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 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Active Directory
UK / England
Rank 38 32 26
Rank change year-on-year -6 -6  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2077 2759 3136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.01% 5.62% 6.39%
As % of the System Software category 44.73% 51.88% 60.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1207 1591 1540
Median daily rate £330 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.53% +4.83%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £145 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £323 £300
% change year-on-year -3.87% +7.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 257 369 548
Median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.28 £10.29 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £26.25 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +7.14%  

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 4643 5318 5149
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.20% 10.84% 10.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2964 3276 2847
Median daily rate £413 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.43% +5.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -3.97% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 313 428 606
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.31 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -4.13% +4.10%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 -9 743 £375 +7.14% 205
South East -10 477 £330 +1.53% 152
South West -1 194 £310 -4.61% 37
North West -5 151 £325 -12.75% 72
East of England -16 127 £255 -7.27% 50
West Midlands +3 108 £275 -11.29% 50
Yorkshire -7 108 £325 +30.00% 51
East Midlands +3 107 £325 +6.12% 32
North East +12 57 £390 +43.11% 12
Midlands +5 1 £425 -15.00% 1
Active Directory
UK

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 3398 (75.33%) Windows
2 2073 (45.95%) Microsoft
3 1474 (32.68%) Windows Server
4 1252 (27.75%) VMware
5 1100 (24.38%) Windows 7
6 916 (20.31%) Windows Server 2008
7 835 (18.51%) Windows Server 2012
8 833 (18.47%) ITIL
9 830 (18.40%) MS Office
10 828 (18.36%) Office 365
11 821 (18.20%) DNS
12 768 (17.03%) Citrix
13 767 (17.00%) MS Excel
14 758 (16.80%) MS Exchange
15 747 (16.56%) SCCM
16 707 (15.67%) VMware Infrastructure
17 704 (15.61%) Security Cleared
18 669 (14.83%) PowerShell
19 589 (13.06%) Migration
20 578 (12.81%) Microsoft Azure
21 553 (12.26%) DHCP
22 546 (12.10%) Windows 10
23 529 (11.73%) SQL Server
24 516 (11.44%) SQL
25 505 (11.19%) Linux
26 489 (10.84%) Cisco
27 488 (10.82%) SC Cleared
28 487 (10.80%) Firewall
29 471 (10.44%) Finance
30 428 (9.49%) Microsoft Certification

Active Directory
Top Related 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
1 758 (16.80%) MS Exchange
2 367 (8.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 353 (7.83%) SharePoint
4 306 (6.78%) Skype for Business
5 210 (4.66%) IIS
6 203 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2013
7 122 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
8 82 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 67 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
10 60 (1.33%) Confluence
11 57 (1.26%) Apache
12 53 (1.17%) IBM Notes
12 53 (1.17%) WebLogic
13 51 (1.13%) SharePoint 2013
14 39 (0.86%) Tomcat
15 31 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
16 24 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
17 22 (0.49%) Drupal
18 20 (0.44%) OpenStack
19 19 (0.42%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 830 (18.40%) MS Office
2 767 (17.00%) MS Excel
3 50 (1.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 37 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
5 36 (0.80%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.33%) MS Project
7 8 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 6 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.089%) InDesign
9 4 (0.089%) SOLIDWORKS
10 3 (0.067%) Acrobat
10 3 (0.067%) SPSS
11 2 (0.044%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.022%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 74 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 14 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 10 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.11%) SystmOne
7 4 (0.089%) Pegasus Opera
8 3 (0.067%) RMDS
8 3 (0.067%) Staffware
8 3 (0.067%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.044%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.044%) thinkFolio
10 1 (0.022%) assyst
10 1 (0.022%) Fredhopper
10 1 (0.022%) Infor M3
10 1 (0.022%) Magento
10 1 (0.022%) Misys Midas
10 1 (0.022%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.022%) Temenos T24
10 1 (0.022%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 828 (18.36%) Office 365
2 578 (12.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 233 (5.17%) Amazon AWS
4 198 (4.39%) Azure Active Directory
5 103 (2.28%) IaaS
6 68 (1.51%) OneDrive
6 68 (1.51%) PaaS
7 58 (1.29%) SaaS
8 40 (0.89%) Yammer
9 32 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
10 29 (0.64%) G Suite
11 27 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
12 22 (0.49%) Mimecast
12 22 (0.49%) Trello
13 19 (0.42%) Amazon S3
14 18 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
15 14 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 13 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 13 (0.29%) Google Drive
17 11 (0.24%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 821 (18.20%) DNS
2 553 (12.26%) DHCP
3 487 (10.80%) Firewall
4 379 (8.40%) LAN
5 364 (8.07%) WAN
6 336 (7.45%) TCP/IP
7 290 (6.43%) VPN
8 287 (6.36%) SAN
9 205 (4.54%) Skype
10 204 (4.52%) LDAP
11 156 (3.46%) Internet
12 137 (3.04%) Wireless
13 132 (2.93%) VoIP
14 106 (2.35%) Network Security
15 99 (2.19%) SSL
15 99 (2.19%) VLAN
16 97 (2.15%) NAS
17 91 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
18 87 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
19 84 (1.86%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 529 (11.73%) SQL Server
2 92 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 69 (1.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 62 (1.37%) MySQL
5 45 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
5 45 (1.00%) Relational Database
6 36 (0.80%) Big Data
6 36 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
7 34 (0.75%) RDBMS
7 34 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 31 (0.69%) Oracle Database
9 26 (0.58%) Hadoop
10 25 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
10 25 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
11 23 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 21 (0.47%) DB2
13 19 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
14 17 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
15 15 (0.33%) Azure SQL Database
16 14 (0.31%) HBase
Development Applications
1 103 (2.28%) Jenkins
2 96 (2.13%) Git (software)
3 90 (2.00%) JIRA
4 47 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 41 (0.91%) MSI
6 37 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
7 33 (0.73%) TeamCity
8 28 (0.62%) GitLab
9 24 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
9 24 (0.53%) Visual Studio
10 17 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 9 (0.20%) MSTest
11 9 (0.20%) NUnit
11 9 (0.20%) Selenium
12 8 (0.18%) InstallShield
12 8 (0.18%) Vagrant
12 8 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (0.16%) ClearCase
13 7 (0.16%) ClearQuest
13 7 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 471 (10.44%) Finance
2 121 (2.68%) Legal
3 113 (2.50%) Retail
4 100 (2.22%) Banking
5 84 (1.86%) Telecoms
6 83 (1.84%) Law
7 78 (1.73%) Manufacturing
8 62 (1.37%) Advertising
9 43 (0.95%) Back Office
10 39 (0.86%) Military
11 36 (0.80%) Marketing
12 32 (0.71%) Local Government
13 23 (0.51%) Financial Institution
14 18 (0.40%) Electronics
14 18 (0.40%) Games
15 16 (0.35%) Investment Banking
15 16 (0.35%) Publishing
16 15 (0.33%) French Language
17 10 (0.22%) Aerospace
18 8 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 836 (18.53%) Analyst
2 563 (12.48%) Support Engineer
3 407 (9.02%) 2nd Line Support
4 403 (8.93%) Architect
5 373 (8.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 363 (8.05%) Service Analyst
7 351 (7.78%) Service Desk Analyst
8 304 (6.74%) Support Analyst
9 277 (6.14%) Consultant
9 277 (6.14%) Desktop Support
10 274 (6.07%) Windows Engineer
11 260 (5.76%) IT Support
12 198 (4.39%) Administrator
13 195 (4.32%) 1st Line Support
14 187 (4.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 186 (4.12%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 182 (4.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 173 (3.84%) Desktop Engineer
18 169 (3.75%) Active Directory Engineer
19 168 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (2.99%) .NET
2 81 (1.80%) Web Services
3 75 (1.66%) HTML
4 57 (1.26%) Software Packaging
5 56 (1.24%) XML
6 49 (1.09%) SAML
7 40 (0.89%) Middleware
8 39 (0.86%) JSON
9 34 (0.75%) ASP.NET
10 31 (0.69%) CSS
11 25 (0.55%) .NET Framework
12 24 (0.53%) WCF
13 23 (0.51%) REST
14 22 (0.49%) SailPoint
15 21 (0.47%) SOAP
16 19 (0.42%) COM
16 19 (0.42%) HTML5
17 17 (0.38%) Elastic Stack
18 15 (0.33%) 802.1X
18 15 (0.33%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 285 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
2 276 (6.12%) Data Centre
3 170 (3.77%) Blackberry
4 155 (3.44%) PKI
5 153 (3.39%) Clustering
6 138 (3.06%) Management Information System
7 102 (2.26%) Replication
8 79 (1.75%) Fat Client
8 79 (1.75%) Thin Client
9 78 (1.73%) Smartphone
10 69 (1.53%) Computer Science
11 65 (1.44%) Client/Server
12 59 (1.31%) iPad
13 57 (1.26%) iPhone
14 56 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
15 51 (1.13%) NHS
16 42 (0.93%) Driving Licence
17 28 (0.62%) Mobile App
18 27 (0.60%) User Experience
19 25 (0.55%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3398 (75.33%) Windows
2 1474 (32.68%) Windows Server
3 1100 (24.38%) Windows 7
4 916 (20.31%) Windows Server 2008
5 835 (18.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 546 (12.10%) Windows 10
7 505 (11.19%) Linux
8 393 (8.71%) Windows Server 2003
9 260 (5.76%) Windows 8
10 240 (5.32%) Unix
11 215 (4.77%) Windows XP
12 188 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 154 (3.41%) Android
14 102 (2.26%) Apple iOS
15 101 (2.24%) Mac OS X
16 68 (1.51%) Solaris
17 55 (1.22%) Windows Vista
18 51 (1.13%) CentOS
19 36 (0.80%) Mac OS
20 27 (0.60%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 833 (18.47%) ITIL
2 589 (13.06%) Migration
3 221 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
4 201 (4.46%) Service Management
5 186 (4.12%) DevOps
6 175 (3.88%) Change Management
7 155 (3.44%) Incident Management
8 151 (3.35%) Problem Management
9 142 (3.15%) Configuration Management
10 127 (2.82%) Identity Management
11 126 (2.79%) Service Delivery
12 124 (2.75%) Project Management
13 118 (2.62%) Stakeholder Management
14 111 (2.46%) High Availability
15 110 (2.44%) Mobile Device Management
16 109 (2.42%) Disaster Recovery
17 98 (2.17%) CRM
18 97 (2.15%) Virtual Environments
19 91 (2.02%) Information Security
20 90 (2.00%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 669 (14.83%) PowerShell
2 516 (11.44%) SQL
3 123 (2.73%) Python
4 101 (2.24%) Java
4 101 (2.24%) VBScript
5 99 (2.19%) C#
6 82 (1.82%) Perl
7 77 (1.71%) C
8 73 (1.62%) JavaScript
9 60 (1.33%) Bash Shell
10 58 (1.29%) VB
11 33 (0.73%) T-SQL
12 29 (0.64%) PHP
13 28 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 26 (0.58%) Ruby
15 21 (0.47%) C++
16 14 (0.31%) Korn
17 9 (0.20%) VB.NET
18 8 (0.18%) Go
18 8 (0.18%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 704 (15.61%) Security Cleared
2 488 (10.82%) SC Cleared
3 428 (9.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 231 (5.12%) MCSE
5 162 (3.59%) DV Cleared
6 136 (3.01%) Degree
7 134 (2.97%) MCP
8 124 (2.75%) MCSA
9 113 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
10 107 (2.37%) MCITP
11 97 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
12 88 (1.95%) CCNA
13 71 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 63 (1.40%) DBS Check
15 54 (1.20%) CCNP
16 44 (0.98%) MCTS
17 36 (0.80%) CISSP
18 32 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
19 23 (0.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 19 (0.42%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 215 (4.77%) SLA
2 47 (1.04%) PCI DSS
3 44 (0.98%) QA
4 39 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 29 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
6 23 (0.51%) JSP 440
7 14 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.13%) PMO
9 5 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.11%) RMADS
10 3 (0.067%) GDPR
10 3 (0.067%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.044%) BS25999
11 2 (0.044%) COBIT
11 2 (0.044%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.044%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.022%) BS7799
12 1 (0.022%) ISAE 3402
12 1 (0.022%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.022%) ISO27005
System Software
1 707 (15.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 350 (7.76%) Hyper-V
3 247 (5.48%) XenApp
4 186 (4.12%) vSphere
5 166 (3.68%) Microsoft App-V
6 132 (2.93%) VMware ESX
7 131 (2.90%) XenDesktop
8 104 (2.31%) VMware ESXi
9 78 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
10 61 (1.35%) BitLocker
11 60 (1.33%) Virtual Desktop
12 59 (1.31%) Virtual Servers
13 46 (1.02%) Docker
13 46 (1.02%) Terminal Services
14 31 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 30 (0.67%) XenServer
16 29 (0.64%) vCloud
17 28 (0.62%) ISA Server
18 26 (0.58%) NFS
19 21 (0.47%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 747 (16.56%) SCCM
2 177 (3.92%) SCOM
3 131 (2.90%) WSUS
4 119 (2.64%) Ansible
5 107 (2.37%) Puppet
6 77 (1.71%) Microsoft Intune
7 65 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
8 64 (1.42%) Microsoft Clustering
9 59 (1.31%) AirWatch
10 54 (1.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 53 (1.17%) Nagios
12 52 (1.15%) NetBackup
12 52 (1.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 51 (1.13%) Backup Exec
14 39 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
15 36 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
16 33 (0.73%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 30 (0.67%) Dollar Universe
17 30 (0.67%) SCOrch
17 30 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 2073 (45.95%) Microsoft
2 1252 (27.75%) VMware
3 768 (17.03%) Citrix
4 489 (10.84%) Cisco
5 375 (8.31%) HP
6 250 (5.54%) Oracle
7 195 (4.32%) Red Hat
8 194 (4.30%) Dell
9 166 (3.68%) Apple
10 156 (3.46%) Symantec
11 136 (3.01%) NetApp
12 104 (2.31%) Intel Security
13 89 (1.97%) CheckPoint
14 81 (1.80%) ServiceNow
15 79 (1.75%) Remedy
16 78 (1.73%) AppSense
17 77 (1.71%) SAP
18 76 (1.68%) Google
19 73 (1.62%) LANDesk
20 69 (1.53%) Sophos
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Montash
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £11.17 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £14 - £22 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Proactive Appointments
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Rate: Salary: £34,476 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cannock, Staffordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £285 - £315 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
North West London
onezeero.
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £12 - £18 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Oscar
Rate: £70 - £120 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Montash
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £14 - £17 per hour + likelihood of extension
Posted: 3 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Premier IT
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Petersfield, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £90 - £100 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Shropshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £13 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago