The first table below looks at the demand for Active Directory skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the System Software category for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 28 29 36
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +7
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2927 2575 2525
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 5.93% 5.53% 4.76%
As % of the System Software category 60.97% 55.54% 56.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1462 1114 1080
Average daily rate
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£275 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £137 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
-3.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 538 528 552
Average hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.51 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.50 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-6.45% -3.12%
System Software Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
4801 4636 4445
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.72% 9.95% 8.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 2668 2374 2154
Average daily rate £325 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £301 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.44% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 605 618
Average hourly rate £16.00 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +2.94%
Active Directory
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Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in England

Active Directory
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Active Directory across the England region.

Active Directory Daily Rate Trend in England

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the England region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

Active Directory Daily Rate Histogram in England

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the England region.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Trend in England

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the England region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the England region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +13 1179 £290 -10.76% 291
South East -3 675 £283 -11.71% 172
East of England -3 273 £225 +0.55% 67
North West +2 206 £260 -0.47% 51
West Midlands -2 159 £263 -6.25% 47
South West -1 148 £300 +9.09% 79
Yorkshire -2 123 £180 -10.00% 78
East Midlands -2 123 £300 +33.33% 39
North East -3 33 £250 +42.85% 8
Midlands +1 4 £400 +77.77% 1
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Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory.

1 4623 (80.46%) Windows
2 2518 (43.82%) Microsoft
3 1861 (32.39%) Windows 7
4 1650 (28.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 1615 (28.11%) VMware
6 1506 (26.21%) MS Exchange
7 1340 (23.32%) Citrix
8 1339 (23.30%) MS Office
9 1302 (22.66%) Windows XP
10 1248 (21.72%) ITIL
11 1148 (19.98%) Windows Server 2003
12 1128 (19.63%) MS Excel
13 895 (15.58%) SCCM
14 875 (15.23%) DNS
15 845 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
16 705 (12.27%) Exchange Server 2010
17 659 (11.47%) Finance
17 659 (11.47%) Cisco
18 625 (10.88%) HP
19 623 (10.84%) DHCP
20 620 (10.79%) SQL Server
21 614 (10.69%) SQL
22 611 (10.63%) Microsoft Certification
23 610 (10.62%) Blackberry
24 583 (10.15%) Security Cleared
25 567 (9.87%) TCP/IP
26 559 (9.73%) Firewall
27 549 (9.55%) Windows Server 2012
28 528 (9.19%) PowerShell
29 526 (9.15%) Migration

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1506 (26.21%) MS Exchange
2 705 (12.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 476 (8.28%) SharePoint
4 377 (6.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 331 (5.76%) Exchange Server 2003
6 328 (5.71%) IIS
7 287 (4.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 242 (4.21%) Lync
9 128 (2.23%) IBM Notes
10 118 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2013
11 113 (1.97%) SharePoint 2010
12 80 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
13 41 (0.71%) Apache
14 37 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
15 36 (0.63%) WebLogic
16 30 (0.52%) Tomcat
17 28 (0.49%) WorkSite
18 27 (0.47%) WebSphere
19 25 (0.44%) Lotus Domino
20 22 (0.38%) Documentum
Applications
1 1339 (23.30%) MS Office
2 1128 (19.63%) MS Excel
3 94 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 38 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 32 (0.56%) MS Project
6 14 (0.24%) InfoPath
7 6 (0.10%) PowerPivot
8 5 (0.087%) Acrobat
9 4 (0.070%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.052%) InDesign
11 2 (0.035%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 2 (0.035%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.035%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.035%) PaintShop Pro
11 2 (0.035%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.035%) Vectorworks
11 2 (0.035%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.017%) CATIA
12 1 (0.017%) SPSS
12 1 (0.017%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 28 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 17 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (0.21%) assyst
5 10 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.14%) Remedy AR System
7 5 (0.087%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.070%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.070%) Misys Midas
8 4 (0.070%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.052%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.052%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.052%) Oracle CRM
9 3 (0.052%) Adaptiv
9 3 (0.052%) SAP R/3
10 2 (0.035%) Khalix
10 2 (0.035%) Markit EDM
10 2 (0.035%) Eikon
10 2 (0.035%) Magento
10 2 (0.035%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 224 (3.90%) Office 365
2 63 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (0.28%) IaaS
5 15 (0.26%) SaaS
6 13 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (0.21%) Google Apps
8 6 (0.10%) PaaS
9 3 (0.052%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.017%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 875 (15.23%) DNS
2 623 (10.84%) DHCP
3 567 (9.87%) TCP/IP
4 559 (9.73%) Firewall
5 493 (8.58%) SAN
6 470 (8.18%) LAN
7 421 (7.33%) WAN
8 344 (5.99%) VPN
9 174 (3.03%) VoIP
10 168 (2.92%) Internet
11 161 (2.80%) LDAP
12 158 (2.75%) Wireless
13 120 (2.09%) NAS
14 111 (1.93%) VLAN
15 89 (1.55%) MPLS
16 77 (1.34%) Network Security
17 74 (1.29%) SSL
18 65 (1.13%) iSCSI
19 62 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
20 61 (1.06%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 620 (10.79%) SQL Server
2 187 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 110 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
4 63 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
5 55 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 52 (0.90%) Oracle Database
7 36 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
8 35 (0.61%) MySQL
8 35 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 30 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 20 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
11 18 (0.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 15 (0.26%) Relational Database
12 15 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
13 13 (0.23%) OLAP
14 12 (0.21%) RDBMS
15 9 (0.16%) BusinessObjects
15 9 (0.16%) Data Mining
16 8 (0.14%) MS Access
16 8 (0.14%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 59 (1.03%) MSI
2 37 (0.64%) Subversion
3 33 (0.57%) InstallShield
4 26 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 21 (0.37%) AdminStudio
6 20 (0.35%) Jenkins
7 19 (0.33%) Visual Studio
8 16 (0.28%) Git (software)
9 15 (0.26%) JIRA
10 11 (0.19%) ClearCase
11 9 (0.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 8 (0.14%) Wise Package Studio
12 8 (0.14%) Selenium
13 7 (0.12%) FitNesse
13 7 (0.12%) Maven
13 7 (0.12%) StarTeam
13 7 (0.12%) JUnit
14 6 (0.10%) MSBuild
15 5 (0.087%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 4 (0.070%) Oracle Forms
General
1 659 (11.47%) Finance
2 271 (4.72%) Banking
3 152 (2.65%) Telecoms
4 113 (1.97%) Law
5 107 (1.86%) Legal
6 101 (1.76%) Retail
7 97 (1.69%) Investment Banking
8 95 (1.65%) Financial Institution
9 67 (1.17%) Back Office
10 51 (0.89%) Advertising
11 50 (0.87%) French Language
12 49 (0.85%) Manufacturing
13 39 (0.68%) Front Office
14 34 (0.59%) Local Government
15 31 (0.54%) Marketing
15 31 (0.54%) Publishing
16 22 (0.38%) Spanish Language
17 20 (0.35%) Mandarin Language
18 16 (0.28%) International Banking
18 16 (0.28%) Games
Job Titles
1 1370 (23.84%) Analyst
2 756 (13.16%) Support Engineer
3 573 (9.97%) Support Analyst
4 521 (9.07%) 2nd Line Support
5 502 (8.74%) Service Analyst
6 490 (8.53%) Service Desk Analyst
7 479 (8.34%) Desktop Support
8 390 (6.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 333 (5.80%) 1st Line Support
10 314 (5.46%) Consultant
11 303 (5.27%) 3rd Line Support
12 259 (4.51%) Architect
13 250 (4.35%) Administrator
14 228 (3.97%) Desktop Engineer
15 211 (3.67%) IT Support
16 177 (3.08%) Server Engineer
17 167 (2.91%) Help Desk Analyst
18 152 (2.65%) Desktop Analyst
19 149 (2.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
20 142 (2.47%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (2.77%) .NET
2 92 (1.60%) Application Packaging
3 74 (1.29%) Web Services
4 59 (1.03%) HTML
5 52 (0.90%) ASP.NET
6 50 (0.87%) Middleware
7 46 (0.80%) CSS
7 46 (0.80%) XML
8 45 (0.78%) jQuery
9 30 (0.52%) WCF
10 28 (0.49%) HTML5
11 19 (0.33%) .NET Framework
11 19 (0.33%) Ajax
11 19 (0.33%) SAML
12 18 (0.31%) Software Packaging
13 17 (0.30%) Java EE
14 15 (0.26%) LAMP
14 15 (0.26%) REST
15 14 (0.24%) JSON
16 13 (0.23%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 610 (10.62%) Blackberry
2 234 (4.07%) Clustering
3 132 (2.30%) Management Information System
4 111 (1.93%) Replication
5 109 (1.90%) iPhone
6 100 (1.74%) PKI
7 93 (1.62%) NHS
8 92 (1.60%) Thin Client
8 92 (1.60%) Fat Client
9 69 (1.20%) Hedge funds
10 65 (1.13%) iPad
11 56 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
12 47 (0.82%) Client/Server
13 41 (0.71%) Computer Science
14 37 (0.64%) Handset
15 31 (0.54%) Statistics
16 27 (0.47%) AS400
17 22 (0.38%) Mainframe
17 22 (0.38%) PDA
17 22 (0.38%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4623 (80.46%) Windows
2 1861 (32.39%) Windows 7
3 1650 (28.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 1302 (22.66%) Windows XP
5 1148 (19.98%) Windows Server 2003
6 549 (9.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 426 (7.41%) Linux
8 311 (5.41%) Windows 8
9 252 (4.39%) UNIX
10 151 (2.63%) Windows Vista
11 118 (2.05%) Windows 2000
12 112 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 93 (1.62%) Android
14 73 (1.27%) Apple iOS
14 73 (1.27%) Solaris
15 70 (1.22%) Windows 2000 Server
16 51 (0.89%) Mac OS X
17 40 (0.70%) CentOS
18 37 (0.64%) AIX
19 25 (0.44%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1248 (21.72%) ITIL
2 526 (9.15%) Migration
3 237 (4.12%) Incident Management
4 210 (3.65%) Service Management
5 174 (3.03%) Project Management
6 170 (2.96%) Disaster Recovery
7 162 (2.82%) Service Delivery
8 146 (2.54%) Change Management
9 139 (2.42%) Problem Management
10 114 (1.98%) Configuration Management
11 86 (1.50%) Change Control
12 85 (1.48%) Load Balancing
13 84 (1.46%) PRINCE2
14 76 (1.32%) Information Security
15 73 (1.27%) Asset Management
16 72 (1.25%) Time Management
17 69 (1.20%) Agile Software Development
17 69 (1.20%) Capacity Planning
18 67 (1.17%) Performance Tuning
19 66 (1.15%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 614 (10.69%) SQL
2 528 (9.19%) PowerShell
3 183 (3.18%) VBScript
4 136 (2.37%) VB
5 88 (1.53%) C#
5 88 (1.53%) Java
6 64 (1.11%) T-SQL
7 58 (1.01%) Perl
8 57 (0.99%) C
9 45 (0.78%) JavaScript
10 42 (0.73%) Shell Script
11 30 (0.52%) Python
12 23 (0.40%) Bash Shell
13 17 (0.30%) VBA
14 16 (0.28%) PHP
15 14 (0.24%) PL/SQL
16 13 (0.23%) Korn
17 7 (0.12%) XPath
18 6 (0.10%) Ruby
18 6 (0.10%) C++
Qualifications
1 611 (10.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 583 (10.15%) Security Cleared
3 395 (6.87%) MCSE
4 391 (6.80%) SC Cleared
5 195 (3.39%) MCP
6 157 (2.73%) Degree
7 153 (2.66%) MCITP
7 153 (2.66%) Cisco Certification
8 145 (2.52%) DV Cleared
9 118 (2.05%) CCNA
10 112 (1.95%) MCSA
11 90 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 88 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
13 79 (1.37%) MCTS
14 64 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
15 62 (1.08%) CCNP
16 53 (0.92%) CISSP
17 52 (0.90%) MCDST
18 45 (0.78%) CCA
19 27 (0.47%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (5.81%) SLA
2 55 (0.96%) QA
3 31 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 28 (0.49%) PCI DSS
5 21 (0.37%) ISO 9001
6 16 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (0.087%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.052%) BS7799
8 3 (0.052%) COBIT
9 2 (0.035%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.035%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.035%) Basel III
10 1 (0.017%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 845 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 488 (8.49%) XenApp
3 357 (6.21%) vSphere
4 328 (5.71%) Hyper-V
5 175 (3.05%) XenDesktop
6 173 (3.01%) VMware ESX
7 172 (2.99%) Microsoft App-V
8 127 (2.21%) XenServer
9 110 (1.91%) VMware ESXi
10 85 (1.48%) Terminal Services
11 55 (0.96%) NFS
12 53 (0.92%) ISA Server
13 51 (0.89%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 41 (0.71%) Xen
15 33 (0.57%) UAG
16 30 (0.52%) vCloud
17 29 (0.50%) Terminal Server
18 27 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 25 (0.44%) VMware Server
20 24 (0.42%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 895 (15.58%) SCCM
2 284 (4.94%) SCOM
3 134 (2.33%) WSUS
4 132 (2.30%) Backup Exec
5 94 (1.64%) NetBackup
6 61 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 58 (1.01%) HP SIM
8 51 (0.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 51 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
9 45 (0.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 40 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
11 39 (0.68%) EMC NetWorker
12 34 (0.59%) OpenView
13 33 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 31 (0.54%) Control-M
14 31 (0.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 28 (0.49%) ARCserve
16 26 (0.45%) Nagios
17 25 (0.44%) Tivoli
18 22 (0.38%) MOM
Vendors
1 2518 (43.82%) Microsoft
2 1615 (28.11%) VMware
3 1340 (23.32%) Citrix
4 659 (11.47%) Cisco
5 625 (10.88%) HP
6 217 (3.78%) Symantec
7 211 (3.67%) Oracle
8 184 (3.20%) Dell
9 180 (3.13%) Remedy
10 171 (2.98%) NetApp
11 148 (2.58%) EMC
12 140 (2.44%) Lotus
13 133 (2.31%) McAfee
14 131 (2.28%) IBM
15 120 (2.09%) Apple
16 108 (1.88%) Red Hat
17 104 (1.81%) CheckPoint
18 101 (1.76%) AppSense
19 91 (1.58%) Altiris
20 81 (1.41%) CA
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