Period
to 25 June 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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 41 25 32
Rank change year-on-year -16 +7 +7
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2,621 2,415 5,081
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.15% 6.52% 6.11%
As % of the System Software category 36.00% 41.91% 39.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,758 1,541 3,271
10th Percentile £140 £135 £133
25th Percentile £206 £200 £190
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £385 £375 £375
Median % change year-on-year +2.67% - +15.38%
75th Percentile £500 £490 £488
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £364
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.09% +13.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 217 392
10th Percentile £11.10 £11.00 £10.92
25th Percentile £12.87 £12.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.25
Median % change year-on-year -3.03% +8.18% -1.60%
75th Percentile £20.50 £20.00 £19.74
90th Percentile £25.00 £25.29 £34.48
UK median hourly rate £16.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -1.52% +6.45% +1.66%

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 7,280 5,762 12,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.31% 15.57% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,067 3,945 8,810
10th Percentile £220 £194 £190
25th Percentile £380 £356 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £580 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £640 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 251 498
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.13 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.55 £17.00 £16.74
Median % change year-on-year +9.12% +1.54% +3.25%
75th Percentile £39.50 £22.13 £29.31
90th Percentile £63.75 £47.25 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £16.81
% change year-on-year +14.29% +4.14% +5.49%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -12 976 £450 +12.50% 238
South East -1 501 £400 +14.29% 156
North of England -5 345 £280 -22.76% 204
Midlands 0 315 £265 -30.26% 128
North West -3 202 £271 -26.69% 109
South West -8 189 £325 -27.78% 77
East of England -2 164 £266 -5.33% 81
West Midlands -10 157 £298 -30.00% 79
East Midlands +13 156 £205 -38.35% 49
Yorkshire 0 118 £275 -21.43% 79
North East -7 25 £350 -5.41% 16
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 1,746 (66.62%) Windows
2 1,302 (49.68%) Microsoft
3 1,062 (40.52%) Azure
4 1,052 (40.14%) Microsoft 365
5 704 (26.86%) Windows Server
6 673 (25.68%) VMware
7 658 (25.10%) Windows 10
8 632 (24.11%) PowerShell
9 590 (22.51%) Social Skills
10 550 (20.98%) Azure Active Directory
11 463 (17.67%) DNS
12 453 (17.28%) SCCM
13 441 (16.83%) VMware Infrastructure
14 405 (15.45%) Security Cleared
15 391 (14.92%) ITIL
16 339 (12.93%) Migration
17 337 (12.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 335 (12.78%) Microsoft Office
19 302 (11.52%) Citrix
20 293 (11.18%) Finance
21 291 (11.10%) SharePoint
21 291 (11.10%) DevOps
22 284 (10.84%) Firewall
23 275 (10.49%) SQL Server
24 273 (10.42%) SC Cleared
24 273 (10.42%) Windows Server 2012
25 271 (10.34%) SQL
26 266 (10.15%) DHCP
27 242 (9.23%) Linux
28 239 (9.12%) 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
1 291 (11.10%) SharePoint
2 239 (9.12%) MS Exchange
3 72 (2.75%) Skype for Business
4 48 (1.83%) IIS
5 45 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 31 (1.18%) Confluence
8 20 (0.76%) Apache
9 14 (0.53%) Tomcat
10 11 (0.42%) JBoss
11 10 (0.38%) Documentum
12 9 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
12 9 (0.34%) WebSphere
13 8 (0.31%) ArcGIS
13 8 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 8 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
13 8 (0.31%) MS Project Server
14 6 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
14 6 (0.23%) OpenStack
14 6 (0.23%) SAS
Applications
1 335 (12.78%) Microsoft Office
2 78 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.27%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.076%) Autodesk Flame
9 2 (0.076%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.076%) Maya
9 2 (0.076%) NUKE
10 1 (0.038%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.038%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.038%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.19%) Sentinel
2 4 (0.15%) Workday HCM
3 3 (0.11%) assyst
3 3 (0.11%) Maximo
3 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.076%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.076%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.076%) StreamServe
5 1 (0.038%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.038%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 1 (0.038%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.038%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.038%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,062 (40.52%) Azure
2 1,052 (40.14%) Microsoft 365
3 550 (20.98%) Azure Active Directory
4 218 (8.32%) AWS
5 133 (5.07%) PaaS
6 127 (4.85%) IaaS
7 101 (3.85%) SaaS
8 92 (3.51%) Power Platform
9 89 (3.40%) OneDrive
10 47 (1.79%) Mimecast
11 40 (1.53%) Serverless
12 32 (1.22%) GCP
13 29 (1.11%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 28 (1.07%) PowerApps
15 26 (0.99%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 26 (0.99%) Azure Key Vault
15 26 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
16 25 (0.95%) GitHub
16 25 (0.95%) Google Workspace
17 24 (0.92%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 463 (17.67%) DNS
2 284 (10.84%) Firewall
3 266 (10.15%) DHCP
4 185 (7.06%) VPN
5 159 (6.07%) WAN
6 145 (5.53%) LAN
7 116 (4.43%) TCP/IP
8 114 (4.35%) SAN
9 96 (3.66%) Skype
10 81 (3.09%) VoIP
11 79 (3.01%) Wireless
12 67 (2.56%) Internet
13 66 (2.52%) Network Security
14 58 (2.21%) VLAN
15 51 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
16 47 (1.79%) Remote Desktop
17 41 (1.56%) Kerberos
18 39 (1.49%) NetScaler
19 33 (1.26%) MPLS
20 31 (1.18%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 275 (10.49%) SQL Server
2 61 (2.33%) Power BI
3 42 (1.60%) Azure SQL Database
4 40 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
5 39 (1.49%) MySQL
6 31 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (1.07%) Data Lake
7 28 (1.07%) SQL Server 2016
8 27 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
9 25 (0.95%) Oracle Database
10 20 (0.76%) Big Data
11 17 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
12 15 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
12 15 (0.57%) Relational Database
13 14 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 13 (0.50%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 13 (0.50%) SQL Server 2014
15 10 (0.38%) DB2
16 9 (0.34%) RDBMS
16 9 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 79 (3.01%) JIRA
2 51 (1.95%) Jenkins
3 40 (1.53%) Octopus Deploy
4 38 (1.45%) Git (software)
5 22 (0.84%) MSI
6 20 (0.76%) Visual Studio
7 15 (0.57%) TeamCity
8 14 (0.53%) LoadRunner
9 12 (0.46%) Bitbucket
9 12 (0.46%) Subversion
10 11 (0.42%) SonarQube
11 8 (0.31%) GitLab
11 8 (0.31%) Postman
12 7 (0.27%) JMeter
12 7 (0.27%) ReSharper
12 7 (0.27%) Selenium
12 7 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
13 6 (0.23%) Cucumber
13 6 (0.23%) Hudson
13 6 (0.23%) InstallShield
General
1 590 (22.51%) Social Skills
2 293 (11.18%) Finance
3 173 (6.60%) Public Sector
4 121 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
5 81 (3.09%) Telecoms
6 72 (2.75%) Banking
7 61 (2.33%) Documentation Skills
8 57 (2.17%) Retail
9 48 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 42 (1.60%) Marketing
11 37 (1.41%) Legal
12 36 (1.37%) Organisational Skills
13 34 (1.30%) Electronics
14 28 (1.07%) Law
15 23 (0.88%) Back Office
15 23 (0.88%) Presentation Skills
16 22 (0.84%) Financial Institution
17 15 (0.57%) Publishing
18 12 (0.46%) Influencing Skills
19 9 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 396 (15.11%) Analyst
2 273 (10.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 258 (9.84%) Architect
4 249 (9.50%) Support Engineer
5 181 (6.91%) Service Analyst
6 180 (6.87%) Service Desk Analyst
7 156 (5.95%) Consultant
8 153 (5.84%) Azure Engineer
9 132 (5.04%) IT Support
10 109 (4.16%) 2nd Line Support
10 109 (4.16%) Developer
11 102 (3.89%) Desktop Support
12 98 (3.74%) IT Engineer
13 96 (3.66%) Support Analyst
14 89 (3.40%) Desktop Engineer
15 86 (3.28%) Cloud Engineer
16 85 (3.24%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
17 78 (2.98%) Windows Engineer
18 74 (2.82%) IT Analyst
19 70 (2.67%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (4.50%) .NET
1 118 (4.50%) LDAP
2 61 (2.33%) SAML
3 57 (2.17%) OAuth
3 57 (2.17%) REST
4 55 (2.10%) Web Services
5 54 (2.06%) XML
6 51 (1.95%) AngularJS
7 49 (1.87%) ASP.NET
8 39 (1.49%) React
9 36 (1.37%) OpenID
10 35 (1.34%) ASP.NET Core
11 33 (1.26%) Middleware
12 32 (1.22%) JSON
13 28 (1.07%) HTML
14 25 (0.95%) SailPoint
15 24 (0.92%) SOAP
16 23 (0.88%) CSS
17 21 (0.80%) .NET Core
18 20 (0.76%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 132 (5.04%) Data Centre
2 89 (3.40%) PKI
3 78 (2.98%) Clustering
4 61 (2.33%) Management Information System
5 60 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
6 49 (1.87%) NHS
7 46 (1.76%) User Experience
8 43 (1.64%) Replication
9 39 (1.49%) Public Cloud
10 32 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
11 31 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
12 30 (1.14%) Cloud Native
13 28 (1.07%) iPad
14 26 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
14 26 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
15 25 (0.95%) Blackberry
16 21 (0.80%) Fat Client
16 21 (0.80%) Thin Client
17 17 (0.65%) Smartphone
18 15 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 1,746 (66.62%) Windows
2 704 (26.86%) Windows Server
3 658 (25.10%) Windows 10
4 273 (10.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 242 (9.23%) Linux
6 206 (7.86%) Windows Server 2016
7 184 (7.02%) Windows 7
8 165 (6.30%) Windows Server 2019
9 151 (5.76%) Windows Server 2008
10 78 (2.98%) Android
11 73 (2.79%) Apple iOS
12 60 (2.29%) Unix
13 51 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 47 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
15 30 (1.14%) Mac OS
16 29 (1.11%) Windows XP
17 22 (0.84%) Windows 8
18 18 (0.69%) Mac OS X
18 18 (0.69%) Windows Mobile
19 15 (0.57%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 391 (14.92%) ITIL
2 339 (12.93%) Migration
3 337 (12.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 291 (11.10%) DevOps
5 215 (8.20%) Problem-Solving
6 201 (7.67%) Agile Software Development
7 112 (4.27%) Identity Access Management
8 98 (3.74%) Configuration Management
8 98 (3.74%) Service Management
9 94 (3.59%) Change Management
9 94 (3.59%) ITSM
9 94 (3.59%) Service Delivery
10 92 (3.51%) Identity Management
11 90 (3.43%) Mentoring
12 88 (3.36%) Business Intelligence
13 86 (3.28%) Stakeholder Management
14 85 (3.24%) Incident Management
15 81 (3.09%) Project Delivery
16 78 (2.98%) Project Management
17 75 (2.86%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 632 (24.11%) PowerShell
2 271 (10.34%) SQL
3 108 (4.12%) C#
4 92 (3.51%) Python
5 91 (3.47%) JavaScript
6 76 (2.90%) Java
7 52 (1.98%) C
8 49 (1.87%) Bash Shell
9 37 (1.41%) TypeScript
10 29 (1.11%) VB
11 27 (1.03%) Perl
12 25 (0.95%) VBScript
13 22 (0.84%) T-SQL
14 19 (0.72%) Shell Script
15 17 (0.65%) VB.NET
16 15 (0.57%) PHP
17 9 (0.34%) Ruby
18 7 (0.27%) C++
18 7 (0.27%) VBA
19 6 (0.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 405 (15.45%) Security Cleared
2 273 (10.42%) SC Cleared
3 142 (5.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 109 (4.16%) DV Cleared
5 99 (3.78%) Degree
6 89 (3.40%) MCSE
7 49 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
8 46 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
9 37 (1.41%) DBS Check
10 32 (1.22%) MCSA
11 30 (1.14%) CCNA
12 29 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 19 (0.72%) CISSP
13 19 (0.72%) MCITP
14 16 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
15 11 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.42%) MCP
15 11 (0.42%) TOGAF Certification
16 10 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 9 (0.34%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 183 (6.98%) SLA
2 60 (2.29%) QA
3 38 (1.45%) GDPR
4 35 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 22 (0.84%) NIST
6 12 (0.46%) COBIT
6 12 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.34%) PMO
8 6 (0.23%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.19%) NCSC
10 4 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.11%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.076%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.076%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.038%) Accessibility
13 1 (0.038%) GRC
13 1 (0.038%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.038%) ISO 31000
13 1 (0.038%) NIST 800
System Software
1 441 (16.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 235 (8.97%) Hyper-V
3 120 (4.58%) VMware ESXi
4 109 (4.16%) vSphere
5 81 (3.09%) XenApp
6 65 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
7 64 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
8 61 (2.33%) Docker
9 58 (2.21%) Virtual Desktop
10 47 (1.79%) XenDesktop
11 33 (1.26%) VMware NSX
12 25 (0.95%) Terminal Services
13 23 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
14 16 (0.61%) Firmware
15 14 (0.53%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 14 (0.53%) DFS Replication
16 13 (0.50%) BitLocker
16 13 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
17 11 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 11 (0.42%) NFS
Systems Management
1 453 (17.28%) SCCM
2 214 (8.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 132 (5.04%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 119 (4.54%) Terraform
5 112 (4.27%) Ansible
6 87 (3.32%) Single Sign-On
7 70 (2.67%) SCOM
8 69 (2.63%) Kubernetes
9 56 (2.14%) WSUS
10 41 (1.56%) vCenter Server
11 37 (1.41%) Puppet
12 36 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
12 36 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
13 35 (1.34%) vRealize
14 24 (0.92%) AirWatch
14 24 (0.92%) Failover Clustering
15 21 (0.80%) SCVMM
16 17 (0.65%) FortiGate
16 17 (0.65%) SCSM
17 16 (0.61%) Packer
Vendors
1 1,302 (49.68%) Microsoft
2 673 (25.68%) VMware
3 302 (11.52%) Citrix
4 238 (9.08%) Cisco
5 136 (5.19%) Oracle
6 95 (3.62%) ServiceNow
7 81 (3.09%) HP
8 75 (2.86%) Dell
9 71 (2.71%) Red Hat
10 61 (2.33%) Ivanti
10 61 (2.33%) SAP
11 58 (2.21%) CyberArk
12 54 (2.06%) Apple
13 51 (1.95%) Okta
14 50 (1.91%) McAfee
15 49 (1.87%) EMC
16 45 (1.72%) Veeam
17 44 (1.68%) SolarWinds
18 43 (1.64%) NetApp
19 42 (1.60%) Symantec