Period
to 19 January 2020

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 19 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
19 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 132 157 121
Rank change year-on-year +25 -36 +7
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 189 214 349
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.16% 2.03% 2.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.20% 8.80% 13.50%
Number of salaries quoted 130 192 319
North West median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +15.38% -13.33%
10th Percentile £21,925 £21,500 £19,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £57,500 £51,250
England median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 1,687 2,431 2,586
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.32% 23.04% 20.34%
Number of salaries quoted 1,176 1,946 1,962
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,611 £23,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £70,000 £66,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +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 19 January 2020.

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 19 January 2020. 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 +14 95 £40,000 +1.27% 36
Cheshire +21 61 £32,500 - 11
Merseyside +12 17 £25,000 -28.57% 6
Lancashire +8 14 £32,500 +14.04% 4
Cumbria - 1 £42,500 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 19 January 2020, 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.

1 149 (78.84%) Microsoft
2 89 (47.09%) Active Directory
3 79 (41.80%) Windows
4 78 (41.27%) MCSA
5 75 (39.68%) MCSE
6 67 (35.45%) VMware
7 61 (32.28%) Office 365
8 56 (29.63%) Azure
9 55 (29.10%) SQL Server
10 49 (25.93%) VMware Infrastructure
11 46 (24.34%) ITIL
12 40 (21.16%) SQL
13 37 (19.58%) C#
14 36 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
14 36 (19.05%) Degree
15 34 (17.99%) .NET
16 32 (16.93%) DNS
17 31 (16.40%) Cisco Certification
17 31 (16.40%) MCTS
18 29 (15.34%) Firewall
18 29 (15.34%) DHCP
18 29 (15.34%) HTML
18 29 (15.34%) JavaScript
18 29 (15.34%) CSS
19 28 (14.81%) Cisco
19 28 (14.81%) CCNA
19 28 (14.81%) Windows Server
19 28 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
20 26 (13.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 25 (13.23%) MCITP

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 25 (13.23%) MS Exchange
2 17 (8.99%) IIS
3 15 (7.94%) SharePoint
4 12 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.12%) Apache
5 4 (2.12%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (2.12%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.59%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.06%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.06%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.53%) CMS
8 1 (0.53%) Site Server
Applications
1 22 (11.64%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.53%) Infor M3
1 1 (0.53%) Sage 200
1 1 (0.53%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 61 (32.28%) Office 365
2 56 (29.63%) Azure
3 25 (13.23%) AWS
4 12 (6.35%) IaaS
4 12 (6.35%) PaaS
5 11 (5.82%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (2.12%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (2.12%) SaaS
7 1 (0.53%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.53%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 32 (16.93%) DNS
2 29 (15.34%) DHCP
2 29 (15.34%) Firewall
3 22 (11.64%) TCP/IP
4 21 (11.11%) WAN
5 20 (10.58%) LAN
6 14 (7.41%) Internet
7 13 (6.88%) SAN
8 7 (3.70%) Network Security
8 7 (3.70%) Wireless
9 6 (3.17%) VPN
10 5 (2.65%) MPLS
11 4 (2.12%) ADSL
11 4 (2.12%) Cisco IOS
11 4 (2.12%) NAS
11 4 (2.12%) PBX
11 4 (2.12%) SSL
11 4 (2.12%) VLAN
11 4 (2.12%) VoIP
11 4 (2.12%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (29.10%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.23%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.53%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.53%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 16 (8.47%) Visual Studio
2 12 (6.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 3 (1.59%) MSI
4 2 (1.06%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.53%) Selenium
5 1 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 15 (7.94%) Finance
1 15 (7.94%) Manufacturing
2 11 (5.82%) Legal
3 9 (4.76%) Law
4 8 (4.23%) Automotive
5 7 (3.70%) Public Sector
6 4 (2.12%) Retail
7 3 (1.59%) Marketing
8 2 (1.06%) Games
9 1 (0.53%) Fire and Rescue
9 1 (0.53%) German Language
9 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (14.81%) IT Engineer
2 25 (13.23%) Developer
3 24 (12.70%) Analyst
4 16 (8.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 16 (8.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 15 (7.94%) Software Developer
6 13 (6.88%) Support Engineer
7 12 (6.35%) Service Analyst
7 12 (6.35%) Service Desk Analyst
8 11 (5.82%) 3rd Line Support
8 11 (5.82%) Architect
9 9 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
9 9 (4.76%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (4.76%) IT Support
9 9 (4.76%) Network Engineer
9 9 (4.76%) Security Engineer
10 8 (4.23%) IT Security Engineer
10 8 (4.23%) Senior Developer
10 8 (4.23%) Systems Engineer
11 7 (3.70%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.99%) .NET
2 29 (15.34%) CSS
2 29 (15.34%) HTML
3 23 (12.17%) Web Services
4 18 (9.52%) ASP.NET
5 14 (7.41%) jQuery
6 12 (6.35%) LINQ
6 12 (6.35%) RESTful
7 8 (4.23%) .NET Core
8 7 (3.70%) REST
9 6 (3.17%) .NET Framework
10 5 (2.65%) SOAP
10 5 (2.65%) XML
11 4 (2.12%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4 (2.12%) Entity Framework
12 3 (1.59%) HTML5
13 2 (1.06%) ASP.NET Core
14 1 (0.53%) AngularJS
14 1 (0.53%) CSS3
14 1 (0.53%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.17%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (11.64%) Management Information System
3 14 (7.41%) Data Centre
4 13 (6.88%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (4.76%) Blackberry
6 6 (3.17%) PlayStation
6 6 (3.17%) Wiki
6 6 (3.17%) Xbox
7 4 (2.12%) Life Science
7 4 (2.12%) PKI
8 3 (1.59%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.59%) e-Learning
8 3 (1.59%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.06%) IPTV
9 2 (1.06%) N-Tier
9 2 (1.06%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.06%) Video\Live Streaming
10 1 (0.53%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.53%) EPoS
10 1 (0.53%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 79 (41.80%) Windows
2 28 (14.81%) Windows Server
3 18 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (8.99%) Linux
4 17 (8.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (8.47%) Windows 10
6 13 (6.88%) Apple iOS
7 12 (6.35%) Android
7 12 (6.35%) VMS
8 6 (3.17%) Windows 7
9 5 (2.65%) Unix
10 4 (2.12%) Solaris
11 3 (1.59%) Mac OS
11 3 (1.59%) Ubuntu
12 2 (1.06%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.53%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.53%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.53%) SUSE
13 1 (0.53%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (24.34%) ITIL
2 36 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
4 24 (12.70%) DevOps
4 24 (12.70%) Project Management
5 20 (10.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 16 (8.47%) Information Security
7 14 (7.41%) Mentoring
7 14 (7.41%) Service Delivery
7 14 (7.41%) Service Management
7 14 (7.41%) Unit Testing
8 13 (6.88%) Process Improvement
9 12 (6.35%) API Integration
9 12 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (6.35%) SDLC
10 11 (5.82%) Kalman Filter
10 11 (5.82%) Scrum
11 10 (5.29%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (5.29%) Release Management
11 10 (5.29%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 40 (21.16%) SQL
2 37 (19.58%) C#
3 29 (15.34%) JavaScript
4 17 (8.99%) T-SQL
5 16 (8.47%) Python
6 15 (7.94%) PowerShell
7 12 (6.35%) PHP
8 3 (1.59%) VB
9 2 (1.06%) C++
9 2 (1.06%) Java
10 1 (0.53%) C
Qualifications
1 78 (41.27%) MCSA
2 75 (39.68%) MCSE
3 36 (19.05%) Degree
4 31 (16.40%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (16.40%) MCTS
5 28 (14.81%) CCNA
6 26 (13.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 25 (13.23%) MCITP
8 21 (11.11%) MCP
9 15 (7.94%) MCSD
9 15 (7.94%) Security Cleared
10 10 (5.29%) CISSP
10 10 (5.29%) Computer Science Degree
10 10 (5.29%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (5.29%) TOGAF Certification
11 9 (4.76%) A+ Certification
12 8 (4.23%) VCP6
13 5 (2.65%) CCNP
13 5 (2.65%) CompTIA Security+
13 5 (2.65%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (3.70%) PCI DSS
3 6 (3.17%) SLA
4 5 (2.65%) NIST
5 2 (1.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.53%) GxP
System Software
1 89 (47.09%) Active Directory
2 49 (25.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (10.58%) Hyper-V
4 10 (5.29%) XenDesktop
5 9 (4.76%) vSphere
6 8 (4.23%) XenApp
7 5 (2.65%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.65%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (2.12%) Docker
9 3 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.53%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 8 (4.23%) Microsoft Intune
1 8 (4.23%) Norton AntiVirus
2 5 (2.65%) SCCM
3 2 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.53%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.53%) SCOM
4 1 (0.53%) SCOrch
4 1 (0.53%) WSUS
4 1 (0.53%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 149 (78.84%) Microsoft
2 67 (35.45%) VMware
3 28 (14.81%) Cisco
4 25 (13.23%) Citrix
5 13 (6.88%) NetApp
6 12 (6.35%) Sitecore
6 12 (6.35%) Xamarin
7 10 (5.29%) Symantec
8 9 (4.76%) HP
9 7 (3.70%) Apple
10 6 (3.17%) Juniper
11 5 (2.65%) CheckPoint
11 5 (2.65%) McAfee
11 5 (2.65%) Veeam
12 4 (2.12%) F5
12 4 (2.12%) Fortinet
12 4 (2.12%) Sophos
13 3 (1.59%) Dell
13 3 (1.59%) Ivanti
13 3 (1.59%) Red Hat