Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 10 8
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2,115 2,295 1,976
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.34% 17.47% 17.03%
As % of the Vendors category 37.69% 37.69% 39.73%
Number of salaries quoted 1,760 1,963 1,719
North West median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £22,750 £22,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £60,000 £57,500
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 5,612 6,089 4,974
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 46.01% 46.34% 42.86%
Number of salaries quoted 4,504 4,787 4,021
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £23,783 £24,000 £23,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 1,165 £45,000 +20.00% 190
Cheshire 0 575 £42,500 +9.68% 72
Merseyside +8 197 £40,000 +6.67% 31
Lancashire +7 134 £37,121 +14.22% 31
Cumbria +1 22 £33,750 -42.55% 4
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 725 (34.28%) SQL Server
2 671 (31.73%) SQL
3 592 (27.99%) Windows
4 555 (26.24%) .NET
5 518 (24.49%) C#
6 498 (23.55%) Agile Software Development
7 415 (19.62%) Active Directory
8 384 (18.16%) Finance
9 354 (16.74%) Microsoft Azure
10 324 (15.32%) Office 365
11 300 (14.18%) Windows Server
12 291 (13.76%) VMware
13 288 (13.62%) ASP.NET
14 286 (13.52%) JavaScript
15 277 (13.10%) ITIL
16 263 (12.43%) Problem-Solving
17 251 (11.87%) Microsoft Certification
17 251 (11.87%) MVC
18 239 (11.30%) Microsoft Office
19 207 (9.79%) HTML
19 207 (9.79%) Business Intelligence
20 206 (9.74%) T-SQL
21 195 (9.22%) Scrum
22 187 (8.84%) Amazon AWS
23 186 (8.79%) Degree
24 185 (8.75%) CSS
25 183 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
26 179 (8.46%) Windows Server 2008
27 173 (8.18%) AngularJS
28 171 (8.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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 (7.09%) MS Exchange
2 149 (7.04%) SharePoint
3 69 (3.26%) IIS
4 68 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2010
5 52 (2.46%) Skype for Business
6 44 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
7 31 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
8 30 (1.42%) CMS
9 24 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2007
9 24 (1.13%) Umbraco
10 19 (0.90%) Sitecore CMS
11 16 (0.76%) Confluence
11 16 (0.76%) WordPress
12 15 (0.71%) Apache
12 15 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
13 14 (0.66%) NServiceBus
13 14 (0.66%) Tomcat
14 13 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
15 12 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
15 12 (0.57%) EPiServer
Applications
1 239 (11.30%) Microsoft Office
2 137 (6.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 61 (2.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 54 (2.55%) Microsoft Project
5 35 (1.65%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.61%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.38%) SPSS
8 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.095%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.047%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.047%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.047%) Camtasia
10 1 (0.047%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.047%) InDesign
10 1 (0.047%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.047%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 133 (6.29%) Dynamics AX
2 120 (5.67%) Dynamics CRM
3 111 (5.25%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.52%) Elite 3E
5 10 (0.47%) Workfront
6 9 (0.43%) NetSuite
6 9 (0.43%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.24%) BPCS
7 5 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
7 5 (0.24%) FastStats
8 4 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
9 3 (0.14%) Magento
9 3 (0.14%) Primavera
9 3 (0.14%) SAP Business One
10 2 (0.095%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.095%) Dynamics SL
10 2 (0.095%) Maximo
10 2 (0.095%) Pegasus Opera
10 2 (0.095%) SAP EHS
10 2 (0.095%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 354 (16.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 324 (15.32%) Office 365
3 187 (8.84%) Amazon AWS
4 148 (7.00%) Dynamics 365
5 65 (3.07%) IaaS
6 35 (1.65%) SaaS
7 30 (1.42%) PaaS
8 15 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
9 14 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
10 11 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
10 11 (0.52%) Azure Data Factory
11 10 (0.47%) OneDrive
12 8 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
13 7 (0.33%) NuGet
14 6 (0.28%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.28%) npm
14 6 (0.28%) Zapier
15 5 (0.24%) G Suite
15 5 (0.24%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.19%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 135 (6.38%) Firewall
2 125 (5.91%) TCP/IP
3 120 (5.67%) DNS
4 106 (5.01%) WAN
5 101 (4.78%) SAN
6 93 (4.40%) LAN
7 80 (3.78%) VPN
8 77 (3.64%) DHCP
9 60 (2.84%) Network Security
10 55 (2.60%) Skype
11 49 (2.32%) Internet
12 41 (1.94%) VoIP
13 35 (1.65%) Wireless
14 30 (1.42%) Remote Desktop
15 27 (1.28%) Unified Communications
16 25 (1.18%) VLAN
16 25 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
17 24 (1.13%) SSL
18 21 (0.99%) HTTP
19 19 (0.90%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 725 (34.28%) SQL Server
2 171 (8.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 163 (7.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 128 (6.05%) Data Warehouse
5 86 (4.07%) Relational Database
6 78 (3.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 75 (3.55%) Power BI
8 72 (3.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 61 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
10 60 (2.84%) SQL Server 2016
11 55 (2.60%) MySQL
12 49 (2.32%) NoSQL
13 44 (2.08%) QlikView
14 36 (1.70%) SQL Server 2014
15 30 (1.42%) Big Data
16 29 (1.37%) MongoDB
17 27 (1.28%) OLAP
17 27 (1.28%) RDBMS
18 25 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
19 22 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 140 (6.62%) Visual Studio
2 97 (4.59%) JIRA
3 95 (4.49%) Git (software)
4 58 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 45 (2.13%) Selenium
6 44 (2.08%) Jenkins
7 30 (1.42%) NUnit
8 22 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 22 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
8 22 (1.04%) TeamCity
9 17 (0.80%) MSTest
10 13 (0.61%) SpecFlow
10 13 (0.61%) Vagrant
11 12 (0.57%) Bitbucket
12 11 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
13 10 (0.47%) CodeSonar
13 10 (0.47%) Eclipse
13 10 (0.47%) git-flow
13 10 (0.47%) Robot Framework
14 9 (0.43%) gulp
General
1 384 (18.16%) Finance
2 136 (6.43%) Advertising
3 131 (6.19%) Retail
4 80 (3.78%) Manufacturing
5 52 (2.46%) Banking
5 52 (2.46%) Law
6 51 (2.41%) Legal
7 47 (2.22%) Telecoms
8 40 (1.89%) Investment Banking
8 40 (1.89%) Marketing
9 30 (1.42%) Games
10 20 (0.95%) Publishing
11 17 (0.80%) Back Office
12 15 (0.71%) Automotive
13 14 (0.66%) Electronics
14 11 (0.52%) Local Government
15 6 (0.28%) Retail Banking
16 5 (0.24%) Billing
16 5 (0.24%) Financial Institution
17 4 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 602 (28.46%) Developer
2 319 (15.08%) Analyst
3 240 (11.35%) .NET Developer
4 176 (8.32%) C# Developer
5 146 (6.90%) Consultant
6 133 (6.29%) C# .NET Developer
7 130 (6.15%) Architect
8 121 (5.72%) Software Developer
9 115 (5.44%) Senior Developer
10 102 (4.82%) Support Engineer
11 83 (3.92%) Support Analyst
12 81 (3.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 80 (3.78%) IT Support
14 75 (3.55%) Administrator
15 74 (3.50%) C# Software Developer
16 67 (3.17%) .NET Software Developer
17 66 (3.12%) SQL Developer
18 64 (3.03%) Project Manager
19 63 (2.98%) Business Intelligence Developer
20 59 (2.79%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 555 (26.24%) .NET
2 288 (13.62%) ASP.NET
3 207 (9.79%) HTML
4 185 (8.75%) CSS
5 173 (8.18%) AngularJS
6 169 (7.99%) ASP.NET MVC
7 138 (6.52%) ASP.NET Web API
8 130 (6.15%) .NET Framework
9 121 (5.72%) jQuery
10 111 (5.25%) Web Services
11 82 (3.88%) WCF
12 72 (3.40%) RESTful
13 69 (3.26%) XML
14 54 (2.55%) React
15 50 (2.36%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 50 (2.36%) WinForms
16 46 (2.17%) HTML5
17 41 (1.94%) .NET Core
18 39 (1.84%) WPF
19 36 (1.70%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 183 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
2 99 (4.68%) Greenfield Project
3 82 (3.88%) Data Centre
4 74 (3.50%) Enterprise Software
5 67 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
6 60 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 47 (2.22%) Computer Science
8 26 (1.23%) User Experience
9 25 (1.18%) Driving Licence
10 21 (0.99%) Client/Server
11 19 (0.90%) Mobile App
12 18 (0.85%) Clustering
12 18 (0.85%) Fintech
12 18 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.85%) Virtual Team
13 14 (0.66%) Tandem
14 13 (0.61%) Data Structures
15 11 (0.52%) Analytical Mindset
15 11 (0.52%) Replication
15 11 (0.52%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 592 (27.99%) Windows
2 300 (14.18%) Windows Server
3 179 (8.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 170 (8.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 164 (7.75%) Linux
6 101 (4.78%) Windows 10
7 95 (4.49%) Windows 7
8 36 (1.70%) Android
9 33 (1.56%) Apple iOS
10 25 (1.18%) Unix
11 18 (0.85%) Windows 8
12 17 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (0.71%) Mac OS X
14 13 (0.61%) Windows XP
15 10 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 10 (0.47%) Solaris
15 10 (0.47%) SUSE
16 8 (0.38%) CentOS
16 8 (0.38%) Mac OS
17 6 (0.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 498 (23.55%) Agile Software Development
2 277 (13.10%) ITIL
3 263 (12.43%) Problem-Solving
4 251 (11.87%) MVC
5 207 (9.79%) Business Intelligence
6 195 (9.22%) Scrum
7 161 (7.61%) CRM
8 147 (6.95%) ERP
9 145 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
10 133 (6.29%) TDD
11 128 (6.05%) DevOps
12 117 (5.53%) OO
13 113 (5.34%) Mentoring
14 110 (5.20%) Project Management
15 109 (5.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 101 (4.78%) Disaster Recovery
16 101 (4.78%) Software Engineering
17 95 (4.49%) Service Management
18 92 (4.35%) ETL
19 78 (3.69%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 671 (31.73%) SQL
2 518 (24.49%) C#
3 286 (13.52%) JavaScript
4 206 (9.74%) T-SQL
5 90 (4.26%) PowerShell
6 74 (3.50%) Python
7 73 (3.45%) C
8 60 (2.84%) Java
9 54 (2.55%) C++
10 49 (2.32%) VB.NET
11 47 (2.22%) X++
12 42 (1.99%) TypeScript
13 39 (1.84%) VBA
14 35 (1.65%) PHP
15 27 (1.28%) Ruby
16 26 (1.23%) VB
17 21 (0.99%) PL/SQL
18 20 (0.95%) Bash Shell
19 17 (0.80%) VB6
20 11 (0.52%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 251 (11.87%) Microsoft Certification
2 186 (8.79%) Degree
3 129 (6.10%) MCSE
4 72 (3.40%) MCP
5 62 (2.93%) Cisco Certification
6 61 (2.88%) MCSA
7 58 (2.74%) Security Cleared
8 44 (2.08%) CCNA
9 41 (1.94%) CISSP
10 35 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 30 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
12 25 (1.18%) SC Cleared
12 25 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 22 (1.04%) MCITP
14 20 (0.95%) SANS
15 17 (0.80%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 13 (0.61%) ACCA
16 13 (0.61%) CompTIA Security+
16 13 (0.61%) HNC
16 13 (0.61%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (4.68%) SLA
2 60 (2.84%) QA
3 58 (2.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 45 (2.13%) GDPR
5 38 (1.80%) PMO
6 22 (1.04%) Data Quality
7 18 (0.85%) PCI DSS
8 9 (0.43%) ISO 9001
9 7 (0.33%) GCP
10 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.14%) COSHH
11 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.095%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.095%) ISO 14001
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 9000
13 1 (0.047%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.047%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 415 (19.62%) Active Directory
2 144 (6.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (6.43%) Hyper-V
4 53 (2.51%) Docker
5 47 (2.22%) vSphere
5 47 (2.22%) XenApp
6 23 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
7 21 (0.99%) XenDesktop
8 18 (0.85%) Terminal Services
9 17 (0.80%) Xen
10 15 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
10 15 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
11 13 (0.61%) XenServer
12 7 (0.33%) Firmware
12 7 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 7 (0.33%) VirtualBox
13 5 (0.24%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.14%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.14%) FreeRADIUS
14 3 (0.14%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 79 (3.74%) SCCM
2 61 (2.88%) Puppet
3 49 (2.32%) Opscode Chef
4 42 (1.99%) Ansible
5 37 (1.75%) Terraform
6 24 (1.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 21 (0.99%) Kubernetes
8 19 (0.90%) SCOM
9 14 (0.66%) Salt
9 14 (0.66%) WSUS
10 13 (0.61%) Packer
11 11 (0.52%) SCVMM
11 11 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
12 10 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
13 8 (0.38%) Consul
13 8 (0.38%) Nagios
13 8 (0.38%) vCenter Server
14 7 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
15 6 (0.28%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 6 (0.28%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 291 (13.76%) VMware
2 157 (7.42%) Cisco
3 141 (6.67%) Citrix
4 88 (4.16%) Oracle
5 63 (2.98%) Google
6 55 (2.60%) SAP
7 51 (2.41%) Veeam
8 45 (2.13%) HP
8 45 (2.13%) Tableau
9 28 (1.32%) Capita
9 28 (1.32%) Dell
10 24 (1.13%) Sage
11 22 (1.04%) Red Hat
12 20 (0.95%) Sitecore
12 20 (0.95%) Xamarin
13 17 (0.80%) Avaya
14 16 (0.76%) Cognos
14 16 (0.76%) IBM
14 16 (0.76%) JD Edwards
14 16 (0.76%) Salesforce.com