Period
to 13 April 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

The figures below represent the IT labour market in general and are not representative of salaries within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > North West
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 6 6 4
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 992 1,443 1,822
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 17.26% 18.43% 17.89%
As % of the Vendors category 45.05% 45.12% 42.92%
Number of salaries quoted 748 1,137 1,491
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,500 £24,000
25th Percentile £35,000 £32,500 £32,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £56,250 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £68,750 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in the North West.

All Vendors
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 2,202 3,198 4,245
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 38.30% 40.85% 41.69%
Number of salaries quoted 1,757 2,386 3,290
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,750 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +4.65%
75th Percentile £60,000 £58,000 £57,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £71,250 £72,500
England median annual salary £54,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.00% +5.26%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Salary Trend in the North West

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Salary trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 13 April 2021. 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 +2 651 £47,500 +5.56% 249
Cheshire -6 124 £41,250 -8.33% 56
Merseyside -2 102 £40,000 +5.26% 27
Lancashire 0 86 £42,500 -2.64% 31
Cumbria +2 22 £40,000 +14.29% 7
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT jobs citing Microsoft 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.

1 382 (38.51%) Azure
2 320 (32.26%) Windows
3 272 (27.42%) SQL
4 233 (23.49%) Microsoft 365
5 224 (22.58%) Active Directory
6 206 (20.77%) SQL Server
7 196 (19.76%) Agile Software Development
8 163 (16.43%) AWS
9 159 (16.03%) Microsoft Office
10 148 (14.92%) C#
11 143 (14.42%) Problem-Solving
12 138 (13.91%) .NET
13 131 (13.21%) VMware
14 130 (13.10%) DevOps
15 127 (12.80%) Analytical Skills
16 125 (12.60%) Windows Server
17 122 (12.30%) ITIL
18 115 (11.59%) Oracle
19 111 (11.19%) Power Platform
20 105 (10.58%) Cisco
20 105 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
20 105 (10.58%) PowerShell
21 104 (10.48%) Migration
22 97 (9.78%) Python
23 96 (9.68%) Linux
23 96 (9.68%) JavaScript
24 94 (9.48%) VMware Infrastructure
25 93 (9.38%) Degree
26 90 (9.07%) Project Management
27 86 (8.67%) Microsoft Excel

Microsoft
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 56 (5.65%) MS Exchange
1 56 (5.65%) SharePoint
2 39 (3.93%) IIS
3 25 (2.52%) Confluence
4 20 (2.02%) Apache
5 17 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
7 9 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (0.81%) CMS
9 6 (0.60%) Alfresco
9 6 (0.60%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.40%) Apache Synapse
10 4 (0.40%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.30%) nginx
12 2 (0.20%) SAS
12 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.20%) Umbraco
12 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 159 (16.03%) Microsoft Office
2 86 (8.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (3.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 23 (2.32%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.40%) Elite 3E
4 4 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.30%) C-CURE
6 2 (0.20%) Retail-J
6 2 (0.20%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.20%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.10%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.10%) SAP GRC
7 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 382 (38.51%) Azure
2 233 (23.49%) Microsoft 365
3 163 (16.43%) AWS
4 111 (11.19%) Power Platform
5 43 (4.33%) PaaS
5 43 (4.33%) SaaS
6 38 (3.83%) IaaS
7 37 (3.73%) Azure Active Directory
7 37 (3.73%) PowerApps
8 28 (2.82%) Dynamics 365
9 22 (2.22%) GCP
10 20 (2.02%) Serverless
11 18 (1.81%) Azure Data Factory
12 17 (1.71%) Cloud Computing
12 17 (1.71%) Mimecast
12 17 (1.71%) OneDrive
13 16 (1.61%) Power Automate
14 10 (1.01%) Yammer
15 8 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
15 8 (0.81%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 85 (8.57%) Firewall
2 67 (6.75%) DNS
3 59 (5.95%) DHCP
4 50 (5.04%) WAN
5 47 (4.74%) LAN
6 37 (3.73%) TCP/IP
7 32 (3.23%) Network Security
7 32 (3.23%) VLAN
8 27 (2.72%) VPN
9 23 (2.32%) Wireless
10 22 (2.22%) VoIP
11 17 (1.71%) Skype
12 16 (1.61%) Internet
12 16 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
13 14 (1.41%) IPv4
13 14 (1.41%) OSPF
13 14 (1.41%) SAN
14 13 (1.31%) Cisco Nexus
15 12 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
15 12 (1.21%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (20.77%) SQL Server
2 80 (8.06%) Power BI
3 61 (6.15%) Data Warehouse
4 50 (5.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 50 (5.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 36 (3.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 19 (1.92%) NoSQL
6 19 (1.92%) Relational Database
7 18 (1.81%) Data Lake
7 18 (1.81%) MySQL
8 17 (1.71%) Azure SQL Database
9 11 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (1.11%) Amazon Redshift
9 11 (1.11%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 11 (1.11%) QlikView
10 10 (1.01%) Big Data
10 10 (1.01%) SQL Server 2019
11 9 (0.91%) Tableau
12 8 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.71%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 48 (4.84%) Visual Studio
2 42 (4.23%) Git (software)
3 35 (3.53%) JIRA
4 33 (3.33%) Jenkins
5 17 (1.71%) Subversion
6 13 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (1.11%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 8 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.71%) Bitbucket
9 7 (0.71%) Selenium
9 7 (0.71%) TeamCity
10 6 (0.60%) Oracle APEX
11 5 (0.50%) GitLab
12 4 (0.40%) C++Builder
12 4 (0.40%) Fiddler
12 4 (0.40%) JUnit
12 4 (0.40%) MSTest
12 4 (0.40%) NUnit
12 4 (0.40%) Postman
General
1 82 (8.27%) Finance
2 42 (4.23%) Retail
3 41 (4.13%) Law
3 41 (4.13%) Multimedia
4 39 (3.93%) Manufacturing
5 30 (3.02%) Public Sector
6 23 (2.32%) Legal
7 18 (1.81%) Games
8 15 (1.51%) Marketing
9 14 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
9 14 (1.41%) Telecoms
10 10 (1.01%) Back Office
10 10 (1.01%) Banking
11 7 (0.71%) Aerospace
11 7 (0.71%) Publishing
12 6 (0.60%) Local Government
13 5 (0.50%) Housing Association
14 4 (0.40%) Billing
15 3 (0.30%) Automotive
16 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 156 (15.73%) Developer
2 143 (14.42%) Analyst
3 65 (6.55%) Azure Engineer
3 65 (6.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 60 (6.05%) IT Support
5 59 (5.95%) Architect
6 57 (5.75%) Trainee
7 52 (5.24%) Support Engineer
8 50 (5.04%) .NET Developer
9 37 (3.73%) Project Manager
10 35 (3.53%) Platform Engineer
11 32 (3.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 32 (3.23%) IT Analyst
12 31 (3.13%) C# Developer
13 29 (2.92%) Consultant
13 29 (2.92%) IT Engineer
14 28 (2.82%) Software Developer
14 28 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
15 26 (2.62%) Administrator
15 26 (2.62%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (13.91%) .NET
2 64 (6.45%) CSS
3 63 (6.35%) HTML
4 58 (5.85%) .NET Core
5 50 (5.04%) ASP.NET
6 46 (4.64%) Web Services
7 45 (4.54%) .NET Framework
8 40 (4.03%) HTML5
9 35 (3.53%) CSS3
10 28 (2.82%) React
11 27 (2.72%) ASP.NET Web API
12 24 (2.42%) AngularJS
13 22 (2.22%) REST
14 21 (2.12%) XML
15 18 (1.81%) ASP.NET MVC
15 18 (1.81%) Java SE
15 18 (1.81%) jQuery
16 16 (1.61%) SOAP
17 15 (1.51%) Entity Framework
18 14 (1.41%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 127 (12.80%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (3.93%) Public Cloud
3 36 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
4 35 (3.53%) Data Centre
5 30 (3.02%) Data Structures
5 30 (3.02%) Management Information System
6 23 (2.32%) Mobile App
7 21 (2.12%) Greenfield Project
8 18 (1.81%) Clustering
9 16 (1.61%) Replication
10 14 (1.41%) e-Learning
11 12 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
12 11 (1.11%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 10 (1.01%) Embedded Systems
13 10 (1.01%) User Experience
13 10 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
14 9 (0.91%) Hybrid Cloud
15 8 (0.81%) PKI
15 8 (0.81%) Private Cloud
16 7 (0.71%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 320 (32.26%) Windows
2 125 (12.60%) Windows Server
3 96 (9.68%) Linux
4 47 (4.74%) Windows 10
5 42 (4.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 39 (3.93%) Windows Server 2016
7 22 (2.22%) Unix
8 21 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (2.12%) Windows Server 2019
9 20 (2.02%) Windows 7
10 18 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 13 (1.31%) Android
12 9 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (0.81%) Apple iOS
14 6 (0.60%) Solaris
15 4 (0.40%) Alpine Linux
15 4 (0.40%) CentOS
15 4 (0.40%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (19.76%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (14.42%) Problem-Solving
3 130 (13.10%) DevOps
4 122 (12.30%) ITIL
5 105 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
6 104 (10.48%) Migration
7 90 (9.07%) Project Management
8 79 (7.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 67 (6.75%) Infrastructure as Code
10 65 (6.55%) Coaching
11 60 (6.05%) Software Testing
12 59 (5.95%) Software Engineering
13 57 (5.75%) MVC
13 57 (5.75%) SDLC
14 53 (5.34%) Analytics
15 49 (4.94%) Scrum
15 49 (4.94%) TDD
16 48 (4.84%) ERP
17 47 (4.74%) ETL
17 47 (4.74%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 272 (27.42%) SQL
2 148 (14.92%) C#
3 105 (10.58%) PowerShell
4 97 (9.78%) Python
5 96 (9.68%) JavaScript
6 66 (6.65%) Java
7 39 (3.93%) T-SQL
8 29 (2.92%) Bash Shell
9 20 (2.02%) C++
10 18 (1.81%) Java 8
11 17 (1.71%) C
12 16 (1.61%) TypeScript
13 15 (1.51%) Go
13 15 (1.51%) PHP
14 10 (1.01%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 10 (1.01%) Perl
15 8 (0.81%) VB
15 8 (0.81%) VBScript
16 6 (0.60%) PL/SQL
16 6 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 93 (9.38%) Degree
2 73 (7.36%) Microsoft Certification
3 54 (5.44%) Security Cleared
4 51 (5.14%) SC Cleared
5 34 (3.43%) A+ Certification
6 28 (2.82%) MCSE
7 26 (2.62%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
8 25 (2.52%) OCP
8 25 (2.52%) Oracle Certification
9 20 (2.02%) CCNA
10 18 (1.81%) CIW
10 18 (1.81%) OCA
11 16 (1.61%) RHCE
12 15 (1.51%) CISSP
13 14 (1.41%) GIAC
14 13 (1.31%) MCSA
15 12 (1.21%) CCNP
15 12 (1.21%) CISM
15 12 (1.21%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.83%) QA
2 30 (3.02%) SLA
3 23 (2.32%) GDPR
4 20 (2.02%) Data Quality
5 19 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (1.21%) NIST
7 5 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.50%) GMP
7 5 (0.50%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.30%) COBIT
9 3 (0.30%) PMO
10 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.10%) GRC
10 1 (0.10%) NEBOSH
10 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 224 (22.58%) Active Directory
2 94 (9.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (4.64%) Hyper-V
4 38 (3.83%) Docker
5 24 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (1.92%) vSphere
7 16 (1.61%) XenApp
8 15 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
9 10 (1.01%) Virtual Desktop
9 10 (1.01%) XenDesktop
10 8 (0.81%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 8 (0.81%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 6 (0.60%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.40%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 4 (0.40%) Shibboleth
13 3 (0.30%) Firmware
13 3 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.30%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.20%) NFS
14 2 (0.20%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 59 (5.95%) SCCM
2 43 (4.33%) Terraform
3 40 (4.03%) Ansible
4 37 (3.73%) Puppet
5 35 (3.53%) Kubernetes
6 23 (2.32%) WSUS
7 18 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
8 15 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
9 14 (1.41%) Failover Clustering
10 11 (1.11%) NetBackup
11 10 (1.01%) vRealize
12 9 (0.91%) FortiGate
12 9 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
13 8 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
13 8 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
14 6 (0.60%) HP Data Protector
14 6 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 5 (0.50%) Graphite
15 5 (0.50%) Packer
15 5 (0.50%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 131 (13.21%) VMware
2 115 (11.59%) Oracle
3 105 (10.58%) Cisco
4 45 (4.54%) Citrix
5 40 (4.03%) Google
6 32 (3.23%) EnterpriseDB
7 26 (2.62%) HP
7 26 (2.62%) Red Hat
8 19 (1.92%) Veeam
9 17 (1.71%) Salesforce.com
10 16 (1.61%) Databricks
10 16 (1.61%) McAfee
10 16 (1.61%) SAP
10 16 (1.61%) ServiceNow
11 12 (1.21%) Apple
11 12 (1.21%) Atlassian
11 12 (1.21%) Sophos
11 12 (1.21%) Veritas
12 11 (1.11%) NetApp
12 11 (1.11%) Symantec