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

Master's Degree
UK
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 495 634 504
Rank change year-on-year +139 -130 +57
Permanent jobs citing Master's Degree 437 557 997
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.39% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.26% 1.56% 2.44%
Number of salaries quoted 302 393 684
Median annual salary £67,500 £62,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.00% +4.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £39,000 £35,050 £32,150
90th Percentile £120,000 £95,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +9.09% +15.79% +5.56%

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 19,295 35,719 40,817
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.53% 24.69% 23.70%
Number of salaries quoted 14,110 25,513 30,820
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,272
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.48% +9.49%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £83,875 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,898
% change year-on-year +5.56% +0.23% +6.90%

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 May 2020.

Salary histogram for Master's Degree in the UK

Master's Degree
Top 18 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 May 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 +126 425 £67,500 +8.00% 36
London +145 291 £70,000 - 17
UK excluding London +58 140 £60,000 +9.09% 20
South East +47 70 £63,750 +6.25% 7
Midlands +72 28 £70,000 +27.27% 6
East Midlands +44 19 £100,000 +73.91% 3
North of England +103 15 £45,000 -2.70% 2
Work from Home +46 12 £52,500 +10.53% 4
South West +88 11 £45,278 +67.70% 2
East of England +59 9 £47,500 -13.64% 2
Yorkshire +105 7 £42,500 +13.33% 1
North West +70 7 £40,000 -36.00% 1
West Midlands +69 7 £35,000 -26.32% 3
Wales +3 3 £82,500 +57.14%
Scotland +58 2 £37,500 -25.00% 1
Northern Ireland +18 1 £70,000 +33.33%
North East - 1 £65,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 £51,500 -

For the 6 months to 31 May 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.

1 437 (100.00%) Degree
2 252 (57.67%) Computer Science
3 171 (39.13%) Computer Science Degree
4 127 (29.06%) Agile Software Development
4 127 (29.06%) Java
5 125 (28.60%) Finance
6 124 (28.38%) Analytical Skills
7 120 (27.46%) Problem-Solving
8 118 (27.00%) Python
9 86 (19.68%) SQL
10 78 (17.85%) Software Engineering
10 78 (17.85%) AWS
11 71 (16.25%) Analytics
12 70 (16.02%) Mathematics
13 65 (14.87%) Management Information System
14 56 (12.81%) Artificial Intelligence
15 52 (11.90%) Statistics
16 51 (11.67%) Azure
17 50 (11.44%) Microsoft
18 48 (10.98%) Oracle
18 48 (10.98%) Machine Learning
19 47 (10.76%) PhD
20 46 (10.53%) Linux
21 45 (10.30%) JavaScript
22 43 (9.84%) Scrum
23 42 (9.61%) Project Management
23 42 (9.61%) Data Science
24 41 (9.38%) DevOps
25 40 (9.15%) Big Data
25 40 (9.15%) Stakeholder Management

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 (3.66%) Apache Spark
2 12 (2.75%) CMS
3 8 (1.83%) IIS
4 4 (0.92%) ArcGIS
4 4 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.92%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.46%) SAS
6 1 (0.23%) Apache
6 1 (0.23%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.23%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.23%) Confluence
6 1 (0.23%) DataSynapse
6 1 (0.23%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (4.81%) MS Visio
2 16 (3.66%) Microsoft Project
3 12 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
4 11 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.69%) InVision
5 3 (0.69%) Sketch
6 2 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.46%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.46%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.23%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 7 (1.60%) NetSuite
2 5 (1.14%) Magento
2 5 (1.14%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.46%) SAP IBP
3 2 (0.46%) Tesseract
4 1 (0.23%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 78 (17.85%) AWS
2 51 (11.67%) Azure
3 28 (6.41%) GCP
4 14 (3.20%) Cloud Computing
5 12 (2.75%) Power Platform
6 11 (2.52%) SaaS
7 6 (1.37%) OpenShift
8 4 (0.92%) Akamai
8 4 (0.92%) Serverless
9 3 (0.69%) Google Sheets
9 3 (0.69%) PaaS
10 2 (0.46%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.46%) Boomi
10 2 (0.46%) IaaS
11 1 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.23%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.23%) Force.com
11 1 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.23%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 39 (8.92%) Firewall
2 15 (3.43%) Internet
3 13 (2.97%) FTP
4 8 (1.83%) HTTP
5 7 (1.60%) Network Security
6 6 (1.37%) Wireless
7 5 (1.14%) DNS
7 5 (1.14%) NAS
8 4 (0.92%) SAN
8 4 (0.92%) TCP/IP
8 4 (0.92%) VoIP
9 3 (0.69%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (0.46%) SSL
10 2 (0.46%) VPN
11 1 (0.23%) 4G
11 1 (0.23%) 5G
11 1 (0.23%) DHCP
11 1 (0.23%) SMTP
11 1 (0.23%) SpaceWire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (9.15%) Big Data
2 39 (8.92%) NoSQL
2 39 (8.92%) SQL Server
3 36 (8.24%) Relational Database
4 32 (7.32%) Data Warehouse
5 28 (6.41%) RDBMS
6 23 (5.26%) Hadoop
7 21 (4.81%) Apache Cassandra
8 20 (4.58%) OLTP
9 19 (4.35%) MongoDB
10 15 (3.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 15 (3.43%) CouchDB
10 15 (3.43%) OLAP
10 15 (3.43%) Oracle OLAP
10 15 (3.43%) Snowflake Schema
11 12 (2.75%) HBase
11 12 (2.75%) Power BI
12 9 (2.06%) Data Mining
12 9 (2.06%) MySQL
13 7 (1.60%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 29 (6.64%) Jenkins
2 25 (5.72%) Git (software)
3 20 (4.58%) ERwin
3 20 (4.58%) PowerDesigner
4 9 (2.06%) JUnit
5 6 (1.37%) Maven
6 5 (1.14%) ER Studio
6 5 (1.14%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (1.14%) TeamCity
7 4 (0.92%) Cucumber
7 4 (0.92%) Selenium
8 3 (0.69%) Axure RP
8 3 (0.69%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.69%) Mercurial
8 3 (0.69%) Subversion
8 3 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.69%) Xcode
9 2 (0.46%) Android Studio
9 2 (0.46%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (0.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 125 (28.60%) Finance
2 36 (8.24%) Banking
3 33 (7.55%) Marketing
4 20 (4.58%) Retail
5 16 (3.66%) Front Office
5 16 (3.66%) Telecoms
6 15 (3.43%) Advertising
7 13 (2.97%) Investment Banking
8 11 (2.52%) Games
9 10 (2.29%) Public Sector
10 8 (1.83%) Law
10 8 (1.83%) Legal
10 8 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (1.60%) Manufacturing
12 5 (1.14%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.92%) French Language
14 2 (0.46%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.46%) German Language
14 2 (0.46%) Military
15 1 (0.23%) Police
Job Titles
1 97 (22.20%) Developer
2 72 (16.48%) Architect
3 50 (11.44%) Analyst
4 43 (9.84%) Java Developer
5 28 (6.41%) Data Architect
6 25 (5.72%) Consultant
7 24 (5.49%) Data Scientist
8 20 (4.58%) Product Manager
8 20 (4.58%) Senior Developer
8 20 (4.58%) Software Engineer
9 18 (4.12%) Software Developer
10 14 (3.20%) Lead Developer
11 13 (2.97%) Business Analyst
11 13 (2.97%) Python Engineer
11 13 (2.97%) Security Architect
12 12 (2.75%) Project Manager
12 12 (2.75%) Qualitative Analyst
12 12 (2.75%) Quantitative Analyst
12 12 (2.75%) Security Analyst
13 11 (2.52%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (8.01%) Kafka
2 25 (5.72%) AngularJS
3 21 (4.81%) .NET
4 18 (4.12%) jQuery
4 18 (4.12%) XML
5 17 (3.89%) TensorFlow
6 16 (3.66%) HTML
6 16 (3.66%) JSON
7 15 (3.43%) CSS
7 15 (3.43%) FIX Protocol
8 14 (3.20%) Spring
9 10 (2.29%) Django
9 10 (2.29%) Natural Language Processing
10 9 (2.06%) PyTorch
10 9 (2.06%) React
10 9 (2.06%) REST
11 8 (1.83%) ASP.NET
11 8 (1.83%) Node.js
11 8 (1.83%) Spring Boot
12 7 (1.60%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 124 (28.38%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (14.87%) Management Information System
3 33 (7.55%) Algorithms
4 28 (6.41%) User Experience
5 23 (5.26%) Data Structures
6 22 (5.03%) Self-Motivation
7 21 (4.81%) Reference Data
8 18 (4.12%) Enterprise Software
8 18 (4.12%) Fixed Income
8 18 (4.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 18 (4.12%) Greenfield Project
9 16 (3.66%) SWIFT
10 15 (3.43%) Analytical Mindset
11 13 (2.97%) Equities
12 12 (2.75%) PKI
13 11 (2.52%) Public Cloud
13 11 (2.52%) Virtual Team
14 10 (2.29%) Verilog
15 9 (2.06%) Robotics
16 8 (1.83%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 46 (10.53%) Linux
2 17 (3.89%) Windows
3 12 (2.75%) Unix
4 8 (1.83%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.60%) Android
6 6 (1.37%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.92%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.92%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (0.69%) Robot Operating System
9 1 (0.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (57.67%) Computer Science
2 127 (29.06%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (27.46%) Problem-Solving
4 78 (17.85%) Software Engineering
5 71 (16.25%) Analytics
6 70 (16.02%) Mathematics
7 56 (12.81%) Artificial Intelligence
8 52 (11.90%) Statistics
9 48 (10.98%) Machine Learning
10 43 (9.84%) Scrum
11 42 (9.61%) Data Science
11 42 (9.61%) Project Management
12 41 (9.38%) DevOps
13 40 (9.15%) Stakeholder Management
14 37 (8.47%) Fintech
15 34 (7.78%) Critical Thinking
15 34 (7.78%) Information Security
16 33 (7.55%) Data Analysis
17 32 (7.32%) Data Modelling
17 32 (7.32%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 127 (29.06%) Java
2 118 (27.00%) Python
3 86 (19.68%) SQL
4 45 (10.30%) JavaScript
5 36 (8.24%) C++
6 27 (6.18%) C#
7 20 (4.58%) R
8 17 (3.89%) Scala
9 14 (3.20%) PowerShell
10 12 (2.75%) C
11 11 (2.52%) MATLAB
12 9 (2.06%) Go
13 7 (1.60%) Java 8
13 7 (1.60%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.92%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.92%) Perl
15 3 (0.69%) Apple Swift
15 3 (0.69%) Rust
15 3 (0.69%) Tcl
16 2 (0.46%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 437 (100.00%) Degree
2 171 (39.13%) Computer Science Degree
3 47 (10.76%) PhD
4 29 (6.64%) CISSP
5 18 (4.12%) MBA
6 16 (3.66%) CISA
6 16 (3.66%) CISM
7 15 (3.43%) AWS Certification
8 10 (2.29%) GIAC
9 8 (1.83%) CRISC
9 8 (1.83%) IISP
10 7 (1.60%) CIMA
11 6 (1.37%) CCNA
11 6 (1.37%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (1.37%) ISSAP
11 6 (1.37%) TOGAF Certification
12 4 (0.92%) Numerate Degree
12 4 (0.92%) SC Cleared
12 4 (0.92%) Security Cleared
13 3 (0.69%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (7.09%) QA
2 16 (3.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 15 (3.43%) Data Quality
4 11 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (2.06%) GDPR
5 9 (2.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 8 (1.83%) NIST
7 6 (1.37%) Dodd-Frank
7 6 (1.37%) EMIR
7 6 (1.37%) MiFID
7 6 (1.37%) PMO
7 6 (1.37%) SEPA
7 6 (1.37%) TARGET2
8 3 (0.69%) COBIT
8 3 (0.69%) SLA
8 3 (0.69%) Solvency II
9 2 (0.46%) WCAG
10 1 (0.23%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
System Software
1 24 (5.49%) Docker
2 12 (2.75%) HDFS
3 10 (2.29%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.46%) Firmware
6 1 (0.23%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (3.43%) Kubernetes
2 12 (2.75%) Kibana
3 8 (1.83%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (1.14%) Terraform
5 4 (0.92%) Ansible
6 2 (0.46%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.23%) Puppet
7 1 (0.23%) Salt
Vendors
1 50 (11.44%) Microsoft
2 48 (10.98%) Oracle
3 24 (5.49%) Google
4 21 (4.81%) IBM
5 18 (4.12%) Tableau
6 15 (3.43%) SAP
7 14 (3.20%) Salesforce.com
8 13 (2.97%) Cadence
9 8 (1.83%) Cognos
9 8 (1.83%) Teradata
10 7 (1.60%) Adobe
11 6 (1.37%) Altera
11 6 (1.37%) Red Hat
11 6 (1.37%) Synopsys
11 6 (1.37%) Xilinx
12 5 (1.14%) Demandware
12 5 (1.14%) hybris
12 5 (1.14%) Mentor Graphics
12 5 (1.14%) Talend
12 5 (1.14%) VMware