Period
to 5 April 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 5 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 182 170 155
Rank change year-on-year -12 -15 +7
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2,228 3,056 4,025
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.91% 2.05% 2.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.93% 8.35% 9.56%
Number of salaries quoted 1,949 2,631 3,557
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

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 24,950 36,619 42,086
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.41% 24.55% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 18,369 26,457 32,371
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year +4.44% +4.65% +2.39%

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 5 April 2020.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 19 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 5 April 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 -12 2,021 £45,000 +5.88% 352
UK excluding London -11 1,412 £42,500 +6.25% 297
London +3 714 £47,500 -5.00% 81
South East -1 444 £45,500 +7.06% 68
North of England +16 347 £37,500 +15.38% 79
Midlands -16 269 £45,000 +5.88% 64
North West +43 176 £40,500 +8.00% 39
South West -6 176 £42,500 +6.25% 32
West Midlands -20 161 £45,000 +8.43% 43
Work from Home 0 147 £65,000 +8.33% 59
East Midlands 0 106 £48,000 +12.94% 20
Yorkshire +6 99 £40,000 +60.00% 27
North East +3 73 £27,500 -15.38% 13
East of England -34 71 £42,500 - 30
Scotland +19 50 £52,500 +43.84% 10
Wales +10 39 £37,500 -14.29% 14
Northern Ireland -20 15 - - 3
Channel Islands - 4 £25,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 £51,500 -

For the 6 months to 5 April 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 1,884 (84.56%) Microsoft
2 1,361 (61.09%) Windows
3 1,081 (48.52%) MCSE
4 1,045 (46.90%) Active Directory
5 974 (43.72%) Office 365
6 936 (42.01%) Azure
7 797 (35.77%) MCSA
8 691 (31.01%) VMware
9 679 (30.48%) ITIL
10 662 (29.71%) Windows Server
11 508 (22.80%) SQL Server
12 472 (21.18%) Windows 10
13 462 (20.74%) VMware Infrastructure
14 455 (20.42%) Cisco Certification
15 422 (18.94%) Cisco
16 381 (17.10%) PowerShell
17 380 (17.06%) SQL
18 378 (16.97%) CCNA
19 368 (16.52%) DNS
20 367 (16.47%) Citrix
21 363 (16.29%) Hyper-V
22 360 (16.16%) Firewall
23 342 (15.35%) Microsoft Office
23 342 (15.35%) Degree
24 320 (14.36%) AWS
24 320 (14.36%) SCCM
25 313 (14.05%) MCP
25 313 (14.05%) DHCP
26 301 (13.51%) SharePoint
27 276 (12.39%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 301 (13.51%) SharePoint
2 275 (12.34%) MS Exchange
3 117 (5.25%) Skype for Business
4 113 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 110 (4.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 108 (4.85%) IIS
7 19 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
8 17 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
9 16 (0.72%) CMS
9 16 (0.72%) WebSphere
10 14 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
10 14 (0.63%) Umbraco
11 13 (0.58%) EPiServer
12 11 (0.49%) Apache Spark
13 10 (0.45%) Tomcat
14 9 (0.40%) Apache
15 7 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
16 6 (0.27%) Confluence
16 6 (0.27%) OpenStack
Applications
1 342 (15.35%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.45%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
5 4 (0.18%) Camtasia
6 2 (0.090%) Gephi
6 2 (0.090%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.045%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 25 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.22%) assyst
3 5 (0.22%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.18%) Sage CRM
5 2 (0.090%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.090%) Maximo
5 2 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.045%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.045%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.045%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.045%) Primavera
6 1 (0.045%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.045%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.045%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.045%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 974 (43.72%) Office 365
2 936 (42.01%) Azure
3 320 (14.36%) AWS
4 187 (8.39%) Azure Active Directory
5 140 (6.28%) IaaS
6 128 (5.75%) PaaS
7 127 (5.70%) SaaS
8 73 (3.28%) OneDrive
9 65 (2.92%) Power Platform
10 43 (1.93%) Dynamics 365
11 31 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
12 20 (0.90%) GCP
13 18 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
13 18 (0.81%) G Suite
13 18 (0.81%) PowerApps
14 16 (0.72%) Amazon S3
14 16 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
14 16 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 15 (0.67%) Mimecast
16 13 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 368 (16.52%) DNS
2 360 (16.16%) Firewall
3 313 (14.05%) DHCP
4 258 (11.58%) LAN
5 257 (11.54%) WAN
6 235 (10.55%) TCP/IP
7 186 (8.35%) SAN
8 167 (7.50%) VoIP
9 159 (7.14%) VPN
10 133 (5.97%) Skype
11 107 (4.80%) Internet
12 86 (3.86%) Wireless
13 79 (3.55%) VLAN
14 70 (3.14%) NetScaler
15 51 (2.29%) Network Security
16 48 (2.15%) NAS
17 40 (1.80%) IP Telephony
17 40 (1.80%) Remote Desktop
17 40 (1.80%) Unified Communications
18 39 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 508 (22.80%) SQL Server
2 65 (2.92%) Relational Database
3 54 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 51 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 50 (2.24%) Amazon RDS
6 49 (2.20%) Power BI
6 49 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 44 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 34 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
8 34 (1.53%) SQL Server 2016
9 33 (1.48%) Big Data
10 32 (1.44%) SQL Server 2014
11 29 (1.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 27 (1.21%) RDBMS
13 22 (0.99%) Data Lake
14 20 (0.90%) Oracle Database
15 19 (0.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 15 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
16 15 (0.67%) SQL Server 2017
17 14 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 56 (2.51%) Visual Studio
2 35 (1.57%) Git (software)
3 25 (1.12%) JIRA
3 25 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
3 25 (1.12%) TeamCity
4 20 (0.90%) Grunt
4 20 (0.90%) gulp
4 20 (0.90%) webpack
5 19 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 17 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
7 12 (0.54%) Bitbucket
7 12 (0.54%) MSI
8 9 (0.40%) git-flow
9 8 (0.36%) Selenium
10 7 (0.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 5 (0.22%) Jenkins
11 5 (0.22%) Visual Studio Code
12 4 (0.18%) GitLab
12 4 (0.18%) InstallShield
13 3 (0.13%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 245 (11.00%) Finance
2 136 (6.10%) Public Sector
3 75 (3.37%) Legal
4 57 (2.56%) Retail
5 51 (2.29%) Telecoms
6 48 (2.15%) Law
7 41 (1.84%) Banking
8 31 (1.39%) Marketing
9 25 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.67%) Financial Institution
10 15 (0.67%) Games
10 15 (0.67%) Local Government
11 13 (0.58%) Front Office
12 12 (0.54%) Back Office
13 10 (0.45%) Billing
14 9 (0.40%) Advertising
15 8 (0.36%) German Language
16 6 (0.27%) Electronics
17 4 (0.18%) Investment Banking
17 4 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 285 (12.79%) Support Engineer
2 283 (12.70%) Consultant
3 269 (12.07%) Analyst
4 218 (9.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 210 (9.43%) IT Support
6 179 (8.03%) Developer
7 176 (7.90%) Architect
8 164 (7.36%) IT Engineer
9 135 (6.06%) Administrator
10 125 (5.61%) Support Analyst
11 118 (5.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 111 (4.98%) 2nd Line Support
13 110 (4.94%) IT Support Engineer
14 104 (4.67%) 3rd Line Support
15 86 (3.86%) Desktop Support
16 84 (3.77%) IT Analyst
17 71 (3.19%) Systems Engineer
18 70 (3.14%) .NET Developer
18 70 (3.14%) Systems Administrator
19 68 (3.05%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 235 (10.55%) .NET
2 128 (5.75%) ASP.NET
3 117 (5.25%) HTML
4 111 (4.98%) CSS
5 96 (4.31%) .NET Framework
6 68 (3.05%) .NET Core
7 67 (3.01%) Web Services
8 63 (2.83%) ASP.NET Web API
9 60 (2.69%) AngularJS
10 54 (2.42%) React
11 49 (2.20%) Vue.js
12 47 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC
12 47 (2.11%) jQuery
13 45 (2.02%) Entity Framework
14 44 (1.97%) HTML5
15 41 (1.84%) RESTful
16 25 (1.12%) KnockoutJS
16 25 (1.12%) REST
17 24 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web Forms
18 21 (0.94%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 162 (7.27%) Data Centre
2 137 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
3 135 (6.06%) Management Information System
4 78 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
5 67 (3.01%) Replication
5 67 (3.01%) Video Conferencing
6 57 (2.56%) Driving Licence
7 55 (2.47%) PKI
8 54 (2.42%) Clustering
9 41 (1.84%) Mobile App
10 38 (1.71%) Public Cloud
11 31 (1.39%) iPhone
12 28 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 26 (1.17%) User Experience
14 24 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
14 24 (1.08%) Private Cloud
15 23 (1.03%) Virtual Team
16 20 (0.90%) Blackberry
17 18 (0.81%) Algorithms
17 18 (0.81%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1,361 (61.09%) Windows
2 662 (29.71%) Windows Server
3 472 (21.18%) Windows 10
4 276 (12.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 231 (10.37%) Windows Server 2016
6 216 (9.69%) Windows 7
7 215 (9.65%) Linux
8 168 (7.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 111 (4.98%) Windows 8
10 87 (3.90%) Windows Server 2019
11 40 (1.80%) Apple iOS
12 39 (1.75%) Mac OS X
13 38 (1.71%) CentOS
13 38 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
14 34 (1.53%) Android
15 31 (1.39%) Unix
16 30 (1.35%) VMS
17 25 (1.12%) Ubuntu
18 24 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 21 (0.94%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 679 (30.48%) ITIL
2 268 (12.03%) Problem-Solving
3 260 (11.67%) Agile Software Development
4 251 (11.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 196 (8.80%) Mentoring
6 168 (7.54%) Project Management
7 159 (7.14%) Migration
8 154 (6.91%) Presales
9 152 (6.82%) Service Management
10 140 (6.28%) Project Delivery
11 136 (6.10%) DevOps
12 125 (5.61%) Service Delivery
13 116 (5.21%) Disaster Recovery
14 114 (5.12%) MVC
15 106 (4.76%) Change Management
16 104 (4.67%) Scrum
17 96 (4.31%) PRINCE2
18 91 (4.08%) Computer Science
19 84 (3.77%) Cybersecurity
20 83 (3.73%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 381 (17.10%) PowerShell
2 380 (17.06%) SQL
3 207 (9.29%) C#
4 154 (6.91%) JavaScript
5 111 (4.98%) T-SQL
6 99 (4.44%) Python
7 80 (3.59%) C
8 49 (2.20%) Bash Shell
9 36 (1.62%) PHP
10 32 (1.44%) VBScript
11 21 (0.94%) R
12 20 (0.90%) Shell Script
12 20 (0.90%) VB.NET
13 16 (0.72%) Perl
14 11 (0.49%) VB
15 10 (0.45%) C++
16 7 (0.31%) Java
17 6 (0.27%) PL/SQL
17 6 (0.27%) TypeScript
18 4 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1,081 (48.52%) MCSE
2 797 (35.77%) MCSA
3 455 (20.42%) Cisco Certification
4 378 (16.97%) CCNA
5 342 (15.35%) Degree
6 313 (14.05%) MCP
7 215 (9.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 193 (8.66%) MCITP
9 149 (6.69%) CCNP
10 142 (6.37%) Security Cleared
11 90 (4.04%) SC Cleared
12 74 (3.32%) MCSD
13 68 (3.05%) MCTS
14 67 (3.01%) Citrix Certification
15 66 (2.96%) Network+ Certification
16 63 (2.83%) ITIL Certification
17 62 (2.78%) A+ Certification
18 58 (2.60%) CISSP
19 57 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
20 52 (2.33%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (10.82%) SLA
2 79 (3.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 67 (3.01%) QA
4 18 (0.81%) GDPR
5 16 (0.72%) PCI DSS
6 14 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
7 9 (0.40%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.36%) NIST
9 6 (0.27%) COBIT
9 6 (0.27%) ISO 22301
9 6 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 6 (0.27%) RMADS
10 5 (0.22%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.18%) COSHH
12 3 (0.13%) ISO 14001
12 3 (0.13%) PMO
13 2 (0.090%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.090%) NCSC
14 1 (0.045%) GxP
14 1 (0.045%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1,045 (46.90%) Active Directory
2 462 (20.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 363 (16.29%) Hyper-V
4 129 (5.79%) XenApp
5 108 (4.85%) vSphere
6 96 (4.31%) VMware ESXi
7 87 (3.90%) XenDesktop
8 74 (3.32%) Docker
9 37 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
10 29 (1.30%) Virtual Servers
11 26 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
12 24 (1.08%) NFS
13 22 (0.99%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 21 (0.94%) BitLocker
15 20 (0.90%) Xen
16 16 (0.72%) Samba
16 16 (0.72%) VirtualBox
17 15 (0.67%) Firmware
18 12 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 12 (0.54%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 320 (14.36%) SCCM
2 203 (9.11%) Microsoft Intune
3 56 (2.51%) SCOM
4 54 (2.42%) Kubernetes
5 50 (2.24%) Ansible
6 43 (1.93%) vCenter Server
7 42 (1.89%) WSUS
8 41 (1.84%) Puppet
9 33 (1.48%) XenMobile
10 29 (1.30%) Backup Exec
11 20 (0.90%) SCVMM
12 19 (0.85%) Nagios
12 19 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
13 17 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
13 17 (0.76%) Terraform
14 16 (0.72%) Docker Swarm
14 16 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
14 16 (0.72%) OpenNMS
14 16 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
14 16 (0.72%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,884 (84.56%) Microsoft
2 691 (31.01%) VMware
3 422 (18.94%) Cisco
4 367 (16.47%) Citrix
5 175 (7.85%) HP
6 104 (4.67%) Dell
7 94 (4.22%) Veeam
8 80 (3.59%) NetApp
9 72 (3.23%) Oracle
10 60 (2.69%) SolarWinds
11 53 (2.38%) Apple
12 51 (2.29%) IBM
13 45 (2.02%) ServiceNow
14 44 (1.97%) EMC
14 44 (1.97%) Google
15 42 (1.89%) Red Hat
16 40 (1.80%) Symantec
17 36 (1.62%) Ivanti
17 36 (1.62%) Sitecore
18 31 (1.39%) McAfee