Period
to 20 September 2021

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £62,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 516 400 412
Rank change year-on-year -116 +12 +76
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 635 323 1,038
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.66% 0.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.69% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 353 269 791
10th Percentile £42,500 £40,600 £36,250
25th Percentile £47,500 £46,576 £47,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,000 £65,000 £61,638
Median % change year-on-year -4.62% +5.45% -1.38%
75th Percentile £77,500 £81,250 £77,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £95,500 £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 110,654 46,569 135,380
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.40% 94.80% 95.78%
Number of salaries quoted 76,947 38,517 109,051
10th Percentile £31,875 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 20 September 2021.

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 20 September 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 -121 563 £62,500 -3.85% 38
London -86 399 £66,250 -5.36% 26
UK excluding London -160 179 £52,500 +5.00% 15
Work from Home -224 97 £60,000 -20.00% 3
North of England -97 41 £55,000 +4.76% 3
South East -150 33 £60,000 +20.00% 5
Midlands -100 31 £57,500 -4.17% 3
South West -81 29 £47,500 -5.00%
North West -80 24 £60,000 +29.73% 3
West Midlands -83 21 £57,500 -4.17% 3
East of England -76 20 £24,500 -67.33% 1
Scotland -80 20 £52,500 +16.67% 1
Yorkshire -98 14 £42,500 -22.73%
East Midlands -69 10 - -
North East -31 3 £65,000 +13.04%
Wales -41 3 £50,000 - 1
Northern Ireland -39 2 £58,500 +17.00% 1

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, 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.

1 634 (99.84%) Data Science
2 540 (85.04%) Python
3 452 (71.18%) Machine Learning
4 331 (52.13%) SQL
5 308 (48.50%) Analytics
6 264 (41.57%) Algorithms
7 248 (39.06%) Statistics
8 239 (37.64%) R
9 210 (33.07%) Degree
10 192 (30.24%) Mathematics
11 162 (25.51%) Visualisation
11 162 (25.51%) Artificial Intelligence
12 160 (25.20%) Apache Spark
13 158 (24.88%) Natural Language Processing
14 153 (24.09%) Finance
15 152 (23.94%) Computer Science
15 152 (23.94%) Analytical Skills
16 135 (21.26%) PhD
17 126 (19.84%) AWS
18 120 (18.90%) TensorFlow
19 114 (17.95%) Social Skills
20 108 (17.01%) scikit-learn
21 105 (16.54%) Big Data
22 99 (15.59%) Data Analysis
23 98 (15.43%) Data Visualisation
24 93 (14.65%) Physics
25 92 (14.49%) Predictive Modelling
26 86 (13.54%) Hadoop
26 86 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
27 84 (13.23%) NumPy

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
1 160 (25.20%) Apache Spark
2 51 (8.03%) Jupyter
3 37 (5.83%) SAS
4 33 (5.20%) Elasticsearch
5 20 (3.15%) Apache
6 7 (1.10%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.47%) Mule
8 2 (0.31%) WordPress
9 1 (0.16%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.16%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 7 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
1 7 (1.10%) SPSS
2 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.63%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.63%) Weka
4 1 (0.16%) CPLEX
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.16%) Stata
Business Applications
1 2 (0.31%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 126 (19.84%) AWS
2 79 (12.44%) GCP
3 78 (12.28%) Azure
4 66 (10.39%) Power Platform
5 48 (7.56%) Amazon SageMaker
6 28 (4.41%) Amazon S3
7 16 (2.52%) SaaS
8 15 (2.36%) Amazon Kinesis
8 15 (2.36%) Amazon SQS
8 15 (2.36%) Serverless
9 13 (2.05%) AWS Lambda
9 13 (2.05%) Snowflake
10 11 (1.73%) Amazon EMR
11 10 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
12 9 (1.42%) Azure Machine Learning
13 6 (0.94%) GitHub
14 4 (0.63%) Azure Data Factory
14 4 (0.63%) Fivetran
14 4 (0.63%) Google Analytics
14 4 (0.63%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.47%) Broadband
1 3 (0.47%) Internet
2 1 (0.16%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (16.54%) Big Data
2 86 (13.54%) Hadoop
3 76 (11.97%) Data Mining
4 72 (11.34%) NoSQL
5 69 (10.87%) Tableau
6 58 (9.13%) Power BI
7 32 (5.04%) Looker
8 31 (4.88%) BigQuery
9 29 (4.57%) Apache Hive
10 24 (3.78%) Relational Database
11 19 (2.99%) PostgreSQL
12 18 (2.83%) Electronic Patient Records
13 15 (2.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 12 (1.89%) Apache Cassandra
14 12 (1.89%) Metadata
14 12 (1.89%) MySQL
15 10 (1.57%) Impala
15 10 (1.57%) Neo4j
15 10 (1.57%) Spotfire
16 8 (1.26%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 50 (7.87%) Git (software)
2 8 (1.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 8 (1.26%) Jenkins
2 8 (1.26%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.63%) MLflow
4 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.16%) git-flow
4 1 (0.16%) GitLab
4 1 (0.16%) JIRA
4 1 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 153 (24.09%) Finance
2 152 (23.94%) Analytical Skills
3 114 (17.95%) Social Skills
4 78 (12.28%) Retail
5 74 (11.65%) Marketing
6 61 (9.61%) Banking
7 40 (6.30%) Games
8 35 (5.51%) Pharmaceutical
9 22 (3.46%) Public Sector
10 16 (2.52%) Front Office
11 15 (2.36%) Presentation Skills
12 13 (2.05%) Legal
13 12 (1.89%) Law
13 12 (1.89%) Telecoms
14 9 (1.42%) Electronics
15 8 (1.26%) Influencing Skills
15 8 (1.26%) Manufacturing
16 7 (1.10%) Financial Institution
16 7 (1.10%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.94%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (18.90%) TensorFlow
2 108 (17.01%) scikit-learn
3 84 (13.23%) NumPy
4 82 (12.91%) Pandas
5 60 (9.45%) Keras
6 55 (8.66%) PySpark
7 44 (6.93%) PyTorch
8 41 (6.46%) Kafka
9 33 (5.20%) SciPy
10 20 (3.15%) Dask
11 19 (2.99%) Matplotlib
12 17 (2.68%) MLlib
12 17 (2.68%) Torch
13 16 (2.52%) Shiny
14 15 (2.36%) Chainer
14 15 (2.36%) NLTK
14 15 (2.36%) Theano
15 12 (1.89%) Bokeh
16 11 (1.73%) Seaborn
16 11 (1.73%) SpaCy
Miscellaneous
1 264 (41.57%) Algorithms
2 26 (4.09%) Mobile Games
3 19 (2.99%) Greenfield Project
4 18 (2.83%) Life Science
5 12 (1.89%) Credit Risk
6 11 (1.73%) Data Structures
7 10 (1.57%) LIMS
7 10 (1.57%) Virtual Team
8 9 (1.42%) Clustering
9 8 (1.26%) Cloud Native
9 8 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.10%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (1.10%) Wiki
11 5 (0.79%) Fixed Income
11 5 (0.79%) Social Media
12 4 (0.63%) Cyberattack
12 4 (0.63%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.63%) User Experience
13 3 (0.47%) mHealth
Operating Systems
1 19 (2.99%) Unix
2 18 (2.83%) Linux
3 5 (0.79%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 634 (99.84%) Data Science
2 452 (71.18%) Machine Learning
3 308 (48.50%) Analytics
4 248 (39.06%) Statistics
5 192 (30.24%) Mathematics
6 162 (25.51%) Artificial Intelligence
6 162 (25.51%) Visualisation
7 158 (24.88%) Natural Language Processing
8 152 (23.94%) Computer Science
9 99 (15.59%) Data Analysis
10 98 (15.43%) Data Visualisation
11 93 (14.65%) Physics
12 92 (14.49%) Predictive Modelling
13 86 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
14 75 (11.81%) Software Engineering
14 75 (11.81%) Statistical Analysis
14 75 (11.81%) Statistical Modelling
15 73 (11.50%) Problem-Solving
16 67 (10.55%) Data Modelling
17 66 (10.39%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 540 (85.04%) Python
2 331 (52.13%) SQL
3 239 (37.64%) R
4 50 (7.87%) Java
5 43 (6.77%) MATLAB
6 34 (5.35%) C++
7 33 (5.20%) Scala
8 23 (3.62%) C
9 13 (2.05%) JavaScript
10 9 (1.42%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.26%) Go
12 7 (1.10%) C#
12 7 (1.10%) Julia
12 7 (1.10%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.63%) LookML
13 4 (0.63%) VBA
14 3 (0.47%) Clojure
14 3 (0.47%) Haskell
15 2 (0.31%) Bash Shell
16 1 (0.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 210 (33.07%) Degree
2 135 (21.26%) PhD
3 52 (8.19%) Master's Degree
4 25 (3.94%) Security Cleared
5 20 (3.15%) Numerate Degree
6 15 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
7 10 (1.57%) DV Cleared
8 9 (1.42%) SC Cleared
9 8 (1.26%) Postgraduate
10 4 (0.63%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.31%) Data Quality
2 6 (0.94%) Good Clinical Practice
3 5 (0.79%) GDPR
4 2 (0.31%) QA
5 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (7.09%) Docker
2 8 (1.26%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 30 (4.72%) Kubernetes
2 9 (1.42%) Ansible
2 9 (1.42%) Terraform
3 8 (1.26%) Docker Swarm
4 6 (0.94%) Kubeflow
5 1 (0.16%) Puppet
5 1 (0.16%) Salt
Vendors
1 43 (6.77%) Google
2 39 (6.14%) Databricks
3 20 (3.15%) Microsoft
4 14 (2.20%) Facebook
5 11 (1.73%) Dataiku
6 9 (1.42%) Samsung
7 8 (1.26%) Cloudera
7 8 (1.26%) Hortonworks
7 8 (1.26%) Oracle
7 8 (1.26%) SAP
8 7 (1.10%) Dell
9 4 (0.63%) Foundry
9 4 (0.63%) Palantir
10 2 (0.31%) Alteryx
10 2 (0.31%) comScore
10 2 (0.31%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.16%) DataRobot
11 1 (0.16%) ESRI
11 1 (0.16%) Splunk
11 1 (0.16%) TOWER Software