Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 21 32 35
Rank change year-on-year +11 +3 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,895 6,378 5,735
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.07% 6.14% 5.57%
As % of the System Software category 45.73% 40.51% 44.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,699 3,811 3,531
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -7.69%
10th Percentile £126 £125 £123
90th Percentile £575 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £335 £300
% change year-on-year +3.14% +11.50% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 559 768 577
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £41.84 £32.50 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% +7.14% -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 12,892 15,743 12,894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.47% 15.15% 12.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,447 10,270 8,355
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £163 £181 £156
90th Percentile £638 £625 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 701 889 725
UK median hourly rate £16.96 £16.00 £16.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.00% -4.19% +6.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.25 £43.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%

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 16 November 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 16 November 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 16 November 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 +9 5,293 £350 - 1,919
UK excluding London +11 3,843 £345 +3.14% 1,527
London +12 1,919 £360 -2.70% 507
South East +11 1,169 £375 - 415
North of England +12 705 £315 -4.55% 408
Midlands +14 569 £300 -7.69% 245
South West +10 543 £363 +3.57% 171
East of England +2 380 £350 +7.69% 174
North West -2 378 £315 +5.00% 240
West Midlands +14 342 £323 -7.86% 134
Scotland +15 320 £325 +16.07% 53
Yorkshire +13 276 £325 -8.13% 137
East Midlands +7 222 £281 +14.49% 111
Wales +19 139 £440 +27.54% 52
North East +2 52 £275 -31.25% 31
Northern Ireland +6 16 £135 -61.43% 8
Channel Islands -3 7 £165 -68.57% 1

For the 6 months to 16 November 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 4,375 (74.22%) Windows
2 2,827 (47.96%) Microsoft
3 2,247 (38.12%) Office 365
4 1,860 (31.55%) Windows 10
5 1,765 (29.94%) Windows Server
6 1,497 (25.39%) Azure
7 1,397 (23.70%) VMware
8 1,359 (23.05%) SCCM
9 1,264 (21.44%) Windows 7
10 1,061 (18.00%) DNS
11 1,040 (17.64%) PowerShell
12 1,025 (17.39%) ITIL
13 988 (16.76%) Microsoft Office
14 890 (15.10%) Migration
15 837 (14.20%) Security Cleared
16 816 (13.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 796 (13.50%) Citrix
18 795 (13.49%) VMware Infrastructure
19 783 (13.28%) Windows Server 2012
20 763 (12.94%) DHCP
21 751 (12.74%) Azure Active Directory
22 699 (11.86%) MS Exchange
23 639 (10.84%) Windows Server 2008
24 633 (10.74%) SQL
25 597 (10.13%) SharePoint
26 565 (9.58%) Finance
27 560 (9.50%) SC Cleared
28 557 (9.45%) Firewall
29 520 (8.82%) SQL Server
30 518 (8.79%) Linux

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
1 699 (11.86%) MS Exchange
2 597 (10.13%) SharePoint
3 393 (6.67%) Skype for Business
4 215 (3.65%) Exchange Server 2010
5 176 (2.99%) IIS
6 153 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 61 (1.03%) Confluence
8 51 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2007
9 46 (0.78%) Apache
10 42 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2003
11 39 (0.66%) IBM Notes
12 33 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 29 (0.49%) OpenStack
14 23 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
14 23 (0.39%) Tomcat
15 17 (0.29%) nginx
16 16 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
17 15 (0.25%) IBM Domino
17 15 (0.25%) WebLogic
18 13 (0.22%) JBoss
Applications
1 988 (16.76%) Microsoft Office
2 103 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 43 (0.73%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.22%) Acrobat
8 6 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.085%) FileZilla
9 5 (0.085%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.068%) CINEMA 4D
10 4 (0.068%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 4 (0.068%) Photoshop
11 3 (0.051%) SPSS
12 2 (0.034%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.034%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.017%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.017%) Maya
13 1 (0.017%) Revit
13 1 (0.017%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 45 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
3 16 (0.27%) assyst
4 10 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
5 7 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.10%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.068%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.068%) Elite 3E
7 4 (0.068%) SystmOne
8 3 (0.051%) BusinessWorks
8 3 (0.051%) Veritas eDiscovery
9 2 (0.034%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.034%) Eikon
9 2 (0.034%) Magento
9 2 (0.034%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.034%) Workfront
10 1 (0.017%) Carpe Diem
Cloud Services
1 2,247 (38.12%) Office 365
2 1,497 (25.39%) Azure
3 751 (12.74%) Azure Active Directory
4 433 (7.35%) AWS
5 208 (3.53%) OneDrive
6 205 (3.48%) IaaS
7 193 (3.27%) PaaS
8 155 (2.63%) SaaS
9 66 (1.12%) Power Platform
10 61 (1.03%) Serverless
11 53 (0.90%) Yammer
12 52 (0.88%) Mimecast
13 48 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
14 42 (0.71%) G Suite
15 39 (0.66%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 38 (0.64%) Azure Functions
17 37 (0.63%) GCP
18 36 (0.61%) GitHub
19 29 (0.49%) Azure Stack
19 29 (0.49%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1,061 (18.00%) DNS
2 763 (12.94%) DHCP
3 557 (9.45%) Firewall
4 406 (6.89%) Skype
5 381 (6.46%) VPN
6 363 (6.16%) WAN
7 360 (6.11%) LAN
8 355 (6.02%) TCP/IP
9 279 (4.73%) SAN
10 182 (3.09%) VoIP
11 153 (2.60%) Internet
12 144 (2.44%) VLAN
13 135 (2.29%) Wi-Fi
14 132 (2.24%) Remote Desktop
15 112 (1.90%) Wireless
16 102 (1.73%) Network Security
17 78 (1.32%) NAS
18 76 (1.29%) NetScaler
19 49 (0.83%) Kerberos
20 45 (0.76%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 520 (8.82%) SQL Server
2 91 (1.54%) Azure SQL Database
3 58 (0.98%) Power BI
4 48 (0.81%) MySQL
5 47 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
5 47 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
6 43 (0.73%) Relational Database
7 40 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
8 36 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
9 34 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 29 (0.49%) Big Data
11 26 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
12 19 (0.32%) Cosmos DB
13 18 (0.31%) Oracle Database
14 17 (0.29%) Data Lake
14 17 (0.29%) SQL Server 2014
14 17 (0.29%) SQL Server 2017
15 16 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
15 16 (0.27%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.25%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 127 (2.15%) JIRA
2 94 (1.59%) Git (software)
3 79 (1.34%) MSI
4 65 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
5 58 (0.98%) Jenkins
6 56 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
7 52 (0.88%) Visual Studio
8 36 (0.61%) Bitbucket
9 34 (0.58%) InstallShield
10 23 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 15 (0.25%) Subversion
12 14 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
12 14 (0.24%) StarTeam
13 13 (0.22%) Artifactory
14 12 (0.20%) Hudson
15 10 (0.17%) TeamCity
16 9 (0.15%) AdminStudio
16 9 (0.15%) GitLab
16 9 (0.15%) Maven
17 8 (0.14%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 565 (9.58%) Finance
2 331 (5.61%) Public Sector
3 191 (3.24%) Banking
4 148 (2.51%) Retail
5 117 (1.98%) Telecoms
6 114 (1.93%) Law
7 67 (1.14%) Legal
8 55 (0.93%) Manufacturing
9 49 (0.83%) Local Government
10 47 (0.80%) Advertising
11 40 (0.68%) Marketing
12 38 (0.64%) Back Office
13 35 (0.59%) Electronics
14 29 (0.49%) German Language
15 21 (0.36%) Investment Banking
15 21 (0.36%) Publishing
16 17 (0.29%) Financial Institution
16 17 (0.29%) Military
17 13 (0.22%) Russian Language
18 9 (0.15%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 939 (15.93%) Analyst
2 760 (12.89%) Support Engineer
3 674 (11.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 486 (8.24%) Desktop Support
5 485 (8.23%) 2nd Line Support
6 426 (7.23%) Service Analyst
7 423 (7.18%) Architect
8 407 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
9 405 (6.87%) Windows Engineer
10 369 (6.26%) Desktop Engineer
11 316 (5.36%) Support Analyst
12 302 (5.12%) IT Support
13 300 (5.09%) Consultant
14 254 (4.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 247 (4.19%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 243 (4.12%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 230 (3.90%) IT Engineer
18 199 (3.38%) 3rd Line Support
19 198 (3.36%) 1st Line Support
20 192 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (3.00%) LDAP
2 153 (2.60%) .NET
3 133 (2.26%) SAML
4 131 (2.22%) Web Services
5 83 (1.41%) JSON
6 73 (1.24%) OAuth
7 66 (1.12%) OpenID
8 64 (1.09%) XML
9 56 (0.95%) REST
10 45 (0.76%) HTML
10 45 (0.76%) Middleware
11 44 (0.75%) .NET Framework
12 41 (0.70%) .NET Core
13 40 (0.68%) AngularJS
13 40 (0.68%) React
13 40 (0.68%) SailPoint
14 39 (0.66%) ASP.NET
15 37 (0.63%) RESTful
16 35 (0.59%) Node.js
17 34 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 280 (4.75%) Data Centre
2 254 (4.31%) Analytical Skills
3 222 (3.77%) PKI
4 181 (3.07%) Clustering
5 160 (2.71%) Management Information System
6 145 (2.46%) Blackberry
7 134 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
8 131 (2.22%) NHS
9 108 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
10 105 (1.78%) Replication
11 103 (1.75%) Smartphone
12 101 (1.71%) Public Cloud
13 100 (1.70%) Driving Licence
14 93 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
15 85 (1.44%) iPhone
16 75 (1.27%) Fat Client
16 75 (1.27%) Thin Client
17 59 (1.00%) iPad
18 58 (0.98%) User Experience
19 44 (0.75%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4,375 (74.22%) Windows
2 1,860 (31.55%) Windows 10
3 1,765 (29.94%) Windows Server
4 1,264 (21.44%) Windows 7
5 783 (13.28%) Windows Server 2012
6 639 (10.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 518 (8.79%) Linux
8 258 (4.38%) Android
9 175 (2.97%) Windows Server 2003
10 172 (2.92%) Apple iOS
11 165 (2.80%) Windows 8
12 155 (2.63%) Windows XP
13 148 (2.51%) Unix
14 134 (2.27%) Mac OS
15 104 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 97 (1.65%) Mac OS X
17 63 (1.07%) CentOS
18 42 (0.71%) Ubuntu
19 36 (0.61%) Windows Vista
20 34 (0.58%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,025 (17.39%) ITIL
2 890 (15.10%) Migration
3 816 (13.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 495 (8.40%) Problem-Solving
5 317 (5.38%) Agile Software Development
6 309 (5.24%) DevOps
7 276 (4.68%) Service Management
8 246 (4.17%) Identity Access Management
9 240 (4.07%) ITSM
10 201 (3.41%) Incident Management
11 191 (3.24%) Disaster Recovery
12 185 (3.14%) Change Management
13 180 (3.05%) Time Management
14 177 (3.00%) Application Packaging
14 177 (3.00%) Information Security
15 167 (2.83%) Mobile Device Management
16 160 (2.71%) Project Delivery
17 150 (2.54%) Service Delivery
18 146 (2.48%) Break/Fix
18 146 (2.48%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 1,040 (17.64%) PowerShell
2 633 (10.74%) SQL
3 138 (2.34%) C#
4 109 (1.85%) JavaScript
5 92 (1.56%) VBScript
6 90 (1.53%) Python
7 77 (1.31%) Java
8 67 (1.14%) C
9 65 (1.10%) Bash Shell
10 58 (0.98%) T-SQL
11 57 (0.97%) VB
12 39 (0.66%) Perl
13 33 (0.56%) Shell Script
14 18 (0.31%) Ruby
15 15 (0.25%) PHP
15 15 (0.25%) XPath
16 13 (0.22%) VB.NET
16 13 (0.22%) VBA
17 5 (0.085%) C++
18 4 (0.068%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 837 (14.20%) Security Cleared
2 560 (9.50%) SC Cleared
3 419 (7.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 261 (4.43%) MCSE
5 234 (3.97%) DV Cleared
6 200 (3.39%) Degree
7 123 (2.09%) MCP
8 121 (2.05%) MCSA
9 113 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
10 108 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
11 89 (1.51%) CCNA
12 61 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 60 (1.02%) CISSP
14 59 (1.00%) DBS Check
15 58 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
16 50 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
17 48 (0.81%) MCITP
18 47 (0.80%) CCA
19 35 (0.59%) ISTQB
20 30 (0.51%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (5.99%) SLA
2 65 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 60 (1.02%) QA
4 47 (0.80%) GDPR
5 43 (0.73%) PCI DSS
6 23 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
7 20 (0.34%) NIST
8 18 (0.31%) PMO
9 16 (0.27%) NCSC
10 15 (0.25%) COBIT
11 14 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 13 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 11 (0.19%) HL7
14 9 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
15 7 (0.12%) Data Quality
15 7 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 6 (0.10%) ISO 9001
17 4 (0.068%) ISO 14001
17 4 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 795 (13.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 469 (7.96%) Hyper-V
3 331 (5.61%) XenApp
4 285 (4.83%) VMware ESXi
5 248 (4.21%) vSphere
6 224 (3.80%) XenDesktop
7 162 (2.75%) Virtual Machines
8 145 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 115 (1.95%) Docker
10 96 (1.63%) Virtual Desktop
11 71 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
12 52 (0.88%) BitLocker
13 51 (0.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 47 (0.80%) DFS Replication
15 40 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 33 (0.56%) VMware NSX
17 29 (0.49%) vCloud
18 22 (0.37%) Firmware
18 22 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
19 20 (0.34%) NDS
Systems Management
1 1,359 (23.05%) SCCM
2 332 (5.63%) Microsoft Intune
3 224 (3.80%) SCOM
4 200 (3.39%) Single Sign-On
5 157 (2.66%) WSUS
6 113 (1.92%) Ansible
7 89 (1.51%) vCenter Server
8 88 (1.49%) Kubernetes
9 87 (1.48%) Terraform
10 86 (1.46%) AirWatch
11 62 (1.05%) Microsoft Clustering
12 59 (1.00%) Puppet
13 58 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
14 57 (0.97%) Jamf Pro
15 56 (0.95%) Norton AntiVirus
16 44 (0.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 44 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
17 42 (0.71%) NetBackup
17 42 (0.71%) SCVMM
18 39 (0.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 2,827 (47.96%) Microsoft
2 1,397 (23.70%) VMware
3 796 (13.50%) Citrix
4 516 (8.75%) Cisco
5 261 (4.43%) HP
6 255 (4.33%) Apple
7 172 (2.92%) McAfee
7 172 (2.92%) ServiceNow
8 153 (2.60%) Dell
9 148 (2.51%) Oracle
10 147 (2.49%) Symantec
11 141 (2.39%) NetApp
12 130 (2.21%) Ivanti
13 99 (1.68%) Red Hat
14 96 (1.63%) EMC
15 91 (1.54%) Google
16 87 (1.48%) Veeam
17 82 (1.39%) Remedy
18 72 (1.22%) Meraki
19 69 (1.17%) Adobe