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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 572 559 511
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -48
Contract jobs citing MOS 27 11 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.050% 0.021% 0.063%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.11% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 1 15
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£207 £203 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £119 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £203 £355
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 - £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 2
Average hourly rate £14.25 - £22.45
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.70 - £20.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.15 - £24.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £9.50 - £24.90

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
10555 10047 8332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.67% 19.35% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6006 5532 4420
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 509 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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 27 March 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 26 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 27 March 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 +11 27 £207 +2.22% 11
London +15 15 £207 +2.22% 5
Wiltshire - 8 £475 -
South West - 8 £475 -
City of London +22 7 £200 -1.23% 2
North West - 2 - -
Manchester - 2 - -
West Yorkshire -6 1 - - 2
Leeds -12 1 - - 1
Yorkshire -15 1 - - 2
West Midlands - 1 £200 - 2
Scotland - - - -
South East - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 2
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Chippenham - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Northampton - - - - 2
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 2
South Yorkshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 39 (68.42%) MS Office
1 39 (68.42%) Microsoft
2 30 (52.63%) Windows
3 23 (40.35%) MS Excel
4 22 (38.60%) Windows 7
5 19 (33.33%) Active Directory
5 19 (33.33%) Finance
6 17 (29.82%) Law
6 17 (29.82%) ITIL
7 15 (26.32%) Legal
8 12 (21.05%) Blackberry
8 12 (21.05%) VPN
8 12 (21.05%) Interwoven
8 12 (21.05%) WorkSite
9 11 (19.30%) Citrix
9 11 (19.30%) SLA
10 10 (17.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 10 (17.54%) Terminal Server
10 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (17.54%) SCCM
11 9 (15.79%) AppSense
12 7 (12.28%) Incident Management
12 7 (12.28%) Migration
13 6 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
13 6 (10.53%) Change Management
13 6 (10.53%) GAP Analysis
13 6 (10.53%) A+ Certification
13 6 (10.53%) Windows XP
13 6 (10.53%) Requirements Analysis
13 6 (10.53%) Business Process Improvement

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 12 (21.05%) WorkSite
2 10 (17.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (5.26%) CMS
4 1 (1.75%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (1.75%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.75%) TeamSite
4 1 (1.75%) Lync
Applications
1 39 (68.42%) MS Office
2 23 (40.35%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.51%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (3.51%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.75%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 12 (21.05%) VPN
2 2 (3.51%) Internet
3 1 (1.75%) NAS
3 1 (1.75%) SAN
3 1 (1.75%) DHCP
3 1 (1.75%) TCP/IP
General
1 19 (33.33%) Finance
2 17 (29.82%) Law
3 15 (26.32%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Billing
4 1 (1.75%) French Language
Job Titles
1 41 (71.93%) Analyst
2 25 (43.86%) Service Analyst
3 24 (42.11%) Service Desk Analyst
4 11 (19.30%) Support Analyst
5 7 (12.28%) Help Desk Analyst
6 6 (10.53%) Business Analyst
7 5 (8.77%) Desktop Support
8 4 (7.02%) Support Engineer
8 4 (7.02%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 4 (7.02%) Desktop Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Help Desk Support
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
10 2 (3.51%) 2nd Line Support
10 2 (3.51%) Support Specialist
10 2 (3.51%) Junior
10 2 (3.51%) Trainer
10 2 (3.51%) Help Desk Support Analyst
10 2 (3.51%) Team Leader
10 2 (3.51%) Senior Support Analyst
10 2 (3.51%) Senior Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.75%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 12 (21.05%) Blackberry
2 2 (3.51%) E-Learning
3 1 (1.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 30 (52.63%) Windows
2 22 (38.60%) Windows 7
3 6 (10.53%) Windows XP
4 5 (8.77%) Windows Vista
5 2 (3.51%) Android
6 1 (1.75%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (29.82%) ITIL
2 7 (12.28%) Migration
2 7 (12.28%) Incident Management
3 6 (10.53%) Requirements Analysis
3 6 (10.53%) Business Analysis
3 6 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (10.53%) Change Management
3 6 (10.53%) GAP Analysis
3 6 (10.53%) Business Process Improvement
3 6 (10.53%) ITIL V3
3 6 (10.53%) Business Transformation
4 5 (8.77%) Document Management
5 4 (7.02%) ITIL V2
6 2 (3.51%) Service Delivery
6 2 (3.51%) Project Management
7 1 (1.75%) Service Management
7 1 (1.75%) Quality Management
7 1 (1.75%) Configuration Management
7 1 (1.75%) Workflow
7 1 (1.75%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.75%) C
1 1 (1.75%) SQL
1 1 (1.75%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (10.53%) A+ Certification
3 5 (8.77%) MCDST
3 5 (8.77%) MCITP
3 5 (8.77%) Security Cleared
4 3 (5.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (5.26%) MCSA
5 2 (3.51%) MCSE
5 2 (3.51%) CCNA
5 2 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.75%) ECDL
6 1 (1.75%) MCP
6 1 (1.75%) MCT
6 1 (1.75%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.75%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.75%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (19.30%) SLA
2 1 (1.75%) QA
2 1 (1.75%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 19 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 10 (17.54%) Terminal Server
3 3 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.75%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 10 (17.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 39 (68.42%) Microsoft
2 12 (21.05%) Interwoven
3 11 (19.30%) Citrix
4 9 (15.79%) AppSense
5 4 (7.02%) Apple
5 4 (7.02%) HP
6 3 (5.26%) VMware
7 2 (3.51%) IBM
7 2 (3.51%) BT
8 1 (1.75%) Nokia
8 1 (1.75%) Oracle
8 1 (1.75%) EMC
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