Period
to 27 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 January 2020 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 > England
6 months to
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 35 37
Rank change year-on-year +15 +2 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 4,622 5,494 5,107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.11% 6.12% 5.56%
As % of the System Software category 45.55% 39.11% 42.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,886 3,412 3,152
England median daily rate £350 £365 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.11% +17.74% -4.62%
10th Percentile £130 £128 £125
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £313
% change year-on-year - +12.00% -3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 591 529
England median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.92% +1.67% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.40 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £36.15
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.23% +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 advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 10,146 14,048 11,920
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.61% 15.64% 12.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,706 9,325 7,840
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +7.78%
10th Percentile £165 £186 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £465 £425
% change year-on-year -3.23% +9.41% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 697 641
England median hourly rate £16.95 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.94% -3.03% +2.17%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.20 £44.85 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £17.21 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.53% - -

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 27 January 2020. 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
London +11 1,552 £325 -13.33% 405
South East +9 1,033 £375 -0.27% 388
North of England +9 674 £350 +3.32% 410
South West +7 505 £335 -10.67% 190
Midlands +14 496 £300 -7.69% 243
North West +7 366 £350 +12.00% 241
East of England +5 359 £350 +7.69% 179
West Midlands +19 315 £325 -9.72% 131
Yorkshire +11 232 £325 -9.09% 125
East Midlands +8 177 £281 +49.60% 112
North East +10 77 £368 -2.00% 44
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 2020, 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 across the England region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 3,381 (73.15%) Windows
2 2,267 (49.05%) Microsoft
3 1,786 (38.64%) Office 365
4 1,383 (29.92%) Windows 10
5 1,362 (29.47%) Windows Server
6 1,287 (27.85%) Azure
7 1,066 (23.06%) VMware
8 1,000 (21.64%) SCCM
9 964 (20.86%) Windows 7
10 876 (18.95%) DNS
11 817 (17.68%) PowerShell
12 805 (17.42%) Microsoft Office
13 795 (17.20%) ITIL
14 697 (15.08%) Migration
15 663 (14.34%) DHCP
16 638 (13.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 629 (13.61%) Citrix
18 625 (13.52%) Security Cleared
18 625 (13.52%) Azure Active Directory
19 590 (12.77%) VMware Infrastructure
20 577 (12.48%) Windows Server 2012
21 532 (11.51%) MS Exchange
22 498 (10.77%) SQL
23 490 (10.60%) Windows Server 2008
24 471 (10.19%) SharePoint
25 431 (9.32%) Firewall
26 412 (8.91%) SQL Server
27 410 (8.87%) SC Cleared
28 395 (8.55%) Finance
29 392 (8.48%) Cisco

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 532 (11.51%) MS Exchange
2 471 (10.19%) SharePoint
3 283 (6.12%) Skype for Business
4 170 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 144 (3.12%) IIS
6 118 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 47 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
8 46 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 33 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 30 (0.65%) Apache
11 29 (0.63%) IBM Notes
12 27 (0.58%) Confluence
13 18 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
14 17 (0.37%) Apache Spark
14 17 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
15 16 (0.35%) Tomcat
16 13 (0.28%) CMS
17 11 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2000
17 11 (0.24%) OpenStack
18 10 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 805 (17.42%) Microsoft Office
2 114 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 77 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 64 (1.38%) MS Visio
5 39 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
6 24 (0.52%) Acrobat
7 21 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.087%) Chatbot
8 4 (0.087%) CINEMA 4D
8 4 (0.087%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 4 (0.087%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.065%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.043%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.022%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.022%) Houdini
11 1 (0.022%) Maya
11 1 (0.022%) Revit
11 1 (0.022%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 67 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
3 14 (0.30%) assyst
4 12 (0.26%) Elite 3E
5 8 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
6 7 (0.15%) Carpe Diem
6 7 (0.15%) NetSuite
7 6 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
9 4 (0.087%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.065%) SystmOne
11 2 (0.043%) Cognos TM1
11 2 (0.043%) FLEXCUBE
11 2 (0.043%) Magento
11 2 (0.043%) Unit4 Business World
11 2 (0.043%) Workfront
12 1 (0.022%) Exchequer
12 1 (0.022%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 1,786 (38.64%) Office 365
2 1,287 (27.85%) Azure
3 625 (13.52%) Azure Active Directory
4 351 (7.59%) AWS
5 190 (4.11%) IaaS
6 177 (3.83%) PaaS
7 159 (3.44%) OneDrive
7 159 (3.44%) SaaS
8 83 (1.80%) Power Platform
9 82 (1.77%) Serverless
10 60 (1.30%) Dynamics 365
11 54 (1.17%) Azure Functions
11 54 (1.17%) PowerApps
12 52 (1.13%) Mimecast
13 48 (1.04%) Yammer
14 40 (0.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 38 (0.82%) G Suite
16 37 (0.80%) Microsoft Flow
17 32 (0.69%) GCP
18 30 (0.65%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 876 (18.95%) DNS
2 663 (14.34%) DHCP
3 431 (9.32%) Firewall
4 327 (7.07%) VPN
5 305 (6.60%) Skype
6 292 (6.32%) LAN
7 286 (6.19%) WAN
8 268 (5.80%) TCP/IP
9 223 (4.82%) SAN
10 159 (3.44%) VoIP
11 138 (2.99%) Internet
12 119 (2.57%) Remote Desktop
13 117 (2.53%) VLAN
14 108 (2.34%) Network Security
15 89 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
16 84 (1.82%) Wireless
17 73 (1.58%) NetScaler
18 64 (1.38%) Kerberos
18 64 (1.38%) NAS
19 51 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 412 (8.91%) SQL Server
2 73 (1.58%) Azure SQL Database
3 69 (1.49%) Power BI
4 51 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 42 (0.91%) SQL Server 2016
6 39 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
7 37 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
8 36 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 31 (0.67%) MySQL
9 31 (0.67%) Relational Database
10 30 (0.65%) Big Data
11 22 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
12 19 (0.41%) Data Lake
13 18 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
14 17 (0.37%) Apache Hive
14 17 (0.37%) Impala
14 17 (0.37%) Pentaho
15 16 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
15 16 (0.35%) SQL Server 2017
16 15 (0.32%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 81 (1.75%) JIRA
2 80 (1.73%) Git (software)
3 56 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
4 54 (1.17%) Visual Studio
5 51 (1.10%) Jenkins
6 41 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
7 37 (0.80%) MSI
8 20 (0.43%) Artifactory
8 20 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
9 19 (0.41%) InstallShield
10 18 (0.39%) Bitbucket
11 14 (0.30%) AdminStudio
11 14 (0.30%) Subversion
11 14 (0.30%) TeamCity
12 13 (0.28%) GitLab
13 10 (0.22%) Hudson
14 8 (0.17%) Android Studio
14 8 (0.17%) Maven
14 8 (0.17%) Rational Team Concert
15 5 (0.11%) ReSharper
General
1 395 (8.55%) Finance
2 253 (5.47%) Public Sector
3 122 (2.64%) Banking
4 118 (2.55%) Retail
5 90 (1.95%) Telecoms
6 87 (1.88%) Law
7 46 (1.00%) Legal
8 42 (0.91%) Local Government
9 35 (0.76%) Advertising
10 32 (0.69%) Back Office
11 30 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 25 (0.54%) Marketing
13 19 (0.41%) Publishing
14 18 (0.39%) Electronics
15 14 (0.30%) Investment Banking
16 13 (0.28%) Military
17 12 (0.26%) Financial Institution
17 12 (0.26%) German Language
18 11 (0.24%) Games
19 6 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 751 (16.25%) Analyst
2 632 (13.67%) Support Engineer
3 499 (10.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 379 (8.20%) Desktop Support
5 376 (8.14%) 2nd Line Support
6 372 (8.05%) Service Analyst
7 355 (7.68%) Service Desk Analyst
8 339 (7.33%) Architect
9 299 (6.47%) Windows Engineer
10 296 (6.40%) Desktop Engineer
11 266 (5.76%) IT Support
12 248 (5.37%) Consultant
13 247 (5.34%) Support Analyst
14 204 (4.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 201 (4.35%) IT Engineer
16 199 (4.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 196 (4.24%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 172 (3.72%) 1st Line Support
19 162 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
20 151 (3.27%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (2.96%) .NET
2 136 (2.94%) LDAP
3 112 (2.42%) SAML
4 106 (2.29%) Web Services
5 83 (1.80%) JSON
6 69 (1.49%) XML
7 60 (1.30%) OAuth
8 59 (1.28%) OpenID
9 56 (1.21%) REST
10 45 (0.97%) HTML
11 43 (0.93%) ASP.NET
12 40 (0.87%) SailPoint
12 40 (0.87%) SOAP
13 31 (0.67%) AngularJS
13 31 (0.67%) Node.js
14 29 (0.63%) .NET Core
15 28 (0.61%) .NET Framework
16 27 (0.58%) RESTful
17 26 (0.56%) CSS
17 26 (0.56%) React
Miscellaneous
1 253 (5.47%) Data Centre
2 213 (4.61%) Analytical Skills
3 192 (4.15%) PKI
4 137 (2.96%) Blackberry
5 127 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
6 114 (2.47%) Management Information System
7 103 (2.23%) Clustering
8 100 (2.16%) Smartphone
9 96 (2.08%) NHS
10 94 (2.03%) Replication
11 84 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
12 83 (1.80%) iPhone
13 79 (1.71%) Driving Licence
14 74 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
15 63 (1.36%) Fat Client
15 63 (1.36%) Thin Client
16 61 (1.32%) Public Cloud
17 46 (1.00%) User Experience
18 41 (0.89%) iPad
19 27 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3,381 (73.15%) Windows
2 1,383 (29.92%) Windows 10
3 1,362 (29.47%) Windows Server
4 964 (20.86%) Windows 7
5 577 (12.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 490 (10.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 369 (7.98%) Linux
8 213 (4.61%) Android
9 143 (3.09%) Apple iOS
10 135 (2.92%) Windows Server 2003
11 118 (2.55%) Unix
12 114 (2.47%) Windows XP
13 102 (2.21%) Windows 8
14 100 (2.16%) Mac OS
15 63 (1.36%) Mac OS X
16 58 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 37 (0.80%) Windows Vista
18 34 (0.74%) CentOS
18 34 (0.74%) VMS
19 29 (0.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 795 (17.20%) ITIL
2 697 (15.08%) Migration
3 638 (13.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 375 (8.11%) Problem-Solving
5 276 (5.97%) DevOps
6 217 (4.69%) Agile Software Development
7 213 (4.61%) ITSM
8 203 (4.39%) Service Management
9 191 (4.13%) Identity Access Management
10 166 (3.59%) Incident Management
11 149 (3.22%) Disaster Recovery
12 134 (2.90%) Break/Fix
13 130 (2.81%) Time Management
14 126 (2.73%) Service Delivery
15 122 (2.64%) Stakeholder Management
16 115 (2.49%) Project Delivery
17 114 (2.47%) Information Security
18 111 (2.40%) Change Management
19 107 (2.32%) Application Packaging
20 106 (2.29%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 817 (17.68%) PowerShell
2 498 (10.77%) SQL
3 117 (2.53%) C#
4 81 (1.75%) JavaScript
5 67 (1.45%) Python
6 65 (1.41%) Java
7 63 (1.36%) VBScript
8 61 (1.32%) Bash Shell
9 57 (1.23%) VB
10 48 (1.04%) C
11 38 (0.82%) T-SQL
12 28 (0.61%) Shell Script
13 27 (0.58%) Perl
14 15 (0.32%) Ruby
15 10 (0.22%) PHP
15 10 (0.22%) VB.NET
16 9 (0.19%) XPath
17 7 (0.15%) VBA
18 6 (0.13%) TypeScript
19 5 (0.11%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 625 (13.52%) Security Cleared
2 410 (8.87%) SC Cleared
3 340 (7.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 217 (4.69%) MCSE
5 170 (3.68%) DV Cleared
6 158 (3.42%) Degree
7 92 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
8 85 (1.84%) MCSA
9 77 (1.67%) MCP
10 75 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
11 63 (1.36%) CCNA
12 52 (1.13%) Citrix Certification
13 46 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 45 (0.97%) CCA
15 39 (0.84%) DBS Check
15 39 (0.84%) MCITP
16 32 (0.69%) CISSP
17 30 (0.65%) A+ Certification
18 29 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
19 25 (0.54%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 276 (5.97%) SLA
2 62 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 43 (0.93%) GDPR
4 29 (0.63%) QA
5 23 (0.50%) PCI DSS
6 20 (0.43%) NCSC
7 17 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 17 (0.37%) NIST
8 10 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 10 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 8 (0.17%) COBIT
10 7 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
10 7 (0.15%) PMO
10 7 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.13%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 4 (0.087%) BS7799
14 2 (0.043%) Disclosure Scotland
14 2 (0.043%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.043%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 590 (12.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 329 (7.12%) Hyper-V
3 242 (5.24%) XenApp
4 199 (4.31%) vSphere
5 192 (4.15%) VMware ESXi
6 173 (3.74%) XenDesktop
7 118 (2.55%) Virtual Machines
8 108 (2.34%) Microsoft App-V
9 92 (1.99%) Docker
10 70 (1.51%) Virtual Desktop
11 64 (1.38%) Virtual Servers
12 51 (1.10%) DFS Replication
13 42 (0.91%) BitLocker
14 38 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 35 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 32 (0.69%) VMware NSX
17 21 (0.45%) NDS
18 20 (0.43%) Firmware
19 19 (0.41%) NetIQ eDirectory
20 15 (0.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1,000 (21.64%) SCCM
2 220 (4.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 170 (3.68%) Single Sign-On
4 154 (3.33%) SCOM
5 138 (2.99%) WSUS
6 101 (2.19%) Ansible
7 82 (1.77%) AirWatch
8 76 (1.64%) Terraform
9 67 (1.45%) Kubernetes
10 51 (1.10%) Microsoft Clustering
11 48 (1.04%) Jamf Pro
12 46 (1.00%) Puppet
12 46 (1.00%) vCenter Server
13 44 (0.95%) NetBackup
13 44 (0.95%) Norton AntiVirus
14 37 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
15 35 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
16 29 (0.63%) SCVMM
17 28 (0.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 27 (0.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 2,267 (49.05%) Microsoft
2 1,066 (23.06%) VMware
3 629 (13.61%) Citrix
4 392 (8.48%) Cisco
5 198 (4.28%) HP
6 196 (4.24%) Apple
7 130 (2.81%) Oracle
8 127 (2.75%) McAfee
8 127 (2.75%) ServiceNow
9 123 (2.66%) Dell
10 118 (2.55%) Ivanti
11 102 (2.21%) NetApp
11 102 (2.21%) Symantec
12 88 (1.90%) Google
13 66 (1.43%) Remedy
14 64 (1.38%) Adobe
15 63 (1.36%) EMC
16 62 (1.34%) Red Hat
17 48 (1.04%) SolarWinds
17 48 (1.04%) Veeam