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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
South East / Berkshire
Rank 85 61 80
Rank change year-on-year -24 +19  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 14 67 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.77% 2.72% 1.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.20% 10.57% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 35 28
Median daily rate £500 £375 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £279 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £313
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Median hourly rate £45.00 - £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -2.77% +33.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 437 634 764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 24.10% 25.76% 26.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 317 338
Median daily rate £384 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.06% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £285 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 28 27
Median hourly rate £13.50 £28.38 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.42% +26.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bracknell +2 5 £513 +13.88%
Reading -26 4 £175 -53.33% 2
Maidenhead -5 1 - -
Newbury - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
South East

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, 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 24 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 17 (53.13%) MCSE
3 16 (50.00%) Windows
3 16 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 9 (28.13%) Migration
5 7 (21.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
5 7 (21.88%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (18.75%) Office 365
6 6 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (18.75%) SQL
6 6 (18.75%) MCP
6 6 (18.75%) MS Exchange
6 6 (18.75%) VMware
6 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (15.63%) Replication
7 5 (15.63%) Disaster Recovery
7 5 (15.63%) Windows 7
7 5 (15.63%) LAN
7 5 (15.63%) MS Excel
7 5 (15.63%) MS Office
7 5 (15.63%) Windows Server
8 4 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (12.50%) CCNA
8 4 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (12.50%) IIS
8 4 (12.50%) T-SQL
8 4 (12.50%) Oracle

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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 6 (18.75%) MS Exchange
2 4 (12.50%) IIS
2 4 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 3 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (6.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (15.63%) MS Excel
1 5 (15.63%) MS Office
2 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (21.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (18.75%) Office 365
3 4 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (6.25%) OneDrive
5 1 (3.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (3.13%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (3.13%) Amazon S3
5 1 (3.13%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (3.13%) AWS CloudTrail
5 1 (3.13%) CloudFront
5 1 (3.13%) G Suite
5 1 (3.13%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (3.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.63%) LAN
2 3 (9.38%) DHCP
2 3 (9.38%) DNS
2 3 (9.38%) SAN
2 3 (9.38%) SSL
2 3 (9.38%) TCP/IP
3 2 (6.25%) Firewall
3 2 (6.25%) VPN
3 2 (6.25%) WAN
4 1 (3.13%) FTP
4 1 (3.13%) HTTP
4 1 (3.13%) IPsec
4 1 (3.13%) Skype
4 1 (3.13%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
2 4 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (9.38%) Oracle Database
3 3 (9.38%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (3.13%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (3.13%) MySQL
5 1 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) JIRA
General
1 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
2 2 (6.25%) Local Government
3 1 (3.13%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (15.63%) 2nd Line Support
1 5 (15.63%) Consultant
2 4 (12.50%) Azure Consultant
2 4 (12.50%) DBA
2 4 (12.50%) Developer
2 4 (12.50%) SQL DBA
2 4 (12.50%) SQL Developer
2 4 (12.50%) SQL Server DBA
3 3 (9.38%) Architect
3 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Consultant
3 3 (9.38%) SQL Server Developer
3 3 (9.38%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (6.25%) Desktop Support
4 2 (6.25%) Network Support
4 2 (6.25%) Project Manager
4 2 (6.25%) Support Specialist
4 2 (6.25%) Technical Consultant
4 2 (6.25%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Replication
2 2 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.25%) PKI
2 2 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (3.13%) Clustering
3 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (50.00%) Windows
2 7 (21.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (15.63%) Windows 7
4 5 (15.63%) Windows Server
5 4 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (9.38%) Linux
7 2 (6.25%) Windows 10
8 1 (3.13%) Windows 8
8 1 (3.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (28.13%) Migration
2 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (15.63%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (12.50%) ITIL
4 4 (12.50%) Scrum
5 3 (9.38%) High Availability
5 3 (9.38%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (6.25%) Presales
6 2 (6.25%) Service Delivery
7 1 (3.13%) Asset Management
7 1 (3.13%) Business Development
7 1 (3.13%) Data Migration
7 1 (3.13%) Data Protection
7 1 (3.13%) MODAF
7 1 (3.13%) Resource Management
7 1 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
7 1 (3.13%) TOGAF
7 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 6 (18.75%) SQL
2 4 (12.50%) PowerShell
2 4 (12.50%) T-SQL
3 3 (9.38%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (53.13%) MCSE
2 6 (18.75%) MCP
3 4 (12.50%) CCNA
3 4 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (9.38%) Degree
4 3 (9.38%) MCITP
4 3 (9.38%) MCSA
5 2 (6.25%) A+ Certification
5 2 (6.25%) CCNP
5 2 (6.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (6.25%) Security Cleared
6 1 (3.13%) AWS Certification
6 1 (3.13%) CISA
6 1 (3.13%) CISM
6 1 (3.13%) CISSP
6 1 (3.13%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (3.13%) MCDBA
6 1 (3.13%) MCSD
6 1 (3.13%) SANS
6 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.13%) Firmware
4 1 (3.13%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.13%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) SCCM
2 1 (3.13%) Ansible
2 1 (3.13%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (3.13%) Nagios
2 1 (3.13%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (18.75%) VMware
3 4 (12.50%) Oracle
4 3 (9.38%) NetApp
5 2 (6.25%) Apple
5 2 (6.25%) Cisco
5 2 (6.25%) EMC
6 1 (3.13%) Citrix
6 1 (3.13%) CommVault
6 1 (3.13%) F5
6 1 (3.13%) Google
6 1 (3.13%) SAP
6 1 (3.13%) Snow