Period
to 19 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for A+ Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 19 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA A+ Certification
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 922 657 856
Rank change year-on-year -265 +199 +116
Permanent jobs citing A+ Certification 136 47 231
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.097% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.50% 0.45% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 116 43 200
10th Percentile £21,750 £17,500 £18,500
25th Percentile £22,750 £20,625 £23,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £29,250 £25,000 £25,250
Median % change year-on-year +17.00% -0.99% +1.00%
75th Percentile £33,875 £33,750 £33,750
90th Percentile £41,250 £44,620 £43,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £27,125 £22,500 £24,000
% change year-on-year +20.56% -6.25% -

A+ 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 27,125 10,445 31,475
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.60% 21.57% 23.09%
Number of salaries quoted 15,114 8,037 23,416
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,651 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.75% +7.78% -

A+ Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing A+ Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing A+ Certification.

Salary trend for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing A+ Certification over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Salary histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 19 October 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
England -250 118 £27,500 +10.00% 44
UK excluding London -177 106 £27,125 +20.56% 41
South East -138 35 £30,000 +20.00% 15
London -220 29 £33,500 -16.25% 7
Midlands -101 25 £23,500 +4.44% 10
West Midlands -109 20 £22,750 +1.11% 6
North of England -119 18 £30,000 +33.33% 4
Wales -31 17 £30,000 - 4
North West -95 12 £29,000 +65.71% 2
South West -86 11 £25,000 +5.26% 6
Work from Home -267 7 £25,500 +13.33% 5
East of England -96 6 £31,250 +38.89% 2
East Midlands - 5 £31,500 - 4
Yorkshire -111 4 £33,500 +48.89% 2
North East -27 2 £22,750 -44.51%

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, IT jobs citing A+ 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 with a requirement for A+ Certification.

1 103 (75.74%) Windows
2 94 (69.12%) Active Directory
3 81 (59.56%) Microsoft 365
4 74 (54.41%) ITIL
5 69 (50.74%) Microsoft
6 58 (42.65%) Azure
7 53 (38.97%) Social Skills
8 48 (35.29%) Windows 10
9 45 (33.09%) Network+ Certification
10 42 (30.88%) Microsoft Certification
11 40 (29.41%) Windows Server
12 37 (27.21%) SLA
13 35 (25.74%) Degree
14 31 (22.79%) Microsoft Intune
15 30 (22.06%) DNS
15 30 (22.06%) Microsoft Office
16 29 (21.32%) DHCP
17 27 (19.85%) VPN
17 27 (19.85%) SCCM
18 24 (17.65%) Firewall
19 23 (16.91%) Windows 7
20 22 (16.18%) MCP
21 21 (15.44%) PowerShell
22 20 (14.71%) Cybersecurity
22 20 (14.71%) Service Management
23 19 (13.97%) Azure Active Directory
24 18 (13.24%) VMware
24 18 (13.24%) WAN
25 17 (12.50%) LAN
25 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016

A+ Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 16 (11.76%) SharePoint
2 12 (8.82%) Skype for Business
3 9 (6.62%) MS Exchange
4 5 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.74%) IIS
Applications
1 30 (22.06%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.74%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.74%) Adobe XD
3 1 (0.74%) Figma
3 1 (0.74%) InVision
3 1 (0.74%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) NetSuite
1 1 (0.74%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 81 (59.56%) Microsoft 365
2 58 (42.65%) Azure
3 19 (13.97%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (8.82%) Power Platform
5 9 (6.62%) OneDrive
6 8 (5.88%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (3.68%) AWS
7 5 (3.68%) Power Automate
7 5 (3.68%) PowerApps
8 4 (2.94%) GCP
8 4 (2.94%) Mimecast
9 3 (2.21%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (1.47%) IaaS
10 2 (1.47%) PaaS
11 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (22.06%) DNS
2 29 (21.32%) DHCP
3 27 (19.85%) VPN
4 24 (17.65%) Firewall
5 18 (13.24%) WAN
6 17 (12.50%) LAN
7 14 (10.29%) TCP/IP
8 12 (8.82%) Skype
9 10 (7.35%) VLAN
10 9 (6.62%) Internet
11 8 (5.88%) Network Security
12 6 (4.41%) VoIP
13 3 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
14 2 (1.47%) Cisco ASA
14 2 (1.47%) HTTP
14 2 (1.47%) HTTPS
14 2 (1.47%) MPLS
14 2 (1.47%) PBX
14 2 (1.47%) SAN
14 2 (1.47%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.41%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.94%) Big Data
3 1 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.74%) Metadata
General
1 53 (38.97%) Social Skills
2 16 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (7.35%) Banking
4 9 (6.62%) Investment Banking
4 9 (6.62%) Law
4 9 (6.62%) Public Sector
5 6 (4.41%) Legal
5 6 (4.41%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.94%) Finance
7 3 (2.21%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.47%) Retail
9 1 (0.74%) Electronics
9 1 (0.74%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (0.74%) Organisational Skills
9 1 (0.74%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 55 (40.44%) Analyst
2 33 (24.26%) Service Analyst
2 33 (24.26%) Service Desk Analyst
3 32 (23.53%) IT Analyst
4 22 (16.18%) IT Support
5 21 (15.44%) Support Engineer
6 19 (13.97%) Support Analyst
7 16 (11.76%) 2nd Line Support
8 14 (10.29%) IT Engineer
9 11 (8.09%) IT Support Analyst
10 9 (6.62%) 1st Line Support
11 8 (5.88%) 1st Line Engineer
11 8 (5.88%) Service Desk Agent
12 7 (5.15%) IT Support Engineer
13 6 (4.41%) 1st Line Support Engineer
13 6 (4.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 6 (4.41%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
13 6 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
13 6 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 6 (4.41%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.94%) Spring
1 4 (2.94%) Spring Boot
2 2 (1.47%) SAML
3 1 (0.74%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.09%) Driving Licence
2 5 (3.68%) Data Centre
3 4 (2.94%) EPoS
3 4 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (2.94%) Social Media
4 2 (1.47%) Device Driver
4 2 (1.47%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.47%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.47%) User Experience
5 1 (0.74%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.74%) NHS
5 1 (0.74%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 103 (75.74%) Windows
2 48 (35.29%) Windows 10
3 40 (29.41%) Windows Server
4 23 (16.91%) Windows 7
5 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016
6 10 (7.35%) Apple iOS
7 9 (6.62%) Linux
8 7 (5.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (4.41%) Android
9 6 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (3.68%) Mac OS
11 2 (1.47%) CentOS
11 2 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.47%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.47%) VMS
11 2 (1.47%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.47%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (54.41%) ITIL
2 20 (14.71%) Cybersecurity
2 20 (14.71%) Service Management
3 16 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
4 13 (9.56%) Computer Science
5 12 (8.82%) Root Cause Analysis
6 11 (8.09%) Incident Management
6 11 (8.09%) Project Management
7 9 (6.62%) Wealth Management
8 8 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (5.88%) Quality Management
8 8 (5.88%) Service Delivery
9 7 (5.15%) Security Patching
10 6 (4.41%) ERP
10 6 (4.41%) ITIL V3
11 5 (3.68%) CRM
11 5 (3.68%) PRINCE2
12 4 (2.94%) ITSM
12 4 (2.94%) OO
12 4 (2.94%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 21 (15.44%) PowerShell
2 4 (2.94%) Java
3 2 (1.47%) Python
4 1 (0.74%) C
4 1 (0.74%) SQL
Qualifications
1 45 (33.09%) Network+ Certification
2 42 (30.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 35 (25.74%) Degree
4 22 (16.18%) MCP
5 12 (8.82%) CompTIA Security+
5 12 (8.82%) Master's Degree
6 11 (8.09%) Security Cleared
7 10 (7.35%) CCNA
7 10 (7.35%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (7.35%) ITIL Certification
7 10 (7.35%) SC Cleared
8 9 (6.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (5.15%) MCSA
9 7 (5.15%) MOS
10 6 (4.41%) MCSE
11 4 (2.94%) MCITP
11 4 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (2.21%) CCENT
12 3 (2.21%) CEH
12 3 (2.21%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (27.21%) SLA
2 4 (2.94%) QA
3 1 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.74%) GDPR
3 1 (0.74%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 94 (69.12%) Active Directory
2 10 (7.35%) Virtual Machines
2 10 (7.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (5.15%) BitLocker
3 7 (5.15%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.94%) Docker
4 4 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.47%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.74%) Firmware
6 1 (0.74%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.74%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 31 (22.79%) Microsoft Intune
2 27 (19.85%) SCCM
3 4 (2.94%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.47%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 2 (1.47%) WSUS
5 1 (0.74%) SCOM
Vendors
1 69 (50.74%) Microsoft
2 18 (13.24%) VMware
3 12 (8.82%) Apple
4 10 (7.35%) Cisco
4 10 (7.35%) ServiceNow
5 8 (5.88%) BT
6 6 (4.41%) Sophos
7 4 (2.94%) Dell
8 3 (2.21%) Mitel
8 3 (2.21%) Polycom
9 2 (1.47%) Adobe
9 2 (1.47%) Aruba
9 2 (1.47%) Citrix
9 2 (1.47%) EMC
9 2 (1.47%) Fortinet
9 2 (1.47%) HP
9 2 (1.47%) Juniper
9 2 (1.47%) Oracle
9 2 (1.47%) Ruckus Wireless
10 1 (0.74%) JD Edwards