The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 84 65 59
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -6
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3664 4096 4826
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 3.13% 3.77% 4.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.53% 13.80% 14.61%
Number of salaries quoted 3139 3695 4371
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £25,000 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £39,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +4.00%
Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
31774 29671 33039
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.14% 27.28% 28.00%
Number of salaries quoted 24870 23890 28299
Average salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.52% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

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 28 July 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 28 July 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -19 3444 £40,000 - 392
London -22 1308 £42,500 -2.29% 115
South East -21 873 £40,000 - 78
City of London +27 342 £47,000 +4.44% 39
East of England -20 282 £37,500 -6.25% 35
Yorkshire +4 253 £36,500 +4.28% 37
North West -4 236 £32,500 -7.14% 28
West Midlands -14 218 £37,500 +1.35% 32
Hampshire -3 191 £32,500 -13.33% 16
Surrey -32 183 £40,000 -2.43% 16
West Yorkshire -5 165 £36,500 +12.30% 23
South West -23 161 £35,000 -12.50% 31
East Midlands -18 151 £40,000 +6.66% 33
Berkshire -50 134 £37,500 -6.25% 17
Leeds +18 127 £40,000 +14.28% 14
Buckinghamshire -18 112 £45,000 +15.38% 9
Manchester -1 108 £32,500 -13.33% 19
Birmingham -3 97 £42,000 -1.17% 20
Kent +24 94 £45,000 +12.50% 7
Cheshire -2 91 £32,250 +4.03% 5
Scotland -8 91 £34,000 -15.00% 19
Hertfordshire -9 87 £45,000 +23.28% 10
Oxfordshire +11 82 £33,000 -17.50% 7
Southampton +8 73 £32,500 -13.33% 6
Cambridgeshire -26 70 £37,500 -6.25% 12
Bedfordshire +31 69 £35,000 -11.39% 9
West Sussex +8 69 £37,500 -6.25% 2
Reading -36 68 £41,250 -8.33% 4
Northamptonshire -6 60 £38,000 +8.57% 13
Milton Keynes -14 56 £42,500 +6.25% 6

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 5662 (72.76%) Microsoft
2 4919 (63.21%) Windows
3 3691 (47.43%) MCSE
4 2930 (37.65%) Active Directory
5 2843 (36.53%) SQL Server
6 2731 (35.09%) VMware
7 2524 (32.43%) MS Excel
8 2223 (28.57%) MS Exchange
9 2205 (28.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 2153 (27.67%) MCITP
11 2051 (26.36%) MCP
12 1907 (24.51%) ITIL
13 1898 (24.39%) SQL
14 1858 (23.88%) .NET
15 1770 (22.74%) VMware Infrastructure
16 1605 (20.62%) C#
17 1586 (20.38%) MCTS
18 1571 (20.19%) Citrix
19 1509 (19.39%) MCSA
20 1489 (19.13%) Cisco
21 1352 (17.37%) Windows Server 2003
22 1350 (17.35%) Degree
23 1309 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
24 1308 (16.81%) DNS
25 1303 (16.74%) ASP.NET
26 1216 (15.63%) CCNA
27 1208 (15.52%) Exchange Server 2010
28 1204 (15.47%) Windows 7
29 1198 (15.39%) Firewall
30 1189 (15.28%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 2223 (28.57%) MS Exchange
2 1208 (15.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1189 (15.28%) SharePoint
4 716 (9.20%) Exchange Server 2007
5 617 (7.93%) IIS
5 617 (7.93%) Lync
6 594 (7.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 438 (5.63%) Exchange Server 2003
8 373 (4.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 286 (3.68%) SharePoint 2010
9 286 (3.68%) SharePoint 2013
10 162 (2.08%) SharePoint Server
11 160 (2.06%) BizTalk Server
12 96 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
13 82 (1.05%) Lotus Domino
14 67 (0.86%) CMS
15 54 (0.69%) Node.js
16 53 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2000
17 52 (0.67%) Tomcat
18 51 (0.66%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 2524 (32.43%) MS Excel
2 1029 (13.22%) MS Office
3 91 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 55 (0.71%) MS Visio
5 49 (0.63%) InfoPath
6 44 (0.57%) MS Project
7 16 (0.21%) PowerPivot
7 16 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.090%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.077%) Acrobat
9 6 (0.077%) Mingle
10 3 (0.039%) FastStats
10 3 (0.039%) SPSS
11 2 (0.026%) Maya
11 2 (0.026%) 3ds Max
11 2 (0.026%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.026%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.026%) SketchUp
11 2 (0.026%) Final Cut Pro
11 2 (0.026%) Revit
Business Applications
1 200 (2.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 45 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 30 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.21%) Summit
5 15 (0.19%) SAP Business One
6 14 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
7 10 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.13%) Markit EDM
8 8 (0.10%) Magento
8 8 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
8 8 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 7 (0.090%) Oracle CRM
10 6 (0.077%) assyst
10 6 (0.077%) Eikon
10 6 (0.077%) Sage 200
11 5 (0.064%) Visualfiles
12 4 (0.051%) Dynamics GP
12 4 (0.051%) IntelliMatch
13 3 (0.039%) Google Analytics
13 3 (0.039%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 473 (6.08%) Office 365
2 234 (3.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 89 (1.14%) SaaS
4 63 (0.81%) Amazon AWS
5 40 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
6 25 (0.32%) IaaS
7 19 (0.24%) Google Apps
8 11 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
9 9 (0.12%) PaaS
10 5 (0.064%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.064%) Joyent
11 1 (0.013%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.013%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 1308 (16.81%) DNS
2 1198 (15.39%) Firewall
3 1177 (15.12%) SAN
4 990 (12.72%) TCP/IP
5 915 (11.76%) DHCP
6 807 (10.37%) LAN
7 769 (9.88%) WAN
8 653 (8.39%) VPN
9 375 (4.82%) Internet
10 289 (3.71%) VoIP
11 252 (3.24%) NAS
12 214 (2.75%) Wireless
13 207 (2.66%) Unified Communications
14 176 (2.26%) Network Security
15 160 (2.06%) VLAN
16 126 (1.62%) Cisco ASA
17 120 (1.54%) SMTP
18 117 (1.50%) SSL
19 110 (1.41%) LDAP
20 107 (1.37%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2843 (36.53%) SQL Server
2 720 (9.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 673 (8.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 513 (6.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 437 (5.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 333 (4.28%) SQL Server 2005
7 278 (3.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 240 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
9 133 (1.71%) MySQL
10 120 (1.54%) Relational Database
11 89 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 87 (1.12%) OLAP
13 58 (0.75%) Oracle Database
14 53 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
15 47 (0.60%) DTS
16 46 (0.59%) OLTP
17 44 (0.57%) NoSQL
18 43 (0.55%) Crystal Reports
19 41 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
20 40 (0.51%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 593 (7.62%) NUnit
2 517 (6.64%) Rhino Mocks
3 355 (4.56%) Moq
4 324 (4.16%) Visual Studio
5 254 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
6 228 (2.93%) Subversion
7 198 (2.54%) MSTest
8 56 (0.72%) Git (software)
9 27 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 26 (0.33%) TeamCity
11 23 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 22 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
13 21 (0.27%) MSBuild
14 18 (0.23%) JIRA
15 16 (0.21%) MSI
15 16 (0.21%) Jenkins
16 12 (0.15%) CruiseControl
17 9 (0.12%) ReSharper
17 9 (0.12%) InstallShield
18 8 (0.10%) Selenium
General
1 1066 (13.70%) Finance
2 294 (3.78%) Banking
3 253 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 226 (2.90%) Games
5 179 (2.30%) Retail
6 177 (2.27%) Legal
7 156 (2.00%) Law
8 147 (1.89%) Marketing
9 142 (1.82%) Advertising
10 87 (1.12%) Manufacturing
11 73 (0.94%) Investment Banking
12 61 (0.78%) Back Office
13 45 (0.58%) Music Industry
14 41 (0.53%) Financial Institution
15 30 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
16 25 (0.32%) German Language
17 23 (0.30%) Aerospace
18 21 (0.27%) Publishing
18 21 (0.27%) Electronics
19 16 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 1645 (21.14%) Developer
2 1163 (14.94%) Analyst
3 911 (11.71%) Support Engineer
4 886 (11.39%) .NET Developer
5 657 (8.44%) Consultant
6 582 (7.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 540 (6.94%) Administrator
8 515 (6.62%) Support Analyst
9 452 (5.81%) 3rd Line Support
10 406 (5.22%) C# Developer
11 400 (5.14%) 2nd Line Support
12 340 (4.37%) IT Support
13 325 (4.18%) C# .NET Developer
14 314 (4.03%) Architect
15 296 (3.80%) DBA
16 279 (3.59%) Systems Administrator
17 274 (3.52%) Systems Engineer
18 273 (3.51%) Service Analyst
19 255 (3.28%) Service Desk Analyst
20 252 (3.24%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1858 (23.88%) .NET
2 1303 (16.74%) ASP.NET
3 828 (10.64%) WCF
4 815 (10.47%) ASP.NET MVC
5 657 (8.44%) HTML
6 616 (7.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 571 (7.34%) WPF
8 522 (6.71%) CSS
9 504 (6.48%) .NET Framework
10 461 (5.92%) Razor View Engine
11 418 (5.37%) XML
12 393 (5.05%) NHibernate
13 350 (4.50%) Castle Windsor
14 339 (4.36%) Ajax
15 321 (4.12%) Web Services
16 295 (3.79%) WinForms
17 291 (3.74%) jQuery
18 272 (3.50%) HTML5
19 232 (2.98%) LINQ
20 201 (2.58%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 534 (6.86%) Blackberry
2 434 (5.58%) Clustering
3 365 (4.69%) Computer Science
4 238 (3.06%) Management Information System
5 203 (2.61%) Inversion of Control
6 190 (2.44%) Replication
7 149 (1.91%) Client/Server
8 145 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
9 109 (1.40%) iPhone
10 102 (1.31%) Fat Client
10 102 (1.31%) Thin Client
11 91 (1.17%) Mathematics
11 91 (1.17%) PKI
12 85 (1.09%) EqualLogic
13 78 (1.00%) Tandem
14 65 (0.84%) Statistics
15 62 (0.80%) Firmware
16 61 (0.78%) N-Tier
17 58 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
18 49 (0.63%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 4919 (63.21%) Windows
2 2205 (28.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1352 (17.37%) Windows Server 2003
4 1204 (15.47%) Windows 7
5 1116 (14.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 645 (8.29%) Linux
7 627 (8.06%) Windows XP
8 428 (5.50%) Windows 8
9 222 (2.85%) UNIX
10 168 (2.16%) Android
11 161 (2.07%) Windows Vista
12 118 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 109 (1.40%) Mac OS X
14 87 (1.12%) Windows 2000
15 81 (1.04%) Windows 2000 Server
16 66 (0.85%) Solaris
17 61 (0.78%) Apple iOS
18 60 (0.77%) Windows Phone
19 49 (0.63%) Mac OS
19 49 (0.63%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1907 (24.51%) ITIL
2 984 (12.64%) MVC
3 797 (10.24%) TDD
4 730 (9.38%) Scrum
5 563 (7.23%) Web Application Development
6 442 (5.68%) Migration
7 397 (5.10%) Project Management
8 381 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
9 379 (4.87%) Business Intelligence
10 348 (4.47%) Kanban
11 341 (4.38%) CRM
11 341 (4.38%) Service Delivery
12 332 (4.27%) Agile Software Development
13 315 (4.05%) OO
14 301 (3.87%) Performance Tuning
15 280 (3.60%) BDD
16 276 (3.55%) PRINCE2
17 273 (3.51%) Change Management
18 271 (3.48%) Service Management
19 259 (3.33%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 1898 (24.39%) SQL
2 1605 (20.62%) C#
3 612 (7.86%) JavaScript
4 515 (6.62%) T-SQL
5 490 (6.30%) PowerShell
6 232 (2.98%) VB.NET
7 200 (2.57%) VB
8 132 (1.70%) VBScript
9 101 (1.30%) C
10 97 (1.25%) Java
11 78 (1.00%) C++
12 72 (0.93%) VBA
13 41 (0.53%) Perl
14 40 (0.51%) PHP
15 32 (0.41%) Shell Script
16 28 (0.36%) VB6
17 27 (0.35%) Bash Shell
17 27 (0.35%) Python
18 26 (0.33%) Ruby
19 16 (0.21%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 3691 (47.43%) MCSE
2 2153 (27.67%) MCITP
3 2051 (26.36%) MCP
4 1586 (20.38%) MCTS
5 1509 (19.39%) MCSA
6 1350 (17.35%) Degree
7 1309 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
8 1216 (15.63%) CCNA
9 915 (11.76%) MCSD
10 780 (10.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 778 (10.00%) MCAD
12 410 (5.27%) Citrix Certification
13 329 (4.23%) CCNP
14 313 (4.02%) CCA
15 264 (3.39%) Security Cleared
16 211 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
17 208 (2.67%) MCDST
18 180 (2.31%) SC Cleared
19 172 (2.21%) MCDBA
20 144 (1.85%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 592 (7.61%) SLA
2 133 (1.71%) QA
3 75 (0.96%) ISO 9001
4 72 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 68 (0.87%) PCI DSS
6 25 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 12 (0.15%) COBIT
8 8 (0.10%) GMP
9 7 (0.090%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 7 (0.090%) GAMP
9 7 (0.090%) GCP
10 5 (0.064%) TickIT
11 2 (0.026%) BS7799
11 2 (0.026%) ISO 9000
11 2 (0.026%) HL7
12 1 (0.013%) DICOM
12 1 (0.013%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.013%) Section 508
12 1 (0.013%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.013%) GLP
System Software
1 2930 (37.65%) Active Directory
2 1770 (22.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1107 (14.23%) Hyper-V
4 530 (6.81%) XenApp
5 476 (6.12%) vSphere
6 321 (4.12%) XenDesktop
7 273 (3.51%) VMware ESX
8 220 (2.83%) XenServer
9 187 (2.40%) VMware ESXi
10 139 (1.79%) Terminal Services
11 114 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
12 111 (1.43%) UAG
13 89 (1.14%) Forefront TMG
14 81 (1.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 70 (0.90%) ISA Server
16 45 (0.58%) VMware Server
17 41 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 39 (0.50%) Terminal Server
19 36 (0.46%) vCloud
20 31 (0.40%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 655 (8.42%) SCCM
2 348 (4.47%) Backup Exec
3 334 (4.29%) SCOM
4 126 (1.62%) Norton AntiVirus
5 120 (1.54%) WSUS
6 102 (1.31%) SCVMM
7 73 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
8 65 (0.84%) NetBackup
9 57 (0.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 48 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 47 (0.60%) SCDPM
12 44 (0.57%) SCSM
12 44 (0.57%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 38 (0.49%) Tivoli
14 26 (0.33%) Nagios
14 26 (0.33%) SCOrch
14 26 (0.33%) Cisco CUCM
15 25 (0.32%) Puppet
16 23 (0.30%) HP SIM
16 23 (0.30%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 5662 (72.76%) Microsoft
2 2731 (35.09%) VMware
3 1571 (20.19%) Citrix
4 1489 (19.13%) Cisco
5 859 (11.04%) HP
6 440 (5.65%) Symantec
7 386 (4.96%) Dell
8 360 (4.63%) NetApp
9 324 (4.16%) Oracle
10 276 (3.55%) Apple
11 251 (3.23%) EMC
12 214 (2.75%) Juniper
13 175 (2.25%) McAfee
14 172 (2.21%) IBM
15 160 (2.06%) Avaya
16 126 (1.62%) Veeam
16 126 (1.62%) Red Hat
17 125 (1.61%) CheckPoint
18 107 (1.37%) Lotus
19 91 (1.17%) SAP
Central London / West End
Araya Partners Ltd
Salary: Salary is approx up to £35k base + bonus + benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Connectus
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum + benefits + bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Bath, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Bath, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £36000 per annum + Excellent training / benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
JM
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + pension, health, life assurance
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £19k - 22k per year + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £50000 to £70000 per annum - Excellent Benefits & Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Redhill, Surrey
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Kettering, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: From £20,000 to £24,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Talent International
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus/car/health/pens
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: Guaranteed Bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bath, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bath, Avon
People Source Consulting
Salary: £47000 - £50000 per annum + car allowance
Posted: 10 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: £38-55,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: £38-55,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: £38-55,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: £38 £55,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
EMBS- People Transfer
Salary: £38-55,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago