The table below looks at the statistics for MOS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MOS over the 3 months to 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 582 555 544
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -11
Contract jobs citing MOS 26 48 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.046% 0.089% 0.034%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.25% 0.46% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 20 12
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£214 £170 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.88% -22.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £109 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £267 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £200 £120 £431
% change year-on-year
+66.66% -72.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 2
Average hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.15% -13.63%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £14.00 -
% change year-on-year
+53.57% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10432 10381 8954
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.64% 19.29% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6080 5953 4809
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 534 479 500
Average hourly rate £24.06 £19.00 £22.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.63% -15.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.22 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.09%

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MOS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MOS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MOS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MOS within the UK.

MOS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MOS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 July 2015.

MOS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MOS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MOS within the UK.

MOS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MOS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 July 2015.

MOS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MOS
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 July 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 -41 24 £214 +25.88% 6
London -16 11 £214 +15.67% 1
City of London -10 7 £216 +16.89%
North West - 6 - -
Manchester - 6 - -
West Midlands - 3 £200 -
East of England -1 2 - - 3
Scotland -2 2 £325 -
South East -27 2 - -
Leamington Spa - 2 £200 -
Warwickshire - 2 £200 -
Glasgow -1 1 £325 -
Cambridgeshire -5 1 - - 2
Cambridge -9 1 - - 2
Hampshire -13 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -
Docklands, London - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Harlow - 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
Solihull - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - -
North Lanarkshire - 1 - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MOS also 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 that cited MOS.

1 41 (74.55%) Microsoft
2 39 (70.91%) MS Office
3 35 (63.64%) Windows
4 26 (47.27%) Windows 7
5 25 (45.45%) MS Excel
6 20 (36.36%) Legal
7 18 (32.73%) Law
8 16 (29.09%) ITIL
8 16 (29.09%) Microsoft Certification
8 16 (29.09%) Active Directory
9 14 (25.45%) Finance
10 12 (21.82%) Incident Management
10 12 (21.82%) Citrix
11 11 (20.00%) Blackberry
11 11 (20.00%) WorkSite
12 10 (18.18%) SCCM
12 10 (18.18%) SLA
12 10 (18.18%) MCDST
13 9 (16.36%) MCITP
13 9 (16.36%) AppSense
13 9 (16.36%) A+ Certification
13 9 (16.36%) Security Cleared
14 8 (14.55%) ITIL V3
14 8 (14.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 8 (14.55%) VPN
14 8 (14.55%) Windows XP
14 8 (14.55%) Document Management
15 7 (12.73%) Interwoven
15 7 (12.73%) Terminal Server
16 6 (10.91%) MS PowerPoint

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MOS also 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 that cited MOS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (20.00%) WorkSite
2 8 (14.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (9.09%) Lync
4 3 (5.45%) CMS
5 2 (3.64%) MS Exchange
5 2 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.82%) SharePoint
Applications
1 39 (70.91%) MS Office
2 25 (45.45%) MS Excel
3 6 (10.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (9.09%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.82%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) SAP CCM
1 1 (1.82%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.64%) Office 365
2 1 (1.82%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 8 (14.55%) VPN
2 4 (7.27%) DNS
2 4 (7.27%) TCP/IP
2 4 (7.27%) DHCP
3 3 (5.45%) VoIP
3 3 (5.45%) NAS
4 2 (3.64%) Unified Communications
4 2 (3.64%) Internet
4 2 (3.64%) iSCSI
4 2 (3.64%) Ethernet
4 2 (3.64%) HTTP
5 1 (1.82%) WAN
5 1 (1.82%) LAN
5 1 (1.82%) SAN
5 1 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.82%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.64%) MySQL
1 2 (3.64%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Axure RP
2 1 (1.82%) MSI
General
1 20 (36.36%) Legal
2 18 (32.73%) Law
3 14 (25.45%) Finance
4 2 (3.64%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.82%) Banking
5 1 (1.82%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (65.45%) Analyst
2 22 (40.00%) Service Analyst
3 21 (38.18%) Service Desk Analyst
4 12 (21.82%) Support Analyst
5 8 (14.55%) Team Leader
5 8 (14.55%) Technical Team Leader
5 8 (14.55%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 7 (12.73%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (9.09%) Business Analyst
8 3 (5.45%) Desktop Support
8 3 (5.45%) Consultant
8 3 (5.45%) Desktop Analyst
8 3 (5.45%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 3 (5.45%) Training Consultant
9 2 (3.64%) IT Support
9 2 (3.64%) IT Trainer
9 2 (3.64%) Senior Support Analyst
9 2 (3.64%) Senior Desktop Analyst
9 2 (3.64%) Senior Desktop Support
9 2 (3.64%) Senior Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.82%) Application Packaging
1 1 (1.82%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 11 (20.00%) Blackberry
2 3 (5.45%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.45%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (3.64%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (3.64%) Life Science
3 2 (3.64%) GIS
3 2 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.82%) E-Learning
4 1 (1.82%) CMDB
4 1 (1.82%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 35 (63.64%) Windows
2 26 (47.27%) Windows 7
3 8 (14.55%) Windows XP
4 3 (5.45%) Linux
4 3 (5.45%) UNIX
5 2 (3.64%) Windows 8
5 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.64%) Windows Vista
5 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.82%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (29.09%) ITIL
2 12 (21.82%) Incident Management
3 8 (14.55%) ITIL V3
3 8 (14.55%) Document Management
4 5 (9.09%) Change Management
5 4 (7.27%) GAP Analysis
5 4 (7.27%) Migration
5 4 (7.27%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (7.27%) Service Management
5 4 (7.27%) Business Process Improvement
5 4 (7.27%) Business Transformation
5 4 (7.27%) Requirements Analysis
5 4 (7.27%) Business Analysis
6 3 (5.45%) Performance Management
6 3 (5.45%) PRINCE2
7 2 (3.64%) UML
7 2 (3.64%) Data Modelling
7 2 (3.64%) Configuration Management
7 2 (3.64%) Project Management
7 2 (3.64%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.27%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.64%) SQL
2 2 (3.64%) VBScript
3 1 (1.82%) C
Qualifications
1 16 (29.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (18.18%) MCDST
3 9 (16.36%) MCITP
3 9 (16.36%) A+ Certification
3 9 (16.36%) Security Cleared
4 5 (9.09%) MCSA
5 4 (7.27%) MCSE
6 2 (3.64%) MCP
7 1 (1.82%) Degree
7 1 (1.82%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.82%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.18%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (29.09%) Active Directory
2 7 (12.73%) Terminal Server
3 2 (3.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.82%) XenApp
4 1 (1.82%) XenServer
4 1 (1.82%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.82%) VMware ESX
4 1 (1.82%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 10 (18.18%) SCCM
2 2 (3.64%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (3.64%) WMI
3 1 (1.82%) WSUS
3 1 (1.82%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.82%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.82%) TeamSite
3 1 (1.82%) Tivoli
3 1 (1.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.82%) Nagios
3 1 (1.82%) SCOM
3 1 (1.82%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
3 1 (1.82%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (1.82%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 41 (74.55%) Microsoft
2 12 (21.82%) Citrix
3 9 (16.36%) AppSense
4 7 (12.73%) Interwoven
5 4 (7.27%) Oracle
5 4 (7.27%) Cisco
6 2 (3.64%) VMware
6 2 (3.64%) CheckPoint
6 2 (3.64%) Symantec
6 2 (3.64%) LexisNexis
7 1 (1.82%) Synology
7 1 (1.82%) Remedy
7 1 (1.82%) McAfee
7 1 (1.82%) BT
7 1 (1.82%) Google
7 1 (1.82%) Splunk
7 1 (1.82%) SAP
7 1 (1.82%) Adobe
7 1 (1.82%) EMC
7 1 (1.82%) CA
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