Period
to 24 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 6 6 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 495 510 629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 12.05% 11.86% 12.48%
As % of the Vendors category 24.55% 23.13% 25.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 230 300
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £400 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +12.28% -8.65%
10th Percentile £225 £158 £163
90th Percentile £575 £556 £488
South East median daily rate £375 £371 £350
% change year-on-year +1.08% +6.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 54 77
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.50 £11.40 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.19% -47.10% +26.24%
10th Percentile £9.25 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £35.85 £44.48 £30.90
South East median hourly rate £15.04 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.23% -6.25% +6.67%

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 2016 2205 2515
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 49.09% 51.28% 49.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1039 1146 1277
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
South East median daily rate £418 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +4.38% +2.56% +6.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 124 139
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.50 £12.75 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.73% -40.84% +23.14%
10th Percentile £11.25 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £39.85 £44.48 £45.82
South East median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year +7.81% -14.35% +20.52%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 -1 212 £450 +20.00% 14
Bracknell +3 75 £450 +4.35% 7
Newbury +11 34 £350 +81.82% 3
Slough +2 26 £325 - 10
Maidenhead -5 22 £318 -16.45% 5
Windsor +5 10 £550 +37.50% 1
Wokingham -2 5 £269 -34.39% 2
Crowthorne - 1 - -
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 182 (36.77%) Windows
2 116 (23.43%) Active Directory
3 104 (21.01%) Microsoft Office
4 93 (18.79%) SQL Server
5 86 (17.37%) Agile Software Development
6 84 (16.97%) Microsoft Azure
7 80 (16.16%) SQL
8 78 (15.76%) Microsoft Excel
9 75 (15.15%) Telecoms
10 72 (14.55%) Windows Server
11 70 (14.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 69 (13.94%) .NET
13 67 (13.54%) Office 365
14 63 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
15 62 (12.53%) Finance
16 60 (12.12%) Degree
17 57 (11.52%) SharePoint
18 55 (11.11%) C#
18 55 (11.11%) PowerShell
19 54 (10.91%) ITIL
20 53 (10.71%) VMware
21 50 (10.10%) Project Management
21 50 (10.10%) Security Cleared
22 46 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
23 40 (8.08%) IIS
24 38 (7.68%) Data Analysis
24 38 (7.68%) Windows Server 2008
25 37 (7.47%) Cloud Computing
25 37 (7.47%) Windows Server 2012
25 37 (7.47%) Oracle

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 57 (11.52%) SharePoint
2 40 (8.08%) IIS
3 32 (6.46%) MS Exchange
4 16 (3.23%) Skype for Business
5 14 (2.83%) SharePoint Server
6 11 (2.22%) CMS
7 10 (2.02%) Confluence
7 10 (2.02%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.62%) BizTalk Server
9 7 (1.41%) MS Project Server
10 4 (0.81%) Apache
11 3 (0.61%) Documentum
11 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.61%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.40%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.40%) NServiceBus
12 2 (0.40%) OpenStack
Applications
1 104 (21.01%) Microsoft Office
2 78 (15.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 70 (14.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (5.25%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (3.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.40%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.40%) XMetaL
7 1 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 21 (4.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.62%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (1.41%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (1.21%) Eloqua
5 4 (0.81%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.40%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.40%) Primavera
6 2 (0.40%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.20%) FRx
7 1 (0.20%) Maximo
7 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.20%) SAP LE
7 1 (0.20%) SAP MM
7 1 (0.20%) SAP PS
7 1 (0.20%) SAP WM
7 1 (0.20%) SessionCam
7 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 84 (16.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (13.54%) Office 365
3 37 (7.47%) Cloud Computing
4 22 (4.44%) SaaS
5 20 (4.04%) Amazon AWS
5 20 (4.04%) IaaS
6 19 (3.84%) Azure Active Directory
7 14 (2.83%) PaaS
8 8 (1.62%) Dynamics 365
8 8 (1.62%) GitHub
9 4 (0.81%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.81%) Slack
9 4 (0.81%) Trello
10 3 (0.61%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.40%) Azure Machine Learning
12 1 (0.20%) CallidusCloud
12 1 (0.20%) Data Lake Analytics
12 1 (0.20%) G Suite
12 1 (0.20%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.20%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 37 (7.47%) DNS
2 29 (5.86%) Internet
2 29 (5.86%) TCP/IP
3 25 (5.05%) DHCP
4 22 (4.44%) VPN
5 21 (4.24%) Firewall
5 21 (4.24%) SAN
6 17 (3.43%) Skype
7 15 (3.03%) LAN
8 12 (2.42%) WAN
9 10 (2.02%) NAS
10 8 (1.62%) Reverse Proxy
11 7 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (1.21%) Network Security
12 6 (1.21%) VLAN
13 5 (1.01%) iSCSI
14 4 (0.81%) Intranet
15 3 (0.61%) FTP
15 3 (0.61%) SMTP
15 3 (0.61%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (18.79%) SQL Server
2 31 (6.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 30 (6.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (4.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 18 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
6 17 (3.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 13 (2.63%) Data Mining
8 12 (2.42%) SQL Server 2008
9 11 (2.22%) MySQL
10 10 (2.02%) Data Mart
10 10 (2.02%) Power BI
11 9 (1.82%) GIS
12 8 (1.62%) Relational Database
13 7 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (1.21%) Datazen
14 6 (1.21%) IBM InfoSphere
14 6 (1.21%) RDBMS
15 5 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
15 5 (1.01%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 23 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (3.64%) Visual Studio
3 10 (2.02%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.41%) JIRA
5 6 (1.21%) Jenkins
6 5 (1.01%) MSBuild
6 5 (1.01%) Selenium
6 5 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.61%) Ant
7 3 (0.61%) Maven
7 3 (0.61%) NUnit
8 2 (0.40%) Dreamweaver
8 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.40%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.20%) MSI
9 1 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.20%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 75 (15.15%) Telecoms
2 62 (12.53%) Finance
3 29 (5.86%) Marketing
4 25 (5.05%) Retail
5 23 (4.65%) Mandarin Language
6 16 (3.23%) Legal
7 13 (2.63%) Billing
8 8 (1.62%) Advertising
8 8 (1.62%) Back Office
8 8 (1.62%) Publishing
9 5 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.81%) Automotive
10 4 (0.81%) Banking
11 2 (0.40%) Law
11 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.20%) Games
12 1 (0.20%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 81 (16.36%) Architect
2 67 (13.54%) Developer
3 56 (11.31%) Analyst
4 45 (9.09%) Consultant
5 27 (5.45%) Support Engineer
6 25 (5.05%) Project Manager
7 23 (4.65%) Coordinator
8 21 (4.24%) Solutions Architect
9 20 (4.04%) Data Architect
10 19 (3.84%) Project Coordinator
11 14 (2.83%) Desktop Support
11 14 (2.83%) Operations Technician
12 13 (2.63%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 13 (2.63%) Cloud Architect
12 13 (2.63%) Microsoft Consultant
13 12 (2.42%) Service Analyst
13 12 (2.42%) Service Desk Analyst
13 12 (2.42%) SQL Developer
13 12 (2.42%) Support Analyst
13 12 (2.42%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (13.94%) .NET
2 35 (7.07%) Web Services
3 21 (4.24%) REST
3 21 (4.24%) XML
4 19 (3.84%) HTML
5 17 (3.43%) CSS
6 15 (3.03%) ASP.NET
7 13 (2.63%) RESTful
7 13 (2.63%) SOAP
8 12 (2.42%) .NET Framework
9 11 (2.22%) JSON
10 10 (2.02%) WCF
11 9 (1.82%) MDX
12 8 (1.62%) AngularJS
13 7 (1.41%) XSLT
14 6 (1.21%) ADO
14 6 (1.21%) ADO.NET
14 6 (1.21%) ODBC
14 6 (1.21%) OLE
14 6 (1.21%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 63 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (6.87%) Management Information System
3 19 (3.84%) Replication
4 15 (3.03%) Social Media
5 12 (2.42%) Mobile App
6 10 (2.02%) Hybrid Cloud
7 9 (1.82%) Public Cloud
7 9 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.62%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.21%) Microsoft Licensing
9 6 (1.21%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.01%) Data Centre
10 5 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.01%) FMCG
10 5 (1.01%) Private Cloud
11 4 (0.81%) Enterprise Cloud
11 4 (0.81%) Fintech
11 4 (0.81%) PKI
11 4 (0.81%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.61%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 182 (36.77%) Windows
2 72 (14.55%) Windows Server
3 38 (7.68%) Windows Server 2008
4 37 (7.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (7.27%) Linux
5 36 (7.27%) Windows 7
6 31 (6.26%) Windows 10
7 27 (5.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (2.83%) Apple iOS
8 14 (2.83%) Windows 8
9 13 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (2.42%) Android
11 11 (2.22%) Unix
12 9 (1.82%) SUSE
13 8 (1.62%) Windows XP
14 7 (1.41%) Windows Mobile
15 5 (1.01%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.81%) Debian
17 3 (0.61%) HPUX
18 2 (0.40%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (17.37%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (10.91%) ITIL
3 50 (10.10%) Project Management
4 46 (9.29%) Business Intelligence
5 38 (7.68%) Data Analysis
6 37 (7.47%) Data Modelling
7 33 (6.67%) CRM
7 33 (6.67%) Scrum
8 32 (6.46%) Migration
9 25 (5.05%) SDLC
10 24 (4.85%) DevOps
11 23 (4.65%) Customer-Centricity
12 22 (4.44%) Data Architecture
12 22 (4.44%) ETL
13 21 (4.24%) Analytics
13 21 (4.24%) PRINCE2
13 21 (4.24%) Workflow
14 20 (4.04%) Mentoring
15 19 (3.84%) Waterfall
16 18 (3.64%) Information Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (16.16%) SQL
2 55 (11.11%) C#
2 55 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 21 (4.24%) JavaScript
3 21 (4.24%) T-SQL
4 17 (3.43%) Java
5 6 (1.21%) C++
5 6 (1.21%) Python
5 6 (1.21%) VB.NET
6 5 (1.01%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.01%) VBScript
6 5 (1.01%) XPath
7 4 (0.81%) C
8 3 (0.61%) PHP
8 3 (0.61%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.61%) VB
8 3 (0.61%) VBA
8 3 (0.61%) XAML
9 2 (0.40%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.20%) Scala
Qualifications
1 60 (12.12%) Degree
2 50 (10.10%) Security Cleared
3 35 (7.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (6.87%) SC Cleared
5 31 (6.26%) DV Cleared
6 19 (3.84%) MCSE
7 10 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
7 10 (2.02%) PMP
8 8 (1.62%) PMI Certification
9 6 (1.21%) MCP
10 5 (1.01%) CompTIA Security+
10 5 (1.01%) MCITP
10 5 (1.01%) MCSA
10 5 (1.01%) Security+ Certification
11 4 (0.81%) A+ Certification
11 4 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.81%) Network+ Certification
12 3 (0.61%) CCNA
12 3 (0.61%) MCSD
12 3 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.04%) SLA
2 10 (2.02%) PMO
3 8 (1.62%) QA
4 6 (1.21%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.81%) Actionable Recommendations
6 3 (0.61%) GDPR
7 2 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.20%) GxP
8 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.20%) PMBOK
System Software
1 116 (23.43%) Active Directory
2 36 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
4 14 (2.83%) Hyper-V
5 11 (2.22%) BitLocker
5 11 (2.22%) Docker
6 10 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (2.02%) XenApp
6 10 (2.02%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.62%) vSphere
8 6 (1.21%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.61%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 3 (0.61%) vCloud
11 2 (0.40%) KVM
11 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.40%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.20%) NFS
12 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 32 (6.46%) SCCM
2 16 (3.23%) McAfee ePO
3 15 (3.03%) SCOM
4 13 (2.63%) WSUS
5 12 (2.42%) Microsoft Intune
6 9 (1.82%) Norton AntiVirus
7 7 (1.41%) Puppet
8 6 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.21%) vCenter Server
9 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (0.81%) Ansible
10 4 (0.81%) Backup Exec
10 4 (0.81%) Rancher
10 4 (0.81%) Tivoli
11 3 (0.61%) IBM BigFix
11 3 (0.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 2 (0.40%) CFEngine
12 2 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
12 2 (0.40%) HP Data Protector
12 2 (0.40%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 53 (10.71%) VMware
2 37 (7.47%) Oracle
3 28 (5.66%) IBM
4 22 (4.44%) Cisco
4 22 (4.44%) Citrix
5 21 (4.24%) HP
6 18 (3.64%) SAP
7 17 (3.43%) Salesforce.com
8 16 (3.23%) McAfee
9 15 (3.03%) Remedy
10 13 (2.63%) Tableau
11 11 (2.22%) Samsung
11 11 (2.22%) Symantec
12 8 (1.62%) Dell
12 8 (1.62%) JDA
12 8 (1.62%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.62%) ServiceNow
13 7 (1.41%) Infoblox
13 7 (1.41%) Informatica
14 6 (1.21%) Sybase