Period
to 22 January 2020

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 January 2020 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 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 2 2 2
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 288 268 212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 20.17% 17.87% 17.10%
As % of the Vendors category 38.55% 39.01% 31.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 145 101
Reading median daily rate £425 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £166 £144 £285
90th Percentile £588 £595 £600
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £435 £450
% change year-on-year -2.30% -3.33% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 4 11
Reading median hourly rate £53.75 £31.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.00% +108.33% +57.89%
10th Percentile £13.90 £9.85 £14.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £53.50 £47.50
Berkshire median hourly rate £22.00 £12.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +76.00% -13.79% +20.83%

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 747 687 671
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 52.31% 45.80% 54.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 340 381
Reading median daily rate £425 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £214 £190 £275
90th Percentile £588 £588 £575
Berkshire median daily rate £442 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.88% - +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 10 20
Reading median hourly rate £22.00 £47.50 £19.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.68% +145.95% +56.69%
10th Percentile £15.50 £11.05 £14.10
90th Percentile £82.50 £64.35 £47.50
Berkshire median hourly rate £19.25 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +28.33% -3.23% +19.23%

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Reading

For the 6 months to 22 January 2020, 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.

1 134 (46.53%) Azure
2 121 (42.01%) Windows
3 102 (35.42%) Agile Software Development
4 97 (33.68%) SQL
5 86 (29.86%) DevOps
6 80 (27.78%) Analytics
7 74 (25.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 74 (25.69%) Microsoft Office
8 73 (25.35%) Power Platform
9 72 (25.00%) Power BI
10 71 (24.65%) PowerShell
11 70 (24.31%) Business Intelligence
12 69 (23.96%) Data Lake
13 67 (23.26%) Visual Studio
14 60 (20.83%) Security Cleared
15 57 (19.79%) Active Directory
16 54 (18.75%) Office 365
17 53 (18.40%) Visual Studio Team System
18 50 (17.36%) PaaS
19 47 (16.32%) ITIL
20 46 (15.97%) IaaS
21 45 (15.63%) Data Management
22 44 (15.28%) Infrastructure as Code
23 40 (13.89%) Test Automation
24 39 (13.54%) HDInsight
25 38 (13.19%) SC Cleared
26 37 (12.85%) SCCM
26 37 (12.85%) Security Testing
27 36 (12.50%) Data-Driven Testing
28 35 (12.15%) Problem-Solving

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 34 (11.81%) SharePoint
2 16 (5.56%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (1.74%) CMS
5 5 (1.74%) Confluence
6 3 (1.04%) Apache
6 3 (1.04%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.04%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.69%) IIS
7 2 (0.69%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.35%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.35%) Drupal
8 1 (0.35%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.35%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 74 (25.69%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (8.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (6.60%) Microsoft Project
4 18 (6.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (3.13%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.35%) Figma
Business Applications
1 14 (4.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.39%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (1.39%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.04%) Sonata
4 2 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.69%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.35%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 134 (46.53%) Azure
2 73 (25.35%) Power Platform
3 54 (18.75%) Office 365
4 50 (17.36%) PaaS
5 46 (15.97%) IaaS
6 27 (9.38%) Data Lake Analytics
7 19 (6.60%) SaaS
8 11 (3.82%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (3.13%) AWS
9 9 (3.13%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 9 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
9 9 (3.13%) GCP
10 6 (2.08%) GitHub
10 6 (2.08%) OneDrive
11 4 (1.39%) Basecamp
11 4 (1.39%) Trello
12 3 (1.04%) iPaaS
12 3 (1.04%) Serverless
13 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Flow
14 1 (0.35%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 21 (7.29%) TCP/IP
2 19 (6.60%) DNS
3 18 (6.25%) Internet
4 16 (5.56%) NAS
5 15 (5.21%) VPN
6 14 (4.86%) Firewall
7 13 (4.51%) Skype
8 12 (4.17%) Reverse Proxy
8 12 (4.17%) SAN
9 8 (2.78%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (2.08%) HTTP
10 6 (2.08%) LTE
10 6 (2.08%) Unified Communications
10 6 (2.08%) VoLTE
11 5 (1.74%) DHCP
11 5 (1.74%) Radio Access Network
12 3 (1.04%) Intranet
12 3 (1.04%) IPsec
12 3 (1.04%) LAN
12 3 (1.04%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (25.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 72 (25.00%) Power BI
3 69 (23.96%) Data Lake
4 39 (13.54%) HDInsight
5 28 (9.72%) SQL Server
6 23 (7.99%) Big Data
7 15 (5.21%) MongoDB
8 12 (4.17%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (3.82%) SQL Server 2016
10 10 (3.47%) NoSQL
11 9 (3.13%) SQL Server 2012
12 8 (2.78%) SQL Server 2014
13 7 (2.43%) Oracle Database
14 5 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
15 4 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
16 3 (1.04%) GIS
16 3 (1.04%) RDBMS
16 3 (1.04%) Relational Database
16 3 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 67 (23.26%) Visual Studio
2 53 (18.40%) Visual Studio Team System
3 9 (3.13%) JIRA
4 7 (2.43%) Git (software)
5 3 (1.04%) Jenkins
5 3 (1.04%) MSI
6 2 (0.69%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.69%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.69%) JMeter
6 2 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.69%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.35%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 34 (11.81%) Telecoms
2 17 (5.90%) Finance
3 12 (4.17%) Mandarin Language
4 5 (1.74%) German Language
5 4 (1.39%) Legal
6 3 (1.04%) French Language
6 3 (1.04%) Italian Language
6 3 (1.04%) Marketing
6 3 (1.04%) Public Sector
6 3 (1.04%) Retail
7 2 (0.69%) Banking
7 2 (0.69%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.35%) Advertising
8 1 (0.35%) Billing
8 1 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 55 (19.10%) Analyst
2 42 (14.58%) DevOps Engineer
3 33 (11.46%) Service Analyst
4 27 (9.38%) Support Engineer
5 26 (9.03%) Azure Engineer
6 22 (7.64%) Architect
7 21 (7.29%) Service Transition Analyst
7 21 (7.29%) Transition Analyst
8 17 (5.90%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 15 (5.21%) Consultant
9 15 (5.21%) Data Engineer
9 15 (5.21%) Developer
10 13 (4.51%) Coordinator
10 13 (4.51%) Project Coordinator
11 12 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 12 (4.17%) ITIL Service Analyst
12 11 (3.82%) Business Analyst
12 11 (3.82%) Service Desk Analyst
13 10 (3.47%) Desktop Support
13 10 (3.47%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.03%) .NET
2 22 (7.64%) Web Services
3 8 (2.78%) .NET Framework
4 6 (2.08%) XML
5 5 (1.74%) Oracle Fusion
5 5 (1.74%) REST
6 3 (1.04%) 802.1X
6 3 (1.04%) JDBC
6 3 (1.04%) jQuery
6 3 (1.04%) ODBC
6 3 (1.04%) SOAP
6 3 (1.04%) WCF
7 2 (0.69%) .NET Core
7 2 (0.69%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.69%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (0.69%) HTML
7 2 (0.69%) LDAP
7 2 (0.69%) Node.js
7 2 (0.69%) SAML
7 2 (0.69%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.60%) Self-Motivation
2 15 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (5.21%) Replication
3 12 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 10 (3.47%) Clustering
5 9 (3.13%) Hybrid Cloud
6 7 (2.43%) iPhone
7 6 (2.08%) BYOD
8 5 (1.74%) Life Science
9 4 (1.39%) Blog
9 4 (1.39%) CCTV
9 4 (1.39%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.39%) User Experience
10 3 (1.04%) Data Centre
10 3 (1.04%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (1.04%) PKI
10 3 (1.04%) Public Cloud
10 3 (1.04%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 121 (42.01%) Windows
2 31 (10.76%) Windows 10
2 31 (10.76%) Windows Server
3 22 (7.64%) Windows 7
4 15 (5.21%) Linux
5 14 (4.86%) Android
6 11 (3.82%) Windows 8
7 8 (2.78%) Apple iOS
7 8 (2.78%) Mac OS
8 6 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.04%) Unix
10 3 (1.04%) VMS
11 1 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (35.42%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (29.86%) DevOps
3 80 (27.78%) Analytics
4 70 (24.31%) Business Intelligence
5 47 (16.32%) ITIL
6 45 (15.63%) Data Management
7 44 (15.28%) Infrastructure as Code
8 40 (13.89%) Test Automation
9 37 (12.85%) Security Testing
10 36 (12.50%) Data-Driven Testing
11 35 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
12 32 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
13 27 (9.38%) ITIL V3
14 26 (9.03%) Continuous Delivery
15 23 (7.99%) Project Management
15 23 (7.99%) Release Management
15 23 (7.99%) Scrum
16 22 (7.64%) Migration
17 19 (6.60%) ITSM
18 16 (5.56%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 97 (33.68%) SQL
2 71 (24.65%) PowerShell
3 29 (10.07%) C#
4 21 (7.29%) Python
5 17 (5.90%) R
6 14 (4.86%) JavaScript
7 11 (3.82%) Scala
8 6 (2.08%) PHP
9 4 (1.39%) C
10 3 (1.04%) Java
10 3 (1.04%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.69%) F#
12 1 (0.35%) C++
12 1 (0.35%) PHP 7
12 1 (0.35%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.35%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.35%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.35%) VB
12 1 (0.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 60 (20.83%) Security Cleared
2 38 (13.19%) SC Cleared
3 29 (10.07%) Degree
4 23 (7.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (4.51%) MCSE
6 12 (4.17%) DV Cleared
7 8 (2.78%) MCP
8 6 (2.08%) A+ Certification
8 6 (2.08%) MCSA
9 5 (1.74%) ISEB
9 5 (1.74%) ISTQB
10 4 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.39%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.39%) PMP
10 4 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (1.04%) MOS
12 2 (0.69%) CCNA
12 2 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.35%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.64%) QA
2 6 (2.08%) SLA
3 4 (1.39%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.69%) PMO
5 1 (0.35%) COBIT
5 1 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (19.79%) Active Directory
2 31 (10.76%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.08%) Docker
5 5 (1.74%) XenApp
6 4 (1.39%) DFS Replication
6 4 (1.39%) Hyper-V
7 3 (1.04%) BitLocker
7 3 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.04%) vSphere
7 3 (1.04%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 37 (12.85%) SCCM
2 8 (2.78%) Microsoft Clustering
2 8 (2.78%) SCOM
3 6 (2.08%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (1.74%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.39%) AirWatch
5 4 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (1.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 4 (1.39%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.04%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (1.04%) SCDPM
7 2 (0.69%) Grafana
7 2 (0.69%) MIIS
7 2 (0.69%) Nessus
8 1 (0.35%) Ansible
8 1 (0.35%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.35%) TeamSite
8 1 (0.35%) Terraform
Vendors
1 25 (8.68%) Oracle
2 14 (4.86%) Workday
3 12 (4.17%) VMware
4 11 (3.82%) Citrix
5 10 (3.47%) Google
6 9 (3.13%) Dell
7 8 (2.78%) Ericsson
7 8 (2.78%) Remedy
8 7 (2.43%) Informatica
8 7 (2.43%) ServiceNow
9 6 (2.08%) HP
10 5 (1.74%) Cisco
10 5 (1.74%) SAP
11 4 (1.39%) Atlassian
11 4 (1.39%) McAfee
11 4 (1.39%) Sitecore
12 3 (1.04%) Databricks
12 3 (1.04%) Lumension
13 2 (0.69%) Okta
13 2 (0.69%) Zscaler