The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 27 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 West
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 14 21
Rank change year-on-year -17 +7  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 148 254 200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 5.42% 8.52% 6.49%
As % of the System Software category 45.96% 61.06% 67.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 116 97
Median daily rate £275 £311 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.64% +31.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £135 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £580 £457
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 32 44
Median hourly rate £39.50 £14.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +172.41% -15.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.69 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £24.65 £21.35
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 the South West with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 322 416 298
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 11.79% 13.96% 9.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 236 155
Median daily rate £375 £389 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +19.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £223 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £638 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 37 52
Median hourly rate £47.50 £15.36 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +209.34% -23.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £11.09 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £34.70 £22.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -27.64% +28.57%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 the South West

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the South West

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the South West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the South West

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the South West

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the South West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the South West

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 27 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
Bristol -21 43 £275 -17.91% 21
Wiltshire -13 35 £270 -13.60% 8
Gloucestershire +3 29 £275 -15.38% 10
Somerset -17 18 £188 -28.57% 6
Dorset +11 15 £400 +196.29% 10
Devon -13 4 £158 -34.37% 1
Cornwall -9 1 - -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 West region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 285 (83.33%) Windows
2 132 (38.60%) Windows Server
3 125 (36.55%) Microsoft
4 103 (30.12%) VMware
5 102 (29.82%) Windows 7
6 90 (26.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 85 (24.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 80 (23.39%) Office 365
9 75 (21.93%) MS Exchange
10 74 (21.64%) Security Cleared
11 70 (20.47%) Windows 10
12 67 (19.59%) DNS
13 61 (17.84%) Citrix
14 52 (15.20%) VMware Infrastructure
15 49 (14.33%) SC Cleared
15 49 (14.33%) SCCM
16 48 (14.04%) Linux
17 43 (12.57%) SQL Server
17 43 (12.57%) Microsoft Office
18 42 (12.28%) DHCP
19 41 (11.99%) ITIL
19 41 (11.99%) PowerShell
19 41 (11.99%) Exchange Server 2010
20 40 (11.70%) Finance
21 39 (11.40%) Cisco
21 39 (11.40%) Windows Server 2003
22 36 (10.53%) SQL
23 35 (10.23%) Firewall
24 34 (9.94%) VPN
24 34 (9.94%) LAN

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 75 (21.93%) MS Exchange
2 41 (11.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 34 (9.94%) Exchange Server 2013
3 34 (9.94%) SharePoint
4 28 (8.19%) Skype for Business
5 14 (4.09%) SharePoint 2013
6 12 (3.51%) Apache
6 12 (3.51%) IIS
7 10 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (2.34%) Tomcat
9 7 (2.05%) Confluence
9 7 (2.05%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (1.46%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.88%) GlassFish
13 2 (0.58%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.58%) Live Communications Server
13 2 (0.58%) OpenStack
14 1 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 43 (12.57%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (3.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (1.17%) Pegasus Opera
3 2 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 80 (23.39%) Office 365
2 32 (9.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (4.09%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.58%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.29%) IaaS
5 1 (0.29%) PaaS
5 1 (0.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (19.59%) DNS
2 42 (12.28%) DHCP
3 35 (10.23%) Firewall
4 34 (9.94%) LAN
4 34 (9.94%) VPN
5 32 (9.36%) WAN
6 23 (6.73%) Skype
7 18 (5.26%) SAN
8 17 (4.97%) Wireless
9 16 (4.68%) TCP/IP
10 15 (4.39%) VLAN
11 13 (3.80%) Remote Desktop
11 13 (3.80%) Wi-Fi
12 11 (3.22%) Internet
12 11 (3.22%) LDAP
13 10 (2.92%) NetScaler
14 9 (2.63%) SSL
15 8 (2.34%) Network Security
16 6 (1.75%) Cisco ASA
16 6 (1.75%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (12.57%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.09%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (3.80%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (2.34%) MySQL
5 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (1.17%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (1.17%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.88%) MS Access
9 2 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.58%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.29%) Power BI
10 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (2.05%) JIRA
2 6 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 6 (1.75%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.58%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.58%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.58%) MSI
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (0.58%) Selenium
4 2 (0.58%) SpecFlow
4 2 (0.58%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.58%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.29%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.29%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.29%) Redmine
5 1 (0.29%) ReSharper
5 1 (0.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 40 (11.70%) Finance
2 21 (6.14%) Telecoms
3 17 (4.97%) Manufacturing
4 12 (3.51%) Electronics
4 12 (3.51%) Marketing
5 6 (1.75%) Back Office
6 4 (1.17%) Banking
7 3 (0.88%) Billing
8 2 (0.58%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.58%) Law
8 2 (0.58%) Retail
9 1 (0.29%) Front Office
9 1 (0.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 64 (18.71%) Support Engineer
2 58 (16.96%) Analyst
3 39 (11.40%) 2nd Line Support
4 32 (9.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 25 (7.31%) Desktop Support
6 24 (7.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 22 (6.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 22 (6.43%) IT Support
7 22 (6.43%) Support Analyst
8 21 (6.14%) 1st Line Support
8 21 (6.14%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 19 (5.56%) Systems Engineer
10 17 (4.97%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 16 (4.68%) 3rd Line Support
11 16 (4.68%) Architect
11 16 (4.68%) Windows Engineer
12 15 (4.39%) Desktop Engineer
13 14 (4.09%) Consultant
13 14 (4.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 13 (3.80%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.75%) .NET
1 6 (1.75%) Elastic Stack
1 6 (1.75%) WebCenter
2 5 (1.46%) SailPoint
3 3 (0.88%) LAMP
3 3 (0.88%) XML
4 2 (0.58%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.58%) CSS
4 2 (0.58%) HTML
4 2 (0.58%) LAPP Stack
4 2 (0.58%) Middleware
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle Fusion
4 2 (0.58%) SAML
4 2 (0.58%) Web Services
4 2 (0.58%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (0.29%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.29%) Kendo UI
5 1 (0.29%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.29%) OpenVZ
5 1 (0.29%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 13 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
1 13 (3.80%) Client/Server
2 11 (3.22%) Fat Client
2 11 (3.22%) Thin Client
3 10 (2.92%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.05%) Data Centre
5 7 (2.05%) iPhone
6 6 (1.75%) CMDB
6 6 (1.75%) Public Cloud
6 6 (1.75%) VAX
7 5 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.46%) RIA
8 4 (1.17%) Clustering
8 4 (1.17%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.17%) Smartphone
9 3 (0.88%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.88%) FlexPod
9 3 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.88%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 285 (83.33%) Windows
2 132 (38.60%) Windows Server
3 102 (29.82%) Windows 7
4 90 (26.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 85 (24.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 70 (20.47%) Windows 10
7 48 (14.04%) Linux
8 39 (11.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (7.60%) Windows 8
10 17 (4.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (4.09%) Unix
12 13 (3.80%) Windows XP
13 9 (2.63%) CentOS
13 9 (2.63%) Mac OS X
14 8 (2.34%) Apple iOS
15 7 (2.05%) Android
16 6 (1.75%) Amazon Linux
17 4 (1.17%) Windows Vista
18 2 (0.58%) Oracle Linux
18 2 (0.58%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (11.99%) ITIL
2 32 (9.36%) Incident Management
2 32 (9.36%) Migration
3 24 (7.02%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
5 18 (5.26%) Service Delivery
6 15 (4.39%) Change Management
7 14 (4.09%) Business Intelligence
8 13 (3.80%) DevOps
8 13 (3.80%) Project Management
9 12 (3.51%) Digital Marketing
9 12 (3.51%) Programme Management
10 11 (3.22%) Web Development
11 9 (2.63%) Identity Management
11 9 (2.63%) Information Security
11 9 (2.63%) Service Management
12 8 (2.34%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (2.34%) Information Security Management
12 8 (2.34%) Security Management
12 8 (2.34%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (11.99%) PowerShell
2 36 (10.53%) SQL
3 9 (2.63%) Java
4 8 (2.34%) PHP
5 5 (1.46%) Bash Shell
5 5 (1.46%) Perl
5 5 (1.46%) VBScript
6 3 (0.88%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.88%) Shell Script
6 3 (0.88%) VB
7 2 (0.58%) C#
7 2 (0.58%) F#
7 2 (0.58%) Python
7 2 (0.58%) Ruby
8 1 (0.29%) C++
8 1 (0.29%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.29%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.29%) VB6
Qualifications
1 74 (21.64%) Security Cleared
2 49 (14.33%) SC Cleared
3 23 (6.73%) DV Cleared
4 12 (3.51%) DBS Check
5 10 (2.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (2.05%) MCSE
7 6 (1.75%) SANS
8 5 (1.46%) CCNA
8 5 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.17%) Degree
10 3 (0.88%) NVQ Level 4
11 2 (0.58%) MCSA
12 1 (0.29%) CCNP
12 1 (0.29%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.29%) MCITP
12 1 (0.29%) MCP
12 1 (0.29%) RHCE
12 1 (0.29%) RHCSS
12 1 (0.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.26%) SLA
2 5 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.88%) RMADS
5 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.58%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.29%) QA
System Software
1 52 (15.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 30 (8.77%) Hyper-V
3 23 (6.73%) Microsoft App-V
4 15 (4.39%) XenApp
5 9 (2.63%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.63%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (2.34%) XenDesktop
7 7 (2.05%) DFS Replication
7 7 (2.05%) ISA Server
8 6 (1.75%) Docker
8 6 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (1.46%) Samba
9 5 (1.46%) Squid
9 5 (1.46%) VMware Server
10 3 (0.88%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.88%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.58%) GFS2
11 2 (0.58%) OCFS2
11 2 (0.58%) Xen
Systems Management
1 49 (14.33%) SCCM
2 14 (4.09%) SCOM
3 13 (3.80%) SCOrch
4 12 (3.51%) WSUS
5 11 (3.22%) McAfee ePO
6 10 (2.92%) AirWatch
7 9 (2.63%) Ansible
7 9 (2.63%) Nagios
8 7 (2.05%) NetBackup
9 6 (1.75%) Icinga
9 6 (1.75%) Kibana
9 6 (1.75%) logstash
10 5 (1.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 5 (1.46%) vRealize
10 5 (1.46%) Webmin
10 5 (1.46%) Xymon
11 4 (1.17%) Netcool
11 4 (1.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 4 (1.17%) SCSM
12 3 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 125 (36.55%) Microsoft
2 103 (30.12%) VMware
3 61 (17.84%) Citrix
4 39 (11.40%) Cisco
5 29 (8.48%) Oracle
5 29 (8.48%) Red Hat
6 23 (6.73%) Dell
7 22 (6.43%) HP
8 16 (4.68%) SAP
9 15 (4.39%) Apple
10 14 (4.09%) McAfee
11 12 (3.51%) NetApp
12 10 (2.92%) Sophos
13 8 (2.34%) AppSense
13 8 (2.34%) CA
13 8 (2.34%) Juniper
13 8 (2.34%) Symantec
13 8 (2.34%) Veeam
14 7 (2.05%) Atlassian
14 7 (2.05%) Wyse
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