Period
to 22 August 2019

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading 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 22 August 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
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 2 3 1
Rank change year-on-year +1 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 268 231 249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 19.42% 15.68% 19.64%
As % of the Vendors category 38.40% 32.17% 38.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 116 97
Reading median daily rate £450 £444 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.41% +10.94% +5.26%
10th Percentile £209 £180 £223
90th Percentile £631 £663 £555
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 8 35
Reading median hourly rate £72.50 £17.50 £9.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +314.29% +84.21% -
10th Percentile £17.75 £10.78 £9.25
90th Percentile £84.65 £20.90 £52.59
Berkshire median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year +2.63% +58.33% -4.00%

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 Reading.

All Vendors
Reading
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 698 718 652
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 50.58% 48.74% 51.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 379 391 288
Reading median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.72%
10th Percentile £231 £230 £263
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 16 59
Reading median hourly rate £62.50 £18.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +242.47% +21.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £16.25 £11.50 £9.25
90th Percentile £83.75 £50.38 £43.40
Berkshire median hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +26.32% +40.74% +8.00%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Reading.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Reading

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Reading

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Reading over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Reading

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Reading

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Reading

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Reading over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Reading

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 Reading region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 130 (48.51%) Azure
2 95 (35.45%) Windows
3 66 (24.63%) Microsoft Office
4 62 (23.13%) Agile Software Development
5 55 (20.52%) SQL
6 53 (19.78%) Active Directory
7 51 (19.03%) Security Cleared
8 48 (17.91%) DevOps
9 44 (16.42%) Office 365
9 44 (16.42%) Oracle
10 42 (15.67%) Finance
10 42 (15.67%) PaaS
11 41 (15.30%) Migration
12 38 (14.18%) Microsoft Excel
13 37 (13.81%) SaaS
14 36 (13.43%) Degree
15 35 (13.06%) IaaS
16 33 (12.31%) Problem-Solving
17 32 (11.94%) Windows 10
17 32 (11.94%) PowerShell
18 31 (11.57%) Linux
19 30 (11.19%) C#
19 30 (11.19%) SC Cleared
20 29 (10.82%) Visual Studio Team System
21 27 (10.07%) Windows 7
21 27 (10.07%) Business Intelligence
21 27 (10.07%) Project Management
22 26 (9.70%) Microsoft Certification
22 26 (9.70%) SharePoint
22 26 (9.70%) Computer Science

Microsoft
Co-occurring 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 26 (9.70%) SharePoint
2 12 (4.48%) Confluence
3 6 (2.24%) WebLogic
4 5 (1.87%) SharePoint Server
5 4 (1.49%) MS Exchange
5 4 (1.49%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.12%) MS Project Server
6 3 (1.12%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.12%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.75%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.37%) CMS
8 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.37%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 66 (24.63%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (14.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (8.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (3.36%) MS Visio
5 6 (2.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (5.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (3.36%) Sonata
3 4 (1.49%) Eloqua
4 3 (1.12%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (1.12%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.75%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.75%) Magento
5 2 (0.75%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 130 (48.51%) Azure
2 44 (16.42%) Office 365
3 42 (15.67%) PaaS
4 37 (13.81%) SaaS
5 35 (13.06%) IaaS
6 24 (8.96%) AWS
6 24 (8.96%) Power Platform
7 19 (7.09%) Dynamics 365
8 18 (6.72%) Azure Active Directory
9 11 (4.10%) GitHub
10 10 (3.73%) GCP
11 8 (2.99%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (2.24%) Serverless
13 4 (1.49%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (1.49%) iPaaS
14 2 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.75%) OneDrive
15 1 (0.37%) Amazon S3
15 1 (0.37%) G Suite
15 1 (0.37%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 21 (7.84%) DNS
2 20 (7.46%) Firewall
3 17 (6.34%) Internet
4 14 (5.22%) Skype
5 10 (3.73%) DHCP
5 10 (3.73%) VPN
6 9 (3.36%) TCP/IP
7 7 (2.61%) H.323
7 7 (2.61%) Network Security
8 6 (2.24%) HTTP
9 4 (1.49%) HTTPS
9 4 (1.49%) IPsec
9 4 (1.49%) Kerberos
9 4 (1.49%) NAS
9 4 (1.49%) Reverse Proxy
9 4 (1.49%) SAN
9 4 (1.49%) SMTP
10 3 (1.12%) ISUP
10 3 (1.12%) Megaco
10 3 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.33%) SQL Server
1 25 (9.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 23 (8.58%) Power BI
3 17 (6.34%) Oracle Database
4 15 (5.60%) Data Lake
4 15 (5.60%) Relational Database
5 11 (4.10%) HDInsight
6 10 (3.73%) RDBMS
7 9 (3.36%) SQL Server 2016
8 6 (2.24%) Cosmos DB
8 6 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (2.24%) Oracle Database 12c
9 5 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (1.49%) Data Mart
10 4 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2014
11 3 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 2 (0.75%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 29 (10.82%) Visual Studio Team System
2 15 (5.60%) Visual Studio
3 13 (4.85%) Jenkins
3 13 (4.85%) JIRA
4 7 (2.61%) InstallShield
4 7 (2.61%) MSI
5 6 (2.24%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (1.49%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.37%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.37%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.37%) GitLab
7 1 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.37%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.37%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.37%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.37%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 42 (15.67%) Finance
2 16 (5.97%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.10%) Mandarin Language
4 9 (3.36%) Legal
4 9 (3.36%) Marketing
5 8 (2.99%) Retail
6 3 (1.12%) French Language
7 2 (0.75%) German Language
7 2 (0.75%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.37%) Billing
8 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.37%) Local Government
8 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.37%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 40 (14.93%) Architect
2 31 (11.57%) Consultant
3 25 (9.33%) Analyst
4 21 (7.84%) Azure Engineer
5 17 (6.34%) DevOps Engineer
6 16 (5.97%) Coordinator
7 15 (5.60%) Project Coordinator
8 13 (4.85%) Support Engineer
9 12 (4.48%) Azure DevOps
9 12 (4.48%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 12 (4.48%) Solutions Architect
10 11 (4.10%) Developer
11 9 (3.36%) 2nd Line Support
12 8 (2.99%) Azure Architect
12 8 (2.99%) Test Manager
13 7 (2.61%) Applications Specialist
13 7 (2.61%) Infrastructure Architect
14 6 (2.24%) .NET Developer
14 6 (2.24%) Applications Support
14 6 (2.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (8.58%) .NET
2 14 (5.22%) Web Services
3 9 (3.36%) AngularJS
3 9 (3.36%) JSON
3 9 (3.36%) Oracle Fusion
4 8 (2.99%) ASP.NET
5 7 (2.61%) Middleware
5 7 (2.61%) SOAP
5 7 (2.61%) WebRTC
6 6 (2.24%) REST
7 5 (1.87%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.49%) .NET Core
8 4 (1.49%) HTML
8 4 (1.49%) JDBC
8 4 (1.49%) LDAP
8 4 (1.49%) ODBC
8 4 (1.49%) SAML
8 4 (1.49%) XML
9 3 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3 (1.12%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.70%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (7.46%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (6.72%) Management Information System
4 10 (3.73%) Client/Server
5 9 (3.36%) Data Centre
5 9 (3.36%) Public Cloud
6 8 (2.99%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (2.61%) Clustering
8 6 (2.24%) DataPower
8 6 (2.24%) Virtual Team
9 5 (1.87%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.49%) BYOD
10 4 (1.49%) iPhone
10 4 (1.49%) Replication
11 3 (1.12%) Blog
11 3 (1.12%) Social Media
12 2 (0.75%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (0.75%) Driving Licence
12 2 (0.75%) Learning Management System
12 2 (0.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 95 (35.45%) Windows
2 32 (11.94%) Windows 10
3 31 (11.57%) Linux
4 27 (10.07%) Windows 7
5 23 (8.58%) Windows Server
6 22 (8.21%) Unix
7 18 (6.72%) Windows 8
8 14 (5.22%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (4.10%) Android
10 9 (3.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (2.61%) Apple iOS
11 7 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (2.24%) AIX
13 4 (1.49%) Mac OS
13 4 (1.49%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.12%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.75%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.37%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.37%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (23.13%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (17.91%) DevOps
3 41 (15.30%) Migration
4 33 (12.31%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (10.07%) Business Intelligence
5 27 (10.07%) Project Management
6 26 (9.70%) Computer Science
6 26 (9.70%) Continuous Integration
7 24 (8.96%) Analytics
8 23 (8.58%) ITIL
9 22 (8.21%) Test Automation
10 21 (7.84%) CRM
11 19 (7.09%) TOGAF
12 16 (5.97%) Information Management
12 16 (5.97%) Workflow
13 15 (5.60%) Decision-Making
13 15 (5.60%) High Availability
13 15 (5.60%) Scrum
13 15 (5.60%) Security Testing
14 14 (5.22%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 55 (20.52%) SQL
2 32 (11.94%) PowerShell
3 30 (11.19%) C#
4 21 (7.84%) Python
5 16 (5.97%) JavaScript
6 15 (5.60%) Java
7 11 (4.10%) Shell Script
8 8 (2.99%) C
9 7 (2.61%) T-SQL
9 7 (2.61%) TypeScript
10 4 (1.49%) PHP
10 4 (1.49%) R
11 3 (1.12%) F#
11 3 (1.12%) VB
11 3 (1.12%) VBA
12 2 (0.75%) C++
13 1 (0.37%) Apex Code
13 1 (0.37%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.37%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.37%) Scala
Qualifications
1 51 (19.03%) Security Cleared
2 36 (13.43%) Degree
3 30 (11.19%) SC Cleared
4 26 (9.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (7.84%) MCSE
6 10 (3.73%) DV Cleared
7 8 (2.99%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (2.61%) ISTQB
9 6 (2.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (2.24%) MCP
9 6 (2.24%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (1.87%) CISSP
11 4 (1.49%) CCIE
11 4 (1.49%) CCNP
11 4 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (1.12%) CCNA
12 3 (1.12%) CompTIA Security+
12 3 (1.12%) MCSA
13 2 (0.75%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.60%) QA
2 13 (4.85%) SLA
3 12 (4.48%) Data Quality
4 7 (2.61%) COBIT
5 3 (1.12%) PMO
6 2 (0.75%) GDPR
7 1 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.37%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 53 (19.78%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.22%) Microsoft App-V
2 14 (5.22%) XenApp
3 13 (4.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (3.36%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (2.24%) Oracle RAC
7 4 (1.49%) Docker
8 2 (0.75%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.75%) vSphere
9 1 (0.37%) NDS
9 1 (0.37%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 22 (8.21%) SCCM
2 16 (5.97%) Kubernetes
3 9 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (2.24%) Data Guard
4 6 (2.24%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (1.87%) SCOM
6 4 (1.49%) Ansible
6 4 (1.49%) Nessus
7 3 (1.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (1.12%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (1.12%) Terraform
8 1 (0.37%) CSIRT
8 1 (0.37%) MIIS
8 1 (0.37%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle Identity Management
8 1 (0.37%) ServiceCenter
8 1 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.37%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.37%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 44 (16.42%) Oracle
2 18 (6.72%) Google
3 16 (5.97%) VMware
4 13 (4.85%) Atlassian
5 10 (3.73%) IBM
5 10 (3.73%) Workday
6 9 (3.36%) HP
7 8 (2.99%) Novell
8 7 (2.61%) Citrix
8 7 (2.61%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.24%) Cisco
9 6 (2.24%) Dell
9 6 (2.24%) Huawei
9 6 (2.24%) Qualys
10 5 (1.87%) Okta
11 4 (1.49%) Blue Coat
11 4 (1.49%) Databricks
11 4 (1.49%) Remedy
11 4 (1.49%) Splunk
11 4 (1.49%) Zscaler