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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 569 549 549
Rank change year-on-year
-20 0
Contract jobs citing MOS 60 32 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.061% 0.054%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.52% 0.35% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 15 7
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£210 £205 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.43% +36.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £125 £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £433 £215
UK excluding London average daily rate £107 £438 £150
% change year-on-year
-75.54% +191.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 10
Average hourly rate £14.00 £15.50 £18.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% -16.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £13.50 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.24 £16.60 £19.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.10 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -6.06%

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
11635 9042 10176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.97% 17.17% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6551 5129 5286
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 386 585
Average hourly rate £19.91 £18.37 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.41% -19.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 20 October 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 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 20 October 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 -1 58 £210 +2.43% 4
London +22 24 £210 +15.38% 3
City of London +26 10 £190 -26.92% 1
South East -15 4 - -
East Midlands - 4 - - 1
East of England -26 3 - -
Hampshire - 3 - -
Kent - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
North West - - - -
Scotland - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - - 1
Reigate - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Leeds - - - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 97 (90.65%) MS Office
2 88 (82.24%) Microsoft
3 65 (60.75%) MS Excel
4 59 (55.14%) Windows
5 40 (37.38%) Windows 7
6 30 (28.04%) Law
6 30 (28.04%) Active Directory
7 28 (26.17%) Legal
8 25 (23.36%) HP
9 24 (22.43%) Blackberry
10 23 (21.50%) ITIL
11 22 (20.56%) VBA
11 22 (20.56%) E-Learning
12 21 (19.63%) Document Management
12 21 (19.63%) VPN
12 21 (19.63%) QA
13 20 (18.69%) ISTQB
13 20 (18.69%) MS PowerPoint
13 20 (18.69%) Quality Management
14 18 (16.82%) WorkSite
14 18 (16.82%) Security Cleared
14 18 (16.82%) Spreadsheet
14 18 (16.82%) Finance
14 18 (16.82%) Project Management
14 18 (16.82%) Citrix
15 17 (15.89%) Microsoft Certification
15 17 (15.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 16 (14.95%) SC Cleared
16 16 (14.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 15 (14.02%) SCCM

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 18 (16.82%) WorkSite
2 16 (14.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (4.67%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.67%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.87%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.87%) Lync
6 1 (0.93%) IIS
6 1 (0.93%) CMS
Applications
1 97 (90.65%) MS Office
2 65 (60.75%) MS Excel
3 20 (18.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (16.82%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (4.67%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.87%) InfoPath
6 2 (1.87%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.93%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (19.63%) VPN
2 3 (2.80%) ADSL
2 3 (2.80%) VoIP
2 3 (2.80%) Internet
3 2 (1.87%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.87%) Intranet
4 1 (0.93%) 3G
4 1 (0.93%) Wireless
4 1 (0.93%) DHCP
4 1 (0.93%) DNS
4 1 (0.93%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.93%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (0.93%) GCC
General
1 30 (28.04%) Law
2 28 (26.17%) Legal
3 18 (16.82%) Finance
4 4 (3.74%) Military
4 4 (3.74%) Banking
5 3 (2.80%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.93%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.93%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.93%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.93%) Billing
6 1 (0.93%) French Language
Job Titles
1 53 (49.53%) Analyst
2 32 (29.91%) Service Analyst
2 32 (29.91%) Service Desk Analyst
3 19 (17.76%) Microsoft Specialist
4 17 (15.89%) Support Analyst
5 13 (12.15%) Tester
6 11 (10.28%) Help Desk Analyst
7 9 (8.41%) Trainer
7 9 (8.41%) IT Trainer
7 9 (8.41%) QA Tester
8 7 (6.54%) Support Engineer
8 7 (6.54%) Legal Analyst
9 6 (5.61%) QA Analyst
10 4 (3.74%) Quality Analyst
10 4 (3.74%) Technical Trainer
10 4 (3.74%) Technical Support Analyst
10 4 (3.74%) Help Desk Support
10 4 (3.74%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (3.74%) Legal IT Trainer
10 4 (3.74%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.87%) HTML
1 2 (1.87%) OLE
2 1 (0.93%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 24 (22.43%) Blackberry
2 22 (20.56%) E-Learning
3 3 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.87%) Handset
5 1 (0.93%) NHS
5 1 (0.93%) Thin Client
5 1 (0.93%) PDA
5 1 (0.93%) Statistics
5 1 (0.93%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.93%) CMDB
5 1 (0.93%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.93%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 59 (55.14%) Windows
2 40 (37.38%) Windows 7
3 14 (13.08%) Windows XP
4 7 (6.54%) Windows Vista
5 3 (2.80%) Windows Mobile
5 3 (2.80%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.87%) Linux
6 2 (1.87%) UNIX
6 2 (1.87%) Android
6 2 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.93%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (21.50%) ITIL
2 21 (19.63%) Document Management
3 20 (18.69%) Quality Management
4 18 (16.82%) Project Management
5 14 (13.08%) Test Strategy
6 9 (8.41%) ITIL V3
7 7 (6.54%) Knowledge Management
7 7 (6.54%) Incident Management
8 5 (4.67%) ITIL V2
9 3 (2.80%) Change Control
10 2 (1.87%) Requirements Management
10 2 (1.87%) Practice Management
10 2 (1.87%) Stakeholder Management
10 2 (1.87%) Coaching
11 1 (0.93%) Asset Management
11 1 (0.93%) Service Delivery
11 1 (0.93%) Change Management
11 1 (0.93%) Service Management
11 1 (0.93%) PRINCE2
11 1 (0.93%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 22 (20.56%) VBA
2 5 (4.67%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.93%) C
Qualifications
1 20 (18.69%) ISTQB
2 18 (16.82%) Security Cleared
3 17 (15.89%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (15.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 16 (14.95%) SC Cleared
5 12 (11.21%) A+ Certification
5 12 (11.21%) MCP
6 11 (10.28%) DV Cleared
7 10 (9.35%) MCSA
8 6 (5.61%) MCSE
8 6 (5.61%) MCITP
9 5 (4.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (2.80%) Degree
10 3 (2.80%) MCDST
11 2 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.87%) CCNA
11 2 (1.87%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.93%) ISEB
12 1 (0.93%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (19.63%) QA
2 14 (13.08%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (28.04%) Active Directory
2 10 (9.35%) Terminal Server
3 5 (4.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.80%) XenApp
5 1 (0.93%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.93%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 15 (14.02%) SCCM
2 4 (3.74%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (1.87%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.93%) WSUS
4 1 (0.93%) SCOM
Vendors
1 88 (82.24%) Microsoft
2 25 (23.36%) HP
3 18 (16.82%) Citrix
4 13 (12.15%) Interwoven
5 11 (10.28%) Apple
6 9 (8.41%) AppSense
7 5 (4.67%) VMware
7 5 (4.67%) Remedy
7 5 (4.67%) Nokia
8 4 (3.74%) Cisco
8 4 (3.74%) Sophos
8 4 (3.74%) Google
9 3 (2.80%) F5
9 3 (2.80%) Reuters
9 3 (2.80%) Bloomberg
10 2 (1.87%) Symantec
10 2 (1.87%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.87%) BT
10 2 (1.87%) IBM
10 2 (1.87%) Adobe