Period
to 15 November 2019

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 15 November 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 173 176 160
Rank change year-on-year +3 -16 -19
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2,741 3,247 4,096
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.99% 2.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.84% 8.39% 9.35%
Number of salaries quoted 2,239 2,584 3,422
UK median annual salary £42,750 £42,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.79% +5.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £24,000 £23,250 £22,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £72,500 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%

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 31,015 38,696 43,799
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.65% 23.74% 24.26%
Number of salaries quoted 22,856 28,625 33,650
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,900 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 15 November 2019.

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 15 November 2019. 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 +5 2,519 £42,500 +1.19% 617
UK excluding London -3 1,791 £40,000 - 486
London +29 829 £50,000 +11.11% 177
South East +11 595 £45,000 +12.50% 150
North of England +16 440 £33,500 -4.29% 119
Midlands -34 285 £40,500 +1.25% 76
South West -13 221 £42,500 - 51
North West -10 207 £32,500 -16.67% 57
Yorkshire +34 184 £39,500 +32.11% 44
West Midlands -22 172 £41,500 +2.47% 36
East of England -23 139 £40,500 -7.43% 46
East Midlands -16 111 £40,000 - 40
North East +39 49 £27,500 +3.77% 18
Wales +19 40 £36,500 -8.75% 22
Scotland +6 40 £37,500 -6.25% 19
Northern Ireland -8 27 £23,000 -23.33% 4
Isle of Man +5 6 £48,000 -
Channel Islands - 3 £25,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 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 2,168 (79.10%) Microsoft
2 1,738 (63.41%) Windows
3 1,470 (53.63%) MCSE
4 1,390 (50.71%) Active Directory
5 1,155 (42.14%) Office 365
6 1,088 (39.69%) Azure
7 983 (35.86%) MCSA
8 977 (35.64%) VMware
9 975 (35.57%) ITIL
10 871 (31.78%) Windows Server
11 697 (25.43%) Cisco Certification
12 666 (24.30%) Cisco
13 631 (23.02%) CCNA
14 604 (22.04%) VMware Infrastructure
15 560 (20.43%) Firewall
16 537 (19.59%) Windows 10
17 534 (19.48%) Citrix
18 519 (18.93%) DNS
19 518 (18.90%) SQL Server
20 502 (18.31%) MCP
21 495 (18.06%) SQL
22 482 (17.58%) DHCP
23 448 (16.34%) Degree
23 448 (16.34%) Windows Server 2012
24 445 (16.23%) Hyper-V
25 444 (16.20%) PowerShell
26 422 (15.40%) MS Exchange
27 421 (15.36%) Microsoft Office
28 406 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
29 396 (14.45%) SCCM

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
1 422 (15.40%) MS Exchange
2 365 (13.32%) SharePoint
3 161 (5.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 161 (5.87%) Exchange Server 2013
4 147 (5.36%) Skype for Business
5 121 (4.41%) IIS
6 66 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2007
7 43 (1.57%) Apache Spark
8 42 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
9 41 (1.50%) OpenStack
10 25 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
11 18 (0.66%) Confluence
12 15 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
13 14 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 13 (0.47%) CMS
14 13 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
15 8 (0.29%) Apache
16 7 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
16 7 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
17 6 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 421 (15.36%) Microsoft Office
2 66 (2.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.073%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.073%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.073%) Camtasia
6 2 (0.073%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.036%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.036%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.036%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.036%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 42 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.40%) Workfront
3 10 (0.36%) assyst
4 8 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.22%) Exstream
6 5 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.11%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.073%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 1 (0.036%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.036%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.036%) Eze OMS
9 1 (0.036%) Infor M3
9 1 (0.036%) Line 50
9 1 (0.036%) Line 500
9 1 (0.036%) Sage 200
9 1 (0.036%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 1,155 (42.14%) Office 365
2 1,088 (39.69%) Azure
3 364 (13.28%) AWS
4 294 (10.73%) Azure Active Directory
5 115 (4.20%) IaaS
6 95 (3.47%) PaaS
7 83 (3.03%) SaaS
8 75 (2.74%) OneDrive
9 62 (2.26%) GCP
10 51 (1.86%) Power Platform
11 50 (1.82%) Cloud Computing
12 49 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
13 45 (1.64%) OpenShift
14 28 (1.02%) G Suite
15 19 (0.69%) PowerApps
16 17 (0.62%) Mimecast
17 11 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
17 11 (0.40%) Serverless
18 7 (0.26%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 7 (0.26%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 560 (20.43%) Firewall
2 519 (18.93%) DNS
3 482 (17.58%) DHCP
4 332 (12.11%) WAN
5 331 (12.08%) LAN
6 324 (11.82%) TCP/IP
7 232 (8.46%) VoIP
8 218 (7.95%) SAN
9 198 (7.22%) VPN
10 156 (5.69%) Skype
11 150 (5.47%) Wireless
12 125 (4.56%) Network Security
13 108 (3.94%) VLAN
14 98 (3.58%) Internet
15 77 (2.81%) NAS
16 64 (2.33%) iSCSI
17 59 (2.15%) ADSL
18 57 (2.08%) Broadband
19 53 (1.93%) Cisco ASA
20 51 (1.86%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 518 (18.90%) SQL Server
2 91 (3.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 86 (3.14%) SQL Server 2012
4 83 (3.03%) Big Data
5 82 (2.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 60 (2.19%) Relational Database
7 53 (1.93%) SQL Server 2008
8 42 (1.53%) SQL Server 2016
9 41 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
9 41 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 39 (1.42%) Power BI
11 35 (1.28%) RDBMS
12 34 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
12 34 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
13 29 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
14 28 (1.02%) SQL Server 2017
15 27 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
16 25 (0.91%) Cosmos DB
17 18 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 17 (0.62%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 96 (3.50%) Visual Studio
2 79 (2.88%) Git (software)
3 72 (2.63%) JIRA
4 47 (1.71%) Bitbucket
5 41 (1.50%) git-flow
6 37 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
7 36 (1.31%) Visual Studio Team System
8 32 (1.17%) MSI
9 31 (1.13%) Jenkins
10 29 (1.06%) TeamCity
11 23 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
12 19 (0.69%) InstallShield
13 12 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 8 (0.29%) NUnit
15 6 (0.22%) GitLab
15 6 (0.22%) HP UFT
15 6 (0.22%) LoadRunner
15 6 (0.22%) Moq
15 6 (0.22%) Subversion
15 6 (0.22%) Terragrunt
General
1 383 (13.97%) Finance
2 112 (4.09%) Public Sector
3 69 (2.52%) Retail
4 66 (2.41%) Legal
5 62 (2.26%) Telecoms
6 50 (1.82%) Law
7 46 (1.68%) Manufacturing
8 36 (1.31%) Games
9 28 (1.02%) Banking
10 19 (0.69%) Marketing
11 17 (0.62%) Advertising
12 13 (0.47%) Electronics
13 12 (0.44%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.40%) Aerospace
15 10 (0.36%) Local Government
16 9 (0.33%) Back Office
17 8 (0.29%) Automotive
18 6 (0.22%) Front Office
18 6 (0.22%) Investment Banking
19 5 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 378 (13.79%) Analyst
2 343 (12.51%) Consultant
3 340 (12.40%) Support Engineer
4 328 (11.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 220 (8.03%) IT Engineer
6 218 (7.95%) IT Support
7 200 (7.30%) Developer
8 185 (6.75%) Architect
9 168 (6.13%) Support Analyst
10 138 (5.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 133 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
12 120 (4.38%) IT Support Engineer
13 111 (4.05%) Administrator
13 111 (4.05%) Technical Support
14 100 (3.65%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 95 (3.47%) IT Analyst
16 89 (3.25%) 3rd Line Support
16 89 (3.25%) Systems Engineer
17 88 (3.21%) Infrastructure Consultant
18 83 (3.03%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 278 (10.14%) .NET
2 178 (6.49%) ASP.NET
3 123 (4.49%) CSS
4 122 (4.45%) HTML
5 94 (3.43%) Web Services
6 82 (2.99%) AngularJS
7 75 (2.74%) ASP.NET MVC
8 69 (2.52%) REST
9 67 (2.44%) Kafka
10 61 (2.23%) React
11 60 (2.19%) jQuery
12 58 (2.12%) .NET Framework
13 53 (1.93%) Node.js
13 53 (1.93%) Vue.js
14 51 (1.86%) Entity Framework
15 49 (1.79%) Spring
16 46 (1.68%) .NET Core
17 44 (1.61%) RESTful
18 41 (1.50%) ASP.NET Web API
19 40 (1.46%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 303 (11.05%) Data Centre
2 234 (8.54%) Management Information System
3 205 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
4 154 (5.62%) Self-Motivation
5 88 (3.21%) Driving Licence
6 81 (2.96%) Public Cloud
7 61 (2.23%) Clustering
8 56 (2.04%) Blackberry
9 53 (1.93%) PKI
10 46 (1.68%) Replication
11 42 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
12 39 (1.42%) Private Cloud
13 27 (0.99%) User Experience
14 22 (0.80%) CESG
15 21 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
16 20 (0.73%) iPhone
17 18 (0.66%) Cyberattack
17 18 (0.66%) Cybercrime
18 17 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
18 17 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,738 (63.41%) Windows
2 871 (31.78%) Windows Server
3 537 (19.59%) Windows 10
4 448 (16.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 373 (13.61%) Linux
6 335 (12.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 280 (10.22%) Windows 7
8 132 (4.82%) Windows 8
9 113 (4.12%) Unix
10 86 (3.14%) Android
11 79 (2.88%) Windows Server 2003
12 78 (2.85%) Apple iOS
13 67 (2.44%) Mac OS X
14 48 (1.75%) Solaris
15 42 (1.53%) CentOS
16 35 (1.28%) Mac OS
17 29 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 28 (1.02%) VMS
19 27 (0.99%) Ubuntu
20 14 (0.51%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 975 (35.57%) ITIL
2 406 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
3 394 (14.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 330 (12.04%) Agile Software Development
5 227 (8.28%) Mentoring
6 219 (7.99%) Service Management
7 199 (7.26%) Project Management
8 191 (6.97%) Migration
9 170 (6.20%) Disaster Recovery
9 170 (6.20%) PRINCE2
10 157 (5.73%) Change Management
11 152 (5.55%) DevOps
12 144 (5.25%) MVC
13 141 (5.14%) Project Delivery
14 138 (5.03%) Presales
15 129 (4.71%) Information Security
15 129 (4.71%) Service Delivery
16 128 (4.67%) ITIL V3
17 125 (4.56%) Cybersecurity
18 109 (3.98%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 495 (18.06%) SQL
2 444 (16.20%) PowerShell
3 245 (8.94%) C#
4 155 (5.65%) JavaScript
5 91 (3.32%) C
6 89 (3.25%) T-SQL
7 75 (2.74%) Python
8 57 (2.08%) VBScript
9 46 (1.68%) Bash Shell
10 26 (0.95%) PHP
11 25 (0.91%) Java
12 23 (0.84%) VB
13 21 (0.77%) C++
14 18 (0.66%) VBA
15 14 (0.51%) PL/SQL
16 12 (0.44%) VB.NET
17 10 (0.36%) R
18 9 (0.33%) TypeScript
19 7 (0.26%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 5 (0.18%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,470 (53.63%) MCSE
2 983 (35.86%) MCSA
3 697 (25.43%) Cisco Certification
4 631 (23.02%) CCNA
5 502 (18.31%) MCP
6 448 (16.34%) Degree
7 357 (13.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 264 (9.63%) MCITP
9 190 (6.93%) CCNP
10 152 (5.55%) Security Cleared
11 105 (3.83%) SC Cleared
12 95 (3.47%) A+ Certification
13 94 (3.43%) CISSP
14 90 (3.28%) MCTS
15 88 (3.21%) Citrix Certification
16 83 (3.03%) CompTIA Security+
17 74 (2.70%) Network+ Certification
18 73 (2.66%) MCSD
19 63 (2.30%) CCA
20 60 (2.19%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (9.92%) SLA
2 133 (4.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 75 (2.74%) QA
4 40 (1.46%) ISO 9001
5 30 (1.09%) GDPR
5 30 (1.09%) PCI DSS
6 26 (0.95%) NIST
7 17 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
8 15 (0.55%) COBIT
9 13 (0.47%) NCSC
10 12 (0.44%) Data Quality
10 12 (0.44%) PMO
11 10 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.22%) RMADS
12 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.18%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 3 (0.11%) NIST 800
16 1 (0.036%) BS7799
16 1 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,390 (50.71%) Active Directory
2 604 (22.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 445 (16.23%) Hyper-V
4 201 (7.33%) XenApp
5 136 (4.96%) vSphere
6 104 (3.79%) XenDesktop
7 100 (3.65%) Docker
8 84 (3.06%) VMware ESXi
9 53 (1.93%) Firmware
10 44 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
11 37 (1.35%) NFS
11 37 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
12 26 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
12 26 (0.95%) Terminal Services
13 25 (0.91%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 20 (0.73%) BitLocker
14 20 (0.73%) VMware NSX
15 19 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
16 15 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 12 (0.44%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 396 (14.45%) SCCM
2 188 (6.86%) Microsoft Intune
3 109 (3.98%) WSUS
4 69 (2.52%) Kubernetes
5 61 (2.23%) Ansible
6 48 (1.75%) SCOM
7 46 (1.68%) Backup Exec
8 26 (0.95%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 25 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
10 19 (0.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 19 (0.69%) NetBackup
11 18 (0.66%) Puppet
11 18 (0.66%) vCenter Server
12 16 (0.58%) Terraform
13 15 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
14 14 (0.51%) Cisco CUCM
14 14 (0.51%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 13 (0.47%) XenMobile
16 11 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
16 11 (0.40%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2,168 (79.10%) Microsoft
2 977 (35.64%) VMware
3 666 (24.30%) Cisco
4 534 (19.48%) Citrix
5 219 (7.99%) HP
6 168 (6.13%) NetApp
7 140 (5.11%) Dell
8 134 (4.89%) ServiceNow
9 106 (3.87%) Meraki
10 104 (3.79%) Veeam
11 95 (3.47%) Oracle
12 86 (3.14%) Apple
13 76 (2.77%) Aruba
14 69 (2.52%) Nimble Storage
15 64 (2.33%) Polycom
16 61 (2.23%) Red Hat
17 60 (2.19%) Google
18 55 (2.01%) EMC
19 53 (1.93%) Symantec
20 48 (1.75%) Mitel