Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 39 29
Rank change year-on-year +4 -10 -1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 6,156 5,179 6,605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.97% 5.25% 6.17%
As % of the System Software category 40.94% 43.84% 50.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,657 3,181 3,879
UK median daily rate £325 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -7.69% +5.69%
10th Percentile £122 £120 £129
90th Percentile £538 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year +8.33% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 768 540 759
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.48
90th Percentile £31.98 £38.85 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.22 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -5.23% -

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 15,036 11,813 13,130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.59% 11.96% 12.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,730 7,593 8,238
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £177
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 904 672 874
UK median hourly rate £16.13 £16.68 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.28% +1.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.38
% change year-on-year +2.32% -5.34% +5.65%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +4 5,551 £335 +9.84% 1,236
UK excluding London +2 3,808 £325 +8.33% 909
London +9 2,211 £350 +7.69% 394
South East +2 1,165 £360 +12.50% 226
North of England +2 726 £310 +5.08% 236
Midlands +1 565 £313 -1.42% 157
South West +7 441 £325 +18.18% 100
East of England +9 437 £325 +18.18% 124
North West +13 411 £300 - 117
Scotland +7 356 £285 -6.56% 40
West Midlands +1 331 £325 -8.45% 91
Yorkshire -10 229 £325 +44.44% 104
East Midlands +10 227 £250 -16.67% 66
Wales 0 100 £345 +91.67% 22
North East -22 86 £290 -4.13% 15
Northern Ireland +29 24 £145 -63.99% 4
Channel Islands +3 5 £363 - 1

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 4,639 (75.36%) Windows
2 3,024 (49.12%) Microsoft
3 1,937 (31.47%) Office 365
4 1,903 (30.91%) Windows Server
5 1,648 (26.77%) VMware
6 1,458 (23.68%) Windows 10
7 1,402 (22.77%) Windows 7
8 1,331 (21.62%) SCCM
9 1,233 (20.03%) ITIL
10 1,185 (19.25%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,135 (18.44%) Citrix
12 1,081 (17.56%) PowerShell
13 1,057 (17.17%) DNS
14 1,031 (16.75%) Microsoft Office
15 1,009 (16.39%) VMware Infrastructure
16 924 (15.01%) MS Exchange
17 874 (14.20%) Migration
18 830 (13.48%) Windows Server 2012
19 815 (13.24%) Windows Server 2008
20 778 (12.64%) DHCP
21 769 (12.49%) Finance
22 763 (12.39%) Security Cleared
23 698 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 669 (10.87%) Linux
25 637 (10.35%) Firewall
26 636 (10.33%) SQL
27 594 (9.65%) SC Cleared
28 565 (9.18%) Cisco
29 540 (8.77%) SQL Server
30 515 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory

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
1 924 (15.01%) MS Exchange
2 484 (7.86%) SharePoint
3 407 (6.61%) Skype for Business
4 343 (5.57%) Exchange Server 2010
5 239 (3.88%) IIS
6 179 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2013
7 84 (1.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 83 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
9 63 (1.02%) Apache
10 59 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
11 56 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
12 47 (0.76%) Tomcat
13 36 (0.58%) IBM Notes
14 34 (0.55%) JBoss
14 34 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
14 34 (0.55%) WebSphere
15 24 (0.39%) Confluence
16 23 (0.37%) CMS
17 21 (0.34%) Office Communications Server
18 17 (0.28%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1,031 (16.75%) Microsoft Office
2 159 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 61 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 42 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.16%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.15%) Windchill
9 8 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.097%) CINEMA 4D
11 4 (0.065%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 4 (0.065%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.049%) Acrobat
12 3 (0.049%) Photoshop
13 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.016%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.016%) Houdini
14 1 (0.016%) Maya
14 1 (0.016%) NUKE
14 1 (0.016%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 33 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.26%) assyst
4 11 (0.18%) Eikon
5 10 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.081%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.081%) Towers Watson Igloo
7 4 (0.065%) ReMetrica
8 3 (0.049%) Elite 3E
8 3 (0.049%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.032%) Carpe Diem
9 2 (0.032%) Concordance
9 2 (0.032%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.032%) Line 50
9 2 (0.032%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.032%) Oracle EBS
9 2 (0.032%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.032%) Relativity
9 2 (0.032%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.032%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1,937 (31.47%) Office 365
2 1,185 (19.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 515 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory
4 369 (5.99%) Amazon AWS
5 193 (3.14%) IaaS
6 149 (2.42%) PaaS
7 121 (1.97%) OneDrive
8 116 (1.88%) SaaS
9 62 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
10 58 (0.94%) G Suite
11 57 (0.93%) Mimecast
12 39 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
13 36 (0.58%) Yammer
14 34 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
15 29 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 25 (0.41%) Serverless
17 22 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
18 21 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
19 16 (0.26%) Azure Functions
20 15 (0.24%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1,057 (17.17%) DNS
2 778 (12.64%) DHCP
3 637 (10.35%) Firewall
4 400 (6.50%) LAN
5 386 (6.27%) Skype
6 385 (6.25%) TCP/IP
7 376 (6.11%) VPN
8 373 (6.06%) WAN
9 348 (5.65%) SAN
10 186 (3.02%) Internet
11 179 (2.91%) VoIP
12 149 (2.42%) Remote Desktop
13 127 (2.06%) Wireless
14 125 (2.03%) Network Security
15 124 (2.01%) NAS
16 117 (1.90%) VLAN
17 95 (1.54%) Kerberos
18 87 (1.41%) NetScaler
19 75 (1.22%) SSL
20 72 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 540 (8.77%) SQL Server
2 65 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 58 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
4 51 (0.83%) Oracle Database
4 51 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
5 48 (0.78%) Relational Database
6 44 (0.71%) MySQL
7 42 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
8 40 (0.65%) Power BI
9 36 (0.58%) Hadoop
10 33 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
10 33 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
11 30 (0.49%) Big Data
12 28 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
13 27 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
13 27 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 21 (0.34%) DB2
15 19 (0.31%) Oracle Database 10g
16 18 (0.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 17 (0.28%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 84 (1.36%) JIRA
2 78 (1.27%) MSI
3 76 (1.23%) Git (software)
4 66 (1.07%) Jenkins
5 50 (0.81%) Visual Studio
6 43 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
7 42 (0.68%) HP UFT
7 42 (0.68%) WinRunner
8 41 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
9 30 (0.49%) InstallShield
10 19 (0.31%) Artifactory
11 18 (0.29%) AdminStudio
12 14 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
13 11 (0.18%) Rational Team Concert
13 11 (0.18%) Subversion
13 11 (0.18%) TeamCity
14 10 (0.16%) Bitbucket
14 10 (0.16%) GitLab
14 10 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
14 10 (0.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 769 (12.49%) Finance
2 187 (3.04%) Banking
3 144 (2.34%) Law
4 140 (2.27%) Retail
5 121 (1.97%) Telecoms
6 88 (1.43%) Legal
7 70 (1.14%) Manufacturing
8 57 (0.93%) Back Office
9 53 (0.86%) Publishing
10 47 (0.76%) Marketing
11 45 (0.73%) Advertising
12 35 (0.57%) French Language
13 30 (0.49%) German Language
14 29 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 29 (0.47%) Investment Banking
15 28 (0.45%) Games
16 21 (0.34%) Front Office
17 18 (0.29%) Military
17 18 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
18 17 (0.28%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,271 (20.65%) Analyst
2 757 (12.30%) Support Engineer
3 680 (11.05%) Desktop Support
4 599 (9.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 506 (8.22%) 2nd Line Support
6 482 (7.83%) Support Analyst
7 476 (7.73%) Service Analyst
8 442 (7.18%) Service Desk Analyst
9 388 (6.30%) IT Support
10 362 (5.88%) Architect
11 345 (5.60%) Consultant
12 333 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
13 318 (5.17%) Windows Engineer
14 252 (4.09%) Administrator
15 235 (3.82%) IT Analyst
16 223 (3.62%) 1st Line Support
17 222 (3.61%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 219 (3.56%) 1st/2nd Line Support
19 218 (3.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
20 216 (3.51%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 174 (2.83%) LDAP
2 161 (2.62%) Web Services
3 127 (2.06%) .NET
4 97 (1.58%) SAML
5 91 (1.48%) Middleware
6 80 (1.30%) JSON
7 61 (0.99%) REST
8 47 (0.76%) OAuth
9 46 (0.75%) XML
10 37 (0.60%) HTML
10 37 (0.60%) SailPoint
11 32 (0.52%) SOAP
12 30 (0.49%) CSS
13 25 (0.41%) .NET Framework
13 25 (0.41%) Software Packaging
13 25 (0.41%) X-Windows
14 23 (0.37%) OpenID
15 20 (0.32%) ASP.NET
16 18 (0.29%) jQuery
16 18 (0.29%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 307 (4.99%) Data Centre
2 268 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 249 (4.04%) Clustering
4 208 (3.38%) Blackberry
5 203 (3.30%) PKI
6 173 (2.81%) Management Information System
7 139 (2.26%) iPhone
8 138 (2.24%) Self-Motivation
9 100 (1.62%) Smartphone
10 97 (1.58%) Fat Client
10 97 (1.58%) Thin Client
11 96 (1.56%) Replication
12 90 (1.46%) Computer Science
13 89 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
14 74 (1.20%) iPad
14 74 (1.20%) Public Cloud
15 52 (0.84%) NHS
16 51 (0.83%) Client/Server
16 51 (0.83%) PDA
17 47 (0.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4,639 (75.36%) Windows
2 1,903 (30.91%) Windows Server
3 1,458 (23.68%) Windows 10
4 1,402 (22.77%) Windows 7
5 830 (13.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 815 (13.24%) Windows Server 2008
7 669 (10.87%) Linux
8 300 (4.87%) Windows Server 2003
9 266 (4.32%) Windows 8
10 255 (4.14%) Windows XP
11 240 (3.90%) Apple iOS
12 217 (3.53%) Unix
13 207 (3.36%) Android
14 161 (2.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 153 (2.49%) Mac OS
16 134 (2.18%) Mac OS X
17 85 (1.38%) AIX
18 74 (1.20%) Solaris
19 67 (1.09%) CentOS
20 35 (0.57%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,233 (20.03%) ITIL
2 874 (14.20%) Migration
3 698 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 408 (6.63%) Problem-Solving
5 330 (5.36%) Service Management
6 295 (4.79%) Agile Software Development
7 290 (4.71%) Change Management
8 212 (3.44%) ITSM
9 201 (3.27%) DevOps
10 196 (3.18%) ITIL V3
11 194 (3.15%) Project Management
12 190 (3.09%) Incident Management
13 186 (3.02%) Service Delivery
14 176 (2.86%) Identity Management
15 166 (2.70%) Time Management
16 162 (2.63%) Disaster Recovery
17 156 (2.53%) Problem Management
18 149 (2.42%) Application Packaging
19 145 (2.36%) Information Security
20 144 (2.34%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 1,081 (17.56%) PowerShell
2 636 (10.33%) SQL
3 112 (1.82%) VBScript
4 102 (1.66%) C#
5 101 (1.64%) Python
6 88 (1.43%) VB
7 77 (1.25%) Java
8 71 (1.15%) JavaScript
9 62 (1.01%) Shell Script
10 60 (0.97%) Bash Shell
10 60 (0.97%) C
11 46 (0.75%) Perl
12 44 (0.71%) T-SQL
13 24 (0.39%) PHP
14 22 (0.36%) Ruby
15 15 (0.24%) VBA
16 14 (0.23%) PL/SQL
17 9 (0.15%) Groovy
18 7 (0.11%) AppleScript
19 5 (0.081%) X++
Qualifications
1 763 (12.39%) Security Cleared
2 594 (9.65%) SC Cleared
3 481 (7.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 275 (4.47%) MCSE
5 219 (3.56%) Degree
6 156 (2.53%) MCSA
7 134 (2.18%) Cisco Certification
8 127 (2.06%) DV Cleared
9 100 (1.62%) CCNA
10 97 (1.58%) MCP
11 93 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
12 77 (1.25%) MCITP
13 67 (1.09%) DBS Check
14 66 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 59 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
16 58 (0.94%) ISTQB
17 55 (0.89%) CISSP
18 53 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
19 46 (0.75%) A+ Certification
20 38 (0.62%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 319 (5.18%) SLA
2 69 (1.12%) GDPR
3 55 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 48 (0.78%) QA
5 43 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
6 29 (0.47%) PCI DSS
7 28 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 24 (0.39%) PMO
9 8 (0.13%) COBIT
9 8 (0.13%) FedRAMP
9 8 (0.13%) HIPAA
10 7 (0.11%) Data Quality
11 5 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 5 (0.081%) RMADS
12 4 (0.065%) GAMP
12 4 (0.065%) Government Security Classifications
12 4 (0.065%) GxP
12 4 (0.065%) JSP 440
13 3 (0.049%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 3 (0.049%) HL7
System Software
1 1,009 (16.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 493 (8.01%) Hyper-V
3 385 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
4 381 (6.19%) XenApp
5 289 (4.69%) vSphere
6 284 (4.61%) XenDesktop
7 258 (4.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 154 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
9 107 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
10 92 (1.49%) BitLocker
11 87 (1.41%) XenServer
12 69 (1.12%) Docker
13 67 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
14 57 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
15 45 (0.73%) DFS Replication
16 39 (0.63%) Terminal Services
17 32 (0.52%) VMware Server
18 30 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 26 (0.42%) NFS
20 22 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 1,331 (21.62%) SCCM
2 239 (3.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 222 (3.61%) SCOM
4 200 (3.25%) WSUS
5 124 (2.01%) Single Sign-On
5 124 (2.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 120 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
7 116 (1.88%) Microsoft Clustering
8 105 (1.71%) vCenter Server
9 102 (1.66%) AirWatch
10 81 (1.32%) Ansible
11 78 (1.27%) Terraform
12 75 (1.22%) Puppet
13 74 (1.20%) Backup Exec
14 72 (1.17%) NetBackup
15 66 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
16 60 (0.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 50 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
18 46 (0.75%) HP ALM
19 37 (0.60%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 3,024 (49.12%) Microsoft
2 1,648 (26.77%) VMware
3 1,135 (18.44%) Citrix
4 565 (9.18%) Cisco
5 442 (7.18%) HP
6 329 (5.34%) Apple
7 291 (4.73%) McAfee
8 246 (4.00%) Ivanti
9 218 (3.54%) ServiceNow
10 201 (3.27%) NetApp
10 201 (3.27%) Oracle
11 149 (2.42%) Dell
12 148 (2.40%) Red Hat
13 145 (2.36%) Symantec
14 133 (2.16%) Veeam
15 128 (2.08%) IBM
16 120 (1.95%) Veritas
17 118 (1.92%) Remedy
18 86 (1.40%) SolarWinds
19 83 (1.35%) SAP