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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 83 67 94
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +27
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 40 62 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.57% 2.34% 1.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.46% 8.72% 6.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 36 12
Average daily rate £400 £331 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.75% -22.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £139 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 12
Average hourly rate - £55.65 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +247.81%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.79% +5.13%
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
619 711 633
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 24.36% 26.86% 24.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 297 269
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £188 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 21 30
Average hourly rate £45.00 £39.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.92% +146.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.59 £11.50 £14.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £55.65 £103.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -17 33 £400 +6.66% 15
Maidenhead - 3 £404 - 1
Microsoft Certification
South East

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 65 (80.25%) Microsoft
2 55 (67.90%) Windows
3 47 (58.02%) MCSE
4 38 (46.91%) Active Directory
5 37 (45.68%) ITIL
6 28 (34.57%) Windows Server
7 24 (29.63%) SQL
8 23 (28.40%) MS Office
8 23 (28.40%) MS Excel
9 22 (27.16%) MCITP
10 21 (25.93%) VMware
11 18 (22.22%) SQL Server
11 18 (22.22%) HP
12 17 (20.99%) SLA
12 17 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
13 16 (19.75%) MCP
14 15 (18.52%) Windows 7
15 14 (17.28%) Linux
16 13 (16.05%) Citrix
16 13 (16.05%) Firewall
16 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Azure
16 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2012
16 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2008
17 12 (14.81%) Hyper-V
17 12 (14.81%) Office 365
17 12 (14.81%) Degree
17 12 (14.81%) Service Management
17 12 (14.81%) MCSA
18 11 (13.58%) SharePoint
18 11 (13.58%) CCNA

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 11 (13.58%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.70%) Lync
2 3 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.47%) IIS
3 2 (2.47%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 23 (28.40%) MS Excel
1 23 (28.40%) MS Office
2 8 (9.88%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.47%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) SAP CCM
1 1 (1.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (14.81%) Office 365
3 8 (9.88%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (6.17%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 13 (16.05%) Firewall
2 11 (13.58%) LAN
2 11 (13.58%) WAN
3 10 (12.35%) DNS
4 9 (11.11%) DHCP
4 9 (11.11%) Skype
5 7 (8.64%) TCP/IP
6 5 (6.17%) SAN
7 4 (4.94%) Ethernet
7 4 (4.94%) Fibre Channel
8 3 (3.70%) Network Security
9 2 (2.47%) Intranet
9 2 (2.47%) iSCSI
10 1 (1.23%) Cisco IOS
10 1 (1.23%) Kerberos
10 1 (1.23%) LDAP
10 1 (1.23%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 9 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 8 (9.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (8.64%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (8.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (6.17%) PerformancePoint
5 5 (6.17%) QlikView
5 5 (6.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (4.94%) OLAP
7 3 (3.70%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (1.23%) Big Data
8 1 (1.23%) Datazen
8 1 (1.23%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (2.47%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (8.64%) French Language
1 7 (8.64%) German Language
2 3 (3.70%) Dutch Language
3 2 (2.47%) Back Office
3 2 (2.47%) Finance
3 2 (2.47%) Publishing
4 1 (1.23%) Advertising
4 1 (1.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (30.86%) Support Engineer
2 13 (16.05%) Analyst
3 10 (12.35%) Service Analyst
3 10 (12.35%) Service Desk Analyst
4 9 (11.11%) Developer
4 9 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 8 (9.88%) 1st Line Engineer
5 8 (9.88%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 8 (9.88%) 1st Line Support
5 8 (9.88%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 8 (9.88%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 8 (9.88%) Architect
5 8 (9.88%) Service Desk Engineer
5 8 (9.88%) Service Desk Support
5 8 (9.88%) Service Desk Support Analyst
5 8 (9.88%) Windows Engineer
6 7 (8.64%) Technical Architect
7 6 (7.41%) Linux Engineer
7 6 (7.41%) Linux Support Engineer
7 6 (7.41%) Systems Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.94%) Middleware
2 3 (3.70%) .NET
3 2 (2.47%) CSS
3 2 (2.47%) Web Services
4 1 (1.23%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.23%) ADO
4 1 (1.23%) ADO.NET
4 1 (1.23%) Autofac
4 1 (1.23%) Castle Windsor
4 1 (1.23%) Entity Framework
4 1 (1.23%) ODBC
4 1 (1.23%) OLE
4 1 (1.23%) OLE DB
4 1 (1.23%) Unity DI Container
4 1 (1.23%) XML
4 1 (1.23%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.94%) Hybrid Cloud
2 4 (4.94%) Visualisation
3 3 (3.70%) Data Integration
3 3 (3.70%) Statistics
4 2 (2.47%) Driving Licence
4 2 (2.47%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.47%) NHS
4 2 (2.47%) Replication
4 2 (2.47%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.23%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.23%) Inversion of Control
5 1 (1.23%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.23%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.23%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.23%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 55 (67.90%) Windows
2 28 (34.57%) Windows Server
3 15 (18.52%) Windows 7
4 14 (17.28%) Linux
5 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (7.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (4.94%) Unix
7 4 (4.94%) Windows 10
7 4 (4.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (45.68%) ITIL
2 12 (14.81%) Service Management
3 10 (12.35%) Business Intelligence
3 10 (12.35%) Configuration Management
4 9 (11.11%) Customer Engagement
5 8 (9.88%) Migration
6 7 (8.64%) Incident Management
6 7 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (7.41%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (6.17%) Data Cleansing
9 4 (4.94%) Information Security
9 4 (4.94%) Open Source
9 4 (4.94%) Problem Management
9 4 (4.94%) Risk Analysis
10 3 (3.70%) Integration Testing
10 3 (3.70%) Time Management
11 2 (2.47%) Agile Software Development
11 2 (2.47%) Data Analysis
11 2 (2.47%) Kanban
11 2 (2.47%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 24 (29.63%) SQL
2 11 (13.58%) PowerShell
3 6 (7.41%) T-SQL
4 5 (6.17%) VBA
5 4 (4.94%) Ruby
6 3 (3.70%) C#
6 3 (3.70%) Python
6 3 (3.70%) VB.NET
7 2 (2.47%) AWK
7 2 (2.47%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.47%) Perl
7 2 (2.47%) sed
7 2 (2.47%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.23%) C
8 1 (1.23%) C++
8 1 (1.23%) Java
8 1 (1.23%) R
8 1 (1.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 47 (58.02%) MCSE
2 22 (27.16%) MCITP
3 16 (19.75%) MCP
4 12 (14.81%) Degree
4 12 (14.81%) MCSA
5 11 (13.58%) CCNA
5 11 (13.58%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (13.58%) MCTS
5 11 (13.58%) Security Cleared
6 10 (12.35%) MCDST
7 8 (9.88%) DV Cleared
8 6 (7.41%) HNC
8 6 (7.41%) MCSD
8 6 (7.41%) RHCSA
9 4 (4.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (2.47%) CCA
10 2 (2.47%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (2.47%) MOS
10 2 (2.47%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (2.47%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (20.99%) SLA
2 1 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 38 (46.91%) Active Directory
2 17 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (14.81%) Hyper-V
4 7 (8.64%) vSphere
5 6 (7.41%) XenApp
6 4 (4.94%) XenServer
7 3 (3.70%) BitLocker
7 3 (3.70%) Terminal Server
8 2 (2.47%) VMware ESX
8 2 (2.47%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.23%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 10 (12.35%) SCCM
2 6 (7.41%) Puppet
3 5 (6.17%) Nagios
3 5 (6.17%) NetBackup
3 5 (6.17%) SCOM
3 5 (6.17%) WSUS
4 4 (4.94%) SCVMM
4 4 (4.94%) Windows Intune
5 3 (3.70%) Backup Exec
5 3 (3.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (1.23%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 65 (80.25%) Microsoft
2 21 (25.93%) VMware
3 18 (22.22%) HP
4 13 (16.05%) Citrix
5 9 (11.11%) Cisco
6 7 (8.64%) Remedy
7 6 (7.41%) Altiris
7 6 (7.41%) IBM
7 6 (7.41%) Oracle
7 6 (7.41%) Red Hat
8 5 (6.17%) Dell
8 5 (6.17%) Tableau
9 4 (4.94%) Hitachi
9 4 (4.94%) Intel
9 4 (4.94%) RightScale
10 2 (2.47%) CA
10 2 (2.47%) McAfee
10 2 (2.47%) ServiceNow
11 1 (1.23%) CheckPoint
11 1 (1.23%) Symantec
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