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 2 December 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.

3 months to
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 607 628 582
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -46
Contract jobs citing MOS 21 17 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.042% 0.031% 0.097%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.15% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 9 25
Median daily rate £231 £250 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.50% +19.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £184 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £275 £234
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £105
% change year-on-year
+9.09% +161.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 7
Median hourly rate £16.50 - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 - £15.10

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
10337 11399 12016
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.60% 20.52% 20.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6497 6882 6795
Median daily rate £410 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £390 £373
% change year-on-year
+0.26% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 564 568
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.77% +51.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- +44.73%

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MOS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 2 December 2016.

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
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 December 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 +14 20 £231 -7.50% 1
London -7 9 £175 -19.54% 1
City of London -3 5 £175 -36.36%
Essex - 5 £275 -
East of England - 5 £275 -
Derbyshire - 4 £500 -
East Midlands - 4 £500 -
Colchester - 3 £275 -
Harlow - 2 - -
West Midlands -21 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 £115 -
South East - 1 £115 -
Andover - 1 £115 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - - 1

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MOS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MOS.

1 30 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 26 (54.17%) MS Office
3 21 (43.75%) Windows
4 17 (35.42%) Active Directory
5 14 (29.17%) MS Excel
6 12 (25.00%) ITIL
7 11 (22.92%) Citrix
7 11 (22.92%) MS Exchange
7 11 (22.92%) Blackberry
7 11 (22.92%) Windows Server
8 10 (20.83%) Service Management
8 10 (20.83%) Oracle
9 9 (18.75%) Windows XP
9 9 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (18.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (18.75%) Windows 7
10 8 (16.67%) BMC
10 8 (16.67%) Primavera
10 8 (16.67%) ERP
10 8 (16.67%) Cisco
10 8 (16.67%) Oracle UPK
11 7 (14.58%) HP
11 7 (14.58%) Dell
11 7 (14.58%) Avaya
11 7 (14.58%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (14.58%) Android
11 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (14.58%) LANDesk
11 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (14.58%) Cisco IOS

MOS
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 11 (22.92%) MS Exchange
2 8 (16.67%) Oracle UPK
3 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2003
3 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 26 (54.17%) MS Office
2 14 (29.17%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.17%) Acrobat
4 1 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.08%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (16.67%) Primavera
2 2 (4.17%) assyst
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.58%) Cisco IOS
1 7 (14.58%) IP Telephony
2 3 (6.25%) LAN
2 3 (6.25%) WAN
3 2 (4.17%) DHCP
3 2 (4.17%) DNS
3 2 (4.17%) Ethernet
3 2 (4.17%) Internet
3 2 (4.17%) iSCSI
3 2 (4.17%) NAS
3 2 (4.17%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.17%) Unified Communications
3 2 (4.17%) VoIP
4 1 (2.08%) Firewall
4 1 (2.08%) HTTPS
4 1 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (2.08%) Network Security
4 1 (2.08%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.17%) MySQL
1 2 (4.17%) SQL Server
General
1 7 (14.58%) Law
2 5 (10.42%) Legal
3 4 (8.33%) Finance
4 3 (6.25%) Banking
5 2 (4.17%) Front Office
5 2 (4.17%) Investment Banking
5 2 (4.17%) Manufacturing
5 2 (4.17%) Marketing
6 1 (2.08%) French Language
6 1 (2.08%) Military
Job Titles
1 20 (41.67%) Analyst
2 14 (29.17%) Service Analyst
2 14 (29.17%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (16.67%) Help Desk Analyst
4 7 (14.58%) Help Desk Support
4 7 (14.58%) Help Desk Support Analyst
4 7 (14.58%) Microsoft Specialist
4 7 (14.58%) Service Desk Support
4 7 (14.58%) Service Desk Support Analyst
4 7 (14.58%) Support Analyst
4 7 (14.58%) Support Specialist
5 5 (10.42%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (10.42%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (10.42%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
5 5 (10.42%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) 1st Line Support
6 4 (8.33%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 4 (8.33%) Applications Support
6 4 (8.33%) First Line Help Desk Support
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.92%) Blackberry
2 4 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.33%) iPhone
3 3 (6.25%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.17%) Life Science
4 2 (4.17%) NHS
4 2 (4.17%) Smartphone
4 2 (4.17%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.08%) CMDB
5 1 (2.08%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (2.08%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 21 (43.75%) Windows
2 11 (22.92%) Windows Server
3 9 (18.75%) Windows 7
3 9 (18.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (18.75%) Windows XP
4 7 (14.58%) Android
4 7 (14.58%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (6.25%) Windows 10
7 2 (4.17%) Linux
7 2 (4.17%) Unix
8 1 (2.08%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (25.00%) ITIL
2 10 (20.83%) Service Management
3 8 (16.67%) ERP
4 3 (6.25%) Software Deployment
5 2 (4.17%) Incident Management
5 2 (4.17%) Operations Management
5 2 (4.17%) Performance Management
6 1 (2.08%) Business Continuity
6 1 (2.08%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (2.08%) Change Control
6 1 (2.08%) Computer Forensics
6 1 (2.08%) Computer Security
6 1 (2.08%) Configuration Management
6 1 (2.08%) CRM
6 1 (2.08%) ITSM
6 1 (2.08%) Migration
6 1 (2.08%) Project Management
6 1 (2.08%) Service Delivery
6 1 (2.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 1 (2.08%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.50%) VBA
2 3 (6.25%) SQL
3 2 (4.17%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.08%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (12.50%) MCSA
3 3 (6.25%) MCITP
3 3 (6.25%) MCSE
3 3 (6.25%) MCTS
4 2 (4.17%) A+ Certification
4 2 (4.17%) CISSP
4 2 (4.17%) Degree
4 2 (4.17%) MCP
5 1 (2.08%) CGEIT
5 1 (2.08%) CISA
5 1 (2.08%) CISM
5 1 (2.08%) CRISC
5 1 (2.08%) GCIA
5 1 (2.08%) GSEC
5 1 (2.08%) SANS
5 1 (2.08%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (35.42%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.17%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (4.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) SCCM
1 3 (6.25%) SCOM
1 3 (6.25%) WSUS
2 1 (2.08%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (2.08%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 30 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 11 (22.92%) Citrix
3 10 (20.83%) Oracle
4 8 (16.67%) BMC
4 8 (16.67%) Cisco
5 7 (14.58%) Avaya
5 7 (14.58%) Dell
5 7 (14.58%) HP
5 7 (14.58%) LANDesk
5 7 (14.58%) Toshiba
6 2 (4.17%) Adobe
6 2 (4.17%) Intel Security
6 2 (4.17%) SAP
6 2 (4.17%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.08%) ArcSight
7 1 (2.08%) BT
7 1 (2.08%) iManage