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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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 43 47 41
Rank change year-on-year +4 -6 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 365 4,419 3,195 2,164
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.99% 4.90% 5.26%
As % of the Cloud Services category 13.89% 13.62% 16.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,210 2,200 1,401
10th Percentile £155 £153 £144
25th Percentile £200 £213 £213
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -1.96%
75th Percentile £525 £500 £488
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £315 £375
% change year-on-year -12.70% -16.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 194 112
10th Percentile £13.39 £10.90 £11.77
25th Percentile £15.00 £13.01 £15.09
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £19.08
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% -14.84% +6.01%
75th Percentile £22.25 £21.98 £21.00
90th Percentile £32.25 £29.85 £25.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.88 £16.25 £18.25
% change year-on-year +3.85% -10.96% +4.29%

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 31,825 23,455 12,760
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.95% 35.98% 31.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,131 16,718 8,982
10th Percentile £345 £325 £308
25th Percentile £450 £413 £402
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £505 £500
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £594
90th Percentile £748 £679 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £463 £463
% change year-on-year +8.11% - +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 384 187
10th Percentile £13.88 £12.22 £12.75
25th Percentile £15.25 £14.69 £16.38
Median hourly rate £22.00 £21.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.33% +7.50% -2.44%
75th Percentile £50.58 £45.00 £29.88
90th Percentile £67.50 £65.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £20.00 £19.60
% change year-on-year -3.78% +2.07% +4.51%

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 30 June 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 30 June 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft 365 in the UK

Microsoft 365
Top 19 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 30 June 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 +6 3,814 £360 -4.00% 1,458
UK excluding London +4 2,342 £275 -12.70% 1,205
Work from Home -13 1,684 £425 - 489
London +8 1,576 £440 +3.53% 355
North of England +8 588 £268 -2.73% 363
South East +10 587 £283 -19.29% 256
Midlands +2 408 £225 -10.00% 182
North West -1 281 £268 +7.00% 186
South West +11 263 £313 -3.85% 160
East of England +10 262 £300 - 140
Yorkshire +10 253 £275 -17.60% 130
West Midlands -3 237 £300 -14.29% 109
East Midlands +1 169 £190 +1.33% 73
Scotland -13 168 £300 -26.38% 67
Wales +3 70 £350 +52.17% 29
North East +10 58 £350 +35.92% 47
Northern Ireland -3 9 £450 +44.00% 12
Isle of Man - 6 £550 -
Channel Islands -5 1 £175 -

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 2,467 (55.83%) Microsoft
2 2,373 (53.70%) Windows
3 2,029 (45.92%) Active Directory
4 1,663 (37.63%) Azure
5 1,229 (27.81%) Windows 10
6 1,105 (25.01%) Social Skills
7 926 (20.95%) SharePoint
8 778 (17.61%) Microsoft Office
9 720 (16.29%) ITIL
10 660 (14.94%) Windows Server
11 632 (14.30%) VMware
12 627 (14.19%) Migration
13 591 (13.37%) SCCM
14 552 (12.49%) Finance
15 544 (12.31%) Microsoft Intune
16 543 (12.29%) Azure Active Directory
17 492 (11.13%) Agile
18 479 (10.84%) PowerShell
19 429 (9.71%) Citrix
20 400 (9.05%) VMware Infrastructure
21 398 (9.01%) Security Cleared
22 392 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
23 382 (8.64%) Power Platform
24 380 (8.60%) SLA
25 376 (8.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 374 (8.46%) DNS
27 373 (8.44%) Firewall
28 365 (8.26%) Cisco
29 356 (8.06%) Public Sector
30 346 (7.83%) Windows 7

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
1 926 (20.95%) SharePoint
2 289 (6.54%) MS Exchange
3 93 (2.10%) Skype for Business
4 74 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 43 (0.97%) Confluence
6 40 (0.91%) IIS
7 31 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
8 17 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
9 15 (0.34%) CMS
10 13 (0.29%) IBM Domino
11 12 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
12 11 (0.25%) IBM Notes
13 10 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
14 7 (0.16%) Apache
15 6 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2003
16 5 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2007
16 5 (0.11%) WordPress
17 4 (0.091%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 3 (0.068%) Tomcat
18 3 (0.068%) WebSphere
Applications
1 778 (17.61%) Microsoft Office
2 204 (4.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 83 (1.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 52 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
5 38 (0.86%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.16%) InfoPath
7 6 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.11%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.091%) Adobe Captivate
9 4 (0.091%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.068%) Adobe After Effects
10 3 (0.068%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.068%) Camtasia
10 3 (0.068%) Snagit
11 2 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.045%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.045%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.023%) EPLAN
12 1 (0.023%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 53 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 14 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.27%) assyst
5 10 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
6 7 (0.16%) Eikon
7 6 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.068%) Fidessa
8 3 (0.068%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.068%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.045%) Elite 3E
10 1 (0.023%) MFGPRO
10 1 (0.023%) Oracle Cash Management
10 1 (0.023%) Oracle EBS
10 1 (0.023%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 1 (0.023%) Primavera
10 1 (0.023%) SAP CRM
10 1 (0.023%) SAP HCM
10 1 (0.023%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 1,663 (37.63%) Azure
2 543 (12.29%) Azure Active Directory
3 382 (8.64%) Power Platform
4 305 (6.90%) OneDrive
5 290 (6.56%) AWS
6 195 (4.41%) PowerApps
7 142 (3.21%) Power Automate
8 125 (2.83%) SaaS
9 123 (2.78%) IaaS
10 101 (2.29%) PaaS
11 82 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
12 69 (1.56%) Mimecast
13 59 (1.34%) Azure DevOps
14 56 (1.27%) Google Workspace
15 52 (1.18%) Azure Sentinel
16 40 (0.91%) Yammer
17 37 (0.84%) Azure Monitor
18 34 (0.77%) GCP
19 28 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
20 27 (0.61%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 374 (8.46%) DNS
2 373 (8.44%) Firewall
3 261 (5.91%) DHCP
4 226 (5.11%) VPN
5 217 (4.91%) WAN
6 196 (4.44%) LAN
7 188 (4.25%) TCP/IP
8 162 (3.67%) Wi-Fi
9 122 (2.76%) VoIP
10 113 (2.56%) Skype
11 98 (2.22%) Wireless
12 88 (1.99%) SAN
13 86 (1.95%) Internet
14 77 (1.74%) Network Security
15 74 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
16 59 (1.34%) Intranet
17 49 (1.11%) WebEx
18 48 (1.09%) SD-WAN
19 45 (1.02%) Unified Communications
20 33 (0.75%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 262 (5.93%) SQL Server
2 193 (4.37%) Power BI
3 26 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
4 22 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
5 13 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (0.29%) Metadata
5 13 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 12 (0.27%) Data Lake
6 12 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (0.18%) MySQL
7 8 (0.18%) Tableau
8 7 (0.16%) Relational Database
9 6 (0.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.11%) Electronic Patient Records
10 5 (0.11%) MS Access
10 5 (0.11%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (0.11%) SAP HANA
11 4 (0.091%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.091%) DTS
11 4 (0.091%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 89 (2.01%) JIRA
2 40 (0.91%) Visual Studio
3 28 (0.63%) Hudson
4 18 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (0.38%) GitLab
6 14 (0.32%) Git (software)
7 13 (0.29%) Jenkins
8 11 (0.25%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.11%) MSI
10 4 (0.091%) Pylint
11 3 (0.068%) LSMW
11 3 (0.068%) Postman
11 3 (0.068%) SoapUI
11 3 (0.068%) TestComplete
11 3 (0.068%) Visual Studio Code
12 2 (0.045%) JMeter
12 2 (0.045%) Maven
12 2 (0.045%) Rational Performance Tester
12 2 (0.045%) Selenium
12 2 (0.045%) Subversion
General
1 1,105 (25.01%) Social Skills
2 552 (12.49%) Finance
3 356 (8.06%) Public Sector
4 228 (5.16%) Analytical Skills
5 118 (2.67%) Organisational Skills
6 115 (2.60%) Banking
7 110 (2.49%) Retail
8 64 (1.45%) Legal
8 64 (1.45%) Telecoms
9 61 (1.38%) Law
10 58 (1.31%) Presentation Skills
11 56 (1.27%) Documentation Skills
12 49 (1.11%) Manufacturing
13 48 (1.09%) Marketing
14 35 (0.79%) Financial Institution
14 35 (0.79%) French Language
15 34 (0.77%) Local Government
16 26 (0.59%) Influencing Skills
17 23 (0.52%) Advertising
18 22 (0.50%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 734 (16.61%) Analyst
2 672 (15.21%) Support Engineer
3 393 (8.89%) 2nd Line Support
4 376 (8.51%) IT Support
5 334 (7.56%) Architect
6 291 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 291 (6.59%) Service Analyst
7 288 (6.52%) Project Manager
8 272 (6.16%) Service Desk Analyst
9 271 (6.13%) Desktop Support
10 249 (5.63%) Support Analyst
11 247 (5.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 228 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
13 212 (4.80%) IT Engineer
14 191 (4.32%) IT Analyst
15 189 (4.28%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 181 (4.10%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
17 174 (3.94%) Consultant
18 171 (3.87%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 168 (3.80%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (2.24%) .NET
2 91 (2.06%) HTML
3 79 (1.79%) CSS
4 38 (0.86%) HTML5
5 34 (0.77%) React
6 30 (0.68%) .NET Core
6 30 (0.68%) ASP.NET
6 30 (0.68%) Web Services
7 25 (0.57%) jQuery
8 24 (0.54%) 802.1X
9 22 (0.50%) SAML
10 20 (0.45%) .NET Framework
10 20 (0.45%) LDAP
11 18 (0.41%) ARM Templates
12 16 (0.36%) REST
13 15 (0.34%) Ajax
14 14 (0.32%) ASP.NET Web API
14 14 (0.32%) Node.js
14 14 (0.32%) OAuth
15 12 (0.27%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 183 (4.14%) Data Centre
2 122 (2.76%) Management Information System
3 114 (2.58%) PKI
4 109 (2.47%) NHS
5 89 (2.01%) User Experience
6 88 (1.99%) Public Cloud
7 85 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
8 81 (1.83%) Video Conferencing
9 65 (1.47%) Smartphone
10 63 (1.43%) Driving Licence
11 56 (1.27%) iPhone
12 54 (1.22%) Data Protection Act
12 54 (1.22%) iPad
13 47 (1.06%) Replication
14 39 (0.88%) Clustering
15 35 (0.79%) Mobile App
16 31 (0.70%) BYOD
17 30 (0.68%) CMDB
17 30 (0.68%) Virtual Team
18 27 (0.61%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,373 (53.70%) Windows
2 1,229 (27.81%) Windows 10
3 660 (14.94%) Windows Server
4 346 (7.83%) Windows 7
5 210 (4.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 179 (4.05%) Linux
7 169 (3.82%) Windows Server 2016
8 139 (3.15%) Windows Server 2019
9 134 (3.03%) Apple iOS
10 126 (2.85%) Android
11 114 (2.58%) Mac OS
12 89 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
13 67 (1.52%) Windows 8
14 43 (0.97%) Unix
15 38 (0.86%) Mac OS X
16 28 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
17 20 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 17 (0.38%) Windows XP
19 15 (0.34%) HPUX
20 12 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 720 (16.29%) ITIL
2 627 (14.19%) Migration
3 492 (11.13%) Agile
4 392 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
5 376 (8.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 303 (6.86%) Project Management
7 298 (6.74%) Change Management
8 253 (5.73%) Incident Management
9 230 (5.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 229 (5.18%) Project Delivery
11 199 (4.50%) Business Intelligence
12 198 (4.48%) DevOps
13 195 (4.41%) Service Management
14 194 (4.39%) Service Delivery
15 188 (4.25%) ITSM
16 181 (4.10%) Cybersecurity
17 158 (3.58%) PRINCE2
18 133 (3.01%) Information Security
19 123 (2.78%) Mobile Device Management
20 115 (2.60%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 479 (10.84%) PowerShell
2 313 (7.08%) SQL
3 97 (2.20%) JavaScript
4 95 (2.15%) C#
5 61 (1.38%) Python
6 44 (1.00%) C
7 36 (0.81%) T-SQL
8 33 (0.75%) VB
9 28 (0.63%) Java
10 26 (0.59%) VBA
11 24 (0.54%) TypeScript
12 22 (0.50%) Bash
13 21 (0.48%) VBScript
14 20 (0.45%) Shell Script
15 19 (0.43%) PL/SQL
16 12 (0.27%) Ruby
17 6 (0.14%) PHP
18 4 (0.091%) Bicep
18 4 (0.091%) ES6
18 4 (0.091%) Google Apps Script
Qualifications
1 398 (9.01%) Security Cleared
2 337 (7.63%) SC Cleared
3 206 (4.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 150 (3.39%) Degree
5 100 (2.26%) MCSA
6 87 (1.97%) Cisco Certification
7 74 (1.67%) MCSE
8 70 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
9 66 (1.49%) MCP
10 65 (1.47%) CCNA
11 61 (1.38%) CISSP
12 59 (1.34%) DBS Check
13 58 (1.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 46 (1.04%) PMP
15 41 (0.93%) A+ Certification
16 39 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 28 (0.63%) PMI Certification
18 25 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
18 25 (0.57%) CISM
19 23 (0.52%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 380 (8.60%) SLA
2 76 (1.72%) PMO
3 68 (1.54%) GDPR
4 67 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 63 (1.43%) QA
6 33 (0.75%) NIST
7 31 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials
8 30 (0.68%) Accessibility
9 17 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 17 (0.38%) PCI DSS
10 14 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.23%) Data Quality
12 9 (0.20%) NCSC
13 8 (0.18%) GRC
13 8 (0.18%) WCAG
14 7 (0.16%) COBIT
14 7 (0.16%) NIST 800
15 5 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 5 (0.11%) HL7
15 5 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2,029 (45.92%) Active Directory
2 400 (9.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 215 (4.87%) Hyper-V
4 102 (2.31%) Virtual Desktop
5 78 (1.77%) vSphere
6 67 (1.52%) XenApp
7 60 (1.36%) Virtual Machines
8 59 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
9 45 (1.02%) XenDesktop
10 34 (0.77%) BitLocker
11 28 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
12 27 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (0.32%) NFS
14 12 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
15 11 (0.25%) Docker
16 9 (0.20%) Firmware
17 6 (0.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 6 (0.14%) Terminal Services
18 5 (0.11%) VMware Server
19 3 (0.068%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 591 (13.37%) SCCM
2 544 (12.31%) Microsoft Intune
3 94 (2.13%) Terraform
4 76 (1.72%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 66 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
6 43 (0.97%) Jamf Pro
6 43 (0.97%) WSUS
7 31 (0.70%) SCOM
8 27 (0.61%) Kubernetes
9 26 (0.59%) SCVMM
10 25 (0.57%) vCenter Server
11 24 (0.54%) AirWatch
12 20 (0.45%) Ansible
13 16 (0.36%) Failover Clustering
13 16 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
14 15 (0.34%) CASB
14 15 (0.34%) Nessus
15 13 (0.29%) FortiGate
16 12 (0.27%) NetBackup
16 12 (0.27%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 2,467 (55.83%) Microsoft
2 632 (14.30%) VMware
3 429 (9.71%) Citrix
4 365 (8.26%) Cisco
5 196 (4.44%) ServiceNow
6 184 (4.16%) Apple
7 103 (2.33%) HP
8 101 (2.29%) Google
9 88 (1.99%) Oracle
10 83 (1.88%) Dell
11 79 (1.79%) SAP
12 69 (1.56%) Meraki
13 58 (1.31%) Remedy
14 54 (1.22%) McAfee
15 49 (1.11%) Veeam
16 47 (1.06%) Okta
16 47 (1.06%) Palo Alto
17 45 (1.02%) NetApp
18 39 (0.88%) Symantec
19 38 (0.86%) Bloomberg