Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 379 445 619
Rank change year-on-year +66 +174 -104
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 991 272 563
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.53% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.80% 2.42% 1.69%
Number of salaries quoted 433 191 368
10th Percentile £40,074 £44,371 £36,425
25th Percentile £49,500 £50,000 £47,188
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £80,000 £70,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +16.67% -7.69%
75th Percentile £101,250 £103,125 £80,000
90th Percentile £118,750 £120,000 £102,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £61,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -26.23% +10.91% +15.79%

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 26,076 11,228 33,319
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.47% 22.02% 23.48%
Number of salaries quoted 14,762 8,529 24,609
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,500
25th Percentile £40,500 £40,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -

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 17 September 2021.

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 17 September 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 +58 840 £80,000 +14.29% 115
London -3 518 £90,000 +24.14% 47
UK excluding London -3 335 £45,000 -26.23% 78
South East -50 148 £45,000 -18.18% 19
Work from Home -186 128 £70,000 +12.00% 11
East of England -35 63 £52,500 -16.00% 20
Midlands -94 52 £45,000 -55.00% 6
South West -72 31 £55,000 +15.79% 10
East Midlands -58 29 £37,500 -62.50% 3
West Midlands -76 23 £65,000 -3.70% 3
North of England -96 21 £53,750 +34.38% 12
North West -78 14 £55,000 +51.72% 5
Wales -38 12 £31,500 -33.68% 2
Scotland -82 11 £42,500 - 9
Yorkshire -102 4 £46,250 -7.50% 5
North East - 3 - - 2

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 991 (100.00%) Degree
2 578 (58.32%) Computer Science
3 397 (40.06%) Social Skills
4 362 (36.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 331 (33.40%) Agile Software Development
6 315 (31.79%) Python
7 307 (30.98%) Finance
8 262 (26.44%) Software Engineering
9 234 (23.61%) Java
10 233 (23.51%) Azure
11 232 (23.41%) SQL
12 221 (22.30%) Mathematics
13 208 (20.99%) NoSQL
14 206 (20.79%) C#
15 205 (20.69%) JavaScript
16 195 (19.68%) AWS
17 191 (19.27%) Analytics
18 168 (16.95%) Problem-Solving
19 165 (16.65%) Analytical Skills
19 165 (16.65%) Statistics
20 164 (16.55%) Node.js
21 163 (16.45%) Kubernetes
22 148 (14.93%) React
23 142 (14.33%) C++
24 140 (14.13%) Docker
25 139 (14.03%) Marketing
26 135 (13.62%) Project Management
27 134 (13.52%) .NET
28 131 (13.22%) Relational Database
28 131 (13.22%) GCP

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 83 (8.38%) SAS
2 49 (4.94%) Confluence
3 31 (3.13%) Apache Spark
4 14 (1.41%) LiveCycle
4 14 (1.41%) Mule
5 11 (1.11%) Cloud Foundry
6 10 (1.01%) Jupyter
7 9 (0.91%) Apache
8 7 (0.71%) CMS
8 7 (0.71%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (0.61%) nginx
9 6 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.50%) Ethereum
10 5 (0.50%) Hyperledger
11 4 (0.40%) NetWeaver
12 3 (0.30%) Apache Pig
12 3 (0.30%) WordPress
13 2 (0.20%) ArcGIS
13 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (1.31%) MS Visio
2 10 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.01%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.01%) Simulink
3 6 (0.61%) UXPin
4 4 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.40%) SPSS
5 3 (0.30%) GNU Octave
5 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.30%) Revit
6 2 (0.20%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.20%) ProjectWise
6 2 (0.20%) Weka
Business Applications
1 17 (1.72%) SAP S/4HANA
2 5 (0.50%) Distributed Ledger
2 5 (0.50%) R3 Corda
2 5 (0.50%) SAP MDG
2 5 (0.50%) Summit
3 4 (0.40%) FINCAD Analytics
3 4 (0.40%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle Clinical
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.30%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.20%) SAP BRIM
5 2 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.20%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.10%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 233 (23.51%) Azure
2 195 (19.68%) AWS
3 131 (13.22%) GCP
4 73 (7.37%) Serverless
5 61 (6.16%) SaaS
6 49 (4.94%) Cloud Computing
7 37 (3.73%) PaaS
8 21 (2.12%) Power Platform
9 19 (1.92%) Google Analytics
10 17 (1.72%) IaaS
10 17 (1.72%) Microsoft 365
10 17 (1.72%) OpenShift
11 15 (1.51%) Amazon EKS
11 15 (1.51%) Snowflake
12 14 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
13 11 (1.11%) IBM Cloud
14 10 (1.01%) Azure Storage
14 10 (1.01%) Google Ads
15 8 (0.81%) Amazon SageMaker
15 8 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 25 (2.52%) HTTP
2 19 (1.92%) TCP/IP
3 17 (1.72%) Firewall
4 15 (1.51%) Wireless
5 10 (1.01%) Internet
6 9 (0.91%) VPN
7 8 (0.81%) SAN
7 8 (0.81%) SD-WAN
7 8 (0.81%) VSAN
8 7 (0.71%) LAN
8 7 (0.71%) WAN
9 6 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (0.50%) MQTT
11 4 (0.40%) DNS
11 4 (0.40%) HTTPS
11 4 (0.40%) Network Security
12 3 (0.30%) FTP
12 3 (0.30%) NFC
12 3 (0.30%) PPP
12 3 (0.30%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 208 (20.99%) NoSQL
2 131 (13.22%) Relational Database
3 95 (9.59%) SQL Server
4 87 (8.78%) PostgreSQL
5 55 (5.55%) MongoDB
6 50 (5.05%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 41 (4.14%) Big Data
8 34 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
9 33 (3.33%) Hadoop
10 31 (3.13%) MySQL
11 23 (2.32%) Spotfire
11 23 (2.32%) Tableau
12 22 (2.22%) Blockchain
13 20 (2.02%) Apache Hive
13 20 (2.02%) Data Mining
14 19 (1.92%) DTS
15 18 (1.82%) Electronic Patient Records
15 18 (1.82%) Metadata
16 17 (1.72%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
17 13 (1.31%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 77 (7.77%) JIRA
2 72 (7.27%) Jenkins
3 51 (5.15%) Git (software)
4 49 (4.94%) SonarQube
5 43 (4.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 34 (3.43%) JUnit
7 13 (1.31%) webpack
8 10 (1.01%) Mocha
8 10 (1.01%) Storybook
9 9 (0.91%) JMeter
10 8 (0.81%) Subversion
11 7 (0.71%) Eclipse
11 7 (0.71%) ER Studio
11 7 (0.71%) ERwin
11 7 (0.71%) GitLab
11 7 (0.71%) PowerDesigner
11 7 (0.71%) Selenium
12 6 (0.61%) TeamCity
12 6 (0.61%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.50%) Toad
General
1 397 (40.06%) Social Skills
2 307 (30.98%) Finance
3 165 (16.65%) Analytical Skills
4 139 (14.03%) Marketing
5 92 (9.28%) Pharmaceutical
6 91 (9.18%) Presentation Skills
7 76 (7.67%) Law
8 65 (6.56%) Influencing Skills
8 65 (6.56%) Telecoms
9 64 (6.46%) Manufacturing
10 62 (6.26%) Public Sector
11 58 (5.85%) Games
12 53 (5.35%) Electronics
13 48 (4.84%) Banking
14 46 (4.64%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 35 (3.53%) Advertising
16 32 (3.23%) Retail
17 27 (2.72%) Wearables
18 25 (2.52%) Automotive
18 25 (2.52%) Legal
Job Titles
1 198 (19.98%) Developer
2 100 (10.09%) Software Engineer
3 75 (7.57%) Analyst
4 69 (6.96%) Programmer
5 64 (6.46%) Technical Leader
6 58 (5.85%) Senior Developer
7 57 (5.75%) Architect
8 54 (5.45%) Data Scientist
9 52 (5.25%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 50 (5.05%) Consultant
11 39 (3.94%) Senior Software Engineer
12 27 (2.72%) Java Engineer
12 27 (2.72%) Software Developer
13 23 (2.32%) Java Developer
14 22 (2.22%) Solutions Architect
15 21 (2.12%) Senior Java Engineer
16 20 (2.02%) Senior Programmer
17 19 (1.92%) C# Developer
18 18 (1.82%) Data Architect
18 18 (1.82%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (16.55%) Node.js
2 148 (14.93%) React
3 134 (13.52%) .NET
4 123 (12.41%) AngularJS
5 92 (9.28%) CSS
5 92 (9.28%) HTML
6 73 (7.37%) Spring
7 64 (6.46%) Kafka
8 54 (5.45%) Web Services
9 50 (5.05%) .NET Core
10 46 (4.64%) OAuth
11 45 (4.54%) OAuth2
12 44 (4.44%) Jest
13 42 (4.24%) OpenID
14 36 (3.63%) TensorFlow
15 33 (3.33%) .NET Framework
15 33 (3.33%) Java EE
16 31 (3.13%) REST
17 30 (3.03%) Vue.js
18 27 (2.72%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 109 (11.00%) User Experience
2 100 (10.09%) Algorithms
3 92 (9.28%) Life Science
4 79 (7.97%) Management Information System
5 71 (7.16%) Enterprise Software
6 62 (6.26%) Greenfield Project
7 45 (4.54%) Self-Motivation
8 42 (4.24%) Virtual Team
9 40 (4.04%) Data Structures
10 32 (3.23%) Cloud Native
11 27 (2.72%) Biotechnology
12 23 (2.32%) Mobile App
13 22 (2.22%) Data Centre
13 22 (2.22%) Driving Licence
13 22 (2.22%) Public Cloud
14 17 (1.72%) Blog
15 12 (1.21%) Equities
16 11 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 11 (1.11%) Semantic Web
17 10 (1.01%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 66 (6.66%) Linux
2 57 (5.75%) Windows
3 13 (1.31%) Windows Server
4 12 (1.21%) Unix
5 8 (0.81%) Apple iOS
5 8 (0.81%) SUSE
6 7 (0.71%) Android
7 3 (0.30%) Debian
8 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (0.20%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.20%) ThreadX
8 2 (0.20%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.20%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 1 (0.10%) AIX
9 1 (0.10%) CentOS
9 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.10%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 578 (58.32%) Computer Science
2 331 (33.40%) Agile Software Development
3 262 (26.44%) Software Engineering
4 221 (22.30%) Mathematics
5 191 (19.27%) Analytics
6 168 (16.95%) Problem-Solving
7 165 (16.65%) Statistics
8 135 (13.62%) Project Management
9 128 (12.92%) DevOps
10 117 (11.81%) Data Science
11 116 (11.71%) Mentoring
12 111 (11.20%) Microservices
13 110 (11.10%) Machine Learning
14 103 (10.39%) Coaching
15 99 (9.99%) Validation
16 93 (9.38%) Business Intelligence
16 93 (9.38%) Visualisation
17 92 (9.28%) SDLC
18 91 (9.18%) Data Management
19 85 (8.58%) Artificial Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 315 (31.79%) Python
2 234 (23.61%) Java
3 232 (23.41%) SQL
4 206 (20.79%) C#
5 205 (20.69%) JavaScript
6 142 (14.33%) C++
7 80 (8.07%) TypeScript
8 71 (7.16%) C
9 54 (5.45%) Go
10 48 (4.84%) R
11 25 (2.52%) Scala
12 24 (2.42%) MATLAB
13 17 (1.72%) Perl
14 13 (1.31%) ES6
15 10 (1.01%) T-SQL
16 8 (0.81%) VB
16 8 (0.81%) VBA
17 7 (0.71%) SAS Macro
18 6 (0.61%) ABAP
18 6 (0.61%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 991 (100.00%) Degree
2 362 (36.53%) Computer Science Degree
3 80 (8.07%) PhD
4 27 (2.72%) Numerate Degree
5 19 (1.92%) MBA
6 12 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.21%) Security Cleared
7 11 (1.11%) A+ Certification
8 9 (0.91%) Chartered Engineer
8 9 (0.91%) CISSP
8 9 (0.91%) MCP
9 8 (0.81%) CISM
9 8 (0.81%) PMI Certification
10 6 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.61%) SAP Certification
11 5 (0.50%) SAFe Agilist
12 4 (0.40%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 4 (0.40%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.40%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.40%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 106 (10.70%) QA
2 48 (4.84%) GDPR
3 17 (1.72%) CDISC
4 16 (1.61%) Data Quality
5 11 (1.11%) SLA
6 10 (1.01%) Dodd-Frank
6 10 (1.01%) EMIR
6 10 (1.01%) MiFID
7 7 (0.71%) Accessibility
7 7 (0.71%) Good Clinical Practice
8 6 (0.61%) COBIT
8 6 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 4 (0.40%) Actionable Recommendations
9 4 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.40%) MISRA
9 4 (0.40%) NIST
10 3 (0.30%) GRC
10 3 (0.30%) HL7
10 3 (0.30%) IFRS
10 3 (0.30%) NCSC
System Software
1 140 (14.13%) Docker
2 23 (2.32%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
3 11 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.91%) Firmware
5 7 (0.71%) Ceph
5 7 (0.71%) KVM
5 7 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 163 (16.45%) Kubernetes
2 19 (1.92%) Ansible
3 11 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.01%) Puppet
4 10 (1.01%) Rancher
4 10 (1.01%) Salt
5 9 (0.91%) Prometheus
6 7 (0.71%) Terraform
6 7 (0.71%) vCenter Server
6 7 (0.71%) ZABBIX
7 2 (0.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 2 (0.20%) Grafana
7 2 (0.20%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.10%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.10%) Knative
Vendors
1 117 (11.81%) Oracle
2 101 (10.19%) SAP
3 86 (8.68%) Google
4 75 (7.57%) Microsoft
5 23 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
6 17 (1.72%) Adobe
7 14 (1.41%) IBM
7 14 (1.41%) Talend
7 14 (1.41%) VMware
8 13 (1.31%) Facebook
9 10 (1.01%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.01%) YouTube
10 9 (0.91%) AppDynamics
10 9 (0.91%) Maxymiser
10 9 (0.91%) Optimizely
10 9 (0.91%) Qubit
11 8 (0.81%) Dynatrace
12 7 (0.71%) BT
12 7 (0.71%) Databricks
13 6 (0.61%) Instagram