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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 32 29 30
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3072 3283 2738
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.26% 5.88% 5.25%
As % of the System Software category 54.20% 60.92% 54.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1639 1725 1244
Average daily rate
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£300 £285 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £130 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 504 568 505
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.06 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.70 £25.00 £28.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00

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
5668 5389 5060
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.70% 9.65% 9.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 3217 3021 2629
Average daily rate £363 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 588 639 579
Average hourly rate £16.92 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.47% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.78 £31.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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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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 2870 £306 +6.43% 800
London +1 1120 £325 +8.33% 270
South East -6 651 £305 +6.08% 181
City of London -4 267 £361 +25.65% 65
East of England +2 244 £318 +17.59% 55
North West -5 242 £286 +6.01% 65
South West +2 213 £175 -41.66% 72
Hampshire -6 162 £313 - 31
Yorkshire -9 162 £290 +5.45% 67
Berkshire -4 143 £263 -11.01% 39
West Midlands -3 124 £320 +26.73% 43
Scotland -16 114 £250 -5.66% 19
West Yorkshire -12 103 £300 +11.11% 46
Manchester +1 101 £255 +0.39% 30
Surrey -4 87 £350 +27.27% 49
East Midlands -18 75 £275 -17.29% 33
Reading -7 71 £348 +15.83% 24
Oxfordshire +4 69 £230 +4.54% 15
Hertfordshire +9 64 £425 +123.68% 26
Wiltshire +5 64 £315 +17.75% 14
Buckinghamshire -13 64 £338 +12.50% 9
Leeds -31 59 £260 - 26
Cheshire -15 57 £318 +13.39% 17
Essex +4 54 £350 - 7
West Sussex -9 53 £305 +38.63% 9
Bristol +13 52 £130 -56.66% 16
Cambridgeshire -13 51 £273 +21.11% 12
Milton Keynes -2 50 £325 -18.75% 4
Birmingham +7 49 £350 +45.07% 19
East Sussex 0 41 £325 +170.83% 4

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 4959 (78.47%) Windows
2 2884 (45.63%) Microsoft
3 2150 (34.02%) VMware
4 1803 (28.53%) Windows Server 2008
5 1751 (27.71%) Windows 7
6 1521 (24.07%) MS Exchange
7 1478 (23.39%) Citrix
8 1316 (20.82%) ITIL
9 1223 (19.35%) MS Office
10 1199 (18.97%) Windows Server 2003
11 1145 (18.12%) Windows Server 2012
12 1112 (17.59%) VMware Infrastructure
13 1091 (17.26%) MS Excel
14 1068 (16.90%) DNS
15 869 (13.75%) SCCM
16 837 (13.24%) Finance
17 788 (12.47%) Windows XP
18 773 (12.23%) SQL
19 770 (12.18%) Migration
20 756 (11.96%) DHCP
21 740 (11.71%) SQL Server
22 723 (11.44%) Cisco
23 721 (11.41%) PowerShell
24 691 (10.93%) Exchange Server 2010
25 689 (10.90%) Microsoft Certification
26 647 (10.24%) SAN
27 619 (9.79%) Security Cleared
28 614 (9.72%) LAN
29 612 (9.68%) Firewall
30 600 (9.49%) WAN

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 1521 (24.07%) MS Exchange
2 691 (10.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 532 (8.42%) SharePoint
4 439 (6.95%) IIS
5 389 (6.16%) Lync
6 303 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2013
7 274 (4.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 242 (3.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 203 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2003
10 96 (1.52%) IBM Notes
11 77 (1.22%) Apache
12 70 (1.11%) SharePoint 2010
13 69 (1.09%) SharePoint 2013
14 56 (0.89%) Tomcat
15 51 (0.81%) WebSphere
16 47 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
17 43 (0.68%) JBoss
18 42 (0.66%) WorkSite
19 37 (0.59%) Office Communications Server
20 35 (0.55%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 1223 (19.35%) MS Office
2 1091 (17.26%) MS Excel
3 84 (1.33%) MS Visio
4 69 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 46 (0.73%) MS Project
6 22 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.19%) PaintShop Pro
8 9 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.095%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.095%) Acrobat
10 5 (0.079%) InDesign
11 3 (0.047%) Vectorworks
11 3 (0.047%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.032%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.016%) Revit
Business Applications
1 29 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 18 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 12 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
5 9 (0.14%) assyst
5 9 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 9 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 7 (0.11%) Tridion
7 5 (0.079%) Agresso
7 5 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.079%) SAP CRM
7 5 (0.079%) Adaptiv
7 5 (0.079%) Remedy AR System
8 4 (0.063%) Eikon
8 4 (0.063%) RMDS
9 3 (0.047%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.047%) SAP Business One
9 3 (0.047%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.032%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.032%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 511 (8.09%) Office 365
2 235 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 109 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
4 39 (0.62%) SaaS
5 36 (0.57%) IaaS
6 27 (0.43%) PaaS
7 18 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (0.27%) Google Apps
9 16 (0.25%) Yammer
10 10 (0.16%) OpenShift
11 8 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
12 7 (0.11%) GitHub
12 7 (0.11%) Mimecast
13 6 (0.095%) Amazon EC2
14 4 (0.063%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.063%) Google Drive
15 3 (0.047%) Symantec.cloud
15 3 (0.047%) AWS CloudFormation
15 3 (0.047%) IBM SmartCloud
16 2 (0.032%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1068 (16.90%) DNS
2 756 (11.96%) DHCP
3 647 (10.24%) SAN
4 614 (9.72%) LAN
5 612 (9.68%) Firewall
6 600 (9.49%) WAN
7 492 (7.78%) TCP/IP
8 352 (5.57%) VPN
9 214 (3.39%) LDAP
10 194 (3.07%) Internet
11 189 (2.99%) NAS
12 180 (2.85%) VLAN
13 166 (2.63%) VoIP
14 159 (2.52%) Wireless
15 114 (1.80%) MPLS
16 107 (1.69%) Network Security
17 106 (1.68%) NetScaler
18 87 (1.38%) SSL
19 73 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
20 62 (0.98%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 740 (11.71%) SQL Server
2 138 (2.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 80 (1.27%) SQL Server 2005
4 74 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 50 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 49 (0.78%) MySQL
7 46 (0.73%) Oracle Database
8 41 (0.65%) Relational Database
9 39 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 31 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
11 24 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 20 (0.32%) MongoDB
13 19 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
14 18 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
15 17 (0.27%) Hadoop
15 17 (0.27%) Big Data
16 16 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
17 13 (0.21%) Crystal Reports
17 13 (0.21%) BusinessObjects
18 12 (0.19%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 59 (0.93%) MSI
2 51 (0.81%) Visual Studio
3 39 (0.62%) Git (software)
4 34 (0.54%) Jenkins
5 33 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 26 (0.41%) JIRA
7 22 (0.35%) Subversion
8 16 (0.25%) AdminStudio
9 15 (0.24%) JUnit
9 15 (0.24%) Selenium
10 12 (0.19%) Maven
11 11 (0.17%) Artifactory
12 10 (0.16%) Gradle
12 10 (0.16%) Gerrit
12 10 (0.16%) SonarQube
12 10 (0.16%) Mocha
12 10 (0.16%) JMeter
13 9 (0.14%) Toad
13 9 (0.14%) Ant
14 8 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 837 (13.24%) Finance
2 244 (3.86%) Banking
3 140 (2.22%) Retail
4 137 (2.17%) Law
5 121 (1.91%) Telecoms
6 115 (1.82%) Legal
7 76 (1.20%) Manufacturing
8 66 (1.04%) Financial Institution
9 64 (1.01%) Back Office
10 49 (0.78%) Local Government
11 46 (0.73%) Advertising
12 43 (0.68%) Investment Banking
13 41 (0.65%) Marketing
13 41 (0.65%) French Language
14 23 (0.36%) Publishing
15 19 (0.30%) Electronics
16 17 (0.27%) Military
17 14 (0.22%) Front Office
18 13 (0.21%) German Language
19 12 (0.19%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 1445 (22.86%) Analyst
2 760 (12.03%) Support Engineer
3 573 (9.07%) 2nd Line Support
4 563 (8.91%) Support Analyst
5 537 (8.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 534 (8.45%) Service Analyst
7 530 (8.39%) Service Desk Analyst
8 485 (7.67%) Desktop Support
9 358 (5.66%) 3rd Line Support
10 348 (5.51%) Administrator
11 334 (5.28%) Architect
12 288 (4.56%) 1st Line Support
13 279 (4.41%) Consultant
14 269 (4.26%) Desktop Engineer
15 236 (3.73%) Server Engineer
15 236 (3.73%) IT Support
16 205 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
17 199 (3.15%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 177 (2.80%) Systems Administrator
19 167 (2.64%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 188 (2.97%) .NET
2 111 (1.76%) Web Services
3 86 (1.36%) Application Packaging
4 83 (1.31%) HTML
5 71 (1.12%) XML
6 69 (1.09%) ASP.NET
7 68 (1.08%) Middleware
8 63 (1.00%) CSS
9 29 (0.46%) SAML
9 29 (0.46%) jQuery
10 28 (0.44%) REST
11 26 (0.41%) J2EE
12 25 (0.40%) HTML5
13 24 (0.38%) CSS3
14 23 (0.36%) SOAP
15 22 (0.35%) WCF
15 22 (0.35%) JSON
15 22 (0.35%) AngularJS
15 22 (0.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 21 (0.33%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 477 (7.55%) Blackberry
2 428 (6.77%) Data Centre
3 284 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
4 257 (4.07%) Clustering
5 152 (2.41%) Management Information System
6 146 (2.31%) PKI
7 118 (1.87%) NHS
8 108 (1.71%) Replication
9 96 (1.52%) Client/Server
10 94 (1.49%) iPhone
11 88 (1.39%) Fat Client
11 88 (1.39%) Thin Client
12 77 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
13 76 (1.20%) iPad
14 63 (1.00%) Computer Science
15 34 (0.54%) Public Cloud
16 32 (0.51%) HP Storage
16 32 (0.51%) Hedge funds
16 32 (0.51%) User Experience
17 29 (0.46%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 4959 (78.47%) Windows
2 1803 (28.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 1751 (27.71%) Windows 7
4 1199 (18.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 1145 (18.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 788 (12.47%) Windows XP
7 522 (8.26%) Linux
8 355 (5.62%) Windows 8
9 254 (4.02%) UNIX
10 169 (2.67%) Android
11 109 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 106 (1.68%) Mac OS X
13 87 (1.38%) Windows Vista
14 84 (1.33%) Apple iOS
15 78 (1.23%) Solaris
16 65 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
17 54 (0.85%) CentOS
18 52 (0.82%) Windows 2000
19 39 (0.62%) Ubuntu
20 36 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1316 (20.82%) ITIL
2 770 (12.18%) Migration
3 273 (4.32%) Project Management
4 265 (4.19%) Service Management
5 248 (3.92%) Disaster Recovery
6 207 (3.28%) Change Management
7 199 (3.15%) Incident Management
8 187 (2.96%) Service Delivery
9 176 (2.78%) Configuration Management
10 150 (2.37%) PRINCE2
11 131 (2.07%) Problem Management
12 124 (1.96%) Server Building
13 121 (1.91%) Stakeholder Management
14 114 (1.80%) Agile Software Development
15 113 (1.79%) ITSM
16 104 (1.65%) Change Control
17 98 (1.55%) Identity Management
18 97 (1.53%) Information Security
19 92 (1.46%) Load Balancing
20 89 (1.41%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 773 (12.23%) SQL
2 721 (11.41%) PowerShell
3 190 (3.01%) VBScript
4 131 (2.07%) VB
5 123 (1.95%) Java
6 112 (1.77%) C#
7 85 (1.34%) Perl
8 78 (1.23%) JavaScript
9 64 (1.01%) Shell Script
10 62 (0.98%) Python
11 48 (0.76%) C
12 44 (0.70%) Bash Shell
13 42 (0.66%) T-SQL
14 24 (0.38%) PHP
14 24 (0.38%) VBA
15 20 (0.32%) VB.NET
16 13 (0.21%) C++
17 11 (0.17%) Ruby
18 9 (0.14%) VB6
19 6 (0.095%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 689 (10.90%) Microsoft Certification
2 619 (9.79%) Security Cleared
3 410 (6.49%) MCSE
4 381 (6.03%) SC Cleared
5 236 (3.73%) Degree
6 216 (3.42%) Cisco Certification
7 185 (2.93%) MCITP
8 180 (2.85%) MCSA
9 172 (2.72%) CCNA
10 167 (2.64%) MCP
11 153 (2.42%) DV Cleared
12 117 (1.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 110 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
14 59 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
15 50 (0.79%) CCNP
16 47 (0.74%) MCTS
17 42 (0.66%) CISSP
18 41 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 32 (0.51%) MCDST
20 31 (0.49%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 383 (6.06%) SLA
2 70 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 67 (1.06%) QA
4 26 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 15 (0.24%) COBIT
7 7 (0.11%) ISO 9001
8 6 (0.095%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.032%) Solvency II
9 2 (0.032%) HL7
9 2 (0.032%) GxP
10 1 (0.016%) BS7799
10 1 (0.016%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.016%) BS25999
10 1 (0.016%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.016%) P3O
10 1 (0.016%) PMBOK
System Software
1 1112 (17.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 468 (7.41%) XenApp
3 461 (7.29%) vSphere
4 444 (7.03%) Hyper-V
5 254 (4.02%) VMware ESX
6 183 (2.90%) XenDesktop
7 182 (2.88%) Microsoft App-V
8 179 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
9 104 (1.65%) Terminal Services
10 84 (1.33%) XenServer
11 74 (1.17%) vCloud
12 56 (0.89%) VMware Server
13 52 (0.82%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 47 (0.74%) Xen
15 35 (0.55%) Terminal Server
16 34 (0.54%) ISA Server
16 34 (0.54%) BitLocker
17 33 (0.52%) DFS Replication
18 32 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
19 28 (0.44%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 869 (13.75%) SCCM
2 251 (3.97%) SCOM
3 155 (2.45%) WSUS
4 108 (1.71%) Backup Exec
5 77 (1.22%) NetBackup
6 65 (1.03%) Puppet
7 62 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
8 59 (0.93%) Tivoli
9 54 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 53 (0.84%) AirWatch
11 42 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 41 (0.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 40 (0.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 39 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
15 32 (0.51%) ARCserve
15 32 (0.51%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 32 (0.51%) SCVMM
16 29 (0.46%) vMotion
17 27 (0.43%) SCSM
18 24 (0.38%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 2884 (45.63%) Microsoft
2 2150 (34.02%) VMware
3 1478 (23.39%) Citrix
4 723 (11.44%) Cisco
5 581 (9.19%) HP
6 295 (4.67%) Oracle
7 239 (3.78%) NetApp
7 239 (3.78%) Symantec
8 236 (3.73%) Dell
9 171 (2.71%) Red Hat
10 158 (2.50%) McAfee
11 152 (2.41%) IBM
12 149 (2.36%) Remedy
13 143 (2.26%) Apple
14 142 (2.25%) EMC
15 139 (2.20%) CheckPoint
16 119 (1.88%) AppSense
17 106 (1.68%) Lotus
18 84 (1.33%) Juniper
19 81 (1.28%) LANDesk
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