Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 65 60 52
Rank change year-on-year -5 -8 -13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 3,744 3,525 4,166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.63% 3.55% 3.92%
As % of the Applications category 43.35% 40.22% 42.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,126 1,987 2,286
UK median daily rate £293 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.25% - -
10th Percentile £120 £123 £120
90th Percentile £514 £494 £497
UK excluding London median daily rate £290 £288 £280
% change year-on-year +0.87% +2.68% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 541 441 637
UK median hourly rate £15.48 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.57% -6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £10.50 £9.75 £10.00
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.00 £30.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -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 8,637 8,765 9,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.38% 8.82% 9.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,122 5,284 5,682
UK median daily rate £365 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +5.98% -5.64%
10th Percentile £145 £145 £145
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56% -1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 793 677 973
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.73 £38.00 £40.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year +3.33% -7.69% +12.07%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -4 3,382 £300 - 963
UK excluding London +3 2,365 £290 +0.87% 737
London -13 1,293 £300 -2.04% 290
South East +8 756 £290 +5.45% 184
Midlands +3 432 £290 -7.94% 140
North of England -20 412 £300 +1.69% 176
West Midlands +4 321 £300 -6.25% 104
East of England +8 309 £225 -25.00% 90
North West +3 240 £325 +1.56% 92
Scotland 0 229 £275 +3.77% 28
South West -9 178 £320 +28.00% 84
Yorkshire -34 131 £240 -16.52% 63
East Midlands +6 107 £248 -17.50% 36
Wales -18 45 £315 +60.92% 25
North East -6 44 £255 -21.54% 21
Northern Ireland +20 11 £146 -12.57% 7

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 2,373 (63.38%) Microsoft
2 1,597 (42.65%) Windows
3 1,036 (27.67%) Active Directory
4 923 (24.65%) Microsoft Excel
5 845 (22.57%) Finance
6 837 (22.36%) Office 365
7 716 (19.12%) Windows 7
8 662 (17.68%) ITIL
9 655 (17.49%) Windows 10
10 500 (13.35%) Project Management
11 473 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
12 468 (12.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
13 427 (11.40%) Problem-Solving
14 396 (10.58%) SharePoint
15 384 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
16 349 (9.32%) SCCM
17 338 (9.03%) Windows Server
18 336 (8.97%) MS Visio
19 331 (8.84%) Citrix
20 326 (8.71%) MS Exchange
21 311 (8.31%) Security Cleared
22 291 (7.77%) Degree
23 290 (7.75%) Migration
24 281 (7.51%) Microsoft Project
25 269 (7.18%) SQL
26 268 (7.16%) VMware
27 266 (7.10%) SLA
28 259 (6.92%) Stakeholder Management
29 256 (6.84%) PRINCE2
30 254 (6.78%) Change 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
1 396 (10.58%) SharePoint
2 326 (8.71%) MS Exchange
3 160 (4.27%) Skype for Business
4 98 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2010
5 73 (1.95%) Confluence
6 43 (1.15%) IIS
7 41 (1.10%) CMS
8 38 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
9 32 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
10 30 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
11 29 (0.77%) SAS
12 26 (0.69%) IBM Notes
13 23 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
14 20 (0.53%) Apache
14 20 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
15 13 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 13 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
16 11 (0.29%) WebSphere
17 9 (0.24%) Office Communications Server
17 9 (0.24%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 923 (24.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 468 (12.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 336 (8.97%) MS Visio
4 281 (7.51%) Microsoft Project
5 44 (1.18%) Spreadsheet
6 29 (0.77%) Open Workbench
7 19 (0.51%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.29%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.29%) InfoPath
9 8 (0.21%) Adobe Captivate
10 6 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.16%) AutoCAD
11 5 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 5 (0.13%) SOLIDWORKS
12 4 (0.11%) NUKE
13 3 (0.080%) Camtasia
13 3 (0.080%) InDesign
13 3 (0.080%) RoboHelp
13 3 (0.080%) Solid Edge
14 2 (0.053%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 43 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.35%) HiPortfolio
2 13 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
3 11 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
4 10 (0.27%) assyst
5 9 (0.24%) SAP ERP
5 9 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
6 8 (0.21%) SAP R/3
7 7 (0.19%) Elite 3E
8 6 (0.16%) CA PPM
8 6 (0.16%) Carpe Diem
8 6 (0.16%) Eloqua
8 6 (0.16%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.13%) Eikon
9 5 (0.13%) SAP SD
10 4 (0.11%) SAP CO
10 4 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.11%) SAP MM
10 4 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 837 (22.36%) Office 365
2 192 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 86 (2.30%) OneDrive
4 55 (1.47%) SaaS
5 46 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
6 41 (1.10%) G Suite
7 40 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
8 37 (0.99%) Amazon AWS
9 31 (0.83%) PaaS
10 26 (0.69%) IaaS
10 26 (0.69%) Yammer
11 22 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
12 19 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
13 15 (0.40%) Mimecast
14 11 (0.29%) Google Analytics
15 7 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Cloud
16 6 (0.16%) Slack
16 6 (0.16%) Trello
17 4 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
17 4 (0.11%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 205 (5.48%) LAN
2 193 (5.15%) DNS
3 183 (4.89%) VPN
4 169 (4.51%) Skype
5 167 (4.46%) WAN
6 163 (4.35%) DHCP
7 136 (3.63%) TCP/IP
8 125 (3.34%) Internet
9 121 (3.23%) Firewall
10 80 (2.14%) Wireless
11 66 (1.76%) VoIP
12 63 (1.68%) Cisco IOS
13 49 (1.31%) Remote Desktop
14 46 (1.23%) SAN
15 42 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
16 39 (1.04%) Network Security
17 32 (0.85%) Intranet
18 28 (0.75%) IPsec
18 28 (0.75%) VLAN
19 27 (0.72%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 194 (5.18%) SQL Server
2 50 (1.34%) Relational Database
3 40 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
4 38 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
5 37 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
6 35 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 35 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 34 (0.91%) MS Access
8 32 (0.85%) Power BI
9 28 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
10 22 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
10 22 (0.59%) QlikView
11 18 (0.48%) MySQL
11 18 (0.48%) Oracle Database
12 16 (0.43%) Big Data
12 16 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 14 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
14 12 (0.32%) RDBMS
15 11 (0.29%) Blockchain
16 10 (0.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 143 (3.82%) JIRA
2 34 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (0.61%) Visual Studio
4 19 (0.51%) Rational DOORS
5 14 (0.37%) MSI
5 14 (0.37%) Subversion
6 12 (0.32%) PVCS
6 12 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 11 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 10 (0.27%) SoapUI
9 9 (0.24%) Axure RP
10 8 (0.21%) Git (software)
10 8 (0.21%) Jenkins
11 6 (0.16%) Selenium
11 6 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (0.16%) XMLSpy
12 5 (0.13%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.13%) Fiddler
12 5 (0.13%) Rational Team Concert
12 5 (0.13%) Toad
General
1 845 (22.57%) Finance
2 203 (5.42%) Banking
3 158 (4.22%) Telecoms
4 119 (3.18%) Legal
5 104 (2.78%) Law
6 98 (2.62%) Marketing
7 87 (2.32%) Retail
8 76 (2.03%) Manufacturing
9 45 (1.20%) Publishing
10 44 (1.18%) Advertising
11 41 (1.10%) Military
12 40 (1.07%) Electronics
13 34 (0.91%) Investment Banking
14 32 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
15 31 (0.83%) Mandarin Language
16 28 (0.75%) Front Office
17 25 (0.67%) Billing
17 25 (0.67%) Financial Institution
18 24 (0.64%) Back Office
19 23 (0.61%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,252 (33.44%) Analyst
2 409 (10.92%) Service Analyst
3 361 (9.64%) Service Desk Analyst
4 332 (8.87%) Support Analyst
5 327 (8.73%) Desktop Support
6 308 (8.23%) Support Engineer
7 261 (6.97%) IT Support
8 258 (6.89%) Project Manager
9 245 (6.54%) 2nd Line Support
10 191 (5.10%) Business Analyst
11 166 (4.43%) IT Analyst
12 155 (4.14%) Desktop Engineer
13 130 (3.47%) Administrator
14 129 (3.45%) 1st Line Support
15 119 (3.18%) Coordinator
16 113 (3.02%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 111 (2.96%) Consultant
18 110 (2.94%) Developer
19 104 (2.78%) Service Desk Support
20 98 (2.62%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (1.98%) .NET
2 46 (1.23%) HTML
3 39 (1.04%) XML
4 34 (0.91%) Web Services
5 29 (0.77%) .NET Framework
6 28 (0.75%) CSS
7 27 (0.72%) jQuery
8 19 (0.51%) LDAP
9 18 (0.48%) ASP.NET
9 18 (0.48%) Middleware
10 15 (0.40%) COM
11 10 (0.27%) ISPF
12 9 (0.24%) IBM Integration Bus
12 9 (0.24%) SOAP
12 9 (0.24%) WebSphere MQ
13 8 (0.21%) SAP Fiori
14 7 (0.19%) Gherkin
14 7 (0.19%) Lucene
15 6 (0.16%) REST
15 6 (0.16%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 473 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
2 207 (5.53%) Self-Motivation
3 144 (3.85%) Management Information System
4 120 (3.21%) Blackberry
5 97 (2.59%) Data Centre
6 84 (2.24%) iPhone
7 74 (1.98%) Video Conferencing
8 64 (1.71%) Smartphone
9 57 (1.52%) Computer Science
9 57 (1.52%) iPad
10 56 (1.50%) User Experience
11 52 (1.39%) NHS
12 45 (1.20%) Virtual Team
13 43 (1.15%) Driving Licence
14 42 (1.12%) Mobile App
15 37 (0.99%) Fat Client
15 37 (0.99%) Thin Client
16 34 (0.91%) e-Learning
17 26 (0.69%) Social Media
18 20 (0.53%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1,597 (42.65%) Windows
2 716 (19.12%) Windows 7
3 655 (17.49%) Windows 10
4 338 (9.03%) Windows Server
5 195 (5.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 157 (4.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 151 (4.03%) Apple iOS
8 134 (3.58%) Windows 8
9 114 (3.04%) Linux
10 106 (2.83%) Windows XP
11 100 (2.67%) Android
11 100 (2.67%) Unix
12 95 (2.54%) Mac OS
13 66 (1.76%) Mac OS X
14 57 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
15 29 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 29 (0.77%) Solaris
16 25 (0.67%) Windows Vista
17 16 (0.43%) Windows 2000
18 15 (0.40%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 662 (17.68%) ITIL
2 500 (13.35%) Project Management
3 427 (11.40%) Problem-Solving
4 384 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
5 290 (7.75%) Migration
6 259 (6.92%) Stakeholder Management
7 256 (6.84%) PRINCE2
8 254 (6.78%) Change Management
9 249 (6.65%) Service Management
10 157 (4.19%) Business Analysis
10 157 (4.19%) Incident Management
10 157 (4.19%) ITSM
11 149 (3.98%) Decision-Making
12 129 (3.45%) Data Analysis
13 125 (3.34%) Time Management
14 119 (3.18%) Service Delivery
15 115 (3.07%) Asset Management
16 112 (2.99%) ITIL V3
17 110 (2.94%) Waterfall
18 107 (2.86%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 269 (7.18%) SQL
2 144 (3.85%) PowerShell
3 70 (1.87%) C
4 50 (1.34%) VBA
5 47 (1.26%) C#
5 47 (1.26%) T-SQL
6 39 (1.04%) Java
7 38 (1.01%) Shell Script
8 30 (0.80%) VB
9 28 (0.75%) JavaScript
10 26 (0.69%) Python
11 19 (0.51%) PL/SQL
12 17 (0.45%) Perl
13 15 (0.40%) Korn
13 15 (0.40%) VBScript
14 13 (0.35%) Bash Shell
15 10 (0.27%) C++
15 10 (0.27%) JCL
16 9 (0.24%) PHP
17 8 (0.21%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 311 (8.31%) Security Cleared
2 291 (7.77%) Degree
3 235 (6.28%) SC Cleared
4 167 (4.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 84 (2.24%) MCSE
6 76 (2.03%) MCP
7 72 (1.92%) MCSA
8 68 (1.82%) DV Cleared
9 66 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
10 52 (1.39%) A+ Certification
10 52 (1.39%) ISEB
11 51 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
12 46 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 34 (0.91%) CCNA
14 33 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 32 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
15 32 (0.85%) PMP
16 30 (0.80%) PMI Certification
17 27 (0.72%) DBS Check
18 25 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 266 (7.10%) SLA
2 241 (6.44%) PMO
3 112 (2.99%) QA
4 46 (1.23%) GDPR
5 39 (1.04%) Data Quality
6 23 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 18 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
8 17 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.29%) PCI DSS
10 9 (0.24%) COBIT
10 9 (0.24%) JSP 440
11 8 (0.21%) GxP
11 8 (0.21%) P3O
12 7 (0.19%) Def Stans
12 7 (0.19%) DO-254
12 7 (0.19%) ISO 9001
13 6 (0.16%) IFRS
14 5 (0.13%) ISO 9000
15 3 (0.080%) GAAP
15 3 (0.080%) MiFID
System Software
1 1,036 (27.67%) Active Directory
2 176 (4.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 53 (1.42%) Hyper-V
4 50 (1.34%) BitLocker
5 49 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 46 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
7 44 (1.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 44 (1.18%) XenApp
8 43 (1.15%) XenDesktop
9 34 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
10 28 (0.75%) vSphere
11 18 (0.48%) XenServer
12 17 (0.45%) Terminal Services
12 17 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
13 12 (0.32%) FreeRADIUS
13 12 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
13 12 (0.32%) VMware Server
14 10 (0.27%) Time Sharing Option
15 9 (0.24%) Firmware
16 7 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 349 (9.32%) SCCM
2 114 (3.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 60 (1.60%) Microsoft Intune
4 41 (1.10%) WSUS
5 30 (0.80%) Backup Exec
6 28 (0.75%) AirWatch
6 28 (0.75%) SCOM
7 24 (0.64%) OVSD
8 19 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
9 14 (0.37%) Ansible
9 14 (0.37%) Cisco CUCM
10 13 (0.35%) OpenView
10 13 (0.35%) Oracle ZFS
10 13 (0.35%) vCenter Server
11 12 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
12 11 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
12 11 (0.29%) NetBackup
13 10 (0.27%) BMC PATROL
14 9 (0.24%) HP ALM
14 9 (0.24%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 2,373 (63.38%) Microsoft
2 331 (8.84%) Citrix
3 268 (7.16%) VMware
4 229 (6.12%) Apple
5 216 (5.77%) Cisco
6 194 (5.18%) HP
7 140 (3.74%) ServiceNow
8 134 (3.58%) SAP
9 129 (3.45%) Oracle
10 98 (2.62%) Remedy
11 89 (2.38%) Adobe
12 83 (2.22%) McAfee
13 69 (1.84%) Google
14 55 (1.47%) Ivanti
15 45 (1.20%) Juniper
16 43 (1.15%) Wyse
17 42 (1.12%) NetApp
18 41 (1.10%) Dell
19 38 (1.01%) IBM
19 38 (1.01%) Sophos