The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 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 of the Applications category for the North West 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 31 37 39
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 152 121 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.15% 4.75% 4.08%
As % of the Applications category 38.29% 38.05% 39.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 44 41
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £95 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £265 £275
% change year-on-year
+0.09% -3.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 35 27
Average hourly rate £16.42 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.41% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.27 £10.00 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £23.80 £45.12
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Applications category
397 318 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.46% 12.48% 10.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 119 136
Average daily rate £325 £300 £304
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £144 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £305 £310
% change year-on-year
+2.45% -1.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 52 57
Average hourly rate £17.00 £19.04 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% -2.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.56 £10.04 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £40.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.21 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-1.34% +1.36%
MS Office
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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 11 July 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 11 July 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 11 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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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 +3 52 £208 -30.83% 15
Cheshire +9 40 £215 -29.79% 10
Lancashire -1 40 £300 - 3
Merseyside +4 9 £426 +70.20% 6
Cumbria 0 2 - - 1
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 July 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.

1 199 (63.58%) Microsoft
2 177 (56.55%) Windows
3 100 (31.95%) MS Excel
4 95 (30.35%) Windows 7
5 87 (27.80%) Windows XP
6 74 (23.64%) Active Directory
7 64 (20.45%) Security Cleared
8 61 (19.49%) Citrix
9 52 (16.61%) SLA
10 49 (15.65%) SC Cleared
11 44 (14.06%) Windows Vista
12 43 (13.74%) Project Management
13 42 (13.42%) ITIL
14 37 (11.82%) SCCM
15 34 (10.86%) Microsoft App-V
15 34 (10.86%) AppSense
15 34 (10.86%) Finance
15 34 (10.86%) Blackberry
16 33 (10.54%) MS Project
16 33 (10.54%) Software Deployment
17 28 (8.95%) Service Management
17 28 (8.95%) CA
18 26 (8.31%) HP
19 24 (7.67%) MS Visio
19 24 (7.67%) Business Analysis
20 23 (7.35%) Windows Server 2008
21 22 (7.03%) MS Exchange
21 22 (7.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
22 21 (6.71%) TCP/IP
22 21 (6.71%) Lumension

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

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 22 (7.03%) MS Exchange
2 15 (4.79%) SharePoint
3 12 (3.83%) IBM Notes
4 11 (3.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (1.60%) CICS
5 5 (1.60%) SharePoint 2010
6 4 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.96%) Lync
8 2 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.64%) IIS
9 1 (0.32%) SAS
9 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.32%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 100 (31.95%) MS Excel
2 33 (10.54%) MS Project
3 24 (7.67%) MS Visio
4 16 (5.11%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (1.60%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.64%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.64%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 2 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.64%) OmniGraffle
6 2 (0.64%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.64%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (0.64%) SAP FI
1 2 (0.64%) SAP FI/CO
1 2 (0.64%) SAP CO
1 2 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.32%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.32%) BPCS
2 1 (0.32%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.28%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (6.71%) TCP/IP
2 18 (5.75%) VPN
3 12 (3.83%) Wireless
4 10 (3.19%) DNS
5 9 (2.88%) LAN
6 7 (2.24%) DHCP
7 5 (1.60%) Intranet
7 5 (1.60%) Firewall
8 4 (1.28%) Internet
8 4 (1.28%) WAN
8 4 (1.28%) SAN
9 3 (0.96%) VoIP
9 3 (0.96%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.64%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.64%) Network Security
10 2 (0.64%) Structured Cabling
10 2 (0.64%) DSL
11 1 (0.32%) GPRS
11 1 (0.32%) HTTP
11 1 (0.32%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.56%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.92%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.32%) SAP Data Services
4 1 (0.32%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 1 (0.32%) MS Access
4 1 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.32%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.32%) SAP BI
4 1 (0.32%) DB2
4 1 (0.32%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 7 (2.24%) MSI
2 6 (1.92%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.64%) Wise Package Studio
4 1 (0.32%) TestDirector
General
1 34 (10.86%) Finance
2 14 (4.47%) Telecoms
3 9 (2.88%) Banking
4 6 (1.92%) Retail
4 6 (1.92%) Legal
4 6 (1.92%) Back Office
5 4 (1.28%) French Language
6 3 (0.96%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.64%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.64%) Italian Language
7 2 (0.64%) Military
7 2 (0.64%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.32%) Russian Language
8 1 (0.32%) Automotive
8 1 (0.32%) Law
8 1 (0.32%) Electronics
8 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.32%) Advertising
8 1 (0.32%) German Language
8 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 105 (33.55%) Analyst
2 48 (15.34%) Desktop Support
2 48 (15.34%) Support Engineer
3 36 (11.50%) Service Analyst
4 35 (11.18%) Service Desk Analyst
5 33 (10.54%) Desktop Engineer
5 33 (10.54%) 2nd Line Support
6 28 (8.95%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 28 (8.95%) Business Analyst
7 20 (6.39%) Support Analyst
8 18 (5.75%) 1st Line Support
9 12 (3.83%) Trainer
10 11 (3.51%) Project Manager
11 10 (3.19%) Technical Support
12 9 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 9 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (2.88%) IT Support
13 8 (2.56%) Developer
14 7 (2.24%) Applications Packager
14 7 (2.24%) IT Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.88%) Application Packaging
2 4 (1.28%) .NET
3 3 (0.96%) XML
3 3 (0.96%) HTML
4 2 (0.64%) SGML
4 2 (0.64%) XSLT
4 2 (0.64%) CSS
4 2 (0.64%) OOXML
4 2 (0.64%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.64%) DWR
4 2 (0.64%) HTML5
5 1 (0.32%) CSS3
5 1 (0.32%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 34 (10.86%) Blackberry
2 19 (6.07%) NHS
3 8 (2.56%) iPad
4 7 (2.24%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (1.28%) iPhone
6 4 (1.28%) Smartphone
7 3 (0.96%) PDA
7 3 (0.96%) Fat Client
7 3 (0.96%) Thin Client
7 3 (0.96%) E-Learning
7 3 (0.96%) Visualisation
8 2 (0.64%) Handset
8 2 (0.64%) Clustering
9 1 (0.32%) PMI
9 1 (0.32%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.32%) CMDB
9 1 (0.32%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.32%) Grid Computing
9 1 (0.32%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 177 (56.55%) Windows
2 95 (30.35%) Windows 7
3 87 (27.80%) Windows XP
4 44 (14.06%) Windows Vista
5 23 (7.35%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (6.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (4.47%) Windows 2000
8 7 (2.24%) Windows 8
9 6 (1.92%) Windows NT
10 3 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.64%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.64%) UNIX
11 2 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
11 2 (0.64%) AIX
12 1 (0.32%) Tru64
12 1 (0.32%) OS/400
12 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.32%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (13.74%) Project Management
2 42 (13.42%) ITIL
3 33 (10.54%) Software Deployment
4 28 (8.95%) Service Management
5 24 (7.67%) Business Analysis
6 18 (5.75%) PRINCE2
7 17 (5.43%) Migration
8 16 (5.11%) Change Management
9 13 (4.15%) TQM
9 13 (4.15%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (3.19%) Service Delivery
10 10 (3.19%) Validation
11 7 (2.24%) Product Management
11 7 (2.24%) CAD
12 6 (1.92%) Problem Management
12 6 (1.92%) Information Management
13 5 (1.60%) Strategic Planning
13 5 (1.60%) Requirements Analysis
13 5 (1.60%) Project Planning
13 5 (1.60%) Compatibility Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (3.83%) SQL
2 11 (3.51%) VB
3 6 (1.92%) PowerShell
4 5 (1.60%) VBScript
5 4 (1.28%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.28%) C#
5 4 (1.28%) Java
6 3 (0.96%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.96%) VBA
7 2 (0.64%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.32%) AppleScript
8 1 (0.32%) X++
8 1 (0.32%) RPG
8 1 (0.32%) COBOL
8 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 64 (20.45%) Security Cleared
2 49 (15.65%) SC Cleared
3 19 (6.07%) MCP
4 17 (5.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (2.56%) MCSE
5 8 (2.56%) Degree
6 6 (1.92%) MCSA
7 5 (1.60%) ISEB
8 4 (1.28%) MCTS
8 4 (1.28%) MCITP
9 3 (0.96%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.96%) CCNA
9 3 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.64%) PMP
10 2 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.64%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.32%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 1 (0.32%) MCDST
11 1 (0.32%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (16.61%) SLA
2 6 (1.92%) QA
3 3 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 74 (23.64%) Active Directory
2 34 (10.86%) Microsoft App-V
3 13 (4.15%) XenApp
4 8 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.92%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.28%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.32%) MetaFrame
7 1 (0.32%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.32%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.32%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.32%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 37 (11.82%) SCCM
2 22 (7.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 13 (4.15%) OpenView
4 5 (1.60%) ServiceCenter
5 4 (1.28%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.32%) WSUS
6 1 (0.32%) SCOM
6 1 (0.32%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.32%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 199 (63.58%) Microsoft
2 61 (19.49%) Citrix
3 34 (10.86%) AppSense
4 28 (8.95%) CA
5 26 (8.31%) HP
6 21 (6.71%) Lumension
7 18 (5.75%) VMware
8 13 (4.15%) SAP
9 12 (3.83%) Lotus
10 10 (3.19%) Symantec
11 9 (2.88%) Dell
11 9 (2.88%) Cisco
12 7 (2.24%) Adobe
12 7 (2.24%) Apple
13 6 (1.92%) McAfee
14 5 (1.60%) Sophos
14 5 (1.60%) Veeam
14 5 (1.60%) Red Hat
14 5 (1.60%) Becrypt
15 4 (1.28%) Cerner
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