Period
to 15 October 2019

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 15 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
15 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 137 137 128
Rank change year-on-year 0 -9 -22
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,890 2,186 2,555
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.40% 2.37% 2.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.44% 9.56% 10.32%
Number of salaries quoted 1,538 1,723 2,204
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £22,000 £22,275 £21,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £67,500 £60,000
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%

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 20,026 22,869 24,758
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 25.41% 24.75% 25.77%
Number of salaries quoted 14,437 16,967 19,562
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £26,000 £24,750 £23,763
90th Percentile £71,000 £68,750 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%

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 15 October 2019.

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 15 October 2019. 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 +20 607 £45,000 +12.50% 143
North of England +12 473 £32,500 -9.72% 131
Midlands -29 287 £40,000 - 85
Yorkshire +45 235 £30,000 +0.33% 48
South West -22 228 £42,500 +6.25% 73
North West -13 201 £37,500 -1.32% 68
West Midlands -32 174 £40,000 -1.23% 50
East of England -17 163 £40,000 -5.88% 42
East Midlands -11 111 £40,000 - 35
Scotland +29 57 £31,500 -15.44% 20
North East +36 37 £30,500 -12.86% 15
Wales +4 35 £31,750 -25.29% 19
Northern Ireland -5 33 £24,000 +7.87% 3
Isle of Man +8 10 £48,000 -
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 2019, 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 1,521 (80.48%) Microsoft
2 1,176 (62.22%) Windows
3 974 (51.53%) MCSE
4 970 (51.32%) Active Directory
5 758 (40.11%) Azure
6 745 (39.42%) Office 365
7 740 (39.15%) VMware
8 694 (36.72%) ITIL
9 660 (34.92%) MCSA
10 583 (30.85%) Windows Server
11 534 (28.25%) Cisco
12 522 (27.62%) VMware Infrastructure
13 505 (26.72%) Cisco Certification
14 480 (25.40%) CCNA
15 466 (24.66%) Firewall
16 425 (22.49%) Citrix
17 382 (20.21%) SQL
18 355 (18.78%) SQL Server
19 350 (18.52%) Hyper-V
20 346 (18.31%) Windows 10
21 341 (18.04%) Windows Server 2012
22 327 (17.30%) MCP
23 326 (17.25%) DNS
24 321 (16.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 304 (16.08%) Microsoft Office
26 303 (16.03%) DHCP
27 298 (15.77%) Problem-Solving
28 296 (15.66%) MS Exchange
29 289 (15.29%) Data Centre
30 276 (14.60%) Degree

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
1 296 (15.66%) MS Exchange
2 241 (12.75%) SharePoint
3 128 (6.77%) Exchange Server 2010
4 113 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2013
5 90 (4.76%) Skype for Business
6 80 (4.23%) IIS
7 43 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2007
8 34 (1.80%) Elasticsearch
9 32 (1.69%) Apache Spark
9 32 (1.69%) OpenStack
10 18 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
11 17 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 12 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (0.42%) CMS
13 8 (0.42%) Confluence
14 5 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
15 4 (0.21%) Apache
16 3 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
17 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2003
17 2 (0.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 304 (16.08%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (3.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.26%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.053%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.053%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.69%) Workfront
3 10 (0.53%) assyst
4 7 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.21%) Line 50
7 4 (0.21%) Line 500
8 3 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.16%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.053%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.053%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 758 (40.11%) Azure
2 745 (39.42%) Office 365
3 229 (12.12%) AWS
4 216 (11.43%) Azure Active Directory
5 84 (4.44%) IaaS
6 62 (3.28%) SaaS
7 58 (3.07%) PaaS
8 52 (2.75%) GCP
9 40 (2.12%) Power Platform
10 34 (1.80%) Dynamics 365
10 34 (1.80%) OpenShift
11 28 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (1.27%) OneDrive
13 15 (0.79%) PowerApps
14 12 (0.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 11 (0.58%) Serverless
16 9 (0.48%) Mimecast
17 8 (0.42%) Azure Functions
18 6 (0.32%) Azure Data Factory
19 5 (0.26%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 466 (24.66%) Firewall
2 326 (17.25%) DNS
3 303 (16.03%) DHCP
4 249 (13.17%) TCP/IP
5 236 (12.49%) WAN
6 226 (11.96%) LAN
7 173 (9.15%) VoIP
8 152 (8.04%) SAN
9 147 (7.78%) VPN
10 138 (7.30%) Wireless
11 98 (5.19%) VLAN
12 93 (4.92%) ADSL
13 89 (4.71%) Broadband
14 86 (4.55%) 3G
15 76 (4.02%) Skype
16 74 (3.92%) Internet
17 68 (3.60%) Network Security
18 52 (2.75%) NAS
19 46 (2.43%) Wi-Fi
20 42 (2.22%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 355 (18.78%) SQL Server
2 52 (2.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 49 (2.59%) Big Data
4 46 (2.43%) Relational Database
4 46 (2.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 43 (2.28%) SQL Server 2012
6 33 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
7 31 (1.64%) Power BI
8 27 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
9 22 (1.16%) RDBMS
10 19 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
11 18 (0.95%) SQL Server 2005
12 17 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
13 16 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
13 16 (0.85%) SQL Server 2017
13 16 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 15 (0.79%) SQL Server 2014
15 13 (0.69%) Cosmos DB
16 11 (0.58%) Oracle Database
17 7 (0.37%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 66 (3.49%) Visual Studio
2 62 (3.28%) Git (software)
3 49 (2.59%) JIRA
4 37 (1.96%) Bitbucket
5 32 (1.69%) git-flow
6 24 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
7 18 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
8 17 (0.90%) Jenkins
9 13 (0.69%) TeamCity
10 11 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
11 10 (0.53%) HP UFT
11 10 (0.53%) LoadRunner
12 9 (0.48%) MSI
12 9 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 6 (0.32%) TortoiseSVN
14 5 (0.26%) GCC
14 5 (0.26%) Subversion
15 4 (0.21%) WinDbg
16 3 (0.16%) Moq
16 3 (0.16%) Selenium
General
1 234 (12.38%) Finance
2 86 (4.55%) Public Sector
3 47 (2.49%) Retail
4 37 (1.96%) Legal
5 35 (1.85%) Telecoms
6 33 (1.75%) Games
7 31 (1.64%) Manufacturing
8 16 (0.85%) Marketing
9 15 (0.79%) Advertising
10 13 (0.69%) Electronics
11 12 (0.63%) Aerospace
11 12 (0.63%) Law
12 9 (0.48%) Back Office
12 9 (0.48%) Local Government
13 5 (0.26%) Automotive
14 4 (0.21%) Czech Language
15 3 (0.16%) Banking
15 3 (0.16%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.16%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 322 (17.04%) Analyst
2 252 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 229 (12.12%) Support Engineer
4 219 (11.59%) Consultant
5 163 (8.62%) Support Analyst
6 159 (8.41%) Developer
7 143 (7.57%) IT Engineer
8 131 (6.93%) IT Support
8 131 (6.93%) Technical Support
9 108 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 100 (5.29%) 2nd Line Support
10 100 (5.29%) Architect
11 91 (4.81%) Technical Analyst
12 80 (4.23%) Technical Support Analyst
13 76 (4.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 75 (3.97%) 3rd Line Support
15 74 (3.92%) Cloud Engineer
15 74 (3.92%) Infrastructure Consultant
16 68 (3.60%) Service Analyst
17 67 (3.54%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 209 (11.06%) .NET
2 131 (6.93%) ASP.NET
3 85 (4.50%) CSS
4 84 (4.44%) HTML
5 70 (3.70%) AngularJS
6 66 (3.49%) Web Services
7 57 (3.02%) REST
8 55 (2.91%) .NET Framework
8 55 (2.91%) jQuery
9 53 (2.80%) ASP.NET MVC
10 51 (2.70%) React
11 47 (2.49%) Vue.js
12 46 (2.43%) .NET Core
12 46 (2.43%) Node.js
13 41 (2.17%) Kafka
14 38 (2.01%) Spring
15 36 (1.90%) ASP.NET Web API
16 35 (1.85%) Entity Framework
17 32 (1.69%) GraphQL
17 32 (1.69%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 289 (15.29%) Data Centre
2 132 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
3 131 (6.93%) Management Information System
4 114 (6.03%) Self-Motivation
5 78 (4.13%) Driving Licence
6 72 (3.81%) Public Cloud
7 40 (2.12%) Blackberry
8 33 (1.75%) Clustering
9 27 (1.43%) Replication
10 23 (1.22%) CESG
11 22 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
11 22 (1.16%) PKI
11 22 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
12 19 (1.01%) NHS
13 18 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
14 17 (0.90%) User Experience
15 15 (0.79%) Cyberattack
15 15 (0.79%) Cybercrime
16 14 (0.74%) iPhone
17 13 (0.69%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,176 (62.22%) Windows
2 583 (30.85%) Windows Server
3 346 (18.31%) Windows 10
4 341 (18.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 244 (12.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 241 (12.75%) Linux
7 194 (10.26%) Windows 7
8 86 (4.55%) Windows 8
9 78 (4.13%) Unix
10 67 (3.54%) Android
11 65 (3.44%) Windows Server 2003
12 56 (2.96%) Apple iOS
13 33 (1.75%) CentOS
14 29 (1.53%) Mac OS X
15 26 (1.38%) Mac OS
15 26 (1.38%) Ubuntu
16 24 (1.27%) Solaris
17 22 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 9 (0.48%) AIX
19 8 (0.42%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 694 (36.72%) ITIL
2 321 (16.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 298 (15.77%) Problem-Solving
4 201 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
5 141 (7.46%) Service Management
6 140 (7.41%) Mentoring
7 127 (6.72%) Presales
8 119 (6.30%) Disaster Recovery
8 119 (6.30%) ITIL V3
9 115 (6.08%) MVC
10 113 (5.98%) Project Management
11 107 (5.66%) Migration
12 98 (5.19%) Project Delivery
13 96 (5.08%) PRINCE2
13 96 (5.08%) Service Delivery
14 95 (5.03%) Cybersecurity
15 92 (4.87%) DevOps
16 91 (4.81%) Configuration Management
17 90 (4.76%) Software Engineering
17 90 (4.76%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 382 (20.21%) SQL
2 262 (13.86%) PowerShell
3 186 (9.84%) C#
4 113 (5.98%) JavaScript
5 57 (3.02%) C
6 49 (2.59%) T-SQL
7 42 (2.22%) Python
8 32 (1.69%) VBScript
9 29 (1.53%) Bash Shell
10 25 (1.32%) VB
11 23 (1.22%) Java
12 21 (1.11%) C++
13 17 (0.90%) TypeScript
14 15 (0.79%) VB.NET
15 12 (0.63%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.53%) VBA
17 9 (0.48%) VB6
18 5 (0.26%) PHP
19 4 (0.21%) R
19 4 (0.21%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 974 (51.53%) MCSE
2 660 (34.92%) MCSA
3 505 (26.72%) Cisco Certification
4 480 (25.40%) CCNA
5 327 (17.30%) MCP
6 276 (14.60%) Degree
7 266 (14.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 210 (11.11%) MCITP
9 115 (6.08%) Security Cleared
10 112 (5.93%) CCNP
11 71 (3.76%) SC Cleared
12 67 (3.54%) Citrix Certification
13 58 (3.07%) A+ Certification
14 57 (3.02%) CompTIA Security+
15 56 (2.96%) Network+ Certification
16 53 (2.80%) CISSP
17 47 (2.49%) MCTS
18 44 (2.33%) CCA
19 41 (2.17%) DV Cleared
20 40 (2.12%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 190 (10.05%) SLA
2 135 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 73 (3.86%) ISO 9001
4 29 (1.53%) GDPR
5 26 (1.38%) PCI DSS
6 21 (1.11%) NIST
7 15 (0.79%) Cyber Essentials
7 15 (0.79%) NCSC
8 14 (0.74%) PMO
9 10 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 9 (0.48%) COBIT
10 9 (0.48%) Data Quality
10 9 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (0.37%) QA
12 6 (0.32%) RMADS
13 5 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 3 (0.16%) ISO 22301
15 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 1 (0.053%) BS7799
16 1 (0.053%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 970 (51.32%) Active Directory
2 522 (27.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 350 (18.52%) Hyper-V
4 110 (5.82%) XenApp
5 94 (4.97%) vSphere
6 72 (3.81%) Docker
7 71 (3.76%) VMware ESXi
8 46 (2.43%) Virtual Machines
9 45 (2.38%) XenDesktop
10 39 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
11 30 (1.59%) Firmware
12 29 (1.53%) Terminal Services
13 24 (1.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 19 (1.01%) Virtual Desktop
15 18 (0.95%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.69%) NFS
17 12 (0.63%) pfSense
17 12 (0.63%) VMware NSX
18 10 (0.53%) ISA Server
19 8 (0.42%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 225 (11.90%) SCCM
2 117 (6.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 77 (4.07%) WSUS
4 56 (2.96%) Kubernetes
5 41 (2.17%) SCOM
6 40 (2.12%) Backup Exec
7 34 (1.80%) Ansible
8 26 (1.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 26 (1.38%) vCenter Server
9 24 (1.27%) Cisco CUCM
10 19 (1.01%) NetBackup
11 17 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
12 16 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 14 (0.74%) ServiceCenter
14 12 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 10 (0.53%) HP ALM
15 10 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
15 10 (0.53%) Nessus
15 10 (0.53%) Puppet
15 10 (0.53%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,521 (80.48%) Microsoft
2 740 (39.15%) VMware
3 534 (28.25%) Cisco
4 425 (22.49%) Citrix
5 154 (8.15%) HP
6 136 (7.20%) NetApp
7 118 (6.24%) Aruba
8 116 (6.14%) Dell
9 113 (5.98%) Meraki
10 92 (4.87%) Polycom
11 88 (4.66%) ServiceNow
12 78 (4.13%) Veeam
13 67 (3.54%) Apple
14 61 (3.23%) Oracle
15 52 (2.75%) Red Hat
16 50 (2.65%) Nimble Storage
17 47 (2.49%) Mitel
18 46 (2.43%) Google
19 43 (2.28%) EMC
20 38 (2.01%) Remedy