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 3 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 39 34 33
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -1
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2557 2719 2619
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.49% 4.97% 5.12%
As % of the Applications category 38.00% 37.81% 40.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1378 1309 1268
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.18% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £124 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £285 £265
% change year-on-year
+0.87% +7.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 474 451
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £10.11 £10.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £24.55 £24.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £14.11
% change year-on-year
- -0.77%

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
6729 7191 6539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.82% 13.14% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3910 3968 3549
Average daily rate £340 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £157 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £310
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 656 747 663
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 £14.51 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.26% -

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 2351 £300 +4.17% 635
London +6 1023 £300 +9.09% 242
South East -12 487 £325 +8.33% 135
City of London -7 252 £318 +21.14% 63
North West -1 198 £313 +13.63% 64
East of England +5 178 £255 +9.09% 53
Hampshire +4 156 £338 +16.37% 28
South West -2 143 £288 +4.54% 41
Berkshire -11 123 £319 +1.92% 22
Scotland -2 122 £260 +15.55% 13
East Midlands -4 104 £150 -53.91% 17
West Midlands -8 95 £273 -4.38% 35
Yorkshire -13 91 £251 -11.06% 39
Manchester +9 89 £298 +8.18% 30
Buckinghamshire -11 69 £250 -9.09% 15
Milton Keynes +2 63 £250 -9.09% 6
Reading -2 61 £375 -6.25% 6
West Yorkshire -15 59 £219 -22.56% 22
Edinburgh -4 56 £255 +34.21% 7
Essex +4 54 £313 +42.04% 10
Hertfordshire -6 42 £215 -17.30% 14
Wales -13 42 £310 +12.72% 7
Bristol +11 38 £130 -51.67% 12
Surrey -38 38 £350 -6.66% 26
Leeds -27 37 £195 -23.52% 16
Northamptonshire +17 36 £213 -22.72% 1
Cheshire -8 36 £325 +39.78% 16
Cambridgeshire -2 35 £280 +133.33% 13
Wiltshire +3 34 £340 +36.00% 12
West Sussex -22 32 £200 -11.11% 9

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 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 3091 (58.33%) Microsoft
2 2369 (44.71%) MS Excel
3 2022 (38.16%) Windows
4 1233 (23.27%) Finance
5 1231 (23.23%) Active Directory
6 1136 (21.44%) Windows 7
7 1010 (19.06%) ITIL
8 834 (15.74%) Project Management
9 685 (12.93%) MS PowerPoint
10 658 (12.42%) Analytical Skills
11 632 (11.93%) SQL
12 615 (11.61%) MS Project
13 609 (11.49%) Windows XP
14 592 (11.17%) SharePoint
15 547 (10.32%) MS Visio
16 532 (10.04%) PRINCE2
17 519 (9.79%) Security Cleared
18 463 (8.74%) Citrix
19 436 (8.23%) MS Exchange
20 420 (7.93%) Degree
21 418 (7.89%) Banking
22 376 (7.10%) Windows Server 2008
23 374 (7.06%) Service Management
24 332 (6.27%) SLA
25 328 (6.19%) SQL Server
26 327 (6.17%) Migration
26 327 (6.17%) VMware
27 322 (6.08%) Agile Software Development
27 322 (6.08%) SC Cleared
28 310 (5.85%) Change Management

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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
1 592 (11.17%) SharePoint
2 436 (8.23%) MS Exchange
3 157 (2.96%) Lync
4 131 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2010
5 97 (1.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 88 (1.66%) IBM Notes
7 82 (1.55%) SharePoint 2013
8 79 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 76 (1.43%) IIS
10 58 (1.09%) SharePoint 2010
11 48 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
12 47 (0.89%) SAS
13 38 (0.72%) WorkSite
14 33 (0.62%) CMS
15 31 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
16 24 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
17 22 (0.42%) MS Project Server
18 19 (0.36%) Confluence
19 17 (0.32%) ArcGIS
20 15 (0.28%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2369 (44.71%) MS Excel
2 685 (12.93%) MS PowerPoint
3 615 (11.61%) MS Project
4 547 (10.32%) MS Visio
5 74 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
6 31 (0.59%) Photoshop
7 26 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 23 (0.43%) Acrobat
9 22 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
10 21 (0.40%) AutoCAD
11 16 (0.30%) InDesign
11 16 (0.30%) Adobe Captivate
12 14 (0.26%) Open Workbench
13 10 (0.19%) InfoPath
14 7 (0.13%) PowerPivot
15 6 (0.11%) Mingle
15 6 (0.11%) SPSS
16 5 (0.094%) Maya
17 3 (0.057%) Simulink
17 3 (0.057%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 40 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 19 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.25%) Agresso
4 13 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 12 (0.23%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.21%) HFM
7 9 (0.17%) Maximo
7 9 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
8 8 (0.15%) Teamcenter
8 8 (0.15%) assyst
8 8 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 6 (0.11%) SAP SRM
9 6 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
9 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
9 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
9 6 (0.11%) Primavera
9 6 (0.11%) SAP FI
10 5 (0.094%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 272 (5.13%) Office 365
2 31 (0.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (0.45%) Google Apps
4 18 (0.34%) SaaS
5 17 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
6 14 (0.26%) PaaS
7 12 (0.23%) OneDrive
8 8 (0.15%) Google Analytics
9 6 (0.11%) IaaS
9 6 (0.11%) Yammer
10 5 (0.094%) Taleo
11 2 (0.038%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.038%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.038%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.038%) Google Drive
11 2 (0.038%) Symantec.cloud
11 2 (0.038%) SuccessFactors
11 2 (0.038%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.038%) Responsys
12 1 (0.019%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 256 (4.83%) LAN
2 217 (4.10%) WAN
3 210 (3.96%) TCP/IP
4 183 (3.45%) VPN
5 169 (3.19%) DNS
6 165 (3.11%) Internet
7 148 (2.79%) DHCP
8 135 (2.55%) Firewall
9 97 (1.83%) SAN
10 78 (1.47%) VoIP
11 75 (1.42%) Intranet
12 63 (1.19%) Wireless
13 62 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
14 47 (0.89%) 3G
15 46 (0.87%) MPLS
16 44 (0.83%) Network Security
17 42 (0.79%) Radio Access Network
18 41 (0.77%) ATM
19 38 (0.72%) IP Telephony
20 35 (0.66%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 328 (6.19%) SQL Server
2 122 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
3 120 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 94 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 76 (1.43%) BusinessObjects
6 74 (1.40%) MS Access
7 65 (1.23%) Oracle Database
8 63 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
9 55 (1.04%) Relational Database
10 47 (0.89%) Crystal Reports
11 40 (0.75%) QlikView
12 38 (0.72%) MySQL
13 34 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 33 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
15 32 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
15 32 (0.60%) Data Mining
16 31 (0.59%) RDBMS
16 31 (0.59%) OLAP
17 24 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
18 22 (0.42%) DB2
Development Applications
1 80 (1.51%) JIRA
2 69 (1.30%) Visual Studio
3 23 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
4 20 (0.38%) Selenium
5 17 (0.32%) JUnit
5 17 (0.32%) WebDriver
6 16 (0.30%) Cucumber
7 14 (0.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 14 (0.26%) Toad
7 14 (0.26%) HP UFT
7 14 (0.26%) Subversion
8 13 (0.25%) SoapUI
9 10 (0.19%) SpecFlow
9 10 (0.19%) Jenkins
9 10 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
10 9 (0.17%) Maven
10 9 (0.17%) MSI
10 9 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
11 8 (0.15%) Eclipse
11 8 (0.15%) Rational DOORS
General
1 1233 (23.27%) Finance
2 418 (7.89%) Banking
3 271 (5.11%) Telecoms
4 183 (3.45%) Legal
5 165 (3.11%) Retail
6 137 (2.59%) Law
7 121 (2.28%) Investment Banking
8 88 (1.66%) Marketing
9 86 (1.62%) Manufacturing
10 75 (1.42%) Financial Institution
11 57 (1.08%) Back Office
12 55 (1.04%) French Language
13 54 (1.02%) German Language
14 45 (0.85%) Publishing
15 39 (0.74%) Electronics
15 39 (0.74%) Local Government
16 38 (0.72%) Billing
16 38 (0.72%) Advertising
17 26 (0.49%) Front Office
18 22 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1797 (33.91%) Analyst
2 531 (10.02%) Service Analyst
3 493 (9.30%) Service Desk Analyst
4 413 (7.79%) Support Analyst
5 388 (7.32%) Support Engineer
6 386 (7.28%) Project Manager
7 340 (6.42%) Desktop Support
8 304 (5.74%) 2nd Line Support
9 281 (5.30%) Developer
10 277 (5.23%) Business Analyst
11 267 (5.04%) 1st Line Support
12 211 (3.98%) Desktop Engineer
13 173 (3.26%) Coordinator
14 172 (3.25%) IT Support
15 170 (3.21%) Administrator
16 149 (2.81%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 126 (2.38%) Data Analyst
17 126 (2.38%) PMO Analyst
18 100 (1.89%) Consultant
19 98 (1.85%) Help Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 212 (4.00%) .NET
2 136 (2.57%) XML
3 132 (2.49%) HTML
4 83 (1.57%) ASP.NET
5 71 (1.34%) CSS
6 65 (1.23%) Web Services
7 35 (0.66%) .NET Framework
8 32 (0.60%) Application Packaging
9 27 (0.51%) SOAP
10 23 (0.43%) HTML5
11 18 (0.34%) jQuery
12 17 (0.32%) WPF
13 15 (0.28%) WCF
14 13 (0.25%) REST
15 12 (0.23%) ASP.NET 2.0
15 12 (0.23%) COM
15 12 (0.23%) ODBC
16 11 (0.21%) JSON
16 11 (0.21%) ASP.NET MVC
17 10 (0.19%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 658 (12.42%) Analytical Skills
2 295 (5.57%) Blackberry
3 248 (4.68%) Management Information System
4 134 (2.53%) NHS
5 133 (2.51%) Data Centre
6 80 (1.51%) Computer Science
7 74 (1.40%) PMI
8 72 (1.36%) iPhone
9 58 (1.09%) Thin Client
9 58 (1.09%) Fat Client
10 54 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
11 49 (0.92%) Statistics
12 48 (0.91%) iPad
12 48 (0.91%) User Experience
13 43 (0.81%) E-Learning
14 40 (0.75%) CMDB
15 37 (0.70%) Economics
16 31 (0.59%) Client/Server
17 29 (0.55%) GIS
17 29 (0.55%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 2022 (38.16%) Windows
2 1136 (21.44%) Windows 7
3 609 (11.49%) Windows XP
4 376 (7.10%) Windows Server 2008
5 294 (5.55%) Windows Server 2003
6 247 (4.66%) Windows 8
7 177 (3.34%) Linux
8 176 (3.32%) Windows Server 2012
9 155 (2.93%) Android
10 137 (2.59%) UNIX
11 108 (2.04%) Apple iOS
12 59 (1.11%) Mac OS X
13 53 (1.00%) Windows Vista
14 32 (0.60%) Mac OS
15 28 (0.53%) Windows 2000
16 26 (0.49%) Solaris
17 25 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
18 20 (0.38%) AIX
19 14 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 14 (0.26%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 1010 (19.06%) ITIL
2 834 (15.74%) Project Management
3 532 (10.04%) PRINCE2
4 374 (7.06%) Service Management
5 327 (6.17%) Migration
6 322 (6.08%) Agile Software Development
7 310 (5.85%) Change Management
8 299 (5.64%) Stakeholder Management
9 220 (4.15%) Incident Management
10 197 (3.72%) Data Analysis
11 186 (3.51%) Service Delivery
12 179 (3.38%) Business Analysis
13 174 (3.28%) Business Intelligence
13 174 (3.28%) Change Control
14 171 (3.23%) ITSM
15 164 (3.09%) Programme Management
16 150 (2.83%) User Acceptance Testing
16 150 (2.83%) Time Management
17 140 (2.64%) Project Planning
18 137 (2.59%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 632 (11.93%) SQL
2 162 (3.06%) VBA
3 136 (2.57%) Java
4 116 (2.19%) C#
5 92 (1.74%) VB
6 83 (1.57%) PowerShell
7 78 (1.47%) JavaScript
8 67 (1.26%) T-SQL
9 62 (1.17%) C
10 52 (0.98%) Perl
10 52 (0.98%) C++
11 51 (0.96%) VBScript
12 41 (0.77%) PL/SQL
13 34 (0.64%) VB.NET
14 23 (0.43%) Shell Script
15 19 (0.36%) Python
16 18 (0.34%) PHP
17 17 (0.32%) R
18 15 (0.28%) VB6
19 12 (0.23%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 519 (9.79%) Security Cleared
2 420 (7.93%) Degree
3 322 (6.08%) SC Cleared
4 258 (4.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 161 (3.04%) PMI Certification
6 125 (2.36%) MCSE
7 119 (2.25%) PMP
8 105 (1.98%) DV Cleared
9 102 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
10 101 (1.91%) MCP
11 96 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
12 78 (1.47%) CCNA
13 73 (1.38%) ISEB
14 68 (1.28%) MCSA
15 67 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 65 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 62 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 48 (0.91%) MCITP
19 43 (0.81%) CCNP
20 40 (0.75%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 332 (6.27%) SLA
2 169 (3.19%) QA
3 33 (0.62%) Data Quality
4 25 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 20 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 17 (0.32%) P3O
7 14 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 12 (0.23%) COBIT
9 10 (0.19%) Solvency II
9 10 (0.19%) JSP 440
10 9 (0.17%) PCI DSS
10 9 (0.17%) TickIT
11 8 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
12 4 (0.075%) PMBOK
12 4 (0.075%) GAAP
13 3 (0.057%) BS15000
13 3 (0.057%) ISO 14001
13 3 (0.057%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.057%) Basel II
14 2 (0.038%) BS7799
System Software
1 1231 (23.23%) Active Directory
2 187 (3.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (1.83%) XenApp
4 84 (1.59%) Hyper-V
5 63 (1.19%) vSphere
6 44 (0.83%) VMware ESX
7 35 (0.66%) XenDesktop
8 29 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
9 26 (0.49%) Terminal Services
10 25 (0.47%) NLBS
11 20 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
12 19 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 15 (0.28%) Xen
14 11 (0.21%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.19%) Terminal Server
15 10 (0.19%) NFS
16 7 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
17 6 (0.11%) VMware Server
17 6 (0.11%) Forefront TMG
17 6 (0.11%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 231 (4.36%) SCCM
2 59 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
3 44 (0.83%) OVSD
4 42 (0.79%) WSUS
5 33 (0.62%) Backup Exec
6 30 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 24 (0.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 23 (0.43%) OpenView
9 20 (0.38%) SCOM
9 20 (0.38%) AirWatch
10 16 (0.30%) NetBackup
11 14 (0.26%) WMI
12 13 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
12 13 (0.25%) Casper Suite
13 11 (0.21%) DameWare
14 10 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 9 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
15 9 (0.17%) Puppet
15 9 (0.17%) ARCserve
15 9 (0.17%) Control-M
Vendors
1 3091 (58.33%) Microsoft
2 463 (8.74%) Citrix
3 327 (6.17%) VMware
4 287 (5.42%) Oracle
5 279 (5.27%) HP
6 259 (4.89%) Cisco
7 182 (3.43%) SAP
8 132 (2.49%) Apple
9 131 (2.47%) Adobe
10 130 (2.45%) Remedy
11 103 (1.94%) Symantec
12 94 (1.77%) Lotus
13 88 (1.66%) Dell
14 83 (1.57%) IBM
15 67 (1.26%) CheckPoint
16 60 (1.13%) McAfee
17 49 (0.92%) Google
18 45 (0.85%) LANDesk
19 43 (0.81%) ServiceNow
20 42 (0.79%) Bloomberg
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