Period
to 25 June 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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 84 65 69
Rank change year-on-year -19 +4 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 1,753 1,472 3,160
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.74% 3.55% 3.47%
As % of the Applications category 38.18% 41.64% 41.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,084 796 1,831
10th Percentile £123 £120 £123
25th Percentile £185 £163 £163
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £300 £313
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% -4.00% +13.22%
75th Percentile £488 £438 £438
90th Percentile £588 £502 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £263 £265 £313
% change year-on-year -0.94% -15.20% +11.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 179 251 366
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.17 £10.75
25th Percentile £12.50 £13.00 £12.64
Median hourly rate £15.86 £17.50 £15.22
Median % change year-on-year -9.37% +15.00% +1.45%
75th Percentile £22.62 £21.50 £19.00
90th Percentile £27.20 £33.38 £25.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.93 £17.00 £14.86
% change year-on-year -6.29% +14.40% +2.48%

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 4,592 3,535 7,528
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.18% 8.53% 8.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,722 2,075 4,502
10th Percentile £156 £150 £150
25th Percentile £263 £225 £245
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £375
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% - +2.74%
75th Percentile £520 £488 £485
90th Percentile £600 £575 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 372 608
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.23 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.70% +12.12% +1.85%
75th Percentile £27.06 £25.29 £27.50
90th Percentile £44.60 £42.98 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +12.50% +4.92%

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 25 June 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 25 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the UK

Microsoft Office
Top 18 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 25 June 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 -21 1,403 £370 +23.17% 595
UK excluding London -6 1,026 £263 -0.94% 513
London -28 494 £438 +34.62% 123
Work from Home -64 393 £425 +30.77% 64
South East -4 272 £388 +46.23% 123
Midlands +18 195 £184 +6.52% 84
North of England -15 193 £240 -20.00% 147
West Midlands +12 123 £315 +81.29% 53
Scotland -15 114 £263 - 29
North West -14 108 £225 -10.00% 84
East of England -1 102 £225 +5.66% 63
South West -12 100 £253 -32.67% 55
East Midlands +27 72 £123 -27.94% 30
Yorkshire -17 59 £190 -41.54% 41
Wales +11 32 £193 +67.61% 11
North East +27 26 £336 -32.80% 22
Northern Ireland -4 15 £121 -24.38% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 1,115 (63.61%) Microsoft
2 679 (38.73%) Social Skills
3 640 (36.51%) Windows
4 500 (28.52%) Microsoft 365
5 449 (25.61%) Microsoft Excel
6 424 (24.19%) Active Directory
7 343 (19.57%) Finance
7 343 (19.57%) Windows 10
8 293 (16.71%) Agile Software Development
9 286 (16.31%) Problem-Solving
10 239 (13.63%) Azure
11 234 (13.35%) ITIL
12 229 (13.06%) Project Management
13 224 (12.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
14 213 (12.15%) Public Sector
15 212 (12.09%) SharePoint
16 201 (11.47%) Security Cleared
17 200 (11.41%) Analytical Skills
18 189 (10.78%) JIRA
19 185 (10.55%) Degree
20 180 (10.27%) Migration
21 166 (9.47%) MS Visio
22 156 (8.90%) SQL
23 145 (8.27%) Microsoft Project
24 139 (7.93%) Project Delivery
25 138 (7.87%) SC Cleared
26 137 (7.82%) Windows 7
27 130 (7.42%) Management Information System
28 125 (7.13%) Stakeholder Management
28 125 (7.13%) Confluence

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
1 212 (12.09%) SharePoint
2 125 (7.13%) Confluence
3 67 (3.82%) MS Exchange
4 39 (2.22%) Skype for Business
5 29 (1.65%) SAS
6 25 (1.43%) CMS
7 20 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 16 (0.91%) Apache
9 15 (0.86%) IBM Notes
10 12 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
10 12 (0.68%) WebSphere
10 12 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
11 11 (0.63%) IIS
12 9 (0.51%) ArcGIS
13 8 (0.46%) CICS
14 7 (0.40%) Apache ServiceMix
14 7 (0.40%) IBM Domino
15 6 (0.34%) Drupal
16 5 (0.29%) JBoss
17 4 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 449 (25.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 224 (12.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 166 (9.47%) MS Visio
4 145 (8.27%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.68%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.51%) AutoCAD
8 6 (0.34%) Adobe Captivate
8 6 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.34%) InVision
8 6 (0.34%) Revit
9 5 (0.29%) Open Workbench
10 4 (0.23%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.23%) Sketch
11 3 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.17%) Camtasia
11 3 (0.17%) CINEMA 4D
11 3 (0.17%) FrameMaker
11 3 (0.17%) InDesign
12 2 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 23 (1.31%) NetSuite
2 18 (1.03%) assyst
3 9 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.40%) Magento
4 7 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.40%) Shopify
5 6 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
6 5 (0.29%) Cerner Millennium
6 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.23%) Workday HCM
8 3 (0.17%) Maximo
8 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.17%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.17%) SAP MDG
8 3 (0.17%) SAP MM
9 2 (0.11%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.11%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 500 (28.52%) Microsoft 365
2 239 (13.63%) Azure
3 104 (5.93%) Power Platform
4 75 (4.28%) AWS
5 60 (3.42%) Azure Active Directory
6 50 (2.85%) OneDrive
7 32 (1.83%) Google Analytics
8 29 (1.65%) PowerApps
9 28 (1.60%) IaaS
9 28 (1.60%) SaaS
10 24 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
11 21 (1.20%) Adobe Analytics
12 19 (1.08%) GCP
13 18 (1.03%) PaaS
14 17 (0.97%) Yammer
15 13 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
15 13 (0.74%) Power Automate
16 11 (0.63%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 10 (0.57%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
18 8 (0.46%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 107 (6.10%) VPN
2 88 (5.02%) Firewall
3 75 (4.28%) LAN
4 73 (4.16%) DNS
5 66 (3.76%) TCP/IP
6 64 (3.65%) WAN
7 57 (3.25%) DHCP
8 51 (2.91%) Internet
9 46 (2.62%) Skype
10 32 (1.83%) Wireless
11 31 (1.77%) Cisco IOS
12 30 (1.71%) MPLS
13 27 (1.54%) BGP
13 27 (1.54%) Intranet
14 24 (1.37%) FTP
14 24 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
15 22 (1.25%) SNMP
16 20 (1.14%) NetScaler
17 19 (1.08%) SAN
17 19 (1.08%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (4.45%) Power BI
2 71 (4.05%) SQL Server
3 40 (2.28%) Tableau
4 27 (1.54%) MySQL
5 21 (1.20%) DB2
6 18 (1.03%) Relational Database
6 18 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 17 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
8 15 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 12 (0.68%) GIS
11 9 (0.51%) Big Data
12 8 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
13 7 (0.40%) IDMS
13 7 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 5 (0.29%) Data Lake
14 5 (0.29%) Data Mining
14 5 (0.29%) QlikView
14 5 (0.29%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 189 (10.78%) JIRA
2 23 (1.31%) Jenkins
3 15 (0.86%) Git (software)
4 10 (0.57%) Axure RP
5 8 (0.46%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (0.29%) AdminStudio
7 5 (0.29%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.29%) Eclipse
7 5 (0.29%) Postman
7 5 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.23%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.23%) InstallShield
8 4 (0.23%) MSI
8 4 (0.23%) Selenium
8 4 (0.23%) Visual Studio Code
9 3 (0.17%) Ant
9 3 (0.17%) HP UFT
9 3 (0.17%) PowerBuilder
9 3 (0.17%) SonarQube
General
1 679 (38.73%) Social Skills
2 343 (19.57%) Finance
3 213 (12.15%) Public Sector
4 200 (11.41%) Analytical Skills
5 102 (5.82%) Banking
6 97 (5.53%) Presentation Skills
7 84 (4.79%) Organisational Skills
8 78 (4.45%) Telecoms
9 52 (2.97%) Legal
10 47 (2.68%) Retail
11 45 (2.57%) Manufacturing
11 45 (2.57%) Marketing
12 38 (2.17%) Influencing Skills
13 27 (1.54%) Documentation Skills
14 26 (1.48%) Law
15 24 (1.37%) Investment Banking
16 17 (0.97%) Local Government
17 15 (0.86%) Billing
17 15 (0.86%) Electronics
18 13 (0.74%) Military
Job Titles
1 461 (26.30%) Analyst
2 133 (7.59%) Project Manager
3 121 (6.90%) Service Analyst
4 107 (6.10%) Service Desk Analyst
5 101 (5.76%) Support Engineer
6 89 (5.08%) Business Analyst
6 89 (5.08%) IT Support
7 81 (4.62%) Support Analyst
8 78 (4.45%) Desktop Support
9 76 (4.34%) Consultant
10 62 (3.54%) Developer
11 60 (3.42%) Architect
12 58 (3.31%) 2nd Line Support
13 57 (3.25%) Administrator
13 57 (3.25%) IT Analyst
14 52 (2.97%) Desktop Engineer
15 45 (2.57%) 1st Line Support
16 42 (2.40%) Data Analyst
17 40 (2.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 37 (2.11%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.45%) HTML
2 24 (1.37%) XML
3 23 (1.31%) .NET
4 19 (1.08%) Web Services
5 14 (0.80%) JSON
6 13 (0.74%) REST
7 12 (0.68%) 802.1X
8 11 (0.63%) Middleware
9 10 (0.57%) CSS
9 10 (0.57%) Node.js
9 10 (0.57%) SOAP
10 8 (0.46%) COM
10 8 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
11 7 (0.40%) EDI
11 7 (0.40%) WebSphere MQ
12 6 (0.34%) .NET Framework
12 6 (0.34%) LDAP
12 6 (0.34%) OAuth
12 6 (0.34%) Spring
12 6 (0.34%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 130 (7.42%) Management Information System
2 68 (3.88%) Self-Motivation
3 65 (3.71%) NHS
4 55 (3.14%) User Experience
5 47 (2.68%) Data Centre
6 36 (2.05%) Blackberry
7 29 (1.65%) iPad
8 26 (1.48%) iPhone
9 24 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
10 23 (1.31%) Virtual Team
11 22 (1.25%) Smartphone
12 21 (1.20%) Social Media
13 20 (1.14%) Driving Licence
14 15 (0.86%) Clustering
14 15 (0.86%) e-Learning
14 15 (0.86%) Video\Live Streaming
15 13 (0.74%) AS400
16 11 (0.63%) Credit Risk
16 11 (0.63%) Replication
17 10 (0.57%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 640 (36.51%) Windows
2 343 (19.57%) Windows 10
3 137 (7.82%) Windows 7
4 118 (6.73%) Windows Server
5 81 (4.62%) Apple iOS
6 65 (3.71%) Android
7 57 (3.25%) Linux
8 51 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 42 (2.40%) Windows Server 2019
10 35 (2.00%) Windows Server 2016
11 33 (1.88%) Windows 8
11 33 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
12 28 (1.60%) Unix
13 24 (1.37%) Mac OS X
14 20 (1.14%) Mac OS
15 17 (0.97%) Windows XP
16 7 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (0.40%) zOS
17 6 (0.34%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.23%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 293 (16.71%) Agile Software Development
2 286 (16.31%) Problem-Solving
3 234 (13.35%) ITIL
4 229 (13.06%) Project Management
5 180 (10.27%) Migration
6 139 (7.93%) Project Delivery
7 125 (7.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 121 (6.90%) Change Management
9 119 (6.79%) PRINCE2
10 114 (6.50%) DevOps
11 100 (5.70%) Service Delivery
12 95 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
13 93 (5.31%) Analytics
14 88 (5.02%) Business Case
15 77 (4.39%) Data Analysis
15 77 (4.39%) Waterfall
16 74 (4.22%) Process Improvement
17 72 (4.11%) Incident Management
18 71 (4.05%) Computer Science
19 69 (3.94%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 156 (8.90%) SQL
2 108 (6.16%) PowerShell
3 73 (4.16%) Java
4 58 (3.31%) Python
5 43 (2.45%) JavaScript
6 37 (2.11%) C
7 26 (1.48%) VB
8 23 (1.31%) C#
8 23 (1.31%) VBA
9 21 (1.20%) T-SQL
10 12 (0.68%) PL/SQL
11 10 (0.57%) C++
12 9 (0.51%) Bash Shell
12 9 (0.51%) PHP
12 9 (0.51%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.46%) COBOL
13 8 (0.46%) JCL
13 8 (0.46%) TypeScript
14 7 (0.40%) Go
14 7 (0.40%) REXX
Qualifications
1 201 (11.47%) Security Cleared
2 185 (10.55%) Degree
3 138 (7.87%) SC Cleared
4 68 (3.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 65 (3.71%) Cisco Certification
6 48 (2.74%) PMP
7 44 (2.51%) DV Cleared
8 35 (2.00%) ISTQB
9 34 (1.94%) PMI Certification
10 32 (1.83%) CCNA
11 28 (1.60%) CCNP
12 24 (1.37%) MCSE
13 21 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
13 21 (1.20%) DBS Check
13 21 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
13 21 (1.20%) MCP
14 19 (1.08%) Master's Degree
14 19 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 18 (1.03%) CISSP
16 17 (0.97%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (6.90%) SLA
2 102 (5.82%) PMO
3 74 (4.22%) QA
4 33 (1.88%) Data Quality
5 23 (1.31%) GDPR
6 15 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
7 12 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 11 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (0.46%) Accessibility
9 8 (0.46%) MiFID
10 5 (0.29%) Basel III
10 5 (0.29%) EMIR
11 4 (0.23%) COBIT
11 4 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
11 4 (0.23%) NIST
11 4 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.17%) GRC
12 3 (0.17%) GxP
12 3 (0.17%) ITGC
12 3 (0.17%) P3O
System Software
1 424 (24.19%) Active Directory
2 71 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (2.11%) Hyper-V
4 22 (1.25%) Docker
5 16 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (0.68%) XenApp
7 11 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (0.63%) VMware NSX
8 9 (0.51%) PowerHA
8 9 (0.51%) RACF
8 9 (0.51%) XenDesktop
9 8 (0.46%) BitLocker
9 8 (0.46%) Postfix
9 8 (0.46%) qmail
10 7 (0.40%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 7 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (0.34%) vSphere
12 5 (0.29%) NFS
12 5 (0.29%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.23%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 120 (6.85%) SCCM
2 52 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
3 28 (1.60%) Ansible
4 21 (1.20%) Kubernetes
5 20 (1.14%) Terraform
6 16 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
7 14 (0.80%) AirWatch
8 13 (0.74%) NetBackup
9 10 (0.57%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 10 (0.57%) Nessus
10 8 (0.46%) Grafana
10 8 (0.46%) HP ALM
10 8 (0.46%) Packer
10 8 (0.46%) Prometheus
10 8 (0.46%) SCOM
10 8 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (0.40%) Jamf Pro
11 7 (0.40%) Tivoli NetView
12 6 (0.34%) FortiGate
12 6 (0.34%) HP NNM
Vendors
1 1,115 (63.61%) Microsoft
2 116 (6.62%) Oracle
3 104 (5.93%) VMware
4 101 (5.76%) Cisco
5 78 (4.45%) Citrix
5 78 (4.45%) ServiceNow
6 71 (4.05%) Google
7 65 (3.71%) SAP
8 61 (3.48%) Adobe
9 52 (2.97%) Apple
10 43 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
11 41 (2.34%) IBM
12 35 (2.00%) Remedy
13 30 (1.71%) HP
14 28 (1.60%) Atlassian
15 22 (1.25%) Ivanti
16 17 (0.97%) Dell
17 15 (0.86%) Meraki
17 15 (0.86%) Nokia
18 13 (0.74%) Teradata