Period
to 5 April 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 April 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 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 6 4 8
Rank change year-on-year -2 +4 +1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,484 1,822 2,224
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 18.49% 17.86% 17.09%
As % of the Vendors category 44.67% 42.26% 37.68%
Number of salaries quoted 1,233 1,583 2,121
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +20.00%
10th Percentile £24,500 £24,250 £24,250
90th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £70,000
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,125 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.28% +5.88%

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 3,322 4,311 5,903
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 41.39% 42.25% 45.36%
Number of salaries quoted 2,450 3,323 4,721
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.65% +7.50%
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,750 £25,000
90th Percentile £71,250 £72,500 £68,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +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 5 April 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 April 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 -5 751 £45,000 - 194
Cheshire +3 388 £45,000 +12.50% 67
Merseyside +3 193 £37,500 -9.64% 28
Lancashire 0 99 £42,500 +21.43% 28
Cumbria -4 35 £42,500 +13.33% 9
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 5 April 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.

1 526 (35.44%) Azure
2 492 (33.15%) SQL Server
3 482 (32.48%) Windows
4 391 (26.35%) .NET
5 383 (25.81%) SQL
6 363 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
7 358 (24.12%) C#
8 351 (23.65%) Active Directory
9 281 (18.94%) Office 365
10 227 (15.30%) Finance
11 225 (15.16%) Problem-Solving
12 214 (14.42%) VMware
13 201 (13.54%) Microsoft Office
14 200 (13.48%) Windows Server
15 182 (12.26%) AWS
16 173 (11.66%) JavaScript
17 164 (11.05%) Windows 10
18 162 (10.92%) Analytical Skills
19 159 (10.71%) DevOps
20 153 (10.31%) MVC
21 146 (9.84%) ASP.NET
21 146 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
22 144 (9.70%) CSS
22 144 (9.70%) ITIL
23 140 (9.43%) HTML
24 139 (9.37%) AngularJS
24 139 (9.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 135 (9.10%) Business Intelligence
26 130 (8.76%) Firewall
27 129 (8.69%) 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
1 121 (8.15%) MS Exchange
2 113 (7.61%) SharePoint
3 67 (4.51%) IIS
4 37 (2.49%) Skype for Business
5 35 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 22 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2013
7 21 (1.42%) Confluence
8 16 (1.08%) CMS
9 12 (0.81%) Apache
9 12 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (0.54%) Mule
11 7 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.47%) Drupal
11 7 (0.47%) Umbraco
12 4 (0.27%) Tomcat
12 4 (0.27%) WordPress
13 3 (0.20%) Oracle Service Bus
13 3 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 201 (13.54%) Microsoft Office
2 124 (8.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (3.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.27%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.067%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.067%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 40 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (2.16%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (1.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.67%) Elite 3E
4 10 (0.67%) NetSuite
4 10 (0.67%) Sage 200
5 9 (0.61%) Cognos TM1
6 8 (0.54%) Sage 500
6 8 (0.54%) SAP Business One
7 7 (0.47%) Cognos Planning
7 7 (0.47%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.20%) Dynamics SL
9 2 (0.13%) Aareon QL
9 2 (0.13%) Cognos Controller
10 1 (0.067%) Infor M3
10 1 (0.067%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.067%) Visualfiles
10 1 (0.067%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 526 (35.44%) Azure
2 281 (18.94%) Office 365
3 182 (12.26%) AWS
4 114 (7.68%) Power Platform
5 83 (5.59%) Dynamics 365
6 64 (4.31%) IaaS
7 44 (2.96%) PaaS
8 43 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
8 43 (2.90%) SaaS
9 40 (2.70%) GCP
10 30 (2.02%) Amazon EC2
11 23 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
12 22 (1.48%) Amazon ECS
13 20 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
13 20 (1.35%) Serverless
14 18 (1.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 17 (1.15%) GitHub
16 16 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 12 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
18 10 (0.67%) Amazon CloudSearch
Communications & Networking
1 130 (8.76%) Firewall
2 118 (7.95%) DNS
3 90 (6.06%) DHCP
4 75 (5.05%) LAN
4 75 (5.05%) WAN
5 65 (4.38%) VPN
6 52 (3.50%) SAN
7 50 (3.37%) Wireless
8 43 (2.90%) Skype
9 38 (2.56%) TCP/IP
10 36 (2.43%) Internet
11 34 (2.29%) VoIP
12 27 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
13 23 (1.55%) NetScaler
14 21 (1.42%) MPLS
14 21 (1.42%) Network Security
15 19 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
15 19 (1.28%) VLAN
16 13 (0.88%) Intranet
17 12 (0.81%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 492 (33.15%) SQL Server
2 104 (7.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 100 (6.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 95 (6.40%) Power BI
5 89 (6.00%) Data Warehouse
6 59 (3.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 54 (3.64%) Relational Database
8 42 (2.83%) MySQL
9 40 (2.70%) NoSQL
10 39 (2.63%) Oracle Database
11 35 (2.36%) SQL Server 2014
12 33 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
13 32 (2.16%) SQL Server 2012
14 29 (1.95%) BusinessObjects
15 26 (1.75%) MongoDB
16 22 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
17 21 (1.42%) Big Data
17 21 (1.42%) SSDT
18 17 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
19 16 (1.08%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 86 (5.80%) Git (software)
2 82 (5.53%) Visual Studio
3 67 (4.51%) JIRA
4 60 (4.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 28 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
6 26 (1.75%) Jenkins
7 22 (1.48%) Oracle APEX
7 22 (1.48%) Selenium
7 22 (1.48%) TeamCity
8 18 (1.21%) NUnit
9 16 (1.08%) GitLab
10 15 (1.01%) Bitbucket
11 10 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 8 (0.54%) MSTest
12 8 (0.54%) SoapUI
13 7 (0.47%) Cypress.io
14 6 (0.40%) Cucumber
14 6 (0.40%) SpecFlow
15 5 (0.34%) Postman
15 5 (0.34%) WebDriver
General
1 227 (15.30%) Finance
2 83 (5.59%) Law
3 65 (4.38%) Public Sector
4 64 (4.31%) Retail
5 55 (3.71%) Legal
6 50 (3.37%) Manufacturing
7 27 (1.82%) Marketing
8 20 (1.35%) Financial Institution
9 17 (1.15%) Telecoms
10 15 (1.01%) Banking
11 11 (0.74%) Games
12 10 (0.67%) Automotive
12 10 (0.67%) Billing
13 8 (0.54%) Fire and Rescue
14 7 (0.47%) Advertising
15 6 (0.40%) Police
15 6 (0.40%) Publishing
16 5 (0.34%) Military
17 4 (0.27%) Aerospace
17 4 (0.27%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 365 (24.60%) Developer
2 184 (12.40%) Analyst
3 109 (7.35%) .NET Developer
4 104 (7.01%) Software Developer
5 100 (6.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 99 (6.67%) Architect
7 81 (5.46%) IT Support
8 77 (5.19%) Support Engineer
9 74 (4.99%) Senior Developer
10 62 (4.18%) C# Developer
10 62 (4.18%) IT Engineer
11 59 (3.98%) Consultant
12 55 (3.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 53 (3.57%) Solutions Architect
14 48 (3.23%) Administrator
15 47 (3.17%) Software Engineer
15 47 (3.17%) Support Analyst
16 41 (2.76%) 3rd Line Support
17 40 (2.70%) 2nd Line Support
18 37 (2.49%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 391 (26.35%) .NET
2 146 (9.84%) ASP.NET
3 144 (9.70%) CSS
4 140 (9.43%) HTML
5 139 (9.37%) AngularJS
6 103 (6.94%) .NET Framework
7 93 (6.27%) Web Services
8 88 (5.93%) .NET Core
9 85 (5.73%) ASP.NET Web API
10 77 (5.19%) ASP.NET MVC
10 77 (5.19%) HTML5
11 71 (4.78%) jQuery
12 65 (4.38%) Entity Framework
12 65 (4.38%) React
13 64 (4.31%) REST
14 50 (3.37%) CSS3
15 44 (2.96%) RESTful
16 43 (2.90%) Node.js
17 41 (2.76%) XML
18 40 (2.70%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 162 (10.92%) Analytical Skills
2 95 (6.40%) Self-Motivation
3 70 (4.72%) Greenfield Project
4 68 (4.58%) Data Centre
5 46 (3.10%) User Experience
6 44 (2.96%) Management Information System
7 41 (2.76%) Mobile App
8 32 (2.16%) Driving Licence
9 29 (1.95%) Private Cloud
10 24 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
11 21 (1.42%) NHS
11 21 (1.42%) Public Cloud
11 21 (1.42%) Replication
12 19 (1.28%) Data Structures
13 16 (1.08%) Blackberry
14 13 (0.88%) Cloud Native
14 13 (0.88%) Clustering
15 12 (0.81%) Fat Client
15 12 (0.81%) Thin Client
16 11 (0.74%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 482 (32.48%) Windows
2 200 (13.48%) Windows Server
3 164 (11.05%) Windows 10
4 115 (7.75%) Linux
5 82 (5.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 76 (5.12%) Windows 7
7 60 (4.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (2.90%) Windows Server 2016
9 29 (1.95%) Windows 8
10 25 (1.68%) Unix
11 19 (1.28%) Apple iOS
12 17 (1.15%) VMS
13 16 (1.08%) Android
13 16 (1.08%) Windows Server 2019
14 10 (0.67%) HPUX
14 10 (0.67%) Mac OS
14 10 (0.67%) Oracle Linux
14 10 (0.67%) Windows XP
15 9 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
16 7 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
2 225 (15.16%) Problem-Solving
3 159 (10.71%) DevOps
4 153 (10.31%) MVC
5 144 (9.70%) ITIL
6 139 (9.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 135 (9.10%) Business Intelligence
8 101 (6.81%) Mentoring
9 93 (6.27%) Migration
10 87 (5.86%) TDD
11 77 (5.19%) Microservices
12 75 (5.05%) Scrum
13 74 (4.99%) Software Engineering
14 71 (4.78%) CRM
14 71 (4.78%) ETL
15 70 (4.72%) Analytics
16 66 (4.45%) Change Management
17 62 (4.18%) SDLC
18 60 (4.04%) Project Management
19 55 (3.71%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 383 (25.81%) SQL
2 358 (24.12%) C#
3 173 (11.66%) JavaScript
4 97 (6.54%) PowerShell
5 75 (5.05%) Python
6 73 (4.92%) T-SQL
7 53 (3.57%) Java
8 45 (3.03%) VB
9 43 (2.90%) VB.NET
10 29 (1.95%) VB6
11 25 (1.68%) PHP
12 22 (1.48%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 20 (1.35%) PL/SQL
14 17 (1.15%) X++
15 16 (1.08%) Bash Shell
15 16 (1.08%) C++
16 13 (0.88%) C
17 9 (0.61%) Go
17 9 (0.61%) Perl
17 9 (0.61%) R
Qualifications
1 146 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
2 122 (8.22%) Degree
3 74 (4.99%) MCSE
4 53 (3.57%) MCSA
5 48 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
6 43 (2.90%) Security Cleared
7 38 (2.56%) CCNA
8 36 (2.43%) MCTS
9 26 (1.75%) MCITP
10 25 (1.68%) ITIL Certification
11 22 (1.48%) SC Cleared
12 21 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
13 18 (1.21%) MCP
13 18 (1.21%) TOGAF Certification
14 16 (1.08%) DBS Check
15 14 (0.94%) MCSD
16 11 (0.74%) Oracle Certification
16 11 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 10 (0.67%) CISSP
17 10 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (4.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 50 (3.37%) SLA
3 48 (3.23%) GDPR
4 27 (1.82%) PCI DSS
5 14 (0.94%) QA
6 12 (0.81%) Data Quality
7 8 (0.54%) NIST
7 8 (0.54%) PMO
8 7 (0.47%) Solvency II
9 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.067%) COBIT
10 1 (0.067%) PA-DSS
10 1 (0.067%) WCAG
System Software
1 351 (23.65%) Active Directory
2 129 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (5.86%) Hyper-V
4 48 (3.23%) XenApp
5 34 (2.29%) Docker
6 31 (2.09%) XenDesktop
7 29 (1.95%) vSphere
8 28 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
9 26 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
10 15 (1.01%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 8 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.54%) VMware NSX
12 7 (0.47%) Firmware
12 7 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
13 6 (0.40%) Xen
14 5 (0.34%) vCloud
14 5 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
14 5 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
15 3 (0.20%) BitLocker
16 2 (0.13%) KVM
Systems Management
1 118 (7.95%) SCCM
2 39 (2.63%) Terraform
3 30 (2.02%) Ansible
3 30 (2.02%) Microsoft Intune
4 23 (1.55%) SCOM
5 20 (1.35%) Puppet
6 18 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (1.08%) Kubernetes
8 14 (0.94%) SCOrch
9 12 (0.81%) Nagios
9 12 (0.81%) WSUS
10 11 (0.74%) AirWatch
10 11 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
10 11 (0.74%) SCVMM
11 10 (0.67%) vCenter Server
11 10 (0.67%) XenMobile
12 6 (0.40%) FortiGate
12 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 5 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
14 4 (0.27%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 214 (14.42%) VMware
2 127 (8.56%) Citrix
3 115 (7.75%) Cisco
4 86 (5.80%) Oracle
5 54 (3.64%) HP
6 37 (2.49%) Google
7 33 (2.22%) SAP
7 33 (2.22%) Xamarin
8 29 (1.95%) Apple
9 24 (1.62%) NetApp
10 21 (1.42%) ServiceNow
11 20 (1.35%) iManage
11 20 (1.35%) Intapp
12 19 (1.28%) McAfee
13 18 (1.21%) EMC
13 18 (1.21%) IBM
14 17 (1.15%) Veeam
15 16 (1.08%) Symantec
16 15 (1.01%) Fortinet
17 14 (0.94%) Polycom