Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 175 171 160
Rank change year-on-year -4 -11 -12
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2,484 3,055 3,962
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.98% 2.02% 2.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.03% 8.36% 9.57%
Number of salaries quoted 1,957 2,434 3,284
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £24,750 £24,500 £23,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £73,750 £65,000
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 27,518 36,550 41,405
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.94% 24.13% 23.80%
Number of salaries quoted 20,343 26,726 32,083
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,563 £78,750
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 18 January 2020.

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 18 January 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 -2 2,270 £42,500 - 593
UK excluding London -4 1,571 £40,000 - 455
London +20 793 £47,500 - 174
South East +19 542 £42,500 +1.19% 110
North of England +17 356 £37,535 +15.49% 111
Midlands -30 273 £42,500 +6.25% 97
North West +18 190 £37,500 - 57
South West -11 188 £40,000 -5.33% 45
West Midlands -40 163 £42,500 +6.25% 66
East of England -31 114 £40,250 -10.56% 57
Yorkshire +15 111 £41,500 +50.91% 27
East Midlands -17 108 £42,500 +6.25% 31
North East +7 55 £26,250 -12.50% 27
Wales +2 37 £37,500 -6.25% 15
Scotland +21 35 £29,500 -21.33% 17
Northern Ireland -5 23 £39,500 -21.00% 4
Channel Islands - 4 £25,000 -

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 2,025 (81.52%) Microsoft
2 1,590 (64.01%) Windows
3 1,236 (49.76%) Active Directory
4 1,234 (49.68%) MCSE
5 1,083 (43.60%) Office 365
6 979 (39.41%) Azure
7 927 (37.32%) MCSA
8 869 (34.98%) ITIL
9 829 (33.37%) VMware
10 751 (30.23%) Windows Server
11 526 (21.18%) Cisco
12 524 (21.10%) Cisco Certification
13 513 (20.65%) SQL Server
14 512 (20.61%) Windows 10
15 504 (20.29%) DNS
16 498 (20.05%) VMware Infrastructure
17 465 (18.72%) CCNA
18 460 (18.52%) DHCP
19 458 (18.44%) SQL
20 449 (18.08%) Citrix
21 443 (17.83%) PowerShell
22 423 (17.03%) Firewall
23 422 (16.99%) MCP
24 402 (16.18%) Hyper-V
25 387 (15.58%) Degree
26 380 (15.30%) Microsoft Office
27 368 (14.81%) Windows Server 2012
28 367 (14.77%) MS Exchange
29 365 (14.69%) SCCM
30 340 (13.69%) 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
1 367 (14.77%) MS Exchange
2 338 (13.61%) SharePoint
3 132 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2010
3 132 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2013
4 129 (5.19%) IIS
4 129 (5.19%) Skype for Business
5 50 (2.01%) Exchange Server 2007
6 18 (0.72%) Apache Spark
6 18 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
7 16 (0.64%) OpenStack
8 13 (0.52%) Confluence
8 13 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (0.44%) Apache
9 11 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
10 10 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 8 (0.32%) CMS
11 8 (0.32%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.20%) Umbraco
Applications
1 380 (15.30%) Microsoft Office
2 61 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.24%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.16%) Adobe Captivate
5 4 (0.16%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.040%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.040%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.40%) assyst
3 8 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.24%) NetSuite
5 5 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.20%) Workfront
6 2 (0.081%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.040%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.040%) Eze OMS
7 1 (0.040%) Infor M3
7 1 (0.040%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.040%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.040%) Shopify
7 1 (0.040%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 1,083 (43.60%) Office 365
2 979 (39.41%) Azure
3 340 (13.69%) AWS
4 232 (9.34%) Azure Active Directory
5 109 (4.39%) IaaS
6 97 (3.90%) SaaS
7 96 (3.86%) PaaS
8 77 (3.10%) OneDrive
9 47 (1.89%) Power Platform
10 43 (1.73%) Dynamics 365
11 41 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
12 29 (1.17%) GCP
13 23 (0.93%) PowerApps
14 20 (0.81%) G Suite
14 20 (0.81%) OpenShift
15 14 (0.56%) Serverless
16 9 (0.36%) Mimecast
17 8 (0.32%) Yammer
18 7 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
19 6 (0.24%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 504 (20.29%) DNS
2 460 (18.52%) DHCP
3 423 (17.03%) Firewall
4 290 (11.67%) WAN
5 285 (11.47%) TCP/IP
6 281 (11.31%) LAN
7 198 (7.97%) SAN
8 179 (7.21%) VPN
9 168 (6.76%) VoIP
10 144 (5.80%) Skype
11 109 (4.39%) Internet
12 104 (4.19%) Wireless
13 97 (3.90%) VLAN
14 89 (3.58%) Network Security
15 69 (2.78%) NAS
16 58 (2.33%) NetScaler
17 53 (2.13%) iSCSI
18 41 (1.65%) MPLS
19 37 (1.49%) Remote Desktop
20 36 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 513 (20.65%) SQL Server
2 79 (3.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 71 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 68 (2.74%) SQL Server 2012
5 60 (2.42%) Big Data
6 58 (2.33%) Relational Database
7 54 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 44 (1.77%) SQL Server 2005
9 42 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
10 41 (1.65%) RDBMS
11 35 (1.41%) Amazon RDS
12 33 (1.33%) SQL Server 2017
13 32 (1.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 29 (1.17%) Azure SQL Database
14 29 (1.17%) Power BI
15 28 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
15 28 (1.13%) SQL Server 2014
16 17 (0.68%) Cosmos DB
17 14 (0.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 14 (0.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 72 (2.90%) Visual Studio
2 46 (1.85%) Git (software)
3 41 (1.65%) JIRA
4 31 (1.25%) TeamCity
5 28 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
6 24 (0.97%) MSI
6 24 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
7 23 (0.93%) Bitbucket
7 23 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
8 16 (0.64%) git-flow
9 14 (0.56%) Jenkins
10 13 (0.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 12 (0.48%) InstallShield
12 5 (0.20%) GCC
12 5 (0.20%) Visual Studio Code
13 4 (0.16%) GitLab
13 4 (0.16%) NUnit
13 4 (0.16%) Selenium
14 3 (0.12%) MSTest
14 3 (0.12%) Subversion
General
1 329 (13.24%) Finance
2 126 (5.07%) Public Sector
3 83 (3.34%) Legal
4 71 (2.86%) Retail
5 62 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 44 (1.77%) Law
7 41 (1.65%) Banking
8 29 (1.17%) Manufacturing
9 28 (1.13%) Marketing
10 22 (0.89%) Games
11 16 (0.64%) Local Government
12 13 (0.52%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.40%) Aerospace
13 10 (0.40%) Back Office
14 9 (0.36%) Electronics
15 8 (0.32%) Advertising
15 8 (0.32%) Automotive
15 8 (0.32%) Front Office
16 7 (0.28%) Billing
17 6 (0.24%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 329 (13.24%) Support Engineer
2 304 (12.24%) Analyst
3 285 (11.47%) Consultant
3 285 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 251 (10.10%) IT Support
5 222 (8.94%) IT Engineer
6 189 (7.61%) Developer
7 162 (6.52%) Architect
8 141 (5.68%) Support Analyst
9 134 (5.39%) IT Support Engineer
10 126 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
10 126 (5.07%) Administrator
11 124 (4.99%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 92 (3.70%) IT Analyst
13 88 (3.54%) 3rd Line Support
14 86 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 77 (3.10%) Service Analyst
16 69 (2.78%) Service Desk Analyst
17 66 (2.66%) Team Leader
17 66 (2.66%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 235 (9.46%) .NET
2 147 (5.92%) ASP.NET
3 121 (4.87%) HTML
4 120 (4.83%) CSS
5 91 (3.66%) Web Services
6 71 (2.86%) .NET Framework
7 67 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC
8 55 (2.21%) .NET Core
8 55 (2.21%) Entity Framework
8 55 (2.21%) jQuery
9 48 (1.93%) RESTful
10 47 (1.89%) AngularJS
11 42 (1.69%) Kafka
12 38 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
13 37 (1.49%) React
14 35 (1.41%) REST
14 35 (1.41%) Vue.js
15 34 (1.37%) LDAP
16 30 (1.21%) HTML5
17 28 (1.13%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 222 (8.94%) Data Centre
2 214 (8.62%) Management Information System
3 164 (6.60%) Analytical Skills
4 113 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 70 (2.82%) Driving Licence
6 69 (2.78%) Public Cloud
7 67 (2.70%) Clustering
8 61 (2.46%) Replication
9 50 (2.01%) PKI
10 48 (1.93%) Video Conferencing
11 46 (1.85%) Blackberry
12 36 (1.45%) Private Cloud
13 30 (1.21%) Virtual Team
14 19 (0.76%) User Experience
15 18 (0.72%) Mobile App
16 16 (0.64%) Enterprise Storage
16 16 (0.64%) Hedge funds
17 14 (0.56%) Hybrid Cloud
18 13 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
18 13 (0.52%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,590 (64.01%) Windows
2 751 (30.23%) Windows Server
3 512 (20.61%) Windows 10
4 368 (14.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 291 (11.71%) Linux
6 274 (11.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 225 (9.06%) Windows 7
8 124 (4.99%) Windows 8
9 90 (3.62%) Unix
10 66 (2.66%) Windows Server 2003
11 56 (2.25%) Apple iOS
12 53 (2.13%) Mac OS X
13 52 (2.09%) Solaris
14 48 (1.93%) Android
15 44 (1.77%) CentOS
16 40 (1.61%) VMS
17 31 (1.25%) Mac OS
18 30 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 30 (1.21%) Ubuntu
19 15 (0.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 869 (34.98%) ITIL
2 329 (13.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 322 (12.96%) Problem-Solving
4 292 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
5 221 (8.90%) Mentoring
6 197 (7.93%) Service Management
7 183 (7.37%) Migration
8 172 (6.92%) Project Management
9 157 (6.32%) DevOps
10 131 (5.27%) PRINCE2
11 129 (5.19%) Information Security
11 129 (5.19%) Project Delivery
12 127 (5.11%) Service Delivery
13 125 (5.03%) Change Management
14 122 (4.91%) Presales
15 114 (4.59%) MVC
16 112 (4.51%) Disaster Recovery
17 96 (3.86%) ITIL V3
18 94 (3.78%) Patch Management
19 90 (3.62%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 458 (18.44%) SQL
2 443 (17.83%) PowerShell
3 223 (8.98%) C#
4 153 (6.16%) JavaScript
5 97 (3.90%) T-SQL
6 96 (3.86%) C
7 80 (3.22%) Python
8 49 (1.97%) VBScript
9 44 (1.77%) Bash Shell
10 39 (1.57%) PHP
11 14 (0.56%) Shell Script
11 14 (0.56%) VB
12 13 (0.52%) VB.NET
13 11 (0.44%) C++
13 11 (0.44%) R
14 10 (0.40%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.32%) VBA
16 7 (0.28%) Java
17 6 (0.24%) Perl
18 4 (0.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,234 (49.68%) MCSE
2 927 (37.32%) MCSA
3 524 (21.10%) Cisco Certification
4 465 (18.72%) CCNA
5 422 (16.99%) MCP
6 387 (15.58%) Degree
7 281 (11.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 206 (8.29%) MCITP
9 163 (6.56%) CCNP
10 147 (5.92%) Security Cleared
11 99 (3.99%) SC Cleared
12 86 (3.46%) Citrix Certification
13 85 (3.42%) A+ Certification
14 83 (3.34%) MCTS
15 79 (3.18%) Network+ Certification
16 76 (3.06%) MCSD
17 62 (2.50%) CISSP
18 61 (2.46%) CCA
19 58 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
20 48 (1.93%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 279 (11.23%) SLA
2 83 (3.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 59 (2.38%) QA
4 21 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 20 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
6 15 (0.60%) PMO
7 12 (0.48%) NIST
8 10 (0.40%) COBIT
9 8 (0.32%) Data Quality
9 8 (0.32%) GDPR
10 7 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 7 (0.28%) RMADS
11 5 (0.20%) ISO 22301
11 5 (0.20%) ISO 9001
11 5 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.081%) NCSC
13 2 (0.081%) NIST 800
14 1 (0.040%) BS7799
14 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,236 (49.76%) Active Directory
2 498 (20.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 402 (16.18%) Hyper-V
4 186 (7.49%) XenApp
5 140 (5.64%) vSphere
6 119 (4.79%) XenDesktop
7 91 (3.66%) VMware ESXi
8 81 (3.26%) Docker
9 55 (2.21%) Firmware
10 47 (1.89%) NFS
11 34 (1.37%) Virtual Servers
12 32 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
13 24 (0.97%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 23 (0.93%) BitLocker
14 23 (0.93%) Virtual Desktop
15 18 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
16 17 (0.68%) Terminal Services
17 14 (0.56%) VMware NSX
18 12 (0.48%) Samba
18 12 (0.48%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 365 (14.69%) SCCM
2 181 (7.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 79 (3.18%) WSUS
4 65 (2.62%) Ansible
5 58 (2.33%) Kubernetes
6 51 (2.05%) SCOM
7 36 (1.45%) vCenter Server
8 32 (1.29%) Puppet
9 28 (1.13%) XenMobile
10 26 (1.05%) Backup Exec
11 20 (0.81%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 18 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
13 17 (0.68%) Nagios
13 17 (0.68%) NetBackup
14 16 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
14 16 (0.64%) Terraform
15 15 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
16 13 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
17 12 (0.48%) Docker Swarm
17 12 (0.48%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2,025 (81.52%) Microsoft
2 829 (33.37%) VMware
3 526 (21.18%) Cisco
4 449 (18.08%) Citrix
5 174 (7.00%) HP
6 130 (5.23%) NetApp
7 121 (4.87%) ServiceNow
8 119 (4.79%) Dell
9 93 (3.74%) Oracle
10 91 (3.66%) Veeam
11 64 (2.58%) Apple
12 56 (2.25%) SolarWinds
13 55 (2.21%) Red Hat
14 53 (2.13%) EMC
15 50 (2.01%) Nimble Storage
15 50 (2.01%) Symantec
16 41 (1.65%) Splunk
17 39 (1.57%) Meraki
18 38 (1.53%) Ivanti
19 36 (1.45%) CheckPoint