The table below looks at the statistics for the Microsoft Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 580 552 545
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 12 18 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.022% 0.035% 0.033%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.024% 0.038% 0.035%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 14 11
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£525 £350 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -16.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Microsoft Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Microsoft Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK.

Microsoft Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK.

Microsoft Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Specialist
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
England -32 11 £525 +50.00% 6
London +12 3 £525 +75.00%
West Midlands - 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 2 - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 2
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 2
Bingley - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bradford - - - -
Leeds - - - - 2

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Specialist in their job title 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 with Microsoft Specialist in their job title.

1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 59 (83.10%) MS Office
3 58 (81.69%) MS Excel
3 58 (81.69%) E-Learning
3 58 (81.69%) MS PowerPoint
3 58 (81.69%) Spreadsheet
4 18 (25.35%) MOS
5 7 (9.86%) Windows
6 5 (7.04%) AutoCAD
6 5 (7.04%) A+ Certification
7 4 (5.63%) MS Project
7 4 (5.63%) MS Project Server
8 3 (4.23%) Degree
8 3 (4.23%) CRM
8 3 (4.23%) SharePoint
8 3 (4.23%) C#
8 3 (4.23%) SQL Server
8 3 (4.23%) Dynamics CRM
8 3 (4.23%) Project Management
9 2 (2.82%) Migration
9 2 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.82%) SAN
9 2 (2.82%) Active Directory
9 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (2.82%) VLAN
9 2 (2.82%) Project Planning
9 2 (2.82%) Replication
9 2 (2.82%) VMware
9 2 (2.82%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (2.82%) .NET

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Specialist in their job title 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 with Microsoft Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (5.63%) MS Project Server
2 3 (4.23%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.82%) IIS
3 2 (2.82%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (1.41%) Lync
4 1 (1.41%) Apache
4 1 (1.41%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 59 (83.10%) MS Office
2 58 (81.69%) MS Excel
2 58 (81.69%) MS PowerPoint
2 58 (81.69%) Spreadsheet
3 5 (7.04%) AutoCAD
4 4 (5.63%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.41%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.82%) DHCP
1 2 (2.82%) Kerberos
1 2 (2.82%) TCP/IP
1 2 (2.82%) DNS
1 2 (2.82%) SSL
1 2 (2.82%) SAN
1 2 (2.82%) VLAN
2 1 (1.41%) SNMP
2 1 (1.41%) HTTP
2 1 (1.41%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.41%) OLAP
3 1 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.41%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 1 (1.41%) MSI
1 1 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (1.41%) Banking
1 1 (1.41%) Mandarin Language
1 1 (1.41%) Dutch Language
1 1 (1.41%) Japanese Language
1 1 (1.41%) Korean Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.82%) .NET
2 1 (1.41%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.41%) COM
2 1 (1.41%) SOAP
2 1 (1.41%) Web Services
2 1 (1.41%) Ajax
2 1 (1.41%) WCF
2 1 (1.41%) jQuery
2 1 (1.41%) HTML5
2 1 (1.41%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 58 (81.69%) E-Learning
2 2 (2.82%) Replication
3 1 (1.41%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.86%) Windows
2 2 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (2.82%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (2.82%) Windows 7
2 2 (2.82%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.41%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (4.23%) Project Management
1 3 (4.23%) CRM
2 2 (2.82%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (2.82%) Mentoring
2 2 (2.82%) Coaching
2 2 (2.82%) Migration
2 2 (2.82%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (2.82%) Project Planning
2 2 (2.82%) Waterfall
2 2 (2.82%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (1.41%) Software Distribution
3 1 (1.41%) Document Management
3 1 (1.41%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.23%) C#
2 2 (2.82%) SQL
2 2 (2.82%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.41%) C
3 1 (1.41%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.41%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 18 (25.35%) MOS
2 5 (7.04%) A+ Certification
3 3 (4.23%) Degree
4 1 (1.41%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.41%) MCSE
4 1 (1.41%) MCSA
4 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.82%) vSphere
2 1 (1.41%) Samba
2 1 (1.41%) VMware Workstation
2 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (2.82%) WSUS
2 1 (1.41%) SCCM
Vendors
1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.82%) VMware
3 1 (1.41%) IBM
3 1 (1.41%) Sun
3 1 (1.41%) HP
3 1 (1.41%) Dell
3 1 (1.41%) EMC
3 1 (1.41%) Citrix
3 1 (1.41%) NetApp
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