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 October 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 28 27 33
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3446 2977 2858
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.90% 5.68% 5.25%
As % of the System Software category 61.03% 58.43% 60.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1800 1383 1246
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £300
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £135 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £290
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -5.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 620 566 561
Average hourly rate £14.75 £14.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.72% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.42 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.50 £24.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.90
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.04%

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
5646 5095 4756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.67% 9.71% 8.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3158 2627 2288
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 £180 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 635 625
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.30 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.22% -1.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.56 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.88
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -2.36%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 -1 3213 £300 - 933
London +8 1235 £314 -2.56% 302
South East +6 806 £325 - 220
City of London +3 330 £325 +4.00% 93
East of England -5 267 £225 - 62
Berkshire +9 202 £358 -2.05% 62
North West +2 200 £275 +3.77% 92
Hampshire +7 198 £347 +8.58% 47
South West -7 193 £325 +25.00% 93
Yorkshire +5 178 £290 +9.43% 67
West Midlands 0 155 £300 +16.50% 58
Surrey +8 136 £288 -4.16% 41
Scotland -1 134 £265 +15.21% 23
East Midlands -2 125 £345 +200.00% 22
Reading +13 120 £325 -18.75% 32
West Yorkshire +6 114 £275 +42.85% 42
Manchester +13 86 £300 +9.09% 57
Buckinghamshire -5 84 £275 -22.53% 22
Leeds +10 75 £275 +96.42% 22
Cambridgeshire +3 61 £163 -14.47% 17
West Sussex +20 59 £215 +7.50% 20
Bedfordshire +1 56 £350 +6.06% 5
Edinburgh +7 55 £325 -18.75% 6
Oxfordshire +3 55 £303 +30.81% 15
Hook +13 54 £348 +6.22% 1
Milton Keynes -17 54 £310 -16.21% 8
Bristol -11 53 £325 -7.14% 37
Essex -16 53 £150 -9.09% 13
North East -15 52 £233 -13.08% 10
Cheshire -9 50 £270 +14.89% 14

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 5230 (78.69%) Windows
2 3040 (45.74%) Microsoft
3 1990 (29.94%) VMware
4 1989 (29.93%) Windows 7
5 1907 (28.69%) Windows Server 2008
6 1757 (26.44%) MS Exchange
7 1593 (23.97%) Citrix
8 1513 (22.77%) MS Office
9 1461 (21.98%) ITIL
10 1416 (21.31%) Windows Server 2003
11 1276 (19.20%) Windows XP
12 1244 (18.72%) MS Excel
13 1142 (17.18%) DNS
14 1018 (15.32%) SCCM
15 1010 (15.20%) VMware Infrastructure
16 827 (12.44%) DHCP
17 826 (12.43%) Finance
18 816 (12.28%) Exchange Server 2010
19 787 (11.84%) Security Cleared
20 750 (11.28%) SQL
21 741 (11.15%) Microsoft Certification
22 715 (10.76%) HP
23 700 (10.53%) Cisco
24 691 (10.40%) Windows Server 2012
25 686 (10.32%) SAN
26 656 (9.87%) Blackberry
27 655 (9.86%) PowerShell
28 644 (9.69%) Firewall
29 631 (9.49%) SQL Server
30 629 (9.46%) Migration

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 1757 (26.44%) MS Exchange
2 816 (12.28%) Exchange Server 2010
3 566 (8.52%) SharePoint
4 475 (7.15%) IIS
5 463 (6.97%) Exchange Server 2007
6 398 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2003
7 340 (5.12%) Lync
8 309 (4.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 243 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2013
10 148 (2.23%) IBM Notes
11 133 (2.00%) SharePoint 2010
12 118 (1.78%) SharePoint 2013
13 64 (0.96%) Apache
14 55 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
15 44 (0.66%) WorkSite
16 42 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
17 38 (0.57%) Tomcat
18 36 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
19 33 (0.50%) Lotus Domino
20 28 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1513 (22.77%) MS Office
2 1244 (18.72%) MS Excel
3 85 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 57 (0.86%) MS Visio
5 46 (0.69%) MS Project
6 8 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.090%) PowerPivot
7 6 (0.090%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.060%) InDesign
8 4 (0.060%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.045%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.030%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.030%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.015%) CATIA
11 1 (0.015%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.015%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 58 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
4 17 (0.26%) assyst
5 13 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
7 5 (0.075%) BusinessWorks
7 5 (0.075%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.060%) Adaptiv
8 4 (0.060%) Agresso
8 4 (0.060%) Misys Midas
8 4 (0.060%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.045%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.045%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.045%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.030%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.030%) Summit
10 2 (0.030%) Oracle CRM
10 2 (0.030%) SAP GRC
10 2 (0.030%) ReMetrica
Cloud Services
1 256 (3.85%) Office 365
2 132 (1.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
4 44 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
5 27 (0.41%) IaaS
6 18 (0.27%) SaaS
7 16 (0.24%) Google Apps
8 11 (0.17%) PaaS
9 6 (0.090%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.015%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.015%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1142 (17.18%) DNS
2 827 (12.44%) DHCP
3 686 (10.32%) SAN
4 644 (9.69%) Firewall
5 601 (9.04%) TCP/IP
6 499 (7.51%) LAN
7 478 (7.19%) WAN
8 371 (5.58%) VPN
9 200 (3.01%) VoIP
10 196 (2.95%) Internet
11 192 (2.89%) LDAP
12 191 (2.87%) NAS
13 159 (2.39%) Wireless
14 127 (1.91%) VLAN
15 121 (1.82%) MPLS
16 92 (1.38%) Network Security
17 89 (1.34%) NetScaler
18 80 (1.20%) FTP
19 79 (1.19%) SSL
20 77 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 631 (9.49%) SQL Server
2 183 (2.75%) SQL Server 2008
3 115 (1.73%) SQL Server 2005
4 67 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
5 56 (0.84%) Oracle Database
6 46 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 35 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 28 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 26 (0.39%) MySQL
10 25 (0.38%) SQL Server 2000
10 25 (0.38%) Relational Database
11 21 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
12 20 (0.30%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
13 14 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
14 13 (0.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 13 (0.20%) Data Mining
15 12 (0.18%) MS Access
15 12 (0.18%) OLAP
15 12 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 81 (1.22%) MSI
2 36 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (0.35%) Visual Studio
4 22 (0.33%) Subversion
5 18 (0.27%) InstallShield
6 17 (0.26%) AdminStudio
6 17 (0.26%) Git (software)
7 11 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 11 (0.17%) ClearCase
7 11 (0.17%) StarTeam
8 8 (0.12%) JIRA
8 8 (0.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 7 (0.11%) TeamCity
9 7 (0.11%) Jenkins
10 6 (0.090%) Wise Package Studio
10 6 (0.090%) Selenium
10 6 (0.090%) JUnit
11 5 (0.075%) Log4Net
11 5 (0.075%) FitNesse
11 5 (0.075%) Serena SBM
General
1 826 (12.43%) Finance
2 275 (4.14%) Banking
3 165 (2.48%) Telecoms
4 138 (2.08%) Law
5 133 (2.00%) Legal
6 97 (1.46%) Retail
7 84 (1.26%) Investment Banking
8 79 (1.19%) Financial Institution
9 74 (1.11%) Advertising
10 49 (0.74%) Manufacturing
11 44 (0.66%) Back Office
12 43 (0.65%) French Language
13 37 (0.56%) Publishing
14 35 (0.53%) Marketing
15 30 (0.45%) Front Office
16 24 (0.36%) Local Government
17 20 (0.30%) Spanish Language
18 19 (0.29%) Military
19 17 (0.26%) Games
20 14 (0.21%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 1539 (23.16%) Analyst
2 782 (11.77%) Support Engineer
3 620 (9.33%) Support Analyst
4 594 (8.94%) Service Analyst
5 579 (8.71%) Service Desk Analyst
6 564 (8.49%) 2nd Line Support
7 508 (7.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 494 (7.43%) Desktop Support
9 343 (5.16%) Architect
10 342 (5.15%) Consultant
11 322 (4.85%) 3rd Line Support
12 317 (4.77%) 1st Line Support
13 309 (4.65%) Administrator
14 283 (4.26%) Desktop Engineer
15 234 (3.52%) IT Support
16 215 (3.24%) Server Engineer
17 183 (2.75%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 172 (2.59%) Help Desk Analyst
19 171 (2.57%) Wintel Engineer
20 157 (2.36%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 229 (3.45%) .NET
2 140 (2.11%) Application Packaging
3 98 (1.47%) Web Services
4 89 (1.34%) HTML
5 78 (1.17%) XML
6 61 (0.92%) ASP.NET
7 53 (0.80%) Middleware
8 41 (0.62%) CSS
9 39 (0.59%) .NET Framework
10 26 (0.39%) jQuery
11 25 (0.38%) Software Packaging
12 24 (0.36%) WCF
13 20 (0.30%) HTML5
14 18 (0.27%) SOAP
15 17 (0.26%) Java EE
16 16 (0.24%) Ajax
17 13 (0.20%) WebSphere MQ
18 12 (0.18%) DCOM
18 12 (0.18%) ASP.NET MVC
19 11 (0.17%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 656 (9.87%) Blackberry
2 355 (5.34%) Clustering
3 273 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
4 156 (2.35%) Replication
5 127 (1.91%) PKI
6 114 (1.72%) Management Information System
7 108 (1.63%) Thin Client
7 108 (1.63%) Fat Client
8 92 (1.38%) iPhone
9 81 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
10 80 (1.20%) NHS
11 74 (1.11%) iPad
12 63 (0.95%) Computer Science
13 61 (0.92%) Hedge funds
14 58 (0.87%) Client/Server
15 41 (0.62%) Handset
16 39 (0.59%) PDA
17 33 (0.50%) Mainframe
18 31 (0.47%) Enterprise Storage
18 31 (0.47%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 5230 (78.69%) Windows
2 1989 (29.93%) Windows 7
3 1907 (28.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 1416 (21.31%) Windows Server 2003
5 1276 (19.20%) Windows XP
6 691 (10.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 477 (7.18%) Linux
8 336 (5.06%) Windows 8
9 280 (4.21%) UNIX
10 150 (2.26%) Windows Vista
11 148 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 114 (1.72%) Windows 2000
13 100 (1.50%) Solaris
14 95 (1.43%) Android
15 83 (1.25%) Apple iOS
16 77 (1.16%) Windows 2000 Server
17 58 (0.87%) Mac OS X
18 35 (0.53%) Mac OS
19 31 (0.47%) Windows NT
20 30 (0.45%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1461 (21.98%) ITIL
2 629 (9.46%) Migration
3 292 (4.39%) Incident Management
4 256 (3.85%) Service Management
5 227 (3.42%) Disaster Recovery
6 203 (3.05%) Service Delivery
7 183 (2.75%) Change Management
8 179 (2.69%) Project Management
9 168 (2.53%) Configuration Management
10 129 (1.94%) Problem Management
11 116 (1.75%) Load Balancing
12 107 (1.61%) CRM
13 93 (1.40%) E-Commerce
14 92 (1.38%) Asset Management
15 87 (1.31%) Root Cause Analysis
16 84 (1.26%) Identity Management
17 83 (1.25%) Time Management
18 82 (1.23%) PRINCE2
19 77 (1.16%) Agile Software Development
19 77 (1.16%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 750 (11.28%) SQL
2 655 (9.86%) PowerShell
3 242 (3.64%) VBScript
4 164 (2.47%) VB
5 84 (1.26%) Perl
6 82 (1.23%) C#
7 72 (1.08%) Java
8 70 (1.05%) C
9 66 (0.99%) Shell Script
10 57 (0.86%) JavaScript
10 57 (0.86%) T-SQL
11 41 (0.62%) Python
12 39 (0.59%) VBA
13 27 (0.41%) PHP
14 26 (0.39%) Korn
15 23 (0.35%) Bash Shell
16 20 (0.30%) PL/SQL
17 12 (0.18%) Ruby
18 11 (0.17%) VB.NET
19 9 (0.14%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 787 (11.84%) Security Cleared
2 741 (11.15%) Microsoft Certification
3 538 (8.10%) SC Cleared
4 446 (6.71%) MCSE
5 239 (3.60%) MCP
6 193 (2.90%) DV Cleared
7 187 (2.81%) Degree
8 186 (2.80%) MCITP
9 149 (2.24%) Cisco Certification
10 137 (2.06%) MCSA
11 120 (1.81%) CCNA
12 101 (1.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 97 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
14 92 (1.38%) MCTS
15 64 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
16 58 (0.87%) CCNP
16 58 (0.87%) CISSP
17 44 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 40 (0.60%) CCA
19 34 (0.51%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 453 (6.82%) SLA
2 64 (0.96%) QA
3 41 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 34 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 22 (0.33%) PCI DSS
6 17 (0.26%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.075%) COBIT
8 4 (0.060%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.045%) BS7799
10 2 (0.030%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.030%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.030%) Dodd-Frank
11 1 (0.015%) P3O
11 1 (0.015%) BS25999
11 1 (0.015%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1010 (15.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 536 (8.07%) XenApp
3 450 (6.77%) vSphere
4 417 (6.27%) Hyper-V
5 272 (4.09%) VMware ESX
6 199 (2.99%) XenDesktop
7 169 (2.54%) Microsoft App-V
8 128 (1.93%) Terminal Services
9 126 (1.90%) XenServer
10 121 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
11 84 (1.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 75 (1.13%) ISA Server
13 66 (0.99%) NFS
14 55 (0.83%) Xen
15 53 (0.80%) UAG
16 46 (0.69%) VMware Server
17 45 (0.68%) vCloud
18 31 (0.47%) Terminal Server
19 30 (0.45%) DFS Replication
20 26 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 1018 (15.32%) SCCM
2 371 (5.58%) SCOM
3 163 (2.45%) Backup Exec
4 148 (2.23%) NetBackup
5 145 (2.18%) WSUS
6 91 (1.37%) Norton AntiVirus
7 86 (1.29%) HP SIM
8 77 (1.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 75 (1.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 59 (0.89%) Tivoli
11 55 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 53 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
13 51 (0.77%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 51 (0.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 47 (0.71%) Nagios
15 42 (0.63%) Control-M
16 35 (0.53%) OpenView
17 34 (0.51%) Puppet
18 31 (0.47%) Netcool
19 30 (0.45%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 3040 (45.74%) Microsoft
2 1990 (29.94%) VMware
3 1593 (23.97%) Citrix
4 715 (10.76%) HP
5 700 (10.53%) Cisco
6 347 (5.22%) Symantec
7 251 (3.78%) NetApp
8 245 (3.69%) Dell
9 239 (3.60%) Oracle
10 205 (3.08%) Remedy
11 204 (3.07%) IBM
12 188 (2.83%) EMC
13 164 (2.47%) Lotus
14 162 (2.44%) Altiris
15 152 (2.29%) McAfee
16 150 (2.26%) Red Hat
17 117 (1.76%) Apple
18 116 (1.75%) CheckPoint
19 106 (1.59%) SolarWinds
20 96 (1.44%) Sophos
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