Period
to 23 January 2019

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 23 January 2019 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
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 4 6 4
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 598 481 526
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 14.45% 11.70% 13.28%
As % of the Vendors category 30.16% 23.76% 26.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 248 247
Berkshire median daily rate £438 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +12.50% +3.36%
10th Percentile £175 £248 £198
90th Percentile £577 £577 £543
South East median daily rate £415 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +7.10% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 39 58
Berkshire median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +20.83% -34.44%
10th Percentile £10.85 £12.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £33.30 £36.28 £45.00
South East median hourly rate £14.00 £15.37 £14.10
% change year-on-year -8.88% +8.97% -17.06%

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 1,983 2,024 1,975
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 47.91% 49.25% 49.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 898 1,051 1,022
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £215 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £600 £575
South East median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.47% +5.75% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 71 120
Berkshire median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +19.23% -27.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.00 £9.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £39.75 £48.88
South East median hourly rate £16.38 £17.50 £15.43
% change year-on-year -6.43% +13.43% -20.86%

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 23 January 2019.

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 23 January 2019.

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 23 January 2019. 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 0 270 £450 - 76
Bracknell +2 88 £350 -22.22% 16
Newbury 0 29 £380 -7.88% 12
Slough +1 28 £388 +3.33% 21
Maidenhead +5 27 £508 +56.15% 8
Wokingham -5 8 £425 +57.99% 12
Windsor +5 4 £500 -12.28% 4
Ascot +1 3 £158 -65.00% 3
Microsoft
South East

For the 6 months to 23 January 2019, 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.

1 218 (36.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 204 (34.11%) Windows
3 130 (21.74%) Microsoft Office
4 118 (19.73%) Agile Software Development
5 116 (19.40%) Microsoft Excel
6 103 (17.22%) Security Cleared
7 102 (17.06%) Active Directory
8 97 (16.22%) PowerShell
9 94 (15.72%) Office 365
10 93 (15.55%) SQL
11 77 (12.88%) Telecoms
12 76 (12.71%) SharePoint
13 73 (12.21%) IaaS
14 72 (12.04%) Finance
15 67 (11.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
16 66 (11.04%) Analytics
17 64 (10.70%) Windows Server
18 62 (10.37%) SC Cleared
18 62 (10.37%) C#
19 61 (10.20%) PaaS
19 61 (10.20%) DevOps
20 59 (9.87%) .NET
21 58 (9.70%) Migration
21 58 (9.70%) Self-Motivation
22 57 (9.53%) Internet
22 57 (9.53%) Project Management
22 57 (9.53%) Oracle
22 57 (9.53%) SQL Server
23 55 (9.20%) ITIL
24 54 (9.03%) DNS

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 76 (12.71%) SharePoint
2 38 (6.35%) Skype for Business
3 31 (5.18%) IIS
4 18 (3.01%) MS Exchange
5 15 (2.51%) SharePoint Server
6 12 (2.01%) Confluence
7 10 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (1.51%) Tomcat
9 6 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (1.00%) Oracle Workflow
10 5 (0.84%) Apache Solr
10 5 (0.84%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.50%) MS Project Server
11 3 (0.50%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.33%) Apache
12 2 (0.33%) Apache Spark
12 2 (0.33%) JBoss
13 1 (0.17%) nginx
13 1 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 130 (21.74%) Microsoft Office
2 116 (19.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 67 (11.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (4.01%) MS Visio
5 22 (3.68%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (1.51%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.33%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.33%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 24 (4.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (1.00%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.50%) Eloqua
4 3 (0.50%) Oracle CRM
5 2 (0.33%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.17%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 218 (36.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 94 (15.72%) Office 365
3 73 (12.21%) IaaS
4 61 (10.20%) PaaS
5 35 (5.85%) Azure Active Directory
6 31 (5.18%) SaaS
7 28 (4.68%) Amazon AWS
8 27 (4.52%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (1.67%) Apigee
9 10 (1.67%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (1.00%) Boomi
11 5 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (0.84%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.67%) Slack
12 4 (0.67%) Trello
13 3 (0.50%) Yammer
14 2 (0.33%) Data Lake Analytics
14 2 (0.33%) G Suite
14 2 (0.33%) GitHub
15 1 (0.17%) BlueKai
Communications & Networking
1 57 (9.53%) Internet
2 54 (9.03%) DNS
3 53 (8.86%) Firewall
4 39 (6.52%) TCP/IP
5 36 (6.02%) Skype
5 36 (6.02%) VPN
6 26 (4.35%) Reverse Proxy
7 20 (3.34%) LAN
7 20 (3.34%) SAN
8 17 (2.84%) DHCP
9 16 (2.68%) WAN
10 14 (2.34%) Network Security
11 11 (1.84%) NAS
11 11 (1.84%) SSL
11 11 (1.84%) Unified Communications
12 9 (1.51%) VoIP
13 8 (1.34%) HTTP
13 8 (1.34%) Intranet
13 8 (1.34%) Radio Access Network
14 7 (1.17%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (9.53%) SQL Server
2 40 (6.69%) Power BI
3 29 (4.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 27 (4.52%) Data Lake
5 25 (4.18%) HDInsight
6 18 (3.01%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
7 10 (1.67%) MySQL
8 9 (1.51%) Big Data
8 9 (1.51%) Oracle Database
9 8 (1.34%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (1.17%) SQL Server 2016
11 6 (1.00%) NoSQL
11 6 (1.00%) Redis
11 6 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.84%) Neo4j
13 4 (0.67%) Oracle Database 12c
13 4 (0.67%) PowerPivot
13 4 (0.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 43 (7.19%) Visual Studio
2 39 (6.52%) Visual Studio Team System
3 33 (5.52%) JIRA
4 16 (2.68%) Selenium
5 15 (2.51%) Jenkins
6 12 (2.01%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (1.67%) Git (software)
7 10 (1.67%) SonarQube
8 7 (1.17%) Mocha
9 5 (0.84%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.67%) GitLab
10 4 (0.67%) Jasmine
10 4 (0.67%) NUnit
10 4 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.67%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.50%) JMeter
11 3 (0.50%) JUnit
11 3 (0.50%) SoapUI
11 3 (0.50%) webpack
General
1 77 (12.88%) Telecoms
2 72 (12.04%) Finance
3 20 (3.34%) Marketing
4 13 (2.17%) Mandarin Language
5 10 (1.67%) Billing
5 10 (1.67%) Retail
6 8 (1.34%) Electronics
6 8 (1.34%) French Language
6 8 (1.34%) Games
7 7 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.00%) German Language
9 4 (0.67%) Legal
9 4 (0.67%) Spanish Language
10 3 (0.50%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.50%) Italian Language
10 3 (0.50%) Polish Language
11 2 (0.33%) Advertising
11 2 (0.33%) Banking
11 2 (0.33%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 80 (13.38%) Architect
2 62 (10.37%) Developer
3 55 (9.20%) Analyst
3 55 (9.20%) Consultant
4 38 (6.35%) Support Engineer
5 37 (6.19%) Project Manager
6 35 (5.85%) Azure Engineer
7 34 (5.69%) Coordinator
8 29 (4.85%) DevOps Engineer
9 26 (4.35%) Project Coordinator
10 25 (4.18%) Solutions Architect
11 20 (3.34%) Technical Architect
12 18 (3.01%) Azure Consultant
12 18 (3.01%) Azure DevOps
13 17 (2.84%) Infrastructure Architect
14 16 (2.68%) Azure Architect
14 16 (2.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 15 (2.51%) Administrator
15 15 (2.51%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 14 (2.34%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (9.87%) .NET
2 40 (6.69%) Web Services
3 28 (4.68%) ASP.NET
4 24 (4.01%) HTML
5 23 (3.85%) JSON
6 20 (3.34%) Node.js
7 19 (3.18%) REST
7 19 (3.18%) SOAP
8 17 (2.84%) XML
9 16 (2.68%) AngularJS
10 14 (2.34%) CSS
10 14 (2.34%) React
10 14 (2.34%) SignalR
11 13 (2.17%) .NET Core
11 13 (2.17%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (2.17%) HTML5
11 13 (2.17%) RESTful
12 11 (1.84%) jQuery
13 9 (1.51%) Natural Language Processing
13 9 (1.51%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.70%) Self-Motivation
2 46 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (5.02%) Data Centre
4 26 (4.35%) Mobile App
4 26 (4.35%) Public Cloud
5 22 (3.68%) Microsoft Licensing
5 22 (3.68%) Replication
6 19 (3.18%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.51%) PKI
8 13 (2.17%) Clustering
9 9 (1.51%) Social Media
10 8 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (1.34%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (1.34%) PMI
10 8 (1.34%) Private Cloud
11 7 (1.17%) Blog
12 6 (1.00%) RIA
13 5 (0.84%) iPad
13 5 (0.84%) NHS
13 5 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 204 (34.11%) Windows
2 64 (10.70%) Windows Server
3 35 (5.85%) Linux
4 29 (4.85%) Windows 10
5 25 (4.18%) Windows 7
6 20 (3.34%) Android
6 20 (3.34%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (2.84%) Apple iOS
9 15 (2.51%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (1.67%) Unix
11 9 (1.51%) CentOS
12 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
13 4 (0.67%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.67%) Windows XP
14 3 (0.50%) AIX
14 3 (0.50%) VMS
15 1 (0.17%) Debian
15 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (19.73%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (11.04%) Analytics
3 61 (10.20%) DevOps
4 58 (9.70%) Migration
5 57 (9.53%) Project Management
6 55 (9.20%) ITIL
7 52 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
8 51 (8.53%) Business Intelligence
9 43 (7.19%) Test Automation
10 42 (7.02%) Disaster Recovery
11 39 (6.52%) CRM
12 38 (6.35%) PRINCE2
13 36 (6.02%) Scrum
13 36 (6.02%) Service Management
14 34 (5.69%) Continuous Integration
15 30 (5.02%) Continuous Delivery
16 28 (4.68%) Workflow
17 26 (4.35%) MVC
18 24 (4.01%) Decision-Making
18 24 (4.01%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (16.22%) PowerShell
2 93 (15.55%) SQL
3 62 (10.37%) C#
4 42 (7.02%) JavaScript
5 32 (5.35%) Java
6 19 (3.18%) Python
7 12 (2.01%) R
8 10 (1.67%) Bash Shell
9 9 (1.51%) C++
10 6 (1.00%) T-SQL
10 6 (1.00%) VBA
11 5 (0.84%) VB
12 4 (0.67%) C
12 4 (0.67%) F#
12 4 (0.67%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.50%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.33%) Perl
14 2 (0.33%) PHP
14 2 (0.33%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 103 (17.22%) Security Cleared
2 62 (10.37%) SC Cleared
3 54 (9.03%) DV Cleared
4 39 (6.52%) Degree
5 24 (4.01%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (1.84%) PMI Certification
7 10 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (1.67%) CCNA
7 10 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (1.34%) CCNP
10 7 (1.17%) PMP
11 6 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (1.00%) MCDST
11 6 (1.00%) MCSE
12 4 (0.67%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.67%) CCIE
12 4 (0.67%) CCIP
12 4 (0.67%) JNCIS
13 3 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.85%) PMO
1 23 (3.85%) QA
2 14 (2.34%) SLA
3 4 (0.67%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.33%) COBIT
4 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.33%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.17%) FedRAMP
5 1 (0.17%) GAMP
5 1 (0.17%) GDPR
5 1 (0.17%) GPG13
5 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 102 (17.06%) Active Directory
2 36 (6.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (5.18%) Virtual Machines
4 19 (3.18%) Docker
5 15 (2.51%) Hyper-V
6 10 (1.67%) XenApp
7 6 (1.00%) KVM
8 4 (0.67%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.33%) vSphere
11 1 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.17%) FreeRADIUS
11 1 (0.17%) iptables
11 1 (0.17%) Postfix
11 1 (0.17%) Squid
11 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 32 (5.35%) SCCM
2 15 (2.51%) McAfee ePO
3 14 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (2.01%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 12 (2.01%) Kubernetes
5 10 (1.67%) HP ALM
6 8 (1.34%) Cisco CUCM
6 8 (1.34%) Cisco UCCE
6 8 (1.34%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (1.00%) AirWatch
8 5 (0.84%) Ansible
8 5 (0.84%) Puppet
8 5 (0.84%) SCOM
8 5 (0.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.67%) Nessus
9 4 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 3 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 57 (9.53%) Oracle
2 46 (7.69%) VMware
3 32 (5.35%) SAP
4 27 (4.52%) Cisco
5 24 (4.01%) McAfee
6 20 (3.34%) HP
7 13 (2.17%) Dell
7 13 (2.17%) ServiceNow
8 12 (2.01%) Citrix
9 11 (1.84%) Remedy
10 10 (1.67%) Juniper
11 9 (1.51%) Aruba
11 9 (1.51%) Atlassian
12 7 (1.17%) Red Hat
13 6 (1.00%) Micro Focus
13 6 (1.00%) Symantec
14 5 (0.84%) CA
14 5 (0.84%) EMC
14 5 (0.84%) Forcepoint
14 5 (0.84%) Nortel