Period
to 17 August 2019

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £60,819 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 August 2019.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Data Scientist
UK
6 months to
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 406 464 484
Rank change year-on-year +58 +20 +117
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 1,047 1,070 1,049
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.63% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.65% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 822 882 861
UK median annual salary £60,819 £62,500 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.69% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £36,275 £37,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £92,500 £95,000 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +5.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 136,936 163,785 169,423
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.83% 96.18% 96.10%
Number of salaries quoted 109,229 131,985 136,782
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,125 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £78,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Data Scientist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Data Scientist.

Salary trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Data Scientist over the 6 months to 17 August 2019.

Salary histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Data Scientist within the UK over the 6 months to 17 August 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
England +51 980 £62,500 - 32
London +48 631 £68,300 +1.19% 20
UK excluding London +51 406 £50,000 - 15
South West +60 113 £50,000 -13.04% 3
East of England +107 81 £57,500 +15.00% 4
South East -25 70 £52,500 +5.00% 3
North of England -17 63 £52,500 +5.00% 2
Scotland +32 55 £52,500 +5.00% 2
North West -10 36 £57,454 +14.91% 1
Yorkshire +9 24 £51,250 +2.50% 1
Midlands +36 20 £48,250 -19.58%
West Midlands +15 11 £55,000 -8.33%
East Midlands +26 9 £40,000 -21.18%
North East +18 3 £45,000 -19.28%
Wales +14 3 £42,500 -29.17% 1
Northern Ireland -18 2 £55,000 +22.22%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 August 2019, Data Scientist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Data Scientist in the job title.

1 1,042 (99.52%) Data Science
2 898 (85.77%) Python
3 820 (78.32%) Machine Learning
4 504 (48.14%) R
5 449 (42.88%) SQL
6 422 (40.31%) Analytics
7 397 (37.92%) Mathematics
8 349 (33.33%) Algorithms
9 300 (28.65%) Analytical Skills
10 284 (27.13%) Statistics
11 279 (26.65%) Big Data
12 271 (25.88%) Artificial Intelligence
13 270 (25.79%) Degree
14 256 (24.45%) Visualisation
15 246 (23.50%) Apache Spark
16 227 (21.68%) Natural Language Processing
17 225 (21.49%) PhD
18 224 (21.39%) Computer Science
18 224 (21.39%) Deep Learning
19 190 (18.15%) Finance
20 187 (17.86%) Hadoop
21 167 (15.95%) Agile Software Development
22 165 (15.76%) Data Analysis
23 162 (15.47%) scikit-learn
24 145 (13.85%) Marketing
25 143 (13.66%) Data Mining
26 138 (13.18%) Software Engineering
27 136 (12.99%) Java
28 132 (12.61%) Pandas
29 130 (12.42%) Predictive Modelling

Data Scientist Skill Set
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
1 246 (23.50%) Apache Spark
2 75 (7.16%) SAS
3 40 (3.82%) Jupyter
4 33 (3.15%) Elasticsearch
5 25 (2.39%) Apache
6 24 (2.29%) Apache Pig
7 11 (1.05%) Tornado
8 3 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
8 3 (0.29%) R Markdown
9 1 (0.096%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.096%) Confluence
9 1 (0.096%) Mule
Applications
1 24 (2.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.10%) SPSS
3 14 (1.34%) Microsoft Office
4 10 (0.96%) Stata
5 7 (0.67%) Gephi
6 6 (0.57%) Chatbot
7 5 (0.48%) Pipeline Pilot
8 2 (0.19%) Mathematica
8 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.096%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 1 (0.096%) S-PLUS
9 1 (0.096%) Weka
Business Applications
1 11 (1.05%) Summit
2 2 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.19%) PolarLake
3 1 (0.096%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 125 (11.94%) Amazon AWS
2 99 (9.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 70 (6.69%) Google Cloud Platform
4 47 (4.49%) Power Platform
5 22 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
6 15 (1.43%) SaaS
7 13 (1.24%) GitHub
8 12 (1.15%) Serverless
9 10 (0.96%) Amazon S3
9 10 (0.96%) Amazon SQS
10 9 (0.86%) Amazon ECS
10 9 (0.86%) Amazon SageMaker
10 9 (0.86%) AWS Fargate
10 9 (0.86%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (0.76%) Azure Machine Learning
12 6 (0.57%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.19%) Amazon Kinesis
13 2 (0.19%) Apigee
14 1 (0.096%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.096%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 9 (0.86%) HTTP
1 9 (0.86%) SSL
2 7 (0.67%) DNS
2 7 (0.67%) Ethernet
2 7 (0.67%) MPLS
2 7 (0.67%) VPN
3 3 (0.29%) Wireless
4 2 (0.19%) Internet
5 1 (0.096%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (26.65%) Big Data
2 187 (17.86%) Hadoop
3 143 (13.66%) Data Mining
4 91 (8.69%) NoSQL
5 79 (7.55%) Apache Hive
6 47 (4.49%) Power BI
7 39 (3.72%) Relational Database
8 35 (3.34%) Data Warehouse
9 31 (2.96%) Impala
10 28 (2.67%) Apache Cassandra
11 23 (2.20%) Amazon Redshift
12 22 (2.10%) Text Mining
13 20 (1.91%) Data Lake
14 18 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
15 16 (1.53%) MySQL
15 16 (1.53%) Neo4j
15 16 (1.53%) QlikView
16 14 (1.34%) GIS
17 13 (1.24%) Pentaho
18 11 (1.05%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 57 (5.44%) Git (software)
2 23 (2.20%) Bitbucket
3 22 (2.10%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.81%) JIRA
5 18 (1.72%) Bitbucket Server
5 18 (1.72%) git-flow
6 14 (1.34%) Artifactory
7 9 (0.86%) GitLab
8 8 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (0.76%) Vagrant
9 5 (0.48%) Maven
9 5 (0.48%) RStudio
10 2 (0.19%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.096%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.096%) Hudson
11 1 (0.096%) PyCharm
11 1 (0.096%) Subversion
11 1 (0.096%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 190 (18.15%) Finance
2 145 (13.85%) Marketing
3 91 (8.69%) Banking
4 80 (7.64%) Retail
5 37 (3.53%) Telecoms
6 29 (2.77%) Manufacturing
7 23 (2.20%) Games
8 22 (2.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 18 (1.72%) Law
10 17 (1.62%) Advertising
11 12 (1.15%) Automotive
12 11 (1.05%) Billing
12 11 (1.05%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.57%) Aerospace
14 5 (0.48%) Electronics
14 5 (0.48%) Military
15 3 (0.29%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.29%) Legal
16 2 (0.19%) Publishing
16 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 227 (21.68%) Natural Language Processing
2 162 (15.47%) scikit-learn
3 132 (12.61%) Pandas
4 122 (11.65%) NumPy
5 118 (11.27%) TensorFlow
6 58 (5.54%) Keras
7 50 (4.78%) Kafka
8 43 (4.11%) SciPy
9 31 (2.96%) PySpark
10 28 (2.67%) MLlib
11 25 (2.39%) Elastic Stack
11 25 (2.39%) Web Services
12 23 (2.20%) D3.js
13 22 (2.10%) Flask
14 20 (1.91%) Matplotlib
15 18 (1.72%) J2EE
16 17 (1.62%) React
17 16 (1.53%) Apache Flex
18 14 (1.34%) ggplot2
19 12 (1.15%) pytest
Miscellaneous
1 349 (33.33%) Algorithms
2 300 (28.65%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (3.25%) Robotics
4 30 (2.87%) Data Structures
5 29 (2.77%) Social Media
6 23 (2.20%) Analytical Mindset
7 22 (2.10%) Management Information System
8 21 (2.01%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 21 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
9 19 (1.81%) Greenfield Project
10 17 (1.62%) Credit Risk
11 15 (1.43%) Digital Media
12 11 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
12 11 (1.05%) FMCG
13 9 (0.86%) Life Science
14 8 (0.76%) Blog
14 8 (0.76%) Cybercrime
14 8 (0.76%) Lidar
14 8 (0.76%) Spread Betting
15 7 (0.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 47 (4.49%) Linux
2 30 (2.87%) Unix
3 1 (0.096%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.096%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,042 (99.52%) Data Science
2 820 (78.32%) Machine Learning
3 422 (40.31%) Analytics
4 397 (37.92%) Mathematics
5 284 (27.13%) Statistics
6 271 (25.88%) Artificial Intelligence
7 256 (24.45%) Visualisation
8 224 (21.39%) Computer Science
8 224 (21.39%) Deep Learning
9 167 (15.95%) Agile Software Development
10 165 (15.76%) Data Analysis
11 138 (13.18%) Software Engineering
12 130 (12.42%) Predictive Modelling
13 125 (11.94%) Physics
14 122 (11.65%) Statistical Modelling
15 119 (11.37%) Data Analytics
16 116 (11.08%) Problem-Solving
17 112 (10.70%) Data Modelling
18 105 (10.03%) Data Visualisation
19 103 (9.84%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 898 (85.77%) Python
2 504 (48.14%) R
3 449 (42.88%) SQL
4 136 (12.99%) Java
5 118 (11.27%) MATLAB
6 95 (9.07%) Scala
7 85 (8.12%) C
8 83 (7.93%) C++
9 33 (3.15%) Bash Shell
9 33 (3.15%) JavaScript
10 25 (2.39%) C#
11 23 (2.20%) Perl
12 13 (1.24%) Ruby
13 11 (1.05%) Bourne shell
13 11 (1.05%) Korn
13 11 (1.05%) PHP
14 10 (0.96%) VBA
15 8 (0.76%) Go
16 4 (0.38%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.29%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 270 (25.79%) Degree
2 225 (21.49%) PhD
3 60 (5.73%) Numerate Degree
4 59 (5.64%) Security Cleared
5 57 (5.44%) Master's Degree
6 38 (3.63%) SC Cleared
7 28 (2.67%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (0.96%) Postgraduate
9 7 (0.67%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.096%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.096%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.01%) Data Quality
2 13 (1.24%) Actionable Recommendations
3 8 (0.76%) QA
4 1 (0.096%) GMP
4 1 (0.096%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 25 (2.39%) Apache Flume
1 25 (2.39%) Docker
2 16 (1.53%) HDFS
3 8 (0.76%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (3.34%) Kubernetes
2 25 (2.39%) Oozie
3 23 (2.20%) Terraform
4 13 (1.24%) Ansible
5 11 (1.05%) Docker Swarm
6 8 (0.76%) Kibana
7 5 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.19%) Ambari
9 1 (0.096%) Graphite
Vendors
1 70 (6.69%) Tableau
2 50 (4.78%) Google
3 46 (4.39%) Splunk
4 28 (2.67%) Microsoft
5 26 (2.48%) WorldPay
6 17 (1.62%) Cloudera
7 16 (1.53%) Databricks
8 15 (1.43%) Dataiku
9 13 (1.24%) Hortonworks
9 13 (1.24%) Oracle
10 10 (0.96%) Alteryx
11 8 (0.76%) SAP
12 7 (0.67%) BT
12 7 (0.67%) Netezza
12 7 (0.67%) Teradata
13 6 (0.57%) IBM
14 5 (0.48%) Salesforce.com
15 4 (0.38%) Cognizant
15 4 (0.38%) Informatica
16 3 (0.29%) MathWorks