Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 4 6 6
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 540 498 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 13.05% 12.18% 11.78%
As % of the Vendors category 27.18% 24.81% 23.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 241 221
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £157 £225 £158
90th Percentile £586 £575 £556
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £371
% change year-on-year +6.67% +1.08% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 50 53
Berkshire median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.90% +20.83% -44.32%
10th Percentile £9.75 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £25.90 £36.07 £44.66
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% - -6.25%

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 1,987 2,007 2,160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 48.03% 49.07% 51.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 928 1,027 1,117
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £213 £263 £225
90th Percentile £575 £600 £575
South East median daily rate £425 £419 £400
% change year-on-year +1.43% +4.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 86 123
Berkshire median hourly rate £19.00 £14.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.81% +13.46% -39.68%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.73 £9.25
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.88 £44.66
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.13
% change year-on-year -2.94% +5.43% -12.84%

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 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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 -2 237 £425 -5.56% 66
Bracknell -2 64 £338 -25.00% 18
Slough -2 37 £350 +14.75% 14
Maidenhead +11 35 £500 +57.48% 20
Newbury -16 20 £390 +11.43% 16
Wokingham -8 10 £390 +44.98% 7
Windsor -2 3 £369 -32.95% 5
Ascot - 3 £158 - 1
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 167 (30.93%) Windows
2 165 (30.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 125 (23.15%) Microsoft Office
4 123 (22.78%) Microsoft Excel
5 105 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
6 101 (18.70%) Active Directory
7 90 (16.67%) SQL
8 87 (16.11%) Telecoms
9 74 (13.70%) Office 365
10 73 (13.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
11 71 (13.15%) Finance
11 71 (13.15%) Security Cleared
12 68 (12.59%) SQL Server
13 66 (12.22%) C#
14 64 (11.85%) .NET
14 64 (11.85%) PowerShell
15 59 (10.93%) Project Management
16 58 (10.74%) SharePoint
17 53 (9.81%) Business Intelligence
18 50 (9.26%) Oracle
19 49 (9.07%) Self-Motivation
20 48 (8.89%) Analytics
20 48 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
20 48 (8.89%) Windows Server
21 45 (8.33%) Migration
22 43 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
23 42 (7.78%) Degree
24 41 (7.59%) DNS
25 40 (7.41%) ITIL
25 40 (7.41%) JavaScript

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 58 (10.74%) SharePoint
2 32 (5.93%) Skype for Business
3 21 (3.89%) IIS
4 19 (3.52%) MS Exchange
5 16 (2.96%) Elasticsearch
6 12 (2.22%) Apache Solr
6 12 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.67%) Apache Spark
8 8 (1.48%) Confluence
8 8 (1.48%) Oracle Workflow
9 7 (1.30%) Tomcat
10 6 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.93%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.56%) CMS
12 3 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (0.37%) Apache
13 2 (0.37%) ArcGIS
13 2 (0.37%) MS Project Server
14 1 (0.19%) JBoss
Applications
1 125 (23.15%) Microsoft Office
2 123 (22.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 73 (13.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (5.37%) MS Visio
5 19 (3.52%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.93%) Chatbot
6 5 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.37%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.19%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 16 (2.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.93%) Eloqua
2 5 (0.93%) SAP ERP
3 4 (0.74%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.37%) Oracle CRM
5 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.19%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.19%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 165 (30.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 74 (13.70%) Office 365
3 38 (7.04%) PaaS
4 36 (6.67%) IaaS
5 34 (6.30%) SaaS
6 33 (6.11%) Amazon AWS
7 32 (5.93%) Azure Active Directory
8 25 (4.63%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
10 5 (0.93%) Apigee
10 5 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (0.93%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.74%) Slack
11 4 (0.74%) Trello
12 3 (0.56%) Boomi
13 2 (0.37%) Akamai
13 2 (0.37%) Firebase
13 2 (0.37%) G Suite
13 2 (0.37%) Serverless
13 2 (0.37%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 41 (7.59%) DNS
2 40 (7.41%) Internet
3 39 (7.22%) Firewall
4 30 (5.56%) VPN
5 27 (5.00%) Skype
5 27 (5.00%) TCP/IP
6 21 (3.89%) LAN
7 17 (3.15%) HTTP
7 17 (3.15%) WAN
8 15 (2.78%) Reverse Proxy
9 14 (2.59%) DHCP
9 14 (2.59%) SAN
10 13 (2.41%) Network Security
11 9 (1.67%) MPLS
11 9 (1.67%) OSPF
12 8 (1.48%) BGP
12 8 (1.48%) Intranet
12 8 (1.48%) SSL
12 8 (1.48%) VoLTE
12 8 (1.48%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (12.59%) SQL Server
2 38 (7.04%) Power BI
3 24 (4.44%) MongoDB
4 21 (3.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (3.33%) Data Lake
5 18 (3.33%) NoSQL
6 17 (3.15%) HDInsight
7 16 (2.96%) Apache Cassandra
8 14 (2.59%) Redis
9 13 (2.41%) Big Data
9 13 (2.41%) Neo4j
10 10 (1.85%) MySQL
11 9 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
11 9 (1.67%) Relational Database
12 7 (1.30%) Cosmos DB
12 7 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (1.11%) Hadoop
14 5 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
14 5 (0.93%) Oracle Database
14 5 (0.93%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 33 (6.11%) Visual Studio
2 32 (5.93%) Visual Studio Team System
3 19 (3.52%) JIRA
4 10 (1.85%) Selenium
5 7 (1.30%) Mocha
5 7 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (1.11%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.93%) Cucumber
7 5 (0.93%) NUnit
8 4 (0.74%) Git (software)
8 4 (0.74%) Jasmine
8 4 (0.74%) JMeter
8 4 (0.74%) LSMW
8 4 (0.74%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.56%) Moq
9 3 (0.56%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.56%) WebDriver
9 3 (0.56%) webpack
10 2 (0.37%) AnthillPro
General
1 87 (16.11%) Telecoms
2 71 (13.15%) Finance
3 26 (4.81%) Marketing
4 13 (2.41%) Mandarin Language
5 12 (2.22%) Retail
6 8 (1.48%) Electronics
6 8 (1.48%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.30%) Billing
7 7 (1.30%) French Language
7 7 (1.30%) Legal
8 6 (1.11%) Games
9 5 (0.93%) Banking
9 5 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.74%) Advertising
10 4 (0.74%) Publishing
11 3 (0.56%) Automotive
11 3 (0.56%) German Language
12 2 (0.37%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.37%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.37%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 66 (12.22%) Architect
2 60 (11.11%) Developer
3 53 (9.81%) Analyst
4 45 (8.33%) Consultant
5 40 (7.41%) Project Manager
6 34 (6.30%) Support Engineer
7 33 (6.11%) Coordinator
8 23 (4.26%) Project Coordinator
9 20 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
10 18 (3.33%) Desktop Support
11 15 (2.78%) DevOps Engineer
11 15 (2.78%) Software Engineer
12 14 (2.59%) Azure Engineer
13 13 (2.41%) .NET Developer
13 13 (2.41%) Administrator
13 13 (2.41%) Desktop Engineer
13 13 (2.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 12 (2.22%) C# Developer
14 12 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 12 (2.22%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (11.85%) .NET
2 33 (6.11%) ASP.NET
3 29 (5.37%) HTML
4 27 (5.00%) Web Services
5 25 (4.63%) JSON
6 21 (3.89%) ASP.NET Web API
6 21 (3.89%) CSS
6 21 (3.89%) Kafka
6 21 (3.89%) REST
7 20 (3.70%) Node.js
8 17 (3.15%) AngularJS
8 17 (3.15%) SignalR
9 15 (2.78%) React
9 15 (2.78%) XML
10 13 (2.41%) Memcached
10 13 (2.41%) RabbitMQ
10 13 (2.41%) SOAP
11 12 (2.22%) Apache Avro
11 12 (2.22%) Lucene
11 12 (2.22%) Protocol Buffers
Miscellaneous
1 49 (9.07%) Self-Motivation
2 48 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (5.19%) Data Centre
4 27 (5.00%) Management Information System
5 19 (3.52%) Replication
6 18 (3.33%) Mobile App
6 18 (3.33%) Public Cloud
7 13 (2.41%) Microsoft Licensing
8 11 (2.04%) Computer Science
8 11 (2.04%) PKI
8 11 (2.04%) Social Media
9 9 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.11%) NHS
10 6 (1.11%) PMI
10 6 (1.11%) Virtual Team
11 5 (0.93%) Private Cloud
11 5 (0.93%) User Experience
12 4 (0.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 4 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.74%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 167 (30.93%) Windows
2 48 (8.89%) Windows Server
3 32 (5.93%) Linux
4 31 (5.74%) Windows 10
5 26 (4.81%) Windows 7
6 13 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (2.22%) Windows Server 2003
8 11 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.48%) Android
11 7 (1.30%) Windows 8
12 6 (1.11%) Apple iOS
13 5 (0.93%) CentOS
13 5 (0.93%) Unix
13 5 (0.93%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.74%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.37%) Solaris
16 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.19%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (10.93%) Project Management
3 53 (9.81%) Business Intelligence
4 48 (8.89%) Analytics
5 45 (8.33%) Migration
6 43 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
7 40 (7.41%) ITIL
8 38 (7.04%) PRINCE2
9 33 (6.11%) Scrum
9 33 (6.11%) Workflow
10 32 (5.93%) CRM
11 30 (5.56%) DevOps
11 30 (5.56%) MVC
12 28 (5.19%) Disaster Recovery
13 26 (4.81%) Stakeholder Management
14 25 (4.63%) Test Automation
15 24 (4.44%) Microservices
16 22 (4.07%) Open Source
17 21 (3.89%) Service Management
18 20 (3.70%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 90 (16.67%) SQL
2 66 (12.22%) C#
3 64 (11.85%) PowerShell
4 40 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 27 (5.00%) Java
6 18 (3.33%) Python
7 10 (1.85%) C++
8 9 (1.67%) T-SQL
8 9 (1.67%) TypeScript
9 8 (1.48%) Bash Shell
9 8 (1.48%) R
10 6 (1.11%) C
10 6 (1.11%) VB
11 5 (0.93%) Ruby
11 5 (0.93%) VBA
12 4 (0.74%) Perl
13 3 (0.56%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.37%) PHP
14 2 (0.37%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 71 (13.15%) Security Cleared
2 42 (7.78%) Degree
3 40 (7.41%) DV Cleared
4 39 (7.22%) SC Cleared
5 32 (5.93%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (1.67%) MCSE
6 9 (1.67%) PMI Certification
7 8 (1.48%) CCNA
7 8 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (1.30%) MCDST
8 7 (1.30%) PMP
8 7 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 6 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (0.93%) CCNP
11 4 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.74%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.74%) MCITP
11 4 (0.74%) MCTS
12 3 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (4.26%) PMO
2 20 (3.70%) QA
3 15 (2.78%) SLA
4 8 (1.48%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.56%) GDPR
6 2 (0.37%) COBIT
6 2 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
6 2 (0.37%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.19%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.19%) GAMP
7 1 (0.19%) GPG13
7 1 (0.19%) P3O
System Software
1 101 (18.70%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.70%) Docker
4 13 (2.41%) Hyper-V
5 11 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.11%) KVM
6 6 (1.11%) XenApp
7 3 (0.56%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.56%) vSphere
7 3 (0.56%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.37%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.19%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.19%) FreeRADIUS
9 1 (0.19%) iptables
9 1 (0.19%) Postfix
9 1 (0.19%) Squid
9 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 29 (5.37%) SCCM
2 16 (2.96%) Kubernetes
3 13 (2.41%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (2.22%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 11 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
6 8 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (1.11%) AirWatch
7 6 (1.11%) HP ALM
8 5 (0.93%) Puppet
8 5 (0.93%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.74%) SCOM
10 3 (0.56%) Ansible
10 3 (0.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 2 (0.37%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.37%) Cisco UCCE
11 2 (0.37%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.37%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
11 2 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 50 (9.26%) Oracle
2 37 (6.85%) VMware
3 34 (6.30%) SAP
4 20 (3.70%) Cisco
4 20 (3.70%) McAfee
5 18 (3.33%) HP
6 14 (2.59%) Remedy
7 13 (2.41%) Rackspace
8 10 (1.85%) Citrix
9 9 (1.67%) Aruba
9 9 (1.67%) ServiceNow
9 9 (1.67%) Veeam
10 8 (1.48%) Dell
11 7 (1.30%) Juniper
11 7 (1.30%) Nortel
11 7 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (1.30%) Tableau
12 6 (1.11%) Ericsson
12 6 (1.11%) Symantec
13 5 (0.93%) Avaya