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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 29 30 33
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3297 3046 2494
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.91% 5.60% 5.24%
As % of the System Software category 60.99% 59.28% 55.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1664 1407 1071
Average daily rate
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£300 £288 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £120 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £260 £270
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 558 537 540
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £10.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £26.03 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%

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
5406 5138 4474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.70% 9.44% 9.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3006 2660 2159
Average daily rate £350 £347 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -0.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £163 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £463 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.34% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 613 621
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £17.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.55 £34.62 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +1.56%

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 May 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 May 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 May 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 3029 £300 +3.44% 755
London +1 1116 £300 -7.69% 223
South East +4 754 £333 +10.91% 173
City of London +7 284 £325 - 68
East of England +5 257 £250 +13.63% 60
North West -11 221 £288 +15.00% 89
South West +14 207 £251 -28.42% 67
Berkshire +4 190 £338 +12.50% 51
West Midlands +7 183 £300 -4.76% 51
Hampshire +6 179 £340 +13.33% 39
Scotland +7 164 £290 +114.81% 23
East Midlands -3 138 £225 +39.53% 29
Yorkshire -2 134 £281 +30.81% 50
Surrey +12 119 £344 +80.92% 38
Manchester -1 103 £288 +64.28% 52
Reading +1 91 £230 -29.23% 26
West Yorkshire +6 83 £275 +7.84% 35
Oxfordshire +7 77 £355 +77.50% 9
West Sussex 0 71 £303 +0.83% 9
Hertfordshire +16 67 £350 +84.21% 22
Cambridgeshire +3 67 £280 +25.84% 16
Edinburgh +17 66 £275 +124.48% 8
Wiltshire +7 60 £350 -17.64% 20
Buckinghamshire -26 57 £400 +39.13% 18
Leeds -1 54 £213 -1.16% 26
Cambridge +15 46 £325 +34.57% 10
Bristol +23 45 £275 -31.25% 21
Birmingham +8 45 £300 +13.20% 18
Oxford 0 44 £363 +130.15% 3
Cheshire -19 43 £425 +57.40% 31

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 4876 (79.63%) Windows
2 2839 (46.37%) Microsoft
3 1999 (32.65%) VMware
4 1804 (29.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 1700 (27.76%) Windows 7
6 1489 (24.32%) MS Exchange
7 1388 (22.67%) Citrix
8 1287 (21.02%) ITIL
9 1223 (19.97%) MS Office
10 1181 (19.29%) Windows Server 2003
11 1126 (18.39%) VMware Infrastructure
12 1046 (17.08%) Windows Server 2012
13 1035 (16.90%) MS Excel
14 915 (14.94%) DNS
15 847 (13.83%) Windows XP
16 825 (13.47%) SCCM
17 805 (13.15%) SQL
18 751 (12.27%) Security Cleared
19 712 (11.63%) Cisco
20 682 (11.14%) Microsoft Certification
20 682 (11.14%) SQL Server
21 644 (10.52%) DHCP
21 644 (10.52%) Firewall
22 639 (10.44%) Finance
23 636 (10.39%) Exchange Server 2010
24 615 (10.04%) Migration
25 613 (10.01%) LAN
26 587 (9.59%) SAN
27 583 (9.52%) PowerShell
28 567 (9.26%) HP

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 1489 (24.32%) MS Exchange
2 636 (10.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 484 (7.90%) SharePoint
4 450 (7.35%) IIS
5 399 (6.52%) Lync
6 251 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2007
7 229 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2013
8 226 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2003
9 210 (3.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 97 (1.58%) IBM Notes
11 66 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
12 61 (1.00%) Office Communications Server
13 57 (0.93%) SharePoint 2010
14 50 (0.82%) Apache
15 49 (0.80%) WebSphere
16 48 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
17 39 (0.64%) WorkSite
18 36 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
19 35 (0.57%) Tomcat
20 28 (0.46%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1223 (19.97%) MS Office
2 1035 (16.90%) MS Excel
3 90 (1.47%) MS Visio
4 55 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
5 39 (0.64%) MS Project
6 18 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 13 (0.21%) PaintShop Pro
8 9 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.098%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.065%) InDesign
11 3 (0.049%) Final Cut Pro
11 3 (0.049%) Quicktime
12 2 (0.033%) Maya
12 2 (0.033%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.033%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.016%) Vectorworks
13 1 (0.016%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.016%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.016%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.016%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 40 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
3 21 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.21%) assyst
5 9 (0.15%) SAP GRC
5 9 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 9 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
6 7 (0.11%) Tridion
7 5 (0.082%) RMDS
8 4 (0.065%) SAP HR
8 4 (0.065%) Remedy AR System
9 3 (0.049%) Oracle BPM
9 3 (0.049%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.049%) Maximo
9 3 (0.049%) Agresso
10 2 (0.033%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.033%) Eikon
11 1 (0.016%) Oracle General Ledger
11 1 (0.016%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 352 (5.75%) Office 365
2 209 (3.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 119 (1.94%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (0.46%) IaaS
5 24 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
6 20 (0.33%) Google Apps
7 18 (0.29%) Mimecast
7 18 (0.29%) SaaS
8 15 (0.24%) PaaS
8 15 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
9 11 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (0.11%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.082%) Amazon ELB
11 5 (0.082%) CloudFront
11 5 (0.082%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 5 (0.082%) OpenShift
11 5 (0.082%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.082%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (0.082%) Yammer
12 4 (0.065%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 915 (14.94%) DNS
2 644 (10.52%) DHCP
2 644 (10.52%) Firewall
3 613 (10.01%) LAN
4 587 (9.59%) SAN
5 566 (9.24%) WAN
6 482 (7.87%) TCP/IP
7 370 (6.04%) VPN
8 193 (3.15%) NAS
9 183 (2.99%) Internet
10 181 (2.96%) LDAP
11 155 (2.53%) VoIP
12 145 (2.37%) VLAN
13 138 (2.25%) Wireless
14 112 (1.83%) Network Security
15 109 (1.78%) MPLS
16 81 (1.32%) SSL
17 79 (1.29%) IPsec
18 77 (1.26%) NetScaler
19 75 (1.22%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 682 (11.14%) SQL Server
2 127 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 73 (1.19%) SQL Server 2005
4 65 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 52 (0.85%) MySQL
6 49 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
7 43 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 36 (0.59%) Oracle Database
9 30 (0.49%) Relational Database
10 28 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 22 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
12 17 (0.28%) Big Data
13 16 (0.26%) RDBMS
13 16 (0.26%) SQL Server 2000
14 14 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
15 11 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
16 10 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
16 10 (0.16%) Hadoop
17 8 (0.13%) DTS
18 7 (0.11%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 80 (1.31%) MSI
2 27 (0.44%) Jenkins
3 26 (0.42%) Visual Studio
3 26 (0.42%) Subversion
4 23 (0.38%) StarTeam
5 17 (0.28%) JIRA
6 16 (0.26%) AdminStudio
7 15 (0.24%) Git (software)
8 14 (0.23%) InstallShield
8 14 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (0.20%) Hudson
10 11 (0.18%) Fiddler
10 11 (0.18%) TeamCity
11 8 (0.13%) QuickTest Pro
12 7 (0.11%) Selenium
12 7 (0.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 7 (0.11%) Ant
13 6 (0.098%) Wise Package Studio
14 5 (0.082%) SoapUI
15 4 (0.065%) Maven
General
1 639 (10.44%) Finance
2 187 (3.05%) Banking
3 135 (2.20%) Telecoms
4 109 (1.78%) Retail
5 102 (1.67%) Legal
6 100 (1.63%) Law
7 65 (1.06%) Manufacturing
8 54 (0.88%) Investment Banking
9 51 (0.83%) Financial Institution
10 42 (0.69%) Back Office
11 32 (0.52%) Local Government
12 29 (0.47%) French Language
13 27 (0.44%) Advertising
14 23 (0.38%) Publishing
15 19 (0.31%) Marketing
16 13 (0.21%) German Language
16 13 (0.21%) Japanese Language
16 13 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
16 13 (0.21%) Electronics
17 12 (0.20%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 1322 (21.59%) Analyst
2 735 (12.00%) Support Engineer
3 528 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 523 (8.54%) 2nd Line Support
5 516 (8.43%) Support Analyst
6 501 (8.18%) Service Analyst
7 499 (8.15%) Service Desk Analyst
8 497 (8.12%) Desktop Support
9 326 (5.32%) 3rd Line Support
10 325 (5.31%) Administrator
11 318 (5.19%) Architect
12 306 (5.00%) 1st Line Support
13 295 (4.82%) Consultant
14 266 (4.34%) Desktop Engineer
15 260 (4.25%) Server Engineer
16 251 (4.10%) IT Support
17 198 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 187 (3.05%) Wintel Engineer
19 181 (2.96%) Systems Administrator
20 167 (2.73%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 188 (3.07%) .NET
2 109 (1.78%) Web Services
3 101 (1.65%) Application Packaging
4 86 (1.40%) HTML
5 78 (1.27%) XML
6 47 (0.77%) Middleware
6 47 (0.77%) ASP.NET
7 34 (0.56%) CSS
8 23 (0.38%) J2EE
9 19 (0.31%) SAML
10 17 (0.28%) .NET Framework
11 16 (0.26%) HTML5
12 15 (0.24%) CSS3
13 14 (0.23%) OAuth
14 13 (0.21%) Java EE
15 12 (0.20%) SailPoint
16 11 (0.18%) Software Packaging
16 11 (0.18%) WCF
17 10 (0.16%) SOAP
17 10 (0.16%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 428 (6.99%) Blackberry
2 311 (5.08%) Clustering
3 252 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
4 148 (2.42%) NHS
5 138 (2.25%) Management Information System
6 136 (2.22%) Replication
7 129 (2.11%) PKI
8 96 (1.57%) iPhone
9 90 (1.47%) Computer Science
10 87 (1.42%) Thin Client
10 87 (1.42%) Fat Client
11 67 (1.09%) iPad
12 54 (0.88%) Client/Server
13 44 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
14 42 (0.69%) Public Cloud
15 41 (0.67%) Open Source
16 37 (0.60%) PDA
17 31 (0.51%) BYOD
18 30 (0.49%) Enterprise Storage
18 30 (0.49%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 4876 (79.63%) Windows
2 1804 (29.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 1700 (27.76%) Windows 7
4 1181 (19.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 1046 (17.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 847 (13.83%) Windows XP
7 509 (8.31%) Linux
8 379 (6.19%) Windows 8
9 280 (4.57%) UNIX
10 140 (2.29%) Android
11 112 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 108 (1.76%) Solaris
13 102 (1.67%) Windows Vista
14 99 (1.62%) Windows 2000 Server
15 91 (1.49%) Windows 2000
16 82 (1.34%) Apple iOS
17 78 (1.27%) Mac OS X
18 52 (0.85%) CentOS
19 49 (0.80%) Ubuntu
20 40 (0.65%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1287 (21.02%) ITIL
2 615 (10.04%) Migration
3 241 (3.94%) Disaster Recovery
4 234 (3.82%) Project Management
5 225 (3.67%) Service Management
6 220 (3.59%) Configuration Management
7 197 (3.22%) Service Delivery
8 173 (2.83%) Incident Management
9 169 (2.76%) Change Management
10 124 (2.03%) Stakeholder Management
11 112 (1.83%) Problem Management
12 110 (1.80%) PRINCE2
13 90 (1.47%) ITSM
13 90 (1.47%) Information Security
14 86 (1.40%) Load Balancing
15 84 (1.37%) Agile Software Development
16 83 (1.36%) Identity Management
17 77 (1.26%) DevOps
18 74 (1.21%) Validation
18 74 (1.21%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 805 (13.15%) SQL
2 583 (9.52%) PowerShell
3 196 (3.20%) VBScript
4 130 (2.12%) VB
5 93 (1.52%) C#
6 90 (1.47%) Java
7 85 (1.39%) Perl
8 79 (1.29%) Shell Script
9 64 (1.05%) Python
10 47 (0.77%) C
11 44 (0.72%) JavaScript
12 36 (0.59%) Bash Shell
12 36 (0.59%) T-SQL
13 24 (0.39%) VBA
13 24 (0.39%) Ruby
14 21 (0.34%) PHP
15 11 (0.18%) C++
16 10 (0.16%) VB6
17 9 (0.15%) PL/SQL
17 9 (0.15%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 751 (12.27%) Security Cleared
2 682 (11.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 485 (7.92%) SC Cleared
4 414 (6.76%) MCSE
5 228 (3.72%) MCITP
6 217 (3.54%) Degree
7 199 (3.25%) MCP
8 196 (3.20%) Cisco Certification
9 190 (3.10%) DV Cleared
10 167 (2.73%) MCSA
11 154 (2.52%) CCNA
12 134 (2.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 97 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
14 75 (1.22%) MCTS
15 58 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
16 52 (0.85%) CISSP
17 51 (0.83%) CCNP
18 43 (0.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 37 (0.60%) CCA
20 23 (0.38%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 348 (5.68%) SLA
2 56 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 55 (0.90%) QA
4 22 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 20 (0.33%) PCI DSS
6 11 (0.18%) ISO 9001
7 8 (0.13%) COBIT
8 5 (0.082%) GxP
9 3 (0.049%) HL7
10 2 (0.033%) ISO 9000
10 2 (0.033%) PMBOK
10 2 (0.033%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.033%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.033%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.016%) BS25999
11 1 (0.016%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.016%) P3O
11 1 (0.016%) DICOM
11 1 (0.016%) BS7799
System Software
1 1126 (18.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 500 (8.17%) Hyper-V
3 420 (6.86%) vSphere
4 409 (6.68%) XenApp
5 221 (3.61%) VMware ESX
6 168 (2.74%) XenDesktop
7 140 (2.29%) Terminal Services
8 136 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
9 100 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
10 60 (0.98%) XenServer
11 47 (0.77%) vCloud
12 45 (0.73%) VMware Server
13 43 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 41 (0.67%) Samba
15 39 (0.64%) UAG
16 36 (0.59%) ISA Server
17 34 (0.56%) Terminal Server
18 32 (0.52%) DFS Replication
19 31 (0.51%) Xen
20 26 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 825 (13.47%) SCCM
2 263 (4.30%) SCOM
3 113 (1.85%) WSUS
4 108 (1.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 69 (1.13%) Backup Exec
6 63 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 60 (0.98%) AirWatch
8 52 (0.85%) Tivoli
9 51 (0.83%) Puppet
10 43 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
11 42 (0.69%) NetBackup
12 41 (0.67%) Norton AntiVirus
13 40 (0.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 32 (0.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 27 (0.44%) Nagios
16 24 (0.39%) WMI
16 24 (0.39%) SCVMM
17 22 (0.36%) HP Data Protector
18 21 (0.34%) HP SIM
18 21 (0.34%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2839 (46.37%) Microsoft
2 1999 (32.65%) VMware
3 1388 (22.67%) Citrix
4 712 (11.63%) Cisco
5 567 (9.26%) HP
6 271 (4.43%) Oracle
7 252 (4.12%) NetApp
8 197 (3.22%) Dell
9 191 (3.12%) Symantec
10 166 (2.71%) McAfee
11 157 (2.56%) Red Hat
12 153 (2.50%) Apple
13 137 (2.24%) Remedy
14 134 (2.19%) CheckPoint
15 123 (2.01%) EMC
16 122 (1.99%) IBM
17 107 (1.75%) Lotus
18 94 (1.54%) AppSense
19 80 (1.31%) Juniper
20 70 (1.14%) F5
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