Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 9 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2,223 2,157 1,866
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.16% 17.51% 16.46%
As % of the Vendors category 36.54% 39.61% 39.73%
Number of salaries quoted 1,894 1,920 1,664
North West median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £24,250 £22,500 £21,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £58,750 £55,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 6,084 5,446 4,697
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 46.96% 44.20% 41.44%
Number of salaries quoted 4,905 4,474 3,898
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £25,500 £23,500 £22,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £61,250 £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 21 April 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 21 April 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 +1 1,234 £43,000 +14.67% 244
Cheshire -1 568 £45,000 +25.00% 115
Merseyside 0 202 £36,000 -10.00% 64
Lancashire +3 167 £35,000 +12.90% 56
Cumbria +4 31 £25,125 -16.25% 9
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 762 (34.28%) SQL Server
2 738 (33.20%) SQL
3 680 (30.59%) Windows
4 649 (29.19%) .NET
5 571 (25.69%) C#
6 526 (23.66%) Agile Software Development
7 376 (16.91%) Active Directory
8 375 (16.87%) Finance
9 356 (16.01%) ASP.NET
10 333 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
11 332 (14.93%) VMware
12 327 (14.71%) Office 365
13 305 (13.72%) MVC
14 286 (12.87%) Windows Server
15 276 (12.42%) JavaScript
16 275 (12.37%) Microsoft Office
17 270 (12.15%) ITIL
18 259 (11.65%) T-SQL
19 258 (11.61%) Microsoft Certification
20 255 (11.47%) Advertising
21 248 (11.16%) Business Intelligence
22 243 (10.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 237 (10.66%) HTML
24 228 (10.26%) Problem-Solving
25 215 (9.67%) CSS
26 214 (9.63%) VMware Infrastructure
27 200 (9.00%) Hyper-V
28 198 (8.91%) Retail
29 192 (8.64%) TDD
29 192 (8.64%) CRM

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
1 150 (6.75%) MS Exchange
2 131 (5.89%) SharePoint
3 82 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 68 (3.06%) IIS
5 65 (2.92%) CMS
6 47 (2.11%) Skype for Business
7 41 (1.84%) WebSphere
8 39 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
9 38 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2007
10 34 (1.53%) Sitecore CMS
11 29 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
12 25 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
13 24 (1.08%) Umbraco
14 23 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
15 22 (0.99%) Apache
16 21 (0.94%) Tomcat
17 15 (0.67%) EPiServer
17 15 (0.67%) WebLogic
18 14 (0.63%) NServiceBus
18 14 (0.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 275 (12.37%) Microsoft Office
2 170 (7.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (2.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (1.26%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (1.03%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.18%) SPSS
9 3 (0.13%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.090%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.045%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.045%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.045%) Final Cut Pro
11 1 (0.045%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 156 (7.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 137 (6.16%) Dynamics AX
3 87 (3.91%) Dynamics NAV
4 19 (0.85%) Elite 3E
5 16 (0.72%) Workfront
6 7 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
6 7 (0.31%) SAP BPC
7 6 (0.27%) Cognos TM1
7 6 (0.27%) Magento
8 5 (0.22%) BPCS
8 5 (0.22%) Hyperion Planning
8 5 (0.22%) SAP Business One
9 4 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 4 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
9 4 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
9 4 (0.18%) Pegasus Opera
9 4 (0.18%) SAP SD
10 3 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 333 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 327 (14.71%) Office 365
3 172 (7.74%) Amazon AWS
4 139 (6.25%) Dynamics 365
5 75 (3.37%) IaaS
6 50 (2.25%) SaaS
7 39 (1.75%) NuGet
8 36 (1.62%) PaaS
9 26 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
10 22 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
11 18 (0.81%) OneDrive
12 14 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
13 10 (0.45%) Google Analytics
14 9 (0.40%) npm
15 8 (0.36%) Serverless
16 7 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
16 7 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
16 7 (0.31%) Mimecast
17 6 (0.27%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 151 (6.79%) WAN
2 142 (6.39%) LAN
3 131 (5.89%) DNS
4 126 (5.67%) Firewall
5 111 (4.99%) TCP/IP
6 93 (4.18%) SAN
7 79 (3.55%) DHCP
8 53 (2.38%) Skype
8 53 (2.38%) VPN
9 47 (2.11%) VoIP
10 40 (1.80%) Internet
11 34 (1.53%) VLAN
12 20 (0.90%) Broadband
12 20 (0.90%) Network Security
12 20 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
13 19 (0.85%) Remote Desktop
14 17 (0.76%) Wireless
15 15 (0.67%) Unified Communications
16 12 (0.54%) WLAN
17 11 (0.49%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 762 (34.28%) SQL Server
2 243 (10.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 168 (7.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 116 (5.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 115 (5.17%) Data Warehouse
6 72 (3.24%) Power BI
7 58 (2.61%) Relational Database
7 58 (2.61%) SQL Server 2016
8 57 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 57 (2.56%) SQL Server 2014
9 50 (2.25%) SQL Server 2012
10 43 (1.93%) MySQL
11 42 (1.89%) Oracle Database
12 40 (1.80%) MongoDB
13 35 (1.57%) QlikView
14 34 (1.53%) OLAP
14 34 (1.53%) SQL Server 2005
15 22 (0.99%) OLAP Cube
16 21 (0.94%) Big Data
17 20 (0.90%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 122 (5.49%) Visual Studio
2 109 (4.90%) Git (software)
3 83 (3.73%) JIRA
4 54 (2.43%) Team Foundation Server
5 42 (1.89%) NUnit
6 34 (1.53%) Selenium
7 33 (1.48%) Jenkins
7 33 (1.48%) TeamCity
8 22 (0.99%) Maven
9 19 (0.85%) MSTest
10 17 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 14 (0.63%) Subversion
12 10 (0.45%) Eclipse
12 10 (0.45%) gulp
12 10 (0.45%) Hudson
13 9 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
14 8 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
14 8 (0.36%) SpecFlow
15 7 (0.31%) Gradle
15 7 (0.31%) Moq
General
1 375 (16.87%) Finance
2 255 (11.47%) Advertising
3 198 (8.91%) Retail
4 65 (2.92%) Manufacturing
5 61 (2.74%) Legal
6 58 (2.61%) Marketing
7 55 (2.47%) Banking
8 51 (2.29%) Telecoms
9 41 (1.84%) Games
10 33 (1.48%) Law
11 22 (0.99%) Investment Banking
12 17 (0.76%) Automotive
13 16 (0.72%) Publishing
14 13 (0.58%) Back Office
14 13 (0.58%) Billing
15 6 (0.27%) Local Government
16 5 (0.22%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.22%) Front Office
17 4 (0.18%) German Language
17 4 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 638 (28.70%) Developer
2 261 (11.74%) .NET Developer
3 260 (11.70%) Analyst
4 170 (7.65%) Consultant
5 168 (7.56%) C# Developer
6 163 (7.33%) Architect
7 148 (6.66%) Support Engineer
8 145 (6.52%) C# .NET Developer
9 124 (5.58%) Senior Developer
10 121 (5.44%) Software Developer
11 85 (3.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 83 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 74 (3.33%) Administrator
14 71 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
15 69 (3.10%) IT Support
16 68 (3.06%) 2nd Line Support
16 68 (3.06%) SQL Developer
17 65 (2.92%) ASP.NET Developer
17 65 (2.92%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 64 (2.88%) C# Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 649 (29.19%) .NET
2 356 (16.01%) ASP.NET
3 237 (10.66%) HTML
4 215 (9.67%) CSS
5 185 (8.32%) ASP.NET MVC
6 165 (7.42%) Web Services
7 160 (7.20%) AngularJS
8 125 (5.62%) RESTful
9 118 (5.31%) ASP.NET Web API
10 108 (4.86%) .NET Framework
11 104 (4.68%) jQuery
12 86 (3.87%) WCF
13 77 (3.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 76 (3.42%) XML
15 71 (3.19%) WPF
16 68 (3.06%) KnockoutJS
17 60 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC 5
18 55 (2.47%) Node.js
19 54 (2.43%) HTML5
19 54 (2.43%) React
Miscellaneous
1 182 (8.19%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (5.17%) Greenfield Project
3 81 (3.64%) Data Centre
4 71 (3.19%) Enterprise Software
5 68 (3.06%) Management Information System
6 66 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
7 63 (2.83%) Computer Science
8 41 (1.84%) Driving Licence
9 36 (1.62%) Client/Server
10 35 (1.57%) Mobile App
11 32 (1.44%) User Experience
12 28 (1.26%) Clustering
13 23 (1.03%) Replication
14 22 (0.99%) NHS
15 16 (0.72%) Fintech
15 16 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
15 16 (0.72%) Tandem
16 13 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
17 9 (0.40%) Enterprise Storage
17 9 (0.40%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 680 (30.59%) Windows
2 286 (12.87%) Windows Server
3 169 (7.60%) Windows Server 2012
4 166 (7.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 154 (6.93%) Linux
6 100 (4.50%) Windows 7
7 87 (3.91%) Windows 10
8 64 (2.88%) Unix
9 34 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
10 23 (1.03%) Solaris
11 20 (0.90%) AIX
12 19 (0.85%) Android
12 19 (0.85%) HPUX
13 17 (0.76%) Windows XP
14 16 (0.72%) Windows 8
15 15 (0.67%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.54%) Apple iOS
17 9 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 5 (0.22%) Data ONTAP
18 5 (0.22%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 526 (23.66%) Agile Software Development
2 305 (13.72%) MVC
3 270 (12.15%) ITIL
4 248 (11.16%) Business Intelligence
5 228 (10.26%) Problem-Solving
6 192 (8.64%) CRM
6 192 (8.64%) TDD
7 185 (8.32%) Scrum
8 167 (7.51%) OO
9 155 (6.97%) DevOps
10 133 (5.98%) Continuous Integration
11 131 (5.89%) ERP
12 129 (5.80%) Software Engineering
13 106 (4.77%) E-Commerce
14 105 (4.72%) Mentoring
14 105 (4.72%) Project Management
15 100 (4.50%) Service Management
16 96 (4.32%) Microservices
17 92 (4.14%) Stakeholder Management
18 90 (4.05%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 738 (33.20%) SQL
2 571 (25.69%) C#
3 276 (12.42%) JavaScript
4 259 (11.65%) T-SQL
5 117 (5.26%) PowerShell
6 101 (4.54%) Java
7 83 (3.73%) C
8 63 (2.83%) VBA
9 55 (2.47%) Python
10 39 (1.75%) C++
11 37 (1.66%) Ruby
11 37 (1.66%) VB.NET
11 37 (1.66%) X++
12 30 (1.35%) PL/SQL
13 28 (1.26%) PHP
13 28 (1.26%) TypeScript
14 25 (1.12%) F#
15 20 (0.90%) VB
16 18 (0.81%) R
17 11 (0.49%) VB6
Qualifications
1 258 (11.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 176 (7.92%) Degree
3 157 (7.06%) MCSE
4 105 (4.72%) MCSA
5 85 (3.82%) MCP
6 49 (2.20%) Security Cleared
7 37 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
8 30 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
9 28 (1.26%) Cisco Certification
9 28 (1.26%) SC Cleared
10 25 (1.12%) CCNA
11 21 (0.94%) ISEB
12 18 (0.81%) MCITP
12 18 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 17 (0.76%) ACCA
14 15 (0.67%) CIMA
15 14 (0.63%) ISTQB
16 12 (0.54%) MCTS
17 10 (0.45%) PMI Certification
17 10 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (3.60%) SLA
2 64 (2.88%) QA
3 52 (2.34%) PMO
4 20 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 19 (0.85%) Data Quality
6 17 (0.76%) PCI DSS
7 14 (0.63%) GDPR
8 11 (0.49%) ISO 9001
9 6 (0.27%) GCP
10 4 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.13%) COSHH
12 1 (0.045%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.045%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.045%) P3O
System Software
1 376 (16.91%) Active Directory
2 214 (9.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 200 (9.00%) Hyper-V
4 42 (1.89%) Xen
5 39 (1.75%) VirtualBox
6 35 (1.57%) XenApp
7 34 (1.53%) Docker
8 31 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (1.35%) vSphere
10 22 (0.99%) Terminal Services
11 21 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
12 17 (0.76%) XenDesktop
13 7 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.18%) FreeRADIUS
14 4 (0.18%) pfSense
15 3 (0.13%) BitLocker
15 3 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.13%) XenServer
16 2 (0.090%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 2 (0.090%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 110 (4.95%) SCCM
2 68 (3.06%) Opscode Chef
3 63 (2.83%) Puppet
4 59 (2.65%) Ansible
5 37 (1.66%) WSUS
6 25 (1.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 25 (1.12%) Kibana
7 22 (0.99%) SCOM
8 16 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (0.58%) Terraform
10 11 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 8 (0.36%) FortiGate
12 7 (0.31%) Packer
13 6 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
13 6 (0.27%) Kubernetes
13 6 (0.27%) Microsoft Clustering
13 6 (0.27%) NetBackup
14 5 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
14 5 (0.22%) Nagios
14 5 (0.22%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 332 (14.93%) VMware
2 149 (6.70%) Cisco
3 134 (6.03%) Citrix
4 131 (5.89%) Oracle
5 86 (3.87%) SAP
6 80 (3.60%) Google
7 61 (2.74%) HP
8 49 (2.20%) Capita
9 48 (2.16%) Veeam
10 44 (1.98%) Sitecore
10 44 (1.98%) Tableau
11 38 (1.71%) Sage
12 32 (1.44%) WorldPay
13 27 (1.21%) JD Edwards
14 26 (1.17%) IBM
14 26 (1.17%) ServiceNow
15 23 (1.03%) Dell
15 23 (1.03%) Epicor
15 23 (1.03%) Infor
15 23 (1.03%) NetApp