The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 578 544 570
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +26
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 16 26 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.029% 0.051% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.032% 0.055% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 8
Average daily rate
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£323 £450 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.33% +30.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £267 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £490 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £278 £363
% change year-on-year
+35.13% -23.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50521 47308 53478
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.54% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30608 27726 29859
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1993 2123 2716
Average hourly rate £16.58 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
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 31 July 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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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 -38 15 £323 -28.33% 15
London +14 12 £270 -43.15% 4
City of London +22 1 £270 -40.00% 2
South East -13 1 £375 +13.63% 4
Scotland - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
North West - 1 - - 1
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Halifax - - - -
Leeds - - - - 2
Leicester - - - - 1
Liverpool - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - - 2
Merseyside - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Manchester - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Oxford - - - - 1
Reading - - - - 1
Rugby - - - -
Sheffield - - - - 1
Slough - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Watford - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 25 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 13 (52.00%) SharePoint
3 12 (48.00%) SQL Server
4 11 (44.00%) Project Management
5 10 (40.00%) MS Project
5 10 (40.00%) Degree
5 10 (40.00%) MS Project Server
6 9 (36.00%) SharePoint 2010
6 9 (36.00%) Waterfall
7 8 (32.00%) Windows
8 5 (20.00%) Windows 7
8 5 (20.00%) SCCM
9 4 (16.00%) SC Cleared
9 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
9 4 (16.00%) C#
9 4 (16.00%) CRM
9 4 (16.00%) Dynamics CRM
10 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (12.00%) RDBMS
10 3 (12.00%) MS Excel
10 3 (12.00%) EPoS
10 3 (12.00%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (12.00%) VB.NET
10 3 (12.00%) .NET
10 3 (12.00%) Oracle
10 3 (12.00%) ASP.NET
10 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
10 3 (12.00%) Software Deployment
10 3 (12.00%) Integration Testing
10 3 (12.00%) Test Scripting

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 13 (52.00%) SharePoint
2 10 (40.00%) MS Project Server
3 9 (36.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (12.00%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (8.00%) MS Exchange
6 1 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (4.00%) Lync
6 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (4.00%) WorkSite
Applications
1 10 (40.00%) MS Project
2 3 (12.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (4.00%) Adobe Captivate
3 1 (4.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (4.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) SMTP
1 1 (4.00%) SAN
1 1 (4.00%) Intranet
1 1 (4.00%) Internet
1 1 (4.00%) Firewall
1 1 (4.00%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (48.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (12.00%) RDBMS
2 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (4.00%) Crystal Reports
General
1 2 (8.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Law
2 1 (4.00%) Legal
2 1 (4.00%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.00%) Banking
2 1 (4.00%) Mandarin Language
2 1 (4.00%) Japanese Language
2 1 (4.00%) Korean Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) .NET
1 3 (12.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) EPoS
2 1 (4.00%) E-Learning
2 1 (4.00%) CESG
2 1 (4.00%) Cryptography
2 1 (4.00%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 8 (32.00%) Windows
2 5 (20.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (4.00%) UNIX
3 1 (4.00%) Solaris
3 1 (4.00%) Linux
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (44.00%) Project Management
2 9 (36.00%) Waterfall
3 4 (16.00%) CRM
4 3 (12.00%) Integration Testing
4 3 (12.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (12.00%) Software Deployment
5 2 (8.00%) Migration
6 1 (4.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (4.00%) Programme Management
6 1 (4.00%) Document Management
6 1 (4.00%) Penetration Testing
6 1 (4.00%) Project Planning
6 1 (4.00%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (4.00%) Change Management
6 1 (4.00%) Risk Management
6 1 (4.00%) Dependency Management
6 1 (4.00%) PRINCE2
6 1 (4.00%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.00%) C#
2 3 (12.00%) VB.NET
3 1 (4.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (40.00%) Degree
2 4 (16.00%) SC Cleared
2 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (4.00%) PMP
3 1 (4.00%) PMI Certification
3 1 (4.00%) MOS
System Software
1 2 (8.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (20.00%) SCCM
2 1 (4.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (12.00%) Oracle
3 2 (8.00%) VMware
3 2 (8.00%) Adobe
3 2 (8.00%) Citrix
4 1 (4.00%) CA
4 1 (4.00%) Red Hat
4 1 (4.00%) Symantec
4 1 (4.00%) McAfee
4 1 (4.00%) Sophos
4 1 (4.00%) Sun
4 1 (4.00%) Dell
4 1 (4.00%) Sitecore
4 1 (4.00%) Veeam
4 1 (4.00%) Becrypt
4 1 (4.00%) SAP
London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £450 - £565 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago