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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 569 515 569
Rank change year-on-year
-54 +54
Contract jobs citing MOS 18 29 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.032% 0.061% 0.031%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.33% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 3
Average daily rate £190 £225 £148
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +52.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £191 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £425 £170
UK excluding London average daily rate £120 £425 -
% change year-on-year
-71.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 5
Average hourly rate - £22.45 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +12.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £24.90 £16.75
% change year-on-year
- +48.65%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10976 8669 10495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.50% 18.17% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6208 4593 5416
Average daily rate £375 £363 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 472 579
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%

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 18 April 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 30 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -101 14 £190 -15.55% 3
South East -10 6 £325 -23.52% 1
Hampshire - 6 £325 -
London -40 5 £215 -2.27%
Scotland -3 4 - - 1
City of London -19 4 £215 +10.25%
Edinburgh - 2 - - 1
Leeds -19 1 - -
West Yorkshire -20 1 - -
Yorkshire -21 1 - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
West Lothian - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
East of England - - - -
Linlithgow - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Epsom - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Reading - - - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 29 (78.38%) MS Office
2 22 (59.46%) Microsoft
3 18 (48.65%) Windows
4 15 (40.54%) MS Excel
5 14 (37.84%) Windows 7
6 13 (35.14%) ITIL
7 11 (29.73%) Law
7 11 (29.73%) Legal
8 9 (24.32%) Windows XP
9 8 (21.62%) Citrix
10 7 (18.92%) VBA
10 7 (18.92%) Security Cleared
10 7 (18.92%) Degree
11 6 (16.22%) Service Management
11 6 (16.22%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (16.22%) Active Directory
12 5 (13.51%) MS Exchange
13 4 (10.81%) Banking
13 4 (10.81%) SAS
13 4 (10.81%) MCT
13 4 (10.81%) Oracle
13 4 (10.81%) MCP
13 4 (10.81%) HP
13 4 (10.81%) Configuration Management
13 4 (10.81%) A+ Certification
13 4 (10.81%) QA
13 4 (10.81%) Document Management
13 4 (10.81%) MS PowerPoint
13 4 (10.81%) SC Cleared
13 4 (10.81%) DV Cleared

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 5 (13.51%) MS Exchange
2 4 (10.81%) SAS
3 3 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (8.11%) WorkSite
4 2 (5.41%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 29 (78.38%) MS Office
2 15 (40.54%) MS Excel
3 4 (10.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.70%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (2.70%) Acrobat
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.70%) LDAP
1 1 (2.70%) DHCP
1 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.70%) DNS
1 1 (2.70%) SAN
General
1 11 (29.73%) Law
1 11 (29.73%) Legal
2 4 (10.81%) Banking
3 2 (5.41%) Publishing
3 2 (5.41%) Russian Language
4 1 (2.70%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.70%) Military
4 1 (2.70%) Back Office
4 1 (2.70%) Finance
4 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 21 (56.76%) Analyst
2 13 (35.14%) Service Analyst
3 12 (32.43%) Service Desk Analyst
4 7 (18.92%) Trainer
4 7 (18.92%) IT Trainer
5 6 (16.22%) Support Analyst
6 5 (13.51%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (13.51%) Legal Analyst
7 4 (10.81%) Change Analyst
7 4 (10.81%) IT Support
8 3 (8.11%) Technical Specialist
8 3 (8.11%) Tester
9 2 (5.41%) Help Desk Analyst
9 2 (5.41%) 1st Line Support
9 2 (5.41%) QA Tester
9 2 (5.41%) Legal IT Trainer
9 2 (5.41%) Technical Trainer
10 1 (2.70%) Help Desk Support Technician
10 1 (2.70%) Change and Release Analyst
10 1 (2.70%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.70%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.41%) Management Information System
1 2 (5.41%) Blackberry
1 2 (5.41%) Video Editing
1 2 (5.41%) Statistics
2 1 (2.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (48.65%) Windows
2 14 (37.84%) Windows 7
3 9 (24.32%) Windows XP
4 4 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.70%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (35.14%) ITIL
2 6 (16.22%) Service Management
3 4 (10.81%) Configuration Management
3 4 (10.81%) Document Management
4 3 (8.11%) ITIL V3
4 3 (8.11%) ITIL V2
4 3 (8.11%) Test Strategy
4 3 (8.11%) Root Cause Analysis
4 3 (8.11%) Quality Management
4 3 (8.11%) Change Management
5 2 (5.41%) Project Management
6 1 (2.70%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.70%) Knowledge Management
6 1 (2.70%) Data Protection
6 1 (2.70%) Information Management
6 1 (2.70%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (18.92%) VBA
2 3 (8.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (18.92%) Security Cleared
1 7 (18.92%) Degree
2 6 (16.22%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (10.81%) MCT
3 4 (10.81%) MCP
3 4 (10.81%) A+ Certification
3 4 (10.81%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.81%) DV Cleared
3 4 (10.81%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.41%) ECDL
4 2 (5.41%) MCDST
5 1 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) QA
System Software
1 6 (16.22%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) SCCM
1 1 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 22 (59.46%) Microsoft
2 8 (21.62%) Citrix
3 4 (10.81%) Oracle
3 4 (10.81%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) Google
4 1 (2.70%) Adobe
4 1 (2.70%) Interwoven
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