Period
to 16 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 456 480 582
Rank change year-on-year +24 +102 +99
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 982 1,078 789
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.61% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.63% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 793 882 689
UK median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.33% - -
10th Percentile £40,000 £35,000 £34,750
90th Percentile £102,500 £95,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +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 151,574 171,119 178,936
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.83% 96.04% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 121,434 137,686 149,372
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 16 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 15 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 16 December 2018. 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 +28 945 £65,000 +8.33% 56
London +41 607 £75,000 +11.11% 35
UK excluding London -28 367 £52,500 +5.00% 21
South East +27 137 £52,500 +5.00% 10
South West +62 83 £57,500 -4.17%
North of England -29 59 £50,000 - 3
North West -17 39 £50,000 - 2
Midlands +5 34 £41,250 -2.25% 4
Scotland -20 31 £45,000 -10.00%
West Midlands +25 21 £46,250 +15.63% 3
East of England -51 18 £57,500 +4.55% 4
Yorkshire +3 16 £45,750 -12.86%
East Midlands +23 13 £38,500 -9.41% 1
Northern Ireland - 5 - -
North East +5 4 £47,500 +111.11% 1

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, 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.

1 975 (99.29%) Data Science
2 858 (87.37%) Python
3 762 (77.60%) Machine Learning
4 620 (63.14%) R
5 520 (52.95%) Analytics
6 438 (44.60%) SQL
6 438 (44.60%) Mathematics
7 378 (38.49%) Algorithms
8 369 (37.58%) Statistics
9 344 (35.03%) Degree
10 323 (32.89%) Big Data
11 317 (32.28%) Apache Spark
12 307 (31.26%) Visualisation
13 280 (28.51%) Artificial Intelligence
14 278 (28.31%) Hadoop
15 241 (24.54%) Analytical Skills
16 239 (24.34%) Computer Science
17 231 (23.52%) Finance
18 223 (22.71%) PhD
19 215 (21.89%) Data Visualisation
20 203 (20.67%) Natural Language Processing
21 200 (20.37%) Java
22 197 (20.06%) Data Analysis
23 195 (19.86%) Deep Learning
24 175 (17.82%) Tableau
25 170 (17.31%) Data Mining
26 162 (16.50%) Data Analytics
27 161 (16.40%) Apache Hive
28 159 (16.19%) SAS
29 156 (15.89%) C++

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
1 317 (32.28%) Apache Spark
2 159 (16.19%) SAS
3 85 (8.66%) Apache
4 28 (2.85%) Apache Pig
5 12 (1.22%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (0.92%) Jupyter
7 6 (0.61%) DNN
8 2 (0.20%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.10%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.10%) IPython
Applications
1 36 (3.67%) SPSS
2 23 (2.34%) GNU Octave
3 20 (2.04%) Chatbot
4 12 (1.22%) Stata
5 10 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.10%) CPLEX
7 1 (0.10%) S-PLUS
7 1 (0.10%) Weka
Cloud Services
1 92 (9.37%) Amazon AWS
2 91 (9.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (4.48%) Google Cloud Platform
4 27 (2.75%) Google Analytics
5 16 (1.63%) Amazon SageMaker
6 9 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (0.81%) SaaS
8 6 (0.61%) GitHub
8 6 (0.61%) Serverless
9 5 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.41%) Azure Data Factory
10 4 (0.41%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
11 3 (0.31%) Amazon EMR
11 3 (0.31%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.31%) Data Lake Analytics
12 2 (0.20%) Amazon Kinesis
12 2 (0.20%) IaaS
12 2 (0.20%) PaaS
12 2 (0.20%) Wit.ai
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.31%) Broadband
1 3 (0.31%) Internet
2 1 (0.10%) SSH
2 1 (0.10%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (0.10%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 323 (32.89%) Big Data
2 278 (28.31%) Hadoop
3 170 (17.31%) Data Mining
4 161 (16.40%) Apache Hive
5 76 (7.74%) Text Mining
6 75 (7.64%) NoSQL
6 75 (7.64%) Power BI
7 68 (6.92%) Data Warehouse
8 60 (6.11%) PostgreSQL
9 53 (5.40%) QlikView
10 51 (5.19%) Amazon Redshift
11 41 (4.18%) Relational Database
11 41 (4.18%) SAP HANA
12 31 (3.16%) Impala
12 31 (3.16%) Neo4j
13 27 (2.75%) HBase
14 25 (2.55%) Spotfire
15 21 (2.14%) Apache Cassandra
16 19 (1.93%) MongoDB
17 17 (1.73%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 81 (8.25%) Git (software)
2 18 (1.83%) Subversion
3 14 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 14 (1.43%) Jenkins
3 14 (1.43%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.51%) GitLab
4 5 (0.51%) Mercurial
4 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 4 (0.41%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.20%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.20%) PyCharm
6 2 (0.20%) RStudio
6 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio Code
7 1 (0.10%) Maven
General
1 231 (23.52%) Finance
2 109 (11.10%) Banking
3 105 (10.69%) Retail
4 98 (9.98%) Marketing
5 50 (5.09%) Telecoms
6 36 (3.67%) Investment Banking
7 21 (2.14%) Advertising
8 19 (1.93%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.43%) Games
10 12 (1.22%) Front Office
11 11 (1.12%) Corporate Banking
12 6 (0.61%) Billing
12 6 (0.61%) Law
13 4 (0.41%) Automotive
13 4 (0.41%) Electronics
13 4 (0.41%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.31%) Legal
14 3 (0.31%) Social Science
15 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.20%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (20.67%) Natural Language Processing
2 130 (13.24%) TensorFlow
3 111 (11.30%) scikit-learn
4 92 (9.37%) Pandas
5 77 (7.84%) NumPy
6 75 (7.64%) SciPy
7 66 (6.72%) D3.js
7 66 (6.72%) Kafka
8 42 (4.28%) ggplot
9 34 (3.46%) MLlib
10 27 (2.75%) PySpark
11 26 (2.65%) Theano
12 21 (2.14%) Keras
13 19 (1.93%) MXNet
14 15 (1.53%) Matplotlib
14 15 (1.53%) Spark Streaming
14 15 (1.53%) Web Services
15 12 (1.22%) Django
15 12 (1.22%) ggplot2
16 11 (1.12%) SparkR
Miscellaneous
1 378 (38.49%) Algorithms
2 241 (24.54%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (7.54%) Fintech
4 44 (4.48%) Social Network
5 29 (2.95%) Greenfield Project
6 26 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
7 22 (2.24%) Data Structures
8 17 (1.73%) Data Protection Act
9 16 (1.63%) Social Media
10 15 (1.53%) Life Science
11 14 (1.43%) Management Information System
12 13 (1.32%) Virtual Team
13 11 (1.12%) Credit Risk
14 9 (0.92%) Equities
14 9 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 8 (0.81%) Analytical Mindset
15 8 (0.81%) Blog
16 7 (0.71%) Acoustics
16 7 (0.71%) NHS
17 6 (0.61%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 32 (3.26%) Linux
2 8 (0.81%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 975 (99.29%) Data Science
2 762 (77.60%) Machine Learning
3 520 (52.95%) Analytics
4 438 (44.60%) Mathematics
5 369 (37.58%) Statistics
6 307 (31.26%) Visualisation
7 280 (28.51%) Artificial Intelligence
8 239 (24.34%) Computer Science
9 215 (21.89%) Data Visualisation
10 197 (20.06%) Data Analysis
11 195 (19.86%) Deep Learning
12 162 (16.50%) Data Analytics
13 138 (14.05%) Data Modelling
14 134 (13.65%) Physics
15 129 (13.14%) Business Intelligence
16 126 (12.83%) Neural Network
17 121 (12.32%) Statistical Modelling
18 120 (12.22%) Predictive Modelling
19 104 (10.59%) Agile Software Development
20 96 (9.78%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 858 (87.37%) Python
2 620 (63.14%) R
3 438 (44.60%) SQL
4 200 (20.37%) Java
5 156 (15.89%) C++
6 142 (14.46%) Scala
7 100 (10.18%) MATLAB
8 91 (9.27%) C
9 52 (5.30%) C#
10 44 (4.48%) JavaScript
11 23 (2.34%) Delphi
12 16 (1.63%) Haskell
13 14 (1.43%) PowerShell
14 13 (1.32%) Shell Script
15 12 (1.22%) Ruby
16 9 (0.92%) Bash Shell
16 9 (0.92%) PHP
17 6 (0.61%) Bourne shell
17 6 (0.61%) C-shell
17 6 (0.61%) Korn
Qualifications
1 344 (35.03%) Degree
2 223 (22.71%) PhD
3 53 (5.40%) Master's Degree
4 50 (5.09%) Numerate Degree
5 29 (2.95%) Computer Science Degree
6 20 (2.04%) Security Cleared
7 12 (1.22%) MPhil
8 10 (1.02%) SC Cleared
9 9 (0.92%) Postgraduate
10 7 (0.71%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.20%) TOGAF Certification
12 1 (0.10%) MBA
12 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.16%) Data Quality
2 18 (1.83%) QA
3 11 (1.12%) Actionable Recommendations
4 10 (1.02%) GDPR
5 2 (0.20%) IFRS
5 2 (0.20%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 32 (3.26%) HDFS
2 23 (2.34%) Docker
3 14 (1.43%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.41%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 41 (4.18%) Hadoop YARN
2 17 (1.73%) Oozie
3 15 (1.53%) Kubernetes
3 15 (1.53%) Terraform
4 14 (1.43%) Ansible
4 14 (1.43%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.10%) Ambari
5 1 (0.10%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 175 (17.82%) Tableau
2 63 (6.42%) Google
3 55 (5.60%) SAP
4 22 (2.24%) Microsoft
5 21 (2.14%) Hortonworks
6 19 (1.93%) Cloudera
7 15 (1.53%) Databricks
8 14 (1.43%) Dataiku
8 14 (1.43%) Oracle
9 13 (1.32%) MapR
10 11 (1.12%) Teradata
10 11 (1.12%) WorldPay
11 5 (0.51%) RapidMiner
12 4 (0.41%) Twitter
13 3 (0.31%) IBM
13 3 (0.31%) Salesforce.com
13 3 (0.31%) Splunk
14 2 (0.20%) Adobe
14 2 (0.20%) Alteryx
14 2 (0.20%) BT