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 3 months to 29 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 / West Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 31 14
Rank change year-on-year -1 -17  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 111 124 215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.96% 4.51% 8.40%
As % of the System Software category 55.50% 53.68% 71.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 61 77
Median daily rate £273 £310 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.02% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £101 £152 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £495 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £303 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -5.46% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 28 53
Median hourly rate £15.00 £15.71 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.53% +12.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £21.30 £26.00
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 West Midlands with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 200 231 299
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 8.94% 8.41% 11.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 106 125
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £202 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £369 £350
% change year-on-year -5.08% +5.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 30 61
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -21.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £10.20 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £26.00 £26.20
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 West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 29 March 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 3 months to 29 March 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 3 months to 29 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
Birmingham -9 35 £238 -20.83% 10
Warwickshire 0 14 £325 +30.00% 9
Coventry -3 14 £263 -15.32% 7
Staffordshire +8 12 £300 +9.09% 4
Shropshire +38 9 £425 - 2
Herefordshire -4 9 £650 +52.94% 1
Solihull +9 6 £118 -73.88% 1
Dudley 0 5 £103 -
Worcestershire +1 3 - - 2
Walsall -3 2 £128 -56.59% 1
Wolverhampton 0 1 - -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 177 (77.63%) Windows
2 94 (41.23%) Microsoft
3 81 (35.53%) Windows Server
4 56 (24.56%) VMware
5 52 (22.81%) Windows 7
6 48 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 45 (19.74%) Office 365
8 44 (19.30%) MS Office
9 43 (18.86%) Windows Server 2012
10 40 (17.54%) MS Excel
11 35 (15.35%) DNS
11 35 (15.35%) Microsoft Azure
12 32 (14.04%) MS Exchange
13 31 (13.60%) Citrix
14 29 (12.72%) Security Cleared
15 27 (11.84%) VMware Infrastructure
15 27 (11.84%) ITIL
16 25 (10.96%) Migration
17 24 (10.53%) SharePoint
17 24 (10.53%) Cisco
17 24 (10.53%) PowerShell
17 24 (10.53%) Windows 10
18 23 (10.09%) Microsoft Certification
18 23 (10.09%) SQL
19 22 (9.65%) SQL Server
19 22 (9.65%) DHCP
20 21 (9.21%) SCCM
21 19 (8.33%) WAN
22 18 (7.89%) LAN
23 17 (7.46%) SC Cleared

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 32 (14.04%) MS Exchange
2 24 (10.53%) SharePoint
3 14 (6.14%) Skype for Business
4 12 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (3.07%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (2.19%) IIS
7 4 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.44%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.44%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 44 (19.30%) MS Office
2 40 (17.54%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.44%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.44%) MS Project
4 1 (0.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 45 (19.74%) Office 365
2 35 (15.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.95%) OneDrive
4 6 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (2.63%) Yammer
5 3 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.44%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (15.35%) DNS
2 22 (9.65%) DHCP
3 19 (8.33%) WAN
4 18 (7.89%) LAN
5 15 (6.58%) Firewall
6 13 (5.70%) Skype
7 11 (4.82%) VoIP
8 10 (4.39%) LDAP
9 9 (3.95%) TCP/IP
10 8 (3.51%) Internet
10 8 (3.51%) Kerberos
10 8 (3.51%) Unified Communications
10 8 (3.51%) VPN
11 7 (3.07%) Remote Desktop
12 6 (2.63%) PBX
13 5 (2.19%) SAN
14 4 (1.75%) Intranet
15 3 (1.32%) NAS
15 3 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
15 3 (1.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.65%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.95%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.44%) MS Access
4 1 (0.44%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.44%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (3.51%) MSI
2 5 (2.19%) InstallShield
General
1 8 (3.51%) Advertising
1 8 (3.51%) Finance
2 5 (2.19%) Retail
3 3 (1.32%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.44%) Back Office
4 1 (0.44%) Electronics
4 1 (0.44%) Law
4 1 (0.44%) Local Government
4 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 39 (17.11%) Analyst
2 22 (9.65%) Service Analyst
2 22 (9.65%) Service Desk Analyst
3 20 (8.77%) 1st Line Support
4 18 (7.89%) Support Engineer
5 16 (7.02%) Architect
6 14 (6.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 14 (6.14%) Consultant
7 11 (4.82%) 2nd Line Support
7 11 (4.82%) Windows Engineer
8 10 (4.39%) Active Directory Engineer
8 10 (4.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (3.95%) Help Desk Analyst
10 8 (3.51%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (3.51%) Active Directory Consultant
10 8 (3.51%) Administrator
10 8 (3.51%) Desktop Engineer
10 8 (3.51%) IT Engineer
10 8 (3.51%) Project Manager
10 8 (3.51%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.19%) .NET
2 2 (0.88%) .NET Framework
2 2 (0.88%) Entity Framework
3 1 (0.44%) REST
3 1 (0.44%) WAP
3 1 (0.44%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 10 (4.39%) Data Centre
2 9 (3.95%) PKI
3 6 (2.63%) Client/Server
3 6 (2.63%) Clustering
4 5 (2.19%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.19%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (1.75%) Replication
6 3 (1.32%) CMDB
6 3 (1.32%) Driving Licence
7 2 (0.88%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.88%) FMCG
7 2 (0.88%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.88%) NHS
7 2 (0.88%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.88%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.44%) PMI
8 1 (0.44%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.44%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 177 (77.63%) Windows
2 81 (35.53%) Windows Server
3 52 (22.81%) Windows 7
4 48 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (18.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (10.53%) Windows 10
7 14 (6.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (5.70%) Linux
8 13 (5.70%) Windows XP
9 12 (5.26%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.51%) Unix
11 6 (2.63%) Android
12 4 (1.75%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.88%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.88%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.44%) AIX
14 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (11.84%) ITIL
2 25 (10.96%) Migration
3 14 (6.14%) Service Management
4 11 (4.82%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (4.82%) Identity Management
5 8 (3.51%) DevOps
5 8 (3.51%) Patch Management
6 7 (3.07%) Change Management
6 7 (3.07%) Email Filtering
6 7 (3.07%) Kalman Filter
7 6 (2.63%) Application Packaging
7 6 (2.63%) Information Security
7 6 (2.63%) SIEM
8 5 (2.19%) Performance Tuning
8 5 (2.19%) Service Delivery
8 5 (2.19%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (1.75%) High Availability
9 4 (1.75%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (1.75%) Virtual Environments
10 3 (1.32%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 24 (10.53%) PowerShell
2 23 (10.09%) SQL
3 6 (2.63%) T-SQL
4 4 (1.75%) C
4 4 (1.75%) C#
5 2 (0.88%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.44%) Java
6 1 (0.44%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 29 (12.72%) Security Cleared
2 23 (10.09%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (7.46%) SC Cleared
4 10 (4.39%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.95%) MCSE
6 8 (3.51%) MCITP
7 7 (3.07%) Degree
7 7 (3.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (2.19%) DBS Check
9 4 (1.75%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.32%) MCP
10 3 (1.32%) MCTS
10 3 (1.32%) MOS
11 2 (0.88%) CCNA
11 2 (0.88%) CCNP
11 2 (0.88%) MCSA
11 2 (0.88%) NVQ Level 3
12 1 (0.44%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.14%) SLA
2 6 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.19%) QA
3 5 (2.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (1.75%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.88%) GDPR
5 2 (0.88%) PMO
6 1 (0.44%) COBIT
6 1 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.44%) ISO27002
System Software
1 27 (11.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (7.46%) Hyper-V
3 14 (6.14%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (4.82%) XenApp
5 8 (3.51%) VMware ESX
6 5 (2.19%) vSphere
7 4 (1.75%) Docker
8 3 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.88%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.44%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.44%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.44%) Firmware
10 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.44%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.44%) UAG
10 1 (0.44%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 21 (9.21%) SCCM
2 12 (5.26%) SCOM
3 11 (4.82%) WSUS
4 7 (3.07%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (2.63%) Nagios
6 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.88%) SCDPM
6 2 (0.88%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.44%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.44%) Ansible
7 1 (0.44%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.44%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.44%) Nexpose
7 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.44%) Puppet
7 1 (0.44%) vMotion
Vendors
1 94 (41.23%) Microsoft
2 56 (24.56%) VMware
3 31 (13.60%) Citrix
4 24 (10.53%) Cisco
5 8 (3.51%) Dell
6 7 (3.07%) Intel Security
6 7 (3.07%) LANDesk
6 7 (3.07%) NetApp
6 7 (3.07%) SolarWinds
7 6 (2.63%) Veeam
8 5 (2.19%) HP
8 5 (2.19%) Symantec
9 4 (1.75%) Google
9 4 (1.75%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.32%) Avaya
10 3 (1.32%) SAP
10 3 (1.32%) ServiceNow
11 2 (0.88%) EMC
11 2 (0.88%) Kronos
11 2 (0.88%) Oracle
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