Period
to 23 August 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 23 August 2017 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
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 29 27
Rank change year-on-year -9 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 4949 6651 6978
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.15% 6.15% 6.20%
As % of the System Software category 43.51% 50.41% 58.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 3021 3885 3760
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +6.90%
10th Percentile £119 £130 £133
90th Percentile £501 £525 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 528 747 1136
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.64% +1.67% -
10th Percentile £10.21 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.83 £32.64 £28.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.23 £15.21 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.40% +1.37% +3.45%

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 with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11375 13195 11840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.84% 12.20% 10.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7311 8248 6676
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £588 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £338
% change year-on-year +1.35% +9.63% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 650 872 1277
UK median hourly rate £16.18 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.94% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45% +3.33%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 16 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 within the UK over the 6 months to 23 August 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 -9 4556 £313 -5.30% 693
UK excluding London -6 3115 £300 -6.25% 517
London -12 1742 £325 -10.96% 211
South East -2 1032 £320 -5.88% 158
North of England -13 620 £300 - 128
Midlands 0 482 £320 -8.57% 72
South West -8 352 £275 -11.29% 62
East of England -10 329 £263 -12.50% 62
North West -10 300 £300 -19.46% 70
West Midlands +3 259 £360 +9.09% 45
East Midlands -3 218 £300 -16.55% 27
Scotland -11 213 £310 - 26
Yorkshire -3 203 £225 -25.00% 48
North East 0 117 £290 +5.84% 10
Wales -4 70 £180 -25.00% 9
Northern Ireland -29 35 £401 +269.82%

For the 6 months to 23 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 3589 (72.52%) Windows
2 2182 (44.09%) Microsoft
3 1549 (31.30%) Windows Server
4 1368 (27.64%) VMware
5 1142 (23.08%) Office 365
6 1079 (21.80%) Windows 7
7 975 (19.70%) ITIL
8 931 (18.81%) MS Exchange
9 882 (17.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 851 (17.20%) SCCM
11 848 (17.13%) Windows Server 2008
12 845 (17.07%) DNS
13 820 (16.57%) Citrix
14 812 (16.41%) Microsoft Office
15 794 (16.04%) PowerShell
16 733 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
17 732 (14.79%) Windows 10
18 708 (14.31%) Migration
19 690 (13.94%) Microsoft Azure
20 631 (12.75%) DHCP
21 609 (12.31%) Finance
22 591 (11.94%) Security Cleared
23 590 (11.92%) Cisco
24 568 (11.48%) SQL
25 557 (11.25%) SQL Server
26 553 (11.17%) Linux
27 528 (10.67%) Firewall
28 487 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
29 461 (9.32%) SharePoint
30 429 (8.67%) HP

Active Directory
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
1 931 (18.81%) MS Exchange
2 461 (9.32%) SharePoint
3 406 (8.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 329 (6.65%) Skype for Business
5 219 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2013
6 200 (4.04%) IIS
7 122 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2007
8 85 (1.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 69 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2003
9 69 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
10 55 (1.11%) Apache
11 51 (1.03%) SharePoint 2010
12 49 (0.99%) Tomcat
13 47 (0.95%) IBM Notes
14 46 (0.93%) WebLogic
15 41 (0.83%) Confluence
16 38 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
17 35 (0.71%) JBoss
18 28 (0.57%) WebSphere
19 25 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 812 (16.41%) Microsoft Office
2 102 (2.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 39 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 22 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.16%) Acrobat
7 8 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.12%) Houdini
8 6 (0.12%) Maya
8 6 (0.12%) NUKE
9 5 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.10%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.061%) AutoCAD
10 3 (0.061%) CINEMA 4D
10 3 (0.061%) PaintShop Pro
10 3 (0.061%) Stata
11 2 (0.040%) 3ds Max
11 2 (0.040%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.040%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 44 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
5 4 (0.081%) Eikon
5 4 (0.081%) Teamcenter
5 4 (0.081%) thinkFolio
6 3 (0.061%) Dynamics GP
6 3 (0.061%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.061%) Staffware
7 2 (0.040%) assyst
7 2 (0.040%) Bankmaster
7 2 (0.040%) Changepoint
7 2 (0.040%) Primavera
7 2 (0.040%) Scribe Insight
7 2 (0.040%) WebTrends
8 1 (0.020%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.020%) Pega PRPC
8 1 (0.020%) SAP HCM
8 1 (0.020%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1142 (23.08%) Office 365
2 690 (13.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 278 (5.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 226 (4.57%) Amazon AWS
5 119 (2.40%) IaaS
6 87 (1.76%) PaaS
7 80 (1.62%) OneDrive
8 51 (1.03%) SaaS
9 36 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
10 34 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
11 26 (0.53%) Mimecast
12 21 (0.42%) G Suite
12 21 (0.42%) Yammer
13 18 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
14 13 (0.26%) Trello
15 10 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 9 (0.18%) Amazon S3
17 8 (0.16%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.16%) Google Drive
18 7 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 845 (17.07%) DNS
2 631 (12.75%) DHCP
3 528 (10.67%) Firewall
4 421 (8.51%) LAN
5 383 (7.74%) WAN
6 354 (7.15%) TCP/IP
7 339 (6.85%) SAN
8 314 (6.34%) VPN
9 258 (5.21%) LDAP
10 247 (4.99%) Skype
11 149 (3.01%) Internet
12 128 (2.59%) NAS
13 127 (2.57%) VoIP
14 118 (2.38%) VLAN
15 108 (2.18%) Wireless
16 96 (1.94%) Wi-Fi
17 95 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
18 82 (1.66%) Network Security
19 68 (1.37%) SSL
20 66 (1.33%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 557 (11.25%) SQL Server
2 93 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 72 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 46 (0.93%) MySQL
5 43 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 43 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
6 34 (0.69%) Relational Database
7 31 (0.63%) Big Data
8 30 (0.61%) Oracle Database
9 29 (0.59%) NoSQL
10 26 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
10 26 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
11 24 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
12 23 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
12 23 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 22 (0.44%) RDBMS
14 20 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
15 19 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 18 (0.36%) DB2
17 16 (0.32%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 110 (2.22%) Jenkins
2 68 (1.37%) Git (software)
3 63 (1.27%) JIRA
4 48 (0.97%) MSI
5 47 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
6 44 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
7 38 (0.77%) Visual Studio
8 31 (0.63%) TeamCity
9 27 (0.55%) Artifactory
10 23 (0.46%) GitLab
11 13 (0.26%) InstallShield
12 11 (0.22%) MorphX
12 11 (0.22%) Selenium
12 11 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
13 10 (0.20%) MSTest
13 10 (0.20%) NUnit
14 8 (0.16%) HP UFT
15 7 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 7 (0.14%) Eclipse
16 6 (0.12%) Oracle APEX
General
1 609 (12.31%) Finance
2 263 (5.31%) Banking
3 102 (2.06%) Legal
4 99 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 96 (1.94%) Retail
6 79 (1.60%) Law
7 72 (1.45%) Manufacturing
8 42 (0.85%) Marketing
9 38 (0.77%) Back Office
10 37 (0.75%) Advertising
11 30 (0.61%) Publishing
12 28 (0.57%) Local Government
13 24 (0.48%) Electronics
14 21 (0.42%) Investment Banking
15 17 (0.34%) Billing
15 17 (0.34%) Financial Institution
15 17 (0.34%) Military
16 12 (0.24%) French Language
17 11 (0.22%) Italian Language
18 10 (0.20%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 990 (20.00%) Analyst
2 598 (12.08%) Support Engineer
3 413 (8.35%) Desktop Support
4 383 (7.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 378 (7.64%) Architect
6 370 (7.48%) 2nd Line Support
7 355 (7.17%) Service Analyst
8 348 (7.03%) Service Desk Analyst
9 344 (6.95%) Consultant
10 327 (6.61%) Support Analyst
11 294 (5.94%) Administrator
12 247 (4.99%) IT Support
13 241 (4.87%) Windows Engineer
14 220 (4.45%) Desktop Engineer
15 207 (4.18%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 198 (4.00%) IT Analyst
17 188 (3.80%) 1st Line Support
18 185 (3.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 173 (3.50%) 3rd Line Support
20 154 (3.11%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (3.72%) .NET
2 101 (2.04%) Web Services
3 68 (1.37%) HTML
4 67 (1.35%) XML
5 65 (1.31%) Middleware
6 47 (0.95%) REST
7 44 (0.89%) .NET Framework
7 44 (0.89%) Node.js
7 44 (0.89%) SOAP
8 41 (0.83%) SAML
8 41 (0.83%) Software Packaging
9 38 (0.77%) JSON
10 33 (0.67%) OAuth
11 24 (0.48%) ASP.NET
11 24 (0.48%) CSS
11 24 (0.48%) Entity Framework
11 24 (0.48%) SailPoint
12 22 (0.44%) ASP.NET Web API
13 20 (0.40%) HTML5
13 20 (0.40%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 355 (7.17%) Data Centre
2 309 (6.24%) Analytical Skills
3 185 (3.74%) Blackberry
4 144 (2.91%) Clustering
5 130 (2.63%) PKI
6 127 (2.57%) Management Information System
7 77 (1.56%) iPhone
7 77 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
8 73 (1.48%) Fat Client
8 73 (1.48%) Replication
8 73 (1.48%) Thin Client
9 67 (1.35%) Client/Server
10 65 (1.31%) Computer Science
11 56 (1.13%) Driving Licence
12 54 (1.09%) iPad
13 51 (1.03%) NHS
14 50 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
15 47 (0.95%) Smartphone
16 42 (0.85%) CMDB
17 38 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3589 (72.52%) Windows
2 1549 (31.30%) Windows Server
3 1079 (21.80%) Windows 7
4 882 (17.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 848 (17.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 732 (14.79%) Windows 10
7 553 (11.17%) Linux
8 321 (6.49%) Windows Server 2003
9 277 (5.60%) Unix
10 264 (5.33%) Windows 8
11 204 (4.12%) Windows XP
12 165 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 156 (3.15%) Android
14 130 (2.63%) Apple iOS
15 83 (1.68%) Solaris
16 70 (1.41%) Mac OS X
17 67 (1.35%) CentOS
18 65 (1.31%) Mac OS
19 56 (1.13%) Windows Vista
20 33 (0.67%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 975 (19.70%) ITIL
2 708 (14.31%) Migration
3 282 (5.70%) Service Management
4 193 (3.90%) Agile Software Development
5 192 (3.88%) DevOps
6 186 (3.76%) Change Management
7 178 (3.60%) Configuration Management
8 165 (3.33%) Incident Management
8 165 (3.33%) Project Management
9 157 (3.17%) Disaster Recovery
10 143 (2.89%) Problem Management
11 133 (2.69%) Service Delivery
12 128 (2.59%) Information Security
13 126 (2.55%) High Availability
14 123 (2.49%) ITSM
15 107 (2.16%) Mobile Device Management
16 104 (2.10%) ITIL V3
17 103 (2.08%) Identity Access Management
18 100 (2.02%) Identity Management
19 93 (1.88%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 794 (16.04%) PowerShell
2 568 (11.48%) SQL
3 160 (3.23%) Java
4 117 (2.36%) C#
5 113 (2.28%) VBScript
6 96 (1.94%) Python
7 89 (1.80%) JavaScript
8 73 (1.48%) Perl
9 61 (1.23%) VB
10 41 (0.83%) C
11 38 (0.77%) PHP
12 36 (0.73%) Shell Script
13 35 (0.71%) Bash Shell
14 30 (0.61%) PL/SQL
14 30 (0.61%) Ruby
15 24 (0.48%) Korn
16 21 (0.42%) T-SQL
17 12 (0.24%) X++
18 8 (0.16%) C++
18 8 (0.16%) Go
Qualifications
1 591 (11.94%) Security Cleared
2 487 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
3 400 (8.08%) SC Cleared
4 254 (5.13%) MCSE
5 159 (3.21%) Degree
6 158 (3.19%) DV Cleared
7 137 (2.77%) MCSA
8 135 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
9 121 (2.44%) MCP
10 99 (2.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 98 (1.98%) CCNA
12 89 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
13 85 (1.72%) MCITP
14 55 (1.11%) MCDST
15 51 (1.03%) CCNP
16 46 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 42 (0.85%) A+ Certification
18 35 (0.71%) DBS Check
19 32 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
19 32 (0.65%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 273 (5.52%) SLA
2 50 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 44 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
4 34 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 33 (0.67%) QA
6 26 (0.53%) GDPR
7 12 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.18%) COBIT
8 9 (0.18%) PMO
9 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (0.16%) JSP 440
10 4 (0.081%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.061%) Actionable Recommendations
11 3 (0.061%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.061%) RMADS
12 2 (0.040%) GMP
13 1 (0.020%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 1 (0.020%) GAMP
13 1 (0.020%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 733 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 360 (7.27%) Hyper-V
3 245 (4.95%) XenApp
4 212 (4.28%) vSphere
5 189 (3.82%) VMware ESXi
6 149 (3.01%) Microsoft App-V
7 126 (2.55%) XenDesktop
8 95 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
9 74 (1.50%) Virtual Servers
10 60 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
11 58 (1.17%) BitLocker
12 44 (0.89%) Terminal Services
13 41 (0.83%) Docker
14 39 (0.79%) NFS
15 32 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
15 32 (0.65%) XenServer
16 30 (0.61%) DFS Replication
17 29 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 22 (0.44%) ISA Server
19 21 (0.42%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 851 (17.20%) SCCM
2 204 (4.12%) SCOM
3 130 (2.63%) WSUS
4 114 (2.30%) Ansible
5 112 (2.26%) NetBackup
6 95 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
7 88 (1.78%) Puppet
8 86 (1.74%) vCenter Server
9 74 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
10 73 (1.48%) AirWatch
11 58 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
12 53 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
12 53 (1.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 49 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
13 49 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 44 (0.89%) Backup Exec
15 37 (0.75%) SCOrch
16 36 (0.73%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 34 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 33 (0.67%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2182 (44.09%) Microsoft
2 1368 (27.64%) VMware
3 820 (16.57%) Citrix
4 590 (11.92%) Cisco
5 429 (8.67%) HP
6 260 (5.25%) Oracle
7 192 (3.88%) Dell
8 181 (3.66%) Red Hat
9 178 (3.60%) NetApp
10 175 (3.54%) Apple
11 158 (3.19%) Symantec
12 141 (2.85%) McAfee
13 126 (2.55%) ServiceNow
14 90 (1.82%) IBM
15 86 (1.74%) EMC
16 83 (1.68%) Veeam
17 73 (1.48%) SAP
18 71 (1.43%) CheckPoint
18 71 (1.43%) Sophos
19 69 (1.39%) AppSense