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 27 August 2015 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
27 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 36 35 32
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -3
Contract jobs citing MS Office 190 155 141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.53% 4.93% 4.86%
As % of the Applications category 43.78% 41.89% 42.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 63 53
Average daily rate
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£325 £316 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.76% +5.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £120 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £298 £263
% change year-on-year
-4.20% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 32 47
Average hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.15 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.03 £22.00 £22.17
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.40 £13.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.89%
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
434 370 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.34% 11.78% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 182 126
Average daily rate £325 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £465 £432
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
- +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 48 64
Average hourly rate £14.50 £16.67 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.01% +11.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.12 £32.76 £28.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
- -3.22%

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 27 August 2015.

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 27 August 2015.

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 27 August 2015. 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 0 83 £325 +1.96% 32
Cheshire 0 45 £315 +14.45% 15
Merseyside -1 19 £158 -21.25% 5
Cumbria -4 14 £350 - 1
Lancashire -29 9 £240 -30.43% 3
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, 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.

1 241 (68.47%) Microsoft
2 161 (45.74%) Windows
3 159 (45.17%) MS Excel
4 86 (24.43%) Windows 7
5 83 (23.58%) Active Directory
6 79 (22.44%) Finance
7 76 (21.59%) ITIL
8 45 (12.78%) Windows XP
8 45 (12.78%) SharePoint
8 45 (12.78%) Security Cleared
9 44 (12.50%) SQL
10 42 (11.93%) Project Management
11 39 (11.08%) PRINCE2
12 38 (10.80%) Windows Server 2008
13 36 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
14 35 (9.94%) MS Project
14 35 (9.94%) Microsoft Certification
15 34 (9.66%) MS PowerPoint
16 32 (9.09%) SLA
17 30 (8.52%) DHCP
18 29 (8.24%) User Acceptance Testing
19 28 (7.95%) SC Cleared
20 26 (7.39%) LAN
20 26 (7.39%) Windows Server 2003
20 26 (7.39%) VMware
21 25 (7.10%) DNS
21 25 (7.10%) WAN
22 24 (6.82%) TCP/IP
22 24 (6.82%) Banking
23 23 (6.53%) Stakeholder Management

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

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, 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 45 (12.78%) SharePoint
2 16 (4.55%) MS Exchange
3 14 (3.98%) SharePoint 2010
4 10 (2.84%) IIS
4 10 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
5 7 (1.99%) SAS
6 5 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.85%) CICS
8 3 (0.85%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.85%) Lync
8 3 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.57%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.28%) Drupal
10 1 (0.28%) WordPress
10 1 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.28%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.28%) Documentum
10 1 (0.28%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 159 (45.17%) MS Excel
2 35 (9.94%) MS Project
3 34 (9.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (5.11%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.42%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.85%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.57%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 8 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.14%) Oracle BPM
2 4 (1.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.57%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.28%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.28%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 20 (5.68%) Office 365
2 6 (1.70%) Google Apps
2 6 (1.70%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.28%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.28%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 30 (8.52%) DHCP
2 26 (7.39%) LAN
3 25 (7.10%) WAN
3 25 (7.10%) DNS
4 24 (6.82%) TCP/IP
5 11 (3.13%) SAN
6 10 (2.84%) Wireless
7 9 (2.56%) Firewall
7 9 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
8 8 (2.27%) Intranet
8 8 (2.27%) VPN
9 6 (1.70%) Internet
10 5 (1.42%) HTTP
10 5 (1.42%) VoIP
11 4 (1.14%) WLAN
11 4 (1.14%) SMTP
11 4 (1.14%) FTP
12 3 (0.85%) Network Security
13 2 (0.57%) WebEx
13 2 (0.57%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.69%) MS Access
3 11 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.42%) Crystal Reports
5 5 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (0.85%) Base SAS
7 3 (0.85%) OLAP
7 3 (0.85%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.57%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.57%) DB2
8 2 (0.57%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.28%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.28%) EDMS
9 1 (0.28%) MySQL
9 1 (0.28%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 8 (2.27%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.99%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.28%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.28%) MSI
4 1 (0.28%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.28%) JIRA
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (0.28%) Selenium
General
1 79 (22.44%) Finance
2 24 (6.82%) Banking
3 22 (6.25%) Manufacturing
4 15 (4.26%) Retail
4 15 (4.26%) Legal
5 13 (3.69%) Telecoms
6 11 (3.13%) Law
7 10 (2.84%) Marketing
8 6 (1.70%) French Language
8 6 (1.70%) German Language
8 6 (1.70%) Financial Institution
9 5 (1.42%) Italian Language
9 5 (1.42%) Portuguese Language
9 5 (1.42%) Russian Language
10 4 (1.14%) Turkish Language
10 4 (1.14%) Electronics
10 4 (1.14%) Billing
11 3 (0.85%) Local Government
11 3 (0.85%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.57%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 143 (40.63%) Analyst
2 38 (10.80%) Service Analyst
3 35 (9.94%) Service Desk Analyst
4 24 (6.82%) Support Analyst
5 23 (6.53%) Support Engineer
5 23 (6.53%) Project Manager
6 20 (5.68%) 2nd Line Support
7 18 (5.11%) Business Analyst
8 17 (4.83%) Developer
8 17 (4.83%) Administrator
9 16 (4.55%) Desktop Support
10 15 (4.26%) PMO Analyst
11 12 (3.41%) Microsoft Developer
11 12 (3.41%) 1st Line Support
12 11 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support
13 9 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
14 8 (2.27%) Data Analyst
14 8 (2.27%) Team Leader
14 8 (2.27%) Help Desk Analyst
14 8 (2.27%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.40%) HTML
2 15 (4.26%) CSS
3 10 (2.84%) XML
4 9 (2.56%) ASP.NET
4 9 (2.56%) .NET
5 7 (1.99%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.14%) JDBC
6 4 (1.14%) SAP XI
7 2 (0.57%) Middleware
7 2 (0.57%) ODBC
8 1 (0.28%) XHTML
8 1 (0.28%) SOAP
8 1 (0.28%) Classic ASP
8 1 (0.28%) Application Packaging
8 1 (0.28%) WCF
8 1 (0.28%) WPF
8 1 (0.28%) Silverlight
8 1 (0.28%) HTML5
8 1 (0.28%) CSS3
8 1 (0.28%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 36 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (3.41%) NHS
3 11 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 10 (2.84%) Thin Client
4 10 (2.84%) Data Centre
4 10 (2.84%) Fat Client
5 9 (2.56%) Blackberry
6 5 (1.42%) Mainframe
6 5 (1.42%) User Experience
7 4 (1.14%) GIS
7 4 (1.14%) DTV
8 3 (0.85%) Grid Computing
8 3 (0.85%) Tandem
8 3 (0.85%) Computer Science
8 3 (0.85%) Life Science
9 2 (0.57%) IBM Mainframe
9 2 (0.57%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.57%) Statistics
9 2 (0.57%) Informatics
9 2 (0.57%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 161 (45.74%) Windows
2 86 (24.43%) Windows 7
3 45 (12.78%) Windows XP
4 38 (10.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (7.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 20 (5.68%) Windows 8
7 13 (3.69%) Android
7 13 (3.69%) Apple iOS
8 12 (3.41%) UNIX
8 12 (3.41%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.42%) Mac OS
9 5 (1.42%) BlackBerry OS
10 4 (1.14%) Windows Vista
10 4 (1.14%) Solaris
10 4 (1.14%) Linux
11 3 (0.85%) AIX
12 2 (0.57%) zOS
12 2 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (21.59%) ITIL
2 42 (11.93%) Project Management
3 39 (11.08%) PRINCE2
4 29 (8.24%) User Acceptance Testing
5 23 (6.53%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (5.68%) Change Management
7 19 (5.40%) Programme Management
8 18 (5.11%) Incident Management
9 17 (4.83%) Service Management
10 15 (4.26%) Migration
10 15 (4.26%) Document Management
11 14 (3.98%) Data Modelling
12 13 (3.69%) CAD
12 13 (3.69%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (3.69%) Problem Management
13 12 (3.41%) Use Case
13 12 (3.41%) CRM
13 12 (3.41%) SDLC
14 11 (3.13%) Continuous Improvement
14 11 (3.13%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 44 (12.50%) SQL
2 12 (3.41%) VBA
3 8 (2.27%) JavaScript
4 7 (1.99%) VB
5 5 (1.42%) Java
6 4 (1.14%) VBScript
6 4 (1.14%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.85%) JCL
8 2 (0.57%) REXX
8 2 (0.57%) C#
8 2 (0.57%) COBOL
8 2 (0.57%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.57%) PHP
9 1 (0.28%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.28%) Perl
9 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.28%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.28%) CLIST
Qualifications
1 45 (12.78%) Security Cleared
2 35 (9.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (7.95%) SC Cleared
4 20 (5.68%) Degree
5 16 (4.55%) MCP
6 15 (4.26%) A+ Certification
6 15 (4.26%) MCITP
6 15 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (3.41%) CCNA
8 11 (3.13%) CCNP
9 10 (2.84%) MCSA
10 9 (2.56%) MCDST
11 8 (2.27%) MOS
11 8 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (1.99%) PMI Certification
12 7 (1.99%) CISSP
12 7 (1.99%) MCSE
13 6 (1.70%) ISEB
13 6 (1.70%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (1.42%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (9.09%) SLA
2 11 (3.13%) QA
3 2 (0.57%) P3O
4 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) GMP
System Software
1 83 (23.58%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.56%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.99%) XenApp
4 7 (1.99%) vSphere
5 6 (1.70%) VMware Workstation
5 6 (1.70%) XenDesktop
5 6 (1.70%) Terminal Services
6 4 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.85%) XenServer
8 2 (0.57%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.28%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.28%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 1 (0.28%) RACF
9 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 15 (4.26%) SCCM
2 5 (1.42%) OpenView
3 2 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (0.57%) WSUS
3 2 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.28%) zSecure
4 1 (0.28%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 241 (68.47%) Microsoft
2 26 (7.39%) VMware
3 22 (6.25%) Citrix
4 21 (5.97%) SAP
5 16 (4.55%) Oracle
6 12 (3.41%) Cisco
7 10 (2.84%) HP
8 9 (2.56%) IBM
9 8 (2.27%) Dell
10 7 (1.99%) Google
10 7 (1.99%) LANDesk
10 7 (1.99%) Veeam
10 7 (1.99%) ArcSight
11 5 (1.42%) Sun
12 4 (1.14%) Apple
12 4 (1.14%) webMethods
12 4 (1.14%) Symantec
12 4 (1.14%) AppSense
12 4 (1.14%) Avaya
12 4 (1.14%) Adobe
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