The table below looks at the statistics for MSI skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSI over the 3 months to 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)
Rank 547 482 358
Rank change year-on-year
-65 -124
Contract jobs citing MSI 86 128 246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.23% 0.47%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.06% 1.79% 4.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 90 128
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£338 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £255 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £315 £328
% change year-on-year
+4.76% -3.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 8
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% +129.16%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £24.63 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+42.13% +105.20%

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

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
8141 7134 6127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.93% 12.77% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5371 4597 3922
Average daily rate £400 £390 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 133 134
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.75 £30.00 £21.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +5.00%

MSI
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MSI within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

MSI Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MSI
Daily Rate Trend

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

MSI Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MSI
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSI within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

MSI Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MSI
Hourly Rate Trend

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

MSI Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MSI
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSI within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 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 -54 65 £353 +10.15% 5
South East -19 23 £338 -5.59%
Scotland +4 21 £325 -28.77%
East of England +12 16 £300 -4.76% 1
Berkshire +11 14 £410 -
London -18 14 £400 +6.66% 2
Essex +15 13 £344 -
North West -30 10 £300 -
Glasgow +15 8 £325 -
Erskine +15 7 £330 -27.67%
Renfrewshire +12 7 £330 -27.67%
Reading -2 6 £338 -
Manchester -15 5 £475 +72.72%
Brentwood - 5 - -
Surrey +1 3 £325 -23.52%
Guildford - 3 £325 -
Bracknell - 3 £420 -
Norwich +13 2 - -
Norfolk +6 2 - -
Hampshire -8 2 £350 +16.66%
Milton Keynes -12 2 £263 -34.37%
Edinburgh -15 2 - -
Lancashire -17 2 £295 -1.66%
Buckinghamshire -17 2 £263 -34.37%
East Sussex - 2 £325 -
Lewes - 2 £325 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 £336 -
West Midlands +8 1 £450 +71.42%
Birmingham +5 1 £450 -
City of London 0 1 £475 +5.55%

MSI
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MSI 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 MSI.

1 173 (83.17%) Windows
2 133 (63.94%) Microsoft App-V
3 93 (44.71%) Security Cleared
4 88 (42.31%) Application Packaging
5 87 (41.83%) SCCM
6 81 (38.94%) Windows 7
7 73 (35.10%) Microsoft
8 63 (30.29%) PowerShell
9 62 (29.81%) SC Cleared
10 59 (28.37%) Active Directory
11 53 (25.48%) Citrix
12 44 (21.15%) VBScript
13 42 (20.19%) VMware
14 41 (19.71%) Windows Server 2003
15 40 (19.23%) Migration
16 38 (18.27%) Windows XP
17 37 (17.79%) Windows Server 2008
18 35 (16.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
19 34 (16.35%) VMware Infrastructure
19 34 (16.35%) Application Discovery
20 30 (14.42%) VB
21 24 (11.54%) HP
21 24 (11.54%) XenApp
21 24 (11.54%) XenDesktop
22 22 (10.58%) C#
22 22 (10.58%) Windows 8
23 20 (9.62%) DNS
24 19 (9.13%) SQL
24 19 (9.13%) InstallShield
24 19 (9.13%) Change Management

MSI
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MSI 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 MSI. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (4.81%) IIS
2 8 (3.85%) MS Exchange
3 6 (2.88%) IBM Notes
4 4 (1.92%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.96%) Apache
6 2 (0.96%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.96%) JBoss
6 2 (0.96%) Lync
7 1 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.48%) WorkSite
Applications
1 15 (7.21%) MS Excel
2 11 (5.29%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.96%) SaaS
1 2 (0.96%) PaaS
1 2 (0.96%) IaaS
2 1 (0.48%) CodePlex
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.62%) DNS
2 9 (4.33%) Firewall
3 8 (3.85%) DHCP
4 7 (3.37%) NAS
4 7 (3.37%) SAN
5 6 (2.88%) TCP/IP
6 5 (2.40%) Network Security
7 4 (1.92%) NetScaler
8 3 (1.44%) VPN
9 2 (0.96%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.96%) iSCSI
10 1 (0.48%) HTTP
10 1 (0.48%) Kerberos
10 1 (0.48%) LAN
10 1 (0.48%) SMS
10 1 (0.48%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.96%) QlikView
3 2 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (0.96%) MySQL
3 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 19 (9.13%) InstallShield
2 14 (6.73%) AdminStudio
3 6 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (2.40%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.92%) StarTeam
5 4 (1.92%) WiX
6 3 (1.44%) Wise Package Studio
6 3 (1.44%) JIRA
6 3 (1.44%) Selenium
6 3 (1.44%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.96%) JUnit
7 2 (0.96%) Subversion
7 2 (0.96%) Maven
8 1 (0.48%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 1 (0.48%) Hudson
8 1 (0.48%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.48%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.48%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.48%) HP UFT
General
1 18 (8.65%) Finance
2 8 (3.85%) Law
3 6 (2.88%) Banking
4 5 (2.40%) Legal
4 5 (2.40%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.96%) Retail
6 1 (0.48%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.48%) Local Government
6 1 (0.48%) Advertising
6 1 (0.48%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 91 (43.75%) Applications Packager
2 18 (8.65%) Consultant
3 13 (6.25%) Developer
4 10 (4.81%) Software Engineer
5 8 (3.85%) Applications Consultant
5 8 (3.85%) Software Development Engineer
5 8 (3.85%) Development Engineer
6 7 (3.37%) Analyst
6 7 (3.37%) Architect
7 6 (2.88%) Administrator
7 6 (2.88%) Citrix Consultant
8 5 (2.40%) Applications Engineer
8 5 (2.40%) SCCM Administrator
8 5 (2.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (2.40%) Project Manager
9 4 (1.92%) Applications Developer
9 4 (1.92%) Support Engineer
9 4 (1.92%) Applications Specialist
9 4 (1.92%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 3 (1.44%) Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (42.31%) Application Packaging
2 18 (8.65%) WPF
3 17 (8.17%) XML
4 16 (7.69%) XSD
4 16 (7.69%) WinForms
5 11 (5.29%) Software Packaging
6 5 (2.40%) .NET
7 4 (1.92%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.44%) WCF
8 3 (1.44%) CGI
9 2 (0.96%) WSH
9 2 (0.96%) Regular Expression
9 2 (0.96%) RabbitMQ
10 1 (0.48%) Entity Framework
10 1 (0.48%) KnockoutJS
10 1 (0.48%) Kendo UI
10 1 (0.48%) Express
10 1 (0.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 1 (0.48%) Breeze.js
10 1 (0.48%) Durandal
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
2 12 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.37%) Fat Client
3 7 (3.37%) Thin Client
4 5 (2.40%) Client/Server
4 5 (2.40%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.92%) Clustering
6 3 (1.44%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.96%) Replication
7 2 (0.96%) SecurID
7 2 (0.96%) CMDB
8 1 (0.48%) Statistics
8 1 (0.48%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.48%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 173 (83.17%) Windows
2 81 (38.94%) Windows 7
3 41 (19.71%) Windows Server 2003
4 38 (18.27%) Windows XP
5 37 (17.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (10.58%) Windows 8
7 12 (5.77%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.92%) Windows Vista
9 3 (1.44%) Linux
10 2 (0.96%) Windows NT
10 2 (0.96%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (19.23%) Migration
2 34 (16.35%) Application Discovery
3 19 (9.13%) Change Management
4 16 (7.69%) Unit Testing
4 16 (7.69%) Performance Management
5 12 (5.77%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (5.77%) ITIL
6 11 (5.29%) Performance Testing
7 9 (4.33%) Configuration Management
8 7 (3.37%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (2.88%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 5 (2.40%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 5 (2.40%) Project Management
11 4 (1.92%) Service Delivery
11 4 (1.92%) Release Management
11 4 (1.92%) Software Distribution
11 4 (1.92%) Infrastructure Management
11 4 (1.92%) Mentoring
12 3 (1.44%) Test Scripting
12 3 (1.44%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 63 (30.29%) PowerShell
2 44 (21.15%) VBScript
3 30 (14.42%) VB
4 22 (10.58%) C#
5 19 (9.13%) SQL
6 12 (5.77%) REXX
6 12 (5.77%) Tcl
7 3 (1.44%) Java
8 2 (0.96%) C
8 2 (0.96%) PHP
8 2 (0.96%) VBA
8 2 (0.96%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.48%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.48%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.48%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 93 (44.71%) Security Cleared
2 62 (29.81%) SC Cleared
3 11 (5.29%) DV Cleared
4 10 (4.81%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (4.33%) MCSE
6 4 (1.92%) MCDST
6 4 (1.92%) MCITP
7 3 (1.44%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (0.96%) MCSA
8 2 (0.96%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (0.96%) Degree
9 1 (0.48%) MCTS
9 1 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.48%) MOS
9 1 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.48%) ISEB
9 1 (0.48%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (6.25%) QA
2 2 (0.96%) SLA
System Software
1 133 (63.94%) Microsoft App-V
2 59 (28.37%) Active Directory
3 34 (16.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (11.54%) XenApp
4 24 (11.54%) XenDesktop
5 16 (7.69%) vSphere
6 7 (3.37%) Hyper-V
7 5 (2.40%) Terminal Server
8 4 (1.92%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.96%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.96%) XenServer
10 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 87 (41.83%) SCCM
2 35 (16.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 17 (8.17%) WMI
4 7 (3.37%) McAfee ePO
5 6 (2.88%) WSUS
5 6 (2.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (2.40%) AppDNA
6 5 (2.40%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (2.40%) EdgeSight
7 4 (1.92%) SCOM
8 3 (1.44%) BMC Marimba
8 3 (1.44%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.96%) ZENworks
9 2 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.96%) Puppet
9 2 (0.96%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.96%) ArcSight ESM
10 1 (0.48%) NetVault Backup
10 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.48%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 73 (35.10%) Microsoft
2 53 (25.48%) Citrix
3 42 (20.19%) VMware
4 24 (11.54%) HP
5 10 (4.81%) McAfee
5 10 (4.81%) Wyse
6 9 (4.33%) AppSense
7 6 (2.88%) Lotus
8 4 (1.92%) Cisco
9 3 (1.44%) IBM
9 3 (1.44%) BMC
9 3 (1.44%) Symantec
9 3 (1.44%) Altiris
10 2 (0.96%) ArcSight
10 2 (0.96%) Lumension
10 2 (0.96%) Oracle
10 2 (0.96%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.96%) CA
11 1 (0.48%) Novell
11 1 (0.48%) Dell