Period
to 14 August 2018

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 14 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 122 137 120
Rank change year-on-year +15 -17 -34
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 313 288 287
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.58% 2.19% 2.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.33% 9.90% 10.35%
Number of salaries quoted 255 251 254
North West median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £21,250 £21,000 £23,225
90th Percentile £55,100 £52,500 £55,000
England median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%

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 2,539 2,909 2,774
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.91% 22.08% 23.90%
Number of salaries quoted 1,892 2,203 2,278
North West median annual salary £43,250 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.13% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £23,138 £23,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £66,250 £65,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +8.70% -3.16% +5.56%

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018. 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 +10 168 £40,000 +9.59% 21
Cheshire +14 97 £42,000 +29.23% 10
Lancashire +25 30 £28,000 +21.74% 3
Merseyside +13 18 £27,500 -31.25% 3
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 250 (79.87%) Microsoft
2 182 (58.15%) MCSE
3 162 (51.76%) Windows
4 139 (44.41%) Active Directory
5 127 (40.58%) SQL Server
6 125 (39.94%) Office 365
7 107 (34.19%) ITIL
8 104 (33.23%) VMware
9 98 (31.31%) Windows Server
10 84 (26.84%) MCSA
11 82 (26.20%) Windows Server 2008
12 80 (25.56%) MCP
13 79 (25.24%) SQL
14 67 (21.41%) Windows Server 2012
15 62 (19.81%) Microsoft Azure
16 61 (19.49%) TCP/IP
17 60 (19.17%) Degree
18 54 (17.25%) VMware Infrastructure
18 54 (17.25%) Finance
19 52 (16.61%) .NET
19 52 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
20 48 (15.34%) Cisco
20 48 (15.34%) Citrix
20 48 (15.34%) SAN
20 48 (15.34%) Hyper-V
21 47 (15.02%) MS Exchange
22 46 (14.70%) SCCM
23 45 (14.38%) Firewall
24 43 (13.74%) Security Cleared
24 43 (13.74%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 47 (15.02%) MS Exchange
2 42 (13.42%) SharePoint
3 30 (9.58%) IIS
4 23 (7.35%) Skype for Business
5 19 (6.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (6.07%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (3.51%) SharePoint Server
8 10 (3.19%) Apache Pig
9 8 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (2.24%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.64%) Apache
11 2 (0.64%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.32%) CMS
12 1 (0.32%) Confluence
12 1 (0.32%) Content Management Server
12 1 (0.32%) EPiServer
12 1 (0.32%) JBoss
12 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 52 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (7.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (6.39%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (3.19%) Elite 3E
3 10 (3.19%) Workfront
4 2 (0.64%) BPCS
4 2 (0.64%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.32%) Lawson
5 1 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 125 (39.94%) Office 365
2 62 (19.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (8.31%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (6.07%) IaaS
5 18 (5.75%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (1.60%) PaaS
7 3 (0.96%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 61 (19.49%) TCP/IP
2 48 (15.34%) SAN
3 45 (14.38%) Firewall
4 42 (13.42%) DNS
5 25 (7.99%) Skype
6 24 (7.67%) DHCP
6 24 (7.67%) LAN
6 24 (7.67%) WAN
7 16 (5.11%) Network Security
8 14 (4.47%) HTTP
9 13 (4.15%) Internet
10 10 (3.19%) SSL
11 8 (2.56%) Remote Desktop
11 8 (2.56%) Unified Communications
12 7 (2.24%) NAS
13 6 (1.92%) VPN
14 5 (1.60%) VLAN
14 5 (1.60%) Wireless
15 4 (1.28%) FTP
15 4 (1.28%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (40.58%) SQL Server
2 37 (11.82%) Relational Database
3 35 (11.18%) SQL Server 2008
4 22 (7.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (6.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (5.75%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (5.75%) SQL Server 2014
7 16 (5.11%) MySQL
8 14 (4.47%) MongoDB
9 13 (4.15%) NoSQL
10 12 (3.83%) OLTP
11 10 (3.19%) Apache Hive
11 10 (3.19%) Big Data
11 10 (3.19%) Hadoop
11 10 (3.19%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (2.24%) Crystal Reports
14 6 (1.92%) SQL Server 2016
15 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 22 (7.03%) JIRA
2 17 (5.43%) Visual Studio
3 12 (3.83%) Selenium
4 10 (3.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 10 (3.19%) Bitbucket
4 10 (3.19%) CodeSonar
4 10 (3.19%) Git (software)
4 10 (3.19%) git-flow
4 10 (3.19%) Robot Framework
5 3 (0.96%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.96%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.64%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.32%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.32%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.32%) JMeter
7 1 (0.32%) Moq
7 1 (0.32%) Subversion
7 1 (0.32%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 54 (17.25%) Finance
2 15 (4.79%) Retail
3 12 (3.83%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.88%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.60%) Back Office
6 4 (1.28%) Advertising
7 3 (0.96%) Law
8 2 (0.64%) Games
8 2 (0.64%) Marketing
9 1 (0.32%) Automotive
9 1 (0.32%) Banking
9 1 (0.32%) Legal
Job Titles
1 45 (14.38%) Support Engineer
2 39 (12.46%) Developer
3 33 (10.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 33 (10.54%) Architect
3 33 (10.54%) IT Support
4 29 (9.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 27 (8.63%) Analyst
6 22 (7.03%) 1st Line Support
7 21 (6.71%) 1st Line Engineer
8 19 (6.07%) 1st Line Support Engineer
9 18 (5.75%) Applications Support
10 17 (5.43%) Administrator
11 16 (5.11%) 3rd Line Support
11 16 (5.11%) IT Analyst
12 15 (4.79%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (4.79%) Consultant
12 15 (4.79%) DBA
12 15 (4.79%) IT Engineer
12 15 (4.79%) Service Analyst
12 15 (4.79%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (16.61%) .NET
2 21 (6.71%) .NET Framework
3 17 (5.43%) ASP.NET
4 11 (3.51%) LAMP
4 11 (3.51%) RabbitMQ
4 11 (3.51%) WinForms
5 10 (3.19%) Django
5 10 (3.19%) Java EE
5 10 (3.19%) Node.js
5 10 (3.19%) REST
5 10 (3.19%) SOAP
5 10 (3.19%) Spring MVC
5 10 (3.19%) STL
6 8 (2.56%) Web Services
7 5 (1.60%) HTML
7 5 (1.60%) jQuery
8 3 (0.96%) LDAP
9 2 (0.64%) Flash
10 1 (0.32%) COM
10 1 (0.32%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (7.03%) Management Information System
2 18 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.15%) Data Centre
4 12 (3.83%) Virtual Team
5 10 (3.19%) Client/Server
5 10 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (2.56%) Enterprise Storage
7 7 (2.24%) Clustering
8 6 (1.92%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.92%) NHS
8 6 (1.92%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.96%) Replication
10 3 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.64%) Blackberry
11 2 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.64%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.64%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.64%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.64%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 162 (51.76%) Windows
2 98 (31.31%) Windows Server
3 82 (26.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 67 (21.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (8.63%) Linux
6 17 (5.43%) Windows 10
6 17 (5.43%) Windows 7
7 15 (4.79%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (4.47%) Android
8 14 (4.47%) Apple iOS
9 11 (3.51%) Mac OS X
10 7 (2.24%) Unix
11 4 (1.28%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.96%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.64%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.32%) AIX
14 1 (0.32%) CentOS
14 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (34.19%) ITIL
2 43 (13.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 41 (13.10%) Project Management
4 40 (12.78%) Service Management
5 35 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
6 34 (10.86%) CRM
7 30 (9.58%) Presales
8 29 (9.27%) ERP
9 25 (7.99%) Customer Requirements
10 24 (7.67%) Disaster Recovery
10 24 (7.67%) Line Management
11 23 (7.35%) ITIL V3
11 23 (7.35%) Service Delivery
12 21 (6.71%) Performance Tuning
13 20 (6.39%) Mentoring
14 18 (5.75%) Programme Management
15 17 (5.43%) Analytics
15 17 (5.43%) Time Management
16 16 (5.11%) Data Protection
16 16 (5.11%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 79 (25.24%) SQL
2 38 (12.14%) T-SQL
3 35 (11.18%) C#
4 21 (6.71%) PowerShell
5 15 (4.79%) JavaScript
6 14 (4.47%) VB
7 13 (4.15%) C
7 13 (4.15%) VBA
8 12 (3.83%) Java
9 11 (3.51%) C++
9 11 (3.51%) Python
9 11 (3.51%) VB6
10 10 (3.19%) Bash Shell
10 10 (3.19%) Objective-C
10 10 (3.19%) PHP
11 5 (1.60%) VB.NET
12 4 (1.28%) X++
13 2 (0.64%) Perl
14 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 182 (58.15%) MCSE
2 84 (26.84%) MCSA
3 80 (25.56%) MCP
4 60 (19.17%) Degree
5 43 (13.74%) Security Cleared
6 41 (13.10%) CCNA
6 41 (13.10%) Cisco Certification
7 30 (9.58%) MCITP
8 25 (7.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 16 (5.11%) CISSP
9 16 (5.11%) Citrix Certification
9 16 (5.11%) SC Cleared
10 15 (4.79%) CCNP
11 13 (4.15%) MCTS
12 12 (3.83%) HNC
13 11 (3.51%) Computer Science Degree
14 10 (3.19%) CompTIA Security+
14 10 (3.19%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (3.19%) SANS
14 10 (3.19%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (11.50%) SLA
2 14 (4.47%) GDPR
3 8 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.60%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.96%) COSHH
5 3 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.64%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.64%) PMO
6 2 (0.64%) QA
7 1 (0.32%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 139 (44.41%) Active Directory
2 54 (17.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (15.34%) Hyper-V
4 30 (9.58%) vSphere
5 17 (5.43%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (3.83%) Terminal Services
6 12 (3.83%) XenApp
7 11 (3.51%) Docker
8 7 (2.24%) XenDesktop
9 6 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.96%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.96%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.96%) Xen
11 2 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.32%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.32%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.32%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 46 (14.70%) SCCM
2 12 (3.83%) Puppet
3 10 (3.19%) Salt
3 10 (3.19%) SCVMM
4 7 (2.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (1.92%) SCOM
6 4 (1.28%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.64%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.64%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.64%) vRealize
7 2 (0.64%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 2 (0.64%) WSUS
8 1 (0.32%) Ansible
8 1 (0.32%) CFEngine
8 1 (0.32%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.32%) IBM BigFix
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.32%) Nagios
8 1 (0.32%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 250 (79.87%) Microsoft
2 104 (33.23%) VMware
3 48 (15.34%) Cisco
3 48 (15.34%) Citrix
4 15 (4.79%) Oracle
5 12 (3.83%) SAP
6 10 (3.19%) Intapp
6 10 (3.19%) Reuters
6 10 (3.19%) Veeam
7 8 (2.56%) NetApp
7 8 (2.56%) SolarWinds
8 7 (2.24%) HP
9 6 (1.92%) EMC
10 5 (1.60%) Dell
10 5 (1.60%) NEC
11 3 (0.96%) Isilon
11 3 (0.96%) Ivanti
12 2 (0.64%) Acme Packet
12 2 (0.64%) Infor
12 2 (0.64%) Sonus