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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 522 589 522
Rank change year-on-year +67 -67  
Contract jobs citing MSI 78 51 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.094% 0.19%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.99% 0.65% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 37 62
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £335 £325
% change year-on-year +19.40% +3.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

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

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7886 7861 7025
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.32% 14.52% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5332 5263 4495
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 187 131
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.90 £32.20 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £49.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

MSI
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MSI as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 30 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 3 months to 30 March 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 +73 64 £400 +6.66% 12
South East +35 30 £448 +29.71%
Buckinghamshire - 20 £475 -
Milton Keynes - 20 £475 -
London +30 17 £365 -2.66% 5
Scotland +24 11 £410 +36.66%
Renfrewshire +20 10 £416 +39.91%
Erskine +20 10 £416 +39.91%
Hampshire +19 10 £388 -18.42%
City of London +11 8 £365 -8.75% 1
West Midlands +23 6 £375 - 1
North East - 4 £390 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £390 -
Tyne and Wear - 4 £390 -
Telford +37 3 £425 -
Shropshire +37 3 £425 -
North West +31 3 £425 +7.59% 1
Hook +11 3 £470 -1.05%
Portsmouth - 3 £363 -
Manchester +16 2 £425 -13.26% 1
Birmingham +6 2 £263 -
Cheshire +35 1 £425 +41.66%
Stratford-upon-Avon - 1 £375 - 1
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 £238 -
Hatfield - 1 £288 - 2
Middlesbrough - 1 - -
Derby - 1 £238 -
Andover - 1 £400 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 122 (87.77%) Windows
2 78 (56.12%) SCCM
3 70 (50.36%) PowerShell
4 68 (48.92%) Microsoft App-V
5 57 (41.01%) Microsoft
6 54 (38.85%) Security Cleared
7 52 (37.41%) Windows 7
8 49 (35.25%) Active Directory
9 47 (33.81%) Windows 10
10 38 (27.34%) SC Cleared
11 37 (26.62%) Application Packaging
12 36 (25.90%) Windows Server
13 35 (25.18%) Windows Server 2008
14 34 (24.46%) Migration
15 33 (23.74%) VBScript
16 31 (22.30%) VB
17 30 (21.58%) Citrix
18 29 (20.86%) Windows Server 2012
19 26 (18.71%) SQL
19 26 (18.71%) ITIL
19 26 (18.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
20 24 (17.27%) VMware
21 22 (15.83%) Finance
22 21 (15.11%) Windows Vista
23 20 (14.39%) Linux
23 20 (14.39%) Software Distribution
23 20 (14.39%) Patch Management
24 18 (12.95%) Release Management
24 18 (12.95%) DV Cleared
25 17 (12.23%) SSL

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 3 (2.16%) IIS
2 2 (1.44%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.44%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.72%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.72%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (7.19%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.32%) MS Office
3 4 (2.88%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (5.76%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (5.76%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.32%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.60%) Office 365
3 3 (2.16%) SaaS
4 2 (1.44%) IaaS
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.72%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 17 (12.23%) SSL
2 16 (11.51%) HTTPS
3 12 (8.63%) Firewall
3 12 (8.63%) HTTP
3 12 (8.63%) TCP/IP
4 7 (5.04%) DNS
5 6 (4.32%) Internet
6 5 (3.60%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (1.44%) AMQP
7 2 (1.44%) DHCP
7 2 (1.44%) Kerberos
7 2 (1.44%) SMS
7 2 (1.44%) WAN
7 2 (1.44%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.72%) BIG-IP
8 1 (0.72%) LAN
8 1 (0.72%) Network Security
8 1 (0.72%) SAN
8 1 (0.72%) VLAN
8 1 (0.72%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.19%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.04%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (3.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (2.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (2.88%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (2.16%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.44%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.44%) DB2
6 2 (1.44%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.44%) Impala
6 2 (1.44%) MariaDB
6 2 (1.44%) Pentaho
6 2 (1.44%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.44%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.72%) Big Data
7 1 (0.72%) Cloudera CDH
7 1 (0.72%) NonStop SQL
7 1 (0.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (7.91%) Visual Studio
2 9 (6.47%) InstallShield
3 6 (4.32%) Jenkins
4 5 (3.60%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (2.88%) AdminStudio
5 4 (2.88%) GitLab
6 3 (2.16%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 3 (2.16%) Git (software)
6 3 (2.16%) WiX
7 2 (1.44%) Hudson
7 2 (1.44%) NUnit
7 2 (1.44%) Selenium
7 2 (1.44%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.72%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 22 (15.83%) Finance
2 3 (2.16%) Banking
2 3 (2.16%) Military
2 3 (2.16%) Retail
3 2 (1.44%) Advertising
4 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.72%) Games
4 1 (0.72%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.72%) Legal
4 1 (0.72%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 32 (23.02%) Applications Packager
2 11 (7.91%) Test Manager
2 11 (7.91%) Windows Engineer
3 8 (5.76%) Architect
3 8 (5.76%) Developer
4 7 (5.04%) Desktop Engineer
4 7 (5.04%) SCCM Engineer
5 5 (3.60%) .NET Developer
5 5 (3.60%) Analyst
5 5 (3.60%) Applications Architect
5 5 (3.60%) Automation Engineer
5 5 (3.60%) Consultant
5 5 (3.60%) Software Packager
5 5 (3.60%) UAT Manager
5 5 (3.60%) UAT Test Manager
6 4 (2.88%) Applications Engineer
6 4 (2.88%) Linux Engineer
6 4 (2.88%) Security Engineer
6 4 (2.88%) Unix Engineer
6 4 (2.88%) Unix Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.19%) .NET
2 8 (5.76%) Software Packaging
3 7 (5.04%) XML
4 5 (3.60%) jQuery
4 5 (3.60%) Web Services
5 4 (2.88%) XSD
6 3 (2.16%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.16%) Ajax
6 3 (2.16%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 3 (2.16%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (2.16%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 3 (2.16%) Breeze.js
6 3 (2.16%) Durandal
6 3 (2.16%) Entity Framework
6 3 (2.16%) Express
6 3 (2.16%) Kendo UI
6 3 (2.16%) KnockoutJS
6 3 (2.16%) Node.js
6 3 (2.16%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (3.60%) Fat Client
1 5 (3.60%) Thin Client
2 4 (2.88%) Wiki
3 3 (2.16%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.16%) User Experience
4 2 (1.44%) Clustering
4 2 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.72%) CESG
5 1 (0.72%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (0.72%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.72%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.72%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.72%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 122 (87.77%) Windows
2 52 (37.41%) Windows 7
3 47 (33.81%) Windows 10
4 36 (25.90%) Windows Server
5 35 (25.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (20.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (15.11%) Windows Vista
8 20 (14.39%) Linux
9 15 (10.79%) Windows XP
10 14 (10.07%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (4.32%) Unix
11 6 (4.32%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.44%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (26.62%) Application Packaging
2 34 (24.46%) Migration
3 26 (18.71%) ITIL
4 20 (14.39%) Patch Management
4 20 (14.39%) Software Distribution
5 18 (12.95%) Release Management
6 16 (11.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (10.07%) Prototyping
8 13 (9.35%) Configuration Management
8 13 (9.35%) Integration Testing
9 12 (8.63%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 11 (7.91%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (6.47%) Service Delivery
11 9 (6.47%) Test Scripting
12 8 (5.76%) PRINCE2
13 7 (5.04%) Change Management
13 7 (5.04%) Performance Tuning
14 6 (4.32%) Data Migration
14 6 (4.32%) TDD
14 6 (4.32%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 70 (50.36%) PowerShell
2 33 (23.74%) VBScript
3 31 (22.30%) VB
4 26 (18.71%) SQL
5 13 (9.35%) Tcl
6 12 (8.63%) REXX
7 10 (7.19%) C#
8 8 (5.76%) Python
9 7 (5.04%) Shell Script
10 6 (4.32%) Bash Shell
11 5 (3.60%) JavaScript
11 5 (3.60%) T-SQL
12 3 (2.16%) Java
12 3 (2.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 54 (38.85%) Security Cleared
2 38 (27.34%) SC Cleared
3 18 (12.95%) DV Cleared
4 7 (5.04%) ISEB
5 5 (3.60%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.16%) Degree
7 2 (1.44%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.44%) MCSA
7 2 (1.44%) MCTS
7 2 (1.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.72%) CISSP
8 1 (0.72%) CLAS
8 1 (0.72%) GISP
8 1 (0.72%) MCDST
8 1 (0.72%) MCITP
8 1 (0.72%) MCP
8 1 (0.72%) MCSE
8 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.04%) QA
2 4 (2.88%) SLA
3 1 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 68 (48.92%) Microsoft App-V
2 49 (35.25%) Active Directory
3 16 (11.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (9.35%) XenDesktop
5 10 (7.19%) vSphere
5 10 (7.19%) XenApp
6 6 (4.32%) Hyper-V
7 5 (3.60%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (2.88%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (2.16%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.44%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (1.44%) XenServer
11 1 (0.72%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.72%) Docker
11 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.72%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 78 (56.12%) SCCM
2 26 (18.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 15 (10.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 7 (5.04%) Sysprep
5 6 (4.32%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (4.32%) Puppet
6 4 (2.88%) AppDNA
6 4 (2.88%) WSUS
6 4 (2.88%) yum
7 3 (2.16%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.44%) BladeLogic
8 2 (1.44%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.44%) Galera Cluster
8 2 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.72%) Ansible
9 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.72%) SCOM
9 1 (0.72%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.72%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 57 (41.01%) Microsoft
2 30 (21.58%) Citrix
3 24 (17.27%) VMware
4 12 (8.63%) Oracle
5 11 (7.91%) AppSense
6 8 (5.76%) HP
7 6 (4.32%) Intel Security
8 5 (3.60%) Lumension
9 4 (2.88%) Google
9 4 (2.88%) LANDesk
9 4 (2.88%) Symantec
10 3 (2.16%) Altiris
10 3 (2.16%) Dell
10 3 (2.16%) DevExpress
10 3 (2.16%) EMC
10 3 (2.16%) Intel
11 2 (1.44%) BMC
11 2 (1.44%) Informatica
11 2 (1.44%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.44%) Sybase
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