Period
to 15 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 15 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
15 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 8 6 6
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 0
Permanent jobs citing Microsoft 12,904 18,561 24,478
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 15.43% 16.51% 16.44%
As % of the Vendors category 40.85% 40.39% 39.58%
Number of salaries quoted 9,891 15,146 19,836
10th Percentile £27,735 £25,875 £25,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £45,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.89% +1.11% -
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 31,587 45,950 61,845
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.76% 40.87% 41.55%
Number of salaries quoted 23,637 35,682 47,874
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,500 £27,750
25th Percentile £39,625 £37,500 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £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 15 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 15 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 -3 11,339 £50,000 +8.70% 2,937
UK excluding London -1 8,113 £45,000 +5.88% 2,258
London -2 3,751 £60,000 +9.09% 852
Work from Home -2 2,521 £52,500 -8.70% 644
South East -1 2,141 £47,500 +5.56% 473
North of England -1 1,940 £42,500 - 659
Midlands 0 1,665 £42,500 - 488
West Midlands -1 1,129 £45,000 +5.88% 319
North West -1 997 £45,000 - 384
South West -3 978 £42,365 +5.91% 251
Yorkshire -3 745 £42,500 - 179
East of England 0 567 £45,000 +9.09% 204
Scotland +2 529 £47,500 +9.20% 102
East Midlands -1 529 £40,000 -5.88% 166
Wales +2 292 £40,000 -2.44% 57
North East -2 201 £42,500 +13.33% 97
Northern Ireland -28 30 £44,500 -15.24% 22
Channel Islands +3 7 £65,000 +160.00% 4

For the 6 months to 15 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 6,026 (46.70%) Azure
2 4,024 (31.18%) Windows
3 3,367 (26.09%) SQL
4 3,362 (26.05%) Microsoft 365
5 3,066 (23.76%) Active Directory
6 2,912 (22.57%) Agile Software Development
7 2,649 (20.53%) SQL Server
8 2,483 (19.24%) C#
9 2,344 (18.16%) .NET
10 2,126 (16.48%) VMware
11 2,070 (16.04%) DevOps
12 1,955 (15.15%) Finance
13 1,937 (15.01%) Windows Server
14 1,695 (13.14%) AWS
15 1,645 (12.75%) Microsoft Office
16 1,574 (12.20%) ITIL
17 1,567 (12.14%) Problem-Solving
18 1,560 (12.09%) PowerShell
19 1,545 (11.97%) JavaScript
20 1,490 (11.55%) Power Platform
21 1,451 (11.24%) VMware Infrastructure
22 1,369 (10.61%) Business Intelligence
23 1,351 (10.47%) SharePoint
24 1,280 (9.92%) Cisco
25 1,263 (9.79%) Degree
26 1,244 (9.64%) Firewall
27 1,224 (9.49%) Linux
28 1,165 (9.03%) Migration
29 1,091 (8.45%) HTML
30 1,056 (8.18%) Analytical Skills

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 1,351 (10.47%) SharePoint
2 806 (6.25%) MS Exchange
3 329 (2.55%) IIS
4 285 (2.21%) Confluence
5 164 (1.27%) Skype for Business
6 146 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
7 135 (1.05%) CMS
8 133 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
9 108 (0.84%) Apache
10 100 (0.77%) Apache Spark
11 60 (0.46%) Umbraco
12 55 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
13 49 (0.38%) SAS
14 47 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
15 42 (0.33%) Tomcat
16 38 (0.29%) nginx
16 38 (0.29%) WordPress
17 37 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
18 35 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
19 31 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1,645 (12.75%) Microsoft Office
2 874 (6.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 311 (2.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 200 (1.55%) Microsoft Project
5 187 (1.45%) MS Visio
6 44 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 21 (0.16%) InVision
9 19 (0.15%) AutoCAD
10 14 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
11 11 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 11 (0.085%) Sketch
12 9 (0.070%) Figma
13 8 (0.062%) InfoPath
14 7 (0.054%) Camtasia
15 6 (0.046%) Adobe XD
16 5 (0.039%) RoboHelp
17 4 (0.031%) FrameMaker
17 4 (0.031%) OmniGraffle
17 4 (0.031%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 432 (3.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 176 (1.36%) Dynamics AX
3 111 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
4 105 (0.81%) NetSuite
5 37 (0.29%) Sentinel
6 23 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
6 23 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
7 22 (0.17%) Magento
7 22 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
8 18 (0.14%) SAP Business One
8 18 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 17 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
10 16 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
11 15 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
12 12 (0.093%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 10 (0.077%) Sage 1000
13 10 (0.077%) Sage 200
14 9 (0.070%) Dynamics GP
14 9 (0.070%) Remedy ITSM
14 9 (0.070%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6,026 (46.70%) Azure
2 3,362 (26.05%) Microsoft 365
3 1,695 (13.14%) AWS
4 1,490 (11.55%) Power Platform
5 858 (6.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 742 (5.75%) Dynamics 365
7 735 (5.70%) PaaS
8 647 (5.01%) SaaS
9 595 (4.61%) IaaS
10 437 (3.39%) PowerApps
11 373 (2.89%) GCP
12 312 (2.42%) Serverless
13 309 (2.39%) Azure Data Factory
14 281 (2.18%) Power Automate
15 277 (2.15%) OneDrive
16 209 (1.62%) Logic Apps
17 174 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
18 154 (1.19%) Azure Functions
19 149 (1.15%) GitHub
20 103 (0.80%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 1,244 (9.64%) Firewall
2 967 (7.49%) DNS
3 699 (5.42%) DHCP
4 552 (4.28%) WAN
5 536 (4.15%) TCP/IP
6 514 (3.98%) LAN
7 498 (3.86%) VPN
8 444 (3.44%) SAN
9 332 (2.57%) VLAN
10 262 (2.03%) VoIP
11 259 (2.01%) Skype
12 256 (1.98%) Network Security
13 250 (1.94%) Wireless
14 203 (1.57%) Internet
15 166 (1.29%) Remote Desktop
16 163 (1.26%) Wi-Fi
17 137 (1.06%) Unified Communications
18 104 (0.81%) NAS
19 99 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
19 99 (0.77%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,649 (20.53%) SQL Server
2 1,036 (8.03%) Power BI
3 707 (5.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 680 (5.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 661 (5.12%) Data Warehouse
6 376 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 351 (2.72%) Azure SQL Database
8 284 (2.20%) NoSQL
9 265 (2.05%) Data Lake
10 232 (1.80%) Relational Database
11 182 (1.41%) MySQL
12 178 (1.38%) Big Data
13 177 (1.37%) Tableau
14 148 (1.15%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 138 (1.07%) MongoDB
16 126 (0.98%) Cosmos DB
16 126 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
17 120 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
18 109 (0.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 99 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 653 (5.06%) Git (software)
2 476 (3.69%) JIRA
3 438 (3.39%) Visual Studio
4 380 (2.94%) Jenkins
5 231 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 198 (1.53%) Selenium
7 193 (1.50%) Octopus Deploy
8 190 (1.47%) TeamCity
9 150 (1.16%) Visual Studio Team System
10 126 (0.98%) SpecFlow
11 106 (0.82%) NUnit
12 103 (0.80%) Subversion
13 95 (0.74%) Maven
14 72 (0.56%) Artifactory
15 66 (0.51%) Bitbucket
16 63 (0.49%) JUnit
16 63 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 62 (0.48%) MSTest
18 61 (0.47%) Postman
19 57 (0.44%) GitLab
General
1 1,955 (15.15%) Finance
2 484 (3.75%) Marketing
3 472 (3.66%) Public Sector
4 398 (3.08%) Multimedia
5 371 (2.88%) Retail
6 335 (2.60%) Law
7 322 (2.50%) Legal
8 320 (2.48%) Manufacturing
9 307 (2.38%) Telecoms
10 305 (2.36%) Banking
11 284 (2.20%) Games
12 132 (1.02%) Digital Economy
13 110 (0.85%) Electronics
14 109 (0.84%) Back Office
15 97 (0.75%) Advertising
16 85 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
17 82 (0.64%) Front Office
18 71 (0.55%) Automotive
19 62 (0.48%) Local Government
20 59 (0.46%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2,364 (18.32%) Developer
2 1,699 (13.17%) Analyst
3 980 (7.59%) Architect
4 825 (6.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 815 (6.32%) Support Engineer
6 803 (6.22%) Consultant
7 712 (5.52%) .NET Developer
8 633 (4.91%) Azure Engineer
9 626 (4.85%) IT Support
10 593 (4.60%) IT Engineer
11 481 (3.73%) Senior Developer
12 473 (3.67%) Trainee
13 442 (3.43%) C# Developer
14 436 (3.38%) Software Developer
15 435 (3.37%) Support Analyst
16 382 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
17 373 (2.89%) Administrator
18 328 (2.54%) IT Support Engineer
19 322 (2.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 317 (2.46%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,344 (18.16%) .NET
2 1,091 (8.45%) HTML
3 1,038 (8.04%) CSS
4 827 (6.41%) ASP.NET
5 641 (4.97%) Web Services
6 618 (4.79%) .NET Core
7 573 (4.44%) .NET Framework
8 532 (4.12%) AngularJS
9 456 (3.53%) HTML5
10 444 (3.44%) React
11 369 (2.86%) REST
12 346 (2.68%) jQuery
13 334 (2.59%) CSS3
14 305 (2.36%) ASP.NET Web API
15 280 (2.17%) RESTful
16 263 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
17 252 (1.95%) XML
18 221 (1.71%) Entity Framework
19 188 (1.46%) Node.js
20 185 (1.43%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1,056 (8.18%) Analytical Skills
2 596 (4.62%) Management Information System
3 533 (4.13%) Data Centre
4 437 (3.39%) Public Cloud
5 426 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
6 300 (2.32%) User Experience
7 279 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
8 226 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
9 215 (1.67%) Mobile App
10 190 (1.47%) Driving Licence
11 184 (1.43%) Data Structures
12 172 (1.33%) Clustering
13 167 (1.29%) Cloud Native
14 159 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
15 139 (1.08%) PKI
16 119 (0.92%) Replication
17 103 (0.80%) Virtual Team
18 101 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
19 93 (0.72%) Private Cloud
20 79 (0.61%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 4,024 (31.18%) Windows
2 1,937 (15.01%) Windows Server
3 1,224 (9.49%) Linux
4 1,037 (8.04%) Windows 10
5 600 (4.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 534 (4.14%) Windows Server 2016
7 379 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 322 (2.50%) Windows Server 2019
9 298 (2.31%) Windows 7
10 205 (1.59%) Android
11 181 (1.40%) Unix
12 152 (1.18%) Apple iOS
13 150 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 142 (1.10%) Ubuntu
15 118 (0.91%) CentOS
16 92 (0.71%) Mac OS
17 69 (0.53%) Mac OS X
18 68 (0.53%) Windows 8
19 61 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
20 48 (0.37%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,912 (22.57%) Agile Software Development
2 2,070 (16.04%) DevOps
3 1,574 (12.20%) ITIL
4 1,567 (12.14%) Problem-Solving
5 1,369 (10.61%) Business Intelligence
6 1,165 (9.03%) Migration
7 1,053 (8.16%) Project Management
8 1,005 (7.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 850 (6.59%) Analytics
10 798 (6.18%) Scrum
11 731 (5.66%) Project Delivery
12 696 (5.39%) CRM
13 693 (5.37%) MVC
14 634 (4.91%) Continuous Integration
15 618 (4.79%) Continuous Improvement
16 611 (4.73%) Software Engineering
17 606 (4.70%) Presales
18 591 (4.58%) Test Automation
19 589 (4.56%) Cybersecurity
20 580 (4.49%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 3,367 (26.09%) SQL
2 2,483 (19.24%) C#
3 1,560 (12.09%) PowerShell
4 1,545 (11.97%) JavaScript
5 1,029 (7.97%) Python
6 647 (5.01%) Java
7 544 (4.22%) T-SQL
8 262 (2.03%) Bash Shell
9 235 (1.82%) C
9 235 (1.82%) TypeScript
10 216 (1.67%) PHP
11 213 (1.65%) C++
12 164 (1.27%) VB
13 149 (1.15%) VB.NET
14 139 (1.08%) Java 8
15 121 (0.94%) R
16 108 (0.84%) VBA
17 96 (0.74%) Ruby
18 94 (0.73%) Go
19 85 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 1,263 (9.79%) Degree
2 883 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
3 640 (4.96%) Security Cleared
4 478 (3.70%) SC Cleared
5 414 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
6 334 (2.59%) CCNA
7 327 (2.53%) MCSE
8 326 (2.53%) A+ Certification
9 284 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
10 180 (1.39%) MCSA
11 163 (1.26%) CISSP
12 158 (1.22%) MCP
13 139 (1.08%) Oracle Certification
14 135 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
15 129 (1.00%) OCP
16 125 (0.97%) CCNP
17 124 (0.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 123 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 115 (0.89%) OCA
20 112 (0.87%) CIW
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 590 (4.57%) SLA
2 487 (3.77%) QA
3 355 (2.75%) GDPR
4 230 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 182 (1.41%) Data Quality
6 99 (0.77%) NIST
7 77 (0.60%) PCI DSS
8 68 (0.53%) PMO
9 57 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
10 56 (0.43%) ISO 9001
11 52 (0.40%) COBIT
12 40 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 35 (0.27%) BS25999
14 31 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 19 (0.15%) GRC
16 17 (0.13%) NCSC
17 11 (0.085%) NIST 800
17 11 (0.085%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 6 (0.046%) IEC 61508
18 6 (0.046%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 3,066 (23.76%) Active Directory
2 1,451 (11.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 867 (6.72%) Hyper-V
4 573 (4.44%) Docker
5 312 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
6 268 (2.08%) vSphere
7 206 (1.60%) XenApp
8 181 (1.40%) XenDesktop
9 161 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
10 119 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
11 110 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
12 85 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 47 (0.36%) Firmware
14 46 (0.36%) BitLocker
15 44 (0.34%) VMware NSX
16 32 (0.25%) KVM
17 31 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 31 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
18 30 (0.23%) Terminal Services
19 28 (0.22%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 740 (5.73%) SCCM
2 605 (4.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 513 (3.98%) Kubernetes
4 489 (3.79%) Terraform
5 420 (3.25%) Ansible
6 310 (2.40%) Puppet
7 189 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
8 139 (1.08%) SCOM
9 131 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
10 96 (0.74%) WSUS
11 92 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
12 79 (0.61%) vCenter Server
13 59 (0.46%) Failover Clustering
14 55 (0.43%) SCVMM
15 51 (0.40%) HAProxy
16 48 (0.37%) vRealize
17 47 (0.36%) Nagios
18 45 (0.35%) Grafana
18 45 (0.35%) Packer
18 45 (0.35%) Rancher
Vendors
1 2,126 (16.48%) VMware
2 1,280 (9.92%) Cisco
3 871 (6.75%) Oracle
4 862 (6.68%) Citrix
5 500 (3.87%) Google
6 294 (2.28%) Veeam
7 286 (2.22%) HP
8 247 (1.91%) Databricks
9 243 (1.88%) Apple
9 243 (1.88%) SAP
10 233 (1.81%) Dell
11 210 (1.63%) IBM
12 176 (1.36%) Red Hat
13 172 (1.33%) ServiceNow
14 166 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
15 142 (1.10%) Meraki
16 138 (1.07%) EnterpriseDB
17 136 (1.05%) Sophos
18 130 (1.01%) NetApp
19 125 (0.97%) SolarWinds