The table below looks at the statistics for MS Office skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MS Office over the 3 months to 28 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office
Rank 19 23 18
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -5
Contract jobs citing MS Office 149 125 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.00% 5.91% 7.19%
As % of the Applications category 46.71% 37.20% 45.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 60 37
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£225 £293 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% +4.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £113 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £350 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £220 £285
% change year-on-year
+22.72% -22.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 13 45
Average hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -12.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.10 £10.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.85 £18.10 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.03 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-6.94% +3.70%
MS Office
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Applications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Applications category
319 336 293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.98% 15.88% 15.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 161 114
Average daily rate £320 £300 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £140 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 42 64
Average hourly rate £13.75 £16.99 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.05% +6.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £10.00 £10.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.27 £22.69 £34.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -

MS Office
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MS Office across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Applications category.

MS Office Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

MS Office
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MS Office across the West Midlands region.

MS Office Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MS Office
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MS Office across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

MS Office Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

MS Office
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MS Office across the West Midlands region.

MS Office Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MS Office
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MS Office within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 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
Birmingham +8 47 £165 -5.71% 9
Warwickshire +2 28 £174 -36.23% 11
Shropshire +2 20 £267 -17.92% 1
Coventry +4 13 £310 -4.61% 3
Wolverhampton +8 6 £100 - 2
Worcestershire -8 4 £225 -25.00% 4
Staffordshire +3 3 - - 5
Solihull 0 2 - -
Walsall -2 1 - - 1
Herefordshire - 1 - - 1
Brierley Hill - - - -
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing MS Office 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 MS Office.

1 159 (54.08%) Microsoft
2 149 (50.68%) Windows
3 113 (38.44%) MS Excel
4 87 (29.59%) Windows XP
5 81 (27.55%) Active Directory
6 76 (25.85%) Windows 7
7 65 (22.11%) ITIL
8 50 (17.01%) Finance
9 45 (15.31%) Citrix
10 38 (12.93%) Project Management
11 37 (12.59%) Blackberry
12 35 (11.90%) MS PowerPoint
13 32 (10.88%) SLA
14 30 (10.20%) Microsoft Certification
15 29 (9.86%) Windows Server 2008
16 28 (9.52%) Security Cleared
16 28 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
17 27 (9.18%) Windows Server 2003
18 26 (8.84%) MS Project
18 26 (8.84%) Migration
19 25 (8.50%) SQL
19 25 (8.50%) TCP/IP
20 24 (8.16%) MS Exchange
20 24 (8.16%) SharePoint
20 24 (8.16%) SC Cleared
21 22 (7.48%) SCCM
21 22 (7.48%) MS Visio
22 20 (6.80%) LAN
22 20 (6.80%) VMware
23 19 (6.46%) Lotus

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing MS Office 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 MS Office. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (8.16%) MS Exchange
1 24 (8.16%) SharePoint
2 19 (6.46%) IBM Notes
3 12 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (1.36%) WorkSite
4 4 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.68%) IIS
5 2 (0.68%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (0.68%) Lync
6 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.34%) Apache
Applications
1 113 (38.44%) MS Excel
2 35 (11.90%) MS PowerPoint
3 26 (8.84%) MS Project
4 22 (7.48%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.68%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.34%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.34%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.34%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 6 (2.04%) CA Clarity
2 2 (0.68%) BPCS
2 2 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.34%) Remedy AR System
3 1 (0.34%) SAP SCM
3 1 (0.34%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.34%) Magento
3 1 (0.34%) SAP APO
3 1 (0.34%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.34%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
Communications & Networking
1 25 (8.50%) TCP/IP
2 20 (6.80%) LAN
3 16 (5.44%) DNS
4 15 (5.10%) DHCP
5 12 (4.08%) WAN
6 7 (2.38%) Network Security
6 7 (2.38%) 3G
6 7 (2.38%) SAN
7 6 (2.04%) 2G
7 6 (2.04%) LTE
7 6 (2.04%) NAS
7 6 (2.04%) VLAN
8 5 (1.70%) Wireless
9 4 (1.36%) Firewall
9 4 (1.36%) VPN
10 3 (1.02%) Intranet
10 3 (1.02%) Internet
10 3 (1.02%) VoIP
11 2 (0.68%) 4G
12 1 (0.34%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.10%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.04%) MS Access
3 5 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.02%) Oracle OWB
5 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.68%) MySQL
5 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.68%) Data Mart
5 2 (0.68%) WhereScape RED
5 2 (0.68%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.68%) Cognos Report Studio
5 2 (0.68%) Cognos Transformer
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.34%) SSDT
6 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.34%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.34%) OLAP
6 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (0.34%) Visual Studio
1 1 (0.34%) PVCS
General
1 50 (17.01%) Finance
2 14 (4.76%) Banking
3 13 (4.42%) Telecoms
4 11 (3.74%) Legal
4 11 (3.74%) Automotive
5 9 (3.06%) Back Office
5 9 (3.06%) Manufacturing
6 8 (2.72%) Law
7 6 (2.04%) Local Government
8 3 (1.02%) Marketing
9 2 (0.68%) Electronics
9 2 (0.68%) Publishing
9 2 (0.68%) Billing
9 2 (0.68%) Retail
9 2 (0.68%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.34%) Front Office
10 1 (0.34%) Advertising
10 1 (0.34%) Games
Job Titles
1 110 (37.41%) Analyst
2 42 (14.29%) Support Analyst
3 40 (13.61%) Service Analyst
4 39 (13.27%) 2nd Line Support
5 36 (12.24%) Service Desk Analyst
6 30 (10.20%) Support Engineer
7 29 (9.86%) Desktop Support
8 24 (8.16%) 1st Line Support
9 18 (6.12%) Help Desk Analyst
10 16 (5.44%) Desktop Analyst
11 15 (5.10%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 13 (4.42%) Data Analyst
13 11 (3.74%) IT Support
13 11 (3.74%) Administrator
13 11 (3.74%) Help Desk Support
14 10 (3.40%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
15 9 (3.06%) Coordinator
16 8 (2.72%) Service Manager
16 8 (2.72%) Services Delivery Manager
16 8 (2.72%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.68%) .NET
1 2 (0.68%) XML
2 1 (0.34%) CSS3
2 1 (0.34%) MDX
2 1 (0.34%) XMPP
2 1 (0.34%) jQuery
2 1 (0.34%) HTML5
2 1 (0.34%) Flash
2 1 (0.34%) WAP
2 1 (0.34%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.34%) CSS
2 1 (0.34%) HTML
2 1 (0.34%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 37 (12.59%) Blackberry
2 28 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.78%) Management Information System
4 12 (4.08%) PDA
5 8 (2.72%) Mathematics
5 8 (2.72%) CMDB
6 5 (1.70%) Statistics
7 4 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.36%) Performance Metrics
8 3 (1.02%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.02%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.02%) E-Learning
9 2 (0.68%) GIS
9 2 (0.68%) NHS
9 2 (0.68%) Data Extraction
9 2 (0.68%) User Experience
10 1 (0.34%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.34%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.34%) iPad
10 1 (0.34%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 149 (50.68%) Windows
2 87 (29.59%) Windows XP
3 76 (25.85%) Windows 7
4 29 (9.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 27 (9.18%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (3.40%) Linux
6 10 (3.40%) Windows 2000
7 7 (2.38%) Windows Vista
8 6 (2.04%) UNIX
8 6 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.70%) Windows 2000 Server
10 4 (1.36%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.34%) Android
11 1 (0.34%) CentOS
11 1 (0.34%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.34%) HPUX
11 1 (0.34%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (22.11%) ITIL
2 38 (12.93%) Project Management
3 26 (8.84%) Migration
4 18 (6.12%) PRINCE2
5 17 (5.78%) Service Management
5 17 (5.78%) Service Delivery
6 12 (4.08%) Programme Management
6 12 (4.08%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (4.08%) ITSM
6 12 (4.08%) Change Management
6 12 (4.08%) Data Entry
7 11 (3.74%) Problem Management
7 11 (3.74%) Change Control
8 10 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (3.06%) Dependency Management
10 8 (2.72%) Data Analysis
10 8 (2.72%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (2.72%) Root Cause Analysis
10 8 (2.72%) Incident Management
11 7 (2.38%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 25 (8.50%) SQL
2 11 (3.74%) VBA
3 9 (3.06%) Java
3 9 (3.06%) C
4 3 (1.02%) C#
4 3 (1.02%) PHP
5 2 (0.68%) C++
6 1 (0.34%) PHP5
6 1 (0.34%) XQuery
6 1 (0.34%) Python
6 1 (0.34%) VC++
6 1 (0.34%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.34%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (10.20%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (9.52%) Security Cleared
3 24 (8.16%) SC Cleared
4 14 (4.76%) MCSE
5 11 (3.74%) Degree
6 10 (3.40%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (3.06%) MCP
8 5 (1.70%) A+ Certification
9 3 (1.02%) MCITP
9 3 (1.02%) ISEB
9 3 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.68%) MOS
10 2 (0.68%) HNC
10 2 (0.68%) HND
10 2 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.68%) MCDST
10 2 (0.68%) APMG
11 1 (0.34%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.34%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.34%) ACCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (10.88%) SLA
2 6 (2.04%) QA
3 1 (0.34%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.34%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 81 (27.55%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.04%) XenApp
3 6 (2.04%) XenServer
3 6 (2.04%) XenDesktop
3 6 (2.04%) VMware Server
4 1 (0.34%) vSphere
4 1 (0.34%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.34%) Postfix
4 1 (0.34%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.34%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 22 (7.48%) SCCM
2 2 (0.68%) Backup Exec
2 2 (0.68%) DameWare
2 2 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.34%) SCOM
3 1 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 159 (54.08%) Microsoft
2 45 (15.31%) Citrix
3 20 (6.80%) VMware
4 19 (6.46%) Lotus
5 13 (4.42%) Cisco
6 9 (3.06%) Dell
7 8 (2.72%) Symantec
8 7 (2.38%) Remedy
9 5 (1.70%) HP
9 5 (1.70%) SAP
9 5 (1.70%) Oracle
9 5 (1.70%) Cognos
10 4 (1.36%) Progress
10 4 (1.36%) NetApp
10 4 (1.36%) Capita
10 4 (1.36%) ServiceNow
11 3 (1.02%) IBM
11 3 (1.02%) Business Objects
12 2 (0.68%) Trillium
12 2 (0.68%) Intel
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