Period
to 20 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 20 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 150 142 139
Rank change year-on-year -8 -3 -14
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,567 1,970 2,465
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.21% 2.36% 2.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.35% 9.09% 10.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1,212 1,559 2,043
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,000 £22,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £60,000
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 16,755 21,680 24,389
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 23.67% 25.92% 24.64%
Number of salaries quoted 12,259 15,818 19,064
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £73,750 £70,000 £65,245
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK excluding London

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK excluding London

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK excluding London

Microsoft Certification
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 January 2020. 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
South East +14 542 £42,500 +2.41% 111
North of England +13 357 £37,570 +15.60% 112
Midlands -23 271 £42,500 +6.25% 99
North West +23 191 £37,500 - 59
South West -7 186 £40,000 -5.33% 46
West Midlands -41 162 £42,500 +6.25% 65
East of England -34 112 £40,000 -11.11% 54
Yorkshire +8 111 £41,500 +50.91% 26
East Midlands -13 107 £42,500 +6.25% 34
North East +2 55 £26,250 -12.50% 27
Wales +5 38 £37,500 -5.06% 15
Scotland +23 35 £29,500 -18.06% 17
Northern Ireland -3 23 £39,500 -21.00% 4
Channel Islands - 4 £25,000 -
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2020, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 1,310 (83.60%) Microsoft
2 983 (62.73%) Windows
3 742 (47.35%) Active Directory
4 738 (47.10%) MCSE
5 635 (40.52%) Office 365
6 602 (38.42%) Azure
7 578 (36.89%) ITIL
8 543 (34.65%) MCSA
8 543 (34.65%) VMware
9 409 (26.10%) Windows Server
10 354 (22.59%) VMware Infrastructure
11 333 (21.25%) Cisco Certification
12 325 (20.74%) SQL Server
13 322 (20.55%) Cisco
14 309 (19.72%) SQL
15 299 (19.08%) DNS
16 294 (18.76%) Windows 10
17 293 (18.70%) CCNA
17 293 (18.70%) Firewall
18 288 (18.38%) Citrix
19 285 (18.19%) Hyper-V
20 273 (17.42%) DHCP
21 258 (16.46%) MS Exchange
22 249 (15.89%) MCP
23 244 (15.57%) Degree
24 238 (15.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 237 (15.12%) PowerShell
26 234 (14.93%) Windows Server 2012
27 217 (13.85%) Microsoft Office
28 210 (13.40%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 258 (16.46%) MS Exchange
2 210 (13.40%) SharePoint
3 99 (6.32%) IIS
4 86 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 74 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2013
6 71 (4.53%) Skype for Business
7 27 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
8 12 (0.77%) Apache Spark
9 11 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.70%) OpenStack
10 10 (0.64%) Apache
11 9 (0.57%) Confluence
12 8 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
12 8 (0.51%) WebSphere
13 6 (0.38%) CMS
13 6 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
14 5 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (0.32%) Umbraco
15 4 (0.26%) Tomcat
Applications
1 217 (13.85%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.26%) Adobe Captivate
4 4 (0.26%) Camtasia
5 3 (0.19%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.064%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.064%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.64%) assyst
3 8 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.38%) NetSuite
5 5 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.32%) Workfront
6 4 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.064%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.064%) Infor M3
8 1 (0.064%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.064%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 635 (40.52%) Office 365
2 602 (38.42%) Azure
3 200 (12.76%) AWS
4 154 (9.83%) Azure Active Directory
5 77 (4.91%) IaaS
6 69 (4.40%) SaaS
7 56 (3.57%) PaaS
8 35 (2.23%) Power Platform
9 28 (1.79%) OneDrive
10 27 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
11 26 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
12 23 (1.47%) PowerApps
13 19 (1.21%) GCP
14 13 (0.83%) OpenShift
15 12 (0.77%) Serverless
16 8 (0.51%) G Suite
17 6 (0.38%) Azure Functions
18 5 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
18 5 (0.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 299 (19.08%) DNS
2 293 (18.70%) Firewall
3 273 (17.42%) DHCP
4 197 (12.57%) TCP/IP
5 179 (11.42%) WAN
6 165 (10.53%) LAN
7 138 (8.81%) VPN
8 107 (6.83%) SAN
9 77 (4.91%) Internet
10 68 (4.34%) Skype
10 68 (4.34%) VoIP
11 55 (3.51%) VLAN
12 54 (3.45%) Wireless
13 38 (2.43%) NAS
13 38 (2.43%) Network Security
14 34 (2.17%) iSCSI
15 28 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
16 25 (1.60%) Cisco ASA
17 24 (1.53%) MPLS
18 23 (1.47%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 325 (20.74%) SQL Server
2 46 (2.94%) Relational Database
3 41 (2.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 39 (2.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 34 (2.17%) RDBMS
6 32 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
7 31 (1.98%) Big Data
8 29 (1.85%) Amazon RDS
8 29 (1.85%) SQL Server 2008
9 23 (1.47%) SQL Server 2017
10 22 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (1.15%) Power BI
12 16 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
13 14 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
14 12 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
15 11 (0.70%) Oracle Database
15 11 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 10 (0.64%) Cosmos DB
16 10 (0.64%) SQL Server 2014
17 5 (0.32%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 53 (3.38%) Visual Studio
2 33 (2.11%) JIRA
3 30 (1.91%) Git (software)
4 27 (1.72%) TeamCity
5 24 (1.53%) Octopus Deploy
6 19 (1.21%) Bitbucket
7 16 (1.02%) Visual Studio Team System
8 13 (0.83%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 12 (0.77%) git-flow
10 11 (0.70%) MSI
11 9 (0.57%) Jenkins
12 7 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (0.32%) GCC
14 4 (0.26%) Selenium
15 3 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
16 2 (0.13%) Burp Suite
16 2 (0.13%) gulp
16 2 (0.13%) TortoiseSVN
16 2 (0.13%) webpack
16 2 (0.13%) WinDbg
General
1 188 (12.00%) Finance
2 97 (6.19%) Public Sector
3 48 (3.06%) Retail
4 38 (2.43%) Telecoms
5 36 (2.30%) Legal
6 24 (1.53%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.15%) Games
8 16 (1.02%) Local Government
9 11 (0.70%) Law
10 9 (0.57%) Aerospace
10 9 (0.57%) Marketing
11 8 (0.51%) Automotive
11 8 (0.51%) Electronics
12 7 (0.45%) Advertising
12 7 (0.45%) Back Office
13 5 (0.32%) Banking
14 4 (0.26%) Czech Language
14 4 (0.26%) German Language
14 4 (0.26%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.19%) French Language
Job Titles
1 201 (12.83%) Analyst
2 196 (12.51%) Support Engineer
3 195 (12.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 143 (9.13%) Developer
5 142 (9.06%) Consultant
6 134 (8.55%) IT Engineer
6 134 (8.55%) IT Support
7 113 (7.21%) Architect
8 89 (5.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 79 (5.04%) 2nd Line Support
9 79 (5.04%) Support Analyst
10 70 (4.47%) IT Support Engineer
11 68 (4.34%) 3rd Line Support
12 66 (4.21%) Administrator
13 61 (3.89%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 54 (3.45%) Service Analyst
14 54 (3.45%) Service Desk Analyst
15 52 (3.32%) .NET Developer
16 48 (3.06%) IT Analyst
16 48 (3.06%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 169 (10.78%) .NET
2 115 (7.34%) ASP.NET
3 90 (5.74%) CSS
4 88 (5.62%) HTML
5 68 (4.34%) Web Services
6 57 (3.64%) .NET Framework
7 56 (3.57%) ASP.NET MVC
8 51 (3.25%) jQuery
9 47 (3.00%) Entity Framework
10 42 (2.68%) .NET Core
11 34 (2.17%) AngularJS
12 28 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web API
12 28 (1.79%) REST
13 27 (1.72%) RESTful
14 25 (1.60%) React
14 25 (1.60%) Vue.js
15 24 (1.53%) Spring
15 24 (1.53%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 22 (1.40%) HTML5
16 22 (1.40%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 156 (9.96%) Data Centre
2 140 (8.93%) Management Information System
3 109 (6.96%) Analytical Skills
4 92 (5.87%) Self-Motivation
5 57 (3.64%) Driving Licence
6 53 (3.38%) Public Cloud
7 45 (2.87%) Clustering
8 35 (2.23%) Replication
9 28 (1.79%) Blackberry
10 21 (1.34%) PKI
11 18 (1.15%) Virtual Team
12 13 (0.83%) User Experience
12 13 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (0.64%) Enterprise Storage
13 10 (0.64%) Private Cloud
14 9 (0.57%) Client/Server
14 9 (0.57%) Handset
14 9 (0.57%) Hybrid Cloud
14 9 (0.57%) NHS
14 9 (0.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 983 (62.73%) Windows
2 409 (26.10%) Windows Server
3 294 (18.76%) Windows 10
4 234 (14.93%) Windows Server 2012
5 178 (11.36%) Linux
6 165 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 137 (8.74%) Windows 7
8 89 (5.68%) Windows 8
9 57 (3.64%) Unix
10 38 (2.43%) Android
10 38 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
11 35 (2.23%) CentOS
12 33 (2.11%) Apple iOS
13 30 (1.91%) Solaris
14 21 (1.34%) VMS
15 20 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 18 (1.15%) Ubuntu
17 12 (0.77%) Mac OS X
18 11 (0.70%) Debian
18 11 (0.70%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 578 (36.89%) ITIL
2 238 (15.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 197 (12.57%) Problem-Solving
4 185 (11.81%) Agile Software Development
5 145 (9.25%) Mentoring
6 141 (9.00%) Service Management
7 105 (6.70%) DevOps
8 96 (6.13%) MVC
9 94 (6.00%) Information Security
10 86 (5.49%) Migration
11 84 (5.36%) Project Management
12 83 (5.30%) Service Delivery
13 78 (4.98%) Change Management
14 75 (4.79%) PRINCE2
15 73 (4.66%) Presales
16 72 (4.59%) ITIL V3
17 70 (4.47%) Configuration Management
18 69 (4.40%) TOGAF
19 68 (4.34%) Cybersecurity
20 65 (4.15%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 309 (19.72%) SQL
2 237 (15.12%) PowerShell
3 163 (10.40%) C#
4 115 (7.34%) JavaScript
5 64 (4.08%) C
6 61 (3.89%) T-SQL
7 35 (2.23%) Python
8 21 (1.34%) PHP
8 21 (1.34%) VBScript
9 17 (1.08%) Bash Shell
10 11 (0.70%) Shell Script
10 11 (0.70%) VB.NET
11 9 (0.57%) C++
11 9 (0.57%) R
11 9 (0.57%) VB
12 7 (0.45%) Java
13 4 (0.26%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.26%) TypeScript
13 4 (0.26%) VBA
14 3 (0.19%) Perl
Qualifications
1 738 (47.10%) MCSE
2 543 (34.65%) MCSA
3 333 (21.25%) Cisco Certification
4 293 (18.70%) CCNA
5 249 (15.89%) MCP
6 244 (15.57%) Degree
7 148 (9.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 119 (7.59%) Security Cleared
9 106 (6.76%) MCITP
10 86 (5.49%) CCNP
11 76 (4.85%) SC Cleared
12 58 (3.70%) A+ Certification
13 57 (3.64%) MCTS
14 55 (3.51%) Network+ Certification
15 47 (3.00%) Citrix Certification
16 45 (2.87%) CISSP
17 42 (2.68%) DV Cleared
17 42 (2.68%) ITIL Certification
18 40 (2.55%) MCSD
19 37 (2.36%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (11.36%) SLA
2 68 (4.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.28%) Cyber Essentials
4 19 (1.21%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.70%) PMO
6 10 (0.64%) NIST
7 8 (0.51%) COBIT
8 7 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 7 (0.45%) RMADS
9 6 (0.38%) GDPR
9 6 (0.38%) QA
10 5 (0.32%) ISO 22301
10 5 (0.32%) ISO 9001
10 5 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.19%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.13%) NCSC
13 1 (0.064%) BS7799
13 1 (0.064%) GxP
13 1 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 742 (47.35%) Active Directory
2 354 (22.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 285 (18.19%) Hyper-V
4 98 (6.25%) vSphere
5 96 (6.13%) XenApp
6 64 (4.08%) VMware ESXi
7 52 (3.32%) Docker
8 50 (3.19%) XenDesktop
9 40 (2.55%) Firmware
10 27 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
11 23 (1.47%) NFS
12 22 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
13 15 (0.96%) Terminal Services
14 13 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
15 12 (0.77%) BitLocker
16 10 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 9 (0.57%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 9 (0.57%) ISA Server
17 9 (0.57%) VMware Server
18 8 (0.51%) Samba
Systems Management
1 191 (12.19%) SCCM
2 114 (7.28%) Microsoft Intune
3 65 (4.15%) WSUS
4 46 (2.94%) SCOM
5 36 (2.30%) Kubernetes
6 28 (1.79%) Ansible
7 23 (1.47%) vCenter Server
8 18 (1.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 17 (1.08%) Backup Exec
10 15 (0.96%) Puppet
10 15 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
11 11 (0.70%) Nagios
11 11 (0.70%) NetBackup
12 10 (0.64%) Norton AntiVirus
12 10 (0.64%) vRealize
13 8 (0.51%) Docker Swarm
13 8 (0.51%) OpenNMS
13 8 (0.51%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 8 (0.51%) ZABBIX
14 7 (0.45%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 1,310 (83.60%) Microsoft
2 543 (34.65%) VMware
3 322 (20.55%) Cisco
4 288 (18.38%) Citrix
5 102 (6.51%) HP
6 90 (5.74%) Dell
6 90 (5.74%) NetApp
7 79 (5.04%) ServiceNow
8 69 (4.40%) Veeam
9 53 (3.38%) Oracle
10 41 (2.62%) EMC
10 41 (2.62%) Red Hat
11 38 (2.43%) Symantec
12 35 (2.23%) SolarWinds
13 31 (1.98%) Google
14 28 (1.79%) Nimble Storage
15 26 (1.66%) Apple
16 25 (1.60%) Mitel
17 23 (1.47%) Remedy
18 21 (1.34%) Ivanti