Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
24 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 540 587 515
Rank change year-on-year +47 -72 +59
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 568 643 920
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.43% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.13% 1.77% 2.19%
Number of salaries quoted 360 439 643
UK median annual salary £70,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.67% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £30,000
90th Percentile £110,000 £90,900 £100,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,250 £57,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -2.17% +15.00% +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 26,635 36,351 41,965
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.37% 23.96%
Number of salaries quoted 19,710 26,486 32,584
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 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +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 24 February 2020.

Salary histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 16 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 February 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 +58 539 £70,000 +16.67% 127
London +97 339 £75,000 +7.14% 56
UK excluding London -1 223 £56,250 -2.17% 82
South East -6 92 £70,000 +16.67% 11
North of England +68 46 £42,500 -8.11% 10
North West +45 27 £42,500 -15.00% 6
East of England +56 22 £47,500 -13.64% 22
South West +51 22 £50,000 +38.89% 7
Midlands -24 20 £60,000 - 21
Yorkshire +43 18 £35,000 -6.67% 3
Wales +4 13 £42,500 +8.97% 3
East Midlands -17 12 £60,000 - 8
Scotland +15 10 £36,250 -27.50% 8
West Midlands +10 6 £48,750 +8.33% 13
North East - 1 £65,000 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £70,000 -

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 568 (100.00%) Degree
2 288 (50.70%) Computer Science
3 162 (28.52%) Computer Science Degree
4 146 (25.70%) Agile Software Development
5 140 (24.65%) Python
6 136 (23.94%) Analytical Skills
7 134 (23.59%) Finance
8 127 (22.36%) Java
9 109 (19.19%) SQL
10 106 (18.66%) Mathematics
11 96 (16.90%) Problem-Solving
12 91 (16.02%) Analytics
13 87 (15.32%) AWS
14 86 (15.14%) Machine Learning
15 75 (13.20%) PhD
15 75 (13.20%) Data Science
16 69 (12.15%) Software Engineering
17 67 (11.80%) Statistics
17 67 (11.80%) Service Delivery
18 65 (11.44%) Linux
19 63 (11.09%) Project Management
19 63 (11.09%) Artificial Intelligence
20 62 (10.92%) Marketing
21 59 (10.39%) JavaScript
21 59 (10.39%) C++
22 58 (10.21%) ITIL
22 58 (10.21%) Management Information System
23 57 (10.04%) Microsoft
23 57 (10.04%) DevOps
24 55 (9.68%) .NET

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 13 (2.29%) Apache Spark
2 6 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (1.06%) IIS
3 5 (0.88%) Confluence
3 5 (0.88%) SAS
3 5 (0.88%) Tornado
4 4 (0.70%) ArcGIS
5 3 (0.53%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.35%) CMS
7 1 (0.18%) Apache
7 1 (0.18%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.18%) DataSynapse
7 1 (0.18%) JBoss
7 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 22 (3.87%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (3.35%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.53%) Adobe Illustrator
5 3 (0.53%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.35%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.35%) InVision
6 2 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.35%) Sketch
7 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 6 (1.06%) Magento
1 6 (1.06%) SAP Hybris
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.88%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.35%) Tesseract
4 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.18%) SAP IBP
4 1 (0.18%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 87 (15.32%) AWS
2 42 (7.39%) Azure
3 41 (7.22%) GCP
4 20 (3.52%) SaaS
5 16 (2.82%) Power Platform
6 15 (2.64%) PaaS
7 14 (2.46%) Cloud Computing
7 14 (2.46%) IaaS
8 6 (1.06%) Akamai
9 5 (0.88%) OpenShift
10 4 (0.70%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.70%) Serverless
11 3 (0.53%) Google Sheets
12 2 (0.35%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.35%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.35%) Dialogflow
12 2 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.35%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 47 (8.27%) Firewall
2 41 (7.22%) Internet
3 20 (3.52%) DNS
3 20 (3.52%) Wireless
4 19 (3.35%) TCP/IP
4 19 (3.35%) VoIP
5 15 (2.64%) DHCP
5 15 (2.64%) LAN
5 15 (2.64%) WAN
6 11 (1.94%) HTTP
7 8 (1.41%) VPN
8 5 (0.88%) NAS
8 5 (0.88%) Network Security
9 4 (0.70%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (0.70%) SAN
9 4 (0.70%) SSL
10 2 (0.35%) Cisco IPT
10 2 (0.35%) Kerberos
11 1 (0.18%) Intranet
11 1 (0.18%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.51%) SQL Server
2 35 (6.16%) Big Data
2 35 (6.16%) Relational Database
3 28 (4.93%) NoSQL
4 22 (3.87%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (3.17%) Data Mining
5 18 (3.17%) RDBMS
6 16 (2.82%) Power BI
7 13 (2.29%) Hadoop
7 13 (2.29%) Looker
8 12 (2.11%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 11 (1.94%) OLAP
9 11 (1.94%) Oracle OLAP
10 10 (1.76%) QlikView
11 9 (1.58%) MongoDB
11 9 (1.58%) MySQL
12 7 (1.23%) Amazon Redshift
12 7 (1.23%) CouchDB
12 7 (1.23%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 39 (6.87%) Git (software)
2 35 (6.16%) Jenkins
3 17 (2.99%) JUnit
4 13 (2.29%) Maven
5 11 (1.94%) Subversion
6 10 (1.76%) webpack
7 8 (1.41%) Eclipse
8 7 (1.23%) ERwin
8 7 (1.23%) JIRA
8 7 (1.23%) PowerDesigner
9 6 (1.06%) IntelliJ
9 6 (1.06%) Mercurial
10 5 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.70%) Android Studio
11 4 (0.70%) Ant
11 4 (0.70%) Grunt
11 4 (0.70%) Jasmine
11 4 (0.70%) Mocha
11 4 (0.70%) Selenium
11 4 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 134 (23.59%) Finance
2 62 (10.92%) Marketing
3 42 (7.39%) Retail
4 41 (7.22%) Public Sector
5 34 (5.99%) Telecoms
6 21 (3.70%) Banking
7 19 (3.35%) Advertising
8 17 (2.99%) Manufacturing
9 15 (2.64%) Games
9 15 (2.64%) Legal
10 14 (2.46%) Aerospace
11 13 (2.29%) Military
12 11 (1.94%) French Language
13 10 (1.76%) German Language
14 9 (1.58%) Front Office
15 8 (1.41%) Law
16 7 (1.23%) Financial Institution
16 7 (1.23%) Investment Banking
17 6 (1.06%) Spanish Language
18 5 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 109 (19.19%) Developer
2 62 (10.92%) Architect
3 60 (10.56%) Analyst
3 60 (10.56%) Consultant
4 51 (8.98%) Data Scientist
5 47 (8.27%) Java Developer
6 27 (4.75%) Software Developer
7 26 (4.58%) Senior Developer
8 20 (3.52%) Software Engineer
9 18 (3.17%) Delivery Manager
9 18 (3.17%) Security Consultant
10 17 (2.99%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 17 (2.99%) Product Manager
11 16 (2.82%) Qualitative Analyst
11 16 (2.82%) Quantitative Analyst
11 16 (2.82%) Senior Consultant
11 16 (2.82%) Senior Java Developer
12 15 (2.64%) IT Manager
13 14 (2.46%) Graduate
13 14 (2.46%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (9.68%) .NET
2 36 (6.34%) HTML
3 29 (5.11%) CSS
4 27 (4.75%) TensorFlow
5 26 (4.58%) Natural Language Processing
6 25 (4.40%) jQuery
7 21 (3.70%) AngularJS
7 21 (3.70%) HTML5
8 19 (3.35%) CSS3
8 19 (3.35%) Node.js
8 19 (3.35%) Spring
9 18 (3.17%) React
9 18 (3.17%) Web Services
10 17 (2.99%) Kafka
11 16 (2.82%) JSON
12 14 (2.46%) REST
13 13 (2.29%) XML
14 12 (2.11%) J2EE
14 12 (2.11%) Pandas
14 12 (2.11%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 136 (23.94%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (10.21%) Management Information System
3 49 (8.63%) Algorithms
4 35 (6.16%) User Experience
5 30 (5.28%) Self-Motivation
6 20 (3.52%) PKI
7 19 (3.35%) Virtual Team
8 18 (3.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 17 (2.99%) Data Structures
9 17 (2.99%) Fixed Income
9 17 (2.99%) Hedge funds
10 16 (2.82%) Reference Data
11 15 (2.64%) Analytical Mindset
12 14 (2.46%) Equities
13 13 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
14 12 (2.11%) Internet of Things
14 12 (2.11%) Robotics
15 11 (1.94%) Market Risk
16 10 (1.76%) Credit Risk
16 10 (1.76%) Exotic Derivative
Operating Systems
1 65 (11.44%) Linux
2 47 (8.27%) Windows
3 30 (5.28%) Unix
4 11 (1.94%) Android
5 6 (1.06%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.06%) Windows Server
6 5 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.70%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.70%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.35%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 288 (50.70%) Computer Science
2 146 (25.70%) Agile Software Development
3 106 (18.66%) Mathematics
4 96 (16.90%) Problem-Solving
5 91 (16.02%) Analytics
6 86 (15.14%) Machine Learning
7 75 (13.20%) Data Science
8 69 (12.15%) Software Engineering
9 67 (11.80%) Service Delivery
9 67 (11.80%) Statistics
10 63 (11.09%) Artificial Intelligence
10 63 (11.09%) Project Management
11 58 (10.21%) ITIL
12 57 (10.04%) DevOps
13 52 (9.15%) Cybersecurity
14 47 (8.27%) Scrum
15 46 (8.10%) Visualisation
16 44 (7.75%) SDLC
17 41 (7.22%) Enterprise Architecture
18 40 (7.04%) Physics
Programming Languages
1 140 (24.65%) Python
2 127 (22.36%) Java
3 109 (19.19%) SQL
4 59 (10.39%) C++
4 59 (10.39%) JavaScript
5 40 (7.04%) R
6 37 (6.51%) C#
7 28 (4.93%) MATLAB
8 15 (2.64%) C
8 15 (2.64%) TypeScript
9 13 (2.29%) Go
9 13 (2.29%) Scala
10 11 (1.94%) Java 8
11 9 (1.58%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.58%) PHP
11 9 (1.58%) Ruby
11 9 (1.58%) VBA
12 8 (1.41%) T-SQL
13 7 (1.23%) VB
13 7 (1.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 568 (100.00%) Degree
2 162 (28.52%) Computer Science Degree
3 75 (13.20%) PhD
4 32 (5.63%) CISSP
5 31 (5.46%) MBA
6 17 (2.99%) CISM
7 15 (2.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 13 (2.29%) Numerate Degree
9 12 (2.11%) CIMA
9 12 (2.11%) CISA
10 9 (1.58%) Security Cleared
11 8 (1.41%) AWS Certification
12 7 (1.23%) CREST Certified
13 6 (1.06%) IISP
14 5 (0.88%) CCNA
14 5 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.88%) GIAC
14 5 (0.88%) SC Cleared
15 4 (0.70%) CISMP
15 4 (0.70%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.46%) QA
2 18 (3.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (2.99%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 13 (2.29%) Data Quality
5 10 (1.76%) Dodd-Frank
5 10 (1.76%) EMIR
5 10 (1.76%) GDPR
5 10 (1.76%) MiFID
5 10 (1.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (1.41%) SLA
7 5 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 5 (0.88%) NIST
8 4 (0.70%) COBIT
9 3 (0.53%) PMO
10 2 (0.35%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.35%) WCAG
11 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.18%) NCSC
11 1 (0.18%) SEPA
11 1 (0.18%) TARGET2
System Software
1 52 (9.15%) Docker
2 20 (3.52%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.35%) Firmware
5 1 (0.18%) DFS Replication
5 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 34 (5.99%) Kubernetes
2 16 (2.82%) Terraform
3 15 (2.64%) Single Sign-On
4 9 (1.58%) Ansible
5 6 (1.06%) Consul
5 6 (1.06%) Puppet
6 4 (0.70%) BMC PATROL
6 4 (0.70%) Docker Swarm
6 4 (0.70%) Nessus
7 3 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.35%) Scalr
Vendors
1 57 (10.04%) Microsoft
2 44 (7.75%) Google
3 41 (7.22%) Oracle
4 40 (7.04%) Tableau
5 19 (3.35%) Cisco
6 13 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (1.94%) SAP
8 8 (1.41%) Adobe
8 8 (1.41%) VMware
9 7 (1.23%) Cadence
9 7 (1.23%) Splunk
10 6 (1.06%) Demandware
10 6 (1.06%) hybris
10 6 (1.06%) Red Hat
11 4 (0.70%) BT
11 4 (0.70%) IBM
12 3 (0.53%) Facebook
12 3 (0.53%) ServiceNow
12 3 (0.53%) Teradata
13 2 (0.35%) Sony