Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 6 9
Rank change year-on-year +2 +3 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,794 2,140 2,302
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.03% 17.90% 17.52%
As % of the Vendors category 42.42% 40.43% 37.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1,356 1,795 1,945
North West median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% -2.60%
10th Percentile £22,500 £22,750 £22,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £65,000 £62,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +2.35%

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 4,229 5,293 6,139
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 40.15% 44.26% 46.71%
Number of salaries quoted 3,047 4,207 4,773
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,913 £23,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £69,000 £65,000
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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +3 992 £40,750 -9.44% 348
Cheshire -1 348 £40,000 - 112
Merseyside +2 207 £42,500 +6.25% 62
Lancashire -1 195 £40,000 +14.29% 59
Cumbria -1 35 £35,000 +3.70% 8
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 (33.05%) Windows
2 511 (28.48%) SQL Server
3 486 (27.09%) Active Directory
4 480 (26.76%) Azure
5 431 (24.02%) SQL
6 400 (22.30%) .NET
7 389 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
8 376 (20.96%) C#
9 367 (20.46%) Office 365
10 340 (18.95%) Microsoft Office
11 334 (18.62%) Problem-Solving
12 325 (18.12%) VMware
13 318 (17.73%) Windows Server
14 254 (14.16%) ITIL
15 238 (13.27%) AWS
16 235 (13.10%) Cisco
17 230 (12.82%) DNS
18 229 (12.76%) Degree
19 222 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
20 221 (12.32%) Finance
21 208 (11.59%) DevOps
22 199 (11.09%) Business Intelligence
23 180 (10.03%) DHCP
24 172 (9.59%) Firewall
24 172 (9.59%) VMware Infrastructure
25 170 (9.48%) HTML
26 169 (9.42%) MS Exchange
27 167 (9.31%) Microsoft Certification
27 167 (9.31%) Mentoring
28 162 (9.03%) Windows 10

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
1 169 (9.42%) MS Exchange
2 135 (7.53%) SharePoint
3 94 (5.24%) IIS
4 46 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 34 (1.90%) Apache
6 33 (1.84%) Skype for Business
7 26 (1.45%) Cloud Foundry
8 25 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2013
9 24 (1.34%) Tomcat
9 24 (1.34%) WebSphere
10 18 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
11 16 (0.89%) Confluence
12 11 (0.61%) CMS
12 11 (0.61%) IBM Notes
12 11 (0.61%) SAS
13 9 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
14 8 (0.45%) Apache Spark
15 7 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.39%) Umbraco
16 6 (0.33%) WordPress
Applications
1 340 (18.95%) Microsoft Office
2 155 (8.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 76 (4.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (1.39%) Spreadsheet
6 19 (1.06%) MS Visio
7 5 (0.28%) Simulink
8 3 (0.17%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.056%) HipChat
10 1 (0.056%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 49 (2.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (1.73%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (1.39%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
4 10 (0.56%) SAP ERP
5 9 (0.50%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 6 (0.33%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.28%) Odoo
7 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.22%) Magento
9 3 (0.17%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.17%) JDE OneWorld
9 3 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
9 3 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.11%) Elite 3E
11 1 (0.056%) Infor SunSystems
11 1 (0.056%) Oracle Payables
11 1 (0.056%) Sage X3
11 1 (0.056%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 1 (0.056%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 480 (26.76%) Azure
2 367 (20.46%) Office 365
3 238 (13.27%) AWS
4 121 (6.74%) Power Platform
5 73 (4.07%) GCP
6 50 (2.79%) Serverless
7 48 (2.68%) Dynamics 365
8 44 (2.45%) Azure Active Directory
9 34 (1.90%) GitHub
10 28 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
10 28 (1.56%) SaaS
11 26 (1.45%) IaaS
12 22 (1.23%) PaaS
13 16 (0.89%) AWS Lambda
13 16 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
14 15 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
15 14 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 14 (0.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 13 (0.72%) Amazon S3
17 10 (0.56%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 230 (12.82%) DNS
2 180 (10.03%) DHCP
3 172 (9.59%) Firewall
4 156 (8.70%) LAN
5 153 (8.53%) WAN
6 105 (5.85%) TCP/IP
7 87 (4.85%) Broadband
8 72 (4.01%) VLAN
9 67 (3.73%) SAN
10 64 (3.57%) VoIP
11 58 (3.23%) VPN
12 55 (3.07%) Wireless
13 54 (3.01%) Internet
14 38 (2.12%) Skype
15 31 (1.73%) IP Telephony
16 25 (1.39%) Network Security
17 21 (1.17%) Cisco ASA
18 19 (1.06%) HTTP
18 19 (1.06%) SMTP
18 19 (1.06%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 511 (28.48%) SQL Server
2 144 (8.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 141 (7.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 113 (6.30%) Power BI
5 110 (6.13%) Data Warehouse
6 95 (5.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 81 (4.52%) Relational Database
8 63 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
9 56 (3.12%) MySQL
10 44 (2.45%) NoSQL
11 35 (1.95%) MongoDB
12 33 (1.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 30 (1.67%) Neo4j
14 28 (1.56%) Azure SQL Database
15 26 (1.45%) QlikView
15 26 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
15 26 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
16 22 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
17 17 (0.95%) Qlik Sense
18 15 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 83 (4.63%) Git (software)
2 71 (3.96%) Visual Studio
3 62 (3.46%) JIRA
4 52 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 42 (2.34%) GitLab
6 31 (1.73%) SoapUI
7 25 (1.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 21 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
9 13 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
10 12 (0.67%) Jenkins
11 11 (0.61%) Selenium
11 11 (0.61%) TeamCity
11 11 (0.61%) Zephyr
12 10 (0.56%) Mercurial
13 6 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 6 (0.33%) MSI
13 6 (0.33%) NUnit
14 5 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
14 5 (0.28%) SonarQube
14 5 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 221 (12.32%) Finance
2 104 (5.80%) Retail
3 95 (5.30%) Telecoms
4 87 (4.85%) Manufacturing
5 79 (4.40%) Public Sector
6 54 (3.01%) Legal
7 49 (2.73%) Banking
8 39 (2.17%) Marketing
9 25 (1.39%) Law
10 17 (0.95%) Automotive
11 16 (0.89%) Billing
11 16 (0.89%) Local Government
12 11 (0.61%) Housing Association
13 10 (0.56%) Aerospace
13 10 (0.56%) Fire and Rescue
13 10 (0.56%) Games
13 10 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
13 10 (0.56%) Police
13 10 (0.56%) Publishing
14 7 (0.39%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 379 (21.13%) Developer
2 256 (14.27%) Analyst
3 129 (7.19%) .NET Developer
4 126 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 109 (6.08%) Support Engineer
6 108 (6.02%) Consultant
7 94 (5.24%) C# Developer
8 92 (5.13%) IT Support
9 91 (5.07%) IT Engineer
10 90 (5.02%) Architect
11 88 (4.91%) Software Developer
12 70 (3.90%) Software Engineer
13 63 (3.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 63 (3.51%) Support Analyst
14 62 (3.46%) C# .NET Developer
14 62 (3.46%) Senior Developer
15 57 (3.18%) Service Analyst
16 55 (3.07%) Administrator
17 51 (2.84%) IT Support Engineer
18 50 (2.79%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 400 (22.30%) .NET
2 170 (9.48%) HTML
3 150 (8.36%) CSS
4 149 (8.31%) ASP.NET
5 120 (6.69%) Web Services
6 92 (5.13%) .NET Framework
7 91 (5.07%) jQuery
8 88 (4.91%) .NET Core
9 82 (4.57%) AngularJS
10 80 (4.46%) RESTful
11 69 (3.85%) ASP.NET Web API
12 64 (3.57%) ASP.NET MVC
12 64 (3.57%) HTML5
13 55 (3.07%) XML
14 53 (2.95%) React
15 43 (2.40%) Entity Framework
16 36 (2.01%) REST
17 34 (1.90%) WCF
18 30 (1.67%) React Native
18 30 (1.67%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 222 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
2 93 (5.18%) Self-Motivation
3 82 (4.57%) Data Centre
4 79 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 62 (3.46%) Driving Licence
6 48 (2.68%) Mobile App
7 47 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
8 45 (2.51%) User Experience
9 39 (2.17%) Cloud Native
10 38 (2.12%) PKI
11 36 (2.01%) Greenfield Project
12 34 (1.90%) Replication
13 28 (1.56%) Robotics
14 27 (1.51%) Public Cloud
15 22 (1.23%) NHS
16 20 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
17 19 (1.06%) Clustering
17 19 (1.06%) FMCG
18 18 (1.00%) Fat Client
18 18 (1.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 593 (33.05%) Windows
2 318 (17.73%) Windows Server
3 162 (9.03%) Windows 10
4 145 (8.08%) Linux
5 138 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 84 (4.68%) Windows 7
7 77 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 61 (3.40%) Unix
9 41 (2.29%) Android
10 34 (1.90%) Apple iOS
11 27 (1.51%) Windows 8
12 26 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
13 21 (1.17%) Mac OS X
14 20 (1.11%) CentOS
15 14 (0.78%) HPUX
16 13 (0.72%) Data ONTAP
17 12 (0.67%) Ubuntu
17 12 (0.67%) Windows XP
18 10 (0.56%) SUSE
19 7 (0.39%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (18.62%) Problem-Solving
3 254 (14.16%) ITIL
4 208 (11.59%) DevOps
5 199 (11.09%) Business Intelligence
6 167 (9.31%) Mentoring
7 151 (8.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 140 (7.80%) MVC
9 137 (7.64%) Software Engineering
10 128 (7.13%) Migration
10 128 (7.13%) Project Management
11 109 (6.08%) Continuous Improvement
12 104 (5.80%) Disaster Recovery
12 104 (5.80%) SDLC
13 102 (5.69%) Continuous Integration
13 102 (5.69%) Project Delivery
13 102 (5.69%) Test Automation
14 101 (5.63%) Line Management
15 97 (5.41%) OO
16 94 (5.24%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 431 (24.02%) SQL
2 376 (20.96%) C#
3 162 (9.03%) PowerShell
4 159 (8.86%) JavaScript
5 125 (6.97%) T-SQL
6 85 (4.74%) C++
7 70 (3.90%) Python
8 63 (3.51%) Java
9 37 (2.06%) C
10 34 (1.90%) VB.NET
11 30 (1.67%) PHP
12 26 (1.45%) Bash Shell
13 22 (1.23%) TypeScript
14 18 (1.00%) VB
15 14 (0.78%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 10 (0.56%) Go
16 10 (0.56%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.56%) R
16 10 (0.56%) Ruby
17 9 (0.50%) X++
Qualifications
1 229 (12.76%) Degree
2 167 (9.31%) Microsoft Certification
3 71 (3.96%) MCSA
4 67 (3.73%) Cisco Certification
5 56 (3.12%) MCSE
6 49 (2.73%) CCNA
7 43 (2.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 42 (2.34%) ISTQB
9 38 (2.12%) Security Cleared
10 32 (1.78%) SC Cleared
11 31 (1.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 26 (1.45%) MCP
13 24 (1.34%) PMI Certification
14 21 (1.17%) DBS Check
15 20 (1.11%) CISA
15 20 (1.11%) CISM
16 17 (0.95%) CCNP
16 17 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
17 15 (0.84%) NVQ Level 3
18 13 (0.72%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (5.96%) SLA
2 74 (4.12%) QA
3 48 (2.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 39 (2.17%) GDPR
5 36 (2.01%) PMO
6 21 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 20 (1.11%) COBIT
8 15 (0.84%) ISAE 3402
9 13 (0.72%) Data Quality
10 11 (0.61%) NIST
11 5 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (0.28%) Def Stans
12 4 (0.22%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.22%) PCI DSS
13 1 (0.056%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 486 (27.09%) Active Directory
2 172 (9.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 160 (8.92%) Hyper-V
4 54 (3.01%) VMware ESXi
5 51 (2.84%) vSphere
6 29 (1.62%) XenApp
7 27 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
8 23 (1.28%) Docker
9 21 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
9 21 (1.17%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.84%) Terminal Services
11 14 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
11 14 (0.78%) XenDesktop
12 12 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
12 12 (0.67%) NFS
12 12 (0.67%) pfSense
13 10 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
14 5 (0.28%) Terminal Server
15 4 (0.22%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 4 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 105 (5.85%) SCCM
2 34 (1.90%) WSUS
3 30 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
4 28 (1.56%) Ansible
5 24 (1.34%) CA Service Virtualization
6 22 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 20 (1.11%) SCOM
8 14 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
8 14 (0.78%) Puppet
9 13 (0.72%) Kubernetes
10 12 (0.67%) Norton AntiVirus
10 12 (0.67%) Terraform
11 11 (0.61%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 10 (0.56%) HP ALM
13 8 (0.45%) Nagios
13 8 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
14 7 (0.39%) Grafana
14 7 (0.39%) SCVMM
15 6 (0.33%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 325 (18.12%) VMware
2 235 (13.10%) Cisco
3 112 (6.24%) Citrix
4 84 (4.68%) Oracle
5 78 (4.35%) HP
6 65 (3.62%) Google
7 52 (2.90%) SAP
8 49 (2.73%) Veeam
9 44 (2.45%) NetApp
10 40 (2.23%) Pega
11 37 (2.06%) Dell
11 37 (2.06%) Tableau
12 31 (1.73%) Apple
13 30 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
14 27 (1.51%) Meraki
15 26 (1.45%) CA
16 22 (1.23%) McAfee
16 22 (1.23%) Sage
17 20 (1.11%) Xamarin
18 17 (0.95%) Red Hat