Period
to 28 February 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 28 February 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
28 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 9 6 7
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 11,457 20,610 25,090
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.49% 16.76% 16.62%
As % of the Vendors category 41.09% 40.67% 39.87%
Number of salaries quoted 10,805 18,105 21,605
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,500 £25,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 27,882 50,670 62,927
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.70% 41.21% 41.68%
Number of salaries quoted 21,225 39,351 48,993
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 28 February 2021.

Salary histogram for Microsoft in the UK

Microsoft
Top 19 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 28 February 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 -3 10,138 £50,000 +11.11% 2,777
UK excluding London -2 7,261 £45,000 +5.88% 2,265
London -3 3,373 £62,500 +13.64% 707
Work from Home -3 2,118 £50,000 -16.67% 645
South East -2 1,944 £47,500 +5.56% 525
North of England -2 1,762 £44,000 +3.53% 642
Midlands 0 1,480 £42,500 -4.49% 469
West Midlands -1 954 £45,000 - 330
North West -2 904 £45,000 +5.88% 371
South West -3 814 £42,500 +6.25% 228
Yorkshire -2 691 £42,500 - 173
East Midlands -1 526 £42,500 - 135
East of England 0 514 £45,000 +5.88% 199
Scotland +1 487 £47,500 +11.76% 114
Wales +2 258 £40,253 -3.94% 56
North East -2 169 £45,000 +12.50% 99
Northern Ireland -9 38 £40,000 -11.11% 35
Channel Islands -2 2 - - 1
Isle of Man - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 28 February 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 5,417 (47.28%) Azure
2 3,563 (31.10%) Windows
3 3,130 (27.32%) SQL
4 2,939 (25.65%) Microsoft 365
5 2,658 (23.20%) Active Directory
6 2,593 (22.63%) Agile Software Development
7 2,462 (21.49%) SQL Server
8 2,318 (20.23%) C#
9 2,191 (19.12%) .NET
10 1,891 (16.51%) DevOps
11 1,834 (16.01%) VMware
12 1,774 (15.48%) Finance
13 1,638 (14.30%) Windows Server
14 1,431 (12.49%) AWS
15 1,423 (12.42%) JavaScript
16 1,387 (12.11%) Microsoft Office
17 1,352 (11.80%) ITIL
18 1,330 (11.61%) PowerShell
19 1,278 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
20 1,233 (10.76%) Power Platform
21 1,200 (10.47%) VMware Infrastructure
21 1,200 (10.47%) Business Intelligence
22 1,193 (10.41%) SharePoint
23 1,157 (10.10%) Cisco
24 1,145 (9.99%) Degree
25 1,034 (9.03%) Migration
25 1,034 (9.03%) Firewall
26 979 (8.54%) HTML
27 968 (8.45%) Linux
28 949 (8.28%) CSS

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 1,193 (10.41%) SharePoint
2 737 (6.43%) MS Exchange
3 271 (2.37%) Confluence
4 265 (2.31%) IIS
5 171 (1.49%) Skype for Business
6 154 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
7 128 (1.12%) CMS
8 116 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2010
9 92 (0.80%) Apache
10 90 (0.79%) Apache Spark
11 64 (0.56%) Umbraco
12 57 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
13 53 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
14 39 (0.34%) SAS
15 34 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
16 31 (0.27%) WordPress
17 30 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
18 26 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
19 25 (0.22%) Tomcat
20 22 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1,387 (12.11%) Microsoft Office
2 736 (6.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 237 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 164 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
5 155 (1.35%) MS Visio
6 30 (0.26%) AutoCAD
7 28 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
8 16 (0.14%) InVision
9 15 (0.13%) Photoshop
10 13 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 10 (0.087%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.087%) Figma
12 9 (0.079%) Sketch
13 6 (0.052%) Adobe XD
13 6 (0.052%) Camtasia
14 4 (0.035%) OmniGraffle
15 3 (0.026%) 3ds Max
15 3 (0.026%) InfoPath
15 3 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
16 2 (0.017%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 405 (3.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 121 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
3 103 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
4 81 (0.71%) NetSuite
5 34 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
6 27 (0.24%) Sentinel
7 16 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
7 16 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.13%) Magento
8 15 (0.13%) Siebel CRM
9 14 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 14 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 13 (0.11%) SAP Business One
11 11 (0.096%) Maximo
11 11 (0.096%) Oracle Receivables
11 11 (0.096%) Sage 1000
12 10 (0.087%) Dynamics GP
12 10 (0.087%) Oracle Payables
13 9 (0.079%) Oracle Assets
14 7 (0.061%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 5,417 (47.28%) Azure
2 2,939 (25.65%) Microsoft 365
3 1,431 (12.49%) AWS
4 1,233 (10.76%) Power Platform
5 714 (6.23%) Azure Active Directory
6 635 (5.54%) PaaS
7 610 (5.32%) Dynamics 365
8 599 (5.23%) SaaS
9 522 (4.56%) IaaS
10 323 (2.82%) PowerApps
11 292 (2.55%) GCP
12 276 (2.41%) Azure Data Factory
13 271 (2.37%) Serverless
14 254 (2.22%) OneDrive
15 209 (1.82%) Power Automate
16 166 (1.45%) Logic Apps
17 142 (1.24%) Azure Functions
18 130 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
19 99 (0.86%) Mimecast
20 94 (0.82%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1,034 (9.03%) Firewall
2 877 (7.65%) DNS
3 642 (5.60%) DHCP
4 506 (4.42%) WAN
5 473 (4.13%) LAN
6 465 (4.06%) TCP/IP
7 452 (3.95%) VPN
8 374 (3.26%) SAN
9 289 (2.52%) VLAN
10 261 (2.28%) Skype
11 252 (2.20%) VoIP
12 227 (1.98%) Network Security
13 188 (1.64%) Wireless
14 182 (1.59%) Internet
15 146 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
16 136 (1.19%) Unified Communications
17 120 (1.05%) Remote Desktop
18 97 (0.85%) MPLS
19 83 (0.72%) OSPF
20 80 (0.70%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,462 (21.49%) SQL Server
2 864 (7.54%) Power BI
3 651 (5.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 635 (5.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 623 (5.44%) Data Warehouse
6 357 (3.12%) Azure SQL Database
7 328 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 288 (2.51%) Data Lake
9 247 (2.16%) NoSQL
10 223 (1.95%) Relational Database
11 193 (1.68%) Big Data
12 154 (1.34%) MySQL
12 154 (1.34%) Tableau
13 147 (1.28%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 139 (1.21%) Cosmos DB
15 131 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
16 124 (1.08%) MongoDB
17 117 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
18 91 (0.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 84 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 659 (5.75%) Git (software)
2 454 (3.96%) Visual Studio
3 429 (3.74%) JIRA
4 365 (3.19%) Jenkins
5 260 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
6 178 (1.55%) Selenium
7 177 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
8 163 (1.42%) TeamCity
9 133 (1.16%) SpecFlow
10 124 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
11 97 (0.85%) NUnit
12 88 (0.77%) Bitbucket
13 87 (0.76%) Subversion
14 68 (0.59%) Maven
15 52 (0.45%) GitLab
16 50 (0.44%) Artifactory
16 50 (0.44%) JUnit
16 50 (0.44%) MSTest
16 50 (0.44%) Postman
17 47 (0.41%) Cucumber
General
1 1,774 (15.48%) Finance
2 418 (3.65%) Marketing
3 414 (3.61%) Public Sector
4 397 (3.47%) Multimedia
5 303 (2.64%) Retail
6 288 (2.51%) Banking
7 277 (2.42%) Telecoms
8 269 (2.35%) Manufacturing
9 268 (2.34%) Law
10 254 (2.22%) Legal
11 235 (2.05%) Games
12 120 (1.05%) Back Office
13 108 (0.94%) Digital Economy
14 100 (0.87%) Electronics
15 86 (0.75%) Advertising
16 83 (0.72%) Front Office
17 71 (0.62%) Publishing
18 59 (0.51%) Local Government
18 59 (0.51%) Private Banking
19 57 (0.50%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 2,245 (19.60%) Developer
2 1,482 (12.94%) Analyst
3 878 (7.66%) Architect
4 701 (6.12%) Support Engineer
5 692 (6.04%) Consultant
6 675 (5.89%) .NET Developer
7 673 (5.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 562 (4.91%) Azure Engineer
9 528 (4.61%) IT Support
10 527 (4.60%) IT Engineer
11 441 (3.85%) Senior Developer
12 440 (3.84%) Software Developer
13 426 (3.72%) C# Developer
14 386 (3.37%) Support Analyst
15 384 (3.35%) Trainee
16 360 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
17 319 (2.78%) Administrator
18 290 (2.53%) DevOps Engineer
19 287 (2.51%) IT Support Engineer
20 284 (2.48%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,191 (19.12%) .NET
2 979 (8.54%) HTML
3 949 (8.28%) CSS
4 808 (7.05%) ASP.NET
5 590 (5.15%) .NET Core
6 589 (5.14%) .NET Framework
7 520 (4.54%) AngularJS
8 511 (4.46%) Web Services
9 458 (4.00%) React
10 406 (3.54%) HTML5
11 343 (2.99%) jQuery
12 319 (2.78%) ASP.NET Web API
13 318 (2.78%) REST
14 295 (2.57%) ASP.NET MVC
15 290 (2.53%) CSS3
16 257 (2.24%) RESTful
17 249 (2.17%) XML
18 246 (2.15%) Entity Framework
19 179 (1.56%) JSON
20 151 (1.32%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 937 (8.18%) Analytical Skills
2 509 (4.44%) Management Information System
3 433 (3.78%) Data Centre
4 391 (3.41%) Self-Motivation
5 355 (3.10%) Public Cloud
6 277 (2.42%) User Experience
7 261 (2.28%) Greenfield Project
8 212 (1.85%) Mobile App
9 205 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
10 163 (1.42%) Driving Licence
11 135 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
12 131 (1.14%) Cloud Native
13 128 (1.12%) Clustering
14 118 (1.03%) PKI
15 117 (1.02%) Data Structures
16 114 (1.00%) Replication
17 93 (0.81%) Private Cloud
18 87 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
19 85 (0.74%) Virtual Team
20 75 (0.65%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 3,563 (31.10%) Windows
2 1,638 (14.30%) Windows Server
3 968 (8.45%) Linux
4 880 (7.68%) Windows 10
5 538 (4.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 469 (4.09%) Windows Server 2016
7 340 (2.97%) Windows Server 2008
8 290 (2.53%) Windows 7
9 266 (2.32%) Windows Server 2019
10 163 (1.42%) Android
11 155 (1.35%) Unix
12 111 (0.97%) Apple iOS
13 106 (0.93%) Ubuntu
14 101 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 85 (0.74%) CentOS
16 74 (0.65%) Mac OS
17 72 (0.63%) Windows 8
18 69 (0.60%) Mac OS X
19 42 (0.37%) VMS
20 38 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,593 (22.63%) Agile Software Development
2 1,891 (16.51%) DevOps
3 1,352 (11.80%) ITIL
4 1,278 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
5 1,200 (10.47%) Business Intelligence
6 1,034 (9.03%) Migration
7 856 (7.47%) Project Management
8 830 (7.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 795 (6.94%) Analytics
10 747 (6.52%) Scrum
11 714 (6.23%) MVC
12 657 (5.73%) CRM
13 604 (5.27%) Project Delivery
14 558 (4.87%) Continuous Integration
15 547 (4.77%) Test Automation
16 546 (4.77%) Cybersecurity
17 532 (4.64%) Software Engineering
18 531 (4.63%) Presales
19 526 (4.59%) Mentoring
20 523 (4.56%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 3,130 (27.32%) SQL
2 2,318 (20.23%) C#
3 1,423 (12.42%) JavaScript
4 1,330 (11.61%) PowerShell
5 930 (8.12%) Python
6 554 (4.84%) Java
7 523 (4.56%) T-SQL
8 231 (2.02%) TypeScript
9 211 (1.84%) C++
10 208 (1.82%) Bash Shell
11 200 (1.75%) C
12 196 (1.71%) PHP
13 148 (1.29%) VB
14 113 (0.99%) R
15 106 (0.93%) VB.NET
16 94 (0.82%) VBA
17 85 (0.74%) Java 8
18 80 (0.70%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 71 (0.62%) Perl
20 68 (0.59%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,145 (9.99%) Degree
2 818 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 545 (4.76%) Security Cleared
4 407 (3.55%) SC Cleared
5 377 (3.29%) Cisco Certification
6 330 (2.88%) A+ Certification
7 314 (2.74%) CCNA
8 312 (2.72%) MCSE
9 232 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
10 196 (1.71%) MCSA
11 160 (1.40%) MCP
12 141 (1.23%) CISSP
13 123 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 117 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
15 106 (0.93%) CCNP
16 97 (0.85%) CISM
17 94 (0.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 82 (0.72%) MCITP
19 76 (0.66%) Oracle Certification
20 73 (0.64%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 543 (4.74%) SLA
2 423 (3.69%) QA
3 323 (2.82%) GDPR
4 214 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 161 (1.41%) Data Quality
6 86 (0.75%) NIST
7 58 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
8 52 (0.45%) PCI DSS
9 39 (0.34%) ISO 9001
9 39 (0.34%) PMO
10 35 (0.31%) COBIT
11 30 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 30 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 25 (0.22%) BS25999
13 14 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 13 (0.11%) NCSC
14 13 (0.11%) NIST 800
15 7 (0.061%) Solvency II
16 6 (0.052%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 5 (0.044%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 2,658 (23.20%) Active Directory
2 1,200 (10.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 744 (6.49%) Hyper-V
4 467 (4.08%) Docker
5 258 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
6 207 (1.81%) vSphere
7 191 (1.67%) XenApp
8 152 (1.33%) XenDesktop
9 139 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
10 94 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
11 80 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
12 69 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 51 (0.45%) Firmware
14 38 (0.33%) BitLocker
15 37 (0.32%) VMware NSX
16 24 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
17 23 (0.20%) KVM
17 23 (0.20%) VMware Server
18 21 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
19 19 (0.17%) NFS
Systems Management
1 682 (5.95%) SCCM
2 509 (4.44%) Microsoft Intune
3 421 (3.67%) Terraform
4 408 (3.56%) Kubernetes
5 338 (2.95%) Ansible
6 269 (2.35%) Puppet
7 167 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
8 125 (1.09%) SCOM
9 97 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
10 81 (0.71%) WSUS
11 64 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
12 57 (0.50%) vCenter Server
13 53 (0.46%) Failover Clustering
14 48 (0.42%) Nagios
14 48 (0.42%) SCVMM
15 40 (0.35%) NetBackup
16 36 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
17 34 (0.30%) Backup Exec
17 34 (0.30%) vRealize
18 31 (0.27%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,834 (16.01%) VMware
2 1,157 (10.10%) Cisco
3 743 (6.49%) Oracle
4 719 (6.28%) Citrix
5 398 (3.47%) Google
6 271 (2.37%) Veeam
7 234 (2.04%) Databricks
7 234 (2.04%) HP
8 214 (1.87%) Apple
8 214 (1.87%) SAP
9 207 (1.81%) Dell
10 186 (1.62%) IBM
11 159 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
12 149 (1.30%) Red Hat
13 143 (1.25%) ServiceNow
14 141 (1.23%) EnterpriseDB
15 126 (1.10%) Sophos
16 118 (1.03%) Meraki
16 118 (1.03%) SolarWinds
17 112 (0.98%) Avaya