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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 29 32 34
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 188 145 121
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.10% 4.83% 4.87%
As % of the Applications category 43.62% 34.20% 37.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 49 47
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £115 £95
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £368 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £260 £275
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 34 36
Average hourly rate £14.50 £17.42 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.76% +0.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £9.27 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.76 £25.00 £23.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
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
431 424 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.69% 14.14% 13.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 191 125
Average daily rate £321 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.36% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £466 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 56 53
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -1.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.27 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.21 £28.00 £38.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 +14 90 £263 +26.50% 26
Cheshire -11 32 £323 +50.00% 16
Merseyside +6 29 £156 -63.27% 6
Lancashire -10 19 £310 +12.81% 4
Cumbria -7 11 £350 - 4
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England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 236 (68.41%) Microsoft
2 168 (48.70%) MS Excel
3 160 (46.38%) Windows
4 91 (26.38%) Windows 7
5 85 (24.64%) Active Directory
6 83 (24.06%) ITIL
7 69 (20.00%) Finance
8 56 (16.23%) Windows XP
9 48 (13.91%) Project Management
10 43 (12.46%) Security Cleared
11 40 (11.59%) SharePoint
12 39 (11.30%) SQL
13 37 (10.72%) Analytical Skills
14 34 (9.86%) SLA
14 34 (9.86%) Microsoft Certification
15 33 (9.57%) MS Project
16 31 (8.99%) MS PowerPoint
17 30 (8.70%) PRINCE2
18 28 (8.12%) SC Cleared
19 27 (7.83%) Windows Server 2008
19 27 (7.83%) Service Management
20 24 (6.96%) Citrix
20 24 (6.96%) MCP
21 23 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
21 23 (6.67%) VMware
22 22 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
23 21 (6.09%) MS Exchange
23 21 (6.09%) User Acceptance Testing
23 21 (6.09%) Incident Management
24 20 (5.80%) Office 365

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

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 40 (11.59%) SharePoint
2 21 (6.09%) MS Exchange
3 12 (3.48%) SharePoint 2010
4 10 (2.90%) IBM Notes
5 6 (1.74%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (1.74%) IIS
6 5 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (1.45%) CICS
6 5 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.16%) SAS
8 3 (0.87%) Lync
9 2 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.29%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.29%) NetWeaver
10 1 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.29%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.29%) eRoom
10 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.29%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.29%) MQSeries
Applications
1 168 (48.70%) MS Excel
2 33 (9.57%) MS Project
3 31 (8.99%) MS PowerPoint
4 16 (4.64%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.87%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.29%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.29%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 5 (1.45%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (1.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 3 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.29%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 20 (5.80%) Office 365
2 8 (2.32%) OneDrive
3 4 (1.16%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.29%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 19 (5.51%) LAN
1 19 (5.51%) TCP/IP
2 18 (5.22%) WAN
2 18 (5.22%) DHCP
3 17 (4.93%) DNS
4 9 (2.61%) Internet
4 9 (2.61%) Firewall
5 8 (2.32%) Wi-Fi
5 8 (2.32%) Wireless
6 6 (1.74%) Intranet
6 6 (1.74%) SAN
7 5 (1.45%) Broadband
8 3 (0.87%) IP Telephony
8 3 (0.87%) Network Security
9 2 (0.58%) VPN
9 2 (0.58%) VoIP
10 1 (0.29%) WLAN
10 1 (0.29%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.29%) HTTP
10 1 (0.29%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (4.06%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.48%) MS Access
3 9 (2.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (2.32%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (2.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (1.74%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (1.45%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (1.16%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.16%) Cognos Framework Manager
9 3 (0.87%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.58%) DB2
11 1 (0.29%) OLAP
11 1 (0.29%) MySQL
11 1 (0.29%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.29%) Oracle Discoverer
11 1 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.29%) SAP BW
11 1 (0.29%) EDMS
Development Applications
1 6 (1.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 3 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (0.87%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.29%) Selenium
General
1 69 (20.00%) Finance
2 19 (5.51%) Banking
3 15 (4.35%) Legal
4 14 (4.06%) Manufacturing
5 11 (3.19%) Retail
6 10 (2.90%) Law
6 10 (2.90%) Telecoms
7 9 (2.61%) German Language
8 8 (2.32%) French Language
9 7 (2.03%) Russian Language
9 7 (2.03%) Dutch Language
10 6 (1.74%) Financial Institution
11 5 (1.45%) Italian Language
11 5 (1.45%) Portuguese Language
12 4 (1.16%) Turkish Language
12 4 (1.16%) Local Government
13 3 (0.87%) Marketing
13 3 (0.87%) Billing
13 3 (0.87%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.58%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 146 (42.32%) Analyst
2 54 (15.65%) Service Analyst
3 48 (13.91%) Service Desk Analyst
4 28 (8.12%) Support Analyst
5 27 (7.83%) Project Manager
6 21 (6.09%) Support Engineer
7 19 (5.51%) 2nd Line Support
7 19 (5.51%) Administrator
7 19 (5.51%) Business Analyst
8 17 (4.93%) Developer
9 15 (4.35%) 1st Line Support
10 12 (3.48%) PMO Analyst
10 12 (3.48%) IT Support
11 11 (3.19%) Help Desk Analyst
11 11 (3.19%) Desktop Support
12 10 (2.90%) Coordinator
13 8 (2.32%) Help Desk Support
13 8 (2.32%) Data Analyst
13 8 (2.32%) Team Leader
13 8 (2.32%) Change Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.03%) HTML
2 4 (1.16%) CSS
3 3 (0.87%) .NET
3 3 (0.87%) ASP.NET
3 3 (0.87%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.58%) ODBC
5 1 (0.29%) Middleware
5 1 (0.29%) ISPF
5 1 (0.29%) Natural Language Processing
5 1 (0.29%) SOAP
5 1 (0.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (10.72%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (3.19%) Fat Client
2 11 (3.19%) Thin Client
3 9 (2.61%) Blackberry
3 9 (2.61%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.32%) NHS
4 8 (2.32%) Data Centre
5 6 (1.74%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.16%) Handset
7 3 (0.87%) Economics
7 3 (0.87%) Smartphone
7 3 (0.87%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.87%) GIS
7 3 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.87%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.58%) Life Science
8 2 (0.58%) Mobile Computing
8 2 (0.58%) Tandem
8 2 (0.58%) Statistics
9 1 (0.29%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 160 (46.38%) Windows
2 91 (26.38%) Windows 7
3 56 (16.23%) Windows XP
4 27 (7.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (5.22%) Apple iOS
7 17 (4.93%) Windows 8
8 13 (3.77%) Android
9 5 (1.45%) Windows NT
10 4 (1.16%) UNIX
10 4 (1.16%) Windows Mobile
10 4 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (1.16%) BlackBerry OS
11 3 (0.87%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.87%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.58%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.29%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.29%) zOS
13 1 (0.29%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (24.06%) ITIL
2 48 (13.91%) Project Management
3 30 (8.70%) PRINCE2
4 27 (7.83%) Service Management
5 22 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 21 (6.09%) Incident Management
6 21 (6.09%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (5.22%) Change Management
8 14 (4.06%) Document Management
8 14 (4.06%) Migration
9 13 (3.77%) Programme Management
10 12 (3.48%) SDLC
11 11 (3.19%) Data Modelling
12 10 (2.90%) Problem Management
12 10 (2.90%) Use Case
12 10 (2.90%) Project Planning
12 10 (2.90%) Continuous Improvement
13 9 (2.61%) ITIL V3
13 9 (2.61%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (2.61%) CAD
Programming Languages
1 39 (11.30%) SQL
2 15 (4.35%) VBA
3 4 (1.16%) VB
4 3 (0.87%) PowerShell
4 3 (0.87%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.58%) VBScript
5 2 (0.58%) REXX
6 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.29%) JCL
6 1 (0.29%) Java
6 1 (0.29%) Assembly Language
6 1 (0.29%) Perl
6 1 (0.29%) PHP
6 1 (0.29%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 43 (12.46%) Security Cleared
2 34 (9.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (8.12%) SC Cleared
4 24 (6.96%) MCP
5 15 (4.35%) Degree
6 14 (4.06%) A+ Certification
7 12 (3.48%) MCITP
8 11 (3.19%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (2.90%) MCSA
9 10 (2.90%) CCNP
10 9 (2.61%) MCDST
11 8 (2.32%) CCNA
11 8 (2.32%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (2.32%) PMI Certification
11 8 (2.32%) MOS
12 7 (2.03%) PMP
12 7 (2.03%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (1.74%) CISSP
13 6 (1.74%) MCSE
13 6 (1.74%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (9.86%) SLA
2 11 (3.19%) QA
3 2 (0.58%) P3O
4 1 (0.29%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 85 (24.64%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.32%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.03%) Terminal Services
4 7 (2.03%) VMware Workstation
5 4 (1.16%) vSphere
6 3 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.87%) XenApp
6 3 (0.87%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.58%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.29%) RACF
Systems Management
1 12 (3.48%) SCCM
2 10 (2.90%) OpenView
3 9 (2.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.58%) HP Data Protector
4 2 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.29%) WSUS
5 1 (0.29%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 236 (68.41%) Microsoft
2 24 (6.96%) Citrix
3 23 (6.67%) VMware
4 17 (4.93%) HP
5 16 (4.64%) Oracle
6 12 (3.48%) SAP
7 10 (2.90%) Lotus
8 8 (2.32%) Cisco
9 7 (2.03%) Apple
9 7 (2.03%) Veeam
10 6 (1.74%) ArcSight
10 6 (1.74%) Symantec
11 5 (1.45%) IBM
11 5 (1.45%) Cognos
11 5 (1.45%) LANDesk
12 4 (1.16%) Dell
12 4 (1.16%) Sun
12 4 (1.16%) Google
13 3 (0.87%) Wyse
13 3 (0.87%) McAfee
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