Period
to 21 February 2018

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 21 February 2018 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 723 709 741
Rank change year-on-year -14 +32 -123
Contract jobs citing MSI 152 137 135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.81% 0.86% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 119 92
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £253 £260 £261
90th Percentile £504 £463 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +3.57% +7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
UK median hourly rate £25.00 - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £32.50

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 18,758 15,948 15,676
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.47% 16.61% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,146 10,682 10,470
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £613 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.63% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 278 397
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +8.11%
10th Percentile £29.00 £22.13 £24.04
90th Percentile £67.25 £53.75 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +8.11%

MSI
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSI over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSI in the UK

MSI
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MSI in the UK

MSI
Top 15 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 21 February 2018. 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
England +5 143 £350 - 16
UK excluding London +7 98 £363 +3.57% 12
London -21 51 £350 - 6
South East -6 39 £375 +11.44% 3
Midlands +24 28 £268 -16.41% 1
West Midlands +18 21 £313 -14.38%
East of England +1 11 £281 -2.17% 1
North of England +21 8 £600 +60.00% 3
East Midlands +16 7 £268 - 1
South West +7 6 £250 -23.08% 2
North West +11 5 £600 +60.00% 2
Wales +4 5 £375 +15.38%
Yorkshire -1 2 - - 1
Scotland -30 2 £300 -25.00% 1
North East +36 1 £300 +18.81%

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, 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.

1 144 (94.74%) Windows
2 93 (61.18%) PowerShell
3 92 (60.53%) Microsoft App-V
4 89 (58.55%) SCCM
5 80 (52.63%) Windows 10
6 75 (49.34%) Microsoft
7 60 (39.47%) Windows 7
8 56 (36.84%) Application Packaging
9 53 (34.87%) Security Cleared
10 51 (33.55%) Active Directory
11 49 (32.24%) VMware
12 42 (27.63%) VBScript
13 41 (26.97%) VMware Infrastructure
14 36 (23.68%) Migration
15 29 (19.08%) QA
16 28 (18.42%) Windows Server 2008
16 28 (18.42%) Microsoft Office
17 27 (17.76%) Citrix
18 25 (16.45%) McAfee
19 24 (15.79%) HP
19 24 (15.79%) SQL
19 24 (15.79%) Windows Vista
19 24 (15.79%) Windows Server 2012
20 23 (15.13%) SC Cleared
20 23 (15.13%) Firewall
20 23 (15.13%) Windows Server
21 22 (14.47%) User Acceptance Testing
22 20 (13.16%) ITIL
23 19 (12.50%) Finance
23 19 (12.50%) DV Cleared

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 7 (4.61%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.63%) Confluence
2 4 (2.63%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (1.97%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.32%) IBM Domino
4 2 (1.32%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 28 (18.42%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.63%) HipChat
3 3 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.66%) NUKE
4 1 (0.66%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (2.63%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.55%) Office 365
2 11 (7.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (5.26%) PaaS
4 4 (2.63%) IaaS
5 1 (0.66%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (15.13%) Firewall
2 6 (3.95%) DHCP
2 6 (3.95%) TCP/IP
3 5 (3.29%) Wireshark
4 4 (2.63%) DNS
4 4 (2.63%) SAN
5 2 (1.32%) Internet
5 2 (1.32%) Skype
6 1 (0.66%) DMZ
6 1 (0.66%) Intranet
6 1 (0.66%) LAN
6 1 (0.66%) Network Security
6 1 (0.66%) VLAN
6 1 (0.66%) VPN
6 1 (0.66%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (11.84%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.63%) Big Data
2 4 (2.63%) Hadoop
2 4 (2.63%) MySQL
3 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.66%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 17 (11.18%) InstallShield
2 15 (9.87%) AdminStudio
3 7 (4.61%) Visual Studio
4 6 (3.95%) WinDbg
4 6 (3.95%) WiX
5 4 (2.63%) Git (software)
5 4 (2.63%) JIRA
5 4 (2.63%) Wise Package Studio
6 2 (1.32%) ClearCase
6 2 (1.32%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.66%) Android Studio
7 1 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.66%) Toad
General
1 19 (12.50%) Finance
2 5 (3.29%) Back Office
3 3 (1.97%) Front Office
3 3 (1.97%) Legal
4 2 (1.32%) Banking
4 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.66%) Law
5 1 (0.66%) Publishing
5 1 (0.66%) Retail
Job Titles
1 64 (42.11%) Applications Packager
2 11 (7.24%) Analyst
3 10 (6.58%) Applications Engineer
3 10 (6.58%) Architect
4 9 (5.92%) Desktop Support
4 9 (5.92%) MSI Packager
4 9 (5.92%) Wintel Engineer
5 8 (5.26%) Integration Engineer
6 7 (4.61%) Applications Support
6 7 (4.61%) Desktop Engineer
6 7 (4.61%) SCCM Engineer
6 7 (4.61%) Windows Engineer
7 6 (3.95%) Administrator
7 6 (3.95%) SC Cleared Application Packager
8 5 (3.29%) Application Integration Engineer
8 5 (3.29%) Developer
8 5 (3.29%) Systems Engineer
9 4 (2.63%) Automation Architect
9 4 (2.63%) Build Engineer
9 4 (2.63%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.21%) .NET
2 13 (8.55%) WSH
3 9 (5.92%) .NET Framework
3 9 (5.92%) REST
3 9 (5.92%) XML
4 8 (5.26%) Web Services
5 6 (3.95%) WPF
6 4 (2.63%) AngularJS
6 4 (2.63%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (2.63%) CSS
6 4 (2.63%) Dapper ORM
6 4 (2.63%) Entity Framework
6 4 (2.63%) HTML
6 4 (2.63%) JSON
6 4 (2.63%) MFC
6 4 (2.63%) NHibernate
6 4 (2.63%) OAuth
6 4 (2.63%) SAML
6 4 (2.63%) WCF
7 2 (1.32%) Angular 2
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.61%) PKI
2 4 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (1.97%) Device Driver
3 3 (1.97%) Wiki
4 2 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.32%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.32%) Driving Licence
4 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.66%) CMDB
5 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.66%) FMCG
5 1 (0.66%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.66%) PMI
5 1 (0.66%) RSA SecurID
5 1 (0.66%) Smartcard
5 1 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 144 (94.74%) Windows
2 80 (52.63%) Windows 10
3 60 (39.47%) Windows 7
4 28 (18.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 24 (15.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (15.79%) Windows Vista
6 23 (15.13%) Windows Server
7 5 (3.29%) Windows 8
7 5 (3.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (2.63%) Unix
9 2 (1.32%) Linux
10 1 (0.66%) Android
10 1 (0.66%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (36.84%) Application Packaging
2 36 (23.68%) Migration
3 22 (14.47%) User Acceptance Testing
4 20 (13.16%) ITIL
5 18 (11.84%) Validation
6 15 (9.87%) Application Discovery
7 13 (8.55%) Release Management
8 10 (6.58%) Compatibility Testing
9 8 (5.26%) Analytics
10 7 (4.61%) Customer Requirements
11 6 (3.95%) Application Virtualisation
11 6 (3.95%) Service Delivery
11 6 (3.95%) Test Scripting
12 5 (3.29%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (3.29%) Incident Management
12 5 (3.29%) Root Cause Analysis
12 5 (3.29%) SDLC
12 5 (3.29%) Test Automation
12 5 (3.29%) Waterfall
13 4 (2.63%) Case Management
Programming Languages
1 93 (61.18%) PowerShell
2 42 (27.63%) VBScript
3 24 (15.79%) SQL
4 15 (9.87%) C#
5 9 (5.92%) Python
6 8 (5.26%) VB
7 5 (3.29%) Java
8 4 (2.63%) Bash Shell
8 4 (2.63%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.32%) XAML
10 1 (0.66%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.66%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.66%) VBA
Qualifications
1 53 (34.87%) Security Cleared
2 23 (15.13%) SC Cleared
3 19 (12.50%) DV Cleared
4 5 (3.29%) Degree
4 5 (3.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.97%) MCSE
6 2 (1.32%) HND
6 2 (1.32%) MCITP
6 2 (1.32%) MCSA
6 2 (1.32%) MCTS
7 1 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.66%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (19.08%) QA
2 5 (3.29%) SLA
System Software
1 92 (60.53%) Microsoft App-V
2 51 (33.55%) Active Directory
3 41 (26.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (9.87%) XenApp
5 14 (9.21%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (9.21%) vSphere
6 9 (5.92%) XenDesktop
7 6 (3.95%) BitLocker
7 6 (3.95%) Hyper-V
8 5 (3.29%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (2.63%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.66%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 89 (58.55%) SCCM
2 13 (8.55%) WMI
3 10 (6.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 6 (3.95%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (3.95%) ThinApp
5 4 (2.63%) AppDNA
5 4 (2.63%) vCenter Server
5 4 (2.63%) WSUS
6 2 (1.32%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (1.32%) PowerCLI
6 2 (1.32%) SCOM
6 2 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.66%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.66%) EdgeSight
7 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.66%) MOM
7 1 (0.66%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 75 (49.34%) Microsoft
2 49 (32.24%) VMware
3 27 (17.76%) Citrix
4 25 (16.45%) McAfee
5 24 (15.79%) HP
6 19 (12.50%) Lumension
7 18 (11.84%) Oracle
8 14 (9.21%) Ivanti
9 5 (3.29%) Dell
9 5 (3.29%) IBM
10 4 (2.63%) Altiris
10 4 (2.63%) Atlassian
10 4 (2.63%) Blue Coat
10 4 (2.63%) Cloudera
10 4 (2.63%) Gemalto
10 4 (2.63%) Infoblox
10 4 (2.63%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.63%) ServiceNow
10 4 (2.63%) Splunk
10 4 (2.63%) Symantec