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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 17 18
Rank change year-on-year -4 +1  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 189 239 246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 7.27% 8.21% 7.88%
As % of the System Software category 62.58% 67.90% 75.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 132 115
Median daily rate £311 £321 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.11% +22.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £125 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £473 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £309 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -3.51% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 24 43
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.24 £10.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.90 £26.15 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  

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 302 352 324
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 11.62% 12.09% 10.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 201 159
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £172 £133 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £350
% change year-on-year -5.40% +5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 35 44
Median hourly rate £15.89 £18.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.12% +12.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.53 £8.83 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £41.30 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.10%  

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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 +9 64 £319 +11.84% 16
Wiltshire -13 43 £266 -29.00% 1
Gloucestershire 0 36 £120 -17.24% 2
Somerset -2 15 £350 +40.00% 4
Devon -6 12 £170 -60.46% 2
Cornwall -7 3 - - 1
Dorset -5 2 £425 +46.55% 7
Avon - 1 - -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 305 (81.99%) Windows
2 150 (40.32%) Windows Server
3 128 (34.41%) Microsoft
4 116 (31.18%) VMware
5 111 (29.84%) Windows 7
6 84 (22.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 77 (20.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 72 (19.35%) VMware Infrastructure
8 72 (19.35%) DNS
9 71 (19.09%) Security Cleared
10 69 (18.55%) MS Office
11 68 (18.28%) ITIL
12 63 (16.94%) MS Exchange
13 58 (15.59%) Office 365
14 56 (15.05%) Citrix
15 51 (13.71%) MS Excel
16 48 (12.90%) SC Cleared
17 47 (12.63%) Linux
17 47 (12.63%) Windows 10
18 46 (12.37%) Cisco
18 46 (12.37%) Finance
19 40 (10.75%) Firewall
20 38 (10.22%) SCCM
21 37 (9.95%) HP
22 36 (9.68%) DHCP
22 36 (9.68%) SQL Server
23 35 (9.41%) WAN
24 34 (9.14%) LAN
24 34 (9.14%) Windows Server 2003
24 34 (9.14%) PowerShell

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 63 (16.94%) MS Exchange
2 31 (8.33%) SharePoint
3 27 (7.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (5.65%) Skype for Business
5 20 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (4.03%) IIS
7 13 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2007
8 11 (2.96%) Apache
9 9 (2.42%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (2.15%) Confluence
11 7 (1.88%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (1.88%) Tomcat
12 5 (1.34%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.81%) GlassFish
14 2 (0.54%) Live Communications Server
14 2 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
15 1 (0.27%) ArcGIS
15 1 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 1 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 69 (18.55%) MS Office
2 51 (13.71%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.88%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.61%) MS Project
5 4 (1.08%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.27%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (2.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (1.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.08%) Pegasus Opera
4 1 (0.27%) Fredhopper
4 1 (0.27%) Magento
4 1 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 58 (15.59%) Office 365
2 23 (6.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (5.91%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.81%) IaaS
5 1 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.27%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.27%) PaaS
5 1 (0.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (19.35%) DNS
2 40 (10.75%) Firewall
3 36 (9.68%) DHCP
4 35 (9.41%) WAN
5 34 (9.14%) LAN
6 29 (7.80%) VPN
7 22 (5.91%) Wireless
8 20 (5.38%) SAN
9 17 (4.57%) Network Security
9 17 (4.57%) TCP/IP
10 16 (4.30%) SSL
11 13 (3.49%) Remote Desktop
11 13 (3.49%) Skype
12 11 (2.96%) Internet
12 11 (2.96%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (2.69%) LDAP
14 8 (2.15%) VLAN
15 6 (1.61%) NetScaler
15 6 (1.61%) VoIP
16 5 (1.34%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (9.68%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.23%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (1.61%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.34%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (1.34%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.08%) Crystal Reports
6 4 (1.08%) Redis
7 2 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.54%) MS Access
7 2 (0.54%) MySQL
7 2 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.54%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.27%) DB2
8 1 (0.27%) Informix
8 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (2.15%) JIRA
2 7 (1.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 7 (1.88%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.08%) ReSharper
3 4 (1.08%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.54%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.54%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.54%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (0.54%) Selenium
4 2 (0.54%) SpecFlow
4 2 (0.54%) TeamCity
General
1 46 (12.37%) Finance
2 17 (4.57%) Telecoms
3 13 (3.49%) Military
4 11 (2.96%) Manufacturing
4 11 (2.96%) Marketing
5 8 (2.15%) Electronics
6 6 (1.61%) Banking
7 4 (1.08%) Games
7 4 (1.08%) Local Government
8 3 (0.81%) Retail
9 2 (0.54%) Back Office
9 2 (0.54%) Law
10 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.27%) Billing
10 1 (0.27%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 61 (16.40%) Analyst
2 58 (15.59%) Support Engineer
3 50 (13.44%) 2nd Line Support
4 35 (9.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 28 (7.53%) IT Support
6 25 (6.72%) 1st Line Support
6 25 (6.72%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 24 (6.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 24 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 24 (6.45%) Architect
8 23 (6.18%) Desktop Support
8 23 (6.18%) Support Analyst
9 21 (5.65%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 21 (5.65%) Service Analyst
10 20 (5.38%) Service Desk Analyst
11 18 (4.84%) Systems Engineer
12 16 (4.30%) Help Desk Support
13 14 (3.76%) Desktop Engineer
14 13 (3.49%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
14 13 (3.49%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (4.03%) .NET
2 10 (2.69%) ASP.NET
3 8 (2.15%) Web Services
4 7 (1.88%) Elastic Stack
4 7 (1.88%) WebCenter
5 6 (1.61%) AppFabric
5 6 (1.61%) CSS
5 6 (1.61%) HTML
5 6 (1.61%) WCF
6 4 (1.08%) .NET Framework
6 4 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (1.08%) CSS3
6 4 (1.08%) HTML5
6 4 (1.08%) Kendo UI
6 4 (1.08%) SignalR
7 3 (0.81%) XML
8 2 (0.54%) LAMP
8 2 (0.54%) Middleware
8 2 (0.54%) SAML
8 2 (0.54%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (4.84%) Client/Server
2 18 (4.84%) Fat Client
2 18 (4.84%) Thin Client
3 17 (4.57%) Data Centre
4 14 (3.76%) Replication
5 10 (2.69%) Clustering
5 10 (2.69%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.69%) Smartphone
6 8 (2.15%) CMDB
6 8 (2.15%) EMC VNX
6 8 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (1.88%) Blackberry
7 7 (1.88%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.61%) PKI
9 5 (1.34%) iPhone
9 5 (1.34%) User Experience
10 3 (0.81%) CESG
10 3 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.81%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 305 (81.99%) Windows
2 150 (40.32%) Windows Server
3 111 (29.84%) Windows 7
4 84 (22.58%) Windows Server 2008
5 77 (20.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (12.63%) Linux
6 47 (12.63%) Windows 10
7 34 (9.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 27 (7.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 24 (6.45%) Windows 8
10 20 (5.38%) Windows XP
11 11 (2.96%) Unix
12 9 (2.42%) Android
12 9 (2.42%) Mac OS X
13 7 (1.88%) Amazon Linux
14 5 (1.34%) Apple iOS
14 5 (1.34%) Solaris
15 4 (1.08%) CentOS
15 4 (1.08%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (18.28%) ITIL
2 31 (8.33%) Incident Management
3 29 (7.80%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (6.45%) Migration
5 22 (5.91%) Change Management
6 21 (5.65%) DevOps
7 14 (3.76%) Problem Management
7 14 (3.76%) Service Delivery
8 13 (3.49%) Project Management
9 12 (3.23%) Load Balancing
9 12 (3.23%) Service Management
9 12 (3.23%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (2.96%) Information Security
10 11 (2.96%) PRINCE2
11 10 (2.69%) Business Continuity
12 9 (2.42%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (2.42%) Continuous Integration
12 9 (2.42%) ITSM
12 9 (2.42%) Network Management
13 8 (2.15%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 34 (9.14%) PowerShell
2 17 (4.57%) SQL
3 11 (2.96%) Java
4 7 (1.88%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.61%) C#
6 5 (1.34%) Bash Shell
7 4 (1.08%) AWK
7 4 (1.08%) Perl
7 4 (1.08%) TypeScript
7 4 (1.08%) VBScript
8 3 (0.81%) PHP
8 3 (0.81%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.54%) F#
9 2 (0.54%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.27%) C++
10 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.27%) VB
10 1 (0.27%) VB6
Qualifications
1 71 (19.09%) Security Cleared
2 48 (12.90%) SC Cleared
3 24 (6.45%) DV Cleared
4 17 (4.57%) ITIL Certification
5 15 (4.03%) DBS Check
6 13 (3.49%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (2.96%) MCSE
8 7 (1.88%) ISEB
9 6 (1.61%) CCNA
9 6 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (1.61%) ISTQB
10 5 (1.34%) SANS
10 5 (1.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (1.08%) Degree
11 4 (1.08%) MCITP
11 4 (1.08%) RHCE
12 3 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.81%) CHECK Team Member
12 3 (0.81%) CISM
12 3 (0.81%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.57%) SLA
2 8 (2.15%) QA
3 6 (1.61%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.08%) JSP 440
4 4 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 72 (19.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (7.53%) Microsoft App-V
3 18 (4.84%) VMware ESX
4 17 (4.57%) Hyper-V
5 16 (4.30%) XenApp
6 13 (3.49%) XenDesktop
7 10 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (2.42%) Virtual Desktop
9 7 (1.88%) BitLocker
9 7 (1.88%) DFS Replication
9 7 (1.88%) Docker
9 7 (1.88%) ISA Server
10 6 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (1.61%) vSphere
11 5 (1.34%) Snort
11 5 (1.34%) Terminal Services
11 5 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (1.08%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 3 (0.81%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.54%) OCFS2
Systems Management
1 38 (10.22%) SCCM
2 14 (3.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 10 (2.69%) Ansible
4 9 (2.42%) vRealize
4 9 (2.42%) WSUS
5 8 (2.15%) NetBackup
6 7 (1.88%) Icinga
6 7 (1.88%) Kibana
6 7 (1.88%) logstash
6 7 (1.88%) SCOrch
6 7 (1.88%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 6 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
8 5 (1.34%) Nagios
8 5 (1.34%) SCOM
9 4 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (1.08%) Netcool
9 4 (1.08%) Puppet
9 4 (1.08%) Zenoss
10 3 (0.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 128 (34.41%) Microsoft
2 116 (31.18%) VMware
3 56 (15.05%) Citrix
4 46 (12.37%) Cisco
5 37 (9.95%) HP
6 33 (8.87%) Red Hat
7 28 (7.53%) Oracle
8 25 (6.72%) Dell
9 18 (4.84%) Apple
10 14 (3.76%) AppSense
10 14 (3.76%) Symantec
11 12 (3.23%) SAP
11 12 (3.23%) Wyse
12 11 (2.96%) Sophos
13 9 (2.42%) Intel Security
13 9 (2.42%) Juniper
14 8 (2.15%) EMC
14 8 (2.15%) NetApp
15 7 (1.88%) CheckPoint
15 7 (1.88%) Veritas
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