Period
to 15 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 15 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
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 9 6 7
Rank change year-on-year -3 +1 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 9,637 21,404 25,291
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.42% 16.93% 16.73%
As % of the Vendors category 40.56% 40.59% 39.90%
Number of salaries quoted 9,271 18,842 21,859
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,000 £25,250
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 23,762 52,738 63,393
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.03% 41.72% 41.94%
Number of salaries quoted 18,582 40,765 49,263
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 £45,000 £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 15 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 15 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 8,591 £50,000 +11.11% 2,209
UK excluding London -3 6,090 £45,000 +5.88% 1,750
London -1 2,955 £62,500 +13.64% 614
South East -2 1,708 £50,000 +11.11% 365
Work from Home -2 1,646 £50,000 -16.67% 374
North of England -3 1,471 £45,000 +5.88% 504
Midlands -1 1,174 £42,500 -3.95% 355
West Midlands -1 766 £44,444 -1.24% 214
North West -4 763 £45,000 +5.88% 305
South West -3 687 £44,000 +10.00% 182
Yorkshire -5 575 £42,500 - 148
East of England -1 444 £45,000 +5.88% 170
East Midlands -1 410 £42,500 +6.25% 138
Scotland 0 402 £47,500 +18.75% 103
Wales -2 200 £42,500 +6.25% 51
North East -6 133 £45,000 +19.89% 51
Northern Ireland -5 43 £45,000 - 24
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 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 4,683 (48.59%) Azure
2 3,252 (33.74%) Windows
3 2,664 (27.64%) SQL
4 2,394 (24.84%) Active Directory
5 2,338 (24.26%) Office 365
6 2,253 (23.38%) SQL Server
7 2,170 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
8 1,988 (20.63%) C#
9 1,932 (20.05%) .NET
10 1,613 (16.74%) DevOps
11 1,587 (16.47%) VMware
12 1,547 (16.05%) Finance
13 1,486 (15.42%) Windows Server
14 1,215 (12.61%) AWS
15 1,180 (12.24%) JavaScript
16 1,165 (12.09%) Microsoft Office
17 1,151 (11.94%) PowerShell
18 1,147 (11.90%) ITIL
19 1,017 (10.55%) VMware Infrastructure
20 998 (10.36%) Problem-Solving
21 993 (10.30%) Degree
22 976 (10.13%) Business Intelligence
23 972 (10.09%) Cisco
24 958 (9.94%) SharePoint
25 941 (9.76%) Power Platform
26 928 (9.63%) Firewall
27 890 (9.24%) Migration
28 807 (8.37%) DNS
29 799 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
30 785 (8.15%) Windows 10

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
1 958 (9.94%) SharePoint
2 660 (6.85%) MS Exchange
3 259 (2.69%) IIS
4 220 (2.28%) Skype for Business
5 198 (2.05%) Confluence
6 137 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 112 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
8 105 (1.09%) CMS
9 73 (0.76%) Apache Spark
10 71 (0.74%) Apache
11 62 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
12 61 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
13 52 (0.54%) Umbraco
14 33 (0.34%) SAS
15 30 (0.31%) WebSphere
16 29 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
17 22 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
18 19 (0.20%) Tomcat
19 18 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
19 18 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 1,165 (12.09%) Microsoft Office
2 568 (5.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 214 (2.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 132 (1.37%) MS Visio
5 127 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
6 40 (0.42%) AutoCAD
7 15 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.093%) InVision
9 8 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 8 (0.083%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.073%) Acrobat
10 7 (0.073%) Sketch
11 5 (0.052%) Camtasia
12 4 (0.042%) Adobe Captivate
12 4 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.042%) Figma
12 4 (0.042%) OmniGraffle
13 3 (0.031%) Adobe Premiere
13 3 (0.031%) Adobe XD
13 3 (0.031%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 344 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 87 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
3 85 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
4 48 (0.50%) NetSuite
5 33 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
6 24 (0.25%) Sentinel
7 17 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.16%) Siebel CRM
9 11 (0.11%) Maximo
9 11 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
10 10 (0.10%) Magento
11 9 (0.093%) iTrent
11 9 (0.093%) Payment Gateway
11 9 (0.093%) SAP Business One
12 8 (0.083%) Dynamics GP
12 8 (0.083%) Oracle Receivables
13 7 (0.073%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
14 6 (0.062%) Carpe Diem
14 6 (0.062%) Q-Pulse
14 6 (0.062%) Quorum
Cloud Services
1 4,683 (48.59%) Azure
2 2,338 (24.26%) Office 365
3 1,215 (12.61%) AWS
4 941 (9.76%) Power Platform
5 581 (6.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 508 (5.27%) PaaS
7 492 (5.11%) SaaS
8 461 (4.78%) Dynamics 365
9 454 (4.71%) IaaS
10 237 (2.46%) GCP
11 225 (2.33%) Azure Data Factory
12 222 (2.30%) OneDrive
13 221 (2.29%) Serverless
14 214 (2.22%) PowerApps
15 125 (1.30%) Azure Functions
16 122 (1.27%) Power Automate
17 119 (1.23%) Logic Apps
18 101 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
19 100 (1.04%) GitHub
20 82 (0.85%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 928 (9.63%) Firewall
2 807 (8.37%) DNS
3 600 (6.23%) DHCP
4 512 (5.31%) WAN
5 464 (4.81%) LAN
6 445 (4.62%) VPN
7 430 (4.46%) TCP/IP
8 367 (3.81%) SAN
9 301 (3.12%) Skype
10 253 (2.63%) VoIP
11 235 (2.44%) Network Security
12 227 (2.36%) VLAN
13 179 (1.86%) Wireless
14 178 (1.85%) Internet
14 178 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
15 163 (1.69%) Unified Communications
16 106 (1.10%) Remote Desktop
17 99 (1.03%) MPLS
18 95 (0.99%) NetScaler
19 75 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,253 (23.38%) SQL Server
2 667 (6.92%) Power BI
3 548 (5.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 546 (5.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 527 (5.47%) Data Warehouse
6 314 (3.26%) Azure SQL Database
7 287 (2.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 240 (2.49%) Data Lake
9 220 (2.28%) NoSQL
10 200 (2.08%) Relational Database
11 169 (1.75%) Big Data
12 154 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
13 131 (1.36%) MySQL
14 129 (1.34%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 120 (1.25%) MongoDB
16 113 (1.17%) Tableau
17 112 (1.16%) Cosmos DB
18 105 (1.09%) Amazon RDS
19 80 (0.83%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 79 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 585 (6.07%) Git (software)
2 387 (4.02%) Visual Studio
3 335 (3.48%) JIRA
4 325 (3.37%) Jenkins
5 260 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
6 160 (1.66%) TeamCity
7 159 (1.65%) Selenium
8 153 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
9 116 (1.20%) SpecFlow
10 106 (1.10%) Visual Studio Team System
11 95 (0.99%) Bitbucket
12 82 (0.85%) NUnit
13 71 (0.74%) Subversion
14 46 (0.48%) Artifactory
15 42 (0.44%) GitLab
15 42 (0.44%) Maven
15 42 (0.44%) MSTest
16 37 (0.38%) JUnit
17 36 (0.37%) Cucumber
18 34 (0.35%) Eclipse
General
1 1,547 (16.05%) Finance
2 358 (3.71%) Public Sector
3 320 (3.32%) Marketing
4 261 (2.71%) Telecoms
5 248 (2.57%) Banking
6 237 (2.46%) Law
7 232 (2.41%) Retail
8 222 (2.30%) Legal
9 206 (2.14%) Manufacturing
10 150 (1.56%) Multimedia
11 148 (1.54%) Games
12 104 (1.08%) Back Office
13 93 (0.97%) Digital Economy
14 83 (0.86%) Electronics
15 76 (0.79%) Advertising
15 76 (0.79%) Publishing
16 69 (0.72%) Local Government
17 64 (0.66%) Front Office
18 49 (0.51%) Private Banking
19 43 (0.45%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1,942 (20.15%) Developer
2 1,221 (12.67%) Analyst
3 726 (7.53%) Architect
4 639 (6.63%) .NET Developer
5 616 (6.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 546 (5.67%) Consultant
7 540 (5.60%) Support Engineer
8 481 (4.99%) Azure Engineer
9 417 (4.33%) C# Developer
10 389 (4.04%) IT Engineer
11 386 (4.01%) Senior Developer
12 383 (3.97%) Software Developer
13 376 (3.90%) IT Support
14 327 (3.39%) Support Analyst
15 304 (3.15%) Solutions Architect
16 265 (2.75%) C# .NET Developer
17 262 (2.72%) DevOps Engineer
18 249 (2.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 236 (2.45%) Administrator
20 227 (2.36%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,932 (20.05%) .NET
2 751 (7.79%) ASP.NET
2 751 (7.79%) HTML
3 730 (7.57%) CSS
4 556 (5.77%) .NET Core
5 541 (5.61%) .NET Framework
6 511 (5.30%) AngularJS
7 429 (4.45%) React
8 380 (3.94%) Web Services
9 353 (3.66%) ASP.NET Web API
10 324 (3.36%) jQuery
11 316 (3.28%) ASP.NET MVC
12 278 (2.88%) HTML5
13 274 (2.84%) REST
14 249 (2.58%) Entity Framework
15 239 (2.48%) RESTful
16 216 (2.24%) XML
17 181 (1.88%) JSON
18 167 (1.73%) CSS3
19 154 (1.60%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 799 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
2 419 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 406 (4.21%) Data Centre
4 341 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
5 281 (2.92%) Public Cloud
6 249 (2.58%) Greenfield Project
7 233 (2.42%) User Experience
8 165 (1.71%) Mobile App
9 164 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
10 148 (1.54%) Driving Licence
11 124 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
12 122 (1.27%) Cloud Native
13 121 (1.26%) Clustering
14 115 (1.19%) Replication
15 105 (1.09%) Private Cloud
16 85 (0.88%) PKI
17 67 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
18 64 (0.66%) Client/Server
19 63 (0.65%) Data Structures
20 62 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3,252 (33.74%) Windows
2 1,486 (15.42%) Windows Server
3 785 (8.15%) Windows 10
4 771 (8.00%) Linux
5 514 (5.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 403 (4.18%) Windows Server 2016
7 298 (3.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 278 (2.88%) Windows 7
9 235 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
10 148 (1.54%) Android
11 126 (1.31%) Unix
12 93 (0.97%) Apple iOS
13 80 (0.83%) Mac OS X
14 73 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 65 (0.67%) Windows 8
16 63 (0.65%) Mac OS
17 45 (0.47%) CentOS
18 44 (0.46%) Ubuntu
19 33 (0.34%) VMS
20 31 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,170 (22.52%) Agile Software Development
2 1,613 (16.74%) DevOps
3 1,147 (11.90%) ITIL
4 998 (10.36%) Problem-Solving
5 976 (10.13%) Business Intelligence
6 890 (9.24%) Migration
7 755 (7.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 689 (7.15%) MVC
9 686 (7.12%) Project Management
10 665 (6.90%) Scrum
11 600 (6.23%) Analytics
12 561 (5.82%) CRM
13 532 (5.52%) Project Delivery
14 483 (5.01%) Continuous Integration
15 477 (4.95%) Mentoring
16 467 (4.85%) Test Automation
17 458 (4.75%) Microservices
17 458 (4.75%) Presales
18 457 (4.74%) Continuous Improvement
18 457 (4.74%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2,664 (27.64%) SQL
2 1,988 (20.63%) C#
3 1,180 (12.24%) JavaScript
4 1,151 (11.94%) PowerShell
5 710 (7.37%) Python
6 519 (5.39%) T-SQL
7 384 (3.98%) Java
8 204 (2.12%) TypeScript
9 177 (1.84%) C++
10 144 (1.49%) Bash Shell
11 143 (1.48%) C
12 123 (1.28%) PHP
13 108 (1.12%) VB
14 87 (0.90%) R
15 81 (0.84%) PL/SQL
16 75 (0.78%) VBA
17 71 (0.74%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 69 (0.72%) VB.NET
19 59 (0.61%) Perl
20 49 (0.51%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 993 (10.30%) Degree
2 767 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 464 (4.81%) Security Cleared
4 350 (3.63%) Cisco Certification
5 344 (3.57%) SC Cleared
6 296 (3.07%) MCSE
7 282 (2.93%) CCNA
8 218 (2.26%) MCSA
9 181 (1.88%) Computer Science Degree
10 155 (1.61%) MCP
11 153 (1.59%) A+ Certification
12 124 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
13 116 (1.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 114 (1.18%) CISSP
15 103 (1.07%) CCNP
16 84 (0.87%) CISM
17 82 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 73 (0.76%) MCITP
19 52 (0.54%) ISTQB
20 46 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 498 (5.17%) SLA
2 319 (3.31%) QA
3 296 (3.07%) GDPR
4 235 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 124 (1.29%) Data Quality
6 67 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials
6 67 (0.70%) NIST
6 67 (0.70%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 27 (0.28%) PMO
8 25 (0.26%) ISO 9001
9 23 (0.24%) COBIT
10 18 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 16 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 14 (0.15%) BS25999
13 10 (0.10%) NCSC
13 10 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 10 (0.10%) Solvency II
14 9 (0.093%) NIST 800
15 5 (0.052%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 2,394 (24.84%) Active Directory
2 1,017 (10.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 686 (7.12%) Hyper-V
4 393 (4.08%) Docker
5 217 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
6 183 (1.90%) vSphere
7 176 (1.83%) XenApp
8 121 (1.26%) XenDesktop
9 119 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
10 89 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
11 79 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
12 56 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 50 (0.52%) Firmware
14 36 (0.37%) VMware NSX
15 32 (0.33%) BitLocker
16 28 (0.29%) VMware Server
17 22 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
18 21 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
19 20 (0.21%) KVM
20 17 (0.18%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 613 (6.36%) SCCM
2 438 (4.54%) Microsoft Intune
3 396 (4.11%) Terraform
4 354 (3.67%) Kubernetes
5 291 (3.02%) Ansible
6 242 (2.51%) Puppet
7 186 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
8 103 (1.07%) SCOM
9 96 (1.00%) WSUS
10 70 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
11 59 (0.61%) SCVMM
12 58 (0.60%) vCenter Server
13 54 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
14 51 (0.53%) Nagios
15 49 (0.51%) Failover Clustering
16 36 (0.37%) Backup Exec
17 34 (0.35%) NetBackup
18 31 (0.32%) SCOrch
19 28 (0.29%) vRealize
20 24 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,587 (16.47%) VMware
2 972 (10.09%) Cisco
3 658 (6.83%) Citrix
4 592 (6.14%) Oracle
5 294 (3.05%) Google
6 249 (2.58%) Veeam
7 222 (2.30%) HP
8 182 (1.89%) Dell
9 179 (1.86%) Databricks
10 171 (1.77%) SAP
11 167 (1.73%) Apple
12 165 (1.71%) IBM
13 127 (1.32%) Sophos
14 126 (1.31%) NetApp
15 121 (1.26%) Salesforce.com
16 120 (1.25%) EnterpriseDB
17 112 (1.16%) CheckPoint
17 112 (1.16%) Red Hat
18 111 (1.15%) Avaya
19 110 (1.14%) Meraki