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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)
UK
Rank 524 589 519
Rank change year-on-year +65 -70  
Contract jobs citing MSI 72 53 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.100% 0.19%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.92% 0.69% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 39 61
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 £483 £477 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £338 £325
% change year-on-year +18.51% +3.84%  
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 7863 7718 6924
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.36% 14.56% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5300 5129 4432
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 £575 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 188 133
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.22 £31.70 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

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 24 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 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 +52 58 £395 +5.33% 16
South East +39 26 £413 +19.56% 1
London +22 16 £365 -2.66% 4
Milton Keynes - 16 £450 -
Buckinghamshire - 16 £450 -
Scotland +21 11 £410 +36.66%
Renfrewshire +18 10 £416 +38.75%
Hampshire +17 10 £388 -18.42%
Erskine +16 10 £416 +38.75%
City of London +4 8 £365 -8.75%
West Midlands +10 5 £349 - 2
Shropshire +35 3 £425 -
Telford +34 3 £425 -
North West +30 3 £425 +7.59% 1
Hook +8 3 £470 -1.05%
North East - 3 £390 - 1
Portsmouth - 3 £363 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £390 -
Tyne and Wear - 3 £390 -
Manchester +10 2 £425 -13.26% 1
Birmingham -1 2 £263 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £288 - 2
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 £350 -
East of England - 2 £288 - 2
Hatfield - 2 £288 - 2
Cheshire +31 1 £425 +41.66%
South West - 1 £400 - 1
South Wales - 1 £325 -
East Midlands - 1 £238 - 1
Yorkshire - 1 - - 3

MSI
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 119 (86.86%) Windows
2 76 (55.47%) SCCM
3 73 (53.28%) PowerShell
4 65 (47.45%) Microsoft App-V
5 56 (40.88%) Microsoft
5 56 (40.88%) Windows 7
6 52 (37.96%) Security Cleared
7 50 (36.50%) Active Directory
8 43 (31.39%) Windows 10
9 37 (27.01%) Application Packaging
10 36 (26.28%) SC Cleared
10 36 (26.28%) Windows Server 2008
10 36 (26.28%) Windows Server
11 34 (24.82%) VBScript
12 31 (22.63%) Migration
13 30 (21.90%) VB
14 29 (21.17%) SQL
14 29 (21.17%) Windows Server 2012
15 26 (18.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 25 (18.25%) VMware
16 25 (18.25%) Citrix
17 24 (17.52%) ITIL
18 20 (14.60%) Linux
18 20 (14.60%) Software Distribution
18 20 (14.60%) Patch Management
19 19 (13.87%) Finance
19 19 (13.87%) Windows Vista
20 18 (13.14%) Release Management
20 18 (13.14%) VMware Infrastructure
21 17 (12.41%) DV Cleared

MSI
Top Related 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 5 (3.65%) IIS
2 2 (1.46%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.46%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.73%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.73%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (5.84%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.38%) MS Office
3 3 (2.19%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (4.38%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (4.38%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.38%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.19%) SaaS
3 2 (1.46%) IaaS
4 1 (0.73%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.73%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (12.41%) SSL
2 16 (11.68%) HTTPS
3 12 (8.76%) Firewall
3 12 (8.76%) HTTP
3 12 (8.76%) TCP/IP
4 7 (5.11%) DNS
5 6 (4.38%) Internet
6 5 (3.65%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (1.46%) AMQP
7 2 (1.46%) DHCP
7 2 (1.46%) Kerberos
7 2 (1.46%) SMS
7 2 (1.46%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.73%) BIG-IP
8 1 (0.73%) Network Security
8 1 (0.73%) SAN
8 1 (0.73%) VPN
8 1 (0.73%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.76%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.65%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
2 5 (3.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.92%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.46%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.46%) DB2
5 2 (1.46%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.46%) Impala
5 2 (1.46%) MariaDB
5 2 (1.46%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.46%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.46%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.73%) Big Data
6 1 (0.73%) NonStop SQL
6 1 (0.73%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 13 (9.49%) Visual Studio
2 9 (6.57%) InstallShield
3 6 (4.38%) Jenkins
3 6 (4.38%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (3.65%) WiX
5 4 (2.92%) AdminStudio
5 4 (2.92%) GitLab
6 3 (2.19%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 3 (2.19%) Git (software)
7 2 (1.46%) Hudson
7 2 (1.46%) NMock
7 2 (1.46%) NUnit
7 2 (1.46%) Selenium
7 2 (1.46%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.73%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 19 (13.87%) Finance
2 3 (2.19%) Banking
2 3 (2.19%) Military
2 3 (2.19%) Retail
3 2 (1.46%) Advertising
4 1 (0.73%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.73%) Games
4 1 (0.73%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.73%) Legal
4 1 (0.73%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 32 (23.36%) Applications Packager
2 10 (7.30%) Windows Engineer
3 9 (6.57%) Test Manager
4 8 (5.84%) Developer
5 7 (5.11%) Consultant
6 6 (4.38%) Architect
6 6 (4.38%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (4.38%) SCCM Engineer
7 5 (3.65%) .NET Developer
7 5 (3.65%) Analyst
7 5 (3.65%) Applications Architect
7 5 (3.65%) Applications Engineer
7 5 (3.65%) Automation Engineer
7 5 (3.65%) Software Packager
8 4 (2.92%) Development Engineer
8 4 (2.92%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.92%) UAT Manager
8 4 (2.92%) UAT Test Manager
8 4 (2.92%) Unix Engineer
8 4 (2.92%) Unix Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.76%) .NET
2 9 (6.57%) XML
3 8 (5.84%) Software Packaging
4 7 (5.11%) Web Services
5 5 (3.65%) .NET Framework
5 5 (3.65%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.65%) jQuery
6 4 (2.92%) XSD
7 3 (2.19%) Ajax
7 3 (2.19%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 3 (2.19%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (2.19%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 3 (2.19%) Breeze.js
7 3 (2.19%) Durandal
7 3 (2.19%) Entity Framework
7 3 (2.19%) Express
7 3 (2.19%) Kendo UI
7 3 (2.19%) KnockoutJS
7 3 (2.19%) Node.js
7 3 (2.19%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (3.65%) Fat Client
1 5 (3.65%) Thin Client
2 4 (2.92%) Wiki
3 3 (2.19%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.19%) User Experience
4 2 (1.46%) Clustering
4 2 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.73%) CESG
5 1 (0.73%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (0.73%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.73%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.73%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.73%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 119 (86.86%) Windows
2 56 (40.88%) Windows 7
3 43 (31.39%) Windows 10
4 36 (26.28%) Windows Server
4 36 (26.28%) Windows Server 2008
5 29 (21.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (14.60%) Linux
7 19 (13.87%) Windows Vista
8 17 (12.41%) Windows XP
9 14 (10.22%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (4.38%) Unix
10 6 (4.38%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.46%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (27.01%) Application Packaging
2 31 (22.63%) Migration
3 24 (17.52%) ITIL
4 20 (14.60%) Patch Management
4 20 (14.60%) Software Distribution
5 18 (13.14%) Release Management
6 14 (10.22%) Prototyping
6 14 (10.22%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (9.49%) Configuration Management
7 13 (9.49%) Integration Testing
8 12 (8.76%) Agile Software Development
8 12 (8.76%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 9 (6.57%) Service Delivery
9 9 (6.57%) Test Scripting
10 8 (5.84%) Validation
11 7 (5.11%) Change Management
11 7 (5.11%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (4.38%) Data Migration
12 6 (4.38%) PRINCE2
12 6 (4.38%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 73 (53.28%) PowerShell
2 34 (24.82%) VBScript
3 30 (21.90%) VB
4 29 (21.17%) SQL
5 13 (9.49%) Tcl
6 12 (8.76%) C#
6 12 (8.76%) REXX
7 8 (5.84%) Python
8 7 (5.11%) Shell Script
8 7 (5.11%) T-SQL
9 6 (4.38%) Bash Shell
10 5 (3.65%) JavaScript
11 4 (2.92%) Java
12 3 (2.19%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 52 (37.96%) Security Cleared
2 36 (26.28%) SC Cleared
3 17 (12.41%) DV Cleared
4 5 (3.65%) ISEB
5 4 (2.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.19%) Degree
7 2 (1.46%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.46%) MCTS
7 2 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.73%) CISSP
8 1 (0.73%) CLAS
8 1 (0.73%) GISP
8 1 (0.73%) MCDST
8 1 (0.73%) MCITP
8 1 (0.73%) MCP
8 1 (0.73%) MCSA
8 1 (0.73%) MCSE
8 1 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.11%) QA
2 4 (2.92%) SLA
3 1 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 65 (47.45%) Microsoft App-V
2 50 (36.50%) Active Directory
3 18 (13.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (8.76%) XenDesktop
5 10 (7.30%) vSphere
6 9 (6.57%) XenApp
7 5 (3.65%) Hyper-V
7 5 (3.65%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (3.65%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (2.19%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (1.46%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (1.46%) XenServer
10 1 (0.73%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.73%) Docker
10 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.73%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 76 (55.47%) SCCM
2 26 (18.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 13 (9.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 7 (5.11%) Sysprep
5 6 (4.38%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (4.38%) Puppet
6 4 (2.92%) WSUS
6 4 (2.92%) yum
7 3 (2.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.46%) BladeLogic
8 2 (1.46%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.46%) Galera Cluster
8 2 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.73%) Ansible
9 1 (0.73%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.73%) SCOM
9 1 (0.73%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.73%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 56 (40.88%) Microsoft
2 25 (18.25%) Citrix
2 25 (18.25%) VMware
3 10 (7.30%) AppSense
3 10 (7.30%) HP
3 10 (7.30%) Oracle
4 7 (5.11%) Intel Security
5 5 (3.65%) Lumension
6 4 (2.92%) Google
6 4 (2.92%) Intel
6 4 (2.92%) LANDesk
6 4 (2.92%) Symantec
7 3 (2.19%) Altiris
7 3 (2.19%) Dell
7 3 (2.19%) DevExpress
7 3 (2.19%) EMC
8 2 (1.46%) BMC
8 2 (1.46%) Informatica
8 2 (1.46%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.46%) Sybase
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