Period
to 13 November 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 13 November 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
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 15 26 26
Rank change year-on-year +11 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,872 3,912 3,578
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 8.42% 7.07% 6.70%
As % of the System Software category 52.36% 47.78% 51.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,297 2,113 2,140
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £125 £121 £118
90th Percentile £550 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £300
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 445 630 443
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% +5.63% -5.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.02
90th Percentile £35.00 £24.30 £29.88
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.23% +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 7,395 8,187 6,914
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.09% 14.79% 12.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,498 4,771 4,118
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £152 £163 £142
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 543 727 561
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.40 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.00 £42.00 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.81
% change year-on-year +6.25% -4.79% +7.55%

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 13 November 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 13 November 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 13 November 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 +10 1,170 £375 - 437
North of England +11 717 £315 -3.08% 412
Midlands +13 573 £300 -6.98% 254
South West +10 550 £363 +11.54% 173
East of England +2 383 £350 +7.69% 181
North West -1 380 £315 +5.00% 243
West Midlands +14 344 £320 -7.25% 142
Scotland +15 322 £325 +16.07% 57
Yorkshire +12 281 £325 -9.09% 137
East Midlands +7 224 £284 +18.33% 112
Wales +19 140 £445 +27.14% 55
North East +8 57 £188 -53.13% 32
Northern Ireland +3 15 £145 -58.57% 5
Channel Islands -2 7 £165 -68.57% 1
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 2,931 (75.70%) Windows
2 1,875 (48.42%) Microsoft
3 1,367 (35.30%) Office 365
4 1,223 (31.59%) Windows Server
5 1,217 (31.43%) Windows 10
6 1,003 (25.90%) VMware
7 956 (24.69%) SCCM
8 876 (22.62%) Azure
9 838 (21.64%) Windows 7
10 739 (19.09%) DNS
11 690 (17.82%) Security Cleared
12 683 (17.64%) PowerShell
13 665 (17.17%) ITIL
14 630 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
15 610 (15.75%) Migration
16 595 (15.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 572 (14.77%) Windows Server 2012
18 568 (14.67%) VMware Infrastructure
19 516 (13.33%) DHCP
19 516 (13.33%) Citrix
20 508 (13.12%) Windows Server 2008
21 476 (12.29%) MS Exchange
22 433 (11.18%) SC Cleared
23 430 (11.11%) SQL
24 411 (10.61%) Azure Active Directory
25 381 (9.84%) SharePoint
26 362 (9.35%) Hyper-V
27 361 (9.32%) Firewall
28 352 (9.09%) SQL Server
29 350 (9.04%) Linux

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
1 476 (12.29%) MS Exchange
2 381 (9.84%) SharePoint
3 259 (6.69%) Skype for Business
4 139 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 112 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2013
6 100 (2.58%) IIS
7 44 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 38 (0.98%) Apache
8 38 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 30 (0.77%) IBM Notes
10 21 (0.54%) Confluence
11 18 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
12 16 (0.41%) JBoss
13 15 (0.39%) Tomcat
14 14 (0.36%) IBM Domino
14 14 (0.36%) WebLogic
15 13 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
16 11 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 11 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
16 11 (0.28%) OpenStack
Applications
1 630 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
2 79 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 33 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.34%) Acrobat
7 12 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.13%) FileZilla
9 4 (0.10%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.077%) SPSS
11 2 (0.052%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.026%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.026%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 26 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
2 21 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (0.39%) assyst
4 10 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
6 6 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.10%) SystmOne
9 3 (0.077%) BusinessWorks
9 3 (0.077%) Veritas eDiscovery
10 2 (0.052%) Cognos TM1
10 2 (0.052%) Elite 3E
10 2 (0.052%) Magento
10 2 (0.052%) NetSuite
10 2 (0.052%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.052%) Workfront
11 1 (0.026%) Eikon
11 1 (0.026%) ION MarketView
11 1 (0.026%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 1,367 (35.30%) Office 365
2 876 (22.62%) Azure
3 411 (10.61%) Azure Active Directory
4 277 (7.15%) AWS
5 126 (3.25%) OneDrive
6 121 (3.13%) IaaS
7 105 (2.71%) PaaS
8 87 (2.25%) SaaS
9 48 (1.24%) Serverless
10 37 (0.96%) Power Platform
10 37 (0.96%) Yammer
11 32 (0.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 31 (0.80%) Azure Functions
12 31 (0.80%) GitHub
13 23 (0.59%) Mimecast
14 22 (0.57%) Azure Stack
14 22 (0.57%) GCP
15 19 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
15 19 (0.49%) OpenShift
16 13 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 739 (19.09%) DNS
2 516 (13.33%) DHCP
3 361 (9.32%) Firewall
4 289 (7.46%) Skype
5 234 (6.04%) WAN
6 231 (5.97%) VPN
7 226 (5.84%) LAN
7 226 (5.84%) TCP/IP
8 191 (4.93%) SAN
9 117 (3.02%) Internet
10 103 (2.66%) VoIP
11 96 (2.48%) VLAN
12 83 (2.14%) Remote Desktop
13 71 (1.83%) Wi-Fi
13 71 (1.83%) Wireless
14 53 (1.37%) NAS
15 50 (1.29%) Network Security
16 45 (1.16%) NetScaler
17 34 (0.88%) Cisco ASA
18 26 (0.67%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 352 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 54 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
3 32 (0.83%) Power BI
4 27 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
5 24 (0.62%) MySQL
6 21 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 19 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
7 19 (0.49%) Big Data
7 19 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (0.46%) Cosmos DB
8 18 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 17 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
10 16 (0.41%) Oracle Database
11 14 (0.36%) SQL Server 2017
12 13 (0.34%) MongoDB
13 12 (0.31%) Relational Database
13 12 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
14 11 (0.28%) Electronic Patient Records
14 11 (0.28%) SQLite
15 10 (0.26%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 63 (1.63%) JIRA
2 47 (1.21%) MSI
3 41 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 39 (1.01%) Git (software)
5 38 (0.98%) Jenkins
6 37 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
7 35 (0.90%) Visual Studio
8 18 (0.46%) InstallShield
9 15 (0.39%) Bitbucket
10 14 (0.36%) StarTeam
11 10 (0.26%) Artifactory
12 8 (0.21%) Hudson
12 8 (0.21%) Rational Team Concert
13 7 (0.18%) ReSharper
14 6 (0.15%) AdminStudio
14 6 (0.15%) ClearCase
14 6 (0.15%) ClearQuest
14 6 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
14 6 (0.15%) Subversion
15 5 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 249 (6.43%) Finance
2 237 (6.12%) Public Sector
3 111 (2.87%) Retail
4 73 (1.89%) Telecoms
5 69 (1.78%) Banking
6 40 (1.03%) Law
7 39 (1.01%) Local Government
8 34 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 33 (0.85%) Back Office
10 29 (0.75%) Legal
11 25 (0.65%) Advertising
12 22 (0.57%) Electronics
13 20 (0.52%) Marketing
14 17 (0.44%) Military
15 9 (0.23%) German Language
16 7 (0.18%) Aerospace
16 7 (0.18%) Games
17 6 (0.15%) Automotive
17 6 (0.15%) Investment Banking
18 5 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 550 (14.20%) Analyst
2 500 (12.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 474 (12.24%) Support Engineer
4 285 (7.36%) 2nd Line Support
5 274 (7.08%) Desktop Support
6 257 (6.64%) Service Analyst
7 253 (6.53%) Windows Engineer
8 252 (6.51%) Architect
9 242 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
10 220 (5.68%) Desktop Engineer
11 194 (5.01%) Consultant
11 194 (5.01%) IT Support
12 190 (4.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 166 (4.29%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 157 (4.05%) Support Analyst
15 143 (3.69%) IT Engineer
16 138 (3.56%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 136 (3.51%) 3rd Line Support
18 130 (3.36%) 1st Line Support
19 129 (3.33%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (3.13%) LDAP
2 99 (2.56%) Web Services
3 87 (2.25%) .NET
4 86 (2.22%) SAML
5 61 (1.58%) XML
6 58 (1.50%) JSON
7 49 (1.27%) OpenID
8 45 (1.16%) OAuth
9 42 (1.08%) Middleware
10 38 (0.98%) .NET Core
11 36 (0.93%) REST
12 30 (0.77%) React
12 30 (0.77%) RESTful
13 28 (0.72%) .NET Framework
13 28 (0.72%) AngularJS
13 28 (0.72%) SailPoint
14 27 (0.70%) HTML
15 26 (0.67%) Node.js
16 25 (0.65%) ASP.NET
17 23 (0.59%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 210 (5.42%) Data Centre
2 168 (4.34%) PKI
3 163 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
4 144 (3.72%) Clustering
5 105 (2.71%) NHS
6 100 (2.58%) Management Information System
7 87 (2.25%) Driving Licence
8 78 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
8 78 (2.01%) Smartphone
9 77 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
10 70 (1.81%) Public Cloud
11 69 (1.78%) Replication
12 64 (1.65%) Fat Client
12 64 (1.65%) Thin Client
13 63 (1.63%) Blackberry
14 40 (1.03%) User Experience
15 36 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
16 34 (0.88%) iPhone
17 28 (0.72%) iPad
18 27 (0.70%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 2,931 (75.70%) Windows
2 1,223 (31.59%) Windows Server
3 1,217 (31.43%) Windows 10
4 838 (21.64%) Windows 7
5 572 (14.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 508 (13.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 350 (9.04%) Linux
8 159 (4.11%) Windows Server 2003
9 145 (3.74%) Android
10 127 (3.28%) Windows XP
11 107 (2.76%) Apple iOS
12 104 (2.69%) Windows 8
13 102 (2.63%) Unix
14 77 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 61 (1.58%) Mac OS
16 46 (1.19%) CentOS
17 35 (0.90%) Windows Vista
18 31 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
19 26 (0.67%) Windows 2000
20 24 (0.62%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 665 (17.17%) ITIL
2 610 (15.75%) Migration
3 595 (15.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 282 (7.28%) Problem-Solving
5 186 (4.80%) ITSM
6 181 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
7 179 (4.62%) Service Management
8 176 (4.55%) Identity Access Management
9 171 (4.42%) DevOps
10 163 (4.21%) Incident Management
11 151 (3.90%) Change Management
12 134 (3.46%) Disaster Recovery
13 124 (3.20%) Time Management
14 111 (2.87%) Project Delivery
15 108 (2.79%) Service Delivery
16 106 (2.74%) Stakeholder Management
17 103 (2.66%) Break/Fix
18 94 (2.43%) Information Security
19 93 (2.40%) Mobile Device Management
20 91 (2.35%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 683 (17.64%) PowerShell
2 430 (11.11%) SQL
3 78 (2.01%) C#
4 76 (1.96%) JavaScript
5 57 (1.47%) VBScript
6 56 (1.45%) Java
7 55 (1.42%) T-SQL
8 47 (1.21%) Bash Shell
9 46 (1.19%) C
10 42 (1.08%) Python
11 29 (0.75%) VB
12 25 (0.65%) Perl
13 23 (0.59%) Shell Script
14 15 (0.39%) Ruby
15 11 (0.28%) VB.NET
15 11 (0.28%) XPath
16 9 (0.23%) PHP
17 5 (0.13%) VBA
18 4 (0.10%) Apple Swift
18 4 (0.10%) Korn
Qualifications
1 690 (17.82%) Security Cleared
2 433 (11.18%) SC Cleared
3 285 (7.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 220 (5.68%) DV Cleared
5 170 (4.39%) MCSE
6 112 (2.89%) Degree
7 86 (2.22%) MCP
8 80 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
9 78 (2.01%) MCSA
10 72 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
11 69 (1.78%) CCNA
12 39 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 38 (0.98%) DBS Check
14 34 (0.88%) Citrix Certification
14 34 (0.88%) ISTQB
15 32 (0.83%) MCITP
16 30 (0.77%) Computer Science Degree
17 28 (0.72%) CISSP
18 27 (0.70%) CCA
19 24 (0.62%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (6.20%) SLA
2 45 (1.16%) QA
3 41 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 40 (1.03%) GDPR
5 22 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
6 12 (0.31%) PMO
7 10 (0.26%) COBIT
7 10 (0.26%) NCSC
8 9 (0.23%) HL7
8 9 (0.23%) NIST
9 6 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.13%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.052%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.052%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.052%) ISO/IEC 19770
12 2 (0.052%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.026%) NIST 800
System Software
1 568 (14.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 362 (9.35%) Hyper-V
3 208 (5.37%) VMware ESXi
4 196 (5.06%) XenApp
5 179 (4.62%) vSphere
6 123 (3.18%) XenDesktop
7 110 (2.84%) Virtual Machines
8 96 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
9 84 (2.17%) Docker
10 57 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
11 52 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
12 45 (1.16%) BitLocker
13 39 (1.01%) DFS Replication
14 38 (0.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 36 (0.93%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 29 (0.75%) VMware NSX
17 23 (0.59%) vCloud
18 20 (0.52%) NDS
19 19 (0.49%) Firmware
20 18 (0.46%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 956 (24.69%) SCCM
2 209 (5.40%) Microsoft Intune
3 176 (4.55%) SCOM
4 109 (2.82%) Single Sign-On
5 106 (2.74%) WSUS
6 76 (1.96%) vCenter Server
7 54 (1.39%) Ansible
8 53 (1.37%) Terraform
9 49 (1.27%) AirWatch
10 48 (1.24%) McAfee ePO
11 46 (1.19%) Norton AntiVirus
12 45 (1.16%) Kubernetes
12 45 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
13 40 (1.03%) SCVMM
14 39 (1.01%) Puppet
15 33 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 33 (0.85%) NetBackup
16 29 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 23 (0.59%) Jamf Pro
17 23 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 1,875 (48.42%) Microsoft
2 1,003 (25.90%) VMware
3 516 (13.33%) Citrix
4 313 (8.08%) Cisco
5 187 (4.83%) HP
6 146 (3.77%) McAfee
7 133 (3.43%) Apple
8 130 (3.36%) Oracle
9 109 (2.82%) ServiceNow
10 104 (2.69%) Dell
10 104 (2.69%) NetApp
11 98 (2.53%) Symantec
12 67 (1.73%) Veeam
13 66 (1.70%) Red Hat
14 65 (1.68%) Remedy
15 54 (1.39%) Ivanti
16 52 (1.34%) IBM
17 49 (1.27%) EMC
18 46 (1.19%) Google
19 41 (1.06%) Veritas