Period
to 1 October 2020

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 1 October 2020 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 80 62 68
Rank change year-on-year -18 +6 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 893 3,157 3,636
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.99% 3.60% 3.57%
As % of the Applications category 38.89% 43.05% 42.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 609 1,858 2,073
Median daily rate £300 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £114 £123 £120
90th Percentile £525 £525 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £300 £290
% change year-on-year -16.67% +3.45% +0.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 395 542
Median hourly rate £18.13 £16.00 £15.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.28% +3.36% +6.76%
10th Percentile £12.37 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.73 £33.90 £25.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.32 £15.00
% change year-on-year +14.27% +2.10% +11.11%

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 2,296 7,334 8,619
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.68% 8.37% 8.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,369 4,321 5,135
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £131 £148 £146
90th Percentile £580 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -5.71% - +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 215 663 772
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +6.06% -
10th Percentile £12.09 £10.84 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.70 £48.75 £41.23
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +15.15% +6.45% +3.09%

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020. 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 -19 766 £300 - 325
UK excluding London -2 584 £250 -16.67% 290
London -56 254 £325 +13.04% 55
South East +3 149 £200 -38.46% 79
North of England +14 139 £250 -14.53% 72
Work from Home +1 112 £300 -29.41% 39
North West +21 91 £189 -16.00% 35
South West +7 87 £433 +31.11% 46
Midlands +3 78 £200 -11.11% 47
West Midlands 0 49 £270 -6.90% 29
East of England +1 44 £340 +36.00% 25
Scotland -14 42 £313 +13.82% 9
Yorkshire -1 36 £325 - 25
East Midlands +20 29 £170 +17.24% 18
Wales +21 28 £150 -53.85% 11
Northern Ireland +3 17 £164 -13.68% 2
North East +16 12 £425 +32.40% 12

For the 6 months to 1 October 2020, 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.

1 588 (65.85%) Microsoft
2 344 (38.52%) Windows
3 224 (25.08%) Microsoft Excel
4 219 (24.52%) Active Directory
5 200 (22.40%) Security Cleared
6 181 (20.27%) Office 365
7 173 (19.37%) Windows 10
8 166 (18.59%) Finance
9 150 (16.80%) SC Cleared
10 147 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
11 145 (16.24%) Agile Software Development
12 137 (15.34%) ITIL
13 135 (15.12%) Public Sector
14 125 (14.00%) Windows 7
15 124 (13.89%) Project Management
15 124 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
16 119 (13.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
17 114 (12.77%) SharePoint
18 104 (11.65%) Migration
19 101 (11.31%) Degree
20 87 (9.74%) SCCM
20 87 (9.74%) SQL
21 83 (9.29%) Oracle
22 72 (8.06%) MS Visio
23 68 (7.61%) JIRA
24 66 (7.39%) SQL Server
24 66 (7.39%) DevOps
25 65 (7.28%) Windows Server
25 65 (7.28%) DV Cleared
26 63 (7.05%) Microsoft Project

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
1 114 (12.77%) SharePoint
2 36 (4.03%) Confluence
3 34 (3.81%) MS Exchange
4 27 (3.02%) ArcGIS
5 16 (1.79%) Skype for Business
6 10 (1.12%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.01%) CMS
8 8 (0.90%) IIS
9 6 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (0.67%) SAS
9 6 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
10 5 (0.56%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 224 (25.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 119 (13.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 72 (8.06%) MS Visio
4 63 (7.05%) Microsoft Project
5 24 (2.69%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.67%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.56%) RoboHelp
8 4 (0.45%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.22%) InDesign
10 2 (0.22%) InVision
10 2 (0.22%) SPSS
11 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.11%) Blender
11 1 (0.11%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.11%) Revit
11 1 (0.11%) Stata
Business Applications
1 7 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.56%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 4 (0.45%) Hyperion Planning
3 4 (0.45%) ION MarketView
3 4 (0.45%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (0.45%) Visualfiles
4 3 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.34%) Primavera
4 3 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.22%) assyst
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle E-Business Tax
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle iSupplier
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 2 (0.22%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 2 (0.22%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 2 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 181 (20.27%) Office 365
2 61 (6.83%) Azure
3 25 (2.80%) Power Platform
4 23 (2.58%) Google Analytics
5 21 (2.35%) OneDrive
6 16 (1.79%) Azure Active Directory
7 12 (1.34%) Google Tag Manager
7 12 (1.34%) IaaS
7 12 (1.34%) PaaS
8 11 (1.23%) G Suite
9 10 (1.12%) Yammer
10 9 (1.01%) PowerApps
11 7 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
12 6 (0.67%) SaaS
13 5 (0.56%) Serverless
14 3 (0.34%) AWS
14 3 (0.34%) Azure Machine Learning
14 3 (0.34%) Google Drive
15 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
15 2 (0.22%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.47%) Skype
2 28 (3.14%) LAN
2 28 (3.14%) VPN
3 26 (2.91%) WAN
4 23 (2.58%) TCP/IP
5 21 (2.35%) Firewall
6 20 (2.24%) DNS
6 20 (2.24%) VoIP
7 19 (2.13%) Wireless
8 14 (1.57%) Internet
9 13 (1.46%) DHCP
10 12 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.01%) Ethernet
12 8 (0.90%) Intranet
13 6 (0.67%) Broadband
13 6 (0.67%) NetScaler
14 5 (0.56%) 3G
14 5 (0.56%) Cisco IOS
14 5 (0.56%) Network Security
14 5 (0.56%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.46%) GIS
2 22 (2.46%) Power BI
3 16 (1.79%) Oracle Database
4 13 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 10 (1.12%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
8 8 (0.90%) DB2
8 8 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
9 7 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.56%) MySQL
11 5 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (0.45%) Essbase
12 4 (0.45%) Geospatial Data
12 4 (0.45%) Oracle Smart View
13 3 (0.34%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 68 (7.61%) JIRA
2 14 (1.57%) Visual Studio
3 13 (1.46%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.34%) Eclipse
5 8 (0.90%) Bitbucket
5 8 (0.90%) Jenkins
5 8 (0.90%) Selenium
5 8 (0.90%) Toad
6 6 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 6 (0.67%) ClearCase
6 6 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.56%) JMeter
7 5 (0.56%) NUnit
7 5 (0.56%) Rational Rose
7 5 (0.56%) WebLogic Workshop
8 4 (0.45%) Axure RP
8 4 (0.45%) Jasmine
8 4 (0.45%) MSTest
8 4 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 4 (0.45%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 166 (18.59%) Finance
2 135 (15.12%) Public Sector
3 43 (4.82%) Telecoms
4 41 (4.59%) Banking
5 30 (3.36%) Local Government
6 19 (2.13%) Legal
6 19 (2.13%) Manufacturing
6 19 (2.13%) Marketing
7 14 (1.57%) Electronics
7 14 (1.57%) French Language
7 14 (1.57%) German Language
7 14 (1.57%) Law
8 12 (1.34%) Investment Banking
9 11 (1.23%) Retail
10 10 (1.12%) Mandarin Language
10 10 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.90%) Police
11 8 (0.90%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.78%) Billing
12 7 (0.78%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 193 (21.61%) Analyst
2 80 (8.96%) Support Engineer
3 68 (7.61%) Desktop Support
4 47 (5.26%) Developer
4 47 (5.26%) Service Analyst
5 45 (5.04%) Administrator
6 42 (4.70%) Desktop Engineer
7 40 (4.48%) Service Desk Analyst
8 37 (4.14%) 2nd Line Support
9 34 (3.81%) Project Manager
9 34 (3.81%) Support Analyst
10 33 (3.70%) IT Support
11 31 (3.47%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 28 (3.14%) Windows Engineer
13 25 (2.80%) 1st Line Support
13 25 (2.80%) Consultant
13 25 (2.80%) Data Analyst
14 24 (2.69%) Architect
14 24 (2.69%) Business Analyst
14 24 (2.69%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (3.47%) HTML
2 27 (3.02%) .NET
3 23 (2.58%) Web Services
4 22 (2.46%) CSS
5 16 (1.79%) XML
6 14 (1.57%) JSON
7 12 (1.34%) ASP.NET
8 11 (1.23%) J2EE
9 10 (1.12%) Java EE
9 10 (1.12%) Struts
10 9 (1.01%) SOAP
11 8 (0.90%) AngularJS
12 7 (0.78%) .NET Framework
12 7 (0.78%) LDAP
12 7 (0.78%) React
12 7 (0.78%) Velocity
13 5 (0.56%) JAX-RS
14 4 (0.45%) Entity Framework
14 4 (0.45%) OAuth
14 4 (0.45%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 147 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.05%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (5.82%) Management Information System
4 41 (4.59%) NHS
5 22 (2.46%) Smartphone
5 22 (2.46%) User Experience
6 19 (2.13%) Blackberry
6 19 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
7 18 (2.02%) Data Centre
8 12 (1.34%) Social Media
9 9 (1.01%) Fat Client
9 9 (1.01%) Fibre Optics
9 9 (1.01%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.01%) Thin Client
10 7 (0.78%) CMDB
10 7 (0.78%) Driving Licence
10 7 (0.78%) Public Cloud
11 6 (0.67%) Taxonomies
11 6 (0.67%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.56%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 344 (38.52%) Windows
2 173 (19.37%) Windows 10
3 125 (14.00%) Windows 7
4 65 (7.28%) Windows Server
5 41 (4.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 38 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (3.47%) Linux
8 29 (3.25%) Windows Server 2016
8 29 (3.25%) Windows Server 2019
9 21 (2.35%) Android
9 21 (2.35%) Unix
10 19 (2.13%) Apple iOS
11 16 (1.79%) Windows 8
12 10 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (1.01%) Windows XP
14 7 (0.78%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.22%) AIX
15 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (16.24%) Agile Software Development
2 137 (15.34%) ITIL
3 124 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
3 124 (13.89%) Project Management
4 104 (11.65%) Migration
5 66 (7.39%) DevOps
6 59 (6.61%) Service Management
7 58 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
8 56 (6.27%) Decision-Making
9 51 (5.71%) PRINCE2
10 50 (5.60%) Change Management
11 48 (5.38%) Risk Management
12 47 (5.26%) Data Analysis
13 40 (4.48%) Project Delivery
13 40 (4.48%) Service Delivery
14 39 (4.37%) Business Intelligence
15 38 (4.26%) Analytics
15 38 (4.26%) Data Migration
15 38 (4.26%) Data Modelling
16 37 (4.14%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 87 (9.74%) SQL
2 58 (6.49%) PowerShell
3 38 (4.26%) JavaScript
4 36 (4.03%) C
4 36 (4.03%) VB
5 31 (3.47%) C#
6 23 (2.58%) Python
7 20 (2.24%) Java
8 12 (1.34%) VBA
9 9 (1.01%) C++
9 9 (1.01%) PL/SQL
10 8 (0.90%) Ruby
10 8 (0.90%) VBScript
11 7 (0.78%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.56%) Ada
12 5 (0.56%) R
12 5 (0.56%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.56%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.45%) PHP
14 2 (0.22%) Perl
Qualifications
1 200 (22.40%) Security Cleared
2 150 (16.80%) SC Cleared
3 101 (11.31%) Degree
4 65 (7.28%) DV Cleared
5 52 (5.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 23 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
7 17 (1.90%) MCP
8 15 (1.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 14 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (1.46%) PMI Certification
11 10 (1.12%) ISEB
11 10 (1.12%) PMP
12 9 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (0.90%) CCNA
13 8 (0.90%) ISTQB
14 7 (0.78%) A+ Certification
14 7 (0.78%) ACCA
14 7 (0.78%) CISSP
14 7 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.14%) SLA
2 34 (3.81%) PMO
3 25 (2.80%) QA
4 16 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (1.23%) GDPR
6 10 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (1.01%) COBIT
8 8 (0.90%) Data Quality
9 7 (0.78%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 7 (0.78%) ISO 9001
9 7 (0.78%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
10 5 (0.56%) NIST
11 4 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.45%) ISO 14001
11 4 (0.45%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.34%) MiFID
13 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 17025
13 2 (0.22%) NCSC
14 1 (0.11%) Cabinet Office Statement of Practice
System Software
1 219 (24.52%) Active Directory
2 45 (5.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.46%) VMware NSX
4 15 (1.68%) Virtual Desktop
5 11 (1.23%) XenApp
6 7 (0.78%) BitLocker
7 6 (0.67%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.45%) vSphere
10 3 (0.34%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.22%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.22%) Docker
11 2 (0.22%) Firmware
11 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.22%) NFS
11 2 (0.22%) RACF
11 2 (0.22%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 87 (9.74%) SCCM
2 25 (2.80%) Ansible
3 16 (1.79%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (0.90%) SCOM
4 8 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (0.56%) CASB
5 5 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.56%) WSUS
6 4 (0.45%) AirWatch
6 4 (0.45%) vCenter Server
7 3 (0.34%) Puppet
7 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (0.34%) Terraform
8 2 (0.22%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.22%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.22%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.22%) WMI
Vendors
1 588 (65.85%) Microsoft
2 83 (9.29%) Oracle
3 60 (6.72%) VMware
4 47 (5.26%) Cisco
5 40 (4.48%) Google
6 33 (3.70%) SAP
7 32 (3.58%) Citrix
8 30 (3.36%) ServiceNow
9 24 (2.69%) Adobe
9 24 (2.69%) Apple
9 24 (2.69%) Sophos
9 24 (2.69%) Splunk
10 22 (2.46%) ESRI
10 22 (2.46%) Lumension
11 19 (2.13%) Remedy
12 15 (1.68%) HP
13 12 (1.34%) Tableau
14 11 (1.23%) Dell
15 10 (1.12%) Ivanti
15 10 (1.12%) Red Hat