The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MSF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MSF over the 3 months to 27 June 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 Solutions Framework (MSF)
UK / England
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 598 619 625
Rank change year-on-year +21 +6  
Contract jobs citing MSF 3 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.007% 0.008% 0.002%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.008% 0.010% 0.002%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 0
Median daily rate £450 £550 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.18% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 -

MSF is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 36629 41404 40602
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.70% 83.49% 80.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 24036 27790 26591
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 948 977 1113
Median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.36% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

MSF
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MSF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for MSF in England

MSF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSF in England

MSF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MSF in England

MSF
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 MSF within the England region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
South East +17 3 £450 -
MSF
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MSF 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 MSF.

1 5 (50.00%) ITIL
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
1 5 (50.00%) PMP
1 5 (50.00%) Six Sigma
1 5 (50.00%) Project Management
1 5 (50.00%) Service Management
1 5 (50.00%) COBIT
1 5 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (40.00%) PaaS
2 4 (40.00%) IaaS
2 4 (40.00%) WCF
2 4 (40.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (40.00%) IT Governance
2 4 (40.00%) Operations Management
2 4 (40.00%) ITSM
2 4 (40.00%) CRM
2 4 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (40.00%) PMI Certification
2 4 (40.00%) ERP
2 4 (40.00%) .NET
2 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (40.00%) Web Services
3 3 (30.00%) MOF
3 3 (30.00%) Contact Management
3 3 (30.00%) Management Information System
3 3 (30.00%) .NET Framework
3 3 (30.00%) Integration Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Strategic Planning
3 3 (30.00%) System Integration Testing

MSF
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 4 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (40.00%) IaaS
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (40.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle8/8i Database
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle9i Database
2 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Subversion
1 1 (10.00%) Toad
General
1 1 (10.00%) Back Office
1 1 (10.00%) Banking
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
1 1 (10.00%) Investment Banking
1 1 (10.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Developer
2 4 (40.00%) .NET Developer
2 4 (40.00%) Consultant
2 4 (40.00%) Integration Developer
2 4 (40.00%) Management Consultant
2 4 (40.00%) Service Management Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Azure Developer
3 1 (10.00%) CRM Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Delivery Manager
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Expert
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Manager
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Service Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Service Delivery Manager
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Service Management Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Service Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Services Delivery Manager
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Developer
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Developer
3 1 (10.00%) WCF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) .NET
1 4 (40.00%) WCF
1 4 (40.00%) Web Services
2 3 (30.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (10.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Management Information System
2 2 (20.00%) Virtual Team
3 1 (10.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (10.00%) Equities
3 1 (10.00%) Fixed Income
3 1 (10.00%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (10.00%) Linux
2 1 (10.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) ITIL
1 5 (50.00%) Project Management
1 5 (50.00%) Service Management
1 5 (50.00%) Six Sigma
2 4 (40.00%) CRM
2 4 (40.00%) ERP
2 4 (40.00%) IT Governance
2 4 (40.00%) ITSM
2 4 (40.00%) Operations Management
3 3 (30.00%) Contact Management
3 3 (30.00%) Integration Testing
3 3 (30.00%) MOF
3 3 (30.00%) Strategic Planning
3 3 (30.00%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Line Management
4 2 (20.00%) Service Delivery
5 1 (10.00%) Data Management
5 1 (10.00%) Data Modelling
5 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
5 1 (10.00%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) C
1 1 (10.00%) C++
1 1 (10.00%) Java
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
1 1 (10.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (50.00%) PMP
2 4 (40.00%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (50.00%) COBIT
1 5 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (10.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) Bloomberg
1 1 (10.00%) GoldenSource
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle
1 1 (10.00%) Reuters