Period
to 2 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MSI skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MSI over the 6 months to 2 June 2020 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 Windows Installer (MSI)
UK
6 months to
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 519 624 711
Rank change year-on-year +105 +87 -5
Contract jobs citing MSI 89 221 183
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.09% 1.20% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 134 104
Median daily rate £375 £403 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.83% +23.85% -13.33%
10th Percentile £263 £313 £213
90th Percentile £490 £534 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £394 £311
% change year-on-year +1.59% +26.61% -20.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 3
Median hourly rate - £36.67 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +46.68% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £25.00

MSI is in the Development Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 8,182 18,425 19,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.98% 20.33% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,362 12,233 13,661
Median daily rate £495 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% - +11.76%
10th Percentile £325 £335 £315
90th Percentile £663 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 290 231
Median hourly rate £38.50 £43.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.47% +1.18% -
10th Percentile £19.70 £23.93 £26.50
90th Percentile £58.80 £55.00 £67.25
Median hourly rate £38.38 £43.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -11.78% +2.35% -

MSI
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MSI as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MSI.

Daily rate trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MSI over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MSI in the UK

MSI
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MSI.

Hourly rate trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSI within the UK over the 6 months to 2 June 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
UK excluding London +184 79 £400 +1.59% 5
England +101 76 £337 -16.79% 5
North of England +81 24 £315 -18.18%
North West +53 19 £308 -20.13%
Midlands +88 16 £350 +7.69% 3
Scotland +59 14 £485 +29.33%
South West +39 12 £400 -3.61% 1
South East +127 11 £375 -3.23%
London +61 10 £330 -20.00%
East Midlands +54 8 £350 +16.67% 1
North East - 5 £490 -
West Midlands +63 4 - - 2
East of England +59 3 £258 -45.79% 1
Work from Home +12 2 £323 +43.33%
Wales - 2 £425 -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 2 June 2020, IT contractor jobs citing MSI also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for MSI.

1 83 (93.26%) Windows
2 64 (71.91%) Windows 7
3 57 (64.04%) SCCM
4 56 (62.92%) PowerShell
5 52 (58.43%) Windows 10
6 48 (53.93%) Microsoft App-V
7 47 (52.81%) Security Cleared
8 41 (46.07%) Application Packaging
9 39 (43.82%) SC Cleared
10 38 (42.70%) Active Directory
11 32 (35.96%) Microsoft
12 28 (31.46%) ITIL
13 26 (29.21%) Windows Server 2008
14 25 (28.09%) Citrix
15 24 (26.97%) SQL
16 22 (24.72%) Windows Server
17 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
18 19 (21.35%) AppDNA
18 19 (21.35%) VB
19 18 (20.22%) Software Distribution
20 17 (19.10%) QA
21 16 (17.98%) Patch Management
22 15 (16.85%) Analytical Skills
22 15 (16.85%) Problem-Solving
22 15 (16.85%) ITIL V3
22 15 (16.85%) Linux
22 15 (16.85%) Windows Server 2003
23 14 (15.73%) REXX
23 14 (15.73%) Tcl
23 14 (15.73%) HTTPS

MSI
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 2 (2.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.11%) Office 365
2 2 (2.25%) Azure
3 1 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.12%) IaaS
3 1 (1.12%) NuGet
3 1 (1.12%) OpenShift
3 1 (1.12%) PaaS
3 1 (1.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (15.73%) HTTP
1 14 (15.73%) HTTPS
1 14 (15.73%) SSL
2 7 (7.87%) Firewall
3 2 (2.25%) DHCP
3 2 (2.25%) DNS
4 1 (1.12%) Internet
4 1 (1.12%) SAN
4 1 (1.12%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.12%) Big Data
2 1 (1.12%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (10.11%) InstallShield
2 8 (8.99%) AdminStudio
3 1 (1.12%) GitLab
3 1 (1.12%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.12%) Maven
3 1 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.12%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.12%) Toad
3 1 (1.12%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.12%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (1.12%) WiX
General
1 8 (8.99%) Public Sector
2 4 (4.49%) Finance
3 1 (1.12%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 53 (59.55%) Applications Packager
2 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared Application Packager
3 5 (5.62%) Applications Engineer
3 5 (5.62%) Wintel Engineer
4 3 (3.37%) Applications Support
4 3 (3.37%) Applications Support Engineer
4 3 (3.37%) Automation Engineer
4 3 (3.37%) Citrix Packager
4 3 (3.37%) Server Engineer
4 3 (3.37%) Support Engineer
5 2 (2.25%) Administrator
5 2 (2.25%) Applications Manager
5 2 (2.25%) Applications Project Manager
5 2 (2.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (2.25%) MSI Packager
5 2 (2.25%) Project Manager
5 2 (2.25%) Release Manager
5 2 (2.25%) SCCM Administrator
5 2 (2.25%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (2.25%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.25%) Software Packaging
2 1 (1.12%) .NET
2 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.12%) Universal Windows Platform
Miscellaneous
1 15 (16.85%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.25%) Clustering
2 2 (2.25%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.12%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.12%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 83 (93.26%) Windows
2 64 (71.91%) Windows 7
3 52 (58.43%) Windows 10
4 26 (29.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (24.72%) Windows Server
6 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (16.85%) Linux
7 15 (16.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (15.73%) Windows XP
9 8 (8.99%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.25%) Windows Server 2016
10 2 (2.25%) Windows Vista
11 1 (1.12%) CentOS
11 1 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (46.07%) Application Packaging
2 28 (31.46%) ITIL
3 18 (20.22%) Software Distribution
4 16 (17.98%) Patch Management
5 15 (16.85%) ITIL V3
5 15 (16.85%) Problem-Solving
6 14 (15.73%) Configuration Management
6 14 (15.73%) Prototyping
6 14 (15.73%) Virtual Infrastructure
7 8 (8.99%) Migration
8 7 (7.87%) Problem Management
8 7 (7.87%) Service Management
8 7 (7.87%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (6.74%) Performance Monitoring
10 5 (5.62%) Service Delivery
11 4 (4.49%) Compatibility Testing
11 4 (4.49%) Customer Engagement
11 4 (4.49%) Mentoring
11 4 (4.49%) Project Delivery
12 3 (3.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 56 (62.92%) PowerShell
2 24 (26.97%) SQL
3 19 (21.35%) VB
4 14 (15.73%) REXX
4 14 (15.73%) Tcl
5 4 (4.49%) VBScript
6 1 (1.12%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.12%) C#
6 1 (1.12%) Java
6 1 (1.12%) Python
Qualifications
1 47 (52.81%) Security Cleared
2 39 (43.82%) SC Cleared
3 9 (10.11%) MCSE
3 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (7.87%) DV Cleared
5 3 (3.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (2.25%) DBS Check
6 2 (2.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.12%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (19.10%) QA
2 1 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 48 (53.93%) Microsoft App-V
2 38 (42.70%) Active Directory
3 9 (10.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (5.62%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (4.49%) XenApp
6 2 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.12%) Hyper-V
7 1 (1.12%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 57 (64.04%) SCCM
2 19 (21.35%) AppDNA
3 7 (7.87%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (7.87%) WSUS
4 3 (3.37%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (2.25%) SCOrch
6 1 (1.12%) Ansible
6 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.12%) Puppet
6 1 (1.12%) SCOM
6 1 (1.12%) ThinApp
6 1 (1.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 32 (35.96%) Microsoft
2 25 (28.09%) Citrix
3 9 (10.11%) McAfee
3 9 (10.11%) VMware
4 7 (7.87%) Lumension
4 7 (7.87%) Oracle
5 5 (5.62%) Ivanti
6 4 (4.49%) HP
7 3 (3.37%) Novell
8 2 (2.25%) Intel
9 1 (1.12%) F5
9 1 (1.12%) Fujitsu
9 1 (1.12%) Micro Focus
9 1 (1.12%) MobileIron