Period
to 15 June 2021

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 15 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 284 185 168
Rank change year-on-year -99 -17 -5
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,173 1,504 3,019
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.79% 2.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.23% 8.28% 8.51%
Number of salaries quoted 954 1,251 2,516
10th Percentile £26,913 £25,500 £23,000
25th Percentile £33,262 £31,500 £29,975
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £58,750 £58,750 £55,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,697 £45,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year -7.34% +15.38% -2.50%

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 22,431 18,155 35,472
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.21% 21.66% 24.69%
Number of salaries quoted 12,895 13,615 25,812
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +1.01%
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +0.94%

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 15 June 2021.

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 15 June 2021. 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 -83 1,037 £44,685 -0.70% 251
UK excluding London -85 769 £41,697 -7.34% 214
London -99 296 £50,000 +11.11% 58
South East -18 276 £36,000 -31.43% 52
Work from Home -85 268 £49,750 -13.48% 54
Midlands -56 152 £42,500 -5.56% 44
North of England -100 139 £41,697 +3.59% 49
South West -76 97 £42,500 +13.33% 20
East Midlands -18 79 £40,000 -13.98% 20
North West -68 75 £50,000 +5.26% 36
West Midlands -74 73 £42,500 - 24
East of England 0 52 £45,000 +4.65% 27
Yorkshire -66 48 £40,000 +2.56% 9
Scotland -62 25 £49,000 -6.67% 14
Wales +4 22 £35,423 -5.54% 5
North East -44 17 £32,500 -3.70% 4
Northern Ireland -15 7 £45,000 - 3

For the 6 months to 15 June 2021, 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.

1 979 (83.46%) Microsoft
2 608 (51.83%) Azure
3 574 (48.93%) Windows
4 522 (44.50%) Active Directory
5 477 (40.66%) MCSE
6 475 (40.49%) Microsoft 365
7 404 (34.44%) VMware
8 324 (27.62%) Social Skills
9 317 (27.02%) Windows Server
10 293 (24.98%) MCSA
11 279 (23.79%) SQL
12 267 (22.76%) VMware Infrastructure
13 255 (21.74%) ITIL
14 251 (21.40%) SQL Server
15 213 (18.16%) Firewall
16 209 (17.82%) Hyper-V
17 208 (17.73%) PowerShell
18 197 (16.79%) Windows 10
19 192 (16.37%) Cisco Certification
20 189 (16.11%) SharePoint
21 183 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
22 182 (15.52%) CCNA
22 182 (15.52%) Citrix
23 171 (14.58%) Cisco
24 164 (13.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 161 (13.73%) Degree
26 160 (13.64%) MCP
27 157 (13.38%) Finance
28 152 (12.96%) .NET
29 147 (12.53%) Problem-Solving

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
1 189 (16.11%) SharePoint
2 123 (10.49%) MS Exchange
3 36 (3.07%) IIS
4 33 (2.81%) Skype for Business
5 27 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2010
6 26 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (1.19%) WordPress
8 9 (0.77%) CMS
8 9 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
8 9 (0.77%) Umbraco
9 8 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.68%) Sitecore CMS
10 7 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.51%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.43%) Confluence
12 5 (0.43%) EPiServer
13 4 (0.34%) Apache
13 4 (0.34%) Kentico
14 3 (0.26%) Content Management Server
Applications
1 143 (12.19%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.51%) Gephi
4 4 (0.34%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.26%) Adobe XD
5 3 (0.26%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.085%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.085%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 26 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.43%) Sentinel
3 5 (0.43%) Workfront
4 4 (0.34%) Sage 200
5 2 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.085%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.085%) Orchard Housing
6 1 (0.085%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.085%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.085%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 608 (51.83%) Azure
2 475 (40.49%) Microsoft 365
3 131 (11.17%) Azure Active Directory
4 128 (10.91%) AWS
5 90 (7.67%) Power Platform
6 82 (6.99%) IaaS
7 65 (5.54%) PaaS
7 65 (5.54%) SaaS
8 46 (3.92%) Dynamics 365
9 45 (3.84%) PowerApps
10 32 (2.73%) OneDrive
11 30 (2.56%) Power Automate
12 21 (1.79%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 19 (1.62%) OpenShift
14 17 (1.45%) Azure Data Factory
15 16 (1.36%) Serverless
16 15 (1.28%) GCP
17 14 (1.19%) GitHub
17 14 (1.19%) Mimecast
18 12 (1.02%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 213 (18.16%) Firewall
2 123 (10.49%) DNS
3 108 (9.21%) WAN
4 102 (8.70%) LAN
5 97 (8.27%) DHCP
6 94 (8.01%) SAN
7 85 (7.25%) TCP/IP
8 73 (6.22%) VPN
9 57 (4.86%) VLAN
10 41 (3.50%) Skype
11 31 (2.64%) VoIP
12 30 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
13 27 (2.30%) HTTP
13 27 (2.30%) Network Security
13 27 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
14 26 (2.22%) Internet
15 23 (1.96%) NAS
15 23 (1.96%) Unified Communications
16 22 (1.88%) MPLS
17 20 (1.71%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 251 (21.40%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.69%) Power BI
3 54 (4.60%) Relational Database
4 47 (4.01%) Data Warehouse
5 36 (3.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 30 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 29 (2.47%) MySQL
8 24 (2.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 22 (1.88%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 18 (1.53%) RDBMS
11 16 (1.36%) Data Lake
12 14 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
12 14 (1.19%) PolyBase
12 14 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
13 13 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 11 (0.94%) Big Data
16 10 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
17 8 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
18 6 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 34 (2.90%) JIRA
1 34 (2.90%) Visual Studio
2 24 (2.05%) Jenkins
3 22 (1.88%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.53%) Grunt
4 18 (1.53%) gulp
4 18 (1.53%) webpack
5 11 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (0.68%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.60%) MSI
8 7 (0.60%) Snyk
9 6 (0.51%) Bitbucket Server
9 6 (0.51%) git-flow
10 5 (0.43%) CircleCI
11 4 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
13 2 (0.17%) Maven
13 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 324 (27.62%) Social Skills
2 157 (13.38%) Finance
3 98 (8.35%) Analytical Skills
4 61 (5.20%) Public Sector
5 41 (3.50%) Telecoms
6 36 (3.07%) Legal
7 32 (2.73%) Organisational Skills
8 25 (2.13%) Advertising
9 24 (2.05%) Documentation Skills
10 23 (1.96%) Law
11 18 (1.53%) Marketing
12 17 (1.45%) Banking
12 17 (1.45%) Presentation Skills
13 15 (1.28%) Manufacturing
13 15 (1.28%) Retail
14 14 (1.19%) Local Government
15 11 (0.94%) Military
16 10 (0.85%) Influencing Skills
17 7 (0.60%) Games
18 6 (0.51%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 150 (12.79%) Analyst
2 136 (11.59%) Developer
3 132 (11.25%) Support Engineer
4 120 (10.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 97 (8.27%) Architect
6 95 (8.10%) IT Support
7 70 (5.97%) IT Engineer
8 66 (5.63%) IT Analyst
9 64 (5.46%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 64 (5.46%) Consultant
10 61 (5.20%) Support Analyst
11 55 (4.69%) Azure Engineer
12 51 (4.35%) Software Developer
13 48 (4.09%) Administrator
14 47 (4.01%) 3rd Line Support
15 43 (3.67%) 2nd Line Support
16 41 (3.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 40 (3.41%) Cloud Engineer
18 38 (3.24%) IT Support Engineer
19 37 (3.15%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (12.96%) .NET
2 96 (8.18%) HTML
3 85 (7.25%) ASP.NET
4 82 (6.99%) CSS
5 56 (4.77%) .NET Core
5 56 (4.77%) AngularJS
6 53 (4.52%) .NET Framework
6 53 (4.52%) ASP.NET Web API
6 53 (4.52%) HTML5
7 50 (4.26%) React
8 45 (3.84%) Web Services
9 37 (3.15%) Vue.js
10 29 (2.47%) jQuery
11 25 (2.13%) Entity Framework
12 23 (1.96%) KnockoutJS
13 22 (1.88%) Spring
14 21 (1.79%) CSS3
15 19 (1.62%) ASP.NET MVC
15 19 (1.62%) Spring Boot
16 18 (1.53%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 102 (8.70%) Data Centre
2 51 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 41 (3.50%) Public Cloud
4 39 (3.32%) Clustering
5 36 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
6 33 (2.81%) Hybrid Cloud
6 33 (2.81%) PKI
7 29 (2.47%) Private Cloud
7 29 (2.47%) Replication
8 28 (2.39%) Driving Licence
9 25 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
10 24 (2.05%) User Experience
11 22 (1.88%) Algorithms
12 21 (1.79%) Mobile App
13 18 (1.53%) BYOD
14 16 (1.36%) Client/Server
15 13 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
16 10 (0.85%) Fat Client
16 10 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
16 10 (0.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 574 (48.93%) Windows
2 317 (27.02%) Windows Server
3 197 (16.79%) Windows 10
4 138 (11.76%) Linux
5 99 (8.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 75 (6.39%) Windows Server 2019
7 73 (6.22%) Windows Server 2016
8 69 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
9 58 (4.94%) Windows 7
10 33 (2.81%) Android
11 28 (2.39%) Apple iOS
12 21 (1.79%) Unix
13 18 (1.53%) Windows 8
14 15 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 15 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
15 9 (0.77%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.51%) CentOS
16 6 (0.51%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.34%) Windows XP
18 3 (0.26%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (21.74%) ITIL
2 183 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
3 164 (13.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 147 (12.53%) Problem-Solving
5 139 (11.85%) Project Management
6 132 (11.25%) DevOps
7 130 (11.08%) Migration
8 99 (8.44%) Scrum
9 89 (7.59%) Presales
10 86 (7.33%) Mentoring
11 83 (7.08%) Cybersecurity
12 82 (6.99%) Service Management
13 64 (5.46%) MVC
14 63 (5.37%) Disaster Recovery
15 62 (5.29%) Business Intelligence
16 59 (5.03%) CRM
17 58 (4.94%) Computer Science
18 52 (4.43%) Service Delivery
19 51 (4.35%) Project Delivery
19 51 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 279 (23.79%) SQL
2 208 (17.73%) PowerShell
3 114 (9.72%) C#
3 114 (9.72%) JavaScript
4 57 (4.86%) T-SQL
5 55 (4.69%) Python
6 51 (4.35%) Java
7 33 (2.81%) Bash Shell
8 31 (2.64%) VB.NET
9 21 (1.79%) VBScript
10 20 (1.71%) VB
11 17 (1.45%) C
11 17 (1.45%) Perl
11 17 (1.45%) PHP
12 14 (1.19%) U-SQL
13 11 (0.94%) TypeScript
14 8 (0.68%) C++
14 8 (0.68%) Ruby
15 7 (0.60%) Go
16 6 (0.51%) R
Qualifications
1 477 (40.66%) MCSE
2 293 (24.98%) MCSA
3 192 (16.37%) Cisco Certification
4 182 (15.52%) CCNA
5 161 (13.73%) Degree
6 160 (13.64%) MCP
7 118 (10.06%) MCITP
8 88 (7.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 87 (7.42%) Security Cleared
10 55 (4.69%) SC Cleared
11 43 (3.67%) CISSP
12 42 (3.58%) CompTIA Security+
13 41 (3.50%) DV Cleared
14 40 (3.41%) MCTS
15 33 (2.81%) Citrix Certification
15 33 (2.81%) MCSD
16 30 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
17 29 (2.47%) CCNP
18 28 (2.39%) A+ Certification
18 28 (2.39%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (6.31%) SLA
2 34 (2.90%) QA
3 23 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (1.28%) Cyber Essentials
4 15 (1.28%) GDPR
5 9 (0.77%) NCSC
5 9 (0.77%) NIST
6 8 (0.68%) PMO
7 6 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 5 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (0.43%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.34%) GRC
9 4 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.26%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.17%) Data Quality
11 2 (0.17%) HL7
12 1 (0.085%) Def Stans
12 1 (0.085%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 522 (44.50%) Active Directory
2 267 (22.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 209 (17.82%) Hyper-V
4 82 (6.99%) vSphere
5 55 (4.69%) VMware ESXi
6 50 (4.26%) XenApp
7 34 (2.90%) XenDesktop
8 29 (2.47%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (2.05%) Virtual Servers
10 21 (1.79%) Terminal Services
11 19 (1.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 16 (1.36%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (1.11%) BitLocker
13 13 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
14 9 (0.77%) Docker
14 9 (0.77%) Terminal Server
15 8 (0.68%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 7 (0.60%) Xen
17 6 (0.51%) Shibboleth
17 6 (0.51%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 142 (12.11%) SCCM
2 87 (7.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 48 (4.09%) WSUS
4 47 (4.01%) Terraform
5 40 (3.41%) Ansible
6 39 (3.32%) Single Sign-On
7 37 (3.15%) Kubernetes
8 36 (3.07%) SCOM
9 25 (2.13%) Puppet
10 22 (1.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 21 (1.79%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 21 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
12 19 (1.62%) McAfee ePO
13 16 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
14 13 (1.11%) Nagios
15 12 (1.02%) Backup Exec
15 12 (1.02%) NetBackup
15 12 (1.02%) SCOrch
15 12 (1.02%) vCenter Server
16 11 (0.94%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 979 (83.46%) Microsoft
2 404 (34.44%) VMware
3 182 (15.52%) Citrix
4 171 (14.58%) Cisco
5 64 (5.46%) Veeam
6 57 (4.86%) Oracle
7 50 (4.26%) Google
8 42 (3.58%) HP
8 42 (3.58%) Sophos
9 32 (2.73%) Dell
9 32 (2.73%) Red Hat
10 31 (2.64%) NetApp
10 31 (2.64%) SolarWinds
11 28 (2.39%) McAfee
12 26 (2.22%) IBM
13 25 (2.13%) Juniper
14 24 (2.05%) Xamarin
15 23 (1.96%) Avaya
15 23 (1.96%) Symantec
16 22 (1.88%) Gemalto