The table below looks at the statistics for MS Office skills 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 MS Office over the 3 months to 25 November 2014 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 30 37 40
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +3
Contract jobs citing MS Office 166 119 123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.22% 4.29% 3.96%
As % of the Applications category 44.99% 38.51% 42.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 46 44
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.47% -2.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £119 £111
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £375 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £254 £210 £275
% change year-on-year
+20.68% -23.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 31 27
Average hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.98 £9.00 £9.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £44.90 £34.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -
MS Office
England

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

Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Applications category
369 309 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.60% 11.14% 9.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 129 116
Average daily rate £298 £275 £281
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.18% -2.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £135 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £318 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.83% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 47 38
Average hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.21 £9.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.35 £44.90 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.80 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+2.06% -3.33%

MS Office
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

MS Office Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MS Office
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MS Office Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MS Office
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MS Office across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 November 2014.

MS Office Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

MS Office
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MS Office Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MS Office
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MS Office across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 November 2014.

MS Office Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

MS Office
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 MS Office within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 November 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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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 +13 98 £275 +25.00% 38
Cheshire +5 43 £110 -48.23% 8
Merseyside +5 15 £142 -5.66% 12
Lancashire -23 8 £283 - 2
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MS Office 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 MS Office.

1 230 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 177 (54.97%) Windows
3 145 (45.03%) MS Excel
4 90 (27.95%) Windows 7
5 67 (20.81%) Windows XP
5 67 (20.81%) ITIL
6 64 (19.88%) Active Directory
7 58 (18.01%) Citrix
8 57 (17.70%) Analytical Skills
9 56 (17.39%) Project Management
10 55 (17.08%) Finance
11 53 (16.46%) Service Management
12 48 (14.91%) SLA
13 42 (13.04%) Security Cleared
14 37 (11.49%) SC Cleared
14 37 (11.49%) MS Project
15 32 (9.94%) Business Analysis
16 30 (9.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 29 (9.01%) Blackberry
18 28 (8.70%) Lotus
18 28 (8.70%) IBM Notes
18 28 (8.70%) Windows Vista
19 27 (8.39%) MS PowerPoint
20 25 (7.76%) MS Visio
21 24 (7.45%) MCP
21 24 (7.45%) HP
21 24 (7.45%) Windows Server 2008
22 23 (7.14%) Software Deployment
22 23 (7.14%) MS Exchange
23 22 (6.83%) TCP/IP

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MS Office 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 MS Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 28 (8.70%) IBM Notes
2 23 (7.14%) MS Exchange
3 14 (4.35%) CICS
4 9 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (2.48%) SharePoint
5 8 (2.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.93%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.93%) IIS
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.31%) WorkSite
8 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 145 (45.03%) MS Excel
2 37 (11.49%) MS Project
3 27 (8.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (7.76%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.31%) InDesign
5 1 (0.31%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.31%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.93%) Oracle EBS R12
1 3 (0.93%) SAP CO
1 3 (0.93%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (0.93%) SAP FI
1 3 (0.93%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.62%) Tridion
2 2 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.55%) Office 365
2 1 (0.31%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 22 (6.83%) TCP/IP
2 14 (4.35%) VPN
3 9 (2.80%) LAN
4 8 (2.48%) WAN
5 7 (2.17%) DNS
6 6 (1.86%) Firewall
6 6 (1.86%) Wireless
7 5 (1.55%) Intranet
7 5 (1.55%) DHCP
8 4 (1.24%) Internet
9 3 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.93%) SAN
10 2 (0.62%) DSL
10 2 (0.62%) DVB
10 2 (0.62%) 3G
11 1 (0.31%) WAAS
11 1 (0.31%) Network Security
11 1 (0.31%) Broadband
11 1 (0.31%) FTP
11 1 (0.31%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.55%) MS Access
4 4 (1.24%) Easytrieve
5 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (0.62%) MSI
1 2 (0.62%) AdminStudio
1 2 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.31%) JIRA
2 1 (0.31%) Dreamweaver
General
1 55 (17.08%) Finance
2 20 (6.21%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.35%) Legal
4 6 (1.86%) Banking
5 4 (1.24%) Retail
6 3 (0.93%) Local Government
7 2 (0.62%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.62%) Advertising
7 2 (0.62%) Back Office
8 1 (0.31%) Marketing
8 1 (0.31%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 121 (37.58%) Analyst
2 55 (17.08%) Service Analyst
3 53 (16.46%) Service Desk Analyst
4 35 (10.87%) Desktop Support
5 32 (9.94%) Business Analyst
6 25 (7.76%) Support Engineer
7 19 (5.90%) 1st Line Support
7 19 (5.90%) Project Manager
8 17 (5.28%) Desktop Engineer
9 16 (4.97%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 16 (4.97%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (3.42%) Support Analyst
11 10 (3.11%) Developer
11 10 (3.11%) Trainer
12 7 (2.17%) Technical Support
12 7 (2.17%) Help Desk Analyst
12 7 (2.17%) Help Desk Support
12 7 (2.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 7 (2.17%) Coordinator
13 6 (1.86%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.86%) .NET
2 4 (1.24%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.24%) WPF
2 4 (1.24%) LINQ
3 3 (0.93%) Application Packaging
3 3 (0.93%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (0.93%) HTML
3 3 (0.93%) XML
4 2 (0.62%) XSLT
4 2 (0.62%) ODBC
4 2 (0.62%) OOXML
4 2 (0.62%) DWR
5 1 (0.31%) HTML5
5 1 (0.31%) SAP XI
5 1 (0.31%) COM
5 1 (0.31%) CSS
5 1 (0.31%) JDBC
5 1 (0.31%) SOAP
5 1 (0.31%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 57 (17.70%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (9.01%) Blackberry
3 16 (4.97%) NHS
4 14 (4.35%) Management Information System
5 8 (2.48%) iPad
6 5 (1.55%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (1.55%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.24%) VSAM
8 3 (0.93%) Mathematics
8 3 (0.93%) Life Science
8 3 (0.93%) PDA
8 3 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (0.93%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.93%) E-Learning
8 3 (0.93%) PMI
9 2 (0.62%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.62%) Handset
9 2 (0.62%) Economics
9 2 (0.62%) STB
9 2 (0.62%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 177 (54.97%) Windows
2 90 (27.95%) Windows 7
3 67 (20.81%) Windows XP
4 28 (8.70%) Windows Vista
5 24 (7.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (6.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (3.73%) Windows 2000
8 11 (3.42%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (3.42%) Windows NT
9 6 (1.86%) Windows 8
10 3 (0.93%) Windows Mobile
10 3 (0.93%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.93%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.62%) Linux
11 2 (0.62%) NetWare
11 2 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.31%) Android
12 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.31%) UNIX
12 1 (0.31%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (20.81%) ITIL
2 56 (17.39%) Project Management
3 53 (16.46%) Service Management
4 32 (9.94%) Business Analysis
5 23 (7.14%) Software Deployment
6 20 (6.21%) Change Management
7 18 (5.59%) PRINCE2
7 18 (5.59%) Stakeholder Management
7 18 (5.59%) Product Management
8 14 (4.35%) Programme Management
8 14 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (3.42%) Migration
10 9 (2.80%) Incident Management
11 8 (2.48%) Scrum
12 7 (2.17%) Problem Management
12 7 (2.17%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (2.17%) Coaching
12 7 (2.17%) ITSM
12 7 (2.17%) Validation
12 7 (2.17%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 18 (5.59%) SQL
2 8 (2.48%) C#
2 8 (2.48%) Java
3 7 (2.17%) VB
4 5 (1.55%) PowerShell
4 5 (1.55%) VBScript
5 4 (1.24%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.24%) C
5 4 (1.24%) COBOL
5 4 (1.24%) JCL
5 4 (1.24%) Assembly Language
5 4 (1.24%) REXX
5 4 (1.24%) XAML
6 3 (0.93%) VBA
7 2 (0.62%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.62%) X++
Qualifications
1 42 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 37 (11.49%) SC Cleared
3 24 (7.45%) MCP
4 13 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (3.73%) Degree
6 8 (2.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (1.55%) Citrix Certification
7 5 (1.55%) PMP
7 5 (1.55%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.24%) CCEA
8 4 (1.24%) CCA
8 4 (1.24%) CCIA
9 3 (0.93%) BC Cleared
9 3 (0.93%) CISA
9 3 (0.93%) CISSP
9 3 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.62%) MCSE
10 2 (0.62%) MCSA
10 2 (0.62%) ISEB
10 2 (0.62%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (14.91%) SLA
2 6 (1.86%) QA
3 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.31%) GAMP
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 64 (19.88%) Active Directory
2 15 (4.66%) Microsoft App-V
3 10 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (2.48%) XenApp
5 6 (1.86%) XenDesktop
5 6 (1.86%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.24%) XenServer
6 4 (1.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (0.62%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 30 (9.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 20 (6.21%) OpenView
2 20 (6.21%) SCCM
3 3 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.62%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.31%) SCOM
5 1 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.31%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.31%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 230 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 58 (18.01%) Citrix
3 28 (8.70%) Lotus
4 24 (7.45%) HP
5 19 (5.90%) VMware
6 15 (4.66%) AppSense
7 12 (3.73%) CA
8 11 (3.42%) Lumension
9 7 (2.17%) Oracle
10 6 (1.86%) SAP
10 6 (1.86%) Symantec
10 6 (1.86%) Cisco
11 5 (1.55%) IBM
12 3 (0.93%) Adobe
12 3 (0.93%) Dell
13 2 (0.62%) Cerner
13 2 (0.62%) Novell
13 2 (0.62%) CheckPoint
13 2 (0.62%) Avaya
13 2 (0.62%) Toshiba
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