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 29 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 30 33 40
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +7
Contract jobs citing MS Office 170 136 141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.64% 5.02% 4.37%
As % of the Applications category 42.93% 41.59% 40.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 53 47
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£275 £300 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +30.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £96 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £266 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 38 28
Average hourly rate £16.84 £15.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.26% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.42 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £21.50 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £13.36
% change year-on-year
- +4.82%
Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Applications category
396 327 351
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.14% 12.07% 10.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 123 147
Average daily rate £325 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £163 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £428 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 55 59
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.84 £19.21
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.95% -12.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.20 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £25.00 £42.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.96 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+0.26% -6.50%
MS Office
England

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 29 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 29 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 29 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 +5 62 £275 +1.47% 18
Lancashire +9 47 £320 - 2
Cheshire +2 40 £215 -29.79% 17
Merseyside +6 11 £302 -29.00% 5
Cumbria -1 2 - -
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 221 (68.00%) Microsoft
2 186 (57.23%) Windows
3 107 (32.92%) MS Excel
4 96 (29.54%) Windows 7
5 94 (28.92%) Windows XP
6 76 (23.38%) Active Directory
7 70 (21.54%) Citrix
8 63 (19.38%) Security Cleared
9 58 (17.85%) SLA
10 55 (16.92%) SC Cleared
11 52 (16.00%) Project Management
12 50 (15.38%) Windows Vista
13 43 (13.23%) ITIL
14 42 (12.92%) SCCM
15 41 (12.62%) Blackberry
16 39 (12.00%) Microsoft App-V
16 39 (12.00%) Software Deployment
17 38 (11.69%) AppSense
18 33 (10.15%) Service Management
18 33 (10.15%) CA
19 31 (9.54%) MS Project
20 30 (9.23%) Finance
21 29 (8.92%) Business Analysis
22 26 (8.00%) Lumension
22 26 (8.00%) HP
23 23 (7.08%) MS Exchange
23 23 (7.08%) Windows Server 2008
24 22 (6.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
25 21 (6.46%) MS Visio
25 21 (6.46%) VPN

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

For the 6 months to 29 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 23 (7.08%) MS Exchange
2 15 (4.62%) SharePoint
3 12 (3.69%) IBM Notes
3 12 (3.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 6 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.54%) CICS
6 3 (0.92%) Lync
7 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.62%) IIS
8 1 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.31%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 107 (32.92%) MS Excel
2 31 (9.54%) MS Project
3 21 (6.46%) MS Visio
4 15 (4.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (1.54%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.62%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.62%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.62%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.62%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.31%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.62%) SAP FI
2 2 (0.62%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (0.62%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.31%) BPCS
3 1 (0.31%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.31%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.23%) Office 365
2 1 (0.31%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 21 (6.46%) VPN
2 20 (6.15%) TCP/IP
3 13 (4.00%) Wireless
4 9 (2.77%) DNS
4 9 (2.77%) LAN
5 6 (1.85%) DHCP
5 6 (1.85%) Intranet
5 6 (1.85%) Firewall
6 4 (1.23%) Internet
7 3 (0.92%) SAN
7 3 (0.92%) Ethernet
7 3 (0.92%) WAN
8 2 (0.62%) VoIP
8 2 (0.62%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.62%) Network Security
8 2 (0.62%) Structured Cabling
8 2 (0.62%) DSL
9 1 (0.31%) 3G
9 1 (0.31%) SMTP
9 1 (0.31%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.46%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.54%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.31%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (2.15%) MSI
2 6 (1.85%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.62%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 30 (9.23%) Finance
2 12 (3.69%) Telecoms
3 7 (2.15%) Banking
4 6 (1.85%) Retail
4 6 (1.85%) Legal
5 5 (1.54%) Back Office
6 4 (1.23%) French Language
7 3 (0.92%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.62%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.62%) Local Government
8 2 (0.62%) Military
8 2 (0.62%) Italian Language
8 2 (0.62%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.31%) Russian Language
9 1 (0.31%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.31%) German Language
9 1 (0.31%) Automotive
9 1 (0.31%) Law
Job Titles
1 108 (33.23%) Analyst
2 51 (15.69%) Support Engineer
3 50 (15.38%) Desktop Support
4 38 (11.69%) Service Analyst
5 37 (11.38%) Service Desk Analyst
6 32 (9.85%) Desktop Engineer
6 32 (9.85%) Business Analyst
7 31 (9.54%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 31 (9.54%) 2nd Line Support
8 21 (6.46%) 1st Line Support
9 19 (5.85%) Support Analyst
10 16 (4.92%) Project Manager
11 13 (4.00%) Trainer
12 10 (3.08%) Technical Support
13 9 (2.77%) Developer
13 9 (2.77%) Help Desk Support
13 9 (2.77%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
14 8 (2.46%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 8 (2.46%) IT Support
14 8 (2.46%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.77%) Application Packaging
2 3 (0.92%) HTML
2 3 (0.92%) .NET
3 2 (0.62%) CSS
3 2 (0.62%) XML
3 2 (0.62%) XSLT
3 2 (0.62%) OOXML
3 2 (0.62%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.62%) DWR
3 2 (0.62%) HTML5
3 2 (0.62%) SGML
4 1 (0.31%) CSS3
4 1 (0.31%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 41 (12.62%) Blackberry
2 20 (6.15%) NHS
3 11 (3.38%) iPad
4 9 (2.77%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (1.23%) iPhone
6 4 (1.23%) Smartphone
7 3 (0.92%) Visualisation
7 3 (0.92%) Fat Client
7 3 (0.92%) Handset
7 3 (0.92%) E-Learning
7 3 (0.92%) Thin Client
8 2 (0.62%) Clustering
8 2 (0.62%) PDA
8 2 (0.62%) PMI
9 1 (0.31%) Statistics
9 1 (0.31%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.31%) CMDB
9 1 (0.31%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.31%) Economics
Operating Systems
1 186 (57.23%) Windows
2 96 (29.54%) Windows 7
3 94 (28.92%) Windows XP
4 50 (15.38%) Windows Vista
5 23 (7.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (6.15%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (4.62%) Windows 2000
8 7 (2.15%) Windows 8
9 6 (1.85%) Windows NT
10 4 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
10 4 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.92%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.31%) UNIX
12 1 (0.31%) Tru64
12 1 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (16.00%) Project Management
2 43 (13.23%) ITIL
3 39 (12.00%) Software Deployment
4 33 (10.15%) Service Management
5 29 (8.92%) Business Analysis
6 19 (5.85%) PRINCE2
7 18 (5.54%) Change Management
8 15 (4.62%) Migration
9 13 (4.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (4.00%) TQM
10 12 (3.69%) Product Management
11 10 (3.08%) Service Delivery
11 10 (3.08%) Programme Management
12 9 (2.77%) Validation
13 7 (2.15%) Problem Management
14 6 (1.85%) Information Management
14 6 (1.85%) CAD
15 5 (1.54%) Requirements Analysis
15 5 (1.54%) Strategic Planning
15 5 (1.54%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (3.69%) SQL
2 10 (3.08%) VB
3 6 (1.85%) PowerShell
4 5 (1.54%) VBScript
5 4 (1.23%) C#
6 3 (0.92%) Java
6 3 (0.92%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.92%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.92%) VBA
7 2 (0.62%) X++
8 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 63 (19.38%) Security Cleared
2 55 (16.92%) SC Cleared
3 19 (5.85%) MCP
4 18 (5.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (2.15%) MCSE
6 6 (1.85%) Degree
7 5 (1.54%) MCSA
7 5 (1.54%) ISEB
8 4 (1.23%) MCTS
8 4 (1.23%) MCITP
8 4 (1.23%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.92%) PMP
9 3 (0.92%) CCNA
9 3 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.62%) MCDST
10 2 (0.62%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.31%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 1 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (17.85%) SLA
2 8 (2.46%) QA
3 3 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 76 (23.38%) Active Directory
2 39 (12.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 13 (4.00%) XenApp
4 7 (2.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (2.15%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.23%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.31%) vSphere
6 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.31%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.31%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.31%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 42 (12.92%) SCCM
2 22 (6.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 13 (4.00%) OpenView
4 4 (1.23%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.92%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.31%) WSUS
6 1 (0.31%) SCOM
6 1 (0.31%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.31%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 221 (68.00%) Microsoft
2 70 (21.54%) Citrix
3 38 (11.69%) AppSense
4 33 (10.15%) CA
5 26 (8.00%) HP
5 26 (8.00%) Lumension
6 18 (5.54%) VMware
7 13 (4.00%) SAP
8 12 (3.69%) Lotus
9 9 (2.77%) Dell
9 9 (2.77%) Cisco
9 9 (2.77%) Symantec
10 7 (2.15%) Adobe
11 6 (1.85%) Apple
11 6 (1.85%) McAfee
11 6 (1.85%) Veeam
12 5 (1.54%) Sophos
12 5 (1.54%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.54%) Cerner
12 5 (1.54%) Becrypt
North West
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
North West
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 9 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Greater Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £9.00 - £11.00 per hour
Posted: 12 days ago
Preston
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £15 - £15.05 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago
Liverpool
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Cheshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £10.00 - £11.10 per hour
Posted: 24 days ago
Warrington
Bluefire Consulting
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
North West England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 25 days ago