Period
to 24 September 2020

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 2020.

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
24 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 400 409 477
Rank change year-on-year +9 +68 +29
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 324 1,034 1,032
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.73% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.77% 0.65%
Number of salaries quoted 313 821 870
Median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.33% -4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £40,850 £35,000 £37,500
90th Percentile £97,500 £90,000 £97,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £51,000
% change year-on-year - -1.96% +2.00%

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 46,483 134,936 159,891
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 95.76% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 37,996 107,467 128,842
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Data Scientist.

Salary trend for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Data Scientist over the 6 months to 24 September 2020.

Salary histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 17 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 24 September 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
England +19 312 £65,000 +5.45% 28
London +9 210 £70,000 +3.70% 20
UK excluding London +93 108 £50,000 - 9
Work from Home +44 49 £75,000 +26.05% 3
South West +57 27 £49,500 -1.00% 3
North of England +154 24 £52,500 -
South East +156 22 £50,000 -7.41% 2
North West +135 15 £52,500 -8.70%
Midlands +133 14 £60,000 +29.03%
Scotland +73 10 £45,000 +5.88% 1
East of England +80 9 £75,000 +15.38% 2
Yorkshire +119 7 £45,000 -14.29%
West Midlands +98 7 £60,000 +9.09%
East Midlands +85 5 £37,500 -18.03%
North East +29 2 £57,500 +27.78%
Wales +49 1 £50,000 +17.65%
Northern Ireland - 1 £50,000 - 1

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 2020, 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.

1 322 (99.38%) Data Science
2 296 (91.36%) Python
3 240 (74.07%) Machine Learning
4 161 (49.69%) SQL
5 151 (46.60%) R
6 135 (41.67%) Analytics
7 123 (37.96%) Algorithms
8 103 (31.79%) Artificial Intelligence
9 97 (29.94%) Mathematics
10 93 (28.70%) Statistics
10 93 (28.70%) Big Data
11 84 (25.93%) AWS
12 78 (24.07%) Visualisation
13 75 (23.15%) Apache Spark
13 75 (23.15%) PhD
13 75 (23.15%) TensorFlow
14 74 (22.84%) Degree
15 73 (22.53%) Deep Learning
16 70 (21.60%) Computer Science
17 65 (20.06%) Analytical Skills
18 63 (19.44%) Hadoop
18 63 (19.44%) Natural Language Processing
19 60 (18.52%) Java
20 59 (18.21%) Neural Network
20 59 (18.21%) GCP
21 56 (17.28%) Azure
21 56 (17.28%) Finance
22 55 (16.98%) Data Mining
23 53 (16.36%) Agile Software Development
24 51 (15.74%) Data Visualisation

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 75 (23.15%) Apache Spark
2 20 (6.17%) Jupyter
3 15 (4.63%) SAS
4 13 (4.01%) IBM Domino
5 11 (3.40%) Apache
6 6 (1.85%) Apache Airflow
7 2 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 4 (1.23%) SPSS
2 3 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.62%) S-PLUS
3 2 (0.62%) Stata
4 1 (0.31%) GNU Octave
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.31%) Weka
Business Applications
1 2 (0.62%) SAP CRM
1 2 (0.62%) SAP ERP
1 2 (0.62%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 84 (25.93%) AWS
2 59 (18.21%) GCP
3 56 (17.28%) Azure
4 31 (9.57%) Power Platform
5 11 (3.40%) Amazon S3
6 8 (2.47%) SaaS
7 7 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.85%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.54%) Amazon SageMaker
10 4 (1.23%) Serverless
11 3 (0.93%) Adobe Analytics
11 3 (0.93%) AdWords
11 3 (0.93%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.62%) Amazon EMR
12 2 (0.62%) Amazon Kinesis
12 2 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
12 2 (0.62%) AWS Data Pipeline
12 2 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.31%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.16%) Internet
2 6 (1.85%) 5G
3 2 (0.62%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (28.70%) Big Data
2 63 (19.44%) Hadoop
3 55 (16.98%) Data Mining
4 33 (10.19%) Apache Hive
5 31 (9.57%) Power BI
6 29 (8.95%) NoSQL
7 20 (6.17%) Amazon Redshift
8 17 (5.25%) QlikView
9 16 (4.94%) Text Mining
10 15 (4.63%) SQL Server
11 14 (4.32%) Blockchain
12 12 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (3.40%) Relational Database
14 9 (2.78%) BigQuery
15 6 (1.85%) Geospatial Data
15 6 (1.85%) Impala
15 6 (1.85%) MySQL
15 6 (1.85%) RDBMS
16 5 (1.54%) OLAP
17 4 (1.23%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 21 (6.48%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.62%) Eclipse
2 2 (0.62%) MLflow
2 2 (0.62%) PyCharm
2 2 (0.62%) RStudio
2 2 (0.62%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.62%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 56 (17.28%) Finance
2 29 (8.95%) Marketing
3 21 (6.48%) Banking
4 14 (4.32%) Retail
5 13 (4.01%) Games
5 13 (4.01%) Telecoms
6 12 (3.70%) Manufacturing
7 10 (3.09%) Advertising
8 6 (1.85%) Law
9 5 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (1.54%) Public Sector
10 4 (1.23%) Electronics
11 3 (0.93%) Front Office
12 2 (0.62%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.62%) Military
13 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.31%) Automotive
13 1 (0.31%) Legal
13 1 (0.31%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (23.15%) TensorFlow
2 63 (19.44%) Natural Language Processing
3 47 (14.51%) scikit-learn
4 43 (13.27%) Keras
5 33 (10.19%) Pandas
6 29 (8.95%) NumPy
7 26 (8.02%) PyTorch
8 13 (4.01%) Matplotlib
9 11 (3.40%) Kafka
10 9 (2.78%) SciPy
10 9 (2.78%) Shiny
11 8 (2.47%) Spring
12 7 (2.16%) PySpark
12 7 (2.16%) SpaCy
12 7 (2.16%) XGBoost
13 6 (1.85%) RESTful
14 5 (1.54%) Django
14 5 (1.54%) XML
15 4 (1.23%) D3.js
15 4 (1.23%) Dask
Miscellaneous
1 123 (37.96%) Algorithms
2 65 (20.06%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (6.17%) Management Information System
4 10 (3.09%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (2.47%) FMCG
5 8 (2.47%) Life Science
6 7 (2.16%) User Experience
7 5 (1.54%) Cybercrime
8 4 (1.23%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.23%) Social Media
9 3 (0.93%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (0.93%) Digital Media
9 3 (0.93%) Social Network
10 2 (0.62%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.62%) Derivative
10 2 (0.62%) GPGPU
10 2 (0.62%) Internet of Things
10 2 (0.62%) Renewable Energy
10 2 (0.62%) Spread Betting
11 1 (0.31%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 4 (1.23%) Linux
1 4 (1.23%) Unix
2 2 (0.62%) VMS
2 2 (0.62%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 322 (99.38%) Data Science
2 240 (74.07%) Machine Learning
3 135 (41.67%) Analytics
4 103 (31.79%) Artificial Intelligence
5 97 (29.94%) Mathematics
6 93 (28.70%) Statistics
7 78 (24.07%) Visualisation
8 73 (22.53%) Deep Learning
9 70 (21.60%) Computer Science
10 59 (18.21%) Neural Network
11 53 (16.36%) Agile Software Development
12 51 (15.74%) Data Visualisation
13 49 (15.12%) Predictive Modelling
14 41 (12.65%) Statistical Analysis
15 38 (11.73%) Data Modelling
16 37 (11.42%) Data Analytics
17 32 (9.88%) Business Intelligence
18 29 (8.95%) Predictive Analytics
19 27 (8.33%) Data Analysis
19 27 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 296 (91.36%) Python
2 161 (49.69%) SQL
3 151 (46.60%) R
4 60 (18.52%) Java
5 38 (11.73%) Scala
6 23 (7.10%) C++
7 17 (5.25%) C
7 17 (5.25%) MATLAB
8 12 (3.70%) Julia
9 11 (3.40%) JavaScript
10 7 (2.16%) C#
11 6 (1.85%) Go
12 3 (0.93%) Perl
13 2 (0.62%) Haskell
13 2 (0.62%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.31%) Cypher
14 1 (0.31%) F#
14 1 (0.31%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 75 (23.15%) PhD
2 74 (22.84%) Degree
3 24 (7.41%) Security Cleared
4 14 (4.32%) Computer Science Degree
4 14 (4.32%) Numerate Degree
4 14 (4.32%) SC Cleared
5 13 (4.01%) DV Cleared
6 9 (2.78%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.93%) Postgraduate
8 2 (0.62%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.31%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.23%) Data Quality
2 3 (0.93%) GDPR
3 2 (0.62%) NIST
4 1 (0.31%) IFRS
4 1 (0.31%) IFRS 9
4 1 (0.31%) MiFID
System Software
1 12 (3.70%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (4.01%) Kubernetes
2 2 (0.62%) Terraform
3 1 (0.31%) Kibana
3 1 (0.31%) Mesos
Vendors
1 49 (15.12%) Tableau
2 14 (4.32%) Databricks
3 13 (4.01%) Google
4 7 (2.16%) Microsoft
5 6 (1.85%) SAP
6 4 (1.23%) Oracle
7 3 (0.93%) Coremetrics
7 3 (0.93%) Crimson Hexagon
7 3 (0.93%) Facebook
7 3 (0.93%) Splunk
8 2 (0.62%) Amplitude
8 2 (0.62%) Sybase
9 1 (0.31%) Alteryx
9 1 (0.31%) Cloudera
9 1 (0.31%) Minitab