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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
Rank 592 580 552
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -28
Contract jobs citing MSF 3 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.005% 0.004% 0.010%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.007% 0.005% 0.014%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 3
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£400 £750 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-46.66% +130.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £750 £50
% change year-on-year
-46.66% +1400.00%
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
41096 38070 35468
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.49% 73.77% 71.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 26903 23461 20857
Average daily rate £421 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1109 1170 1452
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 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 19 December 2014. 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 -29 3 £400 -46.66% 2
East of England - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
London - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
City of London - - - -

MSF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 6 (66.67%) MS Office
1 6 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 5 (55.56%) MS Excel
2 5 (55.56%) ITIL
2 5 (55.56%) Six Sigma
3 4 (44.44%) MOF
3 4 (44.44%) Project Management
3 4 (44.44%) Degree
3 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
3 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 3 (33.33%) COBIT
4 3 (33.33%) PMP
4 3 (33.33%) PMI Certification
4 3 (33.33%) BS15000
4 3 (33.33%) Service Management
4 3 (33.33%) Service Delivery
5 2 (22.22%) AutoCAD
5 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (22.22%) Validation
5 2 (22.22%) Network Design
5 2 (22.22%) IT Governance
5 2 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (22.22%) SharePoint
5 2 (22.22%) MS Project
5 2 (22.22%) RUP
5 2 (22.22%) MS Visio
5 2 (22.22%) WAN
5 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET
5 2 (22.22%) CSS

MSF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 2 (22.22%) SharePoint
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Foundation
2 1 (11.11%) IIS
2 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (66.67%) MS Office
2 5 (55.56%) MS Excel
3 2 (22.22%) AutoCAD
3 2 (22.22%) MS Project
3 2 (22.22%) MS Visio
4 1 (11.11%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) WAN
1 2 (22.22%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MSBuild
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
1 1 (11.11%) NUnit
1 1 (11.11%) CruiseControl
General
1 2 (22.22%) Marketing
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
2 1 (11.11%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 2 (22.22%) Cabling Engineer
1 2 (22.22%) Procurement Manager
1 2 (22.22%) Service Management Consultant
1 2 (22.22%) Management Consultant
1 2 (22.22%) Developer
1 2 (22.22%) Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) C# .NET Developer
2 1 (11.11%) C# ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint Developer
2 1 (11.11%) .NET Developer
2 1 (11.11%) C# Developer
2 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (11.11%) Delivery Manager
2 1 (11.11%) Services Delivery Manager
2 1 (11.11%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET
1 2 (22.22%) CSS
1 2 (22.22%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (11.11%) .NET Framework
2 1 (11.11%) WCF
2 1 (11.11%) WPF
2 1 (11.11%) WF
2 1 (11.11%) Silverlight
2 1 (11.11%) jQuery
2 1 (11.11%) HTML
2 1 (11.11%) ADO.NET
2 1 (11.11%) XML
2 1 (11.11%) XSLT
2 1 (11.11%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 1 (11.11%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 2 (22.22%) Computer Science
3 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) ITIL
1 5 (55.56%) Six Sigma
2 4 (44.44%) MOF
2 4 (44.44%) Project Management
3 3 (33.33%) Service Management
3 3 (33.33%) Service Delivery
4 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (22.22%) Validation
4 2 (22.22%) Network Design
4 2 (22.22%) IT Governance
4 2 (22.22%) RUP
4 2 (22.22%) Project Planning
4 2 (22.22%) ITIL V2
5 1 (11.11%) Line Management
5 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (11.11%) UML
5 1 (11.11%) OOA/OOD
5 1 (11.11%) OO
5 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (11.11%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) C#
1 2 (22.22%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) T-SQL
2 1 (11.11%) VB.NET
2 1 (11.11%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) Degree
1 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
2 3 (33.33%) PMP
2 3 (33.33%) PMI Certification
3 2 (22.22%) BICSI Certification
3 2 (22.22%) BICSI RCDD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) COBIT
1 3 (33.33%) BS15000
2 1 (11.11%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) SLA
Vendors
1 6 (66.67%) Microsoft