The table below looks at the statistics for Active Directory skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 31 30 26
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2767 2808 2585
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.52% 5.75% 5.69%
As % of the System Software category 57.44% 59.90% 59.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1378 1331 1038
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £300
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £120 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £258 £275
% change year-on-year
+16.50% -6.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 487 486 666
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £16.03
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.84 £25.00 £29.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.44% -3.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
4817 4688 4329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.61% 9.60% 9.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2632 2379 2012
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £165 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 558 537 768
Average hourly rate £16.41 £16.00 £18.69
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -14.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.56 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.08 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.74% -11.42%

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Active Directory
Daily Rate Trend

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

Active Directory Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Active Directory Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Active Directory Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Active Directory
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 28 January 2015. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
England +1 2562 £300 - 975
London -3 971 £320 -8.57% 334
South East -2 618 £300 - 229
City of London 0 243 £350 +7.69% 89
East of England +5 225 £275 +14.10% 68
West Midlands +18 177 £233 -34.96% 60
South West +1 170 £350 +51.35% 102
Berkshire -2 167 £300 -4.00% 66
Hampshire -3 159 £300 -5.36% 54
North West -2 140 £283 +25.55% 62
Scotland -6 125 £325 +14.03% 21
Yorkshire -9 114 £275 +22.22% 74
East Midlands -10 98 £319 +189.77% 35
Reading +9 97 £238 -22.44% 29
Manchester -5 74 £350 +55.55% 37
Surrey -8 66 £344 +14.58% 36
Buckinghamshire -9 64 £361 +31.36% 24
West Yorkshire +6 61 £275 +27.90% 55
Birmingham +5 55 £295 +14.00% 19
Oxfordshire -8 55 £325 +1.96% 15
Essex +9 54 £265 -5.35% 13
Milton Keynes +5 51 £400 +23.07% 17
Bedfordshire +3 46 £425 +60.37% 5
Warwickshire +26 44 £210 -47.50% 8
Wiltshire +5 43 £355 +77.50% 18
Bristol +7 42 £380 +94.87% 39
West Sussex -4 42 £220 -7.85% 16
Hertfordshire +5 41 £220 +37.50% 14
Leeds -2 38 £214 +22.14% 33
Wales -7 37 £450 +69.81% 11

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 4860 (78.68%) Windows
2 2936 (47.53%) Microsoft
3 1950 (31.57%) VMware
4 1777 (28.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 1711 (27.70%) Windows 7
6 1569 (25.40%) MS Exchange
7 1453 (23.52%) Citrix
8 1346 (21.79%) MS Office
9 1314 (21.27%) ITIL
10 1296 (20.98%) Windows Server 2003
11 1129 (18.28%) MS Excel
12 1096 (17.74%) VMware Infrastructure
13 1043 (16.89%) DNS
14 1026 (16.61%) Windows XP
15 858 (13.89%) SCCM
16 809 (13.10%) SQL
17 808 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
18 802 (12.98%) Security Cleared
19 763 (12.35%) DHCP
20 717 (11.61%) Exchange Server 2010
21 714 (11.56%) Finance
22 707 (11.45%) Microsoft Certification
23 644 (10.43%) SAN
24 621 (10.05%) Cisco
25 604 (9.78%) HP
25 604 (9.78%) SQL Server
26 599 (9.70%) PowerShell
27 594 (9.62%) Migration
28 590 (9.55%) Firewall
29 548 (8.87%) Blackberry

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1569 (25.40%) MS Exchange
2 717 (11.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 522 (8.45%) SharePoint
4 472 (7.64%) IIS
5 378 (6.12%) Lync
6 355 (5.75%) Exchange Server 2007
7 328 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2003
8 271 (4.39%) Exchange Server 2013
9 268 (4.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 142 (2.30%) IBM Notes
11 98 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
12 86 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
13 83 (1.34%) BizTalk Server
14 61 (0.99%) Apache
15 56 (0.91%) Office Communications Server
16 44 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
17 40 (0.65%) WorkSite
18 34 (0.55%) Tomcat
19 27 (0.44%) Lotus Domino
20 21 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1346 (21.79%) MS Office
2 1129 (18.28%) MS Excel
3 67 (1.08%) MS Visio
4 54 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
5 36 (0.58%) MS Project
6 9 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 7 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
8 5 (0.081%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.049%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.049%) Quicktime
9 3 (0.049%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.049%) Final Cut Pro
10 2 (0.032%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.032%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.032%) CINEMA 4D
10 2 (0.032%) InDesign
10 2 (0.032%) Maya
11 1 (0.016%) Shockwave
11 1 (0.016%) CATIA
11 1 (0.016%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 71 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.89%) Dynamics AX
3 23 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 16 (0.26%) assyst
5 10 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 9 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.081%) SAP GRC
8 4 (0.065%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.065%) Agresso
9 3 (0.049%) SAP HR
9 3 (0.049%) Maximo
9 3 (0.049%) Remedy AR System
9 3 (0.049%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.032%) Oracle CRM
11 1 (0.016%) Oracle Financials
11 1 (0.016%) SAP ERP
11 1 (0.016%) Academy Housing
11 1 (0.016%) arcHouse
11 1 (0.016%) Summit
11 1 (0.016%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 261 (4.23%) Office 365
2 195 (3.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
4 53 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
5 26 (0.42%) IaaS
6 19 (0.31%) SaaS
7 17 (0.28%) Google Apps
8 15 (0.24%) PaaS
9 6 (0.097%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.081%) IBM SmartCloud
10 5 (0.081%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.065%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.049%) CloudFront
12 3 (0.049%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.049%) ElastiCache
12 3 (0.049%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 2 (0.032%) SoftLayer
13 2 (0.032%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1043 (16.89%) DNS
2 763 (12.35%) DHCP
3 644 (10.43%) SAN
4 590 (9.55%) Firewall
5 543 (8.79%) TCP/IP
6 488 (7.90%) LAN
7 455 (7.37%) WAN
8 335 (5.42%) VPN
9 200 (3.24%) NAS
10 167 (2.70%) Internet
11 160 (2.59%) LDAP
11 160 (2.59%) VoIP
12 125 (2.02%) VLAN
13 124 (2.01%) Wireless
14 96 (1.55%) IPsec
15 91 (1.47%) MPLS
16 88 (1.42%) Network Security
17 83 (1.34%) NetScaler
18 81 (1.31%) FTP
19 68 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 604 (9.78%) SQL Server
2 147 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 99 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
4 52 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
5 48 (0.78%) MySQL
6 44 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 42 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 38 (0.62%) Oracle Database
9 31 (0.50%) Relational Database
10 29 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 27 (0.44%) SQL Server 2000
12 20 (0.32%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
13 14 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
13 14 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
14 12 (0.19%) OLAP
15 11 (0.18%) MS Access
15 11 (0.18%) Data Mining
15 11 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
16 9 (0.15%) DTS
Development Applications
1 92 (1.49%) MSI
2 30 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 29 (0.47%) StarTeam
4 21 (0.34%) Visual Studio
5 18 (0.29%) Subversion
6 13 (0.21%) TeamCity
7 11 (0.18%) AdminStudio
8 10 (0.16%) Git (software)
8 10 (0.16%) JIRA
9 9 (0.15%) Jenkins
10 8 (0.13%) InstallShield
11 7 (0.11%) Fiddler
12 6 (0.097%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 6 (0.097%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 5 (0.081%) SoapUI
13 5 (0.081%) Hudson
13 5 (0.081%) PHPUnit
14 4 (0.065%) GitLab
14 4 (0.065%) Serena SBM
14 4 (0.065%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 714 (11.56%) Finance
2 212 (3.43%) Banking
3 167 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 128 (2.07%) Legal
5 127 (2.06%) Law
6 94 (1.52%) Retail
7 63 (1.02%) Investment Banking
8 57 (0.92%) Advertising
9 55 (0.89%) Manufacturing
10 36 (0.58%) Publishing
11 35 (0.57%) Financial Institution
12 30 (0.49%) Back Office
12 30 (0.49%) Marketing
13 24 (0.39%) French Language
14 19 (0.31%) Local Government
15 12 (0.19%) Military
16 11 (0.18%) Electronics
16 11 (0.18%) Automotive
16 11 (0.18%) German Language
17 10 (0.16%) Games
Job Titles
1 1380 (22.34%) Analyst
2 716 (11.59%) Support Engineer
3 573 (9.28%) Service Analyst
4 565 (9.15%) Service Desk Analyst
5 553 (8.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 536 (8.68%) Support Analyst
7 496 (8.03%) 2nd Line Support
8 461 (7.46%) Desktop Support
9 351 (5.68%) Consultant
10 329 (5.33%) Architect
11 302 (4.89%) Administrator
12 293 (4.74%) 3rd Line Support
13 284 (4.60%) Desktop Engineer
14 266 (4.31%) 1st Line Support
15 243 (3.93%) IT Support
16 218 (3.53%) Server Engineer
17 194 (3.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 189 (3.06%) Wintel Engineer
19 158 (2.56%) Systems Engineer
20 155 (2.51%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 228 (3.69%) .NET
2 127 (2.06%) Application Packaging
3 109 (1.76%) Web Services
4 100 (1.62%) HTML
5 79 (1.28%) XML
6 47 (0.76%) ASP.NET
7 34 (0.55%) .NET Framework
8 33 (0.53%) Middleware
9 30 (0.49%) CSS
10 18 (0.29%) jQuery
11 16 (0.26%) Java EE
12 14 (0.23%) WCF
13 13 (0.21%) Software Packaging
14 12 (0.19%) SOAP
15 11 (0.18%) MSMQ
15 11 (0.18%) Ajax
16 10 (0.16%) HTML5
16 10 (0.16%) MDX
16 10 (0.16%) X-Windows
17 9 (0.15%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 548 (8.87%) Blackberry
2 363 (5.88%) Clustering
3 265 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
4 163 (2.64%) Replication
5 109 (1.76%) NHS
6 103 (1.67%) PKI
7 102 (1.65%) Management Information System
8 88 (1.42%) Thin Client
8 88 (1.42%) Fat Client
9 79 (1.28%) iPhone
10 74 (1.20%) iPad
11 65 (1.05%) Computer Science
12 58 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
13 41 (0.66%) Client/Server
14 37 (0.60%) CMDB
15 36 (0.58%) PDA
15 36 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
16 30 (0.49%) Handset
17 27 (0.44%) CESG
18 22 (0.36%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 4860 (78.68%) Windows
2 1777 (28.77%) Windows Server 2008
3 1711 (27.70%) Windows 7
4 1296 (20.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 1026 (16.61%) Windows XP
6 808 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 455 (7.37%) Linux
8 323 (5.23%) Windows 8
9 304 (4.92%) UNIX
10 133 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 124 (2.01%) Windows Vista
12 104 (1.68%) Windows 2000
13 99 (1.60%) Solaris
14 94 (1.52%) Android
15 87 (1.41%) Windows 2000 Server
16 62 (1.00%) Mac OS X
17 58 (0.94%) Apple iOS
18 33 (0.53%) Windows NT
19 31 (0.50%) Mac OS
20 26 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1314 (21.27%) ITIL
2 594 (9.62%) Migration
3 254 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
4 228 (3.69%) Incident Management
5 217 (3.51%) Service Delivery
6 214 (3.46%) Configuration Management
7 212 (3.43%) Service Management
8 181 (2.93%) Change Management
9 170 (2.75%) Project Management
10 117 (1.89%) CRM
11 108 (1.75%) E-Commerce
12 93 (1.51%) Load Balancing
13 87 (1.41%) Problem Management
13 87 (1.41%) Asset Management
14 83 (1.34%) Agile Software Development
15 80 (1.30%) Identity Management
16 78 (1.26%) Stakeholder Management
17 76 (1.23%) Validation
18 75 (1.21%) PRINCE2
19 74 (1.20%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 809 (13.10%) SQL
2 599 (9.70%) PowerShell
3 205 (3.32%) VBScript
4 140 (2.27%) VB
5 83 (1.34%) C#
6 72 (1.17%) Java
7 67 (1.08%) C
8 65 (1.05%) Perl
9 54 (0.87%) Shell Script
10 46 (0.74%) JavaScript
11 34 (0.55%) Python
12 32 (0.52%) T-SQL
12 32 (0.52%) VBA
13 30 (0.49%) PHP
14 23 (0.37%) Bash Shell
15 19 (0.31%) Korn
16 18 (0.29%) Ruby
16 18 (0.29%) PL/SQL
17 12 (0.19%) C++
17 12 (0.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 802 (12.98%) Security Cleared
2 707 (11.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 532 (8.61%) SC Cleared
4 410 (6.64%) MCSE
5 226 (3.66%) DV Cleared
6 200 (3.24%) MCITP
7 198 (3.21%) MCP
8 191 (3.09%) Degree
9 149 (2.41%) MCSA
10 139 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
11 119 (1.93%) CCNA
12 113 (1.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 91 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
14 81 (1.31%) MCTS
15 56 (0.91%) Citrix Certification
16 52 (0.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 47 (0.76%) CISSP
18 39 (0.63%) CCNP
19 36 (0.58%) CCA
20 23 (0.37%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 437 (7.07%) SLA
2 46 (0.74%) QA
3 29 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 24 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (0.24%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.065%) HIPAA
8 3 (0.049%) GxP
8 3 (0.049%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.032%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.032%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.016%) BS7799
10 1 (0.016%) COBIT
10 1 (0.016%) P3O
10 1 (0.016%) BS25999
System Software
1 1096 (17.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 471 (7.63%) Hyper-V
3 459 (7.43%) XenApp
4 421 (6.82%) vSphere
5 272 (4.40%) VMware ESX
6 191 (3.09%) XenDesktop
7 137 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
7 137 (2.22%) Terminal Services
8 84 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
9 79 (1.28%) XenServer
10 60 (0.97%) ISA Server
11 56 (0.91%) UAG
11 56 (0.91%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 54 (0.87%) NFS
13 46 (0.74%) vCloud
14 41 (0.66%) Xen
15 39 (0.63%) VMware Server
16 36 (0.58%) Forefront TMG
17 33 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 33 (0.53%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 858 (13.89%) SCCM
2 372 (6.02%) SCOM
3 133 (2.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 115 (1.86%) Backup Exec
5 112 (1.81%) WSUS
6 105 (1.70%) NetBackup
7 89 (1.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 78 (1.26%) Norton AntiVirus
9 58 (0.94%) Tivoli
10 51 (0.83%) HP SIM
11 47 (0.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 47 (0.76%) Nagios
12 44 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
13 36 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 31 (0.50%) Netcool
14 31 (0.50%) Puppet
14 31 (0.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 31 (0.50%) SCOrch
15 29 (0.47%) SCVMM
16 28 (0.45%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 2936 (47.53%) Microsoft
2 1950 (31.57%) VMware
3 1453 (23.52%) Citrix
4 621 (10.05%) Cisco
5 604 (9.78%) HP
6 294 (4.76%) Symantec
7 267 (4.32%) NetApp
8 243 (3.93%) Oracle
9 201 (3.25%) Dell
10 160 (2.59%) IBM
11 157 (2.54%) Red Hat
11 157 (2.54%) Lotus
12 154 (2.49%) Remedy
13 153 (2.48%) EMC
14 144 (2.33%) McAfee
15 138 (2.23%) Altiris
16 111 (1.80%) Apple
17 93 (1.51%) AppSense
18 90 (1.46%) CheckPoint
19 80 (1.30%) Sophos
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
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Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
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Austin Fraser
Rate: £10 - £11 per hour
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Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
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Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £130 - £140 per day + Benefits
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Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
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City, London
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