Period
to 22 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 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
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 89 82 57
Rank change year-on-year -7 -25 +10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 2,370 1,160 2,854
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.73% 2.78% 3.93%
As % of the Applications category 37.40% 39.66% 44.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,522 762 1,623
10th Percentile £123 £115 £120
25th Percentile £160 £160 £154
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £310 £313 £275
Median % change year-on-year -0.88% +13.64% -8.33%
75th Percentile £488 £450 £419
90th Percentile £575 £550 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £215 £234 £250
% change year-on-year -8.22% -6.30% -10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 105 420
10th Percentile £10.73 £10.81 £11.63
25th Percentile £12.75 £12.94 £13.50
Median hourly rate £16.93 £16.50 £17.10
Median % change year-on-year +2.61% -3.51% +14.00%
75th Percentile £24.80 £22.00 £20.00
90th Percentile £43.75 £41.00 £34.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.88% - +10.00%

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 6,337 2,925 6,350
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.30% 7.01% 8.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,127 1,892 3,783
10th Percentile £150 £135 £138
25th Percentile £258 £213 £213
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £374 £355
Median % change year-on-year +13.71% +5.28% -5.33%
75th Percentile £538 £488 £475
90th Percentile £626 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £342 £325 £329
% change year-on-year +5.31% -1.22% -6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 494 240 625
10th Percentile £10.77 £11.98 £11.49
25th Percentile £14.03 £13.77 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.52 £20.45 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +13.61% +12.50%
75th Percentile £38.44 £34.71 £23.75
90th Percentile £49.25 £48.78 £44.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +8.57% +14.38%

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 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
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 Microsoft Office within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +1 2,017 £290 -9.20% 971
UK excluding London +5 1,379 £215 -8.22% 833
London +7 729 £375 -6.25% 218
Work from Home -23 412 £415 +18.57% 115
South East +2 385 £250 -28.57% 168
North of England +11 292 £206 +9.16% 224
Midlands +7 239 £170 -26.09% 184
North West -5 153 £211 +20.71% 123
West Midlands +11 144 £190 -20.00% 105
South West -16 141 £251 -29.45% 77
East of England +6 138 £290 +21.47% 98
Scotland -9 134 £230 -10.24% 51
Yorkshire +31 108 £215 +30.30% 81
East Midlands -4 90 £145 -13.43% 75
Wales -21 36 £175 -8.62% 23
North East +13 32 £176 -52.20% 20
Northern Ireland +5 24 £150 -8.54% 8

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 1,598 (67.43%) Microsoft
2 965 (40.72%) Social Skills
3 945 (39.87%) Windows
4 671 (28.31%) Microsoft 365
5 662 (27.93%) Microsoft Excel
6 596 (25.15%) Active Directory
7 481 (20.30%) Windows 10
8 455 (19.20%) Finance
9 375 (15.82%) Problem-Solving
10 361 (15.23%) Project Management
11 343 (14.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 339 (14.30%) ITIL
13 337 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
14 331 (13.97%) Analytical Skills
15 260 (10.97%) SharePoint
16 222 (9.37%) MS Visio
16 222 (9.37%) Public Sector
17 213 (8.99%) SCCM
18 203 (8.57%) SLA
19 202 (8.52%) Change Management
20 196 (8.27%) Azure
21 194 (8.19%) Stakeholder Management
22 192 (8.10%) SQL
23 183 (7.72%) Degree
24 179 (7.55%) Security Cleared
25 177 (7.47%) Windows 7
26 163 (6.88%) Windows Server
26 163 (6.88%) JIRA
27 155 (6.54%) Microsoft Project
28 154 (6.50%) VMware

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
1 260 (10.97%) SharePoint
2 99 (4.18%) MS Exchange
3 96 (4.05%) Confluence
4 31 (1.31%) Skype for Business
5 22 (0.93%) IBM Notes
5 22 (0.93%) IIS
6 21 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 21 (0.89%) Tomcat
7 20 (0.84%) SAS
8 16 (0.68%) Apache
9 12 (0.51%) ArcGIS
9 12 (0.51%) CMS
10 9 (0.38%) IBM HTTP Server
11 8 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
11 8 (0.34%) WebSphere
12 7 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (0.30%) WebLogic
12 7 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (0.25%) CICS
13 6 (0.25%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 662 (27.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 343 (14.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 222 (9.37%) MS Visio
4 155 (6.54%) Microsoft Project
5 30 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
6 26 (1.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 20 (0.84%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.46%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.46%) Open Workbench
9 8 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.34%) InDesign
10 5 (0.21%) InVision
10 5 (0.21%) Mathcad
10 5 (0.21%) NASTRAN
11 4 (0.17%) Camtasia
11 4 (0.17%) Siemens NX
12 3 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.13%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.13%) Oracle Smart View
13 2 (0.084%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 21 (0.89%) assyst
2 14 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
3 11 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.46%) Oracle General Ledger
3 11 (0.46%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 9 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 8 (0.34%) Cerner Millennium
5 8 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
6 7 (0.30%) Teamcenter
7 5 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.17%) Primavera
8 4 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
9 3 (0.13%) SAP MM
9 3 (0.13%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.13%) WebTrends
10 2 (0.084%) IBM Planning Analytics
10 2 (0.084%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.084%) SAP PP
10 2 (0.084%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 671 (28.31%) Microsoft 365
2 196 (8.27%) Azure
3 110 (4.64%) Power Platform
4 81 (3.42%) OneDrive
5 39 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 29 (1.22%) PowerApps
7 23 (0.97%) AWS
8 22 (0.93%) Google Workspace
8 22 (0.93%) SaaS
9 20 (0.84%) Google Analytics
9 20 (0.84%) IaaS
10 19 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
11 18 (0.76%) PaaS
12 15 (0.63%) Adobe Analytics
13 14 (0.59%) Power Automate
14 11 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 11 (0.46%) Smartsheet
15 10 (0.42%) Miro
16 9 (0.38%) GitHub
17 8 (0.34%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 133 (5.61%) VPN
2 132 (5.57%) LAN
3 109 (4.60%) WAN
4 103 (4.35%) DNS
5 82 (3.46%) DHCP
6 70 (2.95%) TCP/IP
7 69 (2.91%) Firewall
8 65 (2.74%) Wi-Fi
9 64 (2.70%) Wireless
10 55 (2.32%) VoIP
11 52 (2.19%) Internet
12 51 (2.15%) Skype
13 44 (1.86%) Remote Desktop
14 35 (1.48%) WebEx
15 32 (1.35%) Cisco IOS
15 32 (1.35%) SAN
16 25 (1.05%) VLAN
17 24 (1.01%) NAS
17 24 (1.01%) SSL
18 21 (0.89%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 134 (5.65%) SQL Server
2 82 (3.46%) Power BI
3 47 (1.98%) Tableau
4 29 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 25 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
7 24 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
8 22 (0.93%) GIS
9 19 (0.80%) Relational Database
10 14 (0.59%) Metadata
11 13 (0.55%) Electronic Patient Records
11 13 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
12 12 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
13 11 (0.46%) MS Access
13 11 (0.46%) MySQL
14 9 (0.38%) BusinessObjects
15 8 (0.34%) Spotfire
15 8 (0.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 7 (0.30%) Oracle Database
16 7 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 163 (6.88%) JIRA
2 33 (1.39%) Git (software)
3 28 (1.18%) Visual Studio
4 20 (0.84%) Jenkins
5 15 (0.63%) Selenium
6 11 (0.46%) Eclipse
7 9 (0.38%) Bitbucket
8 8 (0.34%) Zephyr
9 7 (0.30%) Rational DOORS
10 6 (0.25%) Axure RP
10 6 (0.25%) GCC
10 6 (0.25%) InstallShield
10 6 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (0.21%) ClearCase
11 5 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (0.21%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
12 4 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (0.17%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 965 (40.72%) Social Skills
2 455 (19.20%) Finance
3 331 (13.97%) Analytical Skills
4 222 (9.37%) Public Sector
5 152 (6.41%) Organisational Skills
6 108 (4.56%) Banking
7 94 (3.97%) Presentation Skills
8 88 (3.71%) Telecoms
9 76 (3.21%) Legal
10 73 (3.08%) Marketing
11 52 (2.19%) Retail
12 44 (1.86%) Influencing Skills
13 37 (1.56%) Manufacturing
14 35 (1.48%) Documentation Skills
15 34 (1.43%) Investment Banking
16 28 (1.18%) Law
16 28 (1.18%) Local Government
17 24 (1.01%) German Language
18 17 (0.72%) French Language
18 17 (0.72%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 687 (28.99%) Analyst
2 291 (12.28%) Support Engineer
3 207 (8.73%) Service Analyst
4 176 (7.43%) Desktop Support
4 176 (7.43%) Service Desk Analyst
5 172 (7.26%) Project Manager
6 168 (7.09%) IT Support
7 131 (5.53%) 2nd Line Support
8 128 (5.40%) Business Analyst
9 117 (4.94%) Support Analyst
10 115 (4.85%) Desktop Engineer
11 108 (4.56%) IT Analyst
12 100 (4.22%) IT Engineer
13 91 (3.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 87 (3.67%) Developer
15 72 (3.04%) IT Support Engineer
16 67 (2.83%) 1st Line Support
17 64 (2.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 63 (2.66%) Coordinator
19 62 (2.62%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (1.94%) .NET
2 43 (1.81%) HTML
3 35 (1.48%) XML
4 26 (1.10%) CSS
5 21 (0.89%) XMPP
6 20 (0.84%) JSON
7 18 (0.76%) REST
8 16 (0.68%) Web Services
9 14 (0.59%) Oracle Fusion
10 13 (0.55%) React
11 12 (0.51%) AngularJS
11 12 (0.51%) Middleware
12 10 (0.42%) ASP.NET
12 10 (0.42%) COM
12 10 (0.42%) LDAP
13 9 (0.38%) .NET Core
14 8 (0.34%) WinForms
15 6 (0.25%) .NET Framework
15 6 (0.25%) ASP.NET MVC
15 6 (0.25%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 127 (5.36%) Management Information System
2 117 (4.94%) Self-Motivation
3 91 (3.84%) NHS
4 79 (3.33%) Blackberry
5 69 (2.91%) iPhone
6 64 (2.70%) iPad
7 63 (2.66%) Data Centre
8 57 (2.41%) Video Conferencing
9 52 (2.19%) User Experience
10 40 (1.69%) Virtual Team
11 32 (1.35%) Driving Licence
12 31 (1.31%) Smartphone
13 28 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
14 22 (0.93%) Public Cloud
15 21 (0.89%) PMI
16 19 (0.80%) Mobile App
16 19 (0.80%) Social Media
17 18 (0.76%) Clustering
18 14 (0.59%) Analytical Mindset
19 13 (0.55%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 945 (39.87%) Windows
2 481 (20.30%) Windows 10
3 177 (7.47%) Windows 7
4 163 (6.88%) Windows Server
5 127 (5.36%) Android
6 85 (3.59%) Linux
7 72 (3.04%) Apple iOS
8 69 (2.91%) Mac OS
9 66 (2.78%) Windows Server 2016
10 60 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
11 55 (2.32%) Windows Server 2019
12 54 (2.28%) Windows Server 2008
13 42 (1.77%) Windows Phone
14 40 (1.69%) Unix
15 34 (1.43%) Mac OS X
16 20 (0.84%) Windows 8
17 13 (0.55%) CentOS
17 13 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 13 (0.55%) Windows XP
18 11 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (15.82%) Problem-Solving
2 361 (15.23%) Project Management
3 339 (14.30%) ITIL
4 337 (14.22%) Agile Software Development
5 202 (8.52%) Change Management
6 194 (8.19%) Stakeholder Management
7 147 (6.20%) Project Delivery
8 137 (5.78%) Migration
9 132 (5.57%) PRINCE2
10 129 (5.44%) Decision-Making
11 121 (5.11%) Business Intelligence
12 116 (4.89%) Time Management
13 109 (4.60%) Incident Management
14 108 (4.56%) ITSM
15 105 (4.43%) DevOps
16 104 (4.39%) Service Management
17 100 (4.22%) Risk Management
18 99 (4.18%) Coaching
19 97 (4.09%) Service Delivery
20 89 (3.76%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 192 (8.10%) SQL
2 107 (4.51%) PowerShell
3 46 (1.94%) JavaScript
4 44 (1.86%) C#
5 42 (1.77%) C
5 42 (1.77%) Python
6 38 (1.60%) VB
7 35 (1.48%) T-SQL
8 32 (1.35%) Java
9 29 (1.22%) VBA
10 19 (0.80%) VBScript
11 11 (0.46%) Bash
12 10 (0.42%) Google Apps Script
12 10 (0.42%) VB.NET
13 9 (0.38%) C++
14 8 (0.34%) PL/SQL
15 7 (0.30%) Ada
16 6 (0.25%) COBOL
16 6 (0.25%) JCL
16 6 (0.25%) REXX
Qualifications
1 183 (7.72%) Degree
2 179 (7.55%) Security Cleared
3 132 (5.57%) SC Cleared
4 77 (3.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 46 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
6 44 (1.86%) PMI Certification
7 40 (1.69%) MCP
8 38 (1.60%) DV Cleared
8 38 (1.60%) PMP
9 37 (1.56%) MCSE
10 34 (1.43%) DBS Check
11 29 (1.22%) ISEB
12 27 (1.14%) ISTQB
12 27 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
13 26 (1.10%) A+ Certification
14 25 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 22 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 21 (0.89%) CCNA
17 19 (0.80%) MCSA
17 19 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (8.57%) SLA
2 137 (5.78%) PMO
3 60 (2.53%) QA
4 36 (1.52%) Data Quality
5 19 (0.80%) GDPR
6 17 (0.72%) Accessibility
7 12 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 10 (0.42%) IFRS
8 10 (0.42%) P3O
9 9 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 7 (0.30%) Basel III
10 7 (0.30%) COREP
10 7 (0.30%) FINREP
10 7 (0.30%) IFRS 9
10 7 (0.30%) NIST
11 5 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (0.21%) GRC
12 4 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 4 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
12 4 (0.17%) HL7
System Software
1 596 (25.15%) Active Directory
2 127 (5.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (1.14%) BitLocker
4 21 (0.89%) vSphere
5 19 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 19 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
6 17 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (0.59%) VMware NSX
7 14 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
8 11 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (0.42%) NFS
10 8 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (0.25%) Job Entry Subsystem
11 6 (0.25%) RACF
12 4 (0.17%) Docker
12 4 (0.17%) Firmware
13 3 (0.13%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.13%) XenDesktop
14 2 (0.084%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 213 (8.99%) SCCM
2 106 (4.47%) Microsoft Intune
3 42 (1.77%) AirWatch
4 22 (0.93%) Ansible
5 15 (0.63%) AppManager
5 15 (0.63%) vCenter Server
6 13 (0.55%) Jamf Pro
7 11 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.42%) FortiGate
8 10 (0.42%) Puppet
9 9 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 8 (0.34%) WSUS
11 7 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 6 (0.25%) SCOM
12 6 (0.25%) Tivoli NetView
13 5 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
13 5 (0.21%) HP ALM
13 5 (0.21%) Nagios
14 4 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,598 (67.43%) Microsoft
2 154 (6.50%) VMware
3 133 (5.61%) Cisco
4 124 (5.23%) Citrix
5 117 (4.94%) Apple
6 111 (4.68%) Oracle
7 109 (4.60%) ServiceNow
8 80 (3.38%) Google
9 79 (3.33%) Adobe
10 54 (2.28%) HP
11 51 (2.15%) Dell
11 51 (2.15%) SAP
12 44 (1.86%) Salesforce.com
13 39 (1.65%) IBM
14 27 (1.14%) Ivanti
15 21 (0.89%) Polycom
15 21 (0.89%) Red Hat
16 19 (0.80%) Remedy
17 18 (0.76%) NetApp
18 17 (0.72%) Atlassian