The first table below looks at the demand for MOS in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MOS over the 3 months to 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 521 535 541
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +6
Contract jobs citing MOS 41 19 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.083% 0.041% 0.040%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.44% 0.23% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 6 5
Average daily rate
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£180 £198 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.86% -19.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £122 £121 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £438 £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £120 £438 £250
% change year-on-year
-72.57% +75.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 4
Average hourly rate £17.00 £22.00 £17.48
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +25.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £22.00 £14.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £22.00 £18.74
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.25 - £15.25
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9239 8251 9063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.73% 17.70% 17.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 5262 4484 4773
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £538 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 453 559
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MOS
UK

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MOS across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MOS Jobs Demand Trend in England

MOS
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MOS across the England region.

MOS Daily Rate Trend in England

MOS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MOS across the England region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

MOS Daily Rate Histogram in England

MOS
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MOS across the England region.

MOS Hourly Rate Trend in England

MOS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the England region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +8 22 £190 +46.15% 3
South East -1 13 £325 -25.71% 2
East of England - 3 £118 - 1
West Midlands - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 2
North West - - - -
MOS
UK

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MOS.

1 52 (91.23%) MS Office
2 45 (78.95%) Microsoft
3 34 (59.65%) MS Excel
4 27 (47.37%) Windows
5 20 (35.09%) VBA
5 20 (35.09%) HP
6 19 (33.33%) ISTQB
6 19 (33.33%) QA
7 18 (31.58%) Quality Management
7 18 (31.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 17 (29.82%) Windows 7
8 17 (29.82%) Document Management
9 16 (28.07%) Law
9 16 (28.07%) Legal
10 15 (26.32%) Project Management
11 14 (24.56%) Security Cleared
11 14 (24.56%) Test Strategy
12 13 (22.81%) SC Cleared
12 13 (22.81%) ITIL
13 12 (21.05%) Active Directory
14 11 (19.30%) Blackberry
15 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
16 9 (15.79%) DV Cleared
16 9 (15.79%) Citrix
16 9 (15.79%) VPN
16 9 (15.79%) Windows XP
17 8 (14.04%) MCP
18 7 (12.28%) MCSA
18 7 (12.28%) ITIL V3
19 6 (10.53%) WorkSite

MOS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MOS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (10.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 6 (10.53%) WorkSite
2 4 (7.02%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.02%) MS Exchange
2 4 (7.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (3.51%) Lync
Applications
1 52 (91.23%) MS Office
2 34 (59.65%) MS Excel
3 3 (5.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (3.51%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (1.75%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.79%) VPN
2 2 (3.51%) Intranet
2 2 (3.51%) VoIP
3 1 (1.75%) Internet
3 1 (1.75%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
General
1 16 (28.07%) Law
1 16 (28.07%) Legal
2 5 (8.77%) Military
2 5 (8.77%) Finance
3 4 (7.02%) Banking
4 2 (3.51%) Russian Language
5 1 (1.75%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.75%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 29 (50.88%) Analyst
2 14 (24.56%) Tester
3 12 (21.05%) Support Analyst
3 12 (21.05%) Service Analyst
3 12 (21.05%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (17.54%) IT Trainer
4 10 (17.54%) Trainer
5 9 (15.79%) QA Tester
6 7 (12.28%) Legal Analyst
7 6 (10.53%) Help Desk Analyst
8 4 (7.02%) Technical Trainer
8 4 (7.02%) Technical Support Analyst
8 4 (7.02%) Technical Support
8 4 (7.02%) Legal IT Trainer
8 4 (7.02%) Technical Analyst
8 4 (7.02%) QA Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Help Desk Support
9 3 (5.26%) QA Test Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.51%) HTML
2 1 (1.75%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 11 (19.30%) Blackberry
2 4 (7.02%) E-Learning
3 2 (3.51%) Statistics
3 2 (3.51%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (3.51%) Handset
4 1 (1.75%) NHS
4 1 (1.75%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.75%) Learning Management System
4 1 (1.75%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 27 (47.37%) Windows
2 17 (29.82%) Windows 7
3 9 (15.79%) Windows XP
4 3 (5.26%) Mac OS X
5 2 (3.51%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (3.51%) Windows Vista
5 2 (3.51%) UNIX
5 2 (3.51%) Linux
6 1 (1.75%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (31.58%) Quality Management
2 17 (29.82%) Document Management
3 15 (26.32%) Project Management
4 14 (24.56%) Test Strategy
5 13 (22.81%) ITIL
6 7 (12.28%) ITIL V3
7 5 (8.77%) Knowledge Management
8 4 (7.02%) ITIL V2
9 2 (3.51%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (3.51%) Incident Management
10 1 (1.75%) Time Management
10 1 (1.75%) Data Protection
10 1 (1.75%) Service Management
10 1 (1.75%) Risk Management
10 1 (1.75%) Asset Management
10 1 (1.75%) Information Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (35.09%) VBA
2 4 (7.02%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 19 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 18 (31.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 14 (24.56%) Security Cleared
4 13 (22.81%) SC Cleared
5 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (15.79%) DV Cleared
7 8 (14.04%) MCP
8 7 (12.28%) MCSA
9 6 (10.53%) Degree
10 4 (7.02%) A+ Certification
11 3 (5.26%) MCSE
12 2 (3.51%) MCT
12 2 (3.51%) ECDL
13 1 (1.75%) MCDST
13 1 (1.75%) MCITP
13 1 (1.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (1.75%) CCNA
13 1 (1.75%) ISEB
13 1 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (33.33%) QA
2 4 (7.02%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (21.05%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.26%) XenApp
3 2 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (7.02%) SCCM
3 2 (3.51%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (3.51%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 45 (78.95%) Microsoft
2 20 (35.09%) HP
3 9 (15.79%) Citrix
4 6 (10.53%) Apple
5 5 (8.77%) Remedy
6 4 (7.02%) Sophos
6 4 (7.02%) Nokia
7 3 (5.26%) Reuters
7 3 (5.26%) Bloomberg
7 3 (5.26%) F5
8 2 (3.51%) Symantec
8 2 (3.51%) Sitecore
8 2 (3.51%) VMware
8 2 (3.51%) CheckPoint
8 2 (3.51%) Interwoven
8 2 (3.51%) Adobe
8 2 (3.51%) Cisco
9 1 (1.75%) Oracle
9 1 (1.75%) Google
9 1 (1.75%) Wyse
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