Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 152 166 134
Rank change year-on-year +14 -32 -30
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3,888 3,612 5,073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.26% 2.14% 2.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.58% 8.57% 9.12%
Number of salaries quoted 3,148 3,133 4,415
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.90% +1.32%
10th Percentile £24,750 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +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 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 40,580 42,162 55,655
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.61% 24.92% 27.73%
Number of salaries quoted 30,750 33,061 44,667
UK median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.89% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,898 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +6.90% -1.18% +6.25%

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 23 May 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 23 May 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 +14 3,622 £42,500 +6.25% 441
UK excluding London +4 2,487 £40,000 +6.67% 318
London +9 1,222 £47,500 +7.95% 152
South East -25 711 £40,000 +14.29% 66
North of England +31 553 £37,500 - 91
Midlands +12 433 £40,000 -3.49% 63
South West +70 347 £40,000 +14.29% 38
East of England +3 342 £42,500 +13.33% 31
North West +37 319 £37,500 -3.23% 49
West Midlands +17 262 £40,000 +6.67% 34
Yorkshire -14 174 £40,000 +6.67% 35
East Midlands +5 171 £40,000 -5.88% 29
Wales +9 80 £37,500 -6.25% 9
Scotland -26 68 £37,000 -4.45% 17
North East +2 61 £37,500 +7.14% 7
Northern Ireland -14 10 £26,750 +18.89% 2
Isle of Man -2 2 £41,250 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 3,145 (80.89%) Microsoft
2 2,241 (57.64%) Windows
3 2,049 (52.70%) MCSE
4 1,675 (43.08%) Active Directory
5 1,302 (33.49%) VMware
6 1,228 (31.58%) Office 365
7 1,157 (29.76%) Windows Server
8 1,136 (29.22%) ITIL
9 1,125 (28.94%) MCSA
10 1,102 (28.34%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,016 (26.13%) SQL Server
12 827 (21.27%) SQL
13 788 (20.27%) Hyper-V
14 781 (20.09%) VMware Infrastructure
15 731 (18.80%) Degree
16 682 (17.54%) Windows Server 2012
17 678 (17.44%) MCP
18 642 (16.51%) Finance
19 610 (15.69%) Microsoft Office
20 604 (15.53%) MS Exchange
21 601 (15.46%) Citrix
22 560 (14.40%) PowerShell
23 553 (14.22%) Windows Server 2008
24 550 (14.15%) .NET
25 543 (13.97%) Cisco
25 543 (13.97%) Cisco Certification
26 521 (13.40%) Firewall
27 514 (13.22%) SCCM
28 513 (13.19%) MCITP
29 488 (12.55%) 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
1 604 (15.53%) MS Exchange
2 405 (10.42%) SharePoint
3 254 (6.53%) Exchange Server 2010
4 196 (5.04%) Skype for Business
5 172 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 165 (4.24%) IIS
7 134 (3.45%) SharePoint 2013
8 90 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2007
9 48 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
10 42 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
11 37 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
12 34 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
13 33 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 33 (0.85%) CMS
14 32 (0.82%) Apache
15 29 (0.75%) IBM Notes
16 26 (0.67%) nginx
16 26 (0.67%) Tomcat
17 21 (0.54%) OpenStack
18 20 (0.51%) Confluence
Applications
1 610 (15.69%) Microsoft Office
2 121 (3.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (1.21%) MS Visio
4 41 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 28 (0.72%) InfoPath
6 21 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.21%) Acrobat
7 8 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.13%) Stata
9 3 (0.077%) InDesign
9 3 (0.077%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 146 (3.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (1.34%) Dynamics AX
3 30 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
4 23 (0.59%) Dynamics GP
5 17 (0.44%) BPCS
6 15 (0.39%) Elite 3E
6 15 (0.39%) Workfront
7 9 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 6 (0.15%) Eikon
9 5 (0.13%) ResourceLink
10 2 (0.051%) Magento
10 2 (0.051%) Maximo
10 2 (0.051%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.051%) Visualfiles
11 1 (0.026%) Infor CloudSuite
11 1 (0.026%) Infor CRM
11 1 (0.026%) Lawson
11 1 (0.026%) PeopleSoft HRMS
11 1 (0.026%) Sage X3
11 1 (0.026%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,228 (31.58%) Office 365
2 1,102 (28.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 392 (10.08%) Amazon AWS
4 157 (4.04%) IaaS
5 139 (3.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 132 (3.40%) PaaS
7 125 (3.22%) SaaS
8 97 (2.49%) Dynamics 365
9 82 (2.11%) OneDrive
10 70 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
11 33 (0.85%) GitHub
12 30 (0.77%) IBM Cloud
13 28 (0.72%) Bluemix
14 18 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
14 18 (0.46%) Mimecast
15 17 (0.44%) G Suite
16 11 (0.28%) Yammer
17 10 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
18 8 (0.21%) Azure Data Factory
19 5 (0.13%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 521 (13.40%) Firewall
2 488 (12.55%) DNS
3 439 (11.29%) WAN
4 419 (10.78%) SAN
5 379 (9.75%) LAN
6 360 (9.26%) TCP/IP
7 355 (9.13%) DHCP
8 215 (5.53%) VPN
9 145 (3.73%) Skype
10 137 (3.52%) Network Security
11 127 (3.27%) Remote Desktop
12 122 (3.14%) VoIP
13 108 (2.78%) VLAN
14 93 (2.39%) Internet
15 87 (2.24%) NAS
16 84 (2.16%) Wireless
17 72 (1.85%) NetScaler
18 52 (1.34%) MPLS
19 50 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
20 47 (1.21%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,016 (26.13%) SQL Server
2 201 (5.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 186 (4.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 126 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
5 108 (2.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 103 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
7 89 (2.29%) MySQL
8 88 (2.26%) SQL Server 2014
9 87 (2.24%) Oracle Database
10 80 (2.06%) SQL Server 2012
11 75 (1.93%) SQL Server 2016
12 74 (1.90%) Power BI
13 61 (1.57%) Relational Database
14 52 (1.34%) Big Data
15 45 (1.16%) Oracle Database 12c
16 38 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
16 38 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
17 30 (0.77%) Hadoop
17 30 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
17 30 (0.77%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 119 (3.06%) Visual Studio
2 115 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 104 (2.67%) JIRA
4 59 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
5 46 (1.18%) Git (software)
6 36 (0.93%) TeamCity
7 31 (0.80%) gulp
7 31 (0.80%) Jasmine
7 31 (0.80%) Karma Test Runner
8 25 (0.64%) Bitbucket
9 18 (0.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 16 (0.41%) Selenium
11 15 (0.39%) git-flow
11 15 (0.39%) NUnit
12 14 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 14 (0.36%) CodeSonar
12 14 (0.36%) Robot Framework
13 11 (0.28%) MSBuild
13 11 (0.28%) MSI
14 10 (0.26%) Moq
General
1 642 (16.51%) Finance
2 136 (3.50%) Advertising
3 123 (3.16%) Retail
4 106 (2.73%) Marketing
5 95 (2.44%) Telecoms
6 94 (2.42%) Banking
7 76 (1.95%) Legal
8 64 (1.65%) Law
9 61 (1.57%) Manufacturing
10 49 (1.26%) Publishing
11 40 (1.03%) Games
12 38 (0.98%) Billing
13 33 (0.85%) Investment Banking
14 30 (0.77%) Front Office
15 23 (0.59%) Back Office
16 22 (0.57%) Financial Institution
17 18 (0.46%) Automotive
18 16 (0.41%) Electronics
19 14 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
20 9 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 475 (12.22%) Developer
2 452 (11.63%) Support Engineer
3 415 (10.67%) Analyst
4 404 (10.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 361 (9.28%) Consultant
6 333 (8.56%) Architect
7 241 (6.20%) IT Support
8 233 (5.99%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 211 (5.43%) IT Engineer
10 201 (5.17%) Support Analyst
11 192 (4.94%) Administrator
12 190 (4.89%) 2nd Line Support
13 182 (4.68%) .NET Developer
14 181 (4.66%) Desktop Support
15 164 (4.22%) Windows Engineer
16 160 (4.12%) DBA
17 154 (3.96%) 3rd Line Support
18 137 (3.52%) Systems Engineer
19 136 (3.50%) SQL DBA
20 135 (3.47%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 550 (14.15%) .NET
2 317 (8.15%) ASP.NET
3 245 (6.30%) HTML
4 176 (4.53%) CSS
5 175 (4.50%) ASP.NET MVC
6 156 (4.01%) .NET Framework
7 151 (3.88%) Web Services
8 143 (3.68%) AngularJS
9 139 (3.58%) jQuery
10 117 (3.01%) HTML5
11 91 (2.34%) XML
12 85 (2.19%) JSON
13 84 (2.16%) ASP.NET Web API
14 83 (2.13%) Middleware
15 65 (1.67%) REST
16 61 (1.57%) XSLT
17 56 (1.44%) Entity Framework
18 52 (1.34%) WinForms
19 51 (1.31%) WCF
20 48 (1.23%) React
Miscellaneous
1 386 (9.93%) Data Centre
2 277 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
3 255 (6.56%) Computer Science
4 238 (6.12%) Management Information System
5 214 (5.50%) Self-Motivation
6 147 (3.78%) Enterprise Software
7 119 (3.06%) Clustering
8 114 (2.93%) User Experience
9 102 (2.62%) Driving Licence
10 98 (2.52%) Replication
11 79 (2.03%) Private Cloud
12 77 (1.98%) Blackberry
13 66 (1.70%) iPad
14 58 (1.49%) NHS
15 56 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
16 42 (1.08%) Public Cloud
17 40 (1.03%) Client/Server
17 40 (1.03%) Fat Client
17 40 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
17 40 (1.03%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 2,241 (57.64%) Windows
2 1,157 (29.76%) Windows Server
3 682 (17.54%) Windows Server 2012
4 553 (14.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 471 (12.11%) Windows 10
6 438 (11.27%) Windows 7
7 423 (10.88%) Linux
8 145 (3.73%) Windows 8
9 114 (2.93%) Android
10 104 (2.67%) Mac OS X
11 100 (2.57%) Windows Server 2003
12 81 (2.08%) Unix
13 80 (2.06%) Apple iOS
14 58 (1.49%) Windows XP
15 53 (1.36%) Mac OS
16 44 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 30 (0.77%) CentOS
18 9 (0.23%) Ubuntu
19 8 (0.21%) Windows 2000
19 8 (0.21%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,136 (29.22%) ITIL
2 461 (11.86%) Problem-Solving
3 455 (11.70%) Agile Software Development
4 304 (7.82%) Migration
5 281 (7.23%) Presales
5 281 (7.23%) Project Management
6 263 (6.76%) Disaster Recovery
6 263 (6.76%) Service Delivery
7 238 (6.12%) Service Management
8 231 (5.94%) CRM
9 230 (5.92%) MVC
10 226 (5.81%) Business Intelligence
11 208 (5.35%) DevOps
12 183 (4.71%) Mentoring
13 182 (4.68%) Continuous Improvement
14 173 (4.45%) Customer Requirements
14 173 (4.45%) Time Management
15 169 (4.35%) Scrum
16 168 (4.32%) Incident Management
16 168 (4.32%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 827 (21.27%) SQL
2 560 (14.40%) PowerShell
3 476 (12.24%) C#
4 319 (8.20%) JavaScript
5 202 (5.20%) T-SQL
6 116 (2.98%) Python
7 97 (2.49%) C
8 85 (2.19%) VBScript
9 65 (1.67%) Java
10 59 (1.52%) VB.NET
11 56 (1.44%) VB
12 53 (1.36%) C++
13 51 (1.31%) Bash Shell
14 38 (0.98%) TypeScript
15 37 (0.95%) VBA
16 25 (0.64%) PL/SQL
17 19 (0.49%) Objective-C
17 19 (0.49%) PHP
17 19 (0.49%) Shell Script
18 18 (0.46%) Perl
Qualifications
1 2,049 (52.70%) MCSE
2 1,125 (28.94%) MCSA
3 731 (18.80%) Degree
4 678 (17.44%) MCP
5 543 (13.97%) Cisco Certification
6 513 (13.19%) MCITP
7 463 (11.91%) CCNA
8 304 (7.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 249 (6.40%) MCTS
10 218 (5.61%) Security Cleared
11 164 (4.22%) Computer Science Degree
11 164 (4.22%) MCSD
12 150 (3.86%) CCNP
13 139 (3.58%) Citrix Certification
14 130 (3.34%) A+ Certification
15 120 (3.09%) SC Cleared
16 119 (3.06%) CISSP
17 106 (2.73%) MCPD
18 97 (2.49%) MCDST
19 91 (2.34%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 371 (9.54%) SLA
2 136 (3.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 74 (1.90%) QA
4 41 (1.05%) PCI DSS
5 35 (0.90%) GDPR
6 27 (0.69%) PMO
7 14 (0.36%) Data Quality
8 10 (0.26%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.21%) COBIT
9 8 (0.21%) HIPAA
10 7 (0.18%) ISO 9000
10 7 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
12 5 (0.13%) GAMP
13 4 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
14 3 (0.077%) COSHH
14 3 (0.077%) HL7
14 3 (0.077%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 3 (0.077%) TickIT
15 2 (0.051%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 1,675 (43.08%) Active Directory
2 788 (20.27%) Hyper-V
3 781 (20.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 245 (6.30%) XenApp
5 177 (4.55%) VMware ESXi
6 162 (4.17%) vSphere
7 130 (3.34%) XenDesktop
8 109 (2.80%) Virtual Machines
9 107 (2.75%) Microsoft App-V
10 76 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
11 51 (1.31%) Terminal Services
12 40 (1.03%) BitLocker
13 33 (0.85%) Firmware
14 26 (0.67%) Docker
14 26 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
14 26 (0.67%) Xen
15 21 (0.54%) VMware NSX
16 18 (0.46%) XenServer
17 13 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
18 12 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 514 (13.22%) SCCM
2 166 (4.27%) Microsoft Intune
3 123 (3.16%) SCOM
4 106 (2.73%) Puppet
5 95 (2.44%) SCOrch
6 91 (2.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 77 (1.98%) Ansible
8 68 (1.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 68 (1.75%) WSUS
9 51 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
10 50 (1.29%) Backup Exec
10 50 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 43 (1.11%) AirWatch
11 43 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
12 38 (0.98%) NetBackup
12 38 (0.98%) SCSM
13 37 (0.95%) vCenter Server
14 34 (0.87%) Failover Clustering
15 32 (0.82%) SCVMM
15 32 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 3,145 (80.89%) Microsoft
2 1,302 (33.49%) VMware
3 601 (15.46%) Citrix
4 543 (13.97%) Cisco
5 282 (7.25%) HP
6 220 (5.66%) Oracle
7 201 (5.17%) Apple
8 144 (3.70%) Veeam
9 118 (3.03%) NetApp
10 110 (2.83%) Dell
10 110 (2.83%) Google
11 98 (2.52%) Red Hat
12 75 (1.93%) EMC
12 75 (1.93%) SAP
13 70 (1.80%) Meraki
14 69 (1.77%) Avaya
15 68 (1.75%) SolarWinds
16 58 (1.49%) Symantec
17 57 (1.47%) IBM
18 47 (1.21%) Splunk