Period
to 28 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 28 January 2022 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
6 months to
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 47 43 30
Rank change year-on-year -4 -13 +23
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 4,301 2,163 4,236
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.90% 5.07% 5.88%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.65% 14.96% 19.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,074 1,472 2,888
10th Percentile £144 £140 £133
25th Percentile £193 £213 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £375 £350
Median % change year-on-year - +7.14% -6.67%
75th Percentile £513 £488 £475
90th Percentile £600 £562 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £325 £350
% change year-on-year -15.38% -7.14% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 146 218
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.75 £12.50
25th Percentile £13.59 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate £16.95 £18.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.83% +2.86% +6.06%
75th Percentile £22.25 £24.82 £20.75
90th Percentile £25.50 £55.00 £36.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -8.57% - +8.86%

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 with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 31,498 14,454 21,607
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.88% 33.91% 29.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,762 10,368 15,066
10th Percentile £338 £304 £278
25th Percentile £431 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £536 £495 £490
Median % change year-on-year +8.37% +1.02% -2.00%
75th Percentile £638 £575 £575
90th Percentile £713 £650 £669
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £443 £450
% change year-on-year +7.34% -1.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 288 334
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.50 £13.04
25th Percentile £15.25 £16.16 £16.01
Median hourly rate £21.04 £23.00 £19.75
Median % change year-on-year -8.52% +16.46% +12.86%
75th Percentile £40.00 £45.40 £33.75
90th Percentile £63.25 £61.00 £64.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -7.50% +8.11% +8.03%

Microsoft 365
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft 365 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft 365 over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft 365 over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +2 3,635 £375 - 1,841
UK excluding London +2 2,292 £275 -15.38% 1,487
London 0 1,486 £450 +10.43% 476
Work from Home -19 876 £450 +5.88% 305
South East +13 566 £275 -31.25% 333
North of England +7 523 £225 -25.00% 484
Midlands +3 447 £300 +13.21% 248
North West -3 285 £230 -11.54% 259
West Midlands +1 277 £300 -7.69% 128
South West +4 248 £303 -6.92% 127
Scotland -14 214 £328 -13.82% 85
East of England 0 203 £325 +23.11% 166
Yorkshire +10 196 £250 -27.27% 179
East Midlands +4 160 £245 +40.00% 119
Wales -8 88 £300 +20.00% 39
North East +30 42 £180 -3.87% 46
Northern Ireland -1 8 £145 - 7

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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 with a requirement for Microsoft 365.

1 2,421 (56.29%) Microsoft
2 2,361 (54.89%) Windows
3 1,961 (45.59%) Active Directory
4 1,632 (37.94%) Azure
5 1,295 (30.11%) Windows 10
6 1,093 (25.41%) Social Skills
7 895 (20.81%) SharePoint
8 776 (18.04%) ITIL
9 701 (16.30%) Windows Server
10 694 (16.14%) Microsoft Office
11 660 (15.35%) Migration
12 631 (14.67%) SCCM
13 594 (13.81%) VMware
14 572 (13.30%) Microsoft Intune
15 569 (13.23%) Finance
16 536 (12.46%) Azure Active Directory
17 500 (11.63%) PowerShell
18 496 (11.53%) Agile Software Development
19 424 (9.86%) Public Sector
20 421 (9.79%) Power Platform
21 419 (9.74%) Citrix
22 409 (9.51%) DNS
23 372 (8.65%) Firewall
24 355 (8.25%) Security Cleared
25 354 (8.23%) Cisco
26 351 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
27 338 (7.86%) Windows 7
28 334 (7.77%) SLA
29 324 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
30 307 (7.14%) OneDrive

Microsoft 365
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 895 (20.81%) SharePoint
2 264 (6.14%) MS Exchange
3 100 (2.33%) Skype for Business
4 64 (1.49%) Confluence
5 59 (1.37%) IIS
6 58 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 31 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
8 24 (0.56%) CMS
9 18 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
10 16 (0.37%) Apache
11 13 (0.30%) Drupal
11 13 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
12 12 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
12 12 (0.28%) IBM Notes
12 12 (0.28%) WebSphere
13 11 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
14 10 (0.23%) JBoss
15 9 (0.21%) NetWeaver
15 9 (0.21%) Tomcat
16 7 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 694 (16.14%) Microsoft Office
2 194 (4.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 68 (1.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 65 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
5 58 (1.35%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.40%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 7 (0.16%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.093%) AutoCAD
10 3 (0.070%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.047%) Adobe After Effects
11 2 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.047%) Adobe Premiere
12 1 (0.023%) Autodesk Inventor
12 1 (0.023%) InDesign
12 1 (0.023%) InVision
12 1 (0.023%) MicroStation
12 1 (0.023%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.023%) Revit
Business Applications
1 65 (1.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.70%) Sentinel
3 14 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
4 12 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 9 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 8 (0.19%) assyst
7 6 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.093%) SAP S/4HANA
9 3 (0.070%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.047%) Eikon
10 2 (0.047%) Misys Midas
10 2 (0.047%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 2 (0.047%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.047%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.047%) SAP PM
10 2 (0.047%) SystmOne
11 1 (0.023%) Maximo
11 1 (0.023%) Northgate Housing
11 1 (0.023%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 1,632 (37.94%) Azure
2 536 (12.46%) Azure Active Directory
3 421 (9.79%) Power Platform
4 307 (7.14%) OneDrive
5 250 (5.81%) PowerApps
6 243 (5.65%) AWS
7 171 (3.98%) Power Automate
8 156 (3.63%) SaaS
9 127 (2.95%) IaaS
10 108 (2.51%) PaaS
11 102 (2.37%) Dynamics 365
12 59 (1.37%) Azure Sentinel
13 56 (1.30%) GCP
14 52 (1.21%) Azure Monitor
15 51 (1.19%) Yammer
16 50 (1.16%) Mimecast
17 47 (1.09%) Google Workspace
18 42 (0.98%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 42 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
19 39 (0.91%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 409 (9.51%) DNS
2 372 (8.65%) Firewall
3 279 (6.49%) DHCP
4 272 (6.32%) VPN
5 220 (5.12%) WAN
6 216 (5.02%) LAN
7 173 (4.02%) TCP/IP
8 147 (3.42%) Skype
9 120 (2.79%) Wi-Fi
10 118 (2.74%) VoIP
11 103 (2.39%) Wireless
12 84 (1.95%) SAN
13 82 (1.91%) Internet
14 71 (1.65%) Network Security
14 71 (1.65%) Remote Desktop
15 56 (1.30%) VLAN
16 45 (1.05%) Intranet
17 44 (1.02%) WebEx
18 42 (0.98%) SSL
19 40 (0.93%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 239 (5.56%) Power BI
2 235 (5.46%) SQL Server
3 36 (0.84%) MySQL
4 35 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
5 33 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
6 26 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
8 22 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
9 21 (0.49%) Metadata
10 18 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
10 18 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 17 (0.40%) Relational Database
12 14 (0.33%) Tableau
13 13 (0.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 13 (0.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 12 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
14 12 (0.28%) DB2
15 11 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
15 11 (0.26%) Data Lake
16 10 (0.23%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 117 (2.72%) JIRA
2 29 (0.67%) Visual Studio
3 28 (0.65%) Jenkins
4 27 (0.63%) Git (software)
5 17 (0.40%) Bitbucket
6 9 (0.21%) GitLab
6 9 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
7 8 (0.19%) InstallShield
7 8 (0.19%) Subversion
8 6 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (0.12%) git-flow
9 5 (0.12%) Maven
9 5 (0.12%) SoapUI
9 5 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (0.093%) MSI
10 4 (0.093%) Selenium
10 4 (0.093%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.070%) gulp
11 3 (0.070%) JUnit
11 3 (0.070%) TestComplete
General
1 1,093 (25.41%) Social Skills
2 569 (13.23%) Finance
3 424 (9.86%) Public Sector
4 214 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
5 104 (2.42%) Organisational Skills
6 98 (2.28%) Banking
6 98 (2.28%) Telecoms
7 76 (1.77%) Manufacturing
8 74 (1.72%) Legal
9 71 (1.65%) Retail
10 70 (1.63%) Marketing
11 69 (1.60%) Presentation Skills
12 65 (1.51%) Documentation Skills
13 58 (1.35%) Law
14 47 (1.09%) Electronics
15 45 (1.05%) Local Government
16 27 (0.63%) Influencing Skills
17 22 (0.51%) Financial Institution
18 17 (0.40%) Billing
18 17 (0.40%) French Language
Job Titles
1 712 (16.55%) Analyst
2 576 (13.39%) Support Engineer
3 360 (8.37%) Architect
4 323 (7.51%) IT Support
5 311 (7.23%) 2nd Line Support
6 301 (7.00%) Service Analyst
7 289 (6.72%) Desktop Support
8 283 (6.58%) Service Desk Analyst
9 275 (6.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 243 (5.65%) Consultant
11 226 (5.25%) Project Manager
12 219 (5.09%) Desktop Engineer
13 217 (5.05%) Support Analyst
14 211 (4.91%) IT Engineer
15 207 (4.81%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
16 201 (4.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 190 (4.42%) IT Analyst
18 152 (3.53%) Developer
19 150 (3.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 146 (3.39%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (2.46%) .NET
2 72 (1.67%) HTML
3 65 (1.51%) CSS
4 43 (1.00%) Web Services
5 36 (0.84%) REST
6 35 (0.81%) SAML
7 32 (0.74%) jQuery
8 28 (0.65%) LDAP
9 25 (0.58%) JSON
9 25 (0.58%) OAuth
10 24 (0.56%) XMPP
11 23 (0.53%) .NET Core
11 23 (0.53%) React
12 22 (0.51%) HTML5
13 15 (0.35%) ARM Templates
13 15 (0.35%) Middleware
13 15 (0.35%) XML
14 14 (0.33%) AngularJS
15 13 (0.30%) YAML
16 12 (0.28%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 159 (3.70%) Data Centre
2 124 (2.88%) Management Information System
3 99 (2.30%) NHS
4 96 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
5 75 (1.74%) Public Cloud
5 75 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
6 68 (1.58%) PKI
7 66 (1.53%) Data Protection Act
7 66 (1.53%) Driving Licence
8 62 (1.44%) User Experience
9 50 (1.16%) Replication
9 50 (1.16%) Smartphone
10 43 (1.00%) iPad
11 40 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
12 36 (0.84%) Mobile App
13 34 (0.79%) iPhone
14 32 (0.74%) Virtual Team
15 31 (0.72%) Blackberry
15 31 (0.72%) BYOD
15 31 (0.72%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 2,361 (54.89%) Windows
2 1,295 (30.11%) Windows 10
3 701 (16.30%) Windows Server
4 338 (7.86%) Windows 7
5 255 (5.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 203 (4.72%) Windows Server 2016
7 178 (4.14%) Linux
8 145 (3.37%) Windows Server 2019
9 142 (3.30%) Android
10 127 (2.95%) Apple iOS
11 122 (2.84%) Windows Server 2008
12 119 (2.77%) Mac OS
13 62 (1.44%) Windows 8
14 56 (1.30%) Unix
15 29 (0.67%) Mac OS X
16 23 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
17 18 (0.42%) Windows XP
18 14 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 13 (0.30%) AIX
20 12 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 776 (18.04%) ITIL
2 660 (15.35%) Migration
3 496 (11.53%) Agile Software Development
4 324 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 300 (6.98%) Problem-Solving
6 292 (6.79%) Business Intelligence
7 244 (5.67%) Project Management
8 241 (5.60%) Service Management
9 234 (5.44%) Project Delivery
10 231 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 216 (5.02%) DevOps
12 210 (4.88%) Change Management
13 202 (4.70%) Cybersecurity
14 185 (4.30%) Service Delivery
15 180 (4.19%) Incident Management
16 150 (3.49%) ITSM
17 146 (3.39%) Data Protection
18 130 (3.02%) Identity Management
18 130 (3.02%) PRINCE2
19 125 (2.91%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 500 (11.63%) PowerShell
2 270 (6.28%) SQL
3 102 (2.37%) C#
4 92 (2.14%) JavaScript
5 76 (1.77%) Python
6 42 (0.98%) VBScript
7 37 (0.86%) Java
8 31 (0.72%) C
8 31 (0.72%) VB
9 24 (0.56%) Bash
9 24 (0.56%) T-SQL
10 21 (0.49%) Shell Script
11 20 (0.47%) TypeScript
12 16 (0.37%) VB.NET
13 14 (0.33%) Google Apps Script
14 11 (0.26%) R
15 9 (0.21%) VBA
16 8 (0.19%) Bicep
16 8 (0.19%) Perl
17 7 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 355 (8.25%) Security Cleared
2 290 (6.74%) SC Cleared
3 228 (5.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 161 (3.74%) Degree
5 74 (1.72%) MCSA
6 73 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
6 73 (1.70%) MCSE
7 64 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
8 63 (1.46%) DBS Check
9 60 (1.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 60 (1.40%) MCP
10 51 (1.19%) CCNA
11 46 (1.07%) CISSP
12 42 (0.98%) DV Cleared
13 39 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
14 38 (0.88%) A+ Certification
15 32 (0.74%) MCITP
16 31 (0.72%) PMP
17 29 (0.67%) CISM
18 24 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (7.77%) SLA
2 76 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 71 (1.65%) GDPR
4 70 (1.63%) PMO
5 56 (1.30%) QA
6 36 (0.84%) NIST
7 31 (0.72%) COBIT
8 21 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 20 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
10 19 (0.44%) NCSC
11 14 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
11 14 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 12 (0.28%) Accessibility
13 9 (0.21%) Data Quality
14 8 (0.19%) HL7
15 6 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 5 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 4 (0.093%) GxP
17 4 (0.093%) ISO 22301
18 3 (0.070%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1,961 (45.59%) Active Directory
2 351 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 160 (3.72%) Hyper-V
4 107 (2.49%) Virtual Desktop
5 69 (1.60%) vSphere
6 65 (1.51%) VMware ESXi
7 62 (1.44%) BitLocker
8 57 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
9 51 (1.19%) XenApp
10 35 (0.81%) XenDesktop
11 28 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
12 20 (0.47%) Docker
12 20 (0.47%) NFS
13 19 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
14 15 (0.35%) Firmware
15 11 (0.26%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 11 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 11 (0.26%) Terminal Services
15 11 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
16 7 (0.16%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 631 (14.67%) SCCM
2 572 (13.30%) Microsoft Intune
3 127 (2.95%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 78 (1.81%) Terraform
5 64 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
6 55 (1.28%) AirWatch
7 43 (1.00%) Jamf Pro
8 31 (0.72%) WSUS
9 29 (0.67%) Ansible
10 28 (0.65%) SCOM
10 28 (0.65%) vCenter Server
11 26 (0.60%) Kubernetes
12 23 (0.53%) FortiGate
13 19 (0.44%) SCVMM
14 16 (0.37%) Norton AntiVirus
15 15 (0.35%) AppManager
15 15 (0.35%) CASB
16 14 (0.33%) Nessus
17 12 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
17 12 (0.28%) QRadar
Vendors
1 2,421 (56.29%) Microsoft
2 594 (13.81%) VMware
3 419 (9.74%) Citrix
4 354 (8.23%) Cisco
5 206 (4.79%) ServiceNow
6 186 (4.32%) Apple
7 116 (2.70%) HP
8 111 (2.58%) Dell
9 102 (2.37%) SAP
10 101 (2.35%) Oracle
11 88 (2.05%) Google
12 80 (1.86%) Veeam
13 69 (1.60%) Meraki
14 59 (1.37%) Palo Alto
15 56 (1.30%) McAfee
16 42 (0.98%) Sophos
17 40 (0.93%) Symantec
18 39 (0.91%) Adobe
18 39 (0.91%) Ivanti
19 38 (0.88%) CheckPoint