Period
to 12 April 2021

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 12 April 2021 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 36 20 35
Rank change year-on-year -16 +15 +6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2,189 3,684 5,280
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.27% 6.87% 5.98%
As % of the System Software category 35.78% 44.26% 38.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,433 2,346 3,392
10th Percentile £135 £130 £130
25th Percentile £213 £180 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £350 £365
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% -4.11% +14.06%
75th Percentile £480 £475 £475
90th Percentile £540 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +10.71% - +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 174 385 469
10th Percentile £10.83 £11.17 £10.60
25th Percentile £12.75 £13.00 £12.25
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.20 £15.25
Median % change year-on-year -1.23% +6.23% +1.67%
75th Percentile £21.38 £20.00 £19.00
90th Percentile £31.13 £25.00 £31.85
UK median hourly rate £16.06 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -2.65% +6.45% +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 advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 6,118 8,324 13,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.73% 15.53% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,234 5,656 9,373
10th Percentile £225 £170 £191
25th Percentile £363 £325 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £573 £569 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 440 573
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.25 £10.78
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.07 £12.76
Median hourly rate £18.27 £16.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +10.73% +3.13% +0.88%
75th Percentile £35.75 £20.81 £23.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £43.83 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +3.23%

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 12 April 2021.

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 12 April 2021.

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 12 April 2021. 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 -16 780 £425 +21.43% 218
South East -1 450 £400 +14.29% 127
North of England -1 307 £325 -7.14% 186
Midlands -2 261 £270 -11.48% 139
North West -3 182 £308 -12.14% 104
South West -3 173 £315 -3.08% 66
West Midlands -11 139 £298 -8.46% 84
East of England -5 131 £220 -31.25% 66
East Midlands +2 120 £200 -33.33% 55
Yorkshire -4 104 £288 -17.86% 55
North East -6 21 £375 - 27
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 12 April 2021, 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 1,474 (67.34%) Windows
2 1,111 (50.75%) Microsoft
3 862 (39.38%) Azure
4 861 (39.33%) Microsoft 365
5 561 (25.63%) Windows Server
6 536 (24.49%) Windows 10
7 529 (24.17%) VMware
8 471 (21.52%) PowerShell
9 451 (20.60%) Azure Active Directory
10 380 (17.36%) DNS
11 375 (17.13%) Security Cleared
12 368 (16.81%) SCCM
13 365 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
14 302 (13.80%) ITIL
14 302 (13.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 297 (13.57%) Migration
16 272 (12.43%) Microsoft Office
17 271 (12.38%) Firewall
18 270 (12.33%) SC Cleared
19 258 (11.79%) DevOps
20 248 (11.33%) Linux
21 247 (11.28%) SharePoint
22 241 (11.01%) SQL Server
23 236 (10.78%) Finance
24 231 (10.55%) Citrix
25 216 (9.87%) Cisco
26 213 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
27 201 (9.18%) SQL
27 201 (9.18%) Microsoft Intune
28 198 (9.05%) DHCP

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
1 247 (11.28%) SharePoint
2 195 (8.91%) MS Exchange
3 72 (3.29%) Skype for Business
4 59 (2.70%) IIS
5 40 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (0.87%) Confluence
8 15 (0.69%) Apache
9 11 (0.50%) ArcGIS
9 11 (0.50%) JBoss
10 10 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
10 10 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
11 9 (0.41%) Documentum
11 9 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
12 8 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.37%) WebSphere
13 7 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.32%) MS Project Server
14 6 (0.27%) Tomcat
Applications
1 272 (12.43%) Microsoft Office
2 67 (3.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.78%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.46%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.091%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.091%) Autodesk Flame
7 2 (0.091%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.091%) Maya
7 2 (0.091%) NUKE
8 1 (0.046%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.046%) CATIA
8 1 (0.046%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.046%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.046%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.32%) Sentinel
2 6 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.091%) assyst
4 2 (0.091%) Maximo
4 2 (0.091%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.091%) Workday HCM
5 1 (0.046%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.046%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.046%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 1 (0.046%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 862 (39.38%) Azure
2 861 (39.33%) Microsoft 365
3 451 (20.60%) Azure Active Directory
4 161 (7.35%) AWS
5 105 (4.80%) IaaS
6 104 (4.75%) PaaS
7 80 (3.65%) SaaS
8 74 (3.38%) OneDrive
9 64 (2.92%) Power Platform
10 23 (1.05%) Mimecast
10 23 (1.05%) Serverless
11 20 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
12 19 (0.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 19 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
12 19 (0.87%) GCP
13 16 (0.73%) GitHub
13 16 (0.73%) PowerApps
14 13 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
14 13 (0.59%) Google Workspace
14 13 (0.59%) Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 380 (17.36%) DNS
2 271 (12.38%) Firewall
3 198 (9.05%) DHCP
4 166 (7.58%) VPN
4 166 (7.58%) WAN
5 137 (6.26%) LAN
6 98 (4.48%) SAN
7 94 (4.29%) Skype
8 93 (4.25%) TCP/IP
9 66 (3.02%) Wireless
10 61 (2.79%) Internet
11 55 (2.51%) Network Security
11 55 (2.51%) VLAN
11 55 (2.51%) Wi-Fi
12 51 (2.33%) VoIP
13 40 (1.83%) Remote Desktop
14 31 (1.42%) Kerberos
14 31 (1.42%) MPLS
15 29 (1.32%) SMTP
16 27 (1.23%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 241 (11.01%) SQL Server
2 47 (2.15%) Power BI
3 27 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
4 26 (1.19%) Cosmos DB
5 25 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
5 25 (1.14%) MySQL
6 18 (0.82%) SQL Server 2016
7 16 (0.73%) Oracle Database
7 16 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
9 13 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
9 13 (0.59%) Hadoop
10 12 (0.55%) Relational Database
11 10 (0.46%) GIS
11 10 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 9 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
13 8 (0.37%) HBase
13 8 (0.37%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.27%) DB2
14 6 (0.27%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 60 (2.74%) JIRA
2 41 (1.87%) Octopus Deploy
3 37 (1.69%) Jenkins
4 26 (1.19%) Git (software)
5 20 (0.91%) MSI
6 18 (0.82%) TeamCity
7 14 (0.64%) LoadRunner
8 12 (0.55%) ReSharper
8 12 (0.55%) SonarQube
9 11 (0.50%) Bitbucket
9 11 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
10 9 (0.41%) Subversion
11 8 (0.37%) Hudson
11 8 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (0.37%) Visual Studio
12 6 (0.27%) Bitbucket Server
12 6 (0.27%) CA Release Automation
12 6 (0.27%) GitLab
13 4 (0.18%) Artifactory
13 4 (0.18%) Cucumber
General
1 236 (10.78%) Finance
2 156 (7.13%) Public Sector
3 77 (3.52%) Telecoms
4 58 (2.65%) Banking
5 43 (1.96%) Manufacturing
6 40 (1.83%) Retail
7 34 (1.55%) Marketing
8 31 (1.42%) Electronics
9 29 (1.32%) Legal
10 27 (1.23%) Back Office
11 22 (1.01%) Law
12 12 (0.55%) Publishing
13 9 (0.41%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
14 7 (0.32%) Local Government
15 6 (0.27%) Police
16 5 (0.23%) French Language
16 5 (0.23%) Front Office
16 5 (0.23%) German Language
16 5 (0.23%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 329 (15.03%) Analyst
2 251 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 202 (9.23%) Architect
4 183 (8.36%) Support Engineer
5 160 (7.31%) Service Analyst
6 157 (7.17%) Service Desk Analyst
7 139 (6.35%) Consultant
8 114 (5.21%) Azure Engineer
9 95 (4.34%) IT Support
10 81 (3.70%) Cloud Engineer
11 78 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
12 77 (3.52%) Desktop Support
12 77 (3.52%) Windows Engineer
13 76 (3.47%) IT Engineer
14 75 (3.43%) Office 365 Engineer
15 73 (3.33%) Support Analyst
16 65 (2.97%) Active Directory Engineer
16 65 (2.97%) Developer
17 64 (2.92%) Administrator
17 64 (2.92%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (4.34%) .NET
2 85 (3.88%) LDAP
3 49 (2.24%) ASP.NET
4 45 (2.06%) SAML
5 42 (1.92%) REST
6 39 (1.78%) Web Services
7 38 (1.74%) ASP.NET Core
8 35 (1.60%) React
9 34 (1.55%) Middleware
10 33 (1.51%) AngularJS
11 29 (1.32%) SailPoint
12 25 (1.14%) XML
13 22 (1.01%) .NET Core
14 19 (0.87%) OAuth
15 17 (0.78%) .NET Framework
16 16 (0.73%) CSS
16 16 (0.73%) HTML
16 16 (0.73%) SOAP
17 15 (0.69%) OpenID
18 14 (0.64%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 108 (4.93%) Data Centre
2 105 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
3 88 (4.02%) PKI
4 61 (2.79%) Management Information System
5 59 (2.70%) NHS
6 56 (2.56%) Clustering
6 56 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
7 45 (2.06%) Replication
8 35 (1.60%) Public Cloud
9 34 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
10 33 (1.51%) User Experience
11 30 (1.37%) Blackberry
11 30 (1.37%) Cloud Native
12 24 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
13 21 (0.96%) EMC VNX
13 21 (0.96%) Private Cloud
13 21 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
14 19 (0.87%) iPad
15 18 (0.82%) Enterprise Cloud
16 16 (0.73%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,474 (67.34%) Windows
2 561 (25.63%) Windows Server
3 536 (24.49%) Windows 10
4 248 (11.33%) Linux
5 213 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 171 (7.81%) Windows 7
7 154 (7.04%) Windows Server 2016
8 134 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 103 (4.71%) Windows Server 2019
10 62 (2.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 54 (2.47%) Unix
12 47 (2.15%) Android
13 46 (2.10%) Apple iOS
14 37 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
15 32 (1.46%) Windows XP
16 26 (1.19%) CentOS
17 24 (1.10%) Mac OS
18 22 (1.01%) Ubuntu
19 20 (0.91%) Windows Mobile
20 15 (0.69%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (13.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 302 (13.80%) ITIL
2 297 (13.57%) Migration
3 258 (11.79%) DevOps
4 169 (7.72%) Agile Software Development
5 165 (7.54%) Problem-Solving
6 107 (4.89%) Identity Access Management
7 93 (4.25%) Change Management
8 88 (4.02%) Identity Management
9 85 (3.88%) Service Management
10 83 (3.79%) Service Delivery
11 76 (3.47%) Project Delivery
12 75 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
12 75 (3.43%) Mobile Device Management
13 73 (3.33%) Business Intelligence
13 73 (3.33%) Cybersecurity
14 71 (3.24%) Stakeholder Management
15 70 (3.20%) ITSM
16 69 (3.15%) Incident Management
17 66 (3.02%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 471 (21.52%) PowerShell
2 201 (9.18%) SQL
3 75 (3.43%) C#
3 75 (3.43%) Python
4 63 (2.88%) JavaScript
5 36 (1.64%) VB
6 34 (1.55%) Java
7 33 (1.51%) Bash Shell
8 28 (1.28%) TypeScript
9 26 (1.19%) Perl
10 24 (1.10%) VBScript
11 21 (0.96%) Shell Script
12 19 (0.87%) C
13 13 (0.59%) Ruby
13 13 (0.59%) T-SQL
14 9 (0.41%) PHP
15 6 (0.27%) C++
16 5 (0.23%) Go
16 5 (0.23%) XPath
17 4 (0.18%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 375 (17.13%) Security Cleared
2 270 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 129 (5.89%) Microsoft Certification
4 100 (4.57%) DV Cleared
5 69 (3.15%) MCSE
6 65 (2.97%) Degree
7 43 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
8 37 (1.69%) DBS Check
9 35 (1.60%) MCSA
10 32 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
11 26 (1.19%) CISSP
11 26 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 25 (1.14%) CCNA
13 16 (0.73%) MCP
14 14 (0.64%) MCITP
15 11 (0.50%) CISM
16 10 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (0.46%) Citrix Certification
16 10 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
17 8 (0.37%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 163 (7.45%) SLA
2 55 (2.51%) QA
3 32 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 25 (1.14%) NIST
5 15 (0.69%) GDPR
6 10 (0.46%) COBIT
7 9 (0.41%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.27%) PMO
10 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.091%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.091%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.091%) HL7
12 1 (0.046%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.046%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.046%) GxP
12 1 (0.046%) ISO 31000
12 1 (0.046%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.046%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 365 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 174 (7.95%) Hyper-V
3 117 (5.34%) VMware ESXi
4 73 (3.33%) vSphere
5 50 (2.28%) XenApp
6 48 (2.19%) Virtual Machines
7 45 (2.06%) VMware NSX
8 44 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 40 (1.83%) Docker
10 32 (1.46%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 31 (1.42%) Virtual Desktop
12 23 (1.05%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.91%) XenDesktop
14 19 (0.87%) BitLocker
15 18 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
16 12 (0.55%) Firmware
17 11 (0.50%) VMware Server
18 10 (0.46%) HDFS
19 9 (0.41%) DFS Replication
19 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 368 (16.81%) SCCM
2 201 (9.18%) Microsoft Intune
3 89 (4.07%) Terraform
4 82 (3.75%) Ansible
5 81 (3.70%) Single Sign-On
6 56 (2.56%) vCenter Server
7 53 (2.42%) SCOM
8 45 (2.06%) Kubernetes
9 39 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
10 33 (1.51%) Puppet
10 33 (1.51%) vRealize
11 30 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
11 30 (1.37%) WSUS
12 20 (0.91%) AirWatch
12 20 (0.91%) IBM BigFix
13 17 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
13 17 (0.78%) Packer
14 15 (0.69%) Jamf Pro
15 12 (0.55%) Failover Clustering
15 12 (0.55%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 1,111 (50.75%) Microsoft
2 529 (24.17%) VMware
3 231 (10.55%) Citrix
4 216 (9.87%) Cisco
5 103 (4.71%) Oracle
6 82 (3.75%) HP
7 77 (3.52%) Red Hat
8 75 (3.43%) Dell
9 67 (3.06%) ServiceNow
10 58 (2.65%) SAP
11 57 (2.60%) EMC
12 50 (2.28%) Veeam
13 47 (2.15%) SolarWinds
14 46 (2.10%) CyberArk
15 44 (2.01%) McAfee
16 42 (1.92%) Ivanti
16 42 (1.92%) Okta
17 41 (1.87%) Apple
18 35 (1.60%) Symantec
19 30 (1.37%) Remedy