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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 40 34 35
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +1
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2551 2612 2502
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.65% 4.94% 5.00%
As % of the Applications category 38.24% 37.83% 38.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1366 1253 1206
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £120 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £265 £275
% change year-on-year
+10.37% -3.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 482 444
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.04 £15.23
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.27% -7.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £14.02
% change year-on-year
- -0.14%

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
6671 6905 6471
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.17% 13.05% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3834 3782 3498
Average daily rate £345 £325 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.15% -5.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £150 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £311 £310
% change year-on-year
+4.58% +0.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 636 729 678
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £33.52 £32.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
- -3.22%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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 +1 2347 £300 +9.09% 582
London +5 1018 £300 +7.14% 212
South East -8 482 £325 +8.33% 113
City of London -8 243 £325 +35.41% 77
East of England +7 192 £299 +29.18% 57
North West -2 190 £300 +20.00% 55
Hampshire +3 136 £338 +12.50% 18
South West -7 132 £280 +17.89% 35
Berkshire -3 124 £325 -6.87% 23
Yorkshire +8 117 £288 +27.77% 38
Scotland -6 112 £260 +15.55% 17
Manchester +11 89 £288 +15.00% 32
East Midlands -1 89 £165 -26.66% 22
West Midlands -14 87 £233 -18.42% 40
Buckinghamshire +4 81 £281 -6.33% 17
Milton Keynes +16 74 £285 -5.00% 14
West Yorkshire -1 74 £275 +13.98% 27
Reading +8 65 £363 -9.37% 13
Leeds -1 58 £252 -1.37% 15
Hertfordshire +4 53 £390 +105.26% 21
Essex -3 48 £375 +66.66% 11
Edinburgh -2 47 £175 -22.22% 4
Cambridgeshire +24 42 £300 +42.85% 12
Surrey -33 42 £391 +42.00% 19
Glasgow +9 40 £316 +134.25% 8
North East -10 35 £339 +0.95% 9
Bristol +11 34 £205 -23.79% 9
Cheshire -8 34 £310 +44.18% 13
Wales -25 33 £330 +15.78% 8
Northamptonshire +17 32 £213 +70.00% 4

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 3156 (58.30%) Microsoft
2 2403 (44.39%) MS Excel
3 2067 (38.19%) Windows
4 1285 (23.74%) Active Directory
5 1227 (22.67%) Finance
6 1156 (21.36%) Windows 7
7 1005 (18.57%) ITIL
8 838 (15.48%) Project Management
9 707 (13.06%) MS PowerPoint
10 646 (11.93%) Windows XP
11 640 (11.82%) SQL
12 633 (11.69%) MS Project
13 632 (11.68%) Analytical Skills
14 594 (10.97%) SharePoint
15 566 (10.46%) MS Visio
16 520 (9.61%) PRINCE2
17 508 (9.38%) Security Cleared
18 474 (8.76%) Citrix
19 443 (8.18%) Degree
20 438 (8.09%) MS Exchange
21 417 (7.70%) Banking
22 383 (7.08%) Windows Server 2008
23 368 (6.80%) Service Management
24 353 (6.52%) SLA
25 333 (6.15%) SC Cleared
26 331 (6.11%) SQL Server
26 331 (6.11%) VMware
27 314 (5.80%) Migration
28 307 (5.67%) Change Management
29 305 (5.63%) Blackberry

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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
1 594 (10.97%) SharePoint
2 438 (8.09%) MS Exchange
3 169 (3.12%) Lync
4 137 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
5 114 (2.11%) IBM Notes
6 96 (1.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 82 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
8 76 (1.40%) IIS
9 69 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
10 57 (1.05%) SharePoint 2010
11 44 (0.81%) SAS
12 43 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
13 39 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
14 36 (0.67%) WorkSite
14 36 (0.67%) CMS
15 21 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
16 20 (0.37%) MS Project Server
17 17 (0.31%) WebSphere
17 17 (0.31%) Confluence
18 13 (0.24%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 2403 (44.39%) MS Excel
2 707 (13.06%) MS PowerPoint
3 633 (11.69%) MS Project
4 566 (10.46%) MS Visio
5 71 (1.31%) Spreadsheet
6 32 (0.59%) Photoshop
7 30 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 26 (0.48%) AutoCAD
9 22 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
10 21 (0.39%) Acrobat
11 19 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
12 16 (0.30%) InDesign
13 12 (0.22%) Open Workbench
13 12 (0.22%) InfoPath
14 8 (0.15%) SPSS
14 8 (0.15%) PowerPivot
15 4 (0.074%) Mingle
16 3 (0.055%) TargetLink
16 3 (0.055%) RoboHelp
16 3 (0.055%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 31 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 21 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 18 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.22%) Agresso
5 12 (0.22%) HFM
5 12 (0.22%) SAP SRM
6 11 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
8 8 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
8 8 (0.15%) assyst
8 8 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 7 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
9 7 (0.13%) Maximo
9 7 (0.13%) SAP SD
10 6 (0.11%) Primavera
10 6 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 5 (0.092%) SAP APO
11 5 (0.092%) SAP R/3
11 5 (0.092%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 250 (4.62%) Office 365
2 30 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (0.41%) Google Apps
4 18 (0.33%) PaaS
5 14 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
5 14 (0.26%) SaaS
6 11 (0.20%) IaaS
6 11 (0.20%) OneDrive
7 7 (0.13%) Google Analytics
8 6 (0.11%) Yammer
9 5 (0.092%) Taleo
10 4 (0.074%) Google Drive
11 3 (0.055%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.037%) Adobe Analytics
12 2 (0.037%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.037%) Responsys
13 1 (0.018%) SoftLayer
13 1 (0.018%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.018%) MailChimp
13 1 (0.018%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 279 (5.15%) LAN
2 230 (4.25%) WAN
3 223 (4.12%) TCP/IP
4 197 (3.64%) VPN
5 176 (3.25%) DNS
6 174 (3.21%) Internet
7 148 (2.73%) DHCP
8 137 (2.53%) Firewall
9 104 (1.92%) SAN
10 79 (1.46%) Wireless
11 75 (1.39%) VoIP
12 73 (1.35%) Intranet
13 65 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
14 48 (0.89%) 3G
15 45 (0.83%) Network Security
16 42 (0.78%) MPLS
17 40 (0.74%) Ethernet
17 40 (0.74%) ATM
18 39 (0.72%) IP Telephony
19 38 (0.70%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 331 (6.11%) SQL Server
2 138 (2.55%) Data Warehouse
3 117 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 100 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 74 (1.37%) MS Access
6 62 (1.15%) Oracle Database
7 59 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
8 57 (1.05%) Relational Database
9 47 (0.87%) Crystal Reports
10 40 (0.74%) MySQL
11 34 (0.63%) Data Mining
11 34 (0.63%) QlikView
12 33 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
13 32 (0.59%) RDBMS
13 32 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
13 32 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 27 (0.50%) DB2
15 26 (0.48%) OLAP
16 24 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
17 21 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 78 (1.44%) JIRA
2 70 (1.29%) Visual Studio
3 25 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
4 21 (0.39%) Subversion
5 17 (0.31%) Selenium
6 16 (0.30%) JUnit
6 16 (0.30%) Cucumber
6 16 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 14 (0.26%) HP UFT
8 13 (0.24%) SoapUI
8 13 (0.24%) Jenkins
9 12 (0.22%) WebDriver
9 12 (0.22%) Maven
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
10 10 (0.18%) Toad
11 9 (0.17%) TestDirector
11 9 (0.17%) ClearQuest
11 9 (0.17%) TeamCity
12 8 (0.15%) MSI
12 8 (0.15%) Eclipse
General
1 1227 (22.67%) Finance
2 417 (7.70%) Banking
3 278 (5.14%) Telecoms
4 192 (3.55%) Legal
5 176 (3.25%) Retail
6 132 (2.44%) Law
7 129 (2.38%) Investment Banking
8 90 (1.66%) Marketing
9 73 (1.35%) Financial Institution
10 67 (1.24%) Manufacturing
11 60 (1.11%) Publishing
12 57 (1.05%) Back Office
13 54 (1.00%) French Language
14 53 (0.98%) German Language
15 43 (0.79%) Advertising
16 40 (0.74%) Billing
16 40 (0.74%) Local Government
17 37 (0.68%) Electronics
18 26 (0.48%) Multimedia
19 23 (0.42%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 1825 (33.72%) Analyst
2 547 (10.11%) Service Analyst
3 511 (9.44%) Service Desk Analyst
4 415 (7.67%) Support Engineer
5 411 (7.59%) Support Analyst
6 382 (7.06%) Project Manager
7 353 (6.52%) Desktop Support
8 306 (5.65%) 2nd Line Support
9 279 (5.15%) Business Analyst
10 276 (5.10%) 1st Line Support
11 267 (4.93%) Developer
12 223 (4.12%) Desktop Engineer
13 195 (3.60%) IT Support
14 179 (3.31%) Administrator
15 175 (3.23%) Coordinator
16 162 (2.99%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 118 (2.18%) Data Analyst
18 115 (2.12%) PMO Analyst
19 108 (2.00%) Help Desk Support
19 108 (2.00%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 215 (3.97%) .NET
2 139 (2.57%) XML
3 129 (2.38%) HTML
4 68 (1.26%) Web Services
5 66 (1.22%) ASP.NET
6 59 (1.09%) CSS
7 33 (0.61%) .NET Framework
8 31 (0.57%) Application Packaging
9 29 (0.54%) HTML5
10 27 (0.50%) SOAP
11 23 (0.42%) jQuery
12 22 (0.41%) JSON
12 22 (0.41%) REST
13 15 (0.28%) COM
14 14 (0.26%) WCF
14 14 (0.26%) WPF
15 13 (0.24%) Flash
16 12 (0.22%) ODBC
16 12 (0.22%) ASP.NET 2.0
16 12 (0.22%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 632 (11.68%) Analytical Skills
2 305 (5.63%) Blackberry
3 242 (4.47%) Management Information System
4 145 (2.68%) NHS
5 142 (2.62%) Data Centre
6 87 (1.61%) Computer Science
7 74 (1.37%) iPhone
8 63 (1.16%) PMI
9 62 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
10 54 (1.00%) iPad
10 54 (1.00%) E-Learning
11 50 (0.92%) User Experience
12 49 (0.91%) Fat Client
12 49 (0.91%) Thin Client
12 49 (0.91%) Statistics
13 34 (0.63%) CMDB
14 31 (0.57%) Economics
15 26 (0.48%) Mathematics
15 26 (0.48%) GIS
15 26 (0.48%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 2067 (38.19%) Windows
2 1156 (21.36%) Windows 7
3 646 (11.93%) Windows XP
4 383 (7.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 292 (5.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 237 (4.38%) Windows 8
7 176 (3.25%) Linux
8 159 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
9 149 (2.75%) Android
10 145 (2.68%) UNIX
11 104 (1.92%) Apple iOS
12 60 (1.11%) Mac OS X
13 55 (1.02%) Windows Vista
14 35 (0.65%) Solaris
15 30 (0.55%) Mac OS
16 27 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
17 23 (0.42%) AIX
18 22 (0.41%) Windows 2000
19 15 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
20 11 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1005 (18.57%) ITIL
2 838 (15.48%) Project Management
3 520 (9.61%) PRINCE2
4 368 (6.80%) Service Management
5 314 (5.80%) Migration
6 307 (5.67%) Change Management
7 304 (5.62%) Agile Software Development
8 295 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
9 230 (4.25%) Incident Management
10 194 (3.58%) Data Analysis
11 186 (3.44%) Service Delivery
12 178 (3.29%) Business Analysis
13 170 (3.14%) Business Intelligence
14 162 (2.99%) Time Management
15 154 (2.85%) Change Control
16 153 (2.83%) User Acceptance Testing
17 148 (2.73%) Programme Management
18 145 (2.68%) ITSM
19 134 (2.48%) Project Planning
19 134 (2.48%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 640 (11.82%) SQL
2 153 (2.83%) VBA
2 153 (2.83%) Java
3 117 (2.16%) C#
4 89 (1.64%) VB
5 79 (1.46%) JavaScript
6 75 (1.39%) PowerShell
7 67 (1.24%) T-SQL
8 61 (1.13%) C
9 56 (1.03%) C++
10 48 (0.89%) Perl
11 46 (0.85%) VBScript
12 37 (0.68%) PL/SQL
13 30 (0.55%) VB.NET
14 26 (0.48%) Shell Script
15 21 (0.39%) Python
16 20 (0.37%) PHP
17 14 (0.26%) VB6
18 13 (0.24%) R
19 9 (0.17%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 508 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 443 (8.18%) Degree
3 333 (6.15%) SC Cleared
4 256 (4.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 146 (2.70%) PMI Certification
6 127 (2.35%) MCSE
7 109 (2.01%) MCP
8 105 (1.94%) PMP
9 99 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
10 98 (1.81%) DV Cleared
11 94 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
12 79 (1.46%) CCNA
13 76 (1.40%) ISEB
14 68 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 64 (1.18%) MCSA
16 59 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 56 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 45 (0.83%) MCITP
19 43 (0.79%) CCNP
20 42 (0.78%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (6.52%) SLA
2 163 (3.01%) QA
3 29 (0.54%) Data Quality
4 24 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 17 (0.31%) P3O
6 13 (0.24%) ISO 9001
7 11 (0.20%) Solvency II
8 10 (0.18%) JSP 440
8 10 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 9 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
10 8 (0.15%) COBIT
11 6 (0.11%) PCI DSS
12 4 (0.074%) GAAP
13 3 (0.055%) Basel II
13 3 (0.055%) GxP
13 3 (0.055%) MiFID
13 3 (0.055%) TickIT
13 3 (0.055%) PMBOK
13 3 (0.055%) ISO 9000
14 2 (0.037%) Basel III
System Software
1 1285 (23.74%) Active Directory
2 190 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (1.68%) XenApp
4 82 (1.51%) Hyper-V
5 66 (1.22%) vSphere
6 46 (0.85%) VMware ESX
7 34 (0.63%) XenDesktop
8 30 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
9 26 (0.48%) Terminal Services
10 20 (0.37%) NLBS
11 19 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
12 16 (0.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 12 (0.22%) Terminal Server
13 12 (0.22%) BitLocker
13 12 (0.22%) Xen
14 11 (0.20%) NFS
15 10 (0.18%) Samba
16 8 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
17 6 (0.11%) VMware Server
17 6 (0.11%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 228 (4.21%) SCCM
2 58 (1.07%) HP Quality Center
3 45 (0.83%) OVSD
4 35 (0.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 34 (0.63%) WSUS
6 30 (0.55%) Backup Exec
7 29 (0.54%) OpenView
8 22 (0.41%) SCOM
9 20 (0.37%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 16 (0.30%) AirWatch
10 16 (0.30%) WMI
11 15 (0.28%) Casper Suite
12 13 (0.24%) Norton AntiVirus
13 12 (0.22%) DameWare
13 12 (0.22%) NetBackup
14 11 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
15 10 (0.18%) Puppet
15 10 (0.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 8 (0.15%) Control-M
16 8 (0.15%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 3156 (58.30%) Microsoft
2 474 (8.76%) Citrix
3 331 (6.11%) VMware
4 291 (5.38%) HP
5 290 (5.36%) Oracle
6 272 (5.02%) Cisco
7 194 (3.58%) SAP
8 138 (2.55%) Adobe
8 138 (2.55%) Apple
9 129 (2.38%) Remedy
10 119 (2.20%) Lotus
11 101 (1.87%) Symantec
12 90 (1.66%) IBM
13 81 (1.50%) Business Objects
14 80 (1.48%) Dell
15 68 (1.26%) McAfee
16 61 (1.13%) CheckPoint
17 49 (0.91%) Google
18 44 (0.81%) LANDesk
19 42 (0.78%) Cognos
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