Period
to 15 November 2019

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 15 November 2019 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
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 4 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 +5 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,738 2,135 2,191
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.35% 18.20% 16.51%
As % of the Vendors category 42.60% 40.94% 35.75%
Number of salaries quoted 1,352 1,802 1,817
North West median annual salary £40,000 £43,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.98% +10.26% +1.30%
10th Percentile £23,250 £22,275 £21,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £63,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%

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 4,080 5,215 6,128
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 40.73% 44.45% 46.17%
Number of salaries quoted 3,050 4,151 4,744
North West median annual salary £43,000 £44,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.37% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,928 £24,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £72,312 £66,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -

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 15 November 2019.

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 15 November 2019. 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 +3 974 £42,500 -5.56% 372
Cheshire -2 353 £41,000 +2.50% 91
Merseyside 0 195 £37,686 +0.50% 48
Lancashire -2 150 £40,000 +26.48% 53
Cumbria -1 44 £35,000 +27.27% 13
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 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.

1 593 (34.12%) Windows
2 480 (27.62%) Azure
3 472 (27.16%) Active Directory
4 446 (25.66%) SQL Server
5 378 (21.75%) .NET
6 372 (21.40%) SQL
7 365 (21.00%) Office 365
8 363 (20.89%) Agile Software Development
9 349 (20.08%) C#
10 316 (18.18%) VMware
11 282 (16.23%) Problem-Solving
12 281 (16.17%) Microsoft Office
13 278 (16.00%) Windows Server
14 233 (13.41%) Cisco
15 228 (13.12%) AWS
16 206 (11.85%) ITIL
17 204 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
18 200 (11.51%) DNS
19 199 (11.45%) Finance
20 182 (10.47%) Degree
21 181 (10.41%) DevOps
22 180 (10.36%) VMware Infrastructure
23 179 (10.30%) Firewall
24 170 (9.78%) JavaScript
24 170 (9.78%) Windows 10
25 168 (9.67%) Business Intelligence
26 161 (9.26%) ASP.NET
27 160 (9.21%) Microsoft Certification
27 160 (9.21%) MVC
27 160 (9.21%) Infrastructure Engineering

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
1 153 (8.80%) MS Exchange
2 148 (8.52%) SharePoint
3 73 (4.20%) IIS
4 31 (1.78%) Skype for Business
5 29 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (1.09%) Cloud Foundry
7 19 (1.09%) CMS
8 18 (1.04%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (0.86%) Apache
10 13 (0.75%) IBM Notes
11 12 (0.69%) Confluence
12 11 (0.63%) SAS
13 9 (0.52%) Umbraco
14 8 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
15 7 (0.40%) Tomcat
16 6 (0.35%) WordPress
17 5 (0.29%) Drupal
18 4 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 281 (16.17%) Microsoft Office
2 148 (8.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 71 (4.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
5 21 (1.21%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (1.04%) MS Visio
7 5 (0.29%) Simulink
8 4 (0.23%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.058%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.058%) HipChat
10 1 (0.058%) InDesign
10 1 (0.058%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 41 (2.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (2.13%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (1.44%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.58%) SAP ERP
5 8 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
6 6 (0.35%) Elite 3E
6 6 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.29%) Cognos Planning
7 5 (0.29%) Cognos TM1
7 5 (0.29%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.23%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.17%) JDE OneWorld
9 3 (0.17%) Odoo
9 3 (0.17%) Sage 200
9 3 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
9 3 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.17%) Visualfiles
10 2 (0.12%) Dynamics SL
10 2 (0.12%) Magento
10 2 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 480 (27.62%) Azure
2 365 (21.00%) Office 365
3 228 (13.12%) AWS
4 120 (6.90%) Power Platform
5 62 (3.57%) GCP
6 55 (3.16%) Azure Active Directory
7 53 (3.05%) Dynamics 365
8 42 (2.42%) Serverless
9 38 (2.19%) IaaS
10 36 (2.07%) PaaS
11 30 (1.73%) SaaS
12 26 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
12 26 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
13 25 (1.44%) GitHub
14 19 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
15 17 (0.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 17 (0.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 13 (0.75%) Amazon ECS
16 13 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
17 12 (0.69%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 200 (11.51%) DNS
2 179 (10.30%) Firewall
3 158 (9.09%) DHCP
4 140 (8.06%) LAN
5 126 (7.25%) WAN
6 91 (5.24%) TCP/IP
7 74 (4.26%) SAN
8 60 (3.45%) VPN
9 57 (3.28%) Wireless
10 56 (3.22%) VLAN
11 54 (3.11%) VoIP
12 49 (2.82%) Internet
13 43 (2.47%) Skype
14 31 (1.78%) IP Telephony
15 28 (1.61%) Network Security
16 22 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
17 18 (1.04%) WLAN
18 17 (0.98%) Cisco IPT
19 16 (0.92%) Cisco Nexus
20 15 (0.86%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 446 (25.66%) SQL Server
2 98 (5.64%) Power BI
3 94 (5.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 93 (5.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 88 (5.06%) Data Warehouse
6 76 (4.37%) Relational Database
7 62 (3.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 50 (2.88%) MySQL
9 46 (2.65%) SQL Server 2012
10 40 (2.30%) NoSQL
11 32 (1.84%) SQL Server 2008
12 31 (1.78%) MongoDB
13 29 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 29 (1.67%) SQL Server 2014
13 29 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
14 25 (1.44%) Neo4j
15 21 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
16 18 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
17 16 (0.92%) Oracle Database
18 15 (0.86%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 72 (4.14%) Git (software)
1 72 (4.14%) Visual Studio
2 63 (3.62%) JIRA
3 43 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 38 (2.19%) GitLab
5 28 (1.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 13 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
7 11 (0.63%) Zephyr
8 10 (0.58%) Jenkins
8 10 (0.58%) Selenium
8 10 (0.58%) Visual Studio Team System
9 8 (0.46%) TeamCity
10 7 (0.40%) Mercurial
10 7 (0.40%) SonarQube
11 6 (0.35%) MSI
11 6 (0.35%) NUnit
12 5 (0.29%) Oracle APEX
12 5 (0.29%) Rational Statemate
13 3 (0.17%) Artifactory
13 3 (0.17%) InstallShield
General
1 199 (11.45%) Finance
2 102 (5.87%) Manufacturing
3 101 (5.81%) Retail
4 84 (4.83%) Public Sector
5 63 (3.62%) Legal
6 42 (2.42%) Telecoms
7 35 (2.01%) Banking
8 29 (1.67%) Law
9 28 (1.61%) Marketing
10 16 (0.92%) Automotive
11 14 (0.81%) Games
12 12 (0.69%) Publishing
13 11 (0.63%) Aerospace
13 11 (0.63%) Fire and Rescue
13 11 (0.63%) Local Government
14 9 (0.52%) Police
15 8 (0.46%) Military
16 7 (0.40%) General Ledger
17 6 (0.35%) German Language
17 6 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 382 (21.98%) Developer
2 235 (13.52%) Analyst
3 133 (7.65%) .NET Developer
4 129 (7.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 105 (6.04%) Consultant
6 100 (5.75%) Support Engineer
7 94 (5.41%) Software Developer
8 91 (5.24%) C# Developer
9 87 (5.01%) Architect
10 81 (4.66%) IT Engineer
11 77 (4.43%) IT Support
12 76 (4.37%) Software Engineer
13 69 (3.97%) Senior Developer
13 69 (3.97%) Support Analyst
14 65 (3.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 62 (3.57%) C# .NET Developer
16 59 (3.39%) Administrator
17 47 (2.70%) Service Analyst
18 46 (2.65%) Junior
19 45 (2.59%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 378 (21.75%) .NET
2 161 (9.26%) ASP.NET
3 159 (9.15%) HTML
4 142 (8.17%) CSS
5 123 (7.08%) Web Services
6 109 (6.27%) .NET Framework
7 99 (5.70%) AngularJS
8 89 (5.12%) jQuery
9 84 (4.83%) .NET Core
10 75 (4.32%) ASP.NET Web API
11 74 (4.26%) ASP.NET MVC
12 67 (3.86%) HTML5
13 64 (3.68%) React
14 51 (2.93%) Entity Framework
15 47 (2.70%) RESTful
16 41 (2.36%) REST
17 39 (2.24%) XML
18 34 (1.96%) JSON
18 34 (1.96%) WPF
19 32 (1.84%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 204 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
2 94 (5.41%) Self-Motivation
3 87 (5.01%) Data Centre
4 70 (4.03%) User Experience
5 61 (3.51%) Management Information System
6 58 (3.34%) Driving Licence
7 55 (3.16%) Greenfield Project
8 45 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
9 40 (2.30%) Mobile App
10 30 (1.73%) NHS
10 30 (1.73%) Public Cloud
11 29 (1.67%) Cloud Native
11 29 (1.67%) Replication
12 24 (1.38%) Life Science
12 24 (1.38%) Private Cloud
13 23 (1.32%) Clustering
14 19 (1.09%) PKI
15 17 (0.98%) e-Learning
15 17 (0.98%) PMI
16 16 (0.92%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 593 (34.12%) Windows
2 278 (16.00%) Windows Server
3 170 (9.78%) Windows 10
4 156 (8.98%) Linux
5 105 (6.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 95 (5.47%) Windows 7
7 79 (4.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 54 (3.11%) Unix
9 35 (2.01%) Windows 8
10 30 (1.73%) Android
11 24 (1.38%) Apple iOS
12 21 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
13 18 (1.04%) Windows XP
14 17 (0.98%) CentOS
14 17 (0.98%) HPUX
15 16 (0.92%) Mac OS X
16 15 (0.86%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.63%) Data ONTAP
18 10 (0.58%) SUSE
19 9 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (20.89%) Agile Software Development
2 282 (16.23%) Problem-Solving
3 206 (11.85%) ITIL
4 181 (10.41%) DevOps
5 168 (9.67%) Business Intelligence
6 160 (9.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 160 (9.21%) MVC
7 126 (7.25%) Mentoring
8 121 (6.96%) Software Engineering
9 115 (6.62%) Migration
10 112 (6.44%) Project Management
11 104 (5.98%) TDD
12 91 (5.24%) Change Management
13 83 (4.78%) Coaching
13 83 (4.78%) Disaster Recovery
14 82 (4.72%) PRINCE2
14 82 (4.72%) SDLC
15 74 (4.26%) OO
16 71 (4.09%) Artificial Intelligence
17 67 (3.86%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 372 (21.40%) SQL
2 349 (20.08%) C#
3 170 (9.78%) JavaScript
4 132 (7.59%) PowerShell
5 83 (4.78%) T-SQL
6 66 (3.80%) Python
7 64 (3.68%) Java
8 42 (2.42%) C
9 40 (2.30%) C++
10 35 (2.01%) VB.NET
11 32 (1.84%) VB
12 26 (1.50%) Bash Shell
13 24 (1.38%) PHP
14 18 (1.04%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 18 (1.04%) TypeScript
15 17 (0.98%) X++
16 13 (0.75%) VB6
17 9 (0.52%) Go
17 9 (0.52%) R
18 8 (0.46%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 182 (10.47%) Degree
2 160 (9.21%) Microsoft Certification
3 71 (4.09%) Cisco Certification
4 60 (3.45%) MCSA
5 54 (3.11%) MCSE
6 52 (2.99%) CCNA
7 44 (2.53%) Security Cleared
8 34 (1.96%) SC Cleared
9 28 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 26 (1.50%) DBS Check
11 24 (1.38%) PMI Certification
12 23 (1.32%) MCTS
13 19 (1.09%) CISA
13 19 (1.09%) CISM
14 18 (1.04%) HND
15 16 (0.92%) MCP
16 15 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
16 15 (0.86%) Network+ Certification
16 15 (0.86%) NVQ Level 3
17 13 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (5.01%) SLA
2 59 (3.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 50 (2.88%) QA
4 49 (2.82%) GDPR
5 28 (1.61%) PMO
6 23 (1.32%) COBIT
6 23 (1.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 15 (0.86%) ISAE 3402
7 15 (0.86%) NIST
8 11 (0.63%) PCI DSS
9 9 (0.52%) Data Quality
10 5 (0.29%) Def Stans
11 4 (0.23%) Solvency II
12 1 (0.058%) ISO 14001
12 1 (0.058%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.058%) PA-DSS
12 1 (0.058%) WCAG
System Software
1 472 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 180 (10.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 140 (8.06%) Hyper-V
4 47 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
5 43 (2.47%) vSphere
6 33 (1.90%) XenApp
7 25 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
8 24 (1.38%) Docker
9 21 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (1.15%) XenDesktop
11 19 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (1.09%) VMware NSX
12 16 (0.92%) Terminal Services
13 10 (0.58%) NFS
13 10 (0.58%) pfSense
14 9 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
15 8 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 3 (0.17%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 3 (0.17%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 117 (6.73%) SCCM
2 34 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (1.73%) SCOM
4 24 (1.38%) Ansible
5 20 (1.15%) WSUS
6 18 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
7 15 (0.86%) Puppet
8 14 (0.81%) Cisco CUCM
9 13 (0.75%) Nagios
10 12 (0.69%) SCOrch
10 12 (0.69%) SCVMM
10 12 (0.69%) Terraform
11 11 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
12 10 (0.58%) HP ALM
12 10 (0.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 8 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
14 7 (0.40%) Kubernetes
15 6 (0.35%) AirWatch
15 6 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
16 5 (0.29%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 316 (18.18%) VMware
2 233 (13.41%) Cisco
3 128 (7.36%) Citrix
4 91 (5.24%) Oracle
5 79 (4.55%) HP
6 51 (2.93%) Google
7 47 (2.70%) NetApp
7 47 (2.70%) Veeam
8 36 (2.07%) SAP
9 35 (2.01%) Dell
10 32 (1.84%) Apple
11 30 (1.73%) Xamarin
12 25 (1.44%) Tableau
13 22 (1.27%) Meraki
14 21 (1.21%) McAfee
15 19 (1.09%) Sage
15 19 (1.09%) Symantec
16 18 (1.04%) EMC
17 17 (0.98%) Fortinet
18 16 (0.92%) CheckPoint