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

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 153 145 122
Rank change year-on-year -8 -23 -25
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,944 4,170 5,361
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.28% 2.34% 2.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.64% 9.11% 9.42%
Number of salaries quoted 3,274 3,524 4,795
UK median annual salary £40,000 £39,250 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.91% +3.29% -5.00%
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,900
UK excluding London median annual salary £39,500 £37,500 £37,000
% change year-on-year +5.33% +1.35% -1.33%

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 40,894 45,756 56,909
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.61% 25.73% 27.69%
Number of salaries quoted 31,700 36,357 45,593
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 January 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 January 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 -18 3,626 £40,000 - 506
UK excluding London -20 2,458 £39,500 +5.33% 374
London +1 1,315 £45,000 +5.88% 165
South East -33 730 £40,000 - 81
North of England -34 602 £35,000 -6.67% 98
Midlands +2 381 £37,500 +7.14% 66
North West +8 343 £32,500 -13.33% 59
South West +3 302 £37,500 - 49
East of England 0 295 £43,500 +24.29% 44
West Midlands +9 264 £38,750 +10.71% 41
Yorkshire -44 214 £42,250 +12.67% 27
East Midlands +2 117 £36,000 -4.00% 25
Scotland +13 106 £40,900 +2.25% 20
Wales +14 63 £40,000 +6.67% 13
North East -36 47 £43,750 +28.68% 12
Northern Ireland -13 23 £26,500 -3.64% 1
Isle of Man -8 1 £60,000 +71.43% 3

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 3,230 (81.90%) Microsoft
2 2,341 (59.36%) Windows
3 2,066 (52.38%) MCSE
4 1,800 (45.64%) Active Directory
5 1,470 (37.27%) VMware
6 1,276 (32.35%) Windows Server
7 1,238 (31.39%) ITIL
8 1,198 (30.38%) Office 365
9 1,142 (28.96%) MCSA
10 980 (24.85%) VMware Infrastructure
11 978 (24.80%) SQL Server
12 907 (23.00%) Microsoft Azure
13 870 (22.06%) MS Exchange
14 867 (21.98%) Hyper-V
15 779 (19.75%) Windows Server 2012
16 753 (19.09%) SQL
17 722 (18.31%) Cisco Certification
18 714 (18.10%) Citrix
19 708 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
20 701 (17.77%) MCP
21 666 (16.89%) Degree
22 645 (16.35%) CCNA
23 638 (16.18%) Cisco
24 630 (15.97%) Firewall
25 620 (15.72%) Microsoft Office
26 605 (15.34%) Finance
27 560 (14.20%) .NET
28 540 (13.69%) C#
29 532 (13.49%) DNS
29 532 (13.49%) PowerShell

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
1 870 (22.06%) MS Exchange
2 470 (11.92%) SharePoint
3 402 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 265 (6.72%) Exchange Server 2013
5 249 (6.31%) Skype for Business
6 211 (5.35%) IIS
7 120 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2007
8 116 (2.94%) SharePoint 2013
9 76 (1.93%) SharePoint Server
10 47 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
11 45 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
12 40 (1.01%) Apache
12 40 (1.01%) NServiceBus
13 32 (0.81%) Sitefinity
14 31 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
15 25 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
16 24 (0.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 21 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 20 (0.51%) Umbraco
19 19 (0.48%) CMS
Applications
1 620 (15.72%) Microsoft Office
2 110 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 16 (0.41%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.076%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.076%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.076%) SPSS
7 2 (0.051%) Maya
7 2 (0.051%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.025%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.025%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.025%) Stata
Business Applications
1 152 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (1.42%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.28%) Dynamics GP
5 8 (0.20%) BPCS
6 7 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.13%) Eikon
7 5 (0.13%) Maximo
7 5 (0.13%) ResourceLink
8 2 (0.051%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.051%) Pegasus Opera
8 2 (0.051%) Relativity
9 1 (0.025%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 1 (0.025%) Cognos TM1
9 1 (0.025%) Infor M3
9 1 (0.025%) Sage X3
9 1 (0.025%) SAP Business One
9 1 (0.025%) Visualfiles
9 1 (0.025%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,198 (30.38%) Office 365
2 907 (23.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 300 (7.61%) Amazon AWS
4 210 (5.32%) IaaS
5 144 (3.65%) PaaS
6 128 (3.25%) Azure Active Directory
7 123 (3.12%) SaaS
8 92 (2.33%) Dynamics 365
9 62 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
10 57 (1.45%) OneDrive
11 32 (0.81%) Mimecast
12 31 (0.79%) G Suite
13 19 (0.48%) Yammer
14 12 (0.30%) iPaaS
15 9 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
16 8 (0.20%) Bluemix
17 6 (0.15%) GitHub
17 6 (0.15%) npm
18 5 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 630 (15.97%) Firewall
2 532 (13.49%) DNS
3 495 (12.55%) SAN
4 483 (12.25%) WAN
5 452 (11.46%) LAN
6 413 (10.47%) DHCP
7 376 (9.53%) TCP/IP
8 221 (5.60%) Skype
9 220 (5.58%) VPN
10 195 (4.94%) VoIP
11 127 (3.22%) Network Security
12 123 (3.12%) Internet
13 121 (3.07%) VLAN
14 98 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
15 85 (2.16%) NAS
16 64 (1.62%) Wireless
17 60 (1.52%) SSL
18 59 (1.50%) NetScaler
19 57 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
20 53 (1.34%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 978 (24.80%) SQL Server
2 223 (5.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 208 (5.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 169 (4.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 139 (3.52%) SQL Server 2012
6 136 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
7 120 (3.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 77 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
9 75 (1.90%) Power BI
10 72 (1.83%) SQL Server 2016
11 68 (1.72%) Oracle Database
12 62 (1.57%) MySQL
13 58 (1.47%) Relational Database
14 53 (1.34%) SQL Server 2005
15 37 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
16 36 (0.91%) RDBMS
17 32 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
18 29 (0.74%) NoSQL
19 28 (0.71%) Big Data
20 26 (0.66%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 157 (3.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 112 (2.84%) Visual Studio
3 73 (1.85%) JIRA
4 55 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
5 48 (1.22%) Git (software)
6 25 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 25 (0.63%) gulp
6 25 (0.63%) TeamCity
7 24 (0.61%) NUnit
8 22 (0.56%) Moq
9 20 (0.51%) Jasmine
10 18 (0.46%) Jenkins
11 17 (0.43%) Karma Test Runner
11 17 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 16 (0.41%) Selenium
13 13 (0.33%) Redmine
13 13 (0.33%) Rhino Mocks
14 12 (0.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (0.30%) GitLab
15 11 (0.28%) MSI
General
1 605 (15.34%) Finance
2 166 (4.21%) Banking
3 114 (2.89%) Advertising
3 114 (2.89%) Investment Banking
4 91 (2.31%) Legal
5 87 (2.21%) Retail Banking
6 84 (2.13%) Retail
6 84 (2.13%) Telecoms
7 80 (2.03%) Manufacturing
8 66 (1.67%) Law
9 50 (1.27%) Marketing
10 37 (0.94%) Games
11 27 (0.68%) Publishing
12 24 (0.61%) Front Office
13 17 (0.43%) Financial Institution
14 16 (0.41%) Automotive
14 16 (0.41%) Electronics
15 13 (0.33%) Back Office
16 10 (0.25%) Dutch Language
17 9 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 516 (13.08%) Support Engineer
2 503 (12.75%) Analyst
3 485 (12.30%) Developer
4 458 (11.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 303 (7.68%) Consultant
6 271 (6.87%) Administrator
6 271 (6.87%) IT Support
7 261 (6.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 260 (6.59%) Support Analyst
9 259 (6.57%) Architect
10 257 (6.52%) IT Engineer
11 252 (6.39%) 2nd Line Support
12 187 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
13 184 (4.67%) Desktop Support
14 181 (4.59%) 3rd Line Support
15 178 (4.51%) DBA
16 160 (4.06%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 156 (3.96%) .NET Developer
17 156 (3.96%) Systems Engineer
18 139 (3.52%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 560 (14.20%) .NET
2 358 (9.08%) ASP.NET
3 286 (7.25%) HTML
4 197 (4.99%) .NET Framework
5 194 (4.92%) CSS
6 169 (4.28%) Web Services
7 163 (4.13%) AngularJS
7 163 (4.13%) jQuery
8 155 (3.93%) ASP.NET MVC
9 138 (3.50%) HTML5
10 111 (2.81%) Entity Framework
11 98 (2.48%) XML
12 96 (2.43%) WCF
13 81 (2.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 73 (1.85%) KnockoutJS
15 72 (1.83%) XSLT
16 71 (1.80%) REST
17 58 (1.47%) ASP.NET Web API
18 53 (1.34%) Middleware
19 52 (1.32%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 353 (8.95%) Data Centre
2 287 (7.28%) Computer Science
3 276 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
4 199 (5.05%) Management Information System
5 166 (4.21%) Driving Licence
6 142 (3.60%) Clustering
7 138 (3.50%) Blackberry
8 134 (3.40%) User Experience
9 113 (2.87%) Replication
10 91 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
11 72 (1.83%) Public Cloud
12 50 (1.27%) Client/Server
12 50 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
13 44 (1.12%) iPhone
14 42 (1.06%) Smartphone
15 40 (1.01%) PKI
16 39 (0.99%) Private Cloud
17 36 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
18 33 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
19 31 (0.79%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 2,341 (59.36%) Windows
2 1,276 (32.35%) Windows Server
3 779 (19.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 708 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
5 484 (12.27%) Windows 7
6 430 (10.90%) Windows 10
7 341 (8.65%) Linux
8 231 (5.86%) Windows 8
9 159 (4.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 154 (3.90%) Mac OS X
11 150 (3.80%) Android
12 122 (3.09%) Apple iOS
13 104 (2.64%) Windows XP
14 57 (1.45%) Unix
15 41 (1.04%) CentOS
16 26 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 26 (0.66%) Windows Vista
17 25 (0.63%) Windows 2000 Server
18 22 (0.56%) Mac OS
19 14 (0.35%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,238 (31.39%) ITIL
2 435 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
3 281 (7.12%) Migration
4 279 (7.07%) Disaster Recovery
5 270 (6.85%) MVC
6 244 (6.19%) Service Management
7 242 (6.14%) Project Management
8 227 (5.76%) Presales
9 221 (5.60%) Business Intelligence
9 221 (5.60%) CRM
10 211 (5.35%) Service Delivery
11 207 (5.25%) High Availability
12 196 (4.97%) PRINCE2
13 189 (4.79%) Performance Tuning
14 187 (4.74%) Mentoring
15 175 (4.44%) Time Management
16 168 (4.26%) DevOps
17 158 (4.01%) Scrum
18 148 (3.75%) Change Management
19 145 (3.68%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 753 (19.09%) SQL
2 540 (13.69%) C#
3 532 (13.49%) PowerShell
4 355 (9.00%) JavaScript
5 179 (4.54%) T-SQL
6 76 (1.93%) Python
7 72 (1.83%) Java
8 55 (1.39%) C++
9 54 (1.37%) Bash Shell
10 52 (1.32%) PL/SQL
11 49 (1.24%) C
11 49 (1.24%) VB.NET
12 45 (1.14%) PHP
13 36 (0.91%) VBScript
14 31 (0.79%) VB
15 30 (0.76%) Perl
16 27 (0.68%) Objective-C
16 27 (0.68%) X++
17 20 (0.51%) Ruby
18 18 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2,066 (52.38%) MCSE
2 1,142 (28.96%) MCSA
3 722 (18.31%) Cisco Certification
4 701 (17.77%) MCP
5 666 (16.89%) Degree
6 645 (16.35%) CCNA
7 488 (12.37%) MCITP
8 331 (8.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 293 (7.43%) Citrix Certification
10 225 (5.70%) CCA
11 214 (5.43%) MCTS
12 211 (5.35%) Security Cleared
13 209 (5.30%) MCSD
14 203 (5.15%) CCNP
15 184 (4.67%) Computer Science Degree
16 114 (2.89%) A+ Certification
16 114 (2.89%) SC Cleared
17 105 (2.66%) ITIL Certification
18 102 (2.59%) MCPD
19 98 (2.48%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 303 (7.68%) SLA
2 110 (2.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 62 (1.57%) QA
4 53 (1.34%) PCI DSS
5 23 (0.58%) Data Quality
6 18 (0.46%) GDPR
7 16 (0.41%) PMO
8 12 (0.30%) COBIT
9 10 (0.25%) HIPAA
9 10 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 6 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (0.13%) GxP
11 5 (0.13%) NEBOSH
12 4 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.076%) Government Security Classifications
13 3 (0.076%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.076%) PMBOK
14 2 (0.051%) RMADS
14 2 (0.051%) TickIT
System Software
1 1,800 (45.64%) Active Directory
2 980 (24.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 867 (21.98%) Hyper-V
4 314 (7.96%) XenApp
5 206 (5.22%) vSphere
6 202 (5.12%) XenDesktop
7 183 (4.64%) VMware ESXi
8 94 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
9 87 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 72 (1.83%) Terminal Services
11 48 (1.22%) XenServer
12 45 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
13 31 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
14 27 (0.68%) Xen
15 26 (0.66%) Docker
16 21 (0.53%) BitLocker
17 19 (0.48%) VMware NSX
18 17 (0.43%) Firmware
19 16 (0.41%) NFS
20 13 (0.33%) Samba
Systems Management
1 514 (13.03%) SCCM
2 180 (4.56%) SCOM
3 118 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
4 103 (2.61%) Puppet
5 83 (2.10%) WSUS
6 74 (1.88%) Backup Exec
7 73 (1.85%) AirWatch
7 73 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
8 63 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
9 55 (1.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 55 (1.39%) vCenter Server
10 49 (1.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 47 (1.19%) SCOrch
12 46 (1.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 43 (1.09%) Ansible
14 36 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
15 32 (0.81%) Nagios
16 28 (0.71%) SCDPM
17 23 (0.58%) Failover Clustering
17 23 (0.58%) SCSM
Vendors
1 3,230 (81.90%) Microsoft
2 1,470 (37.27%) VMware
3 714 (18.10%) Citrix
4 638 (16.18%) Cisco
5 239 (6.06%) HP
6 214 (5.43%) Oracle
7 194 (4.92%) Apple
8 140 (3.55%) NetApp
9 136 (3.45%) Dell
10 115 (2.92%) Veeam
11 92 (2.33%) Symantec
12 89 (2.26%) Ivanti
13 87 (2.21%) Google
13 87 (2.21%) McAfee
14 85 (2.16%) Red Hat
14 85 (2.16%) ServiceNow
15 80 (2.03%) Avaya
16 70 (1.77%) Juniper
16 70 (1.77%) SolarWinds
17 62 (1.57%) EMC