Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 18 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
UK > England
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 30 30
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 -5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5151 5853 6036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.49% 5.96% 5.75%
As % of the System Software category 43.10% 48.36% 55.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3178 3530 3314
England median daily rate £300 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £125 £127 £128
90th Percentile £507 £525 £488
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £310
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +5.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 523 726 1032
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £29.50 £28.75
UK 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 England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11950 12103 10859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.73% 12.33% 10.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7819 7664 6282
England median daily rate £425 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +9.33% +8.70%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £613 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 657 815 1172
England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.75 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -1.56% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.25 £39.13 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.94% -0.78% +6.67%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 18 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
London -13 1972 £313 -10.71% 199
South East +7 1215 £315 -3.08% 116
North of England -10 665 £275 -15.38% 97
Midlands +2 523 £320 -5.88% 71
South West -2 389 £275 +4.76% 32
East of England -4 389 £275 -15.38% 37
North West -6 295 £280 -16.42% 62
West Midlands +9 290 £350 +6.06% 42
Yorkshire -4 260 £218 -35.56% 28
East Midlands +5 230 £295 -18.06% 29
North East -6 112 £310 -3.13% 7
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 18 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 England region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 3806 (73.89%) Windows
2 2312 (44.88%) Microsoft
3 1569 (30.46%) Windows Server
4 1396 (27.10%) Office 365
5 1385 (26.89%) VMware
6 1134 (22.02%) Windows 7
7 1079 (20.95%) ITIL
8 910 (17.67%) MS Exchange
9 896 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 891 (17.30%) SCCM
11 873 (16.95%) DNS
12 872 (16.93%) Citrix
13 849 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
14 845 (16.40%) Windows 10
15 814 (15.80%) Windows Server 2008
16 774 (15.03%) Microsoft Azure
17 761 (14.77%) VMware Infrastructure
18 758 (14.72%) PowerShell
19 669 (12.99%) Migration
20 661 (12.83%) DHCP
21 629 (12.21%) Cisco
22 625 (12.13%) Finance
23 601 (11.67%) Security Cleared
24 582 (11.30%) SQL
25 541 (10.50%) SQL Server
26 534 (10.37%) Linux
27 530 (10.29%) Firewall
28 498 (9.67%) Microsoft Certification
29 481 (9.34%) LAN
30 441 (8.56%) SharePoint

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 910 (17.67%) MS Exchange
2 441 (8.56%) SharePoint
3 349 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 341 (6.62%) Skype for Business
5 200 (3.88%) Exchange Server 2013
6 168 (3.26%) IIS
7 123 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2007
8 77 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 62 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
10 60 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
11 54 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
12 42 (0.82%) IBM Notes
13 41 (0.80%) JBoss
14 38 (0.74%) Confluence
15 36 (0.70%) Apache
15 36 (0.70%) Tomcat
16 33 (0.64%) WebLogic
17 32 (0.62%) CMS
18 29 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
19 28 (0.54%) WebSphere
Applications
1 849 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
2 106 (2.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 22 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.21%) Acrobat
6 11 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.16%) Houdini
8 8 (0.16%) Maya
8 8 (0.16%) NUKE
8 8 (0.16%) PaintShop Pro
9 5 (0.097%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.078%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.078%) Vectorworks
11 3 (0.058%) Stata
12 2 (0.039%) Revit
13 1 (0.019%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.019%) HipChat
13 1 (0.019%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 38 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 11 (0.21%) Eikon
5 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
6 7 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
7 6 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.097%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.097%) SDL Web 8
9 4 (0.078%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.058%) assyst
10 3 (0.058%) RMDS
10 3 (0.058%) thinkFolio
11 2 (0.039%) Bankmaster
11 2 (0.039%) Primavera
11 2 (0.039%) SystmOne
11 2 (0.039%) Temenos T24
12 1 (0.019%) Oracle EBS R12
12 1 (0.019%) SAP EWM
12 1 (0.019%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 1396 (27.10%) Office 365
2 774 (15.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 309 (6.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 253 (4.91%) Amazon AWS
5 120 (2.33%) IaaS
6 118 (2.29%) PaaS
7 82 (1.59%) OneDrive
8 69 (1.34%) SaaS
9 36 (0.70%) G Suite
10 29 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
11 26 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
12 24 (0.47%) Mimecast
12 24 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 20 (0.39%) Route 53
14 16 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
15 12 (0.23%) Google Drive
15 12 (0.23%) Serverless
16 11 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
16 11 (0.21%) Yammer
17 10 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 873 (16.95%) DNS
2 661 (12.83%) DHCP
3 530 (10.29%) Firewall
4 481 (9.34%) LAN
5 439 (8.52%) WAN
6 377 (7.32%) TCP/IP
7 350 (6.79%) SAN
8 310 (6.02%) VPN
9 293 (5.69%) Skype
10 239 (4.64%) LDAP
11 137 (2.66%) Internet
12 136 (2.64%) VoIP
13 123 (2.39%) VLAN
14 121 (2.35%) Wireless
15 110 (2.14%) NAS
16 107 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
17 104 (2.02%) Network Security
18 101 (1.96%) Kerberos
19 85 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
20 63 (1.22%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 541 (10.50%) SQL Server
2 79 (1.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 66 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
4 35 (0.68%) Hadoop
4 35 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
5 34 (0.66%) SQL Server 2005
6 32 (0.62%) Oracle Database
7 31 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
8 30 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 29 (0.56%) MySQL
9 29 (0.56%) NoSQL
10 27 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
11 26 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
12 21 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 20 (0.39%) Big Data
14 19 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
14 19 (0.37%) Power BI
15 17 (0.33%) MongoDB
16 16 (0.31%) Relational Database
17 14 (0.27%) DB2
Development Applications
1 81 (1.57%) Jenkins
2 74 (1.44%) Git (software)
3 64 (1.24%) JIRA
4 57 (1.11%) Visual Studio
5 54 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
6 49 (0.95%) MSI
7 26 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
8 21 (0.41%) Artifactory
9 14 (0.27%) AutoIt
9 14 (0.27%) GitLab
10 12 (0.23%) Subversion
11 11 (0.21%) InstallShield
11 11 (0.21%) MorphX
12 10 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
12 10 (0.19%) WinAutomation
13 8 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (0.16%) MSTest
13 8 (0.16%) NUnit
13 8 (0.16%) Serena SBM
14 6 (0.12%) Ant
General
1 625 (12.13%) Finance
2 286 (5.55%) Banking
3 128 (2.48%) Retail
4 118 (2.29%) Legal
5 111 (2.15%) Telecoms
6 74 (1.44%) Law
7 62 (1.20%) Manufacturing
8 48 (0.93%) Back Office
9 45 (0.87%) Advertising
10 40 (0.78%) Publishing
11 33 (0.64%) Marketing
12 29 (0.56%) Investment Banking
13 26 (0.50%) International Banking
14 21 (0.41%) Electronics
15 20 (0.39%) Financial Institution
15 20 (0.39%) French Language
16 17 (0.33%) Local Government
17 13 (0.25%) Front Office
18 10 (0.19%) Billing
18 10 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1041 (20.21%) Analyst
2 637 (12.37%) Support Engineer
3 497 (9.65%) Desktop Support
4 416 (8.08%) 2nd Line Support
5 413 (8.02%) Service Analyst
6 402 (7.80%) Service Desk Analyst
7 382 (7.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 380 (7.38%) Support Analyst
9 379 (7.36%) Architect
10 369 (7.16%) Consultant
11 273 (5.30%) Administrator
12 268 (5.20%) Desktop Engineer
13 259 (5.03%) IT Support
14 254 (4.93%) Windows Engineer
15 227 (4.41%) 1st Line Support
16 213 (4.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 203 (3.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 198 (3.84%) 3rd Line Support
19 190 (3.69%) IT Analyst
20 184 (3.57%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 187 (3.63%) .NET
2 131 (2.54%) Web Services
3 93 (1.81%) HTML
4 81 (1.57%) XML
5 71 (1.38%) REST
6 62 (1.20%) SOAP
7 53 (1.03%) JSON
8 47 (0.91%) Middleware
9 45 (0.87%) .NET Framework
10 44 (0.85%) SAML
11 39 (0.76%) AngularJS
11 39 (0.76%) ASP.NET Web API
12 38 (0.74%) Node.js
13 36 (0.70%) CSS
14 35 (0.68%) ASP.NET
15 34 (0.66%) OAuth
16 27 (0.52%) Software Packaging
16 27 (0.52%) Spring
17 25 (0.49%) OpenID
18 24 (0.47%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 300 (5.82%) Data Centre
2 265 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
3 202 (3.92%) Blackberry
4 160 (3.11%) PKI
5 154 (2.99%) Management Information System
6 116 (2.25%) Clustering
7 96 (1.86%) Replication
8 86 (1.67%) iPhone
9 80 (1.55%) Smartphone
10 71 (1.38%) Computer Science
11 69 (1.34%) Video Conferencing
12 65 (1.26%) Client/Server
12 65 (1.26%) Driving Licence
13 61 (1.18%) Fat Client
13 61 (1.18%) Thin Client
14 54 (1.05%) iPad
15 52 (1.01%) NHS
16 35 (0.68%) FMCG
16 35 (0.68%) User Experience
17 34 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3806 (73.89%) Windows
2 1569 (30.46%) Windows Server
3 1134 (22.02%) Windows 7
4 896 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 845 (16.40%) Windows 10
6 814 (15.80%) Windows Server 2008
7 534 (10.37%) Linux
8 276 (5.36%) Windows Server 2003
9 236 (4.58%) Windows 8
10 223 (4.33%) Unix
11 192 (3.73%) Android
12 189 (3.67%) Apple iOS
13 163 (3.16%) Windows XP
14 136 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 86 (1.67%) Mac OS X
16 72 (1.40%) Mac OS
17 70 (1.36%) Solaris
18 66 (1.28%) Windows Vista
19 51 (0.99%) CentOS
20 25 (0.49%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1079 (20.95%) ITIL
2 669 (12.99%) Migration
3 327 (6.35%) Service Management
4 223 (4.33%) Change Management
5 217 (4.21%) Agile Software Development
6 194 (3.77%) DevOps
7 190 (3.69%) Incident Management
8 174 (3.38%) Configuration Management
9 169 (3.28%) Disaster Recovery
10 165 (3.20%) Information Security
11 156 (3.03%) Service Delivery
12 152 (2.95%) Problem Management
13 147 (2.85%) Project Management
14 136 (2.64%) Mobile Device Management
15 111 (2.15%) Identity Access Management
15 111 (2.15%) ITSM
16 108 (2.10%) ITIL V3
17 104 (2.02%) Identity Management
18 101 (1.96%) High Availability
19 93 (1.81%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 758 (14.72%) PowerShell
2 582 (11.30%) SQL
3 156 (3.03%) Java
4 129 (2.50%) C#
5 117 (2.27%) VBScript
6 90 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 87 (1.69%) Python
8 55 (1.07%) Perl
9 49 (0.95%) VB
10 44 (0.85%) PL/SQL
11 35 (0.68%) Bash Shell
12 28 (0.54%) C
12 28 (0.54%) PHP
13 25 (0.49%) T-SQL
14 24 (0.47%) Korn
15 23 (0.45%) Shell Script
16 20 (0.39%) Ruby
17 11 (0.21%) X++
18 5 (0.097%) Go
18 5 (0.097%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 601 (11.67%) Security Cleared
2 498 (9.67%) Microsoft Certification
3 410 (7.96%) SC Cleared
4 309 (6.00%) MCSE
5 178 (3.46%) DV Cleared
6 175 (3.40%) Degree
7 163 (3.16%) MCSA
8 150 (2.91%) Cisco Certification
9 127 (2.47%) MCP
10 114 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
11 102 (1.98%) CCNA
12 92 (1.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 72 (1.40%) MCITP
14 56 (1.09%) MCDST
15 54 (1.05%) CISSP
15 54 (1.05%) DBS Check
16 51 (0.99%) CCNP
17 41 (0.80%) A+ Certification
18 38 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
19 33 (0.64%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 279 (5.42%) SLA
2 49 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 40 (0.78%) GDPR
4 37 (0.72%) QA
5 32 (0.62%) PCI DSS
5 32 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 25 (0.49%) ISO 9001
7 23 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 23 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 20 (0.39%) HIPAA
9 18 (0.35%) Actionable Recommendations
10 10 (0.19%) PMO
11 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 5 (0.097%) COBIT
14 4 (0.078%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 4 (0.078%) GAMP
15 3 (0.058%) RMADS
16 2 (0.039%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 2 (0.039%) MiFID
System Software
1 761 (14.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 407 (7.90%) Hyper-V
3 273 (5.30%) XenApp
4 226 (4.39%) vSphere
5 215 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
6 162 (3.15%) Microsoft App-V
7 137 (2.66%) XenDesktop
8 135 (2.62%) Virtual Machines
9 72 (1.40%) BitLocker
10 69 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
11 54 (1.05%) Docker
11 54 (1.05%) Terminal Services
12 49 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
13 48 (0.93%) NFS
14 47 (0.91%) XenServer
15 40 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
16 28 (0.54%) DFS Replication
17 20 (0.39%) VMware Server
18 17 (0.33%) ISA Server
19 16 (0.31%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 891 (17.30%) SCCM
2 211 (4.10%) SCOM
3 123 (2.39%) WSUS
4 111 (2.15%) Microsoft Intune
5 97 (1.88%) NetBackup
6 87 (1.69%) Ansible
7 81 (1.57%) AirWatch
8 74 (1.44%) Puppet
9 73 (1.42%) McAfee ePO
9 73 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 71 (1.38%) vCenter Server
11 68 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 61 (1.18%) Backup Exec
13 52 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
14 39 (0.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 35 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 34 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
16 34 (0.66%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
17 32 (0.62%) Terraform
18 30 (0.58%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 2312 (44.88%) Microsoft
2 1385 (26.89%) VMware
3 872 (16.93%) Citrix
4 629 (12.21%) Cisco
5 409 (7.94%) HP
6 232 (4.50%) Apple
7 228 (4.43%) Oracle
8 186 (3.61%) McAfee
9 175 (3.40%) NetApp
10 167 (3.24%) Symantec
11 166 (3.22%) Dell
12 141 (2.74%) Red Hat
13 118 (2.29%) ServiceNow
14 107 (2.08%) Veeam
15 92 (1.79%) IBM
16 86 (1.67%) AppSense
17 81 (1.57%) SolarWinds
18 79 (1.53%) CheckPoint
19 71 (1.38%) Juniper
20 70 (1.36%) Google