Period
to 21 May 2019

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 21 May 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 162 151 167
Rank change year-on-year -11 +16 -35
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,061 3,885 3,594
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.12% 2.26% 2.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.59% 9.58% 8.52%
Number of salaries quoted 2,543 3,143 3,118
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £23,000 £24,750 £23,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +1.35%

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 35,619 40,562 42,167
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.71% 23.62% 24.97%
Number of salaries quoted 25,461 30,751 33,049
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,750 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.23% -2.35%

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 21 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019. 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 -14 2,806 £42,500 - 226
UK excluding London +2 2,073 £40,000 - 206
London -12 902 £50,000 +5.26% 35
South East -1 606 £42,500 +6.25% 44
North of England -3 467 £31,250 -16.67% 67
Midlands +4 380 £42,500 +6.25% 40
South West -20 250 £41,000 +2.50% 22
West Midlands +10 246 £40,000 - 23
Yorkshire +29 210 £23,000 -40.65% 26
North West -30 190 £37,500 - 34
East of England -4 189 £40,000 -5.88% 19
East Midlands +2 134 £42,500 +6.25% 17
Scotland +26 84 £34,000 -8.11% 11
Northern Ireland +21 72 £50,000 +86.92%
North East +16 67 £32,500 -13.33% 7
Wales -29 32 £43,750 +19.05% 2
Isle of Man +4 6 £48,000 +16.36% 2
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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 2,492 (81.41%) Microsoft
2 1,810 (59.13%) Windows
3 1,623 (53.02%) MCSE
4 1,533 (50.08%) Active Directory
5 1,223 (39.95%) VMware
6 1,170 (38.22%) Office 365
7 1,148 (37.50%) Microsoft Azure
8 1,046 (34.17%) Windows Server
9 1,044 (34.11%) MCSA
10 976 (31.89%) ITIL
11 865 (28.26%) Cisco
12 758 (24.76%) VMware Infrastructure
13 669 (21.86%) Cisco Certification
14 617 (20.16%) Firewall
15 604 (19.73%) Windows Server 2012
16 595 (19.44%) SQL
17 592 (19.34%) SQL Server
18 587 (19.18%) CCNA
19 551 (18.00%) Citrix
20 527 (17.22%) MS Exchange
21 519 (16.96%) Problem-Solving
22 504 (16.47%) Hyper-V
23 503 (16.43%) PowerShell
24 502 (16.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 501 (16.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 498 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
27 477 (15.58%) Degree
28 476 (15.55%) MCP
29 472 (15.42%) Windows 7
30 471 (15.39%) DNS

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
1 527 (17.22%) MS Exchange
2 325 (10.62%) SharePoint
3 241 (7.87%) Exchange Server 2010
4 212 (6.93%) Exchange Server 2013
5 163 (5.33%) Skype for Business
6 108 (3.53%) IIS
7 97 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 44 (1.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 30 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
10 29 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2003
11 26 (0.85%) Apache
12 20 (0.65%) CMS
13 17 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
14 16 (0.52%) IBM Notes
15 12 (0.39%) OpenStack
16 11 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
16 11 (0.36%) SAS
17 7 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
18 6 (0.20%) Apache Spark
19 5 (0.16%) Confluence
Applications
1 498 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
2 105 (3.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.39%) Acrobat
7 6 (0.20%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.098%) Notepad++
9 2 (0.065%) 3ds Max
9 2 (0.065%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.033%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.033%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.033%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 69 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.26%) Workfront
5 6 (0.20%) NetSuite
6 5 (0.16%) Infor SunSystems
7 4 (0.13%) Temenos T24
8 3 (0.098%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.098%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.098%) Exstream
8 3 (0.098%) Line 50
8 3 (0.098%) Line 500
8 3 (0.098%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.065%) Magento
9 2 (0.065%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.065%) SAP CCM
10 1 (0.033%) Academy Housing
10 1 (0.033%) Lawson
10 1 (0.033%) Oracle Financials
10 1 (0.033%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1,170 (38.22%) Office 365
2 1,148 (37.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 353 (11.53%) Amazon AWS
4 201 (6.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 118 (3.85%) IaaS
6 111 (3.63%) PaaS
7 85 (2.78%) Power Platform
8 60 (1.96%) SaaS
9 48 (1.57%) Dynamics 365
10 36 (1.18%) OneDrive
11 28 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
11 28 (0.91%) Mimecast
12 27 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
13 23 (0.75%) Serverless
14 18 (0.59%) Amazon S3
14 18 (0.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 17 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
16 14 (0.46%) Azure Functions
17 11 (0.36%) Azure Machine Learning
17 11 (0.36%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 617 (20.16%) Firewall
2 471 (15.39%) DNS
3 377 (12.32%) DHCP
4 330 (10.78%) TCP/IP
5 299 (9.77%) WAN
6 283 (9.25%) SAN
7 276 (9.02%) LAN
8 235 (7.68%) VoIP
9 227 (7.42%) VPN
10 210 (6.86%) Wireless
11 145 (4.74%) Skype
12 143 (4.67%) Network Security
13 136 (4.44%) VLAN
14 111 (3.63%) ADSL
15 109 (3.56%) Remote Desktop
16 105 (3.43%) Broadband
17 99 (3.23%) 3G
18 97 (3.17%) NAS
19 89 (2.91%) Internet
20 61 (1.99%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 592 (19.34%) SQL Server
2 116 (3.79%) Relational Database
3 115 (3.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 110 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 108 (3.53%) SQL Server 2008
6 100 (3.27%) SQL Server 2012
7 86 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
8 83 (2.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 81 (2.65%) Power BI
10 69 (2.25%) SQL Server 2016
11 60 (1.96%) NoSQL
12 52 (1.70%) Azure SQL Database
13 49 (1.60%) Amazon RDS
14 45 (1.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 42 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
16 37 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
17 31 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
18 29 (0.95%) RDBMS
19 28 (0.91%) MySQL
20 26 (0.85%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 66 (2.16%) Git (software)
2 51 (1.67%) Visual Studio
3 32 (1.05%) MSI
4 30 (0.98%) Jenkins
5 29 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
6 28 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
7 26 (0.85%) JIRA
8 19 (0.62%) InstallShield
9 18 (0.59%) HP UFT
9 18 (0.59%) LoadRunner
10 14 (0.46%) TeamCity
11 13 (0.42%) GitLab
11 13 (0.42%) NUnit
12 12 (0.39%) Bitbucket
13 11 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
14 9 (0.29%) Jasmine
14 9 (0.29%) Moq
15 7 (0.23%) Karma Test Runner
15 7 (0.23%) Redmine
16 6 (0.20%) git-flow
General
1 378 (12.35%) Finance
2 110 (3.59%) Retail
3 82 (2.68%) Legal
4 60 (1.96%) Banking
4 60 (1.96%) Law
4 60 (1.96%) Telecoms
5 50 (1.63%) Electronics
6 43 (1.40%) Marketing
7 37 (1.21%) Manufacturing
8 24 (0.78%) Games
9 22 (0.72%) Financial Institution
10 18 (0.59%) Military
11 17 (0.56%) Aerospace
12 14 (0.46%) Billing
13 13 (0.42%) Advertising
14 12 (0.39%) Back Office
15 10 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.29%) Automotive
17 7 (0.23%) Front Office
18 6 (0.20%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 490 (16.01%) Analyst
2 439 (14.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 369 (12.05%) Support Engineer
4 289 (9.44%) Developer
5 273 (8.92%) Support Analyst
6 255 (8.33%) IT Engineer
7 243 (7.94%) IT Support
8 216 (7.06%) Consultant
9 182 (5.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 171 (5.59%) Technical Support
11 159 (5.19%) 3rd Line Support
12 157 (5.13%) .NET Developer
13 149 (4.87%) Administrator
14 146 (4.77%) 2nd Line Support
15 138 (4.51%) Architect
16 123 (4.02%) IT Analyst
17 121 (3.95%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
18 115 (3.76%) IT Support Engineer
19 114 (3.72%) Technical Analyst
20 102 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 326 (10.65%) .NET
2 178 (5.82%) ASP.NET
3 173 (5.65%) HTML
4 125 (4.08%) CSS
5 111 (3.63%) AngularJS
6 105 (3.43%) jQuery
7 99 (3.23%) ASP.NET MVC
8 90 (2.94%) ASP.NET Web API
9 87 (2.84%) Web Services
10 82 (2.68%) .NET Framework
11 52 (1.70%) HTML5
12 51 (1.67%) .NET Core
12 51 (1.67%) SAML
13 42 (1.37%) Entity Framework
14 36 (1.18%) JSON
15 34 (1.11%) XML
16 32 (1.05%) OAuth
16 32 (1.05%) RESTful
17 31 (1.01%) KnockoutJS
17 31 (1.01%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 369 (12.05%) Data Centre
2 236 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
3 138 (4.51%) Clustering
4 122 (3.99%) Management Information System
5 119 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
6 98 (3.20%) Driving Licence
7 95 (3.10%) Replication
8 60 (1.96%) Hybrid Cloud
9 56 (1.83%) Blackberry
10 55 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
11 53 (1.73%) Public Cloud
12 42 (1.37%) User Experience
13 40 (1.31%) PKI
14 36 (1.18%) CESG
14 36 (1.18%) iPhone
15 34 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
16 30 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
17 28 (0.91%) Fintech
18 25 (0.82%) iPad
19 22 (0.72%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,810 (59.13%) Windows
2 1,046 (34.17%) Windows Server
3 604 (19.73%) Windows Server 2012
4 472 (15.42%) Windows 7
5 465 (15.19%) Windows 10
6 435 (14.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 334 (10.91%) Linux
8 171 (5.59%) Windows 8
9 124 (4.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 77 (2.52%) Unix
11 58 (1.89%) Android
12 50 (1.63%) Apple iOS
13 37 (1.21%) Mac OS
14 36 (1.18%) Mac OS X
15 29 (0.95%) Windows XP
16 26 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 26 (0.85%) Ubuntu
17 22 (0.72%) CentOS
18 17 (0.56%) AIX
19 16 (0.52%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 976 (31.89%) ITIL
2 519 (16.96%) Problem-Solving
3 501 (16.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 285 (9.31%) Agile Software Development
5 246 (8.04%) Project Management
6 236 (7.71%) Presales
7 223 (7.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 210 (6.86%) Migration
9 198 (6.47%) Service Delivery
10 191 (6.24%) Service Management
11 188 (6.14%) ITIL V3
12 181 (5.91%) MVC
13 180 (5.88%) Mentoring
14 176 (5.75%) DevOps
15 160 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
15 160 (5.23%) Computer Science
16 152 (4.97%) High Availability
17 140 (4.57%) Change Management
18 137 (4.48%) CRM
19 135 (4.41%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 595 (19.44%) SQL
2 503 (16.43%) PowerShell
3 285 (9.31%) C#
4 193 (6.31%) JavaScript
5 92 (3.01%) T-SQL
6 88 (2.87%) Python
7 62 (2.03%) VBScript
8 58 (1.89%) Bash Shell
9 56 (1.83%) C
9 56 (1.83%) Java
10 46 (1.50%) TypeScript
11 44 (1.44%) VB.NET
12 38 (1.24%) VB
13 26 (0.85%) PL/SQL
14 24 (0.78%) PHP
15 22 (0.72%) C++
16 13 (0.42%) Ruby
17 12 (0.39%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 12 (0.39%) VBA
18 10 (0.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,623 (53.02%) MCSE
2 1,044 (34.11%) MCSA
3 669 (21.86%) Cisco Certification
4 587 (19.18%) CCNA
5 502 (16.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 477 (15.58%) Degree
7 476 (15.55%) MCP
8 413 (13.49%) MCITP
9 208 (6.80%) Security Cleared
10 179 (5.85%) CCNP
11 131 (4.28%) SC Cleared
12 128 (4.18%) CISSP
13 121 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
14 115 (3.76%) A+ Certification
15 111 (3.63%) MCDST
16 95 (3.10%) ITIL Certification
16 95 (3.10%) MCTS
17 82 (2.68%) Citrix Certification
18 55 (1.80%) MCSD
18 55 (1.80%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 261 (8.53%) SLA
2 224 (7.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 83 (2.71%) GDPR
4 80 (2.61%) QA
5 73 (2.38%) ISO 9001
6 67 (2.19%) Cyber Essentials
7 58 (1.89%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 53 (1.73%) PCI DSS
9 48 (1.57%) PMO
10 22 (0.72%) Data Quality
11 18 (0.59%) COBIT
12 16 (0.52%) NIST 800
13 7 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 5 (0.16%) HL7
16 4 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 3 (0.098%) RMADS
18 2 (0.065%) Government Security Classifications
18 2 (0.065%) GPG13
19 1 (0.033%) GxP
System Software
1 1,533 (50.08%) Active Directory
2 758 (24.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 504 (16.47%) Hyper-V
4 180 (5.88%) vSphere
5 163 (5.33%) VMware ESXi
6 146 (4.77%) XenApp
7 68 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
8 62 (2.03%) Docker
9 55 (1.80%) XenDesktop
10 45 (1.47%) Virtual Servers
11 38 (1.24%) Microsoft App-V
12 35 (1.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 21 (0.69%) Terminal Services
14 20 (0.65%) Terminal Server
15 19 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 18 (0.59%) Firmware
17 15 (0.49%) DFS Replication
17 15 (0.49%) NFS
17 15 (0.49%) vCloud
18 14 (0.46%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 395 (12.90%) SCCM
2 135 (4.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 121 (3.95%) WSUS
4 78 (2.55%) Backup Exec
4 78 (2.55%) vCenter Server
5 64 (2.09%) Puppet
6 59 (1.93%) SCOM
7 52 (1.70%) SCVMM
8 50 (1.63%) Terraform
9 49 (1.60%) Failover Clustering
10 44 (1.44%) Ansible
11 43 (1.40%) Kubernetes
12 42 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
13 40 (1.31%) Cisco CUCM
14 34 (1.11%) ServiceCenter
15 30 (0.98%) NetBackup
16 29 (0.95%) FortiGate
17 27 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
18 23 (0.75%) AirWatch
19 22 (0.72%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,492 (81.41%) Microsoft
2 1,223 (39.95%) VMware
3 865 (28.26%) Cisco
4 551 (18.00%) Citrix
5 345 (11.27%) HP
6 174 (5.68%) Dell
7 173 (5.65%) Veeam
8 165 (5.39%) Aruba
9 145 (4.74%) NetApp
10 143 (4.67%) Meraki
11 124 (4.05%) Polycom
12 104 (3.40%) Apple
13 96 (3.14%) Oracle
14 85 (2.78%) EMC
15 83 (2.71%) SolarWinds
16 74 (2.42%) Nimble Storage
17 69 (2.25%) CheckPoint
18 68 (2.22%) Mitel
19 64 (2.09%) F5
20 61 (1.99%) Remedy