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 2 October 2014 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 29 30 34
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3433 2793 2884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.91% 5.37% 5.10%
As % of the System Software category 61.63% 55.55% 59.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1812 1323 1244
Average daily rate
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£295 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £135 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 599 508 575
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.45 £27.50 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.80
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -5.40%

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
5570 5028 4815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.60% 9.67% 8.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3118 2640 2296
Average daily rate £348 £338 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+0.93% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 680 586 640
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.45 £32.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%

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 2 October 2014.

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 2 October 2014.

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 2 October 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
England +2 3173 £300 - 881
London +8 1301 £315 +0.80% 305
South East +3 735 £300 -7.56% 188
City of London +7 354 £325 - 113
East of England -5 274 £241 -1.53% 87
Berkshire +10 194 £363 +2.11% 52
North West +5 190 £275 -3.50% 78
Hampshire +6 181 £347 +8.58% 43
South West 0 176 £325 +25.00% 77
Yorkshire +9 160 £290 +81.25% 75
West Midlands +2 160 £280 +1.81% 36
Scotland +3 144 £260 +3.79% 27
Reading +26 118 £350 -10.82% 22
East Midlands -6 118 £328 +63.75% 25
Surrey +2 109 £225 -25.00% 36
West Yorkshire +4 98 £275 +96.42% 40
Buckinghamshire -9 71 £225 -33.33% 19
Cambridgeshire +9 70 £175 -13.58% 29
Manchester +8 70 £255 -7.27% 43
Leeds +6 69 £275 +152.87% 21
Edinburgh +14 62 £250 -34.42% 11
North East -9 57 £233 +16.25% 3
Bedfordshire -3 56 £350 +6.06% 6
Cheshire +3 55 £280 +24.44% 24
Hertfordshire -11 52 £160 -3.03% 23
West Sussex +20 51 £175 -12.50% 11
Wiltshire +7 50 £325 +124.13% 13
Oxfordshire +2 50 £223 -31.53% 11
Tyne and Wear -5 48 £242 +29.20% 2
Cambridge -2 47 £163 -14.47% 15

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, 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 5208 (79.50%) Windows
2 2952 (45.06%) Microsoft
3 2004 (30.59%) Windows 7
4 1936 (29.55%) VMware
5 1880 (28.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 1745 (26.64%) MS Exchange
7 1576 (24.06%) Citrix
8 1494 (22.81%) MS Office
9 1437 (21.94%) ITIL
10 1404 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
11 1312 (20.03%) Windows XP
12 1261 (19.25%) MS Excel
13 1108 (16.91%) DNS
14 1006 (15.36%) SCCM
15 972 (14.84%) VMware Infrastructure
16 821 (12.53%) Exchange Server 2010
17 802 (12.24%) DHCP
18 789 (12.04%) Finance
19 755 (11.52%) Security Cleared
20 716 (10.93%) SQL
20 716 (10.93%) HP
21 715 (10.91%) Cisco
22 714 (10.90%) Microsoft Certification
23 668 (10.20%) Blackberry
24 664 (10.14%) SAN
25 654 (9.98%) Windows Server 2012
26 644 (9.83%) PowerShell
27 642 (9.80%) Firewall
28 636 (9.71%) SQL Server
29 614 (9.37%) Migration

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, 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 1745 (26.64%) MS Exchange
2 821 (12.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 556 (8.49%) SharePoint
4 433 (6.61%) IIS
5 432 (6.59%) Exchange Server 2007
6 388 (5.92%) Exchange Server 2003
7 314 (4.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 303 (4.63%) Lync
9 208 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2013
10 155 (2.37%) IBM Notes
11 123 (1.88%) SharePoint 2010
12 102 (1.56%) SharePoint 2013
13 63 (0.96%) Apache
14 43 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
15 40 (0.61%) WorkSite
16 34 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
16 34 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
17 30 (0.46%) Tomcat
18 29 (0.44%) Lotus Domino
19 28 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1494 (22.81%) MS Office
2 1261 (19.25%) MS Excel
3 86 (1.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 53 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 46 (0.70%) MS Project
6 9 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 8 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.076%) PowerPivot
8 5 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.061%) InDesign
9 4 (0.061%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.046%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.031%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.031%) CATIA
11 2 (0.031%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 2 (0.031%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 39 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 22 (0.34%) assyst
5 16 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
7 5 (0.076%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.076%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.061%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.061%) Misys Midas
8 4 (0.061%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.061%) Adaptiv
8 4 (0.061%) Oracle BPM
9 3 (0.046%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.046%) Oracle CRM
9 3 (0.046%) Oracle ERP
10 2 (0.031%) Summit
10 2 (0.031%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.031%) ReMetrica
10 2 (0.031%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 247 (3.77%) Office 365
2 125 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
5 25 (0.38%) IaaS
6 21 (0.32%) SaaS
7 19 (0.29%) Google Apps
8 9 (0.14%) PaaS
9 4 (0.061%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.015%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.015%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1108 (16.91%) DNS
2 802 (12.24%) DHCP
3 664 (10.14%) SAN
4 642 (9.80%) Firewall
5 597 (9.11%) TCP/IP
6 488 (7.45%) LAN
7 461 (7.04%) WAN
8 364 (5.56%) VPN
9 198 (3.02%) LDAP
10 197 (3.01%) VoIP
11 187 (2.85%) Internet
12 157 (2.40%) NAS
13 149 (2.27%) Wireless
14 123 (1.88%) VLAN
15 106 (1.62%) MPLS
16 83 (1.27%) NetScaler
17 81 (1.24%) Network Security
18 76 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
19 75 (1.14%) IPsec
20 73 (1.11%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 636 (9.71%) SQL Server
2 195 (2.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 119 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
4 70 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
5 58 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 52 (0.79%) Oracle Database
7 36 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 31 (0.47%) MySQL
9 28 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
9 28 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 25 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
11 19 (0.29%) Relational Database
12 17 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
13 14 (0.21%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 12 (0.18%) OLAP
14 12 (0.18%) MS Access
15 11 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
16 10 (0.15%) BusinessObjects
17 9 (0.14%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 73 (1.11%) MSI
2 41 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 28 (0.43%) Visual Studio
4 27 (0.41%) Subversion
5 25 (0.38%) InstallShield
6 20 (0.31%) Git (software)
7 17 (0.26%) AdminStudio
8 14 (0.21%) ClearCase
9 11 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 10 (0.15%) JIRA
11 8 (0.12%) StarTeam
11 8 (0.12%) Jenkins
12 7 (0.11%) TeamCity
12 7 (0.11%) Wise Package Studio
13 6 (0.092%) Log4Net
13 6 (0.092%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 5 (0.076%) PHPUnit
14 5 (0.076%) Selenium
14 5 (0.076%) JUnit
14 5 (0.076%) Serena SBM
General
1 789 (12.04%) Finance
2 290 (4.43%) Banking
3 159 (2.43%) Telecoms
4 136 (2.08%) Legal
5 134 (2.05%) Law
6 102 (1.56%) Retail
7 92 (1.40%) Investment Banking
8 82 (1.25%) Financial Institution
9 74 (1.13%) Advertising
10 53 (0.81%) Back Office
11 49 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 48 (0.73%) French Language
13 37 (0.56%) Marketing
14 33 (0.50%) Publishing
15 31 (0.47%) Front Office
16 27 (0.41%) Local Government
17 20 (0.31%) Military
17 20 (0.31%) Spanish Language
18 17 (0.26%) German Language
19 16 (0.24%) Games
Job Titles
1 1532 (23.39%) Analyst
2 785 (11.98%) Support Engineer
3 627 (9.57%) Support Analyst
4 597 (9.11%) Service Analyst
5 582 (8.88%) Service Desk Analyst
6 566 (8.64%) 2nd Line Support
7 501 (7.65%) Desktop Support
8 474 (7.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 334 (5.10%) 1st Line Support
10 328 (5.01%) 3rd Line Support
10 328 (5.01%) Consultant
11 320 (4.88%) Architect
12 316 (4.82%) Administrator
13 274 (4.18%) Desktop Engineer
14 226 (3.45%) IT Support
15 194 (2.96%) Server Engineer
16 177 (2.70%) Help Desk Analyst
17 175 (2.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 171 (2.61%) Wintel Engineer
19 164 (2.50%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 214 (3.27%) .NET
2 126 (1.92%) Application Packaging
3 98 (1.50%) Web Services
4 92 (1.40%) HTML
5 76 (1.16%) XML
6 72 (1.10%) ASP.NET
7 54 (0.82%) CSS
8 49 (0.75%) Middleware
9 39 (0.60%) .NET Framework
10 38 (0.58%) jQuery
11 36 (0.55%) WCF
12 29 (0.44%) Software Packaging
13 26 (0.40%) HTML5
14 20 (0.31%) SOAP
15 18 (0.27%) Ajax
16 17 (0.26%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
17 16 (0.24%) ASP.NET MVC
18 14 (0.21%) LAMP
18 14 (0.21%) JSON
19 13 (0.20%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 668 (10.20%) Blackberry
2 321 (4.90%) Clustering
3 262 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 149 (2.27%) Replication
5 118 (1.80%) Management Information System
6 114 (1.74%) PKI
7 111 (1.69%) Thin Client
7 111 (1.69%) Fat Client
8 93 (1.42%) iPhone
9 83 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
10 77 (1.18%) NHS
11 68 (1.04%) iPad
12 62 (0.95%) Hedge funds
13 61 (0.93%) Computer Science
14 54 (0.82%) Client/Server
15 44 (0.67%) Handset
16 38 (0.58%) PDA
17 32 (0.49%) Mainframe
18 31 (0.47%) CMDB
19 30 (0.46%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 5208 (79.50%) Windows
2 2004 (30.59%) Windows 7
3 1880 (28.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1404 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 1312 (20.03%) Windows XP
6 654 (9.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 486 (7.42%) Linux
8 352 (5.37%) Windows 8
9 253 (3.86%) UNIX
10 140 (2.14%) Windows Vista
11 136 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 122 (1.86%) Windows 2000
13 101 (1.54%) Android
14 89 (1.36%) Solaris
15 84 (1.28%) Apple iOS
16 82 (1.25%) Windows 2000 Server
17 52 (0.79%) Mac OS X
18 35 (0.53%) Mac OS
18 35 (0.53%) CentOS
19 33 (0.50%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1437 (21.94%) ITIL
2 614 (9.37%) Migration
3 294 (4.49%) Incident Management
4 246 (3.76%) Service Management
5 218 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
6 202 (3.08%) Service Delivery
7 180 (2.75%) Project Management
8 178 (2.72%) Change Management
9 163 (2.49%) Configuration Management
10 134 (2.05%) Problem Management
11 117 (1.79%) Load Balancing
12 89 (1.36%) E-Commerce
13 87 (1.33%) Capacity Planning
14 86 (1.31%) CRM
14 86 (1.31%) Asset Management
15 83 (1.27%) PRINCE2
15 83 (1.27%) Agile Software Development
16 81 (1.24%) Root Cause Analysis
16 81 (1.24%) Identity Management
17 79 (1.21%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 716 (10.93%) SQL
2 644 (9.83%) PowerShell
3 249 (3.80%) VBScript
4 160 (2.44%) VB
5 99 (1.51%) C#
6 86 (1.31%) Perl
7 75 (1.14%) C
8 70 (1.07%) Java
9 63 (0.96%) JavaScript
10 60 (0.92%) Shell Script
11 58 (0.89%) T-SQL
12 45 (0.69%) Python
13 35 (0.53%) VBA
14 30 (0.46%) Bash Shell
15 29 (0.44%) PHP
16 27 (0.41%) Korn
17 14 (0.21%) PL/SQL
18 13 (0.20%) Ruby
19 8 (0.12%) VB.NET
19 8 (0.12%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 755 (11.52%) Security Cleared
2 714 (10.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 528 (8.06%) SC Cleared
4 438 (6.69%) MCSE
5 235 (3.59%) MCP
6 190 (2.90%) Degree
7 182 (2.78%) MCITP
8 180 (2.75%) DV Cleared
9 155 (2.37%) Cisco Certification
10 131 (2.00%) MCSA
11 123 (1.88%) CCNA
12 101 (1.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 99 (1.51%) MCTS
14 98 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
15 69 (1.05%) Citrix Certification
16 59 (0.90%) CISSP
17 56 (0.85%) CCNP
18 41 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 41 (0.63%) CCA
19 35 (0.53%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 424 (6.47%) SLA
2 69 (1.05%) QA
3 43 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 31 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 28 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 19 (0.29%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.076%) COBIT
8 4 (0.061%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.046%) BS7799
10 2 (0.031%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.031%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.015%) BS25999
11 1 (0.015%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 972 (14.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 536 (8.18%) XenApp
3 436 (6.66%) vSphere
4 388 (5.92%) Hyper-V
5 255 (3.89%) VMware ESX
6 185 (2.82%) XenDesktop
7 177 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
8 140 (2.14%) XenServer
9 120 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
10 117 (1.79%) Terminal Services
11 78 (1.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 73 (1.11%) ISA Server
13 70 (1.07%) NFS
14 55 (0.84%) Xen
15 49 (0.75%) UAG
16 43 (0.66%) vCloud
17 42 (0.64%) VMware Server
18 31 (0.47%) Terminal Server
18 31 (0.47%) DFS Replication
19 24 (0.37%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 1006 (15.36%) SCCM
2 348 (5.31%) SCOM
3 169 (2.58%) Backup Exec
4 139 (2.12%) WSUS
5 133 (2.03%) NetBackup
6 87 (1.33%) Norton AntiVirus
7 86 (1.31%) HP SIM
8 77 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 68 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 53 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
10 53 (0.81%) Tivoli
11 50 (0.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 46 (0.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 45 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 44 (0.67%) Nagios
15 42 (0.64%) Control-M
16 38 (0.58%) OpenView
17 37 (0.56%) Puppet
18 36 (0.55%) ARCserve
19 31 (0.47%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2952 (45.06%) Microsoft
2 1936 (29.55%) VMware
3 1576 (24.06%) Citrix
4 716 (10.93%) HP
5 715 (10.91%) Cisco
6 316 (4.82%) Symantec
7 238 (3.63%) NetApp
8 236 (3.60%) Dell
9 225 (3.43%) Oracle
10 195 (2.98%) Remedy
11 191 (2.92%) EMC
12 189 (2.89%) IBM
13 170 (2.60%) Lotus
14 152 (2.32%) McAfee
15 149 (2.27%) Altiris
16 145 (2.21%) Red Hat
17 113 (1.72%) CheckPoint
18 108 (1.65%) Apple
19 99 (1.51%) Sophos
20 95 (1.45%) SolarWinds
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