The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Berkshire region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 78 101 110
Rank change year-on-year
+23 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 51 20 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.79% 0.81% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.31% 3.55% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 11
Average daily rate £339 £230 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+47.28% -23.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £178 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £306 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 1
Average hourly rate £14.67 £17.50 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.17% +84.21%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
698 564 737
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 24.46% 22.95% 23.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 208 294
Average daily rate £359 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.64% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 19 14
Average hourly rate £15.25 £18.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.56% +23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.72 £12.46 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £56.00 £30.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
Microsoft Certification
South East

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 18 April 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram 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 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Job
Vacancies
Reading +15 28 £339 +44.14% 10
Slough +12 4 - - 3
Bracknell +2 3 £340 - 2
Wokingham - 1 - - 3
Maidenhead - - - -
Newbury - - - - 2
Thatcham - - - -
Microsoft Certification
South East

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 79 (86.81%) Windows
2 51 (56.04%) Microsoft
3 49 (53.85%) Active Directory
4 48 (52.75%) MCSE
5 37 (40.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 33 (36.26%) Degree
7 29 (31.87%) ITIL
8 27 (29.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (28.57%) MCTS
10 23 (25.27%) Windows 7
10 23 (25.27%) MS Exchange
11 22 (24.18%) DNS
11 22 (24.18%) SQL Server
11 22 (24.18%) IIS
12 21 (23.08%) MS Excel
13 17 (18.68%) Lync
14 16 (17.58%) MCITP
14 16 (17.58%) VMware
15 15 (16.48%) SQL
15 15 (16.48%) .NET
15 15 (16.48%) Cisco
16 14 (15.38%) RTP
17 13 (14.29%) Citrix
18 12 (13.19%) Service Management
18 12 (13.19%) C#
18 12 (13.19%) Incident Management
18 12 (13.19%) Exchange Server 2010
18 12 (13.19%) Customer Engagement
18 12 (13.19%) SQL Server 2008
19 11 (12.09%) SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 23 (25.27%) MS Exchange
2 22 (24.18%) IIS
3 17 (18.68%) Lync
4 12 (13.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (10.99%) SharePoint
5 10 (10.99%) Live Communications Server
6 4 (4.40%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.20%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (2.20%) Apache
7 2 (2.20%) Tomcat
7 2 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (2.20%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (2.20%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.10%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.10%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 1 (1.10%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 21 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 10 (10.99%) MS Office
3 2 (2.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (5.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.10%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.10%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.79%) Office 365
2 3 (3.30%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 22 (24.18%) DNS
2 14 (15.38%) RTP
3 11 (12.09%) VoIP
4 10 (10.99%) PBX
4 10 (10.99%) PSTN
5 9 (9.89%) VLAN
5 9 (9.89%) DHCP
5 9 (9.89%) TCP/IP
6 7 (7.69%) LAN
6 7 (7.69%) Firewall
7 6 (6.59%) Internet
7 6 (6.59%) VPN
7 6 (6.59%) HTTP
8 5 (5.49%) WAN
8 5 (5.49%) SAN
9 4 (4.40%) ISDN
10 2 (2.20%) SSL
10 2 (2.20%) LDAP
10 2 (2.20%) NAS
11 1 (1.10%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (24.18%) SQL Server
2 12 (13.19%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (12.09%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (6.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (6.59%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (6.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (4.40%) MS Access
6 3 (3.30%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (3.30%) MySQL
7 2 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database
8 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 8 (8.79%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (9.89%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.30%) Publishing
3 2 (2.20%) Electronics
4 1 (1.10%) Military
4 1 (1.10%) Finance
4 1 (1.10%) Automotive
4 1 (1.10%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 21 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 19 (20.88%) Consultant
3 14 (15.38%) Analyst
4 10 (10.99%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (8.79%) Support Consultant
6 7 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
6 7 (7.69%) Support Analyst
6 7 (7.69%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Server Engineer
7 5 (5.49%) Senior Support Engineer
7 5 (5.49%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Service Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
8 4 (4.40%) Windows Support Engineer
8 4 (4.40%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
8 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (4.40%) CRM Consultant
8 4 (4.40%) Microsoft Consultant
8 4 (4.40%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.48%) .NET
2 10 (10.99%) XML
3 4 (4.40%) WSDL
3 4 (4.40%) XSD
3 4 (4.40%) HTML
3 4 (4.40%) ASP.NET
3 4 (4.40%) CSS
3 4 (4.40%) WCF
4 3 (3.30%) SAML
5 2 (2.20%) Web Services
5 2 (2.20%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.10%) XSLT
6 1 (1.10%) Classic ASP
6 1 (1.10%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.99%) Computer Science
2 7 (7.69%) Blackberry
3 6 (6.59%) PKI
4 4 (4.40%) Clustering
5 3 (3.30%) Blog
5 3 (3.30%) Fat Client
5 3 (3.30%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.10%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 79 (86.81%) Windows
2 37 (40.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (29.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (25.27%) Windows 7
5 9 (9.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (8.79%) Windows XP
6 8 (8.79%) Linux
7 7 (7.69%) Windows 2000 Server
7 7 (7.69%) UNIX
8 5 (5.49%) Windows 2000
9 4 (4.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (3.30%) Windows NT
11 2 (2.20%) Mac OS X
11 2 (2.20%) Windows Vista
12 1 (1.10%) Windows 8
12 1 (1.10%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (31.87%) ITIL
2 12 (13.19%) Service Management
2 12 (13.19%) Incident Management
2 12 (13.19%) Customer Engagement
3 11 (12.09%) Disaster Recovery
4 10 (10.99%) Network Load Balancing
4 10 (10.99%) Migration
5 9 (9.89%) Problem Management
6 8 (8.79%) DRM
7 7 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (5.49%) CRM
8 5 (5.49%) ERP
8 5 (5.49%) ITSM
9 4 (4.40%) Validation
10 3 (3.30%) Enterprise Architecture
10 3 (3.30%) Time Management
10 3 (3.30%) E-Commerce
10 3 (3.30%) Workflow
11 2 (2.20%) Business Intelligence
11 2 (2.20%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.48%) SQL
2 12 (13.19%) C#
3 8 (8.79%) C++
3 8 (8.79%) PowerShell
4 5 (5.49%) Java
4 5 (5.49%) T-SQL
5 4 (4.40%) C
6 3 (3.30%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.30%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.10%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 48 (52.75%) MCSE
2 33 (36.26%) Degree
3 26 (28.57%) MCTS
4 16 (17.58%) MCITP
5 11 (12.09%) MCSD
5 11 (12.09%) CCNA
5 11 (12.09%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (10.99%) MCSA
7 8 (8.79%) A+ Certification
8 7 (7.69%) Security Cleared
8 7 (7.69%) MCP
9 6 (6.59%) CCA
9 6 (6.59%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (5.49%) SC Cleared
11 4 (4.40%) MCDBA
11 4 (4.40%) DV Cleared
11 4 (4.40%) CCVP
11 4 (4.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (3.30%) RHCE
13 2 (2.20%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.89%) SLA
System Software
1 49 (53.85%) Active Directory
2 10 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.40%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (3.30%) vSphere
4 3 (3.30%) Shibboleth
4 3 (3.30%) KVM
4 3 (3.30%) XenApp
4 3 (3.30%) XenServer
4 3 (3.30%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.20%) VMware ESX
5 2 (2.20%) NLBS
6 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.10%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (7.69%) SCCM
1 7 (7.69%) SCOM
2 5 (5.49%) NetBackup
3 3 (3.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (1.10%) WMI
4 1 (1.10%) HP SIM
4 1 (1.10%) Foglight
Vendors
1 51 (56.04%) Microsoft
2 16 (17.58%) VMware
3 15 (16.48%) Cisco
4 13 (14.29%) Citrix
5 8 (8.79%) Remedy
6 7 (7.69%) Lotus
7 6 (6.59%) Avaya
7 6 (6.59%) Nortel
7 6 (6.59%) CheckPoint
7 6 (6.59%) Symantec
7 6 (6.59%) HP
7 6 (6.59%) Oracle
7 6 (6.59%) Altiris
8 5 (5.49%) McAfee
9 4 (4.40%) Red Hat
10 3 (3.30%) Google
10 3 (3.30%) Twitter
10 3 (3.30%) IBM
10 3 (3.30%) Veritas
11 1 (1.10%) Fujitsu
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