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 28 January 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.

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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 8
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 315 347 218
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 12.16% 13.19% 10.16%
As % of the Vendors category 25.34% 27.50% 21.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 176 100
Average daily rate
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£360 £400 £391
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +2.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £191 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £529 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 32 29
Average hourly rate £16.75 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.47% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £13.52 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £27.20 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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
1243 1262 1033
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 47.97% 47.97% 48.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 605 607 401
Average daily rate £375 £390 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £213 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £505 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 65 70
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.90 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £27.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

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 28 January 2015.

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 28 January 2015.

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 28 January 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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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 +1 144 £325 -21.80% 71
Bracknell +1 39 £273 -14.53% 9
Newbury +4 15 £350 +60.00% 7
Maidenhead -8 13 £450 +12.50% 10
Slough -12 13 £331 +35.89% 9
Windsor - 1 £375 - 4
Wokingham - - - - 3
Thatcham - - - - 1
Hungerford - - - - 7
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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.

1 232 (35.42%) MS Excel
2 213 (32.52%) Windows
3 181 (27.63%) Active Directory
4 145 (22.14%) SQL
5 138 (21.07%) Security Cleared
6 126 (19.24%) SharePoint
7 118 (18.02%) MS Office
8 112 (17.10%) ITIL
8 112 (17.10%) Telecoms
9 101 (15.42%) VMware
10 84 (12.82%) SC Cleared
11 80 (12.21%) Windows 7
12 79 (12.06%) SQL Server
13 77 (11.76%) CRM
13 77 (11.76%) DV Cleared
14 76 (11.60%) Windows Server 2003
15 75 (11.45%) .NET
15 75 (11.45%) Windows Server 2008
16 74 (11.30%) Dynamics CRM
17 73 (11.15%) VMware Infrastructure
18 72 (10.99%) Microsoft Certification
19 69 (10.53%) Degree
19 69 (10.53%) Hyper-V
20 67 (10.23%) MS Exchange
21 64 (9.77%) SharePoint 2013
22 61 (9.31%) Project Management
23 60 (9.16%) JavaScript
24 58 (8.85%) HTML
25 55 (8.40%) PRINCE2
26 53 (8.09%) Lync

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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
1 126 (19.24%) SharePoint
2 67 (10.23%) MS Exchange
3 64 (9.77%) SharePoint 2013
4 53 (8.09%) Lync
5 45 (6.87%) BizTalk Server
6 44 (6.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 41 (6.26%) SharePoint 2010
8 40 (6.11%) Exchange Server 2013
9 34 (5.19%) Exchange Server 2003
10 24 (3.66%) SharePoint Server
11 23 (3.51%) IIS
12 17 (2.60%) Node.js
13 13 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
14 9 (1.37%) CMS
14 9 (1.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 8 (1.22%) Live Communications Server
16 5 (0.76%) IBM Notes
16 5 (0.76%) Apache
17 4 (0.61%) GroupWise
17 4 (0.61%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 232 (35.42%) MS Excel
2 118 (18.02%) MS Office
3 50 (7.63%) MS Visio
4 39 (5.95%) MS Project
5 38 (5.80%) MS PowerPoint
6 19 (2.90%) OmniGraffle
7 14 (2.14%) Photoshop
8 10 (1.53%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.92%) InDesign
10 5 (0.76%) AutoCAD
11 4 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.31%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.31%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.15%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 74 (11.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (5.04%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.46%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.31%) Endur
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.15%) SAP SEM
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.15%) Pivotal CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.97%) Cloud Computing
2 14 (2.14%) Office 365
3 13 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (1.22%) PaaS
5 4 (0.61%) Yammer
6 3 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 51 (7.79%) DNS
2 44 (6.72%) DHCP
3 42 (6.41%) Internet
4 34 (5.19%) TCP/IP
4 34 (5.19%) SAN
5 32 (4.89%) LAN
5 32 (4.89%) Firewall
6 23 (3.51%) WAN
7 21 (3.21%) SSL
8 20 (3.05%) VPN
9 17 (2.60%) Network Security
10 15 (2.29%) IPsec
10 15 (2.29%) RIP
10 15 (2.29%) OSPF
10 15 (2.29%) Wireless
11 12 (1.83%) Ethernet
11 12 (1.83%) WLAN
11 12 (1.83%) Cisco ASA
11 12 (1.83%) NetScaler
12 11 (1.68%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (12.06%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.44%) MongoDB
4 14 (2.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 14 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (1.68%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 9 (1.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (1.22%) MySQL
8 7 (1.07%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.92%) OLAP
10 5 (0.76%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.61%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.61%) IDOL
12 3 (0.46%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.46%) PerformancePoint
12 3 (0.46%) QlikView
12 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 7
12 3 (0.46%) DB2
Development Applications
1 24 (3.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (2.90%) Git (software)
2 19 (2.90%) Axure RP
3 17 (2.60%) Visual Studio
4 9 (1.37%) StarTeam
4 9 (1.37%) MSI
5 7 (1.07%) MSTest
6 5 (0.76%) Subversion
6 5 (0.76%) Dreamweaver
7 3 (0.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
8 2 (0.31%) Selenium
8 2 (0.31%) JIRA
9 1 (0.15%) Moq
9 1 (0.15%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 1 (0.15%) MSBuild
9 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Blend
9 1 (0.15%) Firebug
9 1 (0.15%) NUnit
General
1 112 (17.10%) Telecoms
2 43 (6.56%) Finance
3 37 (5.65%) Retail
4 19 (2.90%) Marketing
5 18 (2.75%) Interactive Media
6 9 (1.37%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.37%) Advertising
7 7 (1.07%) Legal
8 5 (0.76%) Publishing
9 4 (0.61%) Back Office
10 3 (0.46%) Banking
10 3 (0.46%) Billing
10 3 (0.46%) Games
11 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.31%) Automotive
11 2 (0.31%) Law
11 2 (0.31%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.15%) Czech Language
12 1 (0.15%) French Language
12 1 (0.15%) German Language
Job Titles
1 91 (13.89%) Developer
2 78 (11.91%) Architect
3 58 (8.85%) Support Engineer
4 50 (7.63%) Analyst
5 45 (6.87%) Consultant
6 38 (5.80%) Technical Architect
7 32 (4.89%) Project Manager
8 26 (3.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 24 (3.66%) 2nd Line Support
9 24 (3.66%) Field Engineer
10 21 (3.21%) Security Engineer
11 20 (3.05%) Design Engineer
12 19 (2.90%) User Experience Architect
12 19 (2.90%) Microsoft Developer
12 19 (2.90%) Administrator
13 17 (2.60%) Server Engineer
14 15 (2.29%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 15 (2.29%) CRM Developer
14 15 (2.29%) Desktop Engineer
14 15 (2.29%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (11.45%) .NET
2 58 (8.85%) HTML
3 52 (7.94%) CSS
4 34 (5.19%) XML
5 29 (4.43%) ASP.NET
6 20 (3.05%) Application Packaging
6 20 (3.05%) AngularJS
7 18 (2.75%) Web Services
7 18 (2.75%) .NET Framework
7 18 (2.75%) jQuery
8 15 (2.29%) ExpressJS
9 12 (1.83%) RESTful
10 11 (1.68%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 10 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (1.22%) Managed Extensibility Framework
12 8 (1.22%) Unity DI Container
13 7 (1.07%) JSON
13 7 (1.07%) SOAP
14 6 (0.92%) WCF
15 5 (0.76%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.33%) Clustering
2 38 (5.80%) User Experience
3 25 (3.82%) Management Information System
4 24 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.05%) Blackberry
6 17 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
7 16 (2.44%) SecurID
7 16 (2.44%) PKI
8 10 (1.53%) Inversion of Control
8 10 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.07%) Visualisation
9 7 (1.07%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.92%) Graphic Design
10 6 (0.92%) Social Media
11 5 (0.76%) RIA
12 4 (0.61%) Replication
12 4 (0.61%) Open Source
13 3 (0.46%) iPad
13 3 (0.46%) Digital Media
13 3 (0.46%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 213 (32.52%) Windows
2 80 (12.21%) Windows 7
3 76 (11.60%) Windows Server 2003
4 75 (11.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 35 (5.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (5.04%) Linux
7 28 (4.27%) Windows XP
8 16 (2.44%) Windows 8
9 12 (1.83%) UNIX
10 11 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.61%) 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
14 1 (0.15%) Solaris
14 1 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (17.10%) ITIL
2 77 (11.76%) CRM
3 61 (9.31%) Project Management
4 55 (8.40%) PRINCE2
5 48 (7.33%) Migration
6 40 (6.11%) Agile Software Development
7 32 (4.89%) Validation
8 31 (4.73%) Service Management
9 30 (4.58%) Disaster Recovery
9 30 (4.58%) Configuration Management
10 26 (3.97%) E-Commerce
11 25 (3.82%) MVC
12 22 (3.36%) Stakeholder Management
13 21 (3.21%) SOA
14 19 (2.90%) Information Architecture
14 19 (2.90%) Data Analysis
15 18 (2.75%) Business Intelligence
15 18 (2.75%) Customer Engagement
16 17 (2.60%) Performance Monitoring
16 17 (2.60%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 145 (22.14%) SQL
2 60 (9.16%) JavaScript
3 47 (7.18%) C#
4 46 (7.02%) PowerShell
5 29 (4.43%) VBScript
6 21 (3.21%) VB
7 13 (1.98%) VBA
8 9 (1.37%) PHP
9 8 (1.22%) T-SQL
9 8 (1.22%) C++
10 7 (1.07%) Java
11 6 (0.92%) C
11 6 (0.92%) VC++
12 3 (0.46%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.46%) RPG
12 3 (0.46%) COBOL
13 2 (0.31%) PHP5
14 1 (0.15%) X++
14 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.15%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 138 (21.07%) Security Cleared
2 84 (12.82%) SC Cleared
3 77 (11.76%) DV Cleared
4 72 (10.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 69 (10.53%) Degree
6 46 (7.02%) MCSE
7 25 (3.82%) MCP
8 24 (3.66%) MCITP
9 21 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
10 17 (2.60%) MCTS
11 16 (2.44%) CCNP
12 15 (2.29%) CISSP
13 13 (1.98%) PMI Certification
14 12 (1.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 10 (1.53%) PMP
16 9 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 8 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
18 7 (1.07%) MCSA
19 4 (0.61%) HND
20 3 (0.46%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (6.11%) SLA
2 16 (2.44%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.37%) QA
4 2 (0.31%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.15%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.15%) CDISC
5 1 (0.15%) COBIT
5 1 (0.15%) BS15000
5 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 181 (27.63%) Active Directory
2 73 (11.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 23 (3.51%) vSphere
5 17 (2.60%) XenApp
6 14 (2.14%) XenDesktop
7 13 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (0.76%) KVM
9 5 (0.76%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.46%) DFS Replication
10 3 (0.46%) PowerHA
10 3 (0.46%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.31%) XenServer
11 2 (0.31%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.15%) vCloud
12 1 (0.15%) NLBS
12 1 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 51 (7.79%) SCCM
2 28 (4.27%) SCOM
3 18 (2.75%) WMI
4 16 (2.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 12 (1.83%) SCSM
6 10 (1.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 9 (1.37%) MOM
8 6 (0.92%) SCVMM
8 6 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.76%) HP Data Protector
9 5 (0.76%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.46%) XenMobile
10 3 (0.46%) HP SIM
10 3 (0.46%) WSUS
10 3 (0.46%) Tivoli NetView
11 2 (0.31%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.31%) SCOrch
12 1 (0.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 1 (0.15%) EdgeSight
12 1 (0.15%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 101 (15.42%) VMware
2 49 (7.48%) HP
3 42 (6.41%) Citrix
4 37 (5.65%) Cisco
5 34 (5.19%) Oracle
6 28 (4.27%) Dell
7 22 (3.36%) Symantec
7 22 (3.36%) CA
8 17 (2.60%) IBM
8 17 (2.60%) CheckPoint
9 16 (2.44%) SAP
9 16 (2.44%) Fortinet
10 15 (2.29%) F5
10 15 (2.29%) Tufin
10 15 (2.29%) AlgoSec
11 12 (1.83%) EMC
12 11 (1.68%) AppSense
12 11 (1.68%) Red Hat
13 9 (1.37%) Wyse
13 9 (1.37%) Remedy
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