Period
to 16 June 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 16 June 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
16 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 8 10
Rank change year-on-year +5 +2 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 1,840 2,171 2,190
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.90% 17.71% 17.19%
As % of the Vendors category 43.90% 39.86% 38.46%
Number of salaries quoted 1,424 1,848 1,917
North West median annual salary £42,000 £42,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -1.18% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £22,825 £23,750 £23,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £68,750 £61,250
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 4,191 5,446 5,694
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 40.77% 44.42% 44.70%
Number of salaries quoted 3,069 4,362 4,604
North West median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +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 16 June 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 16 June 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 +5 1,074 £42,500 -4.49% 142
Cheshire +3 355 £40,000 -11.11% 38
Lancashire 0 192 £36,000 - 16
Merseyside 0 176 £40,000 - 30
Cumbria +2 30 £32,500 +19.82% 3
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 16 June 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.

1 619 (33.64%) Windows
2 612 (33.26%) SQL Server
3 517 (28.10%) SQL
4 480 (26.09%) Active Directory
5 473 (25.71%) Microsoft Azure
6 450 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
7 449 (24.40%) .NET
8 421 (22.88%) C#
9 352 (19.13%) Problem-Solving
10 348 (18.91%) Office 365
11 345 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
12 334 (18.15%) VMware
13 321 (17.45%) Windows Server
14 265 (14.40%) ITIL
15 264 (14.35%) Finance
16 261 (14.18%) Degree
17 241 (13.10%) Analytical Skills
18 233 (12.66%) Cisco
19 230 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
20 221 (12.01%) DNS
21 218 (11.85%) Business Intelligence
21 218 (11.85%) HTML
22 204 (11.09%) T-SQL
23 200 (10.87%) ASP.NET
23 200 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
24 195 (10.60%) CSS
25 192 (10.43%) MVC
26 189 (10.27%) JavaScript
27 188 (10.22%) DevOps
28 180 (9.78%) SQL Server Integration 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
1 172 (9.35%) MS Exchange
2 121 (6.58%) SharePoint
3 96 (5.22%) IIS
4 54 (2.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 52 (2.83%) Skype for Business
6 38 (2.07%) Apache
7 30 (1.63%) Cloud Foundry
8 28 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
9 24 (1.30%) Confluence
9 24 (1.30%) WebSphere
10 23 (1.25%) Tomcat
11 22 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
12 12 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
13 10 (0.54%) CMS
14 9 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
15 8 (0.43%) Apache Spark
15 8 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
16 7 (0.38%) WordPress
17 6 (0.33%) IBM Notes
17 6 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 345 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
2 158 (8.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (4.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
5 29 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.43%) Adobe XD
6 8 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.43%) UXPin
7 6 (0.33%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.27%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.054%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.054%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.054%) HipChat
9 1 (0.054%) Maya
9 1 (0.054%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 41 (2.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (1.85%) Dynamics NAV
3 19 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
4 10 (0.54%) Payment Gateway
5 9 (0.49%) Odoo
6 6 (0.33%) Dynamics GP
7 5 (0.27%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.22%) Infor SunSystems
8 4 (0.22%) OPENHousing
8 4 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 3 (0.16%) Magento
9 3 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.11%) Elite 3E
10 2 (0.11%) iTrent
10 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
10 2 (0.11%) SAP MDM
10 2 (0.11%) Visualfiles
11 1 (0.054%) Sage 200
11 1 (0.054%) Sage X3
11 1 (0.054%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 473 (25.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 348 (18.91%) Office 365
3 230 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
4 135 (7.34%) Power Platform
5 73 (3.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 46 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 40 (2.17%) SaaS
8 39 (2.12%) GitHub
9 36 (1.96%) Dynamics 365
9 36 (1.96%) IaaS
10 35 (1.90%) Serverless
11 31 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
12 23 (1.25%) PaaS
13 21 (1.14%) Azure Data Factory
14 13 (0.71%) PowerApps
15 10 (0.54%) Lucidchart
15 10 (0.54%) Mimecast
16 9 (0.49%) Amazon S3
16 9 (0.49%) G Suite
17 7 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 221 (12.01%) DNS
2 175 (9.51%) DHCP
3 147 (7.99%) WAN
4 146 (7.93%) Firewall
5 136 (7.39%) LAN
6 117 (6.36%) TCP/IP
7 114 (6.20%) Broadband
8 81 (4.40%) VPN
9 66 (3.59%) Wireless
10 64 (3.48%) SAN
11 63 (3.42%) VLAN
12 61 (3.32%) Skype
13 57 (3.10%) VoIP
14 52 (2.83%) Internet
15 38 (2.07%) Network Security
16 26 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
17 25 (1.36%) HTTP
18 23 (1.25%) MPLS
18 23 (1.25%) Remote Desktop
19 21 (1.14%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 612 (33.26%) SQL Server
2 180 (9.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 178 (9.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 130 (7.07%) Power BI
5 116 (6.30%) Data Warehouse
6 99 (5.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 77 (4.18%) Relational Database
8 72 (3.91%) MySQL
9 70 (3.80%) SQL Server 2012
10 58 (3.15%) NoSQL
11 47 (2.55%) SQL Server 2016
12 43 (2.34%) SQL Server 2008
13 37 (2.01%) Azure SQL Database
14 36 (1.96%) MongoDB
15 32 (1.74%) Neo4j
16 27 (1.47%) QlikView
17 23 (1.25%) SQL Server 2014
18 21 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
19 20 (1.09%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 20 (1.09%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 110 (5.98%) Git (software)
2 87 (4.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 78 (4.24%) Visual Studio
4 62 (3.37%) JIRA
5 38 (2.07%) GitLab
6 33 (1.79%) SoapUI
7 28 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
8 22 (1.20%) TeamCity
9 14 (0.76%) Jenkins
10 13 (0.71%) NUnit
11 11 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 11 (0.60%) Mercurial
11 11 (0.60%) MSTest
12 10 (0.54%) Balsamiq
12 10 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (0.38%) Bitbucket
13 7 (0.38%) gulp
14 6 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
15 5 (0.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 5 (0.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 264 (14.35%) Finance
2 121 (6.58%) Retail
3 102 (5.54%) Telecoms
4 66 (3.59%) Manufacturing
5 58 (3.15%) Marketing
6 56 (3.04%) Banking
7 52 (2.83%) Legal
8 31 (1.68%) Law
9 28 (1.52%) Automotive
10 18 (0.98%) Electronics
10 18 (0.98%) Games
11 17 (0.92%) Advertising
12 16 (0.87%) Local Government
13 14 (0.76%) Billing
14 11 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.43%) Back Office
16 5 (0.27%) French Language
16 5 (0.27%) Investment Banking
17 3 (0.16%) German Language
18 2 (0.11%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 444 (24.13%) Developer
2 291 (15.82%) Analyst
3 170 (9.24%) .NET Developer
4 119 (6.47%) Support Engineer
5 114 (6.20%) C# Developer
6 113 (6.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 97 (5.27%) Consultant
8 96 (5.22%) IT Engineer
9 95 (5.16%) Software Developer
10 92 (5.00%) Architect
11 91 (4.95%) IT Support
12 87 (4.73%) Senior Developer
13 77 (4.18%) C# .NET Developer
14 73 (3.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 65 (3.53%) SQL Developer
16 64 (3.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 63 (3.42%) IT Support Engineer
18 61 (3.32%) Support Analyst
19 56 (3.04%) Administrator
19 56 (3.04%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 449 (24.40%) .NET
2 218 (11.85%) HTML
3 200 (10.87%) ASP.NET
4 195 (10.60%) CSS
5 134 (7.28%) RESTful
6 118 (6.41%) Web Services
7 115 (6.25%) AngularJS
8 111 (6.03%) ASP.NET MVC
9 110 (5.98%) .NET Framework
10 101 (5.49%) jQuery
11 89 (4.84%) HTML5
12 85 (4.62%) ASP.NET Web API
12 85 (4.62%) XML
13 78 (4.24%) .NET Core
14 60 (3.26%) Entity Framework
15 44 (2.39%) WCF
16 42 (2.28%) React
17 38 (2.07%) SOAP
18 36 (1.96%) Node.js
18 36 (1.96%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 241 (13.10%) Analytical Skills
2 108 (5.87%) Self-Motivation
3 96 (5.22%) Management Information System
4 84 (4.57%) Data Centre
5 64 (3.48%) Enterprise Software
6 59 (3.21%) Driving Licence
7 55 (2.99%) Replication
8 52 (2.83%) Greenfield Project
9 51 (2.77%) Mobile App
10 50 (2.72%) Cloud Native
11 36 (1.96%) PKI
12 35 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
13 31 (1.68%) Smartphone
14 29 (1.58%) PMI
14 29 (1.58%) User Experience
15 28 (1.52%) Robotics
16 24 (1.30%) Clustering
16 24 (1.30%) Public Cloud
17 18 (0.98%) Smart City
18 17 (0.92%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 619 (33.64%) Windows
2 321 (17.45%) Windows Server
3 172 (9.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 160 (8.70%) Linux
5 148 (8.04%) Windows 10
6 114 (6.20%) Windows 7
7 90 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 60 (3.26%) Android
9 56 (3.04%) Apple iOS
10 38 (2.07%) Unix
11 30 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 26 (1.41%) Windows 8
13 22 (1.20%) Mac OS X
14 21 (1.14%) CentOS
15 12 (0.65%) Data ONTAP
16 11 (0.60%) Ubuntu
17 10 (0.54%) Mac OS
18 9 (0.49%) Debian
19 8 (0.43%) SUSE
20 7 (0.38%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 450 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
2 352 (19.13%) Problem-Solving
3 265 (14.40%) ITIL
4 218 (11.85%) Business Intelligence
5 192 (10.43%) MVC
6 188 (10.22%) DevOps
7 160 (8.70%) Mentoring
8 148 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
9 135 (7.34%) Disaster Recovery
10 129 (7.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 124 (6.74%) Continuous Improvement
12 121 (6.58%) Software Engineering
13 114 (6.20%) Line Management
14 110 (5.98%) Microservices
14 110 (5.98%) Project Management
15 103 (5.60%) Migration
16 102 (5.54%) TDD
17 99 (5.38%) SDLC
18 95 (5.16%) OO
19 90 (4.89%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 517 (28.10%) SQL
2 421 (22.88%) C#
3 204 (11.09%) T-SQL
4 189 (10.27%) JavaScript
5 151 (8.21%) PowerShell
6 84 (4.57%) C++
7 69 (3.75%) Python
8 63 (3.42%) Java
9 31 (1.68%) PHP
10 27 (1.47%) Bash Shell
11 26 (1.41%) C
11 26 (1.41%) VB.NET
12 19 (1.03%) PL/SQL
13 17 (0.92%) TypeScript
13 17 (0.92%) VB
14 14 (0.76%) Ruby
15 12 (0.65%) Go
16 11 (0.60%) VBA
17 10 (0.54%) Objective-C
18 9 (0.49%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 261 (14.18%) Degree
2 156 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 76 (4.13%) Cisco Certification
4 75 (4.08%) MCSA
5 57 (3.10%) CCNA
5 57 (3.10%) MCSE
6 48 (2.61%) MCP
6 48 (2.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 41 (2.23%) ISTQB
8 36 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
9 32 (1.74%) CISSP
9 32 (1.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 31 (1.68%) PMI Certification
11 29 (1.58%) Security Cleared
12 28 (1.52%) SC Cleared
13 20 (1.09%) CISA
13 20 (1.09%) CISM
13 20 (1.09%) SSCP
14 18 (0.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 16 (0.87%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (6.85%) SLA
2 71 (3.86%) QA
3 56 (3.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 41 (2.23%) GDPR
5 39 (2.12%) PMO
6 16 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 15 (0.82%) ISAE 3402
8 14 (0.76%) Data Quality
8 14 (0.76%) NIST
9 13 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 10 (0.54%) COBIT
11 8 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 480 (26.09%) Active Directory
2 200 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (7.72%) Hyper-V
4 52 (2.83%) vSphere
5 39 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
6 31 (1.68%) Docker
7 28 (1.52%) XenApp
8 21 (1.14%) XenDesktop
9 20 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
9 20 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
10 17 (0.92%) VMware NSX
11 13 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (0.65%) Terminal Server
13 11 (0.60%) Terminal Services
14 9 (0.49%) NFS
14 9 (0.49%) pfSense
15 7 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 6 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
17 3 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 83 (4.51%) SCCM
2 35 (1.90%) WSUS
3 31 (1.68%) Ansible
4 24 (1.30%) CA Service Virtualization
5 22 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 21 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
7 18 (0.98%) Kubernetes
8 17 (0.92%) Puppet
9 16 (0.87%) SQL Sentry
10 14 (0.76%) Terraform
11 13 (0.71%) SCOM
12 11 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
12 11 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
13 9 (0.49%) Cisco UCCX
13 9 (0.49%) Grafana
13 9 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
14 8 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 7 (0.38%) Nagios
16 6 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 334 (18.15%) VMware
2 233 (12.66%) Cisco
3 112 (6.09%) Citrix
4 83 (4.51%) Google
5 75 (4.08%) Oracle
6 63 (3.42%) HP
7 52 (2.83%) NetApp
8 51 (2.77%) SAP
9 47 (2.55%) Veeam
10 44 (2.39%) Apple
11 42 (2.28%) Pega
12 38 (2.07%) Salesforce.com
12 38 (2.07%) Tableau
13 28 (1.52%) Dell
14 27 (1.47%) IBM
15 25 (1.36%) Meraki
16 24 (1.30%) CA
17 21 (1.14%) RedGate
18 18 (0.98%) Progress
18 18 (0.98%) Red Hat