Period
to 19 July 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 19 July 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 5 2
Rank change year-on-year -1 -3 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 460 486 658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 11.62% 12.92% 13.39%
As % of the Vendors category 24.60% 26.40% 25.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 197 321
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% -5.00% +13.15%
10th Percentile £250 £147 £205
90th Percentile £600 £538 £538
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 68 46
Berkshire median hourly rate £18.11 £12.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.92% -4.00% -32.61%
10th Percentile £11.92 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £35.63 £47.65 £23.92
South East median hourly rate £14.73 £14.40 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.29% -4.00% -3.23%

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 1,870 1,841 2,585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 47.23% 48.94% 52.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 960 830 1,340
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.72% +3.44% +3.90%
10th Percentile £250 £259 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
South East median daily rate £425 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 127 118
Berkshire median hourly rate £18.11 £13.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.15% +8.00% -42.00%
10th Percentile £11.78 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £50.13 £38.85 £28.75
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% -2.86%

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 July 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 19 July 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 19 July 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 0 254 £425 +13.33% 63
Slough -4 26 £360 +44.00% 14
Maidenhead -8 23 £456 +40.38% 12
Wokingham +4 17 £353 -21.67% 5
Bracknell -24 16 £313 -22.84% 15
Newbury -17 10 £488 +39.29% 6
Windsor -6 2 £300 -36.84% 4
Ascot - 2 £450 - 2
Thatcham - 1 - -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 19 July 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.

1 117 (25.43%) Windows
1 117 (25.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 101 (21.96%) SQL
3 92 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
4 90 (19.57%) Active Directory
5 81 (17.61%) Microsoft Excel
6 73 (15.87%) Finance
7 68 (14.78%) Project Management
7 68 (14.78%) Office 365
8 65 (14.13%) Agile Software Development
9 63 (13.70%) SQL Server
10 61 (13.26%) Security Cleared
11 56 (12.17%) Business Intelligence
12 55 (11.96%) Telecoms
13 54 (11.74%) C#
14 51 (11.09%) Analytical Skills
15 50 (10.87%) Degree
16 49 (10.65%) .NET
17 47 (10.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
18 45 (9.78%) Oracle
19 44 (9.57%) Migration
20 41 (8.91%) JavaScript
20 41 (8.91%) SC Cleared
21 39 (8.48%) Windows Server
22 38 (8.26%) Power BI
23 37 (8.04%) Windows 10
23 37 (8.04%) PowerShell
24 36 (7.83%) SCCM
24 36 (7.83%) Linux
24 36 (7.83%) SharePoint

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 36 (7.83%) SharePoint
2 24 (5.22%) MS Exchange
3 22 (4.78%) Skype for Business
4 9 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (1.96%) IIS
5 8 (1.74%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (1.74%) SharePoint Server
6 7 (1.52%) Apache Solr
6 7 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (1.30%) CMS
8 5 (1.09%) Apache Spark
8 5 (1.09%) MS Project Server
9 4 (0.87%) Apache Pig
10 3 (0.65%) GroupWise
10 3 (0.65%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.65%) SAS
10 3 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.43%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.43%) FileNet
11 2 (0.43%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 92 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (17.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (10.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (6.52%) Microsoft Project
5 26 (5.65%) MS Visio
6 6 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (1.09%) Acrobat
8 4 (0.87%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.65%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.65%) InDesign
9 3 (0.65%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.65%) SPSS
10 2 (0.43%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 10 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.09%) SAP ERP
3 4 (0.87%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.87%) SAP CO
3 4 (0.87%) SAP FI
3 4 (0.87%) SAP FI/CO
3 4 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.87%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.65%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.65%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.43%) Eloqua
5 2 (0.43%) ENOVIA
6 1 (0.22%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.22%) SessionCam
Cloud Services
1 117 (25.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 68 (14.78%) Office 365
3 27 (5.87%) Amazon AWS
4 24 (5.22%) SaaS
5 19 (4.13%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (3.26%) IaaS
7 14 (3.04%) PaaS
8 12 (2.61%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.30%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (1.09%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (1.09%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.87%) GitHub
12 2 (0.43%) Akamai
12 2 (0.43%) Firebase
12 2 (0.43%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.43%) Serverless
12 2 (0.43%) SoftLayer
13 1 (0.22%) Amazon EMR
13 1 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 28 (6.09%) Firewall
2 26 (5.65%) DNS
3 25 (5.43%) Skype
4 24 (5.22%) VPN
5 22 (4.78%) Internet
6 16 (3.48%) TCP/IP
7 15 (3.26%) WAN
8 12 (2.61%) HTTP
8 12 (2.61%) LAN
9 11 (2.39%) DHCP
10 6 (1.30%) MPLS
10 6 (1.30%) OSPF
10 6 (1.30%) Unified Communications
10 6 (1.30%) VoLTE
10 6 (1.30%) WLAN
11 5 (1.09%) 3G
11 5 (1.09%) 4G
11 5 (1.09%) BGP
11 5 (1.09%) SAN
11 5 (1.09%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (13.70%) SQL Server
2 38 (8.26%) Power BI
3 19 (4.13%) NoSQL
4 16 (3.48%) MongoDB
5 15 (3.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (3.04%) Apache Cassandra
6 14 (3.04%) Big Data
7 12 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (2.39%) Hadoop
8 11 (2.39%) Redis
9 10 (2.17%) Relational Database
10 9 (1.96%) MS Access
10 9 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (1.74%) Data Lake
11 8 (1.74%) Neo4j
12 7 (1.52%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 6 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
14 5 (1.09%) MySQL
14 5 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 16 (3.48%) Visual Studio
2 10 (2.17%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.74%) Visual Studio Team System
4 7 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (1.30%) gulp
6 5 (1.09%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 4 (0.87%) LSMW
8 3 (0.65%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.65%) Selenium
8 3 (0.65%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.43%) Hudson
9 2 (0.43%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.43%) JIRA
9 2 (0.43%) Metasploit
9 2 (0.43%) MSI
9 2 (0.43%) SpecFlow
9 2 (0.43%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.22%) Introscope
10 1 (0.22%) JMeter
General
1 73 (15.87%) Finance
2 55 (11.96%) Telecoms
3 33 (7.17%) Marketing
4 18 (3.91%) Legal
5 15 (3.26%) Mandarin Language
6 12 (2.61%) French Language
6 12 (2.61%) Retail
7 10 (2.17%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.96%) Billing
9 7 (1.52%) German Language
9 7 (1.52%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.09%) Advertising
10 5 (1.09%) Banking
11 4 (0.87%) Publishing
12 3 (0.65%) Automotive
12 3 (0.65%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.65%) Local Government
13 2 (0.43%) Czech Language
13 2 (0.43%) Law
13 2 (0.43%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 60 (13.04%) Developer
2 54 (11.74%) Consultant
3 51 (11.09%) Architect
4 36 (7.83%) Project Manager
5 32 (6.96%) Analyst
6 21 (4.57%) Support Engineer
7 19 (4.13%) Coordinator
8 14 (3.04%) Desktop Support
8 14 (3.04%) Project Coordinator
8 14 (3.04%) Solutions Architect
9 12 (2.61%) Administrator
9 12 (2.61%) Azure Engineer
10 11 (2.39%) .NET Developer
11 10 (2.17%) Azure Architect
11 10 (2.17%) Data Consultant
11 10 (2.17%) Microsoft Developer
11 10 (2.17%) Technical Architect
12 9 (1.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 9 (1.96%) Marketing Analyst
12 9 (1.96%) Project Assistant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (10.65%) .NET
2 27 (5.87%) ASP.NET
3 25 (5.43%) HTML
4 23 (5.00%) CSS
5 20 (4.35%) Web Services
6 17 (3.70%) Node.js
7 16 (3.48%) REST
8 15 (3.26%) ASP.NET Web API
9 13 (2.83%) ASP.NET MVC
9 13 (2.83%) React
10 12 (2.61%) JSON
10 12 (2.61%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (2.39%) Kafka
12 10 (2.17%) AngularJS
13 9 (1.96%) .NET Framework
14 8 (1.74%) jQuery
14 8 (1.74%) Memcached
15 7 (1.52%) Apache Avro
15 7 (1.52%) Protocol Buffers
15 7 (1.52%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.09%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (7.83%) Self-Motivation
3 26 (5.65%) Management Information System
4 24 (5.22%) Mobile App
5 18 (3.91%) Replication
6 14 (3.04%) Computer Science
7 13 (2.83%) Data Centre
8 11 (2.39%) User Experience
9 10 (2.17%) Clustering
9 10 (2.17%) Social Media
10 9 (1.96%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.74%) PMI
12 7 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (1.52%) Virtual Team
13 6 (1.30%) iPad
14 5 (1.09%) Data Structures
14 5 (1.09%) Private Cloud
14 5 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
15 4 (0.87%) Driving Licence
15 4 (0.87%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 117 (25.43%) Windows
2 39 (8.48%) Windows Server
3 37 (8.04%) Windows 10
4 36 (7.83%) Linux
5 22 (4.78%) Windows 7
6 16 (3.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (2.17%) Windows 8
9 8 (1.74%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.52%) Ubuntu
10 7 (1.52%) Unix
11 6 (1.30%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.30%) SUSE
12 5 (1.09%) Android
12 5 (1.09%) Mac OS
12 5 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.87%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.65%) Solaris
14 3 (0.65%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (14.78%) Project Management
2 65 (14.13%) Agile Software Development
3 56 (12.17%) Business Intelligence
4 44 (9.57%) Migration
5 34 (7.39%) Problem-Solving
6 31 (6.74%) Analytics
7 30 (6.52%) ITIL
8 28 (6.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 27 (5.87%) MVC
10 26 (5.65%) PRINCE2
11 25 (5.43%) Workflow
12 21 (4.57%) ERP
12 21 (4.57%) OO
13 19 (4.13%) Information Management
14 17 (3.70%) CRM
14 17 (3.70%) Mentoring
15 16 (3.48%) Disaster Recovery
15 16 (3.48%) Microservices
16 15 (3.26%) ETL
16 15 (3.26%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 101 (21.96%) SQL
2 54 (11.74%) C#
3 41 (8.91%) JavaScript
4 37 (8.04%) PowerShell
5 19 (4.13%) Java
6 16 (3.48%) T-SQL
7 13 (2.83%) Python
8 12 (2.61%) C++
9 11 (2.39%) C
10 8 (1.74%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.74%) R
11 6 (1.30%) PHP
11 6 (1.30%) Ruby
12 5 (1.09%) TypeScript
12 5 (1.09%) VBA
13 4 (0.87%) F#
13 4 (0.87%) Perl
13 4 (0.87%) Scala
13 4 (0.87%) VB
14 3 (0.65%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 61 (13.26%) Security Cleared
2 50 (10.87%) Degree
3 41 (8.91%) SC Cleared
4 25 (5.43%) DV Cleared
5 17 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (1.74%) MCSE
6 8 (1.74%) PMI Certification
7 6 (1.30%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.30%) SAP Certification
8 5 (1.09%) CCNA
8 5 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.87%) CCNP
9 4 (0.87%) ISEB
9 4 (0.87%) ISTQB
9 4 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.65%) CCIE
11 2 (0.43%) CCVP
11 2 (0.43%) MCDST
11 2 (0.43%) MCITP
11 2 (0.43%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.17%) PMO
2 8 (1.74%) QA
3 7 (1.52%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.30%) SLA
5 4 (0.87%) GDPR
5 4 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.65%) GxP
7 2 (0.43%) Government Security Classifications
7 2 (0.43%) P3O
8 1 (0.22%) GAAP
System Software
1 90 (19.57%) Active Directory
2 15 (3.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.39%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.96%) Docker
5 8 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (1.52%) XenApp
7 6 (1.30%) BitLocker
8 5 (1.09%) vSphere
9 4 (0.87%) Apache Flume
10 3 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.43%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.22%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.22%) FreeRADIUS
Systems Management
1 36 (7.83%) SCCM
2 14 (3.04%) HP ALM
3 13 (2.83%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (2.83%) SCOM
4 9 (1.96%) Puppet
5 8 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
6 7 (1.52%) Kubernetes
6 7 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (1.30%) WSUS
8 5 (1.09%) AirWatch
8 5 (1.09%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.65%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.65%) Capistrano
9 3 (0.65%) Cisco CUCM
9 3 (0.65%) Cisco UCCE
9 3 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
9 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.43%) QRadar
10 2 (0.43%) SCDPM
10 2 (0.43%) Terraform
Vendors
1 45 (9.78%) Oracle
2 34 (7.39%) Cisco
3 33 (7.17%) VMware
4 30 (6.52%) HP
5 22 (4.78%) SAP
6 15 (3.26%) Veeam
7 12 (2.61%) Citrix
7 12 (2.61%) Google
8 11 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
9 10 (2.17%) McAfee
10 9 (1.96%) Adobe
11 8 (1.74%) Rackspace
12 7 (1.52%) Symantec
13 6 (1.30%) IBM
13 6 (1.30%) Tableau
14 5 (1.09%) Avaya
14 5 (1.09%) Capita
14 5 (1.09%) MicroStrategy
14 5 (1.09%) Palo Alto
14 5 (1.09%) Serena