Period
to 4 August 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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 28 36
Rank change year-on-year +1 +8 +5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 1,971 5,265 5,418
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.20% 6.34% 5.73%
As % of the System Software category 41.26% 40.78% 40.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,239 3,423 3,279
Median daily rate £395 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +15.38% +2.52%
10th Percentile £135 £133 £123
90th Percentile £563 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £395 £363 £325
% change year-on-year +8.97% +11.54% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 412 673
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.68% -2.27% +5.73%
10th Percentile £11.12 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £34.90 £32.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +7.19% +2.32% +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 4,777 12,912 13,436
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.02% 15.54% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,041 8,654 8,739
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 521 803
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.74 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.53% +1.42% +4.60%
10th Percentile £11.62 £11.17 £11.13
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £45.78
Median hourly rate £19.75 £17.00 £16.13
% change year-on-year +16.18% +5.43% +0.78%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 4 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 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 -9 753 £425 +6.25% 107
South East +2 353 £280 -25.33% 122
North of England +2 262 £325 +8.33% 106
South West +4 240 £450 +24.14% 65
Midlands +7 205 £405 +24.62% 83
North West +4 165 £325 +4.00% 61
West Midlands +15 141 £450 +28.57% 47
East of England +8 139 £325 - 45
Yorkshire -13 74 £269 -17.31% 31
East Midlands -3 63 £350 +16.67% 36
North East +10 23 £375 +134.38% 14
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 1,416 (71.84%) Windows
2 973 (49.37%) Microsoft
3 665 (33.74%) Office 365
4 636 (32.27%) Windows Server
5 604 (30.64%) Azure
6 547 (27.75%) Windows 10
7 517 (26.23%) VMware
8 389 (19.74%) PowerShell
9 380 (19.28%) SCCM
10 336 (17.05%) DNS
11 331 (16.79%) ITIL
12 324 (16.44%) VMware Infrastructure
13 311 (15.78%) Microsoft Office
14 304 (15.42%) Windows 7
15 292 (14.81%) Security Cleared
16 283 (14.36%) Migration
16 283 (14.36%) Windows Server 2012
17 270 (13.70%) Azure Active Directory
18 258 (13.09%) Citrix
19 257 (13.04%) Linux
20 249 (12.63%) SQL Server
21 247 (12.53%) DHCP
22 243 (12.33%) Windows Server 2016
23 231 (11.72%) Firewall
24 228 (11.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 226 (11.47%) Cisco
26 222 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
27 216 (10.96%) SQL
28 211 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
29 203 (10.30%) MS Exchange

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
1 203 (10.30%) MS Exchange
2 179 (9.08%) SharePoint
3 109 (5.53%) Skype for Business
4 84 (4.26%) IIS
5 73 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 38 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2013
7 36 (1.83%) Confluence
8 27 (1.37%) Apache
9 26 (1.32%) Tomcat
10 17 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
11 12 (0.61%) ArcGIS
11 12 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
12 10 (0.51%) IBM Notes
13 9 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 8 (0.41%) Apache Spark
14 8 (0.41%) CMS
14 8 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
15 7 (0.36%) JBoss
15 7 (0.36%) WebSphere
16 6 (0.30%) nginx
Applications
1 311 (15.78%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.62%) MS Visio
4 31 (1.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.71%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.25%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.20%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.051%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 14 (0.71%) Sentinel
2 10 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
2 10 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.36%) Documaker
4 6 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.20%) assyst
7 2 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.10%) ResourceLink
8 1 (0.051%) Actimize
8 1 (0.051%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.051%) Line 500
8 1 (0.051%) Maximo
8 1 (0.051%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.051%) Oracle BPM
8 1 (0.051%) ReMetrica
8 1 (0.051%) Towers Watson Igloo
8 1 (0.051%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 665 (33.74%) Office 365
2 604 (30.64%) Azure
3 270 (13.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 144 (7.31%) AWS
5 80 (4.06%) IaaS
6 70 (3.55%) SaaS
7 69 (3.50%) PaaS
8 63 (3.20%) OneDrive
9 32 (1.62%) Power Platform
10 29 (1.47%) Yammer
11 28 (1.42%) GCP
12 22 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
13 21 (1.07%) Amazon S3
14 20 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
14 20 (1.01%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 18 (0.91%) Mimecast
16 15 (0.76%) Serverless
17 14 (0.71%) Azure Data Factory
17 14 (0.71%) GitHub
17 14 (0.71%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 336 (17.05%) DNS
2 247 (12.53%) DHCP
3 231 (11.72%) Firewall
4 158 (8.02%) WAN
5 150 (7.61%) Skype
6 142 (7.20%) VPN
7 117 (5.94%) SAN
8 112 (5.68%) LAN
9 111 (5.63%) TCP/IP
10 80 (4.06%) VoIP
11 74 (3.75%) Network Security
12 73 (3.70%) Internet
13 72 (3.65%) Wireless
14 46 (2.33%) NetScaler
15 44 (2.23%) Remote Desktop
16 39 (1.98%) Intranet
17 37 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
18 33 (1.67%) DMZ
19 32 (1.62%) Kerberos
20 27 (1.37%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 249 (12.63%) SQL Server
2 40 (2.03%) MySQL
3 39 (1.98%) Azure SQL Database
4 28 (1.42%) Cosmos DB
5 22 (1.12%) GIS
5 22 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
6 21 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
6 21 (1.07%) Power BI
7 20 (1.01%) Hadoop
7 20 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (0.91%) Oracle Database
9 17 (0.86%) Data Lake
10 15 (0.76%) Apache Accumulo
10 15 (0.76%) DB2
10 15 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
11 13 (0.66%) Relational Database
11 13 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
12 11 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
12 11 (0.56%) QGIS
12 11 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 57 (2.89%) JIRA
2 34 (1.73%) Visual Studio
3 29 (1.47%) Git (software)
4 26 (1.32%) Jenkins
5 25 (1.27%) Bitbucket
6 23 (1.17%) MSI
7 22 (1.12%) Subversion
8 13 (0.66%) Eclipse
9 12 (0.61%) JUnit
9 12 (0.61%) Selenium
10 9 (0.46%) AdminStudio
10 9 (0.46%) Ant
10 9 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (0.46%) TeamCity
11 7 (0.36%) Hudson
11 7 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
12 6 (0.30%) GitLab
13 5 (0.25%) SonarQube
13 5 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
13 5 (0.25%) Trac
General
1 198 (10.05%) Finance
2 140 (7.10%) Public Sector
3 87 (4.41%) Banking
4 38 (1.93%) Telecoms
5 27 (1.37%) Retail
6 22 (1.12%) Manufacturing
7 20 (1.01%) Aerospace
8 19 (0.96%) Legal
9 17 (0.86%) Law
10 15 (0.76%) Local Government
10 15 (0.76%) Marketing
11 14 (0.71%) Financial Institution
12 10 (0.51%) Back Office
12 10 (0.51%) Electronics
12 10 (0.51%) Publishing
13 9 (0.46%) Military
14 8 (0.41%) Investment Banking
15 7 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.25%) Advertising
16 5 (0.25%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 295 (14.97%) Analyst
2 207 (10.50%) Support Engineer
3 182 (9.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 150 (7.61%) Architect
5 131 (6.65%) 2nd Line Support
6 123 (6.24%) Desktop Support
7 120 (6.09%) Consultant
8 114 (5.78%) Windows Engineer
9 110 (5.58%) Service Analyst
10 104 (5.28%) Service Desk Analyst
11 89 (4.52%) IT Support
12 86 (4.36%) Desktop Engineer
12 86 (4.36%) Support Analyst
13 78 (3.96%) Developer
14 74 (3.75%) IT Engineer
15 73 (3.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 68 (3.45%) Azure Engineer
17 65 (3.30%) Active Directory Engineer
18 62 (3.15%) Administrator
19 61 (3.09%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (5.58%) LDAP
2 93 (4.72%) .NET
3 63 (3.20%) SAML
4 61 (3.09%) Web Services
5 42 (2.13%) HTML
6 40 (2.03%) OAuth
7 39 (1.98%) OpenID
8 37 (1.88%) SailPoint
9 35 (1.78%) XML
10 30 (1.52%) Middleware
11 29 (1.47%) REST
11 29 (1.47%) SOAP
12 27 (1.37%) Node.js
13 26 (1.32%) Kafka
14 23 (1.17%) JSON
15 18 (0.91%) AngularJS
15 18 (0.91%) OAuth2
16 17 (0.86%) JSP
16 17 (0.86%) Servlets
17 16 (0.81%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 136 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (6.54%) Data Centre
3 96 (4.87%) PKI
4 87 (4.41%) Management Information System
5 77 (3.91%) Self-Motivation
6 64 (3.25%) Clustering
7 62 (3.15%) NHS
8 33 (1.67%) Public Cloud
9 29 (1.47%) Blackberry
10 24 (1.22%) Replication
11 23 (1.17%) Cyberthreat
11 23 (1.17%) Driving Licence
11 23 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
12 22 (1.12%) Fat Client
12 22 (1.12%) Thin Client
13 20 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
14 19 (0.96%) User Experience
15 18 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
16 17 (0.86%) Mobile App
17 16 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,416 (71.84%) Windows
2 636 (32.27%) Windows Server
3 547 (27.75%) Windows 10
4 304 (15.42%) Windows 7
5 283 (14.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 257 (13.04%) Linux
7 243 (12.33%) Windows Server 2016
8 222 (11.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 99 (5.02%) Unix
10 79 (4.01%) Windows Server 2019
11 64 (3.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 56 (2.84%) Apple iOS
13 55 (2.79%) Windows Server 2003
14 45 (2.28%) Android
15 40 (2.03%) Windows XP
16 29 (1.47%) Windows 8
17 21 (1.07%) Mac OS
18 20 (1.01%) CentOS
19 17 (0.86%) Windows Mobile
19 17 (0.86%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 331 (16.79%) ITIL
2 283 (14.36%) Migration
3 228 (11.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 211 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
5 167 (8.47%) DevOps
6 141 (7.15%) Agile Software Development
7 123 (6.24%) Cybersecurity
8 105 (5.33%) Information Security
9 91 (4.62%) Change Management
10 84 (4.26%) Project Management
11 78 (3.96%) Identity Management
12 74 (3.75%) Service Management
13 73 (3.70%) High Availability
14 72 (3.65%) Identity Access Management
15 69 (3.50%) SIEM
16 68 (3.45%) Incident Management
17 63 (3.20%) Disaster Recovery
18 61 (3.09%) Patch Management
19 60 (3.04%) Configuration Management
20 57 (2.89%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 389 (19.74%) PowerShell
2 216 (10.96%) SQL
3 129 (6.54%) Java
4 81 (4.11%) Python
5 70 (3.55%) C#
6 66 (3.35%) JavaScript
7 48 (2.44%) Bash Shell
8 45 (2.28%) VB
9 37 (1.88%) VBScript
10 36 (1.83%) C
11 34 (1.73%) Perl
12 19 (0.96%) Shell Script
13 16 (0.81%) PHP
14 15 (0.76%) T-SQL
15 14 (0.71%) BeanShell
16 9 (0.46%) Bourne shell
16 9 (0.46%) Korn
16 9 (0.46%) Ruby
16 9 (0.46%) VB.NET
17 7 (0.36%) C++
Qualifications
1 292 (14.81%) Security Cleared
2 181 (9.18%) SC Cleared
3 170 (8.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 114 (5.78%) DV Cleared
5 74 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
5 74 (3.75%) MCSE
6 72 (3.65%) CISSP
7 53 (2.69%) Degree
8 48 (2.44%) MCSA
9 45 (2.28%) CCNA
10 41 (2.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 36 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
12 35 (1.78%) CCNP
13 25 (1.27%) DBS Check
13 25 (1.27%) MCP
14 18 (0.91%) Citrix Certification
14 18 (0.91%) GIAC
15 16 (0.81%) CISA
15 16 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 15 (0.76%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (4.62%) SLA
2 41 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.07%) GDPR
3 21 (1.07%) QA
4 14 (0.71%) NCSC
5 13 (0.66%) Government Security Classifications
6 11 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.41%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.36%) HIPAA
9 6 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 5 (0.25%) PMO
11 4 (0.20%) COBIT
11 4 (0.20%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.15%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.10%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.051%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 324 (16.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 159 (8.07%) Hyper-V
3 102 (5.18%) XenApp
4 101 (5.12%) VMware ESXi
5 78 (3.96%) vSphere
6 64 (3.25%) Docker
7 60 (3.04%) Microsoft App-V
8 48 (2.44%) XenDesktop
9 47 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
10 40 (2.03%) Virtual Desktop
11 29 (1.47%) VMware NSX
12 27 (1.37%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 25 (1.27%) Virtual Servers
14 24 (1.22%) BitLocker
15 18 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
16 16 (0.81%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 11 (0.56%) OpenAM
18 10 (0.51%) Firmware
18 10 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 10 (0.51%) NFS
Systems Management
1 380 (19.28%) SCCM
2 155 (7.86%) Microsoft Intune
3 94 (4.77%) Ansible
4 82 (4.16%) SCOM
5 68 (3.45%) WSUS
6 60 (3.04%) Single Sign-On
7 49 (2.49%) Kubernetes
8 47 (2.38%) Puppet
9 41 (2.08%) Terraform
10 40 (2.03%) Microsoft Clustering
11 34 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
12 25 (1.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 24 (1.22%) Failover Clustering
13 24 (1.22%) vCenter Server
14 18 (0.91%) Tivoli
15 16 (0.81%) vMotion
15 16 (0.81%) vRealize
16 15 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
16 15 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
17 14 (0.71%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 973 (49.37%) Microsoft
2 517 (26.23%) VMware
3 258 (13.09%) Citrix
4 226 (11.47%) Cisco
5 137 (6.95%) Oracle
6 124 (6.29%) HP
7 73 (3.70%) Red Hat
8 66 (3.35%) ServiceNow
9 56 (2.84%) Apple
9 56 (2.84%) NetApp
10 53 (2.69%) McAfee
11 51 (2.59%) Dell
12 40 (2.03%) Symantec
13 39 (1.98%) SAP
14 36 (1.83%) Google
15 35 (1.78%) CyberArk
16 34 (1.73%) Remedy
17 32 (1.62%) Meraki
18 31 (1.57%) EMC
19 30 (1.52%) CheckPoint