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 10 February 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.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 619 582 573
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -9
Contract jobs citing MOS 7 30 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.058% 0.030%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.064% 0.29% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 23 4
Average daily rate £328 £200 £195
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+63.75% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £125 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £475 £358
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £475 £125
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +280.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Average hourly rate - £15.00 £8.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +87.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
- -20.83%

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
10906 10502 9640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.28% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6716 6074 5197
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 489 490 442
Average hourly rate £38.25 £20.00 £18.61
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.25% +7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £46.50 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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
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 10 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -26 7 £328 +63.75% 3
London -9 4 £235 +17.50% 1
South East - 3 £380 - 1
Hampshire - 2 £395 -
City of London +28 1 - - 1
West Midlands -12 1 £380 +90.00%
Worcestershire - 1 £380 -
Maidenhead - 1 £210 -
Winchester - 1 £410 -
Berkshire - 1 £210 -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 22 (75.86%) MS Office
1 22 (75.86%) Windows
2 21 (72.41%) Microsoft
3 16 (55.17%) Windows 7
4 15 (51.72%) ITIL
5 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
6 10 (34.48%) Legal
6 10 (34.48%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (31.03%) Law
8 7 (24.14%) Service Management
8 7 (24.14%) MS Excel
9 6 (20.69%) iManage
9 6 (20.69%) MCDST
10 5 (17.24%) Blackberry
11 4 (13.79%) Cisco
11 4 (13.79%) VPN
11 4 (13.79%) SCCM
12 3 (10.34%) MS PowerPoint
12 3 (10.34%) ITSM
12 3 (10.34%) Finance
12 3 (10.34%) MCSE
12 3 (10.34%) MCP
12 3 (10.34%) C
12 3 (10.34%) Citrix
13 2 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (6.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (6.90%) Terminal Server
13 2 (6.90%) CCNA
13 2 (6.90%) Interwoven
13 2 (6.90%) HNC

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 2 (6.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (3.45%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.45%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 22 (75.86%) MS Office
2 7 (24.14%) MS Excel
3 3 (10.34%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) SAP CCM
1 1 (3.45%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) VPN
2 1 (3.45%) LAN
2 1 (3.45%) VoIP
2 1 (3.45%) WAN
General
1 10 (34.48%) Legal
2 9 (31.03%) Law
3 3 (10.34%) Finance
Job Titles
1 22 (75.86%) Analyst
2 14 (48.28%) Service Analyst
2 14 (48.28%) Service Desk Analyst
3 12 (41.38%) Service Desk Support
4 11 (37.93%) Service Desk Support Analyst
4 11 (37.93%) Support Analyst
5 10 (34.48%) Technical Analyst
6 8 (27.59%) IT Analyst
7 6 (20.69%) Help Desk Support
7 6 (20.69%) IT Trainer
7 6 (20.69%) Technical Services Analyst
7 6 (20.69%) Technical Support
7 6 (20.69%) Technical Support Analyst
7 6 (20.69%) Trainer
8 5 (17.24%) Help Desk Analyst
8 5 (17.24%) Help Desk Support Analyst
8 5 (17.24%) Legal IT Trainer
9 4 (13.79%) IT Support Analyst
9 4 (13.79%) Technical Trainer
9 4 (13.79%) Windows Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Blackberry
2 1 (3.45%) e-Learning
2 1 (3.45%) iPad
2 1 (3.45%) Learning Management System
2 1 (3.45%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 22 (75.86%) Windows
2 16 (55.17%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.90%) Windows XP
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (51.72%) ITIL
2 7 (24.14%) Service Management
3 3 (10.34%) ITSM
4 2 (6.90%) Change Control
4 2 (6.90%) ITIL V3
5 1 (3.45%) Business Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) Business Process Improvement
5 1 (3.45%) Business Transformation
5 1 (3.45%) Change Management
5 1 (3.45%) CRM
5 1 (3.45%) ERP
5 1 (3.45%) GAP Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) Incident Management
5 1 (3.45%) Migration
5 1 (3.45%) Presales
5 1 (3.45%) Process Improvement
5 1 (3.45%) Requirements Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.34%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (34.48%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (20.69%) MCDST
3 3 (10.34%) MCP
3 3 (10.34%) MCSE
4 2 (6.90%) CCNA
4 2 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (6.90%) HNC
5 1 (3.45%) ECDL
5 1 (3.45%) MCITP
5 1 (3.45%) MCSA
5 1 (3.45%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.90%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) SCCM
2 1 (3.45%) Backup Exec
2 1 (3.45%) CA Spectrum
2 1 (3.45%) Nagios
2 1 (3.45%) NetBackup
2 1 (3.45%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (3.45%) SCOM
2 1 (3.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (72.41%) Microsoft
2 6 (20.69%) iManage
3 4 (13.79%) Cisco
4 3 (10.34%) Citrix
5 2 (6.90%) Interwoven
5 2 (6.90%) ServiceNow
6 1 (3.45%) AppSense
6 1 (3.45%) BT
6 1 (3.45%) CA
6 1 (3.45%) CheckPoint
6 1 (3.45%) Google
6 1 (3.45%) Intel Security
6 1 (3.45%) JD Edwards
6 1 (3.45%) SAP
6 1 (3.45%) Symantec