Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 40 29
Rank change year-on-year +3 -11 -5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,323 4,449 6,153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.65% 5.04% 6.06%
As % of the System Software category 40.25% 43.83% 51.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,194 2,643 3,609
England median daily rate £325 £320 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -2.29% +4.80%
10th Percentile £123 £120 £135
90th Percentile £538 £519 £525
UK median daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year +4.84% -4.62% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 514 747
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% - -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.03 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £29.46 £28.85
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £14.95 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.68% -0.33% -

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 13,225 10,150 12,039
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.03% 11.49% 11.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,621 6,504 7,592
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £185 £169 £180
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 781 616 849
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +4.92% -4.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £46.00 £43.75 £38.35
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.63
% change year-on-year - +2.40% -2.34%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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 +8 2,207 £350 +2.94% 367
South East +4 1,124 £340 +4.62% 225
North of England -1 691 £290 -3.33% 247
Midlands +2 536 £313 -3.85% 131
South West +9 418 £300 +4.35% 56
North West +6 368 £308 +2.50% 127
East of England +9 358 £320 +30.61% 114
West Midlands -1 318 £325 -7.14% 81
Yorkshire -6 221 £291 +29.44% 101
East Midlands +5 213 £284 -5.42% 49
North East -8 102 £271 -6.51% 19
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 4,018 (75.48%) Windows
2 2,525 (47.44%) Microsoft
3 1,710 (32.12%) Windows Server
4 1,603 (30.11%) Office 365
5 1,416 (26.60%) VMware
6 1,177 (22.11%) Windows 10
7 1,115 (20.95%) SCCM
8 1,106 (20.78%) Windows 7
9 1,083 (20.35%) ITIL
10 1,014 (19.05%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,005 (18.88%) Citrix
12 901 (16.93%) DNS
13 898 (16.87%) Microsoft Office
14 880 (16.53%) PowerShell
15 860 (16.16%) VMware Infrastructure
16 783 (14.71%) MS Exchange
17 767 (14.41%) Windows Server 2012
18 766 (14.39%) Migration
19 735 (13.81%) Windows Server 2008
20 676 (12.70%) Security Cleared
21 647 (12.15%) DHCP
22 625 (11.74%) Finance
23 563 (10.58%) Cisco
24 551 (10.35%) SQL
25 540 (10.14%) Linux
26 531 (9.98%) Firewall
27 508 (9.54%) SC Cleared
28 487 (9.15%) SQL Server
29 444 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
30 426 (8.00%) Hyper-V

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
1 783 (14.71%) MS Exchange
2 371 (6.97%) SharePoint
3 352 (6.61%) Skype for Business
4 290 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2010
5 235 (4.41%) IIS
6 150 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
7 65 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2007
8 62 (1.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 61 (1.15%) Apache
10 46 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2003
11 39 (0.73%) Tomcat
12 31 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
12 31 (0.58%) WebSphere
13 26 (0.49%) JBoss
14 20 (0.38%) IBM Notes
15 19 (0.36%) Apache Spark
15 19 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
16 17 (0.32%) CMS
17 15 (0.28%) Apache Solr
18 14 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 898 (16.87%) Microsoft Office
2 151 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 69 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 57 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 34 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.17%) Windchill
9 7 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.075%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.075%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 4 (0.075%) PTC Creo
11 3 (0.056%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.056%) HipChat
12 2 (0.038%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.038%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.019%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.019%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.019%) InDesign
13 1 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 26 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.30%) assyst
4 11 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
5 10 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.11%) Eikon
7 5 (0.094%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 4 (0.075%) Elite 3E
8 4 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.075%) Relativity
8 4 (0.075%) ReMetrica
8 4 (0.075%) RMDS
9 3 (0.056%) Oracle Cash Management
9 3 (0.056%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.056%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.038%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.038%) Line 50
10 2 (0.038%) Sage X3
10 2 (0.038%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.038%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1,603 (30.11%) Office 365
2 1,014 (19.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 392 (7.36%) Azure Active Directory
4 349 (6.56%) Amazon AWS
5 134 (2.52%) IaaS
6 121 (2.27%) PaaS
7 101 (1.90%) SaaS
8 87 (1.63%) OneDrive
9 57 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
10 45 (0.85%) G Suite
11 42 (0.79%) Mimecast
12 34 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
12 34 (0.64%) Yammer
13 28 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 21 (0.39%) Amazon ELB
14 21 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
15 20 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
16 17 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
16 17 (0.32%) Serverless
17 15 (0.28%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 901 (16.93%) DNS
2 647 (12.15%) DHCP
3 531 (9.98%) Firewall
4 351 (6.59%) LAN
5 342 (6.42%) VPN
6 334 (6.27%) WAN
7 332 (6.24%) TCP/IP
8 315 (5.92%) SAN
9 314 (5.90%) Skype
10 154 (2.89%) Internet
10 154 (2.89%) VoIP
11 128 (2.40%) Remote Desktop
12 118 (2.22%) VLAN
13 105 (1.97%) Wireless
14 88 (1.65%) NAS
14 88 (1.65%) NetScaler
15 81 (1.52%) Network Security
16 73 (1.37%) SSL
17 59 (1.11%) SMTP
18 58 (1.09%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 487 (9.15%) SQL Server
2 58 (1.09%) Amazon RDS
3 57 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
4 46 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
5 43 (0.81%) Relational Database
6 42 (0.79%) MySQL
7 41 (0.77%) Oracle Database
8 35 (0.66%) Big Data
9 34 (0.64%) GIS
10 33 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
10 33 (0.62%) Power BI
11 30 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
12 29 (0.54%) Hadoop
12 29 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
13 24 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
13 24 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 23 (0.43%) DB2
15 21 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
16 20 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 19 (0.36%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 84 (1.58%) JIRA
2 80 (1.50%) Jenkins
3 75 (1.41%) Git (software)
4 64 (1.20%) Visual Studio
5 61 (1.15%) MSI
6 55 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
7 40 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
8 22 (0.41%) InstallShield
9 19 (0.36%) TeamCity
10 16 (0.30%) AdminStudio
11 14 (0.26%) JUnit
12 13 (0.24%) Hudson
12 13 (0.24%) Maven
12 13 (0.24%) Sonatype Nexus
12 13 (0.24%) Subversion
13 11 (0.21%) Bitbucket
13 11 (0.21%) CruiseControl
13 11 (0.21%) Selenium
14 10 (0.19%) Artifactory
14 10 (0.19%) FishEye
General
1 625 (11.74%) Finance
2 140 (2.63%) Banking
3 124 (2.33%) Retail
4 120 (2.25%) Law
5 105 (1.97%) Telecoms
6 84 (1.58%) Legal
7 58 (1.09%) Publishing
8 56 (1.05%) Manufacturing
9 53 (1.00%) Back Office
10 45 (0.85%) Advertising
11 34 (0.64%) Marketing
12 32 (0.60%) French Language
13 31 (0.58%) Financial Institution
14 26 (0.49%) Local Government
15 23 (0.43%) German Language
16 19 (0.36%) Investment Banking
17 17 (0.32%) Military
18 13 (0.24%) Billing
19 12 (0.23%) Front Office
19 12 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,062 (19.95%) Analyst
2 692 (13.00%) Support Engineer
3 594 (11.16%) Desktop Support
4 512 (9.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 453 (8.51%) 2nd Line Support
6 417 (7.83%) Service Analyst
7 390 (7.33%) Support Analyst
8 383 (7.20%) Service Desk Analyst
9 350 (6.58%) Architect
10 329 (6.18%) IT Support
11 302 (5.67%) Windows Engineer
12 288 (5.41%) Consultant
13 285 (5.35%) Desktop Engineer
14 232 (4.36%) Administrator
15 218 (4.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 210 (3.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 204 (3.83%) 1st Line Support
18 197 (3.70%) IT Engineer
19 192 (3.61%) 1st/2nd Line Support
20 187 (3.51%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (3.01%) Web Services
2 140 (2.63%) LDAP
3 138 (2.59%) .NET
4 103 (1.93%) REST
5 98 (1.84%) JSON
6 75 (1.41%) XML
7 65 (1.22%) Middleware
8 62 (1.16%) SAML
9 42 (0.79%) SOAP
10 41 (0.77%) SailPoint
11 38 (0.71%) HTML
12 32 (0.60%) OAuth
13 28 (0.53%) ASP.NET
13 28 (0.53%) CSS
14 26 (0.49%) Software Packaging
14 26 (0.49%) Spring
15 25 (0.47%) OpenID
16 23 (0.43%) .NET Framework
17 20 (0.38%) Kafka
18 17 (0.32%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 301 (5.65%) Data Centre
2 227 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
3 177 (3.33%) Clustering
4 175 (3.29%) PKI
5 163 (3.06%) Blackberry
6 133 (2.50%) Management Information System
7 122 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
8 99 (1.86%) iPhone
9 94 (1.77%) Smartphone
10 79 (1.48%) Fat Client
10 79 (1.48%) Thin Client
10 79 (1.48%) Video Conferencing
11 71 (1.33%) Replication
12 70 (1.32%) Computer Science
13 63 (1.18%) iPad
14 57 (1.07%) Public Cloud
15 53 (1.00%) NHS
16 45 (0.85%) Client/Server
17 42 (0.79%) Mobile App
18 41 (0.77%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 4,018 (75.48%) Windows
2 1,710 (32.12%) Windows Server
3 1,177 (22.11%) Windows 10
4 1,106 (20.78%) Windows 7
5 767 (14.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 735 (13.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 540 (10.14%) Linux
8 249 (4.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 230 (4.32%) Windows 8
10 225 (4.23%) Windows XP
11 217 (4.08%) Apple iOS
12 204 (3.83%) Android
13 161 (3.02%) Unix
14 133 (2.50%) Mac OS
15 132 (2.48%) Mac OS X
16 121 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 62 (1.16%) Solaris
18 52 (0.98%) CentOS
19 42 (0.79%) AIX
19 42 (0.79%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,083 (20.35%) ITIL
2 766 (14.39%) Migration
3 369 (6.93%) Problem-Solving
4 289 (5.43%) Service Management
5 260 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
6 223 (4.19%) Change Management
7 208 (3.91%) DevOps
8 182 (3.42%) Project Management
9 181 (3.40%) Incident Management
10 163 (3.06%) ITSM
11 161 (3.02%) ITIL V3
12 155 (2.91%) Service Delivery
13 142 (2.67%) Problem Management
14 140 (2.63%) Time Management
15 134 (2.52%) Identity Management
16 132 (2.48%) Identity Access Management
16 132 (2.48%) Stakeholder Management
17 130 (2.44%) Configuration Management
17 130 (2.44%) Information Security
18 128 (2.40%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 880 (16.53%) PowerShell
2 551 (10.35%) SQL
3 105 (1.97%) C#
4 104 (1.95%) VBScript
5 81 (1.52%) Python
6 80 (1.50%) Java
7 76 (1.43%) C
8 70 (1.32%) VB
9 67 (1.26%) JavaScript
10 53 (1.00%) Bash Shell
11 46 (0.86%) Shell Script
12 35 (0.66%) T-SQL
13 33 (0.62%) Perl
14 22 (0.41%) PHP
15 17 (0.32%) Ruby
16 14 (0.26%) Groovy
17 13 (0.24%) PL/SQL
18 10 (0.19%) VBA
19 8 (0.15%) VB.NET
20 7 (0.13%) BeanShell
Qualifications
1 676 (12.70%) Security Cleared
2 508 (9.54%) SC Cleared
3 444 (8.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 251 (4.72%) MCSE
5 176 (3.31%) Degree
6 159 (2.99%) MCSA
7 144 (2.71%) Cisco Certification
8 130 (2.44%) DV Cleared
9 107 (2.01%) MCP
10 99 (1.86%) CCNA
11 94 (1.77%) MCITP
12 86 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
13 59 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 52 (0.98%) DBS Check
15 45 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
16 44 (0.83%) CCNP
17 42 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
18 36 (0.68%) CISSP
19 35 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
19 35 (0.66%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 291 (5.47%) SLA
2 73 (1.37%) GDPR
3 56 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 50 (0.94%) QA
5 40 (0.75%) PCI DSS
6 24 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 22 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 15 (0.28%) PMO
9 4 (0.075%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (0.075%) RMADS
10 3 (0.056%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 3 (0.056%) COBIT
10 3 (0.056%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.056%) GAMP
10 3 (0.056%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.056%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.038%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.038%) HL7
11 2 (0.038%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 860 (16.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 426 (8.00%) Hyper-V
3 324 (6.09%) XenApp
4 284 (5.34%) VMware ESXi
5 251 (4.72%) vSphere
6 219 (4.11%) XenDesktop
7 192 (3.61%) Microsoft App-V
8 112 (2.10%) Virtual Machines
9 80 (1.50%) BitLocker
10 76 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 70 (1.32%) XenServer
12 54 (1.01%) Docker
13 50 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
14 45 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
15 39 (0.73%) Terminal Services
16 36 (0.68%) VMware NSX
17 28 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 24 (0.45%) DFS Replication
19 22 (0.41%) VMware Server
20 19 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,115 (20.95%) SCCM
2 192 (3.61%) WSUS
3 188 (3.53%) Microsoft Intune
4 186 (3.49%) SCOM
5 122 (2.29%) Single Sign-On
6 97 (1.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 92 (1.73%) AirWatch
8 89 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
9 83 (1.56%) vCenter Server
10 68 (1.28%) Terraform
11 65 (1.22%) Ansible
12 64 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
12 64 (1.20%) NetBackup
13 59 (1.11%) Backup Exec
14 50 (0.94%) Puppet
15 44 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 44 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
16 43 (0.81%) XenMobile
17 36 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
18 34 (0.64%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 2,525 (47.44%) Microsoft
2 1,416 (26.60%) VMware
3 1,005 (18.88%) Citrix
4 563 (10.58%) Cisco
5 360 (6.76%) HP
6 291 (5.47%) Apple
7 207 (3.89%) Ivanti
8 205 (3.85%) McAfee
9 184 (3.46%) ServiceNow
10 169 (3.17%) Oracle
11 168 (3.16%) NetApp
12 158 (2.97%) Dell
13 126 (2.37%) Red Hat
14 115 (2.16%) Veeam
15 114 (2.14%) IBM
16 111 (2.09%) SolarWinds
17 110 (2.07%) Symantec
18 103 (1.93%) Remedy
19 95 (1.78%) SAP
20 93 (1.75%) EMC