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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 36 31 33
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2499 2800 2342
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.76% 5.48% 5.22%
As % of the Applications category 39.89% 41.17% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1267 1281 1039
Average daily rate
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£288 £275 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.54% -3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £110 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £469
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £251 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.45% -8.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 436 437
Average hourly rate £13.50 £14.88 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.24% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £25.00 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £14.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-8.77% +5.55%

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
6265 6801 5855
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.92% 13.30% 13.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 3519 3533 3017
Average daily rate £338 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £138 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £305 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.55% +1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 628 679
Average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.61% +1.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £10.00 £9.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £37.50 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -

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 2 March 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 2 March 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 2 March 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 -8 2252 £285 +3.63% 718
London -1 855 £308 +9.82% 246
South East -7 574 £303 +0.83% 149
City of London -13 200 £325 +18.18% 77
West Midlands -2 157 £225 -25.00% 43
East of England +1 149 £153 -49.16% 68
North West -6 142 £275 +64.17% 73
South West -5 138 £315 +36.95% 49
Berkshire -12 133 £300 +3.44% 20
Scotland -5 128 £275 -3.50% 26
Buckinghamshire +21 123 £294 +63.19% 32
Yorkshire -15 109 £260 -9.56% 50
Hampshire -16 109 £290 -8.94% 21
Milton Keynes +20 89 £250 +72.41% 25
East Midlands -23 89 £225 +221.42% 30
Surrey -13 71 £325 - 21
Manchester -6 61 £260 +92.59% 29
West Yorkshire -23 60 £250 -13.79% 29
Birmingham +9 57 £250 +38.88% 11
Edinburgh +12 52 £340 +68.94% 13
Oxfordshire +1 48 £404 +15.35% 16
Reading -12 46 £235 -20.33% 10
Bristol -4 43 £335 +48.88% 12
Essex 0 42 £140 -65.00% 10
Wales -9 41 £338 -10.00% 10
Cambridgeshire +15 40 £175 -24.97% 16
Cheshire -6 40 £240 -18.98% 29
South Wales -2 36 £363 -3.33% 10
Glasgow -9 35 £300 -7.69% 1
Wiltshire +13 34 £238 +5.55% 14

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 3116 (57.67%) Microsoft
2 2480 (45.90%) MS Excel
3 2277 (42.14%) Windows
4 1297 (24.01%) Active Directory
5 1281 (23.71%) Windows 7
6 1115 (20.64%) Finance
7 935 (17.31%) ITIL
8 813 (15.05%) Windows XP
9 724 (13.40%) Project Management
10 697 (12.90%) MS PowerPoint
11 650 (12.03%) SQL
12 561 (10.38%) Citrix
13 540 (9.99%) MS Project
14 538 (9.96%) MS Visio
15 536 (9.92%) Analytical Skills
16 522 (9.66%) Security Cleared
17 479 (8.87%) SharePoint
18 444 (8.22%) MS Exchange
19 438 (8.11%) Banking
20 436 (8.07%) PRINCE2
21 429 (7.94%) Blackberry
22 405 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
23 396 (7.33%) SC Cleared
24 388 (7.18%) Degree
25 335 (6.20%) SLA
26 332 (6.14%) SQL Server
27 314 (5.81%) Service Management
28 313 (5.79%) Migration
29 308 (5.70%) Windows Server 2003
30 307 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 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
1 479 (8.87%) SharePoint
2 444 (8.22%) MS Exchange
3 198 (3.66%) IBM Notes
4 140 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 127 (2.35%) Lync
6 121 (2.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 73 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
8 64 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
9 54 (1.00%) IIS
10 48 (0.89%) WorkSite
10 48 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
11 45 (0.83%) SAS
12 43 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
13 24 (0.44%) CMS
14 22 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
14 22 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
15 19 (0.35%) Office Communications Server
15 19 (0.35%) Confluence
16 17 (0.31%) Lotus Domino
17 14 (0.26%) CICS
Applications
1 2480 (45.90%) MS Excel
2 697 (12.90%) MS PowerPoint
3 540 (9.99%) MS Project
4 538 (9.96%) MS Visio
5 96 (1.78%) Spreadsheet
6 40 (0.74%) Photoshop
7 39 (0.72%) AutoCAD
8 27 (0.50%) Adobe Illustrator
9 26 (0.48%) Acrobat
9 26 (0.48%) Adobe Captivate
9 26 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 16 (0.30%) InDesign
11 11 (0.20%) InfoPath
12 6 (0.11%) Final Cut Pro
12 6 (0.11%) PowerPivot
13 5 (0.093%) Mingle
13 5 (0.093%) Open Workbench
14 3 (0.056%) Adobe Premiere
14 3 (0.056%) FrameMaker
14 3 (0.056%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 33 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
2 32 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
3 21 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
4 15 (0.28%) SAP SRM
5 14 (0.26%) assyst
6 13 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
7 12 (0.22%) Agresso
8 9 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
8 9 (0.17%) Markit EDM
9 8 (0.15%) Eikon
9 8 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
9 8 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
9 8 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
11 6 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
11 6 (0.11%) SAP GRC
11 6 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.11%) SAP ERP
11 6 (0.11%) Cognos TM1
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 115 (2.13%) Office 365
2 23 (0.43%) Google Apps
2 23 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (0.30%) PaaS
4 14 (0.26%) SaaS
5 13 (0.24%) IaaS
6 7 (0.13%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (0.11%) Yammer
8 4 (0.074%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.074%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.056%) Taleo
10 2 (0.037%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.019%) Force.com
11 1 (0.019%) Trello
11 1 (0.019%) IBM Blueworks
11 1 (0.019%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 277 (5.13%) TCP/IP
2 275 (5.09%) LAN
3 238 (4.40%) WAN
4 204 (3.78%) VPN
5 189 (3.50%) DNS
6 174 (3.22%) Internet
7 153 (2.83%) DHCP
7 153 (2.83%) Firewall
8 110 (2.04%) Wireless
9 103 (1.91%) SAN
10 83 (1.54%) VoIP
11 74 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
12 58 (1.07%) FTP
13 56 (1.04%) Intranet
14 52 (0.96%) HTTP
15 44 (0.81%) Network Security
16 43 (0.80%) 3G
17 35 (0.65%) VLAN
18 32 (0.59%) Ethernet
19 31 (0.57%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 332 (6.14%) SQL Server
2 116 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
3 95 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 91 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
5 85 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 78 (1.44%) Relational Database
7 65 (1.20%) MS Access
8 45 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
9 44 (0.81%) Oracle Database
10 40 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
11 31 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 30 (0.56%) MySQL
13 25 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
14 23 (0.43%) Data Mining
14 23 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
14 23 (0.43%) QlikView
15 21 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
15 21 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
16 18 (0.33%) RDBMS
17 16 (0.30%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 88 (1.63%) Visual Studio
2 66 (1.22%) JIRA
3 49 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 29 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 27 (0.50%) MSI
6 22 (0.41%) Subversion
6 22 (0.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 20 (0.37%) Dreamweaver
7 20 (0.37%) QuickTest Pro
7 20 (0.37%) JMeter
8 17 (0.31%) SoapUI
9 15 (0.28%) Maven
9 15 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
10 14 (0.26%) LoadRunner
10 14 (0.26%) TestDirector
10 14 (0.26%) Jenkins
11 13 (0.24%) JUnit
12 11 (0.20%) Hudson
12 11 (0.20%) Git (software)
13 10 (0.19%) TeamCity
General
1 1115 (20.64%) Finance
2 438 (8.11%) Banking
3 293 (5.42%) Telecoms
4 225 (4.16%) Legal
5 175 (3.24%) Law
5 175 (3.24%) Retail
6 135 (2.50%) Investment Banking
7 100 (1.85%) Publishing
8 90 (1.67%) Marketing
9 61 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 59 (1.09%) Back Office
11 49 (0.91%) Advertising
12 41 (0.76%) Financial Institution
13 39 (0.72%) French Language
14 37 (0.68%) Billing
15 34 (0.63%) German Language
16 33 (0.61%) Retail Banking
17 31 (0.57%) Front Office
18 26 (0.48%) Electronics
19 25 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1775 (32.85%) Analyst
2 597 (11.05%) Service Analyst
3 572 (10.59%) Service Desk Analyst
4 445 (8.24%) Support Analyst
5 422 (7.81%) Support Engineer
6 374 (6.92%) Desktop Support
7 317 (5.87%) 2nd Line Support
8 315 (5.83%) Project Manager
9 309 (5.72%) Developer
10 295 (5.46%) 1st Line Support
11 256 (4.74%) Business Analyst
12 226 (4.18%) IT Support
13 205 (3.79%) Administrator
14 202 (3.74%) Desktop Engineer
15 161 (2.98%) Coordinator
16 160 (2.96%) Help Desk Analyst
17 152 (2.81%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 125 (2.31%) Help Desk Support
19 122 (2.26%) Data Analyst
20 106 (1.96%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 191 (3.54%) .NET
2 139 (2.57%) HTML
3 122 (2.26%) XML
4 94 (1.74%) Web Services
5 66 (1.22%) CSS
6 55 (1.02%) ASP.NET
7 49 (0.91%) .NET Framework
7 49 (0.91%) jQuery
8 43 (0.80%) JSON
9 40 (0.74%) REST
10 38 (0.70%) HTML5
11 36 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
12 24 (0.44%) Application Packaging
13 18 (0.33%) SOAP
13 18 (0.33%) XSLT
14 16 (0.30%) Flash
14 16 (0.30%) Ajax
15 15 (0.28%) Middleware
16 14 (0.26%) COM
16 14 (0.26%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 536 (9.92%) Analytical Skills
2 429 (7.94%) Blackberry
3 184 (3.41%) Management Information System
4 133 (2.46%) NHS
5 107 (1.98%) E-Learning
6 75 (1.39%) iPhone
7 74 (1.37%) Computer Science
8 72 (1.33%) iPad
9 61 (1.13%) Fat Client
9 61 (1.13%) Thin Client
10 58 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
11 50 (0.93%) User Experience
12 43 (0.80%) Statistics
13 38 (0.70%) Smartphone
14 35 (0.65%) PDA
15 33 (0.61%) Client/Server
15 33 (0.61%) PMI
15 33 (0.61%) Mobile App
16 29 (0.54%) CMDB
17 26 (0.48%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 2277 (42.14%) Windows
2 1281 (23.71%) Windows 7
3 813 (15.05%) Windows XP
4 405 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 308 (5.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 217 (4.02%) Windows 8
7 124 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 115 (2.13%) UNIX
9 113 (2.09%) Linux
10 112 (2.07%) Android
11 105 (1.94%) Windows Vista
12 95 (1.76%) Apple iOS
13 68 (1.26%) Mac OS X
14 51 (0.94%) Windows 2000
15 28 (0.52%) Solaris
16 26 (0.48%) Mac OS
17 22 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
17 22 (0.41%) Windows NT
18 19 (0.35%) AIX
19 13 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 935 (17.31%) ITIL
2 724 (13.40%) Project Management
3 436 (8.07%) PRINCE2
4 314 (5.81%) Service Management
5 313 (5.79%) Migration
6 307 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management
7 281 (5.20%) Agile Software Development
8 246 (4.55%) Change Management
9 232 (4.29%) Service Delivery
10 203 (3.76%) Incident Management
11 178 (3.29%) Business Analysis
12 163 (3.02%) Data Analysis
13 158 (2.92%) Business Intelligence
14 136 (2.52%) User Acceptance Testing
15 132 (2.44%) Document Management
16 127 (2.35%) Change Control
17 119 (2.20%) Project Planning
17 119 (2.20%) Programme Management
18 116 (2.15%) Risk Management
19 115 (2.13%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 650 (12.03%) SQL
2 171 (3.16%) VBA
3 170 (3.15%) Java
4 155 (2.87%) C#
5 103 (1.91%) JavaScript
6 98 (1.81%) T-SQL
7 94 (1.74%) C
8 74 (1.37%) PowerShell
9 71 (1.31%) VB
10 47 (0.87%) PL/SQL
11 46 (0.85%) VBScript
12 43 (0.80%) Perl
13 40 (0.74%) VB.NET
13 40 (0.74%) Shell Script
14 37 (0.68%) C++
15 28 (0.52%) Python
16 14 (0.26%) PHP
17 13 (0.24%) COBOL
17 13 (0.24%) Bash Shell
18 12 (0.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 522 (9.66%) Security Cleared
2 396 (7.33%) SC Cleared
3 388 (7.18%) Degree
4 245 (4.53%) Microsoft Certification
5 147 (2.72%) MCP
6 106 (1.96%) MCSE
7 98 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
8 93 (1.72%) PMI Certification
9 85 (1.57%) ISEB
10 79 (1.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 68 (1.26%) DV Cleared
12 67 (1.24%) PMP
13 66 (1.22%) MOS
14 65 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 57 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 52 (0.96%) VCP4
16 52 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
17 48 (0.89%) MCSA
18 45 (0.83%) A+ Certification
19 43 (0.80%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 335 (6.20%) SLA
2 162 (3.00%) QA
3 29 (0.54%) Data Quality
4 23 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 20 (0.37%) ISO 9001
6 17 (0.31%) Solvency II
7 12 (0.22%) P3O
8 11 (0.20%) JSP 440
9 10 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
10 9 (0.17%) COBIT
11 8 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 8 (0.15%) Basel III
12 6 (0.11%) PCI DSS
12 6 (0.11%) EMIR
13 4 (0.074%) GxP
14 3 (0.056%) Basel II
14 3 (0.056%) GAMP
14 3 (0.056%) MiFID
14 3 (0.056%) HL7
15 2 (0.037%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 1297 (24.01%) Active Directory
2 186 (3.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (1.65%) XenApp
4 69 (1.28%) Hyper-V
5 55 (1.02%) vSphere
6 44 (0.81%) XenDesktop
7 39 (0.72%) VMware ESX
8 34 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
9 33 (0.61%) Terminal Services
10 20 (0.37%) Terminal Server
11 19 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 14 (0.26%) Xen
13 13 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
14 11 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
15 10 (0.19%) VMware Server
16 9 (0.17%) Firmware
16 9 (0.17%) XenServer
17 8 (0.15%) Samba
17 8 (0.15%) NLBS
18 6 (0.11%) NFS
Systems Management
1 255 (4.72%) SCCM
2 60 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 56 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
4 44 (0.81%) OpenView
5 30 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
6 29 (0.54%) WSUS
7 27 (0.50%) Backup Exec
8 26 (0.48%) SCOM
9 23 (0.43%) OVSD
10 15 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 14 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
11 14 (0.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 13 (0.24%) Puppet
12 13 (0.24%) ARCserve
13 10 (0.19%) NetBackup
13 10 (0.19%) WhatsUp Gold
13 10 (0.19%) SCVMM
14 8 (0.15%) HP SIM
14 8 (0.15%) Control-M
14 8 (0.15%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 3116 (57.67%) Microsoft
2 561 (10.38%) Citrix
3 284 (5.26%) VMware
4 282 (5.22%) Oracle
5 268 (4.96%) HP
6 234 (4.33%) Cisco
7 204 (3.78%) Lotus
8 148 (2.74%) SAP
9 134 (2.48%) Apple
10 116 (2.15%) Adobe
11 114 (2.11%) Symantec
12 113 (2.09%) Remedy
13 89 (1.65%) McAfee
14 76 (1.41%) IBM
15 71 (1.31%) Business Objects
16 68 (1.26%) Bloomberg
16 68 (1.26%) Google
17 61 (1.13%) Dell
18 57 (1.05%) Reuters
19 56 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
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