Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 41 30 50
Rank change year-on-year -11 +20 +15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 2,657 3,435 4,361
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.05% 5.76% 4.52%
As % of the Cloud Services category 14.54% 19.03% 16.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,820 2,304 2,961
10th Percentile £150 £133 £138
25th Percentile £220 £185 £208
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £350 £380
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -7.89% +8.57%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £488
90th Percentile £575 £550 £569
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £375
% change year-on-year -4.41% -9.33% +9.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 169 177 168
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.63 £10.88
25th Percentile £13.00 £15.00 £12.60
Median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -0.40% +9.38% +6.67%
75th Percentile £23.75 £20.75 £18.75
90th Percentile £32.80 £25.00 £24.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -0.40% +9.38% +6.67%

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 18,274 18,046 26,350
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.76% 30.25% 27.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,161 12,644 18,467
10th Percentile £313 £281 £313
25th Percentile £406 £400 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £660 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 334 283 259
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.75 £11.00
25th Percentile £15.29 £16.25 £13.20
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +14.29% -3.06%
75th Percentile £45.00 £34.63 £25.75
90th Percentile £60.78 £57.50 £48.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.08 £17.00
% change year-on-year +4.81% +12.25% +3.03%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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 -10 2,065 £375 +10.29% 910
UK excluding London -2 1,328 £325 -4.41% 728
London -10 874 £413 +17.86% 240
Work from Home -31 764 £450 +5.88% 159
North of England +3 297 £286 -11.92% 222
South East -2 287 £350 +16.67% 137
Midlands +5 244 £288 -11.54% 173
Scotland -8 187 £375 -1.96% 32
North West +6 178 £300 - 118
South West -1 152 £325 -13.33% 71
West Midlands +7 147 £325 -13.33% 121
East of England +5 111 £263 -19.23% 65
Yorkshire +2 100 £306 -12.50% 73
East Midlands +2 96 £189 -39.60% 52
Wales +2 44 £193 -57.22% 24
North East -3 19 £200 +6.67% 31
Northern Ireland +14 12 £400 +300.00% 2
Channel Islands +3 3 - - 2

For the 6 months to 11 April 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 1,340 (50.43%) Microsoft
2 1,200 (45.16%) Windows
3 1,112 (41.85%) Azure
4 1,070 (40.27%) Active Directory
5 651 (24.50%) SharePoint
6 648 (24.39%) Windows 10
7 513 (19.31%) Migration
8 391 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
9 375 (14.11%) Windows Server
10 369 (13.89%) PowerShell
11 342 (12.87%) SCCM
12 320 (12.04%) ITIL
12 320 (12.04%) Microsoft Intune
13 314 (11.82%) Azure Active Directory
14 312 (11.74%) Finance
15 308 (11.59%) VMware
16 286 (10.76%) Public Sector
17 279 (10.50%) Security Cleared
18 249 (9.37%) Agile Software Development
18 249 (9.37%) Power Platform
19 240 (9.03%) SC Cleared
20 233 (8.77%) DNS
21 231 (8.69%) Citrix
21 231 (8.69%) OneDrive
22 220 (8.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 219 (8.24%) MS Exchange
24 212 (7.98%) Problem-Solving
25 209 (7.87%) Firewall
26 201 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure
27 182 (6.85%) DevOps

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
1 651 (24.50%) SharePoint
2 219 (8.24%) MS Exchange
3 132 (4.97%) Skype for Business
4 64 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 61 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2013
6 47 (1.77%) IIS
7 25 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2007
8 23 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
9 22 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
10 20 (0.75%) Confluence
11 19 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
12 17 (0.64%) CMS
13 9 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
14 8 (0.30%) Office Communications Server
15 7 (0.26%) Apache
15 7 (0.26%) EPiServer
15 7 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.23%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.23%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.19%) JBoss
Applications
1 391 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
2 67 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
5 23 (0.87%) InfoPath
6 19 (0.72%) MS Visio
7 18 (0.68%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.34%) Adobe After Effects
8 9 (0.34%) Adobe Premiere
8 9 (0.34%) CINEMA 4D
9 7 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.26%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.075%) Autodesk Flame
11 2 (0.075%) Maya
11 2 (0.075%) NUKE
12 1 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.038%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.038%) CATIA
12 1 (0.038%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 49 (1.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.30%) assyst
3 6 (0.23%) Sentinel
3 6 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.15%) SAP MM
5 4 (0.15%) SAP PM
5 4 (0.15%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.11%) OPENHousing
6 3 (0.11%) SAP PP
6 3 (0.11%) SAP QM
7 2 (0.075%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.075%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.075%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.038%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.038%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.038%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,112 (41.85%) Azure
2 314 (11.82%) Azure Active Directory
3 249 (9.37%) Power Platform
4 231 (8.69%) OneDrive
5 178 (6.70%) AWS
6 157 (5.91%) PowerApps
7 104 (3.91%) IaaS
8 95 (3.58%) PaaS
9 89 (3.35%) SaaS
10 88 (3.31%) Power Automate
11 55 (2.07%) Yammer
12 54 (2.03%) Dynamics 365
13 36 (1.35%) Mimecast
14 33 (1.24%) Serverless
15 28 (1.05%) Azure Functions
16 22 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
17 20 (0.75%) GCP
17 20 (0.75%) Logic Apps
18 17 (0.64%) Azure Stack
19 16 (0.60%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 233 (8.77%) DNS
2 209 (7.87%) Firewall
3 157 (5.91%) Skype
4 151 (5.68%) VPN
5 137 (5.16%) WAN
6 129 (4.86%) DHCP
7 105 (3.95%) LAN
8 63 (2.37%) Wi-Fi
9 59 (2.22%) Internet
9 59 (2.22%) Wireless
10 57 (2.15%) TCP/IP
11 53 (1.99%) Intranet
12 48 (1.81%) Unified Communications
13 38 (1.43%) SAN
14 34 (1.28%) Network Security
15 32 (1.20%) VoIP
16 28 (1.05%) VLAN
17 27 (1.02%) MPLS
18 23 (0.87%) WAAS
19 22 (0.83%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (4.44%) SQL Server
2 100 (3.76%) Power BI
3 24 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
4 22 (0.83%) Cosmos DB
5 14 (0.53%) Data Lake
5 14 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
6 13 (0.49%) MySQL
6 13 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (0.38%) Tableau
8 9 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
8 9 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
9 8 (0.30%) HBase
9 8 (0.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (0.26%) Hadoop
10 7 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.19%) DB2
11 5 (0.19%) SAP HANA
12 4 (0.15%) GIS
Development Applications
1 63 (2.37%) JIRA
2 14 (0.53%) Git (software)
3 12 (0.45%) Visual Studio
4 6 (0.23%) Bitbucket
4 6 (0.23%) MSI
4 6 (0.23%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (0.15%) Hudson
7 2 (0.075%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.075%) Babel
7 2 (0.075%) eggPlant
7 2 (0.075%) GitLab
7 2 (0.075%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.075%) NUnit
7 2 (0.075%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.075%) Subversion
7 2 (0.075%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.075%) Visual Studio Code
7 2 (0.075%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.075%) webpack
General
1 312 (11.74%) Finance
2 286 (10.76%) Public Sector
3 83 (3.12%) Telecoms
4 78 (2.94%) Banking
5 66 (2.48%) Legal
6 62 (2.33%) Retail
7 61 (2.30%) Manufacturing
8 50 (1.88%) Marketing
9 38 (1.43%) Electronics
10 27 (1.02%) Local Government
11 21 (0.79%) German Language
12 20 (0.75%) Law
13 17 (0.64%) French Language
13 17 (0.64%) Spanish Language
14 15 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
15 12 (0.45%) Publishing
16 11 (0.41%) Financial Institution
16 11 (0.41%) Italian Language
17 8 (0.30%) Retail Banking
18 6 (0.23%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 392 (14.75%) Analyst
2 257 (9.67%) Architect
3 227 (8.54%) Consultant
4 206 (7.75%) Support Engineer
5 168 (6.32%) Office 365 Engineer
6 167 (6.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 166 (6.25%) Project Manager
8 151 (5.68%) Service Analyst
9 129 (4.86%) Service Desk Analyst
10 127 (4.78%) IT Support
11 118 (4.44%) Azure Engineer
12 113 (4.25%) Office 365 Manager
13 110 (4.14%) 2nd Line Support
14 101 (3.80%) Developer
15 100 (3.76%) Support Analyst
16 93 (3.50%) Desktop Support
17 76 (2.86%) Windows Engineer
18 75 (2.82%) IT Analyst
19 69 (2.60%) IT Engineer
20 66 (2.48%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (2.18%) .NET
2 56 (2.11%) CSS
3 51 (1.92%) HTML
4 49 (1.84%) Web Services
5 29 (1.09%) Middleware
6 20 (0.75%) ASP.NET
7 19 (0.72%) REST
8 13 (0.49%) jQuery
8 13 (0.49%) Microsoft Graph
8 13 (0.49%) OAuth
9 12 (0.45%) LDAP
10 11 (0.41%) JSON
11 10 (0.38%) 802.1X
11 10 (0.38%) SailPoint
11 10 (0.38%) SAML
11 10 (0.38%) XML
12 8 (0.30%) HTML5
13 7 (0.26%) Node.js
13 7 (0.26%) SOAP
13 7 (0.26%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 111 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (2.71%) Management Information System
3 69 (2.60%) Data Centre
4 66 (2.48%) NHS
5 65 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
6 62 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
7 57 (2.15%) User Experience
8 56 (2.11%) PKI
9 44 (1.66%) Video Conferencing
10 37 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
11 35 (1.32%) Clustering
12 28 (1.05%) Driving Licence
13 27 (1.02%) Tandem
14 26 (0.98%) EMC VNX
15 24 (0.90%) Public Cloud
16 23 (0.87%) Mobile App
17 21 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
18 20 (0.75%) Smartphone
19 18 (0.68%) Social Media
20 17 (0.64%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1,200 (45.16%) Windows
2 648 (24.39%) Windows 10
3 375 (14.11%) Windows Server
4 168 (6.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 162 (6.10%) Windows 7
6 115 (4.33%) Windows Server 2016
7 108 (4.06%) Linux
8 82 (3.09%) Windows Server 2008
9 63 (2.37%) Windows Server 2019
10 62 (2.33%) Apple iOS
11 60 (2.26%) Android
12 33 (1.24%) Mac OS
13 32 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
14 30 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 30 (1.13%) Windows XP
15 29 (1.09%) Unix
16 23 (0.87%) Windows 8
17 20 (0.75%) Windows Mobile
18 12 (0.45%) Ubuntu
19 10 (0.38%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (19.31%) Migration
2 320 (12.04%) ITIL
3 249 (9.37%) Agile Software Development
4 220 (8.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 212 (7.98%) Problem-Solving
6 182 (6.85%) DevOps
7 147 (5.53%) Project Management
8 134 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
9 131 (4.93%) Change Management
9 131 (4.93%) Project Delivery
10 128 (4.82%) Business Intelligence
11 93 (3.50%) Service Delivery
12 89 (3.35%) Service Management
13 76 (2.86%) Mobile Device Management
14 75 (2.82%) Incident Management
15 72 (2.71%) Cybersecurity
16 64 (2.41%) CRM
16 64 (2.41%) Identity Management
17 63 (2.37%) Programme Management
18 59 (2.22%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 369 (13.89%) PowerShell
2 117 (4.40%) SQL
3 70 (2.63%) JavaScript
4 47 (1.77%) C#
5 44 (1.66%) Python
6 24 (0.90%) Java
7 22 (0.83%) C
8 11 (0.41%) VB
8 11 (0.41%) VBScript
9 10 (0.38%) Bash Shell
10 8 (0.30%) Perl
11 4 (0.15%) VBA
12 3 (0.11%) Go
12 3 (0.11%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.11%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.075%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.038%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.038%) R
14 1 (0.038%) Ruby
14 1 (0.038%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 279 (10.50%) Security Cleared
2 240 (9.03%) SC Cleared
3 164 (6.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 89 (3.35%) Degree
5 72 (2.71%) MCSE
6 50 (1.88%) ITIL Certification
7 45 (1.69%) DBS Check
8 44 (1.66%) MCSA
9 38 (1.43%) CISSP
10 26 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
11 24 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
12 23 (0.87%) MCP
13 18 (0.68%) CCNA
14 17 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 16 (0.60%) CISM
15 16 (0.60%) DV Cleared
16 14 (0.53%) A+ Certification
16 14 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
17 13 (0.49%) MCITP
18 11 (0.41%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (4.93%) SLA
2 33 (1.24%) QA
3 32 (1.20%) GDPR
4 30 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 26 (0.98%) PMO
6 21 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.30%) NIST
8 7 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.23%) NCSC
9 6 (0.23%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.19%) COBIT
11 3 (0.11%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.075%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 2 (0.075%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.075%) P3O
12 2 (0.075%) WCAG
13 1 (0.038%) PMBOK
13 1 (0.038%) TARGET2
System Software
1 1,070 (40.27%) Active Directory
2 201 (7.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 104 (3.91%) Hyper-V
4 52 (1.96%) Virtual Desktop
5 40 (1.51%) vSphere
6 37 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
7 34 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (1.02%) XenApp
9 18 (0.68%) Docker
10 15 (0.56%) XenDesktop
11 14 (0.53%) BitLocker
12 13 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
13 11 (0.41%) VMware NSX
14 10 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
15 8 (0.30%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 8 (0.30%) HDFS
16 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
18 4 (0.15%) DFS Replication
18 4 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 342 (12.87%) SCCM
2 320 (12.04%) Microsoft Intune
3 59 (2.22%) Terraform
4 53 (1.99%) Single Sign-On
5 34 (1.28%) AirWatch
6 25 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
7 23 (0.87%) NetBackup
7 23 (0.87%) SCOM
8 22 (0.83%) Ansible
8 22 (0.83%) IBM BigFix
8 22 (0.83%) vCenter Server
9 20 (0.75%) Kubernetes
10 19 (0.72%) Jamf Pro
11 12 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
12 10 (0.38%) Backup Exec
12 10 (0.38%) WSUS
13 8 (0.30%) FortiGate
14 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 6 (0.23%) SCSM
15 6 (0.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,340 (50.43%) Microsoft
2 308 (11.59%) VMware
3 231 (8.69%) Citrix
4 171 (6.44%) Cisco
5 89 (3.35%) ServiceNow
6 76 (2.86%) SAP
7 72 (2.71%) Apple
8 55 (2.07%) HP
9 44 (1.66%) EMC
10 43 (1.62%) Dell
11 40 (1.51%) Red Hat
12 39 (1.47%) Nintex
12 39 (1.47%) Oracle
13 36 (1.35%) Veeam
14 31 (1.17%) CheckPoint
15 29 (1.09%) Ivanti
16 27 (1.02%) Google
17 26 (0.98%) Adobe
18 24 (0.90%) Meraki
18 24 (0.90%) Remedy