Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 80 56 64
Rank change year-on-year -24 +8 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 1,144 2,830 3,625
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.76% 3.95% 3.67%
As % of the Applications category 39.43% 45.36% 43.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 892 1,663 2,133
Median daily rate £315 £275 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.55% -8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £120 £120 £120
90th Percentile £540 £521 £517
UK excluding London median daily rate £238 £264 £278
% change year-on-year -9.95% -4.95% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 413 471
Median hourly rate £15.59 £17.10 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.83% +14.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £10.15 £11.62 £10.34
90th Percentile £41.00 £33.95 £25.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.59 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -5.52% +10.00% +11.11%

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 2,901 6,239 8,331
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.00% 8.70% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,866 3,727 5,006
Median daily rate £370 £356 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.93% -5.07% +7.14%
10th Percentile £135 £136 £145
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £350
% change year-on-year -1.52% -5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 614 735
Median hourly rate £20.90 £17.53 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.26% +9.53% +6.67%
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.35 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.90 £44.93 £40.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year +8.57% +14.38% +5.52%

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 19 January 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 19 January 2021.

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 19 January 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 -22 957 £315 +14.55% 385
UK excluding London -10 722 £238 -9.95% 342
London -52 331 £375 +35.14% 69
South East -2 211 £325 +13.04% 55
Work from Home -60 188 £350 -14.63% 34
North of England -14 147 £189 -16.00% 105
Midlands -8 105 £230 -16.36% 69
North West +1 102 £180 -7.22% 62
South West +4 92 £352 +35.40% 39
Scotland +5 76 £263 +16.67% 15
West Midlands -10 60 £254 -15.68% 37
East of England -18 54 £213 -1.73% 43
East Midlands +21 45 £170 +4.94% 31
Wales +11 30 £199 -46.93% 8
Yorkshire -35 28 £160 -50.77% 35
North East -7 17 £425 +126.67% 8
Northern Ireland +10 10 £164 -34.40% 8

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 774 (67.66%) Microsoft
2 460 (40.21%) Windows
3 306 (26.75%) Office 365
4 294 (25.70%) Microsoft Excel
5 289 (25.26%) Active Directory
6 236 (20.63%) Windows 10
7 214 (18.71%) Security Cleared
8 190 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
9 189 (16.52%) Finance
10 184 (16.08%) Agile Software Development
11 177 (15.47%) Public Sector
12 161 (14.07%) Project Management
13 156 (13.64%) SharePoint
13 156 (13.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 155 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
15 146 (12.76%) ITIL
16 137 (11.98%) SC Cleared
17 123 (10.75%) Migration
18 115 (10.05%) Windows 7
19 112 (9.79%) Degree
20 106 (9.27%) SCCM
20 106 (9.27%) Azure
21 104 (9.09%) SQL
22 98 (8.57%) MS Visio
23 91 (7.95%) VMware
23 91 (7.95%) Windows Server
24 89 (7.78%) JIRA
25 76 (6.64%) Microsoft Project
26 75 (6.56%) Change Management
27 74 (6.47%) 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
1 156 (13.64%) SharePoint
2 60 (5.24%) Confluence
3 57 (4.98%) MS Exchange
4 19 (1.66%) Skype for Business
5 13 (1.14%) ArcGIS
6 11 (0.96%) SAS
7 9 (0.79%) CMS
7 9 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 7 (0.61%) IIS
9 7 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 294 (25.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 156 (13.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 98 (8.57%) MS Visio
4 76 (6.64%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (1.66%) Photoshop
6 13 (1.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 9 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.52%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.44%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.35%) Adobe After Effects
10 4 (0.35%) Adobe Premiere
10 4 (0.35%) CATIA
10 4 (0.35%) InDesign
11 2 (0.17%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.17%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.17%) InVision
11 2 (0.17%) Revit
11 2 (0.17%) SPSS
12 1 (0.087%) Autodesk Inventor
12 1 (0.087%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 15 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.44%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.26%) Infor M3
5 3 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.26%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.17%) Maximo
6 2 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle E-Business Tax
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle iSupplier
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 2 (0.17%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 2 (0.17%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 2 (0.17%) Primavera
6 2 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.17%) SAP APO
6 2 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.17%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 306 (26.75%) Office 365
2 106 (9.27%) Azure
3 48 (4.20%) Power Platform
4 27 (2.36%) OneDrive
5 25 (2.19%) Azure Active Directory
6 18 (1.57%) Google Analytics
6 18 (1.57%) IaaS
7 17 (1.49%) Dynamics 365
7 17 (1.49%) PowerApps
8 13 (1.14%) G Suite
9 12 (1.05%) AWS
10 10 (0.87%) PaaS
10 10 (0.87%) Power Automate
11 9 (0.79%) Yammer
12 6 (0.52%) SaaS
13 5 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 4 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
14 4 (0.35%) Google Drive
15 3 (0.26%) Azure Machine Learning
15 3 (0.26%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 65 (5.68%) VPN
2 51 (4.46%) TCP/IP
3 44 (3.85%) Firewall
4 43 (3.76%) DHCP
5 42 (3.67%) DNS
6 41 (3.58%) WAN
7 39 (3.41%) LAN
7 39 (3.41%) Skype
8 36 (3.15%) VoIP
9 22 (1.92%) Wireless
10 20 (1.75%) Internet
11 19 (1.66%) Intranet
11 19 (1.66%) Network Security
12 17 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
13 14 (1.22%) VLAN
14 12 (1.05%) SMTP
15 11 (0.96%) NetScaler
15 11 (0.96%) Unified Communications
16 10 (0.87%) SNMP
17 9 (0.79%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (5.86%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.97%) Power BI
3 21 (1.84%) PostgreSQL
3 21 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (0.87%) Tableau
8 9 (0.79%) Big Data
8 9 (0.79%) Data Lake
8 9 (0.79%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.70%) GIS
9 8 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.61%) Qlik Sense
11 6 (0.52%) MySQL
11 6 (0.52%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.44%) DB2
13 4 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
13 4 (0.35%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 89 (7.78%) JIRA
2 24 (2.10%) Visual Studio
3 8 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 7 (0.61%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.52%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.44%) Axure RP
7 4 (0.35%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.35%) JIRA Agile
7 4 (0.35%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (0.26%) Rational Rhapsody
8 3 (0.26%) RStudio
8 3 (0.26%) Selenium
8 3 (0.26%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.26%) Toad
9 2 (0.17%) ERwin
9 2 (0.17%) JUnit
9 2 (0.17%) TestDirector
9 2 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 189 (16.52%) Finance
2 177 (15.47%) Public Sector
3 67 (5.86%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.06%) Manufacturing
5 33 (2.88%) Banking
5 33 (2.88%) Marketing
6 26 (2.27%) Legal
7 23 (2.01%) Retail
8 22 (1.92%) Local Government
9 19 (1.66%) Electronics
10 18 (1.57%) Law
11 13 (1.14%) Mandarin Language
12 10 (0.87%) Investment Banking
13 8 (0.70%) German Language
13 8 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.52%) Spanish Language
15 5 (0.44%) Automotive
15 5 (0.44%) Back Office
15 5 (0.44%) French Language
15 5 (0.44%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 277 (24.21%) Analyst
2 79 (6.91%) Service Analyst
3 70 (6.12%) Support Engineer
4 69 (6.03%) Desktop Support
5 62 (5.42%) Developer
6 61 (5.33%) Service Desk Analyst
7 54 (4.72%) IT Support
8 50 (4.37%) Project Manager
9 47 (4.11%) Business Analyst
9 47 (4.11%) Support Analyst
10 46 (4.02%) 2nd Line Support
11 45 (3.93%) Consultant
12 42 (3.67%) Desktop Engineer
13 36 (3.15%) IT Analyst
14 32 (2.80%) Administrator
15 31 (2.71%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 29 (2.53%) Data Analyst
17 26 (2.27%) 1st Line Support
17 26 (2.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 26 (2.27%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (2.45%) HTML
2 26 (2.27%) .NET
2 26 (2.27%) JSON
3 18 (1.57%) CSS
4 14 (1.22%) React
5 10 (0.87%) ASP.NET
6 9 (0.79%) XML
7 8 (0.70%) 802.1X
8 6 (0.52%) COM
8 6 (0.52%) Web Services
9 5 (0.44%) AngularJS
9 5 (0.44%) Software Packaging
10 3 (0.26%) Ajax
10 3 (0.26%) J2EE
10 3 (0.26%) LDAP
10 3 (0.26%) SAML
10 3 (0.26%) Velocity
11 2 (0.17%) COM+
11 2 (0.17%) OLE
11 2 (0.17%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 155 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
2 69 (6.03%) Self-Motivation
3 61 (5.33%) Management Information System
4 49 (4.28%) NHS
5 34 (2.97%) Blackberry
6 33 (2.88%) User Experience
7 29 (2.53%) Video Conferencing
8 25 (2.19%) Smartphone
9 21 (1.84%) Data Centre
10 17 (1.49%) Driving Licence
11 14 (1.22%) Data Structures
12 11 (0.96%) iPad
12 11 (0.96%) Private Cloud
13 10 (0.87%) Fat Client
13 10 (0.87%) FMCG
13 10 (0.87%) Thin Client
14 9 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
14 9 (0.79%) iPhone
15 8 (0.70%) Social Media
15 8 (0.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 460 (40.21%) Windows
2 236 (20.63%) Windows 10
3 115 (10.05%) Windows 7
4 91 (7.95%) Windows Server
5 43 (3.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (3.67%) Linux
7 34 (2.97%) Android
7 34 (2.97%) Windows Server 2016
8 33 (2.88%) Apple iOS
9 27 (2.36%) Windows 8
9 27 (2.36%) Windows Server 2019
10 25 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (1.14%) Mac OS
13 9 (0.79%) Unix
14 6 (0.52%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.44%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.17%) Windows 2000
16 2 (0.17%) Windows Vista
17 1 (0.087%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (16.61%) Problem-Solving
2 184 (16.08%) Agile Software Development
3 161 (14.07%) Project Management
4 146 (12.76%) ITIL
5 123 (10.75%) Migration
6 75 (6.56%) Change Management
7 74 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
8 73 (6.38%) DevOps
9 71 (6.21%) Data Analysis
10 66 (5.77%) Business Intelligence
11 64 (5.59%) Project Delivery
12 63 (5.51%) Service Delivery
13 57 (4.98%) Decision-Making
14 56 (4.90%) Incident Management
15 55 (4.81%) Service Management
16 54 (4.72%) PRINCE2
17 51 (4.46%) Data Modelling
17 51 (4.46%) SDLC
18 50 (4.37%) Waterfall
19 47 (4.11%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 104 (9.09%) SQL
2 57 (4.98%) PowerShell
3 41 (3.58%) JavaScript
4 33 (2.88%) C
5 26 (2.27%) VB
6 23 (2.01%) C#
7 21 (1.84%) C++
7 21 (1.84%) Python
8 17 (1.49%) Ruby
9 14 (1.22%) Java
9 14 (1.22%) VBA
10 12 (1.05%) T-SQL
11 7 (0.61%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.52%) Ada
12 6 (0.52%) VB.NET
12 6 (0.52%) VBScript
13 5 (0.44%) MATLAB
13 5 (0.44%) R
14 2 (0.17%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.17%) VB6
Qualifications
1 214 (18.71%) Security Cleared
2 137 (11.98%) SC Cleared
3 112 (9.79%) Degree
4 72 (6.29%) DV Cleared
5 54 (4.72%) Microsoft Certification
6 26 (2.27%) MCP
7 22 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 17 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
10 14 (1.22%) ISEB
10 14 (1.22%) MCSE
11 13 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.05%) CCNP
12 12 (1.05%) DBS Check
13 11 (0.96%) PMI Certification
13 11 (0.96%) PMP
14 10 (0.87%) CCNA
14 10 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
15 8 (0.70%) MCSA
15 8 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (5.33%) SLA
2 40 (3.50%) PMO
3 27 (2.36%) QA
4 11 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
5 9 (0.79%) GDPR
6 8 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 7 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 7 (0.61%) NIST
8 5 (0.44%) MiFID
8 5 (0.44%) NCSC
9 4 (0.35%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.17%) EMIR
10 2 (0.17%) IFRS
10 2 (0.17%) IFRS 9
10 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.087%) CRD IV
11 1 (0.087%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 289 (25.26%) Active Directory
2 73 (6.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (2.10%) VMware NSX
4 15 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
5 14 (1.22%) Hyper-V
6 12 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (1.05%) vSphere
7 9 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (0.79%) XenApp
8 8 (0.70%) BitLocker
9 7 (0.61%) NFS
10 6 (0.52%) Terminal Server
10 6 (0.52%) VMFS
11 2 (0.17%) Firmware
11 2 (0.17%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.17%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.087%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.087%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.087%) UAG
Systems Management
1 106 (9.27%) SCCM
2 24 (2.10%) Microsoft Intune
3 18 (1.57%) Ansible
4 14 (1.22%) vRealize
5 9 (0.79%) SCOM
5 9 (0.79%) vCenter Server
6 8 (0.70%) AirWatch
7 7 (0.61%) EnCase
7 7 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (0.61%) NetBackup
7 7 (0.61%) Terraform
8 6 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
8 6 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.52%) vMotion
9 5 (0.44%) CASB
10 4 (0.35%) EMC NetWorker
10 4 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.35%) Puppet
10 4 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 4 (0.35%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 774 (67.66%) Microsoft
2 91 (7.95%) VMware
3 64 (5.59%) Cisco
4 62 (5.42%) Oracle
5 51 (4.46%) SAP
6 48 (4.20%) Adobe
7 46 (4.02%) Citrix
8 43 (3.76%) Apple
8 43 (3.76%) Google
8 43 (3.76%) ServiceNow
9 22 (1.92%) Remedy
10 18 (1.57%) Red Hat
11 17 (1.49%) Dell
12 15 (1.31%) HP
12 15 (1.31%) Sophos
13 14 (1.22%) Avaya
13 14 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
14 13 (1.14%) ESRI
14 13 (1.14%) Lumension
15 12 (1.05%) Veeam