Period
to 22 September 2019

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 September 2019 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 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 63 67 64
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3 -11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 3,140 3,668 3,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.60% 3.60% 3.49%
As % of the Applications category 43.25% 42.24% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,818 2,065 1,929
UK median daily rate £300 £290 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% -
10th Percentile £123 £120 £123
90th Percentile £525 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £289 £288
% change year-on-year +3.81% +0.52% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 546 441
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +9.15% -8.39%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £9.75
90th Percentile £34.50 £25.50 £34.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.70 £15.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +4.67% +11.11% -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 7,260 8,684 8,602
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.31% 8.52% 8.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,283 5,175 5,129
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.70% +4.13%
10th Percentile £148 £148 £148
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £328
% change year-on-year - +6.87% +2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 648 776 661
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% -3.03%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £41.13 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.61 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.70% +4.07% -9.09%

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019.

Contractor 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 September 2019. 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 +4 2,832 £300 - 1,110
UK excluding London +1 2,008 £300 +3.81% 913
London +2 1,057 £288 -4.17% 266
South East -2 693 £325 +7.44% 266
North of England +13 363 £275 -8.33% 215
South West +17 274 £330 +3.49% 113
Midlands -8 239 £213 -25.70% 163
East of England -9 198 £250 +9.89% 88
North West -5 176 £225 -30.77% 127
Scotland +7 164 £266 +0.47% 46
West Midlands -9 164 £275 -5.98% 88
Yorkshire +34 150 £315 +31.94% 74
East Midlands -6 71 £146 -31.29% 75
Wales +29 52 £325 +8.33% 16
North East +19 38 £321 +25.88% 14
Northern Ireland +16 24 £190 +44.49% 6
Channel Islands - 2 £600 -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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 1,997 (63.60%) Microsoft
2 1,476 (47.01%) Windows
3 972 (30.96%) Active Directory
4 853 (27.17%) Office 365
5 804 (25.61%) Windows 10
5 804 (25.61%) Microsoft Excel
6 685 (21.82%) Finance
7 664 (21.15%) Windows 7
8 568 (18.09%) ITIL
9 455 (14.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 439 (13.98%) Project Management
11 424 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
12 410 (13.06%) Agile Software Development
13 405 (12.90%) SharePoint
14 362 (11.53%) Problem-Solving
15 311 (9.90%) Security Cleared
16 308 (9.81%) Degree
17 297 (9.46%) SCCM
18 279 (8.89%) SQL
19 270 (8.60%) Windows Server
20 257 (8.18%) Azure
21 255 (8.12%) Migration
22 240 (7.64%) SLA
23 233 (7.42%) MS Exchange
24 230 (7.32%) Self-Motivation
25 229 (7.29%) Citrix
26 228 (7.26%) SC Cleared
27 227 (7.23%) Change Management
28 210 (6.69%) MS Visio
29 198 (6.31%) 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
1 405 (12.90%) SharePoint
2 233 (7.42%) MS Exchange
3 145 (4.62%) Skype for Business
4 108 (3.44%) Confluence
5 74 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 39 (1.24%) IBM Notes
7 32 (1.02%) CMS
8 28 (0.89%) IIS
9 21 (0.67%) SAS
10 17 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
11 14 (0.45%) Tomcat
12 12 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
13 9 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 9 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2003
13 9 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
14 8 (0.25%) ArcGIS
14 8 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
14 8 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
15 6 (0.19%) OpenStack
16 5 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 804 (25.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 455 (14.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 210 (6.69%) MS Visio
4 167 (5.32%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
6 19 (0.61%) Open Workbench
7 12 (0.38%) Camtasia
7 12 (0.38%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.32%) Acrobat
8 10 (0.32%) AutoCAD
9 6 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 5 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.16%) XMetaL
11 4 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.13%) SPSS
11 4 (0.13%) Stata
12 3 (0.096%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.096%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 2 (0.064%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.064%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 39 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (1.11%) Elite 3E
3 21 (0.67%) assyst
4 18 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
5 16 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
6 15 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 12 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
8 11 (0.35%) Oracle TCA
8 11 (0.35%) SAP ERP
9 10 (0.32%) Eikon
10 9 (0.29%) Primavera
11 8 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
12 7 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
12 7 (0.22%) Eloqua
12 7 (0.22%) SAP SRM
13 6 (0.19%) NetSuite
13 6 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
13 6 (0.19%) SAP FI
13 6 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 853 (27.17%) Office 365
2 257 (8.18%) Azure
3 91 (2.90%) AWS
4 79 (2.52%) SaaS
5 65 (2.07%) IaaS
6 63 (2.01%) Power Platform
7 59 (1.88%) Azure Active Directory
7 59 (1.88%) PaaS
8 49 (1.56%) OneDrive
9 29 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
10 22 (0.70%) G Suite
11 20 (0.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 15 (0.48%) SuccessFactors
13 14 (0.45%) GitHub
14 12 (0.38%) GCP
14 12 (0.38%) PowerApps
15 11 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
16 9 (0.29%) Slack
17 8 (0.25%) Mimecast
18 7 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 175 (5.57%) DNS
1 175 (5.57%) TCP/IP
2 171 (5.45%) VPN
3 164 (5.22%) Skype
4 140 (4.46%) LAN
5 124 (3.95%) Internet
6 118 (3.76%) WAN
7 112 (3.57%) DHCP
7 112 (3.57%) Firewall
8 75 (2.39%) Wireless
9 69 (2.20%) Intranet
10 63 (2.01%) Remote Desktop
11 51 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
12 46 (1.46%) SAN
13 45 (1.43%) VoIP
14 30 (0.96%) NAS
15 28 (0.89%) Ethernet
16 24 (0.76%) Cisco IOS
16 24 (0.76%) Reverse Proxy
17 22 (0.70%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 55 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 53 (1.69%) Power BI
4 42 (1.34%) Relational Database
5 30 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
6 29 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
6 29 (0.92%) MySQL
7 25 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 23 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
9 16 (0.51%) Oracle Database
9 16 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
10 15 (0.48%) MS Access
10 15 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
11 14 (0.45%) Big Data
12 12 (0.38%) SQL Server 2016
13 11 (0.35%) GIS
13 11 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
13 11 (0.35%) QlikView
14 10 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 9 (0.29%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 185 (5.89%) JIRA
2 34 (1.08%) Git (software)
2 34 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
3 26 (0.83%) Visual Studio
4 17 (0.54%) Rational DOORS
5 13 (0.41%) StarTeam
5 13 (0.41%) Subversion
6 12 (0.38%) PVCS
6 12 (0.38%) Rational Quality Manager
6 12 (0.38%) Rational Team Concert
7 9 (0.29%) MSI
8 8 (0.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 8 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (0.22%) Eclipse
9 7 (0.22%) Jenkins
10 6 (0.19%) Balsamiq
10 6 (0.19%) Selenium
11 5 (0.16%) Ant
11 5 (0.16%) JUnit
12 4 (0.13%) Mercurial
General
1 685 (21.82%) Finance
2 197 (6.27%) Public Sector
3 160 (5.10%) Banking
4 156 (4.97%) Telecoms
5 115 (3.66%) Legal
6 98 (3.12%) Retail
7 84 (2.68%) Law
8 54 (1.72%) Marketing
9 48 (1.53%) Manufacturing
10 41 (1.31%) German Language
11 39 (1.24%) Financial Institution
12 32 (1.02%) Investment Banking
13 30 (0.96%) French Language
14 28 (0.89%) Billing
15 26 (0.83%) Local Government
16 24 (0.76%) Advertising
17 23 (0.73%) Publishing
18 21 (0.67%) Automotive
19 20 (0.64%) Back Office
20 19 (0.61%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 954 (30.38%) Analyst
2 357 (11.37%) Support Engineer
3 292 (9.30%) Service Analyst
4 269 (8.57%) Desktop Support
5 268 (8.54%) Service Desk Analyst
6 214 (6.82%) Support Analyst
7 199 (6.34%) 2nd Line Support
7 199 (6.34%) IT Support
8 171 (5.45%) Business Analyst
9 167 (5.32%) Project Manager
10 160 (5.10%) Desktop Engineer
11 131 (4.17%) 1st Line Support
11 131 (4.17%) IT Analyst
12 129 (4.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 120 (3.82%) Coordinator
14 115 (3.66%) IT Engineer
15 97 (3.09%) Architect
15 97 (3.09%) Consultant
16 95 (3.03%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 95 (3.03%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (2.48%) HTML
1 78 (2.48%) Web Services
2 64 (2.04%) .NET
3 57 (1.82%) CSS
4 52 (1.66%) XML
5 26 (0.83%) ASP.NET
6 24 (0.76%) LDAP
7 23 (0.73%) jQuery
8 20 (0.64%) HTML5
9 19 (0.61%) AngularJS
10 16 (0.51%) Middleware
11 15 (0.48%) SOAP
12 11 (0.35%) Angular 2
12 11 (0.35%) Node.js
13 10 (0.32%) ASP.NET Web API
13 10 (0.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 8 (0.25%) .NET Framework
14 8 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
14 8 (0.25%) REST
14 8 (0.25%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 424 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
2 230 (7.32%) Self-Motivation
3 154 (4.90%) Management Information System
4 93 (2.96%) Blackberry
5 80 (2.55%) iPhone
6 68 (2.17%) Data Centre
7 67 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
8 64 (2.04%) NHS
9 62 (1.97%) Smartphone
10 60 (1.91%) Driving Licence
11 49 (1.56%) User Experience
12 37 (1.18%) Virtual Team
13 34 (1.08%) iPad
14 33 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
15 26 (0.83%) Public Cloud
15 26 (0.83%) Replication
16 25 (0.80%) Clustering
17 24 (0.76%) Social Media
18 23 (0.73%) PMI
19 22 (0.70%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,476 (47.01%) Windows
2 804 (25.61%) Windows 10
3 664 (21.15%) Windows 7
4 270 (8.60%) Windows Server
5 154 (4.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 139 (4.43%) Android
7 133 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 119 (3.79%) Linux
9 112 (3.57%) Apple iOS
10 93 (2.96%) Mac OS
11 86 (2.74%) Windows 8
12 80 (2.55%) Windows XP
13 45 (1.43%) Mac OS X
14 34 (1.08%) Unix
15 31 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (0.51%) AIX
17 13 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 11 (0.35%) CentOS
18 11 (0.35%) Windows 2000
19 10 (0.32%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 568 (18.09%) ITIL
2 439 (13.98%) Project Management
3 410 (13.06%) Agile Software Development
4 362 (11.53%) Problem-Solving
5 255 (8.12%) Migration
6 227 (7.23%) Change Management
7 198 (6.31%) Stakeholder Management
8 192 (6.11%) Service Management
9 161 (5.13%) PRINCE2
10 154 (4.90%) Project Delivery
11 144 (4.59%) Incident Management
12 119 (3.79%) Data Modelling
13 116 (3.69%) Data Analysis
14 114 (3.63%) Decision-Making
15 113 (3.60%) ITSM
16 110 (3.50%) Information Security
17 109 (3.47%) Risk Management
18 106 (3.38%) SDLC
19 101 (3.22%) ERP
19 101 (3.22%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 279 (8.89%) SQL
2 116 (3.69%) PowerShell
3 53 (1.69%) JavaScript
3 53 (1.69%) Python
4 47 (1.50%) C#
5 40 (1.27%) C
6 35 (1.11%) VBA
7 33 (1.05%) T-SQL
8 32 (1.02%) Java
9 15 (0.48%) PHP
10 14 (0.45%) VB.NET
11 11 (0.35%) VBScript
12 10 (0.32%) Bash Shell
12 10 (0.32%) R
12 10 (0.32%) TypeScript
13 9 (0.29%) C++
13 9 (0.29%) Perl
14 8 (0.25%) VB
15 7 (0.22%) MATLAB
15 7 (0.22%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 311 (9.90%) Security Cleared
2 308 (9.81%) Degree
3 228 (7.26%) SC Cleared
4 114 (3.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 101 (3.22%) ITIL Certification
6 64 (2.04%) MCSE
7 59 (1.88%) MCP
8 53 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
8 53 (1.69%) PMI Certification
9 48 (1.53%) MCSA
10 46 (1.46%) ISEB
11 45 (1.43%) DV Cleared
12 40 (1.27%) PMP
13 37 (1.18%) CCNA
14 35 (1.11%) ISTQB
15 32 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 30 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
17 27 (0.86%) A+ Certification
17 27 (0.86%) DBS Check
17 27 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (7.64%) SLA
2 176 (5.61%) PMO
3 80 (2.55%) QA
4 53 (1.69%) GDPR
5 45 (1.43%) Data Quality
6 32 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 20 (0.64%) ISO 9001
8 9 (0.29%) P3O
9 8 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 8 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 7 (0.22%) COBIT
10 7 (0.22%) NCSC
11 6 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 6 (0.19%) ISO 14001
11 6 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 6 (0.19%) PCI DSS
12 5 (0.16%) HIPAA
12 5 (0.16%) MiFID
12 5 (0.16%) NIST
13 3 (0.096%) GMP
System Software
1 972 (30.96%) Active Directory
2 102 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (2.36%) Hyper-V
4 48 (1.53%) XenApp
4 48 (1.53%) XenDesktop
5 31 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
5 31 (0.99%) vSphere
6 30 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
7 22 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
8 20 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (0.48%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 14 (0.45%) BitLocker
10 14 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
11 11 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (0.25%) Terminal Services
13 6 (0.19%) Docker
14 5 (0.16%) RACF
15 4 (0.13%) pfSense
15 4 (0.13%) vCloud
16 3 (0.096%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 297 (9.46%) SCCM
2 70 (2.23%) Microsoft Intune
3 37 (1.18%) AirWatch
4 28 (0.89%) SCOM
5 23 (0.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 20 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
7 19 (0.61%) Ansible
8 16 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
9 14 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
10 13 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
10 13 (0.41%) Netcool
10 13 (0.41%) Terraform
11 12 (0.38%) Backup Exec
12 11 (0.35%) WSUS
13 10 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (0.29%) NetBackup
14 9 (0.29%) OpenView
15 8 (0.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 8 (0.25%) SCVMM
15 8 (0.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1,997 (63.60%) Microsoft
2 229 (7.29%) Citrix
3 170 (5.41%) VMware
4 168 (5.35%) Cisco
5 149 (4.75%) Oracle
6 133 (4.24%) SAP
7 119 (3.79%) Apple
8 102 (3.25%) ServiceNow
9 99 (3.15%) HP
10 77 (2.45%) Adobe
11 73 (2.32%) Remedy
12 62 (1.97%) Google
13 47 (1.50%) Dell
13 47 (1.50%) iManage
14 45 (1.43%) IBM
15 42 (1.34%) Ivanti
16 39 (1.24%) Lotus
16 39 (1.24%) McAfee
17 37 (1.18%) Workday
18 36 (1.15%) Bloomberg