The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Microsoft Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 631 651 594
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -57
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 18 19 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.033% 0.090%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.035% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 1
Median daily rate £450 £425 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +57.40%
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
50058 55053 53923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.96% 93.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 32735 35187 32868
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £376 £351
% change year-on-year
+3.86% +6.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1664 2085 2143
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.70% +6.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.46 £42.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Microsoft Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Microsoft Specialist in the job title.

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 25 September 2016.

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 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 25 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +22 16 £450 +5.88% 1
South East +20 7 £425 -
East of England +14 5 £475 +5.55% 1
London 0 3 £500 +20.48%
Norfolk - 3 £475 -
Buckinghamshire +22 2 £425 -2.29%
Milton Keynes +14 2 £425 -4.49%
Berkshire +8 2 £325 -16.12%
Scotland - 2 £400 -
Edinburgh - 2 £400 -
Hampshire - 2 £600 -
Essex - 2 - -
City of London +16 1 £600 +44.57%
South West +15 1 £450 +36.36%
Reading +14 1 £325 -16.12%
Wiltshire +13 1 £450 +36.36%
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £450 -
Southampton - 1 £600 -
Norwich - 1 - -
Bracknell - 1 - -

Microsoft Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, Microsoft Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Microsoft Specialist in the job title.

1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 19 (57.58%) MS Excel
3 16 (48.48%) Migration
4 12 (36.36%) MS Office
4 12 (36.36%) Active Directory
5 10 (30.30%) MS Exchange
6 9 (27.27%) Windows
7 8 (24.24%) Office 365
8 7 (21.21%) Skype for Business
8 7 (21.21%) SCCM
8 7 (21.21%) MOS
9 6 (18.18%) SharePoint
9 6 (18.18%) SCOM
9 6 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
9 6 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (15.15%) DHCP
10 5 (15.15%) DNS
10 5 (15.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (15.15%) VBA
11 4 (12.12%) assyst
11 4 (12.12%) Dynamics AX
11 4 (12.12%) Clustering
11 4 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (12.12%) Skype
11 4 (12.12%) Windows Server
11 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (12.12%) Security Cleared
12 3 (9.09%) X++
12 3 (9.09%) Data Migration

Microsoft Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (30.30%) MS Exchange
2 7 (21.21%) Skype for Business
3 6 (18.18%) SharePoint
4 4 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (3.03%) IIS
5 1 (3.03%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 19 (57.58%) MS Excel
2 12 (36.36%) MS Office
3 1 (3.03%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.03%) MS Project
3 1 (3.03%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (12.12%) assyst
1 4 (12.12%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (6.06%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (24.24%) Office 365
2 6 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.15%) DHCP
1 5 (15.15%) DNS
2 4 (12.12%) Skype
3 3 (9.09%) Unified Communications
4 2 (6.06%) Internet
4 2 (6.06%) VoIP
5 1 (3.03%) iSCSI
5 1 (3.03%) SMTP
5 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
5 1 (3.03%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 3 (9.09%) General Ledger
2 2 (6.06%) Finance
3 1 (3.03%) Banking
3 1 (3.03%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.03%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.03%) .NET
1 1 (3.03%) Web Services
1 1 (3.03%) XML
1 1 (3.03%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.12%) Clustering
2 2 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.06%) PKI
3 1 (3.03%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 9 (27.27%) Windows
2 6 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (12.12%) Windows Server
4 3 (9.09%) Windows 10
4 3 (9.09%) Windows 8
4 3 (9.09%) Windows XP
5 2 (6.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.03%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (48.48%) Migration
2 3 (9.09%) Data Migration
3 2 (6.06%) B2B
3 2 (6.06%) B2C
3 2 (6.06%) Capacity Management
3 2 (6.06%) CRM
3 2 (6.06%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (6.06%) Identity Management
3 2 (6.06%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (6.06%) Translating Business Requirements
3 2 (6.06%) Virtual Environments
4 1 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (3.03%) Change Management
4 1 (3.03%) Document Management
4 1 (3.03%) ITIL
4 1 (3.03%) PLM
4 1 (3.03%) Presales
4 1 (3.03%) Service Management
4 1 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (3.03%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.15%) VBA
2 3 (9.09%) PowerShell
2 3 (9.09%) SQL
2 3 (9.09%) X++
3 2 (6.06%) VBScript
4 1 (3.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (21.21%) MOS
2 5 (15.15%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (12.12%) Security Cleared
4 3 (9.09%) SC Cleared
5 2 (6.06%) MCSE
6 1 (3.03%) Degree
6 1 (3.03%) MCITP
6 1 (3.03%) MCSA
6 1 (3.03%) MCTS
System Software
1 12 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 3 (9.09%) Hyper-V
3 2 (6.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (3.03%) ISA Server
4 1 (3.03%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (21.21%) SCCM
2 6 (18.18%) SCOM
3 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (9.09%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (6.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (3.03%) WMI
Vendors
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.06%) VMware
3 1 (3.03%) Cognos
3 1 (3.03%) Remedy