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 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 562 552 571
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +19
Contract jobs citing MOS 55 38 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.096% 0.072% 0.049%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.49% 0.42% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 14 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 £107 £125 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £434 £272
UK excluding London average daily rate £110 £438 £150
% change year-on-year
-74.85% +191.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 7
Average hourly rate £16.20 £15.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.51% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £13.50 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.26 £16.60 £19.40
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
11189 9095 10240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.56% 17.26% 17.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6198 5113 5307
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 404 606
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -28.00%

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 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 1 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 -3 52 £210 +6.59% 10
London +12 21 £210 +20.00% 7
City of London +35 11 £190 -20.83% 2
South East -14 5 - -
East of England -23 4 £115 -
Hampshire - 4 - -
Surrey -1 1 - -
Scotland -5 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 2
Cambridge - 1 £115 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £115 -
Basingstoke - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - - 2
Reigate - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
North West - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 2

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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 94 (91.26%) MS Office
2 84 (81.55%) Microsoft
3 61 (59.22%) MS Excel
4 53 (51.46%) Windows
5 33 (32.04%) Windows 7
6 27 (26.21%) Law
7 26 (25.24%) Legal
8 25 (24.27%) VBA
8 25 (24.27%) HP
9 24 (23.30%) QA
10 23 (22.33%) ISTQB
10 23 (22.33%) Active Directory
10 23 (22.33%) Quality Management
11 22 (21.36%) Document Management
12 21 (20.39%) Blackberry
12 21 (20.39%) Security Cleared
13 20 (19.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 20 (19.42%) Project Management
13 20 (19.42%) ITIL
13 20 (19.42%) E-Learning
14 19 (18.45%) SC Cleared
15 18 (17.48%) MS PowerPoint
16 17 (16.50%) Citrix
16 17 (16.50%) VPN
17 16 (15.53%) Test Strategy
17 16 (15.53%) Spreadsheet
17 16 (15.53%) WorkSite
17 16 (15.53%) Windows XP
18 14 (13.59%) Finance
18 14 (13.59%) Microsoft Certification

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 16 (15.53%) WorkSite
2 13 (12.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (4.85%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.85%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.88%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.94%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.94%) Lync
6 1 (0.97%) IIS
6 1 (0.97%) CMS
Applications
1 94 (91.26%) MS Office
2 61 (59.22%) MS Excel
3 18 (17.48%) MS PowerPoint
4 16 (15.53%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (3.88%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.94%) InfoPath
6 2 (1.94%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.97%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (16.50%) VPN
2 3 (2.91%) ADSL
2 3 (2.91%) VoIP
3 2 (1.94%) Intranet
3 2 (1.94%) Internet
4 1 (0.97%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.97%) DNS
4 1 (0.97%) SAN
4 1 (0.97%) 3G
4 1 (0.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (0.97%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (0.97%) GCC
General
1 27 (26.21%) Law
2 26 (25.24%) Legal
3 14 (13.59%) Finance
4 5 (4.85%) Military
5 4 (3.88%) Banking
6 3 (2.91%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.97%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.97%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.97%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 52 (50.49%) Analyst
2 31 (30.10%) Service Analyst
2 31 (30.10%) Service Desk Analyst
3 17 (16.50%) Support Analyst
3 17 (16.50%) Microsoft Specialist
4 16 (15.53%) Tester
5 11 (10.68%) Help Desk Analyst
5 11 (10.68%) QA Tester
6 10 (9.71%) Legal Analyst
7 9 (8.74%) Trainer
7 9 (8.74%) IT Trainer
8 6 (5.83%) QA Analyst
9 5 (4.85%) Technical Trainer
9 5 (4.85%) Support Engineer
9 5 (4.85%) Legal IT Trainer
10 4 (3.88%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (3.88%) Quality Analyst
10 4 (3.88%) Technical Support
10 4 (3.88%) Technical Support Analyst
11 3 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.94%) OLE
1 2 (1.94%) HTML
2 1 (0.97%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 21 (20.39%) Blackberry
2 20 (19.42%) E-Learning
3 3 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.91%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (1.94%) Handset
5 1 (0.97%) Learning Management System
5 1 (0.97%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.97%) CMDB
5 1 (0.97%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.97%) NHS
5 1 (0.97%) Thin Client
5 1 (0.97%) PDA
5 1 (0.97%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 53 (51.46%) Windows
2 33 (32.04%) Windows 7
3 16 (15.53%) Windows XP
4 3 (2.91%) Windows Vista
4 3 (2.91%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.94%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (1.94%) UNIX
5 2 (1.94%) Linux
5 2 (1.94%) Android
5 2 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.97%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (22.33%) Quality Management
2 22 (21.36%) Document Management
3 20 (19.42%) Project Management
3 20 (19.42%) ITIL
4 16 (15.53%) Test Strategy
5 10 (9.71%) ITIL V3
6 7 (6.80%) Knowledge Management
7 6 (5.83%) Incident Management
7 6 (5.83%) ITIL V2
8 3 (2.91%) Change Control
9 2 (1.94%) Practice Management
9 2 (1.94%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (1.94%) Requirements Management
9 2 (1.94%) Coaching
10 1 (0.97%) Mentoring
10 1 (0.97%) Data Protection
10 1 (0.97%) Information Assurance
10 1 (0.97%) Time Management
10 1 (0.97%) CRM
10 1 (0.97%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 25 (24.27%) VBA
2 5 (4.85%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.97%) C
Qualifications
1 23 (22.33%) ISTQB
2 21 (20.39%) Security Cleared
3 20 (19.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 19 (18.45%) SC Cleared
5 14 (13.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (11.65%) DV Cleared
6 12 (11.65%) MCP
7 10 (9.71%) MCSA
8 8 (7.77%) A+ Certification
9 6 (5.83%) MCSE
10 3 (2.91%) Degree
10 3 (2.91%) MCITP
10 3 (2.91%) MCDST
11 2 (1.94%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.94%) CCNA
11 2 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (1.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.97%) ISEB
12 1 (0.97%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (23.30%) QA
2 11 (10.68%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (22.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.80%) Terminal Server
3 4 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.91%) XenApp
5 1 (0.97%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.97%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (12.62%) SCCM
2 5 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (1.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (0.97%) SCOM
4 1 (0.97%) WSUS
4 1 (0.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 84 (81.55%) Microsoft
2 25 (24.27%) HP
3 17 (16.50%) Citrix
4 9 (8.74%) Interwoven
5 7 (6.80%) Apple
6 6 (5.83%) AppSense
7 5 (4.85%) Remedy
8 4 (3.88%) Google
8 4 (3.88%) VMware
8 4 (3.88%) Sophos
8 4 (3.88%) Nokia
8 4 (3.88%) Cisco
9 3 (2.91%) F5
9 3 (2.91%) Reuters
9 3 (2.91%) Bloomberg
10 2 (1.94%) Symantec
10 2 (1.94%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.94%) Adobe
10 2 (1.94%) LANDesk
10 2 (1.94%) Sitecore
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