Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 4 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 +2 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 558 582 476
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 16.81% 14.31% 11.70%
As % of the Vendors category 31.45% 29.88% 23.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 303 243
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £438 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% -2.78% +12.50%
10th Percentile £159 £175 £236
90th Percentile £584 £581 £579
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £388
% change year-on-year +2.41% +7.10% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 36 39
Berkshire median hourly rate £23.00 £12.80 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +79.69% -11.72% +27.19%
10th Percentile £13.05 £10.63 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £36.75 £36.28
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £15.23
% change year-on-year +17.86% -8.08% +7.25%

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 1,774 1,948 2,006
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 53.45% 47.89% 49.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 824 888 1,040
Berkshire median daily rate £442 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - -
10th Percentile £205 £217 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £600
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 58 71
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £15.43 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.62% -0.45% +19.23%
10th Percentile £13.05 £10.59 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £45.75 £39.75
South East median hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +12.12% -5.71% +12.90%

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 0 289 £425 -5.56% 88
Bracknell +4 50 £425 +21.43% 9
Slough -1 21 £188 -51.61% 16
Maidenhead +4 17 £488 -3.94% 14
Newbury -15 15 £321 -15.46% 18
Wokingham +8 8 £425 - 7
Windsor 0 2 £444 -11.25% 6
Ascot -4 2 £172 +9.37% 3
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 254 (45.52%) Azure
2 233 (41.76%) Windows
3 159 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
3 159 (28.49%) Security Cleared
4 151 (27.06%) SQL
5 148 (26.52%) Microsoft Office
6 125 (22.40%) Active Directory
6 125 (22.40%) PowerShell
7 121 (21.68%) DevOps
8 113 (20.25%) Office 365
9 112 (20.07%) SC Cleared
10 109 (19.53%) IaaS
11 107 (19.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 106 (19.00%) Analytics
12 106 (19.00%) PaaS
13 98 (17.56%) Power Platform
14 97 (17.38%) Business Intelligence
15 95 (17.03%) Power BI
16 90 (16.13%) Data Lake
17 84 (15.05%) Visual Studio
18 79 (14.16%) DNS
19 77 (13.80%) SaaS
20 75 (13.44%) Visual Studio Team System
21 74 (13.26%) ITIL
22 71 (12.72%) Windows 10
23 70 (12.54%) Windows Server
23 70 (12.54%) TCP/IP
24 69 (12.37%) Degree
25 66 (11.83%) Oracle
26 63 (11.29%) VPN

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 59 (10.57%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.48%) MS Exchange
3 14 (2.51%) Skype for Business
4 12 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (1.43%) CMS
5 8 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (1.25%) Apache Spark
6 7 (1.25%) Confluence
7 6 (1.08%) IIS
8 4 (0.72%) Apache
9 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.36%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.36%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.18%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.18%) Drupal
Applications
1 148 (26.52%) Microsoft Office
2 52 (9.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (5.20%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (4.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 17 (3.05%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.18%) Figma
Business Applications
1 24 (4.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.90%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.90%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.72%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.72%) Sonata
4 3 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.54%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.54%) SAP Payroll
5 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.36%) SAP SCM
6 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.18%) SAP PP
6 1 (0.18%) Scribe Insight
6 1 (0.18%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 254 (45.52%) Azure
2 113 (20.25%) Office 365
3 109 (19.53%) IaaS
4 106 (19.00%) PaaS
5 98 (17.56%) Power Platform
6 77 (13.80%) SaaS
7 39 (6.99%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 31 (5.56%) Data Lake Analytics
9 24 (4.30%) Azure Active Directory
10 22 (3.94%) AWS
11 21 (3.76%) Dynamics 365
12 15 (2.69%) GCP
13 14 (2.51%) Serverless
14 12 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (1.97%) iPaaS
16 10 (1.79%) GitHub
17 7 (1.25%) OneDrive
18 4 (0.72%) Basecamp
18 4 (0.72%) G Suite
18 4 (0.72%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 79 (14.16%) DNS
2 70 (12.54%) TCP/IP
3 63 (11.29%) Firewall
3 63 (11.29%) VPN
4 54 (9.68%) Internet
5 50 (8.96%) Reverse Proxy
6 49 (8.78%) NAS
7 47 (8.42%) SAN
8 24 (4.30%) Skype
9 18 (3.23%) DHCP
10 11 (1.97%) Wireless
11 10 (1.79%) SMTP
12 9 (1.61%) Intranet
13 8 (1.43%) HTTP
13 8 (1.43%) Radio Access Network
13 8 (1.43%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (1.25%) LAN
14 7 (1.25%) Network Security
14 7 (1.25%) Unified Communications
14 7 (1.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (19.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 95 (17.03%) Power BI
3 90 (16.13%) Data Lake
4 54 (9.68%) SQL Server
5 48 (8.60%) HDInsight
6 31 (5.56%) Big Data
7 23 (4.12%) Azure SQL Database
8 22 (3.94%) SQL Server 2016
9 18 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (2.87%) MongoDB
11 13 (2.33%) Apache Cassandra
12 12 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
13 11 (1.97%) Cosmos DB
13 11 (1.97%) Data Mart
13 11 (1.97%) NoSQL
13 11 (1.97%) Oracle Database
14 10 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
15 9 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 8 (1.43%) SQL Server 2014
17 6 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 84 (15.05%) Visual Studio
2 75 (13.44%) Visual Studio Team System
3 16 (2.87%) JIRA
4 9 (1.61%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.43%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.90%) MSI
6 5 (0.90%) PowerBuilder
6 5 (0.90%) ProC
7 3 (0.54%) ERwin
7 3 (0.54%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.36%) Artifactory
8 2 (0.36%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.36%) GoCD
8 2 (0.36%) JMeter
8 2 (0.36%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
General
1 59 (10.57%) Telecoms
2 36 (6.45%) Finance
3 15 (2.69%) Retail
4 13 (2.33%) Mandarin Language
5 7 (1.25%) Legal
6 5 (0.90%) German Language
6 5 (0.90%) Public Sector
7 4 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.54%) Automotive
8 3 (0.54%) Electronics
8 3 (0.54%) French Language
8 3 (0.54%) Italian Language
8 3 (0.54%) Marketing
9 2 (0.36%) Banking
9 2 (0.36%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.18%) Advertising
10 1 (0.18%) Billing
10 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 94 (16.85%) Architect
2 80 (14.34%) Analyst
3 54 (9.68%) DevOps Engineer
4 47 (8.42%) Azure Engineer
5 42 (7.53%) Support Engineer
6 38 (6.81%) Developer
7 36 (6.45%) Service Analyst
8 31 (5.56%) Azure Architect
9 29 (5.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 28 (5.02%) Solutions Architect
11 23 (4.12%) Service Transition Analyst
11 23 (4.12%) Transition Analyst
12 22 (3.94%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 20 (3.58%) Consultant
14 19 (3.41%) Coordinator
15 18 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support
16 17 (3.05%) Project Coordinator
17 16 (2.87%) Business Analyst
17 16 (2.87%) Cloud Architect
17 16 (2.87%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (10.93%) Web Services
2 43 (7.71%) .NET
3 17 (3.05%) Oracle Fusion
4 15 (2.69%) REST
5 13 (2.33%) .NET Framework
5 13 (2.33%) SOAP
5 13 (2.33%) XML
6 10 (1.79%) JDBC
6 10 (1.79%) ODBC
7 8 (1.43%) 802.1X
8 5 (0.90%) ASP.NET
9 4 (0.72%) HTML
9 4 (0.72%) RESTful
10 3 (0.54%) jQuery
10 3 (0.54%) JSON
10 3 (0.54%) LDAP
10 3 (0.54%) SAML
10 3 (0.54%) SAP PI
10 3 (0.54%) WCF
11 2 (0.36%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 47 (8.42%) Replication
2 35 (6.27%) Self-Motivation
3 26 (4.66%) Management Information System
4 25 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.58%) Hybrid Cloud
6 19 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
7 17 (3.05%) Data Centre
8 15 (2.69%) Microsoft Licensing
9 12 (2.15%) PKI
9 12 (2.15%) Public Cloud
10 10 (1.79%) Clustering
10 10 (1.79%) Smartphone
11 8 (1.43%) iPhone
11 8 (1.43%) Private Cloud
12 7 (1.25%) Social Media
13 6 (1.08%) BYOD
13 6 (1.08%) Client/Server
14 5 (0.90%) CCTV
14 5 (0.90%) Mobile App
14 5 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 233 (41.76%) Windows
2 71 (12.72%) Windows 10
3 70 (12.54%) Windows Server
4 59 (10.57%) Windows 7
5 27 (4.84%) Android
6 21 (3.76%) Windows 8
7 18 (3.23%) Apple iOS
8 17 (3.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (2.87%) Linux
10 15 (2.69%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (2.33%) Windows XP
12 9 (1.61%) VMS
13 8 (1.43%) Mac OS
14 7 (1.25%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.90%) OpenVMS
16 4 (0.72%) Unix
16 4 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
17 2 (0.36%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.18%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (21.68%) DevOps
3 106 (19.00%) Analytics
4 97 (17.38%) Business Intelligence
5 74 (13.26%) ITIL
6 63 (11.29%) Migration
7 57 (10.22%) Data Management
8 55 (9.86%) Infrastructure as Code
9 53 (9.50%) Problem-Solving
9 53 (9.50%) Test Automation
10 51 (9.14%) Disaster Recovery
11 49 (8.78%) Computer Science
12 46 (8.24%) Security Testing
13 45 (8.06%) Data-Driven Testing
14 43 (7.71%) ERP
14 43 (7.71%) Project Management
15 42 (7.53%) Continuous Integration
15 42 (7.53%) Information Security
16 35 (6.27%) Continuous Delivery
16 35 (6.27%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 151 (27.06%) SQL
2 125 (22.40%) PowerShell
3 42 (7.53%) C#
4 25 (4.48%) Python
5 18 (3.23%) R
6 17 (3.05%) JavaScript
7 12 (2.15%) Scala
8 11 (1.97%) C
9 10 (1.79%) Java
10 9 (1.61%) VB
11 8 (1.43%) C++
12 7 (1.25%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.08%) PHP
13 6 (1.08%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.08%) VC++
14 5 (0.90%) Fortran
15 4 (0.72%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.54%) Objective-C
17 2 (0.36%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.36%) VBA
Qualifications
1 159 (28.49%) Security Cleared
2 112 (20.07%) SC Cleared
3 69 (12.37%) Degree
4 34 (6.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 29 (5.20%) DV Cleared
6 15 (2.69%) MCSE
7 13 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.15%) MCP
9 7 (1.25%) A+ Certification
9 7 (1.25%) ISEB
9 7 (1.25%) ISTQB
10 6 (1.08%) CCNA
10 6 (1.08%) MCSA
10 6 (1.08%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.08%) PMP
11 4 (0.72%) CCIE
11 4 (0.72%) CCNP
11 4 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.72%) MCITP
11 4 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.45%) QA
2 13 (2.33%) Data Quality
2 13 (2.33%) SLA
3 8 (1.43%) PMO
4 4 (0.72%) GDPR
4 4 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.72%) NIST
5 3 (0.54%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) COBIT
6 1 (0.18%) GAMP
6 1 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.18%) GxP
6 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.18%) NCSC
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 125 (22.40%) Active Directory
2 44 (7.89%) Virtual Machines
3 34 (6.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.51%) Hyper-V
5 13 (2.33%) XenApp
6 9 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
6 9 (1.61%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 8 (1.43%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (1.25%) Docker
9 5 (0.90%) Firmware
9 5 (0.90%) vSphere
10 4 (0.72%) DFS Replication
10 4 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.54%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.36%) vCloud
12 2 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.18%) VMFS
13 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 56 (10.04%) SCCM
2 19 (3.41%) Microsoft Intune
2 19 (3.41%) Single Sign-On
3 15 (2.69%) SCOM
4 12 (2.15%) AirWatch
5 9 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (1.61%) Kubernetes
6 8 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (1.08%) Ansible
7 6 (1.08%) SCSM
8 5 (0.90%) Terraform
9 4 (0.72%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (0.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 4 (0.72%) Puppet
10 3 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.54%) Nessus
10 3 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.54%) SCDPM
10 3 (0.54%) WSUS
Vendors
1 66 (11.83%) Oracle
2 48 (8.60%) VMware
3 29 (5.20%) Workday
4 27 (4.84%) Citrix
5 21 (3.76%) Cisco
6 19 (3.41%) SAP
7 16 (2.87%) Informatica
8 14 (2.51%) Dell
9 13 (2.33%) Google
10 11 (1.97%) Apple
10 11 (1.97%) Databricks
10 11 (1.97%) Remedy
11 10 (1.79%) HP
12 9 (1.61%) ServiceNow
13 8 (1.43%) Ericsson
14 6 (1.08%) CA
14 6 (1.08%) McAfee
14 6 (1.08%) Sitecore
15 5 (0.90%) Atlassian
15 5 (0.90%) Qualys