Period
to 21 October 2017

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 October 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 Windows Installer (MSI)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 730 706 711
Rank change year-on-year -24 +5 -135
Contract jobs citing MSI 145 178 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.79% 1.02% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 108 115
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -3.70% -2.17%
10th Percentile £263 £226 £256
90th Percentile £457 £450 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £320 £338
% change year-on-year +13.28% -5.19% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 2
UK median hourly rate £45.83 £28.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.68% +7.69% +0.79%
10th Percentile £39.75 £28.00 £18.80
90th Percentile £49.00 £32.88 £33.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.83 £28.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +63.68% +7.69% +1.96%

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 18306 17478 15942
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.43% 16.46% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 12687 11825 10550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 257 312
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +4.46% +3.87%
10th Percentile £30.25 £24.00 £24.53
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.75 £49.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +3.66% +4.14% +4.99%

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 October 2017.

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 14 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 October 2017. 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 +11 138 £356 +9.62% 9
UK excluding London +5 99 £363 +13.28% 6
London +8 44 £350 +6.06% 3
South East +23 42 £363 +3.57% 2
Midlands +53 27 £313 -8.76%
West Midlands +50 26 £313 -30.48%
North of England +41 14 £365 +40.38% 2
North West +21 8 £375 -16.67% 1
South West +11 7 £400 +25.00% 1
North East +37 6 £208 -16.69% 1
Scotland +12 4 £275 +10.00%
East of England -27 4 - - 1
Wales +10 1 £400 +8.11%
East Midlands -3 1 £268 +18.89%

For the 6 months to 21 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MSI 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 MSI.

1 126 (86.90%) Windows
2 97 (66.90%) SCCM
3 85 (58.62%) Microsoft App-V
4 78 (53.79%) PowerShell
5 73 (50.34%) Windows 7
6 65 (44.83%) Microsoft
7 62 (42.76%) Windows 10
8 52 (35.86%) Application Packaging
9 51 (35.17%) Active Directory
9 51 (35.17%) Migration
9 51 (35.17%) VMware
10 47 (32.41%) VMware Infrastructure
11 45 (31.03%) VBScript
12 42 (28.97%) Security Cleared
13 35 (24.14%) QA
13 35 (24.14%) Microsoft Office
14 28 (19.31%) Windows Server 2008
15 22 (15.17%) SQL
15 22 (15.17%) Windows Server
16 21 (14.48%) Application Discovery
16 21 (14.48%) HP
17 20 (13.79%) WSH
17 20 (13.79%) Firewall
17 20 (13.79%) Release Management
17 20 (13.79%) WMI
18 19 (13.10%) User Acceptance Testing
18 19 (13.10%) Windows Server 2012
19 18 (12.41%) Windows Vista
19 18 (12.41%) InstallShield
20 17 (11.72%) McAfee

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 (4.83%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.45%) Skype for Business
3 4 (2.76%) MS Exchange
3 4 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.69%) Tomcat
Applications
1 35 (24.14%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 16 (11.03%) Office 365
2 4 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.38%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.69%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 20 (13.79%) Firewall
2 7 (4.83%) TCP/IP
3 6 (4.14%) SAN
4 5 (3.45%) DNS
5 4 (2.76%) LAN
6 3 (2.07%) HTTPS
6 3 (2.07%) Skype
7 2 (1.38%) DHCP
7 2 (1.38%) HTTP
7 2 (1.38%) LTE
7 2 (1.38%) NetScaler
7 2 (1.38%) Network Security
7 2 (1.38%) SSL
7 2 (1.38%) WAN
8 1 (0.69%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.69%) FTP
8 1 (0.69%) LDAP
8 1 (0.69%) VLAN
8 1 (0.69%) VPN
8 1 (0.69%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.21%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.38%) MS Access
2 2 (1.38%) MySQL
2 2 (1.38%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.69%) Redis
3 1 (0.69%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.69%) Riak
3 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.69%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 18 (12.41%) InstallShield
2 11 (7.59%) AdminStudio
3 9 (6.21%) WiX
4 5 (3.45%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.69%) Apache Archiva
5 1 (0.69%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.69%) GitLab
5 1 (0.69%) Inno Setup
5 1 (0.69%) InstallAnywhere
5 1 (0.69%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.69%) NuGet
5 1 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.69%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.69%) Toad
General
1 17 (11.72%) Finance
2 8 (5.52%) Legal
3 4 (2.76%) Front Office
4 3 (2.07%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.38%) Law
6 1 (0.69%) Advertising
6 1 (0.69%) Banking
6 1 (0.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 44 (30.34%) Applications Packager
2 16 (11.03%) Applications Engineer
3 15 (10.34%) Integration Engineer
4 13 (8.97%) Analyst
5 10 (6.90%) Application Integration Engineer
6 9 (6.21%) Consultant
7 7 (4.83%) Applications Support
7 7 (4.83%) Desktop Support
8 6 (4.14%) Developer
8 6 (4.14%) SCCM Engineer
8 6 (4.14%) Windows Engineer
9 5 (3.45%) Administrator
9 5 (3.45%) Architect
9 5 (3.45%) Migration Consultant
9 5 (3.45%) SCCM Consultant
9 5 (3.45%) Systems Engineer
10 4 (2.76%) Desktop Engineer
10 4 (2.76%) MSI Packager
10 4 (2.76%) SharePoint Architect
10 4 (2.76%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.79%) WSH
2 10 (6.90%) Software Packaging
3 6 (4.14%) .NET
4 4 (2.76%) XML
5 2 (1.38%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.38%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.38%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (1.38%) JSON
5 2 (1.38%) OCX
6 1 (0.69%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.69%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.69%) Middleware
6 1 (0.69%) Node.js
6 1 (0.69%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.69%) Spring
6 1 (0.69%) XSD
6 1 (0.69%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.07%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (2.07%) Computer Science
1 3 (2.07%) Device Driver
1 3 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
1 3 (2.07%) PMI
2 2 (1.38%) CMDB
2 2 (1.38%) Data Centre
3 1 (0.69%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (0.69%) FMCG
3 1 (0.69%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.69%) RSA SecurID
3 1 (0.69%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 126 (86.90%) Windows
2 73 (50.34%) Windows 7
3 62 (42.76%) Windows 10
4 28 (19.31%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (15.17%) Windows Server
6 19 (13.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (12.41%) Windows Vista
8 6 (4.14%) Linux
9 5 (3.45%) Windows XP
10 3 (2.07%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.69%) CentOS
11 1 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.69%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (35.86%) Application Packaging
2 51 (35.17%) Migration
3 21 (14.48%) Application Discovery
4 20 (13.79%) Release Management
5 19 (13.10%) User Acceptance Testing
6 13 (8.97%) ITIL
7 12 (8.28%) Validation
8 10 (6.90%) Configuration Management
9 9 (6.21%) Compatibility Testing
10 7 (4.83%) Application Virtualisation
10 7 (4.83%) Change Management
10 7 (4.83%) Customer Requirements
10 7 (4.83%) Test Scripting
11 6 (4.14%) Test Strategy
12 5 (3.45%) Infrastructure Management
12 5 (3.45%) Integration Testing
12 5 (3.45%) Patch Management
12 5 (3.45%) Software Distribution
13 4 (2.76%) Defect Management
13 4 (2.76%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (53.79%) PowerShell
2 45 (31.03%) VBScript
3 22 (15.17%) SQL
4 12 (8.28%) VB
5 7 (4.83%) C#
6 3 (2.07%) Java
7 2 (1.38%) REXX
7 2 (1.38%) Tcl
8 1 (0.69%) C
8 1 (0.69%) Delphi
8 1 (0.69%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.69%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 42 (28.97%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.72%) SC Cleared
3 16 (11.03%) DV Cleared
4 11 (7.59%) Degree
5 3 (2.07%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.07%) HND
5 3 (2.07%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.07%) PMI Certification
5 3 (2.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.38%) MCSA
7 1 (0.69%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.69%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (24.14%) QA
2 2 (1.38%) SLA
System Software
1 85 (58.62%) Microsoft App-V
2 51 (35.17%) Active Directory
3 47 (32.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (7.59%) XenApp
5 9 (6.21%) vSphere
6 6 (4.14%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (3.45%) Terminal Server
8 3 (2.07%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.38%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.69%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.69%) Docker
10 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 97 (66.90%) SCCM
2 20 (13.79%) WMI
3 15 (10.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (5.52%) ThinApp
5 5 (3.45%) Oracle RMAN
5 5 (3.45%) WSUS
6 2 (1.38%) EdgeSight
6 2 (1.38%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.38%) Netcool
7 1 (0.69%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.69%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.69%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.69%) MOM
7 1 (0.69%) SCOM
Vendors
1 65 (44.83%) Microsoft
2 51 (35.17%) VMware
3 21 (14.48%) HP
4 17 (11.72%) Lumension
4 17 (11.72%) McAfee
5 16 (11.03%) Citrix
6 13 (8.97%) Oracle
7 6 (4.14%) Altiris
7 6 (4.14%) AppSense
8 5 (3.45%) Dell
9 4 (2.76%) Intel
10 3 (2.07%) Google
10 3 (2.07%) Motorola
11 2 (1.38%) EMC
11 2 (1.38%) Ericsson
11 2 (1.38%) F5
11 2 (1.38%) Remedy
12 1 (0.69%) Cisco
12 1 (0.69%) NetApp
12 1 (0.69%) Pegasus