The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 28 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
England / South East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 27 25 16
Rank change year-on-year -2 -9  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 467 608 771
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.04% 6.77% 8.28%
As % of the System Software category 48.44% 51.92% 63.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 334 377
Median daily rate £325 £348 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.47% -0.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £143 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £324 £300
% change year-on-year -7.44% +8.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 89 128
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.91% -7.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.13 £10.50 £11.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.95 £46.37 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.67 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -8.31% +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 the South East with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 964 1171 1215
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 12.48% 13.04% 13.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 948 1126 1146
Median daily rate £400 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £214 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £525 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 169 187
Median hourly rate £17.75 £23.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.82% +9.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.45 £12.20 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £48.29 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the South East

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the South East

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the South East over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the South East

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the South East

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the South East over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the South East

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -4 102 £355 -5.33% 30
Hampshire -11 100 £281 -20.21% 26
Surrey -2 81 £275 -24.13% 25
Buckinghamshire +4 77 £331 -20.80% 15
West Sussex -1 43 £300 -7.69% 5
Kent 0 30 £338 -17.17% 10
Oxfordshire -23 26 £338 +8.87% 14
Middlesex - 3 £460 - 1
East Sussex -11 1 - - 1
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 South East region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 723 (76.35%) Windows
2 423 (44.67%) Microsoft
3 294 (31.05%) VMware
4 292 (30.83%) Windows Server
5 230 (24.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 210 (22.18%) Windows 7
7 209 (22.07%) Security Cleared
8 177 (18.69%) ITIL
9 175 (18.48%) Office 365
9 175 (18.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 170 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
11 160 (16.90%) Microsoft Office
12 157 (16.58%) Citrix
13 153 (16.16%) MS Exchange
14 151 (15.95%) PowerShell
15 142 (14.99%) SC Cleared
16 140 (14.78%) Linux
17 136 (14.36%) DNS
18 134 (14.15%) SQL
19 129 (13.62%) SQL Server
20 125 (13.20%) SCCM
21 120 (12.67%) Windows 10
22 117 (12.35%) Migration
23 113 (11.93%) Microsoft Certification
24 108 (11.40%) HP
25 107 (11.30%) Firewall
26 100 (10.56%) Microsoft Azure
27 97 (10.24%) Windows Server 2003
28 89 (9.40%) DHCP
29 82 (8.66%) Cisco

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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
1 153 (16.16%) MS Exchange
2 78 (8.24%) SharePoint
3 61 (6.44%) Skype for Business
4 60 (6.34%) Exchange Server 2010
5 54 (5.70%) IIS
6 32 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (1.90%) Apache
7 18 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2003
7 18 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.06%) JBoss
9 9 (0.95%) WildFly
10 8 (0.84%) CMS
10 8 (0.84%) Drupal
10 8 (0.84%) WordPress
11 6 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
11 6 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.63%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.63%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.63%) WebSphere
12 5 (0.53%) EPiServer
Applications
1 160 (16.90%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (0.53%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.32%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.32%) Dynamics GP
5 3 (0.32%) Staffware
6 2 (0.21%) Bankmaster
6 2 (0.21%) Changepoint
6 2 (0.21%) Scribe Insight
7 1 (0.11%) assyst
7 1 (0.11%) FRx
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.11%) Primavera
7 1 (0.11%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.11%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 175 (18.48%) Office 365
2 100 (10.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (4.96%) Amazon AWS
4 40 (4.22%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (1.37%) IaaS
6 10 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.74%) PaaS
8 5 (0.53%) OneDrive
8 5 (0.53%) SaaS
9 4 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.32%) Yammer
11 2 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.21%) GitHub
11 2 (0.21%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (0.21%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.11%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.11%) G Suite
12 1 (0.11%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 136 (14.36%) DNS
2 107 (11.30%) Firewall
3 89 (9.40%) DHCP
4 64 (6.76%) TCP/IP
5 61 (6.44%) WAN
6 58 (6.12%) LAN
6 58 (6.12%) SAN
7 51 (5.39%) VPN
8 50 (5.28%) Skype
9 40 (4.22%) LDAP
10 23 (2.43%) IPsec
11 22 (2.32%) Internet
12 19 (2.01%) NAS
13 18 (1.90%) Wireless
14 16 (1.69%) VoIP
15 15 (1.58%) Network Security
15 15 (1.58%) SMTP
16 12 (1.27%) SSH
16 12 (1.27%) Unified Communications
17 10 (1.06%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (13.62%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
4 17 (1.80%) MySQL
5 16 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (1.37%) DB2
7 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
8 9 (0.95%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.42%) Big Data
10 4 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
10 4 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.32%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.32%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.32%) MS Access
11 3 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
12 2 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.21%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 18 (1.90%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.16%) MSI
3 10 (1.06%) Git (software)
3 10 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (0.84%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.53%) Eclipse
5 5 (0.53%) JIRA
6 4 (0.42%) ClearCase
6 4 (0.42%) ClearQuest
6 4 (0.42%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.42%) Oracle APEX
6 4 (0.42%) Selenium
6 4 (0.42%) SpecFlow
6 4 (0.42%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.32%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.32%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.21%) Log4Net
8 2 (0.21%) Subversion
8 2 (0.21%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.11%) Maven
General
1 68 (7.18%) Finance
2 21 (2.22%) Banking
2 21 (2.22%) Telecoms
3 17 (1.80%) Advertising
4 11 (1.16%) Legal
4 11 (1.16%) Marketing
5 10 (1.06%) Electronics
5 10 (1.06%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.06%) Military
6 7 (0.74%) Back Office
7 6 (0.63%) Retail
8 3 (0.32%) French Language
8 3 (0.32%) Local Government
9 2 (0.21%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.21%) German Language
9 2 (0.21%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.11%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.11%) Online Betting
10 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.11%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 197 (20.80%) Analyst
2 140 (14.78%) Support Engineer
3 89 (9.40%) Architect
4 78 (8.24%) 2nd Line Support
5 75 (7.92%) Service Analyst
6 73 (7.71%) Service Desk Analyst
7 72 (7.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 62 (6.55%) Desktop Support
9 55 (5.81%) Support Analyst
10 54 (5.70%) Consultant
11 53 (5.60%) IT Support
12 49 (5.17%) 1st Line Support
13 45 (4.75%) 3rd Line Support
13 45 (4.75%) Windows Engineer
14 42 (4.44%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 39 (4.12%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 39 (4.12%) IT Analyst
16 38 (4.01%) Service Desk Support
17 36 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 35 (3.70%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (2.43%) XML
2 21 (2.22%) .NET
2 21 (2.22%) Web Services
3 14 (1.48%) Middleware
4 11 (1.16%) YAML
5 10 (1.06%) JSON
6 5 (0.53%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.53%) SAML
7 4 (0.42%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (0.42%) CSS
7 4 (0.42%) REST
8 3 (0.32%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (0.32%) HTML
8 3 (0.32%) Node.js
8 3 (0.32%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.21%) ADO
9 2 (0.21%) COM+
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle Fusion
9 2 (0.21%) SAP Smart Forms
9 2 (0.21%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 71 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (4.54%) Clustering
2 43 (4.54%) Data Centre
3 32 (3.38%) PKI
4 29 (3.06%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.22%) Replication
6 18 (1.90%) Computer Science
7 16 (1.69%) Blackberry
8 15 (1.58%) Client/Server
9 14 (1.48%) NHS
10 13 (1.37%) Fat Client
10 13 (1.37%) Public Cloud
10 13 (1.37%) Thin Client
11 12 (1.27%) Smartphone
12 10 (1.06%) Mainframe
12 10 (1.06%) Video Conferencing
13 9 (0.95%) Driving Licence
14 8 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.74%) AS400
16 5 (0.53%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 723 (76.35%) Windows
2 292 (30.83%) Windows Server
3 230 (24.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 210 (22.18%) Windows 7
5 175 (18.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 140 (14.78%) Linux
7 120 (12.67%) Windows 10
8 97 (10.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 56 (5.91%) Unix
10 46 (4.86%) Windows XP
11 40 (4.22%) Windows 8
12 37 (3.91%) Windows Vista
13 34 (3.59%) Solaris
14 32 (3.38%) Android
15 20 (2.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 18 (1.90%) Apple iOS
17 14 (1.48%) CentOS
18 8 (0.84%) AIX
18 8 (0.84%) SUSE
19 5 (0.53%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (18.69%) ITIL
2 117 (12.35%) Migration
3 53 (5.60%) Change Management
4 42 (4.44%) Service Management
5 40 (4.22%) Problem Management
6 38 (4.01%) DevOps
7 36 (3.80%) Configuration Management
7 36 (3.80%) Virtual Environments
8 34 (3.59%) Project Management
8 34 (3.59%) Service Delivery
9 33 (3.48%) Incident Management
10 32 (3.38%) Agile Software Development
11 31 (3.27%) Server Building
12 29 (3.06%) ITIL V3
13 25 (2.64%) High Availability
14 23 (2.43%) Identity Management
14 23 (2.43%) ITSM
15 22 (2.32%) Patch Management
16 21 (2.22%) Customer Requirements
17 20 (2.11%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 151 (15.95%) PowerShell
2 134 (14.15%) SQL
3 34 (3.59%) VBScript
4 27 (2.85%) Python
5 26 (2.75%) Java
6 21 (2.22%) VB
7 12 (1.27%) Bash Shell
7 12 (1.27%) Perl
8 10 (1.06%) C#
9 8 (0.84%) PHP
10 7 (0.74%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.53%) JCL
11 5 (0.53%) Ruby
12 4 (0.42%) F#
12 4 (0.42%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.32%) C
13 3 (0.32%) C++
14 2 (0.21%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.11%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.11%) VB6
Qualifications
1 209 (22.07%) Security Cleared
2 142 (14.99%) SC Cleared
3 113 (11.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 69 (7.29%) DV Cleared
5 62 (6.55%) MCSE
6 49 (5.17%) MCSA
7 35 (3.70%) MCP
8 29 (3.06%) Degree
9 26 (2.75%) MCITP
10 23 (2.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 18 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
12 17 (1.80%) CCNA
13 16 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
14 13 (1.37%) CCNP
15 7 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (0.74%) MCTS
16 6 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
16 6 (0.63%) DBS Check
17 4 (0.42%) ISTQB
17 4 (0.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (6.02%) SLA
2 12 (1.27%) QA
3 9 (0.95%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.53%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.32%) PMO
7 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 170 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 80 (8.45%) Hyper-V
3 72 (7.60%) VMware ESXi
4 41 (4.33%) vSphere
5 29 (3.06%) XenApp
6 21 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
7 14 (1.48%) VMware Workstation
8 13 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (1.27%) XenDesktop
10 11 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.95%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.84%) ISA Server
13 8 (0.84%) vCloud
14 7 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
14 7 (0.74%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.63%) Forefront TMG
15 6 (0.63%) UAG
16 5 (0.53%) Docker
17 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 125 (13.20%) SCCM
2 43 (4.54%) WSUS
3 37 (3.91%) NetBackup
3 37 (3.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 30 (3.17%) Ansible
5 29 (3.06%) SCOM
6 20 (2.11%) AirWatch
6 20 (2.11%) Tivoli
7 19 (2.01%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (1.90%) Puppet
9 16 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
10 15 (1.58%) Netcool
11 11 (1.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 10 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
13 8 (0.84%) Backup Exec
13 8 (0.84%) Norton AntiVirus
13 8 (0.84%) Red Hat Satellite
13 8 (0.84%) vRealize
14 7 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
15 6 (0.63%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 423 (44.67%) Microsoft
2 294 (31.05%) VMware
3 157 (16.58%) Citrix
4 108 (11.40%) HP
5 82 (8.66%) Cisco
6 49 (5.17%) Oracle
7 45 (4.75%) McAfee
8 41 (4.33%) Symantec
9 34 (3.59%) NetApp
10 32 (3.38%) Veritas
11 30 (3.17%) Red Hat
12 27 (2.85%) Remedy
13 26 (2.75%) ServiceNow
14 24 (2.53%) SAP
15 20 (2.11%) Apple
16 16 (1.69%) Dell
17 14 (1.48%) IBM
17 14 (1.48%) Lumension
18 13 (1.37%) F5
18 13 (1.37%) MobileIron
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