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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 605 576 566
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -10
Contract jobs citing MOS 25 40 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.043% 0.071% 0.062%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.38% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 21 12
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£274 £190 £205
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+44.07% -7.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £120 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £338 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £488 £125 £438
% change year-on-year
+290.00% -71.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 4
Average hourly rate £22.50 £14.50 £16.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.17% -9.93%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £14.25 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+57.89% -10.93%

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
11048 10665 9272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.92% 18.86% 17.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6665 6052 5099
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.04% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 453 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -0.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 3 September 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
Top 20 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 3 September 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 -21 24 £274 +44.07% 10
London -19 11 £214 +8.35% 4
City of London +5 6 £238 +40.07%
South West -6 5 £488 +19.63%
Wiltshire - 5 £488 -
Swindon - 5 £488 -
South East -13 3 £150 - 1
Yorkshire - 3 - - 2
West Yorkshire - 3 - - 2
Leeds - 3 - - 1
East of England +4 2 £130 +10.63% 2
Cambridgeshire -3 2 £130 +10.63%
Cambridge -4 2 £130 +10.63%
Berkshire - 2 £150 - 1
Hampshire -5 1 - -
Scotland -10 1 - -
Docklands, London - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
North Lanarkshire - 1 - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 38 (77.55%) MS Office
2 37 (75.51%) Windows
2 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
3 32 (65.31%) Windows 7
4 21 (42.86%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (40.82%) MS Excel
6 19 (38.78%) Legal
7 16 (32.65%) Law
7 16 (32.65%) ITIL
7 16 (32.65%) Active Directory
8 13 (26.53%) MCDST
8 13 (26.53%) Incident Management
9 11 (22.45%) MCITP
9 11 (22.45%) WorkSite
9 11 (22.45%) Finance
9 11 (22.45%) Citrix
10 10 (20.41%) A+ Certification
10 10 (20.41%) Service Management
10 10 (20.41%) SCCM
11 9 (18.37%) MS PowerPoint
11 9 (18.37%) SLA
12 8 (16.33%) Blackberry
12 8 (16.33%) Document Management
12 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
12 8 (16.33%) Lync
12 8 (16.33%) ITIL V3
13 7 (14.29%) AppSense
13 7 (14.29%) Change Management
13 7 (14.29%) Cisco
13 7 (14.29%) Windows XP

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 (22.45%) WorkSite
2 8 (16.33%) Lync
3 5 (10.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (6.12%) SharePoint
5 2 (4.08%) MS Exchange
5 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 38 (77.55%) MS Office
2 20 (40.82%) MS Excel
3 9 (18.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (10.20%) MS Visio
5 2 (4.08%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (6.12%) SAP CCM
1 3 (6.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Office 365
2 1 (2.04%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.20%) DHCP
1 5 (10.20%) TCP/IP
1 5 (10.20%) VPN
1 5 (10.20%) DNS
2 4 (8.16%) VoIP
3 3 (6.12%) WAN
3 3 (6.12%) Internet
3 3 (6.12%) LAN
3 3 (6.12%) HTTP
4 2 (4.08%) iSCSI
4 2 (4.08%) NAS
4 2 (4.08%) Unified Communications
4 2 (4.08%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.04%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (2.04%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.08%) MySQL
1 2 (4.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (4.08%) Axure RP
2 1 (2.04%) MSI
General
1 19 (38.78%) Legal
2 16 (32.65%) Law
3 11 (22.45%) Finance
4 2 (4.08%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.08%) Banking
4 2 (4.08%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (63.27%) Analyst
2 21 (42.86%) Service Analyst
2 21 (42.86%) Service Desk Analyst
3 13 (26.53%) Support Analyst
4 8 (16.33%) Team Leader
4 8 (16.33%) Technical Team Leader
4 8 (16.33%) Service Desk Team Leader
5 7 (14.29%) Help Desk Analyst
6 6 (12.24%) Business Analyst
7 4 (8.16%) Technical Support
7 4 (8.16%) Technical Analyst
7 4 (8.16%) Technical Support Analyst
8 3 (6.12%) Legal Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) IT Trainer
9 2 (4.08%) Systems Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Consultant
9 2 (4.08%) Trainer
9 2 (4.08%) IT Support
9 2 (4.08%) Senior Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.08%) Silverlight
2 1 (2.04%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.33%) Blackberry
2 3 (6.12%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.12%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.08%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (4.08%) Life Science
3 2 (4.08%) GIS
4 1 (2.04%) E-Learning
4 1 (2.04%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 37 (75.51%) Windows
2 32 (65.31%) Windows 7
3 7 (14.29%) Windows XP
4 4 (8.16%) Linux
4 4 (8.16%) UNIX
5 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Vista
5 2 (4.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.04%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (32.65%) ITIL
2 13 (26.53%) Incident Management
3 10 (20.41%) Service Management
4 8 (16.33%) Document Management
4 8 (16.33%) ITIL V3
5 7 (14.29%) Change Management
6 5 (10.20%) GAP Analysis
6 5 (10.20%) Migration
6 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (10.20%) Business Transformation
6 5 (10.20%) Requirements Analysis
6 5 (10.20%) Business Analysis
6 5 (10.20%) Business Process Improvement
7 3 (6.12%) Coaching
7 3 (6.12%) Performance Management
7 3 (6.12%) ITSM
7 3 (6.12%) PRINCE2
7 3 (6.12%) ERP
8 2 (4.08%) Data Modelling
8 2 (4.08%) UML
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.20%) PowerShell
2 3 (6.12%) VBScript
3 2 (4.08%) SQL
4 1 (2.04%) C
Qualifications
1 21 (42.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (26.53%) MCDST
3 11 (22.45%) MCITP
4 10 (20.41%) A+ Certification
5 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
6 7 (14.29%) MCSE
6 7 (14.29%) MCSA
7 3 (6.12%) MCTS
8 2 (4.08%) MCP
9 1 (2.04%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (18.37%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (32.65%) Active Directory
2 4 (8.16%) Terminal Server
3 2 (4.08%) VMware ESX
3 2 (4.08%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (4.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.08%) XenApp
3 2 (4.08%) XenServer
3 2 (4.08%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (20.41%) SCCM
2 4 (8.16%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (6.12%) NetBackup
3 3 (6.12%) Backup Exec
3 3 (6.12%) WMI
3 3 (6.12%) WSUS
3 3 (6.12%) SCOM
3 3 (6.12%) Nagios
3 3 (6.12%) CA Spectrum
4 2 (4.08%) Tivoli
4 2 (4.08%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 1 (2.04%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (2.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 11 (22.45%) Citrix
3 7 (14.29%) Cisco
3 7 (14.29%) AppSense
4 4 (8.16%) CheckPoint
4 4 (8.16%) Symantec
4 4 (8.16%) Interwoven
4 4 (8.16%) Oracle
5 3 (6.12%) SAP
5 3 (6.12%) CA
5 3 (6.12%) JD Edwards
5 3 (6.12%) McAfee
5 3 (6.12%) BT
6 2 (4.08%) VMware
6 2 (4.08%) Remedy
6 2 (4.08%) Google
6 2 (4.08%) Splunk
6 2 (4.08%) LexisNexis
6 2 (4.08%) Adobe
7 1 (2.04%) Nokia
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