Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 709 685 767
Rank change year-on-year -24 +82 -152
Contract jobs citing MSI 168 143 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.86% 0.92% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 119 82
UK median daily rate £325 £375 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +9.09% -8.33%
10th Percentile £202 £262 £273
90th Percentile £484 £478 £487
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £375 £320
% change year-on-year -20.00% +17.19% -4.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
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 19,484 15,508 15,686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.27% 16.73% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,525 10,426 10,528
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £290
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 311 372
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.13 £42.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.34% -3.18% +16.69%
10th Percentile £27.95 £20.75 £24.23
90th Percentile £67.25 £54.38 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% -2.38% +13.51%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -29 145 £325 -10.96% 9
UK excluding London -12 106 £300 -20.00% 4
London -20 59 £338 -7.53% 8
South East -50 23 £375 +3.81%
Midlands +15 22 £266 -2.82%
North of England +7 21 £481 +25.82% 1
Scotland -29 17 £275 -31.25% 3
North West -10 15 £575 +53.33% 1
East Midlands +8 12 £265 +11.58%
East of England +1 11 £281 -2.17%
West Midlands -14 10 £313 -3.69%
South West +13 9 £325 -10.34%
Yorkshire -6 5 - -
Wales -8 4 £375 +15.38%
North East +22 1 £300 -23.08%

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 154 (91.67%) Windows
2 107 (63.69%) Microsoft App-V
2 107 (63.69%) SCCM
3 96 (57.14%) PowerShell
4 92 (54.76%) Microsoft
5 76 (45.24%) Windows 10
6 69 (41.07%) Active Directory
7 62 (36.90%) Application Packaging
8 59 (35.12%) Security Cleared
9 51 (30.36%) Windows 7
10 49 (29.17%) Citrix
11 47 (27.98%) VMware
12 40 (23.81%) VBScript
13 37 (22.02%) SQL
14 35 (20.83%) SC Cleared
15 33 (19.64%) VMware Infrastructure
15 33 (19.64%) Windows Server
16 30 (17.86%) Ivanti
17 27 (16.07%) Windows Server 2008
18 25 (14.88%) XenApp
18 25 (14.88%) XenDesktop
18 25 (14.88%) ITIL
19 23 (13.69%) McAfee
20 21 (12.50%) Finance
20 21 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
20 21 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
21 20 (11.90%) SQL Server
22 19 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
22 19 (11.31%) C#
22 19 (11.31%) VB

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 6 (3.57%) MS Exchange
2 5 (2.98%) Confluence
2 5 (2.98%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (2.38%) IBM Notes
3 4 (2.38%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (1.79%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.79%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (1.19%) IBM Domino
6 1 (0.60%) IIS
Applications
1 19 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.98%) HipChat
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.60%) NUKE
3 1 (0.60%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (3.57%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.12%) Office 365
2 12 (7.14%) PaaS
3 10 (5.95%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (4.17%) IaaS
5 1 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.52%) Firewall
2 15 (8.93%) DHCP
3 13 (7.74%) DNS
4 9 (5.36%) Internet
5 8 (4.76%) TCP/IP
6 5 (2.98%) Wireshark
7 4 (2.38%) IPsec
7 4 (2.38%) Skype
8 3 (1.79%) Intranet
8 3 (1.79%) SAN
9 1 (0.60%) DMZ
9 1 (0.60%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.60%) LAN
9 1 (0.60%) NAS
9 1 (0.60%) SMS
9 1 (0.60%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (11.90%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.98%) Big Data
2 5 (2.98%) MySQL
3 4 (2.38%) Hadoop
3 4 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (11.31%) AdminStudio
2 14 (8.33%) InstallShield
3 10 (5.95%) JIRA
4 7 (4.17%) Visual Studio
4 7 (4.17%) WiX
5 6 (3.57%) WinDbg
6 5 (2.98%) Git (software)
7 2 (1.19%) ClearCase
7 2 (1.19%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.60%) Android Studio
8 1 (0.60%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 21 (12.50%) Finance
2 7 (4.17%) Publishing
3 5 (2.98%) Back Office
4 4 (2.38%) Banking
4 4 (2.38%) Law
5 2 (1.19%) Retail
6 1 (0.60%) Advertising
6 1 (0.60%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.60%) Legal
6 1 (0.60%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.60%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 67 (39.88%) Applications Packager
2 20 (11.90%) Analyst
3 17 (10.12%) Desktop Support
4 9 (5.36%) Architect
4 9 (5.36%) MSI Packager
5 8 (4.76%) Administrator
5 8 (4.76%) Developer
5 8 (4.76%) SC Cleared Application Packager
6 7 (4.17%) Wintel Engineer
7 6 (3.57%) Desktop Analyst
7 6 (3.57%) Desktop Engineer
7 6 (3.57%) SCCM Engineer
8 5 (2.98%) Applications Engineer
8 5 (2.98%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 5 (2.98%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 5 (2.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (2.98%) SCCM Administrator
8 5 (2.98%) Security Analyst
8 5 (2.98%) Support Analyst
8 5 (2.98%) UI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (10.71%) .NET
2 12 (7.14%) .NET Framework
2 12 (7.14%) Web Services
3 10 (5.95%) REST
3 10 (5.95%) XML
4 9 (5.36%) WPF
5 7 (4.17%) AngularJS
5 7 (4.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (4.17%) CSS
5 7 (4.17%) Dapper ORM
5 7 (4.17%) Entity Framework
5 7 (4.17%) HTML
5 7 (4.17%) MFC
5 7 (4.17%) NHibernate
5 7 (4.17%) WCF
6 5 (2.98%) Angular 2
6 5 (2.98%) JSON
6 5 (2.98%) OAuth
6 5 (2.98%) SAML
7 4 (2.38%) Anaconda
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.74%) Self-Motivation
2 8 (4.76%) PKI
3 6 (3.57%) Wiki
4 5 (2.98%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.98%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.79%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.19%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.19%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.19%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.60%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.60%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 154 (91.67%) Windows
2 76 (45.24%) Windows 10
3 51 (30.36%) Windows 7
4 33 (19.64%) Windows Server
5 27 (16.07%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (10.71%) Windows Vista
8 11 (6.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (4.17%) Android
10 6 (3.57%) Apple iOS
10 6 (3.57%) Mac OS X
11 5 (2.98%) Unix
11 5 (2.98%) Windows 8
12 4 (2.38%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.60%) Linux
13 1 (0.60%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (36.90%) Application Packaging
2 25 (14.88%) ITIL
3 21 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 19 (11.31%) Migration
4 19 (11.31%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
6 13 (7.74%) Software Distribution
7 10 (5.95%) Service Delivery
8 9 (5.36%) Analytics
8 9 (5.36%) Application Virtualisation
8 9 (5.36%) Software Delivery
9 8 (4.76%) Personalization
9 8 (4.76%) Release Management
9 8 (4.76%) Time Management
10 7 (4.17%) Incident Management
10 7 (4.17%) Software Deployment
10 7 (4.17%) Validation
11 6 (3.57%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (3.57%) Business Development
11 6 (3.57%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 96 (57.14%) PowerShell
2 40 (23.81%) VBScript
3 37 (22.02%) SQL
4 19 (11.31%) C#
4 19 (11.31%) VB
5 13 (7.74%) T-SQL
6 10 (5.95%) Python
7 7 (4.17%) JavaScript
8 6 (3.57%) Java
9 5 (2.98%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.19%) XAML
11 1 (0.60%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 59 (35.12%) Security Cleared
2 35 (20.83%) SC Cleared
3 16 (9.52%) DV Cleared
4 5 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.38%) Degree
5 4 (2.38%) MCSE
6 3 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.79%) HNC
6 3 (1.79%) HND
7 2 (1.19%) MCITP
7 2 (1.19%) MCP
7 2 (1.19%) MCTS
8 1 (0.60%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.60%) MCDST
8 1 (0.60%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.74%) QA
2 5 (2.98%) SLA
3 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 107 (63.69%) Microsoft App-V
2 69 (41.07%) Active Directory
3 33 (19.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (14.88%) XenApp
4 25 (14.88%) XenDesktop
5 17 (10.12%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (6.55%) VMware Workstation
7 9 (5.36%) vSphere
7 9 (5.36%) XenServer
8 8 (4.76%) Hyper-V
9 5 (2.98%) BitLocker
9 5 (2.98%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (2.98%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 107 (63.69%) SCCM
2 11 (6.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 10 (5.95%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (5.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (4.76%) WSUS
6 7 (4.17%) vCenter Server
7 5 (2.98%) HP ALM
8 4 (2.38%) AppDNA
9 2 (1.19%) PowerCLI
9 2 (1.19%) SCOM
9 2 (1.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.60%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.60%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 92 (54.76%) Microsoft
2 49 (29.17%) Citrix
3 47 (27.98%) VMware
4 30 (17.86%) Ivanti
5 23 (13.69%) McAfee
6 15 (8.93%) HP
6 15 (8.93%) Oracle
7 14 (8.33%) Symantec
8 13 (7.74%) Lumension
9 11 (6.55%) Apple
10 6 (3.57%) IBM
10 6 (3.57%) Lotus
11 5 (2.98%) Altiris
11 5 (2.98%) Atlassian
11 5 (2.98%) Cloudera
11 5 (2.98%) Gemalto
11 5 (2.98%) Infoblox
11 5 (2.98%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.98%) ServiceNow
11 5 (2.98%) Splunk