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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 569 560 523
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -37
Contract jobs citing MSF 8 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.016% 0.002% 0.009%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.021% 0.003% 0.012%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 1
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£358 £750 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-52.33% +226.08%
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £750 £230
% change year-on-year
-52.33% +226.08%
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
38219 36146 32687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.29% 74.26% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24558 22025 19397
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £271 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 1117 1319
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 2015.

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 11 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 26 January 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 -21 6 £438 -41.66% 3
South East - 5 £475 - 1
South West -24 1 £400 -46.66%
East of England - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Bournemouth - - - -
London - - - - 1
Dorset - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
City of London - - - - 1

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 8 (72.73%) ITIL
2 6 (54.55%) Microsoft
3 5 (45.45%) Six Sigma
3 5 (45.45%) Service Delivery
4 4 (36.36%) MOF
4 4 (36.36%) Project Management
4 4 (36.36%) Windows
4 4 (36.36%) Degree
4 4 (36.36%) Computer Science
5 3 (27.27%) Cisco
5 3 (27.27%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (27.27%) COBIT
5 3 (27.27%) SC Cleared
5 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
5 3 (27.27%) Linux
5 3 (27.27%) MS Office
5 3 (27.27%) Visual Studio
5 3 (27.27%) Avaya
5 3 (27.27%) PMP
5 3 (27.27%) PMI Certification
5 3 (27.27%) SAN
5 3 (27.27%) VoIP
5 3 (27.27%) OO
5 3 (27.27%) Change Management
5 3 (27.27%) BS15000
5 3 (27.27%) Service Management
5 3 (27.27%) Clustering
5 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (18.18%) TDD
6 2 (18.18%) Management Information System

MSF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 1 (9.09%) IIS
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
1 1 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint Server
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint 2010
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint Foundation
Applications
1 3 (27.27%) MS Office
2 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 2 (18.18%) MS Visio
2 2 (18.18%) AutoCAD
2 2 (18.18%) MS Project
3 1 (9.09%) InfoPath
Communications & Networking
1 3 (27.27%) VoIP
1 3 (27.27%) SAN
2 2 (18.18%) Structured Cabling
2 2 (18.18%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) RDBMS
1 2 (18.18%) InterBase
1 2 (18.18%) Firebird
1 2 (18.18%) Relational Database
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Visual Studio
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (9.09%) MSBuild
3 1 (9.09%) NUnit
3 1 (9.09%) CruiseControl
3 1 (9.09%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Cabling Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Software Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Management Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Service Management Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Voice Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Service Manager
3 1 (9.09%) Delivery Manager
3 1 (9.09%) VoIP Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) HTML
1 1 (9.09%) .NET
1 1 (9.09%) ADO.NET
1 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET
1 1 (9.09%) CSS
1 1 (9.09%) Ajax
1 1 (9.09%) Windows SharePoint Services
1 1 (9.09%) .NET Framework
1 1 (9.09%) WCF
1 1 (9.09%) WPF
1 1 (9.09%) WF
1 1 (9.09%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 4 (36.36%) Computer Science
2 3 (27.27%) Clustering
3 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (18.18%) Client/Server
3 2 (18.18%) NHS
3 2 (18.18%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (36.36%) Windows
2 3 (27.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) ITIL
2 5 (45.45%) Six Sigma
2 5 (45.45%) Service Delivery
3 4 (36.36%) MOF
3 4 (36.36%) Project Management
4 3 (27.27%) Service Management
4 3 (27.27%) Change Management
4 3 (27.27%) OO
4 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (27.27%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (18.18%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (18.18%) ITIL V2
5 2 (18.18%) Capacity Management
5 2 (18.18%) TDD
5 2 (18.18%) Network Design
5 2 (18.18%) IT Governance
5 2 (18.18%) Unit Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
5 2 (18.18%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) Delphi
2 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) T-SQL
2 1 (9.09%) VB.NET
2 1 (9.09%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) Degree
2 3 (27.27%) SC Cleared
2 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 3 (27.27%) PMP
2 3 (27.27%) PMI Certification
3 2 (18.18%) BICSI Certification
3 2 (18.18%) BICSI RCDD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (27.27%) BS15000
1 3 (27.27%) COBIT
2 1 (9.09%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (54.55%) Microsoft
2 3 (27.27%) Avaya
2 3 (27.27%) Cisco