Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Active Directory Specialist was £288 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 (AD) Specialist
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 833 844 857
Rank change year-on-year +11 +13 -9
Contract jobs requiring an Active Directory Specialist 46 44 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.045% 0.042% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.047% 0.045% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 35 24
UK median daily rate £288 £380 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.34% - -5.00%
10th Percentile £253 £308 £254
90th Percentile £478 £452 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £284 £378 £380
% change year-on-year -24.83% -0.66% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
UK median hourly rate - £55.65 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £55.65 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Active Directory Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Active Directory Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory Specialist in the UK

Active Directory Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory Specialist in the UK

Active Directory Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory Specialist over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory Specialist in the UK

Active Directory Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory Specialist in the UK

Active Directory Specialist
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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
England +33 46 £288 -24.34% 5
UK excluding London +35 27 £284 -24.83% 3
London -12 19 £450 +12.50% 2
Midlands - 17 £280 - 1
East Midlands - 15 £280 - 1
South East -3 5 £328 -13.82%
North of England +55 3 £400 +5.26% 1
North West +20 2 £406 +6.91% 1
West Midlands - 2 £276 -
North East +62 1 £363 -4.61%
East of England -20 1 - - 1
South West - 1 £250 -

Active Directory Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Active Directory Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Active Directory Specialist in the job title.

1 45 (97.83%) Active Directory
2 34 (73.91%) Windows
3 29 (63.04%) PowerShell
3 29 (63.04%) Windows Server
4 27 (58.70%) Migration
5 22 (47.83%) Microsoft
6 20 (43.48%) DNS
7 19 (41.30%) Microsoft Azure
8 18 (39.13%) Finance
9 16 (34.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (34.78%) Office 365
10 15 (32.61%) Azure Active Directory
10 15 (32.61%) Data Centre
10 15 (32.61%) PKI
11 14 (30.43%) Banking
11 14 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (30.43%) LDAP
11 14 (30.43%) Server Virtualisation
12 13 (28.26%) TCP/IP
12 13 (28.26%) Incident Management
12 13 (28.26%) Windows Server 2012
13 12 (26.09%) Kerberos
13 12 (26.09%) IPsec
14 11 (23.91%) Task Automation
15 10 (21.74%) Microsoft Certification
16 9 (19.57%) MCSE
16 9 (19.57%) ITIL
17 6 (13.04%) VMware
17 6 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
18 5 (10.87%) Internet

Active Directory Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (4.35%) MS Exchange
1 2 (4.35%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (2.17%) OpenStack
2 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (2.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 19 (41.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (34.78%) Office 365
3 15 (32.61%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (43.48%) DNS
2 14 (30.43%) LDAP
3 13 (28.26%) TCP/IP
4 12 (26.09%) IPsec
4 12 (26.09%) Kerberos
5 5 (10.87%) Internet
6 4 (8.70%) DHCP
7 2 (4.35%) LAN
7 2 (4.35%) SAN
7 2 (4.35%) WAN
8 1 (2.17%) Firewall
8 1 (2.17%) Junos
8 1 (2.17%) Skype
8 1 (2.17%) X.500
Development Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (2.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (39.13%) Finance
2 14 (30.43%) Banking
3 1 (2.17%) Electronics
3 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.17%) Marketing
3 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.17%) .NET
1 1 (2.17%) OpenID
1 1 (2.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (32.61%) Data Centre
1 15 (32.61%) PKI
2 3 (6.52%) Replication
3 2 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.17%) Clustering
4 1 (2.17%) CMDB
4 1 (2.17%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 34 (73.91%) Windows
2 29 (63.04%) Windows Server
3 16 (34.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (28.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (4.35%) Linux
6 2 (4.35%) Unix
7 1 (2.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (58.70%) Migration
2 14 (30.43%) Server Virtualisation
3 13 (28.26%) Incident Management
4 11 (23.91%) Task Automation
5 9 (19.57%) ITIL
6 6 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (8.70%) ITIL V3
8 3 (6.52%) Change Management
8 3 (6.52%) Identity Management
9 2 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (4.35%) Information Security
9 2 (4.35%) Infrastructure Monitoring
9 2 (4.35%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
9 2 (4.35%) Service Delivery
9 2 (4.35%) Service Design
9 2 (4.35%) Virtual Environments
10 1 (2.17%) Collaborative Working
10 1 (2.17%) Programme Management
10 1 (2.17%) Root Cause Analysis
10 1 (2.17%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (63.04%) PowerShell
2 2 (4.35%) VB
3 1 (2.17%) C#
3 1 (2.17%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (21.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (19.57%) MCSE
3 5 (10.87%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.52%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.35%) MCP
6 1 (2.17%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.17%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) SLA
2 1 (2.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 45 (97.83%) Active Directory
2 4 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (6.52%) Hyper-V
4 2 (4.35%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (2.17%) Brightmail
5 1 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (4.35%) OpenView
1 2 (4.35%) OVSD
1 2 (4.35%) SCCM
2 1 (2.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (2.17%) Jamf Pro
2 1 (2.17%) NetBackup
2 1 (2.17%) SCOM
2 1 (2.17%) vRealize
Vendors
1 22 (47.83%) Microsoft
2 6 (13.04%) VMware
3 4 (8.70%) Cisco
4 3 (6.52%) Citrix
5 2 (4.35%) EMC
5 2 (4.35%) Hitachi
5 2 (4.35%) HP
6 1 (2.17%) Ipanema Technologies
6 1 (2.17%) IronPort
6 1 (2.17%) Juniper
6 1 (2.17%) SAP