The table below looks at the statistics for MSF skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSF over the 3 months to 9 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 598 572 -
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -
Contract jobs citing MSF 10 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.021% 0.013% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.026% 0.016% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 0
Average daily rate £450 £438 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £358 -
% change year-on-year
+25.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 - -
MSF
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
38464 36543 34805
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 81.46% 77.80% 77.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 25533 23649 21506
Average daily rate £430 £425 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.17% +6.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1098 988 1090
Average hourly rate £37.50 £26.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.23% -5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.72 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £45.50 £52.32
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

MSF
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MSF Jobs Demand Trend in England

MSF
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MSF Daily Rate Trend in England

MSF
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSF across the England region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

MSF Daily Rate Histogram in England

MSF
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MSF Hourly Rate Trend in England

MSF
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 MSF within the England region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
South East +1 10 £450 -5.26%
MSF
UK

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing MSF 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 MSF.

1 11 (84.62%) Microsoft
1 11 (84.62%) SharePoint
2 10 (76.92%) C#
3 9 (69.23%) Scrum
3 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
4 8 (61.54%) .NET
4 8 (61.54%) SQL Server
5 7 (53.85%) MS Excel
6 6 (46.15%) CRM
6 6 (46.15%) MS Office
6 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
6 6 (46.15%) ERP
6 6 (46.15%) Dynamics CRM
7 5 (38.46%) MVC
7 5 (38.46%) SC Cleared
7 5 (38.46%) SLA
7 5 (38.46%) RUP
8 4 (30.77%) Windows
8 4 (30.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
8 4 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
8 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (30.77%) ISTQB
9 3 (23.08%) Web Services
10 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
10 2 (15.38%) SQL
10 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
10 2 (15.38%) Contact Management

MSF
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing MSF 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 MSF. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (84.62%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (53.85%) MS Excel
2 6 (46.15%) MS Office
3 1 (7.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (46.15%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Extranet
1 1 (7.69%) Internet
1 1 (7.69%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (61.54%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (7.69%) Billing
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
1 1 (7.69%) Legal
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
1 5 (38.46%) Development Analyst
1 5 (38.46%) Software Analyst
1 5 (38.46%) Software Development Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Test Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Automation Test Lead
3 2 (15.38%) Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) RUP Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) BizTalk Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Project Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (61.54%) .NET
2 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
3 3 (23.08%) Web Services
4 2 (15.38%) WCF
5 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
5 1 (7.69%) SAML
5 1 (7.69%) SOAP
5 1 (7.69%) WSE
5 1 (7.69%) XML
5 1 (7.69%) XSD
5 1 (7.69%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (7.69%) Client/Server
1 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (7.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (30.77%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (69.23%) Scrum
2 6 (46.15%) CRM
2 6 (46.15%) ERP
3 5 (38.46%) MVC
3 5 (38.46%) RUP
4 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
4 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Contact Management
5 2 (15.38%) Test Management
6 1 (7.69%) Business Development
6 1 (7.69%) Practice Management
6 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 1 (7.69%) Revenue Recognition
6 1 (7.69%) Software Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) C#
2 2 (15.38%) SQL
3 1 (7.69%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
2 5 (38.46%) SC Cleared
3 4 (30.77%) ISTQB
3 4 (30.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (15.38%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (38.46%) SLA
2 1 (7.69%) QA
Vendors
1 11 (84.62%) Microsoft