Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 8 7 6
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +1
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 13,064 18,132 24,358
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.48% 16.49% 16.39%
As % of the Vendors category 40.94% 40.33% 39.44%
Number of salaries quoted 10,024 14,797 19,670
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,000 £25,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,750 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -
75th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £61,250
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 31,908 44,957 61,760
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.80% 40.88% 41.55%
Number of salaries quoted 23,878 34,926 47,668
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,500 £27,750
25th Percentile £39,500 £37,500 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,840 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.87% - +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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -2 11,479 £50,000 +8.70% 2,976
UK excluding London -1 8,238 £45,000 +5.88% 2,286
London -3 3,774 £60,000 +9.09% 861
Work from Home -2 2,550 £52,500 -8.70% 662
South East -1 2,158 £47,500 +5.56% 504
North of England -1 1,964 £42,500 - 672
Midlands 0 1,696 £42,500 - 462
West Midlands -2 1,152 £45,000 +5.88% 308
North West +1 1,009 £45,000 - 380
South West -3 1,007 £41,500 +3.75% 240
Yorkshire -3 753 £42,500 - 197
East of England 0 582 £45,000 +10.08% 221
East Midlands -1 537 £40,000 -5.88% 152
Scotland +1 533 £47,500 +7.95% 106
Wales +2 293 £40,000 -3.03% 60
North East -2 205 £42,000 +12.00% 95
Northern Ireland -21 34 £44,500 -15.24% 19
Channel Islands +3 7 £65,000 +160.00% 3

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 6,090 (46.62%) Azure
2 4,068 (31.14%) Windows
3 3,403 (26.05%) Microsoft 365
4 3,377 (25.85%) SQL
5 3,103 (23.75%) Active Directory
6 2,955 (22.62%) Agile Software Development
7 2,684 (20.55%) SQL Server
8 2,511 (19.22%) C#
9 2,368 (18.13%) .NET
10 2,144 (16.41%) VMware
11 2,089 (15.99%) DevOps
12 1,975 (15.12%) Finance
13 1,963 (15.03%) Windows Server
14 1,717 (13.14%) AWS
15 1,672 (12.80%) Microsoft Office
16 1,595 (12.21%) ITIL
17 1,590 (12.17%) Problem-Solving
18 1,573 (12.04%) PowerShell
19 1,555 (11.90%) JavaScript
20 1,512 (11.57%) Power Platform
21 1,466 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1,387 (10.62%) Business Intelligence
23 1,365 (10.45%) SharePoint
24 1,300 (9.95%) Cisco
25 1,279 (9.79%) Degree
26 1,267 (9.70%) Firewall
27 1,248 (9.55%) Linux
28 1,166 (8.93%) Migration
29 1,096 (8.39%) HTML
30 1,073 (8.21%) Project Management

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 1,365 (10.45%) SharePoint
2 819 (6.27%) MS Exchange
3 338 (2.59%) IIS
4 282 (2.16%) Confluence
5 161 (1.23%) Skype for Business
6 151 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
7 141 (1.08%) CMS
8 140 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
9 106 (0.81%) Apache
10 98 (0.75%) Apache Spark
11 62 (0.47%) Umbraco
12 53 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
13 51 (0.39%) SAS
14 47 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
15 44 (0.34%) Tomcat
16 39 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
16 39 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
16 39 (0.30%) WordPress
17 37 (0.28%) nginx
18 31 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,672 (12.80%) Microsoft Office
2 885 (6.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 325 (2.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 199 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
5 191 (1.46%) MS Visio
6 44 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 25 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 22 (0.17%) InVision
9 20 (0.15%) AutoCAD
10 14 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
11 12 (0.092%) Sketch
12 11 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 10 (0.077%) Figma
14 8 (0.061%) InfoPath
15 7 (0.054%) Camtasia
16 6 (0.046%) Adobe XD
17 5 (0.038%) RoboHelp
18 4 (0.031%) FrameMaker
18 4 (0.031%) InDesign
18 4 (0.031%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 431 (3.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 175 (1.34%) Dynamics AX
3 109 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
4 104 (0.80%) NetSuite
5 35 (0.27%) Sentinel
6 24 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
6 24 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
7 23 (0.18%) Magento
8 22 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
9 18 (0.14%) SAP Business One
9 18 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 17 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 16 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
12 15 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
13 12 (0.092%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 10 (0.077%) Remedy ITSM
14 10 (0.077%) Sage 1000
14 10 (0.077%) Sage 200
15 9 (0.069%) Dynamics GP
15 9 (0.069%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6,090 (46.62%) Azure
2 3,403 (26.05%) Microsoft 365
3 1,717 (13.14%) AWS
4 1,512 (11.57%) Power Platform
5 868 (6.64%) Azure Active Directory
6 754 (5.77%) Dynamics 365
7 740 (5.66%) PaaS
8 648 (4.96%) SaaS
9 598 (4.58%) IaaS
10 446 (3.41%) PowerApps
11 377 (2.89%) GCP
12 318 (2.43%) Serverless
13 312 (2.39%) Azure Data Factory
14 290 (2.22%) OneDrive
15 289 (2.21%) Power Automate
16 217 (1.66%) Azure Logic Apps
17 180 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
18 168 (1.29%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 157 (1.20%) Azure Functions
20 154 (1.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1,267 (9.70%) Firewall
2 978 (7.49%) DNS
3 710 (5.43%) DHCP
4 569 (4.36%) WAN
5 544 (4.16%) TCP/IP
6 528 (4.04%) LAN
7 508 (3.89%) VPN
8 453 (3.47%) SAN
9 343 (2.63%) VLAN
10 267 (2.04%) VoIP
11 259 (1.98%) Network Security
12 258 (1.97%) Skype
13 252 (1.93%) Wireless
14 202 (1.55%) Internet
15 173 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
16 167 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
17 141 (1.08%) Unified Communications
18 107 (0.82%) NAS
19 101 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
19 101 (0.77%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,684 (20.55%) SQL Server
2 1,050 (8.04%) Power BI
3 712 (5.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 683 (5.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 677 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
6 380 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 351 (2.69%) Azure SQL Database
8 282 (2.16%) NoSQL
9 267 (2.04%) Data Lake
10 244 (1.87%) Relational Database
11 185 (1.42%) MySQL
12 179 (1.37%) Tableau
13 172 (1.32%) Big Data
14 150 (1.15%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 140 (1.07%) MongoDB
16 130 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
17 122 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
18 111 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 100 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
20 88 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 654 (5.01%) Git (software)
2 476 (3.64%) JIRA
3 438 (3.35%) Visual Studio
4 381 (2.92%) Jenkins
5 229 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 199 (1.52%) Selenium
7 195 (1.49%) Octopus Deploy
8 194 (1.48%) TeamCity
9 147 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
10 126 (0.96%) SpecFlow
11 106 (0.81%) NUnit
12 101 (0.77%) Subversion
13 97 (0.74%) Maven
14 73 (0.56%) Artifactory
15 67 (0.51%) Bitbucket
16 66 (0.51%) MSTest
17 65 (0.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 62 (0.47%) JUnit
18 62 (0.47%) Postman
19 57 (0.44%) GitLab
General
1 1,975 (15.12%) Finance
2 489 (3.74%) Marketing
3 480 (3.67%) Public Sector
4 398 (3.05%) Multimedia
5 383 (2.93%) Retail
6 331 (2.53%) Law
7 326 (2.50%) Legal
8 325 (2.49%) Manufacturing
9 311 (2.38%) Telecoms
10 308 (2.36%) Banking
11 287 (2.20%) Games
12 133 (1.02%) Digital Economy
13 110 (0.84%) Electronics
14 108 (0.83%) Back Office
15 98 (0.75%) Advertising
16 90 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
17 83 (0.64%) Front Office
18 72 (0.55%) Automotive
19 64 (0.49%) Local Government
20 55 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2,389 (18.29%) Developer
2 1,715 (13.13%) Analyst
3 1,001 (7.66%) Architect
4 845 (6.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 830 (6.35%) Support Engineer
6 813 (6.22%) Consultant
7 722 (5.53%) .NET Developer
8 632 (4.84%) Azure Engineer
9 631 (4.83%) IT Support
10 598 (4.58%) IT Engineer
11 486 (3.72%) Senior Developer
12 472 (3.61%) Trainee
13 450 (3.44%) C# Developer
14 438 (3.35%) Support Analyst
15 437 (3.35%) Software Developer
16 387 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
17 370 (2.83%) Administrator
18 330 (2.53%) IT Support Engineer
19 329 (2.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 319 (2.44%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,368 (18.13%) .NET
2 1,096 (8.39%) HTML
3 1,042 (7.98%) CSS
4 833 (6.38%) ASP.NET
5 650 (4.98%) Web Services
6 635 (4.86%) .NET Core
7 583 (4.46%) .NET Framework
8 532 (4.07%) AngularJS
9 457 (3.50%) HTML5
10 451 (3.45%) React
11 385 (2.95%) REST
12 348 (2.66%) jQuery
13 336 (2.57%) CSS3
14 312 (2.39%) ASP.NET Web API
15 277 (2.12%) RESTful
16 267 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
17 256 (1.96%) XML
18 220 (1.68%) Entity Framework
19 192 (1.47%) Node.js
20 191 (1.46%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1,066 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
2 610 (4.67%) Management Information System
3 540 (4.13%) Data Centre
4 439 (3.36%) Public Cloud
5 428 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
6 414 (3.17%) Organisational Skills
7 300 (2.30%) User Experience
8 282 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
9 229 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
10 213 (1.63%) Mobile App
11 194 (1.48%) Driving Licence
12 189 (1.45%) Data Structures
13 174 (1.33%) Clustering
14 169 (1.29%) Cloud Native
15 158 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
16 140 (1.07%) PKI
17 122 (0.93%) Replication
18 103 (0.79%) Virtual Team
19 100 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
20 92 (0.70%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4,068 (31.14%) Windows
2 1,963 (15.03%) Windows Server
3 1,248 (9.55%) Linux
4 1,046 (8.01%) Windows 10
5 608 (4.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 540 (4.13%) Windows Server 2016
7 382 (2.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 332 (2.54%) Windows Server 2019
9 299 (2.29%) Windows 7
10 215 (1.65%) Android
11 189 (1.45%) Unix
12 164 (1.26%) Apple iOS
13 151 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 143 (1.09%) Ubuntu
15 118 (0.90%) CentOS
16 90 (0.69%) Mac OS
17 71 (0.54%) Mac OS X
18 69 (0.53%) Windows 8
19 61 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
20 47 (0.36%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,955 (22.62%) Agile Software Development
2 2,089 (15.99%) DevOps
3 1,595 (12.21%) ITIL
4 1,590 (12.17%) Problem-Solving
5 1,387 (10.62%) Business Intelligence
6 1,166 (8.93%) Migration
7 1,073 (8.21%) Project Management
8 1,030 (7.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 861 (6.59%) Analytics
10 807 (6.18%) Scrum
11 743 (5.69%) Project Delivery
12 705 (5.40%) CRM
12 705 (5.40%) MVC
13 635 (4.86%) Continuous Integration
14 621 (4.75%) Software Engineering
15 617 (4.72%) Continuous Improvement
16 612 (4.68%) Presales
17 598 (4.58%) SDLC
18 594 (4.55%) Test Automation
19 590 (4.52%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 3,377 (25.85%) SQL
2 2,511 (19.22%) C#
3 1,573 (12.04%) PowerShell
4 1,555 (11.90%) JavaScript
5 1,039 (7.95%) Python
6 649 (4.97%) Java
7 548 (4.19%) T-SQL
8 265 (2.03%) Bash Shell
9 237 (1.81%) TypeScript
10 233 (1.78%) C
11 216 (1.65%) PHP
12 210 (1.61%) C++
13 165 (1.26%) VB
14 154 (1.18%) VB.NET
15 138 (1.06%) Java 8
16 122 (0.93%) R
17 107 (0.82%) VBA
18 98 (0.75%) Ruby
19 95 (0.73%) Go
20 88 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,279 (9.79%) Degree
2 894 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
3 652 (4.99%) Security Cleared
4 482 (3.69%) SC Cleared
5 418 (3.20%) Cisco Certification
6 336 (2.57%) CCNA
7 332 (2.54%) MCSE
8 328 (2.51%) A+ Certification
9 294 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
10 182 (1.39%) MCSA
11 163 (1.25%) CISSP
12 156 (1.19%) MCP
13 142 (1.09%) Oracle Certification
14 140 (1.07%) ITIL Certification
15 131 (1.00%) OCP
16 127 (0.97%) CCNP
17 122 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 122 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 115 (0.88%) OCA
19 112 (0.86%) CIW
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 592 (4.53%) SLA
2 493 (3.77%) QA
3 356 (2.73%) GDPR
4 237 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 180 (1.38%) Data Quality
6 99 (0.76%) NIST
7 80 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 73 (0.56%) PMO
9 59 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
10 58 (0.44%) ISO 9001
11 53 (0.41%) COBIT
12 40 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 35 (0.27%) BS25999
14 29 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 18 (0.14%) GRC
16 17 (0.13%) NCSC
17 11 (0.084%) NIST 800
17 11 (0.084%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 8 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
19 6 (0.046%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 3,103 (23.75%) Active Directory
2 1,466 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 872 (6.67%) Hyper-V
4 580 (4.44%) Docker
5 316 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
6 277 (2.12%) vSphere
7 208 (1.59%) XenApp
8 189 (1.45%) XenDesktop
9 161 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
10 123 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
11 111 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
12 85 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 51 (0.39%) BitLocker
14 46 (0.35%) Firmware
15 45 (0.34%) VMware NSX
16 33 (0.25%) KVM
17 31 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 31 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
17 31 (0.24%) Terminal Server
18 30 (0.23%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 750 (5.74%) SCCM
2 625 (4.78%) Microsoft Intune
3 522 (4.00%) Kubernetes
4 499 (3.82%) Terraform
5 425 (3.25%) Ansible
6 314 (2.40%) Puppet
7 194 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
8 142 (1.09%) SCOM
9 136 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
10 99 (0.76%) WSUS
11 92 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
12 83 (0.64%) vCenter Server
13 57 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
14 53 (0.41%) SCVMM
15 52 (0.40%) HAProxy
16 49 (0.38%) vRealize
17 47 (0.36%) Nagios
18 46 (0.35%) Packer
18 46 (0.35%) Rancher
19 45 (0.34%) Grafana
Vendors
1 2,144 (16.41%) VMware
2 1,300 (9.95%) Cisco
3 874 (6.69%) Citrix
4 870 (6.66%) Oracle
5 506 (3.87%) Google
6 301 (2.30%) Veeam
7 289 (2.21%) HP
8 253 (1.94%) Apple
9 249 (1.91%) SAP
10 245 (1.88%) Databricks
11 237 (1.81%) Dell
12 211 (1.62%) IBM
13 174 (1.33%) Red Hat
14 173 (1.32%) ServiceNow
15 166 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
16 147 (1.13%) Meraki
17 140 (1.07%) Sophos
18 133 (1.02%) NetApp
19 131 (1.00%) EnterpriseDB
20 126 (0.96%) SolarWinds