Period
to 23 September 2018

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 23 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 161 159 137
Rank change year-on-year -2 -22 -24
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,457 3,988 4,787
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.09% 2.27% 2.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.88% 9.29% 9.29%
Number of salaries quoted 2,719 3,359 4,106
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.90% +2.67%
10th Percentile £23,250 £22,750 £22,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £63,750 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.66%

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 38,948 42,948 51,503
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.56% 24.45% 26.54%
Number of salaries quoted 28,897 32,980 41,522
UK median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018. 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 0 3,199 £42,500 +6.25% 505
UK excluding London -1 2,260 £40,000 +6.67% 390
London -33 1,026 £47,500 +5.56% 146
South East -31 644 £40,000 +1.27% 77
North of England -11 497 £37,250 +6.43% 108
Midlands +25 448 £40,000 -5.88% 79
North West +22 318 £37,500 +19.05% 57
East of England +1 313 £42,500 +6.25% 40
South West +51 304 £40,000 +14.29% 55
West Midlands +19 284 £40,500 +1.25% 57
East Midlands +40 166 £40,000 -5.88% 22
Yorkshire -38 159 £35,000 -10.26% 38
Wales -11 41 £42,500 +13.33% 8
Scotland -86 41 £40,000 -11.11% 21
Northern Ireland +8 29 £21,000 -6.67% 2
North East -27 21 £37,500 -3.74% 13
Isle of Man +4 2 £40,000 -33.33%

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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 2,811 (81.31%) Microsoft
2 2,010 (58.14%) Windows
3 1,835 (53.08%) MCSE
4 1,525 (44.11%) Active Directory
5 1,179 (34.10%) VMware
6 1,070 (30.95%) ITIL
7 1,064 (30.78%) Office 365
8 1,025 (29.65%) Windows Server
9 997 (28.84%) Microsoft Azure
10 939 (27.16%) MCSA
11 823 (23.81%) SQL Server
12 665 (19.24%) SQL
13 655 (18.95%) VMware Infrastructure
14 620 (17.93%) Windows Server 2012
15 614 (17.76%) MCP
16 595 (17.21%) Microsoft Office
16 595 (17.21%) Finance
17 590 (17.07%) Degree
18 572 (16.55%) Hyper-V
19 571 (16.52%) MS Exchange
20 568 (16.43%) Citrix
21 544 (15.74%) Cisco
22 541 (15.65%) Cisco Certification
23 537 (15.53%) Firewall
24 505 (14.61%) Windows Server 2008
25 504 (14.58%) PowerShell
26 481 (13.91%) Windows 10
27 468 (13.54%) Windows 7
28 465 (13.45%) .NET
29 452 (13.07%) DNS

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
1 571 (16.52%) MS Exchange
2 295 (8.53%) SharePoint
3 214 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 178 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2013
5 163 (4.72%) Skype for Business
6 131 (3.79%) IIS
7 99 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2007
8 73 (2.11%) SharePoint 2013
9 43 (1.24%) Apache Pig
10 36 (1.04%) CMS
11 35 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
12 34 (0.98%) IBM Notes
13 33 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 31 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
15 29 (0.84%) Apache
16 24 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
17 20 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
17 20 (0.58%) Umbraco
18 19 (0.55%) Confluence
19 15 (0.43%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 595 (17.21%) Microsoft Office
2 104 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 44 (1.27%) MS Visio
5 24 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.32%) Acrobat
6 11 (0.32%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.14%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.087%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.087%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.058%) CATIA
9 2 (0.058%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.029%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.029%) InDesign
10 1 (0.029%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.029%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.029%) Stata
Business Applications
1 152 (4.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 124 (3.59%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
4 15 (0.43%) Dynamics GP
5 12 (0.35%) BPCS
6 9 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
7 8 (0.23%) Lawson
8 3 (0.087%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.087%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.058%) Maximo
9 2 (0.058%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.058%) SAP R/3
9 2 (0.058%) Unit4 Business World
10 1 (0.029%) MIS ActiveH
10 1 (0.029%) OPENHousing
10 1 (0.029%) Rolfe and Nolan
10 1 (0.029%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 1 (0.029%) SAP Business One
10 1 (0.029%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 1,064 (30.78%) Office 365
2 997 (28.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 363 (10.50%) Amazon AWS
4 149 (4.31%) Dynamics 365
5 110 (3.18%) Azure Active Directory
6 99 (2.86%) IaaS
7 89 (2.57%) PaaS
8 79 (2.29%) SaaS
9 65 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
10 31 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
10 31 (0.90%) OneDrive
11 27 (0.78%) Amazon S3
12 26 (0.75%) GitHub
13 24 (0.69%) Mimecast
14 23 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
15 21 (0.61%) Azure Data Factory
16 20 (0.58%) Amazon SQS
17 18 (0.52%) Amazon EMR
17 18 (0.52%) Amazon Kinesis
17 18 (0.52%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 537 (15.53%) Firewall
2 452 (13.07%) DNS
3 402 (11.63%) TCP/IP
4 364 (10.53%) WAN
5 357 (10.33%) LAN
6 334 (9.66%) SAN
7 321 (9.29%) DHCP
8 208 (6.02%) VPN
9 155 (4.48%) Network Security
10 145 (4.19%) Internet
11 135 (3.91%) Skype
12 105 (3.04%) Wireless
13 98 (2.83%) Remote Desktop
14 95 (2.75%) VLAN
14 95 (2.75%) VoIP
15 67 (1.94%) HTTP
15 67 (1.94%) SSL
16 64 (1.85%) NAS
17 54 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
18 53 (1.53%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 823 (23.81%) SQL Server
2 170 (4.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 150 (4.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 130 (3.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 127 (3.67%) MySQL
6 111 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
7 110 (3.18%) Relational Database
8 106 (3.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 98 (2.83%) SQL Server 2012
10 85 (2.46%) SQL Server 2014
11 77 (2.23%) Big Data
12 76 (2.20%) Power BI
13 73 (2.11%) SQL Server 2016
14 57 (1.65%) Hadoop
15 45 (1.30%) Apache Hive
16 42 (1.21%) MongoDB
17 40 (1.16%) Azure SQL Database
18 38 (1.10%) NoSQL
19 34 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
19 34 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 112 (3.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 107 (3.10%) Git (software)
3 103 (2.98%) Visual Studio
4 97 (2.81%) JIRA
5 60 (1.74%) Octopus Deploy
6 48 (1.39%) Bitbucket
7 45 (1.30%) Selenium
8 42 (1.21%) git-flow
9 41 (1.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 41 (1.19%) CodeSonar
9 41 (1.19%) Robot Framework
10 32 (0.93%) TeamCity
11 26 (0.75%) gulp
11 26 (0.75%) Jasmine
11 26 (0.75%) Karma Test Runner
12 24 (0.69%) Jenkins
13 15 (0.43%) Redmine
14 11 (0.32%) MSI
15 10 (0.29%) Subversion
16 9 (0.26%) NUnit
General
1 595 (17.21%) Finance
2 185 (5.35%) Retail
3 91 (2.63%) Banking
4 74 (2.14%) Telecoms
5 70 (2.02%) Legal
6 64 (1.85%) Advertising
7 58 (1.68%) Marketing
8 55 (1.59%) Law
9 50 (1.45%) Games
10 42 (1.21%) Manufacturing
11 29 (0.84%) Investment Banking
12 27 (0.78%) Automotive
13 25 (0.72%) Financial Institution
14 24 (0.69%) Back Office
14 24 (0.69%) Publishing
15 23 (0.67%) Front Office
16 21 (0.61%) Billing
17 7 (0.20%) Electronics
18 6 (0.17%) Military
18 6 (0.17%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 418 (12.09%) Support Engineer
2 415 (12.00%) Analyst
3 386 (11.17%) Developer
4 326 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 303 (8.76%) Architect
6 294 (8.50%) Consultant
7 271 (7.84%) IT Support
8 205 (5.93%) Support Analyst
9 194 (5.61%) IT Engineer
10 168 (4.86%) Administrator
11 166 (4.80%) 2nd Line Support
11 166 (4.80%) Desktop Support
12 154 (4.45%) .NET Developer
13 146 (4.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 144 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
15 125 (3.62%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 117 (3.38%) IT Support Engineer
17 116 (3.36%) Service Analyst
18 112 (3.24%) Technical Support
19 106 (3.07%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 465 (13.45%) .NET
2 285 (8.24%) ASP.NET
3 200 (5.79%) HTML
4 136 (3.93%) Web Services
5 135 (3.91%) CSS
6 128 (3.70%) .NET Framework
7 123 (3.56%) jQuery
8 116 (3.36%) ASP.NET MVC
9 108 (3.12%) AngularJS
10 96 (2.78%) HTML5
11 80 (2.31%) ASP.NET Web API
12 75 (2.17%) REST
13 58 (1.68%) Entity Framework
14 55 (1.59%) RabbitMQ
14 55 (1.59%) SOAP
15 48 (1.39%) Node.js
16 47 (1.36%) Java EE
17 45 (1.30%) STL
18 44 (1.27%) JSON
18 44 (1.27%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 344 (9.95%) Data Centre
2 253 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
3 233 (6.74%) Self-Motivation
4 190 (5.50%) Computer Science
5 136 (3.93%) Management Information System
6 96 (2.78%) Blackberry
7 93 (2.69%) Driving Licence
8 88 (2.55%) Clustering
9 80 (2.31%) Public Cloud
10 71 (2.05%) Replication
11 67 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
12 64 (1.85%) iPad
13 62 (1.79%) Video Conferencing
14 61 (1.76%) User Experience
15 56 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
16 44 (1.27%) Client/Server
17 37 (1.07%) NHS
18 35 (1.01%) PKI
18 35 (1.01%) Virtual Team
19 33 (0.95%) Cyber Kill Chain
Operating Systems
1 2,010 (58.14%) Windows
2 1,025 (29.65%) Windows Server
3 620 (17.93%) Windows Server 2012
4 505 (14.61%) Windows Server 2008
5 481 (13.91%) Windows 10
6 468 (13.54%) Windows 7
7 390 (11.28%) Linux
8 145 (4.19%) Windows 8
9 111 (3.21%) Android
10 101 (2.92%) Apple iOS
10 101 (2.92%) Mac OS X
11 77 (2.23%) Windows Server 2003
12 73 (2.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 70 (2.02%) Unix
14 68 (1.97%) Windows XP
15 40 (1.16%) Mac OS
16 32 (0.93%) CentOS
17 16 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
18 14 (0.40%) Windows Vista
19 12 (0.35%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,070 (30.95%) ITIL
2 423 (12.24%) Agile Software Development
3 417 (12.06%) Problem-Solving
4 409 (11.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 301 (8.71%) Project Management
6 254 (7.35%) Migration
7 252 (7.29%) Presales
8 231 (6.68%) CRM
9 208 (6.02%) Service Management
10 203 (5.87%) Service Delivery
11 199 (5.76%) ITIL V3
11 199 (5.76%) Mentoring
12 196 (5.67%) ERP
13 194 (5.61%) MVC
14 187 (5.41%) Incident Management
15 175 (5.06%) Business Intelligence
16 166 (4.80%) Scrum
17 161 (4.66%) ITSM
18 160 (4.63%) Continuous Improvement
19 157 (4.54%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 665 (19.24%) SQL
2 504 (14.58%) PowerShell
3 431 (12.47%) C#
4 298 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 182 (5.26%) Python
6 170 (4.92%) T-SQL
7 115 (3.33%) Java
8 99 (2.86%) C
9 95 (2.75%) Bash Shell
10 91 (2.63%) VBScript
11 76 (2.20%) C++
12 55 (1.59%) VB.NET
13 51 (1.48%) Objective-C
14 49 (1.42%) PHP
15 46 (1.33%) VB
16 27 (0.78%) TypeScript
17 26 (0.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 19 (0.55%) R
19 18 (0.52%) Shell Script
20 17 (0.49%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,835 (53.08%) MCSE
2 939 (27.16%) MCSA
3 614 (17.76%) MCP
4 590 (17.07%) Degree
5 541 (15.65%) Cisco Certification
6 449 (12.99%) CCNA
7 403 (11.66%) MCITP
8 372 (10.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 282 (8.16%) Security Cleared
10 185 (5.35%) CISSP
11 170 (4.92%) CCNP
12 161 (4.66%) MCTS
13 144 (4.17%) A+ Certification
14 125 (3.62%) Computer Science Degree
15 124 (3.59%) Network+ Certification
15 124 (3.59%) SSCP
16 119 (3.44%) SANS
17 118 (3.41%) SC Cleared
18 117 (3.38%) MCDST
19 111 (3.21%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 332 (9.60%) SLA
2 82 (2.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 75 (2.17%) GDPR
4 44 (1.27%) QA
5 35 (1.01%) PCI DSS
6 31 (0.90%) Data Quality
7 19 (0.55%) PMO
8 11 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
9 9 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 6 (0.17%) PMBOK
11 5 (0.14%) COBIT
11 5 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
12 4 (0.12%) GPG13
12 4 (0.12%) ISO 9000
12 4 (0.12%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.087%) HL7
14 2 (0.058%) COSHH
14 2 (0.058%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.058%) TickIT
System Software
1 1,525 (44.11%) Active Directory
2 655 (18.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 572 (16.55%) Hyper-V
4 238 (6.88%) vSphere
5 193 (5.58%) VMware ESXi
6 177 (5.12%) XenApp
7 91 (2.63%) XenDesktop
8 71 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
9 69 (2.00%) Docker
10 68 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
11 53 (1.53%) Terminal Services
12 40 (1.16%) Virtual Servers
13 31 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
14 30 (0.87%) BitLocker
15 29 (0.84%) XenServer
16 25 (0.72%) NFS
17 24 (0.69%) VMware NSX
18 22 (0.64%) Firmware
18 22 (0.64%) Samba
19 12 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 429 (12.41%) SCCM
2 118 (3.41%) Puppet
3 111 (3.21%) Microsoft Intune
4 85 (2.46%) SCOM
5 69 (2.00%) Ansible
6 66 (1.91%) WSUS
7 51 (1.48%) SCOrch
8 45 (1.30%) Salt
9 42 (1.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 42 (1.21%) Nagios
10 40 (1.16%) vCenter Server
11 39 (1.13%) Backup Exec
11 39 (1.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 34 (0.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 33 (0.95%) Microsoft Clustering
13 33 (0.95%) RSA Security Analytics
14 31 (0.90%) AirWatch
14 31 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
15 26 (0.75%) NetBackup
15 26 (0.75%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 2,811 (81.31%) Microsoft
2 1,179 (34.10%) VMware
3 568 (16.43%) Citrix
4 544 (15.74%) Cisco
5 249 (7.20%) HP
6 205 (5.93%) Apple
7 155 (4.48%) NetApp
8 152 (4.40%) Red Hat
9 115 (3.33%) Dell
10 111 (3.21%) EMC
10 111 (3.21%) Veeam
11 98 (2.83%) Oracle
12 94 (2.72%) Symantec
13 76 (2.20%) SolarWinds
14 65 (1.88%) Splunk
15 64 (1.85%) Ivanti
16 58 (1.68%) ServiceNow
17 57 (1.65%) IBM
18 51 (1.48%) Remedy
19 48 (1.39%) CommVault