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 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 Specialist
Rank 574 540 528
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 9 13 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.027% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.029% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 6
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£413 £350 £284
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% +23.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £420 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £284
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +12.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £45.00 -

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 30 January 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 12 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 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
England -22 6 £413 +3.12% 7
London -8 1 £525 +31.25% 2
North West -13 1 £263 -22.79% 3
Birmingham - 1 £601 -
North East - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 £601 - 1
Leeds - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 73 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 59 (80.82%) MS Excel
2 59 (80.82%) MS Office
2 59 (80.82%) Spreadsheet
3 58 (79.45%) MS PowerPoint
3 58 (79.45%) E-Learning
4 18 (24.66%) MOS
5 8 (10.96%) Windows
6 7 (9.59%) C#
7 6 (8.22%) CRM
7 6 (8.22%) Dynamics CRM
8 5 (6.85%) .NET
8 5 (6.85%) AutoCAD
8 5 (6.85%) A+ Certification
9 3 (4.11%) Active Directory
9 3 (4.11%) FileMaker
9 3 (4.11%) IIS
9 3 (4.11%) SharePoint
9 3 (4.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (4.11%) SC Cleared
9 3 (4.11%) Security Cleared
9 3 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (2.74%) Windows 7
10 2 (2.74%) Root Cause Analysis
10 2 (2.74%) Office 365
10 2 (2.74%) Mentoring
10 2 (2.74%) Coaching
10 2 (2.74%) PowerShell
10 2 (2.74%) SCCM
10 2 (2.74%) WCF

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 3 (4.11%) IIS
1 3 (4.11%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.74%) Lync
2 2 (2.74%) MS Project Server
3 1 (1.37%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.37%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.37%) Apache
3 1 (1.37%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 59 (80.82%) MS Excel
1 59 (80.82%) MS Office
1 59 (80.82%) Spreadsheet
2 58 (79.45%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (6.85%) AutoCAD
4 2 (2.74%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (8.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.74%) Office 365
2 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.74%) VLAN
1 2 (2.74%) DHCP
1 2 (2.74%) SAN
1 2 (2.74%) Kerberos
1 2 (2.74%) TCP/IP
1 2 (2.74%) DNS
1 2 (2.74%) SSL
2 1 (1.37%) SNMP
2 1 (1.37%) Internet
2 1 (1.37%) HTTP
2 1 (1.37%) LDAP
2 1 (1.37%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.11%) FileMaker
1 3 (4.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.74%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.37%) OLAP
3 1 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.37%) MSI
1 1 (1.37%) Visual Studio
1 1 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (1.37%) Banking
1 1 (1.37%) Finance
1 1 (1.37%) Advertising
1 1 (1.37%) Dutch Language
1 1 (1.37%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.85%) .NET
2 2 (2.74%) WCF
2 2 (2.74%) HTML5
2 2 (2.74%) HTML
2 2 (2.74%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.37%) COM
3 1 (1.37%) CSS
3 1 (1.37%) SOAP
3 1 (1.37%) Web Services
3 1 (1.37%) XML
3 1 (1.37%) XSD
3 1 (1.37%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.37%) Ajax
3 1 (1.37%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 58 (79.45%) E-Learning
2 2 (2.74%) Replication
3 1 (1.37%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.96%) Windows
2 3 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (2.74%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (2.74%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.37%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (8.22%) CRM
2 2 (2.74%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (2.74%) Mentoring
2 2 (2.74%) Coaching
2 2 (2.74%) Project Planning
2 2 (2.74%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.37%) Project Management
3 1 (1.37%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (1.37%) Workflow
3 1 (1.37%) Migration
3 1 (1.37%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (1.37%) ITIL
3 1 (1.37%) OO
3 1 (1.37%) Web Development
3 1 (1.37%) Document Management
3 1 (1.37%) Business Transformation
3 1 (1.37%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.59%) C#
2 2 (2.74%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.74%) JavaScript
2 2 (2.74%) SQL
3 1 (1.37%) C
3 1 (1.37%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (24.66%) MOS
2 5 (6.85%) A+ Certification
3 3 (4.11%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.11%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.74%) Degree
5 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.37%) MCSE
5 1 (1.37%) MCSA
System Software
1 3 (4.11%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.74%) vSphere
3 1 (1.37%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (1.37%) Samba
3 1 (1.37%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.37%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (2.74%) SCCM
1 2 (2.74%) WSUS
2 1 (1.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 73 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.74%) VMware
3 1 (1.37%) IBM
3 1 (1.37%) Sun
3 1 (1.37%) NetApp
3 1 (1.37%) HP
3 1 (1.37%) Dell
3 1 (1.37%) EMC
3 1 (1.37%) Citrix
3 1 (1.37%) SAP
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