The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 548 548 563
Rank change year-on-year
0 +15
Contract jobs citing MOS 45 20 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.039% 0.036%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.43% 0.22% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 6 5
Average daily rate
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£175 £198 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.39% -19.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £121 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £438 £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £120 £438 £250
% change year-on-year
-72.57% +75.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 4
Average hourly rate £17.00 £22.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +39.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £22.00 £14.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £22.00 £17.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.25 - £15.25
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10442 9068 9814
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.10% 17.77% 16.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5891 4873 5063
Average daily rate £375 £375 £374
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 504 612
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.87 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.10% -0.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.14 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 25 July 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 27 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 25 July 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 -6 41 £180 -8.86% 11
London +14 21 £190 +46.15% 3
South East 0 13 £325 -25.71% 4
Hampshire - 12 £325 - 2
City of London +23 11 £185 +20.32% 1
Scotland -19 3 - -
East of England - 3 £118 - 1
Glasgow - 3 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £118 - 1
Cambridge - 2 £118 - 1
Surrey -3 1 - - 2
East Midlands - - - - 2
North West - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - -
Essex - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - - 1
Harlow - - - -
Basingstoke - - - - 2
Birmingham - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Northampton - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Reading - - - -
Reigate - - - - 2
Weybridge - - - -
Berkshire - - - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 55 (87.30%) MS Office
2 48 (76.19%) Microsoft
3 36 (57.14%) MS Excel
4 27 (42.86%) Windows
5 23 (36.51%) HP
6 22 (34.92%) VBA
6 22 (34.92%) ISTQB
6 22 (34.92%) QA
7 21 (33.33%) Quality Management
7 21 (33.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
8 17 (26.98%) Security Cleared
8 17 (26.98%) Document Management
9 16 (25.40%) SC Cleared
9 16 (25.40%) Law
9 16 (25.40%) Legal
9 16 (25.40%) ITIL
10 15 (23.81%) Project Management
11 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
12 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
12 12 (19.05%) DV Cleared
13 11 (17.46%) Blackberry
13 11 (17.46%) Microsoft Certification
14 9 (14.29%) Citrix
14 9 (14.29%) VPN
14 9 (14.29%) Windows XP
15 8 (12.70%) MCP
16 7 (11.11%) MCSA
16 7 (11.11%) Apple
16 7 (11.11%) ITIL V3

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 6 (9.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 6 (9.52%) WorkSite
2 4 (6.35%) SharePoint
2 4 (6.35%) MS Exchange
2 4 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (4.76%) SAS
4 2 (3.17%) Lync
Applications
1 55 (87.30%) MS Office
2 36 (57.14%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.17%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (3.17%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (1.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (14.29%) VPN
2 2 (3.17%) Intranet
2 2 (3.17%) VoIP
3 1 (1.59%) Internet
3 1 (1.59%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
General
1 16 (25.40%) Law
1 16 (25.40%) Legal
2 5 (7.94%) Military
2 5 (7.94%) Finance
3 4 (6.35%) Banking
4 2 (3.17%) Russian Language
5 1 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.59%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 32 (50.79%) Analyst
2 15 (23.81%) Tester
3 12 (19.05%) Support Analyst
3 12 (19.05%) Service Analyst
3 12 (19.05%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (15.87%) IT Trainer
4 10 (15.87%) QA Tester
4 10 (15.87%) Trainer
5 7 (11.11%) Legal Analyst
6 6 (9.52%) Help Desk Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) Support Engineer
7 4 (6.35%) Technical Trainer
7 4 (6.35%) Technical Support Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) Technical Support
7 4 (6.35%) Legal IT Trainer
7 4 (6.35%) QA Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) Technical Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) 1st Line Support Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) QA Test Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.17%) HTML
2 1 (1.59%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 11 (17.46%) Blackberry
2 4 (6.35%) E-Learning
3 2 (3.17%) Statistics
3 2 (3.17%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (3.17%) Handset
4 1 (1.59%) NHS
4 1 (1.59%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.59%) Learning Management System
4 1 (1.59%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 27 (42.86%) Windows
2 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
3 9 (14.29%) Windows XP
4 3 (4.76%) Mac OS X
4 3 (4.76%) Windows Vista
5 2 (3.17%) UNIX
5 2 (3.17%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (3.17%) Linux
6 1 (1.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (33.33%) Quality Management
2 17 (26.98%) Document Management
3 16 (25.40%) ITIL
4 15 (23.81%) Project Management
5 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
6 7 (11.11%) ITIL V3
7 5 (7.94%) Knowledge Management
8 4 (6.35%) ITIL V2
8 4 (6.35%) Service Management
9 3 (4.76%) Configuration Management
10 2 (3.17%) Stakeholder Management
10 2 (3.17%) Incident Management
11 1 (1.59%) Time Management
11 1 (1.59%) Data Protection
11 1 (1.59%) Asset Management
11 1 (1.59%) Information Management
11 1 (1.59%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (34.92%) VBA
2 4 (6.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 22 (34.92%) ISTQB
2 21 (33.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 17 (26.98%) Security Cleared
4 16 (25.40%) SC Cleared
5 12 (19.05%) DV Cleared
6 11 (17.46%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (12.70%) MCP
8 7 (11.11%) MCSA
9 6 (9.52%) Degree
10 5 (7.94%) A+ Certification
11 3 (4.76%) MCSE
12 2 (3.17%) MCT
12 2 (3.17%) ECDL
12 2 (3.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (3.17%) MCITP
13 1 (1.59%) MCDST
13 1 (1.59%) CCNA
13 1 (1.59%) ISEB
13 1 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (34.92%) QA
2 4 (6.35%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.76%) XenApp
3 2 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (7.94%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (6.35%) SCCM
3 2 (3.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (3.17%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 48 (76.19%) Microsoft
2 23 (36.51%) HP
3 9 (14.29%) Citrix
4 7 (11.11%) Apple
5 5 (7.94%) Remedy
6 4 (6.35%) Sophos
6 4 (6.35%) Nokia
6 4 (6.35%) Oracle
7 3 (4.76%) Reuters
7 3 (4.76%) Bloomberg
7 3 (4.76%) F5
8 2 (3.17%) Symantec
8 2 (3.17%) Sitecore
8 2 (3.17%) VMware
8 2 (3.17%) Cisco
8 2 (3.17%) Adobe
8 2 (3.17%) CheckPoint
8 2 (3.17%) Interwoven
9 1 (1.59%) Google
9 1 (1.59%) Wyse
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