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 17 September 2014 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 547 544 573
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +29
Contract jobs citing MOS 49 38 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.072% 0.039%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.45% 0.42% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 12 7
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£210 £197 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.59% +31.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £126 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £436 £272
UK excluding London average daily rate £115 £438 £150
% change year-on-year
-73.71% +191.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 6
Average hourly rate £15.35 £16.00 £18.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.06% -13.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £13.60 £16.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.25 £19.00 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.50 £17.39
% change year-on-year
+4.51% -10.86%

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
10885 9139 10303
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.21% 17.33% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6053 5094 5334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 457 436 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.76 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 17 September 2014.

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 27 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 17 September 2014. 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 -11 45 £210 +6.59% 8
London +18 21 £210 +20.00% 1
City of London +27 11 £190 -7.31% 1
South East -5 5 - - 2
East of England -19 5 £115 -
Hampshire - 4 - - 1
Scotland -15 2 - -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Surrey -2 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 £115 -
Cambridge - 1 £115 -
Basingstoke - - - -
Harlow - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
Essex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Kent - - - - 1
Northamptonshire - - - - 2
Nottinghamshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 2
North West - - - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 83 (90.22%) MS Office
2 73 (79.35%) Microsoft
3 53 (57.61%) MS Excel
4 47 (51.09%) Windows
5 30 (32.61%) Windows 7
6 24 (26.09%) Law
6 24 (26.09%) Legal
6 24 (26.09%) VBA
6 24 (26.09%) HP
7 23 (25.00%) QA
8 22 (23.91%) ISTQB
8 22 (23.91%) Quality Management
9 21 (22.83%) Security Cleared
10 20 (21.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 20 (21.74%) Document Management
10 20 (21.74%) Active Directory
11 19 (20.65%) Project Management
11 19 (20.65%) SC Cleared
12 18 (19.57%) Blackberry
12 18 (19.57%) ITIL
13 15 (16.30%) Windows XP
13 15 (16.30%) Microsoft Certification
13 15 (16.30%) Test Strategy
14 14 (15.22%) Citrix
14 14 (15.22%) VPN
14 14 (15.22%) E-Learning
15 13 (14.13%) WorkSite
16 12 (13.04%) DV Cleared
16 12 (13.04%) MS PowerPoint
16 12 (13.04%) Finance

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 13 (14.13%) WorkSite
2 11 (11.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 7 (7.61%) SharePoint
4 5 (5.43%) MS Exchange
5 4 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (2.17%) Lync
7 1 (1.09%) IIS
7 1 (1.09%) CMS
Applications
1 83 (90.22%) MS Office
2 53 (57.61%) MS Excel
3 12 (13.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (10.87%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (2.17%) Adobe Captivate
5 2 (2.17%) InfoPath
5 2 (2.17%) AutoCAD
6 1 (1.09%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (15.22%) VPN
2 3 (3.26%) ADSL
2 3 (3.26%) VoIP
3 2 (2.17%) Intranet
3 2 (2.17%) Internet
4 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.09%) DNS
4 1 (1.09%) SAN
4 1 (1.09%) 3G
4 1 (1.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (1.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.09%) GCC
General
1 24 (26.09%) Law
1 24 (26.09%) Legal
2 12 (13.04%) Finance
3 5 (5.43%) Military
4 4 (4.35%) Banking
5 3 (3.26%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (2.17%) Russian Language
7 1 (1.09%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.09%) Aerospace
7 1 (1.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 46 (50.00%) Analyst
2 25 (27.17%) Service Analyst
2 25 (27.17%) Service Desk Analyst
3 16 (17.39%) Support Analyst
4 15 (16.30%) Tester
5 11 (11.96%) Trainer
5 11 (11.96%) IT Trainer
5 11 (11.96%) Microsoft Specialist
6 10 (10.87%) QA Tester
6 10 (10.87%) Legal Analyst
6 10 (10.87%) Help Desk Analyst
7 6 (6.52%) QA Analyst
8 5 (5.43%) Legal IT Trainer
8 5 (5.43%) Support Engineer
8 5 (5.43%) Technical Trainer
9 4 (4.35%) Technical Support
9 4 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Technical Support Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Quality Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.17%) HTML
2 1 (1.09%) OLE
2 1 (1.09%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 18 (19.57%) Blackberry
2 14 (15.22%) E-Learning
3 3 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.26%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (3.26%) Statistics
4 2 (2.17%) Handset
5 1 (1.09%) NHS
5 1 (1.09%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.09%) Learning Management System
5 1 (1.09%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.09%) PDA
5 1 (1.09%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.09%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 47 (51.09%) Windows
2 30 (32.61%) Windows 7
3 15 (16.30%) Windows XP
4 3 (3.26%) Mac OS X
4 3 (3.26%) Windows Vista
5 2 (2.17%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (2.17%) Android
5 2 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (2.17%) UNIX
5 2 (2.17%) Linux
6 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.09%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (23.91%) Quality Management
2 20 (21.74%) Document Management
3 19 (20.65%) Project Management
4 18 (19.57%) ITIL
5 15 (16.30%) Test Strategy
6 9 (9.78%) ITIL V3
7 7 (7.61%) Knowledge Management
8 5 (5.43%) ITIL V2
9 4 (4.35%) Incident Management
10 3 (3.26%) Change Control
11 2 (2.17%) Requirements Management
11 2 (2.17%) Coaching
11 2 (2.17%) Practice Management
11 2 (2.17%) Stakeholder Management
12 1 (1.09%) PRINCE2
12 1 (1.09%) CRM
12 1 (1.09%) Information Management
12 1 (1.09%) Asset Management
12 1 (1.09%) Service Management
12 1 (1.09%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 24 (26.09%) VBA
2 5 (5.43%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.09%) C
Qualifications
1 22 (23.91%) ISTQB
2 21 (22.83%) Security Cleared
3 20 (21.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 19 (20.65%) SC Cleared
5 15 (16.30%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (13.04%) DV Cleared
6 12 (13.04%) MCP
7 10 (10.87%) MCSA
8 6 (6.52%) A+ Certification
8 6 (6.52%) MCSE
9 5 (5.43%) Degree
10 3 (3.26%) MCDST
10 3 (3.26%) MCITP
11 2 (2.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (2.17%) ECDL
11 2 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (2.17%) CCNA
11 2 (2.17%) MCT
12 1 (1.09%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (25.00%) QA
2 9 (9.78%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (21.74%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.35%) Terminal Server
3 3 (3.26%) XenApp
4 1 (1.09%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.09%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 10 (10.87%) SCCM
2 5 (5.43%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (2.17%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.09%) SCOM
4 1 (1.09%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (79.35%) Microsoft
2 24 (26.09%) HP
3 14 (15.22%) Citrix
4 7 (7.61%) Apple
5 6 (6.52%) Interwoven
6 5 (5.43%) Remedy
7 4 (4.35%) VMware
7 4 (4.35%) AppSense
7 4 (4.35%) Google
7 4 (4.35%) Sophos
7 4 (4.35%) Nokia
7 4 (4.35%) Cisco
8 3 (3.26%) Reuters
8 3 (3.26%) Bloomberg
8 3 (3.26%) F5
9 2 (2.17%) LANDesk
9 2 (2.17%) Sitecore
9 2 (2.17%) Symantec
9 2 (2.17%) CheckPoint
9 2 (2.17%) Adobe
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