Period
to 19 January 2022

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 19 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 274 224 179
Rank change year-on-year -50 -45 -2
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,638 941 2,467
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.50% 1.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.49% 7.38% 9.02%
Number of salaries quoted 1,168 752 1,960
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,750 £24,250
25th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £60,250 £63,750 £59,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £76,250 £72,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

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 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 29,833 12,747 27,338
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.26% 20.33% 21.95%
Number of salaries quoted 15,520 9,409 20,593
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,750 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,333 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.35% +9.63% -

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification.

Salary trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification over the 6 months to 19 January 2022.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 17 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 19 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -49 1,446 £47,500 +5.56% 408
UK excluding London -18 1,123 £42,500 +6.25% 345
London -118 396 £55,000 -4.35% 96
South East -23 365 £44,500 -1.11% 64
Work from Home -117 337 £52,500 +5.00% 71
North of England -11 259 £40,000 -10.11% 121
Midlands -44 220 £42,500 +13.33% 60
North West -11 160 £40,000 -14.74% 71
West Midlands -45 144 £42,500 +10.39% 33
South West -45 101 £45,000 +8.43% 32
East of England -47 100 £50,000 +42.86% 33
East Midlands -51 76 £45,000 +23.29% 27
Yorkshire -17 75 £42,500 +37.10% 32
Scotland -38 54 £48,000 -19.33% 25
Wales -26 39 £31,000 -11.43% 6
North East -24 24 £30,000 -25.00% 18
Northern Ireland -34 7 £45,000 +12.50% 5

For the 6 months to 19 January 2022, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 1,471 (89.80%) Microsoft
2 1,010 (61.66%) Azure
3 837 (51.10%) Windows
4 821 (50.12%) Active Directory
5 627 (38.28%) Microsoft 365
6 544 (33.21%) MCSE
7 523 (31.93%) VMware
8 475 (29.00%) Social Skills
9 449 (27.41%) Windows Server
10 428 (26.13%) ITIL
11 389 (23.75%) SQL Server
12 383 (23.38%) VMware Infrastructure
13 365 (22.28%) MCSA
14 358 (21.86%) PowerShell
15 312 (19.05%) Cybersecurity
16 297 (18.13%) Agile Software Development
17 295 (18.01%) DevOps
18 292 (17.83%) SQL
19 286 (17.46%) Degree
20 284 (17.34%) Citrix
21 275 (16.79%) Problem-Solving
22 262 (16.00%) Windows 10
23 259 (15.81%) Linux
24 240 (14.65%) MCP
25 235 (14.35%) SharePoint
25 235 (14.35%) Hyper-V
26 229 (13.98%) Firewall
27 221 (13.49%) AWS
28 219 (13.37%) DNS
29 218 (13.31%) Cisco

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
1 235 (14.35%) SharePoint
2 163 (9.95%) MS Exchange
3 42 (2.56%) IIS
4 40 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 27 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 25 (1.53%) SharePoint 2010
7 21 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
8 20 (1.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 15 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
10 14 (0.85%) Skype for Business
10 14 (0.85%) Umbraco
11 13 (0.79%) CMS
12 11 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
14 7 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
14 7 (0.43%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.37%) Apache Spark
15 6 (0.37%) Confluence
15 6 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
15 6 (0.37%) WordPress
Applications
1 202 (12.33%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.49%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.37%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.12%) Camtasia
10 1 (0.061%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.061%) Blender
10 1 (0.061%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.061%) Weka
Business Applications
1 57 (3.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.61%) Dynamics NAV
2 10 (0.61%) JDE OneWorld
2 10 (0.61%) Workfront
3 8 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.43%) SAP R/3
4 7 (0.43%) Sentinel
5 6 (0.37%) Maximo
5 6 (0.37%) Sage 200
6 3 (0.18%) Primavera
6 3 (0.18%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.061%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 1,010 (61.66%) Azure
2 627 (38.28%) Microsoft 365
3 221 (13.49%) AWS
4 205 (12.52%) IaaS
5 201 (12.27%) Azure Active Directory
6 185 (11.29%) PaaS
7 162 (9.89%) Power Platform
8 133 (8.12%) SaaS
9 108 (6.59%) Serverless
10 71 (4.33%) Azure Data Factory
10 71 (4.33%) Dynamics 365
11 61 (3.72%) Azure Monitor
12 46 (2.81%) GCP
13 45 (2.75%) PowerApps
14 44 (2.69%) Azure Key Vault
15 43 (2.63%) Azure Machine Learning
16 42 (2.56%) Power Automate
17 37 (2.26%) OneDrive
18 32 (1.95%) Azure Logic Apps
19 31 (1.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 229 (13.98%) Firewall
2 219 (13.37%) DNS
3 187 (11.42%) DHCP
4 172 (10.50%) WAN
5 152 (9.28%) LAN
6 117 (7.14%) VPN
7 114 (6.96%) Network Security
8 111 (6.78%) SAN
9 109 (6.65%) TCP/IP
10 72 (4.40%) Wi-Fi
11 69 (4.21%) VLAN
12 62 (3.79%) Wireless
13 55 (3.36%) Remote Desktop
14 50 (3.05%) VoIP
15 39 (2.38%) NAS
16 38 (2.32%) Internet
17 24 (1.47%) MPLS
17 24 (1.47%) WLAN
18 22 (1.34%) VSAN
19 20 (1.22%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 389 (23.75%) SQL Server
2 90 (5.49%) Power BI
3 65 (3.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 54 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
5 44 (2.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 39 (2.38%) MySQL
6 39 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 37 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 33 (2.01%) Data Lake
9 28 (1.71%) Azure SQL Database
10 26 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
10 26 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
11 19 (1.16%) Big Data
11 19 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
12 16 (0.98%) MongoDB
13 15 (0.92%) SQL Server 2019
14 14 (0.85%) RDBMS
15 13 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
16 12 (0.73%) Hadoop
16 12 (0.73%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 48 (2.93%) Visual Studio Team System
2 44 (2.69%) Git (software)
3 29 (1.77%) JIRA
4 27 (1.65%) Visual Studio
5 21 (1.28%) Jenkins
6 12 (0.73%) Subversion
7 9 (0.55%) NUnit
7 9 (0.55%) TeamCity
8 8 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.43%) webpack
10 6 (0.37%) Bitbucket
10 6 (0.37%) GitLab
11 5 (0.31%) Moq
11 5 (0.31%) MSTest
11 5 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 3 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 2 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (0.12%) Grunt
13 2 (0.12%) Selenium
General
1 475 (29.00%) Social Skills
2 203 (12.39%) Finance
3 98 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
4 89 (5.43%) Public Sector
5 57 (3.48%) Retail
6 52 (3.17%) Organisational Skills
7 42 (2.56%) Manufacturing
8 41 (2.50%) Marketing
9 40 (2.44%) Telecoms
10 39 (2.38%) Legal
11 37 (2.26%) Documentation Skills
12 33 (2.01%) Presentation Skills
13 31 (1.89%) Law
14 28 (1.71%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 27 (1.65%) Banking
16 26 (1.59%) Advertising
16 26 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
17 25 (1.53%) Back Office
18 22 (1.34%) Automotive
19 14 (0.85%) Games
Job Titles
1 234 (14.29%) Architect
2 201 (12.27%) Analyst
3 153 (9.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 146 (8.91%) Developer
5 135 (8.24%) Support Engineer
6 124 (7.57%) Solutions Architect
7 123 (7.51%) IT Support
8 120 (7.33%) IT Engineer
9 101 (6.17%) Support Analyst
10 89 (5.43%) Data Architect
11 85 (5.19%) Azure Architect
12 82 (5.01%) Consultant
13 76 (4.64%) Cloud Engineer
14 71 (4.33%) IT Analyst
15 64 (3.91%) IT Support Engineer
16 56 (3.42%) 2nd Line Support
16 56 (3.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 51 (3.11%) Azure Engineer
18 47 (2.87%) Data Centre Architect
19 46 (2.81%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (9.95%) .NET
2 82 (5.01%) ASP.NET
3 75 (4.58%) HTML
4 73 (4.46%) CSS
5 54 (3.30%) AngularJS
6 49 (2.99%) ASP.NET Web API
6 49 (2.99%) React
7 47 (2.87%) .NET Framework
8 41 (2.50%) REST
9 39 (2.38%) .NET Core
10 38 (2.32%) Web Services
11 36 (2.20%) jQuery
12 35 (2.14%) Node.js
13 34 (2.08%) LDAP
14 27 (1.65%) JSON
15 25 (1.53%) SAML
16 23 (1.40%) Vue.js
17 21 (1.28%) ASP.NET MVC
17 21 (1.28%) Entity Framework
17 21 (1.28%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 163 (9.95%) Data Centre
2 116 (7.08%) Management Information System
3 105 (6.41%) Public Cloud
4 66 (4.03%) Driving Licence
5 65 (3.97%) PKI
6 48 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
7 47 (2.87%) Cyberthreat
8 45 (2.75%) User Experience
9 43 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
10 42 (2.56%) Robotics
11 41 (2.50%) Blackberry
12 39 (2.38%) Clustering
13 38 (2.32%) Replication
14 33 (2.01%) Algorithms
15 30 (1.83%) NHS
16 25 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
17 22 (1.34%) Mobile App
18 18 (1.10%) iPhone
19 14 (0.85%) Fat Client
19 14 (0.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 837 (51.10%) Windows
2 449 (27.41%) Windows Server
3 262 (16.00%) Windows 10
4 259 (15.81%) Linux
5 105 (6.41%) Windows Server 2016
6 92 (5.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 91 (5.56%) Windows Server 2019
8 64 (3.91%) Windows 7
9 63 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
10 42 (2.56%) Unix
11 33 (2.01%) Apple iOS
12 32 (1.95%) Mac OS
13 31 (1.89%) Android
14 23 (1.40%) Mac OS X
14 23 (1.40%) Windows 8
15 22 (1.34%) Ubuntu
16 19 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
17 14 (0.85%) VMS
18 11 (0.67%) CentOS
19 10 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 428 (26.13%) ITIL
2 312 (19.05%) Cybersecurity
3 297 (18.13%) Agile Software Development
4 295 (18.01%) DevOps
5 275 (16.79%) Problem-Solving
6 196 (11.97%) Analytics
7 186 (11.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 177 (10.81%) Customer Engagement
9 142 (8.67%) Project Management
10 139 (8.49%) Presales
11 136 (8.30%) Computer Science
12 128 (7.81%) Software Licensing
13 121 (7.39%) Change Management
13 121 (7.39%) Migration
14 112 (6.84%) Service Delivery
15 111 (6.78%) Business Intelligence
15 111 (6.78%) CI/CD
15 111 (6.78%) Time Management
16 110 (6.72%) Risk Management
17 99 (6.04%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 358 (21.86%) PowerShell
2 292 (17.83%) SQL
3 153 (9.34%) C#
4 100 (6.11%) JavaScript
5 98 (5.98%) Python
6 46 (2.81%) T-SQL
7 28 (1.71%) Java
8 25 (1.53%) Bash
9 23 (1.40%) TypeScript
10 19 (1.16%) VB.NET
11 17 (1.04%) C
12 14 (0.85%) PHP
13 11 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 11 (0.67%) Ruby
13 11 (0.67%) Scala
14 10 (0.61%) Shell Script
15 9 (0.55%) Groovy
16 8 (0.49%) C++
16 8 (0.49%) U-SQL
16 8 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 544 (33.21%) MCSE
2 365 (22.28%) MCSA
3 286 (17.46%) Degree
4 240 (14.65%) MCP
5 181 (11.05%) Cisco Certification
6 167 (10.20%) CCNA
7 133 (8.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 112 (6.84%) Security Cleared
9 105 (6.41%) MCITP
10 82 (5.01%) SC Cleared
11 77 (4.70%) ITIL Certification
12 51 (3.11%) CCNP
12 51 (3.11%) TOGAF Certification
13 50 (3.05%) MCTS
14 35 (2.14%) A+ Certification
15 34 (2.08%) Citrix Certification
16 33 (2.01%) Computer Science Degree
17 32 (1.95%) MCDST
18 30 (1.83%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 29 (1.77%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (10.74%) SLA
2 71 (4.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (2.26%) GDPR
4 34 (2.08%) QA
5 15 (0.92%) Cyber Essentials
6 11 (0.67%) Data Quality
7 10 (0.61%) NCSC
8 9 (0.55%) Accessibility
9 7 (0.43%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 5 (0.31%) GRC
10 5 (0.31%) PMO
11 3 (0.18%) COBIT
11 3 (0.18%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.18%) NIST
12 1 (0.061%) HIPAA
System Software
1 821 (50.12%) Active Directory
2 383 (23.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 235 (14.35%) Hyper-V
4 65 (3.97%) vSphere
5 51 (3.11%) Docker
6 49 (2.99%) VMware ESXi
7 48 (2.93%) XenApp
8 27 (1.65%) Virtual Machines
9 23 (1.40%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (1.22%) XenDesktop
11 16 (0.98%) Virtual Servers
11 16 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
12 14 (0.85%) VMware NSX
13 13 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.73%) Firmware
15 9 (0.55%) NFS
16 5 (0.31%) BitLocker
16 5 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 4 (0.24%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 2 (0.12%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 204 (12.45%) SCCM
2 138 (8.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 59 (3.60%) Terraform
4 57 (3.48%) Kubernetes
5 54 (3.30%) WSUS
6 38 (2.32%) Ansible
7 35 (2.14%) Single Sign-On
8 33 (2.01%) SCOM
9 30 (1.83%) NetBackup
10 29 (1.77%) Backup Exec
11 25 (1.53%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 18 (1.10%) Jamf Pro
12 18 (1.10%) Puppet
13 16 (0.98%) Cisco CUCM
13 16 (0.98%) ServiceCenter
14 15 (0.92%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 11 (0.67%) Failover Clustering
15 11 (0.67%) FortiGate
16 9 (0.55%) Nagios
16 9 (0.55%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 1,471 (89.80%) Microsoft
2 523 (31.93%) VMware
3 284 (17.34%) Citrix
4 218 (13.31%) Cisco
5 115 (7.02%) Veeam
6 92 (5.62%) Apple
7 87 (5.31%) HP
8 68 (4.15%) ServiceNow
9 65 (3.97%) Dell
10 58 (3.54%) Databricks
11 53 (3.24%) Oracle
12 52 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
13 47 (2.87%) Adobe
14 42 (2.56%) Meraki
14 42 (2.56%) MuleSoft
14 42 (2.56%) Sophos
15 30 (1.83%) Google
16 29 (1.77%) Avaya
16 29 (1.77%) Veritas
17 27 (1.65%) Remedy