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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 29 30 33
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3413 2769 2906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.91% 5.25% 4.97%
As % of the System Software category 62.08% 55.66% 59.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1793 1310 1268
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 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £430 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £287
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -4.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 601 498 553
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £10.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.50 £25.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%

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
5498 4975 4864
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.51% 9.44% 8.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3068 2639 2339
Average daily rate £345 £338 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 675 566 607
Average hourly rate £16.75 £17.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.47% +4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £32.50 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
- +6.45%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +2 3147 £300 - 914
London +10 1286 £315 +1.61% 317
South East +4 733 £300 -7.69% 198
City of London +9 349 £325 - 110
East of England -4 271 £268 +7.00% 77
North West +9 195 £275 - 66
Berkshire +10 193 £338 -3.57% 53
South West +7 177 £300 +7.14% 97
Hampshire +2 168 £325 +1.56% 38
Scotland +10 156 £260 -13.33% 28
Yorkshire +4 155 £299 +70.71% 68
West Midlands -1 155 £275 -1.78% 47
Reading +29 121 £363 - 28
East Midlands -7 120 £343 +88.96% 21
Surrey +2 102 £275 -15.38% 49
West Yorkshire +2 92 £283 +41.25% 39
Buckinghamshire -7 77 £225 -33.82% 20
Cambridgeshire +8 73 £213 -5.55% 22
Manchester +5 72 £255 -7.27% 41
Edinburgh +14 65 £250 -37.50% 11
Leeds 0 64 £275 +144.44% 17
West Sussex +17 60 £213 -12.37% 14
Cheshire +5 60 £280 +24.44% 11
Hertfordshire -5 55 £175 +16.66% 25
North East -12 53 £225 +12.50% 10
Wiltshire +11 52 £275 +89.65% 16
Bedfordshire -4 51 £363 +9.84% 6
Milton Keynes -12 51 £293 -18.75% 11
Oxfordshire +8 47 £223 -31.53% 6
Cambridge -3 47 £175 -7.89% 13

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 5192 (79.67%) Windows
2 2924 (44.87%) Microsoft
3 2024 (31.06%) Windows 7
4 1890 (29.00%) VMware
5 1876 (28.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 1742 (26.73%) MS Exchange
7 1557 (23.89%) Citrix
8 1502 (23.05%) MS Office
9 1414 (21.70%) ITIL
10 1382 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
11 1345 (20.64%) Windows XP
12 1250 (19.18%) MS Excel
13 1099 (16.86%) DNS
14 1011 (15.51%) SCCM
15 955 (14.65%) VMware Infrastructure
16 810 (12.43%) Exchange Server 2010
17 795 (12.20%) DHCP
18 775 (11.89%) Finance
19 737 (11.31%) Security Cleared
20 715 (10.97%) Cisco
21 714 (10.96%) Microsoft Certification
21 714 (10.96%) SQL
22 703 (10.79%) HP
23 663 (10.17%) Blackberry
24 659 (10.11%) Windows Server 2012
25 642 (9.85%) SAN
26 637 (9.77%) SQL Server
27 636 (9.76%) Firewall
28 635 (9.74%) PowerShell
29 606 (9.30%) Migration

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 1742 (26.73%) MS Exchange
2 810 (12.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 572 (8.78%) SharePoint
4 434 (6.66%) Exchange Server 2007
5 423 (6.49%) IIS
6 384 (5.89%) Exchange Server 2003
7 308 (4.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 301 (4.62%) Lync
9 186 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2013
10 156 (2.39%) IBM Notes
11 128 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
12 104 (1.60%) SharePoint 2013
13 59 (0.91%) Apache
14 45 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
15 37 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
15 37 (0.57%) WorkSite
16 33 (0.51%) Tomcat
17 32 (0.49%) WebSphere
18 31 (0.48%) Office Communications Server
19 23 (0.35%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 1502 (23.05%) MS Office
2 1250 (19.18%) MS Excel
3 89 (1.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 52 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 47 (0.72%) MS Project
6 9 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.077%) PowerPivot
7 5 (0.077%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.061%) InDesign
8 4 (0.061%) Acrobat
8 4 (0.061%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.031%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.031%) CATIA
9 2 (0.031%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.031%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 1 (0.015%) PaintShop Pro
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 37 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 20 (0.31%) assyst
5 18 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
7 5 (0.077%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.077%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.061%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.061%) Misys Midas
8 4 (0.061%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.061%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.046%) Adaptiv
9 3 (0.046%) Oracle CRM
9 3 (0.046%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.046%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.031%) ReMetrica
10 2 (0.031%) Markit EDM
10 2 (0.031%) SAP GRC
10 2 (0.031%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 250 (3.84%) Office 365
2 118 (1.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 56 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
5 24 (0.37%) IaaS
6 22 (0.34%) SaaS
7 16 (0.25%) Google Apps
8 8 (0.12%) PaaS
9 4 (0.061%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.015%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.015%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1099 (16.86%) DNS
2 795 (12.20%) DHCP
3 642 (9.85%) SAN
4 636 (9.76%) Firewall
5 604 (9.27%) TCP/IP
6 490 (7.52%) LAN
7 459 (7.04%) WAN
8 379 (5.82%) VPN
9 201 (3.08%) VoIP
10 199 (3.05%) LDAP
11 182 (2.79%) Internet
12 158 (2.42%) Wireless
13 149 (2.29%) NAS
14 126 (1.93%) VLAN
15 101 (1.55%) MPLS
16 81 (1.24%) Network Security
17 78 (1.20%) IPsec
18 76 (1.17%) NetScaler
19 74 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
19 74 (1.14%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 637 (9.77%) SQL Server
2 199 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 114 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
4 65 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 61 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 53 (0.81%) Oracle Database
7 35 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 32 (0.49%) MySQL
9 28 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 27 (0.41%) SQL Server 2000
11 26 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
12 17 (0.26%) Relational Database
12 17 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
13 14 (0.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 14 (0.21%) OLAP
14 12 (0.18%) RDBMS
15 11 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
15 11 (0.17%) MS Access
16 9 (0.14%) Data Mining
16 9 (0.14%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 72 (1.10%) MSI
2 41 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 30 (0.46%) InstallShield
4 28 (0.43%) Visual Studio
5 26 (0.40%) Subversion
6 19 (0.29%) Git (software)
7 18 (0.28%) AdminStudio
8 14 (0.21%) ClearCase
9 11 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (0.14%) JIRA
11 7 (0.11%) StarTeam
11 7 (0.11%) TeamCity
11 7 (0.11%) Jenkins
11 7 (0.11%) Wise Package Studio
12 6 (0.092%) Log4Net
13 5 (0.077%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 5 (0.077%) Serena SBM
13 5 (0.077%) Selenium
14 4 (0.061%) FitNesse
14 4 (0.061%) NUnit
General
1 775 (11.89%) Finance
2 290 (4.45%) Banking
3 164 (2.52%) Telecoms
4 137 (2.10%) Legal
5 129 (1.98%) Law
6 103 (1.58%) Retail
7 92 (1.41%) Investment Banking
8 80 (1.23%) Financial Institution
9 72 (1.10%) Advertising
10 54 (0.83%) Manufacturing
11 53 (0.81%) Back Office
12 52 (0.80%) French Language
13 36 (0.55%) Marketing
14 33 (0.51%) Publishing
15 32 (0.49%) Front Office
16 31 (0.48%) Local Government
17 20 (0.31%) Spanish Language
18 19 (0.29%) German Language
19 18 (0.28%) Military
20 17 (0.26%) Games
Job Titles
1 1544 (23.69%) Analyst
2 792 (12.15%) Support Engineer
3 644 (9.88%) Support Analyst
4 594 (9.11%) Service Analyst
5 583 (8.95%) 2nd Line Support
6 579 (8.88%) Service Desk Analyst
7 504 (7.73%) Desktop Support
8 455 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 332 (5.09%) Consultant
10 328 (5.03%) 1st Line Support
11 323 (4.96%) 3rd Line Support
12 305 (4.68%) Architect
12 305 (4.68%) Administrator
13 266 (4.08%) Desktop Engineer
14 231 (3.54%) IT Support
15 196 (3.01%) Server Engineer
16 183 (2.81%) Help Desk Analyst
17 168 (2.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 166 (2.55%) Wintel Engineer
19 160 (2.46%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 216 (3.31%) .NET
2 127 (1.95%) Application Packaging
3 92 (1.41%) Web Services
4 86 (1.32%) HTML
5 73 (1.12%) XML
6 72 (1.10%) ASP.NET
7 53 (0.81%) CSS
8 47 (0.72%) Middleware
9 41 (0.63%) jQuery
10 36 (0.55%) WCF
10 36 (0.55%) .NET Framework
11 28 (0.43%) Software Packaging
12 27 (0.41%) HTML5
13 18 (0.28%) Ajax
13 18 (0.28%) SOAP
14 16 (0.25%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 15 (0.23%) ASP.NET MVC
16 14 (0.21%) JSON
16 14 (0.21%) LAMP
17 13 (0.20%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 663 (10.17%) Blackberry
2 315 (4.83%) Clustering
3 264 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
4 149 (2.29%) Replication
5 122 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 114 (1.75%) PKI
7 105 (1.61%) Thin Client
7 105 (1.61%) Fat Client
8 100 (1.53%) iPhone
9 77 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
10 74 (1.14%) NHS
11 73 (1.12%) iPad
12 63 (0.97%) Computer Science
13 61 (0.94%) Hedge funds
14 51 (0.78%) Client/Server
15 46 (0.71%) Handset
16 40 (0.61%) PDA
17 31 (0.48%) CMDB
18 30 (0.46%) Mainframe
19 29 (0.44%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 5192 (79.67%) Windows
2 2024 (31.06%) Windows 7
3 1876 (28.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 1382 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
5 1345 (20.64%) Windows XP
6 659 (10.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 479 (7.35%) Linux
8 358 (5.49%) Windows 8
9 253 (3.88%) UNIX
10 145 (2.22%) Windows Vista
11 133 (2.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 123 (1.89%) Windows 2000
13 103 (1.58%) Android
14 87 (1.33%) Apple iOS
15 86 (1.32%) Solaris
16 78 (1.20%) Windows 2000 Server
17 49 (0.75%) Mac OS X
18 35 (0.54%) CentOS
19 34 (0.52%) Mac OS
20 32 (0.49%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1414 (21.70%) ITIL
2 606 (9.30%) Migration
3 287 (4.40%) Incident Management
4 235 (3.61%) Service Management
5 209 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
6 198 (3.04%) Service Delivery
7 175 (2.69%) Project Management
8 172 (2.64%) Change Management
9 157 (2.41%) Configuration Management
10 129 (1.98%) Problem Management
11 117 (1.80%) Load Balancing
12 86 (1.32%) E-Commerce
12 86 (1.32%) Capacity Planning
13 85 (1.30%) CRM
13 85 (1.30%) Asset Management
14 84 (1.29%) PRINCE2
15 83 (1.27%) Agile Software Development
16 80 (1.23%) Document Management
17 79 (1.21%) Time Management
18 76 (1.17%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 714 (10.96%) SQL
2 635 (9.74%) PowerShell
3 245 (3.76%) VBScript
4 159 (2.44%) VB
5 98 (1.50%) C#
6 86 (1.32%) Perl
7 75 (1.15%) C
8 68 (1.04%) Java
9 63 (0.97%) JavaScript
10 59 (0.91%) T-SQL
11 57 (0.87%) Shell Script
12 43 (0.66%) Python
13 33 (0.51%) VBA
14 28 (0.43%) PHP
14 28 (0.43%) Bash Shell
15 26 (0.40%) Korn
16 15 (0.23%) PL/SQL
17 13 (0.20%) Ruby
18 8 (0.12%) Bourne shell
18 8 (0.12%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 737 (11.31%) Security Cleared
2 714 (10.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 517 (7.93%) SC Cleared
4 438 (6.72%) MCSE
5 239 (3.67%) MCP
6 182 (2.79%) Degree
7 179 (2.75%) MCITP
8 174 (2.67%) DV Cleared
9 158 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
10 134 (2.06%) MCSA
11 127 (1.95%) CCNA
12 106 (1.63%) MCTS
13 97 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 95 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
15 66 (1.01%) Citrix Certification
16 56 (0.86%) CISSP
16 56 (0.86%) CCNP
17 41 (0.63%) CCA
18 39 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 36 (0.55%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 425 (6.52%) SLA
2 68 (1.04%) QA
3 43 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 33 (0.51%) PCI DSS
5 28 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (0.28%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.077%) COBIT
8 4 (0.061%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.046%) BS7799
10 2 (0.031%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.031%) Dodd-Frank
11 1 (0.015%) BS25999
11 1 (0.015%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 955 (14.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 527 (8.09%) XenApp
3 424 (6.51%) vSphere
4 380 (5.83%) Hyper-V
5 242 (3.71%) VMware ESX
6 178 (2.73%) Microsoft App-V
6 178 (2.73%) XenDesktop
7 141 (2.16%) XenServer
8 117 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
9 112 (1.72%) Terminal Services
10 73 (1.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 71 (1.09%) ISA Server
12 70 (1.07%) NFS
13 54 (0.83%) Xen
14 48 (0.74%) UAG
15 43 (0.66%) VMware Server
16 41 (0.63%) vCloud
17 33 (0.51%) Terminal Server
18 28 (0.43%) DFS Replication
19 24 (0.37%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 1011 (15.51%) SCCM
2 340 (5.22%) SCOM
3 162 (2.49%) Backup Exec
4 138 (2.12%) WSUS
5 123 (1.89%) NetBackup
6 84 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
7 80 (1.23%) HP SIM
8 76 (1.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 69 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 50 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
10 50 (0.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 48 (0.74%) Tivoli
12 45 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 44 (0.68%) Nagios
14 42 (0.64%) Control-M
15 38 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 36 (0.55%) ARCserve
16 36 (0.55%) OpenView
17 32 (0.49%) Puppet
18 31 (0.48%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 2924 (44.87%) Microsoft
2 1890 (29.00%) VMware
3 1557 (23.89%) Citrix
4 715 (10.97%) Cisco
5 703 (10.79%) HP
6 290 (4.45%) Symantec
7 226 (3.47%) NetApp
8 223 (3.42%) Dell
8 223 (3.42%) Oracle
9 194 (2.98%) Remedy
10 181 (2.78%) IBM
11 176 (2.70%) EMC
12 166 (2.55%) Lotus
13 147 (2.26%) McAfee
14 141 (2.16%) Red Hat
15 140 (2.15%) Altiris
16 110 (1.69%) CheckPoint
17 107 (1.64%) Apple
18 99 (1.52%) Sophos
19 96 (1.47%) SolarWinds
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