Period
to 18 October 2017

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 October 2017 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 8 7
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +3
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 2195 2146 2334
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.18% 17.60% 17.84%
As % of the Vendors category 36.89% 40.26% 40.42%
Number of salaries quoted 1828 1869 1919
North West median annual salary £37,500 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £21,750 £22,500 £21,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £57,500 £53,750
England median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.53% +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 5950 5330 5775
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 46.58% 43.72% 44.14%
Number of salaries quoted 4603 4254 4563
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £23,500 £24,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £66,250 £60,000 £57,500
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 October 2017.

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 October 2017. 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 1292 £37,500 -11.76% 128
Cheshire +3 586 £40,000 +11.11% 56
Lancashire -4 148 £32,500 -8.45% 16
Merseyside -6 123 £40,000 +14.29% 14
Cumbria +3 29 £56,250 +25.00% 1
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 2017, IT jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 781 (35.58%) Windows
2 778 (35.44%) SQL Server
3 647 (29.48%) SQL
4 619 (28.20%) .NET
5 556 (25.33%) C#
6 525 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
7 444 (20.23%) Active Directory
8 442 (20.14%) Finance
9 363 (16.54%) ASP.NET
10 349 (15.90%) MVC
11 348 (15.85%) Windows Server
12 326 (14.85%) ITIL
13 320 (14.58%) VMware
14 311 (14.17%) Microsoft Office
15 301 (13.71%) JavaScript
16 297 (13.53%) Business Intelligence
17 285 (12.98%) HTML
18 269 (12.26%) Office 365
19 261 (11.89%) MS Exchange
20 249 (11.34%) Cisco
21 245 (11.16%) Degree
22 242 (11.03%) Microsoft Azure
23 238 (10.84%) CSS
24 236 (10.75%) Windows Server 2012
25 216 (9.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 215 (9.79%) Web Services
27 208 (9.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
28 200 (9.11%) Analytical Skills
29 198 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
30 194 (8.84%) Oracle

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
1 261 (11.89%) MS Exchange
2 163 (7.43%) SharePoint
3 145 (6.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 62 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 56 (2.55%) SAS
6 54 (2.46%) CMS
7 53 (2.41%) IIS
8 39 (1.78%) Skype for Business
9 28 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
9 28 (1.28%) Umbraco
10 27 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
11 26 (1.18%) SharePoint 2013
12 25 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
13 21 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
14 17 (0.77%) Apache
15 13 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
15 13 (0.59%) WordPress
16 12 (0.55%) OpenROAD
17 11 (0.50%) EPiServer
18 10 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 311 (14.17%) Microsoft Office
2 169 (7.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (1.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
5 24 (1.09%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.64%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.36%) SPSS
9 4 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.14%) Acrobat
10 3 (0.14%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.046%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 76 (3.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 67 (3.05%) Dynamics AX
3 44 (2.00%) Dynamics NAV
4 22 (1.00%) SAP EWM
5 20 (0.91%) SAP SD
6 15 (0.68%) Dynamics SL
7 10 (0.46%) NetSuite
8 9 (0.41%) Dynamics GP
9 8 (0.36%) Sage CRM
10 6 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 5 (0.23%) SAP Business One
11 5 (0.23%) SAP LE
11 5 (0.23%) SAP MM
12 4 (0.18%) Cognos TM1
12 4 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
12 4 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
12 4 (0.18%) Visualfiles
12 4 (0.18%) Workfront
13 3 (0.14%) Epicor Tropos
13 3 (0.14%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 269 (12.26%) Office 365
2 242 (11.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 89 (4.05%) Amazon AWS
4 47 (2.14%) SaaS
5 39 (1.78%) Dynamics 365
6 31 (1.41%) Mimecast
7 18 (0.82%) IaaS
8 15 (0.68%) GitHub
9 14 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.64%) PaaS
10 10 (0.46%) Google Analytics
11 8 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.32%) npm
12 7 (0.32%) OneDrive
13 6 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (0.27%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
13 6 (0.27%) OpenShift
14 5 (0.23%) AdWords
15 4 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
16 3 (0.14%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 169 (7.70%) DNS
2 163 (7.43%) WAN
3 151 (6.88%) LAN
4 149 (6.79%) Firewall
5 124 (5.65%) TCP/IP
6 120 (5.47%) DHCP
7 97 (4.42%) SAN
8 72 (3.28%) VPN
9 59 (2.69%) VLAN
10 56 (2.55%) VoIP
11 36 (1.64%) Skype
12 34 (1.55%) Wireless
13 32 (1.46%) Internet
14 31 (1.41%) Ethernet
14 31 (1.41%) Network Security
15 26 (1.18%) MPLS
16 22 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
17 21 (0.96%) SSL
18 20 (0.91%) Remote Desktop
19 19 (0.87%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 778 (35.44%) SQL Server
2 216 (9.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 208 (9.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 168 (7.65%) Data Warehouse
5 134 (6.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 89 (4.05%) SQL Server 2008
7 83 (3.78%) Power BI
8 82 (3.74%) SQL Server 2012
9 73 (3.33%) SQL Server 2014
10 66 (3.01%) MySQL
11 47 (2.14%) MongoDB
11 47 (2.14%) Relational Database
12 42 (1.91%) QlikView
13 38 (1.73%) Base SAS
13 38 (1.73%) Crystal Reports
13 38 (1.73%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 38 (1.73%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 38 (1.73%) SAS Visual Analytics
14 33 (1.50%) NoSQL
15 29 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 166 (7.56%) Visual Studio
2 105 (4.78%) Git (software)
3 68 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 56 (2.55%) Subversion
5 51 (2.32%) JIRA
6 40 (1.82%) NuGet
7 38 (1.73%) ProC
8 37 (1.69%) TeamCity
9 35 (1.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 34 (1.55%) Selenium
11 23 (1.05%) Jenkins
12 17 (0.77%) NUnit
13 15 (0.68%) MSTest
13 15 (0.68%) SpecFlow
14 14 (0.64%) ReSharper
15 12 (0.55%) CruiseControl
15 12 (0.55%) SonarQube
16 9 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
17 8 (0.36%) gulp
17 8 (0.36%) Oracle APEX
General
1 442 (20.14%) Finance
2 123 (5.60%) Retail
3 108 (4.92%) Advertising
4 92 (4.19%) Banking
4 92 (4.19%) Manufacturing
5 77 (3.51%) Marketing
6 66 (3.01%) Legal
7 60 (2.73%) Telecoms
8 39 (1.78%) Billing
9 36 (1.64%) Law
10 32 (1.46%) Games
11 18 (0.82%) Back Office
12 13 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
12 13 (0.59%) Publishing
13 9 (0.41%) Automotive
13 9 (0.41%) Investment Banking
14 7 (0.32%) Local Government
15 6 (0.27%) Electronics
15 6 (0.27%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 681 (31.03%) Developer
2 290 (13.21%) Analyst
3 273 (12.44%) .NET Developer
4 180 (8.20%) C# Developer
5 159 (7.24%) C# .NET Developer
6 140 (6.38%) Support Engineer
7 133 (6.06%) Consultant
8 123 (5.60%) SQL Developer
9 105 (4.78%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 100 (4.56%) Software Developer
11 97 (4.42%) Architect
12 95 (4.33%) IT Support
13 94 (4.28%) 2nd Line Support
14 90 (4.10%) Senior Developer
15 82 (3.74%) Support Analyst
16 76 (3.46%) ASP.NET Developer
17 71 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 68 (3.10%) C# ASP.NET Developer
19 66 (3.01%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 64 (2.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 619 (28.20%) .NET
2 363 (16.54%) ASP.NET
3 285 (12.98%) HTML
4 238 (10.84%) CSS
5 215 (9.79%) Web Services
6 185 (8.43%) jQuery
7 174 (7.93%) ASP.NET MVC
8 172 (7.84%) AngularJS
9 161 (7.33%) .NET Framework
10 123 (5.60%) ASP.NET Web API
11 121 (5.51%) XML
12 105 (4.78%) HTML5
13 86 (3.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 81 (3.69%) WCF
15 77 (3.51%) Entity Framework
16 76 (3.46%) WPF
17 73 (3.33%) RESTful
18 71 (3.23%) SOAP
19 66 (3.01%) JSON
20 65 (2.96%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 200 (9.11%) Analytical Skills
2 105 (4.78%) Management Information System
3 85 (3.87%) Computer Science
4 76 (3.46%) Greenfield Project
5 75 (3.42%) iPad
6 60 (2.73%) Driving Licence
6 60 (2.73%) User Experience
7 54 (2.46%) Mobile App
8 48 (2.19%) Data Centre
9 34 (1.55%) Life Science
10 30 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
11 26 (1.18%) N-Tier
12 24 (1.09%) Replication
13 19 (0.87%) Client/Server
14 17 (0.77%) Clustering
14 17 (0.77%) Fat Client
14 17 (0.77%) Thin Client
15 16 (0.73%) Data Structures
16 14 (0.64%) FMCG
16 14 (0.64%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 781 (35.58%) Windows
2 348 (15.85%) Windows Server
3 236 (10.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 191 (8.70%) Windows 7
5 165 (7.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 127 (5.79%) Windows 10
7 126 (5.74%) Linux
8 81 (3.69%) Windows 8
9 47 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 35 (1.59%) Android
11 31 (1.41%) Unix
12 25 (1.14%) Windows XP
13 23 (1.05%) Apple iOS
14 19 (0.87%) Mac OS
15 15 (0.68%) Mac OS X
16 7 (0.32%) Windows Embedded Compact
17 5 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 5 (0.23%) Solaris
18 4 (0.18%) CentOS
19 3 (0.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 525 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
2 349 (15.90%) MVC
3 326 (14.85%) ITIL
4 297 (13.53%) Business Intelligence
5 163 (7.43%) TDD
6 140 (6.38%) Scrum
7 136 (6.20%) Project Management
8 135 (6.15%) CRM
9 133 (6.06%) Analytics
10 132 (6.01%) Continuous Integration
11 129 (5.88%) ETL
12 121 (5.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 113 (5.15%) OO
14 103 (4.69%) Service Delivery
15 100 (4.56%) ERP
15 100 (4.56%) SDLC
16 96 (4.37%) Software Engineering
17 94 (4.28%) DevOps
17 94 (4.28%) Mentoring
18 83 (3.78%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 647 (29.48%) SQL
2 556 (25.33%) C#
3 301 (13.71%) JavaScript
4 190 (8.66%) T-SQL
5 104 (4.74%) PowerShell
6 72 (3.28%) C++
7 69 (3.14%) Java
8 67 (3.05%) VB.NET
9 54 (2.46%) C
10 41 (1.87%) Ruby
11 40 (1.82%) PHP
12 39 (1.78%) TypeScript
13 38 (1.73%) PROC SQL
13 38 (1.73%) SAS Macro
14 35 (1.59%) VB
15 30 (1.37%) VBA
16 26 (1.18%) F#
16 26 (1.18%) Python
17 18 (0.82%) VBScript
18 15 (0.68%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 245 (11.16%) Degree
2 198 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
3 98 (4.46%) MCSE
4 84 (3.83%) Cisco Certification
5 72 (3.28%) MCSA
6 69 (3.14%) MCP
7 47 (2.14%) CCNA
8 40 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
9 31 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
10 28 (1.28%) Security Cleared
11 25 (1.14%) A+ Certification
12 22 (1.00%) CCNP
13 21 (0.96%) ISTQB
13 21 (0.96%) Network+ Certification
14 19 (0.87%) MCITP
15 17 (0.77%) CCENT
15 17 (0.77%) PMI Certification
16 16 (0.73%) Master's Degree
16 16 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 14 (0.64%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (4.46%) SLA
2 77 (3.51%) QA
3 41 (1.87%) Data Quality
4 25 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 24 (1.09%) PMO
6 11 (0.50%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.41%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.23%) HIPAA
9 5 (0.23%) WAI
10 4 (0.18%) GDPR
11 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.14%) Solvency II
12 2 (0.091%) EMIR
12 2 (0.091%) MiFID
13 1 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.046%) GMP
13 1 (0.046%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.046%) TickIT
System Software
1 444 (20.23%) Active Directory
2 178 (8.11%) Hyper-V
3 174 (7.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 45 (2.05%) Virtual Machines
5 44 (2.00%) Terminal Services
6 32 (1.46%) XenApp
7 28 (1.28%) vSphere
8 25 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
9 21 (0.96%) Docker
9 21 (0.96%) Xen
9 21 (0.96%) XenDesktop
10 19 (0.87%) VirtualBox
11 7 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
11 7 (0.32%) Samba
12 4 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.14%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.14%) XenServer
14 1 (0.046%) Kamailio
14 1 (0.046%) OpenSIPS
Systems Management
1 69 (3.14%) SCCM
2 53 (2.41%) WSUS
3 48 (2.19%) Ansible
3 48 (2.19%) Puppet
4 46 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (1.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 26 (1.18%) Kibana
6 25 (1.14%) SCOM
7 19 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 13 (0.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 9 (0.41%) Failover Clustering
10 6 (0.27%) Backup Exec
10 6 (0.27%) Microsoft Clustering
10 6 (0.27%) Nagios
10 6 (0.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 6 (0.27%) Perfmon
11 5 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.23%) Oracle RMAN
12 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 4 (0.18%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 320 (14.58%) VMware
2 249 (11.34%) Cisco
3 194 (8.84%) Oracle
4 143 (6.51%) Citrix
5 98 (4.46%) SAP
6 56 (2.55%) Tableau
7 52 (2.37%) Veeam
8 49 (2.23%) HP
9 31 (1.41%) Cognos
9 31 (1.41%) Dell
9 31 (1.41%) NetApp
10 29 (1.32%) IBM
10 29 (1.32%) Sage
11 28 (1.28%) Google
11 28 (1.28%) Sitecore
12 26 (1.18%) Apple
12 26 (1.18%) Symantec
13 19 (0.87%) F5
14 17 (0.77%) Riverbed
15 16 (0.73%) EqualLogic