The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 30 April 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
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 593 653 637
Rank change year-on-year +60 -16  
Contract jobs citing MSF 7 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.009% 0.002%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.018% 0.011% 0.002%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 1
Median daily rate £400 £340 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.64% +23.63%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £340 £275
% change year-on-year +17.64% +23.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 38807 46287 44659
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.74% 82.81% 79.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 25491 30598 27763
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 998 1077 1305
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.85 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.54% +13.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £49.50 £47.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year - +18.03%  

MSF
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

MSF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSF in the UK

MSF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSF over the 3 months to 30 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSF in the UK

MSF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MSF in the UK

MSF
Top 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSF within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 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 +57 7 £400 +17.64%
Berkshire +26 7 £400 +17.64%
South East +24 7 £400 +17.64%
Reading +23 5 £363 -

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 with a requirement for MSF.

1 7 (58.33%) Windows
2 6 (50.00%) CRM
2 6 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 6 (50.00%) ERP
2 6 (50.00%) .NET
2 6 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (50.00%) Web Services
2 6 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (50.00%) WCF
2 6 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (50.00%) PaaS
2 6 (50.00%) IaaS
3 5 (41.67%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 5 (41.67%) COBIT
3 5 (41.67%) Service Management
3 5 (41.67%) ITIL
3 5 (41.67%) PMP
3 5 (41.67%) Six Sigma
3 5 (41.67%) Project Management
4 4 (33.33%) PMI Certification
4 4 (33.33%) ITSM
4 4 (33.33%) IT Governance
4 4 (33.33%) Operations Management
5 3 (25.00%) Strategic Planning
5 3 (25.00%) MOF
6 2 (16.67%) Contact Management
6 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
6 2 (16.67%) Integration Testing
6 2 (16.67%) Management Information System
6 2 (16.67%) Service Delivery

MSF
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 6 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (50.00%) IaaS
1 6 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 6 (50.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle8/8i Database
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle9i Database
2 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Subversion
1 1 (8.33%) Toad
General
1 1 (8.33%) Back Office
1 1 (8.33%) Banking
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
1 1 (8.33%) Investment Banking
1 1 (8.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Developer
2 6 (50.00%) .NET Developer
2 6 (50.00%) Integration Developer
3 4 (33.33%) Azure Developer
3 4 (33.33%) Consultant
3 4 (33.33%) Management Consultant
3 4 (33.33%) Service Management Consultant
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Developer
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Server Developer
3 4 (33.33%) WCF Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Delivery Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Manager
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Service Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Service Delivery Manager
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Service Management Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Service Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Service Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (50.00%) .NET
1 6 (50.00%) WCF
1 6 (50.00%) Web Services
2 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 1 (8.33%) XML
3 1 (8.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Management Information System
1 2 (16.67%) Virtual Team
2 1 (8.33%) Data Centre
2 1 (8.33%) Equities
2 1 (8.33%) Fixed Income
2 1 (8.33%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 7 (58.33%) Windows
2 1 (8.33%) Linux
2 1 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) CRM
1 6 (50.00%) ERP
2 5 (41.67%) ITIL
2 5 (41.67%) Project Management
2 5 (41.67%) Service Management
2 5 (41.67%) Six Sigma
3 4 (33.33%) IT Governance
3 4 (33.33%) ITSM
3 4 (33.33%) Operations Management
4 3 (25.00%) MOF
4 3 (25.00%) Strategic Planning
5 2 (16.67%) Contact Management
5 2 (16.67%) Integration Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Line Management
5 2 (16.67%) Service Delivery
5 2 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
6 1 (8.33%) ITIL V2
6 1 (8.33%) ITIL V3
6 1 (8.33%) Reference Data Management
6 1 (8.33%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 1 (8.33%) C
1 1 (8.33%) C++
1 1 (8.33%) Java
1 1 (8.33%) SQL
1 1 (8.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) PMP
2 4 (33.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (41.67%) COBIT
1 5 (41.67%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (8.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Bloomberg
1 1 (8.33%) GoldenSource
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle
1 1 (8.33%) Reuters