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 1 May 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 645 614 603
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -11
Contract jobs citing MOS 19 33 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.058% 0.035%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.30% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 19 9
Average daily rate £140 £200 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +60.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £108 £121 £98
10% offered a daily rate of more than £386 £250 £273
UK excluding London average daily rate £140 £200 £110
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +81.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £105.00 £12.27 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+755.74% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.52 -

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
11871 11091 10725
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.24% 19.55% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 7464 6267 6098
Average daily rate £400 £393 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £535 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 557 544
Average hourly rate £29.50 £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.11% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.14 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 1 May 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 12 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 1 May 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 -18 19 £140 -30.00% 4
Manchester -5 8 £110 -
North West -8 8 £110 -
London -30 6 - - 1
West Midlands -11 4 £380 +90.00%
City of London +42 3 - - 1
Hampshire - 2 £395 -
Worcestershire - 2 £380 -
South East - 2 £395 - 1
West Bromwich - 1 - -
Winchester - 1 £410 -
Worcester - 1 £380 -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 18 (78.26%) Windows
2 15 (65.22%) MS Office
3 13 (56.52%) Legal
4 12 (52.17%) ITIL
4 12 (52.17%) Active Directory
5 11 (47.83%) Microsoft
5 11 (47.83%) Blackberry
5 11 (47.83%) Law
6 10 (43.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (43.48%) Windows 7
7 8 (34.78%) Citrix
8 7 (30.43%) VPN
8 7 (30.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (26.09%) Finance
9 6 (26.09%) Banking
9 6 (26.09%) MCDST
9 6 (26.09%) Document Management
9 6 (26.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (21.74%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (21.74%) Windows Server
10 5 (21.74%) Windows XP
11 4 (17.39%) Cisco
11 4 (17.39%) Dell
12 3 (13.04%) Service Management
12 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange
12 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
12 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (13.04%) Change Control
12 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (13.04%) iManage

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 7 (30.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (13.04%) MS Exchange
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 15 (65.22%) MS Office
2 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 7 (30.43%) VPN
2 2 (8.70%) Cisco IOS
2 2 (8.70%) IP Telephony
2 2 (8.70%) VoIP
3 1 (4.35%) Internet
3 1 (4.35%) Wireless
General
1 13 (56.52%) Legal
2 11 (47.83%) Law
3 6 (26.09%) Banking
3 6 (26.09%) Finance
4 3 (13.04%) French Language
4 3 (13.04%) German Language
5 1 (4.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 15 (65.22%) Analyst
2 9 (39.13%) Service Analyst
2 9 (39.13%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (30.43%) Support Analyst
4 4 (17.39%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (13.04%) Commercial Manager
5 3 (13.04%) Help Desk Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) Help Desk Support
5 3 (13.04%) Help Desk Support Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) IT Trainer
5 3 (13.04%) Service Desk Support
5 3 (13.04%) Service Desk Support Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) Trainer
6 2 (8.70%) 1st Line Support
6 2 (8.70%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Desktop Support
6 2 (8.70%) IT Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Legal IT Trainer
6 2 (8.70%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 11 (47.83%) Blackberry
2 1 (4.35%) e-Learning
2 1 (4.35%) iPad
2 1 (4.35%) iPhone
2 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.35%) PDA
2 1 (4.35%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 18 (78.26%) Windows
2 10 (43.48%) Windows 7
3 5 (21.74%) Windows Server
3 5 (21.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (21.74%) Windows XP
4 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (8.70%) Android
5 2 (8.70%) Windows 10
6 1 (4.35%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) ITIL
2 6 (26.09%) Document Management
3 3 (13.04%) Change Control
3 3 (13.04%) Service Management
4 1 (4.35%) CRM
4 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
4 1 (4.35%) Time Management
Qualifications
1 10 (43.48%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (26.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 6 (26.09%) MCDST
3 2 (8.70%) MCP
3 2 (8.70%) MCSA
4 1 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (4.35%) MCTS
System Software
1 12 (52.17%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Terminal Server
2 1 (4.35%) Terminal Services
2 1 (4.35%) VMware ESX
2 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (47.83%) Microsoft
2 8 (34.78%) Citrix
3 4 (17.39%) Cisco
3 4 (17.39%) Dell
4 3 (13.04%) iManage
5 2 (8.70%) Avaya
5 2 (8.70%) HP
5 2 (8.70%) Interwoven
5 2 (8.70%) LANDesk
5 2 (8.70%) Toshiba
6 1 (4.35%) Apple
6 1 (4.35%) AppSense
6 1 (4.35%) Google
6 1 (4.35%) Mitel
6 1 (4.35%) VMware