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 24 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office
Rank 33 31 35
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +4
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2733 2671 2426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.04% 5.22% 4.98%
As % of the Applications category 40.74% 40.01% 39.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 1488 1294 1020
Average daily rate
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£275 £240 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.58% -17.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £100 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £459 £450 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £267 £200 £275
% change year-on-year
+33.37% -27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 480 457 485
Average hourly rate £14.04 £14.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.17% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.13 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.93 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-0.53% +3.70%

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
6709 6676 6089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.37% 13.04% 12.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 3942 3614 3073
Average daily rate £325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £130 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 695 658 733
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.50 £9.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.98 £32.50 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.70
% change year-on-year
- -4.45%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 24 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 0 2547 £275 +14.58% 504
London +4 1018 £300 +7.14% 180
South East -6 557 £275 -4.34% 102
City of London +7 248 £300 +9.09% 64
East of England -5 181 £153 -35.10% 42
North West -3 162 £260 +59.50% 35
West Midlands +10 161 £202 -19.60% 34
South West -3 159 £250 +42.85% 41
Yorkshire +6 146 £288 +70.66% 41
Berkshire -3 129 £250 -2.43% 19
Hampshire -7 119 £218 -29.83% 23
East Midlands -9 113 £225 +200.00% 19
West Yorkshire +7 105 £306 +88.46% 28
Scotland -16 94 £288 +91.66% 15
Manchester +3 90 £294 +117.59% 18
Surrey +3 85 £310 -14.77% 19
Buckinghamshire -3 84 £217 +44.33% 16
Milton Keynes -4 61 £205 +46.42% 11
Bristol 0 58 £320 +85.50% 12
Cambridgeshire +2 55 £138 -31.25% 14
Leeds -2 52 £278 +21.97% 16
Essex -7 51 £158 -60.62% 8
Edinburgh +2 50 £315 +55.55% 5
Reading +1 48 £231 -19.56% 7
North East +1 46 £413 +45.37% 9
Cheshire -7 44 £110 -37.50% 8
Northamptonshire +2 42 £173 - 4
Oxfordshire -4 38 £333 +107.81% 9
Wales -23 38 £275 -26.66% 10
West Sussex +3 36 £310 +34.05% 1

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 3220 (58.13%) Microsoft
2 2534 (45.75%) MS Excel
3 2523 (45.55%) Windows
4 1452 (26.21%) Windows 7
5 1422 (25.67%) Active Directory
6 1157 (20.89%) Finance
7 930 (16.79%) ITIL
8 915 (16.52%) Windows XP
9 703 (12.69%) SQL
9 703 (12.69%) MS PowerPoint
10 683 (12.33%) Project Management
11 584 (10.54%) Citrix
12 557 (10.06%) Analytical Skills
13 547 (9.88%) MS Visio
14 516 (9.32%) MS Exchange
15 508 (9.17%) SharePoint
16 503 (9.08%) MS Project
17 502 (9.06%) Security Cleared
18 492 (8.88%) Blackberry
19 469 (8.47%) Windows Server 2008
20 448 (8.09%) PRINCE2
21 446 (8.05%) Banking
22 407 (7.35%) Degree
23 388 (7.00%) SC Cleared
24 372 (6.72%) Windows Server 2003
25 350 (6.32%) SQL Server
26 328 (5.92%) Migration
27 324 (5.85%) Oracle
28 320 (5.78%) SLA
29 313 (5.65%) VMware

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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
1 516 (9.32%) MS Exchange
2 508 (9.17%) SharePoint
3 198 (3.57%) IBM Notes
4 170 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 136 (2.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 131 (2.37%) Lync
7 110 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2003
8 88 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
9 66 (1.19%) SAS
10 52 (0.94%) IIS
11 48 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
12 42 (0.76%) WorkSite
13 33 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
13 33 (0.60%) CMS
14 29 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
15 27 (0.49%) Lotus Domino
16 22 (0.40%) WebSphere
17 19 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
18 18 (0.32%) Tomcat
19 17 (0.31%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 2534 (45.75%) MS Excel
2 703 (12.69%) MS PowerPoint
3 547 (9.88%) MS Visio
4 503 (9.08%) MS Project
5 112 (2.02%) Spreadsheet
6 55 (0.99%) Photoshop
7 39 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
8 26 (0.47%) Acrobat
8 26 (0.47%) AutoCAD
8 26 (0.47%) Adobe Captivate
9 23 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 15 (0.27%) InDesign
11 14 (0.25%) InfoPath
12 6 (0.11%) Final Cut Pro
13 5 (0.090%) Mingle
13 5 (0.090%) Open Workbench
14 4 (0.072%) PowerPivot
14 4 (0.072%) Adobe Premiere
14 4 (0.072%) FrameMaker
15 3 (0.054%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 38 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 33 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 25 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
4 24 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
5 19 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
6 16 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
7 12 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.20%) assyst
9 10 (0.18%) Agresso
9 10 (0.18%) CA Clarity
10 9 (0.16%) SAP SRM
10 9 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.14%) Markit EDM
12 7 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
13 6 (0.11%) SAP GRC
13 6 (0.11%) TRIRIGA
13 6 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
13 6 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
14 5 (0.090%) Maximo
14 5 (0.090%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 100 (1.81%) Office 365
2 20 (0.36%) Google Apps
3 19 (0.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 14 (0.25%) SaaS
5 12 (0.22%) PaaS
6 11 (0.20%) IaaS
7 10 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
8 4 (0.072%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.072%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.054%) Taleo
10 2 (0.036%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.018%) Force.com
11 1 (0.018%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 300 (5.42%) TCP/IP
2 285 (5.15%) LAN
3 261 (4.71%) WAN
4 238 (4.30%) DNS
5 219 (3.95%) VPN
6 197 (3.56%) DHCP
7 191 (3.45%) Internet
8 188 (3.39%) Firewall
9 120 (2.17%) SAN
10 104 (1.88%) Wireless
11 83 (1.50%) VoIP
12 69 (1.25%) FTP
13 66 (1.19%) Intranet
14 61 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
15 59 (1.07%) 3G
16 46 (0.83%) HTTP
17 43 (0.78%) LTE
18 41 (0.74%) Network Security
18 41 (0.74%) MPLS
19 40 (0.72%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 350 (6.32%) SQL Server
2 108 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 93 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 92 (1.66%) Relational Database
5 91 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
6 84 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 80 (1.44%) MS Access
8 53 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
9 50 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
10 40 (0.72%) Oracle Database
11 35 (0.63%) QlikView
12 33 (0.60%) MySQL
13 28 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
13 28 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
14 23 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 18 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
15 18 (0.32%) SQL Server 2000
16 17 (0.31%) RDBMS
16 17 (0.31%) SAP BW
16 17 (0.31%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 82 (1.48%) Visual Studio
2 62 (1.12%) JIRA
3 55 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
4 27 (0.49%) MSI
5 26 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 22 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
7 20 (0.36%) Dreamweaver
8 19 (0.34%) QuickTest Pro
9 18 (0.32%) Hudson
9 18 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 17 (0.31%) JMeter
11 16 (0.29%) LoadRunner
12 15 (0.27%) Subversion
13 13 (0.23%) TestDirector
13 13 (0.23%) Axure RP
14 12 (0.22%) SoapUI
15 11 (0.20%) JUnit
16 10 (0.18%) Maven
16 10 (0.18%) Toad
16 10 (0.18%) Selenium
General
1 1157 (20.89%) Finance
2 446 (8.05%) Banking
3 305 (5.51%) Telecoms
4 232 (4.19%) Legal
5 188 (3.39%) Retail
6 183 (3.30%) Law
7 142 (2.56%) Investment Banking
8 93 (1.68%) Marketing
9 88 (1.59%) Publishing
10 75 (1.35%) Back Office
11 66 (1.19%) Manufacturing
12 48 (0.87%) Financial Institution
13 43 (0.78%) Advertising
14 42 (0.76%) Retail Banking
15 38 (0.69%) French Language
15 38 (0.69%) Front Office
16 35 (0.63%) Billing
17 34 (0.61%) German Language
18 32 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
19 28 (0.51%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1798 (32.46%) Analyst
2 546 (9.86%) Service Analyst
3 519 (9.37%) Service Desk Analyst
4 516 (9.32%) Support Analyst
5 482 (8.70%) Support Engineer
6 422 (7.62%) Desktop Support
7 364 (6.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 321 (5.80%) Developer
9 306 (5.52%) Project Manager
10 288 (5.20%) 1st Line Support
11 259 (4.68%) Business Analyst
12 228 (4.12%) Desktop Engineer
13 207 (3.74%) Administrator
14 205 (3.70%) IT Support
15 177 (3.20%) Help Desk Analyst
16 169 (3.05%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 153 (2.76%) Coordinator
18 140 (2.53%) Desktop Analyst
19 129 (2.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
20 123 (2.22%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (3.74%) .NET
2 142 (2.56%) HTML
2 142 (2.56%) XML
3 97 (1.75%) Web Services
4 77 (1.39%) ASP.NET
5 62 (1.12%) CSS
6 48 (0.87%) jQuery
7 42 (0.76%) .NET Framework
8 37 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
9 28 (0.51%) REST
10 27 (0.49%) JSON
10 27 (0.49%) Application Packaging
10 27 (0.49%) XSLT
10 27 (0.49%) Middleware
11 24 (0.43%) WCF
12 21 (0.38%) WF
12 21 (0.38%) HTML5
13 17 (0.31%) Flash
14 16 (0.29%) J2EE
14 16 (0.29%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 557 (10.06%) Analytical Skills
2 492 (8.88%) Blackberry
3 210 (3.79%) Management Information System
4 104 (1.88%) NHS
5 103 (1.86%) E-Learning
6 83 (1.50%) iPad
7 82 (1.48%) iPhone
8 79 (1.43%) Computer Science
9 64 (1.16%) Fat Client
9 64 (1.16%) Thin Client
10 63 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
11 49 (0.88%) Smartphone
12 47 (0.85%) PDA
13 46 (0.83%) Mobile App
13 46 (0.83%) User Experience
14 39 (0.70%) Statistics
15 36 (0.65%) Handset
16 34 (0.61%) Client/Server
17 30 (0.54%) Credit Risk
18 28 (0.51%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 2523 (45.55%) Windows
2 1452 (26.21%) Windows 7
3 915 (16.52%) Windows XP
4 469 (8.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 372 (6.72%) Windows Server 2003
6 223 (4.03%) Windows 8
7 154 (2.78%) Linux
8 148 (2.67%) UNIX
9 131 (2.37%) Windows Vista
10 126 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
11 113 (2.04%) Android
12 102 (1.84%) Apple iOS
13 72 (1.30%) Windows 2000
14 67 (1.21%) Mac OS X
15 45 (0.81%) Mac OS
16 26 (0.47%) Solaris
17 25 (0.45%) AIX
17 25 (0.45%) Windows NT
18 18 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
18 18 (0.32%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 930 (16.79%) ITIL
2 683 (12.33%) Project Management
3 448 (8.09%) PRINCE2
4 328 (5.92%) Migration
5 309 (5.58%) Service Management
6 286 (5.16%) Stakeholder Management
7 277 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
8 246 (4.44%) Change Management
9 222 (4.01%) Service Delivery
10 195 (3.52%) Business Analysis
11 183 (3.30%) Incident Management
12 153 (2.76%) Document Management
12 153 (2.76%) Data Analysis
13 141 (2.55%) Business Intelligence
14 135 (2.44%) User Acceptance Testing
15 129 (2.33%) Change Control
16 126 (2.27%) Programme Management
17 125 (2.26%) Project Planning
18 122 (2.20%) Risk Management
19 120 (2.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 703 (12.69%) SQL
2 182 (3.29%) VBA
3 163 (2.94%) C#
4 154 (2.78%) Java
5 98 (1.77%) T-SQL
6 93 (1.68%) C
7 89 (1.61%) JavaScript
8 76 (1.37%) PowerShell
9 67 (1.21%) VB.NET
10 66 (1.19%) VB
11 60 (1.08%) Perl
12 57 (1.03%) VBScript
13 50 (0.90%) PL/SQL
14 45 (0.81%) Shell Script
15 29 (0.52%) C++
16 28 (0.51%) Python
17 24 (0.43%) Bash Shell
18 12 (0.22%) Korn
18 12 (0.22%) PHP
19 8 (0.14%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 502 (9.06%) Security Cleared
2 407 (7.35%) Degree
3 388 (7.00%) SC Cleared
4 241 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 148 (2.67%) MCP
6 101 (1.82%) MCSE
7 98 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
8 92 (1.66%) ISEB
9 78 (1.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 75 (1.35%) PMI Certification
11 71 (1.28%) MOS
12 69 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 61 (1.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 56 (1.01%) PMP
15 53 (0.96%) A+ Certification
16 49 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
17 45 (0.81%) MCDST
18 43 (0.78%) MCSA
19 38 (0.69%) DV Cleared
20 34 (0.61%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (5.78%) SLA
2 181 (3.27%) QA
3 36 (0.65%) ISO 9001
4 33 (0.60%) Data Quality
5 25 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 23 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 15 (0.27%) COBIT
8 14 (0.25%) Solvency II
9 13 (0.23%) JSP 440
10 9 (0.16%) P3O
11 8 (0.14%) Basel III
12 6 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
13 5 (0.090%) PCI DSS
13 5 (0.090%) HL7
14 4 (0.072%) EMIR
15 3 (0.054%) BS7666
15 3 (0.054%) TickIT
15 3 (0.054%) Basel II
15 3 (0.054%) GAMP
16 2 (0.036%) GMP
System Software
1 1422 (25.67%) Active Directory
2 216 (3.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 107 (1.93%) XenApp
4 71 (1.28%) Hyper-V
5 56 (1.01%) vSphere
6 51 (0.92%) XenDesktop
7 44 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
8 41 (0.74%) Terminal Services
9 36 (0.65%) VMware ESX
10 24 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 18 (0.32%) Xen
12 17 (0.31%) Terminal Server
13 16 (0.29%) XenServer
14 15 (0.27%) VMware Server
15 14 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
16 12 (0.22%) NLBS
16 12 (0.22%) MetaFrame
17 11 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
18 9 (0.16%) Firmware
19 7 (0.13%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 299 (5.40%) SCCM
2 67 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
3 60 (1.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 44 (0.79%) WSUS
5 40 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
6 34 (0.61%) Backup Exec
7 33 (0.60%) OpenView
8 29 (0.52%) SCOM
9 19 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 16 (0.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 13 (0.23%) SCVMM
11 13 (0.23%) WhatsUp Gold
12 12 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
12 12 (0.22%) OVSD
12 12 (0.22%) ARCserve
13 10 (0.18%) Casper Suite
14 8 (0.14%) HP SIM
14 8 (0.14%) Puppet
14 8 (0.14%) Nessus
14 8 (0.14%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 3220 (58.13%) Microsoft
2 584 (10.54%) Citrix
3 324 (5.85%) Oracle
4 313 (5.65%) VMware
5 303 (5.47%) HP
6 249 (4.50%) Cisco
7 205 (3.70%) Lotus
8 135 (2.44%) SAP
9 127 (2.29%) Apple
10 116 (2.09%) Symantec
11 107 (1.93%) Remedy
12 103 (1.86%) Adobe
13 88 (1.59%) McAfee
14 85 (1.53%) IBM
15 83 (1.50%) Dell
16 70 (1.26%) Bloomberg
17 60 (1.08%) Google
18 58 (1.05%) Reuters
19 54 (0.97%) Business Objects
20 51 (0.92%) Avaya
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