Microsoft EES Knowledge Worker Agreement

1 November 2017 -31 December 2020 Print

Simplifying licensing of the latest software and services from Microsoft

The Microsoft EES Knowledge Worker Agreement provides beneficial terms and prices for volume licensing of software such as Office, SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange, operating systems like Windows Server and Windows Desktop Upgrades.

Key Facts


  • choice of one or three year enrolment
  • unlimited site licence
  • pricing normally available only to the largest sites
  • choice of resellers

Licence type

Non standard licence terms and conditions.

Important dates

  • Agreement start date: 1 November 2017
  • Agreement end date: 31 December 2020

Agreement Details

The Microsoft EES 2017 Knowledge Worker Agreement opens up the preferential pricing that may be obtained by sites with over 3,000 Knowledge Workers (KW) under EES to all sites with more 100 Knowledge Workers. This represents a saving of around 7% for Desktop Campus, Office, Core CAL, Enterprise CAL and Windows Upgrade licences for sites with more 1,000 KW and around 17% for Institution with less than 1,000 KW.

Chest has contracted with the resellers for this agreement under the National Framework for Software Resellers to allow all the Community to enjoy the benefits of aggregated purchasing. The resellers under the agreement and details of their pricing and value added services can be found at Microsoft EES Resellers.

Your responsibilities under this agreement are otherwise unchanged from signing an agreement directly with Microsoft. You are not jointly responsible for the actions of any other participant site.

This is a three year agreement running from 1 November 2017 to 31 December 2020. At whatever point you join the agreement, your contract will run for either one or three years. The advantage of choosing the three year option is that prices will be fixed for the three years. 

The Chest Fee to join this agreement is £399 per annum or £268 per annum for sites with less than 300 Knowledge Workers. For sites that pay the whole Chest fee for the agreement on joining there will be a 20% discount.

Further details on how to participate can be found in the Participation Form.

Action to Participate

If you wish to take advantage of this agreement please complete the following:-

and email them direct to Chest Help

The Master Agreement referred to in the Participation Form above, maybe found here.

Your chosen reseller will be able to supply the necessary Microsoft paperwork.


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The following resellers have been awarded the contract to supply products under the EES Agreement and licences are only available from them and no other source.

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The resellers for this agreement, are all contracted on the relevant lot of the National HE/FE Framework Agreement for Software Licence Resellers (SLRA), let by the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium, to provide an EU compliant route for procurement.

To ensure compliance with EU procurement regulations, Eduserv recommends that Institutions follow the call-off instructions as detailed in the SLRA Buyer's Guide.

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