Period
to 26 September 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 26 September 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 122 100
Rank change year-on-year -16 -22 -9
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 311 301 382
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.37% 2.53% 2.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.81% 10.83% 11.78%
Number of salaries quoted 268 268 318
North West median annual salary £31,250 £38,750 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -19.35% +19.23% -4.41%
10th Percentile £19,250 £23,750 £20,500
90th Percentile £48,975 £53,825 £48,750
England median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% -6.25%

Microsoft Certification 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 2877 2780 3243
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.88% 23.35% 24.82%
Number of salaries quoted 2206 2249 2540
North West median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £22,500 £25,000 £22,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £60,000 £61,250
England median annual salary £47,000 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.17% +2.22% -

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West.

Salary trend for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 26 September 2017.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
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 Microsoft Certification within the North West region over the 6 months to 26 September 2017. 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 -9 191 £32,500 -21.86% 21
Cheshire -6 88 £27,500 -26.67% 4
Merseyside -30 14 £40,000 -15.79% 2
Lancashire -3 13 £30,000 -4.76% 1
Cumbria -2 1 £25,000 -44.44%
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 26 September 2017, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 201 (64.63%) Windows
2 188 (60.45%) Microsoft
3 183 (58.84%) MCSE
4 176 (56.59%) Active Directory
5 124 (39.87%) VMware
6 121 (38.91%) MCSA
7 110 (35.37%) ITIL
8 107 (34.41%) Hyper-V
9 106 (34.08%) Cisco
9 106 (34.08%) Windows Server
10 95 (30.55%) Office 365
10 95 (30.55%) Degree
11 86 (27.65%) MCP
12 75 (24.12%) WAN
13 69 (22.19%) DNS
14 68 (21.86%) TCP/IP
14 68 (21.86%) VMware Infrastructure
14 68 (21.86%) Windows Server 2012
15 62 (19.94%) LAN
16 61 (19.61%) Cisco Certification
17 57 (18.33%) DHCP
17 57 (18.33%) Firewall
18 56 (18.01%) MS Exchange
19 54 (17.36%) SQL Server
20 53 (17.04%) SAN
21 51 (16.40%) Windows Server 2008
22 48 (15.43%) Citrix
23 47 (15.11%) CCNA
24 44 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
25 37 (11.90%) Windows 7

Microsoft Certification
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 56 (18.01%) MS Exchange
2 29 (9.32%) SharePoint
3 19 (6.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (6.11%) Exchange Server 2013
4 12 (3.86%) SharePoint 2013
4 12 (3.86%) Skype for Business
5 9 (2.89%) CMS
6 6 (1.93%) IIS
7 4 (1.29%) Sitecore CMS
7 4 (1.29%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.96%) nginx
8 3 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.64%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.32%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.32%) DNN
10 1 (0.32%) Drupal
10 1 (0.32%) Joomla!
10 1 (0.32%) WordPress
Applications
1 44 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.29%) Magento
4 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 95 (30.55%) Office 365
2 30 (9.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (2.89%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.25%) G Suite
4 7 (2.25%) IaaS
5 6 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (1.93%) PaaS
6 3 (0.96%) SaaS
7 2 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.64%) GitHub
8 1 (0.32%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 75 (24.12%) WAN
2 69 (22.19%) DNS
3 68 (21.86%) TCP/IP
4 62 (19.94%) LAN
5 57 (18.33%) DHCP
5 57 (18.33%) Firewall
6 53 (17.04%) SAN
7 22 (7.07%) VPN
8 20 (6.43%) Unified Communications
9 12 (3.86%) NetScaler
10 11 (3.54%) Skype
10 11 (3.54%) VoIP
11 9 (2.89%) WLAN
12 7 (2.25%) Remote Desktop
13 6 (1.93%) NAS
14 4 (1.29%) ISDN
14 4 (1.29%) Network Security
15 3 (0.96%) LDAP
15 3 (0.96%) VLAN
16 2 (0.64%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (17.36%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.22%) Relational Database
3 9 (2.89%) RDBMS
4 5 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.29%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (1.29%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (1.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.96%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.96%) MySQL
6 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.64%) Big Data
7 2 (0.64%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.32%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.32%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.32%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 5 (1.61%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.64%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.32%) Grunt
3 1 (0.32%) gulp
3 1 (0.32%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.32%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.32%) MSI
3 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.32%) TeamCity
General
1 34 (10.93%) Finance
2 19 (6.11%) Manufacturing
3 18 (5.79%) Legal
4 16 (5.14%) Retail
4 16 (5.14%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.93%) Advertising
6 1 (0.32%) Back Office
6 1 (0.32%) Banking
6 1 (0.32%) Billing
6 1 (0.32%) Law
6 1 (0.32%) Local Government
6 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 75 (24.12%) Support Engineer
2 48 (15.43%) Analyst
3 46 (14.79%) IT Engineer
4 45 (14.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 44 (14.15%) IT Support
6 32 (10.29%) IT Support Engineer
7 30 (9.65%) Developer
8 24 (7.72%) 1st Line Support
9 22 (7.07%) Support Analyst
10 21 (6.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 21 (6.75%) 3rd Line Support
11 20 (6.43%) 1st Line Engineer
12 19 (6.11%) 2nd Line Support
12 19 (6.11%) Hyper-V Engineer
13 17 (5.47%) .NET Developer
13 17 (5.47%) 1st Line Support Engineer
14 16 (5.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 16 (5.14%) Network Engineer
14 16 (5.14%) Systems Engineer
14 16 (5.14%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (11.25%) .NET
2 26 (8.36%) ASP.NET
3 20 (6.43%) Web Services
4 19 (6.11%) HTML
5 17 (5.47%) jQuery
6 9 (2.89%) CSS
7 8 (2.57%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 7 (2.25%) .NET Framework
8 7 (2.25%) ASP.NET MVC
9 6 (1.93%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.61%) Entity Framework
10 5 (1.61%) LINQ
11 4 (1.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 3 (0.96%) SOAP
13 2 (0.64%) HTML5
13 2 (0.64%) JSON
13 2 (0.64%) React
13 2 (0.64%) WCF
13 2 (0.64%) XML
13 2 (0.64%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 35 (11.25%) Driving Licence
2 33 (10.61%) Computer Science
2 33 (10.61%) Data Centre
3 29 (9.32%) Management Information System
4 28 (9.00%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (4.18%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (4.18%) Virtual Team
6 12 (3.86%) Fat Client
6 12 (3.86%) Thin Client
7 9 (2.89%) Life Science
8 7 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.61%) Fintech
10 4 (1.29%) Replication
11 3 (0.96%) Blackberry
11 3 (0.96%) FMCG
11 3 (0.96%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.64%) CMDB
12 2 (0.64%) Cyber Attack
13 1 (0.32%) Clustering
13 1 (0.32%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 201 (64.63%) Windows
2 106 (34.08%) Windows Server
3 68 (21.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 51 (16.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 37 (11.90%) Windows 7
6 23 (7.40%) Windows 8
7 17 (5.47%) Linux
8 16 (5.14%) Windows 10
9 11 (3.54%) Android
10 10 (3.22%) Apple iOS
11 8 (2.57%) Windows XP
12 7 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (1.93%) Mac OS
13 6 (1.93%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.96%) CentOS
14 3 (0.96%) Debian
14 3 (0.96%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.96%) Unix
15 1 (0.32%) AIX
15 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (35.37%) ITIL
2 29 (9.32%) Time Management
3 25 (8.04%) Mentoring
4 21 (6.75%) Disaster Recovery
4 21 (6.75%) Service Management
5 19 (6.11%) Agile Software Development
5 19 (6.11%) Service Delivery
6 17 (5.47%) Change Management
7 16 (5.14%) Web Development
8 14 (4.50%) Data Security
8 14 (4.50%) Information Security
8 14 (4.50%) MVC
9 13 (4.18%) Identity Management
9 13 (4.18%) PRINCE2
10 12 (3.86%) Customer Engagement
10 12 (3.86%) Load Balancing
10 12 (3.86%) Process Improvement
11 11 (3.54%) Statistics
12 10 (3.22%) Configuration Management
12 10 (3.22%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 33 (10.61%) C#
1 33 (10.61%) SQL
2 26 (8.36%) PowerShell
3 18 (5.79%) JavaScript
4 10 (3.22%) T-SQL
4 10 (3.22%) VB.NET
5 8 (2.57%) VB
6 4 (1.29%) VBScript
7 2 (0.64%) Java
8 1 (0.32%) C
8 1 (0.32%) C++
8 1 (0.32%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 1 (0.32%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 183 (58.84%) MCSE
2 121 (38.91%) MCSA
3 95 (30.55%) Degree
4 86 (27.65%) MCP
5 61 (19.61%) Cisco Certification
6 47 (15.11%) CCNA
7 31 (9.97%) MCITP
8 29 (9.32%) Master's Degree
9 25 (8.04%) CCNP
10 21 (6.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 18 (5.79%) A+ Certification
12 14 (4.50%) CISSP
12 14 (4.50%) ITIL Certification
13 13 (4.18%) CCA
13 13 (4.18%) CISA
13 13 (4.18%) Citrix Certification
13 13 (4.18%) CNE
13 13 (4.18%) CompTIA Security+
13 13 (4.18%) Novell Certification
13 13 (4.18%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (10.29%) SLA
2 3 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (0.96%) QA
3 2 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.64%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.64%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.32%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.32%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 176 (56.59%) Active Directory
2 107 (34.41%) Hyper-V
3 68 (21.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (8.04%) Terminal Services
5 21 (6.75%) vSphere
6 17 (5.47%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (3.22%) XenApp
8 5 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.29%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.96%) KVM
10 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.96%) Varnish
11 1 (0.32%) NDS
11 1 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.32%) vCloud
11 1 (0.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (8.04%) SCCM
2 16 (5.14%) SCOM
3 15 (4.82%) WSUS
4 12 (3.86%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 8 (2.57%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (1.93%) Backup Exec
7 4 (1.29%) SCDPM
7 4 (1.29%) SCVMM
8 3 (0.96%) cPanel
8 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.96%) Plesk
8 3 (0.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.32%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.32%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.32%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.32%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.32%) WMI
Vendors
1 188 (60.45%) Microsoft
2 124 (39.87%) VMware
3 106 (34.08%) Cisco
4 48 (15.43%) Citrix
5 34 (10.93%) Dell
5 34 (10.93%) EqualLogic
6 17 (5.47%) Symantec
7 14 (4.50%) NetApp
8 13 (4.18%) CommVault
8 13 (4.18%) HP
9 12 (3.86%) Apple
9 12 (3.86%) F5
9 12 (3.86%) Juniper
9 12 (3.86%) Riverbed
10 10 (3.22%) Oracle
11 7 (2.25%) Google
11 7 (2.25%) Veeam
12 6 (1.93%) NEC
13 5 (1.61%) Sitecore
13 5 (1.61%) Sun