Period
to 1 March 2021

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 March 2021.

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
1 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 410 441 446
Rank change year-on-year +31 +5 +10
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 497 766 986
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.63% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 0.66% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 461 680 810
Median annual salary £60,000 £62,500 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £41,250 £37,654 £35,000
90th Percentile £93,750 £102,500 £97,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year -4.76% - +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 70,031 116,663 145,074
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.84% 95.46% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 55,975 94,544 117,548
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £31,986 £29,000 £28,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £84,500
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 1 March 2021.

Salary histogram for Data Scientist in the UK

Data Scientist
Top 17 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 1 March 2021. 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 +49 463 £62,500 -3.85% 35
London +44 314 £65,000 -10.34% 21
UK excluding London +55 164 £50,000 -4.76% 14
Work from Home -70 88 £65,000 - 1
South West +19 46 £50,000 - 3
South East +97 32 £54,000 -10.00% 5
North of England +47 28 £50,500 +1.00% 4
Midlands +61 20 £47,500 -17.39% 1
Scotland +11 19 £45,000 -10.00%
West Midlands +36 16 £47,500 -17.39% 1
East of England +51 14 £55,000 +2.33% 1
North West +41 14 £50,000 - 3
Yorkshire +39 10 £51,000 +36.00% 1
Northern Ireland +14 4 £50,000 -
North East +11 4 £38,500 -33.04%
East Midlands - 4 £65,000 -
Wales +30 1 £52,500 +50.00%

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 March 2021, 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.

1 497 (100.00%) Data Science
2 435 (87.53%) Python
3 348 (70.02%) Machine Learning
4 282 (56.74%) SQL
5 267 (53.72%) Analytics
6 239 (48.09%) R
7 168 (33.80%) Statistics
8 156 (31.39%) Mathematics
9 153 (30.78%) Algorithms
10 133 (26.76%) Artificial Intelligence
11 132 (26.56%) Degree
12 127 (25.55%) Visualisation
13 119 (23.94%) Computer Science
14 111 (22.33%) PhD
15 108 (21.73%) Analytical Skills
16 103 (20.72%) Big Data
17 98 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
18 97 (19.52%) Natural Language Processing
19 96 (19.32%) Data Analysis
20 95 (19.11%) Deep Learning
21 93 (18.71%) Java
22 87 (17.51%) Data Mining
23 85 (17.10%) Tableau
24 79 (15.90%) Azure
25 78 (15.69%) AWS
26 75 (15.09%) Finance
27 72 (14.49%) Data Visualisation
28 71 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
28 71 (14.29%) Apache Spark
29 63 (12.68%) Statistical 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 71 (14.29%) Apache Spark
2 59 (11.87%) SAS
3 16 (3.22%) Apache
4 8 (1.61%) Apache Pig
4 8 (1.61%) ArcGIS
5 6 (1.21%) Jupyter
6 3 (0.60%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.20%) Confluence
7 1 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.20%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 19 (3.82%) SPSS
2 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.60%) SPSS Modeler
4 2 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 79 (15.90%) Azure
2 78 (15.69%) AWS
3 37 (7.44%) GCP
4 24 (4.83%) Power Platform
5 17 (3.42%) Amazon SageMaker
6 9 (1.81%) SaaS
7 4 (0.80%) Azure Machine Learning
8 3 (0.60%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.60%) Serverless
9 2 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.40%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (0.40%) Azure Functions
9 2 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.20%) GitHub
10 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.20%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.22%) Internet
2 2 (0.40%) Firewall
3 1 (0.20%) 5G
3 1 (0.20%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (20.72%) Big Data
2 87 (17.51%) Data Mining
3 85 (17.10%) Tableau
4 48 (9.66%) Hadoop
5 32 (6.44%) NoSQL
6 28 (5.63%) QlikView
7 24 (4.83%) Power BI
7 24 (4.83%) SQL Server
8 20 (4.02%) Text Mining
9 16 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (3.02%) Spotfire
11 12 (2.41%) Data Lake
11 12 (2.41%) MySQL
12 11 (2.21%) Relational Database
13 10 (2.01%) Amazon Redshift
13 10 (2.01%) Looker
14 8 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
15 6 (1.21%) Apache Hive
15 6 (1.21%) BigQuery
16 4 (0.80%) Flink
Development Applications
1 14 (2.82%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.41%) JIRA
3 2 (0.40%) MLflow
3 2 (0.40%) RStudio
4 1 (0.20%) Bitbucket
General
1 75 (15.09%) Finance
2 45 (9.05%) Marketing
3 40 (8.05%) Banking
4 27 (5.43%) Retail
5 21 (4.23%) Games
6 15 (3.02%) Advertising
6 15 (3.02%) Legal
7 13 (2.62%) Law
7 13 (2.62%) Manufacturing
8 10 (2.01%) Public Sector
9 8 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
10 6 (1.21%) Financial Institution
10 6 (1.21%) Front Office
11 5 (1.01%) Telecoms
12 3 (0.60%) Electronics
13 2 (0.40%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.40%) Back Office
14 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (19.52%) Natural Language Processing
2 62 (12.47%) TensorFlow
3 52 (10.46%) scikit-learn
4 31 (6.24%) Pandas
5 24 (4.83%) NumPy
6 20 (4.02%) Keras
7 17 (3.42%) PyTorch
8 15 (3.02%) PySpark
9 10 (2.01%) Theano
10 9 (1.81%) SciPy
10 9 (1.81%) Seaborn
10 9 (1.81%) Torch
11 8 (1.61%) Anaconda
12 6 (1.21%) Shiny
13 5 (1.01%) Dask
13 5 (1.01%) Kafka
13 5 (1.01%) Matplotlib
13 5 (1.01%) MXNet
13 5 (1.01%) OLE
14 4 (0.80%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 153 (30.78%) Algorithms
2 108 (21.73%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (5.43%) Greenfield Project
4 21 (4.23%) Data Structures
5 12 (2.41%) Cyberattack
6 11 (2.21%) FMCG
7 10 (2.01%) Life Science
8 8 (1.61%) Augmented Reality
8 8 (1.61%) Internet of Things
8 8 (1.61%) Linked Data
8 8 (1.61%) Semantic Web
8 8 (1.61%) User Experience
9 6 (1.21%) Renewable Energy
9 6 (1.21%) Self-Motivation
10 5 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (1.01%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.01%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.01%) Mobile Games
11 4 (0.80%) LIMS
11 4 (0.80%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 4 (0.80%) Linux
2 3 (0.60%) Unix
3 2 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 497 (100.00%) Data Science
2 348 (70.02%) Machine Learning
3 267 (53.72%) Analytics
4 168 (33.80%) Statistics
5 156 (31.39%) Mathematics
6 133 (26.76%) Artificial Intelligence
7 127 (25.55%) Visualisation
8 119 (23.94%) Computer Science
9 98 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
10 96 (19.32%) Data Analysis
11 95 (19.11%) Deep Learning
12 72 (14.49%) Data Visualisation
13 71 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
14 63 (12.68%) Data Analytics
14 63 (12.68%) Statistical Modelling
15 57 (11.47%) Problem-Solving
16 56 (11.27%) Predictive Modelling
17 53 (10.66%) Neural Network
18 52 (10.46%) Data Modelling
19 49 (9.86%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 435 (87.53%) Python
2 282 (56.74%) SQL
3 239 (48.09%) R
4 93 (18.71%) Java
5 53 (10.66%) C
6 47 (9.46%) C++
7 20 (4.02%) Scala
8 19 (3.82%) C#
9 14 (2.82%) MATLAB
10 9 (1.81%) Julia
10 9 (1.81%) Perl
11 8 (1.61%) F#
12 7 (1.41%) JavaScript
13 6 (1.21%) Go
14 2 (0.40%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.40%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.20%) PHP
15 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.20%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.20%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 132 (26.56%) Degree
2 111 (22.33%) PhD
3 32 (6.44%) Numerate Degree
4 22 (4.43%) Security Cleared
5 18 (3.62%) Master's Degree
6 16 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (3.22%) DV Cleared
7 11 (2.21%) Postgraduate
8 8 (1.61%) SC Cleared
9 3 (0.60%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.21%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.41%) QA
3 1 (0.20%) MiFID
System Software
1 21 (4.23%) Docker
Systems Management
1 18 (3.62%) Kubernetes
2 7 (1.41%) Terraform
3 2 (0.40%) Argo
3 2 (0.40%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 34 (6.84%) Databricks
2 20 (4.02%) Microsoft
3 16 (3.22%) Google
4 12 (2.41%) SAP
5 10 (2.01%) Alteryx
6 9 (1.81%) Cloudera
7 7 (1.41%) Oracle
8 5 (1.01%) Dataiku
8 5 (1.01%) DataRobot
9 2 (0.40%) Sybase
9 2 (0.40%) Talend
10 1 (0.20%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.20%) Facebook
10 1 (0.20%) Instagram
10 1 (0.20%) MEDITECH