Period
to 23 October 2017

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 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 155 133 113
Rank change year-on-year -22 -20 -18
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4011 4746 5805
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.28% 2.50% 2.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.45% 9.50% 9.68%
Number of salaries quoted 3360 4051 5094
UK median annual salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% -2.56%
10th Percentile £22,750 £22,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £63,000 £61,250 £62,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £37,000
% change year-on-year - +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 42463 49980 59953
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.19% 26.36% 27.41%
Number of salaries quoted 32601 40134 47832
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 October 2017.

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 October 2017. 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 -27 3679 £40,000 +2.56% 174
UK excluding London -26 2564 £37,500 - 125
London -22 1325 £43,860 +0.83% 54
South East -20 791 £39,500 -1.25% 37
North of England -39 624 £35,000 -5.41% 36
Midlands -5 400 £40,000 +21.21% 18
East of England +14 339 £42,500 +10.39% 11
North West 0 325 £32,500 -13.33% 25
West Midlands -1 293 £40,000 +17.65% 11
Yorkshire -35 264 £37,500 +7.14% 8
South West -48 240 £35,000 -3.11% 18
Scotland +50 130 £40,900 -0.24% 4
East Midlands -22 107 £41,500 +27.69% 7
Wales +8 59 £37,500 +25.00% 1
North East -15 37 £40,230 +14.94% 3
Northern Ireland -5 29 £22,500 -25.00%
Isle of Man -7 1 £60,000 +33.33%

For the 6 months to 23 October 2017, 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 3136 (78.18%) Microsoft
2 2545 (63.45%) Windows
3 2141 (53.38%) MCSE
4 1991 (49.64%) Active Directory
5 1558 (38.84%) VMware
6 1396 (34.80%) Windows Server
7 1385 (34.53%) ITIL
8 1207 (30.09%) MCSA
9 1024 (25.53%) SQL Server
10 1012 (25.23%) Office 365
11 998 (24.88%) MS Exchange
12 975 (24.31%) VMware Infrastructure
13 823 (20.52%) Windows Server 2012
14 822 (20.49%) Hyper-V
14 822 (20.49%) MCP
15 807 (20.12%) SQL
16 780 (19.45%) Windows Server 2008
17 771 (19.22%) Microsoft Azure
18 754 (18.80%) Citrix
19 753 (18.77%) Cisco
20 749 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
21 735 (18.32%) Degree
22 678 (16.90%) CCNA
23 676 (16.85%) Firewall
24 652 (16.26%) Microsoft Office
25 645 (16.08%) Finance
26 635 (15.83%) DNS
27 620 (15.46%) Windows 7
28 600 (14.96%) PowerShell
29 563 (14.04%) SAN

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
1 998 (24.88%) MS Exchange
2 482 (12.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 425 (10.60%) SharePoint
4 309 (7.70%) Skype for Business
5 277 (6.91%) Exchange Server 2013
6 247 (6.16%) IIS
7 114 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2007
8 91 (2.27%) SharePoint 2013
9 72 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
10 62 (1.55%) BizTalk Server
11 46 (1.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 42 (1.05%) Apache
12 42 (1.05%) SharePoint 2010
13 36 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
14 33 (0.82%) CMS
15 32 (0.80%) NServiceBus
16 24 (0.60%) Confluence
17 17 (0.42%) IBM Domino
17 17 (0.42%) Umbraco
18 16 (0.40%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 652 (16.26%) Microsoft Office
2 109 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 36 (0.90%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.22%) InfoPath
5 9 (0.22%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.100%) Adobe Premiere
8 3 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.075%) InDesign
8 3 (0.075%) Inkscape
9 2 (0.050%) Maya
9 2 (0.050%) SPSS
10 1 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.025%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 108 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
4 9 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.20%) Maximo
6 6 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
7 4 (0.100%) Dynamics GP
7 4 (0.100%) Workfront
8 2 (0.050%) BASE24
8 2 (0.050%) Eikon
8 2 (0.050%) Infor M3
8 2 (0.050%) Magento
8 2 (0.050%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.050%) Pegasus Opera
8 2 (0.050%) Relativity
8 2 (0.050%) Visualfiles
9 1 (0.025%) Cognos TM1
9 1 (0.025%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.025%) SAP Retail
9 1 (0.025%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 1012 (25.23%) Office 365
2 771 (19.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 267 (6.66%) Amazon AWS
4 248 (6.18%) IaaS
5 116 (2.89%) PaaS
6 90 (2.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 78 (1.94%) SaaS
8 55 (1.37%) G Suite
9 39 (0.97%) Dynamics 365
10 37 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
11 34 (0.85%) Mimecast
12 18 (0.45%) OneDrive
13 12 (0.30%) iPaaS
13 12 (0.30%) Yammer
14 9 (0.22%) npm
15 7 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
16 6 (0.15%) Amazon S3
17 5 (0.12%) GitHub
17 5 (0.12%) Google Analytics
17 5 (0.12%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 676 (16.85%) Firewall
2 635 (15.83%) DNS
3 563 (14.04%) SAN
4 487 (12.14%) WAN
5 474 (11.82%) DHCP
6 452 (11.27%) LAN
7 420 (10.47%) TCP/IP
8 281 (7.01%) Skype
9 266 (6.63%) VPN
10 206 (5.14%) VoIP
11 147 (3.66%) Internet
12 135 (3.37%) VLAN
13 104 (2.59%) NAS
14 97 (2.42%) Network Security
15 91 (2.27%) Wireless
16 83 (2.07%) iSCSI
17 82 (2.04%) Unified Communications
18 79 (1.97%) Remote Desktop
19 64 (1.60%) Cisco ASA
20 61 (1.52%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1024 (25.53%) SQL Server
2 237 (5.91%) SQL Server 2008
3 235 (5.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 232 (5.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 200 (4.99%) SQL Server 2012
6 169 (4.21%) SQL Server 2014
7 138 (3.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 102 (2.54%) Relational Database
9 97 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
10 94 (2.34%) SQL Server 2005
11 63 (1.57%) MySQL
12 56 (1.40%) RDBMS
13 51 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
13 51 (1.27%) NoSQL
14 49 (1.22%) SQL Server 2016
15 47 (1.17%) Power BI
16 36 (0.90%) MongoDB
17 34 (0.85%) Oracle Database
17 34 (0.85%) SQL Server 2000
18 32 (0.80%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 155 (3.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 119 (2.97%) Visual Studio
3 71 (1.77%) JIRA
4 53 (1.32%) Git (software)
5 48 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
6 41 (1.02%) NUnit
7 33 (0.82%) Moq
8 31 (0.77%) TeamCity
9 28 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 20 (0.50%) Bitbucket
11 19 (0.47%) Jenkins
11 19 (0.47%) Rhino Mocks
12 16 (0.40%) MSI
12 16 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
13 12 (0.30%) GitLab
14 11 (0.27%) gulp
14 11 (0.27%) Redmine
14 11 (0.27%) Selenium
15 9 (0.22%) HP UFT
16 8 (0.20%) LoadRunner
General
1 645 (16.08%) Finance
2 220 (5.48%) Banking
3 155 (3.86%) Investment Banking
4 141 (3.52%) Retail Banking
5 101 (2.52%) Retail
6 94 (2.34%) Legal
7 89 (2.22%) Advertising
8 81 (2.02%) Telecoms
9 63 (1.57%) Manufacturing
10 59 (1.47%) Law
11 42 (1.05%) Games
12 26 (0.65%) Automotive
12 26 (0.65%) Marketing
13 17 (0.42%) Publishing
14 12 (0.30%) Electronics
15 10 (0.25%) Back Office
16 9 (0.22%) Financial Institution
16 9 (0.22%) Military
17 8 (0.20%) Billing
17 8 (0.20%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 570 (14.21%) Support Engineer
2 531 (13.24%) Analyst
3 505 (12.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 462 (11.52%) Developer
5 314 (7.83%) IT Support
6 292 (7.28%) IT Engineer
7 285 (7.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 273 (6.81%) Consultant
9 251 (6.26%) Support Analyst
10 248 (6.18%) Administrator
11 230 (5.73%) 2nd Line Support
12 201 (5.01%) 3rd Line Support
13 200 (4.99%) Windows Engineer
14 182 (4.54%) Desktop Support
15 181 (4.51%) .NET Developer
16 175 (4.36%) Architect
17 170 (4.24%) Service Analyst
18 165 (4.11%) DBA
19 154 (3.84%) Server Engineer
20 151 (3.76%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 553 (13.79%) .NET
2 381 (9.50%) ASP.NET
3 284 (7.08%) HTML
4 236 (5.88%) CSS
5 185 (4.61%) AngularJS
6 174 (4.34%) jQuery
7 169 (4.21%) .NET Framework
8 154 (3.84%) ASP.NET MVC
9 153 (3.81%) Web Services
10 129 (3.22%) HTML5
11 92 (2.29%) WCF
12 90 (2.24%) XML
13 83 (2.07%) KnockoutJS
14 78 (1.94%) Entity Framework
15 60 (1.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 60 (1.50%) XSLT
16 59 (1.47%) REST
17 55 (1.37%) ASP.NET Web API
18 47 (1.17%) Ajax
19 45 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 372 (9.27%) Data Centre
2 329 (8.20%) Computer Science
3 320 (7.98%) Analytical Skills
4 212 (5.29%) Driving Licence
5 208 (5.19%) Blackberry
6 163 (4.06%) User Experience
7 161 (4.01%) Management Information System
8 160 (3.99%) Clustering
9 127 (3.17%) Replication
10 83 (2.07%) Public Cloud
11 61 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
12 51 (1.27%) Client/Server
12 51 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
12 51 (1.27%) Mobile App
13 50 (1.25%) iPhone
13 50 (1.25%) Virtual Team
14 47 (1.17%) Fat Client
14 47 (1.17%) Thin Client
15 45 (1.12%) iPad
16 38 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2545 (63.45%) Windows
2 1396 (34.80%) Windows Server
3 823 (20.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 780 (19.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 620 (15.46%) Windows 7
6 425 (10.60%) Windows 10
7 338 (8.43%) Linux
8 246 (6.13%) Windows 8
9 233 (5.81%) Android
10 212 (5.29%) Apple iOS
11 208 (5.19%) Mac OS X
12 179 (4.46%) Windows Server 2003
13 150 (3.74%) Windows XP
14 73 (1.82%) Unix
15 56 (1.40%) CentOS
16 43 (1.07%) Windows Vista
17 30 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 26 (0.65%) Windows 2000 Server
19 25 (0.62%) Ubuntu
20 22 (0.55%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1385 (34.53%) ITIL
2 425 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
3 328 (8.18%) Disaster Recovery
4 294 (7.33%) Service Management
5 263 (6.56%) Migration
6 252 (6.28%) MVC
7 241 (6.01%) High Availability
8 218 (5.44%) Service Delivery
9 209 (5.21%) Project Management
10 194 (4.84%) Presales
11 192 (4.79%) Time Management
12 191 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
13 190 (4.74%) Business Intelligence
14 184 (4.59%) Asset Management
15 180 (4.49%) Mentoring
16 175 (4.36%) Problem Management
17 162 (4.04%) CRM
18 155 (3.86%) ITIL V3
19 151 (3.76%) Wealth Management
19 151 (3.76%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 807 (20.12%) SQL
2 600 (14.96%) PowerShell
3 517 (12.89%) C#
4 344 (8.58%) JavaScript
5 186 (4.64%) T-SQL
6 79 (1.97%) Java
7 72 (1.80%) Python
8 71 (1.77%) C++
9 68 (1.70%) VBScript
10 66 (1.65%) Bash Shell
11 62 (1.55%) VB.NET
12 51 (1.27%) PHP
13 49 (1.22%) Perl
14 48 (1.20%) C
14 48 (1.20%) VB
15 35 (0.87%) Objective-C
16 34 (0.85%) PL/SQL
17 20 (0.50%) TypeScript
18 18 (0.45%) Ruby
19 17 (0.42%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2141 (53.38%) MCSE
2 1207 (30.09%) MCSA
3 822 (20.49%) MCP
4 749 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
5 735 (18.32%) Degree
6 678 (16.90%) CCNA
7 514 (12.81%) MCITP
8 337 (8.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 318 (7.93%) Citrix Certification
10 271 (6.76%) MCTS
11 241 (6.01%) Computer Science Degree
12 233 (5.81%) CCA
13 216 (5.39%) Security Cleared
14 215 (5.36%) CCNP
15 197 (4.91%) MCSD
16 157 (3.91%) A+ Certification
17 144 (3.59%) SC Cleared
18 120 (2.99%) ITIL Certification
18 120 (2.99%) MCDST
19 84 (2.09%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (7.75%) SLA
2 89 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 77 (1.92%) PCI DSS
4 35 (0.87%) Data Quality
4 35 (0.87%) QA
5 27 (0.67%) GDPR
6 19 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 16 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
8 13 (0.32%) HIPAA
8 13 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.30%) ISO 9001
10 11 (0.27%) PMO
11 10 (0.25%) COBIT
12 7 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 6 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.12%) NEBOSH
15 4 (0.100%) GPG13
16 3 (0.075%) PMBOK
17 2 (0.050%) SSAE 16
18 1 (0.025%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1991 (49.64%) Active Directory
2 975 (24.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 822 (20.49%) Hyper-V
4 329 (8.20%) XenApp
5 268 (6.68%) vSphere
6 257 (6.41%) XenDesktop
7 204 (5.09%) VMware ESXi
8 91 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
9 80 (1.99%) Terminal Services
10 66 (1.65%) Microsoft App-V
11 55 (1.37%) Virtual Servers
12 52 (1.30%) XenServer
13 29 (0.72%) Docker
14 24 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 23 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
16 20 (0.50%) NFS
16 20 (0.50%) Terminal Server
17 18 (0.45%) VMware NSX
18 17 (0.42%) Firmware
19 11 (0.27%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 556 (13.86%) SCCM
2 208 (5.19%) SCOM
3 118 (2.94%) AirWatch
4 115 (2.87%) Backup Exec
5 94 (2.34%) Puppet
6 92 (2.29%) WSUS
7 83 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
8 64 (1.60%) vCenter Server
9 54 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
10 50 (1.25%) Microsoft Intune
11 41 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
12 37 (0.92%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 36 (0.90%) SCDPM
13 36 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 34 (0.85%) Nagios
15 29 (0.72%) Cisco CUCM
16 28 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
17 21 (0.52%) Ansible
18 19 (0.47%) NetBackup
18 19 (0.47%) SCSM
Vendors
1 3136 (78.18%) Microsoft
2 1558 (38.84%) VMware
3 754 (18.80%) Citrix
4 753 (18.77%) Cisco
5 289 (7.21%) HP
6 224 (5.58%) Apple
7 201 (5.01%) Dell
8 195 (4.86%) Oracle
9 166 (4.14%) NetApp
10 154 (3.84%) Veeam
11 137 (3.42%) AppSense
11 137 (3.42%) McAfee
11 137 (3.42%) ServiceNow
12 123 (3.07%) Symantec
13 113 (2.82%) EMC
14 97 (2.42%) Juniper
15 86 (2.14%) Google
16 80 (1.99%) SolarWinds
17 72 (1.80%) Red Hat
18 64 (1.60%) Avaya