6 (0.23%) Multimedia
16 6 (0.23%) Games
17 5 (0.19%) Italian Language
17 5 (0.19%) Turkish Language
18 4 (0.15%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 750 (28.32%) Developer
2 482 (18.20%) Analyst
3 300 (11.33%) .NET Developer
4 161 (6.08%) C# Developer
5 140 (5.29%) Support Analyst
6 130 (4.91%) C# .NET Developer
7 129 (4.87%) Support Engineer
8 122 (4.61%) Senior Developer
8 122 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 117 (4.42%) Consultant
10 112 (4.23%) Architect
10 112 (4.23%) Project Manager
11 111 (4.19%) ASP.NET Developer
12 107 (4.04%) Software Developer
13 98 (3.70%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 93 (3.51%) Team Leader
15 77 (2.91%) Junior
16 76 (2.87%) Web Developer
16 76 (2.87%) Administrator
17 72 (2.72%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 822 (31.04%) .NET
2 513 (19.37%) ASP.NET
3 442 (16.69%) HTML
4 384 (14.50%) CSS
5 243 (9.18%) jQuery
6 238 (8.99%) .NET Framework
7 204 (7.70%) Web Services
8 191 (7.21%) WCF
9 188 (7.10%) XML
10 177 (6.68%) ASP.NET MVC
11 163 (6.16%) HTML5
12 123 (4.65%) LINQ
13 121 (4.57%) SOAP
14 104 (3.93%) Ajax
15 83 (3.13%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 63 (2.38%) AngularJS
17 61 (2.30%) ASP.NET Web Forms
18 58 (2.19%) JSON
19 54 (2.04%) ASP.NET Web API
20 49 (1.85%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 295 (11.14%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (4.34%) Enterprise Software
3 85 (3.21%) Management Information System
4 82 (3.10%) User Experience
5 66 (2.49%) Computer Science
6 39 (1.47%) N-Tier
7 36 (1.36%) Clustering
8 33 (1.25%) Blackberry
8 33 (1.25%) Mobile App
9 32 (1.21%) Inversion of Control
10 27 (1.02%) Mathematics
11 26 (0.98%) Fat Client
11 26 (0.98%) Statistics
11 26 (0.98%) Thin Client
12 25 (0.94%) Social Media
13 24 (0.91%) Replication
14 19 (0.72%) FlexPod
14 19 (0.72%) iPhone
14 19 (0.72%) FMCG
15 18 (0.68%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 920 (34.74%) Windows
2 262 (9.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 198 (7.48%) Windows 7
4 175 (6.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 142 (5.36%) Windows Server 2003
6 132 (4.98%) Linux
7 120 (4.53%) UNIX
8 118 (4.46%) Windows XP
9 76 (2.87%) Windows 8
10 54 (2.04%) Android
11 47 (1.77%) Apple iOS
12 35 (1.32%) Windows Phone
13 31 (1.17%) AIX
14 27 (1.02%) Windows Vista
15 24 (0.91%) Windows Phone 8
16 22 (0.83%) Solaris
17 16 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 13 (0.49%) HPUX
19 12 (0.45%) CentOS
19 12 (0.45%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 457 (17.26%) Agile Software Development
2 348 (13.14%) MVC
3 315 (11.90%) ITIL
4 258 (9.74%) Project Management
5 255 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
6 198 (7.48%) OO
7 177 (6.68%) CRM
8 164 (6.19%) Scrum
9 149 (5.63%) TDD
10 143 (5.40%) Web Development
11 134 (5.06%) Mentoring
12 130 (4.91%) ERP
13 124 (4.68%) PRINCE2
14 123 (4.65%) Change Management
15 120 (4.53%) Service Delivery
16 111 (4.19%) Stakeholder Management
16 111 (4.19%) Unit Testing
17 98 (3.70%) Time Management
18 93 (3.51%) Continuous Integration
19 92 (3.47%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 843 (31.84%) SQL
2 672 (25.38%) C#
3 424 (16.01%) JavaScript
4 278 (10.50%) T-SQL
5 175 (6.61%) VB.NET
6 86 (3.25%) Java
7 84 (3.17%) VB
8 76 (2.87%) PowerShell
9 70 (2.64%) PHP
10 58 (2.19%) C
11 39 (1.47%) VBA
12 31 (1.17%) Objective-C
13 27 (1.02%) VBScript
14 25 (0.94%) C++
15 17 (0.64%) XQuery
15 17 (0.64%) Groovy
16 16 (0.60%) PL/SQL
17 14 (0.53%) Python
18 13 (0.49%) Delphi
19 12 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 344 (12.99%) Microsoft Certification
2 337 (12.73%) Degree
3 162 (6.12%) MCSE
4 126 (4.76%) MCP
5 108 (4.08%) MCITP
6 99 (3.74%) MCSA
7 80 (3.02%) Cisco Certification
8 78 (2.95%) Security Cleared
9 73 (2.76%) CCNA
10 71 (2.68%) Citrix Certification
11 67 (2.53%) MCTS
12 62 (2.34%) CCA
13 57 (2.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 53 (2.00%) SC Cleared
15 46 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
16 39 (1.47%) ISEB
17 31 (1.17%) CISSP
18 29 (1.10%) ISTQB
19 27 (1.02%) CCNP
20 22 (0.83%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (5.21%) SLA
2 68 (2.57%) QA
3 23 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.42%) WAI
5 8 (0.30%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.30%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.11%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.11%) ISO 9000
7 3 (0.11%) COBIT
8 2 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.038%) DO-178B
9 1 (0.038%) BS7799
System Software
1 423 (15.97%) Active Directory
2 299 (11.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 248 (9.37%) Hyper-V
4 81 (3.06%) XenApp
5 80 (3.02%) vSphere
6 62 (2.34%) XenDesktop
7 25 (0.94%) VMware ESX
8 23 (0.87%) Terminal Services
9 16 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
10 15 (0.57%) MetaFrame
11 14 (0.53%) XenServer
12 11 (0.42%) KVM
12 11 (0.42%) Firmware
12 11 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 10 (0.38%) Xen
13 10 (0.38%) vCloud
14 9 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (0.26%) NFS
16 4 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 91 (3.44%) SCCM
2 45 (1.70%) SCOM
3 43 (1.62%) Backup Exec
4 28 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
5 27 (1.02%) WSUS
6 18 (0.68%) SCVMM
7 14 (0.53%) Tivoli
7 14 (0.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 12 (0.45%) OpenView
8 12 (0.45%) Nagios
8 12 (0.45%) NetBackup
9 9 (0.34%) SCDPM
9 9 (0.34%) HP SIM
9 9 (0.34%) Puppet
10 8 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
10 8 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (0.30%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (0.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 7 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (0.26%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 416 (15.71%) VMware
2 285 (10.76%) Citrix
3 211 (7.97%) Cisco
4 155 (5.85%) Oracle
5 149 (5.63%) HP
6 90 (3.40%) NetApp
7 83 (3.13%) Symantec
8 80 (3.02%) Dell
9 56 (2.11%) EMC
10 48 (1.81%) SAP
11 47 (1.77%) IBM
12 34 (1.28%) EPiServer
13 33 (1.25%) McAfee
13 33 (1.25%) Google
14 31 (1.17%) Juniper
15 28 (1.06%) Sophos
16 27 (1.02%) CheckPoint
17 26 (0.98%) Sitecore
18 25 (0.94%) Lotus
18 25 (0.94%) Red Hat
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AQA
Salary: £26,124 per annum Rising to £30,428 per annum
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