Period
to 17 November 2018

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 17 November 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 25 24
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,908 3,616 4,063
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.10% 6.72% 6.96%
As % of the System Software category 47.79% 51.75% 55.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,120 2,147 2,306
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £300 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.67% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £121 £118 £125
90th Percentile £500 £488 £501
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 615 455 640
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.20 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.63% -5.33% -
10th Percentile £10.34 £10.05 £10.11
90th Percentile £24.55 £26.15 £29.03
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 8,177 6,987 7,373
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.86% 12.99% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,778 4,145 4,310
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.73% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £163 £143 £161
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +8.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 711 576 730
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.32% +3.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £42.00 £43.00 £39.53
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.76% -1.56%

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 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 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
South East +2 1,256 £375 +19.05% 286
North of England +2 771 £335 +21.82% 289
Midlands +4 585 £325 +1.56% 181
East of England +4 458 £325 +18.18% 102
South West -4 423 £340 +23.64% 113
North West +14 419 £300 +7.14% 139
West Midlands -4 351 £350 - 105
Scotland -8 293 £280 -16.10% 35
Yorkshire -1 285 £354 +64.53% 131
East Midlands +12 226 £250 -15.25% 76
Wales -5 105 £345 +112.31% 22
North East -26 67 £400 +29.03% 19
Northern Ireland +19 17 £350 -12.50% 2
Channel Islands 0 5 £525 -
South Coast - 1 - -
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 2,944 (75.33%) Windows
2 1,943 (49.72%) Microsoft
3 1,274 (32.60%) Windows Server
4 1,143 (29.25%) Office 365
5 1,084 (27.74%) VMware
6 875 (22.39%) Windows 10
7 842 (21.55%) Windows 7
8 826 (21.14%) SCCM
9 773 (19.78%) ITIL
10 687 (17.58%) Microsoft Azure
11 680 (17.40%) PowerShell
12 640 (16.38%) Microsoft Office
13 630 (16.12%) Citrix
14 591 (15.12%) Windows Server 2012
15 590 (15.10%) DNS
16 585 (14.97%) VMware Infrastructure
17 565 (14.46%) MS Exchange
18 562 (14.38%) Security Cleared
19 553 (14.15%) Migration
20 486 (12.44%) Windows Server 2008
21 484 (12.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 420 (10.75%) DHCP
23 416 (10.64%) SC Cleared
24 406 (10.39%) SQL
25 394 (10.08%) Firewall
26 390 (9.98%) Linux
27 353 (9.03%) Finance
28 349 (8.93%) SQL Server
29 333 (8.52%) Hyper-V
30 327 (8.37%) Microsoft Certification

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
1 565 (14.46%) MS Exchange
2 303 (7.75%) SharePoint
3 225 (5.76%) Skype for Business
4 202 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2010
5 135 (3.45%) IIS
6 126 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 45 (1.15%) Apache
8 41 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
9 37 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
10 29 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
11 28 (0.72%) IBM Notes
12 27 (0.69%) Tomcat
13 25 (0.64%) SharePoint 2010
13 25 (0.64%) WebSphere
14 20 (0.51%) JBoss
15 17 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 13 (0.33%) Confluence
16 13 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
17 12 (0.31%) nginx
17 12 (0.31%) WildFly
Applications
1 640 (16.38%) Microsoft Office
2 91 (2.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 24 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.26%) InfoPath
7 9 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.051%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.051%) Houdini
8 2 (0.051%) Maya
8 2 (0.051%) NUKE
8 2 (0.051%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.051%) Windchill
9 1 (0.026%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.026%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.026%) HipChat
9 1 (0.026%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 1 (0.026%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 30 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.20%) Teamcenter
3 7 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.13%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.10%) assyst
6 3 (0.077%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.077%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.077%) Towers Watson Igloo
7 2 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.026%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.026%) Line 50
8 1 (0.026%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.026%) Oracle EBS
8 1 (0.026%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.026%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.026%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.026%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.026%) Sage X3
8 1 (0.026%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1,143 (29.25%) Office 365
2 687 (17.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 284 (7.27%) Azure Active Directory
4 167 (4.27%) Amazon AWS
5 117 (2.99%) IaaS
6 116 (2.97%) OneDrive
7 90 (2.30%) PaaS
8 70 (1.79%) SaaS
9 42 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
10 29 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
10 29 (0.74%) G Suite
11 25 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
12 23 (0.59%) Yammer
13 13 (0.33%) Mimecast
13 13 (0.33%) OpenShift
14 12 (0.31%) Serverless
15 11 (0.28%) Azure Functions
16 9 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 6 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
18 5 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 590 (15.10%) DNS
2 420 (10.75%) DHCP
3 394 (10.08%) Firewall
4 295 (7.55%) LAN
5 261 (6.68%) WAN
6 244 (6.24%) SAN
7 216 (5.53%) Skype
8 214 (5.48%) TCP/IP
9 197 (5.04%) VPN
10 104 (2.66%) Internet
11 99 (2.53%) Network Security
12 84 (2.15%) NAS
13 80 (2.05%) Wireless
14 75 (1.92%) VoIP
15 69 (1.77%) Remote Desktop
16 67 (1.71%) VLAN
17 53 (1.36%) Kerberos
18 46 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
19 39 (1.00%) iSCSI
19 39 (1.00%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 349 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 58 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 42 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
4 31 (0.79%) Power BI
5 29 (0.74%) Oracle Database
6 24 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
7 23 (0.59%) Relational Database
8 20 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
9 19 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
10 16 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
10 16 (0.41%) Hadoop
11 15 (0.38%) MySQL
12 14 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 14 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 13 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
14 11 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
14 11 (0.28%) RDBMS
15 10 (0.26%) Electronic Patient Records
16 9 (0.23%) DB2
16 9 (0.23%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 47 (1.20%) Git (software)
2 45 (1.15%) MSI
3 37 (0.95%) Jenkins
4 33 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
5 26 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 25 (0.64%) JIRA
7 23 (0.59%) Visual Studio
8 19 (0.49%) HP UFT
8 19 (0.49%) WinRunner
9 14 (0.36%) GitLab
10 10 (0.26%) InstallShield
11 9 (0.23%) JUnit
11 9 (0.23%) Maven
11 9 (0.23%) Selenium
12 8 (0.20%) Subversion
13 7 (0.18%) Ant
13 7 (0.18%) Gerrit
13 7 (0.18%) SoapUI
14 6 (0.15%) Hudson
15 5 (0.13%) Cucumber
General
1 353 (9.03%) Finance
2 87 (2.23%) Retail
3 77 (1.97%) Telecoms
4 65 (1.66%) Banking
5 52 (1.33%) Manufacturing
6 43 (1.10%) Law
7 37 (0.95%) Marketing
8 36 (0.92%) Publishing
9 28 (0.72%) Back Office
10 23 (0.59%) Games
11 20 (0.51%) Financial Institution
11 20 (0.51%) Military
12 18 (0.46%) Legal
13 15 (0.38%) Advertising
13 15 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
14 13 (0.33%) French Language
15 12 (0.31%) Automotive
16 11 (0.28%) Aerospace
16 11 (0.28%) Electronics
17 9 (0.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 781 (19.98%) Analyst
2 422 (10.80%) Support Engineer
3 403 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 396 (10.13%) Desktop Support
5 306 (7.83%) 2nd Line Support
6 283 (7.24%) Support Analyst
7 259 (6.63%) Service Analyst
8 258 (6.60%) Service Desk Analyst
9 240 (6.14%) IT Support
10 214 (5.48%) Consultant
11 202 (5.17%) Desktop Engineer
12 193 (4.94%) Architect
13 189 (4.84%) Administrator
14 162 (4.15%) 1st Line Support
15 145 (3.71%) Windows Engineer
16 130 (3.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 130 (3.33%) IT Analyst
17 129 (3.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 127 (3.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 125 (3.20%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 123 (3.15%) LDAP
2 82 (2.10%) .NET
3 77 (1.97%) Web Services
4 54 (1.38%) Middleware
5 41 (1.05%) REST
6 35 (0.90%) CSS
7 33 (0.84%) SAML
8 31 (0.79%) HTML
9 27 (0.69%) XML
10 25 (0.64%) OAuth
11 20 (0.51%) jQuery
11 20 (0.51%) JSON
12 18 (0.46%) SOAP
13 17 (0.44%) .NET Framework
14 15 (0.38%) SailPoint
15 14 (0.36%) Node.js
15 14 (0.36%) OAuth2
16 13 (0.33%) OpenID
17 11 (0.28%) 802.1X
18 9 (0.23%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 220 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
2 219 (5.60%) Data Centre
3 126 (3.22%) PKI
4 125 (3.20%) Clustering
5 124 (3.17%) Management Information System
6 115 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
7 90 (2.30%) Blackberry
8 70 (1.79%) iPhone
9 65 (1.66%) Fat Client
9 65 (1.66%) Thin Client
10 62 (1.59%) Public Cloud
11 50 (1.28%) Computer Science
12 49 (1.25%) Replication
13 45 (1.15%) NHS
14 43 (1.10%) Driving Licence
15 37 (0.95%) Smartphone
16 31 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
16 31 (0.79%) iPad
17 30 (0.77%) Client/Server
18 29 (0.74%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2,944 (75.33%) Windows
2 1,274 (32.60%) Windows Server
3 875 (22.39%) Windows 10
4 842 (21.55%) Windows 7
5 591 (15.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 486 (12.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 390 (9.98%) Linux
8 174 (4.45%) Windows Server 2003
9 159 (4.07%) Windows XP
10 157 (4.02%) Unix
11 112 (2.87%) Windows 8
12 95 (2.43%) Apple iOS
13 94 (2.41%) Android
14 93 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 66 (1.69%) Mac OS
16 63 (1.61%) Solaris
17 52 (1.33%) CentOS
18 51 (1.31%) AIX
19 19 (0.49%) Ubuntu
20 15 (0.38%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 773 (19.78%) ITIL
2 553 (14.15%) Migration
3 484 (12.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 254 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
5 195 (4.99%) Service Management
6 165 (4.22%) Change Management
7 163 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
8 155 (3.97%) ITIL V3
9 143 (3.66%) ITSM
10 129 (3.30%) Service Delivery
11 119 (3.05%) Disaster Recovery
12 113 (2.89%) Incident Management
13 103 (2.64%) Project Management
14 100 (2.56%) DevOps
15 98 (2.51%) Identity Management
16 93 (2.38%) Break/Fix
17 92 (2.35%) Time Management
18 82 (2.10%) Continuous Improvement
19 78 (2.00%) Application Packaging
20 77 (1.97%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 680 (17.40%) PowerShell
2 406 (10.39%) SQL
3 68 (1.74%) Shell Script
4 66 (1.69%) C#
4 66 (1.69%) Python
5 58 (1.48%) VB
6 52 (1.33%) Java
6 52 (1.33%) VBScript
7 45 (1.15%) JavaScript
8 39 (1.00%) Bash Shell
9 32 (0.82%) C
10 31 (0.79%) T-SQL
11 27 (0.69%) Perl
12 23 (0.59%) Ruby
13 13 (0.33%) VBA
14 12 (0.31%) PHP
15 5 (0.13%) Go
15 5 (0.13%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.051%) C-shell
16 2 (0.051%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 562 (14.38%) Security Cleared
2 416 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 327 (8.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 192 (4.91%) MCSE
5 152 (3.89%) Degree
6 137 (3.51%) DV Cleared
7 112 (2.87%) MCSA
8 67 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
9 64 (1.64%) MCP
10 57 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 52 (1.33%) CCNA
12 51 (1.31%) MCITP
13 40 (1.02%) DBS Check
13 40 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
14 38 (0.97%) Citrix Certification
15 32 (0.82%) A+ Certification
15 32 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
16 31 (0.79%) CCNP
17 30 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 29 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (5.19%) SLA
2 30 (0.77%) QA
3 28 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 27 (0.69%) GDPR
5 21 (0.54%) PMO
6 17 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
7 14 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 11 (0.28%) HL7
10 7 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
10 7 (0.18%) GxP
11 6 (0.15%) Data Quality
12 4 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.10%) JSP 440
13 3 (0.077%) COBIT
13 3 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 2 (0.051%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.051%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.051%) PMBOK
15 1 (0.026%) RMADS
System Software
1 585 (14.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 333 (8.52%) Hyper-V
3 221 (5.66%) vSphere
4 218 (5.58%) VMware ESXi
5 216 (5.53%) XenApp
6 132 (3.38%) XenDesktop
7 94 (2.41%) Microsoft App-V
8 63 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
9 59 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
10 58 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
11 43 (1.10%) VMware Workstation
12 36 (0.92%) Docker
13 32 (0.82%) XenServer
14 30 (0.77%) Terminal Services
15 29 (0.74%) BitLocker
15 29 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 25 (0.64%) DFS Replication
17 23 (0.59%) NFS
18 20 (0.51%) VMware NSX
19 16 (0.41%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 826 (21.14%) SCCM
2 156 (3.99%) SCOM
3 109 (2.79%) WSUS
4 92 (2.35%) Microsoft Intune
5 89 (2.28%) McAfee ePO
6 67 (1.71%) Microsoft Clustering
6 67 (1.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 66 (1.69%) vCenter Server
8 57 (1.46%) Ansible
9 54 (1.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 49 (1.25%) Puppet
11 47 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
12 36 (0.92%) AirWatch
12 36 (0.92%) NetBackup
13 34 (0.87%) vRealize
14 30 (0.77%) Backup Exec
15 27 (0.69%) Norton AntiVirus
16 26 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
17 23 (0.59%) Failover Clustering
17 23 (0.59%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1,943 (49.72%) Microsoft
2 1,084 (27.74%) VMware
3 630 (16.12%) Citrix
4 326 (8.34%) Cisco
5 289 (7.40%) HP
6 190 (4.86%) McAfee
7 154 (3.94%) Apple
8 136 (3.48%) NetApp
9 120 (3.07%) Oracle
10 118 (3.02%) Red Hat
11 113 (2.89%) ServiceNow
12 91 (2.33%) Dell
13 82 (2.10%) Symantec
14 78 (2.00%) Remedy
15 69 (1.77%) Ivanti
16 65 (1.66%) Veeam
17 64 (1.64%) Google
18 57 (1.46%) IBM
19 47 (1.20%) SolarWinds
20 46 (1.18%) EMC