Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 41 36 32
Rank change year-on-year -5 -4 -6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,009 4,350 5,448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.40% 5.06% 5.54%
As % of the System Software category 40.80% 43.81% 51.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,043 2,579 3,133
England median daily rate £325 £325 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.78% +7.50%
10th Percentile £125 £123 £130
90th Percentile £538 £525 £513
UK median daily rate £315 £325 £322
% change year-on-year -3.08% +1.01% +7.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 567 535 787
England median hourly rate £15.00 £14.85 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.01% -1.00% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £31.10 £28.75 £26.10
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.45% -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 12,277 9,929 10,629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.25% 11.56% 10.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,988 6,308 6,541
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +11.11%
10th Percentile £178 £170 £163
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +13.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 674 656 920
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.16 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £44.00 £42.25
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -0.88% +3.23% -

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 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 +6 2,112 £350 - 470
South East +3 1,117 £325 -3.20% 281
North of England -5 644 £275 -8.33% 289
Midlands -6 451 £300 -4.38% 184
South West +7 407 £300 +6.67% 112
North West -3 327 £330 +1.54% 150
East of England -2 288 £300 +17.65% 127
West Midlands -2 249 £316 +9.05% 114
Yorkshire -16 212 £215 -21.10% 107
East Midlands -11 196 £290 -10.77% 70
North East +9 106 £272 -6.08% 32
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 3,739 (74.65%) Windows
2 2,402 (47.95%) Microsoft
3 1,598 (31.90%) Windows Server
4 1,351 (26.97%) Office 365
5 1,350 (26.95%) VMware
6 1,112 (22.20%) Windows 7
7 1,066 (21.28%) ITIL
8 1,013 (20.22%) Windows 10
9 987 (19.70%) SCCM
10 973 (19.43%) Citrix
11 888 (17.73%) Microsoft Office
12 844 (16.85%) DNS
13 831 (16.59%) Microsoft Azure
14 799 (15.95%) Windows Server 2012
15 781 (15.59%) PowerShell
16 780 (15.57%) Windows Server 2008
17 767 (15.31%) VMware Infrastructure
18 764 (15.25%) MS Exchange
19 752 (15.01%) Security Cleared
20 670 (13.38%) Migration
21 611 (12.20%) DHCP
22 586 (11.70%) Cisco
23 566 (11.30%) Finance
24 533 (10.64%) SC Cleared
25 526 (10.50%) Firewall
26 501 (10.00%) SQL
27 476 (9.50%) Linux
28 445 (8.88%) SQL Server
29 434 (8.66%) Microsoft Certification
30 411 (8.21%) 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
1 764 (15.25%) MS Exchange
2 340 (6.79%) SharePoint
3 302 (6.03%) Skype for Business
4 226 (4.51%) IIS
5 218 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 144 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2013
7 69 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2007
8 57 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 56 (1.12%) Apache
10 38 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
10 38 (0.76%) Tomcat
11 37 (0.74%) WebSphere
12 25 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
13 22 (0.44%) Apache Spark
13 22 (0.44%) Confluence
14 20 (0.40%) CMS
15 18 (0.36%) JBoss
15 18 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
16 17 (0.34%) IBM Notes
16 17 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 888 (17.73%) Microsoft Office
2 136 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 68 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 50 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 33 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.12%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.080%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 4 (0.080%) HipChat
7 4 (0.080%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.060%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.060%) Houdini
8 3 (0.060%) Maya
8 3 (0.060%) NUKE
8 3 (0.060%) Revit
8 3 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.040%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.040%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.040%) PaintShop Pro
9 2 (0.040%) Vectorworks
10 1 (0.020%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 27 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 17 (0.34%) assyst
3 17 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
4 16 (0.32%) RMDS
5 7 (0.14%) Eikon
6 6 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
7 5 (0.100%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.080%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.080%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.080%) Relativity
8 4 (0.080%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.080%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.080%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.080%) SystmOne
9 3 (0.060%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.060%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.040%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.040%) SAP Hybris
10 2 (0.040%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1,351 (26.97%) Office 365
2 831 (16.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 330 (6.59%) Amazon AWS
4 289 (5.77%) Azure Active Directory
5 115 (2.30%) IaaS
6 108 (2.16%) PaaS
7 79 (1.58%) SaaS
8 67 (1.34%) OneDrive
9 40 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
10 39 (0.78%) G Suite
11 26 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
11 26 (0.52%) Mimecast
12 24 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 21 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
14 19 (0.38%) Route 53
15 17 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
16 16 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
16 16 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
17 12 (0.24%) Yammer
18 11 (0.22%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 844 (16.85%) DNS
2 611 (12.20%) DHCP
3 526 (10.50%) Firewall
4 353 (7.05%) WAN
5 350 (6.99%) LAN
6 340 (6.79%) TCP/IP
7 317 (6.33%) VPN
8 307 (6.13%) SAN
9 279 (5.57%) Skype
10 130 (2.60%) Internet
11 125 (2.50%) VoIP
12 115 (2.30%) VLAN
13 111 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
14 103 (2.06%) NetScaler
15 94 (1.88%) Wireless
16 89 (1.78%) SSL
17 87 (1.74%) Network Security
18 70 (1.40%) NAS
19 64 (1.28%) SMS
20 63 (1.26%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 445 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 55 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
3 52 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
4 47 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 41 (0.82%) MySQL
6 39 (0.78%) GIS
7 37 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
8 35 (0.70%) Oracle Database
9 34 (0.68%) Hadoop
9 34 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
10 33 (0.66%) Big Data
10 33 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
11 30 (0.60%) Power BI
12 26 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 25 (0.50%) NoSQL
14 24 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
14 24 (0.48%) Relational Database
15 23 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
16 22 (0.44%) DB2
17 20 (0.40%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 85 (1.70%) Jenkins
2 82 (1.64%) Git (software)
3 80 (1.60%) JIRA
4 59 (1.18%) MSI
5 58 (1.16%) Visual Studio
6 44 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 28 (0.56%) Visual Studio Team System
8 25 (0.50%) Artifactory
9 20 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
10 19 (0.38%) Maven
10 19 (0.38%) TeamCity
11 17 (0.34%) JUnit
12 12 (0.24%) Bitbucket
12 12 (0.24%) Cucumber
12 12 (0.24%) Hudson
12 12 (0.24%) Subversion
13 10 (0.20%) CruiseControl
13 10 (0.20%) InstallShield
14 9 (0.18%) FishEye
15 8 (0.16%) SoapUI
General
1 566 (11.30%) Finance
2 175 (3.49%) Banking
3 112 (2.24%) Telecoms
4 105 (2.10%) Retail
5 104 (2.08%) Legal
6 98 (1.96%) Law
7 53 (1.06%) Manufacturing
8 51 (1.02%) Publishing
9 33 (0.66%) Advertising
10 31 (0.62%) Financial Institution
10 31 (0.62%) Marketing
11 30 (0.60%) Back Office
12 27 (0.54%) Investment Banking
13 25 (0.50%) International Banking
14 24 (0.48%) Local Government
15 19 (0.38%) French Language
16 14 (0.28%) German Language
17 13 (0.26%) Electronics
18 10 (0.20%) Billing
18 10 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 991 (19.78%) Analyst
2 623 (12.44%) Support Engineer
3 493 (9.84%) Desktop Support
4 440 (8.78%) Service Analyst
5 419 (8.36%) Service Desk Analyst
6 412 (8.23%) 2nd Line Support
7 398 (7.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 382 (7.63%) Architect
9 323 (6.45%) Support Analyst
10 313 (6.25%) IT Support
11 285 (5.69%) Windows Engineer
12 278 (5.55%) Consultant
13 258 (5.15%) Desktop Engineer
14 208 (4.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 198 (3.95%) 1st Line Support
16 197 (3.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 185 (3.69%) IT Analyst
18 184 (3.67%) Administrator
19 178 (3.55%) IT Engineer
20 172 (3.43%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (3.27%) Web Services
2 137 (2.74%) LDAP
3 133 (2.66%) .NET
4 98 (1.96%) REST
5 95 (1.90%) JSON
5 95 (1.90%) XML
6 58 (1.16%) HTML
7 55 (1.10%) SOAP
8 48 (0.96%) SAML
9 46 (0.92%) Middleware
10 30 (0.60%) CSS
10 30 (0.60%) YAML
11 28 (0.56%) ASP.NET
11 28 (0.56%) Spring
12 27 (0.54%) OAuth
13 25 (0.50%) ASP.NET Web API
14 22 (0.44%) J2EE
14 22 (0.44%) OpenID
15 21 (0.42%) AngularJS
15 21 (0.42%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 287 (5.73%) Data Centre
2 230 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 173 (3.45%) PKI
4 161 (3.21%) Clustering
5 154 (3.07%) Management Information System
6 141 (2.81%) Blackberry
7 134 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
8 82 (1.64%) iPhone
9 80 (1.60%) Smartphone
10 73 (1.46%) Replication
11 60 (1.20%) Driving Licence
12 59 (1.18%) Computer Science
12 59 (1.18%) NHS
13 54 (1.08%) iPad
14 50 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
15 49 (0.98%) Fat Client
15 49 (0.98%) Thin Client
16 46 (0.92%) CMDB
17 41 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
18 38 (0.76%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3,739 (74.65%) Windows
2 1,598 (31.90%) Windows Server
3 1,112 (22.20%) Windows 7
4 1,013 (20.22%) Windows 10
5 799 (15.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 780 (15.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 476 (9.50%) Linux
8 274 (5.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 200 (3.99%) Windows XP
10 198 (3.95%) Windows 8
11 163 (3.25%) Android
12 140 (2.79%) Apple iOS
13 133 (2.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 125 (2.50%) Unix
15 81 (1.62%) Mac OS
15 81 (1.62%) Mac OS X
16 57 (1.14%) Windows Vista
17 54 (1.08%) Solaris
18 51 (1.02%) CentOS
19 43 (0.86%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,066 (21.28%) ITIL
2 670 (13.38%) Migration
3 407 (8.13%) Problem-Solving
4 320 (6.39%) Service Management
5 254 (5.07%) Change Management
6 249 (4.97%) Agile Software Development
7 212 (4.23%) DevOps
8 181 (3.61%) Incident Management
9 171 (3.41%) Configuration Management
10 167 (3.33%) Problem Management
11 165 (3.29%) Project Management
12 157 (3.13%) Service Delivery
13 136 (2.72%) Time Management
14 130 (2.60%) Information Security
14 130 (2.60%) ITIL V3
15 127 (2.54%) ITSM
16 121 (2.42%) Disaster Recovery
17 115 (2.30%) Mobile Device Management
18 114 (2.28%) Stakeholder Management
19 108 (2.16%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 781 (15.59%) PowerShell
2 501 (10.00%) SQL
3 118 (2.36%) Java
4 112 (2.24%) VBScript
5 105 (2.10%) C#
6 81 (1.62%) C
7 73 (1.46%) Python
8 61 (1.22%) JavaScript
9 55 (1.10%) Bash Shell
10 45 (0.90%) VB
11 42 (0.84%) Shell Script
12 30 (0.60%) Perl
13 29 (0.58%) Ruby
14 26 (0.52%) T-SQL
15 25 (0.50%) PHP
16 19 (0.38%) Groovy
16 19 (0.38%) PL/SQL
17 13 (0.26%) VBA
18 12 (0.24%) BeanShell
19 7 (0.14%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 752 (15.01%) Security Cleared
2 533 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 434 (8.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 268 (5.35%) MCSE
5 192 (3.83%) DV Cleared
6 161 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
6 161 (3.21%) MCSA
7 150 (2.99%) Degree
8 148 (2.95%) MCP
9 137 (2.74%) ITIL Certification
10 113 (2.26%) CCNA
11 96 (1.92%) MCITP
12 66 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 51 (1.02%) DBS Check
14 48 (0.96%) CCNP
14 48 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
15 36 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
16 33 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 31 (0.62%) CISSP
18 29 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 260 (5.19%) SLA
2 59 (1.18%) GDPR
3 48 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 41 (0.82%) QA
5 31 (0.62%) PCI DSS
6 29 (0.58%) ISO 9001
7 25 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 23 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 19 (0.38%) PMO
10 18 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
11 7 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.100%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.040%) Actionable Recommendations
13 2 (0.040%) COBIT
13 2 (0.040%) Data Quality
13 2 (0.040%) Government Security Classifications
13 2 (0.040%) HIPAA
14 1 (0.020%) GPG13
14 1 (0.020%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.020%) JSP 440
System Software
1 767 (15.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 410 (8.19%) Hyper-V
3 315 (6.29%) XenApp
4 266 (5.31%) vSphere
5 215 (4.29%) VMware ESXi
6 180 (3.59%) Microsoft App-V
7 179 (3.57%) XenDesktop
8 112 (2.24%) Virtual Machines
9 84 (1.68%) BitLocker
10 77 (1.54%) Docker
11 54 (1.08%) XenServer
12 53 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
13 42 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
14 39 (0.78%) Terminal Services
14 39 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
15 37 (0.74%) NFS
16 33 (0.66%) DFS Replication
17 28 (0.56%) VMware NSX
18 25 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 20 (0.40%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 987 (19.70%) SCCM
2 179 (3.57%) SCOM
3 152 (3.03%) WSUS
4 146 (2.91%) Microsoft Intune
5 102 (2.04%) Single Sign-On
6 92 (1.84%) AirWatch
7 85 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 80 (1.60%) Microsoft Clustering
9 74 (1.48%) Ansible
10 70 (1.40%) vCenter Server
11 68 (1.36%) Puppet
12 62 (1.24%) McAfee ePO
13 58 (1.16%) NetBackup
14 57 (1.14%) Terraform
15 52 (1.04%) Backup Exec
16 50 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
17 43 (0.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
18 40 (0.80%) Nessus
19 37 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
20 26 (0.52%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,402 (47.95%) Microsoft
2 1,350 (26.95%) VMware
3 973 (19.43%) Citrix
4 586 (11.70%) Cisco
5 411 (8.21%) HP
6 224 (4.47%) Ivanti
7 219 (4.37%) Apple
8 188 (3.75%) McAfee
9 159 (3.17%) Oracle
10 158 (3.15%) Dell
11 150 (2.99%) NetApp
12 134 (2.68%) ServiceNow
13 121 (2.42%) SolarWinds
14 119 (2.38%) Red Hat
15 115 (2.30%) Symantec
16 101 (2.02%) Veeam
17 97 (1.94%) Google
18 93 (1.86%) Remedy
19 91 (1.82%) SAP
20 87 (1.74%) IBM