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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Specialist
Rank 624 637 612
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Specialist 20 7 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.012% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.039% 0.013% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 2
Median daily rate £450 £390 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +20.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £342 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £492 £438 £365
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.10% +4.06%
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
51265 53978 50296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.79% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 33271 34120 30516
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £572 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1545 2017 2055
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.94 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.46 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -0.24%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -11 20 £450 +15.38% 4
East of England +24 7 £475 -
South East +4 7 £425 -5.66% 2
London -3 4 £450 +15.38% 1
Essex - 4 - -
Hampshire +12 3 - - 1
Norfolk - 3 £475 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £458 -
Berkshire - 2 £400 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 2 £458 -
South West +7 1 £450 +36.36%
Wiltshire -7 1 £450 +36.36%
North West - 1 £275 -
City of London - 1 £300 -
Bracknell - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £400 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Norwich - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £450 -
Liverpool - 1 £275 -
Merseyside - 1 £275 -

Microsoft Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 28 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (53.57%) MS Excel
3 11 (39.29%) Migration
4 10 (35.71%) Windows
4 10 (35.71%) MS Office
4 10 (35.71%) Active Directory
5 9 (32.14%) MS Exchange
6 7 (25.00%) SCOM
6 7 (25.00%) Office 365
7 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
8 5 (17.86%) Skype for Business
8 5 (17.86%) SCCM
8 5 (17.86%) Security Cleared
8 5 (17.86%) SharePoint
9 4 (14.29%) Clustering
9 4 (14.29%) MOS
9 4 (14.29%) Identity Management
9 4 (14.29%) assyst
9 4 (14.29%) Hyper-V
9 4 (14.29%) Windows Server
9 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (10.71%) Windows 10
10 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (10.71%) PowerShell
10 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (10.71%) Windows 8
10 3 (10.71%) General Ledger
10 3 (10.71%) Dynamics AX

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 9 (32.14%) MS Exchange
2 5 (17.86%) SharePoint
2 5 (17.86%) Skype for Business
3 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.57%) IIS
4 1 (3.57%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 15 (53.57%) MS Excel
2 10 (35.71%) MS Office
3 1 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.57%) MS Project
3 1 (3.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (14.29%) assyst
2 3 (10.71%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (25.00%) Office 365
2 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (7.14%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.71%) DHCP
1 3 (10.71%) DNS
1 3 (10.71%) Internet
1 3 (10.71%) Wireless
2 2 (7.14%) Firewall
2 2 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (7.14%) iSCSI
2 2 (7.14%) Network Security
2 2 (7.14%) Skype
2 2 (7.14%) Wireless Security
3 1 (3.57%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.57%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 3 (10.71%) General Ledger
2 1 (3.57%) Finance
2 1 (3.57%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.57%) .NET
1 1 (3.57%) Web Services
1 1 (3.57%) XML
1 1 (3.57%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Clustering
2 3 (10.71%) PKI
3 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (3.57%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Windows
2 6 (21.43%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server
4 3 (10.71%) Windows 10
4 3 (10.71%) Windows 8
4 3 (10.71%) Windows XP
5 2 (7.14%) Linux
5 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.57%) CentOS
6 1 (3.57%) Ubuntu
6 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (39.29%) Migration
2 4 (14.29%) Identity Management
3 3 (10.71%) Data Migration
4 2 (7.14%) Capacity Management
4 2 (7.14%) Customer Engagement
4 2 (7.14%) ITIL
4 2 (7.14%) Network Architecture
4 2 (7.14%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (7.14%) Security Management
4 2 (7.14%) Service Management
4 2 (7.14%) Software Licensing
4 2 (7.14%) Virtual Environments
5 1 (3.57%) B2B
5 1 (3.57%) B2C
5 1 (3.57%) Change Management
5 1 (3.57%) CRM
5 1 (3.57%) ITSM
5 1 (3.57%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (3.57%) Presales
5 1 (3.57%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.71%) PowerShell
1 3 (10.71%) SQL
1 3 (10.71%) X++
2 2 (7.14%) VBA
2 2 (7.14%) VBScript
3 1 (3.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) Security Cleared
2 4 (14.29%) MOS
3 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
4 2 (7.14%) ISEB
4 2 (7.14%) MCP
4 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (3.57%) Degree
5 1 (3.57%) MCITP
5 1 (3.57%) MCSE
5 1 (3.57%) MCTS
System Software
1 10 (35.71%) Active Directory
2 4 (14.29%) Hyper-V
3 3 (10.71%) ISA Server
4 2 (7.14%) NFS
4 2 (7.14%) UAG
4 2 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (3.57%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (25.00%) SCOM
2 5 (17.86%) SCCM
3 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (7.14%) WSUS
6 1 (3.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (3.57%) OVSD
6 1 (3.57%) WMI
Vendors
1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) VMware
3 1 (3.57%) Cognos
3 1 (3.57%) HP
3 1 (3.57%) Remedy
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