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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Office
Rank 40 18 20
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +2
Contract jobs citing MS Office 101 160 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 3.96% 7.24% 6.16%
As % of the Applications category 33.44% 48.93% 39.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 58 65
Average daily rate £328 £225 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.55% -25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £123 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £267 £230
% change year-on-year
+7.97% +15.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 36 12
Average hourly rate £11.93 £13.00 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.26% -5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £10.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.80 £18.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -8.77%
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
302 327 336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 11.83% 14.80% 15.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 144 163
Average daily rate £340 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £138 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £410 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 60 37
Average hourly rate £12.50 £13.06 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.25% -19.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £10.05 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £28.15 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+12.06% -3.33%

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -17 30 £186 -12.47% 5
Shropshire -15 21 £675 +153.05% 2
Warwickshire -8 15 £480 +134.14% 6
Coventry -9 14 £310 +21.56% 6
Solihull -9 6 £288 -
Staffordshire -6 3 £400 - 3
Worcestershire +6 2 £425 +88.88% 4
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 115 (46.18%) MS Excel
2 101 (40.56%) Microsoft
3 95 (38.15%) Windows
4 57 (22.89%) Finance
5 52 (20.88%) ITIL
6 50 (20.08%) Active Directory
7 44 (17.67%) Project Management
8 43 (17.27%) MS PowerPoint
9 38 (15.26%) Windows 7
10 36 (14.46%) Citrix
10 36 (14.46%) Agile Software Development
11 29 (11.65%) Blackberry
12 26 (10.44%) Windows XP
13 25 (10.04%) Change Management
14 24 (9.64%) Waterfall
15 23 (9.24%) Legal
15 23 (9.24%) PRINCE2
16 22 (8.84%) UML
16 22 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
17 21 (8.43%) Pega
18 20 (8.03%) MS Exchange
19 19 (7.63%) ISO 9001
19 19 (7.63%) MS Project
19 19 (7.63%) TickIT
19 19 (7.63%) V-Model
19 19 (7.63%) Degree
19 19 (7.63%) High Availability
19 19 (7.63%) Office 365
20 18 (7.23%) Law
20 18 (7.23%) SharePoint

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 20 (8.03%) MS Exchange
2 18 (7.23%) SharePoint
3 16 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (5.62%) IBM Notes
5 9 (3.61%) IBM Domino
6 8 (3.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 8 (3.21%) Skype for Business
7 7 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (1.61%) IIS
8 4 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.80%) Blackboard Learning System
10 2 (0.80%) Documentum
10 2 (0.80%) Moodle
10 2 (0.80%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.40%) LiveCycle
11 1 (0.40%) SAS
11 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.40%) WebLogic
Applications
1 115 (46.18%) MS Excel
2 43 (17.27%) MS PowerPoint
3 19 (7.63%) MS Project
4 15 (6.02%) MS Visio
5 14 (5.62%) Open Workbench
6 5 (2.01%) Simulink
6 5 (2.01%) Stateflow
6 5 (2.01%) TargetLink
7 2 (0.80%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.80%) Adobe Premiere
7 2 (0.80%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.40%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 3 (1.20%) Maximo
1 3 (1.20%) TRIRIGA
2 1 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.40%) HFM
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 19 (7.63%) Office 365
2 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.40%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.40%) Heroku
3 1 (0.40%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.42%) LAN
2 8 (3.21%) Wireless
3 7 (2.81%) Skype
3 7 (2.81%) TCP/IP
3 7 (2.81%) WAN
4 5 (2.01%) DNS
4 5 (2.01%) FlexRay
5 4 (1.61%) Firewall
6 3 (1.20%) Broadband
6 3 (1.20%) DHCP
6 3 (1.20%) Internet
7 2 (0.80%) Extranet
7 2 (0.80%) HTTP
7 2 (0.80%) Intranet
7 2 (0.80%) VPN
8 1 (0.40%) 3G
8 1 (0.40%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.40%) MPLS
8 1 (0.40%) VoIP
8 1 (0.40%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.01%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.40%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (0.40%) MS Access
4 1 (0.40%) MySQL
4 1 (0.40%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 1 (0.40%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 16 (6.43%) JIRA
2 14 (5.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (5.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 8 (3.21%) PVCS
4 5 (2.01%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.61%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Blend
6 2 (0.80%) Subversion
7 1 (0.40%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.40%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.40%) MSI
7 1 (0.40%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.40%) Selenium
7 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 57 (22.89%) Finance
2 23 (9.24%) Legal
3 18 (7.23%) Law
4 10 (4.02%) Automotive
5 9 (3.61%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.81%) Billing
6 7 (2.81%) Electronics
7 5 (2.01%) Advertising
7 5 (2.01%) Aerospace
7 5 (2.01%) German Language
7 5 (2.01%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.61%) Back Office
8 4 (1.61%) Banking
9 3 (1.20%) Retail
10 2 (0.80%) Front Office
10 2 (0.80%) Games
10 2 (0.80%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.80%) Marketing
10 2 (0.80%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 69 (27.71%) Analyst
2 24 (9.64%) Service Analyst
3 22 (8.84%) Service Desk Analyst
4 19 (7.63%) Project Manager
5 14 (5.62%) Configuration Engineer
5 14 (5.62%) Release and Configuration Engineer
5 14 (5.62%) Release Engineer
6 12 (4.82%) Delivery Manager
6 12 (4.82%) Legal Analyst
7 11 (4.42%) Consultant
7 11 (4.42%) Requirements Manager
8 10 (4.02%) 1st Line Support
8 10 (4.02%) Software Engineer
8 10 (4.02%) Support Analyst
9 9 (3.61%) Junior
9 9 (3.61%) Support Engineer
10 8 (3.21%) Business Analyst
10 8 (3.21%) Test Analyst
11 7 (2.81%) Architect
11 7 (2.81%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.02%) XML
2 7 (2.81%) HTML
3 5 (2.01%) .NET
4 4 (1.61%) Ajax
4 4 (1.61%) CSS
4 4 (1.61%) Silverlight
4 4 (1.61%) WPF
5 3 (1.20%) LINQ
5 3 (1.20%) WinForms
6 1 (0.40%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.40%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.65%) Blackberry
2 22 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.02%) Statistics
4 9 (3.61%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.01%) CAN bus
5 5 (2.01%) e-Learning
6 4 (1.61%) Blog
6 4 (1.61%) Psychology
6 4 (1.61%) RIA
6 4 (1.61%) User Experience
7 3 (1.20%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.20%) Fat Client
7 3 (1.20%) IVR
7 3 (1.20%) NHS
7 3 (1.20%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.80%) EPoS
8 2 (0.80%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.80%) PMI
8 2 (0.80%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 95 (38.15%) Windows
2 38 (15.26%) Windows 7
3 26 (10.44%) Windows XP
4 8 (3.21%) Windows Server
4 8 (3.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.41%) Windows 8
6 4 (1.61%) Mac OS X
6 4 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.80%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.80%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.40%) Linux
8 1 (0.40%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (20.88%) ITIL
2 44 (17.67%) Project Management
3 36 (14.46%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (10.04%) Change Management
5 24 (9.64%) Waterfall
6 23 (9.24%) PRINCE2
7 22 (8.84%) UML
8 19 (7.63%) High Availability
8 19 (7.63%) V-Model
9 16 (6.43%) Risk Management
9 16 (6.43%) SDLC
9 16 (6.43%) Service Delivery
10 15 (6.02%) Data Analysis
10 15 (6.02%) RUP
11 14 (5.62%) Data Modelling
11 14 (5.62%) Service Management
12 12 (4.82%) Requirements Analysis
12 12 (4.82%) Software Engineering
13 11 (4.42%) Migration
14 10 (4.02%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (4.42%) SQL
2 9 (3.61%) JavaScript
3 6 (2.41%) C#
4 5 (2.01%) C
4 5 (2.01%) MATLAB
5 3 (1.20%) Java
5 3 (1.20%) VB.NET
6 2 (0.80%) PL/SQL
6 2 (0.80%) VBA
7 1 (0.40%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.40%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (7.63%) Degree
2 17 (6.83%) Security Cleared
3 13 (5.22%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.41%) APMP
4 6 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (2.01%) MCP
6 4 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (1.61%) ECDL
6 4 (1.61%) ISTQB
7 3 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.20%) MCSE
7 3 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (0.80%) CISMP
8 2 (0.80%) CISSP
8 2 (0.80%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.80%) ISEB
8 2 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.80%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.80%) PMP
9 1 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.63%) ISO 9001
1 19 (7.63%) TickIT
2 9 (3.61%) SLA
3 8 (3.21%) QA
4 5 (2.01%) MISRA
5 4 (1.61%) ISO26262
5 4 (1.61%) WCAG
6 3 (1.20%) IEC 61508
7 2 (0.80%) P3O
8 1 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.40%) JSP 440
System Software
1 50 (20.08%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.80%) Hyper-V
2 2 (0.80%) XenDesktop
2 2 (0.80%) XenServer
3 1 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (0.80%) SCCM
2 2 (0.80%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.40%) SCOM
3 1 (0.40%) SCOrch
3 1 (0.40%) SCSM
3 1 (0.40%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 101 (40.56%) Microsoft
2 36 (14.46%) Citrix
3 21 (8.43%) Pega
4 14 (5.62%) iManage
4 14 (5.62%) Lotus
4 14 (5.62%) Oracle
5 11 (4.42%) IBM
6 7 (2.81%) Cisco
7 6 (2.41%) Adobe
8 5 (2.01%) SAP
9 4 (1.61%) MathWorks
9 4 (1.61%) Sophos
9 4 (1.61%) VMware
10 3 (1.20%) HP
11 2 (0.80%) Avaya
11 2 (0.80%) Blackboard
11 2 (0.80%) Juniper
11 2 (0.80%) PTC
11 2 (0.80%) Remedy
11 2 (0.80%) ServiceNow
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