Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 4 2
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 446 526 683
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 11.35% 13.97% 13.80%
As % of the Vendors category 23.65% 28.04% 27.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 214 350
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £165 £220
90th Percentile £590 £521 £538
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 71 51
Berkshire median hourly rate £15.86 £12.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.17% -4.00% -27.41%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £32.20 £47.50 £55.55
South East median hourly rate £15.71 £14.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year +9.88% -4.67% -4.76%

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 1,886 1,876 2,518
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 47.98% 49.84% 50.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 993 824 1,313
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £258 £250 £236
90th Percentile £600 £563 £538
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 135 119
Berkshire median hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £12.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.22% +5.22% -32.47%
10th Percentile £11.17 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £43.45 £39.00 £55.55
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +3.13% -8.57% +1.63%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 0 253 £425 +21.43% 80
Slough 0 21 £360 +20.00% 14
Maidenhead -7 20 £325 - 20
Newbury -13 17 £469 +17.19% 3
Wokingham +1 12 £318 -4.15% 2
Bracknell -33 12 £475 +17.28% 5
Windsor +2 3 - - 4
Ascot - 2 £450 -
Thatcham - 1 - -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 114 (25.56%) Windows
2 97 (21.75%) Active Directory
3 92 (20.63%) Microsoft Azure
4 89 (19.96%) Microsoft Office
5 86 (19.28%) SQL
6 75 (16.82%) Microsoft Excel
7 70 (15.70%) Office 365
8 68 (15.25%) Security Cleared
9 63 (14.13%) Finance
10 61 (13.68%) Project Management
11 56 (12.56%) Business Intelligence
12 54 (12.11%) SQL Server
13 52 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
14 49 (10.99%) SC Cleared
14 49 (10.99%) Degree
14 49 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
15 46 (10.31%) Telecoms
15 46 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
16 45 (10.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
17 44 (9.87%) VMware
18 42 (9.42%) SharePoint
18 42 (9.42%) Power BI
19 41 (9.19%) Cisco
19 41 (9.19%) Migration
19 41 (9.19%) PowerShell
20 40 (8.97%) JavaScript
20 40 (8.97%) Self-Motivation
21 39 (8.74%) C#
22 38 (8.52%) Windows Server
23 36 (8.07%) .NET

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 42 (9.42%) SharePoint
2 23 (5.16%) MS Exchange
3 19 (4.26%) SharePoint Server
4 17 (3.81%) Skype for Business
5 15 (3.36%) IIS
6 8 (1.79%) MS Project Server
7 7 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.90%) Apache Pig
8 4 (0.90%) CMS
9 3 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.67%) GroupWise
9 3 (0.67%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.67%) SAS
10 2 (0.45%) FileNet
10 2 (0.45%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.22%) Apache
11 1 (0.22%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 89 (19.96%) Microsoft Office
2 75 (16.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (10.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (6.28%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (5.61%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.90%) Acrobat
6 4 (0.90%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 4 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.67%) InDesign
7 3 (0.67%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.67%) SPSS
8 2 (0.45%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 10 (2.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.90%) Oracle Cash Management
2 4 (0.90%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.90%) Unit4 Business World
3 3 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.67%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.67%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.67%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.67%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.45%) ENOVIA
5 1 (0.22%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.22%) SessionCam
5 1 (0.22%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 92 (20.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (15.70%) Office 365
3 20 (4.48%) IaaS
4 17 (3.81%) Cloud Computing
5 14 (3.14%) PaaS
6 13 (2.91%) Amazon AWS
7 11 (2.47%) SaaS
8 9 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (1.57%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (1.12%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.90%) GitHub
12 3 (0.67%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.67%) Yammer
13 2 (0.45%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.45%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.22%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.16%) DNS
1 23 (5.16%) Firewall
2 21 (4.71%) Skype
3 18 (4.04%) Internet
3 18 (4.04%) VPN
4 14 (3.14%) WAN
5 12 (2.69%) LAN
6 8 (1.79%) DHCP
7 6 (1.35%) Network Security
7 6 (1.35%) TCP/IP
7 6 (1.35%) VoLTE
8 5 (1.12%) IP Telephony
8 5 (1.12%) VoIP
9 4 (0.90%) 3G
9 4 (0.90%) 4G
9 4 (0.90%) PSTN
9 4 (0.90%) Unified Communications
10 3 (0.67%) GSM
10 3 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.67%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (12.11%) SQL Server
2 42 (9.42%) Power BI
3 19 (4.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (2.47%) Big Data
5 11 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (2.02%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (2.02%) MS Access
7 9 (2.02%) NoSQL
8 8 (1.79%) Hadoop
9 6 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
9 6 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (1.35%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 6 (1.35%) Data Lake
9 6 (1.35%) MongoDB
9 6 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (1.12%) Relational Database
10 5 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
11 4 (0.90%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 20 (4.48%) Visual Studio
2 9 (2.02%) Git (software)
2 9 (2.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.35%) gulp
4 5 (1.12%) MSI
4 5 (1.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (0.67%) StarTeam
5 3 (0.67%) Vagrant
5 3 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.22%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.22%) Hudson
7 1 (0.22%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.22%) TeamCity
General
1 63 (14.13%) Finance
2 46 (10.31%) Telecoms
3 28 (6.28%) Marketing
4 20 (4.48%) Legal
5 19 (4.26%) Mandarin Language
6 14 (3.14%) Retail
7 11 (2.47%) French Language
8 9 (2.02%) Billing
8 9 (2.02%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.57%) German Language
10 5 (1.12%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.90%) Advertising
11 4 (0.90%) Banking
12 3 (0.67%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.67%) Local Government
12 3 (0.67%) Publishing
13 2 (0.45%) Automotive
13 2 (0.45%) Czech Language
13 2 (0.45%) Law
13 2 (0.45%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (12.11%) Developer
2 53 (11.88%) Consultant
3 47 (10.54%) Architect
4 38 (8.52%) Analyst
5 30 (6.73%) Project Manager
6 21 (4.71%) Support Engineer
7 15 (3.36%) Azure Engineer
8 14 (3.14%) Coordinator
9 13 (2.91%) Azure Consultant
10 12 (2.69%) Project Coordinator
11 11 (2.47%) Desktop Support
11 11 (2.47%) Project Assistant
12 10 (2.24%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 10 (2.24%) Field Engineer
12 10 (2.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 10 (2.24%) Microsoft Developer
13 9 (2.02%) Administrator
13 9 (2.02%) Project Planner
13 9 (2.02%) SharePoint Engineer
13 9 (2.02%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (8.07%) .NET
2 25 (5.61%) HTML
3 23 (5.16%) ASP.NET
4 17 (3.81%) CSS
5 15 (3.36%) Web Services
6 13 (2.91%) Node.js
7 11 (2.47%) REST
7 11 (2.47%) XML
8 8 (1.79%) jQuery
8 8 (1.79%) JSON
9 7 (1.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 7 (1.57%) React
10 6 (1.35%) .NET Framework
10 6 (1.35%) ASP.NET Web API
10 6 (1.35%) EDI
10 6 (1.35%) Redux
10 6 (1.35%) WebSockets
11 4 (0.90%) HTML5
11 4 (0.90%) RabbitMQ
12 3 (0.67%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 49 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (8.97%) Self-Motivation
3 23 (5.16%) Mobile App
4 17 (3.81%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.14%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.91%) User Experience
7 12 (2.69%) Data Centre
7 12 (2.69%) Replication
8 9 (2.02%) Clustering
8 9 (2.02%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (2.02%) PMI
8 9 (2.02%) Private Cloud
8 9 (2.02%) Social Media
9 7 (1.57%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.35%) iPad
11 4 (0.90%) Animation
11 4 (0.90%) CMDB
11 4 (0.90%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.90%) Video Editing
11 4 (0.90%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 114 (25.56%) Windows
2 38 (8.52%) Windows Server
3 33 (7.40%) Linux
4 32 (7.17%) Windows 10
5 22 (4.93%) Windows 7
6 19 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (4.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (2.24%) SUSE
9 10 (2.24%) Windows XP
10 8 (1.79%) Mac OS
11 6 (1.35%) Unix
12 5 (1.12%) Android
12 5 (1.12%) Apple iOS
12 5 (1.12%) Ubuntu
12 5 (1.12%) Windows 8
12 5 (1.12%) Windows Vista
13 4 (0.90%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.67%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (13.68%) Project Management
2 56 (12.56%) Business Intelligence
3 52 (11.66%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (9.19%) Migration
6 27 (6.05%) Analytics
7 25 (5.61%) Stakeholder Management
8 24 (5.38%) ITIL
8 24 (5.38%) MVC
9 21 (4.71%) PRINCE2
9 21 (4.71%) Workflow
10 18 (4.04%) Continuous Improvement
11 17 (3.81%) Information Management
12 16 (3.59%) DevOps
12 16 (3.59%) Disaster Recovery
12 16 (3.59%) ERP
13 15 (3.36%) Project Planning
13 15 (3.36%) Validation
14 14 (3.14%) CRM
15 13 (2.91%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 86 (19.28%) SQL
2 41 (9.19%) PowerShell
3 40 (8.97%) JavaScript
4 39 (8.74%) C#
5 16 (3.59%) Java
6 13 (2.91%) T-SQL
7 11 (2.47%) Python
8 9 (2.02%) C
8 9 (2.02%) C++
9 8 (1.79%) R
10 7 (1.57%) Bash Shell
11 6 (1.35%) PHP
12 4 (0.90%) F#
12 4 (0.90%) Scala
12 4 (0.90%) VBA
13 3 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 3 (0.67%) Ruby
14 2 (0.45%) Delphi
14 2 (0.45%) Perl
15 1 (0.22%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 68 (15.25%) Security Cleared
2 49 (10.99%) Degree
2 49 (10.99%) SC Cleared
3 29 (6.50%) DV Cleared
4 10 (2.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (2.02%) ISTQB
5 9 (2.02%) PMI Certification
6 8 (1.79%) MCSE
7 6 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.12%) CCNP
8 5 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (1.12%) SAP Certification
9 4 (0.90%) CCIE
9 4 (0.90%) CCNA
10 3 (0.67%) ISEB
10 3 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.45%) CCDP
11 2 (0.45%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.45%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.45%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.24%) PMO
2 6 (1.35%) QA
3 5 (1.12%) SLA
4 4 (0.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.67%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.67%) GxP
6 2 (0.45%) GDPR
7 1 (0.22%) GAAP
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.22%) P3O
System Software
1 97 (21.75%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.47%) Hyper-V
3 11 (2.47%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (1.57%) vSphere
5 5 (1.12%) XenApp
6 4 (0.90%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.67%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.67%) Docker
7 3 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.22%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.22%) FreeRADIUS
9 1 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 34 (7.62%) SCCM
2 13 (2.91%) HP ALM
2 13 (2.91%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (2.47%) SCOM
4 9 (2.02%) Puppet
5 8 (1.79%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (1.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (1.35%) WSUS
7 4 (0.90%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.90%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.67%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.67%) Capistrano
8 3 (0.67%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.45%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.45%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.45%) MOM
9 2 (0.45%) SCDPM
9 2 (0.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 44 (9.87%) VMware
2 41 (9.19%) Cisco
3 36 (8.07%) Oracle
4 28 (6.28%) HP
5 17 (3.81%) Palo Alto
6 16 (3.59%) SAP
7 12 (2.69%) McAfee
8 11 (2.47%) Google
8 11 (2.47%) Veeam
9 10 (2.24%) Citrix
9 10 (2.24%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.79%) Adobe
10 8 (1.79%) Lumension
11 6 (1.35%) IBM
11 6 (1.35%) Symantec
11 6 (1.35%) Tableau
12 5 (1.12%) Capita
12 5 (1.12%) MicroStrategy
12 5 (1.12%) Serena
13 4 (0.90%) Informatica