Period
to 21 July 2018

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 21 July 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
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 39 28
Rank change year-on-year +4 -11 -1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,996 4,837 6,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.76% 5.04% 6.18%
As % of the System Software category 41.32% 44.34% 51.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,613 2,912 3,961
UK median daily rate £323 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.03% -4.62% +4.84%
10th Percentile £123 £119 £130
90th Percentile £525 £513 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £320
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 719 538 794
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £14.95 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.68% -0.33% -
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.07 £10.04
90th Percentile £33.00 £29.29 £30.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.22 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -5.23% +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 14,510 10,909 13,182
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.93% 11.37% 11.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,408 6,975 8,137
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £182 £163 £175
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 663 927
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.59% -1.56%
10th Percentile £11.06 £10.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.61 £47.00 £41.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.96
% change year-on-year +5.73% -6.03% +6.42%

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 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 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
England +3 5,371 £325 +1.56% 1,140
UK excluding London +4 3,656 £300 - 828
London +7 2,224 £350 +2.94% 370
South East +5 1,137 £340 +4.62% 224
North of England -1 705 £290 -3.33% 244
Midlands +3 539 £313 -3.85% 131
South West +9 419 £300 +4.35% 58
Scotland +11 400 £278 -7.50% 32
North West +4 370 £308 +2.50% 124
East of England +8 358 £325 +32.65% 112
West Midlands -1 319 £325 -7.14% 82
Yorkshire -4 223 £288 +27.78% 101
East Midlands +5 215 £289 -3.75% 48
North East -8 112 £273 -6.03% 19
Wales -5 91 £393 +129.20% 23
Northern Ireland +7 23 £135 -66.19% 4
Channel Islands -6 3 £175 -

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 4,544 (75.78%) Windows
2 2,898 (48.33%) Microsoft
3 1,938 (32.32%) Windows Server
4 1,796 (29.95%) Office 365
5 1,624 (27.08%) VMware
6 1,332 (22.21%) Windows 7
7 1,328 (22.15%) Windows 10
8 1,260 (21.01%) SCCM
9 1,232 (20.55%) ITIL
10 1,199 (20.00%) Citrix
11 1,099 (18.33%) DNS
12 1,082 (18.05%) Microsoft Azure
13 1,013 (16.89%) PowerShell
14 1,010 (16.84%) Microsoft Office
15 1,008 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
16 925 (15.43%) Windows Server 2008
17 921 (15.36%) MS Exchange
18 861 (14.36%) Windows Server 2012
19 850 (14.18%) Security Cleared
20 844 (14.08%) Migration
21 832 (13.88%) DHCP
22 698 (11.64%) Finance
23 669 (11.16%) SC Cleared
24 659 (10.99%) SQL
25 615 (10.26%) Cisco
26 594 (9.91%) Linux
27 580 (9.67%) Firewall
28 557 (9.29%) SQL Server
29 515 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
30 501 (8.36%) Hyper-V

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
1 921 (15.36%) MS Exchange
2 422 (7.04%) SharePoint
3 418 (6.97%) Skype for Business
4 365 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2010
5 260 (4.34%) IIS
6 181 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 76 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2007
8 70 (1.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 61 (1.02%) Apache
9 61 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
10 39 (0.65%) Tomcat
11 36 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
12 31 (0.52%) WebSphere
13 26 (0.43%) JBoss
14 24 (0.40%) IBM Notes
15 22 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
16 21 (0.35%) Office Communications Server
17 19 (0.32%) Apache Spark
18 18 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
19 17 (0.28%) CMS
Applications
1 1,010 (16.84%) Microsoft Office
2 161 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 75 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 63 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 37 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.15%) Windchill
9 7 (0.12%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.067%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.067%) HipChat
10 4 (0.067%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 4 (0.067%) PTC Creo
11 3 (0.050%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.033%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.033%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.017%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.017%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.017%) InDesign
13 1 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 29 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 22 (0.37%) assyst
4 11 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
5 10 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.10%) Eikon
7 5 (0.083%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 4 (0.067%) Elite 3E
8 4 (0.067%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.067%) Relativity
8 4 (0.067%) ReMetrica
8 4 (0.067%) RMDS
9 3 (0.050%) ION MarketView
9 3 (0.050%) Oracle Cash Management
9 3 (0.050%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.050%) Teamcenter
10 2 (0.033%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.033%) Line 50
10 2 (0.033%) Sage X3
10 2 (0.033%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1,796 (29.95%) Office 365
2 1,082 (18.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 423 (7.05%) Azure Active Directory
4 359 (5.99%) Amazon AWS
5 144 (2.40%) IaaS
6 131 (2.18%) PaaS
7 108 (1.80%) SaaS
8 93 (1.55%) OneDrive
9 62 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
10 45 (0.75%) G Suite
10 45 (0.75%) Mimecast
11 34 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
11 34 (0.57%) Yammer
12 28 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 24 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
14 21 (0.35%) Amazon ELB
14 21 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
15 19 (0.32%) Serverless
16 17 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
17 15 (0.25%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1,099 (18.33%) DNS
2 832 (13.88%) DHCP
3 580 (9.67%) Firewall
4 388 (6.47%) LAN
5 372 (6.20%) VPN
6 367 (6.12%) WAN
7 364 (6.07%) SAN
8 363 (6.05%) Skype
9 360 (6.00%) TCP/IP
10 160 (2.67%) VoIP
11 159 (2.65%) Internet
12 146 (2.43%) Remote Desktop
13 128 (2.13%) VLAN
14 112 (1.87%) Wireless
15 106 (1.77%) NetScaler
16 89 (1.48%) NAS
17 84 (1.40%) Network Security
17 84 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
18 73 (1.22%) SSL
19 61 (1.02%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 557 (9.29%) SQL Server
2 59 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 58 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
4 57 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
5 52 (0.87%) Relational Database
6 50 (0.83%) MySQL
7 43 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
8 42 (0.70%) Oracle Database
9 38 (0.63%) Big Data
10 35 (0.58%) Power BI
11 34 (0.57%) GIS
12 33 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
13 31 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
14 30 (0.50%) Hadoop
15 27 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
15 27 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 24 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
17 23 (0.38%) DB2
18 22 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
19 21 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 88 (1.47%) JIRA
2 84 (1.40%) Jenkins
3 82 (1.37%) MSI
4 77 (1.28%) Git (software)
5 64 (1.07%) Visual Studio
6 55 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
7 41 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
8 39 (0.65%) HP UFT
8 39 (0.65%) WinRunner
9 24 (0.40%) InstallShield
10 20 (0.33%) TeamCity
11 17 (0.28%) Hudson
12 16 (0.27%) AdminStudio
13 14 (0.23%) JUnit
14 13 (0.22%) Maven
14 13 (0.22%) Sonatype Nexus
14 13 (0.22%) Subversion
15 12 (0.20%) Selenium
16 11 (0.18%) CruiseControl
16 11 (0.18%) TestDirector
General
1 698 (11.64%) Finance
2 160 (2.67%) Banking
3 128 (2.13%) Law
4 124 (2.07%) Retail
5 110 (1.83%) Telecoms
6 91 (1.52%) Legal
7 64 (1.07%) Manufacturing
8 63 (1.05%) Publishing
9 54 (0.90%) Back Office
10 48 (0.80%) Advertising
11 35 (0.58%) Marketing
12 34 (0.57%) French Language
13 32 (0.53%) Financial Institution
14 27 (0.45%) German Language
15 26 (0.43%) Investment Banking
15 26 (0.43%) Local Government
16 17 (0.28%) Military
17 15 (0.25%) Electronics
17 15 (0.25%) Games
18 13 (0.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,237 (20.63%) Analyst
2 783 (13.06%) Support Engineer
3 645 (10.76%) Desktop Support
4 558 (9.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 505 (8.42%) 2nd Line Support
6 482 (8.04%) Service Analyst
7 442 (7.37%) Service Desk Analyst
8 435 (7.25%) Support Analyst
9 380 (6.34%) Architect
10 371 (6.19%) IT Support
11 327 (5.45%) Windows Engineer
12 320 (5.34%) Consultant
13 318 (5.30%) Desktop Engineer
14 252 (4.20%) Administrator
15 237 (3.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 237 (3.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 219 (3.65%) 1st Line Support
17 216 (3.60%) IT Analyst
18 215 (3.59%) IT Engineer
19 197 (3.29%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 168 (2.80%) Web Services
2 151 (2.52%) LDAP
3 144 (2.40%) .NET
4 104 (1.73%) REST
5 102 (1.70%) JSON
6 81 (1.35%) XML
7 68 (1.13%) SAML
8 66 (1.10%) Middleware
9 44 (0.73%) SailPoint
10 42 (0.70%) SOAP
11 40 (0.67%) HTML
12 36 (0.60%) OAuth
13 29 (0.48%) CSS
14 28 (0.47%) ASP.NET
15 26 (0.43%) Software Packaging
15 26 (0.43%) Spring
16 25 (0.42%) OpenID
17 24 (0.40%) .NET Framework
18 20 (0.33%) Kafka
19 17 (0.28%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 329 (5.49%) Data Centre
2 248 (4.14%) Analytical Skills
3 231 (3.85%) Clustering
4 206 (3.44%) PKI
5 198 (3.30%) Blackberry
6 170 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 134 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
8 111 (1.85%) iPhone
9 106 (1.77%) Computer Science
10 105 (1.75%) Fat Client
10 105 (1.75%) Thin Client
11 96 (1.60%) Smartphone
12 83 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
13 78 (1.30%) Replication
14 68 (1.13%) iPad
15 63 (1.05%) NHS
16 59 (0.98%) Public Cloud
17 50 (0.83%) Client/Server
18 48 (0.80%) PDA
19 44 (0.73%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4,544 (75.78%) Windows
2 1,938 (32.32%) Windows Server
3 1,332 (22.21%) Windows 7
4 1,328 (22.15%) Windows 10
5 925 (15.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 861 (14.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 594 (9.91%) Linux
8 356 (5.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 280 (4.67%) Windows 8
10 259 (4.32%) Windows XP
11 228 (3.80%) Apple iOS
12 220 (3.67%) Android
13 172 (2.87%) Unix
14 142 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 138 (2.30%) Mac OS
16 136 (2.27%) Mac OS X
17 79 (1.32%) AIX
18 66 (1.10%) Solaris
19 53 (0.88%) CentOS
20 45 (0.75%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,232 (20.55%) ITIL
2 844 (14.08%) Migration
3 418 (6.97%) Problem-Solving
4 323 (5.39%) Service Management
5 292 (4.87%) Agile Software Development
6 287 (4.79%) Change Management
7 215 (3.59%) DevOps
7 215 (3.59%) Project Management
8 209 (3.49%) Incident Management
9 193 (3.22%) ITSM
10 181 (3.02%) Service Delivery
11 173 (2.89%) ITIL V3
12 155 (2.59%) Time Management
13 154 (2.57%) Identity Management
14 152 (2.54%) Problem Management
15 141 (2.35%) Configuration Management
15 141 (2.35%) Disaster Recovery
15 141 (2.35%) Stakeholder Management
16 135 (2.25%) High Availability
16 135 (2.25%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 1,013 (16.89%) PowerShell
2 659 (10.99%) SQL
3 130 (2.17%) VBScript
4 109 (1.82%) C#
5 92 (1.53%) VB
6 86 (1.43%) Python
7 85 (1.42%) Java
8 80 (1.33%) C
9 71 (1.18%) JavaScript
10 59 (0.98%) Bash Shell
11 54 (0.90%) T-SQL
12 48 (0.80%) Shell Script
13 33 (0.55%) Perl
14 23 (0.38%) PHP
15 17 (0.28%) Ruby
16 14 (0.23%) Groovy
17 13 (0.22%) PL/SQL
18 12 (0.20%) VBA
19 8 (0.13%) VB.NET
20 7 (0.12%) BeanShell
Qualifications
1 850 (14.18%) Security Cleared
2 669 (11.16%) SC Cleared
3 515 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
4 293 (4.89%) MCSE
5 238 (3.97%) Degree
6 181 (3.02%) MCSA
7 150 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
8 132 (2.20%) DV Cleared
9 116 (1.93%) MCP
10 109 (1.82%) MCITP
11 104 (1.73%) CCNA
12 91 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
13 72 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
14 71 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
15 70 (1.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 58 (0.97%) ISTQB
17 57 (0.95%) DBS Check
18 47 (0.78%) MCTS
19 46 (0.77%) CCNP
20 44 (0.73%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 317 (5.29%) SLA
2 76 (1.27%) GDPR
3 62 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 56 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 51 (0.85%) QA
6 40 (0.67%) PCI DSS
7 24 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 18 (0.30%) PMO
9 4 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.067%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.067%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (0.067%) RMADS
10 3 (0.050%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 3 (0.050%) COBIT
10 3 (0.050%) GAMP
10 3 (0.050%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.050%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.033%) HL7
11 2 (0.033%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.033%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 1,008 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 501 (8.36%) Hyper-V
3 407 (6.79%) XenApp
4 367 (6.12%) VMware ESXi
5 291 (4.85%) vSphere
6 279 (4.65%) XenDesktop
7 257 (4.29%) Microsoft App-V
8 118 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
9 111 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
10 97 (1.62%) XenServer
11 89 (1.48%) BitLocker
12 57 (0.95%) Docker
13 56 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
14 50 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
15 48 (0.80%) Terminal Services
16 45 (0.75%) VMware NSX
17 28 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 25 (0.42%) DFS Replication
19 22 (0.37%) VMware Server
20 21 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,260 (21.01%) SCCM
2 205 (3.42%) WSUS
3 200 (3.34%) Microsoft Intune
4 197 (3.29%) SCOM
5 146 (2.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 128 (2.13%) Single Sign-On
7 109 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
8 103 (1.72%) AirWatch
9 102 (1.70%) Microsoft Clustering
10 96 (1.60%) vCenter Server
11 74 (1.23%) Ansible
12 70 (1.17%) NetBackup
13 69 (1.15%) Terraform
14 67 (1.12%) Backup Exec
15 57 (0.95%) Puppet
16 51 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
17 48 (0.80%) XenMobile
18 47 (0.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
19 44 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
20 40 (0.67%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 2,898 (48.33%) Microsoft
2 1,624 (27.08%) VMware
3 1,199 (20.00%) Citrix
4 615 (10.26%) Cisco
5 441 (7.35%) HP
6 308 (5.14%) Apple
7 294 (4.90%) Ivanti
8 268 (4.47%) McAfee
9 195 (3.25%) ServiceNow
10 177 (2.95%) NetApp
10 177 (2.95%) Oracle
11 166 (2.77%) Dell
12 144 (2.40%) Red Hat
13 133 (2.22%) Symantec
14 126 (2.10%) IBM
15 122 (2.03%) Veeam
16 118 (1.97%) SolarWinds
17 113 (1.88%) SAP
18 110 (1.83%) Remedy
19 106 (1.77%) Veritas