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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 616 589 572
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 14 19 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.024% 0.034% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.025% 0.036% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 9
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£415 £323 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.68% -11.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £342 £281 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £447 £365 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £375 £300
% change year-on-year
+13.33% +25.00%
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
54988 52129 49569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.20% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 35155 31640 29452
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2023 2014 2146
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.24 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Microsoft Specialist Daily Rate Histogram 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 13 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 2 September 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
England -10 14 £415 +28.68% 6
South East -16 5 £425 +13.33% 1
East of England +8 4 £450 -
London -15 4 £403 +49.07% 4
Berkshire - 4 £388 -
Reading - 4 £388 -
Hemel Hempstead - 4 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £450 -
City of London +9 1 £415 +53.70%
Wiltshire - 1 £330 -
South West - 1 £330 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 £445 - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 £445 -

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 23 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (30.43%) MS Excel
2 7 (30.43%) Windows
2 7 (30.43%) SCCM
2 7 (30.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (26.09%) Lync
3 6 (26.09%) SCOrch
3 6 (26.09%) SQL Server
3 6 (26.09%) SQL
3 6 (26.09%) MS Exchange
3 6 (26.09%) Active Directory
4 5 (21.74%) SCOM
4 5 (21.74%) PowerShell
5 4 (17.39%) SCSM
5 4 (17.39%) ITIL
6 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (13.04%) SharePoint
6 3 (13.04%) C
6 3 (13.04%) .NET
6 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) Unified Communications
6 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (13.04%) Office 365
7 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (8.70%) Performance Engineering
7 2 (8.70%) Server Monitoring
7 2 (8.70%) Windows Intune

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 6 (26.09%) MS Exchange
1 6 (26.09%) Lync
2 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (13.04%) SharePoint
3 2 (8.70%) Office Communications Server
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.35%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (4.35%) IIS
4 1 (4.35%) JBoss
4 1 (4.35%) Lotus Domino
4 1 (4.35%) Apache
Applications
1 7 (30.43%) MS Excel
2 2 (8.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (30.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (13.04%) Office 365
3 1 (4.35%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) Unified Communications
2 2 (8.70%) PBX
2 2 (8.70%) TCP/IP
2 2 (8.70%) SAN
3 1 (4.35%) Internet
3 1 (4.35%) IPsec
3 1 (4.35%) VPN
3 1 (4.35%) DNS
3 1 (4.35%) DHCP
3 1 (4.35%) FTP
3 1 (4.35%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (26.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.35%) XML
2 1 (4.35%) WCF
2 1 (4.35%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Video Conferencing
1 2 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (8.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.35%) Blackberry
2 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.35%) iPhone
2 1 (4.35%) iPad
2 1 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 7 (30.43%) Windows
2 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (17.39%) ITIL
2 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.70%) Asset Management
3 2 (8.70%) Knowledge Management
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Engineering
3 2 (8.70%) Server Monitoring
3 2 (8.70%) Kalman Filter
3 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
3 2 (8.70%) Validation
3 2 (8.70%) Migration
3 2 (8.70%) Project Management
3 2 (8.70%) Service Delivery
3 2 (8.70%) Patch Management
4 1 (4.35%) Change Management
4 1 (4.35%) Identity Management
4 1 (4.35%) CRM
4 1 (4.35%) People Management
4 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) SQL
2 5 (21.74%) PowerShell
3 3 (13.04%) C
4 2 (8.70%) C#
5 1 (4.35%) C++
5 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
5 1 (4.35%) VBScript
5 1 (4.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
1 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
1 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) MCSE
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.35%) MOS
System Software
1 6 (26.09%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.35%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (30.43%) SCCM
2 6 (26.09%) SCOrch
3 5 (21.74%) SCOM
4 4 (17.39%) SCSM
5 2 (8.70%) Windows Intune
6 1 (4.35%) Tivoli
6 1 (4.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) HP
2 2 (8.70%) Avaya
2 2 (8.70%) NetApp
2 2 (8.70%) Cisco
2 2 (8.70%) VMware
2 2 (8.70%) SolarWinds
3 1 (4.35%) IronPort
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle
3 1 (4.35%) Lotus
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