Period
to 18 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certification
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 124 125 101
Rank change year-on-year +1 -24 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 52 35 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.27% 0.87% 1.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.76% 3.40% 5.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 24 44
Berkshire median daily rate £375 £275 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.36% -30.38% +21.54%
10th Percentile £158 £166 £176
90th Percentile £536 £496 £562
South East median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 10
Berkshire median hourly rate £29.08 £17.06 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +70.44% -20.84% +26.50%
South East median hourly rate £21.58 £23.19 £20.00
% change year-on-year -6.95% +15.95% +17.65%

Microsoft Certification is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Berkshire
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 902 1,028 1,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 22.06% 25.46% 26.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 485 639
Berkshire median daily rate £403 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.69% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £228 £237
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
South East median daily rate £402 £408 £400
% change year-on-year -1.47% +1.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 61 98
Berkshire median hourly rate £12.60 £16.00 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.25% -48.22% +76.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £8.40
90th Percentile £39.75 £43.28 £55.55
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £23.10 £35.00
% change year-on-year +11.24% -34.01% +105.88%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Berkshire over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Berkshire over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Berkshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 18 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +5 23 £383 +50.00% 4
Bracknell 0 8 £450 -12.20% 4
Slough +4 5 £300 +0.84% 1
Newbury -12 5 £150 -25.93% 1
Maidenhead -3 3 £200 -54.55%
Microsoft Certification
South East

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 38 (73.08%) Windows
2 33 (63.46%) Active Directory
3 32 (61.54%) Microsoft
4 31 (59.62%) MCSE
5 30 (57.69%) ITIL
6 24 (46.15%) VMware
7 22 (42.31%) PowerShell
7 22 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
8 18 (34.62%) Office 365
8 18 (34.62%) Windows Server
9 17 (32.69%) Windows 7
10 16 (30.77%) Degree
11 14 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (26.92%) MS Exchange
12 13 (25.00%) Windows 10
12 13 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
13 12 (23.08%) SCCM
13 12 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
13 12 (23.08%) SQL
14 11 (21.15%) DNS
14 11 (21.15%) PRINCE2
14 11 (21.15%) VMware Infrastructure
15 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
15 10 (19.23%) TCP/IP
16 9 (17.31%) Cisco
16 9 (17.31%) DHCP
16 9 (17.31%) SQL Server
16 9 (17.31%) IIS
16 9 (17.31%) Microsoft Office
16 9 (17.31%) Linux

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 14 (26.92%) MS Exchange
2 12 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (17.31%) IIS
4 3 (5.77%) SharePoint
5 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (3.85%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 9 (17.31%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.92%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 22 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (34.62%) Office 365
3 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (13.46%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (7.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (7.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (3.85%) IaaS
7 1 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (1.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (21.15%) DNS
2 10 (19.23%) TCP/IP
3 9 (17.31%) DHCP
3 9 (17.31%) Firewall
4 7 (13.46%) SAN
5 4 (7.69%) iSCSI
5 4 (7.69%) LAN
5 4 (7.69%) NAS
5 4 (7.69%) Network Security
5 4 (7.69%) WAN
6 3 (5.77%) VPN
7 2 (3.85%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (3.85%) SMTP
7 2 (3.85%) Wireless
8 1 (1.92%) BIG-IP
8 1 (1.92%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.92%) NetScaler
8 1 (1.92%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (1.92%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.92%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (17.31%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (7.69%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (5.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.92%) OLTP
6 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.92%) Power BI
6 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 6 (11.54%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.85%) Finance
3 1 (1.92%) French Language
3 1 (1.92%) Legal
3 1 (1.92%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (17.31%) Analyst
1 9 (17.31%) Architect
2 8 (15.38%) Solutions Architect
3 6 (11.54%) Consultant
3 6 (11.54%) Field Engineer
3 6 (11.54%) Service Analyst
3 6 (11.54%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (9.62%) Azure Architect
4 5 (9.62%) Support Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (7.69%) Administrator
5 4 (7.69%) AWS Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Cloud Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Cloud Solutions Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) IT Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) IT Support
5 4 (7.69%) Service Desk Support
5 4 (7.69%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.62%) Web Services
2 4 (7.69%) XML
3 2 (3.85%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.54%) Public Cloud
2 4 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.69%) Smartphone
2 4 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (5.77%) Computer Science
3 3 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 3 (5.77%) Replication
4 2 (3.85%) iPad
4 2 (3.85%) iPhone
4 2 (3.85%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.92%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.92%) FMCG
5 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (1.92%) PKI
5 1 (1.92%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.92%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 38 (73.08%) Windows
2 18 (34.62%) Windows Server
3 17 (32.69%) Windows 7
4 14 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (25.00%) Windows 10
5 13 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (17.31%) Linux
7 7 (13.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (13.46%) Windows 8
8 3 (5.77%) Windows XP
9 2 (3.85%) Windows Phone
9 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (57.69%) ITIL
2 11 (21.15%) PRINCE2
3 9 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (17.31%) ITIL V3
4 8 (15.38%) Data Analysis
5 7 (13.46%) Performance Tuning
5 7 (13.46%) Service Management
6 6 (11.54%) Change Management
6 6 (11.54%) Customer Engagement
6 6 (11.54%) Mentoring
6 6 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (9.62%) Application Packaging
7 5 (9.62%) Customer Requirements
8 4 (7.69%) Chat Support
8 4 (7.69%) Coaching
8 4 (7.69%) Configuration Management
8 4 (7.69%) Network Architecture
9 3 (5.77%) Asset Management
9 3 (5.77%) Business Continuity
9 3 (5.77%) GAP Analysis
Programming Languages
1 22 (42.31%) PowerShell
2 12 (23.08%) SQL
3 1 (1.92%) C
3 1 (1.92%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
3 1 (1.92%) T-SQL
3 1 (1.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 31 (59.62%) MCSE
2 16 (30.77%) Degree
3 9 (17.31%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (17.31%) MCITP
3 9 (17.31%) MCSA
4 8 (15.38%) CCNA
5 7 (13.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (11.54%) MCTS
7 5 (9.62%) CCNP
8 4 (7.69%) A+ Certification
8 4 (7.69%) CompTIA Security+
8 4 (7.69%) MCP
8 4 (7.69%) Network+ Certification
9 3 (5.77%) MCSD
10 2 (3.85%) CCENT
10 2 (3.85%) MCDBA
10 2 (3.85%) MCDST
11 1 (1.92%) DV Cleared
11 1 (1.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (13.46%) SLA
2 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 33 (63.46%) Active Directory
2 11 (21.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (15.38%) vSphere
4 7 (13.46%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (11.54%) XenApp
5 6 (11.54%) XenDesktop
6 4 (7.69%) Docker
6 4 (7.69%) Hyper-V
7 1 (1.92%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.92%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 12 (23.08%) SCCM
2 4 (7.69%) Ansible
2 4 (7.69%) SCOM
3 2 (3.85%) Backup Exec
3 2 (3.85%) PowerCLI
3 2 (3.85%) WSUS
4 1 (1.92%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.92%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.92%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 32 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 24 (46.15%) VMware
3 9 (17.31%) Cisco
4 7 (13.46%) Citrix
5 5 (9.62%) HP
6 3 (5.77%) Dell
6 3 (5.77%) Veeam
7 2 (3.85%) Apple
7 2 (3.85%) Barracuda Networks
7 2 (3.85%) IBM
7 2 (3.85%) Kaspersky
7 2 (3.85%) Lotus
7 2 (3.85%) Oracle
8 1 (1.92%) BMC
8 1 (1.92%) CommVault
8 1 (1.92%) Forcepoint
8 1 (1.92%) Juniper
8 1 (1.92%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.92%) Symantec
8 1 (1.92%) Wyse