Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 38 31
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7 -3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,722 4,918 6,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.07% 5.38% 6.09%
As % of the System Software category 40.07% 43.36% 49.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,408 3,027 3,599
England median daily rate £350 £300 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -9.09% +6.45%
10th Percentile £125 £123 £129
90th Percentile £538 £501 £525
UK median daily rate £335 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +11.67% -7.69% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 505 728
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.22 £10.29
90th Percentile £29.90 £40.00 £31.00
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +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 14,279 11,341 12,142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.15% 12.41% 12.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,360 7,355 7,715
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +13.10%
10th Percentile £184 £163 £180
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 813 627 813
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.75 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.48% +6.35% -1.56%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.50 £37.90
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.66 £16.00
% change year-on-year -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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +13 2,301 £358 +10.00% 471
South East +1 1,201 £375 +19.05% 287
North of England +3 745 £325 +18.18% 295
Midlands +3 579 £315 -2.33% 175
East of England +5 450 £325 +14.04% 128
South West 0 431 £325 +20.37% 97
North West +10 412 £300 +7.14% 159
West Midlands -3 343 £335 -5.63% 110
Yorkshire -8 255 £350 +60.92% 118
East Midlands +11 228 £238 -20.83% 65
North East -23 78 £350 +13.36% 18
South Coast - 1 - -
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 4,273 (74.68%) Windows
2 2,768 (48.37%) Microsoft
3 1,811 (31.65%) Office 365
4 1,741 (30.43%) Windows Server
5 1,509 (26.37%) VMware
6 1,338 (23.38%) Windows 10
7 1,224 (21.39%) Windows 7
8 1,217 (21.27%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,184 (20.69%) SCCM
10 1,117 (19.52%) ITIL
11 1,020 (17.83%) PowerShell
12 946 (16.53%) Microsoft Office
13 936 (16.36%) Citrix
14 921 (16.10%) DNS
15 887 (15.50%) VMware Infrastructure
16 842 (14.72%) MS Exchange
17 835 (14.59%) Migration
18 773 (13.51%) Windows Server 2012
19 746 (13.04%) Finance
20 673 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 665 (11.62%) Windows Server 2008
22 627 (10.96%) DHCP
23 626 (10.94%) Linux
24 625 (10.92%) Security Cleared
25 613 (10.71%) Firewall
26 553 (9.66%) SQL
27 546 (9.54%) Cisco
28 544 (9.51%) Azure Active Directory
29 501 (8.76%) SQL Server
30 459 (8.02%) SharePoint

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
1 842 (14.72%) MS Exchange
2 459 (8.02%) SharePoint
3 363 (6.34%) Skype for Business
4 302 (5.28%) Exchange Server 2010
5 218 (3.81%) IIS
6 158 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 79 (1.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 77 (1.35%) Apache
9 70 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2007
10 63 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
11 47 (0.82%) Tomcat
12 37 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
13 36 (0.63%) IBM Notes
14 34 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
15 31 (0.54%) JBoss
16 29 (0.51%) WebSphere
17 28 (0.49%) CMS
18 22 (0.38%) Apache Spark
19 21 (0.37%) Confluence
20 15 (0.26%) nginx
Applications
1 946 (16.53%) Microsoft Office
2 164 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 63 (1.10%) MS Visio
5 41 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.19%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.16%) Windchill
9 7 (0.12%) CINEMA 4D
10 5 (0.087%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.070%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 4 (0.070%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.052%) Photoshop
13 2 (0.035%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.017%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.017%) Houdini
14 1 (0.017%) Maya
14 1 (0.017%) SketchUp
14 1 (0.017%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 32 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
3 17 (0.30%) Eikon
4 11 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.10%) assyst
7 5 (0.087%) Elite 3E
7 5 (0.087%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 4 (0.070%) ReMetrica
8 4 (0.070%) Teamcenter
9 3 (0.052%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.052%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.035%) Carpe Diem
10 2 (0.035%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.035%) Oracle BPM
10 2 (0.035%) Oracle EBS
10 2 (0.035%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.035%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.035%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 2 (0.035%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,811 (31.65%) Office 365
2 1,217 (21.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 544 (9.51%) Azure Active Directory
4 342 (5.98%) Amazon AWS
5 199 (3.48%) IaaS
6 161 (2.81%) PaaS
7 126 (2.20%) OneDrive
8 121 (2.11%) SaaS
9 63 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
9 63 (1.10%) Mimecast
10 62 (1.08%) G Suite
11 34 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
12 33 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
13 32 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
14 31 (0.54%) Yammer
15 27 (0.47%) Serverless
16 21 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 19 (0.33%) Azure Functions
18 14 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
19 13 (0.23%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 921 (16.10%) DNS
2 627 (10.96%) DHCP
3 613 (10.71%) Firewall
4 405 (7.08%) LAN
5 387 (6.76%) WAN
6 372 (6.50%) VPN
7 353 (6.17%) TCP/IP
8 339 (5.92%) Skype
9 327 (5.71%) SAN
10 187 (3.27%) Internet
11 180 (3.15%) VoIP
12 132 (2.31%) Network Security
13 130 (2.27%) Wireless
14 129 (2.25%) Remote Desktop
15 122 (2.13%) NAS
16 96 (1.68%) Kerberos
17 94 (1.64%) VLAN
18 79 (1.38%) SSL
19 73 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
20 70 (1.22%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 501 (8.76%) SQL Server
2 64 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 47 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
4 46 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
5 45 (0.79%) Oracle Database
6 44 (0.77%) MySQL
7 43 (0.75%) Hadoop
8 40 (0.70%) Relational Database
9 39 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
9 39 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
10 37 (0.65%) Power BI
11 33 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
12 31 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
13 27 (0.47%) Big Data
14 24 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
14 24 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 22 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
16 20 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 18 (0.31%) NoSQL
18 16 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 83 (1.45%) JIRA
2 77 (1.35%) Git (software)
3 70 (1.22%) Jenkins
4 69 (1.21%) MSI
5 49 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
6 44 (0.77%) Visual Studio
7 36 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
8 25 (0.44%) InstallShield
9 24 (0.42%) Artifactory
10 20 (0.35%) AdminStudio
11 15 (0.26%) GitLab
12 14 (0.24%) Selenium
13 13 (0.23%) Subversion
14 12 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (0.21%) Maven
14 12 (0.21%) TeamCity
15 10 (0.17%) Bitbucket
16 9 (0.16%) Cucumber
16 9 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
16 9 (0.16%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 746 (13.04%) Finance
2 171 (2.99%) Banking
3 153 (2.67%) Retail
4 150 (2.62%) Law
5 110 (1.92%) Telecoms
6 71 (1.24%) Legal
7 67 (1.17%) Manufacturing
8 62 (1.08%) Publishing
9 60 (1.05%) Back Office
10 52 (0.91%) Marketing
11 39 (0.68%) Advertising
12 36 (0.63%) French Language
13 32 (0.56%) Financial Institution
14 27 (0.47%) Front Office
14 27 (0.47%) Investment Banking
15 23 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.38%) German Language
17 18 (0.31%) Games
18 17 (0.30%) Military
19 16 (0.28%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 1,140 (19.92%) Analyst
2 665 (11.62%) Support Engineer
3 619 (10.82%) Desktop Support
4 564 (9.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 481 (8.41%) 2nd Line Support
6 443 (7.74%) Support Analyst
7 436 (7.62%) Service Analyst
8 407 (7.11%) Service Desk Analyst
9 366 (6.40%) IT Support
10 342 (5.98%) Architect
11 324 (5.66%) Consultant
12 303 (5.30%) Desktop Engineer
13 265 (4.63%) Windows Engineer
14 254 (4.44%) Administrator
15 230 (4.02%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 221 (3.86%) 1st Line Support
17 217 (3.79%) IT Analyst
18 206 (3.60%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 202 (3.53%) IT Engineer
20 200 (3.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 190 (3.32%) LDAP
2 145 (2.53%) Web Services
3 124 (2.17%) .NET
4 108 (1.89%) SAML
5 96 (1.68%) Middleware
6 64 (1.12%) JSON
7 58 (1.01%) OAuth
7 58 (1.01%) REST
8 39 (0.68%) XML
9 38 (0.66%) X-Windows
10 33 (0.58%) SailPoint
11 31 (0.54%) CSS
12 30 (0.52%) HTML
12 30 (0.52%) OpenID
13 27 (0.47%) SOAP
14 24 (0.42%) Kafka
15 22 (0.38%) .NET Framework
16 21 (0.37%) Software Packaging
17 20 (0.35%) jQuery
18 19 (0.33%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 302 (5.28%) Data Centre
2 277 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
3 190 (3.32%) Blackberry
4 184 (3.22%) Clustering
5 177 (3.09%) PKI
6 172 (3.01%) Management Information System
7 146 (2.55%) Self-Motivation
8 129 (2.25%) iPhone
9 102 (1.78%) Smartphone
10 88 (1.54%) Replication
11 82 (1.43%) Fat Client
11 82 (1.43%) Thin Client
12 81 (1.42%) Public Cloud
12 81 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
13 68 (1.19%) iPad
14 64 (1.12%) Computer Science
15 55 (0.96%) NHS
16 48 (0.84%) Client/Server
17 46 (0.80%) User Experience
18 41 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4,273 (74.68%) Windows
2 1,741 (30.43%) Windows Server
3 1,338 (23.38%) Windows 10
4 1,224 (21.39%) Windows 7
5 773 (13.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 665 (11.62%) Windows Server 2008
7 626 (10.94%) Linux
8 236 (4.12%) Apple iOS
9 227 (3.97%) Unix
10 210 (3.67%) Windows 8
11 201 (3.51%) Android
12 194 (3.39%) Windows XP
13 189 (3.30%) Windows Server 2003
14 155 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 143 (2.50%) Mac OS
15 143 (2.50%) Mac OS X
16 71 (1.24%) Solaris
17 65 (1.14%) CentOS
18 43 (0.75%) AIX
19 32 (0.56%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,117 (19.52%) ITIL
2 835 (14.59%) Migration
3 673 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 409 (7.15%) Problem-Solving
5 334 (5.84%) Service Management
6 291 (5.09%) Agile Software Development
7 220 (3.84%) ITSM
8 216 (3.77%) Change Management
8 216 (3.77%) DevOps
9 189 (3.30%) ITIL V3
10 185 (3.23%) Project Management
11 172 (3.01%) Service Delivery
12 169 (2.95%) Information Security
13 162 (2.83%) Identity Management
14 155 (2.71%) Incident Management
15 149 (2.60%) Disaster Recovery
16 144 (2.52%) Time Management
17 136 (2.38%) Identity Access Management
18 130 (2.27%) Application Packaging
19 127 (2.22%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 1,020 (17.83%) PowerShell
2 553 (9.66%) SQL
3 100 (1.75%) C#
4 93 (1.63%) Python
5 89 (1.56%) Java
5 89 (1.56%) VBScript
6 76 (1.33%) Shell Script
7 74 (1.29%) JavaScript
8 71 (1.24%) VB
9 64 (1.12%) Bash Shell
10 61 (1.07%) C
11 46 (0.80%) Perl
12 35 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 26 (0.45%) Ruby
14 23 (0.40%) PHP
15 20 (0.35%) VBA
16 8 (0.14%) Groovy
17 7 (0.12%) AppleScript
17 7 (0.12%) PL/SQL
18 4 (0.070%) Go
Qualifications
1 625 (10.92%) Security Cleared
2 455 (7.95%) SC Cleared
3 450 (7.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 248 (4.33%) MCSE
5 206 (3.60%) Degree
6 148 (2.59%) DV Cleared
7 147 (2.57%) MCSA
8 134 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
9 100 (1.75%) CCNA
10 87 (1.52%) MCP
11 80 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
12 77 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 75 (1.31%) MCITP
14 59 (1.03%) DBS Check
15 55 (0.96%) CISSP
16 42 (0.73%) A+ Certification
16 42 (0.73%) CCNP
17 41 (0.72%) CISM
18 40 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
19 39 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (5.59%) SLA
2 51 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 50 (0.87%) GDPR
4 47 (0.82%) QA
5 31 (0.54%) PMO
6 27 (0.47%) PCI DSS
6 27 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 12 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
8 9 (0.16%) FedRAMP
8 9 (0.16%) HIPAA
9 8 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
10 7 (0.12%) COBIT
10 7 (0.12%) GxP
10 7 (0.12%) HL7
11 6 (0.10%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.087%) RMADS
13 4 (0.070%) GAMP
14 3 (0.052%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 3 (0.052%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 887 (15.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 413 (7.22%) Hyper-V
3 318 (5.56%) XenApp
4 311 (5.44%) VMware ESXi
5 264 (4.61%) vSphere
6 226 (3.95%) XenDesktop
7 191 (3.34%) Microsoft App-V
8 108 (1.89%) Virtual Desktop
9 91 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
10 81 (1.42%) BitLocker
11 75 (1.31%) Docker
12 62 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
13 58 (1.01%) XenServer
14 55 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
15 43 (0.75%) DFS Replication
16 39 (0.68%) Terminal Services
17 33 (0.58%) VMware Server
18 32 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 30 (0.52%) NFS
20 18 (0.31%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,184 (20.69%) SCCM
2 211 (3.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 201 (3.51%) SCOM
4 166 (2.90%) WSUS
5 117 (2.04%) Single Sign-On
6 106 (1.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 99 (1.73%) Microsoft Clustering
8 98 (1.71%) AirWatch
9 89 (1.56%) Ansible
10 86 (1.50%) Terraform
11 85 (1.49%) vCenter Server
12 84 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
13 82 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
14 76 (1.33%) Puppet
15 69 (1.21%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 59 (1.03%) Backup Exec
17 55 (0.96%) NetBackup
18 52 (0.91%) Kubernetes
19 37 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
20 36 (0.63%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 2,768 (48.37%) Microsoft
2 1,509 (26.37%) VMware
3 936 (16.36%) Citrix
4 546 (9.54%) Cisco
5 383 (6.69%) HP
6 325 (5.68%) Apple
7 232 (4.05%) McAfee
8 221 (3.86%) ServiceNow
9 210 (3.67%) Oracle
10 195 (3.41%) NetApp
11 157 (2.74%) Ivanti
12 143 (2.50%) Red Hat
13 141 (2.46%) Dell
14 118 (2.06%) Symantec
15 110 (1.92%) Veeam
16 104 (1.82%) Remedy
17 101 (1.77%) IBM
18 96 (1.68%) Google
19 95 (1.66%) Sony
20 79 (1.38%) SolarWinds