Period
to 22 October 2019

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 22 October 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
UK > England
6 months to
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 22 33 38
Rank change year-on-year +11 +5 -7
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,272 5,742 4,925
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.81% 6.08% 5.39%
As % of the System Software category 43.66% 40.04% 43.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,388 3,418 3,034
England median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -9.09%
10th Percentile £130 £126 £123
90th Percentile £575 £538 £506
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £300
% change year-on-year +3.70% +12.50% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 702 500
England median hourly rate £15.81 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.00% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £29.95 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.32% +3.33% -

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 12,075 14,339 11,342
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.60% 15.19% 12.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,086 9,406 7,369
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £175 £185 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 575 814 623
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -4.48% +8.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.58 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.70 £43.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.66
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.96% +4.13%

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 22 October 2019.

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 22 October 2019.

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 22 October 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
London +7 1,941 £375 +4.90% 508
South East +7 1,160 £375 - 432
North of England +13 712 £315 -3.08% 403
South West +8 544 £363 +11.54% 216
Midlands +14 542 £315 - 224
North West +2 375 £315 +5.00% 235
East of England +1 362 £350 +7.69% 165
West Midlands +13 328 £330 -3.42% 113
Yorkshire +23 283 £325 -7.14% 137
East Midlands +7 209 £288 +20.42% 110
North East +6 55 £175 -53.33% 32
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 England region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 3,882 (73.63%) Windows
2 2,562 (48.60%) Microsoft
3 2,013 (38.18%) Office 365
4 1,565 (29.69%) Windows 10
5 1,554 (29.48%) Windows Server
6 1,405 (26.65%) Azure
7 1,300 (24.66%) VMware
8 1,189 (22.55%) SCCM
9 1,034 (19.61%) Windows 7
10 947 (17.96%) DNS
11 944 (17.91%) PowerShell
12 917 (17.39%) ITIL
13 874 (16.58%) Microsoft Office
14 812 (15.40%) Migration
15 783 (14.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 736 (13.96%) Citrix
17 715 (13.56%) Windows Server 2012
18 712 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
19 711 (13.49%) Azure Active Directory
20 697 (13.22%) Security Cleared
21 662 (12.56%) MS Exchange
22 650 (12.33%) DHCP
23 594 (11.27%) Windows Server 2008
24 565 (10.72%) Finance
25 552 (10.47%) SQL
26 551 (10.45%) SharePoint
27 523 (9.92%) Firewall
28 509 (9.65%) SQL Server
29 497 (9.43%) Cisco
30 483 (9.16%) Linux

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
1 662 (12.56%) MS Exchange
2 551 (10.45%) SharePoint
3 377 (7.15%) Skype for Business
4 223 (4.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 178 (3.38%) IIS
6 140 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2013
7 44 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
8 41 (0.78%) Apache
8 41 (0.78%) Confluence
9 36 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
10 33 (0.63%) IBM Notes
10 33 (0.63%) OpenStack
11 32 (0.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 26 (0.49%) Tomcat
13 21 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
14 15 (0.28%) nginx
14 15 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
14 15 (0.28%) WebLogic
15 13 (0.25%) Apache Spark
15 13 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 874 (16.58%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 35 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 19 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.095%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.095%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.076%) CINEMA 4D
10 3 (0.057%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 3 (0.057%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.057%) SPSS
11 2 (0.038%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.038%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.019%) Houdini
12 1 (0.019%) Maya
12 1 (0.019%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 47 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
3 12 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.21%) assyst
5 9 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
6 7 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
6 7 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.11%) NetSuite
7 6 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.076%) Eikon
8 4 (0.076%) SystmOne
8 4 (0.076%) Veritas eDiscovery
9 3 (0.057%) BusinessWorks
10 2 (0.038%) Cognos TM1
10 2 (0.038%) Elite 3E
10 2 (0.038%) Magento
10 2 (0.038%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.038%) Workfront
11 1 (0.019%) SAP ERP
11 1 (0.019%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 2,013 (38.18%) Office 365
2 1,405 (26.65%) Azure
3 711 (13.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 409 (7.76%) AWS
5 199 (3.77%) IaaS
6 193 (3.66%) OneDrive
7 189 (3.58%) PaaS
8 146 (2.77%) SaaS
9 57 (1.08%) Power Platform
10 54 (1.02%) Serverless
11 51 (0.97%) Yammer
12 49 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
13 43 (0.82%) Mimecast
14 39 (0.74%) GCP
15 38 (0.72%) Azure Functions
16 36 (0.68%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 35 (0.66%) G Suite
18 31 (0.59%) OpenShift
19 29 (0.55%) Azure Stack
20 28 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 947 (17.96%) DNS
2 650 (12.33%) DHCP
3 523 (9.92%) Firewall
4 381 (7.23%) Skype
5 347 (6.58%) WAN
6 342 (6.49%) VPN
7 340 (6.45%) LAN
8 315 (5.97%) TCP/IP
9 267 (5.06%) SAN
10 154 (2.92%) VoIP
11 153 (2.90%) Internet
12 144 (2.73%) VLAN
13 130 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
14 107 (2.03%) Remote Desktop
15 103 (1.95%) Wireless
16 97 (1.84%) Network Security
17 82 (1.56%) NAS
17 82 (1.56%) NetScaler
18 51 (0.97%) Kerberos
19 50 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 509 (9.65%) SQL Server
2 87 (1.65%) Azure SQL Database
3 53 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
4 51 (0.97%) MySQL
5 50 (0.95%) Power BI
6 43 (0.82%) Relational Database
7 38 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
7 38 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
8 37 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
9 34 (0.64%) Big Data
10 33 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
11 31 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 22 (0.42%) Cosmos DB
13 21 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
13 21 (0.40%) SQL Server 2017
14 20 (0.38%) Oracle Database
14 20 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
15 18 (0.34%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.28%) MongoDB
17 14 (0.27%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 99 (1.88%) JIRA
2 92 (1.75%) Git (software)
3 72 (1.37%) MSI
4 63 (1.19%) Jenkins
5 59 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
6 56 (1.06%) Visual Studio
7 47 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
8 32 (0.61%) InstallShield
9 28 (0.53%) Bitbucket
10 15 (0.28%) Hudson
11 11 (0.21%) Artifactory
11 11 (0.21%) GitLab
11 11 (0.21%) Subversion
12 8 (0.15%) Maven
12 8 (0.15%) Rational Team Concert
13 7 (0.13%) Eclipse
13 7 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
13 7 (0.13%) ReSharper
13 7 (0.13%) TeamCity
13 7 (0.13%) WinDbg
General
1 565 (10.72%) Finance
2 272 (5.16%) Public Sector
3 192 (3.64%) Banking
4 152 (2.88%) Retail
5 117 (2.22%) Telecoms
6 112 (2.12%) Law
7 71 (1.35%) Legal
8 49 (0.93%) Local Government
9 47 (0.89%) Advertising
9 47 (0.89%) Manufacturing
10 41 (0.78%) Marketing
11 38 (0.72%) Back Office
12 35 (0.66%) Electronics
13 30 (0.57%) German Language
14 29 (0.55%) Publishing
15 24 (0.46%) Investment Banking
16 17 (0.32%) Financial Institution
17 15 (0.28%) Military
18 13 (0.25%) Russian Language
19 11 (0.21%) Games
Job Titles
1 864 (16.39%) Analyst
2 663 (12.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 645 (12.23%) Support Engineer
4 414 (7.85%) Architect
5 406 (7.70%) Desktop Support
6 402 (7.63%) 2nd Line Support
7 376 (7.13%) Windows Engineer
8 366 (6.94%) Service Analyst
9 346 (6.56%) Service Desk Analyst
10 315 (5.97%) Support Analyst
11 308 (5.84%) Desktop Engineer
12 268 (5.08%) IT Support
13 253 (4.80%) Consultant
14 250 (4.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 210 (3.98%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 207 (3.93%) IT Engineer
17 199 (3.77%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 191 (3.62%) 3rd Line Support
19 180 (3.41%) 1st Line Support
20 165 (3.13%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (2.96%) LDAP
2 145 (2.75%) .NET
3 140 (2.66%) Web Services
4 135 (2.56%) SAML
5 83 (1.57%) JSON
6 74 (1.40%) OAuth
7 63 (1.19%) OpenID
8 59 (1.12%) XML
9 52 (0.99%) REST
10 47 (0.89%) SailPoint
11 45 (0.85%) Middleware
12 44 (0.83%) .NET Framework
13 43 (0.82%) HTML
14 42 (0.80%) .NET Core
14 42 (0.80%) AngularJS
14 42 (0.80%) ASP.NET
14 42 (0.80%) React
15 40 (0.76%) RESTful
16 33 (0.63%) Node.js
17 31 (0.59%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 247 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
2 244 (4.63%) Data Centre
3 175 (3.32%) PKI
4 156 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 155 (2.94%) Clustering
6 119 (2.26%) Self-Motivation
7 118 (2.24%) NHS
8 117 (2.22%) Blackberry
9 107 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
10 98 (1.86%) Replication
11 93 (1.76%) Public Cloud
12 92 (1.75%) Smartphone
13 84 (1.59%) Driving Licence
14 79 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
15 77 (1.46%) iPhone
16 67 (1.27%) Fat Client
16 67 (1.27%) Thin Client
17 53 (1.01%) User Experience
18 48 (0.91%) iPad
19 45 (0.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3,882 (73.63%) Windows
2 1,565 (29.69%) Windows 10
3 1,554 (29.48%) Windows Server
4 1,034 (19.61%) Windows 7
5 715 (13.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 594 (11.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 483 (9.16%) Linux
8 251 (4.76%) Android
9 160 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 155 (2.94%) Apple iOS
11 146 (2.77%) Windows 8
12 138 (2.62%) Unix
13 117 (2.22%) Windows XP
14 111 (2.11%) Mac OS
15 107 (2.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 86 (1.63%) Mac OS X
17 62 (1.18%) CentOS
18 43 (0.82%) Ubuntu
19 35 (0.66%) Windows Mobile
20 30 (0.57%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 917 (17.39%) ITIL
2 812 (15.40%) Migration
3 783 (14.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 446 (8.46%) Problem-Solving
5 302 (5.73%) Agile Software Development
5 302 (5.73%) DevOps
6 274 (5.20%) Service Management
7 240 (4.55%) Identity Access Management
8 207 (3.93%) ITSM
9 181 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
10 168 (3.19%) Application Packaging
11 166 (3.15%) Information Security
12 161 (3.05%) Change Management
13 160 (3.03%) Time Management
14 150 (2.85%) Mobile Device Management
15 147 (2.79%) Incident Management
16 139 (2.64%) Project Management
16 139 (2.64%) Service Delivery
17 137 (2.60%) Project Delivery
18 135 (2.56%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 944 (17.91%) PowerShell
2 552 (10.47%) SQL
3 133 (2.52%) C#
4 112 (2.12%) JavaScript
5 88 (1.67%) VBScript
6 79 (1.50%) Python
7 71 (1.35%) C
8 68 (1.29%) Java
9 66 (1.25%) T-SQL
10 58 (1.10%) Bash Shell
11 51 (0.97%) VB
12 34 (0.64%) Shell Script
13 33 (0.63%) Perl
14 17 (0.32%) PHP
15 13 (0.25%) Ruby
16 12 (0.23%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.17%) VBA
18 6 (0.11%) Korn
19 5 (0.095%) C++
19 5 (0.095%) XPath
Qualifications
1 697 (13.22%) Security Cleared
2 428 (8.12%) SC Cleared
3 363 (6.89%) Microsoft Certification
4 229 (4.34%) MCSE
5 222 (4.21%) DV Cleared
6 191 (3.62%) Degree
7 116 (2.20%) MCP
8 109 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
9 107 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
10 102 (1.93%) MCSA
11 89 (1.69%) CCNA
12 56 (1.06%) Citrix Certification
13 54 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 53 (1.01%) CISSP
14 53 (1.01%) DBS Check
15 45 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
16 42 (0.80%) CCA
17 34 (0.64%) MCITP
18 33 (0.63%) A+ Certification
19 32 (0.61%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 313 (5.94%) SLA
2 59 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 58 (1.10%) QA
4 48 (0.91%) GDPR
5 43 (0.82%) PCI DSS
6 22 (0.42%) NIST
6 22 (0.42%) PMO
7 17 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 14 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 13 (0.25%) NCSC
10 12 (0.23%) COBIT
11 11 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 10 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 9 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
14 7 (0.13%) Data Quality
15 5 (0.095%) ISO 9001
16 4 (0.076%) ISO 14001
16 4 (0.076%) JSP 440
17 2 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 19770
17 2 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 712 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
2 430 (8.16%) Hyper-V
3 339 (6.43%) XenApp
4 278 (5.27%) VMware ESXi
5 231 (4.38%) vSphere
6 227 (4.31%) XenDesktop
7 138 (2.62%) Virtual Machines
8 123 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
9 110 (2.09%) Docker
10 96 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
11 52 (0.99%) DFS Replication
12 50 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
13 45 (0.85%) BitLocker
14 39 (0.74%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 32 (0.61%) vCloud
15 32 (0.61%) VMware NSX
16 26 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 25 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
18 20 (0.38%) NDS
19 19 (0.36%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,189 (22.55%) SCCM
2 313 (5.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 213 (4.04%) SCOM
4 194 (3.68%) Single Sign-On
5 146 (2.77%) WSUS
6 101 (1.92%) Ansible
7 94 (1.78%) Terraform
8 88 (1.67%) vCenter Server
9 86 (1.63%) Kubernetes
10 79 (1.50%) AirWatch
11 63 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
12 56 (1.06%) Puppet
13 53 (1.01%) SCVMM
14 46 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
15 42 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 42 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
16 41 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
17 40 (0.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 35 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
18 35 (0.66%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,562 (48.60%) Microsoft
2 1,300 (24.66%) VMware
3 736 (13.96%) Citrix
4 497 (9.43%) Cisco
5 251 (4.76%) HP
6 201 (3.81%) Apple
7 159 (3.02%) Oracle
7 159 (3.02%) ServiceNow
8 143 (2.71%) Dell
9 133 (2.52%) NetApp
10 128 (2.43%) Ivanti
11 118 (2.24%) McAfee
12 111 (2.11%) Symantec
13 92 (1.75%) Red Hat
14 91 (1.73%) EMC
15 86 (1.63%) Google
16 75 (1.42%) Remedy
17 71 (1.35%) Veeam
18 66 (1.25%) SAP
19 58 (1.10%) SolarWinds