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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 75 91 92
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 60 42 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.09% 1.51% 0.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.60% 6.33% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 12 14
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£356 £425 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.17% +80.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £278 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £294
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £293
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 1
Average hourly rate £55.65 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+247.81% -8.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £18.20
% change year-on-year
-3.57% -23.07%
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
789 664 457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 27.44% 23.88% 20.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 285 170
Average daily rate £390 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £210 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 34 16
Average hourly rate £32.50 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+103.12% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £15.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £167.25 £55.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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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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 +16 42 £388 -1.58% 15
Bracknell +9 5 £290 - 1
Slough - 2 £325 - 3
Maidenhead +4 1 £375 +3.44% 6
Newbury - - - - 2
Thatcham - - - -
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 86 (77.48%) Windows
2 74 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 68 (61.26%) Active Directory
4 66 (59.46%) MCSE
5 64 (57.66%) ITIL
6 46 (41.44%) MCITP
7 41 (36.94%) MCTS
8 38 (34.23%) Security Cleared
9 35 (31.53%) Degree
9 35 (31.53%) MCP
10 33 (29.73%) DNS
10 33 (29.73%) Service Management
10 33 (29.73%) Customer Engagement
11 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
12 30 (27.03%) Windows Server 2008
13 27 (24.32%) Windows Server 2003
13 27 (24.32%) SQL
14 26 (23.42%) MS Exchange
14 26 (23.42%) DV Cleared
15 25 (22.52%) Windows 7
15 25 (22.52%) HP
15 25 (22.52%) VMware
16 22 (19.82%) DHCP
17 21 (18.92%) SharePoint
17 21 (18.92%) Configuration Management
18 19 (17.12%) SLA
19 17 (15.32%) SCOM
20 16 (14.41%) PowerShell
20 16 (14.41%) Clustering
21 15 (13.51%) SAN

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (23.42%) MS Exchange
2 21 (18.92%) SharePoint
3 14 (12.61%) IIS
4 12 (10.81%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (9.01%) Lync
5 10 (9.01%) Exchange Server 2003
6 7 (6.31%) IBM Notes
6 7 (6.31%) GroupWise
7 6 (5.41%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (4.50%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (4.50%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (2.70%) Documentum
9 3 (2.70%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (1.80%) Live Communications Server
10 2 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 14 (12.61%) MS Excel
2 12 (10.81%) MS Visio
3 9 (8.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.80%) Office 365
2 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 33 (29.73%) DNS
2 22 (19.82%) DHCP
3 15 (13.51%) SAN
4 12 (10.81%) TCP/IP
5 8 (7.21%) IMAP
5 8 (7.21%) POP3
5 8 (7.21%) SMTP
6 4 (3.60%) Firewall
7 3 (2.70%) PBX
8 2 (1.80%) PSTN
8 2 (1.80%) SSH
8 2 (1.80%) RTP
8 2 (1.80%) FTP
9 1 (0.90%) HTTP
9 1 (0.90%) SSL
9 1 (0.90%) VoIP
9 1 (0.90%) WAN
9 1 (0.90%) LDAP
9 1 (0.90%) LAN
9 1 (0.90%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.61%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.60%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (2.70%) EDRMS
4 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (3.60%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.90%) WinRunner
3 1 (0.90%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.90%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (0.90%) MSI
3 1 (0.90%) Fiddler
General
1 3 (2.70%) Telecoms
1 3 (2.70%) Finance
2 1 (0.90%) Banking
Job Titles
1 42 (37.84%) Support Engineer
2 27 (24.32%) Field Engineer
3 16 (14.41%) 3rd Line Support
4 14 (12.61%) 2nd Line Support
5 13 (11.71%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 11 (9.91%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 11 (9.91%) Consultant
7 10 (9.01%) Exchange Engineer
8 9 (8.11%) Server Engineer
8 9 (8.11%) Analyst
9 7 (6.31%) Support Analyst
10 6 (5.41%) Linux Engineer
11 5 (4.50%) Service Analyst
11 5 (4.50%) SharePoint Developer
11 5 (4.50%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 5 (4.50%) Developer
11 5 (4.50%) Help Desk Analyst
11 5 (4.50%) 1st Line Support
11 5 (4.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (4.50%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.21%) XML
2 7 (6.31%) .NET
3 5 (4.50%) Software Packaging
4 3 (2.70%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.80%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.90%) WCF
6 1 (0.90%) Silverlight
6 1 (0.90%) LINQ
6 1 (0.90%) REST
6 1 (0.90%) Windows Identity Foundation
6 1 (0.90%) FastCGI
6 1 (0.90%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.90%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.90%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.41%) Clustering
2 12 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.80%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.80%) PKI
4 2 (1.80%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.80%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.80%) Replication
5 1 (0.90%) PDA
5 1 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (0.90%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 86 (77.48%) Windows
2 30 (27.03%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (24.32%) Windows Server 2003
4 25 (22.52%) Windows 7
5 14 (12.61%) Linux
6 12 (10.81%) Windows XP
7 10 (9.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (5.41%) Windows 8
10 5 (4.50%) UNIX
11 1 (0.90%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (57.66%) ITIL
2 33 (29.73%) Service Management
2 33 (29.73%) Customer Engagement
3 21 (18.92%) Configuration Management
4 12 (10.81%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (9.01%) Migration
6 9 (8.11%) Network Management
7 8 (7.21%) Performance Monitoring
8 7 (6.31%) Validation
9 4 (3.60%) Problem Management
9 4 (3.60%) Incident Management
10 3 (2.70%) Load Balancing
10 3 (2.70%) Scrum
10 3 (2.70%) Agile Software Development
10 3 (2.70%) Change Management
10 3 (2.70%) CMMI
10 3 (2.70%) Time Management
10 3 (2.70%) Kanban
11 2 (1.80%) Performance Tuning
11 2 (1.80%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (24.32%) SQL
2 16 (14.41%) PowerShell
3 9 (8.11%) VB
4 8 (7.21%) VBScript
5 6 (5.41%) C#
6 4 (3.60%) C
7 3 (2.70%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.80%) VBA
8 2 (1.80%) Bourne shell
8 2 (1.80%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.80%) Perl
8 2 (1.80%) Korn
9 1 (0.90%) PHP
9 1 (0.90%) C++
9 1 (0.90%) Java
9 1 (0.90%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.90%) Python
9 1 (0.90%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.90%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 66 (59.46%) MCSE
2 46 (41.44%) MCITP
3 41 (36.94%) MCTS
4 38 (34.23%) Security Cleared
5 35 (31.53%) Degree
5 35 (31.53%) MCP
6 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
7 26 (23.42%) DV Cleared
8 9 (8.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (8.11%) MCSA
9 6 (5.41%) HNC
10 5 (4.50%) MCSD
11 4 (3.60%) CCA
11 4 (3.60%) Citrix Certification
12 3 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (2.70%) CCNA
12 3 (2.70%) RHCSA
13 2 (1.80%) VCP4
13 2 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.90%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (17.12%) SLA
System Software
1 68 (61.26%) Active Directory
2 15 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (7.21%) Hyper-V
4 4 (3.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.80%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (1.80%) NFS
6 1 (0.90%) NLBS
6 1 (0.90%) vSphere
6 1 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (15.32%) SCOM
2 13 (11.71%) SCCM
3 8 (7.21%) WMI
3 8 (7.21%) SCSM
4 5 (4.50%) Nagios
4 5 (4.50%) NetBackup
5 4 (3.60%) MOM
6 3 (2.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.90%) Netcool
7 1 (0.90%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 74 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 25 (22.52%) HP
2 25 (22.52%) VMware
3 13 (11.71%) Red Hat
4 12 (10.81%) Symantec
4 12 (10.81%) Citrix
5 8 (7.21%) Cisco
5 8 (7.21%) Lotus
6 7 (6.31%) Novell
7 5 (4.50%) EMC
8 4 (3.60%) Veritas
8 4 (3.60%) Remedy
8 4 (3.60%) Isilon
9 3 (2.70%) Altiris
9 3 (2.70%) Avaya
10 2 (1.80%) Nortel
10 2 (1.80%) Dell
10 2 (1.80%) 3PAR
11 1 (0.90%) McAfee
11 1 (0.90%) CheckPoint
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