Period
to 17 September 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 17 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)
UK
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 46 49 42
Rank change year-on-year +3 -7 +15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 3,826 1,460 4,804
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.82% 4.84% 5.37%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.52% 15.40% 18.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,727 915 3,214
10th Percentile £150 £157 £138
25th Percentile £208 £250 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £388 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% +4.17%
75th Percentile £516 £488 £475
90th Percentile £597 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £388 £350
% change year-on-year -20.00% +10.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 246 78 252
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.82 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.23 £14.59
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -17.95% +2.63% +8.57%
75th Percentile £21.39 £23.56 £24.43
90th Percentile £26.46 £29.58 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -17.95% +11.43% +3.67%

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 28,304 9,480 25,854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.67% 31.45% 28.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,327 6,614 17,928
10th Percentile £330 £313 £300
25th Percentile £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £581
90th Percentile £700 £688 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £461 £450
% change year-on-year +3.04% +2.44% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 138 363
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.50 £13.00
25th Percentile £14.25 £16.25 £15.61
Median hourly rate £21.00 £20.92 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.39% +2.04% +17.14%
75th Percentile £45.97 £40.00 £36.75
90th Percentile £65.51 £54.13 £59.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -5.00% - +14.29%

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 17 September 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 17 September 2021.

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 17 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
England +5 3,127 £375 -6.25% 1,666
UK excluding London +1 1,974 £310 -20.00% 1,430
London +3 1,269 £450 +8.76% 350
Work from Home -24 925 £450 +12.50% 218
North of England +16 462 £288 -17.86% 421
South East +5 449 £340 -15.00% 300
Midlands +4 421 £315 -12.50% 256
West Midlands -4 265 £325 -13.33% 142
North West +7 255 £366 +4.57% 230
South West -7 203 £263 -41.67% 167
Scotland -22 202 £375 -6.25% 72
East of England +15 179 £275 -8.33% 169
Yorkshire +28 168 £220 -48.24% 148
East Midlands +7 156 £220 -34.33% 114
Wales -12 52 £300 -12.73% 37
North East +11 39 £148 -70.50% 43
Northern Ireland +4 8 £210 - 9

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

1 2,114 (55.25%) Microsoft
2 1,848 (48.30%) Windows
3 1,735 (45.35%) Active Directory
4 1,556 (40.67%) Azure
5 935 (24.44%) Social Skills
6 917 (23.97%) Windows 10
7 891 (23.29%) SharePoint
8 659 (17.22%) Migration
9 633 (16.54%) ITIL
10 620 (16.20%) Windows Server
11 599 (15.66%) Microsoft Office
12 557 (14.56%) VMware
13 537 (14.04%) SCCM
14 512 (13.38%) PowerShell
15 511 (13.36%) Azure Active Directory
16 475 (12.42%) Microsoft Intune
17 451 (11.79%) Finance
18 420 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
19 419 (10.95%) Citrix
20 386 (10.09%) DNS
21 381 (9.96%) Power Platform
22 364 (9.51%) Public Sector
23 345 (9.02%) Firewall
24 330 (8.63%) VMware Infrastructure
25 327 (8.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 302 (7.89%) AWS
27 298 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
28 291 (7.61%) Cisco
29 284 (7.42%) OneDrive
30 282 (7.37%) Security Cleared

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
1 891 (23.29%) SharePoint
2 252 (6.59%) MS Exchange
3 113 (2.95%) Skype for Business
4 60 (1.57%) IIS
5 57 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 43 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
7 39 (1.02%) Confluence
8 32 (0.84%) CMS
9 23 (0.60%) Apache
9 23 (0.60%) IBM Notes
10 19 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
11 18 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
11 18 (0.47%) Tomcat
12 13 (0.34%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.31%) JBoss
14 11 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
14 11 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
15 10 (0.26%) Drupal
16 8 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
17 7 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 599 (15.66%) Microsoft Office
2 164 (4.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 44 (1.15%) Microsoft Project
5 40 (1.05%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.50%) InfoPath
7 13 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 10 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.13%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
10 3 (0.078%) Adobe After Effects
10 3 (0.078%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.078%) Sketch
11 2 (0.052%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.052%) Adobe XD
11 2 (0.052%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.052%) InVision
12 1 (0.026%) Autodesk Flame
12 1 (0.026%) Figma
12 1 (0.026%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 58 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.39%) Sentinel
4 8 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.13%) assyst
6 4 (0.10%) Elite 3E
7 3 (0.078%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.078%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.078%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.052%) iTrent
8 2 (0.052%) Northgate Housing
8 2 (0.052%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.052%) SAP PM
8 2 (0.052%) SystmOne
8 2 (0.052%) Workday HCM
9 1 (0.026%) SAP FI
9 1 (0.026%) SAP MM
9 1 (0.026%) SAP PP
9 1 (0.026%) SAP QM
9 1 (0.026%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1,556 (40.67%) Azure
2 511 (13.36%) Azure Active Directory
3 381 (9.96%) Power Platform
4 302 (7.89%) AWS
5 284 (7.42%) OneDrive
6 228 (5.96%) PowerApps
7 150 (3.92%) IaaS
8 143 (3.74%) SaaS
9 139 (3.63%) PaaS
10 129 (3.37%) Power Automate
11 86 (2.25%) Dynamics 365
12 79 (2.06%) Mimecast
13 77 (2.01%) Serverless
14 61 (1.59%) Yammer
15 53 (1.39%) Azure Functions
16 49 (1.28%) GCP
17 46 (1.20%) Google Workspace
18 44 (1.15%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 37 (0.97%) Azure Logic Apps
20 34 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 386 (10.09%) DNS
2 345 (9.02%) Firewall
3 264 (6.90%) DHCP
4 234 (6.12%) VPN
5 170 (4.44%) WAN
6 165 (4.31%) Skype
7 163 (4.26%) LAN
8 136 (3.55%) TCP/IP
9 94 (2.46%) Wireless
10 93 (2.43%) VoIP
11 92 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
12 87 (2.27%) SAN
13 67 (1.75%) Internet
14 55 (1.44%) Unified Communications
15 49 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
16 46 (1.20%) Network Security
17 40 (1.05%) WebEx
18 37 (0.97%) SSL
19 34 (0.89%) Intranet
19 34 (0.89%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 207 (5.41%) Power BI
2 193 (5.04%) SQL Server
3 40 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
4 37 (0.97%) Data Lake
5 29 (0.76%) MySQL
6 26 (0.68%) Tableau
7 25 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
8 21 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
8 21 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
9 18 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
10 17 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
11 15 (0.39%) Metadata
12 14 (0.37%) Relational Database
12 14 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
13 13 (0.34%) Big Data
14 9 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
15 8 (0.21%) RDBMS
16 7 (0.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 7 (0.18%) BusinessObjects
17 6 (0.16%) GIS
Development Applications
1 108 (2.82%) JIRA
2 22 (0.58%) Git (software)
3 14 (0.37%) Jenkins
4 13 (0.34%) MSI
5 9 (0.24%) Bitbucket
5 9 (0.24%) GitLab
5 9 (0.24%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.16%) Zephyr
7 5 (0.13%) AdminStudio
7 5 (0.13%) InstallShield
7 5 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.10%) Appium
8 4 (0.10%) Axure RP
8 4 (0.10%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.10%) Fiddler
8 4 (0.10%) Mocha
8 4 (0.10%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.10%) Selenium
8 4 (0.10%) Subversion
9 3 (0.078%) Artifactory
General
1 935 (24.44%) Social Skills
2 451 (11.79%) Finance
3 364 (9.51%) Public Sector
4 184 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
5 89 (2.33%) Banking
6 78 (2.04%) Legal
7 74 (1.93%) Telecoms
8 71 (1.86%) Marketing
9 70 (1.83%) Retail
10 69 (1.80%) Documentation Skills
11 55 (1.44%) Presentation Skills
12 54 (1.41%) Manufacturing
13 49 (1.28%) Organisational Skills
14 36 (0.94%) Electronics
14 36 (0.94%) Local Government
15 29 (0.76%) Influencing Skills
16 28 (0.73%) Law
17 23 (0.60%) French Language
18 21 (0.55%) German Language
19 19 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 640 (16.73%) Analyst
2 382 (9.98%) Support Engineer
3 366 (9.57%) Architect
4 293 (7.66%) Consultant
5 281 (7.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 277 (7.24%) Service Analyst
7 250 (6.53%) Service Desk Analyst
8 249 (6.51%) IT Support
9 209 (5.46%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 207 (5.41%) Project Manager
11 192 (5.02%) 2nd Line Support
12 186 (4.86%) IT Engineer
13 179 (4.68%) Developer
14 169 (4.42%) Support Analyst
15 161 (4.21%) Desktop Support
16 144 (3.76%) Desktop Engineer
17 136 (3.55%) Azure Engineer
18 124 (3.24%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 123 (3.21%) IT Support Engineer
20 119 (3.11%) Microsoft 365 Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (2.64%) .NET
2 69 (1.80%) Web Services
3 66 (1.73%) CSS
4 62 (1.62%) HTML
5 54 (1.41%) REST
6 47 (1.23%) OAuth
6 47 (1.23%) SAML
7 33 (0.86%) AngularJS
8 28 (0.73%) Microsoft Graph
9 27 (0.71%) LDAP
10 21 (0.55%) React
11 19 (0.50%) J2EE
12 16 (0.42%) jQuery
12 16 (0.42%) Node.js
13 15 (0.39%) .NET Core
14 14 (0.37%) JSON
15 13 (0.34%) ARM Templates
16 11 (0.29%) SOAP
16 11 (0.29%) XML
17 10 (0.26%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 131 (3.42%) Data Centre
2 105 (2.74%) Management Information System
3 89 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
4 77 (2.01%) NHS
5 67 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
6 56 (1.46%) Driving Licence
7 53 (1.39%) PKI
8 50 (1.31%) Public Cloud
8 50 (1.31%) User Experience
9 36 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
10 35 (0.91%) Mobile App
11 34 (0.89%) Blackberry
12 33 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
13 32 (0.84%) Smartphone
14 29 (0.76%) iPad
15 27 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
16 25 (0.65%) Clustering
17 24 (0.63%) Virtual Team
18 23 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
18 23 (0.60%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1,848 (48.30%) Windows
2 917 (23.97%) Windows 10
3 620 (16.20%) Windows Server
4 276 (7.21%) Windows 7
5 231 (6.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 183 (4.78%) Windows Server 2016
7 147 (3.84%) Linux
8 143 (3.74%) Windows Server 2019
9 138 (3.61%) Android
10 124 (3.24%) Apple iOS
11 104 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
12 67 (1.75%) Mac OS
13 47 (1.23%) Unix
14 37 (0.97%) Windows 8
15 27 (0.71%) Mac OS X
16 23 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 23 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
17 20 (0.52%) Windows XP
18 16 (0.42%) Windows Mobile
19 10 (0.26%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 659 (17.22%) Migration
2 633 (16.54%) ITIL
3 420 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
4 327 (8.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 298 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
6 237 (6.19%) Business Intelligence
7 210 (5.49%) Project Management
8 209 (5.46%) DevOps
9 195 (5.10%) Stakeholder Management
10 190 (4.97%) Project Delivery
11 169 (4.42%) Service Management
12 146 (3.82%) Service Delivery
13 143 (3.74%) Change Management
14 135 (3.53%) Incident Management
15 127 (3.32%) Cybersecurity
16 110 (2.88%) PRINCE2
17 109 (2.85%) CRM
18 108 (2.82%) Identity Management
19 100 (2.61%) ITSM
20 99 (2.59%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 512 (13.38%) PowerShell
2 262 (6.85%) SQL
3 110 (2.88%) JavaScript
4 103 (2.69%) C#
5 85 (2.22%) Python
6 59 (1.54%) Java
7 34 (0.89%) C
8 19 (0.50%) Bash Shell
8 19 (0.50%) T-SQL
8 19 (0.50%) VBScript
9 16 (0.42%) VB
10 13 (0.34%) TypeScript
11 12 (0.31%) R
12 10 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 10 (0.26%) VBA
13 9 (0.24%) VB.NET
14 8 (0.21%) Ruby
15 5 (0.13%) Perl
16 3 (0.078%) C++
16 3 (0.078%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 282 (7.37%) Security Cleared
2 242 (6.33%) SC Cleared
3 179 (4.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 153 (4.00%) Degree
5 66 (1.73%) DBS Check
6 61 (1.59%) MCSE
7 59 (1.54%) MCSA
8 58 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
9 57 (1.49%) MCP
10 54 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
11 42 (1.10%) CCNA
11 42 (1.10%) CISSP
12 29 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
13 24 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 22 (0.58%) A+ Certification
14 22 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
14 22 (0.58%) DV Cleared
15 20 (0.52%) MCITP
16 16 (0.42%) PMI Certification
17 13 (0.34%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 205 (5.36%) SLA
2 69 (1.80%) GDPR
3 65 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 64 (1.67%) PMO
5 43 (1.12%) QA
6 30 (0.78%) NIST
7 19 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
8 17 (0.44%) NCSC
9 16 (0.42%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.29%) COBIT
11 10 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 9 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 9 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 9 (0.24%) SOC 2
13 8 (0.21%) Accessibility
13 8 (0.21%) ISO 22301
14 7 (0.18%) P3O
15 5 (0.13%) Data Quality
16 4 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 1,735 (45.35%) Active Directory
2 330 (8.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 172 (4.50%) Hyper-V
4 110 (2.88%) Virtual Desktop
5 77 (2.01%) vSphere
6 75 (1.96%) XenApp
7 65 (1.70%) VMware ESXi
8 55 (1.44%) XenDesktop
9 42 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
10 35 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
11 28 (0.73%) BitLocker
12 22 (0.58%) Docker
13 19 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
14 17 (0.44%) NFS
14 17 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
15 14 (0.37%) Firmware
16 9 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.24%) Terminal Services
17 8 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 8 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 537 (14.04%) SCCM
2 475 (12.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 146 (3.82%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 83 (2.17%) Single Sign-On
5 68 (1.78%) Terraform
6 36 (0.94%) AirWatch
7 33 (0.86%) Ansible
8 32 (0.84%) SCOM
9 30 (0.78%) FortiGate
9 30 (0.78%) Kubernetes
10 27 (0.71%) WSUS
11 26 (0.68%) vCenter Server
12 22 (0.58%) Jamf Pro
13 19 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
14 16 (0.42%) NetBackup
15 14 (0.37%) SCVMM
16 11 (0.29%) vRealize
17 10 (0.26%) Backup Exec
18 9 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
18 9 (0.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 2,114 (55.25%) Microsoft
2 557 (14.56%) VMware
3 419 (10.95%) Citrix
4 291 (7.61%) Cisco
5 189 (4.94%) ServiceNow
6 123 (3.21%) Apple
7 101 (2.64%) SAP
8 89 (2.33%) HP
9 88 (2.30%) Dell
10 79 (2.06%) Oracle
11 77 (2.01%) Google
12 55 (1.44%) Veeam
13 54 (1.41%) Ivanti
13 54 (1.41%) Symantec
14 52 (1.36%) Meraki
15 50 (1.31%) Palo Alto
16 47 (1.23%) CheckPoint
17 42 (1.10%) NetApp
18 37 (0.97%) Atlassian
18 37 (0.97%) Red Hat