Period
to 16 September 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 16 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 172 159 163
Rank change year-on-year -13 +4 -23
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2,903 3,492 4,007
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.06% 2.11% 2.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.77% 8.90% 9.25%
Number of salaries quoted 2,409 2,746 3,378
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £23,200 £23,250 £22,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £72,500 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +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 33,087 39,249 43,314
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.49% 23.69% 24.56%
Number of salaries quoted 24,013 29,113 33,234
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.89% +1.11%
10th Percentile £26,650 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £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 16 September 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 16 September 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 -9 2,668 £42,500 - 616
UK excluding London -3 1,964 £40,000 - 480
London +8 847 £50,000 +5.26% 176
South East +9 603 £45,000 +12.50% 140
North of England +12 503 £33,500 -10.67% 116
Midlands -25 305 £40,000 - 83
Yorkshire +49 252 £25,500 -27.14% 45
South West -31 234 £44,000 +10.00% 57
North West -38 210 £37,500 - 61
West Midlands -21 193 £40,000 -1.23% 44
East of England -8 164 £42,500 - 44
East Midlands -19 110 £40,000 - 39
Scotland +46 74 £33,217 -16.96% 20
North East +36 41 £30,000 -20.00% 10
Northern Ireland -3 38 £24,000 +14.29% 5
Wales -2 36 £36,500 -14.12% 15
Isle of Man +8 10 £48,000 +20.00%
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 2,310 (79.57%) Microsoft
2 1,780 (61.32%) Windows
3 1,560 (53.74%) MCSE
4 1,528 (52.64%) Active Directory
5 1,181 (40.68%) Office 365
6 1,128 (38.86%) Azure
7 1,120 (38.58%) VMware
8 1,027 (35.38%) MCSA
9 999 (34.41%) ITIL
10 975 (33.59%) Windows Server
11 794 (27.35%) Cisco
12 780 (26.87%) Cisco Certification
13 712 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
14 709 (24.42%) CCNA
15 634 (21.84%) Firewall
16 605 (20.84%) Citrix
17 546 (18.81%) SQL Server
18 539 (18.57%) Windows 10
19 533 (18.36%) SQL
20 517 (17.81%) DNS
21 511 (17.60%) MCP
22 495 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 494 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
24 492 (16.95%) Hyper-V
25 484 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
26 474 (16.33%) Degree
27 473 (16.29%) MS Exchange
27 473 (16.29%) Problem-Solving
28 470 (16.19%) PowerShell
29 466 (16.05%) DHCP

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
1 473 (16.29%) MS Exchange
2 331 (11.40%) SharePoint
3 199 (6.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 186 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 159 (5.48%) Skype for Business
6 95 (3.27%) IIS
7 88 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
8 42 (1.45%) OpenStack
9 40 (1.38%) Apache Spark
9 40 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
10 32 (1.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 26 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
12 17 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
13 16 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
14 15 (0.52%) Confluence
15 13 (0.45%) CMS
16 12 (0.41%) Apache
17 9 (0.31%) Tomcat
18 6 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
18 6 (0.21%) SAS
Applications
1 494 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
2 100 (3.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (1.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.24%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.17%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.034%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.034%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.034%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.034%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.034%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 61 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
2 13 (0.45%) Workfront
3 10 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.24%) assyst
5 6 (0.21%) Exstream
6 5 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.14%) Line 50
7 4 (0.14%) Line 500
7 4 (0.14%) Temenos T24
8 3 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.10%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.069%) Magento
9 2 (0.069%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.069%) SAP CCM
10 1 (0.034%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.034%) Eze OMS
10 1 (0.034%) Infor SunSystems
10 1 (0.034%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.034%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 1,181 (40.68%) Office 365
2 1,128 (38.86%) Azure
3 360 (12.40%) AWS
4 309 (10.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 127 (4.37%) IaaS
6 96 (3.31%) PaaS
7 77 (2.65%) SaaS
8 64 (2.20%) GCP
9 54 (1.86%) Power Platform
10 49 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
10 49 (1.69%) Dynamics 365
11 46 (1.58%) OneDrive
12 41 (1.41%) OpenShift
13 27 (0.93%) G Suite
14 24 (0.83%) Mimecast
15 20 (0.69%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 13 (0.45%) PowerApps
17 12 (0.41%) Azure Functions
17 12 (0.41%) Serverless
18 11 (0.38%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 634 (21.84%) Firewall
2 517 (17.81%) DNS
3 466 (16.05%) DHCP
4 358 (12.33%) TCP/IP
5 341 (11.75%) LAN
6 335 (11.54%) WAN
7 266 (9.16%) VoIP
8 243 (8.37%) SAN
9 214 (7.37%) Wireless
10 212 (7.30%) VPN
11 156 (5.37%) Skype
12 142 (4.89%) Network Security
13 120 (4.13%) VLAN
14 117 (4.03%) ADSL
15 104 (3.58%) Broadband
16 99 (3.41%) 3G
17 88 (3.03%) NAS
18 78 (2.69%) Internet
19 66 (2.27%) iSCSI
20 63 (2.17%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 546 (18.81%) SQL Server
2 99 (3.41%) SQL Server 2012
3 89 (3.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 74 (2.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 71 (2.45%) Big Data
6 57 (1.96%) Relational Database
6 57 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
7 49 (1.69%) Power BI
8 47 (1.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 39 (1.34%) SQL Server 2016
10 38 (1.31%) Azure SQL Database
11 34 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
12 31 (1.07%) SQL Server 2005
13 30 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
14 28 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
15 21 (0.72%) SQL Server 2017
16 19 (0.65%) Cosmos DB
16 19 (0.65%) NoSQL
17 17 (0.59%) Data Lake
17 17 (0.59%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 88 (3.03%) Git (software)
1 88 (3.03%) Visual Studio
2 63 (2.17%) JIRA
3 42 (1.45%) Bitbucket
4 39 (1.34%) Jenkins
5 38 (1.31%) git-flow
5 38 (1.31%) MSI
6 36 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
7 29 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
8 23 (0.79%) InstallShield
9 17 (0.59%) TeamCity
10 16 (0.55%) HP UFT
10 16 (0.55%) LoadRunner
11 14 (0.48%) GitLab
12 11 (0.38%) NUnit
13 10 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
14 9 (0.31%) Moq
14 9 (0.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 6 (0.21%) Subversion
15 6 (0.21%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 412 (14.19%) Finance
2 116 (4.00%) Public Sector
3 85 (2.93%) Legal
4 75 (2.58%) Retail
5 60 (2.07%) Telecoms
6 55 (1.89%) Law
7 45 (1.55%) Manufacturing
8 37 (1.27%) Games
9 29 (1.00%) Marketing
10 27 (0.93%) Banking
11 19 (0.65%) Electronics
12 17 (0.59%) Advertising
13 14 (0.48%) Aerospace
13 14 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.38%) Local Government
15 10 (0.34%) Automotive
15 10 (0.34%) Back Office
16 5 (0.17%) Front Office
16 5 (0.17%) Investment Banking
16 5 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 452 (15.57%) Analyst
2 412 (14.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 344 (11.85%) Support Engineer
4 328 (11.30%) Consultant
5 245 (8.44%) IT Engineer
6 233 (8.03%) IT Support
7 229 (7.89%) Support Analyst
8 224 (7.72%) Developer
9 155 (5.34%) Technical Support
10 145 (4.99%) Architect
11 137 (4.72%) 2nd Line Support
12 134 (4.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 121 (4.17%) IT Analyst
14 114 (3.93%) IT Support Engineer
15 113 (3.89%) Technical Analyst
16 109 (3.75%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 105 (3.62%) Administrator
18 100 (3.44%) Cloud Engineer
19 97 (3.34%) Microsoft Consultant
20 96 (3.31%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 283 (9.75%) .NET
2 163 (5.61%) ASP.NET
3 117 (4.03%) HTML
4 108 (3.72%) CSS
5 89 (3.07%) AngularJS
6 87 (3.00%) Web Services
7 63 (2.17%) REST
8 62 (2.14%) jQuery
9 60 (2.07%) .NET Framework
10 59 (2.03%) ASP.NET MVC
11 57 (1.96%) React
12 56 (1.93%) Kafka
12 56 (1.93%) Node.js
13 52 (1.79%) .NET Core
14 49 (1.69%) Vue.js
15 46 (1.58%) Spring
16 43 (1.48%) ASP.NET Web API
17 38 (1.31%) GraphQL
17 38 (1.31%) Spring MVC
18 37 (1.27%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 350 (12.06%) Data Centre
2 225 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
3 197 (6.79%) Management Information System
4 152 (5.24%) Self-Motivation
5 97 (3.34%) Driving Licence
6 89 (3.07%) Public Cloud
7 69 (2.38%) Blackberry
8 67 (2.31%) Clustering
9 52 (1.79%) PKI
10 46 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
11 42 (1.45%) Replication
12 38 (1.31%) User Experience
13 36 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
13 36 (1.24%) Private Cloud
14 31 (1.07%) CESG
14 31 (1.07%) iPhone
15 30 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
16 27 (0.93%) Smartphone
17 20 (0.69%) Mobile App
18 19 (0.65%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,780 (61.32%) Windows
2 975 (33.59%) Windows Server
3 539 (18.57%) Windows 10
4 484 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 373 (12.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 371 (12.78%) Linux
7 358 (12.33%) Windows 7
8 154 (5.30%) Windows 8
9 117 (4.03%) Unix
10 96 (3.31%) Windows Server 2003
11 89 (3.07%) Android
12 79 (2.72%) Apple iOS
13 75 (2.58%) Mac OS X
14 47 (1.62%) Mac OS
15 34 (1.17%) CentOS
16 31 (1.07%) Ubuntu
17 30 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 27 (0.93%) Solaris
19 16 (0.55%) Windows XP
20 15 (0.52%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 999 (34.41%) ITIL
2 495 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 473 (16.29%) Problem-Solving
4 311 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
5 231 (7.96%) Project Management
6 216 (7.44%) Migration
7 213 (7.34%) Service Management
8 201 (6.92%) Disaster Recovery
9 197 (6.79%) Mentoring
10 192 (6.61%) Presales
11 166 (5.72%) Project Delivery
12 163 (5.61%) Service Delivery
13 162 (5.58%) Change Management
14 161 (5.55%) PRINCE2
15 158 (5.44%) ITIL V3
16 147 (5.06%) DevOps
17 146 (5.03%) MVC
18 139 (4.79%) Cybersecurity
19 135 (4.65%) Continuous Improvement
20 128 (4.41%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 533 (18.36%) SQL
2 470 (16.19%) PowerShell
3 241 (8.30%) C#
4 143 (4.93%) JavaScript
5 84 (2.89%) C
6 77 (2.65%) T-SQL
7 74 (2.55%) Python
8 57 (1.96%) Bash Shell
9 52 (1.79%) VBScript
10 39 (1.34%) Java
11 37 (1.27%) VB
12 28 (0.96%) VB.NET
13 26 (0.90%) C++
14 21 (0.72%) TypeScript
15 20 (0.69%) PL/SQL
16 18 (0.62%) VBA
17 16 (0.55%) PHP
18 10 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 9 (0.31%) VB6
20 8 (0.28%) R
Qualifications
1 1,560 (53.74%) MCSE
2 1,027 (35.38%) MCSA
3 780 (26.87%) Cisco Certification
4 709 (24.42%) CCNA
5 511 (17.60%) MCP
6 474 (16.33%) Degree
7 429 (14.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 345 (11.88%) MCITP
9 189 (6.51%) CCNP
10 148 (5.10%) Security Cleared
11 113 (3.89%) CISSP
12 95 (3.27%) A+ Certification
13 93 (3.20%) CompTIA Security+
14 85 (2.93%) SC Cleared
15 83 (2.86%) Citrix Certification
15 83 (2.86%) MCDST
16 80 (2.76%) MCTS
17 79 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
18 78 (2.69%) Network+ Certification
19 67 (2.31%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 259 (8.92%) SLA
2 183 (6.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 95 (3.27%) QA
4 83 (2.86%) ISO 9001
5 46 (1.58%) GDPR
6 44 (1.52%) PCI DSS
7 35 (1.21%) NIST
8 28 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials
9 21 (0.72%) PMO
10 20 (0.69%) NCSC
11 18 (0.62%) COBIT
12 16 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 16 (0.55%) Data Quality
13 11 (0.38%) NIST 800
14 9 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 8 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 6 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 3 (0.10%) RMADS
18 1 (0.034%) BS7799
18 1 (0.034%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 1,528 (52.64%) Active Directory
2 712 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 492 (16.95%) Hyper-V
4 188 (6.48%) XenApp
5 133 (4.58%) vSphere
6 96 (3.31%) Docker
6 96 (3.31%) VMware ESXi
7 86 (2.96%) XenDesktop
8 66 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
9 51 (1.76%) Virtual Servers
10 37 (1.27%) Firmware
11 34 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
12 30 (1.03%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 25 (0.86%) Terminal Services
14 24 (0.83%) NFS
15 19 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 19 (0.65%) VMware NSX
16 18 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
17 13 (0.45%) BitLocker
17 13 (0.45%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 408 (14.05%) SCCM
2 181 (6.23%) Microsoft Intune
3 126 (4.34%) WSUS
4 73 (2.51%) Kubernetes
5 56 (1.93%) Ansible
6 55 (1.89%) SCOM
7 46 (1.58%) Backup Exec
8 38 (1.31%) Terraform
9 36 (1.24%) vCenter Server
10 31 (1.07%) Cisco CUCM
11 27 (0.93%) Puppet
11 27 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
12 26 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
13 25 (0.86%) NetBackup
14 23 (0.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 21 (0.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 21 (0.72%) SCVMM
15 21 (0.72%) ServiceCenter
16 16 (0.55%) HP ALM
16 16 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2,310 (79.57%) Microsoft
2 1,120 (38.58%) VMware
3 794 (27.35%) Cisco
4 605 (20.84%) Citrix
5 247 (8.51%) HP
6 168 (5.79%) NetApp
7 160 (5.51%) Meraki
8 149 (5.13%) Dell
9 141 (4.86%) Aruba
10 127 (4.37%) Veeam
11 118 (4.06%) ServiceNow
12 114 (3.93%) Polycom
13 109 (3.75%) Apple
14 99 (3.41%) Oracle
15 78 (2.69%) Nimble Storage
16 62 (2.14%) Google
17 61 (2.10%) Red Hat
18 57 (1.96%) EMC
19 50 (1.72%) Mitel
19 50 (1.72%) Remedy