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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 626 599 567
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 2 10 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.004% 0.019% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.004% 0.021% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 9
Average daily rate £275 £413 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +21.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £278 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £570 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £300 £291
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
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
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 6 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 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -16 2 £275 -33.33% 3
City of London +49 1 £300 -42.85%
London +9 1 £300 -36.00%
Yorkshire - 1 £250 -
Leeds - 1 £250 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £250 -

Microsoft Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 4 (44.44%) SC Cleared
2 4 (44.44%) Data Centre
3 3 (33.33%) SCOrch
3 3 (33.33%) ITIL V3
3 3 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 3 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (22.22%) MS Exchange
4 2 (22.22%) People Management
5 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (11.11%) PowerShell
5 1 (11.11%) iPhone
5 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (11.11%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
5 1 (11.11%) iPad
5 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (11.11%) Software Licensing
5 1 (11.11%) DV Cleared
5 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
5 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (11.11%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (11.11%) Web Development
5 1 (11.11%) X++
5 1 (11.11%) IronPort
5 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (11.11%) Retail
5 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 2 (22.22%) MS Exchange
2 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (33.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) OLAP
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 1 (11.11%) Advertising
1 1 (11.11%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
1 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
1 1 (11.11%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
1 1 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Data Centre
2 1 (11.11%) Blackberry
2 1 (11.11%) iPad
2 1 (11.11%) iPhone
2 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Licensing
2 1 (11.11%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) ITIL
1 3 (33.33%) ITIL V3
2 2 (22.22%) People Management
3 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (11.11%) CRM
3 1 (11.11%) ERP
3 1 (11.11%) Identity Management
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (11.11%) MVC
3 1 (11.11%) Software Licensing
3 1 (11.11%) Web Development
3 1 (11.11%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) C#
1 1 (11.11%) PowerShell
1 1 (11.11%) SQL
1 1 (11.11%) X++
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) SC Cleared
1 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 1 (11.11%) DV Cleared
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (33.33%) SCOrch
2 1 (11.11%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) IronPort
2 1 (11.11%) VMware