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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 73 56 95
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +39
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 53 85 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.00% 3.30% 1.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.37% 12.92% 6.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 70 19
Average daily rate
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£356 £425 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.17% +10.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £290 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 1
Average hourly rate - £15.63 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -63.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.41 £15.13 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+8.49% -19.03%
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
719 658 458
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 27.14% 25.53% 18.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 306 190
Average daily rate £388 £388 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £235 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 25 21
Average hourly rate £23.67 £16.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.90% +10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.85 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.67 £28.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 19 December 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
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 19 December 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
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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 -7 35 £313 -26.47% 9
Newbury - 2 - - 5
Maidenhead - - - - 1
Slough - - - - 6
Windsor - - - -
Wokingham - - - - 1
Microsoft Certification
South East

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 80 (79.21%) Windows
2 63 (62.38%) MCSE
3 57 (56.44%) Active Directory
4 56 (55.45%) Microsoft
5 50 (49.50%) ITIL
6 44 (43.56%) Security Cleared
7 36 (35.64%) SC Cleared
8 33 (32.67%) MCTS
9 32 (31.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 32 (31.68%) DNS
10 31 (30.69%) HP
10 31 (30.69%) MCITP
10 31 (30.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 27 (26.73%) Degree
12 26 (25.74%) MCP
13 25 (24.75%) DHCP
13 25 (24.75%) Service Management
14 24 (23.76%) VMware
15 23 (22.77%) Linux
15 23 (22.77%) Windows 7
16 22 (21.78%) Customer Engagement
16 22 (21.78%) DV Cleared
16 22 (21.78%) SQL
17 21 (20.79%) SLA
18 20 (19.80%) Red Hat
19 19 (18.81%) MS Exchange
20 18 (17.82%) VMware Infrastructure
21 16 (15.84%) SQL Server
22 15 (14.85%) Citrix
22 15 (14.85%) Clustering

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 19 (18.81%) MS Exchange
2 13 (12.87%) IIS
3 10 (9.90%) Lync
4 8 (7.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (5.94%) Exchange Server 2003
5 6 (5.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (5.94%) SharePoint
6 5 (4.95%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (2.97%) IBM Notes
7 3 (2.97%) GroupWise
8 2 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (1.98%) Live Communications Server
9 1 (0.99%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 11 (10.89%) MS Excel
1 11 (10.89%) MS Visio
2 9 (8.91%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.99%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 32 (31.68%) DNS
2 25 (24.75%) DHCP
3 14 (13.86%) SAN
4 13 (12.87%) TCP/IP
5 5 (4.95%) Firewall
5 5 (4.95%) Internet
6 4 (3.96%) IMAP
6 4 (3.96%) DMZ
6 4 (3.96%) POP3
7 3 (2.97%) SMTP
7 3 (2.97%) FTP
7 3 (2.97%) HTTP
8 2 (1.98%) Wireshark
8 2 (1.98%) SSH
8 2 (1.98%) RTP
8 2 (1.98%) SSL
8 2 (1.98%) WAN
8 2 (1.98%) LAN
8 2 (1.98%) PBX
8 2 (1.98%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.84%) SQL Server
2 10 (9.90%) SQL Server 2008
2 10 (9.90%) SQL Server 2005
2 10 (9.90%) SQL Server 2000
3 7 (6.93%) EDRMS
4 3 (2.97%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (1.98%) Fiddler
1 2 (1.98%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.99%) MSI
General
1 2 (1.98%) Telecoms
2 1 (0.99%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 38 (37.62%) Support Engineer
2 13 (12.87%) 2nd Line Support
3 12 (11.88%) Linux Engineer
3 12 (11.88%) Field Engineer
4 11 (10.89%) Analyst
5 10 (9.90%) Support Analyst
6 8 (7.92%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 8 (7.92%) Consultant
7 6 (5.94%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (5.94%) Linux Support
7 6 (5.94%) Linux Support Engineer
7 6 (5.94%) Windows Support Engineer
7 6 (5.94%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (5.94%) 1st Line Support
7 6 (5.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (4.95%) Help Desk Support
8 5 (4.95%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (4.95%) Service Desk Analyst
8 5 (4.95%) Help Desk Support Analyst
8 5 (4.95%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.92%) .NET
1 8 (7.92%) XML
2 7 (6.93%) Software Packaging
3 5 (4.95%) .NET Framework
4 3 (2.97%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.98%) LINQ
5 2 (1.98%) WCF
5 2 (1.98%) Silverlight
5 2 (1.98%) Ajax
5 2 (1.98%) FastCGI
5 2 (1.98%) Windows Identity Foundation
5 2 (1.98%) REST
5 2 (1.98%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.99%) MAPI
6 1 (0.99%) CSS
6 1 (0.99%) HTML
6 1 (0.99%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.85%) Clustering
2 8 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.94%) Fat Client
3 6 (5.94%) Thin Client
4 5 (4.95%) Replication
5 2 (1.98%) Blog
5 2 (1.98%) PKI
5 2 (1.98%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.99%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 80 (79.21%) Windows
2 32 (31.68%) Windows Server 2003
3 31 (30.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 23 (22.77%) Linux
4 23 (22.77%) Windows 7
5 13 (12.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (11.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (8.91%) UNIX
8 5 (4.95%) Windows XP
9 4 (3.96%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (49.50%) ITIL
2 25 (24.75%) Service Management
3 22 (21.78%) Customer Engagement
4 14 (13.86%) Configuration Management
5 9 (8.91%) Migration
6 8 (7.92%) Validation
7 7 (6.93%) Load Balancing
7 7 (6.93%) Performance Management
8 6 (5.94%) Workflow
8 6 (5.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (4.95%) Time Management
10 4 (3.96%) Incident Management
10 4 (3.96%) Performance Monitoring
10 4 (3.96%) Change Management
11 3 (2.97%) Software Deployment
11 3 (2.97%) Capacity Planning
11 3 (2.97%) Network Management
11 3 (2.97%) Web Development
12 2 (1.98%) Network Load Balancing
12 2 (1.98%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 22 (21.78%) SQL
2 13 (12.87%) PowerShell
3 10 (9.90%) VB
4 8 (7.92%) C
5 6 (5.94%) Korn
5 6 (5.94%) Bourne shell
5 6 (5.94%) Perl
6 5 (4.95%) C#
7 4 (3.96%) VBScript
8 3 (2.97%) JavaScript
8 3 (2.97%) VBA
9 2 (1.98%) Ruby
9 2 (1.98%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.98%) Java
9 2 (1.98%) PHP
9 2 (1.98%) C++
9 2 (1.98%) Python
10 1 (0.99%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 63 (62.38%) MCSE
2 44 (43.56%) Security Cleared
3 36 (35.64%) SC Cleared
4 33 (32.67%) MCTS
5 31 (30.69%) MCITP
6 27 (26.73%) Degree
7 26 (25.74%) MCP
8 22 (21.78%) DV Cleared
9 12 (11.88%) HNC
10 11 (10.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (9.90%) CCA
11 10 (9.90%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (6.93%) MCSA
13 3 (2.97%) CCNA
13 3 (2.97%) Cisco Certification
13 3 (2.97%) MCSD
13 3 (2.97%) RHCSA
14 1 (0.99%) A+ Certification
14 1 (0.99%) MCDBA
14 1 (0.99%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (20.79%) SLA
System Software
1 57 (56.44%) Active Directory
2 18 (17.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.94%) Hyper-V
3 6 (5.94%) NFS
4 4 (3.96%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (3.96%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.98%) Xen
5 2 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.98%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.99%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 11 (10.89%) SCOM
2 9 (8.91%) Nagios
2 9 (8.91%) NetBackup
2 9 (8.91%) SCCM
3 4 (3.96%) WMI
3 4 (3.96%) SCSM
4 3 (2.97%) MOM
5 1 (0.99%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 56 (55.45%) Microsoft
2 31 (30.69%) HP
3 24 (23.76%) VMware
4 20 (19.80%) Red Hat
5 15 (14.85%) Citrix
6 11 (10.89%) Symantec
7 8 (7.92%) Isilon
8 7 (6.93%) EMC
8 7 (6.93%) Cisco
9 4 (3.96%) Lotus
10 3 (2.97%) Novell
10 3 (2.97%) Veritas
10 3 (2.97%) Remedy
10 3 (2.97%) Altiris
11 2 (1.98%) 3PAR
11 2 (1.98%) Avaya
11 2 (1.98%) Nortel
11 2 (1.98%) Dell
12 1 (0.99%) IBM
12 1 (0.99%) NetApp
Slough
Orgtel
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Volt
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £139 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading
Volt
Rate: £300.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Wokingham
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago