The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 / South East
Rank 35 37 27
Rank change year-on-year +2 -10  
Contract jobs citing MS Office 386 458 631
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.92% 4.98% 6.47%
As % of the Applications category 39.27% 41.37% 43.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 190 218 282
Median daily rate £313 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £135 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £288 £275
% change year-on-year +4.16% +4.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 72 78
Median hourly rate £14.93 £15.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.50% +5.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £9.53 £10.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.90 £31.40 £18.50
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 South East with a requirement for software application skills.

Contract Software Application Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for software application skills 983 1107 1443
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 12.52% 12.03% 14.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 592 728
Median daily rate £350 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% -5.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £175 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +1.51% +1.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 105 114
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.40% +4.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.84 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £43.00 £32.50
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 South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

MS Office
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MS Office in the South East

MS Office
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for MS Office in the South East

MS Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MS Office in the South East

MS Office
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MS Office in the South East

MS Office
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East 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
Hampshire +10 116 £338 +8.87% 22
Berkshire +3 90 £246 -17.91% 14
Buckinghamshire -5 66 £401 +7.57% 14
Surrey -3 55 £288 +29.21% 7
Oxfordshire -3 23 £150 -50.00% 10
West Sussex -11 15 £450 +60.71% 4
East Sussex +2 10 £388 +40.90% 4
Kent +2 7 £145 -35.55% 4
Middlesex +3 4 £375 +76.47%
MS Office
England

MS Office
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

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 South East region with a requirement for MS Office.

1 500 (63.29%) Microsoft
2 312 (39.49%) MS Excel
3 268 (33.92%) Windows
4 187 (23.67%) Active Directory
5 146 (18.48%) Finance
6 145 (18.35%) Security Cleared
7 144 (18.23%) Windows 7
8 128 (16.20%) Project Management
9 109 (13.80%) Analytical Skills
10 106 (13.42%) SC Cleared
11 105 (13.29%) MS PowerPoint
12 98 (12.41%) ITIL
13 90 (11.39%) MS Visio
14 86 (10.89%) Stakeholder Management
15 84 (10.63%) SharePoint
16 83 (10.51%) SQL
17 82 (10.38%) Telecoms
18 79 (10.00%) Office 365
19 75 (9.49%) Degree
20 66 (8.35%) MS Project
21 63 (7.97%) PRINCE2
22 59 (7.47%) VMware
23 55 (6.96%) LAN
23 55 (6.96%) TCP/IP
24 54 (6.84%) WAN
24 54 (6.84%) Oracle
24 54 (6.84%) Change Management
24 54 (6.84%) Windows 10
25 53 (6.71%) Windows XP
26 52 (6.58%) Windows Server

MS Office
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 84 (10.63%) SharePoint
2 51 (6.46%) MS Exchange
3 19 (2.41%) Skype for Business
4 16 (2.03%) IBM Notes
5 11 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
6 10 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (0.89%) SAS
8 5 (0.63%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.63%) IIS
8 5 (0.63%) K2 blackpearl
9 4 (0.51%) Confluence
9 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2000
9 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 5.5
10 3 (0.38%) CMS
10 3 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.25%) Apache
11 2 (0.25%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 312 (39.49%) MS Excel
2 105 (13.29%) MS PowerPoint
3 90 (11.39%) MS Visio
4 66 (8.35%) MS Project
5 13 (1.65%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (1.01%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.25%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.25%) Maya
9 2 (0.25%) SPSS
9 2 (0.25%) SPSS Modeler
10 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.13%) CATIA
10 1 (0.13%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.13%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 9 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.01%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.76%) Oracle EBS R12
4 5 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.63%) Oracle TCA
5 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.38%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.25%) assyst
6 2 (0.25%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.25%) Primavera
6 2 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.25%) SystmOne
7 1 (0.13%) Maximo
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.13%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.13%) SAP GRC
7 1 (0.13%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 79 (10.00%) Office 365
2 27 (3.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (0.89%) IaaS
4 6 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.51%) PaaS
5 4 (0.51%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.25%) Boomi
6 2 (0.25%) iPaaS
6 2 (0.25%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.13%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 55 (6.96%) LAN
1 55 (6.96%) TCP/IP
2 54 (6.84%) WAN
3 48 (6.08%) VPN
4 31 (3.92%) DNS
5 30 (3.80%) Firewall
6 24 (3.04%) DHCP
7 23 (2.91%) Wireless
8 17 (2.15%) 3G
9 15 (1.90%) Skype
10 13 (1.65%) Internet
10 13 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
11 12 (1.52%) DAB
11 12 (1.52%) VoIP
12 11 (1.39%) Extranet
12 11 (1.39%) Network Security
13 10 (1.27%) 4G
13 10 (1.27%) ATM
13 10 (1.27%) SAN
14 9 (1.14%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.42%) GIS
3 21 (2.66%) MS Access
4 14 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 12 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (1.39%) Hadoop
6 11 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 11 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
7 9 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
8 8 (1.01%) Big Data
8 8 (1.01%) Relational Database
8 8 (1.01%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
10 6 (0.76%) SQL Server 2000
11 5 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.51%) MySQL
13 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
13 3 (0.38%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 18 (2.28%) JIRA
2 7 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 4 (0.51%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.25%) Balsamiq Mockups
5 2 (0.25%) Dreamweaver
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.13%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.13%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.13%) MSI
6 1 (0.13%) NetBeans
General
1 146 (18.48%) Finance
2 82 (10.38%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.28%) Legal
4 16 (2.03%) Advertising
5 14 (1.77%) Law
6 12 (1.52%) Marketing
7 10 (1.27%) Banking
7 10 (1.27%) Retail
8 8 (1.01%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.01%) Military
9 7 (0.89%) Publishing
10 5 (0.63%) Electronics
10 5 (0.63%) German Language
10 5 (0.63%) Korean Language
10 5 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.51%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.51%) Mandarin Language
11 4 (0.51%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.25%) Billing
12 2 (0.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 193 (24.43%) Analyst
2 86 (10.89%) Support Engineer
3 78 (9.87%) Project Manager
4 52 (6.58%) 1st Line Support
5 48 (6.08%) Support Analyst
6 47 (5.95%) Desktop Support
6 47 (5.95%) Service Analyst
7 45 (5.70%) 2nd Line Support
7 45 (5.70%) IT Support
8 43 (5.44%) Service Desk Analyst
9 41 (5.19%) Architect
10 38 (4.81%) Administrator
11 35 (4.43%) Desktop Engineer
12 29 (3.67%) Business Analyst
12 29 (3.67%) Coordinator
13 28 (3.54%) 1st/2nd Line Support
13 28 (3.54%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 28 (3.54%) Developer
13 28 (3.54%) IT Analyst
14 27 (3.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.16%) .NET
2 17 (2.15%) XML
3 14 (1.77%) HTML
4 8 (1.01%) .NET Framework
5 5 (0.63%) Web Services
6 4 (0.51%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.51%) CSS
6 4 (0.51%) HTML5
7 3 (0.38%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.38%) Velocity
7 3 (0.38%) WAP
8 2 (0.25%) CSS3
8 2 (0.25%) SAP Smart Forms
8 2 (0.25%) WebCenter
9 1 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.13%) Node.js
9 1 (0.13%) OpenID
9 1 (0.13%) PostGIS
9 1 (0.13%) REST
9 1 (0.13%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 109 (13.80%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.42%) Management Information System
3 24 (3.04%) Smartphone
4 19 (2.41%) Driving Licence
5 18 (2.28%) Blackberry
5 18 (2.28%) Data Centre
6 14 (1.77%) iPad
7 11 (1.39%) Fat Client
7 11 (1.39%) Thin Client
8 9 (1.14%) Computer Science
8 9 (1.14%) e-Learning
8 9 (1.14%) iPhone
8 9 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
9 8 (1.01%) Smart Meter
10 7 (0.89%) Clustering
10 7 (0.89%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.89%) Public Cloud
10 7 (0.89%) User Experience
11 6 (0.76%) Mobile App
11 6 (0.76%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 268 (33.92%) Windows
2 144 (18.23%) Windows 7
3 54 (6.84%) Windows 10
4 53 (6.71%) Windows XP
5 52 (6.58%) Windows Server
6 33 (4.18%) Windows 8
6 33 (4.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 23 (2.91%) Linux
7 23 (2.91%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (2.28%) Android
9 17 (2.15%) Unix
10 14 (1.77%) Apple iOS
10 14 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
11 12 (1.52%) Mac OS X
11 12 (1.52%) Windows Vista
12 8 (1.01%) Solaris
13 6 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.63%) CentOS
14 5 (0.63%) MVS
15 4 (0.51%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (16.20%) Project Management
2 98 (12.41%) ITIL
3 86 (10.89%) Stakeholder Management
4 63 (7.97%) PRINCE2
5 54 (6.84%) Change Management
6 49 (6.20%) Agile Software Development
7 48 (6.08%) Migration
8 45 (5.70%) Incident Management
9 29 (3.67%) Service Management
9 29 (3.67%) Time Management
10 28 (3.54%) Business Intelligence
11 27 (3.42%) Data Analysis
11 27 (3.42%) Workflow
12 25 (3.16%) Coaching
12 25 (3.16%) ITSM
13 24 (3.04%) Line Management
13 24 (3.04%) Service Delivery
14 23 (2.91%) Analytics
14 23 (2.91%) ERP
14 23 (2.91%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (10.51%) SQL
2 29 (3.67%) C
3 23 (2.91%) VBA
4 17 (2.15%) Java
5 14 (1.77%) C#
6 12 (1.52%) R
7 11 (1.39%) PowerShell
8 9 (1.14%) C++
8 9 (1.14%) T-SQL
9 7 (0.89%) JavaScript
9 7 (0.89%) Perl
9 7 (0.89%) Shell Script
10 6 (0.76%) Python
10 6 (0.76%) VB
11 5 (0.63%) MATLAB
12 2 (0.25%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.25%) VBScript
13 1 (0.13%) LotusScript
13 1 (0.13%) PHP
13 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 145 (18.35%) Security Cleared
2 106 (13.42%) SC Cleared
3 75 (9.49%) Degree
4 37 (4.68%) DV Cleared
5 31 (3.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (2.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 20 (2.53%) ISEB
8 17 (2.15%) PMP
9 13 (1.65%) APMP
10 12 (1.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 12 (1.52%) MCSE
11 11 (1.39%) MCP
12 9 (1.14%) HND
12 9 (1.14%) PMI Certification
13 8 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 7 (0.89%) CIPD
14 7 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (0.89%) MCSA
15 6 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
15 6 (0.76%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.68%) PMO
2 29 (3.67%) SLA
3 19 (2.41%) QA
4 10 (1.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 8 (1.01%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.63%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.51%) COBIT
7 4 (0.51%) Def Stans
7 4 (0.51%) IEC 61508
7 4 (0.51%) ISO 14001
8 3 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.38%) GDPR
9 1 (0.13%) GAAP
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.13%) ISO22301
System Software
1 187 (23.67%) Active Directory
2 39 (4.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.77%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.27%) VMware ESX
5 8 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (1.01%) XenApp
5 8 (1.01%) XenDesktop
6 6 (0.76%) BitLocker
6 6 (0.76%) Samba
6 6 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.63%) Docker
7 5 (0.63%) vCloud
8 2 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.25%) vSphere
9 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.13%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.13%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 47 (5.95%) SCCM
2 8 (1.01%) NetBackup
3 6 (0.76%) Backup Exec
3 6 (0.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 5 (0.63%) AirWatch
4 5 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (0.63%) Puppet
4 5 (0.63%) vRealize
5 4 (0.51%) Netcool
5 4 (0.51%) OVSD
5 4 (0.51%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (0.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.38%) Unicenter
7 2 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.25%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.25%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 500 (63.29%) Microsoft
2 59 (7.47%) VMware
3 54 (6.84%) Oracle
4 51 (6.46%) SAP
5 40 (5.06%) HP
6 36 (4.56%) Citrix
7 27 (3.42%) Apple
8 26 (3.29%) Cisco
9 20 (2.53%) Dell
10 19 (2.41%) Remedy
11 17 (2.15%) Adobe
12 16 (2.03%) Lotus
13 14 (1.77%) ServiceNow
14 12 (1.52%) Forcepoint
15 10 (1.27%) BMC
16 9 (1.14%) Symantec
17 8 (1.01%) Sophos
17 8 (1.01%) Wyse
18 7 (0.89%) Ariba
18 7 (0.89%) Intel Security
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