Period
to 23 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 30 28
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5443 6547 6667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.43% 6.21% 5.85%
As % of the System Software category 44.43% 50.23% 56.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3350 3889 3610
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £120 £128 £130
90th Percentile £506 £525 £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 549 779 1095
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
10th Percentile £10.24 £10.36 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.00 £33.75 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -5.33% - +2.67%

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 12251 13034 11711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.23% 12.37% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7906 8173 6609
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +11.11% +6.67%
10th Percentile £158 £175 £160
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £338
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 888 1257
UK median hourly rate £16.70 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.38% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £40.08 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +1.64% -3.17% +5.00%

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 October 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 October 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 23 October 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 -7 4977 £300 -9.09% 509
UK excluding London -1 3450 £300 -6.25% 360
London -16 1894 £323 -11.34% 173
South East +7 1172 £315 -3.08% 112
North of England -12 669 £275 -14.06% 82
Midlands +2 506 £321 -5.51% 60
East of England -8 380 £283 -13.08% 45
South West -4 362 £275 - 37
North West -5 301 £280 -18.84% 40
West Midlands +5 286 £360 +9.09% 32
Scotland -13 266 £325 +1.56% 15
Yorkshire -4 248 £218 -34.34% 36
East Midlands +2 217 £300 -20.05% 27
North East -2 121 £310 -3.13% 6
Wales +5 78 £180 -46.67% 5
Northern Ireland -25 37 £401 +221.00% 4
Channel Islands +1 2 - -

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 3990 (73.31%) Windows
2 2425 (44.55%) Microsoft
3 1687 (30.99%) Windows Server
4 1484 (27.26%) VMware
5 1358 (24.95%) Office 365
6 1175 (21.59%) Windows 7
7 1121 (20.60%) ITIL
8 1013 (18.61%) MS Exchange
9 982 (18.04%) Windows Server 2012
10 931 (17.10%) SCCM
11 920 (16.90%) DNS
12 897 (16.48%) Windows Server 2008
13 894 (16.42%) Citrix
14 860 (15.80%) Microsoft Office
15 859 (15.78%) PowerShell
16 836 (15.36%) Windows 10
17 823 (15.12%) VMware Infrastructure
18 776 (14.26%) Microsoft Azure
19 713 (13.10%) DHCP
20 684 (12.57%) Finance
21 675 (12.40%) Migration
22 646 (11.87%) SQL
23 627 (11.52%) Cisco
24 625 (11.48%) Security Cleared
25 616 (11.32%) SQL Server
26 595 (10.93%) Linux
27 581 (10.67%) Firewall
28 539 (9.90%) Microsoft Certification
29 488 (8.97%) LAN
30 479 (8.80%) 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 1013 (18.61%) MS Exchange
2 479 (8.80%) SharePoint
3 401 (7.37%) Exchange Server 2010
4 344 (6.32%) Skype for Business
5 216 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2013
6 210 (3.86%) IIS
7 126 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2007
8 88 (1.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 72 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 68 (1.25%) SharePoint 2010
11 63 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
12 51 (0.94%) IBM Notes
13 47 (0.86%) Tomcat
14 46 (0.85%) JBoss
15 45 (0.83%) Apache
16 36 (0.66%) Confluence
17 33 (0.61%) WebLogic
18 31 (0.57%) OpenStack
19 30 (0.55%) CMS
20 29 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 860 (15.80%) Microsoft Office
2 121 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 64 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
6 15 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.20%) Acrobat
8 8 (0.15%) PaintShop Pro
9 7 (0.13%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.11%) Houdini
10 6 (0.11%) Maya
10 6 (0.11%) NUKE
11 3 (0.055%) CINEMA 4D
11 3 (0.055%) Stata
12 2 (0.037%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.037%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.037%) Vectorworks
13 1 (0.018%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.018%) HipChat
13 1 (0.018%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 40 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
4 11 (0.20%) Eikon
5 8 (0.15%) Teamcenter
6 7 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
7 6 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.092%) Unit4 Business World
9 4 (0.073%) Oracle BPM
9 4 (0.073%) SDL Web 8
9 4 (0.073%) thinkFolio
10 3 (0.055%) assyst
11 2 (0.037%) Bankmaster
11 2 (0.037%) Primavera
11 2 (0.037%) WebTrends
12 1 (0.018%) Oracle EBS
12 1 (0.018%) ResourceLink
12 1 (0.018%) Sage 1000
12 1 (0.018%) SAP Business One
12 1 (0.018%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1358 (24.95%) Office 365
2 776 (14.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 328 (6.03%) Azure Active Directory
4 261 (4.80%) Amazon AWS
5 134 (2.46%) IaaS
6 124 (2.28%) PaaS
7 85 (1.56%) OneDrive
8 72 (1.32%) SaaS
9 35 (0.64%) G Suite
10 33 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
11 27 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
11 27 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
12 24 (0.44%) Mimecast
13 22 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 19 (0.35%) npm
15 18 (0.33%) Google Drive
16 17 (0.31%) Route 53
17 14 (0.26%) Yammer
18 12 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
19 11 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 920 (16.90%) DNS
2 713 (13.10%) DHCP
3 581 (10.67%) Firewall
4 488 (8.97%) LAN
5 442 (8.12%) WAN
6 419 (7.70%) TCP/IP
7 372 (6.83%) SAN
8 316 (5.81%) VPN
9 281 (5.16%) Skype
10 269 (4.94%) LDAP
11 154 (2.83%) VoIP
12 140 (2.57%) Internet
13 135 (2.48%) VLAN
14 121 (2.22%) NAS
15 120 (2.20%) Wireless
16 102 (1.87%) Kerberos
16 102 (1.87%) Remote Desktop
17 97 (1.78%) Network Security
18 91 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
19 69 (1.27%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 616 (11.32%) SQL Server
2 84 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
2 84 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
3 44 (0.81%) Hadoop
4 36 (0.66%) NoSQL
5 34 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
6 33 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
6 33 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 32 (0.59%) MySQL
8 31 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
9 29 (0.53%) Oracle Database
10 28 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
11 26 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
11 26 (0.48%) MongoDB
11 26 (0.48%) Relational Database
12 22 (0.40%) Big Data
12 22 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 20 (0.37%) Power BI
14 16 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
15 15 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 102 (1.87%) Jenkins
2 72 (1.32%) Git (software)
3 67 (1.23%) JIRA
4 61 (1.12%) Visual Studio
5 56 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (0.94%) MSI
7 41 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
8 37 (0.68%) Artifactory
9 26 (0.48%) TeamCity
10 13 (0.24%) GitLab
11 12 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
12 11 (0.20%) InstallShield
12 11 (0.20%) MorphX
13 8 (0.15%) MSTest
13 8 (0.15%) NUnit
13 8 (0.15%) Serena SBM
13 8 (0.15%) Subversion
14 7 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 7 (0.13%) Metasploit
15 6 (0.11%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 684 (12.57%) Finance
2 291 (5.35%) Banking
3 128 (2.35%) Retail
4 123 (2.26%) Legal
5 121 (2.22%) Telecoms
6 76 (1.40%) Law
7 65 (1.19%) Manufacturing
8 49 (0.90%) Back Office
9 47 (0.86%) Advertising
10 46 (0.85%) Publishing
11 35 (0.64%) Marketing
12 28 (0.51%) Investment Banking
13 21 (0.39%) Electronics
13 21 (0.39%) Financial Institution
14 20 (0.37%) French Language
14 20 (0.37%) Local Government
15 14 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
16 12 (0.22%) Billing
16 12 (0.22%) Front Office
16 12 (0.22%) Military
Job Titles
1 1113 (20.45%) Analyst
2 652 (11.98%) Support Engineer
3 490 (9.00%) Desktop Support
4 410 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 406 (7.46%) Consultant
6 405 (7.44%) Service Analyst
7 403 (7.40%) 2nd Line Support
8 399 (7.33%) Service Desk Analyst
9 387 (7.11%) Support Analyst
10 386 (7.09%) Architect
11 300 (5.51%) Administrator
12 278 (5.11%) IT Support
13 261 (4.80%) Desktop Engineer
14 249 (4.57%) Windows Engineer
15 222 (4.08%) 1st Line Support
16 210 (3.86%) IT Analyst
17 209 (3.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 203 (3.73%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 202 (3.71%) 3rd Line Support
20 175 (3.22%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 208 (3.82%) .NET
2 132 (2.43%) Web Services
3 88 (1.62%) HTML
4 82 (1.51%) XML
5 70 (1.29%) REST
6 61 (1.12%) SOAP
7 58 (1.07%) Node.js
8 50 (0.92%) JSON
8 50 (0.92%) Middleware
9 49 (0.90%) .NET Framework
10 41 (0.75%) SAML
11 40 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
12 35 (0.64%) AngularJS
12 35 (0.64%) ASP.NET
13 34 (0.62%) CSS
14 33 (0.61%) OAuth
15 31 (0.57%) Software Packaging
16 27 (0.50%) RabbitMQ
17 26 (0.48%) Spring
18 24 (0.44%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 346 (6.36%) Data Centre
2 319 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
3 207 (3.80%) Blackberry
4 161 (2.96%) PKI
5 150 (2.76%) Management Information System
6 129 (2.37%) Clustering
7 91 (1.67%) Replication
8 90 (1.65%) iPhone
9 84 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
10 81 (1.49%) Smartphone
11 78 (1.43%) Computer Science
12 77 (1.41%) Client/Server
13 71 (1.30%) Fat Client
13 71 (1.30%) Thin Client
14 69 (1.27%) Driving Licence
15 59 (1.08%) iPad
16 55 (1.01%) NHS
17 45 (0.83%) FMCG
18 43 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
19 41 (0.75%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 3990 (73.31%) Windows
2 1687 (30.99%) Windows Server
3 1175 (21.59%) Windows 7
4 982 (18.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 897 (16.48%) Windows Server 2008
6 836 (15.36%) Windows 10
7 595 (10.93%) Linux
8 322 (5.92%) Windows Server 2003
9 272 (5.00%) Windows 8
10 258 (4.74%) Unix
11 202 (3.71%) Android
12 194 (3.56%) Apple iOS
13 186 (3.42%) Windows XP
14 143 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 79 (1.45%) Mac OS
15 79 (1.45%) Mac OS X
16 70 (1.29%) Solaris
17 68 (1.25%) Windows Vista
18 52 (0.96%) CentOS
19 23 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1121 (20.60%) ITIL
2 675 (12.40%) Migration
3 341 (6.26%) Service Management
4 226 (4.15%) Agile Software Development
5 217 (3.99%) Incident Management
6 207 (3.80%) DevOps
7 206 (3.78%) Change Management
8 189 (3.47%) Configuration Management
9 184 (3.38%) Disaster Recovery
10 172 (3.16%) Service Delivery
11 163 (2.99%) Project Management
12 160 (2.94%) Problem Management
13 158 (2.90%) Information Security
14 139 (2.55%) Mobile Device Management
15 134 (2.46%) ITIL V3
16 125 (2.30%) Identity Access Management
17 123 (2.26%) ITSM
18 113 (2.08%) High Availability
19 106 (1.95%) Identity Management
20 103 (1.89%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 859 (15.78%) PowerShell
2 646 (11.87%) SQL
3 179 (3.29%) Java
4 161 (2.96%) C#
5 143 (2.63%) VBScript
6 110 (2.02%) JavaScript
7 98 (1.80%) Python
8 67 (1.23%) Perl
9 54 (0.99%) VB
10 41 (0.75%) PL/SQL
11 36 (0.66%) Bash Shell
12 35 (0.64%) C
13 29 (0.53%) PHP
14 27 (0.50%) Ruby
15 25 (0.46%) Korn
16 23 (0.42%) Shell Script
16 23 (0.42%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.20%) X++
18 6 (0.11%) C++
18 6 (0.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 625 (11.48%) Security Cleared
2 539 (9.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 426 (7.83%) SC Cleared
4 316 (5.81%) MCSE
5 190 (3.49%) Degree
6 178 (3.27%) MCSA
7 177 (3.25%) DV Cleared
8 142 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
9 126 (2.31%) MCP
10 98 (1.80%) CCNA
10 98 (1.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 90 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
12 77 (1.41%) MCITP
13 64 (1.18%) MCDST
14 61 (1.12%) CCNP
15 55 (1.01%) CISSP
16 53 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 51 (0.94%) DBS Check
18 50 (0.92%) A+ Certification
19 41 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 287 (5.27%) SLA
2 53 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 49 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 42 (0.77%) QA
5 35 (0.64%) GDPR
5 35 (0.64%) PCI DSS
6 28 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 18 (0.33%) HIPAA
8 16 (0.29%) Actionable Recommendations
9 8 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
9 8 (0.15%) PMO
10 7 (0.13%) COBIT
10 7 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 4 (0.073%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 4 (0.073%) GAMP
11 4 (0.073%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.055%) MiFID
12 3 (0.055%) RMADS
13 2 (0.037%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 823 (15.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 417 (7.66%) Hyper-V
3 278 (5.11%) XenApp
4 245 (4.50%) vSphere
5 232 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
6 153 (2.81%) Microsoft App-V
7 148 (2.72%) Virtual Machines
8 142 (2.61%) XenDesktop
9 76 (1.40%) Virtual Servers
10 55 (1.01%) Terminal Services
11 54 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
12 53 (0.97%) BitLocker
12 53 (0.97%) Docker
13 46 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
14 43 (0.79%) XenServer
15 42 (0.77%) NFS
16 29 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 24 (0.44%) DFS Replication
18 23 (0.42%) VMware Server
19 20 (0.37%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 931 (17.10%) SCCM
2 254 (4.67%) SCOM
3 156 (2.87%) WSUS
4 116 (2.13%) NetBackup
5 108 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
6 99 (1.82%) Ansible
7 98 (1.80%) Puppet
8 91 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
9 85 (1.56%) AirWatch
10 79 (1.45%) vCenter Server
11 75 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
12 69 (1.27%) McAfee ePO
13 64 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 61 (1.12%) Backup Exec
14 61 (1.12%) Microsoft Clustering
15 43 (0.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 38 (0.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 38 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
17 30 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 29 (0.53%) Terraform
Vendors
1 2425 (44.55%) Microsoft
2 1484 (27.26%) VMware
3 894 (16.42%) Citrix
4 627 (11.52%) Cisco
5 422 (7.75%) HP
6 251 (4.61%) Oracle
7 227 (4.17%) Apple
8 201 (3.69%) Symantec
9 186 (3.42%) McAfee
10 181 (3.33%) NetApp
11 177 (3.25%) Dell
12 156 (2.87%) Red Hat
13 134 (2.46%) ServiceNow
14 107 (1.97%) Veeam
15 100 (1.84%) IBM
16 90 (1.65%) EMC
17 85 (1.56%) AppSense
18 84 (1.54%) Google
19 80 (1.47%) SolarWinds
20 78 (1.43%) CheckPoint