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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)
Rank 481 395 360
Rank change year-on-year
-86 -35
Contract jobs citing MSI 112 211 215
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.37% 0.44%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.54% 3.07% 3.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 125 137
Average daily rate
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£335 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £212 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £463 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £280 £315
% change year-on-year
+19.64% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 7
Average hourly rate - £43.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +163.63%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £43.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
- +163.63%

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
7264 6877 5491
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.00% 12.20% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4638 4378 3472
Average daily rate £400 £375 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £518 £526
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 122 150
Average hourly rate £37.50 £39.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.06% +5.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £31.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £71.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.27 £39.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-5.64% +5.33%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -71 104 £325 +8.33% 17
London -1 44 £350 +1.81% 6
South East -25 32 £350 +30.84% 4
Berkshire +20 19 £325 -10.65% 2
South West +4 11 £300 -25.00%
Hampshire -5 9 £375 -14.77% 2
Reading - 9 £316 - 1
City of London +21 8 £325 -19.25% 2
North West -44 8 £313 +30.20% 2
Bristol - 5 £275 -
Manchester -7 4 £313 -
East of England +15 3 £350 +16.66% 3
Yorkshire -24 2 £320 +1.58% 1
Buckinghamshire -5 1 £325 +25.00%
West Yorkshire -16 1 £320 -5.18%
Leeds -21 1 £320 -5.18%
Wiltshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 3
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Andover - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Cobham - - - -
Fareham - - - - 1
High Wycombe - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -

MSI
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 192 (81.70%) Windows
2 121 (51.49%) Microsoft App-V
3 107 (45.53%) Windows 7
4 92 (39.15%) Security Cleared
4 92 (39.15%) SCCM
5 89 (37.87%) Microsoft
6 88 (37.45%) Application Packaging
7 83 (35.32%) Active Directory
8 73 (31.06%) VMware
9 69 (29.36%) Windows Server 2008
10 60 (25.53%) PowerShell
11 58 (24.68%) Migration
12 55 (23.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 53 (22.55%) SQL
14 52 (22.13%) VMware Infrastructure
15 50 (21.28%) DV Cleared
15 50 (21.28%) Citrix
16 38 (16.17%) Firewall
17 37 (15.74%) XenApp
18 36 (15.32%) HP
19 34 (14.47%) Windows Server 2003
20 32 (13.62%) Finance
21 31 (13.19%) SC Cleared
22 30 (12.77%) .NET
23 29 (12.34%) VBScript
23 29 (12.34%) QA
24 28 (11.91%) Windows Vista
24 28 (11.91%) Windows XP
25 27 (11.49%) InstallShield
26 24 (10.21%) McAfee

MSI
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 14 (5.96%) TIBCO EMS
2 13 (5.53%) Confluence
3 11 (4.68%) IIS
4 5 (2.13%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (1.28%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.28%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.43%) JBoss
7 1 (0.43%) Apache
7 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.43%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (8.09%) MS Office
2 17 (7.23%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.85%) Office 365
2 1 (0.43%) IaaS
2 1 (0.43%) SaaS
2 1 (0.43%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (16.17%) Firewall
2 13 (5.53%) SAN
3 12 (5.11%) DNS
4 10 (4.26%) VPN
5 8 (3.40%) DHCP
6 7 (2.98%) TCP/IP
6 7 (2.98%) NetScaler
6 7 (2.98%) iSCSI
7 6 (2.55%) NAS
8 5 (2.13%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (2.13%) RTSP
8 5 (2.13%) Network Security
8 5 (2.13%) SMTP
8 5 (2.13%) Ethernet
8 5 (2.13%) FTP
9 2 (0.85%) SSL
10 1 (0.43%) LAN
10 1 (0.43%) SMS
10 1 (0.43%) WAN
10 1 (0.43%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (9.79%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.96%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.55%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.70%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.28%) MySQL
6 2 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.85%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.85%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 27 (11.49%) InstallShield
2 19 (8.09%) NUnit
3 17 (7.23%) StarTeam
4 16 (6.81%) JIRA
4 16 (6.81%) AdminStudio
5 14 (5.96%) TeamCity
6 7 (2.98%) Subversion
7 6 (2.55%) WiX
7 6 (2.55%) Jenkins
8 5 (2.13%) Wise Package Studio
9 4 (1.70%) MSBuild
9 4 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (1.28%) JUnit
10 3 (1.28%) Visual Studio
10 3 (1.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 2 (0.85%) Ant
11 2 (0.85%) Checkstyle
11 2 (0.85%) FindBugs
11 2 (0.85%) Hudson
12 1 (0.43%) SpecFlow
General
1 32 (13.62%) Finance
2 21 (8.94%) Banking
3 14 (5.96%) Investment Banking
4 6 (2.55%) Legal
5 5 (2.13%) Retail
6 3 (1.28%) Law
7 1 (0.43%) Publishing
7 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 94 (40.00%) Applications Packager
2 18 (7.66%) Developer
3 14 (5.96%) Consultant
3 14 (5.96%) .NET Developer
3 14 (5.96%) Build Engineer
4 8 (3.40%) Migration Engineer
4 8 (3.40%) Applications Specialist
4 8 (3.40%) Analyst
5 7 (2.98%) Administrator
5 7 (2.98%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 5 (2.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (2.13%) Security Engineer
6 5 (2.13%) Applications Support
6 5 (2.13%) Applications Consultant
6 5 (2.13%) SCCM Engineer
6 5 (2.13%) SCCM Administrator
6 5 (2.13%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 4 (1.70%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
7 4 (1.70%) Architect
7 4 (1.70%) Citrix Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (37.45%) Application Packaging
2 30 (12.77%) .NET
3 17 (7.23%) .NET Framework
4 16 (6.81%) WCF
5 14 (5.96%) WPF
5 14 (5.96%) .NET Remoting
5 14 (5.96%) WinForms
6 8 (3.40%) XML
7 4 (1.70%) WSH
8 3 (1.28%) Ajax
8 3 (1.28%) HTML
8 3 (1.28%) Web Services
8 3 (1.28%) Software Packaging
8 3 (1.28%) HTML5
9 2 (0.85%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.85%) REST
9 2 (0.85%) CSS3
9 2 (0.85%) Regular Expression
9 2 (0.85%) Django
9 2 (0.85%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (3.83%) Client/Server
2 6 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (1.70%) Thin Client
3 4 (1.70%) PDA
3 4 (1.70%) Fat Client
4 3 (1.28%) Management Information System
5 2 (0.85%) Clustering
5 2 (0.85%) Open Source
5 2 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.43%) SecurID
6 1 (0.43%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.43%) Statistics
6 1 (0.43%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 192 (81.70%) Windows
2 107 (45.53%) Windows 7
3 69 (29.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 34 (14.47%) Windows Server 2003
5 28 (11.91%) Windows Vista
5 28 (11.91%) Windows XP
6 20 (8.51%) Windows 8
7 17 (7.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (2.98%) Linux
9 3 (1.28%) CentOS
10 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.43%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (24.68%) Migration
2 22 (9.36%) Configuration Management
3 19 (8.09%) ITIL
3 19 (8.09%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (6.38%) Code Coverage
5 14 (5.96%) Multithreading
6 13 (5.53%) Service Delivery
6 13 (5.53%) Refactoring
7 10 (4.26%) Service Management
8 8 (3.40%) Release Management
8 8 (3.40%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (2.98%) Data Migration
10 6 (2.55%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (2.13%) Software Deployment
12 4 (1.70%) Infrastructure Management
12 4 (1.70%) Compatibility Testing
12 4 (1.70%) Scrum
12 4 (1.70%) Validation
13 3 (1.28%) Workflow
13 3 (1.28%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (25.53%) PowerShell
2 53 (22.55%) SQL
3 29 (12.34%) VBScript
4 23 (9.79%) VB
5 9 (3.83%) C#
5 9 (3.83%) Java
6 2 (0.85%) Ruby
6 2 (0.85%) VBA
6 2 (0.85%) REXX
6 2 (0.85%) Tcl
7 1 (0.43%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.43%) C
7 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.43%) PHP
7 1 (0.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 92 (39.15%) Security Cleared
2 50 (21.28%) DV Cleared
3 31 (13.19%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (2.55%) MCSE
6 3 (1.28%) Degree
7 2 (0.85%) MCP
7 2 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.85%) MCTS
8 1 (0.43%) MCITP
8 1 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.43%) MCSA
8 1 (0.43%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.43%) CISSP
8 1 (0.43%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (12.34%) QA
2 2 (0.85%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.85%) SLA
System Software
1 121 (51.49%) Microsoft App-V
2 83 (35.32%) Active Directory
3 52 (22.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (15.74%) XenApp
5 23 (9.79%) XenDesktop
6 12 (5.11%) vSphere
6 12 (5.11%) VMware ESX
7 9 (3.83%) Terminal Services
8 8 (3.40%) Hyper-V
9 3 (1.28%) vCloud
9 3 (1.28%) XenServer
10 2 (0.85%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.85%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.43%) Xen
Systems Management
1 92 (39.15%) SCCM
2 55 (23.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 10 (4.26%) EdgeSight
4 9 (3.83%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (2.98%) WMI
6 6 (2.55%) WSUS
7 5 (2.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (1.70%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (1.28%) SCOrch
9 3 (1.28%) BMC Marimba
9 3 (1.28%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.85%) Puppet
10 2 (0.85%) AppDNA
10 2 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
11 1 (0.43%) ZENworks
11 1 (0.43%) SCOM
Vendors
1 89 (37.87%) Microsoft
2 73 (31.06%) VMware
3 50 (21.28%) Citrix
4 36 (15.32%) HP
5 24 (10.21%) Oracle
5 24 (10.21%) McAfee
6 22 (9.36%) AppSense
7 18 (7.66%) Lumension
8 14 (5.96%) DevExpress
8 14 (5.96%) Infragistics
8 14 (5.96%) IBM
8 14 (5.96%) TIBCO
9 6 (2.55%) Mercator
9 6 (2.55%) Novell
10 5 (2.13%) CA
10 5 (2.13%) Cisco
11 4 (1.70%) LANDesk
11 4 (1.70%) Altiris
12 3 (1.28%) Brocade
12 3 (1.28%) CheckPoint
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