Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 2017 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 8 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +3
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2171 2230 2268
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 16.38% 18.14% 17.41%
As % of the Vendors category 35.09% 40.73% 39.96%
Number of salaries quoted 1800 1940 1889
North West median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £21,250 £22,500 £21,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £57,500 £53,750
England median annual salary £44,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year +4.71% +3.66% +2.50%

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 6187 5475 5675
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 46.69% 44.53% 43.55%
Number of salaries quoted 4799 4363 4523
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £23,500 £24,178 £22,500
90th Percentile £66,250 £59,950 £57,500
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 -3 1230 £38,000 -7.32% 108
Cheshire +3 600 £42,500 +21.43% 49
Lancashire -3 160 £32,500 -9.72% 13
Merseyside -4 132 £37,500 +4.17% 14
Cumbria +5 34 £45,000 - 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 748 (34.45%) Windows
2 731 (33.67%) SQL Server
3 626 (28.83%) SQL
4 581 (26.76%) .NET
5 519 (23.91%) C#
6 497 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
7 445 (20.50%) Active Directory
8 435 (20.04%) Finance
9 345 (15.89%) Windows Server
10 334 (15.38%) ITIL
11 332 (15.29%) Microsoft Office
12 330 (15.20%) ASP.NET
13 325 (14.97%) MVC
14 303 (13.96%) VMware
15 299 (13.77%) Office 365
16 285 (13.13%) Business Intelligence
17 283 (13.04%) JavaScript
18 271 (12.48%) HTML
19 255 (11.75%) Microsoft Azure
20 252 (11.61%) MS Exchange
21 247 (11.38%) Cisco
21 247 (11.38%) Windows Server 2012
22 235 (10.82%) Degree
23 227 (10.46%) Microsoft Certification
24 226 (10.41%) CSS
25 220 (10.13%) Web Services
26 218 (10.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 203 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
28 196 (9.03%) T-SQL
29 195 (8.98%) Windows 7

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
1 252 (11.61%) MS Exchange
2 164 (7.55%) SharePoint
3 146 (6.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 61 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 50 (2.30%) SAS
6 49 (2.26%) CMS
7 46 (2.12%) IIS
8 40 (1.84%) Skype for Business
9 33 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
9 33 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
10 29 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
11 25 (1.15%) Sitecore CMS
12 22 (1.01%) Apache
13 21 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
13 21 (0.97%) Umbraco
14 14 (0.64%) Tomcat
15 12 (0.55%) EPiServer
16 10 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
16 10 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
16 10 (0.46%) WordPress
Applications
1 332 (15.29%) Microsoft Office
2 184 (8.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 33 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (1.06%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.32%) SPSS
9 3 (0.14%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.14%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.092%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.046%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.046%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.046%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 84 (3.87%) Dynamics AX
2 77 (3.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 35 (1.61%) Dynamics NAV
4 23 (1.06%) SAP SD
5 22 (1.01%) SAP EWM
6 15 (0.69%) Dynamics SL
7 10 (0.46%) NetSuite
8 9 (0.41%) Dynamics GP
9 7 (0.32%) Sage CRM
9 7 (0.32%) SAP Business One
10 6 (0.28%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 5 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
11 5 (0.23%) SAP LE
11 5 (0.23%) SAP MM
11 5 (0.23%) Visualfiles
11 5 (0.23%) Workfront
12 4 (0.18%) Cognos TM1
13 3 (0.14%) Magento
13 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
13 3 (0.14%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 299 (13.77%) Office 365
2 255 (11.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 94 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
4 50 (2.30%) Dynamics 365
5 36 (1.66%) SaaS
6 34 (1.57%) Mimecast
7 26 (1.20%) IaaS
8 18 (0.83%) PaaS
9 12 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (0.55%) GitHub
10 11 (0.51%) OneDrive
11 10 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
12 8 (0.37%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (0.28%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.23%) AdWords
15 5 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
16 4 (0.18%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
17 3 (0.14%) npm
17 3 (0.14%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 175 (8.06%) DNS
2 174 (8.01%) WAN
3 162 (7.46%) LAN
4 146 (6.73%) TCP/IP
5 142 (6.54%) Firewall
6 123 (5.67%) DHCP
7 101 (4.65%) SAN
8 73 (3.36%) VPN
9 55 (2.53%) VLAN
9 55 (2.53%) VoIP
10 43 (1.98%) Internet
11 33 (1.52%) Skype
12 25 (1.15%) Wireless
13 24 (1.11%) Network Security
14 23 (1.06%) MPLS
15 22 (1.01%) Ethernet
16 19 (0.88%) Remote Desktop
17 18 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
18 16 (0.74%) SSL
18 16 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 731 (33.67%) SQL Server
2 218 (10.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 186 (8.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 147 (6.77%) Data Warehouse
5 129 (5.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 91 (4.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 79 (3.64%) Power BI
7 79 (3.64%) SQL Server 2014
8 69 (3.18%) MySQL
9 68 (3.13%) SQL Server 2012
10 52 (2.40%) MongoDB
11 43 (1.98%) Relational Database
12 36 (1.66%) QlikView
13 35 (1.61%) Crystal Reports
14 33 (1.52%) Base SAS
14 33 (1.52%) SAS Data Integration Studio
14 33 (1.52%) SAS Enterprise Guide
14 33 (1.52%) SAS Visual Analytics
15 31 (1.43%) SQL Server 2016
16 28 (1.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 139 (6.40%) Visual Studio
2 73 (3.36%) Git (software)
3 57 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 56 (2.58%) JIRA
5 45 (2.07%) Subversion
6 41 (1.89%) TeamCity
7 34 (1.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 33 (1.52%) ProC
9 31 (1.43%) Selenium
10 28 (1.29%) Jenkins
11 20 (0.92%) NUnit
12 15 (0.69%) MSTest
13 12 (0.55%) NuGet
13 12 (0.55%) SpecFlow
14 11 (0.51%) ReSharper
15 10 (0.46%) CruiseControl
15 10 (0.46%) SonarQube
16 9 (0.41%) Cucumber
16 9 (0.41%) Jasmine
16 9 (0.41%) Maven
General
1 435 (20.04%) Finance
2 128 (5.90%) Advertising
3 125 (5.76%) Retail
4 86 (3.96%) Manufacturing
5 80 (3.68%) Banking
6 69 (3.18%) Legal
7 68 (3.13%) Marketing
8 57 (2.63%) Telecoms
9 42 (1.93%) Law
10 38 (1.75%) Billing
11 25 (1.15%) Games
12 16 (0.74%) Back Office
13 13 (0.60%) Investment Banking
14 12 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
15 10 (0.46%) Financial Institution
15 10 (0.46%) Publishing
16 9 (0.41%) Automotive
17 6 (0.28%) Electronics
17 6 (0.28%) Retail Banking
18 5 (0.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 645 (29.71%) Developer
2 293 (13.50%) Analyst
3 253 (11.65%) .NET Developer
4 158 (7.28%) Support Engineer
5 139 (6.40%) C# Developer
6 129 (5.94%) Consultant
7 126 (5.80%) SQL Developer
8 124 (5.71%) C# .NET Developer
9 101 (4.65%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 100 (4.61%) Architect
11 92 (4.24%) Senior Developer
12 91 (4.19%) 2nd Line Support
13 88 (4.05%) IT Support
13 88 (4.05%) Software Developer
14 77 (3.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 72 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 68 (3.13%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 68 (3.13%) Support Analyst
17 63 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
18 62 (2.86%) ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 581 (26.76%) .NET
2 330 (15.20%) ASP.NET
3 271 (12.48%) HTML
4 226 (10.41%) CSS
5 220 (10.13%) Web Services
6 169 (7.78%) jQuery
7 163 (7.51%) ASP.NET MVC
8 152 (7.00%) AngularJS
9 144 (6.63%) .NET Framework
10 110 (5.07%) ASP.NET Web API
11 98 (4.51%) XML
12 89 (4.10%) HTML5
13 88 (4.05%) RESTful
14 80 (3.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 76 (3.50%) WCF
16 73 (3.36%) SOAP
16 73 (3.36%) WPF
17 61 (2.81%) ASP.NET Web Forms
18 58 (2.67%) Entity Framework
18 58 (2.67%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 203 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
2 106 (4.88%) Management Information System
3 86 (3.96%) Computer Science
4 71 (3.27%) Greenfield Project
5 63 (2.90%) iPad
6 57 (2.63%) Driving Licence
7 49 (2.26%) Mobile App
8 45 (2.07%) Data Centre
9 44 (2.03%) User Experience
10 41 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
11 28 (1.29%) Life Science
11 28 (1.29%) NHS
12 25 (1.15%) Client/Server
13 22 (1.01%) Replication
14 20 (0.92%) N-Tier
15 17 (0.78%) Clustering
15 17 (0.78%) Fat Client
15 17 (0.78%) Thin Client
16 13 (0.60%) FMCG
17 12 (0.55%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 748 (34.45%) Windows
2 345 (15.89%) Windows Server
3 247 (11.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 195 (8.98%) Windows 7
5 171 (7.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 126 (5.80%) Windows 10
7 104 (4.79%) Linux
8 74 (3.41%) Windows 8
9 42 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
10 40 (1.84%) Unix
11 37 (1.70%) Android
12 26 (1.20%) Windows XP
13 22 (1.01%) Apple iOS
14 17 (0.78%) Mac OS X
15 13 (0.60%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.28%) Solaris
17 5 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 4 (0.18%) CentOS
18 4 (0.18%) VMS
19 3 (0.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 497 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (15.38%) ITIL
3 325 (14.97%) MVC
4 285 (13.13%) Business Intelligence
5 141 (6.49%) Project Management
6 138 (6.36%) Scrum
7 136 (6.26%) TDD
8 134 (6.17%) CRM
9 132 (6.08%) Analytics
10 115 (5.30%) ETL
11 113 (5.20%) OO
12 111 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
13 107 (4.93%) ERP
14 98 (4.51%) Continuous Integration
14 98 (4.51%) Mentoring
15 97 (4.47%) Software Engineering
16 86 (3.96%) SDLC
17 84 (3.87%) Service Delivery
18 80 (3.68%) DevOps
18 80 (3.68%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 626 (28.83%) SQL
2 519 (23.91%) C#
3 283 (13.04%) JavaScript
4 196 (9.03%) T-SQL
5 81 (3.73%) PowerShell
6 78 (3.59%) Java
7 62 (2.86%) C++
8 56 (2.58%) VB.NET
9 51 (2.35%) C
10 46 (2.12%) Ruby
11 36 (1.66%) Python
12 34 (1.57%) PHP
13 33 (1.52%) PROC SQL
13 33 (1.52%) SAS Macro
14 32 (1.47%) TypeScript
15 31 (1.43%) F#
15 31 (1.43%) VBA
16 26 (1.20%) VB
17 23 (1.06%) R
18 20 (0.92%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 235 (10.82%) Degree
2 227 (10.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 119 (5.48%) MCSE
4 81 (3.73%) MCSA
5 77 (3.55%) MCP
6 70 (3.22%) Cisco Certification
7 43 (1.98%) Computer Science Degree
8 42 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
9 41 (1.89%) CCNA
10 29 (1.34%) Security Cleared
11 28 (1.29%) A+ Certification
12 24 (1.11%) Network+ Certification
13 22 (1.01%) MCITP
14 19 (0.88%) Master's Degree
15 18 (0.83%) PMI Certification
16 17 (0.78%) CCENT
17 15 (0.69%) CCNP
17 15 (0.69%) ISTQB
18 14 (0.64%) MCSD
18 14 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (4.33%) SLA
2 53 (2.44%) QA
3 36 (1.66%) Data Quality
4 32 (1.47%) PMO
5 24 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.69%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.41%) GDPR
7 9 (0.41%) ISO 9001
8 7 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
9 3 (0.14%) HIPAA
9 3 (0.14%) WAI
10 2 (0.092%) Solvency II
11 1 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.046%) GMP
11 1 (0.046%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.046%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.046%) TickIT
System Software
1 445 (20.50%) Active Directory
2 164 (7.55%) Hyper-V
3 161 (7.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 42 (1.93%) Terminal Services
5 36 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (1.52%) vSphere
7 30 (1.38%) VMware ESXi
8 29 (1.34%) XenApp
9 24 (1.11%) Docker
10 18 (0.83%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
12 7 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
12 7 (0.32%) Samba
13 6 (0.28%) Xen
14 4 (0.18%) VirtualBox
15 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.14%) XenServer
16 1 (0.046%) NFS
16 1 (0.046%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.046%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 82 (3.78%) SCCM
2 49 (2.26%) WSUS
3 31 (1.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 31 (1.43%) Kibana
4 28 (1.29%) Puppet
5 26 (1.20%) Ansible
5 26 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
6 21 (0.97%) SCOM
7 20 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 13 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 11 (0.51%) Failover Clustering
9 11 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
11 7 (0.32%) Nagios
11 7 (0.32%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 6 (0.28%) Perfmon
13 5 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
13 5 (0.23%) Oracle RMAN
14 4 (0.18%) Backup Exec
14 4 (0.18%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 303 (13.96%) VMware
2 247 (11.38%) Cisco
3 178 (8.20%) Oracle
4 158 (7.28%) Citrix
5 97 (4.47%) SAP
6 55 (2.53%) Veeam
7 53 (2.44%) Tableau
8 40 (1.84%) HP
9 32 (1.47%) Google
10 29 (1.34%) Sage
11 28 (1.29%) IBM
11 28 (1.29%) Symantec
12 27 (1.24%) Apple
13 26 (1.20%) Cognos
13 26 (1.20%) NetApp
13 26 (1.20%) Sitecore
14 25 (1.15%) Dell
15 20 (0.92%) Capita
16 15 (0.69%) EqualLogic
17 14 (0.64%) F5