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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 11 6
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1312 1201 1472
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.87% 16.78% 19.54%
As % of the Vendors category 39.73% 37.14% 38.16%
Number of salaries quoted 1030 1044 1336
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +4.47%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £21,500 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £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
3302 3234 3857
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 44.99% 45.19% 51.21%
Number of salaries quoted 2565 2753 3348
Average salary £36,000 £39,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-8.86% +5.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £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 20 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 20 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 +2 736 £34,500 -1.42% 160
Cheshire +2 360 £34,000 -2.85% 58
Lancashire -1 104 £35,000 +16.66% 22
Merseyside +1 79 £37,500 +11.11% 28
Cumbria +2 9 £36,250 -3.33% 3
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 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 1135 (43.12%) MS Excel
2 936 (35.56%) SQL
3 900 (34.19%) Windows
4 898 (34.12%) .NET
5 840 (31.91%) SQL Server
6 775 (29.45%) C#
7 471 (17.90%) ASP.NET
8 419 (15.92%) Finance
9 406 (15.43%) VMware
10 400 (15.20%) Active Directory
11 391 (14.86%) MS Office
12 384 (14.59%) HTML
13 372 (14.13%) JavaScript
14 360 (13.68%) ITIL
15 334 (12.69%) CSS
16 332 (12.61%) Degree
17 327 (12.42%) SharePoint
18 321 (12.20%) Microsoft Certification
19 308 (11.70%) T-SQL
20 306 (11.63%) MS Exchange
21 287 (10.90%) MVC
22 280 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
23 274 (10.41%) SQL Server 2008
24 272 (10.33%) Project Management
25 271 (10.30%) Citrix
26 269 (10.22%) Web Services
26 269 (10.22%) Windows Server 2008
27 254 (9.65%) XML
28 244 (9.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
29 239 (9.08%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 20 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
1 327 (12.42%) SharePoint
2 306 (11.63%) MS Exchange
3 134 (5.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 110 (4.18%) IIS
5 93 (3.53%) Lync
6 80 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2013
7 79 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2007
8 60 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2003
9 47 (1.79%) SharePoint 2010
10 37 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
11 30 (1.14%) CMS
12 23 (0.87%) SAS
13 15 (0.57%) WebLogic
14 14 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 14 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
14 14 (0.53%) WebSphere
15 12 (0.46%) Umbraco
15 12 (0.46%) LiveLink
15 12 (0.46%) Apache
15 12 (0.46%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 1135 (43.12%) MS Excel
2 391 (14.86%) MS Office
3 70 (2.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 66 (2.51%) MS Project
5 34 (1.29%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.42%) SPSS
7 9 (0.34%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.19%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.11%) FastStats
11 3 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.11%) PowerPivot
12 2 (0.076%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.076%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.076%) SketchUp
12 2 (0.076%) Revit
13 1 (0.038%) InDesign
13 1 (0.038%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 118 (4.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 85 (3.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 52 (1.98%) Dynamics AX
4 16 (0.61%) Google Analytics
5 14 (0.53%) Sage 1000
6 12 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
7 9 (0.34%) Dynamics GP
8 8 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
8 8 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
9 7 (0.27%) Tridion
9 7 (0.27%) SAP Business One
10 6 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
10 6 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
11 4 (0.15%) Pegasus Opera
11 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
12 3 (0.11%) Sage 200
12 3 (0.11%) Agresso
12 3 (0.11%) Lawson
12 3 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 96 (3.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 92 (3.50%) Office 365
3 39 (1.48%) SaaS
4 25 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon S3
7 7 (0.27%) IaaS
7 7 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
8 6 (0.23%) PaaS
9 3 (0.11%) Google App Engine
9 3 (0.11%) Route 53
10 2 (0.076%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.038%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 189 (7.18%) TCP/IP
2 158 (6.00%) WAN
3 146 (5.55%) LAN
4 142 (5.40%) DNS
5 141 (5.36%) Firewall
6 133 (5.05%) SAN
7 100 (3.80%) DHCP
8 98 (3.72%) VPN
9 80 (3.04%) Internet
10 49 (1.86%) NAS
11 44 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
12 42 (1.60%) HTTP
12 42 (1.60%) VoIP
13 37 (1.41%) VLAN
14 30 (1.14%) iSCSI
15 26 (0.99%) Network Security
16 23 (0.87%) IPsec
16 23 (0.87%) Unified Communications
17 20 (0.76%) NetScaler
17 20 (0.76%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 840 (31.91%) SQL Server
2 274 (10.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 244 (9.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 199 (7.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 143 (5.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 92 (3.50%) Relational Database
7 89 (3.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 88 (3.34%) SQL Server 2005
8 88 (3.34%) MySQL
9 78 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
10 35 (1.33%) SQL Server 2000
11 32 (1.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 32 (1.22%) Big Data
12 30 (1.14%) RDBMS
13 29 (1.10%) Oracle Database
14 27 (1.03%) QlikView
15 25 (0.95%) Crystal Reports
15 25 (0.95%) RavenDB
16 24 (0.91%) OLAP
16 24 (0.91%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 239 (9.08%) Visual Studio
2 73 (2.77%) Team Foundation Server
3 40 (1.52%) Git (software)
4 35 (1.33%) Selenium
5 34 (1.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 32 (1.22%) NUnit
7 26 (0.99%) Subversion
8 25 (0.95%) JIRA
9 22 (0.84%) ReSharper
10 20 (0.76%) SpecFlow
11 19 (0.72%) Eclipse
12 18 (0.68%) Rhino Mocks
13 17 (0.65%) MSTest
14 12 (0.46%) Ant
15 11 (0.42%) Jenkins
16 9 (0.34%) Cucumber
17 8 (0.30%) Mercurial
18 7 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
19 5 (0.19%) QuickTest Pro
20 4 (0.15%) TeamCity
General
1 419 (15.92%) Finance
2 138 (5.24%) Advertising
2 138 (5.24%) Marketing
3 117 (4.45%) Retail
4 80 (3.04%) Telecoms
5 57 (2.17%) Manufacturing
6 54 (2.05%) Legal
7 31 (1.18%) Back Office
8 28 (1.06%) Billing
9 26 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
10 21 (0.80%) Banking
11 17 (0.65%) Law
12 16 (0.61%) Automotive
13 13 (0.49%) Games
14 8 (0.30%) Local Government
14 8 (0.30%) Greek Language
14 8 (0.30%) Polish Language
15 6 (0.23%) German Language
16 5 (0.19%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.15%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 820 (31.16%) Developer
2 490 (18.62%) Analyst
3 317 (12.04%) .NET Developer
4 167 (6.34%) C# Developer
5 158 (6.00%) Support Analyst
6 155 (5.89%) Support Engineer
7 153 (5.81%) Consultant
8 141 (5.36%) C# .NET Developer
9 121 (4.60%) Senior Developer
10 120 (4.56%) Software Developer
11 102 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 99 (3.76%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 97 (3.69%) Team Leader
14 95 (3.61%) Architect
15 94 (3.57%) ASP.NET Developer
16 87 (3.31%) Applications Support
17 78 (2.96%) Project Manager
18 74 (2.81%) Business Analyst
19 73 (2.77%) 3rd Line Support
20 70 (2.66%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 898 (34.12%) .NET
2 471 (17.90%) ASP.NET
3 384 (14.59%) HTML
4 334 (12.69%) CSS
5 269 (10.22%) Web Services
6 254 (9.65%) XML
7 234 (8.89%) jQuery
8 232 (8.81%) .NET Framework
9 200 (7.60%) WCF
10 148 (5.62%) ASP.NET MVC
11 125 (4.75%) HTML5
12 123 (4.67%) LINQ
13 111 (4.22%) SOAP
14 107 (4.07%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 100 (3.80%) Ajax
16 69 (2.62%) WPF
16 69 (2.62%) REST
17 47 (1.79%) WinForms
18 43 (1.63%) RESTful
19 41 (1.56%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 101 (3.84%) Enterprise Software
2 85 (3.23%) Computer Science
3 78 (2.96%) Management Information System
4 53 (2.01%) Blackberry
5 50 (1.90%) N-Tier
6 40 (1.52%) iPhone
7 38 (1.44%) Fat Client
7 38 (1.44%) Thin Client
8 35 (1.33%) Statistics
9 34 (1.29%) Social Media
10 32 (1.22%) Mathematics
10 32 (1.22%) Clustering
11 31 (1.18%) NHS
11 31 (1.18%) Mobile App
12 27 (1.03%) Client/Server
13 23 (0.87%) FlexPod
14 21 (0.80%) Replication
15 17 (0.65%) Visualisation
16 16 (0.61%) Open Source
16 16 (0.61%) SystemC
Operating Systems
1 900 (34.19%) Windows
2 269 (10.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 201 (7.64%) Windows 7
4 181 (6.88%) Windows Server 2003
5 180 (6.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 109 (4.14%) Windows XP
7 107 (4.07%) Linux
8 92 (3.50%) UNIX
9 75 (2.85%) Windows 8
10 50 (1.90%) Android
11 43 (1.63%) Apple iOS
12 41 (1.56%) Windows Phone
13 27 (1.03%) Windows Phone 8
14 19 (0.72%) Windows Vista
14 19 (0.72%) AIX
14 19 (0.72%) Windows 2000
15 12 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
15 12 (0.46%) CentOS
16 10 (0.38%) Solaris
17 9 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (13.68%) ITIL
2 287 (10.90%) MVC
3 272 (10.33%) Project Management
4 237 (9.00%) Business Intelligence
5 209 (7.94%) Agile Software Development
6 203 (7.71%) CRM
7 159 (6.04%) TDD
8 157 (5.97%) OO
9 140 (5.32%) Scrum
10 139 (5.28%) ERP
11 120 (4.56%) Service Delivery
11 120 (4.56%) Software Engineering
12 108 (4.10%) Web Development
13 105 (3.99%) PRINCE2
14 99 (3.76%) Unit Testing
15 97 (3.69%) Change Management
16 86 (3.27%) Migration
17 83 (3.15%) Stakeholder Management
18 79 (3.00%) Continuous Integration
19 75 (2.85%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 936 (35.56%) SQL
2 775 (29.45%) C#
3 372 (14.13%) JavaScript
4 308 (11.70%) T-SQL
5 179 (6.80%) VB.NET
6 121 (4.60%) VB
7 106 (4.03%) Java
8 80 (3.04%) C
9 57 (2.17%) PowerShell
10 56 (2.13%) VBA
11 48 (1.82%) PHP
12 34 (1.29%) VB6
13 29 (1.10%) C++
14 26 (0.99%) VBScript
15 24 (0.91%) Objective-C
16 18 (0.68%) XQuery
17 17 (0.65%) PL/SQL
17 17 (0.65%) Perl
18 16 (0.61%) Groovy
19 11 (0.42%) Python
Qualifications
1 332 (12.61%) Degree
2 321 (12.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 175 (6.65%) MCSE
4 111 (4.22%) MCITP
5 108 (4.10%) MCP
6 97 (3.69%) Cisco Certification
7 83 (3.15%) MCSA
7 83 (3.15%) CCNA
8 69 (2.62%) Security Cleared
9 63 (2.39%) MCTS
10 62 (2.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 61 (2.32%) Citrix Certification
12 44 (1.67%) CCA
12 44 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
13 35 (1.33%) SC Cleared
14 34 (1.29%) ISEB
15 29 (1.10%) CCNP
16 21 (0.80%) CISSP
17 20 (0.76%) PMI Certification
17 20 (0.76%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (4.14%) SLA
2 58 (2.20%) QA
3 19 (0.72%) WAI
4 17 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (0.46%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.23%) BS7799
8 4 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.15%) COBIT
9 2 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.038%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.038%) Data Quality
System Software
1 400 (15.20%) Active Directory
2 280 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 229 (8.70%) Hyper-V
4 99 (3.76%) vSphere
5 80 (3.04%) XenApp
6 70 (2.66%) XenDesktop
7 23 (0.87%) XenServer
8 22 (0.84%) VMware ESX
9 19 (0.72%) NFS
9 19 (0.72%) vCloud
10 18 (0.68%) Terminal Services
11 13 (0.49%) Snort
11 13 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
12 12 (0.46%) Xen
13 11 (0.42%) VMware Server
13 11 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 9 (0.34%) Forefront TMG
16 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.19%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 94 (3.57%) SCCM
2 72 (2.74%) SCOM
3 29 (1.10%) Backup Exec
4 24 (0.91%) SCVMM
5 23 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
6 22 (0.84%) HP SIM
7 15 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
7 15 (0.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 14 (0.53%) WSUS
9 13 (0.49%) Nessus
10 12 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 11 (0.42%) OpenView
12 10 (0.38%) Puppet
13 9 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
14 8 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
14 8 (0.30%) NetBackup
14 8 (0.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 7 (0.27%) Nagios
16 6 (0.23%) SCDPM
17 5 (0.19%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 406 (15.43%) VMware
2 271 (10.30%) Citrix
3 211 (8.02%) Cisco
4 177 (6.72%) HP
5 170 (6.46%) Oracle
6 118 (4.48%) NetApp
7 83 (3.15%) Dell
8 61 (2.32%) IBM
8 61 (2.32%) Symantec
9 57 (2.17%) SAP
10 45 (1.71%) EMC
11 39 (1.48%) McAfee
12 38 (1.44%) Juniper
12 38 (1.44%) Google
13 34 (1.29%) Sage
14 31 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
15 29 (1.10%) Avaya
16 25 (0.95%) CheckPoint
17 22 (0.84%) Apple
18 21 (0.80%) Fujitsu
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