Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 6 months to 21 November 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 31 26
Rank change year-on-year +8 -5 -5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 291 315 249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.01% 5.11% 5.05%
As % of the System Software category 54.29% 57.90% 54.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 195 126
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +10.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £138 £124 £138
90th Percentile £488 £496 £481
England median daily rate £300 £325 £308
% change year-on-year -7.69% +5.61% +2.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 59 67
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.22 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.35% - -
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.00 £10.18
90th Percentile £21.50 £18.90 £18.25
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00

Active Directory is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 536 544 455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.07% 8.82% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 282 207
West Midlands median daily rate £385 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +15.38% +8.33%
10th Percentile £161 £133 £145
90th Percentile £569 £513 £475
England median daily rate £425 £410 £375
% change year-on-year +3.66% +9.33% +8.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 63 77
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.22 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.35% -13.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £10.55 £10.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £21.00 £21.22 £33.55
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the West Midlands

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +13 137 £363 +5.53% 8
Warwickshire -1 40 £245 +81.48% 7
Coventry +1 29 £173 -49.85% 10
Staffordshire +12 20 £388 +21.09% 5
Herefordshire +7 9 £341 +24.09%
Worcestershire +2 9 £163 -45.83% 2
Solihull +5 8 £350 +24.44% 4
Wolverhampton +4 8 £113 +18.42% 6
Dudley - 3 £248 -
Walsall -2 1 £193 +54.00%
Shropshire -16 1 £365 +10.61% 9
Smethwick - 1 £295 -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 196 (67.35%) Windows
2 125 (42.96%) Microsoft
3 86 (29.55%) Office 365
4 83 (28.52%) Windows Server
5 75 (25.77%) VMware
6 64 (21.99%) MS Exchange
7 55 (18.90%) ITIL
7 55 (18.90%) PowerShell
8 54 (18.56%) Citrix
9 51 (17.53%) Windows 7
10 49 (16.84%) Microsoft Azure
11 45 (15.46%) Windows Server 2012
12 44 (15.12%) Windows Server 2008
13 43 (14.78%) Cisco
13 43 (14.78%) DNS
14 41 (14.09%) DHCP
14 41 (14.09%) Windows 10
15 38 (13.06%) SharePoint
16 35 (12.03%) SCCM
17 34 (11.68%) Microsoft Office
18 33 (11.34%) VMware Infrastructure
19 31 (10.65%) SQL
19 31 (10.65%) Migration
19 31 (10.65%) Firewall
20 30 (10.31%) LAN
20 30 (10.31%) McAfee
21 27 (9.28%) Hyper-V
22 26 (8.93%) SQL Server
23 25 (8.59%) Linux
23 25 (8.59%) Symantec

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 64 (21.99%) MS Exchange
2 38 (13.06%) SharePoint
3 19 (6.53%) Skype for Business
4 15 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 13 (4.47%) SharePoint 2010
6 10 (3.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 8 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (2.75%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (2.06%) Tomcat
9 4 (1.37%) WebSphere
10 3 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.03%) IIS
11 2 (0.69%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2000
11 2 (0.69%) WordPress
12 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 5.5
12 1 (0.34%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.34%) nginx
12 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 34 (11.68%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.72%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 86 (29.55%) Office 365
2 49 (16.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (5.84%) Azure Active Directory
4 15 (5.15%) IaaS
4 15 (5.15%) PaaS
5 10 (3.44%) OneDrive
6 6 (2.06%) Amazon AWS
7 4 (1.37%) G Suite
7 4 (1.37%) SaaS
8 1 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.34%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.34%) Data Lake Analytics
8 1 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.34%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 43 (14.78%) DNS
2 41 (14.09%) DHCP
3 31 (10.65%) Firewall
4 30 (10.31%) LAN
5 24 (8.25%) WAN
6 21 (7.22%) VPN
7 16 (5.50%) SAN
8 10 (3.44%) Skype
8 10 (3.44%) TCP/IP
9 9 (3.09%) VoIP
9 9 (3.09%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (2.75%) LDAP
10 8 (2.75%) Unified Communications
11 6 (2.06%) Network Security
11 6 (2.06%) TACACS
12 5 (1.72%) CTI
12 5 (1.72%) H.323
12 5 (1.72%) PBX
13 4 (1.37%) Kerberos
13 4 (1.37%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (2.41%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.37%) MySQL
4 4 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (0.69%) DTS
5 2 (0.69%) EDRMS
5 2 (0.69%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.69%) MS Access
5 2 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.69%) Power BI
5 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.34%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.34%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.34%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 10 (3.44%) WinAutomation
2 3 (1.03%) MSI
3 1 (0.34%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.34%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.34%) Subversion
3 1 (0.34%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (7.22%) Finance
2 14 (4.81%) Retail
3 7 (2.41%) Legal
4 6 (2.06%) Banking
5 3 (1.03%) Advertising
6 2 (0.69%) French Language
6 2 (0.69%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.34%) Back Office
7 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.34%) Military
7 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 52 (17.87%) Analyst
2 30 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 28 (9.62%) Support Engineer
4 24 (8.25%) Consultant
5 22 (7.56%) Administrator
5 22 (7.56%) Desktop Support
6 21 (7.22%) 2nd Line Support
7 18 (6.19%) Service Analyst
7 18 (6.19%) Service Desk Analyst
7 18 (6.19%) Support Analyst
8 15 (5.15%) Architect
9 14 (4.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 14 (4.81%) Active Directory Consultant
9 14 (4.81%) Active Directory Engineer
10 12 (4.12%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 12 (4.12%) 3rd Line Support
10 12 (4.12%) IT Support
11 11 (3.78%) Azure Engineer
11 11 (3.78%) Systems Administrator
12 10 (3.44%) Active Directory Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.72%) .NET
1 5 (1.72%) XMPP
2 4 (1.37%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.03%) Web Services
4 2 (0.69%) Lucene
4 2 (0.69%) Node.js
5 1 (0.34%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.34%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.34%) CSS
5 1 (0.34%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.34%) HTML
5 1 (0.34%) JSON
5 1 (0.34%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.34%) OpenID
5 1 (0.34%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 23 (7.90%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.50%) FMCG
3 13 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.47%) Blackberry
3 13 (4.47%) Fat Client
3 13 (4.47%) Thin Client
4 10 (3.44%) PKI
5 9 (3.09%) Replication
6 6 (2.06%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.72%) IVR
8 4 (1.37%) Driving Licence
8 4 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (1.37%) Wiki
9 2 (0.69%) Clustering
9 2 (0.69%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.69%) iPhone
9 2 (0.69%) RSA SecurID
10 1 (0.34%) CESG
10 1 (0.34%) Interactive TV
10 1 (0.34%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 196 (67.35%) Windows
2 83 (28.52%) Windows Server
3 51 (17.53%) Windows 7
4 45 (15.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 44 (15.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (14.09%) Windows 10
7 25 (8.59%) Linux
8 23 (7.90%) Windows 8
9 16 (5.50%) Windows XP
10 14 (4.81%) Windows Server 2003
11 12 (4.12%) Unix
12 10 (3.44%) Android
13 9 (3.09%) Apple iOS
14 6 (2.06%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (1.03%) Mac OS X
15 3 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.69%) AIX
17 1 (0.34%) Solaris
17 1 (0.34%) Ubuntu
17 1 (0.34%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (18.90%) ITIL
2 31 (10.65%) Migration
3 17 (5.84%) Service Management
4 16 (5.50%) Problem Management
5 14 (4.81%) Change Management
5 14 (4.81%) Incident Management
5 14 (4.81%) Service Delivery
6 13 (4.47%) Disaster Recovery
7 12 (4.12%) Mobile Device Management
7 12 (4.12%) Software Deployment
8 10 (3.44%) Logistics
8 10 (3.44%) Task Automation
9 9 (3.09%) DevOps
9 9 (3.09%) Identity Management
10 8 (2.75%) Configuration Management
10 8 (2.75%) Information Security
10 8 (2.75%) ITIL V3
10 8 (2.75%) Line Management
10 8 (2.75%) Release Management
10 8 (2.75%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (18.90%) PowerShell
2 31 (10.65%) SQL
3 20 (6.87%) C#
4 13 (4.47%) Python
5 11 (3.78%) VB
6 7 (2.41%) Java
7 3 (1.03%) Perl
7 3 (1.03%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.69%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.34%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.34%) ES6
9 1 (0.34%) PHP
9 1 (0.34%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 22 (7.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (6.53%) Degree
2 19 (6.53%) MCSE
3 13 (4.47%) MCSA
3 13 (4.47%) Security Cleared
4 9 (3.09%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (2.75%) DV Cleared
6 7 (2.41%) CCIE
7 6 (2.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (1.37%) CCNP
8 4 (1.37%) SC Cleared
9 3 (1.03%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (1.03%) Master's Degree
9 3 (1.03%) MCP
9 3 (1.03%) MCTS
10 2 (0.69%) CCA
10 2 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.69%) MCITP
10 2 (0.69%) RHCE
10 2 (0.69%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (7.90%) SLA
2 2 (0.69%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.34%) COBIT
3 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 33 (11.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (9.28%) Hyper-V
3 16 (5.50%) Microsoft App-V
3 16 (5.50%) XenApp
4 11 (3.78%) Terminal Services
5 10 (3.44%) VMware Workstation
6 9 (3.09%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (3.09%) vSphere
7 8 (2.75%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (2.41%) BitLocker
8 7 (2.41%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.69%) Docker
11 2 (0.69%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.34%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.34%) Samba
12 1 (0.34%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 35 (12.03%) SCCM
2 21 (7.22%) WSUS
3 18 (6.19%) Norton AntiVirus
4 11 (3.78%) Backup Exec
5 10 (3.44%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (3.44%) SafeCom
6 6 (2.06%) SCOM
7 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.69%) Cisco LMS
8 2 (0.69%) Puppet
8 2 (0.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.34%) Ansible
9 1 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.34%) Kibana
9 1 (0.34%) logstash
9 1 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.34%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.34%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.34%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 125 (42.96%) Microsoft
2 75 (25.77%) VMware
3 54 (18.56%) Citrix
4 43 (14.78%) Cisco
5 30 (10.31%) McAfee
6 25 (8.59%) Symantec
7 22 (7.56%) IBM
8 20 (6.87%) NetApp
9 11 (3.78%) HP
10 10 (3.44%) Apple
10 10 (3.44%) Wyse
11 9 (3.09%) Oracle
12 7 (2.41%) Sophos
12 7 (2.41%) Veeam
13 6 (2.06%) Dell
13 6 (2.06%) Google
13 6 (2.06%) ServiceNow
13 6 (2.06%) SolarWinds
14 5 (1.72%) Avaya
14 5 (1.72%) Juniper