The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 31 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 1 2 3
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 182 235 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 20.02% 21.27% 14.54%
As % of the Vendors category 42.92% 40.38% 24.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 126 80
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +18.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £168 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 14 10
Average hourly rate £20.75 £13.00 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.61% -26.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.95 £14.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £23.50 £26.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.20 £13.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+5.18% -15.62%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Reading region.

Vendors Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
424 582 786
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 46.64% 52.67% 58.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 293 242
Average daily rate £375 £390 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 24 30
Average hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £11.05 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £24.50 £26.50
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 Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Reading region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Reading

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Reading region over the 3 months to 31 October 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Reading region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Reading region over the 3 months to 31 October 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Reading

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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.

1 118 (36.88%) MS Excel
2 117 (36.56%) Windows
3 101 (31.56%) Active Directory
4 75 (23.44%) SharePoint
5 74 (23.13%) Security Cleared
6 71 (22.19%) MS Office
7 68 (21.25%) SQL
8 65 (20.31%) .NET
8 65 (20.31%) SQL Server
9 46 (14.38%) CRM
10 45 (14.06%) Dynamics CRM
11 44 (13.75%) Windows 7
12 43 (13.44%) SC Cleared
13 42 (13.13%) BizTalk Server
14 40 (12.50%) C#
15 39 (12.19%) ITIL
16 38 (11.88%) DV Cleared
17 37 (11.56%) Windows Server 2003
18 36 (11.25%) Internet
18 36 (11.25%) Degree
19 35 (10.94%) JavaScript
19 35 (10.94%) Project Management
20 31 (9.69%) SLA
21 30 (9.38%) SharePoint 2013
22 28 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2013
22 28 (8.75%) Finance
22 28 (8.75%) PRINCE2
22 28 (8.75%) Dynamics AX
23 27 (8.44%) Lync
23 27 (8.44%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 75 (23.44%) SharePoint
2 42 (13.13%) BizTalk Server
3 30 (9.38%) SharePoint 2013
4 28 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 27 (8.44%) Lync
6 24 (7.50%) MS Exchange
6 24 (7.50%) SharePoint 2010
7 21 (6.56%) IIS
8 15 (4.69%) SharePoint Server
9 8 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
10 7 (2.19%) CMS
11 3 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.94%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.94%) TIBCO EMS
12 2 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.63%) Apache
13 1 (0.31%) SAS
13 1 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.31%) Drupal
13 1 (0.31%) WordPress
Applications
1 118 (36.88%) MS Excel
2 71 (22.19%) MS Office
3 27 (8.44%) MS Visio
4 24 (7.50%) MS PowerPoint
5 19 (5.94%) MS Project
6 6 (1.88%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.63%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.31%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.31%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 45 (14.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (8.75%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.94%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.31%) WebTrends
4 1 (0.31%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 19 (5.94%) Cloud Computing
2 14 (4.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (2.50%) PaaS
4 6 (1.88%) Office 365
5 1 (0.31%) GitHub
5 1 (0.31%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (11.25%) Internet
2 17 (5.31%) DNS
3 16 (5.00%) TCP/IP
3 16 (5.00%) Firewall
4 10 (3.13%) WAN
4 10 (3.13%) LAN
5 8 (2.50%) DHCP
5 8 (2.50%) NetScaler
6 6 (1.88%) DMZ
6 6 (1.88%) LDAP
6 6 (1.88%) ATM
7 5 (1.56%) VPN
8 4 (1.25%) HTTPS
8 4 (1.25%) SDH
9 3 (0.94%) Ethernet
9 3 (0.94%) FTP
9 3 (0.94%) SAN
9 3 (0.94%) DSL
10 2 (0.63%) Radio Access Network
10 2 (0.63%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (20.31%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.44%) SQL Server 2005
2 11 (3.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (2.81%) IDOL
3 9 (2.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (2.19%) OLAP
5 6 (1.88%) DTS
5 6 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (1.25%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.94%) MySQL
8 3 (0.94%) Star Schema
9 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Power View
10 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.31%) QlikView
10 1 (0.31%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 17 (5.31%) Visual Studio
2 8 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.88%) MSTest
4 5 (1.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 5 (1.56%) Subversion
5 3 (0.94%) JIRA
5 3 (0.94%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.94%) Selenium
6 2 (0.63%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.31%) PVCS
7 1 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.31%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.31%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.31%) Moq
General
1 28 (8.75%) Finance
2 22 (6.88%) Telecoms
3 12 (3.75%) Marketing
4 8 (2.50%) Retail
5 5 (1.56%) Legal
6 3 (0.94%) Advertising
6 3 (0.94%) Publishing
7 2 (0.63%) Games
7 2 (0.63%) Banking
7 2 (0.63%) Law
7 2 (0.63%) Billing
8 1 (0.31%) French Language
8 1 (0.31%) German Language
8 1 (0.31%) Portuguese Language
8 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.31%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 61 (19.06%) Developer
2 34 (10.63%) Architect
3 31 (9.69%) Project Manager
4 30 (9.38%) Analyst
5 25 (7.81%) Support Engineer
6 24 (7.50%) Technical Architect
7 17 (5.31%) Microsoft Developer
8 14 (4.38%) 2nd Line Support
8 14 (4.38%) Administrator
9 13 (4.06%) Field Engineer
9 13 (4.06%) SharePoint Developer
10 12 (3.75%) Consultant
11 11 (3.44%) .NET Developer
12 10 (3.13%) Technical Project Manager
12 10 (3.13%) Support Analyst
12 10 (3.13%) Technical Manager
13 9 (2.81%) Team Leader
13 9 (2.81%) Designer
13 9 (2.81%) SCCM Engineer
14 8 (2.50%) Service Desk Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (20.31%) .NET
2 27 (8.44%) ASP.NET
3 26 (8.13%) CSS
4 25 (7.81%) HTML
5 23 (7.19%) .NET Framework
6 19 (5.94%) jQuery
7 18 (5.63%) XML
8 16 (5.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 16 (5.00%) Application Packaging
9 14 (4.38%) ASP.NET Web API
10 12 (3.75%) Web Services
11 10 (3.13%) DCOM
12 8 (2.50%) Managed Extensibility Framework
12 8 (2.50%) Unity DI Container
13 7 (2.19%) WCF
13 7 (2.19%) Ajax
14 6 (1.88%) Windows SharePoint Services
14 6 (1.88%) ASP.NET MVC
15 5 (1.56%) KnockoutJS
16 4 (1.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 25 (7.81%) Clustering
2 15 (4.69%) Management Information System
3 14 (4.38%) PKI
4 13 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (3.13%) Inversion of Control
6 6 (1.88%) Computer Science
7 3 (0.94%) Blackberry
7 3 (0.94%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.63%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.63%) Performance Metrics
8 2 (0.63%) Replication
8 2 (0.63%) Thin Client
8 2 (0.63%) Blog
8 2 (0.63%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.63%) Reference Data
8 2 (0.63%) Data Integration
8 2 (0.63%) Open Source
9 1 (0.31%) Wiki
9 1 (0.31%) Handset
9 1 (0.31%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 117 (36.56%) Windows
2 44 (13.75%) Windows 7
3 37 (11.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 26 (8.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (5.00%) Windows 8
6 11 (3.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (2.19%) Linux
7 7 (2.19%) Windows XP
8 5 (1.56%) UNIX
9 4 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.94%) Debian
11 1 (0.31%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.31%) SUSE
11 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (14.38%) CRM
2 39 (12.19%) ITIL
3 35 (10.94%) Project Management
4 28 (8.75%) PRINCE2
5 26 (8.13%) MVC
5 26 (8.13%) Agile Software Development
6 24 (7.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 19 (5.94%) SOA
8 17 (5.31%) Configuration Management
8 17 (5.31%) Scrum
9 16 (5.00%) Web Development
10 15 (4.69%) Enterprise Architecture
10 15 (4.69%) Service Delivery
11 14 (4.38%) Service Management
11 14 (4.38%) Workflow
12 12 (3.75%) Migration
13 11 (3.44%) TDD
13 11 (3.44%) Unit Testing
14 10 (3.13%) Change Control
15 9 (2.81%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (21.25%) SQL
2 40 (12.50%) C#
3 35 (10.94%) JavaScript
4 23 (7.19%) PowerShell
5 19 (5.94%) T-SQL
6 11 (3.44%) VBA
7 10 (3.13%) VBScript
7 10 (3.13%) C++
8 6 (1.88%) VC++
9 5 (1.56%) Java
10 3 (0.94%) C
11 2 (0.63%) PHP5
11 2 (0.63%) PHP
12 1 (0.31%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.31%) X++
12 1 (0.31%) Perl
12 1 (0.31%) VB
Qualifications
1 74 (23.13%) Security Cleared
2 43 (13.44%) SC Cleared
3 38 (11.88%) DV Cleared
4 36 (11.25%) Degree
5 23 (7.19%) Microsoft Certification
6 18 (5.63%) MCSE
7 14 (4.38%) MCP
8 12 (3.75%) PMP
8 12 (3.75%) PMI Certification
9 7 (2.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (1.25%) CCNA
10 4 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (1.25%) MCTS
11 3 (0.94%) CCENT
11 3 (0.94%) HND
11 3 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (0.63%) CISSP
12 2 (0.63%) ACCA
12 2 (0.63%) CIMA
12 2 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (9.69%) SLA
2 5 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (1.56%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.94%) QA
4 1 (0.31%) CDISC
4 1 (0.31%) COBIT
System Software
1 101 (31.56%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.81%) Hyper-V
3 15 (4.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (3.75%) XenApp
5 9 (2.81%) XenDesktop
6 6 (1.88%) vSphere
7 5 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (1.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (1.25%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.63%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.31%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.31%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 20 (6.25%) SCCM
2 13 (4.06%) SCOM
3 9 (2.81%) WMI
4 4 (1.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.31%) WSUS
7 1 (0.31%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.31%) OpenView
7 1 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.31%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.31%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.31%) SCSM
7 1 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 27 (8.44%) VMware
2 25 (7.81%) Citrix
3 18 (5.63%) HP
4 16 (5.00%) Symantec
5 7 (2.19%) Meridio
6 6 (1.88%) AppSense
7 5 (1.56%) Oracle
7 5 (1.56%) Cisco
8 4 (1.25%) CA
8 4 (1.25%) Red Hat
8 4 (1.25%) Amdocs
9 3 (0.94%) Open Text
9 3 (0.94%) Unica
9 3 (0.94%) Sitecore
9 3 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.94%) TIBCO
9 3 (0.94%) NetApp
9 3 (0.94%) SAP
10 2 (0.63%) Nokia
10 2 (0.63%) NetIQ
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