Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 171 158 147
Rank change year-on-year -13 -11 -22
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,043 3,957 4,076
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 2.28% 2.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.31% 9.60% 9.05%
Number of salaries quoted 2,433 3,288 3,442
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +3.95%
10th Percentile £24,625 £23,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £73,750 £67,500 £63,750
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 36,614 41,225 45,016
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.11% 23.77% 25.79%
Number of salaries quoted 26,767 32,015 35,733
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 22 January 2019.

Salary histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 16 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 22 January 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 -10 2,836 £42,500 +6.25% 564
UK excluding London 0 1,990 £40,000 - 434
London -59 916 £47,500 +5.56% 161
South East +5 615 £42,250 +5.63% 95
Midlands +36 425 £40,000 +5.96% 95
North of England -26 417 £32,500 -7.14% 97
West Midlands +28 267 £40,000 +1.91% 54
East of England +2 246 £45,000 +3.45% 61
South West -13 226 £41,500 +10.67% 55
North West -42 214 £37,500 +15.38% 46
East Midlands +43 156 £40,000 +10.34% 41
Yorkshire -16 145 £27,500 -34.91% 39
North East +18 58 £30,000 -33.33% 12
Scotland -56 45 £36,000 -20.00% 23
Northern Ireland +6 38 £50,000 +88.68% 3
Wales -28 27 £39,500 -1.25% 5

For the 6 months to 22 January 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 2,495 (81.99%) Microsoft
2 1,825 (59.97%) Windows
3 1,703 (55.96%) MCSE
4 1,420 (46.66%) Active Directory
5 1,159 (38.09%) VMware
6 1,034 (33.98%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,000 (32.86%) Office 365
8 968 (31.81%) ITIL
9 954 (31.35%) MCSA
10 933 (30.66%) Windows Server
11 688 (22.61%) VMware Infrastructure
12 654 (21.49%) Cisco
13 635 (20.87%) Windows Server 2012
14 614 (20.18%) SQL
15 606 (19.91%) Firewall
16 605 (19.88%) SQL Server
17 594 (19.52%) Cisco Certification
18 544 (17.88%) MS Exchange
19 538 (17.68%) Citrix
20 512 (16.83%) Windows Server 2008
21 506 (16.63%) MCP
22 487 (16.00%) CCNA
23 472 (15.51%) Degree
24 462 (15.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 460 (15.12%) Windows 10
26 451 (14.82%) Microsoft Office
27 448 (14.72%) DNS
28 445 (14.62%) PowerShell
29 441 (14.49%) Problem-Solving
30 431 (14.16%) Windows 7

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
1 544 (17.88%) MS Exchange
2 319 (10.48%) SharePoint
3 208 (6.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 167 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2013
5 155 (5.09%) Skype for Business
6 94 (3.09%) IIS
7 82 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2007
8 57 (1.87%) SharePoint 2013
9 42 (1.38%) BizTalk Server
10 34 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2003
11 29 (0.95%) CMS
12 26 (0.85%) IBM Notes
13 25 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
14 17 (0.56%) Apache Pig
15 16 (0.53%) Apache
16 13 (0.43%) OpenStack
17 12 (0.39%) Confluence
18 11 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
19 10 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 10 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 451 (14.82%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (1.54%) MS Visio
3 46 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.20%) Acrobat
7 5 (0.16%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.066%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.066%) CATIA
8 2 (0.066%) MicroStation
8 2 (0.066%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.066%) PTC Creo
8 2 (0.066%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.033%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.033%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 1 (0.033%) Revit
9 1 (0.033%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.033%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 109 (3.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 73 (2.40%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 9 (0.30%) Dynamics GP
5 9 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 7 (0.23%) Lawson
7 6 (0.20%) Workfront
8 4 (0.13%) BPCS
9 3 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.099%) Teamcenter
9 3 (0.099%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.066%) Academy Housing
10 2 (0.066%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.066%) MIS ActiveH
10 2 (0.066%) Northgate Housing
10 2 (0.066%) OPENHousing
10 2 (0.066%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.066%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.066%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 1,034 (33.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,000 (32.86%) Office 365
3 383 (12.59%) Amazon AWS
4 148 (4.86%) Azure Active Directory
5 107 (3.52%) PaaS
5 107 (3.52%) SaaS
6 104 (3.42%) IaaS
7 91 (2.99%) Dynamics 365
8 50 (1.64%) Amazon EC2
9 44 (1.45%) Amazon S3
10 41 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
11 39 (1.28%) Amazon SQS
11 39 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
12 37 (1.22%) Serverless
13 30 (0.99%) Amazon EMR
13 30 (0.99%) Amazon Kinesis
13 30 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
14 28 (0.92%) OneDrive
15 25 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
15 25 (0.82%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 606 (19.91%) Firewall
2 448 (14.72%) DNS
3 366 (12.03%) DHCP
4 346 (11.37%) TCP/IP
5 293 (9.63%) WAN
6 282 (9.27%) SAN
7 278 (9.14%) LAN
8 182 (5.98%) VPN
9 164 (5.39%) Wireless
10 160 (5.26%) VoIP
11 158 (5.19%) VLAN
12 140 (4.60%) Internet
12 140 (4.60%) Network Security
13 125 (4.11%) Skype
14 84 (2.76%) NAS
15 80 (2.63%) Remote Desktop
16 61 (2.00%) MPLS
17 51 (1.68%) Cisco ASA
17 51 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
18 46 (1.51%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 605 (19.88%) SQL Server
2 163 (5.36%) Relational Database
3 149 (4.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 147 (4.83%) SQL Server 2008
5 129 (4.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 111 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 99 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
8 92 (3.02%) Power BI
9 87 (2.86%) SQL Server 2014
10 80 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 74 (2.43%) SQL Server 2016
12 64 (2.10%) Amazon RDS
12 64 (2.10%) MySQL
13 57 (1.87%) NoSQL
13 57 (1.87%) RDBMS
14 48 (1.58%) Big Data
14 48 (1.58%) Cosmos DB
15 42 (1.38%) MongoDB
16 39 (1.28%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 38 (1.25%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 76 (2.50%) Visual Studio
2 73 (2.40%) Git (software)
3 62 (2.04%) JIRA
4 52 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 39 (1.28%) Jenkins
6 33 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
6 33 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
7 24 (0.79%) Bitbucket
8 21 (0.69%) Selenium
8 21 (0.69%) TeamCity
9 20 (0.66%) Redmine
10 19 (0.62%) MSI
11 17 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 17 (0.56%) CodeSonar
11 17 (0.56%) git-flow
11 17 (0.56%) Robot Framework
12 13 (0.43%) Jasmine
12 13 (0.43%) Karma Test Runner
12 13 (0.43%) MSTest
13 12 (0.39%) gulp
General
1 406 (13.34%) Finance
2 150 (4.93%) Retail
3 92 (3.02%) Banking
4 68 (2.23%) Telecoms
5 58 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 53 (1.74%) Legal
7 46 (1.51%) Games
8 38 (1.25%) Law
9 22 (0.72%) Marketing
10 20 (0.66%) Advertising
11 18 (0.59%) Back Office
11 18 (0.59%) Investment Banking
12 17 (0.56%) Billing
13 16 (0.53%) Front Office
14 13 (0.43%) Aerospace
15 12 (0.39%) Automotive
15 12 (0.39%) Military
16 10 (0.33%) Financial Institution
17 9 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
18 7 (0.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 391 (12.85%) Analyst
2 360 (11.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 352 (11.57%) Support Engineer
4 294 (9.66%) Developer
5 244 (8.02%) Architect
6 213 (7.00%) Support Analyst
7 212 (6.97%) Consultant
8 207 (6.80%) IT Support
9 192 (6.31%) Administrator
10 184 (6.05%) IT Engineer
11 174 (5.72%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 156 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support
13 145 (4.77%) .NET Developer
14 138 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support
15 128 (4.21%) Technical Support
16 110 (3.61%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 110 (3.61%) DBA
17 105 (3.45%) IT Analyst
18 102 (3.35%) Solutions Architect
19 100 (3.29%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 355 (11.67%) .NET
2 200 (6.57%) ASP.NET
3 181 (5.95%) HTML
4 120 (3.94%) jQuery
5 117 (3.84%) Web Services
6 113 (3.71%) CSS
7 87 (2.86%) AngularJS
8 83 (2.73%) ASP.NET Web API
9 77 (2.53%) .NET Framework
10 76 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
11 55 (1.81%) HTML5
12 47 (1.54%) Entity Framework
13 38 (1.25%) WCF
14 35 (1.15%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 33 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
15 33 (1.08%) REST
16 30 (0.99%) React
17 29 (0.95%) LDAP
17 29 (0.95%) WinForms
18 26 (0.85%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 334 (10.98%) Data Centre
2 251 (8.25%) Analytical Skills
3 148 (4.86%) Self-Motivation
4 120 (3.94%) Clustering
5 108 (3.55%) Management Information System
6 107 (3.52%) Public Cloud
7 79 (2.60%) Replication
7 79 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
8 61 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
9 49 (1.61%) Driving Licence
10 47 (1.54%) User Experience
11 42 (1.38%) Client/Server
12 41 (1.35%) Blackberry
13 38 (1.25%) Mobile App
13 38 (1.25%) PKI
14 34 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
15 29 (0.95%) Data Structures
16 27 (0.89%) Cyberthreat
17 26 (0.85%) Fintech
18 25 (0.82%) Cyber Kill Chain
Operating Systems
1 1,825 (59.97%) Windows
2 933 (30.66%) Windows Server
3 635 (20.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 512 (16.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 460 (15.12%) Windows 10
6 431 (14.16%) Windows 7
7 414 (13.60%) Linux
8 154 (5.06%) Windows 8
9 139 (4.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 86 (2.83%) Unix
11 77 (2.53%) Apple iOS
12 74 (2.43%) Android
13 63 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 43 (1.41%) Mac OS X
15 31 (1.02%) Windows XP
16 27 (0.89%) CentOS
17 19 (0.62%) Mac OS
18 12 (0.39%) Ubuntu
18 12 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
18 12 (0.39%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 968 (31.81%) ITIL
2 441 (14.49%) Problem-Solving
3 403 (13.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 283 (9.30%) Agile Software Development
5 249 (8.18%) Presales
6 233 (7.66%) Project Management
7 217 (7.13%) Mentoring
8 198 (6.51%) Migration
9 180 (5.92%) Service Management
10 179 (5.88%) Computer Science
11 178 (5.85%) Disaster Recovery
12 177 (5.82%) ITIL V3
13 169 (5.55%) High Availability
14 168 (5.52%) CRM
15 160 (5.26%) Information Security
16 156 (5.13%) DevOps
17 155 (5.09%) Business Intelligence
18 148 (4.86%) Incident Management
19 142 (4.67%) Service Delivery
20 140 (4.60%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 614 (20.18%) SQL
2 445 (14.62%) PowerShell
3 318 (10.45%) C#
4 224 (7.36%) JavaScript
5 184 (6.05%) Python
6 118 (3.88%) T-SQL
7 95 (3.12%) Java
8 86 (2.83%) VBScript
9 81 (2.66%) Bash Shell
10 76 (2.50%) C
11 40 (1.31%) VB
11 40 (1.31%) VB.NET
12 32 (1.05%) PHP
13 31 (1.02%) C++
14 27 (0.89%) Shell Script
14 27 (0.89%) TypeScript
15 26 (0.85%) PL/SQL
15 26 (0.85%) Scala
16 21 (0.69%) Objective-C
17 20 (0.66%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,703 (55.96%) MCSE
2 954 (31.35%) MCSA
3 594 (19.52%) Cisco Certification
4 506 (16.63%) MCP
5 487 (16.00%) CCNA
6 472 (15.51%) Degree
7 462 (15.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 312 (10.25%) MCITP
9 200 (6.57%) Security Cleared
10 184 (6.05%) CISSP
11 180 (5.92%) CCNP
12 130 (4.27%) MCDST
13 117 (3.84%) Computer Science Degree
14 106 (3.48%) A+ Certification
15 102 (3.35%) Network+ Certification
16 91 (2.99%) CompTIA Security+
17 89 (2.92%) SSCP
18 88 (2.89%) RHCE
19 87 (2.86%) SANS
20 82 (2.69%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 266 (8.74%) SLA
2 101 (3.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 97 (3.19%) GDPR
4 52 (1.71%) QA
5 42 (1.38%) Data Quality
6 33 (1.08%) PCI DSS
7 29 (0.95%) ISO 9001
8 20 (0.66%) PMO
9 16 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
10 11 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 10 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 8 (0.26%) COBIT
13 4 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 4 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 3 (0.099%) GPG13
14 3 (0.099%) NIST 800
15 1 (0.033%) GxP
15 1 (0.033%) HL7
15 1 (0.033%) ISO 14001
15 1 (0.033%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1,420 (46.66%) Active Directory
2 688 (22.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 431 (14.16%) Hyper-V
4 204 (6.70%) vSphere
5 188 (6.18%) VMware ESXi
6 138 (4.53%) XenApp
7 56 (1.84%) Virtual Machines
8 55 (1.81%) Docker
8 55 (1.81%) XenDesktop
9 34 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
10 33 (1.08%) XenServer
11 31 (1.02%) Terminal Services
12 30 (0.99%) NFS
13 29 (0.95%) VMware NSX
14 26 (0.85%) BitLocker
15 25 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
15 25 (0.82%) Terminal Server
16 24 (0.79%) Samba
17 17 (0.56%) Firmware
18 14 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 340 (11.17%) SCCM
2 103 (3.38%) WSUS
3 99 (3.25%) Microsoft Intune
4 94 (3.09%) Backup Exec
5 83 (2.73%) Puppet
6 75 (2.46%) vCenter Server
7 70 (2.30%) SCOM
8 64 (2.10%) Ansible
9 39 (1.28%) Nagios
10 36 (1.18%) SCOrch
11 33 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
12 32 (1.05%) Failover Clustering
13 31 (1.02%) AirWatch
14 26 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
15 25 (0.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 25 (0.82%) RSA Security Analytics
16 21 (0.69%) Terraform
17 18 (0.59%) IBM BigFix
17 18 (0.59%) Salt
18 17 (0.56%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,495 (81.99%) Microsoft
2 1,159 (38.09%) VMware
3 654 (21.49%) Cisco
4 538 (17.68%) Citrix
5 224 (7.36%) HP
6 188 (6.18%) NetApp
7 150 (4.93%) Dell
8 138 (4.53%) EMC
9 128 (4.21%) Veeam
10 121 (3.98%) Red Hat
11 98 (3.22%) Apple
12 92 (3.02%) Symantec
13 90 (2.96%) Oracle
14 83 (2.73%) Ivanti
15 77 (2.53%) SolarWinds
16 70 (2.30%) Meraki
17 64 (2.10%) IBM
18 63 (2.07%) Polycom
19 61 (2.00%) Avaya
20 60 (1.97%) Splunk