Period
to 25 January 2021

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 25 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 220 176 170
Rank change year-on-year -44 -6 -13
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 940 2,480 3,049
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.46% 1.99% 2.01%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.21% 9.07% 8.30%
Number of salaries quoted 988 2,112 2,636
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £25,500 £24,275 £24,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 13,033 27,334 36,718
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.24% 21.88% 24.20%
Number of salaries quoted 9,497 20,623 27,208
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +5.88%

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 25 January 2021.

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 25 January 2021. 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 -51 837 £45,000 +5.26% 229
UK excluding London -40 638 £40,000 - 182
London -54 245 £60,000 +26.32% 62
Work from Home +3 236 £50,000 -20.00% 57
South East -24 196 £44,000 -2.22% 46
Midlands +13 156 £37,500 -12.28% 35
North of England -54 116 £45,000 +20.00% 47
West Midlands +16 94 £37,500 -11.76% 20
South West -13 85 £44,000 +10.00% 18
North West -9 74 £46,913 +25.10% 32
East Midlands +22 62 £36,500 -14.12% 15
East of England +41 48 £35,000 -12.50% 20
Scotland +24 30 £50,000 +69.49% 10
Yorkshire -39 26 £22,500 -47.06% 9
Wales +25 21 £35,000 -6.67% 4
North East -19 16 £40,000 +48.15% 6
Northern Ireland -4 6 £40,000 +1.27% 2
Isle of Man - 1 £47,500 -

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, 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.

1 780 (82.98%) Microsoft
2 503 (53.51%) Windows
3 491 (52.23%) Azure
4 433 (46.06%) Active Directory
5 419 (44.57%) MCSE
6 388 (41.28%) Office 365
7 346 (36.81%) VMware
8 289 (30.74%) Windows Server
9 284 (30.21%) MCSA
10 272 (28.94%) ITIL
11 232 (24.68%) VMware Infrastructure
12 209 (22.23%) Cisco Certification
13 192 (20.43%) PowerShell
14 190 (20.21%) Hyper-V
14 190 (20.21%) CCNA
15 186 (19.79%) Cisco
16 184 (19.57%) SQL
17 182 (19.36%) Degree
18 167 (17.77%) SQL Server
19 163 (17.34%) Firewall
20 156 (16.60%) Microsoft Office
21 154 (16.38%) Linux
22 153 (16.28%) DNS
22 153 (16.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 150 (15.96%) Windows 10
24 138 (14.68%) SCCM
25 132 (14.04%) MS Exchange
26 121 (12.87%) SharePoint
26 121 (12.87%) MCP
27 117 (12.45%) AWS

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
1 132 (14.04%) MS Exchange
2 121 (12.87%) SharePoint
3 48 (5.11%) Skype for Business
4 46 (4.89%) Exchange Server 2010
5 43 (4.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 21 (2.23%) IIS
7 9 (0.96%) CMS
8 7 (0.74%) Apache
8 7 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (0.74%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.53%) Content Management Server
9 5 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.53%) EPiServer
9 5 (0.53%) Kentico
9 5 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.43%) WebLogic
Applications
1 156 (16.60%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.32%) Camtasia
5 2 (0.21%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 13 (1.38%) Dynamics AX
2 12 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (1.17%) Workfront
4 6 (0.64%) Maximo
5 5 (0.53%) Carpe Diem
6 4 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.11%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 491 (52.23%) Azure
2 388 (41.28%) Office 365
3 117 (12.45%) AWS
4 104 (11.06%) IaaS
5 103 (10.96%) PaaS
6 77 (8.19%) Azure Active Directory
7 70 (7.45%) Power Platform
8 60 (6.38%) SaaS
9 31 (3.30%) Dynamics 365
10 27 (2.87%) OneDrive
11 25 (2.66%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (2.55%) PowerApps
13 22 (2.34%) GitHub
14 20 (2.13%) GCP
15 12 (1.28%) Power Automate
16 11 (1.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 11 (1.17%) G Suite
17 8 (0.85%) Azure Data Factory
18 7 (0.74%) Data Lake Analytics
18 7 (0.74%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 163 (17.34%) Firewall
2 153 (16.28%) DNS
3 116 (12.34%) WAN
4 103 (10.96%) DHCP
5 98 (10.43%) LAN
6 96 (10.21%) SAN
7 89 (9.47%) TCP/IP
8 72 (7.66%) VPN
9 52 (5.53%) Network Security
9 52 (5.53%) Skype
10 38 (4.04%) Unified Communications
10 38 (4.04%) VLAN
10 38 (4.04%) VoIP
10 38 (4.04%) Wi-Fi
11 28 (2.98%) Internet
12 27 (2.87%) Wireless
13 22 (2.34%) Fibre Channel
14 21 (2.23%) iSCSI
15 20 (2.13%) PBX
15 20 (2.13%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 167 (17.77%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.68%) Power BI
3 37 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
4 28 (2.98%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 21 (2.23%) Azure SQL Database
6 18 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
7 16 (1.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 13 (1.38%) Relational Database
9 12 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (0.85%) Data Lake
11 8 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
11 8 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
11 8 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (0.74%) Cosmos DB
12 7 (0.74%) PolyBase
12 7 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
12 7 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.64%) DB2
13 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 40 (4.26%) Jenkins
2 18 (1.91%) Visual Studio
3 15 (1.60%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.74%) Metasploit
4 7 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.74%) WebScarab
5 5 (0.53%) JIRA
6 3 (0.32%) Maven
6 3 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.32%) Subversion
6 3 (0.32%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.21%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.11%) Selenium
8 1 (0.11%) Vagrant
General
1 112 (11.91%) Finance
2 49 (5.21%) Public Sector
3 37 (3.94%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.02%) Marketing
5 17 (1.81%) Legal
5 17 (1.81%) Local Government
5 17 (1.81%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.70%) Law
7 15 (1.60%) Electronics
8 11 (1.17%) Banking
9 8 (0.85%) Advertising
9 8 (0.85%) Aerospace
10 7 (0.74%) Military
10 7 (0.74%) Retail
11 6 (0.64%) Publishing
12 5 (0.53%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.53%) Fire and Rescue
12 5 (0.53%) Mandarin Language
12 5 (0.53%) Social Housing
13 3 (0.32%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 120 (12.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 102 (10.85%) IT Engineer
3 100 (10.64%) Analyst
4 91 (9.68%) Consultant
5 88 (9.36%) Architect
6 74 (7.87%) Support Engineer
7 57 (6.06%) Developer
8 56 (5.96%) Systems Engineer
9 48 (5.11%) IT Support
10 43 (4.57%) Azure Engineer
11 42 (4.47%) Administrator
12 41 (4.36%) IT Analyst
13 40 (4.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 37 (3.94%) Azure Consultant
15 36 (3.83%) Support Analyst
16 35 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
16 35 (3.72%) Cloud Engineer
16 35 (3.72%) Solutions Architect
17 34 (3.62%) Desktop Support
18 33 (3.51%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (7.87%) .NET
2 22 (2.34%) HTML
2 22 (2.34%) Web Services
3 15 (1.60%) .NET Core
3 15 (1.60%) .NET Framework
3 15 (1.60%) ASP.NET
4 14 (1.49%) JSON
5 13 (1.38%) CSS
6 11 (1.17%) AngularJS
7 10 (1.06%) COM
8 9 (0.96%) ASP.NET MVC
9 7 (0.74%) Entity Framework
9 7 (0.74%) Node.js
9 7 (0.74%) OAuth
9 7 (0.74%) OAuth2
9 7 (0.74%) OpenID
9 7 (0.74%) React
9 7 (0.74%) SAML
10 6 (0.64%) REST
10 6 (0.64%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 97 (10.32%) Data Centre
2 74 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (7.87%) Management Information System
3 46 (4.89%) Self-Motivation
4 37 (3.94%) Private Cloud
5 36 (3.83%) Hybrid Cloud
6 33 (3.51%) Public Cloud
7 32 (3.40%) Clustering
8 24 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (2.02%) Driving Licence
9 19 (2.02%) Replication
10 14 (1.49%) Client/Server
11 13 (1.38%) User Experience
12 12 (1.28%) EPoS
13 9 (0.96%) BYOD
14 8 (0.85%) iSeries
14 8 (0.85%) PKI
15 7 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
15 7 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.74%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 503 (53.51%) Windows
2 289 (30.74%) Windows Server
3 154 (16.38%) Linux
4 150 (15.96%) Windows 10
5 91 (9.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 89 (9.47%) Windows Server 2016
7 47 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (4.68%) Windows 7
8 44 (4.68%) Windows Server 2019
9 33 (3.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 18 (1.91%) Unix
11 15 (1.60%) Windows 8
12 10 (1.06%) Mac OS X
13 8 (0.85%) Android
14 7 (0.74%) Windows XP
15 4 (0.43%) Oracle Linux
16 3 (0.32%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.32%) CentOS
16 3 (0.32%) Solaris
16 3 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 272 (28.94%) ITIL
2 153 (16.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 113 (12.02%) DevOps
4 112 (11.91%) Problem-Solving
5 100 (10.64%) Migration
6 94 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
6 94 (10.00%) Project Management
7 78 (8.30%) ITIL V3
8 77 (8.19%) Disaster Recovery
8 77 (8.19%) Presales
9 73 (7.77%) Business Intelligence
10 72 (7.66%) Service Management
11 69 (7.34%) Project Delivery
12 58 (6.17%) Cybersecurity
13 53 (5.64%) Computer Science
14 46 (4.89%) Mentoring
15 41 (4.36%) High Availability
15 41 (4.36%) TOGAF
16 40 (4.26%) PRINCE2
17 38 (4.04%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 192 (20.43%) PowerShell
2 184 (19.57%) SQL
3 42 (4.47%) C#
4 29 (3.09%) Python
5 28 (2.98%) JavaScript
6 24 (2.55%) Bash Shell
7 21 (2.23%) VB.NET
8 18 (1.91%) Java
8 18 (1.91%) T-SQL
9 13 (1.38%) Shell Script
10 12 (1.28%) VBScript
11 10 (1.06%) C
12 8 (0.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 7 (0.74%) U-SQL
13 7 (0.74%) X++
14 5 (0.53%) PHP
15 4 (0.43%) C++
15 4 (0.43%) VB
16 3 (0.32%) Groovy
16 3 (0.32%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 419 (44.57%) MCSE
2 284 (30.21%) MCSA
3 209 (22.23%) Cisco Certification
4 190 (20.21%) CCNA
5 182 (19.36%) Degree
6 121 (12.87%) MCP
7 103 (10.96%) MCITP
8 93 (9.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 87 (9.26%) Security Cleared
10 74 (7.87%) SC Cleared
11 52 (5.53%) CCNP
12 36 (3.83%) MCTS
13 35 (3.72%) A+ Certification
14 29 (3.09%) CISSP
14 29 (3.09%) ITIL Certification
15 23 (2.45%) SSCP
16 22 (2.34%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 21 (2.23%) CompTIA Security+
18 19 (2.02%) RHCE
19 18 (1.91%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (6.91%) SLA
2 19 (2.02%) GDPR
3 18 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (1.60%) QA
5 10 (1.06%) Cyber Essentials
6 9 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 9 (0.96%) Data Quality
7 6 (0.64%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.21%) COBIT
8 2 (0.21%) NCSC
9 1 (0.11%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 433 (46.06%) Active Directory
2 232 (24.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 190 (20.21%) Hyper-V
4 64 (6.81%) vSphere
5 48 (5.11%) VMware ESXi
6 35 (3.72%) XenApp
7 34 (3.62%) Virtual Servers
8 30 (3.19%) XenDesktop
9 27 (2.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 18 (1.91%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.38%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (1.38%) VMware NSX
12 11 (1.17%) Docker
13 9 (0.96%) Shibboleth
14 4 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.43%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.32%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
16 2 (0.21%) Firmware
16 2 (0.21%) NFS
Systems Management
1 138 (14.68%) SCCM
2 81 (8.62%) Microsoft Intune
3 50 (5.32%) Terraform
4 46 (4.89%) SCOM
5 40 (4.26%) Ansible
6 33 (3.51%) Puppet
7 29 (3.09%) Kubernetes
8 26 (2.77%) Opscode Chef
9 24 (2.55%) WSUS
10 22 (2.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 21 (2.23%) Backup Exec
12 16 (1.70%) NetBackup
13 14 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
13 14 (1.49%) WMI
14 13 (1.38%) McAfee ePO
15 11 (1.17%) vCenter Server
16 9 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
16 9 (0.96%) Nessus
17 8 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
17 8 (0.85%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 780 (82.98%) Microsoft
2 346 (36.81%) VMware
3 186 (19.79%) Cisco
4 104 (11.06%) Citrix
5 58 (6.17%) Red Hat
6 57 (6.06%) Veeam
7 53 (5.64%) Oracle
8 49 (5.21%) Dell
9 47 (5.00%) NetApp
10 37 (3.94%) HP
10 37 (3.94%) SolarWinds
11 30 (3.19%) Google
12 28 (2.98%) Sophos
13 23 (2.45%) EMC
14 20 (2.13%) CheckPoint
15 19 (2.02%) McAfee
16 18 (1.91%) Brocade
16 18 (1.91%) Palo Alto
17 17 (1.81%) IBM
17 17 (1.81%) ServiceNow