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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 34 34 36
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 2720 2873 2399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 4.87% 5.10% 4.94%
As % of the Applications category 39.88% 39.00% 37.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1325 1326 1065
Average daily rate
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£290 £275 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £120 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £450 £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £250 £270
% change year-on-year
+14.00% -7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 417 448 428
Average hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £14.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% -0.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.13 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £25.08 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.14 £14.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-6.14% -

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
6821 7366 6371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.20% 13.07% 13.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3723 3855 3248
Average daily rate £350 £325 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £150 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 684 736
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.99 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.14% -3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.13 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £42.50 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -9.09%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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 0 2470 £288 +4.54% 631
London +1 947 £300 +3.44% 233
South East -5 635 £314 +4.68% 127
City of London 0 231 £318 +9.48% 77
Berkshire -8 168 £300 -4.45% 19
North West -7 160 £320 +48.83% 65
Scotland 0 154 £325 +44.44% 16
West Midlands -4 149 £250 -14.89% 27
Yorkshire -5 143 £263 -6.25% 44
South West -7 136 £284 +26.11% 46
East of England -1 131 £188 -22.36% 47
Buckinghamshire +21 129 £291 -10.38% 19
Hampshire +2 128 £323 +24.51% 24
East Midlands -5 106 £158 +125.00% 26
Milton Keynes +23 104 £279 -14.30% 14
Surrey -11 85 £325 +4.75% 29
West Yorkshire -13 75 £214 -26.20% 24
Reading +1 69 £295 +7.27% 11
Edinburgh +3 66 £325 +44.44% 6
Manchester -3 64 £250 +108.33% 18
Leeds -15 51 £244 +14.70% 14
Oxfordshire -5 49 £250 - 15
South Yorkshire +9 47 £275 -8.33% 6
Wiltshire +16 45 £300 +33.33% 13
Cambridgeshire +12 45 £225 +1.12% 9
Glasgow -7 42 £425 +77.08% 5
Merseyside +7 38 £313 +64.47% 9
Bristol -9 38 £370 +64.44% 9
Birmingham -13 38 £313 +19.04% 12
West Sussex -9 36 £425 +88.88% 6

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 2964 (56.93%) Microsoft
2 2351 (45.16%) MS Excel
3 2071 (39.78%) Windows
4 1227 (23.57%) Active Directory
5 1159 (22.26%) Windows 7
6 1103 (21.19%) Finance
7 961 (18.46%) ITIL
8 749 (14.39%) Project Management
9 719 (13.81%) Windows XP
10 681 (13.08%) MS PowerPoint
11 639 (12.27%) SQL
12 564 (10.83%) MS Project
13 538 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
14 518 (9.95%) MS Visio
15 513 (9.85%) SharePoint
16 506 (9.72%) Security Cleared
17 491 (9.43%) Citrix
18 453 (8.70%) PRINCE2
19 446 (8.57%) Banking
20 423 (8.13%) Degree
21 409 (7.86%) MS Exchange
22 384 (7.38%) Windows Server 2008
23 378 (7.26%) SC Cleared
24 349 (6.70%) Blackberry
25 336 (6.45%) Service Management
26 326 (6.26%) SLA
27 309 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
28 298 (5.72%) SQL Server
29 294 (5.65%) Telecoms
30 285 (5.47%) Migration

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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
1 513 (9.85%) SharePoint
2 409 (7.86%) MS Exchange
3 155 (2.98%) IBM Notes
4 146 (2.80%) Lync
5 121 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2010
6 102 (1.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 71 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2007
8 62 (1.19%) IIS
9 49 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
9 49 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
10 48 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
11 47 (0.90%) SAS
12 40 (0.77%) WorkSite
13 30 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
14 24 (0.46%) CMS
15 21 (0.40%) Confluence
16 19 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
17 18 (0.35%) MS Project Server
17 18 (0.35%) Office Communications Server
18 15 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2351 (45.16%) MS Excel
2 681 (13.08%) MS PowerPoint
3 564 (10.83%) MS Project
4 518 (9.95%) MS Visio
5 50 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
6 36 (0.69%) Photoshop
7 34 (0.65%) AutoCAD
8 30 (0.58%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 29 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
10 25 (0.48%) Acrobat
11 19 (0.36%) InDesign
12 17 (0.33%) Adobe Captivate
13 12 (0.23%) InfoPath
14 7 (0.13%) SPSS
15 6 (0.12%) Open Workbench
16 4 (0.077%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.077%) PowerPivot
17 3 (0.058%) TargetLink
17 3 (0.058%) Quicktime
17 3 (0.058%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 31 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
2 28 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
3 20 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
4 15 (0.29%) SAP SRM
5 13 (0.25%) assyst
5 13 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
6 12 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
7 9 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
7 9 (0.17%) Agresso
8 8 (0.15%) Maximo
9 7 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 7 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
9 7 (0.13%) Eikon
10 6 (0.12%) Google Analytics
10 6 (0.12%) SAP GRC
11 5 (0.096%) Oracle General Ledger
11 5 (0.096%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 5 (0.096%) Oracle Payables
11 5 (0.096%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 139 (2.67%) Office 365
2 21 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (0.36%) PaaS
3 19 (0.36%) Google Apps
4 13 (0.25%) IaaS
5 12 (0.23%) SaaS
6 8 (0.15%) Google Drive
6 8 (0.15%) OneDrive
7 6 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 6 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
8 5 (0.096%) Yammer
9 4 (0.077%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.077%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.058%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.038%) Taleo
11 2 (0.038%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.019%) Trello
12 1 (0.019%) IBM Blueworks
12 1 (0.019%) Basecamp
12 1 (0.019%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 275 (5.28%) LAN
2 229 (4.40%) WAN
2 229 (4.40%) TCP/IP
3 186 (3.57%) VPN
4 176 (3.38%) Internet
5 174 (3.34%) DNS
6 138 (2.65%) DHCP
7 135 (2.59%) Firewall
8 108 (2.07%) SAN
9 102 (1.96%) Wireless
10 78 (1.50%) VoIP
11 66 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
12 53 (1.02%) HTTP
13 52 (1.00%) Intranet
13 52 (1.00%) Network Security
14 47 (0.90%) 3G
15 41 (0.79%) FTP
16 40 (0.77%) VLAN
17 39 (0.75%) ATM
18 38 (0.73%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 298 (5.72%) SQL Server
2 128 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
3 94 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 90 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 72 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
6 66 (1.27%) Relational Database
7 59 (1.13%) MS Access
8 55 (1.06%) Oracle Database
9 43 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
10 39 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
11 33 (0.63%) MySQL
12 27 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 26 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
14 25 (0.48%) Data Mining
15 24 (0.46%) RDBMS
15 24 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
16 22 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
16 22 (0.42%) QlikView
17 18 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
17 18 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 90 (1.73%) Visual Studio
2 65 (1.25%) JIRA
3 36 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
4 22 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 22 (0.42%) Subversion
5 19 (0.36%) MSI
6 18 (0.35%) JMeter
6 18 (0.35%) Oracle Forms
7 17 (0.33%) SoapUI
8 14 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
8 14 (0.27%) Maven
9 13 (0.25%) LoadRunner
9 13 (0.25%) Jenkins
10 11 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 11 (0.21%) JUnit
11 10 (0.19%) TeamCity
11 10 (0.19%) Git (software)
12 9 (0.17%) Hudson
13 8 (0.15%) Cucumber
13 8 (0.15%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 1103 (21.19%) Finance
2 446 (8.57%) Banking
3 294 (5.65%) Telecoms
4 190 (3.65%) Legal
5 187 (3.59%) Retail
6 143 (2.75%) Law
7 138 (2.65%) Investment Banking
8 90 (1.73%) Marketing
9 80 (1.54%) Publishing
10 62 (1.19%) Manufacturing
11 61 (1.17%) Financial Institution
12 50 (0.96%) Back Office
13 48 (0.92%) Advertising
14 47 (0.90%) German Language
15 38 (0.73%) Electronics
16 35 (0.67%) Retail Banking
17 32 (0.61%) French Language
18 29 (0.56%) Billing
18 29 (0.56%) Local Government
19 27 (0.52%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 1684 (32.35%) Analyst
2 547 (10.51%) Service Analyst
3 530 (10.18%) Service Desk Analyst
4 396 (7.61%) Support Engineer
5 394 (7.57%) Support Analyst
6 337 (6.47%) Desktop Support
7 319 (6.13%) Project Manager
8 300 (5.76%) 1st Line Support
9 292 (5.61%) 2nd Line Support
10 284 (5.46%) Developer
11 242 (4.65%) Business Analyst
12 209 (4.01%) IT Support
13 197 (3.78%) Desktop Engineer
14 189 (3.63%) Administrator
15 159 (3.05%) Coordinator
16 147 (2.82%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 128 (2.46%) Data Analyst
18 122 (2.34%) Help Desk Analyst
19 104 (2.00%) Help Desk Support
20 92 (1.77%) Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (3.71%) .NET
2 135 (2.59%) XML
3 117 (2.25%) HTML
4 88 (1.69%) Web Services
5 61 (1.17%) CSS
6 54 (1.04%) ASP.NET
7 50 (0.96%) .NET Framework
8 45 (0.86%) JSON
9 42 (0.81%) REST
10 41 (0.79%) jQuery
11 40 (0.77%) HTML5
12 34 (0.65%) Oracle Fusion
12 34 (0.65%) Application Packaging
13 19 (0.36%) SOAP
14 18 (0.35%) Flash
15 17 (0.33%) COM
16 15 (0.29%) Ajax
17 14 (0.27%) Middleware
18 12 (0.23%) JSP
18 12 (0.23%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 538 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
2 349 (6.70%) Blackberry
3 209 (4.01%) Management Information System
4 146 (2.80%) NHS
5 76 (1.46%) Computer Science
5 76 (1.46%) iPhone
6 56 (1.08%) User Experience
7 55 (1.06%) Video Conferencing
7 55 (1.06%) iPad
8 49 (0.94%) Fat Client
8 49 (0.94%) Thin Client
8 49 (0.94%) E-Learning
9 47 (0.90%) PMI
10 45 (0.86%) Statistics
11 33 (0.63%) CMDB
12 31 (0.60%) PDA
13 29 (0.56%) Smartphone
14 27 (0.52%) Economics
15 26 (0.50%) Client/Server
15 26 (0.50%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 2071 (39.78%) Windows
2 1159 (22.26%) Windows 7
3 719 (13.81%) Windows XP
4 384 (7.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 281 (5.40%) Windows Server 2003
6 218 (4.19%) Windows 8
7 149 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 126 (2.42%) Linux
9 125 (2.40%) UNIX
10 122 (2.34%) Android
11 88 (1.69%) Apple iOS
12 78 (1.50%) Windows Vista
13 65 (1.25%) Mac OS X
14 29 (0.56%) Solaris
15 25 (0.48%) Mac OS
16 24 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
16 24 (0.46%) Windows 2000
17 23 (0.44%) AIX
18 15 (0.29%) Windows NT
19 14 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 961 (18.46%) ITIL
2 749 (14.39%) Project Management
3 453 (8.70%) PRINCE2
4 336 (6.45%) Service Management
5 309 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
6 285 (5.47%) Migration
7 254 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
8 251 (4.82%) Change Management
9 229 (4.40%) Service Delivery
10 196 (3.76%) Incident Management
11 190 (3.65%) Data Analysis
12 166 (3.19%) Business Analysis
13 147 (2.82%) Business Intelligence
14 142 (2.73%) Change Control
15 138 (2.65%) Project Planning
16 126 (2.42%) Programme Management
17 125 (2.40%) User Acceptance Testing
18 124 (2.38%) Risk Management
18 124 (2.38%) Data Modelling
19 116 (2.23%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 639 (12.27%) SQL
2 163 (3.13%) Java
3 153 (2.94%) VBA
4 138 (2.65%) C#
5 95 (1.82%) JavaScript
6 76 (1.46%) VB
7 74 (1.42%) T-SQL
8 71 (1.36%) C
8 71 (1.36%) PowerShell
9 46 (0.88%) PL/SQL
10 44 (0.85%) Perl
11 42 (0.81%) VBScript
12 40 (0.77%) C++
13 33 (0.63%) VB.NET
14 32 (0.61%) Python
15 27 (0.52%) Shell Script
16 13 (0.25%) PHP
16 13 (0.25%) Ruby
17 11 (0.21%) Korn
18 10 (0.19%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 506 (9.72%) Security Cleared
2 423 (8.13%) Degree
3 378 (7.26%) SC Cleared
4 205 (3.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 123 (2.36%) PMI Certification
6 118 (2.27%) MCP
7 101 (1.94%) ITIL Certification
8 93 (1.79%) MCSE
9 88 (1.69%) PMP
10 78 (1.50%) DV Cleared
11 77 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 75 (1.44%) ISEB
13 62 (1.19%) Cisco Certification
14 57 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 54 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 47 (0.90%) CCNA
17 45 (0.86%) MCSA
18 37 (0.71%) APMP
19 36 (0.69%) MOS
20 34 (0.65%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 326 (6.26%) SLA
2 157 (3.02%) QA
3 34 (0.65%) Data Quality
4 23 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 18 (0.35%) ISO 9001
6 14 (0.27%) P3O
6 14 (0.27%) Solvency II
7 13 (0.25%) JSP 440
8 10 (0.19%) COBIT
8 10 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
9 6 (0.12%) EMIR
9 6 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 4 (0.077%) ISO 9000
10 4 (0.077%) GxP
10 4 (0.077%) Basel III
11 3 (0.058%) MiFID
11 3 (0.058%) PCI DSS
11 3 (0.058%) Basel II
12 2 (0.038%) ARP4754
12 2 (0.038%) CRD IV
System Software
1 1227 (23.57%) Active Directory
2 173 (3.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (1.48%) XenApp
4 70 (1.34%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.17%) vSphere
6 41 (0.79%) XenDesktop
7 35 (0.67%) VMware ESX
8 31 (0.60%) Terminal Services
9 28 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
10 19 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
11 16 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 13 (0.25%) Xen
12 13 (0.25%) Terminal Server
13 12 (0.23%) BitLocker
14 11 (0.21%) XenServer
15 10 (0.19%) VMware Server
15 10 (0.19%) Samba
15 10 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
16 9 (0.17%) NLBS
17 6 (0.12%) NFS
Systems Management
1 238 (4.57%) SCCM
2 45 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
3 42 (0.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 39 (0.75%) OpenView
5 30 (0.58%) OVSD
6 28 (0.54%) WSUS
7 21 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
8 20 (0.38%) SCOM
9 18 (0.35%) Backup Exec
10 16 (0.31%) Casper Suite
11 14 (0.27%) Puppet
11 14 (0.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 12 (0.23%) ARCserve
12 12 (0.23%) WhatsUp Gold
13 11 (0.21%) NetBackup
13 11 (0.21%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 9 (0.17%) WMI
15 8 (0.15%) AirWatch
16 7 (0.13%) Vagrant
16 7 (0.13%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2964 (56.93%) Microsoft
2 491 (9.43%) Citrix
3 269 (5.17%) Oracle
4 265 (5.09%) VMware
5 263 (5.05%) HP
6 237 (4.55%) Cisco
7 165 (3.17%) SAP
8 162 (3.11%) Lotus
9 141 (2.71%) Apple
10 121 (2.32%) Remedy
11 120 (2.31%) Adobe
12 90 (1.73%) Symantec
13 80 (1.54%) Business Objects
14 77 (1.48%) IBM
15 75 (1.44%) Dell
16 73 (1.40%) McAfee
17 56 (1.08%) Bloomberg
18 54 (1.04%) CheckPoint
19 52 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
20 49 (0.94%) Google
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