Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 6 4 3
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 451 532 573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 11.65% 13.24% 12.39%
As % of the Vendors category 24.17% 26.68% 24.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 235 263
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £166 £211 £190
90th Percentile £581 £538 £543
South East median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 62 53
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £12.95 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.44% +3.60% -42.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £27.25 £37.79 £39.44
South East median hourly rate £13.95 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -7.00% - -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 1,866 1,994 2,330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 48.19% 49.64% 50.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 923 973 1,220
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.63%
10th Percentile £218 £263 £227
90th Percentile £575 £588 £569
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 109 126
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +20.00% -42.00%
10th Percentile £11.23 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £47.65 £40.45 £27.75
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year -4.35% +1.47% -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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 -3 216 £444 +4.41% 78
Slough +3 40 £374 +24.58% 17
Bracknell -14 32 £320 -28.89% 12
Maidenhead +2 28 £488 +50.00% 19
Wokingham -5 14 £355 +31.97% 6
Newbury -20 8 £445 +28.99% 20
Windsor 0 2 £300 -36.84% 4
Ascot - 2 £158 -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 129 (28.60%) Windows
2 115 (25.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 104 (23.06%) Microsoft Office
4 103 (22.84%) Microsoft Excel
5 93 (20.62%) Active Directory
6 79 (17.52%) SQL
7 76 (16.85%) Finance
8 70 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
9 67 (14.86%) Office 365
10 64 (14.19%) Telecoms
11 62 (13.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 60 (13.30%) SQL Server
13 57 (12.64%) Project Management
14 54 (11.97%) C#
15 52 (11.53%) Security Cleared
16 51 (11.31%) .NET
17 49 (10.86%) Oracle
17 49 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
18 44 (9.76%) Windows Server
19 43 (9.53%) PowerShell
19 43 (9.53%) Degree
20 39 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
21 38 (8.43%) SharePoint
21 38 (8.43%) Firewall
21 38 (8.43%) Self-Motivation
21 38 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
22 36 (7.98%) Migration
23 34 (7.54%) Workflow
23 34 (7.54%) SCCM
24 33 (7.32%) DV Cleared

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 38 (8.43%) SharePoint
2 29 (6.43%) Skype for Business
3 26 (5.76%) MS Exchange
4 17 (3.77%) IIS
5 14 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (2.66%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (2.22%) Apache Solr
8 9 (2.00%) Apache Spark
9 7 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (1.55%) Oracle Workflow
9 7 (1.55%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.89%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.67%) CMS
11 3 (0.67%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.44%) Apache
12 2 (0.44%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.44%) FileNet
12 2 (0.44%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 104 (23.06%) Microsoft Office
2 103 (22.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (13.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (5.54%) MS Visio
5 17 (3.77%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.89%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.44%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.44%) CATIA
8 2 (0.44%) InDesign
8 2 (0.44%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.11%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (1.11%) SAP ERP
3 4 (0.89%) Eloqua
3 4 (0.89%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.44%) ENOVIA
5 2 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.44%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.44%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.44%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.22%) SessionCam
Cloud Services
1 115 (25.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (14.86%) Office 365
3 31 (6.87%) SaaS
4 24 (5.32%) Amazon AWS
5 23 (5.10%) Azure Active Directory
6 19 (4.21%) Cloud Computing
7 18 (3.99%) PaaS
8 17 (3.77%) IaaS
9 10 (2.22%) Dynamics 365
10 5 (1.11%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (1.11%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.89%) GitHub
12 3 (0.67%) Slack
13 2 (0.44%) Akamai
13 2 (0.44%) Firebase
13 2 (0.44%) G Suite
13 2 (0.44%) Serverless
13 2 (0.44%) Trello
14 1 (0.22%) Amazon EMR
14 1 (0.22%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 38 (8.43%) Firewall
2 30 (6.65%) DNS
3 28 (6.21%) Skype
4 27 (5.99%) VPN
5 26 (5.76%) Internet
6 23 (5.10%) TCP/IP
7 16 (3.55%) HTTP
8 13 (2.88%) Network Security
9 12 (2.66%) SAN
10 11 (2.44%) DHCP
11 10 (2.22%) Reverse Proxy
12 9 (2.00%) LAN
12 9 (2.00%) WAN
13 8 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (1.55%) OSPF
14 7 (1.55%) Unified Communications
14 7 (1.55%) VoLTE
15 6 (1.33%) BGP
15 6 (1.33%) MPLS
16 5 (1.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (13.30%) SQL Server
2 23 (5.10%) Power BI
3 20 (4.43%) NoSQL
4 19 (4.21%) MongoDB
5 15 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (2.88%) Apache Cassandra
7 11 (2.44%) Neo4j
7 11 (2.44%) Redis
7 11 (2.44%) Relational Database
8 10 (2.22%) Big Data
9 9 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (1.33%) Cosmos DB
11 6 (1.33%) Hadoop
11 6 (1.33%) MS Access
11 6 (1.33%) MySQL
11 6 (1.33%) Oracle Database
12 5 (1.11%) Azure SQL Database
12 5 (1.11%) Data Lake
12 5 (1.11%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 16 (3.55%) Visual Studio
2 14 (3.10%) Visual Studio Team System
3 8 (1.77%) JIRA
4 6 (1.33%) Git (software)
5 5 (1.11%) Cucumber
5 5 (1.11%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.11%) Selenium
6 4 (0.89%) LSMW
6 4 (0.89%) NUnit
6 4 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.67%) Mocha
7 3 (0.67%) SpecFlow
7 3 (0.67%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.44%) AnthillPro
8 2 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.44%) Hudson
8 2 (0.44%) Metasploit
8 2 (0.44%) Moq
8 2 (0.44%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.44%) webpack
General
1 76 (16.85%) Finance
2 64 (14.19%) Telecoms
3 24 (5.32%) Marketing
4 14 (3.10%) Mandarin Language
4 14 (3.10%) Retail
5 11 (2.44%) Legal
6 8 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.55%) French Language
8 6 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.33%) Publishing
9 4 (0.89%) Advertising
9 4 (0.89%) Banking
9 4 (0.89%) Billing
9 4 (0.89%) Electronics
9 4 (0.89%) German Language
10 3 (0.67%) Automotive
11 2 (0.44%) Games
12 1 (0.22%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.22%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.22%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 55 (12.20%) Architect
2 47 (10.42%) Consultant
2 47 (10.42%) Developer
3 37 (8.20%) Analyst
4 30 (6.65%) Coordinator
4 30 (6.65%) Project Manager
5 23 (5.10%) Support Engineer
6 20 (4.43%) Project Coordinator
7 17 (3.77%) Solutions Architect
8 16 (3.55%) Desktop Support
9 15 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 14 (3.10%) .NET Developer
11 13 (2.88%) Administrator
12 11 (2.44%) C# Developer
13 10 (2.22%) Azure Engineer
14 9 (2.00%) Azure Architect
14 9 (2.00%) IT Support
14 9 (2.00%) Software Engineer
15 8 (1.77%) Exchange Engineer
15 8 (1.77%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (11.31%) .NET
2 23 (5.10%) ASP.NET
3 22 (4.88%) Web Services
4 19 (4.21%) HTML
4 19 (4.21%) JSON
5 17 (3.77%) Kafka
6 16 (3.55%) CSS
6 16 (3.55%) REST
7 14 (3.10%) RabbitMQ
8 12 (2.66%) ASP.NET Web API
9 11 (2.44%) Memcached
10 10 (2.22%) AngularJS
10 10 (2.22%) Apache Avro
10 10 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (2.22%) Lucene
10 10 (2.22%) Node.js
10 10 (2.22%) Protocol Buffers
10 10 (2.22%) SignalR
11 8 (1.77%) .NET Framework
11 8 (1.77%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 49 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (8.43%) Self-Motivation
3 26 (5.76%) Management Information System
4 20 (4.43%) Replication
5 13 (2.88%) Mobile App
6 11 (2.44%) Computer Science
7 10 (2.22%) Data Centre
7 10 (2.22%) Microsoft Licensing
7 10 (2.22%) PKI
7 10 (2.22%) Public Cloud
8 9 (2.00%) Clustering
8 9 (2.00%) Social Media
9 7 (1.55%) Virtual Team
10 6 (1.33%) PMI
11 5 (1.11%) Data Structures
11 5 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 4 (0.89%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 129 (28.60%) Windows
2 44 (9.76%) Windows Server
3 33 (7.32%) Windows 10
4 28 (6.21%) Linux
5 24 (5.32%) Windows 7
6 11 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.77%) Windows 8
9 7 (1.55%) Android
9 7 (1.55%) Apple iOS
10 5 (1.11%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.89%) Unix
11 4 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.67%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.67%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.44%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.44%) Solaris
14 1 (0.22%) Debian
14 1 (0.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (12.64%) Project Management
3 39 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
4 38 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
5 36 (7.98%) Migration
6 34 (7.54%) Workflow
7 29 (6.43%) PRINCE2
8 28 (6.21%) Analytics
9 27 (5.99%) ITIL
10 24 (5.32%) MVC
11 20 (4.43%) CRM
12 19 (4.21%) Mentoring
12 19 (4.21%) Stakeholder Management
13 18 (3.99%) Open Source
14 17 (3.77%) OO
15 16 (3.55%) Change Management
15 16 (3.55%) Scrum
16 15 (3.33%) B2B
16 15 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
16 15 (3.33%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 79 (17.52%) SQL
2 54 (11.97%) C#
3 43 (9.53%) PowerShell
4 29 (6.43%) JavaScript
5 14 (3.10%) Java
6 10 (2.22%) T-SQL
7 9 (2.00%) Python
8 7 (1.55%) C++
9 6 (1.33%) C
9 6 (1.33%) Ruby
9 6 (1.33%) TypeScript
10 4 (0.89%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.67%) Perl
11 3 (0.67%) PHP
11 3 (0.67%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.67%) R
11 3 (0.67%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.67%) VB
11 3 (0.67%) VBA
12 1 (0.22%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 52 (11.53%) Security Cleared
2 43 (9.53%) Degree
3 33 (7.32%) DV Cleared
4 24 (5.32%) SC Cleared
5 20 (4.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (2.22%) MCSE
7 7 (1.55%) CCNA
7 7 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (1.55%) PMI Certification
8 6 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.11%) CCNP
9 5 (1.11%) MCDST
10 4 (0.89%) ISTQB
10 4 (0.89%) PMP
11 3 (0.67%) ACCA
11 3 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.67%) CCIE
11 3 (0.67%) CIMA
11 3 (0.67%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.67%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (3.77%) PMO
2 11 (2.44%) SLA
3 9 (2.00%) Data Quality
3 9 (2.00%) QA
4 2 (0.44%) GDPR
4 2 (0.44%) Government Security Classifications
4 2 (0.44%) P3O
5 1 (0.22%) COBIT
5 1 (0.22%) GAMP
5 1 (0.22%) GPG13
5 1 (0.22%) PMBOK
System Software
1 93 (20.62%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.33%) Hyper-V
4 13 (2.88%) Docker
5 6 (1.33%) BitLocker
5 6 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (1.11%) KVM
6 5 (1.11%) XenApp
7 3 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.67%) vSphere
8 2 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.44%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.22%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.22%) FreeRADIUS
9 1 (0.22%) iptables
9 1 (0.22%) Postfix
9 1 (0.22%) Squid
9 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 34 (7.54%) SCCM
2 12 (2.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (2.44%) Kubernetes
3 11 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
4 9 (2.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 9 (2.00%) SCOM
5 8 (1.77%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (1.77%) Puppet
6 5 (1.11%) AirWatch
6 5 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.89%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (0.89%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.89%) HP ALM
7 4 (0.89%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (0.67%) Capistrano
8 3 (0.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.44%) Ansible
9 2 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.44%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 49 (10.86%) Oracle
2 32 (7.10%) SAP
3 30 (6.65%) VMware
4 26 (5.76%) Cisco
5 16 (3.55%) HP
6 15 (3.33%) McAfee
7 11 (2.44%) Citrix
7 11 (2.44%) Rackspace
8 10 (2.22%) Remedy
9 9 (2.00%) Veeam
10 8 (1.77%) Aruba
11 6 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (1.11%) Avaya
12 5 (1.11%) Ericsson
12 5 (1.11%) Nortel
12 5 (1.11%) Okta
12 5 (1.11%) Symantec
12 5 (1.11%) Tableau
13 4 (0.89%) CyberArk
13 4 (0.89%) ServiceNow