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 30 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 89 68 59
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -9
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3442 4008 4956
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 3.02% 3.75% 4.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.17% 14.04% 14.64%
Number of salaries quoted 2898 3596 4451
Average salary £37,500 £40,000 £38,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £58,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £36,500 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-5.19% +2.66%

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
30817 28552 33844
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.05% 26.69% 28.92%
Number of salaries quoted 24103 23313 28364
Average salary £45,000 £43,150 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.28% +1.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 30 September 2014 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 average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2014. 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 historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -18 3237 £38,000 -5.00% 421
London -20 1208 £42,500 -3.40% 115
South East -21 754 £40,000 - 99
City of London +33 362 £44,500 -1.11% 40
East of England -11 252 £37,500 - 29
West Midlands -7 244 £37,500 -6.25% 29
Yorkshire -12 224 £32,000 -8.57% 32
North West -22 211 £34,500 -8.00% 47
South West -19 208 £32,500 -13.33% 35
Hampshire -2 184 £30,000 -20.00% 21
Surrey -15 184 £40,000 - 26
East Midlands -20 163 £37,500 -1.31% 16
West Yorkshire -6 159 £33,750 -7.53% 17
Berkshire -36 144 £40,000 - 19
Birmingham +8 132 £40,000 -11.11% 11
Manchester +8 106 £34,500 -1.42% 30
Leeds +6 100 £37,500 +1.35% 9
Scotland 0 95 £34,500 -13.75% 16
Hertfordshire -1 87 £38,750 +10.71% 8
Reading -13 87 £40,000 - 13
Buckinghamshire -6 85 £45,000 +20.80% 13
Northamptonshire +2 84 £37,500 +7.14% 4
Cambridgeshire -13 71 £40,000 - 10
Cheshire -20 67 £34,500 -8.00% 9
Northampton +3 66 £37,500 +7.14% 1
Cambridge -6 64 £37,500 -6.25% 4
Kent -6 64 £50,000 +25.00% 3
Oxfordshire -14 64 £33,000 -17.50% 13
Southampton +2 60 £32,500 -13.33% 7
Milton Keynes -11 52 £42,500 +6.25% 6

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification.

1 5410 (73.57%) Microsoft
2 4779 (64.99%) Windows
3 3679 (50.03%) MCSE
4 2839 (38.60%) Active Directory
5 2742 (37.29%) VMware
6 2459 (33.44%) MS Excel
7 2431 (33.06%) SQL Server
8 2161 (29.39%) Windows Server 2008
9 2109 (28.68%) MCITP
10 2101 (28.57%) MS Exchange
11 1941 (26.39%) ITIL
12 1749 (23.78%) VMware Infrastructure
13 1684 (22.90%) SQL
14 1638 (22.27%) MCP
15 1574 (21.40%) Citrix
16 1536 (20.89%) MCSA
17 1478 (20.10%) Cisco
18 1450 (19.72%) .NET
19 1371 (18.64%) Cisco Certification
20 1339 (18.21%) MCTS
21 1267 (17.23%) Windows Server 2003
22 1246 (16.94%) CCNA
23 1240 (16.86%) C#
24 1237 (16.82%) DNS
25 1231 (16.74%) Degree
26 1181 (16.06%) Windows 7
27 1178 (16.02%) Windows Server 2012
28 1150 (15.64%) SAN
29 1145 (15.57%) Firewall
30 1132 (15.39%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2101 (28.57%) MS Exchange
2 1132 (15.39%) SharePoint
3 1085 (14.75%) Exchange Server 2010
4 680 (9.25%) Exchange Server 2007
5 643 (8.74%) Lync
6 591 (8.04%) Exchange Server 2013
7 555 (7.55%) IIS
8 393 (5.34%) Exchange Server 2003
9 323 (4.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 267 (3.63%) SharePoint 2013
11 230 (3.13%) SharePoint 2010
12 145 (1.97%) SharePoint Server
13 130 (1.77%) BizTalk Server
14 89 (1.21%) Office Communications Server
15 74 (1.01%) Lotus Domino
16 52 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2000
17 50 (0.68%) CMS
17 50 (0.68%) Apache
18 49 (0.67%) IBM Notes
19 43 (0.58%) Node.js
Applications
1 2459 (33.44%) MS Excel
2 1031 (14.02%) MS Office
3 77 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
4 50 (0.68%) InfoPath
4 50 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 37 (0.50%) MS Project
6 18 (0.24%) PowerPivot
7 14 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.14%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.095%) Mingle
10 5 (0.068%) SPSS
11 4 (0.054%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.054%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.054%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.041%) FastStats
13 2 (0.027%) SketchUp
13 2 (0.027%) Final Cut Pro
13 2 (0.027%) Maya
13 2 (0.027%) 3ds Max
13 2 (0.027%) Revit
Business Applications
1 192 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 65 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 34 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 17 (0.23%) Summit
5 14 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
6 13 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 12 (0.16%) assyst
8 10 (0.14%) SAP Business One
9 7 (0.095%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 7 (0.095%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.095%) Magento
9 7 (0.095%) Markit EDM
10 6 (0.082%) Eikon
10 6 (0.082%) Visualfiles
11 4 (0.054%) Oracle CRM
11 4 (0.054%) Sage 200
12 3 (0.041%) JDE EnterpriseOne
12 3 (0.041%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.041%) Temenos T24
12 3 (0.041%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 472 (6.42%) Office 365
2 278 (3.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (0.91%) SaaS
4 52 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
5 37 (0.50%) IaaS
6 30 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (0.18%) Google Apps
8 11 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (0.14%) PaaS
10 4 (0.054%) Joyent
10 4 (0.054%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1237 (16.82%) DNS
2 1150 (15.64%) SAN
3 1145 (15.57%) Firewall
4 967 (13.15%) TCP/IP
5 884 (12.02%) DHCP
6 756 (10.28%) LAN
7 752 (10.23%) WAN
8 587 (7.98%) VPN
9 293 (3.98%) Internet
10 288 (3.92%) VoIP
11 230 (3.13%) NAS
12 206 (2.80%) Unified Communications
13 197 (2.68%) Wireless
14 166 (2.26%) Network Security
15 165 (2.24%) VLAN
16 131 (1.78%) Cisco ASA
17 110 (1.50%) NetScaler
18 107 (1.45%) SMTP
19 104 (1.41%) iSCSI
20 101 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2431 (33.06%) SQL Server
2 608 (8.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 488 (6.64%) SQL Server 2012
4 441 (6.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 381 (5.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 317 (4.31%) SQL Server 2005
7 260 (3.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 255 (3.47%) Data Warehouse
9 131 (1.78%) MySQL
10 88 (1.20%) OLAP
11 77 (1.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 69 (0.94%) Relational Database
13 58 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
14 51 (0.69%) Oracle Database
15 44 (0.60%) Crystal Reports
16 40 (0.54%) NoSQL
17 36 (0.49%) OLTP
18 35 (0.48%) DTS
19 30 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
19 30 (0.41%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 352 (4.79%) NUnit
2 291 (3.96%) Rhino Mocks
3 288 (3.92%) Visual Studio
4 215 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 214 (2.91%) Moq
6 152 (2.07%) Subversion
7 114 (1.55%) MSTest
8 34 (0.46%) TeamCity
9 32 (0.44%) Git (software)
10 23 (0.31%) MSI
11 21 (0.29%) JIRA
11 21 (0.29%) Jenkins
12 18 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
13 17 (0.23%) Selenium
13 17 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 14 (0.19%) MSBuild
15 13 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 11 (0.15%) FogBugz
17 9 (0.12%) CruiseControl
18 8 (0.11%) InstallShield
General
1 1004 (13.65%) Finance
2 248 (3.37%) Telecoms
3 236 (3.21%) Banking
4 175 (2.38%) Legal
5 165 (2.24%) Law
6 159 (2.16%) Retail
7 142 (1.93%) Games
7 142 (1.93%) Advertising
8 122 (1.66%) Marketing
9 77 (1.05%) Manufacturing
10 59 (0.80%) Back Office
11 47 (0.64%) Investment Banking
12 30 (0.41%) Music Industry
13 26 (0.35%) Electronics
14 21 (0.29%) Aerospace
15 19 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
15 19 (0.26%) Financial Institution
15 19 (0.26%) German Language
16 17 (0.23%) Billing
17 15 (0.20%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1333 (18.13%) Developer
2 1065 (14.48%) Analyst
3 953 (12.96%) Support Engineer
4 639 (8.69%) .NET Developer
5 628 (8.54%) Consultant
6 591 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 464 (6.31%) Administrator
8 462 (6.28%) Support Analyst
9 443 (6.02%) 3rd Line Support
10 350 (4.76%) IT Support
11 328 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
12 322 (4.38%) Architect
13 315 (4.28%) C# Developer
14 286 (3.89%) Service Analyst
15 271 (3.69%) Service Desk Analyst
16 256 (3.48%) Systems Engineer
17 254 (3.45%) C# .NET Developer
18 253 (3.44%) DBA
19 230 (3.13%) Technical Support
20 219 (2.98%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1450 (19.72%) .NET
2 954 (12.97%) ASP.NET
3 584 (7.94%) WCF
4 575 (7.82%) HTML
5 548 (7.45%) ASP.NET MVC
6 470 (6.39%) CSS
7 392 (5.33%) .NET Framework
8 364 (4.95%) WPF
9 344 (4.68%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 331 (4.50%) XML
11 290 (3.94%) jQuery
12 256 (3.48%) Razor View Engine
13 245 (3.33%) Ajax
14 242 (3.29%) Web Services
15 229 (3.11%) NHibernate
15 229 (3.11%) HTML5
16 181 (2.46%) Castle Windsor
16 181 (2.46%) WinForms
17 158 (2.15%) Silverlight
18 144 (1.96%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 549 (7.47%) Analytical Skills
2 482 (6.55%) Blackberry
3 419 (5.70%) Clustering
4 288 (3.92%) Computer Science
5 237 (3.22%) Management Information System
6 127 (1.73%) Replication
7 123 (1.67%) Thin Client
7 123 (1.67%) Fat Client
8 117 (1.59%) Inversion of Control
9 112 (1.52%) Client/Server
10 110 (1.50%) iPhone
11 103 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
12 89 (1.21%) PKI
13 86 (1.17%) Mathematics
14 85 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
15 77 (1.05%) EqualLogic
16 54 (0.73%) Statistics
17 47 (0.64%) iPad
18 45 (0.61%) N-Tier
19 44 (0.60%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 4779 (64.99%) Windows
2 2161 (29.39%) Windows Server 2008
3 1267 (17.23%) Windows Server 2003
4 1181 (16.06%) Windows 7
5 1178 (16.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 613 (8.34%) Windows XP
7 593 (8.06%) Linux
8 414 (5.63%) Windows 8
9 202 (2.75%) UNIX
10 174 (2.37%) Windows Vista
11 149 (2.03%) Android
12 111 (1.51%) Windows 2000 Server
12 111 (1.51%) Windows 2000
13 105 (1.43%) Mac OS X
14 102 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 67 (0.91%) Solaris
16 56 (0.76%) Apple iOS
17 54 (0.73%) VMS
18 47 (0.64%) Windows Phone
19 39 (0.53%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1941 (26.39%) ITIL
2 928 (12.62%) Agile Software Development
3 712 (9.68%) MVC
4 518 (7.04%) TDD
5 498 (6.77%) Scrum
6 450 (6.12%) Project Management
7 421 (5.72%) Migration
8 357 (4.85%) Business Intelligence
9 342 (4.65%) Disaster Recovery
10 340 (4.62%) Mentoring
11 324 (4.41%) Service Delivery
12 323 (4.39%) CRM
13 322 (4.38%) Web Application Development
14 281 (3.82%) Change Management
15 263 (3.58%) Service Management
16 255 (3.47%) Performance Tuning
17 235 (3.20%) PRINCE2
18 212 (2.88%) Problem Management
19 208 (2.83%) Kanban
20 205 (2.79%) OO
Programming Languages
1 1684 (22.90%) SQL
2 1240 (16.86%) C#
3 533 (7.25%) JavaScript
4 457 (6.21%) T-SQL
5 437 (5.94%) PowerShell
6 178 (2.42%) VB.NET
7 166 (2.26%) VB
8 132 (1.79%) VBScript
9 99 (1.35%) C
10 84 (1.14%) Java
11 66 (0.90%) C++
12 54 (0.73%) VBA
13 45 (0.61%) PHP
14 35 (0.48%) Perl
15 31 (0.42%) VB6
16 23 (0.31%) Python
17 19 (0.26%) Ruby
18 17 (0.23%) Bash Shell
19 16 (0.22%) Shell Script
20 12 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 3679 (50.03%) MCSE
2 2109 (28.68%) MCITP
3 1638 (22.27%) MCP
4 1536 (20.89%) MCSA
5 1371 (18.64%) Cisco Certification
6 1339 (18.21%) MCTS
7 1246 (16.94%) CCNA
8 1231 (16.74%) Degree
9 809 (11.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 656 (8.92%) MCSD
11 470 (6.39%) MCAD
12 448 (6.09%) Citrix Certification
13 347 (4.72%) CCA
14 321 (4.36%) CCNP
15 293 (3.98%) Security Cleared
16 248 (3.37%) ITIL Certification
17 238 (3.24%) SC Cleared
18 183 (2.49%) MCDST
19 174 (2.37%) MCDBA
20 164 (2.23%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 545 (7.41%) SLA
2 142 (1.93%) QA
3 78 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 58 (0.79%) ISO 9001
5 55 (0.75%) PCI DSS
6 27 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.15%) COBIT
8 5 (0.068%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.041%) BS7799
9 3 (0.041%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.014%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 1 (0.014%) GMP
10 1 (0.014%) GLP
10 1 (0.014%) TickIT
10 1 (0.014%) Section 508
System Software
1 2839 (38.60%) Active Directory
2 1749 (23.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1125 (15.30%) Hyper-V
4 439 (5.97%) XenApp
5 405 (5.51%) vSphere
6 266 (3.62%) VMware ESX
7 227 (3.09%) XenDesktop
8 181 (2.46%) VMware ESXi
9 138 (1.88%) XenServer
10 96 (1.31%) UAG
11 95 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
12 91 (1.24%) Terminal Services
13 81 (1.10%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 72 (0.98%) Forefront TMG
15 60 (0.82%) ISA Server
16 54 (0.73%) vCloud
17 43 (0.58%) MetaFrame
18 37 (0.50%) VMware Server
19 32 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
19 32 (0.44%) Xen
Systems Management
1 632 (8.59%) SCCM
2 317 (4.31%) Backup Exec
3 307 (4.17%) SCOM
4 131 (1.78%) Norton AntiVirus
5 106 (1.44%) SCVMM
6 99 (1.35%) WSUS
7 62 (0.84%) NetBackup
8 61 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
8 61 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 55 (0.75%) SCDPM
10 48 (0.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 36 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
12 35 (0.48%) SCOrch
12 35 (0.48%) SCSM
12 35 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 34 (0.46%) Tivoli
14 27 (0.37%) Nagios
15 22 (0.30%) HP SIM
16 20 (0.27%) Puppet
17 19 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 5410 (73.57%) Microsoft
2 2742 (37.29%) VMware
3 1574 (21.40%) Citrix
4 1478 (20.10%) Cisco
5 843 (11.46%) HP
6 415 (5.64%) Symantec
7 365 (4.96%) NetApp
8 358 (4.87%) Dell
9 305 (4.15%) Oracle
10 295 (4.01%) Apple
11 234 (3.18%) EMC
12 222 (3.02%) Avaya
13 216 (2.94%) Juniper
14 180 (2.45%) IBM
15 142 (1.93%) Veeam
16 140 (1.90%) McAfee
17 130 (1.77%) CheckPoint
18 121 (1.65%) Red Hat
19 104 (1.41%) SAP
20 90 (1.22%) Lotus
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Channelgate
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum + Benefits (09:00-5:30 Mon-Fri) + Free parking
Posted: 1 hour ago
South East
Fenwick Ryan
Salary: £65000 - £80000 per annum + 20% Comm. + Car Allowance
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Liverpool, Merseyside
Quindell Plc - Metaskil
Salary: £Competitive
Posted: 1 hour ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Salary: £375 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Salary: £47000 - £50000 per annum + Car and Bonus
Posted: 2 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £17000 - £20000 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £33250 per annum + (package)+ben
Posted: 2 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + Microsoft Training
Posted: 3 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Salary: £32000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £28000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 43,000 + Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Kent
Coal IT Services
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + Package
Posted: 3 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Net Talent
Posted: 3 hours ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £24000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £55000.00 - £60000.00 per annum + bonus
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Price Carnell Limited
Salary: From £18,000 to £22,000 per annum + Benefits
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Hinckley, Leicestershire
Big Red Recruitment
Salary: £19000 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Middlesbrough, Cleveland
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £22000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
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Wiltshire
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Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
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