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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 4 9
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 344 365 313
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 13.63% 14.17% 10.86%
As % of the Vendors category 28.76% 28.56% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 178 146
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£400 £413 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +13.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £168 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £466
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 31 20
Average hourly rate £17.04 £16.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.24% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.85 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £25.00 £26.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
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
1196 1278 1455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 47.39% 49.63% 50.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 598 579 519
Average daily rate £375 £386 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% +10.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 58 58
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.38 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £37.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +1 181 £425 - 53
Bracknell +1 34 £378 +15.09% 12
Slough +1 24 £300 -4.00% 10
Maidenhead +4 17 £375 +29.87% 8
Newbury +5 12 £438 +89.18% 5
Windsor - 2 - - 4
Hungerford - 1 - -
Wokingham - - - - 4
Thatcham - - - -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 238 (37.66%) MS Excel
2 213 (33.70%) Windows
3 147 (23.26%) MS Office
4 146 (23.10%) Active Directory
5 134 (21.20%) Security Cleared
6 112 (17.72%) SQL
7 111 (17.56%) SharePoint
8 107 (16.93%) SQL Server
9 90 (14.24%) .NET
9 90 (14.24%) ITIL
10 81 (12.82%) Telecoms
11 77 (12.18%) VMware
12 73 (11.55%) SC Cleared
13 72 (11.39%) DV Cleared
14 71 (11.23%) Finance
15 68 (10.76%) CRM
15 68 (10.76%) Project Management
16 67 (10.60%) Windows 7
17 66 (10.44%) Dynamics CRM
18 64 (10.13%) Windows Server 2003
18 64 (10.13%) C#
19 63 (9.97%) Windows Server 2008
20 58 (9.18%) HTML
21 57 (9.02%) Internet
22 55 (8.70%) JavaScript
22 55 (8.70%) PRINCE2
22 55 (8.70%) Citrix
23 54 (8.54%) MS Exchange
23 54 (8.54%) Degree
24 53 (8.39%) MS Visio

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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
1 111 (17.56%) SharePoint
2 54 (8.54%) MS Exchange
3 50 (7.91%) BizTalk Server
4 43 (6.80%) Lync
4 43 (6.80%) SharePoint 2013
5 38 (6.01%) IIS
6 35 (5.54%) Exchange Server 2013
7 31 (4.91%) Exchange Server 2010
8 30 (4.75%) SharePoint 2010
9 23 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2003
10 15 (2.37%) SharePoint Server
11 13 (2.06%) CMS
12 10 (1.58%) IBM Notes
13 8 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 7 (1.11%) Node.js
14 7 (1.11%) Live Communications Server
15 6 (0.95%) Apache
15 6 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
16 4 (0.63%) Magnolia
16 4 (0.63%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 238 (37.66%) MS Excel
2 147 (23.26%) MS Office
3 53 (8.39%) MS Visio
4 45 (7.12%) MS Project
5 37 (5.85%) MS PowerPoint
6 17 (2.69%) OmniGraffle
7 16 (2.53%) Photoshop
8 13 (2.06%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (1.11%) InDesign
10 2 (0.32%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.32%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 66 (10.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (4.75%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.63%) BusinessWorks
4 3 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.47%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.16%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.16%) SAP GRC
5 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.16%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.16%) WebTrends
5 1 (0.16%) Pivotal CRM
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.16%) Changepoint
5 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.16%) SAP SEM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (3.16%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (1.58%) Office 365
4 8 (1.27%) PaaS
5 2 (0.32%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.16%) SaaS
6 1 (0.16%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 57 (9.02%) Internet
2 47 (7.44%) DNS
3 41 (6.49%) TCP/IP
4 28 (4.43%) SAN
5 26 (4.11%) Firewall
5 26 (4.11%) DHCP
6 17 (2.69%) LAN
7 16 (2.53%) WAN
8 11 (1.74%) SSL
9 10 (1.58%) LDAP
9 10 (1.58%) NetScaler
10 9 (1.42%) DMZ
11 8 (1.27%) Ethernet
11 8 (1.27%) VPN
12 7 (1.11%) Intranet
13 6 (0.95%) ATM
13 6 (0.95%) VoIP
14 5 (0.79%) SDH
15 4 (0.63%) HTTPS
15 4 (0.63%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (16.93%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (3.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (2.85%) SQL Server 2005
5 14 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.90%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (1.42%) IDOL
9 8 (1.27%) SQL Server 2000
10 7 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (1.11%) Oracle Database
10 7 (1.11%) MS Access
10 7 (1.11%) OLAP
11 6 (0.95%) MySQL
11 6 (0.95%) DTS
11 6 (0.95%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.95%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.79%) QlikView
12 5 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
13 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 21 (3.32%) Team Foundation Server
1 21 (3.32%) Visual Studio
2 19 (3.01%) Axure RP
3 7 (1.11%) Dreamweaver
4 6 (0.95%) Subversion
4 6 (0.95%) Git (software)
4 6 (0.95%) MSTest
5 5 (0.79%) Selenium
5 5 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.63%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.63%) JIRA
7 3 (0.47%) Oracle APEX
7 3 (0.47%) StarTeam
8 2 (0.32%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 1 (0.16%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 1 (0.16%) Moq
9 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Blend
9 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.16%) MSBuild
9 1 (0.16%) Ranorex
General
1 81 (12.82%) Telecoms
2 71 (11.23%) Finance
3 29 (4.59%) Retail
4 27 (4.27%) Marketing
5 17 (2.69%) Interactive Media
6 13 (2.06%) Legal
7 9 (1.42%) Law
8 8 (1.27%) German Language
9 7 (1.11%) Back Office
9 7 (1.11%) Publishing
10 5 (0.79%) Billing
10 5 (0.79%) Banking
10 5 (0.79%) Automotive
11 3 (0.47%) Advertising
12 2 (0.32%) Games
12 2 (0.32%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.32%) Local Government
13 1 (0.16%) French Language
13 1 (0.16%) Portuguese Language
13 1 (0.16%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 93 (14.72%) Developer
2 68 (10.76%) Architect
3 66 (10.44%) Analyst
4 51 (8.07%) Support Engineer
5 48 (7.59%) Project Manager
6 40 (6.33%) Consultant
7 31 (4.91%) Technical Architect
8 21 (3.32%) 2nd Line Support
8 21 (3.32%) Administrator
8 21 (3.32%) Microsoft Developer
9 20 (3.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 17 (2.69%) User Experience Architect
10 17 (2.69%) Designer
11 16 (2.53%) Field Engineer
11 16 (2.53%) Support Analyst
12 14 (2.22%) .NET Developer
13 13 (2.06%) SCCM Engineer
13 13 (2.06%) SharePoint Developer
14 12 (1.90%) CRM Consultant
15 11 (1.74%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (14.24%) .NET
2 58 (9.18%) HTML
3 43 (6.80%) CSS
4 36 (5.70%) ASP.NET
5 35 (5.54%) XML
6 26 (4.11%) Web Services
7 25 (3.96%) Application Packaging
8 24 (3.80%) .NET Framework
9 21 (3.32%) jQuery
10 16 (2.53%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 14 (2.22%) DCOM
11 14 (2.22%) ASP.NET Web API
12 10 (1.58%) Ajax
12 10 (1.58%) AngularJS
12 10 (1.58%) WCF
13 8 (1.27%) Managed Extensibility Framework
13 8 (1.27%) Unity DI Container
14 7 (1.11%) ASP.NET MVC
14 7 (1.11%) SOAP
14 7 (1.11%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 38 (6.01%) Clustering
2 34 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.43%) User Experience
4 27 (4.27%) Management Information System
5 23 (3.64%) Blackberry
6 18 (2.85%) PKI
7 10 (1.58%) Inversion of Control
8 8 (1.27%) Mobile App
8 8 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (0.95%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.95%) Visualisation
11 5 (0.79%) Fat Client
11 5 (0.79%) NHS
11 5 (0.79%) Thin Client
12 4 (0.63%) Data Extraction
12 4 (0.63%) Graphic Design
12 4 (0.63%) Open Source
12 4 (0.63%) iPad
13 3 (0.47%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 213 (33.70%) Windows
2 67 (10.60%) Windows 7
3 64 (10.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 63 (9.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (6.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 31 (4.91%) Linux
7 28 (4.43%) Windows XP
8 22 (3.48%) Windows 8
9 14 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (1.74%) UNIX
11 7 (1.11%) Android
12 4 (0.63%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.47%) Debian
14 2 (0.32%) Apple iOS
15 1 (0.16%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.16%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.16%) AIX
15 1 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (14.24%) ITIL
2 68 (10.76%) CRM
2 68 (10.76%) Project Management
3 55 (8.70%) PRINCE2
4 50 (7.91%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (5.70%) Migration
6 30 (4.75%) Service Management
7 29 (4.59%) MVC
8 26 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
9 22 (3.48%) E-Commerce
10 21 (3.32%) SOA
10 21 (3.32%) Stakeholder Management
11 20 (3.16%) Scrum
12 19 (3.01%) Service Delivery
13 18 (2.85%) Configuration Management
13 18 (2.85%) Enterprise Architecture
13 18 (2.85%) Workflow
13 18 (2.85%) Validation
13 18 (2.85%) Information Architecture
14 17 (2.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 112 (17.72%) SQL
2 64 (10.13%) C#
3 55 (8.70%) JavaScript
4 34 (5.38%) PowerShell
5 28 (4.43%) T-SQL
6 18 (2.85%) VBScript
7 16 (2.53%) VBA
8 9 (1.42%) C++
9 7 (1.11%) Java
10 6 (0.95%) VC++
11 5 (0.79%) C
12 4 (0.63%) PHP
13 3 (0.47%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.47%) Perl
13 3 (0.47%) VB
13 3 (0.47%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.32%) PHP5
15 1 (0.16%) X++
15 1 (0.16%) SAPscript
15 1 (0.16%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 134 (21.20%) Security Cleared
2 73 (11.55%) SC Cleared
3 72 (11.39%) DV Cleared
4 54 (8.54%) Degree
5 47 (7.44%) Microsoft Certification
6 31 (4.91%) MCSE
7 18 (2.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 16 (2.53%) MCP
9 15 (2.37%) PMI Certification
10 12 (1.90%) MCITP
10 12 (1.90%) PMP
11 10 (1.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
12 9 (1.42%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (1.11%) MCTS
14 6 (0.95%) MCSA
15 5 (0.79%) CCNA
15 5 (0.79%) Citrix Certification
15 5 (0.79%) CISSP
16 4 (0.63%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (6.65%) SLA
2 8 (1.27%) ISO 9001
2 8 (1.27%) QA
3 5 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.32%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) CDISC
6 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
System Software
1 146 (23.10%) Active Directory
2 48 (7.59%) Hyper-V
3 46 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (4.43%) XenDesktop
5 27 (4.27%) vSphere
6 19 (3.01%) Microsoft App-V
7 15 (2.37%) XenApp
8 10 (1.58%) VMware ESX
8 10 (1.58%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.95%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.79%) KVM
11 4 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.47%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.32%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 2 (0.32%) XenServer
14 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 1 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.16%) NLBS
14 1 (0.16%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 36 (5.70%) SCCM
2 20 (3.16%) SCOM
3 14 (2.22%) WMI
4 8 (1.27%) WSUS
5 5 (0.79%) NetBackup
6 4 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.47%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.47%) XenMobile
7 3 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.32%) OpenView
8 2 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.32%) BMC PATROL
8 2 (0.32%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.16%) Netcool/Webtop
9 1 (0.16%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.16%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.16%) nmon
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 77 (12.18%) VMware
2 55 (8.70%) Citrix
3 42 (6.65%) HP
4 28 (4.43%) Cisco
5 24 (3.80%) Oracle
6 19 (3.01%) Symantec
7 17 (2.69%) IBM
8 14 (2.22%) AppSense
8 14 (2.22%) Red Hat
9 13 (2.06%) Dell
10 12 (1.90%) EMC
10 12 (1.90%) Adobe
11 10 (1.58%) Lotus
12 9 (1.42%) SAP
13 8 (1.27%) CA
13 8 (1.27%) Lumension
14 7 (1.11%) Meridio
15 5 (0.79%) BMC
15 5 (0.79%) NetApp
16 4 (0.63%) Amdocs
Berkshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Posted: 18 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £205 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Venturi
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per annum for 6 Months
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Vitamin T
Rate: From £26,000 to £27,000 per annum £26K - £27K + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
Volt
Rate: £26000.00 - £27000.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £550 - 590 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
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Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
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Cathcart Associates
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