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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 39 35 33
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2533 2686 2616
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.32% 4.83% 4.97%
As % of the Applications category 36.84% 37.24% 39.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1363 1348 1273
Average daily rate
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£300 £284 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.54% +3.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £124 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £300 £256
% change year-on-year
-4.16% +17.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 444 442
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £10.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £24.50 £24.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £14.22
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -1.54%

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
6876 7213 6677
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.74% 12.97% 12.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4022 4045 3640
Average daily rate £350 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
- +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 650 708 656
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.22 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-1.46% -1.79%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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 -4 2331 £300 +4.34% 595
London +2 1000 £301 +9.27% 219
South East -13 467 £300 +1.69% 137
City of London -2 234 £315 +14.54% 53
North West -3 194 £325 +1.56% 60
East of England +1 167 £210 -16.00% 51
Hampshire +7 160 £325 +20.37% 30
South West +4 148 £275 -12.69% 31
Scotland -8 126 £273 +21.11% 13
East Midlands -2 109 £165 -53.25% 28
West Midlands -6 105 £268 -4.46% 20
Yorkshire -14 105 £275 -15.38% 42
Berkshire -17 97 £225 -30.76% 25
Manchester -4 85 £325 +1.96% 37
West Yorkshire -12 71 £268 -16.40% 22
Buckinghamshire -13 65 £230 +2.22% 19
Milton Keynes -1 62 £230 +2.22% 13
Edinburgh -9 58 £273 +81.66% 9
Essex -1 51 £260 +9.47% 5
Leeds -21 46 £200 -37.50% 17
Cheshire +6 45 £315 +14.45% 12
Surrey -28 45 £260 -30.66% 23
Reading -14 44 £400 - 11
Bristol +13 43 £130 -51.67% 5
West Sussex -14 43 £300 +130.76% 10
North East -16 41 £325 -6.80% 7
Glasgow +11 38 £285 +10.30% 1
Basingstoke +8 38 £175 +12.00% 5
Wales -6 38 £313 +5.93% 5
Tyne and Wear -16 37 £333 -5.00% 4

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 3032 (58.39%) Microsoft
2 2383 (45.89%) MS Excel
3 2040 (39.28%) Windows
4 1261 (24.28%) Finance
5 1219 (23.47%) Active Directory
6 1158 (22.30%) Windows 7
7 1017 (19.58%) ITIL
8 816 (15.71%) Project Management
9 703 (13.54%) MS PowerPoint
10 656 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
11 648 (12.48%) SQL
12 588 (11.32%) Windows XP
13 586 (11.28%) SharePoint
14 573 (11.03%) MS Project
15 555 (10.69%) MS Visio
16 492 (9.47%) PRINCE2
17 483 (9.30%) Security Cleared
18 472 (9.09%) Citrix
19 431 (8.30%) MS Exchange
20 429 (8.26%) Banking
21 426 (8.20%) Degree
22 389 (7.49%) Windows Server 2008
23 373 (7.18%) Service Management
24 350 (6.74%) SQL Server
25 343 (6.61%) Agile Software Development
26 334 (6.43%) Migration
27 333 (6.41%) VMware
28 327 (6.30%) SLA
29 312 (6.01%) Blackberry
30 303 (5.83%) Change Management

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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
1 586 (11.28%) SharePoint
2 431 (8.30%) MS Exchange
3 151 (2.91%) Lync
4 140 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 105 (2.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 92 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
7 91 (1.75%) IBM Notes
8 77 (1.48%) IIS
9 72 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
10 52 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
11 51 (0.98%) SAS
12 50 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
13 44 (0.85%) WorkSite
14 36 (0.69%) CMS
15 29 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
16 21 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
16 21 (0.40%) MS Project Server
17 20 (0.39%) ArcGIS
18 13 (0.25%) Confluence
19 12 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2383 (45.89%) MS Excel
2 703 (13.54%) MS PowerPoint
3 573 (11.03%) MS Project
4 555 (10.69%) MS Visio
5 65 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
6 35 (0.67%) Photoshop
7 26 (0.50%) Acrobat
8 25 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 22 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
10 16 (0.31%) InDesign
11 15 (0.29%) Open Workbench
12 14 (0.27%) Adobe Captivate
13 13 (0.25%) AutoCAD
14 12 (0.23%) InfoPath
15 8 (0.15%) Maya
16 7 (0.13%) SPSS
16 7 (0.13%) PowerPivot
17 6 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
17 6 (0.12%) Mingle
18 4 (0.077%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 44 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
3 18 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 11 (0.21%) Agresso
5 11 (0.21%) SAP ERP
5 11 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
6 10 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.19%) HFM
7 8 (0.15%) Teamcenter
7 8 (0.15%) assyst
7 8 (0.15%) Primavera
7 8 (0.15%) SAP FI
7 8 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
8 7 (0.13%) Oracle Assets
8 7 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
8 7 (0.13%) Maximo
8 7 (0.13%) SAP CO
9 6 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 294 (5.66%) Office 365
2 33 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (0.42%) Google Apps
4 19 (0.37%) SaaS
5 17 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
6 16 (0.31%) PaaS
7 12 (0.23%) OneDrive
8 10 (0.19%) Taleo
8 10 (0.19%) Google Analytics
9 9 (0.17%) IaaS
10 3 (0.058%) Symantec.cloud
10 3 (0.058%) MailChimp
11 2 (0.039%) Responsys
11 2 (0.039%) Yammer
11 2 (0.039%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.039%) Google Drive
11 2 (0.039%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.039%) SuccessFactors
11 2 (0.039%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.039%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 255 (4.91%) LAN
2 219 (4.22%) WAN
3 203 (3.91%) TCP/IP
4 187 (3.60%) DNS
5 185 (3.56%) VPN
6 167 (3.22%) Internet
7 165 (3.18%) DHCP
8 140 (2.70%) Firewall
9 111 (2.14%) SAN
10 82 (1.58%) VoIP
11 78 (1.50%) Intranet
12 65 (1.25%) Wireless
13 59 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
14 49 (0.94%) MPLS
15 46 (0.89%) 3G
16 45 (0.87%) Radio Access Network
17 42 (0.81%) Network Security
18 36 (0.69%) ATM
19 35 (0.67%) HTTP
19 35 (0.67%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 350 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 118 (2.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 108 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
4 96 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 78 (1.50%) MS Access
6 72 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
7 63 (1.21%) BusinessObjects
8 53 (1.02%) Crystal Reports
8 53 (1.02%) Oracle Database
9 51 (0.98%) Relational Database
10 41 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
11 39 (0.75%) QlikView
12 37 (0.71%) MySQL
12 37 (0.71%) Data Mining
13 34 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 33 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
15 30 (0.58%) RDBMS
15 30 (0.58%) OLAP
16 24 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
17 22 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 82 (1.58%) JIRA
2 73 (1.41%) Visual Studio
3 34 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 22 (0.42%) Selenium
5 17 (0.33%) WebDriver
6 15 (0.29%) Toad
7 12 (0.23%) Rational DOORS
8 11 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 11 (0.21%) MSI
9 10 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
9 10 (0.19%) JUnit
9 10 (0.19%) SpecFlow
10 9 (0.17%) Cucumber
10 9 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
10 9 (0.17%) Subversion
11 8 (0.15%) Eclipse
11 8 (0.15%) Axure RP
11 8 (0.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 7 (0.13%) Microsoft Blend
12 7 (0.13%) HP UFT
General
1 1261 (24.28%) Finance
2 429 (8.26%) Banking
3 254 (4.89%) Telecoms
4 193 (3.72%) Legal
5 153 (2.95%) Retail
6 151 (2.91%) Law
7 124 (2.39%) Investment Banking
8 93 (1.79%) Manufacturing
9 87 (1.68%) Marketing
10 70 (1.35%) Financial Institution
11 58 (1.12%) Back Office
12 53 (1.02%) French Language
13 48 (0.92%) Advertising
14 47 (0.91%) German Language
15 40 (0.77%) Publishing
15 40 (0.77%) Electronics
16 37 (0.71%) Billing
16 37 (0.71%) Local Government
17 32 (0.62%) Front Office
18 24 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1816 (34.97%) Analyst
2 535 (10.30%) Service Analyst
3 499 (9.61%) Service Desk Analyst
4 417 (8.03%) Support Analyst
5 364 (7.01%) Project Manager
6 360 (6.93%) Support Engineer
7 332 (6.39%) Desktop Support
8 298 (5.74%) 2nd Line Support
9 283 (5.45%) Business Analyst
10 271 (5.22%) Developer
11 245 (4.72%) 1st Line Support
12 193 (3.72%) Desktop Engineer
13 175 (3.37%) Administrator
14 161 (3.10%) Coordinator
15 155 (2.98%) IT Support
16 136 (2.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 126 (2.43%) Data Analyst
17 126 (2.43%) PMO Analyst
18 102 (1.96%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 100 (1.93%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 233 (4.49%) .NET
2 143 (2.75%) XML
3 139 (2.68%) HTML
4 85 (1.64%) ASP.NET
5 75 (1.44%) CSS
6 73 (1.41%) Web Services
7 33 (0.64%) .NET Framework
8 28 (0.54%) Application Packaging
9 26 (0.50%) WPF
10 23 (0.44%) SOAP
10 23 (0.44%) HTML5
11 20 (0.39%) jQuery
12 16 (0.31%) Silverlight
12 16 (0.31%) Middleware
13 14 (0.27%) COM
14 13 (0.25%) WCF
15 12 (0.23%) ODBC
16 11 (0.21%) ASP.NET MVC
16 11 (0.21%) CSS3
17 10 (0.19%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 656 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
2 312 (6.01%) Blackberry
3 246 (4.74%) Management Information System
4 132 (2.54%) Data Centre
5 121 (2.33%) NHS
6 91 (1.75%) Computer Science
7 75 (1.44%) PMI
8 67 (1.29%) iPhone
9 55 (1.06%) Thin Client
9 55 (1.06%) Fat Client
10 53 (1.02%) User Experience
11 51 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
12 49 (0.94%) Statistics
13 48 (0.92%) E-Learning
14 47 (0.91%) iPad
15 42 (0.81%) CMDB
16 33 (0.64%) GIS
17 30 (0.58%) Client/Server
17 30 (0.58%) Economics
17 30 (0.58%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 2040 (39.28%) Windows
2 1158 (22.30%) Windows 7
3 588 (11.32%) Windows XP
4 389 (7.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 298 (5.74%) Windows Server 2003
6 254 (4.89%) Windows 8
7 186 (3.58%) Linux
8 183 (3.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 146 (2.81%) Android
10 144 (2.77%) UNIX
11 101 (1.94%) Apple iOS
12 65 (1.25%) Windows Vista
13 60 (1.16%) Mac OS X
14 33 (0.64%) Mac OS
15 31 (0.60%) Solaris
15 31 (0.60%) Windows 2000
16 22 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
17 21 (0.40%) AIX
18 15 (0.29%) Windows Phone
19 14 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1017 (19.58%) ITIL
2 816 (15.71%) Project Management
3 492 (9.47%) PRINCE2
4 373 (7.18%) Service Management
5 343 (6.61%) Agile Software Development
6 334 (6.43%) Migration
7 303 (5.83%) Change Management
8 285 (5.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 213 (4.10%) Incident Management
10 201 (3.87%) Data Analysis
11 193 (3.72%) Business Analysis
12 183 (3.52%) Service Delivery
13 180 (3.47%) ITSM
14 171 (3.29%) Business Intelligence
15 170 (3.27%) Change Control
16 152 (2.93%) User Acceptance Testing
16 152 (2.93%) Time Management
16 152 (2.93%) Programme Management
17 145 (2.79%) Document Management
18 132 (2.54%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 648 (12.48%) SQL
2 164 (3.16%) VBA
3 134 (2.58%) C#
4 133 (2.56%) Java
5 105 (2.02%) VB
6 91 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 83 (1.60%) PowerShell
8 67 (1.29%) C
9 63 (1.21%) T-SQL
10 59 (1.14%) VBScript
11 58 (1.12%) C++
12 48 (0.92%) Perl
13 41 (0.79%) VB.NET
14 40 (0.77%) PL/SQL
15 22 (0.42%) Shell Script
16 20 (0.39%) Python
16 20 (0.39%) R
17 19 (0.37%) PHP
18 17 (0.33%) VB6
19 10 (0.19%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 483 (9.30%) Security Cleared
2 426 (8.20%) Degree
3 291 (5.60%) SC Cleared
4 257 (4.95%) Microsoft Certification
5 146 (2.81%) PMI Certification
6 125 (2.41%) MCSE
7 100 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
7 100 (1.93%) PMP
8 95 (1.83%) MCP
8 95 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
9 83 (1.60%) DV Cleared
10 79 (1.52%) ISEB
11 75 (1.44%) CCNA
12 64 (1.23%) MCSA
12 64 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 59 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 56 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 55 (1.06%) MCITP
16 46 (0.89%) CISSP
17 44 (0.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 327 (6.30%) SLA
2 172 (3.31%) QA
3 39 (0.75%) ISO 9001
4 32 (0.62%) Data Quality
5 28 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 26 (0.50%) TickIT
7 19 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 15 (0.29%) P3O
9 14 (0.27%) COBIT
10 10 (0.19%) PCI DSS
11 9 (0.17%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.096%) Solvency II
12 5 (0.096%) Dodd-Frank
13 4 (0.077%) PMBOK
13 4 (0.077%) IEC 61508
13 4 (0.077%) MiFID
13 4 (0.077%) GAAP
14 3 (0.058%) BS15000
14 3 (0.058%) ISO 14001
14 3 (0.058%) Basel II
System Software
1 1219 (23.47%) Active Directory
2 196 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 101 (1.94%) XenApp
4 88 (1.69%) Hyper-V
5 68 (1.31%) vSphere
6 49 (0.94%) VMware ESX
7 38 (0.73%) XenDesktop
8 29 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
9 27 (0.52%) NLBS
10 26 (0.50%) Terminal Services
11 19 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 19 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
12 17 (0.33%) Xen
13 12 (0.23%) XenServer
14 8 (0.15%) BitLocker
14 8 (0.15%) NFS
15 7 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
16 6 (0.12%) VMware Server
16 6 (0.12%) Forefront TMG
17 5 (0.096%) KVM
Systems Management
1 230 (4.43%) SCCM
2 64 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
3 44 (0.85%) WSUS
4 34 (0.65%) Backup Exec
4 34 (0.65%) OVSD
5 28 (0.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 23 (0.44%) SCOM
7 22 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 20 (0.39%) AirWatch
9 16 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
10 15 (0.29%) NetBackup
11 14 (0.27%) WMI
12 13 (0.25%) DameWare
12 13 (0.25%) OpenView
12 13 (0.25%) Casper Suite
13 9 (0.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 9 (0.17%) WhatsUp Gold
13 9 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
13 9 (0.17%) EMC NetWorker
14 8 (0.15%) Control-M
Vendors
1 3032 (58.39%) Microsoft
2 472 (9.09%) Citrix
3 333 (6.41%) VMware
4 280 (5.39%) Oracle
5 274 (5.28%) HP
6 257 (4.95%) Cisco
7 189 (3.64%) SAP
8 128 (2.46%) Apple
8 128 (2.46%) Remedy
9 117 (2.25%) Adobe
10 107 (2.06%) Symantec
11 99 (1.91%) Lotus
12 91 (1.75%) IBM
13 89 (1.71%) Dell
14 70 (1.35%) CheckPoint
15 63 (1.21%) McAfee
16 50 (0.96%) Bloomberg
17 48 (0.92%) ServiceNow
18 47 (0.91%) Google
19 42 (0.81%) LANDesk
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