Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 132 134 119
Rank change year-on-year +2 -15 -18
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 293 321 323
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.49% 2.51% 2.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.65% 11.42% 11.42%
Number of salaries quoted 240 285 288
North West median annual salary £37,750 £32,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +17.97% -14.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £21,250 £19,000 £23,000
90th Percentile £58,750 £51,250 £53,750
England median annual salary £42,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% +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 2,515 2,810 2,828
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.36% 22.00% 23.30%
Number of salaries quoted 1,920 2,137 2,271
North West median annual salary £43,626 £42,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.87% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £63,750 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -12 161 £42,500 +25.18% 38
Cheshire +9 93 £37,500 +36.36% 13
Merseyside +23 24 £33,500 -21.18% 14
Lancashire +13 15 £25,437 -15.21% 5
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 239 (81.57%) Microsoft
2 145 (49.49%) MCSE
3 128 (43.69%) Windows
4 115 (39.25%) SQL Server
5 109 (37.20%) Active Directory
6 99 (33.79%) ITIL
7 90 (30.72%) Office 365
8 83 (28.33%) VMware
9 80 (27.30%) SQL
10 74 (25.26%) Windows Server
11 63 (21.50%) Degree
12 61 (20.82%) Windows Server 2012
13 58 (19.80%) Microsoft Azure
14 56 (19.11%) Windows Server 2008
14 56 (19.11%) TCP/IP
15 54 (18.43%) MCP
16 52 (17.75%) MCSA
17 48 (16.38%) DNS
17 48 (16.38%) SQL Server 2008
17 48 (16.38%) VMware Infrastructure
18 47 (16.04%) Relational Database
19 45 (15.36%) Citrix
20 43 (14.68%) SharePoint
21 41 (13.99%) Finance
21 41 (13.99%) Cisco
22 40 (13.65%) MS Exchange
23 38 (12.97%) T-SQL
24 37 (12.63%) .NET
24 37 (12.63%) Firewall
25 36 (12.29%) CCNA

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 43 (14.68%) SharePoint
2 40 (13.65%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.46%) Skype for Business
4 15 (5.12%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (5.12%) IIS
5 14 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (3.41%) Apache Pig
7 10 (3.41%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (3.41%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (2.05%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.68%) Apache
9 2 (0.68%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.34%) JBoss
10 1 (0.34%) nginx
10 1 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 28 (9.56%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (7.51%) Dynamics AX
2 19 (6.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.34%) BPCS
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.34%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 90 (30.72%) Office 365
2 58 (19.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (6.48%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (6.14%) Dynamics 365
5 11 (3.75%) IaaS
6 4 (1.37%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.34%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 56 (19.11%) TCP/IP
2 48 (16.38%) DNS
3 37 (12.63%) Firewall
4 31 (10.58%) DHCP
4 31 (10.58%) SAN
5 19 (6.48%) LAN
6 18 (6.14%) Skype
7 16 (5.46%) HTTP
7 16 (5.46%) WAN
8 13 (4.44%) Internet
9 12 (4.10%) Network Security
9 12 (4.10%) VoIP
10 10 (3.41%) Remote Desktop
10 10 (3.41%) SSL
11 9 (3.07%) Wireless
12 6 (2.05%) FTP
12 6 (2.05%) NAS
12 6 (2.05%) SMTP
12 6 (2.05%) SSH
13 5 (1.71%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (39.25%) SQL Server
2 48 (16.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 47 (16.04%) Relational Database
4 34 (11.60%) SQL Server 2012
5 33 (11.26%) SQL Server 2014
5 33 (11.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 27 (9.22%) MongoDB
7 26 (8.87%) NoSQL
8 25 (8.53%) OLTP
9 17 (5.80%) MySQL
10 12 (4.10%) Big Data
11 10 (3.41%) Apache Hive
11 10 (3.41%) Hadoop
12 9 (3.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (2.73%) SQL Server 2016
14 7 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
14 7 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 5 (1.71%) Crystal Reports
16 3 (1.02%) Oracle Database
16 3 (1.02%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 13 (4.44%) Visual Studio
2 12 (4.10%) Selenium
3 11 (3.75%) JIRA
4 10 (3.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 10 (3.41%) Bitbucket
4 10 (3.41%) CodeSonar
4 10 (3.41%) Git (software)
4 10 (3.41%) git-flow
4 10 (3.41%) Robot Framework
5 4 (1.37%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (1.37%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.68%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.68%) Moq
6 2 (0.68%) Subversion
6 2 (0.68%) TortoiseSVN
7 1 (0.34%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.34%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.34%) JMeter
General
1 41 (13.99%) Finance
2 14 (4.78%) Manufacturing
2 14 (4.78%) Retail
3 11 (3.75%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.41%) Games
5 6 (2.05%) Back Office
6 3 (1.02%) Banking
6 3 (1.02%) Law
7 2 (0.68%) Legal
8 1 (0.34%) Advertising
8 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.34%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (14.33%) Support Engineer
2 34 (11.60%) IT Support
3 31 (10.58%) Developer
4 29 (9.90%) Analyst
5 25 (8.53%) DBA
6 24 (8.19%) Architect
6 24 (8.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 22 (7.51%) Administrator
8 21 (7.17%) SQL DBA
9 20 (6.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 19 (6.48%) IT Engineer
11 15 (5.12%) 1st Line Support
11 15 (5.12%) 3rd Line Support
11 15 (5.12%) Support Analyst
12 14 (4.78%) 1st Line Engineer
12 14 (4.78%) Desktop Support
12 14 (4.78%) IT Analyst
12 14 (4.78%) Service Analyst
13 13 (4.44%) Consultant
13 13 (4.44%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (12.63%) .NET
2 21 (7.17%) ASP.NET
3 12 (4.10%) .NET Framework
3 12 (4.10%) HTML
3 12 (4.10%) Web Services
4 11 (3.75%) jQuery
4 11 (3.75%) LAMP
4 11 (3.75%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (3.41%) Django
5 10 (3.41%) Java EE
5 10 (3.41%) Node.js
5 10 (3.41%) REST
5 10 (3.41%) SOAP
5 10 (3.41%) Spring MVC
5 10 (3.41%) STL
6 8 (2.73%) WinForms
7 6 (2.05%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (1.02%) .NET Core
8 3 (1.02%) LDAP
8 3 (1.02%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (4.10%) Virtual Team
3 10 (3.41%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.41%) NHS
3 10 (3.41%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (2.39%) Driving Licence
5 6 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (1.71%) Enterprise Storage
6 5 (1.71%) Mobile App
6 5 (1.71%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.37%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.37%) PKI
8 3 (1.02%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.02%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.68%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.68%) Clustering
9 2 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.34%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.34%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.34%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 128 (43.69%) Windows
2 74 (25.26%) Windows Server
3 61 (20.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 56 (19.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 24 (8.19%) Linux
6 23 (7.85%) Android
6 23 (7.85%) Apple iOS
7 19 (6.48%) Windows 10
8 16 (5.46%) Windows 7
9 10 (3.41%) Mac OS X
10 9 (3.07%) Mac OS
11 6 (2.05%) Unix
12 2 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.68%) Solaris
12 2 (0.68%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.34%) CentOS
13 1 (0.34%) Debian
13 1 (0.34%) Fedora
13 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.34%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (33.79%) ITIL
2 33 (11.26%) Performance Tuning
3 32 (10.92%) Problem-Solving
3 32 (10.92%) Project Management
4 31 (10.58%) ERP
5 29 (9.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 27 (9.22%) IT Strategy
6 27 (9.22%) Service Management
7 25 (8.53%) Server Building
8 23 (7.85%) ITIL V3
9 21 (7.17%) Analytics
9 21 (7.17%) Presales
10 19 (6.48%) CRM
10 19 (6.48%) Line Management
11 17 (5.80%) Scrum
12 16 (5.46%) Data Protection
12 16 (5.46%) Incident Management
12 16 (5.46%) Mentoring
12 16 (5.46%) Service Delivery
13 15 (5.12%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 80 (27.30%) SQL
2 38 (12.97%) T-SQL
3 34 (11.60%) C#
4 24 (8.19%) PowerShell
5 21 (7.17%) JavaScript
6 13 (4.44%) VB
7 12 (4.10%) C++
7 12 (4.10%) Java
8 11 (3.75%) C
8 11 (3.75%) Python
9 10 (3.41%) Bash Shell
9 10 (3.41%) Objective-C
9 10 (3.41%) PHP
10 6 (2.05%) VB.NET
10 6 (2.05%) X++
11 5 (1.71%) VB6
12 2 (0.68%) Perl
13 1 (0.34%) Ruby
13 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.34%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 145 (49.49%) MCSE
2 63 (21.50%) Degree
3 54 (18.43%) MCP
4 52 (17.75%) MCSA
5 36 (12.29%) CCNA
5 36 (12.29%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (11.95%) Security Cleared
7 29 (9.90%) MCITP
8 27 (9.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 15 (5.12%) CISSP
10 14 (4.78%) Citrix Certification
10 14 (4.78%) MCTS
11 13 (4.44%) CCNP
12 12 (4.10%) SC Cleared
13 11 (3.75%) HNC
13 11 (3.75%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (3.41%) GIAC
14 10 (3.41%) Linux+ Certification
14 10 (3.41%) Network+ Certification
14 10 (3.41%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (9.56%) SLA
2 13 (4.44%) GDPR
3 4 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.02%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.02%) PMO
5 2 (0.68%) QA
6 1 (0.34%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 109 (37.20%) Active Directory
2 48 (16.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (12.29%) Hyper-V
3 36 (12.29%) vSphere
4 18 (6.14%) Virtual Machines
5 16 (5.46%) XenApp
6 15 (5.12%) Terminal Services
7 11 (3.75%) Docker
8 8 (2.73%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.02%) vCloud
10 3 (1.02%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.34%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.34%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.34%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 28 (9.56%) SCCM
2 13 (4.44%) Puppet
3 10 (3.41%) Salt
4 9 (3.07%) SCVMM
5 6 (2.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.68%) Ansible
7 2 (0.68%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.68%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.68%) vRealize
7 2 (0.68%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 1 (0.34%) DameWare
8 1 (0.34%) IBM BigFix
8 1 (0.34%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.34%) Nagios
8 1 (0.34%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.34%) Rancher
8 1 (0.34%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 239 (81.57%) Microsoft
2 83 (28.33%) VMware
3 45 (15.36%) Citrix
4 41 (13.99%) Cisco
5 9 (3.07%) NetApp
6 7 (2.39%) Ivanti
6 7 (2.39%) Oracle
6 7 (2.39%) Veeam
7 6 (2.05%) Dell
7 6 (2.05%) EMC
8 5 (1.71%) Avaya
8 5 (1.71%) HP
8 5 (1.71%) MobileIron
8 5 (1.71%) NEC
8 5 (1.71%) Xamarin
9 4 (1.37%) Epicor
9 4 (1.37%) Google
9 4 (1.37%) Infor
9 4 (1.37%) Sage
9 4 (1.37%) SolarWinds