The table below looks at the statistics for MS Office skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MS Office over the 3 months to 22 August 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 34 32 32
Rank change year-on-year
-2 0
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2735 2668 2957
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.85% 5.00% 5.10%
As % of the Applications category 37.62% 39.74% 39.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1370 1311 1305
Average daily rate
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£285 £280 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.78% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £122 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £468 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £265 £263
% change year-on-year
+11.32% +0.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 441 473
Average hourly rate £14.72 £15.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.86% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.13 £10.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.80 £24.00 £29.92
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Applications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Applications category
7270 6714 7552
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.90% 12.59% 13.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4076 3688 3948
Average daily rate £338 £335 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.74% +1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 714 651 792
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

MS Office
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MS Office within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Applications category.

MS Office Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MS Office
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MS Office within the UK.

MS Office Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MS Office
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MS Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

MS Office Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MS Office
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MS Office within the UK.

MS Office Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MS Office
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MS Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

MS Office Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MS Office
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 MS Office within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 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 -2 2446 £290 +1.75% 717
London -3 986 £275 -12.69% 255
South East +7 586 £290 +9.43% 159
City of London +4 289 £278 -14.61% 87
East of England -11 166 £238 -5.00% 60
Berkshire +2 159 £325 +22.64% 40
North West -2 159 £320 +6.66% 59
Scotland -5 142 £225 -21.05% 23
West Midlands -6 141 £280 +12.00% 26
South West -15 136 £298 +50.63% 46
Hampshire +11 115 £270 -1.81% 30
East Midlands +6 112 £375 +400.00% 33
Yorkshire -1 97 £325 - 49
Surrey +13 93 £375 +32.27% 31
Buckinghamshire -1 76 £225 +15.38% 18
Manchester +2 68 £325 +19.04% 28
West Yorkshire 0 64 £320 -1.53% 34
Edinburgh +2 63 £150 -47.91% 7
Milton Keynes +7 61 £225 +23.28% 11
West Sussex +10 60 £200 -38.46% 10
Reading -2 58 £400 +73.91% 12
Hertfordshire +6 51 £250 +42.85% 22
Wales -8 46 £295 +7.27% 9
Leeds +10 43 £320 -8.63% 15
Essex -1 42 £229 -20.01% 10
South Wales -6 42 £260 -5.45% 8
Lancashire +3 37 £345 - 5
Derbyshire -1 36 £450 +500.00% 9
Birmingham -1 35 £293 +6.36% 8
Cheshire -10 33 £275 -8.33% 16

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MS Office 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 MS Office.

1 2999 (55.48%) Microsoft
2 2524 (46.69%) Windows
3 2384 (44.10%) MS Excel
4 1468 (27.16%) Active Directory
5 1433 (26.51%) Windows 7
6 1164 (21.53%) Finance
7 1042 (19.27%) Windows XP
8 910 (16.83%) ITIL
9 755 (13.97%) Project Management
10 676 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
11 568 (10.51%) SQL
12 567 (10.49%) SharePoint
13 562 (10.40%) MS Exchange
13 562 (10.40%) MS Project
14 536 (9.91%) Citrix
15 506 (9.36%) MS Visio
16 490 (9.06%) Security Cleared
17 485 (8.97%) Windows Server 2008
18 464 (8.58%) Blackberry
19 434 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
20 431 (7.97%) PRINCE2
21 419 (7.75%) Degree
22 392 (7.25%) Banking
23 353 (6.53%) SC Cleared
24 337 (6.23%) SQL Server
25 315 (5.83%) VMware
26 310 (5.73%) Telecoms
27 305 (5.64%) HP
28 297 (5.49%) SLA
29 291 (5.38%) Oracle

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MS Office 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 MS Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 567 (10.49%) SharePoint
2 562 (10.40%) MS Exchange
3 188 (3.48%) IBM Notes
4 173 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 162 (3.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 132 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2003
7 104 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
8 96 (1.78%) Lync
9 81 (1.50%) IIS
10 65 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
11 59 (1.09%) SharePoint Server
12 58 (1.07%) CMS
13 39 (0.72%) SAS
14 35 (0.65%) WorkSite
15 33 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
16 30 (0.55%) WebLogic
17 28 (0.52%) WebSphere
18 26 (0.48%) MS Project Server
19 20 (0.37%) Tomcat
20 19 (0.35%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 2384 (44.10%) MS Excel
2 676 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 562 (10.40%) MS Project
4 506 (9.36%) MS Visio
5 81 (1.50%) Spreadsheet
6 49 (0.91%) Photoshop
7 34 (0.63%) AutoCAD
8 25 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
9 23 (0.43%) Acrobat
10 22 (0.41%) Adobe Captivate
11 13 (0.24%) InfoPath
12 10 (0.18%) RoboHelp
13 8 (0.15%) Open Workbench
13 8 (0.15%) InDesign
14 6 (0.11%) FrameMaker
14 6 (0.11%) CorelDRAW
15 3 (0.055%) Pro/ENGINEER
15 3 (0.055%) OmniGraffle
15 3 (0.055%) FastStats
16 2 (0.037%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 47 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
2 27 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
4 20 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 16 (0.30%) SAP FI
6 15 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
6 15 (0.28%) SAP CO
7 13 (0.24%) assyst
8 11 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 10 (0.18%) TRIRIGA
9 10 (0.18%) SAP SD
10 9 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
11 8 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
11 8 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
12 7 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 7 (0.13%) Eikon
12 7 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
12 7 (0.13%) Misys Midas
13 6 (0.11%) CA Clarity
Cloud Services
1 114 (2.11%) Office 365
2 11 (0.20%) SaaS
2 11 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.092%) IBM Blueworks
5 4 (0.074%) Google Apps
5 4 (0.074%) IaaS
5 4 (0.074%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.074%) PaaS
6 2 (0.037%) GitHub
7 1 (0.018%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 258 (4.77%) TCP/IP
2 236 (4.37%) LAN
3 208 (3.85%) DNS
4 199 (3.68%) VPN
5 195 (3.61%) WAN
6 184 (3.40%) Internet
7 167 (3.09%) Firewall
8 165 (3.05%) DHCP
9 147 (2.72%) SAN
10 100 (1.85%) Wireless
11 94 (1.74%) VoIP
12 92 (1.70%) Intranet
13 45 (0.83%) 3G
14 40 (0.74%) MPLS
15 35 (0.65%) IP Telephony
15 35 (0.65%) NAS
16 34 (0.63%) VLAN
16 34 (0.63%) Network Security
16 34 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
17 31 (0.57%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 337 (6.23%) SQL Server
2 81 (1.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 77 (1.42%) MS Access
4 67 (1.24%) Relational Database
5 59 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 58 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 57 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
8 52 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
8 52 (0.96%) Oracle Database
9 35 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
10 34 (0.63%) MySQL
10 34 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
11 33 (0.61%) QlikView
12 23 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
13 22 (0.41%) OLAP
14 21 (0.39%) DTS
14 21 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
15 20 (0.37%) DB2
16 16 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
16 16 (0.30%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 91 (1.68%) Visual Studio
2 46 (0.85%) JIRA
3 35 (0.65%) Subversion
4 28 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 20 (0.37%) MSI
6 16 (0.30%) TestDirector
7 15 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
8 14 (0.26%) QuickTest Pro
8 14 (0.26%) Maven
9 13 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 13 (0.24%) Axure RP
10 12 (0.22%) Hudson
11 11 (0.20%) Jenkins
11 11 (0.20%) StarTeam
12 9 (0.17%) JUnit
13 8 (0.15%) Selenium
13 8 (0.15%) Cucumber
13 8 (0.15%) ClearCase
14 7 (0.13%) ClearQuest
14 7 (0.13%) AdminStudio
General
1 1164 (21.53%) Finance
2 392 (7.25%) Banking
3 310 (5.73%) Telecoms
4 228 (4.22%) Legal
5 170 (3.14%) Law
6 163 (3.02%) Retail
7 114 (2.11%) Marketing
8 108 (2.00%) Investment Banking
9 73 (1.35%) Manufacturing
10 72 (1.33%) Back Office
11 59 (1.09%) Publishing
12 52 (0.96%) Financial Institution
13 48 (0.89%) Front Office
14 41 (0.76%) French Language
15 40 (0.74%) Advertising
15 40 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
16 33 (0.61%) Retail Banking
17 32 (0.59%) Billing
18 26 (0.48%) German Language
19 25 (0.46%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1774 (32.82%) Analyst
2 545 (10.08%) Support Engineer
3 512 (9.47%) Support Analyst
4 446 (8.25%) Service Analyst
5 431 (7.97%) 2nd Line Support
6 418 (7.73%) Service Desk Analyst
7 413 (7.64%) Desktop Support
8 328 (6.07%) 1st Line Support
9 301 (5.57%) Business Analyst
10 294 (5.44%) Project Manager
11 263 (4.86%) Developer
12 234 (4.33%) Desktop Engineer
13 186 (3.44%) Administrator
13 186 (3.44%) Help Desk Analyst
14 173 (3.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 167 (3.09%) IT Support
16 160 (2.96%) Coordinator
17 156 (2.89%) Help Desk Support
18 121 (2.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 120 (2.22%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (4.03%) .NET
2 146 (2.70%) XML
3 144 (2.66%) HTML
4 91 (1.68%) ASP.NET
5 76 (1.41%) Web Services
6 63 (1.17%) CSS
7 41 (0.76%) .NET Framework
8 35 (0.65%) jQuery
9 33 (0.61%) J2EE
10 31 (0.57%) WCF
11 30 (0.55%) XSLT
12 28 (0.52%) Middleware
13 27 (0.50%) Windows SharePoint Services
14 26 (0.48%) Application Packaging
15 20 (0.37%) Flash
16 19 (0.35%) WF
17 18 (0.33%) Swing
18 17 (0.31%) HTML5
19 13 (0.24%) CSS3
19 13 (0.24%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 464 (8.58%) Blackberry
2 226 (4.18%) Management Information System
3 94 (1.74%) NHS
4 74 (1.37%) Computer Science
5 68 (1.26%) iPhone
6 67 (1.24%) Fat Client
6 67 (1.24%) iPad
6 67 (1.24%) Thin Client
7 55 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
8 49 (0.91%) E-Learning
9 44 (0.81%) CMDB
9 44 (0.81%) Statistics
10 43 (0.80%) PMI
11 40 (0.74%) PDA
12 39 (0.72%) Handset
13 38 (0.70%) Mobile App
14 37 (0.68%) Social Media
15 31 (0.57%) Smartphone
16 30 (0.55%) Client/Server
17 29 (0.54%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 2524 (46.69%) Windows
2 1433 (26.51%) Windows 7
3 1042 (19.27%) Windows XP
4 485 (8.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 434 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 219 (4.05%) Windows 8
7 160 (2.96%) Windows Vista
8 147 (2.72%) UNIX
9 131 (2.42%) Linux
10 87 (1.61%) Windows 2000
11 81 (1.50%) Windows Server 2012
12 76 (1.41%) Android
13 71 (1.31%) Apple iOS
14 66 (1.22%) Mac OS X
15 40 (0.74%) Mac OS
16 30 (0.55%) Solaris
17 21 (0.39%) Windows 2000 Server
18 20 (0.37%) AIX
19 19 (0.35%) Windows NT
20 11 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 910 (16.83%) ITIL
2 755 (13.97%) Project Management
3 431 (7.97%) PRINCE2
4 289 (5.35%) Migration
5 280 (5.18%) Stakeholder Management
6 254 (4.70%) Service Management
7 241 (4.46%) Change Management
8 211 (3.90%) Business Analysis
9 199 (3.68%) Service Delivery
10 178 (3.29%) Incident Management
11 173 (3.20%) Document Management
12 148 (2.74%) Time Management
13 133 (2.46%) Data Analysis
14 125 (2.31%) Project Planning
14 125 (2.31%) User Acceptance Testing
15 123 (2.28%) CRM
16 118 (2.18%) Change Control
17 114 (2.11%) Programme Management
18 112 (2.07%) Agile Software Development
19 110 (2.03%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 568 (10.51%) SQL
2 172 (3.18%) VBA
3 141 (2.61%) C#
4 140 (2.59%) Java
5 99 (1.83%) JavaScript
6 74 (1.37%) C
7 72 (1.33%) Perl
8 67 (1.24%) VB
9 60 (1.11%) T-SQL
10 50 (0.92%) PowerShell
11 49 (0.91%) VB.NET
12 45 (0.83%) PL/SQL
13 34 (0.63%) VBScript
14 30 (0.55%) Shell Script
15 23 (0.43%) C++
16 15 (0.28%) Python
17 12 (0.22%) C-shell
17 12 (0.22%) Bash Shell
17 12 (0.22%) AWK
18 11 (0.20%) VB6
Qualifications
1 490 (9.06%) Security Cleared
2 419 (7.75%) Degree
3 353 (6.53%) SC Cleared
4 228 (4.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 132 (2.44%) MCP
6 113 (2.09%) MCSE
7 112 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
8 82 (1.52%) PMI Certification
9 80 (1.48%) ISEB
10 78 (1.44%) DV Cleared
11 62 (1.15%) MOS
12 58 (1.07%) PMP
13 56 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
14 55 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 50 (0.92%) ISTQB
16 49 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 48 (0.89%) MCITP
18 45 (0.83%) MCSA
19 40 (0.74%) MCDST
19 40 (0.74%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 297 (5.49%) SLA
2 209 (3.87%) QA
3 67 (1.24%) ISO 9001
4 34 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 33 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 30 (0.55%) Data Quality
7 10 (0.18%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.18%) COBIT
8 7 (0.13%) ISO 14001
8 7 (0.13%) JSP 440
9 6 (0.11%) Basel III
9 6 (0.11%) Solvency II
10 5 (0.092%) P3O
11 3 (0.055%) TickIT
11 3 (0.055%) BS7666
12 2 (0.037%) HL7
12 2 (0.037%) FATCA
13 1 (0.018%) GAAP
13 1 (0.018%) GxP
13 1 (0.018%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 1468 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 218 (4.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (1.89%) XenApp
4 73 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 58 (1.07%) Hyper-V
6 49 (0.91%) vSphere
7 38 (0.70%) XenDesktop
8 37 (0.68%) Terminal Services
9 34 (0.63%) VMware ESX
10 24 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
11 23 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 20 (0.37%) NLBS
13 19 (0.35%) Xen
13 19 (0.35%) XenServer
14 17 (0.31%) Terminal Server
15 13 (0.24%) ISA Server
16 12 (0.22%) VMware Server
17 10 (0.18%) MetaFrame
18 7 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
19 6 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 289 (5.35%) SCCM
2 70 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 68 (1.26%) HP Quality Center
4 47 (0.87%) Backup Exec
5 39 (0.72%) WSUS
6 36 (0.67%) OpenView
7 35 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
8 25 (0.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 24 (0.44%) SCOM
10 21 (0.39%) Tivoli
11 19 (0.35%) OVSD
12 14 (0.26%) ARCserve
13 13 (0.24%) DameWare
14 11 (0.20%) Nessus
15 10 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
16 9 (0.17%) WhatsUp Gold
17 7 (0.13%) NetBackup
17 7 (0.13%) ZENworks
18 6 (0.11%) SCVMM
18 6 (0.11%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2999 (55.48%) Microsoft
2 536 (9.91%) Citrix
3 315 (5.83%) VMware
4 305 (5.64%) HP
5 291 (5.38%) Oracle
6 262 (4.85%) Cisco
7 205 (3.79%) SAP
8 192 (3.55%) Lotus
9 116 (2.15%) Adobe
10 109 (2.02%) Dell
11 106 (1.96%) Remedy
12 103 (1.91%) Apple
13 92 (1.70%) IBM
14 85 (1.57%) Symantec
15 62 (1.15%) McAfee
16 59 (1.09%) CA
17 54 (1.00%) CheckPoint
17 54 (1.00%) AppSense
18 53 (0.98%) Bloomberg
19 50 (0.92%) ServiceNow
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