Period
to 18 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 September 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)
England > North West
6 months to
18 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 28 37
Rank change year-on-year +5 +9 +7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 251 113 270
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 6.69% 6.07% 5.05%
As % of the Cloud Services category 21.58% 18.77% 19.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 52 183
10th Percentile £150 £136 £144
25th Percentile £190 £170 £205
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £357 £350 £325
Median % change year-on-year +2.00% +7.69% +8.33%
75th Percentile £475 £425 £438
90th Percentile £600 £438 £559
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 14 22
10th Percentile £13.13 £15.18 £12.74
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £13.14
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £15.11
Median % change year-on-year - +19.15% -13.67%
75th Percentile £53.75 £22.74 £17.19
90th Percentile £75.25 £32.73 £18.75
England median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £19.41
% change year-on-year -17.95% +0.46% +10.91%

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 the North West with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 1,163 602 1,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 31.01% 32.33% 25.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 884 409 966
10th Percentile £291 £305 £294
25th Percentile £400 £363 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £575 £550 £538
90th Percentile £640 £640 £600
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 15 25
10th Percentile £12.58 £15.24 £12.74
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.02 £13.02
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £15.72
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +14.54% -10.20%
75th Percentile £38.75 £21.72 £17.43
90th Percentile £75.25 £32.55 £19.80
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% +2.38% +20.00%

Microsoft 365
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft 365 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft 365 in the North West

Microsoft 365
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft 365 in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft 365 in the North West

Microsoft 365
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft 365 in the North West over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the North West

Microsoft 365
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft 365 in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft 365 in the North West

Microsoft 365
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft 365 in the North West over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the North West

Microsoft 365
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 18 September 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
Manchester -1 131 £399 +13.93% 126
Cheshire +3 46 £250 -33.33% 49
Merseyside +7 35 £189 -31.36% 31
Lancashire +3 25 £300 -4.00% 20
Cumbria - 6 £415 - 4
Microsoft 365
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 North West region with a requirement for Microsoft 365.

1 120 (47.81%) Active Directory
2 119 (47.41%) Windows
3 117 (46.61%) Microsoft
4 78 (31.08%) Azure
5 68 (27.09%) Social Skills
6 60 (23.90%) Windows 10
7 52 (20.72%) ITIL
8 45 (17.93%) SCCM
8 45 (17.93%) Public Sector
9 37 (14.74%) SharePoint
10 36 (14.34%) VMware
10 36 (14.34%) PowerShell
11 31 (12.35%) Windows Server
12 29 (11.55%) Microsoft Office
12 29 (11.55%) Power Platform
13 28 (11.16%) Agile Software Development
14 25 (9.96%) Migration
15 24 (9.56%) Citrix
16 23 (9.16%) MS Exchange
16 23 (9.16%) VPN
17 21 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory
17 21 (8.37%) ServiceNow
18 20 (7.97%) VMware Infrastructure
18 20 (7.97%) Cisco
19 19 (7.57%) Business Intelligence
19 19 (7.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 18 (7.17%) PMO
20 18 (7.17%) Power BI
20 18 (7.17%) Windows 7
20 18 (7.17%) DNS

Microsoft 365
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 37 (14.74%) SharePoint
2 23 (9.16%) MS Exchange
3 8 (3.19%) Skype for Business
4 5 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.59%) Apache
5 4 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (1.59%) IIS
6 2 (0.80%) CMS
6 2 (0.80%) Confluence
6 2 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.40%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 29 (11.55%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (5.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (3.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (3.19%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.40%) SAP CCM
Cloud Services
1 78 (31.08%) Azure
2 29 (11.55%) Power Platform
3 21 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (4.38%) Power Automate
4 11 (4.38%) PowerApps
5 9 (3.59%) AWS
5 9 (3.59%) Dynamics 365
5 9 (3.59%) Mimecast
5 9 (3.59%) OneDrive
6 7 (2.79%) PaaS
7 6 (2.39%) IaaS
7 6 (2.39%) SaaS
8 5 (1.99%) Azure Logic Apps
9 3 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.20%) Google Workspace
9 3 (1.20%) Yammer
10 2 (0.80%) Azure Sentinel
10 2 (0.80%) Azure Stack
11 1 (0.40%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 1 (0.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 23 (9.16%) VPN
2 18 (7.17%) DNS
3 15 (5.98%) Firewall
4 11 (4.38%) VoIP
4 11 (4.38%) Wireless
5 10 (3.98%) DHCP
6 9 (3.59%) LAN
6 9 (3.59%) Skype
7 7 (2.79%) WAN
8 4 (1.59%) PBX
8 4 (1.59%) TCP/IP
8 4 (1.59%) VSAN
9 3 (1.20%) SAN
9 3 (1.20%) VLAN
9 3 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (0.80%) IP Telephony
11 1 (0.40%) 802.11
11 1 (0.40%) Cisco IPT
11 1 (0.40%) Intranet
11 1 (0.40%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.17%) Power BI
2 4 (1.59%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.80%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.80%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.80%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.40%) HDInsight
4 1 (0.40%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 3 (1.20%) JIRA
2 2 (0.80%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.80%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.40%) TestComplete
General
1 68 (27.09%) Social Skills
2 45 (17.93%) Public Sector
3 9 (3.59%) Finance
3 9 (3.59%) Legal
4 8 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (1.99%) Electronics
5 5 (1.99%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.99%) Marketing
5 5 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.59%) Banking
6 4 (1.59%) Documentation Skills
7 3 (1.20%) Presentation Skills
8 2 (0.80%) Automotive
8 2 (0.80%) Publishing
9 1 (0.40%) Law
9 1 (0.40%) Local Government
9 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 37 (14.74%) Analyst
2 30 (11.95%) Support Engineer
3 24 (9.56%) Consultant
3 24 (9.56%) Service Analyst
3 24 (9.56%) Service Desk Analyst
4 17 (6.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 17 (6.77%) IT Support
5 16 (6.37%) Desktop Support
6 15 (5.98%) Developer
7 13 (5.18%) 1st Line Support
7 13 (5.18%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 12 (4.78%) IT Engineer
9 11 (4.38%) Desktop Engineer
10 10 (3.98%) Azure Engineer
10 10 (3.98%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 10 (3.98%) Project Manager
11 9 (3.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 9 (3.59%) IT Analyst
11 9 (3.59%) Programme Manager
11 9 (3.59%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.59%) .NET
1 4 (1.59%) Elastic Stack
1 4 (1.59%) SailPoint
2 3 (1.20%) REST
3 2 (0.80%) AngularJS
3 2 (0.80%) Web Services
3 2 (0.80%) XMPP
4 1 (0.40%) .NET Core
4 1 (0.40%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.40%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.40%) CSS
4 1 (0.40%) HTML
4 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Graph
4 1 (0.40%) Middleware
4 1 (0.40%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 14 (5.58%) NHS
2 12 (4.78%) Management Information System
3 8 (3.19%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (2.39%) Data Centre
4 6 (2.39%) PMI
5 5 (1.99%) CESG
5 5 (1.99%) CESG CLAS
5 5 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.59%) Graphic Design
7 3 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.20%) iPhone
7 3 (1.20%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.20%) Wiki
8 2 (0.80%) Cyberattack
8 2 (0.80%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.80%) iPad
8 2 (0.80%) Life Science
8 2 (0.80%) PKI
8 2 (0.80%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 119 (47.41%) Windows
2 60 (23.90%) Windows 10
3 31 (12.35%) Windows Server
4 18 (7.17%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.59%) Linux
5 9 (3.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (3.19%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (1.99%) Android
8 4 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.59%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (1.20%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.20%) Windows Phone
9 3 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.80%) Unix
10 2 (0.80%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (20.72%) ITIL
2 28 (11.16%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (9.96%) Migration
4 19 (7.57%) Business Intelligence
4 19 (7.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 15 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
5 15 (5.98%) Project Management
5 15 (5.98%) Service Management
6 14 (5.58%) Information Security
6 14 (5.58%) PRINCE2
7 13 (5.18%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (4.78%) Incident Management
8 12 (4.78%) Project Delivery
9 11 (4.38%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (3.98%) Change Management
10 10 (3.98%) Data Protection
10 10 (3.98%) Identity Access Management
10 10 (3.98%) ITSM
10 10 (3.98%) Programme Management
11 9 (3.59%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 36 (14.34%) PowerShell
2 9 (3.59%) JavaScript
2 9 (3.59%) SQL
3 3 (1.20%) VB
3 3 (1.20%) VBScript
4 2 (0.80%) C#
4 2 (0.80%) Perl
4 2 (0.80%) Python
4 2 (0.80%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (6.77%) Security Cleared
2 12 (4.78%) SC Cleared
3 11 (4.38%) ITIL Certification
4 10 (3.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (3.59%) Degree
6 8 (3.19%) CESG Certified Professional
7 6 (2.39%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.99%) CISSP
8 5 (1.99%) CLAS
8 5 (1.99%) MCSE
9 4 (1.59%) MCP
10 3 (1.20%) MCSA
10 3 (1.20%) MOS
11 2 (0.80%) CCNA
11 2 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.80%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.80%) VCP6
12 1 (0.40%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.40%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.17%) PMO
2 14 (5.58%) SLA
3 11 (4.38%) QA
4 10 (3.98%) NCSC
5 9 (3.59%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 7 (2.79%) GDPR
7 5 (1.99%) P3O
8 4 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (1.20%) Accessibility
9 3 (1.20%) ISO 22301
9 3 (1.20%) NIST
9 3 (1.20%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.40%) COBIT
10 1 (0.40%) GRC
10 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.40%) SOC 2
System Software
1 120 (47.81%) Active Directory
2 20 (7.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.38%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.19%) vSphere
5 7 (2.79%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (1.99%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (1.20%) BitLocker
7 3 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.20%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 45 (17.93%) SCCM
2 17 (6.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (1.99%) WMI
4 4 (1.59%) Kibana
4 4 (1.59%) logstash
4 4 (1.59%) Terraform
5 2 (0.80%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 2 (0.80%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 117 (46.61%) Microsoft
2 36 (14.34%) VMware
3 24 (9.56%) Citrix
4 21 (8.37%) ServiceNow
5 20 (7.97%) Cisco
6 10 (3.98%) SAP
7 7 (2.79%) Dell
8 6 (2.39%) Google
9 5 (1.99%) Ivanti
9 5 (1.99%) NetApp
9 5 (1.99%) Planview
10 4 (1.59%) Apple
10 4 (1.59%) Avaya
10 4 (1.59%) EMC
10 4 (1.59%) Polycom
10 4 (1.59%) Sophos
11 3 (1.20%) Darktrace
11 3 (1.20%) Palo Alto
11 3 (1.20%) Rapid7
11 3 (1.20%) Veeam