The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MS Office skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MS Office over the 3 months to 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Office
England / North West
Rank 45 52 41
Rank change year-on-year +7 -11  
Contract jobs citing MS Office 94 130 135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.62% 3.40% 3.85%
As % of the Applications category 32.53% 35.42% 32.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 44 53
Median daily rate £326 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.50% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £115 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £477 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £288 £275
% change year-on-year +4.16% +4.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 29 37
Median hourly rate £16.09 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.26% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £37.50 £23.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.75 £13.06
% change year-on-year -14.28% +20.64%  

MS Office is in the software application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for software application skills.

Contract Software Application Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for software application skills 289 367 416
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 11.12% 9.60% 11.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 180 194
Median daily rate £335 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.28% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £175 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £454
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +1.51% +1.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 57 60
Median hourly rate £35.00 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.48 £47.33 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +13.79%  

MS Office
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing MS Office as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for MS Office in the North West

MS Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MS Office in the North West

MS Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MS Office in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MS Office in the North West

MS Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MS Office in the North West

MS Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MS Office in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MS Office in the North West

MS Office
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MS Office within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Manchester -5 34 £319 +16.09% 26
Cheshire +18 29 £261 -24.49% 13
Lancashire +8 13 - - 3
Merseyside +7 10 £465 +9.41% 2
Cumbria +2 3 - - 1
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MS Office 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 North West region with a requirement for MS Office.

1 120 (66.30%) Microsoft
2 78 (43.09%) MS Excel
3 74 (40.88%) Windows
4 43 (23.76%) Analytical Skills
5 39 (21.55%) Finance
6 37 (20.44%) Active Directory
6 37 (20.44%) Windows 7
7 32 (17.68%) MS PowerPoint
8 31 (17.13%) ITIL
9 24 (13.26%) Project Management
10 21 (11.60%) SharePoint
11 20 (11.05%) IBM Notes
11 20 (11.05%) Citrix
11 20 (11.05%) Lotus
11 20 (11.05%) Windows Server
12 18 (9.94%) Windows Server 2008
13 17 (9.39%) Windows 10
13 17 (9.39%) Change Management
14 15 (8.29%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (8.29%) MS Exchange
14 15 (8.29%) Security Cleared
15 14 (7.73%) Problem Management
15 14 (7.73%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (7.18%) Service Management
16 13 (7.18%) PRINCE2
16 13 (7.18%) SQL Server
17 12 (6.63%) SQL
17 12 (6.63%) Windows XP
17 12 (6.63%) Cisco
17 12 (6.63%) Incident Management

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 21 (11.60%) SharePoint
2 20 (11.05%) IBM Notes
3 15 (8.29%) MS Exchange
4 7 (3.87%) SAS
5 6 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.10%) Confluence
8 1 (0.55%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.55%) IIS
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint Foundation
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.55%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 78 (43.09%) MS Excel
2 32 (17.68%) MS PowerPoint
3 9 (4.97%) MS Project
4 8 (4.42%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.21%) InfoPath
6 2 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.87%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.66%) Visualfiles
3 2 (1.10%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.10%) OPENContractor
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.63%) Office 365
2 6 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.21%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.55%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.87%) Extranet
1 7 (3.87%) Firewall
1 7 (3.87%) Internet
1 7 (3.87%) VPN
2 6 (3.31%) LAN
3 5 (2.76%) DNS
3 5 (2.76%) Intranet
3 5 (2.76%) SAN
4 4 (2.21%) DHCP
4 4 (2.21%) NAS
4 4 (2.21%) WAN
5 3 (1.66%) 3G
5 3 (1.66%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.10%) 4G
6 2 (1.10%) Network Security
6 2 (1.10%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (1.10%) Unified Communications
6 2 (1.10%) VoIP
6 2 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.55%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.18%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (1.66%) MS Access
3 3 (1.66%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.10%) QlikView
5 1 (0.55%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.55%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.55%) EDMS
5 1 (0.55%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.55%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.55%) GIS
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.55%) SQLPlus
5 1 (0.55%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 8 (4.42%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.76%) JIRA
3 4 (2.21%) Mercurial
3 4 (2.21%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 2 (1.10%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (1.10%) Selenium
5 1 (0.55%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.55%) ClearQuest
5 1 (0.55%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.55%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.55%) Rational Robot
5 1 (0.55%) Toad
General
1 39 (21.55%) Finance
2 11 (6.08%) Banking
3 7 (3.87%) Legal
4 6 (3.31%) Manufacturing
4 6 (3.31%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.76%) Retail
6 4 (2.21%) Law
7 3 (1.66%) Avionics
7 3 (1.66%) Corporate Banking
7 3 (1.66%) Financial Institution
8 2 (1.10%) Electronics
8 2 (1.10%) Games
8 2 (1.10%) Marketing
8 2 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.55%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.55%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.55%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 58 (32.04%) Analyst
2 22 (12.15%) Service Analyst
3 21 (11.60%) Service Desk Analyst
4 17 (9.39%) Support Engineer
5 14 (7.73%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 14 (7.73%) 2nd Line Support
6 13 (7.18%) Project Manager
7 11 (6.08%) IT Support
8 10 (5.52%) Desktop Support
9 8 (4.42%) 1st Line Support
9 8 (4.42%) 1st/2nd Line Support
9 8 (4.42%) Administrator
9 8 (4.42%) Consultant
10 7 (3.87%) Business Analyst
10 7 (3.87%) Support Analyst
11 6 (3.31%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 6 (3.31%) Developer
11 6 (3.31%) IT Analyst
11 6 (3.31%) SAS Analyst
11 6 (3.31%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.87%) .NET
2 6 (3.31%) XML
3 5 (2.76%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.21%) jQuery
4 4 (2.21%) Qt
4 4 (2.21%) WF
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 1 (0.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 43 (23.76%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.08%) Management Information System
3 8 (4.42%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.31%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.76%) Life Science
5 5 (2.76%) NHS
5 5 (2.76%) User Experience
6 4 (2.21%) Driving Licence
6 4 (2.21%) RIA
7 3 (1.66%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.66%) Fintech
8 2 (1.10%) Data Centre
8 2 (1.10%) EPoS
8 2 (1.10%) Handset
8 2 (1.10%) IVR
9 1 (0.55%) CMDB
9 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.55%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.55%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 74 (40.88%) Windows
2 37 (20.44%) Windows 7
3 20 (11.05%) Windows Server
4 18 (9.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (9.39%) Windows 10
6 12 (6.63%) Windows XP
7 9 (4.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (4.42%) Windows 8
9 7 (3.87%) Linux
10 6 (3.31%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (1.66%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.55%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.55%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.55%) Solaris
12 1 (0.55%) Unix
12 1 (0.55%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (17.13%) ITIL
2 24 (13.26%) Project Management
3 17 (9.39%) Change Management
4 15 (8.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (7.73%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (7.73%) Problem Management
6 13 (7.18%) PRINCE2
6 13 (7.18%) Service Management
7 12 (6.63%) Incident Management
8 11 (6.08%) Data Analysis
8 11 (6.08%) Migration
9 10 (5.52%) Workflow
10 7 (3.87%) CRM
10 7 (3.87%) SDLC
10 7 (3.87%) Software Engineering
10 7 (3.87%) WFM
11 6 (3.31%) Analytics
11 6 (3.31%) Risk Management
11 6 (3.31%) Test Scripting
11 6 (3.31%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (6.63%) SQL
2 4 (2.21%) C#
2 4 (2.21%) C++
3 3 (1.66%) VBA
4 2 (1.10%) ANSI SQL
4 2 (1.10%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.55%) C
5 1 (0.55%) Java
5 1 (0.55%) Perl
5 1 (0.55%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.55%) Python
5 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (8.29%) Security Cleared
2 11 (6.08%) Degree
2 11 (6.08%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (5.52%) MCP
3 10 (5.52%) SC Cleared
4 8 (4.42%) MCSE
5 5 (2.76%) MCSA
6 4 (2.21%) ISTQB
7 3 (1.66%) HND
7 3 (1.66%) ISEB
7 3 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.55%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.55%) ECDL
9 1 (0.55%) HNC
9 1 (0.55%) MCPD
9 1 (0.55%) NVQ Level 3
9 1 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.08%) SLA
2 8 (4.42%) QA
3 7 (3.87%) PMO
4 2 (1.10%) GMP
4 2 (1.10%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.55%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.55%) Actionable Recommendations
5 1 (0.55%) COSHH
5 1 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.55%) GAMP
5 1 (0.55%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 37 (20.44%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.55%) BitLocker
3 1 (0.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (0.55%) ISA Server
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.55%) VMware ESX
3 1 (0.55%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (6.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 8 (4.42%) SCCM
3 2 (1.10%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.55%) Nagios
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 120 (66.30%) Microsoft
2 20 (11.05%) Citrix
2 20 (11.05%) Lotus
3 12 (6.63%) Cisco
4 11 (6.08%) HP
5 10 (5.52%) VMware
6 9 (4.97%) SAP
7 8 (4.42%) Oracle
8 6 (3.31%) Remedy
9 5 (2.76%) Polycom
10 4 (2.21%) Google
10 4 (2.21%) Nintex
10 4 (2.21%) Webroot
11 2 (1.10%) Capita
11 2 (1.10%) Civica
11 2 (1.10%) Dell
11 2 (1.10%) iManage
11 2 (1.10%) Nokia
11 2 (1.10%) Verint
12 1 (0.55%) WorldPay
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Preston
aap3
Rate: £40.00 - £48.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £14 - £17 per hour + likelihood of extension
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Crewe
aap3
Rate: £20.00 - £30.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago