Period
to 11 April 2021

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 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 Office
UK
6 months to
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 83 56 65
Rank change year-on-year -27 +9 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 1,402 2,304 3,505
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.67% 3.86% 3.63%
As % of the Applications category 39.35% 44.94% 43.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 897 1,243 2,036
10th Percentile £121 £115 £120
25th Percentile £173 £154 £158
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £355 £260 £300
Median % change year-on-year +36.54% -13.33% +4.35%
75th Percentile £480 £425 £438
90th Percentile £575 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £270 £238 £285
% change year-on-year +13.68% -16.67% -0.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 409 399
10th Percentile £10.76 £11.26 £10.75
25th Percentile £12.61 £13.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% +3.45%
75th Percentile £22.25 £20.00 £18.70
90th Percentile £29.80 £26.42 £26.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £14.85
% change year-on-year +3.03% +11.11% +5.32%

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 3,563 5,127 8,121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.78% 8.60% 8.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,181 3,021 4,892
10th Percentile £150 £138 £143
25th Percentile £240 £206 £225
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £398 £356 £375
Median % change year-on-year +11.93% -5.07% +3.45%
75th Percentile £500 £475 £475
90th Percentile £580 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £350
% change year-on-year - -7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 343 567 647
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.35 £10.60
25th Percentile £13.54 £13.49 £12.68
Median hourly rate £19.03 £17.55 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.43% +9.69% -
75th Percentile £29.38 £23.00 £24.63
90th Percentile £45.90 £43.00 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £15.88
% change year-on-year +8.57% +10.20% +5.87%

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 11 April 2021.

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 11 April 2021.

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 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 -26 1,135 £360 +35.85% 522
UK excluding London -14 841 £270 +13.68% 463
London -48 381 £425 +51.79% 102
Work from Home -53 311 £400 -2.44% 70
South East 0 252 £398 +59.24% 102
Midlands +1 151 £215 -14.00% 111
North of England -26 146 £200 +2.56% 102
South West +8 102 £359 +14.88% 55
West Midlands -5 99 £304 -6.62% 68
North West -11 95 £200 +5.26% 58
Scotland -24 85 £223 +48.67% 23
East of England -15 77 £225 - 49
East Midlands +16 52 £140 -34.12% 42
Yorkshire -37 37 £160 -41.82% 35
Wales 0 21 £210 -3.45% 17
North East +6 14 £325 +75.68% 9
Northern Ireland +11 7 £135 -50.91% 4
Channel Islands +5 3 - -

For the 6 months to 11 April 2021, 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.

1 912 (65.05%) Microsoft
2 520 (37.09%) Windows
3 391 (27.89%) Microsoft 365
4 358 (25.53%) Microsoft Excel
5 352 (25.11%) Active Directory
6 267 (19.04%) Windows 10
7 243 (17.33%) Finance
8 240 (17.12%) Agile Software Development
9 225 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
10 207 (14.76%) Public Sector
11 201 (14.34%) Security Cleared
12 195 (13.91%) Project Management
13 192 (13.69%) SharePoint
14 185 (13.20%) ITIL
15 184 (13.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
16 180 (12.84%) Azure
17 160 (11.41%) Migration
18 156 (11.13%) Analytical Skills
19 153 (10.91%) Degree
20 145 (10.34%) JIRA
21 132 (9.42%) SC Cleared
22 128 (9.13%) MS Visio
23 121 (8.63%) SQL
24 119 (8.49%) VMware
25 117 (8.35%) Windows Server
26 114 (8.13%) Microsoft Project
26 114 (8.13%) Windows 7
27 110 (7.85%) SCCM
28 104 (7.42%) Change Management
29 102 (7.28%) 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
1 192 (13.69%) SharePoint
2 93 (6.63%) Confluence
3 68 (4.85%) MS Exchange
4 37 (2.64%) Skype for Business
5 17 (1.21%) CMS
5 17 (1.21%) SAS
6 15 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (0.78%) ArcGIS
8 9 (0.64%) Apache
8 9 (0.64%) IBM Notes
8 9 (0.64%) Tomcat
9 8 (0.57%) WebSphere
9 8 (0.57%) WebSphere Application Server
10 7 (0.50%) Apache ServiceMix
10 7 (0.50%) IBM Domino
11 6 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 4 (0.29%) IIS
Applications
1 358 (25.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 184 (13.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 128 (9.13%) MS Visio
4 114 (8.13%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (1.21%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.86%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 8 (0.57%) AutoCAD
9 6 (0.43%) Adobe Captivate
9 6 (0.43%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.36%) Acrobat
10 5 (0.36%) Revit
11 4 (0.29%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.29%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.29%) CINEMA 4D
11 4 (0.29%) InDesign
12 2 (0.14%) Camtasia
12 2 (0.14%) GNU Octave
12 2 (0.14%) Maya
12 2 (0.14%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 18 (1.28%) NetSuite
2 14 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.64%) assyst
4 7 (0.50%) Magento
4 7 (0.50%) Shopify
5 5 (0.36%) Cerner Millennium
5 5 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.29%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.29%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.14%) Maximo
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.14%) SAP APO
7 2 (0.14%) SAP SCM
7 2 (0.14%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.071%) Demantra
8 1 (0.071%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 391 (27.89%) Microsoft 365
2 180 (12.84%) Azure
3 68 (4.85%) Power Platform
4 49 (3.50%) OneDrive
5 47 (3.35%) Azure Active Directory
6 45 (3.21%) AWS
7 25 (1.78%) IaaS
8 24 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
8 24 (1.71%) Google Analytics
9 22 (1.57%) PowerApps
10 19 (1.36%) Yammer
11 18 (1.28%) Power Automate
11 18 (1.28%) SaaS
12 14 (1.00%) GCP
13 13 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
13 13 (0.93%) PaaS
14 8 (0.57%) Adobe Analytics
15 7 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
15 7 (0.50%) Serverless
16 6 (0.43%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 102 (7.28%) VPN
2 76 (5.42%) Firewall
3 63 (4.49%) WAN
4 62 (4.42%) LAN
5 61 (4.35%) TCP/IP
6 59 (4.21%) DNS
7 45 (3.21%) DHCP
7 45 (3.21%) Skype
8 40 (2.85%) Internet
9 28 (2.00%) Intranet
10 27 (1.93%) Wireless
11 25 (1.78%) SNMP
12 23 (1.64%) Network Security
13 22 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
14 21 (1.50%) Cisco IOS
14 21 (1.50%) VoIP
15 20 (1.43%) FTP
15 20 (1.43%) SSL
16 19 (1.36%) BGP
16 19 (1.36%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (4.78%) SQL Server
2 49 (3.50%) Power BI
3 22 (1.57%) Tableau
4 20 (1.43%) MySQL
5 18 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 11 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
7 11 (0.78%) Relational Database
8 10 (0.71%) Big Data
8 10 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
8 10 (0.71%) GIS
8 10 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (0.64%) DB2
9 9 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (0.57%) Data Lake
10 8 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.50%) Qlik Sense
12 6 (0.43%) MS Access
13 5 (0.36%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 145 (10.34%) JIRA
2 15 (1.07%) Visual Studio
3 11 (0.78%) Git (software)
4 10 (0.71%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.29%) Axure RP
6 4 (0.29%) JIRA Agile
6 4 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.21%) PowerBuilder
8 2 (0.14%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.14%) HP UFT
8 2 (0.14%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.14%) NUnit
8 2 (0.14%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.14%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.14%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.14%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.071%) SpecFlow
General
1 243 (17.33%) Finance
2 207 (14.76%) Public Sector
3 77 (5.49%) Telecoms
4 64 (4.56%) Banking
5 51 (3.64%) Manufacturing
6 44 (3.14%) Marketing
7 36 (2.57%) Legal
8 29 (2.07%) Retail
9 23 (1.64%) Electronics
10 18 (1.28%) Law
11 14 (1.00%) Investment Banking
11 14 (1.00%) Local Government
12 11 (0.78%) Mandarin Language
13 10 (0.71%) Publishing
14 8 (0.57%) Advertising
14 8 (0.57%) Billing
14 8 (0.57%) Spanish Language
15 7 (0.50%) Back Office
15 7 (0.50%) Front Office
16 6 (0.43%) German Language
Job Titles
1 355 (25.32%) Analyst
2 107 (7.63%) Service Analyst
3 104 (7.42%) Project Manager
4 95 (6.78%) Service Desk Analyst
5 78 (5.56%) Consultant
6 77 (5.49%) Support Engineer
7 71 (5.06%) IT Support
8 70 (4.99%) Business Analyst
9 60 (4.28%) Desktop Support
10 53 (3.78%) Support Analyst
11 52 (3.71%) Developer
12 49 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
13 46 (3.28%) Architect
14 43 (3.07%) Administrator
14 43 (3.07%) IT Analyst
15 39 (2.78%) Data Analyst
16 37 (2.64%) Desktop Engineer
17 30 (2.14%) 1st Line Support
17 30 (2.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 29 (2.07%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (2.00%) HTML
2 19 (1.36%) .NET
2 19 (1.36%) JSON
3 15 (1.07%) 802.1X
4 14 (1.00%) CSS
5 13 (0.93%) Web Services
5 13 (0.93%) XML
6 10 (0.71%) Middleware
7 9 (0.64%) React
8 7 (0.50%) Node.js
8 7 (0.50%) WebSphere MQ
9 6 (0.43%) Express
10 4 (0.29%) ASP.NET
10 4 (0.29%) COM
10 4 (0.29%) EDI
10 4 (0.29%) SOAP
11 3 (0.21%) CGI
11 3 (0.21%) Flash
11 3 (0.21%) J2EE
11 3 (0.21%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 156 (11.13%) Analytical Skills
2 100 (7.13%) Management Information System
3 74 (5.28%) Self-Motivation
4 52 (3.71%) NHS
5 37 (2.64%) User Experience
6 36 (2.57%) Blackberry
7 29 (2.07%) Data Centre
8 20 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
9 18 (1.28%) Driving Licence
10 17 (1.21%) Smartphone
10 17 (1.21%) Social Media
11 16 (1.14%) iPad
12 15 (1.07%) Video\Live Streaming
13 14 (1.00%) Clustering
13 14 (1.00%) Data Structures
13 14 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
14 12 (0.86%) iPhone
15 11 (0.78%) e-Learning
15 11 (0.78%) Fat Client
15 11 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 520 (37.09%) Windows
2 267 (19.04%) Windows 10
3 117 (8.35%) Windows Server
4 114 (8.13%) Windows 7
5 45 (3.21%) Android
5 45 (3.21%) Apple iOS
5 45 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 43 (3.07%) Linux
7 37 (2.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 34 (2.43%) Windows 8
9 32 (2.28%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.86%) Mac OS
12 11 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (0.64%) Mac OS X
13 9 (0.64%) Unix
13 9 (0.64%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.14%) CentOS
14 2 (0.14%) Debian
14 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (17.12%) Agile Software Development
2 225 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
3 195 (13.91%) Project Management
4 185 (13.20%) ITIL
5 160 (11.41%) Migration
6 104 (7.42%) Change Management
7 98 (6.99%) DevOps
8 97 (6.92%) Project Delivery
9 89 (6.35%) PRINCE2
10 83 (5.92%) Business Intelligence
10 83 (5.92%) Stakeholder Management
11 82 (5.85%) Data Analysis
12 79 (5.63%) Service Delivery
13 65 (4.64%) Business Case
14 64 (4.56%) Incident Management
15 63 (4.49%) Waterfall
16 62 (4.42%) Service Management
17 56 (3.99%) Analytics
17 56 (3.99%) Computer Science
18 55 (3.92%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 121 (8.63%) SQL
2 83 (5.92%) PowerShell
3 43 (3.07%) Java
4 41 (2.92%) JavaScript
5 37 (2.64%) Python
6 34 (2.43%) C
7 23 (1.64%) C#
7 23 (1.64%) VB
8 21 (1.50%) VBA
9 19 (1.36%) C++
10 15 (1.07%) T-SQL
11 10 (0.71%) PL/SQL
11 10 (0.71%) Ruby
12 9 (0.64%) Bash Shell
12 9 (0.64%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.50%) Go
13 7 (0.50%) PHP
14 6 (0.43%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.36%) R
16 4 (0.29%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 201 (14.34%) Security Cleared
2 153 (10.91%) Degree
3 132 (9.42%) SC Cleared
4 65 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 60 (4.28%) DV Cleared
6 57 (4.07%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (2.07%) CCNP
7 29 (2.07%) PMP
8 25 (1.78%) CCNA
9 24 (1.71%) MCP
10 22 (1.57%) DBS Check
11 21 (1.50%) PMI Certification
12 20 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 19 (1.36%) MCSE
14 18 (1.28%) ISTQB
15 15 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
16 14 (1.00%) ISEB
17 12 (0.86%) Master's Degree
17 12 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 11 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (6.70%) SLA
2 58 (4.14%) PMO
3 54 (3.85%) QA
4 15 (1.07%) GDPR
5 14 (1.00%) Data Quality
5 14 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
6 8 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 7 (0.50%) MiFID
8 6 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 5 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.36%) EMIR
10 4 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
10 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 17025
11 3 (0.21%) Basel III
11 3 (0.21%) NCSC
11 3 (0.21%) NIST
11 3 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.14%) HL7
12 2 (0.14%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 352 (25.11%) Active Directory
2 89 (6.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (1.85%) Hyper-V
4 21 (1.50%) VMware NSX
5 15 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
6 11 (0.78%) Docker
7 10 (0.71%) XenApp
8 9 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (0.57%) BitLocker
9 8 (0.57%) PowerHA
9 8 (0.57%) vSphere
10 7 (0.50%) Postfix
10 7 (0.50%) qmail
10 7 (0.50%) XenDesktop
11 6 (0.43%) Terminal Server
12 5 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
13 4 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (0.21%) NFS
14 3 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.21%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 110 (7.85%) SCCM
2 39 (2.78%) Microsoft Intune
3 25 (1.78%) Ansible
4 18 (1.28%) NetBackup
5 13 (0.93%) Terraform
6 12 (0.86%) AirWatch
6 12 (0.86%) Kubernetes
7 10 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
7 10 (0.71%) vRealize
8 8 (0.57%) SCOM
8 8 (0.57%) vCenter Server
9 7 (0.50%) Jamf Pro
10 6 (0.43%) HP NNM
11 5 (0.36%) HP ALM
11 5 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.36%) Nessus
11 5 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 4 (0.29%) EnCase
12 4 (0.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 912 (65.05%) Microsoft
2 119 (8.49%) VMware
3 91 (6.49%) Oracle
4 89 (6.35%) Cisco
5 73 (5.21%) SAP
6 61 (4.35%) Google
7 58 (4.14%) Citrix
8 57 (4.07%) Adobe
9 56 (3.99%) ServiceNow
10 47 (3.35%) Apple
11 26 (1.85%) IBM
11 26 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
12 22 (1.57%) HP
12 22 (1.57%) Remedy
13 20 (1.43%) Atlassian
14 18 (1.28%) Dell
15 15 (1.07%) Ivanti
16 13 (0.93%) Avaya
17 12 (0.86%) Sophos
18 11 (0.78%) Red Hat