The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Microsoft Office skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Office over the 3 months to 25 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 Office
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 59 30
Rank change year-on-year +12 -29  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Office 96 115 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.31% 3.07% 5.11%
As % of the Applications category 48.48% 41.67% 48.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 54 71
Median daily rate £205 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.92% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £109 £121 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £700 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £285 £289
% change year-on-year +5.26% -1.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 25 36
Median hourly rate £15.75 £20.50 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.17% +43.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.08 £10.36 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.13 £47.23 £26.66
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.78 £16.50 £13.60
% change year-on-year -16.51% +21.36%  

Microsoft 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 198 276 389
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 6.83% 7.36% 10.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 127 175
Median daily rate £325 £320 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% +4.74%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £148 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +3.84% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 30 44
Median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +29.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £47.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.64 £16.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -5.21% +13.79%  

Microsoft Office
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Office in the North West

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Office in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Office in the North West

Microsoft Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office in the North West over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the North West

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Office in the North West

Microsoft Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Office in the North West over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Office in the North West

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Office within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 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
Manchester +11 53 £205 -36.92% 16
Cheshire +27 24 £240 -29.41% 16
Merseyside +2 9 £363 +7.62% 3
Lancashire -6 8 £183 -33.63% 3
Cumbria -9 2 - -
Microsoft Office
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Office.

1 126 (66.32%) Microsoft
2 88 (46.32%) Windows
3 54 (28.42%) Windows 7
4 51 (26.84%) Active Directory
5 46 (24.21%) Microsoft Excel
6 42 (22.11%) Finance
7 33 (17.37%) ITIL
8 30 (15.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 29 (15.26%) Analytical Skills
10 28 (14.74%) Office 365
11 25 (13.16%) Security Cleared
11 25 (13.16%) Citrix
12 24 (12.63%) MS Exchange
12 24 (12.63%) Windows 10
13 23 (12.11%) Project Management
14 22 (11.58%) SC Cleared
15 21 (11.05%) VMware
16 20 (10.53%) SCCM
17 19 (10.00%) Windows Server
18 18 (9.47%) Change Management
18 18 (9.47%) Exchange Server 2010
19 17 (8.95%) Agile Software Development
20 16 (8.42%) Blackberry
20 16 (8.42%) VMware Infrastructure
21 15 (7.89%) HP
21 15 (7.89%) Lotus
21 15 (7.89%) SharePoint
21 15 (7.89%) IBM Notes
22 14 (7.37%) Data Analysis
22 14 (7.37%) Management Information System

Microsoft Office
Co-occurring 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 24 (12.63%) MS Exchange
2 18 (9.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (7.89%) IBM Notes
3 15 (7.89%) SharePoint
4 14 (7.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (3.16%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.11%) SAS
7 3 (1.58%) IIS
8 2 (1.05%) CMS
8 2 (1.05%) Confluence
9 1 (0.53%) Apache
9 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.53%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.53%) OpenROAD
9 1 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Foundation
9 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
Applications
1 46 (24.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 30 (15.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 13 (6.84%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (4.74%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.68%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (1.05%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.53%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.53%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 28 (14.74%) Office 365
2 4 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.53%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.37%) DNS
2 13 (6.84%) DHCP
3 11 (5.79%) VoIP
3 11 (5.79%) VPN
4 10 (5.26%) LAN
5 9 (4.74%) Remote Desktop
6 8 (4.21%) Firewall
7 7 (3.68%) Internet
7 7 (3.68%) Skype
7 7 (3.68%) TCP/IP
7 7 (3.68%) Unified Communications
7 7 (3.68%) WAN
8 4 (2.11%) Broadband
8 4 (2.11%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (1.58%) Ethernet
9 3 (1.58%) Extranet
9 3 (1.58%) SAN
9 3 (1.58%) SNMP
9 3 (1.58%) Wireless
10 2 (1.05%) PPTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.11%) MS Access
2 3 (1.58%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.05%) Data Mining
3 2 (1.05%) MySQL
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.05%) TKPROF
4 1 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.53%) EDMS
4 1 (0.53%) EDRMS
4 1 (0.53%) Ingres
4 1 (0.53%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.53%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.53%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (3.16%) JIRA
2 5 (2.63%) Mercurial
2 5 (2.63%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.05%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (1.05%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (1.05%) Rational Statemate
3 2 (1.05%) Toad
4 1 (0.53%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.53%) Subversion
General
1 42 (22.11%) Finance
2 12 (6.32%) Banking
2 12 (6.32%) Manufacturing
3 6 (3.16%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (2.63%) Legal
4 5 (2.63%) Retail
4 5 (2.63%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.11%) Avionics
6 3 (1.58%) Corporate Banking
6 3 (1.58%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.58%) Games
6 3 (1.58%) Law
7 2 (1.05%) Marketing
8 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.53%) Electronics
8 1 (0.53%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.53%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 49 (25.79%) Analyst
2 19 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 18 (9.47%) Support Engineer
4 16 (8.42%) Service Analyst
5 15 (7.89%) IT Support
5 15 (7.89%) Service Desk Analyst
6 14 (7.37%) Project Manager
7 13 (6.84%) Administrator
7 13 (6.84%) Desktop Support
8 11 (5.79%) Support Analyst
9 9 (4.74%) 1st Line Support
9 9 (4.74%) Software Engineer
10 8 (4.21%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (4.21%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 8 (4.21%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 8 (4.21%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 7 (3.68%) Consultant
11 7 (3.68%) IT Support Technician
11 7 (3.68%) IT Technician
11 7 (3.68%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.63%) Qt
2 4 (2.11%) .NET
3 3 (1.58%) EDI
4 2 (1.05%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 2 (1.05%) Web Services
4 2 (1.05%) XML
5 1 (0.53%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.53%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.53%) Autofac
5 1 (0.53%) CryEngine
5 1 (0.53%) CSS
5 1 (0.53%) Hibernate
5 1 (0.53%) HTML
5 1 (0.53%) HTML5
5 1 (0.53%) jQuery
5 1 (0.53%) JSON
5 1 (0.53%) REST
5 1 (0.53%) SAML
5 1 (0.53%) SOAP
5 1 (0.53%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 29 (15.26%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.42%) Blackberry
3 14 (7.37%) Management Information System
4 8 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.63%) Life Science
6 3 (1.58%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.58%) Fintech
6 3 (1.58%) iPhone
6 3 (1.58%) RIA
6 3 (1.58%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (1.05%) EPoS
7 2 (1.05%) Handset
7 2 (1.05%) IVR
7 2 (1.05%) Replication
7 2 (1.05%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.05%) User Experience
7 2 (1.05%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.53%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 88 (46.32%) Windows
2 54 (28.42%) Windows 7
3 24 (12.63%) Windows 10
4 19 (10.00%) Windows Server
5 14 (7.37%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (7.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (7.37%) Windows XP
6 10 (5.26%) Windows 8
7 9 (4.74%) Apple iOS
8 7 (3.68%) Linux
9 4 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.58%) Android
10 3 (1.58%) Unix
11 2 (1.05%) Mac OS
11 2 (1.05%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.53%) AIX
12 1 (0.53%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (17.37%) ITIL
2 23 (12.11%) Project Management
3 18 (9.47%) Change Management
4 17 (8.95%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (7.37%) Data Analysis
6 13 (6.84%) PRINCE2
7 12 (6.32%) Incident Management
7 12 (6.32%) Migration
8 10 (5.26%) Software Engineering
8 10 (5.26%) WFM
9 9 (4.74%) Service Management
9 9 (4.74%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (4.21%) Business Process Modelling
10 8 (4.21%) Data Modelling
10 8 (4.21%) Financial Analysis
11 7 (3.68%) Break/Fix
11 7 (3.68%) Problem Management
12 6 (3.16%) Risk Management
12 6 (3.16%) Workflow
13 5 (2.63%) UML
Programming Languages
1 10 (5.26%) SQL
2 7 (3.68%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.63%) C++
4 3 (1.58%) C#
5 2 (1.05%) Perl
5 2 (1.05%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.53%) Ada
6 1 (0.53%) Apple Swift
6 1 (0.53%) C
6 1 (0.53%) Java
6 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.53%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.53%) VBA
6 1 (0.53%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (13.16%) Security Cleared
2 22 (11.58%) SC Cleared
3 12 (6.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (5.79%) Degree
5 10 (5.26%) MCSA
6 7 (3.68%) MCP
6 7 (3.68%) MCSE
7 5 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.58%) ACSP
8 3 (1.58%) CCNA
8 3 (1.58%) HNC
8 3 (1.58%) HND
8 3 (1.58%) HP AIS
8 3 (1.58%) ISEB
8 3 (1.58%) ISTQB
8 3 (1.58%) Network+ Certification
8 3 (1.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (1.05%) NVQ Level 3
9 2 (1.05%) PMP
9 2 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.79%) SLA
2 7 (3.68%) QA
3 4 (2.11%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.11%) PMO
4 3 (1.58%) COSHH
5 1 (0.53%) Actionable Recommendations
5 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.53%) GDPR
5 1 (0.53%) GMP
5 1 (0.53%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.53%) MIL-STD-498
System Software
1 51 (26.84%) Active Directory
2 16 (8.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (1.58%) vSphere
5 2 (1.05%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.53%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 20 (10.53%) SCCM
2 4 (2.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 3 (1.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (1.05%) Oracle RMAN
4 2 (1.05%) WMI
5 1 (0.53%) SafeCom
5 1 (0.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.53%) WSUS
Vendors
1 126 (66.32%) Microsoft
2 25 (13.16%) Citrix
3 21 (11.05%) VMware
4 15 (7.89%) HP
4 15 (7.89%) Lotus
5 12 (6.32%) Cisco
6 8 (4.21%) Apple
6 8 (4.21%) SAP
7 6 (3.16%) Oracle
8 5 (2.63%) Polycom
8 5 (2.63%) Symantec
9 4 (2.11%) Proofpoint
9 4 (2.11%) Remedy
10 3 (1.58%) Adobe
10 3 (1.58%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.05%) iManage
11 2 (1.05%) SonicWALL
11 2 (1.05%) Synology
11 2 (1.05%) Veeam
11 2 (1.05%) Verint
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