Period
to 19 August 2019

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 19 August 2019 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
19 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 6 5
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 588 456 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 14.05% 11.62% 12.86%
As % of the Vendors category 27.95% 24.40% 25.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 221 209
Berkshire median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £191 £190 £165
90th Percentile £600 £600 £538
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 25 61
Berkshire median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.16% +58.33% -4.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £26.80 £47.50
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £14.15 £14.50
% change year-on-year +13.11% -2.45% -3.33%

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 2,104 1,869 1,938
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 50.27% 47.64% 50.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,000 922 886
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £237 £250 £264
90th Percentile £613 £588 £600
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 60 116
Berkshire median hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.32% +40.74% +8.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.20 £39.75
South East median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% -5.44%

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 19 August 2019.

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 19 August 2019.

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 19 August 2019. 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 -1 272 £480 +9.71% 102
Bracknell +28 93 £375 +42.86% 23
Slough -4 27 £345 -4.17% 18
Newbury +13 23 £375 - 13
Maidenhead -3 16 £325 -26.76% 25
Wokingham -6 9 £425 +19.72% 5
Windsor +1 5 £450 +50.00% 5
Ascot - 5 £135 - 1
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 19 August 2019, 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.

1 246 (41.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 209 (35.54%) Windows
3 183 (31.12%) Security Cleared
4 140 (23.81%) SC Cleared
5 133 (22.62%) Microsoft Office
6 113 (19.22%) SQL
7 110 (18.71%) Office 365
8 100 (17.01%) Migration
9 98 (16.67%) Active Directory
10 90 (15.31%) PaaS
11 88 (14.97%) PowerShell
11 88 (14.97%) Agile Software Development
12 86 (14.63%) Oracle
12 86 (14.63%) IaaS
13 81 (13.78%) SaaS
14 79 (13.44%) SQL Server
14 79 (13.44%) SharePoint
15 74 (12.59%) Microsoft Excel
15 74 (12.59%) DevOps
16 73 (12.41%) Windows 10
17 66 (11.22%) Internet
18 63 (10.71%) Project Management
18 63 (10.71%) Finance
19 61 (10.37%) Business Intelligence
19 61 (10.37%) Self-Motivation
20 60 (10.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 60 (10.20%) Degree
21 59 (10.03%) DNS
22 58 (9.86%) Windows 7
23 57 (9.69%) Windows Server

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 79 (13.44%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.25%) IIS
2 25 (4.25%) SharePoint Server
3 14 (2.38%) Confluence
3 14 (2.38%) Skype for Business
4 9 (1.53%) MS Exchange
5 7 (1.19%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.02%) WebLogic
6 6 (1.02%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.68%) MS Project Server
9 3 (0.51%) Apache
9 3 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.34%) IBM HTTP Server
10 2 (0.34%) Office Communications Server
10 2 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 133 (22.62%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (12.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (6.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (3.74%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (2.55%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.17%) InDesign
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.53%) Sonata
3 6 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.68%) Eloqua
5 3 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.51%) Primavera
6 2 (0.34%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.34%) Magento
6 2 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.17%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 246 (41.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 110 (18.71%) Office 365
3 90 (15.31%) PaaS
4 86 (14.63%) IaaS
5 81 (13.78%) SaaS
6 55 (9.35%) Power Platform
7 38 (6.46%) Amazon AWS
8 33 (5.61%) Dynamics 365
9 25 (4.25%) Azure Active Directory
9 25 (4.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 12 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (2.04%) GitHub
11 11 (1.87%) Serverless
12 10 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (1.53%) iPaaS
14 8 (1.36%) OneDrive
15 7 (1.19%) Azure Data Factory
16 4 (0.68%) Data Lake Analytics
17 2 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
17 2 (0.34%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 66 (11.22%) Internet
2 59 (10.03%) DNS
3 55 (9.35%) Firewall
4 49 (8.33%) VPN
5 37 (6.29%) TCP/IP
6 27 (4.59%) Reverse Proxy
6 27 (4.59%) WAN
7 26 (4.42%) SAN
8 25 (4.25%) Skype
9 24 (4.08%) NAS
10 20 (3.40%) Network Security
11 17 (2.89%) LAN
12 16 (2.72%) DHCP
13 14 (2.38%) SMTP
14 11 (1.87%) 3GPP
15 8 (1.36%) Wireless
16 7 (1.19%) H.323
16 7 (1.19%) HTTP
17 6 (1.02%) MPLS
17 6 (1.02%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (13.44%) SQL Server
2 60 (10.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 47 (7.99%) Power BI
4 32 (5.44%) Data Lake
5 26 (4.42%) Relational Database
6 21 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (3.57%) RDBMS
6 21 (3.57%) SQL Server 2016
7 19 (3.23%) Oracle Database
8 17 (2.89%) HDInsight
9 15 (2.55%) DB2
10 14 (2.38%) MongoDB
10 14 (2.38%) MySQL
11 13 (2.21%) PostgreSQL
11 13 (2.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 12 (2.04%) Azure SQL Database
13 11 (1.87%) Cosmos DB
13 11 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
13 11 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
14 9 (1.53%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 47 (7.99%) Visual Studio Team System
2 30 (5.10%) Visual Studio
3 24 (4.08%) JIRA
4 16 (2.72%) Jenkins
5 12 (2.04%) InstallShield
5 12 (2.04%) MSI
6 10 (1.70%) Git (software)
6 10 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.34%) ReSharper
7 2 (0.34%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.34%) Visual Studio Coded UI
8 1 (0.17%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.17%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.17%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.17%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.17%) ERwin
8 1 (0.17%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.17%) Selenium
8 1 (0.17%) SpecFlow
General
1 63 (10.71%) Finance
2 50 (8.50%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.25%) Retail
4 18 (3.06%) Legal
5 13 (2.21%) Marketing
6 10 (1.70%) Mandarin Language
7 6 (1.02%) French Language
8 5 (0.85%) German Language
8 5 (0.85%) Public Sector
9 4 (0.68%) Automotive
9 4 (0.68%) Electronics
9 4 (0.68%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.51%) Polish Language
10 3 (0.51%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.34%) Banking
11 2 (0.34%) Billing
11 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.34%) Publishing
12 1 (0.17%) Games
12 1 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 114 (19.39%) Architect
2 57 (9.69%) Analyst
3 44 (7.48%) Consultant
4 39 (6.63%) Azure Engineer
5 38 (6.46%) Azure Architect
6 34 (5.78%) Developer
7 27 (4.59%) Solutions Architect
8 26 (4.42%) 2nd Line Support
9 24 (4.08%) Support Engineer
10 22 (3.74%) Coordinator
10 22 (3.74%) DevOps Engineer
11 21 (3.57%) 1st/2nd Line Support
12 20 (3.40%) Operations Technician
13 19 (3.23%) Project Coordinator
14 18 (3.06%) Azure DevOps
14 18 (3.06%) Cloud Architect
14 18 (3.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 18 (3.06%) Project Manager
15 15 (2.55%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 15 (2.55%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (6.12%) .NET
2 33 (5.61%) Web Services
3 16 (2.72%) ASP.NET
3 16 (2.72%) Oracle Fusion
4 14 (2.38%) XML
5 13 (2.21%) JDBC
5 13 (2.21%) ODBC
5 13 (2.21%) SOAP
6 11 (1.87%) AngularJS
6 11 (1.87%) REST
7 10 (1.70%) .NET Framework
8 9 (1.53%) JSON
9 8 (1.36%) HTML
10 7 (1.19%) CSS
10 7 (1.19%) Middleware
10 7 (1.19%) WebRTC
11 6 (1.02%) .NET Core
12 4 (0.68%) ASP.NET MVC
12 4 (0.68%) COM
12 4 (0.68%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 61 (10.37%) Self-Motivation
2 45 (7.65%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (6.12%) Management Information System
4 32 (5.44%) Data Centre
5 23 (3.91%) Replication
6 18 (3.06%) Hybrid Cloud
7 17 (2.89%) Public Cloud
8 14 (2.38%) Clustering
9 12 (2.04%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.87%) Video Conferencing
11 10 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (1.70%) Microsoft Licensing
12 8 (1.36%) Mobile App
13 7 (1.19%) Social Media
14 6 (1.02%) BYOD
14 6 (1.02%) DataPower
14 6 (1.02%) N-Tier
14 6 (1.02%) PKI
14 6 (1.02%) Private Cloud
14 6 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 209 (35.54%) Windows
2 73 (12.41%) Windows 10
3 58 (9.86%) Windows 7
4 57 (9.69%) Windows Server
5 44 (7.48%) Linux
6 29 (4.93%) Unix
7 23 (3.91%) Windows Server 2003
8 22 (3.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 20 (3.40%) Windows 8
10 19 (3.23%) Android
10 19 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 16 (2.72%) Apple iOS
12 14 (2.38%) Windows XP
13 11 (1.87%) Mac OS
14 8 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (1.02%) AIX
16 4 (0.68%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.68%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.51%) Ubuntu
17 3 (0.51%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (17.01%) Migration
2 88 (14.97%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (12.59%) DevOps
4 63 (10.71%) Project Management
5 61 (10.37%) Business Intelligence
6 55 (9.35%) Problem-Solving
7 51 (8.67%) ITIL
8 46 (7.82%) Computer Science
9 42 (7.14%) Analytics
10 39 (6.63%) Test Automation
11 35 (5.95%) Continuous Integration
11 35 (5.95%) Information Management
12 32 (5.44%) Information Security
13 31 (5.27%) Security Monitoring
13 31 (5.27%) Stakeholder Management
14 30 (5.10%) Decision-Making
14 30 (5.10%) Security Operations
15 28 (4.76%) ERP
16 27 (4.59%) CRM
16 27 (4.59%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 113 (19.22%) SQL
2 88 (14.97%) PowerShell
3 37 (6.29%) C#
4 26 (4.42%) Java
5 22 (3.74%) JavaScript
6 21 (3.57%) Python
7 18 (3.06%) T-SQL
8 11 (1.87%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.53%) VB
9 9 (1.53%) VBScript
10 8 (1.36%) C
10 8 (1.36%) VBA
11 7 (1.19%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.85%) Objective-C
13 4 (0.68%) PHP
13 4 (0.68%) R
14 3 (0.51%) C++
14 3 (0.51%) F#
14 3 (0.51%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.34%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 183 (31.12%) Security Cleared
2 140 (23.81%) SC Cleared
3 60 (10.20%) Degree
4 43 (7.31%) Microsoft Certification
5 31 (5.27%) DV Cleared
6 24 (4.08%) MCSE
7 21 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (3.57%) CISSP
8 15 (2.55%) CCIE
9 10 (1.70%) CCNP
10 9 (1.53%) CISM
10 9 (1.53%) ISTQB
11 8 (1.36%) CCNA
11 8 (1.36%) CRISC
11 8 (1.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 7 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (1.19%) MCP
13 6 (1.02%) TOGAF Certification
14 5 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.85%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.61%) QA
2 19 (3.23%) GDPR
3 18 (3.06%) SLA
4 17 (2.89%) Data Quality
5 11 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (1.70%) PCI DSS
7 9 (1.53%) NIST
8 8 (1.36%) COBIT
8 8 (1.36%) PMO
9 5 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.34%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.34%) NCSC
11 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.17%) FedRAMP
11 1 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 98 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 39 (6.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (4.08%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.40%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (2.55%) XenApp
6 11 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (1.70%) vSphere
8 6 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (0.68%) Docker
9 4 (0.68%) Firmware
10 3 (0.51%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.34%) vCloud
12 1 (0.17%) NDS
12 1 (0.17%) NetIQ eDirectory
12 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.17%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 49 (8.33%) SCCM
2 21 (3.57%) Microsoft Intune
3 20 (3.40%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (2.72%) Kubernetes
5 13 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (1.36%) Ansible
7 6 (1.02%) Data Guard
7 6 (1.02%) SCOM
8 5 (0.85%) SCSM
9 3 (0.51%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.51%) Nessus
9 3 (0.51%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.51%) Terraform
9 3 (0.51%) ThinApp
10 2 (0.34%) vCenter Server
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Management
11 1 (0.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 86 (14.63%) Oracle
2 53 (9.01%) VMware
3 29 (4.93%) Cisco
4 25 (4.25%) IBM
5 22 (3.74%) McAfee
6 18 (3.06%) Google
7 17 (2.89%) Workday
8 15 (2.55%) HP
9 14 (2.38%) SAP
10 13 (2.21%) Atlassian
10 13 (2.21%) Citrix
11 12 (2.04%) Databricks
12 11 (1.87%) Novell
12 11 (1.87%) Splunk
13 10 (1.70%) Remedy
14 9 (1.53%) Dell
14 9 (1.53%) F5
14 9 (1.53%) Fortinet
15 8 (1.36%) Red Hat
16 7 (1.19%) Tripwire