The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
Berkshire / Reading
Rank 59 31 39
Rank change year-on-year -28 +8  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4 55 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.60% 5.46% 3.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.29% 19.23% 12.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 31 19
Median daily rate £175 £375 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -53.33% +50.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £85 £290 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £308
% change year-on-year -8.57% +13.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Reading.

Academic & Professional Certification
Reading
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 175 286 316
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 26.16% 28.37% 32.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 146 163
Median daily rate £400 £400 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £300 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 17 13
Median hourly rate £52.50 £55.55 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.49% +38.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £26.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Reading

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Reading.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Reading

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Reading.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Reading

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 Reading region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 11 (91.67%) Microsoft
2 5 (41.67%) MS Excel
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (33.33%) Scrum
3 4 (33.33%) Replication
3 4 (33.33%) MCSE
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 4 (33.33%) MS Office
3 4 (33.33%) SQL
3 4 (33.33%) T-SQL
3 4 (33.33%) Windows
4 3 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (25.00%) Linux
4 3 (25.00%) Oracle
4 3 (25.00%) MCSA
4 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (25.00%) PL/SQL
4 3 (25.00%) Migration
4 3 (25.00%) MCITP
4 3 (25.00%) Degree
4 3 (25.00%) High Availability
4 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database
4 3 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (16.67%) Windows Server
5 2 (16.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (16.67%) Windows 10
5 2 (16.67%) Presales
5 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Reading 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 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (41.67%) MS Excel
2 4 (33.33%) MS Office
3 1 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (8.33%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) DHCP
1 2 (16.67%) DNS
1 2 (16.67%) LAN
1 2 (16.67%) TCP/IP
1 2 (16.67%) VPN
2 1 (8.33%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) JIRA
General
1 2 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Developer
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Developer
2 3 (25.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (25.00%) DBA
2 3 (25.00%) SQL DBA
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server DBA
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Developer
3 2 (16.67%) 1st/2nd Line Support
3 2 (16.67%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Support Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Support Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Asset Management Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Help Desk Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Help Desk Support
4 1 (8.33%) Mac Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Management Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Windows Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Replication
2 2 (16.67%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (8.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 3 (25.00%) Linux
3 2 (16.67%) Windows 10
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (33.33%) Scrum
3 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (25.00%) High Availability
3 3 (25.00%) Migration
3 3 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (16.67%) ITIL
4 2 (16.67%) Presales
5 1 (8.33%) Asset Management
5 1 (8.33%) Business Development
5 1 (8.33%) Capacity Management
5 1 (8.33%) Coaching
5 1 (8.33%) Data Protection
5 1 (8.33%) MODAF
5 1 (8.33%) Software Asset Management
5 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (8.33%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) SQL
1 4 (33.33%) T-SQL
2 3 (25.00%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) MCSE
2 3 (25.00%) Degree
2 3 (25.00%) MCITP
2 3 (25.00%) MCSA
3 2 (16.67%) A+ Certification
3 2 (16.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (16.67%) MCP
4 1 (8.33%) CCNA
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (8.33%) SANS
4 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (8.33%) Hyper-V
2 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 11 (91.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (25.00%) Oracle
3 2 (16.67%) Apple
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco
4 1 (8.33%) NetApp
4 1 (8.33%) Snow
4 1 (8.33%) VMware