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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 33 29 44
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +15
Contract jobs citing MS Office 167 154 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.17% 5.44% 3.81%
As % of the Applications category 43.04% 44.38% 39.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 66 41
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£250 £175 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £116 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £373 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £198 £275
% change year-on-year
+33.64% -28.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 35 28
Average hourly rate £14.75 £15.00 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.66% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.10 £9.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £44.90 £34.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.87 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+0.93% +2.74%
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
388 347 290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.01% 12.25% 9.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 145 123
Average daily rate £300 £250 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £135 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £394 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 51 41
Average hourly rate £14.25 £18.00 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.83% +18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.30 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.55 £44.90 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -6.45%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +4 92 £281 +78.57% 20
Cheshire -9 46 £110 -37.50% 10
Merseyside -1 15 £115 -23.33% 7
Lancashire -19 11 £283 - 4
Cumbria - 1 - -
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 229 (70.68%) Microsoft
2 170 (52.47%) Windows
3 155 (47.84%) MS Excel
4 86 (26.54%) Windows 7
5 70 (21.60%) ITIL
6 67 (20.68%) Windows XP
7 66 (20.37%) Active Directory
8 62 (19.14%) Citrix
9 54 (16.67%) Service Management
9 54 (16.67%) Finance
10 53 (16.36%) Project Management
11 50 (15.43%) SLA
12 49 (15.12%) Analytical Skills
13 43 (13.27%) Security Cleared
14 37 (11.42%) MS Project
15 36 (11.11%) SC Cleared
16 31 (9.57%) MS PowerPoint
16 31 (9.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 30 (9.26%) Lotus
17 30 (9.26%) IBM Notes
18 29 (8.95%) HP
19 27 (8.33%) Blackberry
19 27 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
20 26 (8.02%) Windows Vista
20 26 (8.02%) MCP
21 25 (7.72%) MS Visio
22 24 (7.41%) MS Exchange
22 24 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
22 24 (7.41%) Business Analysis
23 23 (7.10%) SQL

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 30 (9.26%) IBM Notes
2 24 (7.41%) MS Exchange
3 12 (3.70%) CICS
4 10 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (2.47%) SharePoint
5 8 (2.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.93%) IIS
7 3 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.93%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.62%) JBoss
9 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.31%) WorkSite
9 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 155 (47.84%) MS Excel
2 37 (11.42%) MS Project
3 31 (9.57%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (7.72%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.31%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.31%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.31%) InDesign
5 1 (0.31%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.93%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (0.93%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.62%) SAP CO
2 2 (0.62%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (0.62%) SAP FI
2 2 (0.62%) Tridion
2 2 (0.62%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.54%) Office 365
2 1 (0.31%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 19 (5.86%) TCP/IP
2 14 (4.32%) VPN
3 8 (2.47%) WAN
4 7 (2.16%) Intranet
4 7 (2.16%) Firewall
5 6 (1.85%) DNS
5 6 (1.85%) LAN
6 4 (1.23%) Wireless
6 4 (1.23%) Internet
6 4 (1.23%) DHCP
7 3 (0.93%) SAN
7 3 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.62%) 4G
8 2 (0.62%) DSL
8 2 (0.62%) DVB
8 2 (0.62%) 3G
9 1 (0.31%) Broadband
9 1 (0.31%) SMTP
9 1 (0.31%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.31%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.01%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.54%) MS Access
5 4 (1.23%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.23%) Relational Database
5 4 (1.23%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.23%) SQLPlus
5 4 (1.23%) Easytrieve
5 4 (1.23%) Oracle Database 10g
5 4 (1.23%) RDBMS
5 4 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.62%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (0.62%) Oracle Discoverer
7 2 (0.62%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.23%) Oracle APEX
1 4 (1.23%) Oracle Forms
2 3 (0.93%) MSI
2 3 (0.93%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.31%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (0.31%) JIRA
4 1 (0.31%) Mercurial
General
1 54 (16.67%) Finance
2 22 (6.79%) Telecoms
3 15 (4.63%) Legal
4 8 (2.47%) Banking
5 5 (1.54%) Retail
6 4 (1.23%) Local Government
7 2 (0.62%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.62%) Advertising
8 1 (0.31%) Automotive
8 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.31%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 123 (37.96%) Analyst
2 58 (17.90%) Service Analyst
3 56 (17.28%) Service Desk Analyst
4 29 (8.95%) Desktop Support
5 24 (7.41%) Business Analyst
5 24 (7.41%) Support Engineer
6 21 (6.48%) 1st Line Support
7 19 (5.86%) Project Manager
8 15 (4.63%) Desktop Engineer
8 15 (4.63%) Support Analyst
9 14 (4.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 13 (4.01%) 2nd Line Support
11 11 (3.40%) Developer
12 10 (3.09%) Coordinator
12 10 (3.09%) Help Desk Support
13 9 (2.78%) Project Coordinator
14 8 (2.47%) Trainer
14 8 (2.47%) Help Desk Analyst
15 7 (2.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 6 (1.85%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.85%) .NET
2 5 (1.54%) Application Packaging
3 4 (1.23%) LINQ
3 4 (1.23%) WPF
3 4 (1.23%) ASP.NET
4 3 (0.93%) Web Services
4 3 (0.93%) XML
4 3 (0.93%) HTML
4 3 (0.93%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (0.62%) ODBC
6 1 (0.31%) COM
6 1 (0.31%) CSS
6 1 (0.31%) JDBC
6 1 (0.31%) SOAP
6 1 (0.31%) SAP XI
6 1 (0.31%) XMPP
6 1 (0.31%) DWR
6 1 (0.31%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 49 (15.12%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 15 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 14 (4.32%) NHS
5 8 (2.47%) iPad
6 5 (1.54%) Mainframe
6 5 (1.54%) IBM Mainframe
7 4 (1.23%) VSAM
8 3 (0.93%) PMI
8 3 (0.93%) PDA
8 3 (0.93%) Informatics
8 3 (0.93%) Mathematics
8 3 (0.93%) Life Science
8 3 (0.93%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.62%) Fat Client
9 2 (0.62%) IPTV
9 2 (0.62%) Statistics
9 2 (0.62%) Economics
9 2 (0.62%) STB
9 2 (0.62%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 170 (52.47%) Windows
2 86 (26.54%) Windows 7
3 67 (20.68%) Windows XP
4 27 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (8.02%) Windows Vista
6 24 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (3.70%) Windows 2000
8 10 (3.09%) Windows NT
9 6 (1.85%) Linux
10 5 (1.54%) Windows 8
11 4 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (1.23%) VMS
12 3 (0.93%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (0.93%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.62%) NetWare
13 2 (0.62%) HPUX
14 1 (0.31%) Solaris
14 1 (0.31%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (21.60%) ITIL
2 54 (16.67%) Service Management
3 53 (16.36%) Project Management
4 24 (7.41%) Business Analysis
5 21 (6.48%) Change Management
5 21 (6.48%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (6.17%) Software Deployment
7 18 (5.56%) PRINCE2
7 18 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
8 14 (4.32%) Programme Management
9 13 (4.01%) Product Management
10 11 (3.40%) Incident Management
10 11 (3.40%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (3.09%) Migration
11 10 (3.09%) Scrum
12 9 (2.78%) Problem Management
13 7 (2.16%) Continuous Improvement
13 7 (2.16%) Coaching
14 6 (1.85%) Software Engineering
14 6 (1.85%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 23 (7.10%) SQL
2 8 (2.47%) VB
2 8 (2.47%) Java
3 6 (1.85%) PowerShell
3 6 (1.85%) C#
3 6 (1.85%) VBScript
4 5 (1.54%) T-SQL
4 5 (1.54%) C
5 4 (1.23%) XAML
5 4 (1.23%) JCL
5 4 (1.23%) Assembly Language
5 4 (1.23%) REXX
5 4 (1.23%) PL/SQL
5 4 (1.23%) COBOL
6 3 (0.93%) VBA
7 2 (0.62%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.62%) X++
7 2 (0.62%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.62%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.31%) C++
Qualifications
1 43 (13.27%) Security Cleared
2 36 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 26 (8.02%) MCP
4 13 (4.01%) Degree
5 12 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 6 (1.85%) Citrix Certification
8 5 (1.54%) CCEA
8 5 (1.54%) CCA
8 5 (1.54%) PMP
8 5 (1.54%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.54%) CCIA
9 3 (0.93%) CISSP
9 3 (0.93%) CISA
9 3 (0.93%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.62%) MCDST
10 2 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.62%) MCSE
10 2 (0.62%) MCSA
11 1 (0.31%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (15.43%) SLA
2 9 (2.78%) QA
3 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.31%) GAMP
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 66 (20.37%) Active Directory
2 15 (4.63%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (2.47%) XenApp
5 7 (2.16%) XenDesktop
6 6 (1.85%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 5 (1.54%) XenServer
8 2 (0.62%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 31 (9.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 22 (6.79%) OpenView
3 19 (5.86%) SCCM
4 3 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.62%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.31%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.31%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 229 (70.68%) Microsoft
2 62 (19.14%) Citrix
3 30 (9.26%) Lotus
4 29 (8.95%) HP
5 18 (5.56%) VMware
6 15 (4.63%) AppSense
7 12 (3.70%) Oracle
8 10 (3.09%) Lumension
8 10 (3.09%) CA
9 8 (2.47%) Cisco
10 5 (1.54%) IBM
10 5 (1.54%) Symantec
11 4 (1.23%) Red Hat
11 4 (1.23%) SAP
12 2 (0.62%) EPiServer
12 2 (0.62%) hybris
12 2 (0.62%) LANDesk
12 2 (0.62%) Capita
12 2 (0.62%) Cerner
12 2 (0.62%) Novell
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