The table below looks at the statistics for MSF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSF over the 3 months to 31 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 641 608 608
Rank change year-on-year
-33 0
Contract jobs citing MSF 2 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.004% 0.004% 0.007%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.005% 0.005% 0.010%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
Median daily rate - £275 -
UK excluding London median daily rate - £275 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
43918 42992 41426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.89% 79.31% 77.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 29200 27357 26190
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median 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 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.35% +3.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1020 1216 1225
Median hourly rate £28.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.55% +1.66%

MSF
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MSF as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 2 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSF within the UK over the 3 months to 31 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +9 2 - -
England -8 2 - -

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MSF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MSF.

1 11 (78.57%) SharePoint
2 10 (71.43%) C#
3 9 (64.29%) Windows
3 9 (64.29%) CRM
3 9 (64.29%) ERP
3 9 (64.29%) Microsoft
3 9 (64.29%) Scrum
3 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (64.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (64.29%) Security Cleared
4 7 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 7 (50.00%) ISTQB
4 7 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (42.86%) .NET
6 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
7 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
7 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
7 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
7 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
7 4 (28.57%) SC Cleared
8 3 (21.43%) Contact Management
8 3 (21.43%) Web Services
8 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET
9 2 (14.29%) MS Office
9 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
9 2 (14.29%) Linux
9 2 (14.29%) RUP
9 2 (14.29%) Migration
9 2 (14.29%) MVC

MSF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (78.57%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.14%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 2 (14.29%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 9 (64.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (14.29%) IaaS
2 2 (14.29%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 4 (28.57%) Analyst
2 3 (21.43%) Consultant
2 3 (21.43%) Test Leader
3 2 (14.29%) Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Automation Test Lead
3 2 (14.29%) Azure Architect
3 2 (14.29%) CRM Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Development Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Software Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Software Development Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Test Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Active Directory Architect
4 1 (7.14%) BizTalk Consultant
4 1 (7.14%) Cloud Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Office 365 Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Software Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Tester
4 1 (7.14%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (42.86%) .NET
2 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET
2 3 (21.43%) Web Services
3 2 (14.29%) WCF
4 1 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 1 (7.14%) SAML
4 1 (7.14%) SOAP
4 1 (7.14%) WSE
4 1 (7.14%) XML
4 1 (7.14%) XSD
4 1 (7.14%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Private Cloud
2 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.14%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 9 (64.29%) Windows
2 2 (14.29%) Linux
2 2 (14.29%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (64.29%) CRM
1 9 (64.29%) ERP
1 9 (64.29%) Scrum
2 7 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
4 3 (21.43%) Contact Management
5 2 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Migration
5 2 (14.29%) MOF
5 2 (14.29%) MVC
5 2 (14.29%) Resource Management
5 2 (14.29%) RUP
5 2 (14.29%) Test Management
5 2 (14.29%) TOGAF
5 2 (14.29%) Zachman Framework
6 1 (7.14%) Software Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 10 (71.43%) C#
2 1 (7.14%) SQL
2 1 (7.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (64.29%) Security Cleared
2 7 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 7 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (28.57%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) SLA
2 1 (7.14%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (14.29%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 9 (64.29%) Microsoft