Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 30 29
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5737 6340 6395
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.56% 6.05% 5.63%
As % of the System Software category 44.18% 48.99% 55.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 3530 3794 3466
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +6.56% +3.39%
10th Percentile £120 £125 £128
90th Percentile £513 £523 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 769 1088
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £29.60 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.67% - -

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 12985 12942 11608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.59% 12.36% 10.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8431 8106 6614
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +9.59% +8.15%
10th Percentile £156 £173 £158
90th Percentile £609 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 726 880 1248
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.82 £42.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +6.67%

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 November 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 21 November 2017.

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 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 -5 5217 £300 -7.69% 701
UK excluding London -1 3635 £300 -6.25% 495
London -13 2000 £320 -8.57% 240
South East +6 1229 £315 -3.08% 149
North of England -11 671 £275 -15.38% 121
Midlands +5 529 £318 -6.62% 92
East of England -2 396 £275 -15.38% 50
South West -4 394 £275 +5.77% 49
Scotland -8 307 £330 +3.13% 22
North West -9 298 £280 -16.73% 82
West Midlands +8 291 £350 +6.06% 55
Yorkshire -3 266 £218 -36.03% 29
East Midlands +4 234 £295 -16.90% 37
North East -7 109 £310 -3.13% 10
Wales +9 98 £163 -50.00% 11
Northern Ireland -36 30 £401 +129.29% 1
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 4227 (73.68%) Windows
2 2595 (45.23%) Microsoft
3 1773 (30.90%) Windows Server
4 1563 (27.24%) VMware
5 1496 (26.08%) Office 365
6 1282 (22.35%) Windows 7
7 1254 (21.86%) ITIL
8 1045 (18.22%) MS Exchange
9 1020 (17.78%) SCCM
10 1008 (17.57%) Windows Server 2012
11 959 (16.72%) DNS
12 954 (16.63%) Citrix
13 951 (16.58%) Windows 10
14 920 (16.04%) Microsoft Office
15 911 (15.88%) Windows Server 2008
16 894 (15.58%) PowerShell
17 865 (15.08%) VMware Infrastructure
18 825 (14.38%) Microsoft Azure
19 735 (12.81%) DHCP
20 722 (12.58%) Migration
21 719 (12.53%) Finance
22 690 (12.03%) Cisco
23 665 (11.59%) SQL
24 661 (11.52%) Security Cleared
25 617 (10.75%) SQL Server
26 610 (10.63%) Linux
27 607 (10.58%) Firewall
28 552 (9.62%) Microsoft Certification
29 506 (8.82%) LAN
30 480 (8.37%) SharePoint

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 1045 (18.22%) MS Exchange
2 480 (8.37%) SharePoint
3 381 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 370 (6.45%) Skype for Business
5 220 (3.83%) Exchange Server 2013
6 209 (3.64%) IIS
7 128 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2007
8 82 (1.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 62 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
10 60 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
11 59 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
12 52 (0.91%) IBM Notes
13 48 (0.84%) Apache
14 43 (0.75%) Tomcat
15 42 (0.73%) JBoss
16 38 (0.66%) Confluence
17 33 (0.58%) CMS
17 33 (0.58%) WebLogic
18 29 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
18 29 (0.51%) WebSphere
Applications
1 920 (16.04%) Microsoft Office
2 108 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 45 (0.78%) MS Visio
5 36 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.19%) Acrobat
6 11 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.16%) Houdini
8 9 (0.16%) Maya
8 9 (0.16%) NUKE
9 8 (0.14%) PaintShop Pro
10 4 (0.070%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.070%) Vectorworks
11 3 (0.052%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.052%) Stata
12 2 (0.035%) Revit
13 1 (0.017%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.017%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.017%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 38 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
4 11 (0.19%) Eikon
5 8 (0.14%) Teamcenter
6 7 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
7 6 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
8 5 (0.087%) SDL Web 8
9 4 (0.070%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.052%) assyst
10 3 (0.052%) RMDS
11 2 (0.035%) Bankmaster
11 2 (0.035%) Primavera
11 2 (0.035%) SystmOne
11 2 (0.035%) Temenos T24
12 1 (0.017%) Oracle EBS R12
12 1 (0.017%) Relativity
12 1 (0.017%) SAP EWM
12 1 (0.017%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 1496 (26.08%) Office 365
2 825 (14.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 332 (5.79%) Azure Active Directory
4 271 (4.72%) Amazon AWS
5 123 (2.14%) IaaS
5 123 (2.14%) PaaS
6 85 (1.48%) OneDrive
7 71 (1.24%) SaaS
8 34 (0.59%) G Suite
9 32 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
10 31 (0.54%) Mimecast
11 26 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
12 25 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 22 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
14 20 (0.35%) Route 53
15 16 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
16 12 (0.21%) Google Drive
16 12 (0.21%) Serverless
17 11 (0.19%) npm
17 11 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 959 (16.72%) DNS
2 735 (12.81%) DHCP
3 607 (10.58%) Firewall
4 506 (8.82%) LAN
5 462 (8.05%) WAN
6 432 (7.53%) TCP/IP
7 406 (7.08%) SAN
8 335 (5.84%) VPN
9 318 (5.54%) Skype
10 266 (4.64%) LDAP
11 154 (2.68%) VoIP
12 151 (2.63%) Internet
13 141 (2.46%) VLAN
14 127 (2.21%) Wireless
15 119 (2.07%) NAS
16 117 (2.04%) Network Security
17 114 (1.99%) Remote Desktop
18 103 (1.80%) Kerberos
19 90 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
20 74 (1.29%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 617 (10.75%) SQL Server
2 91 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 86 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 41 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
5 37 (0.64%) NoSQL
6 36 (0.63%) Hadoop
7 35 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
8 34 (0.59%) Oracle Database
8 34 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
9 33 (0.58%) MySQL
10 31 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
10 31 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 27 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
12 24 (0.42%) MongoDB
12 24 (0.42%) Relational Database
13 21 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
13 21 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 20 (0.35%) Big Data
14 20 (0.35%) Power BI
15 17 (0.30%) DB2
Development Applications
1 100 (1.74%) Jenkins
2 89 (1.55%) Git (software)
3 64 (1.12%) Visual Studio
4 60 (1.05%) JIRA
5 56 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (0.89%) MSI
7 37 (0.64%) Sonatype Nexus
8 33 (0.58%) Artifactory
9 20 (0.35%) TeamCity
10 14 (0.24%) AutoIt
10 14 (0.24%) GitLab
11 12 (0.21%) Subversion
12 11 (0.19%) InstallShield
12 11 (0.19%) MorphX
13 10 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
13 10 (0.17%) WinAutomation
14 8 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 8 (0.14%) MSTest
14 8 (0.14%) Octopus Deploy
14 8 (0.14%) Serena SBM
General
1 719 (12.53%) Finance
2 313 (5.46%) Banking
3 133 (2.32%) Legal
3 133 (2.32%) Retail
4 121 (2.11%) Telecoms
5 83 (1.45%) Law
6 71 (1.24%) Manufacturing
7 57 (0.99%) Publishing
8 49 (0.85%) Back Office
9 47 (0.82%) Advertising
10 34 (0.59%) Marketing
11 30 (0.52%) Investment Banking
12 26 (0.45%) International Banking
13 21 (0.37%) Electronics
13 21 (0.37%) Financial Institution
14 19 (0.33%) French Language
15 17 (0.30%) Local Government
16 15 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
17 13 (0.23%) Front Office
18 11 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 1158 (20.18%) Analyst
2 696 (12.13%) Support Engineer
3 546 (9.52%) Desktop Support
4 458 (7.98%) Service Analyst
5 450 (7.84%) 2nd Line Support
5 450 (7.84%) Service Desk Analyst
6 445 (7.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 408 (7.11%) Consultant
8 403 (7.02%) Support Analyst
9 393 (6.85%) Architect
10 301 (5.25%) Administrator
11 299 (5.21%) IT Support
12 293 (5.11%) Desktop Engineer
13 280 (4.88%) Windows Engineer
14 240 (4.18%) 1st Line Support
15 229 (3.99%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 214 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 214 (3.73%) 3rd Line Support
17 213 (3.71%) IT Analyst
18 199 (3.47%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 204 (3.56%) .NET
2 139 (2.42%) Web Services
3 98 (1.71%) HTML
4 85 (1.48%) XML
5 77 (1.34%) REST
6 66 (1.15%) SOAP
7 58 (1.01%) JSON
8 52 (0.91%) Node.js
9 48 (0.84%) .NET Framework
10 47 (0.82%) Middleware
11 45 (0.78%) SAML
12 44 (0.77%) ASP.NET Web API
13 42 (0.73%) AngularJS
14 38 (0.66%) CSS
15 37 (0.64%) ASP.NET
16 34 (0.59%) OAuth
17 32 (0.56%) Software Packaging
18 28 (0.49%) RabbitMQ
19 27 (0.47%) Spring
20 25 (0.44%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 320 (5.58%) Data Centre
2 309 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
3 210 (3.66%) Blackberry
4 187 (3.26%) PKI
5 164 (2.86%) Management Information System
6 139 (2.42%) Clustering
7 109 (1.90%) Replication
8 94 (1.64%) iPhone
9 83 (1.45%) Smartphone
10 78 (1.36%) Computer Science
11 74 (1.29%) Driving Licence
11 74 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
12 68 (1.19%) Client/Server
13 64 (1.12%) Fat Client
13 64 (1.12%) NHS
13 64 (1.12%) Thin Client
14 59 (1.03%) iPad
15 45 (0.78%) FMCG
16 42 (0.73%) Virtual Team
17 38 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4227 (73.68%) Windows
2 1773 (30.90%) Windows Server
3 1282 (22.35%) Windows 7
4 1008 (17.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 951 (16.58%) Windows 10
6 911 (15.88%) Windows Server 2008
7 610 (10.63%) Linux
8 299 (5.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 274 (4.78%) Windows 8
10 240 (4.18%) Unix
11 192 (3.35%) Android
12 187 (3.26%) Apple iOS
13 182 (3.17%) Windows XP
14 172 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 88 (1.53%) Mac OS X
16 73 (1.27%) Mac OS
16 73 (1.27%) Solaris
17 67 (1.17%) Windows Vista
18 57 (0.99%) CentOS
19 29 (0.51%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1254 (21.86%) ITIL
2 722 (12.58%) Migration
3 363 (6.33%) Service Management
4 255 (4.44%) Agile Software Development
5 242 (4.22%) Change Management
6 226 (3.94%) Incident Management
7 225 (3.92%) Configuration Management
8 217 (3.78%) DevOps
9 206 (3.59%) Disaster Recovery
10 186 (3.24%) Service Delivery
11 178 (3.10%) Information Security
12 166 (2.89%) Project Management
13 161 (2.81%) Problem Management
14 148 (2.58%) Mobile Device Management
15 138 (2.41%) ITIL V3
16 124 (2.16%) Identity Access Management
17 120 (2.09%) ITSM
18 115 (2.00%) High Availability
19 110 (1.92%) Identity Management
20 106 (1.85%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 894 (15.58%) PowerShell
2 665 (11.59%) SQL
3 172 (3.00%) Java
4 158 (2.75%) C#
5 155 (2.70%) VBScript
6 107 (1.87%) JavaScript
7 99 (1.73%) Python
8 66 (1.15%) Perl
9 58 (1.01%) VB
10 44 (0.77%) PL/SQL
11 42 (0.73%) C
12 40 (0.70%) Bash Shell
13 39 (0.68%) Ruby
14 32 (0.56%) PHP
15 26 (0.45%) Shell Script
16 25 (0.44%) T-SQL
17 24 (0.42%) Korn
18 11 (0.19%) X++
19 6 (0.10%) C++
20 5 (0.087%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 661 (11.52%) Security Cleared
2 552 (9.62%) Microsoft Certification
3 458 (7.98%) SC Cleared
4 330 (5.75%) MCSE
5 209 (3.64%) Degree
6 186 (3.24%) DV Cleared
7 177 (3.09%) MCSA
8 172 (3.00%) Cisco Certification
9 132 (2.30%) MCP
10 121 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
11 118 (2.06%) CCNA
12 101 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 77 (1.34%) MCITP
14 71 (1.24%) MCDST
15 61 (1.06%) CISSP
16 58 (1.01%) DBS Check
17 57 (0.99%) CCNP
17 57 (0.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 56 (0.98%) A+ Certification
19 40 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (5.42%) SLA
2 55 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 45 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
4 44 (0.77%) QA
5 41 (0.71%) GDPR
6 32 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 32 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 26 (0.45%) ISO 9001
8 23 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 20 (0.35%) HIPAA
10 18 (0.31%) Actionable Recommendations
11 10 (0.17%) PMO
12 8 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.087%) COBIT
15 4 (0.070%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 4 (0.070%) GAMP
16 3 (0.052%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 3 (0.052%) RMADS
17 2 (0.035%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 865 (15.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 466 (8.12%) Hyper-V
3 306 (5.33%) XenApp
4 294 (5.12%) vSphere
5 250 (4.36%) VMware ESXi
6 183 (3.19%) Microsoft App-V
7 154 (2.68%) XenDesktop
8 153 (2.67%) Virtual Machines
9 89 (1.55%) BitLocker
10 76 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
11 64 (1.12%) Terminal Services
12 60 (1.05%) Docker
13 56 (0.98%) NFS
13 56 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
14 51 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
14 51 (0.89%) XenServer
15 28 (0.49%) DFS Replication
16 23 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 20 (0.35%) VMware Server
18 19 (0.33%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1020 (17.78%) SCCM
2 251 (4.38%) SCOM
3 159 (2.77%) WSUS
4 118 (2.06%) Microsoft Intune
5 112 (1.95%) Ansible
6 109 (1.90%) NetBackup
7 101 (1.76%) Puppet
8 93 (1.62%) AirWatch
9 90 (1.57%) Norton AntiVirus
10 86 (1.50%) McAfee ePO
11 82 (1.43%) vCenter Server
12 74 (1.29%) Backup Exec
12 74 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
13 70 (1.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 65 (1.13%) Microsoft Clustering
15 42 (0.73%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 41 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 40 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 35 (0.61%) Terraform
19 30 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 2595 (45.23%) Microsoft
2 1563 (27.24%) VMware
3 954 (16.63%) Citrix
4 690 (12.03%) Cisco
5 459 (8.00%) HP
6 254 (4.43%) Oracle
7 238 (4.15%) Apple
8 212 (3.70%) McAfee
9 201 (3.50%) Symantec
10 193 (3.36%) NetApp
11 178 (3.10%) Dell
12 163 (2.84%) Red Hat
13 136 (2.37%) ServiceNow
14 115 (2.00%) Veeam
15 99 (1.73%) IBM
16 95 (1.66%) AppSense
17 92 (1.60%) SolarWinds
18 85 (1.48%) CheckPoint
19 84 (1.46%) EMC
20 76 (1.32%) Sophos