Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 39 29
Rank change year-on-year +2 -10 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,632 4,576 6,319
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.59% 5.02% 5.97%
As % of the System Software category 41.70% 44.69% 52.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,385 2,718 3,611
UK median daily rate £325 £323 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% -0.54% +4.84%
10th Percentile £123 £120 £130
90th Percentile £538 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £315
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 675 538 790
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -1.67% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.07
90th Percentile £32.30 £29.63 £30.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.65 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.03% -3.33% +7.14%

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 13,507 10,239 12,114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.41% 11.24% 11.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,738 6,516 7,347
UK median daily rate £450 £421 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.02% +5.13% +12.68%
10th Percentile £185 £163 £170
90th Percentile £625 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +5.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 791 662 928
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.88% - -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.87 £47.00 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +6.67%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 0 5,001 £325 - 1,150
UK excluding London +2 3,460 £300 - 828
London +6 2,071 £350 - 381
South East +4 1,098 £325 -1.52% 228
North of England -5 652 £280 -6.67% 235
Midlands 0 488 £301 +0.17% 122
Scotland +19 410 £279 -3.46% 36
South West +9 404 £300 +9.09% 88
North West -2 333 £325 +8.33% 122
East of England +6 302 £313 +25.00% 96
West Midlands +1 285 £325 +8.33% 59
Yorkshire -14 205 £225 -12.20% 99
East Midlands +1 198 £288 -8.73% 63
North East +4 114 £272 -6.08% 14
Wales +10 101 £363 +111.68% 18
Northern Ireland -7 18 £143 -61.87% 3
Channel Islands -6 3 £175 - 3

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 4,227 (75.05%) Windows
2 2,798 (49.68%) Microsoft
3 1,831 (32.51%) Windows Server
4 1,599 (28.39%) VMware
5 1,561 (27.72%) Office 365
6 1,277 (22.67%) Windows 7
7 1,165 (20.69%) Windows 10
8 1,153 (20.47%) Citrix
9 1,140 (20.24%) SCCM
10 1,134 (20.13%) ITIL
11 1,039 (18.45%) DNS
12 978 (17.37%) Microsoft Office
13 949 (16.85%) Windows Server 2008
14 947 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
15 940 (16.69%) Microsoft Azure
16 914 (16.23%) PowerShell
17 896 (15.91%) Security Cleared
18 894 (15.87%) MS Exchange
19 888 (15.77%) Windows Server 2012
20 796 (14.13%) Migration
21 795 (14.12%) DHCP
22 679 (12.06%) SC Cleared
23 654 (11.61%) Finance
24 617 (10.96%) Cisco
25 580 (10.30%) SQL
26 572 (10.16%) Firewall
27 527 (9.36%) Linux
28 498 (8.84%) SQL Server
29 489 (8.68%) Microsoft Certification
30 452 (8.03%) Hyper-V

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
1 894 (15.87%) MS Exchange
2 391 (6.94%) SharePoint
3 379 (6.73%) Skype for Business
4 312 (5.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 269 (4.78%) IIS
6 164 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2013
7 73 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 62 (1.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 61 (1.08%) Apache
10 57 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2003
11 45 (0.80%) Tomcat
12 35 (0.62%) WebSphere
13 26 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
14 25 (0.44%) Apache Spark
14 25 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
15 23 (0.41%) IBM Notes
15 23 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
16 22 (0.39%) Office Communications Server
17 21 (0.37%) Apache Solr
18 19 (0.34%) Confluence
Applications
1 978 (17.37%) Microsoft Office
2 156 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 80 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 56 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 37 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.16%) Windchill
7 6 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.089%) HipChat
8 5 (0.089%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.071%) PTC Creo
10 2 (0.036%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.036%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.036%) Mozilla Thunderbird
10 2 (0.036%) PaintShop Pro
10 2 (0.036%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.018%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.018%) InDesign
11 1 (0.018%) Revit
11 1 (0.018%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 29 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.44%) assyst
3 21 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 16 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
5 13 (0.23%) RMDS
6 8 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
7 7 (0.12%) Eikon
8 6 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
9 4 (0.071%) Dynamics NAV
9 4 (0.071%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.071%) Relativity
9 4 (0.071%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.071%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.071%) SAP FI/CO
10 3 (0.053%) ION MarketView
10 3 (0.053%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.053%) SystmOne
11 2 (0.036%) Concordance
11 2 (0.036%) SAP ERP
11 2 (0.036%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1,561 (27.72%) Office 365
2 940 (16.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 351 (6.23%) Amazon AWS
3 351 (6.23%) Azure Active Directory
4 130 (2.31%) IaaS
5 117 (2.08%) PaaS
6 93 (1.65%) SaaS
7 67 (1.19%) OneDrive
8 48 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
9 46 (0.82%) G Suite
10 30 (0.53%) Mimecast
11 26 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
12 21 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
12 21 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 20 (0.36%) Serverless
14 19 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
14 19 (0.34%) Yammer
15 18 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
16 16 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
17 13 (0.23%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1,039 (18.45%) DNS
2 795 (14.12%) DHCP
3 572 (10.16%) Firewall
4 368 (6.53%) TCP/IP
5 360 (6.39%) LAN
5 360 (6.39%) SAN
6 356 (6.32%) WAN
7 348 (6.18%) VPN
8 321 (5.70%) Skype
9 148 (2.63%) Internet
10 145 (2.57%) VoIP
11 138 (2.45%) Remote Desktop
12 122 (2.17%) VLAN
13 109 (1.94%) NetScaler
14 97 (1.72%) Wireless
15 81 (1.44%) SSL
15 81 (1.44%) Wi-Fi
16 77 (1.37%) NAS
16 77 (1.37%) Network Security
17 73 (1.30%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 498 (8.84%) SQL Server
2 54 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
3 52 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
4 51 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
5 48 (0.85%) MySQL
6 43 (0.76%) Big Data
7 40 (0.71%) Hadoop
8 39 (0.69%) GIS
8 39 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
9 38 (0.67%) Oracle Database
10 36 (0.64%) SQL Server 2005
11 35 (0.62%) Relational Database
12 31 (0.55%) Power BI
13 27 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
14 26 (0.46%) SQL Server 2016
14 26 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 23 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
16 22 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
17 21 (0.37%) Apache Hive
17 21 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 95 (1.69%) JIRA
2 93 (1.65%) Git (software)
3 83 (1.47%) Jenkins
4 81 (1.44%) MSI
5 62 (1.10%) Visual Studio
6 47 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
7 36 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
8 34 (0.60%) HP UFT
8 34 (0.60%) WinRunner
9 20 (0.36%) Artifactory
10 19 (0.34%) TeamCity
11 18 (0.32%) InstallShield
11 18 (0.32%) Maven
12 16 (0.28%) Hudson
12 16 (0.28%) JUnit
13 14 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
14 12 (0.21%) AdminStudio
14 12 (0.21%) Bitbucket
15 11 (0.20%) Cucumber
16 10 (0.18%) Subversion
General
1 654 (11.61%) Finance
2 156 (2.77%) Banking
3 119 (2.11%) Telecoms
4 105 (1.86%) Law
5 101 (1.79%) Legal
6 99 (1.76%) Retail
7 56 (0.99%) Manufacturing
8 52 (0.92%) Publishing
9 45 (0.80%) Back Office
10 35 (0.62%) Advertising
10 35 (0.62%) Financial Institution
11 33 (0.59%) Marketing
12 30 (0.53%) Investment Banking
13 26 (0.46%) French Language
13 26 (0.46%) Local Government
14 22 (0.39%) German Language
15 14 (0.25%) Electronics
16 11 (0.20%) Military
17 10 (0.18%) Billing
18 8 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 1,141 (20.26%) Analyst
2 720 (12.78%) Support Engineer
3 560 (9.94%) Desktop Support
4 477 (8.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 466 (8.27%) Service Analyst
6 461 (8.19%) 2nd Line Support
7 428 (7.60%) Service Desk Analyst
8 398 (7.07%) Architect
9 365 (6.48%) Support Analyst
10 361 (6.41%) IT Support
11 307 (5.45%) Windows Engineer
12 295 (5.24%) Consultant
13 283 (5.02%) Desktop Engineer
14 234 (4.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 218 (3.87%) IT Analyst
16 215 (3.82%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 208 (3.69%) Administrator
18 199 (3.53%) 1st Line Support
19 198 (3.52%) IT Engineer
20 183 (3.25%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (3.11%) Web Services
2 135 (2.40%) .NET
2 135 (2.40%) LDAP
3 99 (1.76%) JSON
4 93 (1.65%) REST
5 89 (1.58%) XML
6 60 (1.07%) SAML
7 48 (0.85%) SOAP
8 47 (0.83%) Middleware
9 46 (0.82%) HTML
10 30 (0.53%) OAuth
11 27 (0.48%) SailPoint
11 27 (0.48%) Spring
12 26 (0.46%) Software Packaging
13 25 (0.44%) Kafka
14 24 (0.43%) CSS
15 23 (0.41%) ASP.NET
16 22 (0.39%) YAML
17 20 (0.36%) J2EE
17 20 (0.36%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 333 (5.91%) Data Centre
2 233 (4.14%) Analytical Skills
3 224 (3.98%) Clustering
4 201 (3.57%) PKI
5 173 (3.07%) Blackberry
6 165 (2.93%) Management Information System
7 121 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
8 103 (1.83%) iPhone
9 92 (1.63%) Smartphone
10 87 (1.54%) Fat Client
10 87 (1.54%) Thin Client
11 79 (1.40%) Computer Science
12 77 (1.37%) Replication
13 72 (1.28%) NHS
14 66 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
15 65 (1.15%) iPad
16 53 (0.94%) Driving Licence
17 47 (0.83%) Client/Server
18 46 (0.82%) Public Cloud
19 44 (0.78%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4,227 (75.05%) Windows
2 1,831 (32.51%) Windows Server
3 1,277 (22.67%) Windows 7
4 1,165 (20.69%) Windows 10
5 949 (16.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 888 (15.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 527 (9.36%) Linux
8 384 (6.82%) Windows Server 2003
9 266 (4.72%) Windows 8
10 245 (4.35%) Windows XP
11 215 (3.82%) Android
12 187 (3.32%) Apple iOS
13 147 (2.61%) Unix
14 133 (2.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 115 (2.04%) Mac OS X
16 109 (1.94%) Mac OS
17 60 (1.07%) AIX
18 55 (0.98%) Solaris
19 52 (0.92%) Windows Vista
20 48 (0.85%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,134 (20.13%) ITIL
2 796 (14.13%) Migration
3 427 (7.58%) Problem-Solving
4 327 (5.81%) Service Management
5 292 (5.18%) Change Management
6 270 (4.79%) Agile Software Development
7 222 (3.94%) Incident Management
8 221 (3.92%) DevOps
9 193 (3.43%) Project Management
10 177 (3.14%) Service Delivery
11 174 (3.09%) Problem Management
12 163 (2.89%) ITSM
12 163 (2.89%) Time Management
13 151 (2.68%) Configuration Management
14 147 (2.61%) ITIL V3
15 142 (2.52%) Stakeholder Management
16 130 (2.31%) Disaster Recovery
17 126 (2.24%) Information Security
18 124 (2.20%) Mobile Device Management
19 123 (2.18%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 914 (16.23%) PowerShell
2 580 (10.30%) SQL
3 119 (2.11%) VBScript
4 111 (1.97%) Java
5 100 (1.78%) C#
6 94 (1.67%) C
7 84 (1.49%) Python
8 61 (1.08%) JavaScript
9 59 (1.05%) VB
10 56 (0.99%) Bash Shell
11 43 (0.76%) Shell Script
11 43 (0.76%) T-SQL
12 37 (0.66%) Perl
13 28 (0.50%) PHP
13 28 (0.50%) Ruby
14 18 (0.32%) PL/SQL
15 17 (0.30%) Groovy
16 13 (0.23%) VBA
17 12 (0.21%) BeanShell
18 7 (0.12%) XPath
Qualifications
1 896 (15.91%) Security Cleared
2 679 (12.06%) SC Cleared
3 489 (8.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 301 (5.34%) MCSE
5 201 (3.57%) Degree
6 182 (3.23%) MCSA
7 166 (2.95%) DV Cleared
8 139 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
9 131 (2.33%) MCP
10 117 (2.08%) MCITP
11 112 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
12 98 (1.74%) CCNA
13 77 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 60 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
15 59 (1.05%) ISTQB
16 56 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
17 52 (0.92%) DBS Check
18 47 (0.83%) Citrix Certification
19 46 (0.82%) CCNP
19 46 (0.82%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (4.87%) SLA
2 74 (1.31%) GDPR
3 58 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 47 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 41 (0.73%) QA
6 39 (0.69%) PCI DSS
7 21 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 19 (0.34%) PMO
9 7 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 5 (0.089%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.071%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.071%) ISO 9001
11 4 (0.071%) RMADS
12 3 (0.053%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 3 (0.053%) GAMP
13 2 (0.036%) COBIT
14 1 (0.018%) GCP
14 1 (0.018%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.018%) MiFID
14 1 (0.018%) WCAG
System Software
1 947 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 452 (8.03%) Hyper-V
3 392 (6.96%) XenApp
4 328 (5.82%) VMware ESXi
5 276 (4.90%) vSphere
6 250 (4.44%) XenDesktop
7 246 (4.37%) Microsoft App-V
8 110 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
9 93 (1.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 84 (1.49%) XenServer
11 74 (1.31%) BitLocker
11 74 (1.31%) Docker
12 52 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
13 48 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
14 43 (0.76%) Terminal Services
15 41 (0.73%) VMware NSX
16 37 (0.66%) DFS Replication
17 27 (0.48%) NFS
18 25 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
19 22 (0.39%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 1,140 (20.24%) SCCM
2 185 (3.28%) SCOM
3 178 (3.16%) Microsoft Intune
4 168 (2.98%) WSUS
5 133 (2.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 104 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
7 101 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
8 97 (1.72%) AirWatch
9 92 (1.63%) McAfee ePO
10 81 (1.44%) Ansible
10 81 (1.44%) Puppet
10 81 (1.44%) vCenter Server
11 65 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
12 63 (1.12%) NetBackup
13 57 (1.01%) Backup Exec
13 57 (1.01%) Terraform
14 40 (0.71%) Nessus
14 40 (0.71%) Norton AntiVirus
15 38 (0.67%) HP ALM
15 38 (0.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 2,798 (49.68%) Microsoft
2 1,599 (28.39%) VMware
3 1,153 (20.47%) Citrix
4 617 (10.96%) Cisco
5 431 (7.65%) HP
6 296 (5.26%) Ivanti
7 252 (4.47%) Apple
8 243 (4.31%) McAfee
9 164 (2.91%) Dell
10 159 (2.82%) Oracle
11 151 (2.68%) NetApp
12 141 (2.50%) ServiceNow
13 132 (2.34%) SolarWinds
14 130 (2.31%) Symantec
15 126 (2.24%) Red Hat
16 111 (1.97%) Google
17 110 (1.95%) Veeam
18 107 (1.90%) IBM
19 103 (1.83%) SAP
20 99 (1.76%) Remedy