Period
to 18 September 2019

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 18 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 151 120 137
Rank change year-on-year -31 +17 -8
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 208 322 315
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.97% 2.69% 2.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.30% 12.89% 10.86%
Number of salaries quoted 164 260 272
North West median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £32,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +17.19% -20.00%
10th Percentile £21,775 £21,250 £19,250
90th Percentile £60,500 £58,750 £51,250
England median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%

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 2,237 2,499 2,900
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.24% 20.90% 22.06%
Number of salaries quoted 1,476 1,900 2,217
North West median annual salary £42,500 £44,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.41% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £66,312 £68,750 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year - +6.38% -

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 18 September 2019.

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 18 September 2019. 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 -34 112 £42,500 +6.25% 40
Cheshire -1 65 £32,500 -16.13% 12
Lancashire -29 17 £31,250 +11.61% 5
Merseyside -7 16 £47,500 +50.79% 4
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 2019, 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.

1 167 (80.29%) Microsoft
2 134 (64.42%) Active Directory
3 124 (59.62%) Windows
4 108 (51.92%) Office 365
5 107 (51.44%) VMware
6 99 (47.60%) MCSA
7 88 (42.31%) Azure
8 79 (37.98%) DNS
9 77 (37.02%) Cisco
10 72 (34.62%) MCSE
11 70 (33.65%) VMware Infrastructure
12 68 (32.69%) Windows Server
13 65 (31.25%) DHCP
14 56 (26.92%) Degree
15 53 (25.48%) ITIL
16 52 (25.00%) SQL Server
17 48 (23.08%) Firewall
18 45 (21.63%) MS Exchange
19 44 (21.15%) PowerShell
20 43 (20.67%) Hyper-V
20 43 (20.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 42 (20.19%) Windows Server 2012
22 38 (18.27%) Microsoft Office
23 37 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
23 37 (17.79%) Disaster Recovery
23 37 (17.79%) Analytical Skills
24 36 (17.31%) Problem-Solving
24 36 (17.31%) Linux
25 35 (16.83%) CCNA
26 31 (14.90%) SQL

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 45 (21.63%) MS Exchange
2 26 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 18 (8.65%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (4.81%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.92%) IIS
7 3 (1.44%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.48%) CMS
8 1 (0.48%) Umbraco
Applications
1 38 (18.27%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (0.48%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 108 (51.92%) Office 365
2 88 (42.31%) Azure
3 28 (13.46%) AWS
4 12 (5.77%) GCP
5 10 (4.81%) Azure Active Directory
6 8 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (3.37%) IaaS
8 2 (0.96%) BlazeMeter
8 2 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 79 (37.98%) DNS
2 65 (31.25%) DHCP
3 48 (23.08%) Firewall
4 30 (14.42%) WAN
5 28 (13.46%) LAN
6 20 (9.62%) VLAN
7 19 (9.13%) TCP/IP
8 17 (8.17%) SAN
8 17 (8.17%) VoIP
9 8 (3.85%) NAS
9 8 (3.85%) Wireless
10 7 (3.37%) Kerberos
10 7 (3.37%) Network Security
11 6 (2.88%) Internet
12 4 (1.92%) Skype
12 4 (1.92%) VPN
13 3 (1.44%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (1.44%) DSL
14 2 (0.96%) Ethernet
14 2 (0.96%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.73%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.96%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.48%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.48%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.48%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.48%) OLTP
4 1 (0.48%) Redis
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (5.29%) Visual Studio
2 9 (4.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 8 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.96%) Selenium
4 2 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
General
1 20 (9.62%) Finance
2 18 (8.65%) Legal
3 11 (5.29%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.37%) Public Sector
5 5 (2.40%) Automotive
5 5 (2.40%) Law
5 5 (2.40%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.96%) Back Office
6 2 (0.96%) Retail
7 1 (0.48%) Banking
7 1 (0.48%) Games
7 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (13.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
1 29 (13.94%) Analyst
2 28 (13.46%) Support Engineer
2 28 (13.46%) Systems Engineer
3 24 (11.54%) 3rd Line Support
4 22 (10.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 20 (9.62%) IT Engineer
6 19 (9.13%) Developer
7 17 (8.17%) Network Engineer
8 16 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 15 (7.21%) Consultant
10 13 (6.25%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
11 12 (5.77%) IT Support
11 12 (5.77%) Network Systems Engineer
12 11 (5.29%) Support Analyst
13 10 (4.81%) Service Analyst
13 10 (4.81%) Service Desk Analyst
14 9 (4.33%) Software Developer
15 8 (3.85%) IT Support Engineer
15 8 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (12.50%) Web Services
2 21 (10.10%) .NET
3 19 (9.13%) HTML
4 18 (8.65%) CSS
5 12 (5.77%) ASP.NET
6 10 (4.81%) .NET Core
6 10 (4.81%) jQuery
7 9 (4.33%) .NET Framework
7 9 (4.33%) Entity Framework
7 9 (4.33%) LINQ
7 9 (4.33%) XMPP
8 5 (2.40%) Razor View Engine
9 4 (1.92%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (1.44%) HTML5
11 2 (0.96%) AngularJS
11 2 (0.96%) CSS3
11 2 (0.96%) JSON
11 2 (0.96%) SOAP
11 2 (0.96%) Swagger
11 2 (0.96%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (17.79%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (10.58%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 13 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
4 12 (5.77%) Driving Licence
5 11 (5.29%) PlayStation
5 11 (5.29%) Xbox
6 8 (3.85%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.88%) Blackberry
7 6 (2.88%) Public Cloud
8 5 (2.40%) FlexPod
8 5 (2.40%) Replication
9 4 (1.92%) Private Cloud
9 4 (1.92%) Wiki
10 3 (1.44%) Clustering
11 2 (0.96%) e-Learning
11 2 (0.96%) IPTV
11 2 (0.96%) Life Science
11 2 (0.96%) NHS
11 2 (0.96%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 124 (59.62%) Windows
2 68 (32.69%) Windows Server
3 42 (20.19%) Windows Server 2012
4 36 (17.31%) Linux
5 28 (13.46%) Windows 10
6 22 (10.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (7.21%) Mac OS X
7 15 (7.21%) Windows 7
8 14 (6.73%) Ubuntu
9 12 (5.77%) CentOS
10 10 (4.81%) Android
11 9 (4.33%) Apple iOS
12 6 (2.88%) Windows 8
12 6 (2.88%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (1.44%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.48%) SUSE
14 1 (0.48%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.48%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (25.48%) ITIL
2 37 (17.79%) Disaster Recovery
3 36 (17.31%) Problem-Solving
4 29 (13.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 23 (11.06%) Project Delivery
6 21 (10.10%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (10.10%) Business Intelligence
7 20 (9.62%) Project Management
8 17 (8.17%) Capacity Planning
9 16 (7.69%) DevOps
9 16 (7.69%) Incident Management
10 14 (6.73%) Patch Management
10 14 (6.73%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 13 (6.25%) Data Protection
11 13 (6.25%) Problem Management
12 12 (5.77%) Artificial Intelligence
12 12 (5.77%) Change Control
12 12 (5.77%) Change Management
12 12 (5.77%) Migration
12 12 (5.77%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 44 (21.15%) PowerShell
2 31 (14.90%) SQL
3 25 (12.02%) C#
4 20 (9.62%) Python
5 13 (6.25%) JavaScript
6 12 (5.77%) Bash Shell
7 10 (4.81%) T-SQL
8 5 (2.40%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.48%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 99 (47.60%) MCSA
2 72 (34.62%) MCSE
3 56 (26.92%) Degree
4 43 (20.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 37 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (16.83%) CCNA
7 30 (14.42%) MCP
8 16 (7.69%) MCITP
9 12 (5.77%) RHCA
9 12 (5.77%) VCP6
10 11 (5.29%) CCNP
10 11 (5.29%) SSCP
11 10 (4.81%) MCTS
12 8 (3.85%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (3.85%) Microsoft Certified Architect
13 7 (3.37%) A+ Certification
13 7 (3.37%) VCAP
14 5 (2.40%) MCSD
15 4 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
15 4 (1.92%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (4.33%) SLA
3 4 (1.92%) NIST
4 2 (0.96%) QA
5 1 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.48%) GDPR
5 1 (0.48%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 134 (64.42%) Active Directory
2 70 (33.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (20.67%) Hyper-V
4 20 (9.62%) vSphere
5 17 (8.17%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (7.21%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (5.77%) pfSense
7 12 (5.77%) Terminal Services
8 7 (3.37%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (2.88%) XenApp
10 5 (2.40%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (2.40%) VMware NSX
11 4 (1.92%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.96%) Docker
13 1 (0.48%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 15 (7.21%) Microsoft Intune
2 12 (5.77%) Ansible
3 11 (5.29%) WSUS
4 9 (4.33%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (4.33%) SCCM
5 4 (1.92%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.48%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.48%) SCDPM
6 1 (0.48%) SCOM
6 1 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.48%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.48%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 167 (80.29%) Microsoft
2 107 (51.44%) VMware
3 77 (37.02%) Cisco
4 28 (13.46%) HP
5 25 (12.02%) Citrix
6 21 (10.10%) NetApp
7 15 (7.21%) Red Hat
8 14 (6.73%) Dell
9 13 (6.25%) Aruba
9 13 (6.25%) Meraki
10 12 (5.77%) CommVault
10 12 (5.77%) WatchGuard
11 11 (5.29%) Veeam
12 9 (4.33%) Apple
12 9 (4.33%) Xamarin
13 7 (3.37%) CheckPoint
13 7 (3.37%) CyberArk
14 5 (2.40%) Avaya
15 4 (1.92%) Juniper
15 4 (1.92%) Symantec