The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Office 365 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Office 365 over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 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 Office 365 (O365)
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 61 105 128
Rank change year-on-year +44 +23  
Contract jobs citing Office 365 74 56 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.85% 1.44% 0.78%
As % of the Cloud Services category 26.81% 26.79% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 38 11
Median daily rate £336 £414 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.78% +10.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £249 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £525 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £350
% change year-on-year - +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.75 £15.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year -11.29% -7.46%  

Office 365 is in the cloud computing skills category. The next 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.

Contract Cloud Computing Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 276 209 183
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 10.61% 5.37% 5.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 143 107
Median daily rate £425 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% -10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £325 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 6
Median hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +55.55%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -17.92% -13.35%  

Office 365
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Office 365 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Cloud Services category.

Job vacancy trend for Office 365 in the North West

Office 365
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Office 365 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Office 365 in the North West

Office 365
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Office 365 in the North West over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Office 365 in the North West

Office 365
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office 365 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Office 365 in the North West

Office 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 Office 365 within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +33 36 £336 -20.88% 20
Cheshire +34 22 £375 -9.52% 6
Merseyside +7 9 £163 -16.66% 2
Lancashire +9 1 £250 -24.52% 3
Cumbria - 1 £325 - 1
Office 365
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Office 365 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Office 365.

1 55 (46.22%) Active Directory
2 51 (42.86%) Windows
3 38 (31.93%) Microsoft
4 32 (26.89%) Migration
5 28 (23.53%) MS Exchange
6 26 (21.85%) Windows Server
7 24 (20.17%) SharePoint
8 20 (16.81%) Skype for Business
9 19 (15.97%) PowerShell
9 19 (15.97%) Finance
10 18 (15.13%) MS Excel
10 18 (15.13%) Exchange Server 2010
11 16 (13.45%) Splunk
11 16 (13.45%) Microsoft Azure
11 16 (13.45%) ITIL
11 16 (13.45%) Skype
12 15 (12.61%) Windows 10
12 15 (12.61%) Windows Server 2012
13 14 (11.76%) Windows 7
14 13 (10.92%) Windows Server 2008
14 13 (10.92%) SCCM
14 13 (10.92%) VMware
14 13 (10.92%) Data Centre
15 12 (10.08%) Dashboard Development
15 12 (10.08%) MS Office
15 12 (10.08%) DNS
15 12 (10.08%) Data Mapping
15 12 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
16 10 (8.40%) SQL Server
16 10 (8.40%) Banking

Office 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 28 (23.53%) MS Exchange
2 24 (20.17%) SharePoint
3 20 (16.81%) Skype for Business
4 18 (15.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (8.40%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (7.56%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (4.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (4.20%) IBM Notes
7 5 (4.20%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.68%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.84%) Confluence
9 1 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.84%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.84%) IIS
9 1 (0.84%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (15.13%) MS Excel
2 12 (10.08%) MS Office
3 2 (1.68%) MS Project
3 2 (1.68%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (4.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.36%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 16 (13.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.20%) Azure Active Directory
3 4 (3.36%) OneDrive
4 3 (2.52%) Yammer
5 2 (1.68%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.84%) IaaS
6 1 (0.84%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 16 (13.45%) Skype
2 12 (10.08%) DNS
3 7 (5.88%) Firewall
4 5 (4.20%) DHCP
5 4 (3.36%) LAN
6 3 (2.52%) Internet
6 3 (2.52%) SAN
6 3 (2.52%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (1.68%) SMTP
7 2 (1.68%) VLAN
7 2 (1.68%) VoIP
7 2 (1.68%) WAN
8 1 (0.84%) 3G
8 1 (0.84%) 4G
8 1 (0.84%) Cisco IPT
8 1 (0.84%) iSCSI
8 1 (0.84%) MPLS
8 1 (0.84%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.84%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (0.84%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.40%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.20%) Big Data
3 3 (2.52%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.84%) MySQL
5 1 (0.84%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 2 (1.68%) JIRA
General
1 19 (15.97%) Finance
2 10 (8.40%) Banking
3 4 (3.36%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.52%) Retail
4 3 (2.52%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.68%) Games
5 2 (1.68%) Local Government
6 1 (0.84%) Advertising
6 1 (0.84%) Billing
6 1 (0.84%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.84%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (21.01%) Consultant
2 14 (11.76%) Analyst
2 14 (11.76%) Project Manager
3 11 (9.24%) Security Consultant
4 9 (7.56%) IT Manager
4 9 (7.56%) Splunk Consultant
4 9 (7.56%) Support Engineer
5 8 (6.72%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (6.72%) IT Project Manager
5 8 (6.72%) Office 365 Engineer
6 7 (5.88%) Architect
7 6 (5.04%) Active Directory Support
7 6 (5.04%) Desktop Support
7 6 (5.04%) SharePoint Consultant
8 5 (4.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 5 (4.20%) CRM Project Manager
8 5 (4.20%) Exchange Support
8 5 (4.20%) IT Engineer
8 5 (4.20%) Office 365 Consultant
8 5 (4.20%) Office 365 Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.68%) HTML
2 1 (0.84%) .NET
2 1 (0.84%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.84%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.92%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.36%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.52%) Blackberry
3 3 (2.52%) PKI
4 2 (1.68%) iPhone
4 2 (1.68%) Life Science
4 2 (1.68%) Replication
5 1 (0.84%) BYOD
5 1 (0.84%) Clustering
5 1 (0.84%) CMDB
5 1 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (0.84%) EPoS
5 1 (0.84%) iPad
5 1 (0.84%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (0.84%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 51 (42.86%) Windows
2 26 (21.85%) Windows Server
3 15 (12.61%) Windows 10
3 15 (12.61%) Windows Server 2012
4 14 (11.76%) Windows 7
5 13 (10.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (4.20%) Linux
6 5 (4.20%) Windows 8
7 4 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.84%) Android
8 1 (0.84%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.84%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.84%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (26.89%) Migration
2 16 (13.45%) ITIL
3 12 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (10.08%) Dashboard Development
3 12 (10.08%) Data Mapping
4 10 (8.40%) Visualisation
5 9 (7.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (6.72%) Project Management
7 7 (5.88%) Change Management
7 7 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (5.04%) CRM
9 5 (4.20%) Customer Requirements
9 5 (4.20%) PRINCE2
10 3 (2.52%) Data Protection
10 3 (2.52%) Supplier Management
10 3 (2.52%) Test Scripting
10 3 (2.52%) User Acceptance Testing
11 2 (1.68%) Data Management
11 2 (1.68%) System Testing
11 2 (1.68%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.97%) PowerShell
2 7 (5.88%) SQL
3 2 (1.68%) C#
3 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
3 2 (1.68%) VB
4 1 (0.84%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (4.20%) SC Cleared
1 5 (4.20%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.84%) DBS Check
3 1 (0.84%) Degree
3 1 (0.84%) ISEB
3 1 (0.84%) MCP
3 1 (0.84%) MCSE
3 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.04%) SLA
2 2 (1.68%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (1.68%) GDPR
2 2 (1.68%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 55 (46.22%) Active Directory
2 5 (4.20%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.68%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 2 (1.68%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.68%) XenApp
4 1 (0.84%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 13 (10.92%) SCCM
2 5 (4.20%) SCOM
3 3 (2.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 3 (2.52%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 3 (2.52%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.68%) AirWatch
4 2 (1.68%) MAILsweeper
4 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (1.68%) SmoothWall
5 1 (0.84%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.84%) Kibana
5 1 (0.84%) logstash
5 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.84%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.84%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.84%) vMotion
5 1 (0.84%) Webmin
5 1 (0.84%) WSUS
Vendors
1 38 (31.93%) Microsoft
2 16 (13.45%) Splunk
3 13 (10.92%) VMware
4 8 (6.72%) IronPort
5 7 (5.88%) Citrix
5 7 (5.88%) HP
6 5 (4.20%) Dell
6 5 (4.20%) Intel
6 5 (4.20%) Lotus
6 5 (4.20%) RightFax
7 4 (3.36%) Symantec
8 3 (2.52%) Apple
8 3 (2.52%) Intel Security
8 3 (2.52%) Trustwave
9 2 (1.68%) Atlassian
9 2 (1.68%) Cisco
9 2 (1.68%) Fortinet
9 2 (1.68%) Sophos
9 2 (1.68%) Trend Micro
10 1 (0.84%) EMC