The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MOS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 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 Specialist (MOS)
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 592 627 619
Rank change year-on-year +35 -8  
Contract jobs citing MOS 9 17 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.019% 0.032% 0.048%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.14% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 12
Median daily rate £280 £400 £214
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +86.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £164 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £450 £318
UK excluding London median daily rate £123 £425 £200
% change year-on-year -71.17% +112.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £21.50

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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8902 11739 10644
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.83% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5326 7337 6185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 445 556
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.64 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

MOS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

MOS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MOS in the UK

MOS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MOS over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MOS in the UK

MOS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MOS in the UK

MOS
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England +41 8 £309 -22.81% 4
London +17 7 £338 +73.07%
Wales - 1 £110 -
Manchester - 1 £135 - 1
Cardiff - 1 £110 -
South Wales - 1 £110 -
North West - 1 £135 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 with a requirement for MOS.

1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (73.68%) Microsoft
3 12 (63.16%) Windows
4 7 (36.84%) ITIL
5 6 (31.58%) Windows 7
6 5 (26.32%) Legal
6 5 (26.32%) SharePoint
7 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Excel
7 4 (21.05%) Active Directory
8 3 (15.79%) Citrix
8 3 (15.79%) Project Management
8 3 (15.79%) Cisco
8 3 (15.79%) Service Management
8 3 (15.79%) Law
8 3 (15.79%) MCSE
8 3 (15.79%) MCSA
8 3 (15.79%) MCP
8 3 (15.79%) SQL
8 3 (15.79%) VBA
8 3 (15.79%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (15.79%) SCCM
8 3 (15.79%) Office 365
8 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
9 2 (10.53%) Investment Banking
9 2 (10.53%) Banking
9 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (10.53%) WebEx
9 2 (10.53%) OneDrive
9 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange

MOS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (26.32%) SharePoint
2 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange
3 1 (5.26%) CMS
3 1 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (5.26%) InfoPath
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (5.26%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) Office 365
2 2 (10.53%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) WebEx
2 1 (5.26%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (5.26%) Intranet
2 1 (5.26%) IP Telephony
2 1 (5.26%) LAN
2 1 (5.26%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (5.26%) WAN
2 1 (5.26%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (26.32%) Legal
2 3 (15.79%) Law
3 2 (10.53%) Banking
3 2 (10.53%) Investment Banking
4 1 (5.26%) Finance
4 1 (5.26%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 11 (57.89%) Analyst
2 7 (36.84%) Service Analyst
2 7 (36.84%) Service Desk Analyst
2 7 (36.84%) Support Analyst
3 6 (31.58%) Help Desk Analyst
3 6 (31.58%) Help Desk Support
3 6 (31.58%) Help Desk Support Analyst
3 6 (31.58%) Service Desk Support
3 6 (31.58%) Service Desk Support Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) Developer
4 3 (15.79%) Legal Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) 1st Line Support
5 2 (10.53%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) First Line Help Desk Support
5 2 (10.53%) Report Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Support Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
6 1 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) .NET
1 1 (5.26%) ASP.NET
1 1 (5.26%) CSS
1 1 (5.26%) HTML
1 1 (5.26%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Blackberry
2 1 (5.26%) CESG
2 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
2 1 (5.26%) e-Learning
2 1 (5.26%) iPad
2 1 (5.26%) iPhone
2 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.26%) NHS
2 1 (5.26%) Taxonomies
2 1 (5.26%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (63.16%) Windows
2 6 (31.58%) Windows 7
3 2 (10.53%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.26%) Android
4 1 (5.26%) Mac OS
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (5.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (36.84%) ITIL
2 3 (15.79%) Data Analysis
2 3 (15.79%) Project Management
2 3 (15.79%) Service Management
3 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.26%) Break/Fix
3 1 (5.26%) Content Management
3 1 (5.26%) CRM
3 1 (5.26%) Document Management
3 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (5.26%) ITSM
3 1 (5.26%) Knowledge Management
3 1 (5.26%) Performance Management
3 1 (5.26%) Problem Management
3 1 (5.26%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) SQL
1 3 (15.79%) VBA
2 1 (5.26%) C#
2 1 (5.26%) ECMAScript
2 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
2 1 (5.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (15.79%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (15.79%) MCP
2 3 (15.79%) MCSA
2 3 (15.79%) MCSE
3 1 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (5.26%) Degree
3 1 (5.26%) MCITP
3 1 (5.26%) MCTS
3 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) QA
1 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (21.05%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) SCCM
2 1 (5.26%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (73.68%) Microsoft
2 3 (15.79%) Cisco
2 3 (15.79%) Citrix
3 1 (5.26%) Adobe
3 1 (5.26%) Apple
3 1 (5.26%) Avaya
3 1 (5.26%) Bloomberg
3 1 (5.26%) Dell
3 1 (5.26%) Equitrac
3 1 (5.26%) FactSet
3 1 (5.26%) HP
3 1 (5.26%) LANDesk
3 1 (5.26%) McAfee
3 1 (5.26%) MobileIron
3 1 (5.26%) Remedy
3 1 (5.26%) Reuters
3 1 (5.26%) SAP
3 1 (5.26%) Toshiba