Data Scientist
UK

The median Data Scientist salary in the UK is £70,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 27 May 2024.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
27 May 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 466 559 463
Rank change year-on-year +93 -96 +26
Permanent jobs requiring a Data Scientist 518 455 1,302
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.46% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.51% 0.82%
Number of salaries quoted 250 303 492
10th Percentile £42,375 £43,125 £42,500
25th Percentile £50,000 £46,570 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% - +13.04%
75th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £83,750
90th Percentile £98,750 £89,750 £101,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £55,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year +18.18% -4.35% +21.05%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96,812 89,556 159,527
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 91.45% 96.05%
Number of salaries quoted 69,148 56,816 85,173
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £38,500 £45,000 £42,676
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £70,000 £80,000 £78,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £53,500 £50,173
% change year-on-year -6.54% +6.63% +5.63%

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 27 May 2024.

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 27 May 2024. 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
Jobs
England +123 495 £70,000 +7.69% 197
UK excluding London +53 295 £65,000 +18.18% 118
London +88 204 £75,000 +11.11% 125
Work from Home -21 150 £60,000 - 70
South East +78 128 £65,000 +8.33% 60
Midlands +34 56 £55,000 - 6
South West -16 51 £65,000 +21.06% 17
West Midlands +38 47 £57,500 - 1
North of England +16 33 £60,000 +2.13% 18
North West +13 20 £60,000 -11.11% 9
East of England -11 16 £80,000 +39.13% 7
Yorkshire +39 11 £70,576 +28.32% 7
Scotland -63 11 £70,576 -0.95% 5
East Midlands -11 9 £45,000 -5.26% 5
North East -9 2 £43,200 -3.28% 2

Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 27 May 2024, Data Scientist job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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.

1 516 (99.61%) Data Science
2 348 (67.18%) Python
3 323 (62.36%) Degree
4 304 (58.69%) Machine Learning
5 277 (53.47%) Algorithms
6 246 (47.49%) Mathematics
7 218 (42.08%) SQL
8 217 (41.89%) Computer Science
9 213 (41.12%) Decision-Making
10 189 (36.49%) Data Analysis
11 173 (33.40%) Statistical Modelling
12 172 (33.20%) Problem-Solving
13 156 (30.12%) Statistics
14 155 (29.92%) Social Skills
15 154 (29.73%) Artificial Intelligence
16 138 (26.64%) Mentoring
17 136 (26.25%) Cybersecurity
18 135 (26.06%) Coaching
19 133 (25.68%) Analytics
19 133 (25.68%) Inclusion and Diversity
20 127 (24.52%) Visualisation
21 125 (24.13%) Natural Language Processing
22 122 (23.55%) Digital Forensics
22 122 (23.55%) Red Team
23 119 (22.97%) Predictive Modelling
24 110 (21.24%) R
25 108 (20.85%) Master's Degree
26 98 (18.92%) TensorFlow
27 95 (18.34%) Actionable Insight
28 93 (17.95%) Pandas

Data Scientist Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 31 (5.98%) SAS
2 22 (4.25%) Apache Spark
3 5 (0.97%) Apache
3 5 (0.97%) Apache Airflow
3 5 (0.97%) Luigi
4 3 (0.58%) Jupyter
Applications
1 9 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.19%) Blender
Cloud Services
1 70 (13.51%) Azure
2 63 (12.16%) AWS
3 49 (9.46%) GCP
4 23 (4.44%) Power Platform
5 14 (2.70%) Azure Machine Learning
6 11 (2.12%) GitHub
7 9 (1.74%) Amazon SageMaker
7 9 (1.74%) SaaS
8 8 (1.54%) Snowflake
9 7 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.39%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 1 (0.19%) Azure DevOps
12 1 (0.19%) Serverless
12 1 (0.19%) WhatsApp
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (12.74%) Tableau
2 37 (7.14%) Big Data
3 23 (4.44%) Power BI
4 22 (4.25%) Data Mining
5 17 (3.28%) SQL Server
6 15 (2.90%) Hadoop
7 11 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (1.54%) BusinessObjects
8 8 (1.54%) Text Mining
9 5 (0.97%) Amazon QuickSight
9 5 (0.97%) Bigtable
9 5 (0.97%) CouchDB
9 5 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.97%) Redis
9 5 (0.97%) RethinkDB
10 4 (0.77%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.58%) Metadata
11 3 (0.58%) Neo4j
12 2 (0.39%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 80 (15.44%) Git
2 1 (0.19%) git-flow
2 1 (0.19%) JIRA
2 1 (0.19%) MLflow
2 1 (0.19%) RStudio
2 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 155 (29.92%) Social Skills
2 133 (25.68%) Inclusion and Diversity
3 66 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (12.74%) Finance
4 32 (6.18%) Banking
5 31 (5.98%) Marketing
6 26 (5.02%) Retail
7 21 (4.05%) Pharmaceutical
8 17 (3.28%) Law
9 16 (3.09%) Presentation Skills
10 10 (1.93%) Games
11 7 (1.35%) Public Sector
12 5 (0.97%) Legal
13 3 (0.58%) Advertising
14 2 (0.39%) International Banking
14 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.19%) Electronics
15 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (18.92%) TensorFlow
2 93 (17.95%) Pandas
3 69 (13.32%) scikit-learn
4 56 (10.81%) PySpark
5 37 (7.14%) PyTorch
6 36 (6.95%) NumPy
7 27 (5.21%) Keras
8 19 (3.67%) XGBoost
9 7 (1.35%) Kedro
10 6 (1.16%) SpaCy
11 5 (0.97%) MXNet
11 5 (0.97%) SQLAlchemy
11 5 (0.97%) Statsmodels
12 4 (0.77%) .NET
12 4 (0.77%) React
12 4 (0.77%) Tidyverse
13 2 (0.39%) Anaconda
13 2 (0.39%) Matplotlib
13 2 (0.39%) SciPy
13 2 (0.39%) Seaborn
Miscellaneous
1 277 (53.47%) Algorithms
2 23 (4.44%) Data Structures
3 18 (3.47%) Credit Risk
4 16 (3.09%) Life Science
5 11 (2.12%) Reinsurance
6 10 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (1.74%) Management Information System
8 5 (0.97%) Onboarding
8 5 (0.97%) PMI
8 5 (0.97%) Product Ownership
8 5 (0.97%) Semantic Web
9 4 (0.77%) Renewable Energy
9 4 (0.77%) Team-Oriented Environment
10 3 (0.58%) Blog
10 3 (0.58%) CUDA
10 3 (0.58%) Pricing Data
10 3 (0.58%) Social Media
11 2 (0.39%) Cybercrime
11 2 (0.39%) Educational Technology
11 2 (0.39%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (0.39%) Android
1 2 (0.39%) Apple iOS
1 2 (0.39%) Windows
1 2 (0.39%) Windows Vista
2 1 (0.19%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 516 (99.61%) Data Science
2 304 (58.69%) Machine Learning
3 246 (47.49%) Mathematics
4 217 (41.89%) Computer Science
5 213 (41.12%) Decision-Making
6 189 (36.49%) Data Analysis
7 173 (33.40%) Statistical Modelling
8 172 (33.20%) Problem-Solving
9 156 (30.12%) Statistics
10 154 (29.73%) Artificial Intelligence
11 138 (26.64%) Mentoring
12 136 (26.25%) Cybersecurity
13 135 (26.06%) Coaching
14 133 (25.68%) Analytics
15 127 (24.52%) Visualisation
16 125 (24.13%) Natural Language Processing
17 122 (23.55%) Digital Forensics
17 122 (23.55%) Red Team
18 119 (22.97%) Predictive Modelling
19 95 (18.34%) Actionable Insight
Programming Languages
1 348 (67.18%) Python
2 218 (42.08%) SQL
3 110 (21.24%) R
4 22 (4.25%) MATLAB
5 18 (3.47%) C#
6 11 (2.12%) C++
7 9 (1.74%) Java
8 8 (1.54%) VBA
9 6 (1.16%) C
9 6 (1.16%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.77%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.39%) Go
11 2 (0.39%) Julia
12 1 (0.19%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 323 (62.36%) Degree
2 108 (20.85%) Master's Degree
3 76 (14.67%) PhD
4 46 (8.88%) DBS Check
5 36 (6.95%) Security Cleared
6 24 (4.63%) Computer Science Degree
7 18 (3.47%) DV Cleared
8 12 (2.32%) SC Cleared
9 7 (1.35%) Numerate Degree
10 5 (0.97%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.77%) Postgraduate
12 1 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.09%) Data Quality
2 8 (1.54%) Accessibility
3 6 (1.16%) IFRS
3 6 (1.16%) IFRS 9
4 3 (0.58%) QA
5 2 (0.39%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.19%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 16 (3.09%) Docker
Systems Management
1 18 (3.47%) Kubernetes
2 5 (0.97%) Terraform
3 2 (0.39%) Core Impact
4 1 (0.19%) Kubeflow
Vendors
1 72 (13.90%) Databricks
2 19 (3.67%) Microsoft
3 12 (2.32%) Google
4 10 (1.93%) Dataiku
5 4 (0.77%) Oracle
6 3 (0.58%) Alteryx
7 2 (0.39%) Sage
8 1 (0.19%) ServiceNow