Period
to 11 August 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 11 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
11 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 106 156 128
Rank change year-on-year +50 -28 +23
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 114 202 315
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 2.32% 1.91% 2.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.19% 8.57% 12.35%
Number of salaries quoted 86 183 274
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.10% +12.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £29,250 £25,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £58,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +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 935 2,356 2,550
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.01% 22.30% 20.78%
Number of salaries quoted 659 1,539 1,894
Median annual salary £50,000 £43,500 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.94% +1.16% +7.50%
10th Percentile £27,900 £24,000 £23,325
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,000 £66,250
England median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% - +8.70%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 11 August 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 11 August 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 +58 79 £52,500 +23.53% 13
Cheshire +25 21 £40,500 +14.08% 3
Merseyside +15 11 £52,500 +31.25% 3
Lancashire +48 3 £37,500 +36.36%
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 11 August 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 91 (79.82%) Microsoft
2 83 (72.81%) MCSE
3 69 (60.53%) Azure
4 65 (57.02%) MCSA
5 55 (48.25%) Windows
6 40 (35.09%) Active Directory
7 37 (32.46%) SQL Server
7 37 (32.46%) AWS
8 35 (30.70%) VMware
9 34 (29.82%) TOGAF
9 34 (29.82%) TOGAF Certification
10 33 (28.95%) Cisco Certification
11 32 (28.07%) Windows Server
12 30 (26.32%) CCNA
13 28 (24.56%) ITIL
14 26 (22.81%) VMware Infrastructure
15 25 (21.93%) MCTS
15 25 (21.93%) Finance
16 24 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
16 24 (21.05%) SQL
16 24 (21.05%) PowerShell
16 24 (21.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 24 (21.05%) IaaS
17 23 (20.18%) LAN
17 23 (20.18%) WAN
18 22 (19.30%) Cisco
18 22 (19.30%) PaaS
18 22 (19.30%) GCP
19 21 (18.42%) Office 365
19 21 (18.42%) Firewall

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 11 (9.65%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.39%) IIS
3 4 (3.51%) CMS
3 4 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (3.51%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.63%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.75%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.88%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 69 (60.53%) Azure
2 37 (32.46%) AWS
3 24 (21.05%) IaaS
4 22 (19.30%) GCP
4 22 (19.30%) PaaS
5 21 (18.42%) Office 365
6 7 (6.14%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (4.39%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (4.39%) SaaS
8 4 (3.51%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (3.51%) Amazon S3
8 4 (3.51%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (3.51%) GitHub
8 4 (3.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (2.63%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.88%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.88%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 23 (20.18%) LAN
1 23 (20.18%) WAN
2 21 (18.42%) Firewall
3 19 (16.67%) SAN
4 13 (11.40%) TCP/IP
5 12 (10.53%) VPN
6 11 (9.65%) Fibre Channel
6 11 (9.65%) iSCSI
6 11 (9.65%) Skype
6 11 (9.65%) VLAN
7 10 (8.77%) DHCP
7 10 (8.77%) DNS
8 9 (7.89%) VoIP
9 6 (5.26%) Network Security
10 5 (4.39%) Internet
10 5 (4.39%) Unified Communications
10 5 (4.39%) Wireless
10 5 (4.39%) Wireless Security
11 2 (1.75%) NAS
12 1 (0.88%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (32.46%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.39%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.51%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (3.51%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.51%) MySQL
4 3 (2.63%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.75%) Data Lake
5 2 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.88%) Power BI
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (3.51%) Git (software)
1 4 (3.51%) JIRA
1 4 (3.51%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.88%) MSI
General
1 25 (21.93%) Finance
2 6 (5.26%) Legal
3 5 (4.39%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.63%) Law
5 2 (1.75%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.88%) Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Local Government
6 1 (0.88%) Marketing
6 1 (0.88%) Public Sector
6 1 (0.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (29.82%) Architect
2 21 (18.42%) Infrastructure Architect
2 21 (18.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 16 (14.04%) Analyst
4 12 (10.53%) Cloud Architect
4 12 (10.53%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (8.77%) Developer
6 9 (7.89%) Azure Architect
7 8 (7.02%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 7 (6.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 7 (6.14%) Support Engineer
9 6 (5.26%) IT Engineer
10 5 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (4.39%) Server Engineer
11 4 (3.51%) Infrastructure Team Leader
11 4 (3.51%) Operations Manager
11 4 (3.51%) Senior .NET Developer
11 4 (3.51%) SQL Developer
11 4 (3.51%) Support Analyst
11 4 (3.51%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.65%) .NET
2 5 (4.39%) .NET Core
3 4 (3.51%) .NET Framework
3 4 (3.51%) 802.1X
3 4 (3.51%) AngularJS
3 4 (3.51%) ASP.NET
3 4 (3.51%) CSS
3 4 (3.51%) HTML
3 4 (3.51%) jQuery
3 4 (3.51%) Node.js
3 4 (3.51%) React
3 4 (3.51%) Vue.js
4 3 (2.63%) REST
5 2 (1.75%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.88%) HTML5
6 1 (0.88%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.65%) Data Centre
1 11 (9.65%) Private Cloud
2 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.14%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (4.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 5 (4.39%) Life Science
4 5 (4.39%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.51%) Security Operations Centre
5 4 (3.51%) User Experience
6 3 (2.63%) iPhone
6 3 (2.63%) Replication
7 2 (1.75%) PMI
8 1 (0.88%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.88%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 55 (48.25%) Windows
2 32 (28.07%) Windows Server
3 17 (14.91%) Linux
4 11 (9.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (7.02%) Windows 10
6 6 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (3.51%) Windows 7
8 3 (2.63%) Android
9 2 (1.75%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.75%) Windows Phone
9 2 (1.75%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (29.82%) TOGAF
2 28 (24.56%) ITIL
3 24 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
3 24 (21.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 20 (17.54%) Cybersecurity
5 18 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
6 17 (14.91%) Change Management
7 15 (13.16%) Business Continuity
8 12 (10.53%) Decision-Making
8 12 (10.53%) IT Strategy
8 12 (10.53%) Project Management
9 10 (8.77%) Mentoring
10 7 (6.14%) Change Control
10 7 (6.14%) High Availability
10 7 (6.14%) Information Security
10 7 (6.14%) Problem-Solving
11 6 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (5.26%) Migration
12 5 (4.39%) Ethical Hacking
12 5 (4.39%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (21.05%) PowerShell
1 24 (21.05%) SQL
2 18 (15.79%) Python
3 14 (12.28%) Bash Shell
4 10 (8.77%) C#
5 8 (7.02%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 83 (72.81%) MCSE
2 65 (57.02%) MCSA
3 34 (29.82%) TOGAF Certification
4 33 (28.95%) Cisco Certification
5 30 (26.32%) CCNA
6 25 (21.93%) MCTS
7 15 (13.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (9.65%) Degree
9 10 (8.77%) MCITP
9 10 (8.77%) RHCE
10 9 (7.89%) Server+ Certification
11 6 (5.26%) MCP
12 5 (4.39%) RHCSA
13 4 (3.51%) CEH
13 4 (3.51%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (3.51%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (3.51%) MBCS
13 4 (3.51%) MCPD
13 4 (3.51%) MCSD
14 3 (2.63%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.51%) GDPR
2 4 (3.51%) NCSC
2 4 (3.51%) PCI DSS
2 4 (3.51%) QA
2 4 (3.51%) SLA
3 3 (2.63%) NIST
4 2 (1.75%) COBIT
System Software
1 40 (35.09%) Active Directory
2 26 (22.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (12.28%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.63%) XenApp
5 2 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.88%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 14 (12.28%) Puppet
2 10 (8.77%) Ansible
2 10 (8.77%) Terraform
3 4 (3.51%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (3.51%) Nagios
3 4 (3.51%) SCOM
4 3 (2.63%) EdgeSight
4 3 (2.63%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.88%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 91 (79.82%) Microsoft
2 35 (30.70%) VMware
3 22 (19.30%) Cisco
4 16 (14.04%) Google
5 15 (13.16%) Citrix
6 10 (8.77%) Red Hat
7 8 (7.02%) HP
8 6 (5.26%) Mitel
9 5 (4.39%) Siemens
10 4 (3.51%) Juniper
10 4 (3.51%) Sitecore
10 4 (3.51%) Veeam
11 3 (2.63%) arcserve
11 3 (2.63%) IBM
11 3 (2.63%) Intel
11 3 (2.63%) ProCurve
11 3 (2.63%) Sonus
11 3 (2.63%) Sophos
12 2 (1.75%) NetApp
12 2 (1.75%) OpenText