Period
to 10 December 2018

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 10 December 2018 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 9 7
Rank change year-on-year +5 -2 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2,085 2,115 2,239
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.26% 16.14% 18.09%
As % of the Vendors category 41.12% 35.00% 40.37%
Number of salaries quoted 1,766 1,750 1,943
North West median annual salary £43,500 £40,000 £38,424
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.75% +4.10% +2.46%
10th Percentile £22,375 £21,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £66,250 £56,250
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%

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 5,071 6,043 5,546
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 44.41% 46.10% 44.80%
Number of salaries quoted 4,047 4,675 4,427
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £24,750 £23,750 £23,750
90th Percentile £72,800 £66,250 £59,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North West.

Salary trend for Microsoft in the North West

Microsoft
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the North West over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

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 10 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 +4 1,219 £45,000 +12.50% 363
Cheshire +1 498 £40,000 -5.88% 99
Merseyside +7 205 £37,500 +7.14% 69
Lancashire +2 127 £30,000 -7.69% 75
Cumbria 0 20 £27,500 -38.89% 8
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, 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.

1 737 (35.35%) Windows
2 651 (31.22%) SQL
3 646 (30.98%) SQL Server
4 573 (27.48%) .NET
5 571 (27.39%) C#
6 503 (24.12%) Active Directory
7 491 (23.55%) Agile Software Development
8 418 (20.05%) Microsoft Azure
9 369 (17.70%) Finance
10 347 (16.64%) VMware
11 320 (15.35%) JavaScript
12 308 (14.77%) ASP.NET
13 291 (13.96%) Linux
14 290 (13.91%) ITIL
15 281 (13.48%) Office 365
16 267 (12.81%) Cisco
17 261 (12.52%) Problem-Solving
18 255 (12.23%) HTML
18 255 (12.23%) MVC
19 242 (11.61%) Windows Server
20 233 (11.18%) T-SQL
21 230 (11.03%) Amazon AWS
22 226 (10.84%) CSS
23 222 (10.65%) Degree
24 220 (10.55%) Microsoft Office
25 211 (10.12%) Information Security
26 207 (9.93%) Microsoft Certification
27 206 (9.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
28 204 (9.78%) SIEM
29 203 (9.74%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 163 (7.82%) MS Exchange
2 123 (5.90%) SharePoint
3 69 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
4 60 (2.88%) IIS
5 43 (2.06%) Skype for Business
6 28 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
7 23 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
8 22 (1.06%) CMS
9 15 (0.72%) Apache
9 15 (0.72%) Confluence
10 13 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
11 12 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
12 10 (0.48%) WordPress
13 9 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
13 9 (0.43%) Umbraco
14 8 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.34%) EPiServer
15 7 (0.34%) Kentico
15 7 (0.34%) nginx
15 7 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 220 (10.55%) Microsoft Office
2 148 (7.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 138 (6.62%) Microsoft Excel
4 51 (2.45%) Microsoft Project
5 40 (1.92%) MS Visio
6 9 (0.43%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.19%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.096%) SPSS
9 1 (0.048%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.048%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.048%) Camtasia
9 1 (0.048%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 96 (4.60%) Dynamics AX
2 89 (4.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 34 (1.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.24%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.19%) Magento
5 4 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 3 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.14%) Elite 3E
6 3 (0.14%) Primavera
6 3 (0.14%) SAP Business One
7 2 (0.096%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.096%) Visualfiles
8 1 (0.048%) FastStats
8 1 (0.048%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.048%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.048%) Pegasus Opera
8 1 (0.048%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.048%) Sage 500
Cloud Services
1 418 (20.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 281 (13.48%) Office 365
3 230 (11.03%) Amazon AWS
4 96 (4.60%) Dynamics 365
5 41 (1.97%) IaaS
6 34 (1.63%) SaaS
7 27 (1.29%) PaaS
8 19 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
9 17 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
11 12 (0.58%) GitHub
12 8 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
13 6 (0.29%) Google Analytics
13 6 (0.29%) Mimecast
14 5 (0.24%) G Suite
15 4 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
15 4 (0.19%) Serverless
16 3 (0.14%) Zapier
17 2 (0.096%) AdWords
17 2 (0.096%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 127 (6.09%) Firewall
2 122 (5.85%) Network Security
3 121 (5.80%) DNS
4 109 (5.23%) Wi-Fi
5 103 (4.94%) TCP/IP
6 94 (4.51%) DHCP
7 81 (3.88%) WAN
8 76 (3.65%) VPN
9 73 (3.50%) LAN
10 71 (3.41%) SAN
11 55 (2.64%) Skype
12 49 (2.35%) Wireless
13 43 (2.06%) VoIP
14 29 (1.39%) Internet
15 25 (1.20%) Remote Desktop
16 23 (1.10%) MPLS
17 19 (0.91%) Unified Communications
18 18 (0.86%) VLAN
19 16 (0.77%) SSL
20 15 (0.72%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 646 (30.98%) SQL Server
2 163 (7.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 143 (6.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 113 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
5 83 (3.98%) SQL Server 2008
6 82 (3.93%) Relational Database
7 77 (3.69%) NoSQL
8 70 (3.36%) SQL Server 2012
9 68 (3.26%) SQL Server 2016
10 61 (2.93%) Power BI
11 60 (2.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 45 (2.16%) SQL Server 2014
13 39 (1.87%) MySQL
14 34 (1.63%) MongoDB
14 34 (1.63%) QlikView
15 26 (1.25%) OLTP
16 25 (1.20%) RDBMS
17 19 (0.91%) Crystal Reports
18 18 (0.86%) OLAP
19 17 (0.82%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 137 (6.57%) Visual Studio
2 97 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 73 (3.50%) Git (software)
4 62 (2.97%) JIRA
5 27 (1.29%) Selenium
6 23 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 21 (1.01%) Jenkins
8 19 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
9 18 (0.86%) TeamCity
10 17 (0.82%) NUnit
11 15 (0.72%) MSTest
12 14 (0.67%) Subversion
13 10 (0.48%) Hudson
14 9 (0.43%) Oracle Forms
14 9 (0.43%) SoapUI
15 8 (0.38%) Bitbucket
16 7 (0.34%) SpecFlow
16 7 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
17 6 (0.29%) Mercurial
17 6 (0.29%) WebDriver
General
1 369 (17.70%) Finance
2 133 (6.38%) Legal
3 96 (4.60%) Retail
4 69 (3.31%) Advertising
4 69 (3.31%) Manufacturing
5 53 (2.54%) Law
6 38 (1.82%) Banking
7 36 (1.73%) Telecoms
8 29 (1.39%) Publishing
9 28 (1.34%) Games
10 25 (1.20%) Investment Banking
11 20 (0.96%) Marketing
12 17 (0.82%) Electronics
13 16 (0.77%) Local Government
14 12 (0.58%) Back Office
15 11 (0.53%) Automotive
16 8 (0.38%) French Language
16 8 (0.38%) German Language
17 7 (0.34%) Billing
18 6 (0.29%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 630 (30.22%) Developer
2 348 (16.69%) Analyst
3 317 (15.20%) .NET Developer
4 199 (9.54%) C# Developer
5 164 (7.87%) C# .NET Developer
6 150 (7.19%) IT Analyst
7 128 (6.14%) Software Developer
8 111 (5.32%) Senior Analyst
9 101 (4.84%) Consultant
9 101 (4.84%) Security Analyst
9 101 (4.84%) Support Engineer
10 100 (4.80%) IT Security Analyst
10 100 (4.80%) Senior Developer
10 100 (4.80%) Senior IT Security Analyst
10 100 (4.80%) Senior Security Analyst
11 89 (4.27%) Information Manager
11 89 (4.27%) Information Security Manager
11 89 (4.27%) Security Manager
12 87 (4.17%) IT Support
13 82 (3.93%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 573 (27.48%) .NET
2 308 (14.77%) ASP.NET
3 255 (12.23%) HTML
4 226 (10.84%) CSS
5 201 (9.64%) AngularJS
6 187 (8.97%) ASP.NET MVC
7 158 (7.58%) ASP.NET Web API
8 156 (7.48%) .NET Framework
9 136 (6.52%) Web Services
10 123 (5.90%) jQuery
11 99 (4.75%) RESTful
12 91 (4.36%) WCF
13 80 (3.84%) SOAP
14 73 (3.50%) .NET Core
15 70 (3.36%) HTML5
16 58 (2.78%) Entity Framework
17 56 (2.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 54 (2.59%) XML
19 49 (2.35%) WinForms
20 48 (2.30%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 173 (8.30%) Analytical Skills
2 149 (7.15%) Management Information System
3 124 (5.95%) Greenfield Project
4 96 (4.60%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 74 (3.55%) Self-Motivation
6 71 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
7 54 (2.59%) Data Centre
8 40 (1.92%) User Experience
9 33 (1.58%) PMI
10 25 (1.20%) Driving Licence
10 25 (1.20%) Tandem
11 22 (1.06%) Clustering
12 18 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.86%) Mobile App
12 18 (0.86%) NHS
13 16 (0.77%) Blackberry
14 15 (0.72%) Data Structures
14 15 (0.72%) Fintech
14 15 (0.72%) Replication
14 15 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 737 (35.35%) Windows
2 291 (13.96%) Linux
3 242 (11.61%) Windows Server
4 135 (6.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 127 (6.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 112 (5.37%) Windows 10
7 110 (5.28%) Windows 7
8 53 (2.54%) Android
9 41 (1.97%) Apple iOS
10 38 (1.82%) Windows 8
11 19 (0.91%) Unix
12 16 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (0.58%) Mac OS X
14 11 (0.53%) Solaris
15 10 (0.48%) Mac OS
16 9 (0.43%) CentOS
16 9 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 9 (0.43%) SUSE
17 8 (0.38%) Debian
18 5 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 491 (23.55%) Agile Software Development
2 290 (13.91%) ITIL
3 261 (12.52%) Problem-Solving
4 255 (12.23%) MVC
5 211 (10.12%) Information Security
6 204 (9.78%) SIEM
7 200 (9.59%) Penetration Testing
8 190 (9.11%) Scrum
9 178 (8.54%) Mentoring
10 173 (8.30%) Business Intelligence
11 168 (8.06%) Disaster Recovery
12 167 (8.01%) TDD
13 159 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
14 157 (7.53%) Web Development
15 141 (6.76%) Risk Management
16 139 (6.67%) Incident Management
17 134 (6.43%) Business Continuity
18 128 (6.14%) IT Strategy
19 127 (6.09%) Data Protection
20 113 (5.42%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 651 (31.22%) SQL
2 571 (27.39%) C#
3 320 (15.35%) JavaScript
4 233 (11.18%) T-SQL
5 88 (4.22%) PowerShell
6 46 (2.21%) C++
7 43 (2.06%) Python
8 41 (1.97%) VB.NET
9 40 (1.92%) C
10 38 (1.82%) X++
11 37 (1.77%) Java
12 34 (1.63%) PHP
13 27 (1.29%) VB
14 24 (1.15%) TypeScript
15 19 (0.91%) Ruby
16 17 (0.82%) VBA
17 16 (0.77%) PL/SQL
18 14 (0.67%) Bash Shell
19 12 (0.58%) VBScript
20 11 (0.53%) Go
Qualifications
1 222 (10.65%) Degree
2 207 (9.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 195 (9.35%) CISSP
4 119 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
5 105 (5.04%) SANS
6 100 (4.80%) CREST Certified
7 88 (4.22%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 83 (3.98%) MCSE
9 46 (2.21%) MCP
10 45 (2.16%) Security Cleared
11 38 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
12 36 (1.73%) MCSA
13 34 (1.63%) PMI Certification
14 29 (1.39%) CCNA
14 29 (1.39%) SC Cleared
15 25 (1.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 18 (0.86%) MCITP
17 13 (0.62%) ISTQB
17 13 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 12 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (9.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 137 (6.57%) GDPR
3 101 (4.84%) PCI DSS
4 70 (3.36%) SLA
5 51 (2.45%) QA
6 49 (2.35%) PMO
7 22 (1.06%) Data Quality
8 13 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.096%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.096%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.048%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 503 (24.12%) Active Directory
2 203 (9.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 94 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 54 (2.59%) XenApp
5 48 (2.30%) vSphere
6 38 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
7 29 (1.39%) Docker
8 28 (1.34%) XenDesktop
9 24 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (0.77%) Terminal Server
11 15 (0.72%) Terminal Services
12 6 (0.29%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 6 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
14 4 (0.19%) VMware NSX
14 4 (0.19%) XenServer
15 3 (0.14%) Firmware
15 3 (0.14%) NFS
15 3 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 66 (3.17%) SCCM
2 30 (1.44%) Puppet
3 22 (1.06%) Ansible
4 21 (1.01%) Terraform
5 19 (0.91%) SCOM
6 16 (0.77%) Kubernetes
6 16 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
7 14 (0.67%) vCenter Server
8 13 (0.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 12 (0.58%) Microsoft Clustering
10 11 (0.53%) Backup Exec
11 10 (0.48%) Grafana
11 10 (0.48%) Salt
11 10 (0.48%) SCVMM
12 9 (0.43%) Consul
12 9 (0.43%) Docker Swarm
12 9 (0.43%) Graphite
12 9 (0.43%) Packer
13 8 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
13 8 (0.38%) vRealize
Vendors
1 347 (16.64%) VMware
2 267 (12.81%) Cisco
3 145 (6.95%) Citrix
4 59 (2.83%) Oracle
5 56 (2.69%) Veeam
6 39 (1.87%) Dell
6 39 (1.87%) Tableau
7 36 (1.73%) Google
8 35 (1.68%) SAP
9 34 (1.63%) HP
10 30 (1.44%) EMC
11 25 (1.20%) IBM
12 22 (1.06%) NetApp
13 19 (0.91%) Apple
14 18 (0.86%) Avaya
15 17 (0.82%) Cognos
15 17 (0.82%) Red Hat
16 16 (0.77%) Xamarin
17 15 (0.72%) McAfee
18 14 (0.67%) Symantec