Period
to 13 April 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 13 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 Exchange Server
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 344 229 245
Rank change year-on-year -115 +16 -16
Contract jobs citing MS Exchange 342 700 1,069
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 1.17% 1.11%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.79% 8.08% 6.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 507 741
10th Percentile £150 £120 £130
25th Percentile £220 £175 £163
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £300 £325
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% -7.69% +8.33%
75th Percentile £480 £438 £438
90th Percentile £519 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £288 £313
% change year-on-year +13.04% -8.00% +7.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 33 58
10th Percentile £12.70 £11.50 £13.25
25th Percentile £15.40 £13.49 £15.25
Median hourly rate £18.06 £16.24 £17.38
Median % change year-on-year +11.19% -6.53% +9.55%
75th Percentile £24.00 £18.25 £28.42
90th Percentile £59.88 £21.19 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.81 £16.25 £17.03
% change year-on-year +15.77% -4.61% +6.91%

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 7,147 8,660 15,437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.62% 14.46% 16.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,902 5,702 10,068
10th Percentile £290 £262 £281
25th Percentile £385 £363 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £556 £569
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £430
% change year-on-year +1.76% -1.16% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 174 196 291
10th Percentile £12.73 £11.61 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.25 £14.95 £12.83
Median hourly rate £25.75 £20.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.75% +11.11% +2.86%
75th Percentile £53.38 £35.75 £37.50
90th Percentile £64.05 £53.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £16.81
% change year-on-year +26.32% +13.03% -3.94%

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 13 April 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 13 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for MS Exchange in the UK

MS Exchange
Top 16 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 13 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 -114 271 £350 +16.67% 178
UK excluding London -42 203 £325 +13.04% 142
Work from Home -165 98 £400 -15.79% 21
London -66 85 £413 +26.92% 46
North of England +4 64 £325 +20.93% 37
South East -21 59 £370 +5.71% 33
North West +14 47 £350 -2.78% 18
Scotland -11 29 £413 +83.33% 5
South West +24 27 £303 +5.22% 12
Yorkshire +12 16 £150 -53.85% 18
Midlands -11 15 £160 -42.34% 35
West Midlands -8 8 £130 -53.57% 20
East of England +22 7 £438 +52.17% 15
East Midlands +19 7 £180 +35.06% 15
Wales +6 2 £190 +5.56% 4
North East +11 1 £250 +35.14% 1

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 257 (75.15%) Windows
2 249 (72.81%) Active Directory
3 221 (64.62%) Microsoft
4 219 (64.04%) Microsoft 365
5 145 (42.40%) Windows Server
6 123 (35.96%) Azure
7 112 (32.75%) VMware
8 98 (28.65%) Windows 10
9 96 (28.07%) Exchange Server 2010
10 89 (26.02%) Windows Server 2012
11 88 (25.73%) VMware Infrastructure
12 85 (24.85%) SharePoint
13 76 (22.22%) PowerShell
14 75 (21.93%) Security Cleared
15 72 (21.05%) DNS
16 70 (20.47%) SQL Server
17 67 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
18 64 (18.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 61 (17.84%) SCCM
20 60 (17.54%) Exchange Server 2013
20 60 (17.54%) Citrix
20 60 (17.54%) Migration
21 57 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
22 55 (16.08%) SC Cleared
23 51 (14.91%) Skype for Business
23 51 (14.91%) Skype
24 47 (13.74%) Microsoft Certification
24 47 (13.74%) Cisco
24 47 (13.74%) Firewall
25 44 (12.87%) Public Sector

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 96 (28.07%) Exchange Server 2010
2 85 (24.85%) SharePoint
3 60 (17.54%) Exchange Server 2013
4 51 (14.91%) Skype for Business
5 31 (9.06%) Exchange Server 2007
6 27 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2003
6 27 (7.89%) IIS
7 8 (2.34%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (1.46%) IBM Notes
8 5 (1.46%) MS Project Server
9 4 (1.17%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2000
11 2 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.58%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 5.5
12 1 (0.29%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.29%) nginx
12 1 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 67 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.29%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.29%) InfoPath
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.29%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 219 (64.04%) Microsoft 365
2 123 (35.96%) Azure
3 34 (9.94%) Azure Active Directory
4 17 (4.97%) Mimecast
5 14 (4.09%) OneDrive
6 11 (3.22%) IaaS
7 9 (2.63%) AWS
8 5 (1.46%) PaaS
8 5 (1.46%) Power Platform
9 3 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.58%) GCP
10 2 (0.58%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.29%) Logic Apps
11 1 (0.29%) Power Automate
11 1 (0.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (21.05%) DNS
2 51 (14.91%) Skype
3 47 (13.74%) Firewall
4 25 (7.31%) DHCP
5 22 (6.43%) SAN
5 22 (6.43%) WAAS
6 16 (4.68%) MPLS
7 14 (4.09%) TCP/IP
8 12 (3.51%) WAN
9 11 (3.22%) Internet
9 11 (3.22%) LAN
9 11 (3.22%) VoIP
10 9 (2.63%) VPN
11 8 (2.34%) DKIM
11 8 (2.34%) DMARC
11 8 (2.34%) NetScaler
12 7 (2.05%) Intranet
12 7 (2.05%) Unified Communications
13 6 (1.75%) SMTP
14 5 (1.46%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (20.47%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (2.05%) SQL Server 2014
2 7 (2.05%) SQL Server 2016
3 5 (1.46%) Power BI
4 2 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (0.58%) MS Access
4 2 (0.58%) MySQL
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.29%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.29%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.29%) GIS
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.29%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.46%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.17%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.29%) Hudson
3 1 (0.29%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 44 (12.87%) Public Sector
2 37 (10.82%) Finance
3 9 (2.63%) Banking
3 9 (2.63%) Legal
4 6 (1.75%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.46%) Electronics
5 5 (1.46%) German Language
5 5 (1.46%) Local Government
5 5 (1.46%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.46%) Spanish Language
6 4 (1.17%) French Language
6 4 (1.17%) Law
7 3 (0.88%) International Banking
7 3 (0.88%) Italian Language
7 3 (0.88%) Marketing
8 1 (0.29%) Czech Language
8 1 (0.29%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.29%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.29%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 50 (14.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 48 (14.04%) Analyst
3 39 (11.40%) Architect
4 30 (8.77%) Support Engineer
5 22 (6.43%) Consultant
6 21 (6.14%) IT Analyst
7 20 (5.85%) Service Analyst
8 19 (5.56%) IT Support
8 19 (5.56%) Service Desk Analyst
8 19 (5.56%) Technical Architect
9 18 (5.26%) Exchange Engineer
9 18 (5.26%) Support Analyst
10 17 (4.97%) 3rd Line Support
10 17 (4.97%) Azure Engineer
10 17 (4.97%) Office 365 Engineer
11 16 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
12 14 (4.09%) 1st Line Support
12 14 (4.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 14 (4.09%) Desktop Support
12 14 (4.09%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.43%) Middleware
2 6 (1.75%) .NET
3 4 (1.17%) LDAP
4 3 (0.88%) Web Services
5 2 (0.58%) HTML
5 2 (0.58%) J2EE
5 2 (0.58%) XML
6 1 (0.29%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.29%) Java RMI
6 1 (0.29%) jQuery
6 1 (0.29%) JSON
6 1 (0.29%) REST
6 1 (0.29%) SOAP
6 1 (0.29%) WCF
6 1 (0.29%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.53%) Clustering
2 27 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (7.02%) EMC VNX
4 14 (4.09%) Blackberry
4 14 (4.09%) Data Centre
4 14 (4.09%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.22%) Video Conferencing
6 10 (2.92%) PKI
7 8 (2.34%) iPhone
8 6 (1.75%) BYOD
8 6 (1.75%) iPad
8 6 (1.75%) NHS
9 5 (1.46%) Replication
9 5 (1.46%) Virtual Team
10 4 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (1.17%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (0.58%) Fat Client
11 2 (0.58%) FMCG
11 2 (0.58%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.58%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 257 (75.15%) Windows
2 145 (42.40%) Windows Server
3 98 (28.65%) Windows 10
4 89 (26.02%) Windows Server 2012
5 57 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (11.70%) Linux
7 37 (10.82%) Windows Server 2016
8 32 (9.36%) Windows 7
9 31 (9.06%) Windows XP
10 27 (7.89%) Windows Server 2003
11 24 (7.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (5.26%) Windows Server 2019
13 13 (3.80%) Android
14 8 (2.34%) Apple iOS
15 7 (2.05%) Windows Vista
16 6 (1.75%) Mac OS
17 4 (1.17%) Unix
18 2 (0.58%) Solaris
19 1 (0.29%) CentOS
19 1 (0.29%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (18.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 60 (17.54%) Migration
3 41 (11.99%) ITIL
4 35 (10.23%) Problem-Solving
5 26 (7.60%) Mobile Device Management
6 24 (7.02%) Load Balancing
7 20 (5.85%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (5.56%) Patch Management
8 19 (5.56%) Project Delivery
8 19 (5.56%) Service Management
9 17 (4.97%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (4.68%) Incident Management
11 14 (4.09%) Email Migration
12 12 (3.51%) Computer Science
12 12 (3.51%) Time Management
13 11 (3.22%) DevOps
13 11 (3.22%) Problem Management
14 10 (2.92%) Change Management
14 10 (2.92%) Cybersecurity
15 9 (2.63%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 32 (9.36%) SQL
3 5 (1.46%) Shell Script
4 4 (1.17%) C
5 3 (0.88%) Python
6 2 (0.58%) C#
6 2 (0.58%) Java
6 2 (0.58%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.58%) Perl
7 1 (0.29%) Ruby
7 1 (0.29%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.29%) VBA
7 1 (0.29%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 75 (21.93%) Security Cleared
2 55 (16.08%) SC Cleared
3 47 (13.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (11.11%) MCSE
5 21 (6.14%) DV Cleared
6 17 (4.97%) CCNA
6 17 (4.97%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (4.68%) Degree
8 11 (3.22%) MCSA
9 9 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (2.63%) MCITP
9 9 (2.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 6 (1.75%) HP AIS
10 6 (1.75%) HP ASE
10 6 (1.75%) HP MASE
10 6 (1.75%) JNCIS
10 6 (1.75%) NCIE
11 4 (1.17%) CTC Cleared
12 3 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (8.77%) SLA
2 11 (3.22%) QA
3 9 (2.63%) PMO
4 5 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.58%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.29%) GDPR
7 1 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.29%) NCSC
System Software
1 249 (72.81%) Active Directory
2 88 (25.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 17 (4.97%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (3.80%) XenApp
6 11 (3.22%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (3.22%) vSphere
7 6 (1.75%) XenDesktop
8 4 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.17%) Terminal Server
8 4 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.58%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 2 (0.58%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.58%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.29%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.29%) Firmware
10 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.29%) vCloud
10 1 (0.29%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 61 (17.84%) SCCM
2 41 (11.99%) Microsoft Intune
3 25 (7.31%) Microsoft Clustering
4 22 (6.43%) IBM BigFix
5 10 (2.92%) SCOM
6 9 (2.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 8 (2.34%) Backup Exec
7 8 (2.34%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (1.75%) AirWatch
8 6 (1.75%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.75%) Terraform
8 6 (1.75%) vCenter Server
9 5 (1.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (1.46%) WSUS
10 4 (1.17%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (1.17%) vRealize
11 3 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.58%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 221 (64.62%) Microsoft
2 112 (32.75%) VMware
3 60 (17.54%) Citrix
4 47 (13.74%) Cisco
5 27 (7.89%) EMC
6 26 (7.60%) HP
7 25 (7.31%) Red Hat
8 14 (4.09%) Oracle
9 13 (3.80%) Veeam
10 12 (3.51%) IronPort
10 12 (3.51%) McAfee
11 10 (2.92%) NetApp
12 8 (2.34%) Apple
12 8 (2.34%) Ivanti
12 8 (2.34%) ServiceNow
13 7 (2.05%) Altiris
13 7 (2.05%) CheckPoint
13 7 (2.05%) Juniper
13 7 (2.05%) Symantec
14 6 (1.75%) Remedy