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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 580 556 583
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 15 22 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.027% 0.041% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.029% 0.045% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 11 8
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£323 £403 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.87% +12.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £233 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £473 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £313 £388
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -19.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2126 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 30 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 22 August 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 15 £323 -24.11% 13
London +16 13 £270 -40.00% 3
City of London +30 2 £270 -40.00% 1
South East -7 1 £375 +11.11% 2
West Midlands - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Scotland - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Rugby - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Slough - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 22 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 11 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 11 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 10 (45.45%) Project Management
4 9 (40.91%) Degree
4 9 (40.91%) MS Project Server
4 9 (40.91%) MS Project
4 9 (40.91%) SharePoint 2010
4 9 (40.91%) Waterfall
5 6 (27.27%) Windows
6 5 (22.73%) SCCM
6 5 (22.73%) Windows 7
7 3 (13.64%) Software Deployment
7 3 (13.64%) MS Excel
7 3 (13.64%) EPoS
8 2 (9.09%) Adobe
8 2 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (9.09%) Active Directory
8 2 (9.09%) CRM
8 2 (9.09%) C#
8 2 (9.09%) SQL
8 2 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
8 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (9.09%) Migration
8 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
9 1 (4.55%) Becrypt
9 1 (4.55%) WorkSite
9 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 11 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 9 (40.91%) MS Project Server
2 9 (40.91%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (4.55%) WorkSite
3 1 (4.55%) Lync
3 1 (4.55%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 9 (40.91%) MS Project
2 3 (13.64%) MS Excel
3 1 (4.55%) Adobe Captivate
3 1 (4.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (4.55%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
3 1 (4.55%) OLAP
3 1 (4.55%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (4.55%) RDBMS
3 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
General
1 1 (4.55%) Banking
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
1 1 (4.55%) Law
1 1 (4.55%) Legal
1 1 (4.55%) Mandarin Language
1 1 (4.55%) Japanese Language
1 1 (4.55%) Korean Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
1 1 (4.55%) HTML
1 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) EPoS
2 1 (4.55%) EqualLogic
2 1 (4.55%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 6 (27.27%) Windows
2 5 (22.73%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.55%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) Project Management
2 9 (40.91%) Waterfall
3 3 (13.64%) Software Deployment
4 2 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (9.09%) CRM
4 2 (9.09%) Migration
5 1 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (4.55%) Document Management
5 1 (4.55%) Integration Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.09%) C#
1 2 (9.09%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) T-SQL
2 1 (4.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 9 (40.91%) Degree
2 1 (4.55%) MOS
2 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.55%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (22.73%) SCCM
2 1 (4.55%) SCOM
Vendors
1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (9.09%) Adobe
3 1 (4.55%) Becrypt
3 1 (4.55%) VMware
3 1 (4.55%) Sitecore
3 1 (4.55%) Veeam
3 1 (4.55%) Oracle
3 1 (4.55%) SAP
3 1 (4.55%) Dell
3 1 (4.55%) Citrix
3 1 (4.55%) CA
3 1 (4.55%) Red Hat
3 1 (4.55%) Sun
3 1 (4.55%) Symantec
3 1 (4.55%) McAfee
3 1 (4.55%) Sophos
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