Period
to 5 July 2020

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 5 July 2020 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
5 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 7 3 8
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,015 1,874 2,237
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 17.82% 17.67% 17.56%
As % of the Vendors category 42.88% 44.36% 39.50%
Number of salaries quoted 850 1,526 2,111
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -4.55% +17.33%
10th Percentile £26,000 £23,000 £24,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £68,750
England median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +4.83%

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 2,367 4,225 5,664
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.55% 39.84% 44.45%
Number of salaries quoted 1,792 3,088 4,543
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,958 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.57% +1.08% +6.25%
10th Percentile £28,275 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £68,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.01% +4.21%

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 5 July 2020.

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 5 July 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 -5 514 £50,000 +17.65% 113
Cheshire -2 239 £47,500 +18.75% 45
Merseyside +2 184 £41,500 -2.35% 18
Lancashire -4 47 £40,000 +2.56% 13
Cumbria -9 23 £32,500 -2.79% 7
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 5 July 2020, 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.

1 410 (40.39%) Azure
2 392 (38.62%) SQL Server
3 305 (30.05%) Windows
4 299 (29.46%) .NET
5 283 (27.88%) SQL
6 271 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
7 251 (24.73%) C#
8 213 (20.99%) Active Directory
9 208 (20.49%) Finance
10 151 (14.88%) Office 365
11 144 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
12 139 (13.69%) ITIL
13 137 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
14 136 (13.40%) AWS
15 132 (13.00%) Microsoft Office
15 132 (13.00%) Windows Server
16 129 (12.71%) VMware
17 124 (12.22%) AngularJS
18 119 (11.72%) JavaScript
19 117 (11.53%) Microsoft Certification
20 116 (11.43%) DevOps
21 104 (10.25%) MVC
21 104 (10.25%) CSS
22 101 (9.95%) PowerShell
23 99 (9.75%) ASP.NET
24 98 (9.66%) SharePoint
25 96 (9.46%) .NET Framework
26 94 (9.26%) Windows 10
27 91 (8.97%) HTML
28 86 (8.47%) .NET Core

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 98 (9.66%) SharePoint
2 81 (7.98%) IIS
3 78 (7.68%) MS Exchange
4 23 (2.27%) Skype for Business
5 17 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (1.48%) Apache
6 15 (1.48%) Confluence
7 14 (1.38%) CMS
7 14 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2010
8 13 (1.28%) Tomcat
9 9 (0.89%) Umbraco
10 8 (0.79%) Mule
10 8 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.39%) JBoss
13 4 (0.39%) nginx
13 4 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.39%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 132 (13.00%) Microsoft Office
2 70 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (3.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (1.67%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.20%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.099%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.099%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 26 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (2.46%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.79%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.59%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.39%) Sage 200
5 4 (0.39%) Sage 500
5 4 (0.39%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.20%) Aareon QL
6 2 (0.20%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.099%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.099%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.099%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 410 (40.39%) Azure
2 151 (14.88%) Office 365
3 136 (13.40%) AWS
4 65 (6.40%) Dynamics 365
5 64 (6.31%) IaaS
6 60 (5.91%) Power Platform
7 52 (5.12%) PaaS
8 40 (3.94%) GCP
9 31 (3.05%) Cloud Computing
10 29 (2.86%) SaaS
11 27 (2.66%) Azure Active Directory
12 17 (1.67%) GitHub
13 14 (1.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 14 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
14 13 (1.28%) Amazon ECS
15 11 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
15 11 (1.08%) Logic Apps
16 10 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 9 (0.89%) PowerApps
18 8 (0.79%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 84 (8.28%) Firewall
2 63 (6.21%) DNS
3 57 (5.62%) LAN
3 57 (5.62%) WAN
4 54 (5.32%) DHCP
5 50 (4.93%) SAN
6 43 (4.24%) VPN
7 41 (4.04%) Internet
8 33 (3.25%) Skype
8 33 (3.25%) Wireless
9 31 (3.05%) TCP/IP
10 26 (2.56%) VoIP
11 25 (2.46%) MPLS
12 21 (2.07%) Wi-Fi
13 19 (1.87%) VLAN
14 18 (1.77%) Remote Desktop
15 13 (1.28%) iSCSI
16 12 (1.18%) Network Security
17 11 (1.08%) NetScaler
17 11 (1.08%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 392 (38.62%) SQL Server
2 72 (7.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 56 (5.52%) Power BI
4 52 (5.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 43 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
6 39 (3.84%) SQL Server 2012
7 34 (3.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 32 (3.15%) MySQL
9 30 (2.96%) NoSQL
10 26 (2.56%) Big Data
11 24 (2.36%) Relational Database
12 20 (1.97%) Data Lake
13 19 (1.87%) MongoDB
14 18 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
15 17 (1.67%) BusinessObjects
15 17 (1.67%) HDInsight
16 16 (1.58%) Oracle Database
17 14 (1.38%) SQL Server 2016
18 12 (1.18%) QlikView
19 10 (0.99%) Redis
Development Applications
1 57 (5.62%) Git (software)
2 53 (5.22%) Visual Studio
3 46 (4.53%) JIRA
4 44 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 33 (3.25%) Jenkins
6 25 (2.46%) Octopus Deploy
7 22 (2.17%) NUnit
7 22 (2.17%) Selenium
7 22 (2.17%) TeamCity
8 21 (2.07%) Oracle APEX
9 14 (1.38%) Bitbucket
10 10 (0.99%) MSTest
11 8 (0.79%) Cypress.io
11 8 (0.79%) SpecFlow
12 7 (0.69%) SoapUI
12 7 (0.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 6 (0.59%) GitLab
14 4 (0.39%) Maven
14 4 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
14 4 (0.39%) WebDriver
General
1 208 (20.49%) Finance
2 78 (7.68%) Law
3 48 (4.73%) Legal
4 34 (3.35%) Retail
5 22 (2.17%) Financial Institution
5 22 (2.17%) Manufacturing
6 19 (1.87%) Public Sector
7 11 (1.08%) Billing
8 10 (0.99%) Local Government
8 10 (0.99%) Telecoms
9 9 (0.89%) Banking
10 7 (0.69%) Marketing
11 6 (0.59%) Automotive
12 5 (0.49%) Games
13 3 (0.30%) Electronics
13 3 (0.30%) Housing Association
13 3 (0.30%) Publishing
14 2 (0.20%) Advertising
15 1 (0.099%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.099%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 270 (26.60%) Developer
2 140 (13.79%) Analyst
3 116 (11.43%) Architect
4 99 (9.75%) .NET Developer
5 72 (7.09%) Software Developer
6 63 (6.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 58 (5.71%) Solutions Architect
8 53 (5.22%) C# Developer
9 49 (4.83%) Support Analyst
10 44 (4.33%) Infrastructure Architect
10 44 (4.33%) Support Engineer
11 43 (4.24%) Senior Developer
12 39 (3.84%) IT Support
13 36 (3.55%) Lead Developer
14 35 (3.45%) Applications Support
15 31 (3.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 31 (3.05%) Cloud Architect
15 31 (3.05%) Consultant
16 28 (2.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 28 (2.76%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 299 (29.46%) .NET
2 124 (12.22%) AngularJS
3 104 (10.25%) CSS
4 99 (9.75%) ASP.NET
5 96 (9.46%) .NET Framework
6 91 (8.97%) HTML
7 86 (8.47%) .NET Core
8 75 (7.39%) React
9 74 (7.29%) ASP.NET Web API
10 62 (6.11%) REST
11 59 (5.81%) ASP.NET MVC
12 54 (5.32%) Web Services
13 51 (5.02%) HTML5
14 47 (4.63%) Entity Framework
15 45 (4.43%) jQuery
16 26 (2.56%) RESTful
17 25 (2.46%) NHibernate
17 25 (2.46%) Node.js
18 24 (2.36%) JSON
19 23 (2.27%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 137 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (5.71%) Self-Motivation
3 41 (4.04%) Greenfield Project
4 40 (3.94%) Data Centre
5 28 (2.76%) Mobile App
6 27 (2.66%) User Experience
7 26 (2.56%) Data Structures
8 24 (2.36%) Management Information System
9 21 (2.07%) Public Cloud
10 20 (1.97%) Driving Licence
11 19 (1.87%) PKI
12 17 (1.67%) Replication
13 11 (1.08%) Social Media
14 10 (0.99%) CMDB
14 10 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
15 9 (0.89%) Fat Client
15 9 (0.89%) Thin Client
16 7 (0.69%) Blackberry
16 7 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
17 6 (0.59%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 305 (30.05%) Windows
2 132 (13.00%) Windows Server
3 94 (9.26%) Windows 10
4 80 (7.88%) Linux
5 53 (5.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (4.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 39 (3.84%) Windows 7
8 36 (3.55%) Windows Server 2016
9 18 (1.77%) Android
9 18 (1.77%) Apple iOS
10 11 (1.08%) Unix
11 10 (0.99%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.89%) HPUX
12 9 (0.89%) VMS
13 7 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
14 6 (0.59%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.39%) CentOS
16 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.30%) Solaris
16 3 (0.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 271 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
3 139 (13.69%) ITIL
4 116 (11.43%) DevOps
5 104 (10.25%) MVC
6 86 (8.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 82 (8.08%) Business Intelligence
8 69 (6.80%) Migration
9 62 (6.11%) Analytics
10 61 (6.01%) Change Management
10 61 (6.01%) IT Strategy
11 58 (5.71%) Microservices
12 51 (5.02%) ETL
12 51 (5.02%) Software Engineering
13 50 (4.93%) Scrum
14 48 (4.73%) TOGAF
15 47 (4.63%) CRM
16 46 (4.53%) Requirements Gathering
17 45 (4.43%) Disaster Recovery
17 45 (4.43%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 283 (27.88%) SQL
2 251 (24.73%) C#
3 119 (11.72%) JavaScript
4 101 (9.95%) PowerShell
5 62 (6.11%) Python
6 57 (5.62%) T-SQL
7 35 (3.45%) Java
8 29 (2.86%) VB.NET
9 24 (2.36%) VB
10 22 (2.17%) Bash Shell
11 21 (2.07%) PL/SQL
12 17 (1.67%) R
13 16 (1.58%) VB6
14 15 (1.48%) Perl
14 15 (1.48%) X++
15 10 (0.99%) C++
16 9 (0.89%) C
17 7 (0.69%) Go
18 6 (0.59%) PHP
19 5 (0.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 117 (11.53%) Microsoft Certification
2 79 (7.78%) Degree
3 77 (7.59%) MCSE
4 59 (5.81%) MCSA
5 40 (3.94%) TOGAF Certification
6 36 (3.55%) Cisco Certification
7 33 (3.25%) MCP
8 32 (3.15%) CCNA
8 32 (3.15%) Security Cleared
9 29 (2.86%) MCTS
10 22 (2.17%) SC Cleared
11 19 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (1.18%) MCITP
13 10 (0.99%) DBS Check
14 9 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
15 8 (0.79%) MCSD
15 8 (0.79%) Server+ Certification
16 5 (0.49%) CISSP
17 4 (0.39%) A+ Certification
17 4 (0.39%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (5.22%) GDPR
2 48 (4.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 39 (3.84%) SLA
4 31 (3.05%) PCI DSS
5 19 (1.87%) QA
6 15 (1.48%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.49%) NIST
8 3 (0.30%) PMO
9 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.099%) PMBOK
System Software
1 213 (20.99%) Active Directory
2 68 (6.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (5.71%) Hyper-V
4 33 (3.25%) Docker
4 33 (3.25%) XenApp
5 24 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (1.48%) vSphere
6 15 (1.48%) XenDesktop
7 13 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (0.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 7 (0.69%) vCloud
9 7 (0.69%) VMware NSX
10 6 (0.59%) Xen
11 5 (0.49%) Firmware
11 5 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.20%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.20%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 55 (5.42%) SCCM
2 33 (3.25%) Terraform
3 29 (2.86%) Ansible
4 22 (2.17%) Kubernetes
4 22 (2.17%) Microsoft Intune
5 16 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (1.58%) Puppet
6 10 (0.99%) WSUS
7 9 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
7 9 (0.89%) vCenter Server
8 7 (0.69%) SCOM
9 6 (0.59%) FortiGate
10 5 (0.49%) Nagios
10 5 (0.49%) SCOrch
11 4 (0.39%) IBM BigFix
11 4 (0.39%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.39%) XenMobile
12 3 (0.30%) DameWare
12 3 (0.30%) EdgeSight
12 3 (0.30%) Packer
Vendors
1 129 (12.71%) VMware
2 84 (8.28%) Citrix
3 67 (6.60%) Cisco
4 45 (4.43%) Oracle
5 36 (3.55%) Google
6 29 (2.86%) ServiceNow
7 28 (2.76%) HP
8 24 (2.36%) SAP
9 22 (2.17%) Xamarin
10 19 (1.87%) Databricks
11 18 (1.77%) webMethods
12 16 (1.58%) Tableau
13 15 (1.48%) iManage
13 15 (1.48%) Sparx
14 14 (1.38%) IBM
14 14 (1.38%) Meraki
14 14 (1.38%) Veeam
15 13 (1.28%) McAfee
16 12 (1.18%) Fortinet
16 12 (1.18%) Salesforce.com