The table below looks at the statistics for MOS in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MOS over the 3 months to 28 April 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 158 152 -
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -
Contract jobs citing MOS 8 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.20% 0.15% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.93% 0.73% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
Average daily rate £110 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £200 £110
% change year-on-year
+22.50% +81.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.52 -
MOS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
856 827 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.26% 21.30% 20.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 366 301
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 88 84
Average hourly rate £43.00 £38.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.68% +113.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £76.00 £59.00 £37.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

MOS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MOS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MOS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MOS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MOS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MOS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
Manchester -7 8 £110 -
MOS
England

MOS
Top 29 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 8 (100.00%) MS Office
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
1 8 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 7 (87.50%) Law
2 7 (87.50%) Legal
2 7 (87.50%) VPN
2 7 (87.50%) ITIL
2 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 7 (87.50%) Citrix
2 7 (87.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (87.50%) Blackberry
2 7 (87.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (75.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 6 (75.00%) Banking
3 6 (75.00%) Document Management
3 6 (75.00%) MCDST
3 6 (75.00%) Finance
4 3 (37.50%) French Language
4 3 (37.50%) German Language
5 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
6 1 (12.50%) AppSense
6 1 (12.50%) Spanish Language
6 1 (12.50%) Time Management
6 1 (12.50%) Service Management
6 1 (12.50%) Service Delivery
6 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
6 1 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (12.50%) Terminal Server
6 1 (12.50%) MS Excel

MOS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 7 (87.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 8 (100.00%) MS Office
2 1 (12.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 7 (87.50%) VPN
General
1 7 (87.50%) Law
1 7 (87.50%) Legal
2 6 (75.00%) Banking
2 6 (75.00%) Finance
3 3 (37.50%) French Language
3 3 (37.50%) German Language
4 1 (12.50%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 7 (87.50%) Analyst
1 7 (87.50%) Service Analyst
1 7 (87.50%) Service Desk Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) 1st Line Support
2 1 (12.50%) Help Desk Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Help Desk Support
2 1 (12.50%) Help Desk Support Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Service Desk Support
2 1 (12.50%) Service Desk Support Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 7 (87.50%) Blackberry
2 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
1 8 (100.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) ITIL
2 6 (75.00%) Document Management
3 1 (12.50%) Service Delivery
3 1 (12.50%) Service Management
3 1 (12.50%) Time Management
Qualifications
1 7 (87.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (75.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 6 (75.00%) MCDST
3 1 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (12.50%) Terminal Server
Vendors
1 7 (87.50%) Citrix
2 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (12.50%) AppSense