Period
to 4 July 2020

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 4 July 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 186 170 160
Rank change year-on-year -16 -10 +10
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,408 3,071 3,903
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.78% 2.09% 2.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.22% 8.57% 9.27%
Number of salaries quoted 1,292 2,717 3,379
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £23,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +6.67%

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 17,128 35,820 42,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.40% 23.72%
Number of salaries quoted 12,489 25,867 31,601
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,572 £26,400 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,582
% change year-on-year +5.56% +0.94% +4.90%

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 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 -21 1,294 £45,000 +5.88% 153
UK excluding London -4 960 £45,000 +12.50% 138
London -41 403 £50,000 -4.76% 28
South East +5 284 £52,500 +22.09% 30
North of England +24 273 £42,500 +32.81% 42
Midlands +18 189 £45,000 +12.50% 25
North West +49 143 £48,750 +16.07% 21
West Midlands +30 128 £45,000 +12.50% 17
South West -2 106 £45,000 +2.27% 17
Work from Home 0 96 £60,000 -2.04% 26
Yorkshire +1 80 £39,000 +69.57% 15
East Midlands +7 60 £49,000 +22.50% 8
North East +10 51 £37,000 +29.82% 6
Scotland +53 46 £52,500 +52.95% 10
East of England -21 38 £60,000 +57.89% 11
Wales +3 18 £38,000 +10.14% 2
Northern Ireland -22 12 - - 1
Isle of Man -1 1 £51,500 +7.29%

For the 6 months to 4 July 2020, 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 1,213 (86.15%) Microsoft
2 813 (57.74%) Windows
3 682 (48.44%) MCSE
4 675 (47.94%) Azure
5 625 (44.39%) Active Directory
6 563 (39.99%) Office 365
7 510 (36.22%) MCSA
8 452 (32.10%) VMware
9 396 (28.13%) Windows Server
10 378 (26.85%) ITIL
11 348 (24.72%) SQL Server
12 308 (21.88%) VMware Infrastructure
13 307 (21.80%) Cisco Certification
14 293 (20.81%) Windows 10
15 267 (18.96%) Cisco
16 249 (17.68%) CCNA
17 248 (17.61%) Firewall
18 247 (17.54%) SQL
19 242 (17.19%) AWS
20 241 (17.12%) Hyper-V
21 240 (17.05%) DNS
22 229 (16.26%) Citrix
23 215 (15.27%) PowerShell
24 210 (14.91%) Degree
25 202 (14.35%) Microsoft Office
26 199 (14.13%) WAN
27 191 (13.57%) LAN
28 190 (13.49%) DHCP
28 190 (13.49%) MCP
29 178 (12.64%) TCP/IP

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
1 176 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 154 (10.94%) MS Exchange
3 67 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 67 (4.76%) Skype for Business
4 64 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
5 53 (3.76%) IIS
6 23 (1.63%) SharePoint 2010
7 17 (1.21%) CMS
8 16 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
9 12 (0.85%) EPiServer
9 12 (0.85%) Umbraco
10 10 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
11 9 (0.64%) WebSphere
12 7 (0.50%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
12 7 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
13 6 (0.43%) JBoss
13 6 (0.43%) Kentico
13 6 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.43%) Tomcat
Applications
1 202 (14.35%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.14%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 34 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.64%) Maximo
3 5 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.28%) assyst
4 4 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.28%) Sage CRM
5 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.071%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.071%) Primavera
6 1 (0.071%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.071%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 675 (47.94%) Azure
2 563 (39.99%) Office 365
3 242 (17.19%) AWS
4 139 (9.87%) IaaS
5 129 (9.16%) PaaS
6 121 (8.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 88 (6.25%) SaaS
8 65 (4.62%) Power Platform
9 39 (2.77%) GCP
10 36 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
10 36 (2.56%) OneDrive
11 31 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
12 18 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
13 17 (1.21%) Amazon S3
13 17 (1.21%) PowerApps
14 16 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
14 16 (1.14%) G Suite
15 14 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
15 14 (0.99%) Mimecast
16 13 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 248 (17.61%) Firewall
2 240 (17.05%) DNS
3 199 (14.13%) WAN
4 191 (13.57%) LAN
5 190 (13.49%) DHCP
6 178 (12.64%) TCP/IP
7 168 (11.93%) SAN
8 102 (7.24%) VPN
9 101 (7.17%) VoIP
10 88 (6.25%) Skype
11 68 (4.83%) Wireless
12 67 (4.76%) Internet
13 45 (3.20%) Fibre Channel
13 45 (3.20%) NetScaler
13 45 (3.20%) VLAN
14 37 (2.63%) Remote Desktop
15 36 (2.56%) iSCSI
15 36 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
16 26 (1.85%) IP Telephony
16 26 (1.85%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 348 (24.72%) SQL Server
2 46 (3.27%) Power BI
3 44 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 40 (2.84%) Relational Database
5 34 (2.41%) Amazon RDS
6 33 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
7 26 (1.85%) SQL Server 2014
8 25 (1.78%) Data Lake
9 21 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
9 21 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
9 21 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 18 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
11 17 (1.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 16 (1.14%) Big Data
12 16 (1.14%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.64%) Cosmos DB
14 8 (0.57%) MySQL
15 7 (0.50%) Hadoop
15 7 (0.50%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 38 (2.70%) Visual Studio
2 20 (1.42%) Git (software)
2 20 (1.42%) Grunt
2 20 (1.42%) gulp
2 20 (1.42%) webpack
3 19 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 17 (1.21%) JIRA
5 9 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (0.57%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.36%) Selenium
8 4 (0.28%) Artifactory
8 4 (0.28%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.28%) GitLab
8 4 (0.28%) MSI
9 3 (0.21%) git-flow
9 3 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.14%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.14%) Metasploit
10 2 (0.14%) WebScarab
11 1 (0.071%) CircleCI
General
1 176 (12.50%) Finance
2 75 (5.33%) Public Sector
3 39 (2.77%) Retail
4 35 (2.49%) Legal
5 28 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 26 (1.85%) Law
7 23 (1.63%) Banking
8 18 (1.28%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.14%) Marketing
10 9 (0.64%) Back Office
10 9 (0.64%) Local Government
11 8 (0.57%) Advertising
11 8 (0.57%) Games
12 6 (0.43%) Billing
12 6 (0.43%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.43%) Front Office
13 5 (0.36%) German Language
14 2 (0.14%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.14%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 185 (13.14%) Consultant
2 173 (12.29%) Support Engineer
3 159 (11.29%) Analyst
4 151 (10.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 129 (9.16%) Architect
6 123 (8.74%) Developer
7 107 (7.60%) IT Support
8 101 (7.17%) IT Engineer
9 80 (5.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 77 (5.47%) Administrator
11 74 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
12 66 (4.69%) Support Analyst
13 62 (4.40%) Systems Engineer
14 58 (4.12%) Desktop Support
14 58 (4.12%) IT Support Engineer
15 55 (3.91%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 54 (3.84%) IT Analyst
17 52 (3.69%) .NET Developer
18 51 (3.62%) 2nd Line Support
19 47 (3.34%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (11.22%) .NET
2 73 (5.18%) .NET Framework
3 71 (5.04%) ASP.NET
4 64 (4.55%) HTML
5 61 (4.33%) AngularJS
6 54 (3.84%) CSS
7 53 (3.76%) .NET Core
8 44 (3.13%) ASP.NET Web API
8 44 (3.13%) React
9 39 (2.77%) Vue.js
9 39 (2.77%) Web Services
10 31 (2.20%) HTML5
11 27 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC
12 26 (1.85%) Entity Framework
13 25 (1.78%) jQuery
14 20 (1.42%) Dapper ORM
14 20 (1.42%) NHibernate
15 16 (1.14%) KnockoutJS
16 14 (0.99%) REST
16 14 (0.99%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 126 (8.95%) Data Centre
2 80 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (4.40%) Management Information System
4 58 (4.12%) Self-Motivation
5 47 (3.34%) PKI
6 43 (3.05%) Replication
7 42 (2.98%) Video Conferencing
8 37 (2.63%) Clustering
9 34 (2.41%) Algorithms
10 32 (2.27%) Mobile App
11 30 (2.13%) Driving Licence
12 29 (2.06%) Private Cloud
12 29 (2.06%) Public Cloud
13 28 (1.99%) iPhone
14 25 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
15 21 (1.49%) User Experience
16 20 (1.42%) Client/Server
17 19 (1.35%) CMDB
18 15 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
19 13 (0.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 813 (57.74%) Windows
2 396 (28.13%) Windows Server
3 293 (20.81%) Windows 10
4 159 (11.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 149 (10.58%) Windows Server 2016
6 147 (10.44%) Windows 7
7 140 (9.94%) Linux
8 118 (8.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 62 (4.40%) Windows 8
10 57 (4.05%) Windows Server 2019
11 26 (1.85%) Mac OS X
12 22 (1.56%) Apple iOS
12 22 (1.56%) Windows XP
13 21 (1.49%) Android
14 17 (1.21%) Unix
14 17 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
15 15 (1.07%) CentOS
16 14 (0.99%) Mac OS
17 12 (0.85%) Ubuntu
18 10 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (26.85%) ITIL
2 175 (12.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 151 (10.72%) Agile Software Development
4 148 (10.51%) Problem-Solving
5 141 (10.01%) Disaster Recovery
6 117 (8.31%) Presales
7 113 (8.03%) Migration
8 107 (7.60%) Mentoring
9 97 (6.89%) Project Management
10 88 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
11 83 (5.89%) Project Delivery
12 82 (5.82%) Change Management
13 78 (5.54%) Service Management
14 77 (5.47%) TOGAF
15 68 (4.83%) DevOps
16 66 (4.69%) Service Delivery
17 65 (4.62%) Scrum
18 64 (4.55%) MVC
19 62 (4.40%) Computer Science
20 61 (4.33%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 247 (17.54%) SQL
2 215 (15.27%) PowerShell
3 130 (9.23%) C#
4 84 (5.97%) Python
5 83 (5.89%) JavaScript
6 71 (5.04%) T-SQL
7 45 (3.20%) Bash Shell
8 23 (1.63%) C
9 13 (0.92%) Shell Script
10 12 (0.85%) R
11 11 (0.78%) Perl
11 11 (0.78%) PHP
11 11 (0.78%) VBScript
12 9 (0.64%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.50%) C++
13 7 (0.50%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.43%) Java
15 4 (0.28%) Scala
15 4 (0.28%) VB
16 3 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 682 (48.44%) MCSE
2 510 (36.22%) MCSA
3 307 (21.80%) Cisco Certification
4 249 (17.68%) CCNA
5 210 (14.91%) Degree
6 190 (13.49%) MCP
7 137 (9.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 116 (8.24%) MCITP
9 103 (7.32%) Security Cleared
10 94 (6.68%) CCNP
11 71 (5.04%) SC Cleared
12 61 (4.33%) TOGAF Certification
13 53 (3.76%) MCTS
14 48 (3.41%) ITIL Certification
15 45 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
16 36 (2.56%) Citrix Certification
17 33 (2.34%) MCSD
18 30 (2.13%) CISSP
19 28 (1.99%) Server+ Certification
20 27 (1.92%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (9.02%) SLA
2 44 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (2.63%) QA
4 20 (1.42%) GDPR
5 9 (0.64%) NCSC
6 7 (0.50%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.43%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.28%) COSHH
8 4 (0.28%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.28%) NIST
9 3 (0.21%) COBIT
9 3 (0.21%) ISO 14001
9 3 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.14%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.071%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.071%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.071%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.071%) PMO
11 1 (0.071%) RMADS
System Software
1 625 (44.39%) Active Directory
2 308 (21.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 241 (17.12%) Hyper-V
4 59 (4.19%) vSphere
5 57 (4.05%) VMware ESXi
6 56 (3.98%) XenApp
7 33 (2.34%) Virtual Machines
7 33 (2.34%) XenDesktop
8 31 (2.20%) Docker
9 16 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
10 12 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
11 11 (0.78%) Xen
12 10 (0.71%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 10 (0.71%) NFS
13 8 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 8 (0.57%) VMware Server
14 7 (0.50%) Samba
14 7 (0.50%) VirtualBox
15 4 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 4 (0.28%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 176 (12.50%) SCCM
2 128 (9.09%) Microsoft Intune
3 45 (3.20%) Ansible
4 41 (2.91%) Puppet
5 40 (2.84%) SCOM
6 35 (2.49%) Microsoft Clustering
7 29 (2.06%) Backup Exec
8 26 (1.85%) Kubernetes
9 24 (1.70%) Terraform
10 20 (1.42%) SCVMM
10 20 (1.42%) vCenter Server
11 19 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
12 17 (1.21%) WSUS
13 14 (0.99%) XenMobile
14 13 (0.92%) Nagios
14 13 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
15 11 (0.78%) NetBackup
16 10 (0.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 8 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
17 8 (0.57%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1,213 (86.15%) Microsoft
2 452 (32.10%) VMware
3 267 (18.96%) Cisco
4 229 (16.26%) Citrix
5 121 (8.59%) HP
6 86 (6.11%) Dell
7 69 (4.90%) Veeam
8 57 (4.05%) Google
9 48 (3.41%) Oracle
10 44 (3.13%) IBM
11 34 (2.41%) Gemalto
12 33 (2.34%) Red Hat
13 29 (2.06%) CheckPoint
14 28 (1.99%) NetApp
15 27 (1.92%) Apple
16 23 (1.63%) SolarWinds
16 23 (1.63%) Xamarin
17 22 (1.56%) 3PAR
17 22 (1.56%) McAfee
18 21 (1.49%) Sophos