Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 9 8
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2,148 2,195 2,146
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.26% 17.17% 17.60%
As % of the Vendors category 40.88% 37.02% 40.02%
Number of salaries quoted 1,805 1,828 1,869
North West median annual salary £43,000 £37,500 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.67% -2.60% +2.67%
10th Percentile £22,500 £21,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £57,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +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 5,254 5,930 5,362
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 44.67% 46.39% 43.99%
Number of salaries quoted 4,164 4,584 4,285
North West median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £24,000 £23,500 £24,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £60,000
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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +3 1,192 £45,000 +20.00% 279
Cheshire +2 579 £42,000 +5.00% 107
Merseyside +8 213 £37,750 -5.63% 75
Lancashire +5 125 £35,000 +7.69% 58
Cumbria 0 21 £27,500 -51.11% 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 712 (33.15%) SQL
1 712 (33.15%) SQL Server
2 701 (32.64%) Windows
3 581 (27.05%) .NET
4 563 (26.21%) C#
5 509 (23.70%) Agile Software Development
6 469 (21.83%) Active Directory
7 384 (17.88%) Finance
7 384 (17.88%) Microsoft Azure
8 326 (15.18%) VMware
9 312 (14.53%) Office 365
10 303 (14.11%) JavaScript
11 289 (13.45%) ITIL
12 286 (13.31%) ASP.NET
12 286 (13.31%) Windows Server
13 272 (12.66%) Problem-Solving
14 253 (11.78%) MVC
15 244 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
16 238 (11.08%) Linux
17 237 (11.03%) HTML
17 237 (11.03%) Microsoft Certification
18 229 (10.66%) Cisco
18 229 (10.66%) T-SQL
19 223 (10.38%) Degree
20 206 (9.59%) Scrum
21 202 (9.40%) Amazon AWS
22 201 (9.36%) CSS
23 194 (9.03%) Business Intelligence
24 189 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
25 187 (8.71%) AngularJS

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
1 156 (7.26%) MS Exchange
2 141 (6.56%) SharePoint
3 68 (3.17%) IIS
4 65 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
5 51 (2.37%) Skype for Business
6 38 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 25 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
8 21 (0.98%) CMS
9 19 (0.88%) Umbraco
10 16 (0.74%) Apache
10 16 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
11 15 (0.70%) Confluence
12 11 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
12 11 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
12 11 (0.51%) WordPress
13 10 (0.47%) Apache Pig
13 10 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
13 10 (0.47%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.37%) EPiServer
Applications
1 244 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
2 146 (6.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 117 (5.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 56 (2.61%) Microsoft Project
5 38 (1.77%) MS Visio
6 10 (0.47%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.28%) SPSS
8 5 (0.23%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.093%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.047%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.047%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.047%) InDesign
11 1 (0.047%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 119 (5.54%) Dynamics AX
2 95 (4.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 69 (3.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (0.42%) Oracle ERP
5 7 (0.33%) NetSuite
6 4 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 4 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
7 3 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.14%) Elite 3E
7 3 (0.14%) FastStats
7 3 (0.14%) Primavera
7 3 (0.14%) SAP Business One
8 2 (0.093%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.093%) Maximo
8 2 (0.093%) SAP EHS
8 2 (0.093%) Visualfiles
9 1 (0.047%) Magento
9 1 (0.047%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.047%) Remedy ITSM
9 1 (0.047%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 384 (17.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 312 (14.53%) Office 365
3 202 (9.40%) Amazon AWS
4 115 (5.35%) Dynamics 365
5 49 (2.28%) IaaS
6 33 (1.54%) SaaS
7 27 (1.26%) PaaS
8 18 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
10 10 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
10 10 (0.47%) Azure Data Factory
11 9 (0.42%) GitHub
12 6 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (0.28%) Google Analytics
12 6 (0.28%) IBM Cloud
13 5 (0.23%) G Suite
14 4 (0.19%) Google Play
14 4 (0.19%) Zapier
15 3 (0.14%) Mimecast
15 3 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 131 (6.10%) Firewall
2 130 (6.05%) DNS
3 128 (5.96%) TCP/IP
4 109 (5.07%) Network Security
5 98 (4.56%) DHCP
6 97 (4.52%) WAN
7 87 (4.05%) VPN
8 86 (4.00%) LAN
9 85 (3.96%) SAN
10 77 (3.58%) Wi-Fi
11 65 (3.03%) Skype
12 51 (2.37%) VoIP
13 49 (2.28%) Wireless
14 41 (1.91%) Internet
15 30 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
16 29 (1.35%) MPLS
16 29 (1.35%) Unified Communications
17 25 (1.16%) SSL
18 23 (1.07%) HTTP
19 19 (0.88%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 712 (33.15%) SQL Server
2 173 (8.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 163 (7.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 121 (5.63%) Data Warehouse
5 94 (4.38%) Relational Database
6 90 (4.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 73 (3.40%) SQL Server 2012
8 71 (3.31%) NoSQL
9 69 (3.21%) Power BI
10 65 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 64 (2.98%) SQL Server 2016
12 51 (2.37%) MySQL
13 44 (2.05%) SQL Server 2014
14 39 (1.82%) QlikView
15 35 (1.63%) MongoDB
16 27 (1.26%) Crystal Reports
16 27 (1.26%) OLTP
16 27 (1.26%) RDBMS
17 22 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
18 21 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 137 (6.38%) Visual Studio
2 88 (4.10%) Git (software)
3 78 (3.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 76 (3.54%) JIRA
5 37 (1.72%) Jenkins
6 29 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 28 (1.30%) Selenium
8 23 (1.07%) NUnit
9 22 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
10 17 (0.79%) TeamCity
11 15 (0.70%) Bitbucket
11 15 (0.70%) MSTest
12 14 (0.65%) Vagrant
13 12 (0.56%) Hudson
14 10 (0.47%) CodeSonar
14 10 (0.47%) git-flow
14 10 (0.47%) Robot Framework
15 8 (0.37%) SpecFlow
16 7 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
16 7 (0.33%) Subversion
General
1 384 (17.88%) Finance
2 117 (5.45%) Retail
3 106 (4.93%) Legal
4 93 (4.33%) Advertising
5 76 (3.54%) Manufacturing
6 57 (2.65%) Law
7 45 (2.09%) Banking
8 37 (1.72%) Telecoms
9 36 (1.68%) Games
10 34 (1.58%) Investment Banking
11 25 (1.16%) Publishing
12 22 (1.02%) Marketing
13 15 (0.70%) Back Office
14 13 (0.61%) Automotive
14 13 (0.61%) Electronics
14 13 (0.61%) Local Government
15 8 (0.37%) Billing
16 6 (0.28%) German Language
17 5 (0.23%) French Language
17 5 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 647 (30.12%) Developer
2 362 (16.85%) Analyst
3 295 (13.73%) .NET Developer
4 193 (8.99%) C# Developer
5 152 (7.08%) C# .NET Developer
6 134 (6.24%) Software Developer
7 120 (5.59%) IT Analyst
8 108 (5.03%) Consultant
9 107 (4.98%) Senior Developer
10 101 (4.70%) Support Analyst
10 101 (4.70%) Support Engineer
11 100 (4.66%) IT Support
12 85 (3.96%) Administrator
13 83 (3.86%) C# Software Developer
14 81 (3.77%) Senior Analyst
15 80 (3.72%) Architect
16 79 (3.68%) .NET Software Developer
17 71 (3.31%) SQL Developer
18 70 (3.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 69 (3.21%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 581 (27.05%) .NET
2 286 (13.31%) ASP.NET
3 237 (11.03%) HTML
4 201 (9.36%) CSS
5 187 (8.71%) AngularJS
6 173 (8.05%) ASP.NET MVC
7 152 (7.08%) .NET Framework
8 149 (6.94%) ASP.NET Web API
9 123 (5.73%) jQuery
9 123 (5.73%) Web Services
10 96 (4.47%) WCF
11 78 (3.63%) RESTful
12 64 (2.98%) HTML5
12 64 (2.98%) SOAP
13 59 (2.75%) XML
14 55 (2.56%) .NET Core
15 52 (2.42%) Entity Framework
16 49 (2.28%) React
17 48 (2.23%) WinForms
18 45 (2.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 189 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
2 124 (5.77%) Greenfield Project
3 109 (5.07%) Management Information System
4 78 (3.63%) Enterprise Software
5 74 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
6 65 (3.03%) Data Centre
7 61 (2.84%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 32 (1.49%) User Experience
9 30 (1.40%) Computer Science
10 25 (1.16%) PMI
11 22 (1.02%) Driving Licence
11 22 (1.02%) Tandem
12 21 (0.98%) NHS
13 20 (0.93%) Virtual Team
14 19 (0.88%) Data Structures
15 18 (0.84%) Mobile App
16 17 (0.79%) Clustering
16 17 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
16 17 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
17 14 (0.65%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 701 (32.64%) Windows
2 286 (13.31%) Windows Server
3 238 (11.08%) Linux
4 167 (7.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 162 (7.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 116 (5.40%) Windows 10
7 106 (4.93%) Windows 7
8 52 (2.42%) Android
9 45 (2.09%) Apple iOS
10 26 (1.21%) Windows 8
11 16 (0.74%) Unix
12 13 (0.61%) Mac OS
12 13 (0.61%) Mac OS X
13 11 (0.51%) CentOS
13 11 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (0.51%) SUSE
13 11 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (0.42%) Solaris
14 9 (0.42%) Windows XP
15 6 (0.28%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 509 (23.70%) Agile Software Development
2 289 (13.45%) ITIL
3 272 (12.66%) Problem-Solving
4 253 (11.78%) MVC
5 206 (9.59%) Scrum
6 194 (9.03%) Business Intelligence
7 157 (7.31%) Continuous Integration
8 154 (7.17%) Mentoring
9 151 (7.03%) TDD
10 143 (6.66%) Information Security
11 140 (6.52%) Disaster Recovery
12 139 (6.47%) SIEM
13 137 (6.38%) Penetration Testing
14 132 (6.15%) CRM
15 128 (5.96%) ERP
16 119 (5.54%) Risk Management
17 116 (5.40%) IT Strategy
17 116 (5.40%) Web Development
18 115 (5.35%) OO
19 112 (5.21%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 712 (33.15%) SQL
2 563 (26.21%) C#
3 303 (14.11%) JavaScript
4 229 (10.66%) T-SQL
5 83 (3.86%) PowerShell
6 67 (3.12%) Python
7 58 (2.70%) C
8 53 (2.47%) Java
9 49 (2.28%) C++
10 48 (2.23%) VB.NET
10 48 (2.23%) X++
11 38 (1.77%) PHP
12 34 (1.58%) TypeScript
13 33 (1.54%) VB
14 28 (1.30%) Ruby
15 23 (1.07%) VBA
16 20 (0.93%) Bash Shell
17 17 (0.79%) PL/SQL
18 14 (0.65%) Go
19 11 (0.51%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 237 (11.03%) Microsoft Certification
2 223 (10.38%) Degree
3 136 (6.33%) CISSP
4 102 (4.75%) MCSE
5 99 (4.61%) Cisco Certification
6 75 (3.49%) SANS
7 65 (3.03%) CREST Certified
8 60 (2.79%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 54 (2.51%) Security Cleared
10 48 (2.23%) MCP
11 38 (1.77%) CCNA
12 36 (1.68%) ITIL Certification
13 35 (1.63%) MCSA
14 28 (1.30%) PMI Certification
14 28 (1.30%) SC Cleared
15 25 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 21 (0.98%) MCITP
17 20 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (0.61%) MCTS
19 12 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (6.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 101 (4.70%) GDPR
3 88 (4.10%) SLA
4 66 (3.07%) PCI DSS
5 54 (2.51%) QA
6 50 (2.33%) PMO
7 19 (0.88%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.19%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.093%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.093%) ISO 14001
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 9000
13 1 (0.047%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 469 (21.83%) Active Directory
2 174 (8.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 108 (5.03%) Hyper-V
4 53 (2.47%) vSphere
4 53 (2.47%) XenApp
5 47 (2.19%) Docker
6 34 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
7 26 (1.21%) XenDesktop
8 19 (0.88%) Terminal Services
9 15 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
9 15 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
10 11 (0.51%) XenServer
11 8 (0.37%) Xen
12 7 (0.33%) Terminal Server
13 5 (0.23%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 5 (0.23%) Firmware
13 5 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.19%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.093%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.093%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 75 (3.49%) SCCM
2 52 (2.42%) Puppet
3 34 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
3 34 (1.58%) Terraform
4 32 (1.49%) Ansible
5 25 (1.16%) Kubernetes
6 20 (0.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 17 (0.79%) Salt
8 16 (0.74%) Packer
8 16 (0.74%) SCOM
9 15 (0.70%) vCenter Server
10 12 (0.56%) Consul
11 11 (0.51%) Grafana
11 11 (0.51%) WSUS
12 10 (0.47%) SCVMM
13 9 (0.42%) Docker Swarm
13 9 (0.42%) Graphite
13 9 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
13 9 (0.42%) Nagios
14 8 (0.37%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 326 (15.18%) VMware
2 229 (10.66%) Cisco
3 148 (6.89%) Citrix
4 81 (3.77%) Oracle
5 56 (2.61%) Veeam
6 48 (2.23%) Google
7 43 (2.00%) HP
8 41 (1.91%) Dell
9 40 (1.86%) SAP
9 40 (1.86%) Tableau
10 26 (1.21%) EMC
10 26 (1.21%) Red Hat
11 23 (1.07%) Avaya
11 23 (1.07%) IBM
12 22 (1.02%) Cognos
13 20 (0.93%) NetApp
13 20 (0.93%) Xamarin
14 18 (0.84%) Nimble Storage
15 17 (0.79%) Apple
16 16 (0.74%) Sage