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 28 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 / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 31 22
Rank change year-on-year +5 -9  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 130 159 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.26% 5.29% 6.02%
As % of the System Software category 52.00% 48.77% 68.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 94 65
Median daily rate £363 £350 £283
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +23.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £117 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £321 £300
% change year-on-year -6.54% +7.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 22 36
Median hourly rate £14.22 £12.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.45% -14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.51 £15.94 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.38 £15.00
% change year-on-year -8.39% +9.16%  

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 250 326 204
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 12.03% 10.84% 8.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 181 101
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 £135 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £496 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 37
Median hourly rate £14.22 £12.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.72% -16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £10.00 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.26 £17.50 £27.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

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 28 June 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
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 28 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
Birmingham +7 48 £375 +7.14% 19
Staffordshire +9 19 £350 +70.73% 6
Coventry +8 18 £425 +18.88% 10
Warwickshire -8 11 £251 +118.47% 6
Worcestershire +8 9 £198 -44.75% 2
Shropshire +11 4 £365 -20.73% 6
Wolverhampton +1 3 £113 +18.42%
Herefordshire - 2 £360 - 1
Solihull +12 1 £350 - 3
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 170 (70.54%) Windows
2 97 (40.25%) Microsoft
3 75 (31.12%) Windows Server
4 57 (23.65%) Windows 7
5 56 (23.24%) VMware
6 52 (21.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 48 (19.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 48 (19.92%) MS Exchange
8 42 (17.43%) PowerShell
9 41 (17.01%) DNS
10 36 (14.94%) Office 365
11 34 (14.11%) Microsoft Office
12 33 (13.69%) LAN
12 33 (13.69%) WAN
12 33 (13.69%) Migration
13 32 (13.28%) ITIL
14 31 (12.86%) Cisco
14 31 (12.86%) Citrix
15 28 (11.62%) DHCP
16 27 (11.20%) Windows 10
16 27 (11.20%) VMware Infrastructure
17 26 (10.79%) SCCM
17 26 (10.79%) Firewall
18 24 (9.96%) VPN
18 24 (9.96%) Microsoft Azure
19 22 (9.13%) SQL Server
19 22 (9.13%) Security Cleared
20 21 (8.71%) Degree
21 20 (8.30%) Exchange Server 2010
21 20 (8.30%) Microsoft App-V

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 48 (19.92%) MS Exchange
2 20 (8.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (7.05%) SharePoint
4 12 (4.98%) SharePoint 2013
4 12 (4.98%) Skype for Business
5 8 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (2.49%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (1.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.24%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.24%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.83%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2000
9 2 (0.83%) IIS
10 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 5.5
10 1 (0.41%) JBoss
10 1 (0.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 34 (14.11%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.83%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (2.90%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.41%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 36 (14.94%) Office 365
2 24 (9.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (6.22%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (2.90%) IaaS
5 5 (2.07%) PaaS
6 4 (1.66%) SaaS
7 3 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
8 1 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.41%) G Suite
8 1 (0.41%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 41 (17.01%) DNS
2 33 (13.69%) LAN
2 33 (13.69%) WAN
3 28 (11.62%) DHCP
4 26 (10.79%) Firewall
5 24 (9.96%) VPN
6 11 (4.56%) TCP/IP
7 10 (4.15%) Skype
8 8 (3.32%) LDAP
9 7 (2.90%) Internet
9 7 (2.90%) SAN
9 7 (2.90%) VoIP
10 6 (2.49%) VLAN
10 6 (2.49%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (2.07%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (1.66%) Intranet
12 4 (1.66%) Unified Communications
13 3 (1.24%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (1.24%) NAS
13 3 (1.24%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.07%) Power BI
2 5 (2.07%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.24%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.83%) EDRMS
4 2 (0.83%) MySQL
4 2 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.83%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.83%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.41%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 10 (4.15%) MSI
2 4 (1.66%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.41%) Jenkins
General
1 16 (6.64%) Retail
2 14 (5.81%) Finance
3 4 (1.66%) Advertising
4 2 (0.83%) Banking
4 2 (0.83%) French Language
4 2 (0.83%) Legal
5 1 (0.41%) Back Office
5 1 (0.41%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.41%) Law
5 1 (0.41%) Publishing
5 1 (0.41%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 45 (18.67%) Analyst
2 23 (9.54%) Administrator
3 20 (8.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 20 (8.30%) Service Analyst
4 19 (7.88%) Service Desk Analyst
5 18 (7.47%) Active Directory Engineer
5 18 (7.47%) Desktop Support
6 17 (7.05%) Support Engineer
7 16 (6.64%) 1st Line Support
7 16 (6.64%) Architect
8 15 (6.22%) 2nd Line Support
9 13 (5.39%) Consultant
10 11 (4.56%) Support Analyst
10 11 (4.56%) Systems Administrator
11 10 (4.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 10 (4.15%) Desktop Engineer
11 10 (4.15%) Help Desk Analyst
11 10 (4.15%) Project Manager
12 9 (3.73%) IT Analyst
12 9 (3.73%) SharePoint Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.90%) .NET
2 4 (1.66%) .NET Framework
2 4 (1.66%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.66%) Entity Framework
3 3 (1.24%) REST
4 2 (0.83%) Lucene
4 2 (0.83%) XMPP
5 1 (0.41%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.41%) OAuth
5 1 (0.41%) SAML
5 1 (0.41%) WAP
5 1 (0.41%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.22%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.39%) FMCG
3 9 (3.73%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.49%) Client/Server
4 6 (2.49%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.07%) Blackberry
5 5 (2.07%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.07%) PKI
6 4 (1.66%) Clustering
6 4 (1.66%) Driving Licence
6 4 (1.66%) Fat Client
6 4 (1.66%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.83%) CMDB
7 2 (0.83%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.83%) IVR
7 2 (0.83%) Wiki
8 1 (0.41%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.41%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.41%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.41%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 170 (70.54%) Windows
2 75 (31.12%) Windows Server
3 57 (23.65%) Windows 7
4 52 (21.58%) Windows Server 2008
5 48 (19.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (11.20%) Windows 10
7 19 (7.88%) Windows 8
8 14 (5.81%) Unix
9 13 (5.39%) Linux
10 10 (4.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (4.15%) Windows XP
11 4 (1.66%) Android
12 3 (1.24%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.24%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.83%) VMS
14 1 (0.41%) AIX
14 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.41%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (13.69%) Migration
2 32 (13.28%) ITIL
3 18 (7.47%) Service Management
4 11 (4.56%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (4.56%) Change Management
5 8 (3.32%) Disaster Recovery
5 8 (3.32%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (3.32%) Task Automation
6 7 (2.90%) DevOps
6 7 (2.90%) ERP
6 7 (2.90%) Information Security
6 7 (2.90%) Logistics
6 7 (2.90%) Project Management
6 7 (2.90%) Security Management
6 7 (2.90%) SIEM
6 7 (2.90%) Validation
7 6 (2.49%) Dashboard Development
7 6 (2.49%) Hardware Maintenance
7 6 (2.49%) Mobile Device Management
7 6 (2.49%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 42 (17.43%) PowerShell
2 15 (6.22%) C#
2 15 (6.22%) SQL
3 10 (4.15%) Python
3 10 (4.15%) VB
4 4 (1.66%) T-SQL
5 3 (1.24%) C
5 3 (1.24%) Java
5 3 (1.24%) Perl
6 2 (0.83%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.41%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.41%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.41%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (9.13%) Security Cleared
2 21 (8.71%) Degree
3 19 (7.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (4.98%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.73%) SC Cleared
6 7 (2.90%) MCSE
7 4 (1.66%) CCNP
7 4 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (1.66%) DBS Check
7 4 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.66%) MCSA
8 3 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.24%) CCIE
8 3 (1.24%) MCITP
8 3 (1.24%) MCP
8 3 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.83%) MCTS
9 2 (0.83%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.83%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.81%) SLA
2 4 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.24%) GDPR
3 3 (1.24%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.24%) QA
3 3 (1.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.83%) PMO
5 1 (0.41%) COBIT
5 1 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 27 (11.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (8.30%) Microsoft App-V
3 17 (7.05%) Hyper-V
4 10 (4.15%) XenApp
5 9 (3.73%) vSphere
6 5 (2.07%) Terminal Services
6 5 (2.07%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (1.66%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.24%) Docker
8 3 (1.24%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.24%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.83%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.83%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.41%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.41%) Firmware
10 1 (0.41%) Samba
10 1 (0.41%) UAG
Systems Management
1 26 (10.79%) SCCM
2 12 (4.98%) WSUS
3 4 (1.66%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (1.66%) Puppet
3 4 (1.66%) SafeCom
3 4 (1.66%) SCOM
3 4 (1.66%) SCOrch
4 3 (1.24%) Ansible
4 3 (1.24%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.83%) Nexpose
5 2 (0.83%) SCDPM
6 1 (0.41%) FTK
6 1 (0.41%) Kibana
6 1 (0.41%) logstash
6 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.41%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.41%) vMotion
Vendors
1 97 (40.25%) Microsoft
2 56 (23.24%) VMware
3 31 (12.86%) Cisco
3 31 (12.86%) Citrix
4 13 (5.39%) NetApp
5 12 (4.98%) IBM
6 8 (3.32%) Symantec
7 7 (2.90%) Dell
7 7 (2.90%) McAfee
8 5 (2.07%) EMC
8 5 (2.07%) Google
8 5 (2.07%) HP
8 5 (2.07%) Sophos
9 4 (1.66%) CommVault
9 4 (1.66%) LANDesk
9 4 (1.66%) SolarWinds
9 4 (1.66%) Wyse
10 3 (1.24%) Avaya
10 3 (1.24%) Kaspersky
10 3 (1.24%) Red Hat
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