Period
to 29 October 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 29 October 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 8 5 7
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 7,898 22,828 28,071
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.88% 16.57% 17.04%
As % of the Vendors category 40.71% 39.56% 40.19%
Number of salaries quoted 7,540 19,826 24,439
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - +1.12%
10th Percentile £29,000 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £74,000
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 19,401 57,701 69,838
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.00% 41.89% 42.38%
Number of salaries quoted 15,320 44,006 54,118
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 £27,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.44% - +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 29 October 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 29 October 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 -4 7,183 £50,000 +11.11% 1,898
UK excluding London -3 4,908 £45,000 +5.88% 1,556
London -1 2,634 £60,000 +9.09% 466
South East -2 1,416 £49,000 +8.89% 341
North of England -4 1,301 £45,000 +12.50% 424
Work from Home -4 1,081 £50,000 -16.67% 370
Midlands -2 881 £45,000 +5.88% 338
North West -5 724 £47,500 +18.75% 253
West Midlands -1 587 £45,000 - 206
South West -6 501 £42,500 +6.25% 175
Yorkshire -5 451 £42,500 +6.25% 125
East of England -1 367 £45,000 +3.45% 148
East Midlands -2 297 £45,000 +12.50% 128
Scotland +4 279 £47,500 +11.76% 73
Wales -3 136 £39,500 -1.25% 41
North East -3 126 £43,000 +14.67% 46
Northern Ireland 0 61 £47,500 +35.71% 20
Channel Islands +1 4 £55,000 +4.76%
Isle of Man -6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 29 October 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 3,799 (48.10%) Azure
2 2,670 (33.81%) Windows
3 2,204 (27.91%) SQL
4 2,027 (25.66%) SQL Server
5 1,936 (24.51%) Active Directory
6 1,916 (24.26%) Office 365
7 1,893 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
8 1,810 (22.92%) .NET
9 1,776 (22.49%) C#
10 1,421 (17.99%) Finance
11 1,294 (16.38%) VMware
12 1,231 (15.59%) Windows Server
13 1,189 (15.05%) DevOps
14 1,041 (13.18%) JavaScript
15 1,029 (13.03%) AWS
16 977 (12.37%) PowerShell
17 959 (12.14%) Microsoft Office
18 917 (11.61%) ITIL
19 831 (10.52%) VMware Infrastructure
20 827 (10.47%) Business Intelligence
21 821 (10.40%) Degree
22 794 (10.05%) Cisco
23 769 (9.74%) ASP.NET
24 763 (9.66%) Problem-Solving
25 749 (9.48%) SharePoint
26 748 (9.47%) Microsoft Certification
27 730 (9.24%) Firewall
28 707 (8.95%) Power Platform
29 702 (8.89%) MVC
30 666 (8.43%) 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
1 749 (9.48%) SharePoint
2 498 (6.31%) MS Exchange
3 250 (3.17%) IIS
4 215 (2.72%) Skype for Business
5 138 (1.75%) Confluence
6 126 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 102 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2010
8 93 (1.18%) CMS
9 74 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
10 72 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
11 50 (0.63%) Apache
12 49 (0.62%) Umbraco
13 44 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
14 42 (0.53%) Apache Spark
15 33 (0.42%) EPiServer
16 32 (0.41%) Kentico
17 29 (0.37%) Tomcat
18 24 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
19 23 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
20 17 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 959 (12.14%) Microsoft Office
2 514 (6.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 185 (2.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 126 (1.60%) MS Visio
5 96 (1.22%) Microsoft Project
6 33 (0.42%) AutoCAD
7 21 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.11%) Acrobat
9 6 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.051%) Adobe Captivate
10 4 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.051%) Camtasia
10 4 (0.051%) InVision
10 4 (0.051%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.051%) Sketch
11 3 (0.038%) Adobe Premiere
11 3 (0.038%) Chatbot
11 3 (0.038%) SPSS
12 2 (0.025%) Mathcad
12 2 (0.025%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 328 (4.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 71 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
3 57 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
4 36 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
5 34 (0.43%) NetSuite
5 34 (0.43%) Sentinel
6 15 (0.19%) Siebel CRM
7 12 (0.15%) Maximo
8 10 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
9 9 (0.11%) iTrent
9 9 (0.11%) Magento
10 7 (0.089%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 7 (0.089%) Oracle Receivables
11 6 (0.076%) Carpe Diem
11 6 (0.076%) Infor CRM
11 6 (0.076%) Quorum
11 6 (0.076%) Sage X3
11 6 (0.076%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 5 (0.063%) Elite 3E
12 5 (0.063%) Q-Pulse
Cloud Services
1 3,799 (48.10%) Azure
2 1,916 (24.26%) Office 365
3 1,029 (13.03%) AWS
4 707 (8.95%) Power Platform
5 444 (5.62%) Azure Active Directory
6 405 (5.13%) PaaS
7 402 (5.09%) IaaS
8 400 (5.06%) Dynamics 365
9 397 (5.03%) SaaS
10 240 (3.04%) GCP
11 164 (2.08%) OneDrive
12 147 (1.86%) PowerApps
13 127 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
14 122 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
15 118 (1.49%) Serverless
16 80 (1.01%) Logic Apps
17 76 (0.96%) GitHub
18 63 (0.80%) Power Automate
19 59 (0.75%) Slack
20 58 (0.73%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 730 (9.24%) Firewall
2 666 (8.43%) DNS
3 521 (6.60%) DHCP
4 465 (5.89%) WAN
5 417 (5.28%) LAN
6 372 (4.71%) TCP/IP
7 351 (4.44%) VPN
8 337 (4.27%) SAN
9 306 (3.87%) Skype
10 210 (2.66%) Internet
11 194 (2.46%) Network Security
12 191 (2.42%) VoIP
13 181 (2.29%) Wireless
14 162 (2.05%) Unified Communications
15 149 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
16 123 (1.56%) VLAN
17 94 (1.19%) Remote Desktop
18 87 (1.10%) MPLS
19 82 (1.04%) NetScaler
20 80 (1.01%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,027 (25.66%) SQL Server
2 549 (6.95%) Power BI
3 475 (6.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 446 (5.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 428 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
6 248 (3.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 226 (2.86%) Azure SQL Database
8 201 (2.54%) Data Lake
9 187 (2.37%) Relational Database
10 181 (2.29%) NoSQL
11 178 (2.25%) SQL Server 2012
12 173 (2.19%) Big Data
13 143 (1.81%) MongoDB
14 129 (1.63%) Tableau
15 124 (1.57%) MySQL
16 85 (1.08%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 76 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
18 70 (0.89%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 68 (0.86%) PostgreSQL
20 64 (0.81%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 510 (6.46%) Git (software)
2 364 (4.61%) Visual Studio
3 267 (3.38%) JIRA
4 248 (3.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 215 (2.72%) Jenkins
6 145 (1.84%) TeamCity
7 127 (1.61%) Selenium
8 122 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
9 115 (1.46%) SpecFlow
10 85 (1.08%) NUnit
11 80 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
12 76 (0.96%) Bitbucket
13 68 (0.86%) Subversion
14 46 (0.58%) MSTest
15 36 (0.46%) GitLab
16 35 (0.44%) Moq
17 33 (0.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 33 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 31 (0.39%) Oracle Forms
19 29 (0.37%) JMeter
General
1 1,421 (17.99%) Finance
2 275 (3.48%) Public Sector
3 249 (3.15%) Marketing
4 229 (2.90%) Telecoms
5 225 (2.85%) Banking
6 204 (2.58%) Law
7 167 (2.11%) Retail
8 163 (2.06%) Manufacturing
9 161 (2.04%) Legal
10 91 (1.15%) Games
11 77 (0.97%) Electronics
12 76 (0.96%) Advertising
12 76 (0.96%) Back Office
13 71 (0.90%) Local Government
14 68 (0.86%) Financial Institution
15 67 (0.85%) Front Office
16 58 (0.73%) Publishing
17 37 (0.47%) Private Banking
18 29 (0.37%) Investment Banking
18 29 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1,783 (22.58%) Developer
2 931 (11.79%) Analyst
3 610 (7.72%) .NET Developer
4 591 (7.48%) Architect
5 533 (6.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 414 (5.24%) Support Engineer
7 400 (5.06%) C# Developer
7 400 (5.06%) Consultant
8 375 (4.75%) Senior Developer
9 319 (4.04%) Azure Engineer
10 305 (3.86%) Software Developer
11 258 (3.27%) IT Engineer
12 257 (3.25%) IT Support
13 253 (3.20%) C# .NET Developer
14 249 (3.15%) Support Analyst
15 222 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
16 213 (2.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 205 (2.60%) DevOps Engineer
18 197 (2.49%) Administrator
19 188 (2.38%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,810 (22.92%) .NET
2 769 (9.74%) ASP.NET
3 631 (7.99%) HTML
4 590 (7.47%) CSS
5 546 (6.91%) AngularJS
6 532 (6.74%) .NET Framework
7 496 (6.28%) .NET Core
8 423 (5.36%) React
9 410 (5.19%) ASP.NET Web API
10 362 (4.58%) ASP.NET MVC
11 301 (3.81%) jQuery
12 295 (3.74%) Web Services
13 288 (3.65%) Entity Framework
14 278 (3.52%) REST
15 263 (3.33%) HTML5
16 223 (2.82%) XML
17 209 (2.65%) RESTful
18 170 (2.15%) JSON
19 158 (2.00%) WCF
20 147 (1.86%) ASP.NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 666 (8.43%) Analytical Skills
2 402 (5.09%) Data Centre
3 344 (4.36%) Management Information System
4 293 (3.71%) Self-Motivation
5 258 (3.27%) Greenfield Project
6 251 (3.18%) Public Cloud
7 187 (2.37%) User Experience
8 148 (1.87%) Mobile App
9 118 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 117 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
11 112 (1.42%) Cloud Native
12 100 (1.27%) PKI
13 98 (1.24%) Clustering
14 93 (1.18%) Replication
15 83 (1.05%) Hedge funds
16 81 (1.03%) Driving Licence
17 73 (0.92%) Private Cloud
18 71 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
19 59 (0.75%) Algorithms
20 57 (0.72%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2,670 (33.81%) Windows
2 1,231 (15.59%) Windows Server
3 656 (8.31%) Windows 10
4 653 (8.27%) Linux
5 423 (5.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 364 (4.61%) Windows Server 2016
7 280 (3.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 245 (3.10%) Windows 7
9 189 (2.39%) Windows Server 2019
10 129 (1.63%) Android
11 113 (1.43%) Unix
12 86 (1.09%) Apple iOS
13 72 (0.91%) Windows 8
14 61 (0.77%) Mac OS X
15 44 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 43 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
17 42 (0.53%) CentOS
18 38 (0.48%) Mac OS
19 33 (0.42%) Solaris
20 24 (0.30%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,893 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
2 1,189 (15.05%) DevOps
3 917 (11.61%) ITIL
4 827 (10.47%) Business Intelligence
5 763 (9.66%) Problem-Solving
6 702 (8.89%) MVC
7 648 (8.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 640 (8.10%) Migration
9 607 (7.69%) Scrum
10 522 (6.61%) CRM
11 518 (6.56%) Analytics
12 456 (5.77%) Project Management
13 429 (5.43%) Microservices
14 422 (5.34%) Mentoring
15 405 (5.13%) Project Delivery
16 382 (4.84%) Software Engineering
17 381 (4.82%) Test Automation
18 374 (4.74%) TDD
19 356 (4.51%) Continuous Improvement
20 348 (4.41%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2,204 (27.91%) SQL
2 1,776 (22.49%) C#
3 1,041 (13.18%) JavaScript
4 977 (12.37%) PowerShell
5 555 (7.03%) Python
6 484 (6.13%) T-SQL
7 303 (3.84%) Java
8 189 (2.39%) TypeScript
9 144 (1.82%) C++
10 141 (1.79%) Bash Shell
11 126 (1.60%) C
12 102 (1.29%) PL/SQL
13 100 (1.27%) R
14 90 (1.14%) VBA
15 84 (1.06%) PHP
16 83 (1.05%) VB
17 59 (0.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 58 (0.73%) VB.NET
19 50 (0.63%) VBScript
20 45 (0.57%) Perl
Qualifications
1 821 (10.40%) Degree
2 748 (9.47%) Microsoft Certification
3 372 (4.71%) Security Cleared
4 288 (3.65%) MCSE
5 286 (3.62%) Cisco Certification
6 258 (3.27%) MCSA
7 241 (3.05%) SC Cleared
8 229 (2.90%) CCNA
9 146 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
10 140 (1.77%) MCP
11 107 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
12 95 (1.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 87 (1.10%) CCNP
13 87 (1.10%) CISSP
14 73 (0.92%) DV Cleared
15 65 (0.82%) CISM
16 57 (0.72%) MCITP
17 52 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
18 43 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 40 (0.51%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 407 (5.15%) SLA
2 233 (2.95%) QA
3 216 (2.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 211 (2.67%) GDPR
5 96 (1.22%) Data Quality
6 83 (1.05%) PCI DSS
7 58 (0.73%) NIST
8 42 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
9 23 (0.29%) NCSC
10 19 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 18 (0.23%) PMO
12 16 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 15 (0.19%) NIST 800
14 11 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 9 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 9 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 9 (0.11%) Solvency II
16 7 (0.089%) BS25999
16 7 (0.089%) ISO 9001
17 6 (0.076%) COBIT
System Software
1 1,936 (24.51%) Active Directory
2 831 (10.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 546 (6.91%) Hyper-V
4 310 (3.93%) Docker
5 205 (2.60%) vSphere
6 152 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
7 135 (1.71%) XenApp
8 130 (1.65%) Virtual Machines
9 97 (1.23%) Virtual Desktop
10 80 (1.01%) XenDesktop
11 67 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
12 42 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 33 (0.42%) VMware Server
14 30 (0.38%) Firmware
15 25 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
16 24 (0.30%) BitLocker
17 21 (0.27%) Forefront TMG
17 21 (0.27%) ISA Server
18 19 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 19 (0.24%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 509 (6.44%) SCCM
2 336 (4.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 273 (3.46%) Terraform
4 260 (3.29%) Kubernetes
5 199 (2.52%) Ansible
6 167 (2.11%) Puppet
7 125 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
8 111 (1.41%) WSUS
9 88 (1.11%) SCOM
10 65 (0.82%) SCVMM
11 53 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
12 50 (0.63%) Nagios
13 46 (0.58%) vCenter Server
14 43 (0.54%) Backup Exec
15 41 (0.52%) Microsoft Clustering
16 37 (0.47%) NetBackup
17 35 (0.44%) SCOrch
18 28 (0.35%) QRadar
19 25 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
20 24 (0.30%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 1,294 (16.38%) VMware
2 794 (10.05%) Cisco
3 558 (7.07%) Citrix
4 441 (5.58%) Oracle
5 262 (3.32%) Google
6 213 (2.70%) HP
7 198 (2.51%) SAP
8 172 (2.18%) Veeam
9 153 (1.94%) CheckPoint
10 149 (1.89%) IBM
11 141 (1.79%) Dell
12 111 (1.41%) Palo Alto
13 110 (1.39%) NetApp
14 109 (1.38%) Databricks
15 100 (1.27%) Apple
16 96 (1.22%) Red Hat
17 94 (1.19%) Sophos
18 92 (1.16%) Meraki
19 84 (1.06%) Splunk
20 81 (1.03%) Avaya