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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 574 563 531
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -32
Contract jobs citing MOS 22 32 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.060% 0.049%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.31% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 17
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£214 £190 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.63% -15.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £100 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £312 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £200 £115 £425
% change year-on-year
+73.91% -72.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Average hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.15% -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.93 £19.00 £20.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.90 £19.00 £21.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.52 - -

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
10111 10309 8643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.96% 19.47% 18.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 5816 6000 4631
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 501 532 472
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.00% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.36 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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
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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

MOS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MOS
Top 15 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 29 May 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 -31 22 £214 +12.63% 6
London +1 9 £214 -8.93% 2
Manchester - 8 - -
North West - 8 - -
City of London +12 4 £230 -2.12%
West Midlands - 3 £200 -
Leamington Spa - 2 £200 -
Warwickshire - 2 £200 -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
Solihull - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -
Harlow - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - - 2

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 40 (75.47%) Microsoft
2 38 (71.70%) MS Office
3 32 (60.38%) Windows
4 25 (47.17%) Windows 7
5 24 (45.28%) MS Excel
6 18 (33.96%) Law
7 17 (32.08%) Legal
8 16 (30.19%) Finance
8 16 (30.19%) ITIL
9 14 (26.42%) Active Directory
9 14 (26.42%) Microsoft Certification
10 13 (24.53%) Blackberry
11 11 (20.75%) MCDST
11 11 (20.75%) WorkSite
12 10 (18.87%) Security Cleared
12 10 (18.87%) Incident Management
12 10 (18.87%) Citrix
12 10 (18.87%) SLA
13 9 (16.98%) VPN
13 9 (16.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 9 (16.98%) Interwoven
13 9 (16.98%) ITIL V3
13 9 (16.98%) Document Management
14 8 (15.09%) MCITP
14 8 (15.09%) AppSense
14 8 (15.09%) SCCM
14 8 (15.09%) Terminal Server
14 8 (15.09%) A+ Certification
14 8 (15.09%) Windows XP
15 6 (11.32%) Migration

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 11 (20.75%) WorkSite
2 9 (16.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (7.55%) Lync
4 3 (5.66%) CMS
5 1 (1.89%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 38 (71.70%) MS Office
2 24 (45.28%) MS Excel
3 4 (7.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (5.66%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) OneDrive
1 1 (1.89%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (16.98%) VPN
2 2 (3.77%) Internet
2 2 (3.77%) NAS
3 1 (1.89%) DNS
3 1 (1.89%) VoIP
3 1 (1.89%) DHCP
3 1 (1.89%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.89%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.89%) SAN
3 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.89%) Unified Communications
3 1 (1.89%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.89%) MySQL
1 1 (1.89%) SQL Server
General
1 18 (33.96%) Law
2 17 (32.08%) Legal
3 16 (30.19%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 34 (64.15%) Analyst
2 20 (37.74%) Service Analyst
3 19 (35.85%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (18.87%) Support Analyst
5 8 (15.09%) Team Leader
5 8 (15.09%) Technical Team Leader
5 8 (15.09%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 6 (11.32%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (9.43%) Business Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support
8 3 (5.66%) Consultant
8 3 (5.66%) Trainer
8 3 (5.66%) Training Consultant
8 3 (5.66%) Desktop Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) IT Trainer
9 2 (3.77%) Help Desk Support
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Support Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Desktop Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.53%) Blackberry
2 1 (1.89%) NHS
2 1 (1.89%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.89%) Life Science
2 1 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (1.89%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 32 (60.38%) Windows
2 25 (47.17%) Windows 7
3 8 (15.09%) Windows XP
4 2 (3.77%) Windows Vista
4 2 (3.77%) Android
5 1 (1.89%) Linux
5 1 (1.89%) UNIX
5 1 (1.89%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (30.19%) ITIL
2 10 (18.87%) Incident Management
3 9 (16.98%) ITIL V3
3 9 (16.98%) Document Management
4 6 (11.32%) Migration
5 5 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (9.43%) Change Management
5 5 (9.43%) GAP Analysis
5 5 (9.43%) Requirements Analysis
5 5 (9.43%) Business Process Improvement
5 5 (9.43%) Business Transformation
5 5 (9.43%) Business Analysis
6 3 (5.66%) Performance Management
7 2 (3.77%) Service Management
8 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2
8 1 (1.89%) Configuration Management
8 1 (1.89%) Project Management
8 1 (1.89%) Service Delivery
8 1 (1.89%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (1.89%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.89%) C
1 1 (1.89%) SQL
1 1 (1.89%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 14 (26.42%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (20.75%) MCDST
3 10 (18.87%) Security Cleared
4 8 (15.09%) MCITP
4 8 (15.09%) A+ Certification
5 4 (7.55%) MCSA
6 2 (3.77%) MCSE
6 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (3.77%) CCNA
7 1 (1.89%) MCT
7 1 (1.89%) MCP
7 1 (1.89%) ECDL
7 1 (1.89%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.87%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (26.42%) Active Directory
2 8 (15.09%) Terminal Server
3 2 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.89%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (15.09%) SCCM
2 1 (1.89%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 40 (75.47%) Microsoft
2 10 (18.87%) Citrix
3 9 (16.98%) Interwoven
4 8 (15.09%) AppSense
5 2 (3.77%) LexisNexis
5 2 (3.77%) VMware
5 2 (3.77%) Cisco
6 1 (1.89%) EMC
6 1 (1.89%) Oracle
6 1 (1.89%) Synology