The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for Active Directory skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Active Directory
South Wales / Cardiff
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 19 24
Rank change year-on-year +1 +5  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 22 21 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 6.75% 7.29% 5.56%
As % of the System Software category 51.16% 60.00% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 15
Median daily rate £180 £113 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.00% -57.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £85 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £350 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 2
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £10.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.53% +26.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £11.40 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.95 £16.60 £11.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  

Active Directory is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 43 35 25
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 13.19% 12.15% 7.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 17 20
Median daily rate £280 £350 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +32.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £99 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £475 £396
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Median hourly rate £16.28 £17.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% -26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £11.80 £9.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.62 £19.00 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.58% +22.85%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff citing Active Directory as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in Cardiff

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory in Cardiff.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in Cardiff

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in Cardiff over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in Cardiff

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 31 (77.50%) Windows
2 25 (62.50%) Microsoft
3 23 (57.50%) ITIL
4 22 (55.00%) VMware
5 17 (42.50%) Windows Server
5 17 (42.50%) MS Exchange
5 17 (42.50%) Citrix
5 17 (42.50%) Firewall
6 16 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (40.00%) CCNA
6 16 (40.00%) Cisco
7 13 (32.50%) HP
7 13 (32.50%) HP Data Protector
8 10 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
8 10 (25.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 10 (25.00%) Tivoli
8 10 (25.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 9 (22.50%) Windows 7
10 8 (20.00%) Internet
10 8 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
11 7 (17.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (15.00%) SLA
13 5 (12.50%) LAN
13 5 (12.50%) Office 365
14 4 (10.00%) Hyper-V
14 4 (10.00%) Windows XP
15 3 (7.50%) WAN
15 3 (7.50%) SAN
15 3 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (42.50%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (2.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (42.50%) Firewall
2 8 (20.00%) Internet
3 5 (12.50%) LAN
4 3 (7.50%) SAN
4 3 (7.50%) WAN
5 2 (5.00%) ADSL
5 2 (5.00%) NAS
5 2 (5.00%) Wireless
6 1 (2.50%) DNS
6 1 (2.50%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 9 (22.50%) Support Engineer
2 8 (20.00%) Analyst
2 8 (20.00%) Network Engineer
2 8 (20.00%) Server Engineer
2 8 (20.00%) Service Analyst
2 8 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (17.50%) Network Support
3 7 (17.50%) Network Support Engineer
3 7 (17.50%) Server Support
3 7 (17.50%) Technical Engineer
4 6 (15.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (15.00%) Server Support Engineer
4 6 (15.00%) Technical Support
5 5 (12.50%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (10.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 4 (10.00%) Technical Support Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) IT Technician
8 2 (5.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 2 (5.00%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.50%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.00%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 31 (77.50%) Windows
2 17 (42.50%) Windows Server
3 9 (22.50%) Windows 7
4 6 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (10.00%) Windows XP
6 3 (7.50%) Windows 10
6 3 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (5.00%) Android
8 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (57.50%) ITIL
2 2 (5.00%) Time Management
3 1 (2.50%) Application Packaging
3 1 (2.50%) Data Protection
3 1 (2.50%) Incident Management
3 1 (2.50%) ITSM
3 1 (2.50%) Mentoring
3 1 (2.50%) Migration
3 1 (2.50%) Project Management
3 1 (2.50%) Service Delivery
3 1 (2.50%) Service Management
3 1 (2.50%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (40.00%) CCNA
1 16 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (25.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 7 (17.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (2.50%) MCITP
4 1 (2.50%) MCSA
4 1 (2.50%) MCSE
4 1 (2.50%) MCTS
4 1 (2.50%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (15.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (10.00%) Hyper-V
3 2 (5.00%) Terminal Services
4 1 (2.50%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (32.50%) HP Data Protector
2 10 (25.00%) Tivoli
2 10 (25.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (5.00%) SCCM
4 1 (2.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 22 (55.00%) VMware
3 17 (42.50%) Citrix
4 16 (40.00%) Cisco
5 13 (32.50%) HP
6 2 (5.00%) Apple
6 2 (5.00%) Veeam
7 1 (2.50%) McAfee
7 1 (2.50%) NetApp
7 1 (2.50%) Oracle
7 1 (2.50%) SAP
7 1 (2.50%) SonicWALL
7 1 (2.50%) Symantec
7 1 (2.50%) Veritas