Period
to 21 May 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 21 May 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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 34 40 39
Rank change year-on-year +6 -1 -8
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,027 4,989 4,148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.04% 5.42% 4.98%
As % of the System Software category 38.76% 40.39% 44.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,203 3,002 2,467
England median daily rate £375 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% - -
10th Percentile £130 £123 £123
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £363 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +11.54% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 599 485
England median hourly rate £15.19 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.39% +1.67% -
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £36.50 £32.50 £28.25
UK median hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year +1.67% +2.56% -2.50%

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 12,969 12,353 9,421
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.58% 13.42% 11.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,728 8,031 6,025
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £190 £185 £167
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £423
% change year-on-year +5.56% +6.45% +5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 541 712 590
England median hourly rate £16.75 £16.22 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.30% +1.34% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.13
90th Percentile £48.00 £46.25 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.04% -0.88% +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 May 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 21 May 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 21 May 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 +4 2,053 £391 +11.79% 120
South East +5 1,144 £388 +18.32% 81
North of England +1 607 £313 +11.61% 105
South West 0 523 £375 +25.00% 41
Midlands +2 450 £325 +8.15% 50
North West +2 273 £314 -5.99% 67
West Midlands +1 266 £350 +7.69% 28
Yorkshire +18 251 £325 +44.44% 35
East of England -5 245 £300 -4.00% 25
East Midlands +12 178 £273 -5.22% 22
North East -10 83 £200 -26.54% 3
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 3,593 (71.47%) Windows
2 2,514 (50.01%) Microsoft
3 1,758 (34.97%) Office 365
4 1,436 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
5 1,431 (28.47%) Windows Server
6 1,352 (26.89%) Windows 10
7 1,284 (25.54%) VMware
8 1,136 (22.60%) SCCM
9 999 (19.87%) PowerShell
10 890 (17.70%) Windows 7
11 878 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
12 840 (16.71%) DNS
13 833 (16.57%) ITIL
14 805 (16.01%) Migration
15 792 (15.75%) Citrix
16 719 (14.30%) Azure Active Directory
17 704 (14.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 688 (13.69%) VMware Infrastructure
19 685 (13.63%) Finance
20 668 (13.29%) MS Exchange
21 628 (12.49%) Windows Server 2012
22 551 (10.96%) DHCP
23 544 (10.82%) SQL
24 543 (10.80%) Firewall
25 523 (10.40%) Linux
26 521 (10.36%) Security Cleared
27 508 (10.11%) Cisco
28 499 (9.93%) Windows Server 2008
29 487 (9.69%) SharePoint
30 480 (9.55%) 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
1 668 (13.29%) MS Exchange
2 487 (9.69%) SharePoint
3 372 (7.40%) Skype for Business
4 199 (3.96%) Exchange Server 2010
5 178 (3.54%) IIS
6 136 (2.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 53 (1.05%) Confluence
8 50 (0.99%) Apache
9 39 (0.78%) CMS
10 33 (0.66%) Tomcat
11 30 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 28 (0.56%) OpenStack
13 27 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
14 26 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
14 26 (0.52%) JBoss
15 25 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
16 22 (0.44%) IBM Notes
17 21 (0.42%) nginx
18 18 (0.36%) Apache Spark
19 16 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 878 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
2 104 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 35 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.080%) Camtasia
7 4 (0.080%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.060%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.060%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 2 (0.040%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.040%) Maya
10 1 (0.020%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.020%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.020%) NUKE
10 1 (0.020%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.020%) Revit
10 1 (0.020%) Stata
Business Applications
1 68 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 10 (0.20%) Eikon
4 7 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.14%) Retail-J
4 7 (0.14%) Teamcenter
5 5 (0.099%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.099%) SystmOne
6 4 (0.080%) Relativity
7 3 (0.060%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.060%) SAP BPC
7 3 (0.060%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.040%) Carpe Diem
8 2 (0.040%) OPENHousing
8 2 (0.040%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.040%) SAP Retail
8 2 (0.040%) SAP S/4HANA
9 1 (0.020%) Aareon QL
9 1 (0.020%) Elite 3E
9 1 (0.020%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 1,758 (34.97%) Office 365
2 1,436 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 719 (14.30%) Azure Active Directory
4 446 (8.87%) Amazon AWS
5 226 (4.50%) IaaS
6 202 (4.02%) PaaS
7 122 (2.43%) SaaS
8 110 (2.19%) OneDrive
9 64 (1.27%) Serverless
10 61 (1.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 54 (1.07%) Power Platform
12 44 (0.88%) Azure Functions
12 44 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
13 41 (0.82%) Mimecast
13 41 (0.82%) Yammer
14 35 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
15 32 (0.64%) Amazon S3
16 31 (0.62%) G Suite
16 31 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
16 31 (0.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 840 (16.71%) DNS
2 551 (10.96%) DHCP
3 543 (10.80%) Firewall
4 380 (7.56%) Skype
5 372 (7.40%) LAN
6 367 (7.30%) VPN
7 363 (7.22%) WAN
8 287 (5.71%) SAN
9 283 (5.63%) TCP/IP
10 130 (2.59%) Internet
11 125 (2.49%) VoIP
12 107 (2.13%) VLAN
13 95 (1.89%) Remote Desktop
14 92 (1.83%) Wireless
15 90 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
16 86 (1.71%) NetScaler
17 80 (1.59%) Network Security
18 71 (1.41%) SSL
19 65 (1.29%) Unified Communications
20 60 (1.19%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 480 (9.55%) SQL Server
2 67 (1.33%) MySQL
3 58 (1.15%) Relational Database
4 57 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
5 55 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
6 43 (0.86%) Power BI
7 41 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 40 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
8 40 (0.80%) Big Data
9 37 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
10 31 (0.62%) RDBMS
11 28 (0.56%) MongoDB
12 27 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
12 27 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
13 23 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
14 21 (0.42%) Oracle Database
15 20 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 18 (0.36%) NoSQL
17 15 (0.30%) Hadoop
18 14 (0.28%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 121 (2.41%) Git (software)
2 118 (2.35%) Jenkins
3 93 (1.85%) JIRA
4 86 (1.71%) MSI
5 84 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 75 (1.49%) Visual Studio
7 35 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
8 34 (0.68%) GitLab
9 23 (0.46%) Bitbucket
10 22 (0.44%) Artifactory
11 20 (0.40%) InstallShield
12 19 (0.38%) SonarQube
13 18 (0.36%) JUnit
13 18 (0.36%) NUnit
14 16 (0.32%) Subversion
15 15 (0.30%) Hudson
15 15 (0.30%) WiX
16 14 (0.28%) MSBuild
17 13 (0.26%) Jasmine
17 13 (0.26%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 685 (13.63%) Finance
2 189 (3.76%) Banking
3 126 (2.51%) Retail
4 124 (2.47%) Law
5 108 (2.15%) Telecoms
6 72 (1.43%) Legal
7 54 (1.07%) Manufacturing
8 45 (0.90%) Advertising
9 39 (0.78%) Investment Banking
9 39 (0.78%) Marketing
10 30 (0.60%) Electronics
11 28 (0.56%) Publishing
12 27 (0.54%) Financial Institution
13 26 (0.52%) Back Office
14 25 (0.50%) German Language
15 24 (0.48%) French Language
15 24 (0.48%) Local Government
16 20 (0.40%) Military
17 14 (0.28%) Automotive
18 13 (0.26%) Games
Job Titles
1 866 (17.23%) Analyst
2 591 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 559 (11.12%) Support Engineer
4 423 (8.41%) Architect
5 341 (6.78%) Desktop Support
6 334 (6.64%) Support Analyst
7 321 (6.39%) 2nd Line Support
8 305 (6.07%) Windows Engineer
9 301 (5.99%) Service Analyst
10 297 (5.91%) IT Support
11 296 (5.89%) Service Desk Analyst
12 280 (5.57%) Consultant
13 254 (5.05%) Desktop Engineer
14 188 (3.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 184 (3.66%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 176 (3.50%) IT Engineer
17 175 (3.48%) Azure Engineer
18 172 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 158 (3.14%) 1st Line Support
20 155 (3.08%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 195 (3.88%) .NET
2 174 (3.46%) LDAP
3 132 (2.63%) Web Services
4 83 (1.65%) SAML
5 81 (1.61%) JSON
6 79 (1.57%) HTML
7 62 (1.23%) Middleware
8 56 (1.11%) RESTful
8 56 (1.11%) XML
9 49 (0.97%) ASP.NET
10 47 (0.93%) .NET Framework
10 47 (0.93%) OAuth
11 46 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
12 44 (0.88%) Node.js
13 42 (0.84%) Software Packaging
14 41 (0.82%) .NET Core
14 41 (0.82%) CSS
14 41 (0.82%) OpenID
15 40 (0.80%) AngularJS
16 39 (0.78%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 304 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
2 268 (5.33%) Data Centre
3 145 (2.88%) Clustering
4 141 (2.80%) Management Information System
5 127 (2.53%) PKI
6 109 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
7 106 (2.11%) Public Cloud
8 94 (1.87%) Blackberry
9 90 (1.79%) NHS
10 77 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
10 77 (1.53%) iPhone
11 72 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
12 70 (1.39%) Replication
13 69 (1.37%) Fat Client
13 69 (1.37%) Thin Client
14 60 (1.19%) User Experience
15 50 (0.99%) Smartphone
16 49 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
17 46 (0.92%) Driving Licence
17 46 (0.92%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3,593 (71.47%) Windows
2 1,431 (28.47%) Windows Server
3 1,352 (26.89%) Windows 10
4 890 (17.70%) Windows 7
5 628 (12.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 523 (10.40%) Linux
7 499 (9.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 184 (3.66%) Android
9 156 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 147 (2.92%) Windows 8
11 140 (2.78%) Apple iOS
12 132 (2.63%) Windows XP
13 121 (2.41%) Windows Server 2003
14 118 (2.35%) Unix
15 82 (1.63%) Mac OS
16 64 (1.27%) CentOS
17 39 (0.78%) Mac OS X
18 33 (0.66%) Ubuntu
19 28 (0.56%) Solaris
20 20 (0.40%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 833 (16.57%) ITIL
2 805 (16.01%) Migration
3 704 (14.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 396 (7.88%) DevOps
5 384 (7.64%) Problem-Solving
6 345 (6.86%) Agile Software Development
7 243 (4.83%) Service Management
8 186 (3.70%) Information Security
9 172 (3.42%) Change Management
10 168 (3.34%) Disaster Recovery
11 159 (3.16%) Application Packaging
11 159 (3.16%) Incident Management
12 156 (3.10%) ITSM
13 154 (3.06%) Project Management
14 153 (3.04%) Service Delivery
15 143 (2.84%) Configuration Management
16 135 (2.69%) Identity Access Management
17 129 (2.57%) Stakeholder Management
18 127 (2.53%) Identity Management
19 123 (2.45%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 999 (19.87%) PowerShell
2 544 (10.82%) SQL
3 155 (3.08%) C#
4 134 (2.67%) Python
5 115 (2.29%) JavaScript
6 103 (2.05%) Java
7 81 (1.61%) VBScript
8 70 (1.39%) Bash Shell
9 67 (1.33%) VB
10 65 (1.29%) C
11 58 (1.15%) Perl
12 50 (0.99%) Shell Script
13 48 (0.95%) T-SQL
14 30 (0.60%) Ruby
15 19 (0.38%) PHP
16 13 (0.26%) Groovy
17 12 (0.24%) TypeScript
18 10 (0.20%) VBA
19 8 (0.16%) AWK
20 7 (0.14%) Korn
Qualifications
1 521 (10.36%) Security Cleared
2 366 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
3 335 (6.66%) SC Cleared
4 214 (4.26%) MCSE
5 159 (3.16%) DV Cleared
6 129 (2.57%) Degree
7 122 (2.43%) MCSA
8 112 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
9 88 (1.75%) MCP
10 85 (1.69%) CCNA
11 83 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
12 50 (0.99%) DBS Check
13 49 (0.97%) MCITP
14 41 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 36 (0.72%) CCNP
15 36 (0.72%) CISSP
16 31 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
17 30 (0.60%) A+ Certification
18 29 (0.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 27 (0.54%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (4.67%) SLA
2 76 (1.51%) QA
3 60 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 55 (1.09%) GDPR
5 32 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 32 (0.64%) PMO
6 21 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
8 10 (0.20%) COBIT
9 8 (0.16%) Data Quality
9 8 (0.16%) HL7
9 8 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 5 (0.099%) GxP
11 4 (0.080%) Government Security Classifications
12 3 (0.060%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 3 (0.060%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.060%) GPG13
12 3 (0.060%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.060%) PA-DSS
12 3 (0.060%) RMADS
System Software
1 688 (13.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 438 (8.71%) Hyper-V
3 309 (6.15%) VMware ESXi
4 285 (5.67%) XenApp
5 215 (4.28%) XenDesktop
6 205 (4.08%) vSphere
7 168 (3.34%) Microsoft App-V
8 166 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
9 154 (3.06%) Docker
10 72 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 51 (1.01%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 50 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
13 48 (0.95%) BitLocker
14 39 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
15 35 (0.70%) DFS Replication
16 26 (0.52%) VMware NSX
17 25 (0.50%) Terminal Services
18 24 (0.48%) NFS
19 22 (0.44%) vCloud
20 21 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,136 (22.60%) SCCM
2 230 (4.58%) Microsoft Intune
3 208 (4.14%) SCOM
4 152 (3.02%) Single Sign-On
5 135 (2.69%) Terraform
6 131 (2.61%) WSUS
7 110 (2.19%) Kubernetes
8 107 (2.13%) Ansible
9 101 (2.01%) Puppet
10 78 (1.55%) Microsoft Clustering
11 77 (1.53%) AirWatch
11 77 (1.53%) vCenter Server
12 75 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
13 52 (1.03%) SCVMM
14 48 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 42 (0.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 42 (0.84%) vRealize
16 40 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
17 37 (0.74%) Backup Exec
17 37 (0.74%) vMotion
Vendors
1 2,514 (50.01%) Microsoft
2 1,284 (25.54%) VMware
3 792 (15.75%) Citrix
4 508 (10.11%) Cisco
5 274 (5.45%) HP
6 214 (4.26%) Oracle
7 153 (3.04%) Dell
8 132 (2.63%) ServiceNow
9 118 (2.35%) Symantec
10 117 (2.33%) NetApp
11 114 (2.27%) Ivanti
12 105 (2.09%) Red Hat
13 88 (1.75%) Google
14 87 (1.73%) Apple
15 81 (1.61%) McAfee
16 76 (1.51%) Veeam
17 69 (1.37%) SAP
18 67 (1.33%) Remedy
19 64 (1.27%) EMC
20 56 (1.11%) Meraki