Period
to 31 October 2020

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 31 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
31 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 435 561 520
Rank change year-on-year +126 -41 +6
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 265 606 893
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.44% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.52% 1.94% 2.29%
Number of salaries quoted 187 391 526
Median annual salary £70,000 £60,000 £65,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +13.04%
10th Percentile £43,750 £36,250 £35,000
90th Percentile £120,000 £102,500 £110,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £54,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +0.92% +9.00% +11.11%

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 10,524 31,249 38,957
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.16% 22.86% 23.73%
Number of salaries quoted 7,905 22,988 28,809
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

Master's Degree
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Master's Degree.

Salary trend for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Master's Degree over the 6 months to 31 October 2020.

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 31 October 2020. 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 +135 256 £65,000 +4.00% 50
London +116 177 £72,500 +3.57% 22
UK excluding London +148 79 £55,000 +0.92% 38
South East +167 49 £55,000 -8.33% 10
Work from Home +12 23 £62,500 +31.58% 8
Midlands +104 11 £70,000 +27.27% 5
North of England +145 10 £32,500 -23.53% 4
East Midlands +61 9 £70,000 +27.27% 3
Yorkshire +115 6 - -
South West +112 4 £47,500 -5.00% 4
North West +105 4 £32,500 -23.53% 3
East of England +128 2 £62,500 +177.78% 5
West Midlands +104 2 - - 2
Wales +42 2 £47,500 +16.56% 2
Scotland +82 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 31 October 2020, 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.

1 265 (100.00%) Degree
2 152 (57.36%) Computer Science
3 111 (41.89%) Computer Science Degree
4 97 (36.60%) Finance
5 83 (31.32%) Agile Software Development
6 73 (27.55%) Java
7 71 (26.79%) Python
8 54 (20.38%) Software Engineering
9 52 (19.62%) Problem-Solving
10 49 (18.49%) Linux
11 46 (17.36%) Mathematics
11 46 (17.36%) Algorithms
12 41 (15.47%) SQL
13 40 (15.09%) AWS
14 39 (14.72%) Azure
14 39 (14.72%) Oracle
14 39 (14.72%) PhD
15 38 (14.34%) DevOps
16 34 (12.83%) Machine Learning
17 31 (11.70%) Artificial Intelligence
17 31 (11.70%) Analytical Skills
18 30 (11.32%) Project Management
19 29 (10.94%) C++
20 27 (10.19%) TensorFlow
20 27 (10.19%) PyTorch
21 26 (9.81%) Big Data
22 25 (9.43%) C#
22 25 (9.43%) SQL Server
22 25 (9.43%) Management Information System
23 24 (9.06%) Technical Leadership

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 16 (6.04%) Apache Spark
2 8 (3.02%) SAS
3 6 (2.26%) CMS
4 4 (1.51%) Apache
5 3 (1.13%) Confluence
5 3 (1.13%) EPiServer
5 3 (1.13%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.75%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.75%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.38%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.38%) IIS
7 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.13%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.13%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.75%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.38%) Maya
Business Applications
1 7 (2.64%) NetSuite
2 5 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.38%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 40 (15.09%) AWS
2 39 (14.72%) Azure
3 20 (7.55%) GCP
4 8 (3.02%) Power Platform
5 5 (1.89%) GitHub
5 5 (1.89%) SaaS
6 3 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.75%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.75%) Apigee
7 2 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.75%) Kong
7 2 (0.75%) Route 53
8 1 (0.38%) Boomi
8 1 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.38%) Office 365
8 1 (0.38%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.38%) PaaS
8 1 (0.38%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.38%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.15%) 4G
1 11 (4.15%) 5G
1 11 (4.15%) Wireless
2 9 (3.40%) TCP/IP
3 7 (2.64%) Firewall
4 6 (2.26%) FTP
5 4 (1.51%) NAS
6 2 (0.75%) DHCP
6 2 (0.75%) DNS
6 2 (0.75%) Internet
7 1 (0.38%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.38%) MPLS
7 1 (0.38%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (0.38%) Skype
7 1 (0.38%) VoIP
7 1 (0.38%) VPN
7 1 (0.38%) WebEx
7 1 (0.38%) Wideband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (9.81%) Big Data
2 25 (9.43%) SQL Server
3 23 (8.68%) Hadoop
4 14 (5.28%) NoSQL
5 12 (4.53%) Apache Cassandra
6 11 (4.15%) Oracle Database
7 10 (3.77%) Oracle Database 12c
8 9 (3.40%) MongoDB
9 8 (3.02%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (3.02%) OLTP
9 8 (3.02%) Power BI
9 8 (3.02%) Tableau
10 7 (2.64%) MySQL
10 7 (2.64%) Relational Database
11 6 (2.26%) HBase
12 5 (1.89%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 5 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
13 4 (1.51%) RDBMS
13 4 (1.51%) Snowflake Schema
14 3 (1.13%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 21 (7.92%) Git (software)
2 14 (5.28%) Jenkins
3 8 (3.02%) ERwin
3 8 (3.02%) JIRA
3 8 (3.02%) PowerDesigner
4 7 (2.64%) Cucumber
5 6 (2.26%) Selenium
6 5 (1.89%) ER Studio
6 5 (1.89%) GitLab
6 5 (1.89%) TeamCity
6 5 (1.89%) Xcode
7 3 (1.13%) JUnit
7 3 (1.13%) Maven
8 2 (0.75%) Jasmine
8 2 (0.75%) Mocha
8 2 (0.75%) Subversion
9 1 (0.38%) Android Studio
9 1 (0.38%) Cypress.io
9 1 (0.38%) Gradle
9 1 (0.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 97 (36.60%) Finance
2 19 (7.17%) Telecoms
3 17 (6.42%) Marketing
4 16 (6.04%) Advertising
4 16 (6.04%) Banking
5 10 (3.77%) Electronics
6 7 (2.64%) Front Office
7 6 (2.26%) Billing
7 6 (2.26%) French Language
7 6 (2.26%) Law
8 5 (1.89%) Games
8 5 (1.89%) German Language
9 4 (1.51%) Dutch Language
9 4 (1.51%) Polish Language
9 4 (1.51%) Public Sector
10 3 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 3 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 3 (1.13%) Publishing
10 3 (1.13%) Retail
11 2 (0.75%) Legal
Job Titles
1 56 (21.13%) Developer
2 22 (8.30%) Architect
3 20 (7.55%) Analyst
3 20 (7.55%) Consultant
3 20 (7.55%) Java Developer
4 17 (6.42%) Senior Developer
5 14 (5.28%) Data Manager
5 14 (5.28%) Software Engineer
6 13 (4.91%) Machine Learning Engineer
7 11 (4.15%) Data Science Manager
7 11 (4.15%) Design Engineer
7 11 (4.15%) Java Engineer
7 11 (4.15%) Quantitative Developer
7 11 (4.15%) Senior Architect
8 10 (3.77%) DevOps Engineer
8 10 (3.77%) Java Software Engineer
8 10 (3.77%) Senior Java Developer
9 9 (3.40%) Data Architect
9 9 (3.40%) Senior Design Engineer
9 9 (3.40%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (10.19%) PyTorch
1 27 (10.19%) TensorFlow
2 22 (8.30%) Spring
3 20 (7.55%) Kafka
4 14 (5.28%) Natural Language Processing
4 14 (5.28%) React
4 14 (5.28%) Spring Boot
5 13 (4.91%) .NET
6 12 (4.53%) AngularJS
6 12 (4.53%) Node.js
7 11 (4.15%) Keras
8 10 (3.77%) REST
9 9 (3.40%) NumPy
9 9 (3.40%) Pandas
9 9 (3.40%) scikit-learn
10 8 (3.02%) Matplotlib
10 8 (3.02%) PySpark
10 8 (3.02%) SciPy
10 8 (3.02%) Web Services
10 8 (3.02%) XGBoost
Miscellaneous
1 46 (17.36%) Algorithms
2 31 (11.70%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (9.43%) Management Information System
4 21 (7.92%) User Experience
5 18 (6.79%) Equities
6 12 (4.53%) Data Structures
6 12 (4.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 11 (4.15%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (3.77%) Fixed Income
8 10 (3.77%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (3.40%) Exotic Derivative
9 9 (3.40%) Lidar
9 9 (3.40%) Market Risk
9 9 (3.40%) Mobile App
10 6 (2.26%) Cybercrime
11 5 (1.89%) CAN bus
11 5 (1.89%) Public Cloud
12 4 (1.51%) Hedge funds
12 4 (1.51%) IVR
13 3 (1.13%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 49 (18.49%) Linux
2 16 (6.04%) Windows
3 15 (5.66%) Android
4 14 (5.28%) Apple iOS
5 12 (4.53%) Unix
6 5 (1.89%) Robot Operating System
7 2 (0.75%) VMS
7 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.38%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.38%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (57.36%) Computer Science
2 83 (31.32%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (20.38%) Software Engineering
4 52 (19.62%) Problem-Solving
5 46 (17.36%) Mathematics
6 38 (14.34%) DevOps
7 34 (12.83%) Machine Learning
8 31 (11.70%) Artificial Intelligence
9 30 (11.32%) Project Management
10 24 (9.06%) Decision-Making
10 24 (9.06%) Technical Leadership
11 23 (8.68%) Physics
12 22 (8.30%) Analytics
12 22 (8.30%) Statistics
13 21 (7.92%) Mentoring
13 21 (7.92%) Scrum
14 20 (7.55%) Data Science
14 20 (7.55%) Deep Learning
14 20 (7.55%) Information Security
14 20 (7.55%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 73 (27.55%) Java
2 71 (26.79%) Python
3 41 (15.47%) SQL
4 29 (10.94%) C++
5 25 (9.43%) C#
6 17 (6.42%) Java 8
7 15 (5.66%) JavaScript
7 15 (5.66%) MATLAB
8 13 (4.91%) C
9 12 (4.53%) R
10 10 (3.77%) Shell Script
10 10 (3.77%) T-SQL
11 8 (3.02%) Perl
11 8 (3.02%) Scala
12 6 (2.26%) PL/SQL
12 6 (2.26%) PowerShell
12 6 (2.26%) Ruby
13 5 (1.89%) Apple Swift
13 5 (1.89%) Go
13 5 (1.89%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 265 (100.00%) Degree
2 111 (41.89%) Computer Science Degree
3 39 (14.72%) PhD
4 12 (4.53%) CISSP
5 9 (3.40%) Security Cleared
6 7 (2.64%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.89%) SANS
8 4 (1.51%) CISA
8 4 (1.51%) CISM
8 4 (1.51%) CRISC
9 3 (1.13%) AWS Certification
9 3 (1.13%) MBA
9 3 (1.13%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.75%) CFA
10 2 (0.75%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.38%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.38%) ECIH
11 1 (0.38%) GCIH
11 1 (0.38%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.66%) QA
2 9 (3.40%) Dodd-Frank
2 9 (3.40%) EMIR
2 9 (3.40%) MiFID
3 8 (3.02%) PMO
3 8 (3.02%) SLA
4 5 (1.89%) Data Quality
5 4 (1.51%) GDPR
5 4 (1.51%) NIST
5 4 (1.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.38%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 9 (3.40%) Docker
2 7 (2.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.26%) HDFS
3 6 (2.26%) RHEV
4 5 (1.89%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.38%) Firmware
5 1 (0.38%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.38%) NDS
5 1 (0.38%) NetIQ eDirectory
5 1 (0.38%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 12 (4.53%) Ansible
1 12 (4.53%) Puppet
2 10 (3.77%) Kubernetes
3 8 (3.02%) Terraform
4 6 (2.26%) Kibana
5 5 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.75%) HP Fortify
6 2 (0.75%) SCCM
6 2 (0.75%) SCOM
6 2 (0.75%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.38%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 1 (0.38%) Salt
7 1 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.38%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.38%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 39 (14.72%) Oracle
2 21 (7.92%) Microsoft
3 11 (4.15%) Google
4 9 (3.40%) Databricks
4 9 (3.40%) IBM
5 8 (3.02%) Cadence
5 8 (3.02%) Cloudera
5 8 (3.02%) SAP
6 7 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (2.64%) VMware
7 6 (2.26%) Teradata
8 3 (1.13%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.75%) Cisco
9 2 (0.75%) Facebook
9 2 (0.75%) JD Edwards
9 2 (0.75%) MuleSoft
9 2 (0.75%) Sybase
9 2 (0.75%) TIBCO
9 2 (0.75%) Twitter
10 1 (0.38%) CyberArk