Period
to 25 February 2020

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 February 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 445 451 455
Rank change year-on-year +6 +4 +100
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 788 979 1,104
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.65% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.68% 0.66%
Number of salaries quoted 641 770 928
UK median annual salary £62,500 £64,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.34% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £37,654 £34,950 £36,600
90th Percentile £101,250 £97,750 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 117,904 144,261 167,842
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.48% 95.95% 96.38%
Number of salaries quoted 94,501 115,552 137,876
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £83,750 £80,000
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 25 February 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 25 February 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 +15 751 £65,000 - 71
London +31 499 £71,250 -1.72% 48
UK excluding London -15 282 £52,500 +5.00% 34
South East -12 73 £56,250 +12.50% 13
South West +32 70 £50,000 -9.09% 2
North of England +45 54 £50,000 - 3
East of England +47 37 £60,000 +9.09% 2
North West +45 34 £50,000 - 2
Scotland +36 28 £50,000 +21.21% 11
Midlands +10 16 £56,250 +40.63% 3
West Midlands +29 15 £57,500 +15.00% 3
Yorkshire +26 13 £37,500 -31.82% 1
North East +15 7 £57,500 +27.78%
Wales - 3 £35,000 -
Northern Ireland +10 2 £50,000 -
East Midlands +7 1 £50,000 +29.87%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 778 (98.73%) Data Science
2 691 (87.69%) Python
3 575 (72.97%) Machine Learning
4 357 (45.30%) R
5 325 (41.24%) SQL
6 293 (37.18%) Analytics
7 245 (31.09%) Mathematics
8 236 (29.95%) Degree
9 220 (27.92%) Statistics
10 211 (26.78%) Artificial Intelligence
11 210 (26.65%) Algorithms
12 202 (25.63%) Computer Science
13 178 (22.59%) Big Data
14 175 (22.21%) Natural Language Processing
15 168 (21.32%) PhD
16 167 (21.19%) Analytical Skills
17 163 (20.69%) Visualisation
18 152 (19.29%) Finance
19 151 (19.16%) Data Analysis
20 146 (18.53%) Apache Spark
21 132 (16.75%) Deep Learning
22 116 (14.72%) Hadoop
23 113 (14.34%) TensorFlow
24 112 (14.21%) Statistical Modelling
25 111 (14.09%) scikit-learn
26 98 (12.44%) Physics
27 96 (12.18%) Marketing
28 91 (11.55%) Tableau
29 89 (11.29%) Data Analytics
30 87 (11.04%) Predictive Modelling

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
1 146 (18.53%) Apache Spark
2 54 (6.85%) SAS
3 34 (4.31%) Jupyter
4 16 (2.03%) Apache
4 16 (2.03%) ArcGIS
4 16 (2.03%) Tornado
5 15 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
6 10 (1.27%) Confluence
7 8 (1.02%) Apache Airflow
8 6 (0.76%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.25%) IPython
10 1 (0.13%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.13%) Appian
10 1 (0.13%) CMS
10 1 (0.13%) Luigi
10 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.13%) Pachyderm
Applications
1 19 (2.41%) SPSS
2 18 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.76%) Chatbot
4 4 (0.51%) Stata
5 3 (0.38%) Gephi
6 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (0.25%) S-PLUS
6 2 (0.25%) Weka
7 1 (0.13%) CPLEX
7 1 (0.13%) GNU Octave
7 1 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 82 (10.41%) AWS
2 68 (8.63%) GCP
3 63 (7.99%) Azure
4 36 (4.57%) Power Platform
5 17 (2.16%) Azure Machine Learning
6 13 (1.65%) Amazon SageMaker
6 13 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
6 13 (1.65%) Google Analytics
7 10 (1.27%) SaaS
8 6 (0.76%) Siri
9 5 (0.63%) AdWords
10 4 (0.51%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.25%) PaaS
12 1 (0.13%) Adobe Analytics
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon Kinesis
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.13%) Google Sheets
12 1 (0.13%) Responsys
12 1 (0.13%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.65%) Internet
2 5 (0.63%) Skype
3 2 (0.25%) DNS
3 2 (0.25%) Ethernet
3 2 (0.25%) HTTP
3 2 (0.25%) MPLS
3 2 (0.25%) SSL
3 2 (0.25%) VPN
3 2 (0.25%) Wireless
4 1 (0.13%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 178 (22.59%) Big Data
2 116 (14.72%) Hadoop
3 76 (9.64%) Data Mining
4 66 (8.38%) NoSQL
5 46 (5.84%) Relational Database
6 36 (4.57%) Power BI
7 32 (4.06%) PostgreSQL
7 32 (4.06%) SQL Server
8 27 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
9 24 (3.05%) Apache Hive
10 19 (2.41%) QlikView
11 18 (2.28%) Data Lake
12 17 (2.16%) BigQuery
13 16 (2.03%) Neo4j
14 15 (1.90%) KDB
15 11 (1.40%) Text Mining
16 10 (1.27%) MongoDB
16 10 (1.27%) Qlik Sense
16 10 (1.27%) Spotfire
17 9 (1.14%) HBase
Development Applications
1 19 (2.41%) Git (software)
2 8 (1.02%) Eclipse
2 8 (1.02%) JIRA
3 6 (0.76%) Bitbucket Server
4 5 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (0.63%) Eclipse RCP
4 5 (0.63%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.63%) Vagrant
5 3 (0.38%) Mercurial
5 3 (0.38%) PyCharm
5 3 (0.38%) RStudio
5 3 (0.38%) Subversion
5 3 (0.38%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.38%) Visual Studio Code
6 2 (0.25%) ProC
7 1 (0.13%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.13%) git-flow
General
1 152 (19.29%) Finance
2 96 (12.18%) Marketing
3 48 (6.09%) Retail
4 33 (4.19%) Banking
5 24 (3.05%) Games
5 24 (3.05%) Telecoms
6 17 (2.16%) Public Sector
7 15 (1.90%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.78%) Law
9 11 (1.40%) Advertising
9 11 (1.40%) Billing
9 11 (1.40%) Front Office
10 10 (1.27%) Financial Institution
11 8 (1.02%) Legal
12 6 (0.76%) Aerospace
12 6 (0.76%) Military
13 5 (0.63%) Police
14 4 (0.51%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.38%) Electronics
15 3 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (22.21%) Natural Language Processing
2 113 (14.34%) TensorFlow
3 111 (14.09%) scikit-learn
4 86 (10.91%) Pandas
5 61 (7.74%) NumPy
6 52 (6.60%) Keras
7 42 (5.33%) PyTorch
8 24 (3.05%) Flask
9 22 (2.79%) D3.js
9 22 (2.79%) Kafka
10 20 (2.54%) MLlib
11 18 (2.28%) Anaconda
12 17 (2.16%) MXNet
13 15 (1.90%) SciPy
14 14 (1.78%) XGBoost
15 13 (1.65%) PySpark
15 13 (1.65%) SpaCy
16 12 (1.52%) Django
17 11 (1.40%) Dask
18 10 (1.27%) Spark Streaming
Miscellaneous
1 210 (26.65%) Algorithms
2 167 (21.19%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (4.31%) User Experience
4 21 (2.66%) Hedge funds
5 18 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (2.03%) Augmented Reality
6 16 (2.03%) Linked Data
6 16 (2.03%) Semantic Web
7 15 (1.90%) Greenfield Project
8 14 (1.78%) Data Structures
9 12 (1.52%) Social Media
10 11 (1.40%) Contract for Difference
10 11 (1.40%) Internet of Things
11 10 (1.27%) Management Information System
12 9 (1.14%) Credit Risk
13 8 (1.02%) Digital Media
13 8 (1.02%) Life Science
14 7 (0.89%) BBC
15 6 (0.76%) iPad
15 6 (0.76%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 38 (4.82%) Linux
2 10 (1.27%) Unix
3 7 (0.89%) VMS
4 3 (0.38%) Android
4 3 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 778 (98.73%) Data Science
2 575 (72.97%) Machine Learning
3 293 (37.18%) Analytics
4 245 (31.09%) Mathematics
5 220 (27.92%) Statistics
6 211 (26.78%) Artificial Intelligence
7 202 (25.63%) Computer Science
8 163 (20.69%) Visualisation
9 151 (19.16%) Data Analysis
10 132 (16.75%) Deep Learning
11 112 (14.21%) Statistical Modelling
12 98 (12.44%) Physics
13 89 (11.29%) Data Analytics
14 87 (11.04%) Predictive Modelling
15 83 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
16 82 (10.41%) Data Visualisation
17 77 (9.77%) Business Intelligence
18 69 (8.76%) Problem-Solving
19 67 (8.50%) Data Modelling
20 65 (8.25%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 691 (87.69%) Python
2 357 (45.30%) R
3 325 (41.24%) SQL
4 86 (10.91%) Java
5 83 (10.53%) MATLAB
6 79 (10.03%) Scala
7 55 (6.98%) C
8 53 (6.73%) C++
9 30 (3.81%) JavaScript
10 17 (2.16%) C#
11 15 (1.90%) Julia
12 11 (1.40%) Go
13 9 (1.14%) Rust
14 8 (1.02%) VBA
15 6 (0.76%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.63%) Shell Script
17 4 (0.51%) HiveQL
17 4 (0.51%) PHP
18 3 (0.38%) PowerShell
19 2 (0.25%) PyPy
Qualifications
1 236 (29.95%) Degree
2 168 (21.32%) PhD
3 53 (6.73%) Security Cleared
4 51 (6.47%) Master's Degree
5 42 (5.33%) Computer Science Degree
6 30 (3.81%) DV Cleared
6 30 (3.81%) Numerate Degree
6 30 (3.81%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (4.06%) Data Quality
2 14 (1.78%) QA
3 1 (0.13%) Actionable Recommendations
3 1 (0.13%) IFRS
3 1 (0.13%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 24 (3.05%) Docker
2 12 (1.52%) HDFS
3 5 (0.63%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.51%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.13%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 18 (2.28%) Kubernetes
1 18 (2.28%) Terraform
2 10 (1.27%) Oozie
3 7 (0.89%) Kibana
4 5 (0.63%) Ansible
4 5 (0.63%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 91 (11.55%) Tableau
2 63 (7.99%) Google
3 22 (2.79%) Oracle
4 17 (2.16%) Databricks
5 15 (1.90%) Microsoft
6 11 (1.40%) Cloudera
6 11 (1.40%) Hortonworks
6 11 (1.40%) Minitab
7 10 (1.27%) Dataiku
7 10 (1.27%) Sybase
8 7 (0.89%) Alteryx
8 7 (0.89%) Apple
8 7 (0.89%) Splunk
9 5 (0.63%) Facebook
9 5 (0.63%) Teradata
10 4 (0.51%) WorldPay
11 3 (0.38%) SAP
12 2 (0.25%) Adobe
12 2 (0.25%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.25%) Twitter