Period
to 16 February 2019

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 16 February 2019 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
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 29 30 36
Rank change year-on-year +1 +6 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 337 263 262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.80% 5.49% 4.91%
As % of the System Software category 44.40% 51.57% 60.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 164 174
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £313 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.20% -2.34% +6.67%
10th Percentile £140 £130 £109
90th Percentile £475 £484 £475
England median daily rate £363 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +16.00% -3.85% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 37 48
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -4.27% +12.93%
10th Percentile £10.24 £9.30 £10.18
90th Percentile £20.23 £23.70 £19.57
England median hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.67% - +3.45%

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 759 510 430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.31% 10.65% 8.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 291 244
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% +7.94%
10th Percentile £174 £150 £121
90th Percentile £544 £575 £525
England median daily rate £475 £450 £419
% change year-on-year +5.56% +7.46% +8.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 47 52
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.13 £14.00 £14.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.04% -5.88% +17.13%
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.26 £10.25
90th Percentile £21.50 £35.90 £21.47
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +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 16 February 2019.

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 16 February 2019.

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 16 February 2019. 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 +11 114 £360 +12.94% 31
Warwickshire +12 66 £350 +62.79% 9
Coventry +2 58 £338 +3.85% 12
Staffordshire +22 38 £365 +46.00% 12
Herefordshire -5 21 £350 +133.33% 3
Worcestershire -7 10 £400 +100.00% 10
Solihull -3 8 £122 -65.14% 12
Shropshire -43 7 - - 2
Wolverhampton +2 5 - - 1
Walsall - 3 £169 - 1
Dudley +8 2 £250 +1.01%
Sutton Coldfield - 2 £350 - 1
Tipton - 1 - -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 231 (68.55%) Windows
2 168 (49.85%) Microsoft
3 113 (33.53%) Windows Server
4 100 (29.67%) Office 365
5 79 (23.44%) VMware
6 67 (19.88%) Microsoft Azure
7 66 (19.58%) ITIL
8 64 (18.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 61 (18.10%) Microsoft Office
10 60 (17.80%) Windows 10
11 58 (17.21%) SCCM
12 53 (15.73%) Windows 7
13 51 (15.13%) Citrix
14 39 (11.57%) Agile Software Development
15 38 (11.28%) MS Exchange
16 37 (10.98%) VMware Infrastructure
17 33 (9.79%) PowerShell
17 33 (9.79%) Migration
18 31 (9.20%) Firewall
18 31 (9.20%) Windows Server 2012
19 29 (8.61%) DNS
20 28 (8.31%) Hyper-V
21 27 (8.01%) Data Centre
22 26 (7.72%) Azure Active Directory
22 26 (7.72%) SQL
23 24 (7.12%) PaaS
24 23 (6.82%) SQL Server
24 23 (6.82%) Linux
24 23 (6.82%) LAN
24 23 (6.82%) WAN

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 38 (11.28%) MS Exchange
2 22 (6.53%) SharePoint
3 10 (2.97%) IIS
4 9 (2.67%) IBM Notes
5 7 (2.08%) Skype for Business
6 5 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.48%) JBoss
6 5 (1.48%) WebSphere
6 5 (1.48%) WildFly
7 4 (1.19%) CMS
8 3 (0.89%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.30%) Site Server
Applications
1 61 (18.10%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.30%) Houdini
6 1 (0.30%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.30%) Maya
6 1 (0.30%) NUKE
6 1 (0.30%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.89%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 100 (29.67%) Office 365
2 67 (19.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (7.72%) Azure Active Directory
4 24 (7.12%) PaaS
5 21 (6.23%) IaaS
5 21 (6.23%) SaaS
6 18 (5.34%) Amazon AWS
7 8 (2.37%) Serverless
8 7 (2.08%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.78%) SuccessFactors
10 4 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.89%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.89%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 3 (0.89%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.89%) AWS CloudTrail
11 3 (0.89%) AWS CodePipeline
11 3 (0.89%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 31 (9.20%) Firewall
2 29 (8.61%) DNS
3 23 (6.82%) LAN
3 23 (6.82%) WAN
4 22 (6.53%) DHCP
4 22 (6.53%) Wi-Fi
5 15 (4.45%) TCP/IP
6 13 (3.86%) Internet
7 12 (3.56%) Kerberos
8 10 (2.97%) VPN
9 9 (2.67%) Skype
10 7 (2.08%) SAN
11 5 (1.48%) Unified Communications
11 5 (1.48%) WLAN
12 4 (1.19%) IP Telephony
13 3 (0.89%) NetScaler
13 3 (0.89%) SSH
13 3 (0.89%) VLAN
13 3 (0.89%) VoIP
13 3 (0.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.89%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 3 (0.89%) Power BI
4 2 (0.59%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.30%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.30%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (2.37%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.48%) HP UFT
2 5 (1.48%) LoadRunner
3 4 (1.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.19%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (0.89%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.89%) JIRA
5 2 (0.59%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.59%) Subversion
6 1 (0.30%) TestPartner
General
1 22 (6.53%) Finance
2 20 (5.93%) Retail
3 5 (1.48%) Manufacturing
3 5 (1.48%) Publishing
4 4 (1.19%) Advertising
4 4 (1.19%) Cantonese Language
4 4 (1.19%) Mandarin Language
4 4 (1.19%) Marketing
4 4 (1.19%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.59%) Electronics
6 1 (0.30%) Banking
6 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 52 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 49 (14.54%) Analyst
3 29 (8.61%) Support Engineer
4 27 (8.01%) IT Support
5 22 (6.53%) 2nd Line Support
5 22 (6.53%) Desktop Support
6 21 (6.23%) Architect
7 20 (5.93%) Service Analyst
7 20 (5.93%) Service Desk Analyst
8 19 (5.64%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 18 (5.34%) Azure Engineer
9 18 (5.34%) VMware Engineer
10 17 (5.04%) 1st Line Support
10 17 (5.04%) Server Engineer
11 16 (4.75%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (4.45%) Infrastructure Manager
12 15 (4.45%) Project Engineer
12 15 (4.45%) Support Analyst
12 15 (4.45%) Windows Engineer
13 14 (4.15%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.86%) .NET
2 9 (2.67%) Web Services
3 6 (1.78%) LDAP
4 5 (1.48%) Oracle Fusion
4 5 (1.48%) SAML
5 4 (1.19%) XML
6 3 (0.89%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.89%) Node.js
7 2 (0.59%) Drools
7 2 (0.59%) JSON
7 2 (0.59%) OAuth
7 2 (0.59%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.30%) CSS
8 1 (0.30%) HTML
8 1 (0.30%) jQuery
8 1 (0.30%) MAPI
8 1 (0.30%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 27 (8.01%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (5.04%) FMCG
3 16 (4.75%) Management Information System
4 11 (3.26%) Blackberry
5 10 (2.97%) Public Cloud
6 9 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (2.08%) Smartphone
8 6 (1.78%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (1.48%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.48%) Fintech
9 5 (1.48%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.48%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.19%) Driving Licence
10 4 (1.19%) PKI
10 4 (1.19%) User Experience
11 3 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.89%) iPhone
11 3 (0.89%) PMI
12 2 (0.59%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 231 (68.55%) Windows
2 113 (33.53%) Windows Server
3 60 (17.80%) Windows 10
4 53 (15.73%) Windows 7
5 31 (9.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (6.82%) Linux
7 20 (5.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (3.86%) Windows XP
9 12 (3.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (2.97%) Windows 8
11 9 (2.67%) Unix
12 6 (1.78%) Android
13 5 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.59%) AIX
15 2 (0.59%) CentOS
15 2 (0.59%) Solaris
15 2 (0.59%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.30%) Data ONTAP
16 1 (0.30%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (19.58%) ITIL
2 64 (18.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 39 (11.57%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (9.79%) Migration
5 23 (6.82%) Service Management
6 20 (5.93%) Re-Platforming
7 17 (5.04%) Service Delivery
8 16 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
9 15 (4.45%) Incident Management
10 14 (4.15%) DevOps
11 13 (3.86%) Change Management
12 12 (3.56%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (3.56%) Identity Management
12 12 (3.56%) Patch Management
12 12 (3.56%) Project Management
13 11 (3.26%) Computer Science
13 11 (3.26%) Identity Access Management
13 11 (3.26%) Waterfall
14 10 (2.97%) Logistics
14 10 (2.97%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (9.79%) PowerShell
2 26 (7.72%) SQL
3 5 (1.48%) Python
4 4 (1.19%) Java
4 4 (1.19%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.89%) Bash Shell
5 3 (0.89%) C#
5 3 (0.89%) T-SQL
5 3 (0.89%) VB.NET
5 3 (0.89%) VBScript
6 2 (0.59%) VB
7 1 (0.30%) C
7 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (6.23%) Security Cleared
2 18 (5.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 14 (4.15%) Degree
4 13 (3.86%) MCSE
5 12 (3.56%) DV Cleared
6 9 (2.67%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (2.37%) CCNA
7 8 (2.37%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.78%) MCSA
9 4 (1.19%) CCNP
9 4 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (1.19%) MCP
9 4 (1.19%) SC Cleared
9 4 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.89%) AWS Certification
10 3 (0.89%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.89%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.89%) PMP
11 2 (0.59%) HNC
11 2 (0.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.26%) SLA
2 10 (2.97%) QA
3 7 (2.08%) PMO
4 5 (1.48%) GDPR
5 3 (0.89%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 37 (10.98%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (8.31%) Hyper-V
3 20 (5.93%) XenApp
4 13 (3.86%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (3.86%) XenDesktop
5 10 (2.97%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.78%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.78%) vSphere
7 4 (1.19%) Docker
7 4 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.19%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.89%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.59%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.59%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.59%) Firmware
9 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.30%) NFS
10 1 (0.30%) Samba
Systems Management
1 58 (17.21%) SCCM
2 16 (4.75%) SCOM
3 14 (4.15%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (3.86%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (3.86%) Single Sign-On
5 11 (3.26%) WSUS
6 6 (1.78%) Red Hat Satellite
7 5 (1.48%) vCenter Server
8 4 (1.19%) NetBackup
8 4 (1.19%) SCVMM
8 4 (1.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (1.19%) Terraform
9 3 (0.89%) Ansible
9 3 (0.89%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.89%) Mesos
9 3 (0.89%) rkt
10 2 (0.59%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.59%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 168 (49.85%) Microsoft
2 79 (23.44%) VMware
3 51 (15.13%) Citrix
4 23 (6.82%) Cisco
5 20 (5.93%) McAfee
6 12 (3.56%) HP
6 12 (3.56%) Oracle
7 9 (2.67%) Lotus
7 9 (2.67%) Red Hat
7 9 (2.67%) SAP
8 8 (2.37%) Apple
8 8 (2.37%) NetApp
8 8 (2.37%) ServiceNow
9 7 (2.08%) Dell
10 6 (1.78%) CheckPoint
11 5 (1.48%) Altiris
11 5 (1.48%) EMC
11 5 (1.48%) Google
11 5 (1.48%) Sophos
11 5 (1.48%) Veeam