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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 7 8 4
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 308 286 370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 11.74% 11.69% 14.41%
As % of the Vendors category 22.95% 25.60% 30.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 139 135
Average daily rate
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£356 £378 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.62% +7.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 23 36
Average hourly rate £21.55 £17.07 £19.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.24% -11.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £11.30 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.90 £22.80 £30.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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
1342 1117 1210
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 51.14% 45.65% 47.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 724 508 454
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 37 56
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.65 £12.25 £12.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £30.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+1.35% -4.14%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +1 153 £385 -3.75% 77
Slough +20 45 £290 +3.57% 15
Bracknell -7 25 £355 +18.33% 3
Maidenhead +8 10 £300 +11.11% 5
Newbury -15 6 £413 +3.12% 9
Windsor +1 1 £235 -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 267 (41.14%) Windows
2 239 (36.83%) MS Excel
3 138 (21.26%) Active Directory
4 136 (20.96%) MS Office
5 132 (20.34%) SQL
5 132 (20.34%) Security Cleared
6 125 (19.26%) Windows 7
7 107 (16.49%) SQL Server
8 101 (15.56%) Telecoms
9 88 (13.56%) DV Cleared
10 87 (13.41%) ITIL
11 82 (12.63%) .NET
12 78 (12.02%) Analytical Skills
13 77 (11.86%) C#
14 76 (11.71%) Project Management
15 73 (11.25%) VMware
16 68 (10.48%) Migration
16 68 (10.48%) SCCM
17 66 (10.17%) Finance
18 56 (8.63%) Linux
18 56 (8.63%) Citrix
19 54 (8.32%) HP
19 54 (8.32%) Microsoft Certification
20 53 (8.17%) MS Visio
21 52 (8.01%) VMware Infrastructure
22 49 (7.55%) SharePoint
23 47 (7.24%) MS Exchange
23 47 (7.24%) Business Intelligence
23 47 (7.24%) SC Cleared
24 46 (7.09%) TCP/IP

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 49 (7.55%) SharePoint
2 47 (7.24%) MS Exchange
3 34 (5.24%) Lync
4 29 (4.47%) IIS
5 24 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (3.08%) BizTalk Server
7 15 (2.31%) WebSphere
8 12 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.23%) ArcGIS
10 7 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (0.92%) SAS
12 5 (0.77%) Apache
12 5 (0.77%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.77%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.46%) nginx
14 3 (0.46%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (0.46%) Smallworld
14 3 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 239 (36.83%) MS Excel
2 136 (20.96%) MS Office
3 53 (8.17%) MS Visio
4 46 (7.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 28 (4.31%) MS Project
6 19 (2.93%) Photoshop
6 19 (2.93%) Adobe Illustrator
7 16 (2.47%) OmniGraffle
8 9 (1.39%) InDesign
9 5 (0.77%) SPSS
10 2 (0.31%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.31%) Maya
10 2 (0.31%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.31%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 23 (3.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.69%) Maximo
3 10 (1.54%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.62%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.46%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (0.46%) SAP CCM
6 2 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.31%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.15%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.15%) Lawson
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.15%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 28 (4.31%) Office 365
2 13 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.39%) Google Analytics
4 7 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (0.77%) SaaS
5 5 (0.77%) IaaS
6 4 (0.62%) PaaS
6 4 (0.62%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.31%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.31%) SmartFocus
7 2 (0.31%) Yammer
8 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 46 (7.09%) TCP/IP
2 40 (6.16%) Firewall
3 39 (6.01%) DNS
4 23 (3.54%) VPN
5 21 (3.24%) DHCP
5 21 (3.24%) WAN
6 20 (3.08%) LAN
7 18 (2.77%) VoIP
8 15 (2.31%) SAN
9 13 (2.00%) Internet
9 13 (2.00%) SSL
10 12 (1.85%) HTTP
10 12 (1.85%) VLAN
10 12 (1.85%) Network Security
11 8 (1.23%) iSCSI
12 7 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.08%) IPsec
12 7 (1.08%) Skype
12 7 (1.08%) Ethernet
13 6 (0.92%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (16.49%) SQL Server
2 35 (5.39%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (5.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 30 (4.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (3.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 20 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 13 (2.00%) OLAP
8 11 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (1.39%) DB2
9 9 (1.39%) MySQL
9 9 (1.39%) Oracle Database
9 9 (1.39%) Relational Database
10 8 (1.23%) Big Data
11 7 (1.08%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.92%) Star Schema
13 5 (0.77%) DataStage
14 4 (0.62%) Data Mart
14 4 (0.62%) SAP BI
14 4 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 26 (4.01%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (2.47%) Axure RP
2 16 (2.47%) MSI
3 11 (1.69%) Visual Studio
4 9 (1.39%) SoapUI
4 9 (1.39%) Jenkins
5 7 (1.08%) Dreamweaver
6 6 (0.92%) Oracle Forms
6 6 (0.92%) Fiddler
7 5 (0.77%) Toad
8 4 (0.62%) Subversion
9 3 (0.46%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.31%) Selenium
10 2 (0.31%) TestComplete
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Blend
11 1 (0.15%) Git (software)
11 1 (0.15%) LabVIEW
11 1 (0.15%) LoadRunner
11 1 (0.15%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.15%) PVCS
General
1 101 (15.56%) Telecoms
2 66 (10.17%) Finance
3 33 (5.08%) Marketing
4 20 (3.08%) Retail
5 14 (2.16%) Advertising
6 11 (1.69%) Interactive Media
7 8 (1.23%) French Language
7 8 (1.23%) German Language
8 5 (0.77%) Legal
8 5 (0.77%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.77%) Electronics
9 4 (0.62%) Italian Language
10 3 (0.46%) Back Office
10 3 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.46%) Publishing
10 3 (0.46%) Military
11 2 (0.31%) Hebrew Language
11 2 (0.31%) Polish Language
11 2 (0.31%) Russian Language
11 2 (0.31%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 104 (16.02%) Analyst
2 73 (11.25%) Support Engineer
3 51 (7.86%) Developer
4 40 (6.16%) Consultant
5 38 (5.86%) Architect
6 37 (5.70%) Applications Packager
7 32 (4.93%) Project Manager
8 27 (4.16%) Business Analyst
9 26 (4.01%) 2nd Line Support
10 25 (3.85%) Desktop Support
11 21 (3.24%) Rollout Engineer
12 19 (2.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 16 (2.47%) Desktop Engineer
13 16 (2.47%) Administrator
13 16 (2.47%) Data Analyst
14 15 (2.31%) 1st Line Support
14 15 (2.31%) Test Analyst
15 14 (2.16%) Technical Manager
15 14 (2.16%) Designer
16 13 (2.00%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (12.63%) .NET
2 31 (4.78%) HTML
3 24 (3.70%) WCF
4 23 (3.54%) Application Packaging
4 23 (3.54%) XML
5 19 (2.93%) ASP.NET
5 19 (2.93%) Web Services
6 17 (2.62%) CSS
7 14 (2.16%) WPF
8 13 (2.00%) Middleware
9 10 (1.54%) .NET Framework
9 10 (1.54%) XSD
9 10 (1.54%) ASP.NET Web API
10 9 (1.39%) SOAP
11 8 (1.23%) RESTful
12 7 (1.08%) Ajax
13 5 (0.77%) MDX
13 5 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC
13 5 (0.77%) jQuery
14 4 (0.62%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 78 (12.02%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (4.47%) Data Centre
3 27 (4.16%) Management Information System
4 26 (4.01%) User Experience
5 19 (2.93%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.00%) GIS
7 12 (1.85%) AS400
7 12 (1.85%) Replication
7 12 (1.85%) Clustering
8 11 (1.69%) iSeries
9 10 (1.54%) Data Integration
10 9 (1.39%) Blackberry
10 9 (1.39%) Social Media
11 8 (1.23%) Mobile Computing
11 8 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (1.08%) Visualisation
13 6 (0.92%) PKI
13 6 (0.92%) Mainframe
14 5 (0.77%) EqualLogic
14 5 (0.77%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 267 (41.14%) Windows
2 125 (19.26%) Windows 7
3 56 (8.63%) Linux
4 39 (6.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (4.78%) Windows XP
6 26 (4.01%) UNIX
6 26 (4.01%) Windows Server 2003
7 21 (3.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (2.47%) Windows 8
9 13 (2.00%) AIX
9 13 (2.00%) Solaris
10 8 (1.23%) Windows 2000 Server
11 6 (0.92%) Windows 2000
11 6 (0.92%) zOS
12 5 (0.77%) Android
12 5 (0.77%) Windows Phone
13 3 (0.46%) CentOS
13 3 (0.46%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.31%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (13.41%) ITIL
2 76 (11.71%) Project Management
3 68 (10.48%) Migration
4 47 (7.24%) Business Intelligence
5 39 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
6 33 (5.08%) PRINCE2
7 29 (4.47%) CRM
8 26 (4.01%) ETL
9 23 (3.54%) Service Management
10 22 (3.39%) Configuration Management
11 21 (3.24%) E-Commerce
11 21 (3.24%) Analytics
12 20 (3.08%) Mentoring
13 17 (2.62%) Information Architecture
13 17 (2.62%) Data Migration
13 17 (2.62%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (2.62%) Data Analysis
14 14 (2.16%) Service Delivery
14 14 (2.16%) Change Management
15 13 (2.00%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 132 (20.34%) SQL
2 77 (11.86%) C#
3 39 (6.01%) T-SQL
4 25 (3.85%) PowerShell
5 18 (2.77%) JavaScript
6 17 (2.62%) C++
7 16 (2.47%) Java
8 15 (2.31%) C
9 11 (1.69%) VBScript
9 11 (1.69%) VB
10 9 (1.39%) PHP
11 6 (0.92%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.77%) VBA
12 5 (0.77%) Python
13 4 (0.62%) Perl
14 3 (0.46%) MATLAB
14 3 (0.46%) Ruby
15 2 (0.31%) X++
15 2 (0.31%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.15%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 132 (20.34%) Security Cleared
2 88 (13.56%) DV Cleared
3 54 (8.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 47 (7.24%) SC Cleared
5 40 (6.16%) Degree
6 33 (5.08%) MCSE
7 20 (3.08%) MCP
8 18 (2.77%) MCITP
9 16 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (2.31%) MCTS
11 11 (1.69%) CCNA
12 10 (1.54%) CCNP
13 9 (1.39%) Sun Certification
13 9 (1.39%) ACCA
13 9 (1.39%) CIMA
14 8 (1.23%) PMI Certification
14 8 (1.23%) MCSA
15 6 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 6 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.92%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.01%) SLA
2 8 (1.23%) QA
3 6 (0.92%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.31%) PMBOK
5 2 (0.31%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.15%) GxP
System Software
1 138 (21.26%) Active Directory
2 52 (8.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.86%) Hyper-V
4 37 (5.70%) Microsoft App-V
5 17 (2.62%) vSphere
6 15 (2.31%) VMware ESX
7 10 (1.54%) XenApp
8 6 (0.92%) Terminal Services
9 5 (0.77%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.31%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (0.31%) XenServer
10 2 (0.31%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.15%) NFS
11 1 (0.15%) NDS
11 1 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.15%) vCloud
11 1 (0.15%) SRDF
11 1 (0.15%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 68 (10.48%) SCCM
2 19 (2.93%) SCOM
3 9 (1.39%) Tivoli
3 9 (1.39%) WSUS
4 8 (1.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 8 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 8 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (1.08%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (1.08%) NetBackup
6 5 (0.77%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.62%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.62%) Backup Exec
8 3 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
8 3 (0.46%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.46%) Nagios
8 3 (0.46%) HP SIM
8 3 (0.46%) Plesk
8 3 (0.46%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.46%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 73 (11.25%) VMware
2 56 (8.63%) Citrix
3 54 (8.32%) HP
4 45 (6.93%) Oracle
5 39 (6.01%) Cisco
6 36 (5.55%) SAP
7 30 (4.62%) Symantec
8 18 (2.77%) Remedy
9 17 (2.62%) IBM
10 16 (2.47%) Adobe
11 15 (2.31%) Dell
12 11 (1.69%) McAfee
12 11 (1.69%) Google
13 10 (1.54%) Sun
14 9 (1.39%) Cognos
14 9 (1.39%) EMC
15 8 (1.23%) Ericsson
15 8 (1.23%) CheckPoint
15 8 (1.23%) Mapinfo
15 8 (1.23%) Amdocs
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