Period
to 14 November 2019

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 November 2019.

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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 400 468 476
Rank change year-on-year +68 +8 +120
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 996 999 1,087
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.61% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.64% 0.63%
Number of salaries quoted 768 814 897
UK median annual salary £65,000 £65,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +8.33% +4.35%
10th Percentile £36,250 £38,750 £35,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -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 131,050 156,855 173,523
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.58% 95.89% 95.99%
Number of salaries quoted 104,852 126,371 139,173
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 14 November 2019.

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 14 November 2019. 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 +68 945 £65,000 - 42
London +55 621 £70,000 -3.45% 29
UK excluding London +61 364 £50,000 -0.99% 13
South West +32 96 £50,000 -13.04%
South East -8 84 £54,000 +2.86% 6
East of England +107 73 £50,000 -13.04% 3
North of England +32 54 £50,000 - 3
Scotland +30 40 £38,750 -18.42%
North West +11 31 £50,000 - 1
Yorkshire +15 22 £45,000 -5.26% 2
Midlands +31 13 £50,000 +17.65% 1
West Midlands +20 9 £55,000 +2.80% 1
Wales +18 6 £42,500 -15.00%
East Midlands +6 4 £41,250 +7.14%
North East - 1 £50,000 -

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 November 2019, 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.

1 987 (99.10%) Data Science
2 840 (84.34%) Python
3 745 (74.80%) Machine Learning
4 469 (47.09%) R
5 407 (40.86%) SQL
6 358 (35.94%) Mathematics
7 327 (32.83%) Analytics
8 301 (30.22%) Statistics
9 289 (29.02%) Degree
10 262 (26.31%) Algorithms
11 257 (25.80%) Big Data
12 251 (25.20%) Analytical Skills
13 237 (23.80%) Computer Science
14 221 (22.19%) Apache Spark
15 217 (21.79%) Artificial Intelligence
16 215 (21.59%) Visualisation
17 206 (20.68%) PhD
18 193 (19.38%) Finance
18 193 (19.38%) Natural Language Processing
19 182 (18.27%) Deep Learning
20 178 (17.87%) Data Analysis
21 154 (15.46%) Marketing
22 146 (14.66%) Hadoop
23 132 (13.25%) scikit-learn
24 130 (13.05%) Physics
25 129 (12.95%) Data Mining
26 126 (12.65%) Predictive Modelling
27 122 (12.25%) Statistical Modelling
27 122 (12.25%) Agile Software Development
28 114 (11.45%) TensorFlow

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
1 221 (22.19%) Apache Spark
2 72 (7.23%) SAS
3 37 (3.71%) Jupyter
4 24 (2.41%) Elasticsearch
5 19 (1.91%) Tornado
6 11 (1.10%) Apache
7 9 (0.90%) Apache Pig
8 8 (0.80%) Apache Airflow
9 6 (0.60%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.30%) Confluence
11 2 (0.20%) R Markdown
12 1 (0.10%) CMS
12 1 (0.10%) Luigi
12 1 (0.10%) Mule
Applications
1 20 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.00%) SPSS
3 9 (0.90%) Stata
4 7 (0.70%) Gephi
5 5 (0.50%) Pipeline Pilot
6 3 (0.30%) Weka
7 2 (0.20%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.20%) Mathematica
7 2 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 1 (0.10%) GNU Octave
Business Applications
1 2 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 90 (9.04%) AWS
2 84 (8.43%) Azure
3 64 (6.43%) GCP
4 43 (4.32%) Power Platform
5 17 (1.71%) Cloud Computing
6 15 (1.51%) Amazon SageMaker
6 15 (1.51%) Google Analytics
7 14 (1.41%) Azure Machine Learning
8 12 (1.20%) SaaS
9 7 (0.70%) Siri
10 5 (0.50%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.30%) AdWords
11 3 (0.30%) Amazon Kinesis
11 3 (0.30%) Amazon SQS
12 2 (0.20%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.20%) PaaS
12 2 (0.20%) Serverless
13 1 (0.10%) Amazon EMR
13 1 (0.10%) GitHub
13 1 (0.10%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 8 (0.80%) SSL
2 7 (0.70%) DNS
2 7 (0.70%) Ethernet
2 7 (0.70%) HTTP
2 7 (0.70%) MPLS
2 7 (0.70%) VPN
3 6 (0.60%) Internet
4 5 (0.50%) Wireless
5 1 (0.10%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 257 (25.80%) Big Data
2 146 (14.66%) Hadoop
3 129 (12.95%) Data Mining
4 73 (7.33%) NoSQL
5 67 (6.73%) Apache Hive
6 49 (4.92%) Relational Database
7 43 (4.32%) Power BI
8 31 (3.11%) Impala
9 29 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
10 27 (2.71%) Data Lake
11 22 (2.21%) SQL Server
12 19 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
13 18 (1.81%) Neo4j
14 17 (1.71%) MySQL
14 17 (1.71%) Text Mining
15 16 (1.61%) QlikView
16 14 (1.41%) BigQuery
16 14 (1.41%) MongoDB
17 12 (1.20%) Cosmos DB
18 11 (1.10%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 59 (5.92%) Git (software)
2 24 (2.41%) JIRA
3 22 (2.21%) Bitbucket
3 22 (2.21%) Bitbucket Server
4 20 (2.01%) git-flow
5 12 (1.20%) Jenkins
6 9 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 9 (0.90%) Vagrant
7 5 (0.50%) RStudio
8 3 (0.30%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.20%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.20%) Maven
9 2 (0.20%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.20%) ProC
9 2 (0.20%) PyCharm
9 2 (0.20%) Subversion
9 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio Code
10 1 (0.10%) GitLab
10 1 (0.10%) Hudson
General
1 193 (19.38%) Finance
2 154 (15.46%) Marketing
3 68 (6.83%) Retail
4 66 (6.63%) Banking
5 42 (4.22%) Telecoms
6 33 (3.31%) Games
7 29 (2.91%) Manufacturing
8 26 (2.61%) Public Sector
9 16 (1.61%) Law
10 14 (1.41%) Advertising
10 14 (1.41%) Billing
11 13 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
12 10 (1.00%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.90%) Aerospace
14 8 (0.80%) Automotive
14 8 (0.80%) Electronics
14 8 (0.80%) Legal
15 7 (0.70%) Military
16 6 (0.60%) Investment Banking
17 5 (0.50%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (19.38%) Natural Language Processing
2 132 (13.25%) scikit-learn
3 114 (11.45%) TensorFlow
4 108 (10.84%) Pandas
5 93 (9.34%) NumPy
6 54 (5.42%) Keras
7 47 (4.72%) Kafka
8 34 (3.41%) D3.js
9 33 (3.31%) Flask
10 31 (3.11%) SciPy
11 30 (3.01%) PyTorch
12 27 (2.71%) Elastic Stack
13 20 (2.01%) XGBoost
14 19 (1.91%) MLlib
15 18 (1.81%) PySpark
16 16 (1.61%) ggplot2
17 14 (1.41%) MXNet
18 12 (1.20%) Spark Streaming
19 10 (1.00%) Matplotlib
19 10 (1.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 262 (26.31%) Algorithms
2 251 (25.20%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (2.71%) Analytical Mindset
4 23 (2.31%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 23 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
5 22 (2.21%) User Experience
6 21 (2.11%) Social Media
7 18 (1.81%) Management Information System
8 17 (1.71%) Data Structures
8 17 (1.71%) Digital Media
8 17 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (1.51%) Hedge funds
10 13 (1.31%) Life Science
11 11 (1.10%) Credit Risk
12 10 (1.00%) Spread Betting
13 9 (0.90%) Contract for Difference
14 8 (0.80%) Cybercrime
15 7 (0.70%) Robotics
16 6 (0.60%) iPad
16 6 (0.60%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 73 (7.33%) Linux
2 29 (2.91%) Unix
3 3 (0.30%) Android
3 3 (0.30%) Apple iOS
3 3 (0.30%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 987 (99.10%) Data Science
2 745 (74.80%) Machine Learning
3 358 (35.94%) Mathematics
4 327 (32.83%) Analytics
5 301 (30.22%) Statistics
6 237 (23.80%) Computer Science
7 217 (21.79%) Artificial Intelligence
8 215 (21.59%) Visualisation
9 182 (18.27%) Deep Learning
10 178 (17.87%) Data Analysis
11 130 (13.05%) Physics
12 126 (12.65%) Predictive Modelling
13 122 (12.25%) Agile Software Development
13 122 (12.25%) Statistical Modelling
14 104 (10.44%) Software Engineering
15 98 (9.84%) Data Visualisation
16 97 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
17 95 (9.54%) Data Analytics
18 88 (8.84%) Business Intelligence
18 88 (8.84%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 840 (84.34%) Python
2 469 (47.09%) R
3 407 (40.86%) SQL
4 97 (9.74%) MATLAB
5 90 (9.04%) Java
6 84 (8.43%) Scala
7 69 (6.93%) C++
8 67 (6.73%) C
9 37 (3.71%) JavaScript
10 25 (2.51%) Bash Shell
10 25 (2.51%) Perl
11 11 (1.10%) C#
12 7 (0.70%) Go
13 6 (0.60%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.50%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.30%) F#
15 3 (0.30%) PHP
15 3 (0.30%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.20%) PowerShell
16 2 (0.20%) XPath
Qualifications
1 289 (29.02%) Degree
2 206 (20.68%) PhD
3 64 (6.43%) Security Cleared
4 63 (6.33%) Master's Degree
5 57 (5.72%) Numerate Degree
6 38 (3.82%) DV Cleared
7 37 (3.71%) SC Cleared
8 27 (2.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.80%) Postgraduate
10 1 (0.10%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.71%) Data Quality
2 16 (1.61%) QA
3 10 (1.00%) Actionable Recommendations
4 2 (0.20%) IFRS
4 2 (0.20%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.10%) GMP
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 31 (3.11%) Docker
2 27 (2.71%) Apache Flume
3 21 (2.11%) HDFS
4 9 (0.90%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 33 (3.31%) Oozie
2 29 (2.91%) Kubernetes
3 22 (2.21%) Terraform
4 12 (1.20%) Docker Swarm
5 11 (1.10%) Ansible
6 7 (0.70%) Kibana
7 4 (0.40%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.10%) Graphite
Vendors
1 81 (8.13%) Tableau
2 60 (6.02%) Google
3 27 (2.71%) Splunk
4 24 (2.41%) Microsoft
4 24 (2.41%) WorldPay
5 19 (1.91%) Databricks
6 14 (1.41%) Cloudera
7 13 (1.31%) Dataiku
8 12 (1.20%) Hortonworks
9 11 (1.10%) Alteryx
9 11 (1.10%) Minitab
10 10 (1.00%) SAP
11 8 (0.80%) Oracle
12 7 (0.70%) Apple
12 7 (0.70%) BT
13 4 (0.40%) Informatica
14 3 (0.30%) Facebook
14 3 (0.30%) Talend
14 3 (0.30%) Teradata
15 2 (0.20%) Netezza