Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 23 35 40
Rank change year-on-year +12 +5 -11
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,976 6,135 5,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.69% 5.95% 5.24%
As % of the System Software category 43.08% 40.91% 43.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,775 3,637 3,154
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% -7.69%
10th Percentile £130 £122 £120
90th Percentile £575 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 767 535
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £42.00 £32.05 £38.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.63 £15.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year +4.20% +5.26% -5.00%

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 13,872 14,996 11,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.54% 14.55% 11.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,160 9,693 7,532
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £175 £180 £160
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 662 902 667
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.10 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.59% -4.20% +1.85%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.48 £43.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% -6.06%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +12 5,358 £360 +8.27% 1,886
UK excluding London +7 3,755 £350 +7.69% 1,533
London +11 2,070 £375 +7.14% 482
South East +6 1,140 £375 +4.17% 450
North of England +14 708 £308 -0.81% 403
South West +4 589 £375 +15.38% 209
Midlands +6 507 £325 +4.42% 202
North West -1 353 £315 +5.00% 235
Scotland +9 337 £325 +14.04% 73
East of England -4 332 £341 +4.92% 140
Yorkshire +28 307 £319 -1.92% 137
West Midlands +4 296 £350 +7.69% 119
East Midlands +4 206 £225 -10.00% 82
Wales +19 129 £350 +1.45% 48
North East +2 48 £175 -40.68% 31
Northern Ireland -12 9 £150 +3.81% 8
Channel Islands -5 8 £165 -54.48%

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 4,383 (73.34%) Windows
2 2,871 (48.04%) Microsoft
3 2,182 (36.51%) Office 365
4 1,846 (30.89%) Windows 10
5 1,742 (29.15%) Windows Server
6 1,593 (26.66%) Azure
7 1,460 (24.43%) VMware
8 1,384 (23.16%) SCCM
9 1,198 (20.05%) Windows 7
10 1,122 (18.78%) PowerShell
11 1,045 (17.49%) DNS
12 1,041 (17.42%) ITIL
13 990 (16.57%) Microsoft Office
14 957 (16.01%) Migration
15 867 (14.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 857 (14.34%) Citrix
17 805 (13.47%) Azure Active Directory
18 786 (13.15%) Windows Server 2012
19 784 (13.12%) VMware Infrastructure
20 750 (12.55%) Security Cleared
21 718 (12.01%) MS Exchange
22 699 (11.70%) DHCP
23 670 (11.21%) Finance
24 662 (11.08%) Windows Server 2008
25 626 (10.48%) SQL
26 586 (9.81%) SharePoint
27 557 (9.32%) Linux
28 553 (9.25%) Cisco
29 549 (9.19%) SQL Server
30 545 (9.12%) Firewall

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
1 718 (12.01%) MS Exchange
2 586 (9.81%) SharePoint
3 392 (6.56%) Skype for Business
4 229 (3.83%) Exchange Server 2010
5 214 (3.58%) IIS
6 139 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2013
7 68 (1.14%) Confluence
8 63 (1.05%) Apache
9 46 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2007
10 44 (0.74%) OpenStack
11 40 (0.67%) IBM Notes
12 38 (0.64%) Tomcat
13 36 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
14 35 (0.59%) JBoss
15 27 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 26 (0.44%) CMS
17 23 (0.38%) Apache Spark
18 20 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
19 17 (0.28%) nginx
20 16 (0.27%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 990 (16.57%) Microsoft Office
2 110 (1.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 57 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.64%) MS Visio
5 20 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.10%) Acrobat
7 5 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.084%) FileZilla
7 5 (0.084%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.067%) Camtasia
8 4 (0.067%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.050%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 3 (0.050%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.050%) SPSS
10 2 (0.033%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.017%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.017%) Stata
Business Applications
1 49 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 17 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
4 11 (0.18%) assyst
5 9 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.10%) Eikon
6 6 (0.10%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.067%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.067%) SystmOne
7 4 (0.067%) Veritas eDiscovery
8 3 (0.050%) BusinessWorks
8 3 (0.050%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.050%) Elite 3E
8 3 (0.050%) Relativity
9 2 (0.033%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.033%) ION MarketView
9 2 (0.033%) Retail-J
9 2 (0.033%) SAP BPC
9 2 (0.033%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,182 (36.51%) Office 365
2 1,593 (26.66%) Azure
3 805 (13.47%) Azure Active Directory
4 489 (8.18%) AWS
5 239 (4.00%) IaaS
6 213 (3.56%) PaaS
7 186 (3.11%) OneDrive
8 160 (2.68%) SaaS
9 63 (1.05%) Power Platform
10 61 (1.02%) Dynamics 365
11 54 (0.90%) Serverless
12 49 (0.82%) Yammer
13 43 (0.72%) Mimecast
14 41 (0.69%) Azure Stack
15 40 (0.67%) G Suite
15 40 (0.67%) GCP
16 39 (0.65%) Azure Functions
16 39 (0.65%) GitHub
17 38 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
18 35 (0.59%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1,045 (17.49%) DNS
2 699 (11.70%) DHCP
3 545 (9.12%) Firewall
4 407 (6.81%) Skype
5 380 (6.36%) VPN
6 370 (6.19%) WAN
7 363 (6.07%) LAN
8 328 (5.49%) TCP/IP
9 270 (4.52%) SAN
10 161 (2.69%) Internet
11 160 (2.68%) VoIP
12 137 (2.29%) VLAN
13 131 (2.19%) Wi-Fi
14 124 (2.07%) Remote Desktop
15 116 (1.94%) Wireless
16 95 (1.59%) Network Security
17 94 (1.57%) NetScaler
18 87 (1.46%) NAS
19 60 (1.00%) IP Telephony
19 60 (1.00%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 549 (9.19%) SQL Server
2 77 (1.29%) Azure SQL Database
3 64 (1.07%) MySQL
4 54 (0.90%) Power BI
5 52 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 47 (0.79%) Relational Database
7 44 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
8 43 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
9 39 (0.65%) Big Data
10 38 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
10 38 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 33 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
11 33 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
12 28 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
13 25 (0.42%) SQL Server 2017
14 23 (0.38%) Oracle Database
15 21 (0.35%) Cosmos DB
16 20 (0.33%) RDBMS
17 18 (0.30%) Impala
17 18 (0.30%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 133 (2.23%) JIRA
2 125 (2.09%) Git (software)
3 92 (1.54%) MSI
4 84 (1.41%) Jenkins
5 75 (1.26%) Visual Studio
6 70 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
7 61 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
8 45 (0.75%) Bitbucket
9 29 (0.49%) InstallShield
10 24 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 20 (0.33%) GitLab
12 19 (0.32%) Subversion
13 18 (0.30%) Artifactory
14 16 (0.27%) Hudson
15 13 (0.22%) JUnit
15 13 (0.22%) StarTeam
16 12 (0.20%) NUnit
17 11 (0.18%) Ant
17 11 (0.18%) Eclipse
17 11 (0.18%) MSBuild
General
1 670 (11.21%) Finance
2 325 (5.44%) Public Sector
3 232 (3.88%) Banking
4 151 (2.53%) Retail
5 127 (2.13%) Telecoms
6 119 (1.99%) Law
7 82 (1.37%) Legal
8 59 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 58 (0.97%) Advertising
10 43 (0.72%) Local Government
11 42 (0.70%) Back Office
11 42 (0.70%) Marketing
12 39 (0.65%) Investment Banking
13 38 (0.64%) Electronics
14 36 (0.60%) Publishing
15 35 (0.59%) German Language
16 16 (0.27%) Financial Institution
17 15 (0.25%) Military
18 14 (0.23%) Automotive
18 14 (0.23%) French Language
Job Titles
1 973 (16.28%) Analyst
2 738 (12.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 712 (11.91%) Support Engineer
4 475 (7.95%) Desktop Support
5 445 (7.45%) 2nd Line Support
6 433 (7.25%) Architect
7 402 (6.73%) Windows Engineer
8 392 (6.56%) Service Analyst
9 365 (6.11%) Desktop Engineer
10 362 (6.06%) Service Desk Analyst
11 352 (5.89%) Support Analyst
12 305 (5.10%) Consultant
13 301 (5.04%) IT Support
14 246 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 242 (4.05%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 230 (3.85%) IT Engineer
17 228 (3.82%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 213 (3.56%) 3rd Line Support
19 192 (3.21%) Azure Engineer
20 187 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 190 (3.18%) LDAP
2 169 (2.83%) .NET
3 158 (2.64%) Web Services
4 137 (2.29%) SAML
5 89 (1.49%) JSON
6 73 (1.22%) OAuth
7 72 (1.20%) Middleware
8 71 (1.19%) HTML
9 70 (1.17%) XML
10 63 (1.05%) OpenID
11 61 (1.02%) RESTful
12 57 (0.95%) SailPoint
13 50 (0.84%) .NET Framework
14 49 (0.82%) AngularJS
15 47 (0.79%) .NET Core
16 45 (0.75%) REST
17 44 (0.74%) CSS
18 41 (0.69%) ASP.NET
19 38 (0.64%) Node.js
20 36 (0.60%) React
Miscellaneous
1 289 (4.84%) Data Centre
2 272 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 187 (3.13%) Clustering
4 185 (3.10%) PKI
5 172 (2.88%) Management Information System
6 134 (2.24%) Blackberry
7 124 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
8 121 (2.02%) NHS
9 118 (1.97%) Public Cloud
10 104 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
11 99 (1.66%) Replication
12 88 (1.47%) Smartphone
12 88 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
13 85 (1.42%) Driving Licence
14 81 (1.36%) iPhone
15 72 (1.20%) Fat Client
15 72 (1.20%) Thin Client
16 59 (0.99%) User Experience
17 56 (0.94%) iPad
18 49 (0.82%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 4,383 (73.34%) Windows
2 1,846 (30.89%) Windows 10
3 1,742 (29.15%) Windows Server
4 1,198 (20.05%) Windows 7
5 786 (13.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 662 (11.08%) Windows Server 2008
7 557 (9.32%) Linux
8 248 (4.15%) Android
9 181 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 171 (2.86%) Apple iOS
11 164 (2.74%) Windows 8
11 164 (2.74%) Windows XP
12 144 (2.41%) Unix
13 126 (2.11%) Mac OS
14 120 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 87 (1.46%) CentOS
16 83 (1.39%) Mac OS X
17 43 (0.72%) Ubuntu
18 41 (0.69%) Solaris
19 37 (0.62%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,041 (17.42%) ITIL
2 957 (16.01%) Migration
3 867 (14.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 493 (8.25%) Problem-Solving
5 389 (6.51%) Agile Software Development
6 353 (5.91%) DevOps
7 288 (4.82%) Service Management
8 235 (3.93%) Identity Access Management
9 215 (3.60%) ITSM
10 200 (3.35%) Disaster Recovery
11 195 (3.26%) Information Security
12 181 (3.03%) Change Management
13 180 (3.01%) Application Packaging
14 178 (2.98%) Time Management
15 177 (2.96%) Incident Management
16 175 (2.93%) Mobile Device Management
17 174 (2.91%) Project Delivery
18 163 (2.73%) Identity Management
19 158 (2.64%) Service Delivery
20 157 (2.63%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 1,122 (18.78%) PowerShell
2 626 (10.48%) SQL
3 152 (2.54%) C#
4 145 (2.43%) JavaScript
5 125 (2.09%) Python
6 98 (1.64%) VBScript
7 87 (1.46%) Java
8 79 (1.32%) C
9 76 (1.27%) T-SQL
10 70 (1.17%) Bash Shell
11 50 (0.84%) VB
12 41 (0.69%) Perl
13 36 (0.60%) Shell Script
14 32 (0.54%) Ruby
15 17 (0.28%) PHP
16 12 (0.20%) VBA
16 12 (0.20%) XPath
17 10 (0.17%) VB.NET
18 9 (0.15%) TypeScript
19 8 (0.13%) Korn
Qualifications
1 750 (12.55%) Security Cleared
2 477 (7.98%) SC Cleared
3 405 (6.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 242 (4.05%) MCSE
5 215 (3.60%) DV Cleared
6 185 (3.10%) Degree
7 126 (2.11%) MCSA
8 119 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
9 117 (1.96%) MCP
10 107 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
11 86 (1.44%) CCNA
12 56 (0.94%) DBS Check
13 55 (0.92%) CISSP
14 52 (0.87%) Citrix Certification
15 50 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 47 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
17 45 (0.75%) MCITP
18 37 (0.62%) CCA
19 36 (0.60%) CCNP
20 35 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 352 (5.89%) SLA
2 75 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 72 (1.20%) QA
4 61 (1.02%) GDPR
5 48 (0.80%) PCI DSS
6 28 (0.47%) NIST
7 23 (0.38%) PMO
8 21 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
9 17 (0.28%) Data Quality
9 17 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.22%) COBIT
11 12 (0.20%) NCSC
12 10 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 9 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
14 7 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
14 7 (0.12%) HL7
15 6 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 6 (0.10%) ISO 9001
16 4 (0.067%) ISO 14001
16 4 (0.067%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 784 (13.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 492 (8.23%) Hyper-V
3 357 (5.97%) XenApp
4 314 (5.25%) VMware ESXi
5 249 (4.17%) vSphere
6 248 (4.15%) XenDesktop
7 158 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 155 (2.59%) Virtual Machines
9 132 (2.21%) Docker
10 119 (1.99%) Virtual Desktop
11 57 (0.95%) BitLocker
12 54 (0.90%) DFS Replication
12 54 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
13 48 (0.80%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 35 (0.59%) VMware NSX
15 33 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
16 31 (0.52%) vCloud
17 28 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 23 (0.38%) Terminal Services
19 22 (0.37%) NDS
Systems Management
1 1,384 (23.16%) SCCM
2 341 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
3 236 (3.95%) SCOM
4 210 (3.51%) Single Sign-On
5 148 (2.48%) WSUS
6 128 (2.14%) Ansible
7 121 (2.02%) Terraform
8 104 (1.74%) Kubernetes
9 93 (1.56%) vCenter Server
10 91 (1.52%) Puppet
11 85 (1.42%) AirWatch
12 69 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
13 68 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
14 58 (0.97%) SCVMM
15 50 (0.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 47 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
17 45 (0.75%) Jamf Pro
18 44 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
19 39 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
20 36 (0.60%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,871 (48.04%) Microsoft
2 1,460 (24.43%) VMware
3 857 (14.34%) Citrix
4 553 (9.25%) Cisco
5 269 (4.50%) HP
6 205 (3.43%) Apple
7 184 (3.08%) Oracle
8 183 (3.06%) ServiceNow
9 159 (2.66%) Dell
9 159 (2.66%) NetApp
10 137 (2.29%) McAfee
11 125 (2.09%) Ivanti
12 120 (2.01%) Symantec
13 112 (1.87%) Red Hat
14 111 (1.86%) Google
15 103 (1.72%) Veeam
16 91 (1.52%) EMC
17 84 (1.41%) Remedy
18 81 (1.36%) Meraki
19 73 (1.22%) SAP