Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 35 31
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 6,284 5,623 6,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.11% 5.55% 6.11%
As % of the System Software category 40.34% 44.39% 49.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,756 3,468 3,855
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +4.84%
10th Percentile £125 £120 £125
90th Percentile £538 £510 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £300 £320
% change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 758 565 770
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.29
90th Percentile £30.56 £39.35 £29.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.20 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.63% -5.33% -

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 15,577 12,666 13,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.15% 12.50% 12.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,170 8,199 8,203
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +9.59%
10th Percentile £181 £156 £174
90th Percentile £625 £601 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 879 709 881
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.81 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.79% +6.70% -1.56%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £46.00 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.32% +3.33% -6.25%

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 12 November 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 5,742 £350 +16.67% 1,490
UK excluding London -1 3,874 £330 +10.00% 1,051
London +8 2,278 £370 +18.40% 500
South East 0 1,238 £375 +20.00% 308
North of England +4 760 £325 +18.18% 285
Midlands +2 577 £318 +0.16% 171
East of England +4 454 £325 +18.18% 110
South West -4 420 £325 +15.56% 115
North West +14 414 £300 +7.14% 145
West Midlands -3 341 £348 -0.71% 101
Scotland -9 304 £280 -13.85% 34
Yorkshire -1 279 £354 +68.45% 121
East Midlands +12 229 £239 -20.42% 70
Wales -9 104 £350 +115.38% 25
North East -27 67 £388 +25.00% 19
Northern Ireland +20 18 £350 -12.50% 3
Channel Islands -1 5 £525 -

For the 6 months to 12 November 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 4,710 (74.95%) Windows
2 3,037 (48.33%) Microsoft
3 1,970 (31.35%) Office 365
4 1,918 (30.52%) Windows Server
5 1,642 (26.13%) VMware
6 1,467 (23.35%) Windows 10
7 1,370 (21.80%) Windows 7
8 1,324 (21.07%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,291 (20.54%) SCCM
10 1,218 (19.38%) ITIL
11 1,162 (18.49%) PowerShell
12 1,036 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
13 1,025 (16.31%) Citrix
14 997 (15.87%) DNS
15 938 (14.93%) MS Exchange
16 921 (14.66%) VMware Infrastructure
17 893 (14.21%) Migration
18 888 (14.13%) Windows Server 2012
19 802 (12.76%) Finance
20 737 (11.73%) Windows Server 2008
21 729 (11.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 720 (11.46%) Security Cleared
23 683 (10.87%) DHCP
24 673 (10.71%) Linux
25 646 (10.28%) Firewall
26 621 (9.88%) SQL
27 582 (9.26%) Azure Active Directory
28 565 (8.99%) Cisco
29 541 (8.61%) SQL Server
30 539 (8.58%) SC Cleared

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
1 938 (14.93%) MS Exchange
2 502 (7.99%) SharePoint
3 375 (5.97%) Skype for Business
4 340 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 211 (3.36%) IIS
6 205 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 83 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 77 (1.23%) Apache
8 77 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
9 69 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
10 47 (0.75%) Tomcat
11 44 (0.70%) IBM Notes
12 41 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
13 37 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
14 33 (0.53%) JBoss
15 31 (0.49%) WebSphere
16 30 (0.48%) Confluence
17 29 (0.46%) CMS
18 19 (0.30%) Apache Spark
19 16 (0.25%) nginx
Applications
1 1,036 (16.49%) Microsoft Office
2 165 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 89 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 59 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 42 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 7 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.11%) CINEMA 4D
9 5 (0.080%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.064%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 3 (0.048%) Windchill
12 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.032%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.032%) SPSS
13 1 (0.016%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.016%) Houdini
13 1 (0.016%) Maya
13 1 (0.016%) NUKE
13 1 (0.016%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 40 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
3 19 (0.30%) Eikon
4 11 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.095%) Elite 3E
6 6 (0.095%) Teamcenter
7 5 (0.080%) thinkFolio
7 5 (0.080%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 4 (0.064%) assyst
8 4 (0.064%) Infor SunSystems
8 4 (0.064%) ReMetrica
8 4 (0.064%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.048%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.048%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.032%) Oracle EBS
10 2 (0.032%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.032%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.032%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 2 (0.032%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,970 (31.35%) Office 365
2 1,324 (21.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 582 (9.26%) Azure Active Directory
4 359 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
5 229 (3.64%) IaaS
6 194 (3.09%) PaaS
7 151 (2.40%) OneDrive
8 124 (1.97%) SaaS
9 70 (1.11%) Mimecast
10 67 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
11 61 (0.97%) G Suite
12 41 (0.65%) Dynamics 365
13 35 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
14 31 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
15 27 (0.43%) Yammer
16 25 (0.40%) Serverless
17 24 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 18 (0.29%) Azure Functions
18 18 (0.29%) OpenShift
19 14 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 997 (15.87%) DNS
2 683 (10.87%) DHCP
3 646 (10.28%) Firewall
4 459 (7.30%) LAN
5 421 (6.70%) WAN
6 384 (6.11%) VPN
7 364 (5.79%) Skype
8 363 (5.78%) TCP/IP
9 327 (5.20%) SAN
10 190 (3.02%) Internet
11 174 (2.77%) VoIP
12 143 (2.28%) Network Security
13 142 (2.26%) Wireless
14 123 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
15 117 (1.86%) NAS
16 102 (1.62%) Kerberos
17 94 (1.50%) VLAN
18 86 (1.37%) SSL
19 80 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
20 62 (0.99%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 541 (8.61%) SQL Server
2 75 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
3 59 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 50 (0.80%) Power BI
5 48 (0.76%) Azure SQL Database
6 46 (0.73%) Relational Database
7 41 (0.65%) Hadoop
7 41 (0.65%) MySQL
7 41 (0.65%) Oracle Database
8 38 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
9 35 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
10 33 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
11 32 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
12 26 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
13 25 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 25 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 21 (0.33%) Big Data
15 19 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
15 19 (0.30%) SQL Server 2014
16 16 (0.25%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 81 (1.29%) JIRA
2 79 (1.26%) Git (software)
2 79 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 77 (1.23%) MSI
4 57 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
5 44 (0.70%) Visual Studio
6 35 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 24 (0.38%) Artifactory
8 20 (0.32%) HP UFT
8 20 (0.32%) WinRunner
9 18 (0.29%) InstallShield
10 16 (0.25%) AdminStudio
10 16 (0.25%) GitLab
10 16 (0.25%) Selenium
11 14 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 13 (0.21%) Bitbucket
12 13 (0.21%) Maven
13 12 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
13 12 (0.19%) TeamCity
14 11 (0.18%) Subversion
General
1 802 (12.76%) Finance
2 180 (2.86%) Banking
3 164 (2.61%) Retail
4 161 (2.56%) Law
5 111 (1.77%) Telecoms
6 73 (1.16%) Legal
7 71 (1.13%) Manufacturing
8 67 (1.07%) Publishing
9 56 (0.89%) Back Office
10 50 (0.80%) Marketing
11 43 (0.68%) Advertising
12 35 (0.56%) Financial Institution
12 35 (0.56%) French Language
13 31 (0.49%) Investment Banking
14 29 (0.46%) Front Office
15 28 (0.45%) Games
16 23 (0.37%) Military
16 23 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
17 22 (0.35%) German Language
18 15 (0.24%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 1,274 (20.27%) Analyst
2 733 (11.66%) Support Engineer
3 651 (10.36%) Desktop Support
4 600 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 505 (8.04%) 2nd Line Support
6 486 (7.73%) Support Analyst
7 481 (7.65%) Service Analyst
8 462 (7.35%) Service Desk Analyst
9 417 (6.64%) IT Support
10 385 (6.13%) Consultant
11 371 (5.90%) Architect
12 338 (5.38%) Desktop Engineer
13 279 (4.44%) Windows Engineer
14 273 (4.34%) Administrator
15 236 (3.76%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 235 (3.74%) IT Analyst
17 231 (3.68%) 1st Line Support
18 225 (3.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 225 (3.58%) IT Engineer
19 217 (3.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 199 (3.17%) LDAP
2 139 (2.21%) .NET
3 137 (2.18%) Web Services
4 104 (1.65%) SAML
5 93 (1.48%) Middleware
6 66 (1.05%) JSON
7 61 (0.97%) OAuth
7 61 (0.97%) REST
8 46 (0.73%) X-Windows
9 38 (0.60%) CSS
10 37 (0.59%) HTML
11 36 (0.57%) OpenID
11 36 (0.57%) XML
12 33 (0.53%) SailPoint
13 27 (0.43%) .NET Framework
14 24 (0.38%) SOAP
15 22 (0.35%) ASP.NET
16 21 (0.33%) jQuery
16 21 (0.33%) Kafka
17 18 (0.29%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 313 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
2 292 (4.65%) Data Centre
3 210 (3.34%) Blackberry
4 205 (3.26%) Management Information System
5 182 (2.90%) PKI
6 181 (2.88%) Clustering
7 161 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
8 152 (2.42%) iPhone
9 94 (1.50%) Smartphone
10 89 (1.42%) Public Cloud
11 81 (1.29%) Fat Client
11 81 (1.29%) Thin Client
12 79 (1.26%) Computer Science
13 74 (1.18%) Replication
14 71 (1.13%) iPad
15 67 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
16 55 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
17 50 (0.80%) NHS
17 50 (0.80%) User Experience
18 47 (0.75%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 4,710 (74.95%) Windows
2 1,918 (30.52%) Windows Server
3 1,467 (23.35%) Windows 10
4 1,370 (21.80%) Windows 7
5 888 (14.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 737 (11.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 673 (10.71%) Linux
8 233 (3.71%) Unix
9 232 (3.69%) Windows Server 2003
10 228 (3.63%) Windows 8
11 220 (3.50%) Apple iOS
12 204 (3.25%) Windows XP
13 188 (2.99%) Android
14 182 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 143 (2.28%) Mac OS
16 121 (1.93%) Mac OS X
17 84 (1.34%) Solaris
18 67 (1.07%) CentOS
19 58 (0.92%) AIX
20 36 (0.57%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,218 (19.38%) ITIL
2 893 (14.21%) Migration
3 729 (11.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 453 (7.21%) Problem-Solving
5 369 (5.87%) Service Management
6 310 (4.93%) Agile Software Development
7 255 (4.06%) Change Management
8 253 (4.03%) DevOps
9 251 (3.99%) ITSM
10 212 (3.37%) ITIL V3
11 192 (3.06%) Service Delivery
12 191 (3.04%) Information Security
13 184 (2.93%) Project Management
14 180 (2.86%) Identity Management
15 173 (2.75%) Disaster Recovery
16 162 (2.58%) Incident Management
17 155 (2.47%) Time Management
18 142 (2.26%) Identity Access Management
19 133 (2.12%) Asset Management
20 130 (2.07%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 1,162 (18.49%) PowerShell
2 621 (9.88%) SQL
3 118 (1.88%) Python
4 110 (1.75%) C#
5 101 (1.61%) Java
6 93 (1.48%) Shell Script
7 92 (1.46%) VBScript
8 85 (1.35%) JavaScript
9 78 (1.24%) Bash Shell
10 75 (1.19%) VB
11 54 (0.86%) C
12 50 (0.80%) Perl
13 42 (0.67%) T-SQL
14 38 (0.60%) Ruby
15 23 (0.37%) VBA
16 22 (0.35%) PHP
17 8 (0.13%) Go
17 8 (0.13%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.11%) PL/SQL
19 6 (0.095%) AppleScript
Qualifications
1 720 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 539 (8.58%) SC Cleared
3 503 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 289 (4.60%) MCSE
5 232 (3.69%) Degree
6 174 (2.77%) MCSA
7 153 (2.43%) DV Cleared
8 127 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
9 111 (1.77%) MCP
10 96 (1.53%) CCNA
11 91 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
12 82 (1.30%) MCITP
13 81 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 62 (0.99%) DBS Check
15 48 (0.76%) CISSP
16 47 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
17 46 (0.73%) A+ Certification
18 43 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 42 (0.67%) CCNP
20 40 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 342 (5.44%) SLA
2 47 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (0.73%) QA
4 42 (0.67%) GDPR
5 41 (0.65%) PMO
6 33 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 24 (0.38%) PCI DSS
8 23 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
9 13 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 9 (0.14%) FedRAMP
10 9 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
10 9 (0.14%) HIPAA
10 9 (0.14%) HL7
11 7 (0.11%) COBIT
11 7 (0.11%) GxP
12 6 (0.095%) JSP 440
13 5 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials
14 4 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 3 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 2 (0.032%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 921 (14.66%) VMware Infrastructure
2 473 (7.53%) Hyper-V
3 343 (5.46%) XenApp
4 328 (5.22%) VMware ESXi
5 283 (4.50%) vSphere
6 241 (3.84%) XenDesktop
7 196 (3.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 115 (1.83%) Virtual Desktop
9 96 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
10 85 (1.35%) Docker
11 82 (1.30%) BitLocker
12 66 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
12 66 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
13 63 (1.00%) XenServer
14 54 (0.86%) Terminal Services
15 48 (0.76%) DFS Replication
16 33 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 33 (0.53%) NFS
17 32 (0.51%) VMware Server
18 22 (0.35%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1,291 (20.54%) SCCM
2 221 (3.52%) SCOM
3 218 (3.47%) Microsoft Intune
4 176 (2.80%) WSUS
5 122 (1.94%) Single Sign-On
6 115 (1.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 112 (1.78%) McAfee ePO
8 106 (1.69%) Ansible
9 95 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
10 94 (1.50%) AirWatch
10 94 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
11 91 (1.45%) vCenter Server
12 88 (1.40%) Terraform
13 83 (1.32%) Puppet
14 66 (1.05%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 62 (0.99%) Backup Exec
16 61 (0.97%) Kubernetes
17 57 (0.91%) NetBackup
18 39 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
19 35 (0.56%) vRealize
Vendors
1 3,037 (48.33%) Microsoft
2 1,642 (26.13%) VMware
3 1,025 (16.31%) Citrix
4 565 (8.99%) Cisco
5 440 (7.00%) HP
6 335 (5.33%) Apple
7 268 (4.26%) McAfee
8 226 (3.60%) ServiceNow
9 214 (3.41%) Oracle
10 195 (3.10%) NetApp
11 170 (2.71%) Ivanti
12 154 (2.45%) Red Hat
13 138 (2.20%) Symantec
14 132 (2.10%) Dell
15 121 (1.93%) Remedy
15 121 (1.93%) Veeam
16 102 (1.62%) Sony
17 100 (1.59%) Google
18 93 (1.48%) IBM
19 79 (1.26%) Sophos