Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 7 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 +2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,448 714 1,786
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 18.15% 17.84% 16.99%
As % of the Vendors category 45.72% 43.54% 43.02%
Number of salaries quoted 1,076 587 1,366
10th Percentile £25,125 £30,500 £22,500
25th Percentile £32,500 £36,250 £29,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £47,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +18.75% -5.88%
75th Percentile £60,000 £60,000 £51,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -

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 3,167 1,640 4,152
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 39.69% 40.98% 39.51%
Number of salaries quoted 2,309 1,332 3,020
10th Percentile £26,500 £30,500 £25,000
25th Percentile £35,000 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £48,407 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -1.87% +13.90% -
75th Percentile £63,500 £60,000 £55,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 +1 899 £49,250 -1.50% 305
Merseyside 0 210 £35,000 -19.08% 41
Cheshire +5 181 £40,000 -11.11% 97
Lancashire +6 109 £40,000 -3.03% 46
Cumbria +8 33 £35,352 +8.78% 8
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 673 (46.48%) Azure
2 410 (28.31%) Windows
3 408 (28.18%) Social Skills
4 362 (25.00%) Active Directory
5 360 (24.86%) Microsoft 365
6 316 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
7 302 (20.86%) SQL
8 272 (18.78%) Microsoft Office
9 247 (17.06%) DevOps
10 245 (16.92%) SQL Server
11 239 (16.51%) VMware
12 221 (15.26%) .NET
13 210 (14.50%) AWS
14 206 (14.23%) Windows Server
15 202 (13.95%) Problem-Solving
16 200 (13.81%) C#
17 175 (12.09%) Business Intelligence
18 173 (11.95%) Firewall
19 170 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
20 169 (11.67%) Power Platform
21 165 (11.40%) VMware Infrastructure
22 161 (11.12%) Finance
23 157 (10.84%) Microsoft Excel
24 156 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 152 (10.50%) Power BI
25 152 (10.50%) Retail
26 142 (9.81%) Linux
27 133 (9.19%) ITIL
27 133 (9.19%) Data Centre
28 130 (8.98%) Data Warehouse

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
1 110 (7.60%) SharePoint
2 96 (6.63%) MS Exchange
3 38 (2.62%) IIS
4 26 (1.80%) CMS
5 19 (1.31%) Umbraco
6 18 (1.24%) Confluence
6 18 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (0.76%) EPiServer
7 11 (0.76%) Sitecore CMS
8 9 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (0.55%) Drupal
9 8 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.41%) WordPress
11 4 (0.28%) Apache
11 4 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
11 4 (0.28%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.14%) nginx
12 2 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 272 (18.78%) Microsoft Office
2 157 (10.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (3.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 42 (2.90%) MS Visio
5 21 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.28%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.21%) Adobe Premiere
8 3 (0.21%) InDesign
9 2 (0.14%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 44 (3.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (1.93%) Dynamics NAV
3 26 (1.80%) Dynamics AX
4 21 (1.45%) Maximo
5 7 (0.48%) C-CURE
5 7 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
6 5 (0.35%) NetSuite
6 5 (0.35%) Visualfiles
7 4 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
8 3 (0.21%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.14%) iTrent
10 1 (0.069%) Distributed Ledger
10 1 (0.069%) Oracle Cash Management
10 1 (0.069%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.069%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 673 (46.48%) Azure
2 360 (24.86%) Microsoft 365
3 210 (14.50%) AWS
4 169 (11.67%) Power Platform
5 92 (6.35%) Dynamics 365
6 80 (5.52%) IaaS
7 73 (5.04%) Azure Active Directory
8 62 (4.28%) PaaS
9 56 (3.87%) SaaS
10 40 (2.76%) GCP
11 28 (1.93%) Azure Data Factory
12 20 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
13 18 (1.24%) OneDrive
13 18 (1.24%) Serverless
14 16 (1.10%) Azure Logic Apps
14 16 (1.10%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 16 (1.10%) Mimecast
14 16 (1.10%) Power Automate
14 16 (1.10%) PowerApps
15 14 (0.97%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 173 (11.95%) Firewall
2 100 (6.91%) DNS
3 91 (6.28%) WAN
4 87 (6.01%) LAN
5 85 (5.87%) DHCP
6 79 (5.46%) VPN
7 48 (3.31%) TCP/IP
8 46 (3.18%) VoIP
9 42 (2.90%) Wi-Fi
10 40 (2.76%) Wireless
11 38 (2.62%) VLAN
12 30 (2.07%) Internet
13 27 (1.86%) Network Security
13 27 (1.86%) SAN
14 26 (1.80%) Skype
15 23 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
16 20 (1.38%) Intranet
17 14 (0.97%) Ethernet
17 14 (0.97%) NAS
18 13 (0.90%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 245 (16.92%) SQL Server
2 152 (10.50%) Power BI
3 130 (8.98%) Data Warehouse
4 79 (5.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 70 (4.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 51 (3.52%) MySQL
7 48 (3.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 39 (2.69%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 27 (1.86%) NoSQL
10 23 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
10 23 (1.59%) Tableau
11 20 (1.38%) Data Lake
12 16 (1.10%) Relational Database
13 14 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
14 13 (0.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 13 (0.90%) OLAP
15 12 (0.83%) Power Query
16 11 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
17 9 (0.62%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
18 8 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 66 (4.56%) Git (software)
2 59 (4.07%) Visual Studio
3 36 (2.49%) JIRA
4 31 (2.14%) Jenkins
5 24 (1.66%) TeamCity
6 23 (1.59%) Maven
7 22 (1.52%) JUnit
8 13 (0.90%) Bitbucket
8 13 (0.90%) Subversion
8 13 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
9 11 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
9 11 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (0.62%) gulp
11 8 (0.55%) webpack
12 6 (0.41%) GitLab
13 5 (0.35%) Postman
13 5 (0.35%) Protractor
13 5 (0.35%) Visual Studio Code
13 5 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 4 (0.28%) Cucumber
General
1 408 (28.18%) Social Skills
2 170 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
3 161 (11.12%) Finance
4 152 (10.50%) Retail
5 114 (7.87%) Law
6 74 (5.11%) Legal
7 64 (4.42%) Manufacturing
8 63 (4.35%) Marketing
9 49 (3.38%) Organisational Skills
10 48 (3.31%) Public Sector
11 46 (3.18%) Publishing
12 30 (2.07%) Presentation Skills
13 29 (2.00%) Influencing Skills
14 22 (1.52%) Telecoms
15 19 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
16 18 (1.24%) Advertising
17 10 (0.69%) Documentation Skills
18 9 (0.62%) Banking
19 8 (0.55%) Automotive
19 8 (0.55%) Billing
Job Titles
1 228 (15.75%) Developer
2 204 (14.09%) Analyst
3 117 (8.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 96 (6.63%) Consultant
5 95 (6.56%) Azure Engineer
6 65 (4.49%) Architect
6 65 (4.49%) Senior Developer
7 58 (4.01%) Administrator
8 56 (3.87%) IT Support
9 50 (3.45%) .NET Developer
10 49 (3.38%) IT Engineer
10 49 (3.38%) Support Engineer
11 48 (3.31%) IT Manager
12 44 (3.04%) Support Analyst
13 42 (2.90%) IT Analyst
14 41 (2.83%) Software Engineer
15 36 (2.49%) Service Analyst
16 35 (2.42%) Platform Engineer
17 34 (2.35%) Data Administrator
18 33 (2.28%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 221 (15.26%) .NET
2 86 (5.94%) Web Services
3 77 (5.32%) .NET Core
4 64 (4.42%) React
5 61 (4.21%) ASP.NET
6 58 (4.01%) .NET Framework
6 58 (4.01%) CSS
6 58 (4.01%) HTML
7 54 (3.73%) AngularJS
8 33 (2.28%) RESTful
9 32 (2.21%) Spring
10 28 (1.93%) ARM Templates
11 26 (1.80%) COM
12 23 (1.59%) ASP.NET Web API
12 23 (1.59%) jQuery
12 23 (1.59%) Spring Boot
13 22 (1.52%) XML
14 20 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
14 20 (1.38%) Blazor
15 19 (1.31%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 133 (9.19%) Data Centre
2 95 (6.56%) Management Information System
3 70 (4.83%) Public Cloud
4 64 (4.42%) Driving Licence
4 64 (4.42%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
6 33 (2.28%) Data Protection Act
7 32 (2.21%) Enterprise Storage
8 30 (2.07%) Private Cloud
9 24 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
10 22 (1.52%) iPhone
11 21 (1.45%) Replication
12 20 (1.38%) Life Science
12 20 (1.38%) User Experience
13 19 (1.31%) Social Media
13 19 (1.31%) Virtual Team
14 18 (1.24%) Linux Command Line
15 17 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
16 15 (1.04%) Embedded Systems
17 13 (0.90%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 410 (28.31%) Windows
2 206 (14.23%) Windows Server
3 142 (9.81%) Linux
4 107 (7.39%) Windows 10
5 77 (5.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 63 (4.35%) Windows Server 2016
7 60 (4.14%) Windows Server 2019
8 38 (2.62%) Windows 7
9 32 (2.21%) Apple iOS
10 31 (2.14%) Android
11 19 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (0.90%) Windows 8
13 12 (0.83%) Unix
14 10 (0.69%) Mac OS X
14 10 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (0.69%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.48%) CentOS
16 6 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
17 5 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
18 3 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 316 (21.82%) Agile Software Development
2 247 (17.06%) DevOps
3 202 (13.95%) Problem-Solving
4 175 (12.09%) Business Intelligence
5 156 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 133 (9.19%) ITIL
7 123 (8.49%) Analytics
7 123 (8.49%) Migration
8 104 (7.18%) Project Management
9 102 (7.04%) Microservices
10 101 (6.98%) Line Management
10 101 (6.98%) Service Delivery
11 88 (6.08%) Mentoring
12 86 (5.94%) Software Engineering
13 84 (5.80%) Project Delivery
14 79 (5.46%) Data Analysis
15 74 (5.11%) Coaching
15 74 (5.11%) Information Security
16 72 (4.97%) ETL
17 71 (4.90%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 302 (20.86%) SQL
2 200 (13.81%) C#
3 124 (8.56%) PowerShell
4 90 (6.22%) JavaScript
5 73 (5.04%) Python
6 55 (3.80%) Java
7 51 (3.52%) VB
8 49 (3.38%) T-SQL
9 32 (2.21%) Bash Shell
10 28 (1.93%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 28 (1.93%) TypeScript
11 27 (1.86%) C++
12 24 (1.66%) PHP
13 12 (0.83%) C
14 11 (0.76%) R
15 10 (0.69%) VBA
16 9 (0.62%) ES6
17 7 (0.48%) VB6
17 7 (0.48%) VBScript
17 7 (0.48%) X++
Qualifications
1 118 (8.15%) Degree
2 86 (5.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 66 (4.56%) Security Cleared
4 64 (4.42%) SC Cleared
5 27 (1.86%) Computer Science Degree
6 23 (1.59%) MCSE
7 22 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (1.24%) CCNA
9 17 (1.17%) MCP
10 13 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (0.83%) ACCA
12 10 (0.69%) A+ Certification
13 9 (0.62%) MCSA
13 9 (0.62%) Network+ Certification
14 7 (0.48%) CISSP
14 7 (0.48%) ISTQB
14 7 (0.48%) RHCE
15 6 (0.41%) PMI Certification
16 5 (0.35%) GIAC
16 5 (0.35%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (6.77%) SLA
2 33 (2.28%) QA
3 21 (1.45%) GDPR
4 14 (0.97%) Cyber Essentials
4 14 (0.97%) Data Quality
5 13 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (0.83%) PMO
7 11 (0.76%) GMP
8 7 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 7 (0.48%) GAAP
8 7 (0.48%) ISO 22301
9 6 (0.41%) Accessibility
10 5 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 5 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.28%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.21%) NIST
13 2 (0.14%) ITGC
14 1 (0.069%) HIPAA
14 1 (0.069%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 362 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 165 (11.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (6.22%) Hyper-V
4 38 (2.62%) Docker
5 37 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
7 25 (1.73%) vSphere
8 17 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (1.10%) VMware NSX
10 13 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.55%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.41%) XenApp
13 4 (0.28%) DFS Replication
13 4 (0.28%) Firmware
14 3 (0.21%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 1 (0.069%) Microsoft App-V
15 1 (0.069%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.069%) Xen
Systems Management
1 83 (5.73%) SCCM
2 80 (5.52%) Microsoft Intune
3 41 (2.83%) Terraform
4 39 (2.69%) Ansible
5 38 (2.62%) Kubernetes
6 32 (2.21%) Puppet
7 27 (1.86%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 21 (1.45%) Failover Clustering
9 18 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
10 14 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
11 12 (0.83%) FortiGate
11 12 (0.83%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 11 (0.76%) WSUS
13 8 (0.55%) Grafana
13 8 (0.55%) Prometheus
13 8 (0.55%) vRealize
14 7 (0.48%) SCOM
14 7 (0.48%) ServiceCenter
15 6 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 5 (0.35%) Graphite
Vendors
1 239 (16.51%) VMware
2 117 (8.08%) Cisco
3 106 (7.32%) Oracle
4 70 (4.83%) Google
5 52 (3.59%) Citrix
6 49 (3.38%) Apple
7 43 (2.97%) NetApp
8 35 (2.42%) SAP
9 34 (2.35%) EMC
10 33 (2.28%) HP
11 31 (2.14%) Dell
12 29 (2.00%) EnterpriseDB
13 25 (1.73%) Sophos
14 23 (1.59%) Meraki
15 22 (1.52%) Veeam
16 21 (1.45%) Adobe
17 20 (1.38%) IBM
17 20 (1.38%) ServiceNow
18 18 (1.24%) Xamarin
19 17 (1.17%) Facebook