Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
England > North West
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 11 11
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 +4
Permanent jobs citing Windows 629 1,018 1,413
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 10.94% 13.06% 13.87%
As % of the Operating Systems category 54.27% 62.84% 64.46%
Number of salaries quoted 553 831 1,185
10th Percentile £22,000 £21,250 £21,250
25th Percentile £30,000 £26,250 £26,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
75th Percentile £53,250 £52,500 £50,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £61,250 £62,500
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +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 1,159 1,620 2,192
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.16% 20.78% 21.51%
Number of salaries quoted 1,006 1,292 1,710
10th Percentile £26,250 £23,750 £22,000
25th Percentile £33,750 £31,000 £28,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
75th Percentile £56,250 £57,500 £53,688
90th Percentile £66,125 £65,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - -

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 14 April 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 14 April 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 -6 352 £45,000 +12.50% 106
Cheshire -6 89 £36,750 -2.00% 27
Lancashire +4 83 £40,000 +3.23% 21
Merseyside -1 81 £36,000 -4.00% 14
Cumbria +13 22 £40,000 +23.08% 3
Windows
England

For the 6 months to 14 April 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.

1 321 (51.03%) Microsoft
2 280 (44.52%) Active Directory
3 256 (40.70%) Azure
3 256 (40.70%) Windows Server
4 255 (40.54%) Microsoft 365
5 177 (28.14%) VMware
6 168 (26.71%) SQL
7 152 (24.17%) Linux
8 140 (22.26%) SQL Server
9 125 (19.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 115 (18.28%) DevOps
11 112 (17.81%) Firewall
11 112 (17.81%) VMware Infrastructure
12 111 (17.65%) ITIL
13 104 (16.53%) PowerShell
14 103 (16.38%) Cisco
15 101 (16.06%) AWS
16 92 (14.63%) DNS
17 85 (13.51%) Windows 10
18 81 (12.88%) Problem-Solving
19 80 (12.72%) Windows Server 2012
20 76 (12.08%) Microsoft Office
21 72 (11.45%) WAN
22 71 (11.29%) Windows Server 2016
23 69 (10.97%) SCCM
24 68 (10.81%) IIS
25 65 (10.33%) Hyper-V
25 65 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
26 61 (9.70%) DHCP
27 60 (9.54%) 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 68 (10.81%) IIS
2 51 (8.11%) MS Exchange
3 35 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 25 (3.97%) Apache
5 14 (2.23%) CMS
6 13 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (1.91%) WordPress
8 10 (1.59%) EPiServer
8 10 (1.59%) Kentico
8 10 (1.59%) Sitecore CMS
8 10 (1.59%) Umbraco
9 8 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (1.27%) nginx
9 8 (1.27%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.95%) Apache Solr
10 6 (0.95%) Confluence
10 6 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
11 5 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.64%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.64%) WebSphere
Applications
1 76 (12.08%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (1.59%) nopCommerce
2 5 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.32%) FLEXCUBE
3 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.32%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.16%) Magento
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 256 (40.70%) Azure
2 255 (40.54%) Microsoft 365
3 101 (16.06%) AWS
4 48 (7.63%) SaaS
5 38 (6.04%) IaaS
6 28 (4.45%) Azure Active Directory
7 22 (3.50%) PaaS
8 20 (3.18%) GCP
9 16 (2.54%) Cloud Computing
9 16 (2.54%) Mimecast
9 16 (2.54%) Power Platform
10 14 (2.23%) AWS CloudFormation
11 9 (1.43%) GitHub
12 6 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.95%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 6 (0.95%) CloudFront
12 6 (0.95%) OneDrive
12 6 (0.95%) Route 53
13 4 (0.64%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.64%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 112 (17.81%) Firewall
2 92 (14.63%) DNS
3 72 (11.45%) WAN
4 61 (9.70%) DHCP
5 57 (9.06%) LAN
6 49 (7.79%) SAN
7 43 (6.84%) TCP/IP
8 38 (6.04%) Network Security
9 33 (5.25%) VLAN
10 30 (4.77%) VoIP
11 24 (3.82%) VPN
12 21 (3.34%) NAS
13 19 (3.02%) Wireless
14 16 (2.54%) Remote Desktop
14 16 (2.54%) SSL
14 16 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
15 12 (1.91%) Cisco ISE
15 12 (1.91%) Internet
15 12 (1.91%) MPLS
16 11 (1.75%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (22.26%) SQL Server
2 44 (7.00%) MySQL
3 16 (2.54%) Amazon RDS
4 14 (2.23%) Power BI
5 13 (2.07%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.75%) MariaDB
7 10 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (0.95%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.95%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (0.79%) Apache Hive
10 5 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (0.79%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.64%) Cosmos DB
11 4 (0.64%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.64%) Redis
12 3 (0.48%) Data Mining
13 2 (0.32%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 33 (5.25%) Git (software)
2 16 (2.54%) Jenkins
3 12 (1.91%) JIRA
4 11 (1.75%) Bitbucket
5 10 (1.59%) Oracle APEX
6 8 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (1.27%) Visual Studio
7 6 (0.95%) GitLab
7 6 (0.95%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.48%) Fiddler
8 3 (0.48%) Gradle
8 3 (0.48%) JMeter
8 3 (0.48%) Maven
8 3 (0.48%) Subversion
9 2 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.32%) Bitbucket Server
9 2 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.16%) Postman
10 1 (0.16%) TestRail
10 1 (0.16%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 37 (5.88%) Finance
2 24 (3.82%) Manufacturing
3 23 (3.66%) Law
4 17 (2.70%) Automotive
4 17 (2.70%) Retail
5 16 (2.54%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.38%) Back Office
6 15 (2.38%) Public Sector
7 14 (2.23%) Electronics
8 10 (1.59%) Legal
9 9 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
10 7 (1.11%) Marketing
11 5 (0.79%) Games
12 2 (0.32%) Advertising
12 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.32%) Housing Association
12 2 (0.32%) Publishing
13 1 (0.16%) Banking
13 1 (0.16%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 107 (17.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 92 (14.63%) Analyst
3 71 (11.29%) Azure Engineer
4 57 (9.06%) IT Support
5 49 (7.79%) Support Engineer
6 46 (7.31%) IT Engineer
7 42 (6.68%) Developer
7 42 (6.68%) Support Analyst
8 41 (6.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 39 (6.20%) 3rd Line Support
10 33 (5.25%) Platform Engineer
11 29 (4.61%) DevOps Engineer
12 27 (4.29%) IT Analyst
13 25 (3.97%) 2nd Line Support
13 25 (3.97%) Administrator
14 24 (3.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 24 (3.82%) IT Manager
15 22 (3.50%) Service Analyst
15 22 (3.50%) Service Desk Analyst
16 21 (3.34%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.38%) .NET
2 34 (5.41%) CSS
3 33 (5.25%) HTML
4 30 (4.77%) Web Services
5 26 (4.13%) ASP.NET
6 20 (3.18%) .NET Framework
7 14 (2.23%) Entity Framework
7 14 (2.23%) jQuery
8 13 (2.07%) .NET Core
8 13 (2.07%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 12 (1.91%) SOAP
10 11 (1.75%) JSON
10 11 (1.75%) REST
11 10 (1.59%) React
11 10 (1.59%) Sass
12 9 (1.43%) HTML5
13 8 (1.27%) Node.js
14 7 (1.11%) Ajax
14 7 (1.11%) AngularJS
14 7 (1.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 65 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (6.84%) Data Centre
3 37 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 25 (3.97%) Clustering
5 22 (3.50%) Enterprise Software
6 19 (3.02%) Replication
6 19 (3.02%) User Experience
7 14 (2.23%) NHS
7 14 (2.23%) Private Cloud
7 14 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (2.07%) Life Science
8 13 (2.07%) Public Cloud
9 12 (1.91%) Renewable Energy
10 11 (1.75%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.75%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 11 (1.75%) Mobile App
11 10 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
12 9 (1.43%) PKI
13 7 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 256 (40.70%) Windows Server
2 152 (24.17%) Linux
3 85 (13.51%) Windows 10
4 80 (12.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 71 (11.29%) Windows Server 2016
6 38 (6.04%) Windows Server 2019
7 32 (5.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 23 (3.66%) Unix
8 23 (3.66%) Windows 7
9 20 (3.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (2.07%) CentOS
11 12 (1.91%) Android
12 9 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.95%) Solaris
14 5 (0.79%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.64%) Check Point GAiA
16 3 (0.48%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.48%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.32%) Debian
18 1 (0.16%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (19.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 115 (18.28%) DevOps
3 111 (17.65%) ITIL
4 81 (12.88%) Problem-Solving
5 60 (9.54%) Infrastructure as Code
6 59 (9.38%) Continuous Integration
7 57 (9.06%) Migration
8 50 (7.95%) Agile Software Development
9 41 (6.52%) Project Management
10 39 (6.20%) Data Security
11 38 (6.04%) Disaster Recovery
12 31 (4.93%) E-Commerce
12 31 (4.93%) Information Security
13 30 (4.77%) MVC
14 29 (4.61%) Configuration Management
15 28 (4.45%) Service Delivery
16 25 (3.97%) Business Intelligence
16 25 (3.97%) Change Management
16 25 (3.97%) Project Delivery
16 25 (3.97%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 168 (26.71%) SQL
2 104 (16.53%) PowerShell
3 53 (8.43%) C#
4 38 (6.04%) JavaScript
4 38 (6.04%) Python
5 36 (5.72%) Bash Shell
6 15 (2.38%) PHP
6 15 (2.38%) T-SQL
7 14 (2.23%) C
7 14 (2.23%) Java
8 11 (1.75%) Perl
9 7 (1.11%) C++
9 7 (1.11%) Go
9 7 (1.11%) PL/SQL
10 6 (0.95%) VBScript
11 5 (0.79%) VB
12 4 (0.64%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.48%) Ruby
13 3 (0.48%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.48%) VC++
Qualifications
1 44 (7.00%) Degree
1 44 (7.00%) Security Cleared
2 43 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (6.84%) SC Cleared
3 28 (4.45%) MCSE
4 14 (2.23%) CCNA
4 14 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.91%) MCSA
6 11 (1.75%) RHCE
7 9 (1.43%) MCITP
8 8 (1.27%) CISSP
8 8 (1.27%) DBS Check
8 8 (1.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 7 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (1.11%) MCP
10 4 (0.64%) CISM
10 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Certified Architect
10 4 (0.64%) SSCP
11 3 (0.48%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.56%) SLA
2 19 (3.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (3.02%) QA
3 10 (1.59%) WAI
4 7 (1.11%) GDPR
4 7 (1.11%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.95%) OpenSCAP
6 5 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 5 (0.79%) NIST
7 2 (0.32%) HL7
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.16%) ITGC
8 1 (0.16%) PMO
8 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 280 (44.52%) Active Directory
2 112 (17.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (10.33%) Hyper-V
4 30 (4.77%) Docker
5 23 (3.66%) vSphere
6 19 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 10 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (1.27%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 8 (1.27%) XenApp
9 7 (1.11%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (0.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 6 (0.95%) VMware NSX
11 5 (0.79%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.64%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.48%) Firmware
14 2 (0.32%) NFS
14 2 (0.32%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.32%) VMware Server
15 1 (0.16%) KVM
Systems Management
1 69 (10.97%) SCCM
2 48 (7.63%) Terraform
3 36 (5.72%) Ansible
3 36 (5.72%) Kubernetes
4 29 (4.61%) Puppet
5 25 (3.97%) Opscode Chef
6 22 (3.50%) WSUS
7 20 (3.18%) Microsoft Intune
8 17 (2.70%) Failover Clustering
8 17 (2.70%) Microsoft Clustering
9 14 (2.23%) Nessus
10 11 (1.75%) NetBackup
11 10 (1.59%) Prometheus
11 10 (1.59%) vRealize
12 9 (1.43%) FortiGate
12 9 (1.43%) McAfee ePO
13 6 (0.95%) Grafana
13 6 (0.95%) HP Data Protector
13 6 (0.95%) Jamf Pro
13 6 (0.95%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 321 (51.03%) Microsoft
2 177 (28.14%) VMware
3 103 (16.38%) Cisco
4 60 (9.54%) Oracle
5 37 (5.88%) Citrix
6 32 (5.09%) EnterpriseDB
7 29 (4.61%) HP
8 21 (3.34%) Sophos
9 20 (3.18%) NetApp
10 19 (3.02%) SAP
11 18 (2.86%) McAfee
11 18 (2.86%) Red Hat
12 17 (2.70%) Veeam
13 14 (2.23%) ServiceNow
14 13 (2.07%) Apple
14 13 (2.07%) SolarWinds
15 12 (1.91%) Veritas
16 11 (1.75%) Symantec
17 10 (1.59%) CheckPoint
17 10 (1.59%) EMC