Period
to 20 October 2017

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 20 October 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
6 months to
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 30 28
Rank change year-on-year -7 -2 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 4921 5995 6264
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.39% 6.09% 6.01%
As % of the System Software category 43.42% 49.44% 57.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3030 3592 3416
England median daily rate £300 £330 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +6.45% +3.33%
10th Percentile £123 £129 £131
90th Percentile £506 £525 £488
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £310
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 500 728 1042
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £29.41 £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 11334 12126 10872
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.41% 12.32% 10.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7360 7713 6214
England median daily rate £425 £410 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +13.10% +6.62%
10th Percentile £163 £181 £163
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £355
% change year-on-year +6.25% +12.68% +5.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 623 813 1184
England median hourly rate £16.75 £15.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.06% -3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £37.20 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £16.66 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.13% - +6.67%

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 20 October 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 6 months to 20 October 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 6 months to 20 October 2017. 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 -17 1874 £324 -11.30% 185
South East +6 1163 £315 -3.08% 124
North of England -14 658 £275 -14.06% 88
Midlands +4 500 £324 -4.78% 63
East of England -5 377 £285 -12.31% 33
South West -3 355 £270 -3.57% 31
North West -7 297 £280 -17.95% 42
West Midlands +3 286 £360 +9.09% 34
Yorkshire -2 241 £218 -33.08% 40
East Midlands +2 211 £300 -20.11% 29
North East -3 121 £310 -2.36% 6
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 3618 (73.52%) Windows
2 2178 (44.26%) Microsoft
3 1526 (31.01%) Windows Server
4 1343 (27.29%) VMware
5 1273 (25.87%) Office 365
6 1054 (21.42%) Windows 7
7 962 (19.55%) ITIL
8 892 (18.13%) MS Exchange
9 881 (17.90%) Windows Server 2012
10 831 (16.89%) DNS
11 821 (16.68%) Citrix
12 814 (16.54%) SCCM
13 804 (16.34%) Windows Server 2008
14 792 (16.09%) Microsoft Office
15 749 (15.22%) PowerShell
16 747 (15.18%) Windows 10
17 735 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
17 735 (14.94%) Microsoft Azure
18 638 (12.96%) DHCP
19 636 (12.92%) Migration
20 606 (12.31%) Finance
21 577 (11.73%) Security Cleared
22 576 (11.70%) Cisco
23 566 (11.50%) SQL
24 548 (11.14%) SQL Server
25 530 (10.77%) Linux
26 499 (10.14%) Firewall
27 483 (9.82%) Microsoft Certification
28 461 (9.37%) LAN
29 442 (8.98%) 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
1 892 (18.13%) MS Exchange
2 442 (8.98%) SharePoint
3 371 (7.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 318 (6.46%) Skype for Business
5 195 (3.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 179 (3.64%) IIS
7 115 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 80 (1.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 71 (1.44%) SharePoint 2013
10 66 (1.34%) SharePoint 2010
11 58 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
12 45 (0.91%) JBoss
13 43 (0.87%) Tomcat
14 42 (0.85%) IBM Notes
15 38 (0.77%) Apache
16 34 (0.69%) Confluence
17 33 (0.67%) WebLogic
18 31 (0.63%) OpenStack
19 30 (0.61%) CMS
20 28 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 792 (16.09%) Microsoft Office
2 117 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 18 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.22%) Acrobat
8 8 (0.16%) PaintShop Pro
9 7 (0.14%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.12%) Houdini
10 6 (0.12%) Maya
10 6 (0.12%) NUKE
11 3 (0.061%) CINEMA 4D
11 3 (0.061%) Stata
12 2 (0.041%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.041%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.041%) Vectorworks
13 1 (0.020%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.020%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.020%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 38 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (0.22%) Eikon
3 11 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
5 7 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
6 5 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.081%) Oracle BPM
7 4 (0.081%) SDL Web 8
8 3 (0.061%) assyst
8 3 (0.061%) thinkFolio
9 2 (0.041%) Bankmaster
9 2 (0.041%) Primavera
9 2 (0.041%) WebTrends
10 1 (0.020%) Oracle EBS
10 1 (0.020%) Oracle EBS R12
10 1 (0.020%) SAP EWM
10 1 (0.020%) Summit
10 1 (0.020%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1273 (25.87%) Office 365
2 735 (14.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 311 (6.32%) Azure Active Directory
4 247 (5.02%) Amazon AWS
5 128 (2.60%) IaaS
6 116 (2.36%) PaaS
7 85 (1.73%) OneDrive
8 69 (1.40%) SaaS
9 35 (0.71%) G Suite
10 32 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
11 25 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
12 20 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 19 (0.39%) Mimecast
14 18 (0.37%) Google Drive
15 16 (0.33%) Route 53
16 14 (0.28%) Yammer
17 11 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
17 11 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
17 11 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
17 11 (0.22%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 831 (16.89%) DNS
2 638 (12.96%) DHCP
3 499 (10.14%) Firewall
4 461 (9.37%) LAN
5 417 (8.47%) WAN
6 365 (7.42%) TCP/IP
7 325 (6.60%) SAN
8 300 (6.10%) VPN
9 257 (5.22%) Skype
10 236 (4.80%) LDAP
11 132 (2.68%) VoIP
12 127 (2.58%) Internet
13 116 (2.36%) VLAN
14 111 (2.26%) NAS
15 109 (2.21%) Wireless
16 99 (2.01%) Kerberos
16 99 (2.01%) Remote Desktop
17 87 (1.77%) Network Security
18 85 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
19 70 (1.42%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 548 (11.14%) SQL Server
2 72 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 70 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 43 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 32 (0.65%) SQL Server 2014
5 32 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 31 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
7 30 (0.61%) MySQL
8 28 (0.57%) Oracle Database
8 28 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
9 27 (0.55%) NoSQL
9 27 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
10 26 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
11 22 (0.45%) Big Data
11 22 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 19 (0.39%) Power BI
13 18 (0.37%) Relational Database
14 17 (0.35%) MongoDB
15 15 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
16 14 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 73 (1.48%) Jenkins
2 68 (1.38%) Git (software)
3 65 (1.32%) JIRA
4 53 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
4 53 (1.08%) Visual Studio
5 49 (1.00%) MSI
6 21 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
7 16 (0.33%) Artifactory
8 13 (0.26%) GitLab
9 12 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
10 11 (0.22%) InstallShield
10 11 (0.22%) MorphX
11 8 (0.16%) MSTest
11 8 (0.16%) NUnit
11 8 (0.16%) Serena SBM
11 8 (0.16%) Subversion
12 7 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (0.14%) Metasploit
13 6 (0.12%) Talend Open Studio
13 6 (0.12%) TeamCity
General
1 606 (12.31%) Finance
2 259 (5.26%) Banking
3 125 (2.54%) Retail
4 110 (2.24%) Legal
4 110 (2.24%) Telecoms
5 68 (1.38%) Law
6 56 (1.14%) Manufacturing
7 48 (0.98%) Back Office
8 45 (0.91%) Advertising
9 36 (0.73%) Publishing
10 34 (0.69%) Marketing
11 26 (0.53%) Investment Banking
12 21 (0.43%) Electronics
12 21 (0.43%) Financial Institution
13 19 (0.39%) French Language
13 19 (0.39%) Local Government
14 12 (0.24%) Front Office
14 12 (0.24%) Military
15 11 (0.22%) Billing
16 10 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 1000 (20.32%) Analyst
2 593 (12.05%) Support Engineer
3 451 (9.16%) Desktop Support
4 376 (7.64%) Consultant
5 373 (7.58%) Architect
6 372 (7.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 365 (7.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 365 (7.42%) Service Analyst
8 358 (7.27%) Support Analyst
9 356 (7.23%) Service Desk Analyst
10 277 (5.63%) Administrator
11 241 (4.90%) Desktop Engineer
12 240 (4.88%) IT Support
13 228 (4.63%) Windows Engineer
14 209 (4.25%) 1st Line Support
15 198 (4.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 188 (3.82%) IT Analyst
17 186 (3.78%) 3rd Line Support
18 183 (3.72%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 163 (3.31%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (3.78%) .NET
2 130 (2.64%) Web Services
3 85 (1.73%) HTML
4 79 (1.61%) XML
5 65 (1.32%) REST
6 58 (1.18%) SOAP
7 49 (1.00%) Middleware
8 46 (0.93%) .NET Framework
9 45 (0.91%) JSON
10 37 (0.75%) Node.js
10 37 (0.75%) SAML
11 36 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
12 34 (0.69%) ASP.NET
13 33 (0.67%) AngularJS
13 33 (0.67%) CSS
14 29 (0.59%) OAuth
15 26 (0.53%) Software Packaging
15 26 (0.53%) Spring
16 24 (0.49%) RabbitMQ
17 23 (0.47%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 327 (6.64%) Data Centre
2 272 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
3 197 (4.00%) Blackberry
4 148 (3.01%) PKI
5 144 (2.93%) Management Information System
6 109 (2.21%) Clustering
7 82 (1.67%) Replication
8 80 (1.63%) iPhone
8 80 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
9 74 (1.50%) Client/Server
10 73 (1.48%) Smartphone
11 70 (1.42%) Fat Client
11 70 (1.42%) Thin Client
12 67 (1.36%) Computer Science
13 61 (1.24%) Driving Licence
14 51 (1.04%) iPad
15 48 (0.98%) NHS
16 37 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
17 36 (0.73%) CMDB
18 34 (0.69%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 3618 (73.52%) Windows
2 1526 (31.01%) Windows Server
3 1054 (21.42%) Windows 7
4 881 (17.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 804 (16.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 747 (15.18%) Windows 10
7 530 (10.77%) Linux
8 294 (5.97%) Windows Server 2003
9 240 (4.88%) Windows 8
10 237 (4.82%) Unix
11 200 (4.06%) Android
12 193 (3.92%) Apple iOS
13 167 (3.39%) Windows XP
14 121 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 78 (1.59%) Mac OS
15 78 (1.59%) Mac OS X
16 67 (1.36%) Solaris
17 66 (1.34%) Windows Vista
18 50 (1.02%) CentOS
19 23 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 962 (19.55%) ITIL
2 636 (12.92%) Migration
3 304 (6.18%) Service Management
4 190 (3.86%) Change Management
5 189 (3.84%) Agile Software Development
6 187 (3.80%) DevOps
7 176 (3.58%) Incident Management
8 154 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
9 153 (3.11%) Problem Management
10 151 (3.07%) Configuration Management
11 150 (3.05%) Information Security
12 148 (3.01%) Project Management
13 147 (2.99%) Service Delivery
14 130 (2.64%) Mobile Device Management
15 111 (2.26%) ITSM
16 109 (2.21%) Identity Access Management
17 105 (2.13%) ITIL V3
18 103 (2.09%) High Availability
19 97 (1.97%) Identity Management
20 93 (1.89%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 749 (15.22%) PowerShell
2 566 (11.50%) SQL
3 154 (3.13%) Java
4 125 (2.54%) C#
5 108 (2.19%) VBScript
6 88 (1.79%) JavaScript
7 87 (1.77%) Python
8 58 (1.18%) Perl
9 51 (1.04%) VB
10 41 (0.83%) PL/SQL
11 35 (0.71%) Bash Shell
12 26 (0.53%) PHP
13 25 (0.51%) Korn
14 23 (0.47%) T-SQL
15 22 (0.45%) C
16 21 (0.43%) Shell Script
17 19 (0.39%) Ruby
18 11 (0.22%) X++
19 6 (0.12%) VB.NET
20 5 (0.10%) Go
Qualifications
1 577 (11.73%) Security Cleared
2 483 (9.82%) Microsoft Certification
3 392 (7.97%) SC Cleared
4 295 (5.99%) MCSE
5 169 (3.43%) DV Cleared
6 164 (3.33%) MCSA
7 158 (3.21%) Degree
8 122 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
9 119 (2.42%) MCP
10 88 (1.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 85 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
12 84 (1.71%) CCNA
13 74 (1.50%) MCITP
14 53 (1.08%) CCNP
15 48 (0.98%) CISSP
16 44 (0.89%) DBS Check
16 44 (0.89%) MCDST
17 39 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
18 35 (0.71%) A+ Certification
19 33 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 248 (5.04%) SLA
2 51 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 35 (0.71%) PCI DSS
4 34 (0.69%) GDPR
4 34 (0.69%) QA
5 28 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 27 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
7 18 (0.37%) HIPAA
8 16 (0.33%) Actionable Recommendations
9 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (0.16%) PMO
10 7 (0.14%) COBIT
10 7 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 4 (0.081%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 4 (0.081%) GAMP
12 3 (0.061%) MiFID
12 3 (0.061%) RMADS
13 2 (0.041%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.020%) Data Quality
14 1 (0.020%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 735 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 379 (7.70%) Hyper-V
3 248 (5.04%) XenApp
4 204 (4.15%) vSphere
5 200 (4.06%) VMware ESXi
6 135 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
7 133 (2.70%) XenDesktop
8 132 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
9 69 (1.40%) Virtual Servers
10 52 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
11 47 (0.96%) BitLocker
12 46 (0.93%) Terminal Services
13 44 (0.89%) Docker
14 41 (0.83%) XenServer
15 39 (0.79%) NFS
15 39 (0.79%) VMware Workstation
16 24 (0.49%) DFS Replication
17 20 (0.41%) VMware Server
18 19 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 17 (0.35%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 814 (16.54%) SCCM
2 214 (4.35%) SCOM
3 120 (2.44%) WSUS
4 107 (2.17%) NetBackup
5 103 (2.09%) Microsoft Intune
6 88 (1.79%) Ansible
7 83 (1.69%) Puppet
8 75 (1.52%) AirWatch
9 74 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
10 71 (1.44%) vCenter Server
11 61 (1.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 60 (1.22%) McAfee ePO
13 53 (1.08%) Backup Exec
14 48 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
15 45 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
16 39 (0.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 34 (0.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 34 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 28 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 28 (0.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 2178 (44.26%) Microsoft
2 1343 (27.29%) VMware
3 821 (16.68%) Citrix
4 576 (11.70%) Cisco
5 378 (7.68%) HP
6 222 (4.51%) Oracle
7 211 (4.29%) Apple
8 173 (3.52%) Symantec
9 170 (3.45%) NetApp
10 163 (3.31%) Dell
10 163 (3.31%) McAfee
11 138 (2.80%) Red Hat
12 112 (2.28%) ServiceNow
13 98 (1.99%) Veeam
14 90 (1.83%) IBM
15 82 (1.67%) Google
16 77 (1.56%) AppSense
17 75 (1.52%) EMC
18 72 (1.46%) CheckPoint
19 71 (1.44%) SolarWinds