Period
to 23 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Master's Degree qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 23 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 600 508 522
Rank change year-on-year -92 +14 -25
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 557 928 939
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.56% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.70% 2.38% 2.18%
Number of salaries quoted 352 558 530
UK median annual salary £60,000 £65,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £36,275 £35,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £102,125 £110,000 £113,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +20.22% +1.67% -6.25%

Master's Degree is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 32,821 39,001 43,055
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.44% 23.59% 24.51%
Number of salaries quoted 23,835 28,921 33,066
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +8.70% +2.22%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Master's Degree as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Master's Degree.

Salary trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Salary histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Master's Degree within the UK over the 6 months to 23 September 2019. 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 -108 533 £60,000 -7.69% 116
London -94 318 £67,500 -6.90% 47
UK excluding London -18 233 £55,000 +20.22% 86
South East +43 115 £60,000 +20.00% 26
Midlands -1 34 £55,000 +24.29% 13
East Midlands +35 32 £55,000 -29.49% 7
North of England +3 26 £42,500 -29.17% 10
East of England +54 20 £22,500 -50.00% 10
North West +15 19 £45,000 -25.00% 7
South West +2 19 £42,500 -5.56% 10
Scotland +25 11 £135,000 +350.00% 11
Wales +9 7 £47,000 +67.86% 5
Yorkshire -7 7 £33,750 -43.75% 3
Northern Ireland -5 3 £52,500 -14.29% 1
West Midlands -17 2 £58,250 +33.91% 6

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, IT jobs citing Master's Degree also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Master's Degree.

1 557 (100.00%) Degree
2 268 (48.11%) Computer Science
3 183 (32.85%) Agile Software Development
4 180 (32.32%) SQL
5 142 (25.49%) Python
6 141 (25.31%) Finance
7 129 (23.16%) Computer Science Degree
8 125 (22.44%) Analytical Skills
9 124 (22.26%) Mathematics
10 123 (22.08%) Java
11 108 (19.39%) AWS
12 104 (18.67%) Machine Learning
13 95 (17.06%) Linux
14 89 (15.98%) Analytics
15 88 (15.80%) Data Science
16 87 (15.62%) Software Engineering
17 86 (15.44%) Azure
18 83 (14.90%) Statistics
19 79 (14.18%) PhD
20 78 (14.00%) JavaScript
21 73 (13.11%) C++
21 73 (13.11%) Problem-Solving
22 71 (12.75%) Marketing
23 69 (12.39%) Docker
24 68 (12.21%) DevOps
25 67 (12.03%) HTML
26 66 (11.85%) Microsoft
27 63 (11.31%) Cybersecurity
28 62 (11.13%) Self-Motivation
29 61 (10.95%) Windows

Master's Degree
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 49 (8.80%) Apache Spark
2 27 (4.85%) SAS
3 9 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (1.26%) Apache Pig
5 4 (0.72%) Apache
5 4 (0.72%) GeoServer
5 4 (0.72%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.54%) Confluence
6 3 (0.54%) Drupal
6 3 (0.54%) JBoss
6 3 (0.54%) Joomla!
6 3 (0.54%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.54%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.36%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.18%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 19 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (2.15%) InVision
2 12 (2.15%) Sketch
3 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.62%) OmniGraffle
5 8 (1.44%) MS Visio
6 7 (1.26%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.54%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.54%) Marvel
8 1 (0.18%) CPLEX
8 1 (0.18%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 15 (2.69%) Payment Gateway
2 9 (1.62%) SAP S/4HANA
3 6 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.72%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 4 (0.72%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.54%) OpenCart
5 3 (0.54%) osCommerce
6 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.36%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.36%) Sage 50
6 2 (0.36%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.36%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.36%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.36%) SAP GRC
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.18%) SAP EWM
7 1 (0.18%) SAP FSCM
7 1 (0.18%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.18%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 108 (19.39%) AWS
2 86 (15.44%) Azure
3 53 (9.52%) GCP
4 28 (5.03%) SaaS
5 24 (4.31%) PaaS
6 23 (4.13%) IaaS
7 12 (2.15%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 8 (1.44%) Office 365
9 7 (1.26%) Power Platform
10 6 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.72%) Boomi
12 3 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.54%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.36%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.36%) OpenShift
14 1 (0.18%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 1 (0.18%) GitHub
14 1 (0.18%) Serverless
14 1 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 50 (8.98%) Firewall
2 6 (1.08%) Internet
2 6 (1.08%) VPN
3 5 (0.90%) ATM
3 5 (0.90%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.54%) 2G
4 3 (0.54%) 3G
4 3 (0.54%) 4G
4 3 (0.54%) 5G
4 3 (0.54%) WebEx
5 2 (0.36%) 2.5G
5 2 (0.36%) 3GPP
5 2 (0.36%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (0.36%) LTE
5 2 (0.36%) WAN
5 2 (0.36%) Wireless
6 1 (0.18%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.18%) GPRS
6 1 (0.18%) HTTP
6 1 (0.18%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (10.23%) Big Data
2 46 (8.26%) Relational Database
3 44 (7.90%) Hadoop
3 44 (7.90%) NoSQL
4 29 (5.21%) SQL Server
5 24 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
6 22 (3.95%) Data Mining
7 21 (3.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 20 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 19 (3.41%) RDBMS
10 16 (2.87%) Apache Hive
10 16 (2.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 14 (2.51%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (2.51%) Crystal Reports
11 14 (2.51%) Oracle Database
12 12 (2.15%) Oracle Database 12c
13 11 (1.97%) Looker
14 10 (1.80%) Cosmos DB
15 9 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
16 8 (1.44%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 39 (7.00%) Jenkins
2 33 (5.92%) Git (software)
3 14 (2.51%) JIRA
4 12 (2.15%) TeamCity
5 9 (1.62%) webpack
6 5 (0.90%) Maven
6 5 (0.90%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (0.90%) Subversion
6 5 (0.90%) Visual Studio
7 4 (0.72%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.72%) JUnit
8 3 (0.54%) Ant
8 3 (0.54%) Bower
8 3 (0.54%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.54%) Grunt
8 3 (0.54%) gulp
9 2 (0.36%) Android Studio
9 2 (0.36%) ER Studio
9 2 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 141 (25.31%) Finance
2 71 (12.75%) Marketing
3 49 (8.80%) Retail
4 24 (4.31%) Telecoms
5 23 (4.13%) Banking
6 21 (3.77%) Advertising
7 12 (2.15%) Games
7 12 (2.15%) Law
8 11 (1.97%) Public Sector
9 9 (1.62%) French Language
9 9 (1.62%) German Language
10 8 (1.44%) Manufacturing
11 7 (1.26%) Aerospace
11 7 (1.26%) Financial Institution
11 7 (1.26%) Legal
11 7 (1.26%) Spanish Language
12 6 (1.08%) Military
12 6 (1.08%) Police
13 5 (0.90%) Electronics
13 5 (0.90%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 135 (24.24%) Developer
2 79 (14.18%) Consultant
3 60 (10.77%) Analyst
4 53 (9.52%) Data Scientist
5 37 (6.64%) Security Consultant
6 35 (6.28%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 34 (6.10%) Architect
7 34 (6.10%) Java Developer
7 34 (6.10%) Senior Developer
8 31 (5.57%) .NET Developer
8 31 (5.57%) Software Engineer
9 25 (4.49%) C# .NET Developer
9 25 (4.49%) C# Developer
10 22 (3.95%) Graduate
11 19 (3.41%) Senior Data Scientist
12 16 (2.87%) Data Engineer
13 15 (2.69%) Software Developer
14 14 (2.51%) Designer
14 14 (2.51%) Qualitative Analyst
14 14 (2.51%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (12.03%) HTML
2 52 (9.34%) .NET
2 52 (9.34%) HTML5
3 47 (8.44%) AngularJS
4 36 (6.46%) Node.js
5 34 (6.10%) Web Services
6 32 (5.75%) CSS
7 31 (5.57%) jQuery
8 27 (4.85%) J2EE
9 24 (4.31%) OAuth
9 24 (4.31%) Spring
10 22 (3.95%) React
11 21 (3.77%) SAML
12 20 (3.59%) Keras
12 20 (3.59%) TensorFlow
13 18 (3.23%) Pandas
13 18 (3.23%) scikit-learn
13 18 (3.23%) Spring Boot
14 17 (3.05%) REST
15 16 (2.87%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 125 (22.44%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (11.13%) Self-Motivation
3 56 (10.05%) Algorithms
4 41 (7.36%) Management Information System
5 37 (6.64%) User Experience
6 36 (6.46%) Data Structures
7 33 (5.92%) PKI
8 26 (4.67%) Public Cloud
9 25 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
10 21 (3.77%) Data Centre
10 21 (3.77%) Virtual Team
11 20 (3.59%) Linux Command Line
12 18 (3.23%) Digital Media
12 18 (3.23%) Hedge funds
13 15 (2.69%) Fixed Income
14 11 (1.97%) Data Protection Act
14 11 (1.97%) Equities
15 10 (1.80%) NHS
16 9 (1.62%) Blog
16 9 (1.62%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 95 (17.06%) Linux
2 61 (10.95%) Windows
3 31 (5.57%) Unix
4 10 (1.80%) VxWorks
5 6 (1.08%) Android
6 5 (0.90%) CentOS
7 4 (0.72%) Fedora
8 3 (0.54%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.54%) zOS
9 2 (0.36%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.36%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.36%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.18%) AIX
10 1 (0.18%) Debian
10 1 (0.18%) FreeRTOS
10 1 (0.18%) Solaris
10 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.18%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (48.11%) Computer Science
2 183 (32.85%) Agile Software Development
3 124 (22.26%) Mathematics
4 104 (18.67%) Machine Learning
5 89 (15.98%) Analytics
6 88 (15.80%) Data Science
7 87 (15.62%) Software Engineering
8 83 (14.90%) Statistics
9 73 (13.11%) Problem-Solving
10 68 (12.21%) DevOps
11 63 (11.31%) Cybersecurity
12 57 (10.23%) Business Intelligence
12 57 (10.23%) ITIL
13 55 (9.87%) Mentoring
14 50 (8.98%) Coaching
14 50 (8.98%) Visualisation
15 49 (8.80%) Project Delivery
16 47 (8.44%) Project Management
17 46 (8.26%) SIEM
18 45 (8.08%) OO
Programming Languages
1 180 (32.32%) SQL
2 142 (25.49%) Python
3 123 (22.08%) Java
4 78 (14.00%) JavaScript
5 73 (13.11%) C++
6 56 (10.05%) C#
7 46 (8.26%) R
8 31 (5.57%) Scala
9 22 (3.95%) C
10 20 (3.59%) VBA
11 19 (3.41%) Java 8
12 15 (2.69%) T-SQL
12 15 (2.69%) TypeScript
13 13 (2.33%) MATLAB
13 13 (2.33%) VB
14 11 (1.97%) VB.NET
15 10 (1.80%) Bash Shell
16 8 (1.44%) Go
16 8 (1.44%) PowerShell
17 6 (1.08%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 557 (100.00%) Degree
2 129 (23.16%) Computer Science Degree
3 79 (14.18%) PhD
4 36 (6.46%) CISSP
5 30 (5.39%) CISM
6 21 (3.77%) Numerate Degree
7 20 (3.59%) Security Cleared
8 15 (2.69%) CREST Certified
9 14 (2.51%) TOGAF Certification
10 13 (2.33%) CESG Certified Professional
11 8 (1.44%) MBA
12 7 (1.26%) CISA
12 7 (1.26%) SC Cleared
13 6 (1.08%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.90%) ISTQB
14 5 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
15 4 (0.72%) PMI Certification
16 3 (0.54%) PMP
16 3 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (7.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (5.92%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 22 (3.95%) Data Quality
4 18 (3.23%) GDPR
5 12 (2.15%) NIST
6 10 (1.80%) QA
7 9 (1.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (1.26%) SLA
9 5 (0.90%) Dodd-Frank
9 5 (0.90%) EMIR
9 5 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 5 (0.90%) MiFID
10 3 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.36%) COBIT
11 2 (0.36%) GAMP
11 2 (0.36%) HAZOP
11 2 (0.36%) ITGC
11 2 (0.36%) PMO
12 1 (0.18%) Basel II
12 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 69 (12.39%) Docker
2 32 (5.75%) Active Directory
3 12 (2.15%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.08%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.54%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.54%) Firmware
6 1 (0.18%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.18%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 51 (9.16%) Kubernetes
2 25 (4.49%) Ansible
3 21 (3.77%) Terraform
4 18 (3.23%) Puppet
5 15 (2.69%) Consul
6 9 (1.62%) Nessus
7 5 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.90%) SCCM
7 5 (0.90%) ZABBIX
8 4 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.72%) SCOM
9 2 (0.36%) BMC PATROL
9 2 (0.36%) Salt
9 2 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.18%) Docker Swarm
10 1 (0.18%) Nagios
10 1 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.18%) WSUS
Vendors
1 66 (11.85%) Microsoft
2 60 (10.77%) Google
3 49 (8.80%) Oracle
4 41 (7.36%) Tableau
5 31 (5.57%) SAP
6 20 (3.59%) ForgeRock
7 12 (2.15%) Adobe
8 11 (1.97%) Informatica
9 9 (1.62%) Splunk
10 8 (1.44%) Aprimo
10 8 (1.44%) Pega
10 8 (1.44%) VMware
11 7 (1.26%) Red Hat
12 5 (0.90%) Facebook
12 5 (0.90%) IBM
12 5 (0.90%) Sun
13 4 (0.72%) Atlassian
13 4 (0.72%) Databricks
13 4 (0.72%) MuleSoft
13 4 (0.72%) Qualtrics