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 14 February 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.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 616 597 598
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +1
Contract jobs citing MSF 10 8 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.016% 0.002%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.024% 0.020% 0.003%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 1
Average daily rate £450 £358 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.87% +19.16%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £358 -
% change year-on-year
+25.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 - -

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
41939 39781 37687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.34% 77.74% 76.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 27430 25409 22756
Average daily rate £425 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1173 1055 1156
Average hourly rate £39.34 £27.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.05% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSF within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 2016.

MSF Daily Rate Histogram 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 6 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 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
South East +17 10 £450 -5.26% 1
England -5 10 £450 +2.85% 1
Berkshire +10 7 £450 - 1
Reading -1 5 £425 -
Havant - 3 - -
Hampshire - 3 - -

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 23 (88.46%) C#
2 22 (84.62%) Scrum
2 22 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (80.77%) SQL Server
4 17 (65.38%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (57.69%) SQL
6 14 (53.85%) T-SQL
6 14 (53.85%) XML
7 13 (50.00%) Data Security
7 13 (50.00%) Unit Testing
7 13 (50.00%) OOP
7 13 (50.00%) Security Cleared
7 13 (50.00%) High Availability
7 13 (50.00%) Red Gate
8 11 (42.31%) Requirements Analysis
8 11 (42.31%) SharePoint
8 11 (42.31%) Microsoft
8 11 (42.31%) .NET
9 8 (30.77%) Records Management
10 7 (26.92%) MS Excel
11 6 (23.08%) CRM
11 6 (23.08%) ERP
11 6 (23.08%) MS Office
11 6 (23.08%) ASP.NET
11 6 (23.08%) Dynamics CRM
12 5 (19.23%) SC Cleared
12 5 (19.23%) MVC
12 5 (19.23%) SLA
12 5 (19.23%) RUP
12 5 (19.23%) Disclosure Scotland

MSF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 11 (42.31%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.85%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (26.92%) MS Excel
2 6 (23.08%) MS Office
3 1 (3.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (23.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) Extranet
1 1 (3.85%) Internet
1 1 (3.85%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (80.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (65.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (11.54%) Back Office
2 2 (7.69%) Finance
3 1 (3.85%) Billing
3 1 (3.85%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (53.85%) Developer
2 12 (46.15%) SQL Developer
3 10 (38.46%) SQL Server Developer
4 5 (19.23%) Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Development Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Software Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Software Development Analyst
5 3 (11.54%) Test Leader
6 2 (7.69%) .NET Developer
6 2 (7.69%) Automation Test Lead
6 2 (7.69%) Consultant
6 2 (7.69%) RUP Analyst
6 2 (7.69%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Agile Developer
7 1 (3.85%) BizTalk Consultant
7 1 (3.85%) Project Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Software Developer
7 1 (3.85%) T-SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (53.85%) XML
2 11 (42.31%) .NET
3 6 (23.08%) ASP.NET
4 3 (11.54%) Web Services
5 2 (7.69%) WCF
6 1 (3.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (3.85%) SAML
6 1 (3.85%) SOAP
6 1 (3.85%) WSE
6 1 (3.85%) XSD
6 1 (3.85%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (3.85%) Client/Server
1 1 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
1 1 (3.85%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 4 (15.38%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
1 22 (84.62%) Scrum
2 13 (50.00%) Data Security
2 13 (50.00%) High Availability
2 13 (50.00%) OOP
2 13 (50.00%) Unit Testing
3 11 (42.31%) Requirements Analysis
4 8 (30.77%) Records Management
5 6 (23.08%) CRM
5 6 (23.08%) ERP
6 5 (19.23%) MVC
6 5 (19.23%) RUP
7 4 (15.38%) Test Automation
7 4 (15.38%) Test Strategy
7 4 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Contact Management
8 2 (7.69%) Test Management
9 1 (3.85%) Performance Optimisation
9 1 (3.85%) Practice Management
9 1 (3.85%) Revenue Recognition
Programming Languages
1 23 (88.46%) C#
2 15 (57.69%) SQL
3 14 (53.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (19.23%) SC Cleared
3 4 (15.38%) ISTQB
3 4 (15.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (7.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (19.23%) Disclosure Scotland
1 5 (19.23%) SLA
2 1 (3.85%) QA
Vendors
1 13 (50.00%) Red Gate
2 11 (42.31%) Microsoft
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