Period
to 24 October 2020

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 October 2020 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 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 3 5
Rank change year-on-year -5 +2 +4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 716 1,710 2,152
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 17.91% 17.03% 18.29%
As % of the Vendors category 45.43% 42.82% 41.44%
Number of salaries quoted 656 1,403 1,915
Median annual salary £47,500 £40,000 £43,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.75% -8.05% +14.47%
10th Percentile £30,000 £23,250 £22,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -

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 1,576 3,993 5,193
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 39.42% 39.77% 44.14%
Number of salaries quoted 1,307 2,936 4,127
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,915 £43,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.68% -1.91% +2.94%
10th Percentile £30,000 £25,750 £24,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £71,000
England median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% - +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 October 2020.

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 October 2020. 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 -3 427 £50,000 +17.65% 135
Cheshire -2 130 £45,000 +12.50% 44
Merseyside 0 105 £40,000 +5.26% 28
Lancashire +1 37 £42,500 +6.25% 39
Cumbria -3 15 £34,500 -1.43% 5
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 306 (42.74%) Azure
2 264 (36.87%) SQL Server
3 246 (34.36%) Windows
4 191 (26.68%) .NET
5 190 (26.54%) SQL
6 174 (24.30%) Agile Software Development
7 149 (20.81%) C#
8 146 (20.39%) Active Directory
9 134 (18.72%) Finance
10 132 (18.44%) Analytical Skills
11 121 (16.90%) VMware
12 113 (15.78%) Problem-Solving
13 109 (15.22%) Office 365
14 97 (13.55%) PowerShell
15 95 (13.27%) Microsoft Office
16 87 (12.15%) ITIL
17 85 (11.87%) JavaScript
18 83 (11.59%) Windows Server
19 81 (11.31%) Microsoft Certification
20 78 (10.89%) AWS
21 76 (10.61%) ASP.NET
22 75 (10.47%) MVC
22 75 (10.47%) AngularJS
23 74 (10.34%) Business Intelligence
24 73 (10.20%) DNS
25 71 (9.92%) Linux
25 71 (9.92%) SharePoint
25 71 (9.92%) Change Management
26 69 (9.64%) DevOps
27 65 (9.08%) HTML

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 71 (9.92%) SharePoint
2 49 (6.84%) IIS
3 45 (6.28%) MS Exchange
4 13 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (1.54%) Apache
5 11 (1.54%) Tomcat
6 8 (1.12%) CMS
6 8 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (0.84%) Confluence
7 6 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.70%) JBoss
8 5 (0.70%) nginx
8 5 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.70%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.70%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.56%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.14%) Content Management Server
11 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 95 (13.27%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (4.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.42%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.28%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.84%) Carpe Diem
3 4 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 306 (42.74%) Azure
2 109 (15.22%) Office 365
3 78 (10.89%) AWS
4 50 (6.98%) Power Platform
5 38 (5.31%) IaaS
6 36 (5.03%) PaaS
7 27 (3.77%) Azure Active Directory
8 24 (3.35%) GCP
9 23 (3.21%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (2.65%) Dynamics 365
11 16 (2.23%) SaaS
12 13 (1.82%) OneDrive
13 12 (1.68%) Azure Data Factory
13 12 (1.68%) GitHub
14 8 (1.12%) PowerApps
15 5 (0.70%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.70%) Power Automate
16 4 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 4 (0.56%) Boomi
16 4 (0.56%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 73 (10.20%) DNS
2 63 (8.80%) DHCP
3 62 (8.66%) Firewall
4 40 (5.59%) LAN
5 39 (5.45%) WAN
6 32 (4.47%) Internet
6 32 (4.47%) SAN
7 25 (3.49%) SSL
8 24 (3.35%) Network Security
8 24 (3.35%) Skype
9 23 (3.21%) VPN
10 22 (3.07%) TCP/IP
11 21 (2.93%) MPLS
12 19 (2.65%) VoIP
12 19 (2.65%) Wireless
13 16 (2.23%) VLAN
14 15 (2.09%) Remote Desktop
15 13 (1.82%) iSCSI
16 11 (1.54%) Fibre Channel
16 11 (1.54%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 264 (36.87%) SQL Server
2 50 (6.98%) Data Warehouse
3 45 (6.28%) Power BI
4 38 (5.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 33 (4.61%) SQL Server 2012
6 30 (4.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 28 (3.91%) Data Lake
8 27 (3.77%) Oracle Reports
9 26 (3.63%) Big Data
10 21 (2.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 19 (2.65%) MySQL
12 17 (2.37%) HDInsight
13 16 (2.23%) Azure SQL Database
14 14 (1.96%) NoSQL
14 14 (1.96%) Relational Database
15 13 (1.82%) Tableau
16 12 (1.68%) MongoDB
17 10 (1.40%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 10 (1.40%) SQL Server 2016
18 7 (0.98%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 38 (5.31%) Visual Studio
2 32 (4.47%) Git (software)
3 28 (3.91%) Oracle APEX
4 25 (3.49%) JIRA
5 14 (1.96%) Jenkins
5 14 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
7 8 (1.12%) NUnit
7 8 (1.12%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.84%) Subversion
9 5 (0.70%) Selenium
9 5 (0.70%) Visual Studio Code
10 4 (0.56%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.56%) Moq
10 4 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.42%) JUnit
11 3 (0.42%) Maven
11 3 (0.42%) MSTest
12 2 (0.28%) Fiddler
12 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 134 (18.72%) Finance
2 52 (7.26%) Law
2 52 (7.26%) Legal
3 25 (3.49%) Financial Institution
4 20 (2.79%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.23%) Banking
6 13 (1.82%) Local Government
7 11 (1.54%) Games
7 11 (1.54%) Marketing
8 10 (1.40%) Public Sector
9 9 (1.26%) Housing Association
9 9 (1.26%) Retail
10 7 (0.98%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.70%) Billing
11 5 (0.70%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.56%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.42%) Electronics
13 3 (0.42%) Social Housing
14 2 (0.28%) Advertising
15 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 162 (22.63%) Developer
2 94 (13.13%) Analyst
3 93 (12.99%) Architect
4 71 (9.92%) .NET Developer
5 58 (8.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 49 (6.84%) Solutions Architect
7 44 (6.15%) C# Developer
8 41 (5.73%) Support Analyst
9 34 (4.75%) Software Developer
10 33 (4.61%) Cloud Architect
11 32 (4.47%) Azure Architect
12 28 (3.91%) C# .NET Developer
13 25 (3.49%) Applications Support
13 25 (3.49%) Lead Developer
14 24 (3.35%) Infrastructure Architect
15 23 (3.21%) .NET Architect
15 23 (3.21%) .NET Solutions Architect
15 23 (3.21%) 3rd Line Support
15 23 (3.21%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 22 (3.07%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 191 (26.68%) .NET
2 76 (10.61%) ASP.NET
3 75 (10.47%) AngularJS
4 65 (9.08%) HTML
5 64 (8.94%) .NET Framework
6 62 (8.66%) React
7 57 (7.96%) .NET Core
7 57 (7.96%) CSS
8 48 (6.70%) ASP.NET MVC
9 39 (5.45%) ASP.NET Web API
10 31 (4.33%) HTML5
10 31 (4.33%) jQuery
11 25 (3.49%) REST
12 22 (3.07%) Web Services
13 21 (2.93%) Middleware
14 20 (2.79%) ASP.NET Core
15 19 (2.65%) Entity Framework
16 15 (2.09%) Blazor
16 15 (2.09%) LINQ
16 15 (2.09%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 132 (18.44%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.59%) Data Centre
3 30 (4.19%) PKI
4 26 (3.63%) Management Information System
5 23 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
6 21 (2.93%) Greenfield Project
7 17 (2.37%) e-Learning
8 16 (2.23%) Public Cloud
9 13 (1.82%) Fat Client
9 13 (1.82%) Thin Client
9 13 (1.82%) User Experience
10 12 (1.68%) Replication
11 10 (1.40%) Data Structures
11 10 (1.40%) Mobile App
12 9 (1.26%) Clustering
12 9 (1.26%) Driving Licence
13 8 (1.12%) Security Operations Centre
14 7 (0.98%) CMDB
14 7 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
14 7 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 246 (34.36%) Windows
2 83 (11.59%) Windows Server
3 71 (9.92%) Linux
4 43 (6.01%) Windows 10
5 33 (4.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (4.47%) Windows Server 2016
7 25 (3.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 17 (2.37%) Solaris
9 15 (2.09%) Apple iOS
10 14 (1.96%) Android
11 11 (1.54%) Windows 7
12 7 (0.98%) Windows 2000
12 7 (0.98%) Windows Server 2019
13 5 (0.70%) Unix
14 3 (0.42%) CentOS
14 3 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.28%) Fedora
15 2 (0.28%) HPUX
15 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (24.30%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (15.78%) Problem-Solving
3 87 (12.15%) ITIL
4 75 (10.47%) MVC
5 74 (10.34%) Business Intelligence
6 71 (9.92%) Change Management
7 69 (9.64%) DevOps
8 64 (8.94%) IT Strategy
9 59 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 56 (7.82%) Analytics
11 47 (6.56%) Cybersecurity
12 43 (6.01%) Migration
13 42 (5.87%) Project Delivery
14 40 (5.59%) Software Engineering
15 39 (5.45%) Disaster Recovery
15 39 (5.45%) TOGAF
16 36 (5.03%) Enterprise Architecture
17 33 (4.61%) Microservices
18 32 (4.47%) Configuration Management
18 32 (4.47%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (26.54%) SQL
2 149 (20.81%) C#
3 97 (13.55%) PowerShell
4 85 (11.87%) JavaScript
5 52 (7.26%) Python
6 36 (5.03%) T-SQL
7 30 (4.19%) PL/SQL
8 27 (3.77%) Bash Shell
9 23 (3.21%) Perl
10 17 (2.37%) R
11 16 (2.23%) Java
12 8 (1.12%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.98%) VB
14 6 (0.84%) TypeScript
15 4 (0.56%) Go
15 4 (0.56%) VBA
16 3 (0.42%) C
16 3 (0.42%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 3 (0.42%) X++
17 2 (0.28%) PHP
Qualifications
1 81 (11.31%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (7.54%) Degree
3 43 (6.01%) MCSA
4 42 (5.87%) MCSE
5 35 (4.89%) TOGAF Certification
6 34 (4.75%) Cisco Certification
7 33 (4.61%) MCP
8 29 (4.05%) CCNA
9 27 (3.77%) Security Cleared
10 22 (3.07%) SC Cleared
11 19 (2.65%) MCTS
12 13 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
13 9 (1.26%) Server+ Certification
14 8 (1.12%) DBS Check
15 7 (0.98%) A+ Certification
16 6 (0.84%) Microsoft Certified Architect
16 6 (0.84%) SSCP
17 5 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
17 5 (0.70%) MCITP
17 5 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (5.59%) GDPR
2 34 (4.75%) SLA
3 19 (2.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 16 (2.23%) Data Quality
5 14 (1.96%) PCI DSS
6 8 (1.12%) QA
7 3 (0.42%) PMO
8 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.28%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.28%) NIST
9 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.14%) GLP
9 1 (0.14%) P3O
9 1 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 146 (20.39%) Active Directory
2 62 (8.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (6.28%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.37%) Docker
5 11 (1.54%) XenApp
6 10 (1.40%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.12%) KVM
8 7 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.56%) VMware Server
9 4 (0.56%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.28%) vCloud
11 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.28%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.14%) HDFS
12 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.14%) vSphere
12 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 35 (4.89%) SCCM
2 19 (2.65%) Kubernetes
2 19 (2.65%) SCOM
3 14 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (1.82%) WSUS
5 12 (1.68%) SCOrch
6 10 (1.40%) Terraform
7 8 (1.12%) Ansible
7 8 (1.12%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (0.70%) Puppet
9 3 (0.42%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.42%) Nagios
9 3 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.28%) CA Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.28%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.28%) Grafana
10 2 (0.28%) Rancher
10 2 (0.28%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.28%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 121 (16.90%) VMware
2 65 (9.08%) Citrix
3 58 (8.10%) Cisco
4 50 (6.98%) Oracle
5 27 (3.77%) Google
6 25 (3.49%) Databricks
7 17 (2.37%) Veeam
8 16 (2.23%) Sparx
9 15 (2.09%) ServiceNow
10 13 (1.82%) NetApp
11 12 (1.68%) Splunk
12 11 (1.54%) EMC
12 11 (1.54%) HP
13 10 (1.40%) Dell
13 10 (1.40%) Sophos
14 9 (1.26%) Meraki
14 9 (1.26%) SAP
15 8 (1.12%) Draytek
15 8 (1.12%) iManage
16 6 (0.84%) Siemens