Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 7 4 3
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 +5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 772 1,601 2,002
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 16.01% 18.25% 18.89%
As % of the Vendors category 42.51% 43.41% 43.51%
Number of salaries quoted 733 1,344 1,850
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £29,750 £24,000 £23,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £68,750 £67,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% -2.17% +2.22%

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 1,816 3,688 4,601
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 37.66% 42.03% 43.42%
Number of salaries quoted 1,494 2,743 3,753
Median annual salary £46,000 £44,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.37% -1.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £29,000 £25,750 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £73,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 -2 493 £47,500 +11.76% 185
Cheshire -8 116 £43,750 -2.78% 66
Merseyside 0 77 £40,000 +5.26% 34
Lancashire +5 68 £42,500 +6.25% 32
Cumbria -8 12 £40,000 +14.29% 9
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 329 (42.62%) Azure
2 265 (34.33%) Windows
3 231 (29.92%) SQL
4 217 (28.11%) SQL Server
5 171 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
6 157 (20.34%) .NET
7 156 (20.21%) Active Directory
8 146 (18.91%) C#
9 136 (17.62%) Office 365
9 136 (17.62%) Analytical Skills
10 121 (15.67%) Problem-Solving
11 120 (15.54%) VMware
12 107 (13.86%) AWS
13 103 (13.34%) Business Intelligence
14 93 (12.05%) Microsoft Office
15 92 (11.92%) Power Platform
16 90 (11.66%) PowerShell
17 88 (11.40%) DevOps
17 88 (11.40%) Windows Server
18 85 (11.01%) DNS
19 84 (10.88%) JavaScript
20 82 (10.62%) Cisco
21 78 (10.10%) Linux
22 77 (9.97%) Finance
22 77 (9.97%) MVC
22 77 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
23 76 (9.84%) ITIL
24 75 (9.72%) Oracle
24 75 (9.72%) DHCP
25 74 (9.59%) Python

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 48 (6.22%) SharePoint
2 45 (5.83%) MS Exchange
3 32 (4.15%) IIS
4 20 (2.59%) Apache
5 19 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (1.68%) Confluence
7 12 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.78%) Apache Spark
8 6 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (0.65%) Apache Synapse
9 5 (0.65%) CMS
10 3 (0.39%) Alfresco
10 3 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.39%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.26%) Content Management Server
11 2 (0.26%) EPiServer
11 2 (0.26%) nginx
11 2 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.26%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 93 (12.05%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (6.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (2.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.91%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.39%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.30%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.78%) Carpe Diem
2 6 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.26%) Retail-J
3 2 (0.26%) SAP Business One
3 2 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.13%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.13%) SAP GRC
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.13%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 329 (42.62%) Azure
2 136 (17.62%) Office 365
3 107 (13.86%) AWS
4 92 (11.92%) Power Platform
5 26 (3.37%) PaaS
6 25 (3.24%) IaaS
7 24 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
8 23 (2.98%) PowerApps
8 23 (2.98%) SaaS
9 20 (2.59%) Azure Data Factory
10 18 (2.33%) OneDrive
11 16 (2.07%) GCP
11 16 (2.07%) Mimecast
12 15 (1.94%) Dynamics 365
13 14 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (1.17%) Power Automate
14 9 (1.17%) Yammer
15 7 (0.91%) Serverless
16 6 (0.78%) Boomi
17 5 (0.65%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 85 (11.01%) DNS
2 75 (9.72%) DHCP
3 68 (8.81%) Firewall
4 46 (5.96%) LAN
5 45 (5.83%) WAN
6 32 (4.15%) Network Security
6 32 (4.15%) VLAN
7 27 (3.50%) TCP/IP
8 25 (3.24%) VoIP
9 22 (2.85%) Wi-Fi
10 20 (2.59%) SSL
10 20 (2.59%) VPN
11 14 (1.81%) Skype
12 13 (1.68%) Wireless
13 12 (1.55%) Cisco Nexus
13 12 (1.55%) Internet
13 12 (1.55%) Remote Desktop
13 12 (1.55%) SAN
13 12 (1.55%) Unified Communications
14 11 (1.42%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (28.11%) SQL Server
2 73 (9.46%) Power BI
3 55 (7.12%) Data Warehouse
4 53 (6.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 48 (6.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 35 (4.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 27 (3.50%) Azure SQL Database
7 27 (3.50%) Data Lake
8 22 (2.85%) Relational Database
9 20 (2.59%) NoSQL
10 19 (2.46%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 19 (2.46%) Big Data
11 15 (1.94%) SQL Server 2019
12 13 (1.68%) Amazon Redshift
12 13 (1.68%) Oracle Reports
12 13 (1.68%) SQL Server 2012
13 10 (1.30%) HDInsight
13 10 (1.30%) QlikView
14 9 (1.17%) Amazon Athena
15 7 (0.91%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 50 (6.48%) Visual Studio
2 37 (4.79%) Git (software)
3 31 (4.02%) JIRA
4 26 (3.37%) Jenkins
5 14 (1.81%) Oracle APEX
5 14 (1.81%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (1.42%) Subversion
7 9 (1.17%) Selenium
8 8 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.91%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 6 (0.78%) TeamCity
10 6 (0.78%) Visual Studio Code
11 5 (0.65%) MSTest
11 5 (0.65%) NUnit
12 4 (0.52%) Fiddler
12 4 (0.52%) JUnit
12 4 (0.52%) Maven
13 3 (0.39%) Hudson
13 3 (0.39%) Robot Framework
13 3 (0.39%) TestComplete
General
1 77 (9.97%) Finance
2 53 (6.87%) Law
3 44 (5.70%) Legal
4 29 (3.76%) Retail
5 26 (3.37%) Public Sector
6 20 (2.59%) Telecoms
7 16 (2.07%) Banking
8 15 (1.94%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.68%) Marketing
9 13 (1.68%) Multimedia
10 12 (1.55%) Housing Association
11 10 (1.30%) Financial Institution
12 8 (1.04%) Games
13 7 (0.91%) Aerospace
13 7 (0.91%) Local Government
14 5 (0.65%) Back Office
15 4 (0.52%) Electronics
15 4 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.39%) Automotive
16 3 (0.39%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 154 (19.95%) Developer
2 92 (11.92%) Analyst
3 67 (8.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 58 (7.51%) .NET Developer
5 56 (7.25%) Architect
6 42 (5.44%) C# Developer
7 40 (5.18%) Software Developer
8 38 (4.92%) Azure Engineer
8 38 (4.92%) IT Support
9 34 (4.40%) Solutions Architect
10 31 (4.02%) C# .NET Developer
11 30 (3.89%) Support Engineer
12 26 (3.37%) IT Engineer
12 26 (3.37%) Project Manager
12 26 (3.37%) Software Engineer
13 25 (3.24%) Azure Architect
14 23 (2.98%) Platform Engineer
15 22 (2.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 21 (2.72%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 21 (2.72%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (20.34%) .NET
2 71 (9.20%) ASP.NET
3 69 (8.94%) .NET Core
4 56 (7.25%) HTML
5 55 (7.12%) CSS
6 51 (6.61%) AngularJS
6 51 (6.61%) React
7 48 (6.22%) .NET Framework
8 41 (5.31%) ASP.NET Web API
9 35 (4.53%) ASP.NET MVC
10 29 (3.76%) HTML5
11 28 (3.63%) Web Services
12 24 (3.11%) ASP.NET Core
12 24 (3.11%) jQuery
13 22 (2.85%) REST
14 20 (2.59%) Blazor
15 19 (2.46%) CSS3
15 19 (2.46%) Middleware
16 18 (2.33%) Entity Framework
17 15 (1.94%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 136 (17.62%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.53%) Data Centre
3 27 (3.50%) Greenfield Project
3 27 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (2.98%) e-Learning
4 23 (2.98%) Mobile App
5 22 (2.85%) Public Cloud
6 21 (2.72%) Management Information System
7 19 (2.46%) PKI
7 19 (2.46%) Replication
8 13 (1.68%) Clustering
9 11 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 10 (1.30%) Fat Client
10 10 (1.30%) Thin Client
10 10 (1.30%) User Experience
11 8 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.04%) Security Operations Centre
12 6 (0.78%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 265 (34.33%) Windows
2 88 (11.40%) Windows Server
3 78 (10.10%) Linux
4 34 (4.40%) Windows 10
5 30 (3.89%) Windows Server 2016
6 26 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (2.33%) Windows 7
8 14 (1.81%) Solaris
8 14 (1.81%) Unix
9 13 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (1.55%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (1.17%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (0.78%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.78%) Windows 2000
13 4 (0.52%) Android
13 4 (0.52%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.26%) CentOS
14 2 (0.26%) Fedora
15 1 (0.13%) VMS
15 1 (0.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (15.67%) Problem-Solving
3 103 (13.34%) Business Intelligence
4 88 (11.40%) DevOps
5 77 (9.97%) MVC
6 76 (9.84%) ITIL
7 69 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 69 (8.94%) Migration
8 67 (8.68%) Project Management
9 62 (8.03%) Software Engineering
10 59 (7.64%) Change Management
11 57 (7.38%) Analytics
12 53 (6.87%) Project Delivery
13 46 (5.96%) TDD
14 41 (5.31%) SDLC
15 38 (4.92%) Coaching
16 37 (4.79%) Configuration Management
16 37 (4.79%) Disaster Recovery
17 35 (4.53%) OO
18 34 (4.40%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 231 (29.92%) SQL
2 146 (18.91%) C#
3 90 (11.66%) PowerShell
4 84 (10.88%) JavaScript
5 74 (9.59%) Python
6 37 (4.79%) Java
7 36 (4.66%) T-SQL
8 23 (2.98%) Bash Shell
9 20 (2.59%) Perl
10 17 (2.20%) PL/SQL
11 14 (1.81%) C++
11 14 (1.81%) TypeScript
12 13 (1.68%) Go
13 10 (1.30%) C
13 10 (1.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 10 (1.30%) R
14 9 (1.17%) VBA
15 8 (1.04%) PHP
16 6 (0.78%) VBScript
17 5 (0.65%) VB
Qualifications
1 68 (8.81%) Degree
2 57 (7.38%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (3.63%) Security Cleared
4 27 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
6 21 (2.72%) SC Cleared
7 19 (2.46%) CCNA
8 17 (2.20%) MCSE
9 15 (1.94%) MCP
10 14 (1.81%) A+ Certification
10 14 (1.81%) MCSA
11 9 (1.17%) ISTQB
11 9 (1.17%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 9 (1.17%) SSCP
12 8 (1.04%) CCNP
12 8 (1.04%) CISM
12 8 (1.04%) CISSP
12 8 (1.04%) TOGAF Certification
13 6 (0.78%) OCP
13 6 (0.78%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.02%) GDPR
2 24 (3.11%) SLA
3 19 (2.46%) QA
4 18 (2.33%) Data Quality
4 18 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.65%) NIST
5 5 (0.65%) PMO
6 4 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
6 4 (0.52%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.26%) COBIT
8 2 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.13%) GLP
9 1 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 156 (20.21%) Active Directory
2 77 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (6.35%) Hyper-V
4 22 (2.85%) Docker
5 15 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.30%) XenApp
7 8 (1.04%) vSphere
8 7 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (0.78%) KVM
10 5 (0.65%) VMware Server
11 4 (0.52%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.39%) VMware NSX
13 2 (0.26%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.26%) Firmware
13 2 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.26%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.13%) Xen
Systems Management
1 48 (6.22%) SCCM
2 25 (3.24%) Kubernetes
3 18 (2.33%) Terraform
3 18 (2.33%) WSUS
4 15 (1.94%) Ansible
5 14 (1.81%) Puppet
6 13 (1.68%) Failover Clustering
6 13 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
6 13 (1.68%) SCOM
7 9 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.04%) SCOrch
9 6 (0.78%) vRealize
10 5 (0.65%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 5 (0.65%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.52%) CA Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.52%) Rancher
12 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.26%) NetBackup
13 2 (0.26%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 120 (15.54%) VMware
2 82 (10.62%) Cisco
3 75 (9.72%) Oracle
4 43 (5.57%) Citrix
5 26 (3.37%) Databricks
6 24 (3.11%) Veeam
7 19 (2.46%) Google
8 16 (2.07%) EnterpriseDB
9 14 (1.81%) SAP
10 13 (1.68%) EMC
10 13 (1.68%) NetApp
11 12 (1.55%) Dell
11 12 (1.55%) HP
11 12 (1.55%) Red Hat
11 12 (1.55%) Sparx
11 12 (1.55%) Splunk
12 10 (1.30%) Juniper
12 10 (1.30%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.17%) Sophos
14 7 (0.91%) Salesforce.com