Period
to 26 November 2020

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 26 November 2020 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
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 9 5 7
Rank change year-on-year -4 +2 -1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 8,646 22,717 27,039
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.74% 16.73% 16.79%
As % of the Vendors category 40.70% 40.17% 39.96%
Number of salaries quoted 8,395 19,688 23,375
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £29,000 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £78,750 £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 21,243 56,555 67,672
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.67% 41.65% 42.02%
Number of salaries quoted 16,896 43,176 52,400
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +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 26 November 2020.

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 26 November 2020. 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 -5 7,821 £50,000 +11.11% 1,992
UK excluding London -3 5,429 £45,000 +5.88% 1,704
London -1 2,776 £61,000 +10.91% 448
South East -2 1,571 £50,000 +11.11% 393
North of England -4 1,405 £45,000 +9.76% 477
Work from Home -3 1,348 £51,000 -15.00% 393
Midlands -2 978 £43,500 +2.35% 345
North West -4 772 £45,000 +5.88% 280
West Midlands -1 636 £45,000 - 211
South West -3 595 £42,500 +6.25% 171
Yorkshire -4 509 £42,500 +1.19% 145
East of England -2 384 £45,000 - 158
East Midlands -3 347 £42,904 +7.26% 131
Scotland +5 321 £47,500 +11.76% 84
Wales -3 160 £40,500 +1.25% 60
North East -5 124 £43,250 +15.33% 52
Northern Ireland -2 52 £46,250 +14.20% 21
Channel Islands -2 4 £55,000 +120.00%
Isle of Man -7 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, 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 4,203 (48.61%) Azure
2 2,974 (34.40%) Windows
3 2,399 (27.75%) SQL
4 2,172 (25.12%) Active Directory
5 2,163 (25.02%) Office 365
6 2,161 (24.99%) SQL Server
7 1,952 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
8 1,872 (21.65%) C#
9 1,859 (21.50%) .NET
10 1,482 (17.14%) Finance
11 1,468 (16.98%) VMware
12 1,370 (15.85%) Windows Server
13 1,358 (15.71%) DevOps
14 1,124 (13.00%) AWS
15 1,095 (12.66%) JavaScript
16 1,033 (11.95%) ITIL
17 1,032 (11.94%) Microsoft Office
18 1,019 (11.79%) PowerShell
19 910 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
20 901 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
21 887 (10.26%) Degree
22 867 (10.03%) Cisco
23 849 (9.82%) SharePoint
23 849 (9.82%) Problem-Solving
24 815 (9.43%) Firewall
25 814 (9.41%) Power Platform
26 771 (8.92%) ASP.NET
27 770 (8.91%) DNS
28 765 (8.85%) Microsoft Certification
29 751 (8.69%) Migration

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
1 849 (9.82%) SharePoint
2 585 (6.77%) MS Exchange
3 253 (2.93%) IIS
4 233 (2.69%) Skype for Business
5 157 (1.82%) Confluence
6 132 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
7 106 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 99 (1.15%) CMS
9 75 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
10 70 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
11 68 (0.79%) Apache Spark
12 58 (0.67%) Apache
13 51 (0.59%) Umbraco
14 39 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
15 27 (0.31%) EPiServer
15 27 (0.31%) Kentico
15 27 (0.31%) SAS
16 25 (0.29%) WebSphere
17 20 (0.23%) Tomcat
18 19 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,032 (11.94%) Microsoft Office
2 527 (6.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 204 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 131 (1.52%) MS Visio
5 92 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
6 33 (0.38%) AutoCAD
7 22 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.10%) Acrobat
9 7 (0.081%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.069%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 5 (0.058%) Sketch
12 4 (0.046%) Adobe Captivate
12 4 (0.046%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.046%) Adobe Premiere
12 4 (0.046%) Camtasia
12 4 (0.046%) InVision
12 4 (0.046%) OmniGraffle
13 3 (0.035%) InDesign
13 3 (0.035%) SketchUp
13 3 (0.035%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 331 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 69 (0.80%) Dynamics NAV
3 62 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
4 41 (0.47%) NetSuite
5 33 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
6 29 (0.34%) Sentinel
7 15 (0.17%) Siebel CRM
8 14 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 13 (0.15%) Maximo
10 11 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
11 9 (0.10%) iTrent
12 8 (0.093%) Oracle Receivables
13 7 (0.081%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
14 6 (0.069%) Carpe Diem
14 6 (0.069%) Magento
14 6 (0.069%) Q-Pulse
14 6 (0.069%) Quorum
15 4 (0.046%) Dynamics GP
15 4 (0.046%) Oracle ERP
15 4 (0.046%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 4,203 (48.61%) Azure
2 2,163 (25.02%) Office 365
3 1,124 (13.00%) AWS
4 814 (9.41%) Power Platform
5 508 (5.88%) Azure Active Directory
6 449 (5.19%) PaaS
7 432 (5.00%) SaaS
8 418 (4.83%) IaaS
9 415 (4.80%) Dynamics 365
10 246 (2.85%) GCP
11 198 (2.29%) OneDrive
12 176 (2.04%) PowerApps
13 167 (1.93%) Azure Data Factory
14 155 (1.79%) Serverless
15 119 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
16 105 (1.21%) Logic Apps
17 92 (1.06%) Azure Functions
17 92 (1.06%) Power Automate
18 79 (0.91%) GitHub
19 69 (0.80%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 815 (9.43%) Firewall
2 770 (8.91%) DNS
3 584 (6.75%) DHCP
4 534 (6.18%) WAN
5 472 (5.46%) LAN
6 416 (4.81%) TCP/IP
7 397 (4.59%) VPN
8 373 (4.31%) SAN
9 319 (3.69%) Skype
10 227 (2.63%) VoIP
11 217 (2.51%) Network Security
12 211 (2.44%) Internet
13 192 (2.22%) Wireless
14 172 (1.99%) Unified Communications
15 161 (1.86%) VLAN
15 161 (1.86%) Wi-Fi
16 99 (1.15%) Remote Desktop
17 98 (1.13%) MPLS
18 90 (1.04%) NetScaler
19 86 (0.99%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,161 (24.99%) SQL Server
2 603 (6.97%) Power BI
3 529 (6.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 507 (5.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 481 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
6 275 (3.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 253 (2.93%) Azure SQL Database
8 225 (2.60%) Data Lake
9 198 (2.29%) NoSQL
10 191 (2.21%) Relational Database
11 186 (2.15%) SQL Server 2012
12 175 (2.02%) Big Data
13 129 (1.49%) MongoDB
13 129 (1.49%) Tableau
14 124 (1.43%) MySQL
15 105 (1.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 98 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
17 90 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
18 74 (0.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 73 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 540 (6.25%) Git (software)
2 380 (4.40%) Visual Studio
3 294 (3.40%) JIRA
4 255 (2.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 239 (2.76%) Jenkins
6 160 (1.85%) TeamCity
7 143 (1.65%) Octopus Deploy
8 141 (1.63%) Selenium
9 111 (1.28%) SpecFlow
10 88 (1.02%) Visual Studio Team System
11 87 (1.01%) NUnit
12 82 (0.95%) Bitbucket
13 72 (0.83%) Subversion
14 38 (0.44%) GitLab
14 38 (0.44%) MSTest
15 34 (0.39%) Cucumber
15 34 (0.39%) JMeter
15 34 (0.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 33 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 31 (0.36%) Eclipse
General
1 1,482 (17.14%) Finance
2 302 (3.49%) Public Sector
3 267 (3.09%) Marketing
4 254 (2.94%) Banking
4 254 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 197 (2.28%) Law
6 186 (2.15%) Manufacturing
7 183 (2.12%) Legal
7 183 (2.12%) Retail
8 111 (1.28%) Games
9 77 (0.89%) Advertising
10 76 (0.88%) Electronics
11 75 (0.87%) Back Office
12 70 (0.81%) Local Government
13 63 (0.73%) Publishing
14 57 (0.66%) Financial Institution
15 52 (0.60%) Front Office
16 45 (0.52%) Digital Economy
17 39 (0.45%) Private Banking
18 36 (0.42%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 1,874 (21.67%) Developer
2 1,046 (12.10%) Analyst
3 639 (7.39%) .NET Developer
4 637 (7.37%) Architect
5 573 (6.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 449 (5.19%) Support Engineer
7 447 (5.17%) Consultant
8 419 (4.85%) C# Developer
9 401 (4.64%) Senior Developer
10 389 (4.50%) Azure Engineer
11 328 (3.79%) Software Developer
12 294 (3.40%) IT Engineer
13 292 (3.38%) IT Support
14 280 (3.24%) Support Analyst
15 267 (3.09%) C# .NET Developer
16 243 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
17 231 (2.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 224 (2.59%) DevOps Engineer
19 215 (2.49%) Administrator
20 200 (2.31%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,859 (21.50%) .NET
2 771 (8.92%) ASP.NET
3 667 (7.71%) HTML
4 629 (7.28%) CSS
5 539 (6.23%) .NET Framework
6 532 (6.15%) AngularJS
7 524 (6.06%) .NET Core
8 428 (4.95%) React
9 393 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web API
10 350 (4.05%) ASP.NET MVC
11 306 (3.54%) jQuery
12 302 (3.49%) Web Services
13 288 (3.33%) REST
14 274 (3.17%) HTML5
15 270 (3.12%) Entity Framework
16 217 (2.51%) RESTful
17 212 (2.45%) XML
18 168 (1.94%) JSON
19 158 (1.83%) WCF
20 152 (1.76%) ASP.NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 706 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
2 435 (5.03%) Data Centre
3 360 (4.16%) Management Information System
4 331 (3.83%) Self-Motivation
5 272 (3.15%) Public Cloud
6 263 (3.04%) Greenfield Project
7 220 (2.54%) User Experience
8 150 (1.73%) Mobile App
9 132 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
10 126 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
11 120 (1.39%) Driving Licence
12 119 (1.38%) Cloud Native
13 103 (1.19%) Replication
14 97 (1.12%) Clustering
15 88 (1.02%) Private Cloud
16 87 (1.01%) PKI
17 68 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
18 63 (0.73%) Hedge funds
19 59 (0.68%) Client/Server
19 59 (0.68%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2,974 (34.40%) Windows
2 1,370 (15.85%) Windows Server
3 734 (8.49%) Windows 10
4 660 (7.63%) Linux
5 485 (5.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 383 (4.43%) Windows Server 2016
7 309 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 254 (2.94%) Windows 7
9 210 (2.43%) Windows Server 2019
10 138 (1.60%) Android
11 119 (1.38%) Unix
12 88 (1.02%) Apple iOS
13 75 (0.87%) Windows 8
14 73 (0.84%) Mac OS X
15 49 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 45 (0.52%) CentOS
17 43 (0.50%) Mac OS
18 37 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
19 33 (0.38%) Solaris
20 29 (0.34%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,952 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
2 1,358 (15.71%) DevOps
3 1,033 (11.95%) ITIL
4 901 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
5 849 (9.82%) Problem-Solving
6 751 (8.69%) Migration
7 709 (8.20%) MVC
8 702 (8.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 615 (7.11%) Scrum
10 547 (6.33%) CRM
11 542 (6.27%) Analytics
12 533 (6.16%) Project Management
13 466 (5.39%) Mentoring
14 451 (5.22%) Project Delivery
15 429 (4.96%) Microservices
16 422 (4.88%) Test Automation
17 391 (4.52%) Continuous Integration
18 389 (4.50%) Continuous Improvement
19 386 (4.46%) Software Engineering
19 386 (4.46%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 2,399 (27.75%) SQL
2 1,872 (21.65%) C#
3 1,095 (12.66%) JavaScript
4 1,019 (11.79%) PowerShell
5 592 (6.85%) Python
6 502 (5.81%) T-SQL
7 326 (3.77%) Java
8 185 (2.14%) TypeScript
9 163 (1.89%) C++
10 134 (1.55%) C
11 125 (1.45%) Bash Shell
12 101 (1.17%) PL/SQL
13 87 (1.01%) VB
14 86 (0.99%) PHP
15 85 (0.98%) R
16 78 (0.90%) VBA
17 63 (0.73%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 55 (0.64%) VB.NET
18 55 (0.64%) VBScript
19 51 (0.59%) Perl
Qualifications
1 887 (10.26%) Degree
2 765 (8.85%) Microsoft Certification
3 423 (4.89%) Security Cleared
4 332 (3.84%) Cisco Certification
5 298 (3.45%) SC Cleared
6 296 (3.42%) MCSE
7 266 (3.08%) CCNA
8 258 (2.98%) MCSA
9 162 (1.87%) Computer Science Degree
10 140 (1.62%) MCP
11 128 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
12 108 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 106 (1.23%) CCNP
14 100 (1.16%) CISSP
15 71 (0.82%) CISM
16 68 (0.79%) DV Cleared
17 67 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 55 (0.64%) MCITP
19 43 (0.50%) A+ Certification
20 41 (0.47%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 460 (5.32%) SLA
2 273 (3.16%) QA
3 230 (2.66%) GDPR
4 224 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 110 (1.27%) Data Quality
6 78 (0.90%) PCI DSS
7 60 (0.69%) NIST
8 49 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
9 21 (0.24%) PMO
10 17 (0.20%) NCSC
10 17 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 16 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 13 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 12 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 12 (0.14%) NIST 800
14 11 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 10 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 10 (0.12%) Solvency II
16 8 (0.093%) BS25999
16 8 (0.093%) COBIT
System Software
1 2,172 (25.12%) Active Directory
2 910 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 606 (7.01%) Hyper-V
4 320 (3.70%) Docker
5 206 (2.38%) vSphere
6 156 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
7 148 (1.71%) XenApp
8 127 (1.47%) Virtual Machines
9 91 (1.05%) XenDesktop
10 90 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
11 68 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
12 44 (0.51%) Firmware
13 41 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 31 (0.36%) VMware Server
15 23 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
16 22 (0.25%) VMware NSX
17 21 (0.24%) BitLocker
18 20 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 19 (0.22%) Forefront TMG
20 17 (0.20%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 547 (6.33%) SCCM
2 374 (4.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 319 (3.69%) Terraform
4 286 (3.31%) Kubernetes
5 223 (2.58%) Ansible
6 196 (2.27%) Puppet
7 145 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
8 107 (1.24%) WSUS
9 97 (1.12%) SCOM
10 65 (0.75%) SCVMM
11 58 (0.67%) Nagios
12 54 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
13 50 (0.58%) vCenter Server
14 41 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
15 39 (0.45%) Backup Exec
16 33 (0.38%) NetBackup
17 32 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
18 31 (0.36%) SCOrch
19 25 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
20 24 (0.28%) QRadar
Vendors
1 1,468 (16.98%) VMware
2 867 (10.03%) Cisco
3 623 (7.21%) Citrix
4 497 (5.75%) Oracle
5 260 (3.01%) Google
6 231 (2.67%) HP
7 202 (2.34%) Veeam
8 178 (2.06%) SAP
9 153 (1.77%) Dell
10 147 (1.70%) IBM
11 137 (1.58%) Databricks
12 136 (1.57%) CheckPoint
13 121 (1.40%) NetApp
14 118 (1.36%) Palo Alto
15 115 (1.33%) Apple
16 103 (1.19%) Sophos
17 102 (1.18%) Meraki
18 97 (1.12%) Red Hat
19 95 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
19 95 (1.10%) SolarWinds