Period
to 3 July 2020

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 July 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 454 428 470
Rank change year-on-year -26 +42 +23
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 446 1,060 1,149
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.72% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.75% 0.67%
Number of salaries quoted 419 890 969
Median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.33% -4.00% -
10th Percentile £40,000 £34,888 £37,500
90th Percentile £100,000 £90,148 £92,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -6.54%

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 75,302 140,558 170,579
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.10% 95.90% 96.30%
Number of salaries quoted 60,547 112,146 138,553
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -16 429 £65,000 +8.33% 22
London -22 292 £72,500 +3.57% 14
UK excluding London +19 154 £55,000 +4.76% 8
Work from Home +33 47 £79,000 +31.67% 2
South West +26 40 £50,000 +5.26% 2
South East +88 32 £62,500 +25.00% 3
North of England +78 30 £55,000 - 2
East of England +28 19 £52,500 -12.50% 1
North West +81 17 £53,750 -6.45% 2
Midlands +106 16 £57,500 +19.17%
Scotland +64 15 £50,000 -12.97%
West Midlands +82 13 £57,500 +4.55%
North East +29 9 £60,000 +33.33%
Yorkshire +93 4 £30,500 -44.55%
East Midlands +53 1 - -
Northern Ireland +22 1 - -
Wales +15 1 £50,000 +15.61%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 445 (99.78%) Data Science
2 410 (91.93%) Python
3 331 (74.22%) Machine Learning
4 227 (50.90%) SQL
5 213 (47.76%) Analytics
6 206 (46.19%) R
7 147 (32.96%) Algorithms
8 137 (30.72%) Mathematics
9 128 (28.70%) Artificial Intelligence
10 121 (27.13%) Statistics
10 121 (27.13%) Degree
10 121 (27.13%) Big Data
11 99 (22.20%) Visualisation
11 99 (22.20%) PhD
12 94 (21.08%) Analytical Skills
13 93 (20.85%) Computer Science
14 90 (20.18%) Hadoop
14 90 (20.18%) Natural Language Processing
14 90 (20.18%) Apache Spark
14 90 (20.18%) Deep Learning
15 88 (19.73%) TensorFlow
16 87 (19.51%) Finance
17 76 (17.04%) scikit-learn
18 74 (16.59%) AWS
19 66 (14.80%) Data Visualisation
19 66 (14.80%) Data Analytics
20 64 (14.35%) Pandas
20 64 (14.35%) Tableau
21 63 (14.13%) Java
22 60 (13.45%) Data Mining

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 90 (20.18%) Apache Spark
2 41 (9.19%) Jupyter
3 36 (8.07%) SAS
4 10 (2.24%) ArcGIS
4 10 (2.24%) IBM Domino
5 9 (2.02%) Apache
5 9 (2.02%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (1.35%) Apache Airflow
7 4 (0.90%) Confluence
8 2 (0.45%) Tornado
9 1 (0.22%) Appian
9 1 (0.22%) Mule
9 1 (0.22%) Pachyderm
Applications
1 13 (2.91%) SPSS
2 12 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.57%) S-PLUS
4 2 (0.45%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.22%) CPLEX
5 1 (0.22%) Gephi
5 1 (0.22%) GNU Octave
5 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.22%) Stata
5 1 (0.22%) Weka
Business Applications
1 5 (1.12%) SAP CRM
1 5 (1.12%) SAP ERP
1 5 (1.12%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 74 (16.59%) AWS
2 59 (13.23%) GCP
3 49 (10.99%) Azure
4 40 (8.97%) Power Platform
5 12 (2.69%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.79%) SaaS
7 6 (1.35%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.90%) Adobe Analytics
8 4 (0.90%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.67%) AdWords
9 3 (0.67%) Amazon SageMaker
10 2 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.45%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.45%) AWS Data Pipeline
10 2 (0.45%) Azure Machine Learning
10 2 (0.45%) Serverless
11 1 (0.22%) Google Sheets
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.91%) Internet
2 6 (1.35%) Skype
3 2 (0.45%) 5G
4 1 (0.22%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (27.13%) Big Data
2 90 (20.18%) Hadoop
3 60 (13.45%) Data Mining
4 40 (8.97%) Power BI
5 31 (6.95%) Apache Hive
6 28 (6.28%) NoSQL
7 25 (5.61%) SQL Server
8 17 (3.81%) BigQuery
9 16 (3.59%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (3.36%) Relational Database
11 14 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
12 13 (2.91%) QlikView
13 12 (2.69%) Text Mining
14 10 (2.24%) Amazon Redshift
15 8 (1.79%) Blockchain
16 7 (1.57%) Spotfire
17 6 (1.35%) Data Lake
18 5 (1.12%) KDB
18 5 (1.12%) Kdb+
18 5 (1.12%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 11 (2.47%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.67%) Eclipse
2 3 (0.67%) PyCharm
2 3 (0.67%) RStudio
2 3 (0.67%) Visual Studio
2 3 (0.67%) Visual Studio Code
3 2 (0.45%) Mercurial
3 2 (0.45%) MLflow
3 2 (0.45%) Subversion
4 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.22%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.22%) Vagrant
General
1 87 (19.51%) Finance
2 52 (11.66%) Marketing
3 35 (7.85%) Banking
4 24 (5.38%) Retail
5 19 (4.26%) Telecoms
6 10 (2.24%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.02%) Advertising
7 9 (2.02%) Public Sector
8 8 (1.79%) Front Office
9 7 (1.57%) Games
9 7 (1.57%) Law
10 6 (1.35%) Financial Institution
11 5 (1.12%) Police
12 4 (0.90%) Electronics
12 4 (0.90%) Legal
13 3 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.45%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.45%) Billing
15 1 (0.22%) Brand Awareness
15 1 (0.22%) Greek Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (20.18%) Natural Language Processing
2 88 (19.73%) TensorFlow
3 76 (17.04%) scikit-learn
4 64 (14.35%) Pandas
5 48 (10.76%) NumPy
6 42 (9.42%) Keras
7 36 (8.07%) PyTorch
8 15 (3.36%) Matplotlib
8 15 (3.36%) SciPy
9 14 (3.14%) MLlib
10 10 (2.24%) Anaconda
10 10 (2.24%) Shiny
11 9 (2.02%) Seaborn
11 9 (2.02%) SpaCy
12 8 (1.79%) Kafka
13 7 (1.57%) D3.js
13 7 (1.57%) Dask
13 7 (1.57%) Node.js
14 5 (1.12%) MXNet
14 5 (1.12%) PySpark
Miscellaneous
1 147 (32.96%) Algorithms
2 94 (21.08%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (4.93%) User Experience
4 17 (3.81%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.24%) Augmented Reality
5 10 (2.24%) Linked Data
5 10 (2.24%) Semantic Web
6 8 (1.79%) Analytical Mindset
6 8 (1.79%) Life Science
6 8 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (1.57%) Credit Risk
7 7 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (1.57%) Internet of Things
8 6 (1.35%) Cybercrime
9 5 (1.12%) Data Structures
9 5 (1.12%) Social Media
10 4 (0.90%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.90%) Social Network
11 3 (0.67%) Mobile Payment
11 3 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 9 (2.02%) Linux
2 7 (1.57%) Unix
3 5 (1.12%) VMS
4 2 (0.45%) Windows
5 1 (0.22%) Android
5 1 (0.22%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (99.78%) Data Science
2 331 (74.22%) Machine Learning
3 213 (47.76%) Analytics
4 137 (30.72%) Mathematics
5 128 (28.70%) Artificial Intelligence
6 121 (27.13%) Statistics
7 99 (22.20%) Visualisation
8 93 (20.85%) Computer Science
9 90 (20.18%) Deep Learning
10 66 (14.80%) Data Analytics
10 66 (14.80%) Data Visualisation
11 58 (13.00%) Business Intelligence
11 58 (13.00%) Predictive Modelling
11 58 (13.00%) Statistical Modelling
12 57 (12.78%) Data Analysis
12 57 (12.78%) Neural Network
13 51 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
14 48 (10.76%) Problem-Solving
15 39 (8.74%) Statistical Analysis
16 38 (8.52%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 410 (91.93%) Python
2 227 (50.90%) SQL
3 206 (46.19%) R
4 63 (14.13%) Java
5 47 (10.54%) C
5 47 (10.54%) C++
6 43 (9.64%) Scala
7 39 (8.74%) MATLAB
8 15 (3.36%) C#
8 15 (3.36%) JavaScript
9 14 (3.14%) Julia
10 10 (2.24%) Go
11 7 (1.57%) VBA
12 5 (1.12%) Rust
13 4 (0.90%) Haskell
14 3 (0.67%) HiveQL
14 3 (0.67%) Perl
15 2 (0.45%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.45%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 2 (0.45%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 121 (27.13%) Degree
2 99 (22.20%) PhD
3 30 (6.73%) Security Cleared
4 20 (4.48%) Computer Science Degree
4 20 (4.48%) Master's Degree
4 20 (4.48%) Numerate Degree
5 19 (4.26%) SC Cleared
6 17 (3.81%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.45%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.22%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.91%) Data Quality
2 3 (0.67%) GDPR
3 2 (0.45%) NIST
4 1 (0.22%) IFRS
4 1 (0.22%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 14 (3.14%) Docker
2 4 (0.90%) HDFS
3 1 (0.22%) Firmware
3 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 14 (3.14%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.12%) Terraform
3 2 (0.45%) Kibana
4 1 (0.22%) Ansible
4 1 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 64 (14.35%) Tableau
2 25 (5.61%) Google
3 16 (3.59%) Microsoft
4 12 (2.69%) Oracle
5 10 (2.24%) Databricks
6 9 (2.02%) SAP
7 7 (1.57%) Alteryx
8 5 (1.12%) Splunk
8 5 (1.12%) Sybase
9 3 (0.67%) Coremetrics
9 3 (0.67%) Crimson Hexagon
9 3 (0.67%) Facebook
9 3 (0.67%) Teradata
10 2 (0.45%) Alias
10 2 (0.45%) Cloudera
11 1 (0.22%) Dataiku
11 1 (0.22%) Foundry
11 1 (0.22%) Hortonworks
11 1 (0.22%) Palantir
11 1 (0.22%) Pega