The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors 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.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 8 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 299 391 381
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 12.24% 16.06% 12.06%
As % of the Vendors category 25.71% 33.33% 24.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 144 157
Average daily rate
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£390 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £140 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £329 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.23% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 31 30
Average hourly rate £17.07 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.36% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £9.10 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £30.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
- -3.33%
Vendors Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1163 1173 1578
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 47.62% 48.19% 49.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 510 445 523
Average daily rate £366 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.34% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £140 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 49 70
Average hourly rate £18.68 £21.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.11% -28.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-10.25% +2.63%
Microsoft
South East

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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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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 -1 147 £400 +6.66% 53
Bracknell -3 24 £283 -5.83% 13
Slough -10 14 £263 -19.23% 15
Newbury 0 10 £375 +36.18% 4
Maidenhead -13 4 £400 +14.28% 6
Wokingham -1 2 - - 6
Windsor -2 1 - - 1
Thatcham - - - -
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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 273 (39.91%) MS Excel
2 247 (36.11%) Windows
3 192 (28.07%) MS Office
4 150 (21.93%) Security Cleared
5 138 (20.18%) Active Directory
6 130 (19.01%) SQL
7 128 (18.71%) SQL Server
8 97 (14.18%) .NET
9 94 (13.74%) SC Cleared
10 93 (13.60%) Finance
11 88 (12.87%) C#
12 83 (12.13%) SharePoint
13 81 (11.84%) Windows Server 2003
14 75 (10.96%) Degree
15 73 (10.67%) Windows Server 2008
16 71 (10.38%) Telecoms
17 69 (10.09%) Migration
18 66 (9.65%) VMware
19 64 (9.36%) MS Exchange
20 62 (9.06%) Project Management
20 62 (9.06%) Windows 7
21 61 (8.92%) ITIL
22 58 (8.48%) Citrix
22 58 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
23 55 (8.04%) XML
24 54 (7.89%) ASP.NET
24 54 (7.89%) DV Cleared
25 53 (7.75%) T-SQL
25 53 (7.75%) IIS
26 51 (7.46%) Visual Studio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 83 (12.13%) SharePoint
2 64 (9.36%) MS Exchange
3 53 (7.75%) IIS
4 28 (4.09%) SharePoint Server
5 25 (3.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (3.51%) BizTalk Server
7 18 (2.63%) Lync
7 18 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2010
8 17 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 16 (2.34%) CMS
10 15 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2003
10 15 (2.19%) IBM Notes
11 8 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (1.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.73%) ArcGIS
14 4 (0.58%) Magnolia
14 4 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
14 4 (0.58%) Zimbra
14 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.58%) WebSphere
Applications
1 273 (39.91%) MS Excel
2 192 (28.07%) MS Office
3 48 (7.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 38 (5.56%) MS Visio
5 36 (5.26%) MS Project
6 15 (2.19%) Photoshop
7 11 (1.61%) Adobe Illustrator
8 9 (1.32%) InDesign
8 9 (1.32%) OmniGraffle
9 8 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
10 6 (0.88%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.44%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.15%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 25 (3.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.29%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.29%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.29%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.29%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.29%) SAP GRC
5 1 (0.15%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.15%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.15%) WebTrends
5 1 (0.15%) Changepoint
5 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.49%) Office 365
2 13 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.15%) SaaS
3 1 (0.15%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 37 (5.41%) DNS
2 35 (5.12%) TCP/IP
3 32 (4.68%) Internet
4 28 (4.09%) Firewall
5 23 (3.36%) LAN
6 20 (2.92%) VoIP
7 19 (2.78%) WAN
7 19 (2.78%) LDAP
7 19 (2.78%) VPN
8 18 (2.63%) DHCP
9 17 (2.49%) SAN
10 9 (1.32%) LTE
11 8 (1.17%) 3G
11 8 (1.17%) Network Security
12 7 (1.02%) NetScaler
12 7 (1.02%) Kerberos
13 6 (0.88%) DMZ
13 6 (0.88%) Intranet
14 5 (0.73%) SSL
14 5 (0.73%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (18.71%) SQL Server
2 41 (5.99%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (4.97%) SQL Server 2005
3 34 (4.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 32 (4.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 32 (4.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (3.36%) IDOL
6 16 (2.34%) OLAP
7 15 (2.19%) DTS
8 12 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.46%) Data Mining
10 9 (1.32%) MS Access
11 7 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (1.02%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
13 4 (0.58%) QlikView
14 3 (0.44%) Star Schema
14 3 (0.44%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 51 (7.46%) Visual Studio
2 26 (3.80%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (1.61%) Axure RP
3 11 (1.61%) StarTeam
4 9 (1.32%) MSI
4 9 (1.32%) Dreamweaver
5 6 (0.88%) SoapUI
5 6 (0.88%) Subversion
6 4 (0.58%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.58%) NUnit
6 4 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (0.58%) Oracle Forms
6 4 (0.58%) JIRA
6 4 (0.58%) Selenium
6 4 (0.58%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.44%) TestDirector
8 2 (0.29%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 2 (0.29%) MSBuild
8 2 (0.29%) Ranorex
9 1 (0.15%) LoadUI
General
1 93 (13.60%) Finance
2 71 (10.38%) Telecoms
3 34 (4.97%) Marketing
4 15 (2.19%) Publishing
5 13 (1.90%) Retail
6 12 (1.75%) Billing
6 12 (1.75%) Games
7 10 (1.46%) Legal
8 9 (1.32%) Interactive Media
9 8 (1.17%) German Language
10 6 (0.88%) Automotive
10 6 (0.88%) Law
10 6 (0.88%) Banking
11 5 (0.73%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.73%) Mandarin Language
12 4 (0.58%) Back Office
13 3 (0.44%) Electronics
13 3 (0.44%) Military
14 2 (0.29%) Front Office
14 2 (0.29%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 96 (14.04%) Analyst
2 81 (11.84%) Developer
3 71 (10.38%) Consultant
4 46 (6.73%) Architect
5 43 (6.29%) Support Engineer
6 38 (5.56%) Project Manager
7 36 (5.26%) Administrator
8 23 (3.36%) Microsoft Consultant
9 21 (3.07%) SharePoint Developer
9 21 (3.07%) Business Analyst
10 19 (2.78%) Coordinator
11 17 (2.49%) Test Analyst
12 16 (2.34%) 1st Line Support
12 16 (2.34%) Service Manager
12 16 (2.34%) Support Analyst
13 15 (2.19%) CRM Consultant
14 14 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
14 14 (2.05%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
15 13 (1.90%) Designer
16 11 (1.61%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (14.18%) .NET
2 55 (8.04%) XML
3 54 (7.89%) ASP.NET
4 46 (6.73%) HTML
5 27 (3.95%) CSS
5 27 (3.95%) .NET Framework
6 24 (3.51%) Web Services
7 16 (2.34%) Windows SharePoint Services
7 16 (2.34%) WCF
7 16 (2.34%) jQuery
8 13 (1.90%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 13 (1.90%) Application Packaging
9 10 (1.46%) HTML5
9 10 (1.46%) DCOM
10 9 (1.32%) WSDL
11 7 (1.02%) SOAP
12 6 (0.88%) Middleware
13 5 (0.73%) XSD
13 5 (0.73%) CSS3
13 5 (0.73%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (3.07%) Management Information System
2 17 (2.49%) Blackberry
3 16 (2.34%) PKI
4 15 (2.19%) Clustering
5 13 (1.90%) GIS
6 11 (1.61%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.32%) Replication
7 9 (1.32%) Mobile App
8 6 (0.88%) Thin Client
8 6 (0.88%) Statistics
8 6 (0.88%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (0.73%) iPhone
9 5 (0.73%) NHS
10 4 (0.58%) EPoS
10 4 (0.58%) Data Extraction
10 4 (0.58%) Data Integration
10 4 (0.58%) Kindle
11 3 (0.44%) iPad
11 3 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 247 (36.11%) Windows
2 81 (11.84%) Windows Server 2003
3 73 (10.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 62 (9.06%) Windows 7
5 43 (6.29%) Windows XP
6 34 (4.97%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (3.51%) Linux
8 21 (3.07%) Windows 8
9 18 (2.63%) UNIX
10 9 (1.32%) Windows 2000
10 9 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.02%) Windows Vista
12 6 (0.88%) Android
13 5 (0.73%) AIX
13 5 (0.73%) Solaris
14 4 (0.58%) Windows NT
14 4 (0.58%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.29%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.29%) CentOS
16 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (10.09%) Migration
2 62 (9.06%) Project Management
3 61 (8.92%) ITIL
4 36 (5.26%) PRINCE2
5 32 (4.68%) Workflow
6 31 (4.53%) Configuration Management
6 31 (4.53%) ETL
7 29 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (4.24%) Web Development
7 29 (4.24%) User Acceptance Testing
8 28 (4.09%) CRM
8 28 (4.09%) Service Delivery
9 25 (3.65%) Business Intelligence
10 24 (3.51%) Service Management
11 21 (3.07%) Validation
12 19 (2.78%) Scrum
13 17 (2.49%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (2.49%) E-Commerce
14 16 (2.34%) MVC
14 16 (2.34%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 130 (19.01%) SQL
2 88 (12.87%) C#
3 53 (7.75%) T-SQL
4 43 (6.29%) PowerShell
5 31 (4.53%) JavaScript
6 18 (2.63%) C
7 15 (2.19%) VBScript
8 12 (1.75%) VB
8 12 (1.75%) C++
9 7 (1.02%) Java
9 7 (1.02%) PL/SQL
9 7 (1.02%) Lua
10 6 (0.88%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.44%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.44%) VBA
12 2 (0.29%) SAPscript
12 2 (0.29%) Perl
12 2 (0.29%) ABAP
13 1 (0.15%) ActionScript
13 1 (0.15%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 150 (21.93%) Security Cleared
2 94 (13.74%) SC Cleared
3 75 (10.96%) Degree
4 58 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
5 54 (7.89%) DV Cleared
6 31 (4.53%) MCSE
7 14 (2.05%) MCP
8 13 (1.90%) MCTS
9 12 (1.75%) MCITP
10 11 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (1.17%) HND
13 7 (1.02%) CCNA
13 7 (1.02%) ISEB
13 7 (1.02%) PMP
13 7 (1.02%) PMI Certification
13 7 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.73%) ISTQB
14 5 (0.73%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.53%) SLA
2 15 (2.19%) QA
3 13 (1.90%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.44%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.29%) COBIT
7 1 (0.15%) TickIT
7 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
System Software
1 138 (20.18%) Active Directory
2 39 (5.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (4.09%) XenDesktop
3 28 (4.09%) Microsoft App-V
4 22 (3.22%) Hyper-V
5 19 (2.78%) vSphere
6 16 (2.34%) XenApp
7 12 (1.75%) VMware ESX
8 9 (1.32%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.73%) XenServer
11 4 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.29%) vCloud
12 2 (0.29%) Shibboleth
12 2 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.29%) NLBS
13 1 (0.15%) NFS
13 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.15%) Samba
Systems Management
1 39 (5.70%) SCCM
2 19 (2.78%) SCOM
3 13 (1.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 10 (1.46%) WMI
5 9 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (1.02%) Tivoli
6 7 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
6 7 (1.02%) WSUS
7 5 (0.73%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.73%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.58%) HP Data Protector
8 4 (0.58%) SCSM
8 4 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (0.44%) ARCserve
10 2 (0.29%) Netcool
10 2 (0.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 1 (0.15%) Salt
11 1 (0.15%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 66 (9.65%) VMware
2 58 (8.48%) Citrix
3 44 (6.43%) Oracle
4 38 (5.56%) Cisco
5 28 (4.09%) HP
6 27 (3.95%) SAP
7 17 (2.49%) IBM
8 15 (2.19%) Lotus
8 15 (2.19%) AppSense
9 13 (1.90%) Meridio
9 13 (1.90%) Remedy
10 11 (1.61%) Google
10 11 (1.61%) Borland
10 11 (1.61%) Red Hat
10 11 (1.61%) Adobe
11 10 (1.46%) Informatica
11 10 (1.46%) Symantec
12 8 (1.17%) Lumension
12 8 (1.17%) CA
13 6 (0.88%) Apple
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