Period
to 18 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 470 551 648
Rank change year-on-year +81 +97 +308
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 1,039 797 740
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.45% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.47% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 859 672 623
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -4.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £36,950 £35,008 £36,450
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 167,103 171,058 200,204
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.07% 96.47% 96.57%
Number of salaries quoted 135,605 142,472 167,445
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,738
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.85% +1.64%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 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 +77 984 £61,250 +2.08% 126
London +4 575 £67,500 +3.85% 93
UK excluding London +176 460 £50,000 - 35
South East +105 123 £50,000 -2.91% 8
North of England +13 100 £50,000 - 10
East of England +86 93 £70,000 +14.29% 8
North West -1 69 £50,000 - 7
Midlands +30 49 £42,500 -5.56% 2
Scotland -3 48 £50,000 -
South West +8 42 £60,000 +20.00% 5
West Midlands +31 36 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Yorkshire +54 30 £52,500 +50.00% 3
East Midlands +11 13 £42,500 -5.56%
Wales +13 5 £32,000 -36.00% 2
North East -13 1 £68,014 +26.54%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Data Scientist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Data Scientist in the job title.

1 888 (85.47%) Python
2 733 (70.55%) Machine Learning
3 553 (53.22%) R
4 456 (43.89%) Analytics
5 449 (43.21%) Algorithms
6 426 (41.00%) SQL
7 392 (37.73%) Mathematics
8 375 (36.09%) PhD
9 363 (34.94%) Statistics
9 363 (34.94%) Big Data
10 334 (32.15%) Apache Spark
11 304 (29.26%) Hadoop
12 292 (28.10%) Java
13 281 (27.05%) Degree
14 269 (25.89%) Computer Science
15 246 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
16 214 (20.60%) Finance
17 212 (20.40%) Visualisation
18 189 (18.19%) Scala
19 167 (16.07%) C++
20 164 (15.78%) Data Mining
21 153 (14.73%) Statistical Modelling
22 150 (14.44%) Data Analysis
23 147 (14.15%) Natural Language Processing
24 140 (13.47%) SAS
25 138 (13.28%) MATLAB
26 132 (12.70%) Physics
27 126 (12.13%) Deep Learning
28 124 (11.93%) Predictive Modelling
29 119 (11.45%) Data Visualisation

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
1 334 (32.15%) Apache Spark
2 140 (13.47%) SAS
3 37 (3.56%) Apache Pig
4 29 (2.79%) Elasticsearch
5 19 (1.83%) Apache
6 8 (0.77%) Jupyter
7 3 (0.29%) IIS
7 3 (0.29%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.19%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.19%) DNN
9 1 (0.096%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.096%) CMS
Applications
1 39 (3.75%) SPSS
2 25 (2.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.73%) Chatbot
4 11 (1.06%) Mathematica
5 10 (0.96%) GNU Octave
5 10 (0.96%) Weka
6 9 (0.87%) Stata
7 6 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 5 (0.48%) S-PLUS
9 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Office
10 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.096%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.096%) Capstone
2 1 (0.096%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.096%) Oracle AML
Cloud Services
1 76 (7.31%) Amazon AWS
2 57 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.83%) Amazon S3
4 18 (1.73%) SaaS
5 16 (1.54%) Azure Machine Learning
5 16 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
6 7 (0.67%) Google Analytics
7 6 (0.58%) OpenShift
8 4 (0.38%) BIME
9 3 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.29%) Office 365
10 2 (0.19%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.19%) GitHub
11 1 (0.096%) Adobe Analytics
11 1 (0.096%) AdWords
11 1 (0.096%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.096%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.096%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.096%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.19%) 3G
1 2 (0.19%) Skype
1 2 (0.19%) SMS
2 1 (0.096%) Internet
2 1 (0.096%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 363 (34.94%) Big Data
2 304 (29.26%) Hadoop
3 164 (15.78%) Data Mining
4 106 (10.20%) NoSQL
5 88 (8.47%) MongoDB
6 82 (7.89%) Apache Hive
7 71 (6.83%) Relational Database
8 65 (6.26%) SQL Server
9 58 (5.58%) PostgreSQL
10 56 (5.39%) Amazon Redshift
11 55 (5.29%) Data Warehouse
12 48 (4.62%) Apache Cassandra
13 40 (3.85%) Text Mining
14 25 (2.41%) HBase
14 25 (2.41%) Power BI
15 24 (2.31%) MySQL
16 21 (2.02%) QlikView
17 17 (1.64%) Impala
18 15 (1.44%) RDBMS
19 12 (1.15%) Flink
Development Applications
1 34 (3.27%) RStudio
1 34 (3.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 22 (2.12%) Git (software)
2 22 (2.12%) Subversion
3 4 (0.38%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.29%) Hudson
4 3 (0.29%) Travis CI
5 1 (0.096%) ERwin
5 1 (0.096%) GitLab
5 1 (0.096%) Moq
5 1 (0.096%) MSTest
5 1 (0.096%) NUnit
5 1 (0.096%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (0.096%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 214 (20.60%) Finance
2 100 (9.62%) Marketing
3 80 (7.70%) Retail
4 45 (4.33%) Banking
5 27 (2.60%) Financial Institution
6 25 (2.41%) Games
7 20 (1.92%) Advertising
7 20 (1.92%) Telecoms
8 11 (1.06%) Investment Banking
9 10 (0.96%) Legal
10 9 (0.87%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.77%) Front Office
12 6 (0.58%) Electronics
12 6 (0.58%) Law
13 5 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.38%) Military
14 4 (0.38%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.29%) Automotive
16 1 (0.096%) Corporate Banking
16 1 (0.096%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (14.15%) Natural Language Processing
2 76 (7.31%) scikit-learn
3 75 (7.22%) TensorFlow
4 64 (6.16%) NumPy
5 54 (5.20%) Pandas
6 44 (4.23%) SciPy
7 33 (3.18%) HTML
7 33 (3.18%) Kafka
8 31 (2.98%) CSS
9 19 (1.83%) Theano
10 17 (1.64%) MLlib
11 16 (1.54%) D3.js
12 15 (1.44%) Keras
13 12 (1.15%) PySpark
13 12 (1.15%) Web Services
14 11 (1.06%) .NET
15 10 (0.96%) Seaborn
16 9 (0.87%) AngularJS
16 9 (0.87%) GraphX
17 6 (0.58%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 449 (43.21%) Algorithms
2 269 (25.89%) Computer Science
3 246 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
4 56 (5.39%) Fintech
5 31 (2.98%) Data Structures
6 30 (2.89%) Social Media
7 24 (2.31%) User Experience
8 22 (2.12%) Smart City
9 19 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
9 19 (1.83%) Hedge funds
10 17 (1.64%) Life Science
11 12 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
12 11 (1.06%) Analytical Mindset
13 9 (0.87%) Credit Risk
13 9 (0.87%) FMCG
13 9 (0.87%) Social Network
14 8 (0.77%) CUDA
14 8 (0.77%) Management Information System
15 7 (0.67%) Virtual Team
16 6 (0.58%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 39 (3.75%) Linux
2 14 (1.35%) Unix
3 5 (0.48%) Windows
4 1 (0.096%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 733 (70.55%) Machine Learning
2 456 (43.89%) Analytics
3 392 (37.73%) Mathematics
4 363 (34.94%) Statistics
5 212 (20.40%) Visualisation
6 153 (14.73%) Statistical Modelling
7 150 (14.44%) Data Analysis
8 132 (12.70%) Physics
9 126 (12.13%) Deep Learning
10 124 (11.93%) Predictive Modelling
11 119 (11.45%) Data Visualisation
12 117 (11.26%) Data Analytics
13 115 (11.07%) Artificial Intelligence
14 114 (10.97%) Neural Network
15 97 (9.34%) Business Intelligence
16 93 (8.95%) Predictive Analytics
17 90 (8.66%) Software Engineering
18 85 (8.18%) Statistical Analysis
19 84 (8.08%) Agile Software Development
20 74 (7.12%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 888 (85.47%) Python
2 553 (53.22%) R
3 426 (41.00%) SQL
4 292 (28.10%) Java
5 189 (18.19%) Scala
6 167 (16.07%) C++
7 138 (13.28%) MATLAB
8 70 (6.74%) C
9 62 (5.97%) C#
10 46 (4.43%) JavaScript
11 39 (3.75%) T-SQL
12 15 (1.44%) Fortran
13 13 (1.25%) VBA
14 10 (0.96%) Perl
15 5 (0.48%) Julia
16 4 (0.38%) HiveQL
17 3 (0.29%) Go
17 3 (0.29%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.29%) PowerShell
17 3 (0.29%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 375 (36.09%) PhD
2 281 (27.05%) Degree
3 64 (6.16%) Master's Degree
4 55 (5.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 43 (4.14%) Numerate Degree
6 18 (1.73%) Security Cleared
7 3 (0.29%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.19%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.096%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (1.44%) Data Quality
2 3 (0.29%) GDPR
3 2 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
4 1 (0.096%) QA
4 1 (0.096%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (1.54%) Docker
2 4 (0.38%) HDFS
3 3 (0.29%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (0.38%) Oozie
2 2 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (0.19%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.096%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (0.096%) Kibana
3 1 (0.096%) Mesos
Vendors
1 75 (7.22%) Tableau
2 39 (3.75%) Google
3 36 (3.46%) Microsoft
4 22 (2.12%) Cloudera
4 22 (2.12%) Oracle
5 21 (2.02%) Twitter
6 15 (1.44%) SAP
7 14 (1.35%) Teradata
8 12 (1.15%) Facebook
9 11 (1.06%) Capita
10 9 (0.87%) IBM
11 7 (0.67%) Splunk
12 5 (0.48%) ArcSight
12 5 (0.48%) NVIDIA
13 4 (0.38%) Hortonworks
13 4 (0.38%) Minitab
13 4 (0.38%) Sybase
14 3 (0.29%) MapR
14 3 (0.29%) MicroStrategy
15 2 (0.19%) Adthena