Period
to 11 December 2018

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 11 December 2018 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 35 33
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,912 5,229 5,488
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.13% 5.50% 5.75%
As % of the System Software category 39.58% 43.02% 46.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,612 3,248 3,326
England median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +4.84%
10th Percentile £128 £125 £128
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +6.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 509 677
England median hourly rate £15.50 £14.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.08% -1.67% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.20 £10.25
90th Percentile £31.86 £39.75 £29.00
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £14.65 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.80% -2.33% -

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 14,938 12,154 11,759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.49% 12.79% 12.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,847 7,969 7,451
England median daily rate £463 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £184 £160 £175
90th Percentile £638 £614 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.18% +6.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 793 641 782
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.25 £42.48
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +3.23%

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018. 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 +6 2,308 £375 +15.38% 396
South East +2 1,305 £375 +20.48% 282
North of England +5 789 £340 +25.93% 252
Midlands +3 586 £325 +3.17% 169
South West -1 465 £350 +19.66% 116
East of England +6 440 £300 +5.26% 102
North West +14 421 £300 +9.09% 131
West Midlands -5 344 £350 +6.06% 97
Yorkshire +1 293 £365 +73.81% 99
East Midlands +8 233 £225 -21.74% 72
North East -17 75 £400 +29.03% 22
South Coast - 1 - -
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, 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 4,425 (74.85%) Windows
2 2,826 (47.80%) Microsoft
3 1,854 (31.36%) Windows Server
4 1,851 (31.31%) Office 365
5 1,530 (25.88%) VMware
6 1,368 (23.14%) Windows 10
7 1,330 (22.50%) Microsoft Azure
8 1,232 (20.84%) Windows 7
9 1,184 (20.03%) SCCM
10 1,107 (18.72%) PowerShell
11 1,100 (18.61%) ITIL
12 968 (16.37%) Microsoft Office
13 919 (15.54%) DNS
13 919 (15.54%) Citrix
14 846 (14.31%) Migration
15 836 (14.14%) MS Exchange
16 831 (14.06%) VMware Infrastructure
17 813 (13.75%) Windows Server 2012
18 746 (12.62%) Finance
19 699 (11.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 693 (11.72%) Security Cleared
21 666 (11.27%) Linux
22 646 (10.93%) Firewall
23 639 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
24 612 (10.35%) Azure Active Directory
25 598 (10.12%) SQL
26 586 (9.91%) DHCP
27 544 (9.20%) Cisco
28 512 (8.66%) SC Cleared
29 502 (8.49%) SQL Server

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
1 836 (14.14%) MS Exchange
2 460 (7.78%) SharePoint
3 335 (5.67%) Skype for Business
4 279 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2010
5 202 (3.42%) IIS
6 176 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2013
7 90 (1.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 76 (1.29%) Apache
9 71 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
10 61 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
11 47 (0.79%) IBM Notes
12 43 (0.73%) Tomcat
13 38 (0.64%) SharePoint 2010
14 32 (0.54%) Confluence
15 31 (0.52%) CMS
16 30 (0.51%) WebSphere
17 29 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
18 27 (0.46%) nginx
19 22 (0.37%) JBoss
20 20 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 968 (16.37%) Microsoft Office
2 151 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 80 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 53 (0.90%) MS Visio
5 37 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.20%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.12%) CINEMA 4D
7 7 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.051%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.051%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.034%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.034%) Houdini
10 2 (0.034%) Maya
10 2 (0.034%) NUKE
10 2 (0.034%) SPSS
11 1 (0.017%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.017%) HipChat
11 1 (0.017%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 1 (0.017%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 38 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.39%) Eikon
3 19 (0.32%) Teamcenter
4 18 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 9 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
6 8 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
7 6 (0.10%) Elite 3E
8 4 (0.068%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.051%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.051%) Sentinel
9 3 (0.051%) Towers Watson Igloo
10 2 (0.034%) assyst
10 2 (0.034%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.034%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.034%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.034%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 1 (0.017%) Oracle Cash Management
11 1 (0.017%) Oracle FAH
11 1 (0.017%) Oracle Payables
11 1 (0.017%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1,851 (31.31%) Office 365
2 1,330 (22.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 612 (10.35%) Azure Active Directory
4 364 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
5 255 (4.31%) IaaS
6 214 (3.62%) PaaS
7 133 (2.25%) SaaS
8 127 (2.15%) OneDrive
9 60 (1.01%) Mimecast
10 50 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
11 48 (0.81%) G Suite
12 31 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
13 30 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
14 27 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
15 26 (0.44%) Serverless
16 21 (0.36%) Yammer
17 20 (0.34%) Amazon S3
17 20 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 19 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
19 18 (0.30%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 919 (15.54%) DNS
2 646 (10.93%) Firewall
3 586 (9.91%) DHCP
4 464 (7.85%) LAN
5 429 (7.26%) WAN
6 384 (6.50%) VPN
7 347 (5.87%) TCP/IP
8 338 (5.72%) Skype
9 299 (5.06%) SAN
10 189 (3.20%) Internet
11 170 (2.88%) VoIP
12 132 (2.23%) Network Security
13 128 (2.17%) Remote Desktop
14 126 (2.13%) Wireless
15 115 (1.95%) NAS
16 94 (1.59%) SSL
17 90 (1.52%) Wi-Fi
18 89 (1.51%) Kerberos
19 86 (1.45%) VLAN
20 64 (1.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 502 (8.49%) SQL Server
2 65 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
3 64 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 53 (0.90%) Relational Database
5 48 (0.81%) MySQL
5 48 (0.81%) Power BI
6 47 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
7 39 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
8 38 (0.64%) Hadoop
8 38 (0.64%) Oracle Database
9 36 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
10 35 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
11 29 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
12 25 (0.42%) RDBMS
13 21 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 20 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
14 20 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 19 (0.32%) Big Data
16 17 (0.29%) Apache Cassandra
17 16 (0.27%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 84 (1.42%) JIRA
2 83 (1.40%) Jenkins
3 69 (1.17%) Git (software)
4 64 (1.08%) MSI
5 56 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
6 36 (0.61%) Visual Studio
7 30 (0.51%) Artifactory
8 26 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
9 23 (0.39%) GitLab
10 17 (0.29%) AdminStudio
11 16 (0.27%) InstallShield
11 16 (0.27%) Selenium
12 15 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 14 (0.24%) Maven
14 12 (0.20%) Bitbucket
14 12 (0.20%) TeamCity
15 11 (0.19%) TestRail
16 10 (0.17%) Cucumber
16 10 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
16 10 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 746 (12.62%) Finance
2 164 (2.77%) Banking
3 160 (2.71%) Law
4 159 (2.69%) Retail
5 100 (1.69%) Telecoms
6 68 (1.15%) Legal
7 62 (1.05%) Manufacturing
7 62 (1.05%) Publishing
8 47 (0.79%) Back Office
9 45 (0.76%) Marketing
10 39 (0.66%) Financial Institution
11 37 (0.63%) Advertising
12 35 (0.59%) Investment Banking
13 33 (0.56%) Front Office
14 31 (0.52%) French Language
15 27 (0.46%) Military
16 25 (0.42%) Games
16 25 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
17 15 (0.25%) Automotive
17 15 (0.25%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,157 (19.57%) Analyst
2 675 (11.42%) Support Engineer
3 574 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 459 (7.76%) 2nd Line Support
5 454 (7.68%) Service Analyst
6 442 (7.48%) Desktop Support
7 438 (7.41%) Service Desk Analyst
8 435 (7.36%) Support Analyst
9 374 (6.33%) Architect
10 365 (6.17%) Consultant
11 361 (6.11%) IT Support
12 312 (5.28%) Desktop Engineer
13 270 (4.57%) Administrator
14 261 (4.41%) Windows Engineer
15 231 (3.91%) 1st Line Support
16 225 (3.81%) 1st/2nd Line Support
17 212 (3.59%) IT Analyst
18 211 (3.57%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 202 (3.42%) Active Directory Engineer
20 200 (3.38%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 192 (3.25%) LDAP
2 144 (2.44%) Web Services
3 134 (2.27%) .NET
4 103 (1.74%) SAML
5 80 (1.35%) Middleware
6 68 (1.15%) JSON
7 61 (1.03%) OAuth
8 59 (1.00%) REST
9 55 (0.93%) X-Windows
10 49 (0.83%) HTML
11 42 (0.71%) CSS
12 38 (0.64%) OpenID
13 35 (0.59%) XML
14 27 (0.46%) SailPoint
15 25 (0.42%) SOAP
16 24 (0.41%) .NET Framework
16 24 (0.41%) Node.js
17 21 (0.36%) ASP.NET
17 21 (0.36%) jQuery
18 19 (0.32%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 312 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
2 309 (5.23%) Data Centre
3 210 (3.55%) Management Information System
4 185 (3.13%) Blackberry
5 176 (2.98%) PKI
6 160 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
7 153 (2.59%) Clustering
8 139 (2.35%) iPhone
9 92 (1.56%) Smartphone
10 82 (1.39%) Public Cloud
11 77 (1.30%) Fat Client
11 77 (1.30%) Thin Client
12 72 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
13 69 (1.17%) Replication
14 65 (1.10%) iPad
15 64 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
16 56 (0.95%) NHS
17 48 (0.81%) User Experience
18 42 (0.71%) Driving Licence
19 36 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4,425 (74.85%) Windows
2 1,854 (31.36%) Windows Server
3 1,368 (23.14%) Windows 10
4 1,232 (20.84%) Windows 7
5 813 (13.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 666 (11.27%) Linux
7 639 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 218 (3.69%) Unix
9 204 (3.45%) Windows 8
10 197 (3.33%) Apple iOS
11 187 (3.16%) Android
11 187 (3.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 185 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
13 184 (3.11%) Windows XP
14 123 (2.08%) Mac OS
15 99 (1.67%) Mac OS X
16 71 (1.20%) CentOS
17 66 (1.12%) Solaris
18 41 (0.69%) Ubuntu
19 35 (0.59%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,100 (18.61%) ITIL
2 846 (14.31%) Migration
3 699 (11.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 451 (7.63%) Problem-Solving
5 357 (6.04%) Service Management
6 322 (5.45%) Agile Software Development
7 301 (5.09%) DevOps
8 253 (4.28%) ITSM
9 200 (3.38%) Change Management
10 196 (3.32%) Information Security
11 195 (3.30%) Service Delivery
12 191 (3.23%) ITIL V3
13 184 (3.11%) Project Management
14 178 (3.01%) Disaster Recovery
15 158 (2.67%) Identity Management
16 154 (2.60%) Incident Management
17 146 (2.47%) Time Management
18 141 (2.38%) Identity Access Management
19 130 (2.20%) Configuration Management
20 127 (2.15%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1,107 (18.72%) PowerShell
2 598 (10.12%) SQL
3 116 (1.96%) Python
4 105 (1.78%) C#
5 102 (1.73%) Java
6 92 (1.56%) Shell Script
7 90 (1.52%) JavaScript
8 79 (1.34%) VBScript
9 74 (1.25%) Bash Shell
10 72 (1.22%) VB
11 42 (0.71%) Perl
12 40 (0.68%) C
13 38 (0.64%) Ruby
14 29 (0.49%) T-SQL
15 25 (0.42%) PHP
16 21 (0.36%) VBA
17 9 (0.15%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.12%) Groovy
19 5 (0.085%) PL/SQL
20 4 (0.068%) C++
Qualifications
1 693 (11.72%) Security Cleared
2 512 (8.66%) SC Cleared
3 452 (7.65%) Microsoft Certification
4 258 (4.36%) MCSE
5 217 (3.67%) Degree
6 171 (2.89%) DV Cleared
7 157 (2.66%) MCSA
8 121 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
9 114 (1.93%) MCP
10 92 (1.56%) CCNA
11 78 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
12 70 (1.18%) DBS Check
12 70 (1.18%) MCITP
12 70 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 45 (0.76%) CISSP
13 45 (0.76%) Citrix Certification
14 41 (0.69%) A+ Certification
14 41 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 39 (0.66%) CCNP
16 38 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 327 (5.53%) SLA
2 45 (0.76%) PMO
3 41 (0.69%) QA
4 38 (0.64%) GDPR
5 37 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 29 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 18 (0.30%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.24%) Data Quality
9 11 (0.19%) HL7
10 10 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
11 9 (0.15%) FedRAMP
11 9 (0.15%) HIPAA
12 7 (0.12%) COBIT
12 7 (0.12%) GxP
13 6 (0.10%) JSP 440
14 5 (0.085%) Cyber Essentials
15 4 (0.068%) Disclosure Scotland
15 4 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 2 (0.034%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 2 (0.034%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 831 (14.06%) VMware Infrastructure
2 413 (6.99%) Hyper-V
3 319 (5.40%) XenApp
4 304 (5.14%) VMware ESXi
5 281 (4.75%) vSphere
6 237 (4.01%) XenDesktop
7 167 (2.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 111 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
9 94 (1.59%) Docker
10 93 (1.57%) Virtual Desktop
11 66 (1.12%) BitLocker
12 59 (1.00%) VMware Workstation
13 53 (0.90%) XenServer
14 50 (0.85%) DFS Replication
15 49 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
16 32 (0.54%) Terminal Services
17 31 (0.52%) Firmware
17 31 (0.52%) NFS
17 31 (0.52%) VMware Server
18 27 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,184 (20.03%) SCCM
2 222 (3.76%) SCOM
3 196 (3.32%) Microsoft Intune
4 146 (2.47%) WSUS
5 138 (2.33%) Single Sign-On
6 102 (1.73%) Terraform
7 101 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
8 98 (1.66%) Ansible
8 98 (1.66%) vCenter Server
9 92 (1.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 90 (1.52%) AirWatch
11 89 (1.51%) McAfee ePO
11 89 (1.51%) Puppet
12 81 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
13 69 (1.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 69 (1.17%) Kubernetes
14 50 (0.85%) Backup Exec
15 45 (0.76%) NetBackup
16 33 (0.56%) vRealize
17 31 (0.52%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,826 (47.80%) Microsoft
2 1,530 (25.88%) VMware
3 919 (15.54%) Citrix
4 544 (9.20%) Cisco
5 416 (7.04%) HP
6 300 (5.07%) Apple
7 224 (3.79%) Oracle
8 214 (3.62%) McAfee
9 204 (3.45%) ServiceNow
10 169 (2.86%) NetApp
11 163 (2.76%) Red Hat
12 137 (2.32%) Ivanti
13 132 (2.23%) Dell
14 116 (1.96%) Veeam
15 115 (1.95%) Symantec
16 103 (1.74%) Remedy
17 99 (1.67%) Sony
18 93 (1.57%) Google
19 83 (1.40%) IBM
20 76 (1.29%) Sophos