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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 4 3
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 318 358 394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 13.01% 14.16% 12.60%
As % of the Vendors category 28.37% 28.41% 24.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 144 153
Average daily rate
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£389 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £165 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 25 17
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £25.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -13.60%
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
1121 1260 1638
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 45.85% 49.82% 52.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 502 551
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £208 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 50 50
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £37.50 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 0 175 £425 +10.38% 64
Bracknell -2 32 £300 -2.91% 7
Slough -11 18 £285 +3.63% 10
Newbury +6 10 £413 +106.25% 4
Maidenhead -6 9 £325 -7.14% 8
Windsor +1 2 - -
Hungerford - 2 - - 3
Wokingham +1 1 - - 3
Thatcham - - - - 1
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 261 (40.22%) MS Excel
2 243 (37.44%) Windows
3 177 (27.27%) MS Office
4 151 (23.27%) Active Directory
5 138 (21.26%) Security Cleared
6 116 (17.87%) SQL Server
7 115 (17.72%) SQL
8 105 (16.18%) .NET
9 95 (14.64%) SharePoint
10 85 (13.10%) Finance
11 83 (12.79%) C#
12 81 (12.48%) ITIL
12 81 (12.48%) Windows Server 2003
13 80 (12.33%) SC Cleared
14 70 (10.79%) Windows Server 2008
15 69 (10.63%) Windows 7
16 68 (10.48%) Project Management
17 67 (10.32%) VMware
17 67 (10.32%) DV Cleared
18 66 (10.17%) MS Exchange
19 65 (10.02%) Telecoms
19 65 (10.02%) Degree
20 57 (8.78%) Migration
21 53 (8.17%) Microsoft Certification
22 52 (8.01%) Citrix
23 51 (7.86%) ASP.NET
24 49 (7.55%) PRINCE2
24 49 (7.55%) Internet
25 48 (7.40%) XML
25 48 (7.40%) Analytical Skills

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 95 (14.64%) SharePoint
2 66 (10.17%) MS Exchange
3 38 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2013
4 37 (5.70%) IIS
5 34 (5.24%) Lync
6 31 (4.78%) BizTalk Server
7 28 (4.31%) Exchange Server 2010
8 24 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
9 23 (3.54%) SharePoint Server
10 22 (3.39%) SharePoint 2010
11 21 (3.24%) SharePoint 2013
12 19 (2.93%) Exchange Server 2007
13 15 (2.31%) IBM Notes
14 13 (2.00%) CMS
15 6 (0.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.92%) Apache
16 4 (0.62%) TIBCO EMS
16 4 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
16 4 (0.62%) Zimbra
16 4 (0.62%) Magnolia
Applications
1 261 (40.22%) MS Excel
2 177 (27.27%) MS Office
3 45 (6.93%) MS Project
4 40 (6.16%) MS PowerPoint
5 37 (5.70%) MS Visio
6 7 (1.08%) Photoshop
6 7 (1.08%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.77%) AutoCAD
7 5 (0.77%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.46%) InDesign
8 3 (0.46%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.31%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.15%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 44 (6.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.62%) BusinessWorks
3 4 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.46%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.31%) SAP GRC
5 2 (0.31%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.31%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.15%) Pivotal CRM
6 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.15%) Changepoint
6 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.15%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.15%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.15%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.15%) SAP SEM
6 1 (0.15%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (1.54%) Office 365
4 8 (1.23%) PaaS
5 1 (0.15%) SaaS
5 1 (0.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 49 (7.55%) Internet
2 42 (6.47%) DNS
3 35 (5.39%) TCP/IP
4 26 (4.01%) SAN
4 26 (4.01%) Firewall
5 22 (3.39%) DHCP
6 19 (2.93%) LDAP
7 18 (2.77%) LAN
8 17 (2.62%) WAN
9 16 (2.47%) VoIP
10 12 (1.85%) VPN
11 8 (1.23%) SSL
11 8 (1.23%) DMZ
11 8 (1.23%) 3G
11 8 (1.23%) LTE
11 8 (1.23%) NetScaler
12 7 (1.08%) Intranet
12 7 (1.08%) Ethernet
13 6 (0.92%) ATM
14 5 (0.77%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (17.87%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.62%) SQL Server 2005
3 27 (4.16%) SQL Server 2008
4 26 (4.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (3.39%) SQL Server 2012
6 21 (3.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (2.47%) OLAP
8 15 (2.31%) DTS
9 13 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
9 13 (2.00%) IDOL
10 10 (1.54%) Data Mining
11 8 (1.23%) MS Access
12 7 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 6 (0.92%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
14 5 (0.77%) MySQL
14 5 (0.77%) QlikView
15 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 4 (0.62%) Relational Database
15 4 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 46 (7.09%) Visual Studio
2 20 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (1.23%) MSI
4 7 (1.08%) Subversion
5 6 (0.92%) StarTeam
5 6 (0.92%) MSTest
5 6 (0.92%) SoapUI
6 5 (0.77%) Axure RP
6 5 (0.77%) Selenium
6 5 (0.77%) NUnit
7 4 (0.62%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.62%) JIRA
7 4 (0.62%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.46%) Dreamweaver
9 2 (0.31%) TestDirector
9 2 (0.31%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 2 (0.31%) MSBuild
9 2 (0.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.15%) Ranorex
10 1 (0.15%) LoadUI
General
1 85 (13.10%) Finance
2 65 (10.02%) Telecoms
3 27 (4.16%) Marketing
4 22 (3.39%) Retail
5 13 (2.00%) Legal
6 9 (1.39%) Law
7 8 (1.23%) Publishing
7 8 (1.23%) Billing
7 8 (1.23%) German Language
8 7 (1.08%) Banking
8 7 (1.08%) Back Office
9 4 (0.62%) Automotive
9 4 (0.62%) Games
10 3 (0.46%) Military
10 3 (0.46%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.46%) Advertising
10 3 (0.46%) Interactive Media
11 1 (0.15%) Mandarin Language
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 86 (13.25%) Developer
2 70 (10.79%) Analyst
3 54 (8.32%) Consultant
4 53 (8.17%) Architect
5 48 (7.40%) Project Manager
6 47 (7.24%) Support Engineer
7 33 (5.08%) Administrator
8 23 (3.54%) Technical Architect
9 22 (3.39%) Microsoft Consultant
10 21 (3.24%) SharePoint Developer
11 20 (3.08%) CRM Consultant
12 19 (2.93%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
12 19 (2.93%) Support Analyst
13 16 (2.47%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (2.47%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
14 15 (2.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 14 (2.16%) Service Manager
15 14 (2.16%) Designer
16 13 (2.00%) 1st Line Support
17 12 (1.85%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (16.18%) .NET
2 51 (7.86%) ASP.NET
3 48 (7.40%) XML
4 40 (6.16%) HTML
5 32 (4.93%) .NET Framework
6 29 (4.47%) Web Services
7 26 (4.01%) CSS
8 24 (3.70%) Application Packaging
9 19 (2.93%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 17 (2.62%) jQuery
11 16 (2.47%) Windows SharePoint Services
12 14 (2.16%) WCF
13 13 (2.00%) ASP.NET Web API
14 12 (1.85%) DCOM
15 9 (1.39%) SOAP
16 8 (1.23%) WSDL
16 8 (1.23%) Ajax
16 8 (1.23%) Unity DI Container
16 8 (1.23%) Managed Extensibility Framework
17 7 (1.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.31%) Clustering
3 23 (3.54%) Blackberry
3 23 (3.54%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.31%) PKI
5 9 (1.39%) Inversion of Control
5 9 (1.39%) User Experience
5 9 (1.39%) Mobile App
6 7 (1.08%) NHS
7 6 (0.92%) GIS
7 6 (0.92%) iPad
7 6 (0.92%) Computer Science
7 6 (0.92%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (0.77%) Fat Client
8 5 (0.77%) iPhone
8 5 (0.77%) Thin Client
9 4 (0.62%) Data Extraction
9 4 (0.62%) Replication
10 3 (0.46%) Blog
10 3 (0.46%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 243 (37.44%) Windows
2 81 (12.48%) Windows Server 2003
3 70 (10.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 69 (10.63%) Windows 7
5 38 (5.86%) Windows XP
6 37 (5.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 31 (4.78%) Linux
8 26 (4.01%) Windows 8
9 16 (2.47%) UNIX
10 12 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (1.39%) Android
12 5 (0.77%) Windows Vista
12 5 (0.77%) Solaris
12 5 (0.77%) Windows 2000
13 4 (0.62%) AIX
14 3 (0.46%) Debian
14 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.46%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.31%) CentOS
16 1 (0.15%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (12.48%) ITIL
2 68 (10.48%) Project Management
3 57 (8.78%) Migration
4 49 (7.55%) PRINCE2
5 45 (6.93%) CRM
6 39 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
7 28 (4.31%) Service Delivery
8 27 (4.16%) Service Management
8 27 (4.16%) Configuration Management
8 27 (4.16%) Workflow
8 27 (4.16%) Web Development
9 26 (4.01%) MVC
10 22 (3.39%) Disaster Recovery
10 22 (3.39%) User Acceptance Testing
11 21 (3.24%) Stakeholder Management
12 18 (2.77%) Scrum
12 18 (2.77%) Validation
13 17 (2.62%) SOA
14 15 (2.31%) Business Intelligence
14 15 (2.31%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 115 (17.72%) SQL
2 83 (12.79%) C#
3 44 (6.78%) T-SQL
3 44 (6.78%) PowerShell
4 36 (5.55%) JavaScript
5 16 (2.47%) VBScript
6 13 (2.00%) C++
7 11 (1.69%) C
8 6 (0.92%) Java
8 6 (0.92%) VC++
9 5 (0.77%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.46%) VB
10 3 (0.46%) Perl
10 3 (0.46%) PHP
10 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.46%) VBA
11 2 (0.31%) PHP5
11 2 (0.31%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.31%) Delphi
11 2 (0.31%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 138 (21.26%) Security Cleared
2 80 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 67 (10.32%) DV Cleared
4 65 (10.02%) Degree
5 53 (8.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 29 (4.47%) MCSE
7 15 (2.31%) MCP
7 15 (2.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 12 (1.85%) MCITP
9 11 (1.69%) PMP
9 11 (1.69%) PMI Certification
9 11 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (1.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (1.54%) MCTS
11 7 (1.08%) CCNA
12 5 (0.77%) HND
12 5 (0.77%) CISSP
12 5 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.62%) CCA
13 4 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.32%) SLA
2 12 (1.85%) ISO 9001
3 7 (1.08%) QA
4 6 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.46%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.31%) COBIT
7 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
System Software
1 151 (23.27%) Active Directory
2 39 (6.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 39 (6.01%) Hyper-V
3 28 (4.31%) XenDesktop
4 25 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (3.70%) vSphere
6 16 (2.47%) XenApp
7 14 (2.16%) VMware ESX
8 11 (1.69%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.46%) XenServer
13 2 (0.31%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.31%) KVM
14 1 (0.15%) vCloud
14 1 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.15%) NFS
14 1 (0.15%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 37 (5.70%) SCCM
2 20 (3.08%) SCOM
3 12 (1.85%) WMI
4 8 (1.23%) WSUS
5 7 (1.08%) Tivoli
6 6 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (0.92%) NetBackup
7 5 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (0.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (0.62%) Backup Exec
8 4 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 4 (0.62%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.46%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.15%) OpenView
10 1 (0.15%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.15%) Netcool
10 1 (0.15%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Monitoring
10 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.15%) Netcool/Webtop
Vendors
1 67 (10.32%) VMware
2 52 (8.01%) Citrix
3 34 (5.24%) HP
4 29 (4.47%) Cisco
5 25 (3.85%) Oracle
6 22 (3.39%) IBM
7 17 (2.62%) SAP
8 16 (2.47%) Symantec
9 15 (2.31%) Lotus
10 14 (2.16%) Red Hat
10 14 (2.16%) AppSense
11 12 (1.85%) Meridio
12 10 (1.54%) EMC
13 9 (1.39%) Dell
14 8 (1.23%) Lumension
15 6 (0.92%) Remedy
15 6 (0.92%) Borland
15 6 (0.92%) CA
16 5 (0.77%) Apple
16 5 (0.77%) Adobe
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