Period
to 18 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MS Exchange skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MS Exchange over the 6 months to 18 October 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 Exchange Server
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 417 339 238
Rank change year-on-year -78 -101 -11
Contract jobs citing MS Exchange 474 197 1,006
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.64% 1.18%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.38% 4.33% 7.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 137 693
10th Percentile £150 £118 £130
25th Percentile £185 £213 £163
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £370 £315
Median % change year-on-year -5.49% +17.57% +1.61%
75th Percentile £454 £480 £438
90th Percentile £536 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £269 £350 £300
% change year-on-year -23.21% +16.67% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 20 55
10th Percentile £12.65 £12.58 £10.16
25th Percentile £14.55 £12.63 £11.16
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.92 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.36% +19.48% -9.09%
75th Percentile £22.25 £20.25 £19.58
90th Percentile £28.75 £24.53 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.34 £17.92 £14.39
% change year-on-year -3.28% +24.55% -12.79%

MS Exchange is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 10,822 4,545 12,694
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.90% 14.73% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,422 3,067 8,340
10th Percentile £300 £288 £260
25th Percentile £406 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £556 £550
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 129 296
10th Percentile £14.15 £12.63 £10.70
25th Percentile £16.21 £15.88 £14.28
Median hourly rate £24.50 £22.38 £20.96
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% +6.80% +4.78%
75th Percentile £53.75 £38.75 £40.02
90th Percentile £69.25 £58.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.75 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.28% - -

MS Exchange
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MS Exchange as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MS Exchange.

Daily rate trend for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MS Exchange over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MS Exchange.

Hourly rate trend for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MS Exchange over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
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 MS Exchange within the UK over the 6 months to 18 October 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 -68 385 £325 -7.14% 247
UK excluding London -29 288 £269 -23.21% 209
London -154 114 £380 -5.00% 57
North of England -22 83 £325 +79.50% 83
Work from Home -192 81 £375 -11.76% 31
South East -42 76 £200 -46.67% 40
North West -26 52 £419 +130.76% 45
Midlands -34 52 £195 +56.00% 34
West Midlands -31 36 £200 -27.27% 18
Yorkshire -29 28 £185 - 27
South West -45 27 £356 +1.79% 13
East of England -36 20 £315 +26.00% 19
Scotland -71 17 £260 -44.24% 14
East Midlands -27 16 £188 +70.45% 16
Wales -19 11 £263 +6.60% 4
North East -7 3 £250 +138.10% 11
Northern Ireland - 2 £269 - 2

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing MS Exchange 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 MS Exchange.

1 380 (80.17%) Windows
2 355 (74.89%) Active Directory
3 341 (71.94%) Microsoft
4 273 (57.59%) Microsoft 365
5 209 (44.09%) Windows Server
6 174 (36.71%) VMware
7 161 (33.97%) Azure
8 134 (28.27%) Windows 10
9 114 (24.05%) Windows Server 2012
10 112 (23.63%) VMware Infrastructure
10 112 (23.63%) Microsoft Office
11 107 (22.57%) DNS
11 107 (22.57%) Citrix
12 99 (20.89%) SharePoint
12 99 (20.89%) PowerShell
13 87 (18.35%) Windows Server 2016
14 86 (18.14%) SCCM
15 84 (17.72%) ITIL
16 82 (17.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 81 (17.09%) Cisco
17 81 (17.09%) Migration
18 79 (16.67%) Social Skills
19 77 (16.24%) SQL Server
20 71 (14.98%) DHCP
21 69 (14.56%) Exchange Server 2010
22 65 (13.71%) Microsoft Intune
22 65 (13.71%) Security Cleared
22 65 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
23 63 (13.29%) SQL
24 62 (13.08%) Firewall

MS Exchange
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 99 (20.89%) SharePoint
2 69 (14.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 50 (10.55%) Exchange Server 2013
4 48 (10.13%) Skype for Business
5 22 (4.64%) IIS
6 16 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (2.95%) Apache
8 10 (2.11%) Tomcat
9 7 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (1.48%) MS Project Server
10 3 (0.63%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
11 2 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.21%) CMS
12 1 (0.21%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.21%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 112 (23.63%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.11%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 25 (5.27%) Dynamics AX
2 24 (5.06%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.21%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 273 (57.59%) Microsoft 365
2 161 (33.97%) Azure
3 53 (11.18%) Azure Active Directory
4 42 (8.86%) Power Platform
5 38 (8.02%) OneDrive
6 27 (5.70%) PowerApps
7 26 (5.49%) Dynamics 365
7 26 (5.49%) Mimecast
8 21 (4.43%) IaaS
9 18 (3.80%) SaaS
10 11 (2.32%) AWS
11 10 (2.11%) PaaS
12 5 (1.05%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (1.05%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 5 (1.05%) Power Automate
12 5 (1.05%) Yammer
13 1 (0.21%) Azure Logic Apps
13 1 (0.21%) GCP
13 1 (0.21%) Google Docs
13 1 (0.21%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 107 (22.57%) DNS
2 71 (14.98%) DHCP
3 62 (13.08%) Firewall
4 56 (11.81%) VPN
5 49 (10.34%) Skype
6 38 (8.02%) WAN
7 36 (7.59%) TCP/IP
8 34 (7.17%) SAN
9 31 (6.54%) LAN
10 25 (5.27%) NetScaler
11 24 (5.06%) Wi-Fi
12 21 (4.43%) NAS
13 19 (4.01%) Internet
13 19 (4.01%) VoIP
14 16 (3.38%) Network Security
15 15 (3.16%) iSCSI
15 15 (3.16%) WebEx
16 11 (2.32%) SMTP
17 10 (2.11%) HTTP
17 10 (2.11%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (16.24%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.22%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (3.16%) SQL Server 2016
4 13 (2.74%) Power BI
5 7 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.27%) SQL Server 2017
7 5 (1.05%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.63%) SQL Server 2019
9 2 (0.42%) DB2
9 2 (0.42%) Electronic Patient Records
10 1 (0.21%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.21%) Data Lake
10 1 (0.21%) MS Access
10 1 (0.21%) MySQL
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (0.42%) JIRA
2 1 (0.21%) Axure RP
2 1 (0.21%) MSI
General
1 79 (16.67%) Social Skills
2 45 (9.49%) Public Sector
3 40 (8.44%) Finance
4 24 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (3.16%) Documentation Skills
6 11 (2.32%) Organisational Skills
7 10 (2.11%) Legal
8 9 (1.90%) Banking
8 9 (1.90%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.69%) Back Office
10 6 (1.27%) Retail
11 4 (0.84%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.84%) Law
11 4 (0.84%) Presentation Skills
12 3 (0.63%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.63%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.63%) Publishing
13 2 (0.42%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.42%) Electronics
13 2 (0.42%) German Language
Job Titles
1 66 (13.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 65 (13.71%) Analyst
2 65 (13.71%) Support Engineer
3 46 (9.70%) IT Support
4 39 (8.23%) 2nd Line Support
5 38 (8.02%) Architect
5 38 (8.02%) IT Engineer
6 29 (6.12%) Desktop Support
6 29 (6.12%) Support Analyst
7 25 (5.27%) Service Analyst
8 23 (4.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 23 (4.85%) Desktop Engineer
8 23 (4.85%) Service Desk Analyst
9 21 (4.43%) 3rd Line Support
9 21 (4.43%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 20 (4.22%) Consultant
10 20 (4.22%) IT Support Engineer
11 19 (4.01%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 19 (4.01%) IT Analyst
12 17 (3.59%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (6.12%) .NET
2 24 (5.06%) J2EE
3 16 (3.38%) LDAP
4 5 (1.05%) REST
4 5 (1.05%) SAML
4 5 (1.05%) Software Packaging
5 4 (0.84%) XMPP
6 3 (0.63%) Flash
6 3 (0.63%) WSH
7 1 (0.21%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.21%) ADSI
7 1 (0.21%) HTML
7 1 (0.21%) JMS
7 1 (0.21%) SOAP
7 1 (0.21%) WCF
7 1 (0.21%) Web Services
7 1 (0.21%) WPF
7 1 (0.21%) XML
7 1 (0.21%) XSD
7 1 (0.21%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 28 (5.91%) Clustering
1 28 (5.91%) Data Centre
2 18 (3.80%) Video Conferencing
3 16 (3.38%) Driving Licence
4 13 (2.74%) NHS
5 12 (2.53%) Greenfield Project
5 12 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (1.90%) Data Protection Act
6 9 (1.90%) Public Cloud
7 8 (1.69%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.69%) PKI
8 7 (1.48%) Blackberry
8 7 (1.48%) CMDB
9 6 (1.27%) Replication
9 6 (1.27%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.05%) Handset
10 5 (1.05%) Learning Management System
10 5 (1.05%) User Experience
11 4 (0.84%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 380 (80.17%) Windows
2 209 (44.09%) Windows Server
3 134 (28.27%) Windows 10
4 114 (24.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 87 (18.35%) Windows Server 2016
6 65 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
7 58 (12.24%) Windows Server 2019
8 55 (11.60%) Windows 7
9 36 (7.59%) Linux
10 18 (3.80%) Unix
11 12 (2.53%) Android
12 10 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (1.69%) Windows XP
14 7 (1.48%) Mac OS
14 7 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (1.27%) Apple iOS
15 6 (1.27%) Windows 8
16 5 (1.05%) Windows 2000 Server
17 3 (0.63%) Mac OS X
18 2 (0.42%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (17.72%) ITIL
2 82 (17.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 81 (17.09%) Migration
4 34 (7.17%) Business Intelligence
5 33 (6.96%) Mobile Device Management
6 32 (6.75%) Service Delivery
7 29 (6.12%) CRM
7 29 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
8 23 (4.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 23 (4.85%) Service Management
9 21 (4.43%) Problem Management
9 21 (4.43%) Project Delivery
10 20 (4.22%) Identity Management
11 19 (4.01%) Incident Management
12 18 (3.80%) Change Control
12 18 (3.80%) Project Management
13 17 (3.59%) Computer Science
14 16 (3.38%) Architectural Design
14 16 (3.38%) Patch Management
15 15 (3.16%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 99 (20.89%) PowerShell
2 63 (13.29%) SQL
3 26 (5.49%) Java
4 8 (1.69%) Shell Script
5 7 (1.48%) C#
6 6 (1.27%) VBScript
7 5 (1.05%) C
7 5 (1.05%) VB
8 1 (0.21%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.21%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.21%) Perl
8 1 (0.21%) Python
8 1 (0.21%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.21%) XPath
8 1 (0.21%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 65 (13.71%) Security Cleared
2 46 (9.70%) Microsoft Certification
3 43 (9.07%) SC Cleared
4 35 (7.38%) MCSE
5 30 (6.33%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (6.12%) CCNA
7 26 (5.49%) DV Cleared
8 22 (4.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 19 (4.01%) Degree
10 16 (3.38%) MCSA
11 10 (2.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 9 (1.90%) MCP
13 8 (1.69%) MCITP
14 6 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
15 4 (0.84%) CCNP
15 4 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
16 3 (0.63%) DBS Check
17 2 (0.42%) CCA
17 2 (0.42%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (5.49%) SLA
2 6 (1.27%) QA
3 2 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.42%) GDPR
4 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.21%) NCSC
System Software
1 355 (74.89%) Active Directory
2 112 (23.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (11.39%) Hyper-V
4 35 (7.38%) vSphere
5 34 (7.17%) XenApp
6 28 (5.91%) VMware ESXi
7 26 (5.49%) XenDesktop
8 17 (3.59%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (2.74%) NFS
10 11 (2.32%) Virtual Machines
11 8 (1.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 5 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.84%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.42%) DFS Replication
14 2 (0.42%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 2 (0.42%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.42%) VMware NSX
15 1 (0.21%) Postfix
15 1 (0.21%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 86 (18.14%) SCCM
2 65 (13.71%) Microsoft Intune
3 28 (5.91%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 20 (4.22%) WSUS
5 15 (3.16%) FortiGate
6 14 (2.95%) vCenter Server
7 12 (2.53%) NetBackup
8 11 (2.32%) SCOM
9 9 (1.90%) AirWatch
10 8 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
11 7 (1.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 7 (1.48%) Terraform
12 5 (1.05%) SCVMM
13 4 (0.84%) Ansible
13 4 (0.84%) AppManager
13 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Clustering
13 4 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 3 (0.63%) Backup Exec
14 3 (0.63%) vRealize
Vendors
1 341 (71.94%) Microsoft
2 174 (36.71%) VMware
3 107 (22.57%) Citrix
4 81 (17.09%) Cisco
5 46 (9.70%) Oracle
6 30 (6.33%) EMC
7 27 (5.70%) Dell
7 27 (5.70%) SAP
8 20 (4.22%) NetApp
9 19 (4.01%) Symantec
10 18 (3.80%) F5
10 18 (3.80%) HP
11 17 (3.59%) Ivanti
11 17 (3.59%) Veeam
12 16 (3.38%) McAfee
13 15 (3.16%) Lumension
13 15 (3.16%) ServiceNow
14 14 (2.95%) Veritas
15 13 (2.74%) Fortinet
16 12 (2.53%) MobileIron