Period
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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 22 May 2022 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
22 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 42 43 25
Rank change year-on-year +1 -18 +10
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,715 2,373 2,858
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.28% 5.11% 6.63%
As % of the System Software category 38.36% 35.42% 42.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,679 1,595 1,823
10th Percentile £150 £135 £130
25th Percentile £200 £205 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £380 £350
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57% -6.67%
75th Percentile £538 £490 £488
90th Percentile £625 £572 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £360
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -0.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 165 280
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.17 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.25 £12.75 £12.93
Median hourly rate £17.38 £16.00 £16.25
Median % change year-on-year +8.59% -1.54% +8.33%
75th Percentile £22.25 £21.50 £20.00
90th Percentile £28.75 £32.17 £25.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +10.00%

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 9,684 6,699 6,715
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.75% 14.41% 15.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,021 4,690 4,613
10th Percentile £196 £220 £181
25th Percentile £400 £376 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.06% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £633 £575 £575
90th Percentile £703 £663 £649
UK median daily rate £525 £490 £465
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.38% -2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 275 235 315
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.34 £11.14
25th Percentile £14.81 £13.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.60 £20.00 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -7.00% +21.21% +0.24%
75th Percentile £28.75 £45.42 £20.88
90th Percentile £52.50 £60.15 £40.75
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -11.63% +22.86% +9.38%

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London +3 1,493 £475 +5.56% 270
South East -5 594 £375 -6.25% 232
North of England +5 547 £250 -10.39% 302
Midlands -2 401 £225 -15.89% 184
North West -3 290 £270 +8.00% 154
South West +2 264 £300 -3.23% 110
East of England 0 239 £325 +46.07% 108
West Midlands +1 229 £275 - 96
Yorkshire -1 205 £213 -26.09% 115
East Midlands -2 164 £220 +10.00% 86
North East +15 55 £263 -34.38% 33
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 22 May 2022, 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 2,493 (67.11%) Windows
2 1,978 (53.24%) Microsoft
3 1,729 (46.54%) Microsoft 365
4 1,450 (39.03%) Azure
5 946 (25.46%) VMware
6 939 (25.28%) Windows 10
7 912 (24.55%) Windows Server
8 858 (23.10%) Social Skills
9 831 (22.37%) PowerShell
10 829 (22.31%) Azure Active Directory
11 738 (19.87%) DNS
12 665 (17.90%) SCCM
13 646 (17.39%) VMware Infrastructure
14 645 (17.36%) ITIL
15 565 (15.21%) Microsoft Office
16 507 (13.65%) Citrix
17 489 (13.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 477 (12.84%) DHCP
19 463 (12.46%) Security Cleared
20 458 (12.33%) Finance
21 452 (12.17%) Migration
22 451 (12.14%) Linux
23 445 (11.98%) Firewall
24 436 (11.74%) SQL
24 436 (11.74%) Microsoft Intune
25 375 (10.09%) Problem-Solving
26 368 (9.91%) SC Cleared
27 355 (9.56%) SQL Server
28 350 (9.42%) SharePoint
29 340 (9.15%) 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
1 350 (9.42%) SharePoint
2 340 (9.15%) MS Exchange
3 140 (3.77%) IIS
4 86 (2.31%) Skype for Business
5 69 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 66 (1.78%) Confluence
7 63 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2010
8 26 (0.70%) Apache
9 25 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 19 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
11 16 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
11 16 (0.43%) WebSphere
12 15 (0.40%) nginx
13 13 (0.35%) JBoss
14 11 (0.30%) WebLogic
15 10 (0.27%) Tomcat
16 9 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
16 9 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
17 7 (0.19%) CMS
17 7 (0.19%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 565 (15.21%) Microsoft Office
2 93 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 35 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 22 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.11%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.027%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.027%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.027%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.027%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.027%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.027%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 20 (0.54%) Sentinel
2 18 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.19%) Markit EDM
4 7 (0.19%) thinkFolio
5 5 (0.13%) assyst
5 5 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
6 4 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.081%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.081%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.054%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.054%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.054%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.054%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.054%) Oracle FAH
8 2 (0.054%) Oracle Utilities
8 2 (0.054%) Primavera
9 1 (0.027%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,729 (46.54%) Microsoft 365
2 1,450 (39.03%) Azure
3 829 (22.31%) Azure Active Directory
4 307 (8.26%) AWS
5 187 (5.03%) IaaS
6 163 (4.39%) PaaS
7 144 (3.88%) SaaS
8 134 (3.61%) OneDrive
9 97 (2.61%) Power Platform
10 78 (2.10%) Azure Monitor
11 69 (1.86%) Mimecast
12 55 (1.48%) GCP
13 50 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
14 43 (1.16%) Amazon EC2
15 42 (1.13%) Azure Sentinel
16 36 (0.97%) Power Automate
17 35 (0.94%) GitHub
17 35 (0.94%) OpenShift
18 33 (0.89%) Serverless
19 32 (0.86%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 738 (19.87%) DNS
2 477 (12.84%) DHCP
3 445 (11.98%) Firewall
4 244 (6.57%) WAN
5 240 (6.46%) TCP/IP
6 238 (6.41%) VPN
7 237 (6.38%) LAN
8 135 (3.63%) SAN
9 114 (3.07%) Wi-Fi
10 113 (3.04%) VoIP
11 108 (2.91%) Network Security
12 103 (2.77%) Skype
13 98 (2.64%) Wireless
14 81 (2.18%) Internet
15 75 (2.02%) Kerberos
15 75 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
16 73 (1.97%) VLAN
17 54 (1.45%) SSL
18 47 (1.27%) NetScaler
19 45 (1.21%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 355 (9.56%) SQL Server
2 60 (1.62%) Power BI
3 58 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
4 49 (1.32%) MySQL
5 28 (0.75%) Azure SQL Database
6 26 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
7 22 (0.59%) MongoDB
8 21 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (0.48%) Relational Database
10 17 (0.46%) DB2
10 17 (0.46%) Oracle Database
11 14 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
12 13 (0.35%) Data Lake
13 12 (0.32%) Oracle Database 12c
14 11 (0.30%) Redis
14 11 (0.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 10 (0.27%) NoSQL
15 10 (0.27%) Tableau
16 8 (0.22%) DTS
16 8 (0.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 110 (2.96%) JIRA
2 82 (2.21%) Jenkins
3 65 (1.75%) Git (software)
4 43 (1.16%) TeamCity
5 38 (1.02%) GitLab
6 28 (0.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 27 (0.73%) SonarQube
8 22 (0.59%) Cucumber
9 18 (0.48%) Hudson
9 18 (0.48%) Sonatype Nexus
9 18 (0.48%) Visual Studio Team System
10 17 (0.46%) Selenium
11 16 (0.43%) Subversion
11 16 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
12 15 (0.40%) Robot Framework
12 15 (0.40%) Visual Studio
13 14 (0.38%) Maven
14 13 (0.35%) Bitbucket
15 12 (0.32%) Gradle
General
1 858 (23.10%) Social Skills
2 458 (12.33%) Finance
3 289 (7.78%) Public Sector
4 164 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
5 134 (3.61%) Banking
6 70 (1.88%) Retail
7 63 (1.70%) Law
8 60 (1.62%) Telecoms
9 50 (1.35%) Presentation Skills
10 45 (1.21%) Legal
11 43 (1.16%) Organisational Skills
12 42 (1.13%) Manufacturing
13 36 (0.97%) Documentation Skills
14 29 (0.78%) Advertising
14 29 (0.78%) Marketing
15 28 (0.75%) Financial Institution
16 25 (0.67%) Back Office
16 25 (0.67%) Front Office
17 22 (0.59%) Billing
17 22 (0.59%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 598 (16.10%) Analyst
2 509 (13.70%) Support Engineer
3 414 (11.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 331 (8.91%) Architect
5 310 (8.34%) 2nd Line Support
6 293 (7.89%) IT Support
7 241 (6.49%) Service Analyst
8 227 (6.11%) Service Desk Analyst
9 223 (6.00%) Desktop Support
10 210 (5.65%) Support Analyst
11 194 (5.22%) IT Engineer
12 188 (5.06%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 182 (4.90%) IT Analyst
14 181 (4.87%) Desktop Engineer
15 175 (4.71%) Azure Engineer
16 155 (4.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 141 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 139 (3.74%) Consultant
19 138 (3.71%) 1st Line Support
19 138 (3.71%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (3.26%) LDAP
2 89 (2.40%) .NET
3 59 (1.59%) JSON
4 56 (1.51%) HTML
5 54 (1.45%) Web Services
6 50 (1.35%) SAML
7 48 (1.29%) REST
8 46 (1.24%) SailPoint
9 42 (1.13%) Middleware
10 35 (0.94%) ARM Templates
11 31 (0.83%) CSS
11 31 (0.83%) XML
12 30 (0.81%) .NET Framework
13 26 (0.70%) ASP.NET
13 26 (0.70%) OAuth
14 24 (0.65%) YAML
15 22 (0.59%) OpenID
16 21 (0.57%) .NET Core
17 18 (0.48%) ASP.NET Web API
18 16 (0.43%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 206 (5.55%) Data Centre
2 182 (4.90%) PKI
3 130 (3.50%) Clustering
4 120 (3.23%) Replication
5 108 (2.91%) Management Information System
6 98 (2.64%) NHS
7 90 (2.42%) Public Cloud
8 63 (1.70%) Data Protection Act
9 59 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
10 55 (1.48%) iPhone
11 54 (1.45%) User Experience
11 54 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
12 51 (1.37%) iPad
13 47 (1.27%) Cloud Native
13 47 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
14 45 (1.21%) Blackberry
15 42 (1.13%) Smartphone
16 37 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
17 34 (0.92%) BYOD
17 34 (0.92%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 2,493 (67.11%) Windows
2 939 (25.28%) Windows 10
3 912 (24.55%) Windows Server
4 451 (12.14%) Linux
5 283 (7.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 275 (7.40%) Windows 7
7 248 (6.68%) Windows Server 2016
8 207 (5.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 168 (4.52%) Windows Server 2019
10 122 (3.28%) Apple iOS
11 120 (3.23%) Android
12 110 (2.96%) Unix
13 89 (2.40%) Mac OS
14 77 (2.07%) Windows Server 2003
15 72 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 56 (1.51%) Windows 8
17 49 (1.32%) Ubuntu
18 43 (1.16%) VMS
19 27 (0.73%) Windows XP
20 26 (0.70%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 645 (17.36%) ITIL
2 489 (13.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 452 (12.17%) Migration
4 375 (10.09%) Problem-Solving
5 308 (8.29%) Agile
6 282 (7.59%) DevOps
7 226 (6.08%) Change Management
8 204 (5.49%) Incident Management
9 168 (4.52%) CI/CD
10 167 (4.50%) Cybersecurity
11 161 (4.33%) Service Management
12 140 (3.77%) ITSM
13 138 (3.71%) Service Delivery
14 132 (3.55%) Identity Management
15 125 (3.36%) Project Delivery
15 125 (3.36%) Stakeholder Management
16 124 (3.34%) Identity Access Management
16 124 (3.34%) Patch Management
17 122 (3.28%) Project Management
18 121 (3.26%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 831 (22.37%) PowerShell
2 436 (11.74%) SQL
3 152 (4.09%) Python
4 94 (2.53%) C#
5 71 (1.91%) Bash
5 71 (1.91%) JavaScript
6 62 (1.67%) VBScript
7 56 (1.51%) Java
8 33 (0.89%) C
9 29 (0.78%) VB
10 26 (0.70%) Shell Script
11 23 (0.62%) Perl
12 16 (0.43%) T-SQL
13 14 (0.38%) PHP
14 10 (0.27%) PL/SQL
15 9 (0.24%) Go
16 8 (0.22%) Ruby
16 8 (0.22%) VB.NET
17 7 (0.19%) Groovy
18 6 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 463 (12.46%) Security Cleared
2 368 (9.91%) SC Cleared
3 200 (5.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 133 (3.58%) Degree
5 121 (3.26%) MCSE
6 117 (3.15%) DV Cleared
7 87 (2.34%) MCP
8 84 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
9 78 (2.10%) CCNA
10 75 (2.02%) MCSA
11 57 (1.53%) DBS Check
12 49 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 48 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
14 41 (1.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 28 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
16 22 (0.59%) MCITP
16 22 (0.59%) MCTS
17 20 (0.54%) A+ Certification
18 19 (0.51%) CISSP
18 19 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 328 (8.83%) SLA
2 88 (2.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 62 (1.67%) QA
4 48 (1.29%) GDPR
5 27 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials
6 24 (0.65%) NIST
6 24 (0.65%) PMO
6 24 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 19 (0.51%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.38%) COBIT
9 10 (0.27%) NCSC
10 9 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 8 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 6 (0.16%) Data Quality
13 5 (0.13%) GRC
13 5 (0.13%) GxP
14 4 (0.11%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.11%) ISO 9001
15 3 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 3 (0.081%) NIST 800
System Software
1 646 (17.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 290 (7.81%) Hyper-V
3 197 (5.30%) vSphere
4 152 (4.09%) VMware ESXi
5 130 (3.50%) XenApp
6 92 (2.48%) Virtual Desktop
7 85 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
8 77 (2.07%) Docker
8 77 (2.07%) Microsoft App-V
9 74 (1.99%) XenDesktop
10 58 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
11 50 (1.35%) VMware NSX
12 49 (1.32%) NFS
13 46 (1.24%) BitLocker
14 30 (0.81%) Firmware
15 17 (0.46%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 15 (0.40%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 14 (0.38%) Terminal Services
18 13 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 12 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 665 (17.90%) SCCM
2 436 (11.74%) Microsoft Intune
3 216 (5.81%) Terraform
4 165 (4.44%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 143 (3.85%) Ansible
6 116 (3.12%) Kubernetes
7 113 (3.04%) Single Sign-On
8 91 (2.45%) Microsoft Clustering
9 86 (2.31%) vCenter Server
10 66 (1.78%) WSUS
11 63 (1.70%) SCOM
12 56 (1.51%) AirWatch
13 49 (1.32%) vRealize
14 45 (1.21%) Puppet
15 37 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
16 29 (0.78%) NetBackup
16 29 (0.78%) PowerCLI
17 27 (0.73%) SCVMM
18 25 (0.67%) vRealize Orchestrator
19 24 (0.65%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,978 (53.24%) Microsoft
2 946 (25.46%) VMware
3 507 (13.65%) Citrix
4 327 (8.80%) Cisco
5 173 (4.66%) ServiceNow
6 159 (4.28%) HP
7 141 (3.80%) Oracle
8 112 (3.01%) Apple
9 106 (2.85%) Dell
10 102 (2.75%) Red Hat
11 84 (2.26%) Splunk
12 82 (2.21%) NetApp
13 80 (2.15%) McAfee
14 78 (2.10%) Google
15 68 (1.83%) SolarWinds
15 68 (1.83%) Veeam
16 67 (1.80%) Remedy
17 64 (1.72%) Okta
18 63 (1.70%) Ivanti
19 56 (1.51%) Symantec