Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 175 157 138
Rank change year-on-year -18 -19 -19
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,201 4,042 4,694
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.98% 2.27% 2.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.35% 9.35% 9.38%
Number of salaries quoted 2,544 3,375 4,010
UK median annual salary £42,000 £40,000 £39,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £23,250 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £63,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +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 38,326 43,209 50,064
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.70% 24.27% 26.36%
Number of salaries quoted 28,393 33,201 40,156
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 -8 2,951 £42,000 +5.00% 592
UK excluding London -9 2,107 £40,000 +5.26% 441
London -52 938 £45,500 +1.11% 176
South East -13 621 £40,000 - 92
North of England -28 461 £35,000 +2.94% 116
Midlands +25 438 £40,000 - 99
East of England +14 277 £43,500 +2.35% 53
North West -12 276 £39,500 +28.46% 58
West Midlands +19 273 £40,500 +4.52% 68
South West +9 247 £42,500 +21.43% 55
East Midlands +52 166 £39,909 -0.23% 31
Yorkshire -42 153 £29,950 -21.70% 40
Scotland -70 51 £40,000 -3.61% 15
Northern Ireland +6 35 £26,750 +18.89% 2
Wales -21 34 £40,000 +6.67% 9
North East -7 32 £26,500 -41.11% 18
Isle of Man +11 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 November 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 2,639 (82.44%) Microsoft
2 1,931 (60.32%) Windows
3 1,746 (54.55%) MCSE
4 1,450 (45.30%) Active Directory
5 1,156 (36.11%) VMware
6 1,027 (32.08%) ITIL
7 1,024 (31.99%) Office 365
8 998 (31.18%) Windows Server
9 983 (30.71%) Microsoft Azure
10 968 (30.24%) MCSA
11 708 (22.12%) SQL Server
12 662 (20.68%) VMware Infrastructure
13 630 (19.68%) Windows Server 2012
14 612 (19.12%) SQL
15 564 (17.62%) Cisco
16 561 (17.53%) MS Exchange
17 557 (17.40%) Citrix
18 555 (17.34%) MCP
19 543 (16.96%) Firewall
20 531 (16.59%) Microsoft Office
21 528 (16.49%) Cisco Certification
22 507 (15.84%) Hyper-V
23 506 (15.81%) Finance
24 504 (15.75%) Windows Server 2008
25 491 (15.34%) Degree
26 474 (14.81%) Windows 10
27 462 (14.43%) PowerShell
28 450 (14.06%) DNS
29 428 (13.37%) CCNA
29 428 (13.37%) 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
1 561 (17.53%) MS Exchange
2 306 (9.56%) SharePoint
3 208 (6.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 178 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 171 (5.34%) Skype for Business
6 109 (3.41%) IIS
7 88 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2007
8 57 (1.78%) SharePoint 2013
9 38 (1.19%) Apache Pig
10 34 (1.06%) CMS
11 33 (1.03%) IBM Notes
12 32 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
13 24 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
14 21 (0.66%) Apache
14 21 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
14 21 (0.66%) Umbraco
15 20 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 19 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
17 17 (0.53%) NServiceBus
17 17 (0.53%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 531 (16.59%) Microsoft Office
2 79 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 39 (1.22%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.25%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.12%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.094%) CATIA
8 3 (0.094%) PTC Creo
9 2 (0.062%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.031%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.031%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.031%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.031%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 1 (0.031%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.031%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 130 (4.06%) Dynamics AX
1 130 (4.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
3 14 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
4 13 (0.41%) Dynamics GP
5 9 (0.28%) BPCS
5 9 (0.28%) Lawson
6 5 (0.16%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.12%) Teamcenter
8 3 (0.094%) Payment Gateway
8 3 (0.094%) SAP R/3
8 3 (0.094%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.062%) MIS ActiveH
9 2 (0.062%) OPENHousing
9 2 (0.062%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.062%) Workfront
10 1 (0.031%) Academy Housing
10 1 (0.031%) Northgate Housing
10 1 (0.031%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 1 (0.031%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 1,024 (31.99%) Office 365
2 983 (30.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 366 (11.43%) Amazon AWS
4 141 (4.40%) Dynamics 365
5 129 (4.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 100 (3.12%) IaaS
7 95 (2.97%) SaaS
8 81 (2.53%) PaaS
9 60 (1.87%) Cloud Computing
10 46 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
11 39 (1.22%) Amazon S3
12 35 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
13 33 (1.03%) Amazon SQS
14 32 (1.00%) GitHub
15 31 (0.97%) Serverless
16 28 (0.87%) Amazon EMR
16 28 (0.87%) Amazon Kinesis
16 28 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
16 28 (0.87%) Azure Data Factory
17 23 (0.72%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 543 (16.96%) Firewall
2 450 (14.06%) DNS
3 390 (12.18%) TCP/IP
4 353 (11.03%) DHCP
5 346 (10.81%) LAN
6 339 (10.59%) WAN
7 291 (9.09%) SAN
8 196 (6.12%) VPN
9 159 (4.97%) Internet
10 151 (4.72%) Network Security
11 139 (4.34%) Skype
12 116 (3.62%) Wireless
13 115 (3.59%) VLAN
14 105 (3.28%) VoIP
15 89 (2.78%) Remote Desktop
16 62 (1.94%) SSL
17 54 (1.69%) HTTP
18 53 (1.66%) NAS
19 51 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
20 48 (1.50%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 708 (22.12%) SQL Server
2 148 (4.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 136 (4.25%) Relational Database
4 135 (4.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 132 (4.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 110 (3.44%) Data Warehouse
7 105 (3.28%) MySQL
8 102 (3.19%) SQL Server 2012
9 92 (2.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 89 (2.78%) SQL Server 2014
11 88 (2.75%) Power BI
12 72 (2.25%) Big Data
13 71 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
14 51 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
15 50 (1.56%) Hadoop
16 47 (1.47%) RDBMS
17 46 (1.44%) Cosmos DB
18 45 (1.41%) MongoDB
19 43 (1.34%) Azure SQL Database
20 42 (1.31%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 103 (3.22%) Git (software)
2 89 (2.78%) Visual Studio
3 87 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
4 84 (2.62%) JIRA
5 50 (1.56%) Octopus Deploy
6 46 (1.44%) Bitbucket
7 42 (1.31%) Selenium
8 38 (1.19%) git-flow
9 37 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 37 (1.16%) CodeSonar
9 37 (1.16%) Jenkins
9 37 (1.16%) Robot Framework
10 26 (0.81%) TeamCity
11 20 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
12 17 (0.53%) MSI
13 15 (0.47%) Redmine
14 13 (0.41%) gulp
14 13 (0.41%) Jasmine
14 13 (0.41%) Karma Test Runner
15 9 (0.28%) MSTest
General
1 506 (15.81%) Finance
2 159 (4.97%) Retail
3 84 (2.62%) Banking
4 68 (2.12%) Telecoms
5 63 (1.97%) Legal
6 62 (1.94%) Manufacturing
7 50 (1.56%) Games
8 49 (1.53%) Marketing
9 43 (1.34%) Law
10 41 (1.28%) Advertising
11 24 (0.75%) Investment Banking
12 21 (0.66%) Automotive
12 21 (0.66%) Back Office
13 19 (0.59%) Front Office
14 13 (0.41%) Financial Institution
15 10 (0.31%) Billing
16 5 (0.16%) Military
17 4 (0.12%) Aerospace
17 4 (0.12%) Electronics
17 4 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 395 (12.34%) Support Engineer
2 391 (12.21%) Analyst
3 316 (9.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 305 (9.53%) Developer
5 269 (8.40%) Consultant
6 264 (8.25%) Architect
7 252 (7.87%) IT Support
8 206 (6.44%) Support Analyst
9 183 (5.72%) IT Engineer
10 178 (5.56%) Administrator
11 156 (4.87%) Desktop Support
12 145 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support
13 140 (4.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 134 (4.19%) 3rd Line Support
15 124 (3.87%) .NET Developer
16 119 (3.72%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 108 (3.37%) IT Support Engineer
17 108 (3.37%) Technical Support
18 102 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
19 101 (3.16%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 381 (11.90%) .NET
2 222 (6.94%) ASP.NET
3 172 (5.37%) HTML
4 126 (3.94%) Web Services
5 116 (3.62%) jQuery
6 113 (3.53%) CSS
7 97 (3.03%) .NET Framework
8 84 (2.62%) AngularJS
9 76 (2.37%) ASP.NET MVC
10 71 (2.22%) ASP.NET Web API
11 60 (1.87%) HTML5
12 57 (1.78%) REST
13 54 (1.69%) RabbitMQ
14 50 (1.56%) Entity Framework
15 46 (1.44%) Node.js
16 44 (1.37%) SOAP
17 43 (1.34%) LAMP
18 41 (1.28%) Java EE
19 40 (1.25%) STL
20 37 (1.16%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 320 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 223 (6.97%) Analytical Skills
3 183 (5.72%) Self-Motivation
4 152 (4.75%) Computer Science
5 119 (3.72%) Public Cloud
6 108 (3.37%) Management Information System
7 89 (2.78%) Clustering
8 74 (2.31%) Driving Licence
9 73 (2.28%) Blackberry
10 71 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
11 67 (2.09%) Replication
12 51 (1.59%) Client/Server
13 50 (1.56%) iPad
13 50 (1.56%) User Experience
14 46 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
14 46 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
15 44 (1.37%) PKI
16 37 (1.16%) Virtual Team
17 33 (1.03%) NHS
18 31 (0.97%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,931 (60.32%) Windows
2 998 (31.18%) Windows Server
3 630 (19.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 504 (15.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 474 (14.81%) Windows 10
6 428 (13.37%) Windows 7
7 399 (12.46%) Linux
8 151 (4.72%) Windows 8
9 103 (3.22%) Windows Server 2003
10 97 (3.03%) Android
11 93 (2.91%) Apple iOS
12 92 (2.87%) Mac OS X
13 89 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 71 (2.22%) Unix
15 50 (1.56%) Windows XP
16 36 (1.12%) CentOS
17 29 (0.91%) Mac OS
18 16 (0.50%) Windows Vista
19 14 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
20 13 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,027 (32.08%) ITIL
2 393 (12.28%) Problem-Solving
3 374 (11.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 338 (10.56%) Agile Software Development
5 258 (8.06%) Project Management
6 231 (7.22%) Presales
7 216 (6.75%) Migration
8 204 (6.37%) Mentoring
9 198 (6.19%) CRM
9 198 (6.19%) Service Management
10 191 (5.97%) Incident Management
11 188 (5.87%) ITIL V3
12 178 (5.56%) ERP
13 171 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
14 165 (5.15%) Service Delivery
15 155 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
16 151 (4.72%) ITSM
17 149 (4.65%) MVC
18 146 (4.56%) High Availability
19 144 (4.50%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 612 (19.12%) SQL
2 462 (14.43%) PowerShell
3 353 (11.03%) C#
4 251 (7.84%) JavaScript
5 204 (6.37%) Python
6 142 (4.44%) T-SQL
7 122 (3.81%) Java
8 92 (2.87%) Bash Shell
9 91 (2.84%) C
10 69 (2.16%) VBScript
11 62 (1.94%) C++
12 47 (1.47%) PHP
13 46 (1.44%) VB.NET
14 44 (1.37%) Objective-C
15 37 (1.16%) VB
16 23 (0.72%) Scala
17 22 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 22 (0.69%) PL/SQL
17 22 (0.69%) Shell Script
18 18 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 1,746 (54.55%) MCSE
2 968 (30.24%) MCSA
3 555 (17.34%) MCP
4 528 (16.49%) Cisco Certification
5 491 (15.34%) Degree
6 428 (13.37%) CCNA
7 412 (12.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 339 (10.59%) MCITP
9 228 (7.12%) Security Cleared
10 172 (5.37%) CISSP
11 159 (4.97%) CCNP
12 124 (3.87%) MCDST
13 121 (3.78%) Network+ Certification
14 112 (3.50%) A+ Certification
15 111 (3.47%) SSCP
16 109 (3.41%) MCTS
17 105 (3.28%) SANS
18 100 (3.12%) Computer Science Degree
19 96 (3.00%) Citrix Certification
19 96 (3.00%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 300 (9.37%) SLA
2 90 (2.81%) GDPR
3 83 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 54 (1.69%) QA
5 42 (1.31%) Data Quality
6 35 (1.09%) PCI DSS
7 22 (0.69%) PMO
8 13 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
9 10 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 9 (0.28%) COBIT
11 8 (0.25%) ISO 9001
12 5 (0.16%) PMBOK
13 4 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
13 4 (0.12%) GPG13
13 4 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 3 (0.094%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 3 (0.094%) ISO 9000
14 3 (0.094%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 2 (0.062%) TickIT
16 1 (0.031%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1,450 (45.30%) Active Directory
2 662 (20.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 507 (15.84%) Hyper-V
4 223 (6.97%) vSphere
5 191 (5.97%) VMware ESXi
6 178 (5.56%) XenApp
7 80 (2.50%) XenDesktop
8 74 (2.31%) Docker
9 60 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
10 48 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
11 47 (1.47%) Terminal Services
12 46 (1.44%) Virtual Servers
13 31 (0.97%) XenServer
14 26 (0.81%) NFS
15 25 (0.78%) VMware NSX
16 23 (0.72%) Samba
17 22 (0.69%) BitLocker
18 21 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
19 15 (0.47%) Terminal Server
20 14 (0.44%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 378 (11.81%) SCCM
2 97 (3.03%) Puppet
3 94 (2.94%) Microsoft Intune
4 90 (2.81%) SCOM
5 79 (2.47%) WSUS
6 65 (2.03%) Ansible
7 60 (1.87%) Backup Exec
8 47 (1.47%) vCenter Server
9 41 (1.28%) Salt
10 37 (1.16%) SCOrch
11 36 (1.12%) Nagios
12 29 (0.91%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 25 (0.78%) SCVMM
14 24 (0.75%) AirWatch
15 23 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
15 23 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 23 (0.72%) RSA Security Analytics
16 22 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
17 21 (0.66%) Microsoft Clustering
18 18 (0.56%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 2,639 (82.44%) Microsoft
2 1,156 (36.11%) VMware
3 564 (17.62%) Cisco
4 557 (17.40%) Citrix
5 223 (6.97%) HP
6 171 (5.34%) NetApp
7 164 (5.12%) Apple
8 157 (4.90%) Red Hat
9 135 (4.22%) Dell
10 125 (3.91%) EMC
11 99 (3.09%) Veeam
12 93 (2.91%) Oracle
13 88 (2.75%) Symantec
14 85 (2.66%) Ivanti
15 76 (2.37%) SolarWinds
16 61 (1.91%) Remedy
17 57 (1.78%) IBM
18 53 (1.66%) Google
18 53 (1.66%) Splunk
19 52 (1.62%) ServiceNow