Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 45 51 34
Rank change year-on-year +6 -17 +24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 3,347 1,179 4,375
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.99% 4.44% 5.63%
As % of the Cloud Services category 14.03% 13.81% 19.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,409 768 3,005
10th Percentile £145 £157 £138
25th Percentile £195 £231 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £363 £390 £365
Median % change year-on-year -7.05% +6.85% +0.69%
75th Percentile £500 £498 £488
90th Percentile £588 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £375 £390 £363
% change year-on-year -3.85% +7.59% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 67 214
10th Percentile £12.22 £12.70 £13.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.69 £15.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £19.98
Median % change year-on-year -17.95% -2.41% +14.19%
75th Percentile £20.51 £23.00 £31.13
90th Percentile £27.50 £34.95 £54.98
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £19.25 £19.21
% change year-on-year -16.88% +0.23% +9.74%

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 23,858 8,538 22,904
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 35.55% 32.13% 29.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,278 6,072 16,111
10th Percentile £325 £313 £298
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £687 £663
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 412 110 318
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.25 £13.25
25th Percentile £14.13 £16.81 £16.25
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.98% +2.38% +20.00%
75th Percentile £42.30 £39.38 £41.94
90th Percentile £65.25 £55.00 £71.25
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £21.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -2.33% +4.88% +17.14%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +2 1,352 £450 +5.88% 447
North of England +15 511 £250 -23.00% 450
South East +9 478 £300 -28.91% 358
Midlands +6 443 £303 +6.14% 265
West Midlands +1 286 £320 -1.54% 149
North West +7 283 £300 - 247
South West -8 214 £285 -33.45% 144
East of England +21 199 £300 -4.00% 188
Yorkshire +26 181 £223 -34.07% 149
East Midlands +6 156 £205 +9.33% 116
North East +25 47 £176 -49.64% 54
Microsoft 365
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 1,816 (54.26%) Microsoft
2 1,731 (51.72%) Windows
3 1,591 (47.54%) Active Directory
4 1,258 (37.59%) Azure
5 895 (26.74%) Windows 10
6 831 (24.83%) Social Skills
7 718 (21.45%) SharePoint
8 641 (19.15%) ITIL
9 550 (16.43%) Microsoft Office
10 549 (16.40%) Windows Server
11 513 (15.33%) SCCM
12 499 (14.91%) Migration
13 479 (14.31%) VMware
14 422 (12.61%) PowerShell
15 412 (12.31%) Azure Active Directory
16 408 (12.19%) Microsoft Intune
17 375 (11.20%) Finance
18 339 (10.13%) Citrix
19 322 (9.62%) DNS
20 318 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
20 318 (9.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 317 (9.47%) Firewall
22 303 (9.05%) Power Platform
23 277 (8.28%) Cisco
24 273 (8.16%) Windows 7
24 273 (8.16%) Public Sector
25 266 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
26 252 (7.53%) Problem-Solving
27 239 (7.14%) VPN
28 238 (7.11%) Security Cleared

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
1 718 (21.45%) SharePoint
2 216 (6.45%) MS Exchange
3 66 (1.97%) Skype for Business
4 47 (1.40%) Confluence
5 41 (1.22%) IIS
6 36 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2013
7 30 (0.90%) CMS
8 27 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2010
9 18 (0.54%) Drupal
9 18 (0.54%) IBM Notes
10 14 (0.42%) Apache
10 14 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
11 10 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
12 9 (0.27%) Tomcat
13 8 (0.24%) JBoss
14 7 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
14 7 (0.21%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.15%) NetWeaver
15 5 (0.15%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.15%) Umbraco
Applications
1 550 (16.43%) Microsoft Office
2 154 (4.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (1.02%) MS Visio
5 28 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 13 (0.39%) InfoPath
8 11 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.090%) Chatbot
10 3 (0.090%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.060%) Adobe XD
12 1 (0.030%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.030%) Figma
12 1 (0.030%) InDesign
12 1 (0.030%) InVision
12 1 (0.030%) Revit
12 1 (0.030%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 24 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.54%) Sentinel
3 9 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 5 (0.15%) assyst
4 5 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.12%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.090%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.060%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.060%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.060%) Eikon
7 2 (0.060%) iTrent
7 2 (0.060%) Northgate Housing
7 2 (0.060%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.060%) SAP PM
7 2 (0.060%) SystmOne
7 2 (0.060%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.030%) SAP CCM
8 1 (0.030%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,258 (37.59%) Azure
2 412 (12.31%) Azure Active Directory
3 303 (9.05%) Power Platform
4 225 (6.72%) OneDrive
5 209 (6.24%) AWS
6 184 (5.50%) PowerApps
7 118 (3.53%) IaaS
8 113 (3.38%) SaaS
9 111 (3.32%) PaaS
10 99 (2.96%) Power Automate
11 76 (2.27%) Mimecast
12 59 (1.76%) Dynamics 365
13 56 (1.67%) Serverless
13 56 (1.67%) Yammer
14 43 (1.28%) Google Workspace
15 42 (1.25%) GCP
16 40 (1.20%) Azure Functions
17 35 (1.05%) Azure Logic Apps
18 32 (0.96%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 30 (0.90%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 322 (9.62%) DNS
2 317 (9.47%) Firewall
3 239 (7.14%) VPN
4 234 (6.99%) DHCP
5 169 (5.05%) LAN
5 169 (5.05%) WAN
6 117 (3.50%) Skype
7 112 (3.35%) TCP/IP
8 99 (2.96%) VoIP
9 88 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
10 87 (2.60%) Wireless
11 73 (2.18%) SAN
12 59 (1.76%) Internet
13 46 (1.37%) Unified Communications
14 45 (1.34%) Remote Desktop
15 42 (1.25%) WebEx
16 40 (1.20%) VLAN
17 38 (1.14%) Intranet
18 36 (1.08%) Network Security
19 32 (0.96%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 165 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 162 (4.84%) Power BI
3 30 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
3 30 (0.90%) MySQL
4 26 (0.78%) Data Lake
5 17 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (0.48%) Tableau
7 15 (0.45%) Metadata
8 14 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
9 11 (0.33%) Relational Database
10 10 (0.30%) Big Data
10 10 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
11 9 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (0.24%) EDRMS
13 7 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 6 (0.18%) GIS
14 6 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 82 (2.45%) JIRA
2 14 (0.42%) Bitbucket
2 14 (0.42%) Git (software)
3 13 (0.39%) Jenkins
4 12 (0.36%) MSI
5 9 (0.27%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.21%) GitLab
7 6 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
8 5 (0.15%) InstallShield
8 5 (0.15%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.090%) AdminStudio
9 3 (0.090%) Fiddler
9 3 (0.090%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.090%) Subversion
9 3 (0.090%) TestComplete
9 3 (0.090%) Zephyr
10 2 (0.060%) Axure RP
10 2 (0.060%) Mocha
10 2 (0.060%) Selenium
10 2 (0.060%) TeamCity
General
1 831 (24.83%) Social Skills
2 375 (11.20%) Finance
3 273 (8.16%) Public Sector
4 144 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
5 76 (2.27%) Banking
5 76 (2.27%) Telecoms
6 73 (2.18%) Legal
7 67 (2.00%) Marketing
8 59 (1.76%) Retail
9 55 (1.64%) Documentation Skills
10 51 (1.52%) Manufacturing
11 48 (1.43%) Organisational Skills
11 48 (1.43%) Presentation Skills
12 38 (1.14%) Local Government
13 35 (1.05%) Electronics
14 25 (0.75%) Law
15 22 (0.66%) Influencing Skills
16 20 (0.60%) French Language
17 15 (0.45%) Financial Institution
18 12 (0.36%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 562 (16.79%) Analyst
2 399 (11.92%) Support Engineer
3 295 (8.81%) Architect
4 266 (7.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 266 (7.95%) Service Analyst
5 252 (7.53%) IT Support
6 250 (7.47%) Service Desk Analyst
7 207 (6.18%) Consultant
8 201 (6.01%) 2nd Line Support
9 182 (5.44%) IT Engineer
10 175 (5.23%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
11 169 (5.05%) Desktop Support
12 157 (4.69%) Desktop Engineer
12 157 (4.69%) Support Analyst
13 151 (4.51%) Project Manager
14 135 (4.03%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 134 (4.00%) Developer
16 123 (3.67%) 1st Line Support
16 123 (3.67%) IT Support Engineer
17 112 (3.35%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (2.24%) .NET
2 58 (1.73%) Web Services
3 55 (1.64%) HTML
4 53 (1.58%) CSS
5 46 (1.37%) REST
5 46 (1.37%) SAML
6 32 (0.96%) OAuth
7 23 (0.69%) AngularJS
8 22 (0.66%) jQuery
9 20 (0.60%) LDAP
10 18 (0.54%) Microsoft Graph
11 16 (0.48%) JSON
12 15 (0.45%) .NET Core
12 15 (0.45%) React
13 14 (0.42%) XMPP
14 13 (0.39%) XML
15 12 (0.36%) ARM Templates
16 11 (0.33%) .NET Framework
16 11 (0.33%) ASP.NET Web API
17 10 (0.30%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 119 (3.56%) Data Centre
2 86 (2.57%) Management Information System
3 82 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (2.15%) NHS
5 61 (1.82%) Driving Licence
6 58 (1.73%) Video Conferencing
7 38 (1.14%) PKI
8 35 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
9 33 (0.99%) Blackberry
9 33 (0.99%) Public Cloud
9 33 (0.99%) Smartphone
9 33 (0.99%) User Experience
10 29 (0.87%) iPad
11 28 (0.84%) Mobile App
12 26 (0.78%) BYOD
12 26 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
12 26 (0.78%) iPhone
13 21 (0.63%) Virtual Team
14 20 (0.60%) Clustering
15 19 (0.57%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 1,731 (51.72%) Windows
2 895 (26.74%) Windows 10
3 549 (16.40%) Windows Server
4 273 (8.16%) Windows 7
5 197 (5.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 147 (4.39%) Windows Server 2016
7 122 (3.65%) Android
8 121 (3.62%) Windows Server 2019
9 115 (3.44%) Linux
10 104 (3.11%) Apple iOS
11 77 (2.30%) Mac OS
12 68 (2.03%) Windows Server 2008
13 36 (1.08%) Unix
13 36 (1.08%) Windows 8
14 26 (0.78%) Mac OS X
15 24 (0.72%) Windows XP
16 18 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 17 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
18 11 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
19 8 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 641 (19.15%) ITIL
2 499 (14.91%) Migration
3 318 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
3 318 (9.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 252 (7.53%) Problem-Solving
5 193 (5.77%) Business Intelligence
6 175 (5.23%) Service Management
7 172 (5.14%) Project Management
8 165 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
9 155 (4.63%) Project Delivery
10 143 (4.27%) DevOps
11 137 (4.09%) Change Management
12 133 (3.97%) Service Delivery
13 131 (3.91%) Incident Management
14 112 (3.35%) Cybersecurity
15 100 (2.99%) ITSM
16 94 (2.81%) PRINCE2
17 93 (2.78%) Data Protection
18 90 (2.69%) Mobile Device Management
19 84 (2.51%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 422 (12.61%) PowerShell
2 209 (6.24%) SQL
3 86 (2.57%) C#
4 82 (2.45%) JavaScript
5 53 (1.58%) Python
6 28 (0.84%) C
7 26 (0.78%) Java
8 24 (0.72%) T-SQL
9 21 (0.63%) VBScript
10 17 (0.51%) Bash Shell
11 16 (0.48%) VB
12 14 (0.42%) TypeScript
13 11 (0.33%) R
14 9 (0.27%) VB.NET
15 8 (0.24%) Shell Script
16 7 (0.21%) Ruby
17 5 (0.15%) Perl
18 3 (0.090%) ES6
19 2 (0.060%) ANSI SQL
19 2 (0.060%) Bicep
Qualifications
1 238 (7.11%) Security Cleared
2 197 (5.89%) SC Cleared
3 185 (5.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 123 (3.67%) Degree
5 71 (2.12%) DBS Check
6 63 (1.88%) MCSE
7 61 (1.82%) MCP
8 58 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
9 56 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
10 55 (1.64%) MCSA
11 46 (1.37%) CCNA
12 33 (0.99%) CISSP
13 31 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 26 (0.78%) MCITP
15 23 (0.69%) A+ Certification
15 23 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
16 18 (0.54%) DV Cleared
17 17 (0.51%) PMI Certification
18 13 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
19 12 (0.36%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 226 (6.75%) SLA
2 70 (2.09%) GDPR
3 63 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 57 (1.70%) PMO
5 37 (1.11%) QA
6 35 (1.05%) NIST
7 20 (0.60%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.48%) COBIT
8 16 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
9 15 (0.45%) NCSC
10 11 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 10 (0.30%) SOC 2
12 9 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 7 (0.21%) Accessibility
13 7 (0.21%) ISO 22301
14 6 (0.18%) P3O
15 5 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 5 (0.15%) Data Quality
16 4 (0.12%) GRC
16 4 (0.12%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1,591 (47.54%) Active Directory
2 266 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (4.06%) Hyper-V
4 76 (2.27%) Virtual Desktop
5 72 (2.15%) vSphere
6 54 (1.61%) XenApp
7 37 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
8 35 (1.05%) XenDesktop
9 34 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
10 29 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
11 27 (0.81%) BitLocker
12 20 (0.60%) Docker
13 17 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
14 15 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
15 14 (0.42%) Firmware
16 13 (0.39%) NFS
17 8 (0.24%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 8 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 6 (0.18%) Terminal Services
19 5 (0.15%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 513 (15.33%) SCCM
2 408 (12.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 105 (3.14%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 68 (2.03%) Single Sign-On
5 61 (1.82%) Terraform
6 28 (0.84%) AirWatch
6 28 (0.84%) Ansible
7 27 (0.81%) Jamf Pro
8 26 (0.78%) Kubernetes
9 25 (0.75%) FortiGate
10 24 (0.72%) WSUS
11 22 (0.66%) SCOM
12 16 (0.48%) Cisco CUCM
13 15 (0.45%) vCenter Server
14 8 (0.24%) NetBackup
14 8 (0.24%) SmoothWall
15 7 (0.21%) Backup Exec
15 7 (0.21%) MobiControl
15 7 (0.21%) Norton AntiVirus
15 7 (0.21%) WMI
Vendors
1 1,816 (54.26%) Microsoft
2 479 (14.31%) VMware
3 339 (10.13%) Citrix
4 277 (8.28%) Cisco
5 181 (5.41%) ServiceNow
6 131 (3.91%) Apple
7 82 (2.45%) HP
8 72 (2.15%) Dell
9 70 (2.09%) Google
10 68 (2.03%) SAP
11 57 (1.70%) Ivanti
12 54 (1.61%) Oracle
13 50 (1.49%) Veeam
14 46 (1.37%) Symantec
15 42 (1.25%) CheckPoint
15 42 (1.25%) Meraki
16 41 (1.22%) Palo Alto
17 38 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
18 36 (1.08%) Adobe
19 35 (1.05%) NetApp