The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 29 31 35
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3110 2539 2728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.52% 5.32% 4.50%
As % of the System Software category 59.18% 57.82% 58.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1418 1101 1188
Average daily rate £290 £300 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -1.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £130 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £270 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.70% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 535 559 510
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.20 £27.00 £29.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5255 4391 4700
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.33% 9.20% 7.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2686 2123 2314
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 624 570
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.06 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England 0 2875 £293 -2.50% 859
London +4 1115 £325 +4.83% 326
South East +5 674 £300 - 190
City of London 0 291 £325 - 105
North West +10 233 £250 +11.11% 67
East of England -8 219 £224 -0.55% 68
South West -10 181 £350 +7.69% 55
Berkshire 0 166 £300 +11.11% 53
Hampshire +3 158 £300 -11.11% 34
East Midlands -3 147 £154 -41.70% 33
West Midlands -4 136 £336 +86.38% 39
Yorkshire -10 129 £215 -7.02% 67
Scotland 0 123 £293 +30.00% 22
Surrey -1 111 £190 -40.39% 44
Buckinghamshire +6 109 £288 +9.52% 14
Manchester +8 91 £200 +5.26% 36
Reading -3 84 £300 +27.65% 21
Milton Keynes +5 75 £325 +88.40% 6
Cambridgeshire -5 68 £229 +1.66% 18
West Yorkshire -15 68 £231 +68.18% 41
Cheshire +4 64 £270 +31.70% 23
Wales +2 56 £213 -30.89% 9
South Wales +2 51 £200 -34.42% 9
Lancashire -3 51 £248 -1.98% 3
Essex -14 51 £170 +54.54% 11
Leeds -4 50 £215 +79.16% 24
Derbyshire +11 47 £70 -77.23% 2
Wiltshire +6 45 £425 +30.76% 11
Hertfordshire -3 43 £190 -41.53% 20
Birmingham -11 41 £375 +68.53% 11

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 4882 (81.56%) Windows
2 2721 (45.46%) Microsoft
3 1873 (31.29%) Windows 7
4 1714 (28.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 1656 (27.66%) VMware
6 1653 (27.61%) MS Exchange
7 1530 (25.56%) Windows XP
8 1379 (23.04%) Citrix
9 1378 (23.02%) MS Office
10 1320 (22.05%) Windows Server 2003
11 1185 (19.80%) ITIL
12 1130 (18.88%) MS Excel
13 921 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
14 912 (15.24%) SCCM
15 897 (14.98%) DNS
16 734 (12.26%) SQL
17 718 (11.99%) Exchange Server 2010
18 706 (11.79%) Security Cleared
19 697 (11.64%) HP
20 685 (11.44%) Finance
21 679 (11.34%) SQL Server
22 664 (11.09%) Microsoft Certification
23 662 (11.06%) Blackberry
24 643 (10.74%) DHCP
25 632 (10.56%) Cisco
26 598 (9.99%) Migration
27 576 (9.62%) PowerShell
28 571 (9.54%) TCP/IP
29 522 (8.72%) XenApp
30 513 (8.57%) Firewall

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 1653 (27.61%) MS Exchange
2 718 (11.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 485 (8.10%) SharePoint
4 395 (6.60%) Exchange Server 2003
5 362 (6.05%) Exchange Server 2007
6 335 (5.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 329 (5.50%) IIS
8 204 (3.41%) Lync
9 176 (2.94%) IBM Notes
10 110 (1.84%) SharePoint 2010
11 81 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
12 60 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
13 50 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
14 45 (0.75%) Apache
15 40 (0.67%) WebLogic
16 36 (0.60%) WebSphere
17 33 (0.55%) Tomcat
17 33 (0.55%) Lotus Domino
18 18 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2000
18 18 (0.30%) Documentum
Applications
1 1378 (23.02%) MS Office
2 1130 (18.88%) MS Excel
3 84 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 64 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 52 (0.87%) MS Project
6 19 (0.32%) InfoPath
7 10 (0.17%) Acrobat
8 7 (0.12%) PowerPivot
9 6 (0.10%) PaintShop Pro
10 4 (0.067%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.033%) Vectorworks
11 2 (0.033%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.033%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.017%) SPSS
12 1 (0.017%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 1 (0.017%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 40 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 19 (0.32%) assyst
4 12 (0.20%) Agresso
5 10 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
6 8 (0.13%) Exstream
6 8 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
7 6 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.067%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.067%) Khalix
8 4 (0.067%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.050%) WebTrends
9 3 (0.050%) SAP R/3
9 3 (0.050%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.050%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.050%) Cerner Millennium
10 2 (0.033%) Eikon
10 2 (0.033%) Magento
10 2 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.033%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 183 (3.06%) Office 365
2 32 (0.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (0.42%) SaaS
4 22 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
5 19 (0.32%) Google Apps
6 12 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.12%) IaaS
8 3 (0.050%) PaaS
9 2 (0.033%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.017%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.017%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 897 (14.98%) DNS
2 643 (10.74%) DHCP
3 571 (9.54%) TCP/IP
4 513 (8.57%) Firewall
4 513 (8.57%) SAN
5 473 (7.90%) LAN
6 441 (7.37%) WAN
7 418 (6.98%) VPN
8 216 (3.61%) LDAP
9 202 (3.37%) Internet
10 168 (2.81%) VoIP
11 145 (2.42%) Wireless
12 105 (1.75%) NAS
13 101 (1.69%) VLAN
13 101 (1.69%) SMTP
14 86 (1.44%) Network Security
15 76 (1.27%) SSL
16 69 (1.15%) NetScaler
17 59 (0.99%) MPLS
18 55 (0.92%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 679 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 211 (3.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 102 (1.70%) SQL Server 2005
4 59 (0.99%) MySQL
5 56 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 53 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
7 47 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 44 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 40 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
10 39 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
11 34 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 26 (0.43%) Relational Database
13 24 (0.40%) RDBMS
14 22 (0.37%) MS Access
15 19 (0.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 15 (0.25%) Oracle Database 11g
17 14 (0.23%) OLAP
18 13 (0.22%) Pentaho
19 12 (0.20%) Data Mining
20 8 (0.13%) DTS
Development Applications
1 66 (1.10%) MSI
2 46 (0.77%) InstallShield
3 42 (0.70%) Subversion
4 41 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
5 32 (0.53%) Jenkins
6 28 (0.47%) Maven
7 25 (0.42%) JIRA
8 20 (0.33%) Git (software)
8 20 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 19 (0.32%) Visual Studio
10 18 (0.30%) AdminStudio
10 18 (0.30%) ClearCase
11 10 (0.17%) TeamCity
11 10 (0.17%) QuickTest Pro
12 8 (0.13%) Oracle Forms
13 7 (0.12%) Selenium
13 7 (0.12%) Wise Package Studio
14 6 (0.10%) MSBuild
14 6 (0.10%) Hudson
14 6 (0.10%) FitNesse
General
1 685 (11.44%) Finance
2 345 (5.76%) Banking
3 156 (2.61%) Telecoms
4 106 (1.77%) Law
5 99 (1.65%) Retail
6 94 (1.57%) Back Office
7 86 (1.44%) Legal
8 76 (1.27%) Investment Banking
9 71 (1.19%) Financial Institution
10 59 (0.99%) French Language
11 57 (0.95%) Manufacturing
12 52 (0.87%) Local Government
13 30 (0.50%) International Banking
14 28 (0.47%) Advertising
14 28 (0.47%) Publishing
15 27 (0.45%) Front Office
16 23 (0.38%) Dutch Language
17 21 (0.35%) Marketing
18 19 (0.32%) Military
19 18 (0.30%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1328 (22.19%) Analyst
2 806 (13.46%) Support Engineer
3 528 (8.82%) Desktop Support
4 507 (8.47%) 2nd Line Support
5 494 (8.25%) Support Analyst
6 484 (8.09%) Service Analyst
7 472 (7.89%) Service Desk Analyst
8 409 (6.83%) Consultant
9 388 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 305 (5.10%) 1st Line Support
11 280 (4.68%) Desktop Engineer
12 266 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
13 255 (4.26%) Administrator
13 255 (4.26%) Architect
14 223 (3.73%) IT Support
15 178 (2.97%) Server Engineer
16 177 (2.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 171 (2.86%) Wintel Engineer
18 148 (2.47%) Systems Administrator
19 147 (2.46%) Help Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (3.31%) .NET
2 127 (2.12%) Application Packaging
3 81 (1.35%) Web Services
4 67 (1.12%) HTML
5 53 (0.89%) XML
6 44 (0.74%) CSS
6 44 (0.74%) Middleware
7 39 (0.65%) jQuery
8 38 (0.63%) ASP.NET
9 33 (0.55%) REST
10 31 (0.52%) .NET Framework
11 28 (0.47%) WCF
11 28 (0.47%) SAML
12 27 (0.45%) J2EE
13 25 (0.42%) Software Packaging
14 22 (0.37%) JSON
15 21 (0.35%) JAX-WS
16 20 (0.33%) Java EE
16 20 (0.33%) Spring
17 17 (0.28%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 662 (11.06%) Blackberry
2 260 (4.34%) Clustering
3 140 (2.34%) Management Information System
4 124 (2.07%) Replication
5 118 (1.97%) Thin Client
5 118 (1.97%) Fat Client
6 115 (1.92%) PKI
7 109 (1.82%) iPhone
8 101 (1.69%) NHS
9 64 (1.07%) iPad
10 60 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
11 47 (0.79%) Hedge funds
12 41 (0.68%) Client/Server
13 39 (0.65%) Handset
14 36 (0.60%) Statistics
15 30 (0.50%) Computer Science
16 28 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
17 22 (0.37%) Smartcard
18 20 (0.33%) Enterprise Storage
18 20 (0.33%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 4882 (81.56%) Windows
2 1873 (31.29%) Windows 7
3 1714 (28.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 1530 (25.56%) Windows XP
5 1320 (22.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 488 (8.15%) Windows Server 2012
7 372 (6.21%) Linux
8 298 (4.98%) Windows 8
9 264 (4.41%) UNIX
10 167 (2.79%) Windows 2000
10 167 (2.79%) Windows Vista
11 95 (1.59%) Apple iOS
12 87 (1.45%) Windows 2000 Server
13 85 (1.42%) Mac OS X
14 79 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 66 (1.10%) NetWare
15 66 (1.10%) Android
16 50 (0.84%) Solaris
17 41 (0.68%) AIX
18 28 (0.47%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1185 (19.80%) ITIL
2 598 (9.99%) Migration
3 220 (3.68%) Disaster Recovery
4 217 (3.63%) Project Management
5 194 (3.24%) Incident Management
6 189 (3.16%) Change Management
7 174 (2.91%) Service Management
8 151 (2.52%) Problem Management
9 142 (2.37%) Service Delivery
10 101 (1.69%) Change Control
11 98 (1.64%) PRINCE2
12 93 (1.55%) Agile Software Development
12 93 (1.55%) Load Balancing
13 90 (1.50%) Configuration Management
14 81 (1.35%) Release Management
15 80 (1.34%) Performance Monitoring
16 75 (1.25%) ITSM
16 75 (1.25%) Identity Management
16 75 (1.25%) Business Continuity
17 74 (1.24%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 734 (12.26%) SQL
2 576 (9.62%) PowerShell
3 216 (3.61%) VBScript
4 160 (2.67%) VB
5 104 (1.74%) C#
6 94 (1.57%) Java
7 56 (0.94%) C
8 55 (0.92%) T-SQL
9 45 (0.75%) JavaScript
10 37 (0.62%) Perl
11 32 (0.53%) Shell Script
12 24 (0.40%) PL/SQL
13 15 (0.25%) Python
14 14 (0.23%) Bash Shell
14 14 (0.23%) Ruby
15 13 (0.22%) PHP
16 11 (0.18%) VBA
17 9 (0.15%) Korn
18 7 (0.12%) XPath
19 6 (0.10%) VB6
Qualifications
1 706 (11.79%) Security Cleared
2 664 (11.09%) Microsoft Certification
3 501 (8.37%) SC Cleared
4 403 (6.73%) MCSE
5 173 (2.89%) MCP
6 161 (2.69%) MCITP
7 149 (2.49%) Degree
7 149 (2.49%) DV Cleared
8 141 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
9 131 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
10 121 (2.02%) CCNA
11 117 (1.95%) MCSA
12 77 (1.29%) Citrix Certification
13 75 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 75 (1.25%) CISSP
14 74 (1.24%) MCTS
15 53 (0.89%) CCA
16 52 (0.87%) MCDST
17 45 (0.75%) CISM
18 44 (0.74%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 310 (5.18%) SLA
2 59 (0.99%) QA
3 26 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 25 (0.42%) ISO 9001
5 20 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 13 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.067%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.067%) COBIT
8 2 (0.033%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.033%) Basel III
9 1 (0.017%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.017%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.017%) Data Quality
System Software
1 921 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 522 (8.72%) XenApp
3 368 (6.15%) vSphere
4 302 (5.05%) Hyper-V
5 244 (4.08%) XenDesktop
6 198 (3.31%) VMware ESX
7 180 (3.01%) Microsoft App-V
8 136 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
9 92 (1.54%) XenServer
10 81 (1.35%) Terminal Services
11 60 (1.00%) ISA Server
12 57 (0.95%) UAG
13 45 (0.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 39 (0.65%) NFS
15 33 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 31 (0.52%) Terminal Server
17 28 (0.47%) Xen
18 26 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
19 21 (0.35%) IAG
20 20 (0.33%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 912 (15.24%) SCCM
2 319 (5.33%) SCOM
3 144 (2.41%) WSUS
4 115 (1.92%) Backup Exec
5 97 (1.62%) NetBackup
6 84 (1.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 81 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
8 62 (1.04%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 58 (0.97%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 58 (0.97%) McAfee ePO
10 49 (0.82%) ServiceCenter
11 44 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 43 (0.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 42 (0.70%) MAILsweeper
14 37 (0.62%) Tivoli
15 34 (0.57%) HP SIM
16 31 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
17 30 (0.50%) ARCserve
18 29 (0.48%) Puppet
19 27 (0.45%) OpenView
Vendors
1 2721 (45.46%) Microsoft
2 1656 (27.66%) VMware
3 1379 (23.04%) Citrix
4 697 (11.64%) HP
5 632 (10.56%) Cisco
6 254 (4.24%) Oracle
7 253 (4.23%) Symantec
8 225 (3.76%) Remedy
9 191 (3.19%) Dell
10 187 (3.12%) Lotus
11 167 (2.79%) NetApp
12 162 (2.71%) McAfee
13 148 (2.47%) Apple
14 136 (2.27%) EMC
15 125 (2.09%) AppSense
16 121 (2.02%) CheckPoint
17 116 (1.94%) IBM
18 106 (1.77%) Altiris
19 100 (1.67%) Avaya
20 97 (1.62%) Novell
London
Connectus
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £275 - £300 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £9 - £14 per hour
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £120 - £130 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £425 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Sanderson
Rate: £13 - £18 per hour
Posted: 18 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £304 to £304 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
North East
Harris Global
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Edinburgh & Lothians
Exception Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Experis IT
Rate: £350.00 - £390.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Posted: 20 hours ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Posted: 20 hours ago
South East London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £75 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £16 - £24 per hour
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £15.00 - £17.00 per hour
Posted: 22 hours ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Franklin Fitch Limited
Rate: From £300 to £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Sanderson
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: Yesterday