Period
to 19 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 465 482 602
Rank change year-on-year +17 +120 +116
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 1,059 1,053 856
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.59% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.62% 0.45%
Number of salaries quoted 872 866 752
UK median annual salary £62,500 £62,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +4.35%
10th Percentile £37,500 £36,500 £37,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £96,250 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +11.11%

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 162,496 170,230 190,494
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.15% 96.08% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 130,855 137,468 160,221
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £78,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 19 August 2018.

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 19 August 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 +22 1,021 £62,500 -3.85% 75
London +44 669 £67,500 -3.57% 42
UK excluding London +23 384 £50,000 -4.76% 36
South East +48 116 £50,000 -13.04% 9
North of England -18 99 £50,000 -9.09% 7
North West +19 75 £50,000 -13.04% 4
South West +48 56 £57,500 -4.17% 4
East of England +1 50 £48,750 +18.18% 7
Scotland -37 31 £50,000 -21.57% 2
Midlands +15 27 £60,000 +41.18% 6
West Midlands +34 23 £60,000 +29.73% 4
Yorkshire +1 18 £47,500 -13.64% 3
North East -23 6 £55,750 +17.37%
East Midlands -10 4 £50,750 +19.41% 2
Wales -4 3 £60,000 +20.72% 1
Northern Ireland +5 2 £45,000 +28.57%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 1,053 (99.43%) Data Science
2 935 (88.29%) Python
3 854 (80.64%) Machine Learning
4 656 (61.95%) R
5 502 (47.40%) Analytics
6 467 (44.10%) SQL
7 443 (41.83%) Mathematics
8 402 (37.96%) Algorithms
9 395 (37.30%) Apache Spark
10 376 (35.51%) Big Data
11 354 (33.43%) Hadoop
12 349 (32.96%) Statistics
13 322 (30.41%) PhD
14 310 (29.27%) Computer Science
15 301 (28.42%) Degree
16 266 (25.12%) Analytical Skills
17 262 (24.74%) Visualisation
18 257 (24.27%) Artificial Intelligence
19 256 (24.17%) Natural Language Processing
20 231 (21.81%) Deep Learning
21 230 (21.72%) Data Analysis
22 228 (21.53%) Java
23 212 (20.02%) Scala
24 204 (19.26%) Finance
25 192 (18.13%) Predictive Modelling
26 167 (15.77%) C++
27 164 (15.49%) Data Visualisation
28 162 (15.30%) MATLAB
29 155 (14.64%) Physics
30 153 (14.45%) Data Analytics

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
1 395 (37.30%) Apache Spark
2 137 (12.94%) SAS
3 33 (3.12%) Apache
4 30 (2.83%) Apache Pig
5 14 (1.32%) Jupyter
6 12 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (0.19%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 42 (3.97%) SPSS
2 26 (2.46%) Chatbot
2 26 (2.46%) GNU Octave
3 20 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.66%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.28%) Stata
7 2 (0.19%) CPLEX
7 2 (0.19%) Mathematica
7 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.094%) Simulink
8 1 (0.094%) SPSS Modeler
8 1 (0.094%) Weka
Business Applications
1 1 (0.094%) Actimize
1 1 (0.094%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 119 (11.24%) Amazon AWS
2 86 (8.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (2.93%) Amazon S3
4 25 (2.36%) Google Cloud Platform
5 17 (1.61%) GitHub
6 12 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (1.04%) Amazon SageMaker
8 7 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (0.47%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.38%) Azure Machine Learning
10 4 (0.38%) SaaS
10 4 (0.38%) Serverless
11 3 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.28%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
11 3 (0.28%) Data Lake Analytics
12 2 (0.19%) Adobe Analytics
12 2 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.19%) Amazon EMR
12 2 (0.19%) Amazon Kinesis
13 1 (0.094%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.61%) Internet
2 7 (0.66%) SMS
3 1 (0.094%) Skype
3 1 (0.094%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.094%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 376 (35.51%) Big Data
2 354 (33.43%) Hadoop
3 138 (13.03%) Data Mining
4 124 (11.71%) NoSQL
5 113 (10.67%) Apache Hive
6 73 (6.89%) MongoDB
7 52 (4.91%) Relational Database
8 51 (4.82%) Power BI
9 48 (4.53%) Data Warehouse
9 48 (4.53%) QlikView
9 48 (4.53%) Text Mining
10 40 (3.78%) Amazon Redshift
11 38 (3.59%) HBase
11 38 (3.59%) PostgreSQL
12 37 (3.49%) Apache Cassandra
13 34 (3.21%) Data Lake
14 27 (2.55%) SQL Server
15 26 (2.46%) Cosmos DB
16 20 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 18 (1.70%) Impala
Development Applications
1 48 (4.53%) Git (software)
2 21 (1.98%) Subversion
3 11 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 11 (1.04%) Jenkins
3 11 (1.04%) Vagrant
4 9 (0.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 5 (0.47%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.47%) GitLab
6 4 (0.38%) JIRA
6 4 (0.38%) Maven
7 2 (0.19%) CircleCI
8 1 (0.094%) CasperJS
8 1 (0.094%) Moq
8 1 (0.094%) MSTest
8 1 (0.094%) NUnit
8 1 (0.094%) PhantomJS
8 1 (0.094%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 204 (19.26%) Finance
2 104 (9.82%) Marketing
3 81 (7.65%) Retail
4 80 (7.55%) Banking
5 29 (2.74%) Advertising
6 19 (1.79%) Games
7 17 (1.61%) Telecoms
8 12 (1.13%) Investment Banking
9 11 (1.04%) Front Office
10 7 (0.66%) Corporate Banking
10 7 (0.66%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.47%) Electronics
12 4 (0.38%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.38%) Law
13 3 (0.28%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.28%) Automotive
13 3 (0.28%) Legal
14 1 (0.094%) International Banking
14 1 (0.094%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.094%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 256 (24.17%) Natural Language Processing
2 143 (13.50%) scikit-learn
3 128 (12.09%) Pandas
4 123 (11.61%) TensorFlow
5 104 (9.82%) NumPy
6 90 (8.50%) SciPy
7 49 (4.63%) Keras
8 48 (4.53%) Kafka
9 41 (3.87%) Theano
10 37 (3.49%) D3.js
10 37 (3.49%) MLlib
11 29 (2.74%) PySpark
12 19 (1.79%) Web Services
13 18 (1.70%) Matplotlib
14 16 (1.51%) MXNet
15 12 (1.13%) Spark Streaming
15 12 (1.13%) Torch
16 10 (0.94%) ggplot2
16 10 (0.94%) JSON
16 10 (0.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 402 (37.96%) Algorithms
2 310 (29.27%) Computer Science
3 266 (25.12%) Analytical Skills
4 80 (7.55%) Fintech
5 60 (5.67%) Data Structures
6 34 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
7 27 (2.55%) Greenfield Project
8 21 (1.98%) NHS
9 16 (1.51%) Social Network
10 14 (1.32%) Analytical Mindset
11 12 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
12 11 (1.04%) Management Information System
12 11 (1.04%) Robotics
13 10 (0.94%) Credit Risk
13 10 (0.94%) Hedge funds
13 10 (0.94%) Internet of Things
14 9 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 8 (0.76%) Life Science
15 8 (0.76%) Virtual Team
16 7 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 32 (3.02%) Linux
2 6 (0.57%) Unix
2 6 (0.57%) Windows
3 3 (0.28%) Android
4 2 (0.19%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,053 (99.43%) Data Science
2 854 (80.64%) Machine Learning
3 502 (47.40%) Analytics
4 443 (41.83%) Mathematics
5 349 (32.96%) Statistics
6 262 (24.74%) Visualisation
7 257 (24.27%) Artificial Intelligence
8 231 (21.81%) Deep Learning
9 230 (21.72%) Data Analysis
10 192 (18.13%) Predictive Modelling
11 164 (15.49%) Data Visualisation
12 155 (14.64%) Physics
13 153 (14.45%) Data Analytics
14 145 (13.69%) Neural Network
15 126 (11.90%) Statistical Modelling
16 124 (11.71%) Problem-Solving
17 115 (10.86%) Predictive Analytics
18 111 (10.48%) Statistical Analysis
19 102 (9.63%) Business Intelligence
20 87 (8.22%) Data Engineering
Programming Languages
1 935 (88.29%) Python
2 656 (61.95%) R
3 467 (44.10%) SQL
4 228 (21.53%) Java
5 212 (20.02%) Scala
6 167 (15.77%) C++
7 162 (15.30%) MATLAB
8 85 (8.03%) C
9 46 (4.34%) C#
10 42 (3.97%) HiveQL
11 26 (2.46%) JavaScript
12 13 (1.23%) T-SQL
13 11 (1.04%) PowerShell
14 9 (0.85%) Julia
14 9 (0.85%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.76%) Ruby
15 8 (0.76%) VBA
16 7 (0.66%) SPARQL
17 6 (0.57%) Go
18 3 (0.28%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 322 (30.41%) PhD
2 301 (28.42%) Degree
3 68 (6.42%) Numerate Degree
4 37 (3.49%) Master's Degree
5 31 (2.93%) Computer Science Degree
6 19 (1.79%) Security Cleared
7 6 (0.57%) DV Cleared
7 6 (0.57%) Postgraduate
8 5 (0.47%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.094%) CFA
9 1 (0.094%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.08%) QA
2 13 (1.23%) Data Quality
3 10 (0.94%) GDPR
4 8 (0.76%) Actionable Recommendations
5 4 (0.38%) GCP
System Software
1 78 (7.37%) HDFS
2 45 (4.25%) Docker
3 11 (1.04%) VirtualBox
4 8 (0.76%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 33 (3.12%) Kubernetes
2 13 (1.23%) Terraform
3 12 (1.13%) Ansible
4 11 (1.04%) Docker Swarm
5 5 (0.47%) Oozie
6 2 (0.19%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.094%) Ambari
7 1 (0.094%) Apache Slider
Vendors
1 117 (11.05%) Tableau
2 46 (4.34%) Google
3 38 (3.59%) Microsoft
4 22 (2.08%) Cloudera
4 22 (2.08%) Hortonworks
4 22 (2.08%) Oracle
4 22 (2.08%) WorldPay
5 18 (1.70%) Databricks
6 11 (1.04%) Dataiku
6 11 (1.04%) IBM
6 11 (1.04%) MapR
7 10 (0.94%) Twitter
8 9 (0.85%) Teradata
9 7 (0.66%) Capita
9 7 (0.66%) SAP
10 5 (0.47%) Alteryx
10 5 (0.47%) Talend
11 4 (0.38%) Askia
11 4 (0.38%) Sun
12 3 (0.28%) Salesforce.com