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 28 June 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.

Microsoft Certification
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 94 88 79
Rank change year-on-year -6 -9  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 11 37 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.60% 1.55% 1.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.55% 5.33% 7.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 19 20
Median daily rate £450 £375 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £305 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £475 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -1.51% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 14
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £27.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -16.59% +42.10%  

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 431 694 506
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 23.58% 29.15% 21.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 458 761 480
Median daily rate £450 £380 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.42% -4.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £250 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 77 127
Median hourly rate £13.50 £12.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -41.99%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 28 June 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
Reading -3 6 £350 -6.66% 5
Microsoft Certification
South East

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
1 18 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 16 (66.67%) Windows
2 16 (66.67%) MCSE
3 8 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (33.33%) Office 365
4 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (29.17%) MCP
5 6 (25.00%) ITIL
5 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
5 6 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
6 5 (20.83%) PowerShell
6 5 (20.83%) Migration
6 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
7 4 (16.67%) HP
7 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
7 4 (16.67%) CCNA
7 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
7 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
8 3 (12.50%) Windows Server
8 3 (12.50%) DV Cleared
8 3 (12.50%) VMware
8 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
8 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
8 3 (12.50%) DNS
8 3 (12.50%) SLA
8 3 (12.50%) DHCP
9 2 (8.33%) Service Management

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 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
2 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 1 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (4.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 8 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (33.33%) Office 365
2 6 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (4.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (4.17%) Amazon S3
3 1 (4.17%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (4.17%) AWS CloudTrail
3 1 (4.17%) CloudFront
3 1 (4.17%) G Suite
3 1 (4.17%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (4.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) DHCP
1 3 (12.50%) DNS
2 2 (8.33%) Firewall
3 1 (4.17%) IP Telephony
3 1 (4.17%) IPsec
3 1 (4.17%) LAN
3 1 (4.17%) SAN
3 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
3 1 (4.17%) WAN
3 1 (4.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.17%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (4.17%) MySQL
3 1 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 1 (4.17%) Advertising
1 1 (4.17%) Finance
1 1 (4.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (20.83%) Azure Consultant
1 5 (20.83%) Consultant
2 4 (16.67%) Microsoft Consultant
2 4 (16.67%) Service Desk Support
2 4 (16.67%) Support Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) 1st Line Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) 1st Line Support
3 3 (12.50%) 1st Line Support Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Desktop Support
3 3 (12.50%) Service Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Service Desk Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Service Desk Support Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Support Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Exchange Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Office 365 Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) .NET
1 1 (4.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) PKI
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.17%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.17%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.17%) Thin Client
2 1 (4.17%) User Experience
2 1 (4.17%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 16 (66.67%) Windows
2 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 3 (12.50%) Windows Server
5 2 (8.33%) Windows 10
5 2 (8.33%) Windows 8
5 2 (8.33%) Windows XP
6 1 (4.17%) Linux
6 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (25.00%) ITIL
2 5 (20.83%) Migration
3 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.33%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (8.33%) Problem Management
3 2 (8.33%) Service Management
4 1 (4.17%) Business Development
4 1 (4.17%) Coaching
4 1 (4.17%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (4.17%) DevOps
4 1 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (4.17%) IT Strategy
4 1 (4.17%) ITSM
4 1 (4.17%) MODAF
4 1 (4.17%) Presales
4 1 (4.17%) Service Delivery
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Architecture
4 1 (4.17%) TOGAF
4 1 (4.17%) Translating Business Requirements
4 1 (4.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.83%) PowerShell
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) C#
Qualifications
1 16 (66.67%) MCSE
2 7 (29.17%) MCP
3 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
4 4 (16.67%) CCNA
4 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 3 (12.50%) DV Cleared
6 2 (8.33%) CCNP
6 2 (8.33%) Degree
6 2 (8.33%) MCITP
6 2 (8.33%) MCSA
6 2 (8.33%) MCTS
7 1 (4.17%) AWS Certification
7 1 (4.17%) CISA
7 1 (4.17%) CISM
7 1 (4.17%) CISSP
7 1 (4.17%) MCDBA
7 1 (4.17%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) SLA
2 2 (8.33%) PCI DSS
3 1 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (4.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 18 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (4.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) SCCM
1 2 (8.33%) WSUS
2 1 (4.17%) AirWatch
2 1 (4.17%) Ansible
2 1 (4.17%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (4.17%) Nagios
2 1 (4.17%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (4.17%) Puppet
2 1 (4.17%) SCOM
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) VMware
4 1 (4.17%) Apple
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco
4 1 (4.17%) CommVault
4 1 (4.17%) Dell
4 1 (4.17%) EMC
4 1 (4.17%) Google
4 1 (4.17%) LANDesk
4 1 (4.17%) McAfee
4 1 (4.17%) NetApp
4 1 (4.17%) Oracle
4 1 (4.17%) Palo Alto
4 1 (4.17%) SAP
4 1 (4.17%) Sophos