Period
to 20 February 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 20 February 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -2 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 480 536 616
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 11.88% 13.49% 12.47%
As % of the Vendors category 24.39% 27.06% 25.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 241 291
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +2.89%
10th Percentile £236 £188 £185
90th Percentile £575 £525 £538
South East median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 62 75
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.50 £12.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.83% -31.43% +2.94%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £36.95 £43.28 £55.55
South East median hourly rate £15.86 £14.20 £16.00
% change year-on-year +11.69% -11.25% +6.67%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Berkshire.

All Vendors
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,968 1,981 2,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 48.72% 49.85% 49.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,042 1,003 1,205
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £236 £229
90th Percentile £588 £573 £538
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 124 137
Berkshire median hourly rate £15.43 £13.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.30% -22.86% +1.98%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £55.55
South East median hourly rate £17.48 £15.36 £19.00
% change year-on-year +13.84% -19.18% +18.75%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
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 within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 20 February 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 -1 227 £425 +13.33% 54
Bracknell +1 58 £450 -5.26% 20
Newbury 0 36 £413 +17.86% 8
Maidenhead -9 23 £325 -13.33% 13
Slough -5 11 £375 +15.38% 12
Wokingham -3 10 £280 -20.00% 3
Windsor -1 8 £570 +42.50% 5
Ascot - 2 £450 -
Crowthorne - 1 - -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 171 (35.63%) Windows
2 115 (23.96%) Active Directory
3 106 (22.08%) Microsoft Azure
4 95 (19.79%) Microsoft Office
5 77 (16.04%) SQL
6 74 (15.42%) Agile Software Development
7 73 (15.21%) Microsoft Excel
8 71 (14.79%) Telecoms
9 69 (14.38%) Security Cleared
10 67 (13.96%) Office 365
11 64 (13.33%) Project Management
11 64 (13.33%) SQL Server
12 63 (13.13%) .NET
13 62 (12.92%) VMware
14 58 (12.08%) C#
15 57 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
16 55 (11.46%) Windows Server
16 55 (11.46%) PowerShell
17 53 (11.04%) SharePoint
17 53 (11.04%) Finance
18 52 (10.83%) Degree
18 52 (10.83%) Business Intelligence
18 52 (10.83%) SC Cleared
19 50 (10.42%) Linux
20 49 (10.21%) ITIL
21 48 (10.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
22 41 (8.54%) JavaScript
23 40 (8.33%) Oracle
23 40 (8.33%) SCCM
24 39 (8.13%) DV Cleared

Microsoft
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 53 (11.04%) SharePoint
2 36 (7.50%) IIS
3 27 (5.63%) MS Exchange
4 23 (4.79%) SharePoint Server
5 17 (3.54%) Skype for Business
6 11 (2.29%) CMS
7 9 (1.88%) MS Project Server
8 8 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (1.25%) Confluence
10 5 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.63%) Apache
11 3 (0.63%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.63%) GroupWise
11 3 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.42%) Documentum
12 2 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
12 2 (0.42%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.42%) NServiceBus
12 2 (0.42%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 95 (19.79%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (15.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (10.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (6.04%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (5.21%) MS Visio
6 5 (1.04%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.42%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.42%) SPSS
7 2 (0.42%) XMetaL
8 1 (0.21%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.21%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 22 (4.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.46%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (1.46%) SAP SD
3 3 (0.63%) Eloqua
3 3 (0.63%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.42%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.42%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.42%) SAP PM
4 2 (0.42%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.21%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.21%) Primavera
5 1 (0.21%) SessionCam
5 1 (0.21%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 106 (22.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (13.96%) Office 365
3 37 (7.71%) Cloud Computing
4 29 (6.04%) IaaS
5 23 (4.79%) Amazon AWS
6 20 (4.17%) SaaS
7 19 (3.96%) PaaS
8 13 (2.71%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (1.88%) Dynamics 365
10 8 (1.67%) Azure Data Factory
10 8 (1.67%) GitHub
11 4 (0.83%) Slack
11 4 (0.83%) Trello
12 3 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.63%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.63%) Yammer
13 2 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.42%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.21%) CallidusCloud
14 1 (0.21%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 36 (7.50%) DNS
2 34 (7.08%) Internet
3 22 (4.58%) Skype
4 21 (4.38%) VPN
5 20 (4.17%) Firewall
6 17 (3.54%) TCP/IP
6 17 (3.54%) WAN
7 16 (3.33%) SAN
8 15 (3.13%) DHCP
8 15 (3.13%) LAN
9 8 (1.67%) NAS
9 8 (1.67%) Reverse Proxy
10 7 (1.46%) Network Security
11 6 (1.25%) VoLTE
12 5 (1.04%) iSCSI
13 4 (0.83%) 3G
13 4 (0.83%) 4G
14 3 (0.63%) Intranet
14 3 (0.63%) PSTN
14 3 (0.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.21%) Power BI
3 17 (3.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (2.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (2.29%) MySQL
6 10 (2.08%) Big Data
6 10 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.88%) MongoDB
7 9 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (1.67%) Relational Database
9 7 (1.46%) Data Lake
9 7 (1.46%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.46%) RDBMS
10 6 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (1.25%) IBM InfoSphere
10 6 (1.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 6 (1.25%) MS Access
10 6 (1.25%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 22 (4.58%) Visual Studio
2 19 (3.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (1.46%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.25%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (0.63%) MSI
6 3 (0.63%) StarTeam
6 3 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.42%) gulp
7 2 (0.42%) JIRA
7 2 (0.42%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.21%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 71 (14.79%) Telecoms
2 53 (11.04%) Finance
3 30 (6.25%) Marketing
4 26 (5.42%) Retail
5 24 (5.00%) Legal
6 21 (4.38%) Mandarin Language
7 18 (3.75%) Billing
8 8 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.46%) Back Office
10 5 (1.04%) Banking
10 5 (1.04%) French Language
11 4 (0.83%) Advertising
11 4 (0.83%) Automotive
11 4 (0.83%) German Language
11 4 (0.83%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.42%) Czech Language
12 2 (0.42%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.42%) Law
12 2 (0.42%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 83 (17.29%) Architect
2 50 (10.42%) Developer
3 48 (10.00%) Consultant
4 47 (9.79%) Analyst
5 26 (5.42%) Project Manager
6 24 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 18 (3.75%) Data Architect
8 17 (3.54%) Solutions Architect
9 16 (3.33%) Azure Engineer
9 16 (3.33%) Operations Technician
10 15 (3.13%) Cloud Architect
10 15 (3.13%) Coordinator
11 14 (2.92%) Azure Consultant
12 13 (2.71%) Software Developer
12 13 (2.71%) Support Technician
13 12 (2.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 12 (2.50%) Senior Developer
14 11 (2.29%) Project Coordinator
15 10 (2.08%) Administrator
15 10 (2.08%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (13.13%) .NET
2 33 (6.88%) Web Services
3 27 (5.63%) ASP.NET
3 27 (5.63%) HTML
4 26 (5.42%) XML
5 20 (4.17%) CSS
6 16 (3.33%) REST
7 14 (2.92%) JSON
8 10 (2.08%) .NET Framework
9 9 (1.88%) Node.js
10 8 (1.67%) AngularJS
10 8 (1.67%) EDI
10 8 (1.67%) SOAP
10 8 (1.67%) WCF
11 7 (1.46%) ASP.NET MVC
11 7 (1.46%) HTML5
11 7 (1.46%) jQuery
11 7 (1.46%) XSLT
12 6 (1.25%) ASP.NET Web API
12 6 (1.25%) React
Miscellaneous
1 57 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.83%) Management Information System
3 15 (3.13%) Computer Science
3 15 (3.13%) Replication
4 13 (2.71%) Hybrid Cloud
5 12 (2.50%) Public Cloud
6 11 (2.29%) Data Centre
6 11 (2.29%) Mobile App
6 11 (2.29%) User Experience
7 10 (2.08%) Social Media
8 9 (1.88%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.25%) Microsoft Licensing
9 6 (1.25%) PMI
9 6 (1.25%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.04%) Animation
10 5 (1.04%) CCTV
10 5 (1.04%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.04%) Video Editing
11 4 (0.83%) Fintech
11 4 (0.83%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 171 (35.63%) Windows
2 55 (11.46%) Windows Server
3 50 (10.42%) Linux
4 37 (7.71%) Windows 7
5 34 (7.08%) Windows 10
6 32 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 27 (5.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (5.42%) Windows Server 2003
9 19 (3.96%) SUSE
10 13 (2.71%) Mac OS
11 11 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (2.08%) Unix
13 9 (1.88%) Windows XP
14 8 (1.67%) Windows 8
15 5 (1.04%) Ubuntu
15 5 (1.04%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.83%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.83%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 3 (0.63%) Android
17 3 (0.63%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (15.42%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (13.33%) Project Management
3 52 (10.83%) Business Intelligence
4 49 (10.21%) ITIL
5 38 (7.92%) Migration
6 32 (6.67%) CRM
7 31 (6.46%) Data Analysis
8 27 (5.63%) Analytics
8 27 (5.63%) DevOps
9 26 (5.42%) Data Modelling
10 25 (5.21%) PRINCE2
11 22 (4.58%) MVC
11 22 (4.58%) Workflow
12 21 (4.38%) Customer-Centricity
12 21 (4.38%) Stakeholder Management
13 20 (4.17%) Data Architecture
14 19 (3.96%) Software Distribution
15 18 (3.75%) Change Management
15 18 (3.75%) Scrum
16 17 (3.54%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 77 (16.04%) SQL
2 58 (12.08%) C#
3 55 (11.46%) PowerShell
4 41 (8.54%) JavaScript
5 19 (3.96%) Java
6 13 (2.71%) Python
7 9 (1.88%) Bash Shell
8 8 (1.67%) T-SQL
9 7 (1.46%) R
10 6 (1.25%) C++
11 5 (1.04%) PHP
11 5 (1.04%) Scala
11 5 (1.04%) XPath
12 4 (0.83%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.63%) F#
13 3 (0.63%) VBScript
14 2 (0.42%) C
14 2 (0.42%) Perl
14 2 (0.42%) VBA
15 1 (0.21%) VB
Qualifications
1 69 (14.38%) Security Cleared
2 52 (10.83%) Degree
2 52 (10.83%) SC Cleared
3 39 (8.13%) DV Cleared
4 25 (5.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (2.50%) MCSE
6 9 (1.88%) PMI Certification
7 7 (1.46%) ISTQB
7 7 (1.46%) PMP
8 6 (1.25%) SAP Certification
9 5 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.83%) A+ Certification
10 4 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.83%) CompTIA Security+
10 4 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.83%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (0.63%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.63%) CCNP
11 3 (0.63%) MCP
11 3 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.33%) SLA
2 10 (2.08%) PMO
3 9 (1.88%) QA
4 4 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.83%) GDPR
4 4 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.63%) GxP
6 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 115 (23.96%) Active Directory
2 26 (5.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (2.71%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (2.29%) Docker
5 11 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (2.08%) XenApp
7 8 (1.67%) vSphere
8 6 (1.25%) Terminal Services
8 6 (1.25%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.83%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.63%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.42%) KVM
11 2 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.42%) vCloud
12 1 (0.21%) FreeRADIUS
12 1 (0.21%) NFS
12 1 (0.21%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 40 (8.33%) SCCM
2 16 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (2.71%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (2.71%) SCOM
4 10 (2.08%) Puppet
4 10 (2.08%) WSUS
5 8 (1.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.83%) Ansible
8 4 (0.83%) MOM
8 4 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (0.83%) Rancher
8 4 (0.83%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.63%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.63%) Backup Exec
10 2 (0.42%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.42%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 2 (0.42%) vRealize
Vendors
1 62 (12.92%) VMware
2 40 (8.33%) Oracle
3 36 (7.50%) Cisco
4 26 (5.42%) IBM
5 23 (4.79%) HP
6 20 (4.17%) Citrix
7 18 (3.75%) McAfee
8 17 (3.54%) Palo Alto
9 16 (3.33%) SAP
10 15 (3.13%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (2.08%) Red Hat
11 10 (2.08%) Symantec
12 9 (1.88%) Tableau
13 8 (1.67%) JDA
13 8 (1.67%) Remedy
14 7 (1.46%) Adobe
14 7 (1.46%) Infoblox
14 7 (1.46%) Lumension
14 7 (1.46%) ServiceNow
15 6 (1.25%) Google