Period
to 17 December 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 17 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
England > North West
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 147 117 126
Rank change year-on-year -30 +9 -10
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 252 345 321
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.23% 2.65% 2.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.93% 12.53% 11.51%
Number of salaries quoted 212 312 284
North West median annual salary £38,750 £31,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +23.02% -16.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £21,500 £19,275 £21,250
90th Percentile £58,625 £51,125 £52,500
England median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +2.60%

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 2,538 2,753 2,788
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.46% 21.12% 22.61%
Number of salaries quoted 1,989 2,092 2,176
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,625 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 17 December 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 17 December 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 -17 154 £40,000 +14.29% 30
Cheshire -4 68 £32,500 +20.37% 9
Merseyside +8 22 £36,000 -15.29% 5
Lancashire -5 8 £26,750 -10.83% 6
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 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.

1 203 (80.56%) Microsoft
2 112 (44.44%) Windows
3 108 (42.86%) MCSE
4 98 (38.89%) Active Directory
5 97 (38.49%) ITIL
6 87 (34.52%) SQL Server
7 81 (32.14%) VMware
8 71 (28.17%) SQL
9 70 (27.78%) Office 365
10 61 (24.21%) MCSA
11 57 (22.62%) Windows Server
12 55 (21.83%) Degree
13 54 (21.43%) Windows Server 2012
14 52 (20.63%) MCP
15 51 (20.24%) VMware Infrastructure
16 47 (18.65%) Microsoft Azure
17 44 (17.46%) DNS
18 43 (17.06%) Cisco
19 42 (16.67%) Relational Database
20 41 (16.27%) Windows Server 2008
21 40 (15.87%) TCP/IP
21 40 (15.87%) Citrix
22 39 (15.48%) MS Exchange
23 38 (15.08%) Finance
23 38 (15.08%) SQL Server 2008
24 35 (13.89%) SAN
25 34 (13.49%) Cisco Certification
25 34 (13.49%) CCNA
25 34 (13.49%) T-SQL
25 34 (13.49%) Hyper-V

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 39 (15.48%) MS Exchange
2 32 (12.70%) SharePoint
3 15 (5.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (5.56%) IIS
5 13 (5.16%) Skype for Business
6 11 (4.37%) SharePoint 2013
7 8 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (1.98%) Apache Pig
9 5 (1.98%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.79%) CMS
10 2 (0.79%) Content Management Server
10 2 (0.79%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.79%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (6.35%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (7.94%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (3.97%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 70 (27.78%) Office 365
2 47 (18.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (7.14%) Dynamics 365
4 16 (6.35%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (2.78%) IaaS
6 4 (1.59%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.79%) PaaS
8 1 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 44 (17.46%) DNS
2 40 (15.87%) TCP/IP
3 35 (13.89%) SAN
4 31 (12.30%) DHCP
4 31 (12.30%) Firewall
5 18 (7.14%) LAN
6 14 (5.56%) WAN
7 12 (4.76%) Skype
8 11 (4.37%) HTTP
9 8 (3.17%) Internet
9 8 (3.17%) NAS
9 8 (3.17%) VoIP
10 6 (2.38%) FTP
10 6 (2.38%) SMTP
10 6 (2.38%) SSH
10 6 (2.38%) Wireless
11 5 (1.98%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (1.98%) SSL
12 4 (1.59%) Cisco IOS
12 4 (1.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (34.52%) SQL Server
2 42 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 38 (15.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 34 (13.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 33 (13.10%) SQL Server 2014
6 30 (11.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (10.32%) MongoDB
7 26 (10.32%) NoSQL
8 25 (9.92%) OLTP
9 8 (3.17%) MySQL
9 8 (3.17%) SQL Server 2016
10 7 (2.78%) Big Data
11 5 (1.98%) Apache Hive
11 5 (1.98%) Hadoop
11 5 (1.98%) RDBMS
11 5 (1.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 2 (0.79%) Crystal Reports
14 1 (0.40%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (2.78%) Selenium
2 6 (2.38%) JIRA
3 5 (1.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 5 (1.98%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.98%) CodeSonar
3 5 (1.98%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.98%) git-flow
3 5 (1.98%) Robot Framework
4 4 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
4 4 (1.59%) TeamCity
4 4 (1.59%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.79%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.79%) Moq
5 2 (0.79%) Subversion
5 2 (0.79%) TortoiseSVN
6 1 (0.40%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.40%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.40%) JMeter
6 1 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 38 (15.08%) Finance
2 18 (7.14%) Manufacturing
3 11 (4.37%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.97%) Games
4 10 (3.97%) Retail
5 6 (2.38%) Back Office
6 3 (1.19%) Banking
6 3 (1.19%) Law
7 2 (0.79%) Legal
8 1 (0.40%) Advertising
8 1 (0.40%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (15.08%) Support Engineer
2 29 (11.51%) Developer
3 27 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 26 (10.32%) IT Support
5 24 (9.52%) DBA
6 23 (9.13%) Administrator
7 21 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 21 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
7 21 (8.33%) SQL DBA
8 20 (7.94%) Analyst
9 14 (5.56%) .NET Developer
9 14 (5.56%) IT Engineer
10 13 (5.16%) Consultant
10 13 (5.16%) Systems Engineer
11 12 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 12 (4.76%) ASP.NET Developer
11 12 (4.76%) Support Analyst
12 11 (4.37%) 1st Line Engineer
12 11 (4.37%) Architect
12 11 (4.37%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (11.90%) .NET
2 21 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 18 (7.14%) HTML
4 16 (6.35%) jQuery
4 16 (6.35%) Web Services
5 7 (2.78%) .NET Framework
6 6 (2.38%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (1.98%) CSS
7 5 (1.98%) Django
7 5 (1.98%) Java EE
7 5 (1.98%) LAMP
7 5 (1.98%) Node.js
7 5 (1.98%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (1.98%) REST
7 5 (1.98%) SOAP
7 5 (1.98%) Spring MVC
7 5 (1.98%) STL
7 5 (1.98%) WinForms
8 4 (1.59%) .NET Core
8 4 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.76%) Management Information System
2 10 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.97%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.17%) Driving Licence
4 7 (2.78%) Public Cloud
4 7 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (2.38%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (2.38%) Virtual Team
6 5 (1.98%) FlexPod
6 5 (1.98%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.59%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (1.59%) NHS
8 3 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.19%) Life Science
9 2 (0.79%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.79%) PKI
10 1 (0.40%) Clustering
10 1 (0.40%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.40%) User Experience
10 1 (0.40%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 112 (44.44%) Windows
2 57 (22.62%) Windows Server
3 54 (21.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 41 (16.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (10.32%) Windows 10
6 24 (9.52%) Windows 7
7 22 (8.73%) Android
7 22 (8.73%) Apple iOS
8 16 (6.35%) Linux
9 10 (3.97%) Mac OS
9 10 (3.97%) Mac OS X
10 9 (3.57%) Windows 8
11 5 (1.98%) Data ONTAP
12 4 (1.59%) Unix
13 2 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.40%) Debian
14 1 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.40%) Solaris
14 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (38.49%) ITIL
2 32 (12.70%) Performance Tuning
3 31 (12.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 29 (11.51%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (10.71%) IT Strategy
6 25 (9.92%) ERP
6 25 (9.92%) Server Building
7 24 (9.52%) Service Management
8 18 (7.14%) Project Management
9 17 (6.75%) ITIL V3
9 17 (6.75%) Mentoring
10 16 (6.35%) Analytics
11 15 (5.95%) Incident Management
12 14 (5.56%) Service Delivery
13 13 (5.16%) Web Development
14 12 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
15 11 (4.37%) Problem Management
16 10 (3.97%) Coaching
16 10 (3.97%) Data Protection
16 10 (3.97%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 71 (28.17%) SQL
2 34 (13.49%) T-SQL
3 28 (11.11%) C#
4 24 (9.52%) PowerShell
5 19 (7.54%) JavaScript
6 11 (4.37%) VB
7 9 (3.57%) VB.NET
8 7 (2.78%) C++
8 7 (2.78%) Java
9 6 (2.38%) Python
9 6 (2.38%) X++
10 5 (1.98%) Bash Shell
10 5 (1.98%) C
10 5 (1.98%) Objective-C
10 5 (1.98%) PHP
11 2 (0.79%) VB6
11 2 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 108 (42.86%) MCSE
2 61 (24.21%) MCSA
3 55 (21.83%) Degree
4 52 (20.63%) MCP
5 34 (13.49%) CCNA
5 34 (13.49%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (12.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 27 (10.71%) MCITP
8 17 (6.75%) ITIL Certification
9 14 (5.56%) Security Cleared
10 12 (4.76%) CCNP
10 12 (4.76%) MCTS
11 9 (3.57%) MCDST
12 7 (2.78%) CISSP
13 6 (2.38%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (1.98%) DV Cleared
14 5 (1.98%) NCDA
14 5 (1.98%) SSCP
14 5 (1.98%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (9.13%) SLA
2 7 (2.78%) GDPR
3 4 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.79%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.79%) PMO
5 1 (0.40%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 98 (38.89%) Active Directory
2 51 (20.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (13.49%) Hyper-V
4 33 (13.10%) vSphere
5 15 (5.95%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (5.95%) XenApp
6 12 (4.76%) Terminal Services
7 8 (3.17%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.38%) vCloud
9 5 (1.98%) Docker
9 5 (1.98%) Terminal Server
10 3 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.79%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.40%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 21 (8.33%) SCCM
2 7 (2.78%) Puppet
3 5 (1.98%) Salt
4 4 (1.59%) SCVMM
5 2 (0.79%) Ansible
5 2 (0.79%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.79%) SCOrch
5 2 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.79%) vRealize
5 2 (0.79%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 1 (0.40%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.40%) DameWare
6 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.40%) SCOM
6 1 (0.40%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 203 (80.56%) Microsoft
2 81 (32.14%) VMware
3 43 (17.06%) Cisco
4 40 (15.87%) Citrix
5 15 (5.95%) Veeam
6 12 (4.76%) NetApp
7 10 (3.97%) Ivanti
8 8 (3.17%) Apple
9 6 (2.38%) MobileIron
10 5 (1.98%) HP
10 5 (1.98%) Xamarin
11 4 (1.59%) Dell
11 4 (1.59%) EMC
11 4 (1.59%) Google
11 4 (1.59%) Nimble Storage
11 4 (1.59%) Oracle
11 4 (1.59%) Red Hat
11 4 (1.59%) Sage
12 3 (1.19%) Infor
12 3 (1.19%) SolarWinds