Period
to 16 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 16 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Academic Degree
England > North West
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 35 25 18
Rank change year-on-year -10 -7 +3
Permanent jobs citing Degree 307 735 1,073
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 6.50% 8.30% 10.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 40.03% 42.68% 43.80%
Number of salaries quoted 213 572 900
Median annual salary £48,314 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.36% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%

Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 767 1,722 2,450
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 16.23% 19.46% 23.09%
Number of salaries quoted 551 1,225 2,004
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,250 £25,375
90th Percentile £71,250 £68,750 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%

Degree
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Degree as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Salary Trend in the North West

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Degree in the North West.

Salary trend for Degree in the North West

Degree
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing Degree in the North West over the 6 months to 16 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Degree in the North West

Degree
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Degree within the North West region over the 6 months to 16 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -37 131 £50,000 +11.11% 71
Cheshire +20 102 £45,000 -10.00% 36
Lancashire -12 25 £55,000 +46.07% 17
Merseyside -7 22 £36,462 -27.08% 13
Cumbria +18 21 £30,000 +3.31% 5
Degree
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, IT jobs citing Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Degree.

1 104 (33.88%) Problem-Solving
2 94 (30.62%) Computer Science
3 81 (26.38%) Agile Software Development
4 78 (25.41%) SQL
5 67 (21.82%) Analytical Skills
6 64 (20.85%) Microsoft
7 63 (20.52%) Finance
8 55 (17.92%) SQL Server
9 50 (16.29%) C#
10 48 (15.64%) .NET
10 48 (15.64%) Computer Science Degree
11 44 (14.33%) Software Engineering
12 41 (13.36%) JavaScript
13 40 (13.03%) Management Information System
13 40 (13.03%) Artificial Intelligence
14 39 (12.70%) Java
15 36 (11.73%) Machine Learning
16 35 (11.40%) Azure
17 34 (11.07%) Change Management
18 33 (10.75%) Windows
18 33 (10.75%) ITIL
19 32 (10.42%) Project Management
20 31 (10.10%) VMware
21 30 (9.77%) Information Security
21 30 (9.77%) Cybersecurity
22 28 (9.12%) DevOps
23 27 (8.79%) React
23 27 (8.79%) CISSP
23 27 (8.79%) Business Intelligence
23 27 (8.79%) Web Services

Degree
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 16 (5.21%) CMS
2 15 (4.89%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.63%) Confluence
3 5 (1.63%) IIS
4 2 (0.65%) Apache
4 2 (0.65%) JBoss
4 2 (0.65%) nginx
4 2 (0.65%) SAS
4 2 (0.65%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.65%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.65%) WordPress
5 1 (0.33%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.33%) WinCC
Applications
1 24 (7.82%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.98%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (0.98%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (0.98%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.65%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.33%) CINEMA 4D
6 1 (0.33%) InDesign
6 1 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.33%) Simulink
6 1 (0.33%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.33%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 35 (11.40%) Azure
2 25 (8.14%) Power Platform
3 23 (7.49%) AWS
4 10 (3.26%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (2.93%) Office 365
6 3 (0.98%) Amazon Kinesis
6 3 (0.98%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.65%) Cloudflare
7 2 (0.65%) PowerApps
8 1 (0.33%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.33%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.33%) Firebase
8 1 (0.33%) Logic Apps
8 1 (0.33%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.33%) NuGet
8 1 (0.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 23 (7.49%) Firewall
2 17 (5.54%) LAN
2 17 (5.54%) VoIP
3 13 (4.23%) NAS
3 13 (4.23%) SAN
4 8 (2.61%) WAN
5 7 (2.28%) MPLS
5 7 (2.28%) Wireless
6 6 (1.95%) SSL
7 5 (1.63%) Network Security
8 4 (1.30%) BGP
8 4 (1.30%) Skype
8 4 (1.30%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.98%) DNS
9 3 (0.98%) Internet
9 3 (0.98%) Radio Access Network
9 3 (0.98%) Spanning Tree
10 2 (0.65%) HSRP
10 2 (0.65%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.65%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (17.92%) SQL Server
2 25 (8.14%) Power BI
3 16 (5.21%) Relational Database
4 13 (4.23%) Big Data
4 13 (4.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 12 (3.91%) MySQL
5 12 (3.91%) QlikView
6 9 (2.93%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (2.28%) MongoDB
8 7 (2.28%) NoSQL
8 7 (2.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (1.95%) Data Lake
9 6 (1.95%) Tableau
10 4 (1.30%) Amazon QuickSight
10 4 (1.30%) Oracle Database
10 4 (1.30%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (1.30%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (1.30%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 17 (5.54%) Visual Studio
2 14 (4.56%) JIRA
3 9 (2.93%) Git (software)
3 9 (2.93%) TeamCity
4 4 (1.30%) Oracle APEX
4 4 (1.30%) Rational DOORS
4 4 (1.30%) Selenium
5 3 (0.98%) Gradle
5 3 (0.98%) IntelliJ
5 3 (0.98%) JUnit
5 3 (0.98%) Mockito
5 3 (0.98%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (0.65%) AccuRev
6 2 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.33%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.33%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.33%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 63 (20.52%) Finance
2 20 (6.51%) Legal
3 19 (6.19%) Aerospace
4 17 (5.54%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.54%) Telecoms
5 15 (4.89%) Manufacturing
6 12 (3.91%) Military
7 10 (3.26%) Law
8 9 (2.93%) Automotive
8 9 (2.93%) Marketing
9 7 (2.28%) Housing Association
10 6 (1.95%) Banking
11 4 (1.30%) Electronics
11 4 (1.30%) Local Government
11 4 (1.30%) Retail
12 3 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.98%) Publishing
12 3 (0.98%) Social Housing
13 2 (0.65%) Brand Awareness
14 1 (0.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 96 (31.27%) Developer
2 49 (15.96%) Analyst
2 49 (15.96%) Graduate
3 38 (12.38%) Graduate Developer
4 33 (10.75%) Software Developer
5 23 (7.49%) .NET Developer
6 21 (6.84%) Graduate Software Developer
7 18 (5.86%) Software Engineer
8 14 (4.56%) Java Developer
8 14 (4.56%) Senior Developer
9 12 (3.91%) Security Engineer
10 11 (3.58%) Business Analyst
10 11 (3.58%) C# .NET Developer
10 11 (3.58%) C# Developer
10 11 (3.58%) IT Manager
10 11 (3.58%) Support Analyst
11 10 (3.26%) .NET Software Developer
11 10 (3.26%) Data Analyst
11 10 (3.26%) Principal Engineer
12 9 (2.93%) Principal Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (15.64%) .NET
2 27 (8.79%) React
2 27 (8.79%) Web Services
3 22 (7.17%) HTML
4 21 (6.84%) AngularJS
5 18 (5.86%) CSS
6 16 (5.21%) Blazor
7 15 (4.89%) RESTful
8 13 (4.23%) REST
9 12 (3.91%) ASP.NET
10 10 (3.26%) JSON
11 9 (2.93%) .NET Core
11 9 (2.93%) ASP.NET Core
12 6 (1.95%) .NET Framework
12 6 (1.95%) Dropwizard
12 6 (1.95%) jQuery
12 6 (1.95%) Spring
13 5 (1.63%) CSS3
13 5 (1.63%) Ember.js
13 5 (1.63%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 67 (21.82%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (13.03%) Management Information System
3 17 (5.54%) Life Science
4 12 (3.91%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.26%) Blog
5 10 (3.26%) User Experience
6 9 (2.93%) Data Centre
6 9 (2.93%) Renewable Energy
7 8 (2.61%) Mobile App
8 6 (1.95%) PKI
9 5 (1.63%) Algorithms
9 5 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.30%) e-Learning
10 4 (1.30%) Security Operations Centre
10 4 (1.30%) Social Media
11 3 (0.98%) Cyber Defence
11 3 (0.98%) Industry 4.0
11 3 (0.98%) Replication
11 3 (0.98%) Robotics
11 3 (0.98%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 33 (10.75%) Windows
2 20 (6.51%) Linux
3 18 (5.86%) Windows Server
4 11 (3.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 11 (3.58%) Windows Server 2016
5 7 (2.28%) CentOS
5 7 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (1.30%) Solaris
7 2 (0.65%) Unix
7 2 (0.65%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.33%) Android
8 1 (0.33%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (33.88%) Problem-Solving
2 94 (30.62%) Computer Science
3 81 (26.38%) Agile Software Development
4 44 (14.33%) Software Engineering
5 40 (13.03%) Artificial Intelligence
6 36 (11.73%) Machine Learning
7 34 (11.07%) Change Management
8 33 (10.75%) ITIL
9 32 (10.42%) Project Management
10 30 (9.77%) Cybersecurity
10 30 (9.77%) Information Security
11 28 (9.12%) DevOps
12 27 (8.79%) Business Intelligence
12 27 (8.79%) Mathematics
13 24 (7.82%) Project Delivery
14 21 (6.84%) TDD
15 19 (6.19%) Front End Development
16 15 (4.89%) Analytics
16 15 (4.89%) Risk Management
17 14 (4.56%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 78 (25.41%) SQL
2 50 (16.29%) C#
3 41 (13.36%) JavaScript
4 39 (12.70%) Java
5 20 (6.51%) Python
6 13 (4.23%) Bash Shell
7 10 (3.26%) C++
7 10 (3.26%) T-SQL
7 10 (3.26%) TypeScript
8 8 (2.61%) Go
9 7 (2.28%) PHP
9 7 (2.28%) PowerShell
9 7 (2.28%) VBA
10 6 (1.95%) Perl
11 5 (1.63%) C
12 4 (1.30%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.65%) Erlang
13 2 (0.65%) Ruby
13 2 (0.65%) VB
14 1 (0.33%) R
Qualifications
1 48 (15.64%) Computer Science Degree
2 27 (8.79%) CISSP
3 24 (7.82%) CISM
4 17 (5.54%) CESG Certified Professional
5 15 (4.89%) PhD
6 12 (3.91%) CEH
6 12 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (3.58%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (3.58%) CISMP
8 10 (3.26%) CompTIA Security+
9 9 (2.93%) CCNP
10 7 (2.28%) Numerate Degree
10 7 (2.28%) RHCE
11 6 (1.95%) Security Cleared
12 5 (1.63%) CCIE
12 5 (1.63%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 5 (1.63%) ISEB
12 5 (1.63%) ISTQB
12 5 (1.63%) Master's Degree
12 5 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.54%) GDPR
2 8 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.28%) Data Quality
3 7 (2.28%) SLA
4 6 (1.95%) QA
4 6 (1.95%) RMADS
5 5 (1.63%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.65%) GAMP
7 2 (0.65%) NEBOSH
7 2 (0.65%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.65%) PMO
7 2 (0.65%) WCAG
8 1 (0.33%) COBIT
8 1 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.33%) GLP
System Software
1 18 (5.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (5.54%) Active Directory
3 16 (5.21%) Docker
4 5 (1.63%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.33%) pfSense
6 1 (0.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (4.23%) Kubernetes
2 7 (2.28%) Ansible
2 7 (2.28%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (2.28%) Puppet
3 3 (0.98%) Terraform
4 2 (0.65%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
4 2 (0.65%) WMI
5 1 (0.33%) CASB
5 1 (0.33%) Nessus
Vendors
1 64 (20.85%) Microsoft
2 31 (10.10%) VMware
3 20 (6.51%) Cisco
3 20 (6.51%) Oracle
4 9 (2.93%) IBM
4 9 (2.93%) SAP
4 9 (2.93%) Splunk
5 7 (2.28%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (1.95%) CheckPoint
6 6 (1.95%) HubSpot
6 6 (1.95%) Juniper
7 5 (1.63%) Google
8 4 (1.30%) Adobe
8 4 (1.30%) EMC
8 4 (1.30%) Veeam
9 3 (0.98%) Avaya
9 3 (0.98%) Snowplow
9 3 (0.98%) Verint
10 2 (0.65%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.65%) SolarWinds