Period
to 22 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 January 2019 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 23 24 25
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,818 3,507 3,466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.20% 6.81% 6.67%
As % of the System Software category 47.64% 51.88% 54.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,161 2,034 1,955
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £122 £120 £122
90th Percentile £500 £500 £500
UK median daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +12.08% -3.85% +6.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 555 453 556
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £10.22 £10.00 £10.13
90th Percentile £24.55 £26.50 £28.00
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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 8,015 6,760 6,404
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.12% 13.14% 12.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,738 3,956 3,749
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% +2.94%
10th Percentile £160 £146 £150
90th Percentile £575 £560 £530
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +8.82% +6.12% +6.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 553 657
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.91%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.17 £10.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £42.66 £41.70
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 22 January 2019. 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
South East -1 1,271 £376 +17.96% 266
North of England +8 759 £338 +22.73% 277
Midlands +3 542 £325 +8.33% 166
South West -2 471 £375 +25.00% 123
North West +14 385 £305 +8.93% 150
East of England +6 374 £313 +4.17% 100
West Midlands -5 332 £360 +15.20% 105
Yorkshire +1 282 £363 +76.83% 109
Scotland -8 281 £225 -37.93% 31
East Midlands +4 201 £194 -32.90% 61
Wales -8 108 £313 +47.06% 29
North East -18 92 £375 +22.65% 18
Northern Ireland +25 12 £325 +54.39% 2
Channel Islands +3 5 £525 - 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 2,811 (73.62%) Windows
2 1,916 (50.18%) Microsoft
3 1,230 (32.22%) Windows Server
4 1,115 (29.20%) Office 365
5 1,053 (27.58%) VMware
6 896 (23.47%) Windows 10
7 790 (20.69%) Windows 7
8 766 (20.06%) SCCM
9 713 (18.67%) ITIL
10 712 (18.65%) Microsoft Azure
11 668 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
12 633 (16.58%) PowerShell
13 604 (15.82%) Citrix
14 582 (15.24%) Security Cleared
15 574 (15.03%) DNS
16 560 (14.67%) Windows Server 2012
17 540 (14.14%) VMware Infrastructure
18 532 (13.93%) MS Exchange
19 529 (13.86%) Migration
20 457 (11.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 437 (11.45%) Windows Server 2008
22 426 (11.16%) SC Cleared
23 415 (10.87%) Linux
24 408 (10.69%) Firewall
25 393 (10.29%) DHCP
26 386 (10.11%) SQL
27 344 (9.01%) Cisco
28 336 (8.80%) Azure Active Directory
29 328 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
30 327 (8.56%) SQL Server

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 532 (13.93%) MS Exchange
2 289 (7.57%) SharePoint
3 223 (5.84%) Skype for Business
4 145 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 140 (3.67%) IIS
6 98 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2013
7 49 (1.28%) Apache
8 39 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2007
9 33 (0.86%) Tomcat
10 26 (0.68%) Confluence
11 25 (0.65%) IBM Notes
12 24 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
13 23 (0.60%) WebSphere
14 21 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
15 18 (0.47%) JBoss
16 17 (0.45%) nginx
17 16 (0.42%) CMS
17 16 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
18 15 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
19 13 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 668 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
2 83 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.21%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.052%) Houdini
8 2 (0.052%) Maya
8 2 (0.052%) NUKE
8 2 (0.052%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.026%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.026%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 35 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.34%) Teamcenter
3 8 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.13%) Retail-J
4 5 (0.13%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.10%) Eikon
6 3 (0.079%) assyst
6 3 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.079%) SAP BPC
7 2 (0.052%) OPENHousing
7 2 (0.052%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.052%) SystmOne
8 1 (0.026%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.026%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.026%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.026%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.026%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 1,115 (29.20%) Office 365
2 712 (18.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 336 (8.80%) Azure Active Directory
4 198 (5.19%) Amazon AWS
5 130 (3.40%) IaaS
6 105 (2.75%) PaaS
7 96 (2.51%) OneDrive
8 74 (1.94%) SaaS
9 29 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
10 24 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
10 24 (0.63%) Serverless
11 20 (0.52%) Yammer
12 19 (0.50%) G Suite
12 19 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
13 18 (0.47%) Azure Functions
13 18 (0.47%) OpenShift
14 16 (0.42%) Mimecast
15 14 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
16 13 (0.34%) Amazon S3
17 7 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 574 (15.03%) DNS
2 408 (10.69%) Firewall
3 393 (10.29%) DHCP
4 311 (8.15%) LAN
5 275 (7.20%) WAN
6 240 (6.29%) Skype
7 239 (6.26%) SAN
8 220 (5.76%) VPN
9 212 (5.55%) TCP/IP
10 94 (2.46%) Network Security
11 90 (2.36%) Internet
12 82 (2.15%) Remote Desktop
13 81 (2.12%) VoIP
14 72 (1.89%) NAS
15 67 (1.75%) Wireless
16 64 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
17 62 (1.62%) VLAN
18 59 (1.55%) NetScaler
19 49 (1.28%) Kerberos
20 47 (1.23%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 327 (8.56%) SQL Server
2 46 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
4 33 (0.86%) Relational Database
5 32 (0.84%) Power BI
6 25 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
7 24 (0.63%) MySQL
7 24 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
8 22 (0.58%) RDBMS
9 21 (0.55%) Oracle Database
10 20 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
10 20 (0.52%) Hadoop
11 18 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 17 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
13 15 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
13 15 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 14 (0.37%) Electronic Patient Records
14 14 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
15 9 (0.24%) Cosmos DB
15 9 (0.24%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 58 (1.52%) Git (software)
2 47 (1.23%) Jenkins
3 46 (1.20%) MSI
4 42 (1.10%) JIRA
5 38 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
6 28 (0.73%) GitLab
7 15 (0.39%) Visual Studio
8 14 (0.37%) HP UFT
8 14 (0.37%) InstallShield
9 13 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
10 12 (0.31%) Artifactory
11 11 (0.29%) AdminStudio
12 9 (0.24%) WinRunner
13 8 (0.21%) Gerrit
13 8 (0.21%) SonarQube
14 7 (0.18%) Hudson
14 7 (0.18%) Selenium
14 7 (0.18%) TeamCity
15 6 (0.16%) Maven
15 6 (0.16%) Subversion
General
1 310 (8.12%) Finance
2 85 (2.23%) Retail
3 80 (2.10%) Telecoms
4 62 (1.62%) Banking
5 55 (1.44%) Manufacturing
6 40 (1.05%) Marketing
7 37 (0.97%) Law
8 34 (0.89%) Publishing
9 30 (0.79%) Military
10 25 (0.65%) Back Office
11 18 (0.47%) Financial Institution
11 18 (0.47%) Games
11 18 (0.47%) Legal
11 18 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
12 16 (0.42%) Electronics
13 15 (0.39%) Aerospace
14 14 (0.37%) Advertising
15 11 (0.29%) Automotive
15 11 (0.29%) Local Government
16 9 (0.24%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 686 (17.97%) Analyst
2 420 (11.00%) Support Engineer
3 391 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 272 (7.12%) 2nd Line Support
5 261 (6.84%) Desktop Support
6 249 (6.52%) IT Support
6 249 (6.52%) Service Analyst
7 246 (6.44%) Service Desk Analyst
8 242 (6.34%) Support Analyst
9 225 (5.89%) Architect
10 219 (5.74%) Consultant
11 203 (5.32%) Desktop Engineer
12 175 (4.58%) Administrator
13 157 (4.11%) 1st Line Support
14 152 (3.98%) Windows Engineer
15 138 (3.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 132 (3.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 128 (3.35%) IT Engineer
18 125 (3.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 117 (3.06%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (3.35%) LDAP
2 89 (2.33%) Web Services
3 78 (2.04%) .NET
4 42 (1.10%) SAML
5 41 (1.07%) Middleware
6 40 (1.05%) HTML
7 31 (0.81%) OAuth
8 28 (0.73%) CSS
9 27 (0.71%) REST
10 24 (0.63%) XML
11 22 (0.58%) JSON
12 20 (0.52%) OpenID
13 19 (0.50%) jQuery
13 19 (0.50%) Node.js
14 18 (0.47%) ASP.NET
15 17 (0.45%) SOAP
16 14 (0.37%) 802.1X
16 14 (0.37%) OAuth2
17 13 (0.34%) Itk
17 13 (0.34%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 242 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
2 210 (5.50%) Data Centre
3 132 (3.46%) PKI
4 126 (3.30%) Management Information System
5 106 (2.78%) Clustering
6 98 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
7 88 (2.30%) Blackberry
8 76 (1.99%) Public Cloud
9 67 (1.75%) Fat Client
9 67 (1.75%) Thin Client
10 64 (1.68%) iPhone
11 58 (1.52%) NHS
12 54 (1.41%) Replication
13 48 (1.26%) Driving Licence
14 45 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
15 35 (0.92%) Smartphone
16 33 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
17 30 (0.79%) iPad
18 29 (0.76%) Client/Server
18 29 (0.76%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2,811 (73.62%) Windows
2 1,230 (32.22%) Windows Server
3 896 (23.47%) Windows 10
4 790 (20.69%) Windows 7
5 560 (14.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 437 (11.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 415 (10.87%) Linux
8 143 (3.75%) Unix
9 135 (3.54%) Windows Server 2003
10 121 (3.17%) Windows XP
11 100 (2.62%) Android
12 98 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 97 (2.54%) Windows 8
14 92 (2.41%) Apple iOS
15 52 (1.36%) Mac OS
16 47 (1.23%) CentOS
17 46 (1.20%) Solaris
18 40 (1.05%) AIX
19 20 (0.52%) Ubuntu
20 12 (0.31%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 713 (18.67%) ITIL
2 529 (13.86%) Migration
3 457 (11.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 288 (7.54%) Problem-Solving
5 199 (5.21%) Service Management
6 176 (4.61%) Agile Software Development
7 151 (3.95%) Disaster Recovery
8 147 (3.85%) DevOps
9 146 (3.82%) ITSM
10 142 (3.72%) Service Delivery
11 131 (3.43%) Change Management
12 123 (3.22%) Incident Management
12 123 (3.22%) ITIL V3
13 106 (2.78%) Project Management
14 96 (2.51%) Break/Fix
15 90 (2.36%) Time Management
16 89 (2.33%) Identity Management
17 85 (2.23%) Business Intelligence
18 81 (2.12%) Application Packaging
19 78 (2.04%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 633 (16.58%) PowerShell
2 386 (10.11%) SQL
3 95 (2.49%) Python
4 69 (1.81%) Shell Script
5 57 (1.49%) C#
6 56 (1.47%) JavaScript
7 53 (1.39%) Java
8 47 (1.23%) VBScript
9 45 (1.18%) Bash Shell
10 42 (1.10%) Perl
11 30 (0.79%) VB
12 28 (0.73%) Ruby
13 27 (0.71%) C
14 17 (0.45%) T-SQL
14 17 (0.45%) VBA
15 15 (0.39%) PHP
16 7 (0.18%) VB.NET
17 5 (0.13%) Go
18 2 (0.052%) C-shell
18 2 (0.052%) Korn
Qualifications
1 582 (15.24%) Security Cleared
2 426 (11.16%) SC Cleared
3 328 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
4 206 (5.40%) MCSE
5 160 (4.19%) DV Cleared
6 136 (3.56%) Degree
7 114 (2.99%) MCSA
8 86 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
9 80 (2.10%) MCP
10 65 (1.70%) CCNA
11 54 (1.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 46 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
12 46 (1.20%) MCITP
13 45 (1.18%) DBS Check
14 44 (1.15%) Citrix Certification
15 36 (0.94%) A+ Certification
16 35 (0.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 33 (0.86%) CCNP
18 31 (0.81%) CCA
19 25 (0.65%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (4.87%) SLA
2 35 (0.92%) QA
3 28 (0.73%) PMO
4 26 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 19 (0.50%) GDPR
6 15 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.31%) HL7
7 12 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 11 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
9 10 (0.26%) GxP
10 8 (0.21%) COBIT
10 8 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
10 8 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
11 7 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 6 (0.16%) Data Quality
13 3 (0.079%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.052%) GPG13
14 2 (0.052%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.052%) NIST 800
14 2 (0.052%) PMBOK
System Software
1 540 (14.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 325 (8.51%) Hyper-V
3 215 (5.63%) VMware ESXi
4 210 (5.50%) vSphere
4 210 (5.50%) XenApp
5 148 (3.88%) XenDesktop
6 120 (3.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 78 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
8 61 (1.60%) Docker
9 57 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
10 54 (1.41%) Virtual Desktop
11 41 (1.07%) VMware Workstation
12 37 (0.97%) XenServer
13 30 (0.79%) Terminal Services
14 29 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 28 (0.73%) DFS Replication
15 28 (0.73%) NFS
16 25 (0.65%) BitLocker
16 25 (0.65%) Firmware
17 19 (0.50%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 766 (20.06%) SCCM
2 163 (4.27%) SCOM
3 108 (2.83%) Microsoft Intune
4 81 (2.12%) WSUS
5 70 (1.83%) McAfee ePO
6 66 (1.73%) Ansible
7 63 (1.65%) Single Sign-On
8 59 (1.55%) Puppet
9 55 (1.44%) vCenter Server
10 51 (1.34%) Kubernetes
11 49 (1.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 49 (1.28%) Microsoft Clustering
12 42 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 40 (1.05%) AirWatch
14 36 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
15 32 (0.84%) Terraform
16 30 (0.79%) vRealize
17 23 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
18 21 (0.55%) NetBackup
19 20 (0.52%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 1,916 (50.18%) Microsoft
2 1,053 (27.58%) VMware
3 604 (15.82%) Citrix
4 344 (9.01%) Cisco
5 277 (7.26%) HP
6 152 (3.98%) McAfee
7 141 (3.69%) Oracle
8 132 (3.46%) Red Hat
9 126 (3.30%) Apple
10 108 (2.83%) ServiceNow
11 105 (2.75%) NetApp
12 93 (2.44%) Dell
13 74 (1.94%) Symantec
14 70 (1.83%) Remedy
15 67 (1.75%) Veeam
16 57 (1.49%) Google
17 51 (1.34%) IBM
18 50 (1.31%) Ivanti
19 43 (1.13%) Juniper
19 43 (1.13%) SAP