Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 42 32 50
Rank change year-on-year -10 +18 +19
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 2,065 3,019 4,033
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.95% 5.63% 4.57%
As % of the Cloud Services category 14.47% 18.28% 16.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,394 2,061 2,787
10th Percentile £150 £135 £140
25th Percentile £213 £185 £212
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £340 £388
Median % change year-on-year +10.29% -12.26% +10.71%
75th Percentile £488 £475 £488
90th Percentile £550 £560 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £380
% change year-on-year +14.29% -7.89% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 160 159
10th Percentile £10.53 £11.61 £10.88
25th Percentile £13.06 £15.03 £12.75
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year - +9.38% +2.89%
75th Percentile £23.00 £20.75 £18.76
90th Percentile £29.73 £25.00 £24.75
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -0.40% +9.38% +6.67%

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 14,269 16,511 24,682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.17% 30.79% 27.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,262 11,735 17,437
10th Percentile £313 £288 £313
25th Percentile £406 £400 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £669 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 255 244
10th Percentile £12.05 £12.50 £11.08
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.50 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.05 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +5.25% +14.29% -7.01%
75th Percentile £38.38 £39.31 £25.00
90th Percentile £59.75 £61.15 £48.40
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -3.06%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -10 874 £413 +17.86% 234
North of England +3 297 £286 -11.92% 221
South East -2 287 £350 +16.67% 138
Midlands +5 244 £288 -11.54% 173
North West +6 178 £300 - 117
South West -1 152 £325 -13.33% 71
West Midlands +7 147 £325 -13.33% 120
East of England +5 111 £263 -19.23% 65
Yorkshire +2 100 £306 -12.50% 73
East Midlands +2 96 £189 -39.60% 53
North East -3 19 £200 +6.67% 31
Microsoft 365
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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 1,032 (49.98%) Microsoft
2 992 (48.04%) Windows
3 863 (41.79%) Active Directory
4 828 (40.10%) Azure
5 536 (25.96%) Windows 10
6 496 (24.02%) SharePoint
7 352 (17.05%) Migration
8 311 (15.06%) Windows Server
9 300 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
10 287 (13.90%) SCCM
11 273 (13.22%) Finance
12 267 (12.93%) Microsoft Intune
13 265 (12.83%) PowerShell
14 262 (12.69%) ITIL
15 253 (12.25%) VMware
16 226 (10.94%) Azure Active Directory
17 212 (10.27%) Security Cleared
18 199 (9.64%) DNS
19 193 (9.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 189 (9.15%) Firewall
21 180 (8.72%) SC Cleared
22 179 (8.67%) Citrix
23 176 (8.52%) MS Exchange
24 171 (8.28%) Agile Software Development
25 169 (8.18%) OneDrive
26 166 (8.04%) Public Sector
27 160 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
28 156 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
29 152 (7.36%) Power Platform
30 145 (7.02%) 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
1 496 (24.02%) SharePoint
2 176 (8.52%) MS Exchange
3 107 (5.18%) Skype for Business
4 43 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 40 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 34 (1.65%) IIS
7 21 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
8 19 (0.92%) Confluence
9 17 (0.82%) CMS
10 10 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
11 9 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.34%) EPiServer
12 7 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (0.29%) Apache
13 6 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.24%) IBM Notes
14 5 (0.24%) JBoss
14 5 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
14 5 (0.24%) WebSphere
15 4 (0.19%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 300 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (2.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
5 20 (0.97%) InfoPath
6 18 (0.87%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 15 (0.73%) MS Visio
8 9 (0.44%) Adobe After Effects
8 9 (0.44%) Adobe Premiere
8 9 (0.44%) CINEMA 4D
9 7 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.34%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.097%) Autodesk Flame
11 2 (0.097%) Maya
11 2 (0.097%) NUKE
12 1 (0.048%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.048%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.048%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 28 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.29%) Sentinel
3 5 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (0.19%) SAP PM
4 4 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
5 3 (0.15%) OPENHousing
5 3 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.15%) SAP MM
5 3 (0.15%) SAP PP
5 3 (0.15%) SAP QM
5 3 (0.15%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.097%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.097%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.097%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.048%) assyst
7 1 (0.048%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.048%) Magento
7 1 (0.048%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.048%) SAP EHS
7 1 (0.048%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 828 (40.10%) Azure
2 226 (10.94%) Azure Active Directory
3 169 (8.18%) OneDrive
4 152 (7.36%) Power Platform
5 117 (5.67%) AWS
6 91 (4.41%) PowerApps
7 80 (3.87%) IaaS
8 75 (3.63%) PaaS
9 72 (3.49%) SaaS
10 55 (2.66%) Power Automate
11 48 (2.32%) Yammer
12 36 (1.74%) Mimecast
13 35 (1.69%) Dynamics 365
14 19 (0.92%) Serverless
15 16 (0.77%) Logic Apps
16 15 (0.73%) Azure Functions
17 13 (0.63%) Azure Stack
17 13 (0.63%) GCP
18 12 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
18 12 (0.58%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 199 (9.64%) DNS
2 189 (9.15%) Firewall
3 125 (6.05%) Skype
3 125 (6.05%) WAN
4 124 (6.00%) VPN
5 105 (5.08%) DHCP
6 97 (4.70%) LAN
7 58 (2.81%) Wi-Fi
8 54 (2.62%) Wireless
9 50 (2.42%) TCP/IP
10 48 (2.32%) Internet
11 43 (2.08%) Intranet
11 43 (2.08%) Unified Communications
12 34 (1.65%) SAN
13 32 (1.55%) Network Security
14 26 (1.26%) MPLS
14 26 (1.26%) VLAN
15 23 (1.11%) VoIP
16 20 (0.97%) DMZ
16 20 (0.97%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (4.70%) SQL Server
2 60 (2.91%) Power BI
3 17 (0.82%) Cosmos DB
4 16 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
5 14 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
6 13 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (0.48%) MySQL
8 9 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
9 8 (0.39%) HBase
9 8 (0.39%) Tableau
10 7 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (0.34%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (0.24%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (0.19%) DB2
13 4 (0.19%) SAP HANA
14 3 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 52 (2.52%) JIRA
2 10 (0.48%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.29%) MSI
4 5 (0.24%) Bitbucket
4 5 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (0.19%) Hudson
5 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.097%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.097%) eggPlant
6 2 (0.097%) GitLab
6 2 (0.097%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.097%) Subversion
6 2 (0.097%) Visual Studio Code
6 2 (0.097%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.048%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.048%) GCC
7 1 (0.048%) Inno Setup
7 1 (0.048%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.048%) NUnit
General
1 273 (13.22%) Finance
2 166 (8.04%) Public Sector
3 77 (3.73%) Telecoms
4 67 (3.24%) Banking
5 57 (2.76%) Retail
6 56 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 53 (2.57%) Legal
8 49 (2.37%) Marketing
9 38 (1.84%) Electronics
10 27 (1.31%) Local Government
11 17 (0.82%) Law
12 15 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
13 12 (0.58%) Publishing
13 12 (0.58%) Spanish Language
14 11 (0.53%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.53%) French Language
14 11 (0.53%) German Language
15 7 (0.34%) Italian Language
16 6 (0.29%) Retail Banking
17 4 (0.19%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 297 (14.38%) Analyst
2 181 (8.77%) Architect
3 178 (8.62%) Support Engineer
4 152 (7.36%) Consultant
5 149 (7.22%) Office 365 Engineer
6 147 (7.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 133 (6.44%) Project Manager
8 113 (5.47%) Service Analyst
9 105 (5.08%) Service Desk Analyst
10 97 (4.70%) IT Support
11 95 (4.60%) Office 365 Manager
12 94 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
13 92 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
14 73 (3.54%) Developer
15 72 (3.49%) Support Analyst
16 69 (3.34%) Desktop Support
16 69 (3.34%) Windows Engineer
17 59 (2.86%) IT Engineer
18 57 (2.76%) Desktop Engineer
18 57 (2.76%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (1.99%) .NET
2 38 (1.84%) Web Services
3 36 (1.74%) CSS
4 31 (1.50%) HTML
5 23 (1.11%) Middleware
6 19 (0.92%) REST
7 11 (0.53%) JSON
7 11 (0.53%) Microsoft Graph
7 11 (0.53%) OAuth
8 10 (0.48%) ASP.NET
8 10 (0.48%) jQuery
9 8 (0.39%) 802.1X
9 8 (0.39%) LDAP
9 8 (0.39%) SAML
10 7 (0.34%) Node.js
10 7 (0.34%) SailPoint
11 6 (0.29%) AngularJS
11 6 (0.29%) HTML5
11 6 (0.29%) SOAP
11 6 (0.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 74 (3.58%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (2.91%) NHS
3 55 (2.66%) Data Centre
4 54 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
5 52 (2.52%) Management Information System
6 50 (2.42%) User Experience
7 43 (2.08%) PKI
8 40 (1.94%) Video Conferencing
9 24 (1.16%) Clustering
10 22 (1.07%) Public Cloud
11 20 (0.97%) EMC VNX
12 18 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.87%) Mobile App
12 18 (0.87%) Social Media
13 17 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
14 15 (0.73%) Blackberry
14 15 (0.73%) Driving Licence
15 14 (0.68%) iPad
15 14 (0.68%) Replication
16 13 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 992 (48.04%) Windows
2 536 (25.96%) Windows 10
3 311 (15.06%) Windows Server
4 136 (6.59%) Windows 7
5 126 (6.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 93 (4.50%) Windows Server 2016
7 85 (4.12%) Linux
8 57 (2.76%) Apple iOS
9 53 (2.57%) Android
9 53 (2.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 52 (2.52%) Windows Server 2019
11 28 (1.36%) Mac OS
12 26 (1.26%) Unix
13 23 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 22 (1.07%) Windows XP
15 20 (0.97%) Windows Mobile
16 17 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (0.63%) Windows 8
18 10 (0.48%) Ubuntu
19 8 (0.39%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 352 (17.05%) Migration
2 262 (12.69%) ITIL
3 193 (9.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 171 (8.28%) Agile Software Development
5 156 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
6 123 (5.96%) Project Management
7 120 (5.81%) Change Management
8 118 (5.71%) DevOps
8 118 (5.71%) Stakeholder Management
9 117 (5.67%) Project Delivery
10 91 (4.41%) Business Intelligence
11 73 (3.54%) Service Delivery
12 63 (3.05%) Mobile Device Management
12 63 (3.05%) Service Management
13 59 (2.86%) Cybersecurity
13 59 (2.86%) Programme Management
14 56 (2.71%) Incident Management
15 53 (2.57%) Information Security
16 50 (2.42%) PRINCE2
17 49 (2.37%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 265 (12.83%) PowerShell
2 96 (4.65%) SQL
3 35 (1.69%) Python
4 33 (1.60%) JavaScript
5 30 (1.45%) C#
6 14 (0.68%) C
6 14 (0.68%) Java
7 10 (0.48%) VB
7 10 (0.48%) VBScript
8 8 (0.39%) Bash Shell
8 8 (0.39%) Perl
9 3 (0.15%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.15%) VBA
10 2 (0.097%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.048%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.048%) R
11 1 (0.048%) Ruby
11 1 (0.048%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 212 (10.27%) Security Cleared
2 180 (8.72%) SC Cleared
3 124 (6.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 63 (3.05%) Degree
5 54 (2.62%) MCSE
6 42 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
7 41 (1.99%) DBS Check
7 41 (1.99%) MCSA
8 30 (1.45%) CISSP
9 17 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (0.77%) CISM
11 14 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 13 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (0.63%) MCITP
13 12 (0.58%) DV Cleared
13 12 (0.58%) MCP
14 11 (0.53%) A+ Certification
14 11 (0.53%) CCNA
14 11 (0.53%) ISEB
15 10 (0.48%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (5.71%) SLA
2 31 (1.50%) GDPR
3 30 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (1.45%) QA
4 21 (1.02%) PMO
5 9 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
6 6 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 6 (0.29%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.24%) COBIT
7 5 (0.24%) NCSC
7 5 (0.24%) NIST
8 3 (0.15%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.097%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.097%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.097%) P3O
10 1 (0.048%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.048%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.048%) TARGET2
System Software
1 863 (41.79%) Active Directory
2 160 (7.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (4.02%) Hyper-V
4 38 (1.84%) vSphere
5 34 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
7 24 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
7 24 (1.16%) XenApp
8 16 (0.77%) Docker
9 13 (0.63%) BitLocker
10 12 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
10 12 (0.58%) XenDesktop
11 10 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (0.48%) VMware NSX
12 8 (0.39%) HDFS
13 6 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (0.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 4 (0.19%) Firmware
16 3 (0.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 287 (13.90%) SCCM
2 267 (12.93%) Microsoft Intune
3 44 (2.13%) Single Sign-On
4 36 (1.74%) Terraform
5 29 (1.40%) AirWatch
6 21 (1.02%) SCOM
7 20 (0.97%) Ansible
8 19 (0.92%) Jamf Pro
8 19 (0.92%) Microsoft Clustering
8 19 (0.92%) vCenter Server
9 18 (0.87%) NetBackup
10 16 (0.77%) IBM BigFix
10 16 (0.77%) Kubernetes
11 9 (0.44%) Cisco CUCM
11 9 (0.44%) WSUS
12 8 (0.39%) Backup Exec
12 8 (0.39%) FortiGate
13 6 (0.29%) SCSM
13 6 (0.29%) vRealize
14 4 (0.19%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1,032 (49.98%) Microsoft
2 253 (12.25%) VMware
3 179 (8.67%) Citrix
4 145 (7.02%) Cisco
5 61 (2.95%) SAP
6 60 (2.91%) ServiceNow
7 58 (2.81%) Apple
8 46 (2.23%) HP
9 39 (1.89%) Dell
10 37 (1.79%) EMC
11 31 (1.50%) CheckPoint
12 30 (1.45%) Red Hat
13 29 (1.40%) Veeam
14 27 (1.31%) Nintex
14 27 (1.31%) Oracle
15 26 (1.26%) Ivanti
16 25 (1.21%) Adobe
16 25 (1.21%) Google
17 23 (1.11%) Meraki
18 18 (0.87%) Avaya