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 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 29 26
Rank change year-on-year -10 -3  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2176 3152 3212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.03% 6.36% 6.40%
As % of the System Software category 44.32% 51.55% 59.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1287 1805 1723
Median daily rate £300 £330 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +6.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £135 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 249 391 495
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £31.50 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  

Active Directory is in the system software skills category. The next 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.

Contract System Software Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4910 6115 5401
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.35% 12.33% 10.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3160 3873 3096
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 434 568
Median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.52% +5.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £41.80 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -27.64% +28.57%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Active Directory as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -14 857 £325 -10.95% 251
South East -4 471 £320 -6.56% 126
East of England -9 184 £225 -15.09% 67
North West -9 158 £300 -21.82% 88
South West -17 148 £275 -11.64% 54
West Midlands +8 133 £360 +2.85% 53
Yorkshire +8 98 £275 -8.33% 56
East Midlands -16 77 £300 -25.00% 22
North East -5 49 £208 -25.89% 8
Midlands +2 4 £500 +5.26% 75
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 3133 (73.67%) Windows
2 1857 (43.66%) Microsoft
3 1390 (32.68%) Windows Server
4 1161 (27.30%) VMware
5 957 (22.50%) Office 365
6 951 (22.36%) Windows 7
7 813 (19.12%) ITIL
8 805 (18.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 786 (18.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 746 (17.54%) Microsoft Office
11 743 (17.47%) MS Exchange
11 743 (17.47%) DNS
12 703 (16.53%) SCCM
13 701 (16.48%) Citrix
14 678 (15.94%) PowerShell
15 661 (15.54%) VMware Infrastructure
16 628 (14.77%) Migration
17 622 (14.62%) Security Cleared
18 596 (14.01%) Windows 10
19 595 (13.99%) Microsoft Azure
20 508 (11.94%) DHCP
21 493 (11.59%) SQL Server
22 488 (11.47%) Linux
23 485 (11.40%) Finance
24 484 (11.38%) Cisco
25 450 (10.58%) SQL
26 449 (10.56%) Firewall
27 425 (9.99%) Microsoft Certification
28 421 (9.90%) SC Cleared
29 401 (9.43%) HP

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
1 743 (17.47%) MS Exchange
2 390 (9.17%) SharePoint
3 355 (8.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 285 (6.70%) Skype for Business
5 229 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
6 184 (4.33%) IIS
7 108 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2007
8 85 (2.00%) SharePoint 2013
9 67 (1.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 64 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2003
11 55 (1.29%) Apache
12 46 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
13 44 (1.03%) Confluence
14 43 (1.01%) IBM Notes
15 41 (0.96%) WebLogic
16 38 (0.89%) Tomcat
17 30 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
18 23 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
19 20 (0.47%) CMS
20 19 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 746 (17.54%) Microsoft Office
2 92 (2.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
5 24 (0.56%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 7 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 7 (0.16%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.094%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.071%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.071%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.071%) InDesign
9 3 (0.071%) SOLIDWORKS
9 3 (0.071%) Stata
10 2 (0.047%) 3ds Max
10 2 (0.047%) CINEMA 4D
10 2 (0.047%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.047%) SketchUp
10 2 (0.047%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 54 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 18 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 9 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.14%) SystmOne
7 5 (0.12%) thinkFolio
7 5 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.094%) Pegasus Opera
8 4 (0.094%) Teamcenter
9 3 (0.071%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.071%) Eikon
9 3 (0.071%) Staffware
10 2 (0.047%) Bankmaster
10 2 (0.047%) Changepoint
10 2 (0.047%) Primavera
10 2 (0.047%) Scribe Insight
10 2 (0.047%) WebTrends
11 1 (0.024%) Oracle EBS
11 1 (0.024%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 957 (22.50%) Office 365
2 595 (13.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 232 (5.45%) Azure Active Directory
4 226 (5.31%) Amazon AWS
5 103 (2.42%) IaaS
6 70 (1.65%) OneDrive
6 70 (1.65%) PaaS
7 46 (1.08%) SaaS
8 34 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
9 28 (0.66%) Yammer
10 24 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
11 23 (0.54%) Trello
12 21 (0.49%) Mimecast
13 20 (0.47%) G Suite
14 13 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
15 12 (0.28%) Amazon S3
16 10 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 9 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
17 9 (0.21%) Google Drive
18 8 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 743 (17.47%) DNS
2 508 (11.94%) DHCP
3 449 (10.56%) Firewall
4 393 (9.24%) LAN
5 368 (8.65%) WAN
6 312 (7.34%) VPN
7 290 (6.82%) SAN
8 284 (6.68%) TCP/IP
9 199 (4.68%) Skype
10 176 (4.14%) LDAP
11 129 (3.03%) Internet
12 107 (2.52%) Wireless
13 105 (2.47%) NAS
13 105 (2.47%) VoIP
14 97 (2.28%) Remote Desktop
15 83 (1.95%) VLAN
16 80 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
17 72 (1.69%) Network Security
18 71 (1.67%) SSL
19 56 (1.32%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 493 (11.59%) SQL Server
2 87 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
3 66 (1.55%) SQL Server 2008
4 59 (1.39%) MySQL
5 42 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
6 39 (0.92%) Big Data
6 39 (0.92%) Hadoop
7 33 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
8 29 (0.68%) Relational Database
9 24 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 22 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
11 21 (0.49%) RDBMS
11 21 (0.49%) SQL Server 2014
12 18 (0.42%) DB2
12 18 (0.42%) Oracle Database
12 18 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
13 17 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
13 17 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 16 (0.38%) Power BI
15 14 (0.33%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 97 (2.28%) Jenkins
2 74 (1.74%) Git (software)
2 74 (1.74%) JIRA
3 39 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
4 36 (0.85%) MSI
4 36 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 31 (0.73%) GitLab
6 30 (0.71%) Visual Studio
7 18 (0.42%) TeamCity
8 10 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (0.24%) Selenium
8 10 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 9 (0.21%) Eclipse
9 9 (0.21%) Vagrant
10 8 (0.19%) MSTest
10 8 (0.19%) NUnit
11 7 (0.16%) ClearCase
11 7 (0.16%) ClearQuest
11 7 (0.16%) Maven
General
1 485 (11.40%) Finance
2 162 (3.81%) Banking
3 87 (2.05%) Retail
4 85 (2.00%) Legal
4 85 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 71 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 51 (1.20%) Law
7 45 (1.06%) Marketing
8 43 (1.01%) Back Office
9 42 (0.99%) Advertising
10 27 (0.63%) Electronics
11 26 (0.61%) Military
12 25 (0.59%) Local Government
13 18 (0.42%) Investment Banking
14 17 (0.40%) French Language
15 14 (0.33%) Financial Institution
15 14 (0.33%) Games
15 14 (0.33%) Publishing
16 10 (0.24%) Billing
17 7 (0.16%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 866 (20.36%) Analyst
2 523 (12.30%) Support Engineer
3 369 (8.68%) Architect
4 349 (8.21%) 2nd Line Support
5 340 (7.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 336 (7.90%) Service Analyst
7 329 (7.74%) Desktop Support
8 326 (7.67%) Service Desk Analyst
9 286 (6.72%) Support Analyst
10 278 (6.54%) Consultant
11 238 (5.60%) Windows Engineer
12 232 (5.45%) Administrator
13 229 (5.38%) IT Support
14 191 (4.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 176 (4.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 171 (4.02%) IT Analyst
17 168 (3.95%) Desktop Engineer
18 167 (3.93%) 1st Line Support
19 159 (3.74%) 1st/2nd Line Support
20 157 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (3.13%) .NET
2 80 (1.88%) Web Services
3 60 (1.41%) Middleware
4 58 (1.36%) HTML
5 50 (1.18%) XML
6 46 (1.08%) Software Packaging
7 39 (0.92%) JSON
8 28 (0.66%) ASP.NET
8 28 (0.66%) SAML
9 27 (0.63%) .NET Framework
10 26 (0.61%) CSS
11 24 (0.56%) REST
12 21 (0.49%) HTML5
13 19 (0.45%) LAMP
14 18 (0.42%) SOAP
15 14 (0.33%) Entity Framework
15 14 (0.33%) WCF
15 14 (0.33%) YAML
16 13 (0.31%) OAuth
16 13 (0.31%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 326 (7.67%) Data Centre
2 289 (6.80%) Analytical Skills
3 148 (3.48%) Clustering
4 137 (3.22%) Blackberry
5 124 (2.92%) PKI
6 117 (2.75%) Management Information System
7 70 (1.65%) Replication
8 68 (1.60%) Smartphone
9 67 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
10 65 (1.53%) Fat Client
10 65 (1.53%) Thin Client
11 60 (1.41%) Client/Server
12 59 (1.39%) Computer Science
13 57 (1.34%) iPhone
14 47 (1.11%) NHS
15 45 (1.06%) Driving Licence
16 44 (1.03%) iPad
17 39 (0.92%) CMDB
18 38 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
19 29 (0.68%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3133 (73.67%) Windows
2 1390 (32.68%) Windows Server
3 951 (22.36%) Windows 7
4 805 (18.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 786 (18.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 596 (14.01%) Windows 10
7 488 (11.47%) Linux
8 332 (7.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 238 (5.60%) Windows 8
10 232 (5.45%) Unix
11 172 (4.04%) Windows XP
12 135 (3.17%) Android
13 132 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 101 (2.37%) Apple iOS
15 79 (1.86%) Mac OS X
15 79 (1.86%) Solaris
16 64 (1.50%) Windows Vista
17 63 (1.48%) CentOS
18 37 (0.87%) Mac OS
19 29 (0.68%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 813 (19.12%) ITIL
2 628 (14.77%) Migration
3 245 (5.76%) Service Management
4 184 (4.33%) Change Management
5 179 (4.21%) Agile Software Development
5 179 (4.21%) DevOps
6 158 (3.72%) Configuration Management
7 154 (3.62%) Project Management
8 126 (2.96%) Disaster Recovery
8 126 (2.96%) Incident Management
9 120 (2.82%) High Availability
10 119 (2.80%) ITSM
11 117 (2.75%) Service Delivery
12 116 (2.73%) Problem Management
13 104 (2.45%) Information Security
14 102 (2.40%) Mobile Device Management
15 100 (2.35%) ITIL V3
16 91 (2.14%) Stakeholder Management
17 89 (2.09%) Virtual Environments
18 85 (2.00%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 678 (15.94%) PowerShell
2 450 (10.58%) SQL
3 102 (2.40%) Java
4 93 (2.19%) Python
5 82 (1.93%) VBScript
6 81 (1.90%) C#
7 59 (1.39%) Perl
8 53 (1.25%) VB
9 51 (1.20%) JavaScript
10 50 (1.18%) C
11 40 (0.94%) Bash Shell
12 36 (0.85%) PHP
13 27 (0.63%) Shell Script
14 25 (0.59%) Ruby
15 13 (0.31%) C++
15 13 (0.31%) T-SQL
16 10 (0.24%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.21%) Korn
18 6 (0.14%) F#
18 6 (0.14%) X++
Qualifications
1 622 (14.62%) Security Cleared
2 425 (9.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 421 (9.90%) SC Cleared
4 226 (5.31%) MCSE
5 169 (3.97%) DV Cleared
6 131 (3.08%) Degree
7 117 (2.75%) MCP
8 114 (2.68%) MCSA
9 95 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
10 93 (2.19%) MCITP
11 85 (2.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 78 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
13 74 (1.74%) CCNA
14 42 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
15 40 (0.94%) DBS Check
16 37 (0.87%) CCNP
17 32 (0.75%) MCTS
18 27 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
19 22 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 20 (0.47%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (5.64%) SLA
2 52 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (0.78%) PCI DSS
3 33 (0.78%) QA
4 15 (0.35%) JSP 440
5 14 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.19%) GDPR
8 7 (0.16%) COBIT
8 7 (0.16%) PMO
9 4 (0.094%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.071%) RMADS
11 2 (0.047%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.047%) GMP
11 2 (0.047%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.024%) BS25999
12 1 (0.024%) ISAE 3402
12 1 (0.024%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.024%) PMBOK
System Software
1 661 (15.54%) VMware Infrastructure
2 334 (7.85%) Hyper-V
3 176 (4.14%) XenApp
4 170 (4.00%) vSphere
5 168 (3.95%) VMware ESXi
6 118 (2.77%) Microsoft App-V
7 96 (2.26%) XenDesktop
8 71 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
9 55 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
10 52 (1.22%) Virtual Servers
11 47 (1.11%) BitLocker
12 38 (0.89%) Docker
13 35 (0.82%) Terminal Services
14 28 (0.66%) DFS Replication
14 28 (0.66%) ISA Server
15 24 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
16 21 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 21 (0.49%) vCloud
17 17 (0.40%) VMware Server
18 16 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 703 (16.53%) SCCM
2 179 (4.21%) SCOM
3 129 (3.03%) Ansible
4 116 (2.73%) WSUS
5 80 (1.88%) Puppet
6 79 (1.86%) NetBackup
7 77 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
8 73 (1.72%) vCenter Server
9 62 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
10 60 (1.41%) AirWatch
11 59 (1.39%) Microsoft Clustering
12 55 (1.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 45 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
14 39 (0.92%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 38 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
16 37 (0.87%) Backup Exec
17 35 (0.82%) SCOrch
18 34 (0.80%) Dollar Universe
19 33 (0.78%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
20 29 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1857 (43.66%) Microsoft
2 1161 (27.30%) VMware
3 701 (16.48%) Citrix
4 484 (11.38%) Cisco
5 401 (9.43%) HP
6 203 (4.77%) Oracle
7 168 (3.95%) Dell
7 168 (3.95%) Red Hat
8 160 (3.76%) Apple
9 156 (3.67%) NetApp
10 136 (3.20%) Symantec
11 125 (2.94%) McAfee
12 116 (2.73%) ServiceNow
13 86 (2.02%) IBM
14 81 (1.90%) SAP
15 67 (1.58%) Google
16 65 (1.53%) CheckPoint
17 64 (1.50%) Remedy
18 59 (1.39%) EMC
18 59 (1.39%) Veritas
Warrington, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £120.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 30 minutes ago
London
Talent International
Rate: £150.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 1 hour ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS Ltd
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 58 minutes ago
City, London
Refreshing Recruitment
Rate: £200 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Talent International
Rate: £120.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Roc Search
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £170 - £220 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Roc Search
Rate: £14 - £15 per hour
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 17 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110 - £120 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Maldon, Essex
Austin Fraser
Rate: £13.00
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Austin Fraser
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £105 - £155 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £160 - £220 per day + Ext
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £9.50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110 - £120 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Suffolk
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £190.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Comtecs
Rate: £180 - £200 Per Day to £200 p/day
Posted: 3 days ago