The table below looks at the statistics for MSF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSF over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 659 646 618
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -28
Contract jobs citing MSF 5 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.009% 0.002% 0.007%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.011% 0.002% 0.009%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 1
Average daily rate £340 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.63% -8.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £275 -
% change year-on-year
+23.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
45575 44729 42342
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.84% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30101 27892 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1297 1209
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

MSF
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MSF within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

MSF Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MSF
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MSF within the UK.

MSF Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MSF
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MSF within the UK.

MSF Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MSF
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSF within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2016. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 5 £340 +23.63% 1
South East -12 3 £340 +23.63%
Berkshire - 3 £340 -
London - 2 - -
Reading - 1 - -

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MSF 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 MSF.

1 14 (77.78%) C#
1 14 (77.78%) SharePoint
2 13 (72.22%) Scrum
2 13 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (72.22%) Security Cleared
3 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
4 9 (50.00%) ERP
4 9 (50.00%) CRM
4 9 (50.00%) .NET
4 9 (50.00%) SQL Server
4 9 (50.00%) Windows
4 9 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
5 8 (44.44%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (38.89%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (38.89%) ISTQB
6 7 (38.89%) MS Excel
6 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (33.33%) ASP.NET
7 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
8 5 (27.78%) MVC
8 5 (27.78%) MS Office
8 5 (27.78%) RUP
8 5 (27.78%) SLA
9 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
9 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
9 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
10 3 (16.67%) Contact Management
10 3 (16.67%) Web Services
10 3 (16.67%) SQL
11 2 (11.11%) T-SQL

MSF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MSF 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 MSF. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 14 (77.78%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.56%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (38.89%) MS Excel
2 5 (27.78%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 9 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (11.11%) IaaS
2 2 (11.11%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (44.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Development Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Software Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Software Development Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Consultant
3 3 (16.67%) Test Leader
4 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Automation Test Lead
4 2 (11.11%) Azure Architect
4 2 (11.11%) CRM Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Developer
4 2 (11.11%) RUP Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Active Directory Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.56%) SSIS Developer
5 1 (5.56%) SSRS Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Tester
5 1 (5.56%) T-SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (50.00%) .NET
2 6 (33.33%) ASP.NET
3 3 (16.67%) Web Services
4 2 (11.11%) WCF
4 2 (11.11%) XML
5 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
5 1 (5.56%) SAML
5 1 (5.56%) SOAP
5 1 (5.56%) WSE
5 1 (5.56%) XSD
5 1 (5.56%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Private Cloud
2 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (5.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 9 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (11.11%) Linux
2 2 (11.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (72.22%) Scrum
2 9 (50.00%) CRM
2 9 (50.00%) ERP
3 7 (38.89%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (27.78%) MVC
4 5 (27.78%) RUP
5 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
6 3 (16.67%) Contact Management
7 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Migration
7 2 (11.11%) MOF
7 2 (11.11%) Resource Management
7 2 (11.11%) Test Management
7 2 (11.11%) TOGAF
7 2 (11.11%) Zachman Framework
8 1 (5.56%) Performance Optimisation
8 1 (5.56%) Requirements Analysis
8 1 (5.56%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (77.78%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (11.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (72.22%) Security Cleared
2 7 (38.89%) ISTQB
2 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 2 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (27.78%) SLA
2 1 (5.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (5.56%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.56%) RedGate