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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 3
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 392 339 371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 13.40% 13.66% 12.09%
As % of the Vendors category 26.56% 28.39% 23.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 125 143
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £165 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 45 26
Average hourly rate £14.50 £30.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.66% +90.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.10 £11.14 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £43.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
Vendors Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1476 1194 1611
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 50.44% 48.13% 52.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 698 448 554
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £185 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £505 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 72 58
Average hourly rate £17.50 £28.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +69.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £13.05 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.88 £51.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -5.00%
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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Reading +3 197 £375 - 69
Bracknell +2 53 £340 +106.06% 9
Slough -5 20 £330 -26.66% 15
Newbury +5 17 £275 -31.25% 5
Maidenhead -11 12 £270 - 10
Wokingham - 3 - - 1
Ascot - - - -
Hungerford - - - -
Thatcham - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Microsoft
South East

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (39.11%) Windows
1 273 (39.11%) MS Excel
2 174 (24.93%) MS Office
3 172 (24.64%) Active Directory
4 161 (23.07%) SQL
5 133 (19.05%) SQL Server
6 109 (15.62%) Security Cleared
7 93 (13.32%) .NET
8 92 (13.18%) C#
9 88 (12.61%) Windows 7
10 86 (12.32%) SharePoint
11 85 (12.18%) Windows Server 2003
12 84 (12.03%) Windows Server 2008
13 82 (11.75%) SC Cleared
13 82 (11.75%) Migration
14 78 (11.17%) VMware
15 77 (11.03%) Finance
16 75 (10.74%) MS Exchange
17 74 (10.60%) Project Management
18 71 (10.17%) Degree
19 66 (9.46%) IIS
20 56 (8.02%) Windows XP
21 55 (7.88%) PowerShell
22 54 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
22 54 (7.74%) Cisco
22 54 (7.74%) Telecoms
23 49 (7.02%) Oracle
23 49 (7.02%) Microsoft Certification
24 47 (6.73%) ITIL
25 45 (6.45%) HTML

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 86 (12.32%) SharePoint
2 75 (10.74%) MS Exchange
3 66 (9.46%) IIS
4 42 (6.02%) SharePoint Server
5 36 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
6 28 (4.01%) Lync
7 24 (3.44%) Exchange Server 2007
8 19 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (2.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 15 (2.15%) SharePoint 2010
10 13 (1.86%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2003
12 9 (1.29%) CMS
13 8 (1.15%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.86%) Tomcat
15 5 (0.72%) Apache
15 5 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
15 5 (0.72%) WebSphere
16 4 (0.57%) MS Project Server
16 4 (0.57%) Zimbra
Applications
1 273 (39.11%) MS Excel
2 174 (24.93%) MS Office
3 43 (6.16%) MS PowerPoint
4 36 (5.16%) MS Visio
5 34 (4.87%) MS Project
6 11 (1.58%) Photoshop
6 11 (1.58%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.86%) OmniGraffle
7 6 (0.86%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.86%) InDesign
8 4 (0.57%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.29%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 35 (5.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.72%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.43%) WebTrends
4 3 (0.43%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.14%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 41 (5.87%) Office 365
2 23 (3.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.43%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.14%) IaaS
4 1 (0.14%) SaaS
4 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 41 (5.87%) LAN
2 39 (5.59%) TCP/IP
3 36 (5.16%) DNS
4 35 (5.01%) VPN
5 33 (4.73%) WAN
6 32 (4.58%) Internet
6 32 (4.58%) Firewall
7 27 (3.87%) SAN
8 23 (3.30%) LDAP
9 20 (2.87%) VoIP
10 19 (2.72%) DHCP
11 11 (1.58%) MPLS
11 11 (1.58%) HTTP
12 10 (1.43%) Network Security
12 10 (1.43%) Kerberos
13 9 (1.29%) Wireless
13 9 (1.29%) 3G
13 9 (1.29%) LTE
14 8 (1.15%) Unified Communications
15 7 (1.00%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (4.01%) SQL Server 2012
4 27 (3.87%) SQL Server 2005
4 27 (3.87%) Data Warehouse
5 26 (3.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 20 (2.87%) MS Access
6 20 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 17 (2.44%) IDOL
8 13 (1.86%) OLAP
9 11 (1.58%) DTS
10 8 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.86%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
12 5 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.72%) Relational Database
13 3 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.43%) MySQL
13 3 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
13 3 (0.43%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 42 (6.02%) Visual Studio
2 23 (3.30%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.29%) SoapUI
4 7 (1.00%) MSI
5 6 (0.86%) Axure RP
5 6 (0.86%) Dreamweaver
5 6 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 6 (0.86%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (0.72%) StarTeam
7 4 (0.57%) MSBuild
7 4 (0.57%) TestDirector
7 4 (0.57%) QuickTest Pro
7 4 (0.57%) NUnit
8 3 (0.43%) Subversion
8 3 (0.43%) JMeter
8 3 (0.43%) WinRunner
8 3 (0.43%) LoadUI
8 3 (0.43%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.43%) Selenium
9 2 (0.29%) Hudson
General
1 77 (11.03%) Finance
2 54 (7.74%) Telecoms
3 25 (3.58%) Marketing
4 23 (3.30%) Retail
5 19 (2.72%) Games
6 13 (1.86%) Publishing
7 12 (1.72%) Billing
8 11 (1.58%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.43%) Banking
10 6 (0.86%) French Language
10 6 (0.86%) German Language
10 6 (0.86%) Interactive Media
10 6 (0.86%) Legal
10 6 (0.86%) Automotive
11 4 (0.57%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.57%) Japanese Language
11 4 (0.57%) Mandarin Language
11 4 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.43%) Electronics
13 2 (0.29%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 106 (15.19%) Analyst
2 78 (11.17%) Consultant
3 75 (10.74%) Developer
4 66 (9.46%) Architect
5 64 (9.17%) Support Engineer
6 29 (4.15%) Project Manager
7 27 (3.87%) Desktop Support
8 26 (3.72%) Support Analyst
9 24 (3.44%) Administrator
10 23 (3.30%) Test Analyst
11 20 (2.87%) Business Analyst
12 18 (2.58%) Coordinator
13 17 (2.44%) Service Manager
14 16 (2.29%) 2nd Line Support
14 16 (2.29%) Desktop Engineer
15 15 (2.15%) Desktop Analyst
15 15 (2.15%) Senior Analyst
15 15 (2.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 15 (2.15%) Desktop Support Analyst
15 15 (2.15%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (13.32%) .NET
2 45 (6.45%) HTML
3 39 (5.59%) ASP.NET
4 31 (4.44%) CSS
5 30 (4.30%) XML
6 26 (3.72%) .NET Framework
7 18 (2.58%) Web Services
8 14 (2.01%) WCF
9 12 (1.72%) jQuery
9 12 (1.72%) HTML5
10 11 (1.58%) Windows SharePoint Services
11 9 (1.29%) SOAP
12 7 (1.00%) ODBC
12 7 (1.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 7 (1.00%) WPF
13 6 (0.86%) REST
13 6 (0.86%) XSD
14 5 (0.72%) WSDL
14 5 (0.72%) CSS3
14 5 (0.72%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 41 (5.87%) Blackberry
2 22 (3.15%) Computer Science
3 20 (2.87%) Replication
4 16 (2.29%) Clustering
5 14 (2.01%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.86%) GIS
7 9 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
7 9 (1.29%) PKI
8 6 (0.86%) E-Learning
9 5 (0.72%) EPoS
9 5 (0.72%) NHS
9 5 (0.72%) Data Integration
9 5 (0.72%) Learning Management System
9 5 (0.72%) Statistics
9 5 (0.72%) Graphic Design
10 4 (0.57%) iPhone
10 4 (0.57%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.57%) Social Media
10 4 (0.57%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 273 (39.11%) Windows
2 88 (12.61%) Windows 7
3 85 (12.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 84 (12.03%) Windows Server 2008
5 56 (8.02%) Windows XP
6 28 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (3.72%) Linux
8 21 (3.01%) Windows 8
9 18 (2.58%) UNIX
10 11 (1.58%) Windows Vista
11 10 (1.43%) Windows 2000
12 8 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.86%) AIX
14 5 (0.72%) Solaris
14 5 (0.72%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.72%) Android
15 4 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
15 4 (0.57%) Windows NT
15 4 (0.57%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (11.75%) Migration
2 74 (10.60%) Project Management
3 47 (6.73%) ITIL
4 45 (6.45%) CRM
5 39 (5.59%) ETL
6 35 (5.01%) Agile Software Development
7 34 (4.87%) Business Intelligence
8 30 (4.30%) PRINCE2
9 29 (4.15%) Test Scripting
10 27 (3.87%) Service Delivery
11 25 (3.58%) Data Migration
12 24 (3.44%) Incident Management
13 23 (3.30%) Validation
14 22 (3.15%) Unit Testing
15 21 (3.01%) Data Modelling
16 19 (2.72%) Service Management
16 19 (2.72%) Configuration Management
17 18 (2.58%) Analytics
17 18 (2.58%) Waterfall
17 18 (2.58%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 161 (23.07%) SQL
2 92 (13.18%) C#
3 55 (7.88%) PowerShell
4 40 (5.73%) T-SQL
5 33 (4.73%) JavaScript
6 19 (2.72%) C
7 18 (2.58%) C++
8 12 (1.72%) VB
9 11 (1.58%) Java
10 9 (1.29%) PL/SQL
11 7 (1.00%) VBScript
11 7 (1.00%) Lua
12 6 (0.86%) Perl
13 5 (0.72%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.57%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.43%) Python
16 2 (0.29%) VBA
17 1 (0.14%) Objective-C
17 1 (0.14%) ActionScript
17 1 (0.14%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 109 (15.62%) Security Cleared
2 82 (11.75%) SC Cleared
3 71 (10.17%) Degree
4 49 (7.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 27 (3.87%) MCSE
6 18 (2.58%) ISEB
7 13 (1.86%) DV Cleared
8 11 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (1.58%) MCSD
8 11 (1.58%) ISTQB
9 10 (1.43%) MCP
10 9 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (1.15%) MCTS
12 7 (1.00%) CCNA
13 6 (0.86%) HNC
13 6 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.72%) CCA
14 5 (0.72%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (0.72%) PMI Certification
14 5 (0.72%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.87%) SLA
2 17 (2.44%) QA
3 7 (1.00%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.72%) TickIT
5 3 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 172 (24.64%) Active Directory
2 54 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (3.30%) vSphere
4 14 (2.01%) Hyper-V
5 7 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (1.00%) XenApp
6 6 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (0.72%) Terminal Services
7 5 (0.72%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.57%) XenServer
8 4 (0.57%) Shibboleth
8 4 (0.57%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.43%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 3 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.29%) NLBS
10 2 (0.29%) UAG
10 2 (0.29%) KVM
10 2 (0.29%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 40 (5.73%) SCCM
2 16 (2.29%) SCOM
3 15 (2.15%) WSUS
4 12 (1.72%) NetBackup
5 11 (1.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 11 (1.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 9 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
6 9 (1.29%) HP Data Protector
7 7 (1.00%) Tivoli
7 7 (1.00%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (0.86%) SCSM
9 5 (0.72%) Windows Intune
10 4 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (0.57%) ARCserve
11 3 (0.43%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.43%) Netcool
11 3 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
12 2 (0.29%) WMI
12 2 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 78 (11.17%) VMware
2 54 (7.74%) Cisco
3 49 (7.02%) Oracle
4 38 (5.44%) HP
5 35 (5.01%) Citrix
6 32 (4.58%) Remedy
7 29 (4.15%) SAP
8 24 (3.44%) IBM
9 17 (2.44%) Informatica
10 15 (2.15%) Apple
11 13 (1.86%) Google
12 12 (1.72%) CheckPoint
13 11 (1.58%) Symantec
14 10 (1.43%) Business Objects
14 10 (1.43%) CA
15 9 (1.29%) Blue Coat
15 9 (1.29%) Cognos
16 8 (1.15%) NetApp
16 8 (1.15%) Veritas
16 8 (1.15%) Lotus
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