Period
to 24 January 2021

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 24 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 498 548 578
Rank change year-on-year +50 +30 -52
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 286 564 663
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.45% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.23% 2.05% 1.81%
Number of salaries quoted 202 350 460
Median annual salary £62,500 £65,000 £61,250
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.85% +6.12% +2.08%
10th Percentile £41,250 £34,875 £32,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £107,500 £92,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% -4.55% +10.00%

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 12,846 27,502 36,704
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.21% 21.88% 24.19%
Number of salaries quoted 9,354 20,770 27,191
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +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 24 January 2021.

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 24 January 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 +63 267 £60,500 -10.37% 99
London +65 171 £70,000 -6.67% 34
UK excluding London +90 92 £50,000 -4.76% 67
South East +114 54 £53,000 -24.29% 24
Work from Home -31 35 £60,000 +14.29% 11
South West +61 20 £47,500 -5.00% 8
North of England +47 8 £42,550 +6.38% 15
East of England +86 5 £35,000 -12.50% 11
North West +55 5 £35,000 -17.65% 4
North East - 3 £56,250 - 7
Midlands +67 2 £61,000 +16.19% 5
Scotland +28 2 £22,500 -37.93% 4
West Midlands +80 1 - - 2
East Midlands +47 1 £61,000 +10.91% 3
Wales +30 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 January 2021, 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.

1 286 (100.00%) Degree
2 163 (56.99%) Computer Science
3 108 (37.76%) Computer Science Degree
4 84 (29.37%) Finance
5 80 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
6 73 (25.52%) Python
7 60 (20.98%) Mathematics
8 58 (20.28%) Java
9 54 (18.88%) Problem-Solving
10 52 (18.18%) Machine Learning
11 50 (17.48%) PhD
12 46 (16.08%) Algorithms
13 45 (15.73%) Software Engineering
14 39 (13.64%) Artificial Intelligence
14 39 (13.64%) SQL
14 39 (13.64%) Oracle
15 37 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
16 35 (12.24%) Data Science
17 34 (11.89%) C#
18 33 (11.54%) C++
18 33 (11.54%) Mentoring
19 32 (11.19%) Linux
20 31 (10.84%) Project Management
20 31 (10.84%) Azure
20 31 (10.84%) DevOps
21 30 (10.49%) Analytics
21 30 (10.49%) AWS
22 29 (10.14%) Technical Leadership
23 28 (9.79%) TensorFlow
23 28 (9.79%) SQL Server

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 17 (5.94%) SAS
2 7 (2.45%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.10%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.40%) Apache
4 4 (1.40%) CMS
4 4 (1.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.05%) EPiServer
5 3 (1.05%) IIS
6 2 (0.70%) Confluence
6 2 (0.70%) Drupal
6 2 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.70%) Mule
6 2 (0.70%) Red Hat Fuse
6 2 (0.70%) WordPress
7 1 (0.35%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.35%) LiveCycle
7 1 (0.35%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 5 (1.75%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.35%) Maya
Business Applications
1 8 (2.80%) FINCAD Analytics
2 6 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.70%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.70%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.35%) StreamServe
Cloud Services
1 31 (10.84%) Azure
2 30 (10.49%) AWS
3 14 (4.90%) GCP
3 14 (4.90%) SaaS
4 9 (3.15%) GitHub
5 7 (2.45%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (2.10%) PaaS
6 6 (2.10%) Power Platform
7 4 (1.40%) IaaS
8 2 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.70%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.70%) Apigee
8 2 (0.70%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.70%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.70%) Kong
8 2 (0.70%) Office 365
8 2 (0.70%) Route 53
8 2 (0.70%) Serverless
8 2 (0.70%) Veeva
9 1 (0.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.85%) 4G
1 11 (3.85%) 5G
1 11 (3.85%) Internet
2 10 (3.50%) Wireless
3 8 (2.80%) NAS
3 8 (2.80%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.70%) Firewall
5 1 (0.35%) 3GPP
5 1 (0.35%) DHCP
5 1 (0.35%) DNS
5 1 (0.35%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.35%) Multicast
5 1 (0.35%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (0.35%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (0.35%) Skype
5 1 (0.35%) VLAN
5 1 (0.35%) VoIP
5 1 (0.35%) VPN
5 1 (0.35%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (9.79%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.85%) Big Data
3 7 (2.45%) Hadoop
3 7 (2.45%) Oracle Database
3 7 (2.45%) Relational Database
4 6 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (2.10%) Oracle Database 12c
4 6 (2.10%) Power BI
4 6 (2.10%) Snowflake Schema
5 5 (1.75%) Looker
5 5 (1.75%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.75%) NoSQL
5 5 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.75%) Tableau
6 4 (1.40%) Blockchain
7 3 (1.05%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (1.05%) MySQL
8 2 (0.70%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.70%) KDB
8 2 (0.70%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 16 (5.59%) Jenkins
2 12 (4.20%) Git (software)
3 10 (3.50%) JIRA
4 8 (2.80%) Cucumber
4 8 (2.80%) Selenium
5 7 (2.45%) TeamCity
6 3 (1.05%) Maven
7 1 (0.35%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.35%) Cypress.io
7 1 (0.35%) Gradle
7 1 (0.35%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.35%) JUnit
7 1 (0.35%) Mocha
7 1 (0.35%) Mockito
7 1 (0.35%) Subversion
7 1 (0.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 84 (29.37%) Finance
2 18 (6.29%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.59%) Electronics
4 15 (5.24%) Advertising
4 15 (5.24%) Marketing
5 14 (4.90%) Pharmaceutical
6 13 (4.55%) Banking
7 10 (3.50%) Manufacturing
8 8 (2.80%) Public Sector
9 6 (2.10%) French Language
10 5 (1.75%) Publishing
11 4 (1.40%) Billing
11 4 (1.40%) Front Office
11 4 (1.40%) Investment Banking
12 3 (1.05%) German Language
12 3 (1.05%) Law
13 2 (0.70%) Games
13 2 (0.70%) Legal
13 2 (0.70%) Polish Language
13 2 (0.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 72 (25.17%) Developer
2 24 (8.39%) Consultant
3 19 (6.64%) Senior Developer
4 17 (5.94%) Analyst
4 17 (5.94%) Machine Learning Engineer
5 15 (5.24%) Quantitative Developer
6 14 (4.90%) Architect
7 13 (4.55%) Software Engineer
7 13 (4.55%) SQL Developer
8 12 (4.20%) Data Manager
8 12 (4.20%) Systems Engineer
9 11 (3.85%) Java Developer
10 10 (3.50%) Analyst Developer
10 10 (3.50%) Qualitative Analyst
10 10 (3.50%) Quantitative Analyst
10 10 (3.50%) Quantitative Analyst Developer
10 10 (3.50%) Senior Analyst
10 10 (3.50%) Senior Quantitative Developer
11 9 (3.15%) Senior Analyst Developer
11 9 (3.15%) Senior Quantitative Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (9.79%) TensorFlow
2 26 (9.09%) PyTorch
3 25 (8.74%) React
4 20 (6.99%) Spring
5 19 (6.64%) .NET
6 17 (5.94%) AngularJS
6 17 (5.94%) REST
7 12 (4.20%) Node.js
8 10 (3.50%) Spring Boot
9 9 (3.15%) Natural Language Processing
10 8 (2.80%) ASP.NET
10 8 (2.80%) Keras
10 8 (2.80%) OpenCV
11 7 (2.45%) HTML
11 7 (2.45%) HTML5
11 7 (2.45%) Kafka
11 7 (2.45%) Pandas
11 7 (2.45%) scikit-learn
11 7 (2.45%) Web Services
12 6 (2.10%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 46 (16.08%) Algorithms
2 37 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (8.39%) User Experience
4 15 (5.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (4.90%) Management Information System
5 14 (4.90%) Mobile App
6 13 (4.55%) Equities
6 13 (4.55%) Exotic Derivative
6 13 (4.55%) Market Risk
7 11 (3.85%) Data Structures
8 9 (3.15%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (3.15%) Public Cloud
9 8 (2.80%) Robotics
10 7 (2.45%) Data Centre
10 7 (2.45%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (2.45%) Life Science
11 6 (2.10%) Fixed Income
11 6 (2.10%) Virtual Team
12 5 (1.75%) Biotechnology
12 5 (1.75%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 32 (11.19%) Linux
2 14 (4.90%) Android
3 13 (4.55%) Windows
4 11 (3.85%) Apple iOS
4 11 (3.85%) Unix
5 4 (1.40%) VxWorks
6 2 (0.70%) VMS
6 2 (0.70%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.35%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (56.99%) Computer Science
2 80 (27.97%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (20.98%) Mathematics
4 54 (18.88%) Problem-Solving
5 52 (18.18%) Machine Learning
6 45 (15.73%) Software Engineering
7 39 (13.64%) Artificial Intelligence
8 35 (12.24%) Data Science
9 33 (11.54%) Mentoring
10 31 (10.84%) DevOps
10 31 (10.84%) Project Management
11 30 (10.49%) Analytics
12 29 (10.14%) Technical Leadership
13 27 (9.44%) Coaching
14 26 (9.09%) Validation
15 25 (8.74%) Computer Vision
16 24 (8.39%) Physics
16 24 (8.39%) Statistics
17 20 (6.99%) Deep Learning
17 20 (6.99%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 73 (25.52%) Python
2 58 (20.28%) Java
3 39 (13.64%) SQL
4 34 (11.89%) C#
5 33 (11.54%) C++
6 25 (8.74%) JavaScript
7 16 (5.59%) C
8 15 (5.24%) T-SQL
9 14 (4.90%) TypeScript
10 12 (4.20%) Java 8
11 11 (3.85%) Go
12 10 (3.50%) Shell Script
13 9 (3.15%) MATLAB
13 9 (3.15%) R
14 7 (2.45%) Kotlin
14 7 (2.45%) Ruby
15 6 (2.10%) Perl
15 6 (2.10%) PL/SQL
16 5 (1.75%) SAS Macro
17 4 (1.40%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 286 (100.00%) Degree
2 108 (37.76%) Computer Science Degree
3 50 (17.48%) PhD
4 6 (2.10%) Security Cleared
5 5 (1.75%) CISSP
5 5 (1.75%) MBA
6 4 (1.40%) DBS Check
6 4 (1.40%) Numerate Degree
6 4 (1.40%) SC Cleared
6 4 (1.40%) TOGAF Certification
7 3 (1.05%) CISM
7 3 (1.05%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.70%) CFA
8 2 (0.70%) PgMP
8 2 (0.70%) PMP
8 2 (0.70%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.35%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.35%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (0.35%) ECIH
9 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.69%) QA
2 13 (4.55%) Dodd-Frank
2 13 (4.55%) EMIR
2 13 (4.55%) MiFID
3 8 (2.80%) CDISC
3 8 (2.80%) PMO
4 6 (2.10%) SLA
5 3 (1.05%) GDPR
6 2 (0.70%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.70%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.70%) Good Clinical Practice
6 2 (0.70%) GxP
6 2 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.35%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.35%) IFRS
7 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 22 (7.69%) Docker
2 7 (2.45%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.10%) RHEV
4 3 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.35%) Firmware
5 1 (0.35%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.35%) NDS
5 1 (0.35%) NetIQ eDirectory
5 1 (0.35%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 25 (8.74%) Kubernetes
2 12 (4.20%) Ansible
2 12 (4.20%) Puppet
3 7 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.75%) Terraform
5 2 (0.70%) SCCM
5 2 (0.70%) SCOM
5 2 (0.70%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.35%) CA Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.35%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.35%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 1 (0.35%) Salt
6 1 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.35%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.35%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 39 (13.64%) Oracle
2 23 (8.04%) Microsoft
3 14 (4.90%) SAP
4 8 (2.80%) Google
4 8 (2.80%) VMware
5 7 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (2.10%) Databricks
6 6 (2.10%) PagerDuty
7 5 (1.75%) Cloudera
8 4 (1.40%) Cadence
8 4 (1.40%) Sun
9 3 (1.05%) IBM
9 3 (1.05%) Kofax
9 3 (1.05%) Sitecore
10 2 (0.70%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.70%) JD Edwards
10 2 (0.70%) MuleSoft
10 2 (0.70%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.70%) Sybase
10 2 (0.70%) TIBCO