Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 252 180 170
Rank change year-on-year -72 -10 -10
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,067 2,162 3,075
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 1.90% 2.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.21% 8.87% 8.39%
Number of salaries quoted 863 1,761 2,531
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,500 £24,000
25th Percentile £33,000 £31,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +1.19%
75th Percentile £62,500 £57,879 £55,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -

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 17,182 24,370 36,661
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.75% 21.46% 24.63%
Number of salaries quoted 11,685 18,336 26,830
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +3.45%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 -62 962 £45,000 +5.88% 237
UK excluding London -55 714 £40,000 -5.88% 172
Work from Home -18 271 £47,500 -25.49% 54
London -81 268 £57,500 +21.11% 83
South East -7 249 £35,250 -21.67% 27
Midlands -28 165 £40,000 -11.11% 42
North of England -88 132 £42,500 +13.33% 51
North West -24 89 £47,500 +17.28% 31
West Midlands -21 87 £40,000 -5.88% 28
South West -62 85 £42,230 +5.57% 19
East Midlands -4 78 £39,500 -15.05% 14
East of England +36 45 £44,500 +4.71% 16
Yorkshire -48 30 £33,481 -14.15% 14
Wales +9 21 £35,423 -5.54% 4
Scotland -19 19 £47,500 -9.52% 12
North East -42 14 £35,000 +27.27% 6
Northern Ireland -5 4 £42,500 - 2

For the 6 months to 11 April 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.

1 884 (82.85%) Microsoft
2 548 (51.36%) Azure
3 536 (50.23%) Windows
4 472 (44.24%) Active Directory
5 462 (43.30%) MCSE
6 425 (39.83%) Microsoft 365
7 407 (38.14%) VMware
8 302 (28.30%) Windows Server
9 270 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
10 267 (25.02%) MCSA
11 264 (24.74%) ITIL
12 220 (20.62%) SQL
13 208 (19.49%) PowerShell
14 206 (19.31%) SQL Server
15 204 (19.12%) Cisco Certification
16 203 (19.03%) Hyper-V
17 187 (17.53%) CCNA
18 178 (16.68%) Firewall
19 177 (16.59%) Citrix
20 173 (16.21%) Windows 10
21 164 (15.37%) Degree
21 164 (15.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 158 (14.81%) Cisco
23 154 (14.43%) Linux
24 151 (14.15%) Agile Software Development
25 150 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
26 148 (13.87%) SharePoint
27 145 (13.59%) MS Exchange
28 143 (13.40%) DevOps
29 141 (13.21%) Finance

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
1 148 (13.87%) SharePoint
2 145 (13.59%) MS Exchange
3 37 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2013
4 28 (2.62%) Skype for Business
5 24 (2.25%) IIS
6 11 (1.03%) WordPress
7 9 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
9 6 (0.56%) Apache
9 6 (0.56%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.47%) CMS
10 5 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.37%) EPiServer
11 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.37%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.37%) WebLogic
Applications
1 126 (11.81%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.56%) Gephi
4 4 (0.37%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.28%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.094%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 25 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (2.16%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.84%) Workfront
4 5 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.47%) Maximo
4 5 (0.47%) Sentinel
5 2 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.094%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.094%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.094%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.094%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 548 (51.36%) Azure
2 425 (39.83%) Microsoft 365
3 119 (11.15%) AWS
4 93 (8.72%) Azure Active Directory
5 86 (8.06%) IaaS
6 77 (7.22%) PaaS
6 77 (7.22%) Power Platform
7 60 (5.62%) SaaS
8 49 (4.59%) Dynamics 365
9 45 (4.22%) PowerApps
10 20 (1.87%) GitHub
10 20 (1.87%) Power Automate
11 19 (1.78%) Cloud Computing
11 19 (1.78%) OneDrive
12 17 (1.59%) GCP
13 11 (1.03%) Google Workspace
13 11 (1.03%) OpenShift
14 9 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
14 9 (0.84%) Serverless
15 8 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 178 (16.68%) Firewall
2 138 (12.93%) DNS
3 91 (8.53%) DHCP
3 91 (8.53%) WAN
4 88 (8.25%) SAN
5 87 (8.15%) TCP/IP
6 74 (6.94%) LAN
7 61 (5.72%) VPN
8 41 (3.84%) VLAN
9 37 (3.47%) Network Security
10 35 (3.28%) Skype
11 33 (3.09%) VoIP
12 27 (2.53%) Wi-Fi
13 26 (2.44%) Unified Communications
14 25 (2.34%) MPLS
15 21 (1.97%) Remote Desktop
15 21 (1.97%) WLAN
16 20 (1.87%) NAS
17 19 (1.78%) VSAN
18 18 (1.69%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (19.31%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (4.12%) Power BI
4 34 (3.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 33 (3.09%) Relational Database
6 26 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 16 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 15 (1.41%) Azure SQL Database
8 15 (1.41%) MySQL
9 11 (1.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 10 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (0.94%) RDBMS
10 10 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (0.84%) Big Data
11 9 (0.84%) Data Lake
11 9 (0.84%) PolyBase
11 9 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
13 6 (0.56%) Cosmos DB
13 6 (0.56%) Impala
Development Applications
1 44 (4.12%) Jenkins
2 30 (2.81%) Visual Studio
3 28 (2.62%) Git (software)
4 23 (2.16%) JIRA
5 12 (1.12%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.75%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.75%) Grunt
6 8 (0.75%) gulp
6 8 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (0.75%) webpack
7 6 (0.56%) Bitbucket Server
7 6 (0.56%) git-flow
8 5 (0.47%) CircleCI
8 5 (0.47%) MSI
8 5 (0.47%) Snyk
9 4 (0.37%) Maven
10 3 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.28%) Subversion
10 3 (0.28%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 141 (13.21%) Finance
2 49 (4.59%) Public Sector
3 33 (3.09%) Legal
4 30 (2.81%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.06%) Law
6 20 (1.87%) Marketing
7 17 (1.59%) Advertising
7 17 (1.59%) Local Government
8 15 (1.41%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.31%) Banking
10 13 (1.22%) Military
11 9 (0.84%) Retail
12 8 (0.75%) Mandarin Language
13 7 (0.66%) Aerospace
13 7 (0.66%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.56%) Electronics
14 6 (0.56%) Publishing
15 5 (0.47%) Fire and Rescue
15 5 (0.47%) Housing Association
15 5 (0.47%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 136 (12.75%) Analyst
2 121 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 109 (10.22%) Developer
4 100 (9.37%) Support Engineer
5 99 (9.28%) IT Engineer
6 89 (8.34%) Architect
6 89 (8.34%) IT Support
7 69 (6.47%) Consultant
8 68 (6.37%) IT Analyst
9 54 (5.06%) Support Analyst
10 51 (4.78%) Azure Engineer
11 48 (4.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 46 (4.31%) Systems Engineer
13 38 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
13 38 (3.56%) Software Developer
14 36 (3.37%) Azure Architect
15 35 (3.28%) Administrator
15 35 (3.28%) IT Support Engineer
16 34 (3.19%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 32 (3.00%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (11.81%) .NET
2 68 (6.37%) HTML
3 54 (5.06%) CSS
4 52 (4.87%) ASP.NET
5 38 (3.56%) .NET Core
5 38 (3.56%) .NET Framework
5 38 (3.56%) Web Services
6 34 (3.19%) HTML5
7 30 (2.81%) AngularJS
7 30 (2.81%) ASP.NET Web API
8 28 (2.62%) React
9 19 (1.78%) Vue.js
10 18 (1.69%) jQuery
11 17 (1.59%) Entity Framework
11 17 (1.59%) Node.js
12 15 (1.41%) Spring
13 14 (1.31%) CSS3
13 14 (1.31%) Spring Boot
14 13 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC
15 10 (0.94%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
2 91 (8.53%) Data Centre
3 59 (5.53%) Management Information System
4 42 (3.94%) Clustering
5 35 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
6 34 (3.19%) Enterprise Software
7 33 (3.09%) Private Cloud
8 32 (3.00%) Public Cloud
9 29 (2.72%) Hybrid Cloud
10 24 (2.25%) Replication
11 20 (1.87%) PKI
12 18 (1.69%) User Experience
13 14 (1.31%) Algorithms
13 14 (1.31%) BYOD
13 14 (1.31%) Driving Licence
14 12 (1.12%) Client/Server
14 12 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
15 11 (1.03%) Mobile App
16 10 (0.94%) EPoS
17 8 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 536 (50.23%) Windows
2 302 (28.30%) Windows Server
3 173 (16.21%) Windows 10
4 154 (14.43%) Linux
5 89 (8.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 64 (6.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 63 (5.90%) Windows Server 2016
8 57 (5.34%) Windows Server 2019
9 44 (4.12%) Windows 7
10 31 (2.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 17 (1.59%) Android
12 15 (1.41%) Unix
13 12 (1.12%) Windows 8
14 10 (0.94%) Apple iOS
14 10 (0.94%) Mac OS X
15 9 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
16 4 (0.37%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.37%) Windows XP
17 3 (0.28%) CentOS
17 3 (0.28%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (24.74%) ITIL
2 164 (15.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 151 (14.15%) Agile Software Development
4 150 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
5 143 (13.40%) DevOps
6 135 (12.65%) Migration
7 118 (11.06%) Project Management
8 84 (7.87%) Presales
9 83 (7.78%) Service Management
10 75 (7.03%) Disaster Recovery
11 67 (6.28%) Cybersecurity
11 67 (6.28%) Scrum
12 65 (6.09%) Project Delivery
13 61 (5.72%) ITIL V3
14 59 (5.53%) Mentoring
15 57 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
15 57 (5.34%) Computer Science
16 55 (5.15%) CRM
17 52 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
18 45 (4.22%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 220 (20.62%) SQL
2 208 (19.49%) PowerShell
3 76 (7.12%) C#
3 76 (7.12%) JavaScript
4 46 (4.31%) Python
5 43 (4.03%) Java
6 41 (3.84%) T-SQL
7 39 (3.66%) Bash Shell
8 36 (3.37%) VB.NET
9 19 (1.78%) C
10 16 (1.50%) VBScript
11 12 (1.12%) Perl
12 10 (0.94%) Shell Script
13 9 (0.84%) PHP
13 9 (0.84%) U-SQL
14 8 (0.75%) C++
14 8 (0.75%) VB
15 7 (0.66%) Groovy
16 6 (0.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 6 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 462 (43.30%) MCSE
2 267 (25.02%) MCSA
3 204 (19.12%) Cisco Certification
4 187 (17.53%) CCNA
5 164 (15.37%) Degree
6 131 (12.28%) MCP
7 107 (10.03%) MCITP
8 102 (9.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 96 (9.00%) Security Cleared
10 68 (6.37%) SC Cleared
11 47 (4.40%) CISSP
12 44 (4.12%) CCNP
13 40 (3.75%) CompTIA Security+
14 39 (3.66%) MCTS
15 37 (3.47%) DV Cleared
16 31 (2.91%) CEH
17 28 (2.62%) Computer Science Degree
18 26 (2.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 26 (2.44%) SSCP
19 24 (2.25%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (6.00%) SLA
2 26 (2.44%) QA
3 17 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.03%) GDPR
5 10 (0.94%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (0.75%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 7 (0.66%) NCSC
8 6 (0.56%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.56%) PMO
9 5 (0.47%) NIST
9 5 (0.47%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.37%) GRC
11 1 (0.094%) Def Stans
11 1 (0.094%) HL7
11 1 (0.094%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 472 (44.24%) Active Directory
2 270 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 203 (19.03%) Hyper-V
4 78 (7.31%) vSphere
5 58 (5.44%) VMware ESXi
6 53 (4.97%) XenApp
7 38 (3.56%) XenDesktop
8 32 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
9 25 (2.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 19 (1.78%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (0.94%) Terminal Services
12 9 (0.84%) Docker
12 9 (0.84%) Shibboleth
12 9 (0.84%) Terminal Server
12 9 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (0.84%) VMware NSX
13 8 (0.75%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 7 (0.66%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.66%) Xen
Systems Management
1 136 (12.75%) SCCM
2 67 (6.28%) Microsoft Intune
3 60 (5.62%) Terraform
4 51 (4.78%) Ansible
5 46 (4.31%) SCOM
6 39 (3.66%) Single Sign-On
6 39 (3.66%) WSUS
7 37 (3.47%) Kubernetes
8 36 (3.37%) Puppet
9 24 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (2.06%) Microsoft Clustering
11 19 (1.78%) McAfee ePO
11 19 (1.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 18 (1.69%) NetBackup
13 17 (1.59%) Backup Exec
14 13 (1.22%) Failover Clustering
14 13 (1.22%) Norton AntiVirus
14 13 (1.22%) vCenter Server
15 11 (1.03%) WMI
16 8 (0.75%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 884 (82.85%) Microsoft
2 407 (38.14%) VMware
3 177 (16.59%) Citrix
4 158 (14.81%) Cisco
5 66 (6.19%) Veeam
6 65 (6.09%) Oracle
7 51 (4.78%) Red Hat
8 41 (3.84%) Google
9 40 (3.75%) SolarWinds
10 38 (3.56%) Sophos
11 37 (3.47%) Dell
11 37 (3.47%) HP
12 35 (3.28%) NetApp
13 31 (2.91%) McAfee
14 30 (2.81%) Symantec
15 24 (2.25%) Avaya
16 23 (2.16%) EMC
17 21 (1.97%) ServiceNow
18 20 (1.87%) IBM
19 19 (1.78%) Ivanti