Period
to 19 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 32 32
Rank change year-on-year -3 0 -6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,628 5,308 5,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.59% 5.62% 5.41%
As % of the System Software category 43.96% 46.12% 53.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,427 3,156 3,219
UK median daily rate £313 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +4.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £125 £125 £128
90th Percentile £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £313 £300
% change year-on-year -4.00% +4.17% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 584 689 950
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.87 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.91% +2.52% -2.46%
10th Percentile £10.25 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £32.50 £29.00 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.25 £14.50 £14.77
% change year-on-year -1.72% -1.83% +1.86%

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 12,803 11,508 10,906
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.71% 12.18% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,345 7,180 6,358
UK median daily rate £450 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +8.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £162 £163 £158
90th Percentile £625 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +10.71% +2.94% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 834 1,112
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -2.57%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £44.43 £40.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% +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 19 February 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 February 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 February 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 5,125 £313 -3.85% 1,430
UK excluding London 0 3,455 £300 -4.00% 1,082
London +3 2,103 £338 -3.57% 428
South East +5 1,219 £325 - 283
North of England -8 625 £270 -16.92% 287
Midlands +5 475 £300 -7.69% 189
South West +3 378 £300 +28.21% 124
East of England +1 334 £300 +12.15% 119
Scotland -10 296 £375 +17.19% 51
North West -1 281 £280 -13.85% 134
West Midlands +5 258 £313 -2.34% 99
Yorkshire -7 253 £205 -36.43% 130
East Midlands 0 209 £298 -8.46% 90
Wales +19 127 £325 +64.56% 27
North East -10 93 £309 -6.36% 23
Northern Ireland -28 13 £238 +5.56% 2
Channel Islands -2 3 £175 -

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 4,182 (74.31%) Windows
2 2,648 (47.05%) Microsoft
3 1,756 (31.20%) Windows Server
4 1,559 (27.70%) VMware
5 1,479 (26.28%) Office 365
6 1,275 (22.65%) Windows 7
7 1,240 (22.03%) ITIL
8 1,050 (18.66%) SCCM
9 1,016 (18.05%) Windows 10
10 992 (17.63%) Windows Server 2012
11 986 (17.52%) Citrix
12 928 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
13 922 (16.38%) MS Exchange
13 922 (16.38%) Windows Server 2008
14 921 (16.36%) DNS
15 891 (15.83%) Microsoft Azure
16 888 (15.78%) PowerShell
17 866 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
18 780 (13.86%) Security Cleared
19 718 (12.76%) Migration
20 692 (12.30%) DHCP
21 661 (11.74%) Finance
22 655 (11.64%) Cisco
23 575 (10.22%) SQL
24 567 (10.07%) Microsoft Certification
25 555 (9.86%) Firewall
26 547 (9.72%) SQL Server
27 546 (9.70%) SC Cleared
28 545 (9.68%) Linux
29 464 (8.24%) HP

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
1 922 (16.38%) MS Exchange
2 463 (8.23%) SharePoint
3 333 (5.92%) Skype for Business
4 290 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 240 (4.26%) IIS
6 187 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2013
7 88 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 67 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 63 (1.12%) Apache
10 53 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
11 52 (0.92%) SharePoint 2010
12 45 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
13 41 (0.73%) Tomcat
14 38 (0.68%) IBM Notes
15 33 (0.59%) WebSphere
16 30 (0.53%) Confluence
17 27 (0.48%) JBoss
18 26 (0.46%) CMS
19 21 (0.37%) Apache Spark
20 17 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 928 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
2 137 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 72 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 45 (0.80%) MS Visio
5 36 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.12%) Acrobat
6 7 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
7 5 (0.089%) HipChat
7 5 (0.089%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.089%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.071%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.053%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.053%) CINEMA 4D
9 3 (0.053%) Houdini
9 3 (0.053%) Maya
9 3 (0.053%) NUKE
9 3 (0.053%) Revit
9 3 (0.053%) Vectorworks
10 2 (0.036%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 31 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 15 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
3 15 (0.27%) RMDS
4 13 (0.23%) Eikon
5 8 (0.14%) assyst
6 7 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
6 7 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
7 6 (0.11%) Teamcenter
8 5 (0.089%) SDL Web 8
9 4 (0.071%) Oracle Cash Management
9 4 (0.071%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.071%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.071%) SAP FI/CO
9 4 (0.071%) SystmOne
10 3 (0.053%) Dynamics AX
10 3 (0.053%) LatentZero
10 3 (0.053%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.053%) Relativity
10 3 (0.053%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1,479 (26.28%) Office 365
2 891 (15.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 326 (5.79%) Azure Active Directory
4 310 (5.51%) Amazon AWS
5 138 (2.45%) PaaS
6 124 (2.20%) IaaS
7 84 (1.49%) SaaS
8 82 (1.46%) OneDrive
9 48 (0.85%) G Suite
10 33 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
11 29 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
12 28 (0.50%) Mimecast
13 24 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 23 (0.41%) Route 53
15 20 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
16 14 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
16 14 (0.25%) Google Drive
16 14 (0.25%) OpenShift
17 11 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
18 10 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 921 (16.36%) DNS
2 692 (12.30%) DHCP
3 555 (9.86%) Firewall
4 436 (7.75%) LAN
5 433 (7.69%) WAN
6 404 (7.18%) TCP/IP
7 370 (6.57%) SAN
8 323 (5.74%) VPN
9 303 (5.38%) Skype
10 159 (2.83%) Internet
11 148 (2.63%) VoIP
12 123 (2.19%) VLAN
13 107 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
14 106 (1.88%) Wireless
15 100 (1.78%) Network Security
16 97 (1.72%) Kerberos
17 88 (1.56%) NetScaler
17 88 (1.56%) SSL
18 78 (1.39%) NAS
19 68 (1.21%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 547 (9.72%) SQL Server
2 84 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 61 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 56 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
5 49 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
6 38 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
7 37 (0.66%) Hadoop
7 37 (0.66%) MySQL
8 33 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
9 32 (0.57%) Big Data
10 30 (0.53%) Power BI
10 30 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 29 (0.52%) NoSQL
11 29 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
12 27 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
12 27 (0.48%) GIS
12 27 (0.48%) Oracle Database
13 25 (0.44%) Relational Database
14 23 (0.41%) MongoDB
15 20 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 106 (1.88%) Git (software)
2 85 (1.51%) JIRA
3 82 (1.46%) Jenkins
4 70 (1.24%) Visual Studio
5 58 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (0.91%) MSI
7 32 (0.57%) Artifactory
8 25 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
9 24 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
10 20 (0.36%) TeamCity
11 15 (0.27%) JUnit
12 14 (0.25%) Maven
13 13 (0.23%) Subversion
14 10 (0.18%) AutoIt
14 10 (0.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 9 (0.16%) CruiseControl
15 9 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
16 8 (0.14%) FishEye
16 8 (0.14%) Hudson
16 8 (0.14%) Selenium
General
1 661 (11.74%) Finance
2 216 (3.84%) Banking
3 120 (2.13%) Legal
4 118 (2.10%) Telecoms
5 110 (1.95%) Retail
6 85 (1.51%) Law
7 64 (1.14%) Publishing
8 60 (1.07%) Manufacturing
9 47 (0.84%) Back Office
10 37 (0.66%) Advertising
11 35 (0.62%) Financial Institution
12 33 (0.59%) Investment Banking
13 28 (0.50%) Marketing
14 26 (0.46%) International Banking
15 23 (0.41%) French Language
16 17 (0.30%) Local Government
17 14 (0.25%) Electronics
18 13 (0.23%) German Language
19 8 (0.14%) Aerospace
19 8 (0.14%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,135 (20.17%) Analyst
2 640 (11.37%) Support Engineer
3 501 (8.90%) Desktop Support
4 488 (8.67%) Service Analyst
5 466 (8.28%) Service Desk Analyst
6 450 (8.00%) 2nd Line Support
7 438 (7.78%) Architect
8 430 (7.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 394 (7.00%) Consultant
10 373 (6.63%) Support Analyst
11 352 (6.25%) IT Support
12 274 (4.87%) Windows Engineer
13 270 (4.80%) Desktop Engineer
14 229 (4.07%) 1st Line Support
15 219 (3.89%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 216 (3.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 210 (3.73%) IT Analyst
18 203 (3.61%) Administrator
19 195 (3.46%) 3rd Line Support
20 189 (3.36%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (3.16%) LDAP
2 168 (2.99%) Web Services
3 150 (2.67%) .NET
4 92 (1.63%) XML
5 91 (1.62%) REST
6 83 (1.47%) HTML
7 79 (1.40%) JSON
8 58 (1.03%) SOAP
9 45 (0.80%) CSS
10 44 (0.78%) Middleware
11 39 (0.69%) SAML
12 37 (0.66%) AngularJS
12 37 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web API
13 35 (0.62%) ASP.NET
14 33 (0.59%) OpenID
15 30 (0.53%) YAML
16 29 (0.52%) Spring Security
17 28 (0.50%) Node.js
18 26 (0.46%) RESTful
19 24 (0.43%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 310 (5.51%) Data Centre
2 277 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
3 195 (3.46%) Management Information System
4 189 (3.36%) PKI
5 174 (3.09%) Blackberry
6 151 (2.68%) Clustering
7 106 (1.88%) Smartphone
8 99 (1.76%) Replication
9 91 (1.62%) iPhone
10 74 (1.31%) Driving Licence
11 71 (1.26%) NHS
12 66 (1.17%) Computer Science
13 59 (1.05%) iPad
13 59 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
14 49 (0.87%) CMDB
14 49 (0.87%) Fat Client
14 49 (0.87%) Thin Client
14 49 (0.87%) Virtual Team
15 46 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
16 42 (0.75%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 4,182 (74.31%) Windows
2 1,756 (31.20%) Windows Server
3 1,275 (22.65%) Windows 7
4 1,016 (18.05%) Windows 10
5 992 (17.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 922 (16.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 545 (9.68%) Linux
8 310 (5.51%) Windows Server 2003
9 224 (3.98%) Windows 8
10 193 (3.43%) Android
11 191 (3.39%) Windows XP
12 171 (3.04%) Apple iOS
13 157 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 153 (2.72%) Unix
15 86 (1.53%) Mac OS X
16 79 (1.40%) Windows Vista
17 69 (1.23%) Mac OS
18 51 (0.91%) Solaris
19 49 (0.87%) CentOS
20 25 (0.44%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,240 (22.03%) ITIL
2 718 (12.76%) Migration
3 364 (6.47%) Service Management
4 291 (5.17%) Agile Software Development
5 273 (4.85%) Change Management
6 242 (4.30%) Incident Management
7 241 (4.28%) DevOps
8 213 (3.78%) Configuration Management
9 194 (3.45%) Service Delivery
10 187 (3.32%) Disaster Recovery
11 175 (3.11%) Problem Management
12 174 (3.09%) Project Management
13 159 (2.83%) ITIL V3
14 152 (2.70%) Information Security
15 137 (2.43%) ITSM
16 126 (2.24%) Identity Access Management
17 124 (2.20%) Mobile Device Management
18 118 (2.10%) Identity Management
19 117 (2.08%) PRINCE2
20 116 (2.06%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 888 (15.78%) PowerShell
2 575 (10.22%) SQL
3 152 (2.70%) Java
4 143 (2.54%) VBScript
5 128 (2.27%) C#
6 87 (1.55%) JavaScript
7 78 (1.39%) C
7 78 (1.39%) Python
8 62 (1.10%) Bash Shell
9 52 (0.92%) Ruby
10 47 (0.84%) VB
11 36 (0.64%) Perl
11 36 (0.64%) Shell Script
12 27 (0.48%) PHP
12 27 (0.48%) T-SQL
13 22 (0.39%) PL/SQL
14 17 (0.30%) Groovy
15 14 (0.25%) VBA
16 9 (0.16%) BeanShell
16 9 (0.16%) Korn
Qualifications
1 780 (13.86%) Security Cleared
2 567 (10.07%) Microsoft Certification
3 546 (9.70%) SC Cleared
4 364 (6.47%) MCSE
5 211 (3.75%) DV Cleared
6 208 (3.70%) MCSA
7 185 (3.29%) Degree
8 163 (2.90%) MCP
9 159 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
10 142 (2.52%) ITIL Certification
11 117 (2.08%) MCITP
12 111 (1.97%) CCNA
13 97 (1.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 56 (1.00%) CISSP
15 54 (0.96%) DBS Check
16 53 (0.94%) CCNP
17 48 (0.85%) MCDST
18 42 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
19 39 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 33 (0.59%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 300 (5.33%) SLA
2 54 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 42 (0.75%) QA
4 40 (0.71%) GDPR
5 39 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 28 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 27 (0.48%) ISO 9001
8 26 (0.46%) PCI DSS
9 25 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 20 (0.36%) HIPAA
11 18 (0.32%) Actionable Recommendations
12 17 (0.30%) PMO
13 9 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 3 (0.053%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 3 (0.053%) Cyber Essentials
14 3 (0.053%) Data Quality
14 3 (0.053%) GAMP
15 2 (0.036%) Government Security Classifications
15 2 (0.036%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 2 (0.036%) MiFID
System Software
1 866 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 463 (8.23%) Hyper-V
3 336 (5.97%) vSphere
4 326 (5.79%) XenApp
5 246 (4.37%) VMware ESXi
6 168 (2.99%) XenDesktop
7 160 (2.84%) Microsoft App-V
8 151 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
9 100 (1.78%) BitLocker
10 71 (1.26%) Docker
11 60 (1.07%) Terminal Services
12 58 (1.03%) VMware Workstation
13 54 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
14 37 (0.66%) XenServer
15 36 (0.64%) NFS
16 26 (0.46%) DFS Replication
17 24 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
18 21 (0.37%) VMware Server
19 20 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 19 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 1,050 (18.66%) SCCM
2 238 (4.23%) SCOM
3 156 (2.77%) WSUS
4 113 (2.01%) Microsoft Intune
5 106 (1.88%) Ansible
6 97 (1.72%) Puppet
7 96 (1.71%) AirWatch
8 86 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 83 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
10 82 (1.46%) NetBackup
11 77 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
11 77 (1.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 76 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
13 75 (1.33%) Backup Exec
14 69 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
15 66 (1.17%) vCenter Server
16 52 (0.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 43 (0.76%) Terraform
18 37 (0.66%) Nessus
19 36 (0.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 2,648 (47.05%) Microsoft
2 1,559 (27.70%) VMware
3 986 (17.52%) Citrix
4 655 (11.64%) Cisco
5 464 (8.24%) HP
6 242 (4.30%) Apple
7 206 (3.66%) Ivanti
8 202 (3.59%) McAfee
9 187 (3.32%) Oracle
10 182 (3.23%) NetApp
11 171 (3.04%) Symantec
12 157 (2.79%) Dell
13 132 (2.35%) ServiceNow
14 129 (2.29%) SolarWinds
15 126 (2.24%) Google
15 126 (2.24%) Red Hat
16 94 (1.67%) Veeam
17 90 (1.60%) IBM
18 89 (1.58%) Remedy
19 80 (1.42%) EMC