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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 40 33 32
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -1
Contract jobs citing MS Office 138 149 116
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.01% 5.40% 4.83%
As % of the Applications category 32.78% 46.71% 37.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 44 46
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£275 £168 £218
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+64.17% -22.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £110 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £386 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £251 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.45% -8.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 48 29
Average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £16.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -10.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £10.70 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £35.00 £19.87
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-10.34% +7.40%
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
421 319 308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.25% 11.56% 12.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 111 124
Average daily rate £300 £255 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +2.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £120 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £390 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £305 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.55% +1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 55 46
Average hourly rate £14.75 £16.00 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.81% +4.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £11.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £43.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -

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 March 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 March 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 March 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 60 £270 +100.00% 36
Cheshire -7 39 £310 -8.14% 24
Merseyside -5 20 £183 -3.94% 7
Lancashire -24 13 £306 +36.00% 4
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 212 (68.17%) Microsoft
2 166 (53.38%) MS Excel
3 150 (48.23%) Windows
4 82 (26.37%) ITIL
5 78 (25.08%) Windows 7
6 74 (23.79%) Active Directory
7 71 (22.83%) Windows XP
8 60 (19.29%) Finance
9 54 (17.36%) Service Management
10 47 (15.11%) SLA
11 44 (14.15%) Project Management
12 43 (13.83%) Citrix
13 36 (11.58%) MS Project
13 36 (11.58%) MS PowerPoint
14 34 (10.93%) IBM Notes
14 34 (10.93%) HP
14 34 (10.93%) Lotus
15 33 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
16 32 (10.29%) Security Cleared
16 32 (10.29%) MCP
17 30 (9.65%) MS Exchange
18 28 (9.00%) SQL
18 28 (9.00%) Windows Server 2003
19 27 (8.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
20 26 (8.36%) OpenView
20 26 (8.36%) Windows Server 2008
21 24 (7.72%) SC Cleared
22 23 (7.40%) Telecoms
23 21 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
23 21 (6.75%) MS Visio

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

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 34 (10.93%) IBM Notes
2 30 (9.65%) MS Exchange
3 13 (4.18%) CICS
4 10 (3.22%) SharePoint
5 9 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (2.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.96%) IIS
9 2 (0.64%) JBoss
9 2 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.32%) eRoom
10 1 (0.32%) WorkSite
Applications
1 166 (53.38%) MS Excel
2 36 (11.58%) MS PowerPoint
2 36 (11.58%) MS Project
3 21 (6.75%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.32%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.32%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.32%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.32%) InDesign
4 1 (0.32%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.32%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.32%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 4 (1.29%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 3 (0.96%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (0.96%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.64%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.64%) Tridion
3 2 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.93%) Office 365
2 1 (0.32%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.82%) TCP/IP
2 9 (2.89%) Firewall
3 7 (2.25%) VPN
3 7 (2.25%) Internet
4 6 (1.93%) WAN
5 5 (1.61%) Wireless
6 4 (1.29%) Intranet
6 4 (1.29%) Broadband
6 4 (1.29%) LAN
6 4 (1.29%) DHCP
6 4 (1.29%) DNS
6 4 (1.29%) SAN
7 2 (0.64%) DSL
7 2 (0.64%) DVB
7 2 (0.64%) 4G
7 2 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (0.64%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.32%) WAAS
8 1 (0.32%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.32%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (3.22%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (2.25%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 6 (1.93%) MS Access
5 5 (1.61%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.29%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.29%) Cognos Framework Manager
6 4 (1.29%) RDBMS
6 4 (1.29%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (1.29%) Easytrieve
6 4 (1.29%) SQLPlus
6 4 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (1.29%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.96%) Oracle Discoverer
8 2 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.64%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 8 (2.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 4 (1.29%) Oracle APEX
2 4 (1.29%) Oracle Forms
3 3 (0.96%) MSI
3 3 (0.96%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.32%) JIRA
4 1 (0.32%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (0.32%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 60 (19.29%) Finance
2 23 (7.40%) Telecoms
3 15 (4.82%) Legal
4 10 (3.22%) Banking
5 6 (1.93%) Retail
6 5 (1.61%) Dutch Language
6 5 (1.61%) German Language
7 3 (0.96%) French Language
7 3 (0.96%) Local Government
7 3 (0.96%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.64%) Advertising
8 2 (0.64%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.64%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.64%) Marketing
8 2 (0.64%) Russian Language
9 1 (0.32%) Billing
9 1 (0.32%) Electronics
9 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.32%) Law
Job Titles
1 132 (42.44%) Analyst
2 73 (23.47%) Service Analyst
3 68 (21.86%) Service Desk Analyst
4 24 (7.72%) 1st Line Support
5 23 (7.40%) Project Manager
6 21 (6.75%) Support Analyst
7 13 (4.18%) Support Engineer
7 13 (4.18%) Coordinator
7 13 (4.18%) Business Analyst
8 12 (3.86%) 2nd Line Support
9 11 (3.54%) Project Coordinator
9 11 (3.54%) Desktop Support
10 10 (3.22%) Administrator
11 9 (2.89%) Developer
12 8 (2.57%) Help Desk Analyst
12 8 (2.57%) Help Desk Support
12 8 (2.57%) Project Administrator
12 8 (2.57%) IT Support
13 7 (2.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 6 (1.93%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.61%) Application Packaging
2 3 (0.96%) HTML
2 3 (0.96%) Web Services
2 3 (0.96%) XML
3 1 (0.32%) SAP XI
3 1 (0.32%) XMPP
3 1 (0.32%) COM
3 1 (0.32%) CSS
3 1 (0.32%) JDBC
3 1 (0.32%) SOAP
3 1 (0.32%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 33 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (4.82%) NHS
2 15 (4.82%) Blackberry
3 9 (2.89%) Data Structures
4 7 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.61%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.29%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (1.29%) VSAM
6 4 (1.29%) Economics
7 3 (0.96%) Informatics
7 3 (0.96%) Thin Client
7 3 (0.96%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.64%) iPad
8 2 (0.64%) Mobile Computing
8 2 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.64%) Handset
8 2 (0.64%) E-Learning
8 2 (0.64%) STB
8 2 (0.64%) Mathematics
8 2 (0.64%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 150 (48.23%) Windows
2 78 (25.08%) Windows 7
3 71 (22.83%) Windows XP
4 28 (9.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (8.36%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (3.54%) Apple iOS
6 11 (3.54%) Windows NT
7 10 (3.22%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (2.57%) Windows Vista
9 7 (2.25%) Windows 8
10 6 (1.93%) Linux
11 5 (1.61%) Windows 2000
12 4 (1.29%) VMS
12 4 (1.29%) Android
12 4 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.96%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.64%) Embedded Linux
14 2 (0.64%) NetWare
14 2 (0.64%) HPUX
15 1 (0.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (26.37%) ITIL
2 54 (17.36%) Service Management
3 44 (14.15%) Project Management
4 21 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
5 18 (5.79%) PRINCE2
6 16 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (4.82%) Change Management
8 11 (3.54%) Business Intelligence
9 10 (3.22%) Incident Management
9 10 (3.22%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (2.57%) Project Planning
10 8 (2.57%) Problem Management
10 8 (2.57%) Migration
10 8 (2.57%) Programme Management
11 7 (2.25%) Business Analysis
12 6 (1.93%) Matrix Management
12 6 (1.93%) ETL
12 6 (1.93%) Data Transformation
12 6 (1.93%) Kimball Methodology
13 5 (1.61%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 28 (9.00%) SQL
2 8 (2.57%) VB
3 6 (1.93%) PowerShell
3 6 (1.93%) VBScript
4 5 (1.61%) T-SQL
4 5 (1.61%) VBA
5 4 (1.29%) Assembly Language
5 4 (1.29%) REXX
5 4 (1.29%) JCL
5 4 (1.29%) PL/SQL
5 4 (1.29%) C
5 4 (1.29%) COBOL
5 4 (1.29%) Java
6 2 (0.64%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.64%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.64%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.32%) C++
Qualifications
1 32 (10.29%) MCP
1 32 (10.29%) Security Cleared
2 24 (7.72%) SC Cleared
3 11 (3.54%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (2.89%) Degree
5 8 (2.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 7 (2.25%) PMI Certification
7 6 (1.93%) PMP
7 6 (1.93%) Citrix Certification
8 5 (1.61%) CCEA
8 5 (1.61%) CCA
8 5 (1.61%) CCIA
9 3 (0.96%) MCSE
9 3 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.64%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.32%) VCP4
11 1 (0.32%) MCDST
11 1 (0.32%) MCTS
11 1 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (15.11%) SLA
2 8 (2.57%) QA
3 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.32%) GAMP
System Software
1 74 (23.79%) Active Directory
2 8 (2.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.25%) XenDesktop
4 5 (1.61%) XenApp
4 5 (1.61%) XenServer
4 5 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (1.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (1.29%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.64%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 27 (8.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 26 (8.36%) OpenView
3 10 (3.22%) SCCM
4 3 (0.96%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.64%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (0.64%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 212 (68.17%) Microsoft
2 43 (13.83%) Citrix
3 34 (10.93%) HP
3 34 (10.93%) Lotus
4 16 (5.14%) Oracle
4 16 (5.14%) VMware
5 11 (3.54%) Cisco
6 5 (1.61%) Apple
6 5 (1.61%) AppSense
6 5 (1.61%) Symantec
7 4 (1.29%) Red Hat
7 4 (1.29%) IBM
7 4 (1.29%) SAP
7 4 (1.29%) Cognos
8 3 (0.96%) Adobe
9 2 (0.64%) Dell
9 2 (0.64%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.64%) hybris
9 2 (0.64%) Novell
10 1 (0.32%) Acronis
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