Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK > England
6 months to
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 247 183 172
Rank change year-on-year -64 -11 -12
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 960 1,964 2,849
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 1.31% 1.88% 2.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.33% 8.70% 8.33%
Number of salaries quoted 794 1,615 2,360
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,250 £24,000
25th Percentile £32,699 £31,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
75th Percentile £62,500 £57,500 £55,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +1.19%

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 15,173 22,581 34,199
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.63% 21.56% 24.78%
Number of salaries quoted 10,659 17,058 25,160
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,375 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,960 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +2.04%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £67,000
90th Percentile £86,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%

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 12 April 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 12 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
London -88 268 £57,500 +21.11% 78
South East -14 247 £35,500 -21.11% 27
Midlands -32 164 £40,000 -11.11% 47
North of England -84 133 £43,685 +16.49% 49
North West -28 89 £47,500 +18.01% 29
West Midlands -30 87 £40,000 -5.88% 31
South West -54 85 £42,230 +5.57% 21
East Midlands +2 77 £40,000 -13.98% 16
East of England +33 45 £44,500 +4.71% 19
Yorkshire -52 31 £34,241 -12.20% 13
North East -39 14 £35,000 +27.27% 7
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 12 April 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.

1 797 (83.02%) Microsoft
2 495 (51.56%) Windows
3 481 (50.10%) Azure
4 442 (46.04%) Active Directory
5 436 (45.42%) MCSE
6 399 (41.56%) Microsoft 365
7 377 (39.27%) VMware
8 270 (28.13%) Windows Server
9 260 (27.08%) ITIL
10 249 (25.94%) MCSA
11 247 (25.73%) VMware Infrastructure
12 214 (22.29%) SQL
13 203 (21.15%) Cisco Certification
14 186 (19.38%) CCNA
15 184 (19.17%) SQL Server
16 180 (18.75%) Hyper-V
17 174 (18.13%) PowerShell
18 171 (17.81%) Firewall
19 169 (17.60%) Citrix
20 168 (17.50%) Windows 10
21 156 (16.25%) Degree
22 149 (15.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 145 (15.10%) Problem-Solving
24 143 (14.90%) SharePoint
25 142 (14.79%) Linux
25 142 (14.79%) MS Exchange
26 140 (14.58%) Cisco
27 131 (13.65%) SCCM
28 130 (13.54%) DNS
29 123 (12.81%) Microsoft Office

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
1 143 (14.90%) SharePoint
2 142 (14.79%) MS Exchange
3 37 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2013
5 21 (2.19%) IIS
6 11 (1.15%) Skype for Business
6 11 (1.15%) WordPress
7 9 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
9 6 (0.63%) Apache
9 6 (0.63%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.52%) CMS
10 5 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.42%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.42%) EPiServer
11 4 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.42%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 123 (12.81%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.63%) Gephi
4 4 (0.42%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.31%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.10%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 23 (2.40%) Dynamics AX
2 22 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.94%) Workfront
4 5 (0.52%) Maximo
4 5 (0.52%) Sentinel
5 3 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.21%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.10%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.10%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.10%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 481 (50.10%) Azure
2 399 (41.56%) Microsoft 365
3 92 (9.58%) AWS
3 92 (9.58%) Azure Active Directory
4 74 (7.71%) IaaS
5 70 (7.29%) Power Platform
6 61 (6.35%) PaaS
7 50 (5.21%) SaaS
8 45 (4.69%) Dynamics 365
9 41 (4.27%) PowerApps
10 18 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
11 17 (1.77%) OneDrive
11 17 (1.77%) Power Automate
12 14 (1.46%) GCP
13 12 (1.25%) GitHub
14 11 (1.15%) Google Workspace
15 9 (0.94%) Azure Data Factory
16 8 (0.83%) Mimecast
17 6 (0.63%) Data Lake Analytics
17 6 (0.63%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 171 (17.81%) Firewall
2 130 (13.54%) DNS
3 87 (9.06%) SAN
4 86 (8.96%) DHCP
5 85 (8.85%) WAN
6 79 (8.23%) TCP/IP
7 68 (7.08%) LAN
8 60 (6.25%) VPN
9 41 (4.27%) VLAN
10 37 (3.85%) Network Security
11 32 (3.33%) VoIP
12 27 (2.81%) Wi-Fi
13 25 (2.60%) MPLS
14 21 (2.19%) Remote Desktop
15 20 (2.08%) NAS
16 19 (1.98%) VSAN
16 19 (1.98%) WLAN
17 18 (1.88%) Internet
18 17 (1.77%) Skype
19 15 (1.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (19.17%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.90%) Data Warehouse
3 39 (4.06%) Power BI
4 33 (3.44%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 33 (3.44%) Relational Database
5 26 (2.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 16 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (1.56%) MySQL
8 13 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (1.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 10 (1.04%) RDBMS
9 10 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
10 9 (0.94%) Data Lake
10 9 (0.94%) PolyBase
10 9 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
11 8 (0.83%) Big Data
12 6 (0.63%) Apache Hive
12 6 (0.63%) Impala
12 6 (0.63%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 30 (3.13%) Visual Studio
2 29 (3.02%) Jenkins
3 27 (2.81%) Git (software)
4 23 (2.40%) JIRA
5 12 (1.25%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.83%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.83%) Grunt
6 8 (0.83%) gulp
6 8 (0.83%) webpack
7 7 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (0.63%) Bitbucket Server
8 6 (0.63%) git-flow
9 5 (0.52%) MSI
9 5 (0.52%) Snyk
10 3 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.31%) Subversion
10 3 (0.31%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 1 (0.10%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 114 (11.88%) Finance
2 42 (4.38%) Public Sector
3 33 (3.44%) Legal
4 25 (2.60%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.29%) Law
6 17 (1.77%) Local Government
7 15 (1.56%) Marketing
8 13 (1.35%) Banking
8 13 (1.35%) Military
9 9 (0.94%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.83%) Mandarin Language
11 7 (0.73%) Aerospace
11 7 (0.73%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.73%) Retail
12 6 (0.63%) Electronics
12 6 (0.63%) Publishing
13 5 (0.52%) Fire and Rescue
13 5 (0.52%) Housing Association
13 5 (0.52%) Social Housing
14 3 (0.31%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 136 (14.17%) Analyst
2 120 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 99 (10.31%) Support Engineer
4 96 (10.00%) IT Engineer
5 89 (9.27%) IT Support
6 86 (8.96%) Developer
7 71 (7.40%) Architect
8 67 (6.98%) IT Analyst
9 59 (6.15%) Consultant
10 54 (5.63%) Support Analyst
11 48 (5.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 46 (4.79%) Systems Engineer
13 44 (4.58%) Azure Engineer
14 37 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
15 35 (3.65%) IT Support Engineer
15 35 (3.65%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 34 (3.54%) Administrator
17 32 (3.33%) DBA
17 32 (3.33%) IT Support Analyst
18 31 (3.23%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (11.98%) .NET
2 66 (6.88%) HTML
3 53 (5.52%) CSS
4 49 (5.10%) ASP.NET
5 38 (3.96%) .NET Core
5 38 (3.96%) .NET Framework
6 34 (3.54%) HTML5
7 30 (3.13%) AngularJS
8 29 (3.02%) Web Services
9 28 (2.92%) React
10 27 (2.81%) ASP.NET Web API
11 19 (1.98%) Vue.js
12 17 (1.77%) Entity Framework
12 17 (1.77%) jQuery
13 14 (1.46%) CSS3
14 13 (1.35%) Node.js
15 12 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
16 10 (1.04%) Ajax
16 10 (1.04%) COM
16 10 (1.04%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 96 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 50 (5.21%) Management Information System
4 35 (3.65%) Self-Motivation
5 33 (3.44%) Enterprise Software
6 32 (3.33%) Private Cloud
7 28 (2.92%) Hybrid Cloud
8 26 (2.71%) Clustering
9 24 (2.50%) Replication
10 23 (2.40%) Public Cloud
11 20 (2.08%) PKI
12 18 (1.88%) User Experience
13 14 (1.46%) Algorithms
13 14 (1.46%) Driving Licence
14 12 (1.25%) Client/Server
14 12 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
15 10 (1.04%) EPoS
15 10 (1.04%) Mobile App
16 8 (0.83%) Analytical Mindset
16 8 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 495 (51.56%) Windows
2 270 (28.13%) Windows Server
3 168 (17.50%) Windows 10
4 142 (14.79%) Linux
5 85 (8.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 62 (6.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 59 (6.15%) Windows Server 2016
8 56 (5.83%) Windows Server 2019
9 41 (4.27%) Windows 7
10 23 (2.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 17 (1.77%) Android
12 15 (1.56%) Unix
13 11 (1.15%) Windows 8
14 10 (1.04%) Apple iOS
14 10 (1.04%) Mac OS X
15 9 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.31%) CentOS
16 3 (0.31%) Debian
16 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.31%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (27.08%) ITIL
2 149 (15.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 145 (15.10%) Problem-Solving
4 123 (12.81%) Agile Software Development
5 108 (11.25%) Migration
5 108 (11.25%) Project Management
6 100 (10.42%) DevOps
7 82 (8.54%) Service Management
8 69 (7.19%) Disaster Recovery
9 61 (6.35%) ITIL V3
10 60 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
11 57 (5.94%) Presales
12 52 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
12 52 (5.42%) CRM
13 50 (5.21%) Project Delivery
14 49 (5.10%) Stakeholder Management
15 48 (5.00%) Mentoring
15 48 (5.00%) Scrum
16 47 (4.90%) Computer Science
17 40 (4.17%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 214 (22.29%) SQL
2 174 (18.13%) PowerShell
3 73 (7.60%) C#
3 73 (7.60%) JavaScript
4 40 (4.17%) Python
5 39 (4.06%) T-SQL
6 36 (3.75%) VB.NET
7 35 (3.65%) Bash Shell
8 25 (2.60%) Java
9 18 (1.88%) C
10 15 (1.56%) VBScript
11 10 (1.04%) Shell Script
12 9 (0.94%) U-SQL
13 8 (0.83%) C++
13 8 (0.83%) Perl
13 8 (0.83%) PHP
14 7 (0.73%) Groovy
14 7 (0.73%) VB
15 6 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 6 (0.63%) R
Qualifications
1 436 (45.42%) MCSE
2 249 (25.94%) MCSA
3 203 (21.15%) Cisco Certification
4 186 (19.38%) CCNA
5 156 (16.25%) Degree
6 105 (10.94%) MCP
7 98 (10.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 87 (9.06%) MCITP
8 87 (9.06%) Security Cleared
9 60 (6.25%) SC Cleared
10 44 (4.58%) CCNP
11 43 (4.48%) CISSP
12 37 (3.85%) CompTIA Security+
12 37 (3.85%) DV Cleared
13 26 (2.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 26 (2.71%) SSCP
14 24 (2.50%) CEH
14 24 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
14 24 (2.50%) MCTS
14 24 (2.50%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (5.10%) SLA
2 19 (1.98%) QA
3 16 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.15%) GDPR
5 10 (1.04%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 7 (0.73%) NCSC
8 5 (0.52%) Data Quality
8 5 (0.52%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.52%) PMO
8 5 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.42%) GRC
9 4 (0.42%) NIST
10 1 (0.10%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.10%) HL7
System Software
1 442 (46.04%) Active Directory
2 247 (25.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 180 (18.75%) Hyper-V
4 77 (8.02%) vSphere
5 58 (6.04%) VMware ESXi
6 53 (5.52%) XenApp
7 38 (3.96%) XenDesktop
8 32 (3.33%) Virtual Servers
9 25 (2.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 18 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (0.94%) Docker
12 9 (0.94%) Shibboleth
12 9 (0.94%) Terminal Server
12 9 (0.94%) Terminal Services
12 9 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (0.94%) VMware NSX
13 8 (0.83%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.83%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 6 (0.63%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 131 (13.65%) SCCM
2 60 (6.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 47 (4.90%) Terraform
4 45 (4.69%) SCOM
5 39 (4.06%) Ansible
5 39 (4.06%) Single Sign-On
6 35 (3.65%) WSUS
7 24 (2.50%) Puppet
8 22 (2.29%) Microsoft Clustering
9 19 (1.98%) McAfee ePO
10 18 (1.88%) Kubernetes
10 18 (1.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 18 (1.88%) NetBackup
11 17 (1.77%) Backup Exec
12 13 (1.35%) Failover Clustering
12 13 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
12 13 (1.35%) vCenter Server
13 12 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
14 10 (1.04%) WMI
15 8 (0.83%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 797 (83.02%) Microsoft
2 377 (39.27%) VMware
3 169 (17.60%) Citrix
4 140 (14.58%) Cisco
5 64 (6.67%) Veeam
6 42 (4.38%) Red Hat
7 40 (4.17%) SolarWinds
8 39 (4.06%) Oracle
9 37 (3.85%) Sophos
10 36 (3.75%) HP
11 34 (3.54%) Google
11 34 (3.54%) NetApp
12 33 (3.44%) Dell
13 31 (3.23%) McAfee
14 30 (3.13%) Symantec
15 22 (2.29%) EMC
16 21 (2.19%) Avaya
17 20 (2.08%) IBM
17 20 (2.08%) ServiceNow
18 19 (1.98%) Ivanti