Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 4 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,598 2,000 2,146
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.17% 18.85% 16.86%
As % of the Vendors category 42.83% 43.06% 36.25%
Number of salaries quoted 1,231 1,720 1,779
North West median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £23,000 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £67,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 3,731 4,645 5,920
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 42.42% 43.78% 46.51%
Number of salaries quoted 2,743 3,714 4,606
North West median annual salary £44,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.22% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £75,000 £67,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.44%

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 January 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 18 January 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 -1 855 £42,000 -6.67% 283
Cheshire 0 383 £45,000 +5.88% 126
Merseyside 0 157 £38,000 +1.33% 69
Lancashire 0 126 £40,000 +17.65% 46
Cumbria 0 47 £35,000 +7.69% 12
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 528 (33.04%) Windows
2 482 (30.16%) Azure
3 452 (28.29%) SQL Server
4 404 (25.28%) Active Directory
5 386 (24.16%) SQL
6 380 (23.78%) .NET
7 364 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
8 346 (21.65%) C#
9 322 (20.15%) Office 365
10 265 (16.58%) VMware
11 250 (15.64%) Microsoft Office
12 249 (15.58%) Problem-Solving
13 212 (13.27%) Windows Server
14 209 (13.08%) Finance
15 180 (11.26%) JavaScript
16 179 (11.20%) AWS
17 173 (10.83%) Analytical Skills
18 170 (10.64%) Windows 10
19 169 (10.58%) ITIL
20 162 (10.14%) DevOps
21 160 (10.01%) VMware Infrastructure
22 157 (9.82%) HTML
22 157 (9.82%) Cisco
23 154 (9.64%) Business Intelligence
24 150 (9.39%) DNS
24 150 (9.39%) Microsoft Certification
25 149 (9.32%) Firewall
26 148 (9.26%) ASP.NET
26 148 (9.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 146 (9.14%) CSS

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
1 129 (8.07%) SharePoint
2 124 (7.76%) MS Exchange
3 69 (4.32%) IIS
4 37 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 33 (2.07%) Skype for Business
6 19 (1.19%) CMS
7 16 (1.00%) Confluence
8 13 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.75%) Apache
9 12 (0.75%) SAS
10 11 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
11 10 (0.63%) Cloud Foundry
12 9 (0.56%) Drupal
12 9 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
13 7 (0.44%) Tomcat
14 6 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
14 6 (0.38%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.38%) Umbraco
15 4 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
15 4 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 250 (15.64%) Microsoft Office
2 132 (8.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (3.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (1.81%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (1.19%) MS Visio
6 16 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.31%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.19%) Simulink
9 2 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.063%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.063%) InDesign
10 1 (0.063%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 49 (3.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (1.56%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.63%) Elite 3E
4 10 (0.63%) NetSuite
4 10 (0.63%) Sage 200
5 9 (0.56%) Cognos TM1
6 8 (0.50%) Sage 500
6 8 (0.50%) SAP Business One
7 7 (0.44%) Cognos Planning
7 7 (0.44%) Dynamics GP
7 7 (0.44%) SAP ERP
8 4 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.19%) Dynamics SL
9 3 (0.19%) Visualfiles
10 2 (0.13%) Cognos Controller
11 1 (0.063%) FastStats
11 1 (0.063%) Magento
11 1 (0.063%) SAP SD
11 1 (0.063%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 482 (30.16%) Azure
2 322 (20.15%) Office 365
3 179 (11.20%) AWS
4 116 (7.26%) Power Platform
5 71 (4.44%) Dynamics 365
6 53 (3.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 40 (2.50%) IaaS
8 39 (2.44%) SaaS
9 37 (2.32%) PaaS
10 34 (2.13%) GCP
11 25 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
11 25 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (1.50%) Serverless
13 17 (1.06%) GitHub
14 15 (0.94%) Amazon ECS
15 13 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
15 13 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
16 11 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 11 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 10 (0.63%) Amazon CloudSearch
Communications & Networking
1 150 (9.39%) DNS
2 149 (9.32%) Firewall
3 117 (7.32%) DHCP
4 95 (5.94%) LAN
5 89 (5.57%) WAN
6 63 (3.94%) VPN
7 62 (3.88%) TCP/IP
8 59 (3.69%) SAN
9 51 (3.19%) Wireless
10 44 (2.75%) Skype
11 43 (2.69%) VoIP
12 36 (2.25%) Internet
13 22 (1.38%) Network Security
14 18 (1.13%) IP Telephony
15 17 (1.06%) NetScaler
16 16 (1.00%) MPLS
16 16 (1.00%) VLAN
17 13 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
18 12 (0.75%) Remote Desktop
18 12 (0.75%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 452 (28.29%) SQL Server
2 102 (6.38%) Data Warehouse
3 100 (6.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 92 (5.76%) Power BI
4 92 (5.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 72 (4.51%) Relational Database
6 67 (4.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 42 (2.63%) SQL Server 2014
8 38 (2.38%) MySQL
8 38 (2.38%) SQL Server 2016
9 35 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
10 33 (2.07%) NoSQL
11 29 (1.81%) Oracle Database
11 29 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
12 25 (1.56%) MongoDB
13 24 (1.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 21 (1.31%) Azure SQL Database
14 21 (1.31%) SSDT
15 17 (1.06%) BusinessObjects
16 16 (1.00%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 78 (4.88%) Visual Studio
2 77 (4.82%) Git (software)
3 71 (4.44%) JIRA
4 50 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 24 (1.50%) GitLab
6 23 (1.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 16 (1.00%) Oracle APEX
8 14 (0.88%) Octopus Deploy
8 14 (0.88%) Selenium
9 10 (0.63%) Jenkins
9 10 (0.63%) TeamCity
10 9 (0.56%) Bitbucket
11 7 (0.44%) MSI
11 7 (0.44%) Zephyr
12 5 (0.31%) NUnit
12 5 (0.31%) SpecFlow
12 5 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
13 4 (0.25%) Cucumber
13 4 (0.25%) Postman
13 4 (0.25%) SonarQube
General
1 209 (13.08%) Finance
2 85 (5.32%) Manufacturing
3 84 (5.26%) Public Sector
4 75 (4.69%) Retail
5 60 (3.75%) Legal
6 47 (2.94%) Law
7 28 (1.75%) Telecoms
8 27 (1.69%) Marketing
9 18 (1.13%) Banking
10 15 (0.94%) Automotive
11 13 (0.81%) Fire and Rescue
12 12 (0.75%) Aerospace
12 12 (0.75%) Financial Institution
12 12 (0.75%) Publishing
13 11 (0.69%) Games
14 10 (0.63%) Billing
14 10 (0.63%) Local Government
14 10 (0.63%) Police
15 8 (0.50%) Military
16 7 (0.44%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 359 (22.47%) Developer
2 227 (14.21%) Analyst
3 112 (7.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 110 (6.88%) .NET Developer
5 94 (5.88%) Software Developer
6 90 (5.63%) Consultant
7 86 (5.38%) Support Engineer
8 80 (5.01%) Architect
9 77 (4.82%) IT Support
10 76 (4.76%) IT Engineer
11 71 (4.44%) Senior Developer
12 68 (4.26%) Support Analyst
13 65 (4.07%) C# Developer
14 62 (3.88%) Administrator
15 60 (3.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 60 (3.75%) Software Engineer
16 44 (2.75%) C# .NET Developer
17 43 (2.69%) 2nd Line Support
17 43 (2.69%) Service Desk Analyst
17 43 (2.69%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 380 (23.78%) .NET
2 157 (9.82%) HTML
3 148 (9.26%) ASP.NET
4 146 (9.14%) CSS
5 110 (6.88%) .NET Framework
6 109 (6.82%) Web Services
7 90 (5.63%) AngularJS
8 83 (5.19%) jQuery
9 72 (4.51%) .NET Core
10 70 (4.38%) ASP.NET Web API
10 70 (4.38%) HTML5
11 68 (4.26%) ASP.NET MVC
12 56 (3.50%) Entity Framework
13 45 (2.82%) React
14 41 (2.57%) XML
15 40 (2.50%) CSS3
15 40 (2.50%) RESTful
16 38 (2.38%) WinForms
17 37 (2.32%) REST
18 35 (2.19%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 173 (10.83%) Analytical Skills
2 97 (6.07%) Self-Motivation
3 80 (5.01%) Data Centre
4 73 (4.57%) User Experience
5 65 (4.07%) Greenfield Project
6 54 (3.38%) Management Information System
7 47 (2.94%) Driving Licence
8 40 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
9 38 (2.38%) Mobile App
10 32 (2.00%) Private Cloud
11 29 (1.81%) NHS
12 24 (1.50%) Clustering
13 19 (1.19%) Blackberry
14 18 (1.13%) Cloud Native
14 18 (1.13%) Life Science
15 17 (1.06%) e-Learning
16 16 (1.00%) Public Cloud
17 15 (0.94%) Fat Client
17 15 (0.94%) Thin Client
18 14 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 528 (33.04%) Windows
2 212 (13.27%) Windows Server
3 170 (10.64%) Windows 10
4 123 (7.70%) Linux
5 85 (5.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 82 (5.13%) Windows 7
7 71 (4.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 46 (2.88%) Unix
9 40 (2.50%) Windows 8
10 24 (1.50%) Android
11 21 (1.31%) Apple iOS
12 18 (1.13%) Windows XP
13 14 (0.88%) Solaris
14 12 (0.75%) VMS
15 11 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
15 11 (0.69%) SUSE
16 10 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
17 9 (0.56%) HPUX
17 9 (0.56%) Windows Vista
18 8 (0.50%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
2 249 (15.58%) Problem-Solving
3 169 (10.58%) ITIL
4 162 (10.14%) DevOps
5 154 (9.64%) Business Intelligence
6 148 (9.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 144 (9.01%) MVC
8 115 (7.20%) Mentoring
9 97 (6.07%) Migration
10 95 (5.94%) TDD
11 90 (5.63%) Project Management
12 83 (5.19%) Software Engineering
13 81 (5.07%) SDLC
14 77 (4.82%) Change Management
14 77 (4.82%) CRM
15 73 (4.57%) Coaching
16 67 (4.19%) Scrum
17 64 (4.01%) Service Management
18 62 (3.88%) Analytics
19 60 (3.75%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 386 (24.16%) SQL
2 346 (21.65%) C#
3 180 (11.26%) JavaScript
4 98 (6.13%) PowerShell
5 67 (4.19%) T-SQL
6 58 (3.63%) Python
7 56 (3.50%) Java
8 44 (2.75%) VB.NET
9 38 (2.38%) VB
10 27 (1.69%) PHP
11 25 (1.56%) C
11 25 (1.56%) C++
11 25 (1.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 21 (1.31%) VB6
13 19 (1.19%) X++
14 15 (0.94%) PL/SQL
15 13 (0.81%) Bash Shell
16 12 (0.75%) TypeScript
17 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
18 9 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 150 (9.39%) Microsoft Certification
2 144 (9.01%) Degree
3 60 (3.75%) MCSE
4 51 (3.19%) MCSA
5 48 (3.00%) Cisco Certification
5 48 (3.00%) Security Cleared
6 36 (2.25%) CCNA
7 30 (1.88%) MCTS
7 30 (1.88%) SC Cleared
8 22 (1.38%) DBS Check
9 20 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
10 17 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
10 17 (1.06%) MCITP
10 17 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 16 (1.00%) HND
11 16 (1.00%) MCP
12 14 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 13 (0.81%) MCSD
14 12 (0.75%) TOGAF Certification
15 11 (0.69%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (3.75%) SLA
2 52 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 42 (2.63%) GDPR
4 28 (1.75%) QA
5 16 (1.00%) PMO
6 14 (0.88%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.75%) Data Quality
8 11 (0.69%) NIST
9 8 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 7 (0.44%) COBIT
10 7 (0.44%) Solvency II
11 3 (0.19%) Def Stans
12 1 (0.063%) PA-DSS
12 1 (0.063%) WCAG
System Software
1 404 (25.28%) Active Directory
2 160 (10.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 111 (6.95%) Hyper-V
4 38 (2.38%) XenApp
5 32 (2.00%) vSphere
6 28 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
6 28 (1.75%) XenDesktop
7 26 (1.63%) Docker
8 22 (1.38%) Microsoft App-V
9 20 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (0.63%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 10 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (0.50%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (0.38%) VMware NSX
15 4 (0.25%) Firmware
16 3 (0.19%) DFS Replication
16 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.19%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 119 (7.45%) SCCM
2 31 (1.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 29 (1.81%) SCOM
4 21 (1.31%) Terraform
5 20 (1.25%) Puppet
6 17 (1.06%) Ansible
7 16 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (0.81%) AirWatch
8 13 (0.81%) Nagios
8 13 (0.81%) SCOrch
8 13 (0.81%) WSUS
9 12 (0.75%) SCVMM
10 11 (0.69%) Kubernetes
10 11 (0.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 11 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
11 9 (0.56%) XenMobile
12 7 (0.44%) HP ALM
12 7 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
13 4 (0.25%) Jamf Pro
13 4 (0.25%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 265 (16.58%) VMware
2 157 (9.82%) Cisco
3 136 (8.51%) Citrix
4 93 (5.82%) Oracle
5 60 (3.75%) HP
6 39 (2.44%) SAP
7 36 (2.25%) Google
7 36 (2.25%) NetApp
7 36 (2.25%) Xamarin
8 35 (2.19%) Apple
9 30 (1.88%) Veeam
10 26 (1.63%) Sage
11 25 (1.56%) EMC
12 23 (1.44%) iManage
13 20 (1.25%) Dell
14 19 (1.19%) Symantec
15 17 (1.06%) Intapp
15 17 (1.06%) McAfee
16 15 (0.94%) Cognos
16 15 (0.94%) Fortinet