Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 87 81 65
Rank change year-on-year -6 -16 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 2,226 877 3,139
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.75% 2.98% 3.61%
As % of the Applications category 37.29% 38.65% 42.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,382 549 1,850
10th Percentile £125 £120 £123
25th Percentile £173 £158 £160
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £313 £298
Median % change year-on-year +12.00% +5.04% +3.48%
75th Percentile £495 £450 £438
90th Percentile £588 £526 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £274 £300
% change year-on-year -8.68% -8.75% +4.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 100 382
10th Percentile £11.06 £12.19 £11.00
25th Percentile £12.69 £13.00 £12.99
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.75 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.86% +10.94% +4.47%
75th Percentile £22.87 £22.75 £20.00
90th Percentile £41.37 £42.75 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £17.50 £15.19
% change year-on-year -9.37% +15.19% +1.28%

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 5,969 2,269 7,323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.37% 7.71% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,729 1,433 4,410
10th Percentile £155 £135 £147
25th Percentile £275 £225 £228
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £380 £375
Median % change year-on-year +11.84% +1.33% -
75th Percentile £538 £500 £475
90th Percentile £625 £593 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 189 638
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.93 £10.80
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.50 £13.27
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.38
Median % change year-on-year -7.89% +9.35% +6.11%
75th Percentile £27.00 £34.00 £26.03
90th Percentile £45.50 £47.80 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.07 £18.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -13.16% +12.12% +6.59%

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 28 September 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 28 September 2021.

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 28 September 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 -5 1,860 £350 +11.11% 910
UK excluding London -2 1,244 £250 -8.68% 811
London +6 725 £425 +28.79% 173
Work from Home -42 448 £445 +43.55% 83
South East +2 346 £350 +50.54% 166
North of England -20 231 £270 +8.00% 219
Midlands +4 228 £190 -20.00% 159
West Midlands +1 141 £215 -28.33% 90
Scotland -12 138 £350 +7.69% 45
East of England +10 126 £187 -52.66% 80
South West -19 118 £235 -45.69% 110
North West -19 118 £263 +38.89% 105
East Midlands +2 87 £130 -20.00% 67
Yorkshire -6 84 £243 -25.95% 89
Wales -16 35 £190 +26.67% 26
North East +4 31 £350 -17.65% 25
Northern Ireland +1 22 £130 -20.73% 6

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 1,451 (65.18%) Microsoft
2 885 (39.76%) Social Skills
3 827 (37.15%) Windows
4 608 (27.31%) Microsoft Excel
5 605 (27.18%) Microsoft 365
6 550 (24.71%) Active Directory
7 458 (20.58%) Finance
8 417 (18.73%) Windows 10
9 370 (16.62%) Problem-Solving
10 360 (16.17%) Agile Software Development
11 315 (14.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 303 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
13 301 (13.52%) Project Management
14 272 (12.22%) ITIL
15 265 (11.90%) SharePoint
16 249 (11.19%) Azure
17 235 (10.56%) MS Visio
18 209 (9.39%) SQL
19 207 (9.30%) JIRA
20 206 (9.25%) Security Cleared
21 193 (8.67%) Change Management
22 188 (8.45%) Public Sector
23 185 (8.31%) Stakeholder Management
24 184 (8.27%) Degree
25 180 (8.09%) Migration
26 166 (7.46%) Windows 7
27 165 (7.41%) SCCM
28 158 (7.10%) SLA
29 155 (6.96%) Microsoft Project
30 151 (6.78%) SC Cleared

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
1 265 (11.90%) SharePoint
2 139 (6.24%) Confluence
3 107 (4.81%) MS Exchange
4 39 (1.75%) SAS
5 35 (1.57%) Skype for Business
6 25 (1.12%) IBM Notes
7 24 (1.08%) IIS
8 23 (1.03%) Apache
9 22 (0.99%) Tomcat
10 21 (0.94%) CMS
11 15 (0.67%) CICS
12 14 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
13 11 (0.49%) ArcGIS
14 8 (0.36%) Drupal
15 7 (0.31%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.31%) WebSphere
15 7 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
16 6 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
16 6 (0.27%) JBoss
17 5 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 608 (27.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 315 (14.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 235 (10.56%) MS Visio
4 155 (6.96%) Microsoft Project
5 21 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
6 13 (0.58%) Open Workbench
7 12 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 12 (0.54%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.36%) InVision
9 6 (0.27%) Camtasia
9 6 (0.27%) Siemens NX
9 6 (0.27%) Windchill
10 5 (0.22%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.22%) Revit
10 5 (0.22%) Sketch
11 3 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
11 3 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
11 3 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
11 3 (0.13%) Figma
12 2 (0.090%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 21 (0.94%) assyst
2 11 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.45%) NetSuite
4 9 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
5 7 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.31%) Teamcenter
6 6 (0.27%) SAP MM
7 5 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.18%) SAP PP
8 4 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.18%) Workday HCM
9 3 (0.13%) Cerner Millennium
9 3 (0.13%) IBM Planning Analytics
9 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
9 3 (0.13%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.13%) SAP MDG
9 3 (0.13%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 605 (27.18%) Microsoft 365
2 249 (11.19%) Azure
3 119 (5.35%) Power Platform
4 70 (3.14%) OneDrive
5 58 (2.61%) AWS
6 55 (2.47%) Azure Active Directory
7 33 (1.48%) IaaS
7 33 (1.48%) PowerApps
8 30 (1.35%) SaaS
9 26 (1.17%) Adobe Analytics
10 25 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
11 24 (1.08%) Google Analytics
11 24 (1.08%) PaaS
12 13 (0.58%) GCP
12 13 (0.58%) Smartsheet
13 12 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 12 (0.54%) Power Automate
14 10 (0.45%) GitHub
15 8 (0.36%) Miro
15 8 (0.36%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 119 (5.35%) VPN
2 101 (4.54%) LAN
3 92 (4.13%) Firewall
4 84 (3.77%) DNS
5 78 (3.50%) WAN
6 71 (3.19%) DHCP
7 68 (3.05%) TCP/IP
8 55 (2.47%) Skype
9 47 (2.11%) Wireless
10 46 (2.07%) Internet
11 41 (1.84%) Wi-Fi
12 33 (1.48%) SAN
12 33 (1.48%) VoIP
13 28 (1.26%) Intranet
14 25 (1.12%) WebEx
15 23 (1.03%) Cisco IOS
16 22 (0.99%) NAS
16 22 (0.99%) SSL
17 19 (0.85%) Network Security
18 18 (0.81%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (5.62%) SQL Server
2 92 (4.13%) Power BI
3 54 (2.43%) Tableau
4 25 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 24 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
6 23 (1.03%) Relational Database
7 19 (0.85%) DB2
8 18 (0.81%) MySQL
8 18 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
9 17 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (0.67%) GIS
11 14 (0.63%) IDMS
11 14 (0.63%) Metadata
12 11 (0.49%) Spotfire
13 10 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
14 9 (0.40%) BusinessObjects
14 9 (0.40%) Electronic Patient Records
14 9 (0.40%) MS Access
14 9 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 207 (9.30%) JIRA
2 27 (1.21%) Jenkins
3 18 (0.81%) Git (software)
4 15 (0.67%) Visual Studio
5 14 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 12 (0.54%) Selenium
7 11 (0.49%) Axure RP
7 11 (0.49%) Zephyr
8 8 (0.36%) Cucumber
8 8 (0.36%) Eclipse
8 8 (0.36%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.31%) Subversion
9 7 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (0.27%) AdminStudio
10 6 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (0.22%) InstallShield
11 5 (0.22%) MSI
11 5 (0.22%) Postman
12 4 (0.18%) Sourcetree
12 4 (0.18%) TestDirector
General
1 885 (39.76%) Social Skills
2 458 (20.58%) Finance
3 303 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
4 188 (8.45%) Public Sector
5 122 (5.48%) Organisational Skills
6 108 (4.85%) Presentation Skills
7 102 (4.58%) Banking
8 77 (3.46%) Telecoms
9 66 (2.96%) Retail
10 60 (2.70%) Legal
11 58 (2.61%) Influencing Skills
11 58 (2.61%) Marketing
12 42 (1.89%) Documentation Skills
13 34 (1.53%) Manufacturing
14 33 (1.48%) Investment Banking
15 32 (1.44%) Law
16 23 (1.03%) Local Government
17 16 (0.72%) Aerospace
17 16 (0.72%) Military
18 14 (0.63%) Billing
Job Titles
1 657 (29.51%) Analyst
2 194 (8.72%) Support Engineer
3 166 (7.46%) Service Analyst
4 159 (7.14%) Project Manager
5 141 (6.33%) Service Desk Analyst
6 140 (6.29%) Business Analyst
7 128 (5.75%) IT Support
8 111 (4.99%) Desktop Support
9 109 (4.90%) Support Analyst
10 90 (4.04%) IT Analyst
11 88 (3.95%) Developer
12 85 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support
13 72 (3.23%) Desktop Engineer
14 70 (3.14%) IT Engineer
15 66 (2.96%) 1st Line Support
16 64 (2.88%) Consultant
17 63 (2.83%) Architect
18 61 (2.74%) Administrator
18 61 (2.74%) Data Analyst
19 54 (2.43%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (2.02%) HTML
2 36 (1.62%) .NET
3 32 (1.44%) XML
4 19 (0.85%) LDAP
5 17 (0.76%) Web Services
6 16 (0.72%) REST
7 15 (0.67%) JSON
8 13 (0.58%) CSS
9 12 (0.54%) AngularJS
10 10 (0.45%) COM
11 9 (0.40%) SOAP
11 9 (0.40%) XMPP
12 8 (0.36%) .NET Framework
12 8 (0.36%) Elastic Stack
12 8 (0.36%) React
13 7 (0.31%) Node.js
14 6 (0.27%) ASP.NET
14 6 (0.27%) HTML5
14 6 (0.27%) OAuth
14 6 (0.27%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 141 (6.33%) Management Information System
2 103 (4.63%) Self-Motivation
3 76 (3.41%) NHS
4 63 (2.83%) User Experience
5 57 (2.56%) Data Centre
6 50 (2.25%) Blackberry
7 47 (2.11%) iPad
7 47 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
8 43 (1.93%) iPhone
9 36 (1.62%) Virtual Team
10 30 (1.35%) Smartphone
11 27 (1.21%) Mobile App
12 26 (1.17%) Social Media
13 25 (1.12%) Driving Licence
14 17 (0.76%) Clustering
14 17 (0.76%) e-Learning
14 17 (0.76%) Mainframe
14 17 (0.76%) PMI
15 14 (0.63%) CMDB
16 12 (0.54%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 827 (37.15%) Windows
2 417 (18.73%) Windows 10
3 166 (7.46%) Windows 7
4 130 (5.84%) Windows Server
5 110 (4.94%) Android
6 95 (4.27%) Apple iOS
7 82 (3.68%) Linux
8 53 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 53 (2.38%) Windows Server 2019
9 51 (2.29%) Unix
10 44 (1.98%) Windows Server 2016
11 43 (1.93%) Mac OS
12 35 (1.57%) Windows Server 2008
13 29 (1.30%) Mac OS X
14 26 (1.17%) Windows 8
15 23 (1.03%) Windows Phone
16 17 (0.76%) Windows XP
17 14 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 14 (0.63%) zOS
18 10 (0.45%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (16.62%) Problem-Solving
2 360 (16.17%) Agile Software Development
3 301 (13.52%) Project Management
4 272 (12.22%) ITIL
5 193 (8.67%) Change Management
6 185 (8.31%) Stakeholder Management
7 180 (8.09%) Migration
8 149 (6.69%) Project Delivery
9 129 (5.80%) PRINCE2
10 123 (5.53%) DevOps
11 119 (5.35%) Business Intelligence
12 108 (4.85%) Analytics
13 97 (4.36%) Data Modelling
13 97 (4.36%) Process Improvement
13 97 (4.36%) Risk Management
14 95 (4.27%) Service Delivery
15 94 (4.22%) SDLC
16 92 (4.13%) Time Management
17 91 (4.09%) Decision-Making
18 86 (3.86%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 209 (9.39%) SQL
2 127 (5.71%) PowerShell
3 64 (2.88%) Python
4 60 (2.70%) Java
5 42 (1.89%) C
6 39 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 35 (1.57%) C#
8 33 (1.48%) VBA
9 30 (1.35%) T-SQL
10 26 (1.17%) VB
11 15 (0.67%) COBOL
11 15 (0.67%) JCL
12 14 (0.63%) REXX
13 11 (0.49%) Bash Shell
14 10 (0.45%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.36%) Perl
16 6 (0.27%) Shell Script
17 5 (0.22%) R
17 5 (0.22%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 206 (9.25%) Security Cleared
2 184 (8.27%) Degree
3 151 (6.78%) SC Cleared
4 67 (3.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 52 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
6 49 (2.20%) PMP
7 44 (1.98%) PMI Certification
8 36 (1.62%) ISTQB
9 33 (1.48%) DV Cleared
10 31 (1.39%) ISEB
11 29 (1.30%) MCSE
12 26 (1.17%) DBS Check
13 24 (1.08%) CCNA
13 24 (1.08%) CISSP
13 24 (1.08%) MCP
14 22 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
15 20 (0.90%) Master's Degree
16 17 (0.76%) CISA
17 16 (0.72%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (7.10%) SLA
2 127 (5.71%) PMO
3 74 (3.32%) QA
4 44 (1.98%) Data Quality
5 28 (1.26%) GDPR
6 16 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 13 (0.58%) Accessibility
8 12 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
8 12 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 10 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
10 5 (0.22%) PCI DSS
11 4 (0.18%) Basel III
11 4 (0.18%) COBIT
11 4 (0.18%) GxP
11 4 (0.18%) P3O
12 3 (0.13%) MiFID
12 3 (0.13%) NIST
13 2 (0.090%) COREP
13 2 (0.090%) GRC
13 2 (0.090%) ITGC
System Software
1 550 (24.71%) Active Directory
2 92 (4.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (1.39%) Hyper-V
4 19 (0.85%) Docker
5 18 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
6 17 (0.76%) vSphere
7 16 (0.72%) RACF
8 15 (0.67%) BitLocker
8 15 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (0.63%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 14 (0.63%) NFS
9 14 (0.63%) VMware NSX
9 14 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
10 9 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (0.40%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.31%) XenApp
12 4 (0.18%) Firmware
12 4 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.13%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 165 (7.41%) SCCM
2 82 (3.68%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (1.35%) Ansible
4 18 (0.81%) AirWatch
5 16 (0.72%) Kubernetes
6 15 (0.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 15 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
6 15 (0.67%) Terraform
7 14 (0.63%) Tivoli NetView
8 10 (0.45%) FortiGate
8 10 (0.45%) Nessus
8 10 (0.45%) Puppet
9 9 (0.40%) Control-M
10 8 (0.36%) EMC NetWorker
10 8 (0.36%) Grafana
10 8 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (0.36%) Packer
10 8 (0.36%) Prometheus
10 8 (0.36%) SCOM
10 8 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,451 (65.18%) Microsoft
2 124 (5.57%) Oracle
3 121 (5.44%) Cisco
4 115 (5.17%) VMware
5 114 (5.12%) ServiceNow
6 109 (4.90%) Citrix
7 86 (3.86%) Apple
8 75 (3.37%) Adobe
9 59 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
10 58 (2.61%) SAP
11 57 (2.56%) Google
12 52 (2.34%) IBM
13 46 (2.07%) Dell
14 42 (1.89%) HP
15 35 (1.57%) Remedy
16 22 (0.99%) Atlassian
16 22 (0.99%) Red Hat
17 21 (0.94%) Teradata
18 19 (0.85%) NetApp
19 17 (0.76%) Ivanti