The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services 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 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 6 8
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 334 349 250
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 12.61% 13.54% 10.19%
As % of the Vendors category 25.87% 28.24% 20.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 186 120
Average daily rate
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£375 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.00% +0.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £168 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £534 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 28 29
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.25 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.19% -10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.84 £11.55 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £27.29 £29.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.55 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.70% -17.87%
Microsoft
South East

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

Vendors Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1291 1236 1218
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 48.74% 47.96% 49.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 677 621 470
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 46 76
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% +5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £12.40 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £37.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.40 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

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

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Microsoft
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 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 +1 151 £375 -11.76% 53
Bracknell +3 35 £300 -18.91% 7
Newbury +10 20 £375 +38.88% 7
Slough +1 20 £400 +81.81% 13
Maidenhead -7 16 £375 -6.25% 5
Windsor - 1 £375 - 1
Wokingham - - - - 1
Thatcham - - - -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing Microsoft 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.

1 234 (36.22%) MS Excel
2 205 (31.73%) Windows
3 168 (26.01%) Active Directory
4 135 (20.90%) MS Office
5 127 (19.66%) SQL
5 127 (19.66%) Security Cleared
6 117 (18.11%) SharePoint
7 110 (17.03%) ITIL
8 107 (16.56%) Telecoms
9 92 (14.24%) SQL Server
10 89 (13.78%) VMware
11 85 (13.16%) SC Cleared
12 80 (12.38%) .NET
13 73 (11.30%) Project Management
14 72 (11.15%) CRM
14 72 (11.15%) Windows 7
15 70 (10.84%) Dynamics CRM
16 69 (10.68%) Windows Server 2008
17 64 (9.91%) Windows Server 2003
18 62 (9.60%) Internet
18 62 (9.60%) VMware Infrastructure
18 62 (9.60%) Degree
19 61 (9.44%) JavaScript
20 60 (9.29%) PRINCE2
20 60 (9.29%) DV Cleared
21 59 (9.13%) Hyper-V
21 59 (9.13%) MS Visio
22 58 (8.98%) HTML
23 56 (8.67%) Microsoft Certification
23 56 (8.67%) MS Exchange

Microsoft
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 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. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 117 (18.11%) SharePoint
2 56 (8.67%) MS Exchange
3 52 (8.05%) SharePoint 2013
4 51 (7.89%) BizTalk Server
5 49 (7.59%) Lync
6 38 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 35 (5.42%) SharePoint 2010
8 32 (4.95%) IIS
8 32 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2010
9 24 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (2.17%) SharePoint Server
11 12 (1.86%) CMS
11 12 (1.86%) Node.js
12 8 (1.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 8 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (1.08%) Live Communications Server
14 5 (0.77%) Sitecore CMS
14 5 (0.77%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.62%) Apache
15 4 (0.62%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 234 (36.22%) MS Excel
2 135 (20.90%) MS Office
3 59 (9.13%) MS Visio
4 49 (7.59%) MS Project
5 35 (5.42%) MS PowerPoint
6 19 (2.94%) OmniGraffle
7 16 (2.48%) Photoshop
8 12 (1.86%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.93%) InDesign
9 6 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
10 4 (0.62%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.46%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.31%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.15%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 70 (10.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (5.11%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.62%) BusinessWorks
3 4 (0.62%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.46%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.31%) Endur
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.15%) SAP SEM
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.15%) Changepoint
6 1 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.15%) Pivotal CRM
6 1 (0.15%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 23 (3.56%) Cloud Computing
2 14 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.55%) Office 365
4 8 (1.24%) PaaS
5 3 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 62 (9.60%) Internet
2 53 (8.20%) DNS
3 40 (6.19%) TCP/IP
4 38 (5.88%) DHCP
5 34 (5.26%) Firewall
6 28 (4.33%) SAN
7 27 (4.18%) LAN
8 22 (3.41%) WAN
9 19 (2.94%) SSL
10 18 (2.79%) VPN
11 14 (2.17%) NetScaler
12 13 (2.01%) Network Security
12 13 (2.01%) OSPF
12 13 (2.01%) RIP
12 13 (2.01%) IPsec
13 10 (1.55%) Ethernet
13 10 (1.55%) Wireless
14 9 (1.39%) DMZ
15 8 (1.24%) 3G
16 7 (1.08%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (14.24%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (2.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (2.01%) SQL Server 2005
5 12 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.70%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.08%) MySQL
9 7 (1.08%) OLAP
9 7 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.08%) SQL Server 2000
10 5 (0.77%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.62%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.62%) IDOL
12 3 (0.46%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.46%) PerformancePoint
12 3 (0.46%) DB2
12 3 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 22 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (3.25%) Axure RP
3 18 (2.79%) Visual Studio
4 14 (2.17%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.24%) Subversion
6 6 (0.93%) MSTest
7 5 (0.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (0.77%) Dreamweaver
8 4 (0.62%) StarTeam
8 4 (0.62%) JIRA
8 4 (0.62%) Selenium
9 3 (0.46%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.31%) MSI
10 2 (0.31%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 1 (0.15%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.15%) Appcelerator Titanium
11 1 (0.15%) Moq
11 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Blend
General
1 107 (16.56%) Telecoms
2 54 (8.36%) Finance
3 35 (5.42%) Retail
4 19 (2.94%) Marketing
5 18 (2.79%) Interactive Media
6 13 (2.01%) Legal
7 8 (1.24%) Publishing
8 7 (1.08%) Law
9 6 (0.93%) Back Office
10 5 (0.77%) German Language
10 5 (0.77%) Automotive
10 5 (0.77%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.77%) Advertising
11 4 (0.62%) Banking
11 4 (0.62%) Billing
12 3 (0.46%) Games
13 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.31%) Spanish Language
14 1 (0.15%) Portuguese Language
14 1 (0.15%) French Language
Job Titles
1 88 (13.62%) Developer
2 82 (12.69%) Architect
3 57 (8.82%) Analyst
4 53 (8.20%) Support Engineer
5 43 (6.66%) Project Manager
6 38 (5.88%) Technical Architect
6 38 (5.88%) Consultant
7 23 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 23 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 21 (3.25%) Administrator
9 19 (2.94%) Microsoft Developer
9 19 (2.94%) User Experience Architect
10 18 (2.79%) Field Engineer
10 18 (2.79%) Support Analyst
11 16 (2.48%) Security Engineer
12 14 (2.17%) .NET Developer
12 14 (2.17%) Desktop Engineer
12 14 (2.17%) Systems Engineer
12 14 (2.17%) Designer
13 13 (2.01%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (12.38%) .NET
2 58 (8.98%) HTML
3 50 (7.74%) CSS
4 36 (5.57%) XML
5 30 (4.64%) ASP.NET
6 21 (3.25%) .NET Framework
6 21 (3.25%) Application Packaging
6 21 (3.25%) jQuery
7 17 (2.63%) Web Services
8 14 (2.17%) AngularJS
9 11 (1.70%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 10 (1.55%) WCF
10 10 (1.55%) ExpressJS
10 10 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web API
11 9 (1.39%) Ajax
11 9 (1.39%) DCOM
12 8 (1.24%) Software Packaging
12 8 (1.24%) Managed Extensibility Framework
12 8 (1.24%) Unity DI Container
13 7 (1.08%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 41 (6.35%) Clustering
2 35 (5.42%) User Experience
3 24 (3.72%) Management Information System
4 23 (3.56%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (2.94%) Blackberry
6 18 (2.79%) PKI
7 13 (2.01%) Video Conferencing
7 13 (2.01%) SecurID
8 10 (1.55%) Inversion of Control
9 9 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (1.39%) Visualisation
10 7 (1.08%) Computer Science
11 6 (0.93%) Graphic Design
11 6 (0.93%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.77%) Replication
13 3 (0.46%) Digital Media
13 3 (0.46%) iPad
13 3 (0.46%) Open Source
13 3 (0.46%) iSeries
13 3 (0.46%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 205 (31.73%) Windows
2 72 (11.15%) Windows 7
3 69 (10.68%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (9.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 33 (5.11%) Linux
6 30 (4.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 29 (4.49%) Windows XP
8 20 (3.10%) Windows 8
9 13 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (1.39%) UNIX
11 6 (0.93%) Android
12 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (0.46%) i5/OS
12 3 (0.46%) Windows Vista
12 3 (0.46%) Debian
12 3 (0.46%) OS/400
13 2 (0.31%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.31%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (17.03%) ITIL
2 73 (11.30%) Project Management
3 72 (11.15%) CRM
4 60 (9.29%) PRINCE2
5 43 (6.66%) Migration
6 41 (6.35%) Agile Software Development
7 33 (5.11%) Service Management
8 30 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
9 29 (4.49%) Validation
10 28 (4.33%) E-Commerce
11 27 (4.18%) MVC
12 22 (3.41%) Stakeholder Management
12 22 (3.41%) SOA
12 22 (3.41%) Configuration Management
13 19 (2.94%) Enterprise Architecture
13 19 (2.94%) Information Architecture
14 18 (2.79%) Time Management
15 17 (2.63%) Service Delivery
16 16 (2.48%) Business Intelligence
17 15 (2.32%) eTOM
Programming Languages
1 127 (19.66%) SQL
2 61 (9.44%) JavaScript
3 49 (7.59%) C#
4 43 (6.66%) PowerShell
5 23 (3.56%) VBScript
6 15 (2.32%) VBA
6 15 (2.32%) T-SQL
7 10 (1.55%) VB
8 8 (1.24%) PHP
8 8 (1.24%) C++
9 6 (0.93%) VC++
9 6 (0.93%) C
9 6 (0.93%) Java
10 3 (0.46%) COBOL
10 3 (0.46%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.46%) RPG
11 2 (0.31%) Perl
11 2 (0.31%) PHP5
12 1 (0.15%) X++
12 1 (0.15%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 127 (19.66%) Security Cleared
2 85 (13.16%) SC Cleared
3 62 (9.60%) Degree
4 60 (9.29%) DV Cleared
5 56 (8.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 42 (6.50%) MCSE
7 22 (3.41%) MCP
8 17 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
8 17 (2.63%) MCITP
9 16 (2.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 16 (2.48%) PMI Certification
10 13 (2.01%) PMP
10 13 (2.01%) CISSP
10 13 (2.01%) CCNP
11 11 (1.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 10 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (1.39%) MCTS
14 7 (1.08%) MCSA
15 5 (0.77%) Citrix Certification
16 4 (0.62%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (6.19%) SLA
2 14 (2.17%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.39%) QA
4 5 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.77%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.46%) COBIT
5 3 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.15%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.15%) CDISC
6 1 (0.15%) BS15000
System Software
1 168 (26.01%) Active Directory
2 62 (9.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (9.13%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.10%) vSphere
5 18 (2.79%) XenApp
6 16 (2.48%) XenDesktop
7 10 (1.55%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.08%) VMware ESX
8 7 (1.08%) Terminal Services
9 5 (0.77%) KVM
9 5 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 4 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.46%) PowerHA
11 3 (0.46%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.31%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.31%) XenServer
13 1 (0.15%) vCloud
13 1 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 1 (0.15%) NLBS
13 1 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 37 (5.73%) SCCM
2 25 (3.87%) SCOM
3 18 (2.79%) WMI
4 7 (1.08%) SCSM
5 6 (0.93%) MOM
5 6 (0.93%) SCVMM
6 5 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.77%) NetBackup
6 5 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (0.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (0.46%) XenMobile
8 3 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
8 3 (0.46%) WSUS
8 3 (0.46%) Tivoli NetView
8 3 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.31%) BMC PATROL
9 2 (0.31%) OpenView
9 2 (0.31%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.31%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 89 (13.78%) VMware
2 55 (8.51%) HP
3 43 (6.66%) Citrix
4 35 (5.42%) Cisco
5 28 (4.33%) Oracle
6 24 (3.72%) Symantec
7 20 (3.10%) CA
7 20 (3.10%) Dell
8 16 (2.48%) IBM
9 14 (2.17%) CheckPoint
10 13 (2.01%) AlgoSec
10 13 (2.01%) Fortinet
10 13 (2.01%) F5
10 13 (2.01%) Tufin
10 13 (2.01%) Red Hat
11 11 (1.70%) Adobe
11 11 (1.70%) EMC
11 11 (1.70%) Remedy
12 10 (1.55%) SAP
13 8 (1.24%) AppSense
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