Period
to 9 December 2018

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 9 December 2018 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 64 58 53
Rank change year-on-year -6 -5 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 3,785 3,707 4,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.63% 3.62% 3.88%
As % of the Applications category 43.89% 41.13% 42.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,153 2,129 2,253
UK median daily rate £290 £288 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.87% -2.54% -1.67%
10th Percentile £120 £123 £123
90th Percentile £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £288 £275
% change year-on-year -4.35% +4.55% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 522 472 596
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £10.34 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £24.91 £29.95 £26.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £13.06 £14.00
% change year-on-year +14.85% -6.71% +0.43%

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 8,624 9,012 9,497
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.26% 8.80% 9.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,080 5,528 5,554
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £145 £142 £150
90th Percentile £558 £564 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +6.06% +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 775 735 941
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.11 £10.13
90th Percentile £38.25 £36.09 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.30 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -3.33% +3.45%

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 9 December 2018.

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 9 December 2018.

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 9 December 2018. 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 -5 3,414 £300 +1.69% 913
UK excluding London +1 2,408 £275 -4.35% 708
London -10 1,284 £300 +2.56% 248
South East +3 796 £275 - 185
North of England -5 421 £300 - 174
Midlands -2 417 £270 -10.00% 134
West Midlands -3 297 £286 -10.78% 75
East of England +3 294 £230 -23.33% 81
Scotland +2 223 £264 +22.67% 22
North West -6 214 £300 -14.29% 89
South West -24 186 £313 +25.00% 92
Yorkshire -6 153 £250 -9.09% 72
East Midlands +1 116 £213 -26.09% 59
Wales -25 59 £325 +30.00% 20
North East +3 54 £358 +2.14% 13
Northern Ireland +19 15 £290 +73.65% 1

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, 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 2,372 (62.67%) Microsoft
2 1,646 (43.49%) Windows
3 1,043 (27.56%) Active Directory
4 968 (25.57%) Microsoft Excel
5 874 (23.09%) Finance
6 846 (22.35%) Office 365
7 729 (19.26%) Windows 7
8 669 (17.68%) Windows 10
9 659 (17.41%) ITIL
10 536 (14.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 530 (14.00%) Project Management
12 492 (13.00%) Analytical Skills
13 447 (11.81%) Agile Software Development
14 432 (11.41%) SharePoint
15 427 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
16 368 (9.72%) SCCM
17 330 (8.72%) MS Visio
18 325 (8.59%) Citrix
19 314 (8.30%) Security Cleared
20 310 (8.19%) Microsoft Project
21 307 (8.11%) MS Exchange
22 306 (8.08%) Degree
23 293 (7.74%) Windows Server
24 290 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
25 286 (7.56%) SQL
26 275 (7.27%) SLA
27 267 (7.05%) Change Management
28 263 (6.95%) PMO
29 257 (6.79%) PRINCE2
30 254 (6.71%) Migration

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
1 432 (11.41%) SharePoint
2 307 (8.11%) MS Exchange
3 146 (3.86%) Skype for Business
4 88 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 74 (1.96%) Confluence
6 41 (1.08%) CMS
7 40 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
8 38 (1.00%) IIS
9 32 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 32 (0.85%) IBM Notes
9 32 (0.85%) SAS
10 26 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
10 26 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
11 22 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
12 16 (0.42%) Apache
13 13 (0.34%) WebSphere
14 12 (0.32%) TPMS
15 11 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 10 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
16 10 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 968 (25.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 536 (14.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 330 (8.72%) MS Visio
4 310 (8.19%) Microsoft Project
5 39 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
6 32 (0.85%) Open Workbench
7 24 (0.63%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.29%) Adobe Captivate
8 11 (0.29%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
10 7 (0.18%) Acrobat
11 6 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 6 (0.16%) AutoCAD
11 6 (0.16%) Camtasia
12 3 (0.079%) InDesign
12 3 (0.079%) Solid Edge
12 3 (0.079%) SOLIDWORKS
13 2 (0.053%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.053%) NUKE
13 2 (0.053%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 47 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.37%) HiPortfolio
3 12 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 9 (0.24%) assyst
4 9 (0.24%) SAP ERP
4 9 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
5 8 (0.21%) Elite 3E
5 8 (0.21%) thinkFolio
6 7 (0.18%) Carpe Diem
6 7 (0.18%) Eikon
6 7 (0.18%) SAP SD
7 6 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
7 6 (0.16%) Eloqua
8 5 (0.13%) SAP FI
8 5 (0.13%) SAP R/3
9 4 (0.11%) CA PPM
9 4 (0.11%) SAP BPC
9 4 (0.11%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
9 4 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 846 (22.35%) Office 365
2 192 (5.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 87 (2.30%) OneDrive
4 47 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
5 44 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
5 44 (1.16%) SaaS
6 42 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
7 36 (0.95%) PaaS
8 33 (0.87%) IaaS
9 31 (0.82%) G Suite
10 25 (0.66%) Yammer
11 21 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
12 13 (0.34%) Mimecast
13 12 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
14 8 (0.21%) Google Analytics
15 7 (0.18%) Adobe Analytics
15 7 (0.18%) Trello
16 6 (0.16%) Google Drive
17 5 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Cloud
17 5 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 242 (6.39%) LAN
2 194 (5.13%) WAN
3 185 (4.89%) DNS
4 175 (4.62%) VPN
5 165 (4.36%) Skype
6 161 (4.25%) Internet
7 154 (4.07%) DHCP
8 141 (3.73%) TCP/IP
9 105 (2.77%) Firewall
10 81 (2.14%) Wireless
11 64 (1.69%) Cisco IOS
12 57 (1.51%) Intranet
13 53 (1.40%) VoIP
14 45 (1.19%) Remote Desktop
15 39 (1.03%) Wi-Fi
16 38 (1.00%) SAN
17 36 (0.95%) Network Security
17 36 (0.95%) WebEx
18 28 (0.74%) Wireshark
19 25 (0.66%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 191 (5.05%) SQL Server
2 52 (1.37%) Relational Database
3 47 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
4 44 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
5 43 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 39 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
7 34 (0.90%) MS Access
7 34 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
8 32 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 29 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
10 27 (0.71%) QlikView
11 24 (0.63%) Power BI
12 20 (0.53%) Big Data
12 20 (0.53%) Oracle Database
13 15 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 12 (0.32%) GIS
15 11 (0.29%) MySQL
16 10 (0.26%) Geospatial Data
16 10 (0.26%) Oracle OWB
16 10 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 155 (4.10%) JIRA
2 32 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (0.61%) Visual Studio
4 18 (0.48%) Rational DOORS
5 13 (0.34%) Subversion
6 12 (0.32%) Jenkins
7 11 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 10 (0.26%) MSI
9 9 (0.24%) Axure RP
9 9 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 8 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
11 7 (0.18%) PVCS
11 7 (0.18%) SoapUI
12 6 (0.16%) Fiddler
12 6 (0.16%) Git (software)
12 6 (0.16%) GitLab
12 6 (0.16%) Rational Quality Manager
12 6 (0.16%) Rational Team Concert
12 6 (0.16%) Selenium
13 5 (0.13%) Hudson
General
1 874 (23.09%) Finance
2 202 (5.34%) Banking
3 157 (4.15%) Telecoms
4 106 (2.80%) Legal
5 105 (2.77%) Law
6 104 (2.75%) Marketing
7 90 (2.38%) Retail
8 79 (2.09%) Manufacturing
9 42 (1.11%) Publishing
10 41 (1.08%) Electronics
10 41 (1.08%) Military
11 37 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
12 31 (0.82%) Advertising
12 31 (0.82%) Investment Banking
13 26 (0.69%) Financial Institution
13 26 (0.69%) Front Office
14 24 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
14 24 (0.63%) Spanish Language
15 23 (0.61%) Billing
16 22 (0.58%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 1,307 (34.53%) Analyst
2 423 (11.18%) Service Analyst
3 375 (9.91%) Service Desk Analyst
4 339 (8.96%) Support Analyst
5 330 (8.72%) Support Engineer
6 273 (7.21%) Desktop Support
7 272 (7.19%) Project Manager
8 265 (7.00%) IT Support
9 238 (6.29%) 2nd Line Support
10 219 (5.79%) Business Analyst
11 172 (4.54%) IT Analyst
12 166 (4.39%) Desktop Engineer
13 126 (3.33%) Administrator
13 126 (3.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 122 (3.22%) 1st Line Support
15 115 (3.04%) Developer
16 111 (2.93%) Consultant
17 109 (2.88%) Coordinator
18 106 (2.80%) IT Support Analyst
19 101 (2.67%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (1.88%) .NET
2 46 (1.22%) HTML
3 44 (1.16%) Web Services
4 42 (1.11%) XML
5 29 (0.77%) .NET Framework
6 28 (0.74%) CSS
7 25 (0.66%) jQuery
8 22 (0.58%) ASP.NET
9 19 (0.50%) LDAP
10 15 (0.40%) Middleware
11 10 (0.26%) COM
11 10 (0.26%) ISPF
12 9 (0.24%) IBM Integration Bus
12 9 (0.24%) Oracle Fusion
12 9 (0.24%) SOAP
12 9 (0.24%) WebSphere MQ
13 8 (0.21%) JSON
13 8 (0.21%) SAP Fiori
14 7 (0.18%) Lucene
15 6 (0.16%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 492 (13.00%) Analytical Skills
2 235 (6.21%) Self-Motivation
3 163 (4.31%) Management Information System
4 125 (3.30%) Blackberry
5 90 (2.38%) iPhone
6 81 (2.14%) Data Centre
7 79 (2.09%) Video Conferencing
8 69 (1.82%) Smartphone
9 65 (1.72%) User Experience
10 54 (1.43%) iPad
11 49 (1.29%) Virtual Team
12 47 (1.24%) Driving Licence
13 45 (1.19%) NHS
14 43 (1.14%) e-Learning
15 41 (1.08%) Mobile App
16 34 (0.90%) Social Media
17 29 (0.77%) PMI
18 25 (0.66%) Fat Client
18 25 (0.66%) Thin Client
19 22 (0.58%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,646 (43.49%) Windows
2 729 (19.26%) Windows 7
3 669 (17.68%) Windows 10
4 293 (7.74%) Windows Server
5 163 (4.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 140 (3.70%) Apple iOS
7 123 (3.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 122 (3.22%) Windows 8
9 105 (2.77%) Windows XP
10 103 (2.72%) Linux
11 101 (2.67%) Unix
12 98 (2.59%) Mac OS
13 89 (2.35%) Android
14 66 (1.74%) Mac OS X
15 45 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
16 27 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 26 (0.69%) Windows Vista
18 24 (0.63%) Solaris
19 16 (0.42%) Windows 2000
20 13 (0.34%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 659 (17.41%) ITIL
2 530 (14.00%) Project Management
3 447 (11.81%) Agile Software Development
4 427 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
5 290 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
6 267 (7.05%) Change Management
7 257 (6.79%) PRINCE2
8 254 (6.71%) Migration
9 251 (6.63%) Service Management
10 168 (4.44%) Decision-Making
11 164 (4.33%) Business Analysis
12 162 (4.28%) Incident Management
13 159 (4.20%) ITSM
14 139 (3.67%) Service Delivery
15 136 (3.59%) Data Analysis
15 136 (3.59%) Time Management
16 131 (3.46%) Waterfall
17 125 (3.30%) SDLC
18 124 (3.28%) Asset Management
19 118 (3.12%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 286 (7.56%) SQL
2 162 (4.28%) PowerShell
3 65 (1.72%) C
4 53 (1.40%) VBA
5 47 (1.24%) T-SQL
6 43 (1.14%) Java
7 42 (1.11%) Python
8 40 (1.06%) Shell Script
9 38 (1.00%) C#
10 30 (0.79%) JavaScript
11 29 (0.77%) VB
12 18 (0.48%) Korn
12 18 (0.48%) Perl
13 16 (0.42%) Bash Shell
13 16 (0.42%) PL/SQL
14 11 (0.29%) PHP
15 10 (0.26%) JCL
15 10 (0.26%) MATLAB
16 8 (0.21%) ABAP
16 8 (0.21%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 314 (8.30%) Security Cleared
2 306 (8.08%) Degree
3 228 (6.02%) SC Cleared
4 190 (5.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 101 (2.67%) MCSE
6 82 (2.17%) MCP
6 82 (2.17%) MCSA
7 73 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
8 69 (1.82%) DV Cleared
9 59 (1.56%) A+ Certification
10 56 (1.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 50 (1.32%) ISEB
12 49 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
13 44 (1.16%) PMI Certification
14 37 (0.98%) CCNA
15 33 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 31 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
17 29 (0.77%) PMP
18 25 (0.66%) DBS Check
19 24 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 275 (7.27%) SLA
2 263 (6.95%) PMO
3 109 (2.88%) QA
4 43 (1.14%) Data Quality
5 34 (0.90%) GDPR
6 17 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 16 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
9 11 (0.29%) COBIT
9 11 (0.29%) P3O
10 9 (0.24%) JSP 440
11 8 (0.21%) GxP
12 7 (0.18%) ISO 9001
12 7 (0.18%) PCI DSS
13 6 (0.16%) IFRS
13 6 (0.16%) MiFID
14 4 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
14 4 (0.11%) Def Stans
14 4 (0.11%) ISO 9000
15 3 (0.079%) GAAP
System Software
1 1,043 (27.56%) Active Directory
2 160 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (1.29%) Hyper-V
4 44 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 43 (1.14%) XenApp
5 43 (1.14%) XenDesktop
6 42 (1.11%) BitLocker
7 38 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
8 37 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (0.61%) vSphere
10 22 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
11 21 (0.55%) XenServer
12 18 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
13 17 (0.45%) Terminal Services
14 12 (0.32%) FreeRADIUS
14 12 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
15 11 (0.29%) VMware Server
16 10 (0.26%) Time Sharing Option
17 9 (0.24%) Firmware
18 7 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 368 (9.72%) SCCM
2 96 (2.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 57 (1.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 33 (0.87%) SCOM
5 31 (0.82%) AirWatch
5 31 (0.82%) WSUS
6 22 (0.58%) OVSD
7 19 (0.50%) Ansible
7 19 (0.50%) Backup Exec
8 18 (0.48%) Cisco CUCM
8 18 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
9 15 (0.40%) OpenView
10 14 (0.37%) Oracle ZFS
11 11 (0.29%) Puppet
12 10 (0.26%) BMC PATROL
12 10 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
12 10 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
12 10 (0.26%) vCenter Server
13 9 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (0.24%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 2,372 (62.67%) Microsoft
2 325 (8.59%) Citrix
3 243 (6.42%) VMware
4 237 (6.26%) Apple
5 214 (5.65%) Cisco
6 183 (4.83%) HP
7 164 (4.33%) Oracle
8 150 (3.96%) SAP
9 147 (3.88%) ServiceNow
10 100 (2.64%) Remedy
11 83 (2.19%) Adobe
12 64 (1.69%) McAfee
13 62 (1.64%) Google
14 54 (1.43%) Ivanti
15 49 (1.29%) Avaya
16 43 (1.14%) IBM
17 41 (1.08%) Wyse
18 40 (1.06%) Dell
19 36 (0.95%) Polycom
20 35 (0.92%) Sophos