The table below looks at the statistics for Active Directory skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 16 29 27
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 170 106 100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.31% 4.97% 4.94%
As % of the System Software category 75.56% 68.83% 60.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 22 20
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£275 £260 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.76% -24.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £168 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £406 £423
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 44 37
Average hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.15 £10.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £22.69 £28.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.42 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.85%
Active Directory
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

System Software Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
225 154 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 9.67% 7.22% 8.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 53 51
Average daily rate £300 £298 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.84% -16.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £423 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 44 46
Average hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.17% -27.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.10 £10.15 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £22.69 £29.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -11.42%

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Active Directory across the West Midlands region.

Active Directory Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Active Directory Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the West Midlands region.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 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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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
Birmingham +3 45 £298 +41.66% 24
Warwickshire +14 35 £363 - 4
Worcestershire +5 16 £225 -5.26% 2
Shropshire +4 13 £275 +129.16% 5
Staffordshire +6 12 £300 -9.09% 13
Coventry +1 12 £230 - 9
Herefordshire -4 10 £248 -29.28%
Wolverhampton -3 6 - - 3
West Bromwich +1 5 - -
Walsall - 2 - - 1
Brierley Hill - - - -
Dudley - - - - 1
Halesowen - - - -
Solihull - - - - 3
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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.

1 274 (83.54%) Windows
2 129 (39.33%) Microsoft
3 118 (35.98%) Windows Server 2008
4 107 (32.62%) VMware
5 96 (29.27%) Windows 7
6 94 (28.66%) Windows XP
7 91 (27.74%) MS Exchange
7 91 (27.74%) Citrix
8 85 (25.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 73 (22.26%) ITIL
10 72 (21.95%) MS Office
11 59 (17.99%) VMware Infrastructure
12 51 (15.55%) DNS
13 49 (14.94%) DHCP
14 44 (13.41%) SCCM
14 44 (13.41%) XenApp
15 43 (13.11%) Windows Server 2012
16 40 (12.20%) MS Excel
17 37 (11.28%) TCP/IP
18 34 (10.37%) Security Cleared
19 33 (10.06%) Migration
19 33 (10.06%) Microsoft Certification
20 31 (9.45%) SAN
20 31 (9.45%) Blackberry
20 31 (9.45%) LAN
20 31 (9.45%) SC Cleared
21 28 (8.54%) SQL
22 26 (7.93%) SQL Server
22 26 (7.93%) Cisco
22 26 (7.93%) Exchange Server 2010

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 91 (27.74%) MS Exchange
2 26 (7.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (7.01%) Exchange Server 2003
4 18 (5.49%) SharePoint
5 11 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 10 (3.05%) IBM Notes
7 7 (2.13%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (1.83%) Lync
9 5 (1.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.61%) IIS
11 2 (0.61%) Apache
12 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.30%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.30%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 72 (21.95%) MS Office
2 40 (12.20%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.30%) CATIA
3 1 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.30%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 13 (3.96%) Office 365
2 9 (2.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.61%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 51 (15.55%) DNS
2 49 (14.94%) DHCP
3 37 (11.28%) TCP/IP
4 31 (9.45%) SAN
4 31 (9.45%) LAN
5 25 (7.62%) WAN
6 20 (6.10%) VLAN
7 18 (5.49%) Firewall
7 18 (5.49%) VoIP
8 14 (4.27%) NAS
9 11 (3.35%) VPN
10 9 (2.74%) Network Security
11 8 (2.44%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.22%) Intrusion Detection
13 2 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
13 2 (0.61%) Wireless
13 2 (0.61%) Internet
13 2 (0.61%) 3G
13 2 (0.61%) WLAN
14 1 (0.30%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (7.93%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.30%) MS Access
6 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2000
General
1 9 (2.74%) Legal
2 7 (2.13%) Law
3 5 (1.52%) Finance
3 5 (1.52%) Automotive
4 2 (0.61%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.61%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.30%) Publishing
5 1 (0.30%) Back Office
5 1 (0.30%) Local Government
5 1 (0.30%) Billing
Job Titles
1 95 (28.96%) Analyst
2 56 (17.07%) Support Engineer
3 51 (15.55%) 2nd Line Support
4 42 (12.80%) Support Analyst
5 40 (12.20%) 3rd Line Support
6 35 (10.67%) Service Analyst
7 34 (10.37%) Service Desk Analyst
8 30 (9.15%) 1st Line Support
9 24 (7.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 22 (6.71%) Desktop Support
11 19 (5.79%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 18 (5.49%) Desktop Engineer
13 15 (4.57%) Help Desk Analyst
14 13 (3.96%) Administrator
14 13 (3.96%) Architect
14 13 (3.96%) Server Engineer
14 13 (3.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 11 (3.35%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 10 (3.05%) Network Engineer
16 10 (3.05%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.22%) .NET
2 3 (0.91%) Middleware
2 3 (0.91%) SAP Basis
3 1 (0.30%) Web Services
3 1 (0.30%) ODBC
3 1 (0.30%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.30%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.30%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (9.45%) Blackberry
2 13 (3.96%) PDA
3 9 (2.74%) NHS
4 7 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.22%) Clustering
6 4 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (1.22%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (0.61%) PKI
7 2 (0.61%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.61%) Replication
7 2 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.61%) iPad
7 2 (0.61%) Mobile Computing
8 1 (0.30%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.30%) iPhone
8 1 (0.30%) FMCG
8 1 (0.30%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 274 (83.54%) Windows
2 118 (35.98%) Windows Server 2008
3 96 (29.27%) Windows 7
4 94 (28.66%) Windows XP
5 85 (25.91%) Windows Server 2003
6 43 (13.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (7.62%) Windows 8
8 20 (6.10%) UNIX
8 20 (6.10%) Linux
9 11 (3.35%) Windows 2000
10 7 (2.13%) Solaris
11 5 (1.52%) Windows 2000 Server
11 5 (1.52%) Windows Vista
12 4 (1.22%) HPUX
13 3 (0.91%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.30%) Android
14 1 (0.30%) CentOS
14 1 (0.30%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (22.26%) ITIL
2 33 (10.06%) Migration
3 16 (4.88%) Incident Management
4 10 (3.05%) Asset Management
5 9 (2.74%) Change Management
6 8 (2.44%) PRINCE2
6 8 (2.44%) CRM
7 7 (2.13%) Data Migration
7 7 (2.13%) Network Architecture
8 6 (1.83%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (1.83%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (1.83%) Project Management
8 6 (1.83%) Performance Monitoring
9 5 (1.52%) Mentoring
9 5 (1.52%) Service Management
10 4 (1.22%) Data Security
10 4 (1.22%) Kalman Filter
10 4 (1.22%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (0.91%) Root Cause Analysis
11 3 (0.91%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 28 (8.54%) SQL
2 12 (3.66%) PowerShell
3 7 (2.13%) T-SQL
4 4 (1.22%) VB
4 4 (1.22%) VBA
5 3 (0.91%) Shell Script
6 2 (0.61%) R
7 1 (0.30%) C
7 1 (0.30%) C#
7 1 (0.30%) PHP
7 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 34 (10.37%) Security Cleared
2 33 (10.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 31 (9.45%) SC Cleared
4 16 (4.88%) MCSE
5 11 (3.35%) MCP
6 6 (1.83%) MCITP
6 6 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
6 6 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.52%) CCNA
7 5 (1.52%) CCA
7 5 (1.52%) Citrix Certification
7 5 (1.52%) MCTS
7 5 (1.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (1.22%) MCSA
8 4 (1.22%) CCEA
9 3 (0.91%) CCNP
9 3 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.61%) CNE
10 2 (0.61%) Novell Certification
10 2 (0.61%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.96%) SLA
2 1 (0.30%) QA
System Software
1 59 (17.99%) VMware Infrastructure
2 44 (13.41%) XenApp
3 25 (7.62%) vSphere
4 24 (7.32%) Hyper-V
5 20 (6.10%) XenDesktop
6 19 (5.79%) XenServer
7 9 (2.74%) VMware ESX
8 8 (2.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (2.44%) VMware Server
9 5 (1.52%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.30%) KVM
11 1 (0.30%) Postfix
11 1 (0.30%) Firmware
11 1 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.30%) Xen
Systems Management
1 44 (13.41%) SCCM
2 19 (5.79%) SCOM
3 6 (1.83%) Backup Exec
4 5 (1.52%) Tivoli
4 5 (1.52%) NetBackup
5 3 (0.91%) SCOrch
5 3 (0.91%) SCSM
5 3 (0.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.91%) DameWare
6 2 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.61%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.30%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.30%) WSUS
Vendors
1 129 (39.33%) Microsoft
2 107 (32.62%) VMware
3 91 (27.74%) Citrix
4 26 (7.93%) Cisco
5 16 (4.88%) HP
6 14 (4.27%) Dell
7 12 (3.66%) NetApp
8 11 (3.35%) Lotus
9 9 (2.74%) Remedy
10 8 (2.44%) Red Hat
11 7 (2.13%) BT
12 6 (1.83%) Symantec
12 6 (1.83%) EMC
12 6 (1.83%) IBM
13 5 (1.52%) Oracle
13 5 (1.52%) Sophos
14 4 (1.22%) Google
14 4 (1.22%) McAfee
15 3 (0.91%) SAP
15 3 (0.91%) Brocade
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