The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MOS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 573 596 578
Rank change year-on-year +23 -18  
Contract jobs citing MOS 10 18 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.024% 0.036% 0.055%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.17% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 8 18
Median daily rate £260 £210 £207
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.80% +1.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £108 £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £386 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £220 £210 £338
% change year-on-year +4.76% -37.77%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Median hourly rate - £105.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +636.84%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £9.50

MOS is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8586 10313 9835
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.64% 20.88% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5421 6523 5665
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 374 443
Median hourly rate £30.94 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.60% +55.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MOS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MOS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MOS in England

MOS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MOS in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for MOS in England

MOS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MOS in England over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MOS in England

MOS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MOS in England

MOS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the England region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +24 5 £300 - 2
Yorkshire - 3 - - 1
West Midlands +13 2 £220 -42.10%
MOS
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MOS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MOS.

1 17 (73.91%) MS Office
2 14 (60.87%) Windows
2 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
3 9 (39.13%) Citrix
3 9 (39.13%) MS Excel
4 8 (34.78%) Active Directory
4 8 (34.78%) Windows 7
5 7 (30.43%) Blackberry
5 7 (30.43%) Law
6 6 (26.09%) Legal
7 5 (21.74%) MS Exchange
7 5 (21.74%) ITIL
7 5 (21.74%) iPhone
7 5 (21.74%) Windows Server
8 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (17.39%) Windows XP
9 3 (13.04%) SharePoint
9 3 (13.04%) Adobe
9 3 (13.04%) SLA
9 3 (13.04%) Cisco
9 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
9 3 (13.04%) Service Management
9 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (13.04%) PowerShell
9 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (13.04%) Office 365
9 3 (13.04%) Software Deployment
9 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (8.70%) NAS
10 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013

MOS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (21.74%) MS Exchange
2 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (13.04%) SharePoint
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.35%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 17 (73.91%) MS Office
2 9 (39.13%) MS Excel
3 2 (8.70%) Acrobat
4 1 (4.35%) InfoPath
4 1 (4.35%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.04%) Office 365
2 2 (8.70%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) Cisco IOS
1 2 (8.70%) DHCP
1 2 (8.70%) DNS
1 2 (8.70%) Ethernet
1 2 (8.70%) Internet
1 2 (8.70%) IP Telephony
1 2 (8.70%) iSCSI
1 2 (8.70%) NAS
1 2 (8.70%) TCP/IP
1 2 (8.70%) Unified Communications
1 2 (8.70%) VoIP
2 1 (4.35%) Intranet
2 1 (4.35%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) MySQL
3 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (30.43%) Law
2 6 (26.09%) Legal
3 2 (8.70%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.35%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 18 (78.26%) Analyst
2 12 (52.17%) Service Analyst
2 12 (52.17%) Service Desk Analyst
3 11 (47.83%) Support Analyst
4 10 (43.48%) Help Desk Analyst
4 10 (43.48%) Help Desk Support
4 10 (43.48%) Help Desk Support Analyst
4 10 (43.48%) Service Desk Support
4 10 (43.48%) Service Desk Support Analyst
5 5 (21.74%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (21.74%) 1st Line Support
5 5 (21.74%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 5 (21.74%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
5 5 (21.74%) First Line Help Desk Support
6 3 (13.04%) Legal Analyst
7 2 (8.70%) Applications Support
7 2 (8.70%) Support Specialist
7 2 (8.70%) Windows Support Analyst
8 1 (4.35%) Applications Support Specialist
8 1 (4.35%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) .NET
1 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
1 1 (4.35%) CSS
1 1 (4.35%) HTML
1 1 (4.35%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 7 (30.43%) Blackberry
2 5 (21.74%) iPhone
3 2 (8.70%) Life Science
3 2 (8.70%) Smartphone
3 2 (8.70%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (4.35%) CMDB
4 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.35%) Data Structures
4 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.35%) Taxonomies
4 1 (4.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (60.87%) Windows
2 8 (34.78%) Windows 7
3 5 (21.74%) Windows Server
4 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (17.39%) Windows XP
5 3 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (8.70%) Android
6 2 (8.70%) Linux
6 2 (8.70%) Unix
6 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
7 1 (4.35%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (21.74%) ITIL
2 3 (13.04%) Service Management
2 3 (13.04%) Software Deployment
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Management
4 1 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (4.35%) Business Continuity
4 1 (4.35%) Change Control
4 1 (4.35%) Configuration Management
4 1 (4.35%) CRM
4 1 (4.35%) Document Management
4 1 (4.35%) Knowledge Management
4 1 (4.35%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) PowerShell
2 2 (8.70%) SQL
3 1 (4.35%) C#
3 1 (4.35%) ECMAScript
3 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (8.70%) MCSA
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (4.35%) MCP
3 1 (4.35%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) SLA
2 1 (4.35%) QA
System Software
1 8 (34.78%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (4.35%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
2 9 (39.13%) Citrix
3 3 (13.04%) Adobe
3 3 (13.04%) Cisco
4 2 (8.70%) Avaya
4 2 (8.70%) Dell
4 2 (8.70%) HP
4 2 (8.70%) LANDesk
4 2 (8.70%) Oracle
4 2 (8.70%) ServiceNow
4 2 (8.70%) Toshiba
5 1 (4.35%) Equitrac