Period
to 21 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 21 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
England > North West
6 months to
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 10 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 0 +5
Permanent jobs citing Windows 560 1,156 1,616
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 11.59% 13.09% 15.31%
As % of the Operating Systems category 59.57% 59.90% 65.85%
Number of salaries quoted 562 990 1,425
Median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £24,550 £21,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £60,225 £61,250 £65,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.25%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 940 1,930 2,454
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 19.45% 21.86% 23.25%
Number of salaries quoted 811 1,520 2,000
Median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £41,742
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.43% -0.58% +4.35%
10th Percentile £26,250 £22,750 £22,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Salary Trend in the North West

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Windows in the North West.

Salary trend for Windows in the North West

Windows
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing Windows in the North West over the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Windows in the North West

Windows
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 Windows within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 January 2021. 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 -5 327 £45,000 +18.42% 81
Cheshire -6 96 £37,500 +17.19% 36
Lancashire +7 59 £40,000 - 21
Merseyside -1 57 £36,500 -6.41% 22
Cumbria +11 16 £31,530 +38.59% 6
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, IT jobs citing Windows 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 Windows.

1 271 (48.39%) Microsoft
2 234 (41.79%) Azure
3 224 (40.00%) Windows Server
4 212 (37.86%) Active Directory
5 182 (32.50%) VMware
6 171 (30.54%) Linux
7 165 (29.46%) Office 365
8 137 (24.46%) SQL
9 130 (23.21%) SQL Server
10 124 (22.14%) DNS
11 119 (21.25%) Cisco
12 117 (20.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 115 (20.54%) VMware Infrastructure
14 104 (18.57%) Firewall
15 100 (17.86%) PowerShell
16 99 (17.68%) DevOps
17 91 (16.25%) AWS
18 90 (16.07%) DHCP
19 83 (14.82%) Problem-Solving
20 79 (14.11%) Hyper-V
21 77 (13.75%) ITIL
22 76 (13.57%) WAN
23 74 (13.21%) Windows 10
24 73 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
25 65 (11.61%) Microsoft Office
26 62 (11.07%) LAN
26 62 (11.07%) Windows Server 2016
27 60 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
28 59 (10.54%) IIS
29 57 (10.18%) Oracle

Windows
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 59 (10.54%) IIS
2 49 (8.75%) MS Exchange
3 34 (6.07%) SharePoint
4 24 (4.29%) Apache
5 17 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (1.96%) CMS
6 11 (1.96%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (1.96%) WordPress
7 10 (1.79%) EPiServer
7 10 (1.79%) Kentico
7 10 (1.79%) Sitecore CMS
7 10 (1.79%) Umbraco
8 7 (1.25%) Confluence
9 6 (1.07%) nginx
9 6 (1.07%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.89%) Apache Solr
10 5 (0.89%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.71%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.36%) JBoss
Applications
1 65 (11.61%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.54%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 10 (1.79%) nopCommerce
2 6 (1.07%) Carpe Diem
3 5 (0.89%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.54%) FLEXCUBE
5 2 (0.36%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.18%) Magento
6 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 234 (41.79%) Azure
2 165 (29.46%) Office 365
3 91 (16.25%) AWS
4 30 (5.36%) IaaS
5 28 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 24 (4.29%) SaaS
7 19 (3.39%) GCP
8 16 (2.86%) Mimecast
8 16 (2.86%) PaaS
9 10 (1.79%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.79%) Power Platform
10 8 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.89%) GitHub
13 4 (0.71%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 4 (0.71%) CloudFront
13 4 (0.71%) Route 53
14 3 (0.54%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.54%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 124 (22.14%) DNS
2 104 (18.57%) Firewall
3 90 (16.07%) DHCP
4 76 (13.57%) WAN
5 62 (11.07%) LAN
6 49 (8.75%) SAN
7 43 (7.68%) TCP/IP
8 35 (6.25%) VLAN
8 35 (6.25%) VoIP
9 29 (5.18%) VPN
10 28 (5.00%) Network Security
11 25 (4.46%) SSL
12 22 (3.93%) Wi-Fi
13 17 (3.04%) NAS
13 17 (3.04%) Remote Desktop
14 13 (2.32%) Wireless
15 12 (2.14%) Cisco Nexus
15 12 (2.14%) Internet
15 12 (2.14%) Unified Communications
16 11 (1.96%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (23.21%) SQL Server
2 34 (6.07%) MySQL
3 15 (2.68%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (2.50%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.61%) MariaDB
6 9 (1.61%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
7 8 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (1.25%) Power BI
9 5 (0.89%) Apache Hive
9 5 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
9 5 (0.89%) Cosmos DB
9 5 (0.89%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.71%) Big Data
10 4 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (0.54%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 35 (6.25%) Git (software)
2 26 (4.64%) Oracle APEX
3 17 (3.04%) Jenkins
4 15 (2.68%) JIRA
5 13 (2.32%) Bitbucket
6 6 (1.07%) Subversion
7 5 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.89%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.71%) Fiddler
9 3 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.54%) GitLab
9 3 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.54%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.36%) Gerrit
10 2 (0.36%) JMeter
10 2 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
11 1 (0.18%) Maven
11 1 (0.18%) Selenium
11 1 (0.18%) SoapUI
General
1 45 (8.04%) Finance
2 39 (6.96%) Law
3 38 (6.79%) Legal
4 18 (3.21%) Public Sector
5 16 (2.86%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.50%) Financial Institution
7 12 (2.14%) Automotive
7 12 (2.14%) Banking
7 12 (2.14%) Electronics
8 11 (1.96%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.43%) Back Office
9 8 (1.43%) Games
10 7 (1.25%) Retail
11 6 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.89%) Marketing
13 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.36%) Publishing
14 1 (0.18%) Advertising
14 1 (0.18%) Front Office
14 1 (0.18%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 96 (17.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 76 (13.57%) Analyst
3 48 (8.57%) Azure Engineer
4 45 (8.04%) IT Support
5 41 (7.32%) IT Engineer
6 40 (7.14%) Support Engineer
7 38 (6.79%) DevOps Engineer
8 33 (5.89%) Developer
9 30 (5.36%) Support Analyst
10 28 (5.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 26 (4.64%) 3rd Line Support
12 25 (4.46%) Systems Engineer
13 23 (4.11%) Platform Engineer
14 21 (3.75%) 2nd Line Support
15 20 (3.57%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 18 (3.21%) IT Analyst
16 18 (3.21%) Network Engineer
17 17 (3.04%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
17 17 (3.04%) IT Manager
18 16 (2.86%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (7.86%) .NET
2 25 (4.46%) Web Services
3 24 (4.29%) CSS
4 23 (4.11%) HTML
5 20 (3.57%) ASP.NET
6 13 (2.32%) .NET Framework
7 11 (1.96%) Entity Framework
7 11 (1.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 10 (1.79%) jQuery
8 10 (1.79%) JSON
8 10 (1.79%) REST
8 10 (1.79%) Sass
9 9 (1.61%) .NET Core
9 9 (1.61%) SOAP
10 8 (1.43%) Node.js
10 8 (1.43%) React
11 7 (1.25%) XML
12 6 (1.07%) AngularJS
13 5 (0.89%) CakePHP
13 5 (0.89%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 60 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (8.75%) Data Centre
3 36 (6.43%) Management Information System
4 23 (4.11%) Replication
5 19 (3.39%) PKI
5 19 (3.39%) User Experience
6 17 (3.04%) Enterprise Software
6 17 (3.04%) Public Cloud
7 14 (2.50%) NHS
8 13 (2.32%) Clustering
9 12 (2.14%) Life Science
10 11 (1.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 11 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
10 11 (1.96%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
12 8 (1.43%) Fat Client
12 8 (1.43%) Thin Client
13 7 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
13 7 (1.25%) Mobile App
13 7 (1.25%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 224 (40.00%) Windows Server
2 171 (30.54%) Linux
3 74 (13.21%) Windows 10
4 73 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 62 (11.07%) Windows Server 2016
6 26 (4.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (4.46%) Unix
7 25 (4.46%) Windows 7
8 21 (3.75%) Windows Server 2019
9 18 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (2.68%) CentOS
11 14 (2.50%) Solaris
12 6 (1.07%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.89%) Android
13 5 (0.89%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.71%) Check Point GAiA
15 2 (0.36%) Debian
15 2 (0.36%) Fedora
15 2 (0.36%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (20.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 99 (17.68%) DevOps
3 83 (14.82%) Problem-Solving
4 77 (13.75%) ITIL
5 50 (8.93%) Disaster Recovery
6 41 (7.32%) Change Management
6 41 (7.32%) Project Management
7 40 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
8 38 (6.79%) E-Commerce
9 35 (6.25%) Configuration Management
9 35 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
9 35 (6.25%) Information Security
9 35 (6.25%) Migration
10 29 (5.18%) Infrastructure as Code
11 27 (4.82%) Service Delivery
12 26 (4.64%) Project Delivery
12 26 (4.64%) User Acceptance Testing
13 25 (4.46%) Business Intelligence
14 24 (4.29%) High Availability
14 24 (4.29%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 137 (24.46%) SQL
2 100 (17.86%) PowerShell
3 44 (7.86%) Python
4 41 (7.32%) C#
5 39 (6.96%) Bash Shell
6 31 (5.54%) JavaScript
7 24 (4.29%) PL/SQL
8 20 (3.57%) Perl
9 16 (2.86%) T-SQL
10 13 (2.32%) PHP
11 12 (2.14%) Java
12 8 (1.43%) C
13 6 (1.07%) C++
13 6 (1.07%) Ruby
14 4 (0.71%) VB
15 3 (0.54%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.54%) VC++
16 2 (0.36%) ActionScript 2.0
16 2 (0.36%) Go
16 2 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (6.25%) Degree
1 35 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (4.29%) Security Cleared
3 23 (4.11%) SC Cleared
4 22 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
5 21 (3.75%) CCNA
6 19 (3.39%) MCSE
7 16 (2.86%) MCSA
8 13 (2.32%) RHCE
9 12 (2.14%) MCP
10 9 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (1.61%) MCITP
10 9 (1.61%) Microsoft Certified Architect
10 9 (1.61%) SSCP
11 8 (1.43%) DBS Check
12 7 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (0.89%) CISSP
14 4 (0.71%) CISM
15 3 (0.54%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.46%) SLA
2 22 (3.93%) GDPR
3 13 (2.32%) QA
4 10 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.79%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.79%) WAI
5 5 (0.89%) Cyber Essentials
6 4 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (0.71%) OpenSCAP
7 2 (0.36%) HL7
7 2 (0.36%) PMO
8 1 (0.18%) COBIT
8 1 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 212 (37.86%) Active Directory
2 115 (20.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (14.11%) Hyper-V
4 35 (6.25%) Docker
5 18 (3.21%) vSphere
6 10 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (1.25%) XenApp
9 6 (1.07%) KVM
10 5 (0.89%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.71%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.54%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.36%) Firmware
13 2 (0.36%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.18%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.18%) NFS
14 1 (0.18%) Xen
14 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 55 (9.82%) SCCM
2 38 (6.79%) Kubernetes
3 37 (6.61%) Terraform
4 28 (5.00%) Puppet
5 26 (4.64%) Ansible
5 26 (4.64%) Opscode Chef
6 22 (3.93%) WSUS
7 17 (3.04%) Microsoft Intune
8 12 (2.14%) Failover Clustering
8 12 (2.14%) SCOM
9 8 (1.43%) SCOrch
10 7 (1.25%) Microsoft Clustering
11 6 (1.07%) Prometheus
11 6 (1.07%) vRealize
12 5 (0.89%) Rancher
13 4 (0.71%) Grafana
13 4 (0.71%) Graylog
13 4 (0.71%) HAProxy
13 4 (0.71%) Nagios
13 4 (0.71%) Nessus
Vendors
1 271 (48.39%) Microsoft
2 182 (32.50%) VMware
3 119 (21.25%) Cisco
4 57 (10.18%) Oracle
5 46 (8.21%) Citrix
6 34 (6.07%) Veeam
7 25 (4.46%) NetApp
8 21 (3.75%) Sophos
9 20 (3.57%) Dell
10 17 (3.04%) SAP
11 16 (2.86%) EnterpriseDB
11 16 (2.86%) Red Hat
12 15 (2.68%) EMC
13 14 (2.50%) HP
13 14 (2.50%) Splunk
14 12 (2.14%) SolarWinds
15 11 (1.96%) CheckPoint
16 10 (1.79%) Sitecore
17 9 (1.61%) Draytek
17 9 (1.61%) McAfee