Period
to 23 October 2017

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 23 October 2017 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
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 58 51 39
Rank change year-on-year -7 -12 -6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 3562 4106 4947
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.56% 3.90% 4.34%
As % of the Applications category 40.37% 42.69% 42.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2017 2246 2667
UK median daily rate £300 £295 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -1.67% +9.09%
10th Percentile £123 £120 £120
90th Percentile £494 £488 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £280 £300
% change year-on-year +2.68% -6.67% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 627 771
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +3.45% -
10th Percentile £9.75 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £30.00 £29.74 £23.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +7.14% -

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 8824 9619 11748
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.81% 9.13% 10.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 5321 5604 6825
UK median daily rate £350 £335 £349
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.48% -4.01% +7.38%
10th Percentile £145 £146 £155
90th Percentile £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year +1.56% -1.54% +3.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 964 1130
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £10.00 £10.00 £9.75
90th Percentile £37.50 £40.00 £37.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.63 £16.46 £14.50
% change year-on-year -11.12% +13.52% -3.33%

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 23 October 2017.

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 23 October 2017.

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 23 October 2017. 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 -9 3273 £300 - 373
UK excluding London -10 2087 £288 +2.68% 270
London -7 1420 £305 +1.67% 119
South East -13 665 £275 - 83
North of England +23 417 £297 -1.00% 81
Midlands +7 331 £315 +5.00% 43
East of England -19 264 £300 +20.00% 29
West Midlands +11 218 £320 +6.67% 23
North West +11 191 £325 - 45
Yorkshire +25 175 £288 -4.17% 32
South West -30 171 £260 +4.00% 18
Scotland +7 170 £265 -3.64% 8
East Midlands -5 113 £300 - 20
North East +42 52 £325 +14.04% 4
Wales +10 48 £196 -31.91% 6
Northern Ireland -33 28 £167 +67.00% 3

For the 6 months to 23 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Office also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Office.

1 2174 (61.03%) Microsoft
2 1479 (41.52%) Windows
3 899 (25.24%) Microsoft Excel
4 881 (24.73%) Finance
5 860 (24.14%) Active Directory
6 705 (19.79%) Windows 7
7 638 (17.91%) ITIL
8 607 (17.04%) Office 365
9 547 (15.36%) Project Management
10 500 (14.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 464 (13.03%) SharePoint
12 456 (12.80%) Analytical Skills
13 430 (12.07%) MS Visio
14 397 (11.15%) Windows 10
15 394 (11.06%) Security Cleared
16 362 (10.16%) Migration
17 347 (9.74%) Agile Software Development
18 330 (9.26%) SQL
19 325 (9.12%) Microsoft Project
20 316 (8.87%) Degree
21 297 (8.34%) Banking
22 291 (8.17%) Windows Server
23 283 (7.94%) MS Exchange
24 280 (7.86%) SC Cleared
25 277 (7.78%) PMO
26 269 (7.55%) Citrix
27 247 (6.93%) PRINCE2
28 244 (6.85%) Change Management
29 241 (6.77%) VMware
30 237 (6.65%) SCCM

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
1 464 (13.03%) SharePoint
2 283 (7.94%) MS Exchange
3 135 (3.79%) Skype for Business
4 90 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
5 82 (2.30%) IBM Notes
6 58 (1.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 53 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
8 51 (1.43%) IIS
9 41 (1.15%) CMS
10 33 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
10 33 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
11 32 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
12 31 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
13 29 (0.81%) SAS
14 28 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
14 28 (0.79%) MQSeries
15 26 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
16 21 (0.59%) Tomcat
17 17 (0.48%) Apache
18 16 (0.45%) CICS
Applications
1 899 (25.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 500 (14.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 430 (12.07%) MS Visio
4 325 (9.12%) Microsoft Project
5 56 (1.57%) Spreadsheet
6 20 (0.56%) Photoshop
7 19 (0.53%) AutoCAD
8 12 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 9 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
10 7 (0.20%) Acrobat
10 7 (0.20%) InVision
11 4 (0.11%) InDesign
12 3 (0.084%) Maya
12 3 (0.084%) SOLIDWORKS
12 3 (0.084%) Stata
13 2 (0.056%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.056%) Camtasia
13 2 (0.056%) Revit
13 2 (0.056%) RoboHelp
13 2 (0.056%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 29 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
2 21 (0.59%) Eikon
3 17 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
4 14 (0.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 10 (0.28%) Cognos TM1
5 10 (0.28%) Maximo
6 9 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
6 9 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 6 (0.17%) Dynamics GP
7 6 (0.17%) Eloqua
7 6 (0.17%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 6 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
8 5 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 5 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
8 5 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
8 5 (0.14%) Temenos T24
9 4 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 607 (17.04%) Office 365
2 124 (3.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (0.76%) G Suite
4 26 (0.73%) Amazon AWS
5 25 (0.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 20 (0.56%) OneDrive
7 18 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
8 17 (0.48%) SaaS
8 17 (0.48%) Yammer
9 13 (0.36%) Mimecast
10 11 (0.31%) IaaS
11 9 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 8 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
13 6 (0.17%) GitHub
14 5 (0.14%) PaaS
14 5 (0.14%) Trello
15 3 (0.084%) Dropbox
15 3 (0.084%) Google Analytics
15 3 (0.084%) Google Drive
15 3 (0.084%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 196 (5.50%) TCP/IP
2 182 (5.11%) LAN
3 165 (4.63%) DNS
4 154 (4.32%) VPN
5 148 (4.15%) WAN
6 134 (3.76%) DHCP
7 133 (3.73%) Internet
8 113 (3.17%) Skype
9 86 (2.41%) Wireless
10 78 (2.19%) Firewall
11 74 (2.08%) VoIP
12 66 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
13 56 (1.57%) SAN
14 50 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
15 49 (1.38%) Intranet
16 39 (1.09%) Ethernet
17 37 (1.04%) Cisco IOS
18 31 (0.87%) NAS
19 25 (0.70%) SSL
20 22 (0.62%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 173 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 44 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 42 (1.18%) Relational Database
4 41 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (1.07%) MS Access
6 36 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
7 32 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 26 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
9 23 (0.65%) GIS
9 23 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
10 22 (0.62%) Power BI
11 21 (0.59%) QlikView
12 19 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
12 19 (0.53%) DB2
13 18 (0.51%) RDBMS
14 17 (0.48%) Oracle Database
14 17 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
15 16 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 13 (0.36%) MySQL
17 12 (0.34%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 76 (2.13%) JIRA
2 38 (1.07%) Visual Studio
3 35 (0.98%) MSI
4 23 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (0.31%) MorphX
5 11 (0.31%) Subversion
6 9 (0.25%) Rational DOORS
6 9 (0.25%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 8 (0.22%) Git (software)
7 8 (0.22%) NUnit
8 7 (0.20%) Axure RP
8 7 (0.20%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.17%) Dreamweaver
10 5 (0.14%) Eclipse
10 5 (0.14%) StarTeam
11 4 (0.11%) Cucumber
11 4 (0.11%) LoadRunner
11 4 (0.11%) NetBeans
11 4 (0.11%) Toad
11 4 (0.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 881 (24.73%) Finance
2 297 (8.34%) Banking
3 164 (4.60%) Telecoms
4 142 (3.99%) Legal
5 97 (2.72%) Marketing
6 96 (2.70%) Law
7 95 (2.67%) Manufacturing
8 79 (2.22%) Retail
9 75 (2.11%) Investment Banking
10 51 (1.43%) Advertising
11 42 (1.18%) Back Office
12 39 (1.09%) Electronics
13 38 (1.07%) Front Office
14 30 (0.84%) French Language
14 30 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
15 29 (0.81%) Financial Institution
16 28 (0.79%) Publishing
17 26 (0.73%) Mandarin Language
17 26 (0.73%) Retail Banking
18 24 (0.67%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1094 (30.71%) Analyst
2 310 (8.70%) Desktop Support
3 298 (8.37%) Support Engineer
4 272 (7.64%) Service Analyst
5 254 (7.13%) Business Analyst
6 244 (6.85%) Support Analyst
7 238 (6.68%) Project Manager
8 237 (6.65%) Service Desk Analyst
9 233 (6.54%) 2nd Line Support
10 182 (5.11%) IT Support
11 149 (4.18%) Administrator
12 141 (3.96%) Developer
13 138 (3.87%) Desktop Engineer
14 130 (3.65%) 1st Line Support
15 120 (3.37%) IT Analyst
16 115 (3.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 102 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 99 (2.78%) Service Desk Support
19 97 (2.72%) Coordinator
19 97 (2.72%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (3.09%) .NET
2 60 (1.68%) HTML
3 42 (1.18%) XML
4 36 (1.01%) .NET Framework
5 33 (0.93%) CSS
6 21 (0.59%) ASP.NET
7 20 (0.56%) WSH
8 19 (0.53%) jQuery
9 18 (0.51%) Middleware
9 18 (0.51%) Web Services
10 17 (0.48%) HTML5
11 16 (0.45%) ISPF
12 14 (0.39%) J2EE
13 10 (0.28%) CSS3
13 10 (0.28%) Oracle Fusion
14 9 (0.25%) COM
14 9 (0.25%) REST
15 8 (0.22%) WF
16 7 (0.20%) SailPoint
16 7 (0.20%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 456 (12.80%) Analytical Skills
2 185 (5.19%) Blackberry
3 167 (4.69%) Management Information System
4 69 (1.94%) Video Conferencing
5 64 (1.80%) Driving Licence
6 60 (1.68%) Data Centre
7 55 (1.54%) iPhone
8 54 (1.52%) iPad
9 53 (1.49%) NHS
10 48 (1.35%) Smartphone
11 42 (1.18%) Computer Science
12 41 (1.15%) Client/Server
13 40 (1.12%) User Experience
14 35 (0.98%) Data Protection Act
15 33 (0.93%) BYOD
15 33 (0.93%) e-Learning
16 30 (0.84%) Mainframe
16 30 (0.84%) PKI
17 28 (0.79%) Virtual Team
18 27 (0.76%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1479 (41.52%) Windows
2 705 (19.79%) Windows 7
3 397 (11.15%) Windows 10
4 291 (8.17%) Windows Server
5 150 (4.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 136 (3.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 125 (3.51%) Windows 8
8 107 (3.00%) Windows XP
9 104 (2.92%) Apple iOS
10 91 (2.55%) Android
11 90 (2.53%) Unix
12 85 (2.39%) Linux
13 58 (1.63%) Mac OS
14 57 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
15 50 (1.40%) Mac OS X
16 30 (0.84%) Windows Vista
17 27 (0.76%) Solaris
18 19 (0.53%) AIX
19 18 (0.51%) HPUX
20 16 (0.45%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 638 (17.91%) ITIL
2 547 (15.36%) Project Management
3 362 (10.16%) Migration
4 347 (9.74%) Agile Software Development
5 247 (6.93%) PRINCE2
6 244 (6.85%) Change Management
7 233 (6.54%) Stakeholder Management
8 178 (5.00%) Service Management
9 168 (4.72%) Business Analysis
10 144 (4.04%) Time Management
11 141 (3.96%) Business Intelligence
12 139 (3.90%) Programme Management
13 138 (3.87%) Data Analysis
14 127 (3.57%) Workflow
15 124 (3.48%) Service Delivery
16 121 (3.40%) ITSM
17 115 (3.23%) Incident Management
18 109 (3.06%) User Acceptance Testing
19 107 (3.00%) Information Security
20 103 (2.89%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 330 (9.26%) SQL
2 88 (2.47%) PowerShell
3 81 (2.27%) VBA
4 69 (1.94%) C#
5 54 (1.52%) Java
6 46 (1.29%) JavaScript
7 37 (1.04%) T-SQL
8 35 (0.98%) Perl
8 35 (0.98%) VBScript
9 34 (0.95%) C
10 30 (0.84%) VB
11 28 (0.79%) Shell Script
12 18 (0.51%) Python
13 17 (0.48%) Assembly Language
13 17 (0.48%) R
14 16 (0.45%) CLIST
14 16 (0.45%) JCL
14 16 (0.45%) REXX
15 12 (0.34%) C++
16 11 (0.31%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 394 (11.06%) Security Cleared
2 316 (8.87%) Degree
3 280 (7.86%) SC Cleared
4 200 (5.61%) Microsoft Certification
5 106 (2.98%) MCSE
6 74 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
7 73 (2.05%) MCP
8 68 (1.91%) MCSA
9 64 (1.80%) PMI Certification
10 54 (1.52%) DV Cleared
11 52 (1.46%) PMP
12 47 (1.32%) A+ Certification
13 45 (1.26%) Cisco Certification
13 45 (1.26%) MCDST
13 45 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 37 (1.04%) ISEB
15 30 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 26 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
17 24 (0.67%) CCNA
17 24 (0.67%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 277 (7.78%) PMO
2 213 (5.98%) SLA
3 107 (3.00%) QA
4 46 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 42 (1.18%) Disclosure Scotland
6 37 (1.04%) Data Quality
7 35 (0.98%) GDPR
8 20 (0.56%) GxP
8 20 (0.56%) ISO 9001
9 17 (0.48%) MiFID
9 17 (0.48%) PCI DSS
10 15 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 13 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 11 (0.31%) P3O
13 8 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
14 7 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
15 6 (0.17%) Def Stans
16 5 (0.14%) EMIR
16 5 (0.14%) GAAP
17 4 (0.11%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 860 (24.14%) Active Directory
2 152 (4.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (1.74%) Hyper-V
4 58 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
5 52 (1.46%) XenApp
6 40 (1.12%) vSphere
7 27 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
8 24 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
9 23 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (0.45%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 16 (0.45%) RACF
10 16 (0.45%) Time Sharing Option
11 12 (0.34%) BitLocker
11 12 (0.34%) KVM
11 12 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 12 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
11 12 (0.34%) Terminal Services
11 12 (0.34%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 11 (0.31%) XenDesktop
13 10 (0.28%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 237 (6.65%) SCCM
2 55 (1.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 34 (0.95%) SCOM
4 23 (0.65%) WSUS
5 22 (0.62%) WMI
6 21 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
7 19 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
8 18 (0.51%) AirWatch
9 16 (0.45%) zSecure
10 14 (0.39%) Ansible
10 14 (0.39%) DameWare
10 14 (0.39%) NetBackup
11 12 (0.34%) OpenView
11 12 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 11 (0.31%) Jamf Pro
12 11 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
13 9 (0.25%) Backup Exec
14 7 (0.20%) DatAdvantage
15 6 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
15 6 (0.17%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 2174 (61.03%) Microsoft
2 269 (7.55%) Citrix
3 241 (6.77%) VMware
4 224 (6.29%) Cisco
5 200 (5.61%) HP
6 137 (3.85%) Oracle
7 123 (3.45%) Apple
8 117 (3.28%) SAP
9 82 (2.30%) Lotus
10 76 (2.13%) ServiceNow
11 68 (1.91%) Dell
12 65 (1.82%) IBM
13 63 (1.77%) Bloomberg
14 56 (1.57%) Google
15 54 (1.52%) Reuters
16 51 (1.43%) Remedy
17 45 (1.26%) Adobe
18 41 (1.15%) LANDesk
19 32 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
20 31 (0.87%) CA