Period
to 15 June 2021

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 15 June 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
6 months to
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 45 39 47
Rank change year-on-year -6 +8 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 3,001 2,310 4,296
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.86% 5.30% 4.74%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.86% 17.38% 17.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,070 1,515 2,883
10th Percentile £150 £142 £139
25th Percentile £213 £207 £205
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £388
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +6.90%
75th Percentile £500 £488 £488
90th Percentile £588 £568 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £368 £363
% change year-on-year -11.56% +1.38% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 124 188
10th Percentile £10.65 £11.81 £11.68
25th Percentile £12.79 £15.09 £13.94
Median hourly rate £15.75 £19.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -17.11% +8.57% +9.38%
75th Percentile £21.05 £20.81 £24.41
90th Percentile £25.58 £25.00 £36.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.75 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +5.88% +11.84%

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 21,651 13,288 25,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.08% 30.47% 27.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,556 9,376 17,585
10th Percentile £325 £306 £313
25th Percentile £413 £400 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £600 £594 £580
90th Percentile £675 £675 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £463 £450
% change year-on-year -0.54% +2.78% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 204 282
10th Percentile £11.83 £12.75 £12.25
25th Percentile £14.38 £16.25 £14.90
Median hourly rate £21.05 £20.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.25% - +14.29%
75th Percentile £40.00 £33.94 £35.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £54.40 £51.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - +11.43% +9.38%

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 15 June 2021.

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 15 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Top 18 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 15 June 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
England -9 2,307 £375 - 929
UK excluding London +2 1,497 £325 -11.56% 763
London -7 955 £425 +9.68% 244
Work from Home -32 815 £450 +5.88% 138
South East -1 325 £350 - 156
North of England +11 319 £300 -14.29% 221
Midlands +7 281 £243 -35.33% 145
Scotland -4 213 £409 +2.19% 63
North West +6 182 £258 -20.77% 118
West Midlands +4 164 £363 -9.38% 101
South West -11 161 £325 -23.53% 80
East of England +10 133 £275 -15.38% 80
East Midlands +7 116 £188 -38.52% 44
Yorkshire +7 112 £350 - 87
Wales +8 48 £228 -46.47% 15
North East +10 25 £283 -33.53% 16
Northern Ireland +12 15 £350 - 3
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 15 June 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 with a requirement for Microsoft 365.

1 1,555 (51.82%) Microsoft
2 1,369 (45.62%) Windows
3 1,278 (42.59%) Azure
4 1,254 (41.79%) Active Directory
5 740 (24.66%) SharePoint
6 735 (24.49%) Windows 10
7 631 (21.03%) Social Skills
8 572 (19.06%) Migration
9 472 (15.73%) Microsoft Office
10 460 (15.33%) Windows Server
11 450 (15.00%) PowerShell
12 414 (13.80%) ITIL
13 394 (13.13%) VMware
14 381 (12.70%) Finance
15 377 (12.56%) Azure Active Directory
16 368 (12.26%) SCCM
17 344 (11.46%) Microsoft Intune
18 337 (11.23%) Agile Software Development
19 309 (10.30%) Public Sector
19 309 (10.30%) Power Platform
20 299 (9.96%) DNS
21 277 (9.23%) Security Cleared
21 277 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
22 275 (9.16%) Citrix
23 261 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 251 (8.36%) MS Exchange
25 241 (8.03%) VMware Infrastructure
26 239 (7.96%) AWS
27 235 (7.83%) SC Cleared
28 232 (7.73%) 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
1 740 (24.66%) SharePoint
2 251 (8.36%) MS Exchange
3 148 (4.93%) Skype for Business
4 70 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 55 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
6 46 (1.53%) IIS
7 32 (1.07%) SharePoint 2010
8 31 (1.03%) CMS
9 29 (0.97%) Confluence
10 22 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2007
11 21 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
12 20 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
13 11 (0.37%) IBM Notes
14 9 (0.30%) Apache
14 9 (0.30%) EPiServer
14 9 (0.30%) Office Communications Server
14 9 (0.30%) WebSphere
15 8 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.27%) JBoss
15 8 (0.27%) Tomcat
Applications
1 472 (15.73%) Microsoft Office
2 78 (2.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
5 27 (0.90%) InfoPath
6 17 (0.57%) MS Visio
7 11 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.20%) CINEMA 4D
9 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.100%) Adobe After Effects
10 3 (0.100%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.100%) Sketch
11 2 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.067%) Autodesk Flame
11 2 (0.067%) Maya
11 2 (0.067%) NUKE
11 2 (0.067%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.033%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.033%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 56 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.27%) assyst
2 8 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.17%) Sentinel
5 4 (0.13%) Elite 3E
5 4 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.13%) Workday HCM
6 3 (0.100%) OPENHousing
6 3 (0.100%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.100%) SAP MM
6 3 (0.100%) SAP PM
6 3 (0.100%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.067%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.067%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.067%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.067%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.067%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.067%) SAP PP
7 2 (0.067%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 1,278 (42.59%) Azure
2 377 (12.56%) Azure Active Directory
3 309 (10.30%) Power Platform
4 239 (7.96%) AWS
5 232 (7.73%) OneDrive
6 197 (6.56%) PowerApps
7 122 (4.07%) IaaS
8 117 (3.90%) PaaS
9 116 (3.87%) SaaS
10 113 (3.77%) Power Automate
11 63 (2.10%) Mimecast
12 57 (1.90%) Serverless
13 51 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
14 47 (1.57%) Azure Functions
14 47 (1.57%) Yammer
15 34 (1.13%) Azure Logic Apps
16 32 (1.07%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 24 (0.80%) Azure Stack
18 23 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
19 22 (0.73%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 299 (9.96%) DNS
2 229 (7.63%) Firewall
3 182 (6.06%) Skype
4 178 (5.93%) DHCP
5 169 (5.63%) VPN
6 135 (4.50%) WAN
7 120 (4.00%) LAN
8 85 (2.83%) TCP/IP
9 70 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
10 69 (2.30%) Wireless
11 63 (2.10%) Internet
12 59 (1.97%) Intranet
13 51 (1.70%) SAN
13 51 (1.70%) VoIP
14 50 (1.67%) Unified Communications
15 39 (1.30%) Network Security
16 33 (1.10%) NetScaler
17 29 (0.97%) Remote Desktop
18 27 (0.90%) WebEx
19 26 (0.87%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 137 (4.57%) Power BI
3 32 (1.07%) Azure SQL Database
4 24 (0.80%) MySQL
5 21 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
5 21 (0.70%) Tableau
6 20 (0.67%) Data Lake
7 15 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
8 13 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
9 12 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
9 12 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 12 (0.40%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.20%) GIS
12 5 (0.17%) DB2
12 5 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (0.17%) SAP HANA
13 4 (0.13%) Blockchain
13 4 (0.13%) Semantic Layer
Development Applications
1 85 (2.83%) JIRA
2 15 (0.50%) Git (software)
3 10 (0.33%) Visual Studio
4 9 (0.30%) Bitbucket
5 8 (0.27%) MSI
6 5 (0.17%) AdminStudio
6 5 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.13%) Fiddler
7 4 (0.13%) Hudson
7 4 (0.13%) InstallShield
8 3 (0.100%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.100%) Axure RP
8 3 (0.100%) Babel
8 3 (0.100%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.100%) SpecFlow
8 3 (0.100%) Subversion
8 3 (0.100%) webpack
9 2 (0.067%) eggPlant
9 2 (0.067%) GitLab
9 2 (0.067%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 631 (21.03%) Social Skills
2 381 (12.70%) Finance
3 309 (10.30%) Public Sector
4 132 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
5 83 (2.77%) Banking
6 74 (2.47%) Telecoms
7 73 (2.43%) Legal
8 67 (2.23%) Retail
9 57 (1.90%) Manufacturing
9 57 (1.90%) Marketing
10 42 (1.40%) Presentation Skills
11 40 (1.33%) Organisational Skills
12 38 (1.27%) Electronics
13 37 (1.23%) Documentation Skills
14 30 (1.00%) Local Government
15 23 (0.77%) German Language
16 22 (0.73%) Law
17 16 (0.53%) French Language
17 16 (0.53%) Influencing Skills
18 12 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 456 (15.19%) Analyst
2 299 (9.96%) Architect
3 251 (8.36%) Consultant
4 228 (7.60%) Support Engineer
5 205 (6.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 198 (6.60%) Project Manager
7 187 (6.23%) Service Analyst
8 182 (6.06%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
9 167 (5.56%) Service Desk Analyst
10 152 (5.06%) IT Support
11 149 (4.97%) Developer
12 127 (4.23%) 2nd Line Support
13 126 (4.20%) Azure Engineer
14 121 (4.03%) Support Analyst
15 112 (3.73%) Microsoft 365 Manager
16 105 (3.50%) Desktop Support
17 97 (3.23%) IT Engineer
18 95 (3.17%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
19 85 (2.83%) Administrator
20 83 (2.77%) Microsoft 365 Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (2.37%) .NET
2 68 (2.27%) Web Services
3 63 (2.10%) CSS
4 56 (1.87%) HTML
5 39 (1.30%) REST
6 34 (1.13%) OAuth
7 29 (0.97%) SAML
8 25 (0.83%) Microsoft Graph
8 25 (0.83%) Middleware
9 19 (0.63%) AngularJS
10 17 (0.57%) jQuery
11 16 (0.53%) ASP.NET
12 15 (0.50%) LDAP
13 14 (0.47%) JSON
13 14 (0.47%) Node.js
14 13 (0.43%) SOAP
15 12 (0.40%) 802.1X
16 11 (0.37%) XML
17 10 (0.33%) .NET Core
18 8 (0.27%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 81 (2.70%) Data Centre
2 79 (2.63%) Management Information System
3 76 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (2.40%) NHS
5 70 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
6 58 (1.93%) User Experience
7 51 (1.70%) PKI
8 48 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
9 37 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
10 36 (1.20%) Clustering
10 36 (1.20%) Driving Licence
11 34 (1.13%) Public Cloud
12 27 (0.90%) Tandem
13 25 (0.83%) Smartphone
14 23 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
15 20 (0.67%) iPad
16 18 (0.60%) EMC VNX
16 18 (0.60%) Social Media
16 18 (0.60%) Virtual Team
17 17 (0.57%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1,369 (45.62%) Windows
2 735 (24.49%) Windows 10
3 460 (15.33%) Windows Server
4 198 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 189 (6.30%) Windows 7
6 145 (4.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 136 (4.53%) Linux
8 98 (3.27%) Windows Server 2019
9 93 (3.10%) Windows Server 2008
10 81 (2.70%) Apple iOS
11 76 (2.53%) Android
12 36 (1.20%) Mac OS
12 36 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
13 34 (1.13%) Unix
14 31 (1.03%) Windows 8
15 30 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 27 (0.90%) Windows XP
17 20 (0.67%) Windows Mobile
18 19 (0.63%) Mac OS X
19 7 (0.23%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 572 (19.06%) Migration
2 414 (13.80%) ITIL
3 337 (11.23%) Agile Software Development
4 277 (9.23%) Problem-Solving
5 261 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 200 (6.66%) DevOps
7 177 (5.90%) Project Management
8 154 (5.13%) Stakeholder Management
9 151 (5.03%) Business Intelligence
10 140 (4.67%) Change Management
11 132 (4.40%) Project Delivery
12 96 (3.20%) Incident Management
13 86 (2.87%) Service Management
14 85 (2.83%) Cybersecurity
15 82 (2.73%) CRM
16 81 (2.70%) Service Delivery
17 76 (2.53%) PRINCE2
18 74 (2.47%) Identity Management
19 71 (2.37%) Scrum
20 70 (2.33%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 450 (15.00%) PowerShell
2 166 (5.53%) SQL
3 90 (3.00%) JavaScript
4 66 (2.20%) C#
5 58 (1.93%) Python
6 43 (1.43%) Java
7 26 (0.87%) C
8 16 (0.53%) Bash Shell
9 12 (0.40%) VB
9 12 (0.40%) VBScript
10 8 (0.27%) Ruby
10 8 (0.27%) VBA
11 7 (0.23%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.17%) Perl
12 5 (0.17%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.100%) Go
13 3 (0.100%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.067%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 2 (0.067%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.033%) PHP
Qualifications
1 277 (9.23%) Security Cleared
2 235 (7.83%) SC Cleared
3 178 (5.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 127 (4.23%) Degree
5 70 (2.33%) MCSE
6 53 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
7 50 (1.67%) DBS Check
8 46 (1.53%) MCSA
9 39 (1.30%) CISSP
10 36 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
11 35 (1.17%) MCP
12 24 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
12 24 (0.80%) DV Cleared
13 20 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 18 (0.60%) A+ Certification
15 16 (0.53%) CCNA
15 16 (0.53%) MCITP
16 14 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
16 14 (0.47%) CISM
17 11 (0.37%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (4.83%) SLA
2 48 (1.60%) GDPR
3 45 (1.50%) PMO
4 42 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 34 (1.13%) QA
6 19 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
7 12 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
7 12 (0.40%) NIST
8 8 (0.27%) COBIT
8 8 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 8 (0.27%) NCSC
9 6 (0.20%) Data Quality
9 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 6 (0.20%) PCI DSS
10 4 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (0.13%) ISO 22301
11 3 (0.100%) P3O
11 3 (0.100%) WCAG
12 2 (0.067%) ISO 9000
12 2 (0.067%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1,254 (41.79%) Active Directory
2 241 (8.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 133 (4.43%) Hyper-V
4 61 (2.03%) Virtual Desktop
5 43 (1.43%) VMware ESXi
5 43 (1.43%) XenApp
6 40 (1.33%) vSphere
7 29 (0.97%) XenDesktop
8 27 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (0.83%) Docker
10 23 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (0.37%) Terminal Services
13 9 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (0.27%) Firmware
15 7 (0.23%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 6 (0.20%) BitLocker
17 5 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
18 4 (0.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 4 (0.13%) NFS
Systems Management
1 368 (12.26%) SCCM
2 344 (11.46%) Microsoft Intune
3 110 (3.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 74 (2.47%) Single Sign-On
5 69 (2.30%) Terraform
6 36 (1.20%) AirWatch
7 29 (0.97%) NetBackup
8 27 (0.90%) Kubernetes
9 24 (0.80%) SCOM
10 22 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
11 20 (0.67%) Ansible
11 20 (0.67%) vCenter Server
12 17 (0.57%) IBM BigFix
13 16 (0.53%) Cisco CUCM
14 14 (0.47%) Backup Exec
14 14 (0.47%) FortiGate
14 14 (0.47%) Jamf Pro
15 12 (0.40%) WSUS
16 7 (0.23%) SCSM
17 6 (0.20%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1,555 (51.82%) Microsoft
2 394 (13.13%) VMware
3 275 (9.16%) Citrix
4 194 (6.46%) Cisco
5 114 (3.80%) ServiceNow
6 86 (2.87%) SAP
7 68 (2.27%) Apple
8 55 (1.83%) HP
9 51 (1.70%) Veeam
10 50 (1.67%) Oracle
11 45 (1.50%) Dell
12 44 (1.47%) Nintex
13 42 (1.40%) Ivanti
13 42 (1.40%) Red Hat
14 41 (1.37%) EMC
15 38 (1.27%) Meraki
16 37 (1.23%) Google
17 35 (1.17%) CheckPoint
18 34 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
19 27 (0.90%) Symantec