Period
to 3 July 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 July 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 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 64 66 66
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 1,446 3,247 3,644
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.49% 3.49% 3.53%
As % of the Applications category 41.70% 42.20% 40.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 800 1,888 2,043
Median daily rate £275 £315 £278
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.70% +13.51% -7.58%
10th Percentile £115 £123 £120
90th Percentile £513 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £263 £313 £275
% change year-on-year -16.13% +13.82% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 259 396 550
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.30 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.38% +0.33% +2.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.66 £10.50
90th Percentile £35.00 £26.75 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £14.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +14.44% -0.97% +8.77%

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 3,468 7,695 8,958
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.38% 8.27% 8.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,932 4,516 5,353
Median daily rate £375 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.35% +5.71%
10th Percentile £146 £150 £146
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 649 815
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.57 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.70% +0.39% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.90 £10.53
90th Percentile £42.75 £47.02 £39.50
Median hourly rate £18.13 £16.05 £15.50
% change year-on-year +12.91% +3.56% +3.33%

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 July 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 July 2020.

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 3 July 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 +3 1,280 £288 -8.57% 230
UK excluding London +14 1,012 £263 -16.13% 203
London -27 386 £300 -6.25% 41
South East +6 284 £230 -34.29% 57
North of England +35 252 £325 +14.04% 51
North West +44 146 £256 +12.64% 29
South West +25 141 £375 +13.64% 32
Midlands +6 109 £175 -35.19% 34
East of England -1 102 £219 -12.41% 15
Yorkshire +17 95 £325 - 17
Scotland +8 89 £263 -0.94% 9
Work from Home +28 84 £250 -41.18% 14
West Midlands +4 78 £175 -41.67% 21
East Midlands +3 31 £179 +5.15% 13
Wales -3 21 £115 -64.62% 4
Northern Ireland +9 16 £160 -15.79% 1
North East +22 11 £315 +57.50% 5

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 942 (65.15%) Microsoft
2 674 (46.61%) Windows
3 425 (29.39%) Active Directory
4 364 (25.17%) Office 365
5 351 (24.27%) Windows 10
6 343 (23.72%) Microsoft Excel
7 247 (17.08%) Finance
8 239 (16.53%) Problem-Solving
9 221 (15.28%) ITIL
10 217 (15.01%) Windows 7
11 215 (14.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 214 (14.80%) Security Cleared
13 201 (13.90%) Analytical Skills
14 197 (13.62%) Agile Software Development
15 183 (12.66%) SharePoint
16 174 (12.03%) SC Cleared
17 166 (11.48%) Project Management
18 158 (10.93%) Public Sector
19 156 (10.79%) SCCM
20 148 (10.24%) Migration
21 147 (10.17%) Windows Server
22 126 (8.71%) SQL
23 125 (8.64%) MS Visio
24 120 (8.30%) Degree
25 110 (7.61%) JIRA
26 107 (7.40%) Azure
27 105 (7.26%) Microsoft Project
28 99 (6.85%) Self-Motivation
29 93 (6.43%) PRINCE2
30 92 (6.36%) Oracle

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
1 183 (12.66%) SharePoint
2 91 (6.29%) MS Exchange
3 57 (3.94%) Confluence
4 49 (3.39%) Skype for Business
5 22 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (1.24%) ArcGIS
7 17 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
8 15 (1.04%) IBM Notes
9 14 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2003
9 14 (0.97%) SAS
10 13 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
10 13 (0.90%) IIS
11 12 (0.83%) CMS
12 10 (0.69%) WebLogic
13 8 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.35%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.28%) Apache
15 4 (0.28%) MS Project Server
16 3 (0.21%) SharePoint Server
16 3 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 343 (23.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 215 (14.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 125 (8.64%) MS Visio
4 105 (7.26%) Microsoft Project
5 24 (1.66%) Photoshop
6 16 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.83%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.69%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.35%) InVision
9 5 (0.35%) RoboHelp
10 4 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.28%) Open Workbench
10 4 (0.28%) Sketch
11 2 (0.14%) FileZilla
11 2 (0.14%) SPSS
11 2 (0.14%) Stata
11 2 (0.14%) UserZoom
12 1 (0.069%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.069%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.069%) Revit
Business Applications
1 16 (1.11%) Remedy ITSM
2 14 (0.97%) assyst
2 14 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.28%) ION MarketView
4 4 (0.28%) SAP SRM
5 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
5 3 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.21%) Primavera
6 2 (0.14%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.14%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.14%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.069%) Carpe Diem
7 1 (0.069%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.069%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.069%) Raiser's Edge
7 1 (0.069%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.069%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 364 (25.17%) Office 365
2 107 (7.40%) Azure
3 46 (3.18%) OneDrive
4 39 (2.70%) Power Platform
5 23 (1.59%) IaaS
5 23 (1.59%) SaaS
6 20 (1.38%) PaaS
7 19 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (0.97%) PowerApps
8 14 (0.97%) Yammer
9 11 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (0.76%) GCP
10 10 (0.69%) AWS
10 10 (0.69%) G Suite
11 9 (0.62%) Google Analytics
12 6 (0.41%) Adobe Analytics
12 6 (0.41%) Power Automate
13 5 (0.35%) Serverless
13 5 (0.35%) Trello
14 4 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 88 (6.09%) VPN
2 81 (5.60%) Skype
3 64 (4.43%) LAN
4 53 (3.67%) Internet
5 52 (3.60%) Firewall
6 48 (3.32%) DNS
6 48 (3.32%) WAN
7 43 (2.97%) TCP/IP
7 43 (2.97%) Wireless
8 36 (2.49%) Remote Desktop
9 28 (1.94%) DHCP
10 25 (1.73%) MPLS
10 25 (1.73%) Network Security
10 25 (1.73%) VoIP
11 23 (1.59%) Broadband
12 21 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
13 18 (1.24%) Cisco IOS
13 18 (1.24%) SAN
14 16 (1.11%) BGP
15 14 (0.97%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.87%) Power BI
3 21 (1.45%) Relational Database
4 16 (1.11%) Oracle Database
5 15 (1.04%) GIS
6 12 (0.83%) DB2
7 10 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (0.69%) MS Access
8 9 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
9 8 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (0.48%) DB2 UDB
10 7 (0.48%) MySQL
10 7 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
11 6 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.41%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.41%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 6 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 110 (7.61%) JIRA
2 33 (2.28%) Git (software)
3 19 (1.31%) Selenium
4 17 (1.18%) Eclipse
5 9 (0.62%) ClearCase
5 9 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (0.55%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.55%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.48%) Ant
8 6 (0.41%) Axure RP
8 6 (0.41%) Jenkins
8 6 (0.41%) Rational DOORS
8 6 (0.41%) Subversion
8 6 (0.41%) Toad
9 5 (0.35%) JMeter
9 5 (0.35%) JUnit
9 5 (0.35%) Rational Rose
9 5 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 5 (0.35%) WebLogic Workshop
10 4 (0.28%) PVCS
General
1 247 (17.08%) Finance
2 158 (10.93%) Public Sector
3 65 (4.50%) Banking
4 54 (3.73%) Telecoms
5 36 (2.49%) Law
6 32 (2.21%) Retail
7 30 (2.07%) Manufacturing
8 29 (2.01%) Marketing
9 27 (1.87%) Legal
10 24 (1.66%) Electronics
11 22 (1.52%) German Language
12 20 (1.38%) Local Government
13 15 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
14 14 (0.97%) Investment Banking
15 11 (0.76%) Financial Institution
15 11 (0.76%) French Language
15 11 (0.76%) Publishing
16 10 (0.69%) Front Office
17 9 (0.62%) Automotive
17 9 (0.62%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 432 (29.88%) Analyst
2 141 (9.75%) Support Engineer
3 122 (8.44%) Service Analyst
4 119 (8.23%) Desktop Support
5 115 (7.95%) Service Desk Analyst
6 105 (7.26%) Support Analyst
7 88 (6.09%) 2nd Line Support
8 87 (6.02%) IT Support
9 67 (4.63%) Project Manager
10 63 (4.36%) Windows Engineer
11 60 (4.15%) Desktop Engineer
12 59 (4.08%) 1st Line Support
12 59 (4.08%) Business Analyst
13 55 (3.80%) Developer
14 53 (3.67%) IT Analyst
15 48 (3.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 46 (3.18%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 44 (3.04%) Consultant
18 43 (2.97%) Service Desk Support
19 39 (2.70%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (2.84%) HTML
1 41 (2.84%) Web Services
2 37 (2.56%) .NET
3 33 (2.28%) XML
4 21 (1.45%) SOAP
5 20 (1.38%) CSS
6 14 (0.97%) AngularJS
6 14 (0.97%) LDAP
6 14 (0.97%) Velocity
7 13 (0.90%) .NET Framework
8 12 (0.83%) J2EE
9 10 (0.69%) ASP.NET
9 10 (0.69%) Entity Framework
9 10 (0.69%) Java EE
9 10 (0.69%) Struts
10 8 (0.55%) JSON
11 7 (0.48%) JSP
11 7 (0.48%) SailPoint
11 7 (0.48%) Servlets
12 6 (0.41%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 201 (13.90%) Analytical Skills
2 99 (6.85%) Self-Motivation
3 57 (3.94%) Management Information System
4 51 (3.53%) NHS
5 37 (2.56%) Blackberry
6 36 (2.49%) Video Conferencing
7 31 (2.14%) User Experience
8 26 (1.80%) Smartphone
9 22 (1.52%) Data Centre
9 22 (1.52%) Driving Licence
9 22 (1.52%) Social Media
10 20 (1.38%) iPhone
11 16 (1.11%) Chip and PIN
11 16 (1.11%) iPad
12 14 (0.97%) Fat Client
12 14 (0.97%) Fibre Optics
12 14 (0.97%) Thin Client
13 10 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
14 9 (0.62%) CMDB
14 9 (0.62%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 674 (46.61%) Windows
2 351 (24.27%) Windows 10
3 217 (15.01%) Windows 7
4 147 (10.17%) Windows Server
5 69 (4.77%) Linux
6 62 (4.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 58 (4.01%) Android
8 55 (3.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 50 (3.46%) Apple iOS
10 42 (2.90%) Windows XP
11 40 (2.77%) Unix
11 40 (2.77%) Windows Server 2016
12 28 (1.94%) Mac OS
13 27 (1.87%) Mac OS X
14 21 (1.45%) Windows 8
15 19 (1.31%) Windows Server 2019
16 17 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (1.04%) Windows Vista
18 12 (0.83%) Windows 2000
19 9 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 239 (16.53%) Problem-Solving
2 221 (15.28%) ITIL
3 197 (13.62%) Agile Software Development
4 166 (11.48%) Project Management
5 148 (10.24%) Migration
6 93 (6.43%) PRINCE2
7 88 (6.09%) Change Management
8 86 (5.95%) Decision-Making
9 82 (5.67%) Stakeholder Management
10 70 (4.84%) DevOps
10 70 (4.84%) Service Management
11 65 (4.50%) Business Intelligence
12 61 (4.22%) Project Delivery
13 60 (4.15%) Data Analysis
14 57 (3.94%) Risk Management
15 54 (3.73%) Incident Management
15 54 (3.73%) Service Delivery
16 52 (3.60%) Information Security
17 49 (3.39%) SDLC
18 48 (3.32%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 126 (8.71%) SQL
2 83 (5.74%) PowerShell
3 49 (3.39%) Python
4 46 (3.18%) C#
5 38 (2.63%) C
6 37 (2.56%) VBA
7 36 (2.49%) Java
7 36 (2.49%) VB
8 30 (2.07%) JavaScript
9 18 (1.24%) T-SQL
10 13 (0.90%) C++
11 12 (0.83%) VBScript
12 9 (0.62%) R
13 8 (0.55%) Perl
13 8 (0.55%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.48%) BeanShell
14 7 (0.48%) Bourne shell
14 7 (0.48%) Korn
14 7 (0.48%) PHP
14 7 (0.48%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 214 (14.80%) Security Cleared
2 174 (12.03%) SC Cleared
3 120 (8.30%) Degree
4 70 (4.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 50 (3.46%) Cisco Certification
6 44 (3.04%) DV Cleared
7 32 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
8 28 (1.94%) CCNA
9 23 (1.59%) ISEB
10 21 (1.45%) MCSE
11 17 (1.18%) MCP
11 17 (1.18%) PMI Certification
12 16 (1.11%) APMP
12 16 (1.11%) CCNP
12 16 (1.11%) ISTQB
12 16 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 15 (1.04%) A+ Certification
14 14 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
15 12 (0.83%) MCSA
16 11 (0.76%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (5.81%) SLA
2 45 (3.11%) GDPR
3 43 (2.97%) PMO
4 39 (2.70%) QA
5 16 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.97%) Data Quality
7 11 (0.76%) P3O
8 10 (0.69%) PCI DSS
9 9 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 8 (0.55%) COBIT
11 7 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
13 5 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
13 5 (0.35%) ISO 14001
14 4 (0.28%) GxP
14 4 (0.28%) JSP 440
15 3 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
16 2 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 1 (0.069%) ISO/IEC 17025
17 1 (0.069%) PSD2
System Software
1 425 (29.39%) Active Directory
2 55 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (1.18%) XenApp
4 13 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
5 12 (0.83%) VMware NSX
6 11 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 11 (0.76%) XenDesktop
7 10 (0.69%) Hyper-V
7 10 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
8 9 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 9 (0.62%) vSphere
9 8 (0.55%) BitLocker
9 8 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.48%) RACF
11 5 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.28%) Docker
13 3 (0.21%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.14%) NFS
14 2 (0.14%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 156 (10.79%) SCCM
2 32 (2.21%) Microsoft Intune
3 20 (1.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 19 (1.31%) OpenView
5 18 (1.24%) OVSD
6 17 (1.18%) Ansible
7 10 (0.69%) ServiceCenter
8 9 (0.62%) AirWatch
8 9 (0.62%) SCOM
9 7 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 7 (0.48%) Jamf Pro
9 7 (0.48%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
11 5 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 5 (0.35%) Tivoli
11 5 (0.35%) WSUS
12 4 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (0.28%) vCenter Server
13 3 (0.21%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 942 (65.15%) Microsoft
2 92 (6.36%) Oracle
3 79 (5.46%) Citrix
4 76 (5.26%) Cisco
5 66 (4.56%) SAP
6 64 (4.43%) HP
7 63 (4.36%) VMware
8 59 (4.08%) ServiceNow
9 57 (3.94%) Apple
10 48 (3.32%) Adobe
11 46 (3.18%) Google
12 42 (2.90%) Remedy
13 19 (1.31%) Dell
13 19 (1.31%) Tableau
14 18 (1.24%) Sophos
15 16 (1.11%) Bloomberg
16 15 (1.04%) Lumension
17 14 (0.97%) Atlassian
17 14 (0.97%) IBM
17 14 (0.97%) Lotus