The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 9 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 135 121 95
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -26
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2113 2747 3488
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 2.36% 2.59% 3.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.14% 9.42% 11.01%
Number of salaries quoted 1744 2407 3040
Median salary £39,000 £38,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+1.29% -3.75%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £24,000 £23,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £58,500
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £37,500 £37,500

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
23115 29169 31678
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 25.78% 27.47% 27.92%
Number of salaries quoted 18260 23106 25396
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £27,500 £27,450
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK.

Microsoft Certification Salary Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 9 December 2016 within the UK.

Microsoft Certification Salary Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 9 December 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -14 1982 £39,500 +2.59% 197
London -18 663 £42,500 +1.19% 63
South East -22 431 £40,000 +3.89% 43
Yorkshire +45 211 £37,500 +7.14% 12
North West -22 171 £35,000 +7.69% 29
West Yorkshire +41 165 £37,500 +5.63% 9
South West -24 146 £37,500 -3.22% 10
East of England -28 135 £35,000 - 13
Leeds +42 134 £40,000 +11.11% 6
West Midlands -16 121 £36,000 -10.00% 10
City of London -12 120 £45,000 +2.27% 12
Surrey -36 104 £46,500 +9.41% 10
Manchester -1 103 £35,000 +7.69% 11
Berkshire +31 100 £42,500 -11.45% 12
East Midlands +6 81 £35,000 +18.64% 12
Hampshire -2 63 £35,000 -17.64% 10
Birmingham -16 55 £43,124 +7.81% 4
Buckinghamshire +9 51 £34,500 +5.34% 2
Reading +35 50 £45,000 - 7
Cambridgeshire +24 49 £37,500 +36.36% 6
Kent +9 40 £27,250 -9.16% 4
Cheshire +2 38 £34,000 +54.54% 11
Hertfordshire -1 36 £32,500 -7.14% 6
Gloucestershire -17 35 £48,750 -22.61%
North East +7 34 £33,250 +9.16% 4
Wiltshire +5 34 £35,000 -15.15% 2
Scotland -2 32 £39,000 -4.87% 4
Oxfordshire -8 32 £32,500 -13.33% 2
Cambridge +23 30 £30,500 -12.23% 1
Milton Keynes +10 29 £41,000 +26.15% 2

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 3474 (76.44%) Microsoft
2 2741 (60.31%) Windows
3 2274 (50.03%) MCSE
4 2003 (44.07%) Active Directory
5 1757 (38.66%) VMware
6 1621 (35.67%) Windows Server
7 1404 (30.89%) MS Excel
8 1375 (30.25%) SQL Server
9 1339 (29.46%) ITIL
10 1316 (28.95%) MCSA
11 1157 (25.46%) VMware Infrastructure
12 1110 (24.42%) SQL
13 1103 (24.27%) MS Exchange
14 1074 (23.63%) Cisco
15 1039 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
16 1038 (22.84%) Windows Server 2008
17 1037 (22.82%) Cisco Certification
18 905 (19.91%) CCNA
19 873 (19.21%) MCITP
20 843 (18.55%) Hyper-V
21 833 (18.33%) Office 365
22 811 (17.84%) Firewall
23 805 (17.71%) MCP
24 801 (17.62%) Citrix
25 725 (15.95%) Degree
26 705 (15.51%) Windows 7
27 648 (14.26%) WAN
28 643 (14.15%) LAN
29 642 (14.13%) Finance
30 629 (13.84%) .NET

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills 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 1103 (24.27%) MS Exchange
2 487 (10.72%) Exchange Server 2010
3 454 (9.99%) Exchange Server 2013
4 436 (9.59%) SharePoint
5 338 (7.44%) IIS
6 285 (6.27%) Skype for Business
7 258 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2007
8 109 (2.40%) SharePoint 2013
9 85 (1.87%) Apache
10 78 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
11 60 (1.32%) Tomcat
12 44 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
13 36 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 36 (0.79%) CMS
14 35 (0.77%) SAS
15 33 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
16 28 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
16 28 (0.62%) Umbraco
17 27 (0.59%) WebSphere
18 22 (0.48%) JBoss
Applications
1 1404 (30.89%) MS Excel
2 565 (12.43%) MS Office
3 50 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
4 49 (1.08%) MS Visio
5 16 (0.35%) Photoshop
6 9 (0.20%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.088%) Fireworks
7 4 (0.088%) MS Project
8 2 (0.044%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.044%) PTC Creo
8 2 (0.044%) S-PLUS
8 2 (0.044%) Windchill
9 1 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.022%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.022%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 74 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.13%) Sage 1000
5 4 (0.088%) Dynamics GP
5 4 (0.088%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.088%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.066%) Bankmaster
6 3 (0.066%) ReMetrica
6 3 (0.066%) Sage 200
7 2 (0.044%) HiPortfolio
7 2 (0.044%) SAP Business One
7 2 (0.044%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.022%) Magento
8 1 (0.022%) Sage 300 ERP
8 1 (0.022%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.022%) SystmOne
8 1 (0.022%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 833 (18.33%) Office 365
2 536 (11.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 182 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
4 119 (2.62%) SaaS
5 96 (2.11%) IaaS
6 84 (1.85%) PaaS
7 60 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
8 58 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
9 35 (0.77%) Mimecast
10 22 (0.48%) Yammer
11 17 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
11 17 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
12 11 (0.24%) G Suite
13 9 (0.20%) GitHub
13 9 (0.20%) OneDrive
14 5 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 5 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
14 5 (0.11%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.088%) IBM Cloud
15 4 (0.088%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 811 (17.84%) Firewall
2 648 (14.26%) WAN
3 643 (14.15%) LAN
4 616 (13.55%) DNS
5 580 (12.76%) SAN
6 523 (11.51%) DHCP
7 483 (10.63%) TCP/IP
8 419 (9.22%) VPN
9 246 (5.41%) VoIP
10 170 (3.74%) VLAN
11 150 (3.30%) Skype
12 148 (3.26%) Wireless
13 145 (3.19%) Internet
14 108 (2.38%) MPLS
15 105 (2.31%) Cisco ASA
16 97 (2.13%) Remote Desktop
17 94 (2.07%) Network Security
18 76 (1.67%) NAS
19 66 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
20 60 (1.32%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1375 (30.25%) SQL Server
2 378 (8.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 362 (7.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 340 (7.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 240 (5.28%) SQL Server 2012
6 184 (4.05%) SQL Server 2014
7 170 (3.74%) SQL Server 2005
8 159 (3.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 144 (3.17%) Relational Database
10 142 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
11 97 (2.13%) Big Data
12 77 (1.69%) RDBMS
13 69 (1.52%) Power BI
14 59 (1.30%) MySQL
15 52 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
16 38 (0.84%) SQL Server 2000
17 37 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 37 (0.81%) OLAP
18 33 (0.73%) GIS
18 33 (0.73%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 146 (3.21%) Visual Studio
2 120 (2.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 66 (1.45%) JIRA
4 48 (1.06%) NUnit
5 39 (0.86%) Git (software)
6 30 (0.66%) Moq
6 30 (0.66%) Rhino Mocks
7 16 (0.35%) Selenium
8 14 (0.31%) Eclipse
9 11 (0.24%) Redmine
10 10 (0.22%) ClearCase
11 9 (0.20%) TeamCity
12 8 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (0.18%) Bitbucket
12 8 (0.18%) CodeSonar
12 8 (0.18%) git-flow
12 8 (0.18%) MorphX
12 8 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
12 8 (0.18%) Robot Framework
12 8 (0.18%) WiX
General
1 642 (14.13%) Finance
2 132 (2.90%) Telecoms
3 100 (2.20%) Banking
4 98 (2.16%) Legal
5 91 (2.00%) Marketing
6 89 (1.96%) Games
7 80 (1.76%) Retail
8 64 (1.41%) Advertising
9 53 (1.17%) Law
10 48 (1.06%) Manufacturing
11 38 (0.84%) Billing
12 24 (0.53%) Automotive
13 23 (0.51%) Publishing
14 16 (0.35%) Back Office
14 16 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 13 (0.29%) French Language
15 13 (0.29%) Local Government
15 13 (0.29%) Spanish Language
16 12 (0.26%) Financial Institution
16 12 (0.26%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 674 (14.83%) Support Engineer
2 618 (13.60%) Developer
3 603 (13.27%) Analyst
4 530 (11.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 329 (7.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 305 (6.71%) IT Support
7 304 (6.69%) Consultant
8 271 (5.96%) 3rd Line Support
9 256 (5.63%) IT Engineer
10 247 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
10 247 (5.43%) Architect
11 244 (5.37%) .NET Developer
12 243 (5.35%) DBA
13 242 (5.32%) Administrator
14 231 (5.08%) SQL DBA
15 229 (5.04%) C# Developer
16 228 (5.02%) Windows Engineer
17 223 (4.91%) Support Analyst
18 208 (4.58%) Service Desk Analyst
19 196 (4.31%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 629 (13.84%) .NET
2 416 (9.15%) ASP.NET
3 291 (6.40%) HTML
4 249 (5.48%) CSS
5 213 (4.69%) Web Services
6 207 (4.55%) ASP.NET MVC
7 192 (4.22%) .NET Framework
8 175 (3.85%) jQuery
9 123 (2.71%) WCF
10 118 (2.60%) AngularJS
11 102 (2.24%) XML
12 81 (1.78%) ASP.NET Web API
13 74 (1.63%) ASP.NET MVC 5
14 71 (1.56%) HTML5
15 66 (1.45%) Entity Framework
16 58 (1.28%) CSS3
17 56 (1.23%) Ajax
18 53 (1.17%) KnockoutJS
19 50 (1.10%) WinForms
20 48 (1.06%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 455 (10.01%) Data Centre
2 327 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
3 242 (5.32%) Computer Science
4 189 (4.16%) Clustering
5 163 (3.59%) Driving Licence
6 138 (3.04%) Blackberry
7 129 (2.84%) Replication
8 111 (2.44%) Management Information System
9 109 (2.40%) Enterprise Software
10 94 (2.07%) Hybrid Cloud
11 91 (2.00%) Video Conferencing
12 79 (1.74%) Client/Server
13 68 (1.50%) Statistics
14 66 (1.45%) Mathematics
15 61 (1.34%) Private Cloud
16 59 (1.30%) Public Cloud
17 51 (1.12%) iPhone
18 42 (0.92%) User Experience
19 39 (0.86%) PKI
20 36 (0.79%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2741 (60.31%) Windows
2 1621 (35.67%) Windows Server
3 1039 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 1038 (22.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 705 (15.51%) Windows 7
6 462 (10.17%) Linux
7 407 (8.95%) Windows Server 2003
8 361 (7.94%) Windows 8
9 262 (5.76%) Windows 10
10 126 (2.77%) Unix
11 103 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 102 (2.24%) Mac OS X
13 94 (2.07%) Windows XP
14 66 (1.45%) Android
15 60 (1.32%) Apple iOS
16 37 (0.81%) CentOS
17 31 (0.68%) Ubuntu
18 26 (0.57%) Windows Vista
19 22 (0.48%) Mac OS
20 18 (0.40%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1339 (29.46%) ITIL
2 479 (10.54%) Agile Software Development
3 313 (6.89%) MVC
4 310 (6.82%) Migration
5 305 (6.71%) Mentoring
6 288 (6.34%) Disaster Recovery
7 247 (5.43%) Service Delivery
8 242 (5.32%) High Availability
9 238 (5.24%) Presales
10 235 (5.17%) Service Management
11 233 (5.13%) Project Management
12 227 (4.99%) Scrum
13 200 (4.40%) Business Intelligence
14 178 (3.92%) PRINCE2
15 174 (3.83%) Problem Management
16 171 (3.76%) ITIL V3
17 155 (3.41%) Performance Tuning
18 140 (3.08%) Software Engineering
19 139 (3.06%) Incident Management
20 134 (2.95%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 1110 (24.42%) SQL
2 614 (13.51%) C#
3 523 (11.51%) PowerShell
4 368 (8.10%) T-SQL
5 328 (7.22%) JavaScript
6 134 (2.95%) VB.NET
7 117 (2.57%) C
8 81 (1.78%) Java
8 81 (1.78%) VB
9 75 (1.65%) Python
10 72 (1.58%) VBScript
11 67 (1.47%) C++
12 52 (1.14%) Perl
13 41 (0.90%) R
14 40 (0.88%) PHP
15 35 (0.77%) Bash Shell
16 34 (0.75%) PL/SQL
17 31 (0.68%) Objective-C
18 22 (0.48%) VBA
19 19 (0.42%) VB6
Qualifications
1 2274 (50.03%) MCSE
2 1316 (28.95%) MCSA
3 1037 (22.82%) Cisco Certification
4 905 (19.91%) CCNA
5 873 (19.21%) MCITP
6 805 (17.71%) MCP
7 725 (15.95%) Degree
8 532 (11.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 355 (7.81%) MCTS
10 322 (7.08%) Security Cleared
11 206 (4.53%) CCNP
12 180 (3.96%) Citrix Certification
13 178 (3.92%) MCSD
14 173 (3.81%) ITIL Certification
15 166 (3.65%) SC Cleared
16 145 (3.19%) CISSP
17 132 (2.90%) A+ Certification
18 127 (2.79%) MCDST
19 119 (2.62%) CCA
20 108 (2.38%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 418 (9.20%) SLA
2 110 (2.42%) PCI DSS
3 78 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 71 (1.56%) QA
5 15 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.18%) GPG13
7 7 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.088%) WAI
8 4 (0.088%) WCAG
9 3 (0.066%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.044%) COBIT
10 2 (0.044%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.044%) ISO27002
10 2 (0.044%) SSAE 16
11 1 (0.022%) GCP
11 1 (0.022%) HL7
11 1 (0.022%) PA-DSS
11 1 (0.022%) PMBOK
System Software
1 2003 (44.07%) Active Directory
2 1157 (25.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 843 (18.55%) Hyper-V
4 330 (7.26%) vSphere
5 326 (7.17%) XenApp
6 134 (2.95%) VMware ESX
7 111 (2.44%) XenDesktop
8 110 (2.42%) Virtual Servers
9 96 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
10 84 (1.85%) Terminal Services
11 61 (1.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 59 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
13 50 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
14 33 (0.73%) NFS
14 33 (0.73%) vCloud
14 33 (0.73%) XenServer
15 31 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
16 29 (0.64%) Docker
17 28 (0.62%) VMware Server
18 25 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 441 (9.70%) SCCM
2 249 (5.48%) SCOM
3 125 (2.75%) WSUS
4 87 (1.91%) Backup Exec
5 59 (1.30%) AirWatch
6 55 (1.21%) NetBackup
7 54 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
8 47 (1.03%) SCVMM
9 45 (0.99%) Puppet
10 40 (0.88%) Nagios
11 35 (0.77%) Failover Clustering
12 34 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
13 28 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
14 27 (0.59%) Norton AntiVirus
15 26 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 26 (0.57%) Nessus
15 26 (0.57%) SCOrch
16 25 (0.55%) FortiGate
17 22 (0.48%) Veritas Storage Foundation
18 20 (0.44%) Ansible
Vendors
1 3474 (76.44%) Microsoft
2 1757 (38.66%) VMware
3 1074 (23.63%) Cisco
4 801 (17.62%) Citrix
5 483 (10.63%) HP
6 208 (4.58%) NetApp
7 183 (4.03%) Oracle
8 175 (3.85%) Dell
9 164 (3.61%) Apple
10 156 (3.43%) EMC
11 142 (3.12%) Red Hat
12 137 (3.01%) Veeam
13 109 (2.40%) SolarWinds
14 99 (2.18%) Juniper
15 93 (2.05%) Symantec
16 90 (1.98%) Avaya
17 86 (1.89%) IBM
18 83 (1.83%) CheckPoint
19 71 (1.56%) Draytek
20 70 (1.54%) Sophos
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