Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 2018 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 65 60 52
Rank change year-on-year -5 -8 -14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 3,619 3,349 4,284
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.54% 3.50% 3.93%
As % of the Applications category 42.09% 39.84% 42.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,015 1,853 2,334
UK median daily rate £288 £313 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.00% +4.17% -
10th Percentile £117 £121 £120
90th Percentile £513 £501 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £283 £300 £288
% change year-on-year -5.83% +4.35% -1.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 520 455 608
UK median hourly rate £15.48 £15.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.20% -3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £10.75 £9.98 £9.66
90th Percentile £25.58 £37.50 £27.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -9.68% +10.71%

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 8,599 8,406 10,135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.40% 8.79% 9.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,097 4,923 6,011
UK median daily rate £373 £353 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.82% +4.29% +0.15%
10th Percentile £145 £150 £150
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £342 £330 £323
% change year-on-year +3.64% +2.33% -0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 759 690 886
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.12 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.36% -2.30% +10.00%
10th Percentile £10.73 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £38.75 £43.75 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - -6.06% +13.79%

Microsoft Office
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Office.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office over the 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Office.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office over the 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
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 Microsoft Office within the UK over the 6 months to 15 August 2018. 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 -3 3,260 £300 -4.76% 818
UK excluding London +2 2,276 £283 -5.83% 625
London -5 1,273 £298 -8.46% 246
South East +5 788 £300 -4.46% 151
Midlands +9 375 £293 -8.59% 122
North of England -24 361 £325 +10.17% 134
East of England +5 278 £230 -28.68% 84
West Midlands +12 262 £310 -3.13% 73
Scotland -5 235 £245 -9.26% 32
North West -11 199 £336 +3.46% 62
South West +7 185 £288 +31.54% 79
Yorkshire -43 116 £270 - 61
East Midlands -12 106 £248 -17.50% 48
North East -4 49 £255 -17.07% 11
Wales -3 44 £288 +91.67% 20
Northern Ireland +32 16 £114 -31.59% 2

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, 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 2,260 (62.45%) Microsoft
2 1,546 (42.72%) Windows
3 1,009 (27.88%) Active Directory
4 838 (23.16%) Microsoft Excel
5 808 (22.33%) Finance
6 797 (22.02%) Office 365
7 660 (18.24%) Windows 7
8 620 (17.13%) ITIL
9 611 (16.88%) Windows 10
10 465 (12.85%) Analytical Skills
11 464 (12.82%) Project Management
12 409 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
13 402 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 379 (10.47%) Windows Server
15 368 (10.17%) Agile Software Development
16 347 (9.59%) SCCM
17 344 (9.51%) Security Cleared
17 344 (9.51%) SharePoint
18 333 (9.20%) Citrix
19 323 (8.93%) MS Visio
20 314 (8.68%) MS Exchange
21 310 (8.57%) Migration
22 280 (7.74%) SC Cleared
23 272 (7.52%) Degree
24 260 (7.18%) Microsoft Project
25 256 (7.07%) SQL
25 256 (7.07%) Change Management
26 245 (6.77%) PRINCE2
27 242 (6.69%) SLA
28 238 (6.58%) Stakeholder Management

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
1 344 (9.51%) SharePoint
2 314 (8.68%) MS Exchange
3 165 (4.56%) Skype for Business
4 106 (2.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 63 (1.74%) IIS
6 56 (1.55%) Confluence
7 46 (1.27%) CMS
8 35 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
9 27 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 25 (0.69%) IBM Notes
10 25 (0.69%) SAS
10 25 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
11 23 (0.64%) Apache
12 21 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
12 21 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
13 20 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
14 13 (0.36%) Tomcat
15 12 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
16 9 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
17 8 (0.22%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 838 (23.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 402 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 323 (8.93%) MS Visio
4 260 (7.18%) Microsoft Project
5 62 (1.71%) Spreadsheet
6 23 (0.64%) Open Workbench
7 16 (0.44%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.36%) Acrobat
9 9 (0.25%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.17%) AutoCAD
10 6 (0.17%) InDesign
11 5 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
12 4 (0.11%) SPSS
13 3 (0.083%) InVision
13 3 (0.083%) NUKE
13 3 (0.083%) SOLIDWORKS
14 1 (0.028%) CATIA
14 1 (0.028%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 41 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 11 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
4 10 (0.28%) assyst
5 8 (0.22%) SAP ERP
6 7 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 6 (0.17%) Actimize
7 6 (0.17%) CA PPM
7 6 (0.17%) SAP R/3
7 6 (0.17%) SAP SD
7 6 (0.17%) Servitor
8 5 (0.14%) Elite 3E
8 5 (0.14%) Eloqua
8 5 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 5 (0.14%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.11%) Carpe Diem
9 4 (0.11%) Teamcenter
10 3 (0.083%) HiPortfolio
10 3 (0.083%) SAP MM
10 3 (0.083%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 797 (22.02%) Office 365
2 192 (5.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 64 (1.77%) OneDrive
4 54 (1.49%) SaaS
5 46 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
6 37 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
7 35 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
8 33 (0.91%) G Suite
9 32 (0.88%) Yammer
10 27 (0.75%) PaaS
11 21 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
11 21 (0.58%) IaaS
12 14 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
13 13 (0.36%) Google Analytics
14 11 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Cloud
15 7 (0.19%) Mimecast
16 5 (0.14%) Slack
17 4 (0.11%) Google Play
17 4 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
17 4 (0.11%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 207 (5.72%) DNS
2 176 (4.86%) DHCP
2 176 (4.86%) Skype
3 170 (4.70%) LAN
4 167 (4.61%) VPN
5 136 (3.76%) WAN
6 131 (3.62%) TCP/IP
7 123 (3.40%) Firewall
8 119 (3.29%) Internet
9 65 (1.80%) Wireless
10 61 (1.69%) Remote Desktop
10 61 (1.69%) VoIP
11 55 (1.52%) SAN
12 40 (1.11%) Cisco IOS
13 38 (1.05%) Network Security
14 31 (0.86%) VLAN
15 29 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
16 26 (0.72%) FTP
17 24 (0.66%) IP Telephony
17 24 (0.66%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 177 (4.89%) SQL Server
2 46 (1.27%) Power BI
3 41 (1.13%) Relational Database
4 33 (0.91%) BusinessObjects
5 30 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
6 25 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 24 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 22 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
9 21 (0.58%) MS Access
10 17 (0.47%) QlikView
10 17 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
11 15 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
11 15 (0.41%) MySQL
11 15 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
12 13 (0.36%) Oracle Database
12 13 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
13 12 (0.33%) Big Data
13 12 (0.33%) SQL Server 2005
13 12 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 10 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 133 (3.68%) JIRA
2 41 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 34 (0.94%) Visual Studio
4 16 (0.44%) MSI
5 15 (0.41%) PVCS
5 15 (0.41%) Rational DOORS
6 14 (0.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 10 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 9 (0.25%) Rational Team Concert
9 8 (0.22%) Axure RP
9 8 (0.22%) Selenium
10 7 (0.19%) Rational Quality Manager
11 6 (0.17%) Git (software)
11 6 (0.17%) Subversion
11 6 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (0.14%) Jenkins
12 5 (0.14%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.11%) Dreamweaver
13 4 (0.11%) gulp
14 3 (0.083%) Toad
General
1 808 (22.33%) Finance
2 196 (5.42%) Banking
3 140 (3.87%) Telecoms
4 136 (3.76%) Legal
5 114 (3.15%) Retail
6 104 (2.87%) Law
7 76 (2.10%) Marketing
8 60 (1.66%) Manufacturing
9 50 (1.38%) Publishing
10 44 (1.22%) Advertising
11 37 (1.02%) Investment Banking
12 33 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
13 32 (0.88%) Financial Institution
14 31 (0.86%) Military
15 29 (0.80%) Mandarin Language
16 27 (0.75%) Electronics
17 20 (0.55%) Automotive
17 20 (0.55%) Billing
18 18 (0.50%) French Language
18 18 (0.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,166 (32.22%) Analyst
2 358 (9.89%) Service Analyst
3 338 (9.34%) Desktop Support
4 322 (8.90%) Service Desk Analyst
5 308 (8.51%) Support Engineer
6 290 (8.01%) Support Analyst
7 240 (6.63%) Project Manager
8 236 (6.52%) 2nd Line Support
9 218 (6.02%) IT Support
10 187 (5.17%) Business Analyst
11 157 (4.34%) Desktop Engineer
12 135 (3.73%) IT Analyst
13 128 (3.54%) 1st Line Support
14 126 (3.48%) Administrator
15 117 (3.23%) Developer
16 113 (3.12%) Coordinator
17 111 (3.07%) Consultant
18 107 (2.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 99 (2.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 99 (2.74%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (2.35%) .NET
2 60 (1.66%) HTML
3 53 (1.46%) Web Services
4 51 (1.41%) XML
5 35 (0.97%) CSS
6 32 (0.88%) jQuery
7 25 (0.69%) .NET Framework
8 20 (0.55%) ASP.NET
9 17 (0.47%) HTML5
10 15 (0.41%) JSON
10 15 (0.41%) LDAP
11 13 (0.36%) COM
11 13 (0.36%) REST
12 10 (0.28%) Middleware
13 9 (0.25%) AngularJS
13 9 (0.25%) CSS3
14 8 (0.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 7 (0.19%) Gherkin
15 7 (0.19%) SOAP
15 7 (0.19%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 465 (12.85%) Analytical Skills
2 187 (5.17%) Self-Motivation
3 141 (3.90%) Management Information System
4 103 (2.85%) Blackberry
5 101 (2.79%) Data Centre
6 75 (2.07%) iPhone
7 66 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
8 63 (1.74%) Smartphone
9 57 (1.58%) Computer Science
10 55 (1.52%) iPad
11 44 (1.22%) User Experience
12 40 (1.11%) Virtual Team
13 37 (1.02%) Driving Licence
13 37 (1.02%) NHS
14 34 (0.94%) Fat Client
14 34 (0.94%) Thin Client
15 30 (0.83%) Mobile App
16 23 (0.64%) e-Learning
17 21 (0.58%) Social Media
18 18 (0.50%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,546 (42.72%) Windows
2 660 (18.24%) Windows 7
3 611 (16.88%) Windows 10
4 379 (10.47%) Windows Server
5 189 (5.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 188 (5.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 162 (4.48%) Windows 8
8 140 (3.87%) Apple iOS
9 126 (3.48%) Linux
10 119 (3.29%) Windows XP
11 100 (2.76%) Unix
12 95 (2.63%) Android
13 82 (2.27%) Mac OS
14 58 (1.60%) Mac OS X
15 51 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
16 32 (0.88%) Solaris
17 28 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 23 (0.64%) Windows Vista
19 19 (0.53%) Windows 2000
20 14 (0.39%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 620 (17.13%) ITIL
2 464 (12.82%) Project Management
3 409 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
4 368 (10.17%) Agile Software Development
5 310 (8.57%) Migration
6 256 (7.07%) Change Management
7 245 (6.77%) PRINCE2
8 238 (6.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 203 (5.61%) Service Management
10 152 (4.20%) Business Analysis
11 148 (4.09%) Incident Management
12 139 (3.84%) Service Delivery
13 138 (3.81%) Time Management
14 137 (3.79%) Decision-Making
15 118 (3.26%) Waterfall
16 115 (3.18%) ITSM
16 115 (3.18%) SDLC
17 102 (2.82%) Data Analysis
18 96 (2.65%) Risk Management
19 95 (2.63%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 256 (7.07%) SQL
2 144 (3.98%) PowerShell
3 62 (1.71%) C#
4 57 (1.58%) C
4 57 (1.58%) VBA
5 52 (1.44%) JavaScript
6 44 (1.22%) Java
7 37 (1.02%) T-SQL
8 25 (0.69%) VB
9 22 (0.61%) Python
10 19 (0.53%) PL/SQL
10 19 (0.53%) VBScript
11 18 (0.50%) Perl
11 18 (0.50%) Shell Script
12 16 (0.44%) VB.NET
13 12 (0.33%) Bash Shell
14 10 (0.28%) C++
15 9 (0.25%) PHP
15 9 (0.25%) R
16 5 (0.14%) Korn
Qualifications
1 344 (9.51%) Security Cleared
2 280 (7.74%) SC Cleared
3 272 (7.52%) Degree
4 163 (4.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 77 (2.13%) MCSE
6 76 (2.10%) MCP
7 73 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
8 67 (1.85%) MCSA
9 60 (1.66%) DV Cleared
9 60 (1.66%) ISEB
10 57 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
11 40 (1.11%) PMP
12 39 (1.08%) CCNA
12 39 (1.08%) PMI Certification
13 38 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 37 (1.02%) A+ Certification
15 30 (0.83%) ISTQB
16 27 (0.75%) DBS Check
17 26 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 23 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 242 (6.69%) SLA
2 234 (6.47%) PMO
3 101 (2.79%) QA
4 61 (1.69%) GDPR
5 41 (1.13%) Data Quality
6 23 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 17 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
8 13 (0.36%) Def Stans
9 12 (0.33%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.30%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.25%) P3O
11 9 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (0.22%) GxP
13 7 (0.19%) IFRS
13 7 (0.19%) JSP 440
14 5 (0.14%) DO-254
14 5 (0.14%) IFRS 9
14 5 (0.14%) ISO 9000
15 3 (0.083%) GAAP
15 3 (0.083%) HL7
System Software
1 1,009 (27.88%) Active Directory
2 146 (4.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (1.69%) Hyper-V
4 53 (1.46%) XenApp
5 52 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
6 44 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
7 42 (1.16%) BitLocker
8 40 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
9 37 (1.02%) XenDesktop
10 28 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
11 26 (0.72%) vSphere
12 17 (0.47%) XenServer
13 14 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
14 10 (0.28%) Terminal Services
14 10 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.22%) Firmware
16 7 (0.19%) Veritas File System
17 6 (0.17%) NFS
18 5 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 5 (0.14%) Samba
Systems Management
1 347 (9.59%) SCCM
2 109 (3.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 65 (1.80%) Microsoft Intune
4 39 (1.08%) WSUS
5 31 (0.86%) SCOM
6 22 (0.61%) AirWatch
7 20 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
8 18 (0.50%) Backup Exec
8 18 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
8 18 (0.50%) OVSD
8 18 (0.50%) vCenter Server
9 16 (0.44%) NetBackup
10 15 (0.41%) OpenView
11 13 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
12 12 (0.33%) HP ALM
13 10 (0.28%) BMC PATROL
14 9 (0.25%) Ansible
14 9 (0.25%) SCSM
15 8 (0.22%) Jamf Pro
15 8 (0.22%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 2,260 (62.45%) Microsoft
2 333 (9.20%) Citrix
3 233 (6.44%) VMware
4 230 (6.36%) Cisco
5 189 (5.22%) Apple
6 183 (5.06%) HP
7 138 (3.81%) ServiceNow
8 117 (3.23%) SAP
9 114 (3.15%) Oracle
10 89 (2.46%) Adobe
11 87 (2.40%) Remedy
12 83 (2.29%) McAfee
13 66 (1.82%) Google
14 59 (1.63%) NetApp
15 53 (1.46%) IBM
16 41 (1.13%) Juniper
17 38 (1.05%) CheckPoint
17 38 (1.05%) Symantec
18 37 (1.02%) Ivanti
19 31 (0.86%) Tableau