Period
to 17 July 2018

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 17 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 165 137
Rank change year-on-year +11 -28 -32
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,871 3,848 5,061
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.20% 2.17% 2.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.29% 8.76% 9.15%
Number of salaries quoted 3,094 3,336 4,323
UK median annual salary £42,000 £40,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £23,783 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +1.35% +5.71%

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 41,669 43,936 55,298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.70% 24.74% 27.20%
Number of salaries quoted 31,030 34,112 44,539
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -1.10% +1.11%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,900 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.65% - +6.25%

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 17 July 2018.

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 17 July 2018. 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 +15 3,596 £42,500 +6.25% 430
UK excluding London +9 2,525 £40,000 +6.67% 333
London -1 1,180 £47,500 +7.95% 129
South East -16 732 £40,000 +14.29% 84
North of England +20 565 £36,742 -2.02% 86
Midlands +18 478 £40,500 -4.71% 68
North West +34 332 £37,500 - 44
South West +70 328 £40,000 +14.29% 27
East of England -14 323 £42,000 +5.00% 36
West Midlands +18 290 £41,000 +2.50% 43
East Midlands +19 191 £41,000 -3.53% 25
Yorkshire -13 187 £31,500 -16.00% 31
Wales +6 75 £42,500 +20.57% 12
Scotland -50 64 £37,000 -7.50% 19
North East -4 47 £37,500 -3.74% 11
Northern Ireland +1 23 £21,000 -6.67%
Isle of Man -2 3 £41,250 - 1

For the 6 months to 17 July 2018, 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 3,088 (79.77%) Microsoft
2 2,269 (58.62%) Windows
3 2,030 (52.44%) MCSE
4 1,683 (43.48%) Active Directory
5 1,281 (33.09%) VMware
6 1,187 (30.66%) Office 365
7 1,160 (29.97%) ITIL
8 1,151 (29.73%) Windows Server
9 1,131 (29.22%) MCSA
10 1,103 (28.49%) Microsoft Azure
11 987 (25.50%) SQL Server
12 807 (20.85%) SQL
13 731 (18.88%) VMware Infrastructure
14 721 (18.63%) Hyper-V
15 719 (18.57%) Degree
16 706 (18.24%) MCP
17 667 (17.23%) Windows Server 2012
18 646 (16.69%) Finance
19 617 (15.94%) Citrix
20 616 (15.91%) Microsoft Office
21 612 (15.81%) MS Exchange
22 569 (14.70%) Windows Server 2008
23 562 (14.52%) PowerShell
24 557 (14.39%) Cisco
25 536 (13.85%) .NET
26 525 (13.56%) Cisco Certification
27 519 (13.41%) Firewall
28 509 (13.15%) DNS
29 500 (12.92%) MCITP
30 499 (12.89%) Windows 10

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
1 612 (15.81%) MS Exchange
2 358 (9.25%) SharePoint
3 244 (6.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 195 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 186 (4.80%) Skype for Business
6 170 (4.39%) IIS
7 104 (2.69%) SharePoint 2013
8 97 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2007
9 40 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
10 36 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 35 (0.90%) CMS
12 34 (0.88%) Apache
13 33 (0.85%) Apache Pig
14 31 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
14 31 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
15 29 (0.75%) IBM Notes
16 27 (0.70%) nginx
17 22 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
18 20 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
19 19 (0.49%) Confluence
Applications
1 616 (15.91%) Microsoft Office
2 130 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 58 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 24 (0.62%) InfoPath
6 23 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.21%) Acrobat
8 7 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.15%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.10%) Stata
11 3 (0.077%) InDesign
12 1 (0.026%) 3ds Max
12 1 (0.026%) CATIA
12 1 (0.026%) MicroStation
12 1 (0.026%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 170 (4.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 106 (2.74%) Dynamics AX
3 28 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
4 22 (0.57%) Dynamics GP
5 18 (0.46%) BPCS
6 15 (0.39%) Elite 3E
6 15 (0.39%) Workfront
7 10 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.10%) Lawson
9 3 (0.077%) Eikon
10 2 (0.052%) Magento
10 2 (0.052%) Maximo
10 2 (0.052%) NetSuite
10 2 (0.052%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.052%) Visualfiles
11 1 (0.026%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 1 (0.026%) Cognos TM1
11 1 (0.026%) Infor CRM
11 1 (0.026%) SAP R/3
11 1 (0.026%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1,187 (30.66%) Office 365
2 1,103 (28.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 407 (10.51%) Amazon AWS
4 145 (3.75%) Dynamics 365
5 122 (3.15%) IaaS
6 121 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 99 (2.56%) PaaS
8 89 (2.30%) SaaS
9 67 (1.73%) Cloud Computing
10 54 (1.39%) OneDrive
11 39 (1.01%) GitHub
12 27 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
13 26 (0.67%) Mimecast
14 22 (0.57%) G Suite
14 22 (0.57%) IBM Cloud
15 14 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
16 12 (0.31%) Azure Data Factory
17 10 (0.26%) Amazon S3
17 10 (0.26%) Serverless
18 8 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 519 (13.41%) Firewall
2 509 (13.15%) DNS
3 423 (10.93%) WAN
4 413 (10.67%) SAN
5 399 (10.31%) TCP/IP
6 377 (9.74%) LAN
7 355 (9.17%) DHCP
8 232 (5.99%) VPN
9 144 (3.72%) Network Security
9 144 (3.72%) Skype
10 124 (3.20%) Remote Desktop
11 113 (2.92%) Internet
12 106 (2.74%) VoIP
13 100 (2.58%) VLAN
14 95 (2.45%) NAS
15 90 (2.32%) Wireless
16 69 (1.78%) NetScaler
17 64 (1.65%) SSL
18 57 (1.47%) MPLS
19 53 (1.37%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 987 (25.50%) SQL Server
2 194 (5.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 172 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 131 (3.38%) Data Warehouse
5 121 (3.13%) MySQL
6 119 (3.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 112 (2.89%) SQL Server 2008
8 78 (2.01%) Power BI
9 77 (1.99%) Relational Database
10 72 (1.86%) SQL Server 2014
11 70 (1.81%) Big Data
12 69 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
13 68 (1.76%) SQL Server 2016
14 56 (1.45%) Oracle Database
15 50 (1.29%) Hadoop
16 42 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
17 40 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
18 37 (0.96%) SSDT
19 35 (0.90%) Apache Hive
20 29 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 126 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 119 (3.07%) Visual Studio
3 112 (2.89%) JIRA
4 82 (2.12%) Git (software)
5 71 (1.83%) Octopus Deploy
6 45 (1.16%) Bitbucket
7 36 (0.93%) TeamCity
8 33 (0.85%) Selenium
9 32 (0.83%) git-flow
10 31 (0.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 31 (0.80%) CodeSonar
10 31 (0.80%) Robot Framework
11 29 (0.75%) gulp
11 29 (0.75%) Jasmine
11 29 (0.75%) Karma Test Runner
12 17 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 14 (0.36%) MSI
14 12 (0.31%) Jenkins
14 12 (0.31%) NUnit
15 9 (0.23%) Redmine
General
1 646 (16.69%) Finance
2 151 (3.90%) Retail
3 115 (2.97%) Advertising
4 107 (2.76%) Marketing
5 92 (2.38%) Banking
6 80 (2.07%) Telecoms
7 73 (1.89%) Legal
8 62 (1.60%) Law
9 55 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 41 (1.06%) Games
11 38 (0.98%) Billing
12 33 (0.85%) Publishing
13 32 (0.83%) Investment Banking
14 22 (0.57%) Back Office
15 21 (0.54%) Automotive
16 20 (0.52%) Financial Institution
17 19 (0.49%) Front Office
18 12 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
19 10 (0.26%) Electronics
20 9 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 468 (12.09%) Support Engineer
2 465 (12.01%) Developer
3 437 (11.29%) Analyst
4 364 (9.40%) Consultant
5 360 (9.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 320 (8.27%) Architect
7 286 (7.39%) IT Support
8 225 (5.81%) IT Engineer
9 208 (5.37%) Support Analyst
10 197 (5.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 190 (4.91%) 2nd Line Support
12 179 (4.62%) .NET Developer
13 166 (4.29%) Desktop Support
14 162 (4.18%) Administrator
15 156 (4.03%) 3rd Line Support
16 144 (3.72%) IT Support Engineer
17 127 (3.28%) DBA
17 127 (3.28%) Service Analyst
18 124 (3.20%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 123 (3.18%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 536 (13.85%) .NET
2 311 (8.03%) ASP.NET
3 222 (5.73%) HTML
4 156 (4.03%) .NET Framework
4 156 (4.03%) ASP.NET MVC
4 156 (4.03%) CSS
5 137 (3.54%) AngularJS
6 136 (3.51%) Web Services
7 134 (3.46%) jQuery
8 113 (2.92%) HTML5
9 90 (2.32%) ASP.NET Web API
10 79 (2.04%) REST
11 74 (1.91%) XML
12 72 (1.86%) JSON
13 67 (1.73%) Middleware
14 60 (1.55%) WinForms
15 55 (1.42%) Entity Framework
16 54 (1.39%) SOAP
17 47 (1.21%) XSLT
18 45 (1.16%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 384 (9.92%) Data Centre
2 262 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
3 256 (6.61%) Self-Motivation
4 229 (5.92%) Computer Science
5 195 (5.04%) Management Information System
6 113 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
7 105 (2.71%) Driving Licence
8 100 (2.58%) User Experience
9 96 (2.48%) Clustering
10 94 (2.43%) iPad
11 85 (2.20%) Blackberry
12 76 (1.96%) Replication
13 68 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
13 68 (1.76%) NHS
13 68 (1.76%) Private Cloud
14 54 (1.39%) Public Cloud
15 48 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
16 38 (0.98%) PKI
17 35 (0.90%) Client/Server
17 35 (0.90%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 2,269 (58.62%) Windows
2 1,151 (29.73%) Windows Server
3 667 (17.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 569 (14.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 499 (12.89%) Windows 10
6 474 (12.24%) Windows 7
7 426 (11.00%) Linux
8 144 (3.72%) Windows 8
9 124 (3.20%) Mac OS X
10 115 (2.97%) Android
11 91 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
12 90 (2.32%) Apple iOS
13 78 (2.01%) Unix
14 71 (1.83%) Windows XP
15 66 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 62 (1.60%) Mac OS
17 38 (0.98%) CentOS
18 16 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
19 10 (0.26%) Windows 2000 Server
19 10 (0.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,160 (29.97%) ITIL
2 472 (12.19%) Problem-Solving
3 464 (11.99%) Agile Software Development
4 321 (8.29%) Project Management
5 295 (7.62%) Migration
6 277 (7.16%) Presales
7 262 (6.77%) CRM
8 257 (6.64%) Service Delivery
9 254 (6.56%) Service Management
10 235 (6.07%) Disaster Recovery
11 221 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
11 221 (5.71%) MVC
12 196 (5.06%) Incident Management
13 191 (4.93%) ITIL V3
14 188 (4.86%) DevOps
15 185 (4.78%) Mentoring
16 182 (4.70%) ITSM
17 177 (4.57%) Customer Requirements
18 176 (4.55%) ERP
19 175 (4.52%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 807 (20.85%) SQL
2 562 (14.52%) PowerShell
3 462 (11.93%) C#
4 316 (8.16%) JavaScript
5 202 (5.22%) T-SQL
6 143 (3.69%) Python
7 119 (3.07%) C
8 93 (2.40%) VBScript
9 86 (2.22%) Java
10 77 (1.99%) C++
11 72 (1.86%) Bash Shell
12 70 (1.81%) VB.NET
13 53 (1.37%) VB
14 40 (1.03%) TypeScript
15 39 (1.01%) VBA
16 38 (0.98%) Objective-C
16 38 (0.98%) PHP
17 24 (0.62%) X++
18 19 (0.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 17 (0.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2,030 (52.44%) MCSE
2 1,131 (29.22%) MCSA
3 719 (18.57%) Degree
4 706 (18.24%) MCP
5 525 (13.56%) Cisco Certification
6 500 (12.92%) MCITP
7 455 (11.75%) CCNA
8 297 (7.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 255 (6.59%) MCTS
10 252 (6.51%) Security Cleared
11 158 (4.08%) Computer Science Degree
12 152 (3.93%) A+ Certification
13 147 (3.80%) CCNP
14 135 (3.49%) Citrix Certification
15 131 (3.38%) CISSP
16 130 (3.36%) SC Cleared
17 121 (3.13%) MCSD
18 114 (2.94%) Network+ Certification
19 109 (2.82%) MCDST
20 106 (2.74%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 376 (9.71%) SLA
2 111 (2.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 73 (1.89%) QA
4 63 (1.63%) GDPR
5 39 (1.01%) PCI DSS
6 28 (0.72%) PMO
7 24 (0.62%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.23%) ISO 9000
8 9 (0.23%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.21%) COBIT
10 7 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
10 7 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (0.13%) GAMP
11 5 (0.13%) HIPAA
11 5 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 5 (0.13%) PMBOK
12 3 (0.077%) GCP
12 3 (0.077%) HL7
12 3 (0.077%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.077%) TickIT
System Software
1 1,683 (43.48%) Active Directory
2 731 (18.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 721 (18.63%) Hyper-V
4 236 (6.10%) XenApp
5 201 (5.19%) vSphere
6 186 (4.80%) VMware ESXi
7 128 (3.31%) XenDesktop
8 107 (2.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 88 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
10 68 (1.76%) Virtual Desktop
11 54 (1.39%) Terminal Services
12 51 (1.32%) Docker
13 42 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
14 34 (0.88%) BitLocker
15 33 (0.85%) Firmware
16 26 (0.67%) XenServer
17 23 (0.59%) VMware NSX
18 20 (0.52%) Xen
19 16 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
20 15 (0.39%) NFS
Systems Management
1 485 (12.53%) SCCM
2 148 (3.82%) Microsoft Intune
3 120 (3.10%) Puppet
4 101 (2.61%) SCOM
5 81 (2.09%) SCOrch
6 76 (1.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 69 (1.78%) WSUS
8 66 (1.70%) Ansible
9 51 (1.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 47 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 40 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
12 39 (1.01%) Backup Exec
13 36 (0.93%) AirWatch
13 36 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
14 35 (0.90%) NetBackup
15 34 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
15 34 (0.88%) Salt
15 34 (0.88%) SCSM
16 32 (0.83%) SCVMM
17 31 (0.80%) Nagios
Vendors
1 3,088 (79.77%) Microsoft
2 1,281 (33.09%) VMware
3 617 (15.94%) Citrix
4 557 (14.39%) Cisco
5 284 (7.34%) HP
6 218 (5.63%) Apple
7 164 (4.24%) Oracle
8 149 (3.85%) Veeam
9 128 (3.31%) NetApp
10 126 (3.25%) Dell
11 112 (2.89%) Red Hat
12 99 (2.56%) EMC
13 88 (2.27%) Google
14 82 (2.12%) SolarWinds
15 65 (1.68%) IBM
16 61 (1.58%) Ivanti
17 56 (1.45%) Avaya
17 56 (1.45%) Meraki
17 56 (1.45%) Symantec
18 54 (1.39%) SAP