Period
to 22 August 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 22 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 164 137 107
Rank change year-on-year -27 -30 -19
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3904 4870 5995
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.22% 2.47% 2.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.09% 9.21% 9.98%
Number of salaries quoted 3325 4171 5271
UK median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £22,750 £22,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £63,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,000
% change year-on-year - +4.17% -1.37%

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 42940 52860 60073
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.39% 26.83% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32964 42709 47704
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification.

Salary trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification over the 6 months to 22 August 2017.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 22 August 2017. 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 -31 3592 £40,000 +2.56% 224
UK excluding London -31 2513 £37,500 - 170
London -24 1266 £45,000 - 68
South East -7 815 £37,500 -6.25% 53
North of England -48 566 £35,000 - 47
Midlands -9 434 £40,250 +15.00% 23
East of England +9 347 £40,000 +6.67% 13
West Midlands -1 300 £40,000 +11.11% 15
North West -26 282 £33,750 -15.63% 28
Yorkshire -43 254 £37,500 +15.38% 17
South West -76 203 £35,000 -5.41% 21
East Midlands -13 139 £42,500 +26.87% 8
Scotland +46 109 £41,500 +10.67% 7
Wales -9 62 £35,000 +11.11% 4
North East -9 32 £38,959 +11.31% 2
Northern Ireland -5 14 £23,000 -23.33% 2
Isle of Man -4 6 £60,000 +33.33% 1
Channel Islands +5 1 £62,500 +66.67%

For the 6 months to 22 August 2017, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 3029 (77.59%) Microsoft
2 2554 (65.42%) Windows
3 2089 (53.51%) MCSE
4 1985 (50.85%) Active Directory
5 1496 (38.32%) VMware
6 1420 (36.37%) Windows Server
7 1299 (33.27%) ITIL
8 1175 (30.10%) MCSA
9 1056 (27.05%) SQL Server
10 953 (24.41%) Office 365
11 915 (23.44%) MS Exchange
12 898 (23.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 857 (21.95%) Windows Server 2012
14 838 (21.47%) MCP
15 831 (21.29%) SQL
16 781 (20.01%) Hyper-V
17 756 (19.36%) Windows Server 2008
17 756 (19.36%) Cisco
18 726 (18.60%) Microsoft Azure
19 720 (18.44%) Citrix
20 715 (18.31%) Degree
21 672 (17.21%) Cisco Certification
22 640 (16.39%) Firewall
23 620 (15.88%) DNS
24 618 (15.83%) Microsoft Office
24 618 (15.83%) Windows 7
25 614 (15.73%) Finance
26 609 (15.60%) CCNA
27 571 (14.63%) PowerShell
28 569 (14.57%) SAN

Microsoft Certification
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
1 915 (23.44%) MS Exchange
2 482 (12.35%) SharePoint
3 432 (11.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 293 (7.51%) Skype for Business
5 255 (6.53%) Exchange Server 2013
6 220 (5.64%) IIS
7 109 (2.79%) SharePoint 2013
8 104 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2007
9 76 (1.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 65 (1.66%) SharePoint Server
11 51 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
12 49 (1.26%) CMS
12 49 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
13 33 (0.85%) Apache
14 32 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
15 24 (0.61%) Confluence
16 21 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
17 17 (0.44%) Umbraco
18 16 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
19 15 (0.38%) EPiServer
Applications
1 618 (15.83%) Microsoft Office
2 118 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 63 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.97%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.31%) Photoshop
6 10 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.15%) InDesign
8 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.10%) Adobe Premiere
9 4 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.077%) Inkscape
10 3 (0.077%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.026%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.026%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.026%) Revit
Business Applications
1 91 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.20%) Maximo
5 7 (0.18%) Workfront
6 6 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
7 5 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
8 4 (0.10%) Magento
9 3 (0.077%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.051%) BASE24
10 2 (0.051%) Eikon
10 2 (0.051%) Infor M3
10 2 (0.051%) Relativity
10 2 (0.051%) SAP Business One
10 2 (0.051%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.051%) Visualfiles
11 1 (0.026%) Oracle EBS
11 1 (0.026%) SAP Retail
11 1 (0.026%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 953 (24.41%) Office 365
2 726 (18.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 242 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
4 215 (5.51%) IaaS
5 78 (2.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 78 (2.00%) PaaS
6 74 (1.90%) SaaS
7 59 (1.51%) G Suite
8 36 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
9 25 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
10 20 (0.51%) Mimecast
11 19 (0.49%) OneDrive
12 12 (0.31%) Yammer
13 10 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (0.23%) Amazon S3
15 8 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 7 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 7 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.18%) Dropbox
16 7 (0.18%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 640 (16.39%) Firewall
2 620 (15.88%) DNS
3 569 (14.57%) SAN
4 483 (12.37%) DHCP
5 473 (12.12%) WAN
6 449 (11.50%) LAN
7 414 (10.60%) TCP/IP
8 267 (6.84%) VPN
9 262 (6.71%) Skype
10 190 (4.87%) VoIP
11 149 (3.82%) Internet
12 118 (3.02%) VLAN
13 111 (2.84%) Network Security
14 99 (2.54%) NAS
15 97 (2.48%) Wireless
16 96 (2.46%) Unified Communications
17 94 (2.41%) iSCSI
18 71 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
19 66 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
20 61 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1056 (27.05%) SQL Server
2 276 (7.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 243 (6.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 241 (6.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 226 (5.79%) SQL Server 2012
6 179 (4.59%) SQL Server 2014
7 158 (4.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 116 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
9 108 (2.77%) Data Warehouse
10 92 (2.36%) Relational Database
11 62 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
12 55 (1.41%) Power BI
13 53 (1.36%) MySQL
14 48 (1.23%) NoSQL
15 44 (1.13%) MongoDB
16 43 (1.10%) RDBMS
17 42 (1.08%) QlikView
18 41 (1.05%) SQL Server 2000
19 33 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
20 28 (0.72%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 140 (3.59%) Team Foundation Server
2 109 (2.79%) Visual Studio
3 56 (1.43%) JIRA
4 40 (1.02%) Git (software)
5 37 (0.95%) NUnit
6 29 (0.74%) Moq
7 28 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 24 (0.61%) MSI
9 23 (0.59%) Rhino Mocks
10 22 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
11 18 (0.46%) Jenkins
11 18 (0.46%) TeamCity
12 13 (0.33%) HP UFT
12 13 (0.33%) Visual Studio Team System
13 12 (0.31%) LoadRunner
13 12 (0.31%) Selenium
14 10 (0.26%) Cucumber
15 9 (0.23%) gulp
16 8 (0.20%) Bitbucket
16 8 (0.20%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 614 (15.73%) Finance
2 177 (4.53%) Retail
3 164 (4.20%) Banking
4 108 (2.77%) Telecoms
5 107 (2.74%) Investment Banking
6 89 (2.28%) Retail Banking
7 85 (2.18%) Legal
8 83 (2.13%) Advertising
9 58 (1.49%) Law
10 50 (1.28%) Manufacturing
11 42 (1.08%) Games
12 34 (0.87%) Marketing
13 32 (0.82%) Automotive
14 17 (0.44%) Back Office
15 15 (0.38%) Publishing
16 13 (0.33%) Military
17 12 (0.31%) Billing
17 12 (0.31%) Electronics
18 8 (0.20%) Financial Institution
19 5 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 520 (13.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 511 (13.09%) Support Engineer
3 504 (12.91%) Analyst
4 439 (11.24%) Developer
5 302 (7.74%) Consultant
6 294 (7.53%) IT Support
7 258 (6.61%) IT Engineer
8 251 (6.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 238 (6.10%) Administrator
10 231 (5.92%) Support Analyst
11 216 (5.53%) 2nd Line Support
12 215 (5.51%) Windows Engineer
13 196 (5.02%) .NET Developer
14 178 (4.56%) 3rd Line Support
15 173 (4.43%) Desktop Support
16 168 (4.30%) DBA
17 156 (4.00%) Server Engineer
17 156 (4.00%) Service Analyst
18 151 (3.87%) SQL DBA
19 145 (3.71%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 558 (14.29%) .NET
2 374 (9.58%) ASP.NET
3 288 (7.38%) HTML
4 260 (6.66%) CSS
5 184 (4.71%) AngularJS
6 166 (4.25%) jQuery
7 152 (3.89%) ASP.NET MVC
8 137 (3.51%) .NET Framework
9 133 (3.41%) Web Services
10 117 (3.00%) HTML5
11 105 (2.69%) XML
12 81 (2.07%) KnockoutJS
13 71 (1.82%) WCF
14 58 (1.49%) REST
15 53 (1.36%) ASP.NET Web Forms
16 49 (1.26%) React
17 48 (1.23%) LINQ
18 46 (1.18%) XSLT
19 45 (1.15%) Entity Framework
20 43 (1.10%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 359 (9.20%) Data Centre
2 301 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
3 287 (7.35%) Computer Science
4 219 (5.61%) Blackberry
5 193 (4.94%) Driving Licence
6 165 (4.23%) Management Information System
7 158 (4.05%) Clustering
8 139 (3.56%) User Experience
9 130 (3.33%) Replication
10 70 (1.79%) Public Cloud
11 65 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
12 60 (1.54%) iPad
13 56 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
14 52 (1.33%) Mobile App
15 50 (1.28%) Fat Client
15 50 (1.28%) Thin Client
16 49 (1.26%) Client/Server
17 48 (1.23%) iPhone
17 48 (1.23%) Virtual Team
18 36 (0.92%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2554 (65.42%) Windows
2 1420 (36.37%) Windows Server
3 857 (21.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 756 (19.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 618 (15.83%) Windows 7
6 383 (9.81%) Windows 10
7 323 (8.27%) Linux
8 233 (5.97%) Android
9 219 (5.61%) Windows 8
10 199 (5.10%) Apple iOS
11 196 (5.02%) Windows Server 2003
12 188 (4.82%) Mac OS X
13 132 (3.38%) Windows XP
14 74 (1.90%) Unix
15 50 (1.28%) CentOS
16 40 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 37 (0.95%) Windows Vista
18 30 (0.77%) Ubuntu
19 22 (0.56%) Mac OS
20 16 (0.41%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1299 (33.27%) ITIL
2 379 (9.71%) Agile Software Development
3 307 (7.86%) Disaster Recovery
4 283 (7.25%) Service Management
5 246 (6.30%) High Availability
6 245 (6.28%) Migration
7 238 (6.10%) MVC
8 204 (5.23%) Performance Tuning
9 197 (5.05%) Presales
10 195 (4.99%) Business Intelligence
11 191 (4.89%) Time Management
12 190 (4.87%) Service Delivery
13 181 (4.64%) Project Management
14 172 (4.41%) Problem Management
15 161 (4.12%) Mentoring
16 152 (3.89%) ITIL V3
17 137 (3.51%) Asset Management
18 133 (3.41%) Change Management
19 130 (3.33%) CRM
20 120 (3.07%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 831 (21.29%) SQL
2 571 (14.63%) PowerShell
3 491 (12.58%) C#
4 337 (8.63%) JavaScript
5 185 (4.74%) T-SQL
6 81 (2.07%) VBScript
7 65 (1.66%) Java
8 63 (1.61%) C++
9 61 (1.56%) Python
9 61 (1.56%) VB.NET
10 56 (1.43%) VB
11 48 (1.23%) Bash Shell
12 44 (1.13%) Perl
13 37 (0.95%) PHP
14 35 (0.90%) C
15 32 (0.82%) TypeScript
16 27 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 21 (0.54%) Objective-C
17 21 (0.54%) PL/SQL
18 16 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2089 (53.51%) MCSE
2 1175 (30.10%) MCSA
3 838 (21.47%) MCP
4 715 (18.31%) Degree
5 672 (17.21%) Cisco Certification
6 609 (15.60%) CCNA
7 536 (13.73%) MCITP
8 397 (10.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 259 (6.63%) Citrix Certification
10 253 (6.48%) MCTS
11 228 (5.84%) Computer Science Degree
12 209 (5.35%) CCA
13 193 (4.94%) Security Cleared
14 191 (4.89%) CCNP
15 164 (4.20%) MCSD
16 163 (4.18%) A+ Certification
17 144 (3.69%) SC Cleared
18 121 (3.10%) MCDST
19 97 (2.48%) ITIL Certification
20 80 (2.05%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 314 (8.04%) SLA
2 88 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 83 (2.13%) PCI DSS
4 26 (0.67%) Data Quality
5 25 (0.64%) GDPR
5 25 (0.64%) QA
6 23 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 21 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
8 12 (0.31%) ISO 9001
8 12 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.28%) PMO
10 9 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 8 (0.20%) COBIT
12 6 (0.15%) GPG13
13 3 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 3 (0.077%) SSAE 16
14 2 (0.051%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.051%) MiFID
15 1 (0.026%) ISO 22301
15 1 (0.026%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 1985 (50.85%) Active Directory
2 898 (23.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 781 (20.01%) Hyper-V
4 286 (7.33%) XenApp
5 267 (6.84%) vSphere
6 218 (5.58%) XenDesktop
7 183 (4.69%) VMware ESXi
8 91 (2.33%) Virtual Machines
9 75 (1.92%) Terminal Services
10 61 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
11 37 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
12 29 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 28 (0.72%) Terminal Server
14 24 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
15 21 (0.54%) XenServer
16 19 (0.49%) vCloud
17 16 (0.41%) Docker
18 15 (0.38%) ISA Server
18 15 (0.38%) NFS
19 12 (0.31%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 552 (14.14%) SCCM
2 214 (5.48%) SCOM
3 153 (3.92%) Backup Exec
4 105 (2.69%) AirWatch
5 88 (2.25%) WSUS
6 64 (1.64%) Puppet
7 60 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
8 56 (1.43%) vCenter Server
9 50 (1.28%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 46 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
11 43 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
12 35 (0.90%) SCDPM
13 31 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
14 28 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 27 (0.69%) SCVMM
16 25 (0.64%) Failover Clustering
17 24 (0.61%) Cisco CUCM
17 24 (0.61%) Nagios
18 23 (0.59%) SCSM
19 22 (0.56%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 3029 (77.59%) Microsoft
2 1496 (38.32%) VMware
3 756 (19.36%) Cisco
4 720 (18.44%) Citrix
5 359 (9.20%) HP
6 226 (5.79%) Dell
7 195 (4.99%) Apple
8 189 (4.84%) NetApp
9 182 (4.66%) Veeam
10 166 (4.25%) Oracle
11 132 (3.38%) ServiceNow
12 127 (3.25%) AppSense
13 120 (3.07%) McAfee
14 114 (2.92%) Symantec
15 103 (2.64%) EMC
16 98 (2.51%) Google
17 92 (2.36%) Juniper
18 71 (1.82%) SonicWALL
19 65 (1.66%) EqualLogic
20 63 (1.61%) SolarWinds