Period
to 17 June 2019

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 17 June 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
6 months to
17 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 29 38 40
Rank change year-on-year +9 +2 -11
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,610 5,597 4,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.19% 5.63% 5.03%
As % of the System Software category 40.05% 41.40% 44.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,506 3,346 2,733
UK median daily rate £363 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% +1.56% -1.54%
10th Percentile £128 £123 £120
90th Percentile £575 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £301
% change year-on-year +16.67% -0.17% -6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 684 541
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.49 £14.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.06% +4.31% -1.00%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.52 £10.00
90th Percentile £41.59 £33.75 £29.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.40
% change year-on-year - +4.17% -4.00%

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 14,008 13,519 10,211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.46% 13.60% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,285 8,715 6,554
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £180 £185 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 609 802 653
UK median hourly rate £16.86 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.38% - -
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.41 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.76 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.68% +3.33% -6.25%

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 17 June 2019.

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 17 June 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 17 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 17 June 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
England +7 5,042 £375 +15.38% 405
UK excluding London +4 3,377 £350 +16.67% 319
London +8 2,084 £400 +14.29% 109
South East +4 1,102 £388 +15.67% 85
North of England +7 620 £300 +7.14% 88
South West -2 527 £365 +21.67% 41
Midlands +2 441 £325 - 61
Scotland -5 307 £350 +26.13% 16
North West 0 286 £313 -3.85% 47
East of England -10 261 £300 -4.00% 21
Yorkshire +21 256 £325 +30.00% 31
West Midlands -5 250 £350 +7.69% 33
East Midlands +11 185 £295 +6.31% 28
Wales +6 105 £180 -46.67% 7
North East -8 78 £169 -38.07% 10
Northern Ireland +7 15 £300 +109.79%
Channel Islands -9 3 £383 +118.57%

For the 6 months to 17 June 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 with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 4,030 (71.84%) Windows
2 2,779 (49.54%) Microsoft
3 1,949 (34.74%) Office 365
4 1,621 (28.89%) Windows Server
5 1,557 (27.75%) Windows 10
6 1,554 (27.70%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,416 (25.24%) VMware
8 1,265 (22.55%) SCCM
9 1,106 (19.71%) PowerShell
10 1,064 (18.97%) Windows 7
11 976 (17.40%) ITIL
12 956 (17.04%) Microsoft Office
13 905 (16.13%) DNS
14 883 (15.74%) Migration
15 869 (15.49%) Citrix
16 788 (14.05%) Azure Active Directory
17 780 (13.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 739 (13.17%) Finance
19 727 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
20 713 (12.71%) Windows Server 2012
21 709 (12.64%) MS Exchange
22 620 (11.05%) DHCP
23 596 (10.62%) Firewall
24 587 (10.46%) SQL
25 571 (10.18%) Windows Server 2008
26 569 (10.14%) Cisco
27 568 (10.12%) Security Cleared
28 567 (10.11%) Linux
29 563 (10.04%) SharePoint
30 549 (9.79%) SQL Server

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
1 709 (12.64%) MS Exchange
2 563 (10.04%) SharePoint
3 437 (7.79%) Skype for Business
4 209 (3.73%) IIS
5 207 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
6 139 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2013
7 70 (1.25%) Confluence
8 60 (1.07%) Apache
9 41 (0.73%) CMS
10 40 (0.71%) Tomcat
11 39 (0.70%) JBoss
12 30 (0.53%) OpenStack
13 28 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
13 28 (0.50%) IBM Notes
14 27 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
15 25 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 25 (0.45%) SharePoint 2013
16 24 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
17 19 (0.34%) nginx
18 17 (0.30%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 956 (17.04%) Microsoft Office
2 120 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 75 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 35 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.089%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.071%) Acrobat
8 4 (0.071%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.071%) Camtasia
9 3 (0.053%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 3 (0.053%) SPSS
10 2 (0.036%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.018%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.018%) Maya
11 1 (0.018%) Revit
11 1 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 65 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
3 12 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.12%) Eikon
5 6 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.11%) Retail-J
6 5 (0.089%) SystmOne
7 4 (0.071%) assyst
7 4 (0.071%) Relativity
7 4 (0.071%) Veritas eDiscovery
8 3 (0.053%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.053%) SAP BPC
8 3 (0.053%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.053%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.036%) BusinessWorks
9 2 (0.036%) Carpe Diem
9 2 (0.036%) Elite 3E
9 2 (0.036%) Oracle EBS
9 2 (0.036%) SAP Retail
9 2 (0.036%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 1,949 (34.74%) Office 365
2 1,554 (27.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 788 (14.05%) Azure Active Directory
4 483 (8.61%) Amazon AWS
5 250 (4.46%) IaaS
6 216 (3.85%) PaaS
7 133 (2.37%) SaaS
8 125 (2.23%) OneDrive
9 66 (1.18%) Serverless
10 54 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
10 54 (0.96%) Power Platform
11 48 (0.86%) Azure Functions
12 47 (0.84%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 47 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
13 40 (0.71%) Yammer
14 39 (0.70%) Mimecast
15 36 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
16 33 (0.59%) Azure Stack
16 33 (0.59%) G Suite
17 32 (0.57%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 905 (16.13%) DNS
2 620 (11.05%) DHCP
3 596 (10.62%) Firewall
4 431 (7.68%) Skype
5 396 (7.06%) LAN
6 395 (7.04%) WAN
7 369 (6.58%) VPN
8 301 (5.37%) TCP/IP
9 295 (5.26%) SAN
10 138 (2.46%) VoIP
11 133 (2.37%) Internet
12 112 (2.00%) Wireless
13 109 (1.94%) Remote Desktop
14 106 (1.89%) VLAN
15 99 (1.76%) Wi-Fi
16 97 (1.73%) Network Security
17 95 (1.69%) NetScaler
18 68 (1.21%) SSL
18 68 (1.21%) Unified Communications
19 61 (1.09%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 549 (9.79%) SQL Server
2 65 (1.16%) MySQL
3 63 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
4 59 (1.05%) Relational Database
5 54 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 53 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
7 46 (0.82%) Big Data
8 45 (0.80%) Power BI
9 38 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
10 37 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
11 34 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
11 34 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
12 32 (0.57%) RDBMS
13 28 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 25 (0.45%) MongoDB
15 24 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
16 23 (0.41%) Oracle Database
17 22 (0.39%) Cosmos DB
18 18 (0.32%) Hadoop
18 18 (0.32%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 142 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 113 (2.01%) JIRA
3 105 (1.87%) Jenkins
4 100 (1.78%) MSI
5 91 (1.62%) Visual Studio
6 88 (1.57%) Visual Studio Team System
7 35 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
8 32 (0.57%) Bitbucket
9 30 (0.53%) GitLab
10 22 (0.39%) InstallShield
10 22 (0.39%) JUnit
11 20 (0.36%) Hudson
12 19 (0.34%) Subversion
13 18 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 17 (0.30%) NUnit
14 17 (0.30%) SonarQube
14 17 (0.30%) WiX
15 16 (0.29%) Selenium
15 16 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
16 14 (0.25%) Maven
General
1 739 (13.17%) Finance
2 221 (3.94%) Banking
3 138 (2.46%) Retail
4 127 (2.26%) Law
5 120 (2.14%) Telecoms
6 86 (1.53%) Legal
7 63 (1.12%) Manufacturing
8 52 (0.93%) Advertising
9 41 (0.73%) Marketing
10 37 (0.66%) Investment Banking
11 32 (0.57%) Back Office
12 31 (0.55%) Electronics
12 31 (0.55%) German Language
13 28 (0.50%) Local Government
14 27 (0.48%) Publishing
15 26 (0.46%) Financial Institution
15 26 (0.46%) French Language
16 18 (0.32%) Military
17 17 (0.30%) Retail Banking
18 15 (0.27%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 939 (16.74%) Analyst
2 654 (11.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 641 (11.43%) Support Engineer
4 457 (8.15%) Architect
5 416 (7.42%) Desktop Support
6 387 (6.90%) 2nd Line Support
7 364 (6.49%) Support Analyst
8 339 (6.04%) IT Support
9 335 (5.97%) Windows Engineer
10 328 (5.85%) Service Analyst
11 325 (5.79%) Consultant
12 313 (5.58%) Service Desk Analyst
13 310 (5.53%) Desktop Engineer
14 221 (3.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 211 (3.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 207 (3.69%) IT Engineer
17 206 (3.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 184 (3.28%) 3rd Line Support
19 173 (3.08%) 1st Line Support
20 171 (3.05%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 210 (3.74%) .NET
2 182 (3.24%) LDAP
3 137 (2.44%) Web Services
4 89 (1.59%) SAML
5 83 (1.48%) Middleware
6 82 (1.46%) HTML
7 81 (1.44%) JSON
8 60 (1.07%) RESTful
9 59 (1.05%) OAuth
9 59 (1.05%) XML
10 53 (0.94%) OpenID
11 51 (0.91%) AngularJS
11 51 (0.91%) ASP.NET
12 49 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web API
12 49 (0.87%) CSS
13 48 (0.86%) .NET Framework
14 43 (0.77%) .NET Core
15 42 (0.75%) REST
15 42 (0.75%) Software Packaging
16 41 (0.73%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 341 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
2 291 (5.19%) Data Centre
3 171 (3.05%) Clustering
4 153 (2.73%) Management Information System
5 140 (2.50%) PKI
6 119 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
7 115 (2.05%) Blackberry
8 110 (1.96%) Public Cloud
9 100 (1.78%) NHS
10 84 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
11 82 (1.46%) iPhone
12 77 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
13 75 (1.34%) Fat Client
13 75 (1.34%) Thin Client
14 74 (1.32%) Replication
15 72 (1.28%) Driving Licence
16 66 (1.18%) User Experience
17 65 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
18 58 (1.03%) Smartphone
19 56 (1.00%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 4,030 (71.84%) Windows
2 1,621 (28.89%) Windows Server
3 1,557 (27.75%) Windows 10
4 1,064 (18.97%) Windows 7
5 713 (12.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 571 (10.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 567 (10.11%) Linux
8 219 (3.90%) Android
9 165 (2.94%) Windows 8
10 155 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
11 154 (2.75%) Apple iOS
12 149 (2.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 135 (2.41%) Windows XP
14 122 (2.17%) Unix
15 94 (1.68%) Mac OS
16 81 (1.44%) CentOS
17 57 (1.02%) Mac OS X
18 44 (0.78%) Ubuntu
19 36 (0.64%) Solaris
20 22 (0.39%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 976 (17.40%) ITIL
2 883 (15.74%) Migration
3 780 (13.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 435 (7.75%) Problem-Solving
5 378 (6.74%) DevOps
6 377 (6.72%) Agile Software Development
7 256 (4.56%) Service Management
8 190 (3.39%) Information Security
9 188 (3.35%) Change Management
10 180 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
11 178 (3.17%) ITSM
12 175 (3.12%) Project Management
13 172 (3.07%) Incident Management
14 170 (3.03%) Application Packaging
15 162 (2.89%) Identity Access Management
16 156 (2.78%) Service Delivery
17 151 (2.69%) Mobile Device Management
18 149 (2.66%) Configuration Management
18 149 (2.66%) Stakeholder Management
19 137 (2.44%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 1,106 (19.71%) PowerShell
2 587 (10.46%) SQL
3 181 (3.23%) C#
4 145 (2.58%) Python
5 122 (2.17%) JavaScript
6 108 (1.93%) Java
7 89 (1.59%) VBScript
8 79 (1.41%) C
9 76 (1.35%) Bash Shell
10 73 (1.30%) VB
11 58 (1.03%) Perl
11 58 (1.03%) T-SQL
12 52 (0.93%) Shell Script
13 41 (0.73%) Ruby
14 20 (0.36%) PHP
15 12 (0.21%) TypeScript
15 12 (0.21%) VBA
16 10 (0.18%) Groovy
17 9 (0.16%) VB.NET
18 8 (0.14%) Korn
Qualifications
1 568 (10.12%) Security Cleared
2 402 (7.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 357 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 236 (4.21%) MCSE
5 170 (3.03%) DV Cleared
6 150 (2.67%) Degree
7 132 (2.35%) MCSA
8 118 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
9 106 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
10 95 (1.69%) MCP
11 90 (1.60%) CCNA
12 52 (0.93%) DBS Check
12 52 (0.93%) MCITP
13 46 (0.82%) CISSP
14 45 (0.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 36 (0.64%) CCNP
16 35 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 32 (0.57%) A+ Certification
18 29 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
18 29 (0.52%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 265 (4.72%) SLA
2 91 (1.62%) QA
3 71 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 66 (1.18%) GDPR
5 37 (0.66%) PCI DSS
6 32 (0.57%) PMO
7 23 (0.41%) NIST
8 21 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 14 (0.25%) COBIT
10 13 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
11 11 (0.20%) Data Quality
12 10 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
13 9 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 9 (0.16%) NCSC
14 8 (0.14%) HL7
15 5 (0.089%) JSP 440
16 4 (0.071%) Government Security Classifications
16 4 (0.071%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 4 (0.071%) PA-DSS
17 3 (0.053%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 727 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 505 (9.00%) Hyper-V
3 302 (5.38%) XenApp
4 301 (5.37%) VMware ESXi
5 235 (4.19%) XenDesktop
6 226 (4.03%) vSphere
7 169 (3.01%) Microsoft App-V
8 168 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
9 147 (2.62%) Docker
10 86 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
11 57 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
12 55 (0.98%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 51 (0.91%) BitLocker
14 41 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
15 33 (0.59%) DFS Replication
15 33 (0.59%) Terminal Services
15 33 (0.59%) VMware NSX
16 28 (0.50%) vCloud
17 22 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 21 (0.37%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,265 (22.55%) SCCM
2 263 (4.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 234 (4.17%) SCOM
4 159 (2.83%) Single Sign-On
5 141 (2.51%) WSUS
6 128 (2.28%) Terraform
7 126 (2.25%) Ansible
8 107 (1.91%) Puppet
9 106 (1.89%) Kubernetes
10 86 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
11 81 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
12 79 (1.41%) AirWatch
13 75 (1.34%) vCenter Server
14 61 (1.09%) SCVMM
15 52 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 49 (0.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 44 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
18 41 (0.73%) Failover Clustering
18 41 (0.73%) vRealize
19 37 (0.66%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,779 (49.54%) Microsoft
2 1,416 (25.24%) VMware
3 869 (15.49%) Citrix
4 569 (10.14%) Cisco
5 292 (5.20%) HP
6 205 (3.65%) Oracle
7 161 (2.87%) Dell
7 161 (2.87%) ServiceNow
8 136 (2.42%) Symantec
9 134 (2.39%) NetApp
10 120 (2.14%) Apple
11 118 (2.10%) Ivanti
12 108 (1.93%) Red Hat
13 96 (1.71%) McAfee
14 94 (1.68%) Google
15 89 (1.59%) Veeam
16 76 (1.35%) Remedy
17 73 (1.30%) SAP
18 72 (1.28%) CheckPoint
18 72 (1.28%) EMC