Period
to 7 August 2020

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 7 August 2020 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 4 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 178 587 467
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Berkshire 12.56% 13.84% 11.79%
As % of the Vendors category 24.90% 27.71% 25.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 319 235
Median daily rate £465 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.29% +2.94% +10.75%
10th Percentile £174 £191 £233
90th Percentile £644 £600 £596
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 58 28
Median hourly rate £20.00 £14.28 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.11% -24.87% +58.33%
10th Percentile £11.96 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.38 £82.88 £34.98
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £15.83 £14.50
% change year-on-year +7.39% +9.17% -

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 715 2,118 1,865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 50.46% 49.95% 47.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 1,013 928
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £241 £250 £250
90th Percentile £650 £613 £588
South East median daily rate £451 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.22% +5.88% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 96 62
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.38 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.84% +7.24% +40.74%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £35.60 £73.75 £49.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% +3.03%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Berkshire

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in Berkshire over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

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 7 August 2020. 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 -2 98 £500 - 23
Newbury +17 21 £325 -13.33% 10
Slough +6 13 £175 -50.00% 10
Maidenhead +11 8 £513 +57.69% 4
Bracknell -6 8 £400 +6.67% 8
Windsor +3 1 £438 -5.41% 1
Wokingham +3 1 - - 6
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 7 August 2020, 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 66 (37.08%) Windows
2 60 (33.71%) Azure
3 42 (23.60%) Analytics
4 40 (22.47%) SQL
5 39 (21.91%) DevOps
6 38 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
7 35 (19.66%) Telecoms
8 34 (19.10%) Business Intelligence
9 32 (17.98%) Power Platform
10 31 (17.42%) Data Lake
10 31 (17.42%) Continuous Integration
10 31 (17.42%) Office 365
11 28 (15.73%) PowerShell
11 28 (15.73%) Visual Studio
12 27 (15.17%) Power BI
13 26 (14.61%) Continuous Delivery
13 26 (14.61%) Microsoft Excel
14 25 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
14 25 (14.04%) Active Directory
15 24 (13.48%) Linux
15 24 (13.48%) IaaS
15 24 (13.48%) Test Automation
16 23 (12.92%) PaaS
16 23 (12.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 22 (12.36%) Data Management
17 22 (12.36%) ITIL
17 22 (12.36%) Virtual Machines
18 21 (11.80%) Security Cleared
18 21 (11.80%) Security Testing
18 21 (11.80%) Project Delivery

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 9 (5.06%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.37%) Skype for Business
3 3 (1.69%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.12%) CMS
5 1 (0.56%) Confluence
5 1 (0.56%) Documentum
5 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.56%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 26 (14.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (14.04%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (7.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (6.74%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.56%) Sketch
5 1 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (6.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (6.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (2.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (1.69%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (1.12%) SAP GTS
5 2 (1.12%) SAP SCM
6 1 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 60 (33.71%) Azure
2 32 (17.98%) Power Platform
3 31 (17.42%) Office 365
4 24 (13.48%) IaaS
5 23 (12.92%) PaaS
6 7 (3.93%) Dynamics 365
7 4 (2.25%) AWS
8 2 (1.12%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.12%) G Suite
8 2 (1.12%) Serverless
8 2 (1.12%) ShareGate
9 1 (0.56%) Apigee
9 1 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.56%) Azure Functions
9 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.56%) GCP
9 1 (0.56%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.56%) Logic Apps
9 1 (0.56%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.06%) Skype
2 8 (4.49%) LTE
3 7 (3.93%) Radio Access Network
4 6 (3.37%) Wi-Fi
4 6 (3.37%) Wireless
5 5 (2.81%) DNS
5 5 (2.81%) Firewall
5 5 (2.81%) VoLTE
6 4 (2.25%) Unified Communications
6 4 (2.25%) VPN
7 3 (1.69%) 3G
7 3 (1.69%) 4G
7 3 (1.69%) 5G
7 3 (1.69%) DHCP
7 3 (1.69%) GSM
7 3 (1.69%) LAN
7 3 (1.69%) SAN
7 3 (1.69%) WAN
8 2 (1.12%) 2G
8 2 (1.12%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (17.42%) Data Lake
2 27 (15.17%) Power BI
3 23 (12.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 20 (11.24%) HDInsight
5 15 (8.43%) SQL Server
6 12 (6.74%) Hadoop
7 7 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.25%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.69%) Big Data
9 3 (1.69%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.12%) GIS
10 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.56%) MS Access
11 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.56%) QlikView
11 1 (0.56%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 28 (15.73%) Visual Studio
2 7 (3.93%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.25%) Eclipse
4 3 (1.69%) Cucumber
4 3 (1.69%) JIRA
4 3 (1.69%) JMeter
4 3 (1.69%) SpecFlow
4 3 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.12%) Subversion
6 1 (0.56%) Balsamiq
6 1 (0.56%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.56%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.56%) Selenium
General
1 35 (19.66%) Telecoms
2 11 (6.18%) Finance
3 6 (3.37%) Legal
3 6 (3.37%) Pharmaceutical
4 4 (2.25%) German Language
4 4 (2.25%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.69%) Italian Language
5 3 (1.69%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (1.12%) Billing
6 2 (1.12%) Electronics
6 2 (1.12%) Law
7 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (14.61%) DevOps Engineer
2 22 (12.36%) Analyst
3 15 (8.43%) Project Manager
4 13 (7.30%) Azure DevOps
5 12 (6.74%) Azure Engineer
5 12 (6.74%) Consultant
6 11 (6.18%) Architect
6 11 (6.18%) Azure DevOps Engineer
6 11 (6.18%) Desktop Support
7 10 (5.62%) Support Engineer
8 8 (4.49%) Developer
9 7 (3.93%) Lead DevOps
9 7 (3.93%) Support Analyst
9 7 (3.93%) Technical Engineer
10 6 (3.37%) Desktop Analyst
10 6 (3.37%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 6 (3.37%) Technical Leader
11 5 (2.81%) 1st Line Support
11 5 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
11 5 (2.81%) Voice Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.30%) .NET
2 7 (3.93%) HTML
2 7 (3.93%) Web Services
3 5 (2.81%) CSS
4 4 (2.25%) .NET Framework
4 4 (2.25%) AngularJS
4 4 (2.25%) React
5 3 (1.69%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.69%) HTML5
5 3 (1.69%) jQuery
5 3 (1.69%) WCF
6 2 (1.12%) Angular 2
6 2 (1.12%) LESS
6 2 (1.12%) SOAP
6 2 (1.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (1.12%) XML
7 1 (0.56%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.56%) NumPy
7 1 (0.56%) Pandas
7 1 (0.56%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.43%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.62%) Self-Motivation
3 8 (4.49%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.93%) CMDB
4 7 (3.93%) PKI
5 6 (3.37%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.25%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.69%) Replication
7 3 (1.69%) Robotics
8 2 (1.12%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.12%) Fibre Optics
8 2 (1.12%) Taxonomies
8 2 (1.12%) User Experience
9 1 (0.56%) Chip and PIN
9 1 (0.56%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.56%) Industry 4.0
9 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Licensing
9 1 (0.56%) NHS
9 1 (0.56%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 66 (37.08%) Windows
2 24 (13.48%) Linux
3 17 (9.55%) Windows 10
4 15 (8.43%) Windows Server
5 10 (5.62%) Windows 7
6 8 (4.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (3.93%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (2.81%) Windows 8
9 4 (2.25%) Windows XP
10 3 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (1.12%) CentOS
11 2 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.56%) Unix
12 1 (0.56%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (23.60%) Analytics
2 39 (21.91%) DevOps
3 38 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (19.10%) Business Intelligence
5 31 (17.42%) Continuous Integration
6 26 (14.61%) Continuous Delivery
7 24 (13.48%) Test Automation
8 22 (12.36%) Data Management
8 22 (12.36%) ITIL
9 21 (11.80%) Project Delivery
9 21 (11.80%) Security Testing
10 18 (10.11%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (9.55%) Data-Driven Testing
11 17 (9.55%) ITSM
11 17 (9.55%) Task Automation
12 16 (8.99%) Project Management
13 15 (8.43%) Migration
13 15 (8.43%) Scrum
14 14 (7.87%) Infrastructure as Code
15 12 (6.74%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (22.47%) SQL
2 28 (15.73%) PowerShell
3 14 (7.87%) C#
4 12 (6.74%) Java
5 11 (6.18%) Python
5 11 (6.18%) Shell Script
6 8 (4.49%) JavaScript
7 5 (2.81%) C++
8 4 (2.25%) R
9 3 (1.69%) Perl
9 3 (1.69%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.12%) VBA
11 1 (0.56%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.56%) C
11 1 (0.56%) PHP
11 1 (0.56%) Ruby
11 1 (0.56%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 21 (11.80%) Security Cleared
2 16 (8.99%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.62%) Degree
4 9 (5.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (3.93%) DV Cleared
6 4 (2.25%) ISEB
7 3 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (1.69%) ISTQB
7 3 (1.69%) MCSE
7 3 (1.69%) PMI Certification
7 3 (1.69%) PMP
8 2 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.12%) HNC
8 2 (1.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.56%) MCITP
9 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.56%) VCAP
9 1 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.06%) SLA
2 1 (0.56%) PMO
System Software
1 25 (14.04%) Active Directory
2 22 (12.36%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (3.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.69%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.12%) KVM
5 2 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.12%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.56%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.56%) Docker
6 1 (0.56%) vCloud
6 1 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (5.62%) SCCM
2 5 (2.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (2.25%) Ansible
4 2 (1.12%) Jamf Pro
4 2 (1.12%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.12%) Puppet
4 2 (1.12%) SCOM
5 1 (0.56%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.56%) Demisto
5 1 (0.56%) Istio
5 1 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.56%) QRadar
5 1 (0.56%) SCDPM
5 1 (0.56%) Terraform
5 1 (0.56%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.56%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 1 (0.56%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 17 (9.55%) Informatica
1 17 (9.55%) Remedy
2 13 (7.30%) VMware
3 10 (5.62%) Hortonworks
3 10 (5.62%) Oracle
3 10 (5.62%) SAP
4 8 (4.49%) BMC
4 8 (4.49%) Cisco
4 8 (4.49%) Dell
5 5 (2.81%) Google
5 5 (2.81%) HP
6 4 (2.25%) Apple
6 4 (2.25%) IBM
6 4 (2.25%) Tableau
7 3 (1.69%) 3PAR
7 3 (1.69%) CheckPoint
7 3 (1.69%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.12%) Adobe
8 2 (1.12%) Avaya
8 2 (1.12%) NetApp