Senior Data Scientist
UK

The median Senior Data Scientist salary in the UK is £80,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 24 February 2024.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
24 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 664 817 796
Rank change year-on-year +153 -21 -89
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Data Scientist 154 203 360
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.18% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.19% 0.27%
Number of salaries quoted 103 139 211
10th Percentile £53,750 £53,941 £55,000
25th Percentile £68,718 £60,000 £65,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £80,000 £70,000 £80,000
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% -
75th Percentile £96,539 £87,500 £95,000
90th Percentile £112,500 £98,582 £110,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £75,000 £65,000 £65,000
% change year-on-year +15.38% - +8.33%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 73,901 104,956 133,572
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.90% 94.28% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 55,574 66,112 84,152
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,488 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £73,750 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

Senior Data Scientist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Senior Data Scientist in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Data Scientist in the UK

Senior Data Scientist
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Senior Data Scientist.

Salary trend for Senior Data Scientist in the UK

Senior Data Scientist
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Senior Data Scientist over the 6 months to 24 February 2024.

Salary histogram for Senior Data Scientist in the UK

Senior Data Scientist
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Data Scientist within the UK over the 6 months to 24 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England +153 146 £80,000 +14.29% 41
UK excluding London +112 85 £75,000 +15.38% 16
London +142 62 £87,500 +9.38% 28
Work from Home +98 54 £77,500 +15.67% 35
South West +29 28 £80,000 +40.38% 1
North of England +86 20 £75,000 +22.45% 2
Yorkshire +101 14 £75,000 +25.00% 2
Midlands +66 14 £55,000 -31.25% 5
East of England +51 14 £80,000 - 2
West Midlands +72 13 £55,000 -33.33% 5
North West +63 6 £82,500 +26.92%
Scotland -18 6 £81,677 -22.21% 3
South East +68 3 £80,000 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +14 1 £85,000 +21.43%

Senior Data Scientist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 24 February 2024, Senior Data Scientist job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Senior Data Scientist in the job title.

1 154 (100.00%) Data Science
2 134 (87.01%) Python
3 129 (83.77%) Machine Learning
4 90 (58.44%) Degree
5 83 (53.90%) SQL
6 66 (42.86%) Artificial Intelligence
7 59 (38.31%) Algorithms
8 57 (37.01%) Statistics
9 52 (33.77%) Computer Science
10 50 (32.47%) Mathematics
10 50 (32.47%) Analytics
11 48 (31.17%) R
12 47 (30.52%) Social Skills
13 43 (27.92%) Azure
14 42 (27.27%) Finance
15 41 (26.62%) PhD
16 40 (25.97%) Master's Degree
17 38 (24.68%) Data Analysis
17 38 (24.68%) Visualisation
17 38 (24.68%) Natural Language Processing
18 36 (23.38%) AWS
18 36 (23.38%) Software Engineering
19 35 (22.73%) LLM
20 33 (21.43%) MLOps
21 30 (19.48%) Statistical Modelling
21 30 (19.48%) Mentoring
22 26 (16.88%) Big Data
22 26 (16.88%) Security Cleared
23 25 (16.23%) Deep Learning
23 25 (16.23%) Decision-Making

Senior Data Scientist Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (8.44%) Apache Spark
2 8 (5.19%) Jupyter
3 3 (1.95%) SAS
4 1 (0.65%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 43 (27.92%) Azure
2 36 (23.38%) AWS
3 25 (16.23%) GCP
4 11 (7.14%) OpenShift
4 11 (7.14%) Power Platform
5 8 (5.19%) Azure Machine Learning
6 6 (3.90%) Amazon SageMaker
7 4 (2.60%) SaaS
8 1 (0.65%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.65%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (16.88%) Big Data
2 11 (7.14%) Power BI
3 9 (5.84%) Tableau
4 8 (5.19%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.95%) Data Lake
5 3 (1.95%) Metadata
6 2 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.65%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.65%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.65%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.65%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (9.74%) Git
2 5 (3.25%) git-flow
3 2 (1.30%) RStudio
3 2 (1.30%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 47 (30.52%) Social Skills
2 42 (27.27%) Finance
3 21 (13.64%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 20 (12.99%) Banking
5 19 (12.34%) Marketing
6 15 (9.74%) Analytical Skills
7 14 (9.09%) Pharmaceutical
8 13 (8.44%) Retail
9 12 (7.79%) Law
10 11 (7.14%) Presentation Skills
11 10 (6.49%) Games
12 5 (3.25%) Public Sector
13 2 (1.30%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (14.29%) Pandas
2 17 (11.04%) HTML
3 15 (9.74%) PyTorch
4 14 (9.09%) TensorFlow
5 12 (7.79%) XGBoost
6 7 (4.55%) NumPy
6 7 (4.55%) scikit-learn
7 5 (3.25%) PySpark
8 4 (2.60%) .NET
8 4 (2.60%) MXNet
9 1 (0.65%) Django
9 1 (0.65%) Flask
9 1 (0.65%) Keras
Miscellaneous
1 59 (38.31%) Algorithms
2 17 (11.04%) Cyberattack
3 14 (9.09%) Data Structures
4 9 (5.84%) Life Science
4 9 (5.84%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (2.60%) PMI
6 3 (1.95%) Blog
6 3 (1.95%) Social Media
7 2 (1.30%) Cybercrime
7 2 (1.30%) IoT
7 2 (1.30%) Reinsurance
8 1 (0.65%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (0.65%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.65%) CUDA
8 1 (0.65%) Virtual Reality
Operating Systems
1 1 (0.65%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (100.00%) Data Science
2 129 (83.77%) Machine Learning
3 66 (42.86%) Artificial Intelligence
4 57 (37.01%) Statistics
5 52 (33.77%) Computer Science
6 50 (32.47%) Analytics
6 50 (32.47%) Mathematics
7 38 (24.68%) Data Analysis
7 38 (24.68%) Natural Language Processing
7 38 (24.68%) Visualisation
8 36 (23.38%) Software Engineering
9 35 (22.73%) LLM
10 33 (21.43%) MLOps
11 30 (19.48%) Mentoring
11 30 (19.48%) Statistical Modelling
12 25 (16.23%) Decision-Making
12 25 (16.23%) Deep Learning
13 23 (14.94%) Agile
13 23 (14.94%) Predictive Modelling
14 21 (13.64%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 134 (87.01%) Python
2 83 (53.90%) SQL
3 48 (31.17%) R
4 17 (11.04%) Java
4 17 (11.04%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.25%) C#
5 5 (3.25%) Gremlin
5 5 (3.25%) SPARQL
6 1 (0.65%) C
6 1 (0.65%) C++
6 1 (0.65%) VBA
Qualifications
1 90 (58.44%) Degree
2 41 (26.62%) PhD
3 40 (25.97%) Master's Degree
4 26 (16.88%) Security Cleared
5 23 (14.94%) Computer Science Degree
6 17 (11.04%) DV Cleared
7 6 (3.90%) SC Cleared
8 4 (2.60%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.65%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.95%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.65%) Accessibility
System Software
1 18 (11.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 18 (11.69%) Kubernetes
2 4 (2.60%) Terraform
3 2 (1.30%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 11 (7.14%) Databricks
2 6 (3.90%) Alteryx
3 4 (2.60%) Dataiku
3 4 (2.60%) Google
4 2 (1.30%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.30%) Sage
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle