Period
to 15 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft 365 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft 365 over the 6 months to 15 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft 365 (M365) formerly Microsoft Office 365 (O365)
UK > England
6 months to
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 48 39 48
Rank change year-on-year -9 +9 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 2,307 2,014 3,973
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.71% 5.16% 4.80%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.57% 16.57% 16.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,574 1,348 2,716
10th Percentile £150 £143 £143
25th Percentile £205 £204 £210
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £375 £390
Median % change year-on-year - -3.85% +7.59%
75th Percentile £495 £488 £488
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 110 170
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.63 £11.48
25th Percentile £12.79 £15.53 £13.81
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -17.95% +11.43% +2.94%
75th Percentile £21.05 £21.00 £24.50
90th Percentile £25.00 £25.03 £37.75
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -17.11% +8.57% +9.38%

Microsoft 365 is in the Cloud Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 16,998 12,151 23,553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.67% 31.16% 28.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,235 8,705 16,524
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £406 £410
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +1.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £588
90th Percentile £681 £688 £663
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 181 259
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.75 £12.25
25th Percentile £14.00 £16.50 £14.93
Median hourly rate £20.94 £20.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.68% - +6.67%
75th Percentile £38.00 £34.75 £36.00
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £21.05 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.25% - +14.29%

Microsoft 365
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Microsoft 365 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft 365 in England

Microsoft 365
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft 365 in England.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft 365 in England

Microsoft 365
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft 365 in England over the 6 months to 15 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in England

Microsoft 365
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft 365 in England.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft 365 in England

Microsoft 365
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft 365 in England over the 6 months to 15 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in England

Microsoft 365
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft 365 within the England region over the 6 months to 15 June 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -7 955 £425 +9.68% 244
South East -1 325 £350 - 156
North of England +11 319 £300 -14.29% 221
Midlands +7 281 £243 -35.33% 145
North West +6 182 £258 -20.77% 118
West Midlands +4 164 £363 -9.38% 101
South West -11 161 £325 -23.53% 80
East of England +10 133 £275 -15.38% 80
East Midlands +7 116 £188 -38.52% 44
Yorkshire +7 112 £350 - 87
North East +10 25 £283 -33.53% 16
Microsoft 365
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 365 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft 365.

1 1,180 (51.15%) Microsoft
2 1,098 (47.59%) Windows
3 996 (43.17%) Active Directory
4 936 (40.57%) Azure
5 592 (25.66%) Windows 10
6 537 (23.28%) SharePoint
7 481 (20.85%) Social Skills
8 378 (16.38%) Migration
9 364 (15.78%) Windows Server
10 363 (15.73%) Microsoft Office
11 342 (14.82%) ITIL
12 323 (14.00%) PowerShell
13 316 (13.70%) VMware
14 305 (13.22%) Finance
15 299 (12.96%) SCCM
16 272 (11.79%) Microsoft Intune
17 260 (11.27%) Azure Active Directory
18 242 (10.49%) DNS
19 229 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
20 226 (9.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 209 (9.06%) Problem-Solving
21 209 (9.06%) Citrix
22 200 (8.67%) Firewall
23 199 (8.63%) Security Cleared
24 191 (8.28%) Power Platform
25 189 (8.19%) Public Sector
25 189 (8.19%) MS Exchange
26 184 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
27 168 (7.28%) SC Cleared
28 163 (7.07%) Cisco

Microsoft 365
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 537 (23.28%) SharePoint
2 189 (8.19%) MS Exchange
3 105 (4.55%) Skype for Business
4 45 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2013
5 32 (1.39%) IIS
6 31 (1.34%) CMS
7 29 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
8 25 (1.08%) Confluence
9 11 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.39%) EPiServer
10 9 (0.39%) IBM Notes
11 8 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.30%) Apache
12 7 (0.30%) Drupal
12 7 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
13 6 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (0.26%) JBoss
13 6 (0.26%) Tomcat
13 6 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 363 (15.73%) Microsoft Office
2 69 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (1.04%) InfoPath
5 20 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (0.69%) MS Visio
7 11 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.22%) CINEMA 4D
8 5 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
9 3 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.087%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.087%) Autodesk Flame
10 2 (0.087%) Maya
10 2 (0.087%) NUKE
10 2 (0.087%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.043%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.043%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.043%) Figma
11 1 (0.043%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 36 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.22%) Sentinel
3 4 (0.17%) Elite 3E
3 4 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
3 4 (0.17%) Workday HCM
4 3 (0.13%) OPENHousing
4 3 (0.13%) SAP PM
5 2 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.087%) iTrent
5 2 (0.087%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.087%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.087%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.087%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.087%) SAP PP
5 2 (0.087%) SAP QM
5 2 (0.087%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.043%) assyst
6 1 (0.043%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.043%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 936 (40.57%) Azure
2 260 (11.27%) Azure Active Directory
3 191 (8.28%) Power Platform
4 159 (6.89%) OneDrive
5 153 (6.63%) AWS
6 118 (5.11%) PowerApps
7 98 (4.25%) PaaS
8 97 (4.20%) IaaS
9 88 (3.81%) SaaS
10 68 (2.95%) Power Automate
11 59 (2.56%) Mimecast
12 41 (1.78%) Yammer
13 38 (1.65%) Serverless
14 34 (1.47%) Azure Functions
15 33 (1.43%) Dynamics 365
16 30 (1.30%) Azure Logic Apps
17 27 (1.17%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 20 (0.87%) Google Workspace
19 19 (0.82%) Azure Stack
20 16 (0.69%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 242 (10.49%) DNS
2 200 (8.67%) Firewall
3 140 (6.07%) VPN
4 138 (5.98%) DHCP
5 134 (5.81%) Skype
6 117 (5.07%) WAN
7 104 (4.51%) LAN
8 66 (2.86%) TCP/IP
8 66 (2.86%) Wi-Fi
9 63 (2.73%) Wireless
10 51 (2.21%) Internet
11 44 (1.91%) SAN
11 44 (1.91%) Unified Communications
11 44 (1.91%) VoIP
12 43 (1.86%) Intranet
13 33 (1.43%) Network Security
14 28 (1.21%) NetScaler
15 27 (1.17%) Remote Desktop
16 25 (1.08%) MPLS
16 25 (1.08%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 84 (3.64%) Power BI
3 24 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
4 21 (0.91%) MySQL
5 18 (0.78%) Tableau
6 14 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
8 12 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
8 12 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
9 11 (0.48%) Data Lake
9 11 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
11 5 (0.22%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.17%) DB2
12 4 (0.17%) GIS
12 4 (0.17%) SAP HANA
12 4 (0.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.13%) DTS
13 3 (0.13%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 66 (2.86%) JIRA
2 12 (0.52%) Git (software)
3 9 (0.39%) Bitbucket
4 7 (0.30%) MSI
5 5 (0.22%) AdminStudio
5 5 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.17%) Hudson
6 4 (0.17%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.17%) Visual Studio
7 3 (0.13%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.13%) SpecFlow
7 3 (0.13%) Subversion
8 2 (0.087%) Artifactory
8 2 (0.087%) eggPlant
8 2 (0.087%) GitLab
8 2 (0.087%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.087%) Visual Studio Code
8 2 (0.087%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.043%) Inno Setup
9 1 (0.043%) Jenkins
General
1 481 (20.85%) Social Skills
2 305 (13.22%) Finance
3 189 (8.19%) Public Sector
4 85 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
5 67 (2.90%) Banking
5 67 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 62 (2.69%) Retail
7 57 (2.47%) Marketing
8 56 (2.43%) Legal
9 52 (2.25%) Manufacturing
10 38 (1.65%) Electronics
11 33 (1.43%) Documentation Skills
12 32 (1.39%) Organisational Skills
12 32 (1.39%) Presentation Skills
13 27 (1.17%) Local Government
14 17 (0.74%) Law
15 16 (0.69%) French Language
15 16 (0.69%) German Language
16 12 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
16 12 (0.52%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 338 (14.65%) Analyst
2 209 (9.06%) Architect
3 196 (8.50%) Support Engineer
4 175 (7.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 166 (7.20%) Project Manager
6 162 (7.02%) Consultant
7 160 (6.94%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
8 143 (6.20%) Service Analyst
9 138 (5.98%) Service Desk Analyst
10 122 (5.29%) IT Support
11 114 (4.94%) Developer
12 106 (4.59%) 2nd Line Support
13 99 (4.29%) Azure Engineer
14 98 (4.25%) Microsoft 365 Manager
15 84 (3.64%) Support Analyst
16 83 (3.60%) IT Engineer
17 75 (3.25%) Desktop Support
18 72 (3.12%) 1st Line Support
19 65 (2.82%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 65 (2.82%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (2.38%) .NET
1 55 (2.38%) Web Services
2 45 (1.95%) CSS
3 41 (1.78%) HTML
4 37 (1.60%) REST
5 32 (1.39%) OAuth
6 27 (1.17%) SAML
7 22 (0.95%) Microsoft Graph
8 20 (0.87%) Middleware
9 19 (0.82%) AngularJS
10 14 (0.61%) jQuery
10 14 (0.61%) Node.js
11 12 (0.52%) JSON
12 10 (0.43%) .NET Core
12 10 (0.43%) 802.1X
12 10 (0.43%) LDAP
13 9 (0.39%) ASP.NET
13 9 (0.39%) SOAP
14 7 (0.30%) XML
15 6 (0.26%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 66 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
2 65 (2.82%) Data Centre
3 60 (2.60%) Management Information System
3 60 (2.60%) NHS
4 43 (1.86%) User Experience
5 39 (1.69%) PKI
5 39 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
6 31 (1.34%) Public Cloud
7 27 (1.17%) Clustering
8 22 (0.95%) Driving Licence
9 20 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
10 18 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
10 18 (0.78%) Social Media
11 17 (0.74%) Smartphone
12 16 (0.69%) iPad
12 16 (0.69%) Virtual Team
13 15 (0.65%) BYOD
14 14 (0.61%) Blackberry
15 13 (0.56%) EMC VNX
16 12 (0.52%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1,098 (47.59%) Windows
2 592 (25.66%) Windows 10
3 364 (15.78%) Windows Server
4 159 (6.89%) Windows 7
5 146 (6.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 113 (4.90%) Windows Server 2016
7 102 (4.42%) Linux
8 79 (3.42%) Windows Server 2019
9 73 (3.16%) Apple iOS
10 69 (2.99%) Android
11 57 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
12 31 (1.34%) Mac OS
13 29 (1.26%) Unix
14 23 (1.00%) Windows 8
15 20 (0.87%) Windows Mobile
15 20 (0.87%) Windows XP
16 17 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 17 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (0.65%) Mac OS X
18 4 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (16.38%) Migration
2 342 (14.82%) ITIL
3 229 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
4 226 (9.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 209 (9.06%) Problem-Solving
6 146 (6.33%) Project Management
7 130 (5.64%) Stakeholder Management
8 128 (5.55%) DevOps
9 123 (5.33%) Change Management
10 113 (4.90%) Project Delivery
11 109 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
12 73 (3.16%) Incident Management
13 67 (2.90%) Cybersecurity
13 67 (2.90%) PRINCE2
14 62 (2.69%) Service Management
15 61 (2.64%) Service Delivery
16 60 (2.60%) Time Management
17 58 (2.51%) CRM
18 57 (2.47%) Programme Management
19 55 (2.38%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 323 (14.00%) PowerShell
2 131 (5.68%) SQL
3 56 (2.43%) JavaScript
4 50 (2.17%) C#
5 44 (1.91%) Python
6 30 (1.30%) Java
7 20 (0.87%) C
8 12 (0.52%) Bash Shell
9 11 (0.48%) VB
9 11 (0.48%) VBScript
10 8 (0.35%) Ruby
11 5 (0.22%) Perl
11 5 (0.22%) T-SQL
12 4 (0.17%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.17%) VBA
13 3 (0.13%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.087%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.043%) ES6
15 1 (0.043%) PHP
15 1 (0.043%) R
Qualifications
1 199 (8.63%) Security Cleared
2 168 (7.28%) SC Cleared
3 128 (5.55%) Microsoft Certification
4 95 (4.12%) Degree
5 50 (2.17%) MCSE
6 49 (2.12%) DBS Check
7 44 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
8 41 (1.78%) MCSA
9 28 (1.21%) CISSP
10 22 (0.95%) MCP
11 21 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 17 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 16 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
13 16 (0.69%) MCITP
14 15 (0.65%) A+ Certification
14 15 (0.65%) DV Cleared
15 13 (0.56%) CISM
16 9 (0.39%) ISEB
16 9 (0.39%) PMI Certification
16 9 (0.39%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (5.72%) SLA
2 47 (2.04%) GDPR
3 38 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 31 (1.34%) PMO
5 30 (1.30%) QA
6 12 (0.52%) NIST
7 11 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
8 10 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (0.35%) COBIT
9 8 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 6 (0.26%) Data Quality
10 6 (0.26%) NCSC
10 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
11 4 (0.17%) ISO 22301
11 4 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.13%) P3O
13 2 (0.087%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (0.087%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.087%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.087%) SOC 2
System Software
1 996 (43.17%) Active Directory
2 184 (7.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 104 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 38 (1.65%) vSphere
5 34 (1.47%) XenApp
6 29 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
7 27 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 23 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
9 22 (0.95%) Docker
9 22 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
10 21 (0.91%) XenDesktop
11 15 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.39%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.26%) Firmware
15 5 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.17%) BitLocker
16 4 (0.17%) NFS
17 3 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 2 (0.087%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 299 (12.96%) SCCM
2 272 (11.79%) Microsoft Intune
3 81 (3.51%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 57 (2.47%) Single Sign-On
5 41 (1.78%) Terraform
6 28 (1.21%) AirWatch
7 23 (1.00%) Kubernetes
8 22 (0.95%) NetBackup
8 22 (0.95%) SCOM
9 17 (0.74%) Microsoft Clustering
10 14 (0.61%) Ansible
11 13 (0.56%) Cisco CUCM
11 13 (0.56%) FortiGate
12 12 (0.52%) IBM BigFix
12 12 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
12 12 (0.52%) vCenter Server
13 10 (0.43%) Backup Exec
13 10 (0.43%) WSUS
14 7 (0.30%) SCSM
15 6 (0.26%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1,180 (51.15%) Microsoft
2 316 (13.70%) VMware
3 209 (9.06%) Citrix
4 163 (7.07%) Cisco
5 90 (3.90%) ServiceNow
6 66 (2.86%) SAP
7 57 (2.47%) Apple
8 40 (1.73%) HP
9 38 (1.65%) Ivanti
10 37 (1.60%) Veeam
11 35 (1.52%) CheckPoint
12 34 (1.47%) Google
12 34 (1.47%) Meraki
13 33 (1.43%) Dell
13 33 (1.43%) EMC
13 33 (1.43%) Nintex
14 32 (1.39%) Oracle
15 28 (1.21%) Red Hat
16 27 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
17 24 (1.04%) NetApp