Period
to 25 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 25 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK > England
6 months to
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 293 197 171
Rank change year-on-year -96 -26 -8
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,064 1,303 2,751
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 1.13% 1.77% 2.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.18% 8.07% 8.34%
Number of salaries quoted 870 1,098 2,306
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,500 £23,000
25th Percentile £33,000 £31,250 £30,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £44,685 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -0.70% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £59,688 £57,844 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Microsoft Certification is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 20,532 16,153 32,999
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.90% 21.89% 24.73%
Number of salaries quoted 11,940 12,181 24,125
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +0.90%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England.

Salary trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 25 June 2021.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the England region over the 6 months to 25 June 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
London -104 292 £50,000 +11.11% 75
South East -28 282 £35,500 -32.38% 48
Midlands -55 157 £42,500 -1.87% 46
North of England -123 149 £40,000 -1.23% 62
South West -67 99 £42,230 +9.69% 22
West Midlands -90 80 £45,000 +7.78% 25
East Midlands -14 77 £40,000 -11.11% 21
North West -89 77 £52,500 +13.51% 39
East of England -2 61 £48,000 +10.34% 24
Yorkshire -62 54 £40,000 +6.67% 14
North East -41 19 £30,000 -16.67% 9
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 2021, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 896 (84.21%) Microsoft
2 548 (51.50%) Azure
3 530 (49.81%) Windows
4 488 (45.86%) Active Directory
5 455 (42.76%) Microsoft 365
6 445 (41.82%) MCSE
7 378 (35.53%) VMware
8 305 (28.67%) Social Skills
9 281 (26.41%) Windows Server
10 272 (25.56%) SQL
11 266 (25.00%) MCSA
12 250 (23.50%) ITIL
13 244 (22.93%) VMware Infrastructure
14 227 (21.33%) SQL Server
15 208 (19.55%) Firewall
16 194 (18.23%) Cisco Certification
17 189 (17.76%) Windows 10
18 183 (17.20%) Citrix
19 182 (17.11%) CCNA
20 180 (16.92%) SharePoint
21 178 (16.73%) PowerShell
22 176 (16.54%) Hyper-V
23 151 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
24 148 (13.91%) Cisco
25 144 (13.53%) Degree
26 141 (13.25%) Microsoft Office
27 140 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
28 135 (12.69%) MCP
28 135 (12.69%) .NET
28 135 (12.69%) Project Management

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 180 (16.92%) SharePoint
2 122 (11.47%) MS Exchange
3 33 (3.10%) IIS
4 26 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (1.32%) WordPress
7 13 (1.22%) Skype for Business
8 9 (0.85%) CMS
8 9 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2003
9 8 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
9 8 (0.75%) Umbraco
10 7 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.56%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.47%) Confluence
12 5 (0.47%) EPiServer
13 4 (0.38%) Apache
14 3 (0.28%) Content Management Server
15 2 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 141 (13.25%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.56%) Gephi
4 5 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.38%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.28%) Adobe XD
6 3 (0.28%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 21 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.50%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.47%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.38%) Sage 200
5 3 (0.28%) Workfront
6 2 (0.19%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.094%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.094%) Orchard Housing
7 1 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.094%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.094%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.094%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 548 (51.50%) Azure
2 455 (42.76%) Microsoft 365
3 129 (12.12%) Azure Active Directory
4 113 (10.62%) AWS
5 79 (7.42%) Power Platform
6 72 (6.77%) IaaS
7 57 (5.36%) SaaS
8 46 (4.32%) PaaS
9 42 (3.95%) Dynamics 365
10 39 (3.67%) PowerApps
11 31 (2.91%) OneDrive
12 25 (2.35%) Power Automate
13 21 (1.97%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 17 (1.60%) Azure Data Factory
15 16 (1.50%) GCP
15 16 (1.50%) Mimecast
16 12 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
17 11 (1.03%) Serverless
18 10 (0.94%) Google Workspace
19 9 (0.85%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 208 (19.55%) Firewall
2 115 (10.81%) DNS
3 98 (9.21%) WAN
4 95 (8.93%) DHCP
5 94 (8.83%) LAN
6 88 (8.27%) SAN
7 80 (7.52%) TCP/IP
8 74 (6.95%) VPN
9 60 (5.64%) VLAN
10 29 (2.73%) Remote Desktop
11 28 (2.63%) Internet
12 27 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
13 24 (2.26%) VoIP
14 22 (2.07%) HTTP
14 22 (2.07%) MPLS
14 22 (2.07%) NAS
15 20 (1.88%) Skype
15 20 (1.88%) Wireless
16 18 (1.69%) Fibre Channel
16 18 (1.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (21.33%) SQL Server
2 55 (5.17%) Relational Database
3 46 (4.32%) Power BI
4 37 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
5 34 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 26 (2.44%) MySQL
7 24 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 21 (1.97%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 19 (1.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 18 (1.69%) RDBMS
11 16 (1.50%) Data Lake
12 15 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
13 14 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
14 12 (1.13%) Big Data
14 12 (1.13%) PolyBase
15 11 (1.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 11 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
16 9 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
17 6 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 35 (3.29%) JIRA
2 32 (3.01%) Visual Studio
3 19 (1.79%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.69%) Grunt
4 18 (1.69%) gulp
4 18 (1.69%) webpack
5 13 (1.22%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.75%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
7 7 (0.66%) MSI
7 7 (0.66%) Snyk
7 7 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (0.56%) Bitbucket Server
8 6 (0.56%) git-flow
9 5 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.19%) AppScan
11 2 (0.19%) Maven
11 2 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.19%) TeamCity
General
1 305 (28.67%) Social Skills
2 124 (11.65%) Finance
3 85 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (4.98%) Public Sector
5 34 (3.20%) Legal
6 32 (3.01%) Organisational Skills
7 27 (2.54%) Law
7 27 (2.54%) Telecoms
8 20 (1.88%) Documentation Skills
9 18 (1.69%) Banking
10 14 (1.32%) Local Government
10 14 (1.32%) Retail
11 13 (1.22%) Presentation Skills
12 11 (1.03%) Military
13 9 (0.85%) Manufacturing
13 9 (0.85%) Marketing
14 7 (0.66%) Influencing Skills
15 6 (0.56%) Games
15 6 (0.56%) Mandarin Language
16 5 (0.47%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 148 (13.91%) Analyst
2 135 (12.69%) Support Engineer
3 110 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 105 (9.87%) Architect
5 98 (9.21%) Developer
6 92 (8.65%) IT Support
7 68 (6.39%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 64 (6.02%) IT Analyst
8 64 (6.02%) IT Engineer
9 60 (5.64%) Support Analyst
10 58 (5.45%) Consultant
11 51 (4.79%) 3rd Line Support
12 48 (4.51%) Azure Engineer
13 44 (4.14%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 43 (4.04%) 2nd Line Support
15 41 (3.85%) Administrator
16 40 (3.76%) Software Developer
17 38 (3.57%) Technical Architect
18 37 (3.48%) IT Support Engineer
19 36 (3.38%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (12.69%) .NET
2 87 (8.18%) HTML
3 78 (7.33%) ASP.NET
4 75 (7.05%) CSS
5 54 (5.08%) .NET Core
5 54 (5.08%) AngularJS
6 51 (4.79%) .NET Framework
6 51 (4.79%) HTML5
7 48 (4.51%) ASP.NET Web API
7 48 (4.51%) React
8 37 (3.48%) Vue.js
9 32 (3.01%) Web Services
10 26 (2.44%) jQuery
11 25 (2.35%) Entity Framework
12 23 (2.16%) KnockoutJS
13 20 (1.88%) CSS3
14 18 (1.69%) ASP.NET MVC
14 18 (1.69%) Dapper ORM
14 18 (1.69%) NHibernate
15 15 (1.41%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.49%) Data Centre
2 48 (4.51%) Management Information System
3 37 (3.48%) Self-Motivation
4 36 (3.38%) PKI
5 35 (3.29%) Hybrid Cloud
6 28 (2.63%) Driving Licence
6 28 (2.63%) Private Cloud
6 28 (2.63%) Replication
7 27 (2.54%) Public Cloud
8 24 (2.26%) Algorithms
9 22 (2.07%) Clustering
9 22 (2.07%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (2.07%) User Experience
10 20 (1.88%) Mobile App
11 15 (1.41%) Client/Server
12 14 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
13 9 (0.85%) Fat Client
13 9 (0.85%) Reinsurance
13 9 (0.85%) Thin Client
14 8 (0.75%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 530 (49.81%) Windows
2 281 (26.41%) Windows Server
3 189 (17.76%) Windows 10
4 114 (10.71%) Linux
5 98 (9.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 76 (7.14%) Windows Server 2019
7 73 (6.86%) Windows Server 2016
8 70 (6.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 47 (4.42%) Windows 7
10 36 (3.38%) Android
11 30 (2.82%) Apple iOS
12 18 (1.69%) Unix
13 15 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (1.03%) Windows 8
15 8 (0.75%) Mac OS X
15 8 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (0.56%) CentOS
16 6 (0.56%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.56%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (23.50%) ITIL
2 151 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
3 140 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
4 135 (12.69%) Project Management
5 132 (12.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 105 (9.87%) Migration
7 80 (7.52%) DevOps
7 80 (7.52%) Mentoring
8 77 (7.24%) Service Management
9 73 (6.86%) Cybersecurity
10 72 (6.77%) Scrum
11 69 (6.48%) Presales
12 56 (5.26%) MVC
13 53 (4.98%) PRINCE2
14 52 (4.89%) CRM
15 51 (4.79%) Disaster Recovery
16 50 (4.70%) Business Intelligence
17 48 (4.51%) Service Delivery
18 46 (4.32%) Computer Science
19 45 (4.23%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 272 (25.56%) SQL
2 178 (16.73%) PowerShell
3 107 (10.06%) C#
4 103 (9.68%) JavaScript
5 54 (5.08%) T-SQL
6 43 (4.04%) Python
7 30 (2.82%) VB.NET
8 27 (2.54%) Bash Shell
9 24 (2.26%) Java
10 21 (1.97%) VBScript
11 17 (1.60%) C
12 14 (1.32%) PHP
13 13 (1.22%) Perl
13 13 (1.22%) VB
14 12 (1.13%) U-SQL
15 11 (1.03%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.66%) C++
17 6 (0.56%) R
18 5 (0.47%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 4 (0.38%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 445 (41.82%) MCSE
2 266 (25.00%) MCSA
3 194 (18.23%) Cisco Certification
4 182 (17.11%) CCNA
5 144 (13.53%) Degree
6 135 (12.69%) MCP
7 96 (9.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 88 (8.27%) MCITP
9 80 (7.52%) Security Cleared
10 53 (4.98%) SC Cleared
11 49 (4.61%) DV Cleared
12 42 (3.95%) CISSP
13 37 (3.48%) CompTIA Security+
14 35 (3.29%) Citrix Certification
15 30 (2.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 29 (2.73%) CCNP
17 27 (2.54%) TOGAF Certification
18 26 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
19 25 (2.35%) A+ Certification
19 25 (2.35%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (5.64%) SLA
2 27 (2.54%) QA
3 21 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.22%) Cyber Essentials
4 13 (1.22%) GDPR
5 9 (0.85%) NCSC
6 8 (0.75%) NIST
7 7 (0.66%) PMO
8 6 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 4 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.38%) GRC
9 4 (0.38%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.19%) HL7
10 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.094%) Def Stans
11 1 (0.094%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 488 (45.86%) Active Directory
2 244 (22.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 176 (16.54%) Hyper-V
4 86 (8.08%) vSphere
5 51 (4.79%) VMware ESXi
6 50 (4.70%) XenApp
7 33 (3.10%) XenDesktop
8 24 (2.26%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (1.97%) Terminal Services
10 20 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
11 17 (1.60%) BitLocker
12 16 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
13 15 (1.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 11 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
15 9 (0.85%) Terminal Server
16 8 (0.75%) Docker
16 8 (0.75%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 6 (0.56%) Apache Flume
17 6 (0.56%) VMware Server
18 5 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 118 (11.09%) SCCM
2 81 (7.61%) Microsoft Intune
3 40 (3.76%) Single Sign-On
4 39 (3.67%) WSUS
5 35 (3.29%) Terraform
6 28 (2.63%) Ansible
7 27 (2.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 23 (2.16%) SCOM
9 20 (1.88%) Microsoft Clustering
10 17 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
11 15 (1.41%) Puppet
12 14 (1.32%) vCenter Server
13 13 (1.22%) Kubernetes
14 11 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 10 (0.94%) Nagios
15 10 (0.94%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
15 10 (0.94%) SCOrch
16 9 (0.85%) Backup Exec
17 8 (0.75%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 896 (84.21%) Microsoft
2 378 (35.53%) VMware
3 183 (17.20%) Citrix
4 148 (13.91%) Cisco
5 62 (5.83%) Veeam
6 44 (4.14%) Google
7 43 (4.04%) HP
8 38 (3.57%) Sophos
9 37 (3.48%) Oracle
10 33 (3.10%) Dell
11 30 (2.82%) NetApp
12 28 (2.63%) SolarWinds
13 26 (2.44%) IBM
13 26 (2.44%) McAfee
14 24 (2.26%) Gemalto
14 24 (2.26%) Red Hat
15 23 (2.16%) Xamarin
16 22 (2.07%) Symantec
17 19 (1.79%) Avaya
17 19 (1.79%) Juniper