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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 626 606 580
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -26
Contract jobs citing MOS 16 27 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.048% 0.085%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.14% 0.25% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 20
Median daily rate £400 £214 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+86.91% +25.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £200 £109
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £318 £267
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £200 £120
% change year-on-year
+112.50% +66.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 4
Median hourly rate - £22.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +15.78%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £21.50 -

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
11609 10630 10582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.88% 18.97% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7262 6198 6147
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £241 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 554 499
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.12 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.15% +34.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+24.37% +34.00%

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 25 June 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 10 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 25 June 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 -11 16 £400 +86.91% 2
East of England +23 9 £438 -
Essex +11 9 £438 -
London +5 5 £195 -8.87%
City of London +31 3 £210 -8.69%
Colchester - 2 £413 -
West Midlands -21 1 £140 -30.00%
Derby - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 25 (73.53%) MS Office
2 22 (64.71%) Windows
3 21 (61.76%) Microsoft
4 16 (47.06%) Active Directory
5 15 (44.12%) Citrix
6 14 (41.18%) ITIL
7 13 (38.24%) Legal
7 13 (38.24%) MS Excel
8 12 (35.29%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (35.29%) Blackberry
8 12 (35.29%) Law
9 11 (32.35%) Windows 7
10 9 (26.47%) Windows Server
11 8 (23.53%) SCOM
12 7 (20.59%) Document Management
12 7 (20.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (20.59%) VPN
13 6 (17.65%) Finance
13 6 (17.65%) assyst
13 6 (17.65%) MCDST
13 6 (17.65%) Banking
13 6 (17.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (14.71%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (14.71%) SCCM
14 5 (14.71%) Service Management
14 5 (14.71%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (14.71%) Cisco
15 4 (11.76%) MCSA
15 4 (11.76%) Dell
15 4 (11.76%) Internet

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 7 (20.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (8.82%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.94%) Oracle UPK
4 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.94%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 25 (73.53%) MS Office
2 13 (38.24%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.94%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (17.65%) assyst
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (2.94%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) VPN
2 4 (11.76%) Internet
3 2 (5.88%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (5.88%) IP Telephony
3 2 (5.88%) LAN
3 2 (5.88%) VoIP
3 2 (5.88%) WAN
4 1 (2.94%) Wireless
General
1 13 (38.24%) Legal
2 12 (35.29%) Law
3 6 (17.65%) Banking
3 6 (17.65%) Finance
4 3 (8.82%) French Language
4 3 (8.82%) German Language
4 3 (8.82%) Marketing
5 1 (2.94%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (41.18%) Analyst
2 9 (26.47%) Service Analyst
2 9 (26.47%) Service Desk Analyst
3 6 (17.65%) Applications Support
3 6 (17.65%) Support Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) Support Specialist
5 4 (11.76%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (11.76%) Applications Specialist
5 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Specialist
6 3 (8.82%) Applications Support Specialist
6 3 (8.82%) Commercial Manager
6 3 (8.82%) IT Trainer
6 3 (8.82%) Legal IT Trainer
6 3 (8.82%) Trainer
7 2 (5.88%) 1st Line Support
7 2 (5.88%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (5.88%) Desktop Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Desktop Support
7 2 (5.88%) Help Desk Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 12 (35.29%) Blackberry
2 2 (5.88%) iPhone
3 1 (2.94%) e-Learning
3 1 (2.94%) iPad
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) PDA
3 1 (2.94%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 22 (64.71%) Windows
2 11 (32.35%) Windows 7
3 9 (26.47%) Windows Server
4 5 (14.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (11.76%) Windows XP
6 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (5.88%) Android
8 1 (2.94%) Mac OS X
8 1 (2.94%) Windows 10
8 1 (2.94%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (41.18%) ITIL
2 7 (20.59%) Document Management
3 5 (14.71%) Service Management
4 3 (8.82%) Change Control
5 1 (2.94%) CRM
5 1 (2.94%) ERP
5 1 (2.94%) ITSM
5 1 (2.94%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.94%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.82%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (35.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (17.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 6 (17.65%) MCDST
3 4 (11.76%) MCSA
4 3 (8.82%) MCTS
5 2 (5.88%) MCITP
5 2 (5.88%) MCP
5 2 (5.88%) MCSE
6 1 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 16 (47.06%) Active Directory
2 5 (14.71%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (11.76%) XenApp
4 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (2.94%) Terminal Server
5 1 (2.94%) Terminal Services
5 1 (2.94%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.94%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (23.53%) SCOM
2 5 (14.71%) SCCM
3 2 (5.88%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (61.76%) Microsoft
2 15 (44.12%) Citrix
3 5 (14.71%) Cisco
4 4 (11.76%) Dell
5 3 (8.82%) Adobe
6 2 (5.88%) Avaya
6 2 (5.88%) HP
6 2 (5.88%) iManage
6 2 (5.88%) Interwoven
6 2 (5.88%) LANDesk
6 2 (5.88%) Toshiba
6 2 (5.88%) VMware
7 1 (2.94%) Apple
7 1 (2.94%) AppSense
7 1 (2.94%) BMC
7 1 (2.94%) BT
7 1 (2.94%) Google
7 1 (2.94%) Intel Security
7 1 (2.94%) Mitel
7 1 (2.94%) SAP