Period
to 14 May 2021

The median annual salary for a Data Scientist was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 463 453 441
Rank change year-on-year -10 -12 +20
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 533 571 1,028
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.59% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.62% 0.74%
Number of salaries quoted 403 491 815
10th Percentile £40,000 £40,000 £34,888
25th Percentile £46,250 £47,375 £45,125
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.17% - -4.00%
75th Percentile £76,250 £80,000 £80,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £93,000 £93,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -9.09% +4.76% -

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 83,986 92,830 138,697
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.78% 95.32% 96.03%
Number of salaries quoted 64,207 75,461 111,313
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% -

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 +11 491 £60,000 -4.00% 27
London +19 320 £65,000 -7.14% 17
UK excluding London +20 188 £50,000 -9.09% 14
Work from Home -124 88 £65,000 -17.72% 3
South West -29 45 £47,500 -5.00% 3
South East +41 41 £50,000 -16.67% 4
North of England -10 35 £42,550 -22.64% 2
Midlands +1 24 £47,500 -17.39%
West Midlands +5 22 £46,250 -19.57%
East of England +24 20 £54,500 -9.17% 1
Scotland -21 19 £45,000 -10.00% 2
Yorkshire -3 16 £47,500 +55.74%
North West +14 14 £52,500 -2.33% 2
North East -5 5 £36,750 -37.45%
Wales +24 2 £47,500 -5.00% 1
Northern Ireland +5 2 £30,000 -40.00% 1
East Midlands 0 2 £65,000 -

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 533 (100.00%) Data Science
2 442 (82.93%) Python
3 361 (67.73%) Machine Learning
4 282 (52.91%) Analytics
5 263 (49.34%) SQL
6 246 (46.15%) R
7 185 (34.71%) Statistics
7 185 (34.71%) Algorithms
8 172 (32.27%) Mathematics
9 159 (29.83%) Artificial Intelligence
10 145 (27.20%) Degree
11 128 (24.02%) Computer Science
12 126 (23.64%) Analytical Skills
13 123 (23.08%) Visualisation
13 123 (23.08%) PhD
14 107 (20.08%) Natural Language Processing
15 106 (19.89%) Data Mining
16 104 (19.51%) Social Skills
17 102 (19.14%) Big Data
18 96 (18.01%) Data Analysis
18 96 (18.01%) Finance
19 85 (15.95%) Agile Software Development
19 85 (15.95%) Apache Spark
20 82 (15.38%) Deep Learning
20 82 (15.38%) Java
21 80 (15.01%) Tableau
21 80 (15.01%) AWS
22 73 (13.70%) Data Visualisation
23 71 (13.32%) Business Intelligence
24 68 (12.76%) Neural Network

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 85 (15.95%) Apache Spark
2 67 (12.57%) SAS
3 12 (2.25%) Elasticsearch
3 12 (2.25%) Jupyter
4 11 (2.06%) Apache
5 9 (1.69%) Apache Pig
6 8 (1.50%) Apache Airflow
7 3 (0.56%) ArcGIS
7 3 (0.56%) Mule
8 1 (0.19%) Confluence
8 1 (0.19%) Luigi
Applications
1 12 (2.25%) SPSS
2 7 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.56%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) SPSS Modeler
4 1 (0.19%) Weka
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 80 (15.01%) AWS
2 66 (12.38%) Azure
3 45 (8.44%) GCP
4 37 (6.94%) Power Platform
5 22 (4.13%) Amazon SageMaker
6 13 (2.44%) SaaS
7 9 (1.69%) Amazon EMR
8 8 (1.50%) Serverless
9 6 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
10 5 (0.94%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.94%) Azure Machine Learning
10 5 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.56%) GitHub
12 2 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.38%) Azure Functions
13 1 (0.19%) AWS Step Functions
13 1 (0.19%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 1 (0.19%) Google Sheets
13 1 (0.19%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.38%) Internet
2 1 (0.19%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (19.89%) Data Mining
2 102 (19.14%) Big Data
3 80 (15.01%) Tableau
4 43 (8.07%) Hadoop
5 40 (7.50%) NoSQL
6 31 (5.82%) Power BI
7 25 (4.69%) SQL Server
8 22 (4.13%) QlikView
9 17 (3.19%) Spotfire
9 17 (3.19%) Text Mining
10 16 (3.00%) Electronic Patient Records
11 15 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
12 14 (2.63%) Relational Database
13 12 (2.25%) Looker
13 12 (2.25%) MySQL
14 9 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
15 7 (1.31%) Apache Hive
15 7 (1.31%) Snowflake Schema
16 6 (1.13%) BigQuery
16 6 (1.13%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 16 (3.00%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.75%) JIRA
2 4 (0.75%) MLflow
3 3 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (0.56%) Jenkins
3 3 (0.56%) Vagrant
4 2 (0.38%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.38%) RStudio
5 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 126 (23.64%) Analytical Skills
2 104 (19.51%) Social Skills
3 96 (18.01%) Finance
4 55 (10.32%) Marketing
5 46 (8.63%) Banking
6 22 (4.13%) Games
7 19 (3.56%) Legal
7 19 (3.56%) Retail
8 16 (3.00%) Law
8 16 (3.00%) Pharmaceutical
9 13 (2.44%) Presentation Skills
10 12 (2.25%) Advertising
10 12 (2.25%) Public Sector
11 11 (2.06%) Manufacturing
12 9 (1.69%) Financial Institution
13 7 (1.31%) Electronics
14 6 (1.13%) Front Office
14 6 (1.13%) Influencing Skills
14 6 (1.13%) Organisational Skills
14 6 (1.13%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (12.76%) TensorFlow
2 58 (10.88%) scikit-learn
3 43 (8.07%) NumPy
4 39 (7.32%) Pandas
5 26 (4.88%) PyTorch
6 25 (4.69%) Keras
7 20 (3.75%) SciPy
8 15 (2.81%) PySpark
9 14 (2.63%) Kafka
10 10 (1.88%) Shiny
11 9 (1.69%) .NET
12 8 (1.50%) Seaborn
13 7 (1.31%) Dask
13 7 (1.31%) Matplotlib
13 7 (1.31%) MLlib
13 7 (1.31%) NLTK
14 6 (1.13%) Django
14 6 (1.13%) Torch
15 5 (0.94%) OLE
15 5 (0.94%) Theano
Miscellaneous
1 185 (34.71%) Algorithms
2 20 (3.75%) Data Structures
3 17 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
4 16 (3.00%) Cyberattack
5 10 (1.88%) LIMS
6 9 (1.69%) Life Science
7 6 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 6 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
7 6 (1.13%) Mobile Games
7 6 (1.13%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (0.75%) Analytical Mindset
8 4 (0.75%) Data Protection Act
8 4 (0.75%) FMCG
8 4 (0.75%) iPad
8 4 (0.75%) NHS
8 4 (0.75%) Renewable Energy
8 4 (0.75%) Video\Live Streaming
9 3 (0.56%) Augmented Reality
9 3 (0.56%) Reference Data
9 3 (0.56%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 7 (1.31%) Linux
2 2 (0.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 533 (100.00%) Data Science
2 361 (67.73%) Machine Learning
3 282 (52.91%) Analytics
4 185 (34.71%) Statistics
5 172 (32.27%) Mathematics
6 159 (29.83%) Artificial Intelligence
7 128 (24.02%) Computer Science
8 123 (23.08%) Visualisation
9 107 (20.08%) Natural Language Processing
10 96 (18.01%) Data Analysis
11 85 (15.95%) Agile Software Development
12 82 (15.38%) Deep Learning
13 73 (13.70%) Data Visualisation
14 71 (13.32%) Business Intelligence
15 68 (12.76%) Neural Network
16 67 (12.57%) Problem-Solving
17 66 (12.38%) Data Analytics
18 65 (12.20%) Data Modelling
19 61 (11.44%) Statistical Modelling
20 58 (10.88%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 442 (82.93%) Python
2 263 (49.34%) SQL
3 246 (46.15%) R
4 82 (15.38%) Java
5 53 (9.94%) C
6 51 (9.57%) C++
7 29 (5.44%) Scala
8 22 (4.13%) MATLAB
9 13 (2.44%) C#
10 9 (1.69%) JavaScript
11 8 (1.50%) F#
11 8 (1.50%) Julia
11 8 (1.50%) Perl
12 6 (1.13%) Go
13 5 (0.94%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.56%) Clojure
14 3 (0.56%) Haskell
14 3 (0.56%) VBA
15 2 (0.38%) TypeScript
16 1 (0.19%) Rust
Qualifications
1 145 (27.20%) Degree
2 123 (23.08%) PhD
3 26 (4.88%) Master's Degree
4 24 (4.50%) Numerate Degree
5 20 (3.75%) Security Cleared
6 18 (3.38%) Computer Science Degree
7 12 (2.25%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.13%) SC Cleared
9 5 (0.94%) Postgraduate
10 3 (0.56%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.38%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.31%) QA
3 3 (0.56%) Good Clinical Practice
4 2 (0.38%) GDPR
System Software
1 27 (5.07%) Docker
2 3 (0.56%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 25 (4.69%) Kubernetes
2 8 (1.50%) Terraform
3 4 (0.75%) Argo
4 3 (0.56%) Ansible
4 3 (0.56%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (0.38%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.19%) Kubeflow
Vendors
1 34 (6.38%) Databricks
2 20 (3.75%) Microsoft
3 17 (3.19%) Google
3 17 (3.19%) SAP
4 12 (2.25%) Alteryx
4 12 (2.25%) Cloudera
5 8 (1.50%) Oracle
6 5 (0.94%) Dataiku
6 5 (0.94%) DataRobot
7 3 (0.56%) Facebook
7 3 (0.56%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.19%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.19%) ESRI
8 1 (0.19%) MEDITECH
8 1 (0.19%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 1 (0.19%) Salesforce.com