Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 229 179 175
Rank change year-on-year -50 -4 -11
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 841 2,267 2,803
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 1.47% 1.96% 2.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.21% 8.87% 8.31%
Number of salaries quoted 881 1,894 2,409
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.39%
10th Percentile £25,500 £24,750 £24,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £73,750 £75,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.91%

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 11,672 25,569 33,745
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.38% 22.06% 24.27%
Number of salaries quoted 8,702 19,365 25,251
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £83,750 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +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 20 January 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 20 January 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 -52 247 £60,000 +26.32% 47
South East -31 197 £44,000 -2.22% 35
Midlands +20 154 £37,500 -14.77% 30
North of England -49 119 £45,000 +13.92% 40
West Midlands +22 93 £37,500 -13.29% 19
South West -3 84 £44,000 +10.00% 14
North West -9 75 £46,913 +25.10% 28
East Midlands +25 61 £36,500 -14.12% 11
East of England +49 48 £35,000 -12.50% 13
Yorkshire -32 26 £22,500 -47.06% 7
North East -16 18 £40,000 +52.38% 5
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 694 (82.52%) Microsoft
2 464 (55.17%) Windows
3 430 (51.13%) Azure
4 407 (48.39%) Active Directory
5 395 (46.97%) MCSE
6 351 (41.74%) Office 365
7 325 (38.64%) VMware
8 270 (32.10%) MCSA
9 263 (31.27%) Windows Server
10 262 (31.15%) ITIL
11 213 (25.33%) VMware Infrastructure
12 206 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
13 187 (22.24%) CCNA
14 179 (21.28%) Degree
15 174 (20.69%) Hyper-V
16 173 (20.57%) SQL
17 164 (19.50%) Cisco
18 161 (19.14%) PowerShell
19 158 (18.79%) Firewall
20 153 (18.19%) Microsoft Office
21 152 (18.07%) DNS
22 146 (17.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 145 (17.24%) Windows 10
24 144 (17.12%) SQL Server
24 144 (17.12%) Linux
25 136 (16.17%) SCCM
26 121 (14.39%) MS Exchange
27 112 (13.32%) SharePoint
28 106 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
29 105 (12.49%) WAN

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
1 121 (14.39%) MS Exchange
2 112 (13.32%) SharePoint
3 45 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (4.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 28 (3.33%) Skype for Business
6 19 (2.26%) IIS
7 9 (1.07%) CMS
8 7 (0.83%) Apache
8 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (0.59%) Content Management Server
9 5 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.59%) EPiServer
9 5 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (0.59%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.48%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.36%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 153 (18.19%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.36%) Camtasia
5 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 13 (1.55%) Dynamics AX
2 12 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (1.31%) Workfront
4 6 (0.71%) Maximo
5 5 (0.59%) Carpe Diem
6 3 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.12%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 430 (51.13%) Azure
2 351 (41.74%) Office 365
3 91 (10.82%) PaaS
4 89 (10.58%) AWS
5 86 (10.23%) IaaS
6 70 (8.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 63 (7.49%) Power Platform
8 42 (4.99%) SaaS
9 32 (3.80%) Dynamics 365
10 25 (2.97%) OneDrive
11 23 (2.73%) PowerApps
12 22 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
13 14 (1.66%) GitHub
14 11 (1.31%) G Suite
14 11 (1.31%) GCP
14 11 (1.31%) Power Automate
15 8 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
15 8 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 7 (0.83%) Data Lake Analytics
16 7 (0.83%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 158 (18.79%) Firewall
2 152 (18.07%) DNS
3 105 (12.49%) WAN
4 100 (11.89%) DHCP
5 96 (11.41%) SAN
6 86 (10.23%) LAN
7 75 (8.92%) TCP/IP
8 72 (8.56%) VPN
9 53 (6.30%) Network Security
10 39 (4.64%) VoIP
11 37 (4.40%) VLAN
11 37 (4.40%) Wi-Fi
12 35 (4.16%) Skype
13 27 (3.21%) Internet
14 25 (2.97%) Unified Communications
14 25 (2.97%) Wireless
15 19 (2.26%) MPLS
16 18 (2.14%) Fibre Channel
16 18 (2.14%) Remote Desktop
17 17 (2.02%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 144 (17.12%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.76%) Power BI
3 37 (4.40%) Data Warehouse
4 28 (3.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 21 (2.50%) Azure SQL Database
6 19 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (2.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 12 (1.43%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (1.07%) SQL Server 2014
10 9 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 8 (0.95%) Data Lake
11 8 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (0.83%) Cosmos DB
12 7 (0.83%) PolyBase
12 7 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.71%) DB2
13 6 (0.71%) MySQL
14 5 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 28 (3.33%) Jenkins
2 17 (2.02%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.66%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.59%) JIRA
7 3 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.36%) Subversion
7 3 (0.36%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.24%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.12%) Vagrant
General
1 102 (12.13%) Finance
2 45 (5.35%) Public Sector
3 39 (4.64%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.14%) Marketing
5 17 (2.02%) Legal
5 17 (2.02%) Local Government
6 15 (1.78%) Electronics
6 15 (1.78%) Law
7 14 (1.66%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.31%) Banking
9 8 (0.95%) Aerospace
10 7 (0.83%) Military
11 6 (0.71%) Publishing
11 6 (0.71%) Retail
12 5 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.59%) Fire and Rescue
12 5 (0.59%) Mandarin Language
12 5 (0.59%) Social Housing
13 3 (0.36%) Housing Association
14 2 (0.24%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 123 (14.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 103 (12.25%) Analyst
3 96 (11.41%) IT Engineer
4 73 (8.68%) Support Engineer
5 68 (8.09%) Architect
5 68 (8.09%) Consultant
6 55 (6.54%) Systems Engineer
7 48 (5.71%) IT Support
8 45 (5.35%) Developer
9 41 (4.88%) Administrator
9 41 (4.88%) IT Analyst
10 40 (4.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 38 (4.52%) Support Analyst
12 37 (4.40%) 2nd Line Support
12 37 (4.40%) Azure Engineer
13 35 (4.16%) Desktop Support
14 33 (3.92%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
15 32 (3.80%) Network Engineer
16 31 (3.69%) Azure Consultant
17 29 (3.45%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (7.61%) .NET
2 20 (2.38%) HTML
2 20 (2.38%) Web Services
3 15 (1.78%) .NET Core
4 12 (1.43%) CSS
5 11 (1.31%) AngularJS
5 11 (1.31%) JSON
6 10 (1.19%) .NET Framework
6 10 (1.19%) ASP.NET
7 9 (1.07%) COM
8 7 (0.83%) React
8 7 (0.83%) REST
9 6 (0.71%) Node.js
10 5 (0.59%) LAMP
11 4 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4 (0.48%) EDI
11 4 (0.48%) WAMP
12 3 (0.36%) jQuery
12 3 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
12 3 (0.36%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 95 (11.30%) Data Centre
2 74 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
3 73 (8.68%) Management Information System
4 45 (5.35%) Self-Motivation
5 40 (4.76%) Private Cloud
6 33 (3.92%) Public Cloud
7 32 (3.80%) Hybrid Cloud
8 23 (2.73%) Enterprise Software
9 18 (2.14%) Clustering
9 18 (2.14%) Driving Licence
10 16 (1.90%) Replication
11 13 (1.55%) Client/Server
12 12 (1.43%) EPoS
13 11 (1.31%) User Experience
14 9 (1.07%) iSeries
15 6 (0.71%) AS400
15 6 (0.71%) iPhone
15 6 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
15 6 (0.71%) PKI
16 5 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 464 (55.17%) Windows
2 263 (31.27%) Windows Server
3 145 (17.24%) Windows 10
4 144 (17.12%) Linux
5 91 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 88 (10.46%) Windows Server 2016
7 46 (5.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (5.23%) Windows 7
9 43 (5.11%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 18 (2.14%) Unix
12 17 (2.02%) Windows 8
13 10 (1.19%) Mac OS X
14 9 (1.07%) Android
15 7 (0.83%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
16 4 (0.48%) SUSE
17 3 (0.36%) Apple iOS
17 3 (0.36%) Debian
17 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 262 (31.15%) ITIL
2 146 (17.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 106 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
4 88 (10.46%) DevOps
5 82 (9.75%) Project Management
6 80 (9.51%) ITIL V3
6 80 (9.51%) Migration
7 77 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
8 73 (8.68%) Business Intelligence
9 69 (8.20%) Disaster Recovery
10 65 (7.73%) Service Management
11 58 (6.90%) Presales
12 52 (6.18%) Cybersecurity
13 51 (6.06%) Project Delivery
14 50 (5.95%) Computer Science
15 44 (5.23%) PRINCE2
16 39 (4.64%) ERP
17 36 (4.28%) Change Management
17 36 (4.28%) High Availability
17 36 (4.28%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 173 (20.57%) SQL
2 161 (19.14%) PowerShell
3 39 (4.64%) C#
4 29 (3.45%) Python
5 27 (3.21%) JavaScript
6 24 (2.85%) Bash Shell
7 21 (2.50%) VB.NET
8 17 (2.02%) T-SQL
9 14 (1.66%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.31%) Java
11 9 (1.07%) VBScript
12 8 (0.95%) C
12 8 (0.95%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 7 (0.83%) U-SQL
13 7 (0.83%) X++
14 5 (0.59%) PHP
15 4 (0.48%) VB
16 3 (0.36%) C++
16 3 (0.36%) Groovy
16 3 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 395 (46.97%) MCSE
2 270 (32.10%) MCSA
3 206 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
4 187 (22.24%) CCNA
5 179 (21.28%) Degree
6 98 (11.65%) MCP
7 90 (10.70%) MCITP
7 90 (10.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 76 (9.04%) Security Cleared
9 64 (7.61%) SC Cleared
10 44 (5.23%) CCNP
11 29 (3.45%) A+ Certification
12 28 (3.33%) CISSP
12 28 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
13 25 (2.97%) MCTS
14 24 (2.85%) RHCE
15 23 (2.73%) SSCP
16 21 (2.50%) CompTIA Security+
17 19 (2.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 18 (2.14%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (7.49%) SLA
2 20 (2.38%) GDPR
3 19 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.19%) Cyber Essentials
4 10 (1.19%) QA
5 9 (1.07%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 9 (1.07%) Data Quality
6 7 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.71%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.24%) COBIT
8 2 (0.24%) NCSC
9 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 407 (48.39%) Active Directory
2 213 (25.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 174 (20.69%) Hyper-V
4 61 (7.25%) vSphere
5 48 (5.71%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (3.92%) Virtual Servers
6 33 (3.92%) XenApp
7 30 (3.57%) XenDesktop
8 26 (3.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 18 (2.14%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (1.43%) VMware NSX
11 10 (1.19%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (1.07%) Shibboleth
13 4 (0.48%) Docker
13 4 (0.48%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.36%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.24%) Firmware
15 2 (0.24%) NFS
15 2 (0.24%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 136 (16.17%) SCCM
2 69 (8.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 46 (5.47%) SCOM
4 42 (4.99%) Terraform
5 32 (3.80%) Ansible
6 26 (3.09%) Puppet
6 26 (3.09%) WSUS
7 22 (2.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 21 (2.50%) Backup Exec
9 18 (2.14%) Opscode Chef
10 14 (1.66%) Single Sign-On
10 14 (1.66%) WMI
11 13 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
12 12 (1.43%) Kubernetes
12 12 (1.43%) NetBackup
13 9 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
13 9 (1.07%) vCenter Server
14 8 (0.95%) SolarWinds Orion
15 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
16 6 (0.71%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 694 (82.52%) Microsoft
2 325 (38.64%) VMware
3 164 (19.50%) Cisco
4 101 (12.01%) Citrix
5 54 (6.42%) Red Hat
6 53 (6.30%) Veeam
7 46 (5.47%) Dell
7 46 (5.47%) NetApp
8 37 (4.40%) HP
9 36 (4.28%) SolarWinds
10 28 (3.33%) Oracle
11 27 (3.21%) Sophos
12 23 (2.73%) EMC
13 20 (2.38%) CheckPoint
14 19 (2.26%) Brocade
14 19 (2.26%) Google
14 19 (2.26%) IBM
14 19 (2.26%) McAfee
15 18 (2.14%) Palo Alto
16 17 (2.02%) ServiceNow