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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 2
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 345 339 398
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 13.66% 13.02% 16.37%
As % of the Vendors category 27.67% 26.93% 32.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 131 153
Average daily rate
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£350 £380 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £168 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £462 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 25
Average hourly rate £21.55 £13.49 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.80% -44.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £9.10 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.12 £18.47 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -
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
1247 1259 1238
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 49.37% 48.35% 50.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 620 582 488
Average daily rate £400 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £175 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £369 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.42% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 44 46
Average hourly rate £21.55 £15.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.03% -24.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £11.25 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £30.00 £49.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -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 28 May 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 May 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 May 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 +1 185 £350 -6.66% 45
Bracknell -1 26 £300 - 3
Slough +2 19 £150 -46.90% 14
Newbury +3 15 £338 +12.50% 6
Maidenhead +5 12 £435 +8.62% 10
Wokingham +4 4 £388 - 1
Thatcham - 1 - -
Windsor - 1 - - 1
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 288 (40.17%) MS Excel
2 276 (38.49%) Windows
3 174 (24.27%) Security Cleared
4 163 (22.73%) Active Directory
5 147 (20.50%) MS Office
6 145 (20.22%) SQL
7 144 (20.08%) Telecoms
8 129 (17.99%) Windows 7
9 115 (16.04%) DV Cleared
10 108 (15.06%) VMware
11 100 (13.95%) ITIL
12 92 (12.83%) SQL Server
13 81 (11.30%) SCCM
14 80 (11.16%) VMware Infrastructure
15 75 (10.46%) SC Cleared
16 74 (10.32%) SharePoint
17 73 (10.18%) .NET
17 73 (10.18%) Degree
18 72 (10.04%) C#
18 72 (10.04%) Microsoft Certification
19 71 (9.90%) Project Management
20 69 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
21 68 (9.48%) Windows Server 2008
22 67 (9.34%) Migration
23 65 (9.07%) Oracle
24 64 (8.93%) HP
25 60 (8.37%) Citrix
26 58 (8.09%) Windows Server 2003
27 56 (7.81%) Linux
28 55 (7.67%) MS Exchange

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 74 (10.32%) SharePoint
2 55 (7.67%) MS Exchange
3 35 (4.88%) Lync
4 29 (4.04%) IIS
5 24 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (2.79%) SharePoint 2013
7 18 (2.51%) BizTalk Server
7 18 (2.51%) SharePoint Server
8 16 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2003
9 12 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (1.53%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (1.26%) CMS
11 9 (1.26%) ArcGIS
11 9 (1.26%) IBM Notes
11 9 (1.26%) WebSphere
11 9 (1.26%) Office Communications Server
12 8 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
13 7 (0.98%) SAS
13 7 (0.98%) Sitecore CMS
13 7 (0.98%) Node.js
Applications
1 288 (40.17%) MS Excel
2 147 (20.50%) MS Office
3 52 (7.25%) MS PowerPoint
4 48 (6.69%) MS Visio
5 29 (4.04%) MS Project
6 19 (2.65%) Photoshop
6 19 (2.65%) Adobe Illustrator
7 16 (2.23%) OmniGraffle
8 9 (1.26%) InDesign
9 5 (0.70%) SPSS
10 4 (0.56%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.28%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.14%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 27 (3.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.84%) Maximo
5 5 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.42%) Changepoint
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.14%) Endur
8 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.14%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.93%) Office 365
2 9 (1.26%) Google Analytics
3 7 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
3 7 (0.98%) Mimecast
4 5 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (0.56%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.28%) SaaS
6 2 (0.28%) PaaS
7 1 (0.14%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 43 (6.00%) DNS
2 39 (5.44%) Firewall
3 37 (5.16%) TCP/IP
4 31 (4.32%) DHCP
5 24 (3.35%) VPN
6 23 (3.21%) SAN
7 22 (3.07%) Internet
7 22 (3.07%) LAN
8 19 (2.65%) SSL
9 18 (2.51%) WAN
10 17 (2.37%) Network Security
11 14 (1.95%) NetScaler
11 14 (1.95%) Wireless
12 13 (1.81%) OSPF
12 13 (1.81%) Ethernet
12 13 (1.81%) VoIP
13 12 (1.67%) WLAN
13 12 (1.67%) MPLS
14 10 (1.39%) Unified Communications
14 10 (1.39%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (12.83%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (3.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (2.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 15 (2.09%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (1.53%) MySQL
8 10 (1.39%) Oracle Database
9 7 (0.98%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.84%) Relational Database
10 6 (0.84%) DB2
11 5 (0.70%) Star Schema
11 5 (0.70%) OLAP
11 5 (0.70%) Oracle Discoverer
11 5 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.70%) QlikView
11 5 (0.70%) Big Data
12 4 (0.56%) Data Mart
13 3 (0.42%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 31 (4.32%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (2.79%) MSI
3 16 (2.23%) Axure RP
4 12 (1.67%) SoapUI
5 9 (1.26%) Git (software)
5 9 (1.26%) Jenkins
6 8 (1.12%) StarTeam
6 8 (1.12%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.98%) Dreamweaver
8 6 (0.84%) Fiddler
9 5 (0.70%) Subversion
9 5 (0.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 5 (0.70%) JIRA
10 4 (0.56%) Oracle Forms
10 4 (0.56%) QuickTest Pro
11 3 (0.42%) InstallShield
11 3 (0.42%) Selenium
12 2 (0.28%) NuGet
12 2 (0.28%) MSBuild
12 2 (0.28%) Artifactory
General
1 144 (20.08%) Telecoms
2 54 (7.53%) Finance
3 32 (4.46%) Marketing
4 21 (2.93%) Retail
5 11 (1.53%) Interactive Media
6 10 (1.39%) Advertising
7 9 (1.26%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.70%) Legal
8 5 (0.70%) Electronics
8 5 (0.70%) German Language
9 3 (0.42%) Publishing
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) Back Office
10 2 (0.28%) Billing
10 2 (0.28%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.14%) Automotive
11 1 (0.14%) Games
11 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.14%) Czech Language
11 1 (0.14%) Hebrew Language
Job Titles
1 96 (13.39%) Analyst
2 77 (10.74%) Support Engineer
3 65 (9.07%) Developer
4 45 (6.28%) Consultant
5 38 (5.30%) Applications Packager
5 38 (5.30%) Architect
6 34 (4.74%) Project Manager
7 27 (3.77%) Design Engineer
8 26 (3.63%) Server Engineer
9 25 (3.49%) Desktop Engineer
10 23 (3.21%) Data Analyst
10 23 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support
11 21 (2.93%) Administrator
11 21 (2.93%) Field Engineer
12 19 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 18 (2.51%) Rollout Engineer
14 17 (2.37%) Coordinator
14 17 (2.37%) Business Analyst
14 17 (2.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 16 (2.23%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (10.18%) .NET
2 38 (5.30%) HTML
3 35 (4.88%) XML
4 23 (3.21%) CSS
5 22 (3.07%) ASP.NET
6 19 (2.65%) Application Packaging
6 19 (2.65%) WCF
7 17 (2.37%) WPF
7 17 (2.37%) Web Services
8 15 (2.09%) RESTful
9 12 (1.67%) SOAP
9 12 (1.67%) Middleware
10 11 (1.53%) .NET Framework
11 10 (1.39%) ASP.NET Web API
11 10 (1.39%) jQuery
12 8 (1.12%) AngularJS
12 8 (1.12%) XSD
13 7 (0.98%) Ajax
13 7 (0.98%) Express
14 6 (0.84%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 69 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (4.60%) User Experience
3 31 (4.32%) Data Centre
4 28 (3.91%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.65%) Clustering
6 18 (2.51%) PKI
7 13 (1.81%) Social Media
8 12 (1.67%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.53%) GIS
10 10 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
10 10 (1.39%) Replication
10 10 (1.39%) SecurID
11 9 (1.26%) AS400
12 8 (1.12%) Mobile Computing
12 8 (1.12%) iSeries
13 7 (0.98%) Visualisation
13 7 (0.98%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.70%) Data Integration
14 5 (0.70%) EqualLogic
15 4 (0.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 276 (38.49%) Windows
2 129 (17.99%) Windows 7
3 68 (9.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 58 (8.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 56 (7.81%) Linux
6 33 (4.60%) Windows XP
7 27 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (2.79%) UNIX
8 20 (2.79%) Windows 8
9 9 (1.26%) Solaris
10 7 (0.98%) AIX
11 5 (0.70%) Windows Phone
12 4 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.56%) Windows 2000
12 4 (0.56%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.56%) zOS
13 3 (0.42%) Android
13 3 (0.42%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.28%) CentOS
14 2 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (13.95%) ITIL
2 71 (9.90%) Project Management
3 67 (9.34%) Migration
4 38 (5.30%) PRINCE2
5 37 (5.16%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (4.88%) Business Intelligence
6 35 (4.88%) CRM
7 34 (4.74%) Service Management
8 32 (4.46%) Configuration Management
9 30 (4.18%) E-Commerce
9 30 (4.18%) Data Analysis
10 27 (3.77%) Stakeholder Management
11 24 (3.35%) Validation
12 21 (2.93%) Service Delivery
13 20 (2.79%) Performance Monitoring
13 20 (2.79%) Customer Engagement
14 18 (2.51%) Change Management
14 18 (2.51%) Data Modelling
14 18 (2.51%) Data Migration
15 17 (2.37%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 145 (20.22%) SQL
2 72 (10.04%) C#
3 32 (4.46%) PowerShell
4 30 (4.18%) JavaScript
5 22 (3.07%) VBScript
5 22 (3.07%) VB
6 21 (2.93%) T-SQL
7 17 (2.37%) Java
8 13 (1.81%) C
9 11 (1.53%) PHP
10 10 (1.39%) C++
11 7 (0.98%) VBA
12 5 (0.70%) MATLAB
12 5 (0.70%) Perl
12 5 (0.70%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.42%) Ruby
13 3 (0.42%) Python
14 2 (0.28%) RPG
14 2 (0.28%) COBOL
14 2 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 174 (24.27%) Security Cleared
2 115 (16.04%) DV Cleared
3 75 (10.46%) SC Cleared
4 73 (10.18%) Degree
5 72 (10.04%) Microsoft Certification
6 42 (5.86%) MCSE
7 27 (3.77%) MCP
7 27 (3.77%) MCITP
8 24 (3.35%) Cisco Certification
9 23 (3.21%) MCTS
10 18 (2.51%) CCNP
11 10 (1.39%) CCNA
12 9 (1.26%) CISSP
12 9 (1.26%) PMP
12 9 (1.26%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.98%) Sun Certification
13 7 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (0.98%) CCIE
14 5 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.70%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.77%) SLA
2 15 (2.09%) QA
3 12 (1.67%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.56%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 4 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.28%) PMBOK
5 2 (0.28%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.14%) BS15000
6 1 (0.14%) GCP
6 1 (0.14%) COBIT
System Software
1 163 (22.73%) Active Directory
2 80 (11.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 52 (7.25%) Hyper-V
4 42 (5.86%) Microsoft App-V
5 22 (3.07%) vSphere
6 21 (2.93%) XenApp
7 17 (2.37%) XenDesktop
8 8 (1.12%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.70%) Terminal Services
9 5 (0.70%) XenServer
10 4 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.28%) PowerHA
11 2 (0.28%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.14%) NDS
12 1 (0.14%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 81 (11.30%) SCCM
2 27 (3.77%) SCOM
3 21 (2.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 11 (1.53%) WMI
4 11 (1.53%) HP Data Protector
5 10 (1.39%) TrustSec
5 10 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (1.12%) SCSM
6 8 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 7 (0.98%) Tivoli
7 7 (0.98%) MOM
8 6 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 5 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
9 5 (0.70%) HP SIM
10 4 (0.56%) Cisco UCCE
10 4 (0.56%) Cisco IPCC
11 3 (0.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 3 (0.42%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.42%) vMotion
11 3 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 108 (15.06%) VMware
2 65 (9.07%) Oracle
3 64 (8.93%) HP
4 60 (8.37%) Citrix
5 41 (5.72%) Cisco
6 39 (5.44%) SAP
7 34 (4.74%) Dell
8 30 (4.18%) Symantec
9 23 (3.21%) IBM
10 16 (2.23%) Adobe
11 14 (1.95%) AppSense
11 14 (1.95%) Wyse
12 13 (1.81%) TOWER Software
13 12 (1.67%) Lumension
14 11 (1.53%) Remedy
14 11 (1.53%) CheckPoint
14 11 (1.53%) CA
14 11 (1.53%) Google
15 10 (1.39%) Fortinet
16 9 (1.26%) Sun
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