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 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 157 126 97
Rank change year-on-year -31 -29  
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1766 2635 3260
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.07% 2.52% 3.04%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.34% 9.10% 11.06%
Number of salaries quoted 1519 2235 2810
Median salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,188
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.12%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £59,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £37,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21176 28957 29482
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.79% 27.74% 27.53%
Number of salaries quoted 16691 23223 23131
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -33 1623 £40,000 - 226
London -28 568 £42,500 -5.55% 71
South East -19 373 £35,000 -8.49% 54
East of England -28 160 £37,500 +8.69% 22
Surrey +26 129 £37,500 -2.59% 16
City of London +26 125 £41,000 -8.88% 22
West Midlands -3 118 £35,000 -11.39% 17
North West -44 113 £40,000 +6.66% 25
Yorkshire -6 112 £35,000 +7.69% 12
East Midlands -2 92 £42,500 +21.42% 13
South West -40 89 £32,500 -5.79% 5
Hampshire -17 82 £35,000 -5.40% 13
West Yorkshire -29 80 £37,500 +7.14% 6
Hertfordshire +2 79 £41,000 +9.33% 11
Manchester -42 71 £40,000 +6.66% 14
Leeds -8 61 £37,500 +7.14% 4
Birmingham +17 58 £40,250 -4.16% 7
Berkshire -33 51 £40,000 -16.66% 6
Wales +8 48 £37,500 +10.29% 3
Buckinghamshire +25 44 £32,000 +6.66% 8
South Wales +11 40 £37,500 +10.29% 3
Guildford +29 37 £31,000 +10.71% 3
Cambridgeshire +6 37 £35,000 -12.50% 4
Nottingham +17 35 £42,500 -3.40% 4
Nottinghamshire +12 35 £42,500 -3.40% 4
Wiltshire +23 29 £32,000 -1.53% 1
Basingstoke +19 26 £35,000 -5.40% 3
Cardiff +9 26 £35,000 -6.66% 1
Hemel Hempstead +18 25 £37,500 -16.66% 1
Bristol -14 24 £30,250 +0.83%

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 2883 (77.38%) Microsoft
2 2305 (61.86%) Windows
3 1922 (51.58%) MCSE
4 1782 (47.83%) Active Directory
5 1453 (39.00%) VMware
6 1334 (35.80%) MS Excel
7 1292 (34.68%) Windows Server
8 1118 (30.01%) SQL Server
9 1024 (27.48%) ITIL
10 1011 (27.13%) MCSA
11 947 (25.42%) VMware Infrastructure
12 887 (23.81%) Windows Server 2012
13 864 (23.19%) Office 365
14 850 (22.81%) SQL
15 834 (22.38%) MS Exchange
16 816 (21.90%) Windows Server 2008
17 805 (21.60%) Cisco
18 785 (21.07%) Hyper-V
19 755 (20.26%) Cisco Certification
20 721 (19.35%) MCP
21 650 (17.44%) Citrix
22 639 (17.15%) CCNA
23 624 (16.75%) Firewall
23 624 (16.75%) Degree
24 612 (16.43%) Microsoft Azure
25 533 (14.30%) .NET
26 529 (14.20%) MCITP
27 524 (14.06%) Windows 7
28 511 (13.71%) SAN
29 510 (13.69%) 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
1 834 (22.38%) MS Exchange
2 417 (11.19%) SharePoint
3 377 (10.12%) Exchange Server 2010
4 328 (8.80%) Exchange Server 2013
5 244 (6.55%) Skype for Business
6 230 (6.17%) IIS
7 122 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2007
8 97 (2.60%) SharePoint 2013
9 62 (1.66%) Apache
10 55 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2003
11 51 (1.37%) SharePoint 2010
12 41 (1.10%) Tomcat
13 40 (1.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 37 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
15 33 (0.89%) CMS
16 28 (0.75%) SharePoint Server
17 25 (0.67%) SAS
18 23 (0.62%) OpenStack
19 22 (0.59%) Confluence
20 18 (0.48%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 1334 (35.80%) MS Excel
2 483 (12.96%) MS Office
3 59 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 42 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.32%) MS Project
6 11 (0.30%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.054%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.054%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.027%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.027%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.027%) InDesign
9 1 (0.027%) Revit
Business Applications
1 76 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.16%) Sentinel
4 5 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.11%) SAP Business One
6 3 (0.081%) Eikon
6 3 (0.081%) Magento
6 3 (0.081%) Sage 1000
6 3 (0.081%) Sage 200
7 2 (0.054%) SAP ERP
7 2 (0.054%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.054%) Teamcenter
7 2 (0.054%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.054%) Workfront
8 1 (0.027%) Bankmaster
8 1 (0.027%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.027%) Maximo
8 1 (0.027%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 864 (23.19%) Office 365
2 612 (16.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 195 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
4 101 (2.71%) SaaS
5 78 (2.09%) IaaS
6 64 (1.72%) PaaS
7 61 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
8 48 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (0.64%) Mimecast
10 23 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
11 19 (0.51%) G Suite
12 10 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.27%) Yammer
13 7 (0.19%) OneDrive
14 6 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (0.16%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.16%) Azure Machine Learning
15 5 (0.13%) Akamai
15 5 (0.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 4 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 624 (16.75%) Firewall
2 511 (13.71%) SAN
3 510 (13.69%) DNS
4 401 (10.76%) LAN
5 395 (10.60%) DHCP
5 395 (10.60%) WAN
6 325 (8.72%) TCP/IP
7 279 (7.49%) VPN
8 174 (4.67%) VoIP
9 166 (4.46%) Skype
10 127 (3.41%) Internet
11 125 (3.35%) VLAN
12 103 (2.76%) Wireless
13 94 (2.52%) Network Security
14 91 (2.44%) NAS
15 70 (1.88%) Remote Desktop
16 68 (1.83%) Unified Communications
17 56 (1.50%) SMTP
18 50 (1.34%) MPLS
19 49 (1.32%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1118 (30.01%) SQL Server
2 338 (9.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 269 (7.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 265 (7.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 216 (5.80%) SQL Server 2012
6 178 (4.78%) SQL Server 2014
7 125 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
8 113 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
8 113 (3.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 82 (2.20%) Relational Database
10 81 (2.17%) Big Data
11 63 (1.69%) MySQL
12 56 (1.50%) Power BI
13 51 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
14 43 (1.15%) QlikView
15 38 (1.02%) RDBMS
16 34 (0.91%) MongoDB
17 25 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
18 23 (0.62%) OLTP
19 21 (0.56%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 132 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 114 (3.06%) Visual Studio
3 63 (1.69%) JIRA
4 31 (0.83%) Rhino Mocks
5 28 (0.75%) NUnit
6 27 (0.72%) Moq
7 26 (0.70%) MSI
8 22 (0.59%) Git (software)
9 10 (0.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (0.24%) MorphX
11 8 (0.21%) InstallShield
11 8 (0.21%) WinDbg
12 7 (0.19%) ClearCase
12 7 (0.19%) Eclipse
13 6 (0.16%) Selenium
14 5 (0.13%) Redmine
14 5 (0.13%) WiX
15 4 (0.11%) Bitbucket
15 4 (0.11%) Robot Framework
15 4 (0.11%) TeamCity
General
1 471 (12.64%) Finance
2 139 (3.73%) Telecoms
3 118 (3.17%) Legal
4 76 (2.04%) Retail
5 74 (1.99%) Games
6 64 (1.72%) Banking
7 61 (1.64%) Advertising
8 54 (1.45%) Law
9 51 (1.37%) Marketing
10 34 (0.91%) Billing
10 34 (0.91%) Manufacturing
11 29 (0.78%) Back Office
12 26 (0.70%) Automotive
13 19 (0.51%) Multimedia
14 17 (0.46%) Publishing
15 12 (0.32%) Financial Institution
16 11 (0.30%) Spanish Language
17 10 (0.27%) Electronics
18 9 (0.24%) Military
18 9 (0.24%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 543 (14.57%) Support Engineer
2 519 (13.93%) Analyst
3 431 (11.57%) Developer
4 430 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 285 (7.65%) Consultant
6 268 (7.19%) IT Support
7 253 (6.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 247 (6.63%) Administrator
9 245 (6.58%) Support Analyst
10 227 (6.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 217 (5.82%) IT Engineer
12 211 (5.66%) Architect
13 185 (4.97%) DBA
14 183 (4.91%) Windows Engineer
15 179 (4.80%) .NET Developer
16 175 (4.70%) SQL DBA
17 163 (4.37%) 3rd Line Support
18 148 (3.97%) C# Developer
19 142 (3.81%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 139 (3.73%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 533 (14.30%) .NET
2 314 (8.43%) ASP.NET
3 230 (6.17%) HTML
4 201 (5.39%) CSS
5 161 (4.32%) Web Services
6 149 (4.00%) jQuery
7 142 (3.81%) .NET Framework
8 127 (3.41%) ASP.NET MVC
9 115 (3.09%) XML
10 107 (2.87%) AngularJS
11 87 (2.33%) WCF
12 65 (1.74%) KnockoutJS
13 63 (1.69%) REST
14 61 (1.64%) HTML5
15 60 (1.61%) Entity Framework
16 55 (1.48%) ASP.NET MVC 5
17 53 (1.42%) ASP.NET Web API
18 50 (1.34%) LINQ
19 43 (1.15%) React
20 41 (1.10%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 379 (10.17%) Data Centre
2 292 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
3 229 (6.15%) Computer Science
4 152 (4.08%) Clustering
5 116 (3.11%) Replication
6 114 (3.06%) Management Information System
7 102 (2.74%) Driving Licence
8 89 (2.39%) Blackberry
9 86 (2.31%) Public Cloud
10 80 (2.15%) Enterprise Software
11 61 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
12 57 (1.53%) Client/Server
13 47 (1.26%) User Experience
14 45 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
15 43 (1.15%) Fintech
16 41 (1.10%) PKI
17 35 (0.94%) iPad
17 35 (0.94%) iPhone
17 35 (0.94%) Private Cloud
18 28 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 2305 (61.86%) Windows
2 1292 (34.68%) Windows Server
3 887 (23.81%) Windows Server 2012
4 816 (21.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 524 (14.06%) Windows 7
6 338 (9.07%) Linux
7 286 (7.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 260 (6.98%) Windows 10
9 199 (5.34%) Windows 8
10 96 (2.58%) Mac OS X
11 81 (2.17%) Android
11 81 (2.17%) Unix
12 71 (1.91%) Windows XP
13 53 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 50 (1.34%) Apple iOS
15 42 (1.13%) CentOS
16 31 (0.83%) Mac OS
17 29 (0.78%) Ubuntu
18 28 (0.75%) Solaris
19 21 (0.56%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1024 (27.48%) ITIL
2 388 (10.41%) Agile Software Development
3 261 (7.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 234 (6.28%) High Availability
5 225 (6.04%) Migration
6 217 (5.82%) MVC
6 217 (5.82%) Presales
7 214 (5.74%) Service Management
8 197 (5.29%) Project Management
9 184 (4.94%) Business Intelligence
10 175 (4.70%) Service Delivery
11 170 (4.56%) Performance Tuning
12 168 (4.51%) Scrum
13 157 (4.21%) Time Management
14 154 (4.13%) ITIL V3
15 152 (4.08%) Mentoring
15 152 (4.08%) PRINCE2
16 132 (3.54%) CRM
17 131 (3.52%) Change Management
18 119 (3.19%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 850 (22.81%) SQL
2 467 (12.53%) C#
3 409 (10.98%) PowerShell
4 285 (7.65%) JavaScript
5 253 (6.79%) T-SQL
6 91 (2.44%) VB.NET
7 80 (2.15%) VBScript
8 62 (1.66%) Python
9 55 (1.48%) C
10 54 (1.45%) VB
11 50 (1.34%) Perl
12 43 (1.15%) C++
12 43 (1.15%) PHP
13 41 (1.10%) Java
14 35 (0.94%) TypeScript
15 34 (0.91%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 27 (0.72%) R
17 22 (0.59%) Bash Shell
18 15 (0.40%) PL/SQL
19 13 (0.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1922 (51.58%) MCSE
2 1011 (27.13%) MCSA
3 755 (20.26%) Cisco Certification
4 721 (19.35%) MCP
5 639 (17.15%) CCNA
6 624 (16.75%) Degree
7 529 (14.20%) MCITP
8 425 (11.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 216 (5.80%) MCTS
10 189 (5.07%) CCNP
11 188 (5.05%) Citrix Certification
12 174 (4.67%) Security Cleared
13 136 (3.65%) ITIL Certification
14 124 (3.33%) A+ Certification
15 122 (3.27%) CCA
16 119 (3.19%) MCSD
17 102 (2.74%) MCDST
18 98 (2.63%) SC Cleared
19 80 (2.15%) CISSP
20 67 (1.80%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 329 (8.83%) SLA
2 89 (2.39%) PCI DSS
3 71 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 67 (1.80%) QA
5 8 (0.21%) COBIT
5 8 (0.21%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.21%) GCP
6 7 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.16%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.11%) SSAE 16
10 3 (0.081%) GPG13
10 3 (0.081%) MiFID
10 3 (0.081%) PMO
11 2 (0.054%) WAI
11 2 (0.054%) WCAG
12 1 (0.027%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.027%) ISO27002
System Software
1 1782 (47.83%) Active Directory
2 947 (25.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 785 (21.07%) Hyper-V
4 243 (6.52%) XenApp
5 239 (6.41%) vSphere
6 108 (2.90%) XenDesktop
7 83 (2.23%) VMware ESX
8 59 (1.58%) Virtual Servers
9 57 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
10 55 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
11 37 (0.99%) Terminal Services
12 32 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
13 26 (0.70%) vCloud
13 26 (0.70%) XenServer
14 22 (0.59%) VMware Server
15 18 (0.48%) ISA Server
15 18 (0.48%) NFS
16 17 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 16 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
17 16 (0.43%) UAG
Systems Management
1 411 (11.03%) SCCM
2 172 (4.62%) SCOM
3 86 (2.31%) WSUS
4 85 (2.28%) Backup Exec
5 51 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 41 (1.10%) NetBackup
7 38 (1.02%) Puppet
8 33 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
9 31 (0.83%) AirWatch
10 27 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
11 25 (0.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 23 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
13 22 (0.59%) SCVMM
14 21 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
15 20 (0.54%) SCOrch
16 18 (0.48%) Nagios
17 17 (0.46%) Ansible
17 17 (0.46%) Nessus
17 17 (0.46%) SCSM
18 16 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 2883 (77.38%) Microsoft
2 1453 (39.00%) VMware
3 805 (21.60%) Cisco
4 650 (17.44%) Citrix
5 331 (8.88%) HP
6 215 (5.77%) NetApp
7 159 (4.27%) Dell
8 149 (4.00%) Oracle
9 141 (3.78%) Veeam
10 111 (2.98%) Apple
11 102 (2.74%) EMC
12 78 (2.09%) Red Hat
13 77 (2.07%) Google
14 65 (1.74%) Juniper
15 63 (1.69%) Avaya
16 61 (1.64%) Symantec
17 55 (1.48%) SolarWinds
18 53 (1.42%) IBM
19 52 (1.40%) SonicWALL
20 50 (1.34%) Draytek
Bournemouth, Dorset
Team Jobs
Salary: From £30,000 to £36,000 per annum Laptop,Phone,25days hols,pension,PMI
Posted: 10 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Reed Technology
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £30k - 35k per year + Pension
Posted: 10 hours ago
South East London
Pera Holdings
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Itecco
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + Bonus + MORE
Posted: 9 hours ago
Salford, Lancashire
Premier IT
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus, benefits + training
Posted: 14 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Ashdown IT
Salary: £18000 - £23000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
ITPS
Salary: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Wokingham, Berkshire
Davanti Solutions
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Davanti Solutions
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
FT Select
Salary: From £27,000 to £29,950 per annum + car + fantastic hols & benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Itecco
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + BONUS + Paid for Certifications
Posted: 2 days ago
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
RBW Consulting
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Avance Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Intelletec
Salary: From £60,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
South East London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £30k - 35k per year + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Car
Posted: 20 hours ago
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £20000 - £240000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Altrincham, Cheshire
Rullion
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Involved Solutions Ltd
Salary: £30000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Gatwick, West Sussex
Gatwick Airport
Salary: £44000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits and rewards
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £27000.00 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Itecco
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Harris Global
Salary: Unspecified
Posted: 13 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £45000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Staff Finda ltd
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Salary: £50000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago