The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 62 86 98
Rank change year-on-year
+24 +12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 65 42 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.51% 1.60% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.30% 6.71% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 18 12
Average daily rate
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£338 £425 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.58% +19.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £297 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £308
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 1
Average hourly rate £55.65 £16.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+247.81% -62.35%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+5.13% -18.91%
Microsoft Certification
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Qualifications Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
699 626 391
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 26.98% 23.79% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 269 160
Average daily rate £400 £375 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +8.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £224 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 30 14
Average hourly rate £39.50 £16.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+146.87% -46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.10 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £134.10 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Berkshire region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Berkshire region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +22 42 £375 -11.76% 9
Bracknell - 8 £314 - 3
Slough -4 2 £325 - 3
Thatcham - - - - 1
Wokingham - - - - 1
Maidenhead - - - - 1
Newbury - - - - 2
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification.

1 91 (76.47%) Windows
2 72 (60.50%) Microsoft
3 70 (58.82%) Active Directory
3 70 (58.82%) MCSE
4 63 (52.94%) ITIL
5 44 (36.97%) MCITP
6 43 (36.13%) MCTS
7 42 (35.29%) Security Cleared
8 37 (31.09%) DNS
9 35 (29.41%) SC Cleared
9 35 (29.41%) Degree
10 34 (28.57%) Service Management
11 33 (27.73%) Customer Engagement
12 32 (26.89%) Windows Server 2008
12 32 (26.89%) MCP
13 30 (25.21%) HP
13 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2003
14 27 (22.69%) SQL
14 27 (22.69%) DV Cleared
15 26 (21.85%) Windows 7
15 26 (21.85%) DHCP
15 26 (21.85%) MS Exchange
16 25 (21.01%) VMware
17 20 (16.81%) Configuration Management
17 20 (16.81%) Linux
17 20 (16.81%) SCOM
18 18 (15.13%) PowerShell
18 18 (15.13%) SharePoint
18 18 (15.13%) SLA
19 17 (14.29%) SQL Server

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 26 (21.85%) MS Exchange
2 18 (15.13%) SharePoint
3 16 (13.45%) IIS
4 13 (10.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (9.24%) Lync
6 10 (8.40%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (5.04%) GroupWise
7 6 (5.04%) IBM Notes
8 5 (4.20%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (4.20%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (3.36%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (3.36%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (2.52%) Documentum
10 3 (2.52%) Office Communications Server
11 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (1.68%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 13 (10.92%) MS Excel
2 12 (10.08%) MS Visio
3 9 (7.56%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.68%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 37 (31.09%) DNS
2 26 (21.85%) DHCP
3 15 (12.61%) SAN
4 11 (9.24%) TCP/IP
5 7 (5.88%) POP3
5 7 (5.88%) SMTP
5 7 (5.88%) IMAP
6 6 (5.04%) Firewall
7 2 (1.68%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.68%) SSH
7 2 (1.68%) DMZ
7 2 (1.68%) Internet
7 2 (1.68%) RTP
7 2 (1.68%) PBX
7 2 (1.68%) PSTN
7 2 (1.68%) FTP
7 2 (1.68%) HTTP
7 2 (1.68%) SSL
8 1 (0.84%) LDAP
8 1 (0.84%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.04%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (5.04%) SQL Server 2005
2 6 (5.04%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (2.52%) EDRMS
3 3 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (2.52%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.68%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.84%) MSI
3 1 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (1.68%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 47 (39.50%) Support Engineer
2 23 (19.33%) Field Engineer
3 14 (11.76%) 3rd Line Support
3 14 (11.76%) 2nd Line Support
4 12 (10.08%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 12 (10.08%) Linux Engineer
5 11 (9.24%) Analyst
5 11 (9.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 9 (7.56%) Consultant
7 8 (6.72%) Exchange Engineer
7 8 (6.72%) Support Analyst
8 6 (5.04%) Linux Support
8 6 (5.04%) Server Engineer
8 6 (5.04%) Linux Support Engineer
8 6 (5.04%) Windows Support Engineer
8 6 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (4.20%) Service Analyst
9 5 (4.20%) Help Desk Analyst
9 5 (4.20%) 1st Line Support
9 5 (4.20%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.08%) XML
2 8 (6.72%) .NET
3 5 (4.20%) Software Packaging
3 5 (4.20%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.68%) LINQ
4 2 (1.68%) WCF
4 2 (1.68%) Silverlight
4 2 (1.68%) Ajax
4 2 (1.68%) FastCGI
4 2 (1.68%) REST
4 2 (1.68%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 2 (1.68%) ADO.NET
4 2 (1.68%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.84%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.29%) Clustering
2 8 (6.72%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.04%) Fat Client
3 6 (5.04%) Thin Client
4 5 (4.20%) Replication
5 2 (1.68%) PKI
5 2 (1.68%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.84%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.84%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.84%) Blog
6 1 (0.84%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 91 (76.47%) Windows
2 32 (26.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 26 (21.85%) Windows 7
5 20 (16.81%) Linux
6 11 (9.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (8.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (8.40%) Windows XP
8 9 (7.56%) UNIX
9 6 (5.04%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (52.94%) ITIL
2 34 (28.57%) Service Management
3 33 (27.73%) Customer Engagement
4 20 (16.81%) Configuration Management
5 12 (10.08%) Migration
6 11 (9.24%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (6.72%) Network Management
7 8 (6.72%) Performance Monitoring
8 6 (5.04%) Validation
9 5 (4.20%) Time Management
9 5 (4.20%) Performance Management
10 4 (3.36%) Problem Management
10 4 (3.36%) Incident Management
11 3 (2.52%) Capacity Planning
11 3 (2.52%) Software Deployment
11 3 (2.52%) Load Balancing
12 2 (1.68%) Network Load Balancing
12 2 (1.68%) Web Development
12 2 (1.68%) Performance Tuning
12 2 (1.68%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 27 (22.69%) SQL
2 18 (15.13%) PowerShell
3 13 (10.92%) VB
4 8 (6.72%) VBScript
5 7 (5.88%) C
6 6 (5.04%) Korn
6 6 (5.04%) Bourne shell
6 6 (5.04%) C#
6 6 (5.04%) Perl
7 3 (2.52%) VBA
8 2 (1.68%) Ruby
8 2 (1.68%) PHP
8 2 (1.68%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.68%) C++
8 2 (1.68%) Java
8 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.68%) Python
9 1 (0.84%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.84%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 70 (58.82%) MCSE
2 44 (36.97%) MCITP
3 43 (36.13%) MCTS
4 42 (35.29%) Security Cleared
5 35 (29.41%) SC Cleared
5 35 (29.41%) Degree
6 32 (26.89%) MCP
7 27 (22.69%) DV Cleared
8 12 (10.08%) HNC
9 10 (8.40%) CCA
9 10 (8.40%) Citrix Certification
10 9 (7.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 7 (5.88%) MCSA
12 4 (3.36%) MCSD
13 3 (2.52%) Cisco Certification
13 3 (2.52%) CCNA
13 3 (2.52%) RHCSA
14 1 (0.84%) MCDBA
14 1 (0.84%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (15.13%) SLA
System Software
1 70 (58.82%) Active Directory
2 16 (13.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (6.72%) Hyper-V
4 6 (5.04%) NFS
5 4 (3.36%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (2.52%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.68%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.84%) vSphere
8 1 (0.84%) Xen
8 1 (0.84%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 20 (16.81%) SCOM
2 15 (12.61%) SCCM
3 9 (7.56%) NetBackup
3 9 (7.56%) Nagios
4 8 (6.72%) WMI
4 8 (6.72%) SCSM
5 4 (3.36%) MOM
6 3 (2.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.84%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 72 (60.50%) Microsoft
2 30 (25.21%) HP
3 25 (21.01%) VMware
4 17 (14.29%) Red Hat
5 16 (13.45%) Citrix
6 12 (10.08%) Symantec
7 10 (8.40%) EMC
8 8 (6.72%) Isilon
8 8 (6.72%) Cisco
9 7 (5.88%) Lotus
10 6 (5.04%) Novell
11 4 (3.36%) Remedy
12 3 (2.52%) Veritas
12 3 (2.52%) Dell
12 3 (2.52%) Altiris
13 2 (1.68%) 3PAR
13 2 (1.68%) Nortel
13 2 (1.68%) Avaya
14 1 (0.84%) NetApp
14 1 (0.84%) IBM
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