Period
to 3 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Office skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Office over the 6 months to 3 April 2020 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 Office
UK
6 months to
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 56 65 62
Rank change year-on-year +9 -3 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 2,371 3,555 3,648
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.85% 3.69% 3.59%
As % of the Applications category 44.72% 43.56% 40.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,263 2,043 2,087
Median daily rate £250 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £115 £120 £120
90th Percentile £500 £525 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £225 £288 £300
% change year-on-year -21.74% -4.17% +7.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 412 515
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.10 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.62% +4.10% +2.84%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £33.49 £27.25 £28.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £14.20
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.63% +8.19%

Microsoft Office is in the Software Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for software application skills.

All Software Application Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for software application skills 5,302 8,162 9,000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.61% 8.47% 8.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,988 4,791 5,456
Median daily rate £350 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £135 £143 £145
90th Percentile £550 £572 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £338
% change year-on-year -7.14% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 596 665 780
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.24 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.84% +1.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.52 £10.59 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.63 £43.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.98 £15.00
% change year-on-year +9.51% +6.53% -

Microsoft Office
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft Office as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Office.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Office over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Office.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft Office over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
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 Office within the UK over the 6 months to 3 April 2020. 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 2,130 £250 -16.67% 620
UK excluding London +11 1,702 £225 -21.74% 536
London -9 618 £280 -6.67% 131
South East +2 494 £250 -20.00% 158
North of England +23 402 £198 -34.17% 110
South West +25 209 £288 -0.86% 68
East of England +14 209 £220 -12.00% 71
North West +35 207 £190 -15.45% 55
Midlands +1 201 £278 +4.81% 82
Yorkshire +17 153 £265 -15.20% 39
West Midlands +2 139 £325 +13.04% 56
Scotland +4 137 £140 -38.86% 26
East Midlands +2 62 £225 +9.76% 26
Work from Home +5 52 £410 +5.81% 32
Wales +6 45 £265 -20.30% 21
North East +14 41 £185 -47.14% 16
Northern Ireland -1 9 £275 -12.00% 3
Channel Islands - 4 £385 -

For the 6 months to 3 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Office 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 Office.

1 1,547 (65.25%) Microsoft
2 1,233 (52.00%) Windows
3 745 (31.42%) Active Directory
4 663 (27.96%) Office 365
5 613 (25.85%) Windows 10
6 517 (21.81%) Microsoft Excel
7 417 (17.59%) Windows 7
8 371 (15.65%) Finance
9 363 (15.31%) ITIL
10 361 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
11 322 (13.58%) Security Cleared
12 304 (12.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
13 294 (12.40%) SCCM
14 293 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
15 289 (12.19%) SharePoint
16 271 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
17 253 (10.67%) Project Management
18 249 (10.50%) SC Cleared
19 232 (9.78%) Windows Server
20 213 (8.98%) Migration
21 207 (8.73%) Public Sector
22 196 (8.27%) MS Exchange
23 190 (8.01%) Azure
24 186 (7.84%) Citrix
25 185 (7.80%) HP
25 185 (7.80%) MS Visio
26 181 (7.63%) SQL
27 174 (7.34%) Self-Motivation
28 171 (7.21%) Degree
29 165 (6.96%) VPN

Microsoft Office
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
1 289 (12.19%) SharePoint
2 196 (8.27%) MS Exchange
3 113 (4.77%) Skype for Business
4 60 (2.53%) Confluence
5 54 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2007
6 45 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 44 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2010
8 35 (1.48%) IBM Notes
9 32 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
10 25 (1.05%) IIS
11 24 (1.01%) SAS
12 19 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 15 (0.63%) CMS
14 9 (0.38%) WordPress
15 8 (0.34%) ArcGIS
15 8 (0.34%) WebLogic
16 6 (0.25%) Apache
17 5 (0.21%) MS Project Server
18 4 (0.17%) Tomcat
19 3 (0.13%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 517 (21.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 304 (12.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 185 (7.80%) MS Visio
4 151 (6.37%) Microsoft Project
5 37 (1.56%) Spreadsheet
6 31 (1.31%) Acrobat
7 18 (0.76%) Photoshop
8 14 (0.59%) Open Workbench
9 13 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 11 (0.46%) Sketch
11 10 (0.42%) InVision
12 4 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.13%) Edge Animate
14 2 (0.084%) Adobe Captivate
14 2 (0.084%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.084%) FileZilla
14 2 (0.084%) Siemens NX
14 2 (0.084%) SPSS
14 2 (0.084%) Stata
14 2 (0.084%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 35 (1.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 25 (1.05%) assyst
3 19 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.34%) Elite 3E
5 8 (0.34%) Oracle AML
5 8 (0.34%) Primavera
5 8 (0.34%) SAP SRM
6 7 (0.30%) Workfront
7 6 (0.25%) Carpe Diem
8 5 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.21%) SAP ERP
8 5 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
9 4 (0.17%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.084%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.084%) Eloqua
10 2 (0.084%) Magento
10 2 (0.084%) Oracle EBS
10 2 (0.084%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.084%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 663 (27.96%) Office 365
2 190 (8.01%) Azure
3 72 (3.04%) OneDrive
4 57 (2.40%) Power Platform
5 43 (1.81%) IaaS
5 43 (1.81%) SaaS
6 40 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
7 35 (1.48%) PaaS
8 25 (1.05%) AWS
9 24 (1.01%) Yammer
10 21 (0.89%) PowerApps
11 17 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
12 15 (0.63%) GCP
13 14 (0.59%) G Suite
14 13 (0.55%) Mimecast
15 11 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Cloud
16 10 (0.42%) Microsoft Flow
17 7 (0.30%) Adobe Analytics
17 7 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
17 7 (0.30%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 165 (6.96%) VPN
2 158 (6.66%) Skype
3 119 (5.02%) Internet
4 117 (4.93%) LAN
5 110 (4.64%) DNS
6 86 (3.63%) DHCP
6 86 (3.63%) WAN
7 78 (3.29%) TCP/IP
8 76 (3.21%) Firewall
9 71 (2.99%) Remote Desktop
10 65 (2.74%) Wireless
11 50 (2.11%) VoIP
12 46 (1.94%) SAN
13 37 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
14 36 (1.52%) WebEx
15 35 (1.48%) Network Security
16 31 (1.31%) Cisco IOS
16 31 (1.31%) MPLS
17 22 (0.93%) Intranet
17 22 (0.93%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (4.34%) SQL Server
2 45 (1.90%) Power BI
3 25 (1.05%) Relational Database
4 21 (0.89%) Oracle Database
5 16 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
7 13 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
7 13 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
8 12 (0.51%) MS Access
8 12 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
9 11 (0.46%) GIS
9 11 (0.46%) Oracle Database 12c
10 10 (0.42%) DB2
10 10 (0.42%) MySQL
11 9 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
11 9 (0.38%) Qlik Sense
11 9 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 118 (4.98%) JIRA
2 32 (1.35%) Git (software)
3 22 (0.93%) Selenium
4 17 (0.72%) Jenkins
5 15 (0.63%) Subversion
6 14 (0.59%) Eclipse
7 13 (0.55%) Ant
7 13 (0.55%) Visual Studio
8 12 (0.51%) JUnit
8 12 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
9 10 (0.42%) Artifactory
9 10 (0.42%) PVCS
9 10 (0.42%) Rational DOORS
9 10 (0.42%) Visual Studio Team System
10 9 (0.38%) Toad
11 8 (0.34%) Maven
12 7 (0.30%) Axure RP
13 6 (0.25%) Bitbucket
14 4 (0.17%) Rational Rhapsody
14 4 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 371 (15.65%) Finance
2 207 (8.73%) Public Sector
3 93 (3.92%) Telecoms
4 69 (2.91%) Banking
5 57 (2.40%) Legal
6 55 (2.32%) Law
7 45 (1.90%) Retail
8 41 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 40 (1.69%) Marketing
10 31 (1.31%) Electronics
11 22 (0.93%) Automotive
12 21 (0.89%) Military
13 19 (0.80%) Investment Banking
13 19 (0.80%) Local Government
13 19 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
14 17 (0.72%) Advertising
14 17 (0.72%) Publishing
15 16 (0.67%) Financial Institution
15 16 (0.67%) German Language
16 11 (0.46%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 696 (29.35%) Analyst
2 279 (11.77%) Support Engineer
3 238 (10.04%) Desktop Support
4 230 (9.70%) Service Analyst
5 222 (9.36%) Service Desk Analyst
6 175 (7.38%) Support Analyst
7 169 (7.13%) IT Support
8 159 (6.71%) 2nd Line Support
9 134 (5.65%) Desktop Engineer
10 113 (4.77%) 1st Line Support
11 110 (4.64%) IT Analyst
12 109 (4.60%) Project Manager
13 107 (4.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 107 (4.51%) Windows Engineer
14 93 (3.92%) Business Analyst
15 86 (3.63%) Service Desk Support
16 82 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 73 (3.08%) Developer
18 71 (2.99%) Administrator
19 70 (2.95%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (1.94%) HTML
2 41 (1.73%) .NET
3 35 (1.48%) XML
4 33 (1.39%) Web Services
5 23 (0.97%) CSS
6 15 (0.63%) SOAP
7 14 (0.59%) Velocity
8 13 (0.55%) JSP
8 13 (0.55%) LDAP
9 11 (0.46%) ASP.NET
9 11 (0.46%) Middleware
10 10 (0.42%) AngularJS
10 10 (0.42%) Spring
11 9 (0.38%) .NET Framework
11 9 (0.38%) JSON
12 8 (0.34%) COM
12 8 (0.34%) Hibernate
12 8 (0.34%) JDBC
12 8 (0.34%) REST
12 8 (0.34%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 293 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
2 174 (7.34%) Self-Motivation
3 101 (4.26%) Blackberry
4 93 (3.92%) Management Information System
5 87 (3.67%) Driving Licence
6 71 (2.99%) Video Conferencing
7 65 (2.74%) Smartphone
8 61 (2.57%) iPhone
9 60 (2.53%) NHS
10 53 (2.24%) User Experience
11 33 (1.39%) Data Centre
12 30 (1.27%) iPad
13 24 (1.01%) PDA
14 23 (0.97%) Social Media
15 20 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
16 18 (0.76%) Fat Client
16 18 (0.76%) Replication
16 18 (0.76%) Thin Client
17 17 (0.72%) CMDB
17 17 (0.72%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 1,233 (52.00%) Windows
2 613 (25.85%) Windows 10
3 417 (17.59%) Windows 7
4 232 (9.78%) Windows Server
5 135 (5.69%) Android
6 115 (4.85%) Apple iOS
7 102 (4.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 101 (4.26%) Linux
9 99 (4.18%) Windows Server 2008
10 79 (3.33%) Windows XP
11 63 (2.66%) Mac OS
12 54 (2.28%) Windows Server 2016
13 47 (1.98%) Mac OS X
14 43 (1.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 36 (1.52%) Unix
16 35 (1.48%) Windows 8
17 33 (1.39%) Windows Vista
18 27 (1.14%) Windows 2000
19 26 (1.10%) Windows Server 2019
20 16 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (15.31%) ITIL
2 361 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
3 271 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
4 253 (10.67%) Project Management
5 213 (8.98%) Migration
6 161 (6.79%) Incident Management
7 140 (5.90%) Change Management
8 139 (5.86%) Service Management
9 133 (5.61%) PRINCE2
10 117 (4.93%) ITSM
11 114 (4.81%) Stakeholder Management
12 103 (4.34%) Decision-Making
13 100 (4.22%) Project Delivery
14 96 (4.05%) Business Intelligence
15 86 (3.63%) Service Delivery
16 85 (3.58%) SDLC
17 77 (3.25%) Continuous Improvement
18 74 (3.12%) Data Analysis
19 68 (2.87%) Scrum
20 64 (2.70%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 181 (7.63%) SQL
2 141 (5.95%) PowerShell
3 48 (2.02%) VB
4 45 (1.90%) VBA
5 43 (1.81%) Python
6 39 (1.64%) Java
7 37 (1.56%) C
7 37 (1.56%) C#
8 31 (1.31%) JavaScript
9 19 (0.80%) T-SQL
10 15 (0.63%) C++
10 15 (0.63%) PL/SQL
11 14 (0.59%) VBScript
12 11 (0.46%) PHP
13 7 (0.30%) Perl
13 7 (0.30%) R
13 7 (0.30%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.25%) Ruby
15 5 (0.21%) Korn
15 5 (0.21%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 322 (13.58%) Security Cleared
2 249 (10.50%) SC Cleared
3 171 (7.21%) Degree
4 113 (4.77%) Microsoft Certification
5 58 (2.45%) ITIL Certification
6 56 (2.36%) MCSE
7 51 (2.15%) DV Cleared
7 51 (2.15%) MCP
8 50 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
9 31 (1.31%) MCSA
10 30 (1.27%) CCNA
11 27 (1.14%) ISEB
12 24 (1.01%) APMP
13 22 (0.93%) A+ Certification
14 21 (0.89%) ISTQB
14 21 (0.89%) PMI Certification
15 19 (0.80%) PMP
16 18 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
16 18 (0.76%) CCNP
17 17 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (6.03%) SLA
2 74 (3.12%) PMO
3 55 (2.32%) GDPR
4 47 (1.98%) QA
5 23 (0.97%) Data Quality
6 18 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 13 (0.55%) P3O
8 9 (0.38%) GxP
9 4 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.17%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.13%) GAMP
10 3 (0.13%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.042%) ECSS
11 1 (0.042%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.042%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.042%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.042%) RMADS
11 1 (0.042%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 745 (31.42%) Active Directory
2 99 (4.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (1.60%) Hyper-V
4 33 (1.39%) XenApp
5 27 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
6 24 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (0.93%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 22 (0.93%) XenDesktop
8 18 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
8 18 (0.76%) vSphere
9 15 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 10 (0.42%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
13 5 (0.21%) RACF
13 5 (0.21%) VMware NSX
14 4 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
15 3 (0.13%) Docker
15 3 (0.13%) NFS
15 3 (0.13%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 294 (12.40%) SCCM
2 53 (2.24%) Microsoft Intune
3 47 (1.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 40 (1.69%) OpenView
5 31 (1.31%) AirWatch
6 30 (1.27%) OVSD
7 26 (1.10%) ServiceCenter
8 17 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
9 16 (0.67%) Jamf Pro
10 15 (0.63%) SCOM
10 15 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
11 14 (0.59%) WSUS
12 13 (0.55%) NetBackup
13 12 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 9 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
15 7 (0.30%) vCenter Server
16 5 (0.21%) Ansible
16 5 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
16 5 (0.21%) Netcool
16 5 (0.21%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1,547 (65.25%) Microsoft
2 186 (7.84%) Citrix
3 185 (7.80%) HP
4 114 (4.81%) VMware
5 112 (4.72%) Cisco
6 107 (4.51%) Apple
6 107 (4.51%) Oracle
7 97 (4.09%) Adobe
8 91 (3.84%) SAP
9 79 (3.33%) ServiceNow
10 63 (2.66%) Remedy
11 61 (2.57%) Google
12 49 (2.07%) Fujitsu
13 41 (1.73%) Dell
14 35 (1.48%) Lotus
15 29 (1.22%) Bomgar
16 28 (1.18%) Bloomberg
16 28 (1.18%) Ivanti
17 25 (1.05%) Peregrine
17 25 (1.05%) Symantec