Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 542 559 517
Rank change year-on-year +17 -42 +19
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 615 763 968
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.48% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.07% 2.01% 2.25%
Number of salaries quoted 380 492 616
UK median annual salary £64,375 £64,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +0.59% +6.67% +9.09%
10th Percentile £34,875 £35,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £106,250 £110,000 £105,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £51,250 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.32% +13.89% -

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 29,657 37,952 43,101
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.28% 23.79% 24.03%
Number of salaries quoted 21,990 27,881 33,123
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +7 585 £65,000 - 145
London +26 357 £75,000 +3.45% 53
UK excluding London +13 251 £55,000 +7.32% 100
South East +29 105 £60,000 - 33
North of England +70 46 £40,000 -20.00% 10
Midlands -3 31 £55,000 +15.79% 18
North West +32 27 £42,500 -15.00% 8
East Midlands +5 25 £55,000 -21.43% 14
South West +23 24 £50,000 -9.09% 18
East of England +56 21 £37,500 -15.73% 13
Yorkshire +39 19 £35,000 -28.21% 1
Wales +15 13 £39,000 -15.64% 3
Scotland 0 12 £85,000 +70.00% 5
West Midlands -3 6 £44,500 +2.30% 4
Northern Ireland - 2 £50,000 -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 615 (100.00%) Degree
2 313 (50.89%) Computer Science
3 179 (29.11%) Agile Software Development
4 157 (25.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 154 (25.04%) SQL
6 150 (24.39%) Python
7 146 (23.74%) Java
7 146 (23.74%) Analytical Skills
8 144 (23.41%) Finance
9 136 (22.11%) Mathematics
10 118 (19.19%) Machine Learning
11 101 (16.42%) Problem-Solving
12 99 (16.10%) Analytics
13 98 (15.93%) Data Science
14 97 (15.77%) Software Engineering
15 96 (15.61%) Linux
16 93 (15.12%) AWS
17 88 (14.31%) PhD
18 86 (13.98%) Statistics
19 84 (13.66%) C++
20 82 (13.33%) JavaScript
21 80 (13.01%) DevOps
22 78 (12.68%) Algorithms
23 75 (12.20%) Marketing
24 69 (11.22%) Microsoft
25 68 (11.06%) Windows
26 65 (10.57%) Docker
26 65 (10.57%) Big Data
27 64 (10.41%) Cybersecurity
27 64 (10.41%) ITIL

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 44 (7.15%) Apache Spark
2 18 (2.93%) SAS
3 5 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (0.81%) Tornado
4 4 (0.65%) Confluence
5 3 (0.49%) Drupal
5 3 (0.49%) Joomla!
6 2 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (0.33%) CMS
6 2 (0.33%) JBoss
6 2 (0.33%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.33%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.16%) Apache
7 1 (0.16%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.16%) IIS
7 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 30 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (2.76%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
6 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (1.79%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.49%) OpenCart
3 3 (0.49%) osCommerce
4 2 (0.33%) Magento
4 2 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.16%) SAP EWM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.16%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 93 (15.12%) AWS
2 55 (8.94%) Azure
3 45 (7.32%) GCP
4 23 (3.74%) PaaS
4 23 (3.74%) SaaS
5 21 (3.41%) IaaS
6 14 (2.28%) Power Platform
7 11 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.81%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.49%) Office 365
10 2 (0.33%) Akamai
10 2 (0.33%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.33%) Dialogflow
10 2 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.33%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.33%) WhatsApp
11 1 (0.16%) Boomi
11 1 (0.16%) Force.com
11 1 (0.16%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 47 (7.64%) Firewall
2 30 (4.88%) Internet
3 17 (2.76%) DNS
4 16 (2.60%) TCP/IP
4 16 (2.60%) Wireless
5 15 (2.44%) DHCP
5 15 (2.44%) LAN
5 15 (2.44%) VoIP
5 15 (2.44%) WAN
6 8 (1.30%) VPN
7 4 (0.65%) HTTP
8 2 (0.33%) 2.5G
8 2 (0.33%) 2G
8 2 (0.33%) 3G
8 2 (0.33%) 4G
8 2 (0.33%) 5G
8 2 (0.33%) Cisco IPT
8 2 (0.33%) Kerberos
8 2 (0.33%) Network Security
8 2 (0.33%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (10.57%) Big Data
2 49 (7.97%) Relational Database
3 44 (7.15%) NoSQL
4 39 (6.34%) Hadoop
5 26 (4.23%) SQL Server
6 25 (4.07%) Data Mining
7 23 (3.74%) RDBMS
8 19 (3.09%) Apache Cassandra
8 19 (3.09%) Looker
9 16 (2.60%) Oracle Database
10 15 (2.44%) Oracle Database 12c
11 14 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (2.28%) Power BI
12 10 (1.63%) Cosmos DB
12 10 (1.63%) QlikView
13 9 (1.46%) Amazon Redshift
13 9 (1.46%) Apache Hive
13 9 (1.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 9 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 9 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 41 (6.67%) Git (software)
2 39 (6.34%) Jenkins
3 13 (2.11%) TeamCity
3 13 (2.11%) webpack
4 12 (1.95%) JUnit
5 11 (1.79%) Subversion
6 10 (1.63%) Maven
7 9 (1.46%) JIRA
8 7 (1.14%) Grunt
8 7 (1.14%) gulp
9 6 (0.98%) Eclipse
10 5 (0.81%) IntelliJ
10 5 (0.81%) Mercurial
11 4 (0.65%) Android Studio
11 4 (0.65%) Ant
11 4 (0.65%) Jasmine
11 4 (0.65%) Mocha
11 4 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 3 (0.49%) Selenium
General
1 144 (23.41%) Finance
2 75 (12.20%) Marketing
3 48 (7.80%) Retail
4 43 (6.99%) Public Sector
5 38 (6.18%) Telecoms
6 25 (4.07%) Banking
7 22 (3.58%) Advertising
8 14 (2.28%) Manufacturing
9 13 (2.11%) Aerospace
9 13 (2.11%) Games
9 13 (2.11%) Law
9 13 (2.11%) Legal
9 13 (2.11%) Military
10 12 (1.95%) Financial Institution
10 12 (1.95%) French Language
10 12 (1.95%) German Language
11 8 (1.30%) Spanish Language
12 7 (1.14%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.81%) Front Office
13 5 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 127 (20.65%) Developer
2 87 (14.15%) Consultant
3 64 (10.41%) Analyst
4 61 (9.92%) Data Scientist
5 50 (8.13%) Java Developer
6 42 (6.83%) Architect
7 39 (6.34%) Senior Developer
8 31 (5.04%) Security Consultant
9 30 (4.88%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 28 (4.55%) Software Engineer
11 23 (3.74%) Data Engineer
11 23 (3.74%) Senior Data Scientist
12 22 (3.58%) .NET Developer
13 20 (3.25%) C++ Developer
14 19 (3.09%) Senior Java Developer
15 18 (2.93%) C# Developer
15 18 (2.93%) Software Developer
16 17 (2.76%) C# .NET Developer
16 17 (2.76%) Senior Consultant
17 16 (2.60%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (10.08%) .NET
2 58 (9.43%) HTML
3 45 (7.32%) HTML5
4 44 (7.15%) AngularJS
5 38 (6.18%) Node.js
6 37 (6.02%) jQuery
7 32 (5.20%) CSS
8 31 (5.04%) Spring
9 30 (4.88%) TensorFlow
9 30 (4.88%) Web Services
10 26 (4.23%) React
11 25 (4.07%) Pandas
12 23 (3.74%) scikit-learn
12 23 (3.74%) Spring Boot
13 22 (3.58%) Keras
13 22 (3.58%) Natural Language Processing
14 21 (3.41%) J2EE
14 21 (3.41%) Kafka
15 19 (3.09%) GraphQL
15 19 (3.09%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 146 (23.74%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (12.68%) Algorithms
3 52 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (6.67%) Management Information System
5 34 (5.53%) Data Structures
6 32 (5.20%) User Experience
7 27 (4.39%) PKI
8 26 (4.23%) Linux Command Line
9 24 (3.90%) Virtual Team
10 22 (3.58%) Hedge funds
11 20 (3.25%) Fixed Income
12 19 (3.09%) Equities
13 18 (2.93%) Greenfield Project
14 15 (2.44%) Public Cloud
15 14 (2.28%) Analytical Mindset
15 14 (2.28%) Digital Media
16 13 (2.11%) Data Centre
16 13 (2.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 12 (1.95%) Robotics
18 11 (1.79%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 96 (15.61%) Linux
2 68 (11.06%) Windows
3 39 (6.34%) Unix
4 9 (1.46%) VxWorks
5 7 (1.14%) Android
6 4 (0.65%) Windows 7
6 4 (0.65%) Windows 8
7 2 (0.33%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.16%) CentOS
8 1 (0.16%) Debian
8 1 (0.16%) FreeRTOS
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 313 (50.89%) Computer Science
2 179 (29.11%) Agile Software Development
3 136 (22.11%) Mathematics
4 118 (19.19%) Machine Learning
5 101 (16.42%) Problem-Solving
6 99 (16.10%) Analytics
7 98 (15.93%) Data Science
8 97 (15.77%) Software Engineering
9 86 (13.98%) Statistics
10 80 (13.01%) DevOps
11 64 (10.41%) Cybersecurity
11 64 (10.41%) ITIL
11 64 (10.41%) Service Delivery
12 62 (10.08%) Project Management
13 59 (9.59%) Visualisation
14 51 (8.29%) SDLC
15 49 (7.97%) Artificial Intelligence
15 49 (7.97%) Deep Learning
15 49 (7.97%) Scrum
16 47 (7.64%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 154 (25.04%) SQL
2 150 (24.39%) Python
3 146 (23.74%) Java
4 84 (13.66%) C++
5 82 (13.33%) JavaScript
6 51 (8.29%) R
7 48 (7.80%) C#
8 29 (4.72%) Scala
9 28 (4.55%) TypeScript
10 26 (4.23%) MATLAB
11 24 (3.90%) Java 8
12 17 (2.76%) VBA
13 16 (2.60%) C
14 11 (1.79%) PHP
14 11 (1.79%) T-SQL
15 10 (1.63%) VB
16 9 (1.46%) Ruby
16 9 (1.46%) VB.NET
17 8 (1.30%) Go
18 7 (1.14%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 615 (100.00%) Degree
2 157 (25.53%) Computer Science Degree
3 88 (14.31%) PhD
4 30 (4.88%) CISSP
5 26 (4.23%) CISM
6 22 (3.58%) MBA
7 21 (3.41%) Numerate Degree
8 16 (2.60%) CREST Certified
9 15 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 15 (2.44%) Security Cleared
10 12 (1.95%) CESG Certified Professional
11 9 (1.46%) TOGAF Certification
12 7 (1.14%) CIMA
13 6 (0.98%) CISA
14 4 (0.65%) CISMP
14 4 (0.65%) DBS Check
15 3 (0.49%) GIAC
15 3 (0.49%) PMP
15 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 3 (0.49%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (4.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 27 (4.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 23 (3.74%) GDPR
4 21 (3.41%) QA
5 15 (2.44%) Data Quality
6 10 (1.63%) Dodd-Frank
6 10 (1.63%) EMIR
6 10 (1.63%) MiFID
6 10 (1.63%) NIST
7 7 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 6 (0.98%) SLA
9 4 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.49%) PMO
11 2 (0.33%) COBIT
11 2 (0.33%) GAMP
11 2 (0.33%) HAZOP
12 1 (0.16%) Basel II
12 1 (0.16%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.16%) NCSC
12 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 65 (10.57%) Docker
2 24 (3.90%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.63%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.33%) Firmware
4 2 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) DFS Replication
5 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.16%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 49 (7.97%) Kubernetes
2 27 (4.39%) Terraform
3 19 (3.09%) Consul
4 15 (2.44%) Ansible
5 12 (1.95%) Puppet
6 10 (1.63%) Single Sign-On
7 9 (1.46%) Nessus
8 5 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.65%) BMC PATROL
10 2 (0.33%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.33%) Scalr
11 1 (0.16%) Nagios
11 1 (0.16%) Salt
Vendors
1 69 (11.22%) Microsoft
2 60 (9.76%) Google
3 47 (7.64%) Tableau
4 44 (7.15%) Oracle
5 17 (2.76%) Cisco
6 11 (1.79%) ForgeRock
7 10 (1.63%) SAP
8 9 (1.46%) Splunk
9 5 (0.81%) Facebook
9 5 (0.81%) Sun
10 4 (0.65%) BT
10 4 (0.65%) Qualtrics
10 4 (0.65%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.49%) IBM
11 3 (0.49%) VMware
12 2 (0.33%) Adobe
12 2 (0.33%) Demandware
12 2 (0.33%) hybris
12 2 (0.33%) Sony