Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 36 32
Rank change year-on-year +3 -4 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 6,087 5,534 5,490
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.16% 5.60% 5.72%
As % of the System Software category 40.18% 43.75% 46.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,723 3,369 3,278
UK median daily rate £355 £313 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.60% -3.85% +6.56%
10th Percentile £128 £123 £125
90th Percentile £538 £525 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £313
% change year-on-year +16.67% -4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 690 579 699
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.19 £10.25
90th Percentile £37.50 £34.05 £29.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -3.45% -3.33%

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 15,150 12,650 11,779
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.33% 12.81% 12.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,945 8,214 7,392
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +6.12% +6.80%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £165
90th Percentile £638 £622 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 810 698 832
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.08 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.50% +0.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £45.48 £44.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.00%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +1 5,558 £368 +17.60% 1,394
UK excluding London +1 3,785 £350 +16.67% 992
London +5 2,152 £375 +15.38% 467
South East 0 1,261 £377 +18.66% 268
North of England +7 755 £338 +25.00% 274
Midlands +7 536 £330 +10.92% 169
South West -4 462 £375 +25.00% 116
North West +13 383 £305 +8.93% 147
East of England +5 375 £300 - 100
West Midlands -4 328 £360 +15.20% 106
Yorkshire +2 280 £363 +79.01% 109
Scotland -7 279 £225 -40.00% 30
East Midlands +5 199 £194 -32.61% 62
Wales -10 105 £313 +25.00% 31
North East -10 92 £375 +20.97% 18
Northern Ireland +24 12 £325 +54.39% 2
Channel Islands +3 5 £525 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 January 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 4,488 (73.73%) Windows
2 2,955 (48.55%) Microsoft
3 1,892 (31.08%) Office 365
4 1,881 (30.90%) Windows Server
5 1,570 (25.79%) VMware
6 1,436 (23.59%) Windows 10
7 1,383 (22.72%) Microsoft Azure
8 1,231 (20.22%) Windows 7
9 1,199 (19.70%) SCCM
10 1,165 (19.14%) PowerShell
11 1,091 (17.92%) ITIL
12 1,040 (17.09%) Microsoft Office
13 979 (16.08%) Citrix
14 941 (15.46%) DNS
15 866 (14.23%) Windows Server 2012
16 853 (14.01%) Migration
17 843 (13.85%) VMware Infrastructure
18 839 (13.78%) MS Exchange
19 767 (12.60%) Finance
20 745 (12.24%) Security Cleared
21 703 (11.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 696 (11.43%) Linux
23 677 (11.12%) Firewall
24 654 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
25 642 (10.55%) Azure Active Directory
26 614 (10.09%) SQL
27 613 (10.07%) DHCP
28 574 (9.43%) Cisco
29 548 (9.00%) SC Cleared
30 493 (8.10%) SQL Server

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
1 839 (13.78%) MS Exchange
2 462 (7.59%) SharePoint
3 357 (5.86%) Skype for Business
4 252 (4.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 210 (3.45%) IIS
6 192 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 76 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 72 (1.18%) Apache
9 64 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
10 52 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
11 47 (0.77%) Tomcat
12 44 (0.72%) IBM Notes
13 42 (0.69%) Confluence
14 37 (0.61%) CMS
15 35 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
16 29 (0.48%) WebSphere
17 26 (0.43%) nginx
18 24 (0.39%) JBoss
19 23 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
20 18 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1,040 (17.09%) Microsoft Office
2 150 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 85 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 45 (0.74%) MS Visio
5 32 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.16%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.066%) CINEMA 4D
8 4 (0.066%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.049%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.049%) Maya
9 3 (0.049%) Mozilla Thunderbird
9 3 (0.049%) NUKE
10 2 (0.033%) Houdini
10 2 (0.033%) SPSS
11 1 (0.016%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.016%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.016%) HipChat
11 1 (0.016%) Revit
Business Applications
1 49 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.34%) Eikon
3 19 (0.31%) Teamcenter
4 13 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
6 11 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.082%) Retail-J
7 5 (0.082%) thinkFolio
8 4 (0.066%) Elite 3E
8 4 (0.066%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.049%) assyst
9 3 (0.049%) Carpe Diem
9 3 (0.049%) LatentZero
9 3 (0.049%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.033%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.033%) OPENHousing
10 2 (0.033%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.033%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.033%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 2 (0.033%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1,892 (31.08%) Office 365
2 1,383 (22.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 642 (10.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 364 (5.98%) Amazon AWS
5 271 (4.45%) IaaS
6 241 (3.96%) PaaS
7 141 (2.32%) OneDrive
8 139 (2.28%) SaaS
9 60 (0.99%) Mimecast
10 45 (0.74%) G Suite
11 41 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
12 35 (0.57%) Serverless
13 33 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
14 30 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
15 28 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
16 27 (0.44%) Yammer
17 26 (0.43%) Azure Functions
18 24 (0.39%) Amazon S3
19 23 (0.38%) OpenShift
20 20 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 941 (15.46%) DNS
2 677 (11.12%) Firewall
3 613 (10.07%) DHCP
4 488 (8.02%) LAN
5 442 (7.26%) WAN
6 394 (6.47%) VPN
7 377 (6.19%) Skype
8 365 (6.00%) TCP/IP
9 321 (5.27%) SAN
10 174 (2.86%) Internet
11 162 (2.66%) VoIP
12 147 (2.41%) Network Security
13 126 (2.07%) Remote Desktop
14 119 (1.95%) Wireless
15 98 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
16 95 (1.56%) VLAN
17 90 (1.48%) NAS
18 83 (1.36%) Kerberos
18 83 (1.36%) SSL
19 80 (1.31%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 493 (8.10%) SQL Server
2 73 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
3 57 (0.94%) Relational Database
3 57 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
4 54 (0.89%) MySQL
5 50 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
6 48 (0.79%) Power BI
7 43 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
8 36 (0.59%) Hadoop
9 32 (0.53%) RDBMS
10 31 (0.51%) Oracle Database
10 31 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
11 28 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
12 27 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
12 27 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 23 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 22 (0.36%) MongoDB
15 18 (0.30%) Big Data
16 16 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
16 16 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 106 (1.74%) JIRA
2 97 (1.59%) Jenkins
3 92 (1.51%) Git (software)
4 83 (1.36%) MSI
5 71 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
6 39 (0.64%) Visual Studio
7 31 (0.51%) GitLab
8 30 (0.49%) Artifactory
9 21 (0.34%) InstallShield
9 21 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
10 19 (0.31%) AdminStudio
11 15 (0.25%) TeamCity
12 14 (0.23%) HP UFT
13 13 (0.21%) Selenium
14 12 (0.20%) Maven
15 11 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 11 (0.18%) Bitbucket
15 11 (0.18%) Cucumber
15 11 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
16 10 (0.16%) Hudson
General
1 767 (12.60%) Finance
2 191 (3.14%) Banking
3 159 (2.61%) Law
4 152 (2.50%) Retail
5 121 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 72 (1.18%) Legal
7 71 (1.17%) Manufacturing
8 60 (0.99%) Publishing
9 47 (0.77%) Marketing
10 41 (0.67%) Back Office
11 38 (0.62%) Advertising
12 37 (0.61%) Financial Institution
12 37 (0.61%) Investment Banking
13 33 (0.54%) Military
14 28 (0.46%) Front Office
15 25 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.36%) Games
17 19 (0.31%) Automotive
18 17 (0.28%) Electronics
19 16 (0.26%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1,151 (18.91%) Analyst
2 685 (11.25%) Support Engineer
3 588 (9.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 459 (7.54%) Service Analyst
5 442 (7.26%) Service Desk Analyst
6 440 (7.23%) Desktop Support
7 433 (7.11%) 2nd Line Support
8 413 (6.78%) Support Analyst
9 409 (6.72%) Architect
10 382 (6.28%) IT Support
11 347 (5.70%) Consultant
12 337 (5.54%) Desktop Engineer
13 289 (4.75%) Windows Engineer
14 252 (4.14%) Administrator
15 240 (3.94%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 224 (3.68%) 1st Line Support
17 214 (3.52%) Active Directory Engineer
18 206 (3.38%) IT Analyst
19 203 (3.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 197 (3.24%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 211 (3.47%) LDAP
2 153 (2.51%) Web Services
3 147 (2.41%) .NET
4 101 (1.66%) SAML
5 66 (1.08%) JSON
6 65 (1.07%) X-Windows
7 62 (1.02%) OAuth
8 61 (1.00%) Middleware
9 53 (0.87%) HTML
10 38 (0.62%) OpenID
10 38 (0.62%) REST
11 34 (0.56%) CSS
12 33 (0.54%) XML
13 30 (0.49%) ASP.NET
14 29 (0.48%) Node.js
14 29 (0.48%) Software Packaging
15 25 (0.41%) .NET Framework
16 23 (0.38%) jQuery
16 23 (0.38%) SOAP
17 21 (0.34%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 337 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
2 296 (4.86%) Data Centre
3 210 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 187 (3.07%) PKI
5 181 (2.97%) Blackberry
6 162 (2.66%) Clustering
7 158 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
8 139 (2.28%) iPhone
9 107 (1.76%) Public Cloud
10 85 (1.40%) Smartphone
11 74 (1.22%) Fat Client
11 74 (1.22%) Thin Client
12 73 (1.20%) NHS
13 71 (1.17%) Replication
14 70 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
15 67 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
16 66 (1.08%) iPad
17 53 (0.87%) User Experience
18 51 (0.84%) Driving Licence
19 41 (0.67%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 4,488 (73.73%) Windows
2 1,881 (30.90%) Windows Server
3 1,436 (23.59%) Windows 10
4 1,231 (20.22%) Windows 7
5 866 (14.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 696 (11.43%) Linux
7 654 (10.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 214 (3.52%) Unix
9 208 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 202 (3.32%) Android
11 201 (3.30%) Apple iOS
12 198 (3.25%) Windows 8
13 177 (2.91%) Windows Server 2003
14 156 (2.56%) Windows XP
15 114 (1.87%) Mac OS
16 86 (1.41%) Mac OS X
17 70 (1.15%) CentOS
18 65 (1.07%) Solaris
19 49 (0.80%) Ubuntu
20 43 (0.71%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,091 (17.92%) ITIL
2 853 (14.01%) Migration
3 703 (11.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 480 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
5 367 (6.03%) Service Management
6 356 (5.85%) DevOps
7 329 (5.40%) Agile Software Development
8 240 (3.94%) ITSM
9 222 (3.65%) Change Management
10 205 (3.37%) Disaster Recovery
10 205 (3.37%) Service Delivery
11 203 (3.33%) Information Security
12 179 (2.94%) Incident Management
13 177 (2.91%) ITIL V3
14 171 (2.81%) Project Management
15 163 (2.68%) Identity Management
16 158 (2.60%) Time Management
17 135 (2.22%) Configuration Management
18 132 (2.17%) Identity Access Management
19 130 (2.14%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 1,165 (19.14%) PowerShell
2 614 (10.09%) SQL
3 141 (2.32%) Python
4 111 (1.82%) Java
5 108 (1.77%) C#
6 91 (1.49%) Shell Script
7 87 (1.43%) JavaScript
8 82 (1.35%) Bash Shell
9 78 (1.28%) VBScript
10 62 (1.02%) Perl
11 53 (0.87%) VB
12 47 (0.77%) C
13 42 (0.69%) Ruby
14 31 (0.51%) PHP
15 26 (0.43%) VBA
16 25 (0.41%) T-SQL
17 12 (0.20%) VB.NET
18 8 (0.13%) Go
19 7 (0.11%) AWK
19 7 (0.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 745 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 548 (9.00%) SC Cleared
3 472 (7.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 285 (4.68%) MCSE
5 221 (3.63%) Degree
6 190 (3.12%) DV Cleared
7 160 (2.63%) MCSA
8 131 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
9 130 (2.14%) MCP
10 99 (1.63%) CCNA
11 96 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
12 74 (1.22%) MCITP
13 68 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 64 (1.05%) DBS Check
15 62 (1.02%) Citrix Certification
16 48 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 47 (0.77%) ISTQB
18 46 (0.76%) CCA
19 45 (0.74%) A+ Certification
20 43 (0.71%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 291 (4.78%) SLA
2 55 (0.90%) QA
3 51 (0.84%) PMO
4 38 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 30 (0.49%) GDPR
6 25 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 23 (0.38%) PCI DSS
8 13 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 13 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 13 (0.21%) HL7
9 11 (0.18%) COBIT
10 10 (0.16%) GxP
11 9 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 9 (0.15%) FedRAMP
11 9 (0.15%) HIPAA
12 8 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
12 8 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 4 (0.066%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 4 (0.066%) JSP 440
14 2 (0.033%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 843 (13.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 455 (7.47%) Hyper-V
3 340 (5.59%) XenApp
4 318 (5.22%) VMware ESXi
5 272 (4.47%) vSphere
6 267 (4.39%) XenDesktop
7 197 (3.24%) Microsoft App-V
8 136 (2.23%) Virtual Machines
9 118 (1.94%) Docker
10 93 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
11 77 (1.26%) XenServer
12 68 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
13 64 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
14 62 (1.02%) BitLocker
15 52 (0.85%) DFS Replication
16 46 (0.76%) Terminal Services
17 39 (0.64%) NFS
18 33 (0.54%) Firmware
19 32 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 25 (0.41%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1,199 (19.70%) SCCM
2 225 (3.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 214 (3.52%) SCOM
4 140 (2.30%) Single Sign-On
5 120 (1.97%) Terraform
6 119 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
6 119 (1.95%) WSUS
7 111 (1.82%) Ansible
8 101 (1.66%) Puppet
9 99 (1.63%) vCenter Server
10 94 (1.54%) Kubernetes
11 88 (1.45%) McAfee ePO
12 82 (1.35%) AirWatch
13 79 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
14 78 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 61 (1.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 57 (0.94%) Backup Exec
17 39 (0.64%) HP ALM
18 38 (0.62%) NetBackup
19 36 (0.59%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,955 (48.55%) Microsoft
2 1,570 (25.79%) VMware
3 979 (16.08%) Citrix
4 574 (9.43%) Cisco
5 424 (6.97%) HP
6 252 (4.14%) Apple
7 225 (3.70%) Oracle
8 221 (3.63%) McAfee
9 170 (2.79%) ServiceNow
10 163 (2.68%) Red Hat
11 162 (2.66%) NetApp
12 143 (2.35%) Dell
13 140 (2.30%) Ivanti
14 134 (2.20%) Symantec
15 124 (2.04%) Veeam
16 95 (1.56%) Remedy
17 93 (1.53%) Google
18 90 (1.48%) Sony
19 74 (1.22%) Sophos
20 72 (1.18%) Juniper