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 22 December 2014 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 551 557 539
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -18
Contract jobs citing MOS 35 19 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.064% 0.037% 0.047%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.21% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 6 3
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£203 £175 £130
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.71% +34.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £125 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £343 £170
UK excluding London average daily rate £115 £144 £130
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +10.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 6
Average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £7.20 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £16.68 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-3.57% -12.50%

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
11172 9259 8839
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.49% 17.97% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6548 5156 4631
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 395 605
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.63 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 22 December 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 16 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 22 December 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 -15 34 £203 +15.71% 6
London +22 18 £210 -6.14% 1
City of London +2 5 £203 -22.11%
East Midlands - 4 - - 2
South East -18 2 - -
Leeds - - - - 2
North West - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - - 1
Weybridge - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 2

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 72 (84.71%) MS Office
2 66 (77.65%) Microsoft
3 48 (56.47%) Windows
3 48 (56.47%) MS Excel
4 35 (41.18%) Windows 7
5 24 (28.24%) Active Directory
6 23 (27.06%) Law
7 21 (24.71%) Blackberry
7 21 (24.71%) Legal
8 19 (22.35%) Finance
8 19 (22.35%) MS PowerPoint
9 18 (21.18%) ITIL
9 18 (21.18%) E-Learning
9 18 (21.18%) Spreadsheet
10 17 (20.00%) WorkSite
11 16 (18.82%) VPN
11 16 (18.82%) Citrix
12 14 (16.47%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (16.47%) Interwoven
12 14 (16.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 14 (16.47%) SCCM
13 13 (15.29%) SLA
14 12 (14.12%) Windows XP
14 12 (14.12%) Terminal Server
14 12 (14.12%) Document Management
15 11 (12.94%) HP
15 11 (12.94%) A+ Certification
16 10 (11.76%) AppSense
16 10 (11.76%) Security Cleared
17 9 (10.59%) VBA

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 17 (20.00%) WorkSite
2 14 (16.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (4.71%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.18%) Lync
5 1 (1.18%) IIS
5 1 (1.18%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.18%) CMS
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 72 (84.71%) MS Office
2 48 (56.47%) MS Excel
3 19 (22.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (21.18%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (5.88%) AutoCAD
6 2 (2.35%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 16 (18.82%) VPN
2 3 (3.53%) ADSL
2 3 (3.53%) Internet
3 2 (2.35%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.35%) VoIP
4 1 (1.18%) DHCP
4 1 (1.18%) DNS
4 1 (1.18%) SAN
4 1 (1.18%) 3G
4 1 (1.18%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.18%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (1.18%) GCC
General
1 23 (27.06%) Law
2 21 (24.71%) Legal
3 19 (22.35%) Finance
4 3 (3.53%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (2.35%) Banking
6 1 (1.18%) Billing
6 1 (1.18%) French Language
6 1 (1.18%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.18%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 45 (52.94%) Analyst
2 31 (36.47%) Service Analyst
2 31 (36.47%) Service Desk Analyst
3 18 (21.18%) Microsoft Specialist
4 11 (12.94%) Support Analyst
5 8 (9.41%) Help Desk Analyst
6 7 (8.24%) Support Engineer
7 4 (4.71%) IT Trainer
7 4 (4.71%) QA Tester
7 4 (4.71%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (4.71%) Legal Analyst
7 4 (4.71%) Tester
7 4 (4.71%) Trainer
7 4 (4.71%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 3 (3.53%) Quality Analyst
8 3 (3.53%) Junior Analyst
8 3 (3.53%) Junior
8 3 (3.53%) Deskside Support
8 3 (3.53%) QA Analyst
9 2 (2.35%) Legal IT Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.53%) OLE
2 1 (1.18%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 21 (24.71%) Blackberry
2 18 (21.18%) E-Learning
3 2 (2.35%) Handset
3 2 (2.35%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.18%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.18%) PDA
4 1 (1.18%) Statistics
4 1 (1.18%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.18%) CMDB
4 1 (1.18%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 48 (56.47%) Windows
2 35 (41.18%) Windows 7
3 12 (14.12%) Windows XP
4 7 (8.24%) Windows Vista
5 3 (3.53%) Android
6 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.18%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.18%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (1.18%) Linux
7 1 (1.18%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (21.18%) ITIL
2 12 (14.12%) Document Management
3 9 (10.59%) Project Management
4 7 (8.24%) Quality Management
5 6 (7.06%) Incident Management
5 6 (7.06%) Test Strategy
6 5 (5.88%) ITIL V3
7 4 (4.71%) ITIL V2
7 4 (4.71%) Knowledge Management
8 3 (3.53%) Change Control
8 3 (3.53%) Change Management
8 3 (3.53%) Migration
9 2 (2.35%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (2.35%) GAP Analysis
9 2 (2.35%) Service Delivery
9 2 (2.35%) Requirements Management
9 2 (2.35%) Requirements Analysis
9 2 (2.35%) Practice Management
9 2 (2.35%) Business Analysis
9 2 (2.35%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.59%) VBA
2 1 (1.18%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.18%) C
2 1 (1.18%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (16.47%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (12.94%) A+ Certification
3 10 (11.76%) Security Cleared
4 8 (9.41%) SC Cleared
5 7 (8.24%) ISTQB
6 6 (7.06%) MCITP
6 6 (7.06%) MCP
6 6 (7.06%) MCSE
6 6 (7.06%) MCSA
7 5 (5.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (4.71%) MCDST
9 3 (3.53%) CCNA
9 3 (3.53%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (3.53%) DV Cleared
9 3 (3.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 2 (2.35%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.18%) ECDL
11 1 (1.18%) MCT
11 1 (1.18%) ISEB
11 1 (1.18%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.29%) SLA
2 8 (9.41%) QA
3 1 (1.18%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 24 (28.24%) Active Directory
2 12 (14.12%) Terminal Server
3 4 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.18%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.18%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 14 (16.47%) SCCM
2 1 (1.18%) SCOM
2 1 (1.18%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (1.18%) WSUS
Vendors
1 66 (77.65%) Microsoft
2 16 (18.82%) Citrix
3 14 (16.47%) Interwoven
4 11 (12.94%) HP
5 10 (11.76%) AppSense
6 7 (8.24%) Apple
7 4 (4.71%) Google
7 4 (4.71%) VMware
8 3 (3.53%) Cisco
9 2 (2.35%) IBM
9 2 (2.35%) Oracle
9 2 (2.35%) LANDesk
9 2 (2.35%) Nokia
9 2 (2.35%) BT
10 1 (1.18%) Open Text
10 1 (1.18%) Dell
10 1 (1.18%) CheckPoint
10 1 (1.18%) Symantec
10 1 (1.18%) Remedy
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