Period
to 22 January 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 22 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

The figures below represent the IT labour market in general and are not representative of salaries within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 9 6 7
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 9,863 21,321 25,452
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.40% 16.91% 16.76%
As % of the Vendors category 40.60% 40.60% 39.96%
Number of salaries quoted 9,441 18,719 21,982
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,000 £25,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 24,291 52,515 63,699
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.93% 41.65% 41.95%
Number of salaries quoted 18,931 40,570 49,488
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.11% - +5.88%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Microsoft.

Salary trend for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Microsoft over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 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 -4 8,771 £50,000 +11.11% 2,318
UK excluding London -3 6,243 £45,000 +5.88% 1,826
London -1 2,998 £62,500 +13.64% 664
South East -2 1,751 £50,000 +11.11% 381
Work from Home -2 1,705 £50,000 -16.67% 430
North of England -3 1,503 £45,000 +5.88% 538
Midlands -1 1,200 £42,500 - 372
West Midlands -1 777 £44,444 -1.24% 218
North West -4 777 £45,000 +5.88% 319
South West -4 697 £44,000 +10.00% 174
Yorkshire -5 590 £42,500 - 157
East of England -1 456 £45,000 +5.88% 175
East Midlands -1 425 £43,000 +7.50% 151
Scotland +1 419 £47,500 +18.75% 108
Wales -1 213 £42,250 +3.68% 56
North East -5 136 £45,000 +18.27% 62
Northern Ireland -9 42 £42,500 -5.56% 27
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, IT jobs citing Microsoft 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.

1 4,797 (48.64%) Azure
2 3,278 (33.24%) Windows
3 2,728 (27.66%) SQL
4 2,429 (24.63%) Active Directory
5 2,347 (23.80%) Office 365
6 2,290 (23.22%) SQL Server
7 2,250 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
8 2,033 (20.61%) C#
9 1,964 (19.91%) .NET
10 1,679 (17.02%) DevOps
11 1,618 (16.40%) VMware
12 1,587 (16.09%) Finance
13 1,502 (15.23%) Windows Server
14 1,260 (12.78%) AWS
15 1,202 (12.19%) JavaScript
16 1,186 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
17 1,185 (12.01%) PowerShell
18 1,170 (11.86%) ITIL
19 1,047 (10.62%) Problem-Solving
20 1,041 (10.55%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,029 (10.43%) Degree
22 1,015 (10.29%) Business Intelligence
23 985 (9.99%) Power Platform
24 983 (9.97%) Cisco
25 978 (9.92%) SharePoint
26 945 (9.58%) Firewall
27 905 (9.18%) Migration
28 826 (8.37%) Analytical Skills
29 820 (8.31%) Linux
30 816 (8.27%) DNS

Microsoft
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
1 978 (9.92%) SharePoint
2 672 (6.81%) MS Exchange
3 264 (2.68%) IIS
4 211 (2.14%) Confluence
5 205 (2.08%) Skype for Business
6 133 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 116 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
8 105 (1.06%) CMS
9 75 (0.76%) Apache
9 75 (0.76%) Apache Spark
10 63 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
11 61 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
12 55 (0.56%) Umbraco
13 34 (0.34%) SAS
14 31 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
15 30 (0.30%) WebSphere
16 24 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
17 19 (0.19%) Tomcat
17 19 (0.19%) WordPress
18 18 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,186 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
2 603 (6.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 217 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 133 (1.35%) Microsoft Project
5 130 (1.32%) MS Visio
6 34 (0.34%) AutoCAD
7 17 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.11%) InVision
8 11 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 8 (0.081%) Adobe Illustrator
10 8 (0.081%) Sketch
11 5 (0.051%) Camtasia
12 4 (0.041%) Adobe Captivate
12 4 (0.041%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.041%) Figma
12 4 (0.041%) OmniGraffle
13 3 (0.030%) Acrobat
13 3 (0.030%) Adobe Premiere
13 3 (0.030%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 343 (3.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 89 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
3 88 (0.89%) Dynamics AX
4 56 (0.57%) NetSuite
5 34 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
6 24 (0.24%) Sentinel
7 17 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.15%) Siebel CRM
9 13 (0.13%) Maximo
10 11 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
11 10 (0.10%) Magento
11 10 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
12 9 (0.091%) Dynamics GP
12 9 (0.091%) iTrent
12 9 (0.091%) SAP Business One
13 8 (0.081%) Oracle Receivables
14 7 (0.071%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
15 6 (0.061%) Carpe Diem
15 6 (0.061%) Q-Pulse
15 6 (0.061%) Quorum
Cloud Services
1 4,797 (48.64%) Azure
2 2,347 (23.80%) Office 365
3 1,260 (12.78%) AWS
4 985 (9.99%) Power Platform
5 591 (5.99%) Azure Active Directory
6 527 (5.34%) PaaS
7 512 (5.19%) SaaS
8 470 (4.77%) Dynamics 365
9 464 (4.70%) IaaS
10 248 (2.51%) GCP
11 242 (2.45%) Azure Data Factory
12 226 (2.29%) Serverless
13 224 (2.27%) PowerApps
14 221 (2.24%) OneDrive
15 130 (1.32%) Azure Functions
15 130 (1.32%) Power Automate
16 128 (1.30%) Logic Apps
17 101 (1.02%) GitHub
18 100 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
19 87 (0.88%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 945 (9.58%) Firewall
2 816 (8.27%) DNS
3 609 (6.17%) DHCP
4 510 (5.17%) WAN
5 462 (4.68%) LAN
6 441 (4.47%) TCP/IP
6 441 (4.47%) VPN
7 370 (3.75%) SAN
8 290 (2.94%) Skype
9 253 (2.57%) VoIP
10 241 (2.44%) VLAN
11 236 (2.39%) Network Security
12 184 (1.87%) Wireless
13 180 (1.83%) Internet
14 173 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
15 157 (1.59%) Unified Communications
16 109 (1.11%) Remote Desktop
17 96 (0.97%) MPLS
18 94 (0.95%) NetScaler
19 78 (0.79%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,290 (23.22%) SQL Server
2 699 (7.09%) Power BI
3 560 (5.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 555 (5.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 554 (5.62%) Data Warehouse
6 329 (3.34%) Azure SQL Database
7 294 (2.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 258 (2.62%) Data Lake
9 225 (2.28%) NoSQL
10 212 (2.15%) Relational Database
11 172 (1.74%) Big Data
12 149 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
13 137 (1.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 137 (1.39%) MySQL
14 123 (1.25%) MongoDB
15 122 (1.24%) Tableau
16 115 (1.17%) Cosmos DB
17 107 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
18 86 (0.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 82 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 597 (6.05%) Git (software)
2 403 (4.09%) Visual Studio
3 351 (3.56%) JIRA
4 336 (3.41%) Jenkins
5 262 (2.66%) Team Foundation Server
6 163 (1.65%) Selenium
7 161 (1.63%) TeamCity
8 156 (1.58%) Octopus Deploy
9 118 (1.20%) SpecFlow
10 106 (1.07%) Visual Studio Team System
11 94 (0.95%) Bitbucket
12 81 (0.82%) NUnit
13 75 (0.76%) Subversion
14 48 (0.49%) Artifactory
15 46 (0.47%) Maven
16 44 (0.45%) MSTest
17 43 (0.44%) GitLab
18 39 (0.40%) JUnit
19 37 (0.38%) Cucumber
20 35 (0.35%) Postman
General
1 1,587 (16.09%) Finance
2 370 (3.75%) Public Sector
3 341 (3.46%) Marketing
4 263 (2.67%) Telecoms
5 254 (2.58%) Banking
6 242 (2.45%) Law
7 239 (2.42%) Retail
8 227 (2.30%) Legal
9 217 (2.20%) Manufacturing
10 161 (1.63%) Games
11 152 (1.54%) Multimedia
12 109 (1.11%) Back Office
13 98 (0.99%) Digital Economy
14 87 (0.88%) Electronics
15 78 (0.79%) Advertising
15 78 (0.79%) Publishing
16 65 (0.66%) Front Office
17 64 (0.65%) Local Government
18 49 (0.50%) Private Banking
19 45 (0.46%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,986 (20.14%) Developer
2 1,252 (12.69%) Analyst
3 747 (7.57%) Architect
4 642 (6.51%) .NET Developer
5 616 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 560 (5.68%) Consultant
7 549 (5.57%) Support Engineer
8 494 (5.01%) Azure Engineer
9 414 (4.20%) C# Developer
10 400 (4.06%) Software Developer
11 389 (3.94%) Senior Developer
12 385 (3.90%) IT Engineer
13 380 (3.85%) IT Support
14 328 (3.33%) Support Analyst
15 314 (3.18%) Solutions Architect
16 268 (2.72%) DevOps Engineer
17 263 (2.67%) C# .NET Developer
18 254 (2.58%) Administrator
19 247 (2.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 234 (2.37%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,964 (19.91%) .NET
2 779 (7.90%) HTML
3 757 (7.68%) CSS
4 755 (7.65%) ASP.NET
5 557 (5.65%) .NET Core
6 546 (5.54%) .NET Framework
7 511 (5.18%) AngularJS
8 435 (4.41%) React
9 411 (4.17%) Web Services
10 343 (3.48%) ASP.NET Web API
11 321 (3.25%) jQuery
12 312 (3.16%) ASP.NET MVC
13 291 (2.95%) HTML5
14 278 (2.82%) REST
15 245 (2.48%) Entity Framework
15 245 (2.48%) RESTful
16 222 (2.25%) XML
17 184 (1.87%) JSON
18 182 (1.85%) CSS3
19 152 (1.54%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 826 (8.37%) Analytical Skills
2 430 (4.36%) Management Information System
3 407 (4.13%) Data Centre
4 348 (3.53%) Self-Motivation
5 293 (2.97%) Public Cloud
6 244 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
7 238 (2.41%) User Experience
8 182 (1.85%) Mobile App
9 169 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
10 149 (1.51%) Driving Licence
11 129 (1.31%) Cloud Native
12 124 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
13 123 (1.25%) Clustering
14 115 (1.17%) Replication
15 100 (1.01%) Private Cloud
16 90 (0.91%) PKI
17 77 (0.78%) Data Structures
18 67 (0.68%) Video Conferencing
18 67 (0.68%) Virtual Team
19 65 (0.66%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 3,278 (33.24%) Windows
2 1,502 (15.23%) Windows Server
3 820 (8.31%) Linux
4 789 (8.00%) Windows 10
5 516 (5.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 416 (4.22%) Windows Server 2016
7 306 (3.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 281 (2.85%) Windows 7
9 241 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
10 146 (1.48%) Android
11 137 (1.39%) Unix
12 94 (0.95%) Apple iOS
13 81 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 76 (0.77%) Mac OS X
15 68 (0.69%) Mac OS
16 66 (0.67%) Windows 8
17 58 (0.59%) Ubuntu
18 52 (0.53%) CentOS
19 32 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
20 31 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,250 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
2 1,679 (17.02%) DevOps
3 1,170 (11.86%) ITIL
4 1,047 (10.62%) Problem-Solving
5 1,015 (10.29%) Business Intelligence
6 905 (9.18%) Migration
7 754 (7.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 714 (7.24%) Project Management
9 688 (6.98%) Scrum
10 684 (6.94%) MVC
11 649 (6.58%) Analytics
12 568 (5.76%) CRM
13 542 (5.50%) Project Delivery
14 500 (5.07%) Continuous Integration
15 481 (4.88%) Test Automation
16 478 (4.85%) Mentoring
17 467 (4.73%) Presales
18 465 (4.71%) Software Engineering
19 463 (4.69%) Continuous Improvement
20 460 (4.66%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 2,728 (27.66%) SQL
2 2,033 (20.61%) C#
3 1,202 (12.19%) JavaScript
4 1,185 (12.01%) PowerShell
5 739 (7.49%) Python
6 524 (5.31%) T-SQL
7 403 (4.09%) Java
8 209 (2.12%) TypeScript
9 182 (1.85%) C++
10 160 (1.62%) C
11 159 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 123 (1.25%) PHP
13 109 (1.11%) VB
14 92 (0.93%) R
15 86 (0.87%) PL/SQL
16 81 (0.82%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 76 (0.77%) VBA
18 70 (0.71%) VB.NET
19 64 (0.65%) Perl
20 50 (0.51%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1,029 (10.43%) Degree
2 775 (7.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 476 (4.83%) Security Cleared
4 354 (3.59%) Cisco Certification
5 349 (3.54%) SC Cleared
6 297 (3.01%) MCSE
7 286 (2.90%) CCNA
8 217 (2.20%) MCSA
9 188 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
10 154 (1.56%) MCP
11 152 (1.54%) A+ Certification
12 119 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
13 118 (1.20%) CISSP
14 114 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 99 (1.00%) CCNP
16 87 (0.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 84 (0.85%) CISM
18 75 (0.76%) MCITP
19 56 (0.57%) ISTQB
20 48 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 492 (4.99%) SLA
2 339 (3.44%) QA
3 305 (3.09%) GDPR
4 233 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 130 (1.32%) Data Quality
6 73 (0.74%) NIST
7 68 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
8 63 (0.64%) PCI DSS
9 29 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 29 (0.29%) PMO
10 27 (0.27%) ISO 9001
11 24 (0.24%) COBIT
12 18 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 17 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 16 (0.16%) BS25999
15 10 (0.10%) NCSC
15 10 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 10 (0.10%) Solvency II
16 9 (0.091%) NIST 800
17 5 (0.051%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 2,429 (24.63%) Active Directory
2 1,041 (10.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 689 (6.99%) Hyper-V
4 415 (4.21%) Docker
5 226 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
6 186 (1.89%) vSphere
7 177 (1.79%) XenApp
8 123 (1.25%) XenDesktop
9 116 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
10 90 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
11 73 (0.74%) Virtual Desktop
12 58 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 50 (0.51%) Firmware
14 37 (0.38%) VMware NSX
15 34 (0.34%) BitLocker
16 28 (0.28%) VMware Server
17 22 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
18 21 (0.21%) KVM
18 21 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
19 17 (0.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 612 (6.21%) SCCM
2 438 (4.44%) Microsoft Intune
3 408 (4.14%) Terraform
4 374 (3.79%) Kubernetes
5 307 (3.11%) Ansible
6 252 (2.56%) Puppet
7 187 (1.90%) Opscode Chef
8 107 (1.08%) SCOM
9 86 (0.87%) WSUS
10 74 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
11 57 (0.58%) vCenter Server
12 56 (0.57%) SCVMM
13 55 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
14 50 (0.51%) Nagios
15 49 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
16 36 (0.37%) Backup Exec
17 34 (0.34%) NetBackup
18 33 (0.33%) SCOrch
19 30 (0.30%) vRealize
20 28 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,618 (16.40%) VMware
2 983 (9.97%) Cisco
3 664 (6.73%) Citrix
4 636 (6.45%) Oracle
5 314 (3.18%) Google
6 253 (2.57%) Veeam
7 219 (2.22%) HP
8 197 (2.00%) Databricks
9 185 (1.88%) Dell
10 180 (1.83%) SAP
11 172 (1.74%) Apple
11 172 (1.74%) IBM
12 133 (1.35%) Sophos
13 130 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
14 126 (1.28%) NetApp
15 125 (1.27%) EnterpriseDB
16 121 (1.23%) Red Hat
17 111 (1.13%) Avaya
18 110 (1.12%) Meraki
19 109 (1.11%) ServiceNow