Period
to 17 October 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 17 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)
England > North West
6 months to
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 20 28 30
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 281 114 292
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 7.27% 6.01% 5.55%
As % of the Cloud Services category 22.85% 18.66% 21.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 59 200
10th Percentile £144 £134 £149
25th Percentile £182 £163 £213
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £300 £300 £325
Median % change year-on-year - -7.69% +7.44%
75th Percentile £469 £421 £425
90th Percentile £600 £479 £575
England median daily rate £363 £390 £365
% change year-on-year -7.05% +6.85% +0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 15 15
10th Percentile £13.50 £14.70 £13.04
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.97 £14.13
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.43 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.27% +8.94% -8.57%
75th Percentile £38.75 £22.00 £17.34
90th Percentile £75.25 £32.55 £18.22
England median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -17.95% -2.50% +14.29%

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 1,230 611 1,354
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 31.82% 32.23% 25.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 953 430 935
10th Percentile £259 £280 £289
25th Percentile £385 £360 £352
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £600 £600
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 16 20
10th Percentile £12.94 £14.75 £12.64
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.34 £13.88
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.43 £16.25
Median % change year-on-year +9.01% +7.26% -7.14%
75th Percentile £38.75 £21.13 £17.76
90th Percentile £75.25 £32.38 £20.50
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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 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
Manchester -4 151 £343 -2.14% 144
Cheshire +15 52 £250 +49.25% 44
Merseyside +7 37 £190 -30.91% 26
Lancashire +3 28 £300 +50.00% 17
Cumbria - 3 - - 7
Microsoft 365
England

For the 6 months to 17 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 North West region with a requirement for Microsoft 365.

1 141 (50.18%) Windows
2 140 (49.82%) Active Directory
3 130 (46.26%) Microsoft
4 85 (30.25%) Social Skills
5 78 (27.76%) Azure
5 78 (27.76%) Windows 10
6 63 (22.42%) ITIL
7 58 (20.64%) SCCM
8 49 (17.44%) Public Sector
9 41 (14.59%) PowerShell
10 40 (14.23%) SharePoint
11 34 (12.10%) Microsoft Office
11 34 (12.10%) Windows Server
12 33 (11.74%) VMware
13 30 (10.68%) Agile Software Development
14 29 (10.32%) Migration
14 29 (10.32%) MS Exchange
14 29 (10.32%) VPN
15 28 (9.96%) Power Platform
16 26 (9.25%) Citrix
16 26 (9.25%) Microsoft Intune
17 25 (8.90%) Windows 7
18 23 (8.19%) ServiceNow
18 23 (8.19%) Cisco
19 21 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
19 21 (7.47%) Azure Active Directory
20 20 (7.12%) SLA
20 20 (7.12%) Service Management
21 19 (6.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 18 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure

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 40 (14.23%) SharePoint
2 29 (10.32%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.20%) Skype for Business
4 5 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.42%) Apache
5 4 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (1.42%) IIS
6 2 (0.71%) CMS
6 2 (0.71%) Confluence
6 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.36%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 34 (12.10%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (6.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (3.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.85%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.36%) SAP CCM
Cloud Services
1 78 (27.76%) Azure
2 28 (9.96%) Power Platform
3 21 (7.47%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (4.63%) OneDrive
5 10 (3.56%) Mimecast
6 9 (3.20%) AWS
6 9 (3.20%) Dynamics 365
6 9 (3.20%) Power Automate
6 9 (3.20%) PowerApps
7 8 (2.85%) PaaS
8 7 (2.49%) SaaS
9 6 (2.14%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.78%) Azure Logic Apps
10 5 (1.78%) Azure Sentinel
10 5 (1.78%) IaaS
11 4 (1.42%) Yammer
12 3 (1.07%) Google Workspace
13 1 (0.36%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 1 (0.36%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.36%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 29 (10.32%) VPN
2 18 (6.41%) DNS
3 17 (6.05%) Firewall
4 12 (4.27%) DHCP
5 11 (3.91%) LAN
5 11 (3.91%) VoIP
5 11 (3.91%) Wireless
6 10 (3.56%) Skype
7 9 (3.20%) WAN
8 5 (1.78%) TCP/IP
8 5 (1.78%) VLAN
9 4 (1.42%) PBX
9 4 (1.42%) VSAN
9 4 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (1.07%) SAN
11 2 (0.71%) Internet
11 2 (0.71%) Intranet
11 2 (0.71%) SD-WAN
11 2 (0.71%) WebEx
12 1 (0.36%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.05%) Power BI
2 6 (2.14%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.71%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.71%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.71%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.36%) HDInsight
4 1 (0.36%) MS Access
4 1 (0.36%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Bitbucket
1 2 (0.71%) Git (software)
1 2 (0.71%) TestComplete
2 1 (0.36%) JIRA
General
1 85 (30.25%) Social Skills
2 49 (17.44%) Public Sector
3 14 (4.98%) Finance
4 9 (3.20%) Legal
4 9 (3.20%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.49%) Electronics
5 7 (2.49%) Marketing
5 7 (2.49%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.14%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (2.14%) Banking
7 4 (1.42%) Documentation Skills
8 3 (1.07%) Presentation Skills
9 2 (0.71%) Automotive
9 2 (0.71%) Publishing
10 1 (0.36%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.36%) Law
10 1 (0.36%) Local Government
10 1 (0.36%) Retail
Job Titles
1 41 (14.59%) Analyst
2 38 (13.52%) Support Engineer
3 27 (9.61%) Service Analyst
3 27 (9.61%) Service Desk Analyst
4 23 (8.19%) Desktop Support
5 22 (7.83%) 1st Line Support
6 21 (7.47%) Consultant
7 20 (7.12%) IT Support
8 17 (6.05%) Desktop Engineer
8 17 (6.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 15 (5.34%) Developer
10 14 (4.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 13 (4.63%) IT Engineer
12 12 (4.27%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 12 (4.27%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
12 12 (4.27%) Service Desk Engineer
13 11 (3.91%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 11 (3.91%) 2nd Line Support
13 11 (3.91%) Service Desk Support
14 10 (3.56%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.42%) .NET
1 4 (1.42%) Elastic Stack
1 4 (1.42%) SailPoint
2 3 (1.07%) REST
2 3 (1.07%) XMPP
3 2 (0.71%) AngularJS
3 2 (0.71%) Web Services
4 1 (0.36%) .NET Core
4 1 (0.36%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.36%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.36%) CSS
4 1 (0.36%) HTML
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Graph
4 1 (0.36%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.41%) NHS
2 16 (5.69%) Management Information System
3 13 (4.63%) Video Conferencing
4 10 (3.56%) Data Protection Act
5 7 (2.49%) Data Centre
6 6 (2.14%) PMI
7 5 (1.78%) CESG
7 5 (1.78%) CESG CLAS
7 5 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.42%) Graphic Design
8 4 (1.42%) iPhone
9 3 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.07%) Legacy Systems
9 3 (1.07%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.07%) Wiki
10 2 (0.71%) Cyberattack
10 2 (0.71%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.71%) iPad
10 2 (0.71%) Life Science
10 2 (0.71%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 141 (50.18%) Windows
2 78 (27.76%) Windows 10
3 34 (12.10%) Windows Server
4 25 (8.90%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.20%) Android
5 9 (3.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (2.49%) Linux
6 7 (2.49%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.78%) Windows Server 2019
8 4 (1.42%) Windows Phone
8 4 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.07%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.71%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.71%) Unix
11 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (22.42%) ITIL
2 30 (10.68%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (10.32%) Migration
4 21 (7.47%) Business Intelligence
5 20 (7.12%) Service Management
6 19 (6.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 17 (6.05%) Data Protection
7 17 (6.05%) Incident Management
8 16 (5.69%) Cybersecurity
8 16 (5.69%) PRINCE2
9 15 (5.34%) Information Security
9 15 (5.34%) Problem-Solving
9 15 (5.34%) Project Delivery
10 14 (4.98%) Project Management
11 13 (4.63%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (4.27%) Programme Management
13 11 (3.91%) Change Management
13 11 (3.91%) Identity Access Management
13 11 (3.91%) Mobile Device Management
14 10 (3.56%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 41 (14.59%) PowerShell
2 11 (3.91%) SQL
3 9 (3.20%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.42%) VB
4 4 (1.42%) VBScript
5 2 (0.71%) Perl
5 2 (0.71%) Python
5 2 (0.71%) VBA
6 1 (0.36%) C#
Qualifications
1 16 (5.69%) Security Cleared
2 13 (4.63%) Degree
3 11 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (3.56%) SC Cleared
5 9 (3.20%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (2.85%) CESG Certified Professional
7 6 (2.14%) CISSP
7 6 (2.14%) MCSE
7 6 (2.14%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.78%) CLAS
8 5 (1.78%) MCP
9 4 (1.42%) MOS
10 3 (1.07%) DBS Check
10 3 (1.07%) MCSA
11 2 (0.71%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.36%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.36%) MCITP
12 1 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (7.12%) SLA
2 16 (5.69%) PMO
3 11 (3.91%) QA
4 10 (3.56%) NCSC
5 9 (3.20%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 7 (2.49%) GDPR
7 5 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (1.78%) P3O
8 3 (1.07%) Accessibility
8 3 (1.07%) ISO 22301
8 3 (1.07%) NIST
8 3 (1.07%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.71%) COBIT
9 2 (0.71%) SOC 2
10 1 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.36%) GRC
10 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 140 (49.82%) Active Directory
2 18 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.63%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.85%) vSphere
5 7 (2.49%) Virtual Desktop
5 7 (2.49%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.14%) BitLocker
7 3 (1.07%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.36%) Squid
Systems Management
1 58 (20.64%) SCCM
2 26 (9.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (1.78%) WMI
4 4 (1.42%) Kibana
4 4 (1.42%) logstash
4 4 (1.42%) Terraform
5 2 (0.71%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 2 (0.71%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.36%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.36%) AppManager
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.36%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 130 (46.26%) Microsoft
2 33 (11.74%) VMware
3 26 (9.25%) Citrix
4 23 (8.19%) Cisco
4 23 (8.19%) ServiceNow
5 12 (4.27%) SAP
6 8 (2.85%) Ivanti
7 7 (2.49%) Dell
8 6 (2.14%) Apple
8 6 (2.14%) Avaya
8 6 (2.14%) Google
8 6 (2.14%) Polycom
9 5 (1.78%) HP
9 5 (1.78%) NetApp
9 5 (1.78%) Planview
9 5 (1.78%) Sophos
10 4 (1.42%) EMC
10 4 (1.42%) Veeam
11 3 (1.07%) Meraki
11 3 (1.07%) Rapid7