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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 30 24 30
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3094 3195 2646
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.70% 6.24% 5.43%
As % of the System Software category 59.02% 61.43% 58.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1580 1540 1041
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £300
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £125 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 566 566 660
Average hourly rate £14.50 £14.63 £16.18
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.85% -9.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.33 £10.18 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £27.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.87 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+2.51% -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
5242 5201 4496
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.66% 10.16% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2903 2678 2109
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £170 £171
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 639 622 757
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.52 £31.56 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 24 December 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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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 -6 2899 £300 - 721
London -1 1074 £300 -11.76% 221
South East -6 745 £318 +1.60% 170
City of London +1 288 £331 +1.92% 70
East of England +2 253 £259 +23.09% 45
Hampshire +4 215 £316 +2.01% 38
North West -4 178 £279 +23.88% 57
Berkshire -12 174 £313 -8.75% 44
West Midlands +16 166 £263 -2.32% 53
South West -16 161 £339 +30.28% 60
Yorkshire -3 143 £288 +17.34% 61
East Midlands -1 128 £294 +179.76% 34
Scotland -11 111 £315 +25.87% 27
Surrey +3 108 £338 - 32
Manchester 0 95 £350 +154.54% 32
Reading 0 95 £285 -28.75% 13
West Yorkshire +4 86 £275 +22.22% 39
Buckinghamshire -20 73 £250 -9.00% 20
Essex -6 58 £265 - 4
Leeds +3 57 £250 +11.11% 22
Bedfordshire +1 53 £400 +50.94% 7
West Sussex +6 52 £310 +12.72% 8
Oxfordshire -10 52 £308 -1.60% 11
Hook +3 51 £330 +0.73%
Milton Keynes -21 50 £363 +23.21% 11
Cambridgeshire -3 49 £163 -14.47% 20
Hertfordshire +13 47 £210 +31.25% 11
Bristol -10 46 £325 +83.09% 17
Nottinghamshire +3 45 £319 +41.66% 8
Birmingham 0 43 £285 +35.71% 17

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 5088 (78.62%) Windows
2 2996 (46.29%) Microsoft
3 2006 (31.00%) VMware
4 1856 (28.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 1818 (28.09%) Windows 7
6 1677 (25.91%) MS Exchange
7 1539 (23.78%) Citrix
8 1422 (21.97%) MS Office
9 1380 (21.32%) ITIL
10 1338 (20.67%) Windows Server 2003
11 1200 (18.54%) MS Excel
12 1141 (17.63%) DNS
13 1128 (17.43%) Windows XP
14 1093 (16.89%) VMware Infrastructure
15 936 (14.46%) SCCM
16 839 (12.96%) DHCP
17 808 (12.48%) Windows Server 2012
18 800 (12.36%) SQL
19 796 (12.30%) Security Cleared
20 782 (12.08%) Exchange Server 2010
21 777 (12.01%) Finance
22 724 (11.19%) Microsoft Certification
23 688 (10.63%) SAN
24 666 (10.29%) Cisco
25 661 (10.21%) HP
26 648 (10.01%) PowerShell
27 645 (9.97%) Firewall
28 627 (9.69%) Migration
29 603 (9.32%) Blackberry
30 598 (9.24%) SQL Server

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 1677 (25.91%) MS Exchange
2 782 (12.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 542 (8.37%) SharePoint
4 493 (7.62%) IIS
5 397 (6.13%) Exchange Server 2007
6 395 (6.10%) Lync
7 355 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2003
8 278 (4.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 274 (4.23%) Exchange Server 2013
10 139 (2.15%) IBM Notes
11 102 (1.58%) SharePoint 2010
12 87 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
13 76 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
14 57 (0.88%) Apache
15 53 (0.82%) Office Communications Server
16 43 (0.66%) WorkSite
17 39 (0.60%) Tomcat
18 36 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
19 30 (0.46%) Lotus Domino
20 25 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1422 (21.97%) MS Office
2 1200 (18.54%) MS Excel
3 73 (1.13%) MS Visio
4 67 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
5 38 (0.59%) MS Project
6 11 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.093%) PaintShop Pro
8 5 (0.077%) PowerPivot
9 4 (0.062%) Acrobat
9 4 (0.062%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.046%) InDesign
10 3 (0.046%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.046%) Final Cut Pro
11 2 (0.031%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.031%) Maya
11 2 (0.031%) Quicktime
11 2 (0.031%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.031%) CINEMA 4D
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.015%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 61 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
4 14 (0.22%) assyst
5 10 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
5 10 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
6 8 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 5 (0.077%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.062%) Adaptiv
8 4 (0.062%) Misys Midas
8 4 (0.062%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.062%) Agresso
9 3 (0.046%) Oracle CRM
10 2 (0.031%) Summit
10 2 (0.031%) ReMetrica
10 2 (0.031%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.031%) SAP GRC
11 1 (0.015%) Oracle BPM
11 1 (0.015%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.015%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 241 (3.72%) Office 365
2 175 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 65 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
4 52 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
5 24 (0.37%) IaaS
6 20 (0.31%) SaaS
7 18 (0.28%) Google Apps
8 14 (0.22%) PaaS
9 6 (0.093%) IBM SmartCloud
10 4 (0.062%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.046%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.031%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.031%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1141 (17.63%) DNS
2 839 (12.96%) DHCP
3 688 (10.63%) SAN
4 645 (9.97%) Firewall
5 582 (8.99%) TCP/IP
6 510 (7.88%) LAN
7 468 (7.23%) WAN
8 358 (5.53%) VPN
9 211 (3.26%) NAS
10 183 (2.83%) Internet
11 182 (2.81%) VoIP
12 176 (2.72%) LDAP
13 140 (2.16%) VLAN
14 129 (1.99%) Wireless
15 112 (1.73%) MPLS
16 103 (1.59%) IPsec
17 96 (1.48%) Network Security
18 95 (1.47%) FTP
19 85 (1.31%) NetScaler
20 81 (1.25%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 598 (9.24%) SQL Server
2 157 (2.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 102 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
4 57 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 41 (0.63%) Oracle Database
6 40 (0.62%) MySQL
7 38 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 35 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 24 (0.37%) Relational Database
10 23 (0.36%) SQL Server 2000
11 22 (0.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 17 (0.26%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.22%) Data Mining
13 14 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
13 14 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
14 13 (0.20%) MS Access
15 11 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
16 10 (0.15%) OLAP
17 9 (0.14%) DTS
18 7 (0.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 93 (1.44%) MSI
2 32 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (0.40%) StarTeam
4 20 (0.31%) Visual Studio
5 18 (0.28%) Subversion
6 15 (0.23%) AdminStudio
7 10 (0.15%) TeamCity
7 10 (0.15%) Git (software)
8 8 (0.12%) JIRA
9 7 (0.11%) InstallShield
10 6 (0.093%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 6 (0.093%) Fiddler
10 6 (0.093%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 5 (0.077%) PHPUnit
11 5 (0.077%) Log4Net
12 4 (0.062%) Serena SBM
12 4 (0.062%) ClearCase
12 4 (0.062%) Eclipse
12 4 (0.062%) FinalBuilder
12 4 (0.062%) SoapUI
General
1 777 (12.01%) Finance
2 248 (3.83%) Banking
3 185 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 139 (2.15%) Legal
5 132 (2.04%) Law
6 107 (1.65%) Retail
7 72 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 66 (1.02%) Advertising
9 56 (0.87%) Manufacturing
10 43 (0.66%) Financial Institution
11 36 (0.56%) Back Office
11 36 (0.56%) Publishing
12 33 (0.51%) Marketing
13 30 (0.46%) French Language
14 24 (0.37%) Local Government
15 21 (0.32%) Front Office
16 17 (0.26%) Military
17 14 (0.22%) Games
18 11 (0.17%) German Language
19 10 (0.15%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 1483 (22.91%) Analyst
2 728 (11.25%) Support Engineer
3 596 (9.21%) Service Analyst
4 585 (9.04%) Service Desk Analyst
5 571 (8.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 570 (8.81%) Support Analyst
7 515 (7.96%) 2nd Line Support
8 488 (7.54%) Desktop Support
9 336 (5.19%) Architect
10 334 (5.16%) Consultant
11 303 (4.68%) 3rd Line Support
12 302 (4.67%) Administrator
13 287 (4.43%) 1st Line Support
14 284 (4.39%) Desktop Engineer
15 240 (3.71%) IT Support
16 228 (3.52%) Server Engineer
17 202 (3.12%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 183 (2.83%) Wintel Engineer
19 163 (2.52%) Systems Engineer
20 154 (2.38%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 237 (3.66%) .NET
2 139 (2.15%) Application Packaging
3 104 (1.61%) Web Services
4 97 (1.50%) HTML
5 80 (1.24%) XML
6 42 (0.65%) Middleware
7 41 (0.63%) ASP.NET
8 39 (0.60%) .NET Framework
9 32 (0.49%) CSS
10 23 (0.36%) WCF
11 21 (0.32%) Java EE
12 20 (0.31%) Software Packaging
13 17 (0.26%) jQuery
14 14 (0.22%) HTML5
14 14 (0.22%) SOAP
15 13 (0.20%) MSMQ
16 10 (0.15%) MDX
16 10 (0.15%) Ajax
17 9 (0.14%) X-Windows
17 9 (0.14%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 603 (9.32%) Blackberry
2 376 (5.81%) Clustering
3 263 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
4 165 (2.55%) Replication
5 119 (1.84%) PKI
6 118 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 96 (1.48%) Thin Client
7 96 (1.48%) Fat Client
8 91 (1.41%) NHS
9 79 (1.22%) iPhone
9 79 (1.22%) iPad
10 68 (1.05%) Computer Science
11 67 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
12 47 (0.73%) Client/Server
13 39 (0.60%) PDA
14 35 (0.54%) Handset
15 34 (0.53%) Enterprise Storage
16 32 (0.49%) CMDB
17 28 (0.43%) CESG
18 27 (0.42%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 5088 (78.62%) Windows
2 1856 (28.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 1818 (28.09%) Windows 7
4 1338 (20.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 1128 (17.43%) Windows XP
6 808 (12.48%) Windows Server 2012
7 471 (7.28%) Linux
8 346 (5.35%) Windows 8
9 297 (4.59%) UNIX
10 143 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 134 (2.07%) Windows Vista
12 102 (1.58%) Android
13 99 (1.53%) Windows 2000
14 96 (1.48%) Solaris
15 85 (1.31%) Windows 2000 Server
16 67 (1.04%) Apple iOS
17 63 (0.97%) Mac OS X
18 39 (0.60%) Mac OS
19 28 (0.43%) Windows NT
20 27 (0.42%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1380 (21.32%) ITIL
2 627 (9.69%) Migration
3 252 (3.89%) Disaster Recovery
4 251 (3.88%) Incident Management
5 242 (3.74%) Service Management
6 224 (3.46%) Service Delivery
7 203 (3.14%) Configuration Management
8 185 (2.86%) Project Management
9 183 (2.83%) Change Management
10 114 (1.76%) Load Balancing
11 111 (1.72%) E-Commerce
12 110 (1.70%) CRM
13 106 (1.64%) Problem Management
14 90 (1.39%) Asset Management
15 86 (1.33%) Time Management
16 85 (1.31%) Identity Management
17 77 (1.19%) Document Management
18 75 (1.16%) Information Security
19 74 (1.14%) PRINCE2
20 73 (1.13%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 800 (12.36%) SQL
2 648 (10.01%) PowerShell
3 228 (3.52%) VBScript
4 156 (2.41%) VB
5 78 (1.21%) C#
6 70 (1.08%) C
7 68 (1.05%) Java
8 65 (1.00%) Perl
9 62 (0.96%) Shell Script
10 49 (0.76%) JavaScript
11 43 (0.66%) T-SQL
12 39 (0.60%) VBA
13 38 (0.59%) Python
14 32 (0.49%) PHP
15 23 (0.36%) Korn
16 18 (0.28%) Bash Shell
16 18 (0.28%) PL/SQL
17 15 (0.23%) Ruby
18 13 (0.20%) C++
18 13 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 796 (12.30%) Security Cleared
2 724 (11.19%) Microsoft Certification
3 541 (8.36%) SC Cleared
4 439 (6.78%) MCSE
5 216 (3.34%) DV Cleared
6 209 (3.23%) MCP
7 193 (2.98%) Degree
8 192 (2.97%) MCITP
9 154 (2.38%) MCSA
10 135 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
11 114 (1.76%) CCNA
12 98 (1.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 90 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
14 77 (1.19%) MCTS
15 60 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
16 55 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 49 (0.76%) CISSP
18 40 (0.62%) CCNP
19 38 (0.59%) CCA
20 30 (0.46%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 446 (6.89%) SLA
2 50 (0.77%) QA
3 34 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 29 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 21 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 14 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.077%) COBIT
8 4 (0.062%) BS7799
8 4 (0.062%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.031%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.031%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.031%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.031%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.015%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.015%) BS25999
10 1 (0.015%) P3O
System Software
1 1093 (16.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 496 (7.66%) XenApp
3 488 (7.54%) Hyper-V
4 453 (7.00%) vSphere
5 283 (4.37%) VMware ESX
6 201 (3.11%) XenDesktop
7 147 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 139 (2.15%) Terminal Services
9 109 (1.68%) XenServer
10 93 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
11 68 (1.05%) ISA Server
12 65 (1.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 57 (0.88%) NFS
14 54 (0.83%) UAG
14 54 (0.83%) vCloud
15 49 (0.76%) Xen
16 47 (0.73%) VMware Server
17 35 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 35 (0.54%) Forefront TMG
18 32 (0.49%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 936 (14.46%) SCCM
2 400 (6.18%) SCOM
3 128 (1.98%) Backup Exec
4 118 (1.82%) WSUS
4 118 (1.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 117 (1.81%) NetBackup
6 87 (1.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 78 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
8 63 (0.97%) HP SIM
9 61 (0.94%) Tivoli
10 50 (0.77%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 42 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
11 42 (0.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 41 (0.63%) Nagios
13 40 (0.62%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 36 (0.56%) SCOrch
15 33 (0.51%) Puppet
15 33 (0.51%) SCVMM
15 33 (0.51%) BladeLogic
16 30 (0.46%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2996 (46.29%) Microsoft
2 2006 (31.00%) VMware
3 1539 (23.78%) Citrix
4 666 (10.29%) Cisco
5 661 (10.21%) HP
6 314 (4.85%) Symantec
7 275 (4.25%) NetApp
8 252 (3.89%) Oracle
9 225 (3.48%) Dell
10 184 (2.84%) Remedy
11 183 (2.83%) IBM
12 164 (2.53%) EMC
13 155 (2.39%) Lotus
13 155 (2.39%) Red Hat
14 145 (2.24%) McAfee
15 136 (2.10%) Altiris
16 122 (1.89%) Apple
17 101 (1.56%) CheckPoint
18 94 (1.45%) Sophos
19 86 (1.33%) AppSense
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