Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
28 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 198 170 166
Rank change year-on-year -28 -4 -4
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 852 2,877 3,431
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.77% 2.06% 2.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.06% 8.82% 8.72%
Number of salaries quoted 841 2,507 2,912
Median annual salary £47,500 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.95% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £23,500 £23,792
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £74,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +2.67%

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 10,572 32,606 39,367
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.02% 23.39% 23.65%
Number of salaries quoted 7,771 23,729 29,202
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +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 28 September 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 28 September 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 -32 776 £47,500 +7.95% 203
UK excluding London -4 594 £45,000 +12.50% 185
London -18 228 £56,250 +12.50% 36
South East 0 171 £47,500 +5.56% 48
North of England +11 168 £42,500 +21.43% 43
Midlands +36 118 £40,000 - 38
Work from Home +31 109 £53,750 -14.00% 34
North West +43 102 £52,500 +40.00% 16
West Midlands +36 87 £32,500 -18.75% 28
South West +13 65 £47,500 +5.56% 20
Scotland +71 35 £52,500 +58.05% 9
East of England +26 35 £47,500 +17.28% 17
North East +22 33 £37,500 +25.00% 2
Yorkshire -19 33 £32,500 +8.33% 25
East Midlands +30 32 £43,308 +8.27% 10
Northern Ireland -2 12 £40,000 +73.91% 5
Wales +17 9 £35,000 +10.24% 5
Isle of Man -6 2 £47,500 -1.04%

For the 6 months to 28 September 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.

1 729 (85.56%) Microsoft
2 464 (54.46%) Azure
3 463 (54.34%) Windows
4 407 (47.77%) Active Directory
5 380 (44.60%) MCSE
6 337 (39.55%) Office 365
7 305 (35.80%) MCSA
8 286 (33.57%) VMware
9 228 (26.76%) Windows Server
10 219 (25.70%) ITIL
11 196 (23.00%) SQL Server
12 185 (21.71%) SQL
13 179 (21.01%) Cisco Certification
13 179 (21.01%) VMware Infrastructure
14 165 (19.37%) PowerShell
15 163 (19.13%) CCNA
15 163 (19.13%) Cisco
16 155 (18.19%) Hyper-V
17 148 (17.37%) DNS
18 145 (17.02%) Degree
19 141 (16.55%) Windows 10
20 139 (16.31%) Firewall
21 135 (15.85%) AWS
22 132 (15.49%) Finance
23 130 (15.26%) Microsoft Office
24 129 (15.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 128 (15.02%) WAN
26 121 (14.20%) IaaS
27 120 (14.08%) SCCM
28 119 (13.97%) SAN

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
1 114 (13.38%) SharePoint
2 99 (11.62%) MS Exchange
3 49 (5.75%) Exchange Server 2010
4 46 (5.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 42 (4.93%) Skype for Business
6 35 (4.11%) IIS
7 15 (1.76%) SharePoint 2010
8 12 (1.41%) Kentico
9 7 (0.82%) CMS
10 6 (0.70%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.35%) ArcGIS
12 3 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
13 2 (0.23%) Apache
13 2 (0.23%) JBoss
13 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 130 (15.26%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.35%) Camtasia
Business Applications
1 26 (3.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.82%) Maximo
3 5 (0.59%) Carpe Diem
4 3 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.23%) Workfront
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 464 (54.46%) Azure
2 337 (39.55%) Office 365
3 135 (15.85%) AWS
4 121 (14.20%) IaaS
5 110 (12.91%) PaaS
6 87 (10.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 56 (6.57%) Power Platform
8 42 (4.93%) GCP
9 41 (4.81%) SaaS
10 31 (3.64%) Dynamics 365
11 27 (3.17%) OneDrive
12 25 (2.93%) Cloud Computing
13 11 (1.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 10 (1.17%) GitHub
14 10 (1.17%) PowerApps
15 7 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
15 7 (0.82%) Yammer
16 6 (0.70%) Amazon S3
16 6 (0.70%) Power Automate
17 5 (0.59%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 148 (17.37%) DNS
2 139 (16.31%) Firewall
3 128 (15.02%) WAN
4 119 (13.97%) SAN
5 112 (13.15%) LAN
6 111 (13.03%) TCP/IP
7 109 (12.79%) DHCP
8 70 (8.22%) Skype
9 61 (7.16%) VPN
10 53 (6.22%) Fibre Channel
11 52 (6.10%) iSCSI
12 47 (5.52%) Internet
13 40 (4.69%) Wireless
14 39 (4.58%) Network Security
15 32 (3.76%) Wi-Fi
16 31 (3.64%) Unified Communications
16 31 (3.64%) VoIP
17 22 (2.58%) Remote Desktop
18 20 (2.35%) NetScaler
19 17 (2.00%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 196 (23.00%) SQL Server
2 37 (4.34%) Power BI
3 34 (3.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (2.11%) SQL Server 2014
5 15 (1.76%) SQL Server 2016
5 15 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (1.64%) Amazon RDS
7 12 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
8 11 (1.29%) Data Lake
8 11 (1.29%) Relational Database
8 11 (1.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
10 9 (1.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 8 (0.94%) Big Data
12 7 (0.82%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 7 (0.82%) MySQL
12 7 (0.82%) SAP HANA
13 6 (0.70%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 29 (3.40%) Visual Studio
2 16 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (1.41%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.17%) JIRA
5 7 (0.82%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.82%) Metasploit
5 7 (0.82%) WebScarab
6 4 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.47%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.35%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.35%) GitLab
8 2 (0.23%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.12%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 132 (15.49%) Finance
2 41 (4.81%) Public Sector
3 27 (3.17%) Telecoms
4 16 (1.88%) Banking
4 16 (1.88%) Manufacturing
4 16 (1.88%) Marketing
4 16 (1.88%) Retail
5 14 (1.64%) Legal
6 10 (1.17%) Local Government
7 9 (1.06%) Electronics
7 9 (1.06%) Law
8 5 (0.59%) Advertising
9 4 (0.47%) Back Office
10 3 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.23%) Automotive
11 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.23%) Mandarin Language
11 2 (0.23%) Police
11 2 (0.23%) Private Banking
12 1 (0.12%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 119 (13.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 104 (12.21%) Analyst
3 94 (11.03%) Consultant
4 88 (10.33%) Architect
5 70 (8.22%) Developer
6 69 (8.10%) Support Engineer
7 63 (7.39%) IT Engineer
8 47 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 42 (4.93%) IT Support
9 42 (4.93%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 40 (4.69%) 2nd Line Support
10 40 (4.69%) Systems Engineer
11 38 (4.46%) Administrator
11 38 (4.46%) Desktop Support
12 33 (3.87%) Infrastructure Architect
13 32 (3.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 31 (3.64%) Support Analyst
15 30 (3.52%) Cloud Architect
15 30 (3.52%) IT Analyst
16 28 (3.29%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (8.69%) .NET
2 25 (2.93%) .NET Framework
3 23 (2.70%) ASP.NET
4 21 (2.46%) Web Services
5 20 (2.35%) AngularJS
5 20 (2.35%) ASP.NET MVC
6 19 (2.23%) Entity Framework
7 14 (1.64%) HTML
8 13 (1.53%) .NET Core
8 13 (1.53%) jQuery
8 13 (1.53%) REST
9 12 (1.41%) CSS
9 12 (1.41%) WCF
10 11 (1.29%) Managed Extensibility Framework
10 11 (1.29%) Reactive Extensions
10 11 (1.29%) SOAP
10 11 (1.29%) XML
11 7 (0.82%) OAuth
11 7 (0.82%) OAuth2
11 7 (0.82%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 100 (11.74%) Data Centre
2 61 (7.16%) Management Information System
3 53 (6.22%) Self-Motivation
4 52 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
5 41 (4.81%) Private Cloud
6 27 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
7 26 (3.05%) PKI
8 25 (2.93%) Public Cloud
9 22 (2.58%) Clustering
9 22 (2.58%) Driving Licence
10 18 (2.11%) Algorithms
10 18 (2.11%) Replication
11 16 (1.88%) Client/Server
12 13 (1.53%) Cloud Native
12 13 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.29%) CMDB
13 11 (1.29%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 11 (1.29%) Security Operations Centre
14 10 (1.17%) iPhone
15 9 (1.06%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 463 (54.34%) Windows
2 228 (26.76%) Windows Server
3 141 (16.55%) Windows 10
4 114 (13.38%) Linux
5 98 (11.50%) Windows Server 2016
6 83 (9.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 77 (9.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 61 (7.16%) Windows 7
9 34 (3.99%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (3.05%) Windows 8
11 16 (1.88%) Unix
12 14 (1.64%) Windows XP
13 11 (1.29%) Android
14 7 (0.82%) Apple iOS
15 5 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (0.47%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
17 3 (0.35%) HPUX
17 3 (0.35%) Solaris
17 3 (0.35%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (25.70%) ITIL
2 129 (15.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 92 (10.80%) Migration
4 90 (10.56%) Disaster Recovery
5 75 (8.80%) Cybersecurity
6 72 (8.45%) Change Management
7 71 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
8 69 (8.10%) Business Intelligence
9 67 (7.86%) Problem-Solving
10 64 (7.51%) TOGAF
11 61 (7.16%) Presales
12 55 (6.46%) Mentoring
13 50 (5.87%) Project Management
14 49 (5.75%) DevOps
15 46 (5.40%) Business Continuity
15 46 (5.40%) Project Delivery
16 45 (5.28%) ITIL V3
17 37 (4.34%) Computer Science
17 37 (4.34%) Service Management
18 36 (4.23%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 185 (21.71%) SQL
2 165 (19.37%) PowerShell
3 62 (7.28%) C#
4 50 (5.87%) Python
5 37 (4.34%) Bash Shell
6 23 (2.70%) JavaScript
6 23 (2.70%) T-SQL
7 13 (1.53%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.41%) VBScript
9 5 (0.59%) Java
9 5 (0.59%) VB.NET
9 5 (0.59%) X++
10 3 (0.35%) C
10 3 (0.35%) PHP
10 3 (0.35%) Scala
11 2 (0.23%) DataFlex
11 2 (0.23%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.12%) C++
12 1 (0.12%) Delphi
12 1 (0.12%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 380 (44.60%) MCSE
2 305 (35.80%) MCSA
3 179 (21.01%) Cisco Certification
4 163 (19.13%) CCNA
5 145 (17.02%) Degree
6 95 (11.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 94 (11.03%) MCP
8 74 (8.69%) MCITP
9 55 (6.46%) Security Cleared
10 50 (5.87%) SC Cleared
11 47 (5.52%) TOGAF Certification
12 42 (4.93%) CCNP
12 42 (4.93%) MCTS
13 34 (3.99%) Server+ Certification
14 30 (3.52%) ITIL Certification
15 27 (3.17%) RHCE
16 24 (2.82%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (2.46%) MCDST
18 20 (2.35%) A+ Certification
19 19 (2.23%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (6.92%) SLA
2 23 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (2.00%) GDPR
4 11 (1.29%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.82%) NCSC
5 7 (0.82%) QA
6 6 (0.70%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.59%) COBIT
7 5 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.35%) NIST
9 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.12%) NIST 800
System Software
1 407 (47.77%) Active Directory
2 179 (21.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 155 (18.19%) Hyper-V
4 47 (5.52%) vSphere
5 30 (3.52%) Virtual Machines
6 26 (3.05%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (2.82%) XenApp
8 15 (1.76%) Docker
9 11 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
10 10 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
10 10 (1.17%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.59%) Terminal Server
12 5 (0.59%) VMware Server
13 4 (0.47%) NFS
13 4 (0.47%) VMware NSX
14 3 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 3 (0.35%) Firmware
14 3 (0.35%) Terminal Services
15 2 (0.23%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 120 (14.08%) SCCM
2 86 (10.09%) Microsoft Intune
3 38 (4.46%) Ansible
3 38 (4.46%) Puppet
4 30 (3.52%) Terraform
5 23 (2.70%) Microsoft Clustering
6 21 (2.46%) Backup Exec
6 21 (2.46%) SCOM
7 19 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (1.88%) WSUS
9 12 (1.41%) Nessus
10 10 (1.17%) Kubernetes
11 8 (0.94%) vCenter Server
12 7 (0.82%) Core Impact
12 7 (0.82%) Nagios
12 7 (0.82%) Nexpose
12 7 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
13 6 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
13 6 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
13 6 (0.70%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 729 (85.56%) Microsoft
2 286 (33.57%) VMware
3 163 (19.13%) Cisco
4 116 (13.62%) Citrix
5 50 (5.87%) Dell
6 45 (5.28%) HP
7 39 (4.58%) Veeam
8 37 (4.34%) Red Hat
9 33 (3.87%) CheckPoint
9 33 (3.87%) Google
10 25 (2.93%) Oracle
11 23 (2.70%) SAP
12 20 (2.35%) NetApp
13 18 (2.11%) Gemalto
14 17 (2.00%) IBM
15 16 (1.88%) Meraki
16 15 (1.76%) Splunk
17 12 (1.41%) Palo Alto
18 11 (1.29%) Siemens
18 11 (1.29%) SolarWinds