Period
to 27 November 2020

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 November 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
27 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 402 407 481
Rank change year-on-year +5 +74 -13
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 355 987 1,011
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.73% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.76% 0.65%
Number of salaries quoted 358 796 844
Median annual salary £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
10th Percentile £42,500 £37,250 £38,750
90th Percentile £97,500 £95,000 £100,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% -0.99% +1.00%

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 52,564 129,539 155,404
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 95.60% 95.88%
Number of salaries quoted 43,801 103,686 125,239
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,425 £28,328 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £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 27 November 2020.

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 27 November 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 +11 341 £65,000 - 30
London +13 226 £72,500 +3.57% 17
UK excluding London +75 114 £52,500 +5.00% 15
Work from Home +3 69 £71,250 +23.91% 3
South West +49 33 £50,000 - 3
North of England +102 21 £55,000 +10.00% 2
South East +144 19 £50,000 -7.41% 5
North West +98 16 £52,500 +5.00% 2
Midlands +120 15 £62,500 +31.58%
East of England +79 14 £75,000 +36.36% 3
Scotland +46 9 £45,000 +11.86% 1
West Midlands +88 7 £60,000 +9.09%
East Midlands +83 6 £65,000 +57.58%
Yorkshire +81 5 £60,000 +37.14%
Northern Ireland - 2 £50,000 - 1
Wales +44 1 £52,500 +23.53%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 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.

1 354 (99.72%) Data Science
2 327 (92.11%) Python
3 275 (77.46%) Machine Learning
4 197 (55.49%) SQL
5 164 (46.20%) Analytics
6 162 (45.63%) R
7 111 (31.27%) Artificial Intelligence
8 108 (30.42%) Algorithms
9 106 (29.86%) Statistics
9 106 (29.86%) Mathematics
10 105 (29.58%) Visualisation
11 95 (26.76%) Big Data
12 86 (24.23%) Degree
13 85 (23.94%) AWS
14 83 (23.38%) Natural Language Processing
15 81 (22.82%) Apache Spark
16 80 (22.54%) Computer Science
17 79 (22.25%) Deep Learning
18 78 (21.97%) Java
18 78 (21.97%) PhD
19 76 (21.41%) Azure
20 70 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
21 66 (18.59%) Analytical Skills
21 66 (18.59%) Data Visualisation
21 66 (18.59%) Tableau
21 66 (18.59%) TensorFlow
22 60 (16.90%) Hadoop
22 60 (16.90%) Finance
23 57 (16.06%) Neural Network
24 54 (15.21%) GCP

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 81 (22.82%) Apache Spark
2 24 (6.76%) SAS
3 18 (5.07%) Apache
4 15 (4.23%) Jupyter
5 5 (1.41%) ArcGIS
6 4 (1.13%) IBM Domino
7 3 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.56%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 10 (2.82%) SPSS
2 3 (0.85%) SPSS Modeler
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.56%) S-PLUS
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.28%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 85 (23.94%) AWS
2 76 (21.41%) Azure
3 54 (15.21%) GCP
4 24 (6.76%) Power Platform
5 19 (5.35%) Amazon SageMaker
6 10 (2.82%) Amazon S3
7 7 (1.97%) SaaS
8 5 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.41%) Serverless
9 4 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.56%) Amazon Kinesis
11 2 (0.56%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.28%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 22 (6.20%) Internet
2 6 (1.69%) 5G
3 2 (0.56%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (26.76%) Big Data
2 66 (18.59%) Tableau
3 60 (16.90%) Hadoop
4 53 (14.93%) Data Mining
5 33 (9.30%) NoSQL
6 28 (7.89%) QlikView
7 24 (6.76%) Power BI
8 21 (5.92%) Amazon Redshift
9 19 (5.35%) Apache Hive
9 19 (5.35%) SQL Server
10 15 (4.23%) Text Mining
11 13 (3.66%) Data Lake
12 12 (3.38%) Relational Database
13 11 (3.10%) Blockchain
14 10 (2.82%) BigQuery
14 10 (2.82%) Spotfire
15 8 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
16 7 (1.97%) MySQL
16 7 (1.97%) RDBMS
17 6 (1.69%) Impala
Development Applications
1 22 (6.20%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.13%) JIRA
3 1 (0.28%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.28%) PyCharm
3 1 (0.28%) RStudio
3 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 60 (16.90%) Finance
2 26 (7.32%) Banking
2 26 (7.32%) Marketing
3 23 (6.48%) Retail
4 16 (4.51%) Games
4 16 (4.51%) Manufacturing
5 12 (3.38%) Telecoms
6 10 (2.82%) Advertising
7 8 (2.25%) Public Sector
8 6 (1.69%) Law
9 4 (1.13%) Electronics
9 4 (1.13%) Front Office
10 2 (0.56%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.56%) Military
10 2 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.28%) Legal
11 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (23.38%) Natural Language Processing
2 66 (18.59%) TensorFlow
3 49 (13.80%) scikit-learn
4 34 (9.58%) Keras
5 25 (7.04%) Pandas
6 21 (5.92%) NumPy
7 14 (3.94%) PyTorch
8 13 (3.66%) PySpark
9 9 (2.54%) Kafka
9 9 (2.54%) Matplotlib
10 8 (2.25%) Spring
11 7 (1.97%) RESTful
11 7 (1.97%) Theano
11 7 (1.97%) XGBoost
12 6 (1.69%) Torch
13 5 (1.41%) Anaconda
13 5 (1.41%) Dask
13 5 (1.41%) SciPy
13 5 (1.41%) Seaborn
13 5 (1.41%) Shiny
Miscellaneous
1 108 (30.42%) Algorithms
2 66 (18.59%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (5.63%) Greenfield Project
4 16 (4.51%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.10%) FMCG
6 9 (2.54%) Internet of Things
6 9 (2.54%) Life Science
7 7 (1.97%) Data Structures
7 7 (1.97%) User Experience
8 6 (1.69%) Cybercrime
9 5 (1.41%) Augmented Reality
9 5 (1.41%) Linked Data
9 5 (1.41%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.41%) Semantic Web
10 4 (1.13%) Renewable Energy
10 4 (1.13%) Self-Motivation
11 3 (0.85%) Digital Media
11 3 (0.85%) NHS
11 3 (0.85%) Social Media
12 2 (0.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 4 (1.13%) Linux
1 4 (1.13%) Unix
2 2 (0.56%) VMS
2 2 (0.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 354 (99.72%) Data Science
2 275 (77.46%) Machine Learning
3 164 (46.20%) Analytics
4 111 (31.27%) Artificial Intelligence
5 106 (29.86%) Mathematics
5 106 (29.86%) Statistics
6 105 (29.58%) Visualisation
7 80 (22.54%) Computer Science
8 79 (22.25%) Deep Learning
9 70 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
10 66 (18.59%) Data Visualisation
11 57 (16.06%) Neural Network
12 53 (14.93%) Data Analytics
13 51 (14.37%) Predictive Modelling
14 45 (12.68%) Business Intelligence
15 44 (12.39%) Statistical Analysis
16 40 (11.27%) Data Analysis
16 40 (11.27%) Data Modelling
17 32 (9.01%) ETL
18 31 (8.73%) Predictive Analytics
Programming Languages
1 327 (92.11%) Python
2 197 (55.49%) SQL
3 162 (45.63%) R
4 78 (21.97%) Java
5 32 (9.01%) Scala
6 25 (7.04%) C
7 23 (6.48%) C++
8 14 (3.94%) C#
8 14 (3.94%) MATLAB
9 9 (2.54%) JavaScript
10 7 (1.97%) Julia
11 5 (1.41%) Go
12 4 (1.13%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.85%) Perl
14 2 (0.56%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.28%) Cypher
15 1 (0.28%) F#
15 1 (0.28%) PHP
15 1 (0.28%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 86 (24.23%) Degree
2 78 (21.97%) PhD
3 27 (7.61%) Security Cleared
4 18 (5.07%) Numerate Degree
5 17 (4.79%) DV Cleared
6 16 (4.51%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (4.51%) SC Cleared
7 8 (2.25%) Master's Degree
8 6 (1.69%) Postgraduate
9 2 (0.56%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.56%) Data Quality
1 2 (0.56%) NIST
2 1 (0.28%) MiFID
2 1 (0.28%) QA
System Software
1 8 (2.25%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (2.25%) Kubernetes
2 4 (1.13%) Terraform
3 1 (0.28%) Kibana
3 1 (0.28%) Mesos
Vendors
1 31 (8.73%) Databricks
2 14 (3.94%) Microsoft
3 12 (3.38%) Google
4 7 (1.97%) SAP
5 4 (1.13%) Dataiku
5 4 (1.13%) Oracle
6 3 (0.85%) Splunk
7 2 (0.56%) Amplitude
7 2 (0.56%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.56%) Sybase
7 2 (0.56%) Talend
8 1 (0.28%) Alteryx
8 1 (0.28%) Facebook
8 1 (0.28%) Instagram
8 1 (0.28%) MEDITECH
8 1 (0.28%) Minitab