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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 37 27 37
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +10
Contract jobs citing MS Office 138 163 108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.39% 6.11% 4.20%
As % of the Applications category 40.12% 47.38% 38.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 67 38
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£250 £175 £233
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -24.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £110 £122
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £374 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £220 £285
% change year-on-year
+22.72% -22.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 43 30
Average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.04 £13.10 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £42.92 £18.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +3.70%
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
344 344 282
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.94% 12.89% 10.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 132 120
Average daily rate £280 £230 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% -18.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £120 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 54 47
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £12.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +30.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.24 £11.63 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £23.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +3 73 £270 +94.59% 33
Cheshire -9 40 £160 -9.09% 18
Merseyside -8 12 £108 -28.33% 5
Lancashire -22 10 £293 - 3
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 196 (68.77%) Microsoft
2 153 (53.68%) MS Excel
3 137 (48.07%) Windows
4 72 (25.26%) ITIL
5 68 (23.86%) Windows 7
6 58 (20.35%) Active Directory
7 55 (19.30%) Finance
8 51 (17.89%) Windows XP
9 49 (17.19%) Service Management
10 46 (16.14%) Citrix
11 43 (15.09%) SLA
12 42 (14.74%) Project Management
13 36 (12.63%) MS Project
14 33 (11.58%) MS PowerPoint
15 31 (10.88%) Security Cleared
15 31 (10.88%) Analytical Skills
15 31 (10.88%) IBM Notes
15 31 (10.88%) Lotus
16 30 (10.53%) HP
17 28 (9.82%) MCP
18 26 (9.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
19 23 (8.07%) OpenView
19 23 (8.07%) Windows Server 2008
19 23 (8.07%) SC Cleared
20 22 (7.72%) MS Visio
20 22 (7.72%) Telecoms
21 21 (7.37%) MS Exchange
22 20 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
22 20 (7.02%) Agile Software Development
22 20 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management

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

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 31 (10.88%) IBM Notes
2 21 (7.37%) MS Exchange
3 12 (4.21%) CICS
4 8 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (2.46%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (1.05%) IIS
9 2 (0.70%) JBoss
9 2 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.35%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.35%) eRoom
Applications
1 153 (53.68%) MS Excel
2 36 (12.63%) MS Project
3 33 (11.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 22 (7.72%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.35%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.35%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.35%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.35%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.35%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.35%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 3 (1.05%) Oracle EBS R12
1 3 (1.05%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.70%) Tridion
2 2 (0.70%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.35%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.35%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.21%) TCP/IP
2 9 (3.16%) VPN
2 9 (3.16%) Firewall
3 8 (2.81%) WAN
4 6 (2.11%) DNS
4 6 (2.11%) LAN
5 5 (1.75%) Intranet
6 4 (1.40%) Internet
6 4 (1.40%) DHCP
7 3 (1.05%) SAN
7 3 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.70%) Wireless
8 2 (0.70%) DSL
8 2 (0.70%) DVB
8 2 (0.70%) 3G
8 2 (0.70%) 4G
9 1 (0.35%) WAAS
9 1 (0.35%) Broadband
9 1 (0.35%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.35%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.21%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.75%) MS Access
4 4 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.40%) RDBMS
4 4 (1.40%) Oracle Database 10g
4 4 (1.40%) Easytrieve
4 4 (1.40%) SQLPlus
4 4 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.40%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (1.40%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.40%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.05%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.70%) Oracle Discoverer
6 2 (0.70%) Data Mining
6 2 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.70%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.40%) Oracle Forms
1 4 (1.40%) Oracle APEX
2 3 (1.05%) MSI
2 3 (1.05%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.35%) JIRA
4 1 (0.35%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.35%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.35%) Dreamweaver
General
1 55 (19.30%) Finance
2 22 (7.72%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.91%) Legal
4 8 (2.81%) Banking
4 8 (2.81%) Retail
5 3 (1.05%) Local Government
5 3 (1.05%) Dutch Language
5 3 (1.05%) German Language
6 2 (0.70%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.70%) Advertising
6 2 (0.70%) French Language
6 2 (0.70%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.35%) Marketing
7 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 116 (40.70%) Analyst
2 60 (21.05%) Service Analyst
3 57 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
4 18 (6.32%) 1st Line Support
5 16 (5.61%) Business Analyst
6 15 (5.26%) Support Analyst
7 14 (4.91%) Project Manager
8 13 (4.56%) Coordinator
8 13 (4.56%) Desktop Support
9 12 (4.21%) Support Engineer
10 11 (3.86%) Project Coordinator
11 10 (3.51%) 2nd Line Support
11 10 (3.51%) Administrator
12 8 (2.81%) Help Desk Support
12 8 (2.81%) Project Administrator
12 8 (2.81%) Trainer
13 7 (2.46%) Help Desk Analyst
14 6 (2.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 6 (2.11%) Architect
14 6 (2.11%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.75%) Application Packaging
2 4 (1.40%) .NET
2 4 (1.40%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.40%) LINQ
2 4 (1.40%) WPF
3 3 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (1.05%) Web Services
3 3 (1.05%) XML
3 3 (1.05%) HTML
4 2 (0.70%) ODBC
5 1 (0.35%) HTML5
5 1 (0.35%) XMPP
5 1 (0.35%) COM
5 1 (0.35%) CSS
5 1 (0.35%) JDBC
5 1 (0.35%) SOAP
5 1 (0.35%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 31 (10.88%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (5.26%) NHS
2 15 (5.26%) Blackberry
3 10 (3.51%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.40%) Mainframe
4 4 (1.40%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (1.40%) VSAM
4 4 (1.40%) iPad
5 3 (1.05%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.05%) PDA
5 3 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (1.05%) Informatics
5 3 (1.05%) Life Science
5 3 (1.05%) Fat Client
5 3 (1.05%) Thin Client
5 3 (1.05%) PMI
6 2 (0.70%) STB
6 2 (0.70%) E-Learning
6 2 (0.70%) Mathematics
6 2 (0.70%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 137 (48.07%) Windows
2 68 (23.86%) Windows 7
3 51 (17.89%) Windows XP
4 23 (8.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (3.51%) Windows NT
6 10 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (3.16%) Windows Vista
8 6 (2.11%) Linux
9 5 (1.75%) Windows 2000
10 4 (1.40%) VMS
10 4 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.40%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.05%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.70%) NetWare
12 2 (0.70%) HPUX
12 2 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
12 2 (0.70%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.35%) Android
13 1 (0.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (25.26%) ITIL
2 49 (17.19%) Service Management
3 42 (14.74%) Project Management
4 20 (7.02%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
5 16 (5.61%) PRINCE2
6 14 (4.91%) Change Management
6 14 (4.91%) Business Analysis
7 11 (3.86%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (3.86%) Incident Management
8 9 (3.16%) Scrum
8 9 (3.16%) Migration
9 8 (2.81%) Problem Management
10 6 (2.11%) Programme Management
10 6 (2.11%) Product Management
10 6 (2.11%) Project Planning
10 6 (2.11%) Software Engineering
10 6 (2.11%) Continuous Improvement
10 6 (2.11%) Coaching
11 5 (1.75%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 19 (6.67%) SQL
2 8 (2.81%) VB
2 8 (2.81%) Java
3 6 (2.11%) VBScript
3 6 (2.11%) PowerShell
4 5 (1.75%) T-SQL
4 5 (1.75%) C
5 4 (1.40%) XAML
5 4 (1.40%) Assembly Language
5 4 (1.40%) REXX
5 4 (1.40%) JCL
5 4 (1.40%) C#
5 4 (1.40%) COBOL
5 4 (1.40%) PL/SQL
6 2 (0.70%) Shell Script
6 2 (0.70%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.70%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.35%) C++
7 1 (0.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 31 (10.88%) Security Cleared
2 28 (9.82%) MCP
3 23 (8.07%) SC Cleared
4 13 (4.56%) Degree
5 10 (3.51%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 7 (2.46%) Citrix Certification
8 5 (1.75%) CCIA
8 5 (1.75%) CCEA
8 5 (1.75%) CCA
8 5 (1.75%) PMI Certification
9 4 (1.40%) PMP
10 3 (1.05%) BC Cleared
10 3 (1.05%) MCSE
11 2 (0.70%) CISA
11 2 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.70%) CISSP
12 1 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.35%) MCTS
12 1 (0.35%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (15.09%) SLA
2 9 (3.16%) QA
3 2 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.35%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.35%) GAMP
4 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 58 (20.35%) Active Directory
2 10 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.46%) XenApp
3 7 (2.46%) XenDesktop
3 7 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (1.75%) XenServer
4 5 (1.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (1.40%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.70%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.35%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 26 (9.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 23 (8.07%) OpenView
3 12 (4.21%) SCCM
4 3 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.70%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 196 (68.77%) Microsoft
2 46 (16.14%) Citrix
3 31 (10.88%) Lotus
4 30 (10.53%) HP
5 17 (5.96%) VMware
6 11 (3.86%) Oracle
7 10 (3.51%) Cisco
8 7 (2.46%) AppSense
9 4 (1.40%) IBM
9 4 (1.40%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.40%) Symantec
9 4 (1.40%) SAP
10 3 (1.05%) Adobe
11 2 (0.70%) Avaya
11 2 (0.70%) Dell
11 2 (0.70%) CA
11 2 (0.70%) Novell
11 2 (0.70%) EPiServer
11 2 (0.70%) hybris
11 2 (0.70%) Lumension
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