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

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 289 199 173
Rank change year-on-year -90 -26 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,449 868 2,897
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.78% 2.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.51% 8.06% 8.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1,059 733 2,364
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £23,250
25th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £29,375
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £58,750 £61,250 £58,750
90th Percentile £67,750 £73,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% -

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 26,281 10,770 33,008
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.53% 22.04% 23.45%
Number of salaries quoted 14,747 8,215 24,384
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,750
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.06% +7.78% -

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 September 2021.

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 25 September 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 -93 1,236 £45,000 - 361
UK excluding London -60 1,021 £42,500 -5.56% 288
London -149 325 £50,000 -9.09% 92
South East -54 306 £42,500 -5.56% 67
Work from Home -142 276 £52,500 -4.55% 62
North of England -80 206 £43,000 +1.18% 97
Midlands -59 204 £42,500 +13.33% 47
West Midlands -70 123 £42,500 +30.77% 30
North West -93 104 £52,500 - 67
South West -61 98 £42,230 -11.10% 26
East of England -47 86 £45,000 -5.26% 32
East Midlands -34 81 £40,000 -5.88% 17
Scotland -59 72 £48,000 -8.57% 11
Yorkshire -59 68 £40,848 +16.71% 19
Wales -6 44 £32,500 -14.47% 5
North East -29 35 £30,000 -20.00% 11
Northern Ireland -51 9 £45,000 +12.50% 3

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 1,255 (86.61%) Microsoft
2 829 (57.21%) Azure
3 733 (50.59%) Active Directory
4 729 (50.31%) Windows
5 557 (38.44%) Microsoft 365
6 520 (35.89%) MCSE
7 516 (35.61%) VMware
8 390 (26.92%) ITIL
8 390 (26.92%) Windows Server
9 381 (26.29%) VMware Infrastructure
10 380 (26.22%) Social Skills
11 366 (25.26%) MCSA
12 341 (23.53%) SQL Server
13 325 (22.43%) SQL
14 282 (19.46%) Citrix
15 276 (19.05%) PowerShell
16 255 (17.60%) Firewall
17 250 (17.25%) Hyper-V
18 236 (16.29%) Problem-Solving
19 222 (15.32%) Windows 10
20 215 (14.84%) Cybersecurity
21 213 (14.70%) MCP
22 212 (14.63%) DevOps
23 210 (14.49%) SharePoint
24 208 (14.35%) Cisco Certification
25 201 (13.87%) Degree
26 197 (13.60%) DNS
26 197 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
27 188 (12.97%) CCNA
28 185 (12.77%) 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
1 210 (14.49%) SharePoint
2 98 (6.76%) MS Exchange
3 55 (3.80%) IIS
4 23 (1.59%) CMS
4 23 (1.59%) Skype for Business
5 20 (1.38%) Umbraco
6 19 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 15 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
9 13 (0.90%) Sitecore CMS
9 13 (0.90%) WordPress
10 12 (0.83%) Confluence
11 11 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
12 10 (0.69%) Kentico
13 9 (0.62%) Apache
14 8 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 8 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
15 7 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
16 5 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
17 3 (0.21%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 163 (11.25%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.55%) Chatbot
6 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.28%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.069%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.069%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.069%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 26 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.97%) Sage 200
3 8 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.55%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.21%) Workfront
5 2 (0.14%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.14%) Sage 50
5 2 (0.14%) Sage BI
5 2 (0.14%) Sage CRM
5 2 (0.14%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.069%) Maximo
6 1 (0.069%) Orchard Housing
6 1 (0.069%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.069%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.069%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.069%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 829 (57.21%) Azure
2 557 (38.44%) Microsoft 365
3 185 (12.77%) AWS
4 163 (11.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 120 (8.28%) IaaS
6 115 (7.94%) Power Platform
7 91 (6.28%) Serverless
8 89 (6.14%) PaaS
9 86 (5.94%) SaaS
10 54 (3.73%) OneDrive
11 50 (3.45%) Dynamics 365
12 39 (2.69%) Azure Data Factory
13 35 (2.42%) Mimecast
13 35 (2.42%) Power Automate
14 32 (2.21%) PowerApps
15 28 (1.93%) GCP
16 26 (1.79%) Azure Key Vault
17 22 (1.52%) Azure Logic Apps
17 22 (1.52%) Azure Synapse Analytics
18 20 (1.38%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 255 (17.60%) Firewall
2 197 (13.60%) DNS
3 166 (11.46%) DHCP
4 153 (10.56%) WAN
5 144 (9.94%) LAN
6 106 (7.32%) SAN
7 103 (7.11%) TCP/IP
7 103 (7.11%) VPN
8 84 (5.80%) VLAN
9 72 (4.97%) Network Security
10 46 (3.17%) VoIP
10 46 (3.17%) Wi-Fi
11 42 (2.90%) Wireless
12 36 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
13 33 (2.28%) Internet
13 33 (2.28%) NAS
14 25 (1.73%) Skype
15 23 (1.59%) MPLS
16 16 (1.10%) HTTP
17 15 (1.04%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 341 (23.53%) SQL Server
2 72 (4.97%) Power BI
3 54 (3.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 51 (3.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 50 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
6 41 (2.83%) Relational Database
7 35 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 30 (2.07%) Data Lake
8 30 (2.07%) MySQL
9 28 (1.93%) SQL Server 2008
10 22 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
11 20 (1.38%) SQL Server 2016
12 19 (1.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 18 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
14 15 (1.04%) PolyBase
15 14 (0.97%) Big Data
16 13 (0.90%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.83%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 12 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
18 11 (0.76%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 36 (2.48%) Visual Studio
2 28 (1.93%) JIRA
3 26 (1.79%) Visual Studio Team System
4 13 (0.90%) Grunt
4 13 (0.90%) gulp
4 13 (0.90%) webpack
5 11 (0.76%) Git (software)
6 10 (0.69%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 8 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.28%) Snyk
9 3 (0.21%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.21%) MSI
9 3 (0.21%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.14%) AppScan
10 2 (0.14%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.14%) Maven
11 1 (0.069%) Ant
11 1 (0.069%) GitLab
11 1 (0.069%) Octopus Deploy
11 1 (0.069%) Postman
General
1 380 (26.22%) Social Skills
2 172 (11.87%) Finance
3 88 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
4 57 (3.93%) Public Sector
5 40 (2.76%) Telecoms
6 35 (2.42%) Advertising
6 35 (2.42%) Banking
6 35 (2.42%) Documentation Skills
6 35 (2.42%) Organisational Skills
7 29 (2.00%) Retail
8 27 (1.86%) Law
9 24 (1.66%) Legal
9 24 (1.66%) Marketing
10 23 (1.59%) Manufacturing
11 19 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
12 16 (1.10%) Presentation Skills
13 14 (0.97%) Local Government
14 10 (0.69%) Automotive
15 8 (0.55%) Investment Banking
16 6 (0.41%) Games
Job Titles
1 197 (13.60%) Architect
2 180 (12.42%) Analyst
3 140 (9.66%) Support Engineer
4 137 (9.45%) Developer
5 115 (7.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 102 (7.04%) IT Support
7 101 (6.97%) Solutions Architect
8 83 (5.73%) Support Analyst
9 80 (5.52%) IT Engineer
10 76 (5.24%) Consultant
11 75 (5.18%) Azure Architect
12 70 (4.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 57 (3.93%) IT Analyst
14 54 (3.73%) Azure Engineer
15 53 (3.66%) Administrator
16 52 (3.59%) 3rd Line Support
17 51 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support
18 49 (3.38%) IT Support Engineer
19 48 (3.31%) IT Manager
20 44 (3.04%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (8.97%) .NET
2 74 (5.11%) HTML
3 71 (4.90%) CSS
4 69 (4.76%) ASP.NET
5 61 (4.21%) AngularJS
6 48 (3.31%) ASP.NET Web API
7 43 (2.97%) React
8 41 (2.83%) Web Services
9 38 (2.62%) .NET Framework
10 34 (2.35%) .NET Core
11 29 (2.00%) HTML5
12 28 (1.93%) jQuery
13 27 (1.86%) REST
13 27 (1.86%) Vue.js
14 21 (1.45%) Spring
15 20 (1.38%) Node.js
16 17 (1.17%) Entity Framework
17 15 (1.04%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 15 (1.04%) KnockoutJS
17 15 (1.04%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 156 (10.77%) Data Centre
2 103 (7.11%) Public Cloud
3 97 (6.69%) Management Information System
4 51 (3.52%) PKI
5 46 (3.17%) Driving Licence
6 37 (2.55%) Self-Motivation
7 36 (2.48%) Algorithms
8 34 (2.35%) User Experience
9 33 (2.28%) Replication
10 31 (2.14%) Cyberthreat
11 30 (2.07%) Hybrid Cloud
11 30 (2.07%) Legacy Systems
12 24 (1.66%) Clustering
12 24 (1.66%) Fat Client
12 24 (1.66%) Thin Client
12 24 (1.66%) Video Conferencing
13 22 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
13 22 (1.52%) Private Cloud
14 20 (1.38%) Mobile App
15 13 (0.90%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 729 (50.31%) Windows
2 390 (26.92%) Windows Server
3 222 (15.32%) Windows 10
4 157 (10.84%) Linux
5 110 (7.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 102 (7.04%) Windows Server 2016
7 94 (6.49%) Windows Server 2019
8 67 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
9 61 (4.21%) Windows 7
10 46 (3.17%) Android
11 44 (3.04%) Apple iOS
12 33 (2.28%) Mac OS
13 28 (1.93%) Unix
14 24 (1.66%) Windows 8
15 18 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
16 15 (1.04%) Ubuntu
17 12 (0.83%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.69%) CentOS
19 7 (0.48%) VMS
20 6 (0.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (26.92%) ITIL
2 236 (16.29%) Problem-Solving
3 215 (14.84%) Cybersecurity
4 212 (14.63%) DevOps
5 197 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
6 181 (12.49%) Project Management
7 153 (10.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 147 (10.14%) Presales
9 142 (9.80%) Analytics
10 116 (8.01%) Service Delivery
11 113 (7.80%) Migration
12 112 (7.73%) Customer Engagement
13 98 (6.76%) Time Management
14 94 (6.49%) Software Licensing
15 89 (6.14%) Service Management
16 82 (5.66%) Mentoring
17 79 (5.45%) Business Intelligence
18 78 (5.38%) Information Security
19 77 (5.31%) Computer Science
20 76 (5.24%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 325 (22.43%) SQL
2 276 (19.05%) PowerShell
3 120 (8.28%) C#
4 100 (6.90%) JavaScript
5 47 (3.24%) Python
6 45 (3.11%) T-SQL
7 31 (2.14%) Java
8 21 (1.45%) VB
9 18 (1.24%) PHP
10 17 (1.17%) VB.NET
11 15 (1.04%) U-SQL
12 14 (0.97%) TypeScript
13 13 (0.90%) VBScript
14 12 (0.83%) Bash Shell
15 9 (0.62%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 6 (0.41%) Perl
16 6 (0.41%) VBA
16 6 (0.41%) X++
17 4 (0.28%) Ruby
17 4 (0.28%) Scala
Qualifications
1 520 (35.89%) MCSE
2 366 (25.26%) MCSA
3 213 (14.70%) MCP
4 208 (14.35%) Cisco Certification
5 201 (13.87%) Degree
6 188 (12.97%) CCNA
7 110 (7.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 95 (6.56%) MCITP
9 72 (4.97%) Security Cleared
10 51 (3.52%) Citrix Certification
10 51 (3.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 49 (3.38%) SC Cleared
12 42 (2.90%) A+ Certification
13 40 (2.76%) CCNP
14 37 (2.55%) CISSP
15 33 (2.28%) ITIL Certification
15 33 (2.28%) MCSD
16 31 (2.14%) AWS Certification
16 31 (2.14%) CCA
16 31 (2.14%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (10.35%) SLA
2 58 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (2.07%) QA
4 26 (1.79%) GDPR
5 21 (1.45%) Cyber Essentials
6 9 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 8 (0.55%) NCSC
8 6 (0.41%) GRC
8 6 (0.41%) NIST
8 6 (0.41%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.35%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.28%) PMO
11 2 (0.14%) Accessibility
11 2 (0.14%) Data Quality
11 2 (0.14%) HL7
12 1 (0.069%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.069%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.069%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.069%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 733 (50.59%) Active Directory
2 381 (26.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 250 (17.25%) Hyper-V
4 106 (7.32%) vSphere
5 54 (3.73%) XenApp
6 38 (2.62%) VMware ESXi
7 33 (2.28%) XenDesktop
8 28 (1.93%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (1.31%) Docker
10 16 (1.10%) Terminal Services
10 16 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
11 14 (0.97%) BitLocker
12 12 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
13 8 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 7 (0.48%) Firmware
14 7 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.48%) NFS
15 6 (0.41%) VMware NSX
15 6 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 177 (12.22%) SCCM
2 134 (9.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 68 (4.69%) WSUS
4 40 (2.76%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 34 (2.35%) Kubernetes
6 33 (2.28%) SCOM
7 30 (2.07%) Single Sign-On
8 23 (1.59%) Terraform
9 21 (1.45%) Ansible
10 18 (1.24%) Nagios
10 18 (1.24%) NetBackup
11 15 (1.04%) WMI
12 14 (0.97%) Jamf Pro
13 12 (0.83%) Puppet
13 12 (0.83%) Sysprep
14 11 (0.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 10 (0.69%) vCenter Server
16 9 (0.62%) Backup Exec
16 9 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
16 9 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,255 (86.61%) Microsoft
2 516 (35.61%) VMware
3 282 (19.46%) Citrix
4 180 (12.42%) Cisco
5 93 (6.42%) Veeam
6 70 (4.83%) ServiceNow
7 60 (4.14%) Oracle
8 59 (4.07%) HP
9 52 (3.59%) Sophos
10 49 (3.38%) Apple
11 39 (2.69%) Dell
12 37 (2.55%) Google
13 32 (2.21%) Databricks
14 30 (2.07%) NetApp
15 29 (2.00%) IBM
16 28 (1.93%) Gemalto
17 26 (1.79%) SolarWinds
18 25 (1.73%) SAP
19 24 (1.66%) Adobe
20 23 (1.59%) Juniper