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 12 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
12 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 9 11 6
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1289 1147 1429
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.55% 16.70% 19.62%
As % of the Vendors category 38.73% 36.67% 38.26%
Number of salaries quoted 1023 982 1295
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £34,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +1.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £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
3328 3128 3735
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 45.31% 45.55% 51.28%
Number of salaries quoted 2612 2650 3218
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 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £58,200
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 12 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 12 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 +2 717 £35,000 - 137
Cheshire -1 355 £33,500 -4.28% 68
Lancashire -1 105 £38,230 +19.46% 19
Merseyside +1 73 £40,000 +9.58% 22
Cumbria +9 10 £45,000 +21.62% 2
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 12 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 1134 (43.50%) MS Excel
2 912 (34.98%) SQL
3 898 (34.45%) Windows
4 856 (32.83%) .NET
5 827 (31.72%) SQL Server
6 730 (28.00%) C#
7 459 (17.61%) ASP.NET
8 446 (17.11%) Finance
9 418 (16.03%) Agile Software Development
10 416 (15.96%) VMware
11 406 (15.57%) Active Directory
12 399 (15.30%) MS Office
13 391 (15.00%) HTML
14 378 (14.50%) JavaScript
15 362 (13.89%) ITIL
16 340 (13.04%) CSS
17 328 (12.58%) Degree
18 321 (12.31%) SharePoint
19 313 (12.01%) MS Exchange
20 307 (11.78%) Microsoft Certification
21 298 (11.43%) T-SQL
22 297 (11.39%) MVC
23 288 (11.05%) VMware Infrastructure
24 283 (10.86%) Citrix
25 274 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
26 273 (10.47%) Analytical Skills
27 261 (10.01%) SQL Server 2008
27 261 (10.01%) Project Management
28 254 (9.74%) Web Services
29 238 (9.13%) .NET Framework

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 12 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 (12.31%) SharePoint
2 313 (12.01%) MS Exchange
3 137 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 115 (4.41%) IIS
5 96 (3.68%) Lync
6 78 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2013
7 73 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2007
8 55 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2003
9 42 (1.61%) SharePoint 2010
10 33 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
11 29 (1.11%) SAS
11 29 (1.11%) CMS
12 16 (0.61%) WebSphere
12 16 (0.61%) NServiceBus
13 15 (0.58%) Umbraco
13 15 (0.58%) WebLogic
14 14 (0.54%) Sitecore CMS
15 13 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
15 13 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
16 12 (0.46%) LiveLink
Applications
1 1134 (43.50%) MS Excel
2 399 (15.30%) MS Office
3 80 (3.07%) MS PowerPoint
4 67 (2.57%) MS Project
5 45 (1.73%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.50%) SPSS
7 10 (0.38%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.19%) FastStats
9 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.15%) InfoPath
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
1 120 (4.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 75 (2.88%) Dynamics NAV
3 57 (2.19%) Dynamics AX
4 16 (0.61%) Google Analytics
5 12 (0.46%) Sage 1000
5 12 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.42%) Dynamics GP
7 10 (0.38%) Tridion
8 9 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
9 8 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
10 7 (0.27%) SAP Business One
11 6 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
11 6 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
12 4 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
12 4 (0.15%) SAP ERP
12 4 (0.15%) Magento
13 3 (0.12%) Sage 200
13 3 (0.12%) Visualfiles
13 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
13 3 (0.12%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 102 (3.91%) Microsoft Azure
1 102 (3.91%) Office 365
2 39 (1.50%) SaaS
3 19 (0.73%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
5 9 (0.35%) 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 5 (0.19%) Google App Engine
10 3 (0.12%) Route 53
10 3 (0.12%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.038%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 201 (7.71%) TCP/IP
2 155 (5.95%) WAN
3 143 (5.49%) LAN
4 137 (5.26%) DNS
4 137 (5.26%) SAN
5 135 (5.18%) Firewall
6 99 (3.80%) DHCP
7 96 (3.68%) VPN
8 82 (3.15%) Internet
9 49 (1.88%) NAS
10 45 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
11 40 (1.53%) HTTP
12 39 (1.50%) VLAN
13 38 (1.46%) VoIP
14 29 (1.11%) iSCSI
15 25 (0.96%) Network Security
16 22 (0.84%) IPsec
17 21 (0.81%) Unified Communications
17 21 (0.81%) NetScaler
18 20 (0.77%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 827 (31.72%) SQL Server
2 261 (10.01%) SQL Server 2008
3 237 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 197 (7.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 132 (5.06%) SQL Server 2012
6 87 (3.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 86 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
8 85 (3.26%) SQL Server 2005
9 83 (3.18%) Relational Database
10 78 (2.99%) MySQL
11 34 (1.30%) Big Data
12 32 (1.23%) Oracle Database
12 32 (1.23%) MS Access
12 32 (1.23%) SQL Server 2000
13 28 (1.07%) RDBMS
13 28 (1.07%) Crystal Reports
14 26 (1.00%) OLAP
15 23 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
15 23 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 22 (0.84%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 227 (8.71%) Visual Studio
2 84 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 40 (1.53%) Git (software)
4 33 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 32 (1.23%) Selenium
6 27 (1.04%) NUnit
7 25 (0.96%) JIRA
8 24 (0.92%) SpecFlow
9 23 (0.88%) Subversion
10 22 (0.84%) ReSharper
11 16 (0.61%) MSTest
12 14 (0.54%) Rhino Mocks
12 14 (0.54%) Eclipse
13 11 (0.42%) Jenkins
13 11 (0.42%) Cucumber
14 8 (0.31%) Ant
15 7 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
15 7 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
16 6 (0.23%) Mercurial
17 3 (0.12%) Dreamweaver
General
1 446 (17.11%) Finance
2 142 (5.45%) Marketing
3 134 (5.14%) Advertising
4 108 (4.14%) Retail
5 80 (3.07%) Telecoms
6 57 (2.19%) Manufacturing
7 49 (1.88%) Legal
8 38 (1.46%) Back Office
9 29 (1.11%) Billing
10 21 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
10 21 (0.81%) Banking
11 16 (0.61%) Law
12 13 (0.50%) Automotive
13 11 (0.42%) Games
14 7 (0.27%) Local Government
14 7 (0.27%) Greek Language
14 7 (0.27%) Polish Language
15 6 (0.23%) German Language
16 5 (0.19%) Italian Language
16 5 (0.19%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 784 (30.07%) Developer
2 488 (18.72%) Analyst
3 298 (11.43%) .NET Developer
4 164 (6.29%) C# Developer
5 154 (5.91%) Support Analyst
6 146 (5.60%) Support Engineer
7 135 (5.18%) Consultant
8 133 (5.10%) C# .NET Developer
9 118 (4.53%) Senior Developer
10 113 (4.33%) Software Developer
11 103 (3.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 102 (3.91%) Architect
13 94 (3.61%) ASP.NET Developer
14 93 (3.57%) Team Leader
15 92 (3.53%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 84 (3.22%) Project Manager
17 75 (2.88%) Applications Support
18 74 (2.84%) Business Analyst
19 69 (2.65%) 3rd Line Support
19 69 (2.65%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 856 (32.83%) .NET
2 459 (17.61%) ASP.NET
3 391 (15.00%) HTML
4 340 (13.04%) CSS
5 254 (9.74%) Web Services
6 238 (9.13%) .NET Framework
7 234 (8.98%) XML
8 233 (8.94%) jQuery
9 197 (7.56%) WCF
10 143 (5.49%) ASP.NET MVC
11 130 (4.99%) LINQ
12 121 (4.64%) HTML5
13 111 (4.26%) SOAP
14 102 (3.91%) Ajax
15 100 (3.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 57 (2.19%) REST
17 50 (1.92%) WPF
18 44 (1.69%) RESTful
18 44 (1.69%) ASP.NET Web API
19 43 (1.65%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 273 (10.47%) Analytical Skills
2 106 (4.07%) Enterprise Software
3 78 (2.99%) Management Information System
3 78 (2.99%) Computer Science
4 50 (1.92%) User Experience
5 49 (1.88%) Blackberry
6 38 (1.46%) N-Tier
6 38 (1.46%) iPhone
7 37 (1.42%) Fat Client
7 37 (1.42%) Thin Client
8 33 (1.27%) Mathematics
9 32 (1.23%) Clustering
10 30 (1.15%) Mobile App
11 29 (1.11%) Statistics
11 29 (1.11%) Client/Server
12 26 (1.00%) Social Media
13 24 (0.92%) FlexPod
14 21 (0.81%) NHS
14 21 (0.81%) Replication
15 16 (0.61%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 898 (34.45%) Windows
2 274 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
3 201 (7.71%) Windows 7
4 182 (6.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 175 (6.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 107 (4.10%) Linux
7 105 (4.03%) Windows XP
8 104 (3.99%) UNIX
9 71 (2.72%) Windows 8
10 48 (1.84%) Android
11 39 (1.50%) Apple iOS
12 38 (1.46%) Windows Phone
13 28 (1.07%) Windows Phone 8
14 24 (0.92%) AIX
15 20 (0.77%) Windows 2000
16 17 (0.65%) Windows Vista
17 15 (0.58%) Solaris
18 14 (0.54%) CentOS
19 12 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
20 9 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 418 (16.03%) Agile Software Development
2 362 (13.89%) ITIL
3 297 (11.39%) MVC
4 261 (10.01%) Project Management
5 235 (9.01%) Business Intelligence
6 204 (7.83%) CRM
7 156 (5.98%) OO
8 154 (5.91%) Scrum
9 143 (5.49%) TDD
10 134 (5.14%) ERP
11 126 (4.83%) Service Delivery
12 122 (4.68%) Mentoring
13 109 (4.18%) Web Development
14 104 (3.99%) PRINCE2
15 96 (3.68%) Change Management
16 94 (3.61%) Software Engineering
17 88 (3.38%) Unit Testing
18 84 (3.22%) Migration
18 84 (3.22%) Stakeholder Management
19 80 (3.07%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 912 (34.98%) SQL
2 730 (28.00%) C#
3 378 (14.50%) JavaScript
4 298 (11.43%) T-SQL
5 170 (6.52%) VB.NET
6 117 (4.49%) VB
7 96 (3.68%) Java
8 62 (2.38%) C
9 61 (2.34%) VBA
10 53 (2.03%) PowerShell
11 50 (1.92%) PHP
12 30 (1.15%) VB6
13 26 (1.00%) VBScript
14 25 (0.96%) C++
15 23 (0.88%) Objective-C
16 22 (0.84%) PL/SQL
17 18 (0.69%) XQuery
18 17 (0.65%) Groovy
19 15 (0.58%) Perl
20 11 (0.42%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 328 (12.58%) Degree
2 307 (11.78%) Microsoft Certification
3 166 (6.37%) MCSE
4 115 (4.41%) MCP
5 107 (4.10%) MCITP
6 97 (3.72%) Cisco Certification
7 83 (3.18%) CCNA
8 82 (3.15%) MCSA
9 66 (2.53%) Citrix Certification
10 63 (2.42%) MCTS
11 62 (2.38%) Security Cleared
12 61 (2.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 50 (1.92%) CCA
14 47 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
15 38 (1.46%) ISEB
16 35 (1.34%) SC Cleared
17 32 (1.23%) CCNP
18 22 (0.84%) CISSP
19 21 (0.81%) PMI Certification
19 21 (0.81%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (4.22%) SLA
2 57 (2.19%) QA
3 20 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (0.65%) WAI
5 8 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.23%) BS7799
8 4 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.15%) COBIT
9 2 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.077%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.038%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.038%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 406 (15.57%) Active Directory
2 288 (11.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 228 (8.75%) Hyper-V
4 98 (3.76%) vSphere
5 77 (2.95%) XenApp
6 67 (2.57%) XenDesktop
7 21 (0.81%) Terminal Services
7 21 (0.81%) VMware ESX
8 20 (0.77%) XenServer
9 18 (0.69%) vCloud
10 16 (0.61%) NFS
11 13 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
12 12 (0.46%) Snort
12 12 (0.46%) Xen
13 11 (0.42%) VMware Server
14 10 (0.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 8 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
16 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.23%) Forefront TMG
17 5 (0.19%) KVM
Systems Management
1 94 (3.61%) SCCM
2 64 (2.45%) SCOM
3 32 (1.23%) Backup Exec
4 23 (0.88%) HP SIM
5 21 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
5 21 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
6 20 (0.77%) SCVMM
7 18 (0.69%) WSUS
8 15 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 12 (0.46%) Nessus
9 12 (0.46%) Puppet
10 11 (0.42%) OpenView
11 10 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 10 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
11 10 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
12 9 (0.35%) Nagios
13 8 (0.31%) NetBackup
13 8 (0.31%) WhatsUp Gold
14 6 (0.23%) Tivoli
15 5 (0.19%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 416 (15.96%) VMware
2 283 (10.86%) Citrix
3 208 (7.98%) Cisco
4 171 (6.56%) HP
5 170 (6.52%) Oracle
6 116 (4.45%) NetApp
7 83 (3.18%) Dell
8 71 (2.72%) Symantec
9 61 (2.34%) IBM
10 49 (1.88%) SAP
11 43 (1.65%) EMC
12 41 (1.57%) McAfee
13 38 (1.46%) Google
14 36 (1.38%) Juniper
15 33 (1.27%) Sage
16 32 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
17 25 (0.96%) Avaya
18 23 (0.88%) Sophos
19 22 (0.84%) CheckPoint
19 22 (0.84%) Red Hat
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Salary: £18000.00 - £25000.00 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management - Royal London
Salary: bonus + benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
PNG Recruitment Solutions
Salary: From £18,000 to £20,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
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PNG Recruitment Solutions
Salary: From £18,000 to £20,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
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Advantage XPO
Salary: £15000 - £20000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
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Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum £25,000 to £35,000 + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
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The MRJ Group
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hot Rec
Salary: Market related
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
The MRJ Group
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management
Salary: £30000 - £38000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
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Searchability.co.uk
Salary: £18000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Resource Management
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
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360 Resourcing Solutions
Salary: £26k per year
Posted: 2 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 25,000 - 35,000 + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £280 - £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + excellent benefits
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