Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 32 32
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 -6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,047 4,956 5,339
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.55% 5.56% 5.39%
As % of the System Software category 42.77% 45.43% 53.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,116 2,988 2,959
England median daily rate £313 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £125 £125 £123
90th Percentile £525 £525 £500
UK median daily rate £313 £325 £305
% change year-on-year -3.85% +6.56% +1.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 521 619 918
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £39.75 £28.75 £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 11,799 10,910 10,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.98% 12.23% 10.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,750 6,904 5,878
England median daily rate £443 £413 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.27% +8.55% +8.57%
10th Percentile £163 £170 £156
90th Percentile £625 £588 £563
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £375
% change year-on-year +6.12% +6.80% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 629 738 1,069
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.15 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.17% +4.19% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.39 £10.08
90th Percentile £46.80 £43.75 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £16.08 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.50% +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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 -8 1,984 £325 -7.14% 469
South East +8 1,229 £318 -3.79% 299
North of England -7 630 £270 -16.92% 279
Midlands +6 505 £298 -7.75% 191
South West +2 369 £300 +33.33% 137
East of England -2 333 £300 +3.45% 122
North West -4 283 £280 -13.85% 159
West Midlands +9 271 £313 -2.34% 105
Yorkshire -7 251 £203 -32.50% 84
East Midlands +2 226 £288 -11.54% 86
North East -11 98 £310 -6.06% 36
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 3,779 (74.88%) Windows
2 2,358 (46.72%) Microsoft
3 1,519 (30.10%) Windows Server
4 1,392 (27.58%) VMware
5 1,360 (26.95%) Office 365
6 1,181 (23.40%) Windows 7
7 1,077 (21.34%) ITIL
8 910 (18.03%) Citrix
9 907 (17.97%) SCCM
10 906 (17.95%) Windows 10
11 882 (17.48%) Windows Server 2012
12 877 (17.38%) MS Exchange
13 874 (17.32%) Microsoft Office
14 839 (16.62%) DNS
15 826 (16.37%) Windows Server 2008
16 773 (15.32%) Microsoft Azure
17 756 (14.98%) PowerShell
18 752 (14.90%) VMware Infrastructure
19 674 (13.35%) Security Cleared
20 642 (12.72%) Migration
21 628 (12.44%) DHCP
22 583 (11.55%) Cisco
23 579 (11.47%) Finance
24 540 (10.70%) SQL
25 494 (9.79%) Firewall
26 492 (9.75%) Microsoft Certification
27 485 (9.61%) SQL Server
28 480 (9.51%) Linux
29 455 (9.02%) SC Cleared
30 426 (8.44%) LAN

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
1 877 (17.38%) MS Exchange
2 426 (8.44%) SharePoint
3 325 (6.44%) Skype for Business
4 294 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2010
5 181 (3.59%) IIS
6 159 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 101 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
8 63 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 50 (0.99%) Apache
10 49 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
11 48 (0.95%) SharePoint 2010
12 45 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
13 42 (0.83%) Confluence
14 39 (0.77%) Tomcat
15 34 (0.67%) IBM Notes
16 31 (0.61%) JBoss
16 31 (0.61%) WebSphere
17 29 (0.57%) CMS
18 25 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
19 21 (0.42%) OpenStack
Applications
1 874 (17.32%) Microsoft Office
2 122 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 66 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.73%) MS Visio
5 28 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 9 (0.18%) PaintShop Pro
8 8 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.14%) Houdini
9 7 (0.14%) Maya
9 7 (0.14%) NUKE
10 3 (0.059%) CINEMA 4D
10 3 (0.059%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.059%) Vectorworks
11 2 (0.040%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.040%) HipChat
11 2 (0.040%) Revit
12 1 (0.020%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.020%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 29 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 12 (0.24%) Eikon
3 12 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
3 12 (0.24%) RMDS
4 8 (0.16%) assyst
5 7 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
5 7 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.12%) Teamcenter
7 5 (0.099%) SDL Web 8
8 4 (0.079%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.079%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.079%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.059%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.059%) Oracle Cash Management
9 3 (0.059%) Temenos T24
10 2 (0.040%) SystmOne
11 1 (0.020%) Oracle EBS R12
11 1 (0.020%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 1,360 (26.95%) Office 365
2 773 (15.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 289 (5.73%) Amazon AWS
4 279 (5.53%) Azure Active Directory
5 113 (2.24%) PaaS
6 112 (2.22%) IaaS
7 81 (1.60%) OneDrive
8 69 (1.37%) SaaS
9 45 (0.89%) G Suite
10 29 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
11 26 (0.52%) Mimecast
12 25 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 23 (0.46%) Route 53
14 21 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
15 18 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
16 14 (0.28%) Google Drive
16 14 (0.28%) OpenShift
17 13 (0.26%) AWS CloudFormation
18 10 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
19 9 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 839 (16.62%) DNS
2 628 (12.44%) DHCP
3 494 (9.79%) Firewall
4 426 (8.44%) LAN
5 416 (8.24%) WAN
6 380 (7.53%) TCP/IP
7 319 (6.32%) SAN
8 295 (5.85%) VPN
9 289 (5.73%) Skype
10 149 (2.95%) VoIP
11 147 (2.91%) Internet
12 107 (2.12%) Kerberos
12 107 (2.12%) VLAN
13 106 (2.10%) Network Security
14 102 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
14 102 (2.02%) Wireless
15 94 (1.86%) NAS
16 83 (1.64%) SSL
17 72 (1.43%) MPLS
18 67 (1.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 485 (9.61%) SQL Server
2 75 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 50 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
4 40 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
5 39 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
6 35 (0.69%) Oracle Database
7 31 (0.61%) Hadoop
7 31 (0.61%) NoSQL
8 30 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
8 30 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 29 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
9 29 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
10 23 (0.46%) MongoDB
10 23 (0.46%) Power BI
11 22 (0.44%) Azure SQL Database
11 22 (0.44%) Big Data
12 20 (0.40%) MySQL
13 16 (0.32%) GIS
14 15 (0.30%) Relational Database
15 14 (0.28%) HBase
Development Applications
1 86 (1.70%) Git (software)
2 75 (1.49%) JIRA
3 69 (1.37%) Jenkins
4 55 (1.09%) Visual Studio
5 54 (1.07%) MSI
6 49 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
7 31 (0.61%) Artifactory
8 27 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
9 16 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
10 13 (0.26%) AutoIt
11 12 (0.24%) Subversion
12 10 (0.20%) InstallShield
13 9 (0.18%) GitLab
13 9 (0.18%) Maven
14 8 (0.16%) Serena SBM
14 8 (0.16%) TestRail
14 8 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 7 (0.14%) JUnit
16 6 (0.12%) Chocolatey
16 6 (0.12%) Gerrit
General
1 579 (11.47%) Finance
2 231 (4.58%) Banking
3 120 (2.38%) Telecoms
4 113 (2.24%) Retail
5 112 (2.22%) Legal
6 77 (1.53%) Law
7 57 (1.13%) Manufacturing
8 50 (0.99%) Publishing
9 42 (0.83%) Back Office
10 40 (0.79%) Advertising
11 29 (0.57%) Financial Institution
11 29 (0.57%) Investment Banking
12 27 (0.53%) Marketing
13 26 (0.52%) International Banking
14 24 (0.48%) French Language
15 17 (0.34%) Local Government
16 16 (0.32%) Electronics
17 11 (0.22%) German Language
17 11 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
18 8 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,017 (20.15%) Analyst
2 579 (11.47%) Support Engineer
3 470 (9.31%) Desktop Support
4 433 (8.58%) Service Analyst
5 416 (8.24%) Service Desk Analyst
6 404 (8.00%) 2nd Line Support
7 390 (7.73%) Architect
8 359 (7.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 358 (7.09%) Support Analyst
10 353 (6.99%) Consultant
11 283 (5.61%) IT Support
12 262 (5.19%) Desktop Engineer
13 239 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
14 220 (4.36%) 1st Line Support
15 203 (4.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 203 (4.02%) Administrator
16 201 (3.98%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 183 (3.63%) IT Analyst
18 176 (3.49%) 3rd Line Support
19 172 (3.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (3.92%) LDAP
2 153 (3.03%) .NET
3 150 (2.97%) Web Services
4 95 (1.88%) XML
5 87 (1.72%) HTML
6 74 (1.47%) REST
7 65 (1.29%) JSON
8 61 (1.21%) SOAP
9 45 (0.89%) Middleware
10 41 (0.81%) AngularJS
11 39 (0.77%) ASP.NET Web API
12 38 (0.75%) SAML
13 36 (0.71%) Node.js
14 35 (0.69%) CSS
15 32 (0.63%) .NET Framework
16 31 (0.61%) ASP.NET
17 30 (0.59%) YAML
18 26 (0.52%) OAuth
19 25 (0.50%) SailPoint
19 25 (0.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 268 (5.31%) Data Centre
2 247 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
3 173 (3.43%) Management Information System
4 170 (3.37%) Blackberry
5 165 (3.27%) PKI
6 122 (2.42%) Clustering
7 91 (1.80%) Replication
8 86 (1.70%) Smartphone
9 82 (1.62%) iPhone
10 62 (1.23%) Computer Science
10 62 (1.23%) Driving Licence
11 60 (1.19%) iPad
12 58 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
13 51 (1.01%) Client/Server
14 50 (0.99%) NHS
15 49 (0.97%) Fat Client
15 49 (0.97%) Thin Client
16 43 (0.85%) CMDB
17 40 (0.79%) User Experience
18 37 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3,779 (74.88%) Windows
2 1,519 (30.10%) Windows Server
3 1,181 (23.40%) Windows 7
4 906 (17.95%) Windows 10
5 882 (17.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 826 (16.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 480 (9.51%) Linux
8 284 (5.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 207 (4.10%) Windows 8
10 180 (3.57%) Windows XP
11 178 (3.53%) Android
12 169 (3.35%) Unix
13 167 (3.31%) Apple iOS
14 134 (2.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 76 (1.51%) Windows Vista
16 70 (1.39%) Mac OS X
17 64 (1.27%) Mac OS
18 60 (1.19%) Solaris
19 47 (0.93%) CentOS
20 22 (0.44%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,077 (21.34%) ITIL
2 642 (12.72%) Migration
3 311 (6.16%) Service Management
4 233 (4.62%) Change Management
5 231 (4.58%) Agile Software Development
6 204 (4.04%) Incident Management
7 193 (3.82%) DevOps
8 183 (3.63%) Problem Management
9 179 (3.55%) Configuration Management
10 159 (3.15%) Disaster Recovery
10 159 (3.15%) Service Delivery
11 146 (2.89%) Information Security
12 125 (2.48%) Project Management
13 120 (2.38%) Mobile Device Management
14 114 (2.26%) ITIL V3
15 112 (2.22%) Time Management
16 107 (2.12%) Identity Access Management
17 104 (2.06%) ITSM
18 103 (2.04%) Identity Management
19 102 (2.02%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 756 (14.98%) PowerShell
2 540 (10.70%) SQL
3 149 (2.95%) Java
4 135 (2.67%) VBScript
5 118 (2.34%) C#
6 93 (1.84%) JavaScript
7 67 (1.33%) Python
8 57 (1.13%) C
9 48 (0.95%) Bash Shell
10 46 (0.91%) VB
11 36 (0.71%) Perl
12 35 (0.69%) Shell Script
13 34 (0.67%) PL/SQL
14 25 (0.50%) Ruby
15 24 (0.48%) PHP
16 23 (0.46%) T-SQL
17 12 (0.24%) Groovy
17 12 (0.24%) Korn
18 7 (0.14%) VBA
19 6 (0.12%) BeanShell
Qualifications
1 674 (13.35%) Security Cleared
2 492 (9.75%) Microsoft Certification
3 455 (9.02%) SC Cleared
4 326 (6.46%) MCSE
5 197 (3.90%) DV Cleared
6 179 (3.55%) MCSA
7 159 (3.15%) Degree
8 149 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
9 137 (2.71%) MCP
10 131 (2.60%) ITIL Certification
11 110 (2.18%) CCNA
12 91 (1.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 80 (1.59%) MCITP
14 56 (1.11%) CISSP
15 55 (1.09%) DBS Check
16 50 (0.99%) MCDST
17 48 (0.95%) CCNP
18 47 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
19 37 (0.73%) CCA
20 32 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 264 (5.23%) SLA
2 51 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 47 (0.93%) GDPR
4 36 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 30 (0.59%) QA
6 28 (0.55%) ISO 9001
7 27 (0.53%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 21 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
10 20 (0.40%) HIPAA
11 18 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
12 15 (0.30%) PMO
13 9 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.079%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 4 (0.079%) GAMP
15 2 (0.040%) COBIT
15 2 (0.040%) Data Quality
15 2 (0.040%) Government Security Classifications
15 2 (0.040%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 2 (0.040%) MiFID
System Software
1 752 (14.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 395 (7.83%) Hyper-V
3 296 (5.86%) XenApp
4 242 (4.79%) vSphere
5 220 (4.36%) VMware ESXi
6 171 (3.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 146 (2.89%) XenDesktop
8 142 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
9 79 (1.57%) BitLocker
10 70 (1.39%) Docker
11 62 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
12 52 (1.03%) XenServer
13 47 (0.93%) Terminal Services
14 42 (0.83%) NFS
14 42 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
15 31 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
16 25 (0.50%) VMware Server
17 24 (0.48%) DFS Replication
18 22 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 17 (0.34%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 907 (17.97%) SCCM
2 201 (3.98%) SCOM
3 128 (2.54%) WSUS
4 103 (2.04%) Microsoft Intune
5 92 (1.82%) NetBackup
6 85 (1.68%) AirWatch
7 80 (1.59%) Ansible
8 77 (1.53%) Puppet
9 72 (1.43%) Norton AntiVirus
10 70 (1.39%) McAfee ePO
11 69 (1.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 61 (1.21%) Backup Exec
13 52 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
13 52 (1.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 51 (1.01%) vCenter Server
15 37 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
16 36 (0.71%) Terraform
17 34 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 27 (0.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 26 (0.52%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 2,358 (46.72%) Microsoft
2 1,392 (27.58%) VMware
3 910 (18.03%) Citrix
4 583 (11.55%) Cisco
5 403 (7.98%) HP
6 238 (4.72%) Apple
7 213 (4.22%) Oracle
8 188 (3.72%) McAfee
9 172 (3.41%) NetApp
10 166 (3.29%) Ivanti
11 158 (3.13%) Dell
12 149 (2.95%) Symantec
13 112 (2.22%) ServiceNow
14 109 (2.16%) Red Hat
15 98 (1.94%) Google
16 94 (1.86%) SolarWinds
17 90 (1.78%) Veeam
18 79 (1.57%) IBM
18 79 (1.57%) Remedy
19 74 (1.47%) Bloomberg